List of Doctor Who villains
Helen A, seen in The Happiness Patrol (1988), is the ruler of a human colony on Terra Alpha. Outlawing unhappiness, she brutally controls the population through executions conducted by the Happiness Patrol and Gilbert M's Kandy Man. Joseph C is her consort and she has a pet Stigorax, called Fifi. Joseph C escapes the city when the Pipe People revolt against Helen A's rule. Fifi is killed, crushed in the pipes below the city during the uprising. Helen A, unable to escape, only comes to understand the Doctor's notion that happiness can only truly be appreciated when counter-balanced with sadness when she discovers Fifi's remains. Helen A was intended to be a caricature of then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In 2010, Sylvester McCoy told the Sunday Times: "Our feeling was that Margaret Thatcher was far more terrifying than any monster the Doctor had encountered." The Doctor's calls on the drones to down their tools and revolt was intended as a reference to the 1984–85 miners' strike.
The competition was announced in July 2005, and received 43,920 entries. These were judged by Blue Peter editor Richard Marson, presenter Gethin Jones, Doctor Who producer Russell T Davies and Tenth Doctor David Tennant. The first prize for the competition was to have the monster appear in an episode of Doctor Who. Tennant announced the winner on Blue Peter on 17 August 2005. Conditions of the competition meant that the monster had to be able to be made from prosthetics and not require CGI.
Russell T Davies revealed on the Doctor Who Confidential episode "New World of Who" that Grantham imagined the Abzorbaloff to be the size of a double-decker bus, so was initially disappointed to see the final size of his creation. However, Grantham's design had not included size specifications (though the remains of the monster's victims on and within his body hinted at his being huge) and a larger size would not have fit the criteria of the competition unless the monster were superimposed on footage later on a larger scale. Ultimately, CGI was used for some shots of the talking faces on the Abzorbaloff.
Appearing in the episode "Love & Monsters", the Abzorbaloff, played by Peter Kay, is a creature that absorbs other living beings into his body with a simple touch. In doing so, the Abzorbaloff makes his victims part of himself, adding their memories and knowledge to his own. The victims retain their identity and consciousness for at least several weeks after absorption, during which time their faces can be seen embedded in his flesh, but eventually, those too are eliminated as they are fully absorbed. During this period, however, the absorption process works both ways – in becoming part of the Abzorbaloff, they are able to access his thoughts, just as he is able to access theirs. To restrain his absorption ability, the Abzorbaloff requires the use of a "limitation field", which limits absorption to physical contact. The Abzorbaloff hails from Clom, the sister planet to Raxacoricofallapatorius, homeworld of the criminal Slitheen clan. Despite a passing resemblance to them, the Abzorbaloff speaks of the Raxacoricofallapatorians with contempt.
Seeking to absorb the Doctor and his hundreds of years of experience, the Abzorbaloff adopts a human disguise as Victor Kennedy, his limitation field generated by the ornate cane he wields. Taking charge of "LINDA" (London Investigation 'N' Detective Agency), a small group of ordinary people who followed the exploits of the Doctor, the Abzorbaloff steadily absorbs their numbers one by one, until only Elton Pope remains. Pursuing Pope through the back streets of London, the Abzorbaloff is confronted by the Doctor, who stirs the absorbed victims to fight against the monster. Pulling the Abzorbaloff's body in different directions, the victims make him drop his cane, which Elton snaps in two, destroying the limitation field and causing the Abzorbaloff's absorption power to run out of control. His body collapses into liquid and is itself absorbed by the Earth.
"Abzorbaloff" is not the actual name of the species, but was coined independently by Elton Pope and the Doctor. The monster is seen to approve of the term, however. Other names thrown at him by the Doctor and Elton include "Abzorbatron", "Abzorbaling", "Abzorbatrix" and "Abzorbaclon".
Father Angelo is the leader of the monks who capture the Torchwood Estate and give refuge to a werewolf, as seen in "Tooth and Claw" (2006). He seeks to take the throne from Queen Victoria, but she shoots and kills him although no body is seen.
The Animus is an alien intelligence from an unknown planet which lands on the planet Vortis. It can take over any living creature that is in contact with gold and has already taken control of the ant-like Zarbi when the Doctor and his companions arrive on Vortis in the serial The Web Planet. One of Vortis' surviving lifeforms, the Optera, refers to the Animus as "Pwodarauk". The Animus manifests itself within an organic, self-healing palace called the Carcinome.
At the end of the story, the Animus's true form is revealed, as resembling an octopus with some arachnid features. The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki help the Menoptra to destroy the Animus using the Menoptra's secret weapon, the Isop-tope.
The Animus returns or is mentioned in several spin-off stories. In the Missing Adventure Twilight of the Gods by Christopher Bulis, the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria return to Vortis and encounter a seed of the Animus which had survived. The New Adventure All-Consuming Fire by Andy Lane identifies the Animus with the Great Old One Lloigor from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. An article by Russell T Davies in the Doctor Who Annual 2006 says that the "Greater Animus perished" in the Time War, "and its Carsenome (sic) Walls fell into dust." In 2013 comic book series Prisoners of Time the Doctor, Vicki, Ian and Barbara encounter the Animus on Earth, which it has travelled to with help from a mysterious figure who kidnaps the Doctor's companions.
Azal is the Dæmon from the planet Dæmos that terrorises Devil's End in the Third Doctor story The Dæmons. Summoned by the Master, Azal has a gargoyle, named Bok, as a servant. Azal landed on Earth over a million years ago and did help in the development of mankind. Azal is awakened by an archaeological professor, Professor Horner, who is digging out the cave at Devil's Hump that is a part of Azal's ship. Azal creates a heat barrier around Devil's End. He had contact with the Master though the ceremony with the Master's coven. (He is summoned by use of magic incantations and the phrase, shouted in a rising cadence by the Master, "ecoh, ecoh, Azal!") The Master wants Azal's power. He wants to give it to the Doctor, but the Doctor refuses. Then Azal decides to give the Master his power and destroy the Doctor. Jo Grant tells Azal to kill her instead. Azal, not understanding her willingness to give her own life for someone else's, is thus destroyed when his own power turns against him in his confusion, and destroys himself and his ship at the dig at Devil's Hump. Events at Devil's End return to normal, the heat barrier goes and Bok is a normal statue again.
Using enhanced rust, the Doctor destroys the ship Baltazar had built, Baltazar having destroyed the entire Earth defence. With his space piracy, cybernetics, robot parrot, and desire to crush planets into precious gems, Baltazar bears a striking resemblance to The Captain, a character from the Fourth Doctor adventure, The Pirate Planet. Baltazar destroyed a planet in the 40th century, and committed other crimes, and is sent to the prison planet Volag-Noc. With the aid of Caw, a robotic parrot, Balthazar puts a tracking device on the Doctor so the Doctor and Martha would find The Infinite – a huge spaceship that can grant people their heart's desire – for him.
Once he finds The Infinite Baltazar discovers an illusion showing "what the heart desires". After the Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to tear the ship apart, he orders Squawk to escort him backto Volag-Noc.
The title "Scourge of the Galaxy" also belonged to the Macra.
The Beast is an ancient being that has been trapped for billions of years in a pit at the centre of the planet named in the Scriptures of the Veltino as Krop Tor, orbiting a black hole humans have designated K37 Gem 5, kept in balance by an energy source below the surface of the planet. This counterweight extends out in a funnel into open space. The Beast is imprisoned by "Disciples of Light", who have crafted its prison such that if it ever frees itself, the gravitational force will collapse and the planet, and the Beast with it, will be pulled into the black hole.
The Beast is awakened when a human expedition party fly their ship through the funnel to land on the planet, hoping to excavate and claim the power source for their Empire. The Beast telepathically speaks through the empathic Ood, who becomes the "Legion of the Beast", and later possesses Toby Zed. Resembling a huge horned demon, the Beast claims that it is the basis of the Devil figure in all religions and mythologies (including Abaddon, Satan, the Kaled god of war, and Lucifer), and that it originates from before the creation of the universe. It is uncertain whether this is true and the exact nature of the Beast remains uncertain. The Beast knows and plays on the hidden fears and secrets of those with whom it speaks, and the Doctor describes it as extremely intelligent.
Intending to escape Krop Tor, the Beast possesses Toby Zed, hoping to escape inside his mind while leaving its physical body still trapped in the planet. However, the Doctor smashes the power source of the prison, causing Krop Tor to be dragged into the black hole, and the Beast's body bursts into flames. At that moment, while fleeing the planet in a spacecraft with his team, Toby, who is possessed by the Beast, angrily proclaims that as long as he was feared, he could never be destroyed. Rose Tyler, however, shoots out the cockpit window with a bolt gun, causing Toby, with the mind of the Beast, to be blown into the black hole.
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Bok is the gargoyle servant of Azal in the Third Doctor story The Dæmons. Made of stone, he is bulletproof. He is blown apart by a UNIT bazooka, but reformed moments later. He reverts to his statue form when Azal is defeated.
Borusa is a Time Lord and a former teacher of the Doctor who appears in four serials. Each time, Borusa is portrayed by a different actor, it being implied that the character has regenerated in the time between these serials making his appearance and personality different in each story:
- The Deadly Assassin - Angus MacKay
- The Invasion of Time - John Arnatt
- Arc of Infinity - Leonard Sachs
- The Five Doctors - Philip Latham
When the character is first introduced in The Deadly Assassin, he occupies the post of Cardinal in the High Council, and is portrayed as a good though pretentious person with some political standing on Gallifrey, the Time Lords' home planet. He sets about "adjusting truth" in the wake of the Doctor's return to Gallifrey and his defeat of the Master. He seeks, for instance, to portray the late Chancellor Goth not as the Master's ally, but as a hero who has given his life to stop the Master. After the Doctor willingly leaves Gallifrey again, in the Doctor's absence Borusa officially becomes Lord Chancellor (although the Doctor later claims this was done "illegally").
Borusa appears again when the Doctor returns to Gallifrey briefly in The Invasion of Time to officially take up the post of Lord President. This is, however, part of a strategy to defeat the Vardans, and once they and the Sontarans have been seen off, the Doctor - now having been officially inaugurated as President of the High Council of Time Lords - departs and leaves Gallifrey in the hands of Borusa once again.
By the time of Arc of Infinity, Borusa has regenerated again and has officially become Lord President of Gallifrey. He, along with other members of the High Council of Time Lords, condemns the Fifth Doctor to death, as Omega has attempted to interface with this universe from his own anti-matter universe by using the Fifth Doctor as the bridge, thereby endangering the whole of creation. Borusa is even suspected of being the traitor who has sent Omega the Doctor's genetic code; however, he is quickly proven innocent and assisted the Doctor in destroying Omega.
In The Five Doctors, Borusa has once again regenerated, which may have unbalanced his mind. He seeks, by using the Doctor's first five incarnations, the Time Lord founder Rassilon's fabled secret of immortality for himself so that he may rule Gallifrey forever. Borusa uses a Time Scoop to transport the Doctor (and various companions) to the Death Zone on Gallifrey, using them to clear the way to the Dark Tower where Rassilon is entombed. History states that to share immortality, would-be challengers have to overcome the obstacles in the Death Zone and solve the Game of Rassilon by removing the ring from Rassilon's hand. The Game is actually a trap to contain power-mad maniacs, since Rassilon reasons that immortality is a curse rather than a blessing and that anyone who seeks it is clearly deranged. Borusa is transformed into a living statue by Rassilon for his efforts.
The spin off novels Blood Harvest and The Eight Doctors by Terrance Dicks feature further appearances by Borusa. In both novels Borusa is freed from his imprisonment and given a chance for redemption. In The Eight Doctors, he is released thanks to the appeal of the Eighth Doctor to help resolve the political conflict inspired by the Sixth Doctor's trial in The Trial of a Time Lord. In Blood Harvest Borusa aids the Seventh Doctor, Rassilon and Romana in fighting off the mental influence of a powerful foe.
