Characters / Doctor Who Villains

Amy: So, you have enemies, then?
Eleventh Doctor: Everyone's got enemies.
Amy: Yeah, but mine's the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You've got, you know, ARCH-enemies.

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.

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Classic Series Debut

    The Monk 

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?
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.

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 — you can see his Big Finish-specific character tropes here.

    Mavic Chen 

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: No 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.
  • 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 intellegence makes playing games more fun and challenging.
  • For the Evulz: Everyone he does is just because he's bored.
  • Graceful Loser: Defied. If he loses a game, his world is destroyed, and he simply creates a new one. However the victor is usually destroyed with the old world too.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum if he loses; And I Must Scream if he wins.
  • Humanoid Abomination: We never find out what the Toymaker actually is, only that's he immortal with god-like powers. In an expanded universe novel, the Toymaker is said to be a Great Old One, alongside Nyarlathotep, Hastur, and others from the Cthulhu Mythos. A young Doctor, Master, and others read about them and being young and impulsive decide to seek him out, totally underestimating his power.
    • Another story claimed the Toymaker was really one of the six Guardians of Time like the White and Black Guardians. He is supposed to represent dreams and fantasy.
  • Physical God: The First Doctor claims that the Toymaker is an immortal and can't be killed. Even if his world his destroyed if he's defeated, he survives and just creates a new one.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He uses his powers to turn people into living dolls and make them play his twisted games, out of sheer boredom.
  • Yellowface: Borderline example, in that Michael Gough dressed as a mandarin and adopted the title of "Celestial", a word that the English associated with Chinese culture. But he did not adopt a Chinese-sounding accent or wear makeup.
  • We Will Meet Again: In his only televised apperance, the First Doctor mentions that the Toymaker is immortal, and that he fully expects to run into him again. Sadly he never did, at least not on screen, anyway.
  • World Limited to the Plot: His story takes place in his own personal dimension, his "toy room"
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers the First Doctor one due to his brain power. It's why he wants to keep him around as his perpetual opponent.

    The Dalek Emperor 

The Dalek Emperor (Second, Seventh, and Ninth Doctors)
Top left (1967), top right (1988), bottom (2005)
Voiced by: Roy Skeleton (1967), Terry Molloy (1988), and Nicholas Briggs (2005)

Dalek Emperor: So you are the Doctor.
The Second Doctor: We meet at last. I wondered if we ever would.

The de facto head of the Dalek Empire, although they are usually stuck on Skaro and thus rarely encounter the Doctor. There have been several of them throughout the show's history. The first one we see was met by the Second Doctor on Skaro, who then proceeded to destroy his empire. A new one appeared during Seven's tenure, although he was actually Davros. During the Time War, the last Emperor was thought to have been killed, only for Nine to later discover (to his horror) that he had survived the final battle.
  • Big Bad: In Series 1 of the Revival.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in comic books — the 1988 version was modelled on the design used by the comics.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Expanded Universe materials suggest that Emperors regularly get deposed by upstarts and Starscreams.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Dalek Emperors are recognized by their very deep voice, as opposed to the high-pitched mooks.
  • A God Am I: The 2005 Emperor believed himself to be a god, having made new Dalek life from "the dirt".
  • Greater Scope Villain: To the Dalek Empire as a whole up until Series 1 of the Revival.
  • King Mook: The Emperors are in essence just very large Daleks.
  • Legacy Character: The're all different characters, but since they're, you know, Daleks, that really doesn't change things.
  • Light is Not Good: Some of them have a white colouring to denote their leadership status.
  • The Man: The revival's Emperor is basically this to humanity. He's the head of a centuries-long conspiracy, not even his intermediaries know who they're really working for, he keeps humans under control through corrupt news and lethal reality TV, and he made his army out of the poor and displaced.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: They look nothing like your average Dalek. The first was stuck on Skaro plugged into the walls, the second was more mobile but had a a round head, the third was in an enlarged Dalek casing combined with a glass tank so you can see the mutant inside.
  • Orcus on His Throne: They rarely leave Skaro, just giving orders to the others. This is justified since most of them aren't very mobile.
  • Puppet King: Russell T. Davis dubbed them "Puppet Emperors", since no matter who's in charge, the Dalek Empire remains the same since any leader who exhibits non-Dalek behavior (like Dalek Sec) is immediately removed from power.

