US, Israel perturbed at Iranian alliance with Cybermen

This is from BoingBoing, so you’ve probably already seen it, but I just found the picture irresistible. Yes, it looks to the casual viewer as if Mr Ahmadinejad is involved in high-level discussions with Marvin the Paranoid Android, but apparently it’s the president getting a look at the latest product of Iran’s burgeoning robotics industry. You may laugh, but you’ll not be laughing when Ahmadinejad’s secret army of killer robots are deployed to hunt down Jim Denham.

From the same source, attentive mining of IRNA press releases indicates the ayatollahs’ fashion division banning Iranian men from growing mullets – perhaps proving the Tehran regime isn’t so irrational after all – and the critical question of the day is posed. Namely, is Kim Jong Il a fan of Justin Bieber?


  1. Madam Miaow said,

    July 7, 2010 at 1:02 am

    BA-A-A-A-AD Splinty!

  2. andy newman said,

    July 7, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    “but you’ll not be laughing when Ahmadinejad’s secret army of killer robots are deployed to hunt down Jim Denham.”

    Actually, not only would that make me laugh, but I would pay god money to watch it.

  3. robert said,

    July 7, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    When it comes to killer robots if Iran builds Cybermen the US will help supply Israel with Daleks, and Daleks are harder.

    • Phil said,

      July 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm

      “You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?”

      • July 8, 2010 at 1:11 am

        ‘No, with one. The other Daleks will deal with the rest of Earth’

    • July 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

      A nerd writes: Daleks aren’t robots.

      • Madam Miaow said,

        July 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

        Good point. It has a little creature sitting in each one. But Cybermen aren’t robots, either, according to the new Dr Who franchise. Nicking as usual, this time from the Borg, aren’t they made from former sentient beings?

  4. Freshly Squeezed Cynic said,

    July 13, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Hate to jump in late on with a dose of nerd-fu, but the Cybermen were never robots even in Old Who; they were a originally humanoid species who felt the need (I believe because their species was dying) to remove most of their squishy, fleshy parts and replace them with metal, thus removing everything which made them humanoid in the first place (compassion, empathy, mercy). Classic body horror stuff.

    If anything, the Borg are very much just the Cybermen with better character development (character or indeed “enemy” development is to my mind a weakness of Doctor Who, the flipside of its’ great strength, its’ flexibility, both coming from the obvious retcon possibilities of a show all about time travel). I can’t think of a really good Cybermen story since, oh, Tomb of the Cybermen? Maybe Earthshock.

    • Madam Miaow said,

      July 13, 2010 at 12:57 am

      Good geek points. I loved the Borg. Which is probably why I tolerated several years in our favourite Party.

  5. Freshly Squeezed Cynic said,

    July 13, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Christ, if the Borg were as godawful at assimilation as the SWP are, Picard could’ve run them ragged in a single episode.

    Never entirely warmed to Star Trek after the Original Series, though. There’s something far too eerily clinical about it. And sometimes deathly boring. Berman and Braga could suck the life out of any galaxy-shattering event; if Patrick Stewart wasn’t such a game old sort, TNG would be nigh unwatchable.

  6. prianikoff said,

    July 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    re. Whom copied Who?
    The 1966 Dr Who episode “The Tenth Planet” deals with the origins of the Cybermen.
    In it, they explain that they are the inhabitants of the wandering planet Mondas, who were “once like human beings”.
    Gradually, they replaced their bodies with mechanical spare parts, to eliminate “weaknesses” like ageing and emotions.

    The Borg made their first appearance in the 1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Q Who”.
    The title is dead giveaway.

  7. prianikoff said,

    July 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    P.S. The “Robot” in the picture doesn’t look like the Iranian “Sorena 2”, which is much crappier looking. It looks more like a Honda robot.
    I doubt if the Iranian electronics industry is up to producing anything resembling an autonomous “robot”, given that even the Japanese ones barely qualify for this description.

  8. Madam Miaow said,

    July 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Did anyone see the robot in Big Brother last week? Awesome. It was huge (as I am oft heard to say in these heah parts)! Similar to the one in the pic but 7 or 8 ft tall. I thought there was someone inside but it was an actual robot with great sound effects.

  9. Madam Miaow said,

    July 13, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    The Dr Who reboot is copying the Borg in that the Borg assimilate whole beings, whereas from what Prianikoff writes (I can’t remember the original), the Cybermen of the old Dr Who were a humanoid species that turned themselves into mechanized beings. In the new Dr Who, the Cybermen turn humans into Cyberborgy entities.

  10. prianikoff said,

    July 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    “You belong to us. You will become like us…”
    – The Cyber Controller in “Tomb of the Cybermen”, Sept 1967
    Spare Part Surgery was being developed at the time and leads to the philosophical question of where the borderline between machine and human is drawn.
    Hence the concept “assimilation”. The Dr Who script writer Kit Pedler discussed the idea with his wife, who was doctor.

    The idea had been floating around for some time before Dr Who first used it, especially in the highly inventive 60’s “Avengers” series with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel. e.g Season 4 (1965-6); “The Cybernauts” and “The House that Jack Built” deal with automata replacing humans.

  11. prianikoff said,

    July 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Perhaps this is a little more urgent though:-

    Not sure Castro is right

    • Madam Miaow said,

      July 14, 2010 at 11:59 am

      One thing that emerged during the flotilla attack was that Israel has three or so nuclear subs sitting off the coast of Iran.

  12. Madam Miaow said,

    July 14, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I LOVED those Avengers episodes. I have an old video of Jack that I recorded off the telly and it’s still as good today.

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