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|“||Cybermen will remove fear. Cybermen will remove sex and class and color and creed. You will become identical, you will become like us.||„|
|~ CyberLeader One's broadcast.|
The Cybermen are a race of cyborgs from Doctor Who, serving as one of the series' most recurring and dangerous antagonists, rivalling the Daleks in that regard. The Cybermen are created out of humans, or humaniod species, who need to survive no matter what, whether to preserve their dying species, a bid for immortality, or an attempt to improve all those around them. Various factions of Cybermen have orginated independently due to parallel evolution, but are essentially the same in core.
They are voiced by Nicholas Briggs in the revived series, who also voices the Daleks .
All Cybermen are essentially living brains inside a robot body that robs them of emotion and free will. They are programmed to see themselves as a perfect life-form and work to "upgrade" others into more Cybermen, by force if needed. Any life-forms that resist or are incompatible with Cyber technology are to be "deleted".
Within the Doctor Who universe, the various era's of Cyberman design have been given titles to demonstrate their place in their evolution. The titles of the Classic series' incarnations are from David Bank's Cybermen guidebooks.
The Mondasian Cybermen are the earliest version of the Cybermen created. These are seen in The Tenth Planet, World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls, and the audio Spare Parts. These Cybermen have cloth faces, bulky chest units with a laser attached to the unit, and spoke with a quavering, sing-song electric voice. They still reatained some traces of humanity, such as organic hands.
Faction and Telos Cybermen
The Cybermen in The Moonbase and Tomb of the Cybermen looked more mechanical than their predecessors, with plastic faces, and smaller chest units. They spoke in a buzzing monotone, and had the ability to shoot electricity. In The Wheel in Space, these Cybermen were similar in design, but with different faces, including the "tear-drop" motif for the first time. Cybermen said to be from Planet 14 in The Invasion were designed to look stronger and more powerful.
Cybus and Cyber Legions
A faction of Cybermen thought to be descended from a union of the Mondasian Cybermen and those from a parallel-universe known as Pete's World grew at some point in the far future of the universe to become known as the Cyberaid. These Cybermen constantly upgraded themselves, coming into military conflicts with humanity until they became such an overwhelming threat that at least a whole galaxy had to be destroyed to defeat them, and even then the Cybermen secretly survived as seen in Nightmare in Silver.
During the events of Supremacy of the Cybermen, Rassilon found the Cybermen and gave them leadership and direction, joining with their Cyberiad to assimilate all of history. In the alternate timeline this created, the Cyberiad augmented by Gallifreyan technology became the dominant force in the universe, defeating the Doctor across all their incarnations and even fighting in the Last Great Time War. After the Cybermen betrayed him, Rassilon realised his mistake and helped the Doctor reset the universe so these events never happened.