Amy: So, you have enemies, then?The many, many villains of Doctor Who. For information about specific races (villainous or otherwise), see the aliens and monsters page. For tropes concerning The Doctor's Arch-Enemy the Master, see this 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.
Eleventh Doctor: Everyone's got enemies.
Amy: Yeah, but mine's the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You've got, you know, ARCH-enemies.
Eleventh Doctor: Everyone's got enemies.
Amy: Yeah, but mine's the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You've got, you know, ARCH-enemies.
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Classic Series Debut
The Monk (First Doctor)
Played by: Peter Butterworth (1965, 1966)
First Doctor: Yes, I regret that we do [both come from the same place], but I would say that I am fifty years earlier. Now when are you going to answer my questions?In-Universe referred to as "the Monk", out-of-universe "the Meddling Monk". The first other member of the Doctor and Susan's (at that point, still-unnamed) species ever seen on-screen. In his first appearance, Meddling Monk liked to "improve" history, or rather Earth's history with advanced technology. (He didn't ever mention altering any other planet's history.) In his second, he jointly wished for revenge against the Doctor and allied with the Daleks and a third, human villain, as self-preservation. He re-appeared in two Doctor Who Magazine comics and in the New Adventures novel No Future by Paul Cornell. Following that, he came back with a vengeance as a main antagonist in the New Eighth Doctor Adventures, played by Graeme Garden and later Rufus Hound — you can see his Big Finish-specific character tropes here.
Monk: Which questions?
First Doctor: The reason for this deliberate destruction.
Monk: I, I want to improve things.
First Doctor: Improve things? Improve things, yes, that's good. Very good. Improve what, for instance?
Monk: Well, for instance, Harold, King Harold, I know he'd be a good king. There wouldn't be all those wars in Europe, those claims over France went on for years and years. With peace the people'd be able to better themselves. With a few hints and tips from me they'd be able to have jet airliners by 1320! Shakespeare'd be able to put Hamlet on television.
Monk: Which questions?
First Doctor: The reason for this deliberate destruction.
Monk: I, I want to improve things.
First Doctor: Improve things? Improve things, yes, that's good. Very good. Improve what, for instance?
Monk: Well, for instance, Harold, King Harold, I know he'd be a good king. There wouldn't be all those wars in Europe, those claims over France went on for years and years. With peace the people'd be able to better themselves. With a few hints and tips from me they'd be able to have jet airliners by 1320! Shakespeare'd be able to put Hamlet on television.
- Affably Evil: Closer to affably amoral, actually.
- Ancient Astronauts: Helped the Ancient Britons build Stonehenge and talked with Leonardo da Vinci about flying machines.
- Anti-Villain: Wants to help humanity... by bringing about technological developments centuries before humans are ready for them.
- 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: His logbook includes an entry recording his use of this.
- Funnily enough, while the Monk's money sat in a bank, The Daleks took over the world. One wonders if he was actually able to withdraw it.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Doctor, although the Monk doesn't consider himself evil at all. Thoroughly explored in Big Finish.
- Evil Former Friend: Subverted. 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. (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.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Or at least he likes to think this is what he's doing.
- 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.
- Wham Line: "It's a TARDIS! The Monk's got a TARDIS!"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His role and fate (if any) in the Time War, has yet to be revealed.
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.
- A God Am I: Ends up declaring himself ruler of the Universe and claiming to be immortal.
- Beard of Evil
- The Chessmaster
- Death by Irony
- Evil Is Hammy
- Gambit Pileup: Must contend with the Daleks, the Meddling Monk and the Doctor. (And, in theory, the Outer Galaxies representatives, but they have, by this time, had a collective Heel–Face Turn.)
- Jerkass: None of the other delegates attempted to sell out their people. Zephon points this out.
- Large Ham: He slowly descends into this as his grip on sanity loosens.
- President Evil: He's the Guardian of the Solar System who sold out humanity to the Daleks.
- Putting on the Reich: The Space Security Service wear black uniforms.
- The Quisling: He plots with the Daleks and delegates from the Outer Galaxies to take over Earth, while planning to betray the Daleks and take control of the Universe. The fact he is the only one of the delegates who is betraying their world is pointed out by Zephon, who calls him the supreme traitor.
- Sanity Slippage: Not immediately evident but by the time of his death he has completely lost it.
- The Starscream: In "The Daleks Master Plan" he is working with the Daleks but plans to overthrow them, though the Daleks exterminate him when You Have Outlived Your Usefulness.
- Villain with Good Publicity: So much that his minions virtually worship him.
- Villainous Breakdown: He goes insane at the realisation that the Daleks don't need him either and his mind concocts the paranoid idea that the Doctor doesn't want to destroy the Daleks, but wants to hand over the MacGuffin and rule in Chen's place.
- Yellowface: Has white hair, dark skin and epicanthic eyefolds. Though this does not come up in the story, Chen represents a future where racial distinctions do not exist. Even though other human characters appear sans makeup, only the main human baddy. (Some eyewitness accounts claim that he was actually in blueface. This mind boggles if this is true).
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 intelligence makes playing games more fun and challenging.
- For the Evulz: Everyone he does is just because he's bored.
- The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: Downplayed somewhat. He actually does abide by a certain set of rules throughout the story, though that's not to say that going through his games is a pleasant experience.
- 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.
- Monster Clown: He isn't as actively cruel and malicious as a lot of examples of this trope, but he's certainly a horrible person all the same.
- 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.
- 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.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He's driven to his villainy by the sheer boredom of immortality. He doesn't even mind the Doctor destroying his realm because at least rebuilding it will mean he has something to do.
- Wicked Toymaker: He abducts people to his little dimension, forces them to play lethal games, and threatens to destroy them utterly if they don't comply.
- 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 opponent.
- 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.
The Great Intelligence
The Great Intelligence (Second and Eleventh Doctors)
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.
"Now the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die. Once I was the puppet... Now I pull the strings!"
- 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. Nonetheless, the arc was un-aborted decades later in stories with the Eleventh Doctor.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: He can play the role of a puppet master and manipulate countless humans to carry out his endeavors. He is responsible for a large amount of the events in Series 7. As of "The Name of the Doctor", technically he was partially responsible for everything that ever went wrong for the Doctor.
- 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.
- Nice Hat: Wears a top hat in its Dr Simeon form.
- 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.
- 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.
The War Chief
The War Chief (Second Doctor)
Played by: Edward Brayshaw (1969)Before the TV series introduced the Master, there was the War Chief: a renegade Time Lord with facial hair, a dark Nehru jacket, an alliance with a malevolent alien race (which he plans to betray), and powers of hypnotism, who has some type of history with the Doctor from before leaving Gallifrey.A popular fan theory is that, due to the many similarities between the two characters, the War Chief is an earlier incarnation of the Master. Word of God, however, says that they are different characters.
"Consider [mankind's] history. For a half a million years they have been systematically killing each other. Now we can turn this savagery to some purpose. We can bring peace to the galaxy, and you can help. You see, I'm not the cold-hearted villain you suppose me to be. My motives are purely peaceful."
- Affably Evil: Very polite, even when plotting to built a galaxy conquering army.
- Beard of Evil
- Camp: He sets a nice precedent for the Master.
- Evil Counterpart: He's a Time Lord scientist who stole a Tardis and is serving as scientific adviser to a military program, and is trying to keep things at the base steady while hostile aliens surround it and attempt to penetrate its defenses.
- Humans Are Warriors: The War Chief firmly believes this, so he and the War Lords try to create a mighty army out of various warriors and soldiers from human history.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Would you trust a guy who calls himself "War Chief"?
- No Name Given: Like all renegade Time Lords, he has no name only a title. The expanded universe reveals his name as Magnus.
- No Sense of Personal Space: In-regard to the Doctor.
- Not So Different: He is very insistent of this.War Chief: Stealing a TARDIS? Oh, I'm not criticizing you. We are two of a kind.
Doctor: We most certainly are not!
War Chief: We were both Time Lords and we both decided to leave our race.
Doctor: I had reasons of my own.
War Chief: Just as I had.
Doctor: Your reasons are only too obvious. Power!
- Really 700 Years Old: He has some type of history with the Doctor from before leaving Gallifrey, so he must be at least a few hundred years old.
- Rival Turned Evil: Much like the Master, he's someone the Doctor knew back on Gallifrey who's since turned evil.
- The Starscream: He plans to overthrow the War Lord. He is Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: He does this every now and then.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to the Doctor.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He tries to come across as one, claiming if the Galaxy is conquered there can be peace.
- Worthy Opponent: Views the Doctor as this.
Chancellor Goth (Second and Fourth Doctors)
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 who's part of the Doctor's trial at the end of "The War Games", so it's generally assumed it's the same character both times.
"You're finished, Doctor! You're finished!"
- 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.
- Evil Chancellor
- 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 himself credit for the Master's supposed death in order to maintain public confidence in the Time Lord government.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: His pursuit of the Doctor in the Matrix has heavy shades of this.
- Names to Run Away From
- Unwitting Pawn: He unwittingly aids the Master in his plan.
Nestene Consciousness (Third and Ninth Doctors)
Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2005)
Rose: And this living plastic, what's it got against us?The actual mind behind the Autons. After a couple of stabs at invading Earth in the Third Doctor's era, they returned in 2005 out of sheer desperation, having lost their 'protein planets' in a mysterious war.
Ninth Doctor: Nothing, it loves you. You've got such a good planet! Lots of smoke and oil, plenty of toxins and dioxins in the air, perfect. Just what the Nestene Consciousness needs.
Ninth Doctor: Nothing, it loves you. You've got such a good planet! Lots of smoke and oil, plenty of toxins and dioxins in the air, perfect. Just what the Nestene Consciousness needs.
- Anti-Villain: To a degree comes across as this in "Rose". After losing its planets during the Time War, something the Doctor claims he's partially responsible for failing to prevent, it plans to cannibalise Earth out of desperation to rebuild its race, rather than wanting to do so out of malevolence.
- Combat Tentacles: They nearly throttled the Doctor in "Spearhead from Space".
