Evil Ones, the Fatherof Lies
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First Seen In:
The Cradle of the Snake
Antony and Cleopatra
Mark of the Medusa
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One of the Doctor’s most powerful and mysterious enemies, the Mara was a manifestation of pure evil, described as having originated from ‘the dark places of the inside’, apparently one of many such creatures. The first Mara that the
As a being of psychic energy, the Mara was only able to gain physical form by gaining access to an unshared dream, with the result that it was contained for centuries as the native Kinda possessed a subtle telepathic link to each other that they primarily used to communicate (“Kinda“). When the TARDIS visited the Kinda homeworld, the Fifth Doctor’s companion Tegan Jovanka fell asleep underneath a series of wind chimes, her ‘unshared’ mind lacking the defences against telepathy that the Kinda had developed, Tegan being left on her own as Nyssa recuperated from a recent illness in the TARDIS While the Fifth Doctor and Adric were captured by an Earth expedition to Deva Loka, strange disappearances had reduced the expedition’s numbers by half and the second-in-command was close to breaking point.
After the Mara inflicted various assaults on Tegan’s sanity, such as a pairof illusions that dismissed her as the dream and a doppelgangerof herself, Tegan was finally convinced to become the Mara’s host, allowing it to move from Tegan into a Kinda host. With the expedition members having almost all suffered a mental breakdown – the commander returned from the jungle an infantile and compliant man While his second became increasingly dangerous, to the point that he believed the plants were a danger, The Doctor was forced to escape with the expedition scientist, Todd, when the commander gave them a box containing a telepathic message from the Kinda mystic, Panna, and her young ward Karuna, the only Kinda capable of vocal speech. As the Mara’s new Kinda host, Aris, took control of the Kinda tribe, Panna revealed the threat the Mara posed to The Doctor and Todd in a final vision, allowing The Doctor to find Tegan, who retained some memories of the Mara’s time in control even after it had left her, although these felt more like a dream to her than a real event. While Todd used the telepathic box to restore the expedition members’ sanity, The Doctor was able to defeat the Mara by erecting a series of mirrors around its current host – based on the old superstition of evil being unable to face itself, forcing the Mara to face its own reflection and driving it out of Aris until it collapsed down into itself, returning to the Dark Places of the Inside.
>The Doctor confronted the Mara again when Tegan, still slightly under the Mara’s influence, redirected the TARDIS coordinates to land on the planet Manussa, the former location of the Sumaran civilisation that had been ruled by the Mara for around six hundred years after it first manifested from the Great Crystal before it was destroyed by the founders of the Federation of Worlds that now ruled the planet. When they discovered a snake-shaped cave mouth, Tegan fled in fear and fell under the control of the Mara once again, The Doctor’s attempts to convince the Federation representatives of the Mara’s return meeting with failure as they prepared for a celebration to commemorate the Mara’s defeat. Learning of the existence of the Snakedancers, a quasi-religious group that believed that the Mara would one day return and had spent years preparing in secret to purify their minds to resist the Mara, The Doctor and Nyssa determined that the Little Mind’s Eye Crystal and its larger counterpart, the Great Mind’s Eye, could serve as focal points for energy that would turn thought into matter, allowing the Mara to regain corporeal form.
While Tegan/the Mara took control of Lon, the son of the Federator who ruled the Federation, so that he could rearrange the celebrations to allow the Mara to return, The Doctor and Nyssa escaped with the snakedancers, The Doctor eventually communicating with Dojjen, an ancient mystic of the group. Guided by Dojjen to find the ‘still point’ within himself, The Doctor was able to confront the Mara even as it began to manifest in the cave, instructing the other people in the cave as the ceremony concluded to avoid looking at it to limit the fear it could feed on. Despite the Mara’s attempt to trick The Doctor into looking at it by using Tegan’s voice, The Doctor used the Little Mind’s Eye Crystal to contain the Mara once again by destroying the Great Crystal, depriving it of the opportunity to spawn again, although Tegan was left particularly affected by her time as the Mara’s host and the Doctor himself noted that it was possible that other Mara could manifest in other ways.
The Doctor faced the Mara again in his
Although the Mara has yet to return to the television series, the