Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week The Beast

first_img ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon 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. Now, grab a bible and some holy water—and welcome to hell.The Doctor vs. the devil (via BBC)THE BEASTFirst appearance: “The Impossible Planet” (2006)—season 2, episode 8Home Planet: N/ADoctor: TenthCompanion: Rose TylerUnder Russell T. Davies’ tutelage, new Who laid the groundwork for an emotional, cohesive reboot.It did not, however, contribute much to the program’s existing library of evil-doers. (Lest we forget those farting Slitheen…)But writer Matt Jones ensures his entry into the villain hall of fame with The Beast.A red horned demon imprisoned at the center of Krop Tor, it claims to be the devil as he appears across all religions.Please shoot the messenger (via BBC)“He has woven himself in the fabric of your life since the dawn of time,” the creature announces through an army of glowing Ood orbs. “Some may call him Satan or Lucifer. Or the Bringer of Despair, the Deathless Prince, the Bringer of Night.”Jones cleverly intertwines some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it satanic references, including the Doctor’s claim that, to generate the gravitational field that keeps the planet circling a black hole, “you’ll need a power source with an inverted self-extrapolating reflex of six to the power of six every six seconds.”Voiced by Gabriel Woolf (who previously lent his timbre to Sutekh the Destroyer in 1975’s “Pyramids of Mars”), The Beast manifests himself through electronic media—the telepathic field connecting Ood, Rose’s cell phone, the control center’s hologram viewer.The Ood are a bit odd (via BBC)“That thing is playing on very basic fears,” the Doctor explains to the Sanctuary Base Six crew. “Darkness, childhood, nightmares, all that stuff.”“But that’s how the devil works,” Danny Bartock, of the ethics committee, counters.“Or a good psychologist,” The Doctor adds.Davies conceived of this two-parter as a way to challenge the Time Lord’s belief in how the universe works. It also fulfilled producer Phil Collinson’s desire for the character to confront a sole God-like adversary.“All these things I don’t believe in, are they real?” the Doctor asks Mephistopheles, chained and voiceless.Rose ultimately saves the day, ejecting a possessed Toby into the black hole and freeing the Ood from the creature’s grip. The Doctor, reunited with his TARDIS, tows the rocket to safety, swapping an unconscious Ida for the hero Rose.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. Stay on targetlast_img read more