Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extra-dimensional (Earth-Who) extra temporal (Time Lord) extra-terrestrial (Gallifreyan).
Occupation: Interstellar interfering busybody, Time
(occasionally) Scientific Advisor to the United Nations International Taskforce / Unified Intelligence Taskforce
(formerly) Scrutionary Archivist, Lord High President of Gallifrey, Restaurateur (fifth Doctor only), Hermit (sixth Doctor and Muldwych incarnations only), Speakeasy owner (seventh Doctor only), Secondary school science teacher (tenth Doctor only), museum curator (unspecified future regeneration only)
Group Membership: Paternoster Gang (Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, Strax), the Deca (Koschei [a.k.a. the Master], Ushas [a.k.a. the Rani], Drax, Mortimus [a.k.a the Meddling Monk], Magnus [a.k.a. the War Chief], the Doctor, Vansell, Rallon, Millennia, Jelpax), the Diogenes Club, the Time Lords of Gallifrey
Affiliations: Travelling companions: (former) Abigail
Pettigrew, Adam Mitchell, Adric, Alan Mortimer, Amy (Abby), Amy Pond, Angela
"Gus" Goodman, Anji Kapoor, Antranak, Arnold ?,
"Frobisher" Tarklu, Barbara Wright, Ben Jackson, Bev Tarrant, Canton
Delaware III, "Captain" Jack Harkness, Captain Michael "Mike" Yates, Catherine
"Cat" Broome, Charlotte "Charley" Pollard, Chertzog, Chris Cwej, Claudia
?, Compassion, C'Rizz, Crystal ?, Deborah ?, Decky Flamboon, Delilah, Destrii,
Doctor Elizabeth "Liz" Shaw, Doctor Evelyn Smythe, Donna Noble, Dorothea
McShane, Dot Strong, Elizabeth Klein, Emily Chaudhry, Emily Winter,
Erimemushinteperem "Erimem", Fenella Wibbsey,
Truscott-Sade, Fitz Kreiner (Father Kreiner), Fitz Kreiner (Kode), Flora,
Frank ?, Gemma Griffin, George Mortimer, Gisella, Grant Markham, Haroll Strong,
Heather McCrimmon, Helen Mortimer, Henry Gordon Jago, Hill, Ian Chesterton,
Ida Mortimer, Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair, Jack Strong, James Robert "Jamie"
McCrimmon, Jason ?, Jemima-Katy, Jeremy Fitzoliver, Josephine "Jo" Grant,
Joshua Douglas, Kamelion, Katarina, Kazran Sardik, Kevin, K-9 Mark 1, K-9
Mark 2, K-9 Mark 3, K-9 Mark 4, Kroton, Leela, Lorenzo Smitt, Lucie Miller,
Ly-Chee, Lysandra Aristedes, Marmaduke, Martha Jones, Mary Shelley, Matthew
Finnegan; Melanie "Mel" Bush, Mickey Smith, Mila, Molly O'Sullivan, Nina,
Nyssa of Traken, Oliver Harper, Olla, Perpigillium "Peri" Brown, Philippa
"Flip" Jackson, Polly Wright, Professor Bernice "Benny" Summerfield, Professor
George Litefoot, Raine Creevy, Rita ?, Robert "Bobby" Zierath,
Romanadvoratrelundar, Roslyn "Roz" Forester, Rose Tyler, Sally Morgan, Samantha
"Sam" Jones, Samson Griffin, Sarah Jane Smith, Sara Kingdom, Serenadellatrovella
"Serena", Sharon Davies, Shelly,
Ssard, Stacy Townsend, Steven Taylor, Surgeon-Lieutenant Harry Sullivan,
Susan Foreman, Tamsin Drew, Tegan Jovanka, Thomas Brewster, Thomas Hector
"Hex" Schofield, Todd ?, Trix MacMillan, Vicki Pallister, Victoria Waterfield,
Vislor Turlough, Will Arrowsmith, Will Chandler, Will Hoffman, Wolfgang "Wolfie"
Ryter, Wolsey, Zeleekha, Zoe Herriot, Zog, unidentified tramp
(current) Clara Oswald
(future) Anna ?, Emily Blandish, Guinevere Winchester, Iphegenia, Ria ?;
(sideways - companions of alternate universe Doctors) Arnold ?, Alison Cheney, Antimony, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Ellie Martin, Emma ?, John, Gillian, Larna, the Master, Ruth Vollmer
(intermittently) Scientific Advisor to UNIT
ally of Abslom Daak, Ancelyn, Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, Brigadier Winifred Bambera, Bret Vyon, Brill, Chang Lee, the Corsair, Craig Owens, Death's Head, Death's Head (Minion), Dr Grace Holloway, Donna Noble, Dorium Maldovar, Garshak, God (of the People), Group Captain Ian "Chunky" Gilmore, Guy de Carnac, Henry Avery, Honoré Lechasseur, I.M. Foreman, the Intrusion Counter Measures Group, Iris Wildthyme, Irving Braxiatel, Jackie Tyler, Jackson Lake, Jason Kane, Jenny, John Riddell, Kadaitu Lethbridge-Stewart, Kalendorf, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart, Keepsake, Kopyion Liall a Mahajetsu, Maxwell Edison, Merlin, Nefertiti, Professor Rachel Jensen, River Song, Robert McIntosh, Sabalom Glitz, Sergeant Major John Benton, Shayde, Wilfred Mott; Reality-616's Reed Richards, Alistaire Stewart, Dr. Stephen Strange (possibly; see Comments); the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise NCC-1701 (Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Dr. Leonard McCoy, others), the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise NCC-1701 E (Captain Jean-Luc Picard, William Ryker, Mr. Data, others); library card holder for the Library of St John the Beheaded; (former) agent of the Eternal / God of Gallifrey known as Time, student of K'Anpo Rinpoche, owner of Pimms Shipping Company, head of the Tao Te Lung Hong Kong Triad.
(as the Other) former partner of Omega and Rassilon
Enemies: (only major foes or ones who have interacted with the Marvel Universe) Beep the Meep, Catavolcus, Chelonians, Cybermen, Daleks, Faction Paradox, Fenric, the Feratu, Gaunts, Gods of Ragnarok, the Great Intelligence, Hob, Ice Warriors, Josiah W. Dogbolter, the Master, Melanicus, the Moderator, Mortimus, Nazis, Nimrod, the Rani, Rassilon, Sabbath, the Silence, Silurians and Sea Devils, Sontarans, the Timewyrm, Torchwood, the Valeyard, Weeping Angels, the Wrekka; (former) Death's Head
Known Relatives: Susan "Foreman" (grand-daughter), Miranda "Dawkins" (adopted daughter, deceased), Jenny (kind-of-clone, "daughter"), Zezanne (grand-daughter via Miranda), Alex Campbell (great-grandson via Susan), Barbara, Ian and David Campbell (adoptive great-grandchildren via Susan), Irving Braxiatel (brother), Patience (Other's wife, deceased), Scarlette (Eighth Doctor's wife), Queen Elizabeth I (Tenth Doctor's wife), River Song (Eleventh Doctor's wife), Iphegenia (future incarnations' wife), Marilyn Monroe (Eleventh Doctor's alleged wife); Almund, Arkhew, Celesia, Chovor, DeRoosifa, Farg, Glospin, Innocet, Jobiska, Luton, Maljamin, Owis, Quences, Rynde, Salpash, Satthralope, Tulgel, 28 unnamed others (Cousins) Penelope (possible mother), Salyavin (possible father), Amy Pond (mother-in-law), Rory Williams (father-in-law), Anthony Brian Williams (brother-in-law), Brian Williams (paternal grandfather-in-law), the Other (genetic forebear), Pfifl and Laklis (Hroth foster parents, fifth Doctor on)
Aliases: (used often or for prolonged periods of his
life) d3sigma x2, the Doctor, Doctor John Smith, Doctor
Walters, Claudius Dark, the Curator, Merlin, Muldwych, the Ripper, the Sandman,
Theta Sigma, the Valeyard, the War Doctor;
(applied to him by others) Bringer of Darkness, the Dark One, Doctor Who, Eighth Man Bound, the Evergreen Man, the Evil One, He Whose Name Dare Not Be Mentioned, the Ka Faraq Gatri (Destroyer of Worlds), the Oncoming Storm, the Other, the Relic, the Renegade, the Saviour, Sir Doctor of TARDIS (not strictly an alias, as he was genuinely knighted by Queen Victoria), Snail, Thete, Time's Champion, Wormhole; by the Chinese he is sometimes known as "Hu", "the tiger", for his courage, sometimes as "Hu", "the fox", for his cunning, but most commonly "xue" (pronounced hu), "he who tends to the sick."
(mistaken for, and didn't bother correcting) the Abbot of Amboise, Commander John Ballard, Doc Holliday, Doctor Friedlander, the Examiner, Maximillian Petullian, Meglos, Salamander, Sir Reginald Styles, Zeus;
(occasional / once off) Albert Einstein, Doctor Bowman, Doctor Caligari, Doctor Galloway, Doctor Grigori Kalashnikov, Doctor James McCrimmon, Doctor / Major General Johann Schmidt, Doctor Jonas Smythe, Doctor Vaughn Sutton, Doctor von Wer, Doktor of Tardis, Gracie Witherspoon, the Great Wizard Qui Quae Quod, Gaius Iunius Faber, James Alistair Bowman, Jean Forgeron, John Rutherford, johnsmith8, Lung Tau (the Dragon's Head), Mr Ashcroft, Mr Pendragon, Perdix, Richard A. Fells, the Savant, Sir Doctor Peter Pollard, the Supremo, Zagreus
Base of Operations: the
(previously) the House of Lungbarrow, Southern Gallifrey; the Capitol, Gallifrey; I.M.Foreman's Junkyard, 76 Totter's Lane, Shoreditch, London, Earth-Who, 1963; England, Earth-Who, 1970s/1980s (third incarnation, period of exile); Tempis Fugit Restaurant, planet Pella Satyrnis, c.63rd Century (fifth incarnation, stranded five years), Oliver Bainbridge Functional Stabilisation Centre, planet Ha'olam, late 22nd century (eighth incarnation, prisoner, 3 years); England, Earth-Who, 20th century (eighth incarnation, 100 year period of amnesia)
(intermittently) the House on Allen Street, Adisham, Kent, Earth-Who, various years
(in the future) Mount Kukoeuk, Ant'kyhon (a.k.a Earth-Who c.21,000 A.D.-22,000 A.D.), (Muldwych incarnation, 1,000 year long exile).
First Appearance: Television: An Unearthly
Child, BBC1 (23rd November 1963);
Comics: The Klepton Parasites, TV Comic#674 (14th November 1964);
Marvel UK: The Iron Legion, Doctor Who Weekly#1 (17th October 1979)
Marvel US: The Iron Legion, Marvel Premiere#57 (December 1980)
First Interaction with Marvel Universe Character: The Neutron Knights, Doctor Who Monthly#60 (January 1982)
Powers/Abilities: As with other Gallifreyans, the Doctor is physically superior to normal humans in nearly ever respect, though not generally superhumanly so. He is slightly stronger than his appearance would suggest, has greater stamina and better than average agility. His senses are also slightly keener than a humans, and he is capable of noticing ripples in the patterns of time. He is capable of surviving without oxygen for short periods of time, and can even survive unprotected in the vacuum of space for several minutes. Among the more obvious physical differences between his body and that of a human is that he has two hearts. He is capable of healing most wounds given time, even regrowing severed appendages on occasion (although this can take weeks). If he suffers an injury so severe that he cannot survive then he is able to completely regenerate his body, taking on a entirely new form (based on examples of other Time Lords seen regenerating, even decapitation might not be fatal; severe injury to both hearts, however, would be). Doing so causes near fatal mental strain, and as a result he generally suffers a period of mental instability thereafter, which in the past has manifested as amnesia, mood swings, and even full blown psychotic episodes; in the end his mind settles down again, but in every instance his personality is altered by the experience. Perhaps due to the strain this imposes, Time Lords can only regenerate twelve times, allowing them a total of thirteen bodies. During the first 15 hours after a regeneration, a Time Lord possesses enough residual regenerative energy to regrow lost limbs in seconds if they are severed; conversely, the severed appendage also retains some residual life, and can continue moving to some degree for at least a year afterwards.
The Doctor is moderately telepathic, another of his species' gifts. He cannot read minds, but is capable of communicating with other telepathic beings. Boosted by his TARDIS, this telepathy is able to act as an instant translator of virtually all spoken or written languages, a gift which is extended to those who travel with him; it is so effective that those using the gift are generally not even conscious of the fact that they shouldn't be able to understand the alien tongues they are listening to. Time Lords can recognise one another by their telepathic signature even when they have changed their appearances, unless one of them is deliberately masking who they are.
The Doctor's greatest ability is his intellect. He is vastly more intelligent than any human, with extensive knowledge of most sciences, and an extremely quick and adaptive mind. He is resistant to forms of mental coercion such as hypnosis, brainwashing, mind control or mind probes. Trips into his mindscape have shown that each of his earlier personas still survive there, acting as keepers of their portions of his memories and aspects of his personality (the fifth incarnation is generally seen as the conscience of the later Doctors, for example). Future personalities have also seen to form in this mindscape, in preparation for impending regeneration - for example the Doctor's seventh persona is widely believed to have deliberately usurped the body and forced a regeneration after his sixth body suffered a minor head injury. Combined with their telepathic ability, some Time Lords can give these future forms a level of physical presence in the real world separate from their main body; the Doctor himself has demonstrated this ability on two occasions, once when he subconsciously created a poorly defined "Watcher" entity just prior to his fourth regeneration, and once when a distilled composite of all his evil and less noble traits broke loose and became the being known as the Valeyard. All incarnations of the Doctor have been seen to be skilled hypnotists too, and most have displayed a talent for disguise and mimicry.
