The BBC press office has released programme information for Rise Of The Cybermen which airs on Saturday 13th May.
The listings information for the episode reads:
“The Tardis is trapped on a parallel Earth and Rose discovers that her father is still alive, as the award-winning Doctor Who continues.
But sinister forces are at work, and British society is being prepared for the Ultimate Upgrade. Meanwhile, an old enemy of the Doctor�s is about to be reborn.
David Tennant plays the Doctor, Billie Piper plays Rose, Noel Clarke plays Mickey ,Camille Coduri plays Jackie Tyler, Shaun Dingwall plays Pete Tyler, Roger Lloyd Pack plays John Lumic and Andrew Hayden-Smith plays Jake Simmonds.
*The conclusion of this two-parter, The Age Of Steel, can be seen next Saturday.”
The accompanying features publication focusses on Roger Lloyd Pack who plays the sinister John Lumic and script writer Tom MacRae.
Explaining his character Pack says “I play a kind of evil genius who is creating an army of Cybermen in order to make himself immortal. He’s trying to get governments and people to go along with his plans, and Doctor Who tries to stop him.”
The Cybermen are one of the Doctor’s most deadly enemies,and the two-parter marks 40 years since they were first seen on screen. Roger thinks that the new Cybermen are more formidable than ever.
“I did see the Cybermen the first time around, but these new ones are quite impressive,” Roger confirms.
“They are quite scary � a little light comes out when they speak. That aspect of Doctor Who is obviously a lot more effective now than it was before.”
Discussing the development of the plot MacRae says “Russell had heard one of Mark Platt’s Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories, called Spare Parts,and he was inspired by that to do a new origins story for the Cybermen.”
�Our story was never based on Spare Parts, because we very quickly went off in a different direction.
Spare Parts was about a dying world where people had to become Cybermen or they’d die, whereas the story that we did became about people choosing to become this thing, and it actually becoming this seductive idea, rather than a scary, last-chance, life-or- death thing.
And you�ve also got the family story of Rose which grounds it on a simple level.”
Rise Of The Cybermen airs Saturday 13th at 7.00pm on BBC ONE. The second and final part of the story – The Age Of Steel – airs 20th May.