A Biography of the Doctor
The Second Doctor
"I'd like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it spreads its wings."
- The Doctor explaining his regeneration to Ben and Polly in The Power of the Daleks
The Power of the Daleks
Ben and Polly, even having witnessed the Doctor's transformation, are unsure whether the new Doctor is really the same man. The Doctor explains that he has been renewed, like a butterfly coming out of a chrysalis. He is, however, unable to put on the first Doctor's ring, and repeatedly refers to his former self as a different person. Ben and Polly are still not completely convinced when the TARDIS arrives on the planet Vulcan. There, they discover a human colony, which has found a 200 year-old crashed spaceship.
The Doctor, posing as an Earth Examiner, finds a way into the ship. He discovers that it contains two Daleks and that another one is missing. His attempts to warn the colonists of the danger posed by the Daleks fail. Their leader, Lesterton, is taken in when the Daleks claim to be his servant. At the same time, Ben and Polly are convinced of the Doctor's identity when the Daleks recognise him.
The Daleks are soon able to set up a production line of new Daleks, and events rapidly lead to a Dalek invasion of the colony. The Doctor is able to manipulate events so that the Daleks are defeated, and he returns to the TARDIS with Ben and Polly.
The Chameleon Factor
The Doctor accidentally drops his ring into the TARDIS console.
Notes: Polly mentions the regeneration as if it's only just happened. Ben and Polly are still wearing his outfit from Power of the Daleks. The Doctor's stovepipe hat is on the console. This probably happens immediately after they leave Vulcan.
The TARDIS lands and Polly wanders off and gets lost. This leads to a big row between the Doctor and his companions. During these events, the Doctor meets a girl called Lilith - unaware that his presence has enabled the legendary Timewyrm to latch onto Lilith as a host.
Notes: The TARDIS has "just left" a world covered in mercury (p.14), so it's probably straight after The Power of the Daleks. Flashback scenes are on p. 13-16; 55-56; 164; 179.
The TARDIS lands at the Det Sen monastery sometime around 1630. The Doctor is entrusted with the sacred Ghantra.
Notes: In The Abominable Snowmen the Doctor has been to Det Sen a number of times before but Jamie hasn't. Since the monks recognise the Doctor at least one of these visits has to have been between The Power of the Daleks and The Highlanders. This journey would fit neatly into the three weeks of mollycoddling mentioned in Invasion of the Cat People.
Invasion of the Cat People
The Doctor checks the interior dimensions of the console room, aware that the TARDIS has done a bit of regenerating along with his regeneration. He discovers that the console room has shrunk by 15 centimetres - which means that there will be very little room in there by his fourth incarnation. During the night, all three travellers are contacted by a telepathic alien asking them for help. Partly in response to this, the TARDIS materialises in Cumbria 1994 and the travellers soon intrude on what is supposed to be a ghost hunt in a haunted house. Ben and Polly find themselves very out of place in this new era. Ben and the Doctor soon end up as prisoners of the Euterpian Thorgarsuunela and the Cat People. Thorgarsuunela is planning to use the Cat People to escape Earth, by offering them the immense energy that ancient beacons she planted will have when they destroy the Earth. Meanwhile, Polly is taken in by the Euterpian Atimkos who claims to be trying to stop Thorgarsuunela.
The Doctor, Ben, Thorgarsuunela, and some of the Cat People travel back to Baghdad at the time of the Arabian Nights (using a Reverse Tachyon-Chronon Unit [RTC]). The Doctor's interference leads to Thorgarsuunela being abandoned there. He quickly gets on the Cat People's good side by exposing a plot to overthrow their leadership. Polly and Atimkos travel to Australia to find the entrance to the Nexus, an area the Euterpians created outside of space and time. Atimkos activates the Beacons, and turns Earth into a ball of energy. Soon afterwards, the Doctor, Ben, and the Cat People arrive at the Nexus in the TARDIS (piloted with the RTC). Aided by two other Euterpians, the Doctor is able to restore Earth to its original form, and destroy the Cat People's ship.
Notes: Ben says that he and Polly have been "mollycoddling" the new Doctor for three weeks (p.14), suggesting that nothing much exciting has happened since The Power of the Daleks. Polly claims that this is her first "honest-to-goodness monster" (p. 34), which makes you wonder what she thinks the Cybermen and the Daleks were.
