‘Doctor Who’ Monsters: Your Scariest Moments

Peg Doll from ‘Night Terrors’ is sad she did not make the list.

Back in October, we dipped our toes into these murky waters, having supplied a truly horrifying Doctor Who Top 10 (I bet you can’t guess the date we did it on), and then we asked for nominations for your most horrifying Whovian experiences. And that is what we got.

So, as a Christmas treat, here are five examples of Doctor Who monsters – selected by Anglophenia readers – that left an indelible mark, not only on your subconscious, but on the hairs on the back of your neck, and probably the cushion you’ve been biting on to stifle your screams.

Turn Left

Everything about this story is hugely disturbing, from the death of the Doctor to the despair of humanity when he is not there to save them, and yet that big beetle on Donna’s back somehow takes the cake. Not that it’s a cake you’d ever want to eat.

Terror of the Autons


Ah the classic ‘kidnapped by a baddy posing as our driver’ conceit. Always effective, especially when a quizzical Third Doctor pulls off the face of a policeman taking him  and Jo Grant to an unspecified location, only to discover he’s a ruddy Auton! An Auton that has been STANDING TOO CLOSE TO THE FIRE, TO BOOT!


A firm favorite, this one. What could be creepier than nasty old human nature turning against the Doctor when they fear he is possessed? How does that quote go, “a person is smart, a crowd is stupid”? Something like that, but in space.

The Hand of Fear

Do not mention the Addams Family. This is way creepier. And so is Sarah Jane’s Raggedy Anne outfit.

Waters of Mars


Another firm favorite: partly because of the horrifyingly chapped lips of the humans once possessed by the Martian water beings, and partly because the Doctor goes all Old Testament at the end.

Don’t forget, if you want to see The Brit List countdown of the best monsters, things you’ll only see on Doctor Who, as voted for by Anglo readers, watch BBC America this Friday at  10/9c.

Go on then, what else did we miss? Mark your comments “This is ridiculous! Does NO ONE appreciate Doctor Who properly?” and stick ’em below:

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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