Characters: Doctor Who Villains
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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 (First Doctor)
Played by: Peter Butterworth (1965, 1966)
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 New Eighth Doctor Adventures
, played by Graeme Garden — you can see his Big Finish
-specific character tropes here
- Affably Evil: Closer to affably amoral, actually.
- Ancient Astronaut: Helped the Ancient Britons build Stonehenge and talked with Leonardo da Vinci about flying machines.
- Butt Monkey: Treated like crap onscreen by Mavic Chen, the Daleks and the Doctor. (The Doctor probably treated him worse of all.) In No Future by Paul Cornell, abused and turned on by a pissed-off goddess.
- Brought on even more by the Daleks in Big Finish.
- Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit
- Evil Counterpart: To the Doctor, although the Monk doesn't consider himself evil at all. Thoroughly explored in Big Finish.
- Evil Former Friend: Though again, not quite evil.
- It is claimed that the Doctor and Monk haven't met before when he first appears.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's rather adorkable. The "sympathy" really does start to build up in his later appearances in the audio dramas.
- No Name Given: Doctor Who Expanded Universe novels given him the name of Mortimus, though.
- Not So Different: He's a Time Lord who got bored with Gallifrey and decided to travel through space and time. The major difference from the Doctor is that the Monk decided to try to improve history. Later the Doctor starts acting more like him, but he knows when to stop.
- Out-Gambitted: In each encounter with the Doctor, he loses a component of his TARDIS.
- Put on a Bus: Hasn't been seen in the main series since 1966, sadly. Probably because the Doctor stole the directional unit from his TARDIS, so he can't control where he goes. Also Peter Butterworth sadly died just before the creators started making a big thing of bringing back famous one-shot villains. (Though, of course, in theory the Monk could just have regenerated and turned up played by a new actor.)
- Revenge Before Reason: In the Doctor Who New Adventures "Alternative Universe" Story Arc, against the Doctor.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- We Will Meet Again: Well, he said they would, but he never seemed to get around to it onscreen. This is one of those reasons the Expanded Universe is so handy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His role and fate (if any) in the Time War, has yet to be revealed.
- Wham Line: "It's a TARDIS! The Monk's got a TARDIS!"
Mavic Chen (First Doctor)
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 (First Doctor)
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
- Affably Evil: Unfailing polite to the Doctor and his companions. He doesn't want to kill the Doctor, he just wants to keep him around as his perpetual opponent because his intellegect makes playing games more fun and challenging.
- For the Evulz
- Graceful Loser: Defied. If he loses a game, his world is destroyed, and he simply creates a new one. However the victor is usually destroyed with the old world too.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum if he loses; And I Must Scream if he wins.
- Humanoid Abomination: We never find out what the Toymaker, actually is, only that's he immortal with god-like powers. In an expanded universe novel, the Toymaker is said to be a Great Old One, alongside Nyarlathotep, Hastur, and others from the Cthulhu Mythos. A young Doctor, Master, and others read about them and being young and impulsive decide to seek him out, totally underestimating his power.
- Another story claimed the Toymaker was really one of the six Guardians of Time like the White and Black Guardians. He is supposed to represent dreams and fantasy.
- Physical God: The First Doctor claims that the Toymaker is an immortal and can't be killed. Even if his world his destroyed if he's defeated, he survives and just creates a new one.
- Psychopathic Manchild: He uses his powers to turn people into living dolls and make them play his twisted games, out of sheer boredom.
- Yellowface: Borderline example, in that Michael Gough dressed as a mandarin and adopted the title of "Celestial", a word that the English associated with Chinese culture. But he did not adopt a Chinese-sounding accent or wear makeup.
- We Will Meet Again: In his only televised apperance, the First Doctor mentions that the Toymaker is immortal, and that he fully expects to run into him again. Sadly he never did, at least not on screen, anyway.
