Commander Kaagh, also called Kaagh the Slayer, was attached to the Tenth Sontaran Battle Fleet's Special Assault Squad. He was the lone survivor of a failed invasion of Earth by the Sontarans and went on to serve the Bane as a mercenary.
Avenging his race
After Luke Rattigan destroyed the Sontaran flagship (TV: The Poison Sky), Kaagh's space pod was sent off course after the concussive wave from the ship hit it. (PROSE: The Last Sontaran) It crashed on the planet Earth. (TV: The Last Sontaran) Despite damage to the ship and exposure to G-force which might have killed him, Kaagh survived, but was badly wounded, as a piece of white hot metal had cut his left hand and some plastic shrapnel had torn through his face, from his eye to his mouth. (PROSE: The Last Sontaran)
As a member of the Special Assault Squad, Kaagh's purpose was to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines to predict and anticipate their movements. Kaagh hoped that by doing this he could make up for his fleet's failure to conquer Earth. He began a covert attempt at destroying Earth and making himself a hero: "Kaagh the Avenger", then "Kaagh the Destroyer".
Kaagh chose to use a nearby radio telescope to control the many satellites orbiting Earth and send them plummeting into all the nuclear power plants. He distracted Professor Nicholas Skinner and his daughter Lucy and put them under his control with neural control implants; he wanted the Professor to act solely on his orders, while Lucy would be a sleeper agent to help him infiltrate potential enemies who might stop him. Soon after, Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Maria Jackson and Clyde Langer arrived to investigate the "lights" in the sky. These were actually drones Kaagh had used to lure out the Skinners.
Kaagh watched from a distance, then confronted Luke and Clyde when they found his cloaked pod. However, they evaded him and brought Sarah Jane and Maria back to investigate. Kaagh revealed himself, his past and his plan of vengeance and hatred for the Doctor. Thinking two steps ahead of them, Kaagh pretended to pursue when they ran away, but soon followed them back to the telescope, where he found Sarah Jane about to disable the professor's implant with her sonic lipstick. Kaagh learned Sarah Jane was a good friend of the Doctor. He planned to take her back to Sontar to have her be punished in the Doctor's stead, after he had avenged his fleet.
However, the children escaped and Kaagh was forced to hunt for them. He finally gave up and returned to the telescope to continue his plans. As he had expected, Kaagh captured Clyde and Maria when they tried to cut the power. However, Luke surprised him by deactivating the signal to cause the end of the world. Kaagh activated Lucy's implant and initiated Plan B. However, Chrissie Jackson arrived and stabbed his probic vent with her high heels, knocking him out and electrocuting her unconscious. After he woke, Kaagh was forced off Earth at gunpoint. Sarah Jane felt he would return. (TV: The Last Sontaran)
Partnership with Mrs Wormwood
Too ashamed to return to Sontar, Kaagh worked as a mercenary for the Bane. They had found the consciousness of Horath and used Kaagh as a go-between for its transportation from planet to planet. A few weeks after this he met Mrs Wormwood, a member of the Bane family cast out for her actions. He learned there was a high price on her head, but she persuaded him to help her control the universe, which would be more fulfilling than simply serving the Bane. They plotted to become Emperors of the galaxy.
Mrs Wormwood travelled to Earth, closely followed by Kaagh, who came in during a siege by the Bane Kindred. He found Mrs Wormwood and killed one of her attackers (while she killed the others). They stole Luke and the Tunguska Scroll, which would show them where Horath was buried. Luke escaped, but Kaagh caught him. However, Mrs Wormwood was growing tired of him. (TV: Enemy of the Bane)
Betraying Mrs Wormwood
In the end, she offered Luke a place at her side and double-crossed Kaagh, calling him a blundering idiot. (TV: Enemy of the Bane) This made him realise how far he had fallen from grace (TV: SJAF 3) and, in a last ditch attempt at regaining his honour, he threw Mrs Wormwood and himself into the portal leading to Horath. It exploded, trapping them in another dimension. (TV: Enemy of the Bane)
Kaagh displayed more advanced Sontaran technology than seen during the ATMOS factory attack. He had a more compact blaster weapon, which had settings, allowing him to either stun (TV: The Last Sontaran) or kill his target, with an additional option of disintegration. (TV: Enemy of the Bane) He kept his gun in a pocket which was connected to his leg. He also had an automatic helmet that could retract into his armour, and a personal cloaking field, a perception camouflage matrix. He employed neural implants, as opposed to the hypnosis Sontarans more commonly used, and used drones resembling large plasmic spheres as scouts, but also had attacking ability. (TV: The Last Sontaran)
His communicator could be used to control his drone and neural control implants. (TV: The Last Sontaran) It could also power other electronic weapons such as sonic disruptors, (TV: Enemy of the Bane) and even tell Kaagh if there was someone on his ship. (TV: The Last Sontaran)
Behind the scenes
- Kaagh was the first recurring Sontaran character in the Doctor Who universe.