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British Army

The British Army was a branch of the United Kingdom's military. The Doctor worked directly with them on occasion (TV: Aliens of London, Empress of Mars); he was also involved with them through UNIT.

Historically, they were colloquially referred to as British Redcoats. (TV: The Highlanders)

By the mid 2000s, the British Army was highly regarded around the world. Over the years they fought in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Gulf. They were involved in numerous peacekeeping operations around the world. (PROSE: Another Life)


18th century[]

In 1746, British troops fought against the Jacobites in the Battle of Culloden. (TV: The Highlanders)

19th century[]

In the early 19th century, the British fought against Napoleon in the Napoleonic Wars. Under the Duke of Wellington, the British defeated the French at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. (PROSE: World Game)

Victorian era[]

During the First Afghan War, the British Army was afflicted by poor planning and leadership, leading to huge disasters such as the retreat from Kabul in 1842. A new British army invaded Afghanistan later that year, ending the war, (PROSE: Mire and Clay) although the British Empire became involved in further engagements in Afghanistan in later years. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire)

From 1853 to 1856, the British, with French and Turkish allies, fought against the Russians in the Crimean War. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks) A miscommunication on 25 October 1854 led to the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade, where a light British cavalry brigade was sent to advance upon the wrong Russia positions and were slaughtered. Florence Nightingale arrived at the Scutari barracks on 18 November 1854 and helped clean up the medical institutions to provide better aid for the sick and wounded soldiers. (AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari)

After the end of the Indian Mutiny in 1857, the British Army was sent into India to maintain order. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire)

20th century[]

World War I[]

From 1914 to 1918, Britain and its allies fought in World War I against Germany and the Central Powers. Some of the battles the British were involved in included Passchendaele, the Somme, Verdun and Ypres. (TV: To the Last Man, AUDIO: The Next Life, PROSE: Byzantium!, Remembrance of the Daleks, Illegal Alien) A million British soldiers died during the war. (TV: To the Last Man)

In World War I, several British troops, also called "Tommies", were abducted by the War Lords for their War Games. They helped the Second Doctor and his friends defeat the War Lords. The surviving troops were sent by the Time Lords to their right time zone. (TV: The War Games)

At a different point in World War I, the New Dalek Paradigm interfered in the course of the war by influencing British and German industrialists to manufacture robotic, Dalek-like drones, supposedly to assist members of the British and German armies, respectively. However, their true plan was to use the Proto-Daleks to wipe out the British and German soldiers who were aware of their existence, in order to eliminate all evidence of their interference. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

World War II[]

From 1939 to 1945, Britain and its allies fought World War II against Nazi Germany and Japan. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus, Magic of the Angels, Victory of the Daleks; AUDIO: Casualties of War; COMIC: Sky Jacks)

Marines being exterminated by a Dalek. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

In 1941, two British marines who came to protect Winston Churchill were exterminated by the Daleks. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

1945 - 2000[]

In the decades following the war, the British Army, facing no realistic possibility of a foreign invasion, "kept itself busy with minor skirmishes, training exercises, Northern Ireland and peacekeeping for the UN." (PROSE: The Dying Days)

When WOTAN tried to conquer Earth on 20 July 1966, the British Army fought against its War Machines. (TV: The War Machines)

Some time before the formation of UNIT, a squad of British Troops led by Colonel Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (who later founded UNIT) fought against the Great Intelligence and its Robot Yeti servants. (TV: The Web of Fear)

Following the formation of UNIT, the British Army — often referred to by the organisation's personnel as "the Regular Army" — appointed a UNIT liaison officer to whom the officer in charge of the British branch of UNIT reported. At the time of the Auton incident, Major-General Scobie was the British Army's UNIT liaison officer. UNIT troops were usually members of the British Army serving on detached duty, and were thus subject to the orders of British Army officers. (TV: Spearhead from Space)

During the time of Mars Probe 7, the army had a new Space Security Department headed by General George Carrington. He called in the Military Police to arrest UNIT, fearing the Brigadier was in league with aliens. (TV: The Ambassadors of Death)

Anne Hartman served in the army until the age of thirty, when she left "dripping in commendations". (AUDIO: The Rockery)

In 1984, an army bomb disposal squad under Colonel Archer got caught up in a Dalek plot which resulted in them being killed and replaced with duplicates. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)

21st century[]

Following the London UFO crash on 6 March 2006 (TV: Aliens of London) or 28 June, UNIT liaised with the "regular army"; (PROSE: Operation London) the army sent divers into the wreck of the spaceship, where a body was found and brought ashore. A platoon of soldiers were guarding Albion Hospital, where the hibernating body of the alien pilot had been taken. They were walked in on by the Ninth Doctor and they all aimed their rifles at him, though he quickly took charge when they heard a scream. One soldier shot the pig from the spacecraft, much to the Doctor's anger. (TV: Aliens of London)

Whilst the Battle of Canary Wharf raged in 2007, the British Army fought the invaders across London. (TV: Doomsday)

British troops fight Cybermen. (TV: Doomsday)

At Christmas 2007, when the Racnoss Webstar attacked London, a Challenger 2 British Army Tank acting under orders from Harold Saxon opened fire and destroyed it as its shields were down. (TV: The Runaway Bride)

In the first decade of the 21st century, the British Army were involved in the Iraq War. Soldiers were killed, including Simon Metcalf. (TV: Warriors of Kudlak, To the Last Man)

In September 2009, when the 456 demanded that ten percent of Earth's children be taken to them, soldiers were ordered to round up the lowest performing ten percent of the UK's children and hand them over to the 456. They stood down when the 456 were destroyed. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Five)

During the Hyperion invasion of Britain in summer 2015, the army attempted to oppose them but were killed as the invaders "[burnt] through" them, transforming them into the Scorched. (COMIC: The Hyperion Empire)

On 1 January 2019, a group of soldiers engaged a lone Dalek on British soil. They were all exterminated by the Dalek, who used a missile to destroy a tank sent against it. (TV: Resolution)

In 2020, Sally Morgan served as a private in the King's New Delta Squadron of the British Army. (AUDIO: Black and White)

By the 2020s, the British Army had been privatised. Certain units performed private security work. (AUDIO: Signs and Wonders)

In 2048, after the Korven Lomax hijacked the British government and created the Department, the cyborg CCPC acted as the army of the United Kingdom, although they were referred to as a police force. (TV: Regeneration, Liberation, et al.)

Parallel world[]

When Britain closed its borders in a parallel world in 2009, soldiers rounded up foreigners and took them to labour camps. (TV: Turn Left)

Behind the scenes[]

Doctor Who: Battles in Time[]

According to non-narrative material in DWBIT 1, in 2158, when a Dalek flying saucer attacked London as part of their invasion of Earth, the British Army sent tanks to fight off the invaders, but in a matter of days they were defeated by the Daleks.

Notable personnel[]