Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Carrionite

Sep 20, 2019 ixhnnluq

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This week’s witchy example proves all that glitters is not gold.Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic (via BBC)CARRIONITEFirst appearance: “The Shakespeare Code” (2007)—season 3, episode 2Home planet: Rexel 4Doctor: TenthCompanion: Martha JonesSomething wicked this way comes.Historically, the words of William Shakespeare have been used to woo, educate, threaten, and—if you’re an American high school student—torture.But never to escape imprisonment from the Deep Darkness.At the dawn of the universe, a humanoid species called Carrionites used word-based science to channel energy. Or, as it was understood in Elizabethan England: witchcraft.“It’s all a little bit Harry Potter,” as Martha points out.So it is. Except that it isn’t.“Looks like witchcraft, but it isn’t,” according to the Doctor.Described as black magic, Carrionite technology is actually more akin to quantum mnemonics (language of the Great Old Ones)—though it does rely heavily on DNA replication modules (i.e. voodoo dolls). And, Carrionites do fly on broomsticks, cackle wickedly, and bear wrinkled faces with wart-covered chins that nearly touch their giant hooked noses.Which witch is which? (via BBC)Still, it’s not witchcraft. “Can’t be,” the Doctor says.“It’s just a different sort of science,” he tells Martha. “You lot [humans], you chose mathematics. Given the right string of numbers, the right equation, you can split the atom. Carrionites use words instead.”For the end of the world.*Insert wicked laughter here*Reeking havoc on 16th century London, three escaped Carrionites—Bloodtide, Doomfinger, and Lilith—influenced the design of the 14-sided Globe Theater.(Built-in 1599 (probably in part by Peter Street), the Southwark stage was home to many a Shakespearean play, before being destroyed by fire in 1613. A second Globe Theater was built on the same site the next year, and closed in 1642. The modern reconstruction opened in 1997, about 750 feet from the original theater, and is a real treat, should you ever have the chance for a visit.)The true form of a Carrionite resembles a giant skeletal raven (via BBC)Fourteen sides for 14 planets in the Carrionite star system.In 1599, the trio of witches (often seen huddling around a cauldron—one of many references to Shakespeare’s work in this Gareth Roberts-penned episode) planned to use the Bard’s new play, Love’s Labour’s Won, to free the rest of their race and take over Earth.“The human race will be purged as pestilence,” Lilith brags. “And from this world we will lead the universe back into the old ways of blood and magic.”A busy schedule. But someone’s gotta do it.It will have to be someone other than the Carrionite, though.With a little help from his friends—the Doctor, Martha, and J.K. Rowling—Shakespeare, “the wordsmith, the one true genius; the only man clever enough” to save the world, does just that, banishing Lilith and her “mothers” to a crystal ball, where they can “scream for all eternity” in the TARDIS attic.All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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