This year is the 50th anniversary of the Cybermen, and Big Finish is celebrating by releasing Cybermen: The Complete Series 1 & 2. This series was originally released in 2005 and 2009 but has never been available as a set.
The series was written by Nicholas Briggs – the co-executive producer of Big Finish, and the actor known as the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen – and James Swallow. The story begins with a war on Earth between humans and the Orion Androids, a human invention gone rogue. The President of Earth allows a secret group called the Scorpius to use technology they’ve found on an alien ship – Cybermen. Cybermen sense the chaos and step into the breach.
All eight episodes have been collected now with together with a ninth bonus disc and a featurette. The cast of Cybermen: The Complete Series 1 & 2 includes Mark McDonnell, Hannah Smith, Barnaby Edwards, Jo Castleton, Ian Brooker, Ian Hallard, Sarah Mowatt, Toby Longworth, Samantha Sanns, Andrew Dickens, Toby Hadoke, Martin Trent, Cal Jaggers, Jess Robinson, Stuart Crossman, Lizzie Hopley and Nicholas Briggs as the voice of the Cybermen.
The discs can be pre-ordered directly from Big Finish for £25 on CD or £20 to download. If you purchase this on a disc, you will have immediate access to the digital download.
In addition, the first episode of Cyberman: Scorpius will be free to download for all newsletter subscribers until 31 May. The rest of Series 1 now cost just £2.99 on CD and download. Copies of episodes 1.2-1.4 can also be ordered, which includes free UK postage.
The set will be released on 14 May, timed to coincide with Tenth Planet’s Cybermen event. The guests include Sixth Doctor Colin Baker and Cybermen actors David Banks, Michael Kilgarriff, Reg Whitehead, Christopher Robbie, Mark Hardy, Brian Orrell, Paul Kasey, Barry Noble, Paul Kennington, Matthew Doman, Ruari Mears, Graham Cole and Jeff Wayne. Best of all, they will be selling glitter guns.