|“||General Staal of the 10th Sontaran fleet Staal The Undefeated!||„|
|~ General Staal introducing himself.|
|“||We stare into the face of death!||„|
|~ General Staal|
|“||400,000,000,000 weapons Sontar-Ha, Sontar-Ha!||„|
|~ General Staal|
|“||General Staal: War could never come too soon. Take your last look, boy.
Luke Rattigan: It was never big enough for me.
General Staal: I like your ambition.
|~ General Staal and Luke Rattigan discussing their plan.|
General Staal, also known as Staal the Undefeated, is the main antagonist of the Doctor Who episodes "The Sontaran Stratagem" and "The Poison Sky". He is a Sontaran military general who wishes to take over Earth.
He is portrayed by Christopher Ryan who also voiced Commander Stark.
Like most of his species, Staal had a great love of warfare and regretted his race did not fight in the Last Great Time War, which he considered the universe's greatest war. He forged an alliance with Luke Rattigan to aid the Sontaran conquest of Earth when the Sontaran-Rutan conflict was not going in his species' favour. He had an ambition to personally kill the Tenth Doctor on meeting him.
Staal remained in the Sontaran flagship when he ordered his subordinate Skorr to attack UNIT. He was contacted by the Doctor shortly after claiming the Doctor's TARDIS as his trophy. After his plan of turning Earth into a cloning planet for more troops failed, thanks to the Doctor destroying the clone feed gas with an atmospheric converter, he furiously decided to destroy Earth by force.
Rejecting the Doctor's offer to let him leave Earth alone or be incinerated, Staal mocked him. He and all but one of his troops (Commander Kaagh) were then killed by Luke, who gave his life to destroy the flagship.
Staal possessed a personality that was atypical for a Sontaran as he was willing to employ tactics that would be dishonorable to many, such as wiping out the entire human race - even those not fit for battle. He also employed a teenage "aid" whom he manipulated and cared very little for, thus making him a liar and a sneak. He did share the Sontaran love of war and fanaticism, willing to die for the battle - other than that he was abnormally manipulative and xenophobic for a Sontaran (all Sontarans love battle and see themselves as superior but most abide by a code of war, something Staal only does when it suits him).
|“||Indeed! Know your enemy! I am General Staal, of the 10th Sontaran Battle Fleet; known as Staal The Undefeated.||„|
|~ Staal before he took off his helmet; introducing himself to his future drones.|
|“||A pity. [Faces troops] We've lost our target practice!||„|
|~ General Staal hearing Rattigan's students have abandoned him; also revealing his intentions for them.|