- Eldritch Abomination: According to the expanded universe, the Nestene Consciousness is the offspring of Shub-Niggurath, an actual Lovecraftian creation.
- Hive Mind: Controlling the Autons.
- Starfish Aliens: Whenever it (they?) takes a physical form, it's a decidedly weird one. Sometimes it's a space-squid, sometimes it's just a vat of talking molten plastic.
Omega (Third and Fifth Doctors)
Played by: Stephen Thorne (1973, pictured top); Ian Collier (and briefly Peter Davison) (1983, pictured bottom)Omega was, together with Rassilon, a founder of Gallifreyan society. (The Doctor Who Expanded Universe makes him one of three or one out of six.) Believed to have been killed after being sucked into a black hole while performing an experiment to provide the Time Lords with time travel. Like with other Time Lords, this didn't stick. Instead, he wound up in an anti-matter universe, and tried to return to our own universe twice, once in "The Three Doctors", and again in "Arc of Infinity". The 'bad' part is that he believes his fellow Gallifreyans forgot and abandoned him, and he is obsessed with getting revenge. The Doctor Who Expanded Universe has given him a few more visits, including one where he just wants to return to the anti-matter universe. He appears in the Past Doctor Adventure novel The Infinity Doctors by Lance Parkin and in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio "Omega", and has minor appearances in a few other works during Gallifrey's past.
"A hero?! I should have been a god!"
- And I Must Scream: Was trapped in an empty anti-matter universe for millions of years, causing him to go insane.
- Anti-Villain: When he has the Doctor's body, he... just goes around enjoying having a body again and smiling at people. Okay the smile is creepy, but the guy's only company for the past million years have been monsters made of red bubble wrap in an anti-matter dimension... he's a bit out of practice with social interaction.
- Body Horror: The slow degeneration of his body.
- 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: His mask in both appearances, while very different, were really ornate.
- 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: He became insane, and a villain, after being trapped in an empty anti-matter universe for millions of years.
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: He's not happy at being forgotten in spite of all of his achievements.
- Emperor Scientist: He was one of the founders of Gallifreyan society alongside Rassilon, and together gave the Time Lords their time-related tecnology.
- 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: In hindsight, the first of a trend of Gallifreyan idols turning out to be not so great.
- A God Am I
- 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.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: In his rare moments of lucidity, he genuinely appears to regret his actions. Unfortunately, it doesn't take much to unsettle him again.
- Meaningful Name: Explained in his titular audio play, Omega was a nickname he received after a professor gave him the lowest possible grade (omega) as punishment for challenging orthodoxy. While Omega later proved correct across the board, the nickname stuck, to Omega's chagrin.
- Mirror Match: Played absolutely straight during "Arc of Infinity". Downright creepy, to boot.
- No Face Under the Mask: Or, for that matter, a body - by the time the Doctors met him, he existed solely through willpower.
- 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. His time in the anti-matter universe left him with no body, existing solely through willpower.
- 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".
- Sealed Evil in a Can
- 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.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Some Expanded Universe sources imply that Rassilon deliberately sabotaged his ship so he would be sucked into the black hole, and Rassilon could rule the newly time-travel capable Gallifrey alone.
The Great One
The Great One (Third Doctor)
Voiced by: Maureen Morris (1974)A giant spider who was worshiped as the goddess of the Eight Legs on the planet Metebelis III. She possessed psychic powers which were amplified by the blue crystals of Metebelis III; she only needed one more crystal in order to gain enough power to conquer the universe.A second Great One (or at least an Eight Legs queen claiming to be one) would later challenge the Eighth Doctor in a Big Finish audio play titled Worldwide Web.
- A God Am I: The Great One's ambition.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies
- Giant Spider
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Load-Bearing Boss: Her crystal cave explodes when she dies.
- Phlebotinum Overload: She didn't anticipate that infinite knowledge and power would destroy her.
- Psychic Powers: Powerful enough to strike fear into the Doctor.
Sutekh (Fourth Doctor)
Played by: Gabriel Woolf (1975)
Fourth Doctor: You use your powers for evil.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 series, though he also appears in the Bernice Summerfield series by Big Finish, both with their own rather exclusive conclusions to him.
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!
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!
- Always Someone Better: He's so powerful that if he gets loose, not even the full power of the Time Lords will be able to stop him. It took the combined efforts of seven hundred and forty one of his fellow Phaester Osirians to imprison him the first time - Sutekh is that powerful.
- Ancient Astronauts: The Osirians inspired Egyptian Culture.
- And I Must Scream: Was physically immobile the whole time trapped in a pyramid.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: How he sees things.
- Been There, Shaped History: Sutekh's battle with Horus, and the last of the Osirans inspired Egyptian mythology.
- Big "NO!": He lets one of these rip before his death.
- 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."
- Cold Ham: He manages to out-ham Tom Baker without ever raising his voice above a malevolent whisper.
- Eldritch Abomination: At the time, the Doctor describes him as the worst threat he has ever faced, the greatest time of peril in the history of the Earth, and given his awakening would have rendered the planet a barren wasteland before he spread across the universe to kill everything, his concern was very much justified.
- 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
- Invisible Means Undodgeable: His magic.
- Kneel Before Zod: If you refuse, he'll just psychically torture you into obeying.
- Knight of Cerebus: He's bad enough to make the Fourth Doctor scared.
- Last of His Kind: Destroyed his home planet and the remaining 740 have by now died.
- Mind over Matter: He uses telekinesis throughout the story to counter his own paralysis; at one point, he even uses his mind to contain the blast from a gelignite explosive. Doubly impressive considering the explosion is occurring in England and Sutekh's pyramid is in Egypt!
- Mistaken for Gods: The Osirians became the Gods of Ancient Egypt.
- Nepharious Pharaoh: He's a Sufficiently Advanced Alien with an Egyptian theme and Mooks disguised as Mummies.
- 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 700 Years Old: Really 7000 Years Old
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in a pyramid in Egypt.
- The Social Darwinist: Despite already being one of the most powerful beings in the Universe takes this to extremes, he wants to destroy all life to prevent something that could kill him evolving.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Starts off as this. Frankly, it's a relief when he breaks out the ham.
- Tranquil Fury: He creepily and effectively whispers every word, even when torturing The Doctor. Until he's freed, when predictable characterization developments occur.
- 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.
- And I Must Scream: Being a brain in a jar means he can't see or feel anything. Gaining a body did little to help him on his front.
- Brain in a Jar: Only his brain survived his execution.
- Evil Is Hammy: Very very hammy.
- Frankenstein's Monster: His final body is created out of various alien corpses.
- Large Ham: For a guy who's nothing but a brain and vocal chords, he hams it up.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: The body his servant Solon builds for him is a Frankenstein-like mishmash of various alien races that have crash landed on Karn.
- My Brain Is Big: His brain would have a hard time fitting in a chest cavity, never mind a human (or Time Lord) braincase.
- Was Once a Man: Or his case, a Time Lord.
Borusa (Fourth, Fifth and War Doctors)
Played by: Angus MacKay (1976, pictured top left); John Arnatt (1978, pictured top right); Leonard Sachs (1983, pictured bottom left); Philip Latham (1983, pictured bottom right)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.
"To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose."
- And I Must Scream: Gained the immortality he searched after... by being fused into an immobile stone slab.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He pays the ultimate price for true immortality.
- Broken Pedestal: The Doctor admitted that he never showed him much respect as a student, but clearly admired him personally.
- The Chessmaster: Borusa is shown to even have little chess figurines of the Doctors, companions, and the Master made so he can mess around with them at the beginning of "The Five Doctors".
- Drunk with Power: He's a bit of a cynical pragmatist when we first meet him, but he's ultimately on the side of good. When he reaches the presidency, however, he begins to change for the worse until he'll do anything to hold on to his power forever.
- Eldritch Abomination: How the Time Lords view him, as 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. He gets a Heel–Face Turn in Expanded Universe.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Becomes a stone slab in Rassilon's Tomb. During the events of the Time War, Rassilion turned him into the Possibility Engine.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He searched for immortality, but never counted on Rassilon's flavor of immortality being turning someone into a stone slab.
- Jerkass: The fact that he's willing to throw the Doctor under the bus cements him as this.
- Karmic Death: More a Karmic Fate: getting immortality by becoming a statue.
- Large Ham: Depends upon the actor, actually...
- Meaningless Villain Victory: Having manipulated the Doctors into granting him access to Rassilon's tomb, he claims the reward of immortality promised to the winner of the game of death. Rassilon grants it, which, unfortunately for Borusa, takes the form of being turned into a living statue.
- 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: He served as Lord President of Gallifrey once after the Fourth Doctor left the office vacant, and Borusa's last story has him pulling a Face–Heel Turn.
- Rank Up: From Cardinal to Chancellor and finally to Lord President.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Serves as one in his first three appearances, especially "The Invasion of Time", before becoming evil.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is not known what happened to him and his bas-reliefmates when Rassilon emerged. The Expanded Universe gives various stories featuring him. Borusa plays a major part in the War Doctor story Engines of War in which he dies while destroying a Dalek force.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This seems to happen a lot with Evil Time Lords.
Magnus Greel (Fourth Doctor)
Played by: Micheal Spice (1977)A war criminal from the 51st century who escaped justice by traveling back through time to 19th century China. He was mistaken for an ancient Chinese god known as Weng-Chiang and gained a cult of fanatical followers. Stranded in the late Victoria era, Greel became desperate to repair his time machine.
- Co-Dragons: Greel has two prominent followers: Chang, a Chinese magician who worships him, and Mr Sin, a psychotic homunculus from Greel's own time.
- Facial Horror: When we briefly glimpse Greel's face, we can see that the right half is melting due to a mutation that occurred during time travel.
- God Guise: He was mistaken for an ancient god, Weng-Chiang. Greel rolled with it.The Doctor: You know he's not a god, don't you?Chang: He came to me like a god, in his cabinet of fire!