The Doctor is a brilliant engineer, well known for his ability to build a device for any circumstances he encounters. If what he needs is not to hand he often jury-rigs temporary equipment to combat the evils he comes across. His most common tool (other than his TARDIS) is the sonic screwdriver, which can be adapted to a number of uses, most commonly to open locked doors of all varieties. It has also been seen to remotely detonate mines and swamp gas, to repel creatures with sensitive hearing, and even to remove screws. Later incarnations carry psychic paper; those with especially strong wills or genius intellects, or those specifically trained to resist, are able to see that the paper is actually blank, but most people see appropriate forms of official ID that allow the Doctor access to restricted areas or place him in a position of authority. The Doctor also stores a variety of other useful objects in his pockets, which he has finally admitted have an extra dimension sewn into them, making them much bigger on the inside.
Each version of the Doctor has certain abilities and skills peculiar only to that regeneration. The third was a master of unarmed combat, in particular Venusian Aikido, a talent he achieved without any training. The seventh could disrupt the brain's electrons with a touch, allowing him to render people unconscious. The eighth had the ability to read the patterns of time, allowing him to pull out hints about a person's past or future from their timeline.
While the Doctor normally disdains physical violence, he has shown himself in the past to be a skilled swordsman (at least from his fourth incarnation on), having been trained by one of Cleopatra's guards. He is an expert with a crossbow (trained with William Tell), and even his first, elderly form was an able fighter, having learned wrestling from the Mountain Mauler of Montana.
History: (TV series and novels) - When the universe was in its infancy, one of the first civilisations arose on the planet Gallifrey. They were exceptionally long lived, naturally sensitive to the flow of time, and highly telepathic. For many long years the Gallifreyans were ruled by a matriarchal cult led by the Pythia, who ruled through superstition and magic. Gradually an opposing faction arose which embraced science, conquering space and establishing a Gallifreyan Empire. Most notably a triumvirate of three young Gallifreyans came to the fore; the scientist Rassilon, the engineer Omega, and a third individual whose name has been lost to history, remembered only as the Other. Together these three pioneered the science of time travel. Foreseeing that her rule was ending, the 508th Pythia committed suicide, but not before using her vast telepathic powers to curse her people with sterility; no more children would be born of the womb on Gallifrey.
Rassilon turned his attention to this problem, and created vast Looms of genetic material, capable of decanting new Gallifreyans from the primordial soup within. His first few prototypes of the new "Loom-born" Gallifreyans would eventually become known as the Special Executive. The later Loom-born had lesser telepathic abilities and shorter life spans than their Womb-born counterparts, but could regenerate their forms. To keep the population under control, Rassilon organised the Gallifreyans into Houses, and decreed that each House could have only 45 "Cousins" at any one time.
The three friends' experiments into time travel continued, and they came to realise that a very special power source was required to allow development of stable time travel. They would need to capture a black hole. So they developed a stellar manipulator known as the Hand of Omega, able to blow up stars. Unfortunately sabotage by an outside agency meant that Omega's ship was sucked into the newly created void, and he would long be believed dead. But his sacrifice helped make the Gallifreyans Lords of Time.
Back on Gallifrey Rassilon had become a hero, and de facto ruler of the planet. Some nine years after the death of the Pythia, he ordered a massacre of her remaining followers who were hiding in her temple. Rassilon felt no pity for her acolytes as his wife had miscarried when the Pythia invoked her curse, but the Other could not stomach the new, totalitarian regime he could see taking over his world. He ordered that his sole surviving relative (and the last child who had been born before the curse), his grand-daughter Susan, be taken safely off-world, for he saw trouble in his planet's future, and then he committed suicide by throwing himself into the Looms, mixing his genetic material with what was already there.
The Other would be proven right; first Rassilon would lead a campaign against any alien powers he deemed might one day threaten his new Gallifrey, exterminating a number of species such as the Charon and the Great Vampires; where possible they would wipe them from history in what would later be termed the Time Wars. And secondly civil war came again to Gallifrey when the Loom-born, tired of being treated as second class citizens, rose up to exterminate their Womb-born fellows. Although Rassilon himself remained venerated as their "father", the rest of the Womb-born were eventually thought to be wiped out, although in truth a handful of them survived, hiding themselves amongst the rest of the population. Some of them survive to this day, millennia later.
Eventually the Time Lords adopted a policy of non-intervention. Forbidden to travel into their own past or future, a people who prided themselves on observing and recording all history ironically (or conveniently) forgot much of their own. Rassilon's era became known as the Old Time.
A little over one thousand years ago a new Cousin was born in the House of Lungbarrow. His true name is all but unpronounceable to anyone who isn't Gallifreyan, and besides, his relatives soon took to calling him by the derisive nicknames "Snail" and "Wormhole" because of the small indentation-like birth mark he had in the lower portion of his chest. Being Loom-borns, none of them recognised what another species would have said was a belly-button. Unknown to all, including the new born, the Other's genetic material had finally been fully restored to a new body. Snail never fitted in and had no real friends amongst his Cousins.
As was expected Snail went to the Academy, the graduates of whom would rise above being simple Gallifreyans to the thousand strong Time Lord elite, and there he gained a new name from his classmates: Theta Sigma, or Thete for short. Enrolled in the Prydonian Chapter, whose members were renowned for being devious, he encountered Irving Braxiatel, a kindred spirit a few classes above him, who also yearned for life beyond he stagnant atmosphere on unchanging Gallifrey. He also fell in with a group of the brightest students who called themselves the Deca. Many of this group would later leave Gallifrey and become renegades from their people. And it was while he was one of the Deca that Thete finally chose a name for himself, rather than letting others pick for him; he became known as the Doctor. He viewed this name he chose as a promise to the universe and to himself: "Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in."
Knowing that the head of his House, Quences, had ambitions of high office for him, the Doctor deliberately scraped a minimum pass mark at the Academy. Angered, Quences disowned the Doctor, and without waiting for permission to do so, had the family Loom decant a new Cousin to replace him. The Doctor informed the head of the Prydonian Chapter of this breach of the rules, and then decided that the time was right to leave his homeworld. Stealing a TARDIS from the repair bays (as the rest were too well guarded), he departed Gallifrey unaware that his House had been excommunicated for creating a new Cousin, their names struck off all records and all his Cousins buried alive in the House for their crime. They would remain there for hundreds of years.
The Doctor soon discovered he had a stowaway in his new TARDIS. The Hand of Omega, which had been in storage for many years since its last use, had recognised in the Doctor the pattern of one of its makers, and followed him on board. It overrode the safeguards that prevented travel into Gallifrey's past, taking the Doctor back to the Old Time. There he soon encountered a young girl living on the streets. Susan, the Other's grand-daughter, had not made it off-planet after all; the instant she and the Doctor met they recognised a connection between them, and when Susan called him "Grandfather" somehow the Doctor knew she was correct no matter how much it defied logic.
Together they set off on journeys across the breadth of the universe, until Susan decided she wanted to try living as a proper teenager for a while. The two Gallifreyans stopped off in 1963 London, England, and Susan enrolled in a local school, Coal Hill. But her strange nature soon drew the attention of two of her teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, who followed her home one night to the junkyard where the TARDIS had landed. The Doctor had used the prolonged stay to arrange to hide the Hand of Omega on Earth, and possibly because of this and a fear that the teachers might draw the attention of the authorities to the Hand, he took off with them inside the ship, kidnapping them.
Time passed. Susan left him, and Ian and Barbara, having long since earned his trust, eventually returned home. Other companions joined him in his travels, and as he saw more of the universe, the Doctor increasingly encountered beings of evil he felt had to be opposed. After a while his body, old when he had left Gallifrey, finally gave in to time, and he experienced his first regeneration.
His new body had a tendency to act the fool while quietly manipulating events behind the scenes. He continued his campaign against evil across the galaxy, and more companions came and went. Finally he faced a problem that he could not deal with alone, and reluctantly called on the help of the Time Lords. They assisted him, but then put him on trial for breaking their laws on non-interference. The Doctor argued that there were some evils that had to be fought. In the end he won a partial victory. The Time Lords exiled him to a single planet and a single era, but it was his favourite world, Earth, and the era had been chosen because it was a period when the planet would face regular threats from alien incursions. They also forced another regeneration on him. He had a brief respite during which he secretly carried out missions for the Time Lords, before sentence was finally carried out.
The new incarnation of the Doctor arrived shortly after man had started to travel into space, drawing the attention of other races. He agreed to help UNIT, a United Nations taskforce whose remit was to combat alien threats, and worked to repair his TARDIS and beat his exile. After a couple of years his opportunity came when Omega returned, angry at the Time Lords for abandoning him. Unable to deal with the threat themselves, the Time Lords brought together all three versions of the Doctor to battle Omega. His success bought him his freedom; the Time Lords restored his ability to travel in time and space.
Eventually the third Doctor died too, this time suffering from a massive dose of radiation poisoning, and a fourth version was born, consumed with a wanderlust that was likely a reaction to his previous self's period of enforced stability. He finally returned home to Gallifrey, only to be accused of murdering the President of the High Council. In order to prevent his own execution he utilized a little remembered law and declared his intention to stand for the post himself; until the election was over he was protected by legislation put in place to prevent tyrants from murdering their rivals. But the killer turned out to be the other Presidential candidate, Goth, who died while trying to eliminate the Doctor. As the only surviving candidate, the Doctor won by default. Elected to the highest post in Gallifrey, the Doctor did the only thing he could; he ran. But even though he had deserted the post, the title remained his, as the Gallifreyans had no rules to cover this kind of eventuality.
It was towards the end of this long lived fourth incarnation's time that the Doctor had his first recorded encounter with someone from the Marvel Megaverse.
(Doctor Who Monthly#60) - Using his vast mental powers, the wizard Merlin summoned the TARDIS to Earth's distant future, surprising the Doctor when the TARDIS materialised without him setting the co-ordinates. He emerged to encounter Merlin, who (deliberately) failed to introduce himself, but who intrigued the Doctor by claiming he had summoned the ship with the powers of his mind to help in the hour of Earth's greatest need. The wizard explained that they were in the far future, inside the last surviving stronghold of the light against the barbarian forces of Catavolcus. The castle would soon fall to the enemy, but the old man, who was subsequently called Merlin by one of the defenders, wanted to use the Doctor's TARDIS to evacuate the survivors before a nuclear device he had activated destroyed everything. Having armed the weapon, the two fled back to the time ship as Catavolcus' Neutron Knights pierced the castle wall. The Doctor hurried the retreating defenders into his ship, and they departed seconds before the castle and the attackers were vapourised. The Time Lord set the controls to take his passengers to a safe disembarkation spot, and then passed out. He awoke lying outside the TARDIS in some quiet woods, unsure if what he remembered was real or just a dream. But when he entered his ship, he was met by a vision of Merlin, who informed him that they would meet again, "in some distant time, in some other form."
(TV series and novels) - Shortly after this the fourth Doctor faced his old enemy the Master once more, and was killed when he fell from the top of a radio telescope. He regenerated again, taking on his youngest looking form to date.
(Doctor Who Monthly#61 (fb) - BTS) Following many adventures the Doctor received a mysterious message from the Time Lords. At their behest, he dropped off his travelling companions, and checked into a bed and breakfast in the little English town of Stockbridge.
(Doctor Who Monthly#61) - The Doctor was taking part in a local cricket match when a wave of temporal distortions started, mixing things from different time periods. The Doctor was about to bat, awaiting the bowler's throw, when the cricket ball was swapped for a grenade from the 1940's, which blew apart the wickets. Gunfire then drew the Doctor, a policeman and the other cricketers to a nearby lane, where a local man had discharged a shotgun to drive off attackers wielding swords. When the constable investigated the adjoining woods, he was attacked by a Roman legionary, who then turned on the Doctor. The Doctor deflected the blow with his cricket bat, and the man with the shotgun fired on the Roman, who vanished. Slipping away, the Doctor headed to the spot where he had hidden the TARDIS to check its instruments. Scanning the news channels confirmed that the effect was not localised, so the Doctor decided to collect his belongings from his lodgings and then try to track down the cause. But as he left the TARDIS he was attacked by a knight on horseback.
(Doctor Who Monthly#62) - The Doctor dodged the charge, and the knight was unhorsed when his lance smashed against the TARDIS. The Doctor brought the unconscious man inside the TARDIS, and was in the process of removing his armour to check for injuries when he revived. The knight introduced himself as Sir Justin, and explained that he was snatched from the middle of a joust only to reappear bearing down on the Doctor. The Time Lord stated he would return Justin to his own time, but first he needed to deal with the cause of the temporal anomalies. Foreseeing a chance to perform great deeds, Justin happily agreed to accompany the Doctor. They travelled back to Gallifrey, were the Doctor still held the position of President. Once there the Doctor connected himself to the Matrix, a gigantic computer network containing the preserved memories of all the dead Time Lords, hoping it would help him deduce what was happening. As he did this, Shayde, an insubstantial agent generated by the Matrix, materialised next to the TARDIS and entered the craft. Meanwhile the Doctor's virtual self found himself confronted by representations of Rassilon and two other great Time Lords. They were holding council with other "High Evolutionaries" from the Althrace system and with Merlin the Wise of Earth.
