A Biography of the Doctor
The Second Doctor
"The Doctor's almost as clever as I am."
- Zoe in The Krotons
The TARDIS lands outside the British Concession in Canton, where Jamie and Zoe are taken a hundred years into the future by walking through a spirit gate. The Doctor configures the TARDIS to follow the teleportation wave, arriving in England a century later. Whist there, the descendants of an opium trader they met are killed by the effects of a Chinese curse.
Notes: Zoe is irritated at the size of the scanner, and compares it unfavourably to equipment on the Wheel (p. 17), and later thinks that she's used to breathing the Wheel's canned atmosphere (p. 80), so it's clearly very early in her travels. She's wearing the catsuit seen in The Mind Robber, which is described as her favourite.
(Short Trips: The Planets)
The TARDIS lands on Mercury, next to the Sunwatcher – a mobile solar observation station. Two of its crew are no longer responsive, after an encounter with an alien. It turns out that the aliens have been chased out of the light side by giants – which are actually solar pylons powering Sunwatcher and its tracks. The Doctor helps the “Mercurials” understand that the pylons are not a threat, and they leave – their influence on the crew members being removed.
Notes: Jamie's reference to running out of mercury again might imply it's not too long after The Wheel in Space, but it's pretty weak evidence.
The TARDIS arrives on the peaceful planet Dulkis, landing in an area affected by nuclear weapons many years before. The crew soon discover that a spacecraft has landed nearby. It contains three Dominators and their robotic servants the Quarks. The Doctor warns the natives, who decide not to take action. The Dominators arrange to take Dulcians offworld as slaves whilst the Doctor discovers their plan to turn Dulkis into radioactive fuel. The Doctor manages to find the device the Dominators are using and place it on their ship. When it explodes it destroys the ship, but leaves the planet unharmed. However, this starts a major lava flow which is heading for the TARDIS...
Notes: Leads directly into The Mind Robber.
The Mind Robber
The lava causes the fluid links to begin overheating. The Doctor prevents a crisis but is forced to use an emergency unit to jump out of the time-space continuum. Visions of the Scottish highlands and Zoe's home city appear on the scanners, tempting them outside into a white void. The Doctor, influenced by a voice inside his head, goes to find them and brings them back into the TARDIS. He attempts to leave but the TARDIS bursts apart. Jamie and Zoe end up hanging onto the TARDIS console whilst it is spinning in a black void.
The TARDIS crew then "wake up" into a new environment. They face a variety of characters from fiction. They are able to destroy many of them simply by refusing to believe in their existence and defeat others by wordplay, being in the land of fiction. They finally meet the master of the land, who wants the Doctor to take his place as he is getting old. The Doctor is able to start rewriting some of the events going on around him. Eventually the computer controlling everything in the land is overloaded by the actions of the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe, and the Doctor and companions find themselves back in the suddenly re-formed TARDIS.
Notes: Follows on from the end of The Dominators, leads into The Invasion.
Time & Time Again
Whilst in the Forest of Words, the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe meet a woman claiming to be the hat collector from Doctor Seuss. She collects the Doctor's hat.
Notes: This clearly takes place during The Mind Robber.
The re-formed TARDIS arrives above the dark side of Earth's moon. It is quickly targeted by a missile, and dematerialises, only to re-materialise on Earth in the 20th Century. Recent events have damaged the visual stabiliser, turning the exterior invisible. The Doctor seeks out Professor Travers to help repair the circuit. However, Travers' house is occupied by Professor Watkins and his niece, Isobel Watkins. The professor has recently disappeared, possibly in connection with his employer, electronics company International Electromatics. After investigating the Doctor and Jamie are abducted by the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT), headed by Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, now promoted to Brigadier.
The Doctor soon discovers that Tobias Vaughn, IE's managing director, has been working with the Cybermen. He has been planning to control them using the cerebration mentor on which Watkins has been working. The Cybermen plan to use micro-monolithic circuits hidden in IE technology to send the population to sleep, but the Doctor creates devices that will enable UNIT to escape this effect. UNIT then arranges for missiles to destroy the Cybermen ships. The Cybermen react to this by deciding to use a massive bomb. This makes Vaughn switch sides. The Doctor and Vaughn then use the cerebration mentor to defeat the Cybermen, though Vaughn is killed. UNIT then use missiles to destroy the bomb and the final Cybermen ship. The Doctor and companions, having repaired the faulty TARDIS circuit, return to the TARDIS and continue their travels.
Notes: Follows on from the end of The Mind Robber
The Doctor and his companions deal with a nasty business in the Collection which involves the Bookworms.