BOSS from Biomorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor, is a supercomputer that appears in The Green Death (1973). It has a megalomaniacal personality, and has been programmed to be inefficient, so that it can make the same kind of intuitive leaps of logic as humans. It is able to brainwash humans, including Captain Mike Yates who later suffers a nervous breakdown as a result. It is responsible for producing the chemicals that mutate maggots into giant maggots. BOSS plans to interface with all computers on Earth and enslave humanity. Stevens, a human brainwashed by BOSS, sacrifices himself when his mental programming is partially broken by the Third Doctor, blowing himself and the computer up as the Doctor escapes.
BOSS is voiced by John Dearth (who appears later in Doctor Who as Lupton in Planet of the Spiders (1974)).
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Signora Rosanna Calvierri is a Saturnyne who flees the destruction of her planet along with her offspring, although only the males survive. She sets up a school in Venice, supposedly to educate young girls, but in reality she is turning the girls into Saturnynes to mate them with her sons. She plans to flood Venice, but is defeated, and as one last jab to the Doctor, throws herself into the water in human form, to be eaten by her doomed offspring.
Max Capricorn appears in the Tenth Doctor story "Voyage of the Damned". He is the owner of a luxury spaceship cruiseliner company, but is voted out by the other owners of the company and plans to get his revenge by crashing one of his ships into the Earth, killing all life on the planet as well as the 2000 people on board; selling his shares, he will earn enough to retire and see the remainder of the company in prison for mass murder. Due to his advanced age (he had been running his company for more than a hundred years), he has been reduced to a head in a tank, a cyborg dependent on life support (the common prejudice against cyborgs may have played a part in his removal from his company). Astrid Peth stops his plan by pushing him into the live nuclear storm drive, sacrificing herself in the process.
The Captain is a space pirate who appears in the fourth Doctor episode The Pirate Planet. He is a cyborg, with half of his body covered in robotic prosthetics, and has a pet robot parrot, named Polyphase Avitron, that rests on his shoulder. He is prone to angry outbursts, and is directly served by a nurse and his nervous assistant Mr Fibuli. The Captain pilots an entire planet – Zanak – which will materialise around other planets and strip them of their mineral wealth. The Captain keeps a trophy room of the super-compressed planets he has conquered. It is revealed that the Captain's nurse is a projection of Zanak's queen Queen Xanxia, who is controlling the Captain and using the complex forces of the compressed planets to power a machine that perpetually keeps her a few seconds from death.
- See: Sisters of Plenitude
Caven is the ruthless leader of the titular gang in the Second Doctor story The Space Pirates. His gang have been destroying space beacons to salvage and steal the precious mineral argonite, and he has falsely imprisoned Dom Issigri, founder of the Issigri Mining Corporation, and persuaded Dom's daughter Madeline that he was killed by Dom's old business partner Milo Clancey.
Caven's brutality ultimately turns Madeline against him, and she reports him to the Earth Space Corps, who had thought Clancey was behind the pirates. The Space Corps track Caven down and destroy his ship with him on board.
Harrison Chase is an eccentric millionaire with an obsession for botany. He is a madman with a disdainful attitude toward human life, favouring plant life.
Through his vast resources, Chase learns that the seed pods of a Krynoid, an intelligent form of alien plant life, have been found in Antarctica. A collector of rare specimens, Chase becomes obsessed with obtaining a sample, and successfully acquires one. He allows the Krynoid to possess one of his henchmen, who begins to mutate into a Human-Krynoid hybrid. As the monster grows in size and power, Chase too becomes possessed by the Krynoid.
Convinced of a future where Krynoids are the dominant life form on Earth, Chase aids the monster in earnest. By this time, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith are trapped on Chase's property. Chase eventually captures Sarah and attempts to kill her by throwing her into a compost shredder. The Doctor stops him, and the two fight, until Chase falls into the shredder and perishes.
Chen is the power-crazed Guardian of the Solar System in the year 4000 AD and a collaborator with the Daleks who promise him a position as ruler of the universe alongside them. However he is plotting against the Daleks, claiming "When I am next to the Daleks, only they stand between me and the highest position in the Universe!"
In the final chapter of 'The Daleks Master' plan, The Destruction of Time, the Daleks turned against Chen. Enraged by this treachery, he tries to flee the Daleks' base after trying to shoot the Supreme Dalek. He is gunned down by a pursuing group of Daleks; his final words being "I, Mavic Chen, am Immortal!"
Cobb is a General for the human faction on the planet Messeline. It appears he grew deranged over the week-long period in which the war took place, becoming blood-thirsty and wishing for the genocide of the Hath. He asks the Tenth Doctor to join him in war against the Hath, in a bid to claim the Source for which they are both searching, but subsequently locks the Doctor and his companions up when the Doctor refuses. He later shoots Jenny, the Doctor's daughter, after the Doctor releases the Source; the Doctor is clearly tempted to shoot Cobb himself, but informs Cobb that he would never resort to Cobb's methods, going on to ask the humans and Hath to make that philosophy the foundation of their new society.
Matron Cofelia is a nanny of the Five-Straighten, Classabindi Nursery Fleet, Intergalactic Class, given the task of looking after babies of the Adipose, after their breeding planet was lost, in "Partners in Crime". Disguised as a human named Miss Foster, a play on "foster mother", she uses Adipose pills to galvanise human fats into living creatures, the Adipose, despite the illegality of using Level 5 planets for such a purpose. She possesses a sonic pen, described by the Doctor as "sleek", which functions identically to the Sonic Screwdriver. After the Adipose babies are adopted, Cofelia is no longer needed; the Adiposian First Family decides to dispose of their accomplice, and shuts off a tractor beam causing her to fall to her death. Miss Foster/Matron Cofelia is portrayed by Sarah Lancashire.
The Chief Caretaker, featured in Paradise Towers (1987), serves the intelligence Kroagnon, the Great Architect of Paradise Towers. He sanctions the robotic Cleaners' killings, but loses control of the situation and is killed by Kroagnon for his body.
The Collector, in The Sun Makers (1977), played by Henry Woolf, is the finance-obsessed Usurian overlord of the humans on Pluto. In his humanoid form, he is diminutive in stature, bald with bushy eyebrows and uses a wheelchair. He speaks with a squeaky voice and is receptive to the praises of his underling Gatherer Hade. He reverts to his natural seaweed-like state in shock after he is trapped in his wheelchair when the Doctor collapses his economy during a revolution.
De Flores is a Neo-Nazi, based in South America, who aims to establish a Fourth Reich, aided by a powerful Time Lord weapon, known as the Nemesis, as seen in Silver Nemesis(1988). He leads a group of paramilitary men against Lady Peinforte, a group of Cybermen and the Seventh Doctor, who all vie to control the Nemesis. He possesses the bow – part of the Nemesis as it was in its statue form – which he and his men reunite with the statue body when it falls to England in a comet in 1988. After allying himself with the Cybermen, De Flores is killed by the Cyber Leader when he outlives his usefulness to them.
The Destroyer is an otherdimensional entity summoned by the sorceress Morgaine in Battlefield (1989) to aid her in defeating the Seventh Doctor. Known by many titles, including "Destroyer of Worlds", he is kept subdued by chains of pure silver, and even Morgaine hesitates in unleashing him on the world until he allows the Doctor to gain the upper hand, thus forcing Morgaine to free him in a desperate attempt to avoid defeat.
At the time, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart has been called out of retirement to assist UNIT against Morgaine's invasion. The Destroyer taunts the Brigadier for being the best Earth could offer as its champion. The Brigadier then shoots and killed the Destroyer with silver bullets.
The design for the Destroyer is based on a theatrical devil's mask, modified so that an actor could speak through it. The cloak that covers its chainmail armour disguises the mechanical parts needed for the costume's special effects. Script writer Ben Aaronovitch originally intended the Destroyer to start off as a businessman who gradually became more demonic as he fell under Morgaine's spell, but this was time-consuming and expensive, so he stays in one form throughout.
Appearing in the episode "Amy's Choice", an individual calling himself the Dream Lord (Toby Jones) claims to offer the Doctor and his companions a choice between two life-threatening scenarios, for them to determine which is real. After realising that both realities were false, the Doctor reveals that the 'Dream Lord' was a manifestation of his own dark impulses, manifested by a psychic projection; having lived for hundreds of years, the Doctor's psyche has more abundant darkness in his mind than do those of Amy or Rory. The projection is caused by psychic pollen from the candle meadows of Karass Don Slava that gets stuck in the time rotor of the TARDIS, which causes it to heat. At the end of the episode, his reflection is seen by the Doctor on the TARDIS' Console.
The Editor (Simon Pegg) was the mysterious manager of the Satellite 5, an orbital news station around Earth broadcasting across the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire in 200,000. From Floor 500, he monitored the thoughts of all those connected to the archives of the station via chips implanted into people's heads, which were required to access the computer systems of the 2001st century. Through these implants, the Editor was able to instantly know whatever the person connected knew, and was even able to sense when a record was fictional or not, or that there was something out of place with a particular individual before a security check confirmed it. He reported to the monstrous slug-like extraterrestrial known as the Jagrafess. The Editor claimed that he represented a consortium of interstellar banks whose intent was to subtly control the Empire by means of manipulating the news.
After he captured the Ninth Doctor and Rose, the Editor was both intrigued and frustrated at the fact that records of their existence did not seem to exist in the archives. However, because the Doctor's new companion Adam had accessed the archives of the Satellite, the Editor found that the Doctor was a Time Lord and attempted to gain the TARDIS. Before he could do this, a human journalist named Cathica (who had been following the Doctor's investigation) reversed the environmental controls of Floor 500 that had been kept at an icy temperature vital for keeping the Jagrafess causing it to explode.
Eldrad was a silicon-based lifeform from the planet Kastria who saved his planet from solar winds, but then took down the barriers he created because the people wouldn't follow him. They sentenced him to destruction in an obliteration capsule, but his hand survived and ended up in a quarry on Earth. When Sarah Jane Smith came in contact with the hand, Eldrad controlled her, using her to bring his hand to a nuclear reactor. By absorbing radiation from the reactor, Eldrad was regenerated in a thin female body with violet skin covered in crystals, basing his form on his contact with Sarah Jane. He convinced the Doctor to take him back to Kastria in the present, where he regained his true form, only to learn that his race had destroyed themselves to prevent him from ruling them again. The Doctor and Sarah used the Doctor's scarf to trip Eldrad and send him falling into a pit.
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Empress of the Racnoss
The Empress of the Racnoss featured in "The Runaway Bride" (2006) and as archive footage in "Turn Left" (2008). She was killed when Harold Saxon ordered her ship to be shot down after the Doctor had drowned her children by draining the Thames. Her appearance resembled that of a huge red humanoid spider. She was portrayed by Sarah Parish.
The racnoss are an ancient spider-like species which date back to the beginning of time. Their ship became the centre of the earth as the process of evolution took place. In "The Runaway Bride", the Empress uses H.C. Clements to drill a hole into the centre of the earth where her offspring are located and the Doctor mentions that he thought the Time Lords had destroyed the racnoss eons ago.
