Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Werewolf

first_img You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. And this slobbering shapeshifter is not something you want to meet in a dark alley.Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform (via BBC)WEREWOLFFirst appearance: “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” (1988)—season 25, serial 4Home planet: Vulpana, EarthDoctors: Seventh, TenthCompanions: Ace, Rose TylerThe mythological, folkloric werewolf has terrorized communities for centuries, devouring livestock and hunting prey by the light of a full moon.Legend has it, the bite of a so-called “man-wolf” turns its victim into a once-monthly raging beast—as happened to Queen Victoria when she met the Tenth Doctor.Mistakenly landing in the Scottish moors in the late 1870s (a far cry from Ian Dury at the Top Rank in Sheffield, 1979), the Doctor and Rose are invited to join Her Majesty for a night’s stay at the Torchwood Estate.The unsuspecting cavalcade, however, are riding straight into a trap: The manor—a favorite of the late Prince Albert—has been captured by a group of monks, hoping to commence a new “Empire of the Wolf.”We are not amused.Despite all my rage I am still just a werewolf in a cage (via BBC)While the Doctor dines with Sir Robert and Queen Victoria, Rose is captured and imprisoned by the monks, chained in the cellar among the rest of the house staff—and a caged man with alien eyes.Oddly forward for a cooped-up creature, he bares all to Rose, explaining that his body is that of “a weakling, heartsick boy, stolen away at night by the brethren” for cultivation.“I carved out his soul and sat in his heart,” he muses, reciting poetry penned by Russell T. Davies.Father Angelo and his meddling monks (via BBC)Far from home, the humanoid canine (er, Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform) crashed on Earth more than 300 years ago, its presence so powerful it turned the monks’ attention away from God.Father Angelo and his monastic brothers began 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 bite, I would pass into her blood, and then it begins,” the werewolf tells Rose (hinting at her own Bad Wolf disposition). “You burnt like the sun, but all I require is the moon.”Mags (Jessica Martin) befriended the Seventh Doctor and Ace (via BBC)Not all lycanthropes are to be feared, though.The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) befriended Mags—a quiet young woman from the planet Vulpana—who just happened to be a werewolf.Travelling with egotistical intergalactic explorer Captain Cook, Mags’ transformation is triggered by moonlight—in this case artificially recreated by circus lights, in an attempt to kill the Doctor.Too late for Cook (she slaughters him in a feral rage), the spiky-haired girl (Jessica Martin) learns to control her instincts.Things didn’t end quite so well for our 19th-century hairy friend, who dies by the light of Queen Victoria’s diamond (and the hand of the merciful Doctor). ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon Stay on targetlast_img

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