The British government was the governing body of the United Kingdom. It was formally known as Her Majesty's government or His Majesty's government.

Structure Edit

The government was headed by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who was elected by a democratic vote. The Prime Minister resided in 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister and other ministers formed the Cabinet. They operated from either the Houses of Parliament or the Cabinet Room in 10 Downing Street. Members of Parliament each had their own constituency. (TV: Aliens of London, PROSE: The Plotters)

The devolved government of Wales included the Welsh Assembly. (AUDIO: Changes Everything)

The Ministry of Defence was a department of the British government responsible for its armed forces. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians)

The Home Office was a department of the British government responsible for the order and security of the United Kingdom. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three)

The Inland Revenue was responsible for taxation within the UK on behalf of the government. (AUDIO: Cuddlesome)

Influence on the Doctor Edit

The Doctor had a long-standing connection with the British government, consorting with monarchs, (TV: The Beast Below) Prime Ministers (TV: The Christmas Invasion) and other members. (TV: The Claws of Axos)

History Edit

During World War II, when it appeared that the United Kingdom would be invaded by Nazi Germany, four citadels were built under the surface of London. They were intended to allow the British government to continue operations if the worst happened. After the war, the citadels were maintained due to the threat posed by the Soviet Union in the Cold War. (AUDIO: The Fifth Citadel)

In the 1950s, the British government created Department C19. (PROSE: The Scales of Injustice)

In 1975, the government quietly closed down a secret evolutionary project codenamed BEAGLE, ordering the destruction of all research materials. (HOMEVID: Unnatural Selection)

In the 1970s, the British government sponsored the Inferno Project, led by Professor Stahlman. (TV: Inferno)

In the 1990s, Liz Shaw was headhunted to join P.R.O.B.E. There were issues of funding and the organisation was at risk of being shut down by the government if it handed cases over to the police. P.R.O.B.E. was answerable to a minister, a position held by Sir Richard Stevenson and, from 1995, Brian Rutherford. The liaison to the ministry was Patsy Haggard. (HOMEVID: The Zero Imperative, The Devil of Winterborne)

In 1994, the government enacted the Care in the Community scheme, shutting down a number of asylums. (HOMEVID: The Zero Imperative)

The government employed Temporary Solutions to staff a number of offices - including HQP and XXX - with temporary people, tasked with digitising the government's old data. Yvonne Hartman was distrustful of Temporary Solutions and believed that they were up to something. (AUDIO: 9 to 5)

In 2006, the government's Emergency Protocols came into play after the country was put on red alert under the suspicion of alien invasion. (TV: Aliens of London/World War Three)

Following the downfall of Prime Minister Harriet Jones brought about by the Tenth Doctor on Christmas Day 2006, (TV: The Christmas Invasion) the Master used technology and hypnosis to work his way through the government, eventually being elected Prime Minister in 2008. This was shortly followed by an invasion of Earth by the Toclafane who the Master was in league with. Earth was ruled by the Master for a year before the destruction of the paradox machine reversed time so that the invasion never happened. (TV: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)

When the Cardiff Space-Time Rift fractured resulting in time slips across the world, the government was one of several organisations that noticed the strange appearances that were occurring worldwide and asked if it had anything to do with Torchwood. (TV: End of Days)

In September 2009, the British government sought to placate the 456 and destroy Torchwood Three to prevent them from interfering. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One, Children of Earth: Day Four)

In 2050, the British Government was somehow taken over by a Korven called Lomax who turned it into a corrupt, totalitarian government in preparation for the pending Korven invasion. By this time, government agencies MI5 and MI6 appeared to have merged together to form the Department. The British government had also gained control of the Americas, the Pacific Union, and several other countries they considered "lesser". (TV: Regeneration) [additional sources needed]

References Edit

Dave Oswald was very cross with the government in 2013, something the Doctor wrote several pages of notes on. (TV: The Bells of Saint John)

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