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"The Doctor", a title embodying their promise to the universe, was the main alias used by a mysterious traveller of both space and time, also known as Doctor Who (sometimes abbreviated Dr. Who) and seemingly a renegade Time Lord from Gallifrey. The Doctor adventured with numerous companions in an obsolete and "borrowed" Type 40 TARDIS. They were "the universe's greatest defender", having saved the cosmos thousands of times across a long life, becoming a legend throughout the universe, and a complicated space-time event of unparalleled complexity.

Though largely a believer in non-violent conflict resolution, they were, when absolutely necessary, a great warrior. Indeed, some civilisations in the universe (e.g. the denizens of the Gamma Forests) translated the word doctor as warrior, (TV: A Good Man Goes to War [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) whilst others saw the Doctor as a compassionate benefactor, worthy of their admiration and compassion. (TV: Last of the Time Lords [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007)., The Wedding of River Song [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).)

Although they had saved untold numbers on their travels, sometimes being known as "Life's Champion", (PROSE: Vampire Science [+]Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) even in darkness, (AUDIO: Light the Flame [+]Matt Fitton, Forged in Fire (The War Doctor Begins, Big Finish Productions, 2021)., TV: Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) the Doctor was thought to have caused the deaths of billions at the end of the Last Great Time War, (TV: Dalek [+]Robert Shearman, adapted from Jubilee (Robert Shearman), Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005). as well as countless others before and after, when available options were limited and others were caught in the crossfire. (TV: Thin Ice [+]Sarah Dollard, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).)

Though most of the Daleks were destroyed on the final day of the Time War, most accounts of those final moments held that Gallifrey was hidden, rather than being burned, through the combined efforts of at least thirteen, possibly all of, the Doctor's incarnations, the first eleven of whom retained no memory of the event. (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013)., PROSE: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from The Day of the Doctor (Steven Moffat), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018)., PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual [+]Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, BBC Books (2021).) For their actions, the Time Lords granted the Doctor a new regeneration cycle, allowing them to live on after using up all twelve available regenerations in their first cycle. (TV: The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013).)

The Doctor's personal history was constantly changing and contradicting itself. (PROSE: Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) Their early life and their true species were matters of much contention, in part due to shifting timelines (PROSE: Celestial Intervention - A Gallifreyan Noir [+]Dave Rudden, Twelve Angels Weeping (BBC Children's Books, 2018).) and powerful enemies. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., et. al) The Doctor's own memories were unclear regarding their early life and origins, (COMIC: The World Shapers; PROSE: Who is Dr Who? [+]Doctor Who annual (1965)., Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) and several accounts even suggested that they had non-Gallifreyan origins, either human (TV: The Evil of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1967).; PROSE: Doctor Who and the Daleks [+]1964., The Monsters from Earth [+]The Dr Who Annual 1966 (Doctor Who annual, 1965).) or of an unknown species. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).)

According to one account, the Doctor was some form of reincarnation of the Other, a mysterious figure from Gallifrey's past who helped form Time Lord society and perfect time travel technology. The Other would later become the Doctor by looming himself. (PROSE: Lungbarrow [+]Marc Platt, adapted from Lungbarrow, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997).) Indeed, the Doctor explicitly told Davros that they were "far more than just another Time Lord", (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).) and Lady Peinforte claimed knowledge of the Doctor's actions during the Dark Times of early Gallifrey. (TV: Silver Nemesis [+]Kevin Clarke, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1 and TVNZ, 1988).)

According to another account, the Doctor was originally "the Timeless Child", a being from an unknown realm, which possibly lay within another universe. The Child was discovered by the First Tecteun early in Gallifreyan history, and had a natural ability to regenerate, which Tecteun studied and eventually replicated. Eventually the Shobogans, Tecteun's people, became Time Lords, and the origin of regeneration was covered up by the Founding Fathers of Gallifrey in favour of a "noble creation myth" instead. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).) Indeed, it was Tecteun themself who ordered that the Doctor's memories be redacted after their service to the Division was complete, which resulted in the Doctor being unaware of their true nature, (TV: Survivors of the Flux [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).) and in Time Lord civilisation being built on a lie. (TV: Spyfall [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).) This revelation, which occurred during their thirteenth incarnation, would go on to haunt them (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).) into their fourteenth (TV: Wild Blue Yonder [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and fifteenth incarnations. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

From the latter years of their first incarnation onward, the Doctor had a pronounced affinity for Earth and the human race. (TV: The Ark in Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975)., New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006)., Utopia [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) After departing Gallifrey, they voluntarily chose to spend time on Earth, (TV: An Unearthly Child [+]Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963).; AUDIO: Summer, The Haunting of Thomas Brewster) choosing it as the place of their exile for most of their third incarnation, (TV: The War Games [+]Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1969)., Spearhead from Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970).) and even owning property in Kent, (COMIC: Fellow Travellers; PROSE: Warlock [+]Andrew Cartmel, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1995)., Warchild [+]Andrew Cartmel, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1996)., The Dying Days [+]Lance Parkin, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997).) as well as London (AUDIO: The Haunting of Malkin Place, The White Room, Lost Property) and New York City. (PROSE: The Forgotten Army [+]Brian Minchin, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2010).) The Doctor favoured Great Britain in particular, frequently returning, and finding many of their companions there. (TV: An Unearthly Child [+]Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963)., Spearhead from Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970)., The Time Monster [+]Robert Sloman, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972)., Rose [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., Smith and Jones [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007)., Partners in Crime [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., et al.) Later on, the Doctor thought of themselves as Earth's protector. (TV: The Eleventh Hour [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017)., Resolution [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2019 (BBC One, 2019).) Even before the disappearance of Gallifrey, the Doctor spent much more time on Earth than on their homeworld, as "home from home". (PROSE: The Rag & Bone Man's Story [+]Colin Brake, Short Trips: Repercussions (Short Trips, 2004).; AUDIO: A Thing of Guile [+]Phil Mulryne, Infernal Devices (The War Doctor, Big Finish Productions, 2016).)

Despite the varying personality traits of each incarnation, the Doctor always retained "a bit of adrenaline, a dash of outrage and a hint of panic", which helped define who they were, (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, BBCA, Space and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2018).) and a questionable fashion sense according to many, (TV: The Power of Three [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).) along with the promise of sticking to everything that their name stood for: duty, compassion, and resourcefulness. (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).)

Trouble seemed to follow the Doctor, (TV: Inferno [+]Don Houghton, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970).) by their own admission. (TV: Marco Polo [+]John Lucarotti, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1964).) They spent much of their time bounding from one place to another, with "all of time and space" to explore, (TV: The Eleventh Hour [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010).) solving problems with whatever was at hand, (TV: Time Crash [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Children in Need Special 2007 (BBC One, 2007).) making friends (AUDIO: Companion Piece [+]John Dorney, Ravenous 3 (The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Ravenous, Big Finish Productions, 2019).) and enemies, (TV: The Pandorica Opens [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010).) and rarely looking back, (TV: Journey's End [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) always having an eye on their next destination. (TV: Utopia [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).)

During a battle with the Toymaker, the Doctor, now in their fourteenth incarnation, underwent bi-generation, a variation of regeneration that was supposed to have been a myth. During the Doctor's bi-generation, instead of changing into their next incarnation, the Doctor's fifteenth incarnation split from his fourteenth incarnation. Despite existing at the same time, however, the Fifteenth Doctor carried lived experiences from the Fourteenth Doctor's future, making the Fifteenth Doctor an older incarnation. Whilst the Fourteenth Doctor, weary from years of travelling, remained on Earth to do "rehab out of order", the Fifteenth Doctor continued to travel the universe with a rejuvenated sense of wonder. As the Fifteenth Doctor's prize for defeating the Toymaker, he was also able to split his TARDIS into two[disputed statement] for each Doctor. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

Name[]

Main article: The Doctor's aliases

The Doctor's true name remained unknown to all but a very few individuals, such as Sam Jones, (PROSE: Vanderdeken's Children [+]Christopher Bulis, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1998).) River Song, (TV: Forest of the Dead [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).) and the Master. (TV: World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) Though the Time Lords knew the genuine name of the Doctor, (TV: The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013).) they did not use it in the formal setting of the majority of their legal trials. (TV: The War Games [+]Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1969)., The Trial of a Time Lord)

According to the Saxon Master, he chose the name "Doctor" to reflect his constant desire to make people "better". (TV: The Sound of Drums [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) Missy claimed to know the Doctor's real name from their time together on Gallifrey; she said it was "Doctor Who", and the Doctor had chosen it to be mysterious but dropped the "Who" when he realised it was too on-the-nose. (TV: World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) Indeed, several accounts suggested that "Doctor Who" was a proper way to address the time traveller. (TV: The War Machines [+]Ian Stuart Black, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1966).; PROSE: Doctor Who and the Space War [+]Malcolm Hulke, adapted from Frontier in Space (Malcolm Hulke), Target novelisations (Target Books, 1976)., et. al)

The Eleventh Doctor told Clara Oswald that his real name was not so important, since he specifically chose in its place the title of "Doctor", "like a promise you make". (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).) This promise was, as the Tenth and War Doctor recited together, "Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in." (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).) The Twelfth Doctor claimed that when he originally adopted the title it was "just a name," which held no real significance until his first visit to Skaro. It was through his opposition to the Daleks that the Doctor was able to define himself and realise who he was. (TV: Into the Dalek [+]Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

The title "Doctor" was not undeserved; they did hold one or more doctorates of some sort, (TV: The Armageddon Factor [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 16 (BBC1, 1979)., The God Complex [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) formally studied medicine on at least 19th century Earth at Glasgow University, (TV: The Moonbase [+]Kit Pedler, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1967).) and frequently displayed detailed medical knowledge. (TV: The Ark [+]Paul Erickson and Lesley Scott, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1966)., Frontios [+]Christopher H. Bidmead, Doctor Who season 21 (BBC1, 1984)., The Empty Child [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., New Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006)., The Time of Angels [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., The Curse of the Black Spot [+]Steve Thompson, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) At least some versions of their sonic screwdriver performed medical scans and healed minor wounds. (TV: The Empty Child [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., The Vampires of Venice [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., A Good Man Goes to War [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) The Seventh Doctor showed knowledge on how to help someone thrown by an explosion recover quickly. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).) Although their first, (TV: ""The Forest of Fear" [+]Part of An Unearthly Child, Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963).), "Mighty Kublai Khan (6) [+]John Lucarotti, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1964).") second, (TV: The Krotons [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1968-1969).) fourth (TV: The Ark in Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).) and fifth incarnations (AUDIO: Red Dawn [+]Justin Richards, Main Range (Big Finish Productions, 2000).) had claimed not to be a doctor of medicine, their third, (TV: Spearhead from Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970).) eighth, (AUDIO: Sword of Orion [+]Nicholas Briggs, Main Range (Big Finish Productions, 2001).) ninth (COMIC: The Cruel Sea [+]Robert Shearman, DWM Comics (2005).) and tenth incarnations (TV: Utopia [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) claimed to be a doctor of practically "everything", and by their eleventh incarnation, the Doctor claimed to hold doctorates in at least medicine and cheesemaking. (TV: The God Complex [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) In their thirteenth incarnation, they claimed to be a doctor of "Medicine, science, engineering, candyfloss, Lego, philosophy, people, [and] hope. Mostly hope." (TV: The Tsuranga Conundrum [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, 2018).)

According to Evelina, the Doctor's name was written in the stars of the Medusa Cascade. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii [+]James Moran, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) Members of an unidentified race of pan-dimensional beings also knew the Time Lord's real name, at one point. (AUDIO: The Last Voyage [+]Dan Abnett, New Series Adventures Audio (BBC Audio, 2010).)

