Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Eight Doctors

This is the first in the BBC's series of Eighth Doctor novels.

Where does this fit?

For the eighth Doctor, this follows on from The TV Movie.

For the first Doctor this happens during An Unearthly Child episode 3 (Forest of Fear).

For the second Doctor this happens during The War Games episode 9.

For the third Doctor this happens shortly after The Sea Devils.

For the fourth Doctor this happens shortly after State of Decay.

For the fifth Doctor this happens shortly after The Five Doctors;

For the sixth Doctor this happens during The Trial of a Time Lord episode 13 (the part of the story usually called The Ultimate Foe.

For the seventh Doctor this happens shortly before The TV Movie .

Other Guides to this Story


The eighth Doctor has byronesque hair and tends to wear velvet coats. He is childlike and has a sense of wonder about him.

The first Doctor looks like a human in his sixties. He is physically quite frail, but has a keen intellect. He is paternalistic towards his companions, and has a degree of arrogance towards others. He sometimes forgets his companions' names.

The second Doctor is short with a beatles moptop. He tends to act the part of a fool and give events a push in the right direction rather than directly taking control. He also plays the recorder.

The third Doctor has white hair, a large nose, and tends to dress as a society dandy. He has a love of technology, historical name-dropping, and vehicles. He spent much of his life exiled to Earth, working with the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT)

The fourth Doctor is tall, has curly brown hair, a distinctive smile, a floppy hat, and a ridiculously long scarf. He comes across as otherworldly and bohemian.

The fifth Doctor is much younger-looking than his other incarnations. He wears old-style cricketing clothes and a sprig of celery. He is much more vulnerable and innocent than his other incarnations and more like an older brother to his companions.

The sixth Doctor is tall with curly blond hair. He wears a multicoloured patchwork coat. He is overbearing and arrogant, and likes to be the centre of attention.

The Seventh Doctor is short, dark-haired, and speaks with a slight scottish accent. He thinks of himself as "Time's Champion", deliberately seeking out situations to "put right". He usually has a plan, and is willing to manipulate everyone - including his companions - to achieve it.


Samantha (Sam) Jones is a new companion for the eighth Doctor. This book is her first appearance.

Susan Foreman usually described as the Doctor's granddaughter. Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963. She appeared in the first TV story An Unearthly Child, where she was a pupil at Coal Hill School in London. During that story Susan was followed home by two of her teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. This led to them joining her and the Doctor in travelling through space and time.

Ian Chesterton is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home.

Barbara Wright is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child, she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home.

Jamie McCrimmon is a scots piper who met the Doctor after the battle of Culluden in The Highlanders. He is proud of his scottishness and wears a kilt and carries a dirk (knife). The second Doctor leaves most of his action to Jamie.

Zoe Heriot is a 21st century astrophysicist who met the second Doctor in The Wheel in Space. She has an eidetic memory and vast reasoning ability.

Josephine "Jo" Grant: is the third Doctor's assistant at UNIT. She got the job thanks to her uncle, even though she failed science at school. She first appeared in Terror of the Autons .

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is commander of the British branch of UNIT - the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. He first met the second Doctor whilst in the regular army in The Web of Fear. He met the second Doctor again in The Invasion , by which point he was commander of UNIT. He met the third Doctor in Spearhead From Space, just after the Doctor had been exiled to Earth. During that story, the Brigadier appointed the Doctor as scientific advisor to UNIT.

Sergeant John Benton is an officer in UNIT. He first met the Doctor in The Invasion (Classic Series Season 6). He has frequently worked with the Doctor and is fiercely loyal to both the Doctor and the Brigadier.

Romanadvoratrelundar (Romana) is a Time Lady chosen to accompany the fourth Doctor on his quest for the Key to Time in The Ribos Operation. Their quest succeeded, and they may have had adventures following this. In Destiny of the Daleks, Romana regenerated for the first time. Her second incarnation is fun-loving and has a deep friendship with the fourth Doctor.

Tegan Jovanka is an Australian air stewardess from the 1980s. She first met the Doctor in Logopolis. In Time Flight the Doctor left her behind in her native time at Heathrow. However, she rejoined the TARDIS crew during Arc of Infinity. Tegan is quite irritable and has a strong sense of national pride.

Vislor Turlough is an alien who was exiled to 1980s Earth following a political revolution on his home planet. He was forced to attend Brendon School as a pupil. In Mawdryn Undead he made a pact with a cosmic entity called the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor. He joined the TARDIS crew and decided to reject the Black Guardian in Enlightenment. He holds humanity in contempt, and has great confidence in his own abilities.

Recurring and Historical Characters

The Master is a Renegade Time Lord who became a major enemy and rival of the Doctor. He fought the third Doctor many times during his exile on Earth, beginning with Terror of the Autons .He was arrested by UNIT in The Daemons, but escaped during The Sea Devils (just before the Third Doctor part of this story). This is the incarnation of the Master pictured in this guide.

The Master was later turned into a withered husk but gained himself a new body in The Keeper of Traken. It was this body that turned up at the Sixth Doctor's Trial as seen in the Sixth Doctor part of this story.

