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Characters: Inspector Spacetime
The Eleven Incarnations of the Inspector 

With Inspector Spacetime's long and storied history, it has managed to gather quite a list of various characters. A long list.

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    The Inspectors 
An Infinity Knight from the planet Kayaclasch, the Inspector is our main character, the one who shows us the wondrous bounty of the universe and of history. Because it's not just where we are, but when.

The First Inspector

The first Inspector was played by Leslie French.

A versatile theatre actor who specialized in Shakespearean roles, French at first seemed an odd choice for the patronising, cantankerous, and notably lower-middle class First Inspector. Although pleased by the programme's popularity at first, he left suddenly at the start of the fourth season to avoid being typecast. On television, he went on to appear in such programmes as Dixon Of Dock Green, Z Cars, The Avengers, and The Singing Detective. He returned once to the series, making a brief cameo in the 20th Anniversary Special.

  • Noble Bigot with a Badge: Especially at the very beginning of the show. He mellows a bit as his tenure progresses.
  • Old-Fashioned Copper: This Inspector, having a more classic "police man" feel about him in comparison to his successors, could sometimes have elements of this trope.

The Second Inspector

The second Inspector was played by Christopher Lee.

He has often been summed up as "Sherlock Holmes in space", a cold and austere man who nevertheless has a passion for high culture and fine art, always dressed in the latest understated and conservative fashion... except for those battered Wellington boots. When he truly wished to "brood over the cosmos" he would play his ocarina. Word of God has said the show was just playing to Lee's strengths as an actor, but this hasn't stopped the popular theory that the change from French's version was somehow a "promotion", prompting a more upper-class outlook.

Lee filmed two IS movies while the First Inspector's televised run was still being taped and aired. These movies, which posited a half-human Inspector, are now considered alt-canon. Following French's abrupt decision to leave the show, hastily conscripting Lee to reprise the role on television was therefore the obvious choice. While his new(-ish) version of the Inspector quickly proved to be quite popular, Lee has never made any bones about the fact that he became the Inspector mainly because it offered a steady paycheque. After his departure from the series, he never reprised the role in film or television, except for the 20th Anniversary Special, where he was persuaded to (literally) phone in an amusing voice cameo. ("Crikey! That's what you used to sound like?!") The positive reception to this led to him further agreeing to reprise the role in a series of radio dramas which are considered quite good and, more importantly, canonical.

  • Money, Dear Boy: A mild example. Lee has never been known to turn down a paying acting job.

The Third Inspector

The third Inspector was played by Bernard Fox.

The Third Inspector is well known for his abhorrence of any sort of strenuous physical activity, and his habit of taking long tea breaks at (seemingly) the very worst moments. Continuing the theory mentioned above, some claim that following the events of "The Crime Sports" this Inspector was somehow "retired", even though he pretty much kept on doing what he always had.

Unlike French and Lee, Fox cheerfully embraced the role from the start, came back for a guest appearance whenever he was invited, and has been a beloved fixture at worldwide IS conventions for forty years.

  • Let's Get Dangerous: This Inspector may not have liked to exert himself, but when he did... watch out.

The Fourth Inspector

The fourth Inspector was played by Marius Goring.

Goring was a surprising choice for the Inspector, given the over-full nature of his filming schedule at the time.

The Fourth Inspector is known for his crazily coloured iconic ascot and knee socks, affinity for small sweets—particularly wine gums and sherbet lemons (some suggest that Albus Dumbledore's affection for treats and sherbet lemons was an homage to the Fourth Inspector). He is also known for his extraordinarily high body count.

He returned to the series twice for guest appearances: the 20th Anniversary special and "The Only Inspector."

  • Dissonant Serenity: It took a lot to visible rattle the Fourth Inspector.
  • The Eeyore: Conversely, he never tended to display a lot of overt humor and good cheer. Of course, he had reason enough to be gloomy.
  • Knife Nut: Most metamorphoses of the Inspector used the Optic Pocketknife as rarely as possible, but Four cut a slew of throats in his time. He's also the only Inspector to use an Optic Pocketknife balanced especially for throwing.
  • When He Smiles: Which made those oh-so-rare smiles he did unleash all the more glorious.

The Fifth Inspector

The fifth Inspector was played by Lynda Bellingham.

