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« on: June 21, 2011, 03:13:49 pm »

I've always thought, though I don't know if it is explicitely stated anywhere, that the Robomen my have been the inspiration for the Cybermen. They have a lot of similarities and while I don't think they are an early version or anything like that, they definately have a cyber feel to them and I wonder if perhaps their appearance here inspired the actual Cybermen. Anyone know?
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 07:56:45 pm »

I've always thought the same thing, but as far as I know their was no acknowledged connection that has been mentioned in interviews or whatever. Maybe some of the older viewers will have more insight into that though
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 12:26:12 am »

That's never occurred to me, actually, but it's an interesting idea.  I'm not aware of any actual link, but the Robomen are certainly a few steps down the same road.
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011, 11:38:11 am »

I think it all taps in to the same latent 60s fear of technology replacing humanity (I have a friend who wrote a PhD thesis on this very idea). You only have to look at the second Doctor's continued references to "Stupid Computers" to see this theme run through a lot of 1960s Doctor Who. Robomen were the start of this - Cybermen (created by Gerry Davis and scientist/writer Dr Kit Peddler) were an extension of this. Its all part of the way in which Doctor Who will (eventually) turn out to be a fascinating historical document as well as hugely entertaining Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2011, 12:36:25 pm »

When I saw this episode I thought the same thing.  I wondered if this was the start of the Cybermen and thought it was strange that it was never mentioned that they were a creation of the Daleks Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 02:37:29 pm »

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2011, 06:05:45 pm »

Haha expect a fair amount of that throughout the early classics Tongue

Its a good OP and a great point. A bit of tin foil and they would pretty much have been the exact same things, so I think there is a good chance that they were an inspiration, though I havent seen anything official to confirm it
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2011, 11:20:44 am »

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It makes me laugh that all the actors from the time would speak like that to represent aliens and robots. It's like what kids do when they are playing
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2011, 05:13:24 pm »

Weren't they going to do a Dalek and Robomen figure set? I'm sure I read that somewhere.

Voices aside, I think that the robomen were a great idea. There is something very eerie about zombie type humans, which is essentially what they were. I like the link to the Cybers too. It would be cool if they turned out to be some sort of early form, though it's unlikely
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2011, 09:28:42 pm »

Oh I'd never thought about the Cybermen connection. Great catch. I wouldnt be at all surprised if these were some sort of insperation
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2011, 10:37:19 pm »

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It makes me laugh that all the actors from the time would speak like that to represent aliens and robots. It's like what kids do when they are playing

I think that's why kids do it that way Cool
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2015, 01:30:12 am »

It is possible but  I doubt it... because the Cybermen are cool!!! (see my rant in the "Rate and Review" section, for more information on my views of this story.)
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