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DOCTOR WHO CANON GUIDE
First Doctor (pre-series)
The Doctor is born as one of the cousins of the House of Lungbarrow. He has one older brother, Braxiatel.
He spends several hundred years studying at the Academy in the capitol of Gallifrey to become a Time Lord. He becomes acquainted with several other students who are restless with the sterile life of Time Lord society such as the Master and the Rani, and, like these, takes a titular nickname, afterwards ignoring his birth name forever.
The Doctor falls in love with another student, who either has the birth name Patience or adopts it as a pun on “Patient.” They have at least one child together. This child, in turn, sires the Doctor’s granddaughter, who goes by the name Susan.
Several Time Lords surrepitously leave Gallifrey during a century or so of lax policies and enforcement. Among these are Braxiatel, who establishes a research center and library, the Rani, who begins unethical study into genetic manipulation and becomes the ruler of a small planet called Miasmia Goria, and the Master, who has schemes of villainy and criminal gain. Other Time Lords to leave the planet at this time include Azmael, who takes a position as caretaker of the planet Joconda, and K’Anpo, one of the Doctor’s teachers, who retires to Earth. Much later, the Doctor would meet a Time Lord who called himself Chronotis and was teaching at Cambridge and assumed he was among those who left at this time.
Despite their society having ostensible laws against interference in the affairs of lesser planets, the Doctor makes a name for himself, and a target, with protests and entreaties on behalf of other races. At some point, either while a student or after graduation, the Doctor campaigns against the use of Miniscopes, which the Time Lords agree to ban. (Alternately, this action may have occurred during his activities at the end of his second life.)
Around the age of 400, it is believed that Patience is killed in some fashion and the Doctor, sickened with Time Lord society, steals a travel device and leaves Gallifrey with his granddaughter. It is unknown whether his child or children survived.
The Doctor and Susan spend time on the planet Venus and settle on Earth during the French Revolution before moving to London in 1963. Susan, who coins the name TARDIS for the travel machine, takes the name “Foreman” and enrolls in a local school.
First Doctor (Series)
The Doctor’s adventures proceed as seen in the television series. He and Susan effectively abduct two schoolteachers who force their way into the TARDIS. They briefly land somewhere in Earth’s prehistory before spending some time on the planet Skaro, confronting the Daleks for the first time. They spend several months as “guests” of Marco Polo on his journey to Cathay, during which time the four become better friends. They continue travelling for several more months, as the Doctor is unable to steer the TARDIS back to 1963 London.
Around the year 2170, the Doctor leaves Susan behind when she falls in love with an Earthman. Susan may not be a Time Lord herself, just a Gallifreyan without the power of regeneration. When Susan next meets the Doctor, she appears to have aged about twenty years.
About six months after he leaves Susan behind, the Doctor, who is travelling with two humans named Steven and Vicki, meets another Time Lord. This is a character called the Monk, who is operating in 12th Century Britain. The Doctor does not appear to know him very well, or be particularly interested in him beyond stopping him. The Monk is enraged by the Doctor’s interference with his games and later takes sides with the Daleks to get revenge on him.
Shortly after his first incident with the Monk, the Doctor is briefly pulled from time to meet his next two selves at the behest of the Time Lords. These are Time Lords from several decades in his future, and not contemporaneous. Upon being returned to the TARDIS, he and his companions cross paths with his brother, who is now calling himself “Irving” Braxiatel, and who is chairing an Armageddon Conference in 15th Century Italy with the goal of quelling weapons development. Many of the races attending are familiar with later versions of the Doctor.
At some point between this time and his regeneration, the Doctor meets his next two selves again, along with his fifth body. In this incident, Time Lords from several centuries in his future have manipulated his involvement, allowing a happy, but brief, reunion with Susan.
Towards the end of his first body’s life, the Doctor meets a being called the Toymaker, who might be one of the Eternals, who live outside our universe and continuum and kidnap “ephemerals” for their amusement.
Around the age of 450, the Doctor’s body, which is wearing “a bit thin,” prepares to grow its second heart, which requires that he regenerate for the first time.
The Doctor’s adventures continue as seen in the television series. He is still around 450 years old at the time of “The Tomb of the Cybermen.”
