As the longest running sci-fi show of all time, Doctor Who has a rather large repertoire of creatures, villains, and bug-eyed monsters. But who (or rather, what) is the best monster in Who history? Hypable takes a crack at naming the top 10!

10. The Silurians

The Silurians are reptilian humanoid creatures who have been hibernating underneath the Earth for thousands of years, pre-dating humans by a long way. They have futuristic technology well in advance of anything Homo sapiens have ever managed to develop. With an intricate and diverse society, Silurians have just as much conflict amongst themselves as they do with their surface counterparts. In the Classic series, the Silurians have three eyes – the third of which is used for telepathy – but in their 2010 redesign they more closely resemble humans. Nearly every time The Doctor meets the Silurians, a peaceful solution is found despite some factions of both humans and Silurians intent on war. Aside from presenting viewers with some difficult questions to ask themselves, the Silurians are a deep race that command our sympathy and empathy as well as fear.


The Doctor and the Silurian leader reach peace
First appearance:
“Doctor Who and The Silurians” (1970)
Home planet:
Earth

Why we love them:
The Silurian species present a deep and thought-provoking idea for anyone watching one of their episodes – what if there was a species living on Earth who had more claim to it than we do? The best thing about them is that they are actually credible creatures.

Best quote:
“Wipe the vermin from the surface!”

9. Ood

Despite being a benevolent species that live to serve their Masters, The Ood have a terrible track record for going completely crazy and trying to kill everything in sight. In fact, two-thirds of their appearances see the species possessed by dark forces. The Ood have a tragic but compelling back story, becoming slaves to human colonies after their hive center was destroyed. They have become almost as iconic and popular as the Daleks and Cybermen, commanding our sympathy as well as fear in a way that so many Who monsters fall short of.


The Ood are possessed and rebel against their cruel human captors
First appearance:
“The Impossible Planet” (2006)
Home planet:
The Ood Sphere

Why we love them:
The telepathic orbs they hold and Davey-Jones style tentacle beards give the Ood a really striking appearance. Their heart-breaking back story also makes you really feel for the species, but their knack for being possessed always puts you on edge whenever an Ood is on screen.
Best quote:
“The Circle must be broken.”

8. The Zygons

The Zygons are the only creatures on this list who have yet to appear in the revived show, but this injustice will reportedly be assuaged in the upcoming seventh series. After their home world was destroyed by an explosion, a solitary Zygon spaceship landed in the depths of Loch Ness, where a colony of survivors took refuge. Feeding from the Loch Ness monster, The Zygons were able to exist and develop biological technology that meant that their ships themselves were alive. Freakiest of all is their shape shifting abilities, which allow them to infiltrate The Doctor and his companions through impersonation of allies. Whenever the Zygons are around, characters and viewers alike are constantly on edge – terrified that the people they see could actually be blood-thirsty monsters.

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Original trailer for “Terror of the Zygons” First appearance:
“Terror of The Zygons” (1975)
Home planet:
Unknown

Why we love them:
They look awesome, especially by Classic Who standards, and shape shifters are enough to get anyone interested. They’re also David Tennant’s favourite monster, which is enough to be getting on with.

Best quote:
“You admire our technology?”

7. Midnight Monster
The Midnight monster is unique in that we never find out its real name or what it looks like. Instead of lasers or claws, this alien uses the simple trick of mimicking to inject copious amounts of dread in the only episode that it appears in. When The Doctor is on a spaceship that draws to a sudden halt, the Midnight monster is outside and copies the knocking of the ships passengers. It then rips off the cock-pit, and possesses a business woman called Sky. She begins to copy the speech of the ships passengers, before speaking in sync and then uttering words that the victims have yet to say themselves. While the alien is clearly massively vicious, vindictive, and vigorous we never actually see it on screen. This works in the monsters favour – the mystery is far more discomforting and ominous than anything CG or prosthetics could ever achieve.


The passengers are terrified as Sky copies The Doctor
First appearance:
“Midnight” (2008)
Home planet:
Midnight

Why we love it:
More of a psychological idea than a creature, the Midnight monster is both a very simple and horrifying concept. The slow-burning tension of someone copying people stays with you far longer than farting aliens in fat-people suits.
Best quote:
“Why are you repeating?”