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is terribly disfigured due to his faulty time machine. He wears a mask to cover this, until Leela rips it off in part 5 and exposes his horrible face.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Doctor defeats Greel by pushing him into the very machine Greel was using to drain the life from innocent young women.
- Large Ham: Dear Lord. Greel was always ranting and raving about something.Magnus Greel: Let the talons of Weng-Chiang tear your flesh-ah!
- Life Drain: He has his loyal follower Chang kidnap young women so Greel can drain their life essence to improve his own failing health after the time machine malfunction.
- Life Drinker: He attempts to stay alive by draining the life essence out of young women. Leela only just avoids suffering this fate.
- Nice Hat
- Nightmare Face: When we briefly glimpse Greel's face, we can see that the right half is melting due to a mutation that occurred during time travel.
- Theatre Phantom: He's a disfigured genius dwelling the cellars of a theatre; his mangled face concealed by a mask. Occasional sightings of him by the theatre staff give rise to a belief that the theatre is haunted.
- The Triads and the Tongs: His followers come across as this.
- Two-Faced: When we briefly glimpse Greel's face, we can see that the right half is melting due to a mutation that occurred during time travel.
- Yellow Peril: Not Greel himself, by his followers give off this vibe. It doesn't help that Chang is played by a white actor in Yellowface.
Black Guardian (Fourth and Fifth Doctors)
Played by: Valentine Dyall (1979, 1983)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 Anti-God: He serves as an Evil Counterpart to the White Guardian.
- Arc Villain: For two different Story Arcs: The Key to Time and the Black Guardian trilogy.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Represents chaos and evil.
- Badass Baritone: Villainous example. Any deeper and he'd be a Badass Bass.
- Big Bad: Of both the Guardian arcs.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Shadow admits that both he and the Black Guardian have no desire for political power, they just love watching stuff getting blown up and people killed.
- Creepy Crows: Yeah, that's right. There's a crow on his head. Wanna make something of it?
- Deal with the Devil: Partly how the Black Guardian gets mortals to do things for him.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Valentine Dyall was well-known for his deep, rich, baritone voice.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Can't be seen to intervene directly.
- God of Evil: He represents chaos and darkness in the Doctor Who universe.
- Large Ham
- Manipulative Bastard: He's bound by rules that prevent him from acting directly, so he tricks unwitting pawns like Turlough and Captain Wrack to do his dirty work for him.
- No Indoor Voice: He apparently doesn't think making your mole conspicuous might in any way get in the way of success.
- Order Versus Chaos / Yin-Yang Clash: He takes the side of chaos in an endless, cosmic chess match versus the White Guardian.
The Mara (Fifth Doctor)
Played by: Janet Fielding (1982; 1983) and Adrian Mills (1982)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."
- Demonic Possession: Its Modus Operandi.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Whenever it speaks through Tegan.
- The Fair Folk: In the Torchwood episode "Small Worlds" Jack Harkness speculates that fairies are "part Mara."
- Gods Need Prayer Badly: For the Mara to return, it must feed off of the belief of the Manussan people. The Doctor throws a metaphysical spanner in the works by finding his "still point" and disrupting the Mara's control.
- Mind Control: It does this to Tegan.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Named after a demon in Buddhist mythology.
- Red Right Hand: People possessed by the Mara, or dream manifestations of it, get a snake tattoo on their arms and red-stained teeth.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Unlike others who want to stop the Doctor from bringing the Time Lords back and starting the Time War again, the Mara wants the conflict to re-continue.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Or so it appears.
- Scaled Up: In "Kinda", it's final form is a giant snake.
- Ultimate Evil
Rassilon (Fifth, War, Tenth and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Richard Matthews (1983); Timothy Dalton (2009–10); Donald Sumpter (2015)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.
"This day was the day upon which the whole of creation would change forever."
- 0% Approval Rating: By "Hell Bent", the Time Lords refuse to submit to his tyranny anymore (again) and he's banished by the Doctor along with the High Council.
- 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...
- Badass Decay: In-Universe. By "Hell Bent" he's just a ranting feeble old man desperate to hold on to power, a far cry from the imposing presence of his previous incarnations. The Time Lords finally rebel against him and the Doctor banishes him from Gallifrey as a result.
- Big Bad: Of "The End of Time", manipulating the Master into summoning him to avert the destruction of the Time Lords. Also the closest thing to a main antagonist in the Series 9 three-part finale, though he is deposed quickly in the last episode.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In "Hell Bent", the Time Lords are no longer afraid of his gauntlet any more, reducing him to just a ranting old man.
- Break the Haughty: Despite his immense power, he was unable to stop the Time War. As a result, the Time Lords refuse to recognize his authority anymore - and the Doctor banishes him.
- Came Back Strong: Inverted; in every reappereance after "The Five Doctor" he seems to come back weaker. When he reappers in "The End of Time", while still very powerful thanks to his gauntlet, he's vastly depowered in comparison to his previous portrayal, a Physical God who transformed a villain into a living statue with a thought while unconscious (and only technically not dead). When we see him again in "Hell Bent", he's just a feeble old man; it's implied he regenerated after his tussle with the Master in "The End of Time" and he got the short end of the regeneration lottery.
- 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 his first two 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.
- Driven by Envy: It's hinted in "Hell Bent" he harbors a great deal of resentment over the fact that the Doctor - a disgraced renegade - was able to end the Time War and save the Time Lords, something that he - Rassilon, Lord President, the Founder of Time Lord Society, and possibly the most powerful Time Lord ever - was not able to do.
- Emperor Scientist: Revered by present-day Time Lords. Well, he was. Then they brought him back to life to be their Lord President and he revealed himself to be the petty tyrant he truly is.
- Establishing Character Moment: Rassilon disintegrating a member of his own Council for daring to suggest that their time is over, then shouting "I WILL NOT DIE!" establishes straight away that Rassilon isn't a leader desperate to save his people, but a dictator desperate to save himself.
- The Exile: The Doctor unceremoniously boots him off Gallifrey in "Hell Bent".
- Fallen Hero: From a revered founder of Time Lord society to an omnicidal asshat trying to destroy existence. Time Lord General even stated that he was a good man, pity that he was.
- False Friend: Expanded Universe materials suggest that he was this to Omega. At best he misled Omega that he would survive the journey into the black hole and the experiment that ultimately created the Eye of Harmony. At worst he deliberately sabotaged it so he could take all the glory and get a rival to his own power out of the way.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is quite pleasant to the Doctor and Master, but if you are against him... Also his Bad Boss tendencies.
- Founder of the Kingdom: One of the founders of Time Lord society, alongside Omega.
- Gambit Roulette: He makes this kind of plan.
- Greater-Scope Villain: In "The End of Time", he turns out to be the bigger threat behind The Master, as well as the source of The Master's drumming.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He started as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, trying to improve and protect his race. He ended as an Omnicidal Maniac, trying to save himself and his race at the cost of the universe. The Expanded Universe explains that his fall occurred a long time ago, the Time War just finished it.
- Humiliation Conga: Oh boy. After his confrontation with the Master he regenerates into a feeble old man. Then when the Doctor comes back to Gallifrey, he's disposed and exiled.
- It's All About Me: He would sacrifice all of creation to stave off his death, and the death of Time Lords, as he sees them as extension of hiself.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.
- Knight Templar: Before, he destroyed or imprisoned entire species which might ovecome or destroy Time Lords. Now he wants to destroy the entire universe to save himself and his race.
- Large Ham: "FOR GALLIFREY! FOR VICTORY! FOR THE END OF TIME ITSELF!"
- The Magnificent: During the Time War he dubbed himself "Rassilon the Resurrected". After Gallifrey managed to survive the Time War he dubbed himself "Rassilon the Redeemer", even though the Doctors was the one responsible for saving the planet.
- Not Quite Dead: In "The Five Doctors" the Second Doctor says that even though Rassilon is in his tomb, it's uncertain if he's actually dead. Turns out he's not dead, he's merely resting.
- Not So Different:
- A lot of his dialogue harkens back to the Dalek Emperor from Series One.
- His last line in Part 1 of "The End of Time" ("For the end of Time itself!") mirrors Davros's line from "Journey's End" perfectly.
- The Nth Doctor: Standard for a Time Lord.
- 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".
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Looks down on the Master as "diseased" (even though he's responsible for him being evil and insane).
- Power Fist: Sass him, and expect him to age you to nothing with it.
- President Evil: He is Lord President of the Time Lords. And an egomaniac Knight Templar.
- Resurrected for a Job: He was brought back from his "death" to guide the Time Lords through the Time War as their Lord President. 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!"
- Sigil Spam: The Seal of Rassilon is found everywhere in Time Lord society. Heck, even the Doctor's TARDIS was at one time liberally decorated with it during his Seventh and Eighth incarnations.
- Small Name, Big Ego: As of "Hell Bent", he can't even fall on his laurels anymore, with his attempts at intimidating the soldiers he commanded to execute the Doctor when they chose to side with the latter.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He wants to kill the Doctor despite the fact that he ended the Time War. Lucky for the Doctor, the rest of the Time Lords appreciate the man who saved them...
- Villain with Good Publicity: Though long thought to be a benign leader, he was shown to be a ruthless tyrant. The stories told about him through the series imply that he was Good Is Not Nice at first, so he was a hero, though a long time ago.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Started as one and presents himself as such. He is not in the modern series.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: He's the only Time Lord that is explicitly immortal and doesn't have to worry about a limited regeneration cycle. Heck, when he was put in his tomb, he wasn't even dead, he was just sleeping. However, he believes it to be a curse, and he recognized that any other Time Lord who would want to be immortal would be crazy, so his tomb is one big Schmuck Bait to anyone who seeks to become immortal; they are turned into living statues on Rassilon's plinth. Unfortunately, he ultimately forgot his own lesson when it became clear the Time Lords were losing the War and sought to destroy the Universe using its energy to make himself and the Time Lords "beings of pure consciousness".