In one account, he had taken the moniker after his first contact with humans. Colonists on the medical/penal colony of Iwa began calling him "Doctor" after his arrival. He failed to correct them. After they left the planet, "the Doctor" simply kept the name he had been given by the humans. (PROSE: Frayed [+]Tara Samms, Telos Doctor Who novellas (Telos Publishing, 2003).) In another, he had already been introducing himself by that name after his first trip in the TARDIS, which gave an alternative account of meeting humans for the first time on the Moon. (AUDIO: The Beginning [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) The First Doctor responded to the name when an echo of Clara Oswald put it to him before even departing Gallifrey. (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).)

River Song believed that the Doctor had influenced the etymology of the word doctor itself; and in multiple cultures was the first recorded use of "Doctor" (TV: A Good Man Goes to War [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).)

According to Dorium Maldovar and the Silence, the oldest and most dangerous question in the universe was "Doctor who?" The Doctor's true name was apparently the answer. Dorium claimed the Doctor had been running from the question all his life. According to the Silence, "silence must fall when the question is asked," (TV: The Wedding of River Song [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) because if the question was answered, it could lead to destruction on a universal scale; through several methods, each of which were located on the planet Trenzalore. The first was that the Doctor's name could be used to open his grave and alter his timeline, potentially undoing the countless times the Doctor had saved the universe. (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).) The second was that his name could be used to confirm to the Time Lords, who were sealed in a pocket universe and had been broadcasting the question throughout the entirety of time and space, that it was safe for them to return; which could result in another Time War. (TV: The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013).)

At some point River Song learned his name, prompting the Doctor to claim that there was only one reason he ever would or could reveal it. (TV: Forest of the Dead [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) Indeed, even while spending hundreds of years in a town permeated by a Truth Field and hearing the question asked multiple times, the Doctor would not or could not answer. (TV: The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013).) However, River later stated that she "made him" tell her his true name and that it "took a while". (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).)

Clara Oswald viewed the Doctor's name in a book on the Time War, contained in the TARDIS library. She subsequently lost the information when time was rewound. (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS [+]Steve Thompson, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).)

Theta Sigma was, by some accounts, the Doctor's true name, (TV: The Armageddon Factor [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 16 (BBC1, 1979)., PROSE: K9 and the Beasts of Vega [+]Dave Martin, The Adventures of K9 (Sparrow Books, 1980)., et al.) however the Seventh Doctor later claimed that this was merely a nickname he was given at college. (TV: The Happiness Patrol [+]Graeme Curry, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).)

Moments before regenerating into the Thirteenth Doctor, the Twelfth Doctor used his last words to leave his future self some advice. Amongst these last words was that the future Doctor must not tell anyone their name, but that they couldn't understand it even if the Doctor did tell them. The Doctor went on to state that "children can hear it, sometimes. If their hearts are in the right place and the stars are too. Children can hear your name. But nobody else, nobody else ever." (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

The Thirteenth Doctor later learned from the Spy Master that in early Gallifreyan history, she had been known as the Timeless Child, the being from whom the Time Lords' ability to regenerate originated. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).)

Age[]

Main article: The Doctor's age

The Doctor's age was a matter of great confusion, as they provided many inconsistent statements. The Second Doctor once gave his age in Earth terms as 450. (TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen [+]Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 5 (BBC1, 1967).) On two separate occasions, the Third Doctor implied that he may have been several thousand years old. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970)., The Mind of Evil [+]Don Houghton, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971).) The Fourth Doctor, however, gave his age as "something like 750 years". (TV: Pyramids of Mars [+]Stephen Harris, Doctor Who season 13 (BBC1, 1975).) Immediately after his sixth regeneration, the Seventh Doctor claimed to be 953. (TV: Time and the Rani [+]Pip & Jane Baker, Doctor Who season 24 (BBC1, 1987).) The War Doctor considered himself 400 years younger than the Eleventh Doctor, who was purportedly 1,200 at that time. (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).) The Ninth Doctor claimed to be 900 years old. (TV: Aliens of London [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).) The Tenth Doctor claimed to be 903. (TV: Voyage of the Damned [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2007 (BBC One, 2007).) Also, at least prior to leaving Amy and Rory behind, (TV: The God Complex [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) the Eleventh Doctor maintained an age of 909, less than his seventh incarnation. (TV: Flesh and Stone [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., The Impossible Astronaut [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).)

The Eleventh Doctor later claimed to the Ponds that he was 1,200 years old (TV: A Town Called Mercy [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).) but clarified to Clara Oswald that he'd lived so long he'd forgotten whether or not he was lying about his age. (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).) The Twelfth Doctor, after spending 900 years defending Trenzalore, stated his age to be over 2,000. (TV: Deep Breath [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

The Twelfth Doctor spent approximately four and a half billion years (TV: Hell Bent [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).) trapped inside his confession dial in an energy loop. In each loop, the Doctor would die, providing energy to a teleporter which would "print" another copy of himself as he was when he first arrived. Although this kept his body from ageing, he claimed to remember the living through every single version of the loop. (TV: Heaven Sent [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).) He later stated to the Master that he was, in fact, four billion years old. (COMIC: Doorway to Hell)

Romana I once caught the Fourth Doctor "rounding down" his age, (TV: The Ribos Operation [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 16 (BBC1, 1978).) while the Eighth Doctor once flatly admitted that he didn't necessarily use the same definition of the word year each time he gave his age to someone, usually changing his age depending where he was in the universe. (AUDIO: Orbis)

The Eleventh Doctor once told Solomon that he was probably a Sagittarius. (TV: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).)

The Thirteenth Doctor once told her companions that she was thousands of years old and was so old she didn't even remember her true age anymore. (TV: Fugitive of the Judoon [+]Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).) She later discovered that she had once been the Timeless Child, a being with infinite regenerative capabilities that led to the Time Lords developing the ability themselves early in their history. The Doctor had her memories of this time redacted however, meaning she was far older than she thought. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).) Rassilon had previously stated that the Time Lords "held a billion years of Time Lord history on [their] backs". (TV: The End of Time [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2009 and New Year Special 2010 (BBC One, 2009-2010).) Since the Timeless Child dated back to the beginning of the Time Lords, this would make the Doctor, counting their many forgotten lives as the Timeless Child, at least a billion years old. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).)

The Fourteenth Doctor claimed to Donna that he was a billion years old. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

Family[]

Familial relations[]

Main article: The Doctor's family
This section's awfully stubby.

Proper references to the Doctor's father and mother need to be made.

River and Susan

River Song and Susan Foreman, the Doctor's wife and granddaughter, respectively. (TV: The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).)

The Doctor's familial relations were unclear at best. In early accounts, the Doctor and Susan were human, so therefore the Doctor's child who parented Susan was also human. (TV: The Sensorites [+]Peter R. Newman, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC1, 1964)., etc.) According to a couple of accounts, the Doctor was one of the forty-five cousins created by the Loom of the House of Lungbarrow on Gallifrey. (PROSE: Lungbarrow [+]Marc Platt, adapted from Lungbarrow, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997)., Celestial Intervention - A Gallifreyan Noir [+]Dave Rudden, Twelve Angels Weeping (BBC Children's Books, 2018).) At other times, the Doctor stated that he had parents, including a Time Lord father (TV: Doctor Who [+]Matthew Jacobs, Doctor Who Television Movie (Fox Broadcasting Company, 1996)., PROSE: The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998)., Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., Matrix [+]Robert Perry and Mike Tucker, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1998).) and a human mother. (TV: Doctor Who [+]Matthew Jacobs, Doctor Who Television Movie (Fox Broadcasting Company, 1996)., PROSE: Alien Bodies [+]Lawrence Miles, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997)., The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998)., Grimm Reality [+]Simon Bucher-Jones and Kelly Hale, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001)., Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., The Shadows of Avalon [+]Paul Cornell, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000)., Celestial Intervention - A Gallifreyan Noir [+]Dave Rudden, Twelve Angels Weeping (BBC Children's Books, 2018).)

However, Lady Peinforte, after reading through TARDIS Wiki, claimed that the Doctor being half human on their mother's side was "much disregarded", (PROSE: Lady Peinforte [+]Jonathan Morris, The Blogs of Doom (Panini Magazines, 2019).) and there were many accounts that insisted that the Doctor's mother was also a Time Lord. (COMIC: The Comfort of the Good [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW., et. al) "The Uncle" was the Doctor's uncle. (GAME: The Eternity Clock [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) The Thirteenth Doctor recalled once having had sisters, (TV: Arachnids in the UK [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, 2018).) though another account indicated the Doctor at least never had an older sister. (PROSE: Dragonfire [+]Ian Briggs, adapted from Dragonfire (Ian Briggs), Target novelisations (Target Books, 1989).)

The Doctor had at least one brother, Irving Braxiatel, (PROSE: Tears of the Oracle [+]Justin Richards, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1999)., AUDIO: Disassembled [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW., TV: Smith and Jones [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) who became an associate of the Doctor's companion Bernice Summerfield. (PROSE: Tears of the Oracle [+]Justin Richards, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1999).) Braxiatel was also a Cardinal of Gallifrey (AUDIO: Weapon of Choice [+]Alan Barnes, Gallifrey (Big Finish Productions, 2004).) and was the owner of the Braxiatel Collection, (PROSE: Tears of the Oracle [+]Justin Richards, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1999).) which the Doctor and Romana once compared to the Louvre in Paris. (TV: City of Death [+]David Agnew, Doctor Who season 17 (BBC1, 1979).) The Doctor had one niece by Irving Braxiatel, Maggie Matsumoto. (AUDIO: The Empire State [+]Eddie Robson, Bernice Summerfield: Single Releases (Big Finish Productions, 2006).)

At the Doctor's wedding to Scarlette in the post-War universe, the Man with the Rosette sat at the table reserved for the Doctor's family. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street [+]Lawrence Miles, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001).)

The Tenth Doctor told Sally Sparrow that he was "rubbish at weddings, especially [his] own". (TV: Blink [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow (Steven Moffat), Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) In an alternate universe, an earlier incarnation had been wed (PROSE: Cold Fusion [+]Lance Parkin, Virgin Missing Adventures (Virgin Books, 1996).) to Patience and they were said to have had fifteen children and a granddaughter, Susan. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998).)

The Doctor had, in the Tenth Doctor's own words, been "a dad" (TV: Fear Her [+]Matthew Graham, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).) and "a father". (TV: The Doctor's Daughter [+]Stephen Greenhorn, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) These children were "sons or daughters, or both." (PROSE: The Eleventh Tiger [+]David A. McIntee, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2004).) The Twelfth Doctor claimed he had "dad skills". (TV: Listen [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) Clara Oswald also claimed the Doctor had "children". (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

The Doctor also had several grandchildren, (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) including Susan Foreman (TV: An Unearthly Child [+]Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963)., et al.) and John and Gillian Who. (COMIC: The Klepton Parasites, PROSE: Beware the Trods!, et al.) Some accounts referred to Susan as "the Other's" granddaughter. (PROSE: Lungbarrow [+]Marc Platt, adapted from Lungbarrow, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997).)

At one point, the Doctor became the adoptive father to a female Time Lord named Miranda Dawkins, whom the Eighth Doctor reared until her mid-teens. (PROSE: Father Time [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001).) Miranda later gave birth to a daughter, Zezanne, and died while trying to protect the Doctor. (PROSE: Sometime Never... [+]Justin Richards, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2004).)

The Doctor also had a great-grandson named Alex, the son of Susan and David Campbell. (AUDIO: An Earthly Child) Alex went on several adventures with the Eighth Doctor and backpacked around the Earth with Lucie Miller before they were both killed by the Daleks. (AUDIO: Lucie Miller, To the Death [+]Nicholas Briggs, Eighth Doctor Adventures (Big Finish Productions, 2011).) Susan and David also had adopted children, Barbara, Ian and David Junior. (PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks [+]John Peel, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1998).)

