Spoilers are precisely defined here. Rules vary by the story's medium. Info from television stories can't be added here until after the top or bottom of the hour, British time, closest to the end credits roll on BBC One. Therefore, fans in the Americas who are sensitive to spoilers should avoid Tardis on Sundays until they've seen the episode.



You may be looking for the operating system or Anne Droid.

An android, sometimes called just "droid" for short, was a humanoid robot or, as the Tenth Doctor once explained to Martha Jones, a "humanoid automaton". (PROSE: The Last Dodo) Examples included Kamelion (in his natural form) (TV: The King's Demons) and the K1 robot. (TV: Robot)

"Android" came from Greek and meant "a machine that's like a man". A machine that was like a woman was also known as a gynoid. (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet) The Twelfth Doctor noted droids always spoke without abbreviating words. (TV: Deep Breath)


A Raston Warrior Robot was known by the Third Doctor as "the most perfect killing machine ever devised". (TV: The Five Doctors)

The Daleks used an android duplicate of the First Doctor in their attempt to assassinate him and his companions. (TV: The Chase)

Osirans used servitor robots which appeared in the form of mummies. (TV: Pyramids of Mars)

Sandminer robots supported human colonists on Kaldor. (TV: The Robots of Death)

Taran androids were intricate androids which looked exactly like the human colonists of Tara. (TV: The Androids of Tara)

The android Kamelion (TV: Planet of Fire)

Kamelion was a shapeshifting android. (TV: The King's Demons) According to one account, the Kamelions were created by the Gelsandorans (PROSE: The Ultimate Treasure) as weapons of war during their invasion of the planet Xeriphas before leaving. (PROSE: The Crystal Bucephalus) According to another account, the Kamelions were created by the Kamille as servants to experience physical interaction through following the loss of their physical form. They were also sent to other planets such as Xeriphas, where they were to spread the influence of the Kamelion Empire. (AUDIO: The Kamelion Empire)

On Androzani Minor, android rebels were used by Sharaz Jek for his guerrilla efforts, including replicas such as Salateen. (TV: The Caves of Androzani)

On Karfel, androids acting on behalf of the Borad policed the Karfelon people. (TV: Timelash)

Robot clowns assisted the Chief clown of the Psychic Circus. (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)

Feeling lonely, the Seventh Doctor created and travelled for a while with Catherine Broome, an android who believed that she was human. (PROSE: Companion Piece)

An android was used by the Terileptils in the 17th century. (TV: The Visitation)

In the 1880s, Joseph Montague invented the Difference Golems. He used a research probe for the brain of the androids. (AUDIO: Children of Steel)

After seeing seven chair legs in the attic of 10 Downing Street in July 1900, Vicki Pallister wondered if there were wooden androids in Victorian London. However, she did not ask the Doctor if this was the case as she thought that it was probably something that she was supposed to already know. (AUDIO: Upstairs)

In 1941, Edwin Bracewell was an android placed in the Cabinet War Rooms by post-Time War Daleks. Having believed himself to be human, Bracewell remained as an assistant to Winston Churchill after the Daleks were confronted by the Eleventh Doctor and his true nature was revealed. (TV: Victory of the Daleks, The Pandorica Opens)

In the 20th and 21st centuries, the Earth-based Alliance of Shades used the robotic Men in Black, whose ranks included Mister Dread, Mister Terror, Mister Fear and Mister Apprehension. (TV: Dreamland, The Vault of Secrets)

In the late 20th century, the Experimental Prototype Robot K1 was designed and built by Professor J.P. Kettlewell of the National Institute for Advanced Scientific Research. (TV: Robot)

An android replica of Sarah Jane Smith. (TV: The Android Invasion)

The Kraal used android replicas in their attempt to conquer Earth in the late 20th century. (TV: The Android Invasion)