(Doctor Who Monthly#63) - Merlin informed the Doctor that the being behind the time distortions was the demon Melanicus, a foe he banished from this plane of existence a thousand years ago. Melanicus had hijacked a device known as the Event Synthesiser which regulated the flow of time. Rassilon charged the Doctor with finding Melanicus and restoring the Synthesiser to its proper function. Returning to the real world, Justin and the Doctor made their way back to the TARDIS to begin their quest. Before they could take off however a beam penetrated Gallifrey's defenses and deposited an assassin inside the ship. As time slowed down for the Doctor and Justin, effectively paralysing them, Shayde materialised behind the Time Lord and shot the assassin before he could carry out his deadly mission.
Released from the grip of the beam, the TARDIS was sent hurtling into the void by the beings in the Matrix, penetrating the domain of Melanicus. In a place where chaos and insanity reigned they initially found that the ship had materialised floating in a gigantic bathtub alongside a huge toy duck, before it next materialised inside a Hall of Mirrors. The Doctor and Justin emerged into the fairground beyond, where the Doctor spotted someone who looked like his old companion Zoe Herriot. He gave chase, following her into the Ghost Train. Convinced the girl might have an idea as to what was happening in this bizarre world, the Doctor jumped into one of the cars and continued his pursuit, unaware that the shadow man was sitting just behind him. The car proved to be on a rollercoaster track, taking the Doctor rapidly through an entrance marked "Door to Hell". On the other side they were surrounded by flames, and the Doctor realised they were heading straight towards the giant form of the demon Melanicus.
(Doctor Who Monthly#64) - The Doctor was unsure as to whether or not the image before him was real. Meanwhile, back in the Matrix, the three Time Lords he encountered earlier at the council meeting decided to raise the manifestation level of their other agent; having been shadowing the Doctor, Shayde made his presence known, explaining that what the Doctor was facing was a vibratory illusion created by the Synthesiser, indistinguishable from the real thing and just as deadly. However the false Melanicus was no match for the shadow man's gun, and with its destruction the Ghost Train car exited the fake hell. Seconds later it reached the end of the track, dropping the Doctor and his saviour from a great height.
Sir Justin had experienced his own worries since the Doctor rushed off, being attacked by a number of armoured men. He retreated into the Hall of Mirrors. At the same time the Doctor awakened, having been stunned by his impact on the ground. Shayde appeared to have vanished, but in fact was hiding within the Doctor's own shadow. The Time Lord examined the room he was in, and accidentally knocked into a coffin laid out behind him. This drew the attention of the coffin's resident, a stereotypical vampiric count. Unimpressed by the Doctor's observation that "you represent a strictly mythical figure drawn largely from a work of Victorian fiction", the count advanced threateningly. But Justin spotted the Doctor being threatened through one of the mirrors in the Hall he was in, and smashed his way through to his ally. He drove the vampire off using the hilt of his sword as a cross, and the two friends rushed back into the TARDIS. Aware that he needed to follow the logic of the weird dimension they were in, the Doctor enquired of Justin as to exactly how many mirrors the knight had been forced to break to save him. Informed that it was four, the Doctor calculated as they take off that they were in for twenty-eight years of bad luck.
(Doctor Who Monthly#65) - To avoid the bad luck, the Doctor slipped the TARDIS sideways into another dimension. Twenty-four hours passed for those inside, while outside twenty-eight years went by. During this time Melanicus caused over a thousand years of war to erupt across a thousand planets, with time zones mixing combatants wildly: the Millennium Wars. On Gallifrey in the Matrix Merlin consulted with the other High Evolutionaries. As yet Melanicus' limited understanding of the Event Synthesiser had restricted his damage to only a single dimension, but they feared he might discover how to spread the damage across a multitude of dimensions. If the Doctor could not locate the Synthesiser then the entire cosmos was threatened.
Back in the TARDIS the Doctor decided they needed to enter the maelstrom Melanicus had created and land as near to the Synthesiser as possible. The problem was that they had no way of knowing where that was at any given moment. A voice pointed out that its position should be easy to calculate so long as you took into account the size of the Synthesiser and the fact that it didn't move; rather everything else moved in relation to it. The voice proved to be that of Shayde, who finally introduced himself to the Doctor. He explained that he was a mental construct who served the Matrix lords, and was sent to help the Doctor on his mission. While he explained this, the TARDIS picked up a reading, and when the Doctor checked the scanner he was greeted by an extraordinary sight - a crystalline craft composed of pure energy. The craft proved to belong to the Lords of Althrace, one of the groups of High Evolutionaries, who transported the travellers to Althrace, a set of joined planets spinning in the middle of a White Hole.
(Doctor Who Monthly#66) - There the Lords explained the origins of Melanicus, informing the Doctor that the demon had been a native of Althrace. Fleeing to another dimension after an aborted attempt to conquer his home system, he managed to make contact with Catavolcus, then a third century despot. Catavolcus gave Melanicus access to another dimension, Earth's, and in return was given great power and the ability to traverse time. If Merlin had not intervened they would have conquered the Earth. Merlin banished Melanicus back to the dimension he had been hiding in, although Catavolcus remained free, roaming time and space and pillaging planets for their power...at least until he will one day be killed in the nuclear explosion the fourth Doctor nearly witnessed.
According to the Lords of Althrace, Melanicus had turned his full attention to the Earth. The Lords felt responsible, since it was they who first built the Event Synthesiser. Now they planned to unite the wills of all the High Evolutionaries across the galaxies, to stop time and allow the Doctor and Justin to face the villain.
(Doctor Who Monthly#67) - With all time stopped the Doctor followed the co-ordinates he had now been given and landed the TARDIS on a devastated Earth. From the nearby ruins of a church, he and Justin could hear an organ playing. Inside they found the Event Synthesiser, and as the organist continued to play the ground around them erupted. Sir Justin splashed the face of the organist with a hat-full of Holy Water from the font, unmasking him as Melanicus. As the demon turned on his companion, the Doctor faced a fight of his own, when a cadaverous corpse rose from the ground and attempted to throttle him. Justin came to his rescue, but Melanicus had used the diversion to escape. The demon climbed the outside of the bell tower, only to find Shayde waiting for him at the top. The shadow being fired two precise shots, blinding the villain and causing him to plummet downwards. He saved himself by grabbing onto the edge of one of the windows as he fell, unaware that he was now visible to Justin and the Doctor. The young knight drew his sword and charged, smashing through the window to impale the beast on his weapon. A huge explosion of energy knocked the Doctor out, his last sight being the Event Synthesiser being commandeered by its rightful guardian. The Doctor awoke in the church, to find the damaged building whole once more. Justin was gone, and in his place the Doctor was dismayed to find only a statue in memory of his sacrifice. As the Doctor read the epitaph at its base and pondered who could have put it there, he was unaware of the spectre of Merlin standing behind him.
The Doctor's reverie was disturbed by a man in cricket gear who reminded the Doctor that it was his turn to bat, and he left the church, St Justinians, and returns to his game. His mind reeled from his recent experiences, and he noted that everything appeared the same as when things started, leaving him to wonder how much of it was real, or if it was all just a dream. Watching in the shadows at the edge of the green, Shayde was informed his mission was over, and he could return home to Gallifrey.
(other strips) - The Doctor resumed his travels, eventually picking up a new companion in the form of American fighter pilot Angus "Gus" Goodman.
(Doctor Who Monthly#84) - The TARDIS landed on the planet Celeste. Gus had finally decided to end his travels with the Doctor, who was now trying to get his companion back home. The Doctor told Gus that it might take a while, but he would get them there, and Gus replies that he knew this; he had faith in the TARDIS. As they wandered away from the ship a ragged figure called out a warning to them, telling them to hide or the "Gaunts" would get them. Seconds later they were caught in the spotlight of an airship, and gunfire shattered the ground around them. Armoured men (Gaunts) move towards them, and Gus and the Doctor ran, only for their escape to be blocked by a perimeter wall. Just as the Gaunts were about to gun them down, the earth gave way beneath the travellers, dropping them into a tunnel that someone had been trying to dig under the wall. The Gaunts blocked the tunnel by bulldozing rubble into it, leaving the two friends below only one choice - they had to find the other end if they want to get out.
(Doctor Who Magazine#86) - Making their way along the tunnel, the Doctor and Gus witnessed Gaunts herding men in chains, the enslaved miners. Heading a different way, they were confronted by a giant war 'droid, the Wrekka, who opened fire on them. This noise provided the chained miners a distraction and they turned on their captors. The Doctor and Gus fled back past the point where the miners had just overpowered the Gaunts, closely followed by the Wrekka. As the robot filled the tunnels with tear gas, the Doctor responded to a miner's call for help by grabbing a dropped pistol and shooting off the man's chains. This slight delay gave the Wrekka time to catch up, and the Doctor was knocked out by a stun grenade. The Wrekka loaded the unconscious Time Lord over its shoulder, and herded the captive Gus in front of it. The two men were taken to the office of the owner of the mines, Josiah W. Dogbolter, a humanoid frog, where they were interrogated by Hob, Dogbolter's right-hand robot. When the Doctor's answers failed to please Hob, the little robot ordered the Wrekka to behead Gus. Faced with this threat the Doctor admitted they had arrived in a time machine, a revelation that drew the personal interest of Dogbolter.
(Doctor Who Magazine#87) - Seeing the business opportunities inherent in time travel, Dogbolter demanded to buy the TARDIS. The Doctor refused, but Hob insisted, stating that Dogbolter would pay whatever price the Doctor wants. Hating to seem inflexible, the Doctor acquiesced: he would sell the TARDIS to Dogbolter in return for half a pound...of frogspawn. Dogbolter's fury began to rise, but before it could erupt the wall of his office was demolished as the rebelling miners smashed a giant bulldozer into the side of the building. In the confusion the Doctor and Gus made good their escape. The TARDIS' departure was witnessed by one of Dogbolter's engineers, who passes on a description to his employer. Dogbolter, not ready to give up, ordered the bounty hunter known as the Moderator to track down the Time Lord.
The Moderator caught up with the travellers just as they finally reached Gus' home time on Earth. Gus was making his farewells to his friend when the armoured mercenary raced into sight and opened fire. Gus shoved the Doctor aside, saving his friend's life, but suffered fatal injuries in his stead. He fired his service revolver at their attacker, whose armour, designed to deflect particles from energy weapons, proved completely useless against primitive lead bullets. The Moderator went down, but Gus died at the Doctor's side. The enraged Time Lord picked up Gus' gun, turned to the wounded bounty hunter...and fired two shots into the killer's dislodged headpiece, whose stuck radio had been pouring out a Vera Lynn song throughout. He then took the injured Moderator into the TARDIS and dropped the man off on the nearest planet capable of giving the alien medical treatment.
(TV series and comic strips - BTS) - The Doctor returned to Stockbridge and collected the travelling companions he left behind when the Time Lords originally asked him to wait there. Unsurprisingly he failed to tell them about just how long he had really been gone, or the fact that he picked up two new travelling companions during that time, both of whom died whilst accompanying him. While other things distracted him from his hunt for the employer of the Moderator, he did not forget his desire to find out who was behind the death of his friend. He merely put it on hold.
(TV series and novels) - The Doctor continued his travels. Eventually he and his companion of the time, Peri, were exposed to a deadly poison. Only managing to get enough antidote for one of them, the Doctor, refusing to lose another friend, administered the cure to Peri, then regenerated. His new form was more brash and bombastic than the previous. After a shaky start he and Peri became firm friends.
(comics - BTS) - Peri decided to take a break from the Doctor, and he returned her to modern day New York. Alone again, he turned his attention to finding out who was behind the Moderator.
(Doctor Who Magazine#88) - The Doctor was on a sleazy alien world tracking down information on the Moderator. Deciding that he finally had enough information to confirm that it was Dogbolter who sent the bounty hunter after him, the Doctor returned to his ship, unaware that he had picked up a tail: a shapeshifting Whifferdill detective named Avan Tarklu was following him, hoping to claim the price on his head. Reaching the TARDIS, the Doctor was attacked by two assassins, also after the money. The Doctor managed to defeat one of them, but the second pulled a gun. Tarklu, unwilling to let someone else get the reward, knocked out the gunman, although in the darkness the Doctor failed to see what happened. Still unaware of the presence of the shapeshifter, the Doctor entered his ship and set the co-ordinates for Dogbolter's base on Venus, only to be caught by surprise when Tarklu revealed himself.
(Doctor Who Magazine#89) - The Whifferdill demanded to be taken to Venus, which the Doctor pointed out was his destination anyway. But the Time Lord was still astonished to discover that he was to be turned in for the reward money, as Tarklu revealed how much his captive was worth to Dogbolter. However, the Doctor convinced Taklu that by working together to trick Dogbolter they could both get what they wanted; Tarklu the money and the Doctor a measure of payback against Dogbolter. When the TARDIS arrived on Venus a short while later, materialising atop Dogbolter's corporate headquarters, they threw a note out the doors which soon made its way to Hob, who read it to his master. The note stated that the bounty-hunter was willing to deliver the Doctor in return for the reward money. Dogbolter agreed, eager for revenge (by this stage, acquiring the TARDIS had become secondary to dealing with its owner). Having shapeshifted to look like the Doctor, Taklu was ushered out of the TARDIS by a disguised Doctor, unrecognisable beneath a heavy trenchcoat, beard and low brimmed hat. The "bounty hunter" handed over his prisoner and took the money off of Hob. He then departed in the TARDIS, leaving his captive with the Gaunts. Much to the guards surprise the "Doctor"almost immediately vanished via a quick bit of shapeshifting. The Doctor returned to collect his new ally, and was dismayed to find that the Whifferdill had decided to hang around for a while.
