|Place of origin:||Earth|
|Appearance:||The Caves of Androzani|
|Main actor:||Christopher Gable|
Sharaz Jek was an outlaw who specialised in androids.
Sharaz Jek was for some time a doctor on Earth before taking an interest in androids. He studied androids in depth before making his own highly developed ones.
Sharaz Jek became a business partner with Morgus to collect and sell spectrox. They based themselves on Androzani Minor, the only place the substance could be found. Sharaz and Morgus used androids to harvest spectrox, as it was too toxic for humans to handle. However, Morgus betrayed Sharaz Jek by giving him faulty detection instruments; when one of Minor's mud bursts erupted, Jek had no warning, and was horribly scalded. He travelled into one of the baking chambers saving his life. Jek survived but was horribly disfigured, leaving him wearing a leather suit and mask. Jek's actual appearance had human flesh around one eye and the mouth but the rest was green and bumpy and one eye was out of proportion.
Later life and death
With a new and burning hate of Morgus, Jek raised an android army, and took control of the spectrox refinery. The Fifth Doctor and Peri were captured by Jek's forces and Jek instantly became infatuated with Peri, as he himself was denied beauty. He planned to feed her spectrox, keeping her alive so he could preserve her beauty forever. However, Jek was forced to wage a war with his androids, battling federal troops under orders from Morgus. Jek declined to surrender until his terms were met: Morgus' head at his feet.
When both Peri and the Doctor were suffering from spectrox poisoning, Jek became agitated by the threat to Peri's life. Subsequently, the ailing Doctor travelled through the caves to get a cure, leaving Jek with Peri. When the federal army attacked Jek's base, Jek was not much bothered, as he believed they would never find him and defeat his androids. Stotz, a mercenary hired by Jek, betrayed him in joining Morgus to try to find Sharaz's hoard of spectrox. They stumbled upon Jek's hideout.
After revealing his face to Morgus, he forced his enemy's head into an energy beam, killing Morgus in seconds. Jek's victory was short-lived, however, as Stotz opened fire on him. He died in the arms of his most developed android, Salateen. (TV: The Caves of Androzani)
Behind the scenes
- The role of Sharaz Jek was originally offered to David Bowie but the dates clashed with his Serious Moonlight tour.
- Jek has massive influence from the character Erik from The Phantom of the Opera, in which the character is deformed in the face and hides it behind a mask (which Jek's greatly resembles), falls obsessively in love with the woman and becomes overprotective of her.