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Old February 26 2013, 01:05 AM   #125
diankra
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Location: UK
Re: Classic Who on BBC America

On the Toberman thing... the initial idea, which doesn't really come across onscreen, was that he was deaf, and that Kaftan had paid for him to get cybernetic ears, so he was both grateful to her for helping him, but also working off a debt for the cost of that (so, effectively, a slave. Which is also a racist, but in a different way to the strong but dim stereotype we get onscreen). That makes better sense of why the Cybermen upgrade him than the onscreen reference to him being 'powerful' - he already had some implants, so they added more (and perhaps controlled him through the existing ones).
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