The Crab Nebula was created by the Uxarieans by detonating a star with their Doomsday Weapon. (TV: Colony in Space) This was believed to have occurred during the Millennium War circa 150 million BC. (PROSE: The Quantum Archangel)
During a visit to 1980s Blackpool, the Sixth Doctor said that a replica of the town was being built on the rim of the Crab Nebula, but they had gotten the design concept wrong, as it was being built for a purpose rather than for frivolity. (PROSE: The Nightmare Fair, AUDIO: The Nightmare Fair)
Operating from Yamado on behalf of the Sontarans, Firandel and Rolgot used a gravatronic tractor beam to capture the Doctor's TARDIS in the nearby Crab Nebula, but accidentally locked on to K9 Mark II instead of the Fourth Doctor, kidnapping the robot. K9 realised their intention to kidnap and kill the Doctor because of the lack of air on his expected arrival and overpowered his "hosts" before the Doctor and the TARDIS arrived in safety to collect him. (COMIC: K-9's Finest Hour)
Behind the scenes
- In the real world, the Crab nebula is a supernova remnant in the Perseus arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. However, in The Sons of the Crab, the first Dr. Who describes the nebula as outside of the Milky Way, however, and there is currently no other evidence cited on this page related to its location in-universe.