Isolus were originally born as spores by their mothers. These Isolus would travel through space in heat-powered pods and would grow for thousands of years until they reach their adulthood, and, in order to pass the time, used their ionic power to project fantasy worlds to play in. The ionic power of an Isolus to create these virtual worlds could also bring inanimate objects, such as drawings, to life, as well as transform living things into drawings. These young Isolus also required strong emotions, specifically love, to survive. Isolus travelled in groups of around 4 billion and required constant companionship to feed off the love of their siblings. (TV: Fear Her)
Young Isolus can create objects and worlds out of their own imagination, and play in these worlds as they travel through the void of space. If a family of Isolus leaves an area, anything they changed will return to normal quite quickly, but something they created will linger for a few minutes, especially if it is strongly related to an individual, Isolus or not, who still resides in the area.
The only way Isolus have been seen using their powers is by converting a work of art into an actual, existent being, or vice versa. This artwork can move around as it could before being transformed, but can't make noise and therefore has to gesture or write to communicate. However, it has been implied that they can convert their own thoughts into these constructs as well. Use of their power produces large amounts of iron residue as a by-product.
In 2012, one Isolus was separated from its siblings after a solar flare. It landed on Earth on 21 July, and searched for heat and a friend. It was able to find Chloe Webber, another lonely child. Chloe swallowed the Isolus. Inside Chloe's body, the spore granted Chloe its ionic powers. One child was not enough for the Isolus, though, and it tried to use its powers to find more friends. Desperate not to be alone, it trapped the Doctor and the TARDIS on 27 July, but Rose Tyler quickly managed to retrieve its dead pod and recharge it by throwing it into the Olympic Torch. The Isolus left Chloe and released all of its victims and launched back into space to meet up with its family when the Doctor lit the Olympic Flame. (TV: Fear Her)
Behind the scenes Edit
Russell T Davies originally intended to have the Isolus, along with many other alien races from throughout the entire series, appear in the Shadow Proclamation scene in The Stolen Earth. This was scrapped due to time limitations and the scene ran with just the Judoon and the Shadow Architect's people.