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Alpha Centauran

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Alpha Centauran
Also known as: Centauran
Biological type: Hermaphrodite hexapods
Affiliated with: Galactic Federation
Place of origin: Alpha Centauri
Notable individuals: Alpha Centauri, Hecto Shellac, Epilira, Legion
First seen in: The Curse of Peladon
Appearances: see list

The Alpha Centaurans were a hexapod species, known for their nervous temperaments.

Biology Edit

The Alpha Centaurans had tentacle-like limbs, each tipped with claws. Their heads were featureless except for a large eye, with equally large optic blood vessels that nourished these eyes bulging from the skin around their heads. They were normally green in colour, though they would change in hue to match their mood. (PROSE: The Dark Path) Red, pink and black was for anger, purple was for sadness and yellow was for fear or nervousness. Alpha Centaurans could be incapacitated by a blow to the side of the head, and struggled to right themselves if knocked off their feet. (PROSE: Legacy, The Monster of Peladon)

Despite their female-like voices, Alpha Centaurans were hermaphrodites and should properly be referred to as "it". Nevertheless, the Doctor generally used the masculine to refer to the Federation ambassador to Peladon. (TV: The Monster of Peladon) Every few years, they would develop certain urges and, if convenient, they would create an offspring. (PROSE: Legacy)

Culture Edit

The Alpha Centaurans were known for being hypochondriacs. Alpha Centaurans never drank alcohol and could not see the appeal of it. (PROSE: The Dark Path) The Alpha Centauri were known for being adept at politics. (PROSE: Mission: Impractical) The Alpha Centaurans were greatly opposed to scandals and would do anything to cover them up. (PROSE: Shakedown) Apparently they enjoyed playing table tennis, having a Table Tennis Club. (TV: Robot) A fgan was an Alpha Centauran instrument. (PROSE: Rescue Mission) They opposed violence. (AUDIO: The Bride of Peladon)

Alpha Centaurian Art Attack

An Alpha Centaurian wearing an ornate headdress. (COMIC: Art Attack)

The most common and singular article of clothing used by Alpha Centaurians was a high-collared cloak that fitted around their necks and draped over the full length of their bodies to floor level. (TV: The Curse of Peladon, Art Attack) However, some Alpha Centaurians also wore fanciful hairpieces to show they were of high culture, and to also improvise for the lack of any natural hair growth on their craniums.

They also showed an appreciation for finer interests, such as browsing galleries which held items of great artistic value. (COMIC: Art Attack)

History Edit

In Shanghai in 1941, the Fourth Doctor helped a group of stranded Alpha Centaurans return home. (PROSE: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang)

The Eighth Doctor and Samantha Jones saw an Alpha Centauran on holiday on Kursaal. (PROSE: Kursaal)

Though Alpha Centaurans could be found in the Earth Empire, (PROSE: Original Sin, Shakedown, PROSE: Mean Streets) they became full members of the Galactic Federation. (TV: The Monster of Peladon)

On the ship Piri Reis, the cultural advisor was a Alpha Centauran named Epilira. It was later removed from existence by the Darkheart. (PROSE: The Dark Path)

During the entrance of Peladon into the Galactic Federation, Alpha Centauri acted as a diplomat. (TV: The Curse of Peladon) It later stayed on during the later war with Galaxy 5. (TV: The Monster of Peladon)

On the planet New Old Detroit, an Alpha Centauran named Hecto Shellac was such a brilliant lawyer that countless gangsters sought to use it to escape justice. Desperate for retirement, it prepared a World Bomb — capable of altering the whole planet according to the user's mind — to keep them off its back. Its dangerous actions were stopped when the Doctor activated the bomb and created a beautiful world with grass fields, supposedly because he "thought of England". Hecto survived, albeit somewhat humiliated. (COMIC: The Deep Hereafter)

In the 26th century, the Alpha Centaurans had a presence on Megerra. (PROSE: Shakedown, PROSE: Mean Streets)

In 4010, Alpha Centaurans were on board the Cressida to watch a rare chemical reaction in the atmosphere of Uranus. (PROSE: Uranus)

Undated events Edit

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