Please keep in mind that, although the series is officially part of the Whoniverse, it encompasses many different timelines/continuities and includes adaptations of existing works from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. Due to Big Finish's sheer size and complexity, it also plays by the rules of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe: the TV series can at times contradict or overwrite the timelines described here, or adapt them for the televised continuity.
For a still-growing recap list of the audio dramas featuring these characters, feel free to look here.
For the other cast pages relating to Big Finish Doctor Who, see:
- Big Finish Doctor Who Doctors
- Big Finish Doctor Who Companions
- Bernice Summerfield
- Iris Wildthyme
The villains listed here are sorted in chronological order, by their first appearance in Big Finish Doctor Who.
One of the triumvirate who founded all of Time Lord society, and the first Lord President of Gallifrey. Long since believed dead, his legacy still plays a part of modern Time Lord society.
- Bad Boss: To the Kro'ka. When he sniggers at Rassilon's Blatant Lies he tortures him. When he failed Rassilon in Caerdroia the swelling took 3 weeks to go down.
- Big Bad: To the Eighth Doctor up to the end of the Divergent Universe Arc.
- Big Bad Friend: To Omega.
- The Chessmaster: Not necessarily the creator of all of the Eighth Doctor's problems in his first series, but certainly involved in them. (He was the one who transformed the anti-time explosion into Zagreus, for starters)
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His reign over Gallifrey during the Time War has people being 'disappeared' and any admission that they existed forbidden.
- The Dreaded: Is this once he's resurrected to all but Romana. Narvin even says he can barely stand it when he LOOKS at him.
- Evilutionary Biologist: The concept of Regeneration was outright stolen from the Vampires. And the reason for the abundance of bipedal, humanoid aliens in the Whoniverse? Rassilon threw those that didn't fit the mold into a pocket universe and/or ensured they never existed in the first place, whichever was more expedient for him. (Although, the vampire bit was part of a projection, which the TARDIS stated was based on facts but not necessarily the entire truth.)
- Evil Overlord: Used to be one of these. Becomes one AGAIN when he's resurrected in the Gallifrey range and sets about turning the planet into a totalitarian state.
- Fatal Flaw: For the Terrence Hardiman incarnation especially it's arrogance, he laughs off the idea that the Sicari could actually harm him, his negligent attitude towards his own security leads to him having to regenerate.
- Fate Worse than Death: Inflicted one upon those that would eventually become known as "the Divergent". Also suffers one himself, forced to re-enact "Scherzo" without end... with Kro'ka as company, as opposed to Charley, which must rub salt in the wound a touch. Though, seeing how he appears in the revived series, he does manage to escape at some point.
- Foreshadowing: Between "Neverland" and "Zagreus", the episode "Omega" showed us the sheer extent of Rassilon's political manipulation tricks.
- Laughing Mad: Descends into this when the Sicari mortally would him. He's positively gleeful with excitement at the prospect of regenerating, reminiscing how such assassinations used to be the norm in his day and he's missed the excitement of it all. Romana points out he's clearly insane.
- Messianic Archetype: During "Neverland" (and his Foreshadowing appearances before it) he appears practically as a benevolent God, helping out his "favoured son", the Doctor. Later stories show this to be a massive front, however.
- Path of Inspiration: Established the Church of the Foundation.
- Race Lift: His episodes were the first Doctor Who stories to establish the idea that Time Lords can be black, which was later carried over to the TV series by Russell T. Davies. The idea is a few years Older Than They Think.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: Tells C'rizz he is this.
- There's No Kill Like Overkill: On the receiving end of this when Romana unleashes the Sicari on him. While it doesn't succeed in killing him permanently it does force him to regenerate.
- Turn the Other Cheek: He's weirdly okay with Livia conspiring with Romana to kill him, it fact it seems to make her go UP in his esteem since he never believed she had it in her. He even lets her remain in office as his Prime Minister. May be part of a Batman Gambit since the experience leaves her more terrified of him than ever. It also may be because, as Romana notes, he's nuts.
- Wicked Cultured: In "The Next Life", he quotes Macbeth.
After "Arc of Infinity", Omega (of course) survived and went on to try and reclaim his position as one of the most powerful Time Lords in history. It doesn't go very well.
- Adorkable: Seriously — especially during his flashbacks to Gallifrey Academy.
- Affably Evil: Depending on the state of his sanity, he crosses straight over into Faux Affably Evil.
- The Bus Came Back: Still played by Ian Collier and Stephen Thorne!
- Decoy Antagonist: Averted. However, the Doctor's initial appearance in "Omega" qualifies as a Decoy Protagonist — that's Omega's Fifth Doctor split personality instead. The real Doctor doesn't show up until much later.
- Et Tu, Brute?: To Rassilon.
- Fake Memories: It's revealed that when he made another copy of Five's body after "Arc of Infinity", he was also saddled with some of Five's memories. As it turns out, Five is the one who committed genocide (though entirely by accident), and Omega's evil deeds — if any — pale in comparison to what the Doctor has done.
- Large Ham
- Loss of Identity
- Not So Different: From Five. Five really, really tries his best to help Omega.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Omega is the nickname he got for the lowest grade ever given at the Gallifrey Academy — grade omega. His real name is Peylix.
- Also, he rather adorably called Rassilon "Raz".
- Sanity Slippage
- Start of Darkness
- Talking to Themself
- Unreliable Narrator
The Doctor's greatest foe, himself, has once again come to haunt the Sixth Doctor. Like a truly dangerous arch-enemy, he doesn't gloat about his plans until it is safe to do so, and thus made few appearances across Big Finish, starting with a What If? scenario. However, he gained a far more involved appearance in "The Last Adventure".
- Assimilation Plot: His grand plan in "The Last Adventure" is essentially trying to use the Matrix to replace every Time Lord with himself. And that does indeed mean every Time Lord.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The entire point behind "He Jests At Scars...", a What If? story where the Valeyard succeeded in defeating the Doctor in the Matrix. Unfortunately for him, his new life is wrought with complications, not the least of which is his bad habit of accidentally murdering his past selves.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wants the Doctor's regenerations, thus true life, more than anything else. "He Jests At Scars..." has him get that... and then things go horribly, horribly wrong for everyone.
- The Chessmaster: Utterly and veritably.
- Crazy-Prepared: It isn't a plan by the Valeyard if it isn't this.
- Emotion Eater: He drains several people of their darker emotions to death in "The Last Adventure", all to try and weaken the Doctor's mind... and then drains the Doctor of his darker emotions to further empower himself. Notably, he required a specific piece of technology to do this.
- Evil Gloating: He indulges in this every so often, thoroughly enjoying the chance to gloat and manipulate the Doctor at the same time.
- Evil Is Petty: His entire reason behind his scheme in "Trial of the Valeyard", to try and take revenge on the Doctor and kill Inquisitor Darkell for his defeat in the "Trial of a Time Lord" arc.
- Eviler Than Thou: He really doesn't appreciate the Master trying to off the Doctor when he already has a plan to do so, nor trying to step in on his turf. He makes that painfully clear.
- Grand Theft Me: This is his goal, given that he is technically the Doctor. "The Last Adventure" sees him eventually trying this for Time Lord society as a whole.
- It's Personal: Given he's fighting the Doctor, everything he does tends to be this, particularly if lives are on the line.
- Kick the Dog: Oh does he enjoy doing this, particularly if it makes the Doctor suffer.
- Shoot the Dog: He doesn't shy from this either, particularly if it gets a point across. Poor Ellie found that out the hard way.
- Louis Cypher: He's taken a few names, including Tim Hope and Timothy Yardvale. The subtlety of that last one was deliberate, though.
- Mysterious Backer: Unlike most villains, he's actually fine with giving the Doctor a hand out of various predicaments — at least until the Doctor walks into the death-trap he just so happened to be led to by escaping the previous predicaments.
- Old Shame: In-Universe, he is this for Gallifrey's justice system after the kangaroo trial he concocted. His trial has virtually everything about the previous trial struck from the record, and Six needs to practically pull teeth to get Inquisitor Darkell to admit anything definite about the Valeyard.
