Spoilers are precisely defined here. Rules vary by the story's medium. Info from television stories can't be added here until after the top or bottom of the hour, British time, closest to the end credits roll on BBC One. Therefore, fans in the Americas who are sensitive to spoilers should avoid Tardis on Sundays until they've seen the episode.



Moscow was a city in Russia, a human nation of Earth, and the Soviet Union, during the 20th century. It was the capital city for the various political powers that ruled Russia.

Time zone[]

Moscow's time zone was five hours behind China, two hours ahead of France and three hours ahead of GMT, the time zone of the United Kingdom. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem)


19th century[]

The Eighth Doctor met a girl, Dusha, living in Moscow during Napoleon's advance on the city, whom he later found was the emotional half of a Magellan who had been divided and exiled from the future to two different time zones. (PROSE: Emotional Chemistry)

20th century[]

In 1907 or 1908, three women were murdered in Moscow in a similar manner to the deaths recorded previously in St Petersburg and soon to be repeated in London by Charrl invaders. (PROSE: Birthright)

Anna met Sir George Harding at the British Embassy in Moscow in the early 20th century. (PROSE: The Clockwise Man)

In 1941, Nazi Germany launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, with their target being Moscow. However, the winter set in as they neared Moscow, which brought the Wehrmacht to a halt and allowed the Red Army to push them back from the city. (PROSE: Just War)

The Eighth Doctor visited Moscow in 1951. (PROSE: Endgame)

21st century[]

Moscow was among the locations which participated in Earth's millennium celebrations, with coverage of the event being broadcast on British television. (TV: Fragments) During the first seconds of 1 January 2000, Moscow, along with the rest of the world, was nearly destroyed by the Eye of Harmony. (TV: Doctor Who)

Moscow was the first city to become aware of a supply shortage when the T-Mats stopped functioning. (TV: The Seeds of Death)

The Fifth Doctor visited Moscow some time in the 21st century. (AUDIO: Singularity)

The Eighth Doctor visited Moscow in 1812 and 2024. (PROSE: Emotional Chemistry)

Moscow was one of ten major cities across the world, all of which had underground railways, where Coldfire Construction built a reactor within a period of 18 months as part of a plot by the Slitheen to drain the Sun's energy, operated by at least one Slitheen disguised using a skin suit made from a local. At somepoint in 2008, after Sarah Jane Smith foiled the Slitheen with the help of her friends at Park Vale Comprehensive School at Ealing in London, she contacted UNIT so they would clear up the Coldfire sites. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

A map showing the location of Moscow appeared on a screen a UNIT HQ in Geneva. (TV: The End of Time)

During the 2010s invasion of Earth by parallel universe Cybermen, Moscow was among the cities where they struck. (AUDIO: Master of Worlds)

In the 21st century, a US operative residing in Moscow was attacked by a Kasaavin. (TV: Spyfall)

Alternate timelines[]

In an alternative timeline created by the Players in which the Duke of Wellington was assassinated on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, Napoléon Bonaparte conquered Russia at some point after 1815. A victory parade was held in his honour in Moscow. While in Moscow, Napoléon contracted pneumonia, of which he eventually died. (PROSE: World Game)

In an alternative timeline in which Nazi Germany won World War II as a result of the Seventh Doctor and Ace accidentally leaving laser technology in Colditz Castle in October 1944, the Nazi scientists were able to refine uranium and create nuclear weapons. They subsequently bombed Moscow, forcing the surrender of the Soviet Union and winning the war for Germany. (AUDIO: Klein's Story)

In an alternate timeline where the Daleks, led by the Master and the Dalek Time Controller, took over Earth from Paris in 1921, Moscow became one of the main centres of Dalek production. There was initial resistance from the humans but they were eventually quelled with fires across the city remaining by 1961. By that time, the planet had become "New Skaro" with the remaining humans being forced to construct the Daleks' factories alongside alien slaves such as Sontarans and Draconians. (AUDIO: Master of the Daleks)

Behind the scenes[]