Sunday, October 23, 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 4 (2008): Silence in the Library TRAILER /Forest of the Dead TRAILER

Powers: Microscopic swarm creatures, their name literally translates to "the shadow that melts the flesh", and the live up that name. Like "piranhas of the air" they can pick a body clean down to the bones in seconds. In large enough concentrations, they can form a singular swarm mind that can communicate on a human-level. The disguise themselves as shadows.

Weaknesses: Bright-light can destroy them.

Motive: To survive, to get revenge on the humans that cut down their homes in the forests of their planet and to return to their planet.

Catchphrase: "These are our forests. They are our meat." Vashta Nerada, Forest of Death
BONUS: "Hey! Who turned out the lights?" Proper Dave, Forest of Death

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