- Pet the Dog: He seems to be capable of some generosity... "seems" being the operative word. Unfortunately, most anything he does has a selfish motive behind it, such as saving a race named the Nathemus from dying out or a girl from being gruesomely killed by a police car. Anyone he takes on, even in a companion role, is practically a hostage for him, as he has no compunctions on dropping them right back into the peril they were once in. Any Pet the Dog moment can very swiftly turn into a Kick the Dog moment, especially in hindsight.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He's very fond of giving these to Six, primarily to bring out more darkness in him.
- Villainous Breakdown: He suffers a prolonged one in "He Jests At Scars...", when his plans keep backfiring in his face and then some. He comes under another in "The Last Adventure" when he's trapped in the Matrix with the Sixth Doctor, being deleted and not spared the Doctor's moralizing.
- Xanatos Gambit: A frequent and justified utilizer of the trope. His schemes border along the lines of Batman Gambit, only seceding to this trope because he knows everything the Doctor does, thus he's able to manipulate him simply by remembering how the Doctor reacted. Even when he seems to be defeated, he gets something to his advantage.
- Out-Gambitted: That said, while his memory allows him long term manipulation, it doesn't work well in the short term, thus allowing Six to work out and foil his schemes as they hit their climax. The Web of Time also makes short work of him in "He Jests At Scars...", which is impressive for "a non-sentient theoretical concept". "The Last Adventure" also seem him completely blind-sided by not expecting the Sixth Doctor choosing to commit a Heroic Suicide rather than let his Assimilation Plot succeed.
The legendary old Time Lord returns with a vengeance after his defeat on Karn, and tries to use the Eighth Doctor's body to restore his own.
- Body Horror: What he does to poor Straxus.
- The Dreaded: To the point that Eight tries to cross his own timeline to stop Morbius and entire star systems surrender out of fear.
- It's implied the Time Lords do this, too, just to be sure.
- The Emperor: Becomes this for thousands of worlds.
- Life Drinker: He survives by "feeding" on the genes of Straxus.
- Reset Button: He manages to enslave much for the universe for ten years, but the timeline gets reset.
- Taking You with Me: How the Doctor defeats him. This isn't intentional on the Doctor's part.
- Victory Is Boring: Feels this after years of conquering worlds.
The Celestial Toymaker
He's back to play more games. Encounters the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors.
- Aborted Arc: His encounter with Six was originally planned for the TV series.
- Adventure Game: Forces Charley to play what is essentially a real life version of Myst.
- Chronic Villainy: Even when it would be in his better interests to play nice, he still feels the need to antagonize those playing his games.
- Curiosity Is a Crapshoot: He can't help but want to try out new games he comes across. The game he's playing against Charley is a new one, and Charley figures out that he'd want to try playing it first, even though he's not aware of it.
- Exact Words: The right word, in fact, much to Charley's frustration.
- Charley gets one right back at him; she's in a game where the player doesn't know they're playing. So which of them thinks they're playing the game?
- The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: He can add rules in the middle of any game currently playing, and can even withhold rules entirely, making them exceedingly unfair against players. That said, he doesn't make rules that contradict old ones, and he outright states that cheating takes the edge out of the game and doesn't make it satisfying.
- This makes a rather interesting form of Power Incontinence in "Solitaire"; the moment that he assumes Charley has lost her game, he claims the game is over and that he has won... only for it to seemingly go out of his control, refusing to end at his command. What he didn't realize was that he was the one playing.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: "Solitaire" is seemingly an aversion, as he doesn't care if Charley loses the game and the entire shop crushes them; he's immortal, after all, and will just come back with a new face. It's played straight by the end, as Charley escapes in the TARDIS and the Toymaker loses the game.
- Immortality Hurts: Not that he cares much.
- Sore Loser: His encounter with Charley could have gone so much better for him if he just accepted her solution. He also takes his time to make some games on the others in "The Magic Mousetrap" that have a very grudge-filled tone to them.
- The Bad Guy Wins: He gets some small but notable victories here and there - "The Magic Mousetrap" has him only locked by way of a stalemate, with the plot against him failing completely. "Solitaire" even starts with him having defeated the Eighth Doctor in an unspecified game.
- The Nth Doctor: The Nth Celestial Toymaker: When he becomes bored with his current visage, he simply takes a new one, rather like regeneration.
- Time Abyss: He predates even Time Lord records, and they're scared of him. The Doctor realises this is why he's obsessed with games - he got tired of endless aeons of boredom, followed by endless aeons of creation, then of destruction. So now he appreciates chance and games.
- The Trickster: In spades, although he has a very cruel edge about him too.
- World Limited to the Plot: His toy shop; attempts to leave or usurp it tend to go very, very wrong.
The Meddling Monk
A fellow rogue Time Lord. The Monk has been keeping busy since his last appearance in the TV series, "improving" history across the universe. And he's started taking on human companions.
- Ascended Fanon: In-Universe. For a long time the "Meddling Monk" was just a fan nickname, until Big Finish made it official with "Doom Coalition 4", as Rufus Hound is listed in the credits as the Meddling Monk.
- Aesop Amnesia: Working with the Daleks led to Lucie and Tamsin getting killed, but any lesson the Monk learned from that are forgotten in "Doom Coalition 4" where he makes an arrangement with the Weeping Angels on behalf of the Time Lord, which of course goes horribly wrong as soon as they get a better deal.
- Adorkable: Has his moments, notably when he calls his TARDIS chameleon circuit his "SEP field".
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not entirely clear where the Rufus Hound incarnation fits into the Monk's timeline. Given his words when he reunites with Eight in "Doom Coalition 4": "If any past or future me has done anything to upset you..." and his bewilderment to exactly why Eight hates him so much, might mean that this incarnation is before the one seen in Series Four of the New Eighth Doctor Adventures".
- Anti-Villain: Starts out as this until he crosses the Moral Event Horizon.
- Bad Habits: Has a knack for disguising himself as priests or monks. In "Doom Coalition 4" he's known to the people of New York as televangelist Rev. Mortimer who has quite a lot of pull in the city for a man of the cloth.
- Big Bad: Is this for Series 4 of the New Eighth Doctor Adventures, only to become a Big Bad Wannabe when the Dalek Time Controller shows up.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Inverted from the Monk's perspective; he considers himself a hero who is prevented from doing things the way he wants to because of the Doctor and those who enforce the Laws of Time, but his fixation on revenge against the Doctor undermines any good intentions he might have, and even his former allies soon recognise that letting him 'help' just makes things worse.
- Big Fun: His new regeneration in "Doom Coalition".
- The Bus Came Back: After the New Eighth Doctor Adventures finale he comes back in Doom Coalition 4 in a new regeneration.
- Dirty Coward: Both incarnations, but while Garden Monk's cowardice was tempered with his regret the "Rev. Mortimer" incarnation is really pathetic in his selfishness.
- Easily Forgiven: Notably subverted. Eight can't bring himself to forgive the Monk.
- Evil Counterpart: He and the Doctor see each other as this. They both make frighteningly good points.
- To wit, In Genesis of the Daleks, the Fourth Doctor famously asked Sarah Jane that, if she knew that a child would grow up to be a brutal and murderous dictator, would she kill that child? The Monk has no such qualms, in fact he doesn't kill a child who would grow up to be a dictator, he causes an avalanche to kill his parents so he would never be born. Notably this causes Lucie Miller who was travelling with him to have a My God, What Have I Done? moment, and to break off their association.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Thinking he could work with the Daleks at all. And later the Weeping Angels.
- Friendly Enemy: Towards the Eighth Doctor, even after what happened to Tasmin, Lucie, and Alex. The Doctor treats him with nothing but contempt.
- Genre Blindness: Working with the Daleks and thinking this will give him an opportunity to help worlds attacked by them. This leads to things getting much worse and Tamsin dying.
- Grey and Grey Morality: Gets into a huge argument with Eight over whether it's better to directly kill one person and save a thousand, or to let a thousand people die because it's morally wrong to decide over the fate of one. Goes straight into Black and Grey Morality in the season 4 finale.