Bellingham is the first, and so far only, actress to take on the role of the Inspector. She had the absolute worst wardrobe of all the Inspectors, most egregiously a hat that must be seen to be believed. (One expanded universe novel even made it into a sentient life-form.) She also liked ampersands and took to wearing them in the most unlikely of places.

The metamorphosis from 4th to 5th was very difficult for the Inspector to achieve. Continuing the theory mentioned above, some have speculated/joked that after "retirement" comes "death" and then "rebirth" into a new childhood.

Reappeared on the show in "The Only Inspector", only a year after leaving, which was lampshaded: "Too soon! Too soon!".

She later went on to be cast in That Ripoff as an Inquisitor. The hat she wore in the role was considered by many a wink to her wardrobe as Inspector. (This would be neither the first nor last time That Ripoff stole an actor from IS or gave a cameo role, such as in the case of Landlord's recent role as George the Security Guard in "Closing Time", to an Inspector.)

  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Or perhaps "Obfuscating Ditziness". Her wardrobe and carefree exterior was cover for an ice pick of a mind.

The Sixth Inspector

The sixth Inspector was played by Graham Chapman.

The Inspector was one of Chapman's final roles. Defying expectation, Chapman's Inspector was one of the most sombre and monochrome. The extreme colors of the Doctor in That Ripoff at the time was seen as a move by the Ripoff's producers to distinguish themselves from IS.

This was also the era in which some of the serials just got weird (much to the delight of many fans). The most (in)famous example is probably all those puppets turning up in the serial "Mindscrew".

  • Failure Knight: Nothing ever went right for this Inspector. Nothing. Some fans claim that his taking on Jeffery was symbolic of his failure, while Jeffery's death shows his failure at failing. And after that, he failed to recruit any new Associates for the rest of his runnote . In his final episode, he is sentenced to banishment in an alternate universe and can return home only by dying.

The Seventh Inspector

The seventh Inspector was played by Stephen Fry.

Fry had one of the shorter tenures as Inspector and is best known for all of the "what could have beens" and his associates. The scripts, in a misguided attempt to rein in the weirdness of the Chapman years, were reduced to repetitive explosive-laden pabulum, while the budget had been slashed to almost the level of That Ripoff. After limping along for three lacklustre seasons, the plug was pulled on the show. The Seventh Inspector is very popular in Fan Fic because of this, and many like to imagine how the series would have ended if it had hired better writers.

Particularly (in)famous serials include "Cattlefield", in which fans finally got the answer to the age-old question of whether or not the X7 has internal plumbing (The answer is yes, but, as with many a living thing, it is sometimes problematic.) and "Spectre Night", which is either a load of pro-Creationist rubbish or the one shining jewel of the era.

  • The Scrappy: The least popular of all Inspectors. While most blame this on his abysmal scripts, some feel that Fry either just wasn't a good enough actor for the role or was forced by the producers to play the character in a way that didn't utilize what strengths he did have, or both. Chapman's departure only because of his deteriorating health did not help the transition for his successor.

The Eighth Inspector

The eighth Inspector was played by Steve Carell.

Carell's turn as Inspector was an early attempt to revive the series after the disappointment of Fry's run. Carell starred in a made-for-TV movie alongside Anne Hathaway who played his Associate, Charity Galloway. Many (though not all) fans prefer to pretend this movie never existed and sometimes choose to disregard the movie as canon. (It at least allowed Stephen Fry to end his version of the Inspector on a note of dignity.}

The Eighth Inspector's books, which were more tightly written and not subject to horrible theatrics, are notably better. Likewise, his audio plays, which often poked fun at his short run as the Inspector, received wide acclaim for his writing, especially the tragic "Bright Eyes". The Inspector's primary Associate in the later books and broadcasts was Fitzwilliam Fort, an amateur detective.

The Ninth Inspector

The ninth Inspector was played by Mark Williams.

Mark Williams revived the Inspector with sad humor and a genuine presence. Unfortunately, his obligations to the Harry Potter franchise cut his tenure to only one season. Williams also played the Inspector in a charity event with Daniel Radcliffe as his associate. Many fans were upset to learn that the combination was for the charity special only; however, most forgave the writers when the first episode introduced a new associate, Lily Taylor.

The Ninth Inspector had a curious aversion to leather.

