List of Doctor Who villains

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


Black Guardian

Margaret Blaine

See: Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen




Taren Capel

Matron Casp

Lady Cassandra

Lady Cassandra, or in full Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 (pronounced "dot delta seventeen"), 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 was still in her full body.

An extensively-modified human who had been reduced to little more than a sentient sheet of skin held taut on a life support frame, the Ninth Doctor first encountered Cassandra in the episode "The End of the World" (2005). She returned in "New Earth" (2006), which took place 23 years after "The End of the World".

Celestial Toymaker

Mavic Chen

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

George Cranleigh





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


The Great Intelligence


Victor Kennedy

Lord Kiv



The Master/Mistress




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.









Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen

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

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).


Tzim Sha

Tzim Sha (pronounced "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. In his debut appearance, Tzim Sha wanted to become leader and underwent a ritual on Earth after being accidentally summoned by Ryan Sinclair. Tzim Sha then used a swarm of gathering coils to locate his quarry, a man named Karl Wright, while implanting DNA bombs on those who could expose him cheating due to the ritual's law that he cannot use weapons or assistance. But the newly regenerated Thirteenth Doctor thwarted his hunt while tricking him into detonating his DNA bombs after she removed them and placed them in the coils' data with the Stenza absorbed. He ended up at the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos, where the Ux mistook Tzim Sha for the creator and made him their god as he exploited them for millennia before the events of The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos he tried to use The Ux to get revenge on The Doctor and her companions, he is then apprehended and sealed away in a stasis chamber by Ryan Sinclair and Graham O'Brien.

The Trickster

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


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





Weng-Chiang, whose real name is Magnus Greel,[2] is the former Minister of Justice of the 51st century Supreme Alliance, responsible for the deaths of 100,000 enemies of the state, earning him the epithet "the Butcher of Brisbane".[3] He appears in the 1977 serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Greel fled to 19th century China by means of time cabinet, taking The Peking Homunculus with him.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


WOTAN is an advanced autonomous computer, intended to make government more efficient. Using hypnotism, it instructs engineers to construct a force of war machines, with which it attempts to conquer London. The First Doctor reprograms one machine, ordering it to destroy WOTAN. It is the antagonist of the 1966 serial The War Machines.[6]


Queen Xanxia


Professor Yana


Professor Zaroff

Professor Zaroff is a mad scientist who plans to destroy the world in the 1967 Second Doctor story The Underwater Menace.

He is fondly recalled by Doctor Who fans as one of the most over-the-top villains in the entire history of the show. Particularly well remembered is his cry of "Nothing in the world can stop me now!", which (due to actor Joseph Furst's German accent) was pronounced as "Nuzzing in Ze vurld can ztop me now!" Only two of the four episodes from this story survive, but the surviving material includes that infamous line.[7]

See also


  1. "TV on DVD: 'Doctor Who'". 6 July 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. Bahn, Christopher (23 October 2011). "Doctor Who (Classic): "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  3. "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". BBC. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  4. "The Shadow of Weng-Chiang". Dr. Who Guide. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  5. "161. The Butcher of Brisbane". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  6. "The War Machines - detail". Doctor Who - the classic series. BBC.
  7. Howarth, Chris; Steve Lyons (1996). The Completely Useless Encyclopedia. Virgin Publishing. ISBN 0-426-20485-9.

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