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31 Classic Doctor Who Monsters #28: The Malus

October 28th, 2012

I’m going to spend the last few days of October writing about some of the demons and gods of the Doctor Who universe. While the Doctor has encountered any number of religions and cults, the show itself has never really weighed in on the existence of an afterlife or a big-G god. With the possible exception of the Beast in the 10th Doctor story The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, seemingly supernatural forces inevitably turn out to be extraterrestrial and/or technological in origin.

Consider the devilish creature encountered by the 5th Doctor in an English village church…

The Malus!

The Awakening (1984)

The Malus was an advance scout sent to Earth by the warlike Hakolians. It took physical form as an enormous stone face embedded behind a church wall, and also appeared as a smaller, imp-like psychic projection. In either mode, it subsisted on the negative psychic energy generated by violence. It hoped to turn the village’s historical reenactment of the Battle of Little Hodcombe into the real thing.

Tomorrow: I tawt I taw a tweety bird!

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