The Ninth Inspector also traveled with Rory Williams. Rory's role ended when he learned how to cheat death and had to lose all of his memories as a consequence. Darvill would go on to play the exact same character on that Ripoff, with memory loss and cheating death skills fully intact.

  • The Dandy: This Inspector's ridiculously posh outfits, even more so than the Second, often drifted into this territory.
  • Skewed Priorities: The first thing he did after his metamorphosis completed and the BOOTH started crashing to Earth? Barge straight toward the dressing room to change out of his drab pajamas.
  • The Stoic: As a result of being Last of His Kind, the Ninth Inspector became more and more detached, adopting a "stiff upper lip" persona that he'd maintain even in the most dire of situations.

The Tenth Inspector

The tenth Inspector was played by Daniel Landlord (later credited under his given name, Christopher Obi).

Landlord played the first black Inspector in the series. Landlord was a virtual unknown when cast, but some fans consider him the best of the recent Inspectors.

The Tenth Inspector is known for his coke-bottle glasses, endless string of bizarre and humorous shirts, and strong character growth. The Tenth Inspector is also bookended by two of the favoured Associates—Lily and the Constable.

The Eleventh Inspector

The Eleventh Inspector was played by Travis Richey.

Richey is most known for being the Inspector chosen to feature in the short clip in the TV show Community. The clip, from early in his run while he still traveled with the Constable, is credited with truly reviving the fandom.

The Eleventh Inspector is known for his bowler hats.

The Eleventh Inspector traveled with the Constable and laster with a young couple, Angie Lake and Aidan Davies. Brooke Rhapsody, a puzzle shrouded with mystery, was also part of his life. His time was marked by an increasing popularity among the denizens of the universe that can cause problems when he needs to save the day and simply doesn't have time for all the autographs. His associates were known to be kidnapped just so that the abductors get a chance to meet him, causing the Eleventh Inspector to start seriously questioning whether he should just make his associates wear a bell.

The Twelfth Inspector

Now open casting for 12th Inspector—see Main discussion page plays the current incarnation of the Inspector.

  • Badass Bureaucrat: The Twelfth Inspector possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of rules and regulations from innumerable planets, which he regularly employs to outwit his enemies.
  • Politeness Judo: The Twelfth Inspector is also a master of using formal etiquette to put his opponents off guard.
  • Unusual Euphemism: He cannot stand profanity and will resort to highly idiosyncratic, sesquipedalian circumlocutions rather than swear.

The Unknown Inspector (a.k.a. the Undercover Inspector)

This divergent incarnation of the Inspector was played by William Hurt.

As revealed in the 50th anniversary special, the Infinity Knight High Command assigned the Inspector to go undercover as a rogue cop to investigate renegade fellow space-time officers who were conducting their own private war against the Blorgons. The Eighth Inspector secretly adopted the identity of the Unknown Inspector with the special assistance of the mystic Teman Mothers, who transform him in a different version of the standard Kayaclaschian metamorphosis. What he did not suspect was that his inquiries would lead into the Time Wave...

  • Awful Truth: He's the one blamed for the final catastrophe in the Time Wave, and the Inspector subsequently disavowed this incarnation entirely.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Doubles as a Shout-Out to the Nice Hat worn by Christopher Lee's early non-canonical Inspector Spacetime character in the 1964 and 1965 films.
  • Zero Approval Gambit: The only way to prevent history from remembering the Infinity Knights as having been as bad as the Blorgons, if not worse, was for him to obliterate both sides with a trans-temporal tourbillon, even though this means his Taking the Heat for the Time Wave.

    Associates and Supporting Cast 

The Model X7 Dimensioniser Time Booth.

  • Cargo Ship: Some fans continue to ship the X7. with the Inspector, although all writers have been quite staunch in the fact that this is ridiculous, and has no basis in canon.
  • Mode Lock: Has been stuck in its present form ever since landing in the Sprint Street Phone Box Manufacturing Works in the very first episode.
  • Star Fish Alien

Classic Associates

Susannah Overseer (First Inspector)

Played by Honor Blackman in the series and Maureen O'Brien in the radio plays

Irma Rong and Bart Gilbert (First Inspector)

Played by Joan Plowright and Jeremy Brett

Layla (First Inspector)

Played by Bernadette O'Farrell

Officer Tara Parradyce (First Inspector)

Played by Suzan Farmer

Nicola "Coco" Coates (First Inspector)

Played by Anna Quayle

Peter/Petula (First and Second Inspectors)

Aiden (Second Inspector)

Played by Hamish Wilson
  • Cool Sword: Never seen without his high-tech claymore.
  • Noodle Incident: Born in Scotland of the far-distant future; most of what little the audience learns about that place and time came from the comments he would occasionally drop. ("Course I know what an elephant is. The wretched beasts came blundering around every time they opened the Sgian-dubh Gate.")

