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Jupiter (disambiguation)for other, similarly-named pages.
Jupiter had many moons, including Io (PROSE: Legacy), Ganymede (PROSE: Jupiter), Europa (AUDIO: The Defectors), Voga, (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen), Ananke, Callisto, Callirrhoe, Carme, Leda, Lysithea, Sinope, Thebe and Umbriel. (PROSE: To the Slaughter)
Prior to the emergence of human civilisation on Earth, a sentient race known as the Jovians evolved on Jupiter. At some point prior to his fifth incarnation, the Doctor visited Jupiter during this era and later told his companions Tegan Jovanka and Turlough that the Jovians had had a beautiful civilisation which had created entirely in their minds. He described the process as being similar to whale song. The Doctor believed that the Jovians had become extinct by the 24th century. (AUDIO: The Jupiter Conjunction)
In the 64 AD, Ian Chesterton pointed out to Vicki Pallister two bright lights in the sky of Earth, Venus and Jupiter. Ancient astronomers couldn't tell the difference between stars and planets, so instead planets such as Jupiter were referred to as "wandering stars". (PROSE: Byzantium!)
At some stage, the Sol system was given a "spring cleaning" which entailed removing most of Jupiter's moons and leaving the Ancient Twelve. Some of the moons that were destroyed were Carme, Callirrhoe, Umbriel, Thebe and Leda. (PROSE: To the Slaughter)
Jupiter was eventually colonised by humanity. Following the achievement of independence from Earth, the colonists' government became known as the Jupiter Axis. In 2329, the Axis signed a peace agreement with Earth, ending years of tension between the two powers. In the immediate aftermath of the treaty, the surviving Jovians revealed their existence to humanity. (AUDIO: The Jupiter Conjunction)
In 2400, the Daleks invaded the solar system. Jupiter's moons were the first target. The alien inhabitants were wiped out. (Human inhabitants were not mentioned) (COMIC: Invasion of the Daleks) Later, Mary Stone went to Jupiter where she blended three kinds of acid together which ate through the Daleks' silcronium casings. (PROSE: Break-through!)
The civilisation of Jupiter existed across airships powered by the planet's perpetual storm. The Sixth Doctor, aware of Charlotte Pollard's fondness for airships, attempted to take her there. (AUDIO: These Stolen Hours)
The Eighth Doctor and Sheena could see Jupiter from the Theseus, before it entered hyperspace. (AUDIO: The Starship of Theseus) Bliss boarded the ship from the Jupiter Spaceport, (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror) later mentioning having watched her friends die on Titan, before she herself boarded the vessel as a refugee from the Last Great Time War. (AUDIO: Echoes of War)
Behind the scenes
- In Revenge of the Cybermen, dialogue states that Jupiter had twelve moons until the arrival of Voga. As discovered later, Jupiter actually has more than sixty. Therefore, the plot of To the Slaughter explains how, further in the future, Jupiter can only have twelve moons.