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Years of interest

The 12th century was perhaps most associated with the rise of Robin Hood, the reign of Richard the Lionheart and the waging of the Crusades in Palestine. Two accounts reported a rendezvous between the Doctor (and some of his companions) and Robin Hood and his Merry Men. (PROSE: The Thief of Sherwood, TV: Robot of Sherwood)

Piloting the Doctor's TARDIS, Nardole visited Constantinople in the 12th century, in which he acquired a robe, as one of "a few accident stop-offs" before successfully retrieving the Twelfth Doctor from Harmony Shoal's head office in 21st century New York. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)

At some point between 1190 and 1192, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Crusaders) the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki landed near Jerusalem and found themselves caught between the camps of Richard I and Saladin. (TV: The Crusade)

"Strange, armoured war machines", whom later historians suggested were Daleks, were noted as having appeared in 12th century Prussia. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

As with most centuries of the first two millennia, the 12th century was home to Jack Harkness, Amy Pond and an Auton duplicate of Rory Williams. A version of Jack from around the time of the deaths of Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper existed in this century, having been buried alive in the 1st century by his brother, Gray. He perpetually died and resurrected an unknown number of times in an earthen tomb underneath Cardiff. (TV: Exit Wounds) Meanwhile, a near-dead Amy Pond was kept alive inside the Pandorica, beginning in the 2nd century. An Auton version of Rory kept vigil near her the entire time. They both awaited a moment in the mid-1990s when a young Amelia Pond would touch the outside of the Pandorica and restore Amy to full health. (TV: The Big Bang)

It was substantially unclear whether the events of the subsequent Big Bang Two erased Amy and Rory's presence in the 12th century. This ambiguity was caused, in part, because the non-Auton, married Rory Williams claimed to have remembered being "made of plastic" at his wedding reception, suggesting that, at least inasmuch as he was concerned, he and Amy were present in the 12th century. (TV: The Big Bang) Amy seemed to also remember those events, and displayed a fondness for the Auton Rory both during her honeymoon (TV: A Christmas Carol) and during a kind of lullaby to her newborn child Melody Pond. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

It was also among the centuries endured by Ashildr, (TV: The Woman Who Lived) a 9th century[1] Viking girl who was rendered effectively immortal when she was brought back to life by the Twelfth Doctor through a self-repairing Mire repair kit. (TV: The Girl Who Died)


  1. In The Woman Who Lived, which is set in the year 1651, Ashildr mentions having had 800 years of adventure.