Regina Ayrefield (Second Inspector)

Played by Susan Hampshire

Constable Rosamund (WPC Rosamund Murray of Exo-Pol) (Second Inspector)

Played by Anna Massey
  • Married to the Job: Aiden's attempts to flirt with her while she's assisting with the investigation in "The Underground of Doom" receive only silence.
  • The Silent Bob: Although she has only three lines ("How d'you, Inspector.", "Look out, Inspector!", and "Good-bye, Inspector"), Massey's reactions to the Inspector and the Superintendent did more with a blink, an eye-roll, and a raised eyebrow than volumes of dialogue.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Susannah Overseer, to a certain extent for a human.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Her stoically stepping up for a Suicide Mission against the Magma Men planning a volcanic eruption at the Piccadilly Circus station is a Tear Jerker.

Joey Eliot

Played by Suzanna Leigh

Elisabeth "Bess" Wilde, M.D. (Third Inspector)

Played by Virginia Maskell

Yosif (Third Inspector)

Played by Lucy Fleming

Markus Rogen (Third Inspector)

Superintendent Irvine Leith, London Branch, Exo-Pol (Third and Fourth Inspectors)

Played by Norman Bird

Mary Sue Brown (Third and Fourth Inspectors)

Played by Susannah York

DI Gary Mulligan (Fourth Inspector)

Played by Lewis Collins

Reena (Fourth Inspector)

Played by Imogen Hassall
  • Action Girl: With an affinity for whips.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Possibly. The last the viewer sees of her, she's just been literally stabbed in the back; whether she actually died from the wound has never been explicitly revealed in-show.
  • Jungle Princess: Literally. In her final episode she was crowned Queen of Barbartron IV following her father's Heroic Sacrifice.

FE-Line (Fourth Inspector)

Infinity Knight Lunda (Fourth Inspector)

Played by Cassie McFarlane, Josette Simon, and Grace Jones
  • Insistent Terminology: Lunda was an Infinity Knight, not an "Infinity Dame."
  • Knight Templar: Willing to do whatever it took, including (see below) dying a couple of times, finally taking the Bolt in Space on a one-way trip out of Space, into another dimension, to keep it away from the Orange Warden forever.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A rare in-universe example: She metamorphosed twice while on the show (everybody kept dying around the Fourth Inspector...); and, very much unlike the Inspector's various incarnations, all three times was played by similar-looking actresses who portrayed the role in much the same manner. This provoked both a million fan-theories about male/female Infinity Knight biology and many complaints of Unfortunate Implications, especially since along with being tall and thin, all three actresses were black.

Veneziana (Fourth and Fifth Inspectors)

Played by Pauline Quirke
  • Action Girl / Faux Action Girl: Drifts back and forth between these two. She is good with a lasso, but she's not quite as tough as she looks or pretends.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: Or at least their 24th century descendants are. Always wears a bushranger hat and carries a lasso. She did eventually ditch the spurs.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: She and Thorough and that lasso spawned a thousand FanFics, even though there was never a hint of official on-screen attraction between them.
  • Nice Hat: Never seen without it.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Considering the accent they came up with for the character to sport, it's surprising this didn't happen more often.
  • Overly Long Name: So long the viewer never even hears all of it: "Veneziana Lopez Kelly Gab... Heck, mates, just call me Veneziana."
  • Running Gag: Afraid of horses, and so constantly has to deal with them.
    "Someday, we're gonna crack open the door to that X7 and there's gonna be a goldurn horse crammed inside."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Horses?