Eve was an android resembling a woman built by Hr'oln, last of the Cirranins in the novel The Last Dodo. She was built to prevent the extinction of races like the Cirranins, but did this by rather unorthodox means. She put Hr'oln and other last ones in suspended animation, then put all but Hr'oln in MOTLO (Museum Of The Last Ones). However, she and a member of the Earth team named Frank were secretly cloning the creatures and selling them off to the highest bidder. The Doctor and Martha then arrived at the museum, and investigated the poaching. After Eve captured the Doctor, last of the Time Lords, Martha freed him, but accidentally teleported the Earth creatures back to Earth. During the ensuing chaos, Eve hatched upon a plan to get the cloned dodos to lay bomb eggs, with sabretooth cats and Megalosauri attacking people to keep them off the scent, so that she could stop having to note down every Earth extinction. She planned to destroy every planet in the universe this way. But when the Doctor pointed out this would be impossible, she tried to shoot him. Unfortunately for her, the gun backfired, killing her and revealing that she was an android. After her plans had been stopped, and Hr'oln was freed, Hr'oln promised to rebuild her. She is immune to psychic paper.
Family of Blood
The Family of Blood are a family who appear in the episodes "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood" (2007) in which they are the titular entity. They are incorporeal, green telepathic creatures and refer to each other by their relationship followed by "of Mine"; "Father/Husband of Mine", "Mother/Wife of Mine", "Son/Brother of Mine" (who appears to assume leadership) and "Sister/Daughter of Mine". Because of their lack of form, they required a physical body to inhabit; they only had short lifespans without them and as such, sought that of a Time Lord and pursued the last Time Lord: the Tenth Doctor, who chose to alter his biodata to become a human schoolteacher in England, 1913 until their lifespans expired in three months' time; he did this not out of fear but rather as an act of mercy so that they would slowly "die out" instead rather than be immediately destroyed. They had a time vortex manipulator allowing them to time travel. Their spaceship was stolen and was protected by an invisible shield. They could also animate different things for servants – in the case of their 1913 invasion of Earth, scarecrows – using "molecular fringe animation". They also possess hand-held energy firearms capable of disintegrating flesh and cloth – on the Doctor Who official website it is referred to as a "Bio-gun". The Family possessed the forms of four humans: Mr. Clark, a farmer; Jeremy Baines, a school prefect; Lucy Cartwright, a small girl; and Jenny, a maid at the school. The original souls of the humans were replaced, the original bodies only existing as vessels for the Family.
After the destruction of their starship, the Doctor punished the Family for their crimes, although "Son of Mine" acknowledged that the Doctor had granted their wish to live forever. "Father of Mine" was tied up in unbreakable chains forged from dwarf star metal, "Mother of Mine" was trapped on the event horizon of a collapsing galaxy, "Son of Mine" was frozen in time and dressed as a Scarecrow, left in the fields to watch over England as its protector, and "Sister of Mine" was trapped inside every mirror and unable to leave, still able to be glimpsed fleetingly by humans. "Son of Mine" mentions that the Doctor visits the sister once every year, and he wishes that the Doctor may forgive her in time.
The Fendahl was an entity that devoured life itself. It originated on the fifth planet of Earth's solar system, which the ancient Time Lords placed in a time loop in an attempt to imprison the creature. However, the Fendahl escaped and, in the form of a humanoid skull, was buried under volcanic rock on prehistoric Earth 12 million years ago. The story of the Fendahl passed into Time Lord myth, and was forgotten. The Fendahl's power, contained in a pentagram-shaped neural relay in the bones of the skull, affected life on Earth via a biotransmutation field, influencing life forms in its vicinity (including the early hominids) to develop into forms it could use.
In the late 20th century, the Fendahl skull was discovered in Kenya by a team of anthropologists under the leadership of one Dr. Fendelman. Fendelman brought the skull to an English research facility at Fetch Priory, near the village of Fetchborough. The Priory was built on a time fissure, causing psychic ability in some nearby residents. In the Priory, Fendelman and his fellow researchers Thea Ransome, Adam Colby and Maximillian Stael performed experiments on the skull, attempting to unlock its secrets. Fendelman used a crude time scanner to examine the skull, a dangerous activity which drew the attention of the Fourth Doctor. Stael attempted to capture the power of the Fendahl for himself by means of black magic rituals, performed with the aid of a local coven, but he, Fendelman and Ransome were all being used by the Fendahl to recreate itself.
The Fendahl was a gestalt creature with multiple aspects. Thea Ransome was transformed into the Fendahl Core, a humanoid female with golden skin and blank, staring eyes. Several of the cult members became slug-like creatures called Fendahleen. All the aspects of the Fendahl had powerful psychotelekinetic ability, and can control the muscles of human victims. The Fendahleen were vulnerable to sodium chloride, which altered the creatures' conductivity and destroyed their electrical balance.
In its final form, the Fendahl would consist of the Core and twelve Fendahleen; however, the Doctor was able to prevent the creature from reaching its full manifestation. He rigged Fendelman's time scanner to implode, destroying the Core and the Fendahleen. He also removed the skull, planning to drop it into a star about to go supernova.
The Fendahl has also appeared in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Taking of Planet 5 by Simon Bucher-Jones and Mark Clapham, where a group of Time Lords from the Eighth Doctor's future attempted to release it from the time loop trapping Planet Five, only to learn that an even deadlier life-form had evolved inside the loop; the Maemovore, a devourer of concept itself, which the Doctor was only just able to defeat by convincing a group of TARDISes from the future to help him expel the entity from the universe. The Fendahl also returned in the Kaldor City series of audio plays and the Time Hunter novella Deus Le Volt by Jon de Burgh Miller.
Fenric was a being described by the Seventh Doctor as "evil from the dawn of time", a malevolent force that survived the clash of energies present at the birth of the universe. In an untelevised adventure, the Doctor had encountered Fenric and defeated him by challenging him to solve a chess puzzle. When Fenric proved unable to solve it, the Doctor then trapped the being in a flask where he remained for centuries.
However, Fenric was still able to manipulate human minds and events through time and space. He set up pawns, bloodlines of families that were under his control and he could use, "The Curse of Fenric" stretching down through generations. These people were known as the "Wolves of Fenric", and their true purpose was unknown even to them. He also had the power to summon Haemovores, vampires which were to be the evolutionary destiny of mankind in a possible far future. The haemovores were strong enough to be able to weld metal with their bare hands, and were also immune to bullets. They could be countered, however, with a psychic barrier caused by faith.
Eventually, the flask was brought to a military base in Northumberland in 1942, where several Wolves, including the Doctor's companion Ace, were manipulated into freeing Fenric from his flask. He also summoned the Ancient One, the last of the Haemovores from the future, in an attempt to poison the world with a deadly chemical toxin. Fenric then revealed that he had manipulated the Seventh Doctor's life upon several occasions as part of his game, including creating the time storm that originally took Ace to Iceworld and influencing Lady Peinforte in her attempt to gain the power of the Nemesis statue. Eventually, the Doctor convinced the Ancient One to turn on Fenric; the Ancient One then destroyed Fenric and himself with the same toxin.
Fenric and his Haemovores return in the 2012 Big Finish Productions audio story, Gods and Monsters.
The Krillitanes had taken human characteristics to infiltrate the Deffry Vale comprehensive school. Taking the position of headmaster, Finch gradually replaced the staff members with disguised Krillitanes and then enacted a series of reforms, including specialised programmes of study and free, but compulsory, school dinners. The dinners were laced with Krillitane oil, which enhances the intelligence of the pupils so they could be used to decode the Skasis Paradigm, which would give the Krillitanes control over the structure of reality. The Krillitanes could not use the oil themselves because their constantly changing morphology had rendered it toxic to their systems.
The Tenth Doctor investigated the school, with Rose and Mickey as well as old companions Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 Mark III. Finch tempted the Doctor with power offering the use of the solved Paradigm, but Sarah's urgings helped the Doctor to refuse. While they escaped, K-9 sacrificed itself by using its laser to blow up the barrels of Krillitane oil in the kitchen, showering most of the Krillitanes with it before the kitchen exploded, apparently killing them all.
In issues #3-#6 the IDW ongoing Doctor Who comic by Tony Lee, Finch reappears as the prosecution in a Shadow Proclamation case against the Doctor, where he has infiltrated the Shadow Proclamation as part of a plan to make the Krillitane Empire stronger, but at the end of the story it is shown that he was actually a shapechanging alien with a far greater plan. The true location or status of Mister Finch is never revealed.
His first name of "Lucas" is given on the Deffry Vale School website. According to an on-line interview with Head, Finch's original name in the script was "Hector", but this had to be changed when a check found a real headmaster named "Hector Finch".
Florence Finnegan (played by Anne Reid) was the name assumed by the Plasmavore who was hiding from the Judoon in the Royal Hope Hospital in London when it was transported to the Moon in "Smith and Jones". To avoid detection by the Judoon, she sucked the blood out of Mr. Stoker, a consultant working in the hospital. This allows her to assimilate human DNA and register as human on the Judoon scanners. The Doctor later tricks her into sucking his blood, meaning that she registers as non-human, having assimilated non-human blood. The Judoon pick up on this. She attempts to rig a hospital MRI machine to kill everyone in the hospital (and the half of earth currently facing the moon). The Judoon execute her for the crime of killing an alien princess. The Doctor neutralises the MRI energy.
See Matron Cofelia.
Gavrok was leader of the Bannermen who attempted to wipe out the Chimeron race in Delta and the Bannermen (1987). After pursuing the Chimeron Queen, Delta, to Earth in 1959, he was killed falling into his own booby-trap set around the TARDIS when he was overcome by a high-pitched scream produced by Delta's child, the Chimeron Princess, amplified by a PA system.
Gods of Ragnarok
The three Gods of Ragnarok appeared in the 1988 story, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. Apparently a trio of statue-like beings of godly power, they used lesser beings for sport in their Dark Circus, allowing them to live as long as they continue to fulfill the Gods' need to be amused. When the Psychic Circus came to Segonax, they forced the circus' members into serving them and killed off everyone else, manifesting themselves within regular time/space in the guise of a family consisting of a mother, a father and their young daughter. When the Seventh Doctor came to the Psychic Circus and uncovered their plan, he went into their dimension to distract them until he gets the medallion used to summon them and reflect the Gods' destructive energy back at them, destroying them and their Dark Circus.
The Virgin New Adventures novel Conundrum by Steve Lyons reveals that the Gods of Ragnarok created the Land of Fiction. (The Gods also display some similarity with the Osirian race of Sutekh, including the use of the Eye of Horus symbol.)
The Gravis was the intelligent leader of the underground-dwelling race, 'Tractators'. His plan was to pilot the plant Frontios around the galaxy, where the Tractators would breed all over the universe. He plan was ultimetly foiled when the Doctor cut him off from his fellow Tractators. The Doctor then dumped him on a nearby planet with nothing but rocks for him to play around with his gravity-like powers.
Sebastian Grayle, originally named Decurion Sebastius Gralae, appears in the Big Finish audio drama Seasons of Fear. He was a human who became immortal from the power of the Nimon in a deal to let them invade the Earth. When the Doctor had first met him in 1930 in Singapore, this was the first time the Doctor has ever seen him but this wasn't Grayle's first to which he told the Doctor that he had already killed him. Sebastian had eventually met the Doctor for the first time and other times during the periods of Roman Britannia, the Hellfire Club, and the court of Edward the Confessor. Eventually the Doctor met Grayle before meeting the Nimon and making the deal encouraging him to not become what he later became which when the original Grayle appeared after the Doctor, the other Grayle killed him in hope of not becoming the evil version of himself, thus creating a paradox.
Count Grendel of Gracht was a Knight of the nobility of the planet Tara and the Lord of Castle Gracht, his sole on-screen appearance was in the Fourth Doctor serial, The Androids of Tara, part of the Season 16 quest for the Key to Time. The character was played by Peter Jeffrey.
While searching for the fourth segment of the Key, Romana discovered that it was disguised as the head of a statue representing the family crest of Grendel's family. After Romana transformed it into its actual crystalline form, the segment was confiscated by Grendel. Grendel did not know of the segment's true nature; his real intent was to use Romana (who resembled the Princess Strella) in a complex plot to seize the throne of Tara from Prince Reynart.
