Ascension of the Cybermen





Place of Origin:


First Seen In:

The Haunting of Villa Diodati


Ascension of the Cybermen

Main Actor:

Patrick O’Kane


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Originally human, (Ascension of the Cybermen) Ashad had multiple children before undergoing cyber-conversion, transforming him into a Cyberman. He did not have an emotional inhibitor, stating he “[did] not need to be stabilised”. As he recalled to the Thirteenth Doctor and Mary Shelley, his children joined the resistance and so he slit their throats. (The Haunting of Villa Diodati)

Ashad offered himself up to join the ranks of the Cybermen, but they rejected him. Regarding himself as a “believer”, however, he stayed committed to the cause. After the Cyber-Army was all but lost, he took it upon himself to revive the Empire, as their champion. (Ascension of the Cybermen)


Captain Jack Harkness once tried to contact The Doctor to warn him and “beware of the Lone Cyberman “and to not give it what it wants. However, he got hold of Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien instead, initially believing them to be the new Doctor. When he was told that he was she, he told them to warn her instead and tell her about a fallen empire. (Fugitive of the Judoon)


Ashad travelled back in time to 1816 to attempt to extract the Cyberium, the database of Cyberman history, from Percy Shelley. The Thirteenth Doctor absorbed it herself, knowing Shelley’s death would alter the future. However when Ashad threatened to tear reality by summoning his ship, she relinquished the Cyberium to him, knowingly ignoring Captain Jack’s warning but deciding she would rather confront the Cybermen in the future than change the course of history by having the Earth destroyed in 1816. After taking the Cyberium, Ashad disappeared. (The Haunting of Villa Diodati)


Due to his lack of an emotional inhibitor, Ashad was able to express and understand emotions and even tended towards anger. Despite this, he lacked mercy or remorse, being completely loyal to the Cybermen and revealing he killed his own children for joining the resistance. He also knew how to manipulate emotions, as shown when he taunted Mary Shelley about sparing her son not out of pity, but because he was unsuitable for conversion, and when he blackmailed The Doctor into handing over the Cyberium or he’d tear reality by summoning the ship. (The Haunting of Villa Diodati)


Having undergone a partial cyber-conversion, Ashad’s human body was housed in an incomplete, weathered Cyber-suit resembling those associated with the Cyberiad, (Nightmare in Silver) but with an unique Cyber-helmet with an incomplete faceplate that exposed the left side of his face. He wielded a functional Cyber wrist blaster, though its energy could be drained by time hopping.

Most notably, Ashad lacked an emotional inhibitor. Being a willing recruit to the Cyber-Empire, he mostly retained control of himself, claiming to the Thirteenth Doctor that he did not need to be stabilised, though he was prone to emotional outbursts. (The Haunting of Villa Diodati, Ascension of the Cybermen)

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