(Short Trips: The Solar System)
The TARDIS materialises on Charon, the moon of Pluto. The crew encounter a group who are using early terraforming technology so they can extract water from it. Some of the terraformers have been killed by a shadow-like alien who has been released from its imprisonment. The Doctor manages to re-imprison it, stripping it of its malice.
Notes: Ben still isn't certain that it is the Doctor (p. 189-191, 195 201-202), so it's still quite early in the gap. Placed after Invasion of the Cat People only because Ben would likely describe this as something exciting.
(Short Trips: The History of Christmas)
The TARDIS materialises on a winter solstice during the reign of Oliver Cromwell. The Doctor discovers that a group of people who want to celebrate Christmas have found an alien that they believe is Saint Nicholas. The alien tries to kill the people so it can use the energy to get home,, but ultimately dies.
Notes: There are no references to anything else in this gap, but it clearly has to be after Invasion of the Cat People.
The TARDIS lands in San Francisco. They free an alien being called the Colour-Beast, who is imprisoned by men who are extracting a drug from its blood.
Notes: Ben says that their encounter with WOTAN was “a while back” (p. 43) and Ben and Polly know the Doctor well enough to know what will intrigue him [p.69]. -
Dying in the Sun
The TARDIS lands in Los Angeles, and the Doctor, Ben, and Polly discover that an alien species called the Selyoids are using a new film to inhabit the bodies of humans. They stop the, and the Selyoids are either destroyed or returned to their original form as beings of light.
Notes: It's difficult to place a book that deliberately avoids continuity references. Ben and Polly know the Doctor quite well, and there's no reference to the regeneration so it's probably later in this gap.
The Doctor, Ben, and Polly have a drink in a bar whose inhabitants may have included Venusians, Draconians, and Alpha Centurai.
Notes: Ben says that this was Just before The Murder Game (p.16). However, since the Venusians died out around 3 billion BC (Venusian Lullaby), and both Draconians and Alpha Centurai are contemporaries of humanity, it seems likely that he is mistaken about at least one of the species there.
The Murder Game
The TARDIS receives a distress signal from a spaceship. The Doctor decides to follow a specific course in order to land on the space station. He misses his target and the TARDIS is hit by a passing spaceship. The TARDIS then arrives on the space station, which is a hotel being used for a Murder Mystery game. The Doctor and companions join the game and the Doctor tries to discover who sent the call - which was on an anachronistic frequency. Things get interesting when two of the players are murdered for real, the Doctor discovers that there is a cloaked Selachian ship nearby, and a bomb causes the station to go into a decaying orbit. The Selachians then board the ship, to complete an arms deal with some of the players. They kill some of the players before setting the weapon, a computer program designed to murder, on Ben. One of the players protects Ben, exploiting the fact that the program is not allowed to harm another human. Polly is taken to the Selachian ship to become their new go-between with humans but the Doctor and Ben rescue her. However, the program has spread to the Selachian ship and blows it up in order to kill him. The TARDIS crew all escape and deposit the surviving players on Earth.
Notes: The Power of the Daleks was "some time ago" (p. 7), and Ben and Polly have been on board the TARDIS for "months" (p. 281).
The TARDIS lands in England shortly after the battle of Culloden. They quickly fall in with a group of Scots fleeing after the battle. Ben and three of the Scots (Jamie McCrimmon, Laird Colin McLaren, and Alexander McLaren) are captured by Redcoats. They are imprisoned on board a ship that is taking slaves to the West Indies. The Doctor, Polly, and the Laird's daughter Kirsty stage a daring rescue attempt. This enables the slaves to take control of the ship, which they plan to sail to France. The Doctor, Ben, Polly escape to the TARDIS, Jamie decides he want to go with them and the Doctor allows him a place on board the TARDIS.
The Underwater Menace
The TARDIS arrives on an extinct volcanic island on 20th Century Earth. The Doctor and his companions are captured by the survivors of Atlantis. They are rescued from being sacrificed by Professor Zaroff, who has promised the Atlanteans to raise Atlantis from the sea. He has also created a race of fish people. The Doctor discovers Zaroff's plan, and realises that it could cause the destruction of life on Earth. He persuades the fish people to go on strike, whilst Zaroff kills the king and his attendants. The Doctor then arranges to flood the lower levels of Atlantis. This foils Zaroff's plan, and drowns him. The Atlanteans and Zaroff's men escape to the surface, and begin to build a new Atlantean society.
As the TARDIS leaves Atlantis, the Doctor sets the co-ordinates for Mars. However, the TARDIS goes out of control, and lands on the moon in the year 2070. The TARDIS crew discover the moonbase, that housed the Gravitron, a global weather control device. The graviton had been responsible for the TARDIS's malfunction. The moonbase has just been placed in quarantine by Earth, due to an unexpected plague. The Doctor discovers that the plague has been caused by the Cybermen, who intend to use the Gravitron to help them conquer Earth. The Doctor and his companions discover that the Cybermen are vulnerable to solvents and gravity. They use these weaknesses to defeat the Cybermen.
Notes: The Doctor is suddenly able to set the TARDIS co-ordinates for Mars.
The Macra Terror
The Doctor uses the TARDIS's Time Scanner to show what is due to happen at the TARDIS's next destination. It shows an image of a giant claw. The TARDIS then lands on apparently idyllic Earth colony. They discover that there are crab-like creatures (the Macra) in the colony. Ben is hypnotised in his sleep and betrays his friends. He is then unable to see the alien Macra. The Doctor, Jamie, and Polly are eventually rescued when Ben's conditioning breaks down. They cause an explosion that kills the Macra. They then leave quietly.
The TARDIS arrives in London 1648, at the end of the English Civil Wars. The Doctor fetches a history book from the TARDIS to help understand the complexities of the time. He and Jamie are arrested by Parliamentary forces due to Jamie being Scottish. They claim that Jamie is a fortune teller, and find themselves presented to Oliver Cromwell. Ben is kidnapped and press-ganged onto a ship bound for Amsterdam, where he discovers that his captain is working for the Royalists - before jumping ship to his captain's great enemy. Meanwhile Polly is unwittingly co-opted into a Royalist plot to set the king free. Polly is arrested and taken to see Cromwell whilst the Doctor and Jamie are seeing him. She recognises them and all three are imprisoned. They are released when they reveal that the Doctor and Jamie saved the life of a top Parliamentary spy. When Ben returns to London the travellers help foil a plot to assassinate Cromwell and help Parliamentary forces to recapture the King.
Notes: Placed by back cover blurb.
The Slave War
(Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership)
The TARDIS lands in Italy during Spartacus's slave uprising. The Doctor ends up in the camp of Crassus, and suggests he build a wall to trap Spartacus in southern Italy. He later gets the slave he has been loaned to forge a letter requesting assistance from Pompey to ensure that Crassus doesn't take power over Rome. Meanwhile the others end up in Spartacus's camp and persuade him to use stolen gold to buy his followers passage to Sicily, The plan fails, and ultimately they end up helping women and children to flee from the final battle with Crassus's troops.
Notes: There are no references to other stories. Since the only natural gap is between The Macra Terror and The Faceless Ones, we've placed it there.
The Faceless Ones
The TARDIS materialises on the runway of Gatwick Airport, 1966. The TARDIS crew separate when a policeman appears. Polly sees a murder and tells the Doctor. She is kidnapped and replaced by an identical woman called Michelle Leuppi, working for Chameleon Tours. Ben finds the real Polly, who is in a trance. He is attacked and disappears. The Doctor discovers that Chameleon Tours passengers have disappeared and that fake postcards are being sent from abroad to cover this up. Eventually the Doctor and the authorities captured another replica and learnt that Chameleon Tours was a cover for aliens called the Chameleons. They had lost their own identities and stolen human identities. The Doctor eventually helps the Chameleons discover a cure for their condition. Ben and Polly discover that they have arrived on the same day they left Earth and decide to return to their old lives.
The Evil of the Daleks
Returning to the TARDIS, the Doctor and Jamie discover that it has been stolen, trace it to an antique shop, and find themselves transported to 1866. They discover that Theodore Maxtible and Edward Waterfield have been conducting time travel experiments. These experiments attracted the Daleks, who imprisoned Edward’s daughter Victoria and forced them to bring the Doctor here. Jamie is forced into a series of tests to isolate the “human factor” that enabled them to defeat the Daleks. The Doctor dupes Jamie into believing that he has sided with the Daleks and implants the human factor into three Daleks, giving them human consciences. The humans are brought to Skaro, where the Dalek Emperor reveals that he plans to use the human factor to isolate the “Dalek factor”. He will then spread this to humans, allowing them to be beaten more easily. The Doctor, however, arranges for large numbers of Daleks to be given the human factor. This starts a massive Dalek civil war, which leads to the extermination of almost all the Daleks. The Doctor and Jamie then recover the TARDIS, and leave. However, as Edward Waterfield was killed by the Daleks, they offer Victoria the chance to travel with them.