This body of the Master later became infected with a virus that turned humanoids into Cheetah People in Survival. The Master's history after this is somewhat confused. However, he was eventually exterminated by the Daleks and the Doctor was sent to collect his remains. The Master survived extermination as some kind of energy being and tried to possess the Doctor's body before being plunged into the Eye of Harmony aboard the Doctor's TARDIS in The TV Movie.

Flavia is a Time Lady who became acting President of the Time Lords at the end of The Five Doctors when the Doctor (who was rightful President) left Gallifrey. She later became President in her own right.

Castellan Spandrell is a Time Lord who has held the office of Castellan (chief of the Chancellery Guard) for some time. He was first seen in The Deadly Assassin.

Rassilon is one of the legendary founders of Time Lord society. He survived into modern Gallifreyan times as a living statue in Gallifrey's Death Zone - an ancient arena. Legend said that he could grant immortality. The Doctor met Rassilon in The Five Doctors. He may have powers that are beyond the Time Lords.

The War Chief was a renegade Time Lord who allied himself with aliens led by The War Lord. They kidnapped humans from various time zones in a bid to produce the ultimate warriors. In The War Games they were stopped by the second Doctor, who then called in the Time Lords.

The War Lord was the leader of a race of aliens who kidnapped humans from various time zones in a bid to produce the ultimate warriors. In The War Games they were stopped by the second Doctor, who then called in the Time Lords to get the captives back home.

The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) is an international organisation formed to combat alien invasions and the like. Its members are mostly soldiers from the countries in which they operate. We first saw UNIT in The Invasion, and the Third Doctor became scientific advisor to UNIT in Spearhead From Space. The Doctor has worked with UNIT on numerous occasions since then.

Vampires are powerful beings that feed on the blood of other species. The Time Lords fought them in the days of Rassilon and thought that they had destroyed them all. However, the fourth Doctor encountered and destroyed some survivors in State of Decay.

Sontarans are a race of clones who have been at war with the shape-changing Rutan for millions of years. They consider other life forms inferior. We first saw the Doctor encounter them in The Time Warrior , though he had previously met some in The Two Doctors . He has fought them on several subsequent occasions.

The Valeyard: is a bit of a mystery. He has been described as a distillation of all the Doctor's evil from between his twelth and final incarnations. The Doctor first met him during The Trial of a Time Lord , where he tried a number of tricks to obtain the sixth Doctor's body and, therefore, his remaining incarnations.

Cardinal Borusa: was modern Gallifrey's most important politcal figure. At one point (see Divided Loyalties) he taught at the Prydonian Academy. He became Chancellor soon after The Deadly Assassin. He became President following The Invasion of Time. Eventually, possibly due to a bad regeneration, Borusa began thirsting after immortality. He rigged the game of Rassilon to obtain it, but was turned into a statue by Rassilon in The Five Doctors. The picture here is the incarnation that appeared during The Invasion of Time.

In An Unearthly Child the first Doctor travelled back to 100,000 BC with Susan, Ian, and Barbara. They were, at one point, captured by a group of cave-men, but then escaped.

In The War Games the second Doctor defeated the War Chief's and War Lord's plan to fashion an ultimate soldier by snatching humans from different eras of history. Realising that he couldn't return everybody to their own time, he called in the Time Lords. They returned everyone to their own time, but sentenced the Doctor to forced regeneration and exile to Earth.

In The Silurians the third Doctor and UNIT encountered the Silurians, a reptilian species that ruled the earth before mankind evolved. The Brigadier blew up their base, though the Doctor objected.

In The Daemons UNIT captured the Master - who had been posing as both the local vicar and as the leader of a coven of witches in a village called Devil's End.

In The Sea Devils the Master used an invasion by Sea Devils (aquatic cousins of the Silurians) to escape from his prison on Fortress Island.

In State of Decay the fourth Doctor (with Romana, K9 and Adric) defeated the Great Vampire - an ancient vampire who fought Rassilon. He also defeated the Great Vampire's three vampire servants Zargo, Camilla, and Aukon.

In The Five Doctors President Borusa snatched the Doctor's first five incarnations to play the Game of Rassilon and gain himself immortality (though the fourth Doctor was trapped in a Time Eddy and never arrived). Borusa ended up trapped in a statue, and the four Doctors all met each other.

In The Trial of a Time Lord the sixth Doctor was put on trial by his own people for interference in history, though the charge was then upped to genocide. Events were being manipulated by the Valeyard, who wanted the Doctor's future incarnations. The trial was put on by corrupt Time Lord officials who had moved Earth and renamed it Ravalox to hide secrets stolen from the Matrix - their data store. The Doctor had accidentally stumbled across Ravalox in his travels.

In Planet of the Spiders the third Doctor defeated a race of giant spiders from the planet Metebelis 3.

In The TV Movie the seventh Doctor collected the remains of the Master from Skaro. However, the Master had transferred himself into an energy being and disrupted the TARDIS. When the Doctor left the TARDIS, he walked right into a hail of gunfire and regenerated. The Master then tried to steal the Doctor's body, but ended up plunged into the Eye of Harmony.



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