The Abzorbaloff was the name given by both the Tenth Doctor and Elton Pope to an Abzorbalovian (Monster File: Slitheen) who disguised himself as a human under the alias Victor Kennedy. He could absorb his victims’ bodies, along with their memories and consciousnesses, into himself at a simple touch.
By 2007, the “Abzorbaloff” lived the lifestyle of a wealthy human gentleman named Victor Kennedy. His items, a laptop and a briefcase, were branded VK. (Love & Monsters). When he discovered The Doctor’s picture on LINDA’s website, (Tardisode 10) Victor recruited them to locate The Doctor with the aid of Torchwood files that he had somehow obtained.
Feigning a common interest in this mystery figure, he picked off members of LINDA one by one, feasting on them until he could acquire his real quarry. He planned to absorb The Doctor’s memories and knowledge. He was defeated when the remnants of the absorbed members of LINDA rallied together to pull him apart from inside. When Elton Pope broke his cane, the limitation field inside it was destroyed. His absorption ability went out of control, and his body collapsed into a gooey puddle and seeped into the ground. (Love & Monsters)
The physical absorption process was begun by a simple touch and was irreversible. Once fused into Victor’s body, the faces of his victims would stretch out and could be seen embedded in his flesh and retained their identities and consciousnesses for several days at least. They could access the creature’s own thoughts. Even after that time, remains of their faces were still visible and one appeared to have some movement in its lips. Victor also required the use of a limitation field, disguised as part of Kennedy’s cane or the cane itself, to keep his absorption ability in check.
It would also seem that Victor possessed some kind of ability or technology that allowed him to change his appearance as he was able to take on the form of Victor Kennedy. (Love & Monsters)
BEHIND THE SCENES
The name and basic design for the Abzorbaloff came from a drawing by then nine-year-old William Grantham, an entrant to a Blue Peter competition to design a monster for Doctor Who. The on-screen Abzorbaloff remained mostly faithful to the drawing, with only a few changes. The drawing depicted the Abzorbaloff as about the size of a building, rather than the human size it was depicted as in the episode.
Dean Harris played Victor Kennedy in Tardisode 10. Only his hands were shown. (DWMSE 14)
On wide shots of the Abzorbaloff, the human faces on the body are made of rubber, whenever one of the faces talks, there is a close-up on it.
As part of the “Insane Invasions” feature of Doctor Who Adventures, DWA 20 humourously contemplated a scenario in which the Abzorbaloff and the Wire, while attempting to invade the same planet, tried to absorb each other in a tug of war. Ultimately, the Abzorbaloff succeeds in absorbing the Wire, resulting in his stomach sporting a television screen with the Wire’s image. In a clear reference to the Teletubbies, the Abzorbaloff exclaims “eh-oh!” and is said to be getting his own show on CBeebies.
A occasional feature in Doctor Who children’s magazines were games which depicted the Abzorbaloff absorbing several Doctor Who characters or aliens, who were to be identified by the reader.
In DWA 9’s “TASTES LIKE CHICKEN”, the Abzorbaloff is depicted as having absorbed Captain Jack Harkness, Chloe Webber (incorrectly named Mickey Smith), Yvonne Hartman and “Lynda with a Y”.
In DWBIT 22’s “ABZORB-A-LOT OF MONSTERS”, the Abzorbaloff is depicted as having absorbed a Slitheen, an Ood, a Krillitane and Mrs Pakoo.
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