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31 Classic Doctor Who Monsters #17: Meglos

October 17th, 2012

Across time and space, the Doctor has found himself challenged by evils in many forms: human tyrants, cybernetic zombies, sociopathic blobs, all manner of giant insects, titans, demons and gods.

And then there was that time he fought a cactus.

I’m not talking about a cactus-man, or some sort of robo-cactus. I’m referring to an actual decorative plant. In a pot.

This menace from a garden center referred to itself as…


Meglos (1980)

The “last of the Zolfa-Thurans,” Meglos sought to reclaim the Dodecahedron, a mysterious 12-sided object that could generate tremendous energy.* He intended to use it to power a planet-smashing doomsday weapon.

It would’ve been a short episode had Meglos been restricted to his pot, so fortunately he was able to transfer himself into a human’s body. He subsequently transformed into a copy of the Doctor…well, a copy of the Doctor with green skin and spines. So, not much of a disguise.

Oddly, Meglos very nearly showed up in the modern Doctor Who series. In early drafts of the 11th Doctor story The Lodger, Meglos was the villain at the top of the stairs. Amusingly, he was frustrated to learn that the Doctor didn’t even remember their previous epic conflict.

Tomorrow: checkmate!

*It was also handy for determining the amount of damage done by a greataxe. Meglos played a barbarian in Sutekh’s Friday night Dungeons & Dragons game.

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