The BBC have released a photo of the new design for the Cybermen who will feature in season 2 of the new Doctor Who series. As part of their press release the BBC describes the Cybermen as “as much a part of Doctor Who heritage as the Daleks”. These particular Cybermen are described as a “new, more deadly breeed of Cybermen who are out to convert humanity into their own kind.”
The Cybermen were last seen in 1988 and made their first appearance back in 1966, making next year their 40th anniversary. The original Cybermen were created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis.
I’m not yet completely sold on this new Cyberman design. On the plus side I can see plenty of elements from earlier versions of the Cybermen. The light on the head, the teardrop eyes and the “handle head” are all very familiar. It also seems like I’m detecting the influence of design elements from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, but maybe I’m reading too much into it.
What I’m not so happy with though is that I think it looks maybe too robotic and the human elements are very hard to see in this Cyberman design. The Cyberman here looks clunky like the redesigned Cylons. I’ll have to see one moving before I know for certain if I like it I think.
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