In the late 2260s, Professor Whitmore was project manager for an archaeological team investigating an abandoned relay station on the planet Aprilia III. They spent several months studying the technology of the relay station but found it incomprehensible and inoperable. At some point, Cybermen infiltrated the facility and mind-controlled Whitmore and the other researchers, making them unemotional and docile.
After the archaeologists missed making three scheduled reports, the USS Enterprise was sent to investigate on stardate 3368.5. Whitmore met with Captain James T. Kirk, Mister Spock, Doctor Leonard McCoy and Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott. He blamed the lack of communications on the planet's radiation belt and gave them a short tour of the station.
The away team and the Fourth Doctor returned to the station and discovered Whitmore and the archaeologists under Cybermen mind-control. They freed them from the effects and evacuated them while the Cybermen were destroyed. Whitmore and his team returned to their work. (COMIC: Assimilation²)