6. The Master

Arguably The Doctor’s arch-nemesis, The Master has been a popular and staple villain in Doctor Who history for over 40 years. The part has been played by six different actors over the course of the programme, and was conceived as a “Moriarty to The Doctor’s Sherlock Holmes.” A renegade himself, The Master becomes one of the only two living Timelords when he first appears in New Who (the other of course being The Doctor). With psychotic tenancies and a serious grudge against The Doctor and the rest of the universe, this villain will stop at nothing to take down our hero.


The Master returns and regenerates
First appearance:
“Terror of the Autons” (1971)
Home planet:
Gallifrey

Why we love him:
The archetypal super villain, The Master is genuinely psychotic and a very worthy adversary to the benevolence of The Doctor. Not only does he want to take over the universe, he actually succeeds several times. Gotta love a successful psycho.

Best quote:
“Here come the drums!”

5. Gas Mask Zombies

Victims of a technological plague during World War II, The Gas Mask Zombies are accidentally created by Jack Harkness after he crashes a stolen space ship. The infection stems from a young child named Jamie, who was brought back from the brink of death by Chula nanogenes. Having never seen humans before, the usually miraculous genes assume that the boy’s appearance is how all of the race is supposed to look. As a consequence, anyone who comes into contact with them is “repaired” and transformed into an undead donning a gas mask and searching for their mummy. These “creatures” are one of the few allusions to zombies in the entire series, with a clever and often horrific explanation ending in a dramatic climax. With a similar origin as the Cybermen, the repaired human beings provide the darkest two-part of the first series of revived Who.


The Doctor, Rose and Jack are surprised by a Zombie
First appearance:
“The Empty Child” (2005)
Home planet:
Earth

Why we love them:
Children are terrifying. Undead children with gas masks that ask everyone the same question are beyond terrifying – they’re also awesome. The idea of zombies roaming around a blitzed London is one of the greatest in Who history.

Best quote:
“Are you my Mummy?”

4. The Silence

Alluded to throughout the entire fifth series, The Silence are eventually revealed to be a species (and then a whole religious cult) that have been lurking in the shadows of Earth since the dawn of time. Closely resembling Edvard Munch’s The Scream, the aliens have sunken eyes and swollen hands which they use to electrocute anyone who crosses their path. The Silence influenced human kind’s decisions throughout history, always present but never remembered owing to a mysterious ability to be forgotten about as soon as anyone turns their back. The Silence have so far forced The Doctor into some of his most desperate moments, blowing up the TARDIS and brainwashing a baby River Song into murdering the Timelord. All of this is to try and prevent the answer of the oldest question in the universe, which will result in the religion and species “falling.” Given that we will soon be getting the aforementioned answer to the question — “Doctor Who?” — we certainly haven’t seen the last of these villains.


The Doctor and The Silence face off
First appearance:
“The Impossible Astronaut” (2011)
Home planet:
Unknown

Why we love them:
Imagine seeing an alien, turning to run from it, and forgetting why you ran in the first place. The Silence aren’t only one of the most dangerous villains in the show, they also seem very powerful and mysterious – having blown up the TARDIS and trained someone to kill The Doctor.

Best quote:
“Silence will fall!”

3. Cybermen

The Cybermen are an iconic part of the longest running sci-fi show of all time, and much the like the series itself, the race is constantly changing. Looking different every time they have appeared throughout the last 49 years, these cyborgs have only retained their iconic facial exterior and hollow voice. When they first appeared in 1966, The Cybermen of Mondas only retained their human hands – but since then their bodies have been almost entirely comprised of metal. Keeping the human brain as a power source but “deleting” any emotional resonance or memory means that they are a cold and ruthless race capable of some of the most cruel acts. Their idea of upgrading is also used by the cyborgs on other creatures, with rats, gorillas, and dogs all falling victim to conversion. In more recent years, The Cybermen have featured sparingly in the series, so we could be seeing an epic full-scale return at some point in the near future, present, or past.


The Cybermen delete!
First appearance:
“The Tenth Planet” (1966)
Home planet:
Mondas

Why we love them:
Voted the second best villain in the show’s history, Cybermen have had fans shrieking for years. The horrifying idea of a humanoid creature “upgrading” their body until there is nothing human left is a fascinating concept, but one that sends shivers down your spine.

Best quote:
“DELETE!”

