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The Cybermen are a fictional race of cyborgs who are amongst the most persistent enemies of the Doctor in the British science fiction television series, Doctor Who. Cybermen were originally a wholly organic species of humanoids originating on Earth's twin planet Mondas that began to implant more and more artificial parts into their bodies as a means of self-preservation. This led to the race becoming coldly logical and calculating, with every emotion all but deleted from their minds. The Cybermen also have a rivalry with the Daleks.

You will become like us.

Cybermen[edit]

Common Phrases[edit]

The Cyber Leader: Excellent.
The Cyber Leader: Destroy them
Cyberman: Delete! [The battle cry of the 2006 cybermen, similar to "Exterminate!" as in the Daleks.]
Cybermen: You will be upgraded.
Cyberman: You will become like us. [Numerous times throughout the series]
Cyberman: Upgrading is compulsory. [Numerous times throughout the series]

The First Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by William Hartnell

The Tenth Planet[edit]

Polly: Don't you care?!
Cyberman: Care? No, why should I care?
Polly: Because they're people and they're going to die!
Cyberman: I do not understand you. There are people dying all over your world, yet you do not care about them.

Cyberman: Anyone who moves will be killed instantly.

Barclay: Who, or what are you?
Cyberman: We are called Cybermen.
Barclay: Cybermen?
Cyberman: Yes, Cybermen. We were exactly like you once, but our cybernetic scientists realised that our race was getting weak.
Barclay: Weak? How?
Cyberman: Our lifespan was getting shorter, so our scientists and doctors devised spare parts for our bodies until we could be almost completely replaced.
Polly: But that means you're not like us! You're robots!
Cyberman: Our brains are just like yours, except that certain weaknesses have been removed.
Barclay: Weaknesses? What weaknesses?
Cyberman: You call them emotions, do you not?
Polly: But, that's terrible! You mean you wouldn't care about someone in pain?!
Cyberman: There would be no need. We do not feel pain.
Polly: But we do!

The Second Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Patrick Troughton

Tomb of the Cybermen[edit]

The Cyber Controller: We will survive.

The Cyber Controller: You belong to us. You shall be like us.
The Professor: How did you know we would release you? You could have remained frozen forever.
The Cyber Controller: The humanoid mind. You are inquisitive.
The Doctor: Ah, I see. A trap. A very special sort of trap too.
The Professor: What do you mean special trap?
The Doctor: They wanted superior intellects. Thats why they made the trap so complicated!
The Cyber Controller: We knew that somebody like you would come to our planet someday.
The Doctor: Yes. We've done exactly as you calculated, haven't we?
The Cyber Controller: Now you belong to us.

The Wheel in Space[edit]

The Doctor: I suppose you've come for me?
Cyberman 1: You know our ways.
The Doctor: Yes, I hoped you realised somebody did. I imagine you have orders to destroy me?
Cyberman 1: Yes.
The Doctor: Tell me one thing, why did you order Duggan to destroy radio communication with the Earth? After all, that is why you want posession of the wheel, isn't it?
Cyberman 1: You know our ways.
The Doctor: That doesn't answer my question.
Cyberman 2: He was instructed to destroy only the transmitting complex.
The Doctor: Oh, I see, how interesting, yes, of course. And presumably your large space-ship holds your invasion fleet, and the smaller ships can only enter the planet's atmosphere by homing on a radio beam.
Cyberman 1: You know our ways. You must be destroyed.
The Doctor: Yes, I was afraid you'd get back to that.

The Invasion[edit]

Vaughn: Revive it, just enough to bring it out of its cocoon.
Scientist: Yes, sir.
[Two scientists attach magnet like objects onto the cocoon, go over to a control panel and activate a machine. About 5 seconds later the cocoon starts to move and a Cyberman comes bursting out.]
Vaughn: Hold it right there. Now, Gregory, connect the Professor's machine.
Gregory: But, sir, it...
Vaughn: Connect it!
[He goes over to the Cyberman and connects earplugs to its headphones]
Gregory: What emotion shall I enduce, sir?
Vaughn: Fear, let's see how the Cybermen will react to fear.
[Gregory turns a knob and the Cyberman starts to move]
Vaughn: More power!
Gregory: That's all there is!
[The Cyberman starts screaming and rips off the earplugs]
[Packer starts shooting and the Cyberman goes through a door]
Packer: It could have killed us!
Vaughn: At least we have proven that the professor's machine is useful, but get him to work on it because I want directional control and TWICE AS MUCH POWER!
Packer: It's following the others into the sewer, we can't let it do that!
Vaughn: Why not?
Packer: It will kill anything that gets in its way!
Vaughn: Good! Anyone foolish enough to be down in those sewers deserves to die!

