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BBC - Doctor Who - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:48am
UPDATE: The Doctor Who: Cybermen Monster File is now only available from BBC Worldwide.
Doctor Who – The Cybermen Monster File Ebook is available to download now and contains a brilliant, brand new adventure called Cybermen: Status Update, written by Joseph Lidster (Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs Aliens).
We caught up with Joseph and asked him about the new adventure, his favourite Cyber moments and any advice he might have for aspiring writers…
Question: Could you sum up the new adventure, Cybermen: Status Update, in 140 characters or less?
Joseph Lidster: Status Update is the tale of a normal teenage boy living a normal teenage life until the day the Cybermen invade. And it features pork pies.
Q: Talk us through where Cybermen: Status Update came from… What inspired the story and the ideas for Jacob and BOB?
JL: I've found in the past that telling short stories in the first person gives you more of a chance to tell something a bit different. There have been so many brilliant Cybermen stories over the years so it can be quite difficult to come up with something new for them to do - and even harder to do this in a short story. By telling it from the point of view of a teenage boy it allowed me to explore what it would be like if an invasion actually happened. It's about what he goes through, his family, the girl he fancies and so on. I then decided to give it a little extra by having it told through social media. We're all using social media more and more so it felt a bit new and relevant. It also meant that, as the BOB device records your thoughts directly, I could keep telling the story from the main character's point of view - even when terrible things are happening. Plus, of course, there's some fun to be had comparing our reliance on social media and technology to what the Cybermen have done to themselves.
Q: Why do you think the Cybermen remain so popular after so many decades?
JL: I personally always found them scarier than the Daleks because they just seem so unstoppable. Most monsters are different to us. The Cybermen are better than us. They are us but stronger and faster. There's a real logic to what they did to themselves and to what they want to do to every living creature in the Universe.
Q: What’s been your favourite scene featuring the Cybermen since their return in 2006?
JL: It's got to be them fighting the Daleks in the Torchwood Institute in Doomsday. "This is not war. This is pest control."
Q: And delving back a little further, which of the early (pre-Rise of the Cybermen) stories is your favourite?
JL: My favourite has to be Silver Nemesis. It's my first real memory of the Cybermen. It's not the most popular story but I love it for just how entertaining it is. Lady Peinforte is a fantastic character and the Doctor and Ace are just absolutely lovely in it. It's funny and bonkers and still feels fresh and modern today.
Q: What was your favourite version of the Cybermen and why? And you’re not allowed to pick the current version!
JL: I think the original version with their cloth faces are still chilling, even today!
Q: Cybermats, Cybershades or Cybermites?
JL: Cybermats! I remember watching the video of Revenge of the Cybermen when I was younger and there's a moment when one jumps up and attacks Sarah Jane Smith and it's horrific!
Q: If you could give the Cybermen just one emotion, what would it be?
JL: Well, it wouldn't be anger! An angry Cyberman would be even more terrifying. Joy! A really happy Cyberman would be sweet.
Q: And finally, what advice would you give anyone who wants to become a writer?
JL: The most important piece of advice for anyone who wants to be a writer is that they should write! It sounds obvious but it's true. Write stories, plays, anything. I'd then suggest looking for local acting and writing groups so you can meet other writers. The BBC Writersroom website is also really helpful so do check that out.
Many thanks to Joseph Lidster!
Categories: Doctor Who
Doctor Who: Podshock - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:23am
Doctor Who: Podshock - Episode 305
Running time: 1:12:59
We have a classic interview with the co-founder of the Doctor Who Fan Club of America, Ron Katz, a recent interview with Peter Howell of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, plus news, and more. Hosted by Louis Trapani.
Presented to you by the Gallifreyan Embassy and is a production of Art Trap Productions. Interview segment courtesy of Chuck Rabb of the Chuck Rabb Show. The Peter Howell interview was conducted by UK correspondent, Nick Joy.
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TARDIS Newsroom - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:03am
Have you been Whoogled? Find out in the latest roundup from the world of Doctor Who, with the latest news, extras and reviews to name but a few of the links that can be found here....
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Categories: Doctor Who
BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:06am
We’re delighted to bring you an extract from the brilliant new story, Cybermen: Status Update.
It’s the opening of the adventure which was written by Joseph Lidster and read by Nicholas Briggs – known throughout the world as the voice of the Cybermen, Daleks and many other monsters that have crossed the Doctor’s path! The striking illustrations are by Neil Roberts who has created some stunning imagery for this dramatic Cyber story.
Categories: Doctor Who
BBC - Doctor Who - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 2:33am
Popular comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar is to join the cast of Doctor Who when the series returns to BBC One on 23 August.
Speaking about the role, Bhaskar said: “I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!”
Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, said: “I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!”
Filming is well underway for Series 8 of Doctor Who. Guest stars confirmed to join Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in the new series include Michelle Gomez, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley, Keeley Hawes and Hermione Norris.
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