Time once again to throw out a battle of epic proportions, and see who comes out victorious!  This week, the Doctor Who Villain Battle continues with the big brains taking on each other in a no holds barred battle for control of the universe!




The Great Intelligence has no physical form and thus relied on possession of living creatures to manipulate its environment. It existed on the astral plane and could enter the people it encountered. It allowed Padmasambhava to live over 300 years while he created the Robot Yeti and it also reanimated dead bodies like Staff Sergeant Arnold. It has considerable mental powers such as mind control and can even mentally attack the Doctor, causing him great pain, and travel through time and space. The Great Intelligence could also manifest itself in simple forms such as a slime that glow brightly, a dense fog that consumed anything that enter it, and a poisonous web/fungus that can trap the Doctor’s TARDIS and could not be destroyed by chemicals, explosives, and flamethowers.



A would-be universal conqueror, the Master wants to control the universe (in The Deadly Assassin his ambitions were described as becoming “the master of all matter”, and in “The Sound of Drums” he acknowledges that he chose the name “the Master”), with a secondary objective of eliminating and/or hurting the Doctor. The Master and the Doctor are shown to have similar levels of intelligence, and were classmates on Gallifrey, wherein the Master outperformed the Doctor (Terror of the Autons).Both the Doctor and the Master have been shown to be skilled hypnotists, although the Master’s capacity to dominate – even by stare and voice alone – has been shown to be far more pronounced. In Logopolis the Doctor said of the Master, “He’s a Time Lord. In many ways, we have the same mind.” The Master is often able to anticipate the Doctor’s moves, as seen in stories such as Castrovalva, The Keeper of Traken, Time-Flight, and The King’s Demons, where he plans elaborate traps for the Doctor, only revealing his presence at the key moment.


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  1. November 5, 2013 at 11:39 am — Reply

    The Doctor a Time Lord like the Master has survived encounters with the Great Intelligence and foiled his plots, The Master unlike the doctor has no compassion for human life yo hinder him and I’d expect all the minions of the Great Intelligence to be turned into dolls before finding some way to manipulate the Daleks or the Cybermen into fighting the war for him.

    • Hannah Jones
      November 5, 2013 at 11:54 am — Reply

      Well said!

    • November 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm — Reply


  2. November 5, 2013 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Well we know that Time Lords are the best.

    Also with The Doctor beating Great Intelligence, The Master is very close to his equal so I will go for him.

  3. November 5, 2013 at 11:53 am — Reply

    Setting aside the contest for a moment, can we sit back and appreciate the fact these two have quite possibly the most vainglorious names ever?

    • November 5, 2013 at 11:55 am — Reply

      I like ’em, but I go by Mighty King Cobra, so whaddoIKnow?

      • November 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm — Reply

        I like them too! They fit the characters perfectly.

  4. J Perez
    November 5, 2013 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    The Master wins this one. Mainly because he’s The Doctor’s nemesis, his equal opossite, the Vicious to the Doctor’s Spike Spiegel, and therefore his last battle.

  5. Oldcomicfan
    November 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm — Reply

    I think it would be a stalemate. Since the Great Intelligence has no body, it would be impossible to beat up in a fight. Likewise, given that The Master would be able to easily defeat any of the GI’s minions, since The Doctor is able to do the same, the GI would be unable to beat up TM because – well – no fists. And Matthew… your fixation with “pro” wrestlers??? Do you like Gladiator movies? :P

    • November 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm — Reply

      Without a body, the Master could probably find a way to neutralize him in another fashion,
      I don’t think Matthew likes Gladiator movies, but he did spend time in a Turkish Prison.

  6. Rob
    November 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    I would genuinely love to see this battle if only because the Master’s plan for ultimate victory would be gloriously over complex and insane.

  7. November 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    The Master is by all accounts a genius, even according to the Doctor.
    He has been foiled by the Doctor, sometimes by luck. He is deadly, dangerous and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed.
    He knows all that the Time Lords know and was even returned to life to help fight the Time War for them.

  8. Ingrid LJ
    November 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    What a battle of intelligence and ego that would be! I have to go with the Master though. He’s pretty much as clever as the Doctor, and I have to agree with Rob that I would love to see the Master’s plan for this.

  9. Kirby
    November 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm — Reply

    The Master once eradicated what a quarter of the universe once by accident? That kind of insanity/brilliance wins him this round. Plus better picture.

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