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A sword was a handheld weapon usually made of metal, not unlike a large knife. Swords were far less effective than guns, but many races used them as their initial weapon. Even when it was superseded, the sword was still carried ceremonially as a symbol of honour. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks)

A knight attacks a Dalek. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

As part of the Dalek Project, time travelling bronze Daleks engaged sword-wielding knights and horsemen in battle. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

Irongron had his sword thrown from him by Linx. His men later pointed their swords at the Sontaran. The Third Doctor himself successfully battled him with such a weapon. (TV: The Time Warrior)

The Doctor claimed to have learned sword-fighting techniques from one of Cleopatra's guards. (TV: The Masque of Mandragora) and to have practised with Richard the Lionheart, Cyrano de Bergerac and Errol Flynn. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

Morgaine's forces, the S'rax, used swords in battle. The legendary sword Excalibur was the sword of King Arthur. (TV: Battlefield)

The Sycorax used swords to fight each other in their rituals. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

Captain John Hart carried a Japanese sword with him, among other weapons. (TV: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang)

Sontarans sometimes used swords, including cutlasses. (COMIC: The Betrothal of Sontar; PROSE: What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow)

The fact that "sword" and "words" were anagrams of each other helped the Second Doctor to turn a sword into a dictionary in the Land of Fiction. (TV: The Mind Robber)

The Ice Warriors made use of swords and axes when their sonic guns were jammed by the Eleventh Doctor's sonic screwdriver. (PROSE: The Silent Stars Go By)

A green-skinned race armed with swords attempted to invade Corbo, but the swords were useless against the devil-birds. (PROSE: The Devil-Birds of Corbo)

During the Last Great Time War, swords were devolved from gunsticks on the Neverwhen planet front as a result of time phasing. (AUDIO: The Neverwhen)


In 1190, Ian Chesterton and the First Doctor had duels with Arabs. Ian won his fight and a knight killed the Doctor's assailant. (TV: The Crusade)

In 1289, Marco Polo fought Tegana to prevent him from killing Kublai Khan. (TV: "Assassin at Peking")

In 1866, Jamie McCrimmon and Arthur Terrall fought in the trophy room of Waterfield's house to challenge the location of the captive Victoria Waterfield. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)

In Auderly House, the Third Doctor and Ace fought each other with swords. He disarmed her, but she grabbed his sword (actually a segment of the Key to Time) and vanished. (COMIC: Time & Time Again)

On Fortress Island, the Third Doctor and the Master fought each other with swords. The Master lost. He threw a knife at the Doctor's back; it missed. (TV: The Sea Devils)

While posing as a robotic knight, the Third Doctor engaged in a sword fight first with Irongron, and later with both him and his second in command Bloodaxe. The Doctor came out on top, but his true identity was soon realised. (TV: The Time Warrior)

The Fourth Doctor joined in a swordfight in San Martino in 1492 to defend Giuliano against Count Federico's guards. The guards retreated after the Brotherhood of Demnos helped fight them off. (TV: The Masque of Mandragora)

The Fourth Doctor duelled with Count Grendel of Gracht on Tara. He emerged the victor, but the Count escaped by diving off the battlements of Castle Gracht into the castle's moat. (TV: The Androids of Tara)

The Fifth Doctor and the Master had a swordfight on 13th century Earth, albeit while the Master's identity was concealed. (TV: The King's Demons)

The Sixth Doctor duelled Astrolabus, and bested him, tearing open his shirt to reveal the missing star charts. (COMIC: Once Upon A Time-Lord)

The Eighth Doctor battled the Master inside the Omniversal Spectrum — with both using swords and shields as well as their souls. (COMIC: The Glorious Dead)

The Ninth Doctor sword fought two Sontarans. (PROSE: What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow)

The Tenth Doctor and Fadros Pallujikaa had a sword duel which Fadros Pallujikaa lost. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

The Tenth Doctor and the Thane had a swordfight. (COMIC: Universal Monsters)

Sacrificing himself to protect Queen Victoria, Sir Robert MacLeish attempted to hold off the Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform with a sword; he was quickly overpowered, but successfully gave the Tenth Doctor the time he needed to avenge him and protect the Queen. (TV: Tooth and Claw)

The Tenth Doctor tried to hold off a duo of Cybermen with a cutlass. (TV: The Next Doctor)

Rory Williams, as an Auton, killed a Cyberman with a sword. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

During the Battle of Demons Run, when facing the headless monks, Rory, Vastra and Jenny fought with swords. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

Robin Hood challenged the Twelfth Doctor to a swordfight, but the latter elected to use a spoon instead. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

The Twelfth Doctor also duelled Kali, and, when Kali remarked at his strength, he admitted that he had "crossed swords" with some of the "best in the galaxy". (COMIC: The Swords of Kali)

On 1807; the Thirteenth Doctor, Yasmin Khan, Dan Lewis, Zheng Yi Sao, and Sin Ji-Hun sword fight with Sea Devils led by Marsissus. (TV: Legend of the Sea Devils)