Much of the Doctor's family died or went missing. (TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen [+]Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 5 (BBC1, 1967)., The Curse of Fenric [+]Ian Briggs, Doctor Who season 26 (BBC1, 1989)., AUDIO: To the Death [+]Nicholas Briggs, Eighth Doctor Adventures (Big Finish Productions, 2011)., TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, BBCA, Space and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2018).) After the last day of the Time War, the Tenth Doctor, while telling Donna that he'd been a father before, explained that he "lost all that a long time ago along with everything else." (TV: The Doctor's Daughter [+]Stephen Greenhorn, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) The Eleventh Doctor involuntarily reacted to Corc's accusation that he had never lost a child. (PROSE: Dark Horizons [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) Even after the Doctor realised that Gallifrey and the Time Lords were not destroyed at the end of the Time War, the Doctor still believed their missing children and grandchildren to be dead. (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014)., The Woman Who Fell to Earth [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, BBCA, Space and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2018).)

Genetic material from the Doctor in their tenth incarnation was used to create a daughter, Jenny, via progenation. The Doctor explained to Donna Noble and Martha Jones that due to the way his DNA was processed, he was Jenny's "biological mother and father". Although initially spurning her, he soon considered Jenny his daughter and invited her to travel with him in the TARDIS. Before she could join him, however, she was shot by General Cobb. The Doctor believed Jenny to have died, and departed. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter [+]Stephen Greenhorn, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) Unbeknownst to him, she survived and set out on her own life of adventure. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter [+]Stephen Greenhorn, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., AUDIO: Stolen Goods, et al.)

When the Earth was relocated to the Medusa Cascade, an instantaneous biological meta-crisis was created from the Doctor's aborted eleventh regeneration ; this meta-crisis Doctor was later was exiled by the Time Lord to an alternate universe. Technically, the meta-crisis could be considered a relative of the Doctor's. Sarah Jane Smith referred to the Doctor's companions as his family, saying, "You act like such a lonely man, but you've got the biggest family on Earth!" (TV: Journey's End [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).)

Affairs[]

The First Doctor was accidentally engaged to Cameca in the 15th century. (TV: The Aztecs [+]John Lucarotti, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC1, 1964).)

After Gallifrey was destroyed in the War in Heaven, the Eighth Doctor married Scarlette in order to ceremonially tie himself to the planet Earth. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street [+]Lawrence Miles, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001).)

The Tenth Doctor romanced and later married Elizabeth I. (TV: The End of Time [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2009 and New Year Special 2010 (BBC One, 2009-2010)., The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013)., PROSE: Suspicious Minds) She later declared him an enemy after he failed to return as promised. (TV: The Shakespeare Code [+]Gareth Roberts, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) The Tenth Doctor implied he had been married several times prior to Queen Elizabeth, as he remarked to Sally Sparrow about being "rubbish at weddings, especially [his] own". (TV: Blink [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow (Steven Moffat), Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) In his eleventh incarnation, the Doctor accidentally became engaged to Marilyn Monroe, and married her the same night in what he later claimed was not a real chapel. (TV: A Christmas Carol [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2010 (BBC One, 2010).)

River Song often hinted that she and the Doctor had a physical relationship somewhere in her past and his future relative to the Eleventh Doctor's encounter with the Silence in Florida. (TV: Silence in the Library [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)./Forest of the Dead [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., The Time of Angels [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)./Flesh and Stone [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., The Pandorica Opens [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)./The Big Bang [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., Day of the Moon [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) The Eleventh Doctor, operating a Teselecta shaped like himself, performed a "quick version" of a wedding ceremony with River because they were in the middle of a combat zone in an alternate reality. They repeatedly referred to each other as husband and wife after the ceremony. (WC: Prequel to Asylum of the Daleks [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW., TV: The Wedding of River Song [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011)., The Angels Take Manhattan [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012)., The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013)., The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013)., The Husbands of River Song [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2015 (BBC One, 2015)., AUDIO: The Boundless Sea, Five Twenty-Nine, The Eye of the Storm, PROSE: Suspicious Minds)

According to Clara Oswald, by the time of the Doctor's twelfth incarnation, he had been "married four times, all deceased". (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

Influence[]

Main article: The Doctor in popular culture and mythology

Throughout the universe[]

Along their travels, the Doctor's role in events, both great and small, left a lasting impression, being remembered as "the stuff of legend" on Earth (TV: The Christmas Invasion [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 2005).) and beyond. (TV: The Pandorica Opens [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., AUDIO: Return to Skaro [+]Andrew Smith, The First Doctor Adventures: Volume Four (The First Doctor Adventures, Big Finish Productions, 2020)., PROSE: Venusian Lullaby [+]Paul Leonard, Virgin Missing Adventures (Virgin Books, 1994).) They had a profound influence on many worlds and was written into their histories, (TV: Forest of the Dead [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., The Tsuranga Conundrum [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, 2018).) passed down, most often, with three big questions: how they vanished, who they were, and why they came to help at all. (TV: World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).)

As a result, the Doctor was the recipient of many honours, being made a noble of Draconia, (TV: Frontier in Space [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 10 (BBC1, 1973).) a knight and enemy of the British Empire, (TV: Tooth and Claw [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).) and even President of Earth under the incursion protocols. (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014)., The Pyramid at the End of the World [+]Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) The Twelfth Doctor recalled that, in one of his lives, he once pulled Excalibur from the stone, becoming "King of England for a day" before abdicating in order to hand the throne over to King Arthur. (PROSE: Silhouette [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

Many stories were developed and passed down along the Doctor's adventures. River Song was convinced every story with a "good wizard" ended up being about the Doctor. (TV: The Pandorica Opens [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010).) In fact, the Doctor was so accustomed to being made a figure in local mythology that the Thirteenth Doctor felt sidelined when it was her companion instead, Graham O'Brien, being worshipped on a return trip to Lobos. (PROSE: The Good Doctor [+]Juno Dawson, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2018).)

During their time together, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble were honoured as household gods by Lobus Caecilius and Metella in Rome, (TV: The Fires of Pompeii [+]James Moran, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) and the Ood's Song of Freedom was dedicated to them, (TV: Planet of the Ood [+]Keith Temple, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) with their stories being told and re-told all across the worlds they had saved together. (TV: Journey's End [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).)

The First

Several of the enemies the Doctor faced over their life, including the Daleks. (COMIC: The First)

Tecteun regarded the Doctor as a beacon of hope for the universe, changing worlds and inspiring rebellion wherever they travelled. Since the Doctor could not help but interfere whenever things went wrong, they frequently stood in the way of the Division's plans without knowing, becoming a power they could not account for. As a result of the Doctor's influence, Tecteun sought to end this universe, to begin again without the Doctor. (TV: Survivors of the Flux [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).)

The Doctor's influence on the universe became clear when the Eleventh Doctor's time came to need its help. The Doctor's apparent death at Lake Silencio was a fixed point in time, but River Song prolonged his final moment by refusing to take part, creating River Song's World. As time fell apart, River was desperate to save the Doctor, and built a timey-wimey distress beacon, informing all of time and space that the Doctor was dying. Responses came from all over the universe that they would help. According to her, the Doctor's impact on the universe was so profound that if he ever needed help, all he had to do was ask. (TV: The Wedding of River Song [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).)

Perhaps the Doctor's greatest influence was on their companions, who were inspired by the Time Lord to fight injustice and help those in need. (TV: Death of the Doctor [+]Russell T Davies, The Sarah Jane Adventures series 4 (CBBC, 2010)., Revolution of the Daleks [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2021 (BBC One, 2021).) Even those who had never met the Doctor were inspired by their exploits. (TV: Planet of the Dead [+]Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts, Doctor Who Easter Special 2009 (BBC One, 2009)., The Power of Three [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012)., The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013)., et al.)

Jack Harkness counted those who'd even met the Doctor as lucky, (TV: Revolution of the Daleks [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2021 (BBC One, 2021).) but Martha Jones compared the Doctor to fire, saying he was "brilliant", but getting too close meant "people get burned". (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem [+]Helen Raynor, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) Rose Tyler and Madame de Pompadour, however, agreed that "the Doctor is worth the monsters", since "you cannot have one without the other." (TV: The Girl in the Fireplace [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).)

Joan Redfern scolded the Tenth Doctor, and had him confirm that no one would have died in Farringham if he hadn't chosen that time and place, "on a whim", while fleeing from the Family of Blood. (TV: The Family of Blood [+]Paul Cornell, adapted from Human Nature (Paul Cornell), Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) By the Eleventh Doctor's time, the Doctor himself believed he put people in danger by involving them. Though Craig Owens believed the safest place to stand would be by the Doctor's side, both Craig and Alfie Owens were put in danger, and the Eleventh Doctor placed this on himself. (TV: Closing Time [+]Gareth Roberts, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).)

The First Doctor set out travelling in hopes of finding an answer to a fundamental question: how, despite all odds, good tended to triumph over evil in the universe. According to Bill Potts, the Doctor became the answer to this very question, without ever pausing to consider this. She suggested it was him "wandering around, putting everything right when it goes wrong", and that only the Doctor failed to see his own impact. Everyone else could see that, by fighting oppression wherever they went, the Doctor helped to "hold [the universe] together". (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

On Gallifrey[]

The Doctor belonged to the Prydonian Chapter, the most important chapter of Time Lord society. (TV: The Deadly Assassin [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 14 (BBC1, 1976).)

Having broken the Time Lords' non-interference policy, the Second Doctor was put on trial as a renegade. (TV: The War Games [+]Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1969).) Subsequently, for a time, he acted as an agent of the Time Lords' Celestial Intervention Agency before the beginning of his sentence on 20th century Earth. (PROSE: Players [+]Terrance Dicks, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., World Game [+]Terrance Dicks, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2005).) Following his defeat of Omega, which saved Gallifrey, he was granted a pardon and given his freedom. (TV: The Three Doctors [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 10 (BBC1, 1972-1973).) The Fourth Doctor, as part of a ploy to outwit the Decayed Master on Gallifrey, became a candidate for the position of Lord President of the Supreme Council. While he had the right to stay and keep up the title, he left after the Master's defeat. (TV: The Deadly Assassin [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 14 (BBC1, 1976)., The Invasion of Time [+]David Agnew, Doctor Who season 15 (BBC1, 1978).)

The Doctor later returned to reclaim his title and "try out" being President, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) although in truth he had only returned only to foil the Vardans' and Sontarans' attempted invasion of Gallifrey. Afterward, he quickly left, (TV: The Invasion of Time [+]David Agnew, Doctor Who season 15 (BBC1, 1978).) declaring it the worst vacation he'd ever taken. The Time Lords later reflected that the Earth had been invaded, by their count, every week during the Doctor's exile, only for Gallifrey to be invaded twice when the Doctor had arrived. As such, they were happy to see the Doctor kept away from their homeworld in the hope that they would not suffer more invasions. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) Indeed, a Time Lord messenger once admitted the Time Lords were happy to allow the Doctor his freedom to travel throughout time and space, so long as they could sometimes send him to do their dirty work, much to his annoyance. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975)., Attack of the Cybermen [+]Paula Moore, Doctor Who season 22 (BBC1, 1985).)