- 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", where Lytton worked for the Daleks, much to the Doctor's distaste. The Sixth Doctor encountered him in "Attack of the Cybermen", where Lytton actually tried to help an alien species fight the Cybermen, though refused to team up with the Doctor. Thought to be a villain through and through by the Doctor, Lytton actually surprised the Doctor in the latter appearance by having a somewhat Heroic Sacrifice.
- Badass Normal: Expanded universe media confirmed that he's just a normal human, although one born in an alien planet, which makes the fact that he held his own against the Daleks and the Cybermen, the two most persistent enemies the Doctor has ever had, all the more impressive.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Partially Cyber-Converted into a Cyberman during his final encounter, Lytton experienced this one personally.
- Fingore: He gets his wrists crushed by the Cybermen.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Though it's mostly a front.
- 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.
Morgus (Fifth Doctor)
Played by: John Normington (1984)The corrupt chairman of the Sirius Conglomerate, Trau Morgus was responsible for the extraction, processing and distribution of Spectrox on Androzani Minor. He engaged in many illegal business practices, up to and including murder, in order to maximize profits.
- Aside Comment: He addresses the camera directly on occasion. This was a result of the actor misinterpreting the stage directions, but it recalls the Jacobean theatrical tradition of the Aside Comment, and so gives the character an air of Shakespearean villainy.
- Aside Glance: He occasionally addresses the camera.
- Bastardly Speech: He uses Patriotic Fervor slogans while plotting treason and preaching high-minded virtue while Kicking The Dog.
- Big Bad: Serves as this for his only appearance as he's arguably the story's most irredeemable and prominent villain, but notably he never actually meets the Doctor face-to-face.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Deliberately sabotages and manipulates his own production in order to keep the market price of Spectrox high. He also has homeless and unemployed people sent to the labor camps he owns, who became unemployed due to his deliberate sabotage of his factories.
- Corrupt Politician: The President of the (equally corrupt) Presidium.
- Creepy Monotone: He constantly speaks in a hushed, sullen tone that hardly ever fluctuates.
- Humiliation Conga: He loses all his wealth and power during the final episode, in quick succession.
- I Reject Your Reality: He is irrevocably convinced that the Doctor and Peri are government agents trying to topple his schemes. Granted, there is little evidence to the contrary and the Doctor is most definitely a spanner in his works, but this incorrect assumption ultimately leads to his downfall.
- Lack of Empathy:
- He leaves his business partner for dead, deliberately causes "accidents" that kill his workers and personally murders his superior, all for the pursuit of profit.
- It is implied that he only saw Sharaz Jek as an obstacle and didn't quite understand just how much Jek hates him. He believed that Jek would back down from a gun pointed at him, or that a bullet would slow him down. He was very wrong.
- Names to Run Away From
- Properly Paranoid: Yes, there was indeed a government agent trying to expose him. It just wasn't the Doctor, or anyone else he suspected for that matter.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Sharaz Jek's Red.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Even though he constantly talks in a sullen tone, he has a very good vocabulary and knows exactly how to use it.
- Villain with Good Publicity
- War for Fun and Profit: Deliberately keeps the Spectrox war going, as it keeps up the market price of the drug.
Sharaz Jek (Fifth Doctor)
Played by: Christopher Gable (1984)The arch-enemy of Morgus. Sharaz Jek used to be Morgus' business partner, using his androids to extract lethal Spectrox from Androzani's underground tunnels. After Morgus betrayed him and left him for dead in a mud geyser, Jek started a one-man campaign of revenge and used his army of androids to sabotage Morgus' operations.
- Anti-Villain: Jek is an admitted mad terrorist who only wants to see Morgus dead, but compared to the other villains in his story he's almost a saint.
- Cool Mask
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Jek dies in the arms of his final android as his headquarters burns.
- Evil Is Hammy: His raving and scheming is almost Shakespearean.
- Evil Laugh
- Gadgeteer Genius: His army of androids is evidence enough.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Falls in possessive, violent love with Peri. It starts off as unsavory, but eventually it becomes fuel for a Heel–Face Turn.
- I Was Quite The Looker: Played for Drama when he goes into various How the Mighty Have Fallen rants.
- Mad Scientist: Even his enemies acknowledge the brilliance of his androids.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Wears a head-covering mask to conceal his disfigurement from the mud geyser.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Becomes remorseful when all of his androids are destroyed in the final skirmish and he learns that Peri is dying of Spectrox Toxaemia, as he could have sent an android into the dangerous caves to find the antidote.
- Never My Fault: Blames Morgus for everything bad that happens.
- Noble Demon: He treats his prisoners like guests and doesn't do harm to people who haven't wronged him first.
- One-Man Army: In a sense. Jek is only one man, but his android army is sufficient enough to shunt his drug war into a stalemate.
- The Power of Hate: When he finally comes face-to-face with Morgus again, his hatred is so immense that he walks through a hail of bullets to kill him with his bare hands.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Morgus' Blue. Jek is prone to violent raving, Morgus has a Lack of Empathy.
- Redemption Equals Death: He dies upon saving Peri and the Doctor.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Yes, Morgus is a diabolical bastard who must be brought down. Jek's only motivation for wanting to kill him is for the sake of his own selfish revenge.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His biggest priority is bringing Morgus down.
- Stalker With a Crush: He quite clearly has the creepy kind of hots for Peri, doing things like chloroforming her, stroking her face while she's unconscious, and carrying her around in his arms (again, unconscious) while whispering "so beautiful... so beautiful...". The fact that he also dresses entirely in black leather really doesn't help.
- Tragic Villain: He's a cruel, possessive terrorist, but only because of Morgus' betrayal. He goes into a lengthy villain monologue to Peri over how he used to be an optimist, but the trauma from the incident caused him to see the ugliness in everyone. He wants to keep Peri for himself because she's the only light in the darkness for him.
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.
- Author Appeal: Sil is a pretty good character concept for the money-oriented 1980s, which was the intent of his creator.
- Bastard Understudy: To Kiv in "Mindwarp", technically... though Kiv seems to have slowly lost it as the story progressed.
- Con Man
- Corrupt Corporate Executive
- Manipulative Bastard
- Put on a Bus: It's unknown what happened to him after "Mindwarp", not helped any matters by the story being already surreal.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Well, more like amphibians, but Mentors are aquatic and need constant spraying. They're also ruthless in their pursuit of money, especially Sil.
- Villainous Glutton: Known for constantly chowing down on marsh-minnows, not to mention his rather gross Evil Laugh.
The Rani (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
Played by: Kate O'Mara: (1985–87, 1993)An evil Time Lady and contemporary of both the Doctor and the Master at the Academy. Would dearly love to rule her planet and experiment on various other species (including humans) in peace and quiet, but the Doctor and the Master keep getting in the way. She only appears in two serials and the Dimensions in Time special, but is notable for being one of the few Time Ladies shown in the classic series.
"Oh, what's [the Master] up to now? It'll be something devious and overcomplicated ... he'd get dizzy if he tried to walk in a straight line."
- '80s Hair: Kate O'Mara's appearance in "The Mark of the Rani" actually got her a stint on Dynasty in fact!
- The Baroness
- 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. She views humans as lower life forms and has no qualms about experimenting on them.
- Evil Laugh: Played straight in "Time and the Rani", but in the mine shaft scene with the Master and Peri in "The Mark of the Rani", she starts choking and knocks Peri out with her poison gas capsules.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Tends to leave her human subjects in terrible states, such as driven mad from sleeplessness or living out prolonged lives as trees.
- 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.
- Mad Scientist: Well, a mad chemist and biologist.
- Master of Disguise: She disguises herself as an old crone.
- Mother Nature, Father Science: Inverted. Much like Romana and Chancellor Flavia, she's arguably more rational and linear than her male counterparts.
- No Name Given: Though the Expanded Universe novels give her Gallifreyan name (the first few syllables, at least) as Ushas, which is also used by Big Finish Doctor Who from 2014 onwards.
- Rival Turned Evil: With both the Doctor and the Master. She teams up with the Master, but only because he's Blackmailing her.
- The Sociopath: Depicted as being neutral to dismissive about the suffering she causes rather than relishing it. Either she can't understand the pain of others or can't bring herself to care.
- 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: She appears to be as asexual as the Doctor, but seems to have a taste for loud, tight fashion and flashy makeup.
- Villains Blend in Better: Like the Master, she has far less problems with making herself inconspicuous on Earth than a certain other Time Lord...
- 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. She hasn't even been given a passing mention in the revival series and it's become somewhat of a Running Gag in the fandom to speculate that any female character (Rose, Donna, River, Clara, Missy etc) might turn out to be the Rani.
- Wig, Dress, Accent: In "Time and the Rani" she's able to impersonate Mel and fool the Doctor with nothing more than a wig! Granted, the Doctor was suffering from regeneration sickness at the time. In general, the Rani just likes disguises.
The Valeyard (Sixth Doctor)
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 (except that information came from the Master and which regenerations he's referring to exactly is a bit muddled at this point). 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...
"There is nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality."
- Aborted Arc: Steven Moffat ultimately decided to ignore the matter of the Valeyard's existence when writing The Name of the Doctor and The Time of the Doctor, stories which concerned the future fate of the Doctor and his gaining of a new regeneration cycle, respectively (however, the Valeyard does receive a brief shout-out as one of the many names the Doctor will take before his death). The Valeyard's origin thus no longer fits within the subsequent retcons to the Doctor's twelfth and thirteenth regenerations, and it's unlikely that Moffat or any future showrunner will try to fill in these holes.
- Ambulance Chaser: He seems to be this at first.
- Big Bad: Of the Trial of a Time Lord arc.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Once it's revealed that he's the main villain of the Trial of a Time Lord arc in "The Ultimate Foe", he starts to nonchalantly reaffirm that yes, he's a 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.
- 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 Master believed that he worked for him, but the Valeyard's plan all along was to obtain the Sixth Doctor's remaining regenerations for himself.
- The Dreaded: By both The Master and The Doctor.