The Urbankan Monarch created several shapeshifting androids who operated for thousands of years; the Ministers of Enlightenment and Persuasion appeared as fellow Urbankans, others were humans abducted from Earth, namely Bigon, Kurkutji, Lin Futu and Villagra. (TV: Four to Doomsday)

By 1996, Microsoft had created android versions of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and the Grey Lady for their Festival of Ghana attraction. (TV: The Chase)

Roboforms were androids who disguised themselves as they scavenged planets during invasions, with some following the Empress of the Racnoss on Christmas 2007. Though they were known to be active in the 2000s, they also appeared among the Alliance in 102. (TV: The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, The Pandorica Opens)

Slabs were undercover androids used in the 2000s, by the Plasmavore "Florence Finnegan" (TV: Smith and Jones) and the Uvodni General Uvlavad Kudlak. (TV: Warriors of Kudlak)

Max Capricorn Starcruisers of Sto operated angel-shaped service robots known as the Heavenly Host. (TV: Voyage of the Damned)

Droids were used by the Shoal of the Winter Harmony as they attempted to invade Earth in the 2010s. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)

In 2050, Melania was an example of an undercover android used by the Department. (TV: Sirens of Ceres)

In the 24th century of a Federation universe, Data was an android, created by Dr Soong, who served as an officer of the Starfleet of the United Federation of Planets. (COMIC: Assimilation²)

By the early 26th century, androids were commonplace in Earth Empire society, but were viewed as an under-class. The Orion androids finally became fed up with the situation and moved en masse to the relatively unused Orion System. They set up their own government, with the stipulation that humans living in the system could stay if they accepted android rule. The Earth Empire considered this a violation of sentient rights, and attacked, starting the Orion War. The Earth Military tried to use Cybermen against the androids, which eventually resulted in the Cyber-Wars. (AUDIO: Sword of Orion) Samantha Thorn was an undercover Orion android. (AUDIO: Outsiders)

In 2526, Cybermen used androids against humans. (TV: Earthshock)

RVN-73, affectionately known as "Arven", was an android from the 28th century, manufactured by Villiers Artificial Life, before being taken to London in 1920 by the Eleventh Doctor. (PROSE: Paradox Lost)

Smilers were androids used aboard Starship UK, one of the spaceships which fled Earth in light of the 29th century solar flares. (TV: The Beast Below)

In the 40th century, androids were considered equal to humans. (AUDIO: The Guardian of the Solar System) At least one, Mark Seven, served in the Space Security Service. (AUDIO: The Destroyers)

Also in the 40th century, robotic Wardens operated on the prison planet Volag-Noc, led by Governor Lok, himself a robot who was usurped by Gurney, a human prisoner. (TV: The Infinite Quest)

The Daleks were engaged in a war against a race of androids known as the Movellans. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks, The Pilot) By one account, the Movellans had been built in the image of SSS anti-Dalek android Mark Seven, suffering from amnesia and having remade himself as the First Movellan. (AUDIO: The Triumph of Davros)

In the 51st century, Clockwork Droids served under humans aboard sister ships SS Madame de Pompadour and SS Marie Antoinette. (TV: The Girl in the Fireplace, Deep Breath)

River Song claimed to have dated androids. She said that they were "rubbish". (TV: Silence in the Library)

The Steigertrudes once used android replicas as part of a scheme. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

In 200,100, the Earth-based Bad Wolf Corporation used androids to host their game shows, including the Anne Droid of The Weakest Link and Trine-E and Zu-Zana in What Not to Wear. (TV: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways)

The "Adherents of the Repeated Meme" were androids used by Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 in the year 5,000,000,000. (TV: The End of the World)

The Muse was made by the elephant-like natives of Baloch for their Maharani as an amusement. (COMIC: Planet Bollywood)

The Destructor Unit J7 was a sophisticated android facsimile of the Tenth Doctor created by the Quarsians. (COMIC: Quarsian Mission, Android of Death)

Eve was the android curator of the Museum of the Last Ones. (PROSE: The Last Dodo)