The Fourth Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Tom Baker

Revenge of the Cybermen [edit]

Cyber Lieutenant: Computer reports heavy phobic energy discharge between the beacon and Voga.
CyberLeader: That means the humans have recently used their transmat beam?
Cyber Lieutenant: Yes.
CyberLeader: Time to docking?
Cyber Lieutenant: Sixteen minutes.
CyberLeader: Good. Order the boarding party to the board hatch.

CyberLeader: The heart of Voga is almost pure gold, gold is hostile to our function.

CyberLeader: Locate and destroy all animal organisims!

CyberLeader: Cybermen can survive more efficiently than animal organisms. That is why we will rule the galaxy.

Kelman: Have you killed them?
CyberLeader: Of course not, we have neutralised them. They are necessary to our plan.

CyberLeader: Once our landing is detected, the Vogons will attack in force.
Kelman: They only have light arnaments, nothing that can affect your Cybermen.
[The CyberLeader points to a map]
CyberLeader: This is the main shaft?
Kelman: Yes, this is the shaft that I explored for you. It runs right to the core of Voga.
CyberLeader: How far from the shaft entrance is the transmat receptor area?
Kelman: Just a matter of yards, I set the receptors as close as possible.
CyberLeader: Excellent Kelman, you have done well.
CyberLeader: The Humans will carry the explosives into the shaft.
The Doctor: What's your cut Kelman? Voga's gold?
CyberLeader: There will be no gold! Voga is to be utterly destroyed, and this time we will not fail!
The Doctor: Oh really?
CyberLeader: And you, Doctor, and your two friends will help us in this task. That is why your lives have been spared.

The Doctor: What great rewards have you rewarded Kelman?
CyberLeader: The matter is of no interest to you.
The Doctor: Everything is of interest to me, and Cybermen possess nothing that a human might want.;
CyberLeader: You are incorrect.
The Doctor: What is it? You've no home planet, no influence, nothing! You're just a pathetic bunch of tin soldiers skulking around the galaxy in an ancient spaceship!
CyberLeader: You speak unwisely. We are destined to be rulers of all the Cosmos!
The Doctor: Oh, I don't think so somehow. You tried that once and you were nearly wiped out.

Cyberman: All resistance overcome.
CyberLeader: The beacon is ours!

The Fifth Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Peter Davison

Earthshock[edit]

The Doctor: When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well prepared meal?!
Cyberleader: These things are irrelevant.
The Doctor: For some people, small beautiful things is what life is all about!
[The CyberLeader turns round and looks at Tegan]
CyberLeader: You have affection for this woman?
The Doctor: She's a friend.
CyberLeader: Do you consider emotion as a disadvantage?
The Doctor: They have their uses.
CyberLeader: Kill her.
[The Cyberman walks over to Tegan pointing its gun at her]
The Doctor: NO!!!
[The CyberLeader gives the signal to move away]
CyberLeader: Such a reaction is not a disadvantage?
The Doctor: No.

CyberLeader: There is still resistance.
Cyberman: According to the Earthling, there were only ten crew members. They have all been accounted for.
CyberLeader: Then he has lied, order the activation of re-inforcements.

