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University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge was located in the English city of the same name. Liz Shaw was a graduate from this university, (TV: Spearhead from Space) and after leaving UNIT, came to work there as a professor. (AUDIO: The Sentinels of the New Dawn, Primord, HOMEVID: The Zero Imperative)

The Third Doctor said he had always admired Cambridge's architecture. (AUDIO: Primord)


The Time Lord criminal Salyavin, one of the Doctor's boyhood heroes, was a fellow of St Cedd's College from c. late 17th century, holding the chair of Regius Professor of Chronology under the name Professor Urban Chronotis. (WC: Shada; TV: Shada) His apartments, Room 314 in St Cedd's, were really his TARDIS. (TV: Shada)

The Master of Sedgwick in the 1930s was Sir Isaiah Hardy, who went missing and was found by the First Doctor, Vicki Pallister and Steven Taylor. (AUDIO: Entanglement)

In 1939, a failed attempt to open Devil's Hump became known as "the Cambridge University fiasco". (TV: The Dæmons)

The Doctor took an honorary doctoral degree at St Cedd's College in 1960 and was known to college porter Wilkin. Accounts differ as to whether it was in his fourth or eighth incarnation. (TV: Shada, WC: Shada)

Liz Shaw studied at Cambridge, choosing Newnham College over Girton College due to a lack of interest in cycling. (AUDIO: The Blue Tooth) She did research there before being invited to join UNIT in the 1970s. (TV: Spearhead from Space) She later returned to Cambridge and, about a year after, was working beneath Teri Billington in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. (AUDIO: The Sentinels of the New Dawn) She became a professor. (AUDIO: Primord) She left the university in the 1990s to help set up P.R.o.B.e., (HOMEVID: The Devil of Winterborne) believing that her research at the university had led to her being headhunted for the role. (HOMEVID: The Zero Imperative)

Chemistry student Chris Parsons studied at St Cedd's College in the later 1970s. (TV: Shada, WC: Shada)

The Fourth Doctor and Romana II were punting on the canal in October 1979, (TV: Shada) whereupon they were abducted by use of the Time Scoop. (TV: The Five Doctors)

In the late 1980s and the early 1990s, Brendan Richards studied at Cambridge. (PROSE: Housewarming)

Dr John Winters took a degree at St Cedd's. (GAME: Torchwood Mission Game)

The Eighth Doctor and Romana II visited St Cedd's College to visit (once again) Professor Chronotis. (WC: Shada)

Harold Saxon's file stated that he had gone to Cambridge. It was fake. (TV: The Sound of Drums)

At some point after their adventures with the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright became professors at Cambridge. They were still professors in 2010, and rumoured not to have aged since the 1960s. (TV: Death of the Doctor)

During the late 2010s, Adelaide Brooke went to Cambridge where she took her first honours in Physics and Mathematics. She went on to be the first woman to land on Mars. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

Julia Dornay was an expert in cybernetics at University of Cambridge. (AUDIO: Situation Vacant)

Known faculty[]

Known faculty of the University of Cambridge included Professor Ian Chesterton, Professor Barbara Chesterton, (TV: Death of the Doctor) Professor Urban Chronotis at St Cedd's College, (TV: Shada) Professor Rachel Jensen, (PROSE: The Scales of Injustice) Professor Gordon Jones at Churchill College, (TV: The Invasion) Professor Lennox, (TV: The Ambassadors of Death) Professor Meechley, (PROSE: The Dark Planet) Professor Sir Isaac Newton (AUDIO: Entanglement) at Trinity College, (PROSE: Newtons Sleep) and Professor Liz Shaw. (AUDIO: Primord)

Known students[]

Known students of the University included Adelaide Brooke, (TV: The Waters of Mars) Anne Travers, Ruth Ingram, Allison Williams (PROSE: The Scales of Injustice) at Girton College, (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) Brendan Richards, (PROSE: Housewarming) Liz Shaw at Newnham College, (AUDIO: The Blue Tooth) Sylvia Wimpole, (AUDIO: Criss-Cross) and John Winters (GAME: Torchwood Mission Game) and Karen Ellmore. (AUDIO: Infamy of the Zaross)

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Location information

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Though it's possible that a real world location doesn't exist in the same geographic space in the Doctor Who universe, such cases are few and far between. Thus, the map at right is probably a good indicator of the DWU location of University of Cambridge.