Centuries ago by our Earth time, a race of men on the far-distant planet of Telos sought immortality. They perfected the art of cybernetics—the reproduction of machine functions in human beings. As bodies became old and diseased, they were replaced limb by limb, with plastic and steel. Finally, even the human circulation and nervous system were recreated, and brains replaced by computers. The first cybermen were born.
I don't bring up Doctor Who nearly enough in the course of writing this blog. Let's face it - there are two things people know about me - I'm a great big dollop (which has changed a bit) and I love Doctor Who (which will never change) I've always held back a bit from engaging too much with Dr Who fandom, in particular with any actual physical involvement, because it annoys me how stereotypically sci-fi geek I am...
Anyway, back to the point...
The Cybermen sought immortality. They didn't want to get old. As their planet grew cold and died they stripped away the things that made them human. In the new series of Doctor Who, all that is left is a human brain trapped inside a metal body. And because they continue to feel the pain of nerve endings jangling around inside a metal casing, they took away emotions so that they wouldn't suffer.
In the original series, the Cybermen were a bit more human. They had flesh and sinew within their protective trappings...
As the series went on, these mummified emotionless men became slightly more metal encased...
Now, I want to draw your attention to the two cybermen facing the camera, These chaps...
To my mind, and I may be overinterpreting their, essentially the same, faces, but the regular cybermen looks happier than the cyberleader (he of the no-handlebar look). Presumably it's the pressure of command, the loneliness of looking different to all the other guys.
I'm not saying that our cyberleader is an emotional eater - that would be crazy obviously - but about 20 years later, when he returned to the show, having had a bit of work done (plastocybernetic surgery - but you can tell it's him because even the best cybersurgeons couldn't sort his ears out) he has obviously hit the doughnuts big time...
...and still looks pretty bloody miserable. Of course, it could be that just like other science fiction leaders of men, he just got old and developed a bit of middle aged spread.
Not all fat cybermen are emotional eaters. This guy is a feaster - any power directed at him will be absorbed..
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