The Doctor: Villain?

The first full season of Matt Smith as the Doctor finishes with a sequence of episodes called “The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang.”  The Doctor, Amy, Rory, and River Song are in Europe during the peak of the Roman Empire; an extraterrestrial prison, also known as the Pandorica, has manifested through the manipulation of Amy’s childhood.  The Pandorica intended to house the most dangerous being in the universe.  The twist of the episode is that the prison is for the Doctor.  This is the first time the Doctor is portrayed as the likeable villain.

The Doctors greatest enemies from throughout all of time have teamed up in order to stop the Doctor for the last time.  The audience gets to see how dangerous the Doctor appears to his enemies; his enemies go to great lengths to stop him.  I personally love the idea of the Doctor being an “anti-hero.”  It adds a different dimension to the Time Lord; he now is seen as a villain in a sense.  It also adds a new layer to the motives of his enemies.  For example, in this episode the Daleks are much more interested in stopping the Doctor than they are in eliminating humanity and taking over the entire universe.

Another instance in which we see the way people fear the Doctor is in the episodes, “A Good Man Goes to War,” and “Let’s Kill Hitler.” A group of people steal Amy and Rory’s baby because there were traces of Time Lord in its DNA.  They condition the baby to be a weapon, and everything comes to fruition in “Let’s Kill Hitler” when River Song, who is Rory and Amy’s baby, attempts to kill the Doctor, saying it’s her mission in life.  Over the course of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Doctor, the fear in which the Doctor instills in people manifests in brutal attempts to stop him.  The Doctor may not be a stereotypical anti-hero, but in the eyes of his enemies, he’s their most dangerous villain in all the universe.


The Phantom of the Caves

For my first free write, I have decided to compare and contrast Jek (the villain from “The Caves of Androzani”) with the Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera. For those of you who don’t know, The Phantom of the Opera was originally a book published in 1909 (, and was later turned into a musical.

There are many similarities between Jek and the Phantom. Let’s start with the obvious. They look very similar. Here is a photo for reference. Jek is on the left and the Phantom is on the right.



           They both wear masks to cover their facial deformities. The Phantom’s face is scarred from a birth defect, and Jek was scarred while working with Morgus to harvest spectrox. Another big thing they have in common is their loneliness. They both hide away from the world because of their deformities. They also both long for love, even though they aren’t the best at interacting with women. Jek wants to be with Peri, but she doesn’t want to be with him. The Phantom takes a woman named Christine away from her fiancé so he can be with her. I guess no one told him that girls usually don’t fall in love with you if you kidnap them, unless they develop Stockholm syndrome.

One of the major differences between them is how they pick the girl they love. I’m pretty sure Peri was the only girl Jek had access to in the caves, so he decided to love her. The Phantom is choosier when it comes to women. He falls in love with Christine because they both share a passion for music, and because she is kind to him when no one else is.

All in all these two characters are very similar. Both make you feel sorry for them, even though each is supposed to be the bad guy. Both hurt people, but all they really want is someone to love them, even though they have scars.