Silurians, Zygons, Ice Warriors, Sontarans… even the Macra, all have made their returns to Doctor Who since 2005 alongside the true super-villains of the show such as the Daleks and Cybermen. But what other Classic Series villains are deserving of having their rubber suits, fangs and netting dusted off for one more shot at our hero?
Here’s our list!
10: The Celestial Toymaker
The Toymaker is immortal, having already lived for millions of years. Having been cast out from an alternative universe, he obeys a different set of physical laws. The years of isolation have driven him mad, and he seeks distraction in the playing of games. If the Toymaker loses a game, his world is destroyed (although he is powerful enough to rebuild it). If a contestant loses, he is added to the game as a toy, and if he wins, he is destroyed with the world. Either way, the contestant cannot win.
When he debuted for his single appearance, the Celestial Toymaker was something unique to the show. An entity that defied the logic of creation as we’d come to know it, millions of years old and not from our own universe, he was as close to a god the series had come. While the original serial was comedic in tone in many places, the concept of the trickster, the Loki or even Joker kind of character, has potential to be a much darker entity, as seen in many spin-off performances.
9: The Great Vampires
The Fourth Doctor encounters vampires whilst travelling in E-Space in the 1980 serial State of Decay. The Doctor, Romana, Adric and K-9 encounter three vampires, Aukon, Camilla and Zargo. It is revealed that the three are servants of the giant King Vampire, a member of the Great Vampires who once fought a great war against the Time Lords but were eventually defeated.
Vampires have been “a thing” all over again for a while in popular culture, it seems there isn’t a month goes by without a new take on the undead entities. The ongoing series tackled vampires in The Vampires of Venice, but the Great Vampires are a different breed entirely and a much more formidable adversary. With their foundation in Time Lord lore, there’s no reason they couldn’t slip right back into a Doctor Who where Gallifrey has been born anew. The war between the Time Lords and Great Vampires is something that could easily become an arc on the show.
8: Haemavores and Fenric
Haemovores appeared in the Seventh Doctor story The Curse of Fenric by Ian Briggs. Vampiric creatures that fed on blood, they were the end result of human evolution in a possible far future, caused by millennia of pollution. As part of his final game against the Doctor, the entity known as Fenric transported the most powerful Haemovore, called the “Ancient One”, through time to Viking Age Northumbria. There it waited, trapped beneath the North Sea for centuries, occasionally drawing victims into the water and transforming them into Haemovores.
Sticking with vampires, the Haemovores were one of the most memorable villains or monsters of the 1980s, taking a central role in Sylvester McCoy’s best serial, The Curse of Fenric. Again, a villain that potentially could lend itself well to an ongoing arc, Fenric is an “evil from the dawn of time” that has been linked in spin-off media to HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The potential for adapting some of the lore created around the “Great Old Ones” seems obvious, particularly with the Great Intelligence having been a success during the Matt Smith era.
7: The Krynoid
Krynoids were large, carnivorous alien plants that could be thought of as galactic weeds. On planets where the Krynoid took root, all animal life would become extinct, as Krynoids desired that all plants should win against the animals that ate them.
As a concept the Krynoid is one of the most horrific of all Doctor Who monsters. An carnivorous alien parasitic weed that infects animal life, slowly turning the host into a murderous plant. It’s pure body horror, The Fly meets Gardner’s World. The Seeds of Doom, with it’s themes of environmentalism and conservation, not to mention what is in effect biological terrorism on the part of Harrison Chase, is still relevant today and it’d be interesting to see what a modern writing team could make for today’s climate change conscious world.
In The Brain of Morbius, Morbius is a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. Morbius was eventually executed by his fellow Time Lords for his crimes and his body was dispersed. However, his brain was taken away by the fanatical scientist, Solon, who is planning the resurrection of Morbius.
A fan favourite for a return, Morbius is a renegade Time Lord (yes, another one) but with enough of the unique to make him stand out from the very crowded pack. Clearly influenced by Frankenstein’s monster, Morbius is more than the sum of his parts (we’ve been waiting to use that one for years!), infused with an intriguing backstory and gothic trappings. The Sisterhood of Khan have returned to the series and taken a larger role in the ongoing mythos of the show, a return of Morbius would certainly not be difficult to achieve. Plus, with the Frankenstein echoes, we surely need to see a ridiculous number of sequels? The Bride of Morbius? Abbott and Costello Meet Morbius? …no? please yourselves!
‘Moffat missed a trick’ not bringing back the Yeti…? Well, more accurately, he did more than miss a trick. Brought the Intelligence back without permission. Hopefully Chibnall will show more respect for other peoples’ properties.
