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Meteorite spotting with UNIT - Spearhead from Space - BBC

UNIT watches supposed meteorites fall towards Earth. (TV: Spearhead from Space)

A meteorite was, in the words of expert Liz Shaw, "the debris from comets". Most did not reach the Earth's surface, but rather burnt up in the atmosphere. (TV: Spearhead from Space) According to John Smith, meteorites always looked close "when actually they're miles off". (TV: Human Nature) Once an asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere, it became a meteor. (TV: Detained)

Some fraction of them proved to be vessels for alien energies or entities.


It was commonly believed that a meteor wiped out the dinosaurs, but it was in fact Briggs' freighter. (TV: Earthshock)

Self-replicating robots on Zazz's moon were forced to periodically hide underground to avoid meteorite showers. (COMIC: The Gift)

The Dalek named "Metaltron", who fell to Earth's Ascension Islands in 1962, was said to have come down like a meteorite. (TV: Dalek)

According to the Ninth Doctor, the Hydra Combination which comprised the door to the observation deck on Satellite Five was reinforced against meteors. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)


One of the segments of the Key to Time was disguised as a meteor which passed through the Cronquist System where the Cronquist attached themselves to it. They collided it with a NASA shuttle and used the only survivor, Millicent Ferril, to build them a machine to transport them to Earth. The Fourth Doctor and Romana dispersed the segment, preventing this. (AUDIO: Ferril's Folly)

In 1283, a meteorite from the Jeggorabax Cluster landed in the Weserbergland Mountains of Lower Saxony, in what was later Germany. The Weserbergland meteorite housed an energy entity that became known as the Pied Piper. (TV: The Day of the Clown)

In October 1912, the town of Compton, England was destroyed by a meteorite. (AUDIO: The Fog)

Plastic Meteorites

Plastic Meteorite of the Nestene Consciousness crashing down through the atmosphere. (TV: Spearhead from Space)

On 10 November 1913, the Family of Blood arrived at Farringham in an invisible spaceship. John Smith dismissed it as a meteorite. (TV: Human Nature)

In the 1970s, the Nestene Consciousness fashioned plastic meteorites and sent them to Earth to prepare for an invasion. (TV: Spearhead from Space)

In 1976, a meteorite landed in New York City's Central Park, temporarily giving Alice Trefusis super-powers. (AUDIO: Starfall)

Sex Gas came to Earth in a meteorite which fell near Cardiff. (TV: Day One)

In the 2000s,[nb 1] the meteorite K67 almost impacted with the Earth, but this was averted. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?)

Chunk of meteorite

A "chunk" of meteorite in a vault. (TV: Dalek)

By 2012, "chunks" of meteorite were exhibited in Henry van Statten's Vault, as observed by the Ninth Doctor. (TV: Dalek)

In the late 21st century, Space Station W3 warned spacecraft of meteorite storms. (TV: The Wheel in Space)

In the late 22nd century, the Daleks used meteorites to spread a plague on Earth prior to their invasion six months later. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)

Behind the scenes[]

In Spearhead from Space, Liz Shaw claims that most meteorites burn up in Earth's atmosphere. In the real world, these would be called meteor, as a projectile is only classed as a meteorite if it does make contact with Earth's surface.


  1. No on screen date is given for the first two series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, outside of The Day of the Clown from the second series being set shortly after 9 October in an undisclosed year. While Donna Noble's present from the fourth series of Doctor Who is set around the same time as the first series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith from the second series of The Sarah Jane Adventures is explicitly described as being set a year after Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? from the first series, Doctor Who's fourth series is not consistently dated, with TV: The Fires of Pompeii, TV: The Waters of Mars, and AUDIO: SOS setting the present of the 13 regular episodes in 2008 (heavily implied by TV: The Star Beast and TV: The Giggle as well), and PROSE: Beautiful Chaos setting them in about April to June 2009.