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Characters: Doctor Who Villains
Amy: So, you have enemies, then?
Eleventh Doctor: Everyone's got enemies.
Amy: Yeah, but mine's the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You've got, you know, ARCHenemies.
— "Victory of the Daleks"

The many, many villains of Doctor Who. For information about specific races (villainous or otherwise), see the aliens and monsters page.

As with all Doctor Who characters, they appear not only in the televised Whoniverse, but also in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe branches. For their ongoing character tropes in Big Finish Doctor Who, in which the original actors frequently continue to play them, see here.

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     The Monk 

The Monk

Played by: Peter Butterworth (1965, 1966)

In-Universe referred to as "the Monk", out-of-universe "the Meddling Monk". The first other member of the Doctor and Susan's (at that point, still-unnamed) species ever seen on-screen. In his first appearance, Meddling Monk liked to "improve" history, or rather Earth's history with advanced technology. (He didn't ever mention altering any other planet's history.) In his second, he jointly wished for revenge against the Doctor and allied with the Daleks and a third, human villain, as self-preservation. He re-appeared in two Doctor Who Magazine comics and in the New Adventures novel No Future by Paul Cornell. Following that, he came back with a vengeance as a main antagonist in the Big Finish Doctor Who audios, played by Graeme Garden — you can see his Big Finish-specific character tropes here.

     Mavic Chen 

Mavic Chen

Played by: Kevin Stoney (1965-6)

The traitorous Guardian of the Solar System who sold out humanity to the Daleks and the forces of the Outer Galaxies, even though he had absolute power over Earth's system anyway. He appeared in eleven out of twelve episodes of "The Daleks' Master Plan", only not showing up in the Christmas Episode in the middle.

     The Celestial Toymaker 

Celestial Toymaker

Played by: Michael Gough (1966)

The Celestial Toymaker was a mysterious superbeing who ensnared sentient beings in apparently childish games, with their freedom as the stakes. However, the Toymaker hated to lose and every game ended in Heads I Win, Tails You Lose. The First Doctor had encountered him briefly before. He appeared in "The Celestial Toymaker" and would have returned in a sequel entitled "The Nightmare Fair". Due to Executive Meddling, Doctor Who then went into an involuntary eighteen month-long hiatus and the production team scrapped all previously commissioned storylines and decided to start afresh. The Toymaker returned in comics in Doctor Who Magazine, a Past Doctor Adventures novel, and Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays. The Nightmare Fair was eventually released as one of Target's Doctor Who novelisations and adapted to audio by Big Finish.

    The Great Intelligence 

The Great Intelligence

Now the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die. Once I was the puppet... Now I pull the strings!

Played by: Wolfe Morris (as Padmasambhava) (1967); Jack Woolgar (as Staff Sgt. Arnold) and Jack Watling (as Prof. Travers) (1968); Sir Ian McKellen (2012); Richard E. Grant (as Walter Simeon) (2012-2013)

The Great Intelligence, which usually referred to itself simply as the Intelligence, was a disembodied sentience who attempted to find a body and physical existence. It first (from its own perspective) encountered the Eleventh Doctor, followed by the Second, and it got quite complicated from there.
  • And I Must Scream: Padmasambhava is fully conscious while the Intelligence spends hundreds of years using his body to carry out its plans.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Clara Oswald, who spends most of her reincarnated lives stopping the damage that he did to the web of time.
  • Bad Boss: Eats the hired hands who obtain samples for it in "The Snowmen", and mindwipes its minions in "The Bells of Saint John" once the Doctor ruins its plans.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of the second half of series 7.
  • Body Surf: One of its goals is to obtain a suitable physical body for itself.
  • Brain Food: Feeds on human minds.
  • The Bus Came Back: Became the main antagonist of series 7 after disappearing from the show for 44 years.
  • Complete Immortality: The Intelligence has no physical form that can degrade or be destroyed. This has allowed it to survive despite losing multiple "receptacles" since the 1800s. Scattering itself across the Doctor's personal timeline, though, is implied to have finally killed it.
  • Eldritch Abomination: In "The Abominable Snowmen" he was introduced as a monster that existed outside time and space that possessed Padmasambhava through Astral Projection for 300 years. The Doctor Who Expanded Universe even suggests he is the disembodied conscience of Yog-Sothoth.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: what he did to Staff Sgt. Arnold, and Edward Travers
  • Evil Counterpart: Moffat's reinvention of the Great Intelligence is a dark mirror of the Doctor, taking young "companions" it manipulates and feeds on for its own ends.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Ian McKellen's portrayal has a deep, booming voice.
  • Evil Has Good Taste: Likes wearing Victorian-era dress suits. Its minions in "The Bells Of Saint John" and "The Name of the Doctor" also dress in nice suits.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The very image of a polite Victorian gentlemen. Doesn't stop him from eating human minds and treating his minions like dirt.
  • Have We Met Yet?: Meets the Eleventh Doctor, the Second Doctor (twice) and... well, then things get really, really complicated as he is ripped into a million pieces across the Doctor's entire timeline.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears very stylish leather gloves, and makes a point of grabbing the Doctor's face with them.
  • I Am Legion: Often refers to itself in the plural.
  • Internal Homage: To the Doctor Who Expanded Universe novel Unnatural History, in which the Doctorís lifeline becomes a scar woven through space and time, which the villain — dressed as a Victorian undertaker — is going to attempt to use to rewrite his life, until the Doctorís companion (who heís met before in a different version) saves the day by leaping into it at the cost of her own existence.
  • Living Dream: "The Snowmen" suggests the Intelligence is the "darkest dreams" of a lonely, hateful man come to life. Dr Simeon had his subconscious mind mirrored by alien snow which is implied in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe to be Yog-Sothoth. The Great Intelligence is later forced to seperate from Dr Simeon and possess Yog-Sothoth/the alien snow due to Dr Simeon having his memories erased and is later stripped even of Yog-Sothoth when the tears of an entire family take over the Outer God converting him into tears thus leaving Dr Simeon's subconscious mind as a being of pure intelligence.
  • Mecha-Mooks:
    • Its Yeti are actually robots, as it realized snowmen weren't going to cut it.
    • Later the walking wi-fi base station "Spoonheads", robots that camouflage themselves to look human.
  • Mind Control: Many of its plots involve brainwashing humans to do its bidding.
  • More than Mind Control: Dr Simeon and Ms Kizlet were fully aware of the Intelligence's influence on them, and yet wished to do its bidding anyway.
    • Not Brainwashed: It's revealed that the mind exuding from the alien snow speaking to Dr Simeon throughout his life wasn't the alien's own mind but the mirroring of Dr Simeon's subconscious mind thus meaning he was doing his own childish bidding and when his memories were being erased The Great Intelligence/Dr Simeon transfered to the Eldritch Abomination that was taking the shape of snow only to be kicked out of said alien Eldritch Abomination by a grieving family on Christmas Eve.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a tophat in its Dr Simeon form.
  • Origins Episode: "The Snowmen" explains how the Intelligence first came to Earth, adding to its debut earlier in "The Abominable Snowmen".
  • People Puppets: Many of the humans its machines brainwash don't remember anything they did while under its control.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The only time we see his Simeon form so much as smirk is right after he proves his point about not having a body.
  • Pet the Dog: Takes the time to say goodbye to Ms Kizlet before wiping her memories, rather than doing it there and then.
  • Sore Loser: Wants to undo all the good the Doctor has ever done(which would undoubtedly wreck the timeline) just to get back at the Doctor for being constantly beaten.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Part of his motivation for breaking into the Doctor's tomb in "The Name of the Doctor" is a desire to find a way to end his eternal life.
  • You Look Familiar: Twice over — Richard E. Grant played an alternate Ninth and Tenth Doctor (in Scream of the Shalka and Curse of Fatal Death, respectively) before being canonized as the face of the Great Intelligence in Series 7.

     Chancellor Goth 

Chancellor Goth

You're finished, Doctor! You're finished!
Played by: Bernard Horsfall (1969, 1976)

A ruthless Time Lord politician who organized the Doctor's banishment to Earth and later teamed up with the Master to seize control of Gallifrey. Same actor as the one playing a high-up Time Lord in "The War Games", so it's generally assumed it's the same character both times.
  • Battle in the Centre of the Mind: Engages in a long cat-and-mouse game with the Doctor in the Matrix.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: How he appears in the Matrix.
  • Expanded Universe: Marc Platt's Doctor Who Yearbook short story "Future Imperfect" claims that Goth had earlier gone undercover as Lemuel Gulliver in the Land of Fiction during "The Mind Robber".
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Borusa gives him credit for the Master's supposed death in order to maintain public confidence in the Time Lord government.
  • Unwitting Pawn
  • You Look Familiar: Bernard Horsfall had previously appeared as Lemuel Gulliver in "The Mind Robber" and the Thal leader in "Planet of the Daleks".

    The Master 
I am the Master and you will obey me.

The Doctor's evil arch-nemesis, the Moriarty to the Doctor's Sherlock Holmes. The Master was the Doctor's friend when they were students at the Academy, and the Doctor still hopes they'll reconcile again someday. He's a Time Lord, so has had several incarnations: on-screen six, off-screen unknown. Whilst the Doctor's incarnations are generally referred to as "The Nth Doctor", the Master's incarnations are most often distinguished by the name of the actor. This is probably because it is unclear just what incarnation he starts on, though he is on his last by the Fourth Doctor's run, and since then has returned and endured mostly by cheating death or being resurrected in various ways. Extremely camp and a near-constant source of Foe Yay.

