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John Lumic
Also known as: Cyber-Controller
Race: Human, later Cyberman
Home Planet: Alternative Earth
Home Era: 2007
Appearances: DW: Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel
Actor: Roger Lloyd Pack
"This is the age of steel and I am its creator."
―John Lumic converted into Cyber-Controller

John Lumic was a business tycoon and owner of Cybus Industries and the creator of the Cybermen. Born in Great Britain (which he called "the homeland"), he advanced the entire planet through such inventions as the EarPod.




"I will bring peace to the world. Everlasting peace. And unity. And uniformity."
―John Lumic as Cyber-Controller

Though he publicly denied rumors of ill health, Lumic suffered from a terminal illness and used a motorized wheelchair as transport. He devoted all of his resources to discovering a way to extend his own lifespan. To this end, he used Cybus Industries' front organisation, International Electromatics, to abduct homeless people as a test subjects. These captives were transported to Lumic's factory in London, Battersea Power Station, where they were upgraded into Cybermen. Lumic took strict measures to keep the project secret, even killing a member of his staff who threatened to blow the whistle.

Hoping to gain government approval for his work, Lumic unveiled the Cyberman model to the President of Great Britain. To Lumic's dismay, the President denied his plea and rejected the project. Viewing the President's decision as a death sentence, Lumic set in motion a plan to overthrow the government. He mailed a pair of EarPods to the wife of one of his employees, Pete Tyler, ostensibly as a birthday present. In reality, the EarPods were meant to scan Jackie Tyler's brain so Lumic could override the security arrangements for that night. Knowing the President would be among those in attendance at Jackie's party, Lumic dispatched a horde of Cybermen to kill him (along with any other potential dissidents).

Once his breathing apparatus was damaged by Mr. Crane, Lumic realized that he would soon die and pleaded with his Cybermen to help him. The Cybermen reasoned that keeping the old man alive would be redundant, and against Lumic's protests, forcibly upgraded him into their new master, the Cyber-Controller.

He remained seated in a chair, connected to it by tubing, though he did have full mobility as long as he disconnected the tubing. This Cyber-Controller was similar to his subordinate Cybermen, except his brain was visible and his eyes glowed with blue light, suggesting more advanced vision circuits. It seemed that part of Lumic's human consciousness remained intact, to the point where it could be argued that there was even some emotion - anger - in his voice when speaking to the Doctor.

His brain housed in a metallic body, Lumic announced that his Cybermen would take control of London before overthrowing the world. Soon afterwards, the Battersea factory was destroyed, temporarily delaying the Cyberman invasion. The upgraded Lumic angrily tried to stop the Doctor and his friends from escaping in a zeppelin. Before Lumic could reach them, however, Pete Tyler used the sonic Screwdriver to cut the rope ladder suspending Lumic above his factory, causing him to fall into the burning wreckage and apparently killing him. (DW: The Age of Steel)
The Cyber Controller
Cyberman Variants
N-Space Cybermen: Cyber-Controller  • Cyber-Leader  • Cyber-Lieutenant  • Cybermats  • Cyber-Planner  • Cyber-Scout
Pete's World Cybermen: Cyber-Controller  • Cyber-Leader  • Lisa Hallett  • CyberKing  • Cybershades
Aliens and Enemies of Series 2
The Christmas Invasion: Sycorax  • Fadros Pallujikaa  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Attack of the Graske: Graske  • Changelings  • Slitheen family  • Zygon
New Earth: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Chip  • Sisters of Plenitude  • Face of Boe  • New Humans  • Casp  • Jatt Tooth and Claw: Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform  • Brethren  • Angelo School Reunion: Krillitanes  • Lassar  • Wagner  • Jackson The Girl in the Fireplace: Clockwork Droids Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel: Cybermen  • John Lumic/Cyber-Controller  • Crane The Idiot's Lantern: The Wire  • Magpie The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit: The Beast  • Ood  • Tobias Zed  • Seven Gamma Seven Love & Monsters: Abzorbaloff  • Hoix  • Autons Fear Her: Isolus  • Mr Webber  • Scribble Monster Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Adeola Oshodi  • Gareth Evans  • Matt Crane  • Flying Stingrays


  • Lumic seems to be very similar to Davros both are on life support and both see themselves high among their species.

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