    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)

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

The Great Intelligence, which usually referred to itself simply as the Intelligence, was a disembodied sentience who attempted to find a body and physical existence. It first (from its own perspective) encountered the Eleventh Doctor, followed by the Second, and it got quite complicated from there.
  • Aborted Arc: "The Web of Fear" strongly implies that there will soon be a third encounter with the Intelligence. In fact, such a story was being worked on under the working title of "The Laird of McCrimmon" (as the name suggests, it would also have been Jamie's farewell story). This was abandoned following Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln falling out with the BBC, over the abridgement of "The Dominators" and a dispute over the ownership of the IP relating to the Quarks. 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.
  • Mecha-Mooks:
    • Its Yeti are actually robots, as it realized snowmen weren't going to cut it.
    • Later the walking wi-fi base station "Spoonheads", robots that camouflage themselves to look human.
  • Mind Control: Many of its plots involve brainwashing humans to do its bidding.
  • More Than Mind Control: Dr Simeon and Ms Kizlet were fully aware of the Intelligence's influence on them, and yet wished to do its bidding anyway.
  • 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)

"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."

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We Can Rule Together: Offers this to the Doctor.
  • Worthy Opponent: Views the Doctor as this.

    Chancellor Goth 

Chancellor Goth (Second and Fourth Doctors)
Played by: Bernard Horsfall (1969, 1976)

"You're finished, Doctor! You're finished!"

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.
  • Battle in the Centre of the Mind: Engages in a long cat-and-mouse game with the Doctor in the Matrix.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: How he appears in the Matrix.
  • Expanded Universe: Marc Platt's Doctor Who Yearbook short story "Future Imperfect" claims that Goth had earlier gone undercover as Lemuel Gulliver in the Land of Fiction during "The Mind Robber".
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Borusa gives himself credit for the Master's supposed death in order to maintain public confidence in the Time Lord government.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He unwittingly aids the Master in his plan.

     Nestene Consciousness 

Nestene Consciousness (Third and Ninth Doctors)
Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2005)

Rose: And this living plastic, what's it got against us?
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.

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.
  • 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.

    The Master 


Omega (Third and Fifth Doctors)
Played by: Stephen Thorne (1973, pictured top); Ian Collier (and briefly Peter Davison) (1983, pictured bottom)

"A hero?! I should have been a god!"

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.
  • And I Must Scream: Was trapped in an empty anti-matter universe for millions of years, causing him to go insane.
  • Broken Pedestal: This guy was the Doctor's childhood hero. It hurt to discover that he had gone nuts and become obsessed with destroying his own race, after having helped them progress so far.
  • Cool Mask: His mask in both appereances, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.

    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.


Davros (Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Michael Wisher (1975); David Gooderson (1979); Terry Molloy (1984–88); Julian Bleach (2008; 2015)

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

The creator of the Daleks, a Kaled from the war-torn planet of Skaro. His genius is matched only by his insanity. Actor Julian Bleach has described him as a cross between Adolf Hitler and Stephen Hawking. Davros has cheated death many, many times; nothing can stop this genocidal maniac from coming back over and over again.

