|Appearance:||The Face of Evil|
|Main actor:||Tom Baker|
|Other televisual actors:||Pamela Salem, Rob Edwards, Anthony Frieze, Roy Herrick|
Xoanon was a supercomputer meant to guide the Mordee expedition. It eventually developed into new, living creature and subsequently became "the most power computer ever built." It inadvertantly became insane when the Doctor helped repair it, and became a god to the humans whose development it guided.
Xoanon existed within the main computer complex, later called the "Sacred Heart" by the Tesh, a room composed of several screens with a sphere-like podium in the middle which held a hexagonal screen that flashed as it spoke. The only face it ever projected was that of the Doctor's and these appeared on screens and as three-dimensional "phantoms."
Xoanon was linked throughout the Mordee ship, able to watch and control various parts of it through sensory links everywhere. This allowed him to measure temperature, vibrations, pressure, and let him know where anyone was on the ship. He could even electrify the walls or throw the atomic generators into overload to blow up half a planet. He could project a beam of white light to harm individuals and could psychically control people, though this control could be interupted in he became distracted. He could also completely dematerialise people or materialise objects from nothing.
Xoanon was separate from the Sevateem village by the Black Wall, a time barrier that pushed the inside of the Wall forward in time a few seconds, preventing any energy or anything physical from passing through. Xoanon could communicate to Neeva through Mordee technology along a tight-beam transmission, allowing his voice to penetrate the barrier.
The phantoms that attacked the Sevateem were psi-tri projections of Xoanon's face, which hunted by movement or sound and could crush their targets easily. They were separated from the Sevateem's village from the Boundry, an invisible wall created by low-intensity sonic discruptors which Xoanon could shut off.
When the human Mordee expidition arrived on a jungle world, the computer broke down and repairs were made by teams for generations. Unbeknownst to them, the work had resulted in Xoanon evolving into a living creature. Just after it's "birth" when it was still in shock, the Doctor arrived and assisted in the repairs. He failed to recognise the birth trauma, assuming the datacore to be damaged, and renewed it by making a direct link with his brain. Instad of taking only compatible information like a computer should, Xoanon also took the Doctor's personality. It awoke it one personality, only to have its own manifest. It went mad, becoming omniscient and schizophrenic after the Doctor had left.
Making his madness a reality, Xoanon created two tribes from the humans: the Sevateem (a curruption of "Survey Team") which were primitives that represented independence, strength, boldness, and courage; and the Tesh ("Technicians") who were more technological and represented self-denial, control, and telepathy. The phantoms were even representations of the darker side of Xoanon's id.
He created a world in his own image, making the tribes hate each other to act out his torment. He told himself he was breeding a race of superhumans, using hostility and conflict to speed up the process until he was ready to select the best from both groups. In addition to its own personality and that of the Doctor's, Xoanon also developed the personalities of a woman and a child, possibly another way to act out his schizophrenia.
The myths of the humans told of Xoanon and the Evil One, both of which shared the same voice as it was the Doctor's.
The Sevateem worshipped Xoanon as a distant god who communicated only with the high priest Neeva. He was held captive by the Evil One and the Tesh within the Black Wall wherein lies Paradise. Their sign of warding off evil was also the method for checking the seals of a Starfall Seven spacesuit, and they believed the Tesh to have silvery skin and two heads, one within the other. This came about from the Tesh wearing spacesuits.
The Tesh believed the Time Lord (Doctor) would return one day to help them and worshipped Xoanon who existed within the Sacred Heart (main computer complex). They viewed their intelligence and superior yet nothing compared to the savage Sevateem. "The flesh is strong and we are weak" was a saying of theirs.
Return to Sanity Edit
Upon the Doctor's return to the Mordee expidition, Xoanon was compelled to free himself of "us" (being both Xoanon and the Doctor). Recognising his mistake, the Doctor intended to remove his half of Xoanon's dual personality. He even met Xoanon and told the computer its own history, the multiple personalities enjoying the story until the Doctor revealed that the "poor machine-man" Xoanon felt sorry for was in deed Xoanon. It questioned the Doctor, the voices repeatedly asking "who am I?" as they believed they were Xoanon and could not acknowledge that the Doctor was separate and real. Xoanon was taken over by a longing to "destroy and be free."
As the Sevateem and Tesh readied to destroy themselves, the Doctor searched for a way to wipe his personality, as Xoanon prepared to denonate the atomic generators of the Mordee ship. He would rather destroy himself and everything before allowing himself to be wiped. Xoanon took control of the tribes to kill the Doctor, but was confronted by Neeva who he obliterated. This distracted the tribes and the Doctor connected his brain with Xoanon once more. The Doctor's personality was erased and Xoanon was whole again.
He felt extremely sorry about what he had done, but now that it was over, was willing to help the tribes. He offered his great power and knowledge to them and even offered his self-destruct button as a token of good faith. Pressing it would make Xoanon cease to exist, yet neither tribe could do it. The Doctor then left Xoanon, the Sevateem, and the Tesh to their own devices. (TV: The Face of Evil)
Behind the scenes Edit
- The various voices of Xoanan were supplied by Tom Baker, Pamela Salem, Rob Edwards, Anthony Frieze and Roy Herrick. At the time that they recorded their parts, Salem and Edwards were rehearsing for the following story TV: The Robots of Death, in which they played Lish Toos and Chub respectively.
- As Xoanon is being wiped, what looks like Baker's arm or scarf can be seen when Baker's face is zapped from the screen.