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It was later used by the Thirteenth Doctor to refer to herself and her human companions Graham, Ryan and Yaz. (TV: Arachnids in the UK) These companions, who had met the Doctor shortly after she regenerated, all lived in Sheffield, (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth) and soon joined her in the TARDIS from late 2018 (TV: The Ghost Monument) to 2020. (TV: Spyfall, The Haunting of Villa Diodati) While Graham and Yaz met each other at the same time as the Doctor, they were both familiar with Ryan beforehand; Graham was the husband of Ryan's grandmother Grace, while Yaz knew Ryan from their childhood together at Redlands Primary. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
Though they had initially joined the Doctor by accident, all three chose to continue travelling with her even after she successfully returned to Sheffield. (TV: Arachnids in the UK) Their travels through time and space resulted in long periods of absence from home, however, the trio remained fixed to their present day as they periodically returned to Sheffield to check in with their friends and family into 2019 (TV: Resolution) and 2020. (TV: Spyfall)
The Doctor acted as the leader at most times, but on occasion had to use Graham as a proxy in places where women were not considered equals. (PROSE: The Good Doctor, TV: The Witchfinders) Regardless, she was always respected by her friends, who reinforced her rules. (TV: Arachnids in the UK, Demons of the Punjab, The Witchfinders)
Considering them to be the Guardians of History, (TV: Rosa) the Doctor made it a rule that they were to never interfere with events in the past when they visited, with the exception of when they needed to be part of events in order to keep time from being altered. (TV: Rosa, Demons of the Punjab, The Witchfinders, PROSE: The Good Doctor)
When the Doctor was locked up in prison and arrived 10 months late to collect her companions, Ryan and Graham settled back into their lives on Earth, while Yaz clung close to hope that the Doctor would return. After defeating the Daleks together, Ryan decided to leave the TARDIS, and Graham decided to follow suit, not wanting to continue his travels without his grandson.
The Doctor was affected by her "fam" breaking up. She gifted her two parting friends their own psychic papers, for use in their own adventures on Earth. Yaz stayed on board the TARDIS with the Doctor. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks)
The Doctor and Graham described their team as having a "very flat team structure", with each member bringing their own set of skills and areas of expertise. (TV: The Witchfinders) They believed it was better to share the burden, and work as a team. Graham told Irene Schulz that the Doctor would "probably" not have been able to save the world countless times without her friends' help. (COMIC: A New Beginning)
The Doctor served as both the team leader (TV: Arachnids in the UK, The Witchfinders) and a teacher to her friends. (TV: Rosa, PROSE: The Secret in Vault 13) Though she frequently affirmed the flat team structure (TV: The Witchfinders, Fugitive of the Judoon), when faced with a difficult decision that might end billions of lives, the Doctor admitted that, sometimes, their team structure was in fact "mountainous, with [her] at the summit in the stratosphere, alone". (TV: The Haunting of Villa Diodati) She also tried to comfort her companions at times they needed it, but described herself as "socially awkward." (TV: Can You Hear Me?) Despite her outward energy, the Doctor felt often distant from her companions, and insisted that they didn't know her very well at all. (TV: Fugitive of the Judoon)
Graham was the second oldest on the team, having years of wisdom. (TV: Rosa, Arachnids in the UK, The Tsuranga Conundrum) He was also very compassionate, defending others or trying to help them through their trauma, (PROSE: The Good Doctor, TV: Rosa, Kerblam!, It Takes You Away) even against his better judgement with someone who had hurt his family. (TV: Resolution) Graham also insisted that he knew the Doctor well, despite the Doctor's doubts. (TV: Fugitive of the Judoon) Despite his wisdom, he turned to the Doctor when seeking advice or comfort. (TV: Can You Hear Me?)