- World Limited to the Plot: His story takes place in his own personal dimension, his "toy room"
- Worthy Opponent: Considers the First Doctor one due to his brain power. It's why he wants to keep him around as his perpetual opponett.
The Great Intelligence
The Great Intelligence (Second and Eleventh Doctors)
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.
- Aborted Arc: "The Web of Fear" strongly implies that there will soon be a third encounter with the Intelligence. In fact, such a story was being worked on under the working title of "The Laird of McCrimmon" (as the name suggests, it would also have been Jamie's farewell story). This was abandoned following Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln falling out with the BBC, over the abridgement of "The Dominators" and a dispute over the ownership of the IP relating to the Quarks.
- 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. And for Season 5. (The Cybermen also appear in two stories but GI appears in more.)
- 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 Doctor’s 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 Doctor’s companion (who he’s 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.
- 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 transferred 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 top hat 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 (Second and Fourth Doctors)
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".
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The Master (Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Doctors)
I am the Master and you will obey me.The Master
, another renegade Time Lord whose name is lost to history. Apart from the Daleks, he is Doctor Who
's most persistent enemy, the Moriarty to the Doctor's 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 regenerates a lot, so he's had several on-screen incarnations (though most of them died offscreen). 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
. Also appears in Big Finish, played by Geoffrey Beevers, Alex MacQueen and various other actors. You can find those tropes here
. Another unique Expanded Universe version of the Master appeared in the Doctor Who Magazine
comic strip during the Eighth Doctor's era, and can be found on the relevant character page
- 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.
- Big Bad: Of Series 3 - the "Mr. Saxon" Arc.
- 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 count
- 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.
- Demoted to Dragon: In the "He will knock four times" arc, after it's revealed that he is working for Raissilon
- 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.
- Dirty Coward: If his life is threatened, the Master will drop everything, including his manners, and do whatever it takes to keep himself alive.
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Rassilon, although he doesn't learn this himself for centuries and (understandably) shows no loyalty to Rassilon once he does.
- The Dreaded: Not at first, but eventually he is. By the time of his tenth regeneration the Doctor, even after the horror of the Time War, is outright terrified when he realises the Master's alive, and near his TARDIS.
- And again when he's resurrected. The Doctor rushes back to his TARDIS and tries to prevent it happening. Alas, San Dimas Time is in effect.
- 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 soldier 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 started 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 Genius: Played straight.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Plan: Always. From the simple to the complex, he's always got some plan just waiting to be either set up, completed, tweaked or even abandoned in favour of a new one.
- 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 and— 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.
- Grammar Nazi / Wicked Cultured
- 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, but to escape was 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.
- Knight of Cerebus: John Simm's portrayal is a completely insane mass-murderer and too levels of evil that few of the Doctor's opponents hold.
- Large Ham: Yes. And each successive Master manages to be hammier than the last.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Frequently well-dressed. Obviously doesn't apply to the Crispy Master.
- The Master: Well, yeah.
- 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".
- His sorcerer costume, "Kalid", is named for the violent and petty god of Time.
- Also, his real name of Koschei as revealed in the Expanded Universe. Think about it.
- 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".
- 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 to use as names, such as "James Stoker/Master's Joke". ("The King's Daemons")
- The Sociopath: John Simm's portrayal.
- The Starscream: He wants to becomes Lord President of the Time Lords.
- 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. "Television...in 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.
The Thirteenth Master
I am usually referred to as the Master...universally.
Played by: Roger Delgado (1971-1973), Peter Pratt (1976), Geoffrey Beevers (1981)
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. Also the last incarnation of the Master's original regenerative cycle, with all his regenerations used up. Later suffered a very crippling defeat in the novel Legacy of the Daleks
, where Susan Foreman used his Tissue Compression Eliminator on him while he was holding an unstable piece of Dalek technology, and it effectively shorted the thing and the electrical discharge fried his body to a crisp. The Master, now dying, couldn't regenerate from the damage. By "The Deadly Assassin"
, he had taken on a rotting form. 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.