(Comic, TV series and novels) - The Doctor continued to journey with Taklu, who adopted the name Frobisher. Despite his original misgivings about the Whifferdill, the Doctor soon became good friends with him. After a while the Doctor collected Peri from New York City. Time passed and Peri departed the Doctor's company more permanently.
(The Maltese Penguin audio play) - The Doctor had dropped Frobisher off at the Whifferdill's request, as the shapeshifter wanted to prove to himself he still had what it took to be a detective. Up to his beak in a case involving a mysterious item and with Dogbolter breathing down his neck, Frobisher repeatedly turned down help from his Time Lord friend, who kept popping back to try and convince his friend to resume their journeys together. Eventually, the case solved and Dogbolter thwarted once more, Frobisher rejoined the TARDIS crew.
(TV series and novels) - Frobisher eventually left the Doctor. Much later the Time Lord regenerated again, taking on his seventh form. This new incarnation at first seemed a clown in many respects, but it soon transpired that he was the most manipulative of all the Time Lord's personae, the one closest to being like the Other.
(Doctor Who Magazine#135) - Travelling in the time vortex, the TARDIS collided with a large obstacle in its path, the giant robot known as Death's Head, forcing both to land. The bump attracted the attention of a Time Warden, who fled the second he saw what the TARDIS had hit. When the Doctor emerged from within the vessel, Death's Head picked up the Time Lord as if he were an insect. The bounty hunter felt that the Doctor had gotten in his way, and when someone did that they either had to have something worth bargaining with him or die, yes? As he was about to pulverise the Doctor, the Time Lord located a Tissue Compression Eliminator he had previously taken from his old foe the Master. Although it was a nasty device which killed people by shrinking them to a fraction of their size, the Doctor decided that desperate situations called for desperate measures, and fired on Death's Head. The effect wasn't quite what he expected; Death's Head was shrunk down to human size, but not destroyed. As the much reduced robot pursued the fleeing Time Lord, the Time Warden again appeared, but departed once more when Death's Head made it clear that helping the Doctor would get him killed.
Having managed to get far enough ahead to stop for a breather, the Doctor realised he had something he could use to bargain with his mechanoid pursuer. He offered the time displaced robot the TARDIS and a demonstration on how to fly it. Death's Head agreed, but didn't trust the Doctor and insisted he accompanied the robot for the first trip. The Doctor programmed the ship, telling Death's Head he was piloting the vessel to Earth in the year 8162, but instead he covertly ordered the ship to lock on the nearest mechanical organism and send it through time solo. When the Doctor activated the controls, Death's Head vanished, his departure lasting just long enough for the robot to realise he had been duped and voice his annoyance. The Time Warden popped his head in the TARDIS door to see what happened, and the Doctor explained his deception. As the Time Warden departed, the Doctor wondered what Death's Head would do on Earth.
(Doctor Who Magazine#140 - BTS) The Doctor picked up a distress signal coming from the planet Ryos. He set down to help, and discovered the person who activated the signal, a medic, but was unable to prevent her falling into in the clutches of the hostile natives. Indeed, he himself was spotted by the locals, and forced to flee as they pursued him riding on the backs of their giant steeds.
(Doctor Who Magazine#140) - Luckily for the Doctor a space salvage merchant called Keepsake also picked up the signal, and with more profit oriented and less noble aims in mind, had also set down. Keepsake spotted the Doctor running from his pursuers, and took off before the Doctor could get on board. But the Time Lord was close enough to get swept up by one of the salvage ship's landing legs, and managed to hang on until Keepsake (who couldn't gain altitude and exit the atmosphere with someone weighing down the landing strut) landed. Once on the ground again, the Doctor introduced himself and roped the reluctant pilot into his rescue mission. They flew over the alien village and dropped detonators which exploded harmlessly above the huts, distracting the locals. While the Doctor skipped off the ship and rushed inside one of the buildings to find the captive medic, the reluctant Keepsake held off the natives for a few minutes. A little later, having successfully accomplished what he set out to do, the Doctor had Keepsake drop him off by the TARDIS, leaving the salvage man to return the extremely pretty, extremely grateful, female medic to civilisation.
(Death's Head#8) - The Doctor was taking part in a seaside pier pantomime playing the part of the jester when Death's Head materialised on the stage behind him. The mechanoid had been hired by Dogbolter to kill the Doctor and was using the ruthless businessman's new prototype time travel pack. Before he could fire on his target, a trap door beneath the robot dropped him into the basement, and the Doctor legged it. As Death's Head hunted through the theatre for his prey, the Doctor escaped disguised as the front end of a pantomime horse. He returned to his TARDIS and set random co-ordinates, hoping that would lose his pursuer, but before he took off Death's Head materialised inside the ship. His arrival triggered the vessel's Geiger counter, leading the Doctor to conclude that the device on the bounty hunter's back was about to go nuclear. Death's Head realised that Dogbolter had set him up and forced the Doctor at gunpoint to take him back to Dogbolter's headquarters in the 82nd century. Once there he handed his gun over to the Doctor and told him to shoot off the straps that were holding the time pack / bomb to his back. That failed to work, but an attempt by the Doctor to pick the locks on the straps succeeded. Death's Head threw the explosive device out of the TARDIS, and they departed just before it detonated; however, Dogbolter and Hob were caught in the blast. The Doctor materialised the ship so Death's Head could depart, failing to mention to the robot that as well as traversing time and space he had also piloted the TARDIS across realities to Earth-616. Before he stepped outside, the mechanoid warned him they were quits now - next time they met he might kill the Time Lord. The Doctor, tired of the threats, gave him back his gun and informed DH he would need it, and all his other weapons, because the Doctor would not be easy to kill. Then he added that Death's Head was doomed, because the mechanoid was incapable of change. And with this he departed, leaving the robot wondering where the Doctor had deposited him, unaware (for the moment at least) that he was atop Four's Freedom Plaza, the home of the Fantastic Four.
(Excalibur #25, (fb) - BTS) - The Doctor encountered Reality-616's Alistaire Stuart, the Scientific Advisor of W.H.O. (Weird Happenings Organisation), during a period when the latter was skipping between realities with Reality-616's Excalibur superhero team. They got into a discussion of trans-temporal relativity dynamics. This discussion somehow resulted in Alistaire possessing a device which generated trans-temporal anomalies with resulting energy fractures, though whether the Doctor gave Alistaire the device, helped him identify a device he'd already found, or was connected to the device in some other manner remains unrevealed.
(TV series, comics and novels) - A short while later the Doctor retrieved his (then) current companion, Ace, whom he had left dinosaur-spotting in the Cretaceous.
(Doctor Who Magazine#173) - The Doctor had been trying to make it to Maruthea, a space-port at the centre of the space-time vortex, in order to attend his friend Bonjaxx's birthday party. As he landed another TARDIS was departing, with the Doctor in that craft having just expelled some penguins who were looking for a friend of theirs. The Doctor caught sight of the dematerialising ship, although Ace did not, and he commented to his friend that anything could happen here, and frequently did. They entered Bonjaxx's bar, where the Doctor greeted his old friend. As the Daemon bar owner put the Doctor's gift on a pile of identical ones (probably given by other incarnations of the Time Lord, as they were all identically wrapped), he informed the Doctor that someone was looking for him earlier. The Doctor glanced around the bar, which was filled with a large number of familiar faces (see comments). He and Ace sat down at a table, and the Doctor mused aloud, wondering who would know he was attending the festivities. Ace suggested it might be Death's Head, who was sitting at a nearby table counting his money. Death's Head raised his glass in acknowledgement of the Doctor. Then Ace wondered if it might be a couple who were approaching where she and the Doctor were sitting. The Doctor turned to look, and after a few seconds, recognition hit him, and he said hello to his future self. Meanwhile Ace introduced herself to the other Doctor's companion, Ria. Before things could progress further an extremely drunk Beep the Meep arrived, looking for revenge. A brawl erupted, dragging almost everyone in bar into it. Everyone except the Doctor, who continued their conversation untouched by the chaos around them. As the fight started to wind down, the Doctor retrieved their companions, thanked Bonjaxx for the party, and walked out. Each Doctor returned to their respective TARDIS, just as the fourth incarnation of the Doctor arrived at the party, materialising his ship amidst the wreckage of the bar.
(Incomplete Death's Head#1, BTS) - Later learning that Hob, now a monstrous behemoth obsessed with finding Dogbolter and getting revenge of Death's Head and the Doctor for exposing him to the nuclear explosion that hurtled him out of time and space, had been at Maruthea covertly observing the party, and that the drunken Death's Head he had seen in Bonjaxx's was thus in mortal danger, the Doctor manipulated a future incarnation of the bounty hunter, Death's Head (Minion), and Minion's partner, Tuck, sending them to Maruthea. Unaware of any of this, Death's Head (Minion) was swiftly captured by Hob, who forced him to sit through a virtual reality re-run of his original body's life, as Hob searched for clues to the long-lost Dogbolter's whereabouts.
(Incomplete Death's Head#12) - The later Death's Head managed to escape the virtual reality and return to his own body, which was nearby. Now that the (early seventh) Doctor had departed Hob attacked the original Death's Head, but the newer Death's Head came to his rescue, and together they managed to destroy Hob. The (later seventh) Doctor returned, wiped the original Death's Head memory of meeting his future counterpart, and explained that it was he who sent the new Death's Head and his partner Tuck to Maruthea, to thwart Hob. The newer Death's Head was annoyed at being manipulated but let it go under the circumstances. The Doctor offered to buy him and Tuck a drink, but the cyborg bounty hunter passed. As he got ready to depart, the Doctor extended an offer to Tuck to look him up if she ever wanted a new partner. The Doctor watched as the two of them left, then helped the original Deaths' Head back up and suggested he attend a party - such as the one in Bonjaxx's bar.
(TV series, comics, novels) - After a long series of adventures the seventh incarnation of the Doctor finally met his end in San Francisco, and was reborn as a younger looking, less cynical individual. This eighth incarnation had a turbulent existence, experiencing a number of bouts of amnesia, having his history rewritten by the Faction Paradox, battling Rassilon, the founder of Time Lord society, and even destroying his own homeworld Gallifrey and virtually his entire species retroactively, so that they never existed, though he later reversed this and reinstated them.
(new TV series) - However the Time Lords were subsequently caught up in a temporal war with the Daleks. Though the Doctor tried to avoid becoming involved, he was eventually forced to do so in the hopes of ending the conflict, as countless innocent worlds were being caught in the crossfire. Dying, the eighth Doctor regenerated into a warrior body; feeling himself now unworthy of the Doctor name and the promise behind it, he gave up that nom de guerre. What he called himself remains unconfirmed, but others knew this incarnation as the War Doctor. After many, many years fighting, the War Doctor came to the conclusion that the Time Lords, having unleashed all their previously forbidden and destructive weapons against the Daleks regardless of collateral damage, and now under the leadership of the returned Rassilon, had become as bad as the Daleks, and that the war could only be ended by utterly destroying both sides. With the Dalek's last, massive space armada besieging Gallifrey, the War Doctor stole the last, most forbidden of Gallifreyan weapons, the Moment, which had gone unused only because the sentient weapon had developed a conscience, and prepared to burn the entire region to cinders. The Moment sensed the War Doctor's reluctance to undertake this drastic action, and offered to help him choose whether to go through with it or not; though time locks had been set up by both sides to prevent anyone time travelling in or out of the war era (in each case to prevent the opposing side wiping out their enemy by taking them out during their species' infancy), the Moment easily breached these and sent the War Doctor forward down his own timeline to meet two of his future incarnations. Though they had reclaimed the name Doctor, both recalled deploying the Moment and destroying Gallifrey with shame and regret, burying their memory of having been the War Doctor and pretending, even to themselves, that he didn't exist. However, the War Doctor also learned that the regret over destroying Gallifrey had made his future selves better people, willing to do anything to find more peaceful solutions rather than be forced to become destroyers again. Feeling his decision confirmed, the War Doctor returned to his own time to detonate the device, but the Moment let the two future incarnations follow him back through the time locks. Initially they merely intended to lend their earlier self moral support in his decision - they acknowledged that their feeling he was unworthy of using the name of the Doctor was unfair, stating that he had been the Doctor, but on "the day it was impossible to get it right." However, Clara, the companion to the Doctor furthest into the future, recognising the guilt her Doctor carried every day, prompted the three incarnations to look for another solution. Though a single Doctor had no other options, the trio realised that multiple incarnations being present provided them with a different route. The Moment allowed the Doctor to breach his own personal timeline, so that thirteen incarnations (the eight prior to the War Doctor and four who would succeed him) could work in unison to try to move Gallifrey out of time entirely and into a pocket dimension, frozen in a single moment; though they could not be sure whether their actions successfully preserved Gallifrey or merely destroyed it, the Doctors' actions removed the planet from their dimension. The Daleks, whose fleet englobed the planet firing planet-busting weapons down upon it, suddenly found themselves firing upon one another, and their forces were decimated. The earlier incarnations of the Doctor returned to their own time periods; their timelines out of synch, none of them bar the last two incarnations would recall what happened. Despite knowing that he would soon only recall his decision to destroy his own people, and not that he had tried to save them, the War Doctor thanked the two incarnations he had met for letting him finally be the Doctor again, and departed. Moments after leaving his later selves, he regenerated, the first Doctor since the original to succumb to old age.
The newly regenerated Doctor believed himself to be the last of his people, and their destroyer, and suffered from Survivor's Guilt. However, he continued doing the only thing he knew, saving the universe. A new companion, Rose Tyler, gradually managed to lighten his mood, even after he discovered the Daleks had survived and the "loss" of his own people had been in vain.
