On an alternate Earth, five Malevilus named Babiyon, Abiss, Epok, Nekros; and the most powerful, Magog, took on the form of Roman gods and supplied the Roman army with advanced technology. In return, the Romans offered up prisoners to them for sacrifice. The Malevilus set up puppet Emperors in their stead and oversaw the expansion of the Roman Empire throughout the Mutter's Spiral.
The Fourth Doctor ended their rule by televising the image of Magog and showing the Roman people the true faces of their "gods", inciting them into open revolt. Magog was trapped in an empty dimension within the Doctor's TARDIS, and the rest of the Malevilus tried to escape in their spacecraft, which exploded on take-off, killing them. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Iron Legion)
Behind the scenes
- Doctor Who and the Iron Legion was originally published in black-and-white print, and no colour for the Malevilus was mentioned within the story. Despite this most coloured reprints present them as being a light shade of purple, although they appeared to be dark red in the Marvel Premiere releases.
- The fan magazine Vworp Vworp! created a Malevilus costume for its first issue. The design was intended to look deliberately cheap, as if it might have been made on a Graham Williams budget.
- The Krillitane from the episode School Reunion strongly resembled the Malevilus.