Notes: As mentioned in narration from the Doctor's perspective in Original Sin (p. 275). This was "before long" after The Invasion, and is implied to be immediately afterwards.
The TARDIS arrives on an unnamed planet inhabited by the Gonds. The Gonds have been ruled by the Krotons for generations, ever since the Krotons crashed on the planet. The Krotons had been draining the mental energy from the brightest Gonds to re-power their ship. The Krotons realise that the Doctor and Zoe have enough mental energy to fully re-power their ship. However, the Doctor manages to destroy them and their ship by using sulphuric acid. He and his companions then slip away
The Seeds of Death
The TARDIS arrives on Earth in the 21st Century in an era when T-mat, a system of teleportation, has replaced space travel. The Doctor and companions soon end up on the moon, where a vital T-Mat relay centre is located. They discover that the moon has been attacked by Ice Warriors. The Ice Warriors successfully use T-mat to spread seed pods around Earth. The pods will explode and their fumes produce a deadly fungus. The Doctor deduces that the fungus can be destroyed by water and uses weather control systems to destroy it. He also creates a duplicate homing beacon to draw an approaching Martian fleet towards the Sun. When the last of the Ice Warriors on the moon are killed the Doctor and his companions leave quietly.
Notes: Zoe is still wearing the same clotes as in The Invasion.
Please Shut the Gate
(Short Trips and Side Steps)
The TARDIS arrives on Mars, where the crew find a Millets tent. The Doctor begins clearing it away when a probe from Earth is about to land. The probe loses contact with Earth after hitting the TARDIS.
Notes: Jamie mentions "those Ice Warriors" (p. 123), so it's after The Seeds of Death. Zoe is repulsed by the thought of getting her hands dirty (p.127). Since she doesn't show any such qualms in The Final Sanction, this is probably before that story.
Vortex of Fear
The TARDIS almost collides with an object in the vortex. The Doctor performs a materialisation flip-flop to avoid the collision. The TARDIS lands inside the object, a hotel created by the Second Empire. Its inhabitants have been living there for the last year to avoid paying tax. The hotel has been deliberately cut off and, without shielding, the inhabitants have faded into ghosts, subject to periodic time shifts. Zoe changes the course of events before the Doctor realises what has happened and leaves. However, the TARDIS and its crew leave behind their own ghosts, trapped in the hotel.
Notes: Zoe's remembers the Ice Warriors (p.7), so probably after The Seeds of Death. She also thinks that the idea of time winds is "scientific romanticism" (p. 9), setting this before Undercurrents.
(Short Trips: A Day in the Life)
The Doctor is teleported out of the TARDIS laboratory by the Time Riders in the middle of an experiment. Whilst he is gone, a Time Rider called Vorac seeks refuge in the TARDIS. Jamie and Zoe help him return to where he wants to be by time-ramming the vortex. The TARDIS then lands on an alien planet.
Notes: Zoe is unsure of what to do for the first time in her life (p. 35), and has “not long come on board” (p. 36), but does know where the control for the force field is (p. 37). However, her ignorance of the time winds in Vortex of Fear means this story has to take place after that one.
Aliens and Predators
The TARDIS follows an emergency signal, apparently sent by the Doctor's own TARDIS. It materialises on the starship Hope in the far distant future. Hope contains a group of robots called the Guardians and relics of the last humans. It is travelling to seed a new world with human DNA. The ship is attacked by an evil species called the Other. The Doctor examines one and discovers that it used to be human. As a last resort the Guardians destroy the ship to prevent the Other getting their hands on the pure human DNA. They give the Doctor an artefact called the Face of Humanity to save something. The Doctor drops it off on his next stop, millions of years before it was created.
Notes: Zoe recalls 1960s London (p. 62, The Invasion) and is familiar with the construction of the Yeti [is this an unrecorded adventure, or simply an unrecorded conversation?]. She asks if the TARDIS has materialised "somewhere dangerous? In the vortex..." (p.155), suggesting this is after The Vortex of Fear and/or Land of the Blind.
The Final Sanction
The TARDIS lands on the planet Kalaya in the year 2204. The planet is a battlefield between the humans and the Selachians. Zoe is captured by the Selachians whilst the Doctor and Jamie join up with the Terran Security Forces. Jamie joins TSF in an attack on the Selachian base but the Selachians leave the planet. During this Jamie is injured and has to undergo intensive medical treatment for three days.
