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John Watson

"Dr John Hamish Watson M.D." (PROSE: A Gallery of Pigeons) was the literary alias of the assistant to the detective Sherlock Holmes. According to some accounts he was a real person with the first name of "James" who inspired a literary character. (PROSE: Prelude All-Consuming Fire) Others held that Sherlock Holmes, and therefore he himself, were entirely fictional. (TV: The Snowmen)


James studied with Arthur Conan Doyle when they attended the same medical school, (PROSE: Prelude All-Consuming Fire) the University of Edinburgh. (PROSE: Evolution)

Watson was known for his fictionalised accounts of the adventures of his friend Sherlock Holmes that were edited by Arthur Conan Doyle, in whose name they were published. Because of this, it was widely believed both contemporaneously and later that Holmes was in fact a fictional character created by Conan Doyle.

In 1887, he was asked by the Pope to investigate the missing books at the Library of St John the Beheaded. At the library, he encountered the Seventh Doctor who told him that he would help him find what he was looking for. He went with the Doctor to question Kate Prendersly before she spontaneously combusted. He witnessed an apparition when he and Holmes were following Baron Maupertuis and saw the doorman combust. On discovering that Holmes' brother Sherringford Holmes was involved, he accompanied the Doctor to Bombay encountering Bernice Summerfield, of whom he was enamoured. They then rode a Rakshassa through the portal. Arriving in Ry'leh, he went to spy on the enemy camp and was captured, but was rescued by Ace. They then climbed a mountain to the Rakshassha base. He watched Tir Ram transform into a Rakshassha. After the being known as Azathoth was defeated, he bought Benny dinner. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire)

Later that year, they travelled to 24 April 2010 to attend the wedding of Bernice Summerfield and Jason Kane. (PROSE: Happy Endings)

In 1888, Watson and Holmes met up with Iris Wildthyme and Panda. (PROSE: The Shape of Things)

By 1893, John had married Mary Watson. In the spring of this year, John was on a cruise with her when Bernice Summerfield tried to contact him. (AUDIO: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel)


After the Third Doctor negatively compared Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart to Sherlock Holmes, the Brigadier jokingly said "Come on, Dr Watson," when another power failure hit Wenley Moor nuclear research facility. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians)

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