Cybermen.. arch enemies of the wandering Time Lord (The Doctor). These creatures – humans from another planet who had replaced body parts with cybernetic parts so much that they became cybermen – were first encountered by the Doctor whilst in his first `incarnation’ – (William Hartnell), and the adventure very nearly killed the Doctor. It was called `The Tenth Planet’ – where a wandering 10th planet came very close to Earth in deed (by its own propulsion …thanks to Cyber-technology)! The weather on Earth went haywire. Those Early Cybermen were really scary character to be honest. Fabric-draped faces.. hollow gaps for eyes.. and mouth.. and speaking in a strange tape-recorder playing on/off type manner.
At the end of it, the (first) Doctor had to withdraw to the safety and support of the TARDIS, where he regenerated for the first time! Those were the 60’s!
Well, more recently (2006?) when the revamped `new’ new new new series of Doctor Who came back to BBC TV, Russell T Davies & the folks responsible re-invented the origins for Cybermen. These ones were the product of a Scientist in a parallel Earth – who was a disabled (wheel-chair bound) guy who wanted to create better models.. and he kidnapped and surgically hacked homeless people off the streets and turned them (or just re-housed their brains in machine body suits) into Cybermen.
Few years ago, for Christmas special, there was the story `The Next Doctor’ – where the then current Doctor (David Tennant) found himself in Victorian London, in snow.. and encountered a cybermen plot to create `CyberKing’ – (spoiler alert) – a Giant Robot form.
This image (screen capture) comes from my art website page http://www.artofmani.co.uk/html/features_1.html
As a pagan I got thinking about this – and as I already had a `Maya Sun God’ mask, decided ..not only to make a new cyberman mask..but to also make a `CyberGod’ out of him (Cybergod is a Concept I have played about with for many years in my own visionary art explorations and narratives.. It will surface one day! 😉
So here’s the step by step photos of how the Cyberman mask was made.. It’s made entirely of card board (link comes from my Fantasy, SciFi & Visionary Art website Art of Mani)
ps. By the way, this is the 2nd Cyberman mask I have made. The first one was made around early 1990’s, and I also made a full cybersuit then (polythene body suit sprayed with silver paint).. to walk around King’s College (London University) Student Union areas, to promote the `Sci-fi & fantasy Society’ (My friend Raymond & I started that off). It’s possibly the earliest example of me wearing a mask and parading around large number of people (been doing that in Open pagan rituals in recent 7-8 years).
pps. Here’s the full Sun-mask
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