Henry van Statten
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Henry van Statten
Henry van Statten was the CEO of the American corporation GeoComTex and a collector and exploiter of alien technology. He was the billionaire owner of the Internet in 2012.
As head of GeoComTex, Henry van Statten had enough influence to sway the course of the next presidential elections.
Van Statten had been collecting extraterrestrial artifacts on the grey market for years, buying bits and pieces of alien technology at auctions and then reverse engineering them to create "new" technologies which he would then exploit commercially. He claimed to "own" the Internet, and said that broadband was derived from technology scavenged from the Roswell crash. He kept these artifacts in a private collection, inside a bunker called the Vault more than fifty floors below ground in Utah near Salt Lake City.
Sometime before 2012, van Statten acquired a living but unresponsive Dalek, who had survived the Last Great Time War. He called it a "metaltron". Van Statten tried to make the Dalek talk through torture but all it did was 'scream'.
In 2012, the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler arrived in the Vault in response to a distress signal, unaware that the signal came from a Dalek. They were quickly captured by van Statten's guards. At this time, Diana Goddard, van Statten's personal assistant, and Adam Mitchell, a scientist, worked for him.
Learning the Doctor was alien, van Statten examined his Gallifreyan physiology. He had plans to make use of his binary vascular system in a marketing venture, branding it as his own creation through a patent.
When the Dalek freed itself, he gave the Doctor free rein to deal with it. By the time events came to a conclusion, two hundred GeoComTex personnel had died and the Dalek had self-destructed. Goddard took charge at this point and van Statten got a taste of his own medicine: she ordered van Statten to be taken away, mind-wiped and dumped on the streets, "somewhere beginning with an 'S'," due to him causing the death of so many personnel.