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A submarine hits the sea bed, under the power of the Sea Devils. (TV: The Sea Devils)

A submarine or U-boat was a ship designed to operate underwater. Submarines could be used as either warships or research vessels.

In 1492, the Fourth Doctor claimed that Leonardo da Vinci's submarine design wasn't practical. (TV: The Masque of Mandragora)

The Twelfth Doctor thought a submarine that didn't fly was annoying, wanting to invent one that could do so himself. (TV: Hell Bent)

British subs[]

In the early 19th century, Sir Adrian Stapleford tried to develop a submarine for the Royal Navy. His assistant Sam and he nearly suffocated in it when Lord Trumpsworth sabotaged it. They were rescued by the Fourth Doctor, who convinced Adrian to discontinue work on the craft. (COMIC: The Emperor's Spy)

The first British submarine was launched in 1901, as was announced in the copy of The Times the Fifth Doctor found aboard the S.S. Shadow. (TV: Enlightenment)

In the 1970s, Captain John Hart sent out a submarine expedition led by Commander Ridgeway to search for the Sea Devils. The Sea Devils captured the submarine and its crew, but the Third Doctor helped free them. (TV: The Sea Devils)

A bathyscaphe was a type of submarine that the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw used to reach the Carpanthan city. (COMIC: The Fishmen of Carpantha)

Some time later, a group of Daleks based underneath Antarctica used a captured nuclear submarine, the USS Jefferson to attack Sydney as part of their plan to use the city as a base from which to convert humans into Daleks and conquer Earth. (COMIC: *Sub Zero)

Some time later, the Master used time-displaced Scottish warriors to seize a nuclear submarine and threaten Britain with obliteration if he wasn't given the Doctor's TARDIS. (COMIC: The Glen of Sleeping)

In 2006, Mickey Smith launched Harpoon missile UGM-84A from the submarine HMS Taurean at 10 Downing Street. (TV: World War Three)

In 2119, the Drum had a submarine. (TV: Under the Lake)

German U-boats[]

During World War I, a German U-boat, the U-20, sank the RMS Lusitania on 7 May 1915, which precipitated the entry into the United States of America into the First World War. (AUDIO: The Sirens of Time)

In July 1915, the U-29 transported Victor von Stein and Ingrid Karnstein to Haiti. (PROSE: White Darkness)

In 1917, the Eleventh Doctor, Edward Anderson and Lord Hellcombe escaped in a U-boat and fired a torpedo to damage a Dalek flying saucer underwater. It was damaged by Aqua-Daleks. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

In World War II, a German U-boat patrolling the English Channel in 1943 was sent forward in time to October 1964, where it threatened to torpedo the Isle of Wight ferry. Sir Toby Kinsella of the Intrusion Counter-Measures Group ordered Group Captain Ian Gilmore and his squad to investigate and render assistance to the personnel of the nearby Lanchester Naval Base. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

Another U-boat sank the ship on which Alfred Beadle served. (PROSE: Nightshade)

At some point, Alec Palmer was involved in operations in the North Sea to disrupt U-boats. (TV: Hide)

U-147 was among the various ships captured by the Daleks. Its crew was brainwashed and the U-boat took part in the Daleks' raid on Sydney Harbour during the 1970s. (COMIC: *Sub Zero)

Other human subs[]

In 1983, the frozen body of Grand Marshall Skaldak was picked up and revived in the Firebird, a Soviet submarine. (TV: Cold War)

In 1993 on a parallel world, Silurians used Kronosaurs to harass the remaining human submarines. (PROSE: Blood Heat)

In 2006, the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness investigated the decommissioned submarines at an abandoned Russian naval base. (PROSE: The Deviant Strain)

Extraterrestrial subs[]

The First Doctor examines a Voord submarine. (TV: "The Sea of Death")

In 2594, the SSSSSSS used a submarine to explore Tyler's Folly. (PROSE: Down)

On Marinus, the Voord used small one-man glass submarines to get to the Conscience of Marinus. One of these submarines fractured, as a result of which the acid sea consumed the Voord within — leaving only their protective suit. (TV: "The Sea of Death")

On Olleril, Luminus was based on a submarine called the Gargantuan. (PROSE: Tragedy Day)

On one planet, the Daleks tested the prototype of their Dalesub, which crashed on the ocean floor, killing the crew. A thousand years later, Jeff Stone and the crew of Bathylab 3 discovered and repaired the Dalesub, taking it for themselves. (COMIC: The Super Sub)

The planet Viksa had distinctive submarines. (PROSE: Ring Theory)