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Mel and Pex find themselves trapped in a lift. (TV: Paradise Towers)

A lift was a device used to vertically transport people or goods between the levels of a building.

On Earth[]

In Carthage in 1164 BC, Vicki Pallister lamented that lifts would not be invented for several thousand years. She once tried to describe the general concept to her husband Troilus but he did not understand it. (AUDIO: Frostfire)

In 1930, Martha Jones attached a long pole at the top of the Empire State Building to a lift. She used this to allow the gamma strike from a solar flare to fry the approaching pig slaves inside the lift. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)

In 1958, the Tenth Doctor, Cassie and Jimmy tried and failed to escape the Dreamland base through a lift. (TV: Dreamland)

Mr Thompson was terrified of lifts, having read stories about people who had been killed or injured in lift accidents. He and Joanne were attacked by Saric Warder in a lift in their workplace. (PROSE: Trapped!)

In March 2005, the Ninth Doctor and Rose used a lift to escape from the attacking Autons in Henrik's. (TV: Rose)

In March 2006, the Ninth Doctor used a lift in 10 Downing Street to escape from the Metropolitan Police Service members that had him at gunpoint. Elsewhere, "Joseph Green" and "R. Asquith" took a lift. Farting, "Green" complained that he was "poisoned by the gas exchange" and was convinced by his brother to remove his human skin suit as the two Slitheen proceeded to hunt. (TV: World War Three)

Lifts were used in Henry van Statten's alien museum. (TV: Dalek)

By the second half of the 20th century, lifts allowed tourists to get to the upper floors of the Eiffel Tower without using the stairs. Though they briefly considered flying instead, Romana II and the Fourth Doctor employed such a lift during their holiday in Paris. (TV: City of Death)

The Torchwood Three hub had an invisible lift to travel from the hub to the surface at Roald Dahl Plass. (TV: Everything Changes)

LINDA's meeting place, located beneath the old library on Maccateer Street, was accessible via a lift which they used in 2007. (TV: Love & Monsters)

In 2007, when the Tenth Doctor ordered everyone to run up to the top floor of Torchwood Tower to see what the Daleks were doing, Jake Simmonds suggested they could take the lift instead. (TV: Doomsday)

In 2007, the Tenth Doctor, Donna and Lance discovered the lift in H.C. Clements led to an abandoned Torchwood base not on the building's schematics. (TV: The Runaway Bride)

In 2008, Sarah Jane Smith escaped from being killed by Mrs Wormwood's people from inside a lift. (TV: Invasion of the Bane)

The Tenza George was frightened by the sound of lifts. He used one to send Amy and Rory to his dollhouse. (TV: Night Terrors)

A broken lift in Colchester was used as a teleport site to the crashed Cyber-ship. (TV: Closing Time)

At some point in the 21st century, a wormhole portal was hidden in a lift in a London hospital. It led to the Shakri ship. Rory and his father, Brian Williams, were both captured by orderlies and taken through the portal. The Eleventh Doctor and Amy later discovered in portal in the lift and travelled through it as well. (TV: The Power of Three)

Bill Potts initially thought the TARDIS was a lift. (TV: The Pilot)

Sometime in the 21st century, Mel and Pex used a lift in Paradise Towers to try to get to floor 304. However, the cleaners overrode the controls and had the lift alternate between floors 173 and 174. Pex kicked the controls and the lift plummeted to the basement. There, they managed to get it working again and made it to floor 304. (TV: Paradise Towers)


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The Tenth Doctor and Cassandra O'Brien ride down a lift shaft. (TV: New Earth)

On other worlds[]

The lifts at New New York Hospital on New Earth were voice-activated and disinfected their occupants, as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler discovered, much to the latter's dismay. Lady Cassandra and Chip overrode the lift for Cassandra to take over Rose's body down in the basement. Later, the Doctor and Cassandra used the lift's disinfectant spray to cure the new humans. (TV: New Earth)

Dalek City lift. (TV: The Daleks)

First Doctor, Susan Foreman and Barbara Wright in Dalek city lift. (TV: "The Ambush")

In the Dalek City on Skaro, the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan escaped from their imprisonment by the Daleks in a lift. They threw a sculpture down the shaft to destroy the lift and the pursuing Daleks. (TV: "The Ambush")

The lifts inside Kaalann on Skaro were broken down before the Daleks returned to the planet with the Eye of Time and rebuilt their race. This was undone when the Eleventh Doctor and Amy travelled through the Eye and stopped the Daleks before they could harness the Eye. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

Around the 42nd century, Sanctuary Base 6 had a lift, dubbed "the capsule", built to retrieve a power source from the centre of Krop Tor. (TV: The Impossible Planet)

Lifts connected the five floors of the Alpha Sphere in the Eutermes zone. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)

Spaceships and space stations[]

Around the 27th century, when the stairwells on the Empress collapsed following a bombing, Benny Summerfield and Grand Marshall Sstac took a malfunctioning lift to the ninth floor. Inside, Benny and Sstac experienced memories of the Kolgarian delegates, Musjarna and Asnarbi. When they came to, they climbed the maintenance ladder in the shaft to the tenth floor. (AUDIO: The Dance of the Dead)

In 200,000, the Editor of Satellite Five granted the Ninth Doctor and Rose access to the five hundredth floor to trap them. (TV: The Long Game)

The Eleventh Doctor's TARDIS had a lift leading to at least three floors. (GAME: TARDIS)