- Hijacked by Ganon: By the Daleks.
- I'm Mr. [Future Pop Culture Reference]: He goes by "Thelonious".
- Knight Templar
- Minion with an F in Evil: Has two: Lucie and Tamsin. Becomes one himself to the Daleks.
- The Nth Monk: He's regenerated since the Doctor last saw him.
- Never My Fault: Used to great extent in the Locum Doctors trilogy, as the Monk tries to erase the Doctor from history because he blames the Doctor for the death of Tamsin Drew, a companion he "stole" from the Doctor who was killed by the Daleks, despite the fact that Tamsin died because the Monk prevented the Doctor from stopping the Daleks' conquest of Earth.
- Not So Different: The main point of his character — he invokes this trope against the Doctor every chance he gets.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sees himself as this, and uses it to justify his actions. Entirely Played for Drama.
Rogue Time Lady and scientist supreme, the Rani has regenerated since her last appearance on television (due to Kate O'Mara's Author Existence Failure). And turned Scottish.
- Antagonist Title: Stories involving her have her name in the title.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Rani is... odd with her morals. On the one hand, she's clearly in for her own benefit and doesn't weigh her soul with the suffering of others from her own actions. On the other, she doesn't maim or kill for the sake of it and will help others if they're in danger, even pulling the Doctor from a stampede when she was under no obligation to do so. However, this is closer to simply keeping around potentially useful resources as opposed to true altruism.
- Butterfly of Doom: Seeks to master it, creating a machine that could allow her to predict what actions she would need to take to achieve the metaphorical hurricane where she wants it.
- A rather interesting example. Though her plan in "The Rani Elite" is an evolution of one she already attempted, the story was originally meant for her previous incarnation, making it something of a call forward as well.
- Remember the time that she caused her population to be unable to sleep? Turns out that was simply part of a larger experiment, and when she failed to return... well, let's just say things didn't go well for the population.
- Crazy-Prepared: She never throws anything out lest it be useful, has isomorphic systems on her equipment to prevent enemies from using it against her, and has two TARDISes. That said, she doesn't leave a lot of room for error, meaning even small deviations in her plans can prove to be huge set-backs.
- Emperor Scientist: The things the Rani does to her subjects seem to be in the name of scientific development. She seems to believe that it's for their benefit, even when it's simply for her own interests.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: She really cannot understand why the Doctor acts as he does, and thinks that he's jealous of her being able to rule a planet. It's also a case of her not understanding her own evil either, as she doesn't see why her people wouldn't want to have her back without mind control.
- Evil Gloating: Unlike most villains, the Rani stops at merely gloating her plan is past the point it can be stopped, only giving details to the heroes when it's somewhat pertinent to do so. She's rather pragmatic that way.
- Evil Is Petty: Whooboy, does the Rani have a revenge streak. This incarnation's plans tend to involve the Doctor in some way as a component in a machine of hers, and never in a good position. The Doctor even comments that her spite is a trait that hasn't changed from her former selves, and it does her in every time. Perhaps taken to its height in "Planet of the Rani", where she attempts to stab to death an immensely powerful being who took over her rule... and yet was letting her go free despite her previous actions having done serious damage to the planet's population.
- Evil Matriarch: She really didn't leave a good impression on her subjects, even before she failed to return for sixteen years. She doesn't care for the peoples' opinions either, seeing the net benefit she has given them and dismissing the issues she causes in turn.
- Lack of Empathy: She has no idea how others really feel, nor care; that isn't to say she finds other life having no value, but it's a very skewed and high handed set of values. She simply thinks with logic and how things better herself.
- She has one, very brief moment of quiet remorse in "Planet Of The Rani", when she believes her greatest creation has died. She quickly gets over it by affirming him as a failed experiment.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: To a T, although she's hardly limited to biological sciences.
- Moral Sociopathy: As ever, although it's particularly ironic in "The Rani Elite", given she's acting as a Professor of Morality.
- Pride: She states, under no uncertain circumstances, that she'd never consider using a TARDIS as old as the Doctor's. It's also implied this is why she takes her defeats so personally.
- Revenge by Proxy: In a sense; though the Doctor foils her in "The Rani Elite", she still takes some solace in that she gets to kill this Doctor at least.
- That Woman Is Dead: The Doctor calls her "Ushas", her old name back on Gallifrey. She's not happy with it.
- The Unfettered: She isn't too bothered when she gets a Doctor earlier than the one she last encountered, despite how it would alter her timeline in relation to his. Given how that last encounter went though...
- Xanatos Speed Chess: She's not a bad player at this when a plan is getting away from her. However, her track record shows she's better off when she has time to get things in motion.
In addition to the returning villains from the TV series, Big Finish adds many new ones as well.
The villains listed here are sorted in chronological order, by their first appearance in Big Finish.
Coordinator Vansellostophossius is the head of the Celestial Intervention Agency of Gallifrey. An old Academy classmate and rival of the Doctor. He's eventually succeeded by Coordinator Narvinectralonum (see here). Vansell also appears in several alternate universes, including in "He Jests At Scars..." and in a few alternate versions of Gallifrey seen in season 4 of Gallifrey.
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Romana. His goal is to restore Rassilon to Gallifrey.
- Embarrassing Nickname: When they were kids, the Doctor knew him as "Nosebung".
- Just Following Orders: He'll do anything to keep Gallifrey safe, but independent thinking isn't his strong suit. Alternate versions of him on various Gallifreys aren't much better.
Dr. Elizabeth Klein [Alternate Universe]
This Elizabeth Klein is an anomaly of time travel. She comes from an alternate future where the Nazis won the second World War, a future that never happened thanks to her going back into the past to use the Seventh Doctor to figure out how the TARDIS, now in Nazi hands, worked. The Doctor later ran into her in 1950's Kenya and took her aboard the TARDIS. This... did not turn out well. Our own universe has a Klein as well: see the entry under Big Finish Doctor Who Companions for her tropes.
- Badass Normal: One of the few humans to outsmart the Doctor.
- Cosmic Retcon: Not only in dealing with her own timeline, but with what she does to the universe at large after a few jumps in her TARDIS.
- Dr. Jerk: ... Without many of those Pet the Dog moments other examples are known for.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite fully believing the Nazi "master race" rhetoric, Klein herself finds similar actions taken by characters in both "A Thousand Tiny Wings" and "Survival of the Fittest" to be abhorrent.
- She also openly condemns the actions of individuals like Josef Mengele.
- Fan of the Past: Well, her past.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope
- Last of Her Timeline
- Ret Gone: Inverted, in that her entire original universe is gone, replaced by the "wrong" one: ours. Played straight when the Doctor's hand is forced, choosing to wipe Klein from ever having existed in order to restore the universe to order. Klein herself does still exist in some form in our universe — as a member of UNIT. But still.
- Timey-Wimey Ball
William Abberton aka Nimrod
A Mad Scientist encountered by the Sixth and Seventh Doctors at varying points in their respective timelines in "Project: Twilight," "Project: Lazarus", "Project: Destiny" and "Twilight's End". Also starred in the Character Focus novel "Project: Valhalla". Nimrod was originally Sir Dr. William Abberton, a scientist working for an organization known as the Forge, which was then conducting experiments with DNA in order to create a super-soldier serum. (Not to be confused with the character of the same name from the Seventh Doctor episode "Ghost Light".)
- Automatic Crossbows: His weapon of choice.
- Bad Boss
- Bald of Evil: He's notably one of the very few Big Finish characters not portrayed as their voice actor. Stephen Chance is a small, kind man who really couldn't pass for an evil genius in the promotional pictures, so Big Finish chose to use photographs of an (unknown) different actor to present as the character.
- Faux Affably Evil: Even while he's asking for your help and hoping you'll believe he's turned over a new leaf, he's thinking of all the ways he can Kick the Dog once you've outlived your usefulness.
- Icy Blue Eyes
- Implacable Man: Yeah, you're pretty much not getting away from him if he wants to hunt you down. And it's incredibly hard to kill him, thanks to his Powered Armor and being a vampire.
