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Crimean War

The Crimean War was a conflict fought between the Russian Empire and the British Empire and its allies, the French and the Ottoman Empire. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks, War of the Sontarans) The Sontarans saw the conflict merely as the Crimean skirmish. (TV: War of the Sontarans)


On 25 October 1854, a commonly known part of the War occurred called the "Charge of the Light Brigade," in which light-cavalry were accidentally made to attack artillery and were killed outright. Agonal, disguised as an officer, actually caused this so he could feed on and enjoy the agony and death. (PROSE: Blood Harvest) The Doctor was present at the Charge of the Light Brigade. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks; AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari)

Arthur Terrall fought in the war. When asked by Jamie McCrimmon about Terrall's erratic behaviour, she said that she had heard Terrall had been wounded in the war. Mollie Dawson's uncle had been killed at the Battle of Inkerman on 5 November of that year. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)

Nathaniel Whitlock's father also fought at Inkerman. (AUDIO: Moonflesh) In 1872, Major Thessinger told the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown that he had also fought in the same battle. However, the Doctor realised that he was lying as his account of the battle was both inaccurate and glamourised. (AUDIO: The First Sontarans)

Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, who later became famous as the author of War and Peace, served as an envoy to the Russian army during the Crimean War. (AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari) Baron De Guerre also fought in the war. (PROSE: The Vampire of Paris) Edward Fulbright and Roger Bridewell's father served in the Crimea. (PROSE: Evolution)

Miss Florence Woolley's father was killed in the war. (AUDIO: Murder at Moorsey Manor)

In October and November 1854, Hex worked with Florence Nightingale, treating the wounded at the Scutari field hospital. (AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari)

In 1855, during the war, the Twelfth Doctor met Mary Seacole in Balaklava. (AUDIO: The Charge of the Night Brigade)

Undated events[]

The War Lords kidnapped Crimean War soldiers, including Ivan Petrov, for use in their War Games. The survivors of the Games were returned to Earth after the War Lords were defeated. (TV: The War Games)

Alternate timeline[]

In an alternate timeline, the Crimean War was fought between the British and the Sontarans instead, as a result of the replacement of Russia and China with Sontar. With the help of the Thirteenth Doctor, the Sontarans are defeated by the British Army's Light Division. (TV: War of the Sontarans)


Colonel Oliver Crackenthorpe fought in the Crimean War, suffering from a gammy leg after fighting in Inkerman. (AUDIO: Fortitude)

The son of Professor Cedric Scrivener's butler Hill served in the war. (AUDIO: The Ghosts of Gralstead)

Circa the 1970s, the Third Doctor claimed to Robbins that he was wounded in the leg in Crimea. He quickly changed his story to say it was Gallipoli, and then El Alamein, before questioning if it mattered. (TV: The Sea Devils)

On 11 November 1913, an elderly veteran of the Crimean War stood outside the entrance to the village hall in Farringham, Herefordshire where Joan Redfern and John Smith were attending a dance. Smith gave a donation to the Veterans of the Crimea, a charity for the by then aged survivors of the war. The veteran was later vapourised by Son of Mine. Once the Tenth Doctor regained his Time Lord personality, he exacted judgement on Son of Mine and the Family of Blood for this and other senseless killings with everlasting punishments. (TV: Human Nature / The Family of Blood)