The Cybermen, such an integral part of the Classic series and (apparently) everyone’s second favourite baddie, makes it to the figurine collection. Now, their first few adventures from the new run of Doctor Who haven’t really been kind to the Cybermen, these upgraded versions from the mind of evil genius John Lumic lack the deadly darkness the originals had and therefore lack impact. Saying that, their design was smart, chunky and powerful complete with a stomping sound effect that made them more akin to Robocop than cricket pad wearing monsters. The best part was the Cyber Controller and this is the figure that comes with this issue.
The Figurine – Here we check out the redesign of the Cyber costume, why the chest unit was removed, the more skull-like face and, as in the case of the Cyber Controller, an exposed brain which is a nice throwback to the 1967 original design. It also charts the way different designs have handled the costume and what they brought to the Cybermen legacy.
50 Years Of Doctor Who – The timeline continues in 1964, a pivotal year in many ways for the first pieces of merchandise were released, Dalekmania was on the verge of happening and Christopher Eccleston was born.
A Moment In Time – As you may have guessed The Age Of Steel is not my favourite Doctor Who adventure but this look at the story itself justifies RTD’s logic for wanting to bring something different to the Cybermen mythos. The views of the concept art shows some radical re-designs which I hope will filter through in adventures to come.
Doctor Who Universe – This is a brief history of Time Lords and looks at the various members of this elite race including The War Chief, Omega and of course the Master. It’s concise and well researched and a must for anyone new to the series as it really does examine the show’s past perfectly.
Myths And Mysteries – The section that dares ask the questions continues with such important enquiries such as, “Why did Russell T Davies recreate the Cybermen?” and “Is there another John Lumic in ‘our ‘universe?”
Who People – Douglas Adams may have only been with Doctor Who for a short time but he was around when the show was rocking the ratings and the more reliance on humour exposed it to more than just kids. Here we celebrate his Who input.
This figure is simply superb. Set in an aggressive stance with fists clenched and brain exposed it emanates the power this metal monster possess. The paintwork has just enough metallic tint to it and the piece itself is a good solid weight.
So then, a good issue but still no sign of a classic figure as the next one is a Weeping Angel.