- You may be looking for Victoria Waterfield, the Second Doctor's companion or any one of several other things named "Victoria".
Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom (TV: Tooth and Claw) from 1837 to the early 20th century, in a reign which lasted sixty-three years. She oversaw great change over the course of her reign, including the expansion of the British Empire, and a period of industrialisation and scientific expansion. (PROSE: A History of Humankind) She also established the Torchwood Institute; (TV: Tooth and Claw) it was an organisation which would investigate and fight alien threats across the British Empire. (TV: Everything Changes, AUDIO: Golden Age)
Biography[edit | edit source]
Childhood[edit | edit source]
Early reign[edit | edit source]
Victoria was crowned in 1838 (TV: The Curse of Peladon) at the age of just eighteen (PROSE: A History of Humankind) in a ceremony that the Third Doctor claimed to have attended. (TV: The Curse of Peladon) Bill Potts also claimed to have witnessed it. (COMIC: Where's the Doctor?) Her official title was "Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India and Defender of the Faith". (TV: Tooth and Claw)
In 1840, Queen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert, (PROSE: A History of Humankind) to whom she was devoted, and had five daughters (TV: Tooth and Claw) and a son named Bertie. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive, etc.) They had a total of nine children, who later married into royal and noble families across Europe, before Albert died in 1861. (PROSE: A History of Humankind)
The Queen pressured the deposed maharaja Duleep Singh, whose mother she locked up for thirteen years, into gifting her with the Koh-i-Noor. She had him raised no differently to her children and had him beaten by his tutor when he misbehaved. She also made Colonel Oliver Crackenthorpe sentinel of the sea fortress after he had his wife committed to an asylum in 1861. (AUDIO: Fortitude)
In 1863, the Fifth Doctor was temporarily appointed Queen Victoria's scientific advisor whilst investigating a recently-discovered rift that appeared to lead to the afterlife. In fact, it led to another dimension which shaped itself according to the wishes of the inhabitants. (PROSE: Empire of Death)
In 1878, Queen Victoria oversaw the Cygnus, the Draco and the Lynx, which were launched to the Moon. This resulted in the alien life-forms known as the Vrall being unleashed on Earth. The Fifth Doctor had his companion Kamelion posed as a vision of Prince Albert to convince Victoria to abandon space travel. (PROSE: Imperial Moon)
Founding Torchwood[edit | edit source]
In 1879, Queen Victoria met the Tenth Doctor, whose psychic paper told her that he was her protector, and Rose Tyler whilst en route to Balmoral Castle. They stayed at Torchwood House where Father Angelo and the Brethren unleashed a werewolf on her with the aim of creating an Empire of the Wolf. She shot Father Angelo, claiming that Captain Reynolds had done it, and watched as the Doctor and Rose used the Koh-i-Nor and a light chamber created by Prince Albert and George MacLeish to kill the beast.
Afterwards, the Queen knighted the Doctor and Rose, who speculated that she might have been bitten by the wolf, to reward them for saving her. However, she then banished them from the British Empire for their blasphemy and revelling in a life of danger and established Torchwood to investigate and fight alien threats, as well as to keep an eye out for the Doctor. (TV: Tooth and Claw) In the Torchwood Charter issued on 31 December that year, (TV: Children of Earth: Day One) she listed the Doctor as an enemy of the Crown. (TV: Army of Ghosts)
The Queen and Tsar Alexander, who set up the KVI, gathered together a number of aliens and formed the Committee, promising to give them recovered alien technology in return for them testing Torchwood and the KVI. The Tsar later gave the Queen Object 1, which she gave to Jack Harkness to throw into the Rift upon learning what it had done to the mortality rate in Russia. (AUDIO: The Torchwood Archive)
1880s[edit | edit source]
In 1883, Redvers Fenn-Cooper received an invitation to Buckingham Palace and was used by Josiah Samuel Smith in a plan to assassinate Queen Victoria, whom Fenn-Cooper believed was a wild animal called a Crowned Saxe-Coburg. (TV: Ghost Light)
1890s[edit | edit source]
Queen Victoria went to Flat Holm and heard the messages from a voice that claimed to predict the future. She deduced that Florence Driscoll, a Torchwood operative, had been the one to kill Owain Pryce and Captain Henry Morgan and shot her after she tried to do the same to her. The Queen also destroyed the wireless, saying that her fate was in her own hands. (AUDIO: Save Our Souls)
In the summer of 1897, Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Count Otto Von Harnstein presented her with the Giant's Heart which was housed in the Tower of London until it could be set into her crown. The Giant's Heart was taken by the Doctor and replaced with a similar looking diamond from the Mines of Horno Ciego. The Doctor believed Queen Victoria would not notice the difference. (PROSE: The Giant's Heart)
Displeased with what little Mr Singh had done with his life, the Queen took him to the sea fortress where, as she expected, he released the creature and tried to kill her. She used this as justification to keep him there, giving his life purpose, whilst Colonel Crackenthorpe was given his freedom. (AUDIO: Fortitude)
On 17 May 1889, the Queen visited Torchwood's base at the National History Museum in London for an annual inspection when the Life-stealer escaped and started attacking people. Although tempted to use the creature to prolong her own life, lacking faith in her descendants to properly oversee Torchwood, the Queen rallied elderly Londoners to surround the creature, which was reduced to dust. She decided to allow Torchwood to continue operating and retired from the public view. (AUDIO: The Victorian Age)
In the 1890s, Queen Victoria was possessed by a 49th century refugee with the aim of turning "the tides of history" and creating a new future, plans which were thwarted by Henry Gordon Jago, George Litefoot, Ellie Higson and Toby. (AUDIO: The Spirit Trap) The Queen once attended a play at the New Regency Theatre (AUDIO: The Theatre of Dreams) and was saved by Jago and Litefoot from Jack the Ripper, whom she gave a royal pardon. (AUDIO: The Wax Princess)
The Queen knighted Jago and Litefoot for their roles in saving her life, but decreed that their knighthoods should be kept secret so as not to endanger the anonymity that she believed was vital to their work investigating infernal incidents. The Sixth Doctor was in attendance, but went by "Professor Dark" as he had heard a rumour that the Queen was not a fan of his. (AUDIO: Jago & Litefoot Forever)
Alternate timelines[edit | edit source]
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Knowledge of the Doctor passed down from one generation to another in the Royal Family following the incident with the werewolf and exile by Queen Victoria, being remembered as far as the 33rd century by Elizabeth X of Starship UK. (TV: The Beast Below)
Even 100 years after her death, the phrase "We are not amused" was still often linked to Queen Victoria; this led to Rose Tyler, who met her in 1879, making a wager with the Doctor that she could make her say it. (TV: Tooth and Claw)
Legacy[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
When the Fourth Doctor mentioned the dress Sarah Jane Smith was wearing was also worn by the Doctor's former travelling companion Victoria Waterfield, Sarah, referencing Queen Victoria's husband, quipped "Well, I hope Albert didn't wear it." (TV: Pyramids of Mars)
When they travelled to Mars, British soldiers took a painting of Queen Victoria to the red planet, putting it on display while they mined the area. They later marked it as her territory by writing "God save the Queen" on the surface with rocks with the Twelfth Doctor and Bill's help. (TV: Empress of Mars)
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Personality[edit | edit source]
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- According to the reference book Doctor Who: Creatures and Demons, which is not a valid source for in-universe articles, in Pete's World, Queen Victoria still went to Torchwood House. The werewolf attacked the house and Queen Victoria was killed in this event. It was theorised that this was the point of divergence which created Pete's World.
- Queen Victoria is one of three historical figures who are avaliable as playable characters in the online game TARDIS Tennis.
- Beginning in 2016, Jenna Coleman played Queen Victoria in the ITV drama series, Victoria, which chronicled the early years of the eponymous Queen's reign and also starred Eve Myles, Tommy Knight, Adrian Schiller, Tom Price, Nichola McAuliffe, Peter Bowles, Simon Paisley Day, Robin Soans and David Bamber.
- She was played by Annette Crosbie in Edward the Seventh.
- Stephanie Cole voiced Queen Victoria opposite Kerry Godliman in the John Finnemore's Double Acts instalment "The Queen's Speech".
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- December 1899 address of Queen Victoria to the Torchwood Institute (Torchwood website)
- August 1883 address to the Torchwood Institute on the Cardiff rift (Torchwood website)
- December 1884 address on the importance of secrecy (Torchwood website)
- July 1882 speech to the Torchwood Institute (Torchwood website)
- account of Queen Victoria's visits to Torchwood House (Torchwood House website)