Ryan served as a pupil to the Doctor, having taken her rules to heart. (TV: Arachnids in the UK, COMIC: A New Beginning, TV: The Witchfinders, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos) He trusted, in the face of danger, that the group would always come out on top, (TV: The Tsuranga Conundrum) and often worked as an intermediary for the Doctor's thoughts and actions. (TV: Arachnids in the UK, The Witchfinders) Despite the Doctor's doubts, Ryan, of the group, was arguably the most adamant about insisting that he knew the Doctor well (TV: Fugitive of the Judoon, Revolution of the Daleks), and even comforted her about her identity shortly before leaving the Doctor. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks)
Yaz used her police officer skills in investigation and pacification to assist the Doctor in solving problems, de-escalating conflicts, and getting others to cooperate with them. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth, COMIC: A New Beginning, TV: Resolution) People in need who encountered Team TARDIS were most likely to open up to Yaz, (TV: The Ghost Monument, The Witchfinders, It Takes You Away) again due to her training. (TV: It Takes You Away) She also became bolder as she continued her travels on the TARDIS, taking (often unnecessary) risks and heading off alone. (TV: Praxeus, The Haunting of Villa Diodati) When she, Ryan, and Graham spent time on Earth after leaving Gallifrey (TV: The Timeless Children), Yaz took the initiative to find the Doctor and investigate threats to Earth. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks)
Immediately following regeneration, (TV: Twice Upon a Time) the Thirteenth Doctor fell out of her TARDIS in Sheffield in 2018. Crashing through the ceiling of a train that was being besieged by an alien energy coil, the Doctor saved Graham O'Brien and his wife Grace as well as Karl Wright from the creature by forcing it to retreat, and took charge of the situation when PC Yaz Khan arrived with Grace's grandson, Ryan Sinclair. (PROSE: Things She Thought While Falling) When Karl opted to leave without getting involved, the Doctor asked Yaz, Ryan, Graham and Grace to assist her, as she was still feeling uneasy after her regeneration, to the point that she collapsed. Waking up in Graham and Grace's house, the Doctor found that she and her new friends had had DNA bombs implanted in them, but was able to remove them and use the bombs to track the coil creature. Tracing the creature's signal to a warehouse with a Stenza transport pod, the Doctor, having lost everything in her pockets when falling out of the TARDIS, made a new sonic screwdriver using Stenza crystals and scrap metal, and then confronted the Stenza warrior, Tzim-Sha, who had arrived in Sheffield to hunt Karl as a rites of passage.
The Doctor and her friends were able to find Karl at a construction site, and the Doctor was able to trick Tzim-Sha into activating the DNA bombs that had been downloaded into him, and Tzim-Sha retreated. Unfortunately, Grace was killed when she was thrown off a crane while trying to overload the coil creature. Out of respect, the Doctor went to Grace's funeral, where she comforted Ryan. After the funeral, she went to a charity store with Ryan and Yaz, and chose a new outfit. Needing to find her TARDIS, the Doctor rigged up Tzim-Sha's transport pod, and transported herself to where she traced the TARDIS, accidentally bringing Graham, Yaz and Ryan with her. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)
Winding up on a spaceship crash landing on the planet known only as Desolation, the Doctor and her companions accompanied a duo of space racers, Epzo and Angstrom, while they finished the Rally of the Twelve Galaxies. (TV: The Ghost Monument) Managing to survive the SniperBots hidden throughout the ruins of the planet, the Doctor uncovered a sabotaged science experiment conducted by another alien race subjugated by the Stenza, who had forced them to create weapons that would eventually poison the planet and reduce it to a barren wasteland. Cornered by their Remnants, who attempted to read her mind, the Doctor destroyed them by igniting the gas in the air. After the space racers left the planet, having decided to end the race with a draw, the TARDIS returned to the Doctor with a redecorated interior, and the Doctor made to return Graham, Yaz and Ryan to their home. (TV: The Ghost Monument) However, the Doctor had some trouble piloting the TARDIS back to Sheffield due to the new controls, and made several accidental stops along the way. (TV: Rosa)
Returning to Sheffield
Stopping to watch the Sentient Nebulae on Blecplam Two and a Half in 3912, the Doctor and her friends encountered a rip in time that the Doctor recognised as the same anomaly she had encountered in her tenth and twelfth incarnations. As a hand emerged from a man asking for help from within the anomaly, the rip vanished as before, but the crew were able to track it down again to an unnamed planet, where they successfully saved the man, Dr. Leon Perkins, before being imprisoned by the Grand Army of the Just. While imprisoned, Perkins explained that he had become stuck in a time-loop when he and his superior, Dr. Irene Schulz, activated the prototypes of their "wearable time travel tech", only for his to malfunction.