Anthony Ainley's Master
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..
Played by: Anthony Ainley (1981-1989)
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, while he pursued immortality, or at least a new set of regenerations, for himself.
- 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".
- Bowties Are Cool: The Master wore one in "Survival". I have a cheetah now, cheetahs are cool.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He has fun with it.
- Cartoonish Supervillainy
- Costumer: In the Destiny of the Doctors game, the Master takes over Siralos, a planet of "pure psychic energy." He uses his Q-like powers to taunt you between levels, such as wearing a conductor's uniform on an "M"-emblazoned freight train ("We'll Never Get You There!™") and threatening to tie the player to railroad tracks, or running over the player with his car. These cutscenes were included as a DVD easter egg in tribute to Ainley, who died after the game's release.
- 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".
- Enemy Mine: He happily joined forces with the Doctor in order to defeat the Valeyard without any prompting or reward beyond being able to live in a universe without the Valeyard.
- 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 & Fang Thpeak: 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: Villainy must not pay well, because the Master seemingly owns only one outfit. He added a cowl to the ensemble in "The Five Doctors." In his last two televised appearances, he resumed wearing his Delgado suits ("Planet of Fire" and "Survival").
- 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".
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: "Survival" seemed to acknowledge the Master's foibles and turn them to his benefit. The Doctor cannot "defeat" him in the normal way without destroying the Cheetah Planet, making him properly dangerous again. Also, this the first episode where we see the Master mimicking the Doctor's modus: He starts gathering earthling "companions" of his own, corrupting their values.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Casually waves away the fact that he accidentally obliterated a quarter of the universe, and then uses the mistake to his advantage.
- Professor Guinea Pig: While testing out a more effective tissue compressor, the Master accidentally (Honey I) shrank himself and sought after the volcanic fires of Sarn to revert his condition. Five has a good chortle over this.
- Right-Hand Cat: A whole race of them in "Survival", even feeding a purring cheetah-man by hand. He's also spotted cradling a small black cat briefly.
- 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.
- Vanity License Plate: In Destiny of the Doctors, one of the Master's vignettes has him driving a cherry-red microcar(!) as an overt jab at "Bessie". The license plate reads "Mas 1"
- Waistcoat of Style: A silver one in Destiny of the Doctors.
- 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.
- 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
Life is wasted on the living!
Played by: Eric Roberts (1996)
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
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He kisses Chang Lee's forehead.
- Badass Longcoat: For a while, before he moves on to full-on Time Lord gear.
- Big Damn Kiss: Gets a Kiss of Death with Grace.
- Camp: All incarnations of the Master are supremely camp, but Eric Roberts seemed determined to out-camp them all. Rather hilariously, later interviews revealed that he actually made an effort not to come across as effeminate and that he considered Paul McGann the camp one.
- Body Horror: His body is decaying. He casually pulls off a fingernail.
- Captain Ersatz: Of The Terminator.
- Evil Is Hammy: Even without the acidic saliva, Eric Roberts literally devours the scenery.
Master: I always dress for the occasion!
- Grammar Nazi: Despite being as evil as they come, he makes it a point to make sure those around him use the proper words.
Grace: I suppose you knew Madam Curie too.
The Doctor: Yes, intimately.
Grace: Does she kiss as good as me?
Master: As well as you.
- Grand Theft Me: He takes over the body of ambulance driver Bruce.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Wears a leather coat.
- Hellish Pupils: Green ones.
- High Collar of Doom: His elaborate Time Lord outfit.
- Impersonating a Paramedic
- Like a Son to Me: He calls Chang Lee "the son I've always yearned for" - shortly before snapping his neck.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Aside from the Grand Theft Me, his condition also gives acidic saliva. And that's just the start of what it can do...
- One-Winged Angel: He turns into a snake made of goo. It doesn't help.