5: The Yeti
The Yeti resemble the cryptozoological creatures also called the Yeti, with an appearance Radio Times has described as “cuddly but ferocious”, disguising a small spherical device that provides its motive power. The Yeti serve the Great Intelligence, a disembodied entity from another dimension, which first appeared trying to form a physical body so as to conquer the Earth. Initially the Yeti are a ruse to scare off curiosity seekers, later serving as an army for the Great Intelligence.
As welcome as the return of the Great Intelligence alongside Matt Smith was, we can’t help thinking that Steven Moffat missed a trick in not bringing back the Yeti for a modern audience when the two have always been intrinsically linked throughout the show’s history. Cute, fluffy and with a toilet flush for a roar, the Yeti would have been as popular now as always. So long as they don’t lose any, anyway 😉
Sutekh, played by Gabriel Woolf, is a member of an alien race called the Osirans and first appears in Pyramids of Mars… Sarah recognises the name of Sutekh as an alternative name of the god Set in ancient Egyptian mythology. The Doctor explains that Sutekh is in fact the last of a powerful alien race called the Osirians. He was pursued across the galaxy by his brother Horus, and was finally defeated on Earth.
He’s an Egyptian God, what more reason do you need to bring him back? Did we mention Gabriel Woolf (the Beast in The Satan Pit) has one of the most frightening voices in all of creation? Much like the Great Vampires and Morbius, Pyramids of Mars is a story that had clear echoes of the popular Hammer Horror films of the 1950s – 1970s, yet stories of vampires, mummies and Frankenstein are timeless. With the Tom Cruise remake of The Mummy set to debut in cinemas soon and Universal’s “Dark Universe” set to attempt a challenge on Marvel’s box office domination, there may be no better time to take their lead and reinvent some of the classic horrors of the Doctor Who universe for a whole new generation.
The society in and around Kaldor City on the planet Kaldor was apparently almost wholly dependent on humanoid Sandminer robots manufactured by the Kaldor City Company for servants and manual labour. The sandminers, which made a major contribution to Kaldor’s economy, were almost entirely crewed by robots of this type. Although superficially similar (all were designed to be aesthetically pleasing), the robots were constructed in several varieties which differed in their intelligence, autonomy, and ability to communicate.
An inspired meeting of Isaac Asimov and Agatha Christie, The Robots of Death is arguably one of the best of Tom Baker’s formidable run, if not the best. The memorability of the serial is thanks not only to a brilliant script from Chris Boucher but the effectiveness of the design of the titular robots. When Poul succumbs to robophobia, we understand his aversion to the unemotional robots with their fixed art deco expressions, it’s the uncanny valley taken to it’s murderous conclusion. With robots certain to become an integral part of humanity’s future, a return for the Voc, Dum and Super-Vocs would be entirely topical.
Omega was a stellar engineer and High Council member on Gallifrey who developed the Hand of Omega, a remote stellar manipulator which could be used to control the reactions within a star. Using the Hand, Omega performed adjustments on a star near Gallifrey’s in an attempt to provide a power source for the time travel experiments he conducted with Rassilon. However, Omega was thought killed in the resulting supernova, which then collapsed into a black hole.
The fan favourite and one that everybody wants to see, much like the Great Vampires and Morbius he is steeped in Time Lord history. One of the Doctor’s most formidable foes, Omega debuted in 1972’s The Three Doctors alongside incumbent Jon Pertwee, plus the returning Patrick Troughton and William Hartnell. He made a second appearance in Arc of Infinity alongside Peter Davison. His power and legacy as a contemporary of Rassilon make Omega a natural fit for season arc and finale material, the don’t come much bigger or badder as a potential “big bad” of a season.
1: Sea Devils
In The Sea Devils, an amphibious variety of Silurians are awakened from their hibernation by the Master, who persuades them to reclaim the planet from the human race. Despite the Third Doctor’s efforts to convince them otherwise, the Sea Devils eventually decide to go to war, forcing the Doctor to destroy their base. It is revealed, however, that there were many colonies still in hibernation around the world.
Much like with the Yeti, it seems a trick was missed in not bringing back the Sea Devils following the successful reintroduction of the Silurians. As the sea-based cousins of their more prolific on-land cousins, they differ enough to be worth bringing back, but retain enough dependence on the existing Silurians to slip effortlessly into established new series lore. Their emerging from the sea in The Sea Devils remains an iconic moment in the Third Doctor’s era and their original incarnation, wrapped in netting, is one of the better designed monsters of the era. Plus we love The Sea Devils, so they’re getting first place! It’s our list dammit!
So there we have it, our top ten classic series monsters that need to return. Did we miss anything? do you agree or disagree? let us know in your comments!