The Doctor's Timeline

The First Doctor - William Hartnell

Pre-Season One

Full Biography: pre-season one

Story Type Placement Companions See also
Lungbarrow Virgin Novel (flashbacks: modern Gallifrey) Some of these feature the Doctor's earliest years. none Discontinuity Guide
Timewyrm: Revelation Virgin Novel (flashback: pages 1-2) Features a young Gallifreyan and a hermit - implied to be the first Doctor and K'Anpo. none Discontinuity Guide
Divided Loyalties BBC Novel (flashback chapters) Features the Doctor at the Academy. Rallon
Millennia
Discontinuity Guide
Lungbarrow Virgin Novel (flashbacks: modern Gallifrey) Features the first Doctor shortly before leaving Gallifrey none Discontinuity Guide
Nightshade Virgin Novel: Prologue Features the Doctor in the act of leaving Gallifrey none Discontinuity Guide
Lungbarrow Virgin Novel (flashbacks: ancient Gallifrey) This is the Doctor's first trip in the TARDIS Susan Foreman Discontinuity Guide
Frayed Telos Novella This is the Doctor and Susan's first experience of humanity. Susan Foreman Discontinuity Guide
Newbies Guide
All Consuming Fire Virgin Novel (prologue & epilogue) Features the first Doctor and Susan Susan Foreman Discontinuity Guide

Season One

Full Biography: Season One

Story Type Placement Companions See also
Time and Relative Telos Novella It's March 1963, and sets up 100,000 BC Susan Foreman Discontinuity Guide
Newbies Guide
An Unearthly Child TV Story Placed in broadcast order. Ian and Barbara join. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Newbies Guide
The Eight Doctors BBC Novel (Chapter 3) Between the scenes of An Unearthly Child episode 3 (The Forest of Fear). Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
Newbies Guide
The Daleks TV Story Follows on from An Unearthly Child. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Newbies Guide
The Edge of Destruction TV Story Follows on from The Daleks. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Newbies Guide
Marco Polo TV Story Follows on immediately from The Edge of Destruction. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Virgin Novel Two minutes after Marco Polo - Ian is still wearing his costume. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Keys of Marinus TV Story Ian is still wearing his Marco Polo costume. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Tragedy Day Virgin Novel (Flashback) This scene features Susan and Barbara, so it must take place between 100,000 BC and The Dalek Invasion of Earth. They seem like they are still getting to know each other, and this is the earliest possible gap. Susan Foreman
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Masters of Luxor Unused script (published) Features the first Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara. This was originally intended to follow 100,000 BC. Placement is arbitrary. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Aztecs TV Story Placed in broadcast order. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Newbies Guide
The Sensorites TV Story Follows on from The Aztecs. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
The Reign of Terror TV Story Follows on from The Sensorites. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
The Last Days Short Story (Short Trips) Features Susan, Ian and Barbara. There's a reference to The Aztecs. It's probably before The Witch Hunters, as Ian is still inclined to interfere with history. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
City at World's End BBC Novel Between The Reign of Terror and Planet of Giants. Sets up the TARDIS shrinking in Planet of Giants. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Witch Hunters BBC Novel Leads into Planet of Giants. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide

Season Two

Full Biography: Season Two

Story Type Placement Companions See also
Planet of Giants TV Story Follows on from The Witch Hunters. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
A Long Night Short Story (Short Trips: Companions) A year after 100,000 BC. Barbara Wright Discontinuity Guide
The Time Travellers BBC Novel Sets up events for The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Dalek Invasion of Earth TV Story Directly follows Planet of Giants. Susan leaves. Susan Foreman
Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Newbies Guide
Venusian Lullaby Virgin Novel Follows on from The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Book of Shadows Short Story (Decalog) Follows on from Venusian Lullaby. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Nine Day Queen Short Story (Decalog 2: Consequences) Features the First Doctor, Ian and Barbara. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Rescue TV Story Placed in broadcast order. Vicki joins. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
Romans Cutaway Short Story (More Short Trips) Follows directly from the final scene of The Rescue. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
Discontinuity Guide
Byzantium! BBC Novel Follows directly from final scene of The Rescue. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
Discontinuity Guide
The Romans TV Story Follows on from either Romans Cutaway or Byzantium! Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
The Eleventh Tiger BBC Novel Features the first Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki. It seems likely that it goes straight after The Romans Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
Discontinuity Guide Newbies Guide
The Web Planet TV Story Soon after The Romans. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
The Crusade TV Story Placed in broadcast order Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
The Space Museum TV Story Follows on directly from The Crusade. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
The Plotters Virgin Novel Placed by the back cover blurb. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
Discontinuity Guide
The Chase TV Story Placed in broadcast order. Ian and Barbara leave. Steven joins. Ian Chesterton
Barbara Wright
Vicki Pallister
Steven Taylor
The Time Meddler TV Story Follows on directly from The Chase. Vicki Pallister
Steven Taylor
The Three Doctors TV Story (guest appearance) This happens immediately before The Empire of Glass, with the Doctor being returned to his own timeline at the start of that story. None
The Empire of Glass Virgin Novel Placed by back cover blurb Vicki Pallister
Steven Taylor
Discontinuity Guide
Newbies Guide