- Orifice Invasion: How he possesses his human body.
- Out of Continues: His lives have already run out, so he possesses the body of an unlucky paramedic in order to steal the Doctor's body and his remaining regenerations.
- Red Right Hand: His decaying fingers.
- Serpent of Immortality: His initial form.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: The above quote came after the Doctor's Kirk Summation: "You want dominion over the living, but all you do is kill!"
- Sinister Shades: To hide his glowy green eyes.
Sir Derek Jacobi's Master/"Professor Yana"
Oh...! Now I can say...I was provoked.
Played by: Sir Derek Jacobi (2007)
A gentle, quiet, bookish and very far from home old man... until he meets the Doctor again, at which point all that quickly changes.
- Absent-Minded Professor: Apparently a life-long trait of Yana's.
- 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."
- Kick the Dog: To Chantho. "And you, with your 'chan' and your 'tho', driving me insane!"
- 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: Yana admits it's an affectation, and that by the year one hundred trillion there hasn't been a university in over a thousand years. But he is definitely a genius, no question about it.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: As seen up above, he's annoyed by the idea of being killed by Chantho.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: (whispered) I...am...the Master.
- Significant Anagram: YANA = You Are Not Alone.
- Terrible Ticking: The drums in his head, getting louder and louder with every passing moment.
- 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!
- Waistcoat of Style: Invoked by RTD, who insisted he dress like this.
- 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 Sound Familiar: Previously voiced an alternative version of the Master in Scream of the Shalka.
John Simm's Master/Harold Saxon
Shall we decimate them? That sounds good, nice word, decimate... Remove one tenth of the population!
An over-caffeinated troll
with a passion for pop music, utter decadence and beating his wife. Came Back Wrong
in his second appearance, and eventually redeemed himself just a little bit when confronted with the Wrath of Rassilon. This Master didn't need to hypnotize his followers: driving people to madness worked just as well, as with his companion-turned-wife, Lucy Saxon.
- 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: His first act as PM is to gas his entire Cabinet to death (after mocking and insulting them to their faces).
- Bound and Gagged: The End of Time.
- 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. Oh, and it turned his hair blond.
- 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!
- Deadpan Snarker: Can be VERY sarcastic at times.
- 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 only wears the hood over his face once.
- Incoming Ham: His intro at the end of "Utopia". Seconds after regenerating he cheers and dances about the TARDIS.
- 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?"
- Internal Homage: As much as this incarnation mirrors the Tenth Doctor — invoked intentionally by the Master, who openly covets Ten's youth — he owes as much to the Third Doctor. Like Three, the Master finds himself stranded on Earth with a non-functional TARDIS. Like Three, he bides his time by tinkering with machines and working alongside Earth governments toward his own stated goal of getting off that rock. (Professor Yana built a rocket, Harold Saxon builds an airship.) He even has red inner lining on his jacket.
- 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.
- However, he could have done it not just for himself, but to prevent enemies from finding him. A later Series would show, the Doctor instructed his companions to burn his own body in the event of his death, as there are secrets in a Time Lord's body that the other aliens, such as the Daleks, would just love to get their hands on. Of course, he could have been influencing them to burn the fake-body so that he would appear dead, too.
- 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 Era Speech:
"In fact, I'd go so far as to say that what this country really needs - right now - is a Doctor."
- 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!
- Pre-emptive Declaration: Why is he wearing a gas mask during a cabinet meeting? Well, obviously, because of the gas.
Albert: What "gas"?
Master: This gas.
- 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!"
- Promotion to Opening Titles: Alongside Bernard Cribbins for Ten's final story.
- 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.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As Harold Saxon, at any rate. Much less so after his resurrection.
- 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!!!!!!!!
Omega (Third and Fifth Doctors)
hero?! I should have been a god!
Played by: Stephen Thorne (1973); Ian Collier (and briefly Peter Davison
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
, and has minor appearances in a few other works during Gallifrey's past.
