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Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great was the king of Macedon in the 4th century BC and one of the most successful military commanders in human history.


As a boy, his tutor was the Athenian philosopher Aristotle. Alexander was so impressed with him that, as an adult, he did not wipe out the Greeks, though he did enslave them. He retained an interest in Greek theatre after beginning his conquests. (AUDIO: Mask of Tragedy)

Alexander left Macedon in circa 336 BC. (AUDIO: Farewell, Great Macedon)

Alexander was once targeted by android assassins, but was saved by Time Agents Jack Harkness and John Hart, who claimed them to be Persians. Giving the pair his thanks, Alexander had sex with both Jack and John before being caught in the act by Hephaestion. (AUDIO: The Death of Captain Jack)

Alexander conquered Egypt in 332 BC. (PROSE: The Ruby's Curse)

Alexander led a great conquest that ended when his armies mutinied at the borders of Magadha and demanded to return home. (PROSE: Dharmayuddha)

In May 323 BC, the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara met Alexander in Babylon. During this time, the four became close friends with Alexander. To Alexander's great distress, his generals, friends, and designated successors - Cleitus, Calanus and Hephaestion - were murdered by Antipater and his co-conspirators, Antipater blamed the Doctor and his companions for the deaths, causing Alexander to imprison them. At their trial, Alexander realised that that they were probably innocent, but still demanded they prove their innocence before the gods to appease the superstitions of his army.

Thus, in June of that year, games were held to celebrate the life of the recently departed Hephaestion. To appease the gods, Ian chose to fight in the wrestling, while the Doctor was told to walk across scalding hot embers. Both did this successfully, pleasing Alexander and the onlooking crowd. Secretly, Antipater had poisoned Alexander's wine. Later that day, Alexander drew his generals together to out Antipater as a murderer, as he had recently deduced was the case. Antipater was then slayed by Seleucus, who did not want this part in the plot to become known. Alexander then collapsed as the poison began to take effect. With his dying breathe, with his wife Roxane by his side, Alexander bid that the successor should be "the best man". (AUDIO: Farewell, Great Macedon)

The First Doctor later claimed that Alexander had died of a fever while planning a campaign against the Arabs. (PROSE: The Book of Shadows)


Following Alexander's death, Ptolemy returned to Alexandria and declared himself King of Egypt. (AUDIO: Farewell, Great Macedon, PROSE: The Book of Shadows)

His body was taken to Alexandria in a column to be interred in the city. (PROSE: The Book of Shadows)

Undated events[]

Alexander falsely believed that he had obtained the Lance of Longinus. (COMIC: Project: Longinus)

Alternate timeline[]

In an alternate timeline in 331 BC, Alexander was in Alexandria when the alien Rhakotis arrived in the city. He met Barbara Wright in this timeline, but eventually died some some disease which was extraterrestrial in origin. (PROSE: The Book of Shadows)


In 1289, the Venetian explorer Marco Polo hoped that by presenting the Doctor's TARDIS to Kublai Khan, the Khan would become "mightier" than Alexander the Great. (TV: "The Roof of the World")

Immediately after his third regeneration, the Fourth Doctor recalled his encounter with Alexander the Great. Temporary memory loss caused him to refer to Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as Alexander. (TV: Robot)

The Fourth Doctor later mocked the Kaled General Ravon by calling him "Alexander the Great." (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)

The Fifth Doctor described Alexander as "a dreadful bore" to his companions Tegan Jovanka and Turlough. (PROSE: The Crystal Bucephalus)

Ian told Pendolin, the curator of the Time Museum, that it was Alexander who taught him how to ride a horse. (AUDIO: The Time Museum)

In the 2190s, the Eighth Doctor's former companion Lucie Miller sarcastically referred to his great-grandson Alex Campbell as "Alexander the Great" due to his willingness to attack the Dalek occupation forces in North America. (AUDIO: Lucie Miller)