Using her sonic screwdriver, the Doctor opened their containment cell and escaped with her friends. After a detour that saw them find a war room containing statues of a presumed deity called "The Judge" and what appeared to be war plans, the group finally made it back to the TARDIS safely. However, Perkins brandished a gun at them, saying that he needed their ship. (COMIC: A New Beginning)
After fourteen attempts to return to Sheffield, the TARDIS arrived in Montgomery on 30 November 1955. The Doctor noticed an influx of artron energy in the area, and decided to investigate. After Ryan was assaulted due to his skin colour, the Doctor was spared from having to interfere when Rosa Parks stepped up to alleviate the situation. When scanning Rosa revealed that she had been exposed to artron energy, and with her starting the Montgomery Bus Boycott just a day away, the Doctor decided to investigate, and found that a mass murderer from the far future named Krasko was attempting to prevent Rosa from initiating the boycott in the hope that doing so would prevent equality between races, but could not harm her or them due to a neural restrictor in his brain, forcing him to use a temporal displacement weapon instead. Engaging Krasko in a game of out doing each other, the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham were able to keep history on track, even realising that they were always part of the events, and ensure Rosa was arrested after refusing to follow James Blake's order to move seats for Graham to sit on the bus. (TV: Rosa)
The Doctor eventually got the TARDIS to Sheffield, but decided to stick around for tea at Yaz's flat after she was offered. She met Yaz's father and sister, Hakim and Sonya Khan, and went to retrieve an unclaimed package for Hakim with Ryan when Yaz left to pick up her mother. Going to the neighbour's flat, the Doctor and Ryan met Dr. Jade McIntyre, and found that the neighbour had been killed by a giant spider. When Graham arrived claiming to have found another giant spider in his house, the Doctor, Ryan and Graham were brought by Jade to her laboratory, where the Doctor found that a Robertson Luxury Hotels hotel was at the epicentre of the spider sightings. Arriving at the hotel to find Yaz and her mother, Najia Khan, being threatened by a massive spider with the hotel owner, Jack Robertson, the Doctor investigated underneath the hotel, and found that an old mine filled with waste disposed by Robertson's disposal company had caused a specimen from Jade's lab that was thought deceased to mutate.
The Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz, working with Robertson, Najia and Jade, were able to trap the entire brood of spiders in Robertson's panic room, and Robertson killed the spider mother with a gun, much to the Doctor's outrage, as the spider was already dying due to being too large to support itself. Later that night, as the Doctor prepared to depart, Yaz, Ryan and Graham returned to the TARDIS, explaining that they had all chosen to stay; Graham wished to have something to do to help him cope with Grace's passing, Ryan wanted more excitement in his life, and Yaz yearned to see more of the universe. Though the Doctor tried to persuade them to reconsider due to her dangerous lifestyle, the trio accepted the risks, pulling the dematerialisation lever together to continue their journeys as Team TARDIS. (TV: Arachnids in the UK)
The Doctor took Team TARDIS to a singing waterfall made of pink crystals, (PROSE: The Good Doctor, COMIC: A New Beginning) a unicorn sanctuary on a lost moon, the Big Bang (PROSE: The Good Doctor) and the upward tropics of Kinstarno for rain bathing. (TV: The Tsuranga Conundrum) She also outwitted carnivorous chessmen on Proxima Ceti, defused a temporal anomaly bomb on a derelict space station and escaped from 200 evil cyborg clones of Harry Houdini in a subway in New York City in 1904. (PROSE: The Secret in Vault 13) After Team TARDIS encountered the Death Eye Turtle Army, the Doctor found herself having to "profusely" apologise to Graham for taking a risk he disagreed with. (TV: Demons of the Punjab)
Hoping to stock up on spare parts for the TARDIS, the Doctor went to a junk galaxy to scavenge. While there, Graham accidentally set off a sonic mine that knocked them out for four days. Fortunately, the Tsuranga medical ship had been nearby when the mine detonated, and they had been brought on board for treatment shortly after the blast. Upon regaining consciousness, the Doctor found out that the rescue craft was on a pre-programmed route and could not take them back to the TARDIS until docking at Resus One. As the Doctor tried to find a way to get back to her TARDIS, a Pting managed to get aboard the ship, and began eating it. The Doctor stunned the Pting by making it eat a device that overloaded it with energy and ejected it into space. (TV: The Tsuranga Conundrum)
Team TARDIS travelled to the planet Gatan, arriving in the City of Radiant Stone in the midst of war. As the group split up to help a lost girl called Tondi find her mother, the Doctor and Yaz were attacked by a looter called Gorny when the Doctor asked him for directions. The Doctor was able to subdue him, but they quickly got caught in the crossfire between two enemy warriors called Tumat and Kraytos. The Doctor learned from Gorny that the two of them had been fighting for months, causing the destruction of the entire city, but upon attempting to confront them, she was grabbed by a robotic reporter called Sandola Dell and teleported to her boss, Berakka Dogbolter. Berakka revealed the history of the warriors to the Doctor and how she was using enterprise to profit off of their fighting and attempted to kill the Doctor to protect her plans, before being interrupted by Graham and Ryan. Returning to Gatan, the Doctor helped lure Tumat and Kraytos into a teleport pad and forced them to re-emerge in the same place as one combined being. With the new Chimera stopping the war, the Doctor shut down Berakka's network and bade farewell to the Chimera. (COMIC: The Warmonger)
