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Nurse Who? was the eleventh story of The Many Lives of Doctor Who, published in 2018.


An alien bomb in ancient Greece, with some Sontaran interference, which found its way into the British Museum, was booby trapped with praxis gas, which poisoned the Tenth Doctor when he deactivated it. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, recruited as nurse by Cindy Wu, saved him with natural Quercetin in food and tea. The Doctor in turn helped her with the next step for her life's dream of becoming a doctor.



  • Anderson will begin her career at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. She will pave the way for an Act of Parliament allowing all women to practice as doctors.

Story Notes[]

  • Considering the framing device of the the comic collection this was originally published in focusing on the "birth" of the first female Doctor, the title of this story was likely intended as a direct poke at a common slogan used by eristic opponents of the concept of the Doctor undergoing a sex change regeneration; "it’s Doctor Who, not Nurse Who!". If it is to be taken this way, the deliberate mocking irony is apparent, since the slogan implies that women cannot be doctors, only nurses, and this story focuses on a real word pioneering woman doctor.