- And I Must Scream: Was trapped in an empty anti-matter universe for millions of years, causing him to go insane.
- Broken Pedestal: This guy was the Doctor's childhood hero. It hurt to discover that he had gone nuts and become obsessed with destroying his own race, after having helped them progress so far.
- Cool Mask
- Dramatic Unmask: Has two, one in "The Three Doctors" where he reveals his true face to himself and to the Doctors. (Except that, Omega, by now literally has no face or physical body. In the second, to reveal that he has assumed the form of the Doctor.
- Driven to Villainy
- Emperor Scientist
- Evil Counterpart: The Doctor seems to have a lot of these... Originally Omega would have had the name Ohm: "Who" upside down and backwards.
- Evil Is Hammy: With each new actor trying to out-ham the others.
- Fallen Hero
- Grand Theft Me: ...Does it still count when a copy of the body is made?
- Heroic Sacrifice: What started him down the road to villainy, supposedly.
- Mirror Match: Played absolutely straight during "Arc of Infinity". Downright creepy, to boot.
- No Indoor Voice: One of the hammiest Doctor Who villains, and that's saying something.
- Not Even Human: Or, in his case, Not Even Human Alien.
- Not Quite Dead: Twice in the main series, several more in the Expanded Universe.
- Psychic Powers: Considering he has an entire universe under his command...
- The Scream: Lets out a disturbingly heartbreaking, raw, primal scream in "The Three Doctors".
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers from this twice. First in "The Three Doctors" when Omega realizes that he no longer exists outside his force of will, and again in "Arc of Infinity" when he realizes that the copy of the Doctor's body is falling apart. Both times result in the typical "blow it all up" behavior.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He pretty much rolls around in the trope. His confusion when running around in Amsterdam, while wearing the Doctor's body, is nothing short of adorable. The Third Doctor even feels upset about destroying him, saying he gave him the only freedom he could.
Davros (Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Tenth Doctors)
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. 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: Not that he had much of a soul to begin with.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Revelation.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To the Supreme Dalek in the 2008 series.
- Emperor Scientist: Whenever he's actually in charge.
- Evil Cripple: His laboratory was bombed out while he was still inside it. The blast burned away his eyes, left arm, entire lower body, and even taste buds. Davros ended up hooked in a life support system with a bionic eye and other mechanical bits in his body. On top of that, he lost his right hand when Bostock shot it to bits and now has a robot prosthesis. Oh, and half his chest cavity has been hollowed out to clone Daleks out of his DNA. Davros has been ground up like no other.
- 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: One-sided. 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. The Doctor, however, has nothing but loathing and contempt for him.
- 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.
- In "Resurrection of the Daleks" he seems to be learning and tries to wipe out the Daleks and start again. And in "Remembrance of the Daleks" it is implied he was so successful with his new Daleks he has taken over Skaro. However, he falls victim to this again when he tries to use the Hand of Omega on Skaro's sun and destroys Skaro, in the 7th Doctor's first use of this trick.
- 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-centred 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.
- Where I Was Born and Razed: Because he had the Daleks kill them all.
- Or rather he helped their enemies the Thals kill them all, then used the Daleks to kill most of the Thals.
- 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.
- Mood-Swinger: He can ramp up from calm discussion of philosophy or his latest plan to screaming megalomaniacal rants in seconds.
- 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 Doctor: Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life, would you allow its use?
Davros: It is an interesting conjecture! [...] To hold in my hand a capsule that contains such power, to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice... To know that the tiny pressure of my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything... Yes, I would do it! That power would set me up above the gods! AND THROUGH THE DALEKS, I SHALL HAVE THAT POWER!
- The Quisling: Gives instructions to the Thals, the race his race the Kaleds have been fighting against for a thousand years, on how to destroy the Kaleds when they threaten to shut down his Dalek project. Then subverted when he sends the Daleks to wipe out the Thals.