- Mad Doctor
- Mad Scientist
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mad scientist vampire zombie robot in a polycarbide armor battle suit, to be precise.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Powered Armor
- Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: The Forge has a fondness for naming things around him after mythology. His underlings, such as Artemis, tend to have code names based on this, and the activation of the "Hades Protocol" in "Project: Lazarus" really doesn't sound like anything you'd want to stick around for.
- Villain with Good Publicity: In "Project: Destiny".
The principal villain of the four-part Excelis audio trilogy, Grayvorn is initially a clever and ambitious (if violent) warlord during his planet's medieval period. He becomes immortal through rather complicated circumstances and proceeds to guide the history of Excelis through its renaissance and ultimately its nuclear destruction. Was encountered by the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors and by Iris Wildthyme, tying into Bernice Summerfield's story arc.
- Cross Through
- First-Person Smartass
- Genius Bruiser: He's violent and boorish when the Fifth Doctor first encounters him, but he is a canny and driven leader.
- Genre-Busting: His arc spans Sword & Sorcery, Victorian-era politics and a futuristic Dystopia.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: "And only then could I truly say that my mortal mind was lost."
- I Have Many Names: Three, at least. (Lord Grayvorn, Reeve Maupassant, Lord Vaughan Sutton.)
- Interestingly, the Seventh Doctor takes on "Vaughan Sutton" as an alias in a later unrelated episode, when "John Smith" is taken.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: When he meets the Sixth Doctor, 'Maupassant' initially assumes that the Fifth Doctor 'just' transferred his mind into another person; by the time he meets the Seventh Doctor, 'Sutton' now understands that the Doctor actually changed his body on a cellular level.
- Large Ham: Oh yes.
- Mad Doctor: Has become this by the time of "Excelis Decays", as he is now a geneticist for the ruling political party.
- Mad Scientist: See above.
- Motive Decay: After "Excelis Dawns", Grayvorn's self-proclaimed goal was to become leader of Artaris so that he could avert the devastated future he saw when Iris accidentally took him into his planet's future; by the time of "Excelis Decays", 'Sutton' has become so consumed by his own desire for power that he actually causes that devastation when the Doctor prevents his plans for global conquest.
- Narrator: In "Excelis Dawns."
- Really 700 Years Old: Based on available information, he was around thirteen hundred years old by the time he died for good (assuming that the time he spent as a discorporate intelligence trapped in a building counts).
- Who Wants to Live Forever?
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He's certain that he's the fearsome villain of a sweeping Sword & Sorcery epic... but he's having a pretty hard time trying to convince everyone else of that. Iris Wildthyme thinks he's a funny old dear who can hold her grocery bags.
Colonel Ross Brimmicombe-Wood
A rather shouty soldier who appears in both the UNIT audios and the Alternate Universe audio "Sympathy For The Devil". In the alternate history, he becomes head of UNIT after The Brigadier retires. In the UNIT audios, he's a senior UNIT officer who gets kidnapped early on, and is secretly the leader of ultra-nationalist paramilitary movement ICIS. Most notable for being played by David Tennant before the TV series was even revived.
- Alternate Universe: In "Sympathy for the Devil".
- Attempted Rape: He very briefly considers giving Emily all the attention that he imagines she wanted from him all along. She gives him the beating of a lifetime, with his own gun.
- The Mole
- Patriotic Fervor: The bad kind. He hates UNIT because they work for the UN.
- Violent Glaswegian
A "non-corporeal universal concept" of Death in female form who creates Death wherever she goes. She has a special relationship with her "champion" the Master, and a adversarial one with the Seventh Doctor.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Or "non-corporeal universal concept" in this case, maybe. The Doctor isn't quite sure what she is.
- The Butler Did It: Disguised as a maidservant in "Master", she was the one who caused all the havoc.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Notes that she was forced to abandon her plans to make the Doctor her champion because "others" had plans for him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Snarks at the Doctor and Master constantly.
- Deal with the Devil: Was forced to make one with the Doctor so he and the Master would switch places. Later on she makes them just to screw around with the Doctor.
- Faux Affably Evil: She has a very cheerful manner, but she loves to kill people and is quick to mock the Doctor for his inability to kill.
- Grim Reaper: A malevolent one - she loves to kill indiscriminately wherever she goes.
- I Shall Taunt You: Mocks the Doctor that his deals with her always blow up in his face - someone will die.
- Jerkass God: The Virgin New Adventures novels state that she's an Eternal.
- Meaningful Name: When she disguised herself as John Smith's maid she took the name Jade - aka the color of death.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Made the Master human as part of a deal with the Doctor. When he turned out to be a kindly doctor, Death did her best to induce darkness in his heart, so that he'd kill again.
- Xanatos Gambit: She doesn't really care who dies as long as someone dies. And since death is universal, she'll always win.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Mocks the Doctor's futile events to save everyone because as she notes everyone will eventually die in the end.
Zagreus is just an old Gallifreyan nursery rhyme, so he shouldn't actually logically exist. This doesn't deter him any.
- Abhorrent Admirer: In the episode "The Next Life", she tries to get the Doctor to shag her when she's in Perfection's body. The Doctor's suitably disgusted when he realises who she is. Made extra funny by the fact that she's played by Daphne Ashbrook, who played companion Grace Holloway in the Eighth Doctor's debut.
- Armor-Piercing Question: The Eighth Doctor makes a good show of being Oblivious to Love towards Charlotte, and completely ignores her obvious crush on him. Zagreus... doesn't.Did you miss me? Did your little human heart ache every moment I was gone? Did you have bad thoughts about me in the small dark hours before the dawn?
- Badass Boast: In a direct reference to Paul Cornell's "Love And War" and Steven Moffat's "Continuity Errors":Monster, am I? Monster? I am what the monsters have nightmares about!
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Rassilon.
- The Dreaded: OH YES. Even Death herself is frightened when she's suddenly humming his song, without any idea where it came from.
- Eldritch Abomination: Anti-Time personified.
- Evil Is Hammy: He's the hammy kind of insane.
- Foreshadowing: The Sixth Doctor hums the Zagreus rhyme two and a half years before Zagreus shows up in Big Finish proper. The rhyme is repeated a few more times before the "Zagreus" episode.
- Gender Bender: Male-to-female.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: With the Eighth Doctor. They share a body and fight for dominance, while they're both coping with extreme Sanity Slippage and Loss of Identity.
- Insane Troll Logic: When the TARDIS locks Zagreus inside a semi-metaphorical Schrödinger's Cat lead box, Zagreus tells her that he's dead now, so she'd better let him out. When the TARDIS pointedly remarks that dead people generally don't talk, Zagreus tries to convince her that she's mad for talking back to a dead person, so she'd better let him out.
- To his credit, that did work for the Doctor in "Shada".
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme: In the Tropes Pantheon is God of this.
- Jumping the Gender Barrier: In "The Next Life", she's stolen a female body, and realises she can now bear children. Her brains and the Eighth Doctor's beauty. Eight has a number of issues with that statement.
- Large Ham: Both in Eight's body and as Perfection.
- Laughing Mad: Has this kind of laugh.
- The Mad Hatter: He knows he's insane. He doesn't like it very much, but it's all he has, and he makes the most of it.
- Sanity Slippage:Trust me, you dont want to be mad. Im not enjoying it one bit.
- Sharing a Body: With the Eighth Doctor and the TARDIS.
- The Starscream: Ends up betraying Rassilon and casting him to the Divergents.
- Would Hit a Girl: He hits Charley Pollard in the face. It terrifies her.
- Your Mind Makes It Real
A sniveling invisible git from the Divergent universe. Takes an interest in the Eighth Doctor and the TARDIS, while directing the heroes across different habitats and scenarios.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: All we ever learn is that he has no neck, no arms and no legs. The Kro'ka promptly kicks the Doctor, who concedes that they can define "legs" as "anything that can kick". Later he says he has only two pairs of hands.
- Butt-Monkey: As the Doctor says "Poor old Kro'ka. Everybody's whipping boy!"
