|“||Now, the dream outlives the dreamer and can never die. Once, I was the puppet. Now I pull the strings!||„|
|~ The Great Intelligence, taking control of Dr. Simeon.|
|“||Vastra: The Doctor has been many things, but never blood-soaked.
Great Intelligence: Tell that to the leader of the Sycorax, or Solomon the trader, or the Cybermen, or the Daleks. The Doctor lives his life in darker hues, day upon day, and he will have other names before the end. The Storm, the Beast, the Valeyard.
|~ The Great Intelligence tries to demonize the Doctor by pointing out his darker side.|
The Great Intelligence, also known by his host Dr. Walter Simeon or as "Yog-Sothoth", is a major antagonist in the Doctor Who franchise, serving as the main antagonist for The Second Doctor's era and the overarching antagonist of The Eleventh Doctor's.
It is a mysterious and powerful entity who has been among the Doctor's many enemies in the series. It appears as the main antagonist of the Classic Who stories "The Abominable Snowman" and "Web of Fear" as well as Series 7 of the revival series.
It was voiced by Ian McKellen in "The Snowmen", and was portrayed by Richard E. Grant after taking over its host Walter Simeon for the rest of the series, who also played Withnail in Withnail & I, Barkis Bittern in Corpse Bride, Vic Van Wrinkle in Horrid Henry: The Movie, The Man With a Beard But No Hair in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dr. Zander Rice in Logan and General Pryde in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker.
From another world, the Great Intelligence came to 1800s London during winter and formed a mental link to a child named Walter Simeon to survive. With the adult Dr. Simeon finding the Great Intelligence Institute to house the preserved snowman he inhabited, the Great Intelligence build an army of snowmen to enhance. However, the Eleventh Doctor, having faced the Great Intelligence in his Second incarnation, knew what he was dealing with and used a memory worm to render Simeon mindless. However, the Great Intelligence became independent enough to continue on his own and possesses Dr. Simeon's brain dead body to kill the Doctor before being forced to leave it.
The Abominable Snowmen
The Great Intelligence also possessed the body of the High Lama Padmasamabhava in 1935, having enabled the Lama to live for over 300 years. The Great Intelligence plans to create a physical body for himself in the form of Robot Yeti that the Second Doctor and his companions defeated.
The Web of Fear
The Great Intelligence retaliated forty years later when a surviving Yeti was reactivated. The Intelligence possessed Staff-Sergant Arnold while having his army of Yeti take over the London Underground while spreading a deadly web through London, all to lure the Doctor and drain his mind. The Doctor attempted to reverse the process, allowing him to absorb the Intelligence and destroy it. When the control spheres that formed the focus of the Intelligence were smashed by Jamie McCrimmon, the Intelligence was banished.
The Bells of St. John
In the 21st Century, the Great Intelligence acted through a woman called Miss Kizlet using an organization based at the Shard to collect and harvest the minds of people using the wifi. The Eleventh Doctor manages to free his victims, with the Great Intelligence satisfied with what he learned as he has Miss Kizlet wipe all memories of his existence from her mind and others in order to hinder UNIT's investigation.
The Name of the Doctor
Having acquired data on the Doctor's actions over the years, the Great Intelligence makes his move using the spectral Whisper Men as vessels that assume the form of Dr. Simeon. The Great Intelligence kidnaps the Silurian Vastra, Jenny and the Sontaran Commander Strax, taking them to Trenzalore to lure the Eleventh Doctor to his tomb the dying TARDIS to open it.
He threatens to use the Whispermen to kill the Doctor's friends unless the Tomb was opened, but a Data Ghost of River Song opened the TARDIS. Inside, a temporal rift representing the Doctor's timeline has manifested. There, knowing it would destroy him in the process, the Great Intelligence scatters himself along the Doctor's timeline and rewrites it to destroy the Doctor and all the good he has done, which starts destroying the Universe and erases Jenny and Strax.
However, the Doctor's Companion Clara Oswald also scatters herself along the timeline to undo most of the damage. After that, Madame Vastra assumes that Clara's action destroyed the Intelligence, but it is possible he will return.
- According to one account in the Doctor Who universe, the Great Intelligence was originally the being known as Yog-Sothoth, a Great Old One from the pre-universe who began conquering planets while searching for a body to possess.