The Teselecta Antibodies vs. The Half-Face Man [Doctor Who: Steven Moffat Monster Tournament – 1.12]

Doctor Who has generated lots of frightening monsters and creatures over its many years of existence. But out of all the writers who have ever contributed to the series, no one has invented quite so many such baddies as Steven Moffat…for the simple reason that nobody else has written as many stories (although to be fair, other writers have written more episodes).

(Daily Doctor Who #63)

For no other reason but that it’s fun, we’re going to figure out which of Moffat’s many monstrous creations is the very best, according to a strict scientific process of having a few people vote on them.

The winner of each bout will be decided on a best of seven votes, according to whatever standard that they want (though in general, it’s a contest about which one is more popular or well liked, not which one would win in a fight). The judges, like last time will be Ben McClure (myself), Johanna McClure (my 16 year old daughter), Laurelle McClure (my 14 year old daughter), Joshua McDonald (my friend from college) and Jeremiah McDonald (Josh’s brother–see his website here).

You can read a bit more about each of us in the post for the first bout of this competition, here.

The last two votes will be drawn from a poll I will / have put upon Facebook. The monster which gets the most votes on that poll will be awarded two points.


The Steven Moffat Monstrous Creation Tournament – Round 1, Bout 12

(The way I am “seeding” these early rounds is simply by having the earliest appearing creature go against the last appearing creature, and then working my way inward.)

The contestants:

The Teselecta Antibodies

Or…some guys under some hoods….

(Let’s Kill Hitler, from Season Six)

The Teselecta was a humanoid-shaped space ship and time machine that was crewed by people miniaturized and placed inside. They traveled in time to look for people deemed to have avoided justice for their various crimes, and then to tortured as a way of doling out justice. Inside, anyone who didn’t have proper identification could be summarily killed by its “antodies”–powerful flying robotic creatures who would politely explain what they were doing as they executed you.

The Half-Face Man

(Deep Breath, from Season Eight)

The Half-Face Man was actually a clockwork droid, a monster that we voted on a while ago. However, he had added so many organic parts to himself that he became something quite different in appearance and emotional make-up. The newly regenerated Doctor encountered him and defeated him in Victorian London, and he became the first character that we saw get uploaded to the Nethersphere.

OK, Ready, Steady…go!

Ben’s vote:

The Teselecta Antibodies

The Half-Face Man has a creepy look, but wasn’t terribly interesting to me, and I was quite disappointed by a number of factors from the episode he showed up in. The Teselecta Antibodies are not a big deal, but at least they were kind of funny as the politely asked you to prepare for your death.

Laurelle’s vote:

The Half-Face Man

Comment: The Half-Face man.  The antibodies are just little robots that say funny things.  Really, who cares about those guys?  I don’t like the Half-Faced man very much, but out of those two he has more story to him.   

Johanna’s vote:

The Teselecta Antibodies

Comments: So, you have weird little robot dudes that showed up in like one scene, and were kind of interesting and cute, versus half-faced robot man, who was almost equally insignificant to the story (aside from serving the purpose of making the story happen–it was more just an opportunity for the 12th Doctor to be the 12th Doctor for the first time.)  This is a neutral situation, I don’t mind who wins.  I’m going to vote for the little antibodies on the basis that they were cute. 

Jeremiah’s vote:

The Half-Face Man

Comments: The Half-Face Man, definitely. I mostly remember it being a striking design, and the character had an unsettling coldness.

Josh’s vote:

The Half-Face Man

Comments: The Teselecta Antibodies are kind of fun in the way they clinically threaten imminent death — like Daleks attempting a good bedside manner. But they are a bit one-note. The Half-Face Man is an interesting kind of clockwork-Borg-cyberman kind of thing. Both end up being sort of derivative with a twist, though when a show has run as long as Doctor Who has that’s not surprising. Ultimately, the Half-Face Man has more toit than the Antibodies, and comes out as the more interesting.

The Facebook Poll:

The Half-Face Man (10 votes) over The Teselecta Antibodies (2 votes)

Comments: This is one of the least-participated in polls, but still pretty decisive!

The Winner

The Half-Face Man

Next up: The Wooden King and Queen vs. The Whisper Men

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