What can you possibly say when Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, writes to you and says, ‘Will you make the Cybermen scary again?‘ If you happen to be the greatness that is Neil Gaiman, the answer is a no-brainer. The award-winning writer recently told the French website, Reviewer.fr, “…I thought back to when I was 6 or 7 years old – ‘The Moonbase’, ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’… I saw these when they were first broadcast. The Cybermen were created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis and first appeared on Doctor Who in 1966.
Gaiman, who wrote the Hugo award-winning episode, “The Doctor’s Wife”, for Doctor Who in 2011, claimed that the Cybermen’s near-silent, creeping nature made them scarier than the more pompous Daleks. “Daleks went around going, ‘Exterminate’, and blowing things up. Cybermen were just… You look up and there’s a Cyberman. I thought, ‘Let me see what I can do when I take the 1960s Cybermen and incorporate everything that’s happened since. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t know if it will work.”
According to io9 and Digital Spy, Gaiman’s 2013 series 7 episode, “The Last Cybermen”, will feature the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his new companion (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and their encounter with the ‘new-look’ Cybermen and a band of misfits – played by Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short), Jason Watkins (Being Human) and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) – on a mysterious planet.