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Australia, sometimes colloquially called "Oz" (PROSE: Invasion of the Cat-People) and officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three) was both a continent and a nation located on Earth. It was part of Australasia (AUDIO: The Transit of Venus) and was located in the southern hemisphere. (PROSE: Time and Relative)
History[edit | edit source]
Early history[edit | edit source]
Circa 35,500 BC, Monarch travelled to Earth in his ship. Australia was the site of his first visit. He abducted several Aborigines, including their leader Kurkutji, and gave them android bodies. He promised Kurkutji rulership of his people when Monarch made his final visit to conquer the planet. (TV: Four to Doomsday)
18th century[edit | edit source]
In the 18th century, the south coast was charted by Captain James Cook of the Endeavour and, on 28 April 1770, his nephew Isaac Smith became the first Englishman to step foot on the east coast. The First Doctor and Ian Chesterton had been on this voyage, and on 11 June 1770 the ship was forced to land on the coast after hitting the Great Barrier Reef, with the Doctor and Ian disembarking on the east coast of Australia, where they were reunited with Barbara Wright and Susan.
Later, the British Empire claimed the land of Australia and used it as a prison colony to ship convicts to. The idea was recommended to the British government by Joseph Banks after he was confronted by Ian Chesterton who accidentally gave Banks the idea. (AUDIO: The Transit of Venus)
19th century[edit | edit source]
In the 1890s, it was an idyllic tourist destination for those wealthy enough to afford the trip. Three separate adverts for trips to Australia from London or Plymouth appeared in an 1890s copy of The Times. (TV: Deep Breath)
20th century[edit | edit source]
In the 1910s, Australia, as part of the British Empire, was involved in World War I. Along with New Zealand, their soldiers made up the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) which fought alongside the British Army. In 1915, ANZAC fought the forces of the Ottoman Empire in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. (PROSE: Direct Action)
By the early 1970s, some fruit from Western Australia became contaminated with mercurial dioxide, due to fallen particles of dust from outer space. These were later stored in the C19's Vault. (PROSE: The Scales of Injustice)
Also in the 1970s, the Third Doctor, in an attempt to escape his exile, got the TARDIS to materialise in the Australian desert, where, with the aid of Murray Stevens and some Aborigines, he thwarted Rudolph Steiner's Gemini Plan. (COMIC: Gemini Plan)
Some time later, a group of Daleks based underneath Antarctica used captured nuclear submarine the USS Jefferson to attack Sydney. Their plan to use the city as a base from which to convert humans into Daleks and conquer Earth was defeated by the Doctor with the aid of Lt Davis. (COMIC: *Sub Zero)
Later still, the Doctor and Sir Humphrey Picton visited an Australian radio telescope base to observe the test run of Dr Louis French's new radio wave accelerator. The Doctor realised that its use would cause disaster, and tried in vain to prevent it. The accelerated radio waves disrupted Earth's atmosphere, creating a huge storm that heavily damaged the research station and resulted in French's death. (COMIC: Is Anyone There?)
In 1979, the remains of Skylab fell over Australia. One piece endangered Paul Forbes, who was in the Gibson Desert, but he was saved when the Seventh Doctor advised him to take three steps to the left. (PROSE: Three Steps to the Left)
21st century[edit | edit source]
On 22 September 2006, Brisbane's phone network was hit by an electronic attack to cover for the creation of System. Tegan Jovanka was running a small animal feed company in the city at the time, having taken it over from her father. (AUDIO: The Gathering)
In the 2010s, Australia was among the places where newly-hatched Zygons were settled across the world as part of Operation Double. (TV: The Zygon Invasion) At some other point in the 2010s, the Twelfth Doctor, Nardole and Bill Potts visited Sydney to escape from a sentient oil creature that had been in a puddle. (TV: The Pilot)
In 2018, Australia was part of the Australasian Zone and the malevolent Ramón Salamander had set up a research facility there back in 2013: here, he had tricked scientists into causing "natural" disasters. An anti-Salamander group under Giles Kent was based near the facility. The Second Doctor and his companions Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield arrived on an Australian beach and were drawn into Kent and Salamander's machinations. (TV: The Enemy of the World)
However, soon afterwards Australia fell victim to the massive economic and social upheavals caused by widespread use of the Interstitial Mass Transit System, becoming destitute and starving. Many Australians fled, most of them ending up at the Achebe Gorge refugee camp. (PROSE: Transit)
22nd century[edit | edit source]
In the 2110s, the Second Doctor, Zoe Heriot, and Jamie McCrimmon visited the Whitaker Institute in central Australia. There, they encountered and defeated an artificial life form known as the Achromatics. (AUDIO: Echoes of Grey)
Far future[edit | edit source]
In the 42nd century, there was a TV show based off Iris Wildthyme's autobiography, Ugg Boots and Catsuits: My Fabulous Life, and Panda was replaced by an Australian kangaroo, Hoppy. (AUDIO: The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society)
In the 51st century, Australia was either part of or occupied by the Supreme Alliance. Magnus Greel became known as "the Butcher of Brisbane" for his horrific experiments carried out there. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang; AUDIO: The Butcher of Brisbane)
In 200100, Australia and its neighbours collectively formed Australasia. When the Daleks attacked Earth, Australasia was referred to as "just... gone" after a bombing run. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Languages[edit | edit source]
The primary language in Australia was English, (TV: A Christmas Carol) for Australia was settled by the British. However, there were also many languages spoken by the Aborigines, (PROSE: Invasion of the Cat-People) both prior to European settlement (TV: Four to Doomsday) and afterwards[source needed].
Other facts[edit | edit source]
In an account where Susan was not a student at Coal Hill School, but was instead tutored by Barbara Wright, she thought that Australia was in the Atlantic Ocean, when it was emphatically not. (PROSE: Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Janet Fielding is Australian while Katy Manning is a naturalised Australian citizen.
- The spin-off, K9, is produced in Australia.
- Australia was the second country to buy Doctor Who and the only country to buy every missing episode — except, of course, "The Feast of Steven", which was never exported anywhere.
- Beginning with series 10 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation aired a fan program after Doctor Who entitled Whovians, where they discuss the episode they have seen, interview cast members and theorise over the series story arc. For series 10, when Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving they held mock auditions for the Thirteenth Doctor with ABC personalities.
Footnotes[edit | edit source]
- Selling Doctor Who - BroaDWcast. BroaDWcast (6 June 2014). Retrieved on 25 August 2014.