Davros' relationship with the Doctor is one of begrudging mutual respect for the other's genius. Along with the Master, Davros is one of the strongest contenders for the title of the Doctor's Arch-Enemy.
  • Aesop Amnesia: His defining trait in the Classic Series was his refusal to recognize that no matter what, the Daleks will always betray him in the end. But by the time of the Twelfth Doctor's era he has finally learned and accepted that while he may have created the Daleks, this does not mean that he controls them.
    Davros: [fondly] You know what children are like...
  • And I Must Scream: Was frozen for 90 years, remaining conscious every second.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Ax-Crazy: He lacks the mobility for much direct violence, but the sheer glee he takes in building doomsday weapons and causing massacres says a lot.
  • Back from the Dead: 3 out of 5 appearances.
  • Badass Normal: While "normal" is not the best word that could be used to describe someone like Davros, his genius is on-par with the Doctor's despite coming from a planet that's only barely above Earth's technology. At their height, his creations—the Daleks—rival the Time Lords.
  • Bald of Evil
  • Body Horror/Evil Cripple:
    • His laboratory was bombed out while he was still inside it. The blast burned away his left arm, entire lower body, and even his taste buds. Davros ended up hooked in a life support system with a bionic eye and other mechanical bits in his body. On top of that, he lost his right hand when Bostock shot it to bits in "Revelation of the Daleks" and now has a robot prosthesis. Oh, and half his chest cavity has been hollowed out to clone Daleks out of his DNA. Davros has been ground up like no other.
    • For a long time it was believed that the blast also burned away his eyes, but according to "The Witch's Familiar", he still has his original eyes, it's just very, very hard to tell given how badly his face has been damaged. We also get to see Davros out of the chair...and he stops at the stomach. We see his spine.
  • Breaking Speech: Fond of these, especially in the new series. He has broken the Tenth and Twelfth Doctors just by talking.
  • Breakout Villain: He made such an impression in "Genesis of the Daleks" that all the remaining Dalek stories in the original series are basically Davros ones to some degree.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Cold Ham: When opposing the 12th Doctor, Davros is dying, lacking the energy to be the Large Ham he usually is. It's somehow more disturbing.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Not that he had much of a soul to begin with.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: In "The Magician's Apprentice" and 'The Witch's Familiar".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in "Revelation of the Daleks" and "The Magician's Apprentice".
  • Emperor Scientist: Whenever he's actually in charge.
  • Enemy Civil War: During the Sixth Doctor's time, Davros created Daleks that were loyal only to him, the Imperial Daleks (white and gold casing). This led to a civil war between them and the other Daleks (the Renegades), which lasted until "Remembrance of the Daleks" - the Seventh Doctor just tricked them into destroying each other.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He screams a lot, which is probably a reason his creations do as well.
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Revelation of the Daleks", he orders the murder of the Tranquil Repose DJ simply for annoying him.
  • Evil Overlord: Again, when the Daleks happen to listen to him.
  • Evilutionary Biologist
  • Facial Horror/Nightmare Face: That bomb that blew up his lab didn't spare his face, either.
  • Faux Affably Evil: For a shriveled up humanoid potato, Davros can be surprisingly charming when it suits him, but usually he's faking it.
  • For Science!: He once admitted he'd gladly wipe out the whole universe just to prove it could be done.
  • Freudian Excuse: Throughout the series, it's implied that Davros' violent insanity comes from his experiences in the Thousand Year War. "The Witch's Familiar" explores this further (see Used to Be a Sweet Kid). Big Finish debunked with their miniseries "I, Davros" - yes Davros grew up in a horrible environment (and that's not even taking his Big, Screwed-Up Family into account) but he was naturally a sociopath and would've ended up as an Evil Scientist regardless of his environment.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • One-sided with the Doctor and eventually subverted. On a few occasions, he has put aside his threats and seriously tried to engage the Doctor in talks of science, philosophy etc. Probably because the Doctor is the only man he's met who is on his level, intelligence wise. The Doctor, however, has nothing but loathing and contempt for him throughout his lives, until the Twelfth Doctor, who's moved to show him kindness and compassion... at which point Davros viciously stabs him in the back having planned the whole thing from the start to take advantage of him.
    • After some nasty conflicts over the years (including at least one full-blown war with armies involved), the Daleks and Davros now seem to be on this relationship, with the Daleks recognising that they have some obligations to Davros as their creator and letting him hang out with them, and Davros still openly pursuing his own personal objectives but not blatantly trying to enslave the Daleks in the service of them.
  • Genius Cripple: Emphasis on genius. Despite appearances, he's actually a normal Kaled, yet is easily on the Doctor's level when it comes to brainpower.
  • Genocide from the Inside: He helped the Thals commit genocide against the Kaleds when the Doctor persuaded the Kaled government to try to stop the Dalek project.
  • Genre Blind: Fails to realize that Daleks are xenophobic towards him along with the rest of creation. And he made them like that.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: "The Witch's Familiar" shows Davros has lost his legs and some of his lower body. He is apparently connected to his chair by a mechanically enhanced spine.
  • Handicapped Badass: Only has one arm, a bionic eye and the upper half of his body, yet still manages to be one of the Doctor's greatest enemies.
  • Hell Is That Noise: His voice modulator is faulty, but oddly off-putting most times. When he screams, however, he sounds just like a Dalek.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to the Daleks. In "Resurrection of the Daleks" he seems to be learning and tries to wipe out the Daleks and start again. In "Remembrance of the Daleks" it is implied he was so successful with his new Daleks he has taken over Skaro. However, he falls victim to this again when he tries to use the Hand of Omega and destroys Skaro, in the Seventh Doctor's first use of this trick.
