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The Daleks were originally the Kaleds. Notably, Dalek is Kaled spelt backwards.

This is just a simple play on words. Were there any other monsters in the long running Dr.Who series that were a play on words, perhaps of the preceding kind, but not neccessarily so?

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    That's not what "play on words" means. It would be if "Dalek" or a homophone/graph had a different meaning that was related in some way. This is just a retconned anagram. – OrangeDog Nov 27 '20 at 10:09
  • @OrangeDog +1 on your comment for "retconned". – Basya Nov 27 '20 at 10:29
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    Please don't rollback my edit, the correct spelling is Doctor in this context and you have not tagged the question appropriately, this needs the work tag and that is it. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 27 '20 at 10:31
  • In what sense is that a retcon? – tardigrade Nov 27 '20 at 14:46
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    it's a retcon because it wasn't mentioned until Tom Baker, and directly contradicts the first Dalek story where it was stated that they were originally called the Dals before they mutated. – Pete Nov 28 '20 at 9:15
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K9 is a play on canine. (Yes, I count him as a monster. "Monsters" in Doctor Who doesn't always mean evil or enemy, just non-human and fictional. A robot counts as a monster, even when he's a friend of the Doctor)

The only other one I can think of is the Drashigs from Carnival Of Monsters. Writer Robert Holmes named them thus as a deliberate pun in the expectation that the special effects department would make them out of dishrags.

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Yes, there have been lots. Not just monsters though - the show is full of puns, anagrams and wordplay.

Examples of characters:

  • K9 - a robot dog, and a pun on canine.
  • Androgum - a race obsessed with eating, and an anagram of 'gourmand'.
  • Mister Saxon - an alias of The Master, and an anagram of 'Master No. Six' (Simm was the sixth incarnation of The Master)

Other anagrams:

  • Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who.
  • Osterhagen Key - featured in the episode 'The Stolen Earth'. 'Osterhagen' is an anagram of "earth's gone".

Episodes with 'pun' titles:

  • '42' - episode with 'real-time' action, a pun on the real-time show '24' and also a reference to classic Who script-editor Douglas Adams who used the number '42' in his Hitchhikers Guide series.
  • 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship' - a pun on the movie 'Snakes On A Plane'.
  • 'Spyfall' - a pun on the Bond movie title 'Skyfall'.
  • 'The Woman Who Fell To Earth' - a pun on the 1963 sci-fi novel 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'.
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The Face of Evil gives us two in-universe puns:

The Sevateem (Survey Team) and the Tesh (Technicians)

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Not quite what you're asked, but the Big Finish drama Spare Parts - which deals with the origin of the Cybermen - had the Mondas society generally refer to people as "something-man" - "Doctorman", "Sisterman", etc.

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