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Fresh Take on Cybermen - According to the Showrunner of Doctor Who Series 12

Published Sun Dec 29 2019 By Travis
Fresh Take on Cybermen - According to the Showrunner of Doctor Who Series 12

The reintroduction of Cybermen in Doctor Who series 12 will be a fresh take on the character.

The biggest problem with the series 11 was obviously the sexist comments made by the fans of the show stemming from the hiring of Jodie Whittaker to play the iconic role of the 'Doctor,' but another major problem was the lack of a signature villain. The series lacked that one namesake villain to terrify fans and really put the 'Doctor' to work.

In the first episode, there was 'Tzim-Sha,' the humanoid warrior who hunts humans and collects their teeth was a terrifying-looking villain, but there was no arm to the villain of any of the other episodes with each one feeling like a monster of the week thing instead of weaving, season-encompassing mind-bending villainous plot.

Watch: Tzim-Sha was a good villain but it just did not last long to have any impact

The biggest reason people who were down with the arrival of Jodie Whittaker still talked in the middling terms about the show was because there were no stakes involved. Take the 'Grandmaster' from the David Tennant days or any of the other iconic villains from the previous times of other modern doctors, even Peter Capaldi went up against his own race in one of the most heartbreaking and powerful episodes of the series, 'Heaven Sent.'

Even the weakest season of the modern 'Doctor Who,' series 10, possessed a final battle with 'Cybermen,' which was both satisfying and engrossing. The effects of the show may have been bettered now, but instead of treading new grounds, Doctor Who just became a whacky monster hunting series where for some reason, the 'Doctor' keeps protecting the human race.

Cybermen are coming for the Doctor in Series 12 of Doctor Who.

Cybermen are coming for the Doctor in Series 12 of Doctor Who.
Source: Radio Times

There was a rhyme or reason for the way the 'Doctor' acted in the past, but without a central villain in the 11th series of 'Doctor Who,' something was always lacking in terms of the way the show was being handled. But it seems the people behind the making of the series are coming to their senses with what works and the thing audiences want in the first place.

We want more terrifying monsters, which they say is happening, and there needs to be a central villain, so everyone knows in the back of their mind, something terrifying and horrible is coming for the Doctor and her companions. If the trailers are anything to go by, then it seems 'Cybermen' are again the answers for the 'Doctor' Who series.

Cybermen are the old foes of the Doctor.
Cybermen are the old foes of the Doctor.

Cybermen are the old foes of the Doctor.
Source: Den of Geek

The showrunner of the series also stated the 'Cybermen' in the new series of Doctor Who will be relentless and ferocious. Chris Chibnall said, “It’s a story in which you’re going to be encountering a particularly relentless and ferocious set of Cybermen.” 'Cybermen' are goofy looking, but they are still good villains of the franchise, so it is nice they are coming back.

Chris also said the character of 'Cybermen' might be old, but the take the are going with is a fresh one so the new viewers can follow along in the story of the character. He said, “It’s interesting because although you can talk about it as old versus new [monsters], that’s slightly a false definition. Because even if you bring the 'Cyberman' back, that’ll be the first time for some kids and for some viewers. So you have to make sure that they feel fresh, and there’s an idea behind them.”

Cybermen were the villains in the 10th series of Doctor Who.

Cybermen were the villains in the 10th series of Doctor Who.
Source: Cut Box

The showrunner also stated, making the show for everyone form a new audience to the old loyal fan. Chris said, “I think, with any series of 'Doctor Who,' you want it to be this wondrous array: a bit of old, a bit of new and some surprises. You want a bit of everything: stuff for kids and new viewers, and stuff that, if you’ve been watching 'Doctor Who' for 50 years, there’s a line or an image that you’ll understand the resonance of. We’ve got all of that this year.”

'Doctor Who' is one of the most beloved shows in the history of television and is one of the most iconic British television programs, where it goes from the shaky 12th series is still a mystery but if history is considered, the second season of a new 'Doctor' is always best, so we are hoping for the best.

Watch: The trailer for the 12th series of Doctor Who

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