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A lot of time as a Who fan is spent assuring people that the monsters are meant to be scary. And that, yes indeed, you trembled before Daleks, whimpered at Cybermen, and tried not to giggle felt something at seeing the Brain of Morbius.

Monsters are also where companions come into their own. The decibel level of their screams lets you know how terrifying this monster/villain/bit of tinfoil on a stick is supposed to be.

Behind the cut is a brief review of some of the Who monsters. When you look at these please do remember that special effects in Who traditionally had a budget of about 50p most of which got spent on cups of tea in the canteen for the poor bastard who had to come up with the evil opponent of the week from eggcups, string, foam, and whatever else he could steal from rubbish bins.



The Black Guardian, who likes to hollow out birds and wear them on his head, so you know he is really mean. He's dark, I tell you, dark. Also he corrupts one of the Doctor's companions, Turlough, who likes to go around wearing school uniform, so perhaps kinky as well.
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Autons! Living plastic operated by a hive consciousness, that bedevil Doctors Three and Nine (any others? I don't recall). Imagine a giant Ken doll with a hand that turns into a gun who hates you, and you've got the picture.
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The Brain of Morbius. Doing what evil brains do, sitting in its jar planning nasty things for the Doctor. A renegade Time Lord (one of many), he's trouble for Doctor Four.
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Also sometimes the brain is on a body thing, so he doesn't have to sit in that jar all day.
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The Master. Another renegade Time Lord. Here he is smirking with evil nastiness. He's rather polite up until the bit where he kills you.
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Later he decays for a bit. Not so smirky, but still full of hate for the Doctor.
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Later he takes up appearing in Broadway musicals he appears in the TV movie, which fandom tries not to talk about. For obvious reasons. Here he is about to break into a nice tune to amuse us all.
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The Rani. Yet another evil Time Lord. Or Lady. (I have a theory that there are actually no non-evil Time Lords, that Gallifrey was populated solely by psychopaths. Ask me about it.) I am not sure if this is her being sultry or smirking or something else. But I think she is plotting something nasty. Her and the Doctor had something going at some point, or perhaps not if you think that the Doctor is asexual.
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And one more evil Time Lord, who likes to pose a bit and is nasty to the Doctor. (It makes you wonder what the Doctor did before he nicked the Tardis.) This is the Valeyard, who gets the Doctor put on trial, but he's only covering for the other Time Lords, who did something nasty to Earth. (I think that's the plot.) See above for my belief that all the Time Lords are evil.
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Some bloke in a mask, so you know he is horribly disfigured. He also totally fancies Peri, which combined with his homicidal tendencies makes the Doctor not like him.
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Sil. He's an evil capitalist, so doubly nasty, and won't pay the right price for minerals. Also, he turns Peri into a bird thing, which is not very nice at all.
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Though it looks like this bloke has decided for some strange reason to reenact Richard III dressed in bubble wrap, he has actually been infected by a Wirrn, an evil insect thing which is trying to kill off what is left of the human race, which Doctor Four has to deal with.
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Here he is still even more infected, but still gamely doing that Richard III impression.
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In his final stage.
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I can't recall who this one is, but I think we can all agree there is something terrifying about a bloke who dresses in quilted gold clothing.
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Sutekh! I love Sutekh, that roguish (and rogue) Egyptian deity. He wants to kill everyone, but don't they all? Here he is mind probing the Fourth Doctor, who isn't very happy about that plan.
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Yeti! Confession: I haven't seen this episode, but I think they're such cute monsters, like overgrown Wombles, that I had to include them.
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Daleks! Lots of them, from some battle or other. I think this is one of those lost episodes that the BBC weeps about when it thinks about the money it could charge for the DVD.
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A single Dalek, looking threatening with its plunger of doom!
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Another Dalek, doubtless saying one of three things: 'Exterminate!', 'My vision is impaired! I cannot see!' or 'Kill the Doctor!' These are not the villains you invite over if you want a nice intellectual discussion before they try and kill you.
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The old school Emperor of the Daleks. He looks like a giant vacuum shute, but he is deadlier than...other deadly things.
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Davros, the creator of the Daleks, who could do with buying better skin care products. The Doctor once had the chance to wipe his creations out, but didn't. I bet he's sorry for that one and wants to kick his Fourth incarnation for his ethics.
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Oh, Cybermen. Part robot, part organic. All terror. Their controller has a super big brain so he is extra evil.
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Sometimes the Cybermen get sad when they wonder if there is anything more than trying to take over the universe. And then they kill things and feel better.
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A really cheap Cyberman, who couldn't afford more than bangages for his head. The other Cybermen make fun of him.
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Cybermen reimagined for the new series.
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I don't think this bloke is evil, but he might be, so I'm including him.
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Light from Ghost Light. I know he was evil because they said so on the episode, but I'm not sure how because I didn't understand the plot. I think it had something to do with evolution. Or making Ace dress up in period costume.
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Slitheen. A family of green aliens who like to dress up in human outfits. And try and destroy the Earth so they can sell bits of it. They may be related to Sil, especially as they have wierd bodily function issues.
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The Gelth are all nice in the beginning, and Nine is so very sorry that he wiped out their planet with his big bomb in the time war, that he offers them dead human bodies. And then they turn nasty and try and kill him and Rose. You'd think he'd learn after all of this time: do not trust the aliens who say they bring peace and love. They only want you for your body.
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Some nasty people menacing Two. Because I like Two and he looks good when being menaced, even when all you can see is the back of his head.
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I know I've missed tons, but the Doctor picks up enemies the way other people do chewing gum on their shoes.

