- See also “The Ogrons” article from Doctor Who Weekly #7
Ogrons were strong, ape-like humanoids of limited intelligence, typically used by other species as mercenaries. They were most often employed by the Daleks.
Ogrons had a mix of Human and ape traits. It was believed that this mixture of traits was due to climatic changes on their home planet. (Novel - The Romance of Crime, Novel - Mission: Impractical) They were around 7 feet tall, with bowed legs, long arms and barrelled chests. Their faces were flat, with a powerful jaw and small eyes. Ogrons had immense strength, far greater than a Human. Their nervous systems were highly resistant to shock and were protected by muscles, meaning that they could survive multiple bullets. Their only weak spot was the top of their head. ( The Day of the Daleks; comic strip IDW Doctor Who – Fugitive)
Ogrons were relatively unintelligent, spoke in simple sentences and had obedient, stoic personalities. (Day of the Daleks) They had some skills, such as piloting spaceships, but this was believed to be advanced mimicry. Despite this, Ogron speech used subsonic frequencies, which meant that were more intelligent than they might have appeared. (Novels: Interference – Book One and Book Two).
The Ogrons lived in scattered communities on a planet on the outer fringes of the Mutter’s Spiral, far from the central space-ways. The dominant lifeform on their home planet was a monster which preyed upon the Ogrons, yet they prayed to it with reverence. (Frontier in Space) They would regularly sacrifice their criminals to the monster, after weakening them by starvation. They would leave gifts to its image, painted on the walls of their caves. (Novelisation- Doctor Who and the Space War)
By far the most common employers were the Daleks. (Day of the Daleks, Frontier in Space, Big Finish Audio- Return of the Daleks). However, they also worked for the Master (Frontier in Space) and the Remote (Novels – Interference – Book One and Book Two) and various others who could pay them (Novel – The Romance of Crime).
In the 22nd century, the Daleks used the Ogrons as enforcers and soldiers during their invasion of Earth. (Day of the Daleks)
In 2540, the Master, working for the Daleks, used Ogrons to attack Draconian and Earth ships, using a device to make them look like the opposite side. They destroyed several ships this way, until they attacked a ship that the Doctor and Jo Grant were on. This led to a series of events leading to the the Master, the Doctor and Jo being captured by the Draconians. When the Ogrons attempted to save the Master, they were able to capture Jo, but accidentally left a corpse behind, allowing the Draconians to see the truth. With this, the Draconians joined forces with Earth and the Doctor and followed the Ogrons to their planet. The Master set a trap for them, leading to their capture. Using the stolen device, the Doctor convinces the Ogrons that he is a Dalek, allowing them to escape. Both Earth and Draconia planned to send forces to stop the Ogrons. (Novelisation Doctor Who and the Space War)
At some point in the late 26th century, several Ogrons were modified to be given advanced intelligence. This concept was first introduced in the comic strip Warlord of the Ogrons where Gnork the Ogron outwitted his human captors. Most Ogrons however
died in the process, but some including Garshak survivied. Garshak worked as a policeman on Megerra (novel Shakedown), and later became a private detective. (Bernice Summerfield Novel- Mean Streets).
Over time, their defeats by the Doctor proved devastating to their planetary economy. Because they depended upon their fearsome reputation to secure contracts with other species, the fact that they were defeated by an older, white-haired humanoid handed them a public relations nightmare. After their employment with the Master, they found it increasingly difficult to convince other species to hire them. Soon, they began losing more and more work to the Judoon, who eclipsed them as the universe’s best hired guns. When the Tenth Doctor discovered the unintentional consequences his younger incarnation’sactions, he pledged to try to redress the situation. He seemed to have made good on this promise by getting the Ogron Ambassador Brarshak safely to a round of diplomatic negotiations with the Draconians and Sontarans on the planet Luna IV. (IDW comic strip- Fugitive)
- At least one Ogron was in the miniscope owned by the showman Vorg. (Carnival of Monsters)
- The 6th Doctor’s (usually) penguin shaped companion Frobisher claimed that his wife had fallen in love with him when he was in the shape of an Ogron. (Big finish audio - The Holy Terror)
Different writers have posited varying notions about Ogron intelligence levels. Their television appearance in Frontier in Space portrayed them as unambiguously simple-minded. A few of the Doctor Who Magazine appearances have showed them as somewhat more intelligent. The Interference books held that Ogrons were in fact equally intelligent to humans, but were faking stupidity. (Mr Pepperpot’s theory is that most humans are as equally stupid as Ogrons but are faking intelligence).
- Day of the Daleks – TV
- Frontier in Space – TV
- Carnival of Monsters (cameo) – TV
- Warlord of the Ogrons Comic Strip – Doctor Who Weekly
- Nemesis of the Daleks Comic Strip – Doctor Who Magazine
- The Romance of Crime – Missing Adventure Novel
- Shakedown – Virgin New Adventures Novel
- Mean Streets – Bernice Summerfield Novel
- Mission: Impractical – Past Doctors Novel
- Interference – Book One/Interference – Book Two – Eighth Doctor Novels
- Return of the Daleks – Big Finish Audio
- Fugitive – Comic Strip – IDW Doctor Who
- Castrovalva – TV
- Revenge of the Judoon – New Series Adventure Novel
- Ogron from a Doctor Who exhibition
- See also “The Ogrons” article from Doctor Who Weekly #7