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Top 10 Doctor Who Villains

Updated on April 6, 2016
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A great show has great villains. That is definitely true for the BBC show Doctor Who. Doctor Who is a television series about a time lord that travels through time and space in his TARDIS. During his travels, he runs into many evil beings. These are my top ten baddies of Doctor Who. Disclaimer: All the villains on this list are taken from the new series.

10. Cassandra - In the number ten spot is the one and only, Cassandra, aka, the last human on Earth. She claims to have had 708 plastic surgeries in her life. As such, she had become only a patch of skin, stretched out and attached to a frame. She constantly had to be moisturized due to her thin skin. Cassandra appeared in the show twice. The first time she appeared, she tried to takeover a ship in hopes to claim insurance money for more plastic surgeries. After that plan was foiled by the Doctor, she hid in a hospital and regained her "body" back. When she found out the Doctor and Rose were at the same hospital, she took over Rose's body as an act of revenge.

Why she made the list - Cassandra made the list because she had a change of heart after her brain moved bodies into a diseased hospital patient. She helped the Doctor cure all the diseased and then had her final resting place in the clone she made named Chip. After she realizes that she isn't going to last much longer, the Doctor brought her to the time when she was young and beautiful where she died in the arms of her younger self.

Ship on the Upper Flat
Ship on the Upper Flat | Source

9. Ship on the Upper Flat - I didn't know what to refer to this "villain" as, so I'm calling it the ship on the Upper Flat. This was from the episode called "The Lodger", where the Doctor moves into an apartment with a guy named Craig. The Doctor immerses himself into Craig's life until one day, he and Craig have an argument and is finally forced to tell Craig why he is actually there. During the episode, many random people get lured to the upper flat of the apartment and disappear. When Craig's crush, Sophie gets lured upstairs, Craig and the Doctor follow to find that it's actually a spaceship that has been stuck there until they can find a new pilot.

Why the ship is on the list - The ship made the list because it went through many people before finding a possible new pilot, The Doctor. After he was chosen, he warns Sophie and Craig that he can't touch the panel or else the ship may explode. So, Craig was convinced to touch it because he didn't want to leave due to Sophie. During this time, Craig professes his love for Sophie and they kiss, which counteracted the ship's protocol.

Clockwork Droids
Clockwork Droids | Source

8. Clockwork Droids - The Clockwork Droids were a group of androids that stalked Reinette's life, They were repair droids that were looking for spare parts on their ship so they could leave. They had disguised themselves to blend into 18th Century France. They seriously scared me. They were made from gears just like a clock and made a ticking noise. They stalked Reinette until she was deemed ready so they could take her brain to use in the motherboard if their ship.

Why Clockwork Droids made the list - The Clockwork Droids made the list because of their dedication to fix their ship by any means possible. They extracted different human parts from their crew of 50 people and used them as replacement parts on their ship. They also had sheer dedication to the fact that they wanted to use Reinette's brain as their motherboard.

Vashta Nerada
Vashta Nerada | Source

7. Vashta Nerada - The Vashta Nerada were small carnivorous creatures. Their name meant "the shadows that melt the flesh" and that's exactly what they did. They mocked the shadows of their prey and then ate the flesh off them just leaving the bones. You knew that they were after you if you had two shadows. But of course, by then, it was too late.

Why Vashta Nerada made the list - By themselves, they are harmless, just like little toxins in the air, but in a large group, they are dangerous. Let's just say if Vashta Nerada were real, you would not want to be in a dark library ever wearing spacesuits. They were masterminds! They coordinated everything so it seemed like you were safe. They hid in the shadows, blended until the right opportunity and even moved with the spacesuits so it seemed to others you were safe. The Doctor claimed that their only weakness was light and that the only way to stay safe is to run. If the Doctor says that, you know you're in for trouble!

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6. Cybermen - Cybermen were a race of cyborgs that originated on the planet Mondas. They started replacing their human parts with artificial parts in hopes of self-preservation but stemmed to them only being able to think logically and having no emotion. They have made many appearances in Doctor Who.

Why Cybermen made the list - Cybermen want to preserve their race. As such, they capture mass amounts of humans to turn them into more Cybermen. Once you become a Cyberman, you are one of the same, no feelings, just logic. Their suits are equipped with weapons that are made to destroy. If you get in their way, you'll either be killed, or more likely, turned into a Cyberman yourself.

The Silence
The Silence | Source

5. The Silence - The Silence was an organization led by an alien race. They had many mentions during Doctor Who and appeared a few times in the show. No one really knows about them because once you look away from them, you forget about them but you remember what they've said. As such, they have had an easy time influencing people across history.

Why The Silence made the list - I chose to put The Silence on the list because they are one of those creatures that are always there without you realizing. The fact that you are aware of them until you look away creeps me out. It's nothing about their appearance (although their appearance is very scary) it's the mental state of not knowing.

