The new Doctor Who has been offered a friendly warning from a Kettering Cyberman – “We will be out to get you very soon.”
The message comes from Barry Noble, who played one of the original Cybermen in the cult series in the 1960s.
Peter Capaldi, star of political comedy The Thick of It, has been announced as the new Doctor Who by BBC bosses.
Speaking to the Telegraph Mr Noble jokingly said: “We will be out to get him very soon.
“We will all come out of retirement and he will have to face us.
“You see, I don’t think Cybermen really die, they’re just out there in some corner, somewhere out in space.”
The 69-year-old played a Cyberman in the fourth series of Doctor Who which aired in 1967, and worked with the then Doctor Who, Patrick Troughton.
Mr Noble had more or less stumbled into the role – he told the Telegraph that he had originally moved to London in 1966 to pursue a dream career in the music industry.
He said: “I got a phone call one day from my agent and she said the show was looking for some Cybermen, but they needed to be tall.
“I thought, well, I’m 5ft 11in, why not give it a go.”
He played the role for the one series and said he had a great time, and thought Patrick Troughton was a ‘nice chap’ and a great actor.
He added: “It was good, it was a very interesting time.
“But it was so hot in those suits, and the problems would really start when you needed to go to the toilet, and you couldn’t get out.
“I know Cybermen wouldn’t need to go to the toilet but I certainly needed too!”
Despite his warning, Mr Noble said he believes Peter Capaldi will make a good Doctor.
He said: “He certainly has that look about him doesn’t he?
“He’s a very good actor and if they provide him with good stories, which I am sure they will, I am sure the fans will like him.
“However, I suppose it could have been nice to have a woman in the role for a change.”