Arrival on Mars Edit
In 1881, Colonel Godsacre - under whom Catchlove was serving - discovered an interplanetary vessel in the South African veldt. On board was an injured Ice Warrior which Godsacre named "Friday". Friday promised the men Martian treasures in exchange for help repairing his ship, enabling them to reach the Red Planet. The ship crashed upon landing, leaving the soldiers stranded on Mars.
Taking over command Edit
Aware of Godsacre's desertion at Isandlwana and subsequent "bungled" hanging, Catchlove used Godsacre's secret to blackmail him. Catchlove revealed the Colonel's cowardice to his men and had Godsacre, the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts arrested and locked in a cell.
The group were freed by Friday. Catchlove had lied about the state of the ship, and attempted to make an escape by holding Iraxxa hostage. The treacherous Captain Catchlove was shot dead by his own Colonel. (TV: Empress of Mars)
When he first introduced himself to the Twelfth Doctor and Bill, Catchlove came off as a charming and gentlemanly man. However, his act quickly faded as events progressed. He showed himself as authoritarian, frequently breaking rank and taking command in Godsacre's place. He had also been blackmailing the latter for an undetermined amount of time.
He was highly fond of himself, to the point of egocentrism. Catchlove at times referred to himself at the third person and proudly proclaimed his own name in grandiose fashion. He was deeply offended when the Doctor referred to humans as "primitives" from an Ice Warrior's perspective and reacted by pointing his gun at Iraxxa.
However, the most prominent trait of his character was his cowardice and ruthlessness. Once he realised the British Army stood no chance against the Ice Warriors, he was more than willing to save his own life and leave the others to die. He even used Vincey as a human shield when an Ice Warrior had its weapon aimed at him and forced the young soldier to take the blast for him. He also took Iraxxa hostage and started showing slight nervous ticks, possibly indicating he was starting to lose his sanity. Ultimately, he was executed by Godsacre for his crimes, whom he had ironically called a coward before. (TV: Empress of Mars)