When Ryan and Graham suggested throwing a surprise birthday party for Yaz, the Doctor went to look for a cake, balloons, and birthday candles. She bought a Sontaran Frosted Boom Cake at a bakery on Sontar, obtained some Zeppelins for balloons from London during the Blitz, and took a candled Candelabra in Paris. When the party began, the cake exploded and covered Team TARDIS in pink chocolate, but Yaz was happy nonetheless. (PROSE: Dr. Thirteenth)
At Yaz's urging, the Doctor took Team TARDIS to 1947 during the Partition of India, so Yaz could learn more about the life her grandmother, Umbreen, had before she moved to Sheffield, as Umbreen refused to talk about that time of her life. Meeting Umbreen and her fiancé, Prem, who Yaz claimed not to be her grandfather and had no knowledge of, the Doctor discovered Thijarians, a species of known assassins, near the body of a recently deceased holy man and assumed they were responsible for his death. However, the Thijarians revealed that they no longer killed, having been absent during the destruction of their planet, instead taking the role of witnesses to watch over the dying as they could not do this for their own people, and also revealed that Prem was destined to die during the Partition. Knowing history had to play out, the Doctor officiated the marriage of Prem and Umbreen in the place of the holy man, before Prem was killed on the orders of his brother, Manish, for marrying a woman of a different religion. (TV: Demons of the Punjab)
While travelling in the Time Vortex, the TARDIS was boarded by a Kerb!am Man to deliver a fez the Doctor had ordered in a previous incarnation. On the packing slip, Yaz found a message begging for help. The Doctor took the team to Kerb!am to find the source of the distress call and they began investigating the mysterious disappearances of workers. The Doctor eventually determined that the Kerb!am AI itself had sent the distress call in response to the disappearance of the employees. Shortly after making this revelation, Ryan deduced that Charlie Duffy, a maintenance worker, was behind the disappearances, and Charlie revealed his plan to have an army of Kerb!am Men deliver packages with bombs in the bubble wrap to kill Kerb!am customers and prevent automation from completely replacing a human workforce. The Doctor was able to reprogram the robots to open their own packages and detonate the explosives within, destroying the army and killing Charlie when he refused to escape with the Doctor. (TV: Kerblam!)
Attempting to see the coronation of Elizabeth I, the TARDIS instead brought Team TARDIS to Bilehurst Cragg in the 17th century, where the Doctor interfered in a witch trial, though she failed to save the accused, Old Mother Twiston, from drowning. Disgusted at the callousness of the landowner, Becka Savage, the Doctor tried getting her to see that there was no supernatural evil in her village, but the arrival of King James I hampered her attempts, especially when he dismissed her as a woman. Deciding to investigate elsewhere with Yaz while Ryan and Graham remained with King James, the Doctor visited Twiston's granddaughter, Willa, and learned of the unexpected depletion of the local fauna. The Doctor, Yaz and Willa investigated Old Mother Twiston's grave and saw her rise as a Morax. As Graham and Ryan arrived with King James and Becka in tow, the Doctor instructed Graham, Yaz and Ryan to follow the Morax as she questioned Becka. However, when she realised that Becka knew more than she was letting on, Becka accused the Doctor of being a witch, and King James ordered her drowned.
As she prepared to face a witch trial, the Doctor discovered that Becka was infected by the Morax Queen when she chopped down the lock keeping the Morax DNA imprisoned, thinking it was only a tree. Escaping her bonds after being submerged, the Doctor exposed Becka just before the Morax Queen took control of her and kidnapped King James, planning to turn him into a vessel for the Morax King. However, the Doctor was able to reactivate the prison to suck the Morax back in. Unfortunately, as the queen resisted, King James burned her with a torch, causing her to dissolve. Disgusted with the king, the Doctor refused to speak to him until she departed, with King James promising the end the witch trials and have the events in Bilehurst Cragg be stricken from the history books. (TV: The Witchfinders)
The Doctor took Team TARDIS to see the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, where she photobombed the picture of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. She then saw that Eva De Ville, who had been sent to assassinate her, was leaving the scene, but her attempt to interfere resulted in a lizard creature being taken by De Vil by mistake. Tracking De Vil, the Doctor landed the TARDIS on the Phasmatodea Cartel representative who hired De Vil and was able to retrieve the lizard creature. (COMIC: Where's the Doctor?)