- Driving Question: Exactly who are the twelfth and final (at the time implied to be thirteen) incarnations of the Doctor the Master spoke of? Meta-Crisis Ten, born as an offshoot from aborted regeneration number twelve? Eleven, who is his twelfth life born from his final regeneration in the original cycle? Twelve, his first life in the new cycle and thirteenth overall? The actual Thirteenth Doctor? The Dream Lord? Or some other incarnation in the future considered to be the last one?
- Enemy Within: The Master's ambiguous wording when describing him infers that he's either the Doctor himself, after all his evil took over him in a potential future, or...
- Enemy Without: The Doctor's evil split from him.
- Evil Counterpart: Played literally straight for this one. He's either the Doctor after all his evil took over him, or straight up the Doctor's evil split from him. Either way, he's an evil counterpart of the Doctor.
- Evil Feels Good: He has no qualms about preferring being evil.
- Evil Gloating
- Evil Is Hammy: And reveling in it. Not that anyone's complaining...
- Evil Is Not a Toy: As the High Council and the Master 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 in the New Adventures the Seventh Doctor temporarily sealed away the Sixth Doctor's personality for fear he'd become him. 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, however the Doctor says there might have been some truth to this story).
- Face–Heel Turn: One possibility for his conception is that he's the Doctor after all his evil took over him.
- 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: While admittedly he's the prosecutor in the Doctor's trial, it's clear that he wants the Doctor executed. If the trial was run on Earth laws he would have soon run into Artistic License – Law.
- Master of Illusion: When he escapes into the Matrix.
- Meaningful Name: The name Valeyard is said to mean "Doctor of Law" in Gallifreyan (so good luck finding it in any 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.
- Noodle Incident: His apparent history with the Ainley Master.
- 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.
- Not So Above It All: There is a golden moment where he's lecturing the Doctor in his typical dour manner, even explicitly stating that he "wishes not to be contaminated by [the Doctor's] whims and idiosyncracies." ... then when Glitz tries to participate in the conversation, the Valeyard teleports directly behind him for the explicit purpose of insulting him in a rather comedic way. Then again, his compulsion to out-cool adult male companions and recurring characters was always one of the Doctor's character flaws...
- 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
- Purple Prose: Prone to overly-verbose language in "The Ultimate Foe", because his dialogue was penned by Pip & Jane Baker. His page quote is a fancy way of saying it's impossible to keep an evil nature hidden beneath the guise of a good one.
- Put on a Bus: It's been over 30 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
- Unreliable Narrator: In "The Mysterious Planet", he's tampered with the evidence in the Matrix, though not to as great an effect as he has in following stories.
- Villain with Good Publicity: At least until The Master reveals what his true nature is.
- Wham LineThe 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!
The 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.
The Kandyman (Seventh Doctor)
Played by: David John Pope (1988)A robot who enjoys torturing and killing his victims using candy and sweets. The Seventh Doctor and Ace encountered the Kandyman on the human colony world Terra Alpha, where he acted as chief torturer for the despotic Helen A.
- April Fools: On April Fools' Day 2010, it was announced that the Kandyman was to be the Big Bad of Matt Smith's first series as the Doctor!
- Drowning Pit: It seems his favourite method of execution was trapping the victim in a tube and filling the tube with fondant, drowning them. The flavour of the fondant varied, Helen A's favourite was strawberry.
- Evil Chef: He uses confectionery as a means of execution.
- The Evil Genius: The Kandyman acted as this for Helen A, being her chief torturer and a scientist.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Sadistically murdering innocent people with sweet foods is hilarious!
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Kandyman is eventually destroyed by his own "fondant surprise."
- Homoerotic Subtext: "The Happiness Patrol" is full of this. In particular, the Kandyman and his creator, Gilbert M, act like a married couple who's relationship has long since gone sour. Once the Kandyman is destroyed, Gilbert runs off with Helen A's husband to start a new life together somewhere else.
- Mad Artist: A mad culinary artist.
- Robotic Psychopath: Extremely sadistic and cruel.
- Weaksauce Weakness: He can be rendered immobile with a quick spray of lemonade to his feet.
Fenric (Seventh Doctor)
Played by: Dinsdale Landen (as Dr. Judson) and Tomek Bork (as Captain Sorin) (1989)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: How he manifests.
- Eldritch Abomination: Fenric is supposed to have been something from the dawn of time, possibly even earlier. The Doctor Who Expanded Universe gives us a more accurate identification: Hastur, the Unspeakable One, the Ragged King. YES, that one!
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: When he takes possession of a new host.
- I Have Many Names: Fenric, according to The Doctor.
- Kneel Before ZodFenric: The choice is yours, Time Lord. I shall kill you anyway, but if you would like the girl to live... kneel before me.Ace: I believe in you, Professor.Fenric: Kneel if you want the girl to live!Doctor: Kill her.
- 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, he 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.
Light (Seventh Doctor)
An Eternal who manifests himself in the form of an angel, Light has made it his fanatical duty to travel through time and space, documenting every single species in the universe in his exhaustive "Catalogue of Life." Light detests change; so much so that that the process of evolution turns him completely genocidal.
- Archive Panic: Light gets a severe case of this when he tries to catalogue all of Earth's life forms.
- Camp: Just take a look at his appearance, not to mention his Large Ham tendencies.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Light is not really an angel, or even humanoid; like an Eternal he's simply "naturalised into" human form.
- Light Is Not Good: Literally. Although Light appears as a heavenly vision of white and gold, his motives are anything but pure, and he soon reveals himself to be insane, murderous and irrational.
- Our Angels Are Different
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens
- Talking the Monster to Death: Light is infuriated by the fact that the Earth has changed, making the inventory he was working on meaningless. He resolves to destroy the Earth so it will stop changing. The Doctor points out the idiocy of thinking that you can stop change, and that everything in the universe is changing, including Light. Light commits suicide because he considers change a Fate Worse Than Death.
Revival Series Debut
Cassandra O'Brien.Δ 17
Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Played by: Zoë Wanamaker (2005; 2006)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.
- Dirty Coward: Abandons Chip to the diseased clones when possessing Rose Tyler. Though she's willing to Face Death with Dignity at the end of "New Earth".
- Irony: Completely accidental but by freeing all the clones she effectively restarted her race of Pure human beings.
- 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)
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.
"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."
- As Long as There is Evil: See the above quote. Rose decides to put this to the test.
- 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.
- Break Them by Talking: 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.
- 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 discussed 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.
- Leaking Can of Evil: It possesses Toby and dozens of Ood even before its prison door opens up.
- 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. In supplementary materials, Tosh speculates that there might be other demons trapped elsewhere in the universe in secret prisons...
- 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: The Doctor and Rose send its body and mind flying into a black hole.
- 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 though the episode hovers closer to the former explanation.
- 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-Genre Foe: In a strictly sci-fi series, a creature appears claiming to be Satan himself. Even better, there is more evidence for the idea it really is the Devil.
- 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 to have one in the entire universe.Toby: It was so angry. It was fury and rage and death. It was him. It was the Devil.
- 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 Event Horizon and Prince of Darkness as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- You Cannot Kill An Idea: Although the Beast is defeated, it still possesses psychic influence over every being in time and space.
The Abzorbaloff / Victor Kennedy (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Peter Kay (2006)
- "You've dabbled with aliens. Now meet the genuine article!"
- Fantastic Racism: Describes the natives of Raxacoricofallapatorious — Clom's twin planet — as swine and says that he spits on them. He also looks down on humans, describing their body as a "crude pink shape."
- Fat Bastard: Already a prime example of this as Victor Kennedy, who treats the LINDA members like crap while trying to get them to do his bidding, and it gets turned Up to Eleven as the Abzorbaloff, who is even fatter still and flat-out murderous.
- No Name Given: Whatever his actual name is, it's never stated on-screen. It's Elton and then the Doctor who coin the name "Abzorbaloff" for him.
- Oop North: Has a light northern accent as Victor Kennedy, and a full-fat one as the Abzorbaloff.
- Power Incontinence: Seems to suffer from this, as he orders the LINDA members never to touch him because of his supposed skin condition, presumably out of fear that he'll unwittingly absorb them and blow his own cover. He then suffers this to fatal levels at the end of the story when Elton breaks his cane, and without the limitation field it generates, he gets absorbed by the Earth itself.
- Tastes Like Chicken: Says this word-for-word about Ursula after he absorbs her.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Seems to be this, albeit with some limitations. He can switch between his personas as the Abzorbaloff and Victor Kennedy, and in doing so apparently suppress those that he's already absorbed, but can't switch forms quickly enough to prevent Elton and Ursula discovering his identity.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After Ursula threatens to assault him with his cane, he initially reacts with genuine terror — likely because such an attack would have broken it, removing the limitation field and killing him — before begging for mercy and claiming to be "such a slow, clumsy beast." Something he definitely proves not to be when he absorbs Ursula and then chases Elton.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Believes from his research that the Doctor will allow himself to be absorbed in order to save Elton's life. While the Doctor is always willing to perform a Heroic Sacrifice as an absolute last resort, that doesn't prove to be the case in this particular encounter, as he's able to have the LINDA members (who are already doomed to eventual full absorption and effective death) perform their own sacrifice to deal with him.
The Family of Blood
The Family of Blood (Tenth Doctor)
Son of Mine played by: Harry Lloyd
Mother of Mine played by: Rebekah Staton
Father of Mine played by Gerard Horan
Daughter of Mine played by: Lauren WilsonA family of gaseous aliens who hunted the Doctor and Martha throughout time and space. They could only survive by possessing body after body in short period bursts, and as such sought to steal the Doctor's regenerative immortality.
- Aliens Are Bastards: The Family are extremely sadistic. They murder, taunt their victims, bombard a village of civilians with missiles to draw the Doctor out and, after their objective is complete, they'll take over the galaxy starting with the Earth.
- Asshole Victim: Their ultimate fate is horrific, but given their sadistic and violent actions it's hard to feel bad for them. Son of Mine's host is also an example, due to being a snobbish and racist Jerkass who went off to smuggle beer.
- Arc Villain: Of the "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood" two-parter.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: They hounded the Doctor across all of time and space to gain his immortality. In the end, the Doctor gave them exactly that and more, just not how they expected...