The Fifth Doctor was put on trial again for recklessness. (COMIC: The Stockbridge Horror) He was later given the title of Lord President by Councillor Flavia, against his wishes. He pretended to accept the office but ran away in his TARDIS. (TV: The Five Doctors [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special (Public Broadcasting Service, 1983).) The Fifth Doctor did later serve time in office on Gallifrey, and initiated various reforms for the Academy. (AUDIO: Time in Office) The Sixth Doctor was later deposed in absentia and put on trial for breaking the non-interference policy and later in the same trial, for genocide. The validity of this trial was called into question when it was discovered it had been orchestrated by the Valeyard, a future manifestation of the Doctor who intended to steal the Doctor's regenerations. (TV: The Trial of a Time Lord)

During the Last Great Time War, the Sisterhood of Karn revived the Eighth Doctor and offered him an elixir for regeneration precisely because they believed only the Doctor could save the universe from the Time War's devastating impact. Ohila pressured him to take a more active role, as the universe's final hope. She deplored the Doctor not to let this universe fall. (TV: The Night of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Specials minisode (BBC Red Button, 2013).) The ensuing incarnation, the War Doctor, was beloved by the Time Lord army, as they saw that he fought side by side with them. (TV: Hell Bent [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015)., PROSE: Decoy)

During the Siege of Trenzalore, when the Eleventh Doctor was again on the verge of death, with no remaining regenerations, the Time Lords responded to Clara Oswald's plea to help him by granting the Doctor a new regeneration cycle, (TV: The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013).) rather than allow him to die on Trenzalore, as in the original timeline. (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).) After returning to Gallifrey by means of his confession dial, the Twelfth Doctor stood against Lord President Rassilon, and deposed him, using the reputation he had gained with his fellow Time Lords during the Time War. Rassilon's own firing squad refused to execute him, intentionally misfiring. The Doctor then took over as Lord President to save Clara Oswald's life, before once more fleeing Gallifrey in a stolen TARDIS. (TV: Hell Bent [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).)

In the Thirteenth Doctor's time, the Spy Master ravaged Gallifrey when he discovered that the Doctor's earliest incarnations had been the template for all Time Lords. The Doctor herself was responsible for killing all remaining life on the planet, in order to stop the Master's Cybermen. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).)

Among their enemies[]

This section's awfully stubby.

Should mention how the Cybermen, the Sontarans, and, most importantly, the Daleks and the Master view the Doctor.

The greatest enemy of the Daleks[]

Of the many foes the Doctor encountered and bested over their travels, their most persistent and notable enemy were the Daleks, a species of xenophobic mutants native to the planet Skaro, with the Doctor and Daleks both recognising each other as each other's greatest foe. (TV: Victory of the Daleks [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010)., COMIC: Harvest of the Daleks, Defender of the Daleks) As Darla von Karlsen once observed, "first, there were the Daleks. And then, there was a man who fought them". (TV: Asylum of the Daleks [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).) In fact, the First Doctor's first visit to Skaro marked a change for both him and the Daleks; the Doctor was horrified by the evil of the Daleks, making the mutants the reason the Time Lord made it their mission to fight evil across time and space, (TV: Into the Dalek [+]Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) while their first meeting with the Doctor proved to the Daleks that life existed on other worlds, convincing them to form the Dalek Empire to spread across the stars. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro)

Thirteenth Doctor and a Dalek

The Doctor and a Dalek, greatest enemies of each other (TV: Resolution [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2019 (BBC One, 2019).)

Furthermore, the Daleks eventually learned the Fourth Doctor had been present at their genesis and nearly wiped out their species then on behalf of the Time Lords, with the Daleks viewing that action as an act of aggression that began the Last Great Time War. The Dalek Eternity Circle, however, did claim to the War Doctor that his failure to wipe them out proved to the Dalek Empire that emotion was a weakness. (PROSE: Engines of War [+]George Mann, BBC New Series tie-in novels (BBC Books, 2014). For their repeated stands and victories against the Daleks, the Doctor became seen as the sole reason the Daleks had yet to conquer all of creation. (COMIC: The Lost Dimension) Becoming the most hated enemy to a species that could only hate, the Daleks also appeared to showcase fear towards the Time Lord despite the Daleks having removed all trace of that emotion from themselves; the Doctor became known as the "Oncoming Storm" and "the Predator" amongst other names, with one Dalek drone reflecting that the Daleks had grown stronger in fear of their enemy. (TV: The Parting of the Ways [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., Asylum of the Daleks [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).)

When all knowledge of the Doctor was erased from the Dalek Pathweb for a time, the Daleks' never-ending war against the rest of existence collapsed, with the Dalek Parliament left squabbling to figure out who their forgotten arch-enemy had been. When the Dalek race's memory of the Doctor was restored during the Siege of Trenzalore, the Prime Minister of the Daleks was left in a mortified, insane state that made the current Dalek Supreme execute it to take control of their empire. (TV: The Time of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013 (BBC One, 2013)., PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).) Missy once reflected that, out of all of the Doctor's enemies, it was the Daleks who hated them the most, (TV: The Witch's Familiar [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).) and the Thirteenth Doctor declared encounters with the Daleks personal affairs. (TV: Resolution [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2019 (BBC One, 2019).) In fact, fighting the Daleks helped her to rediscover her identity as "the Doctor" after being shaken by secret truths, stating "I'm the Doctor, I'm the one who stops the Daleks". (TV: Revolution of the Daleks [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2021 (BBC One, 2021).)

Cybermen[]

Cyber-Leader vs the Doctor

The Fourth Doctor stands up to a Cyber-Leader during the pursuit of Voga. (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen [+]Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).)

The Doctor also became a consistent enemy to the Cybermen, a race of human cyborgs who sought to survive and upgrade others to "become like [them]". (TV: Rise of the Cybermen [+]Tom MacRae, adapted from Spare Parts (Marc Platt), Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).) A Neomorph Cyber-Leader observed that the Doctor, in contrast to the Time Lords' non-interference policy, did "nothing else but interfere". (TV: Earthshock [+]Eric Saward, Doctor Who season 19 (BBC1, 1982).) Despite only encountering him one time prior, the Cybusmen of Pete's World quickly recognised the Doctor as an enemy, with Cyber-Leader One telling the Tenth Doctor that he was proof that emotions were destructive. (TV: Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).) The Twelfth Doctor once claimed that legends spread about his stands against the Cybermen, proclaiming that "There's only ever been one way to stop [a massive army of] Cybermen. Me!" (TV: The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).)

Whereas most Cybermen regarded the Doctor as proof of the weakness and destructive nature of emotion, (TV: Earthshock [+]Eric Saward, Doctor Who season 19 (BBC1, 1982)., The Age of Steel [+]Tom MacRae, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006)., Doomsday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One, 2006).) the CyberReaper saw the Doctor as someone who lacked in emotion and aspired to be like the Doctor, whom it declared to be "the ultimate warrior". The CyberReaper engineered the Reality Virus plot to make the universe so chaotic that peoples would willingly ask for conversion, but it also intended the plot as a way to make the Doctor chose between compassion or "a warrior's heart," as the Doctor would need to sacrifice the new realities the virus made to stop the Cybermen. When the CyberReaper encountered the Thirteenth Doctor, she mocked the Cybermen for the many times she had defeated them and declared the Cybermen still failed to understand the importance of emotions. In response, the CyberReaper outlined its opinion of her, much to her horror. The Doctor was unable to bring herself to destroy the new realities, resulting in a human companion making the choice for her. (GAME: The Edge of Reality [+]Gavin Collinson, adapted from The Edge of Time, Playstack (2021).)

Amongst the Sontarans[]

The Sontaran Empire came to see the Doctor as their archenemy (TV: War of the Sontarans [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).) despite their never-ending war with the Rutan Host. The Doctor was thus recognised as a priority target, although the Doctor's actions during the Time War were spread amongst the Sontarans as legends. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem [+]Helen Raynor, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) Commander Skaak of the Sontaran Empire regarded the Doctor as "treacherous vermin". (TV: War of the Sontarans [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).)

The Master[]

Missy claimed to Clara Oswald that she had "always" cared about the Doctor and that she was their friend, that they shared a friendship older and "infinitely more complex" than Clara's civilisation. When Clara disputed her claim, noting that she had tried to kill the Doctor, Missy retorted that the Doctor had tried to kill her, likening as "sort of [their] texting" and that they had "been at it for ages". She chided Clara for the "disgusting" suggestion that they were in love, telling her to try to "rise above the reproductive frenzy of [her] noisy little food chain". (TV: The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015).)

Confronting the Third Doctor, the Master admitted that he was "almost" his intellectual equal. (TV: Terror of the Autons [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971).) The "Tremas" Master once reflected that "a cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about." (TV: The Five Doctors [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special (Public Broadcasting Service, 1983).) Whilst evaluating the Doctor's first seven incarnations, he regarded the Third Doctor as a worthy foe, while lamenting that the Seventh Doctor's cunning and ingenuity were wasted on a "stubborn streak of goodness". (GAME: Destiny of the Doctors [+]Hannah Redler, Gary Russell, Terrance Dicks and Andy Russell, BBC Multimedia (1997).)

The Third Doctor introduced the Master as his "best enemy" to Sarah Jane Smith. (TV: The Five Doctors [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special (Public Broadcasting Service, 1983).) The "Spy Master" later introduced himself to the Thirteenth Doctor's companions as such. (TV: Spyfall [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).) The Doctor always had a great effect on the Master, to the point where Missy began to give up her dark ways and stand up for what was "kind" through a series of discussions and adventures with the Twelfth Doctor. Fully embracing the idea that it was time "to stand with the Doctor", she was killed at the hands of the "Saxon" Master (TV: The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) but regenerated into a new incarnation who called herself "the Lumiat", embracing the new start as a way to do good in the universe, only for a younger version of Missy to kill her. (AUDIO: The Lumiat [+]Lisa McMullin, Missy: Series Two (Missy, Big Finish Productions, 2020).) The "Spy" Master, who returned to the dark ways that Missy and the Lumiat began to move past, (PROSE: The Doctor vs the Master [+]Paul Lang, Doctor Who annual (2020)., AUDIO: The Lumiat [+]Lisa McMullin, Missy: Series Two (Missy, Big Finish Productions, 2020).) hated the Doctor more than ever before after learning about the Timeless Child. (TV: The Timeless Children [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 12 (BBC One, 2020).)

A universe without the Doctor[]

River Song believed that "all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark" if the Doctor ever gave up on helping other people, (TV: Forest of the Dead [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) and Nardole once told the Twelfth Doctor that, if he died that day, "everybody in the universe might just go cold". (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

When the Great Intelligence changed time so that the Doctor's victories were negated, entire star systems began to disappear without the Doctor, (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).) and when a Time Beetle created a parallel world in which the Tenth Doctor died, never having met Donna Noble, Earth quickly devolved into chaos, and across the universe, the stars were going out, (TV: Turn Left [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).) without the Doctor and Donna to stop the Reality Bomb from destroying the multiverse. (TV: Journey's End [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).)

Biographical summary[]

Origins[]

Main article: The Doctor's early life

The Doctor had a variety of different and contradictory origins: (PROSE: Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., Celestial Intervention - A Gallifreyan Noir [+]Dave Rudden, Twelve Angels Weeping (BBC Children's Books, 2018).) most often, they had always been a Time Lord from Gallifrey, (TV: The War Games [+]Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1969)., et al.) but sometimes they had always been a human-Gallifreyan hybrid (TV: Doctor Who [+]Matthew Jacobs, Doctor Who Television Movie (Fox Broadcasting Company, 1996)., et al.) or possibly a human from Earth (PROSE: Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value., et al.) or from "some planet" the 49th century. (PROSE: Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) Sometimes, the Doctor believed they had been woven from a loom, and sometimes they believed there had been a mother and father. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress [+]Paul Magrs, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1998).) The Doctor could not remember which was true and which was a dream. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon [+]Paul Cornell, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000).)