In General

  • Arch-Enemy: The most recurring individual adversary for the Doctor.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: A figurative and literal Time Lord. His family owned estates back on Gallifrey, though they likely disowned him long ago.
  • Badass: We are talking about the Doctor's evil counterpart. This is kinda required to stand up that obstacle to your plans.
  • Blue Blood: Time Lords were generally the snobs of the galaxy, but the Master recalls having estates (plural) on Gallifrey. He and the Doctor used to frolic across his father's land when they were kids.
  • Cain and Abel: The Cain to The Doctor's Abel. It's never been confirmed on the show that the two are actual brothers, and the Doctor denies in the revived series - although the Doctor isn't the most reliable source when it comes to his past. Even if they're not biologically related, the series makes it clear that they were as close as brothers growing up, so it still counts.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: In any incarnation, calling him twisted or evil is a guaranteed Insult Backfire.
  • Camp: Each regeneration more so than the last, which is quite an achievement.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: A villainous example, but each incarnation of The Master has a few touches of this.
    • Delgado's Master actually took the Clangers seriously.
    • Eric Roberts' Master, much like the Sixth Doctor, truly believed his Time Lord getup wasn't a fashion accident.
    • Simm's Master liked partying at highly inappropriate times and dancing to Earth pop music. And, in a Shout-Out to Delgado, praised the Teletubbies as the height of evolution.
  • Determinator: This crossed with Why Won't You Die? is a major reason why The Master will always be a threat to the Doctor, if for no other reason than sheer tenacity and his refusal to permanently die.
  • Evil Counterpart: Whereas the classic Master filled in as the Blofeld to Three's Bond (or the Moriarty to the Doctor's Holmes), the revival character plays this role a little more straight. For one, he's not a fan of humans, but much prefers their Toclafane counterparts. Enlisted as a solider in the Time War, he ran away in terror. He later drifted to Earth (like the Ninth Doctor), masquerading as a humble professor with his personality kept under lock and key in a watch (Tenth Doctor, natch). The "Yana" persona took a few notes from the Doctor's playbook, manipulating his Malmooth lab assistant into a "provoked" attack. Where the 10th Doctor likes to jerry rig harmless gadgets such as "Ding" machines, the Master personally retrofitted the TARDIS into a monstrous Paradox Machine. The TV movie and "The Sound of Drums" are where the Master starting picking up hitchhikers of his own: Asian-American gangster Chang Lee, and trophy wife Lucy Saxon. Except instead of showing Lucy the wonders of the universe, he revealed only entropy and darkness.
  • Evil Former Friend: Bordering on Psycho Ex Boyfriend at times.
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Plan
  • Evil Wears Black: The Master subscribes to the Neil Gaiman school of fashion. Even his ceremonial Time Lord getup was black.
  • Expy: The last story of the sixth season featured the War Chief. He's an evil, megalomaniac Time Lord who dresses in a dark Nehru jacket, sports Facial Hair of Evil and knows the Doctor from their days on Gallifrey. He's extremely camp, has no concept of personal space and offers the Doctor a half-share in the universe. Fast forward to Season Eight, where we are introduced to The Master; a new regular villain who's an evil, megalomaniac Time Lord, dresses in a dark Nehru jacket, wears a Beard of Evil andó oh, you get the point. Fanon has even identified them as the same character.
    • Erst Stavro Blofeld has been an enduring influence on The Master; what with the Nehru jackets, the kitty-stroking in "Survival", the elaborate deaths for unwary henchmen, etc.
  • For the Evulz: Initially. The John Simm incarnation was given the backstory of a Freudian Excuse of being the victim of a Timey-Wimey Ball plan organized by a Chessmaster to forge a link to escape death.
  • Galactic Conqueror: In the novelization of Survival, it is mentioned that when the Master is not encountering the Doctor, he's busy. Only instead of saving planets and helping people, the Master conquers planets and enslaves people.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: The Doctor theorises that the Master went insane from looking into the time vortex when he was a child.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Often used in conjunction with his Catch Phrase:
    "I am the Master, and you will obey me."
  • Insult Backfire: In any incarnation, he takes being called evil, insane, inhuman, brutal, corrupt, or sick as a compliment.
  • It's All About Me: He cares about himself and, on a good day, the Doctor. Anyone else is expendable.
  • Joker Immunity: See Killed Off for Real.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: According to the 10th Doctor, the Master started out not unlike himself: occasionally taking a life here and there, all in the pursuit of a greater design. This inevitably led to him concluding that all non-Time Lords were disposable at best and worthy of annihilation at worst.
  • Killed Off for Real: A master at averting this. Delgado's Master was reduced to a degraded, decaying version of himself yet still didn't die, but eventually transferred himself to another body. Ainley's version survived several No One Could Survive That instances, was rendered Only Mostly Dead by the TV Movie, and was then thrown into the Eye Of Harmony, which one would think was the end of him. But no, he was apparently rescued by the Time Lords, Chameleon Arched, then sent to the end of the Universe as Professor Yana. Simm's Master initiated a Thanatos Gambit to avoid permanently dying after "Last Of The Time Lords" (despite The Doctor apparently killing him and burning his body), and even though he does a Heroic Sacrifice in "The End of Time", we can be pretty sure he'll be back since they Never Found the Body. In short, do not expect this guy to permanently die.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • The Master: Duh.
  • Master of Disguise: The Delgado and Ainley incarnations used this often, at least, including one occasion where the Ainley Master disguised himself as a magician for no apparent reason.
  • Meaningful Name: His monicker of "The Master" in that he wants to rule the universe. Also, as a compare/contrast to "The Doctor".
  • Meet the New Boss: In "The War Games", we are introduced to the War Chief, a Time Lord who has past history with the Doctor, who is working with a group of aliens to take over the galaxy, and who plans to betray them the first chance he gets. And he's got an evil moustache too. Then, a couple of seasons later, the Master shows up: A Time Lord who has past history with the Doctor, who routinely teams up with aliens and then betrays them, is noted to have changed his name to the Master since the previous time the Doctor encountered him, and even has a similar taste in clothes and facial hair. Word of God is quite insistent that they're different people.
  • More than Mind Control: "I am the Master, and you will obey me." Nearly always works.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Not only is his name "The Master", but most of his Significant Anagram aliases involve plays on either the word "death" or "master".
  • Narcissist
  • No Name Given
  • Not So Different: To the Doctor, right down to his origin (running away when faced with the Time Vortex).
  • The Nth Doctor: Played straight, but subverted as far as the show's usual execution of the trope goes.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Red Baron: Master of all matter.
  • Resurrected for a Job
    Doctor: What happened to you?
    Master: The Time Lords only resurrected me because they knew I'd be the perfect warrior for a Time War. I was there when the Dalek Emperor took control of the Cruciform. I saw it...I ran.
  • Rival Turned Evil: It's established that the Master and the Doctor were in school together.
  • Significant Anagram: Both in-universe and out of it. In order to not give away the Plot Twist that the villain of a story was the Master, a false name would appear in the credits. These were usually anagrams involving either "Master" or the actor's name. In-universe, the Master seems to like inventing anagrams of "Master" to use as names.
  • Start of Darkness: During a dangerous initiation ritual which all Time Lords must pass, he was one of the very few who went mad.
  • Staying Alive: Good Lord, yes. "I'm indestructible, the whole Universe knows that." Indeed.
  • Themed Aliases: The Master tends to use aliases which are anagrams of "master" or mean master in another language.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Almost guaranteed, no matter what happens. He laughs at death. Evilly.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Can be caught watching children's television when not actively being evil. Delgado's Master enjoyed The Clangers, while Simm's was impressed by the Teletubbies. " their stomachs. Now that is evolution."
  • We Used to Be Friends: Central to his dynamic with the Doctor. As with much of the Doctor's early life, we still don't know what caused the actual falling out.
  • Worthy Opponent: He sees the Doctor as one.

Roger Delgado's/Peter Pratt's/Geoffrey Beevers' Master (1971-73, 1976, 1981)

I am usually referred to as the Master...universally.

