Your Weekend Creature Comforts: Jagrafess
Welcome to another weekend full of your favorite creatures. Obviously I could talk about aliens for months, since there are so many different types with limitless possibilities. And thank goodness I have finally been exposed to the wonders of Doctor Who. I am grateful to this show for many reasons, and one of those reasons is the endless alien creatures I can talk with you all about every weekend. Now, I have a lot more to learn about the Who universe since I am only on Series One with Chris Eccleston, but today I want to talk about a gorgeous little creature that I saw on one of my favorite episodes from that season. That episode was known as “The Long Game”.
What creature was that you ask? No, it was not Simon Pegg, though he was an added lovely bonus to this episode, being one of my favorite actors. But the creature I am spotlighting is the Jagrafess. In the episode this one was better known as “The Might Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe”. This monster only gets a couple good screen shots, but it is atrocious!
It is a slug like creature with rolls and rolls of gelatin. It communicates through a series of screeches and growls, and making it even more vicious are its sharp rows of teeth. It also has several vestigial eyes that when you can’t even appreciate them. And it’s metabolic rate is insanely high, requiring its servants to keep its immediate surroundings at near freezing temperatures.
Jagrafesses live for about 3,000 years, so who knows how long it would survive if it hadn’t been for Rose and the Doctor stopping its control of a human satellite colony responsible for news broadcasting. And they never specifically say that this monster alien feeds on flesh, but with a mouth like his I can’t think of anything else.
Naturally we might wonder how this monster arrived on the human space station, effectively stalling human development. Turns out our favorite villain, the Dalek race, planted it there in their constant attempt to thwart progress throughout the universe. Nice move Daleks.
There is not much more to write about this creature, but it did give me the willies in a lot of ways, and I want to tell you all what I think spawned this creature: if you ask me, it’s origins come from the mating of Jabba the Hutt with The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth. Terrifying.
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