- Character Tic: All four of them share the habit of taking unusually sharp sniffs. Son of Mine in particular tends to speak sentences in a rapid-fire fashion, typically in threes.
- Creepy Child: Daughter of Mine stares people down with unsettling blank expression. And she's no less dangerous than the other three, as shown when she disintegrates Headmaster Rocastle.
- Demonic Possession: While not literal demons, they are certainly as vicious. This is how their species is able to live: they possess any life-forms unlucky enough to cross their paths and extinguish any trace of the previous occupant. If they go without a host for three months, they perish.
- The Dreaded: Initially it speaks volumes to their level of danger in the lengths the Doctor went to run from them, by disguising himself as human and hiding in 1913 England to throw them off the trail. And even then, the Family still found him. Though as the Family learns, the Doctor wasn't running because he was scared: that was his way of being kind.
- Family Theme Naming: Each of them are known by their position in a traditional family followed by the possessive pronoun "Of Mine."
- Fate Worse Than Death: At the end of the two-parter the Family is subjected to the fury of a Time Lord, and he punishes them by giving them the immortality they wished for in the most awful way imaginable. The Doctor binds Father of Mine in chains forged within the heart of a dwarf star, traps Mother of Mine in the event horizon of an imploding galaxy, and imprisons Daughter of Mine inside every mirror in existence. Son of Mine's punishment is particularly fitting, in that he is suspended as one of the very scarecrows he animated to watch over England for all of time.
- Large Ham: It's a Christmas hamper of ham with this family. Father, Mother and Son of Mine are prone to Suddenly SHOUTING! and Son shows off many horrific Slasher Smiles.
- Mook Maker: Son of Mine is creates a legion of soldiers by animating the scarecrows scattered around the village.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: C'mon, The Family of Blood?
- The Nose Knows: They can smell their prey from light-years away, even across the barrier of space-time. The scent of Time Lord is unique and especially easy to locate. It took the Doctor using the Chameleon Arch to turn himself as human to hide his scent.
- Telepathy: Are able to communicate with each other this way, indicated by a green glow on their faces.
Lucy Saxon (Tenth Doctor)
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.
"Dying. Everything dying. The whole of creation was falling apart and I thought there's no point. No point to anything. Not ever."
- All for Nothing: Killed herself and managed to wipe out the cult of Saxon in the act of trying to kill "Harry", but he lived on, albeit very damaged.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Lucy is the wife of the Master, the Doctor's Arch-Enemy. How's that for a "bad boy"?
- The Beard: The Tenth Doctor implicitly calls her this, when the Fifth asks him if the Tenth's Master still has a beard.
- Blue Blood: Her connections are one of the reasons the Master married her.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In the most literal sense. She starts up as "not too bright", but ends up shooting the Master.
- Despair Event Horizon: Pal around with the Master and he will quickly destroy your will to live/reasons for existing. Which is very dark considering how eager and totally unhinged Lucy was to kill herself to get rid of the Master for good... which didn't work.
- The Dog Bites Back: Implied to be the motivation for her Heel–Face Turn.
- Evil Counterpart: Of the companions in general, and Rose Tyler in particular.
- Heel–Face Turn: Turns against the Master during "Last of the Time Lords" and then further works against him in "The End of Time".
- Heroic Sacrifice / Heroic Suicide: Her last appereance in "The End of Time" had her sabotaging a cult's attempt to resurrect the Master in an explosion that kills her. The Master returns anyway, but the attempt caused him to Came Back Wrong.
- It later becomes a Senseless Sacrifice as "World Enough and Time" reveals that the Time Lords simply healed the Master's condition without much issue.
- Mad Love: She seemed to be genuinely in love with the Master at the beginning, and it clearly wasn't mutual.
- More Than Mind Control: After glimpsing the end of the universe, Lucy went a bit barmy.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Does what the Doctor wouldn't, and kills the Master.
- Straw Nihilist: The Doctor takes his companion to The End of the World as We Know It to make her appreciate life while it lasts. The Master does so to Break the Cutie.Lucy Saxon: Dying. Everything dying. The whole of creation was falling apart and I thought there's no point. No point to anything. Not ever.
- The Ophelia: She a one point is seen babbling about how the Master showed her The End of the World as We Know It and how it made her believe that there was no point in anything ever.
- Taking You with Me: Sabotages the Master's attempt at resurrection and causes an explosion that kills her in the process.
- Took a Level in Badass: The "not too bright" Lucy gets a lot smarter once she's free of her husband's influence, nearly foiling his plan to come back from the dead.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. "The End of Time" reveals for her part in the Master's crimes she was a given a trial in secret with no jury, and then locked up in a secret government prison.
The Midnight Entity (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Lesley Sharp, David Tennant (2008)A strange creature found on the inhospitable planet Midnight, which possesses Sky Silvestry. Its physical appearance is never shown, if it has one at all. While possessing Sky, she repeats everything that is said, then she speaks at the same time as others, before finally focusing on just the Doctor and speaking before him, stealing his voice.
"It's inside his head. It killed the driver, and the mechanic, and now it wants us. He's waited so long. In the dark, and the cold, and the diamonds. Until you came. Bodies so hot, with blood, and pain."
- Demonic Possession: While it doesn't appear to be a demon, its hold on Sky Sylvester is pretty much this.
- The Disembodied: It's suggested the creature might simply be a disembodied consciousness, as the Doctor asked if it wanted a body. Which would explain how it could survive in X-Tonic radiation and how it entered Sky's mind, although it doesn't explain how it can knock on the hull and rip the ship apart.
- Eldritch Abomination: Manages to achieve this status without any special effects whatsoever.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Done effectively-nothing is known about what it plans to do or where it comes from, and it comes off as all the scarier for it.
- No Name Given: Not even a nickname, the term "Midnight Entity" comes from the Doctor Who Wiki.
- Nothing Is Scarier: When the Doctor tells Sky to turn around, any experienced viewer will know that something terrible will have happened to her appearance. The fact that there's no obvious change to her just adds to the fear of the moment. Also on a meta level. We don't know what species it is, we don't know where it came from, we don't even know if it died. All told, we know next to nothing about it.
- Psychological Horror: The creature is never physically shown, and all the fear mechanism stems from the way its possessed victim behaves.
- Stop Copying Me: Played for maximum horror. First it repeats you, then it mimics your words in perfect sync... and then it starts talking ahead of you.
- Ultimate Evil: By the end of the episode, the Doctor has no idea what it was or if it's still out there. He can only recommend that the entire planet be evacuated.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Based off what Possesed!Sky said about it, Midnight is not a pleasant place to live. When it realizes that it's going back outside, it lets off an aboslutely terrified scream.Sky: Cast him out. Into the sun. And the night. The starlight waits. The emptiness. The midnight sky.
Prisoner Zero (Eleventh Doctor)
'''Played by: William Wilde (voice), Olivia Coleman, Caitlin Blackwood, Marcello Magni, Eden Monteath, Merin Monteath and Matt Smith (2010)An alien shapeshifter imprisoned by the Atraxi. The Eleventh Doctor and Amy had to find it when it escaped to Earth.
"Poor Amelia Pond. Still dreaming about her magical Doctor."
- Creepy Child: Takes the form of two girls and their mother and then of the young Amelia Pond.
- Creepy Monotone: Never raises it's voice.
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: It can take the form of whatever a dormant mind is dreaming. However, it has no control over that.
- Hoist by Their Own Petard: It just so happens to take over Amy's mind when it needs a quick escape; she is the only person who knows what Prisoner Zero actually looks like and Zero can only take the form of what someone is thinking about. So, the Doctor makes Amy think about it's true form.
- Morphic Resonance: It's big sharp teeth.
- Noodle Incident: We never do learn what it did to get sent to prison, though it's escape causes the Atraxi to try to destroy a planet in response.
- Psychic Link: How it is able to use dormant minds to take different forms.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives the Doctor one about how he has affected Amy's life.
- Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: Takes on the form of a seven year old Amy while taunting the Doctor.
- Starter Villain: For the Eleventh Doctor.
- Villainous Breakdown: Is reduced to yelling "no!" repeatedly after realising the Doctor found a way to stop it.
The Dream Lord
The Dream Lord (Eleventh Doctor)
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.
"Dream Lord. It's in the name, isn't it? Spooky. Not quite there."
- Anthropomorphic Personification: He's a personification of the Doctor's dark side, more specifically, his self-loathing.
- Deadpan Snarker: Often, especially at Rory's expense.Rory: If one here's the gooseberry, it's the Doctor.Dream Lord: Now there's a delusion I'm not responsible for.
- Enemy Within: He only exists inside the Doctor as his worst enemy; himself.
- Evil Redhead: Looks like the Doctor finally got to be ginger after all.
- Expy: For the Valeyard. He might actually BE the Valeyard.
- Fan Disservice: At one point, he dresses in a Ready for Lovemaking style while Amy is alone with him in the TARDIS.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's having so much fun with all his different costumes. He is genuinely Affably Evil towards Amy, though.
- 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.
- Laughably Evil: His bowtie and short stature brings to mind a demented Troughton, which makes sense, considering that that's exactly who he is.
- Meaningful Name: "Dream Lord". As in he creates and controls dreams. And is one, brought on by psychic pollen feeding on the Doctor's darker thoughts.
- 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 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)
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.
"Oh Doctor, fooling you once was a joy. But fooling you twice, in the same way? It's a privilege."
- Arch-Enemy: To the Eleventh Doctor, who she dedicated her life to trying to kill. She's the one behind the Evil Plan in his first two series. Frances Barber even describes her as being the nemesis of Matt Smith's Doctor.
- Church Militant: In her first full-length appearance, she appears to be the militant leader of the religious coalition against the Doctor in "A Good Man Goes to War". In "The Time of the Doctor", she's explicitly stated to be the head of a splinter group from the Papal Mainframe. This would imply that the Silence under her command rebelled in "The Wedding of River Song", leaving her to die after she'd outlived her usefulness.
