It’s just a couple of weeks until the first issue of my brand new Doctor Who comic comes out. Fantastic!
Here’s a quick sneak peek of some of the brilliant art by Blair Shedd. The comic features the Ninth Doctor travelling with Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness.
In the lead up to the launch, I’ve been doing loads of interviews. One question comes up time after time – who’s your favourite Doctor. That’s easy – it’s the Fourth, playing by Tom Baker when I was growing up. All scarf, curly hair and teeth!
Lots and lots of teeth.
There’s another question I get asked again and again when I visit schools – what’s your favourite monster?
As monsters are such a big part of Doctor Who, I thought I’d answer that here.
Prepare for yourself for my top Doctor Who monsters, plus suggestions for where to find them in books too!
They were the first aliens Rose Tyler ever faced when the show came back in 2005, but the menacing mannequins originally appeared back in 1970’s Spearhead from Space, smashing through shop windows.
My daughters love them too. They shout ‘autons’ whenever they see dummies during shopping trips.
Here they are unleashing a little retro terror back in the Third Doctor’s era:
Read about Autons in: Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks
4. Weeping Angels
What an amazing creation by Stephen Moffat. In fact, I wish I’d thought of them first! Living statues that only move when you’re not looking at them? Terrifying.
Is it any wonder I check over my shoulders whenever I pass statues like these in graveyards?
Read about Weeping Angels in: Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris
A real Doctor Who classic. Cybermen used to look like us, until they started replacing their bodies with robot limbs and didn’t know when to stop. Worst of all, they decided that it would be better for us if we were transformed into Cybermen too! Gulp!
I have a Cyberman helmet keeping an eye on me from my study bookshelf. That’s him to the right. I call him Cyril. He makes sure I keep working!
Here they are in action against the Tenth Doctor:
Read about Cybermen in: Plague of the Cybermen by Justin Richards
These shape-shifting suckers first clashed with the Fourth Doctor back in 1975’s Terror of the Zygons. They can disguise themselves as humans, have a sting in their tongue and keep the loch ness monster as a pet. What’s not to love?
I was very excited when the Zygons returned for Day of the Doctor in 2013, but here they are menacing a young Sarah Jane Smith back in day!
Read about Zygons in: Sting of the Zygons by Stephen Cole
Well, they had to be number one, didn’t they? Nothing beats those infernal pepper-pots from Skaro!
That look! That voice! Those plungers!
Last year I was lucky enough to co-write a Doctor Who audio drama featuring the Daleks. Talk about a dream come true. They were the first real monsters in Doctor Who and they’re still the best – or should that be the worse?
And to tie it back to my comic, here’s the Ninth Doctor confronting a Dalek. Be warned, the Doctor gets a bit angry! No wonder the Daleks call him ‘The Ongoing Storm!’
Read about Daleks in: Engines of War by George Mann
So that’s my top five. I didn’t have space for the Ice Warriors, Sontarans, Krynoids, Silurians or the Empty Child, but which Doctor Who terrors would make your top five?