This page lists appearances of the Second 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. 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, Doc Oho's Book Reviews, The History of Doctor Who, The Discontinuity Guide, Clive Banks Database, Whopix, the 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.
Limiting factors Edit
Any story featuring only Ben Jackson and Polly Wright must take place before TV: The Highlanders; any story featuring Jamie McCrimmon must take place after TV: The Highlanders. Any story with Victoria Waterfield must take place after TV: The Evil of the Daleks and before TV: Fury from the Deep. Any story with Zoe Heriot must be set during or after TV: The Wheel in Space and before TV: The War Games.
A lot of stories are often said to occur during Season 6B, a fan-opined spot on the timeline after the Doctor's trial on Gallifrey in The War Games, as the Second Doctor is not seen regenerating into his third incarnation in that serial. Thus it is possible to imagine, as TV Comic writers and Terrance Dicks did, that the Second Doctor survived for an unspecified period of time after The War Games.
TV Comics placementEdit
The Second Doctor's travels with John and Gillian are very problematic to place in the Doctor's timeline, as they are inexplicably travelling with him by The Extortioner, with no explanation given as to how this relate to their travels with the First Doctor. A possibility emerges, unintentionally, in The Nameless City, where the Doctor has not seen the Master in a long time, but Jamie doesn't know the Doctor's origins, meaning it cannot be set in Season 6b, but must come after The Dark Path. Thus there is a gap during the event of The Dark Path and The Nameless City, without Jamie, which is perfectly placed by the John and Gillian travels.
A new body Edit
- Set immediately after The Tenth Planet, with the Doctor adjusting to his new body as he faces the Daleks on Vulcan.
- The Doctor has only just regenerated, and is mourning the loss of his old signet ring.
Alone with Ben and Polly Edit
- Set shortly after The Power of the Daleks, with Ben finally accepting the Doctor's change of appearance.
- The Doctor's memory is still hazy after his recent regeneration, setting this shortly after The Power of the Daleks.
- No explanations are given about the absence of Ben and Polly.
- References are made to the Doctor's recent regeneration, setting this shortly after The Power of the Daleks.
- The Doctor claims this is the first time the TARDIS has ever managed a short hop.
- Three weeks have passed since The Power of the Daleks.
- The Doctor creates a temporary sonic device, and resolves to begin work on a permanent version when he gets back to the TARDIS, leading to the creation of the sonic screwdriver.
- Ben and Polly are well adjusted to the Second Doctor, setting this shortly before The Highlanders. The Doctor says that he has not been in America for some time, setting this before Wonderland as well.
- The Doctor unlocks a door with a prototype sonic screwdriver, setting this after The Murder Game.
Joined by Jamie Edit
- The Doctor, Ben and Polly meet Jamie McCrimmon, who joins them aboard the TARDIS.
- Set immediately after The Highlanders, with Jamie marvelling at the sight of the TARDIS interior.
- Set immediately after The Underwater Menace. Ending leads directly into The Macra Terror.
- In an alternate timeline created by Rassilon and the Cybermen, the Doctor is partially converted into a Cyberman during the events of The Moonbase.
- Polly has her hair cut into a bob-style.
- Ben and Polly are showing Jamie around the inside of the TARDIS, setting this early in his travels.
- The Doctor recalls the events of The Yes Men. Polly still has short hair, setting this shortly after The Macra Terror, but it apparently regrows to its old lengthen by the time they leave the "English village".
Final adventures with Ben and Polly Edit
- Set between The Macra Terror and The Faceless Ones. The Doctor has only recently regenerated.
- Jamie and Ben refer to the events of Resistance.
- Jamie refers to the events of the The Selachian Gambit.
- The Doctor is teaching his companions how to fly the TARDIS, and they recall the events of The Yes Men.
- Despite the events of The Feast, Ben and Polly claim this is their first visit to London in their past, suggesting this takes place before The Roundheads.
- Jamie has started to consider the TARDIS to be home, setting this late in his early travels.
- Having landed on the day they left, Ben and Polly decide to remain behind at Gatwick Airport. Ending leads directly into The Evil of the Daleks.
Looking after Victoria Edit
- After her father dies protecting him from the Daleks, the Doctor takes on the orphaned Victoria Waterfield as a companion.
