A primitive Uxariean prepares to throw a spear at the Master. (TV: Colony in Space)

A spear was a primitive weapon, usually made from a wooden shaft and a metal head. It could be used in melee combat to stab an opponent, or from range by throwing.

The spear was a weapon favoured by humans prior to the introduction of gunpowder. The Tribe of Gum in 100,000 BC used spears and threw them at the TARDIS. (TV: "The Firemaker") Irongron's men also used spears. (TV: The Time Warrior) Zaroff murdered Ramo with a spear. The guards of Atlantis also used spears. (TV: The Underwater Menace) Spears were also useful practically. Gilgamesh hunted with a spear. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys) In the 11th century, Udilf's people made spears to fight U'thai's warriors. (PROSE: The Immortals)

Other species also used spears. After the Doomsday Weapon eroded their highly-evolved culture, the primitive Uxarieans resorted to using spears. (TV: Colony in Space)

The savages of a planet the First Doctor visited used spears. (TV: The Savages) The natives of Exxilon used spears. (TV: Death to the Daleks) On Delta Magna, the Swampies carried spears and used them in a ceremonious capacity during their worship of Kroll. (TV: The Power of Kroll) On an Earth-like planet, John was captured by a hostile native tribe armed with spears. (COMIC: The Didus Expedition)

The Sevateem used spears to catch fish. (AUDIO: The Fate of Krelos)

The immortal and rapidly healing Ashtallans threw spears to one another as sport. When they met the First Doctor, one of them threw a spear at him which he barely managed to dodge. The Ashtallan soon afterwards threw the spear at Barbara Wright, fatally impaling her before other Ashtallan cells were used to heal her. (AUDIO: The Invention of Death)