- Dirty Coward: Rassilon even says he's not happy unless he's snivelling.
- Discretion Shot: The Doctor eventually forces the Kro'ka to shut off his invisibility. Then tells him to turn it back on, because apparently he looks like "a dog's breakfast".
- The Dragon: To the Divergence or rather Daqar Keep, who has absorbed them. And to Rassilon.
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: The Doctor pulls one on him.
- Fate Worse than Death: In the end, he's forced to re-enact "Scherzo" for all eternity together with Rassilon.
- Mind Rape: He has this power.
- Rail Roading: During the entire Divergent Universe arc, he alone decides where Eight and his companions go.
A very nasty human who acquired a Type-70 TARDIS, figured out how to fly it, and decided to sell his newfound Reality Warper abilities out to all the dirty old men of the universe. Appears disguised as various Historical Domain Characters, starting with Dr. Robert Knox.
- Came Back Wrong: As of "Assassin In the Limelight".
- Faux Affably Evil: He can be quite a gentleman, albeit a nasty one.
- Historical In-Joke: Is especially fond of them, and loves posing as historical characters long before their time.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Becomes the very first adversary in all of Doctor Who — but certainly not the last — to be defeated by the power of David Tennant's hugs.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Knox has certain ideas about how Time works that convince him that his plans are perfectly safe with no danger to the fabric of reality. The Doctor disagrees, and while Knox talks as though this is just a Time Lord trying to assert his self-proclaimed authority, the Doctor has less reason to lie than others. .
- Reality Warper: He freely uses his TARDIS to mess with the Web of Time and set up "Groundhog Day" Loop scenarios.
- The Undead: In his second appearance.
- Villain Team-Up: He makes a pact with The Indo, then promptly regrets it.
- Wicked Cultured: At heart, he's a man of the arts, specifically theatre.
A Time Lord and member of the Gallifreyan Celestial Intervention Agency, Straxus encounters the Eighth Doctor throughout the New Eighth Doctor Adventures arcs.
- Anachronic Order: His Oliver Hume regeneration is younger than the ones that appeared earlier.
- Black And Black Morality: Time Lords vs. Daleks in "Dark Eyes".
- Body Horror: He spends ten years as Morbius's bound slave, with Morbius continuously harvesting cells from him. That timeline gets reset, though.
- Breakout Character: The original actor had to be fired, and Nickolas Grace was called in at the last moment to fill in. His performance was so well-liked that Straxus kept being written into more and more stories. As one of Nicholas Briggs' favourite characters to write, he got significantly more Character Development than was originally planned, and eventually became a central character in "Dark Eyes".
- Character Development: All over "Dark Eyes".
- Cross Through: Also appears in one Bernice Summerfield episode, "The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel".
- Fantastic Racism: Seems to have shades of this towards Lucie.
- Future Me Scares Me: Considering his future self is Kotris, working together with the Daleks in order to wipe out all Time Lords from having ever existed.
- Heel Realisation: Eventually became so disgusted by Time Lord machinations that when he regenerated he took on the name Kotris, and became a Dalek ally.
- Heroic Suicide: Tries to commit Heroic Suicide fairly early on in "Dark Eyes". His future self, however, has already taken measures to prevent it. The third attempt sticks, though this doesn't seem intentional on his part.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The Oliver Hume incarnation especially seems to believe this.
- I Hate Past Me: To an extreme degree. Straxus kept all his guilt and self-loathing bottled up. Eventually it got loose when he regenerated. This new incarnation of Straxus was utterly disgusted by his previous self's actions and Time Lord hyprocisy in general so much that he changed his name to Kotris, and allied himself with the Daleks to wipe them out.
- Just Following Orders: His specialty. He eventually stops, but it's not exactly a positive development.
- The Nth Doctor
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Straxus rather enjoys enforcing the Time Lords' byzantine laws.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the Doctor tells him off for being part of the Time Lords' machinations, Straxus admits he'll one day tire of them. This is the first hint that Straxus and Kotris are the same person.
- Pet the Dog: His reaction to Lucie when the Doctor apparently died fighting Morbius.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
Lucie Miller's personal villain, the Headhunter is an opportunist who'll gladly sell her services to the highest bidder. After her initial story arc is over, she takes on Karen as a minion and goes off in search of new adventures. She has a knack for interfering in Lucie's life without either of them particularly wanting it, and becomes a recurring antagonist to Lucie and the Eighth Doctor for three full seasons.
- Badass Bureaucrat / Badass Bookworm: Is able to fly the TARDIS, solo, by reading the (17 volume) quick start manual. (She arrives 600 years too late, though.)
- Consummate Professional:
- Deadpan Snarker
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Absolutely refuses to give her real name, even when it could save her life.
- HeelFace Revolving Door
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gives her life to stop the Great One once she understands the scale of the Spiders' plans.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Constantly on the verge of dumping Karen, but subverted in the end.
An race created by ancient Well-Intentioned Extremist scientists, who created a number of very nasty biological weapons to use in their warfare. Realising that those viruses might end up destroying the universe, they set the Viyrans the goal of wiping them all out again. Every single bit of them. Every single bit of potential of someone, somewhere, maybe mutating a gene that might cause them to develop the diseases. And if they can't destroy the virus, they'll gladly murder its carriers. First encounter the Sixth Doctor and Peri, then get mixed up thoroughly in Charley Pollard's life thanks to the Dalek Time Controller, before becoming antagonists to the Eighth Doctor and Molly. Originated in Nicholas Briggs' doodles when he was 14, then first showed up to bother Ten and Rose in the short prose story "No One Died" before finally emerging in Big Finish.
- Ambiguous Robots: They're all a bit Straw Vulcan, and it's clear that they're constructs, but they can also feel pain.
- The Atoner: Travelling through time and space to destroy the viruses their creators once made.
- Bad Boss: To Charley Pollard, eventually, although she's willing to act as a sort of Silver Surfer to them.
- Fake Memories: They have the technology to implant any memory into someone, which Charley gladly makes use of to remove all memories of herself from Six's mind.
- It Is Pronounced Tropay: Vy-runs. Even the actors and writers slip up at times.
- Pulling Themselves Together: What happens when a Viyran is destroyed.
- Voice Changeling: How they can communicate with people, through A Form You Are Comfortable With.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Genocide is their answer to a lot of things. The Doctor's companions, particularly Peri and Charley, occasionally manage to convince them otherwise.
Nobody No-One: Well, actually: No, I'm not. But you're not the first person who said that. Is it the hair? It's the hair, isn't it? I should change the hair.
Think of a Time Lord, only one coming from a reality made of words and verb structure rather than space and time. You now have the makings of a Word Lord. This particular one is a bounty hunter going by the name of Nobody No-One, and rather likes to be a thorn in the side of the Seventh Doctor. The terrifying twist is that his abilities are derived from words uttered or written down. So, for example, if someone were to say that "Nobody could get into the TARDIS..."
- Anime Hair: His Paul Reynolds incarnation looks (and acts) like a twisted parody of the Tenth Doctor.
- Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: A scary variant, rather than comedy. The Word Lord is very clever in manipulating people into saying things in his favour.Evelyn: Nobody should have that kind of power.
Nobody: I can't believe you said that! That may be the biggest blunder in history!
- Evil Counterpart:
- To the Doctor, being that they both are of similar species, are renegades of an advanced society who have left their homeworld behind due to not fitting in with their peers, and are capable of travelling all around space and time. But whereas the Doctor is kind and virtuous, Nobody is malicious and sadistic, and whereas the Doctor travels to experience the wonders of the universe and fight injustice, Nobody travels with the goal of deriving pleasure from wrecking havoc and causing people pain and discomfort.
- Also invoked on a meta level at first, since he's very much like the Tenth Doctor. This element is deliberately invoked in-story later on, when he goes around wearing a Fourth Doctor style scarf just for fun.
- For the Evulz: Pretty much the only reason Nobody No-One is antagonizing the Doctor. Sure, he's taken a double-job from the Daleks (who want the Doctor's dead body) and Cybermen (who want his brain), but his real reward will be to see the joy the Daleks get from their worst enemy dead at their feet.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Literally. At first he seems harmless. Then you utter something like, say... "Nobody can kill the Doctor". And then he can.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Once you realize the power of language...