The first appearing incarnation of the character, this Master was a frequent adversary of the Doctor and UNIT during the former's exile on Earth. By "The Deadly Assassin", he had taken on a rotting form (as per Word of God). Being on his final life, the Master attempted to harness the power of the Eye of Harmony in order to renew himself. Failing that, he escaped from Gallifrey in and appeared again in The Keeper of Traken, this time succeeding in his renewal by stealing the body of the Trakenite consul Tremas.
  • Aborted Arc/Real Life Writes the Plot: Before filming what was slated to be the final Master adventure (in which the Master dies to save the Doctor, apparently), Delgado went to Turkey to film the subsequently-abandoned film Bell of Tibet. Delgado's flight to Turkey was late and the film-makers did not send a car to meet him so he hired a taxi — the taxi driver drove too quickly along a treacherous mountain road and the car left the road and plunged into a ravine, killing Delgado and a fellow passenger.
  • Age Without Youth: To the point where his body starts rotting.
  • Affably Evil: UNIT Years.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Either a black suit or a Nehru suit during the UNIT years.
  • Badass Beard/Beard of Evil: UNIT Years.
  • Black Cloak: Crispy Master.
  • Compelling Voice
  • Cool Old Guy: Evil variant. Delgado was damned cool.
  • Dastardly Whiplash
  • Demoted to Extra: In his first season of Doctor Who, the character turned up in every single serial, from Terror of the Autons to The Daemons. Then, Delgado, while enjoying the show, became concerned that while officially a guest star, many casting directors considered him a de facto regular cast member of Doctor Who and therefore unavailable for other work. So in the next season dramatically scaled back his appearances, with an eye to making a splashy departure the following season. Due to his untimely death in Turkey, the character was quietly retired for a time.
  • Diabolical Mastermind
  • Enemy Mine: If worst came to worst, the Master would happily team up with the Doctor in the UNIT years.
  • Even Evil Has Standards
  • Evil Counterpart: In a way not seen again until 2007. UNIT Years Master was everything the Third Doctor was, except he was evil.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Crispy Master is hammy with just his voice.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: The Master we see in "Keeper of Trakken" is in his thirteenth body and looks like death warmed over, causing Geoffrey Beevers to remark that this is what the Master is like without his smooth looks and charm: as he put it, "the essence of the creature."
  • Facial Horror: His face rots to the bone. Yes, it's creepy.
  • For the Evulz: At least in "The Sea Devils", where his goal is simply to get rid of the Doctor's favorite species. "Believe me, that'll be a reward in itself."
  • Friendly Enemy: UNIT Years. Helped by the fact that Delgado and Pertwee were good friends in real life.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Cigars.
  • Grand Theft Me: Crispy Master. Since this Master could no longer regenerate, he switched incarnations by possessing a hapless victim — who happened to be Nyssa's father.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: UNIT Years.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Crispy Master. Although he was never exactly harmless, being on the very brink of death caused the Master to cross out the "Friendly" bit in "Friendly Enemy", and get right down to saving his own skin, becoming much less the Doctor's Worthy Opponent and moreso a very focused Omnicidal Maniac.
  • The Nth Doctor: Provides an example of this, as the change between Delgado and Pratt and the accompanying disfigurement were caused by the decay of his body. The change from Pratt to Beevers is a clear example of The Other Darrin however.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by three different actors, but according to the Word of God (and Legacy of the Daleks), they were all playing the same incarnation of the Master.
  • Out of Continues: This was the last body of his natural regeneration cycle.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: UNIT Years.
  • Put on a Bus: See the listing for Aborted Arc and understand why.
  • Silver Fox: UNIT Years.
  • Skunk Stripe: Marvel at the beard!
  • The Starscream: To the Daleks in "Frontier in Space".
  • The Vicar: As "Mr. Magister".
  • We Can Rule Together: In "Colony in Space". Too bad the Doctor finds the idea of ruling anything dull as dishwater
  • Worthy Opponent: It's outright stated in his first serial that the Doctor and the Master enjoy their battle of wits.

Anthony Ainley's Master (1981-89)

Peoples of the Universe, please attend carefully. The message that follows is vital to the future of you all. The choice for you all is simple; a continued existence under my guidance or total annihilation..

Manages to steal a Trakenite body to replace his decaying Time Lord one, and expands his plans far beyond just Earth and Gallifrey. From hereon in, he aims to be a constant thorn in the side for the Doctor, encountering him in his Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh incarnations. Of all the Masters, this incarnation seems to have the highest body count.
  • Accidental Murder: In "Logopolis", the Master, the Doctor's true arch-nemesis and intellectual equal, manages to accidentally wipe out a quarter of the universe's population.
  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: In "Survival", the Master is infected with the Cheetah virus, giving him feline characteristics such as fangs, Animal Eyes, and a lust for blood. Though he already had that last trait.
  • Arc Villain: Of the "Return of the Master" trilogy, consisting of "The Keeper of Traken", "Logopolis", and "Castrovalva".
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass in Distress: Villainous example, at the end of "Destiny of the Doctors," which possibly leads into the movie.
  • Beard of Evil
  • Black Cloak: Has a truly glorious one in "The Five Doctors".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He has fun with it.
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy
  • Crazy Survivalist: So, so much.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Very briefly treats Nyssa like this in "Logopolis", after stealing her father's body.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Wait, what do you mean a quarter of the universe?
  • Emperor Scientist: In the few times he's managed to control a planet, such as in "Survival".
  • Even Evil Has Standards: There's a scene in "Mark of the Rani" where the Master actually apologizes to Peri for getting her mixed up in what was supposed to be a tussle between just him and the Doctor.
    • Some of the Rani's actions in that story genuinely horrify him. Like turning people into trees.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Ainley once said, "I'm not a ham. A ham can be cured." Toned down in his final appearance... and then turned Up to Eleven in his appearance in the 1999 video game "Destiny Of The Doctors".
  • Fangs Are Evil: Vampire fangs.
  • Faux Affably Evil: If "Survival" was anything to go by, this Master, at his very core, was a malicious and repugnant murderer.
  • Fountain of Youth: Tremas promptly de-ages about forty years once the Master takes him over. After that, moving on from this temporary situation to a Gallifreyan-like body with a new set of regenerations is a priority aim of this Master.
  • Giggling Villain
  • A God Am I: Proclaims himself to be "The Master of All Matter".
  • Grand Theft Me: Manages to steal the body of an aged scientist named Tremas (an anagram of "Master").
  • Hellish Pupils: After he gets infected by the Cheetah Taint in "Survival".
  • Jerk Justifications
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted in Ainley's final appearance in "Survival", when he resumes wearing Delgado-style suits.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Completely inverted in "Logopolis".
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: For one very brief moment in 1981.
  • Not Me This Time: In both "The Five Doctors" and "The Ultimate Foe".
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Casually waves away the fact that he accidentally obliterated a quarter of the universe, and then uses the mistake to his advantage.
  • The Other Darrin: Possibly. Gordon Tipple played the Master briefly in the 1996 Movie, though sources vary on whether the Tipple Master and Ainley Master are supposed to be the same one.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He had a tendency to sound as if he'd swallowed a thesaurus. Of course, this does take place during John Nathan-Turner's run as producer, and two of his appearances were written by Pip and Jane Baker (no relation to any of the other Bakers in Who). They're rather well-known for using huge words and neat scientific concepts that make sense for the time the shows were made... and both the Sixth Doctor and the Master wind up sounding insanely smart.
  • Soft Spoken Sadist: A lovely velvety voice.
  • Unexplained Recovery: While it doesn't always need to be stated, it should be said that this trope especially applies to Anthony Ainley's incarnation. While most of the other incarnations were all Time Lords, this body of the Master's came from Traken. And it still survived things like being crushed, thrown around in time, burned alive and so forth!
    • In Planet of Fire, he legitimately dies on screen — we actually see him get incinerated. He was brought back with a Hand Wave.
      • It should be noted that a number of EU works have attempted to explain the Master's reappearances.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Worthy Opponent: In the prologue to the Destiny of the Doctors game, the Master lists off the qualities of each of the Doctor's incarnations that he liked — but can only muster up a Backhanded Compliment each time.
    The Master: And there's the First. Such wisdom, such intellect.... [aside glance] But oh what a bore the fellow was.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Of all the Masters, this one seems to work best when improvising. After acting likee a total klutz and accidentally wiping out a quarter of the universe's population (by accident), he ingeniously plays if off as if he'd intended to do it, and then promptly holds the universe to ransom.
    • Similarly, after being marooned on the Cheetah planet and then being infected with a virus, the Master listens in on the Doctor's theory as to how to get off the desert land. He then kidnaps another infectee and tests the theory, transporting himself back to earth, where he then unleashes the infectee on the local populace, and then tries to steal the Doctor's TARDIS.

Eric Roberts' Master (1996)

Life is wasted on the living!

After being sentenced to death on Skaro, the Master's ashes get taken back to Gallifrey by the Doctor. They naturally get sidetracked and the Master instead comes back to life as a gooey snake-thing, slithers inside an American ambulance driver named Bruce, and proceeds to drezzz for the occasion.

Sir Derek Jacobi's Master / Professor Yana (2007)

Oh...! Now I can say...I was provoked.

Gentle, quiet, bookish and very far from home... until he meets the Doctor again, at which point all that quickly changes.
  • Absent-Minded Professor
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Oh boy, is this in effect here.
  • Cool Old Guy: Well, at first...
  • Ditzy Genius: The Doctor is amazed that the Professor managed to cobble together a working system for a gravity footprint accelerator, built using a type of science that even he barely understands, all out of "food and string and staples".
  • Evil Is Hammy: You can tell he's trying to make the most of his screen time.
  • Evil Old Folks
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: "Killed by an insect...a girl. How inappropriate."
  • Kill the Cutie: Alas, poor Chantho. She got her revenge, but what with him being a Time Lord...
  • Nice Guy: As the Professor.
  • The Professor
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: (whispered) Master.
  • Significant Anagram: YANA = You Are Not Alone.
  • That Man Is Dead: "That is NOT my name! 'The Professor' was an invention."
    • Which makes for a very interesting parallel to the Doctor, for Ace called his Seventh incarnation "Professor".
  • Transformation Sequence: While his regeneration is depicted the same manner as the Doctor's in the revived series, it's shown to be more violent and psychedelic, with purples and greens instead of the Doctor's golden. Likewise, while the Doctor later admits that he accepts the pain with grace, the Master simply screams throughout the process
  • Tomato in the Mirror
    The fobwatch: The drums, the drums, the never ending drum beat. Open me, you human fool, open the light, summon me and receive my majesty!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The fate of his TARDIS is never elaborated on. Word of God has suggested that the various consoles in his lab were designed to give the impression of being pieces of his TARDIS that he'd disassembled and cannibalised to help with the Utopia rocket, forcing him to steal the Doctor's to escape.
    • Fridge Logic, though, as presumably the Doctor'd have noticed and commented if the audience were to figure this out, too.
  • You Look Familiar: Previously played an alternative version of the Master in Scream of the Shalka.

