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31 Classic Doctor Who Monsters #10: The Tetraps

October 10th, 2012

Time and the Rani was the first outing for the 7th Doctor, and it was not his finest moment. Written before Sylvester McCoy was cast in the role, it featured a “generic” Doctor prone to malapropisms and a goofy plot in which rival Time Lord the Rani captured famous geniuses from Earth’s history as part of her plan to create a planet-sized brain. Let that sink in for a moment.

Since her previous encounter with the Sixth Doctor, the Rani had picked up some new minions…

The Tetraps!

Time and the Rani (1987)

The Tetraps managed to be impressive and ridiculous at the same time. The costumes were well-realized, but their design rivaled the platypus for implausibility.

Bat-like creatures from the planet Tetrapyriarbus, the Tetraps sported four eyes, one on each side of their heads. Again, stop to ponder that.

They fed on blood plasma and used their poisoned tongues to paralyze their prey. Sure, what the heck.

Next time: Arooooooo! Werewolves of London!

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