|Also known as:||The Spheres|
|Biological type:||Spherical human-based cyborgs|
|Affiliated with:||The Master|
|Place of origin:||Utopia|
|Appearances:||TV: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords, PROSE: The Story of Martha, TV: The End of Time|
The Toclafane were the final evolution of the human race, cyborgs integrated into spherical, mechanical shells. The name "Toclafane" was given to them by the Master, after a fairy tale monster from Gallifrey, the local equivalent of Earth's "Boogeyman."
The Toclafane were cyborgs, the heads of humans integrated into metal spheres that were sealed shut, making them "pretty". They became a hive mind, allowing them to see the destruction of an individual as no threat. Their personality was amoral and childlike from a failed attempt to regress themselves to children.
The spheres could hover through the air and even fly through space, undamaged. Concealed within the sphere were extendable spikes and blades. A Toclafane could use them to slice up a human being. The spheres were also equipped with lasers that could reduce humans to ash. The spheres could be shot down by an electrical surge of 58.5 kiloamperes, transferred charge 510 megajoules precisely; however, this was most unlikely because this power existed only in lightning bolts and the chances of one bolt striking a Toclafane were extremely low. Man-made electrical barriers, however, could be constructed to sustain the right energy level balance needed for successfully disabling Toclafane spheres. (TV: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)
The last of humanity, scattered across the darkness of space, received a message that said "Come to Utopia". Because the Utopia Project was set up to find a way to survive the end of the universe, everyone believed they had found a way. Humans attempted to travel to the mythical paradise, (TV: Utopia) but what they found was a dark, cold and inhospitable world. To survive, the human race "evolved" into the Toclafane.
The Master, using the Doctor's TARDIS, travelled to the planet in the year 100,000,000,000,000 where he met them. As Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Master announced he had made contact with a race of friendly aliens. The Toclafane had tractable, child-like personalities and trusted the Master. The Master had, by this time, converted the TARDIS into a paradox machine, allowing the six billion Toclafane to invade Earth in their own past and change their own past history. Thanks to the machine, the universe did not intervene to alter the paradox of humanity being subjugated by their own descendants. With the Toclafane, the Master built the beginnings of a new Time Lord Empire with the army of six billion Toclafane.
The Toclafane invasion was a success. The Master ordered the Toclafane to remove one tenth of the population. They subjugated humanity and forced them to build a fleet of 200,000 rockets to take over the rest of the universe. The Toclafane could kill their ancestors without cancelling themselves out due to the paradox machine. Their plans were thwarted one year after the invasion by Jack Harkness, who destroyed the paradox machine, forcing the Toclafane back to the end of the universe on Utopia. Humanity aside from those on the Valiant and Wilfred Mott did not remember they had been invaded. With the Master's subsequent death preventing the Toclafane from being brought back in time, they were trapped in their future time zone. Their cousins on Malcassairo became extinct when it went nova but the fate of the Toclafane themselves was never clear. (TV: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)
Behind the scenes
- The voices of the Toclafane sound the same as those of the Gelth, due to the use of a team of regular voice artists for aliens (except those voiced by a celebrity guest), many of whom voiced both the Gelth and the Toclafane.
- Russell T Davies came up with the original design for the Toclafane when he was coming up with a potential alternate creature to use in the episode Dalek, had rights issues to the Daleks not been worked out. This early version was called "Future Human" and Davies' original illustration is included in Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale - The Final Chapter.