TARDIS Index File

Slitheen family

Slitheen
Dark Slitheen
Affiliated with: Raxacoricofallapatorian criminal sects, The Alliance
Place of origin: Raxacoricofallapatorius
Notable individuals:

Dax Fex Fize Slitheen Bloorm Vungah Bart Slitheen

First seen in: Aliens of London
Appearances: see list
Memorable moment
The Slitheen Unmasked - Doctor Who - BBC03:57

The Slitheen Unmasked - Doctor Who - BBC

Another memorable moment
The Family return - Sarah Jane Adventures - BBC03:57

The Family return - Sarah Jane Adventures - BBC

The Slitheen were a family of Raxacoricofallapatorian criminals. The Slitheen were rivals (and "cousins") of the Blathereen family, (TV: The Gift) cousins of the Rackateen family and descendants of the Slavereen who were descended from the Changleen family, the earliest descendants of the Huspick Degenerate. (WC: Captain Jack's Monster Files)

History edit

Early history edit

The Slitheen were from Raxacoricofallapatorius originally, and bribed their way into government. Their rule crashed the planet's economy and eventually the population rose up against them. (TV: The Gift) The entire family was tried and found guilty in perpetuity and sentenced to death. (TV: Boom Town) The Judoon forced the Slitheen out and many of them fled justice. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

In 102, the Slitheen were among the factions who joined the Alliance. They came to Stonehenge and helped imprison the Eleventh Doctor in the Pandorica to save the universe. (TV: The Pandorica Opens) When the plan failed, they were turned to dust and removed from the universe along with the rest of creation. They were returned when the Doctor "reset" the universe. (TV: The Big Bang)

20th century edit

The Slitheen were operating in Mongolia in 1952. (GAME: The Last Dalek)

21st century edit

In March 2006 the Passameer-Day branch disguised themselves as various humans holding leadership positions and attempted to seize control of the British government in an effort to start a nuclear war. Their ultimate aim was to turn the Earth into a huge nuclear reactor pile and sell its remains off as starship fuel. This attempt was foiled by the Ninth Doctor when he ordered Mickey Smith to shoot down Downing Street with a missile. (TV: Aliens of London, World War Three)

Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen survived; having teleported to the Isle of Dogs. Later the same year, in September, Blon managed to get herself elected Mayor of Cardiff, and tried to abuse her position in an attempt to escape being stranded on Earth by destroying a local nuclear reactor. The Cardiff Space-Time Rift would amplify the explosion so it would not only destroy Earth but enable her to escape the planet safely on her tribophysical waveform macro-kinetic extrapolator. This effort was also foiled by the Doctor and his allies when the Doctor used his sonic screwdriver to reverse Blon's teleport. When she tried to use the TARDIS as a secondary explosion, Blon was reverted into an egg by the heart of the TARDIS and returned to her home planet to be given a second chance at life. (TV: Boom Town)

Slitheen child

Korst Gogg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

Around March 2007, The Lutiven-Day Branch of the family took over a building company called Coldfire Construction and placed transducers around the Earth to absorb the Sun's energy, destroying the Earth and avenge the Passameer-Day memebers who died. After doing so, they intended to buy a fleet of ships to destroy the Grand Council of Raxacoricofallapatorius.

18 months later, in 2008, this group of Slitheen used equations by Luke Smith to correctly power the final stage of the machine at Park Vale Comprehensive School after it had been malfunctioning.

As Luke didn't anticipate them draining the Sun, the machine overloaded, and they were forced to switch it off. Luke began to reset the system, but his mother Sarah Jane handed him her sonic lipstick, and he shorted out the machine. Several Slitheen were accidentally killed in this incident, including twelve-year-old Korst Gogg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen's father, Kist Magg Thek. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen) Having teleported away, later in 2008, Korst Gogg Thek teamed up with two other adult Slitheen and the Xylok Mr Smith to seek revenge. Mr Smith had secretly been manipulating the Slitheen to power Luke's mind with MITRE, bringing the Moon crashing into the Earth. The Armageddon virus was uploaded into Mr Smith to reverse this effect and the Slitheen left. (TV: The Lost Boy) Torchwood Three knew of either this event, or the Coldfire incident. (TV: The Stolen Earth)

At some point in 2009, a member of the family took the body of Ambassador Rahnius of the Galactic Alliance and attempted to steal K9 from Sarah Jane. (TV: From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love) Later, two more Slitheen would attempt to crush the Earth into a giant diamond; they were thwarted and captured by two Blathereen, who sentenced them to death. (TV: The Gift)

In September 2009 a Slitheen tried to kill Sarah Jane with a bomb, but it was deactivated by K9. Clyde Langer splashed the Slitheen with a bucket of vinegar, destroying it. (TV: The Nightmare Man)

In late 2010, two Slitheen were hypnotised by the Krulius for his army of alien slaves to attack Sarah Jane's house. Clyde used a toy gun filled with vinegar to kill an attacking Slitheen. When he defeated several other aliens, the surviving Slitheen regrouped with the army and the Krulius ordered them to retreat. (WC: Defending Bannerman Road)

By 2012, Henry van Statten possessed a Slitheen arm, (TV: Dalek) apparently from Mongolia. (GAME: The Last Dalek)

Later 21st century edit

A group of Slitheen returned to Earth in the late 21st century with hostile intentions but went home after a short time. (PROSE: Snowglobe 7)

Post-21st century edit

After these attempts, their fortunes started to wane. They were put out of business by the Blathereen, who were cheaper and more effective. In the year 2501, Ecktosca and Dram discovered the activities going on in Justicia and attempted to take over the operations. They were captured, but later escaped with the help of the Ninth Doctor. After the death of Don Arco, they stole the surviving warp-hole technology to rebuild their fortune. (PROSE: The Monsters Inside)

