The Villains

"Don't blink! Don't even blink! Blink and you're dead!"
- The  Doctor

     No show featuring a hero can survive without villains. Doctor Who had dozens of evil aliens, nasty beasties and not-so-nice humans throughout its long run. Here are four fan favorites.


The trouble with Daleks is they take so long to say anything. I'll probably die of boredom before they shoot me." - The Doctor

   "The Unearthly Child", the first serial story ever broadcast on the original Doctor Who series, proved that the show had a solid premise, as The Doctor and his companions traveled back to 10,000 B.C. and found themselves dealing with rival caveman tribes. But what to follow up with? Although several scripts were in progress, only one, about an alien race called The Daleks, had been completed. The Daleks looked like robots, something that the producers did not want to have on their show ("No robots or bug-eyed monsters!"). But there was no real choice - it was the only script ready, so, on December 21, 1963, the first part of the seven-part serial "The Daleks" went out over the air, and a new phenomenon was born: Dalekmania! It was like Beatlemania, but with less emphasis on guitars and more emphasis on exterminating the human race.

     The Daleks were a race of mutants who lived inside armored shells. The shells had an eye-stalk, a laser gun and a sucker that looked suspiciously like a plumber's helper. Their mission was to dominate over all other life forms in the Universe, by enslavement or extermination. Aside from The Doctor himself and the TARDIS, the Daleks are the most recognizable symbols of the Doctor Who program, and early in the series, rarely did a season go by without at least one appearance by what the late Turner Classic host Robert Osbourne called the "giant alien salt shakers".  They were killed off by the Second Doctor in the 1967 episode "Evil of the Daleks", but you can't keep a good mutant race down, and by 1972, they were back battling The Third Doctor. The 1975 episode "Genesis of the Daleks" introduced Davros, the creator of the little buggers. The Daleks would come and go throughout the original series, but when Russell T Davies brought back Doctor Who in 2005, he had The Doctor meeting a Dalek by the fifth episode, and since then, there hasn't been a season from 2005 to 2017 that did not feature at least a cameo appearance from The Daleks. Because, on Doctor Who, it's not a party until the Daleks shows up, screeching "Exterminate!  Exterminate!", naturally.


     Every good hero has his arch-enemy. Sherlock Holmes had Moriarty, Batman had the Joker, James Bond had Blofeld. The Doctor had The Master. A Timelord himself, The Master always had a love-hate relationship with The Doctor. Like all great villains, The Master wanted to take over the world, in this case, "the world" being the Universe, but The Doctor always seemed to find a way to stop him.

     The Master (like The Doctor, we don't know his real name) was originally played by actor Roger Delgado, who for many fans of the original series will always be THE Master.  Unfortunately, the actor died in a car accident in 1973, and since then, many others have taken over the role. Typical of Doctor Who, the changes in appearance could be explained by either The Master regenerating or, in a pinch, stealing a body from somebody else. The most famous Masters after Delgado's death have been Anthony Ainsley, who had similar looks to the late actor; Eric Roberts in the 1996 Doctor Who movie; John Simm in the David Tennant years; and the truly bananas Michelle Gomez who arrived in the Peter Capaldi years.

Pictured above: I had to go old school on this one, because Roger Delgado simply WAS "The Master". Evil? He's soaking in it!


     The Cybermen first appeared in the 1966 serial "The Tenth Planet", and, like The Daleks, they were never too far from a reappearance throughout the series. A race of aliens who slowly but steadily replaced their organic parts with cybernetic parts, the Cybermen have evolved over the long history of the series.  They are generally considered to be the show's second most popular villains after The Daleks.

     Cybermen live for one thing: creating new Cybermen. To do so, they take the brains of other creatures, including humans, and place them in Cyber-bodies. Apparently, judging from the Cybermen appearances in the modern series, the process involves a lot of wildly rotating knives and plenty of bloodshed.

     The Cybermen appeared throughout the original series and were carried into the modern series, where better effects and CGI could be used to create whole armies of Cybermen for the small screen. By the Peter Capaldi years, The Cybermen had joined with The Master to take over the world. In the tenth season, the so-called Mondasian Cybermen, an older, less sophisticated version of the Cybermen who haven't been seen since the William Hartnell years, are scheduled to return for an episode.


     Invented by writer Steven Moffat for the new series, The Weeping Angels are a race of statue-like creatures who are "quantum-locked"; that is, they can only move when nobody is looking. If they touch you, you are sent back in time and they feed off the potential energy you leave behind. They were introduced in "Blink", a third season episode of the modern series which many consider to be the best Doctor Who episode of all time, despite the fact that The Doctor has very few scenes in it.

      Although the Angels make cameos here and there throughout the new series, their major episodes have been "Blink" (2007), "The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone" (2010) and "The Angels Take Manhattan (2013). Although they are classic Doctor Who villains, they did tend to become less frightening with each outing. Nevertheless, The Weeping Angels are among the most popular, and creepiest, villains ever seen on the show.

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