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This page lists appearances of the Third 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, 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, Doc Oho's Book Reviews, The History of Doctor Who, The Discontinuity Guide, Clive Banks Databank, Whopix, 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.

Limiting factors[]

Any stories involving the Doctor travelling around several destinations in his TARDIS should take place following TV: The Three Doctors, prior to this he is limited to travels "on assignment" for the Time Lords. Any limited trip with Jo Grant must take place after TV: Colony in Space.

Any story where he is not on assignment but travelling freely with Jo must take place after TV: The Three Doctors and before TV: The Green Death. Any story with Sarah Jane Smith must take place after TV: The Time Warrior and before TV: Planet of the Spiders.


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UNIT career begins[]

The Doctor has regenerated from his previous incarnation. Upon recovering, he assists UNIT in combating the Nestene Consciousness's Auton invasion and is asked by Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart to become UNIT's scientific advisor with Dr. Liz Shaw, and he accepts in return for a car and his own set of clothes.
The Brigadier unveils the promised car to the Doctor, who names her Bessie and begins work on refurbishment. (AUDIO: Bessie Come Home)
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)
RAF Lieutenant Mike Yates is asked to join UNIT, with a promotion from lieutenant to captain. The Doctor uses Venusian aikido for the first time in his third incarnation, setting this before Landbound.
Shortly before the events of Doctor Who and the Silurians, the Doctor hooks Bessie up to the TARDIS during his repairs, unintentionally bestowing consciousness and reasoning to her in the process. (AUDIO: Bessie Come Home)
The Doctor finishes tinkering with Bessie and takes the car for its first test drive. He then 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[]

Immediately after seeing the Silurian city destroyed, the Doctor leaves UNIT. After Bessie runs out of petrol, the Doctor saves Captain Ronald Henderson from attackers, and, learning of the loss of Henderson's ship, decides to return to UNIT. (AUDIO: Landbound)
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.
Set a few weeks after Doctor Who and the Silurians.
The Doctor has yet to forgive the Brigadier for the outcome of Doctor Who and the Silurians. Corporal John Benton has only recently been promoted to Sergeant.
The Doctor drives Bessie, setting this after Doctor Who and the Silurians.
The events of The Ambassadors of Death are referred to.
The Doctor and Liz recall the recent events of Doctor Who and the Silurians, which the Doctor is still resentful towards the Brigadier for. Sergeant Nicola Attah is seconded into UNIT to replace the recently promoted Sergeant Benton. The Doctor moves the TARDIS console from the lab to the garage, setting this between Ambassadors of Death and Inferno.
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 in Terror of the Autons as her reason for leaving. The TARDIS console has also been removed from within the ship, as it was in The Ambassadors of Death.
Set on Christmas Day.
This is the second time the Doctor has visited a zoo, setting this after The Arkwood Experiments.
The Brigadier finds it doubtful that the Doctor can get the TARDIS to work, setting this before Inferno.
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 his Earth. The Doctor claims "[not] after all the years that we've worked together" to the Brigadier, implying it has been several years since he officially started working at U.N.I.T.
Set immediately after Inferno.
The outcome of Doctor Who and the Silurians is still fresh on the Doctor's mind. He has been working with UNIT for "months" and the Brigadier has warned Liz about her tone before, suggesting a setting 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.
Six months have passed since Spearhead from Space.
It is summer.
Sergeant Mike Yates sees inside the TARDIS for the first time, and the Doctor mentions visiting the parallel universe from Inferno.

Liz resigns[]

An older Liz recalls that the experience with the Cybermen was one of many factors that lead to her decision to leave UNIT.
Liz announces her intentions to leave UNIT, but seems to change her mind and decides to stay at UNIT.
Liz officially leaves UNIT, Yates is promoted to from sergeant to captain, and the Doctor is in a new laboratory.
One of the Doctor's attempts to repair the TARDIS sends Liz back in time to 1539. She is rescued and returned by the Doctor's future self, but is forced to leave UNIT to fulfil a destiny trap.
Liz has just recently left UNIT.
Set between Inferno and Terror of the Autons.[1]
With no travelling companion, the Doctor meets Horatio Nelson, whom he refers to as a personal friend in The Sea Devils.
Liz is called back to UNIT, and has been absent long enough for the Doctor to admit missing her company.
The Master hypnotises Lizinto wanting to leave UNIT from Cambridge University.
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.
Set shortly before Terror of the Autons. The Doctor reprimands Sergeant Benton outside Jack Canning's office when he sees Benton dressed up like him.

