Cybermen - Long before the
advent of THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN/ABC/1974-78 these metallic
outer space menaces inhabited the continuing episodes of the
British sci-fi series DOCTOR WHO/BBC/1963-89.
Encased in a suit of silvery metal, the Cybermen from the planet
Mondas had slowly become immortal by replacing their body parts
with metal and plastic bionic units.
Over the centuries, the Cybermen had become as cold and uncaring
as the materials that surrounded their bodies, choosing to
dominate and exploit the galaxies of the universe rather than
peacefully coexist with them.
Their protective metal shells had a self contained respiratory
system allowing them to maneuver unhampered through the vastness
of space. Cybermats, large metal robot rats that shredded anything
that got in their way, assisted the Cybermen on their trek to
Despite their formidable presence, the Cybermen could be
incapacitated by sprinkling them with gold dust.
Created by Gerry Davis and Kit Pedlar, the Cybermen premiered on
the 1966 episode No. 29 "The Tenth Planet." They have
since reappeared on episodes of the newly syndicated DOCTOR WHO
produced by the BBC in 2005.
Cybermen in 2006
In 2006, the episodes "Rise Of The Cybermen" and "The Age of
Steel" featured a storyline about the creation of the Cybermen in
an alternate universe.
Apparently, people have come up missing all over London. It's
because John Lumic, a brilliant, wealthy, but
dying businessman, who wants to build machines that are controlled
by a human brain, therefore prolonging his own life. But the
powers-that-be refuse to condone his project on ethical grounds.
Meanwhile, Lumic goes ahead with his project and performs the
"ultimate upgrade" on the people he has enslaved, thus turning
into an army of metal-plated Cybermen who set out to conquer the
See also ALIENS: "Dr.
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