Doctor Who Monsters, Aliens and Villains

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 Name: Koquillion, AKA Bennett

 Format: Television show

 Time of Origin: Born on Earth; confronted The Doctor on Dido in 2493

 Appearances: "The Rescue"

 Doctors: First Doctor

 Companions: Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton and Vicki

 History: In some ways, The Doctor’s confrontation with Koquillion is a significant moment in The Doctor’s life, as he was the first foe The Doctor confronted because he wanted to rather than because he had to; The Doctor’s previous encounters with his enemies up to this point only occurred because The Doctor or his companions were cut off from the TARDIS for some reason and had to battle their current enemies to regain access to the ship, but he confronted Koquillion for no other reason than that he recognised that an injustice had been done and sought to correct it.

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The Rescue Target Book
 Originally, Koquillion was simply known as Bennett, a member of the crew of a space ship travelling to the planet Astra. While in transit, Bennett was arrested for a murder he had committed - given his later actions it seems likely that this murder was simply his latest crime rather than his first one, as the scale of his plan suggests at a willingness to kill that could not have been inspired by a single murder - but the ship crash-landed on the planet Dido before his crimes could be announced to the entire ship. While the rest of the crew attended a dinner held in their honour by the Didonians - a small population of only around a hundred people, Bennett was able to trigger an explosion that killed almost the entire crew and most of the Didonians, the only other survivor being Vicki, a young girl on the ship with her father who had remained on the ship due to an illness.

 With only he and Vicki left alive, Bennett subsequently faked paralysis to create an illusion of helplessness while using a ceremonial Didonian mask to pose as the ruthless Koquillion, claiming in this guise that the rest of the Didonians had killed the crew and he was the only one who could ‘protect’ Vicki and Bennett from his ‘ruthless’ people. His long-term plan was to keep Vicki confined to the ship in fear until the rescue ship arrived, subsequently claiming that the Didonians had killed the crew and having their city destroyed by the fleet, thus allowing him to cover up all evidence of his crimes.

 This plan would have been successful, but Bennett’s plan was thwarted when the TARDIS arrived on the planet, the First Doctor swiftly realising that Koquillion was lying because he had previously visited Dido and knew that its people would never have done what Koquillion had claimed. While Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton bonded with Vicki, The Doctor confronted ‘Koquillion’ in the People’s Hall of Judgement to learn the true agenda behind his actions. Although The Doctor failed to defeat Bennett in a fight, their confrontation was interrupted by the arrival of two surviving Didonians, Bennett being subsequently forced off a cliff in revenge for the deaths of their people. With Bennett dead, The Doctor, Barbara and Ian departed, taking Vicki with them as their new companion while the Didonians disabled the ship’s beacon for the rescue ship, allowing them to live in peace once again.
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