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Eldritch Abomination: Doctor Who
Doctor Who
  • The eponymous creature in "Image of the Fendahl"; everyone who saw it died of fright, and that was only a crippled ghost of its true self 12 million years dead, which had been manipulating human lineages for millennia to ensure its release. In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, the Time Lords deliberately created a predator capable of feeding off the Fendahl - the Memeovore, or Devourer of Concept, a malign void which could reach across time and space to feed on the stuff of thought and hungered to devour all eternity, from the Big Bang to the end of time. Those who looked at it saw an endless procession of grotesque images, as their mind struggled to comprehend the incomprehensible. And then the Time Lords released it to use for warfare.
    • Not everyone who saw the Fendahl was lucky enough to die of fright. The Core transformed some of them into Fendahleen (the other components that, together with the Core, make up the Fendahl). The leader of the cultists who completed the process of creating the Core had worse luck than that. He was still alive, still human, and seeming still sane... but what he saw when he looked into the eyes of the Fendahl caused him to request the means to kill himself. How bad it was is evidenced by the Doctor giving him those means.
  • The Beast from "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit", so much so that the Doctor refuses to understand it.
    • In Torchwood, we meet its spawn, who kills people with its shadow. An Expanded Universe novel reveals that it is actually keeping even worse beings at bay, and that it killing people for the energy required to do so is simply "collateral damage".
  • The eponymous Big Bad in "The Curse of Fenric" is described as evil incarnate from almost the beginning of the universe, albeit one without a body of its own, instead possessing others' bodies. One of the spinoff novels identifies Fenric as Hastur the Unspeakable from the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • The Doctor Who Expanded Universe says the TARDIS itself is an Eldritch Abomination, which considerately disguises itself to avoid reducing the passengers to gibbering wrecks. As a living shape-shifting creature, at home in extra-dimensional spaces, with a mind even the Doctor deems unfathomably alien, it's certainly a good candidate. A minor story comments on the TARDIS' mind as completely and utterly pandimensional.