- Pet the Dog: The only being he's ever treated with anything close to kindness that wasn't faked was Nyder, and the Daleks killed him a long time ago.
- 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.
Sutekh (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
. He shows up in the Faction Paradox
- 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 — 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.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Starts off as this. Frankly, it's a relief when he breaks out the ham.
- What Is Evil?: Folder quote for Sutekh. He finds it good spreading destruction.
Morbius (Fourth Doctor)
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
Borusa (Fourth and Fifth Doctors)
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
- And I Must Scream: Gained the immortality he searched after...by being fused into an immobile stone slab.
- Broken Pedestal: The Doctor never showed him much respect as a student, but clearly admired him personally.
- The Chessmaster: Borusa even has little chess figurines of the Doctors, Companions, and the Master made so he can mess around with them.
- Eldritch Abomination: What the Time Lord views him, as the Possibility Engine.
- Fate Worse than Death: During the events of the Time War, Rassilion turned him into The Possibility Engine.
- Fallen Hero: Was once the closest thing The Doctor had to a true Time Lord ally, then turned on him to obtain immortality.
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- Jerk Ass: The fact that he's willing to throw the Doctor under the bus cements him as this.
- Karmic Death
- Large Ham: Depends upon the actor, actually...
- More Than Mind Control: Borusa really likes the coronet of Rassilon, which he uses to control the Fifth Doctor in his last story.
- The Nth Doctor: As seen above he's played by a number of actors. Goes with being a Time Lord.
- President Evil
- Fan Nickname: "Crispy Critter" for Peter Pratt's master and "Skeletor" for Geoffrey Beeves' Master.
- Tear Jerker: His ultimate fate being turned into a living device for Rassilon to see into the future, stuck cycling between regenerations as a withered husk of a man. The Doctor is especially horrified by this.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is not known what happened to him and his bas-reliefmates when Rassilon emerged.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This seems to happen a lot with Evil Time Lords.
Black Guardian (Fourth and Fifth Doctors)
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.
The Mara (Fifth Doctor)
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.
Rassilon (Fifth and Tenth Doctors)
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.
- Bad Boss: Question Rassilon? Nice knowing you...
- 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.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Is inordinately fond of turning his bling into Magic from Technology.
- 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: From a revered founder of Time Lord society to an omnicidal asshat trying to destroy existence.
- Founder of the Kingdom: One of them anyway.
- It's All About Me: He would sacrifice all of creation to stave off death.
Rassilon: I will NOT DIE! DO YOU HEAR ME? A billion years of Time Lord history riding on our backs...I will not let this perish. I will not.
- King in the Mountain: Spends most of the show asleep in his tower/tomb. Pity he woke up.
- Kneel Before Zod: "On your knees, mankind." Scarily, they do.
- Large Ham: "FOR GALLIFREY! FOR VICTORY! FOR THE END OF TIME ITSELF!"
- Omnicidal Maniac: As of "The End of Time" — he's the one trying to bring about the eponymous cataclysm.
- One Steve Limit: Due to some fandom confusion, Davies had to confirm that the Lord President from The End of Time is the same guy in The Writer's Tale. He's played by a different actor in the quarter-century since "The Five Doctors".
- Not So Different: A lot of his dialogue harkens back to the Dalek Emperor from series 1.
- His last line in The End of Time Part 1, see above, mirrors Davros's line from Journey's End perfectly.
- Power Fist: Sass him, and expect him to age you to nothing with it.
- President Evil: He is Lord President of the Time Lords.
- Resurrected for a Job: What he did with The Master.
- And what was done for him. He was brought back to guide the Time Lords through the Time War. Given his position in "The End of Time," he hasn't done a very good job of it.