Battles with the Master[]

Jo Grant joins UNIT as the Doctor's new assistant, just in time for UNIT's first open battle with the Master. The Doctor steals the dematerialisation circuit from the Master's TARDIS, stranding his old enemy on Earth with him.
Set during Terror of the Autons: Episode 2.
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.
Though the audio's blurb places this between The Dæmons and Day of the Daleks, Jo is still quite new to UNIT, and is unaware of the true nature of the TARDIS, setting this before The Claws of Axos.
In an alternate timeline created by Rassilon and the Cybermen, the Doctor senses a time distortion during a brawl with the Master.
The Master is still trapped on Earth, setting this before The Mind of Evil.
The Master reclaims his dematerialisation circuit, and promptly leaves Earth in his TARDIS.
The Master has a working TARDIS, setting this after The Mind of Evil.
The Doctor is visibly chafing at his confinement to 20th century Earth.
The Doctor hasn't seen the Master since Deadly Reunion.
Set during Jo's first year at UNIT. The Doctor doesn't have the TARDIS working yet, and UNIT considers the Master a threat to Earth safety, setting this between The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos.
From a deal with the Master, the Doctor is able to restore his TARDIS back to working order, only to discover the Time Lords had pre-programmed it to always return him to 20th century Earth in case he managed to escape his exile.
The Doctor has just discovered that he will be drawn back to Earth even now he can depart with the TARDIS, setting this shortly after The Claws of Axos.
The Doctor incorrectly believes that the Time Lords have lifted his exile, setting this between The Claws of Axos and Colony in Space.
The Mega received advice from the Master, setting this after he got his TARDIS working in The Mind of Evil. The Nuton Power Complex is referenced, setting this after The Claws of Axos.
Jo visits her first alien planet when the Doctor is assigned a mission to Uxarieus by the Time Lords.
After his failed escape attempt upon his defeat in Devil's End, the Master is arrested by UNIT.
Set during The Dæmons: Episode 4.

After the Master's arrest[]

Set after the Master's arrest in The Dæmons.
  • PROSE: Court Hearing – Top Secret and Confidential
The Doctor attends the Master's trial, where he is tricked into acknowledging his intelligence in front of the world leaders, allowing the Master to talk his way out of the death sentence by showing his usefulness as a living prisoner.
The TARDIS is not in working order, setting this before The Three Doctors. Jo is absent from UNIT for several weeks due to the effects of the Time Keeper.
The events of Freedom are mentioned.
Jo returns to UNIT. Shortly afterwards, her father passes away. (AUDIO: Still Life)
Set between The Dæmons and Day of the Daleks.[2]

Missions in time[]

