Upon rewatching the DW Season 8 finale, I noticed something that niggled at me. During the opening bits of "Death in Heaven", the people in the square in front of St. Paul's with the Cybermen are completely unaffected by it, even going so far as to take selfies with them.
Considering that the Battle of Canary Wharf wasn't that long ago, with Cybermen walking the streets, pulling people from their homes and herding them to conversion chambers, why were people so nonchalant about their reappearance?
The possibilities I've considered:
- The Doctor's reboot of the universe means that "Doomsday" never happened. (So what does that mean for Rose? Did she not get pulled through into the other universe anymore?)
- The energy leaking through the crack in the universe somehow erased that memory. (Why those and not others? And why only some people -- clearly UNIT still remembers.)
- People have become so used to aliens by this point that it's a non-event. (Except that just about every alien has tried to invade and conquer, so it seems a healthy skepticism would be in order.)
- People have really short memories in this world and honestly don't remember the metal men who tried to kill them all a few years ago. (Seriously? I can't believe there wouldn't be a Canary Wharf Memorial Tribute on the anniversary.)
- Something Torchwood did wiped most people's minds of the incident. (Retcon in the water supply? That seems pretty unlikely given that we've seen what can happen to certain people if given extended doses, so it can't exactly be SOP every time something like this happens.)
- The London Eye is equipped with one of those Men in Black "flashy things". (Okay, now I'm just getting silly.)
- People are idiots. (This is the most plausible.)