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Time and Relative
This is the first Doctor Who novella published by Telos.
Where does this fit?
This happens before An Unearthly Child.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Susan Foreman is the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow (Virgin New Adventures novel). Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth during 1963.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Ian Chesterton is a science teacher at Coal Hill School who followed Susan home and became the Doctor's companion in An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1). This story is set several months before those events.
Barbara Wright is a history teacher at Coal Hill School who followed Susan home and became the Doctor's companion in An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1). This story is set several months before those events.
Basil James Carker is the Headmaster at Coal Hill School. He (or possibly his successor) appeared in Remembrance of the Daleks (Classic Series Season 25), although in that story he wasn't named.
In the 60s TV Comic's Doctor Who strip, the first and second Doctors were accompanied by his two grandchildren called John and Gillian. The novel Conundrum (Virgin New Adventures) established that these grandchildren were entirely fictional, so they are not the same John and Gillian who appear in this story.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
This story sets the scene for An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), the first Doctor Who episode.