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The 10 Goofiest ‘Doctor Who’ Monsters


One of the best things about Doctor Who is the endlessly creative creatures he encounters. Imaginative and memorable, some of the most talked about are the ones that haunt the dark shadows of our mind long after the end of the episode. The Weeping Angels, the Silence and the Cybermen are oft spoken about as being among the best and most frightening. But then there’s the downright goofy…

NB: this list references creatures seen from the Ninth Doctor onwards. If I tried listing all the goofy looking monsters from the early seasons I’d be here all night.

10. The Sycorax

Initially appearing to be pretty badass, this skull wearing skinless aliens arrived on Christmas Day and promptly took Earth hostage through mind control. When the Doctor woke up from his regeneration induced coma the tables were quickly turned. The fleshy Sycorax were revealed to be a race of scavengers who prey on weak or technologically limited races. After the Doctor fell their leader in a sword fight they turn tail and fled.

9. The Ood

“Something in my teeth where?”

Not normally an enemy of the Doctor, they have had a few moments on opposing sides (sometimes due to satanic possession). The Ood are a race of creatures forced into servitude and look as though they constantly have a mouthful of spaghetti dangling from their maw. Not only that but evolution took a turn at Stupid Street and put their brains on the outside forcing the poor Ood to carry their most vital organ about in their hand.

8. The Slitheen

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On their own the Slitheen can be a worthy foe for the Doctor. Deadly, strong and bent on evil deeds (for the sake of profit) the Slitheen did manage to successfully infiltrate British parliament and it’s high command and remain undetected until the Doctor lucked onto them. What makes them goofy is their form of disguise. Flaying people and using their skin as a costume sounds gnarly but the ill fitting suits cause them to fart and belch almost constantly.

7. Plasmavores

Plasmavores are clearly based on the myth of the vampire with an alien spin. The extra-terrestrial monsters can shape shift and require the life fluids of other races in order to stay alive. In the case of the one encountered by the Doctor, they drink these fluids using a bendy straw.

6. Daleks

They may be iconic, but there’s no getting past it…

Easily the best known creature on this list, watchers of the Doctor’s exploits understand what the Dalek’s represent and the threat they carry. Yet when it comes down to it they look like tin cans with sink plungers and egg beaters jutting out the front.

5. Max Capricorn

Capricorn, owner of the Starship Titanic, is every part the dastardly villain of early cinematic serials right down to the facial hair. In order to extend his life he did what anyone would do – attach his animated head onto a wheelie cart and indulge in an insurance scam. After battling their way through the collapsing ship the survivors of his evil plan manage to corner him where he was defeated by Kylie Mingoue driving a forklift.

4. The Abzorbaloff

Distantly related to the Slitheen, the Abzorbaloff has the amazing ability to absorb other life forms and gain their knowledge and power. This ability comes with a price though – his recently absorbed victims remain close to the surface and can be seen stretching out of his skin. Although he uses technology hidden in a cane to maintain his image the Abzorbaloff is constantly harassed by his victims.

3. Cassandra

She is asking for a Banksy.

The only entry on this list who isn’t actually part of an alien race there is ultimately little tying Cassandra to her original form as a human being. The last human alive at the time of Earth’s destruction all that remained of Cassandra is her face and a portion of skin. Little more than a talking parchment who needs to be constantly moistened by a pair of handlers she poses little physical threat no matter how diabolical her plans are.

2. Autons

Rar!

Mannequins are kinda creepy as it is. Having them come to life and chase you would be disconcerting. You may manage to get a head start on them but eventually you’d burst out laughing and they’d catch up and…slap you with their plastic hand a bit. Being controlled by a hive mind who can control the ‘living plastic’ the creatures can easily infiltrate human society…but they are still mannequins. And they’re silly.

Fun Fact: The Auton’s were the first monsters seen in colour in ‘Doctor Who’!

1. The Adipose

When a new diet craze hits Earth, everyone gets on the bandwagon. All you have to do is take a pill and overnight you lose a kilogram of fat. What people didn’t know is that while they slept a kilo of their fat was taking life, detaching themselves from their host and waddling away giggling to themselves. The happy little Adipose are jolly little bundles of fat and can escape houses through cat flaps. Eventually the little baby aliens were taken back onto the nursery ship leaving their legacy of goofiness behind.

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11 Responses to “The 10 Goofiest ‘Doctor Who’ Monsters”
  1. darknite125 says:

    At the comic book store I hang out at we love the Adipose, there’s even a squishy one up as decoration behind the counter. I found the Slitheen to be a refreshing change for Who villains instead of trying to conquer the universe or commit intergalactic genocide they just wanted to turn a profit like real criminals.

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    • Paul says:

      When RTD took hold of the script-writing reins, the series was arguably closer to the classic Doctor Who, and had more of a bent towards social commentary. That could explain the cheesiness (and substantial story content at the same time). I’d like to point out, none of the monsters here were written under Moffat’s era.

      It was great seeing the Slitheen for the first time. They were indeed refreshing. However, I wasn’t quite surprised that their ‘evil motives’ sounded a lot like white collar (and somewhat real) human crime.

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  2. appathegypsy says:

    You know, the Abzorbaloff was actually created by a little kid who won a Doctor Who monster making competition kind of thing. That explains that. Haha. Anyway, I quite like the Ood. They’re so nice. Until they get possessed/rabid. Then they try to attack you and tickle you with their tentacles!

    Corina :)

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    • I’m a closet Ood fan too :) I mean, you have to be some kind of monster NOT to feel sympathy for some kind of enslaved alien race (fictional, no matter), but the Ood… they’re just so sweet and bizarre.

      I vaguely remember that Blue Peter business now you’ve mentioned it – the whole thing genuinely upset a particularly hardcore Dr. Who-fan housemate of mine. I think she was seriously upset about the Abzorbaloff, and I just didn’t have the heart to remind her that it IS a children’s show too. Nor the guts to tell her, to be honest.

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  3. benwhite299 says:

    The Slitheen should top the list. They were far too ridiculous and goofy. Makes me cringe when I watch those episodes back.

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  4. Laura MF says:

    Ihe Ood actually have two brains one in their skull and one outside their bodies, that is hand held, if i am not getting the facts messed up.

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  5. Brian says:

    Pretty poor list, you only included monsters from the new series. Do you really think the Sycorax are goofier than Monoids? Or any of the races on Vortis? (Especially the Menoptera!)

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    • gfunk101 says:

      At the time of writing we’d only seen the new seasons. If you want to check out our retro Doctor Who Reviews you’ll see that we’re working through the original series. No doubt the list will be revisited after that!

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  6. hufflecat says:

    I TOTALLY agree on those (or at least, the ones I know of). I’m not scared in the slightest of the Daleks. They’re pretty…useless. And don’t get me started on the Absorbaloff…

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