List of Doctor Who villains
Helen A, seen in The Happiness Patrol (1988), is the ruler of a human colony on Terra Alpha. She 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 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.
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 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.
The Beast is an ancient being that has been trapped for billions of years in a pit at the centre of the planet orbiting a black hole. Voiced by Gabriel Woolf, he appears in "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit".
Beep the Meep
Signora Rosanna Calvierri
Signora Rosanna Calvierri is a Saturnyne who flees the destruction of her planet along with her offspring, as seen in "The Vampires of Venice".
- See: Sisters of Plenitude
The Ninth Doctor first encountered Cassandra (Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17) in the episode "The End of the World". They, along with the rich and powerful of the universe, were on Platform One, a space station orbiting Earth five billion years in the future, which was set up to witness the final destruction of the planet by the expansion of the Sun.
According to Cassandra, her parents were the last to be buried "in its soil". She had been born on Earth and lived on the edge of the "Los Angeles Crevasse". Married several times, her life had been extended through a series of 708 plastic surgery operations, until she was nothing but a piece of skin stretched onto a frame, with eyes and a mouth, connected to a brain in a designer jar filled with a preserving solution below. The skin had to be constantly moisturised to keep it from drying out. As the rest of the human race had long since either interbred with other intelligent species or altered themselves to the point even they don't call themselves human anymore (references are made to 'New Humans', 'Proto-humans' and 'Digi-humans'), Cassandra considered herself the last "pure" human, and all others as 'mongrels'.
Cassandra used spider-like robots to sabotage Platform Ones computer systems and the android Adherents of the Repeated Meme to direct attention away from herself. Her original intent was to create the appearance of a hostage situation and collect the ransom and insurance money to fund further surgical procedures. When that was exposed by the Doctor, she teleported off the station, leaving the others to die — both eliminating the evidence and allowing a hostile takeover of the guests' financial holdings. However, the Doctor reset Platform One's systems, saving the station, and also reversed the teleportation feed, bringing Cassandra back. In the heat, and without her assistants to moisturise her, Cassandra's skin stretched and exploded, apparently killing her.
Cassandra returned in "New Earth", which took place 23 years after "The End of the World". Her brain had indeed survived. Her eyes had been retrieved and she was "repaired" with extra skin taken from the back of her previous body. She was in hiding in the basement of the hospital run by the Sisters of Plenitude, and tended to by a devoted forced-growth clone named Chip.
When she discovered that Rose and the Tenth Doctor were on New Earth, she used a psychograft to transfer her consciousness over Rose's own, leaving her original brain to die. Her reasons for this were threefold—to gain revenge on Rose, to continue her life in a body of pure human stock, and to discover what the Sisters were hiding. Cassandra used Rose's body to give the Tenth Doctor a passionate kiss.
After letting "the flesh" free, "Rose", the Doctor and Chip escape to the basement where the Doctor forces Cassandra out of Rose's body but instead of floating as atoms in the air as the Doctor ordered her to, she invaded the Doctor's body and becomes overly flirtatious with Rose. The diseased zombie-like humans break into the basement and Rose and "the Doctor" climb up a ladder. They get cornered at the top of it and Rose orders Cassandra to go back into her body so the Doctor can open the door. The Doctor orders Cassandra out of Rose's body and Cassandra goes back into his. She then goes into one of the diseased humans, an act which stuns her, as she is shocked at how lonely and isolated they feel. She then goes back into Rose, where she helps the Doctor cure the diseased.
In the end, Cassandra transferred her consciousness into Chip, who allowed her in willingly. However, Chip's clone body began to fail, and Cassandra accepted that it was time for her to die. Before she did so, the Doctor took her back in time to see herself when she was beautiful and still had a body. In Chip's body, she told her past self that she was beautiful and collapsed, apparently dying at last in the younger Cassandra's arms.
Caven is the ruthless leader of the titular gang in the Second Doctor story The Space Pirates.
Cessair of Diplos
Cessair was a notorious criminal on her home planet, having been convicted of several murders and the theft of the Great Seal of Diplos, and appears in The Stones of Blood.
Mavic Chen is the Guardian of the Solar System in the year 4000 AD and a collaborator with the Daleks.
