Small Screen Monsters and Critics just dropped revealed a very big secret to Doctor Who fans anxious about what classic series monster is coming next year.
Christopher Ryan, best known for playing super-cool Mike in the classic comedy series The Young Ones, was cast for a guest-starring role in an upcoming Series Four “Doctor Who” adventure.
Ryan will play a Sontaran leader in the story, due to begin filming in the next few weeks, reports the BBC.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be appearing in this new Doctor Who,” Chris revealed to the BBC. “The last time I appeared in Doctor Who was in 1986, Colin Baker was the Doctor and I was still a Young One.”
“The story in question was the Trial Of A Time Lord, where Chris starred as the slug-like Mentor Kiv alongside Trevor Laird, who played Martha’s dad in 2007,” writes the BBC.
The Sontarans are amongst the greatest villains from the classic series of “Doctor Who.“
A military, warlike species, able to clone vast armies of themselves, the Sontarans are locked into an eternal struggle with their enemies the Rutans.
Now, the thing that confuses me here is that Chris is, if memory serves, a tiny fella. This made sense when he appeared as a slug in Trial of a Timelord. However, the Sontarans are large blokes similar in stature to boxers or rugby players.
How does that work?
Rumored to appear in the New Series since it’s first season in 2005, the Sontarans were created by classic series author Robert Holmes (also creator of the Master). Designed to be the ‘perfect soldiers’ Sontarans are clones based on an ideal specimen many generations ago. A statement on the futility of war, the Sontarans are locked in an eternal battle with the Rutans (which appeared in The Horror of Fang Rock as a shape-changing balloon with sticky tape clinging to it).
Appearing in four stories and battling four incarnations of the Doctor, the Sontarans are your usual Doctor Who monsters; creepy vaguely phallic creatures who shout a lot and stumble about until they get blown up or turned into green ooze.
While I enjoy the Sontarans, I hardly view them as one of the series most popular monsters. What do you think?