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Ten moments of shocking violence in Doctor Who – by the Doctor

It was pretty refreshing to see the Eleventh Doctor punching some bloke's lights clean out on the new series trailer than showed back in January, following a few years of sanctimonious stuff from RTD and Ten about how 'violence is bad, m'kay?'.

So much so that it stirred my mind back to a simpler time when The Doctor would casually dispatch villains in a variety of ways, including blasting them with guns, pushing them into acid baths and gassing them with cyanide. The good old days, as I like to call them.

So, I've compiled a list of ten moments of shocking violence in Doctor Who - perpetrated by the Time Lord himself.

1. An Unearthly Child

The original and the best. The First Doctor is stopped by Ian, seconds before he stoves in the head of a wounded caveman with a rock.

2. The Dominators

The Second Doctor places a nuclear device on the Dominators' ship, blowing them out of the sky.

3. Inferno

The Third Doctor smilingly explains to the Brigadier than the Venusian grip he has applied to Stahlman will soon paralyse him for life. Similar venusian chops, kicks and jabs pepper the Third Doctor's era.

4. Day of the Daleks

The Doctor casually blasts an approaching Ogron, blowing Ten's 'be the man who never would' speech out of the water.

5. The Brain of Morbius

The Fourth Doctor gasses Solon with cyanide, in a move that could easily have left him and Sarah sealed in a crypt forever.

6. The Seeds of Doom

Four punches out a henchman with a thinly-disguised relish. Later on he twists Scorby's neck, as if to break it, after punching him in the gut.

7. Arc of Infinity

The Fifth Doctor simply shoots Omega.

8. The Twin Dilemma

The Sixth Doctor tries to strangle Peri to death.

9. Vengeance on Varos

Take your pick. Doc Six maneuvers two guards into a BATH OF ACID and leaves two different booby traps involving stinging plants and a laser to kill two cannibals and a guard.

10. The Two Doctors

The Sixth Doctor chloroforms Shockeye to death.

I've got nothing on the rest, barring the Seventh Doctor's disabling of Patterson in Survival and the Ninth Doctor's knocking out a guard in the one where Rose turns into the Time Vortex, or whatever the hell it is that happens in that episode.

Have I missed any obvious ones? It wouldn't surprise me to discover that Hartnell stabbed someone in the neck in one of his less obvious stories.

  • MerseyMal

    Well 9th came awfully close to blasting a Dalek to bits with a gun in Dalek.

  • And there’s the moment just after the sword fight in The Christmas Invasion, 10’s first proper outing, when he sends the sycorax plunging off his ship to the ground miles below, and certain death.

    Ok so you don’t see his death, but it’s a given surely?

  • Yes, but it involved a satsuma. Comical deaths are OK.

  • DoctorSong

    And yet people still subscribed to “The Doctor is a pacifist” BS. Beginning with the pilot, he never has been and he knows this, he just hates that about himself and so he, well, puts it in a cupboard, to employ the wonderful metaphor from “Let’s Kill Hitler.”

  • Hartnell nearly smashed a guy’s head in with a rock because he was slowing them down. Second episode.

    • Cryer

      That’s because these examples are out of context and not explained properly. Just let me use one as an example:
      “The Fifth Doctor simply shoots Omega”. That was because Omega was in the process of willing his own destruction in an act that would have destroyed the entire universe if the Doctor hadn’t immediately shot him.

      I’m not sure why people like the writer of this article seem so keen to paint a picture of the Doctor being a bloodthirsty killer. He isn’t and he hates violence. He usually only ever uses it as an absolute last resort.

      • As is clearly not seen in most of the examples above.

        • Cryer

          The majority are either last resorts or have other influencing factors which aren’t mentioned in the article.

          • Who cares about the mitigating factors. The point is that the Doctor is frequently violent – the clips and exmaples literally show this happening.

Hush child stop addlepating me!

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