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This page lists appearances of Leela in the order in which she 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, such as DocOhoReviews, The History of the Doctor, The Discontinuity Guide, Clive Banks Databank, the Big Finish forums and The Divergent Universe forums. None of these sources should be used solely as a source or considered a "true" timeline for stories.


Timeline[]

Travels with the Fourth Doctor[]

Leaving the Sevateem behind[]

Following her banishment from the Sevateem tribe, Leela forces her way into the TARDIS, joining the Doctor in his travels.
Though the book's blurb places this after The Robots of Death, Leela believes the TARDIS is possessed and the Doctor is highly irritated by her presence, setting this immediately after The Face of Evil.
Leela visits Earth for the first time, although her experience there is erased from the timeline.
The Doctor uses a Time Ring to send Leela back into his second incarnation's TARDIS. Leela's eyes are brown and she refers to the Doctor as "the Evil One" out of habit, [disputed statement] setting this shortly after The Face of Evil.
The secondary console room is still in use, setting this before The Invisible Enemy. Leela has only recently joined the Doctor, and fears she will be abandoned after angering him.
The Doctor explains transdimensional engineering to Leela, and is happy to have her in his company. He claims to be 750-years-old.


Leela has not heard of the Brigadier, setting this before The Revisionists. Leela changes into a pullover and coat upon arriving in Shetland.
Leela claims that she has been travelling "between boxes" for "what seemed like days", first leaving her tribe in the TARDIS, then arriving on the Storm Mine 4 and then the Hôtel des Rois. Leela has not been outside in the open air since leaving her tribe, and on her previous trip in the TARDIS the Doctor refused to allow her to bring the Tesh laser, setting this shortly after The Robots of Death. Leela sees a city for the first time. She meets the Brigadier for the first time, although the Doctor has talked about him in the past.
The events of The Robots of Death are still fresh in Leela's mind.
Leela is still adjusting to life in the TARDIS, and is unfamiliar with stun rods as weapons, setting this before Corpse Marker. She and the Doctor have not yet visited any planets similar to her home planet.
Though Leela is depicted dressed in her second attire, the book's cover places this between Last Man Running and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Leela still shows particularly violent tendencies, setting this early in her travels.
Leela has never seen a horse before, setting this before The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Leela has only been traveling with the Doctor for a few weeks, but has seen spaceships.
Leela is still new to traveling in the TARDIS, but has come to see the Doctor as part of her "tribe".
Leela is still learning from the Doctor, setting this early in her adventures with him.

Being educated[]

Battling Magnus Greel in 1889 London, the Doctor and Leela are aided by Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot.
The Doctor and Leela have just parted ways with Jago and Litefoot, setting this immediately after The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Leela refers to the events of The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
The Doctor and Leela have just visited the Morovanian Museum, setting this immediately after The Renaissance Man. Leela is aware of the concept of money. The Doctor decides to take Leela to visit the 21st century, leading directly into Energy of the Daleks.
The Doctor attempts to bring Leela to the year 2015, but they arrive in London 2025 instead and encounter the Daleks. Leela recalls her previous visit to London in The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Ending leads directly into The Oseidon Adventure.
The Doctor and the Master meet for the first time since The Deadly Assassin.
The Doctor is currently using the secondary console room, setting this before it was disused in The Invisible Enemy. He indicates that he has had a recent encounter with the Master. Leela does not know about regeneration.
The secondary console room is still in use, setting this before The Invisible Enemy.
The Doctor and Leela discuss their previous visit to London from The Talons of Weng-Chiang. Leela has a limited ability to read English.
Leela is still wearing Victorian clothing from The Ghosts of Gralstead.
Set between The Talons of Weng-Chiang and Horror of Fang Rock, according to the book's back cover. The Doctor and Leela visit London, setting this after Energy of the Daleks.
Leela recalls the Victorian theatre from The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
Leela still has brown eyes, setting this before Horror of Fang Rock.
Leela views jeans as ridiculous, setting this before Horror of Fang Rock.
Authorial intent sets Series 3 of the Fourth Doctor Adventures between Season 14 and 15.[1]
Set a few days after The King of Sontar. Leela is able to read on her own.
Leela recalls her previous encounter with the Master in The Oseidon Adventure.
In her travels with the Doctor, Leela has seen "false gods", metropolitan cities, and "Old Earth", but does not know about Christmas.
The Doctor is using the secondary control room. He hears the Sixth Doctor's voice through the temporal distortion and decides to make an emergency landing after spilling his ginger beer on the TARDIS console.
The Doctor arrives on Hellan with Leela after making an emergency landing. (AUDIO: Collision Course)
Authorial intent sets Series 10 of the Fourth Doctor Adventures between Seasons 14 and 15.[2]
Leela is still somewhat early on in her reading education.

Gaining new eyes[]

Due to pigment dispersal from witnessing an explosion, Leela's eye colour changes from brown to blue. She also wears jeans for the first time.
Leela has advanced to reading Jane Austen, setting this late in her travels with the Doctor. The Doctor mentions that Leela is still wearing her Shetland clothes, suggesting a post Horror of Fang Rock setting.
Leela is wearing clothing similar to her clothes from Horror of Fang Rock.
Leela is wearing trousers, setting this after Horror of Fang Rock.
Leela is wearing jeans, setting this shortly after Horror of Fang Rock.
Leela's reading level has advanced to the point where the Doctor is having her read him the works of Shakespeare, setting this after Series 3 of The Fourth Doctor Adventures.
Leela refers to the events of Horror of Fang Rock.
In 18th century Japan, the Doctor and Leela fight Inek of the Orimsei as he tries to use a dimensional gateway to escape, at the risk of the Japanese population. (AUDIO: Time in Office)
Leela does not know about regeneration. The Doctor starts a fire to destroy all trace of the Z'nai virus.
The TARDIS' secondary console room is damaged by the fire started in The Catalyst. The Time Vampire later confirms that this was the reason they moved console rooms, setting this immediately before The Invisible Enemy. Leela is unfamiliar with the concept of money.

Adopting K9[]

The Doctor closes the secondary console room for redecoration, and takes Leela to the main console room for the first time as he moves back in to it. Leela is still learning to write her name. K9 is adopted by the Doctor on Professor Marius's insistence.
Leela has changed into a new set of clothes, and K-9 is suffering from "corroded circuitry".
Leela recalls being temporarily blinded during Horror of Fang Rock.
Leela mentions the Fendahl, setting this after Image of the Fendahl.
The Doctor teaches Leela about money for the first time, setting this after Empathy Games.
Leela decides to leave the TARDIS to remain with Marshall, but she is kidnapped by the Decayed Master after the Doctor leaves.
According to K9, it has been roughly five days since the events of Requiem for the Rocket Men, but the Doctor hasn't "heard the voice of another living being" in the interim. Leela returns to the TARDIS.
Leela recalls the recent death of Marshall in Death Match.
Ending leads directly into Return to Telos.
The Doctor is teaching Leela about chess, setting this shortly before The Sun Makers.
Leela remembers seeing the steel hives of the Sun Makers during The Sun Makers.
Leela and K9 are kidnapped by Adam Mitchell, leading directly into Endgame.
The Doctor joins with his other incarnations to rescue Leela and K9 from Adam and the Master, and assists the other Doctors in saving their companions as well.
The Doctor is traveling with Leela, and depicted wearing his attire from Underworld. Leela is in her first outfit.
The Doctor and Leela are searching for a part needed to help repair K9, who is currently out of action.
Colin Marshall is created from Leela's memories of Marshall, setting this after Death Match.
Ending leads directly into The Demon Rises.
K9 has broken down and requires a reboot. According to Leela, this has been happening often.
Ending leads directly into The Age of Sutekh.
Originally meant to take place during Series 13 of the Fourth Doctor Adventures. (BFX: Shadow of the Sun)
The Doctor recalls the events of The Exxilons.
Months have passed since the secondary control room was destroyed by the fire in Empathy Games. K9 Mark I has been behaving oddly, prompting the Doctor to begin gathering the parts needed to build K9 Mark II.
After the Doctor uses his position of Lord President to propel an invasion of Gallifrey, Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey to marry Andred, and K9 elects to stay with her.

Meeting Romana[]

Although Leela is only referenced, K9 announces to K9 Mark II that Leela is pregnant with the first infant born on Gallifrey for millenia, and the father being Andred.
K9 is living with Leela on Gallifrey.
Romana and Leela meet for the first time.
Leela is pregnant.
Leela becomes Romana's bodyguard.
Romana is president and calls Narvin a "CIA halfwit" behind his back, setting this before the two become good friends.

The Pandora virus and civil war[]

Exploring other Gallifreys[]

Living in Victoria London[]

Leela is reunited with Jago and Litefoot.
Leela explains that she has been sent on a mission by Romana, because she is familiar with the time period.
Leela recognises the Sixth Doctor.
Leela returns to Gallfirey.

Back on Gallifrey[]

Romana has sent Leela to investigate River Song after she impersonates the president.
Leela recognises the Sixth and Eighth Doctors. Romana is president, setting this before Enemy Lines.
Narvin recounts a story of an encounter with the Fourth Doctor to an unconscious Leela.
Leela is kidnapped by the Nine.

The Last Great Time War[]

Rassilon sends Leela to the War Council to fight with the Time Lords.
Leela was temporally wounded fighting with the Time Lords. Leads into The Enigma Dimension.

Death[]

After Gallifrey's destruction, Leela ages rapidly.
Leela dies.
Leela is reborn as Emily after her death.

Currently unplaced[]

Encounters with the Fifth Doctor[]

Leela meets the Fifth Doctor and Tegan Jovanka.
Leela is over 40 years old in this story and is visibly older-looking than the Fifth Doctor. Lowri is still President.
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