John Simm's Master / Harold Saxon (2007-10)

Shall we decimate them? That sounds good, nice word, decimate... Remove one tenth of the population!

A bouncy Smug Snake with a passion for pop music, utter decadence and being married to his companion Lucy. Came Back Wrong in his second appearance, and eventually redeemed himself just a little bit when confronted with the Wrath of Rassilon.
  • The Antichrist: In "The End of Time."
  • Assimilation Plot: Hijacking the Immortality Gate lets him turn most of humanity into duplicates of himself.
    The Master: Breaking news... I'm everyone. And everyone in the world is me!
  • The Berserker: Implied by his last words after getting shot.
  • Big "NO!"
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: The Master goes blond in "The End of Time" to try and not look like Harold Saxon.
  • Big Bad: Of the 2007 series.
  • Board to Death/Pre-emptive Declaration:
    The Master: A glorious day! Downing Street rebuilt. The cabinet in session. Let the work of government begin! [throws dossiers in the air, the contents scattering all across the table. The cabinet ministers are unimpressed] Oh go on, crack a smile! It's funny, isn't it? Albert? Funny? No? A little bit?
    Albert Dumfries, MP: Uh, very funny, sir. But if we could get down to business, there is the matter of policy, of which we have very little—
    The Master: No-no-no-no-no. Before we start all that, I just wanted to say: thank you. Thank you, one and all, you ugly, fat-faced bunch of wet, sniveling traitors.
    Albert Dumfries, MP: Yes, quite. Very funny, but I think—
    The Master: [stands up] No. No. That wasn't funny. Hmmm, you see, I'm not making myself very clear. "Funny" is like this. [exaggerates a grin] "Not funny" is like this. [exaggerates a frown] And right now, I'm not like [grins again], I'm like [frowns again], because you are traitors. Yes, you are!! As soon as you saw the votes swinging my way, you abandoned your parties and you jumped on the Saxon bandwagon! So [sits down], this is your reward! [dons a facial gas mask]
    Albert Dumfries, MP: Excuse me, Prime Minister, but do you mind my asking, what is that?
    The Master: [muffled] A gas mask.
    Albert Dumfries, MP: I beg your pardon?
    The Master: [lifts gas mask up] It's a gas mask. [smiles pleasantly, chuckles, and lowers the mask back over his mouth]
    Albert Dumfries, MP: Yes, but, um, why are you wearing it?
    The Master: [muffled] Well, because of the gas.
    Albert Dumfries, MP: I'm sorry?
    The Master: [lifts up his mask] Because of the gas! [lowers mask]
    Albert Dumfries, MP: What gas?
    The Master: [leans back in his chair] [muffled] This gas.
    [The speakers on the two desk phones pop up and spray toxic gas into the room. All of the ministers begin choking on the fumes]
    Albert Dumfries, MP: [spluttering] YOU'RE INSANE!
    The Master: [two thumbs up]
  • The Caligula: He was already insane to begin with and making him Prime Minister put him into President Evil territory, but once he forcefully took over the world, he became this. In fact, John Simm actually based his portrayal of the Master on Caligula himself, having performed as him in another TV series.
  • Came Back Wrong: Lucy Saxon interrupts the resurrection process in "The End of Time", resulting in louder drums, Horror Hunger, lightning powers, and a rapidly dying body.
  • Cast from Lifespan: The one drawback to his Darth Sidious powers in The End of Time: using them accelerates the death of an already damaged body.
  • Catch Phrase: "It's good, isn't it? Isn't it good?" and "Oh no you don't!"
  • The Chessmaster: He puts Bobby Fischer to shame.
  • Compelling Voice: How he managed to get himself elected Prime Minister.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Certainly compared to his previous incarnations at any rate.
    The Master: Why don't we stop and have a nice little chat while I tell you all my plans and you can work out a way to stop me, I don't think!
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Lampshaded. "Dying in your arms...happy now?" To no-one's surprise, it didn't stick.
  • Domestic Abuser: Lucy has bruises in "Last of the Time Lords", implying this.
  • The Dreaded: The look on The Doctor's face when he fins out who he is says it all.
  • Emperor Scientist: He takes over the world using a low-level brainwashing field and an army he brought from the future, and rules from a flying fortress that he designed himself.
  • Evil Counterpart: He has the Tenth Doctor's youth, off-the-wall energy and love of Earth pop culture - and gears it all towards causing as much misery as possible.
    • Additionally, with his bleached-blond hair, scruffy appearance, and casual clothing, it's hard to believe that his appearance in The End of Time isn't meant to evoke Rose Tyler. We weren't kidding about the Foe Yay.
  • Evil Is Hammy: And how!
    • Reviewer SF Debris jokingly speculates that the producers of the revival took the Master's hamminess in the Classic Series as a dare!
  • Evil Is Petty: Takes time out of world domination to fit in some domestic abuse, casual sexism, racism and homophobia and psychological torture of The Doctor. Hell, he even refuses to regenerate just to spite The Doctor.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's fun to watch, due to his Joker-esque wackiness... until he gets angry (or bored), at which point the body count starts racking up...
  • For the Evulz: Most of his actions are simply because he is a sadistic monster.
  • Gas Leak Coverup: Officially, Harold Saxon went "mad" and was removed from office. Due to the paradox machine being reversed, only Lucy, the Doctor, Martha's family, Jack, and others on the Valiant remember the events of the Master's year in power.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: What is it with Time Lords and jelly-babies? (This was intentional — this Master was designed to co-opt many of the Doctor's traits, after all, the better to disturb the Doctor.)
  • Glamour Failure: After he comes back wrong, his flesh sometimes disappears for a split-second at a time, exposing a glowing skull.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Didn't see that one coming in "The End of Time", did you? Though it's more along the lines of 'revenge against the guy who made me crazy', though it can also be seen as paying the Doctor back for sparing/saving his life seconds earlier.
  • Hidden Villain: For series 3.
  • Horror Hunger: In "The End of Time".
  • Human Sacrifice: He has devoted followers on Earth. They are willing to give their lives to restore his.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Upon his resurrection in "The End of Time." His returns is even heralded by portentous nightmares that afflict the entire human race.
  • Immortals Fear Death: At the end of "Last of the Time Lords", the Doctor calls his bluff on destroying the Earth with both of them still on it.
  • In the Hood: Wears a hooded sweatshirt for the entirety of The End of Time though he never wears the hood over his face.
  • Incoming Ham: His intro at the end of "Utopia".
  • In Love with Your Carnage: He was already obsessed with the Doctor, but he's very intrigued when he learns how the Time War ended. "What did it feel like, though? Two almighty civilizations, burning - ooh, tell me, how did that feel?"
  • Interim Villain
  • It's All About Me: The reason the Doctor can defeat him is because he knows the Master can't destroy the world without killing himself, which is the one thing he can't do. Taken to a new level when he turns the entire Human race into copies of himself - and assumes the Doctor's prophecy refers exclusively to him.
    The Master: That's what your prophecy was, Doctor! ME!
  • I Was Beaten By A Girl: "Always the women."
  • Jabba Table Manners: While suffering from his Horror Hunger.
  • Kick the Dog: After taking over the Earth, he kills a tenth of the Earth's population just because he could.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Doctor went as far as to burn his remains. It's still not enough to get rid of him for good.
  • Laughably Evil: Initially, he's hilarious, Joker-style. Look at the hammy way John Simm delivers his lines when he's gassing the Cabinet ministers to death. After the Toclafane appear, though, you just hate him too much to laugh.
  • Leitmotif: Four quarter notes to imitate the drumbeats that drove him mad. The full theme is "The Master Vainglorious", and is about as psychotic and gleefully evil-sounding as you'd expect.
  • Narcissist: He has perhaps the most massive ego of all his incarnations thus far, as demonstrated by both his brief conquests of Earth. The first involved literal monuments to his vanity (see below), the second...well, it's hard to get more narcissistic than turning an entire species into yourself.
  • New Neo City; Henceforth, Earth will be known as New Gallifrey.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Saxon's strained relationship with President Winters — himself an analog of George W. Bush — brings to mind Tony Blair as seen through a cracked mirror. Trivia: Simm supposedly based his performance on Russel T. Davies himself.
  • Oh Crap: To call his expression when he finds out Martha and The Doctor's plan this would be a colossal understatement.
  • Our Founder: Erects giant statues of himself across Earth during the Year that Never Was (and carves himself into Mount Rushmore, though we only hear about that).
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • During the Year that Never Was, he made Martha's family his servants, started physically abusing Lucy and suggested that she "get to know" one of his masseuses. Not to mention his reaction to spotting Martha and Jack..
      The Master: And look, it's the girly and the freak, although I'm not sure which one's which.
    • Considering his prior incarnation was killed by a woman, it would be fitting.
    • Also, his nazi-esque pun after replacing every human on earth with an imprint of himself.
      The Master: The human race was always your favourite, Doctor. But now, there is no human race. There is only... the Master race!
  • President Evil]: Pulls this and manages to be president evil of every country by "The End Of Time: Part One". "I'm president! President of the United States!"
  • Psycho Electro
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He giggles, makes faces, and dances around the room, all while taking over the world and ordering the annihilation of millions of people.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "HERE. COME. THE DRUMS!"
  • Retcon: The drum beat having driven him insane his whole life.
  • Sanity Slippage: Already was extraordinarily crazy, but as of "The End of Time", he goes from 'weird sense of humor' insane to 'full on, batshit, animal-psyche' insane.
  • Say My Name: He admits that he loves it when the Doctor uses it.
  • Shock and Awe: In "The End of Time".
  • Significant Anagram: Mister Saxon = Master No. Six.
  • Smug Snake: He clearly thinks the world of himself and doesn't think anyone even comes close to his brilliance, which is what lets Martha and The Doctor get the advantage when fighting him.
  • Straw Nihilist: The Master pointedly ended up in the year one hundred trillion, the eve of the universe's collapse. His smug description of humans on their last legs is a good peek into his worldview.
  • Superpower Lottery: He actually got a pretty good deal out of his Came Back Wrong.
  • Take Over the World: He succeeds for a year before The Doctor manages to knock him off his throne.
  • Terrible Ticking: "Can't you hear it?"
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The nonstop drumming between the Master's ears shares the same rhythm as Ron Grainer's bass beat.
  • The Unfettered: The Evil Counterpart taken Up to Eleven — John Simm shows what the Doctor would be like without any constraints of morality, humanity, or even sanity.
  • Unwitting Pawn: The Madness Mantra (the four drum beats) was actually implanted by the Time Lords as part of their plot to escape the Time War alive. It's implied that this is the only reason the Master became insane which kind of makes them responsible for quite a lot.
  • Villainous Breakdown: And how! After the Doctor and Martha reveal their real plan just as he's about to launch his war machines, he starts shouting about unfair it all is before cowering in a corner as the Doctor forgives him. His next move? Threaten to blow up the entire planet just to spite the Doctor.
  • Wicked Cultured: For example, his definitely-excessive demonstration of the exact meaning of "decimate".
  • The Wonka: While acting as Prime Minister, he quotes Little Britain during his speeches and relentlessly takes the mickey out of the US President. Once he drops the pretense, it's more a case of "put up with my antics or be vaporized".
  • You're Insane!!!!!!!!



