Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Reaper

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. Chiroptophobics, look away.You don’t want to meet one of these in a dark alley (via BBC)REAPERFirst appearance: “Father’s Day” (2005)—season 1, episode 8Place of origin: Time VortexDoctor: NinthCompanion: Rose TylerDoctor Who established early in its rebirth the consequences of meddling with time.Consequences with glowing red eyes, huge flapping wings, sharp claws, a scythe-like tail, and a mouth on its chest.When the Doctor takes Rose back to the day her father died—Nov. 7, 1987—they witness the hit-and-run accident that killed 33-year-old Pete Tyler.But the young companion can’t bring herself to go to her dying dad’s side, and asks to “try again.” When the Doctor (surprisingly) obliges, the pair round the corner again to see their earlier versions standing at the curb.“It’s a very bad idea, two sets of us being here at the same time,” the Time Lord warns. “Just be careful they don’t see us.”Feeding time (via BBC)Despite the reboot’s dark, brooding exterior, Doctor Who remains a children’s program at heart. And with that comes these sort of obvious-yet-exciting plots: Character A tells Character B to not do something because of the repercussions. Character B does it anyway while Character A rolls their eyes. The balance of time is disrupted and gargoyle-esque aliens come to kill everyone, until Character C steps in to save the day.Temporal predators, the so-called Reapers (their name never uttered on screen) are sort of like the garbage men of the universe. They search for disturbances in time, then swoop in to remove the offending element, therefore returning the world to right.Or, as the Doctor put it: “They’re like bacteria, taking advantage” of a “wound in time.”Unless, of course, Pete sacrifices himself by jumping in front of the car that should have killed him, but didn’t, because Rose saved his life, causing this whole mess in the first place.Reapers thrive off of temporal paradoxes (via BBC)Holed up in a church—the old stone walls a stronghold against attacking Reapers—Rose bonds with her father, the man she never knew as a child, and will never know again as an adult.Which makes it even more heartbreaking when Pete figures out the only way to save the world is to surrender himself.“I’ve had all these extra hours. No one else in the world has ever had that,” he tells his daughter, before running out of the church and into the oncoming car.Goodbye, cruel world. And goodbye, Reapers. Stay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon last_img

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