List of Doctor Who villains

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This is a list of villains from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. For other, related lists, see below.







Beep the Meep[edit]


Black Guardian[edit]

The Black Guardian was played by Valentine Dyall.

Margaret Blaine[edit]

See: Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen





Taren Capel[edit]

Matron Casp[edit]

Max Capricorn[edit]

Lady Cassandra[edit]

Cassandra, the physical prop, on display at the Doctor Who Experience.

Lady Cassandra was voiced by Zoë Wanamaker, and was largely computer-generated,[1] although a physical prop was also used on set. Wanamaker appears briefly during Cassandra's second appearance, seen in footage from a party when she is still in her full body.

Celestial Toymaker[edit]

Mavic Chen[edit]

Mavic Chen is the Guardian of the Solar System in the year 4000 AD and a collaborator with the Daleks.

George Cranleigh[edit]





Eldrad (Stephen Thorne) is a silicon-based lifeform from the planet Kastria.


The Flood[edit]

The Flood is a viral lifeform from the planet Mars that infected its water supply eons ago. It infected the water supply and crew of Bowie Base One in 2059. When the Doctor visited, it infected 6 crew members. In the end, the Doctor, Adelaide Brooke, and the surviving crew escaped before the base destructed, killing all the infected crew and the Flood itself. If a being was infected, they would get cracked skin round the mouth, always seep water, and develop dead white eyes.


Winifred Gillyflower[edit]

Mrs Winifred Gillyflower is a mechanical engineer and chemist portrayed by Diana Rigg. She is the main antagonist of the 2013 episode "The Crimson Horror".

The Great Intelligence[edit]


Victor Kennedy[edit]

Lord Kiv[edit]



The Master/Mistress[edit]



The Monk[edit]



Morgaine, seen in Battlefield (1989), is a legendary Arthurian sorceress from another dimension, who recognises the Seventh Doctor as Merlin, whom she previously battled in his personal future. She is based on Morgan le Fay.







Ribbons is an alien from the Antizone, a dark, scary place.




Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen[edit]

Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen is a member of the nefarious Slitheen crime family from Raxicoricofallapatorius. She appropriated the identity and appearance of Margaret Blaine. She first appears in "Aliens of London".

Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen[edit]

Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, a relative of Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day and Sip Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen, poses as Joseph Green, MP for Hartley Dale and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Monitoring of Sugar Standards in Exported Confectionery in "Aliens of London" and "World War Three" (2005).

The Shadow[edit]

The Shadow appears in the 1979 Fourth Doctor story The Armageddon Factor; he is a servant of the Black Guardian, and at least partially responsible for a war between the planets Atrios and Zeos.


Mr Sweet is a Red Leech from the same Prehistoric times as the Dinosaurs and Silurians. Winifred Gillyflower found him in the river and temporarily had him as a pet.


Tzim Sha[edit]

Tzim Sha (misheard by the Doctor as "Tim Shaw"), first seen in The Woman Who Fell to Earth (2018), is an alien from a race of hunters and conquerors called the Stenza. He appears a second time in The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.

The Trickster[edit]

The Trickster is a recurring nemesis in The Sarah Jane Adventures.


Timewyrm is a villain from the Virgin New Adventures spin-off novels.




War Chief[edit]

The War Chief is a renegade Time Lord who assists a group of alien warriors in the 1969 serial The War Games.[2]


Weng-Chiang, whose real name is Magnus Greel,[3] is the former Minister of Justice of the 51st century Supreme Alliance, responsible for the deaths of 100,000 enemies of the state, and was known as "the Butcher of Brisbane".[4] He appears in the 1977 serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Greel fled to 19th century China by means of a time cabinet, taking The Peking Homunculus with him.[4]

Consequences of Greel's time travel are explored in the spin-off Virgin Missing Adventures novel The Shadow of Weng-Chiang by David A. McIntee.[5] Greel is also mentioned in Simon A. Forward's Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Emotional Chemistry, which is partly set in the 51st century. Greel's days as The Minister of Justice are explored in the 2012 prequel audio story The Butcher of Brisbane.[6]


WOTAN is an advanced autonomous computer that appeared the 1966 serial The War Machines.[7]


Queen Xanxia[edit]


Professor Yana[edit]


Professor Zaroff[edit]

Professor Zaroff is a mad scientist, portrayed by Joseph Furst, who appears in the 1967 serial The Underwater Menace.

He is fondly recalled by fans as one of the most over-the-top villains in the entire history of the programme. Particularly well remembered is his cry of "Nothing in the world can stop me now!"in a noticeable Austrian accent. Only two of the four episodes from this story survive, but the surviving material includes that infamous line.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TV on DVD: 'Doctor Who'". 6 July 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. ^ Lofficier, Jean-Marc (1994). Doctor Who: The Programme Guide. Doctor Who Books. p. 83. ISBN 0426203429. Both the Doctor and the War Chief are renegade Time Lords who each stole a TARDIS and escaped.
  3. ^ Bahn, Christopher (23 October 2011). "Doctor Who (Classic): "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. ^ "The Shadow of Weng-Chiang". Dr. Who Guide. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  6. ^ "161. The Butcher of Brisbane". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  7. ^ "The War Machines - detail". Doctor Who - the classic series. BBC.
  8. ^ Howarth, Chris; Steve Lyons (1996). The Completely Useless Encyclopedia. Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0-426-20485-9.

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