Feeds

PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

Data Visualisation: The Doctor’s most commonly returning foes

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Doctor Who @ 50 Given the Doctor’s propensity for making enemies, he has faced relatively few more than twice. This is perhaps not surprising for someone who can travel anywhere in the whole history of the entire universe – the chances of bumping into someone again should be low.

But the demands of making an adventure TV series mean return matches with popular adversaries are inevitable. It surely follows that more than one showing up in a story would be even more popular, and if they were actually working together against the Doctor, well, he'd have no chance, would he?

This chart shows the story links between major returning foes. Adversaries are included if they’ve appeared in three or more stories. The outer ring is proportional to each race’s number of appearances, clockwise in the order in which they first appeared. Stories are counted if they include newly recorded material, not just past clips or photographs.

Incidentally, ‘Time Lords’ counts any story in which a Gallifreyan other than the Doctor, Romana or the Master appeared. Not all races were villainous in every story but they are counted anyway.

The coloured links indicate appearances by more than one of these monsters in the same story. These may be in unconnected scenes or as a unified force.

Doctor Who: The Enemies

Click to see the visualisation full size
Source: Wonderful Books

The story with the most recurring enemies is, not surprisingly, The Pandorica Opens, in which the Daleks, Cybermen, Autons, Silurians, Sontarans and Judoon join many other one-off races in an alliance against the Doctor to prevent him, they believe, from destroying the universe.

The Five Doctors features five recurring adversaries, each transported to the Gallifreyan Death Zone to battle the Doctor on his birthday, as does The War Games, thanks to the Doctor’s defence plea that all the nasty creatures in the universe need to be put in their place.

There are four major monster appearances in A Good Man Goes to War, although the Cybermen were not involved with the others, who were actually fighting on the Doctor’s side for once.

The Weeping Angels are the only enemy to have appeared more than twice but never in a story with any other. ®

The image comes from Time & Space Visualiser: The Story and History of Doctor Who as Data Visualisations by Paul Smith, published by Wonderful Books and available through Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot
Latest cleaner available for world+dog in September
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?