Doctor Who Magazine #504 was released today. A huge shiny Cyberman 50th birthday celebration.
There’s a look at the Doctor Who 25th-anniversary episode ‘SILVER NEMESIS’ in Fact of Fiction. An in-depth look at the changes in Cyber-evolution, including some variants that were barely glimpsed on screen and at Cyber-plans, the inside story of their many campaigns.
But the silver stuff keeps coming as Doctor Who magazine talk to Alexandra Tynan, the costume designer who gave the original Cybermen their distinctive look for 1966’s The Tenth Planet.
“People often come up to me and say, ‘I think your Cybermen were the most frightening, says Tynan. “I looked at them yesterday, when I re-watched The Tenth Planet, and I thought, ‘I suppose they are a bit scary.’ At the time, they got a lot of press, some of it very negative. Angry parents said that we were scaring the bejesus out of their kids. Am I personally responsible, with my Cybermen, for a whole generation of disturbed people? The number of adults who have come up to me and said, ‘Your Cybermen terrified me when I was a child,’ and I have apologised a thousand times…”
Despite this, 50 years on in 2016, the Cybermen are still going strong…
“At the time, I had no idea that my Cybermen would prove so iconic – none of us did – but I am overwhelmed by the fact that they became such an icon, and I’m really glad that I didn’t know at the time. I look back now and think how privileged I am to have had the opportunity to do something that has lasted for so long, and I enjoy every minute of talking to people about it. It makes me laugh. I think on my tombstone it will say, ‘She designed the Cybermen,’ and I’m okay with that. Cyber-Mum! Yes, I like it. I do love the Cybermen,” she concludes, “and I thank them for what they did for me.”
But it not just Cyber-stuff……
- There’s chat with Colony Sarff actor Jami Reid-Quarrell about playing a physically demanding role.
- The Doctor goes domestic in a brand-new comic strip adventure, Moving In, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by John Ross.
- Steven Moffat answers readers burning questions.
- Time Team travels with The Doctor and Amy to solve a mystery in nineteenth-century France as they have a brush with history when they meet Vincent van Gogh in this month’s episode, Vincent and the Doctor
- Plus previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases and all the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.
All this is tied up in four 4 great covers.
Doctor Who Magazine 504 is on sale now price £4.99.