In 1770, the Endeavour approached the South Island of New Zealand with the First Doctor and Ian Chesterton on board. Sailing along the coast and around the South Cape, the crew were initially unable to anchor anywhere along the coast, and later Ian was pushed overboard by Joseph Banks — who was unintentionally influenced by Susan's lingering telepathic abilities from her encounter with the Sensorites — which led to Ian becoming desperately ill following the effects of hypothermia. Once he had awoken, they had left New Zealand and were en route to Australia. (AUDIO: The Transit of Venus)
In the 1910s, New Zealand, as part of the British Empire, was involved in World War I. Along with Australia, their soldiers made up the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) which fought alongside the British Army. In 1915, ANZAC fought the forces of the Ottoman Empire in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. (PROSE: Direct Action)
On 24 December 1953, a train bound for Auckland derailed near Tangiwai. The Sixth Doctor saved Matiu (a time traveller from 2004) from the onrushing water the next day, and helped bring him to Tangiwai. (PROSE: Water's Edge)
While in Barnes Common in 1963, Ian Chesterton thought that a warm fire and a supper prepared by his landlady seemed as far as away as New Zealand. (PROSE: Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks)
On Christmas Eve 2008, when Astrid Peth called Earth beautiful, the Tenth Doctor stated that the Pyramids of Egypt and New Zealand were beautiful, not the street of London on which they were standing. (TV: Voyage of the Damned)
When all the residents of the Hawkshaw Manor nursing home went missing (due to the fact that they had been teleported off world by the Eleventh Doctor), the cover story revealed that they had all emigrated to New Zealand. (COMIC: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night)
Behind the scenes
- Both Anna-Louise Plowman, who portrayed Diana Goddard, and writer David Bishop were born in New Zealand.
- New Zealand was the first country to buy Doctor Who.
- Selling Doctor Who - BroaDWcast. BroaDWcast (6 June 2014). Retrieved on 25 August 2014.