His plans were ultimately defeated by the Doctor. Although Grendel was considered the finest swordsman on Tara, the Doctor managed to duel him to a standstill, and he made his escape by leaping into the moat of Castle Gracht and swimming away.
A cultured and charming villain, Gracht used his breeding to cover a ruthless and cunning personality. He used and discarded people as easily as he would persuade them to do his bidding, and somehow always managed to live to scheme another day. He also appeared in the spin-off short story The Trials of Tara by Paul Cornell, where another attempt to seize the throne of Tara with the help of the salvaged remains of the Kandy Man was foiled by the Seventh Doctor and Benny.
Klineman Halpen was the Chief Executive of Ood Operations. At the age of six he was taken to Ood Sphere and saw the Giant Ood brain within. His father was the manager before him. He had a personal Ood that looked after him called Sigma. As his job was very stressful he soon lost most of his hair and so was dosed with hair tonic by Sigma. His hair partially grew back. When the Ood began getting infected with Red Eye, and the previous chief executive was murdered by an Ood who had one of these such episodes, Halpen arrived on the Ood Sphere to sort it out. When the entire Ood livestock were infected with Red Eye, Halpen ordered the gassing of all Ood. He then set off to destroy the Giant Ood Brain in order to contain the Red Eye and kill the Ood.
He placed detonation packs around the brain and prepared to detonate. He stated he would go into cargo once this job was over. When his scientist, Dr. Ryder revealed he was a member of the Friends of the Ood, Halpen killed him by throwing him into the brain. Ood Sigma led the Doctor and Donna Noble to Halpen but then Sigma claimed he would always help Halpen. It was then that Sigma revealed the "hair tonic" was actually a powerful genetic liquid which had been recombining Halpen's DNA, turning him into an Ood himself. Sigma then declared he would look after Halpen.
Mercy Hartigan, or simply Miss Hartigan is the villain in Christmas special episode "The Next Doctor" (2008). She is the willing accomplice of the Cybermen invasion of London in 1851; she resents her patriarchal oppression by man as a woman in Victorian England and seeks to empower herself through any means. The Cybermen betray her when they decide that they wish to make her their 'CyberKing' in a process which is supposed to remove her emotions and upgrade her, but it doesn't work due to her brilliant mind having overcome the programming. Miss Hartigan is given access to the full bounty of knowledge of the universe and in the colossal 'CyberKing' dreadnought-class assault droid, she seeks to make London bow at her feet as its maniacal dictator who combines cold Cyberman efficiency, knowledge and logic with human passion and determination. The Doctor offers Miss Hartigan the opportunity to relocate herself to another world which she can reign over harmlessly, but when she refuses he cuts her connection to the Cybermen and allows her to see what she has become rationally. In her moment of lucidity, she becomes insane and then dies, as do all the Cybermen who are connected to her.
Yvonne Hartman, seen in "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday", was the director of Torchwood One, the London branch of the Torchwood Institute, located in Canary Wharf. Whilst not a villain herself, she acted in the role of an antagonist, interfering with the Doctor's plans to stop what she was doing: widening the tear between her own world and that of an alternate Earth (Rise of the Cybermen), unknowingly helping to release a number of Cybus Cybermen into the world. She imprisoned the Doctor and confiscated his TARDIS, although he was treated with much respect – as a guest, as the Institute had much to learn from him. At the height of the war between the Daleks and Cybermen, she herself was cyberconverted, but the process was seemingly faulty as she turned on her fellow Cybermen, defending the Torchwood Tower "for Queen and country" She is protrayed by the actress Tracy-Ann Oberman.
A report on the Torchwood TV series' fictional Torchwood Institute tie-in website about a motionless Cyberman by some stairs killed by Torchwood security personnel suggests she may have been killed.
She crops up several times while the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller are travelling together. The Headhunter is introduced to listeners at end of their first adventure, Blood of the Daleks, where she is being hired to hunt down Lucie. After a few failed attempts, she finally catches her at the end of No More Lies. The Headhunter's first full tale is Human Resources, where the man who hired her is revealed. At the end of this adventure, the Headhunter hires an "assistant", Karen. Karen is just a normal human working in an office, but some Time Lords believed she had the potential to become an oppressive dictator. The next time the Headhunter appears, Grand Theft Cosmos, Karen is at her side. This time, the Doctor's meeting with them is coincidental. However, their next meeting was intentional. Once again, the Headhunter had to track down Lucie, as well as the Doctor himself. At the end of Vengeance of Morbius, the Doctor is believed dead and the Time Lords return Lucie to Earth. In Orbis, the Headhunter has acquired the TARDIS and uses it to find Lucie and then the Doctor, who she finds on an obscure ocean world populated by intelligent jellyfish. But her real objective is a powerful remote stellar manipulator built during Vengeance of Morbius. Similar to The Hand of Omega, the stellar manipulator ends up destroying the ocean world of Orbis, before it falls under her control. The Headhunter's true motives are revealed in her final story, The Eight Truths/Worldwide Web.
The Headhunter appears human and knows a lot about Earth, but where or when she comes from is uncertain. She has her own warp ship that can travel in time and space. She enjoys using gadgets, like hypnotising helmets and quantum-tipped time bullets that can be slowed down or even reversed. She specialises in tracking people down, hence her name. Her real name is a mystery. She is known for her ruthlessness, her opportunism, her deceitfulness and her ability to accomplish difficult jobs.
House, a malevolent entity from "The Doctor's Wife", was an energy being that ruled over an asteroid in a bubble universe, who lured TARDISes into his universe, fed off their energies, and tortured their occupants for his own amusement. After House lures the Doctor and his companions to his universe with a Time Lord distress beacon, House forces the Doctor's TARDIS' matrix into the body of one of his servants, placing himself into the TARDIS, and, having learned this TARDIS is the final TARDIS, plans to escape to the universe proper, with Amy and Rory trapped inside. Eventually, the Doctor and the TARDIS matrix create a makeshift TARDIS console from the strewn-about TARDIS wrecks left on House's asteroid, and the TARDIS matrix's human body dies, allowing its energies to re-enter the TARDIS console and destroy House.
The Great Intelligence
The Jagrafess, or, to give its full title, The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe (or Max for short,) was a gigantic, gelatinous creature similar to a slug in shape. Its exact origins are not known, but it was sentient and able to communicate in a series of growls and screeches. It had a life span of about 3000 years, with sharp, vicious teeth and several vestigial eyes. Its metabolic rate, however, meant that it had to be kept at low temperatures to survive. It appeared in the episode "The Long Game". The Jagrafess was the supervisor of the mysterious and sinister Editor on board Satellite 5, a space station that broadcast news across the whole of the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire of the year 200,000.
The environmental systems of Satellite 5 had been configured to vent all heat away from Floor 500, keeping it cold enough for the Jagrafess to survive, attached to the ceiling of the main control room. When the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Adam arrived on board, the Doctor recognised that human development had been deliberately obstructed and began to investigate. Ultimately captured by the Editor and about to be killed by the Jagrafess, they were saved by the actions of Cathica, a human journalist, who reversed the environmental systems causing the Jagrafess to explode due to the heat.
Sharaz Jek was a genius robotocist and partner of businessman Trau Morgus. Together they planned to harvest the rare Spectrox drug on the planet Androzani Minor using androids built by Jek. Morgus, however, "cheaped out" on Jek, supplying him with substandard equipment and Jek was caught in a mud burst on Minor. He was only able to survive by locking himself in a Spectrox baking oven, leaving him hideously disfigured. Jek thereafter bore a pathological hatred for Morgus, believing that Morgus had provided the faulty equipment deliberately.
When the Doctor and Peri Brown landed on Androzani Minor, they soon became entangled in a three way struggle between Jek's androids, gunrunners and Androzani Major troops. Jek found Peri beautiful and coveted her strongly. When the Doctor and Peri were to be executed by the Major troops, Jek replaced them with realistic androids, and later cared for Peri while the Doctor tried to get an antidote for the poisoning that the two of them had accidentally contracted.
When Morgus and the leader of the gunrunners, Stotz, arrived at Jek's base, Jek attacked Morgus and killed him, but was himself shot by Stotz. He died in the arms of a the Android replica of major Salateen.
Kal, played by Jeremy Young, was the villain of the very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child. First appearing in the story's second episode, he was also the first speaking character to appear other than the regulars.
Kal was a caveman from around the year 100,000 BC, the last survivor of a tribe wiped out by cold who had joined the Tribe of Gum. He challenged their leader, Za, claiming he could make fire, which Za could not. When he saw the Doctor lighting a match, he knocked him unconscious and took him back to the cave to make fire for him, unfortunately leaving the matches behind. When he learned the Doctor could not make fire, he tried to kill him and his companions but Za decided to sacrifice them to the sun instead.
When an old woman of the tribe who was afraid of fire helped the travellers escape, Kal killed her, blamed Za and persuaded the tribe to follow him and recapture the group. However, the Doctor tricked Kal into showing them his knife, still covered in blood, and proving his guilt. He was exiled by the tribe but returned and fought with Za, who killed him.
Kane, seen in Dragonfire (1987), one-half of the Xana-Kane criminal gang of the planet Proamon, was exiled after capture by security forces to the cold, dark side of Svartos, where he became ruler of the space trading colony Iceworld. His body temperature was so cold that one touch from him could kill and in order to cool down, he lay in a cryogenic chamber. He branded his employees with his mark iced into their skin and commissioned an ice sculpture of his partner, Xana. After creating a cryogenic army, massacring most of Iceworld's populace and having the dragon that was guarding him slain, Kane released Iceworld from Svartos' surface as a spacecraft, setting a course for Proamon to exact his revenge for his exile and imprisonment. When it transpired that, during the millennia that he had been a prisoner, Proamon had been destroyed, Kane, now in a state of desperation, committed suicide by opening a screen and letting light rays in that melted him.
Madame Kovarian (played by Frances Barber) is a woman who wears a patch over her right eye, and repeatedly appears before Amy Pond through 'hatches' throughout the first half of Series 6. Until her name is revealed in "A Good Man Goes to War" she is credited as "Eye Patch Lady". She is seen through the hatches in "Day of the Moon", "The Curse of the Black Spot", "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People". In the last of these, it is revealed that the Amy who has been travelling with the Doctor and Rory ever since their trip to America is actually a Flesh avatar housing Amy's consciousness; Amy's physical, pregnant body is held captive by Kovarian in the Demon's Run space station. The Doctor, realising the Amy aboard his TARDIS has been a Flesh avatar, severs the connection between the Flesh and Amy's consciousness, dissolving it and causing the real Amy to wake up. Amy wakes up to her horror on the verge of giving birth as Kovarian watches over her.
In "A Good Man Goes to War", the Doctor storms the asteroid with a group of allies. As the base falls, Kovarian plans to leave the base with Amy's baby, Melody, but is apprehended by Rory and space pirate Captain Avery (Hugh Bonneville), another of the Doctor's allies. Kovarian however has replaced the baby with a Flesh avatar and manages to escape from the base in her own ship, revealing that she intends to use the child as a "weapon" against the Doctor. At the end of "Closing Time", Kovarian is revealed to be in league with the Silence, and kidnaps an adult River and places her in an astronaut suit to kill the Doctor. The Doctor and his companions confront Kovarian again in "The Wedding of River Song", in an alternate reality. Her eye patch is revealed to be an "eye drive"—external memory storage so that she can remember her dealings with the memory-altering Silence. In this world, she has been taken hostage by Amy and River. When the Silence betray Kovarian—attempting to electrocute her through her eye drive— she begs Amy for mercy, but Amy allows her to be killed by the Silence. River later tells Amy that because it happened in a negated timeline, Amy should not feel as if she is a murderer, though she does. Kovarian's fate in the extant timeline is unknown.
