I am generally not one to post lists here. However, with the days winding down until the new season begins, I faced the strong urge to rank my favorite companions. I still may, but today, I decided to go through my favorite species of the new series. What are the various species that the Doctor has faced in the new years that prove the most fascinating in their material and the creatures themselves. Here are my top doctor who series
It’s hard not to like the cute little Adipose even if they are made up entirely of fat. There is no real indication that they are deadly creatures on their own. However, they were capable of completely consuming a person for Adipose young to be born. If they didn’t just destroy a person, the adipose, may actually be a cute little things with their snaggletooths.
A militaristic people with a weakness on the back of the suits. They are strong people, with a strict moral code. They follow rules and as such are effective policemen of the galaxy. Unfortunately, they also value harsh punishment in their justice. Unlike human politics than can go on and on when dealing with offenders, the Sontarans prefer immediacy. The Sontarans were always interesting as they were a great look at a galatic miltaristic society. While they all follow rules and have similar mindsets (they are clones after all), they still have their own uniquenesses. By far everyone’s favorite Sontaran has to be Strax. Belligerent, but grateful and a penchant for violence, he’s hard not to like.
When we were first introduced to the Silurians, the humans faced a crisis. Human beings, evolved from apes, were not the only creatures to evolve. The Silurians (Homo Reptilia) also evolved on Earth and beat humans to the punch. For as many different appearances that humans have, Silurians have just as many as well. A peaceful species, but also adept fighters. Where the humans lived above ground, the Silurians went below. All except Lady Vastra, who took to coming above ground and conducting business with a veil. They are interesting people and while we haven’t seen much of them on the show (Aside from Vastra’s numerous appearances), I’d like to see more of their culture.
Many of the opponent species that the Doctor has faced have been a part of a similar mindset. So much so that they are no different than the rest of their species. All thinking the same. However, the Ood take that to another level. The Ood are all connected in a sort of hive mind, while still maintaining some of their own individuality. They are a unique species and one that is equally sympathetic as they are dangerous. The Ood who literally carry their brains in their hand are a gentle species, easily manipulated and servile. However, there are limits. The Ood may willingly serve, but they still value their freedom and will fight if necessary. They can deal a devastating blow to their enemy taking them down, and in extreme cases, make an opponent one of them. That said, it’s clear the Ood are a wonderful species when treated properly.
They aren’t quite all robot, but they certainly have lost all humanity. In many ways Cybermen can be more terrifying in the daleks because they want you to become one of them. Either become a Cyberman or prepare to be deleted. Most people aren’t going to want to be deleted, but when you are facing a legion of Cybermen, there isn’t much that you can do other than cower and scream. One of the most terrifying things about a Cyberman is that when they make you one of them, there is still a trace of you in there, dulled down to a point of obedience. All individuality is lost and you are one of the horde.
The Daleks have been around for a very long time. The thing that makes the Daleks the most terrifying is their unrelenting persistence. While you must applaud their creativity when it comes to conversion, it is always to have a stronger army for their world domination ploy. Yes, the Daleks end goal is always to exterminate. They see themselves as the strongest in the universe. Though they are more than just killing bots, they are always sure to be a hitch in Doctor’s plan. It was the Daleks against the Time Lords in the Time War, securing themselves as permanent, natural enemies.
There was a time when I most certainly would have ranked the Silence number 1. The were absolutely petrifying. An enemy with a ghastly appearance. A creature that could kill with such ease and to make it worse they can make you forget. Not just forget the idea of them being there, or the specific event. The mere presence of the silence will make you forget the entire time of the encounter, making you believe that nothing happened. The silence can do that, make you forget. it allows them to operate and suggest, without making it seem like they intervened at all. The only way the Silence were able to be combated was to mark oneself the moment they saw a silence. Which meant that one could see a Cyberman 20 times and not realize it. The Silence unfortunately lost a bit of their edge when we learned about the Silents and how they were part of a religious sect shaping the world.
2. Weeping Angels
It’s hard to get anything creeper then angels. The Weeping Angels can strike fear in everyone as they feed off what is normal in our world. The idea that the angel status, which you could likely find in many places. The fact that an angel could send you back in time to live out your life in peace, yet separated from all you once know, so they can feed on the days you could have had. Add on top the fact that the angels look positively creepy if you spot them mid attack. How could I not have mentioned the mode in which the how the angels slot attacks. Weeping Angels can not move as long as they are being looked at, but blink and they will be upon you in a heartbeat. When they touch you, a Weeping Angel will then transport you back in time.
1. Time Lord
Everyone one wants to be a Time Lord. Watching the Doctor gallivant across the universe is one of the main reasons why one would love a Time Lord. They have two hearts and can stave off death through regeneration. Not only that, but they have proved to have some nifty tricks up their sleeves. We haven’t yet met a Time Lord that wasn’t highly intelligent which makes me think that their ability to extend their lives and travel the world have made them even smarter and worldly. Did I mention that I think it would be amazing to be a Time Lord, even half Time Lord (though I would pass on The Doctor Donna’s fate). We’ve met a number of Time Lords over the years, and the revelation that Gallifrey wasn’t actually destroyed, brings the potential that we could see more Time Lords in the future. At the very least, I’d love to see Jenny again.
What are your top ten?