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The Cybermen evolved from the desperate tragedy of the people of Mondas. The Cyber Controller acts as their leader, an overall intelligence tasked with controlling their various imperatives.
>He has knowledge of their campaigns, and has thus encountered the Doctor on more than one occasion. He is usually kept away from the frontline during the Cyberinvasions. Though with a slight modification to the standard Cyberbody, and superior knowledge and tactical skill, the Cyber Controller is as vulnerable to attack as any of the ordinary Cybermen.
In 2011, a group of Cybermen almost converted Craig Owens into a Cyber-Controller, but his “love” for his son overloaded their emotional inhibitors and caused them to explode, saving Craig from the complete process. (Closing Time)
In the late 21st century, a Cyber-Controller led an attack on Space Station W3. Zoe Heriot brought the Cybermen into the Land of Fiction. The Cyber-Controller realised the potential of converting fictional characters and led an invasion of the Land of Fiction until Grendel’s mother ripped its limbs off and the Lady of the Lake beheaded it. (Legend of the Cybermen)
On the planet Chronos in the year 3286, the Sixth Doctor encountered a version of his companion, Evelyn Smythe, who had become the Cyber-Controller long before. This Controller planned to convert the Doctor himself into the next Cyber-Controller. This Cyber-Controller had come into existence when, Evelyn, infected by a techno-virus created by her own future self, had landed on 1927 Earth. The techno-virus had allowed the cyber-conversion of the humans who survived the virus. The Cyber-Controller herself infected Evelyn, her former self. Reece Goddard, a Cyberman from this timeline who resembled a human, killed this Cyber-Controller. Neither the Doctor or Evelyn realised the connection between her and this Controller. (Real Time, Real Time)
- Whether or not the title of Cyber-Controller belongs to a unique individual or more than one (sequentially or At The same time) remains unclear.
Taller than the others, the Controller found in the Cyber-tombs on Telos had an enlarged, dome-shaped semi-transparent brain case lit from the inside. He also lacked the Cyberman chest unit and the Cyberman head handles, and his head was grey instead of silver. The Cyber-Controller had such authority that, upon awakening, the other Cybermen appeared to salute him. (The Tomb of the Cybermen) Later, when he co-ordinated actions from Telos, the Controller had changed physically, now having changed to resemble the other Cybermen of that era. He had a chest unit, but still lacked the Cyberman head handles. He also now had a metal, though still enlarged, brain case. (Attack of the Cybermen)
Behind the scenes
The credits list in The Tomb of the Cybermen lists the Controller slightly differently, as the “Cyberman Controller”.
Whether or not the title of Cyber-Controller belongs to a unique individual or more than one (sequentially or At The same time) remains unclear.
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