With the return of the Daleks in the new season of Doctor Who, I decided to look at all the previous "villains" in the doctor who past and decide which was/is the best. I have narrowed it down to a top three of the most terror inducing baddies of the modern era.
Firstly, the Daleks. Who have managed to create an aura of fear that has sent generations of children scurrying behind sofas, is for many reasons: for example their robotic cries of "exterminate" or their relentless attempts to conquer the world; however I feel what makes a Dalek truly terrifying is because we are worried we might become like them. They are creatures who have lost the ability to feel emotional pain Daleks had retreated into their metal shells after a devastating war and slowly lost their emotions, becoming more like machines than living and breathing creatures. According to their back story, once they were capable of genuine emotion and real moral good. Now they are sexless, heartless brains, shut up in machines incapable of intimacy, who have forgotten what it means to laugh and no longer think of themselves as individuals. We recognise the Daleks as evil because they have lost all that we hold most dear. The Daleks have made regular appearances in the long-running science fiction series, and before this new series with Peter Capaldi, the latest encounter was last year when they turned up in an episode set in Blitz-torn London in order to take over the world with a masterful plan of taking over the city's children's and using them for salve labour. They were voted the scariest villains in the history of Doctor Who in a poll of 21,000 fans in 2007. So on a scale of 1 to 10, I think the Daleks are a 7.5/10.
Secondly, One of the best parts of The Weeping Angels is that they are everywhere in real life where they naturally look creepy. Let’s face it, who wasn’t freaked out by decaying angel statues in graveyards before Steven Moffat ever penned the words “Don’t Blink”? Stone angels are kind of like the Mona Lisa, only in 3-D. Wherever you go their sightless eyes always seem to follow you. Those ominous and decaying due to acid rain, stone faces haunt you, even if you won’t admit it. The Weeping Angels, so far, have played a major role in 3 episodes over 3 seasons. The tenth and eleventh Doctors have faced them as have River, Martha, Amy, and Rory. Each time we learn more about them and we discover just how much they are survivors. Not only can they zap you back in time, “killing you” and feeding off your energy, but they can also seemingly do it in an endless loop. For example, if it weren’t for Amy and Rory creating a paradox, Rory’s life would have been nothing but an endless food chain for the Weeping Angels. It comes down to two words: Don’t Blink. Seriously, just try it. How long can you last before your eyes tear and your face feels like it will burst as your muscles spasm. To quote the tenth Doctor, “Blink and you’re dead.” It’s just that simple. No one can fight that urge, not even the Doctor. It’s not often that we see the Doctor helpless and reduced to tears, but that is exactly what he was when the Weeping Angels zapped Rory back in time again, and Amy chose to follow. Any being that can face the Doctor multiple times, and claim victory (even a small one) is a being to be feared. Ask any Doctor Who fan what is the scariest episode in the reboot era and chances are they are going to say Blink. It was the first proper scare in the reboot era that had kids cowering behind the sofa, and adults peeking out between their fingers. The Weeping Angels are on tee shirts, mugs, etc. Perhaps the only alien to appear on more merchandise is the Daleks. As a result of this I am going to award the Weeping Angels an 8/10.