Before she is correct by the Doctor, Jo was under the impression that the TARDIS had been in working order after the events of Colony in Space, but the Doctor confirms that he still does not have control over it. Jo encounters the Daleks for the first time.
Set during Day of the Daleks: Episode 1.
The Doctor meets journalist James Stevens. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
Set between The Dæmons and The Sea Devils, as the Master is still imprisoned.
Set between The Dæmons and The Sea Devils, as the Master is still in prison. The Brigadier mentions the Daleks, setting this after Day of the Daleks.
Set sometime after The Dæmons, and not long before The Face of the Enemy, as the Master is being held in Aylesbury Grange Detention Centre.
The Doctor and Jo leave for Peladon, setting this during The Curse of Peladon: Episode 1.
The Doctor visits Peladon for the first time, while taking the TARDIS on its first test run since he "got it working again". Jo encounters the Ice Warriors for the first time.
The Doctor and Jo have the same outfits they wore in The Curse of Peladon.
The Doctor and Jo return to UNIT almost immediately after The Curse of Peladon.
Set shortly after The Curse of Peladon.
The Master changes the internal configuration of the Doctor's TARDIS, setting this after The Curse of Peladon, and before The Sea Devils, as the Master is sent to Fortress Island.
The Master is said to be locked up on a secure island, setting this shortly before The Sea Devils.
Aided by the Sea Devils, the Master is able to escape his prison sentence on Fortress Island. The Doctor meets the Sea Devils for the first time.
Set immediately after The Sea Devils.
Set after The Sea Devils, as the Doctor is making a device to track the Master, which he completes in The Time Monster. Jo has encountered the Daleks, setting this after Day of the Daleks.
The Doctor, Jo and the Brigadier corner the Master in the Tower of London during his attempt to steal the British Crown Jewels. (AUDIO: Masterful)
Jo fails to recognise the Fourth Doctor, setting this before The Touch of the Nurazh.
Set after The Mutants, as Jo hasn't been in the TARDIS very often, the Master is free and the Doctor is anticipating being freed from his exile soon.
Authorial intent places this between Day of the Daleks and The Time Monster.[3]
The Doctor is still in exile, and refers to the events of Colony in Space and The Mutants.
The events of The Mutants are mentioned. The Doctor briefly regenerates into his fourth incarnation, but the regeneration is aborted due to the Nurazh's interference.
Jo recalls the Daleks and Ogrons, setting this after Day of the Daleks. The Doctor confesses that sheep have "never filled [him] with dread before", setting this before Verdigris.
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.
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 Primord.
Jo recalls her recent encounter with Liz, setting this shortly after Primord.
Still in his exile, the Doctor uses a previously unseen TARDIS control console to contact the Stormcage Containment Facility to get an update on the Master. He recalls the events of Colony in Space.
Set three years after Spearhead from Space. The Doctor lists his work for the Time Lords, with The Mutants being the last one he mentions. This is also where UNIT acquires the manor house seen in The Three Doctors.
The Doctor refers to the events of Day of the Daleks. UNIT are using Doc Dantalion's manor house as their headquarters, setting this after Where the Heart Is.
The Doctor mentions Peladon, setting this after The Curse of Peladon.
Jo has faced the Ogrons before, setting this after Day of the Daleks. The Doctor's TARDIS is still limited in its capabilities, and the Doctor is sent on a mission by the Time Lords, setting this before The Three Doctors.
Jo comments on the TARDIS's new interior design, which the Doctor dismisses as a "redecoration".
According to an attached footnote, this is set after The Time Monster, with the Doctor recalling how the TARDIS "took a bit of a tumble during [his] recent battle against the Master."
The Doctor is using the control room from The Time Monster.
The Doctor visits Professor Child's dig. (PROSE: The Suns of Caresh)
The Doctor and Jo attend the coronation of Elizabeth II in Bessie.
The Doctor investigates a mysterious infantryman's jacket. (AUDIO: Tales from the Vault)
The Doctor doesn't have use of his TARDIS, setting this before The Three Doctors. He recognises his next incarnation on sight due to his "teeth and curls", setting this after The Touch of the Nurazh.
The Doctor recalls the events of Day of the Daleks. He has not heard the phrase "timey wimey" before, setting this before The Heralds of Destruction as well. Jo also implies that she's been travelling with the Doctor for a while.
Set shortly before Verdigris.
Ending leads directly into The Three Doctors.

Working on the TARDIS[]

The Doctor's knowledge of time travel is restored to him as a reward for defeating Omega. However, he doesn't leave immediately, as he needs to fix up the TARDIS further.
The Scorchies song mentions the Gell guards, setting this after The Three Doctors. The Doctor is still working on the TARDIS.
The Doctor is switched with his seventh incarnation by the Monk. Jo refers to the Omega crisis, but acts as if she hasn't travelled in the TARDIS yet, setting this shortly after The Three Doctors.
Jo is aware of the Doctor's regenerative abilities, setting this after The Three Doctors, but the TARDIS is not currently operational, suggesting this occurs before the Doctor completes his repairs and begins travelling with Jo.
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.
In the first artificial scenario, the Brigadier refers to the Doctor recently being released from his exile on Earth by the Time Lords, setting this shortly after The Three Doctors. The Doctor takes a solo test flight in the TARDIS.
With the TARDIS in his control again, the Doctor rescues Liz from 1539. (PROSE: Hiccup in Time)
The Doctor's exile has just been rescinded.
With his TARDIS working again after being restored to working order by the Time Lords, the Doctor visits Captain Henderson, months after their last meeting, to take him back to witness the loss of his ship. (AUDIO: Landbound)
Jo recalls that the events of this story occurred "sometime after" the events of The Doll of Death, and also recalls the events of Day of the Daleks. The Doctor, freed from his exile, takes the TARDIS on a test flight, suggesting a setting shortly after The Three Doctors, which, according to Jo, they do not immediately return home from.
The Doctor has only recently been freed from his exile, and Jo mentions that they are taking the TARDIS for a "test drive", setting this shortly after The Three Doctors.

