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The competition was announced in July 2005, and received 43,920 entries. These were judged by Blue Peter editor Richard Marson, presenter Gethin Jones, Doctor Who producer Russell T Davies and Tenth Doctor David Tennant. The first prize for the competition was to have the monster appear in an episode of Doctor Who. Tennant announced the winner on Blue Peter on 17 August 2005. Conditions of the competition meant that the monster had to be able to be made from prosthetics and not require CGI.
Abzorbaloff” is not the actual name of the species, but was coined independently by Elton Pope and the Doctor, though the alien was seen to approve of the term, however. Other names thrown at him by the Doctor and Elton included “Abzorbatron“, “Abzorbaklon“, “Abzorbatrix” and “Abzorbalot“.
Circa 2007, the Abzorbaloff lived the lifestyle of a wealthy Human gentleman named Victor Kennedy. When he discovered the Doctor’s picture on LINDA’s website (Tardisode 10) the Abzorbaloff recruited them to try to locate the Doctor with the aid of Torchwood files that he had somehow obtained.
Feigning in common with the group, an admiration for this mystery figure, the Abzorbaloff picked off members of LINDA one by one until he could acquire his real quarry. He planned to absorb the Doctor‘s memories and knowledge. He was defeated when the remnants of the absorbed members of LINDA absorbed rallied together to pull him apart from the inside. When Pope then broke the cane, the Abzorbaloff’s limitation field inside it was destroyed. This caused his absorption ability to go out of control, and his body to collapse into a gooey puddle. The remnants then seeped into the ground. (Love & Monsters)
The physical absorption process was begun by a simple touch and was irreversible. The faces of his victims could be seen embedded in his flesh and retain their identity and consciousness for several days at least, but are also able to access the creature’s own thoughts. As previously noted, the Absorbaloff also required the use of a limitation field (disguised as part of Kennedy’s cane or the cane itself) to keep his absorption ability in check.
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