Harper Collins’ Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters available early at New York Comic Con!
A unique, in-depth look into the hidden lives and mysteries of the monsters from the hit BBC series Doctor Who—a fully illustrated color compendium that reveals proof of the existence of alien life out there and among us, packaged with removable artwork commissioned exclusively for the book.
Packed with iconic photographs, eyewitness accounts, diagrams and illustrations, and sixteen removable color prints, The Secret Lives of Monsters offers background details on a diverse range of alien species—including planetary and genetic origins, habits, social organization, and first human contact. If you want to know why the Sontaran’s probic vent is his weak point or what it is used for; how Daleks reproduce; or how to determine whether your best friend is a Zygon, the answers—as well as everything you need to know to survive future invasions—are here in The Secret Lives of Monsters.
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The story behind Terry Nation and Raymond Cusick’s iconic creation, the Dalek.
And can I just say that I am VERY EXCITED FOR THIS SEASON
Go. Go read it. Go now.
Read the TARDIS wikia entry here.
The BBC Doctor Who page has a great write up here.
The Villains of Doctor Who
From the Doctor Who Series 7.2 Trailer
According to the BBC Doctor Who Blog:
Three weeks ago we provided a list of the Doctor’s most frightening foes and your votes established that the Weeping Angels, the Vashta Nerada and the Silence were top in the scary stakes with the Daleks gliding into fourth place.
The following week we ran a straight poll where the vote was exclusively between the top three monsters. The Vashta Nerada took an early lead but then the Lonely Assassins quickly left them for dust!
In the end, the Weeping Angels were your landslide winners with the Vashta Nerada in second place and the Silence fractionally behind them to claim third spot.
So, what is it that makes the Weeping Angels quite so scary?
Jacob told us, ‘The reason the Weeping Angels are so scary is because statues are a part of everyday life’ and Aoife agreed, saying ‘There are stone statues everywhere, and it’s so hard not to blink!’
Rain called them ‘deliciously creepy’, Tristan labelled them ‘absolutely bone chilling’ and Lauren declared ‘The Weeping Angels are one of the many reasons why Doctor Who is so great!’
But the final word goes to Liv who wrote, ‘The Weeping Angels are so scary due to the fact that they attack when you least expect it. One minute they’re lovely and angelic, the next they bare [their] fangs and killer claws. I can’t even look at a statue without considering if it’s an Angel, so I force myself not to blink… NO ONE IS SAFE FROM THOSE WEEPING ANGELS!!!’
Radio Times and the Doctor Who Facebook Page want to know who you think is the greatest monster of all time.
Have an opinion? Let them know in this thread over at the Doctor Who Facebook page.
“A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. I have not got one who is a fool. They are all men of some intellectual power, and consequently they all appreciate me. Is that very vain of me? I think it is rather vain.”
- Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray.
via Radio Times:
The Doctor Who and Sherlock writer says viewers develop a connection with villains when they first meet them and that continually bringing them back can hamper a show’s growth.
"One of the temptations, particularly if it’s a success is to keep repeating your hits, which means you hear it again and again and again," said Moffat.
"I always say new monsters are better in Doctor Who because you fall in love with monsters when they’re new," he told Le Village.
It’s an admission that may surprise some viewers, given that Moffat resurrected the Daleks within three episodes of having taken over the show for its 2010 series, but it suggests the Doctor will be facing some new foes in series seven.
Producer Marcus Wilson revealed in the latest Doctor Who Magazine that two classic monsters will return in season seven. And while the Daleks have to be considered almost a dead certainty for one of those two slots, especially considering they had only a very brief cameo in the last series, it’s anyone’s guess what the other monster will be.
An easy one, this one. (Was going to do a big multi-doctor Venn diagram, but most of the Doctor Who enemies are one-offs and an 11-way Venn diagram is an ugly thing.)
NOTE: So much discussion on this one! So much Whovian knowledge among us. Many have noted that Cybermen also appear to Ten. Suggestions so far for what might go into the yellow portion include: The Silence, The Minotaur.