FarscapeOne, on 24 February 2020 - 08:50 AM, said:
I find it quite fitting that a Cyberman is the inspiration for FRANKENSTEIN, because that's basically what they are... especially this half-finished one.
No, they're actually completely different. Shelley's Frankenstein created a new, synthetic life form out of various "materials" gathered from corpses; it doesn't explain exactly how, but it's implicitly a more piecemeal procedure than just sewing together a bunch of body parts as in the movie. But in any case, it's lifeless tissue imbued with the essence of life. Cybermen are virtually the exact opposite, formerly human beings that had their original parts almost completely replaced with inorganic substitutes.
The Cybermen were initially conceived as a cautionary tale about organ transplantation, prosthetics, and life support being taken too far and having a dehumanizing effect, which seems ridiculously Luddite and superstitious in retrospect, given how beneficial those technologies have turned out to be. The original Cyberman design in "The Tenth Planet" (brought back as the Mondasian Cybermen at the end of the Twelfth Doctor era) was less purely robotic than the later versions, more like a living being entirely encased in life-support machinery and protective wrappings. Though it was a cruder design, it was more gruesome in a way.
I'm happy they've been going more into actual historical figures and stories, exactly what the series started as almost 60 years ago. It's good to have the show go back to its roots now and again.
Not exactly. Originally, their historical stories were usually purely
historical, with the TARDIS crew being the only science-fictional element. After "The Highlanders," the second Patrick Troughton serial, they abandoned the pure historicals in favor of stories involving aliens or monsters or whatever in the past, like they still do today. The only pure historical we've seen since "The Highlanders" was the Fifth Doctor's "Black Orchid." I often wish they would
do the occasional pure historical tale on occasion. Like, "Demons of the Punjab" could've worked well enough without the alien watchers, if it had just been about the horrors of Partition.