[List] - 9 Original Series Creatures That Should Return To Doctor Who


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Since the show's return, Doctor Who has not shied away from bringing back "classic" creatures and elements to the show, at a rate of about two a year. And while it's important for the show to introduce new elements, like the Angels, or the Silence, it is equally important for the show to embrace the universe it has created. Now that the Daleks have been taken care of for the foreseeable future, let us turn our minds to those creatures that aren't international superstars.

Forget Daleks, or Cybermen, or the Master. Of course their going to keep popping up, they are the Jokers, and Green Goblins of the Whonverse. Let's give some attention to the lesser known beasties, like the brilliant redesign of the Silurians, which has caused them to shoot right to the top of my list of favourite creatures. Or the Sontarians, whom Moffat seems very fond of. Or the Ood even, which were inspired by the First Doctor Sensorites, and later confirmed to be related. How surprised was everyone when the Nimon made an appearance last series?

Looking ahead to the rest of the series, there are plenty of rumours to get classic Who fans excited. In 2013, we will have a minimum of eight episodes of Doctor Who, (two by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss, and possibly one by Hugo award winner Neil Gaiman) finishing off this series, and probably more besides. And like every year, the rumours are running wild as to who, or what, might show up. The Christmas special is said to feature a Second Doctor villain, the Yeti. Scene stealers Madame Vastra and Jenny are expected to return, in one of the many apparent Victorian episodes this year. Once again, like every year since the show returned, the Ice Warriors are expected to make an appearance.

But the show was on for 26 years, originally. 26 years of source material to draw upon and revisit. Hit the jump for the list of those things I'd most like the show to bring back.

Peladon

You know the thing I liked best about last year's Christmas special? That Bill Bailey played an Androzani worker. It wasn't important to the plot that he was from Androzani, it was just nice to hear. I'm not suggesting we need to physically return to the planet of Peladon, but I've always appreciated that the Doctor isn't the only one aware of the rest of the universe, and how the universe continues along without him. Peladon is one of the better established worlds in the Whoniverse, and it'd be nice to check in after all this time. Maybe finish off a trilogy of Peladon tales..

Wirrn

This one is all on me. The Ark In Space was the first Doctor Who serial I ever saw, and maybe it was the rubbish bubble wrap special effects, or maybe it was the idea of a person turning into a large, unstoppable wasp, but the Wirrn have always held a special place in my heart. Within that serial, the bugs mention that their nests in Andromeda were destroyed by human invaders, which pretty much sets up a perfect plot right there. Listen, if they can make an episode where people get turned into dolls, they can make a giant caterpillar work.

Draconian

Appearing only once in the series, in Frontier in Space, and considered by Third Doctor Jon Pertwee to be his favourite alien that he encountered, the Draconians are rare in that though alien, they were not hostile. Heavily based on feudal Japanese culture, the Draconians were the pawns of the Master, in a cold war with humanity, whom it is discovered was the more villainous race during their first encounter. In Moffat's ever expanding, and inclusive universe, it's be nice to see an alliance of races that list the Draconians among their number. They are certainly a visually exciting looking creature, and wouldn't need the massive modernisation that some of the others have had.

Guardians and Eternals

The Black and White Guardians were ancient, primordial beings that represented and influenced the forces of good and evil. The Eternals were similar, less powerful creatures. They existed outside of time and space, and viewed anything within as inconsequential, as a human might an ant. Even the Time Lords were not powerful enough to warrant notice. The Black Guardian hunted the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, leading them to randomise the materialisation circuits. The White Guardian favoured lesser beings, and saw a use for the Doctor in collecting the Key to Time. The Black Guardian is a favourite theory, second only to corrupt Time Lord Omega, to being the owner of the voice and force that took control of the TARDIS at the end of series five. Plus, they wear birds on their head.

Rutan Host

The Sontarans have come back in strength in the new series, but no sign of their eternal enemy. Even in the original series, a Rutan only appeared once, in The Horror of Fang Rock, as a glowing green blob. More then that though, they are shape shifters. Fashion a claustrophobic story, like a spaceship adrift in space, or a bunch of people trapped in an old Victorian mansion, and one of them is a Rutan. Crank up the paranoia and the atmosphere, and it could be down right terrifying.

Zygons

Often listed as the classic creature with the most untapped potential, the Zygons appeared only once, in the Terror of the Zygons. The last survivors of their destroyed planet (something the modern Doctor could relate to), they had the ability to shape shift, and create technology based on organics. Their cyborg protector/food source was mistaken for the Lock Ness Monster. River Song mentioned them by name, one of the only classic creatures she did, when the Pandorica opened, but the suction cup covered critters were nowhere to be seen in the crowd.

Axos

Another of my personal favourites, Axos was a large, intelligent organism that could divide and take any shape, to trick aggressors, including for a time, the Third Doctor. It landed on Earth, seeking to convert the Earth and it's people into a form of energy it could ingest, allowing it to travel on to the next world. Essentially, an example of the Drake equation conclusion. It was also a classic example of the sort of Earth invasion storyline that UNIT was created to contend with. At the end of their encounter, the Doctor trapped Axos in the time vortex, endlessly repeating the same moment over and over, apparently unable to escape.

The Doctor

This one isn't a surprise, and it's only right. Anniversaries on this show have always been marked by multi-Doctor stories. And we're due. Tom Baker said he might be up for it, Moffat already wrote a mashup between Five and Ten, and it's something everyone is looking forward to, when it eventually happens. I know all the Americans (girls, in particular) want Ten back, but sod Ten. We know Ten, we just had Ten. I want Eight.
Eight got the soiled end of the stick in terms of screen time, and while his story was foolish, Paul McGann did a fine job. I want more. What's more, using Eight means not contradicting canon, and not having to worry about the fact that everyone else is now older then when they died (something the show hasn't paid that much attention to in the past, admittedly).

The Monk/The Rani/The Time Lords of Gallifrey
Yes, they are egotistical bureaucrats, prone to self-aggrandising, and wear funny hats, but they are the Time Lords. Russell T. Davies seemed not to care for them, and Moffat is pretty apathetic, but they had a place. Certainly, the emotional weight of being the last of his kind creates wonderful drama, but it's also awfully cliched. Nothing says that they have to be used constantly. Even in the old series, they only popped up from time to time, ususally to be pains in the asses. And if the Daleks can survive changes to their timeline, war, plague, the destruction of their home world, the void between worlds, a reality bomb, and stair cases, then surely the unquestioned masters of time and space can overcome a little thing like being dying. Yes, they were trapped in the time locked war zone, only for the entire world to burn. But Time Lords do nothing better then regenerate.

And it doesn't even have to be all of them. Like the Daleks, maybe a small pocket of survivors, who weren't recalled to Gallifrey. Maybe, like those poor souls who landed on House and were eaten, they were removed from time when war broke out. Or maybe, like the Master, they don't need a good excuse for surviving time and time again. An April Fool's joke a couple years back threatened the return of the Monk, the third ever seen Time Lord (though not so named), after the Doctor and Susan. X-Files star Gillain Anderson was rumoured to have been cast as the Rani for one of David Tennant's last specials (Sherlock guest Lara Pulver would be perfect for the role). And not so long ago, a rumour floated that Benedict Cumberbatch might join the show for the 50th, as The Master.

It's all further proof that death, on Doctor Who, is never permanent for long.
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