He again sacrificed an incarnation, this time to save Rose, regenerating into his next form, a thin and lanky incarnation slightly less burdened by the guilt. This incarnation was one of those who subsequently encountered the War Doctor.
In time he too regenerated, transforming into an even younger-looking man with a pronounced chin, the other incarnation who would meet the War Doctor. As the senior incarnation present through most of that encounter, he retained his memories of their meeting, and so was finally aware that Gallifrey might still stand, a hope bolstered by an encounter by another, apparently far future incarnation, the Curator, who looked like an aged version of the fourth Doctor. The Curator hinted that the Doctor's gambit to to save his homeworld had been successful, and, with renewed hope, the Doctor dedicated himself to a new goal - finding Gallifrey.
"My journey is the same as yours, the same as anyone's. It's taken me so many years, so many lifetimes, but at last I know where I'm going. Where I've always been going. Home. The long way round."
(Doctor Who Magazine#173) - An unspecified future incarnation of the Doctor, having apparently evaded the rule that Time Lords cannot regenerate more than twelve times, attended Bonjaxx's party at Maruthea with his companion Ria. While there he met his seventh incarnation and Ace.
Comments: Created by Sidney Newman and Donald Wilson.
The incarnations of the Doctor have been played on television by William
Hartnell (1st), Richard Hurndall (1st, in the 20th Anniversary special after
Hartnell passed away), Patrick Troughton (2nd), Jon Pertwee (3rd), Tom Baker
(4th), Peter Davison (5th), Colin Baker (6th), Sylvester McCoy (7th),
Paul McGann (8th), Christopher Eccleston (9th), David Tennant (10th), Matt
Smith (11th), John Hurt (the "War Doctor" retroactively revealed to be the
incarnation between McGann and Eccleston) and Peter Capaldi (12th). As Per
Degaton points out, a villainous future incarnation of the Doctor, the Valeyard,
was played in the show by actor Michael Jayston. The first seven incarnations
and the Valeyard all appeared in the series' original run, from November
1963 until December 1989, an impressive 26 year run; dropping ratings and
internal politics at the BBC saw the series "rested" (note - it wasn't actually
announced as having been cancelled at the time), but the show returned as
a one-off pilot for a joint US-UK co-production between Fox and the BBC,
which is when McGann took up the role. Fox's decision not to continue beyond
the pilot saw the show return to limbo, but it was again revived in 2005,
and has been running ever since, introducing the Doctors from Eccleston onwards.
Another "official ninth incarnation" was played by Richard E.Grant (see picture to the right) in an animated audio drama, "Scream of the Shalka", which was broadcast on the BBC website in 2003 as part of the show's fortieth anniversary, but the advent of the new series has sadly had Grant's performance redesignated as being "Unbound" (Who terminology for an alternate universe Doctor). In other, BBC licensed productions, he's been played on stage by Trevor Martin (an alternate fourth Doctor in 1974's Doctor Who and the Daleks: Seven Keys to Doomsday) and David Banks (an unspecified incarnation in 1989's The Ultimate Adventure - Banks was understudy to Jon Pertwee, who was reprising the role on stage, and took over for two performances when Pertwee fell ill), and while not strictly the same character, Peter Cushing played Doctor Who twice in the cinema in the 1960s in the Amicus movies Doctor Who and the Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. He has also been played by a string of actors in The Curse of the Fatal Death, a Comic Relief Charity Special in 1999 - Rowan Atkinson (9th Doctor), Richard E. Grant (10th - this was prior to his online appearance), Jim Broadbent (11th), Hugh Grant (12th) and Joanna Lumley (13th). Actor and (new series) writer Mark Gatiss portrayed the Doctor in a short sketch, The Web of Caves, during a Doctor Who themed evening on BBC 2 on November 13th 1999. The officially licensed audio plays produced by Big Finish have gone on to add another several actors to the role, releasing in the 40th Anniversary year a series of Unbound ("What If?" style) adventures, each one starring an alternate Doctor - the "new" Doctors are Geoffrey Bayldon (alternate version of the first or maybe second Doctor), David Warner (alternate third Doctor), David Collings (unspecified alternate incarnation) with Ian Brooker (his next incarnation), Sir Derek Jacobi (alternate first Doctor), Arabella Weir (alternate third Doctor) with cameo by Nick Briggs (alternate second Doctor). The Doctor returned to regular television in 2005, proving a ratings hit which spawned two spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah-Jane Adventures.
"The Doctor is an underachiever who never saw the point of exams, brought up on a planet that was basically a big university. He was a member of the social elite, but never saw the point of the rituals and social structures that kept that elite in power. He's an aristocrat who has rejected the comforts of his former life and the role that was expected of him. He has no real powers other than a keen intelligence and a lot of learning. He solves problems not through violence, but through wit and reason. No one can be The Doctor, he's more than human, but we can try to be like The Doctor - peaceful, intelligent, witty, reasonable, aware of what is truly important." - Lance Parkin, Doctor Who author
"When they made this particular hero, they didnt give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didnt give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And the didnt give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray, they gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts. And thats an extraordinary thing; there will never come a time when we dont need a hero like the Doctor." - Steven Moffat, Doctor Who head writer and producer
The Doctor's history above is, in the end, only a potted version. Firstly the character has been around for fifty years now, with over 150 TV stories, even more officially licensed original novels, comic strips for most of that time, including spin-offs covering his enemies and travelling companions, over three hundred official audio plays and so on; there is no way I can cover all of that in this profile. Nor should I, as this site is dedicated to the characters of the Marvel Universe, and covering the entire breadth and width of the Doctor's history is outwith the remit of this site. However an entry that just covered the Doctor's interaction with Marvel characters would not do the character justice; hopefully I've managed to get a reasonable balance.
Amongst Doctor Who fans there is much debate as to what is canon (beyond the original TV show), and much of the background to the character's origins which has been established in the novel's since the show left the air is ignored or refuted by them. If I did the same here, then I should also forget his comic book appearances, and then there would be no point in him having an entry in the Appendix. So, to those who ignore the Doctor's further adventures outside the medium of television, I have only one question: What are you doing reading this in the first place?
A common confusion that arises is that because the title of the TV show is "Doctor Who" that this is also the name of the lead character; this isn't the case. The name he uses is the Doctor, and the title of the show was chosen to reflect the mystery which originally existed as to the origins of the lead character. It should be noted that while the Doctor himself never uses the alias "Doctor Who", it has very occasionally been applied to him by others. The Doctor himself seems to be aware of the confusion his lack of a surname can cause, and has been known to answer the query "Doctor? Doctor who?" with a firm "Yes." He also once signed his name as Doctor W., and once employed the alias Doctor von Wer (which is German for Who).
The Doctor's family
As I explain in the history, Time Lords of the modern era are arranged into houses with 45 Cousins in each. But Irving Braxiatel is described as the Doctor's brother. How can this be? Brax isn't one of the Cousins, as all of them are accounted for in the same story that introduces the House of Lungbarrow. It could just be a term of affection, but the way it comes across, that doesn't seem right. More likely is that Braxiatel also shares some of the Other's genetic heritage (or has the genetic heritage of the Other's brother), and in the same way Susan and the Doctor recognised each other when they first met, so too did Braxiatel and the Doctor.
In the T.V. Comic's strips from 1966, the First Doctor had two grandchildren, other than Susan Foreman, John and Gillian, last name unknown, the author is also unknown, but the artist was John Canning. I don't know if the strip is considered canon, but they were reprinted in Doctor Who Classic Comics magazine by Marvel UK. - Darc_Light
You don't want to get into a "what is and isn't canon" debate
with a Doctor Who fan. Nobody can agree it seems - the perils of appearing
in so many mediums with so many different writers adding their own spin.
Out of the fans who don't just dismiss anything that wasn't shown on TV,
there's been a recent shift to try and fit John and Gillian into the canon,
based on certain alien races seen in the TV Comic strips being name checked
in the novels (which many fans are happy to consider canon). The attitude
is that if those races are canon, so is everything in the TV Comic strips,
no matter how bad or infantile. However a far more satisfying explanation
was provided in the novel "Conundrum." In that tale the Doctor and his companions
are trapped in a dimension called the Land of Fiction (which turned up previously
in the TV version). This reality can be manipulated by "the Master of the
Land", letting him create virtually anything...and he has been running test
simulations in preparation for his battle with the Doctor, practising against
a fictional version. Sometimes the simulation acts alone, sometimes against
fictional versions of real foes, sometimes with fictional versions of real
companions, and sometimes the fictional Doctor is accompanied by brand new
fictional companions. The real Doctor runs into two children, John and Gillian,
who call him grandfather, and the Doctor replies that he has never seen them
before in his life. So my take is that John and Gillian have never been "real"
companions or relatives of the Doctor. Perhaps the TV Comics strips needed
a disclaimer, and one springs to mind, from the final pre-Crisis Superman
story which was written by Alan Moore:
"This is an imaginary story....but then, aren't they all."
The Doctor as Merlin
The Doctor will in a future incarnation become known as Merlin. We even know which incarnation (it's the one who also calls himself Muldwych) ,and what he looks like (right). The Merlin met by the fourth and fifth incarnations of the Doctor bears no real resemblance to Muldwych; he does however look exactly like one of the forms taken on by the Merlyn who gave Captain Britain his powers when that character shapeshifts in Daredevils#1. It should be noted however that this isn't a guarantee that the Doctor has met that Merlyn. While unlikely, it's conceivable that the Merlin of the Neutron Knights story might be another incarnation of the Doctor. The story which first tells us the Doctor will become Merlin also implies that he will regenerate while using this name. The Merlin of Neutron Knights could be the first incarnation of the Doctor to use the name, and Muldwych the second. Captain Britain's Merlyn could very easily copy his appearance if he so desired. Confused? That's what you get when you have two extremely manipulative individuals who change names and appearances on a regular basis and aren't beyond pinching other people's identities when it suits them. For my money though, the Merlin the fourth and fifth Doctor's met is probably the Marvel Universe's Merlyn.
Just to confuse things further - the Doctor discovered in Battlefield (TV story) that he would one day become Merlin on an alternate Earth (though not necessarily the one he ran into in Tides of Time and Neutron Knights).
Perhaps the "Merlin" role he took there was in homage to the actual Merlin? - Changeling. It's entirely possible that he pinched the name of the real Merlin, either in homage, or, upon arriving and finding out that the real Merlin had been around a few years back and was still remembered, by claiming that he was Merlin returned. Particularly easy if the locals knew Merlin could alter his appearance.
Is Earth 8162 A.D. Marvel universe or Doctor universe?
Another thing worth noting is that the first time the Doctor
met Death's Head, he dumped the cyborg in Earth 8162. That Earth contains
Dogbolter, who is 1) a Earth-Who character, and 2) doesn't have access to
interdimensional travel technology. So this would suggest that Earth 8162
is the future of Earth-Who, not of Earth-616. Taking this into account, the
only time we have actually seen the Doctor in the Marvel Multiverse is when
he drops Death's Head off after their second encounter, onto the top of Four's
Freedom Plaza. And if the Merlin he met wasn't CB's Merlyn, then the only
time we actually see him meeting Marvel Multiverse natives is at Bonjaxx's
party, and the only ones he actually talks to are the Minion version of Death's
Head, and Tuck (the original Death's Head isn't a native of that Multiverse,
though he is a native of the Marvel Megaverse).
There is no definitive future for Earth-616, only potential or alternate futures.
A brief refresher on the Omniverse:
Per Degaton observed "Loki has mentioned his idea of Dragon's Claws taking place in the Doctor's side of the Omniverse, due to the presence as natives in 8162 of Doctor Who characters. The only thing I am wondering; whatever happened to Spratt (Death's Head sidekick from 8162)? When did he die? I ask this because I am wondering, when Death's Head met up with Earth-616 characters (and for that matter the Iron Man of 2020), was Spratt surprised to hear about them actually existing? After all, people from different multiverses tend to first hear of each other as fictional characters. If Spratt was shown as having known about the Earth-616 characters as actual historical characters, then might gum things up, but if he knew of them as fictional characters, then it would help."
But the fictional character rule doesn't always work, as Changeling notes "Decalog 3: Consequences (a book of ten short stories featuring the Doctor) includes a tale which implies that the seventh Doctor often went back in time to introduce himself as a "fictional" character on worlds he fears may notice his continual meddling in their history. I liked the idea of that, as in Remembrance of the Daleks (another one of the TV shows) it was shown that the Doctor Who TV show does indeed exist in his own timeline, and also Dr Who is a fictional character on Earth 616 (Excalibur I #1)."
As Changeling says, the Doctor isn't adverse to taking the identity of a fictional character when it suits. The show in Remembrance of the Daleks wasn't actually named, as the programme cut away before the announcer could say what it was, and subsequent writers have decided it was the start of "Professor X", a show about a mysterious traveller in time and space who traverses the universe inside a pillar box (for the Americans, it's a red cylindrical box a little shorter than a man where you post letters for collection by the Post Office) called a TASID. By 1976 the character is played by British comedy actor Frankie Howard. And of course the idea is that the Doctor is, if not the actual creator of the show, the inspiration for it - someone who has met him in "real life" has based this character on him. Star Trek, in all its incarnations, has been clearly established as a fictional show in the Doctor Who universe, but there have been hints the Doctor knows some of the various Enterprise crew members for real - and now IDW has published a crossover story where the fourth Doctor met the crew of Kirk's Enterprise while the eleventh Doctor met the crew of Picard's Enterprise. Their history as established by that show just doesn't fit with Doctor Who history, so it suggests that he met them in a cross-dimensional trip, and now may well have cashed in by supplying the idea to Gene Roddenberry of the Doctor's reality for a percentage of the gross.
