Doctor Who Tuesday Trope Aliens Are Bastards

first_imgFrom survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show.ALIENS ARE BASTARDSMeaning: Extraterrestrials and otherworldly beings are rarely friendlyUsage in Doctor Who: You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disasterIt’s official: All aliens are bastards!Truer words were never spoken.Physicist Gordon Freeman (fictional protagonist of the Half-Life video game series) declared his hatred for extraterrestrials in episode six of Freeman’s Mind, a sci-fi comedy show parodying the inner thoughts of its title character.What are the odds writer Ross Scott is a Doctor Who fan?Since its inception in 1963, the otherworldly drama has introduced some of the genre’s most famous aliens, including the Doctor himself.And while the rogue Time Lord can sometimes be a bastard, he’s usually the one fighting the real brutes.Daleks (via BBC)Topping the list are Daleks: Genetically engineered by scientist Davros to feel no emotion (except hatred), the merciless cyborgs—inspired by actual Nazis—are intent on purging the universe of all other races, starting with Time Lords.The popular pepper pots never seem to die, returning to exterminate almost every incarnation of the Doctor; Daleks have appeared in every series since the 2005 reboot.If the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Daleks and Cybermen are true bosom buddies.Cybermen (via BBC)Wholly organic humanoids originating on Earth’s twin planet Mondas, the dying race replaced most of their bodies with cybernetic parts and removed all emotion from their brains, transforming into a cold, calculating race—one of the most persistent enemies in the Whoniverse.Last seen among alien refugees hiding in London (“Face the Raven”) and in season nine finale “Hell Bent,” the original version of the deadly cyborgs will return for this year’s two-part finale.Unlike, say, the Foretold, Abzorbaloff, Lake Ghosts, the Dream Lord, or Shoal of the Winter Harmony—not all aliens are complete nincompoops.Time Lords like the Doctor—very much a stranger in a strange land—come from a long line of advanced, elitist, controlling time travelers. Notable bad eggs include the Master, the Rani, and their founders Rassilon and Omega. But as Doctor Who‘s titular character proves, there is always an exception to the rule.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more