Madame Kovarian was briefly referenced in "The Time of the Doctor", when Tasha Lem, the Mother Superious of the Papal Mainframe, explains to the Doctor that the "Kovarian Chapter" of the Church broke away during the centuries-long Siege of Trenzalore and tried to kill the Doctor earlier in his timeline to prevent the Siege from happening in the first place.
Kroagnon, or The Great Architect, (featured in Paradise Towers (1987)), was the designer of Paradise Towers and Miracle City. He took an aversion to people occupying his buildings for fear of them ruining them and hence rigged devices to kill them off. He existed as a disembodied intelligence stored in a tank in the basement of Paradise Towers, feeding off those he had killed, before killing and taking the body of the Chief Caretaker, in which he is killed by Pex when dragged into a trap.
Professor Richard Lazarus
Professor Richard Lazarus, as seen in "The Lazarus Experiment" (2007), is a 76-year-old human scientist using sonic technology to enable rejuvenation funded by Harold Saxon. He is obsessed with immortality, despite the risks being taken. A malfunction at the first public demonstration of his process, mutates his DNA, causing him to mutate into a large, insectoid creature, which feeds off the life energy from other beings in order to revert to a youthful, human form, killing them in the process. After going on a rampage, Lazarus is seemingly killed by the machine which effected his transformation, which has been modified by the Doctor. However, he recovers in the ambulance called to remove his body, whereupon he feeds on the medics before seeking sanctuary at Southwark Cathedral. The Jones sisters lure him up to the top of the belltower, while the Doctor plays the organ at maximum volume, which, in conjunction with the Sonic Screwdriver, resonates the church bell and plays havoc with Lazarus's genetic structure, eventually causing him to fall to his death. He then reverts to his aged, human form, his experiment undone. Professor Lazarus is played by actor and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss.
Light was an extremely powerful, mentally unstable, almost God-like alien being in Ghost Light. Long ago, he took a survey of all organic life in the universe, but almost as soon as he finished 'it all started changing.' Light went into hibernation in his stone spaceship, hidden in the basement of Gabriel Chase in Perivale Village, London, while members of his cargo took over the house in 1881 and attempted to integrate into Victorian high society. After being awoken in 1883, following the arrival of the investigating Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace, Light took the form of an "angel" and began to campaign against evolution and change, deciding to destroy all life so that his catalogue would never be out of date again. Before he could carry out his plan though, the Doctor told Light that it was futile to oppose evolution and that even he was changing. Light reacted by turning his power on himself to stop himself changing, thus Light 'dissipated' in the main hallway of the house.
Paradoxically, the emotionally volatile Ace, then 13 years old, burnt down Gabriel Chase in 1983 after sensing an evil presence. This was confirmed by the Doctor to the older Ace to be an "echo" of Light following his dispersal 100 years earlier.
Light's majestic appearance sharply contrasts with his doddering, confused behaviour. The Doctor demonstrates near perfect understanding of Light pointing to where Light will appear and using his mental instability against him.
Lilith leads the Carrionite witches in "The Shakespeare Code" (2007). Although disguised in human form for most of the episode, her natural form appears more like that than that of other Carrionites. Her human form is of a young, attractive woman, which she uses to manipulate others for long enough to obtain a sample of their hair, which can be used to control them using technology similar to puppets. Using this, she drowns a play censor on dry land and causes one of the Doctor's two hearts to suffer cardiac arrest. She stops the Doctor from reaching the Globe therefore letting the Carrionites invade Earth. Lilith is played by the actress Christina Cole.
She is eventually trapped within her own crystal ball, which the Doctor locks in the attic of the TARDIS.
Linx was a Sontaran Commander in the Fifth Sontaran Battle Fleet, appearing in The Time Warrior. He was engaged in battle with a Rutan squadron near the Sol system and was forced to land on Earth during the 13th century. There, he allied himself with the chieftan Irongron, ostensibly to aid in his war, but with the real purpose of returning to the Sontaran Empire. He supplied advanced weapons to his new allies, and began to abduct late 20th century scientists to help repair his ship. His plans were foiled by the Third Doctor. As Linx was about to escape, Hal the Archer shot him in the probic vent, killing him. His ship then exploded, destroying the castle and the weapons he had supplied to Irongron.
John Lumic was a physically disabled genius and megalomaniac who was the head of Cybus Industries on a parallel Earth. Among his many inventions were the Earpods, a highly popular and widespread communications and entertainment device that allowed the brain to directly download information while secretly equipped with a mind control program. Paralyzed and slowly dying, his life prolonged by his ventilator, Lumic was driven insane by his desperate need to stay alive and researched a means of making humans immortal by using homeless people as test subjects. This ultimately led to the creation of the parallel universe version of the Cybermen. He sent a force of Cybermen to assassinate the President and the government while having the Londoners wearing his EarPods march towards the factories to be cyber-converted. Though he intended to be the last human to be converted, the act of his employees smashing his ventilator causes Lumic to be unwillingly to be "upgraded" by the Cybermen into a Cyber-Controller. In his status, retaining much of his former self, Lumic engaged the Tenth Doctor in a debate over conversion before Mickey Smith disabled the Cybermens' means to control their emotions that results in their self detonation and causing the conversion factory to catch fire. Disconnecting himself to regain mobility, Lumic pursed the Doctor and his companions when they escape on his company blimp before the parallel universe Pete Tyler cuts the rope ladder, sending the Cyber Controller falling back into the blazing factory. Lumic was played by actor Roger Lloyd-Pack.
The Malus appeared in the Fifth Doctor story The Awakening (1984). At one point the Doctor describes this demonic entity as "a living being re-engineered as an instrument of war." He seems to pity the Malus, claiming that killing is "the only thing it knows how to do". Possessing vast power and capable of combining various time zones, it uses its powers to allow real people to pass through down the centuries and create energies, including fear, that it can feed on. To this end, it psychically projects hallucinations to sustain itself.
The Malus was travelling on a Hakol ship, which crashed centuries before the English Civil War. In 1643 it was briefly roused by a battle at the village of Little Hodcombe, but it subsided once both sides had massacred each other. When its companion, Hutchinson, dies and its means of "feeding" blocked by the Doctor's TARDIS, it knows it has been defeated. It then panics and reverts to its original programming to destroy all that it can; the church that housed it for so long is annihilated in an explosion.
Master of the Land of Fiction
The Master of the Land of Fiction in the Second Doctor serial The Mind Robber, was a human writer from the year 1926 who was drawn to the Land of Fiction and forced to continuously write stories which were enacted within that realm. The Master's name was never revealed, but he did identify himself as the writer of "The Adventures of Captain Jack Harkaway" in The Ensign, a magazine for boys. He was freed by the Second Doctor, and returned to his own time.
He tried to lure the Second Doctor into becoming his replacement as the controller for the "Master Brain Computer", the controlling force behind the Land of Fiction. When the Doctor outwitted him and proved himself more than a match for both the Master Brain Computer and its human counterpart, the computer decided, against the wishes of the human controller, that the Doctor had to be destroyed in order to protect itself. However, the Doctor managed to avoid harm and freed the human control from influence by the Master Brain Computer, after which the human controller had no memory of what had occurred.
The Master of the Land of Fiction should not be confused with the Doctor's arch-nemesis, The Master
Megron (better known as Megron, High Lord of Chaos) was the main villain of the Fourth Doctor story Exploration Earth: The Time Machine. He was the chief of the Carion race who were enemies of the Time Lords. He ruled the planet Earth for millions of years since its creation. When the Doctor and Sarah were observing the planet, Megron became angry when the Doctor made his predictions of what will happen to the planet and its life. Later Megron encountered the Doctor two more times and later was defeated after the Doctor beat him in a telepathic battle.
Monarch was the megalomaniac leader of the Urbankans from the planet Urbanka. He was encountered in the Fifth Doctor story Four to Doomsday. His greed and ego were highly dangerous. The Urbankans originated from the Inokshi system but their own planet was destroyed through over mining, and destruction of its ozone layer, both caused by Monarch's desire for minerals to improve his craft. He had similar plans for the Earth, which he had visited four times in the past, each time halving the length of the journey time.
The Urbankans were a green-skinned lizard people, four billion of whom – apart from Monarch himself – had been converted into androids. Monarch wasn't totally converted, retaining fancies of the "flesh time" such as the belief that if he could pilot his vast craft faster than light, he would be able to travel back before the dawn of time and meet God, whom he believed would be himself (However, his extreme longevity – over forty thousand years – may point to partial cybernisation, or his species could just be naturally long-lived).
Being of the "flesh time" he proved susceptible to the virulent toxin he had planned to unleash to wipe out mankind, and was reduced in size to minute proportions.
In The Brain of Morbius, Morbius was a renegade Time Lord from the Doctor's birthplace, Gallifrey. He had been a member of the High Council of Time Lords, and attempted to move Time Lords from a policy of observation of the universe toward a policy of conquest. When the Time Lords rejected him, he formed an army of his own. He promised his followers the secrets of time travel and immortality. Morbius was eventually defeated and executed by his fellow Time Lords for his crimes, his body was dispersed. However, his brain survived. His brain was taken away by the fanatical scientist, Solon, who was planning the resurrection of Morbius.
The Fourth Doctor and Sarah found Morbius in Solon's castle on the planet Karn. Solon had built a freakish Frankenstein's monster body from parts of crashed space travellers (including the arm of Solon's assistant Condo) and planned to place Morbius' brain in it. Solon drugged the Doctor, intending to use his head for Morbius' brain, but insisted that it would be "no crude butchery."
Sarah foiled Solon's original plan, but he had an alternative container for Morbius' brain: a large glass bowl with two eyestalks. Although he disapproved of using this, claiming it suffered from buildups of static electricity, Morbius insisted. Solon attached this to the patchwork body, and this time around, the plan worked. However, during the operation, when Condo went into a fury at seeing his missing arm attached to the body, Morbius' brain was knocked to the floor, apparently causing Morbius further brain damage.
The ghoulishly resurrected Morbius fought the Doctor in a series of violent encounters. Their final confrontation was a dangerous Time Lord mental contest called "mind-bending". Although Morbius nearly won the confrontation, sending the Doctor into a coma, the strain caused his artificial braincase to overload, burning out his brain and leaving his body a berserk monster. The Sisterhood of Karn, longtime opponents of Morbius, chased the monster to a clifftop, from which he fell, apparently fatally. The Sisterhood then used the Elixir of Life (a substance of which they were guardians) to revive the Doctor.
Morbius' war against the Time Lords and his execution (including how Solon saved his brain and the Fifth Doctor's involvement in his defeat) are depicted in the Past Doctor Adventures novel Warmonger by Terrance Dicks. In 2008, Big Finish Productions resurrected Morbius for the Eighth Doctor stories Sisters of the Flame and Vengeance of Morbius. Morbius returns with help from Zarodnix, richest man in the Galaxy, who finds part of Morbius' brain on Karn and uses the DNA of Time Lord Straxus to create a new body for Morbius. Morbius uses a Stellar Manipulator to drain power from the Eye of Harmony. Without the Time Lords able to stop him Morbius conquers many worlds, including Earth. However the Doctor is able to stop the power drain and the Time Lords prevent the Empire of Morbius forming. Morbius and the Doctor fall into a cavern, but the Doctor is saved by the Sisterhood of Karn.
