This page lists appearances of the Ninth Doctor in the order in which he 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 that for each novel, comic or television series, their published, broadcast or numbered order is the order they occur in.
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 The Whoniverse, Doctor Who Reviews, Doc Oho's Book Reviews, The History of Doctor Who, The Discontinuity Guide, Clive Banks databanks, Whopix, and the Big Finish forums. None of these sources should be used solely as a source or considered a "true" timeline for stories.
Limiting factors Edit
Recovering from the Time War Edit
- The Doctor regenerates from his war incarnation at the conclusion of the Last Great Time War. According to the novelisation, he smashes every mirror in the TARDIS afterwards, vowing never to look at his new face.
- The Doctor is present at the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the eruption of Krakatoa. As he is depicted a different outfit at the assassination, it would seem he is still adjusting from his regeneration at the time, before adopting his standard leather jacket and v-neck jumper by Krakatoa. (TV: Rose)
- The Doctor is searching for somewhere to relax and forget the regret he feels for his role in the Time War. He is even still using his predecessor's sonic screwdriver, but dismantles it to seal the rift at the heart of Galen.
- Authorial intent states that the Doctor is "fresh from the Time War", setting this shortly after The Day of the Doctor. Indeed, the Doctor is noted to be weary from "his own people's conflict".
- Still hiding from the pain of the Time War, the Doctor saves a robot clown and, after a week of trying to repair it, fills it with his memories and sets it loose in the TARDIS corridors.
- The Doctor is hunting down a relic from the Last Great Time War to prevent a species from inadvertently wiping themselves out. While he is protecting those standing near him, the Doctor is more reclusive and neutral to the wider battle around him, and has some lingering fury on matters of the Time War. He notes that he is "getting old".
- Having still only just regenerated, the Doctor is still trying to forget his war incarnation, but has a much jollier mood to him.
Embracing a second chance Edit
- After being haunted by the outcome of the Time War for "ages", the Doctor decides to make the most of his second chance following the Time War. He has a much jollier mood about him, similar to his characterisation in Rose, and gains a liking for the word "fantastic". He also attends the launch of the RMS Titanic with the Daniels family.
- While Russell T Davies says the Ninth Doctor is "in command" as "a man who knows himself (DWM 485), the Doctor still isn't familiar with his new body when he meets Rose Tyler at Henrik's, seemingly catching the first glimpse of his face in Rose's mirror when he goes to the Powell Estate to retrieve an Auton's arm. (TV: Rose)
Solitary exploits Edit
- The Doctor meets Vastra of the Silurians, and convinces her to make a life for herself in 1880s London. He later saves Jenny Flint from the Tongs with Vastra.
- The Doctor receives Sally Sparrow's Christmas homework after swordfighting with Sontarans. (PROSE: What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow)
- The Doctor tends to Honoré Lechasseur's injuries.
- Trapped in 1985, the Doctor uses Sally's homework to retrieve his TARDIS.
Temporary companions Edit
- Weeks after first meeting her, at least according to the novelisation, the Doctor is reunited with Rose Tyler when he thwarts the Nestene Consciousness's invasion attempt. He offers Rose a place in the TARDIS, but she declines.
- Immediately after being rejected by Rose in Rose, the TARDIS alerts the Doctor to the threat of the Starmen. The Doctor has become "calibrated" to his latest body. Ali convinces him to go back for Rose, leading directly into the final scene of Rose.
Early adventures with Rose Edit
- Rose takes her first trip in time, going into the future, where she witnesses the Earth come to a natural end in 5.5/Apple/26. After the ordeal, the Doctor opens up to Rose about the outcome of the Time War.
- Rose is taking her first trip into the past, meeting Charles Dickens on Christmas Eve 1869 in Cardiff. The Doctor's battle with the Gelth, specifically their destruction by Gwyneth, causes severe damage to a time rift in the Cardiff area. According to the Doctor, Rose is nineteen-years-old.
- Rose recalls the events of The Unquiet Dead, and still considers the TARDIS translation circuits to be a novelty, suggesting this is set early in her travels with the Doctor.