Newfound freedoms[]

The Doctor's exile has been recently lifted, but he still feels uneasy when it is mentioned, setting this shortly after The Three Doctors.
The Doctor has had his ability to pilot the TARDIS returned to him recently, and his exile is still a sore subject of conversation for him, setting this shortly after The Three Doctors.
The Doctor admits to Jo that he has come to find comfort in Earth since his exile was lifted, and that he reason he keeps returning is to see his friends there. Some of his abilities that were previously blocked by the Time Lords are still returning, setting this shortly after The Three Doctors.
Jo is still new to time travel, but the Doctor has complete control of the TARDIS, setting this after The Three Doctors.
The Doctor can control his TARDIS' flight, and Jo has apparently taken numerous lengthy trips in the TARDIS. The Doctor attempts to take Jo on a "proving trip" to a destination of her choice, suggesting a setting shortly after The Three Doctors. This story also demonstrates her awakening social conscience from The Green Death.
The Doctor's exile has been recently lifted, setting this shortly after The Three Doctors.
The Doctor is currently travelling with Jo. (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.

Continued voyages with Jo[]

Jo recalls the events of The Three Doctors.
The Doctor and Jo have been traveling in the TARDIS for some time, but Jo is not familiar with the Doctor's trances, setting this before Frontier in Space.

Aiming for Metebelis III[]

Setting off from Earth, the Doctor and Jo attempt to visit Metebelis III, but arrive on Inter Minor instead, where they are trapped in a Miniscope. Jo is sceptical of the Doctor's ability to pilot the TARDIS, with the novelisation stating that the Doctor and Jo are taking the TARDIS for a test flight shortly after the events of The Three Doctors.
Set during the epilogue of Carnival of Monsters. The Doctor is approached by River Song, who tells him he is "about to have his hearts broken", referring to Jo's upcoming departure from his company in The Green Death.
The Doctor and Jo are still aiming for Metebelis III. The Doctor tries to recalibrate the TARDIS' navigational system, and Jo mentions the events of Carnival of Monsters.
According to a note in the About the Authors section of the Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership anthology, this is set between Carnival of Monsters and Frontier in Space,
Jo sees the TARDIS food machine for the first time.

Returning to Earth[]

Jo is still wearing her clothes from Carnival of Monsters.
Set immediately after Frontier in Space. After leaving Spiridon, Jo asks the Doctor to take them back to Earth.
The Doctor and Jo have just left Spiridon, setting this immediately after Planet of the Daleks.
Continues immediately on from Planet of the Daleks.
Jo is still musing on her romance with Latep from Planet of the Daleks, and begins to think about how her days with the Doctor might be coming to an end. Despite her insistence on wanting to return to Earth, the Doctor again attempts to take Jo to Metebelis III.
The Doctor is still adjusting to his newfound freedom, but speaks fondly of his time in exile. He has promised to get Jo back to Earth and gives her his TARDIS key, setting this shortly after Planet of the Daleks.

Final adventures with Jo[]

The Doctor and Jo have recently returned to UNIT from Spiridon, setting this after Planet of the Daleks.
The Doctor refers to the recent events of Frontier in Space, and gave the TARDIS navigation systems an overhaul "a few days ago". Jo is becoming fed up with all her and the Doctor's trips in the TARDIS going wrong and putting them in danger.
Latep from Planet of the Daleks is mentioned, and Jo has been back on Earth for "a bit."
Set a week after Planet of the Daleks. The Doctor and Jo have spent the past few weeks trying and failing to get to Metebelis III.
The Doctor seems able to control the TARDIS, and, although he speaks of Jo in the present tense, she is not traveling with him at the moment. Possibly set before Last of the Gaderene or Speed of Flight, where the Doctor is shown returning to UNIT after taking some solo trips.
According to the back cover, this is set between Planet of the Daleks and The Green Death. The Doctor is attempting to take Jo and Mike to Karfel for a date after Mike expressed interest in TARDIS travel during Dancing the Code, which is still fresh in both Mike and Jo's minds. Jo is beginning to grow unsure whether she wants to travel with the Doctor anymore.
The Doctor, Jo and Mike take a trip to Karfel, where they prevent the experiments of a scientist named Megelen on a local life form called Morloxes. (TV: Timelash)
Set immediately after Timelash.
The Doctor's exile has been rescinded recently by the Time Lords. Jo and Mike plan to take trips into history for their dates, and Mike has accompanied the Doctor and Jo to other planets before, setting this after Speed of Flight, but is treating time travel as a new experience.
The Doctor mentions Lava Worms, setting this after The Transcendence of Ephros.
The Doctor and Jo visit Pakha. The Doctor notices for the first time that Jo has grown up a lot since their first meeting.
Jo mentions her ability to resist Time Lord hypnosis, which she first demonstrated during Frontier in Space.
Jo is familiar with the Doctor's trances that make his skin ice-cold, setting this after Planet of the Daleks.
Set between Planet of the Daleks and The Green Death, according to the book's back cover. Jo recalls the Doctor's various attempts to take her to Metebelis III.
The Doctor and Jo go back in time to kill a dictator as a baby. However, the Doctor sees his sixth incarnation doing the same, and leaves him to do it.
The Doctor notes that Jo is beginning to grow up.
Jo refers to the events of Planet of the Daleks.
The Doctor and Jo briefly encounter an apparition of a Charley Pollard from an alternate timeline. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)
The Doctor and Jo visit the planet Erindra.
Jo has pale skin from spending lots of time inside the Doctor's lab.
Jo is familiar with the Doctor entering comas, setting this after Planet of the Daleks.
Mike is displeased to find himself traveling in the TARDIS, suggesting he has already travelled within it. The Doctor tells Jo that she will leave him when she feels the time is right.
Jo demonstrates her growing environmental awareness, setting this after Come Friendly Bombs... and shortly before The Green Death.
Jo leaves UNIT, and the Doctor's company, to marry ecologist Professor Clifford Jones.
Set during The Green Death: Episode 1, after the Doctor leaves Metebelis III and before he returns to UNIT, as the Doctor still has the Metebelis crystal in his possession.

Travelling alone[]

The Doctor is at a pub near Llanfairfach reflecting on Jo’s departure, setting this immediately after The Green Death.
Jo has just recently left the Doctor, setting this shortly after The Green Death.
The Doctor still misses Jo after she left in The Green Death.
The Doctor refers to Jo leaving him, setting this shortly after The Green Death.
Benton refers to the events of The Green Death.
After spending years inventing a device to save Jo from the time distortion, the Doctor travels to the 2010s and leaves the device with Petronella Osgood, along with a farewell letter for Jo. (AUDIO: The Sacrifice of Jo Grant)
The Doctor is still saddened by Jo's recent departure, setting this shortly after The Green Death. He has begun work on the Whomobile, but it is not yet ready for use.

Solo actions[]

Set directly after *Sub Zero.
Set between Zeron Invasion and Deadly Choice.[source needed]

Temporary companions[]

On a mission for the Time Lords, the Doctor is taken prisoner on 32nd century Earth, and assisted in his escape by a young boy named Arnold. After overthrowing the young tyrant, Oswald, the Doctor invites Arnold to travel with him as he takes Oswald away from the vengeful Earth citizens.
Follows directly on from Children of the Evil Eye, with the Doctor and Arnold leaving Oswald on another planet as his punishment. The Doctor begins the return journey to Earth to return Arnold to his home.
The Doctor returns Arnold to his home so as not to alienate him from his time.
The Doctor is traveling with Liz.
According to one account, shortly after he saves the Marquis de Saint Epiman de Sinee de la Tour from the French Revolution, the Third Doctor and the Marquis, who renames himself "Jason", meet Crystal while stopping the Cybermen from kidnapping a US Envoy from the Number 10 nightclub, and she helps them combat the Dalek Emperor, and then joins them in the TARDIS with Zog, a slave from Deneb IV she had befriended. Other accounts, however, depict Jason and Crystal meeting the Sixth Doctor instead.
The Doctor and Joshua Douglas part ways after ten years of companionship.

Alone again[]

Set before The Time Warrior.
Set between The Green Death and The Time Warrior.[source needed]
The Doctor was in the middle of making adjustments to Bessie when he was picked up by Bernice Summerfield. He has knowledge of TARDIS travel and recalls his attempts to get to Metebelis III, setting this after The Green Death.
The Doctor is imprisoned at the Maximum security facility with his other incarnations.
The Doctor has Christmas dinner with his other incarnations.
The Third Doctor unites with his other incarnations to help a group of people seal the Time Fracture.

Meeting Sarah Jane Smith[]

The Doctor meets Sarah Jane Smith, who becomes a reluctant stowaway aboard the TARDIS.
Set immediately after The Time Warrior, at least in this account, with the Doctor returning Sarah home to London. She meets the Brigadier for the first time and decides to officially join the Doctor's company.
This account also depicts the Doctor returning Sarah home to London for the first time since they left the research centre in The Time Warrior. [quote 1] The Doctor proposes taking Sarah on a trip to Florana, leading directly into Death to the Daleks.
The Doctor and Sarah are traveling to Florana for a holiday, setting this almost immediately after Invasion of the Dinosaurs. Sarah Jane has her first encounter with the Daleks.
In the novelisation, the TARDIS has returned immediately back to UNIT HQ following Death to the Daleks and is still recovering from the energy drainage sustained in that story.[quote 2]
The Doctor has been trying to get Sarah Jane to Florana since they left London, but has failed to get her there several times already.[quote 3]
The Doctor and Sarah finally make it to Florana, setting this after Death to the Daleks.

Voyages with Sarah[]

Sarah Jane doesn't know much about the Doctor's origins, setting this before The Time Thief.
The Doctor tells Sarah Jane about Gallifrey and the Time Lords.
The Doctor and Sarah are on their way back to UNIT HQ.
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 by Adam Mitchell, leading directly into Endgame.
The Doctor joins with his other incarnations to rescue his friends from Adam and the Master, and assists the other Doctors in saving their companions as well.
Sarah has been travelling with the Doctor for only a few weeks.
Sarah has already been to a number of alien worlds.
Sarah mentions her vacation in Sicily, setting this after The Ghosts of N-Space.
The Doctor is traveling Sarah Jane, as well as the Brigadier and Sergeant Benton. He drives the Whomobile, setting this after Invasion of the Dinosaurs.
Set seven weeks after Invasion of the Dinosaurs.[quote 4]
Set between Death to the Daleks and The Monster of Peladon. [4]

Time alone[]

Set immediately before The Five Doctors, with an echo of Clara Oswald calling out to the Doctor just before he is sent to the Death Zone.
The Doctor recognises Sarah Jane when he encounters her future self in the Death Zone, setting this between The Time Warrior and Planet of the Spiders. Sarah Jane, who has been taken to the Death Zone years after she left the TARDIS, tells the Doctor she will be present when he regenerates.
The Doctor attends the Brigadier's funeral.
The Doctor salutes the Brigadier with his other incarnations.
Though she is absent, the Doctor is currently traveling with Sarah Jane Smith.[quote 5]
The Third Doctor and his other incarnations are switched with the Seventh Doctor at Albert Square by the First Rani's time loop. He recognises Sarah Jane, setting this after The Time Warrior.
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Standing in for Doctor Who star Jon Pertwee, the Doctor gives a docile Dalek to David Peta as a pet.

Final voyages[]

Sarah is wearing her leather jacket from The Monster of Peladon.

