Inhabitants of Liverpool, such as Joseph Williamson, were referred to as "Liverpudlians", (TV: The Vanquishers) or alternatively as "Scouse" (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse, The Vanquishers) or "Scousers". (TV: Survivors of the Flux)
According to Dan Lewis, a proud Liverpudlian and "Official Scouse", Liverpool was defined by the writers, musicians and footballers which collectively formed its history. (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse)
Indeed, in terms of music, Liverpool was home to the Beatles. (TV: The Chase, PROSE: Time and Relative) Music by the group reached as far as the planet Necros, (TV: Revelation of the Daleks) and their songs were considered to be "classical music" by the 42nd century. (TV: 42) A statue of the group had been erected on Liverpool waterfront by 2021. (TV: The Vanquishers)
As for football, Liverpool was home to Liverpool F.C.. The football club represented the city at tournaments including the European Cup, and faced rivals including A.C. Milan (AUDIO: Something Inside) and F.C. Barcelona. (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse) The club had fans beyond the city of Liverpool, including Jonah Bevan who lived in the Welsh town of Penarth. (TV: Adrift)
The Tenth Doctor trusted Liverpool for its "magnificent workmanship". (TV: The Waters of Mars) Evidence of this workmanship was displayed by Liverpudlian workers under the employ of Joseph Williamson - a 19th century philanthropist. Williamson and his men built the Williamson Tunnels beneath the Edge Hill area of Liverpool. (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse, The Vanquishers) The tunnels were later excavated and became a tourist attraction by 2021. (TV: Survivors of the Flux)
Despite this, the city was not without its problems. Trevor Winstone frowned upon Liverpool as a place of "terrible housing, mass unemployment and rampant crime". He blamed the government for this. (PROSE: The Hollow Men) Some residents struggled to afford food, and so visited their local food banks in order to get by. (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse)
The city had a waterfront, where the Museum of Liverpool was located. The district of Anfield was also located in the city; this was the location of Dan Lewis' house at 37 Granger Street, and was also home to the stadium of Liverpool F.C.. Beyond Granger Street, other streets in the city included Jenning Street and Lark Lane. (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse)
The First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom briefly visited Liverpool on 25 December 1965. (TV: The Dalek's Master Plan) Sara was under the impression that Liverpool was a planet. (AUDIO: The Anachronauts)
In 2005, Liverpool's football club, led by Steven Gerrard, won the European Cup for the fifth time in its history when they triumphed over A.C. Milan in the final despite being 3-0 down at half time, having scored three goals in the second half before going on to win the match. This win was recounted by the Eighth Doctor who used it to inspire himself and his companions to overcome the brain-worm and escape the Cube. (AUDIO: Something Inside)
On New Year's Day, 2021, Dan Lewis' friend read Dan his horoscope. (TV: Welcome to the TARDIS...) He worked there as a food bank volunteer and, on Halloween night of the same year, he was captured by Karvanista to save him from the Flux. He was subsequently saved by the Thirteenth Doctor and Yasmin Khan. (TV: The Halloween Apocalypse)
Behind the scenes
Though it's possible that a real world location doesn't exist in the same geographic space in the Doctor Who universe, such cases are few and far between. Thus, the map at right is probably a good indicator of the DWU location of Liverpool.
Historically, the city of Liverpool was located in the county of Lancashire. Following a reform of county boundaries in 1974, Liverpool became part of Merseyside.
Dan Lewis' apparent dislike for Leeds, and nearby Sheffield, in The Halloween Apocalypse is most likely banter, stemming from the historic rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire. Dan is a born Liverpudlian and, if Dan's age reflects that of John Bishop, would have born in Liverpool when the city was part of Lancashire; both Leeds and Sheffield are typical Yorkshire cities.
- Doctor Who actors Tom Baker, Paul McGann, Maureen O'Brien, and Elisabeth Sladen were all born in Liverpool.
- Liverpool was the setting for a 1996 Vodafone advertisement which features one of Jon Pertwee's final performances. It follows an American government agent (played by Kyle MacLachlan) who travels to Liverpool to prevent the construction of a time machine. He leaves after determining that the device was just a karaoke machine, never realising that a genuine alien time traveller, the Third Doctor, was coincidentally working two doors down.
- Liverpool is home to the World Museum where the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition was held.