This week we got our first look at the trailer for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode, and while we got to see some of the villains, we wonder if we got to see the best villains in the montage. It’s time to take the Doctor Who Villain fight to the next level, as we pit the Daleks against the Sontarans in a battle for the ages!
The Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants principally portrayed in the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who. The Daleks were conceived by science-fiction writer Terry Nation and first appeared in the 1963 Doctor Who serial The Daleks, in the shells designed by Raymond Cusick.
Within the programme narrative, Daleks are cyborgs created by the scientist Davros during the final years of a thousand-year war against the Thals. He genetically modified a race of extraterrestrials, known as the Kaleds from the planet Skaro, and integrated them within a tank-like, robotic, mechanical shell. His final modification was to remove their ability to feel pity, compassion or remorse. The Daleks soon came to view themselves as the supreme race in the universe and began a conquest of universal domination and extermination. Various storylines portray them as having had every emotion removed except hate, leaving them with a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Dalek life. Collectively they are the greatest enemies of the series’ protagonist, the Time Lord known as the Doctor. During a conflict with the Time Lords, the Daleks were almost completely killed off. This took place off-screen between the 1996 television movie and the 2005 revived series, and was a plot point in several episodes. They are popularly known for their catchphrase “Exterminate!” and are a well-recognised reference in British popular culture. They have appeared in 97 episodes as of April 2013.
The Sontarans are a race of humanoids with a stocky build, greenish brown skin, and a distinctive dome-shaped head. In addition, they only have three fingers on each hand. Their special muscles are designed for load-bearing rather than leverage because of the significant amount of gravity on their home planet of Sontar. Ross Jenkins in “The Sontaran Stratagem” describes a Sontaran as resembling “a talking baked potato”. Sontarans come from a large, dense planet named Sontar in the “southern spiral arm of the galaxy” which has a very strong gravitational field, which explains their compact stocky form. They also are far stronger than humans and in the recent series are shorter than the average human male.
The Sontarans have an extremely militaristic culture; every aspect of their society is geared toward warfare, and every experience is viewed in terms of its martial relevance. In The Sontaran Experiment, the Fourth Doctor comments that “Sontarans never do anything without a military reason.” In fact, to die heroically in battle is their ultimate goal. Aside from a ritualistic chant in “The Sontaran Strategem”/”The Poison Sky”, they are never seen to engage in any activity that would be considered recreation, though a few offhand comments by Commander Skorr in “The Poison Sky” suggest they do consider hunting a sport (according to their creator Robert Holmes, Sontarans do have a highly developed artistic culture, but have put it on hold for the duration of the war, while the opening chapter of the novelisation of The Time Warrior, based on Holmes’ incomplete draft, refers to Linx listening to the Sontaran anthem while his spaceship is in flight).