Stay on target Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This time, a Master-ful attempt at taking over the world.The Master and his “children” (via BBC)TOCLAFANEFirst appearance: “The Sound of the Drums” (2007)—season 3, episode 12Home planet: UtopiaDoctor: TenthCompanion: Martha Jones, Captain Jack HarknessIn the year 100 trillion, the last remnants of humanity inhabit Malcassairo—a planet at the end of the universe, where the sun never shines and grass never grows.Clinging on to survival, the humans eventually reach Utopia, where they hoped to live out their days under skies made of diamonds.The new world, however, is dark, cold, and inhospitable. In a final act of desperation, the settlers cannibalize their bodies, sealing themselves into floating spherical shells—regressing to the Toclafane.The Toclafane invasion (via BBC)So named by the Master—rising to power as UK Prime Minister Harold Saxon—the Toclafane return to 21st-century Earth through a time rift to slaughter their ancestors and help secure the renegade Time Lord’s dominance.The Gallifreyan boogeymen are more dangerous than they look: With built-in life support and teleportation systems, their shells conceal razor blades, spikes, and laser guns that easily disintegrate enemies.But the naive species, under the spell of the Master (who considers them his “children”), are little more than slaves; withered human heads reverted to adolescence.“They’re us. They’re humans,” Martha realizes. “The human race from the future.”It’s what’s inside that counts (via BBC)The Toclafane invasion is a success: The spheres decimate one-tenth of Earth’s population, and indenture the rest to build a fleet of war-ready rockets. For one year, the Master ruled the planet.He carved his face into Mount Rushmore, erected statues of himself around the world, and held captive Martha’s family, Captain Jack, and the Tenth Doctor—his body aged 900 years—aboard the Valiant aircraft carrier.For one year only.The day before the Master planned to attack the rest of the universe, a revolt on the Valiant (and Jack’s destruction of the paradox machine) returned the world to right.Those 12 horrible months—The Year That Never Was—is erased from history, the population of Earth restored, and the Toclafane sent back to their future purgatory. Only those on the ship retain any memory of the Master’s reign.Toclafane concept art by Peter McKinstry (via BBC)Based on an idea showrunner Russell T. Davies developed before Doctor Who‘s 2005 revival, the Toclafane were nearly used in place of another tinny villain, the Daleks.When the BBC show temporarily lost its rights to the extraterrestrial mutants, Davies invented a small, evil floating sphere—a mutated form of humanity from the far future—with a childlike personality.Originally called Roclafane (later changed to avoid confusion with the Racnoss), the creatures almost appeared in “The Satan Pit,” due to budget constraints for the computer-animated Beast. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.