Over the last day or so we’ve been running a poll over on Twitter. The question was…

What was the FIRST baddie/monster in DOCTOR WHO that scared you?

…and there were some fascinating entries.

Some of you were scared by BONNIE LANGFORD, some feared COLIN BAKER’S JACKET whilst others hid behind the sofa when CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON got naked in Dalek… Just missing out on a place in the Top Eleven were ELDRAD, THE SEA DEVILS and the YETI. Here are the final results:

=10. Vashta Nerada and The Midnight Monster

Joint at the bottom of the Top Ten are two very similar Who “villains”. Seemingly, one of the benefits of a ‘credit crunch’ are invisible enemies that put the willies up you lot more than Davros! The Vashta Nerada are the first of three creations from the mind of Steven Moffat to feature at the top.

9. Sutekh

This cove popped up in 1975’s Pyramids of Mars, starring Tom Baker (who gathered a few votes himself in the poll), with some purty scary mummies too.

8. Giant Maggots

Blimey the 70s were a rough time – not only was The Doctor, played by Jon Pertwee, stuck on Earth for a while but we had to put up with Giant flippin’ Maggots! They called it The Green Death but judging by the state of my trousers, I’d call it the brown death…

7. Scaroth

Lesson No.1 in Doctor Who – you can’t eff around with time. You do, you die and only The Doctor gets away with it. City of Death shows the last of the Jaggaroth split throughout the ages getting multiple copies of the Mona Lisa produced though he may have been better off getting his head not to wobble so much. Still, scared the Buck Rogers outta me as a child!

6. Wirrn

Indomitable! That’s what Tommy B calls the human race in The Ark In Space but that was before he had to put up with the bubble wrap from hell and some pesky giant insects. A truly classic “monster” that would be welcome back any day.

5. Autons

Just like these little bastids! Though the Autons helped the return of the show in 2005, they were ensuring no toys were left in the bedroom at night back in 1970. But, going on even further back…

4. Cybermen

Their first appearance saw the end of William Hartnell as The First Doctor and the start of nightmares for some of you. The Tenth Planet and Tomb of the Cybermen proved to be their most popular starting point but no one name~checked Earthshock – perhaps because an even bigger horror lurked in that story, ADRIC! (He only got three votes.)

3. The Empty Child

Or “Gas Mask Zombies” as most of you called it. (What a great name for a band!) The Moff’s first serious outing in Who had the under tens shaking with fear and the over forties shaking their fists and needlessly derailing every thread on the internet complaining about a certain agenda. Gayness? In Doctor Who?? How very dare they…?

2. Daleks

Visit yawn.com for more info on these tiresome little guys. Actually, they’re still incredibly popular and scaring new generations every time they appear. Wouldn’t mind a pair of those Dalek~bumps myself…

1. Weeping Angels

And winning by a HUGE margin are the non~killing bad guys from the The Moff’s finest moment, Blink (actually I prefer The Girl In The Fireplace but, hey, that’s just me). In fact, their votes are greater than the Daleks and The Empty Child put together! sassypackrat said, “I couldn’t sleep and had nightmares afterwards” whilst _badwolf commented “I screamed the house down the first time I saw them. Creepy spooky monsters, they are.” Included above is the “sequel” to their first outing, posted by the BBC during the run~up to Christmas.
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Cameron K McEwan was the first owner and site editor of Blogtor Who since its creation in May 2008 until Dec 2015. A lifelong Doctor Who fan, Cameron has also written two books, The Who’s Who of Doctor Who and Doctor Who: The Big Book of Lists, and directed a film all about Doctor Who fans throughout the years, Who’s Changing - An Adventure In Time With Fans. Cameron also contributes TV and film news and reviews to BBC Radio London, Metro, Digital Spy, New York Observer and Den of Geek. He lives in London with his one trousers.


  1. I was too late to vote for this but I would have gone with Angels too. I'm 33, have seen well enough "old" Doctor Who, some of it at the time, and yet only the Weeping Angels have made me leap out of my seat watching the programme.

    Also – where on Earth is that video from?

  2. This post reminded me to follow you guys on twitter.

    I would have gone with the angels too. Scared the living crap out of me. Especially at the end. I can't wait to see the follow up on that episode.

    I'e been wondering since watching that video clip at Christmas, if it's going to be the opening scene or involved in the 2 parter in any way.

  3. The empty child was probably the scariest thing I've ever seen on doctor who, the weeping angels were decently scary, and daleks don't really scare me.
    The empty child is terrifying to me, though.

  4. I was just telling a friend today how creepy I thought the angels were. That and the Vashta Nerada. I'm not scared easily but those two definitely had me holding my breath.

  5. No spiders in the top ten? I still freak watching that episode. The rest are no more scarey to me than Postman Pat.

  6. If a Dalek wasn't the first Doctor Who monster to frighten me it was one of the mutants. The cavemen the first few week didn't particularly frighten me – hey, I was seven back in 1963 and I knew what cavemen were.


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