This week’s Fandom 5 post is about our favorite aliens in general. I’ll be honest, I found that topic HUGE and a tad bit overwhelming, so I decided to narrow it down slightly. Instead of my favorite aliens out of the whole of time and space, this week I’m going to talk about my five favorite aliens from Doctor Who specifically. Of course, everyone’s favorite alien from the show is the Doctor himself (a Time Lord for those who don’t know his alien race). “My Doctor” is Eleven, a mix of a seven year-old…
…and a goofy yet slightly angry old Englishman.
BUT everyone loves the Doctor. Sure, we all have our favorite Doctors, but we all love him. It’s really just a given for a Whovian to love the Doctor. Because of that, I’m not including him in my list–we all understand that he’s all of our faves.
ANYWAY, before the Doctor goes full Time Lord Victorious on us, let’s talk about my five OTHER favorite Whovian aliens.
The Ood are a race of aliens that, if left in the wild, hold their actual brains in their hands. They are all connected with one another in a sort of joint, hive-mind, they tell stories and remember past events with beautiful songs, and they love helping and serving one another. Despite their startling appearance, they are the kindest aliens out there. Their name is also super fun to say and very pun-able.
The Weeping Angels
These guys are creepily unsettling. They cannot move if you look at them–looking at them literally turns them into stone. However, blink once, and they can move faster than you could ever imagine. They are so powerful that even the image of an angel can become an actual, dangerous angel. If you look at the image of an angel in the eye, they can even enter your actual eye. It’s mildly horrifying, to say the least, but the manner in which an angel kills you is not as cruel as some other aliens–they merely zap you several decades into the past. However, their ability to appear as a normal statue and then zoom about whenever you take your eyes off them is more than a little terrifying. Definitely one of my favorite villainous aliens on Who. They also let to this adorable Nerd HQ moment with Matt Smith:
Now hang on, I’ve got something in my eye…
Madame Vastra, Silurian
Vastra the Silurian is the clever, Sherlock Holmes-esque friend of the Doctor, living with her human wife, Jenny, in the Victorian era. I know, that’s a lot to take in. But I just really love Vastra and Jenny (if you want to read a Vastra and Jenny novel, check out Devil in the Smoke). Vastra herself is clever, she’s a brilliant fighter, she loves Jenny deeply, and she managed to make a functioning home with a lizard, a human, and a potato butler.
Speaking of a potato butler, may I introduce my fifth favorite Whovian alien:
Strax is a Sontaran–a race of potato-looking dudes who are always, constantly hellbent on war. Strax was taken by the Doctor and is now the butler to Madame Vastra and Jenny. He does a great job of assisting the two women in their daily lives, but his ideas area for fixing problems are always a bit…unconventional.
Still, he means well, and I enjoy him for that–even if his default setting is crazy violence. You know what they say, you can take the Sontaran out of the fight, but you can’t take the fight out of the Sontaran. Or something like that…
Who are some of your favorite Whovian aliens? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!