The Sixth Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Colin Baker

Attack of the Cybermen[edit]

[The CyberLeader points to Peri]
CyberLeader: Destroy her, DESTROY HER AT ONCE!
Peri: No, no, NO!
The Doctor: Wait! Let's discuss this shall we?
Peri: [stuttering] I agree.
CyberLeader: There is nothing to discuss.
The Doctor: If you want my co-operation, she must live!
CyberLeader: You cannot bargain, Doctor. It would be unfortunate if you were to be killed but we still would have your TARDIS.
[The Doctor runs over to the TARDIS console and punches a sequence into one of the keypads]
The Doctor: Not anymore, you don't. In precisely 20 seconds you and it will cease to exist.
CyberLeader: Release the woman.
The Doctor: How do I know that you won't cheat and change your mind?
CyberLeader: You have my word.
The Doctor: I'm not sure that's enough.
CyberLeader: Also, that of the CyberController.
The Doctor: But he was destroyed...
CyberLeader: No, merely damaged.
The Doctor: Where is he now?
CyberLeader: On our home planet, Telos.
The Doctor: I see.
[The timer is still counting down]
Peri: Doctor!
[The Doctor de-activates the timer just as it reaches '1']
CyberLeader: Correct, we can now time-travel. Set the co-ordinates for Telos!

CyberLeader: How did you know where to find us?
Lytton: You have a ship hidden on the dark side of the Moon, I tracked your transmissions.
CyberLeader: Inform Moon-base our signals are being detected, they must increase the distortion.
Lytton: You are quite safe, Earth authorities can't pick up your signals, it's beyond their technology.
Cyberman: You were capable?
Lytton: I am not from Earth.
CyberLeader: So you have said.
Cyberman: Where do you come from?
Lytton: Veta 15 in the star-system 690.
CyberLeader: What is the name of your satellite?
Lytton: Rifton 5.

Cyberman: Controller, our instruments register an irregular transmission from the TARDIS.
CyberController: Inform the CyberLeader, on-board it will be The Doctor attempting to inform the Time Lords of his destination.
Cyberman: The Time Lords will attempt to stop us.
CyberController: Whatever in their wisdom, they will be too late! Telos will have been destroyed and we shall have The Doctor's TARDIS

The Seventh Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Sylvester McCoy

Silver Nemesis[edit]

[The Cybermen are being attacked by arrows tipped in gold]
Cyber Leader: Destroy them, DESTROY THEM!
Cyber Lieutenant: We cannot succeed, Leader. We must be gone.
Cyber Leader: No. Let them take the statue and the arrows with them.
CyberLieutenant: The Cyber-race will cease to exist.
Cyber Leader: Your logic is correct. Their supply of gold is limited. Retreat!
[The Cyber Leader signals for the Cybermen to retreat]

The Eighth Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Paul McGann

The Flood[edit]

CyberLeader: I know you are afraid. Fear has consumed your entire lives. It has enslaved you, blinded you, lied to you. The tyranny of your emotions has been absolute. But we can free you from this madness. Salvation will be yours.

The Tenth Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by David Tennant

Rise of the Cybermen[edit]

John Lumic: Can it hear me?
Doctor Kendrick: I don't know, sir, it still might be in shock. The brain has been welded to the exoskeleton.
John Lumic: Skin of metal, and a body that will never age or die... I envy it! Do you know me? Answer, do - you - know - me?
Cyber-Prototype: You are John Lumic.

Cyberman: We have been upgraded.
The Doctor: Into what?
Cyberman: The next level of mankind. We are human-point-2. Every citizen will receive a free upgrade. You will become like us.
The President: I'm sorry. I'm so sorry for what's been done to you. But listen! This experiment ends - tonight!
Cyberman: Upgrading is compulsory.
The President: And if I refuse?
The Doctor: Don't.
The President: What happens if I refuse?
The Doctor: I'm telling you, don't!
The President: [With more authority] What happens if I refuse?
Cyberman: Then you are not compatible.
The President: What happens then?
Cyberman: You will be deleted. [Kills the President]

Cyberman: You are rogue elements.
Doctor: But we surrender!
Cyberman: You are incompatible.
Doctor: But this is a surrender!
Cyberman: You will be deleted.
Doctor: But we're surrendering - listen to me, we surrender!!!
Cyberman: You are inferior. Man will be reborn as Cyberman, but you will perish under maximum deletion. Delete! Delete! Delete! Delete!!

The Age of Steel[edit]

John Lumic: My everlasting children. Tell me... how does it feel?
Cyberman: We feel nothing.
John Lumic: But in your minds, what do you think?
Cyberman: We think the same. We are uniform.
John Lumic: But you think of what?
Cyberman: We think of the humans. We think of their difference and their pain. They suffer in the skin. They must be upgraded.

