List of Doctor Who villains

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This is a list of villains from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. For other, related lists, see below.


Helen A[edit]

Helen A, seen in The Happiness Patrol (1988),[1] 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 Abzorbaloff is a monster designed by nine-year-old William Grantham of Colchester, Essex for a "Design a Doctor Who Monster" competition held by Blue Peter.[2]

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[edit]

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.[3]


The Animus is an alien intelligence from an unknown planet which lands on the planet Vortis and first appeared in the serial The Web Planet.[4]

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 a Dæmon from the planet Dæmos, who terrorises Devil's End in the Third Doctor story The Dæmons.[5]



Baltazar, Scourge of the Galaxy, serves as the main antagonist of the animated serial The Infinite Quest.


The Beast[6] 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 Satan Pit".

Beep the Meep[edit]

Main article: Beep the Meep


Black Guardian[edit]

Main article: Black Guardian

Margaret Blaine[edit]

See: Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen


Bok is the gargoyle servant of Azal in the Third Doctor story The Dæmons. Made of stone, he is bulletproof. He reverts to his statue form when Azal is defeated.[5]


Main article: Timelash


Main article: Borusa (Doctor Who)


BOSS, or Biomorphic Organisational Systems Supervisor, is a supercomputer that appears in The Green Death (1973) and voiced by John Dearth.[7]


Signora Rosanna Calvierri[edit]

Signora Rosanna Calvierri is a Saturnyne who flees the destruction of her planet along with her offspring, as seen in "The Vampires of Venice".

Taren Capel[edit]

Main article: The Robots of Death

Max Capricorn[edit]

Max Capricorn appears in the Tenth Doctor story "Voyage of the Damned". He is the owner of a luxury spaceship cruiseliner company

The Captain[edit]

The Captain is a space pirate who appears in the serial 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.

Matron Casp[edit]

See: Sisters of Plenitude

Lady Cassandra[edit]


Caven is the ruthless leader of the titular gang in the Second Doctor story The Space Pirates.

Celestial Toymaker[edit]

Main article: Celestial Toymaker

Cessair of Diplos[edit]

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.

Harrison Chase[edit]

Harrison Chase is an eccentric millionaire with an obsession for botany who appears in The Seeds of Doom.

Mavic Chen[edit]

See: The Daleks' Master Plan

Mavic Chen is the Guardian of the Solar System in the year 4000 AD and a collaborator with the Daleks.

Matron Cofelia[edit]

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.

Chief Caretaker[edit]

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 Collector[edit]

The Collector, in The Sun Makers (1977), played by Henry Woolf, is the finance-obsessed Usurian overlord of the humans on Pluto.

George Cranleigh[edit]

Main article: Black Orchid



Main article: Davros

De Flores[edit]

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).


The Destroyer is an other dimensional entity summoned by the sorceress Morgaine in Battlefield (1989) to aid her in defeating the Seventh Doctor.

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.

Dream Lord[edit]

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.[8]



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".


Eldrad (Stephen Thorne) is a silicon-based lifeform from the planet Kastria, having creating most of the technology that enabled is people thrive. However, Eldrad desired to conquer the galaxy and destroyed the solar wind barrier he created when his race's ruler King Rokon refused to wage war. Eldrad was sentenced to death and place in an obliteration module that was launched into space, but it detonated prematurely with Eldrad's survival remains scattered across the universe. One of his remains, a hand bearing a ring that contains his genetic code, ended up on Earth during the Jurassic era before it was dug up in quarry in the late 20th century. Eldrad's ring uses Sarah Jane Smith to bring it to the Nunton Experimental Complex to absorb the radiation needed to regenerate. Though regenerated, Eldrad's contact with Sarah caused him to manifest into a female version of himself (Judith Paris) before being fully restored to his original form after convincing the Fourth Doctor to bring him the Kastria. However, Eldrad learned too late that his race anticipated his return and had chosen extinction over a subterranean existence while destroying their race banks to prevent him from creating an army. When Eldrad decides to force the Doctor to bring him back to Earth to rule it, he ends up being tricked into failing into an abyss with the Doctor keeping his ring.

Eleanor, Duchess of Melrose[edit]

Empress of the Racnoss[edit]

The Empress of the Racnoss featured in "The Runaway Bride". (2006)[9] Her appearance resembles that of a huge red humanoid spider. She was portrayed by Sarah Parish.[9]

See also: 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[edit]

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.

Mr Finch[edit]

Mr Finch (Anthony Head) as seen in "School Reunion", is an alias for Brother Lassar, the leader of a group of Krillitanes.

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[edit]

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".

Miss Foster[edit]

See Matron Cofelia.



Gavrok is leader of the Bannermen who attempts to wipe out the Chimeron race in Delta and the Bannermen (1987).

Gods of Ragnarok[edit]

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 Virgin New Adventures novel Conundrum by Steve Lyons reveals that the Gods of Ragnarok created the Land of Fiction.


Main article: Frontios

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[edit]

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[edit]

Count Grendel[edit]

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.

He also appears in the spin-off short story The Trials of Tara by Paul Cornell.


Klineman Halpen[edit]

Klineman Halpen is the Chief Executive of Ood Operations who appears in "Planet of the Ood".

Mercy Hartigan[edit]

Mercy Hartigan, or Miss Hartigan, is the primary villain in Christmas special, "The Next Doctor" (2008). She is the willing accomplice of the Cyberman invasion of London in 1851.

