Adam and the Cybermen

A speculation in story-form…

Adam Mitchell loved working for Van Statten, cataloguing his alien artefacts. For an uber-geek who loved to tinker with unusual technology, it was the perfect job. Adam wasn’t evil. He would never think of himself as a bad man. Just the same as most people – willing to bend the rules a little to suit himself. Nothing that would hurt anybody.

Like keeping a few trinkets for himself to play with. Nothing big, and nothing spectacular. Nothing that anyone would be likely to notice. Van Statten wouldn’t miss the odd rock, the odd claw. Van Statten had the metal head. He wouldn’t miss a little metal finger.

And then The Doctor came. And Rose. And the Dalek came to life, and everything turned upside down.

Was it just a few weeks later that Adam found himself back home, with no job, and a strange device buried in his forehead?

But Adam was a genius, and he still had references from Geocomtex. Soon he was back in business, and going from strength to strength. A PhD from Cambridge, and then working in government labs. And finally, Doctor Adam Mitchell, a Senior Fellow at the world famous Torchwood Institute.

Torchwood studied everything that was exciting and important.

It was when Adam saw a demonstration of the nanofusion cell that he had his brainwave. Somehow, it seemed like just the right power source for that little metal finger, so long forgotten.

He sneaked one of the nanofusion prototypes into his pocket, and took it home.

He dug the finger out of a dusty box where it had lain for years, and hooked up the cell. It jerked almost imperceptibly, or so Adam thought, and started to grow very slightly warm.

“Recharging perhaps?” he thought. “I’ll leave it overnight, and take a look in the morning.”

Adam was awoken by the scream of his daughter.


He flung himself down the stairs towards the shrieking, into the kitchen.

His wife, but not his wife, turned. Her body seemed half-eaten by metal.

Her head something like a head he’d seen in a glass case, long ago.

For the second time in his life, Adam fainted.

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6 Responses to Adam and the Cybermen

  1. Kavitha says:

    Interesting in a creepy kind of a way. But what was the device buried in his forhead?

  2. This is a spoiler…

    In the series one episode called The Long Game, they visit the year 200,000. Adam in his geekish curiousity gets a device implanted in his brain that can connect to the computers of the day and thereby access all the knowledge of humanity.

    Nice to hear from you Kavitha. I like your blog, but it’s unexpected that you’d be interested in Doctor Who!

  3. Kavitha says:

    Oh, I like all sorts of things…everything which is unique and well presented perks my interest. I admit the story still baffles me a little, and I trying to piece it together..but I also look forward to the next update.

    By the way, thanks for your kind words at my site.

  4. If you haven’t seen the Doctor Who episodes “Dalek” and “The Long Game”, I’m pleasantly suprised you can make sense of it at all!

    If you follow the links to the BBC Doctor Who website or Outpost Gallifrey, you’ll find reviews and information about those episodes that will give some context.

    But I’m delighted imagining you trying to piece it all together.

  5. Btw, I’ve now started another blog which you might like.

    Follow the link “Meandering Spirit”.

    It would be interesting to hear your thoughts and get to know you.

  6. Abs says:

    Good gosh, Kronk.
    This is amazing.
    Abs x–>

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