2. Daleks

Easily as iconic as The Doctor and the TARDIS, The Daleks have achieved pop culture status around the world. Created by evil genius Davros as a solution to a thousand year nuclear war with the Thal, The Daleks are mutant cyborgs feeling only hatred and a burning desire to destroy and “exterminate.” Having faced The Doctor more times than any other enemy, Daleks are his biggest foe and greatest fear. Originally thought to have been murdered in the Time War, which also wiped out Timelords, a Dalek cult managed to escape and slowly rebuild the race until their numbers swelled. They may be the most reliably defeat-able villain in the series, but they have also claimed many victories by killing many of The Doctor’s allies and kidnapping entire planets. Whenever you hear the iconic “Exterminate!”, you know that The Doctor is about to be put to one of his toughest tests.


Trailer for “The Origin of The Daleks”
First appearance:
“The Daleks” (1969)
Home planet:
Skaro

Why we love them:
While they may look uncannily like pepper pots, there is no denying that Daleks can be genuinely terrifying. That robotic voice has had children and adults alike hiding behind the sofa for nearly 50 years – and with a return set for the upcoming series 7, it doesn’t look like these ruthless monsters are going anywhere.

Best quote:
“EXTERMINATE!”

1. Weeping Angels

It couldn’t really have been anything else. The Weeping Angels may be another of Steven Moffat’s simple psychological tricks, but never has it been more terrifying and effective. The Weeping Angels are effectively “living stone” statues that appear to the naked eye to be nothing more than monuments, gargoyles or graveyard memorials. However, as soon as their victims look away — or even famously, blink — they become impossibly fast killing machines. Described by The Doctor as the only creature in the universe to “kill you nicely,” the Weeping Angels murder by sending their victims back in time to live out the rest of their lives away from family and friends. However, the Angels have also been known to snap necks in order to take control of a voice. They have proven a formidable opponent in that there is no way of killing them, avoidance is the only escape. The Weeping Angels are a deeply unsettling race mainly because they resemble every-day statues that can be seen in nearly every town on our planet. What’s more, the deadly and mysterious creatures will return in series 7 to finish off current companions Amy and Rory – so the worst may yet come.


The Doctor warns Sally Sparrow about the Weeping Angels
First appearance:
“Blink” (2007)
Home planet:
Unknown

Why we love them:
The Weeping Angels are one of the most disturbing creatures in TV history, with their inaugural episode “Blink” being particularly unsettling. They’ve already become synonymous with the series, and their abilities give endless opportunities for future stories. When the Angels are on screen, we don’t WANT to blink – for fear of missing a second.

Honourable mentions: Doctor Who has a diverse range of brilliant monsters, and with so many excellent creations it was inevitable that some great aliens would be absent from this list. However, we would like to especially mention Omega, the Vashta Nerada, The Family of Blood, the Autons and The Headless Monks as viable candidates that all only marginally missed out on a spot in this list.

So, there we have it! What do you think of our list? Did we miss out one of your favourites? Include something that didn’t deserve to be there? What would your top 10 be? Join the discussion in the comments below!

On May 2, 2016, J.K. Rowling commemorated the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts by apologizing for killing Lupin, and telling us that the Grim Reaper almost chose Arthur instead.

Father figures have always been an important aspect of the Harry Potter series, and Rowling always knew that a few of them (RIP Sirius, Dumbledore, Lupin) would have to be killed during the Chosen One’s seven-year journey. Interestingly, Rowling revealed this week that Lupin could’ve been alive today if it weren’t for the fact that Arthur Weasley made it through Order of the Phoenix. As the author explains it:

This is a hard pill to swallow, and the first time we’re explicitly hearing that Arthur living meant Lupin dying. So, we thought we should debate this topic. Did J.K. Rowling make the right choice when she chose to kill Remus Lupin over Arthur Weasley? We asked two of our writers to each defend a position.

Selina: Yes, killing Lupin was the right choice

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Let’s journey back in time. The year is 2003, and you’ve been up for 72 hours straight, ploughing through the overwhelmingly long Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It’s been a bumpy ride, Harry’s fifth year being decidedly unpleasant, and you’re emotionally exhausted. Then you get to the Department of Mysteries, and here we are: Sirius is dead. Just like that, the man who could have been Harry’s adoptive father, his way out of the hellish Dursley household, is gone.

