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Which story contains your favorite swear and what is the word? Spin-offs and novels allowed.
What is your favourite Cyberman story and why?
Wanna thank @SebastienLoik NtsangouKanda for inspiring me to do this. Season 1 of Doctor Who was fantastic, a masterpiece of television that still holds up 15 years later! Something that great deserves to be looked over. I'm also counting multi-parters as one episode. Here we go!:
10. Boom Town
Can I just say that this season's worst episode isn't bad? It's the worst, like I said, yeah, but it's not bad, just standard. The Blon storyline is fine and it is essential to understanding the finale, so it's a decent start to the list.
9. The Unquiet Dead
NuWho's first horror episode, it's scary, creative, and has a great twist. It's perfect for what it is, a scary episode with fun ideas.
8. Father's Day
A touching episode showing Rose's relationship with her father, setting up Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel, when they at last reunite. It's short but sweet. Too bad the Reapers make no fucking sense.
Starting with a bang, this is the episode that perfectly introduced Rose and the Doctor to fans. The Autons are well utilized in this episode, and it's the best way to start off the show. Not the best season premiere, but definitely the best series premiere.
6. Aliens in London/World War Three
A bit divisive, putting this above Rose, but it's just too fun! The espionage aspect of it is very entertaining, and while the Slitheen fart gag gets old quickly, their design is so great I just don't care. It's clever, intriguing, funny, and has a lot of great Jackie scenes, which I live for!
5. The End of the World
Cassandra is a fantastic villain, I love Jade and her heroic sacrifice, and we get some of the best individual character moments from the Doctor and Rose in the entire series.
4. Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways
The scariest the Daleks have ever been, a fantastic cliffhanger, and a terrific regeneration sequence make this one of the most heartfelt and perfect season finales in the show's history.
3. The Long Game
I know, I know, I'm going to get boatloads of hate for placing this above the finale, but just hear me out. Lord knows I think Season 11 is the worst season the show has done, what with its in-your-face allegories and social commentary, but when it did it right, it did it right. Kerblam! and Rosa are two of the show's best episodes because they did the social commentary so cleverly. As does The Long Game, a clever commentary on how we consume media and news. Even the idea of beaming it into our heads is pretty surreal and clever.
2. The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
Get ready to shit your pants! Gas mask zombies! Who only moan "Are you my mummy?" over and over and over again! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! On a lighter note, this features the debut of the greatest companion ever, Captain Jack Harkness, the Doctor dancing, and "I like bananas, bananas are good." Let's be honest, though, I had you at "Are you my mummy?"
It couldn't be any other. This is the episode that had the task of making the Daleks scary. The Daleks scary! It can't be done! Sure, they're cool and all, but not frightening in any way! How do you make them scary!? Well, you give them a more mechanical design and get the scariest voice you can for these things! That, uh, that should help! Not only is the Dalek in this episode pure nightmare fuel, but the scenes between it and the Doctor are some of the most enlightening in the whole series. The Dalek's demands for orders and insistence to continue its crusade of slaughter are the best introduction to the villain ever. It's one of the best Doctor Who episodes ever, the best Dalek episode ever, and just perfection in itself. Seeing the Doctor wield a gun never felt so right.
What do you think? How would you have ordered these? Let me know!
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What did you think of S12 ep 10 of Doctor Who?
Are the skithra anyway related to the racnoss in the runaway bride?
To celebrate the return of my favorite Doctor Who antagonists in Season 12, here are the moments featuring the Cybermen that scared me the most:
5. "Let us see what the future holds." - Assimilation²
Kind of a cheat, but still very much effective, the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover comic, Assimilation², is still canon and worthy of a mention. When the prime Star Trek universe and Whoniverse were merged by the Cybermen, the Borg contacted the Enterprise to assist them in defeating them. When Captain Picard refuses to accept the Borg's assistance due to personal history with them, the Eleventh Doctor takes him to see a future where the Cybermen have conquered the Whoniverse and prime Star Trek universe. While it is neat to see Cyber-Vulcans and Klingons alongside Cyber-Slitheen and Judoon, it's important in the story, and truly shows the horror and danger of what will happen if they lose.
4. "You think the Cybermen will help you!?" - The Tomb of the Cybermen
Although The Tenth Planet is my favorite classic Cybermen story, their scariest moment has to be in The Tomb of the Cybermen. An expedition to a tundra joined by the Second Doctor and his companions reveals a Telosian Cybermen tomb, filled with sleeping Cybermen. Once uncovered, they break their way out of the tomb. While you can make the argument to it being goofy retro sci-fi, the slow way they awkwardly push their way out of the plastic just looks wrong, making the viewer uncomfortable in all the right ways.
3. "I slit their throats once they joined the resistance!" - The Haunting of Villa Diodati
While there's definitely something to be said for nearly all of his moments in both this episode and Ascension of the Cybermen, The Haunting of Villa Diodati had the scariest moment of the Lone Cyberman so far, at least in my opinion. When the Lone Cyberman meets Mary Shelley, she asks if he had children, trying to comfort him and stop his rampage. He seems to listen at first, answering that he did have children. Then he grabs Shelley by the throat and lifts her off the ground! "I did have children," he says, "I slit their throats when they joined the resistance!" Need I say more?
2. "Pain..." - World Enough and Time
Let's be honest, I could have picked about seven different moments from World Enough and Time, given that it is my favorite Cyberman, and Twelfth Doctor story, of all time (coupled with The Doctor Falls, of course), but this one still chills me to the bone every time I think about it. When the Doctor, Missy, Nardole and Bill land on a Mondasian colony ship, they encounter the Patients, dying Mondasians who aren't fully converted yet. Because of this, their emotional inhibitors aren't activated, and all they can say is, "Pain." Look at these things. Imagine them robotically and slowly saying "pain" over and over again, emotionless but somehow still hurting. All as they slowly walk towards you. I just gave you nightmares for a year. You're welcome.
"I am... Bill Potts." - World Enough and Time
How could it be anything else? The cliffhanger in World Enough And Time is the best in Doctor Who, and is made all the more horrifying by the revelation that lovable companion Bill Potts was converted into a Cyberman. Searching for a missing and wounded Bill, the Doctor and Nardole come across a fully converted Cyberman. The Doctor backs away from it as it lumbers toward him, asking it where Bill is. After much scanning and locating of its neural net, it gave the blood-chilling answer of "I am Bill Potts." Many of us watching the episode (myself included) already knew it was coming ("We've got something for that..."), but none of us wanted to believe it, hoping it would be a trick. But these words sadly and horrifyingly confirmed our worst fears: Bill Potts was lost to the Cybermen, and while she was (sort of) restored in The Doctor Falls, she would never be the same, and soon after, she left the show for good. It was a brilliant twist and the scariest Cybermen moment to date, beating everything I already listed AND everything in last night's episode by a landslide. Swear to God, I haven't had a good night's sleep since June 24, 2017.
What do you think? Are there any I missed? What Cybermen moment terrified you the most? Jackie's conversion? Adric's death? One of these? The alliance with the Borg? Let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts!
What do you all think of the Lone Cyberman now that we have had two episodes with him? Is he more fearsome than any of the previous Cybermen we've seen?
The article below offers an overview of this enemy, and also includes a timeline of Cybermen versions (the wooden one from Trenzalore is still my favourite!)
Tell me in the comments.
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I wish we could see the Doctor meet Jenny again. Or have him travel with another one of his children... would love to see what the doctor's like as a parent in more depth. Could be sweet! Thoughts?