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10 Coolest Doctor Who Villains

Day of the Doctor

By Robert T. Trate     November 21, 2013
Source: Mania.com

The Zygons are returning!
In all my years I never thought I would love Doctor Who has much as I do. This odd ball Sci-Fi series that has run for 50 years was a stranger to me until recently. It was a show that was always on PBS with production values that never matched Star Wars. Forgive me, older Whovians, but I was a child raised on Star Wars and if it didn’t look as good as that, it wasn’t worth watching. I took the leap back in 2007 and started playing catching up. I had the advantage of not getting too attached to Christopher Eccleston and was able to settle on David Tennant instantly. I became a Whovian quickly, though it did take some time to adjust to this very different Sci-Fi series. With any series, it always comes down to story and characters. Heroes and villains can make or break a series and Doctor Who is ripe with villains. If you still need swaying and have failed to notice that the world of Sci-Fi does indeed belong to Doctor Who, then here are ten reasons to watch.
The best part about this list is that the majority of these villains and episodes are available for instant viewing via Netflix!
The Beast
First Appearance: The Satan Pit (2006)
Home World: Krop Tor (possibly)
Doctor’s Met: 10th
You can’t get a better villain than evil itself. The tenth Doctor had everything on the line when he faced the Beast. Though vanquished via a Black Hole, evil never really dies. 
First Appearance: The Fires of Pompeii (2008)
Home World: Pyrovilla
Doctor’s Met: 10th
This baddie makes his home at the bottom of Mount Vesuvius. His plan was to convert the residents of Pompeii into stone minions. Thankfully, the Doctor arrived on volcano day and thwarted this particular Pyroviles’s plan. Watch this episode and look for two future stars of the series. There is both a companion and a doctor present. 
First Appearance: The Runaway Bride (2006)
Home World: The Dark Times
Doctor’s Met: 10th
Nobody likes spiders. Now, imagine a giant one that is hell bent on making the Earth her home. Racnoss even tries to take over Earth on Christmas, talk about evil. The Doctor encounters a future companion here when he faces off against this evil bitch from before time began. 
First Appearance: The Time Warrior (1973)
Home World: Sontar
Doctor’s Met: 3rd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th
They may appear to be potato-faced dwarfs, but this genetically cloned warrior race is a force to be reckoned with. As of late, one of their own has emerged, Nurse Straxx, to become a great ally to the Doctor. Fear not, there are still tons of Sontarans out there determined to make the Earth their own.
The Zygons
First Appearance: Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Home World: Unknown
Doctor’s Met: 4th, 10th, 11th
Here is one of those great villains that has passed into legend only to resurface in the modern era. The Zygons crash landed on Earth and sought out the means to conquer it for their race. Besides being able to take on the physical appearance of other humanoids, they established the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. He was under their control. The Zygons will return in the “Day of the Doctor”!
Ice Warriors
First Appearance: The Ice Warriors (1967)
Home World: Mars
Doctor’s Met: 2nd, 3rd, 11th
The Ice Warriors have not surfaced in the modern era of Doctor Who until recently. The previous incarnations of the Ice Warriors became peaceful. However, in “Cold War”, we witness one of the last ones who is still akin to their violent war-like ways.
The Weeping Angels
First Appearance: Blink (2007)
Home World: Unknown
Doctor’s Met: 10th, 11th
Imagine you can keep your enemy at bay as long as you never take your eyes off of it. Sounds easy enough until you blink. The Weeping Angels are patient and methodical, a terrible combination for a villain that seemingly never moves. The best villains are truly the ones that exist  in our nightmares. 
The Silence
First Appearance: The Impossible Astronaut (2011)
Home World: Unknown
Doctor’s Met: 11th
The Silence managed to effect an entire season of Doctor Who. They are relative newcomers to the 50 year old series and have affected changes in humanity’s development for centuries. Their greatest weapon is making you forget you ever saw them. The Doctor hasn’t seen the last of The Silence. 
First Appearance: The Tenth Planet (1966)
Home World: Mondas (Parallel Earth)
Doctor’s Met: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th
If you thought the Borg from Star Trek were scary, think again. The Cybermen make the Borg look like the Feregeni. The Cybermen are indestructible cybernetic beings that have one purpose, to upgrade all beings into Cyberkind. Constantly evolving, they are a true enemy of the Doctor and the Universe.  
First Appearance: The Daleks (1963)
Home World: Skaro
Doctor’s Met: 1 through 10
The Daleks are the purest evil that the universe has ever known. These genetically bred one-eyed mutants sit in their indestructible battle chassis with a single battle cry, EXTERMINATE! Since their rebirth in 2005, the Daleks are the definitive evil force on Doctor Who


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Alkesandr 11/21/2013 2:07:15 AM

What about the Master?

SmokingFrog77 11/21/2013 4:40:32 AM

Perhaps a nemesis is in a different class to a mere villain ?

lusiphur 11/21/2013 5:56:31 AM

 Good list.  But you need to add 11 to the list of Doctors the Daleks have encountered.  Unless you're taking into consideration Clara (as a Dalek) erased the Doctor from the Dalek database.

RobertTrate 11/21/2013 6:18:42 AM

 I don't count the Master... he is legendary I grant you, but not as threating as these others. 

DarthBob 11/21/2013 6:32:47 AM

Nice list but I'd replace Ice Warriors with the Vashta Nerada.

monkeyfoot 11/21/2013 7:39:30 AM

The Daleks are of course the number one villain. But no two creatures are more horrifying and scary than The Weeping Angels and The Silence. They are also such great creations. Their abilities play right on the most horrible psychological things that you could imagine happening. A creature you can't ever take your eyes off of and one you can't even remember you saw but has done awful things to you.

Walker 11/21/2013 8:01:08 AM

If you include the Troughton stories, the Great Intelligence trumps at least half this list.

mellowdoux 11/21/2013 10:15:22 AM

Good list, but too many from the new era.

Sea Devils and Silurians (original Silurians) show be on that list, bumping The Silence and Racnoss.

The Yeti bumps Pyroviles.

The Robots or Wyrnn from Tom Baker's "Robots of Death" and "The Ark in Space" repectively (both stories were scary!) bump The Beast

Of the new villains, I think only The Weeping Angels (truly frightening and creative) belong in the ranks of the greatest Who creatures.


SarcasticCaveman 11/21/2013 11:02:34 AM

 The Weeping Angels are terrifying...there's an interesting fan theory about them - that they are (or were) actually Time Lords.  There's plenty of evidence to support the theory (can't remember all of the points at the moment, having just woken up), but it's doubtful as to whether or not it will be explored because Steven Moffat has said that he has no plans to use them again.  Grrrrr.

SarcasticCaveman 11/21/2013 11:05:53 AM

 And Robert, I must side with Alkesandr here - I think The Master should have been on the list as well.  There's nothing quite like a villain who can remind the audience how the hero might have turned out were he not a better man.

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