The patients were an early evolution of Mondasian Cybermen created on Floor 1056 of a Mondasian colony ship. Their development was a key stage of Operation Exodus. (TV: World Enough and Time, The Doctor Falls)
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The patients were the result of a large-scale surgical experiment to cybernetically augment Humans of Mondasian origin. The goal of the program was to allow the residents of Floor 1056 to "survive in a world not made for flesh"; the increasingly hostile industrial landscape caused by thousands of years of human occupation. They were made in the conversion theatre of the hospital by the surgeon.
For the most part, the patients were catatonic. When not undertaking surgical alterations they were relegated to wheelchairs in the out-patients ward, or even sometimes left to rest in the conversion theatre itself. The patients generally wore an off-blue surgical robe that fastened on the patient's right-hand side, under which could be discerned the outline of a mechanical respirator.
The patients' heads were entirely covered in a canvas like white surgical material, knotted at the top. The face was otherwise featureless save for a nasal cannula administering purified oxygen. The bag also rendered the patients blind, as it covered the eyes with no initial provision for sight holes. This did not, however, make them unable to guide themselves, as several were seen able to move purposefully.
The extremities, or at the very least what was exposed from the surgical gowns, were encased in a somewhat loose fitting surgical rubber, designed to aesthetically resemble Caucasian skin tone.
Each patient was equipped with an electronic voice synthesiser. Initially, this was connected to the patients' catheter canisters, though in the years that followed this was eventually integrated into the patients' bodies. The need for them was simple; through the course of the operations to convert them, the patients vocal cords were either severely damaged or removed entirely, rendering them mute. Through the use of the synthesisers, the patients could communicate crude commands, or often communicate their own physical discomfort. One Patient initially discovered by Bill had been attempting to solicit aid from the Hospital through repeatedly communicating one word; "pain". Another patient did the same, instead, pleading with the hospital to euthanize them. The nurse habitually muted the patients' synthesisers so they could more readily ignore their condition.
They appeared to share a consciousness, as a group moved in unison when they sensed Bill try to leave the hospital. (TV: World Enough and Time) The group that was sent to Floor 0507 were revealed to have been somewhat repelled by the residents there, being shot by night then strung up on wooden crosses when disabled during the day. (TV: The Doctor Falls)
They could typically only move at a slow walk but were strong enough to restrain people should the need arise. Jorj also stated they were too strong for him to fight off and that they could snap people in half. However, Razor was able to knock one out with a blow to the back of the head. (TV: World Enough and Time) Unlike subsequent Cyberman models, they could be killed or at least incapacitated by bullets. (TV: The Doctor Falls)