- Victoria is introduced to the TARDIS, setting this immediately after The Evil of the Daleks. The Doctor tells her that he is "around 450-years-old" in Earth terms.
- Set in an aborted timeline during The Tomb of the Cybermen: Episode 1, when Jamie and Hayden entered the weapons testing room.
- Victoria has not fully accepted her new life aboard the TARDIS. She recalls visiting Telos, setting this shortly after The Tomb of the Cybermen.
- Victoria has only been travelling with the Doctor for a short time, setting this shortly after The Tomb of the Cybermen.
- While authorial intent places this between The Web of Fear and Fury from the Deep , Victoria is still very new to seeing other time periods. The Doctor also gives Victoria a brief talk regarding the extraordinary nature of her new life as a time traveller, echoing the conversation that they had in The Tomb of the Cybermen.
- The Doctor is testing his new sonic screwdriver.
- The Doctor is currently travelling with Jamie and Victoria. (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.
- The Doctor has not encountered a Yeti before, setting this before The Abominable Snowmen.
- Jamie tells Victoria he has not yet learned to write.
- Victoria is teaching Jamie to read, starting with letters.
- The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria have just come from a disturbing adventure in Galaxy G.
- The Doctor still feels "new" to his body. Jamie has learned to write in English, albeit not very well. Victoria has been travelling in the TARDIS for several weeks by now.
- The Doctor meets Professor Edward Travers and faces the Great Intelligence and the Robot Yetis for the first time at a Tibetan monastery.
- Jamie initially thinks that the TARDIS has only landed further up the Tibetan mountain, setting this immediately after The Abominable Snowmen.
Missions with Jamie Edit
- The TARDIS console room is still a mess from the previous landing in The Ice Warriors. Meeting another Time Lord called Pavo, the Doctor and Jamie are asked to visit Joinson Dastari, while Victoria decides to remain with Pavo to study graphology. The Doctor is given a Stattenheim remote control.
- Jamie gets his first look at the Stattenheim remote control, setting this before The Two Doctors. Since Jamie is not described as an adult, and considering the The Two Doctors follows directly on from World Game, with no plausible gap in between, this must occur during The Black Hole.
- The Doctor and Jamie leave a reminder for the Seventh Doctor. The Doctor has dark hair, and notes that Jamie has received an education during their travels together.
- After "a couple of weeks" of adventures, the Doctor and Jamie return for Victoria, and learn that "Pavo" was the Monk in disguise. After assisting the real Pavo in foiling the Monk's plan, the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria have their memories of the events erased.
Continued adventures with Jamie and Victoria Edit
- Set between The Ice Warriors and Enemy of the World, according to the back cover. The Doctor uses his new sonic screwdriver, which he had previously resolved to create in The Murder Game. The Doctor believes that they have been "frozen out" recently, suggesting a setting not long after The Ice Warriors.
- The Doctor refers to the tropical beach as "a welcome change", setting this before The Enemy of the World.
- Set between The Ice Warriors and The Enemy of the World, according to the author's notes.
- Victoria sees a hallucination of her deceased father for the first time, setting this before Father Figure.
The London Event Edit
- The TARDIS arrives on an Australian beach, leading directly into The Enemy of the World.
- Set immediately after The Enemy of the World. The Doctor has his first official meeting with Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
- Continues on from the ending of The Web of Fear: Episode 6.
Final adventures with Victoria Edit
- Set shortly after The Web of Fear, with London still recovering from the Yeti invasion.
- The Doctor is traveling with Victoria, and Jamie's absence goes unexplained.
- Victoria welcomes a peaceful change from "the horrors of the London Underground", setting this shortly after The Web of Fear.
- Set between The Web of Fear and Fury from the Deep. Upon learning that they are near Tibet, Jamie wonders if the TARDIS crew will encounter more of the Yeti from The Abominable Snowman.
- Set on Earth, shortly before Fury of the Deep.
- After seeing far too much death in her travels, Victoria privately decides that she will leave the TARDIS soon.
- Victoria has been on the TARDIS for several months now, and starts thinking about leaving.
