Vespiforms were a species of insectoids which resembled oversized wasps. Adults were about three metres tall. They were powerful creatures, with large stingers which could be regrown within hours of use.
Vespiforms could change into other species. The transformations were accompanied by a glowing, purple-pink haze and left behind morphic residue.
When in another form, Vespiforms were genetically compatible with the mimicked species. They could interbreed with members of any other species. Any offspring would be locked in one form until put under stress, when they would turn into their Vespiform shape. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)
Vespiforms had telepathic recorders. These devices held the essence of the Vespiform cultural heritage, and served as a sort of "instant school". The entirety of what it meant to be a Vespiform could be transferred from the recorder to the mind in a matter of seconds. The device also transferred the thoughts of any being in very close proximity to it as well. Were the thoughts of a non-Vespiform to blend with the information contained in the recorder, the results could be unpredictable. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)
Some time prior to Earth's 19th century, the Vespiforms developed intergalactic space travel. This allowed at least one of the species to travel from the Silfrax Galaxy to Mutter's Spiral. At least one Vespiform went to Earth. (WC: Monster File: Vespiform)
In 1885, a Vespiform (simply known as Christopher) met Clemency Eddison in India and had a child with her. He gave her a large, purple crystal set in a necklace, which she called "the Firestone". When he soon thereafter drowned during a monsoon, the Firestone became her only memory of him, and she wore it often.
Some months later, Clemency gave up their child for adoption; the morés of the time frowned on unwed parents. The child became a reverend, Arnold Golightly, a vicar in the parish that included the Eddison's estate. At the age of forty in 1926, he discovered his Vespiform nature. Because of his proximity to the Firestone — in reality a Vespiform telepathic recorder — his Vespiform cultural heritage was transferred to him from the device. The transfer also included some of its wearer's thoughts. Lady Eddison was reading an Agatha Christie novel at the time of the transfer, so Golightly absorbed some of the aspects of the characters in the novel. Golightly started committing various murders in the style of an Agatha Christie novel. The Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble and Agatha Christie herself investigated his crimes, and forced Golightly to publicly reveal his Vespiform nature. Ultimately, Donna killed him by throwing the Firestone into the lake. Golightly followed and drowned, but relieved Agatha of his connection with her in his dying moment. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)
Long after the events at Eddison Manor, the Firestone was dredged up from the lake and sold at auction to Jack Harkness. In the 21st century, he claimed to be in possession of the only Vespiform telepathic recorder known to exist on Earth.
When Donna started to remember her adventures with the Doctor, one of the many creatures she saw was the Vespiform. She asked her grandfather why she could she see a "giant wasp". (TV: The End of Time)
The Thirteenth Doctor recalled her meeting with the Vespiform when Yasmin Khan mentioned "poking a stick in the wasps' nest", remarking, "Did I ever tell you about me and Agatha Christie?" (TV: Kerblam!)
Behind the scenes Edit
- According to The Brilliant Book 2012, a book that contains non-narrative based information, Amy Pond and Rory Williams might have encountered some Vespiform in the Gardens of Zul-Thep in the year 3104. (REF: The Brilliant Book 2012)
- Russell T Davies' original concept for the Shadow Proclamation scene in The Stolen Earth included an appearance by several buzzing Vespiform, but his plans to feature a "rogues gallery" of alien races in the scene fell through; ultimately the Judoon were the only returning race featured.
- In the comic story The Killer Wasps, the Quarks employed Giant Wasps as henchpeople, a fact alluded to in several subsequent novels. It is consequently probable, and even obvious, that the offhand mention in Monster File: Vespiform of a military conflict between "Quark rebels and Vespiforms" was a reference to these Giant Wasps. However, whether it is merely a sly wink for the audience or intended to establish the Vespiforms and Giant Wasps the same species of giant wasps is unclear.