There are no references here to non-Real World weapons, such as the Demat Gun, among others. This greatly limits the articles scope, and halts just where we should have the most info. This page has way too many issues.
A firearm, commonly known as a "gun", was a term encompassing a variety of weapons which used a projectile fired from the weapon relying on chemical explosives to propel the projectile at high velocities from the firearm. In the words of Silurian scientist Bokka K'to, "It project[ed] a small piece of metal at high speed." (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians) They were typically used to penetrate surfaces to maim or kill and were a favoured weapon of humans.
Limitations[edit | edit source]
Most firearms were ineffective against armoured races such as Daleks and Cybermen, (TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday) though specifically designed bullets were produced to take advantage of alien races' weaknesses (Gold in the Cybermen's case). (TV: Battlefield) They were, however, able to penetrate Sontaran space armour. (TV: The Poison Sky) Standard bullets were effective against unarmoured humanoids, such as Weevils, (TV: Exit Wounds) the Ood, (TV: Planet of the Ood), Silents. (TV: Day of the Moon, The Wedding of River Song) Although bullets would not work on armoured races such as the Cybermen and Stingray swarm, rockets and missiles were used to defeat these species. (TV: Doomsday, Planet of the Dead)
Firearms, as a relatively primitive technology, could be neutralised by more advanced technology. For example, Sontaran soldiers employed a cordolaine field that affected metals such as copper, causing weapons using copper casings on their projectiles not to fire. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky)
UNIT and other military personnel usually used assault rifles and pistols. Officers usually carried pistols or revolvers. In future centuries future soldiers like the Anglican soldiers and soldiers in the Human-Hath War seem to carry a type of assault rifle.
Individuals such as the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith often refused to use them on moral grounds (TV: Doctor Who, The Stolen Earth, Journey's End, The End of Time, The Doctor's Daughter, Invasion of the Bane) — although there were exceptions. (TV: The Seeds of Doom, The Time of Angels)
An appreciation of the usefulness of firearms was not limited to humanity. Upon landing on the planet Exxilon a Dalek taskforce's weapons were rendered inoperable, forcing them to replace their energy weapons with semi-automatic ballistic weapons. (TV: Death to the Daleks)
Availability[edit | edit source]
Bolt-action rifle use[edit | edit source]
Laurence Scarman had a hunting rifle which proved ineffective against Sutekh's servitors. Sarah later put the rifle to better use by pulling off a difficult shot to detonate a box of Gelignite that destroyed an Osiran war missile. (TV: Pyramids of Mars)
Assault rifle use[edit | edit source]
The Master was surrounded by UNIT soldiers from all sides with rifles pointed at him when only one handgun was not sufficient to guard him. This was after he tried to escape capture by stealing Bessie and the Doctor remotely controlled her to drive back to him. (TV: The Dæmons)
The army and UNIT used assault rifles against the Sontarans, Daleks and the Cybermen. They were completely ineffective against the last two. (TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday, The Poison Sky, The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)
Handgun use[edit | edit source]
A German woman threatened Martha Jones with a Luger in an attempt to prevent her from using the Osterhagen Key, but lowered the pistol when she proved unable to kill her. (TV: Journey's End)
Wilfred Mott took his old service revolver with him when he sought out the Tenth Doctor. He later gave it to the Doctor, who took it to use against the Master. The Doctor had to choose between shooting the Master or Rassilon, but finally chose to shoot the nuclear bolt, destroying it and breaking the link that anchored the Time Lords in the present time, sending them back into the Time War and saving the universe. (TV: The End of Time)
The Fifth Doctor used a handgun against a Dalek mutant that had escaped from its damaged armour. He decided that he needed to kill Davros but when the moment came he couldn't bring himself to pull the trigger. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)
Amy Pond used Canton Everett Delaware III's handgun on a little girl in an astronaut suit, not knowing she was her daughter Melody, in an attempt to save the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, Let's Kill Hitler)
Machine gun, submachine gun and PDW use[edit | edit source]
The use of other firearms[edit | edit source]
The Fourth Doctor used an Oriental fowling piece belonging to George Litefoot to kill a giant rat when it attacked Leela. The gun hadn't been fired for 50 years and Litefoot warned the Doctor that it would probably explode in his face. The Doctor scoffed at this, saying that the gun had been built in Birmingham.(TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
When one of the Fendahleen was feeding on the psychic energy of Leela and the Tylers, the Fourth Doctor tried to distract it by shooting it with Jack Tyler's double-barreled shotgun filled with rock salt. Leela later used the shotgun to kill another of the Fendahleen. (TV: Image of the Fendahl)
After the Twelfth Doctor returned to Gallifrey, Rassilon's firing squad were ordered to shoot him, but purposefully missed. They then sided with the Doctor, dropping their guns and standing at his side. Last to join him was the General who dropped his pistol after telling Rassilon "Lord President, with respect, get off his planet." Desperate to save Clara Oswald, the Doctor stole the General's gun and threatened him with it. The General told him it was the side arm of the Personal Guard of the Lord President and had no stun setting. After making sure the General could still regenerate, the Doctor shot him in the chest and fled with Clara. The General then regenerated into a woman, his preferred form. (TV: Hell Bent)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- Most firearms used in the 2005 series are of Heckler & Koch manufacture, specifically G36 assault rifles and USP sidearms. Glocks and Webleys have also been used.
- The guns carried by Sanctuary Base 6 security in The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit are P90 Personal Defense Weapons fitted with suppressors (the same model of weapon commonly associated with Stargate SG-1 universe).
- In the various UNIT episodes during the Jon Pertwee era, Sterling sub-machine guns or SLRs were used.