Season Three

Full Biography: Season Three

Story Type Placement Companions See also
Galaxy Four TV Story Placed in broadcast order Vicki Pallister
Steven Taylor
Planet of the Bunnoids Short Story (Short Trips & Side Steps) Features the first Doctor, Steven and Vicki. There is a reference to Galaxy Four. Vicki Pallister
Steven Taylor
Discontinuity Guide
The Myth Makers TV Story Placed in broadcast order. Vicki leaves, Katarina joins. Vicki Pallister
Steven Taylor
Katarina
The Daleks' Master Plan TV Story Follows on directly from The Myth Makers. Katarina dies. Steven Taylor
Katarina
Sara Kingdom
The Little Drummer Boy Short Story (Short Trips: Companions) Follows on directly from episode seven of The Daleks' Master Plan (The Feast of Steven). Steven Taylor
Sara Kingdom
Discontinuity Guide
The Massacre TV Story Steven and the Doctor are still affected by events in The Daleks' Masterplan. Dodo joins. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
Salvation BBC Novel Incorporates the final scenes of The Massacre, specifically Dodo's arrival onboard the TARDIS. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
Discontinuity Guide
The Ark TV Story Dodo is still unfamiliar with the TARDIS. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
The Celestial Toymaker TV Story Follows on from The Ark. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
The Gunfighters TV Story Follows on from The Celestial Toymaker. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
The Golden Door Short Story (Decalog) Features the first Doctor, Steven and Dodo, who seems to be a seasoned traveller. May immediately follow The Gunfighters. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
Discontinuity Guide
64 Carlyse Street Short Story (More Short Trips) Features the first Doctor, Steven and Dodo, who seem to be a good team. There is a reference to The Gunfighters. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
Discontinuity Guide
Bunker Soldiers BBC Novel Features the first Doctor, Steven and Dodo. It appears to be some time after The Massacre. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
Discontinuity Guide
The Savages TV Story Follows on from the final scene of The Gunfighters. Events set between these two stories happen between the final two scenes of The Gunfighters. Steven leaves. Steven Taylor
Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
The Man in the Velvet Mask Virgin Novel Features the first Doctor and Dodo. Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet Discontinuity Guide
Tarnished Image Short Story (Decalog 3: Consequences) Features the first Doctor and Dodo. Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet Discontinuity Guide
There Are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden Short Story (Short Trips) Features the first Doctor and Dodo. Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet Discontinuity Guide
The War Machines TV Story Dodo leaves. Ben and Polly join. Dorothea (Dodo) Chaplet
Ben Jackson
Polly Wright
The Five Doctors TV Story (Guest Appearance) An unknown time after The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Slightly before The Witch Hunters. None
The Witch Hunters BBC Novel (Guest Appearance) This happens after The Five Doctors, and before the Doctor has returned to his own timeline. The Doctor seems to think that his first life is almost over. He uses the alias Ben Jackson, but also muses that all of his various travelling companions have left him. Thus placing the two stories between scenes of The War Machines seems the best choice. None Discontinuity Guide
The Nine-Day Queen Short Story (Decalog 2: Lost Property - Cameo) The final scene depicts Jane Grey's execution a year after her imprisonment. During this, an elderly onlooker comforts her. It is possible that this is the first Doctor. If so, then it is quite likely that it happens in this period immediately after The Five Doctors. None Discontinuity Guide

Season Four - part one

Full Biography: Season Four (part one)

Story Type Placement Companions See also
The Smugglers TV Story Follows on directly from The War Machines. Ben Jackson
Polly Wright
Ten Little Aliens BBC Novel Features the first Doctor, Ben, and Polly. Presumably this is before the final scene of The Smugglers. Ben Jackson
Polly Wright
Discontinuity Guide
The Tenth Planet TV Story Appears to follow on directly from The Smugglers. The Doctor regenerates. Ben Jackson
Polly Wright

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