Madame Kovarian
Madame Kovarian | Source

4. Madame Kovarian - Madame Kovarian was a person in the organization The Silence. She wanted to destroy The Doctor because she was afraid if he lived, he would destroy the universe. She make a Ganger of Amy and the Ganger lived out Amy's life while the real Amy was pregnant. After Amy gave birth to her daughter, Melody Pond, Kovarian made a duplicate baby which Rory and The Doctor rescued leaving the real baby with Kovarian.

Why Madame Kovarian is on the list - Madame Kovarian is on the list because not only did she fool The Doctor once, but twice. One with the Ganger and one with the duplicate baby. She raised Melody Pond (renamed River Song) to kill The Doctor which she did.

Weeping Angels
Weeping Angels | Source

3. Weeping Angels - Weeping Angels are an ancient race of aliens that look like statues. At first glance, they look like normal ordinary statues but when you turn away, they spring on you. If you look at them, they aren't able to move, but they can move lightning fast, so, if you blink, they could appear right in front of you...which is what they normally do. No one knows where they came from.

Why Weeping Angels made the list - Weeping Angels made the list because they are one of the more famous monsters from the series. Their statue appearance makes the die hard fan become terrified of statues. They don't kill their victims. With one touch, they can send you in the past or in the future. They feed off of the victims potential energy of the years the victim would have lived.

Dalek | Source

2. Daleks - Daleks are cyborgs with their insides Kaleds. They are made to kill. They were made with the sole purpose of world domination. They were created by Davros during the thousand year war against Thals. When made, they have every emotion removed but hate. Their number one enemy is The Doctor.

Why Daleks made the list - Daleks are pure evil. They are ruthless and don't care who they kill, as long as their ultimate goal of world domination is reached. Their weapon of choice is a death ray. Their armor is bullet resistant and guess what, they float. If ever in a showdown with a Dalek I don't even think running would help.

The Master
The Master | Source

1. The Master - The number one on the list is The Master. He is the only other living Timelord besides The Doctor, His weapon is a tissue compression eliminator which shrinks his victims to doll like size which kills them in the process.

Why The Master made the list - I chose The Master as number one because he is also a Timelord. The Doctor and The Master have many similarities and no one can beat The Doctor, The Master was able to imprison The Doctor for quite some time, which no one else seems to be able to do. Also, without The Master, the series would have lacked a couple of amazing episodes.

That is my list! I hope you enjoyed it! Did I miss anyone that deserves to be on this list? Leave your opinions below!

If you like Doctor Who, you should see this video! Credit goes to AVbytes for giving me permission to use this video!

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    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      10 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

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      4 years ago

      I have always thought the empty child was creepy he is my favorite!

    • LagunaAlkaline profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Camas, WA

      The blonde Master is also known in Who as Harold Saxton. David Tennant, I believe, was the Doctor at the time.

    • LagunaAlkaline profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Camas, WA

      I am just starting to watch the older version and it really is surprising. I love all the monsters, especially Daleks!

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      6 years ago

      who's the blonde master im out of the loop havent seen the dr since sylvester mccoy ive seen parts of newer drs just cldnt get into it ny more

    • Zakmoonbeam profile image

      Michael Murchie 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Also been a fan of the Doctor since Tom Baker, this is a great list, and I think its really interesting that some of the older villains seem to be timeless, apart from an update and a lick of paint here and there!

      Cybermen and Daleks have always been able to carry a story, but since the arrival of the "new" Doctor Who series, there have been some absolutely amazing monsters created. Nice Hub :)

    • LagunaAlkaline profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Camas, WA

      Thank you! I didn't realize until after I made this list how hard it is to make a top 10 list. I feel that, especially in Doctor Who, villains are super important. You wouldn't have a story without them! What fun would it be to have everything sunny and happy all the time?

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      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I have only viewed this series once or twice and was very impressed. It really is not shown at all in my area. I think I saw your #10! This is a very imaginative series to say the least and your list ( and great photos) makes one realize how imoprtant villains are in writing and viewing. Up and awesome for me.

    • LagunaAlkaline profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Camas, WA

      It's true! Especially with Doctor Who, they were so much alike and their background stories were so wonderfully put together, it created a part of the show that was incredible. Could never be replaced!

    • Geekdom profile image


      7 years ago

      Fun list. It seems like counter parts always make the best villains. Something about battling someone similar to yourself that creates great stories.

    • LagunaAlkaline profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Camas, WA

      I haven't seen a lot of the old series, so these are all from the newer series. I'm going to have to research what Sea Devils are! I also heard Tom Baker was amazing!

    • petenali profile image


      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I watched Dr Who as a child many years ago... Tom Baker was the doctor back then! I recognize a few of these. My only addition would be the Sea Devils...


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