Biography[edit | edit source]
During the first 300 years of the Siege of Trenzalore, the Cybermen created the wooden Cyberman to bypass the force field surrounding Trenzalore and infiltrate Christmas, intending to either capture or kill the Eleventh Doctor so as to stop him from allowing the Time Lords to return to N-Space from their pocket universe; the force field, which had been enforced and maintained by the Church of the Papal Mainframe, prevented highly advanced technology from entering Trenzalore's atmosphere, and so the Cybermen, like all the other species in orbit of Trenzalore, could not directly attack the planet through conventional means.
After arriving on the planet's surface, the wooden Cyberman reached Christmas and was accidentally discovered by Barnable while the boy was playing Blind man's bluff. Whilst Barnable ran away and informed the Doctor that "there [was] another one", the wooden Cyberman began attacking the town with the flamethrower in its wrist blaster. Shortly after, the Doctor emerged from the town's bell tower to confront the Cyberman.
Raising their weapons in a standoff, the Doctor stated to the wooden Cyberman that it had sent an instruction from his sonic screwdriver to the Cyberman's wrist blaster to reverse its polarity and fire back at the wooden Cyberman; as Trenzalore was surrounded by a Truth Field, he was not lying. After the Doctor encouraged the Cyberman to scan his sonic screwdriver and verify the signal, the wooden Cyberman confirmed that the signal had been broadcast, and so reversed its wrist blaster and fired it directly into its chest. The Doctor then revealed that his sonic screwdriver did not actually work on wood, having instead used the Truth Field to trick the wooden Cyberman into believing that the signal would actually reverse its weapon without mentioning that such a signal shouldn't have worked. Shortly before it shut down completely, the Doctor ordered the wooden Cyberman to inform the other Cybermen in Trenzalore's orbit that "the Doctor stays", before pushing the Cyberman's incinerated body to the ground with his walking stick. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
Appearance and Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The wooden Cyberman was nearly identical in appearance to the Cybermen that evolved from those of the Cyber Legions during the Cyber-Wars, (PROSE: Ghost in the Machine) albeit with a Cyber-body made out of wood instead of steel. Its chest light was yellow, as was its mouth slit when it spoke, instead of the blue lights featured on the regular Cybermen of its design. The wooden Cyberman's wrist blaster was shaped like a large, flat arrowhead, unlike the cuboid-shaped wrist blasters of the regular Cybermen, and fired a flamethrower instead of energy bolts. Its voice was also more raspy than most Cybermen, and uttered the catchphrase "incinerate" instead of "delete". (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Doctor Who: Legacy[edit | edit source]
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