  • Hypocrite: In his first appearance, wherein he was prepared to exterminate all creation, but was shocked when the Daleks turned on him. This aspect of his personality has left as he has gotten more and more insane.
  • It's All About Me: He really does not care about anyone but himself; he was willing to sacrifice all of his own people just to ensure his Dalek project would go through. He's also so self-centred that he keeps forgetting that the Daleks (with exceptions) are not slavishly loyal to him.
  • Joker Immunity: Like the Master and the Daleks themselves, Davros is too iconic a villain to kill off for good. Russell T Davies even outright admitted that Davros survived the events of "Journey's End" because he didn't want to kill off such a classic villain.
    Davros: I am very difficult to kill. You should already know that.
  • Karmic Death: Not quite death, but his defeats are typically ironic.
  • Large Ham: As an Expy of Adolf Hitler, he's prone to melodramatic speeches and grand gestures.
  • Last of His Kind:
    • Not stated as such in-universe, but he is the last known surviving Kaled. Just don't expect much angst from him about it, because he helped the Thals kill all of the Kaleds, then used the Daleks to kill most of the Thals.
    • In "The Witch's Familiar", while talking with the Doctor, he says a man should have somewhere to belong, a home, a people, the implication being that he feels the absence of the Kaleds - albeit for his own nationalist, fascist reasons.
    "A man should have a race, a people, an allegiance. A man should belong."
  • Mad Scientist: Sealing tiny little mutant omnicidal maniacs into personal tanks can't be anything but mad.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In most cases, Davros barely acknowledges the horrible state of his body beyond a clinical analysis. Occasionally, some people even note that Davros has the intelligence and scientific background to fully heal or replace his body, but uses his constant agony as motivation.
  • Man in a Kilt: Well, the first actor was. When he played the character, he wore a kilt underneath the "Dalek wheelchair." Also applies to the "wheelchair" itself, as it's been continually referred to as one during filming. And he was Scottish during his second appearance for some reason.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates the Doctor into giving him regeneration energy. He is a very good actor.
  • Monster Progenitor: To the Daleks. He's implied to be behind at least several varieties of Daleks, and some other monsters. He's not a Dalek himself, but with his Dalek-esque life-support machine and his Omnicidal Maniac tendencies, he's halfway there. And to top it all off, he's the current image for that trope.
  • Mood-Swinger: He can ramp up from calm discussion of philosophy or his latest plan to screaming megalomaniacal rants in seconds.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He fills this role in the series 4 finale, although he wants to destroy them rather than rule them, leaving only Daleks.
  • Not So Different:
    • He's tried to pull this on the Doctor a few times, such as in "Journey's End".
    Davros: The man who abhors violence, never carrying a gun. But this is the truth, Doctor. You take ordinary people, and you fashion them into weapons. Behold your Children of Time transformed into murderers! I made the Daleks, Doctor; you made this.
    • He even ventures that the Twelfth Doctor's face is so much like his.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Especially in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End", when he planned "THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!!!"
    • This was alluded to back in "Genesis of the Daleks", where he admitted that, if he could wipe out all life with his own creation, he would, for no other reason than because he could. Explains the Daleks.
    The Doctor: Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life, would you allow its use?
    Davros: It is an interesting conjecture! [...] To hold in my hand a capsule that contains such power, to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice... To know that the tiny pressure of my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything... Yes, I would do it! That power would set me up above the gods! AND THROUGH THE DALEKS, I SHALL HAVE THAT POWER!
  • Pet the Dog: The only being he's ever treated with anything close to kindness that wasn't faked was Nyder, and the Daleks killed him a long time ago.
  • The Quisling: Gives instructions to the Thals, the race his people the Kaleds have been fighting against for a thousand years, on how to destroy the Kaleds when they threaten to shut down his Dalek project. Then subverted when he sends the Daleks to wipe out the Thals.
  • Really 700 Years Old: We don't exactly know how old Davros is, but thanks to his built-in life support system and frequent bouts of suspended animation he's clearly lived long beyond the natural limits of a Kaled. By Series 9, however, he's finally dying, so he tricks the Doctor into giving him a new lease on life.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: When he's not hamming it up, he's this. Tends to switch between them on the fly. Is mainly this in his Series 9 appearance (justified, since he's dying).
  • Super Wheelchair: Based the Daleks' armor on his own bionic eye and life-support chair.
  • The Unfettered: There is absolutely nothing he's not prepared to do to ensure the survival of the Daleks.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The Twelfth Doctor accidentally ended up on Skaro when Davros was still a kid and was in the process of saving him from a mine field until he learned he learned that boy he was trying to save would grow up to be his most hated enemy. And Davros remembers the encounter.note 
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • He was the head of the Kaled Scientific Elite, and later took on the guise of the "Great Healer" on Necros (working hard to avoid creating "consumer resistance").
    • In the Big Finish story "Davros", the eponymous warmonger is idolized by a small but dedicated (and controversial) group of people in the 38th century; a woman named Loraine Baynes, the most prominent of these people, even arranges for him to be revived and placed as a head scientific consultant for an interplanetary corporation. It doesn't end well.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: He helped the Thals kill all of the Kaleds, then used the Daleks to kill most of the Thals.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • He genuinely respects the intellects of the preserved on Necros and even believes he's honouring them by converting them into Daleks.
    • Also most certainly considers the Doctor this. And the Daleks, whenever they're opposed to him.
  • You See, I'm Dying: In "The Magician's Apprentice" he is dying and wants to see the Doctor.


