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Type: Cloaking Device
Used by: Rossiter, Addams, Mac'atyde, Charles Abbott
First seen in: The End of Time
Appearances: COMIC: Ripper's Curse, Love is in the Air, Shock Horror

A shimmer was a cloaking device that allowed its owner to change their appearance. The Eleventh Doctor once described it as "an all-in-one disguise kit for aliens that don't look human". (TV: The End of Time, COMIC: Ripper's Curse)

Appearance and function Edit

Shimmer devices used by Vinvocci were disguised as wristwatches, which allowed them to avoid suspicion. While very effective, they were apparently uncomfortable to use. The Tenth Doctor could easily detect such a shimmer even when not looking directly at it, as he did when he deactivated Rossiter's shimmer. (TV: The End of Time)

History Edit

Mac'atyde, better known as serial killer Jack the Ripper, used a shimmer suit to disguise himself as human and lure his victims. (COMIC: Ripper's Curse)

Rossiter and Addams picked up a signal from a piece of medical equipment and used shimmers to work undetected for Joshua Naismith. The Doctor deactivated them with his sonic screwdriver. (TV: The End of Time)

On St Valentine's Day 2013, an Ameteli used a shimmer to disguise himself as Cupid. (COMIC: Love is in the Air)

Charles Abbott, a popular writer of spooky children books, was an alien using a shimmer to pretend to be a human. (COMIC: Shock Horror)

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