All of these origins were equally and paradoxically true due to the Doctor's biodata being retroactively manipulated (PROSE: Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) by subconscious regeneration influences (PROSE: The Blue Angel [+]Paul Magrs and Jeremy Hoad, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) as well as interference from Omega, (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998).) Faction Paradox, (PROSE: Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., Interference - Book Two [+]Lawrence Miles, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., The Shadows of Avalon [+]Paul Cornell, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000).) the enemy, (PROSE: Unnatural History [+]Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) the Great Intelligence, (TV: The Name of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2013).) and the Toymaker. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

Overview[]

The Doctor left Gallifrey and became a figure who fought evil and injustice across the universe in violation of the Time Lords' non-interference policy. (TV: The War Games [+]Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1969)., Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

The Twelfth Doctor later explained to that it was his first encounter with the Daleks on Skaro which truly defined his character. (TV: Into the Dalek [+]Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) In his earliest travels, the First Doctor stressed the importance of not interfering, and felt his and Susan's only responsibility was to themselves. (AUDIO: The Sleeping Blood [+]Martin Day, The First Doctor: Volume One (The Companion Chronicles, Big Finish Productions, 2015).) By most accounts, the Doctor began exploring only to experience the wonders of the universe first-hand and have some fun. In practice, he frequently became embroiled in machinations and crises that ended with him defeating the foe and saving the planet he was visiting. (TV: Gridlock [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007)., ""An Unearthly Child" [+]Part of An Unearthly Child, Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963).", "A Desperate Venture (6) [+]Peter R. Newman, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC1, 1964).") On Skaro, the Doctor first became involved, and took a stand against oppression. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).) In time, he became a man he would no longer recognise. (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).) After much time spent alone re-thinking her identity, the Thirteenth Doctor only needed one more encounter with the Daleks to remember who she really was, no matter her origins: she was the Doctor, the person she chose to be, the woman who stopped the Daleks. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2021 (BBC One, 2021).) As the Twelfth Doctor proclaimed, he was "the man who stops the monsters", who constructed his identity in response. (TV: Flatline [+]Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).})

By Azure's estimation, the Doctor wanted people "to live, to breathe", (TV: The Vanquishers [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).) as Rose Tyler understood it, in order to be able to experience the wonders of the everyday. (TV: The End of the World [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., The Parting of the Ways [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).) Azure could not understand this, as life was but one form for matter, but the Thirteenth Doctor explained it well: "Because otherwise, why are we here?" (TV: The Vanquishers [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).)

According to Robin Hood, the Doctor was a hero, born of wealth and privilege but unable to stand the plight of the oppressed, who stole a TARDIS and flew among the stars to protect those who needed outside help. However, the Doctor himself refused the title of hero. (TV: Robot of Sherwood [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) He instead proclaimed that he wasn't a good man or a bad man, not a hero or an officer, nor a president; instead, he was an "idiot with a box", who travelled around helping and learning. (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

Advice and Assistance

"Advice and Assistance Obtainable Immediately" (TV: Smile [+]Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).)

Though he claimed to simply "be passing by" whenever he got involved, Bill Potts believed he was always helping out because the Doctor could never simply walk past and let problems go. (TV: Smile [+]Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) In fact, the Doctor frequently answered distress calls, to find these opportunities, believing that:

"The universe shows its true face when it asks for help. We show ours by how we respond."Twelfth Doctor [src]

Though ideas of responsibility, (AUDIO: The Lost Resort [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW., TV: The Parting of the Ways [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., The Girl Who Died [+]Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).) the promise of power, (TV: The Waters of Mars [+]Russell T Davies and Phil Ford, Doctor Who Autumn Special 2009 (BBC One, 2009).) or the intellectual game of a complex scheme with parts to play (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Ian Briggs, Doctor Who season 26 (BBC1, 1989)., PROSE: Nightshade [+]Mark Gatiss, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1992)., Love and War [+]Paul Cornell, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1992).; TV: Time Heist [+]Steve Thompson, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) often led the Doctor to ignore the autonomy of others, in time the Doctor began to defer to others on matters which concerned them, (TV: Kill the Moon [+]Peter Harness, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) as a strong believer in free will, (TV: The Lie of the Land [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., AUDIO: What Just Happened? [+]John Dorney, Stranded 3 (The Eighth Doctor Adventures: Stranded, Big Finish Productions, 2021).) and recognised that sometimes, he needed "someone to stop him", to call him out when he was going wrong. (TV: The Runaway Bride [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2006 (BBC One, 2006)., Partners in Crime [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).)

For this, and to have someone to share the universe with, the Doctor took on many companions, (TV: An Unearthly Child [+]Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963). et al.) and lost many, each time having to relearn their ways of coping (AUDIO: The Lost Resort [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW., The Wrong Woman [+]John Dorney, Dalek Universe (Big Finish Productions, 2021)., The Lost [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) in order to move on. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions [+]Marc Platt, Eighth Doctor Adventures (Big Finish Productions, 2010).)

Of everyone who came to travel with the Doctor, the TARDIS was their oldest and most cherished companion. She considered that she chose him when the Doctor left Gallifrey. (TV: The Doctor's Wife [+]Neil Gaiman, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).) The TARDIS also considered herself the Doctor's librarian, creating records of their adventures and storing them in her library, (PROSE: The Library of Time) partly in the form of the sentient Encyclopaedia Gallifreya. (PROSE: Citation Needed) The TARDIS felt that she always took the Doctor where they needed to be, though not always where they asked. (TV: The Doctor's Wife [+]Neil Gaiman, Doctor Who series 6 (BBC One, 2011).)

Timeline[]

Early travels[]

After leaving Gallifrey for "many pressing reasons" (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).) and enjoying several adventures with his granddaughter Susan (TV: The Edge of Destruction [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1964).) before landing in London 1963, the First Doctor took on his first human companions, Susan's teachers Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton from Coal Hill School, when they discovered the TARDIS in Foreman's Yard. (TV: An Unearthly Child [+]Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963).) One of their earliest travels brought them to the planet Skaro, where the Doctor insisted on investigating a nearby city. There, they encountered the Daleks for the first time. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).) This encounter was a formative event for the Doctor, with the Twelfth Doctor later recalling that until then him calling himself the Doctor had just been a title, but after meeting the Daleks he was clear that "the Doctor was not the Daleks". (TV: Into the Dalek [+]Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

Crew looking up at TARDIS scanner CaveofSkulls

The original TARDIS team. (TV: ""The Cave of Skulls" [+]Part of An Unearthly Child, Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963).")

This humble beginning led to "quite the spirit of adventure", with all four growing and changing as a result of their travels and their time together. (TV: The Sensorites [+]Peter R. Newman, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC1, 1964).) Seeing as the Doctor had little control over his Ship, the group tended to bound from one destination to another, rarely looking back. As a result, they had little sense of their impact. When they did return to Skaro, a century had passed since they fought the Daleks, and they found that quite the mythology had been built around them. (AUDIO: Return to Skaro [+]Andrew Smith, The First Doctor Adventures: Volume Four (The First Doctor Adventures, Big Finish Productions, 2020).)

Eventually, the First Doctor left Susan behind on 22nd century Earth, so that she could take root, and, for once, stay somewhere long enough build a life of her own. He knew that she would object, and stay with him forever if given the chance, so he locked her out of the TARDIS, promising he would "come back" before departing. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1964)., AUDIO: After the Daleks [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) Ian and Barbara left for 1964 Earth when given the chance, (TV: The Chase [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1965).) although they would again become involved in the Doctor's world. (COMIC: Hunters of the Burning Stone [+]Scott Gray, DWM Comics (2013).; PROSE: The Face of the Enemy [+]David A. McIntee, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1998).; AUDIO: The Five Companions [+]Eddie Robson, Bonus Releases (Big Finish Productions, 2011)., Sphere of Influence [+]Eddie Robson, Susan's War (Big Finish Productions, 2020).) From this point forward, the TARDIS was the only major constant in the Doctor's lives. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions [+]Marc Platt, Eighth Doctor Adventures (Big Finish Productions, 2010).)

The Doctor subsequently travelled with Vicki Pallister and Steven Taylor, during which he encountered another of his people, the Monk, who meddled far more recklessly in history than the Doctor would. (TV: The Time Meddler [+]Dennis Spooner, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1965).) After Vicki chose to remain in Troy, the Doctor was aided in transporting an injured Steven back to the TARDIS by Katarina. (TV: The Myth Makers [+]Donald Cotton, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1965).) They immediately became embroiled in a Dalek plot in the year 4000, working alongside Space Security Service agents Bret Vyon and Sara Kingdom to stop the Daleks developing the Time Destructor. In the course of the conflict, Katarina and Sara died aiding the Doctor, (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan [+]Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1965-1966).) losses which would weigh heavily on the Doctor throughout their lives. (COMIC: Planet of the Dead, The Last Word, The Everlasting Summer, AUDIO: The Lost [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

Following another tragic loss when Oliver Harper died shortly after joining the Doctor and Steven, (AUDIO: The First Wave [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) the pair were embroiled in the St Bartholomew's Day massacre, after which Steven briefly contemplated leaving the Doctor for good, outraged at his refusal to interfere in history. Alone, the Doctor considered whether he should return to his home planet, however Steven ultimately returned and they were joined by a new friend, Dodo Chaplet. (TV: The Massacre [+]John Lucarotti and Donald Tosh, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1966).)

In what the Fourteenth Doctor would later claim was a mistake born of youthful arrogance, the Doctor let his TARDIS fall into "a hollow beneath the Under-Universe". (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) There he and his companions found themselves in the Celestial Toyroom, home of the Toymaker who the Doctor had encountered briefly once, escaping in time to avoid his games. The Toymaker challenged the Doctor to play the Trilogic Game whilst Steven and Dodo played lethal variants of children's games to reach the TARDIS. Knowing the Toyroom would disappear the moment he won, the Doctor imitated the Toymaker's voice to move the final piece remotely from the safety of the TARDIS. (TV: The Celestial Toymaker [+]Brian Hayles, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1966).)

In the company of Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, the Doctor encountered the Cybermen for the first time at Snowcap in Antarctica. Once the crisis was all over however he hurriedly made for the TARDIS, (TV: The Tenth Planet [+]Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966).) knowing his first regeneration was imminent. He was initally resistent to the change, however a chance encounter with his future self and Testimony Foundation changed his outlook to embrace the process. (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

Power of the Daleks

The Second Doctor shortly after his regeneration. (TV: The Power of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966).)

The new Second Doctor's first adventure saw him encounter the Daleks on Vulcan, with his actions reaffirming to Ben and Polly he was indeed the same man. (TV: The Power of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966).) Shortly afterwards he encountered Jamie McCrimmon, who would become this incarnation's foremost friend. (TV: The Highlanders [+]Elwyn Jones and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966-1967).) After Ben and Polly decided to leave after the TARDIS brought them back to their home time period, (TV: The Faceless Ones [+]David Ellis and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1967).) the Doctor and Jamie were embroiled in the Dalek Emperor's plan to research the Human Factor. Manipulating Jamie in the process, the Doctor manipulated the experiments to incite a civil war on Skaro, which he hoped was the Daleks' "final end". Amongst the chaos, a human scientist caught up in the experiment, Edward Waterfield, died saving the Doctor's life and asked him to look after his daughter, Victoria Waterfield. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1967).)

