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.







Beep the Meep[edit]


Black Guardian[edit]

The Black Guardian was played by Valentine Dyall.

Margaret Blaine[edit]

See: Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen




Taren Capel[edit]

Matron Casp[edit]

Lady Cassandra[edit]

Cassandra, the physical prop, on display at the Doctor Who Experience.

Lady Cassandra, or in full Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 (pronounced "dot delta seventeen"), was voiced by Zoë Wanamaker, and was largely computer-generated,[1] although a physical prop was also used on set. Wanamaker appears briefly during Cassandra's second appearance, seen in footage from a party when she was still in her full body.

The Ninth Doctor first encountered Cassandra, an extensively modified human who had been reduced to little more than a sentient sheet of skin held taut on a life support frame, in the episode "The End of the World" (2005). She returned in "New Earth" (2006), which took place 23 years after "The End of the World".

Celestial Toymaker[edit]

Mavic Chen[edit]

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

George Cranleigh[edit]





Eldrad (Stephen Thorne) is a silicon-based lifeform from the planet Kastria.


Winifred Gillyflower[edit]

Mrs Winifred Gillyflower is a award winning mechanical engineer and prize winning chemist portrayed by Diana Rigg. She is the main antagonist of the 2013 episode "The Crimson Horror".

The Great Intelligence[edit]


Victor Kennedy[edit]

Lord Kiv[edit]



The Master/Mistress[edit]



The Monk[edit]



Morgaine, seen in Battlefield (1989), is a legendary Arthurian sorceress from another dimension, who recognises the Seventh Doctor as Merlin, whom she previously battled in his personal future. She is based on Morgan le Fay.







Ribbons is an alien from the Antizone, a dark, scary place. He guided The Doctor and her companions through the Antizone, but when he was tripped over, he was trying to fend off the Flesh Moths that also live in the Antizone, then they skinned him and the deceitful alien fell dead.




Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen[edit]

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]

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).


Mr Sweet is a Red Leech from the same Prehistoric times as the Dinosaurs and Silurians. Winifred Gillyflower found him in the river and temporarily had him as a pet.


Tzim Sha[edit]

Tzim Sha (misheard by the Doctor as "Tim Shaw"), first seen in The Woman Who Fell to Earth (2018), is an alien from a race of hunters and conquerors called the Stenza. He appears a second time in The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.

The Trickster[edit]

The Trickster is a recurring nemesis in The Sarah Jane Adventures.


Timewyrm is a villain from the Virgin New Adventures spin-off novels.




War Chief[edit]

The War Chief is a renegade Time Lord who assists a group of alien warriors in the 1969 serial The War Games.[2]

The information for the officially licensed 1980 board game Doctor Who: The Game of Time & Space states that the Master and the War Chief are the same person, as is the character sometimes referred to as "The Monk".[citation needed]

The BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Taking of Planet 5 features a senior-ranking Time Lord called The War King. The War King returns in the Faction Paradox book The Book of the War, where it is revealed that he is one and the same as the War Chief, the Master, and the Magistrate from The Infinity Doctors.[citation needed]


Weng-Chiang, whose real name is Magnus Greel,[3] 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".[4] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]


WOTAN is an advanced autonomous computer, intended to make government more efficient. Using hypnotism, it instructs engineers to construct a force of war machines, with which it attempts to conquer London. The First Doctor reprograms one machine, ordering it to destroy WOTAN. It is the antagonist of the 1966 serial The War Machines.[7]


Queen Xanxia[edit]


Professor Yana[edit]


Professor Zaroff[edit]

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 Austrian 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.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TV on DVD: 'Doctor Who'". 6 July 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. ^ Lofficier, Jean-Marc (1994). Doctor Who: The Programme Guide. Doctor Who Books. p. 83. ISBN 0426203429. Both the Doctor and the War Chief are renegade Time Lords who each stole a TARDIS and escaped.
  3. ^ Bahn, Christopher (23 October 2011). "Doctor Who (Classic): "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. ^ "The Shadow of Weng-Chiang". Dr. Who Guide. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  6. ^ "161. The Butcher of Brisbane". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "The War Machines - detail". Doctor Who - the classic series. BBC.
  8. ^ Howarth, Chris; Steve Lyons (1996). The Completely Useless Encyclopedia. Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0-426-20485-9.

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