A hero?! I should have been a god!

Played by: Stephen Thorne (1973); Ian Collier (and briefly Peter Davison) (1983)

Omega was, together with Rassilon, a founder of Gallifreyan society. (The Doctor Who Expanded Universe makes him one of three or one out of six.) Believed to have been killed after being sucked into a black hole while performing an experiment to provide the Time Lords with time travel. Like with other Time Lords, this didn't stick. Instead, he wound up in an anti-matter universe, and tried to return to our own universe twice, once in "The Three Doctors", and again in "Arc of Infinity". The 'bad' part is that he believes his fellow Gallifreyans forgot and abandoned him, and he is obsessed with getting revenge. The Doctor Who Expanded Universe has given him a few more visits, including one where he just wants to return to the anti-matter universe. He appears in the Past Doctor Adventure novel The Infinity Doctors by Lance Parkin and in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio "Omega", and has minor appearances in a few other works during Gallifrey's past.



Today the Kaled race is ended, consumed in a fire of war but, from its ashes will rise a new race, the supreme creature, the ultimate conquerer of the universe, the Dalek!!!

Played by: Michael Wisher (1975); David Gooderson (1979); Terry Molloy (1984-88); Julian Bleach (2008)

The creator of the Daleks, a Kaled from the planet Skaro. His genius is matched only by his insanity. Actor Julian Bleach has described him as a cross between Hitler and Stephen Hawking. Hell, not even death could stop this guy from coming back over and over again.
  • And I Must Scream: Was frozen for 90 years, remaining conscious every second
  • Arch-Enemy: As the creator of the Doctor's most hated enemies and the second most recurring villain, Davros is up there with The Master.
  • Axe Crazy
  • Back from the Dead: 3 out of 5 appearances.
  • Badass Normal: While "normal" is not a word that could best be used to describe someone like Davros, his genius is on-par with the Doctor's despite coming from a planet that's only barely above Earth's technology and at their height his creations the Daleks rival the Time Lords.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Big Bad: Of the 2008 series.
    • Though he isn't really in charge. He is being kept in a vault by the Daleks and is basically kept as a pet, with the Supreme Dalek being in charge.
  • Bigger Bad: Created the Daleks in the first place, who usually serve as the Big Bad.
  • Breakout Villain: He made such an impression in "Genesis of the Daleks," that all the remaining Daleks stories in the original series are basically Davros ones to some degree.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Revalation.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To the Supreme Dalek in the 2008 series.
  • Emperor Scientist: Whenever he's actually in charge.
  • Evil Cripple
  • Evil Is Hammy: He screams a lot, which is probably a reason his creations do as well.
  • Evil Is Petty: Orders the murder of the Tranquil Repose DJ simply for annoying him.
  • Evilutionary Biologist
  • Faux Affably Evil: For a shriveled up human Potato Davros can be suprisingly charming when it suits him. But usually he's faking it.
  • For Science!: He once admitted he'd gladly wipe out the whole universe just to prove it could be done.
  • Friendly Enemy: On a few occasions, he has put aside his threats and seriously tried to engage the Doctor in talks of science, philosophy etc. Probably because the Doctor is the only man he's met who is on his level, intelligence wise.
  • Genius Cripple: Emphasis on genius. Despite appearances, he's actually a normal Kaled, yet is easily on the Doctor's level when it comes to brainpower.
  • Genre Blind: Fails to realise that Daleks are xenophobic towards him along with the rest of creation. And he made them like that.
  • A God Am I: What he thinks total Dalek conquest will make him.
  • Handicapped Badass: Only has one arm, one eye and the upper half of his body, yet still manages to be one of the Doctor's greatest enemies
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Time and time again. He has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to the Daleks.
  • Hypocrite: In his first appearance, wherein he was prepared to exterminate all creation, but was shocked when the Daleks turned on him. This aspect of his personality has left as he has gotten more and more insane.
  • It's All About Me: He really does not care about anyone but himself; he was willing to sacrifice all of his own people just to ensure his Dalek project would go through. He's also so self-centered that he keeps forgetting that the Daleks (with exceptions) are not slavishly loyal to him.
  • Joker Immunity: Like the Master and the Daleks themselves, Davros is too iconic a villain to kill off for good. Russell T Davies even outright admitted that Davros survived the events of "Journey's End" because he didn't want to kill off such a classic villain.
  • Karmic Death: Well, not quite death, but his defeats are typically ironic.
  • Last of His Kind: Not stated to in-universe, but he is the last known surviving Kaled. Since he never gave a damn about the Kaleds, don't expect much angst from him about it.
  • Mad Scientist: Notice the trend?
  • Man in a Kilt: Well, the first actor was when he played the character wore a kilt underneath the "Dalek wheelchair". Also applies to the "wheelchair", as it's been continually referred to as one during filming. And he was Scottish during his second appearance for some reason.
  • Meet the New Boss: The Dalek "Emperor" was conceived as this after Terry Nation forbid the show from using Davros.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He fills this role in the series 4 finale, although he wants to destroy them rather than rule them, leaving only Daleks.
  • Mutant: Looks nothing like the rest of his species.
  • Noodle Incident: The Freak Lab Accident which mutated him.
  • Not So Different: He's tried to pull this on the Doctor a few times, such as in "Journey's End".
    Davros: The man who abhors violence, never carrying a gun. But this is the truth, Doctor. You take ordinary people, and you fashion them into weapons. Behold your Children of Time transformed into murderers! I made the Daleks, Doctor; you made this.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Especially in "The Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End", when he planned "THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!!!"
    • This was alluded to back in "Genesis of the Daleks", where he admitted that, if he could wipe out all life with his own creation, he would, for no other reason than because he could. Explains the Daleks.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by four different actors over the years, the only one decidedly off being the Gooderson Davros, who was suddenly Scottish.
  • Soft Spoken Sadist: When he's not hamming it up, he's this. Tends to switch between them on the fly.
  • Super Wheelchair: Based the Daleks' armor on his own bionic eye and life-support chair.
  • The Unfettered: There is absolutely nothing he's not prepared to do to ensure the survival of the Daleks.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He was the head of the Kaled Scientific Elite, and later took on the guise of the "Great Healer" on Necros (working hard to avoid creating "consumer resistance").
  • Worthy Opponent: He genuinely respects the Intellects of the preserved on Necros and even believes he's honouring them by converting them into Daleks.