- Running Gag: Everything is named after him. Gets a Lampshade Hanging in Big Finish, when the Doctor is tired of Rassilon's games:
The Doctor: So what have you got squirelled away [here]? The Hairdryer of Rassilon? The Hoover of Rassilon? The Rassilon Patent Trouser Press? "These creases last forever!"
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Only generally hinted at in the Expanded Universe, but outright shown in his second appearance, although the fact that everything in Time Lord society is named after him is a good clue that there's a pretty monstrous ego at work here...
Commander Gustave Lytton
Commander Gustave Lytton (Fifth and Sixth Doctors)
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
while the Sixth Doctor encountered him in "Attack of the Cybermen
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.
Sil (Sixth Doctor)
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 (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
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.
She regenerated offscreen due to the sudden passing of Kate O'Mara
, leading to a new actress portraying her in the Big Finish audio range, Siobhan Redmond.
- '80s Hair: Kate O'Mara's appearance in "The Mark of the Rani" actually got her a stint on Dynasty in fact!
- Berserk Button: Do not mention her exile from Gallifrey. She isn't over it. And as the Master learns, keep your hands off her TARDIS.
- The Collector: This is what she is portrayed as in Dimensions in Time, collecting a specimen of every race in the universe. Actually, this wouldn't be out of character for her.
- Dastardly Whiplash: A rare female example.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Master, more or less.
- Emperor Scientist: The Rani rules Miasimia Goria and experiments on her subjects. Her accidental elimination of their ability to sleep is what kick-starts the plot of "Mark of the Rani".
- Evilutionary Biologist: Her giant pet mice ate the Lord President's cat, and got her exiled from Gallifrey. She's a bit pissed about that. She also starts kidnapping geniuses to power a giant brain.
- For Science!: Unlike the Master, the Rani's schemes are purely to advance her scientific research. Even when she does enslave people, it is only because she has need of them to support her experiments and not because she is particularly interested in ruling anybody.
- Groin Attack: Remains the only person in the Whoniverse to have the sense to knee the Master in the groin.
- Lady in Red
- Mad Scientist
- No Name Given: The Expanded Universe gives her Gallifreyan name (the first few syllables, at least) as Ushas.
- Rival Turned Evil: With both the Doctor and the Master. She teams up with the Master, but only because he's Blackmailing her.
- Übermensch: The Rani may be an amoral scientist, but even the Doctor admits she's a genius — shame he can't stand her.
- Unwilling Suspension: In "Time and the Rani".
- The Vamp
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Like the Monk, what part she played in the Time War has yet to be discussed in the series proper.
- Wig, Dress, Accent
The Valeyard (Sixth Doctor)
"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. Big Finish also brought him back in Trial of the Valeyard, which also has him telling his backstory (though said backstory turned out to be bait for his attempt to lure the Doctor into a trap).
- 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 seems 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'état 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.
Fenric (Seventh 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.
- Bad Future: Trying to force one where humanity evolve into Haemovores. It's not clear whether this has been averted.
- Big Bad: Serves as this to the Seventh Doctor's era despite not appearing till his third season.
- Body Surf: Can do this between his "Wolves".
- The Chessmaster: He and the Doctor, who literally played chess. Though subverted with the Doctor tricking him with a blatantly illegal move.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Haemovores can be held back by faith.
- Demonic Possession
- Eldritch Abomination: Fenric is supposed to have been something from the dawn of time, possibly even earlier.
- I Have Many Names: Fenric, according to The Doctor.
- Meaningful Name: Fenric comes from Fenrir, a wolf in Norse Mythology who would break free at the end of the world. And the Haemovores are called 'Wolves of Fenric'.
- Noodle Incident: The Doctor imprisoned him around the 3rd century after tricking him in a Game of Chess. It's not revealed exactly what happened.
- Psychic Powers: Despite being imprisoned can still transport people through time.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he possesses Judson.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: And the can got opened...