Sutekh (Fourth Doctor)
Played by: Gabriel Woolf (1975)

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

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.
  • Ancient Astronauts: The Osirians inspired Egyptian Culture.
  • And I Must Scream: Was physically immobile the whole time trapped in a pyramid.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "Your evil is my good. I am the Sutekh the Destroyer. Where I tread I leave nothing but dust and darkness. I find that good."
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: If Sutekh's last stab at bargaining with the Doctor is any indication — he offers to spare the planet Earth (just Earth) and give it to him as "a plaything".
  • Evil Sounds Deep
  • Kneel Before Zod: If you refuse, he'll just psychically torture you into obeying.
  • Last of His Kind: Destroyed his home planet and the remaining 740 have by now died.
  • Mind over Matter
  • Mistaken For Gods: The Osirians became the Gods of Ancient Egypt.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Sutekh the Destroyer was a Sufficiently Advanced Alien with these tendencies to preclude the possibility that something that could challenge him might evolve.
    Sutekh: The alien who dares to intrude, the humans, animals, birds, fish, reptiles... all life is my enemy. All life shall perish under the reign of Sutekh the Destroyer!
  • Physical God: Incredible mental powers, telekinesis even when paralyzed, and it is shown if he escaped he would be capable of destroying entire worlds. Not even the Time Lords could stop him.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Really 7000 Years Old
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Imprisoned in a pyramid in Egypt.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Starts off as this. Frankly, it's a relief when he breaks out the ham.
  • What Is Evil?: Folder quote for Sutekh. He finds it good spreading destruction.


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

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

"To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose."

One of the Doctor's oldest friends, and a beloved mentor, Borusa has shown up several times throughout the franchise in the 1970s and 1980s. Each time with a different face. While he was obviously on the Doctor's side during his first two appearances, Borusa appeared to be a little shady during "Arc of Infinity" and turned out to be outright evil in "The Five Doctors". While he certainly survived until the end of the Time War, he didn't do much beyond his last appearance.
  • And I Must Scream: Gained the immortality he searched after... by being fused into an immobile stone slab.
  • Broken Pedestal: The Doctor 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He seached 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...
  • 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 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 

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 Mara 

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."


Cyber-Leader (Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
Played by: David Banks (1982–1988)


A Cyber-Leader appeared in every Cybermen story in the 1980s. Although each Cyber-Leader was a different unit, they were all played by the same actor and were functionally the same character.


Rassilon (Fifth, War, Tenth and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Richard Matthews (1983); Timothy Dalton (2009–10); Donald Sumpter (2015)

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

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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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 Glance: He occasionally addresses the camera.
  • 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.
  • Creepy Monotone: He constantly speaks in a hushed, sullen tone that hardly ever fluctuates.
  • 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.
  • 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 

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    The Rani 

The Rani (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
Played by: Kate O'Mara: (1985–87, 1993)

"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."

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.
  • '80s Hair: Kate O'Mara's appearance in "The Mark of the Rani" actually got her a stint on Dynasty in fact!
  • Berserk Button: Do not mention her exile from Gallifrey. She isn't over it. And as the Master learns, keep your hands off her TARDIS.
  • The Collector: This is what she is portrayed as in Dimensions in Time, collecting a specimen of every race in the universe. Actually, this wouldn't be out of character for her.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: A rare female example.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To the Master, more or less.
  • Emperor Scientist: The Rani rules Miasimia Goria and experiments on her subjects. Her accidental elimination of their ability to sleep is what kick-starts the plot of "Mark of the Rani".
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Her giant pet mice ate the Lord President's cat, and got her exiled from Gallifrey. She's a bit pissed about that. She also starts kidnapping geniuses to power a giant brain. She views humans as lower life forms and has no qualms about experimenting on them.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 

The Valeyard (Sixth Doctor)
Played by: Michael Jayston (1986)

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

The Valeyard was a particularly antagonistic Time Lord, who first appeared in "The Trial of a Time Lord". It was eventually revealed in Part 13 the Valeyard is really the Doctor. Or, rather, a future aspect of all the Doctor's evil and malice born from his 12th and final regenerations. Though the Valeyard only showed up in the TV series for that one story, presumed dead and alive at the same time, he will happen someday...
  • 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 remaing regenerations for himself.
  • The Dreaded: By both The Master and The Doctor.
  • 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 prefering 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 an entire incarnation's personality was locked away for a time because of that fear. Hell, even the Master fears him.
  • Expanded Universe: He was brought back, and apparently killed off, in the BBC Seventh Doctor novel Matrix. Big Finish also brought him back in Trial of the Valeyard, which also has him telling his backstory (though said backstory turned out to be bait for his attempt to lure the Doctor into a trap, 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 admitedly 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.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: How the Valeyard even came into existence.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: At first he seems to be just another stuffy bureaucrat that's merely doing his job. Then the Master shows up and reveals what he's really in it for.
  • The Plan: The Valeyard's plan revolves around setting up a trial to frame the Doctor for the illegal actions of the Time Lord High Council, which he uses to try and steal the Sixth Doctor's remaining regenerations for himself — so that he can become a full being once again. However, on top of this, the Valeyard also uses the setup of the trial to jack into the computer that records all of time, warp the records, and setup a death trap to kill off the entire Time Lord leadership in one blow! Oh, and this was all set up to begin a coup d'état of the entire Time Lord society! Yeah, he's good. All of that, while pretending to be The Dragon for everyone but the Doctor, and everyone but the Doctor being powerless to stop him once they realize his intent.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • 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.
    • And note that these were both from the era of the Eleventh Doctor, who, due to the War Doctor, is the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor.
  • Shadow Archetype
  • The Spook
  • Villain with Good Publicity: At least until The Master reveals what his true nature is.
  • Wham Line
    The 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 

