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Doctor Who: Cybermen is a combination fiction/non-fiction book that explores the history of the Cybermen in Doctor Who (using a style that mixes non-fiction documentary with in-universe history). The book's author, David Banks, portrayed the Cyber-Leader in several television episodes, as well as the Doctor during one performance of The Ultimate Adventure.

Back cover blurb[]

1990 paperback edition[]

"There are some corners of the Universe which have bred the most terrible things. Things which act against everything we believe in. They must be fought."

So speaks the Second Doctor of one of his most daunting enemies. And for more than two decades - in many gripping TV adventures he has fought them. They are beings dedicated only to Survival. Human once, they are now more machine than man - creatures motivated by logic and devoid of emotion. They call themselves Cybermen.

An exciting celebration of these most popular of Dr Who monsters, Cybermen is arranged in four self contained sections:

  • Archive: An epic history of the Cybermen and their encounters with the Doctor told as never before from the view point of an imaginary alien race - the ArcHivists. All the facts and the many theories woven together through inspired speculation and dramatic illustration. A mind game and a visual feast.
  • Program: The fullest account yet of the making of the TV programmes. Producers, Directors, Actors, Designers and Writers - many for the first time ever - recall in their own words the changing shape of Cybermen. Includes previously unpublished photographs, and the shape of Cybermen to come...?
  • Datalog: The story that never made it to the screen - Genesis of the Cybermen by Gerry Harris. Technical credits and cast lists. Details of novelizations, merchandise and the comic strips.

Introduced by Gerry Davis - co-creator of the Cybermen. Written by David Banks - the Cyber-Leader himself - with additional material by Adrian Rigelsford. Illustrated by Andrew Skilleter and guest artists.

144 large-format pages, packed with illustrations, many in full colour. Here at last is everything you wanted to know about Cybermen but might have been afraid to ask!

Subject matter[]

The book includes comprehensive coverage of the creation of the Cybermen, their appearances on television and a coherent history of the Cybermen from an in universe perspective. The book includes detailed and well supported theories on the chronology of cyber history and the relationships between the various sub-types of Cyberman.


  • Andrew Skilleter's illustrations depict, amongst other things, a possible post-Silver Nemesis form of the Cybermen, which went on to influence descriptions of future Cybermen in some printed works.
  • The 1990 paperback edition was revised and expanded to include the events of Silver Nemesis.


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