    The 2011 episode "The Doctor's Wife" has the mind and essence of the TARDIS trapped inside a humanoid female body for a while, and it is shown to be kind and caring, and feels nothing but love for the Doctor.
  • The... creature from "Midnight". We don't see much of it, so it's nothing definite. But it Mind Rapes the Doctor and, by turning the people he's trying to save against him, comes closer to killing him than anything else.
    Sky/Doctor: He's waited so long. In the dark. And the cold. And the diamonds. Until you came. Bodies so hot. With blood. And pain.
  • There's a lot of evidence pointing towards the Time Lords being an entire species of this trope, given their incredible age and intelligence, how easily and often the very laws of reality are twisted like playthings by them, and their inherent ability to perceive the universe in ways no other species can. Indeed, several of the conflicts between the Doctor and the Master play out a lot like battles in an endless war between two Eldritch Abominations, with the poor lesser beings caught between.
    • If they weren't this initially, then they definitely became this during the Last Great Time War, given the Doctor's description and the events of "The End of Time".
    • In the Expanded Universe, fighting a war even worse than the one described in the TV show, Time Lords are combat bio-engineered to regenerate into the perfect soldier for any environment. In one case, this means turning into minor Cthulhu Mythos creatures.
  • Remember the Doctor's line from "The Pandorica Opens" about the thing the Pandorica was designed to hold: "There was a goblin, or a trickster... or a warrior... A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world." It's the Doctor himself.
  • The Daleks certainly believe the Doctor is one. They call him "Bringer of Darkness", "The Oncoming Storm", "The Destroyer of the Worlds" and "The Predator of the Daleks", he's the only being in the universe they outright fear (keep in mind they were deliberately engineered to feel nothing but hate for all things non-Dalek), and "Asylum of the Daleks" shows that the few Daleks that survived encounters with him were driven almost permanently catatonic by the experience.
  • An assortment of Eldritch Abominations apparently rose from the midst of the Last Great Time War, such as the Skaro Degradations, the Nightmare Child, the Horde of Travesties, and the Couldhavebeen King with his armies of Meanwhiles and Never-weres. The Time Lock around the War is there, in part, to stop these things from ever getting out.
    • Engines of War reveals that the Skaro Degradations are attempts by the Time Lords to retro-engineer Dalek evolution but Dalek evolution always reasserts itself creating various different Daleks. They, realizing that the Time Lords are actually doing them a favor, take the ball and run with it, experimenting on their own degradations.
  • The Eternals, beings that live outside of time in eternity, are immortal and use the imagination of people from our universe (they call us Ephemerals) to form realities. They can take anyone they want from any point in time and force them to do whatever they wish. They are not invincible, though; if somehow trapped in our reality, they are mortal and vulnerable.
  • Again from the Expanded Universe, the Ancient Old Ones, beings from the previous universe that follow different physics, which allows them vast Reality Warper abilities; this can be inverted with beings from the next universe that have similar powers.
  • The Great Vampires, who fought the early Time Lords in the war that made the entire species get sick of violence, are gargantuan winged creatures who feast on planets, and can only be killed by having their heart destroyed. But they are so massive that the Time Lords had to invent a new type of ship specifically for hunting them. The only way the Doctor managed to best the one he encountered was by stabbing it with a rocket ship.
  • The Nestene Consciousness, a formless entity powerful enough to control innumerable psychic links over many light years, capable of bringing life to any plastic which it uses to launch an invasion army. In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe it's one of the thousand children of Shub-Niggurath.
  • Sutekh, Last of the Osirans, from "Pyramids of Mars". At the time, the Doctor describes him as the worst threat he has ever faced, the greatest time of peril in the history of the Earth, and given his awakening would have rendered the planet a barren wasteland before he spread across the universe to kill everything, his concern was very much justified.
  • The Animus from "The Web Planet". In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, it's actually Lloigor, one of the Great Old Ones from the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • The Weeping Angels: impossibly fast creatures, indistinguishable from ordinary statues until you look away, able to transport people through time (because it's how they feed, off of all the "stolen moments"), and can project themselves through images, including images inside a person's mind.
  • The Great Intelligence, a powerful, disembodied consciousness that whispers in people's minds for years or even decades to turn them into willing puppets, and was infrequently encountered until "The Name of the Doctor" — in which it makes an almost successful attempt to destroy the Doctor's entire life back to even before he ever left Gallifrey. Before that, it attempted to steal all of the Doctor's life experiences and memories and mentally revert him back to a younger age. It manifested bizarre powers and whenever it deigned to take physical form, it could Body Surf if the body it was in was damaged. The Doctor Who Expanded Universe identifies the Great Intelligence as an alias of Yog-Sothoth.
  • The House from "The Doctor's Wife", a malevolent, ancient living asteroid that originally existed outside the universe (the plug hole at the bottom of the universe), and eats TARDISes.
  • The Old God, or "Grandfather", from "The Rings of Akhaten". A creature so powerful even the Doctor is willing to consider it a god, which has been sung to for millennia (constantly, with singers rotating in and out but the song never having been interrupted, ever) because if the songs cease for even a second, it will wake and devour all existence (oh, and it's the size of a planet). The parallels to Azathoth couldn't be more blatant.
  • The Moment is one of the more understated ones and yet probably the most powerful in the series. Never mind that it's a piece of mechanics complex enough to develop a conscience, throughout its only appearance it repeatedly and calmly punches holes in the Time Lock around the Time War. As a reminder, this is the same barrier that's strong enough to (mostly) seamlessly contain the full might of the Daleks, Time Lords, and every other Eldritch Abomination they brought with them.
  • Big Finish Doctor Who: Anti-Time essentially causes this. It is spread by the Neverpeople, people who have experienced Ret Gone, and are left as ghosts who devour people's time.
  • Then there is the personification of Anti-Time, Zagreus, something which even Death fears
    Zagreus seeks the hero's ship
    Zagreus needs the web to rip
    Zagreus sups time at a drip
    And life aside, he's sweeping.
  • The monsters imprisoned in the Axis of Insanity, a collection of doomed, collapsing timelines. The Keeper of the Axis hates the Time Lords, mostly because it's their meddling that made the Axis necessary in the first place and which keeps adding more broken timelines to it.
  • Borusa and the other Time Lords Rassilon experimented on in Engines of War. Their timelines have been retro-engineered meaning they are in a constant state of flux between the past and possible future regenerations. They can see all possible timelines and when Borusa is in the Eye of Tantalus he is able to pull on threads of possibility to bring new timelines into being, similar to Bad Wolf he is able to wipe all traces of the Daleks from the Tantalus Eye.
  • The creatures of season 8 episode 9 of the new series, dubbed the "Boneless" by the Doctor might qualify as well. They were originally two dimensional beings from outside the known universe who abducted people and experimented on them by converting them or just parts of their bodies into two dimensions. They also posessed no apparent sense of scale or proportion, shown by their display of a victim as a very long and thin mural on a wall or by depiction of a microscopic flake of human skin the size of a living room wall. They also drained dimensional energy from the TARDIS, causing its exterior to shrink dramatically in size. After they converted another human into two dimensions and depicted her nervous system on a wall as well as flatten doorknobs and furniture the Doctor realized that those beings apparently tried to learn about the three dimensional universe. He tried to find a way to communicate with them, something, that proved difficult since even the TARDIS couldn't translate their language at first. Also the Doctor stated that those lifeforms and their sense of space were so alien that even the TARDIS was confused. Considering the TARDIS is sometimes considered a multidimensional Eldritch Abomination of a benevolent kind which deals in Alien Geometries all the time this is quite a feat. In the end those beings who apparently wore the images of their victims converted themselves into three dimensions. At first they appeared as a giant hand, grabbing a person and dragging him off. Then they appeared as vaguely humanoid beings, still disguised as their victims but their appearance was way off. Their bodies were heavily distorted and warped, looking like distorted reflections of human beings, their movements were jerky and clumsy and they were constantly shifting in shape, sometimes appearing as if they couldn't keep their three dimensional form together. Their appearance just seemed very wrong and disturbing and with their ability to convert anything they wanted into two dimensional images they wielded a terrifying power. The Doctor finally reasoned that they seemed to know exactly what they did to the people and that they simply didn't seem to care for their victims. Also the Doctor was unable to figure out the reason for their presence, declared them monsters, told them that this (dimensional) plane was protected and that they weren't welcome here, dubbed them the "Boneless" and sended them home, fully knowing some of them might not survive that trip. Those beings might be a cross between Starfish Aliens and Eldritch Abominations.

The Sarah Jane Adventures
  • "Ancient lights", Hive Queens to at least part of the universe that existed before the Big Bang.
  • The Abomination. In this case a Brown Note painting and not a flesh and blood being. Unfortunately, it was painted with psychically active ink, which was capable of bringing the creature depicted to life. Oops.
  • The Trickster, part of a Pantheon, whose sole motivation is to cause chaos in the universe at large.

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