Team TARDIS landed in Gaul in 451 AD after the ship passed through an energy anomaly. Graham and Ryan were separated from the others during an attack, while the Doctor and Yaz were "captured" by Attila the Hun to serve as his new "combat witches" against the power of the mysterious Tenctrama. The Doctor eventually determined that the Tencrama were survivors of a catastrophe on a distant planet who now sought to gain power from the psychic energies generated by the deaths in the wars they were escalating on Earth. The Doctor realised that the Tenctrama's process depended on them having spent the last thousand years subtly 'engineering' humanity to be suitable energy sources for them, with the result that the Tenctrama would be contaminated if they absorbed anyone who had been treated with healing technology, such as a healing gel the Doctor had used earlier. The Tenctrama were caught by surprise when they absorbed a horse that the Doctor had healed earlier, the disruption giving the Doctor time to reconfigure their equipment and project the Tenctrama energy into Earth. (PROSE: Combat Magicks)
After halting a war on the planet Lobos between the Loba and the human colonists, Team TARDIS departed in the TARDIS. When they attempted to return to retrieve Ryan's mobile phone, the TARDIS slipped almost six hundred years into the future, where the planet was now ruled by human zealots, served by slave Loba, whose religion was largely based on a misinterpreted throwaway joke made by Graham, who was worshipped by them as "The Good Doctor". First relegated to the background and having to do things through Graham's authority, the Doctor came into conflict with the ruling Temple of Tordos. She had to fight an artificially enhanced Loba Tromos to the death. In the end, the Doctor succeeded in uncovering the lie of the zealots, setting the record straight and brokering a lasting peace between humans and Loba. (PROSE: The Good Doctor)
When the TARDIS landed in 2018 Norway, Team TARDIS found Hanne, a blind girl left to fend for herself in a boarded-up house with a monster seemingly hiding in the woods outside. While trying to help Hanne find the monster, the Doctor discovered a mirror leading to another plane of existence, and ventured through it with Yaz and Graham, where they found Hanne's father, Erik, living with his supposedly deceased wife, and what appeared to be Grace. Evaluating the facts with Yaz, the Doctor realised that her grandmother's old bedtime stories about the Solitract were real and that she had discovered the living universe.
Thinking she had walked Graham into a trap, the Doctor tried to convince him and Erik to leave, but both men refused to lose their wives again, though Graham was convinced of Grace being a fake when she reacted with indifference to Ryan's safety. With everyone but Erik evacuated, the Doctor convinced the Solitract into forcibly releasing him by offering herself in his place. Now alone with the Doctor, the Solitract explained that it was not being malicious, but was, in fact, lonely and only wanted company. The Doctor convinced the Solitract that its existence was threatened by objects foreign to its universe, including her, and it reluctantly let her go. (TV: It Takes You Away)
Team TARDIS visited Adamantine, where the entire civilisation lived inside the hollowed shell underneath the planet's exterior. They soon befriended Ash, one of the native silicon-based life forms and the daughter of the planet's first scientist, Basalt. The Doctor soon determined that the civilisation was under threat as the exterior of the planet began to crack and let in water which threatened to cool the lava that Basalt's people needed to survive. While Graham and Yaz tried to calm the people, the Doctor and Ryan travelled up to the surface with Ash, learning that the cracks were caused by a mining expedition that had been "abandoned" after the original team was killed by an exploding gas pocket while leaving their equipment running. The Doctor was able to contact the original company and obtain the necessary command codes to shut down the equipment and use it to repair the worst of the damage threatening Basalt's home city. (PROSE: Molten Heart)
When the TARDIS picked up nine separate distress signals from planet Ranskoor Av Kolos in 5425, the Doctor took interest in the fact that everyone kept ignoring them and took Team TARDIS to investigate. Finding Greston Paltraki alone in his ship with memory problems and a strange package, the Doctor helped restore his memory, and he remembered that he was on a rescue mission just as Tzim-Sha contacted him, demanding Paltraki give back what he stole in return for his crew's safety. The Doctor had Paltraki led her and her companions to Tzim-Sha's base for a prisoner exchange and Graham told her that he planned on murdering Tzim-Sha to avenge Grace, with the Doctor threatening to expel him from the TARDIS if he did, though he still planned to do it.