Fourth Doctor: You use your powers for evil.
Sutekh: Evil? Your evil is my good. I am Sutekh the destroyer. Where I tread, I leave nothing but dust and darkness I find that good!
Played by: Gabriel Woolf (1975)

Sutekh is last of the Osirians, a powerful race from Phaester Osiris. Sutekh destroyed his planet and left a trail of destruction across the galaxy. In Egypt 7000 years ago he was imprisoned by the remaining 740 Osirians led by Horus beneath a pyramid, paralyzed by a power source from Mars. In 1911 when archaeologist Marcus Scarman entered his tomb Sutekh took control of him, planning to destroy the power source. However when he was finally escaping his prison the Doctor sent the entrance far into the future, ageing Sutekh to death. Sutekh appeared in Pyramids of Mars.
  • Ancient Astronauts: The Osirians inspired Egyptian Culture.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Your evil is my good. I am the Sutekh the Destroyer. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. I find that good."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If Sutekh's last stab at bargaining with the Doctor is any indication ó he offers to spare the planet Earth (just Earth) and give it to him as "a plaything".
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Kneel Before Zod: If you refuse, he'll just psychically torture you into obeying.
  • Last of His Kind: Destroyed his home planet and the remaining 740 have by now died.
  • Mind over Matter
  • Mistaken For Gods: The Osirians became the Gods of Ancient Egypt.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Sutekh the Destroyer was a Sufficiently Advanced Alien with these tendencies to preclude the possibility that something that could challenge him might evolve.
    Sutekh: The alien who dares to intrude, the humans, animals, birds, fish, reptiles...all life is my enemy. All life shall perish under the reign of Sutekh the Destroyer!
  • Physical God: Incredible mental powers, telekinesis even when paralyzed, and it is shown if he escaped he would be capable of destroying entire worlds. Not even the Time Lords could stop him.
  • Really 7000 Years Old
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in a pyramid in Egypt.
  • What Is Evil?: Folder quote for Sutekh. He finds it good spreading destruction.



Played by: Michael Spice (voice) and Stuart Fell (body) (1976)

Morbius was a high-ranking Time Lord. His career was the first in millennia to dramatically alter Gallifrey's relations with the wider universe. He briefly moved Gallifrey's policy away from observation and manipulation and towards a brutal restructuring of the universe to suit Gallifrey's interests. His career ended in ignominy and destruction. He escaped a death sentence only by a secret brain transplant, subsequent to which he encountered the fourth incarnation of the Doctor. Comes back with a vengeance in Big Finish Doctor Who.



To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose.
Played by: Angus MacKay (1976); John Arnatt (1978); Leonard Sachs (1983); Philip Latham (1983)

One of the Doctor's oldest friends, and a beloved mentor, Borusa has shown up several times throughout the franchise in the 1970s and 1980s. Each time with a different face. While he was obviously on the Doctor's side during his first two appearances, Borusa appeared to be a little shady during "Arc of Infinity" and turned out to be outright evil in "The Five Doctors". While he certainly survived until the end of the Time War, he didn't do much beyond his last appearance.

     Black Guardian 

Black Guardian

Played by: Valentine Dyall (1979, 1983); David Troughton (2009) (audio plays)

The Black Guardian was an anthropomorphic personification of forces opposed to the powers of light, as embodied by the White Guardian. According to the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, he was, together with the White Guardian and four others, part of the Six-Fold God known as the Guardians of Time.
  • Actor Allusion: Valentine Dyall was previously well-known on BBC Radio as the Horror Host "the Man in Black".
  • Arc Villain: For two different TV Story Arcs, and, so far, two in the audio stories.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Represents chaos and evil.
  • Big Bad: Of both the Guardian arcs. On a greater scale he's the embodiment of evil in the Doctor Who universe.
  • Creepy Crows: Yeah, that's right. There's a crow on his head. Wanna make something of it?
  • Deal with the Devil: Partly how the Black Guardian gets mortals to do things for him.
  • Large Ham
  • Manipulative Bastard: He's bound by rules that prevent him from acting directly, so he tricks unwitting pawns like Turlough and Captain Wrack to do his dirty work for him.
  • Yin-Yang Clash: Locked in an endless, cosmic chess match versus the White Guardian.

     The Mara 
The Mara is an evil spirit that first appeared in "Kinda" and then "Snakedance". It appears again in Big Finish Doctor Who "Cradle of the Snake". It makes another appearance in the e-book Tales of Trenzalore, The Dreaming.



This day was the day upon which the whole of creation would change forever.

Played by: Richard Matthews (1983); Timothy Dalton (2009-10)

You know that guy everything in Time Lord society (and we do mean everything) is named after? Yeah, this is him. Rassilon, like Omega, is one of the triumvirate who founded all of Time Lord society. As this was in the distant past, even for Time Lords, he's mostly not in the franchise, despite his name showing up everywhere in the old show and showing up at times in the revived series. He gets along rather well with the Doctor in the classic series, though he showed his Evilutionary Biologist side in Big Finish; after the Last Great Time War, the series gave him plenty of reasons to become the Doctor's enemy.
  • Artifact of Doom: If it has this man's name on it, the artifact is going to be 1) powerful and 2) evil. Some representative examples include the Key of Rassilon, the Great Key of Rassilon (which isn't the same thing), the Coronet of Rassilon, the Sash of Rassilon, the Ring of Rassilon, the Tower of Rassilon, the Harp of Rassilon, the Black Scrolls of Rassilon, and Rassilon knows what else.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Why he's Lord-President of Gallifrey.
  • Bigger Bad: In "The End of Time", he turns out to be the bigger threat behind The Master, as well as the cause of The Master's insanity.
  • Deus ex Machina: He solves both villain-related problems in each of his appearances with literally a wave of his hand or a nod of his floating head.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Rebukes the Doctor for trying to threaten him.
  • Emperor Scientist
  • Fallen Hero: Founder of Timelord Society, to Omnicidal asshat trying to destroy existence.
  • Founder of the Kingdom: One of them anyway.

     Commander Gustave Lytton 

Commander Gustave Lytton

Played by: Maurice Colbourne (1984-85)

A semi-villainous figure, the Doctor and Lytton crossed paths twice. Lytton ran into the Fifth Doctor during "Resurrection of the Daleks",note  while the Sixth Doctor encountered him in "Attack of the Cybermen".note  Thought to be a villain through and through by the Doctor, Lytton actually surprised the Doctor in his final appearance by having a somewhat Heroic Sacrifice. Supposedly left behind a woman in 1985 carrying his child, according to The Sarah Jane Adventures' main website.
  • Badass Normal
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Partially Cyber-Converted into a Cyberman during his final encounter, Lytton experienced this one personally.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Rather heroic for the character, as he was partially turned into a Cyberman at the time and near-death.
  • Only One Name: Commander Lytton had only one name in the televised adventures of the Doctor, but the novelization of Attack of the Cybermen gave him the first name of "Gustave". The story also goes further in-depth on Lytton's character, even expanding his relationship with the Doctor somewhat.



Played by: Nabil Shaban (1985-86)

A Mentor (read: lizard-slug-alien) and corrupt capitalist, Sil was a perfect compliment to the 1980s, and a good foil for the Sixth Doctor. His first episode had Sil bilking an entire planet out of billions because he could, while his final appearance so far left Sil as an understudy to a quickly-evolving member of his own species named Kiv... who then stole Peri's body for his own. Sil may be dead, but a script the Who crew was forced to discard during the 18-month hiatus of Doctor Who would have had Sil teaming up with the Ice Warriors note  too, while a script pitched for the never-produced Season 27 would have had Sil showing up with the Autons and UNIT. Until he shows up again in an actual, televised episode, however, we still don't know if he survived.

     The Rani 

The Rani

Oh, what's [the Master] up to now? It'll be something devious and overcomplicated ... he'd get dizzy if he tried to walk in a straight line.

Played by: Kate O'Mara: (1985-87, 1993)

An evil Time Lady and contemporary of both the Doctor and the Master at the Academy. Would dearly love to rule her planet and experiment on various other species (including humans) in peace and quiet, but the Doctor and the Master keep getting in the way. She only appears in two serials and a Jossed special, but is notable for being one of the few Time Ladies hanging around.

    The Valeyard 

The Valeyard

"There is nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality."

