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The Cyber-Leader is a recurring antagonist of Doctor Who. It is a model of Cyberman that functions as a commander of the Cyber-Army's operations, and is usually the main antagonist of the stories it appears in. However, it is deferential to any higher authority, such as the Cyber Controller.
It was portrayed by Christopher Robbie in Revenge of the Cybermen, and by David Banks throughout the 1980's, with Paul Kasey portraying and Nicholas Briggs voicing the Cyber-Leader in the 21st century.
Revenge of the Cybermen
A Cyber-Leader led a group of Cybermen aboard an ancient Cybership in hunting Voga, the planet of Gold, which was responsible for their defeat in the Cyber-Wars. After taking command of the Nerva Beacon, the Cyber-Leader strapped the Fourth Doctor, and crew Stevenson and Lester, with Cyber-bombs to take to the centre of Voga, and annihilate it, so that the Cybermen could rebuild themselves. After the plan was thwarted, and the Cyber-Leader discovered the Vogans were planning to destroy the Cybermen with a Skystriker missile, the Cyber-Leader instead loaded the Beacon with bombs, and sent it to crash into Voga. This plan would fail, and the Cybermen were destroyed by the Skystriker.
A Cyber-Leader was the commander of an operation to destroy Earth before a peace conference that could unite enemies of the Cybermen could be held. While emotionless, this Cyber-Leader spoke with a deeper voice, and did have characteristics similar to anger, amusement, and even smugness. Accompanied by his Lieutenant, the Leader oversaw the Androids who had been left to guard the bomb. After the androids were destroyed, and the bomb defused, the Cyber-Leader realised that an incarnation of the Doctor was responsible. The Cyber-Leader decided to use Captain Brigg's freighter as a way to destroy Earth. He reactivated a unit to take command of the ship, with the aid of their collaborator, Ringway. When the Doctor and Lieutenant Scott's military unit began to fight back against the Cyberman's rear guard, the Cyber-Leader wrongly concluded Ringway lied about the crew numbers.
The Cyber-Leader awakened his 15'000 strong army, smuggled aboard the freighter, and executed Ringway when he took control of the bridge. With the Doctor was captured, the Cyber-Leader debated with him on whether emotions were a weakness, which the Leader concluded was correct, as he could threaten the Doctor's companion Tegan to force the Doctor to do what he wanted. With the ship's flight computer locked on course to Earth, the Cyber-Leader and his envoy would leave in the Doctor's TARDIS, wishing to observe the human's reaction to the destruction of their homeworld for research purposes. However, the interference of Adric led to the ship's anti-matter engine's warping the ship back in time 65 million years, to become part of Earth's history. Preparing to kill the Doctor, the Cyber-Leader was choked by the gold on Adric's badge, and the maddened and asphyxiating Leader fired its gun aimlessly, damaging the TARDIS console in the process. The Cyber-Leader was killed after being shot three times by the Doctor with his own gun.
The Five Doctors
Attack of the Cybermen
A Cyberleader resembling the Cyber-Lord from Victorian London was seen leading the Twelfth Cyber Legion in the 52nd century. However, he witnessed his fleet be decimated by the Eleventh Doctor.
Ascension of the Cybermen
- Main article: Ashad
After the Cyber-Wars, the partially converted Cyberman Ashad was dubbed "Leader", by his guards.