By the 347th century, the family were still exiled from Raxacoricofallapatorius, although they expected a reappraisal in the coming 1000 years. They were also involved in the Platonic War, being among those defeated by the humans. As a form of revenge, they travelled back to an early point in human history, when Greece was facing famine. They gave them food, in exchange asking for champions to fight for them. The Slitheen were actually running a temporal tourist tour, with aliens coming to see the sites of future monuments and with the human fighters being killed for their entertainment. Their eventual plan was for the humans to become too dependent on them, never develop technology and never develop any advanced civilisation. The Tenth Doctor and June tried to stop them peacefully, but instead the native Greeks fought back, destroying their time travel technology and throwing the whole organisation into chaos. Mamps, Cosmo and Leeb Slitheen escaped, but were trapped in the past. When their time-travel package tour appeared to kill a tourist, they were taken to court and bankrupted, with police being sent back to capture Mamps, Cosmo and Leeb. (PROSE: The Slitheen Excursion)

At an unknown date, the Slitheen were among many species present at the Trenzalore after being drawn there by the Time Lords asking the First Question from another universe. The Slitheen took part in the Siege of Trenzalore but they either retreated or were killed in the fighting which took place when the Daleks bypassed the Papal Mainframe's planet-wide force field and the other fleets followed them in their wake to the planet's surface. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

Known members edit

Branches edit

Individuals edit

Cultural details edit

The Slitheen placed great importance to hunting, including the hunting of sentient prey. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen) They sometimes displayed joy at triumph by disrobing. (TV: World War Three) Blon said that the Slitheen used Venom Grubs to dispose of family members not willing to engage in criminal activities. (TV: Boom Town) When one or a group of Slitheen found themselves in a confrontation with multiple individals, a common tactic was to grab one of them by the neck and threaten to kill them unless the others followed their demands. (TV: Boom Town, TV: The Lost Boy, The Gift) The Slitheen drank Wullagula. (PROSE: The Slitheen Excursion)

Technology edit

The Slitheen had developed a method of disguising themselves as humans by first obtaining the skin of a dead human - referred to as a skin suit - and compressing themselves into it. In order for this to work the human victim needed to be heavy set, and the compression had a side effect: a gas exchange occurs which causes the disguised Slitheen to frequently expel gas with a sound similar to human flatulation. (TV: Aliens of London, Revenge of the Slitheen) By late 2008 the compression field technology was improved to allow Slitheen to assume a greater variety of human body types, and the gas-exchange issue was eliminated. (TV: The Lost Boy) It wasn't always initially used (TV: From Raxacoricofallapatorius With Love, The Gift), but would remain the standard until at least 2501. (PROSE: The Monsters Inside)

In the 347th century, the Slitheen had molecular repurposing devices, remotely controlled ships and time travelling technology stolen from the Navarinos. (PROSE: The Slitheen Excursion)

References edit

The Tenth Doctor asked Donna Noble if Lance Bennett was "a bit overweight with a zip round his forehead", referring to the Slitheen's methods of disguising themselves. (TV: The Runaway Bride) John Smith's A Journal of Impossible Things featured drawings of the Slitheen, with a caption saying "it's always for the money". (TV: Human Nature/The Family of Blood) The Tenth Doctor referred to the Slitheen when Martha Jones recalled the earthquake in Cardiff. (TV: Utopia) The Tenth Doctor compared noisy snoring to a Slitheen gargling. (PROSE: The Colour of Darkness)

Rose Tyler wondered if the newly regenerated Tenth Doctor was a Slitheen. (TV: Children in Need Special) While attempting to bluff the Sycorax into leaving Earth alone, Rose later tried to invoke the authority of the "Slitheen Parliament of Raxacoricofallapatorius", among other species she had encountered on her travels. (TV: The Christmas Invasion) Rose once remarked that the Abzorbaloff looked "a bit Slitheen". (TV: Love & Monsters)

Sarah Jane Smith was congratulated by Jack Harkness on her defeats of the Slitheen. (TV: The Stolen Earth) Luke told Sarah Jane, Clyde and Rani that his friends at the University of Oxford lived off baked beans and curry. Clyde remarked that it must be like living with the Slitheen. (TV: The Vault of Secrets)

When cyborg hacker Psi was attempting to protect Clara Oswald from the Teller, he ensured that it would focus on his guilt by uploading the memories of some of the worst criminals in history, one of them being the Slitheen family. (TVTime Heist)

Behind the scenes edit

Attack of the Graske edit

The Slitheen appear in NOTDWU: Attack of the Graske, a story this wiki does not consider to be a valid DWU source as it has multiple endings, which we cannot qualify through any mechanism which is the "correct" or "canonical" one.

In Attack of the Graske, an unnamed Slitheen was captured by the Graske and replaced by a changeling. When it broke free from its prison it chased a Graske. A companion of the Tenth Doctor could then choose from two fates for this Slitheen, either freezing it in place forever, or returning it home.

The Visual Dictionary edit

  • According to the reference book, The Visual Dictionary, which this wiki does not count as a valid source, the Slitheen were one the oldest families on Raxacoricofallapatorius.

Monsters and Villains edit

Other matters edit

  • Of all the aliens created for the revived series, the Slitheen have been featured the most, having appeared in six television stories, two books and one short story.
  • The Slitheen are the only aliens from the main series to have appeared more times on-screen in a spin-off show, having been featured in only four episodes (including the cameo in The End of Time) of Doctor Who, yet appearing in six episodes (and one Comic Relief special) of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • The Slitheen are not created using CGI technology, but are mechanical prosthetics. (CON: Why on Earth?)
  • The Pete's World counterpart of the Slitheen were planned to appear in the scrapped Rose Tyler: Earth Defence spin-off.