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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:34 am 
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"Richard Thomas: The two most successful monsters have to be the Daleks and Cybermen. What are some of your favorite stories featuring them and did you get goose bumbs like me when they finally faced off in Doomsday?

Richard Freeman: I always thought the Daleks were better than the Cybermen. Cybermen have no emotions and hence cannot be evil. Daleks are all that is worst about humanity boiled down into its most intense form. This with their totally inhuman form and tank like invulnerability make them very frightening. A Dalek kills for spite not logic. The best Dalek story for me is still Genesis of the Daleks as it introduced Davros. Along with The Joker from Batman, I think Davros is the most effective fictional villain ever. The Nazi symbolism in the story is quite disturbing as well. The implication being that we are the real Daleks.

The best Cyberman story I think was the recent Rise of the Cybermen / Age of Steel. They finally looked like they could actually do some damage for once, rather than just looking like men in silver suits. Once again, of course, the woefully poor Star Trek ripped off another Doctor Who monster with their pathetic looking Borg. The Cybermen have been around since 1966 and would kick the Borg's collective arse!

I loved Army of Ghosts / Doomsday. The return of the Daleks at the end of the first episode is my favorite cliffhanger in the show's history. The fight was a forgone conclusion though. We all knew who would win in a Dalek / Cyberman punch up. The bitchy banter between them was great!

Richard Thomas: For me the really scary thing about these two cyborg species has to be that we seem to be becoming more and more like them all the time. Worse still there are actually serious scientists like Professor Kevin Warwick who actually advocate transforming the human race via cybernetics and other advanced technologies. Do you share my concerns about real life John Lumics (creator of the new series Cybermen) at all?

Richard Freeman: Yes, I think we are over reliant on machines. I'm a bit of a technophobe myself. I don't drive and only started using computers in the late 1990s! I often thought of Kevin Warwick as the first of the Cybermen! I think organics will always win over machines though. We can think outside of the box. These days 'soft technologies' like genetics are taking over from cybernetics. I think the real can of worms is genetics. I think the can is not only open; it's been kicked over! In theory it's already possible to breed a human chimpanzee hybrid (imagine something with the brutal, unrestrained savagery of a chimp and the spite and cunning of a human!) and to breed rats the size of dogs."

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