- Large Ham: Paul Reynolds plays his Word Lord as a lethal homage to the Tenth Doctor. It is as awesome and fearful as it sounds. Reddington plays his version of Nobody No-One as a more restrained Word Lord, but occasionally goes over the deep end as well.
- Literal Genie: Be very careful what you say around him.
- The Nth Doctor: His second appearance is a regeneration, forced upon him when he crashed into the 27th letter of the English Alphabet.
- Omnicidal Maniac: After the Doctor's resurrection.
- Psycho for Hire: Doesn't much care about the rewards, wanting to hunt down the most dangerous creatures across the Multiverse, and takes pleasure in killing, wanting to take Hex despite the small reward.
- Reality Warper: One of the most dangerous villains in all of Doctor Who. The only way the Doctor manages to defeat him in his second appearance is by committing a very real Heroic Sacrifice. Ace manages to outthink him and bring the Doctor back to life, although it takes her well over a year. And even when Evelyn sacrifices her own life to rid the universe of him, he gleefully invokes his own Joker Immunity. And all that takes place in the same episode.
- Really 700 Years Old: Nobody knows how old he is. No, really. But he's not telling.
- Ret Gone: A walking version of it, should someone be ignorant enough to give him that much power.
- Sanity Slippage: Originally takes exception to the idea that he's insane, but after regenerating, he goes Large Ham at the accusation that he's gone mad — he's furious!
The Dalek Time Controller
A Dalek from the far future, which was created with an evolved mind that allowed it to perceive time in a more advanced manner than a standard Dalek. Consequently, the Dalek Time Controller was given the position of strategist for all Dalek time missions. Chronologically (from its perspective) first meets the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC novel "The Dalek Generation" and later encounters the Sixth Doctor, before becoming a main antagonist to the Eighth Doctor. In the Eighth Doctor's opinion, this is the most threatening Dalek of them all. Why? He can take the Dalek race's greatest failures and change them into their greatest victories. See his tropes in the "New Series Adventures" here.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Resorts to this in order to live, due to its symbiotic connection to Molly O'Sullivan slowly killing it.
- Arch-Enemy: Seems to become this for the later Eighth Doctor.
- Badass Decay: Acknowledged and justified In-Universe. The Time Controller is literally decaying by "Dark Eyes 4", due to the symbiotic connection it developed with Molly O'Sullivan, and is in constant pain from this. Its DNA has also decayed enough that the other Daleks refuse to acknowledge it as a fellow Dalek or a high ranking officer in the Empire. Even its non-organic components are suffering from this, its weapon weakening to the point it requires several direct hits to kill someone. Doesn't stop it from blowing up Dalek after Dalek though.
- Big Bad: For the "Dark Eyes" series against the Eighth Doctor. Begins a bit earlier with "Lucie Miller" and "To the Death".
- The Chessmaster: Throughout most of of "The Dalek Generation". It goes up against the equally formidable Master in "Dark Eyes 4". The Master wins.
- Conqueror from the Future: Is hurled back thousands of years and decides to perform another Dalek Invasion of Earth.
- Moreover, his origin in aiding the New Dalek Paradigm makes him implicitly a New Series villain thrown back in time to fight the classic Doctors.
- The Corruption: By existing outside of time, the Dalek Time Controller remembers events from the timeline in Dark Eyes. However, the rapidly changing timelines cause it to pick up and retain various bits that, to the Daleks, make it less and less Dalek. By being involved in Molly O'Sullivan's timeline for so long, the Dalek Time Controller ends up being symbiotically linked to her, weakening it as Molly's own body ages and fails.
- Cross Through: His appearance outside of Six's timeline seriously freaks out Eight. To make things more complicated, he's also the main villain in "The Dalek Generation", a novel written by Nicholas Briggs, in which (from his perspective) he meets the Doctor for the first time... and his first Doctor is, via Loophole Abuse of the story being a BBC Books novel and not a Big Finish audio play, the Eleventh Doctor whom he meets post Time War (relatively speaking) while working for the New Dalek Paradigm.
- Cruel Mercy: In "To the Death" tells the Eighth Doctor he will be left on Earth as it is sent through time to the Amethyst viruses. Being a Time Lord will enable the Doctor to live long enough to watch the Earth die.
- Enemy Mine: In The Traitor, the Doctor helps him against the Eminence. Earlier he joined Straxus' future incarnation Kotris against the Time Lords.
- Expy/Evil Counterpart: Seems to be one for Dalek Caan of the New Series, as like Caan he was flung through time and saw all of eternity and every possibility as well as the whole of Dalek history. Unlike Caan who was driven insane with horror at the true evil of the Daleks, the Time Controller instead saw exactly how he could mastermind the Dalek's conquest of all eternity.
- Eight even subtly references this by asking how he could see eternity and not find some humility and perspective, before realising how unlikely a Dalek learning from history would be.
- The Dalek Time Controller is also very similar in many respects to River Song, whose time travel also generally doesn't mesh with the Doctor's, meeting each other out of order from their perspectives.
- A God Am I: In "Dark Eyes 4", he states that he is a Time Lord Dalek, and that through him, the Daleks will be the new masters of time and space.
- Have We Met Yet?: First meets the 11th Doctor, then the 6th Doctor, then becomes the Arch-Enemy of the 8th Doctor.
- Joker Immunity: Even though history being changed in "Dark Eyes" means he shouldn't have survived the events of "To the Death" he shows up again in "Dark Eyes 2".
- Louis Cypher: Anyone with an understanding of French could guess the name Dutemps involved it in some way.
- The Omniscient: One's mind existing outside of time will slowly turn you into this.
- Plague Master: Plans to annihilate all life in the universe by reusing the Dalek's plan to pilot Earth as a mobile base and mass infecting it with the deadliest bio weapons in the universe so the Daleks could simply teleport Earth across the universe spreading the plagues in its wake.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: In "Dark Eyes 2" he remembers the events of "Dark Eyes" despite preventing them from happening.
- Stable Time Loop: Due to becoming increasingly less and less Dalek, by the Dalek Supreme's standards, the Time Controller goes on to greater lengths to ensure that it had its own power base, eventually cummulating in becoming the Eminence. However, these actions cause the Dalek Supreme to have another mutant like it to be created and made entirely loyal to the Supreme, starting the loop all over again.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Their life is largely this, though he was created to master that. From his perspective the first time he meets the Doctor is in the Post Time-War timeline.
- Unholy Matrimony: With a Dalek duplicate (in human form), cloned from its own cells. Really, the name Dutemps was a bit of a giveaway. Narcissism, thy name is Time Controller.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Justified. Often it won't exterminate the Doctor because doing so would mess up the timeline, or it's simply more productive to leave him alive.
- Averts this with the Master; the moment their alliance ceases to be needed, it attempts to have him killed on the spot. He saw it coming a mile away.
- You Have Failed Me: Eventually murders Straxus, even though doing so completely resets the timeline. Since the Dalek Time Controller has become The Omniscient at that point, it doesn't matter to him.
- Does this to several Daleks when they explicitly deny its official rank and standing.
A Fog of Doom in one of the purest senses; the Eminence is a cloud of energy, demanding worship and converting people into Infinite Warriors for its cause of conquest. To this end it employs caskets full of Eminence gas, caskets that may appear out of nowhere and travel through space under their own power - to breath in their contents is to breath in forever, and to become an Infinite Warrior. First appeared in "The Seeds of War", although the Doctor first encountered the Eminence chronologically in "Destroy The Infinite".
- Big Bad: Of "Dark Eyes 2" and "Dark Eyes 3".
- Enemy Mine: The Time Lords foresee a possible future where the Eminence is the only life form in the Universe and hope to find a way to control it to prevent the Daleks ending up as the dominant life form of the Universe.
- The Master provides a much more direct deal with it in "Dark Eyes 3".
