A prime minister was a head of government.
As the leader of that group, they had chief fiduciary responsibility to the sovereign, and therefore enjoyed frequent communication with their monarch — as could be seen in the relationship of, say, Richelieu with Louis XIII. (AUDIO: The Church and the Crown) Additionally, the prime minister held the responsibility of setting the Cabinet's agenda and speaking to the public on its behalf. (TV: World War Three, Victory of the Daleks)
United Kingdom Edit
- Main article: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
The Doctor had numerous encounters with various British Prime Ministers, most notably Winston Churchill, who encountered several of the Doctor's incarnations, (TV: Victory of the Daleks, AUDIO: The Oncoming Storm, Hounded, The Chartwell Metamorphosis) Harriet Jones, who was deposed by him, (TV: The Christmas Invasion) and Harold Saxon, who was the Doctor's long-time nemesis the Master in disguise. (TV: The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords)
- Main article: Prime Minister of India
The Indian government was also headed by a Prime Minister. In 1984, the position was held by Indira Gandhi. As she told the Egyptian Pharaoh Erimem, Peri Brown considered her to be an effective female leader in contrast to her British counterpart and contemporary Margaret Thatcher. Given that Erimem was from the 14th century BC, she had unsurprisingly never heard of either Gandhi or Thatcher. (AUDIO: The Eye of the Scorpion)