[After Lumic's life-support chair is damaged by Crane]
John Lumic: [strained, in pain] Help me!
Cyberman: You are in pain. We can remove pain forever.
John Lumic: No! Not yet! I'm not ready...
Cyberman: We will give you immortality.
John Lumic: I've told you... I will upgrade... only with my last breath!
Cyberman: Then breathe no more.
[The Cybermen take control of Lumic's chair and escort him away]
John Lumic: No! No! I command you - no...!

CyberJackie: [about Pete] This man worked with Cybus Industries to create our species. He will be rewarded by force. Take them to Cyber Control.

Cyberman: [to the Doctor] Sensors detect a binary vascular system. You are an unknown upgrade. You will be taken for analysis.

Doctor: And where is he, the famous Mister Lumic? Don't we get the chance to meet our lord and master?
Cyberman: He has been upgraded.
Doctor: So he's just like you?
Cyberman: He is superior. The Lumic unit has been designated Cyber Controller.
Cyber Controller: This is the Age of Steel, and I am its creator.

Cyber Controller: I have factories waiting on seven continents. If the EarPods have failed, then the Cybermen will take humanity by force. London has fallen... so shall the world.

Cyber Controller: I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity. And uniformity.

Cyber Controller: What is your name?
The Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
Cyber Controller: A redundant title. Doctors need not exist. Cybermen never sicken.

Cyber Controller: You are proud of your emotions?
The Doctor: Oh, yes!
Cyber Controller: Then tell me, Doctor - have you known grief, and rage, and pain?
The Doctor: Yes. Yes, I have.
Cyber Controller: And they hurt?
The Doctor: Oh, yes.
Cyber Controller: I can set you free. Would you not want that? A life without pain?
The Doctor: You might as well kill me.
Cyber Controller: Then I take that option.

Cyber Controller: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
The Doctor: I gave them back their souls! They can see what you've done, Lumic, AND IT'S KILLING THEM!
Cyber Controller: DELETE! DELETE! DEL-AAGHH! NOOOOOO!

Cybermen: Delete! Delete! Delete!

Army of Ghosts[edit]

Cyber Leader1: We are the Cybermen. The Ghost Shift will be increased to 100%.

Cyber Leader1: The Sphere is not ours... The Sphere broke down the barriers between worlds, we only followed. Its origin is unknown.

Doomsday[edit]

Cyber Leader1: You will talk to your central world authority, and order global surrender.
Yvonne Hartman: Oh, do some research! We haven't got a "central world authority".
Cyber Leader1: You have now. I will speak on all global wavelengths. [The Cyber Leader's message is transmitted to viewers around the world] This broadcast is for humankind. Cybermen now occupy every landmass on this planet. But you need not fear. Cybermen will remove fear. Cybermen will remove sex, and class, and colour, and creed. You will become identical. You will become like us.

Cyber Leader1: Scans detect unknown technology active within Sphere chamber. Cybermen will investigate! Units 10-65 and 10-66 will investigate Sphere chamber.
10-65 and 10-66: We obey.

Cyberman: Our species are similar, though your design is inelegant.
Dalek Thay: Daleks have no concept of elegance!
Cyberman: This is obvious. But consider: our technologies are compatible. Cybermen plus Daleks - together, we could upgrade the universe.
Dalek Thay: You propose an alliance?
Cyberman: This is correct.
Dalek Thay: [pause] Request denied!
[The Cybermen raise their arms, guns out]
Cybermen: Hostile elements will be deleted!

Cyber Leader1: Daleks, be warned...you have declared war upon the Cybermen.
Dalek Sec: This is not war - This is pest control!
Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
Dalek Sec: Four.
Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
Dalek Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
Cyberman: What is that?
Dalek Sec: You are better at dying!

Cyber Leader1: Quarantine the Sphere Chamber. Start emergency upgrading. Begin with these personnel. [about the Doctor] Keep this one. His increased adrenaline suggests that he has vital Dalek information.

Cyber Leader1: You are proof.
The Doctor: Of what?
Cyber Leader1: That emotions destroy you.