Thorough Visor (Fourth and Fifth Inspectors)

Played by Hugh Laurie

Nymeria of Planet Kraken V (Fifth Inspector)

Played by Karen Dotrice

Mimmek (Fifth Inspector)

Jeffrey (Sixth Inspector)

Played by Rik Mayall

Benjamin (Sixth Inspector)

Theodora "Dynamo" McRae (Seventh Inspector)

Played by Tracey Ullman

Charity Galloway (Eighth Inspector)

Played by Anne Hathaway

Expanded Universe Associates

Fitzwilliam Fort (Eighth Inspector)

Georgina "George" Liddell (Eighth Inspector)

  • Break the Cutie: She starts out sweet and naive, but she gets her best friend fired from his job on her first day and things just go downhill from there, until she's trapped in the mind-bending Peculiar Dimension, neck-deep in evil cattle, fending off Infinity Knights who want to kill her for being a walking paradox with one hand and disgustingly fused to the Inspector by the other.
  • MacGuffin Girl: A few Well Intentioned Extremists have attempted to take advantage of her nature as a walking Stable Time Loop to achieve their ends, such as altering causality to make it impossible to go back in time and do something as icky as becoming your own aunt.
  • Mind Screw: How she became her own aunt.
  • My Own Aunt: Leading to all sorts of drama with the Infinity Knights, who think it's kind of weird and gross.
  • Temporal Paradox: Went back in time and accidentally became her own aunt.

Mmm'Fash't'ஐ'lan'zac (Eighth Inspector)

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eventually revealed to have murdered an entire dimension. But it was just the Peculiar Dimension, with no space, only time, and no one liked it anyway.
  • Coconut Superpowers: A shapeshifter who prefers the form of a parrot, which is probably the reason he's restricted to audio plays. Subject to a lot of Leaning on the Fourth Wall, wherein he uses his powers to become invisible and asks the Inspector to check whether he can see him; the Inspector replies in a pointed tone, "I'm pretty sure nobody can see you."
  • Magic Pants: Averted; probably the other reason he's audio-only.
  • My Nayme Is: It's pronounced "Chris".
  • Punctuation Shaker
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting

Jimmy McSporran (Eighth Inspector}

  • Expanded Universe: Fort, McSporran, Liddell, and Mmm'Fash't'ஐ'lan'zac have never appeared on the actual show but have proved popular in various radio dramas and novels.

New Associates

Rory Williams (Ninth Inspector)

Played by Arthur Darvill
  • Ancient Grome: In regards to the ''other'' show. He spent a brief stretch of time posing as a Greek Demi-God in on the show; the other one tried to play homage to this but got the nationality wrong, making him Roman.
  • Bad Ass: Considered one of the most epic associates to date, often completely upstaging the Inspector. Enemies often exploded when he came on screen.
  • Combat Medic
  • Immortality: The story of his inability to die needs no repeating here.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: At the end of his tenure, he lost his memories. The actor, however, was not ready to give up the role and continued it on that other show, hoping to improve upon its quality.

Lily Taylor (Ninth and Tenth Inspector)

Played by Hannah Spearritt

Minnie Smythe (Ninth and Tenth Inspectors)

Captain James Haggard (Ninth and Tenth Inspectors)

Played by Jamie Bamber
  • Allergic to Love
  • Armoured Closet Gay
  • Cerebus Retcon: His shyness in romantic situations and closet gayness is initially Played for Laughs, but it's later revealed that it's been a major source of distress for him for as long as he can remember (which admittedly isn't long, due to his endlessly-mysterious amnesia).
  • Chaste Hero: He's embarrassed by or oblivious to to flirting or innuendo of any sort. It's eventually revealed that this is partially caused by the fact he's ashamed of his sexuality.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Easily-flustered and sexually conservative, initially.
  • Coming-Out Story
  • Gayngst: Went through deep emotional trauma due to his inability to accept his pansexuality.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Lily eventually gets fed up with his repeated insistence that he's straight and suggests that he prove it by kissing her.
    "No, sorry, I — not that you're not a pretty girl — or I'm not straight, or anything — oh, look, is that a Blorgon? Thank goodness!"
  • Touched by Vorlons: Given the gift of immortality by the Good Lamb's enveloping wool.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Almost entirely averted. Haggard's immortality is of the no-drawbacks kind, and he remains very cheerful about this aspect of his condition.

