The Selachians were the Ockoran soldiers in the Selachian Empire. They had been specially modified for war, having their lower halves replaced with legs and being installed in an armoured shell. (PROSE: The Final Sanction)
The Selachians were distinguished by the Selachian battlesuits. These battlesuits were large, bulky things that gave the Selachians the appearance of humanoids. Selachians had to have studs implanted into their nervous system and have their tails removed in order for them to use the battlesuits. They had plasma weapons attached to their arms, which were built for fear rather than power (though it was still a dangerous weapon). Their helmets were shaped and painted to look like sharks in order to intimidate their enemies. Later battlesuits were equipped with nanites to repair damage and to counteract the nanites of the Terran Security Forces. (PROSE: The Final Sanction)
The Eighth Doctor's companion Sam Jones once wondered if Selachians had the power to melt stone, (PROSE: Revolution Man) while Polly Wright theorised that the Selachians had a way of communicating with each other without people hearing. (AUDIO: The Selachian Gambit)
The Ockorans adopted the name "Selachians" after studying other worlds and learning that sharks were the most commonly feared marine creatures amongst humans. (PROSE: The Murder Game) Selachians had a strong sense of pride and would refuse to show weakness or fear. They would rather die than give into their enemies. Conversely, their weaponry, armour and name was specifically chosen to cause fear in the enemy. Selachians hierarchy was shown by stripes painted onto their battlesuits, going from top-left to bottom-right. The Supreme Leader's suit had black stripe edged with red, while the next level down had blue stripes. (PROSE: The Final Sanction)
At some point before the 22nd century, the Ockoran's home-planet of Ockora was discovered by the Kalarians and chosen as a vacation spot. Though the Kalarians knew of the Ockorans, they believed they weren't intelligent and hunted them for sport. (PROSE: The Final Sanction)
The Ockorans eventually developed armour that allowed them to breathe on land, and emerged from the oceans during a culling festival and took their revenge on the Kalarians. Their homeworld was cordoned off and the Ockorans were eventually forgotten. (PROSE: The Murder Game) The Ockorans developed space travel and left Ockora. In order to take their revenge on the Kalarians, they followed them to their homeworld of Kalaya and conquered the planet within the six months. They then conquered three more neighbouring worlds within a year. The Selachians then formed the Selachian Empire, and soon became a major power on the galactic markets. (PROSE: The Final Sanction)
In an alternative timeline, the Selachians attacked Moonbase in 2044, using technology from a century in the future provided by that timeline's version of the Seventh Doctor. (AUDIO: The Architects of History)
In 2054, the Selachians made contact with humans and sold them weapons. In 2069, they were featured in the Eye-Spy Book of Alien Monsters, which was handed out to UNISYC personnel as potential threats. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)
In 2136, the Selachians attacked Hotel Galaxian in an attempt to acquire a new 'weapon' in the form of an artificial intelligence program that could turn all networked computer systems against the user's assigned target. The weapon was programmed to target Ben Jackson as a test subject, but the Second Doctor and Polly Wright were able to retreat to the TARDIS after rescuing the remaining survivors from the Galaxian and retrieving Ben from the Selachian ship. The weapon infiltrated the Selachian ship's systems and blew it up when it believed Ben was still on board when he had actually retreated to the TARDIS; so long as Ben never returned to 2136, the weapon would eventually delete itself as the means of controlling it had been lost. (PROSE: The Murder Game)
For decades, the Selachians and the humans had traded with each other. Eventually, towards the end of the 22nd century, one deal went particularly bad, causing the humans to declare war on the Selachians. The war went badly for the Selachians and by 2204 they had been pushed back to Ockora. Though they had taken prisoners on planets they were forced to leave, such as Molinar and Kalaya, this wasn't enough to save them and Ockora was destroyed by General Wayne Redfern when he dropped the G-bomb.
After the meddling of the Second Doctor, the Supreme Leader and forty Selachian soldiers were able to escape the planet's destruction and get on-board the Triumph. They killed everyone on the ship, but another G-bomb was accidentally set off, leading to the formation of another black hole and killing the last of the Selachian race. (PROSE: The Final Sanction) A single Selachian survived and fell through a time warp to 2019 Britain; believing the Great Mother had sent her there to change history, she killed several humans out of spite and died trying to kill a man she'd convinced herself was the ancestor of the people who found her homeworld. (PROSE: The One That Got Away)
Behind the scenes
A short story featuring the Selachians, and advertised as the first release in a The Selachians series, was released Cacteraldi Publishing in January 2017 under the title of The Concept of War. It was written by Faisal Martinez.
However, the publication has yet to be publicly acknowledged by Lyons or any other reliable reference source, and Cacteraldi Publishing are not known to have any online presence. In the absence of any evidence that this release was approved by Steve Lyons (including in the book itself, which only gives "thanks" to Lyons but does not strictly speaking allege the existence of a commercial agreement), this Wiki has elected not to grant coverage to The Concept of War unless further evidence surfaces.
- The Concept of War (The Selachians Book 1). Amazon (5 January 2017). Retrieved on 26 February 2018.