Played by: Michael Jayston (1986)

The Valeyard was a particularly antagonistic Time Lord, who first appeared in "The Trial of a Time Lord". It was eventually revealed in Part 13 the Valeyard is really the Doctor. Or, rather, a future aspect of all the Doctor's evil and malice born from his 12th and final regenerations. Though the Valeyard only showed up in the TV series for that one story, presumed dead and alive at the same time, he will happen someday...
  • As Long As There Is One Man: Subverted entirely from the Valeyard's origin alone.
  • Big Bad: Of the Trial of a Time Lord arc.
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Character Tics: As he notes during The Ultimate Foe, he still displays some of the Doctor's habits and eccentricities.
  • Continuity Nod: At the end of series 7 of the revived TV series, it's stated the Doctor will come to be known as the Valeyard.
  • Dark Messiah
  • Dragon-in-Chief: To the entire Time Lord High Council. At least until The Master pulls the lid on his ultimate game plan. Then he makes the transition into full big bad.
  • Dragon with an Agenda
  • The Dreaded: By both The Master and The Doctor.
  • Enemy Within
  • Enemy Without: A time-travelling one from a potential future.
  • Evil Counterpart: Played literally straight for this one.
  • Evil Feels Good: Considering who he comes from...
  • Evil Gloating
  • Evil Is Hammy: And reveling in it. Not that anyone's complaining...
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: As the High Council found out to their cost...
  • Evil Knockoff
  • Evil Me Scares Me: The Doctor's reaction to the Valeyard's true nature, is one of abject horror. It's been argued that the Doctor is petrified of him returning, in any form. The Expanded Universe went further on this, to the point that an entire incarnation's personality was locked away for a time because of that fear.
    • Hell, even the Master fears him.
  • Expanded Universe: He was brought back, and apparently killed off, in the BBC Seventh Doctor novel Matrix.
  • Face-Heel Turn
  • Future Me Scares Me: Part of the issue with the Valeyard is that, previously, the Doctor always had the option of self-sacrifice if a cause was worthy enough. From the 12th Doctor onward, he likely doesn't have this option, as his death could unleash the Valeyard, who helped kill billions just to set up a Grand Theft Me gambit to steal the Doctor's remaining lives.
  • A God Am I: Shows signs of this when bragging to the Doctor about his mastery of the Matrix.
  • Hanging Judge
  • Master of Illusion: When he escapes into the Matrix.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Valeyard is said to mean "Doctor of Law" (although good luck finding it in any dictionary).
    • Though it's mentioned that it's the Gallifreyan Dictionary.
  • Mugged for Disguise: If the final moments of The Ultimate Foe are anything to go by, he sems to have robbed the Keeper of the Matrix of his robes.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: How the Valeyard even came into existence.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first he seems to be just another stuffy bureaucrat that's merely doing his job. Then the Master shows up and reveals what he's really in it for.
  • The Plan: The Valeyard's plan revolves around setting up a trial to frame the Doctor for the illegal actions of the Time Lord High Council, which he uses to try and steal the Sixth Doctor's remaining regenerations for himself — so that he can become a full being once again. However, on top of this, the Valeyard also uses the setup of the trial to jack into the computer that records all of time, warp the records, and setup a death trap to kill off the entire Time Lord leadership in one blow! Oh, and this was all set up to begin a coup d'ťtat of the entire Time Lord society! Yeah, he's good.
    • All of that, while pretending to be The Dragon for everyone but the Doctor, and everyone but the Doctor being powerless to stop him once they realize his intent.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Put on a Bus: It's been over 20 years since the Valeyard last appeared in his "am I dead or not" ending.
    • The Dream-Lord from "Amy's Choice" is another manifestation of the Doctor's dark side, suggesting the Valeyard part of the Doctor is not entirely dead.
    • The Valeyard is name-checked by the Great Intelligence in "The Name of the Doctor", as one of the names the Doctor supposedly will take before the end.
  • Shadow Archetype
  • The Spook
  • Villain with Good Publicity: At least until The Master reveals what his true nature is.
  • Wham Line
    Master: They made a deal with the Valeyard, or as I've always known him: the Doctor, to adjust the evidence! In return for which, he was promised the remainder of the Doctor's regenerations!
    Doctor: Just a minute! Did you call him.... The Doctor!?
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Ties in directly with his Large Ham status. And, wow, it's fun to watch.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: For the Doctor.



An evil entity from the beginning of the Universe that plans to make humans evolve into the Vampiric Haemovores. Defeated but returns in the 2012 Big Finish audio "Gods and Monsters".
  • Arc Welding: Revealed Ace being transported to Iceworld and Lady Peinforte's magic were due to Fenric.
  • Arch-Enemy: To the Seventh Doctor.

     Cassandra O'Brien.Δ 17 

Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17

Played by: ZoŽ Wanamaker (2005-06)

Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 was a human in the far future. Along with other rich and powerful peoples of the universe, Cassandra was on Platform One, a space station orbiting Earth five billion years in the future, set up to witness the final destruction of the planet by the expansion of the Sun. When the Doctor destroyed her body, she retreated into a hospital back room and waited for a chance to reappear. Rose was that chance, and Cassandra merrily took over Rose's body and mind for a while. When the Doctor protested, she made the jump to the Doctor's body instead, enjoying every moment of it.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: She has a very touching exit, especially after everything she'd done.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Gets a proper, long, gorgeous snog with Ten while she's in Rose's body. Ten is absolutely stunned.
  • Body Horror: That large sheet of skin connected to a Brain in a Jar is a human being who went through at least a hundred rounds of plastic surgery solely to retain her status as a pure human while the others evolved.
  • Body Surf: During "New Earth".
  • Brain in a Jar: Attached to an enormous piece of skin.
  • Fantastic Racism: She's the only pure human. Everyone else is a "Mongrel".
  • Last Of Her Kind: She considers herself the last "pure" human, and considers the various part-humans "mongrels".
  • Stable Time Loop: During "New Earth" she offhandedly mentions remembering the last time someone called her beautiful. That person was herself, in the dying body of her servant, Chip.
  • Transsexual and/or Gender Bender: She makes an offhand mention of when she was a young boy.

     The Beast 

The Beast

"I am the rage and the vile and the voracity. I am the Prince and the Fallen. I am the Enemy, I am the Sin and the fear and darkness. I shall never die."
Voiced by: Gabriel Woolf (2006)

A being of great power who claims to have fought the Disciples of the Light before the Universe was created, and was later imprisoned on the planet Krop Tor, circling a black hole. Describes itself as the Devil, which greatly upsets the Doctor's belief system, although he ends up using the description himself for lack of a better explanation. It is given the chance to escape when human explorers fly onto its planet and drill through to its cell. Its mind plans to escape by possessing the team's archaeologist Toby, leaving its original body behind in its prison, but is eventually prevented by the Doctor opening the Beast's cell, activating its failsafe and causing the planet to fall into the black hole, along with the Beast and Toby.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: See the above quote.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Look at that picture, that's The Doctor between the two pillars standing in front of it.
  • Badass Baritone: Even the Doctor compliments his voice.
  • Badass Boast: Almost everything it says.
    The Beast: This is the Darkness. This is MY domain. You little things that live in the Light, clinging to your feeble Suns... which die. Only the Darkness remains.
    The Beast: I am the sin; and the temptation. And the desire. And the pain and the loss.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Humans possessed by it can.
  • Big Red Devil: It claims to be Satan, and it certainly looks the part. No sign of a pitchfork though.
  • Body Surf: After screaming orders at the Ood telepathically, it travels into three of them as smoke from Toby to possess the entire hive mind, while still hiding in Toby.
  • Cardboard Prison: Averted, its prison was designed to be VERY difficult to get out of. Played straight by the fact all it takes is breaking some urns to destroy the prison and its inhabitant.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Fakes leaving Toby's body when it possess the Ood, while having them chase the explorers till, but doesn't kill them because it counts on them being on the ship preventing the Doctor from breaking the gravity field. It only reveals itself to them when their ship is falling into the black hole it figures it was dead anyways.
  • Demonic Possession: First it possesses Toby after he handles ancient artifacts, then it possesses the empathic Ood. Toby manifests runes on his skin, red eyes and grey lips, but the Ood gain red glowing eyes and speak through their orbs in The Beast's voice
  • Devil but No God: If you believe that the Beast actually is the Devil, then the only proof for a God is that the Beast fought the Disciples of the Light, who possibly could be followers of a God.
    • He does have one of the Ood mention that he will rise from the pit and make war on God.
  • Devil in Disguise: When it hides in Toby
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Rose and Doctor apparently just killed Satan.
  • Dug Too Deep: How Humanity, and by extension, the Doctor cross his path.
  • Eldritch Abomination: It has a hideous physical appearance, and its origin is logically impossible even by the Doctor's standards.
  • Empty Shell: The Beast's body, as its mind has escaped to possess Toby and the Ood.
  • Evil Is Not Well Lit: Invoked by the Beast and lampshaded by the Doctor. The Beast preys on basic, quite childish fears within people to defeat them, such as fear of the dark. As soon as the humans get the lights in the Sanctuary Base working again they feel better.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He shares a voice actor with Sutekh.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Beast treats human beings as nothing more than pathetic, fearful monkeys that are no danger to it. The only character it treats with even a hint of respect is the Doctor, only because he can insightfully analyse it and form a plan to fight it.
  • For the Evulz: Why it kills Scooti.
  • Game Face: As Toby, having red eyes, blue lips and glyphs on his skin.
  • Genius Bruiser: When it faced the Disciples of the Light. In order to escape its prison the Beast split itself into its Genius and Bruiser parts to let the Genius escape.
  • God of Evil: What it inspires in some religions, as well as war gods and devil figures.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Really likes these, reading people's minds and taunting them by playing on fears and insecurities.
  • I Am Legion: It even says the exact quote
  • I Have Many Names:
    The Ood: Some may call him Abaddon. Some may call him Krop Tor. Some may call him Satan. Or Lucifer. Or the King of Despair. The Deathless Prince. The Bringer of Night.
  • Legions of Hell: In the Torchwood season 1 finale, Abbadon the "Son of the Beast" is revealed to have been imprisoned in a similar manner in the Cardiff Rift on Earth. Supplementary materials say that there might be several other demons trapped elsewhere in the universe in secret prisons. Since none have shown up since, this might count as an Aborted Arc.
    • The Ood serve as this on the space station while his body is chained. They even call themselves the Legion of the Beast.
  • Lovecraft Lite
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Doctor quickly calls out the Beast out on playing on basic fears, such as fear of the dark or an abusive parent.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Inverted. The single Beast possesses many Ood as well as Toby at once.
  • Mark of the Beast: Toby is covered in glyphs that are so old that the Tardis can't translate when the Beast possesses him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:Is he really the Devil, or just a Sufficiently Advanced Alien who happens to resemble our popular conception of the Devil and perhaps was even the basis for our and other Devil myths? Never established for certain.
  • Mind Control: His signature power.
  • Mind over Matter: Telekinetically shatters reinforced windows, cuts cables and opens its pit.
  • Mysterious Past: Up to Eleven. The only hints at the Beast's past are its claims (which can't exactly be trusted or proven), some vague cave drawings the Doctor finds nears its cell, and humanity's own Devil myths.
  • Name's the Same: According to the Great Intelligence, "the Beast" is one of the aliases the Doctor collects over time.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: It's strongly hinted that the mind of the Beast can never be destroyed, that it will live on in the minds of every being in the universe.
    The Beast: I shall never die! The thought of me is forever: in the bleeding hearts of men, in their vanity, obsession, and lust! Nothing shall ever destroy me! NOTHING!
  • Our Demons Are Different: Though this one may be the inspiration for all the ones who followed.
  • Outside-Context Villain: In a strictly sci-fi series, a creature appears claiming to be Satan himself.
  • Playing with Fire: Toby breathes fire when the Beast possesses him and is ranting when the Doctor destroys the gravity field, dooming himself, the Beast and the human survivors.
  • Psychic Powers: The Beast possesses telekinesis, technopathy and telepathy, which it uses to attack, possess and terrify the Sanctuary base crew once its mind separates itself from its body. It also foretells Rose's death announcement after the battle of London between the Cybermen and Daleks.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its a sign that the Beast has taken someone over. He can hide it when he wants to though.
  • Satan: The Beast claims it is one of his names, and apparently inspired not only Christianity's Devil, but the Devil figures in every religion in the universe.
  • Scary Teeth: Well, duh.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It's so powerful it was sealed miles underground the surface of a planet precariously orbiting a black hole, meaning that any attempt to escape would send the Beast and the planet to fall into it. These Disciples of the Light guys really didn't want this guy to escape
  • Shout-Out: A homage to The Event Horizon.
  • Slasher Smile: When it gets to do its first kill in eons.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: At least universal when unbound and possessing its own body. Its mind alone is certainly a planetary threat, possibly greater.
  • Technopath: Voluntarily or not, it makes the A.I. controlled doors, the hologram display, the Ood's speech devices and Rose's mobile phone announce its imminent release.
  • Telepathic Spacemen
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: If it escapes from its prison, then it falls into a black hole. Although the Doctor states that the Devil is really an idea shared among societies, so even this may not truly kill it. In any case, the Beast's prison planet falls into the black hole, apparently with its body, while its mind possessing Toby follows it to the same fate.
  • Time Abyss: It existed before the universe, though the Doctor claims that is impossible (it lampshades his Arbitrary Skepticism). Nevertheless he concedes it could have existed at the start of the universe.
  • Ultimate Evil: If the Beast is what it claims, then it is the first and most powerful evil being to have existed, corrupting every sentient being in the universe.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the Doctor dooms it to fall into the black hole, both the Beast's mind and body rant, thrash and breath fire.
  • Voice of the Legion: the Ood speak in this when possessed.
  • Volcanic Veins
  • You Cannot Kill an Idea: Although the Beast is defeated, it still possesses psychic influence over every being in time and space.

