Published on February 24th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley
It’s a job well-done by Doctor Who‘s online fandom, but we take to pleasure in announcing the removal of RogueCyberman’s website, that of his alter-ego “Time Girl Katie” and their respective Twitter accounts.
Put simply, it should never have come to this. Why on earth would anyone think that flogging access to a porn site with a Doctor Who spin (that famous family show) was a good idea? More to the point, how on earth did this individual decide that lying to fans about the existence of episodes otherwise considered “lost” (those from The Faceless Ones and The Macra Terror) was a good idea?
I’m not going to suggest that RogueCyberman (a man who we believe has a good name for posters, in reality) is in any way insane, deranged or requiring help from a therapist – not for one minute. His actions in making false claims and then denying they ever were are quite clearly those of a sensible and upstanding member of society.
What I am going to suggest, however, is that the action by us, BlogtorWho, Doctor Who Online, Outpost Skaro, Gallifrey Times and the denizens of Gallifrey Base has come to a powerful head and allowed the dissemination of RogueCyberman’s true intentions and motivations to be spread to such an extent that he has had no choice but to give up.
I would also suggest that this can mark a new age of co-operation among Doctor Who fans online. Regular readers will know we like to alert fans to online scams involving the show; some of you may even know that I write professionally about various computing issues, including cybersecurity. This RogueCyberman business has proved that the online community can act as one when required – something that we can make use of in any future incidents.
In the meantime, as per my Twitter post last night, I would suggest that fans remain vigilant and keep an eye out or any other scams or even a return of RogueCyberman. His MO and previous behaviour suggests that we perhaps haven’t seen the last of him.