The Not-So-Splendid Chaps: Monsters and Villains

We went to Sydney! Thanks to all our wonderful Pozible backers, on Saturday, November 30 the chaps travelled north to the Roxbury Hotel in Glebe to record this episode with guests Alice Fraser, Maddie Palmer and Steven “Bajo” O’Donnell, all about the villains and monsters of Doctor Who. Join us as we try to work out what the difference is between villain and monster, what various monsters represent, and which ones scare us the most and why. And of course we wrap it all up with a song: Keira Daley, backed by Alice, Peter Lead and Catriona Wimberley, cover a Doctor Who related track, 1980’s “(I Wanna Be) Doctor Who”, originally by Adelaide band Jackson Zumdish.

A collage of images from our Sydney show
A collage of images from our Sydney show; photos by Carrie Hardie.


  1. Steve Leahy says:

    Another great episode; I’m really going to miss Splendid Chaps when it’s all over. The highs, he lows, the joys, the sorrows, but most of all those remarks that come out of the blue and make me wish that something *had* happened.

    John Inman as a Bond villain… oh yes!!! But which one? It would have to be a Roger Moore-era villain… Hugo Drax? Karl Stromberg? Kamel Khan? Max Zorin? No… Francisco Scaramanga! “I’m Scaramanga, and I’ve three!”

    John Inman and Herve Villechaize would have made a great double act…

  2. drew meyer says:

    I’m really surprised no one put forth the Rutans as a repeat Who monsters…especially since Strax is such a prominent character…

  3. Mike says:

    I think the most interesting ideas presented within the villainy of Doctor Who is that of the traitor to their race. Why should allegiances be biologically determined?

    Is Dalek Caan a villain because he turned against Davros and his race?

  4. Sarah B says:

    Bajo’s cyberman-cat-Bajo hybrid is going to stick with me for far too long. The ultimate meme indeed. 🙂

    The brightly coloured Daleks always make me think of IKEA, although I suppose they should be more modular for that? Mix-and-match, so to speak.

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