Doctor Who bringing back classic Cybermen for Peter Capaldi’s last season-ender

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The original Mondasian Cybermen return to Doctor Who as filming begins on the final block of the forthcoming series… (BBC)
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The Ice Warriors aren’t the only classic Doctor Who monster to return this year.

The two-part finale of Series 10 has begun filming, and with it the BBC has announced that it will feature an old foe: the Cybermen as they appeared in their original incarnation.

The Cybermen of Mondas, Earth’s long-lost twin, first appeared in 1966’s “The Tenth Planet,” at the climax of which the Doctor, then played by original series star William Hartnell, collapsed from exhaustion and “regenerated” into his Second Doctor form, played by Patrick Troughton. It was the beginning of a television tradition with a legacy lasting more than 50 years.

Over the years, the Cybermen have returned many times, and taken many different forms, but the Mondasian Cybermen are said to be current series star Peter Capaldi’s favorite Doctor Who villain. And with him bowing out after the modern series’ 10th season at Christmas, it makes sense he would get to face them at last. Presumably, Capaldi will still appear in this year’s Christmas special, but the parallel here is poetic.

The two-part episode block (untitled episodes 11 and 12 of Series 10) will also feature Pearl Mackie as the Doctor’s new companion Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole and Michelle Gomez as Missy — a newer incarnation of the renegade Time Lord known as the Master, who first appeared in her current form at the end of Capaldi’s first season; that adventure also featured the Cybermen, but a more modern version than you’ll see at the end of this season.

These original Cybermen, and indeed the planet Mondas itself, did “appear” in a 2002 Big Finish Productions full-cast audio drama that depicted a true origin story for this classic TV monster. That story, “Spare Parts,” is getting a limited-edition vinyl re-release this April.

The 10th season of Doctor Who begins April 15 on BBC America. A recent trailer teased what’s ahead.

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