Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IDris - And The Cybermen Conspiracy?

Elsewhere I had speculated that Gaiman's Who episode involved the ID of the TARDIS (hence IDris). It was explicit, though sometimes explicit is far from obvious.

Id

The id comprises the unorganised part of the personality structure that contains the basic drives.

The id is unconscious by definition:

"It is the dark, inaccessible part of our personality, what little we know of it we have learned from our study of the dream-work and of the construction of neurotic symptoms, and most of that is of a negative character and can be described only as a contrast to the ego. We approach the id with analogies: we call it a chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations... It is filled with energy reaching it from the instincts, but it has no organisation, produces no collective will, but only a striving to bring about the satisfaction of the instinctual needs subject to the observance of the pleasure principle."

In the id,

"contrary impulses exist side by side, without cancelling each other out....There is nothing in the id that could be compared with negation...nothing in the id which corresponds to the idea of time."

Developmentally, the id is anterior to the ego; i.e. the psychic apparatus begins, at birth, as an undifferentiated id, part of which then develops into a structured ego. Thus, the id:

"...contains everything that is inherited, that is present at birth, is laid down in the constitution — above all, therefore, the instincts, which originate from the somatic organisation, and which find a first psychical expression here (in the id) in forms unknown to us."
In the meantime, lets examine the Cybermen.

We have already had the Silence (plural - Silents).

Can you fit their face into a Cyberman mask? Or rather, if you peel the mask away, what might you find underneath...?



My 1980 re-print of the 1976 Target Book of Doctor Who And The Tenth Planet has a prequel - The Creation of the Cybermen.

Centuries ago by our Earth time, a race of men on the far-distant planet of Telos sough immortality. They perfected the art of cybernetics - the reproduction of machine functions in human beings. As bodies became old and diseased, they were replaced limb by limb, with plastic and steel.

....

Their main impediment was one that only flesh and blood men would have recognised; they had no heat, no emotions, no feelings.

....

They achieved immortality at a terrible price. They became dehumanised monsters. And, like the human monsters down through all the ages of Earth, they became aware of the lack of love and feeling in their lives and substituted another goal - power!
Auntie and Uncle are made up of parts when in need of replacement. House renewed their parts for them. Replaced, when done.

["As bodies became old and diseased, they were replaced..."]

The Rebel Flesh

Flesh working. Flesh on flesh. Replace the human part...

The Moonbase

Novelised as Doctor Who and the Cybermen (I have the 1976 reprint of the 1974 Target original).

Prologue: The Creation of the Cybermen

Centuries ago by our Earth time, a race of men on the far distant planet of Telos sought immortality. They perfected the art of cybernetics - the reproduction of machine functions in human beings. As bodies became old and diseases, they were replaced limb by limb, with plastic and steel.
The Age of Steel.

So, will there be Cybermen? It does seem that there is at least a bit of a theme running.

But might series 6 turn out to be all about them?

1 comment:

Mike said...

I can't wait to see who the main villain is in this series... I loved last week's episode with the TARDIS made flesh... very good :-)

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