13 Classic Doctor Who Monsters and Villains Due a Comeback

By Kevin Guhl in Daily Lists, TV
Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:03 am
The original Doctor Who series ran from 1963 to 1989. Considering that each story tended to feature an alien threat, the Doctor encountered a huge number of would-be conquerors and other troublemakers over the years. Since Doctor Who was revived in 2005, an effort has been made to revive and update many of the Doctor's classic foes, including ever-popular nemeses the Daleks, the Cybermen and the Master; less iconic but still well-known villains like the Autons and the Sontarans; and even obscure creatures such as the crab-like Macra, whose only previous appearance was in a Second Doctor serial from 1967 that no longer exists. On top of this, the new series has created its own memorable villains, such as the Weeping Angels, the Judoon and the Ood. However, there are scores of monsters and villains from the original Doctor Who that we would like to see brought back in new Doctor Who, and these are the 13 we hope we see the soonest.

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13) The Nimons
Now, the Fourth Doctor story "The Horns of Nimon" is not remembered by many fans as one of the shining moments of classic Doctor Who. However, the Minotaur-like Nimons were a cool idea that we'd like to see revisited. Their resemblance to the creature of Greek mythology is explained by the fact that the Nimons would travel through artificial black holes on a never-ending mission they called the "Great Journey of Life" in which they would visit planets and pose as gods. While there, they would create maze-like machines that would create new black holes that would bring forth more Nimons, and together they would drain planets dry of all energy, which enabled them to continue their journey. The Nimons could also use their horns to shoot energy blasts or suck the life force from victims, leaving them as dry husks. Outside of television, the Nimons made an impressive showing in the awesome Eighth Doctor audio adventure, "Seasons of Fear."

12) The Great Vampires
The Doctor has encountered many vampires in his travels, but all of them are a pale threat compared to the Great Vampires of Time Lord lore, gigantic bloodsuckers who could only be defeated by driving metals spaceships through their hearts. The Fourth Doctor encountered a trio of much smaller vampires trying to revive one of the Great Vampires in the serial "State of Decay" and defeated the enormous creature in the same way his people had in ancient times. But it's hard to imagine that the threat of the Great Vampires isn't still lurking out there, somewhere. And the better special effects of newer Doctor Who might mean that more than the vampire's giant hand rising up from the ground could be shown.

11) The Rutan
It has long been established in Doctor Who lore that the potato-headed Sontarans have been at war since practically the dawn of time with a hive-minded species called the Rutan. The Rutan may not look like much -- they're glowing, green blobs -- but they can shapeshift, making them effective spies, and they have the ability to electrocute their enemies. The Rutan only appeared once in televised Doctor Who, in the Fourth Doctor serial "Horror of Fang Rock," and they weren't even up against the Sontarans in that story! It's about time Doctor Who finally have these mortal enemies face off, and it would make sense since the new series has already re-introduced the Sontarans.

10) The Rani
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Much like the Doctor and the Master, this fashionable, female mad scientist is a Time Lord outcast. She was also hinted to have had a relationship with the Doctor, but we'll forgive him that; most of us have a crazy ex! Introduced late in Doctor Who's original run, the Rani appeared in some of the show's most notorious episodes opposing the Sixth and Seventh Doctors, including "Dimensions in Time," a very short, two-part story done for charity that was technically the last new Doctor Who story until the ill-fated 1996 TV Movie. The Rani was the main villain in "Dimensions in Time," in which she traveled around with a young man who seemed to be her sex slave and tried to imprison the Doctor's first seven incarnations, including a very gray Fourth Doctor and the disembodied, distasteful mannequin heads of the Second and First Doctors, as the actors who played them had died by that point. Many fans of Doctor Who like to pretend "Dimensions in Time" doesn't exist (even though it does feature a huge cast of Doctors, companions and monsters), and that's not hard to do, since it will likely never see official release. We'd like to see the Rani finally get her due in new Who with some higher-quality storytelling.

9) The Zygons
The Zygons looked like undersea nightmare creatures; they were covered in squid-like suckers, had big conical heads, and venomous stingers in their palms. By the standards of classic Doctor Who's small budget, the costumes were pretty impressive. After their planet was destroyed, a small group of Zygons came to Earth in their biological ships and attempted to slowly infiltrate human society using their shape-shifting abilities, as seen in the Fourth Doctor story "Terror of the Zygons." They had to keep the subjects of their shape-shifting alive in order to maintain the charade. They also survived off of breast milk from the Loch Ness Monster, which is... really weird. Nevertheless, the Zygons are one of the Doctor's more well-received enemies and they're due for a return.

8) Sutekh
The Fourth Doctor serial "Pyramids of Mars" played with ancient astronaut theories by depicting the ancient Egyptian gods as aliens from the planet Osiris who had visited Earth and imprisoned one of their own, the genocidal Sutekh, in a pyramid (ugh, bad flashbacks to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). After Sutekh was freed by an archaeologist, he created an army of robot mummies and took control of the Doctor's will. He forced the Time Lord to take an army of minions to Mars to destroy the Eye of Horus, a device which was keeping Sutekh on Earth. Although the Doctor was ultimately able to break free and trap Sutekh in a time tunnel, it's hard to believe this powerful being would not find a way to eventually escape. Sutekh was said to be the basis for Satan and other similar evil deities across the galaxy, although the Tenth Doctor encountered a Beast that claimed the same thing in "The Satan Pit." Interestingly, both Sutekh and the Beast in "The Satan Pit" were voiced by the same actor, Gabriel Woolf. Could they have in some way been the same character, especially since the essence of the Beast in the latter story survived despite its body being destroyed?

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