The Ultimate Doctor Who Monster or Villain: Nomination #10: The Clockwork Droids

Who is the ultimate Doctor Who villain? The vote to find out opens later today and we can now reveal the full line-up of nominees. The first nine, as previously announced, are: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians, the Ood, Judoon, the Ice Warriors and the Weeping Angels.

The tenth and final nominee first appeared in 2006 and although the Doctor has complemented many of his enemies, he’s seldom been so enthusiastic as he appeared with these foes. ‘Oh, you are beautiful!’ he told one. ‘No really, you are… you’re gorgeous! Space-age clockwork! I love it! I've got chills!’ They are, of course, the Clockwork Droids!

The droids were elegant pieces of technology but utterly terrifying, conforming to the notion of everything we find scary by either hiding under a potential victim’s bed or advancing on their prey with an unnerving, unswerving relentlessness.

The Clockwork Droids believed they needed the brain of Reinette (aka Madame de Pompadour) to fix the ship named after her: the SS Madame de Pompadour. They had already used body parts of the vessel’s crew to effect repairs and had no problem stalking Reinette, spreading terror in 18th century France or going up against the Doctor if it meant achieving this aim. They proved themselves to be creepy clockwork killers and they are the tenth and final nominees!

You can find out more about the Clockwork Droids and the adventure they appeared in – The Girl in the Fireplace.

Voting opens later today and we want your vote with the overall winner being revealed in the ‘Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend’ on BBC Three in November, as part of the celebrations to mark 50 years of Doctor Who!

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