     Lucy Saxon 

Lucy Saxon

Dying. Everything dying. The whole of creation was falling apart and I thought there's no point. No point to anything. Not ever.

Played by: Alexandra Moen (2007, 2009)

The Master's wife in "The Sound of Drums", "Last of the Time Lords" and returning for an encore in "The End of Time". She was his "faithful companion" until she shot him, after Francine Jones and Jack Harkness were stopped trying to do so by the Doctor.

    The Dream Lord 

The Dream Lord

Dream Lord. It's in the name, isn't it? Spooky. Not quite there.

Played by: Toby Jones (2010)

A strange, incorporeal being who once trapped the Doctor, Amy and Rory in two worlds, making them choose which was real and which was just a dream.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: He's a personification of the Doctor's dark side. More specifically, his self-loathing.
  • Enemy Within: For the Doctor.
  • Evil Redhead: Looks like the Doctor finally got to be ginger after all.
  • Fan Disservice: At one point, he dresses in a Ready for Lovemaking style.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's having so much fun, with all his different costumes.
  • Graceful Loser: He withdraws gracefully after the heroes identify the real world. It's just an act; turns out the 'real' world is also a dream.
  • Intangible Man: He has no physical form. The Doctor briefly wonders if this is his motivation.
  • Jerkass: Very much so, since he's willing to express the sorts of thoughts the Doctor typically holds back.
  • Great Gazoo: Not surprisingly, considering he's an aspect of the Doctor.
  • Laughably Evil: His bowtie and short stature brings to mind a demented Troughton—though it make sense considering what he is.
  • The Nth Doctor: It's heavily implied he's a manifestation of the same dark side that gave rise to the Valeyard.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He pretty much talks to the Doctor entirely in these.
    Dream Lord: If you had any more tawdry quirks you could open up a tawdry quirk shop. The madcap vehicle, the cockamamie hair, the clothes designed by a first-year fashion student. Iím surprised you havenít got a little purple space dog just to ram home what an intergalactic wag you are.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Normally is shown wearing a variation of the Eleventh's Doctor's wardrobe and briefly adopts a similar blue suit and tie as the Tenth Doctor at one point.

    Madame Kovarian 

Madame Kovarian

Oh Doctor, fooling you once was a joy. But fooling you twice, in the same way? It's a privilege.

Played by: Frances Barber (2011)

An enemy of the Doctor who seems to regard him as a threat to the rest of existence and will resort to any means to destroy him. She commands a legion of Clerics in her first appearance, and is later revealed to be part of the Order of the Silence.
  • Church Militant / Nun Too Holy: In her first full-length appearance, she appears to be the militant leader of the religious coalition against the Doctor in "A Good Man Goes to War". In "The Time of the Doctor", she's explicitly stated to be the head of a splinter group from the Papal Mainframe. This would imply that the Silence under her command rebelled in "The Wedding of River Song", leaving her to die after she'd outlived her usefulness.
  • The Dragon: The most recognizable lackey of the Silence.
  • Entitled Bitch: Has the nerve to ask the woman whose kid she kidnapped and raised into a psychopathic Laser Guided Tyke Bomb (to kill said woman's best friend, to boot) to spare her because that's what the Doctor, a "good man" (the very man she's been plotting to kill) would do, and Amy would "never do anything to disappoint [her] precious Doctor." She gets exactly what she deserved:
    Amy: The Doctor is precious to me, you're right. But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here.
  • Epic Fail: Her assassin River Song not only rebels, but almost destroys the universe trying to prevent the Doctor's death. Not to mention her Nice Job Fixing It, Villain.
  • Evil Gloating: Loves to do this, first to the Doctor in "A Good Man Goes to War", then to River Song in "Closing Time".
  • Evil Is Hammy: Starts coming across as this in "Closing Time", though compared to some of the other hams on this list she's still pretty subdued.
  • Eyepatch of Power: It's an "eye drive" that lets her interact with the Silence without forgetting them.
  • Karmic Death: Of a sort. In the alternate timeline created by River not killing the Doctor, Amy lets her die from the eyepatch, which the Silence boobytrapped. Since that timeline is erased, though, she's presumably alive.
  • Knight Templar: Confirmed in "The Time of the Doctor", where Tasha Lem reveals that Madame Kovarian leads a group that broke off from the Papal Mainframe to launch a crusade against the Doctor.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Has proved herself quite capable of manipulating the Doctor ó and relishes it. Just read the quote.
  • No Name Given: Prior to "A Good Man Goes to War", she was never named on-screen and listed only as "Eye-Patch Lady" in the credits.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: "The Time of the Doctor" reveals that the Kovarian Chapter is this for the Papal Mainframe. While the Papal Mainframe are trying to preserve the Siege of Trenzalore and prevent it escalating into open war, Madame Kovarian decided to try and alter history to prevent the Doctor from ever reaching Trenzalore in the first place.
    • This, rather ironically, bit her in the ass, because if she'd just stayed put at Trenzalore, the cracks in the universe would never have happened and no one would have gone to Trenzalore (not mentioning that without River, the Doctor would have probably died much earlier on in his time stream.) Nice job fixing it villain indeed.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Actually has the gall to beg Amy for help when her booby-trapped eyepatch is triggered. Amy refuses and puts the eyepatch back in.
  • Woman in Black
  • Xanatos Gambit: Every possible outcome of her plan in "A Good Man Goes To War" includes either the Doctor's death or her escaping with Amy's daughter, meaning her ultimate goal is either accomplished or still easily attainable.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When the Silence have the Doctor in their grasp, they decide they don't need her anymore, and trigger the kill switch in her eyepatch.

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