The Adipose are a race of aliens made of human fat who appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Partners in Crime".
The Adipose originally came from the planet Adipose 3. After the Adiposian First Family lost the nursery planet, they hired wet nurses in order to find new places to breed their offspring. On Earth, the wet-nurse Matron Cofelia set up Adipose Industries and disguised the Adipose seeds in the form of weight-loss pills, using humans as surrogates. The pill gained over a million customers quickly. When the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble discovered the alien secret behind the supposed diet pills, Matron Cofelia ordered the immediate birthing of all Adipose. The Adipose nursery ship collected the babies then ordered the death of "Miss Foster", as Cofelia was known, to remove any evidence, as breeding on a Level 5 planet was an illegal act under the Shadow Proclamation. However, as the ship departed the Shadow Proclamation intercepted it and arrested the Adipose.
They later returned in the episode Turn Left where, in a nightmarish parallel world created for Donna by the Time Beetle, the March of the Adipose occurred in the United States, due to the United Kingdom having been all but destroyed in the crash of Max Capricorn's Titanic. Sixty million people were killed and converted into Adipose, until this timeline was erased.
An Adipose also made a cameo along the Slitheen, Judoon, The Hath, and a Sycorax in "The End of Time" at a bar where the Tenth Doctor came to visit Jack Harkness one last time before his regeneration.
- Adipose is (in reality) fat tissue of the human body, which is what the Adipose are named after. The real adipose is mentioned in the scientific explanation Miss Foster presents.
- The Adipose were supposed to have made an appearance alongside a multitude other Who species (including Gelth and Slitheen) at the Shadow Proclamation in The Stolen Earth, until the menagerie concept was dropped for being too costly and complicated.