During his travels with Jamie and Victoria, the Doctor's curiosity got the better of him on Telos, where he helped a team of archeologists access a Cyber-tomb. (TV: The Tomb of the Cybermen [+]Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 5 (BBC1, 1967).) They subsequently encountered the Ice Warriors and the Great Intelligence for the first time. (TV: The Abominable Snowmen [+]Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, Doctor Who season 5 (BBC1, 1967)., The Ice Warriors [+]Brian Hayles, Doctor Who season 5 (BBC1, 1967).) During a second battle with the Intelligence in 20th century London, the Doctor met Colonel Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart for the first time, becoming firm allies. (TV: [[The Web of Fear (TV story)}})

Shortly after Victoria left, the Doctor and Jamie encountered the Cybermen at Space Station W3 after which one of the crew, Zoe Heriot, stowed away. (TV: The Wheel in Space [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 5 (BBC1, 1968).) The trio subsequently found themselves in the Land of Fiction, (TV: The Mind Robber [+]Peter Ling, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1968).) worked with newly-promoted Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT to stop a Cyberman invasion of Earth, (TV: The Invasion [+]Derrick Sherwin, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1968).) and inadvertently altered the past of his first incarnation, which gave the Doctor an opportunity to say a proper goodbye to Katarina when he put things right. (AUDIO: Daughter of the Gods [+]David K Barnes, The Early Adventures (Big Finish Productions, 2019).)

The Second Doctor's adventures were cut short after he was forced to call in the Time Lords to return hundreds of humans kidnapped from their own time eras by the War Lord in a scheme to create an army to conquer the galaxy. As he'd feared, the Time Lords put the Doctor on trial for his interference, which he pled guilty to though argued he had only been doing so to fight against the evils of the cosmos. The Time Lords separated him from his companions, who were returned home with only the memory of their first adventures, and sentenced him. To his surprise they accepted his plea, though still enforced a change of appearance, exile to Earth in the 20th century, and the loss of his knowledge of how to control the TARDIS. (TV: The War Games [+]Terrance Dicks and Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 6 (BBC1, 1969).)

Before serving his complete sentence, the Second Doctor worked for the Celestial Intervention Agency. For a time he was allowed to travel, even being accompanied by Jamie again, albeit with his memories altered. (PROSE: Players [+]Terrance Dicks, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999)., World Game [+]Terrance Dicks, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2005).) Eventually however his exile was enforced, though he escaped the change of appearance. (COMIC: The Night Walkers [+]Roger Noel Cook, TVC comic stories (Polystyle Publications and Ltd., 1969).) Taking up residence at the Carlton Grange Hotel, the Doctor became a celebrity, (COMIC: Action in Exile, The Mark of Terror, The Brotherhood, U.F.O.) but soon faced his regeneration, at the Time Lords' behest. (COMIC: The Night Walkers [+]Roger Noel Cook, TVC comic stories (Polystyle Publications and Ltd., 1969).)

Exile on Earth[]

Confined to Earth as an exile, the Third Doctor reluctantly agreed to work for UNIT, an organisation which fought to protect the Earth against alien threats led by Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, as their scientific advisor. (TV: Spearhead from Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970).) He and the Brigadier fell out early into his work after the Brigadier ordered the destruction of a Silurian tribe the Doctor had hoped to establish peace with. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970).) Absconding from UNIT to Peru, the Doctor was finally persusaded to return by the Brigadier, with the two men coming to an understanding. (AUDIO: AWOL) Over time the two developed a close friendship, disagreements and all. The Eighth Doctor later regretted that he never gave the Brigadier enough credit as looking back he realised he had been redirecting his own frustration at feeling trapped on Earth, in one place and time. (AUDIO: UNIT Dating)

In With the Tide (comic story)

The Brig and the Third Doctor. (COMIC: In With the Tide)

Initially the Doctor was assisted at UNIT by Liz Shaw, (TV: Spearhead from Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 7 (BBC1, 1970).) however she left UNIT feeling the Doctor only needed soemone to "pass the test tubes and tell [him] how brilliant [he] is". Jo Grant was recruitrd as her replacement, though had no formal training as a scientist so the Doctor was poised to reject her out of hand. However, she proved herself early in their first encounter with the Master and a deep fondness developed between the two over time, uncovering a gentler side to him. (TV: Terror of the Autons [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971)., The Time Monster [+]Robert Sloman, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972)., et al.)

The Third Doctor found his match in the Master as an opponent, but always managed to get the upper hand. (TV: Terror of the Autons [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971). et al.) The Twelfth Doctor later characterised him as the only person "even remotely like [him]". The Master had been his closest friend on Gallifrey. Though they were now enemies, a certain kinship was never lost, (TV: World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).) and in truth, the Master often created chaos in order to get the Doctor's attention, laying traps for him, and even looking forward to his response. (TV: The Sea Devils [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972).; PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks [+]John Peel, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1998)., AUDIO: Animal Instinct; TV: Death in Heaven [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).) Even the Doctor admitted he was "looking forward to [their] next encounter". (TV: Terror of the Autons [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971).) The Master even attempted to win the Third Doctor around to his side during his scheme to possess the Doomsday Weapon but the Doctor rejected him, claiming he'd never understood that the Doctor simply wanted to see the universe, not rule it. (TV: Colony in Space [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971).) After the Master was finally apprehended by UNIT, the Doctor pleaded for him not to be executed. (TV: The Sea Devils [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972).)

Over time the Time Lords used the exiled Doctor on discreete missions, directing his TARDIS to Uxarieus, (TV: Colony in Space [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 8 (BBC1, 1971).) Peladon, (TV: The Curse of Peladon [+]Brian Hayles, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972).) Solos, (TV: The Mutants [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972).) and 1944. (AUDIO: Operation: Hellfire) Finally his knowledge of the TARDIS and his freedom to travel was restored to him after the Doctor stopped Omega's assault on the Time Lords, partnering up with his two other selves. (TV: The Three Doctors [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 10 (BBC1, 1972-1973).) Afterwards, the Doctor resumed his adventures in time and space with Jo, (TV: Carnival of Monsters [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 10 (BBC1, 1973).) though soon had to turn to the Time Lords' aid after discovering a Dalek plot in the 26th century against the empires of Earth and Draconia. (TV: Frontier in Space [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 10 (BBC1, 1973).) The Doctor was heartbroken when Jo decided to leave his company soon after, and gifted her a crystal he'd managed to obtain from Metebelis III. (TV: The Green Death [+]Robert Sloman, Doctor Who season 10 (BBC1, 1973).)

The Doctor met Sarah Jane Smith near the end of his third life, (TV: The Time Warrior [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1973-1974).) forming a friendship which would last several lifetimes. (TV: Robot [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1974-1975)., School Reunion [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 2 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2006)., Death of the Doctor [+]Russell T Davies, The Sarah Jane Adventures series 4 (CBBC, 2010).; COMIC: Train-Flight; PROSE: Lily, Interference [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) The pair encountered a Sontaran warrior in the 12th century, (TV: The Time Warrior [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1973-1974).) foiled Operation Golden Age, (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs [+]Malcolm Hulke, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1974).) prevented Daleks seizing the only cure to a space plague on Exxilon, (TV: Death to the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1974).) and revisited Peladon. (TV: The Monster of Peladon [+]Brian Hayles, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1974).)

Whilst experimenting with ESP, the Doctor encountered the Eight Legs and learnt they were seeking the crystal he'd taken from Metebelis III, which Jo had returned to him. With guidance from his old mentor K'anpo Rimpoche, the Doctor faced his fears and took the crystal back to their leader, the Great One, knowing that the radiation from her cave would be fatal to him. He managed to escape back to the TARDIS, (TV: Planet of the Spiders [+]Robert Sloman, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1974).) and spent a decade lost in the Time Vortex whilst slowly dying of the radiation; an experience that would remain one of his worst memories. (PROSE: Love and War [+]Paul Cornell, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1992).) Finally the TARDIS brought him back to UNIT HQ where he collapsed in front of Sarah and the Brigadier, acknowledging that he was "home". With a "little push" from K'anpo, the Doctor was able to regenerate. (TV: Planet of the Spiders [+]Robert Sloman, Doctor Who season 11 (BBC1, 1974).)

Wandering the fourth dimension[]

Genesis of the Daleks Wires

The Fourth Doctor hesitates to wipe out the Daleks at their beginning. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).)

The Fourth Doctor continued to work for UNIT, for a time, but he became less reliable, as he began gallivanting around the universe, no longer bound to Earth. (TV: Robot [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1974-1975)., The Ark in Space [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975)., The Android Invasion [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 13 (BBC1, 1975)., et al.) Early in the Fourth Doctor's life, he was sent by the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks, but despite having the chance he refrained from committing genocide. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).) He later had to leave Sarah Jane Smith behind when he was called to Gallifrey, (TV: The Hand of Fear [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 14 (BBC1, 1976).) where he attempted to avert the assassination of the President and became implicated in a political plot, and in the Decayed Master's first major attempt to prolong his life by unnatural means. (TV: The Deadly Assassin [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 14 (BBC1, 1976).)

He travelled for a while with Leela of the Sevateem, a "savage" woman whom he educated, and whom he learned to respect in turn. Alongside them, K9 Mark I joined the scene. (TV: The Face of Evil [+]Chris Boucher, Doctor Who season 14 (BBC1, 1977)., The Invisible Enemy [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 15 (BBC1, 1977)., et al.) On Gallifrey, the Doctor became Lord President. Leela and K9 stayed behind on Gallifrey, while the Doctor abandoned his new post. (TV: The Invasion of Time [+]David Agnew, Doctor Who season 15 (BBC1, 1978).)

Later on, the Doctor was tasked with collecting the segments to the Key to Time, and Romana I was assigned to his operation. (TV: The Ribos Operation [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 16 (BBC1, 1978).) On discovering that the final segment was Princess Astra of Atrios and assembling the Key, they attracted the attention of the Black Guardian, and found a new goal: preventing him from obtaining the Key, which held untold power. In order to evade him, the Doctor fitted his TARDIS with a randomiser. (TV: The Armageddon Factor [+]Bob Baker and Dave Martin, Doctor Who season 16 (BBC1, 1979).)

Romana II, K9 Mark II and the Doctor became trapped in E-Space when they accidentally travelled through a CVE. On Alzarius, they met Adric, who had an impressive young mind, but much to learn, (TV: Full Circle [+]Andrew Smith, Doctor Who season 18 (BBC1, 1980).) though, in Romana's view, the Doctor never seemed to know what to say to the child. (AUDIO: Purgatory 12 [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) Eventually they found a way out of E-Space, though Romana and K9 opted to remain behind to help the Tharils. (TV: Warriors' Gate [+]Steve Gallagher, Doctor Who season 18 (BBC1, 1981).)

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The Fifth Doctor emerges from the Watcher. (TV: Logopolis [+]Christopher H. Bidmead, Doctor Who season 18 (BBC1, 1981).)

Back in normal space, the Doctor and Adric visited Traken, where they met Nyssa and encountered the Decayed Master once more. Unknown to them after their departure, the Master stole the body of Nyssa's father, Tremas. (TV: The Keeper of Traken [+]Johnny Byrne, Doctor Who season 18 (BBC1, 1981).) He subsequently stalked the Doctor, embroiling Tegan Jovanka after killing her aunt, and eventually following him to Logopolis, where the Master's meddling led to the failure of the Logopolitans' efforts to divert entropy through CVEs. With a wave of entropy now spreading, the Doctor reluctantly agreed to work with the Master to save the universe. Together they used the Pharos Project to reopen a CVE to divert the entropy; however, the Master revealed his intent to blackmail the universe with the threat of closing it again. The Doctor foiled his plan by sabotaging the equipment, but fell from the Project's radio telescope in doing so. The Doctor regenerated into his fifth incarnation, aided by the Watcher, and in view of Adric, Tegan and Nyssa. (TV: Logopolis [+]Christopher H. Bidmead, Doctor Who season 18 (BBC1, 1981).)