- Immediately after Twilight of the Gods, the Doctor reunites with an old Time Lord friend after "200 years apart", but his friend succumbs to his inner darkness and becomes the Master. Victoria decides that she shall leave the TARDIS at their next stop on Earth.
- Set shortly before Fury from the Deep.[source needed]
Solo adventures Edit
- The Second Doctor is collected by the Tenth Doctor to assist in the defeat of the Sirens of Time, suggesting that this does not take place during a time he has control over his TARDIS. He doesn't mention being with any companions.
Adventures with John and Gillian Edit
- The Daleks recognise the Doctor from their encounter with him during The Power of the Daleks.
- To protect them from the Quarks, the Doctor enrolls John and Gillian at the University of Zebedee, and then reunites with Jamie by happenstance, who rejoins the Doctor aboard the TARDIS. The Doctor knows the Quarks by reputation only, setting this before The Dominators.
Travelling with Jamie again Edit
- All stories that feature Jamie as a young man, and which have the Doctor with little control over the TARDIS, must be set between Invasion of the Quarks and The Wheel in Space.
- Jamie is still affected by Victoria's departure, setting this shortly after Fury of the Deep for him.
- The Doctor addresses the whole world on television, leading him to be "known on the Earth", as would be referenced in The War Games.
- The Doctor and Jamie imprison Arkinen on Earth in the hope that he can be rehabilitated.
- The Doctor knows that the Master hates him, setting this after The Dark Path. It is likely that this takes place after his travels with John and Gillian, to account for why the Doctor hasn't seen the Master for a "long time". According to Jamie, a long time has passed since The Highlanders.
- Authorial intent places this between Fury from the Deep and The Wheel in Space.
Joined by Zoe Edit
- Zoe Heriot hides aboard the TARDIS when it departs Space Station W3 and joins the Doctor and Jamie in their travels. The Doctor begins showing Zoe a mental projection of the events of Evil of the Daleks.
- Zoe has just finished watching a mental projection of Evil of the Daleks, setting this immediately after The Wheel in Space. The Doctor and Zoe are forced to project their minds as part of assassination attempt by Atrika, setting this immediately before The Dominators, where the Doctor was exhausted from projecting mental images.
- Ending leads directly into The Mind Robber.
- The TARDIS is still rebuilding itself, setting this immediately after The Mind Robber. The Doctor returns to the Land of Fiction, only to be recruited into the events of The Three Doctors.
- Despite talking place immediately after Future Imperfect, the Doctor recalls the events of The Invasion.
- Jamie recalls the events of The Dominators. Set between The Mind Robber and The Invasion.[source needed]
- Set immediately after the TARDIS finishes rebuilding itself after The Mind Robber. According to Jamie, only a few weeks have passed for him since The Web of Fear. The Doctor is reunited with the newly promoted Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, and introduced to the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. He also meets Corporal John Benton for the first time.
- Set immediately after The Invasion, with the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe observing the fallout of the destruction of the Cyber-fleet before pursuing a surviving ship to Isos II.
- The TARDIS is being repaired after being damaged by its escape from the Land of Fiction.
- Zoe recalls the events of The Invasion but The Dominators is still recent. Jamie has been travelling with the Doctor for "years now."
- Zoe is familiar with the Daleks, setting this after Fear of the Daleks. Jamie and Zoe aren't familiar with regeneration.
- Set sometime after The Three Doctors, with the Doctor replacing his destroyed recorder.
A busy few weeks Edit
- Zoe experiences uncertainty for the first time in her life, and Jamie notes that it has not been long since she joined the crew of the TARDIS, setting this shortly after The Wheel in Space.
- Jamie recalls the TARDIS exploding, setting this after The Mind Robber. Zoe has still only just recently joined the TARDIS crew, while Jamie estimates that he has been travelling with the Doctor for "two or three" years.
- Zoe has only recently joined the TARDIS crew, and has yet to see the TARDIS land perfectly.
- Jamie and Zoe are wearing their outfits from The Krotons.
- The Doctor is repairing the HADS, setting this shortly after The Krotons.
- The author's notes places this between The Krotons and The Seeds of Death. The Doctor and Jamie sneak out for an adventure while Zoe is left behind in the TARDIS.
- Set between The Krotons and The Seeds of Death. The majority of this story is made up by Zoe based on a 150-year-old foreign office report of the events in Uzbekistan, along with prompts given to her by Jen.
- Zoe recalls meeting the Krotons, setting this after The Krotons. Zoe is 16-years-old, and claims to have just started travelling with the Doctor.
- Jamie believes the TARDIS hasn't left London due to it landing during the rain, setting this immediately after The Seeds of Death.
- The TARDIS crew have recently encountered the Ice Lord Slaar, setting this shortly after The Seeds of Death.
- Set between The Seeds of Death and The Space Pirates, according to the back cover. Zoe is familiar with Ice Warriors, definitively setting this after The Seeds of Death.
- According to Last of the Cybermen, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe's trip to Australia took place after The Seeds of Death.
- According to Last of the Cybermen, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe's trip to Tromesis took place after the events of Echoes of Grey.
- Jamie mentions witnessing a volcanic eruption on Dulkis, setting this after The Invasion. The Doctor pockets Stoyn's hypercube, which would later be used in Last of the Cybermen and The War Games.
- Zoe has encountered the Ice Warriors, setting this after The Seeds of Death. Jamie references having visited space prisons, setting this after The Prison in Space. Last of the Cybermen places their trip to Saturn between The Apocalypse Mirror and The Space Pirates.
- The TARDIS crew have just left the LIZ 79, setting this immediately after The Space Pirates.
- Zoe has only been travelling with the Doctor and Jamie for a few weeks.
- Jamie recalls the events of The Space Pirates, and mentions he has been travelling with the Doctor and Zoe for "far more time than [he could] care to think of". He also recalls the events of The Invasion as being "not so long ago".
- The Doctor is switched with his sixth incarnation by the Monk. Jamie claims not to have encountered the Cybermen since The Isos Network, with The Invasion having happened "weeks back", and the events of The Space Pirates were "last Wednesday". The Sixth Doctor uses the Hypercube the Second Doctor stole from Quadrigger Stoyn, setting this after The Dying Light. The Sixth Doctor believes that the events of The War Games will occur "very soon", possibly even "the next time the TARDIS lands".
Final adventures with Jamie and Zoe Edit
- Zoe is mentioned to have stayed behind in the TARDIS.
- Zoe recalls meeting the Ice Warriors, setting this after The Seeds of Death.
- Zoe recalls the events of The Invasion. Zoe wonders if they have materialised somewhere dangerous in the vortex, suggesting a setting after Vortex of Fear.
- Conversation about the vortex suggests that this is set after Vortex of Fear.
- The Doctor recalls the recently established UNIT, which he learned of in The Invasion.
- The Doctor has faced the Krotons, setting this after The Krotons.
- The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are separated for six months. The Doctor is familiar with UNIT, setting this after The Invasion.
- Jamie alludes to the events of The Mind Robber.
- Jamie worries if the TARDIS is low on mercury again.
- Zoe and Jamie are wearing their clothes from The Wheel in Space.
- The Doctor does some exploring on his own while Jamie and Zoe are taking in the sights.
- The Doctor investigates some mysterious robberies on behalf of UNIT, setting this after The Invasion.
- Zoe is mentioned as travelling with the Doctor and Jamie.
- Zoe recalls the events of The Seeds of Death.
- Zoe mentions the T-Mat from The Seeds of Death. She and Jamie are kidnapped Adam Mitchell, leading directly into Endgame.
- The Doctor joins with his other incarnations to rescue Jamie and Zoe from Adam and the Master, and assists the other Doctors in saving their companions as well.
- Zoe has met the Ice Warriors, setting this after The Seeds of Death.
- The Doctor is traveling with Jamie and Zoe, but makes them stay in the TARDIS upon seeing the armed guards.
- Set long after Year of the Drex Olympics, with the Venusian aikido skills the Doctor practiced having gone "rusty". Zoe recalls facing Cybermen, Ice Warriors and the Quarks.
- The Doctor recalls the events of The True Tragedy of Macbeth.
- The Doctor recalls the events of The Glorious Revolution.
- Zoe mentions the Brigadier, setting this after The Invasion.
- Needing their help to stop the War Lords, the Doctor surrenders his location to the Time Lords, but makes to flee with Jamie and Zoe before he can be caught.
After the trial Edit
- Follows directly from The War Games, with the Doctor's sentence revoked on the condition that he works as a "hired gun" for the Celestial Intervention Agency, with Serena acting as his companion, though she is killed during their first mission.
- Set during World Game, after the Doctor asks to be sent to World War II to see if the soldiers from the War Games have been sent home.
- The Doctor has flecks of grey in his hair.
- The Doctor visits the Brigadier at a UNIT reunion, though he claims to be "bending" the Laws of Time to do so. The Doctor remembers Jamie and Zoe's memories being wiped during The War Games. He has flecks of grey in his hair.
- The Doctor has a tint of grey in his hair.
- The Doctor has grey-hair and is travelling alone, setting this shortly before The Two Doctors.
- After taking "a few stops" along the way, the Doctor returns to the Celestial Intervention Agency, though now sports grey hair brought on by stress. The Doctor bargains to have Jamie returned to him to ensure his silence on Serena's death. Ending leads into The Two Doctors, with a grey-haired Doctor and an older Jamie going to meet Joinson Dastari at Space Station Camera.
Working for the CIA Edit
Working with Jamie Edit
- All stories that feature Jamie as a young adult, and which has the Doctor in control of the TARDIS and able to remember afterwards, must be set during Season 6B.
- The Doctor and Jamie are explicitly working for the Doctor's people.
- The Doctor and Jamie go back in time to kill a dictator as a baby. However, the Doctor is unable to go through with the act.
- Jamie is wearing his clothes from The Two Doctors.
- Jamie still believes Victoria to be away on her graphology studies, as he said in The Two Doctors, but the Doctor is using his sonic screwdriver, which he didn't use until Victoria left in Fury from the Deep, thus placing this story in Season 6B.
- The Doctor has complete control of the TARDIS, placing this in Season 6B.
- Though he does not appear, the Doctor is currently travelling with Jamie. He alludes to the events of The Three Doctors.
Working alone Edit
- The Doctor is noted to have a "pitiful" demeanour as he departs on his own. He is also investigating, implying a Season 6B setting.
- The Doctor recognises the Master in Tremas's body, setting this after The Five Doctors. His hair is black instead of grey.
- The Doctor is investigating a time distortion, setting this during Season 6B.
- Sequel story to The Invasion. The Doctor describes the Brigadier as an "old soldier", setting this after The Five Doctors.
- The Doctor has control of the TARDIS, and dispenses justice for a murder, implying a Season 6B setting.
- The Doctor prevents a Golem from taking its revenge on humanity prematurely, setting this during Season 6B.
- The Doctor is sent on a mission to Karn by the Time Lords, who offer to annul his death sentence. However, he discovers that the Time Lords have been sending him on missions and wiping his memory several times over, with no intention of rescinding his exile. His memory is wiped again and he is prepared for another mission. The Doctor notes the battered appearance of the TARDIS console, implying he has already been sent on many missions by the Time Lords.
Hiding in luxury Edit
- Recently exiled, the Doctor takes up residence in the Carlton Grange Hotel in London during the 1960s.
- The general public have become aware of the Doctor's presence at the Carlton Grange Hotel.
- The Doctor is invited to give a lecture at a university due to his growing notoriety. He claims to be 500-years-old.
- Ensnared by a Time Lord trap, the Doctor is forced to regenerate into his next incarnation by scarecrows animated by the Time Lords.
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.
Awaiting placement Edit
- These entries are placed here until a suitable position in the timeline can be determined based on the available evidence.
- Zoe is more "accustomed to breathing the canned atmosphere of the Space Wheel", setting this shortly after The Wheel in Space.
- Jamie mentions the Ice Warriors, and Zoe doesn't react to it, suggesting a setting before she meets them in The Seeds of Death.
- ↑ https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/doctor-who-the-companion-chronicles-resistance-473
- ↑ https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/doctor-who-the-companion-chronicles-the-great-space-elevator-466
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- ↑ https://www.reddit.com/r/gallifrey/comments/fjjtpf/rgallifreys_no_stupid_questions_moronic_mondays/fko00kd/?context=8&depth=9
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