Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Colony Sarff was a servant loyal to Davros comprised of one large and many small snake-like creatures. By working in unison, the snakes were able to mimic a single humanoid individual. However, each snake could act independently and the colony made decisions as a democracy.
Sarff searched for the Twelfth Doctor, travelling to the Maldovarium, the Shadow Proclamation, and Karn. They encountered the Sisterhood of Karn, who could stop them from using their powers against them. Whilst unknowingly in the presence of the Doctor, they told Ohila, the Sisterhood's High Priestess, that Davros was searching for him. Colony Sarff Snake Sarff's true form Sarff returned to Davros, who told them that in order to find the Time Lord they must first find his friends.
They then followed Clara Oswald and Missy to Essex in 1138, where one of the snakes attacked Bors. They transferred the Doctor, Clara, and Missy (with their hands bound by more snakes) to their spaceship where they travelled to Skaro. They then accompanied the Doctor to see Davros, who asked them to leave. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice)
Sarff recaptured the Doctor after he escaped in Davros' chair, as their snakes were hidden inside it. Davros then had Sarff disguise themselves as cables in his life support system, as part of a plot to steal the Doctor's regeneration energy. Sarff grabbed the Doctor when he touched the cables and began draining his energy, but soon they were shot by Missy with a Dalek gunstick. Sarff perished after the machine was destroyed. (TV: The Witch's Familiar)
Monday, 28 September 2015
Handmines were mutants used on the planet Skaro during the Thousand Year War. They appeared in groups, and would take hold of and pull individuals underground. They resembled decomposing hands with an eye in the centre of the palm.
They traveled by tunneling under the earth and possessed incredible strength; a single handmine was able to pull an adult Kaled beneath the earth with considerable force.
They were drawn to sound and movement. If a person was still but making noise, they would rise up from the ground to search for the target. Once they had found someone, they would turn to face them. As a child, Davros found himself surrounded by handmines. A soldier named Kanzo tried to help him, reminding him to stand still before being pulled underground. The Twelfth Doctor found him, but abandoned him when he discovered who Davros was. The Doctor later returned and used a Dalek gunstick to destroy the Handmines surrounding Davros, rescuing him and bringing the boy home so he could teach Davros the concept of mercy. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice)