This is the costume I made for Halloween of 2011. The design is based primarily on the design of the Cybermen from the 1967 serial entitled "The Moonbase". For a variety of reasons - some practical, some personal - I did not attempt to create an exact duplicate of the costume from that show, but it's one of my favorite incarnations of the Cybermen and served as the most direct inspiration. The costume consists of five main features: the mask, the suit, the chest console, the boots, and the gloves. The mask is easily the most complicated piece, but actually took the least amount of time.

One of the nice things about choosing a Cyberman for a costume is that they appear different each time the monsters are resurrected on Doctor Who, so you have a lot of leeway in terms of design choices, and a lot of incarnations from which to draw inspiration. For me, the most important features to signify a Cyberman are the "handles" on their heads and the distinctive "teardrop" design of the eye holes (not yet present on the actual Moonbase Cyberman designs, and my primary reason for not trying to copy them exactly).

Besides the mask, the main things you'll need to make this costume are:

Plastic tubing
Silver paint (traditional and spray)
Wiffle Balls
Trading Card Collector's Box
Circuit Board
A clever brother with knowledge of electronics
A handy boyfriend with a circular saw

I will show you what I used and how I used it, but you're certainly not bound to my choices. Many of my specific selections were made based on what I had sitting around, and there are a lot of other ways this costume could have gone.

well made there due :)

check out my 2006 Cyberleader here.


rockinmama2 years ago
hi again......just had to let you know my hubby won best 'Doctor Who enemy' at a recent DW convention....thanks to your help. I changed the costume slightly, but it was a big hit....I've included a pic
pokiespout (author)  rockinmama1 year ago
Holy cow, that is terrific!!!
Hey, me and my fiancée both went as cybermen to the MCM Expo Comic Con in London this weekend, and were the only cybermen there. An actor from one of the newer doctor who's stopped us, and Tom Baker was there, so he signed the helmet. Thank you for these easy to follow instructions :-)
pokiespout (author)  ChristineWilkins1 year ago
That's AMAZING! I love it!
Great costume! Excellent Instructable!
looop452 years ago
I recently watched the tomb of the cybermen and I loved it.
rockinmama2 years ago
Oh....forgot to mention: we are both in out mid 50's......Nerds never age...LOL
rockinmama2 years ago
Almost finished my cyber costume...I had to make a few changes. As we are flying from Perth to Melbourne (5 hr trip), I had to make the 'collar' separate, so it could fit in my luggage ( don't know what the airport people will think when it goes through the scanner....hahaha.)..it actually has turned out great. I just glued velcro around the neck & inside the helmet, it sits great. I have a voice changer too, which is awesome. I pulled a PC tower apart & cut the inside panel in half. I left some of the wires on it for extra effect. I was able to put a hole in the wiffle balls, it was very easy to do with a drill & the tubing moves very 'naturally'. I had to make the overalls as I couldn't find any light colored ones, but they have turned out really well & lightweight ( I'm a seamstress :) ). It was difficult getting the mask smooth...but hubby sprayed some putty on it & sanded it fairly smooth. I used 20 battery operated party lights in the console & they can be flashing or static. We are going to enter the costume competition ( I'm going as the Tardis). If my cyber costume comes anywhere I will give you credit. Thanks again for an awesome commentary & excellent instructions.
rockinmama2 years ago
This is an AWESOME costume...hope you don't mind me using some of your tips & ideas. Going to make one for my hubby for an upcoming DW convention.
horus19842 years ago
Very good, I like the classic Cybermen much more than the new Cybermen.
tecwater2 years ago
I personally want to THANK YOU for posting these step by step instructions on this build! I've been wanting to make this costume for quite some time now (the wiffle balls and vacuum tubing were just too tempting) but didn't know where to start. Your layout was creative and very achievable with a little time and patience. Happy Halloween :)



Awesome job, and great costume. I like how you did the headpiece, it comes out well and avoids messing with resins and such. Makes me feel like I could make something like that even though resinds in general hate me.

Thanks for sharing!
pokiespout (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
My pleasure! I try to make all my costumes using the cheapest and simplest materials possible. Of course, I have always been intrigued by the idea of actually using THE BEST TOOL FOR THE JOB, but so far that hasn't usually been an option!
darph bobo3 years ago
Excellent tutorial! Excellent suit! My hat's off to you sir!
pokiespout (author)  darph bobo2 years ago
Thank you! I am super proud of this one, though still disappointed at the number of people who thought I was "a robot"...
darph bobo3 years ago
very impressive! Me likey!
super cool
this is great
Love your headpieces! I have been reading your instructables with a project in mind for 5th-6th graders... any advice on doing these type of projects with kids that young?
awesome!!!!! costumes
Eacon3 years ago
Oldschool Who! =D
The your mask on the final photos looks strangely happy. Cyberman emotion? ^^
pokiespout (author)  Eacon3 years ago
Certainly not! Upgrade or be deleted, I always say.
ajleece3 years ago

To be honest, your one looks better than the original. xD
pokiespout (author)  ajleece3 years ago
Thank you! I actually had to restrain myself from making it too fancy, because I wanted my Cyberman to really look like something they might have used at the BBC in the sixties.
Haha, awesome.

One thing i would do though, is put some form of mesh over the eyes! That way you can still see out, but people can't see your eyes.
pokiespout (author)  ajleece3 years ago
Oh yes, that is the plan! I'm just waiting to screen out the eyes and mouth until my voice modulator arrives, because it will need to be attached inside the mask and I figure I might need to stick my fingers through the face-holes to do it!
depotdevoid3 years ago
This is awesome, we MUST have video!

I mailed the voice modulator today, hopefully it's to you by Wednesday!
Wait, wait, wait...there's a voice modulator that goes with this?! I second the video request!
pokiespout (author)  depotdevoid3 years ago
Very cool, I am so excited! I will be sure to have Rob take some grainy video of Cyberman in the park next weekend.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
great job, and the helmet looks amazing!
pokiespout (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Much obliged! I'm very proud of how this one turned out!
kikiclint3 years ago
It has a little bit of lego face as a cyberman
pokiespout (author)  kikiclint3 years ago
Really it's the other way 'round! Lego men were not introduced until the late seventies, while the Cybermen's first story was THE TENTH PLANET in '66.
kyleslab3 years ago
Great job!
Kiteman3 years ago
I think, if I opened my door to this, I might actually shriek in fear and hide behind the sofa...

(Ah, memories...)
pokiespout (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
High praise indeed! Sending people behind the sofa is why I do what I do...

If you ever came up with a giant rat, I wouldn't even open the door!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Always look forward to seeing your amazing builds!
pokiespout (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thank you scooch! I'm always good for one instructable a year, but I do try to make it memorable!