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!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Barnes & Noble has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already a gigantic hit. In fact, it’s the most pre-ordered book since Deathly Hallows.

It’s been 9 years since J.K. Rowling publsihed Deathly Hallows in the summer of 2007, but Harry Potter fans are evidently still eager for more stories from the Wizarding World. In a press release on Monday, the biggest book chain in the United States revealed that they haven’t seen pre-orders this huge since the last Harry Potter book.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is Barnes & Noble’s most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and we expect it to be our biggest selling book of the year,” said Mary Amicucci, Chief Merchandising Officer at Barnes & Noble in a press release. “To guarantee that our customers get the new Harry Potter book as quickly as possible, Barnes & Noble is the only national retailer that’s guaranteeing delivery of the book on August 1, for both online and ship-to-home pre-orders placed by noon ET on Friday, July 29. Our booksellers are also preparing to host big crowds for our signature Midnight Magic parties on July 30.”

If you’ve passed by a brick and mortar Barnes & Noble in the past few months you’ve probably seen the heavy promotion they’ve been doing. Headers that state “HARRY POTTER IS BACK” will clearly entice people to pre-order.


HARRY POTTER IS BACK! (Spotted at a Barnes & Noble) #harrypotterforever #harrypotter

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In a report from the Wall Street Journal earlier this month we learned that Scholastic was printing 4.5 million copies of “the eighth story” for the United States and Canada. This is a far cry from the 12 million printed for Deathly Hallows, but still a very large print run for a book in modern times. (Also worth noting: Many readers have switched to eBooks in the years since Deathly Hallows.)

It’s nice to see that Harry Potter fans haven’t lost their interest in the series. Perhaps the success will inspire J.K. Rowling to continue writing within Harry’s world?

The book has also been a huge success on Amazon. The Cursed Child has sat at the top of the online retailer’s bestseller list for months.

Hypable will have lots of coverage surrounding The Cursed Child once it’s released this weekend. Stay tuned! AHHHH!

Sherlock finally made it to Hall H at Comic-Con and the creative team brought a few surprises. Steven Moffatt, Sue Vertue, Mark Gatiss, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch were on hand to the thrill of fans.

Benedict Cumberbatch and crew definitely know how to work a crowd. Here are the top highlights of the panel that played to a crowd of thousands.

1. Season 4

They are currently two weeks from finishing Sherlock season 4. Cumberbatch said that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.”

They have 26 pages to film this Tuesday. Cumberbatch states that the monologues are very challenging and take a lot of work.

As for actors’ favorite lines this season:

Gatiss: “Sherlock.”

Abington: Not a line but a beckoning gesture.

Cumberbatch: Can’t say.

Key names for next season (change from doing key words):

  • Moffat: Smith
  • Gatiss: Thatcher
  • Vertue: Sherinford

2. Keeping the show fresh

By not making as many episodes, the creators feel they actually keep the quality. They joked that under normal standards they’ve actually made about half a season of a standard TV show, or 13 episodes.

There are no plans for any other Victorian Era shows. Moffat feels that it would be less interesting if the mind palace returned there.

3. Learning curves and drugs

Gatiss stated that with 90-minute episodes you “really have to put [Sherlock and Watson] through the ringer.” Moffat added that because of this, Watson has to evolve. Watson can’t keep being amazed by Sherlock. As for Sherlock, “he can’t be the weird scary amoral man we met in the first episode… geniuses learn… he has to learn.”

Sherlock’s drug addiction comes back when he is not working. It’s hinted that the addiction will be a bigger issue this season than in the past.

4. The coat and the hair

There is apparently a big debate every year over changing the iconic coat. Sue Vertue wants to change it, and Steven Moffat wants to keep it. Benedict Cumberbatch dove into the debate stating, “I’m quite hung up on the coat…. but sometimes it has to come off.” The audience reaction was predictable.

Cumberbatch joked that he loved playing Sherlock in the Victorian era because of the slicked back hair. In the modern era it takes forever for his hair to get done. On a serious note, he loved the more straight-laced, clipped version of Sherlock.

5. First ‘Sherlock’ season 4 trailer

The teaser trailer featured this phrase over and over: “Something’s coming. It may be Moriarity, maybe not.” Literally every character we know and love looks like they are scared, angry, or worried on an epic scale.

One of the best moments is Mrs. Hudson saying with supreme venom to Mycroft, “Get out of my house you reptile.” Watch below:

6. Improv and family

There is actually, according to Cumberbatch, very little improvisation on set. It’s about how to do what’s there, and not messing with the script. He firmly believes that what is there is what is needed for the show.

Cumberbatch genuinely loves having his mom and dad play his TV mom and dad. Every now and then he can see his mother struggle to call him “Sherlock” and not “Ben.”

7. Mary in the know

Abbington didn’t know she was an assassin until well into the last season. When she found out, she told partner Martin Freeman, “My God, [the fans] are going to hate me.” Despite this, she loves the flawed characters of the series.

8. When will the series return?

No date was given for either the BBC release date or the PBS release date. We only know that it will premiere in 2017.

9. The dog photo

According to Cumberbatch the dog (depicted above) was a nightmare. “The dog wouldn’t fucking move,” he said. The companion was supposed to drag Sherlock all over London, but the dog didn’t like people, concrete, crowds… really anything about an urban setting.

Moffat and Gatiss resorted to writing a new scene on the spot to account for the lack of the dog’s interest in roaming. According to Gatiss all it did was drool on the concrete.

10. Future seasons?

Touching on the future of the series, Moffat stated, “Why is everybody assuming they survive season 4?” Gatiss joked, “We’re skipping season 5 and doing season 6.”

Moffat clarified that — contrary to recent reports — he never said that this season would be the last one (He’s right: All he said was the schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman are only getting more difficult to work with). Gatiss added that they want to do more seasons, and they hope that they are able to.

Sherlock will be back in 2017. What do you think of the first season 4 trailer?