The Doctor and Amy materialize in the Arctic – where members of a survey team are turning from flesh to metal and digging something sinister from under the ice that’s been waiting thousands of years – an army of Cybermen!
The second free downloadable Doctor Who Adventure Game will be Blood of the Cybermen, which takes place in an abandoned Arctic research station. That certainly explains the mini-skirt.After the first episode in the series, City of the Daleks, garnered more than half a million download requests in the first 12 days of release, the BBC and developer Sumo Digital are eager to see how well episode two will do. In Blood of the Cybermen, the 11th Doctor and Amy stumble upon an abandoned research station in the Arctic that harbors a terrible secret.
“Blood of the Cybermen is classic ‘Who,” says Phil Ford, Writer, Blood of the Cybermen, Doctor Who Waters of Mars and The Sarah Jane Adventures. “From the intriguing title, through the pre-credits intro to the mystery surrounding the Arctic base, this is everything you expect from a TV episode – only this time you control the action. It’s an epic story, and one we could only tell in a computer game. We’ve ambitious sets, a thrill-a-minute narrative, and we re-introduce a Doctor Who adversary not seen since the Tom Baker era.”
Blood of the Cybermen will be available for free download on British PCs on June 26, after the finale of the 11th Doctor’s first season.
The second most popular Doctor Who monster after the Daleks, the Cybermen have found a new lease on life in the 2005 revival of the classic science fiction program. The survivors of the doomed planet Mondas, the Cybermen first assaulted their twin planet’s populace in the story the Tenth Planet which also saw the departure of William Hartnell and the beginning of the regeneration cycle of the lead character. A race of aliens who had replaced their failing organic parts with cybernetics, the Cybermen had arrived to leach energy from the planet Earth to survive. Created by Gerry Davis and Dr. Kit Pedler, the Cybermen were a chilling vision of the future in which an entire race was subsumed by their technology.
Throughout the 1960’s, the Cybermen battled the second incarnation of the Doctor three times, changing their appearance and becoming more adaptable with each encounter. Whereas the Daleks were a xenophobic race of insane kill-crazy aliens trapped in their own personal tanks, the Cybermen were another problem altogether and battled to both insure the survival of their race and to secure raw materials for themselves.
Aside from the forgettable Revenge of the Cybermen in 1975, the creatures disappeared from the British airwaves until their triumphant return in 1982’s Earthshock. The 80’s Cybermen stories lacked a certain quality that had made the classic stories so fantastic, but the monsters were back in fashion, nonetheless.
In 2006, the Doctor and his companions traveled to an alternate reality where history repeated itself, seeing a new race of automatons emerge from the factories of John Lumic, head of Cybus Industries. Lumic sought immortality encased in a sheath of steel to escape the steady decline of his own body. Seeing the procedure as an enhancement for his customers like any other, he forced it on the population of the alternate Earth, creating an army of (nearly) unstoppable cybernauts. The new series Cybermen are almost entirely robotic with only a small portion of the brain as the organic reminder of their past. They have no real relation to the Classic Doctor Who Cybermen who have apparently disappeared from the program forever.
Doctor Who and The Blood of the Cybermen trailer
The Doctor Who Adventure Game has been a huge hit for fans. Using an episodic formula similar to the Classic Doctor Who program, players enjoy weekly installments of interacting gaming in four chapter blocks. The first story, City of Daleks, has received very favorable reviews with the only real negative marks given to the controls. For Whovians young and old, this is a superb treat.
I cannot wait to see what’s next!