John Winston Lennon was a Liverpudlian musician and songwriter known for his tenure with the Beatles. He later started another band with his second wife Yoko Ono. His work was one of the most widely known and studied music of the late industrial era and early information age.[source needed]
Lennon first performed as a member of The Beatles at the Cavern Club in 1961. The Eleventh Doctor told Alice Obiefune that most of the audience were time travellers - including the Lennon that performed. (COMIC: What He Wants...)
In early 1964, one of Lennon's songs he wrote for the Beatles', "I Want to Hold Your Hand", was knocked off the top of the British charts by the Dave Clark Five song "Glad All Over," which peaked at No. 6 in the United States. (AUDIO: Threshold)
John Lennon and the other Beatles performed their song "Ticket to Ride" on the 13 May 1965 instalment of Top of the Pops, introduced by Jimmy Savile. The First Doctor and his companions Vicki Pallister, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright watched it via the Time-Space Visualiser. (TV: The Chase)
In 1969, the Seventh Doctor's companion Ace prevented Lennon and the other Beatles from being murdered during their Let it Be rooftop concert at the Apple Records building in London. However, Lennon was later shot and killed by the possessed assassin Mark David Chapman in New York City on 8 December 1980. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird) At some point during the concert, time distortion from the Rift Manipulator transported Lennon and the Beatles to the roof of the same building in early 2008. They were sent back after Torchwood opened up the Cardiff Rift. (TV: End of Days)
In the City of the Saved, Lennon continued having a close relationship with Yoko Ono. Krisztina-Judit Németh guessed that they may have been at a masked ball held by Allisheer St Marx. (PROSE: Unification Theory)
The Tenth Doctor cited John Lennon as a musician who had become a legend by dying in tragic circumstances, and asked the members of Pakafroon Wabster if they wanted the same thing. (COMIC: Interstellar Overdrive)
In an alternate timeline created by Lenny Kruger in which the Common Men rose to prominence in place of the Beatles, Lennon was part of a group called the Famous Five, which was a joke name because there were only four of them: him, two Petes and Chaz. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)
Behind the scenes
- John Lennon, in a manner of speaking, played himself on Doctor Who in the form of archival footage of a Beatles TV appearance shown in The Chase.
- In 1965, John Lennon attended a film festival, where he was at one point famously photographed with a Dalek looming behind him.
- John Lennon is one of three historical figures who are available as playable characters in the online game TARDIS Tennis.
- He was played by Christopher Eccleston in the film Lennon Naked.
- Lennon was played by Stephen MacKenna in the film Birth of the Beatles.