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". Matron Cofelia is portrayed by Sarah Lancashire.
The Chief Caretaker, featured in Paradise Towers (1987), serves the intelligence Kroagnon. He sanctions the robotic Cleaners' killings, but loses control of the situation and is killed by Kroagnon for his body.
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.
The Editor (Simon Pegg) is the mysterious manager of Satellite 5, an orbital news station around Earth broadcasting across the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire in 200,000. He appears in "The Long Game".
Eleanor, Duchess of Melrose
Empress of the Racnoss
Eve is an android resembling a woman built by Hr'oln, last of the Cirranins in the novel The Last Dodo.
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".
The Fendahl is an entity that devoured life itself. It appears in the Fourth Doctor serial "Image of the Fendahl". 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.
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 attempt 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. The Fendahl also returns in the Kaldor City series of audio plays and the Time Hunter novella Deus Le Volt by Jon de Burgh Miller.
Fenric is 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.
The Virgin New Adventures novel All-Consuming Fire by Andy Lane equates Fenric with the Cthulhu Mythos entity Hastur the Unspeakable and claims him to be a Great Old One. Fenric and his Haemovores also appear in the 2012 Big Finish Productions audio story, Gods and Monsters.
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.
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) is the name assumed by the Plasmavore who is hiding from the Judoon in the Royal Hope Hospital in London when it is transported to the Moon in "Smith and Jones".
See Matron Cofelia.
Gods of Ragnarok
The three Gods of Ragnarok appear in the 1988 story The Greatest Show in the Galaxy. Apparently a trio of beings of godly power, they use lesser beings for sport in their Dark Circus, allowing them to live as long as they fulfill the Gods' need to be amused.
The Gravis is the intelligent leader of the underground-dwelling race, Tractators. His plan is to pilot the plant Frontios around the galaxy, where the Tractators would breed all over the universe.
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 exchange for helping them invade the Earth.
The Great Intelligence
Count Grendel of Gracht is a Knight of the nobility of the planet Tara and the Lord of Castle Gracht, his sole on-screen appearance is 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.
Klineman Halpen is the Chief Executive of Ood Operations who appears in "Planet of the Ood".
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Yvonne Hartman, seen in "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday", was the director and CEO of Torchwood One, the London branch of the Torchwood Institute, located in Canary Wharf. Yvonne Hartman is severely dedicated to Queen and Country, and will do anything to protect the British Empire. When the Doctor is captured, she expresses great delight in showing him around Torchwood; however, she refuses to close the breach, despite the Doctor's warning. Becoming the main anti-villain[original research?] of the episode, the true monsters[original research?][neutrality is disputed] are revealed to be the Cybermen and Daleks; a huge battle following their arrival. At the end of the episode she is held captive along with the Doctor and Jackie Tyler. Yvonne is ultimately converted into a Cyberman during the Series 2 finale. However, she manages to gain control of her metallic body and is able to fight back against her creators, buying the Doctor and Rose Tyler the time they need to close the breach. She is portrayed by the actress Tracy-Ann Oberman. In September 2015, it was announced that Oberman had agreed to reprise her role as Yvonne for the Big Finish Torchwood audio drama One Rule, which will be released in December 2015.
House, a malevolent entity from "The Doctor's Wife", is 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.
The Jagrafess, or The Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe, is a gigantic, gelatinous creature similar to a slug in shape. It appears 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.
Kal, played by Jeremy Young, is the main 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.
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.
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".
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.
Light is an extremely powerful, mentally unstable, almost God-like alien being in Ghost Light.
John Lumic is a physically disabled genius and megalomaniac who was the head of Cybus Industries on a parallel Earth. Lumic first appears in "Rise of the Cybermen" and was played by actor Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Master of the Land of Fiction
The Master of the Land of Fiction in the Second Doctor serial The Mind Robber, is 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 is never revealed, but he does identify himself as the writer of "The Adventures of Captain Jack Harkaway" in The Ensign, a magazine for boys.
The Master of the Land of Fiction should not be confused with the Doctor's nemesis, The Master
In The Brain of Morbius, Morbius is a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. Morbius was eventually executed by his fellow Time Lords for his crimes and his body was dispersed. However, his brain was taken away by the fanatical scientist, Solon, who is planning the resurrection of Morbius.
