My Top 5 Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

So with the new series (season if your American) of Doctor Who & the full introduction of the Twelfth Doctor just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to reminisce on my little journey as a Whovian so far.  Don’t laugh, but I actually started watching the reboot of Doctor Who because of Pinterest.  Seriously!

Geek section of Pinterest made me want to start watching Doctor Who!

This happened in real life!  Yes, I know it is “Doctor” not “Dr.” but I didn’t create this image, just felt it represented what happened. My Whovian cred is still intact!

It was during the peak of David Tennant’s brilliant run as the Tenth Doctor & there was a never-ending stream of Doctor Who pins in the “Geek” category.  It felt similar to when you walk by the same person for a couple of weeks; at a certain point you HAVE to say hello, because if not it is just going to be rude & awkward.  And so, I said hello to Doctor Who about 4 years ago.  Pinterest is a pretty good match-maker, by the way, because I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride so far.

Doctor Who is a fairytale.

Via Tumblr

I still haven’t delved into classic Doctor Who, but I do have it in mind down the line.  What I have done is gone through phases of watching the new series: watching key episodes as a sort of crash course on The Doctor, then going back to the reboot’s beginning with Nine & Rose, binge viewing the first 4 series on Netflix, & then watching all of Matt Smith’s run on TV or online.  Now, as I am days away from watching the Twelfth Doctor, I can’t help but be thankful for this incredible fandom & multiverse.  I thought I would share my favorites from the series reboot to date:

My Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

One of the things that has made my experience of watching Doctor Who so enjoyable, has been the very well-rounded opponents of the Doctor.  Some of these are recurring, while others are more stand alone.  The brilliance is that many times, you can’t tell 100% if something is “good” or “bad” because the Doctor lives within many shades of grey.  Though, the following are always up to no good.

1. & 2.   Daleks & Cybermen.  Both are classic Who villains: each is very disturbing and rooted in the same highly ethnocentric & prejudice foundations.  In both cases, the “original” & “other” is flawed to the point that extreme measures are used in order to become “perfect”.  Of course, the Cybermen & Daleks have very different concepts of perfection, and even of conquest.  The Daleks are big on genocide & “cleansing” the universe of inferior beings (anyone who is not a Dalek or hasn’t been turned into a Dalek).  One incredibly iconic aspect of the Dalek, aside from its design, is its voice.

Doctor Who villain: Dalek.

A Dalek (source techcrunch, via Pinterest)

The Cybermen, on the other hand, are like the Borg: both assimilate (aka: “upgrade”) anyone who doesn’t die or is killed (aka: deleted) in battle/conquest.

Doctor Who villain: Cyberman.

Cyberman (source Pinterest)

I absolutely loved the sass-off in Doomsday between these two classic Doctor Who villains.  Allow me to set up the scene for you.  Two Cybermen come across a lone Dalek.  The following exchange occurs:

Doctor Who Daleks versus Cybermen

via Pinterest pin of deviantART image.

How can you not love that?!

3.  The Silence  Moffat must have some truly wretched dreams, because some of the creepiest things seem to come to life under his watch.  The Silence is definitely one of the most disturbing & off-putting, in my opinion.  It is said the inspiration came from “The Scream”, but I never was really creeped out by that painting.  The Silence is another story all together!  The concept is very disturbing, they look scary, they make that horrid noise/howl/scream, continually wipe your short-term memory (which has serious health consequences), & shoot electricity out of their creepy hands.  The whole package is just too much.

The Silence from Doctor Who.

As if the Silence needed to be creepier, here you have a 3D picture of them! via Pinterest.

4. Weeping Angels  Talk about re-appropriating an iconic image & Moffat-izing it for optimal creepiness.  Angle statues have been never been so deadly. One of the first episodes I watched in my mini intro phase, introduced me to these creatures in a brilliant fashion.  Of course, the episode I am talking about is “Blink” (Season 3 of the reboot episode 10).  As introductions into Who-verse, this is among the best. While it doesn’t give the Doctor as much screen time, the time he does have explains all things Who: “wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey”, Easter eggs, explanation of what the TARDIS is, & “it goes ding”.

via Pintereset, source MacabreRob.

5. Clockwork Androids  These 51st Century clockwork androids were using time windows to basically stalk Rienette, who grew up to be Madame Pompador, throughout different stages of her life during 18th Century France.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor unmasking the clockwork androids on Doctor Who series 2 episode 4 titled

The unmasking of the clockwork android. Via Pinterest, source Tumblr.

To blend in, if being incredibly creepy counts as blending in, these androids are dressed in clothes and wigs of that era with jester’s masks.  Apparently, it was very common in that time to always have at least one jester in the room, or even garden.

Clockwork android from Doctor Who series 2 episode 4,

Clockwork android, dressed as an 18th Century jester, menacing Rose Tyler. (via Pinterest)

All in all, Moffat has been the evil-mastermind behind most of my favorite members of the Doctor Who rogues gallery!  I can’t wait to see what crazy new interpretations of regular things Moffat will make me fear in this new series!

So what are your favorite members of the Doctor Who rogues gallery, past or present series?


2 thoughts on “My Top 5 Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

  1. Megan

    Great picks. I am majorly creeped out by the weeping angels and the silence. Those ones are so creepy because they play on such basic fears.

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