Spoiler alert for someone who has not seen Doctor Who s10e11 trailer!

In the last trailer of "Doctor Who" Doctor says "Mondasian Cybermen"

I do not understand: how they are different from the usual ones, who we've already seen in the series?

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    The Mondasian Cybermen should be the "usual" cybermen...
    – tilley31
    Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 13:41

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Mondasian Cybermen are simply Cybermen from the planet Mondas, a twin planet of Earth where the inhabitants turned themselves into cyborgs in order to survive their planet drifting further and further away from its sun. These are the original Cybermen, and every Old Who episode involving Cybermen was about them or some faction/offshoot of them.

In New Who, most of the Cybermen we encounter were originally created by John Lumic in an alternate universe known only as "Pete's World", and they're sometimes called "Cybus Cybermen". As far as we know, they have no connection to Mondas.

The exact characteristics and abilities of both kinds of Cybermen varied a lot from story to story (especially in Old Who), so it's hard to say exactly what all of the differences are. Among the few things I can say with confidence are that Mondasian Cybermen are vulnerable to gold, and that Mondasian Cybermen are usually closer to "humans with a lot of mechanical parts" while Cybus Cybermen are more like "robots with a few biological parts".

Even the appearance of Mondasian Cybermen varied wildly, but when people use that term they're probably thinking of at least one of the head designs shown in this image:


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    Though the head of one of the Mondas Cybermen WAS seen in a museum display in the episode "Dalek." Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 13:47
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    For anyone who's curious, this is the first ever Doctor Who scene with (Mondasian) Cybermen in it: youtube.com/watch?v=mTex2G3ywYw I quite like it despite the hilariously primitive Cybermen costumes.
    – Ixrec
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 13:51
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    I'm not even sure that the vulnerability to gold was a constant. I seem to remember the authors of the Discontinuity Guide mentioning it as one of the many inconsistencies. Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 13:57
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    @DanielRoseman Maybe not. In this case what I mean is that every episode I've ever seen with a Mondasian Cyberman and a piece of gold involved the gold hurting them. And there was more than one such episode. By Old Who standards, that's excellent consistency =)
    – Ixrec
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 15:20
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    @lxrec "One of the few things I can say with confidence is that Mondasian Cybermen have always been vulnerable to gold". I think this was only introduced in the 4th Doctor story, Revenge. Before that (Hartnell and Troughton) used various acids, solvents to clog up the chest units.
    – user66716
    Commented Jun 18, 2017 at 22:34

Mondas was the original home of the Cybermen, seen in only one story, The Tenth Planet. From the second televised adventure on, the Cybermen seen were from Telos, or other planets colonized by the Cybermen at some point to Mondas' destruction. The Mondasian Cybermen had a far less advanced design than other models of Cybermen, even appearing to still have biological hands. Later models and redesigns of Cybermen may be explained by various colonies developing, and perhaps later sharing, upgrades on their systems.

Mondasian Cybermen are most easily recognized by the larger headlamp-like weapon on their heads, the more human-looking hands, and the cloth-like head covering, possibly being some form of bandage, covering a more biologic face and head.

The gold weakness of the Cybermen, mentioned in the comments above, was only introduced in Revenge of the Cybermen, In that story, it was explained that gold, being non-corrosive, could be used to coat the Cybermen respiratory system, suffocating them. As time passed, that weakness changed and mutated, and started to affect their systems in increasingly catastrophic ways, with smaller amounts. It began to be more like the effect of silver on a werewolf - by the time of Nightmare in Silver, the tiny amount of gold in an amusement park ticket was enough to short out cyber-circuitry by simply placing it on the surface of the skin.

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