Death on Dust[]

Sarah Jane and the Doctor have just left Peladon, setting this immediately after The Monster of Peladon.
Set immediately after Alien Bodies, with the Doctor and Sarah intending to return to Earth. The Doctor discovers a door within the TARDIS that leads to his eighth incarnation, who attempts to warn him of Faction Paradox. The TARDIS lands on the planet Dust during the War in Heaven, on the same day when I.M. Foreman's Travelling Show arrived and the Faction Paradox warships approached the planet, leading directly into Interference: The Hour of the Geek.
The Doctor defeats the Remote invasion, and resolves the apparent paradox of Foreman's original encounter with his future selves. However, due to the interference of Faction Paradox, the Doctor is shot by Magdelana Bishop, and begins to regenerate into his next incarnation.
Aware of the perversion of history, the Third Doctor's "ghost" remains in the TARDIS until the Eighth Doctor confronts Grandfather Paradox during the Faction Paradox invasion of Gallifrey. The Third Doctor assists the Eighth Doctor in destroying Gallifrey and Kasterborous, forcing the universe to choose which is the real timeline.
The Eighth Doctor was uncertain which timeline would become real. Compassion initially told Fitz Kreiner that the Doctor's visit to Dust and the War in Heaven had been unwritten from history. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) However, when the Eighth Doctor eventually regained contact with the greater universe, history had been rewritten so that Gallifrey had never even existed, (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) suggesting that the War had not been erased, but actually continued and ended in some other way. (PROSE: The Book of the War, The Story So Far...)

Avoiding Dust[]

Set shortly after The Monster of Peladon, with the Doctor feeling morbid after his brush with death on Peladon.
The Doctor is travelling with Jeremy Fitzoliver.
Sequel to Neptune. The Doctor is still traveling with Jeremy, setting this immediately after The Dead Man's Story.
Sarah recalls meeting Aggedor on Peladon, setting this after The Monster of Peladon.
Sarah recalls visiting Peladon, setting this after The Monster of Peladon. However, she also claims that the only other alien planet she has visited is Exxilon.[quote 6]
Set after The Monster of Peladon.[source needed]
The Doctor and Sarah are on their way back to Earth.

The Brigadier informs the Doctor that Jo is sending back the Metebelis crystal that he gave her "months" ago during The Green Death, setting this shortly before Planet of the Spiders.

A slow demise[]

Confronting the Great One of the Eight Legs, the Doctor receives a lethal dose of radiation, but is able to escape in the TARDIS.
Suffering severe radiation poisoning, the Doctor is stuck wandering around the time vortex for ten years due to lacking the energy to properly pilot the TARDIS. (PROSE: Love and War)
Slowly dying from radiation sickness, the Doctor is trying to find his way back to UNIT HQ from Metebelis III.
The Doctor is dying after being exposed to radiation.
After the TARDIS finally lands back at UNIT HQ, the Doctor is able to regenerate into his next incarnation with assistance from K'anpo Rimpoche.

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Currently unplaced[]

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[]

These entries are placed here until a suitable position in the timeline can be determined based on the available evidence.
The Doctor and Jo return to Draconia, setting this after Frontier in Space.


  1. DOCTOR: "Well, I told you I'd get you back home safely, didn't I?"
    SARAH: "We set off from the Research Centre."
    DOCTOR: "Well, there's no point in going back there. No, I set course for UNIT HQ."
  2. "As you'll remember", he went on, continuing his work, "the TARDIS energy banks were totally drained by the beacon of the Exxilon City –" Sarah shuddered as she remembered their escape from the Daleks; and another curler slipped from its moorings. "–and although she was able to generate enough temporal thrust to take us home, she's by no means back to normal, poor old thing."
  3. "Is this better than Florana, then?" asked Sarah, skipping to catch up. The Doctor had been promising to take her to Florana ever since they had left London, but somehow the TARDIS always seemed to have other plans.
  4. It had all changed seven weeks earlier. [Sarah's] discovery of the existence of the government's nuclear shelters in Sir Charles Grover's Whitehall offices had piqued her curiosity about what other Cold War projects were still under wraps and patiently awaiting her investigation.
  5. "Primitive humans," the aristocrat said. "It reminds me of the time Sarah and I-"''
  6. "For someone whose previous experience of alien worlds was limited to the dank surface of Exxilon and Peladon's grim caverns, the scene was irresistible."