- Returning to the Powell Estate, Rose's mother, Jackie, discovers Rose has been travelling with the Doctor; a full year has passed for her and Mickey, but only a few days have passed for Rose. The Doctor claims to be 900-years-old, setting this roughly one-hundred-years after The Day of the Doctor. Ending leads directly into World War Three.
- The Doctor is formally introduced to the Slitheen family by the one posing as Margaret Blaine, and to Harriet Jones by Rose, following brief encounters during Aliens of London.
- Set during World War Three, while the Doctor, Rose and Harriet are being chased by Slitheen.
Continued adventures with Rose Edit
- Rose still has her first hairstyle.
- Rose thinks of Gwyneth from The Unquiet Dead and has travelled with the Doctor for more than a few days, setting this after World War Three.
- Rose accuses the Doctor of not wanting to visit her mother, setting this after World War Three. Rose's visits to Earth's past and future are mentioned, and Rose is still uncomfortable with the idea that the Doctor is an alien.
- Rose visits Justicia, her first alien planet. The Slitheen family are mentioned, setting this after World War Three.
- The Doctor's dreamscape for Rose includes the Powell Estate and Jackie Tyler, setting this after World War Three.
- Rose still has her first hairstyle.
- Rose still has her first hairstyle.
- Rose now has her second hairstyle.
- Rose is used to being trapped in alien prisons, suggesting a setting after The Monsters Inside, where she was imprisoned on Justicia.
Temporary association with Adam Edit
- Rose has changed her hairstyle. Inside the Vault of Henry van Statten in 2012 Utah, the Doctor encounters a Dalek for the first time since The Day of the Doctor. On Rose's suggestion, the Doctor lets Adam Mitchell enter the TARDIS.
- Follows directly on from Dalek, with the Doctor trying to return Adam home. However, after Adam proves his worth against the Bygone Horde, the Doctor decides to keep him around. The Doctor decides to take Adam to the far future, leading into The Long Game.
- Adam takes his first trip into the future, going to the year 200,000, where he tries to filch information, causing the Doctor to return him to 2012 in disgrace. The Doctor theorises that someone is using Satellite Five to play a long game on the human race by providing a ninety year setback to their development.
Further adventures with Rose Edit
- The Robot Rose recalls a series of past adventures, with the events of The Long Game being the last one brought up, suggesting this is set shortly afterwards.
- The Doctor takes Rose to 1987 to be with her father, Pete Tyler, as he dies, but she tries to change history by saving him, resulting in a brief fallout between the two. They make up when Pete ensures his demise to set history back on track.
- The Doctor is entertaining Rose in a café, most likely setting this after her emotional ordeal in Father's Day.
- The Doctor and Rose visit the Powell Estate, setting this after World War Three.
- The Doctor mentions the events of Father's Day.
- The Doctor is currently travelling with Rose. (DWM 475) He helps in the saving of Gallifrey on the last day of the Last Great Time War, and, in the novelisation, has a tea party with his other incarnations in the Under Gallery as a celebration.
- Rose and the Doctor are returning to the Powell Estate from the Moons of Fordice.
- The Doctor recalls the events of Father's Day, and is beginning to experiment with changing history in the post-Time War universe. He also admits to himself that Jackie deserves more of his respect.
- Jackie knows about Rose travelling with the Doctor, setting this after World War Three. Rose hasn't had a need for money in "months", suggesting that is how long she has been travelling with the Doctor.
- Adam returns for revenge on the Doctor by kidnapping Rose, leading directly into Endgame.
- The Doctor joins with his other incarnations to rescue Rose from Adam and the Master, and assists the other Doctors in saving their companions as well.
A TARDIS trio Edit
- Rose and the Doctor meet rogue Time Agent Jack Harkness while dealing with a plague in 1941 London. Ending leads directly into The Doctor Dances.
- Set during The Empty Child, just after the Doctor realises Rose has wondered off.
- Intending to sacrifice himself to destroy the Empty Child plague, Jack is saved by the Doctor and joins the TARDIS team.
- The Doctor is abrasive towards Jack, setting this early in their travels together.
- The Doctor is traveling with Jack Harkness, setting this after The Doctor Dances, and the pair combats an Auton attack in the 21st century, setting this after Only Human as well. Controversially, the Doctor and Rose Tyler appear to meet each other in this story, with the book ending with Rose being brought aboard the TARDIS with the astonished reaction to the size inside, but this can be seen as taking place before she met the Doctor in Rose from her perspective.
Memory fiasco Edit
- Jack tells the Unon that he has only just met the Doctor and Rose, setting this shortly after The Doctor Dances. The Doctor places his mind up for auction on Fluren's World.
- Set soon after Weapons of Past Destruction, according to the introduction of Doctormania.
- The Doctor and Rose bring Jack to the 21st century, setting this after Only Human.
- According to the introduction, some time has passed since Weapons of Past Destruction, and the Doctor refers to the events of Hacked. After dealing with Slist Fayflut Marteveerthon Slitheen's impersonation of him, the Doctor is called to San Francisco by Mickey Smith, leading directly into The Transformed.
- The Doctor helps Mickey deal with a gargoyle mutation caused by a wormhole, but one gargoyle that Rose befriended goes through the wormhole, leading into Official Secrets.
- Jack finds a picture of himself dressed as a 17th century priest among the UNIT files. Tara Mishra stows away in the TARDIS, thus becoming a member of the TARDIS crew.
- Set immediately after Official Secrets, with the TARDIS crew investigating the painting found in the UNIT files, and taking Tara on her first trip. After finding out someone he had assassinated may still be alive, Jack takes his leave of the TARDIS team.
- Tara is still a new addition to the TARDIS crew, and Rose is still hurt by Jack's recent departure.
- Jack's absence places this between Slaver's Song and Secret Agent Man. Rose is less hostile towards Tara, but she is still considered a recent addition to the team.
- The Doctor, Rose and Tara use Memgram to track down Jack. Ending leads directly into The Bidding War.
- While connected to the Memgram, Rose has a vision of her cyber-conversion in Supremacy of the Cybermen. After defeating the Cybermen, Jack rejoins the TARDIS and Tara decides to remain on Nomicae to help nurse those injured in the attack.
- The Doctor takes Rose to be healed from the events of The Bidding Wars, while Jack picks up Tara from Monicae. The Doctor and Rose meet Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint, while Jack and Tara end up on Skaro after the Doctor and his other incarnations end the threat of the Type 1 TARDIS.
Final adventures Edit
- Prior to the events of Boom Town, the Doctor, Jack and Rose eat Kronkburgers together, and Jack saves the Doctor from an assassination attempt by River Song.
- While arresting the Margaret Blaine Slitheen, the Doctor's TARDIS severely damages the Cardiff rift. After a fight with Mickey, Rose learns that the heart of the TARDIS can be used to fulfill desires. With Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen regressed back into an egg, the Doctor intends to take her to a hatchery on Raxacoricofallapatorius.
- Jackie mentions the events of Boom Town.
- Rose has visited Woman Wept and Raxacoricofallapatorius, setting this after Boom Town. The TARDIS crew spend a month on 23rd century New Vegas investigating the Whisper.
Last stand on Satellite 5 Edit
- Being abducted back to Satellite Five, the Doctor discovers that the Daleks somehow survived the Time War and were the ones responsible for delaying the human race's development in The Long Game. Ending leads directly into The Parting of the Ways.
- Finding that the Dalek Emperor has resurrected the Daleks by converting the human race, the Doctor sends Rose home to protect her from a delta wave he intends to use to kill both the humans and Daleks. Jack and the inhabitants of Satellite Five are all killed by the Daleks. Before the Doctor can be killed, Rose, having used the heart of the TARDIS to absorb the Time Vortex, returns and destroys the Dalek fleet, and restores Jack to life. To save Rose from the power of the vortex, the Doctor absorbs the energy, causing cellular damage to his body, forcing him to regenerate into his next incarnation.
- Set shortly before the Doctor's regeneration, as he looks back on his life.
Currently unplaced Edit
- These entries are placed here due to being part of ongoing storylines that have yet to offer sufficient enough evidence to be placed in a specific part of this Doctor's timeline, unless further evidence arises in the stories to come.
Time Lord Victorious Edit
- The Doctor and Rose visit an alien planetoid, setting this after The Monsters Inside. Rose has her second hairstyle.
Awaiting placement Edit
- These entries are placed here until a suitable position in the timeline can be determined based on the available evidence.