After about three years wearing this body, the Doctor, along with Jamie and Zoe, runs into another Time Lord, this one a criminal calling himself the War Chief, who has been using time-travel technology to assist a race of aliens in building a massive army from the ranks of Earth soldiers from throughout history. The Doctor is unable to return the thousands of stranded Earth soldiers back to their respective times and repair the damage to history without help, so he sends a record of the event to the Time Lords and attempts to escape before they arrive, but fails.
The Time Lords were content to let any of their renegade number go free so long as they never attempted to contact them again, turning a blind eye to all of their activities. The Doctor’s actions forced their hand, however, and, in a show trial, they judge that the Doctor would be exiled to Earth in the 1970s and forced to regenerate as punishment for breaking their laws.
But unofficially, a “star chamber” of Time Lords acting outside the President’s knowledge had other plans for the Doctor. Calling themselves the Celestial Intervention Agency, they offer to forestall the Doctor’s regeneration in return for certain “errands” the Doctor can run on their behalf. The Doctor works as the Celestial Intervention Agency’s “field agent” for several decades, during which period Time Lords from his future move him to assist his next self (“The Three Doctors”) and he is Timescooped up to play the Great Game with his first, third and fifth selves.
During the Great Game, he is confronted with a mental reconstruction of his old friend Jamie, and remembers that when the Time Lords returned him to 17th-Century Scotland, they erased his memories of the time they travelled together. The Celestial Intervention Agency agrees that the brainwashing was unnecessary and allow the Doctor to undo the mindwipes of Jamie and Zoe. Jamie, fifteen years older than when he last travelled with the Doctor, rejoins him for his new assignments. They briefly travel with Victoria, whom the Doctor had left in the early 1980s some years previously, but Victoria does not stay very long with them, and asks to return to Earth to study graphology. The Doctor and Jamie’s next assignment brings them into conflict with a renegade scientist called Dastari who has allied with the Sontarans, and during this episode, he meets his sixth self.
The second Doctor’s adventures come to an end not long after this. The Celestial Intervention Agency returns Jamie to Scotland. The Doctor’s second regeneration is allowed to take place and his exile on Earth begins.
The Doctor’s exile on Earth is mostly spent in the company of the British branch of UNIT, headed by the Doctor’s friend Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart and formed to combat alien or other-terrestrial menaces, several of which are on record and involve future versions of the Doctor. It is very probable that the Doctor’s access and security allows him the chance to see the files indicating the involvement of his future selves in Earth’s recent past.
The exile lasts for about four years and is covered by the first three seasons of the third Doctor’s television adventures, but the Doctor is allowed to leave 1970s Earth on a few occasions at the behest of the Celestial Intervention Agency. The Doctor is greatly annoyed by these interferences, considering his work for that agency to have been concluded before his last regeneration.
Prior to these “errands,” however, the Time Lords warn the Doctor that his old acquaintance the Master has decided to use the same period as a base for his own activities. The Master has actually been operating under the pseudonyms Emil Keller and Prof. Thascales since the late 1960s; the Time Lords only step in when the Master allies with the Nestene Consciousness in a bid to control the planet. When this fails, he has his other, long-running criminal schemes to occupy his time.
During this time, the Doctor learns of the death of Dorothy “Dodo” Chaplet, who had travelled with him for a few months during his first incarnation, and who he returned to Earth in 1966, a few weeks after she had joined him.
The President of Gallifrey brings an end to the Doctor’s exile after he saves both Gallifrey and Earth from an attack from a Time Lord called Omega, who was a stellar engineer from centuries in the past, and whose manipulation of a black hole’s energy had given the Time Lords their power. The situation had become so desperate that the Time Lords plucked the Doctor’s two previous selves from his timestream to assist him in defeating Omega.
The Doctor wastes little time in leaving Earth to travel again, but had formed such close friendships with the staff of UNIT, his associate Liz Shaw and his assistant Jo Grant that he finds himself unwilling to completely leave the planet. He and Jo frequently travel, sometimes accompanied by UNIT Captain Mike Yates. The three of them spend some time as guests on the planet Karfel. (Lethbridge-Stewart, despite years of friendship, is much happier to stay on Earth.) When Jo finally leaves the Doctor and UNIT to marry Professor Cliff Jones, it wounds the Doctor deeply and reminds him of how he misses his own family. The Doctor had tried for months to reach a planet called Metebelis Three and claim one of the blue crystals he’d heard tales about. He left the planet with only a single stone as a souvenir and presents it to Jo and Cliff as a wedding present.
About seven months after Jo left him, the Doctor begins travelling with a journalist named Sarah Jane Smith. As she was not a member of UNIT, she would only see the Doctor from time to time. He would often travel without her, spending decades off-planet, often in the far future, but would always return to Earth in the mid-1970s with only a few days’ absence. On one of his visits to Earth, he, along with his two previous selves, is abducted by Time Lords in the future to play in the Great Game in Gallifrey’s Death Zone alongside his fifth self.
On Metebelis Three, centuries had passed since the Doctor took the crystal, and a species of huge spider had come into contact with the gems, increasing their intelligence and giving them mental powers. Over time, the spiders grew more powerful and devoted themselves to the “Great One,” an ancient, gigantic spider which was using the crystals to form a “web” which would boost its mental power beyond planets, but the last, missing crystal was thwarting it. Through a bizarre set of coincidences, the Great One detected the crystal on Earth, where Jo and Cliff had returned the stone to the Doctor as it made some of their employees in South America uneasy. The Doctor foils the Great One’s plan, but prolonged exposure to the massed collection of the radioactive stones was more than his body could stand. It was revealed some time later that the Doctor spent ten years alone in the TARDIS trying to recuperate before finally making his way back to Earth, where one of his Time Lord instructors, K’Anpo, helped him finally regenerate.
The Doctor spends several days recuperating from the effects of this regeneration, but finds himself wanting a very fresh start, away from Sarah Jane and UNIT. While ostensibly confined to sick bay, he did sneak out and take a solo trip in his TARDIS to a planet far in Earth’s future. There, he rebuilt a computer called Xoanon belonging to a planetary expedition, not realizing that his not-yet stable mind was not up to the task. He returns to Earth and assists UNIT in dealing with some stolen nuclear plans and a rogue robot, elects to leave Earth and pressgangs UNIT Dr. Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane into joining him.
They were only gone a comparatively short time before Lethbridge-Stewart asks for his help again. The Doctor finds his ties to Earth very hard to break because of Sarah’s obligations to her magazine, and grumpily finds himself in a similar situation to the one he was in during the months between meeting Sarah and the crystal’s return. He finds his unofficial status with UNIT flexible enough to warrant intrusions on his time by other government institutions, including C-19 (UNIT’s paymasters) and the World Ecology Bureau. Even worse, the Celestial Intervention Agency still finds opportunities to interfere with what he sees as his freedom, directing him to Skaro in a botched attempt to annihilate the Daleks before they could develop, and to the planet Karn, where an ancient Time Lord criminal named Morbius schemed to regenerate himself.
The Doctor, now over 700 years old, is very fond of his friend Sarah, but when the Time Lords recall him to Gallifrey, he doesn’t hesitate to leave her behind, so that he could travel without company. On Gallifrey, he is caught up in a vengeful scheme by his old enemy the Master, who had regenerated twelve times and was nearing the end of his current body’s usefulness. Time Lords can live forever, barring accidents, but each life cycle of thirteen bodies is regulated by the High Council, who would naturally never give the Master a new chance. Having thwarted the Master, the Doctor finally gets a chance to spend a few years alone.
This time comes to an end when he returns to the planet he had visited a day or so after regenerating and learned that the computer Xoanon had patterned its new program after the Doctor’s unstable, schizophrenic mind and gone mad. He corrects the damage he did and leaves the planet with a very unwelcome stowaway, a savage named Leela.
The Doctor makes the best of the situation and, despite himself, enjoys her company to a degree. He is also delighted when a physician from the Bi-Al Foundation bequeathes him a computer called K-9 in the shape of a dog, but finds the computer stubborn and difficult. When, on a return trip to Gallifrey, Leela falls in love with the commander of the Chancellery Guard, he leaves K-9 with her and decides to build a new one which won’t be so truculent.
K-9 Mark II wasn’t completed for some time, as the Doctor becomes involved in other adventures by himself, including a trip to a pocket dimension where the Roman Empire continued for centuries with alien encouragement, and a city where emotions were illegal. K-9 Mark II is finished in time to assist the Doctor deal with one of his most ruthless and shameless foes, the Meep. During this adventure, in 1979 Blackcastle, the Doctor leaves Earth with a new companion named Sharon.
Sharon does not stay with the Doctor for very long, perhaps only a few months before she falls in love on a planet in Earth’s far future and stays behind. The Doctor and K-9 travel for a very long time by themselves. During this period, he principally stays centuries and light years from Earth, and he makes the acquaintance of the famous scientist and author Ivan Asimoff and the galactically famous Freefall Warriors.
After some years alone, the TARDIS is intercepted by the White Guardian, an enormously powerful being, and the Doctor is ordered to assemble the six pieces of the Key to Time. The White Guardian also brings the Doctor an assistant from Gallifrey, a young Time Lady called Romana, to assist in his task. It only takes a couple of weeks to find the six segments, after which Romana, her body preparing for its second heart, elects to regenerate rather than let her body grow much older.
Assembling the Key to Time had angered the White Guardian’s equal and opposite number, a being called the Black Guardian, who swore vengeance on the Doctor for his interference. To avoid the Black Guardian, the Doctor fits the TARDIS with a randomizer to prevent him planning his travels in advance. He and Romana become best friends and they travel together, again very far in space and time from Earth, for around a century. (This time period encompasses season seventeen of the TV series along with Gareth Roberts’ “Missing Adventures” novels set during the period, and possibly hundreds of other stories untold.)
Not long after dispensing with the randomizer, Romana ends many decades of travel with the Doctor, staying in a pocket dimension called E-Space to help a race of Tharils overcome slavery. The Doctor leaves her K-9 and returns to our space accompanied by a stowaway named Adric. Losing Romana has a noticeable impact on the Doctor, who seems to age decades overnight. He soon crosses paths again with the Master, who uses the advanced technology of the planet Traken to let him either take over or absorb a younger man’s unscarred body. Their battle takes them back to 20th-Century England, and the Doctor falls to his death from a radio telescope saving the universe from the Master’s scheme, forcing his fourth regeneration.
The Doctor, suffering badly from the effects of his unplanned regeneration, is taken by Adric and two new friends, a Trakenite named Nyssa and an Earthwoman named Tegan Jovanka, into a trap set by the Master and barely escapes with his life. The four of them then travel far into Earth’s future and run across one of his future selves, the seventh, who is travelling with two “Adjudicator” police officers. The Doctor is confused as to why his future self was so contemptuous and dismissive of him, and is even more astonished to meet his late wife Patience, trapped in a time bubble. After an incident with an Urbankan conqueror, and a frightening encounter with a mind-creature called the Mara which is released by unconscious dreaming, the Doctor decides he needed to be by himself for a time and, without telling his companions who were enjoying a vacation, elects to spend time on his own.
Initially, his time is well-spent in the village of Stockbridge in 20th Century England, which affords him weeks of relaxation and cricket, which he had not enjoyed in many years. But meanwhile, a creature called Maleficus is brought into our reality thanks to the slipshod work of an Eternal called the Prime Mover. Maleficus sets about breaking down the barriers of time, and the Time Lords download an artificial creation, an agent called “Shayde,” into the Doctor’s TARDIS to assist him and a 12th Century knight called Sir Justin in battling Maleficus. In the end, Justin gives his life to stop the creature.
The planned vacation continues to deteriorate as a prehistoric force latches onto the TARDIS and uses it for its own purposes, prompting further action from the Time Lords, whose military branch, led by Tubal Cain, attempts to destroy the TARDIS and Shayde to eliminate all traces of the mysterious force. Rather than remain in Stockbridge any longer, the Doctor travels to an island in the South Pacific and picks up a new companion, an American serviceman named Gus. They only travel for a short time, beating a new scheme of his old enemy the Monk along the way, before Gus is murdered by a “moderator” assigned by a galactic kingpin named Dogbolter whose path the Doctor had crossed.
Dispirited by the death of a companion, the Doctor returns to his friends on vacation without telling them he’d been gone for months, but Adric is soon to die as well, saving Earth from an attack by the Cybermen. When the opportunity comes to leave Tegan behind in London, 1982, he does, without a goodbye, and travels with Nyssa for several months.
The Doctor and Nyssa meet up with Tegan again in 1983 in the city of Amsterdam and she comes back on board. This time, their relationship is not quite so much at odds and they become good friends. The Doctor even finds himself relaxed enough to visit with his old friend Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart for the first time in more than a hundred years, although, from Lethbridge-Stewart's perspective, it had only been a few years since they'd last met. Neither Nyssa nor Tegan were particularly pleased, however, when the Doctor decides to allow a young man named Turlough to join them in the TARDIS. Nyssa leaves them very soon afterward, and never learns the reason the Doctor brought him on board was because he recognized Turlough was an agent of some alien power. He did not know that power was the Black Guardian, but Turlough betrays the Black Guardian in the end, banishing the alien from the Doctor’s life in the process.
A few weeks later, the Doctor crosses paths with a traitor in the Time Lord hierarchy who has reactivated Gallifrey’s Death Zone and trapped his first three selves within it. He continues to travel with Tegan and Turlough for several months afterward, and is very saddened when Tegan leaves him abruptly. He and Turlough spend a few weeks travelling before he effectively does a companion-swap, when Turlough, who brought a drowning American girl named Peri into the TARDIS to save her life, leaves to rejoin his own people from the planet Trion.
Peri is only with the Doctor for a few days before they are both poisoned with spectrox on Androzani Minor. Unable to find enough serum to save them both, the Doctor gives it all to her and dies, regenerating into his sixth self.
This body is the Doctor’s shortest-lived to this point; he uses it for less than ten years.
The Doctor’s sixth self is, to Peri’s horror, less friendly and cordial than the one she had met less than a week previously. Bad-tempered and callous, he does not afford himself any time to recuperate from regenerating and is therefore initially unstable and prone to violence. The pair travel for a few weeks before the Doctor crosses paths with the Rani, whom he has not seen since his time at the Academy
centuries before. A few days later, the Doctor meets his second self during an incident involving the Sontarans. While he did experience the incident several centuries previously, it is not clear how he could have forgotten it, unless perhaps the Celestial Intervention Agency blocked the “crossed timestream incidents” from his memory before his second regeneration.
The Doctor and Peri find themselves mostly unable to get along with each other during their first couple of months together, and so, after foiling another plan of the Daleks, the Doctor decides that the problem might be him, and, dropping her off at a baseball game in New York City, he travels for several months without Peri.
In Earth’s far future, he finds the opportunity to avenge the death of his friend Gus when he meets up with crime boss Josiah Dogbolter again, and leaves that incident accompanied by a shape-shifting Whifferdill who calls himself Frobisher. The Doctor spends many weeks with Frobisher, meeting up again with Ivan Asimoff and getting caught up in the schemes of a criminal called Astrolabus, before he and Frobisher part on good terms and the Doctor makes his way back to Peri, much more relaxed and at ease with himself and with her.
No longer at each other’s throats, the Doctor and Peri enjoy several months of travelling before a nasty incident on the planet Thoros Beta, in which the Doctor battles an alien criminal named Sil for the second time. As events rush to their conclusion, the Doctor is abducted from time and space by the Time Lords, who bring him to a space station to stand trial, again, for his interference in alien affairs.
The trial is conducted by a Time Lord Inquisitor, and evidence against the Doctor is presented by a black-clad Valeyard, who shows the court both a recent incident on the planet Ravolox and the Thoros Beta situation, which, to the Doctor’s horror, continues after the point he was abducted and sees Peri shot dead. When the Doctor is given the chance to show evidence in his defense, he selects, from the Time Lord Matrix, an adventure from a possible future where he and an English girl named Melanie save a spacecraft from a race of genetically-created plant creatures called Vervoids. When the Valeyard determines that these were the only Vervoids in existence, he suggests that the Doctor now be found guilty of genocide. But the Doctor has an unexpected ally in the Master, who informs the Inquisitor and the court that the Valeyard is actually a “shadow self” of the Doctor from the future, formed during his twelfth regeneration and somehow scheming to steal the Doctor’s next seven lives for himself. The Inquisitor also informs the Doctor that Peri was not actually killed, but stayed behind on Thoros Beta to marry a tribal chieftain.
During the chaos at the end of this trial, the Doctor had been assisted by a rogue named Sabalom Glitz, whom he had met on Ravalox, and by Melanie, sent from a few years in the future by the Master to help the Doctor. The Doctor returns Melanie to his future self and travels alone for several months. Eventually, he befriends Professor Evelyn Smythe and travels with her for some time before meeting Melanie and enjoying a few years travelling with her.
The Doctor’s last adventure in his sixth body is in the Generios system in the far future, where he outwits and joins forces with a con artist named Banto Zane, who, with his companion Sally-Anne, has been masquerading as the Doctor and saving planets from non-existent threats for money. Not many hours after this, the TARDIS is caught in a tractor beam and the Doctor suffers a massive head trauma which triggers his next regeneration.
The tractor beam brings the Doctor into conflict with the Rani again, but, try as your humble author might, I have no clue why in the world she needed the Doctor’s help in that stupid story. He does, however, state that he and the Rani are 953 years old. Anyway, he and Mel continue on their travels for many months; they visit Paradise Towers, ancient Pompeii and Dark Space 8, and fight with a gang of ruthless mercenaries called Bannermen at least twice. Mel eventually leaves the Doctor behind to take up with Sabalom Glitz after running into him on Iceworld, leaving a teenager from 1980s London called Ace to take her place in the TARDIS.
Ace and the Doctor travel for a year before the Doctor confronts Fenric, an ancient evil whom he had defeated several lives previously. Fenric had been manipulating the Doctor’s life for quite some time, even sending Ace into the far future to meet the Doctor on Iceworld. The Doctor anticipated this, having known since he met Ace that Fenric was most likely responsible for her appearance, and had slowly been helping Ace heal some of her mental bruising, including getting over her fear of a supposedly haunted building in London, and her hatred of her mother. Fenric’s plans are foiled and the two return briefly to 1989 Perivale before a lengthy battle over several weeks and several time periods against another ancient evil called the Timewyrm, and another that had been buried under the rural village of Crook Marsham until its release in 1968.
Ace grows frustrated with the Doctor’s constant manipulation of events, placing a terrible strain on their friendship. In the 26th Century, on the planet Heaven, a peaceful world jointly occupied by humans and Draconians to bury and honor their war dead, this reaches a breaking point. The Doctor warns her against a relationship with a “Traveller” named Jan, but she doesn’t listen and falls in love with him anyway, unable to know that they have actually come to Heaven to battle a race called the Hoothi, and with stakes so high that Earthmen, Draconians and Daleks alike are all in danger of being wiped out. The Doctor has set an elaborate trap for the Hoothi, knowing that Jan would be sacrificed to save the universe. Ace, furious, leaves him, and the Doctor leaves Heaven accompanied by Professor Bernice “Benny” Summerfield.
The Doctor and Benny spend a couple of months travelling before Ace contacts the Doctor for help. Three years have passed for her and, lacking any other prospects, she had enlisted in the army to battle Daleks. The three resume their travels and have a few enjoyable months before the Doctor realizes that he is being manipulated and the timelines damaged by an unseen, unknown foe. He confesses to Benny and Ace that he has become reliant on surrepitously travelling back after an adventure and leaving notes for himself to ensure he does whatever he needs to do to finish off whatever foe faces them. When the TARDIS arrives in London in 1976, he knows that this unseen enemy is finally ready to spring his trap, but the Doctor cannot find any notes to himself, fearing that this battle is one he will lose. It transpires that his enemy is in fact the Monk, now allied with two other old foes of the Doctor. Allied with UNIT, not long after his fourth self had stopped working for them, and armed with one clue the Monk misses, the Doctor is finally able to rid himself of the Monk forever.
The trio travel together for almost three more years before Ace leaves them, by which time the Doctor believes that he is 1000 years old. Benny and the Doctor then have several months of travel time, before they meet their next two traveling companions in the 30th Century; Adjudicator Roslyn Forrester and her squire, Chris Cwej. By the time Benny leaves the Doctor, having fallen for a fellow named Jason Kane, she has been with him for nearly five years. The Doctor arranges her wedding in the village of Cheldon Bonniface, where he has some old friends, in the year 2010. Benny and Jason get to do a little time travelling and are rarely far from the Doctor, but their marriage is not successful, and when they finally split up in the year 2003, seven years before they married, they have been together less than a year.
Shortly before this, the Doctor finds himself meeting his fifth self and does not enjoy the experience, possibly because he knows his fifth self lost two companions, Gus and Adric, to death and was also forced to “kill” a semi-sentient robot called Kamelion that he had brought aboard. But the seventh Doctor loses another companion to death when Roslyn Forrester is killed in the year 2981, helping her sister Leabie in an insurrection against the corrupt Earth Empress. The Doctor suffers a heart attack at Ros’s funeral and is some time in recovering.
Some small comfort comes in London in the 1950s, where the Doctor and Chris, barely talking and burdened by the loss of Roslyn, travel next. There, he meets his former companion Peri, who is escaping a smothering marriage to King Yrcanos, and has desperately taken a time tunnel without knowing where it goes. She and the Doctor reconcile and he returns her to the late 20th Century.
The Doctor had been consciously avoiding Gallifrey for a very long time, but finds himself forced to return to the House of Lungbarrow for the first time in many hundreds of years, where family politics and hatred have not lessened over the centuries. Much of what is recounted in this story seems to be a smokescreen for some reason; the supposed revelations that the Doctor actually came from ancient Gallifrey tens of thousands of years ago and that Susan was not actually his granddaughter can be safely discounted as a fiction the Doctor presented to mask anyone who tried to learn his real secrets.
The Doctor’s old friend Romana had returned to Gallifrey some years previously and become President; she gives him the unwelcome assignment to attend a show trial for the Master, whom the Daleks had apprehended and planned to exterminate, and bring his remains home. As an official delegate from Gallifrey, the Doctor had immunity from the Daleks, although his presence there aggravates tensions between the two races. The Master is atomized and the Doctor attempts to return to Gallifrey, where he had left Chris behind, but something pulls him off course and he lands in San Francisco in 1999. Upon exiting the TARDIS, he is immediately wounded by gunfire from a gang war and rushed to a hospital. Despite her best efforts, Dr. Grace Holloway is unable to save him – in fact, her unfamiliarity with his biology probably results in his death on the operating table.
The Eighth Doctor’s life, owing to a massive disturbance in the timestream, is very difficult to piece together. What’s known is that he regenerates in a hospital morgue in San Francisco and learns that the Master had somehow lived through his execution, possibly a planned side-effect of his last forced regeneration, and then thrown the TARDIS off course. (Ace had, in 1950s New Mexico, killed the Tremas-body he had been using since the end of the fourth Doctor’s life.) He had one final plan for galactic domination, using the Doctor’s TARDIS’s link to the Eye of Harmony on Gallifrey, but this bid fails and the Master is believed to have been killed.
Leaving Grace behind, the Doctor travels alone for a short time. He befriends an English Secret Service agent in the late 1930s named Fey Truscott-Smith, one of His Majesty’s first female Secret Service agents, and in 1997, he works with Benny and the retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in repelling an invasion of Earth by the Ice Warriors.
Not long afterward, he returns to the village of Stockbridge, which is being used in another terrible game by his Eternal enemy the Toymaker, and begins a new series of travels with a girl named Izzy and, later, picks up Fey to join them. Much of their adventures revolve around a threat to this dimension from an alien power called the Threshold, which has allied with the Daleks.
The Doctor travels with Izzy and Fey for a number of months, and later with companions Charley Pollard, C'rizz, and Lucie Miller. This Doctor's life continues for several decades, and he occasionally battles the Threshold among other high-concept foes, until he realizes that the Threshold’s incursion into our reality has fractured the space-time continuum, allowing the Daleks a sufficient enough advantage to wage war on Gallifrey itself.
He also realizes that a parallel timestream, damaged irreparably by a Time Lord cult called Faction Paradox, unique to that timestream, is leaking into this one. In that timestream, that other eighth Doctor had spent years travelling with different companions trying to escape an unavoidable fate of having his history irrevocably changed by Faction Paradox, and had found only one terrible solution, to destroy Gallifrey as though it had never existed.
Aware of this other reality as it threatened to overtake ours, the Time Lords launch an unspeakable war with the Daleks that was fought throughout history. This involves raising their own dead to fight the Daleks, regenerating forever. Rassilon and the Master are known to have been resurrected, with Rassilon leading one faction of Time Lords, and the Master burning through many more lives.
The Doctor wants nothing to do with this Time War, and, traveling alone, spends some years assisting the people who have been made refugees when their planets have been wiped from history. He is trapped on a crashing spaceship while doing this work, and wakes, briefly, on the planet Karn. A member of that planet's powerful Sisterhood gives him the chance to regenerate into a specific, more ruthless incarnation, and join and end the Time War.
