Managing to squeeze this one in before the new series starts in a few weeks!
Shoal of the Winter Harmony
Brains with eyes… just goes to show how good Who is at taking something completely stupid and just making it work. It seems the more ridiculous the concept the better it pays off. These brains in jars were suitably menacing and provided much clearer concept and entertainment value than done of the more realistic species encountered.
The Shoal of the Winter Harmony were a race of fully intelligent central nervous systems. Able to exist independently with their own eyes and mouths the species were able to inhabit a body as their ‘brain’. They invaded planets by capturing the bodies of global leaders.
With the new Christmas special imminent I thought I’d try do a quick catch-up on the aliens from the last series.
At first the Quantum Shade seemed cool and a good plot device but when you over think it it starts to look dumb. Why would a creature exist just to silently execute people, and if it can pair with you and track you anywhere why give such a ridiculously long countdown?
A Quantum Shade paired with it’s victims, capable of finding them anywhere in the universe and instantly killing any of its victims when their time was up.
I thought this race was quite original – OK they’re based on the two-headed god called Janus- but they’re a bit unusual even for Doctor Who! The second head telling the future was an interesting feature.
Janus are two-headed humanoid beings, with their second head facing backwards and able to see into the future. Because of this ability they were often exploited.
I honestly can’t remember these, it’s been such a ridiculously long time – they were creepy…I think!
Cloister Wraiths are semi-sentient constructs containing the minds of deceased Time Lords and others who enter their domain.
In the fun Christmas special we also got this guy, I liked the touch about his kids eating the mother, probably supposed to make him seem evil but it seems accurate for an insectoid race.
When the Doctor described this monster as ‘sentient sleep dust’ I honestly thought he was joking! The walking CG zombies were suitably scary and the whole transmission thing was cool, but the whole concept was ridiculous even by Who standards.
Sandmen was the given name of a dangerous side effect of the Morpheus project which helped people live without sleep. Collective sleep dust accumulated and gained sentience – able to appear as humanoid forms or even completely human. More dangerously they were able to transmit the process that created them as information.
The Mire filled the classic Who role of ‘Alien creating menace to give reason for Doctor to meet/save interesting person. They filled it admirably well clonking around in metal suits and had a pretty original look under the hood
The Mire were a warrior race active in the 9th Century. They travelled across space, conquering Planets and assimilating their technology and the biological essence of their warriors to advance their own campaign.
Seemingly straight out of the 90s BBC Narnia costume department this was a race I couldn’t take seriously at all. They filled the role the Mire took but nowhere near as well.
Leonians were a race with advanced capabilities including the creation of portals across vast distances off space. They were also ruthless, punishing failure with death among their own kind