- The Dragon: The most recognizable lackey of the Silence.
- Entitled Bastard: Has the nerve to ask the woman whose kid she kidnapped and raised into a psychopathic Laser Guided Tyke Bomb (to kill said woman's best friend, to boot) to spare her because that's what the Doctor, a "good man" (the very man she's been plotting to kill) would do, and Amy would "never do anything to disappoint [her] precious Doctor." She gets exactly what she deserved:Amy: The Doctor is precious to me, you're right. But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here. *click* River Song didn't get it all from you, sweetie.
- Epic Fail: Her assassin River Song not only rebels, but almost destroys the universe trying to prevent the Doctor's death. Not to mention her Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!.
- Evil Gloating: Loves to do this, first to the Doctor in "A Good Man Goes to War" where she talks about how she's fooled him twice and then to River Song in "Closing Time" where she belittles River's attempts at a independent life.
- Evil Is Hammy: Starts coming across as this in "Closing Time" where taunts River Song with a children's rhyme from the shadows. Sompared to some of the other hams on this list she's still pretty subdued.
- Eyepatch of Power: It's actually an "eye drive" that lets her interact with the Silence without forgetting them.
- Karma Houdini: As noted below, her Karmic Death happens in an alternate timeline so she's presumably alive. However, the way Tasha Lem speaks about her in "The Time of the Doctor", she implies Madame Kovarian and her followers faced some kind of punishment at the hands of the Papal Mainframe.
- Karmic Death: Of a sort. In the alternate timeline created by River not killing the Doctor, Amy lets her die from the eyepatch, which the Silence boobytrapped. Since that timeline is erased, though, she's presumably alive.
- Knight Templar: Confirmed in "The Time of the Doctor", where Tasha Lem reveals that Madame Kovarian leads a group that broke off from the Papal Mainframe to launch a crusade against the Doctor. (Word of Gay also says she's Tasha Lem's ex-wife.)
- Manipulative Bitch: Has proved herself quite capable of manipulating the Doctor — and relishes it. Just read the quote.
- No Name Given: Prior to "A Good Man Goes to War", she was never named on-screen and listed only as "Eye-Patch Lady" in the credits.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: "The Time of the Doctor" reveals that the Kovarian Chapter is this for the Papal Mainframe. While the Papal Mainframe are trying to preserve the Siege of Trenzalore and prevent it escalating into open war, Madame Kovarian decided to try and alter history to prevent the Doctor from ever reaching Trenzalore in the first place.
- This, rather ironically, bit her in the ass, because if she'd just stayed put at Trenzalore, the cracks in the universe would never have happened and no one would have gone to Trenzalore (not mentioning that without River, the Doctor would have probably died much earlier on in his time stream.) Nice job fixing it villain indeed.
- Stable Time Loop: Had she stayed in her own time and not attempt to kill the doctor by creating River, River would have not been there to sacrifice herself in the "Forest of the Dead", meaning the Tenth Doctor would have been killed while in the library and (indirectly) not regenerated into the Eleventh Doctor. Further, this has more consequences.
- The Tenth Doctor would not have been around to stop Davros from destroying reality, meaning her time would no longer exist.
- Without the Eleventh Doctor, the War Doctor would activate the Moment, destroying Gallefrey instead of putting it in a Pocket Dimension.
- Villains Want Mercy: She has the gall to beg Amy for help when her booby-trapped eyepatch is triggered. Amy refuses and puts the eyepatch back on her.
- Xanatos Gambit: Every possible outcome of her plan in "A Good Man Goes To War" includes either the Doctor's death or her escaping with Amy's daughter, meaning her ultimate goal is either accomplished or still easily attainable.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When the Silence have the Doctor in their grasp, they decide they don't need her anymore, and trigger the kill switch in her eyepatch.
Akhaten (Eleventh Doctor)
Also known as "The Old God", Akhaten is a parasitic, monstrous creature that's as large as a planet. It's so big in fact, that it has its own centre of gravity, and has several inhabited asteroids surrounding itself. Akhaten awakes from its slumber every thousand years at the Festival of Offerings on Tiaanamat, where it feeds off the memories and experiences of the inhabitants.
- Eldritch Abomination: Akhaten is actually revealed to be an unbelievably ancient, sentient, planet-sized parasitic monstrosity of immense power with formless features that must be kept asleep, otherwise it will devour everything.
- Emotion Eater: "Grandfather"/the Old God feeds on emotions and stories.
- God Is Evil: Akhaten's true nature is a merciless parasite that has to be appeased with memories and kept asleep with Music Magic. When the mummy stirs, the songs changes to a much more urgent "never wake from slumber"
- God Is Good: Akhaten, the sentient planet god of the seven systems, is referred to as "my warrior" and "my hero" in the songs. This suggests that the songs are to assure him that everything's fine and he can continue to rest his "holy head".
- Genius Loci: It's either a sentient planet or simply a being so gigantic that it might as well be.
- Phlebotinum Overload: The Old God feeds on the life experiences of others. The Doctor tried to invoke this with his own memories, and came pretty close, but the planet survived that. When Clara offers it "the most important leaf in human history", containing not only the experiences of its owner but all the experiences they could have had, it implodes.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: The Doctor's 1200 years of far flung adventures are not quite spicy enough to bring down Akhaten. Clara's leaf of infinite possibilities does the trick.
Half-Face Man (Twelfth Doctor)
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.
"We will reach the promised land."
- Back from the Dead: Despite falling to his death, he wakes up at the end of the episode to meet Missy in a garden that she tells him is The Promised Land.
- Big Bad: Of "Deep Breath".
- Call-Back: His ship is the sister ship of the SS. Madame de Pompadour from "The Girl in the Fireplace" and he's a variant of the clockwork robots from that episode.
- Cyborg: Using human flesh and organs to become more humanoid.
- Disney Villain Death: He falls to his death out of the escape pod, but is brought back to life by the end of the episode.
- Driven to Suicide: Possibly. He falls to his death, but whether he jumped or was pushed is left ambiguous.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a man with half of a face.
- Eye Awaken: At the end of the episode, after his supposed death.
- Facial Horror: The left side of his face is missing, and the entirety of his eye is exposed.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He winds up like this, on Big Ben no less.
- The Promised Land: His ultimate goal for his race. He gets there in the end. Supposedly.
Gus (Twelfth Doctor)
Voiced by: John Sessions (2014)Gus is the AI aboard the Orient Express in Space, and was programmed to collect data on The Foretold.
"Isn't this exciting?"
- Affably Evil: Always polite and cheerful, even as he sucks the air out of the Orient Express to asphyxiate everyone aboard.
- Expy: He's quite similar to Ash from Alien. He has an ulterior motive unknown to the rest of the crew that involves harnessing the power of a dangerous being to be used as a weapon, the difference is that Gus actually succeeds in his mission.
- High-Class Glass: See the picture. His digital avatar has a monocle.
- 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.
The Foretold (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jamie Hill (2014)The Foretold is a creature of ancient legend; those who see it are marked for death, and those who see it have only 66 seconds left to live. It always appears in the vicinity of an ancient scroll, a scroll left on the Orient Express where the Doctor and Clara decided to board. The monster is impossible to kill, impossible to run away from and it is impossible to say who is the next victim. The truth of it turns out to be far more bizarre; it's actually a soldier who has been alive for a while, and the malfunctioning technology it's attached to is keeping it alive and forcing it to fight for a war that's been over for several millennia.
- Anti-Villain: It's really just a soldier that doesn't know it's fighting a war that has been over for centuries.
- The Dreaded: It's basically death personified.
- Implacable Man: The creature is nigh impossible to kill, much less fight against. It's Immune to Bullets, any sort of weapon thrown at it just passes right through it, and it's impossible to run away from. The Foretold will chase after you no matter what you do and it will kill you.
- Invisible to Normals: Only shows up for people it has marked for death.
- Intangible Man: Weapons can't touch it.
- Just Following Orders: The Foretold is a soldier just doing what it's told.
- Life Drinker: How it kills its victims. It sucks all their bodily energy, such as those that their cells produce, and leaves them completely lifeless.
- Mummy: Being chased down by an indestructible Super Soldier is bad enough; it's even worse when it looks like a rotting, wheezing corpse wrapped in bandages.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: It's merely a soldier doing its duty.
- Our Monsters Are Different: For one thing, it's a millennia-old soldier being kept alive by malfunctioning tech.
- Super Soldier: Described as such by the Doctor. The Foretold is indestructible, Immune to Bullets, and can follow its victim no matter where they go. Also there's the fact that it's a soldier that fought in a war that ended long ago.
- Touch of Death: Its modus operandi.
- Villain Teleportation: Its victim can run as much as they like, the Foretold will always appear next to them and kill them.
- Zombie Gait: Slowly shambles towards its victim which makes it all the more scary.
Seb (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Chris Addison (2014)Seb is Missy's right-hand man, often meeting new deceased people when she's too busy. He's known to be sarcastic, affable and enjoys cracking jokes; often at inopportune times. He greeted the officer from The Caretaker and Danny Pink after they both die and "helps" them get acquitted to the "Afterlife" aka the Nethersphere.
"iPads? We have Steve Jobs!"
- Affably Evil: He does help Missy create her Cybermen army and even seems to enjoy what he does, but he's still polite, charitable and upbeat. He helps the deceased, offers Danny a coffee and when he gives Danny his iPad to delete his emotions and thus turn him into a Cyberman he doesn't pressure or threaten him, instead giving him a choice. He even does it in a way that makes it seem like a favor. Heck, even Chris Addison himself has called him "polite and charming". It seems that Missy created him to be affable to lull deceased people into a false sense of security so that they would delete their emotions.
- Ambiguously Evil: It could be argued that he's not actually a bad guy as he was created with "evil" intentions, kind of like how a computer virus isn't evil, just it's programmer is.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted, as he does exactly what he's programmed to do and doesn't revolt against his master. But he's still working for a bad guy.
- Deadpan Snarker: His quote above? That's just one of many of his sarcastic quips, jokes and affable demeanor.