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: Lemonade.


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.

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.
  • 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.

    John Lumic 

John Lumic (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Roger Lloyd-Pack (2006)

The CEO, director and co-founder of Cybus Industries, John Lumic was the brilliant - and insane - creator of the parallel universe versions of the Cybermen (Cybus Cybermen). He was dying from a terminal illness, and made efforts to upgrade himself - and eventually all of humanity - into a higher lifeform.
  • Big "NO!": Once the Doctor kills all of his Cybermen stationed in London, he shrieks "NOOOOOOO!" and personally chases after the Doctor.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He owns Cybus Industries, which from the looks of it, pretty much owns the entire internet. Via his Cybus earpods, which just about everyone wears, he can remotely control anyone to achieve his ends. It's safe to say that not only is he corrupt, but pretty evil to boot.
  • Evil Cripple: He's wheelchair bound and has a wealth of life-support instruments hooked up.
  • Evil Genius: This man created the Cybermen, albeit a parallel universe counterpart.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Despite being a No-Nonsense Nemesis, he has a very grandiose manner of speaking.
  • Faux Affably Evil: From the get-go, he's depicted as a very unpleasant man. So any charm he does display is entirely transparent and superficial.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He was upgraded much sooner than he had planned on, due to Crane's unexpected attempt on his life, and was visibly panicked when a Cyberman took him away against his will. It's ultimate subverted though, as he not only got everything he wanted, but became the Cyber-Controller in the process.
  • Mortality Phobia: All ambition aside, Lumic is nothing more than a weak old man deathly scared of dying.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He doesn't really play around. The second he doesn't get what he wants, he sends in a horde of Cybermen. Even small-talk is beyond him.

    The Beast 

The Beast (Tenth Doctor)
Voiced by: Gabriel Woolf (2006)

"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."

A being of great power who claims to have fought the Disciples of the Light before the Universe was created, and was later imprisoned on the planet Krop Tor, circling a black hole. Describes itself as the Devil, which greatly upsets the Doctor's belief system, although he ends up using the description himself for lack of a better explanation. It is given the chance to escape when human explorers fly onto its planet and drill through to its cell. Its mind plans to escape by possessing the team's archaeologist Toby, leaving its original body behind in its prison, but is eventually prevented by the Doctor opening the Beast's cell, activating its failsafe and causing the planet to fall into the black hole, along with the Beast and Toby.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: See the above quote.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Look at that picture, that's The Doctor between the two pillars standing in front of it.
  • Badass Baritone: Even the Doctor compliments his voice.
  • Badass Boast: Almost everything it says.
    The Beast: This is the Darkness. This is MY domain. You little things that live in the Light, clinging to your feeble Suns... which die. Only the Darkness remains.
    The Beast: I am the sin; and the temptation. And the desire. And the pain and the loss.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Humans possessed by it can.
  • Big Red Devil: It claims to be Satan, and it certainly looks the part. No sign of a pitchfork though.
  • Body Surf: After screaming orders at the Ood telepathically, it travels into three of them as smoke from Toby to possess the entire hive mind, while still hiding in Toby.
  • Breaking Speech: Reading people's minds and taunting them by playing on fears and insecurities.
  • Cardboard Prison: Averted, its prison was designed to be VERY difficult to get out of, and if broken, it would fall into a black hole before it could properly escape.
  • 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.
  • Legions of Hell:
    • In the Torchwood season 1 finale, Abbadon the "Son of the Beast" is revealed to have been imprisoned in a similar manner in the Cardiff Rift on Earth. Supplementary materials say that there might be several other demons trapped elsewhere in the universe in secret prisons. Since none have shown up since, this might count as an Aborted Arc.
    • The Ood serve as this on the space station while his body is chained. They even call themselves the Legion of the Beast.
  • Manipulative Bastard: The Doctor quickly calls out the Beast out on playing on basic fears, such as fear of the dark or an abusive parent.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Inverted. The single Beast possesses many Ood as well as Toby at once.
  • Mark of the Beast: Toby is covered in glyphs that are so old that the Tardis can't translate when the Beast possesses him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane:Is he really the Devil, or just a Sufficiently Advanced Alien who happens to resemble our popular conception of the Devil and perhaps was even the basis for our and other Devil myths? Never established for certain.
  • Mind Control: His signature power.
  • Mind over Matter: Telekinetically shatters reinforced windows, cuts cables and opens its pit.
  • Mysterious Past: The only hints at the Beast's past are its claims (which can't be trusted or proven), some vague cave drawings the Doctor finds nears its cell, and humanity's own Devil myths.
  • Name's the Same:invoked 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.
  • Playing with Fire: Toby breathes fire when the Beast possesses him and is ranting when the Doctor destroys the gravity field, dooming himself, the Beast and the human survivors.
  • Psychic Powers: The Beast possesses telekinesis, technopathy and telepathy, which it uses to attack, possess and terrify the Sanctuary base crew once its mind separates itself from its body. It also foretells Rose's death announcement after the battle of London between the Cybermen and Daleks.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its a sign that the Beast has taken someone over. He can hide it when he wants to though.
  • Satan: The Beast claims it is one of his names, and apparently inspired not only Christianity's Devil, but the Devil figures in every religion in the universe.
  • Scary Teeth: Big scary demon teeth!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: It's so powerful it was sealed miles underground the surface of a planet precariously orbiting a black hole, meaning that any attempt to escape would send the Beast and the planet to fall into it. These Disciples of the Light guys really didn't want this guy to escape
  • Shout-Out: A homage to The Event Horizon.
  • Slasher Smile: When it gets to do its first kill in eons.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: At least universal when unbound and possessing its own body. Its mind alone is certainly a planetary threat, possibly greater.
  • Technopath: Voluntarily or not, it makes the A.I. controlled doors, the hologram display, the Ood's speech devices and Rose's mobile phone announce its imminent release.
  • 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.