In his early days, the Fifth Doctor was mainly preoccupied with unsuccessful efforts to return Tegan to Heathrow Airport. (TV: Four to Doomsday [+]Terence Dudley, Doctor Who season 19 (BBC1, 1982)., The Visitation [+]Eric Saward, Doctor Who season 19 (BBC1, 1982).) Tragedy struck during an encounter with the Cybermen, when Adric was killed foiling their plan to crash a freighter into Earth in the 26th century. (TV: Earthshock [+]Eric Saward, Doctor Who season 19 (BBC1, 1982).) After another encounter with the Master, the Doctor finally left Tegan at Heathrow, (TV: Time-Flight [+]Peter Grimwade, Doctor Who season 19 (BBC1, 1982).) and travelled on with Nyssa. (PROSE: Empire of Death [+]David Bishop, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2004)., AUDIO: The Land of the Dead) Notably the pair became embroiled in the creation of the Cybermen on Mondas and made an ultimately futile effort to delay their development. (AUDIO: Spare Parts)

The Doctor and Nyssa were reunited with Tegan during Hedin's scheme to unleash Omega using the Doctor's biodata. After foiling Omega's return, (TV: Arc of Infinity [+]Johnny Byrne, Doctor Who season 20 (BBC1, 1983).) they resumed their travels. During this time, the Black Guardian sought his revenge on the Doctor and secretly tasked Vislor Turlough with assassinating him. Turlough joined the TARDIS crew to this end. (TV: Mawdryn Undead [+]Peter Grimwade, Doctor Who season 20 (BBC1, 1983).) After Nyssa departed, (TV: Terminus [+]Steve Gallagher, Doctor Who season 20 (BBC1, 1983).) the crew became embroiled in a race between Eternals organised by the Guardians. During this the Doctor learned the truth about Turlough and helped him stand up to the Black Guardian, allowing him to remain onboard the TARDIS afterwards. (TV: [[Enlightenment (TV story)}}) The Doctor also encountered a member of the Celestial Preservation Agency, who came from a time in Gallifrey's future history where the Doctor was a cultural hero. (AUDIO: Omega)

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Four Doctors unite at the Game of Rassilon. (TV: The Five Doctors [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special (Public Broadcasting Service, 1983).)

After being embroiled in President Borusa's insane scheme to claim immortality in the Game of Rassilon, along with his previous four incarnations, the Doctor was again appointed President of Gallifrey by the High Council. He opted to run away from his new responsibilities. (TV: The Five Doctors [+]Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special (Public Broadcasting Service, 1983).) After he accidentally crossed the frontier in time, (TV: Frontios [+]Christopher H. Bidmead, Doctor Who season 21 (BBC1, 1984).) the Doctor was summoned to Gallifrey to serve his term. After a short time in office, during which he pursued reforms to the Time Lord Academy, the Doctor passed the presidency onto Castellan Lowri and resumed his travels. (AUDIO: Time in Office)

Following a brutal encounter with the Daleks, Tegan opted to stay behind on Earth, believing travelling with the Doctor was no longer fun. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks [+]Eric Saward, Doctor Who season 21 (BBC1|BBC1]], 1984).) Shortly afterwards Turlough also left to rejoin his people, leaving the Doctor in the company of Peri Brown, whom he'd saved from drowning in Lanzarote. (TV: Planet of Fire [+]Peter Grimwade, Doctor Who season 21 (BBC1, 1984).) The Doctor and Peri visited Androzani Minor, where they both contracted spectrox toxaemia. The Doctor was able to retrieve the antidote but only had enough for Peri, forcing him to regenerate to survive. (TV: The Caves of Androzani [+]Robert Holmes, Doctor Who season 21 (BBC1, 1984).)

The Sixth Doctor endured a difficult post-regeneration period, during which he briefly attacked Peri whilst deluded into believing her a spy. (TV: The Twin Dilemma [+]Anthony Steven, Doctor Who season 21 (BBC1, 1984).) The pair continued travelling together, with their initially frosty relationship becoming much closer, encountering Cybermen, Sil, the Rani and Davros together. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen [+]Paula Moore, Doctor Who season 22 (BBC1, 1985)., Vengeance on Varos [+]Philip Martin, Doctor Who season 22 (BBC1, 1985)., The Mark of the Rani [+]Pip & Jane Baker, Doctor Who season 22 (BBC1, 1985)., Revelation of the Daleks [+]Eric Saward, Doctor Who season 22 (BBC1, 1985).)

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The Sixth Doctor's trial. (TV: The Trial of a Time Lord)

After stumbling onto Ravolox, the Doctor was again put on trial by the Time Lords. During this he was separated from Peri, having been moments away from saving her from having Lord Kiv's brain implanted in her. With the surprise intervention of the Tremas Master, he discovered that the Prosecutor, the Valeyard, was a personification of his evil future self, who was helping to cover up the crimes of the High Council of the Time Lords. After defeating the Valeyard, the Doctor was assured Peri had been saved, (TV: The Trial of a Time Lord) and later learned she had multiple contradictory yet co-existing fates due to the Time Lord meddling. (AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox) In the immediate aftermath of the trial, the Doctor was reluctant to interfere but eventually resumed his travels in the company of Grant Markham. (PROSE: Time of Your Life [+]Steve Lyons, Virgin Missing Adventures (Virgin Books, 1995).)

The Sixth Doctor went on to travel with a wide variety of companions including Evelyn Smythe, (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy) Charlotte Pollard, (AUDIO: The Condemned) a fictionalised verison of Jamie McCrimmon, (AUDIO: City of Spires) Henry Gordon Jago and George Litefoot, (AUDIO: The Hourglass Killers) Flip Jackson, (AUDIO: The Curse of Davros) Constance Clarke, (AUDIO: Criss-Cross) and finally Melanie Bush, (PROSE: Business Unusual [+]Gary Russell, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) with whom he shared an adventure which had previously been used as evidence from his future in his trial. (TV: Terror of the Vervoids [+]Pip & Jane Baker, Doctor Who season 23 (BBC1, 1986).) He and Mel were also joined by Hebe Harrison. (AUDIO: The Rotting Deep)

There were contradictory accounts as to the cause of the Sixth Doctor's regeneration. One suggested it had been due to his next incarnation influencing him to ensure he might come into existence sooner, (PROSE: Head Games [+]Steve Lyons, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1995).) another as a consequence of his battle against the Lamprey alongside numerous parallel counterparts of himself, (PROSE: Spiral Scratch [+]Gary Russell, BBC Past Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2005).) and a third as part of a scheme to foil the Valeyard's master plan to usurp Time Lord civilisation. (AUDIO: The Brink of Death) Regardless of the cause, all accounts agreed the TARDIS fell into a trap set by the Rani, who entered the ship just as the Doctor regenerated into his seventh incarnation. (TV: Time and the Rani [+]Pip & Jane Baker, Doctor Who season 24 (BBC1, 1987).)

Time's Champion[]

Though initially a jovial character in the company of Mel, (TV: Paradise Towers [+]Stephen Wyatt, Doctor Who season 24 (BBC1, 1987)., Delta and the Bannermen [+]Malcolm Kohll, Doctor Who season 24 (BBC1, 1987).) the Seventh Doctor darkened over time. (PROSE: Just War [+]Lance Parkin, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1996)., AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan) Whilst visiting Iceworld, he and Mel met Ace, a teenager from the 20th century displaced in time by a time storm. (TV: Dragonfire [+]Ian Briggs, adapted from Seventh Doctor Audition Tapes (Andrew Cartmel), Doctor Who season 24 (BBC1, 1987).) Recognising the influence of Fenric on her, (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Ian Briggs, Doctor Who season 26 (BBC1, 1989).) the Doctor let her come with him whilst Mel chose to stay behind with Sabalom Glitz. (TV: Dragonfire [+]Ian Briggs, adapted from Seventh Doctor Audition Tapes (Andrew Cartmel), Doctor Who season 24 (BBC1, 1987).)

Adopting a more proactive approach, the Doctor ended the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War by setting a trap with the Hand of Omega, (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).) saw to the overthrow of Helen A on Terra Alpha, (TV: The Happiness Patrol [+]Graeme Curry, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).) and disposed of the Nemesis and the factions fighting over it. One of those involved in the fight for the Nemesis, Lady Peinforte, learned secrets about the Doctor through the statue (TV: Silver Nemesis [+]Kevin Clarke, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1 and TVNZ, 1988).) and a "place of knowledge" called TARDIS Wiki. (PROSE: Lady Peinforte) As he'd suspected, Fenric returned and the Doctor was forced to break Ace's faith in him to enable the Ancient One to move against Fenric. (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Ian Briggs, Doctor Who season 26 (BBC1, 1989).)

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The Seventh Doctor, the great chessmaster. (PROSE: The Dimension Riders [+]Daniel Blythe, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1993).)

After encountering the Tremas Master once more, (TV: Survival [+]Rona Munro, Doctor Who season 26 (BBC1, 1989).) the Doctor and Ace continued travelling together. There were multiple possible outcomes of their travels, including Ace growing old in the Doctor's company, (PROSE: At Childhood's End [+]Sophie Aldred, Mike Tucker and Steve Cole, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2020).) Ace dying in his arms after fighting the Lobri, (COMIC: Ground Zero) Ace leaving his company to patrol a rift in Paris, (PROSE: Set Piece [+]Kate Orman, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1995).) and the Doctor sending her to Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Intervention Earth) By one account after witnessing these possible fates via the quantum anvil and growing angry at the Doctor's scheming, Ace asked the Doctor to take her home. (PROSE: At Childhood's End [+]Sophie Aldred, Mike Tucker and Steve Cole, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2020).) A similar account also suggested they simply fell out, (TV: The Power of the Doctor [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who Centenary Special 2022 (BBC One, 2022).) following an adventure involving the Rani. (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Pete McTighe, Tales of the TARDIS (BBC iPlayer, 2023).)

As recalled by the Eighth Doctor, later in his life the Seventh Doctor ended up travelling alone, unable to trust himself with others' lives. (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars) In this lonely phase of his life, the Doctor made a deal with Death to try to save the Master, (AUDIO: Master) built himself a robotic companion, Catherine Broome, (PROSE: Companion Piece [+]Robert Perry and Mike Tucker, Telos Doctor Who novellas (Telos Publishing, 2003).) and tied up loose ends including Elizabeth Klein, (AUDIO: A Thousand Tiny Wings) and Mags. (AUDIO: The Monsters of Gokroth)

Life's Champion[]

As ordered by the Time Lords, (PROSE: Lungbarrow [+]Marc Platt, adapted from Lungbarrow, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997)., The TV Movie) the Doctor collected the Master's remains for return to Gallifrey following his execution by the Daleks. En route, the Master, who had survived using a Deathworm Morphant, (AUDIO: Mastermind) sabotaged the TARDIS console causing the ship to make an emergency landing in the midst of a gang war in San Francisco. Upon exiting the TARDIS, the Doctor was gunned down and subsequently taken to hospital. Confused by his alien anatomy, Dr Grace Holloway inadvertently caused his hearts to stop. The Doctor regenerated later that night in the hospital's morgue, the process having been delayed by the anaesthetic in his system.

