Wednesday, January 22, 2014
The Mechonoids (often misspelled "Mechanoid") vie for the dumbest Doctor Who villain ever. With the show's writers intent on replicating the success of the Daleks, the Mechonoids were created by writer Terry Nation (who also created the Daleks). They appeared in the second season First Doctor serial "The Chase" (which aired in 1965).
The Mechonoids were built by human beings to terraform planets, but appeared to have little in the way of terraforming capabilities. They were nothing but big geodesic spheres with pincers on either side. Sometimes panels opened up in their front, through which would jut guns, flame-throwers, and other weapons. In "The Chase", they were shown to be the equals of the Daleks.
They bombed with the public, and never appeared again.
Here Mechonoids go toe-to-toe with the Daleks:
And as everyone knows, big, fat, and clunky will go over real well with the public: