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This page lists appearances of Liz Shaw in the order in which she experienced them. This timeline is based upon observations of the Doctor Who universe and the events that occur during each of these stories. From these observations we have attempted to build a concise timeline. It is assumed, much like its TV story counterparts that for each novel or audio series their published/numbered order is the order they occur in. This does not apply to short stories which are often ambiguous about their placement. There are also many gaps between stories.

The layout of this timeline is in part based on the observations on Doctor Who Reference Guide and Doctor Who - The Complete Adventures, as well as Lance Parkin's AHistory and other sources that allow us to make observations, such as DocOhoReviews, The History of Doctor Who, The Discontinuity Guide, Clive Banks Databank, Big Finish forums, The Whoniverse and The Divergent Universe forums. None of these sources should be used solely as a source or considered a "true" timeline for stories.

Additionally there are statements on the back of Virgin Missing Adventures and many BBC Past Doctor Adventures novels that state between which TV stories the novel takes place between. These can be used to narrow the field, and should be viewed as the only placing for these novels.


UNIT career begins[]

Dr. Liz Shaw joins UNIT as assistant to the Third Doctor.
Liz is examining the leftovers of the Auton invasion, setting this shortly after Spearhead from Space.
The Doctor has not yet had an adventure on Earth without the Brigadier since his exile began.
The Doctor and Liz go to Stegmoor to investigate reports of a crashed Voord spaceship, but find nothing. (AUDIO: Beachhead)
The Doctor encounters the Silurians for the first time, but, to his dismay, they are killed and their city destroyed on the Brigadier's orders.

After the Wenley Moor massacre[]

The outcome of Doctor Who and the Silurians is still fresh on the Doctor's mind.
The Doctor is still unhappy about the outcome of Doctor Who and the Silurians. Liz mentions Captain Yates, setting this after Vengeance of the Stones.
The Doctor has yet to forgive the Brigadier for the outcome of Doctor Who and the Silurians. Corporal Benton has only recently been promoted to Sergeant.
Liz has been working with UNIT for "a few months", and her complaints about her job here are similar to those that the Brigadier cites as her reason for leaving. The TARDIS console has also been removed from within the ship, as it was in The Ambassadors of Death.
Christmas Day
This is the second time the Doctor has visited a zoo, setting this after The Arkwood Experiments.
Concludes shortly before Inferno.
In an attempt to get his TARDIS working, the Doctor is transported to a different dimension, where the Earth is destroyed as a result of the Inferno Project. Returning to his own dimension before the destruction, the Doctor is able to prevent the Inferno Project from destroying it.
Set immediately after Inferno.
It has been "months" since Spearhead from Space, and the Monk also mentions the events of Doctor Who and the Silurians. Liz has heard the Doctor's TARDIS materialise before, setting this after Inferno.
It is summer.
Sergeant Mike Yates sees inside the TARDIS for the first time, and the Doctor mentions visiting the parallel universe from Inferno.
One of the Doctor's attempts to repair the TARDIS sends Liz back in time to 1539.


Liz decides to leave UNIT.
Liz announces her intentions to leave UNIT.
Liz officially leaves UNIT, Yates is promoted to from sergeant to captain, and the Doctor is in a new laboratory.
Liz has just recently left UNIT.

Brief Return[]

Liz is called back to UNIT, and has been absent long enough for the Doctor to admit missing her company.
The Master is at large, setting this after Prisoners of the Sun.
Liz has decided to tell the Doctor about her decision to officially leave UNIT, setting this after the Doctor found out from the Brigadier during Prisoner of the Sun.


Months have passed for Liz since she left UNIT, and the Doctor now has a new assistant, setting this shortly after Terror of the Autons.
Jo recalls the events of The Sea Devils. Jo and Liz meet for the first time, and the Doctor and Liz last saw each other in The Sentinels of the New Dawn.
The Doctor and Liz spend some time together and reference her departure from UNIT, setting this after Primord. Supposedly set in January 1971.
The Doctor goes on his first test flight into the past since his time travel knowledge was returned in The Three Doctors, taking Liz and Jo with him.
Jo knows the Ice Warriors, setting this after The Curse of Peledon. Liz is in the same area as the UNIT HQ, and is acquainted with Jo, setting this after The Wages of Sin.
The Doctor is driving the "Whomobile", setting this after Invasion of the Dinosaurs. The Doctor and Sarah have been absent from UNIT long enough for it to have been infiltrated by the Remoraxians. Liz, Sarah Jane and the Brigadier are kidnapped Adam Mitchell, leading directly into Endgame.
Liz doesn't know about regeneration.
The Fourth Doctor tracks down Liz to give her a proper goodbye.
Liz meets the Eighth Doctor.

Working for P.R.O.B.E[]

Liz is working for P.R.O.B.E during the 90's.
According to this account, Liz dies in 2003 while working for UNIT on the Moon.
Thirty years after she worked for UNIT, Liz returns to a UNIT Base to help deal with the consequences of an old mission. She mentions her "preternatural research".
In 2010, Liz can't attend the Doctor's funeral because she's stranded on a UNIT Moonbase and can't get back until afterwards. (TV: Death of the Doctor)
Liz is still working for P.R.O.B.E. in 2015.
Liz attends the funeral of Sarah Jane Smith.