A Biography of the Doctor
The First Doctor
"I know that free movement in space and time is a scientific dream I don't expect to find solved in a junkyard."
- Ian Chesterton comments on the TARDIS in An Unearthly Child
An Unearthly Child
Two of Susan's teachers, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, become suspicious of Susan's behaviour. They discover that her address is a junkyard and decide to investigate. Following her home, they find the TARDIS and force their way in. The Doctor, anxious to protect Susan and, presumably, the Hand of Omega sends the ship on a journey though time. The TARDIS arrives on Stone Age Earth, but the chameleon circuit has broken and its shell is stuck in the form of a 1963 Police Box. Exploring the area, its occupants are captured by a Stone Age tribe that has forgotten how to make fire. They eventually manage to escape, having given the tribe fire.
Notes: There is a recap of the scene where Ian and Barbara meet the Doctor in the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks. Ian and Barbara believe that Susan is 15.
Lavinia Smith takes her niece Sarah Jane Smith out of school for a day trip to London. Whilst there, Sarah wanders into a junkyard to play. Shortly afterwards an older girl goes into the junkyard as a car arrives outside it.
Notes: For Susan, Ian, and Barbara this clearly happens during An Unearthly Child episode 1 (An Unearthly Child). Sarah's age is never mentioned, but she has already decided to become a journalist when she grows up.
The Eight Doctors
The Doctor is suspended in a time bubble, where he meets his eighth incarnation. His future self regains some of the memories he has been searching for and then scolds the first Doctor for his arrogance, persuading him not to kill the caveman Za.
Notes: During The Forest of Fear, episode 3 of An Unearthly Child
The TARDIS lands on the planet Skaro, which the crew do not know is highly radioactive. Three of them want to leave, but the Doctor sabotages the ship - claiming that the fluid link requires a new supply of mercury - in order to investigate a nearby city. They stay the night in the TARDIS before making for the city the next day. During the night a Thal leaves a box of anti-radiation drugs outside the TARDIS, but the travellers do not know what they are. When they arrive in the city they are imprisoned by the Daleks. However, they persuade the Daleks to let Susan go get the drugs from the TARDIS (having realised that they are suffering from radiation sickness and what the drugs are). Susan returns with the drugs, having made contact with the Thals on the way. The Daleks, realising that the Thals are out there, decide to kill them all. They offer the Thals some food but plan to exterminate them when they arrive to collect it.
Meanwhile, the TARDIS crew escape and arrive just too late to warn the Thals of the ambush. They escape along with the survivors, only to discover that the fluid link is still in the Dalek city. After some discussion Ian persuades the pacifist Thals that they can and must fight the Daleks. Ian, Barbara, and a small group of Thals sneak into the Dalek city through an area full of dangerous mutants whilst the Doctor, Susan, and the rest of the Thals provide a distraction at the main entrance to the city. Ian and Barbara's group ends up stopping a Dalek bomb which would increase the planet's radiation levels so much that it would kill the Thals, and shut down the static electricity that powers the Daleks.
When the TARDIS crew leave, the Thals give them a number of gifts, including a scroll granting the Doctor the freedom of the city of Skaro.
Notes: Follows on from An Unearthly Child. We see the scroll in Robot.
The Edge of Destruction
As the TARDIS leaves Skaro there is an explosion, knocking the travellers out. The [faulty telepathic circuits] cause paranoia, memory loss and aggression. The Doctor immediately suspects that his human companions have sabotaged the TARDIS to get back home. Eventually the crew realise that the problems with each other and the TARDIS are the TARDIS trying to communicate with them. [The telepathic circuits may be faulty, as the effects don't effectively communicate to the crew.] The fast return switch has become stuck and they have been travelling back to the creation of the universe. The Doctor finally realises that he had been wrong in his attitude to the teachers and becomes much more friendly towards them.
Notes: Follows on from The Daleks. It is never stated how the switch became jammed, but presumably, the Doctor tried to use it to get back to 1963. Its failure is probably connected to the repairs the Doctor carried out in 1963.
Escaping from this crisis, the TARDIS arrives on the Pamir Plateau in 1289. Its life support systems then shut down [as a consequence of the Fast Return switch jamming]. The travellers are rescued by the arrival of Marco Polo, who is travelling to the court of Kublai Khan. He takes them and the TARDIS with him and, during the journey, manages several times to stop them from escaping in the TARDIS. The Doctor does, however, manage to repair the problem. When they arrive at court, the Doctor loses the TARDIS in a game of Backgammon. He reclaims it, however, when he foils the plot of warlord Tegana to kill the Khan. The TARDIS crew then depart.
