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Published on September 6th, 2013 | by Alex Skerratt

Will the Eleventh Doctor be Killed by a Cyberman?

Further to yesterday’s news that Matt Smith will begin filming the Christmas Special on Sunday, stuntman Darrelle Parker has taken to Twitter with a surprising plot detail: the Cybermen are back!

His tweet, which has since been removed, said:

Great to be stunting again for Dr Who in the Christmas special playing a Cyberman!

Parker’s message was accompanied by a picture of a silver giant as featured in Series 7′s Nightmare in Silver, looking cold and menacing as ever.

Cyberman

And since the news broke, the Whoniverse has been rife with speculation that the Eleventh Doctor could actually die at the hands of the upgraders from Mondas, with many websites reporting such an event as fact. If this is indeed the case, it would certainly be a dramatic end for Matt Smith’s tenure, making him the first Doctor in history to succumb to deletion (unless you count William Hartnell’s death-by-exhaustion in the Cybermen’s first outing The Tenth Planet).

But however the Eleventh Doctor meets his end, (be it from tiredness, cyber-zap or falling over a brick), we can be sure he’ll be ‘upgraded’ into Capaldi form on 25th December 2013. The moment has been prepared for, but it’s not as far away as it seems…

(Thanks to Doctor Who TV.)

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19 Responses to Will the Eleventh Doctor be Killed by a Cyberman?


  1. I think Mr. Clever is still inside him somewhere and is going to end up killing him.

  2. Simon Magellan says:

    Perhaps, with it being the Anniversary year, Steven Moffat thought it would be appropriate to have Matt Smith face the Cybermen in his Regeneration story, as Hartnell did in 1966? And maybe, just maybe, we are finally going to get that long proposed merging of past and present, with the 11th Doctor being electronically inserted into “The Tenth Planet”? The BBC now have a perfect replica of the Hartnell console room in Cardiff and, in David Bradley, someone who could play the first Doctor as well – we may find that the Special is not the only meeting of Doctors this year…

  3. spoiled says:

    Thanks for the unavoidable spoiler in the title.


    • It’s a question, it’s speculation. It is not a (known) spoiler.

      • spoiled says:

        The original article that you have paraphrasrd contained a spoiler warning.


        • Their editorial policy is not for us to comment on.

    • Geoff says:

      If even the mention of the word Cyberman is enough to spoil a story for you then why on earth do you look at a website specialising in Doctor Who future events and gossip!

  4. Robert Booth says:

    It would be interesting. The first Doctor suffered a lot of stress on his body. Firstly with his own life-force being tapped by the Elders’ leader, Jano in “The Savages” and then suffering the fatal life draining adventure when the Cybermen first arrived.
    To end the eleventh Doctors life by the Cybermen would make a nice symmetry !

  5. DonnaM says:

    It always amuses me, given Mr Moffat’s much publicised hatred of “leaking and spoiling”, how much still seems to leak out! And it’s not like deleting a tweet doesn’t draw more attention to it or anything…

  6. callinton says:

    Remember though, as with other Moffat era stories, it could just be that the Cyberman/men make a very brief and unrelated appearance. Although I hope this is not the case.

    • Simon Magellan says:

      Indeed, they appeared briefly in “A Good Man…” But did not feature beyond the opening, so it could be a similar situation here.

  7. Ranger says:

    I agree it would be a nice symmetry with the first Doctor in the 50th year. I would wish though that they are not Neil Gaiman’s Cybermen, as I was not a fan of them running all over the place. The thing that makes the Cybermen scary is their sheer steady relentlessness.

  8. Philip Bates says:

    Also of note is that Matt’s a fan of Tomb of the Cybermen, so that’d seem just…

  9. Geoff says:

    I hope that finally the Cybermen can be presented as a serious force to be reckoned with again because I don’t really think that’s been done for 30 years. I’m not a writer but I know how I’d do it, and still make it appropriate for children and fit the current vision of the show: keep the humour, the banter and snappy dialogue, keep the fantastical settings and supporting characters but add a real sense of threat with a proper helping of Cyber speed ruthlessness and invincibility. Not a bunch of tin men wearing metal flares stomping about the place very slowing at 100 decibels or the odd lone soldier (who admitted looked very cool) wandering about taking his hand off from time to time. I’m thinking of the atmosphere of stories like Hide and The God Complex. Maybe it will happen.

  10. Ed says:

    Can see it now… something’s gone wrong, the Doctor is being converted into a cyberman, and the only way to stop the process is by regenerating…

  11. Jim Ramberg says:

    The Doctor will never die while the series exists so the title is a bit of a red herring. The Moff is far more subtle than that. I would also not put it past them to leak something like that intentionally.


    • Really

      Eighth Doctor: I was dead too long this time…

      Ahem.

  12. gage says:

    if you’ve read Capaldi’s audition script the bad guy’s are the Cybermen which means twice in a row we will have two part stories with months in between part one & two

    • James says:

      Those scripts were purely for the auditions, and will not appear on screen.

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