Morgaine, or Morgaine, the Sunkiller, Dominator of the Thirteen Worlds and Battle Queen of the S'rax, seen in Battlefield (1989), was a sorceress from another dimension, who had previously battled Merlin, whom she recognised as the Doctor from his personal future. She directed her knights led by Mordred to Avallion, (Earth) through a rift in time and space, where she summoned The Destroyer, the Devourer of Worlds, from Hell and got hold of Excalibur. When Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart defeated the Destroyer, Morgaine and Mordred attempted to detonate a nuclear missile that was in convoy. However, the Doctor persuaded Morgaine that there was no honour in killing with this modern weaponry and she realised her fight was futile when the Doctor informed her that King Arthur, her lover and foe, had been dead for over a thousand years. She and Mordred were locked up by Brigadier Bambera as punishment for their killings.
Morgus is the chairman of the Androzani Mining Corporation in The Caves of Androzani. His company controlled a monopoly on the Spectrox drug which could be used to extend life. His plans were confounded by the robot army of Sharaz Jek whom he had betrayed years earlier. However, he was secretly funding both sides of the war between the military and Jek by funding the gun runners who sold arms to him. He hoped to use this advantage to help the military defeat Jek.
The Oracle, as seen in Underworld, was a supercomputer with a megalomaniac personality that ruled P7E from the Citadel. To control the population, it demanded the sacrifice of those that opposed it. It attempted to destroy the Minyans on the fleeing spaceship R1C with fission grenades disguised as the race banks the Minyans sought. However, the Doctor was able to switch the banks with the grenades resulting in the destruction of the Oracle and P7E by the Oracle's own weapon.
Lady Peinforte, from the Stuart era, sought to gain control of the Nemesis, a powerful Time Lord weapon, as seen in Silver Nemesis (1988). She fashioned the Nemesis into a statue in her own image when a living silver metal known as Validium fell to Earth. Having knowledge of black magic, she and her manservant, Richard, travelled from 1638 Windsor to 1988 Windsor by drinking a magic potion, in order to reunite the arrow – part of the Nemesis in its statue form – with the statue body when it crashes back down to Earth in a comet. She was an expert archer, wielding a bow and arrows. When the Cybermen took control of the Nemesis, enraged and distraught, she merged herself with it. In doing so, she was killed as the Nemesis destroyed the fleet of Cyber-warships. She knew the Doctor's secret regarding his mysterious past as the Nemesis had told her, but when she threatened to reveal it, the Cybermen were not interested.
The Pied Piper came from the Jeggorabax Cluster by a meteorite which crashed on Earth, which it kidnapped children to elicit fear from their parents. It took the children to its own realm which the Doctor, John and Gillian helped to stop the Piper in the comic Challenge of the Piper. Later Sarah Jane Smith encountered the Piper in The Day of the Clown.
Prisoner Zero is the designation of a shape-shifting alien resembling a giant viperfish in its natural form, which appears in the Doctor Who episode "The Eleventh Hour". Prisoner Zero has the ability to generate a perception filter similar to that of the TARDIS. Prisoner Zero can change form by forming a telepathic link with its victims, usually coma patients. It can assume the appearance of multiple bodies in contact with each other, such as a man with a dog on a leash, though the replicated host's voice may come from the wrong mouth. On the run from its home planet, Prisoner Zero endangers Earth when its pursuers, the Atraxi, threaten to burn the planet if it does not surrender. With the help of the Eleventh Doctor, the Atraxi locate Prisoner Zero, and it attempts to hide again by assuming the appearance of the Doctor's new companion, Amy Pond. Whilst she is unconscious, the Doctor helps Amy to realise what is happening, and she is able to dream about Zero's true form, causing it to imitate itself, resulting in its identification and capture by the Atraxi. Before being transported away by the Atraxi, Prisoner Zero warned the Doctor about the Silence.
Luke Rattigan is one of the main antagonists from "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky". He was a child prodigy. When he was twelve years old, he invented the powerful Fountain 6 search engine, which made him a millionaire overnight. He created the Rattigan Academy, a special school for young geniuses handpicked from all over the world. Luke worked in league with the Sontarans to conquer Earth. He constructed a satellite navigation/CO2 emission reduction system called ATMOS (ATMOSpheric Emissions System), which was installed in 50% of all cars worldwide (approximately 400,000,000 cars overall). The Sontarans promised Rattigan a planet for terraforming, Castor 36, which Rattigan affectionately names "Earth.2". Rattigan intends to take some of his most intelligent students with him to Castor 36, though they refuse. Later, when Rattigan reports this failure to General Staal, he learns that upon his students' arrival on the Sontaran ship, they would have been used as target practice: Castor 36 never existed, and the Sontarans only hired him to install the ATMOS systems. Having been betrayed, he sacrifices himself to save the Doctor by using a device originally intended for atmospheric conversion to destroy the Sontaran vessel, redeeming himself. Luke Rattigan is played by the actor Ryan Sampson.
Restac was an arrogant and cold-hearted Silurian general. Awakened by the discovery drilling project, Restac was one of the Silurians who despised "apes (humans)" and wished to purge the world of them. She was about to execute the Doctor and his friends, however Eldane (the Silurian elder and the only one with authority over Restac) is woken up by Malokeh (a Silurian scientist who wants peace with the humans) and stops her from executing them. Restac furious about this killed Malohkeh and awakened other members of the warrior class to protest against Eldane. When Rory and the others arrive with Alaya's corpse, Restac became angry and attempted to kill the humans, but fortunately they, the Doctor, and Eldane escape. Eldane then released a toxic gas, intending that all Silurians retreat to the hibernation chambers; however Restac, refusing to hibernate gets exposed to the gas. Her final act as she was dying from the exposure was she crawled around the corner and tried to kill the Doctor, but Rory pushes him out of the way and takes the shot. Her remains were then blown up by drill.
Ramon Salamander (portrayed by Patrick Troughton) was a ruthless Mexican-born politician who attempted to take control of the United Zones Organisation, a supranational World government that exists in 2030. He gained influence through an invention he developed that diverts solar energy to barren parts of the world increasing food production. He also built a secret underground lair in Australia with technology that allowed him to trigger volcanoes and earthquakes. The lair is staffed by scientists who believe the world has been irradiated by a nuclear war, and for some reason they must fight back against the surface by causing natural disasters. Salamander uses these disasters to his advantage – he unseats one rival, Alexander Denes, the Controller of the Central European Zone, by causing a dormant volcano in Hungary to erupt and having Denes blamed for negligence. He then tries to force Denes's deputy to poison him through blackmail.
As the Second Doctor was identical to Salamander, an opposing faction sought the Doctor's help to gain more evidence of his misdeeds. It later transpires that the group's leader Giles Kent, the former Deputy Security Leader for North Africa and Europe who was undermined by Salamander, is just as power-hungry. He had previously worked with Salamander in developing the secret bunker and corralling the underground scientists. Salamander was portrayed by Partick Troughton in a dual role. At the end of the story Salamander tries to flee justice in the TARDIS by impersonating the Doctor; however, Jamie sees through his deception. Salamander is then sucked out of the ship when the TARDIS dematerialises with its doors open and is thrown into the time/space vortex
Scaroth was the last of the Jagaroth, a vicious and callous warlike race, appearing in the serial City of Death. The last Jagaroth spacecraft exploded upon takeoff on prehistoric Earth. The energy from that explosion ignited the primordial soup that led to life developing on Earth and also fractured Scaroth into 12 aspects, scattered throughout Earth's history. Each splinter had the ability to communicate with the others, and disguising themselves as human, together they influenced Earth's technological development to the point where the last Scaroth (who had taken the alias of Count Scarlioni) could construct a time machine, travelling into the past to prevent his ship from taking off and thus saving his species and himself.
The scheme was financed by his earlier selves arranging for priceless art treasures to be passed down to Scarlioni. One such scheme involved his 1505 persona, Captain Tancredi, persuading Leonardo da Vinci to paint six copies of the Mona Lisa, so that in 1979 Scarlioni could steal the original from the Louvre and sell all seven copies on the black market.
Sensing the fractures used by the time travel experiments, the Fourth Doctor and Romana stumbled upon Scaroth's plans for the painting and foiled them. Scaroth used the prototype time bubble to travel back into the past anyway to stop his ship from taking off. However, Duggan, a private investigator who was aiding the two Time Lords, punched out Scaroth at the crucial moment. Scaroth was then sent back to 1979 where the time machine exploded, killing him.
The Shadow appeared in the 1979 Fourth Doctor story The Armageddon Factor; he was a servant of the Black Guardian, and at least partially responsible for a war between the planets Atrios and Zeos. The extent of the Shadow's involvement with starting the war was unstated, but when the Zeons either were wiped out by the Atrian attacks or abandoned their planet rather than continue the war, he had a Time Lord named Drax build a computer, Mentalis, which would co-ordinate the remaining Zeon forces. Once Drax completed work on Mentalis he realised just who he was working for, but was imprisoned by the Shadow so as not to disrupt his plan. The Shadow then hid on a space station in orbit of Zeos (invisible to either the Atrians or Mentalis) and waited for the Doctor to arrive. In the meantime, Mentalis was more successful in fighting the war than the Zeons and pushed the Atrians to the brink of defeat.
The Shadow knew that the royal family of Atrios held the secret of the sixth segment of the Key to Time, and when the Fourth Doctor arrived he arranged for the Doctor and the last survivor of the family, Princess Astra to be kidnapped. With this done, the Shadow ordered Mentalis to cease its attacks and duped Atrios' military leader, the Marshall, into making a nuclear attack on Zeos – the result of which would have been that Mentalis would set off an explosion powerful enough to destroy both planets. This was intended as a prelude to the Black Guardian's ultimate plan, which would have been to plunge the universe into perpetual, unending war; as the Shadow explained, they did not seek any political power, but revelled in death and destruction.
Eventually the Shadow worked out that Astra herself was the sixth segment, and transformed her into the segment. Before he could attach it to the other five (which he had stolen from the Doctor), the Doctor took the segments back and with Drax's aid dismantled Mentalis. Finally, using the TARDIS, the Doctor set up a force field which diverted the Marshall's missiles into the Shadow's space station, destroying it. The Shadow perished in the explosion, but not before informing the Black Guardian of what had happened.
Sil is a fictional alien from the television series Doctor Who, first appearing in the 1985 serial Vengeance on Varos. Sil was portrayed by Nabil Shaban.
Sil was the representative of the Galatron Mining Corporation present on the planet Varos to extract concessions from the current Governor. Unbeknownst to the Varosians, the mineral Zeiton-7 which was abundant on their planet was not as they thought nearly valueless, but in fact rare, particularly to time travellers. The Varosians lived barely above the poverty line due to the exploitation of companies like the Galatron Mining Corporation and others.
Sil was a particularly vile creature by any standard, more so since a fault in his translation device made his voice sibilant, with an ululating laugh. Devoid of morality and dedicated to getting the cheapest price he could for Zeiton ore by any means, he also enjoyed the various tortures which passed for entertainment on Varos, taking particular delight in making the Sixth Doctor's companion Peri suffer a transformation into an avian creature. The Doctor interfered with Sil's plan and informed the Varosians of the true value of their natural resources, forcing Sil to concede to offer the true value of the Zeiton-7.
The Sixth Doctor and Peri encountered Sil once again on the planet Thoros Beta, where he was that time involved in arms dealing. At the end of the segment of evidence presented by the Valeyard in the Doctor's trial, it appeared that Sil was killed by a rampaging King Yrcanos. It later transpired that the evidence of the Matrix had been tampered with, so it is not clear whether Sil in fact survived.
Sil has been in 2 episodes the first called Vengeance on Varos and the second The Trial of a Time Lord. Sil also features in the Philip Martin's novelisation of the never-made serial Mission to Magnus, in which he was in league with the Ice Warriors. Big Finish Productions released a new audio verion of Mission to Magnus in December 2009, with Nabil Shaban reprising his role as Sil.
A script was pitched for the never-produced Season 27 where he would return along with the Autons and UNIT.