Though initially suffering amnesia, the newly regenerated Eighth Doctor managed to regain his identity and defeated the Master's plan to use his TARDIS' Eye of Harmony to steal his body. (TV: Doctor Who [+]Matthew Jacobs, Doctor Who Television Movie (Fox Broadcasting Company, 1996).) He resumed his travels with a more optimistic outlook, sometimes styled as Life's Champion. (PROSE: Vampire Science [+]Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997)., AUDIO: Light the Flame [+]Matt Fitton, Forged in Fire (The War Doctor Begins, Big Finish Productions, 2021).) He initially travelled with Sam Jones, (PROSE: The Eight Doctors [+]Terrance Dicks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) but left her at a Greenpeace rally and went travelling alone for some years. (PROSE: Vampire Science [+]Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) During this time his main companion was Izzy Sinclair, with whom he tied up loose ends regarding the Threshold, and the Master during his attempt to seize the Glory, being aided by Fey Truscott-Sade and Kroton respectively. (COMIC: Wormwood, The Glorious Dead)

Resuming his travels with Sam, the Doctor began to encounter parts of the looming War in Heaven, including Faction Paradox, (PROSE: Alien Bodies [+]Lawrence Miles, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) and was joined by Fitz Kreiner. (PROSE: The Taint [+]Michael Collier, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) After Sam departed, they were joined by Compassion, (PROSE: Interference [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) whose signal receiver the Doctor linked to the TARDIS. (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5 [+]Simon Bucher-Jones and Mark Clapham, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1999).) This inadvertently caused her to evolve into a sentient TARDIS. After his TARDIS was seemingly destroyed, the Doctor and Fitz began travelling within her, pursued by the Time Lords who wished to exploit her in preparation for the War. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon [+]Paul Cornell, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000).) The Time Lords eventually tracked them down, (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy [+]Andy Lane and Justin Richards, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000).) just as the outbreak of the War approached and Faction Paradox invaded Gallifrey. Discovering his old TARDIS had become the Edifice, the Doctor used it to destroy Gallifrey to prevent the War and stop Faction Paradox. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell [+]Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000).) With Compassion's help, he saved the Time Lords by copying all their minds from the Matrix, suppressing his own memories. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2005).) Compassion retrieved Fitz and the remains of the TARDIS and took the amnesiac Doctor to Earth in 19th century, leaving a note to meet Fitz in 2001 by which time his TARDIS would have recovered. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell [+]Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000).)

After a century living on Earth, (PROSE: The Burning [+]Justin Richards, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000)., Casualties of War [+]Steve Emmerson, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000)., The Turing Test [+]Paul Leonard, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000)., Endgame [+]Terrance Dicks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2000)., Father Time [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001).) the amnesiac Doctor reunited with Fitz and resumed travelling in the recovered TARDIS, being joined by Anji Kapoor. (PROSE: Escape Velocity [+]Colin Brake, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001).) They repeatedly battled Sabbath, (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street [+]Lawrence Miles, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2001)., Time Zero [+]Justin Richards, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2002).) and were joined by Trix MacMillan. (PROSE: Timeless [+]Stephen Cole, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2003).) They finally confronted Sabbath's employers, the Council of Eight, and defeated them. (PROSE: Sometime Never... [+]Justin Richards, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2004).) Not long afterwards the Doctor encountered a surviving Time Lord, Marnal, and learnt the cause of his amnesia. Intending to restore the Time Lords, he first faced the Vore invasion of Earth. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 2005).)

By rescuing Charlotte Pollard from her fate on the R101 and allowing her to travel with him, (AUDIO: Storm Warning) the Doctor damaged the Web of Time, creating an opportunity for anti-time to contaminate the universe. He was forced by President Romana to join the Time Lords' expedition to the antiverse to stem the flow and ultimately saved Gallifrey from the Neverpeople's plan to destroy the Web of Time. (AUDIO: Neverland) In the process he was contaminated by anti-time and had to exile himself to a Divergent Universe to prevent damage to time. (AUDIO: Zagreus)

To his annoyance, Charley joined him against his wishes, putting herself in danger all over again when he'd just finished saving her. (AUDIO: Scherzo) Together they explored the divergent universe, being joined by C'rizz, (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon) until they discovered a way back to the main universe, and confirmed that he was free of anti-time. (AUDIO: The Next Life) Tragedy struck not long afterwards when C'rizz was killed, (AUDIO: Absolution) prompting Charley to demand to go home. Due to complications arising from an encounter with the Cybermen, the Doctor was left believing she was on Earth in 2008 when she was actually stranded in 500002, only to be rescued by the Sixth Doctor. (AUDIO: The Girl Who Never Was)

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The Eighth Doctor bonded with the Time Vortex (COMIC: The Flood)

The Eighth Doctor travelled with Destrii. (COMIC: Sins of the Father) They encountered an advanced force of Cybermen from the far future in 2005, during which the Doctor briefly bonded with the Time Vortex to save the Earth by wiping out the Cyber-Army. Although the Vortex called to him with the offer of an immortal existence, he rejected the offer to save Destrii. (COMIC: The Flood)

The Eighth Doctor later travelled with Lucie Miller, initially as part of a forced Time Lord witness protection scheme and eventually by choice. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks, Human Resources) They were separated after a confrontation with Morbius, (AUDIO: The Vengeance of Morbius) during which the Doctor spent centuries living on Orbis. (AUDIO: Orbis) Resuming their travels, Lucie eventually left his company after discovering he'd lied to her about the death of her aunt Pat. (AUDIO: Death in Blackpool) The Doctor subsequently reconnected with Susan, meeting his great-grandson Alex Campbell, (AUDIO: An Earthly Child) and travelled with Tamsin Drew, (AUDIO: Situation Vacant) until an encounter with the Monk reunited him with Lucie whilst Tamsin chose to travel with the Monk instead. (AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars)

In a brutal battle with the Daleks, the Doctor witnessed the deaths of Tamsin, Alex and Lucie. He furiously dismissed the Monk after discovering his role in enabling the Daleks and delaying his arrival, and travelled on alone. (AUDIO: To the Death [+]Nicholas Briggs, Eighth Doctor Adventures (Big Finish Productions, 2011).) Desperate for hope, he ran to the end of the universe. He reluctantly accepted a mission from the Time Lords to look after Molly O'Sullivan and battled the Dalek Time Controller. He subsequently became embroiled in the Reborn Masters scheme to exploit the Eminence and was joined by Liv Chenka. (AUDIO: Dark Eyes)

The Doctor and Liv travelled together for some time before battling the Doom Coalition assembled by Cardinal Padrac to destroy the universe. They were joined by Helen Sinclair and discreetly aided by River Song, who was aware the Doctor was too young to meet her. In the aftermath of Padrac's defeat, they went in search of Helen, who had been lost in time. (AUDIO: Doom Coalition) Retrieving Helen, the trio subsequently encountered the Ravenous and stopped the Eleven's plan to exploit them. The TARDIS was critically damaged by the Ravenous, (AUDIO: Ravenous) leaving the Doctor, Liv and Helen stranded in London in 2020 whilst it recovered. (AUDIO: Stranded)

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The Doctor embraces Josie Day. (COMIC: The Pictures of Josephine Day)

Later in his life, the Eighth Doctor travelled with Josephine Day, (COMIC: The Pictures of Josephine Day) and became embroiled in the crisis caused by his future self. (AUDIO: The Enemy of My Enemy)

An impossible choice[]

As the Last Great Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks spread, turning time upside down, the Eighth Doctor vowed to help victims from the sidelines, but refused to take part. (TV: The Night of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Specials minisode (BBC Red Button, 2013)., AUDIO: The Starship of Theseus, et al.) He died in a spaceship crash on Karn, trying to save someone who despised him as a Time Lord. When the Doctor was revived by the Sisterhood of Karn, and was persuaded he needed to get involved in the fight by Ohila. Accepting her elixir to trigger a regeneration, he agreed to become a warrior. (TV: The Night of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Specials minisode (BBC Red Button, 2013).) In truth, the elixir was really just lemonade and dry ice, with Ohila putting on a "moment of theatre" to help the Doctor embrace what he needed to do without falling into self-loathing before he regenerated from injuries he had sustained in the crash. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from The Day of the Doctor (Steven Moffat), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018).)

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The War Doctor, who chose to fight in the Last Great Time War. (COMIC: Ambush)

In his new incarnation, the Doctor actively fought in the Time War. Initially he served as a free agent, appearing on battlefronts across the cosmos at his own whim, (AUDIO: Forged in Fire, COMIC: Ambush) though later he fought alongside the Time Lords, answering to Cardinal Ollistra. (AUDIO: Only the Monstrous) He became famous among the Gallifreyan soldiers as he fought alongside them, (TV: Hell Bent [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).) and his exploits in the War were legends among the Sontarans. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem [+]Helen Raynor, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008).)

In the midst of the conflict, the War Doctor was affected by the Union's degeneration weapon, (AUDIO: The Union [+]Matt Fitton, Once and Future (Big Finish Productions, 2023).) resulting in him shifting between past incarnations for a time whilst trying to piece together who was responsible from his scattered memory. (AUDIO: Past Lives, The Artist at the End of Time, A Genius for War, Two's Company) Aid from the Master, who was also suffering from the weapon's effects, saw him directed back to the Union and she also used her solution to temporary stabilise on him, resulting in the Doctor experience two future incarnations. (AUDIO: The Martian Invasion of Planetoid 50, Time Lord Immemorial) Finally the Doctor returned to face the Union and with the aid of Susan and River Song destroyed her weapon to return to normal, though did make use of the instability first to give Susan a moment with her Doctor. (AUDIO: The Union [+]Matt Fitton, Once and Future (Big Finish Productions, 2023).)

Later in the War, the Doctor began to turn against his own people. He foiled Gallifrey's alliance with Technomancers by wiping them out, after discovering the Technomancers were exploiting it to resurrect the Horned Ones. For this Ollistra branded him a war criminal. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) He continued to serve Ollistra for a time, (AUDIO: Agents of Chaos) until they finally fell out when he suggested the Enigma should wipe out both sides to finally end the War, a suggestion the entity ultimately didn't act on. (AUDIO: The Enigma Dimension) Finally the Doctor turned on the Time Lords after discovering Rassilon's plan to destroy the Tantalus Eye, during which Cardinal Karlax gunned down Cinder, a human whom the Doctor had befriended. Foiling both the Time Lord and Dalek plans for the Eye, the Doctor swore to finally end the War in Cinder's honour, swearing there would be "No More". (PROSE: Engines of War [+]George Mann, BBC New Series tie-in novels (BBC Books, 2014).

In the War's final days, the War Doctor was at the Fall of Arcadia and stole the Moment, the last weapon in the Omega Arsenal, intent on using it to destroy Daleks and Time Lords together. The conscience of the weapon decided to show him two of his future selves, to see what he would become, and after an adventure together establishing peace between UNIT and Zygons, the three Doctors realised that they had devised another way to end the War. (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).)

With the help of at least thirteen of his incarnations, with the Twelfth Doctor admitting he was not sure how many Doctors united to prevent the Fall of Gallifrey, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from The Day of the Doctor (Steven Moffat), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018).) the War Doctor placed Gallifrey into a pocket universe instead, annihilating the Daleks bombarding the planet from orbit in their own crossfire. This caused the near-extinction of the Daleks. The War was sealed in a time lock, (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).) making it impossible to time travel back to save Gallifrey, (TV: The Stolen Earth [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 4 (BBC One, 2008)., Father's Day [+]Paul Cornell, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).) as much as the Doctor would desperately want to return. (AUDIO: The Wrong Woman [+]John Dorney, Dalek Universe (Big Finish Productions, 2021).)

Due to the timelines being out of sync, the War Doctor lost all memory of having saved Gallifrey rather than destroying it, so that future incarnations would believe they had been responsible for its end. Only the Eleventh Doctor retained memory of this changing narrative. Going on his way, the War Doctor found himself regenerating, remarking that he was "wearing a bit thin". (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, 50th Anniversary Specials (BBC One, 2013).)

Last of the Time Lords[]

The Ninth Doctor believed that he had destroyed Gallifrey, wiping out both the Daleks and Time Lords, (TV: Dalek [+]Robert Shearman, adapted from Jubilee (Robert Shearman), Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from The Day of the Doctor (Steven Moffat), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018)., COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass) and chose to travel alone for a time, (AUDIO: Way of the Burryman) deciding he "didn't need companions or friends". (PROSE: