Saturday, 2 June 2007

Doctor Who - New Series, new species part 3

Hello, it doesn't seem that long since I did the last one of these, but here we are ready to review a new set of monsters and foreign creatures introduced in the new Doctor Who series. So far we have had a fairly full and rich rostor of mutants, deviations and monsters from far off worlds. This list has been slimmed over the past few episodes (a two parter and a standalone, each featuring one new species) but nonetheless the species featured have been new and certainly worth talking about. I don't have a species name for either and I don't have a picture of the first so if anyone is able to supply me with extra information I'd be grateful.

Sentient Sun

This was certainly an interesting one and something I'd not expected, what appeared to be a mutation or a disease turned out to be the workings of a living star. Caleb's commented on this in his episode review so I won't say much more other than I liked the concept and I would have liked to see a bit more of it.

In a far away corner of space lies a star with unique properties - it is alive! The star was tucked away and free to live and know it's existence until in the 42nd century humans came and used it as a place to gain fuel, not thinking that the star could possibly be a living being. The action of the still unknowing miners continued to harm the sun until in desperation it struck back at them. The sun managed to possess one of the crewmen on board, possibly through some of the 'fuel' they had,.taking control of his body though it seemingly did not completely destroy the man's mind, just let it's own take priority. Those caught in the sun's posession became extremely hot and their eyes glowed when opened, posession seemed to cause a great deal of pain to the victim. By the power of the sun in them, a victim could go on to completely incinerate another human or spread the sun's influence to them. The infected spread the message "burn with me" a message of retribution, it continued to spread until the true nature of the sun was discovered by the doctor and the fuel was dumped, healing the sun and causing it to cease hostilities. The star was then marked as living and spaceships were instructed to leave it in peace.

The Family of Blood

I would have like to know the true name of this species, but never mind it was quite good to see them, I think they worked well. In some aspects they were fairly generic in that they took over a human's body so they didn't have to have too many special effects etc. but for what they were they worked well. The dynamic of them only having a short life span and having followed the doctor through time and space was a good addition as well as the revelation of the doctor avoiding them out of mercy rather than fear, though again it was unclear how he made them immortal and why he did so instead of letting them die, but otherwise it was interesting.

There is no recorded name for this species other than "The family of blood" which is likely to be a name particular to the group of the species met by the Doctor rather than a name for the entire species. Little is known about them, their true form is of a green gasseous substance, it is unclear how much they can achieve in this form, though they were able to gather intelligence and competently operate a starship without a more substantial body. The species were short lived, but very active in their lives which caused them to seek a time lord so they could regenerate and conquer indefinitely. They had a family dynamic with a father, a mother a son and a daughter. The mother seemed to have seniority, though the son was often at the forefront of strategy and commanding their army. They had enough scientific ability to create automatons out of a basic substance and disguise them as scarecrows. Their next move was to posess humans, possibly prolonging their lives, and then seek to gain the regeneration abilities of a time lord. They did eventually gain this immortality, but each was imprisoned by the doctor to keep them in check. It is unknown if there were any others of this species, given their short lifespans it is no doubt difficult to keep an active record of them if more do exist.

Well there ya go, a few more interesting species as presented in the Doctor Who universe, until the next time I bid you goodbye.

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