‘Physician Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Werewolf
You already know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Grasp, Angels and Silence hell-bent on catastrophe. However do you recall the most underrated Physician Who villains of all?
Every week, I’ll dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to look at one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten huge dangerous. And this slobbering shapeshifter isn’t one thing you wish to meet in a darkish alley.
First look: “The Biggest Present in the Galaxy” (1988)—season 25, serial four
Dwelling planet: Vulpana, Earth
Medical doctors: Seventh, Tenth
Companions: Ace, Rose Tyler
The mythological, folkloric werewolf has terrorized communities for hundreds of years, devouring livestock and looking prey by the gentle of a full moon.
Legend has it, the chew of a so-called “man-wolf” turns its sufferer right into a once-monthly raging beast—as occurred to Queen Victoria when she met the Tenth Physician.
Mistakenly touchdown in the Scottish moors in the late 1870s (a far cry from Ian Dury at the Prime Rank in Sheffield, 1979), the Physician and Rose are invited to affix Her Majesty for an evening’s keep at the Torchwood Property.
The unsuspecting cavalcade, nonetheless, are using straight right into a entice: The manor—a favourite of the late Prince Albert—has been captured by a gaggle of monks, hoping to begin a brand new “Empire of the Wolf.”
We aren’t amused.
Whereas the Physician dines with Sir Robert and Queen Victoria, Rose is captured and imprisoned by the monks, chained in the cellar amongst the relaxation of the home employees—and a caged man with alien eyes.
Oddly ahead for a cooped-up creature, he bares all to Rose, explaining that his physique is that of “a weakling, heartsick boy, stolen away at night time by the brethren” for cultivation.
“I carved out his soul and sat in his coronary heart,” he muses, reciting poetry penned by Russell T. Davies.
Removed from dwelling, the humanoid canine (er, Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform) crashed on Earth greater than 300 years in the past, its presence so highly effective it turned the monks’ consideration away from God.
Father Angelo and his monastic brothers started to worship it, tame the beast—and trick it into believing it was allergic to mistletoe. Their plan: Create the Empire of the Wolf and take over the world.
“With one chew, I’d move into her blood, after which it begins,” the werewolf tells Rose (hinting at her personal Dangerous Wolf disposition). “You burnt like the solar, however all I require is the moon.”
Not all lycanthropes are to be feared, although.
The Seventh Physician (Sylvester McCoy) and companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) befriended Mags—a quiet younger girl from the planet Vulpana—who simply occurred to be a werewolf.
Travelling with egotistical intergalactic explorer Captain Prepare dinner, Mags’ transformation is triggered by moonlight—on this case artificially recreated by circus lights, in an try to kill the Physician.
Too late for Prepare dinner (she slaughters him in a feral rage), the spiky-haired lady (Jessica Martin) learns to manage her instincts.
Issues didn’t finish fairly so properly for our 19th-century furry pal, who dies by the gentle of Queen Victoria’s diamond (and the hand of the merciful Physician).
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