Morgus is the chairman of the Androzani Mining Corporation in The Caves of Androzani.
The Pied Piper is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin legends. The Pied Piper first appears in the comic strip Challenge of the Piper. Another Pied Piper appears in The Sarah Jane Adventures serial The Day of the Clown.
Ramón Salamander (portrayed by Patrick Troughton) is a ruthless Mexican-born politician who attempts to take control of the United Zones Organisation, a supranational World government that exists in 2030. He appeared in The Enemy of the World.
Sheriff of Nottingham
Sisters of Plenitude
The Sisters of Plenitude are humanoid cats, also known as Catkind, who dressed like nuns in white and worked in the New Earth Hospital and bred living humans that they tested on to find cures for ever more deadly diseases. The Sisters appeared in "New Earth" (2006). In the episode "Gridlock" (2007), the last surviving Sister, Novice Hame, reappears, having received penance for her sins.
Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen
Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen is a member of the nefarious Slitheen crime family from Raxicoricofallapatorius. She appropriated the identity and appearance of Margaret Blaine. She first appears in "Aliens of London".
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, poses as Joseph Green, MP for Hartley Dale and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionery in "Aliens of London" and "World War Three" (2005).
Josiah Samuel Smith
Before the events of Ghost Light 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.
Solomon is a humanoid pirate who appears in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship".
Mehendri Solon is a human physician and scientist of great renown, and a follower of the Time Lord tyrant Morbius in The Brain of Morbius. The Past Doctor Adventures novel Warmonger by Terrance Dicks depicts Solon's earlier life as a follower of Morbius, and shows how he saved his brain.
Henry van Statten
Henry van Statten is an American villain who appeared in the Ninth Doctor episode "Dalek", played by Corey Johnson. Van Statten has been collecting extraterrestrial artifacts, which he keeps inside a privately owned bunker called the Vault below ground in Utah near Salt Lake City.
Sutekh, played by Gabriel Woolf, is a member of an alien race called the Osirans and first appears in Pyramids of Mars. Sutekh has also appeared in two Faction Paradox audio dramas from Magic Bullet Productions. Sutekh returns in the second volume of The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield.
There is an unconnected benign character called Trickster in the fifth Doctor serial "Kinda".
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.
The Graff Vynda-K appears in The Ribos Operation (1978). He is a deposed, tyrannical ruler whose brother overthrew him from the Levithian throne whilst he was fighting with the Cyrrhenic Empire.
An acronym for Will Operating Thought ANalogue (The W was pronounced as a V), this malevolent supercomputer resides in the Post Office Tower in London and appears in the 1966 First Doctor story The War Machines by Ian Stuart Black (based upon an idea by Dr Kit Pedler).
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 is a Victorian man who, at an early age, was contacted by the Great Intelligence. Walter plans to take over the world with an army of snowmen animated by the Intelligence. In "The Bells of Saint John" the Great Intelligence uses Walter's image to communicate with Ms Kizlet and in "The Name of the Doctor" it manifests itself as Walter.
War Chief and War Lord
Terrance Dicks, co-writer of The War Games continued the story of the War Chief in the 1991 Virgin New Adventures novel Timewyrm: Exodus and included a cameo by the War Chief in the Past Doctor Adventures novel Players.
Weng-Chiang, whose real name is 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. Greel fled to 19th century China by means of time cabinet, taking The Peking Homunculus with him.
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. Greel is also mentioned in Simon A. Forward's Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Emotional Chemistry, which is partly set in the 51st century.
Greel's days as The Minister of Justice are explored in the 2012 prequel audio story The Butcher of Brisbane.
Appearing in Robot, Miss Winters is the head of both the Scientific Reform Society and Think Tank. She is 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 escapes to Earth in 1953. There, it conceals itself in television signals, transferring itself from set to set and feeding on the electrical activity of the brains of those watching it.
Xoanon is 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 an 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.
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 novel Cold Fusion mentions Zodin being involved in an adventure which caused the Doctor to interact with multiple incarnations of himself. Zodin is also mentioned in the novels Legacy, The Colony of Lies and Millennial Rites.
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