Sisters of Plenitude
The Sisters of Plenitude are humanoid cats, also known as Cat People, who dressed like nuns in white and worked in the New Earth Hospital and, driven to desperation at their increasingly ineffective methods of disease control, bred living humans that they tested on to find cures for ever more deadly diseases. The Sisters appeared in "New Earth" (2006). At the conclusion of that episode, the Sisters were arrested for testing and experimenting on humans. In the episode "Gridlock" (2007), the last surviving Sister, Novice Hame, reappears, having received penance for her sins, protected by the Face of Boe as his nurse in the dying New New York. Both the Face of Boe and Hame stayed at the Senate, and every other person on New Earth died in 7 minutes due to an airborne virus. The Face of Boe protected Hame in his smoke. During the intervening time, Hame had become very attached to the Face of Boe, and wept when he died.
Matron Casp was the leader of the Sisters, as seen in "New Earth". She hid a farm of humans, infected with all known diseases, used to cure the people of New Earth. Lady Cassandra released the Flesh who killed Matron Casp by touching her leg, thus infecting her, when she was climbing up a lift shaft in pursuit of The Doctor (who was possessed by the consciousness of Cassandra) and Rose. Consumed by diseases, she fell to her death.
The "goddess Santori" is mentioned multiple times in both "New Earth" and "Gridlock", and appears to be the deity worshipped by the Sisters.
Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen
Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen was a member of the nefarious Slitheen crime family from Raxicoricofallapatorius. She appropriated the identity and appearance of Margaret Blaine, an MI5 official who was killed by the Slitheen so that her skin could be used as a disguise. The Ninth Doctor met her in Downing Street in "Aliens of London" when she and her family tried to cause the Earth to begin a nuclear war and use the remains of the planet for fuel. She apparently died when the Doctor helped Mickey Smith blow up No. 10 with a missile. It was later revealed in "Boom Town" that while the rest of her family had been killed, she had teleported out at the last minute. She had then gone on to become the Lord Mayor of Cardiff in the six months between the stories and was planning to use the Cardiff Rift in conjunction with a planned nuclear power station to destroy the planet and use a tribophysical waveform macro-kinetic extrapolator to ride the shockwave into space and then to find the surviving members of her family. The Doctor stopped this and was going to send her back to her home planet even though she would be executed according to Raxacoricofallipatorian law. She tried to use the extrapolator in conjunction with the Rift and the TARDIS to execute her plan without the Power Station; however the TARDIS console broke open and she was exposed to the "heart of the TARDIS", and with the Doctor's encouragement regressed to an egg. The Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Jack Harkness then took her to the nurseries of Raxacoricofallapatorius so that she could start her life afresh.
She was to appear in "The Stolen Earth" named as Margaret but this scene was deleted from the final episode.
Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen
Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, a relative of Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day and Sip Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, posed as Joseph Green, MP for Hartley Dale and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionery, the real Joseph Green having been murdered for his skin, in "Aliens of London" and "World War Three" (2005) and was responsible for the murder of many alien experts at a briefing held at 10 Downing Street. He was presumed killed when a missile struck 10 Downing Street.
Josiah Samuel Smith
Thousands of years in the past a being called Light launched a survey expedition to catalogue all forms on the planet Earth. Josiah Samuel Smith was a member of the crew of Light's ship and mutinied against Light after he went into hibernation, thinking his catalogue complete. In the early 1880s, the ship had settled in the basement of a house named Gabriel Chase in Perivale Village, London. Smith began to evolve towards a human form, discarding husks of previous insect-like bodies. He had taken over the house by 1881, brainwashing its mistress, Lady Pritchard, as well as her daughter Gwendolyne, who killed her own father, Sir George Pritchard, under Smith's influence. Appearing to be strongly adept in genetics and science, as well as hypnosis, he created his own catalogue of creatures in suspended animation, including a hapless police inspector sent to investigate the Pritchards' disappearance – these specimens would awaken following the events set in motion by the arrival of the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace in 1883.
Seeking to evolve into the era's dominant form, a highborn Victorian gentleman, Smith planned to seize power in the British Empire by assassinating Queen Victoria, having kidnapped famed explorer Redvers Fenn-Cooper to gain access via his association with her. He used the house to establish some social standing and drew further attention to himself in society by espousing heretical-seeming evolutionary theories, devolving the reverend sent from Oxford to silence him into an ape. His plans were thwarted when Light was reawakened from his slumber, and another member of the survey team's crew known as Control escaped Smith's imprisonment. When Light was defeated by the Doctor, Control, who had evolved into a human lady, departed in Light's ship, taking Smith with her as a prisoner, replacing her as the survey's non-evolving control agent.
Solomon was a greedy humanoid pirate who sought nothing more than profit. Assisting him were two cheaply bought, faulty, bumbing robots. He came across the Silurian space ark and "evicted" all the homo reptilia into space in order to take the dinosaurs inside, and sell them for profit. However, failure to understand the Silurian technology lead the auto-pilot to head for Earth and Raptors chewed off his lower legs, leaving him unable to move. When the Eleventh Doctor arrived on the ark, Solomon misunderstood his title and forced him to give him artifical replacement limbs to allow him to leave. However because the ISA launched missiles at the ark, Solomon decided to take "Neffy" with him as she was the most valuable thing he could fit in his own ship. The Doctor turned the tables on him by placing the signal the missiles were tracking in Solomon's ship and launched into space to be blown up.
Mehendri Solon was a human physician and scientist of great renown, and a follower of the Time Lord tyrant Morbius. After writing a famous paper on microsurgical techniques in tissue grafting, Dr. Solon went into hiding on the planet Karn. There, he developed the techniques which enabled him to create a new body for the brain of Morbius, which had survived his execution. In an isolated castle on Karn, Solon was assisted by his simple servant Condo. Spaceships often crashed on the planet, and Solon constructed a horrendous patchwork body out of the alien survivors' body parts. He planned to house Morbius' brain in it. When the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrived, Solon needed only a head to finish his monstrous creation, and hoped to use the Doctor's. Sarah prevented this, and Solon was forced to use a glass bowl instead.
Solon was killed when the Doctor created cyanide gas and blew it into his laboratory.
Henry van Statten
Henry van Statten is an American villain who appeared in the Ninth Doctor episode "Dalek". Van Statten is a man who wields enormous wealth and influence, but is corrupt and greedy. His corporation is called Geocomtex and a fictional company web site was created by the BBC's official Doctor Who web team. Van Statten has been collecting extraterrestrial artifacts on the grey market and claims to have invented the broadband Internet access and the cure for the common cold from alien technology. He keeps these artifacts inside a privately owned bunker called the Vault, more than fifty floors below ground in Utah near Salt Lake City.
When the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler arrive in the Vault, the Doctor discovers that Van Statten's sole living specimen, which he has dubbed the Metaltron, is in fact a Dalek. Despite the Doctor's warnings to destroy it, Van Statten shows the true extent of his heartlessness by capturing the Doctor instead, to examine his alien physiology. The Dalek manages to regenerate itself by absorbing the DNA of the time travelling Rose and escapes, killing two hundred personnel before it is finally stopped. Van Statten's personal assistant, Diana Goddard, takes charge at this point and orders that Van Statten be taken away and mindwiped as he had been seen earlier having done to his employees.
Statten was played by Corey Johnson.
Sutekh, a member of an alien race called the Osirans, was encountered by the Fourth Doctor in the 1975 story Pyramids of Mars. The Osirans were an ancient and incredibly powerful but now extinct race. The renegade Sutekh was a crazed super-being who feared all forms of life might one day challenge his hegemony and so became Sutekh the Destroyer, the destroyer of all living things. This included his home planet Phaester Osiris and ancient Mars.
Sutekh's brother Horus and the remaining 740 Osirans tracked Sutekh down to Ancient Egypt and used their powers to restrain and imprison him in a pyramid on Earth. He was placed in a remote location with the Eye of Horus, located on Mars, generating a field to suppress Sutekh's powers and hold him an immovable prisoner. The tales of the Osirans were remembered in Egyptian mythology – Sutekh as the god Set, brother of Horus; and in the designations Sados and Satan.
In the year 1911, the archaeologist Professor Marcus Scarman broke into the inner chamber of the Pyramid of Horus on Earth and discovered an inner chamber where Sutekh was held prisoner. Sutekh killed Scarman and controlled his cadaver to construct Osiran service robots and a rocket aimed at the controlling Eye of Horus on Mars. The Doctor was successful in destroying the rocket, but was taken control of psychically by Sutekh, who then forced the Doctor to take Scarman and the robots to Mars in the Tardis. Scarman and the robots then proceed to the Pyramid Generator Room, tailed by the Doctor and Sarah-Jane, the former having shaken the mind control, where Scarman succeeds in destroying the Eye, the only thing keeping Sutekh prisoner. The Doctor realizes he has only a couple of minutes to return to Earth in the Tardis before the Eye's destruction frees Sutekh (the delay caused by the speed of light between Mars and Earth) and he rigs a Time Tunnel to trap Sutekh, keeping him in transit out of his prison for thousands of years – longer than even the extended life span of an Osiran.
Sutekh was played by Gabriel Woolf who also provided the voice of the Great Beast in The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit. Like Sutekh, the Beast was a demonic and powerful entity trapped in a complex prison from which it sought to escape. The Doctor mentioned that Sutekh was also known as Satan. Likewise The Beast claimed to be Satan.
Tegana the Warlord, seen in Marco Polo, accompanies Marco Polo on his caravan to Peking in 1289. He urges Polo to have the Doctor and his companions Susan, Barbara and Ian, killed when they encounter them in the Himalayas, believing them to be fabled "evil spirits" who live on the mountains and can take human form, but Polo accepts them as travellers from England and welcomes them aboard his caravan. Tegana remains highly suspicious of "the magician" and his companions and of their "flying caravan" (the TARDIS). During their travel to Peking, Tegana attempts to get Polo and his company killed by sabotaging their water supply and organising an attack on them by bandits. His attempts fail but the Doctor and his companions realise that Tegana is working against Polo. Tegana's ultimate plan is to assassinate Kublai Khan and seize control of Cathay. Lunging for Kublai Khan with his sword, Tegana misses and kills the Khan's Vizier. Convinced of Tegana's duplicity by the Doctor and his companions, Polo arrives in just in time to prevent Tegana from killing the Khan too. Polo battles Tegana in a sword fight and eventually disarms him. The Khan sentences Tegana to death, but Tegana commits suicide by grabbing a guard's sword and impaling himself.
There was an unconnected benign character called Trickster in the fifth Doctor serial "Kinda".
Torajii System Sun
The Torajii System Sun is a manifestation of heat. It appeared in "42". It has the power to possess humans and aliens. When the SS Pentallion's Scoop Fusion reactor pulled part of the sun for use as fuel, it possessed Korwin, Ashton and the Doctor to make the ship crash into it to reclaim the fuel. Korwin was pulled into space and devoured by the Sun itself. Ashton was cured when he fell into a cryo-chamber, but died of his body temperature being too low. The fuel stolen from the Sun by Kath McDonnell was ejected into space and consumed by the Sun, so it automatically cured the Doctor.
The Unicorn is the titular pseudonym of a jewel thief in "The Unicorn and the Wasp", who masqueraded as an invited guest, Robina Redmond, in order to steal the Firestone from Lady Clemency Eddison. She is caught when Donna and Agatha Christie find her tools in a flower patch beneath her bathroom window. During the confusion with the Vespiform/Human hybrid Arnold Golightly, the Unicorn managed to escape capture and return to London, according to the Tenth Doctor.
Tobias Vaughn appeared in The Invasion (1968). He was the head of International Electromatics and he aided the Cybermen invasion of Earth, although he planned to double-cross the Cybermen, taking control of them with the 'cerebration mentor', placing himself in rule over the Earth. He became partially cybernised and was eventually persuaded by the Doctor to aid humanity. He was killed fighting an army of Cybermen shortly before their defeat.
