The Kleptons were a humanoid race with green skin, huge eyes, rubbery snouts and large, finlike ears. They stood about three feet tall.
Some time before the 30th century, the Klepton home world began moving closer to its sun, becoming hotter and drier. In search of a new home, they learned of Earth and brought a spaceship crewed by two human astronauts to their world. The humans refused to help the Kleptons plan an invasion and were imprisoned. Shortly afterwards, the First Doctor, John and Gillian arrived on the planet and soon were also captured by the Kleptons. The travellers helped the astronauts escape and flee the planet. (COMIC: Prisoners of the Kleptons)
Millions of Kleptons were killed when their planet moved closer to the sun. Some escaped to a world inhabited by Thains and built an underwater city. In the 30th century they attacked the Thains' city with their flying machines and destructive creeper plants, capturing many for slaves. The Doctor, John and Gillian arrived and helped the Thains repel the invaders. They followed the Kleptons to their underwater base, freed their slaves and blew up the base. (COMIC: The Klepton Parasites)
By the 40th century, the Kleptons still hated the Thains, even though they had died out ten thousand years earlier. They disliked humans because they reminded them of the Thains.
- It's possible that the Thains in the 30th century were members of a lost colony, explaining the chronological discrepancy.
In 3999, a gang of Kleptons attacked Samantha Jones and Kyle Dale on Micawber's World, having mistaken her for a Thain. The fight was broken up by Space Security Agents, who arrested the Kleptons. (PROSE: Placebo Effect)