Sunday, October 16, 2011




There is something special about Halloween. It could be the soursweet smell of candy corn or the ring of your doorbell with an inevitable, "Trick or Treat!" I believe it is the spirit of embracing the horrific with a laugh. Children, young and old, dress up as the ghastliest of ghouls from poltergeists to politicians or as their favorite characters from Disney Princesses to Doctor Who.

Doctor Who's greatest strength is that, because its a show about an alien and his human companions traveling through time and space, there is no limit to the kind of story that can be told. The best Doctor Who stories involve the strange and terrible monsters that combine the best elements of horror. British parents tell their children how they used to hide behind the couch when the Daleks came on TV but  they lack the same punch. Sure, Daleks are a great match for the Doctor, but it is hard to be scared of them. They're basically a mix between Marvin the Martian, R2 D2 and wasps (What? If wasps could they would "exterminate" every living thing on Earth). The scariest Doctor Who villains are the ones who hold the mystery.

So, to celebrate Halloween I will talk about the scariest monsters of the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors. Starting this week, we have:

Appearances: Series 3(2007): Blink TRAILER
The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone TRAILER

Powers: They are immortal. They can't be destroyed. They are fast, strong and wickedly cunning. They communicate telepathically with each other. They suck energy out of their surroundings. They can turn things on an off at will. They can throw you back in time and life off of your potential time you would've used in the present. Anything that "captures" an angels reflection, can become an angel.
Weaknesses:They can't move while they're being looked at and if they look at each other they become frozen forever. They need energy to move.
Motive: Eat up the energy of the Universe.

Catchphrase: They don't talk. Well, except for "Angel Bob".

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