In all my years I never thought I would love Doctor Who has much as I do. This oddball Sci-Fi series that has run for 50 plus years was a stranger to me until 2009. 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 in Sci-Fi Movie Page’s “10 Coolest Doctor Who Villains”.
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First Appearance: The Satan Pit (2006)
Home World: Krop Tor (possibly)
Details: 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
Details: 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
Details: 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
Details: 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.
First Appearance: Terror of the Zygons (1975)
Home World: Unknown
Details: 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 returned in the “Day of the Doctor”.
The Ice Warriors
First Appearance: The Ice Warriors (1967)
Home World: Mars
Details: 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
Details: 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.
First Appearance: The Impossible Astronaut (2011)
Home World: Unknown
Details: The Silence managed to effect an entire season of Doctor Who. They are relative newcomers to the 50-year-old plus 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)
Details: 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
Details: 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.