The Ultimate Doctor Who Monster or Villain: Nomination #7: The Judoon

Later this week we’ll be asking you to vote for who you think is the ultimate Doctor Who villain. You’ll be able to choose from a list of ten nominees and we’ve already announced six sinister enemies who have made the final cut: Cybermen, Daleks, the Silence, the Master, Silurians and the Ood.

As we can see from that list, villainy can take many forms, from the warmongering Daleks to the charming but deadly Master. Today’s nominees would probably not consider themselves villains but have demonstrated a callous disregard for human life and a ruthless resolution to carry out their orders whatever the consequences. The Doctor called them, ‘Great big space rhinos with guns’ and they are… the Judoon!

The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones encountered a Judoon platoon on the moon where the Doctor explained, ‘They're like police. Well, police for hire,’ before adding they could be considered to be ‘interplanetary thugs’. Certainly, on that occasion these towering alien creatures showed human life meant nothing to them and they were quite prepared to see a hospital-ful of people die in order to carry out their orders.

The Judoon may be stupid but they are dangerous foes. Single-minded and armed with deadly weaponry they were amongst the alien hoards that ganged up against the Doctor in The Pandorica Opens. For all these reasons the Judoon become our seventh nominees in our quest to find the ultimate Doctor Who villain!

You can find out more about the Judoon, and revisit their debut story, Smith and Jones. You can also enjoy exclusive content around their adventures with (and against!) the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in The Stolen Earth and The Pandorica Opens.

Tomorrow we’ll be bringing you the eighth monster or villain to be nominated and remember to revisit the site so you can discover the complete top ten contenders… and then vote for the one you think is Doctor Who’s ultimate baddie! The winner – as voted for by you - will unveiled 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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