Only the events of last few days of the War Doctor's time are known. Some speculate that he lived and fought for a few decades, and some think that it was far fewer. In the end, he finds himself presented with the same terrible solution, to wipe out both the Time Lords and the Daleks and save the universe before their battles throughout Time destroy everything.
This the Doctor does, ending the Time War and condemning his own race and the Daleks to mythology, and repairing the timestream in the process, so that the Faction Paradox timestream could never cross into ours. Two of the Doctor's future selves are present in the end, but the memory that Gallifrey was somewhat safely moved to another universe was lost to him. As a result, when the War Doctor regenerates, he does so believing himself a mass murderer.
Much of the series' past may have been reworked or restructured as a result of the Time War. In particular, some of the Eighth Doctor's many activities may have been moved into alternate timelines. It is possible that the Doctor who was born in San Francisco in 1999 never met the Ice Warriors in 1997, never went to Stockbridge, and never met Izzy.
The Doctor’s first action is to visit Earth in 2005, where the Nestene Consciousness, fleeing the impact of the Time War, has come to invade, following up two previous attempts in the 1970s. The Doctor defeats the Nestenes with the help of a Londoner named Rose Tyler, whom he brings along as he travels again.
Suffering survivor's guilt and believing himself the only Time Lord, the Doctor does not consider his Time War self worthy of the title "Doctor," and while this body is his tenth, it is only the ninth "Doctor."
This Doctor is, to date, by far the shortest-lived Doctor. He initially left 2005 London without Rose, had a few weeks of adventures without her, during which time he was photographed at JFK's assassination, and then decided to go back to London and tempt her into coming with him with the added inducement that his spaceship is a time machine. He sacrifices his body to save Rose's life less than six months later.
This Doctor claims to be only 900 years old, shaving off at least a century, and possibly two or three from the age that he had been giving previously. His next two selves continue this numbering.
Two days after his regeneration, the Doctor's hand is severed in a sword fight, but since it is still very early in his body's life, he is able to regrow it. The hand is eventually recovered, and kept on board the TARDIS.
Two years later, the Doctor encounters the Master, amnesiac and living under the technology of a "Chameleon Arch" as a human trillions of years in the future. Convinced the Time Lords were going to lose the War, he turned himself into a human and fled to the end of our universe to live out his life as far away from the effects of the War as possible. When his memory is restored, he regenerates and returns to Earth for yet another fight with the Doctor. It ends with his apparent death, but he wills himself not to regenerate and he dies. The Doctor cremates his body.
After about three years into this incarnation's life, the Doctor is gunned down by a Dalek, begins to regenerate, and then staves off the effects by forcing the energy into his hand, which regenerates into a second Tenth Doctor. Thus, when this body comes to an end a few years later, it is the final regeneration that he is allowed that creates his next, and by far longest-living self.
(There should be more details here, and in the next section, and perhaps will, but all of this Doctor's continuity is relatively straightforward and from the TV series itself, although looking up River Song in Wikipedia would be helpful.)
This Doctor is the youngest of all the Doctors in appearance, but he has several centuries of adventures before landing on the planet Trenzalore. Among them, he meets both the War and Tenth Doctors, and learns the lost truth that he did not actually murder all of the Time Lords.
On Trenzalore, in a region shielded by a force field, he finds a crack in the universe with the Time Lords in their pocket universe on the other side. The Time Lords are hoping for a signal from the Doctor to know that ours is the correct, original universe before coming through. However, this would also trigger a new Time War as the alien species gathered above the planet will attack them. The Doctor remains on Trenzalore to defend it from attacks by the aliens overhead, creating a stalemate where he can't leave without sacrificing his home planet and its people, nor can he forcibly be removed. This stalemate lasts for nearly a thousand years, until the Doctor is finally too old and weak to continue, and explains that even though this is his twelfth body, he gave up a thirteenth when he forced the birth of the second Tenth Doctor to keep from regenerating that incarnation. His companion Clara, brought to Trenzalore by some of the Doctor's allies, goes to the crack in the universe and begs the Time Lords for help. He is apparently given another regeneration cycle, and thirteen more lives...
to be continued...
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