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Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II was made the sovereign Queen of the United Kingdom in 1952. She succeeded her father George VI.

By one account, she was secretly a lizard alien. (COMIC: Where's the Doctor?)


20th century[]

Elizabeth acceded to the throne following the death of her father, George VI, on 6 February 1952. (PROSE: A History of Humankind)

When Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 2 June, 1953, (COMIC: Where's the Doctor?) it gathered a huge crowd, and families across Great Britain watched the event on their new televisions. The Wire attempted to take the energy from the millions of humans watching the coronation. However, the Tenth Doctor foiled the Wire's plans. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern) Eva De Ville was sent to assassinate the Thirteenth Doctor, so she travelled to the coronation where she met all the numbered incarnations of the Doctor all there at the same time, such as the First Doctor with Susan Foreman, the Second Doctor with Jamie McCrimmon, the Third Doctor with Jo Grant, the Fourth Doctor with Sarah Jane Smith, the Fifth Doctor with Tegan Jovanka, the Sixth Doctor with Peri Brown, the Seventh Doctor with Ace, the Eighth Doctor, the Ninth Doctor with Rose Tyler, another Tenth Doctor with Donna Noble, the Eleventh Doctor with Amy Pond, the Twelfth Doctor with Bill Potts and the Thirteenth Doctor with Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan. Each of the Doctors were combatting an alien threat, so Eva sorted them all out so that she could get the bounty. Eva then attempted to teleport the Thirteenth Doctor to the future but instead took the giant lizard version of Elizabeth II, which the Doctor followed.

Elizabeth's lizard form. (COMIC: Where's the Doctor?)

After Eva De Ville teleported Elizabeth to her personal future, the CEO was displeased with her inability to kill the Thirteenth Doctor. However, they[who?] followed in the TARDIS, accidentally squashing the CEO. Colby revealed he was the Chairman and the mastermind behind the hit on the Doctor, but before he could kill her, Elizabeth swallowed him. The Thirteenth Doctor revealed the lizard was indeed Elizabeth II, or as she called her, Liz. (COMIC: Where's the Doctor?)

While his granddaughter Susan Campbell and great-grandson Alex Campbell were celebrating Christmas in the TARDIS with him and Lucie Miller, the Eighth Doctor wanted to watch the Queen's 1953 Christmas speech using the Time-Space Visualiser as 1953 was a "great year." (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions)

On 5 April 1973, Her Majesty invited the Fourth Doctor to dine at Buckingham Palace. The Doctor reacted by running off in his TARDIS with Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith. (TV: Robot)

In 1977, students at Brendon Public School (as well as the rest of Great Britain), where Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart taught mathematics, celebrated the silver anniversary of Elizabeth II's Coronation. (TV: Mawdryn Undead) During the event, she was targeted in a plot by the Zork-Morkavi-Rokosh to displace her from time, which would have involved bringing her older self back from 2022 to create a temperal paradox. The plan was inadvertedly foiled by a time travelling Lucy Wilson, with the help of UNIT. (PROSE: The Platinum Sceptre)

The Queen was not in residence in Windsor Castle when the Luron mothership, which was more than a mile across, hovered above it in 1979. (AUDIO: The Valley of Death)

In 1988, her path almost crossed that of the Seventh Doctor (who almost but not quite recognised her) at Windsor Castle as she walked her pet corgis about the grounds. (TV: Silver Nemesis)

Queen Elizabeth was briefly deposed by the Ice Lord Xznaal in May 1997, but was later restored to the throne and her Re-Coronation was held on 23 November. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

Elizabeth II was concurrently the Queen of Australia, a situation with which not all Australians were satisfied. The Fourth and Fifth Doctor's companion Tegan Jovanka, who described herself as "downright Bolshie," favoured her country's transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. (AUDIO: The Children of Seth)

21st century[]

In 2001, Dr. Who, a fictional duplicate of the Doctor, tried several times to assassinate her, convinced she was the leader of an oppressive regime. During an appearance in Sheffield he succeeded, but the self-doubts of his accomplice Jason, coupled with his own essentially fictional nature, meant that the Queen survived. (PROSE: Head Games)

On Christmas Day of 2006, the blood control powers of the Sycorax (operating out of a ship hovering over London) threatened to make Elizabeth II, as well as the rest of the British Royal Family jump off a roof and kill herself. As a result, her Christmas speech was not broadcast, replaced by a message from Prime Minister, who announced the royal family's status while appealing to the Doctor for help. As she spoke, a framed photograph of the Queen was placed on her desk. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

Due to the Sycorax and "Christmas Star" incidents occurring on consecutive Christmases in London, most of the city's residents fled during Christmas 2008. The Queen, however, staunchly decided to remain in Buckingham Palace. On Christmas Day, the alien replica of the Titanic almost crashed into Buckingham Palace; the Tenth Doctor contacted the Palace and uttered a pre-arranged code number that resulted in the immediate evacuation of the Queen and her staff. However, at the last moment he was able to pull the ship up above the palace. The Queen thanked the Doctor by name and wished him a happy Christmas. (TV: Voyage of the Damned)