Yorke (Tenth Inspector)

Played by Tom Hardy

Mona Virtue (Tenth Inspector)

Joanna Martin (Tenth and Eleventh Inspectors)

Played by Georgia Taylor
  • All Love Is Unrequited
  • Bi the Way: After spending her entire tenure pining after the Inspector, she was suddenly revealed to be bi so she could be in a relationship with Minnie.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Spent most of her first episode annoying the Inspector by constantly introducing herself, complimenting his shirt, then going up behind him and repeating the process. Won the Inspector over by successfully arguing that taking the travel agency to Mars—while amusing—was in fact illegal and getting them all returned safely.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Her eyes turn green every time Lily is mentioned.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: In "Fry and Laurie", everyone has to go barefoot at the solar medical facility due to extremely prejudiced sanitation rules. Joanna, however, is very happy to run around in her bare feet due to her country roots, bellowing "Shoeless by the Sun!" while wiggling her toes in the astroturf.
    • She actually leaves the facility still barefooted and the Inspector has to go back and pick up her shoes, accidentally going back too far in time and handing them off to her before they officially met, creating a Stable Time Loop. After the Inspector shows her inside the Booth and mentions the astroturf room of his own, Joanna just kicks her shoes off again and tries to explore the time machine barefoot... only to find herself reaching for her shoes in a heartbeat when she sees there's no rooms at all but the one space. Turns out the Inspector tricked her to curb that habit.
  • Pair the Spares: With Minnie.
  • Suddenly Sexuality

Constable Wigglesworth (Tenth and Eleventh Inspectors)

Played by Derwin Jordan

Camilla Sea (Tenth Inspector)

  • Aborted Arc: Her character had a bigger arc planned but the actress got a better offer abroad.
  • Base Breaker: Either viewed as the other feisty red head who brought spirit and romance to Wigglesworth's life. Or the over dramatic redhead who also went bad.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Absorbed the Time Deviant strain to save the Inspector. It did not end well for her...
  • Put on a Bus: Due to her joining the cast of the WormHole Extreme: Starship Horizon as plucky Scottish medic Melody Mcallister Scott, she was brought back only once after being turned into a Time Deviant.

Angelica "Angie" Lake (Tenth and Eleventh Inspector)

Aidan Davies (Eleventh Inspector)

Played by Andrew Lee Potts

Brooke Rhapsody (Eleventh Inspector)

Played by Carey Mulligan

Geneva Stilton (Eleventh and Twelfth Inspectors)

Played by Alison Brie

Special Episode Associates

Maura Dewitt

Played by Lily Allen

Robbie McMillan

Othbo Perth


The Blorgons (a.k.a. Blogons)

These robots (although they're occasionally called cyborgs) first appeared in 1962's "The Blorgons", having been created by Vosrda to commit armed robbery, burglary, and criminal mischief on his behalf. They would eventually become the Inspector's most iconic enemy.
  • Art Evolution: The Blorgons benefited greatly from the new series' increased budget. You can barely see the duct tape at all these days.
  • Catchphrase: "ERADICATE!"
  • Spell My Name with an R: Following initial confusion over the pronunciation of their name, the fanbase is divided on the spelling of "Blo(r)gon," and BTV seems to have changed their official stance multiple times during the show's run—one official episode guide even referred to the race as the "Blorgrons," the "Blogrons," and the "Blogrolls" on the same page. Needless to say, this isn't a controversy that'll end any time soon: Although a majority of fans seem to favour "Blogon" at present, the programme officially calls them "Blorgons".

The Digifleet of the Circuit-Chaps (also known as the Kybermenschen)

  • Creepy Monotone: Subverted in "The Lost Asteroid" when the Inspector first attempts to communicate with the Digifleet in an imitation robotic accent, and the Circuit-Chaps counter with a characteristically chipper comeback.
  • Dissonant Serenity: The Circuit-Chaps are always in infamously high spirits, even when they're plotting the destruction of all organic life.
  • Do Androids Dream?: The eerie question surrounding the Kybermenschen is whether they actually possess the mechanical equivalent of emotions or are merely simulating them to put their opponents off balance.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: In "The Retirement Home of the Circuit-Chaps", the Inspector learns about the Second Industrial Revolution on their home planet that led to their ascendance.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In early serials the Circuit-Chaps were completely invulnerable to everything except lead particles, which clogged up their condensers and caused them to overheat. This worked well for a while, but as the series wore on the weakness was exaggerated to the point where anything even related to lead—lead bullets, lead plumbing, lead paint, lead pencils, etc.—would make them explode.
    • This was fixed in the new series by their creators who state that "early prototypes reacted badly to the lead soldering on their circuitboards, but using gold instead solved that problem immediately."
  • You Will Be Assimilated: "You will be modified," the Circuit-Chaps reassure ordinary appliances and everyday gadgets before turning them into cheerfully murderous conscripts of the Digifleet.

