Periodic table

The periodic table in class B3 of Coal Hill Academy (TV: Detained)

By the 21st century, the periodic table was a list of elements, and later, it was known as the universal periodic table when elements from other planets were discovered. (PROSE: A Bright White Crack)

Zoe Heriot regarded tellurium as an "exceptional element" on the periodic table with an atomic number of 52[1] and an atomic weight of 128. (TV: The Krotons; PROSE: The Krotons)

Señor 105 was a Mexican luchador from the 1960s who had a mask for every element stored in cubbyholes arranged in shape of the periodic table. He made a new mask and added another number to his name following the discovery of each new element. (PROSE: Iris Wildthyme y Señor Cientocinco contra Los Monstruos del Fiesta)

There were at least 118 elements on the periodic table. Physicist Ed claimed to have created element 119 of the periodic table on at least three occasions — although the atoms never lasted more than two picoseconds — and wanted to name it Unobservium before it was properly discovered. He believed it was a better name than ununquadium or ununhexium. (PROSE: The Big Crunch)

Captain Christina Morgenstern identified six elements from six alien periodic tables in the Hen's Tooth nebula. (PROSE: Grimm Reality)

The periodic table in Chris Parson's lab. (TV: Shada)

According to the Fourth Doctor, the periodic table was first published in 1872 and had many scientific revelations in it. When archaeologist Horace Stockwood wasn't familiar with it, the Doctor stated that "anyone who claims to be a scientist and who hasn't heard of the periodic table is not so much walking as crawling - rather rapidly back into the Dark Ages." (PROSE: Eye of Heaven)

In the 1955, ten-year-old Henry Bergson wanted a chemistry set for Christmas but his father didn't believe in him and claimed he couldn't afford it. In this timeline, Henry Bergson ended up homeless by 1975 but could still remember every component of the set, including a poster of the periodic table. The Seventh Doctor and his companions altered the timeline by giving Henry the chemistry set as a child, leading to him becoming an important biologist whose research defeated a Kellenian invasion of Earth. (PROSE: Presence)

In 1979, there was a periodic table labelled with atomic numbers on the wall of Chris Parsons' lab. It listed 104 elements, with element 105 left blank. (TV: Shada) Element 105 was disovered in 1968 and named dubnium in the 1990s. (PROSE: Iris Wildthyme y Señor Cientocinco contra Los Monstruos del Fiesta)

with atomic numbers
H1 (H)1 He2
Li3 Be4 B5 C6 N7 O8 F9 Ne10
Na11 Mg12 Al13 Si14 P15 S16 Cl17 Ar18
K19 Ca20 Sc21 Ti22 V23 Cr24 Mn25 Fe26 Co27 Ni28 Cu29 Zn30 Ga31 Ge32 As33 Se34 Br35 Kr36
Rb37 Sr38 Y39 Zr40 Nb41 Mo42 Tc43 Ru44 Rh45 Pd46 Ag47 Cd48 In49 Sn50 Sb51 Te52 I53 Xe54
Cs55 Ba56 La*57 Hf72 Ta73 W74 Re75 Os76 Ir77 Pt78 Au79 Hg80 Ti81 Pb82 Bi83 Po84 At85 Rn86
Fr87 Ra88 Ac⁑89 Ek104 105
* Ce58 Pr59 Nd60 Pm61 Sm62 Eu63 Gd64 Tb65 Dy66 Ho67 Er68 Tm69 Yb70 Lu71
Th90 Pa91 U92 Np93 Pu94 Am95 Cm96 Bk97 Cf98 Es99 Fm100 Md101 No102 Lr103

When history teacher Barbara Wright teased Ian Chesterton for not having learned the British monarchy as a schoolboy, the science teacher retorted about schoolgirls not learning the periodic table. (PROSE: The Plotters)

When the Eighth Doctor had partial amnesia following his destruction of Gallifrey, he could remember "useless bits of information" like the periodic table. (PROSE: Halflife) He could even sing the periodic table to the tune of "The Modern Major General". (PROSE: Grimm Reality) While stranded on Earth, the Doctor hid a safe behind a framed copy of the periodic table in the 1980s. (PROSE: Father Time)

Archaeologist Ernest Fleetward discovered parts of a humanoid skeleton around the world made of crystals which did not fit in the periodic table and established crystallography. The Eighth Doctor convinced him to present his findings in early 2004. (PROSE: Sometime Never...)

Toshiko Sato's metallurgy tests on a Vondraxian orb revealed that it shared properties with titanium and zinc but the actual metal was found nowhere on the periodic table. (PROSE: Trace Memory)

Physics teacher Andrea Quill had a poster of the periodic table in class B3 of Coal Hill Academy. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die et al.)

Technical Services Supervisor Alex Bannen analyses indicated all super-heavy elements of the periodic table were abundant on Lucifer and were used to power the Lift and Moloch's interior sun. His goal for Project Eden was to get the Angels to tell him how and where they were produced and stabilized as well as obtaining samples. (PROSE: Lucifer Rising)

Chief Scientist Whitfield could recite the whole periodic table as a child. This fact helped her know she was the same person after using a transmat that broke her body down at one end and reassembled it on the other. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)

Bernice Summerfield knew that teaching machines could make you know the elements in the periodic table but not how to apply the list of information. (PROSE: A Game of Soldiers)

An incarnation of the Doctor from an alternate universe saw a copy of the periodic table in Pallant's diary. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors)

Chaos matter was an element on the universal periodic table, which could be used to disrupt the gravity of entire planets. The element was found exclusively on the planet Alma. (PROSE: A Bright White Crack)

Behind the scenes[]

Element 114 (Ek) on Chris Parsons' periodic table (TV: Shada)

  • The periodic table the Fourth Doctor is referring to in PROSE: Eye of Heaven was actually published a year earlier, in 1871.
  • The Eighth Doctor references "The Elements" by Tom Lehrer in PROSE: Grimm Reality.
  • The periodic table seen in TV: Shada shows element 104 (Ek) in place of Rutherfordium (Rf), a possible reference to its hypothetical name: eka-hafnium.
  • The poster seen in Class is the Royal Society of Chemistry Periodic Table Wallchart.[1] It appears to be the 2013 version, as the version with elements named in 2016 was released in early 2017 after the series was filmed, and indeed before it aired.


  1. Zoe said 50 in the episode, cutting herself off when she saw a Kroton. She finishes saying 52 in the novelisation.