Cyberman: Cyber Leader1 has been terminated. Download shared files. I will be upgraded to Cyber Leader.

Cybermen: Delete! Delete! Daleks will be deleted!

Cyber Leader2: Emergency! All units will converge on the Torchwood Tower. Repeat - all Cybermen to Torchwood!

Cyber Leader2: We will retreat through the Breach; reclaim the homeworld.
[A Cyberman steps in the way; its voice sounds oddly feminine]
Cyber-Yvonne: You will not pass.
Cyber Leader2: What is the meaning of this?!
Cyber-Yvonne: You will not pass. (fires) I did my duty for Queen and country. I did my duty for Queen and country. I did my duty for Queen and country. (A tear of oil leaks out of her eye)

The Next Doctor[edit]

Cyber Leader: The attack is scheduled for fourteen hours. Plans for the Ascension demand a successful intervention. Is everything in position?
Miss Hartigan: That's rather dependent on you. All I can promise is to do my best.
Cyber Leader: Define the parameters of "best".
Miss Hartigan: As you would say, I will operate at maximum efficiency. And you'll keep your part of the bargain?
Cyber Leader: You will be heralded in the new age, at the Court of the CyberKing.
Cybermen: [saluting] The CyberKing will rise!
Miss Hartigan: "The CyberKing will rise", indeed. How like a man.

Miss Hartigan: Oh, that is magnificent! That is royalty, indeed! And that's quite a throne. Oh, you will look resplendent.
Cyber Leader: The chair you designate as "throne" is not intended for me. My function is to serve the CyberKing, not to become the CyberKing.
Miss Hartigan: Then who sits there?
[The CyberLeader slowly turns towards her]
Miss Hartigan: [shocked and scared] No! Now, just-- I think if you remember correctly, you said I was to be heralded--
Cyber Leader: All hail the CyberKing!
Cybermen: [saluting] All hail the CyberKing!
Miss Hartigan: But you promised me! You said I would never be converted!
Cyber Leader: That was designated a lie.

Miss Hartigan: [secured to the throne] You can't do this to me!
Cyber Leader: Incorrect. It is done.
Miss Hartigan: But I would have served you anyway!
Cyber Leader: Your mind is ridden with anger and abuse and revenge. These have no place in a Cybermind. Activate. Emotions have tormented you all of your life. Now you will be set free. This is your liberation.
Miss Hartigan: Oh, for the love of God, have you no pity?!
Cyber Leader: Correct.

The Eleventh Doctor[edit]

Portrayed by Matt Smith

The Pandorica Opens[edit]

Cyberman: [to Amy Pond] You will be assimilated.

CyberLeader: All projections correlate. All evidence concurs. The Doctor will destroy the Universe.

CyberLeader: (Clenching his fist) Seal the Pandorica.

Closing Time[edit]

Cyberman: You have come to us.
The Doctor: Took me a while. Lot on my mind.

Cyberman 1: He must be the new leader.
Cyberman 2: No. He is not like us. Brain and binary vascular system incompatible. They will be discarded. Other body parts may be of use.

Cyberman: You are compatible. You are intelligent.
Craig: I'm not intelligent! You don't want me!
Cyberman: Do not fear. We will take your fear from you. You will be like us. You will be more than us.

Cyberman: Emotions eradicated. Conversion complete.
[There is the sound of beeping]
Cyberman: Alert! Emotional subsystems rebooting. This is impossible.
The Doctor: He can hear him. He can hear Alfie. Oh please, just give me this. Craig, you wanted a chance to prove you're a dad. You are never gonna get a better one than this.
Cyberman: What is happening?
The Doctor: What's happening, you metal moron, a baby is crying. And you better watch out! Because guess what? Ha ha! Daddy's coming home!

Nightmare in Silver[edit]

Cyberman: Upgrade in progress.

Cyberman: Please stand by. You will be upgraded. Welcome to the Cyberiad.

Quotes about Cybermen[edit]

  • They're people?!
  • They were. Until they had all their humanity taken away. That's a living brain jammed inside a cybernetic body, with a heart of steel. All emotions removed.
  • Why no emotions?
  • Because it hurts.

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