In Easter 2009, the Tenth Doctor left his TARDIS in Buckingham Palace gardens, telling Captain Erisa Magambo that the Queen did not mind. (TV: Planet of the Dead)

During her reign, she would make yearly televised speeches on Christmas. In 2009, the Woman interrupted the Queen's Christmas speech for Wilfred Mott, warning him of what was to come. Her speech immediately continued, no one else having seen the Woman take over. (TV: The End of Time)

At one point Tanya Adeola's aunt met the Queen at a Buckingham Palace garden party and invited her to Zumba. (PROSE: The Stone House)

According to one source, she left the throne before Christmas 2010. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen) According to another source, Elizabeth II was still the Queen in 2015. She visited the army barracks and was photographed in front of a red-top in a pastel blue skirt suit. The story of her visit was reported on the front page of a newspaper viewed by Helena and Erimem. (PROSE: The Last Pharaoh)

In 2020, Elizabeth was kidnapped by Sorb and Sarg and stored on their ship. Lucy Wilson and Hobo Kostinen later freed her along with the rest of the human race. (PROSE: The Edge of Glory)

Elizabeth celebrated her platinum Jubilee on 2 June, 2022. Lucy Wilson was in London with Conall and Dean Lethbridge-Stewart for the celebration, which occurred just a few days after Lucy foiled the Zork-Morkavi-Rokosh's plot to displace the Queen from time. During the procession, Lucy was certain that Elizabeth had winked at her from her car, leader her to wonder if she remembered her from all those years ago. (PROSE: The Platinum Sceptre)

The Seventh Doctor once suggested that the royal succession came to an end in the early 21st century. (PROSE: Birthright) However, according to the Tenth Doctor, the Queen was eventually succeeded by King Charles III and Queen Camilla. (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)

In 2020, the British Army already had a King's New Delta Squadron. (AUDIO: Black and White) In any event, the United Kingdom was described as having a king by 24 May 2027. (AUDIO: A Death in the Family)

Alternate timelines[]

In an alternate timeline where the Common Men rose in place of the Beatles, the Fifth Doctor observed in shock as she danced the twist to the Common Men's "Oh, Won't You Please Love Me?" Entranced, she even threw her jewellery at them. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

In another alternate timeline, Elizabeth II abdicated and became a private citizen in 1966. Great Britain joined the International Communist Republic of Mokoshia. (AUDIO: Red Planets)

Other universes[]

The regime of a fascist Britain had the royal family executed at some point before 1943. (TV: Inferno)

In a parallel world, the starship Titanic did hit Buckingham Palace and caused a nuclear explosion. (TV: Turn Left)

Minor references and mentions[]

Rose Tyler theorised that the royal family, including Elizabeth II, could have been werewolves after Queen Victoria was attacked by one. (TV: Tooth and Claw)

Whilst listing some of the Doctor's past encounters with the Royal Family to the Eleventh Doctor, Liz 10 mentioned "tea and scones with Liz Two." (TV: The Beast Below)

When the Tenth Doctor found that Edward VII had disappeared along with Balmoral Castle in 1902, he warned that the future of the royal family, along with the rest of history, was threatened. Saying that, along with the rest of his successors, there would be no Elizabeth II. (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)

Yvonne Hartman, director of Torchwood One, once noted herself to have had tea with the Queen twice a week. (AUDIO: One Rule)

Amy, Rory, and the Eleventh Doctor once attempted to have tea with the Queen at Buckingham Palace but were not allowed entrance. The Doctor was upset because he'd brought doughnuts, stating that, "Her Majesty loves doughnuts." (PROSE: Magic of the Angels)

Ram Singh was aware of her, and felt that Charlie Smith's way of speaking was similar to how she spoke. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)

Behind the scenes[]

Elizabeth II on Doctor Who[]

Archival footage of the Queen's coronation appeared in The Idiot's Lantern.

Olivia Colman played Elizabeth II in the Netflix original television series The Crown.

The Writer's Tale[]

According to The Writer's Tale, Russell T Davies originally planned to end Voyage of the Damned with the Titanic actually destroying part of Buckingham Palace (though the Queen escapes). Rather than cheering the Doctor from the ground, Elizabeth (in keeping with her predecessors Victoria and Elizabeth I) would have been heard cursing the Doctor. This ending was scrapped as being too negative and special effects-intensive.

Torchwood website[]

On the series 1 version of the Torchwood website, a case file outlined the fall of Torchwood One around 2007. It suggested after a massive loss in life and technology, that it was recommended to Her Majesty for "the immediate closure of Torchwood One, together with the formation of a steering committee to fully examine future options."[1]

The Doctor: His Lives and Times[]

According to The Doctor: His Lives and Times, Elizabeth II rescinded Queen Victoria's exile of the Doctor and Rose Tyler after she received a letter from Jack Harkness on 29 December 2008, detailing the Tenth Doctor's actions in saving Earth from the Titanic. She also commended Torchwood Three for its services.


  1. Report: Closure of Torchwood One. Torchwood website. Archived from the original on 26 August 2007. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.

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