Now imagine you going through all that, except Arthur Weasley had also died in the middle of the book. You wouldn’t have been able to take it.

Ultimately we might argue that J.K. Rowling should just have kept them both alive, but at the end of the day, it was important for her to kill off one of the series’ two fathers, to achieve the symmetry of leaving a child without its parent(s) like Harry had been.

Not only did killing both Lupin and Tonks leave baby Teddy an orphan, perfectly mirroring Harry’s own experience, but it was also — arguably — an act of mercy to kill Lupin rather than Arthur. Teddy Lupin would still get to grow up with people who loved him, knowing that his parents died heroes, while Harry and the Weasleys (who’d already lost Fred) would get to keep their family intact. Considering the lengths J.K. Rowling went to to effectively end Harry’s childhood (killing Sirius, Dumbledore, and Hedwig), leaving both Weasley parents alive allowed us to end the series on a hopeful note. The parents don’t always have to die in order for the children to grow up.

I’m not glad that Lupin died. But if the choice was between him and Arthur, I think Jo made the right call. Knowing that Harry and his friends could still visit the Burrow after the Battle of Hogwarts — and that even if the place was a lot less bright without Fred, it still felt like a safe, loving home — is a great comfort, especially knowing how much Harry valued the Weasleys and the surrogate family they formed around him.

Laura: Killing Lupin was wrong, she sacrificed the last of the Marauders and the keys to the past

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Let’s revise the top of this article, shall we? His name is Remus Lupin, not just Lupin, the best Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher that Harry and company ever had. Without Remus Lupin the trio would have been dead: no Expecto Patronum, no recognizing Bogarts, no practical experience with Grindylows, Red Caps, or Hinkypunks. Harry and every student in his year was left with a substandard skill set thanks to Quirrell and Lockhart. Without question, Remus Lupin laid the groundwork for the success that was later achieved by Dumbledore’s Army. He made up for lost time, in a positive and uplifting manner, and was the friendly guidance the students needed.

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and what better fictional teacher to appreciate than Remus Lupin. He never underestimated his students, he challenged them to do more than they ever thought possible. He didn’t just spend time with shining stars like Hermione, but he made time for people that no one else cared to. Would Neville Longbottom have ever had the confidence to succeed in leading Hogwarts without Harry, Ron, and Hermione without Remus Lupin having taken a personal interest? Every other teacher wrote Neville off as either incompetent, a fool, or both.

The one thing Remus Lupin provided to Harry that Arthur Wesley couldn’t was insight into Harry’s past. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on Arthur, but it’s not a role Arthur could ever fill. Remus Lupin could talk about James and Lily from first-hand experience: funny stories, hopes, sadness, all of it. Harry was left with no one to fill that role. There is an irreplaceable void in Harry’s life thanks to Remus’ death. Harry needed Remus.

Had Arthur died it would have been tragic, but his tightly bonded family would have had each other. His children were well grounded, knew who they were, and were ready to face the world. Arthur had done an amazing job raising them along with Molly. Remus didn’t have the chance to reach his fullest potential. Had Remus lived, he and Harry would have been new parents at relatively the same time. They would have progressed from a teacher/student relationship to just being friends. They would have watched their boys grow up together and been there for each other as parents in the post-war world.

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‘Wayward Pines’ season 2: What we know so far

Meet the cast of new and familiar faces.

11:00 am EDT, May 3, 2016

We’re still about three weeks away from the Wayward Pines season 2 premiere, but we’re now getting our first look at the largely new cast.

Wayward Pines season 2 will have a lot of new characters, as season 1 ended with the death of main character Ethan Burke, played by Matt Dillon, and saw the surviving adults placed back into suspended animation while the First Generation took over the town, which had become perhaps the last surviving hold of mankind in the year 4028.

Human civilization died out nearly 2,000 years earlier, and what remained mutated into carnivorous creatures called “Abbies” (short for “Aberrations”). A scientist named David Pilcher foresaw the calamity and created Wayward Pines as a sort of ark to preserve the human race with a select group of people — and whose children would become the first generation of Wayward Pines.

The new season will explore the First Generation’s “iron-fisted rule” of the town and the rebellion that follows.