The Doctor tries to delay the human commander from using a new bomb that would destroy the Selachians home planet, where Zoe is. He persuades him to take a team to the planet to verify that the Selachians have lots of prisoners. He is forced to betray the humans when they start slaughtering civilians. He is captured by the Selachians and placed in the same prison camp as Zoe. The two escape, and find their way back to the ship. However, the Selachians have discovered the humans' hidden T-Mat and travelled to the humans' lead ship. Taking control of it, they decide to use the second bomb on the ship to destroy Earth. Fortunately a remaining crew member manages to blow up the bomb in transit, destroying the ship, and the Doctor and his companions narrowly escape.
Notes: Placed from back cover blurb. The epilogue suggests that the Doctor learns that it is possible to tamper with the details of history without damaging the fabric of space-time in this story. Which seems a little late, given that he's been blithely changing history wherever he goes for years.
(More Short Trips)
Whilst the TARDIS is in flight, there is the sound of someone knocking on the door. The Doctor opens the doors to discover that it is a double glazing salesman. The Doctor initially tries to get rid of the salesman, but becomes interested when the salesman points out that the window offers a choice of any view in the universe.
Notes: The Doctor's mention of phantoms might suggest that this happens before Vortex of Fear. However in that story Zoe is unaware of time winds and has definitely not experienced them, which she does here.
The Space Pirates
The TARDIS materialises inside a beacon in the middle of space. They quickly end up on the Liz-79, a spacecraft belonging to miner Milo Clancey. Clancey is being pursued on suspicion of being involved with a group of pirates. Clancey repairs his ship on Ta, which Zoe calculates as the base of the pirates. The Doctor and his companions eventually discover that the pirates are operating in conjunction with Madeleine Issigri, owners of the Issigri Mining Corporation. They eventually arrange for Madeleine to be brought to justice, and the Doctor and companions are given a lift back to the TARDIS in the Liz.
The TARDIS arrives in the city of the knights of Kubaris. The city is built on top of an ancient genetics laboratory. There are three artificially created species living beneath the city, as well as an engineered killer race called the Mecrim. The genetic experiments were abandoned when a gut microbe caused disease. This caused an anti-science culture above ground. Zoe ends up attached to a freak show, where she discovers and helps defeat a Mecrim. Jamie helps expose the secret Brotherhood of Rexulon. The Doctor makes contact with the subterranean species. Events lead to the three species making proper contact with the surface dwellers.
Notes: Follows on from the end of The Space Pirates, as the TARDIS crew have only just returned to the TARDIS on board the Liz .(p.24)
The FInal Sanctiion
The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe arrive on Earth shortly after the Dalek invasion. They meet a young Wayne Redfern, who is on clear-up duty in New York City.
Notes: Chapter 34 takes place some time after the main story. In the interim the TARDIS has taken them to “new places and times, with new problems and monsters” (p.283)
The TARDIS lands in a prison built by the Time Lords which is disguised as a manor house in Sussex. He escapes from the robotic guards – which he had programmed – and meets a gentleman art thief. The two get back into the house, find Jamie and Zoe, discover that the prisoners have all killed each other, and destroy the guards. The thief leaves him with a rare automated duck.
Notes: Zoe is wearing her catsuit (p.37). The Doctor seems unsure how long he'll remain the Doctor (p.19), which might suggest it's quite late in his life.
The War Games
The TARDIS arrives on a World War I battlefield. When the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe eventually escape they encounter a Roman legion. The Doctor eventually discovers that a race known as the Aliens have (with the help of a Time Lord calling himself the War Chief) been kidnapping humans from different time zones to create the ultimate soldier. The Doctor allies with rebel factions in various zones and manages to shut down the operation. Unable to return the groups to their native time, the Doctor is forced to contact his own people, the Time Lords. The Time Lords arrange for the captive humans to be returned to their own times with their memories erased.
The Eight Doctors
The eighth Doctor visits his past to recover lost memories. He encourages his past self to contact the Time Lords to help get all the kidnapped parties back home.
Notes: This happens between the scenes of The War Games episode 9, whilst the Doctor is deciding whether or not to call the Time Lords for help.
Whilst the Time Lords are busy returning all the War Lords' specimens back to their native times and places the Doctor and his companions make an escape bid. He discovers a planet populated by an aggressive wolf-like species.
Notes: Whilst the Doctor is fleeing the Time Lords (p. 45), making it in-between scenes at the very start of The War Games episode 10.
The War Games
The Time Lords try the Aliens and the Doctor. The Aliens are time-looped. Jamie and Zoe are returned to their native eras with their memories wiped of their travels. The Doctor is sentenced to regeneration and exile on Earth.