- Enemy Within: The Doctor has a piece of the Eminence trapped inside his mind - not enough to take control, if he's careful and keeps it under control, but enough for the Eminence to sense his presence. Unfortunately, he's had to let that control slip more than once...
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Eminence keeps trying to tempt the Doctor with We Can Rule Together, and doesn't seem to appreciate why it is refused.
- Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: Anyone transformed into an Infinite Warrior gains these - though they are technically not undead, killing them requires specialized equipment, and they cannot be recovered from this state. Then the Master started dabbling in things...
- A God Am I: Has this attitude through and through. This isn't helped by the fact that, as a gaseous entity, it's rather hard to kill the Eminence outright, and its Infinite Warriors are only marginally easier to stop.
- Godzilla Threshold: In contrast, the Doctor is willing to work with the Dalek Time Controller against them.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: The gas the Eminence was composed of was originally designed to take the consciousness out of a pilot's body and allow it to control star ships from vast distances apart, the teleport pods likewise designed to move it about. However, problems arose from the various unhealthy delusions Markus Schriver had while creating it, and things only got worse when the Master became involved...
- Kryptonite Factor: Initially, the Eminence had no weakness that could easily be exploited. As of "Dark Eyes 2", however, a new one emerged by way of the changing timelines: the retrogenitor particles carried by Molly O'Sullivan. Anyone infused with them becomes immune to possession, previous victims even return to normal after sufficient exposure, and the Eminence gas itself is dispersed by it. Nobody knows how this came about, but the Master exploits it for all it is worth.
- Merger of Souls: Its consciousness is composed of the minds of both Markus Schriver, who provided the attitude, and the Dalek Time Controller, who brought along the drive to survive at all costs. Suffice to say, that Royal "We" the Eminence employs is not merely out of pomposity.
- Mind Rape: Of quite a few people. Notably, Narvin gets thoroughly invaded by it.
- Our Zombies Are Different: People who inhale the Breath of Forever from the Eminence are turned into its Infinite Warriors, with cracked gray skin and glowing orange eyes. They don't need to be alive, either◊.
- Power Born of Madness: Marcus Schriver, the original creator of the gas the Eminence is composed of, was... not the most healthy minded of individuals. Aside from believing in gods of chance and refusing to accept his actions could directly result in others dying, Schriver regularly talked to himself under the pretence it was his computer that was doing so. Is it any surprise the Eminence was created from such a mind? Well, no, not when the Dalek Time Controller got thrown in and stirred around.
- Royal "We": Always refers to itself in this way. It turns out to be a bit more literal than one would assume.
- Stable Time Loop: After bits of its consciousness move through the Doctor, the Master and the Master's TARDIS, that trace of its being is then fed by the Master into the fog that would eventually become the Eminence, ensuring its creation.
- Come "Dark Eyes 4", it becomes much more complicated. The Eminence was created from a trap the Daleks placed for the Dalek Time Controller, knowing that it would attempt to shift its mind into the mind-sustaining gas Markus Schriver was developing. Once there, Daleks would blow up the Time Controller to ensure it died. However, though the Time Controller succeeds, Schriver had already completed the transfer himself, resulting in the two minds fighting for dominance of the gas and eventually merging together into the Eminence. The explosion, and the portal to the vortex in the Time Controller's own now discarded casing, caused the Eminence to be sent into the vortex, whereupon it would be unleashed onto the universe and prove to be a thorn in the Time Controller's side, allowing it to learn about the Eminence... Oi.
- The Dreaded: The possibility of even one Infinite Warrior appearing, much less the Eminence itself, is enough to get armies mobilized and ready to start firing.
- The Virus: A living zombie plague, to be the last thing remaining in the universe... if the timelines stay right. It's so potent that even a few molecules of its gas are able to evoke a partial transformation (albeit an un-sustained one if the Eminence itself isn't around).
A TARDIS technician innocently going about his job, Stoyn had the misfortune of being within the Doctor's TARDIS when the Doctor "borrowed" it. Given a nasty burn when the TARDIS was powered up, Stoyn suffers incredibly whenever he comes across the Doctor, and only gets more hell when he attempts revenge for it.
- Absolute Xenophobe: Stoyn initially was as xenophobic as the next Gallifreyan - however, his effective banishment from Gallifrey, and his ensuing madness, slowly cranks the dial up. By "Luna Romana", he has been driven so insane by Earth's presence and the Doctor's attitude towards it that he attempts to undo Earth's very existence, and the Doctor with it. Romana II makes sure it does Stoyn in instead.
- Glory Hound: Attempts this at the end of "The Beginning", to win some favour on Gallifrey - he becomes stranded on the moon for his troubles.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Stoyn was just a technician doing his job; then the Doctor came around...
- Kick the Dog: Both Susan and Romana I showed Stoyn some compassion in the short time they were with him. Both times he used them for his own ends, and gets hell for it.
- Knight Templar: Has this attitude towards the Doctor and his meddling. Though Stoyn's crusade has some legitimate points, as the Doctor's TARDIS is technically stolen property and he illegally left Gallifrey, it inevitably comes back to bitter revenge for how Stoyn was unfairly treated. He also views the Time Lords as being soft for pardoning the aforementioned crimes, despite, ya know, saving the universe and the entire Time Lord society. He then takes the next obvious extreme of this trope, and never looks back.
- MacGyvering: To the point that he can construct a window to view into Gallifrey's Matrix while trapped on Earth's moon! If only it weren't locked on the Doctor...
- Physical Scars, Psychological Scars: Initially only Stoyn's face was scarred, partially hidden by a beard later on. His repeated botched attempts at doing the Doctor in, however, gave him a notable twitch.
- Villain Ball: Brilliant as Stoyn is, his contempt for the Doctor leads him to utilize valuable resources to try and trap the Doctor rather than contact Gallifrey and explain how he became an accidental renegade. "The Dying Light" even implies that the Doctor got his hypercube from one of Stoyn's traps.
- Villainous Breakdown: Stoyn goes through one in practically every story he's in. The worst of them happens in "Luna Romana", where Romana I accidentally lets slip that Stoyn's role as a Quaddrigger has long become obsolete.
- We Can Rule Together: Attempts this with Susan. She tells him where to stick it with her foot.
One of the most feared criminal Time Lords Gallifrey ever produced. The Seventh Doctor brought him to justice. Unique amongst Time Lords in that his previous regenerations live on inside his mind, and none of them get along with each other. Regenerated into "The Twelve" in Time War Series 2.
- Affably Evil: The Five is by far the most polite and deferential of his incarnations, frequently scolding the Six and the others for being too eager to take the most violent route and even apoligising to some of the Eleven's victims from within him for how rude his other selves are. Could be a case of Faux Affably Evil but we don't see enough of him to be certain.
- The Twelve seems to fit this as well. While she has her moments of callousness she is perfectly polite to the Doctor and Bliss and never even kills anything that isn't a Dalek.
- All There in the Manual: On Twitter, John Dorney approved of a fan's idea to refer to the character as "the Collective" when speaking of the whole personality group, but he hasn't yet made it official.
- Almighty Janitor: Before he went bad, he was tapped to serve on the High Council despite being an archivist because they needed to make up the numbers during a crisis situation.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The Nine. So very much.
- Batman Gambit: The Nine pulls an impressive one in The Odds Against. He sets up a scenario designed to intrigue the Doctor complete with mysterious deaths, ancient mythical monsters and evil AI. The Doctor realises too late that it's all fake.
- Blood Knight: The Eleven loves a good slaughter, as does many of his previous incarnations, but the Six takes it up to, well, eleven. He loves nothing more than slaughter, and whenever he isn't complaining about not being in control, he tells the other incarnations to just slay everyone and everything.
- The Corrupter: If there's one thing the Eleven is good at doing, outside of being insane, it's taking his fellow Timelords and making them into beings just as terrible as him.
- The Determinator: He seemingly is one just by having managed to live as long as he has. He isn't the first Time Lord to suffer from his condition, the others apparently never made it past their eighth incarnations. One is said to have stasered themselves through both of their hearts.
- Disability Immunity: The Ravenous feed off regeneration energy but since his regenerative dissonance means he regenerates differently to most Time Lords they cannot feed off him.