Date: 2006-04-23 11:37 am (UTC)
morwen_peredhil: (doctor dalek love - by omgwtf42)
From: [personal profile] morwen_peredhil
OMG, the bubblewrap! I had forgotten about that. Come to think of it, I remember bubblewrap curtains on one of the ships in the original BSG. They weren't green, though.

Date: 2006-04-23 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Bubblewrap should never be used in monster creation or home decor. I live by these principles.

Date: 2006-04-23 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenavira.livejournal.com
Oh come on, it's not bad Doctor Who monsters without The Creature From the Pit!

Date: 2006-04-23 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
sssh...we do not speak of those episodes except in hushed tones...

Actually, I think I'd supressed knowledge of that particular blight on Who.

Date: 2006-04-23 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ehab-it.livejournal.com
Hah! I just saw a Doctor Who special where they spoke of the bubble wrap monster, who popped and squelched his way around the set. I don't know how they kept form giggling the whole time.

Great monster recap! Thank you!

Date: 2006-04-23 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Hah! I just saw a Doctor Who special where they spoke of the bubble wrap monster, who popped and squelched his way around the set.

Oooh, I've never seen that one. Is it an extra on the DVD?

The worse thing is that the BBC is so cheap that they probably had to use any footage of them laughing, so it must have been torture trying to keep a straight face.

Date: 2006-04-23 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ehab-it.livejournal.com
I don't know about the cast, but I laughed out loud hearing him.

It aired originally in 2003, then again in 2005. I nabbed it off uknova, which doesn't list anything available on DVD, so I suspect its not available otherwise. They make me feel slightly less slimy for my downloading.

If you'd like me to mail you a copy I'd be happy to. My connection stinks, or I'd offer to upload it for you.


Date: 2006-04-23 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
If it's not too big of a pain, I'd love a copy. Email me at lesbiassparrow[at]yahoo.com. Maybe there is something I could send you a copy of in return?

Date: 2006-04-23 02:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squishysquidgy.livejournal.com
My dad told me that when Dr Who first aired, he used to watch it from behind the couch because he didn't want to see the "scary bits".

Those Ken doll things look a little creepy with the hollow eyes, though.

Date: 2006-04-23 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
As as child I kept a cushion handy. And now when I tell people about this and they see the monsters, they laugh madly.

Date: 2006-05-25 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ishtar79.livejournal.com
This is so awesome! :D

I'm a hopeless newbie to DW and have only seen one serial of the classic series, so this is a great start to putting faces to some of the names everyone keeps bringing up!

My, the still of the Master (of showtunes!) is certainly something. I really want to see the Movie That Must Not Be Named now.

Some bloke in a mask, so you know he is horribly disfigured. He also totally fancies Peri, which combined with his homicidal tendencies makes the Doctor not like him.

Hey, it's the Gimp from Pulp Fiction!

Date: 2006-05-25 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Glad you liked it. One thing I am really glad for in the new series is the money they've spent on the monsters. Because with the old series...well you've seen what they had.

The Master! He's the best. I don't know where you can find the TV movie sadly. Much maligned though it was it had some good moments. I really, really want to see it again myself.

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