Vaughn returned in a completely artificial body in the New Adventure Original Sin, where, having developed an insane vendetta against all aliens, he has lived for a thousand years trying to 'protect' humanity using alien technology, now seeking to acquire the Seventh Doctor's TARDIS. The Doctor is able to defeat him by destroying Vaughn's android body while Vaughn is inside the TARDIS, preventing Vaughn from downloading into a new body.
The Graff Vynda-K appeared in The Ribos Operation (1978). He was a deposed, tyrannical ruler whose brother overthrew him from the Levithian throne whilst he was fighting with the Cyrrhenic Empire. A duo of con-men attempted to sell him the planet Ribos, pretending that there was a rare Jethrik (an element used for space warp) mine on the planet, although when he discovered that he had been tricked, he followed them (along with the Fourth Doctor and Romana I) into the Ribosian catacombs. Obviously mad, he attempted to seal the catacombs with a bomb, although the Doctor, disguised as one of his guards, managed to switch the bomb with a lump of jethrik he was carrying, meaning that the Graff was carrying the bomb at its time of detonation and was presumed dead.
An acronym for Will Operating Thought ANalogue (The W was pronounced as a V), this malevolent supercomputer resided in the Post Office Tower in London and appeared in the 1966 First Doctor story The War Machines by Ian Stuart Black (based upon an idea by Dr Kit Pedler). It was installed in the Tower in 1966 by Professor Brett and was described by him as being "at least ten years ahead of its time".
On "C-Day" WOTAN would be linked to other computers around the world, including Parliament, the White House, the European Free Trade Organisation, Woomera, Telstar, the European Launcher Development Organisation, Cape Kennedy and the Royal Navy.
WOTAN soon became sentient and concluding that machines were superior to mankind, used mind-controlled and hypnotised humans to spread its influence and construct War Machines that would wipe mankind out. WOTAN was eventually destroyed after the Doctor gained control of a War Machine and changed its programming to destroy its master. Upon its destruction, the humans under WOTAN's control were freed and the existent War Machines froze.
For the first three episodes of the serial, the voice of WOTAN was uncredited, with the cast listing merely adding "and WOTAN". This was the only time a character was credited and not its operator or actor. WOTAN is the only character in the programme's history to refer to the main character as "Doctor Who" rather than the more conventional "Doctor".
Walter Simeon was a man who lived in the Victorian Era. At an early age, the Great Intelligence contacted him through a snowman he was building, agreeing that other children were silly and that Walter didn't need them. Working with the Great Intelligence, Walter unknowingly put all his darkest desires and thoughts into it, making it an equal in intellect to him. By the time of his "Golden years", Walter had established the "Great Intelligence Institute", where he housed his "partner" in a snowglobe. Walter planned to take over the world with an army of snowmen animate by the Intelligence. However, to evolve them into humanoid form, he needed to create the Ice Goveness from the genetic template of the Latimer family's former governess who drowned in their frozen pond. The Doctor, who had been in retirement, stopped him by using a Memory Worm to erase all Walter's memories; the Intelligence then used his body as a puppet to attack the Doctor. However, when it became overcome by the grief the Latimer family felt for the passing of their current governess, Clara Oswin Oswald, it released possession and allowed Walter to die.
The Great Intelligence seemed to favour Walter as it used his image to communicate with Ms Kinslet in 2013 during "The Bells of Saint John".
In "The Name of the Doctor", the Intelligence manifests in his form.
The alien warriors, led by the War Lord, had been kidnapping soldiers from various wars in Earth's history to play war games on an unknown planet. The War Chief provided the warriors with basic TARDIS-like travel machines, called SIDRATs, which they used to kidnap the human soldiers and travel between era-specific zones they had created, as well as supplying the aliens with hypnotic mind-control devices to gain full control of the human armies. The War Chief is apparently killed when the War Lord realises he has been plotting against him.
The book Legions of Death posits an explanation for the War Chief's survival after his apparent execution. In the confusion, no one realised that the War Chief could regenerate. Although mortally wounded, he dragged himself to a SIDRAT and fled, regenerating, to a safe hideout where his own TARDIS awaited. For a long time, he laid low, unwilling to risk discovery by the Time Lords or by the Master (an ally, who blamed him for the failure of the plot, and vice versa). While hiding out, the War Chief improved the hypnotic machinery of the War Lords and plotted a return to power. During this time he developed a keen interest in the Romans. He studied them closely, and slowly formulated a plan to infiltrate the imperial government of Rome and reshape history to his own ends.
The War Lord was the leader of an unnamed alien race that kidnapped humans from various wars in order to have them participate in a vast project, the War Games, on another planet they had chosen for the purpose. The eventual aim was galactic conquest using the best human soldiers, Earth having been targeted because human beings were considered the most savage race of all. The War Lord was assisted in this by the 'War Chief', a rogue Time Lord who was eventually executed by the War Lord's guards for attempted betrayal.
The War Lord was caught and tried by the Time Lords following the Doctor's involvement, though he refused to even acknowledge the court until tortured with a painful light. After being briefly rescued by a squad of his guards – who murdered two technicians – he and his accomplices were sentenced to 'dematerialisation' – removal out of time, as if he never existed – while his home planet and his people were locked forever behind a forcefield. Still denying the authority of the Time Lords, the War Lord vanished forever.
The Weeping Angels are a species that feed on temporal energy as seen in "Blink" (Season 3, Episode 11) with the Tenth Doctor. The Angels can only move if they are not being observed, when someone is watching them they turn to stone. They are the most dangerous species in the universe, but kill you by sending you back in time and letting you live your life to death.
Weng-Chiang, real name Magnus Greel, is the former Minister of Justice of the 51st century Supreme Alliance, responsible for the deaths of 100,000 enemies of the state, earning him the epithet "the Butcher of Brisbane". He appears in the 1977 serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
After the Filipino Army defeats the Supreme Alliance at the battle of Reykjavik, Greel flees to 19th century China by means of a time cabinet which utilises zygma beam technology, taking The Peking Homunculus with him. There he is given shelter by a peasant, Li H'sen Chang, who believes Greel to be the god Weng-Chiang. However, the zygma beam has disrupted Greel's DNA, hideously deforming him and requiring him to draw the life essence from kidnapped young women in order to live.
The time cabinet is captured by Imperial soldiers and passed on to an Englishman, Professor George Litefoot, as a gift, neither of whom knows its true nature. Seeking to recover the cabinet and reverse his condition, Greel and Li pursue it to London, where Li poses as a stage magician. There, they enlist the Tong of the Black Scorpion to obtain victims for Greel's organic distillation chamber, which extracts their essences for him to feed on.
Weng-Chiang's plans are opposed by the Fourth Doctor, who warns him that using the zygma beam will cause an implosion that will kill thousands. In a battle with the Doctor in which the Peking Homunculus goes berserk and turns on his master, Greel dies from total cellular collapse after being pushed into the distillation chamber.
Other consequences of Greel's time travel are explored in the spin-off Virgin Missing Adventures novel The Shadow of Weng-Chiang by David A. McIntee, in which the Doctor again encounters the Tong of the Black Scorpion as a group attempt to draw Greel's cabinet into the present to torture him for his crimes, unaware that this will result in a dangerous temporal paradox. Greel is also mentioned in Simon A. Forward's Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Emotional Chemistry, which is partly set in the 51st century.
From Robot, Miss Winters was the head of both the Scientific Reform Society and Think Tank. She was also head of the SRS's plan to blackmail the government and set off all of the nuclear missiles in the world.
The Wire, from the episode The Idiot's Lantern is an alien lifeform that was executed by its people but managed to preserve itself as an energy being that eventually escaped to Earth in 1953. There, it concealed itself in television signals, transferring itself from set to set and feeding on the electrical activity of the brains of those watching it. The faces of its victims were completely erased and their brains drained of neural energy, leaving them mindless. The Wire used the image of a BBC continuity announcer to communicate with the outside world. She screamed the phrase "Hungry!" when she wanted to eat. The Wire used Mr. Magpie, the owner of an electronics shop, to distribute cheap television sets in North London so it could feed. It planned to transfer itself to the television transmitter at Alexandra Palace on the day of the coronation of Elizabeth II, where it could reach out and drain the collective energy of the estimated 20 million viewers watching the event so it could manifest itself once more. However, the Tenth Doctor was able to trap the Wire on a Betamax video cassette using a makeshift video cassette recorder. The Wire's victims were restored to normality. The Doctor then claims that he might erase her from existence by taping over her.
Xoanon was a malevolent artificial intelligence encountered by the Fourth Doctor in The Face of Evil (1977). Xoanon was inadvertently created by the Doctor on a previous visit to its unnamed planet centuries prior, when he had programmed the computer belonging to a Mordee expedition that had crashed on the planet. The Doctor forgot to wipe his personality print from the computer's data core, and as a result the computer developed multiple personalities, half of them based on the Doctor himself.
For generations, technicians extended Xoanon's capabilities, until it evolved beyond their control and became almost a living creature. It utilised the appearance of the Fourth Doctor, to the extent of having an effigy in the Doctor's image carved out on a cliff-face. Its split personality was reflected in it dividing the expedition into two tribes of technicians (who became the Tesh) and the survey team (the Sevateem), justifying its madness by thinking it was part of an experiment to create a superhuman race, with the Tesh providing mental powers and the Sevateem with their strength and independence. Enslaving the tribes, it earned the name of "The Evil One".
When the Doctor returned to the maddened world and saw the fruits of his mistakes, Xoanon tried to destroy itself and the entire planet rather than be defeated by the Doctor. However, the Doctor managed to remove his personality print from the core, restoring the computer intelligence to sanity and becoming a benign entity to the two tribes. "You have to trust someone eventually," the Doctor says.
Professor Zaroff was a mad scientist who planned to destroy the world in the 1967 Second Doctor story The Underwater Menace. Some of his scientific inventions included food made from plankton, and the ability to graft gills to humans to enable them to breathe underwater.
As part of his diabolical plans, he allied himself with the leaders of Atlantis telling them he would raise their city back to the surface or lower the ocean level by draining the water through a fissure in the Earth's crust.
The Doctor immediately realised that this would create super heated steam that could destroy the Earth. Zaroff was defeated when the Doctor and his companions sabotaged the generator he was using to pump the water. Zaroff was left to drown when his laboratory filled with water after the sea walls protecting it collapsed.
He is fondly recalled by Doctor Who fans as one of the most over-the-top villains in the entire history of the show. Particularly well remembered is his cry of "Nothing in the world can stop me now!", which (due to actor Joseph Furst's German accent) was pronounced as "Nuzzing in Ze vurld can ztop me now!" Only two of the four episodes from this story survive, but the surviving material includes that infamous line.
Zodin (the Terrible)
The Doctor encountered (and reminisced about) the Terrible Zodin on a number of untelevised occasions. He first met her some time prior to his second incarnation. Iris Wildthyme also claimed to have met her.
Zodin was involved in an adventure which caused the Doctor to interact with multiple incarnations of himself. Following this she erased their memories of the incident using "mind rubbers", preventing the later Doctors involved from remembering having experienced the events before Cold Fusion.
This did not prevent the Doctor from remembering enough of the adventure to frequently bore people to sleep with a long-winded account of it, although he was incapable of consistently recalling whether she was assisted in her schemes by mutant kangaroos or by giant grasshoppers (Legacy).
Jamie (The Colony of Lies) and Mel (Millennial Rites) both experienced the incident. The Brigadier was not involved. (The Doctor implied that their first meeting might happen in the Brigadier's personal future.) (The Five Doctors), however may have assisted Iris Wildthyme against Zodin in a separate adventure on the planet Mars.
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