- Enemy Mine: Is utterly terrified of the Ravenous and joins forces with the Doctor to stop them from hunting them both. At least until he learns he's immune to being fed on by the Ravenous and he decides to throw in his lot with them to get his revenge on the Doctor and the whole universe.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Doctor, specifically some of his incarnations seem to mirror the respective incarnations of the Doctor.
- The One sounds noticeably older than the others, much like the First Doctor.
- The Three is apparently more willing to kill than the others. The Third Doctor was an eager martial artist and had less qualms about handling a gun than his other selves.
- The Five is a polite Quintessential British Gentleman much like the amiable cricketer that was the Fifth Doctor.
- The Six is Ax-Crazy, much like how violent the Sixth Doctor was post regeneration (and even later he was more pragmatic and less worried with violence than most Doctors)
- The Seven is the scientist like how the Seventh Doctor was an intelligent Chessmaster.
- The Eight is the Token Good Teammate trying to stop his other selves and the Eighth Doctor is the incarnation of the Doctor who has to deal with the Eleven the most so he is ALSO trying to stop his other selves.
- The Ten was particularly good at mental manipulation, once hypnotising most of a Gallifreyan firing squad into killing themselves, much like the Tenth Doctor's more regular use of his telepathic abilities compared to the other Doctors.
- Eviler Than Thou: The Eleven chides the Nine for merely trying to set the Ravenous on the Doctor after learning about their immunity to them. He decides to attempt something far more elaborate.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: From humble archivist to feared criminal mastermind. His archivist job becomes a major plot point because he found the plans of Rassilon and Omega's original stellar manipulator in the Panopticon Archives.
- Gender Bender: Regenerates into a woman as "The Twelve".
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Nine attempts this with all of the Doctor's companions. Naturally it backfires spectacularly because imprisoning a group of people experienced in dealing with extreme situations all in the same place means they inevitably work out an escape.
- Hero with an F in Good: The Eight.
- I Hate Past Me: None of his previous incarnations get along with each other. At all.
- Special attention goes to the Eight, who was the only incarnation who genuinely tried to be 'good'.
- It gets taken to absurd lengths in The Odds Against when the Eleven and the Nine meet. They not only bicker with each other but their past selves start each talking to their counterparts in the others head resulting in them both simultaneously telling Four to be quiet and the Nine inside the Eleven's head (unsuccessfully) conspiring with the actual Nine to stop the Eleven from saving the Doctor, Helen and Liv.
- I Have Many Names: He changed his name with each incarnation - i.e. since he's on his eleventh incarnation he's called The Eleven; the others are the Ten, the Nine, etc.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The Nine gets imprisoned in one of the cells he kept the Doctor's companions in after they break out and overpower him.
- Hypnotic Eyes: The Ten's specialty.
- Insane Equals Violent: Defied. He says on more than one occasion that his evil has nothing to do with his mental illness. Since he went bad when he was the One, before he would've noticed its effects, he's likely correct.
- Attempts to invoke this at the end of The Odds Against claiming that being attacked by the Ravenous cured him of his regenerative dissonance and he's good now. Helen points out to the Doctor and Liv that they know that's not how it worked. He's faking being cured regardless.
- Insistent Terminology: Nine objects to being called a Psychopath. That's Six. He's the Kleptomaniac.
- It's Personal: He hates the Doctor since he's the one who brought him into justice.
- The Kleptomaniac: The Nine. He acknowledges it in Companion Piece"I've existed for only a few hours and stealing is literally all I've done! I'm starting to think it might be a thing".
- Large Ham: Eleven of them.
- Morality Pet: Gets one in the form of Helen Sinclair, although he clarifies that while his compassion for her is genuine there are still at least three of his incarnations that wouldn't hesitate to kill her.
- Out-Gambitted: By River Song. the Nine tortures her for the names of the Doctor's companions so he can abduct them. She gives him the names of people who together have the skill sets needed to break out. She also sends him to face her gun wielding past self in a mission to collect Katarina who ends up psychically assaulting him into unconsciousness.
- The Nose Knows: The Two says he is very good at sniffing out traitors. More memorably he's able to smell that River Song is a Time Lord human hybrid.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: The Five certainly has the demeanor of one despite not even being human.
- Rummage Sale Reject: The Nine goes around dressed like a particularly fabulous pirate, and loves dresses as well.
- The Smart Guy: Apparently The Seven is the best at the sciences.
- Split Personality: He slips into his previous incarnations when he's riled up. His previous incarnations had methods of dealing with these flareups, but the Eight was the best at it.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Eleven is NOT happy to have to join the Tardis team to fight the Ravenous. The feeling is mutual, with Liv going so far as to suggest leaving him tied up in a cupboard.
- Somewhat subverted in the Time War series. The Doctor and the Twelve are made to join forces and while he is not happy about it she's perfectly content with the arrangement.
- Token Evil Teammate: Becomes one to the Tardis Team in Ravenous 3.
- Token Good Teammate: Not the Eleven specifically but his Eighth incarnation, Octavian. Eight is always the voice begging his other incarnations to not hurt people, to surrender and just please stop being such a monster. He spent much of his time on Earth as a begger, in torment from what his previous incarnations had done, meditating to keep their voices out and being as non-offensive as he possibly could. He even assisted the Doctor, Liv, Helen and River in defeating the Clocksmith. Unfortunately, the damage he suffered from the encounter caused him to regenerate into the Nine, and it all went horribly wrong from there.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: The Ravenous can't feed of him.
- Villainous Rescue: Shows up in The Odds Against to save the Tardis Team from the Ravenous. It's actually part of a larger gambit.
- Women Are Wiser: The Twelve claims to be a benevolent incarnation like the Eight. She may not be telling the truth (she certainly lacks the Eight's guilt over his past actions) but she's smart enough not to let any of her nastier urges get in the way of helping win the Time War which is a stark contrast to the destructive recklessness of most of her male predecessors.
The High Council member in charge of securing a decisive Gallifreyan victory during the Time War, and she's desperate to secure it at any cost, which puts her in constant conflict with the War Doctor.
- Anachronic Order: A younger incarnation shows up in "Doom Coalition 4", who's notably more pacifist then her future self. It is only out of order from an out of universe perspective-the younger Ollistra interacts with the younger Eighth Doctor. She's killed by the Eleven and she regenerates into the aggressive, hard-nosed tactician who won't go down without a fight.
- Anti-Villain: She wants to destroy the Daleks and end the Time War... but she doesn't care what damage may happen to the rest of the universe as a result.
- Evil Can Not Comprehend Good: She tries and fails to get the War Doctor to see things her way.
- Face Death with Dignity: During the battle of Beltox, when it looks like she and the locals are going to die, she calmly says they should make their death "legendary."
- He Who Fights Monsters: In fighting the Daleks, Ollistra's methods are rather similar to those of the Daleks. She's only nominally better in that the Time Lords are trying to keep the universe together... for the moment.
- I Did What I Had to Do: When confronted with her actions, she reminds people that there is a war to fight.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: With every installment her plans to end the war get more insane and desperate.
- Manipulative Bitch: She gets the War Doctor to do her dirty work for her by pulling a little bit of reverse psychology.
- Not So Different: From the Daleks.
- Pet the Dog: In spite of her less than agreeable mindset, she does have an understanding on how to keep morale up in the times of war, even the War Doctor. She takes him to Keska long after the turmoil has ended, the planet and its people renewed and at peace, even pointing out that his friend Rejoice had become a symbol of peace and avoiding mentioning if she had died taking a stabbing for him. They're token efforts, smattered with more of her affirmations of the war, but it does paint her efforts greyer than they'd otherwise be.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With the War Doctor, mainly due to the insane amount of collateral damage her plans involve.
- Villainous Breakdown: Every time the War Doctor foils one of her insane plans, the next one is even more despicable than the last.
- We Have Reserves: She sacrifices countless soldiers in a series of insane gambits and experiments to find ways to finally end the war.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Well, she does want to destroy the Daleks, her methods however...