When is the Doctor?
Mankind has always sought to improve itself but not all change is for the better. On an alternate Earth, one wealthy lunatic decided to improve the world. His experiments led to the Cybermen. The Cybermen were a product of the Cybus Industries Corporation, a huge multinational company in an alternate version of our world. In this alternate world, humanity had become more reliant on networked systems and upgradeable technologies. Most people kept themselves wired into a vast information and communication network via ‘ear pods’. The network was run mostly by Cybus Industries, a company set up to produce devices that were the brainchild of its managing director, John Lumic. These brilliant technologies had made Lumic and his company very rich indeed, but as brilliant as Lumic was, he was also insane and obsessed. Lumic’s body was in terrible decline and he longed to find a way to upgrade himself into something better. He became obsessed with the power of machines and robotics, and developed a steel body that could be controlled by a living brain. Lumic used his considerable fortune to develop this new technology, not just for himself but for all humanity. In his arrogance, he believed that he alone knew what was best for the human race. By converting everyone into identical Cybermen, who relied on pure logic, not emotion, he would eradicate prejudice, disease and maybe even death. He had no understanding that immortality in a world with no art, love, culture or variety would be no life at all. Needless to say, few people wanted to be turned into Cybermen. After several experiments conducted on unsuspecting homeless people, Lumic created a small Cybersquad. Then he used software in the ear pod network to control the weak-willed so they walked into his processing facilities for ‘upgrading’.
Luckily, the Doctor and a resistance movement known as the Preachers managed to defeat Lumic and his plan, but they failed to destroy all the Cybermen. Instead, the Cybermen saw a hole through realities and started their plans to break into our world. This invasion was halted by the Doctor during the destruction of Torchwood One, in what has become known as “the Battle of Canary Wharf”. While the Cybermen, and the Daleks they followed through the Void, were returned to their purgatory, some Cybermen created in our reality may remain active. Others might have escaped the Void, falling through time. Of course, Lumic’s are not the only Cybermen to inhabit the universe. In our reality, another type of Cyberman existed, occupants of the 10th planet of Earth’s solar system, Mondas (see p.27). This planet was propelled out of our solar system and the Cybermen conquered many planets before Mondas returned and the Cybermen attempted another of their invasions of Earth. What has happened to these Cybermen is unclear, though the head of one can be found in Henry van Statten’s Vault, recovered from the sewers of London in 1975.
A Cyberman is essentially a human brain wired into a powerful robotic body. They are extremely strong and encased in steel armour. Early versions could discharge electricity through their hands to kill or subdue opponents, but later upgrades installed a particle weapon in their arm. There are a variety of methods of converting a human into a Cyberman. If the Cybermen are rushed and need more converts quickly, they simply encase the body in armour and initiate their brainwashing technology.The brainwashing and emotional suppressant technology is essential to a Cyberman. If they are allowed to feel, even for a moment, they suddenly understand the horrible loss of humanity they have suffered and go mad or worse. Part of the mental conditioning also insists on loyalty to the new Cyber Race and few can fight it. One of the reasons Cybermen are so difficult to destroy is that their leaders cannot be killed. All Cybermen are networked together and share most information. They pick a leader (designated Cyber Leader – usually indicated by black “handles” on the head), but if that leader is destroyed, another Cyberman simply downloads his data and takes over. Even with Lumic (the Cyber Controller) gone, the Cybermen believe they are the ultimate destiny of mankind and seek to convert all intelligent species they find into Cybermen. Luckily, there are plenty of people who will fight to stop them from destroying everything that makes life worthwhile.