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Scorpions were a type of arachnid with powerful claws and a venomous sting in their tail.


An intelligent race of giant scorpions formed after the extinction of Earth's dinosaurs were led by the Scorpion King, who taught them to recite Block Transfer Computations. (AUDIO: The Boy That Time Forgot)

In 1400 BC, Peri Brown and Erimem were almost attacked by thousands of scorpions sent by Yanis, but they managed to escape. (AUDIO: The Eye of the Scorpion)

In the 9th century BC, King Pygmalion of Tyre sent several scorpions in an attempt to assassinate his sister, Elissa. (AUDIO: The Phoenicians)

In India in 1947, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble were menaced by scorpions which had been mutated by zytron energy, but the Doctor drove them off with his sonic screwdriver. (PROSE: Ghosts of India)


The Tong of the Black Scorpion was a criminal organisation on Earth whose members all had scorpion tattoos on their hands. To avoid giving up information about their organisation they were expected to swallow a pill containing scorpion venom. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

The Fourth Doctor compared the destruction of Mentalis by its own automatic defence mechanisms to a scorpion stinging itself to death. (TV: The Armageddon Factor)

Avram named the robots which guarded the path leading to Utnapishtim's city "zuqaqip," or "scorpion men," as they had claws, mandible-like antennae and a "sting." (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys)

Scorpion-like species[]

Richard Lazarus was periodically mutated into a scorpion-like creature at random intervals as an unintended side-effect of his Genetic Manipulation Device. (TV: The Lazarus Experiment)

Scorpionkind were a species of predatory animal on New Earth. (AUDIO: The Cats of New Cairo)