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Dæmons
Affiliated with: The Dæmons' allies in the Millennium War
Place of origin: Dæmos
Appearances: DW: The Dæmons
DWM: Voyage to the Edge of the Universe, Party Animals
DWA: Menace of the Molags
PDA: The Quantum Archangel
Mentioned in: DWM: Mortal Beloved, DW: The Satan Pit
Notable Individuals: Azal
See also demons, for demons in general and Demoniacs for the other demonic species.

The Dæmons were a race of powerful humanoids who profoundly affected Humankind.

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Biology

Dæmons were satyr-like humanoids with reddish skin and thick fur. They had sharp fangs, pointed ears, a thick beard and long horns. Their legs were goat-like with cloven hooves. They were around thirty feet tall naturally, but they could change their size with their technology. (DW: The Dæmons) Some of this species, like the traditional picture of a demon, possessed long, forked tails. (DWM: Voyage to the Edge of the Universe)

Dæmons of the military were modified, giving them vast wings, spatiodynamic bodies, sweptback horns and long necks, allowing them to glide through hyperspace with the minimum of effort. (EDA: Interference - Book Two)

Culture

The Dæmons had a horned god of evil. Though this may simply seem like a personified god, the Doctor surmises that it was actually inspired by the Beast. (DW: The Satan Pit)

The Doctor seemed to initially regard them as not evil, but coldly logical and amoral, without sentiment, which Azal's actions would bear out. (DW: The Dæmons)

However, they also seemed to organize according to the nuclear family structure and care for their mates and children. (DWM: Voyage to the Edge of the Universe) At a later stage of his life the Doctor had made the acquaintance of a friendly Dæmon known as Bonjaxx and attended a birthday party in honour of him. (DWM: Party Animals)

Technology

Azal, the last of the Dæmons. (DWN: Doctor Who and the Dæmons)

The Dæmons had technology indistinguishable from magic. They possessed matter-energy conversion technology which allowed them to shrink and grow things at will. They used this to increase both their own size (which could range from microscopically small or to thirty feet tall) and to reduce the size of their ship in order to hide them. They also had the ability to set up heat force fields which could disintegrate anything that moved into it. They could also animate stone statues, as with the living gargoyle known as Bok. They could also discharge bolts of electricity.

A Dæmon could be psychically summoned by a special ritual, three of which were performed by the Master. The ceremony require negative emotions such as fear, which can be provided by frightened Humans. The more people that are involved and the more impressive the ritual, the more effective it is. Though these negative emotions can power the Dæmon, it also means positive emotions can be dangerous. A Dæmon will only appear three times to these rituals.

Azal offered his powers to the Doctor when the Master, who desired them, had proved himself unworthy. This would suggest that they can give their powers if they choose to. (DW: The Dæmons)

History

The Dæmons were an ancient race from Dæmos (DW: The Dæmons) who were powerful 150 million years ago. They were involved in the Millennium War and were one of the first species to strike back against the Mad Mind of Bophemeral stopping it from using a dark-matter cloud in the Rift of Perseus. (PDA: The Quantum Archangel)

The Dæmons studied other races, treating the universe as their laboratory. (DW: The Dæmons) Using a spacecraft, one Dæmon travelled to the edge of the physical universe, a feat achieved by few other beings. (DWM: Voyage to the Edge of the Universe)

Circa 100,000 years ago, they arrived on Earth, helped the Humans overcome the Neanderthals and then tried to lead their evolution and development. They are also known to have destroyed failed experiments, such as Atlantis. (DW: The Dæmons) They are also believed to have created the Immortals. (PDA: Deadly Reunion) The Dæmons also gave the Atlanteans the Kronos Crystal, which later indirectly caused the destruction of Atlantis. (PDA: The Quantum Archangel, DW: The Time Monster)

The Dæmons inspired myths of gods and demons and the image of powerful beings with horns, including the Egyptian Khnum, as well as the Devil. (DW: The Dæmons)

Wesley Sparks claimed to have duelled Dæmons as one of his many achievements. (DWM: Mortal Beloved)

By the 20th century all the Dæmons, save Azal, had died. (DW: The Dæmons)

The Dæmons were completely wiped out by some sort of massive cataclysmic event. It was believed to be a battle, as the Dæmon corpses were found in their battle form. Faction Paradox used the skeletal remains of the Dæmons as warships. (EDA: Interference - Book Two)

Behind the Scenes

When the then-current production team of Doctor Who created the Dæmons for the story of the same name, they had no idea that later stories would introduce true demons into the Doctor Who Universe. Equally, the next year in the story The Time Monster they contradicted the scripts reference to the Dæmon having destroyed Atlantis, substituting a completely different explanation.

Aliens and Enemies of Season 8
Overall: The Master
Terror of the Autons: Nestene Consciousness  • Autons  • Luigi Rossini  • George Philips  • Rex Farrel  • Time Lord The Mind of Evil: Keller Machine  • Harry Mailer  • Chin Lee  • George Patrick Barnham  • Lenny Vosper  • Charlie  • Fuller The Claws of Axos: Axos Colony in Space: Captain Dent  • IMC robot  • Uxarieans  • Norton  • Morgan  • Time Lords  • Rogers  • Allen  • Long The Dæmons: Azal  • Bok  • Dæmons

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