- Stable Time Loop: Apparently trying to perform one. The Ancient One getting transported back and spreading poison will enable the Haemovores to evolve. Subverted when the Ancient One performs a Heel-Face Turn and destroys Fenric's host body in a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Viral Transformation: How the Haemovores are created.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When Fenric no longer needs the Haemovores, he orders the Ancient One to kill them all.
Cassandra O'Brien.Δ 17
Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Played by: Zoë 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 (Tenth Doctor)
"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.
- Breaking Speech: Reading people's minds and taunting them by playing on fears and insecurities.
- Cardboard Prison: Averted, its prison was designed to be VERY difficult to get out of, and if broken, it would fall into a black hole before it could properly escape.
- 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 proof for a God is that the Beast fought the Disciples of the Light, who possibly could be followers of a God. Also, the Ood mention that "he will rise from the pit and make war on God."
- Devil in Disguise: When it hides in Toby it sounds like him when it wants to.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Rose and Doctor throw a being claiming to be Satan into a black hole.
- Dug Too Deep: How Humanity, and by extension, the Doctor cross his path.
- Eldritch Abomination: It claims to be older than time itself 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, 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, and 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, it was with that giant monster form. 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.
- 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: The only hints at the Beast's past are its claims (which can't 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: 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: Big scary demon teeth!
- 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. 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 (Tenth Doctor)
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 (Eleventh Doctor)
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, which makes sense, considering that that's exactly who 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. I'm surprised you haven’t 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 (Eleventh Doctor)
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.
Half-Face Man (Twelfth Doctor)
"We will reach the promised land."
Played by: Peter Ferdinando (2014)
The main antagonist of "Deep Breath", Half-Face Man is a robotic drone using human skin and organs to rebuild himself and his race. His ship, the SS Marie Antoinette, crashed into Earth hundreds of years ago, leaving him and his crew stranded on the planet. His business, Mancini's Family Restaurant, is a front for his organ harvesting, and his ultimate goal is to make it to The Promised Land
Strangely enough for such an important character, he isn't even named in the episode, but the name "Half-Face Man" is used for him in the credits and behind-the-scenes video.
Sheriff of Nottingham
Sheriff of Nottingham (Twelfth Doctor)
The Sheriff of Nottingham was an English noble and enemy to the outlaw Robin Hood.
- Berserk Button: He despises Robin Hood with a burning passion, even disabling his robots in order to kill Robin himself.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Wants to make Clara his Hot Consort.
- Jerkass: Quite possibly the most notable trait about him, he's incredibly ruthless and arrogant.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Much like Robin, standing above a smelter is not the best idea.
- Completely ignores the Doctor telling him that flying into orbit below 100% capacity will only bring him his death. Of course, the Sheriff has no knowledge of the Doctor and would obviously ignore him trying to persuade him to stop something when he's already his enemy, but flying into orbit below 100% capacity will obviously not end well.
- Today X, Tomorrow the World!: Double subverted; the Sheriff boasts that after Nottingham he'll take... Derby. Then Lincoln. Clara suggests Worksop next, but he chooses this moment to jump to "the world!"
Gus (Twelfth Doctor)
Gus is the AI aboard the Orient Express in Space, and was programmed to collect Data on The Foretold.
- Affably Evil: Always polite and cheerful, even as he sucks the air out of the Orient Express to asphyxiate everyone aboard.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Whoever designed and programmed him. They knew who and what The Doctor was, and take the precaution of putting a force field around the TARDIS to prevent The Doctor from using it to rescue everyone. It slaughters an entire train car full of people to force The Doctor to cooperate. And when The Doctor tries to track the signal back, Gus just blows up the train.
- Karma Houdini: Gus' creator goes unseen and unpunished, a rarity amongst Who villains (though he may be an Arc Villain).
- Pragmatic Villainy: Gus kills a whole train car full of people to get the Doctor to cooperate. And when The Doctor tries to track the signal back to the source, it just blows up the whole train.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Pulls this when The Doctor solves the mystery of The Foretold.