The Sergeant

First played by Vincent Price in the classic series, later by Windsor Davies and Peter Wyngarde, and then by Christian Slater and Stephen Colbert in the TV movie; and by Julian Sands in the new series

The Instructor

Played by Eleanor Bron
  • Anti-Villain: As her name suggests, this Infinity Knight set out to literally "educate the dear Inspector" rather than commit any outright villainy. The program was always very coy about whether she took this task upon herself, or was carrying out Infinity Knight orders with enthusiasm.
  • Obfuscating Disability: A borderline example, in that she always wore dark glasses and carried a white cane, but never explicitly tried to pass herself off as being blind.

Oscar del Manhattan

A Corrupt Corporate Executive with a collection of artefacts from across time and space, which he kept atop his skyscraper in Las Vegas, Nevada, including a heavily damaged Blorgon.
  • Big Bad: Revealed to be behind the season's Arc Words- "The Stars are Vanishing". As detailed below, he was adding them to his collection.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Death by Materialism: Was killed when he couldn't reach the X7 while his museum was collapsing, due to trying to carry so many of his artefacts at once. Though the Inspector tried to save him, del Manhattan just kept trying to grab one more artefact and trying to pick up the ones he dropped, forcing the Inspector to leave him behind.
  • Greed: As detailed to the Inspector, del Manhattan literally wanted to rip the stars from the sky, label them, and stick them in a lovely glass case for all the world to see and marvel at.
  • "I Want" Song: Has one of the few Villain Songs in IS history.


Played by Robert Helpmann
  • Evil Cripple: Following a near-lethal dose of radiation, Vosrda replaced the entire top half of his body with Blorgon cybernetics. The sight of his terrifyingly spindly little legs struggling under the weight of a robotic pepper shaker has driven many a child behind the sofa.
  • Mad Scientist: Well, he DID create the Blorgons, and he DID try to kill everyone with them.

Ms. Patch

Played by Angela Lansbury
An old lady who knits and drinks tea. She also wants to kill the Inspector and steal Brooke Rhapsody's powerful weapons. She is the leader of the Quiet Organization.

The Indictor

Played by Geoffrey Palmer
A One-Arc Wonder, the Indictor prosecuted the Inspector for dereliction of duty, evidence tampering, witness harassment, and falsifying statements before revealing that he was a form of incarnation of the Inspector, created from the collected Order in the Inspector's soul.

Commissioner Sassafrass

Played by Sean Connery
An ancient and powerful Infinity Knight who's credited with establishing the first police department on Kayaclasch. Wielder of an artefact called the Truncheon of Sassafrass. Thought to have retired thousands of years ago, until the events of "The Last Minutes".


Played by Nigel Cuthbertson
An enigmatic "Man-tiss" from Thallidium, and a prominent enemy of the Eleventh Inspector.

    Aliens and Monsters 

The Homene Awareness and the Clothons

The Oddities

The Sloughers

The Snarling Lions

An observer-effect-dependent species, the Lions only exist when they're being observed by other life-forms, vanishing as soon as you blink. Not that you'd dare turn your back on a fearsome, ferocious-looking lion... which is just what they want. They absorb quantum energy by brutally killing people who look them, or are even aware they exist.

The Rostraans

The Lirusians

A species of aliens who are due to move in once the humans have left the Earth. A kind race, quite open to peaceful relations with humans.

The Time Deviants

They look human and can blend in seamlessly with our society, but they're soulless psychopaths who feed off of chaos and destruction.

The Quiet Men

When you look at these aliens, they will cause you to remember meaningless things so you don't focus on them. If you do remember them, that means that they don't care if you remember or not...because you'll be dead soon. They cannot shut up.

The Orange Warden. The Blue Warden.

Played by Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, respectively
These two bring new meaning to the phrase "Sufficiently Advanced Alien". Members of the Pantheon of Immortals (see below).

The Immortals

A pantheon of mostly benevolent cosmic beings who maintain the balance in the universe. Among others, includes the Orange and Blue Wardens, the Prankster (the Big Bad of The Mary Sue Predicaments, and Lily Taylor/The Good Lamb.

The Exploding Rock

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