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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer and poet.


On 2 October 1849, the First Doctor met Poe at a séance during which an evil entity was accidentally summoned through a ram's skull. Poe helped defeat the entity by knocking a candle on the skull after the Doctor had spilled cognac on it.

Poe wrote of the events of the ram's skull the evening after they happened, stating that, in writing this document, he had reopened the "doorway to Hell", possibly infecting himself. The next day, he was found wandering deliriously in the streets of Baltimore and was taken to hospital. (PROSE: The True and Indisputable Facts in the Matter of the Ram's Skull)

The Seventh Doctor and Ace were present on 3 October, 1849 in Baltimore at a version of Poe's death. They saw the timeline rewrite itself so events occurred in several different ways. (PROSE: The Algebra of Ice)

The Eighth Doctor encountered Poe on 4 October; they discussed ghosts, and the Doctor was given a manuscript describing the "haunters of the dark" Poe saw everywhere (possibly the aforementioned document recounting the events of 2 October). Unfortunately, the text was unreadable. (AUDIO: Nevermore)

Poe died on 7 October. A mysterious stranger left cognac and roses at his grave. (PROSE: The True and Indisputable Facts in the Matter of the Ram's Skull)


In 1866, Arthur Terrall labelled the Second Doctor as a devotee of the writer. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)

In 2050, Starkey read aloud Poe's "The Raven" to Jorjie Turner, Darius Pike and K9, though Darius did not find it scary. (TV: The Fall of the House of Gryffen)

Following his unleashing of the Red Death on Corinth Major, Senior Prosecutor Uglosi became obsessed with the works of Poe. Corinth Major became the prison planet Nevermore, modelled on Poe's works. (AUDIO: Nevermore)

Melanie Bush, upon seeing the ruined landscape of Puxatornee, commented that it looked like the sort of place that would have Edgar Allan Poe reaching for his notebook. (AUDIO: Flip-Flop)

When the Eighth Doctor was split into three personalities, Charley Pollard hoped that it wouldn't turn out to be like one of those Edgar Allan Poe stories with a good twin and an evil twin. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)