Dr. Death was originally a rod puppet created by Andre Toulon in Paris, France during the early 1900's. The puppet was to be used for a famous puppet show about six damned mortals who are trapped in Hell. Duval, a French puppeteer did the voice for him on stage. When the Egyptian sorcerer Afzel passed the secret of life onto Toulon, he was pursued by three of Sutekh's Mummy Servants who wanted to steal it back from him. They killed all of Toulon's friends and he avenged them by putting their souls into the puppets and bringing them to life. Dr. Death had the spirit of Duval, who was a student of medicine so the puppet has knowledge of healing wounds. It also is smart and knows how to pick locks with it's scalpel, the scalpel also comes in handy when it fights the mummies.