Yvonne Hartman[edit]

Yvonne Hartman
Doctor Who character
Affiliated Torchwood
Species Human
Home planet Earth
Home era 20th-21st centuries
First appearance Army of Ghosts (2006)
Last appearance One Rule (2015)
Portrayed by Tracy-Ann Oberman

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.


The Headhunter is a female villain-for-hire heard in the Big Finish Productions series of Eighth Doctor New Adventures originally on BBC7 radio. She is played by Katarina Olsson.

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. The next time the Headhunter appears, Grand Theft Cosmos, Karen is at her side. This time, the Doctor's meeting with them is coincidental. 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. Her motives are revealed in her final story, The Eight Truths/Worldwide Web.


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.

In the episode "Bad Wolf", taking place on Satellite 5 a century after "The Long Game", it was revealed that the Badwolf Corporation was behind the Jagrafess, and that its masters were the Daleks.

Sharaz Jek[edit]

Sharaz Jek is a genius robotocist and partner of businessman Trau Morgus. He appears in "The Caves of Androzani".



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.

Victor Kennedy[edit]

Main article: Abzorbaloff

Lord Kiv[edit]

Main article: Mindwarp

Madame Kovarian[edit]

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".


Kroagnon, or The Great Architect, featured in Paradise Towers (1987), is the designer of Paradise Towers and Miracle City. He kills and takes over the body of the Chief Caretaker.


Professor Richard Lazarus[edit]

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.


Lilith leads the Carrionite witches in "The Shakespeare Code" (2007).


Linx is a Sontaran Commander in the Fifth Sontaran Battle Fleet, appearing in The Time Warrior.

John Lumic[edit]

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.



The Malus appears 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."


Main article: Mara

The Master[edit]

Main article: Master

Master of the Land of Fiction[edit]

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


Main article: Mawdryn Undead

Meddling Monk[edit]

Main article: Meddling Monk


Main article: Meglos


Megron is the main villain of the Fourth Doctor story Exploration Earth: The Time Machine. He is the chief of the Carion race who were enemies of the Time Lords.


Monarch is the megalomaniac leader of the Urbankans from the planet Urbanka. He appears in the Fifth Doctor story Four to Doomsday.


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.


Morgaine, seen in Battlefield (1989), is a sorceress from another dimension, who had previously battled Merlin, whom she recognises as the Doctor from his personal future.

Trau Morgus[edit]

Morgus is the chairman of the Androzani Mining Corporation in The Caves of Androzani.



Main article: Nimrod

Nobody No-One[edit]

Main article: Nobody No-One



Main article: Omega

The Oracle[edit]

The Oracle, as seen in Underworld, is a supercomputer with a megalomaniac personality that rules P7E from the Citadel.


Lady Peinforte[edit]

Lady Peinforte, from the Stuart era, sought to gain control of the Nemesis, a powerful Time Lord weapon, as seen in Silver Nemesis (1988).

Pied Piper[edit]

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.

Prisoner Zero[edit]

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".



Main article: Rani


Main article: Rassilon

Luke Rattigan[edit]

Luke Rattigan is one of the main antagonists from "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky". Luke worked in league with the Sontarans to conquer Earth. He is played by the actor Ryan Sampson.


Restac is a Silurian general first appearing in "The Hungry Earth".



Main article: Sabbath


Ramon 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.


Scaroth is the last of the Jagaroth appearing in the serial City of Death.


The Shadow appears in the 1979 Fourth Doctor story The Armageddon Factor; he is a servant of the Black Guardian, and at least partially responsible for a war between the planets Atrios and Zeos.

Sheriff of Nottingham[edit]

The Sheriff of Nottingham is based on the Sheriff from the Robin Hood legends and appears in "Robot of Sherwood".


Main article: Sil

Sisters of Plenitude[edit]

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[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.



Tegana the Warlord, seen in Marco Polo, accompanies Marco Polo on his caravan to Peking in 1289.

The Trickster[edit]

The Trickster is a villain from spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures who is the unseen perpetrator of the alternative timeline created by Donna Noble in "Turn Left".

There is an unconnected benign character called Trickster in the fifth Doctor serial "Kinda".


Main article: Timewyrm


The Unicorn[edit]

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.



Main article: Valeyard

Tobias Vaughn[edit]

Tobias Vaughn appears in The Invasion (1968). He is the head of International Electromatics, and he aids the Cybermen invasion of Earth, although he plans to double-cross the Cybermen.

Vaughn returns in a completely artificial body in the New Adventure Original Sin.

Graff Vynda-K[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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".[citation needed]

Walter Simeon[edit]

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[edit]

"The War Chief" redirects here. For the Age of Empires III expansion pack, see Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs.

The War Chief is a renegade Time Lord who assists a group of alien warriors in the 1969 serial The War Games.

The book Legions of Death posits an explanation for the War Chief's survival after his apparent execution whereby, although mortally wounded, he fled and regenerated.[10]

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.

Miss Winters[edit]

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[edit]

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.


Queen Xanxia[edit]

Main article: The Pirate Planet


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.


Professor Yana[edit]

Main articles: Master and Utopia


Professor Zaroff[edit]

"Zaroff" redirects here. For the fictional Richard Connell villain, see The Most Dangerous Game.

Professor Zaroff is a mad scientist who plans to destroy the world in the 1967 Second Doctor story The Underwater Menace.

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.[11]

Zodin (the Terrible)[edit]

The Doctor encountered the Terrible Zodin on a number of untelevised occasions. She is mentioned in The Five Doctors. Iris Wildthyme also claims to have met her.

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.

See also[edit]


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