Now we have our first promotional photos for season 2. First, the full cast promotional shot:

Wayward Pines season 2 group shot

Next, meet the main cast members:

Jason Patric as Dr. Theo Yedlin

Wayward Pines season 2 Theo Yedlin

Per Fox, Dr. Yedlin “awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of this rebellion, as he tries to understand what Wayward Pines really is and help preserve the endangered human race.”

Djimon Hounsou as CJ Mitchum

Wayward Pines season 2 CJ Mitchum

CJ is “an original resident of Wayward Pines and a historian for the town with extensive knowledge of its complex origins, and the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world of Wayward Pines and the previous world that humans inhabited.”

Hope Davis as Megan Fisher

Wayward Pines Megan Fisher

Megan Fisher was a major player in Wayward Pines season 1, using her skills as a hypnotherapist to head Wayward Pines Academy, which taught the First Generation. In season 2, per SpoilerTV, Megan “is in charge of the scientific research being conducted on the Abbies, and remains deeply involved in the development of the hearts and minds of the future of humanity—Wayward Pines’ ‘First Generation’.”

Tom Stevens as Jason Higgins

Wayward Pines Jason Higgins

Another character who appeared in season 1, Jason was a devoted follower of David Pilcher. He became the leader of the new Wayward Pines led by the First Generation. No doubt he will be the leader of one side of the civil war going on in Wayward Pines.

Nimrat Kaur as Rebecca Yedlin

Wayward Pines Rebecca Yedlin

Per EW, Rebecca is an accomplished architect and Theo’s wife. Shocking nobody, she “has her own secrets she keeps” from her husband.

Josh Helman as Xander Beck

Wayward Pines Xander Beck

Xander is described as “a self-assured charmer” who is “working from within to undermine Wayward Pines.” That’s a role that sounds familiar from season 1, as there was an underground rebellion working to discover the truth behind the town led by Ethan’s ex, Kate, and her husband.

Kacey Rohl as Kerry Campbell

Wayward Pines season 2 Kerry Campbell

Kerry is another member of the First Generation. She is both “a member of Jason Higgins’ brain trust” as well as “one of his most trusted advisors.” This sounds like the role Nurse Pam played for David Pilcher in season 1.

Besides Davis and Stevens, the following season 1 cast members will appear in season 2: Carla Gugino (Kate Hewson), Toby Jones (David Pilcher), Melissa Leo (Nurse Pam), Tim Griffin (Adam Hassler), Shannyn Sossamon (Theresa Burke), and Charlie Tahan (Ben Burke). Terrence Howard (Sheriff Pope) is also expected to appear.

Finally, have a still from the season 2 premiere, featuring Dr. Yedlin and a familiar face from season 1:

Wayward Pines season 2, episode 1 Kate, Theo

Wayward Pines season 2 premieres Wednesday, May 25 on Fox.

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UnREAL season 2 is gonna be amazing, if this trailer is anything to go by.

We were blown away by the first season of UnREAL, the Lifetime drama tracking the inner workings of a The Bachelor-style reality show.

Full of awful people doing awful things, UnREAL had it all: Romance, intrigue, betrayal, death, and love. It unravels the mysticism of reality show culture (tl;dr: It’s all made up for ratings), while telling pretty compelling stories about selfish people.

In season 2, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) are back for Everlasting‘s new season, with new bachelor Darius Hill (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s B.J. Britt) ready to win the hearts of the female contestants.

And if this trailer is any indication, this season is gonna be even wilder than the last:

Refreshingly, UnREAL doesn’t shy away from contentious, real-world issues. Having a black contestant is something The Bachelor itself has not yet managed to do, and of course, the reactions to that on the show are going to reflect both the good and bad parts of humanity.

Related: Why we need UnREAL‘s complicated feminism (opinion)

We’re hugely excited to see how UnREAL handles that, and of course to find out what exactly happened to Rachel after the season 1 finale — where, if you remember her scorned ex-lover Jeremy liaised with her mother to get her back on the medication which Rachel claimed ruined her life.

On the topic of life-ruiners, another returning player this year is last season’s bachelor Adam Cromwell (Freddie Stroma), whose whirlwind relationship with Rachel almost destroyed the lives of everyone involved with the reality show’s production.

Creators Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro have said there is some unfinished business between the pair, but we can’t exactly imagine them riding off into the sunset together!

‘UnREAL’ season 2 premieres Monday, June 6 on Lifetime