So by the same basis, the Doctor being a fictional character on Earth 616 could be down to the same thing - he may even have created the show himself to provide funds for when he is on Earth-616. Oh, and one last note - its now been firmly established that the other BBC science fiction show of the 1970's, Blake 7, IS part of Doctor Who's universe.
Other incarnations of the Time Lord
The other Doctor at Maruthea, from the seventh Doctor's future, is commonly known as the Nth Doctor. He is based on Nick Briggs, an actor who played the Doctor in a series of fan-produced, unofficial audio plays in the early 1980's. Nick has subsequently gone on to write and produce a number of the official audio plays, and played the incarnation of the Doctor prior to Arabella Weir's in one of the Unbound series of audio plays. Ria was played by Patricia Merrick, Liz Knight and finally Heather Barker in the original fan audio plays. Bonjaxx's party marks his first comic appearance, but not his last. During one of the eighth Doctor's comic strip appearances the Doctor appeared to suffer severe injury and regenerated into this version, apparently making him the Ninth incarnation. It was subsequently revealed that the regeneration was a ploy to draw an enemy out while they believed the Doctor was vulnerable in the period just after his transformation. The Doctor was fine, and the being who had regenerated was in fact a disguised Shayde. So while we know that this is a future version of the Doctor, we still don't know which one. Other future incarnations of the Doctor include his Merlin self, also known as Muldwych. At first described as having red hair, by the time we encounter Muldwych he has spent 1000 years exiled on a barren future Earth, and is now white haired and balding. A series of actors played the ninth through thirteenth Doctors (listed above) for the charity programme Comic Relief, but even the most die hard inclusionist doesn't tend to treat this story as canon - just fun. Another apparent future version, now retired from travelling and working as the Curator of the National Gallery in London, appeared in the fiftieth anniversary story, The Day of the Doctor; played by former fourth Doctor actor Tom Baker, he hinted that in the future the Doctor would revisit some of his old bodies. The last known future incarnation of the Doctor is the 42nd incarnation (so somehow he got round the limitations on how many regenerations he could have; hardly a surprise, he's the consummate rule-breaker). This Doctor turned up in the epilogue of one of the official novels, although the editors cut him out before it went to print (spoilsports). He's been happily married since his previous incarnation.
Strictly speaking Bonjaxx's party on Maruthea should show up several times in the Doctor's history, as we see the leg of the departing sixth Doctor at the start of the story, and the fourth Doctor arrives at the end. But placing where in each of these incarnation's timelines this trip happened would be difficult, and frankly unimportant for this profile. The other individuals seen at the party in Doctor Who Monthly#173, other than those mentioned in the history above, include: Captain UK and Captain Britain (or similarly dressed members of the Captain Britain Corps), a female Silurian from Doctor Who, a Draconian (probably Salander of the Star Tigers, as his teammate Abslom Daak is present), Bart Simpson, Shayde, Steel and Sapphire (from ITC television series Sapphire and Steel), Worf (ST:TNG), an Ogron (Doctor Who), a Werelok from Doctor Who strip Dogs of Doom (but not Brill, the Doctor's friend, because the number on his cowl is 4, not 3 as Brill's was), Axel Pressbutton (Warrior Magazine), Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer and leader of the Star Tigers (Doctor Who spin-off character), unknown person collapsed on the table, Doctor Asimoff (also from Doctor Who comic strips), the robotic Ticket Inspector from Doctor Who TV story "Greatest Show in the Galaxy", two Daleks in love, a Wrarth warrior (from Doctor Who strip "The Star Beast"), a Sontaran (from Doctor Who, various stories), The Freefall Warriors (guys with FF logo) - Machine-Head, Big Cat, Bruce and Cool Breeze, all from the Doctor Who strip "The Freefall Warriors"; the Melkur, from the Doctor Who story "Keeper of Traken"; a Ferengi from Star Trek; the Hulk, the demon Melanicus (or perhaps another of his species), a Quark robot from Doctor Who "The Dominators", the Silver Surfer and Adam Warlock, a pair of Indians with a flying fish (from Time Spirits, an Epic Comic); a Vervoid (Doctor Who: Trial of a Time Lord Parts 9-12); Giggles of the Cherubim; a Meep, possibly Beep the Meep, from Doctor Who strip "The Star Beast."; an Ice Warrior (from Doctor Who), probably Harma, another member of Daak' Star Tigers; The Destroyer (from Doctor Who story "Battlefield"), Jetsam (from Doctor Who comic strip "Junkyard Demon"), a cybernetic cannibal (from Doctor Who strip "End of the Line") ; Morbius (from Doctor Who story "Brian of Morbius"), the Master (original Roger Delgado Master); the Mekon (from Dan Dare); Catavolcus, leader of the Neutron Knights; a robot member of Alien Guard, from the Doctor Who Strip "The Iron Legion"; an Alpha Centauri alien from Doctor Who; the Cyber Controller from Doctor Who story "Tomb of the Cybermen"; a Yeti; Mercurius, the last of Abslom Daak's Star Tigers; a Sensorite; Vesuvius, oldest robot in the Roman Empire, from the Doctor Who strip "The Iron Legion"; the Kandyman from the Doctor Who story "The Happiness Patrol"; the Giant Robot K-1 from the Doctor Who story "Robot", one of the White Robots from the Doctor Who story "The Mind Robber"; a Chumblie from the Doctor Who story "Galaxy Four"; Emma Peel (of the Avengers TV series); Meltron, guardian of the Time Witch's dimension, from the Doctor Who strip "The Time Witch"; John Steed (also of the Avengers TV series); and a Wirrn, from the Doctor Who story "The Ark in Space". Whew!
But it's not over there, as the framing story in the Incomplete Death's Head reprint of the above adds more. Per Degaton noted "Rocket Raccoon, the Hulk, Random, the Scarlet Witch, Doctor Doom, Doctor Strange, Namor, the Crazy Gang, Thor, Doctor Octopus, the Human Torch, the Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Apocalypse, and Conan (who wears a "Crom Rules" hat). Due to the peculiar nature of Maruthea, we cannot say as to whether these were the Earth-616 versions of these characters, or even if they were, we cannot place their appearances chronologically." Most of these characters appear as part of the framing sequence in Incomplete Death's Head #11.
There were plans for the Doctor to meet with Doctor Strange, which would have marked his first real encounter with an Earth-616 character. However this idea was shelved as an editorial decision was made to no longer have the BBC character interact with the Marvel Universe. Which I find both a pity, and a little weird when you take the preceding paragraphs into account - the Doctor has only just brushed against the fringes of the Marvel Universe.
Per Degaton points out another meeting of the Doctor and the Marvel Megaverse (although still not Earth-616): "Something of interest, in the recent X-Men:Chaos Engine trilogy of prose novels, the author Steve Roman made extensive use of Roma, Otherworld, Saturnyne, and Captain U.K. Not only that, but he remembered to sneak in an implied appearance of the Doctor from Gallifrey! In chapter 2 of book of two of the Chaos Engine, Roma has a comical Scotsman working for her as a Chief Physician. In chapter 23 of book three, "a man well over six feet tall, with an enormous bush of brown curls that looked more like a party wig than natural hair", "dressed in a baggy gray suit and matching overcoat, and a wide-brimmed brown hat rested at a rakish angle on the back of his head" appears. He says to Captain U.K. "I make an exquisite cup of Darjeeling". When asked his identity, this figure says he is the Chief Physician. Saturnyne says he is not, because the Chief Physician is much shorter, has less hair, and speaks with a Scottish twang. The man with the big hair states "I'm just not the man I used to be....or will be......". At the end of chapter 25, the big-haired man in the floppy hat says "Would you care for a jelly baby"? Ahem...... Of course, the big hair and floppy hat refer to the fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) while the short Scotsman refers to the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)."
Sneaky little so and so gets everywhere! If Saturnyne didn't know who he was, that implies he was up to something, on some adventure of his own. And it wouldn't be the first time the Seventh Doctor has used an earlier incarnation of himself to carry out some obscure task for him - the Seventh Doctor cheated on several occasions when it came to fighting his enemies by using his foreknowledge of events and even by going back AFTER his battles with them to make sure certain things he needed where handily lying around for him to find EARLIER.
He also mentions "Another oblique reference to the Doctor
occurs in either Fantastic Four III#9 or III#27 (I think it was#9) The Doctor
has almost certainly appeared in mainline MU. Somewhere about the place I
have a Claremont FF (volume 3, the one where Manoli and Neal are filming
a day in the life, also featuring Kay Cera but I can't remember the number
or currently lay my hands on the book) where we find a phone-box shaped time
travel machine, bigger inside, that Reed got from "that Doctor friend of
his." If that ain't The Doctor, then who is it?"
John 'Chud' Chidley-Hill mentions this reference as evidence of Marvel U.K. being part of Earth-616 (which some fans like to dispute). While interesting info, it doesn't really help with "building the case", for a couple of reasons. First, Marvel UK IS Earth-616 - the real debate should be if the rest of the Marvel Universe is Earth-616 (and the answer is, of course, yes). Second, the Doctor's interaction with Reed Richards doesn't prove a thing, since the Doctor isn't a native of Earth-616 / Marvel UK / etc.
" I wonder if Reed realises his friend the Doctor was responsible for stranding Death's Head on his roof that time? Perhaps the Doctor went back at some point to look for DH and bumped into Reed in the process?" - Changeling.
Perhaps the Doctor dropped DH off there knowing who the inhabitants were, and trusting they would be able to deal with the FPA.
"I like that theory. If I remember the story correctly there was something wrong with the FF's automated defense system because it began attacking the FF as well as DH. Perhaps this was a subtle manipulation on the Doctors part. He knew DH would likely trigger the systems, thus alerting Reed to the problem. He gets rid of DH, and helps his friends in the process. Perhaps he also wanted to introduce DH to Reed, in order to ensure Reed would help DH became the dominant personality of the Minion cyborg." - Changeling
The Doctor also appears to have interacted with Professor Alistaire Stuart of the Weird Happenings Organisation (WHO). Per Degaton notes that "Alistaire Stuart of WHO mentions meeting someone from Gallifrey in Excalibur I#25. He explicitly calls it Gallifrey. Alistaire Stuart of WHO recalls having met somebody from Gallifrey (clearly the Doctor), during the CrossTime Saga where Excalibur travelled through parallel dimensions (much like the Sliders) and discussing trans-temporal relativity dynamics with him. The Doctor left him a torch-like device which can generate trans-temporal anomalies with resulting energy fractures." Of course, since he wasn't named, the person Alistaire Stuart encountered could be virtually any Time Lord, but I have to agree that Chris Claremont would definitely have intended this to be referring to the Doctor. It is also worth noting that while Alistaire mentions this meeting while hunting for the device that creates anomalies, he never suggests the Doctor gave it to him; he may already have found the device and the Doctor simply helped him identify what it was. Since we've got no reference as to which incarnation Alistaire met, it's purely a guess as to where this falls in the Doctor's timeline above; going on the assumption that most such meetings are with whoever is the then-current incumbent in the role, I've placed it as contemporaneous to the Doctor Who Magazine stories of the time, which places it between the Doctor's appearances in Death's Head #8 and Doctor Who Magazine #173.
Speaking of Alistaire, Colins Hicks wrote in to ask about the resemblance between Brigadier Alysande Stuart (Alistaire's sister) of W.H.O. and Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart of U.N.I.T. Well spotted. Chris Claremont is a fan of Doctor Who, and one of the Doctor's most frequent allies is the latter Brigadier. The two met back during the Doctor's second incarnation, when LS was only a Colonel, and the Doctor aided the British army in repelling an invasion of robotic Yeti who had occupied the London underground. Following this encounter, and with the assistance of (former Group Captain) Gilmore, who years earlier had repelled another alien invasion (the Daleks, with the help of the seventh incarnation of the Doctor) he successfully lobbied Parliament to set up a special army force dedicated to protecting humanity from such incursions. This force, which operated under UN mandate rather than UK, was the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, or UNIT, and Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart was promoted to Brigadier and put in charge of the British arm of it. The Doctor would long be associated with UNIT, working with them through many of his incarnations, and the Brigadier would become one of the Doctor's closest friends. (All from the TV series, except for the bit about GC Gilmore - he'd appeared in the TV series, but his involvement in the creation of UNIT comes from the novels)
When he had been a Lieutenant, LS fathered a son on an African girl, Mariatu. This son, who took his father's surname (it's unclear whether LS married the girl, but they lived together for some 8 years, so it is likely), would be the first in a line of warriors which culminated in Brigadier Yembe Lethbridge-Stewart about a century from now. There was one more member of this line, Kadaitu Lethbridge-Stewart, who was brought up by Yembe as his daughter (though the exact family relationship is slightly more complex, as she was actually a genetically modified test-tube baby altered to be a supersoldier - her basic DNA came from Yembe though, so she is a Lethbridge-Stewart). Kadaitu would eventually become a time-traveller in her own right. (Transit novel). The original Lethbridge-Stewart married after Mariatu left him, to Fiona. They had a daughter, Kate, but then they divorced, partially because he could not tell her what he really did for the army. Kate would in turn have a child out of wedlock, and named him Gordon after his grandfather. (Downtime novel and video drama). Lethbridge-Stewart would eventually leave UNIT and remarry, this time to Doris (TV series, Battlefield story). An old man, he was rejuvenated / regenerated during another encounter with the Doctor (novel, Happy Endings). Sadly Doris died in a boating accident a few years later (novel, Shadows of Avalon), the Brig rejoined UNIT, and eventually became military ambassador to the extra-dimensional court of Avalon and consort to its queen (same novel). The Brigadier was eventually reported to have died (perhaps a cover up for his departure to Avalon), and Kate took over running the British branch of UNIT, shortening her surname to Stewart, hoping to make it less obvious who her father was and hence to reduce the (unfounded) implication that her appointment was a form of nepotism (TV series, The Power of Three & The Day of the Doctor).
In the X-Men (c.#217 I think) we see British soldiers clearing up after a battle between some of that mutant team and the Juggernaut. They wear UNIT patches (iirc) and refer to the Brigadier - a small in joke. But later, when Claremont set up Excalibur, he followed this idea up. He couldn't use UNIT again (copyright I would think) so it became WHO - the Weird Happenings Organisation (continuing the joke), with Brigadier Alysande Stuart. If the surname had been spelt differently there might have been a case to make that this was the child of the Earth-616 counterpart to the character in the Doctor Who universe, but since it isn't, we have to put it down to a nice in-joke / tribute.
Per Degaton notes "A Dalek is seen on page 24 of Excalibur I#14. This occurs when Excalibur, during the Great Muppet Caper......excuse me, the Cross-Time Caper, visit an Earth which apparently diverged during Acts of Vengeance, where superhuman battles have gone out of control apparently due to the Impossible Man's influence."
The Doctor is bipartisan and doesn't just visit the Marvel
Universe, it seems:
"In the first issue of JLA Classified (by Grant Morrison, an author who also wrote a few Doctor Who strips for "Doctor Who Magazine"), a Dalek make a cameo in Batman's Sci-Fi Closet! On page 24 as Batman talks to Alfred, he tells him that he's going into his "Sci-Fi Closet". Inside that closet, in the lower right of the panel, is the unmistakable top of a Dalek - eyestock and all. " - from Outpost Gallifrey, a Doctor Who news page.
According to a "Space Ghost FAQ" website, HANNA-BARBERA TV-STARS
# 3 (Marvel Comics, Dec. 1978) featured a story in which SG met an
eccentric old man named Nathaniel Pilgreem. The latter was a time traveler
wanna-be who had invented a spaceship that resembled an_antique car from
1936!_ Could it have been the Third Doctor (post-reprieve)?
Loki: Possibly inspired by the Doctor, but could as easily have been inspired by the Time Machine movie. Back to The Future did the car motif a few years later. Now Bill and Ted's time machine on the other hand...
The Doctor in comics away from Marvel
The Doctor has been almost continuously in print in comics since November 1964, a year after his television debut, though over his fifty years he has shifted from one publisher to another. The BBC has given separate licenses to publishers for different types of print titles, so that during certain periods the Doctor was appearing in multiple titles. Prior to Marvel UK gaining the license his first comic adventures were published by Polystyle, initially in TV Comic, then in Countdown (subsequently retitled TV Action), before returning to TV Comic when TV Action was cancelled and absorbed into its sister title. Polystyle also published Doctor Who stories in various TV Comic Annuals, TV Comic Holiday Specials, and a couple of Doctor Who Specials. Polystyle finally lost the license in 1979 to Marvel U.K., and that same year, under MUK's then editor-in-chief, Doctor Who Weekly (later Monthly, later Magazine) was launched. This title remain in print to this day, making it the longest running TV-tie-in magazine in the world, though it is now published by Panini, who bought the title when Marvel UK was shut down in the mid-90s. In 1989 Marvel UK also slipped a new Doctor Who strip into anthology title Incredible Hulk Presents, appearing as part of an eclectic line-up alongside reprints of the Hulk, G.I. Joe and Indiana Jones. Overlapping both Polystyle and Marvel's publishing period, World Distributors produced Doctor Who Annuals from 1965 until 1986. Marvel took up publication of the Annuals (under the title Doctor Who Yearbook) between 1992 and 1996, but the Yearbooks ended around the time Panini took ownership.
The Doctor had another brush with Marvel universe characters in 1991, when the BBC and Marvel (as well as many others) gave permission for their characters to be used in the Comic Relief Comic, a title tied to a major British charity drive, written by (amongst others) Dan Abnett, Mike Collins, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis and Grant Morrison. All of the then-known incarnations of the Doctor (the first seven) appeared alongside British SF hero Dan Dare, but sadly failed to actually meet the FF, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, the Hulk, etc. who showed up elsewhere in the story. Still, it is another link in the chain that connects the Doctor to the Marvel universe.
The brief return of Doctor Who to television saw a Doctor Who strip appear in the BBC's television listings magazine, Radio Times, lasting a little under a year. Since the series was revived in 2005, the BBC has licensed some additional companies to produce new comic strips alongside those published by DWM; BBC Magazine's ongoing Doctor Who Adventures, which targets a younger demographic audience, and G.E. Fabbri's Doctor Who: Battles in Time, which for 70 issues between 2006 and 2009 included a new comic strip in a magazine mainly aimed at selling a Doctor Who Collectable Card game. BBC Publications also relaunched the Doctor Who Annuals, while Panini briefly launched the yearly Doctor Who Storybook, until the BBC decided this was too close in style to the annuals and shut them down. The BBC has also published two original Doctor Who graphic novels in recent years.
Over in the USA it was the Peter Cushing "Doctor Who" who debuted first, with Dell's 1966 adaptation of the movie Doctor Who and the Daleks. A Doctor Who Magazine special published by Marvel revisted this alternate reality incarnation for a new tale set between the two Cushing movies.
Starting in December 1980 Marvel US began reprinting stories from Doctor Who Weekly, initially in Marvel Premiere and then in his own title. For those who have the Doctor's U.S reprinted adventures, here's how they match to the U.K. original printings, as far as I can devine from the covers (I don't have the U.S. printings)
Apart from the occasional unofficial cameo the Doctor vanished from the U.S. comics scene after the cancellation of Marvel's Doctor Who title, until the TV series was relaunched. IDW held the license for US stories between 2007 and the end of 2013, both reprinting many of the Doctor Who Magazine stories and publishing new tales.
The Doctor also made an unofficial cameo in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, where the first and tenth Doctors appear alongside one another.
Pretenders to the throne
There is another version of the Doctor though as far as Marvel is concerned. In Power Man and Iron Fist#79 the heroic duo encounter a Professor Gamble, an eccentric time traveller who lives in a house that is bigger on the inside and which can go anywhere in time and space. He is an enemy of the Dredlox (Daleks), mechanical monsters who utter the fearful cry of "Incinerate!" (Exterminate) as they attack. Having completed his goal of opposing these metal fiends with the assistance of the two heroes, he departs, leaving them at a loss as to who or what he had really been. A later author brought Gamble back and explained his origin, which kind of defeated the point. Oh, and in case anyone still doubts the idea that Gamble was meant to be a homage to the Doctor, "A Gamble with Time" was the original name for the Doctor Who story which eventually became "City of Death", something the writers of PM&IF were well aware of.
Marvel UK published a less palletable parody of the Doctor in their (thankfully) short-lived "humour" title Bog Paper. Trying to copycat the success of adult "humour" title Viz, Bog Paper (as the name suggests) included strips all based on toilet humour, including the lamentable Doctor Phoo, whose time machine was disguised as an outdoor lavatory. I only mention the dire strip because it was published by Marvel; there are plenty of better, actually funny, parodies out there, which sadly don't qualify for mention here.
And finally, Per Degaton also brings up the following fact. "In Alf#38, Alf meets Doctor Whozonfirst, a Melmacian looking Fourth Doctor analog. Since Alf seems to have taken place on Earth-616 (the High Evolutionary's appearance in Alf Annual#1 is even included in his listing on the Marvel Chronology Project!) this may be of interest......"
CLARIFICATIONS: The Doctor should not be confused with
The Eternals who the Gallifreyans worship as gods should not be confused with the
The Master, former schoolmate and now arch-enemy of the Doctor, should not be confused with
Merlin who met the fourth and fifth Doctor's is almost certainly the same Merlyn, @Captain Britain I#1, but should not be confused with
The High Evolutionaries who meet in the Matrix should not be confused with
Ace, travelling companion of the seventh Doctor, should not be confused with
Shayde, ally of the Doctor, should not be confused with
The Matrix, deposit of all Gallifreyan knowledge, should not be confused with The Matrix, a stunt-filled movie starring Keanu Reeves.
Hob, the robotic servant of Dogbolter has no known connection to:
The Time Warden who investigates the TARDIS/ Death's Head collision has no known connection to
The TARDIS (a.k.a. "Sexy")
The TARDIS is the Doctor's space-time craft. The letters stand for "Time and Relative Dimension in Space", a name thought up by Susan, the Other's grand-daughter, back in the Old Time on Gallifrey. The Doctor's ship is an antiquated Type 40, which suffers from many malfunctions. Theoretically the Doctor can pilot it anywhere in time and space, although he isn't known for his accurate piloting most of the time. The Doctor shares a telepathic bond with his ship, and often refers to her as "Old Girl," or, but only in private, "Sexy" (she considers the latter her real name). He sometimes suspects his piloting problems are down to the semi-sentient ship ignoring his instructions and going where she feels like going.
The TARDIS comes equipped with a Chameleon Circuit, which should disguise the ship as something inconspicuous whenever it lands somewhere new. However the Chameleon Circuit broke just after the Doctor landed in 1963 London, leaving the ship in the space of a Police Telephone Box (used by constables to call for help in the days before portable radios and mobile phones); the Doctor has attempted to fix the circuit on occasion, but generally isn't too bothered by this particular fault. Like all TARDIS, the Doctor's draws power from a captive black hole kept on Gallifrey, the so-called Eye of Harmony. Should the ship's direct link (also called the Eye of Harmony) to this source be opened unshielded then the planet the TARDIS is on will be torn apart by the conflicting gravitational sources at the stroke of midnight (when the planet's native sun is on the exact opposite side of the planet from where the Eye is).
The interior of the ship is actually located in another dimension from the exterior, making the ship much bigger inside than the outer appearance would suggest. Because this outer appearance is merely a mathematical construct, a door to another universe, it is nearly invulnerable under normal circumstances, and the inside of the TARDIS can be disconnected from the exterior to prevent gravity or other outside forces from affecting the interior. The ship travels by dematerialising its outer shell from the universe it is in, and then reopening (rematerialising) a new exit at the point the pilot wishes to reach.
Sir Justin was a medieval knight who was snatched by the power of the Event Synthesiser from the middle of a jousting tournament with Sir Hector of Richmond, and deposited in the late twentieth century. Over the centuries the jousting site had become a small wooded area near the village of Stockbridge, and at the exact time Sir Justin reappeared, the Doctor was approaching his TARDIS, which he had landed nearby. Sir Justin rammed the TARDIS, was knocked off his horse and rendered unconscious. Taken into the timeship by the Doctor, he dedicated himself to assisting the Time Lord with his mission to mend time, believing the Doctor to be an Angel of God (in spite of his protestations otherwise) and their work to be a holy crusade. He accompanied the Doctor to Gallifrey, then into the madness of Melanicus' nightmare dimension, to the White Hole of Althrace, and finally back to a time-frozen Stockbridge, where they confronted the demon inside the ruins of a local church. There Justin proved pivotal to the battle, unmasking Melanicus using a hat full of holy water, saving the Doctor from a zombie, and then sacrificing his own life, leaping through a stained glass window to impale Melanicus through the heart with his sword.
After time set itself right, the Doctor awoke in the restored church (now called St. Justinians), to find a statue commemorating his fallen companion. Unsure of how much of what he remembered had really happened, he read the epitaph beneath the statue: "The journey has not ended here, for his spirit claimed, by death-knell's chime, lies waiting still, to cross once more a sea of stars, and sail the tides of time"
- Doctor Who Monthly#61, (62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67
Angus "Gus" Goodman was an American pilot fighting World War II against the Japanese in the year 1963, in a time line that had been distorted by the Doctor's old enemy Mortimus (sometimes known as the Meddling Monk or the Time Meddler). He lost a dog-fight and his plane was shot down. Gus bailed out and parachuted down to a Pacific island where the Doctor had recently arrived. The two hooked up, after an initial poor start where Gus held the Time Lord at gun point, and together they tracked down the Monk and his Ice Warrior allies, and undid the damage they had caused.
They then set out to return Gus home, but as often happened with those travelling with the Doctor, they didn't get to the intended destination right away. One of the stops they made was on the planet Celeste, where they gained the enmity of Dogbolter. Eventually the Doctor did get Gus to the right time period, only for Dogbolter's bounty hunter, the Moderator, to catch them up as the two companions were exchanging farewells. Gus was gunned down by the mercenary, but returned fire with his service revolver, bringing down his attacker. Having saved the Doctor, Gus died in his friend's arms.
- Doctor Who Monthly#77, (78, 79, 80 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87
Avan Tarklu was a private eye and a Whifferdill, a member of a race of shapeshifters. When Dogbolter placed a bounty on the Doctor's head, Avan was lucky enough to stumble across the marked man. He infiltrated the TARDIS, but having revealed himself, he came to realise he quite liked the Time Lord. Instead of handing him over, he helped the Doctor gain revenge on the corrupt tycoon and steal the bounty money. Adopting the name Frobisher (which he felt sounded very British and so would appeal to his new friend), the Whifferdill decided he best enjoyed the form of a penguin (and indeed was briefly stuck in this shape). He and the Doctor travelled together for a long time, occasionally parting company, only to reunite at a later date. He eventually left the Time Lord for good during that worthy's seventh incarnation, and later reunited with his wife Francine. He set up a bar called Bish's, where he and the eighth incarnation of the Doctor unwittingly crossed paths once again - however since neither was in a body the other knew, they didn't recognise one another.