- I Can See My House from Here: Says this when Danny looks out his office window and sees the inside of the Nethersphere. Then he apologizes since it probably wasn't helping.
- Squee!: What ultimately gets him killed by Missy, since he was already annoying her and that was just the final straw.
Colony Sarff (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jami Reid-Quarrell (2015)Colony Sarff is a creature entirely made of snakes that are able to mimic a humanoid. He's a loyal servant for Davros in "The Magician's Apprentice" and "The Witch's Familiar".
"Where is the Doctor?"
- Bilingual Bonus: "Sarff" is Welsh for serpent.
- Body Horror: Literally made of snakes, a lot of them.
- The Dragon: To Davros. It's never really explained what exactly Sarff is, why he's working for Davros or why the Daleks tolerate an alien's presence on Skaro. However, given how unusual Colony Sarff is, it's possible he's one of Davros' genetically engineered creations.
- Hive Mind: He's a democracy.
- Killed Off for Real: Colony Sarff (or, at least, the largest snake that makes up his collective) is killed when Missy shoots him with a detached Dalek gunstick.
- Large Ham: "Wheeere izzzzzz the Doc-tah?"
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A villainous serpent. Notably, when he reveals his true form, the medieval locals of 1138 immediately flee in terror.
- The Worm That Walks: Colony Sarff is a giant snake surrounded by smaller snakes he can control.
Fisher King (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Neil Fingleton (2015)
Voiced by: Peter Serafinowicz (speaking voice); Corey Taylor (roar) (2015)The Fisher King is a brutal alien warlord that conquered the planet Tivoli until he was overthrown. He's the mastermind behind the ghosts in "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood".
- Badass Baritone: Has a deep menacing voice, thank Peter Serafinowicz the voice of Darth Maul for that.
- Big Bad: Of "Under the Lake" and "Before the Flood".
- Dead All Along: Due to the Timey-Wimey Ball nature of his two-part episode, the Doctor and Clara arrive on Earth in 2119 to be attacked by his ghostly minions, which prompts the Doctor to go back to 1980 and fight and kill him in that timeline, then hide in the Fisher King's own coffin when he is buried at sea and come back in 2119 the long way; the ghosts were accidentally activated by the humans who found said coffin but the Fisher King was never truly a threat because he had been killed long ago... From a Certain Point of View.
- Defiant to the End: When the Fisher King sees the incoming flood that's about to crush him, he stands and roars at it until it crushes him.
- Evil Is Bigger: He's an imposing alien warlord that stands at about 8 feet tall.
- Evil Plan: The Fisher King's plan was to use the hijacked souls of the dead to transmit a message to his people so they would come and invade Earth.
- Faking the Dead: It was believed that he had been killed by the Arcateenians when they liberated Tivoli from his tyrannical rule. However when his body was transported to Earth to be buried, it turns out he was still alive and was using the opportunity to set another invasion plot in motion.
- Fisher King: It's in the name. He intended to summon his armada so they would drain the planet of its oceans and subjugate humanity. According to this behind-the-scenes featurette, the Fisher King originally hails from an arid, desert-like place, which helps explain the meaning behind his name.
- Spikes of Villainy: His armour and body have several curved spikes on them.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: His race may not be Time Lords, but they have the technology to manipulate souls, something even the Doctor thought was impossible.
Bonnie the Zygon
Bonnie the Zygon (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jenna Coleman and Ingrid Oliver (2015)A radical Zygon who, unhappy with the treaty between Zygons and UNIT, seeks to start a war so that Zygons will have the "right" to exist as "themselves". As the commander of the rebels she infiltrates and undermines UNIT by kidnapping Clara and assuming her appearance.
- Big Bad: Of "The Zygon Invasion" and "The Zygon Inversion".
- Didn't Think This Through: As Twelve points out, she didn't put a lot of thought into her "revolution".
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: She has a lot of analogies in her characterisation to ISIS.
- Easily Forgiven: Twelve forgives her for all the mayhem she causes. Having been responsible for far, far worse atrocities as the War Doctor in the Last Great Time War, he understands her way of thinking. (Not for nothing do the Osgood Boxes resemble the Moment.)
- Fluffy the Terrible: Yes, the leader of a Zygon uprising is named... Bonnie!
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Is quick to anger when something does not go her way.
- Heel–Face Turn: At the end, though she takes a lot of convincing from Twelve to get there.
- Hypocrite: She despises humans for making Zygons hide their true form, but she spends her entire arc disguised as Clara even in the presence of other Zygons. Not to mention, she has a human name!
- It's All About Me: She says at one point that all Zygons who do not share her views should not be allowed to have that option.
- I've Come Too Far: She believes she's come too far to repent — until Twelve convinces her otherwise.
- Karma Houdini: Despite being responsible for the deaths of a lot of Zygons and UNIT personnel, she receives no punishment.
- Psychotic Man Child: Twelve calls her a tantrum-throwing child who doesn't know what she wants; indeed, she throws a lot of actual tantrums when things don't go her way in "The Zygon Inversion".
- The Reveal: It's only in the final minutes of "The Zygon Invasion" that the audience and other characters even learn of her existence, as she has been most convincingly impersonating Clara for the bulk of the episode!
- Villainous Breakdown: She loses it when she finds out the Osgoods and later the Doctor have tricked her with regards to the Osgood Boxes.
The Veil (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jami Reid-Quarrell (2015)A cloaked and hooded figure, the Veil is a representation of the Doctor's deepest, most intimate fears. Based on a childhood memory the Doctor had of a dead Gallifreyan woman, who was covered in a veil and left to rot the in the hot sun, this unstoppable figure hunts the Doctor relentlessly through the clockwork castle he finds himself trapped in during the events of "Heaven Sent", and it has only one purpose: to kill the Doctor.
- Bedsheet Ghost: The Veil resembles one due to wearing veils, as its based on the Doctor's memories of a veiled corpse he saw while young.
- Clockwork Creature: The Veil turns out to be this, matching with the rest of the castle's nature.
- In the Hood: The Veil wears a dusty robe that conceals virtually its entire body, including its face — the key visible parts of it teased in the trailers are its gray, mottled, clawed hands. It bears a strong resemblance to The Grim Reaper. It's inspired by a bad memory from the Doctor's childhood of seeing a dead, veiled woman surrounded by flies, and is effectively an embodiment of his fear of death.
- Ominous Walk: The Veil constantly walks at the same pace towards the Doctor. It has a limp, meaning every step is a thump.
- Robotic Reveal: When the Doctor finally breaches the wall, the Veil is revealed to be a clockwork, falling into a pile of gears.
- The Speechless
- Threshold Guardian: The Veil serves the Doctor's opponent in the Belly of the Whale. It is something he must overcome to reach the outside world.
Lord Sutcliffe (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Nicholas Burns (2017)A wealthy noble and bussinessman of the Nineteenth Century who plans to use the tourist-attracting Frost Fair to feed attendants to a massive serpent located beneath the ice of the Thames to sell it's excrements as fuel.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Sutcliffe embodies this trope so much the only thing missing is a classic mustache twirl.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: He profits off feeding people to a serpent and has no moral qualms with doing so.
- Dead Hat Shot: His hat flies off him as he's pulled under by the serpent-fish himself.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Despite the Doctor and Bill's original belief that Sutcliffe is an alien, he turns out to be completely human; the giant serpent in the Thames is his prisoner and not openly malicious, just an animal eating the food that comes its way.
- Karmic Death: Devoured by the creature he's been feeding people to.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: The very first thing he does is start racially abusing Bill the instant he sees her.
The Giant Monk
The Giant Monk (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jamie Hill (2017)The leader of the Monks' invasion of Earth and mind behind the machine. The Giant Monk is tasked with rewriting the history of invaded planets and provides the main link between the consenting victim and the hapless population.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In order to free humanity from the Monks, the Doctor tries to hijack the signal being sent by him to rewrite history. Though he's successful at first, the Giant Monk fights back and overpowers him. Then Bill has a go at it. Though the Monk starts rewriting her memories, he's unable to rewrite a memory of her mother which Bill made up on her own. Seeing this, the Doctor has her think of nothing but that fake memory, which overpowers the Monk and frees everyone.
- Big Bad: As the Monks' leader and main villain of the Monks trilogy even though he only appears in the last episode.
- Evil Wears Black: Unlike the other Monks, he is dressed in black.
- Mass Hypnosis: The main source of the brainwashing of humanity all across the world.
- Non-Action Big Bad: The Giant Monk didn't even appear in the previous two episodes, giving the effect that the Monks had no leader at all. He is immobilized in the propaganda machine and doesn't even seem to notice the Doctor's party. Even when they're directly interfering with him, the best he can seem to do is fight back mentally.
- Ominous Multiple Screens: His throne room has many triangular screens set in its walls which show all the changed history he is broadcasting.
Queen Iraxxa (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Adele Lynch (2017)The ruling matriarch over the Ice Warrior colonies hybernating beneath Mars' North Pole, she and her troops are awakened after her sentinel, "Friday", returns to the planet with a group of Victorian soldiers sent to search for her tomb with the promise of gold and riches.
- Anti-Villain: She only antagonizes the heroes at all to protect her own people.
- Fold Spindle Mutilation: Her armor, as well as those of her troops, are equipped with laser cannons that cause the victim's body to contort around itself.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Subverted: She is menacing and not above killing her enemies, but has the same sense of honor and duty as any other Ice Warrior. Moreover, she is trying to protect her people from hostile Earthlings. In the end, the message left on the surface of Mars really refers to her rather than Queen Victoria!
- Honor Before Reason: One of the reasons she is so quick to want to kill the humans is because they made one of her warriors their servant, even declaring "Ice Warriors do not serve". This is despite the fact that, as Friday points out, it was a necessary arrangement to free her, and overall he himself doesn't seem to care.
- The Smurfette Principle: She's the first female Ice Warrior ever shown on screen in fifty years. About time, huh? And what better way to commemorate the anniversary of their debut by finally introducing them in the form of the fairer sex?