“Something wanted to make a detailed study of human anatomy!” Fourth Doctor [upon discovering a Rutan victim]
The thing from another world
The Rutans are polymorphic luminous green jelly fish like beings. Capable of rendering opponents unconscious or dead with a lethal bio electric shock from their many tentacles which stream from their body. Their real talent however, is their shape shifting ability, which makes them the perfect spy for infiltration or subterfuge.
They hail from the icy planet homeworld: Ruta 3, sharing conciousness, memories and orders with other Rutans and the central Rutan host in a kind of ‘hive mind’.
They have also been at war with the Sontarans for the last 50,000 years, although neither side have gained the upper hand during this conflict.
The Rutan’s have appeared only once in Doctor Who – in person. It was during the Fourth Doctor Who serial Horror Of Fang Rock – 1977; but they have been mentioned in a number of other serials, usually involving their arch nemesis – The Sontarans.
The Doctor landed on the British South Coast Lighthouse Island of Fang Rock, during the 1800’s. Where the Doctor encountered a single Rutan which had crash landed its scoutship on the island.
Along with the Lighthouse crew, and a rich party from a crashed schooner – the humans and the Doctor barricade themselves in the Lighthouse from the Rutan. But the Rutan has already infiltrated the party, killing and stealing the form of one of the unfortunate Lighthouse keepers. It then systematically picks off the humans – one-by-one.
The Doctor manages to use the Lighthouse light, which he modifies to kill the Rutan and destroy the Rutan Mothership waiting in space.
The Rutan’s war with the Sontaran’s goes on but they have yet to return to Doctor Who, unless they did and we didn’t notice – in their shape shifted form!
Season Fifteen – 1977
Horror Of Fang Rock⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