- Doctor Who Monthly#88, (#89 through 129, Age of Chaos Special, Mission Impractical Novel, Holy Terror audio play, Maltese Penguin audio play, Doctor Who Monthly #130-133, Doctor Who Monthly#329
Dorothy McShane was a young tearaway from late 1980's London. Unknown to her, she was a descendent of a bloodline of Vikings who were pawns of the disembodied entity known as Fenric; a Wolf of Fenric to use the parlance. Fenric had a long-standing enmity with the Time Lord known as the Doctor, and wishing to position her to be used against his foe, Fenric engineered a time storm which swept the young girl away to the far future and the planet Svartos. There she ran into the Time Lord, and became his latest companion. The Doctor realised the truth about how she had come to be on an alien world, and after a little while freed his new found friend of the influence of Fenric. The two travelled together for a prolonged period of time, and there are various conflicting and mutually exclusive accounts of Ace's final fate - she died, she became a time travelling vigilante, she became a Time Lord herself - but given that the Doctor's enemies starting messing with the Time Lord's personal timeline around this point, they may all be accurate too.
Ace was with the seventh incarnation of the Doctor when he attended Bonjaxx's party.
Ria travelled with the future (Nth) Doctor. Little is known about her, although it is believed that her physiology is unique, and not totally human. She travelled with her incarnation of the Time Lord for several adventures, and was accompanying him when he attended Bonjaxx's birthday party.
Shayde is a construct of the Matrix, an artificial being who carries out missions for the minds of the dead Time Lords who lie within. He first met the Doctor during the Melanicus crisis, when he first covertly, then overtly assisted that Time Lord's battle with the demon. He stowed away on board the TARDIS while the Doctor was on Gallifrey discussing the temporal distortions caused by Melanicus, and prevented the Time Lord from being assassinated as he attempted to leave his homeworld. During the Doctor's trip through the madness of Melanicus' dimension, Shayde shadowed him, saving his life time and again, and finally revealed himself to his ally. Later he directed the Doctor to Althrace, where he learned the true nature of the threat he faced, and where Shayde was used to link the minds of the High Evolutionaries, allowing them to stop time itself with their combined powers. When the Doctor and Sir Justin confronted Melanicus in the church at Stockbridge, Shayde turned the course of the battle when he appeared before the demon and blinded him with two shots to the face, leaving him vulnerable to a final, fatal, attack by the Doctor's knightly companion.
Shortly afterwards the Doctor's TARDIS was invaded by a malevolent entity. Back on Gallifrey Shayde coalesced into existence, only to realise he had not been given a directive. Allowed to act on his own initiative, he transferred himself to the TARDIS, where he assisted his former ally in expunging the entity from the ship. When the Doctor was put on trial by his people for his "carelessness" in allowing a potentially dangerous being to take control of a TARDIS, which might then have allowed it to move on to do the same on Gallifrey, Shayde deliberately destroyed the evidence that might support this case, guaranteeing the Doctor his freedom.
He assisted the fifth incarnation of the Doctor a third time when a mutated creature living inside of the TARDIS tried to take control of the ship and murder the Time Lord and his two latest travelling companions, Erimem and Peri.
Years later the eighth incarnation of Doctor was badly wounded, and his companions of the time, Izzy and Fey-Truscott Sade returned him to Gallifrey for medical attention. But while his mind was in the Matrix, his body was attacked by unknown assailants, who were thwarted in their deadly mission by the intervention of Shayde. The attackers proved to be part of a plot for an insane Time Lord to go back to the Old Time and usurp Rassilon as the founder of Time Lord society. Although the villain was defeated, the device he had intended to use to alter history was activated, and in order to prevent it from causing untold destruction, the Doctor prepared to use his own body to short circuit it. Unknown to Fey and Izzy, Shayde offered an alternative, which would have an additional advantage.
Since just prior to the end of his previous incarnation, the Doctor had been fighting a number of skirmishes with a group known as the Threshold. As well as engineering the death of Ace (one of his previous companions), they were clearly monitoring the Doctor through a deep-planted hypnotic manipulation of Fey - how else had she been able to read the TARDIS manual in order to pilot the ship to Gallifrey when the Doctor had been injured, when that book was written in Gallifreyan script? Shayde assumed the appearance of the Doctor, and took his place in short circuiting the time manipulating device. Afterwards he altered his appearance to make it look like he had regenerated into the future incarnation of the Doctor seen at Bonjaxx's party. Knowing that Time Lord's are at their most vulnerable immediately after a regeneration, the Threshold took control of Fey and had her bring the ship to their hidden base. While the Threshold were busy dealing with "the Doctor", the true Doctor set about sabotaging their schemes. Revealing the nature of their deceptions, Shayde and the Doctor unmasked for the final confrontation. During this Shayde was attacked by the power behind the Threshold - his own prototype, a creature known as the Pariah. Pariah critically wounded the artificial being, and in order to prevent his demise, Fey allowed him to merge with her; with their combined strength they were able to destroy Pariah. The new gestalt entity, dubbed Feyde by the Doctor, departed the TARDIS, each component feeling the calling of their separate responsibilities.
In the case of Shayde, this was Rassilon. In the case of Fey, this was King George of England. Fey was an agent of the British crown who had previously met the Doctor during an unrecorded adventure involving "the psychic weasels of Russell Square." Given a whistle which could summon the TARDIS, she used it to call the Doctor to aid her in a case in 1939, at the end of which the Time Lord had been injured, precipitating the afore-mentioned trip to Gallifrey that concluded with her being bonded to Shayde.
Two years passed for Fey and Shayde before they met the Doctor again. Fey was fighting the Nazis, and arguing with Shayde, who would not let her use their combined abilities to kill Hitler, lest it disrupt the web of time. But then they received a summons from the Doctor, who had watched Izzy be kidnapped before his eyes. With the aid of his old companion(s) the Time Lord recovered their lost friend, and Fey returned to the war.
- (Shayde): Doctor Who Monthly#62, (63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 72, 73, 74, "No Place Like Home" Audio Play, Doctor Who Monthly#263, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271
- (Fey): Doctor Who Monthly#257, (258, 259, 260, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271
- (Feyde): Doctor Who Monthly#271, (318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328
Rassilon was one of the founders of Time Lord society. He rose to power on Gallifrey leading his people in the formation of a Gallifreyan space empire.. Rassilon's growing popularity with the Gallifreyan populace led to civil war against the ruling matriarchal Pythia and her cult; driven off Gallifrey, Pythia cursed her fellow Gallifreyans with sterility, a problem Rassilon solved by creating genetic looms to birth new generations. He tinkered with the genes of the looms' earliest creations, seeking to create a perfect Gallifreyan, and the early prototypes became his agents, the Special Executive, crudely nicknamed the Bastards of Rassilon.
Subsequently Rassilon worked with fellow temporal engineer Omega to give the Gallifreyans access to time travel, blowing up the star Qqaba and capturing the resultant black hole to serve as a power source for the new time ships. The Order of the Black Sun, a rival temporal power, sent an agent, Fenris the Hell-Bringer back, to sabotage the experiment, but though Fenris' interference caused Omega to become trapped, believed dead, within the black hole, Rassilon personally captured Fenris, saving the rest of the fleet; Rassilon subsequently reverse engineered the technology in Fenris' time controller belt to help him finish his own time ship designs.
Eventually Rassilon's body was laid to rest in his tomb on Gallifrey, but his mind remained covertly active, usually manifesting itself within the Matrix, a repository of the minds of "all" the dead Time Lords of Gallifrey's past. The Doctor first discovered Rassilon's continued activity when four of his incarnations were brought together inside The Tomb of Rassilon, where they witnessed a mental projection of Rassilon which appeared above Rassilon's inert body. Later the fifth incarnation of the Doctor, who had been at that gathering, met Rassilon again, during the Melanicus crisis. Rassilon, along with other "High Evolutionaries", advised the Doctor, and then worked in concert to freeze time, so that their chosen agents could confront the demon. Shortly afterwards he ordered the Doctor placed on trial for carelessly allowing his TARDIS to be invaded by an elemental entity which threatened to then move on to Gallifrey as a result.
It wasn't until the eighth incarnation of the Doctor was severely injured and returned to his home world by his companions of that time that he encountered Rassilon again, when Rassilon assisted the Doctor's recovery. He was in return helped by the Doctor, who prevented a renegade Time Lord's attempt to replace Rassilon by altering Gallifreyan history. However Rassilon's ruthless darker side became more apparent when he tried to transform the Doctor into his pawn and assassin against a race of beings whom he had once deemed to dangerous to exist. Rassilon had imprisoned them, cutting them out of history, but had been unable to destroy them. Fearing their eventual escape, he sought to sacrifice the Doctor to save himself from their eventual revenge. The Doctor bested him, and Rassilon was last seen being thrown into the very prison dimension he had trapped this alien species in, to face their wrath.
During the Last Great Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks, Rassilon returned to lead his people. Under his rule, the Time Lords became as feared and hated by the rest of the universe as the Daleks, willing to use dreadful weapons of immense destructive power heedless of the collateral damage to bystander species and their worlds. In the dying days of the Time War, Rassilon learned that the Doctor had stolen the Time Lord's last unused and most destructive secret weapon, the Moment, with the intention of turning it on both sides to end the conflict before they destroyed all reality. Rassilon sought to escape this fate by moving Gallifrey forward in time, out of the war, and into Earth's solar system. However, a future incarnation of the Doctor, the tenth, was on Earth in this future time and thwarted this plan. Gallifrey was sent back to the war, where it was unexpectedly saved from destruction when the Doctor chose not to use the Moment to destroy it, but instead worked alongside his assembled other incarnations to freeze Gallifrey in a single moment in time and place it in a pocket dimension. Rassilon was presumably frozen along with everyone else on the planet.
- The Five Doctors TV story, (Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible novel (fb) - BTS), Remembrance of the Daleks novelisation, Doctor Who Monthly#47, 265, The Five Doctors, Doctor Who Monthly#62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 74, 262, 263, 265, Zagreus audio drama, Neverland audio drama, The End of Time
Morvane and Bedevere are two Time Lords and "High Evolutionaries" whose minds reside within the Gallifreyan Matrix. They and Rassilon discuss important issues that threaten Gallifrey, and if necessary, they can activate a mental construct known as Shayde, which is fueled by their wills and can travel across the galaxy to carry out missions for them. They were first seen during the Melanicus crisis, and again, much later, when the injured eighth incarnation of the Doctor entered the Matrix to speed up the healing of his injured mind.
Although it isn't stated, it would seem likely that they hail from Rassilon's time on Gallifrey and are (or rather were, when they were alive) womb-born Gallifreyans. (The Matrix was created by Rassilon, so they can't predate him, and Loom-born's minds are weaker, making them less likely to qualify as "High Evolutionaries"). They might even have been Rassilon's council in life, replacing his original partners, Omega and the Other.
- Doctor Who Monthly#62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 262, 263, 265
Bonjaxx is an old friend of the Doctor's (going back to at least his fourth incarnation), and runs a bar on the space station Maruthea, which is located at the centre of the space-time vortex. The Doctor likes to attend Bonjaxx's birthday bashes at least once per incarnation, but seems to always attend the same one (or maybe, given the nature of the station, there is only one).
Bonjaxx looks to be of the Daemon race, incredibly powerful beings who mostly died out millennia ago. Since the third Doctor mentioned he had never encountered one of these beings (just prior to encountering one), it would appear that he hadn't met Bonjaxx prior to this point, and that the first and second incarnations thus don't get to go to Bonjaxx's parties.
- Doctor Who Monthly#173
The Meep were a peaceloving race until their planet was exposed to "black sun" radiation, transforming them into a ravenous horde of galactic conquerors who reveled in torture and depravity. Their battle fleets were finally defeated during a massive space battle, but the leader of the Meeps, the evil Beep, escaped. Crashing on Earth with Wrarth warriors close behind him, he faked benevolence and gained the trust of a couple of Earth children. However when the Doctor (in his fourth persona) stumbled into the situation, he soon realised the truth, and helped bring the war criminal to justice.
Fifteen years later he was given parole, and he returned to Earth, seeking revenge. Again his plots were thwarted by the fourth incarnation of the Doctor, who somehow trapped him inside a children's movie, For the Love of Lassie.
The Meep escaped and attempted to take revenge on Earth for the indignities it had heaped on him by using televised signals to take over the planet. This time he was thwarted by the sixth incarnation of the Time Lord.
Much later he attended Bonjaxx's birthday party at Maruthea, although he may not have been an invited guest. Blitzed out his skull, he made a feeble attempt to kill the seventh and nth Doctors, and accidentally precipitated a bar room brawl instead.
Beep was last seen having gone back in time to 1979, where he attempted to broadcast black sun radiation through people's televisions, thus transforming Earth into a psychotic world like his own. But at the television centre he planned to use he mistook an actor called Tom Baker for his hated foe, and while Beep was distracted, the eighth incarnation of the Doctor stopped his plot.
Beep was also seen in Doctor Who Monthly#250, but this was a VR version of him, not a genuine appearance.
- Doctor Who Monthly#19-26, DW Yearbook 1996, The Ratings War audio play, Doctor Who Monthly#173, 283
First Posted: 22/01/2003
Last updated: 01/07/2014 (he's British, and time is important to his character - so the date goes the British way round)
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