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This page lists appearances of the Fifth Doctor in the order in which he experienced them. This timeline is based on observations of the Doctor Who universe and the events in each of these stories. From these observations we have attempted to build a concise timeline. It is assumed, much like their TV story counterparts, that each novel or audio series their published/numbered order is the order they occur in[statement unclear]. There are also many gaps between stories.

The layout of this timeline is based in part on the observations on Doctor Who Reference Guide and Doctor Who - The Complete Adventures, Lance Parkin's AHistory and other sources that allow us to make observations. None of these sources should be used solely as a source or considered a "true" timeline for stories.

Limiting factors


Any story with Adric must take place before TV: Earthshock. Any story with Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka must take place before TV: Time-Flight, after TV: Arc of Infinity and before TV: Terminus, or after AUDIO: Cobwebs. Any story with just Nyssa must be after TV: Time-Flight and before TV: Arc of Infinity. Any story with Tegan and Turlough must take place after TV: Mawdryn Undead and before TV: Resurrection of the Daleks. Any story with just Turlough must take place after TV: Resurrection of the Daleks and before TV: Planet of Fire. Any story with Peri Brown must take place after TV: Planet of Fire.

Series basics

The Fifth Doctor's stories can be sorted roughly by which companions he travels with and also the medium in which the companions first appeared together.

TV created

Audio created


The Doctor regenerates from his previous incarnation.
Set during Castrovalva.
Set immediately after Castrovalva.
The Doctor is still recovering from the effects of his recent regeneration.
The Doctor has recently met the Terileptils from The Visitation.
set during the Doctors Cricket match
Takes place shortly after Black Orchid.

The Dar Traders predict Adrics death

The crew of the TARDIS are mourning the death of Adric.
Night Flight to Nowhere leads into Time-Flight with the TARDIS arriving at Heathrow.
Adric and Tegan have recently left
The Doctor has recently lost two friends of his
Nyssa believes it would be impossible for her to travel back into Traken's past, placing this before Primeval.
The Doctor already knows Shayde when he meets him in No Place Like Home, so these comic strips must take place before that story. Renaissance of the Daleks shows a period where the Doctor travels alone while Nyssa goes on a solo expedition to Rhodes.
The Doctor continues to travel with Nyssa.
The Doctor mentions his visit to the school in Long Term.
The Doctor is clearing up after the events of Arc of Infinity.
The Doctor is returning to Amsterdam to pick up Nyssa and Tegan.
The Doctor, Tegan and Nyssa have just left Amsterdam.
The Tenth Doctor recalls being embroiled in adventures involving Nyssa and Tegan, the Time Lords at the Mara at this point.

Tegan is still recovering from her possession

Set just after Enlightenment.
Set two days after Nyssa initially left the TARDIS.
Kamelion is aboard the TARDIS, which is heavily damaged, leading into the Five Doctors new Console
The Eight Doctors takes place just after The Five Doctors
Takes place during Frontios while the Doctor is transporting the Gravis from Frontios to Kolkokron.
This is Peri's first trip in the TARDIS
Erimem joins the TARDIS crew.
Erimem is new to the TARDIS.
This adventure occurs while Erimem and Peri are involved in The Veiled Leopard.
The Doctor is still travelling alone.
The Doctor is again travelling with Peri and Erimem.
Erimem leaves the Doctor.
The Doctor is separated from Peri until he finds the Key to Time.
The final lines indicate that this story is set directly prior to Androzani.
Set during the Doctor's regeneration.
The Doctor regenerates into his next incarnation.


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