     Cult of Skaro 

The Cult of Skaro (Tenth Doctor)
Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2006–2008)

"There are millions of humans and only four of us. If we are supreme, why are we not victorious? The Cult of Skaro was created by the Emperor for this very purpose. To imagine new ways of survival!"

An elite group of four Daleks who act as recurring antagonists throughout the Tenth Doctor's tenure. Believing themselves to be the only survivors of the Last Great Time War, the Cult of Skaro imagine new ways of restoring the Dalek race to its rightful place as the supreme beings of the universe.
  • Armour Piercing Question: Sec asks his fellow Daleks one in "Daleks in Manhattan" (quoted above): if the Daleks are the supreme beings, why are they so routinely defeated?
  • Badass Boast: The cult dishes these out every now and again.
    Cyberman: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
    Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
    Sec: FOUR.
    Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
    Cyberman: What is that?
  • The Chessmaster: Dalek Caan is definitely worthy of this title as of "The Stolen Earth / Journey's End", having orchestrated events to bring about the Daleks' destruction, though he claims to have "only helped" and that what happened was destined to happen anyway.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Dalek Sec, the leader, is black rather than bronze but the other three Cult members all look just like regular Daleks.
  • Character Development: Caan gets this in spades. When the Cult are introduced in Doomsday, the other three members are constantly voicing their opinion, while Caan speaks once during the entire story. By Evolution of the Daleks, Caan is the one who leads the revolution against Sec. Then he engineers the destruction of the entire Dalek race in Journey's End.
  • Elite Mooks: They seem to be more durable than normal Daleks, with Thay and Jast absorbing a lot of laser strikes before finally exploding. They are also more intelligent and imaginative than regular Daleks.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In their debut, they upstage the Cybermen as the main threat even before the Genesis Ark opens.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Sec becomes more human and begins to experience emotions other than hatred and fear of the Doctor, after he becomes half-human.
  • Heel Realization: After witnessing the Daleks' many atrocities throughout all of time, Dalek Caan (quite like Dalek Sec before him and Rusty after him) realized the evil truth of the Dalek race, spurring him on to bring about their destruction.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sec becomes one after merging with a human. The result is a Dalek mutant fused with the human head.
  • Hufflepuff House: Thay and Jast are very important Daleks due to being part of the elite Cult of Skaro, but they are nowhere near as relevant to the story arc as Sec and Caan are.
  • The Leader: Sec is the cult's first leader. Then Caan becomes the leader once Sec is deemed unworthy of command.
  • Laughing Mad: Caan is the first Dalek to giggle.
  • No Name Given: Averted. They're the only Daleks to have given names, not counting any Daleks given nicknames by the Doctor.
  • Mad Oracle: As a result of breaking the time-lock and seeing all of time and space, Caan goes a little loopy.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After playing his role in Davros' failure, Caan makes no effort to save himself as the Crucible is destroyed, presumably dying in the explosion.
  • Sanity Slippage: An interesting case. Caan evidently became unbalanced after breaching the time-lock and seeing all of time, but at the same time, his attitude towards the Daleks and their murderous ways became far more sane.
  • Sole Survivor: Dalek Caan is the only surviving member of the Cult after the events of "Evolution of the Daleks."
  • The Starscream: Caan, Thay and Jast overthrow Dalek Sec after he becomes a Dalek/Human hybrid and rejects the Daleks' beliefs in favour of peace. It's rather ironic that Caan himself would later experience a similar change of heart regarding the Daleks.
  • Villain Exit Stage Left: "EMERGENCY TEMPORAL SHIFT!"

    Lucy Saxon 

Lucy Saxon (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Alexandra Moen (2007, 2009)

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

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.
  • 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.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Implied to be the motivation for her Heel–Face Turn.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.

     Midnight Entity 

The Midnight Entity (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Lesley Sharp, David Tennant (2008)

"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."

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

    The Dream Lord 

The Dream Lord (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Toby Jones (2010)

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

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.
  • Laughably Evil: His bowtie and short stature brings to mind a demented Troughton, which makes sense, considering that that's exactly who he is.
  • The Nth Doctor: It's heavily implied he's a manifestation of the same dark side that gave rise to the Valeyard.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He 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 

Madame Kovarian (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Frances Barber (2011)

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

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.
  • 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.

    The Dalek Prime Minister 

The Dalek Prime Minister (Eleventh Doctor)
Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2012)

The Doctor: You think hatred is beautiful?
Dalek Prime Minister: Perhaps that is why we have never been able to kill you.

The leader of the New Dalek Paradigm is not an Emperor but a Prime Minister and a Parliament. Resides on the Dalek Parliament Ship. Notable for having much more of a personality than your average Dalek.

  • Deadpan Snarker: His conversation with Eleven is unusually sardonic for a Dalek.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he speaks to the Doctor, he's oozing with false charm, to the point where he's actually able to rattle him. And he's enjoying it.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He's just a Dalek mutant encased in a simple glass tube, with none of the traditional Dalek casing incorporated into his design.
  • Only Sane Man: He's much more lucid than your average Dalek.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's not nearly as deep or bombastic as the Emperors were.

    Mr. Clever 

Mr. Clever (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Matt Smith (2013)

"Good news, boys and girls. THEY'RE HERE!"

Mr. Clever is a Cyber-Planner that was operating out of the brain of the Eleventh Doctor. As a result, there was a much more flamboyant, emotive, and outlandish personality than one would ordinarily associate with Cybermen.

  • The Chessmaster: Holds his own in a game against The Doctor. Or so it seems. The real match, at least for The Doctor, was taking place off the board.
  • Expy: Of Mr. Hyde, which fits the motif considering when you put the two together it's "The Doctor and Mr. Clever".
  • Grand Theft Me: The Doctor is partially converted into a Cyber-Planner. Mr. Clever would like very much to make it a full conversion.
  • Hyde Plays Jekyll: Tries to impersonate the Doctor in an attempt to fool Clara, but she sees through his act when he tells her he thinks she's pretty, something the real Doctor would never be upfront about.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Chastises The Doctor on the uselessness of emotions, in a rather emotional display. Also a far more emotive Cyber-entity than we usually see.
  • Jerkass: Mr. Clever is extremely unpleasant. He cruelly mocks Clara by telling her she's going to die pointlessly and very far from home and he tries to have Angie and Artie killed simply to spite the Doctor. It's very satisfying when the Doctor defeats him.
  • Large Ham: Even beyond Matt Smith's usual hamminess while playing The Doctor.
  • Spot the Imposter: An unusual case, as both The Doctor and Mr. Clever are operating out of the same head at the same time.
  • That Liar Lies: The Doctor says that if the Cyber-Planner loses the game of chess, he'll break his promises and kill them all anyway.

    Half-Face Man 

Half-Face Man (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Peter Ferdinando (2014)

"We will reach the promised land."

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.
  • 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)

"Isn't this exciting?"

Gus is the AI aboard the Orient Express in Space, and was programmed to collect data on The Foretold.
  • Affably Evil: Always polite and cheerful, even as he sucks the air out of the Orient Express to asphyxiate everyone aboard.
  • 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 

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.


Seb (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Chris Addison (2014)

"iPads? We have Steve Jobs!"

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.

  • 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 

Colony Sarff (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jami Reid-Quarrell (2015)

"Where is the Doctor?"

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".

  • 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 

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".
  • 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.