Arriving at Tzim-Sha's "edifice", the Doctor took the package directly to Tzim-Sha and learned that, after the DNA bombs caused his teleporter to malfunction and strand him on Ranskoor Av Kolos, he had fooled the Ux, a rare species capable of dimensional engineering through pure thought, into seeing him as their god. He convinced them to use their powers to heal him from his near-death and create a weapon that could miniaturise planets, killing the inhabitants in the process, so that Tzim-Sha could take revenge on worlds that had opposed the Stenza. However, the Doctor, with help from Yaz, was able to get the Ux to see their mistake and return the planets to their original places. With the planets' return stabilising the universe, the Doctor found that Graham and Ryan had trapped Tzim-Sha inside one of his own trophy cases as punishment, with the Ux sealing the edifice to ensure no-one would be able to free him. (TV: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos)
After enjoying nineteen historical New Year's celebrations, Team TARDIS was alerted to spatial shifts in Sheffield, and met Mitch and Lin at an archaeological site in the sewers, where the Doctor obtained DNA from slime on the wall. Deciding to go to Graham's house, Team TARDIS found Ryan's absent father, Aaron, had arrived to reconnect with his son. After Ryan left to hear his dad out, the DNA analysis in the TARDIS completed, and the Doctor found that it belonged to a Dalek. Tracking down Mitch, the Doctor learned that the Dalek had been buried on Earth since the 9th century and that it was controlling Lin. Resolving to stop the Dalek after Ryan returned, the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Mitch, accidentally leaving Graham behind with Aaron, tracked Lin to a warehouse, where the Dalek had constructed a new casing from scrap.
Revealing her identity to the Dalek, the Doctor demanded the Dalek leave the planet while it had the chance, but it refused. Collecting Graham and Aaron, the Doctor tracked the Dalek to the Government Communications Headquarters, where she and her team melted the Dalek's casing with Aaron's microwave oven. The victory was short-lived when the Kaled mutant inside took control of Aaron's body, forcing the Doctor to take it back to Skaro. However, the Doctor opened the TARDIS doors into a supernova, removing it from Aaron. (TV: Resolution)
On a whistlestop tour of the Seven Wonders of the Universe, Team TARDIS arrived in the Jewelled City of Glude to find it a burning wreck, before witnessing the destruction of the Twelve Moons of Dhost by missile. The Doctor tracked the source of the destruction back to a film director in Follyrood, who had filmed the destruction for use in his new movie starring Errol Flynn. The Doctor unleashed a box of data bugs, who lived on Dhost, that destroyed the director's film equipment and put an end to his destruction spree, and his career. (COMIC: The Greatest Movie Never Made)
Attempting to reach the Ninth Moon of Quezzeltrax, Team TARDIS accidentally landed in 1601 Bohemia where they met famous astronomers Tycho Brahe and a young Johannes Kepler, joining them on a gathering of scientists laid out by Baroness Dagmar Ruskovitch. However, the Doctor noted that everyone from around the world could suddenly understand each other and that she could not remember the meeting from history. Failing to get answers out of the Baroness, she and Ryan explored the tunnels of the castle where they saw a mysterious ritual and were psychically attacked by a monk called Dominik. However, the Doctor was able to turn the attack back on him, knocking him out and giving her and Ryan time to investigate a strange marking on the floor.
When doing so, the Doctor was attacked by energy and left paralysed, unblinking and continually muttering nonsense words. She and Ryan, carrying her, were later cornered by two robed figures from Dominik's Brethren, which Ryan revealed to be made of stone. With the castle's guards attacking as well, the Doctor came around and helped fend them off. Rejoining the rest of her friends, the Doctor finally encountered Ruskovitch. With the Doctor trapping her, Ruskovitch revealed that she was not, in fact, summoning a huge, twisted figure in the castle's cavern, but trying to prevent it from appearing, just as it fully manifested in the form of the Doctor herself. (COMIC: Herald of Madness)
Letting the TARDIS pick their next destination, the team arrived at an alien amusement park where Graham took part in and lost a rigged Bevivian game of chance, securing him a place amongst the prize pool full of other unlucky players. Using her sonic screwdriver to re-rig the game in her favour, the Doctor won the game, freeing Graham and the other prize pool hostages. (COMIC: Meet the Fam!)
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