Notes: Follows on from The Edge of Destruction. Susan tells Ping Cho that she is 16.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The TARDIS arrives on the planet Avalon. The crew are locked out of the TARDIS by its electrical defence grid. Seeking to find out why they arrive at Fluxford Castle. Soon afterwards the sorcerer Morton Dhal kidnaps Susan. The Doctor and Ian accompany members of the court on a quest to recover the legendary Merlin's Helm. Barbara begins studying the records to find clues as to why magic works on the planet and why the TARDIS has locked them out. She helps Susan and Princess Melissa to escape. Meanwhile, the expedition encounters the occupants of a recently crashed shuttle from the Earth Empire. The Doctor eventually realises that the magic is caused by nanobots created by the planet's natives. Placing the Helm, actually the control system, on a native's head deactivates the system. This removes the threat the TARDIS had detected, allowing the travellers to depart.
Notes: On page 5 it's "two minutes" since they left China
The Keys of Marinus
The TARDIS arrives besides an acid sea on the planet Marinus. They soon meet Arbitan, keeper of the Conscience of Marinus. Arbitan places a force field around the TARDIS and agrees to release the force field if the crew undertake a quest to locate the missing Keys of Marinus. In this quest, they visit several areas of the planet. The first is Morphotron, where disembodied telepathic brains hold sway. The next is a ruined fortress being overrun by plant life. The third is an ice wasteland with hunters and ice soldiers. Finally they arrive in Millenius. This city has the legal rule guilty until proven innocent and Ian falls foul of the law. When they return the Voord have killed Arbitan and taken the conscience. They are defeated when the Doctor gives them three of the four keys and one fake. Using them in the Conscience causes it to be destroyed, ruining their plans. The TARDIS crew then leave.
Notes: Ian is still wearing the clothes he acquired in Marco Polo, and continued to wear in The Sorcerers' Apprentice
The TARDIS lands in ancient Egypt. Its crew are captured, taken to the Pharoah, and accidentally foil an assassination attempt on him. In the confusion they escape and return to the under-construction pyramid where the TARDIS landed.
Notes: Ian and Barbara have clearly been on the TARDIS for a number of trips. On the other hand, they and the Doctor are actively hostile towards each other. There's not really a gap where both are true. There's a brief comment that they haven't seen an Aztec temple, making it before The Aztecs. Ian is wearing his regular clothes, so it's probably not in the gap between Marco Polo and The Keys of Marinus.
Susan relates a bad dream she has been having recently to Barbara. The dream concerns a piece of red glass, which the Doctor picked up not long before arriving on 1963 Earth.
Notes: Susan and Barbara are talking in the TARDIS. Susan has just been asleep, so it has to be in a gap of at least one day between adventures. This is the first clear-cut gap of that length between adventures.
The Ruins of Time
(Short Trips: Time Signature)
Susan gets Ian and Barbara to play the board game Sepulchasm. They take it with them when the TARDIS lands. The TARDIS lands on a planet where time is in short supply, and people called conduits can drain the time from people and things – leaving them frozen – and share it with others. It turns out that people and things from Gallifrey have enough time in them that the conduits can't drain it all. Susan leaves the game on the planet, allowing the people she has met to survive for longer.
Notes: The board game is not named here, but is clearly the same game we see in Lungbarrow. On page 32 Susan thinks she couldn't ever leave the Doctor and sometimes wishes for a more settled life. Ian and Barbara are confused by the natives being hermaphrodites. On page 18 the Doctor calls Barbara "Miss Wright". So it's still relatively early in Ian and Barbara's travels.
The TARDIS lands on the planet Dascaris, and the Doctor uses the local law concerning Verevan (intensity of desire for the land) to protect its native inhabitants.
Notes: This trip is mentioned in People of the Trees (Decalog 3). The Doctor was a white haired old man with three companions, so I have set it here, when he was travelling with Susan, Ian and Barbara - though it could equally be Vicki, Ian and Barbara.
The TARDIS materialises in an Aztec tomb and Barbara picks up a bracelet in the form of a snake. When the travellers emerge from the tomb they find they cannot get back in. When they run into the Aztecs Barbara is, because of the bracelet, proclaimed as the divine reincarnation of the dead priest Yexata. She uses her new importance to try to abolish the custom of human sacrifice, hoping this will enable the Aztecs to survive the arrival of the Spanish in 1520. Meanwhile, Susan is placed in a seminary and then refuses the wish of the perfect victim to become his wife, causing an outcry as Aztec law demands that his every wish be granted. Ian is made a commander of the army, coming into direct competition with the established leader Ixta. The Doctor resides in the garden of the elders where he shares cocoa with a woman named Cameca, unwittingly betrothing himself.
The Doctor and Ian discover a secret passage into the tomb, and Ian manages to place a strong rope beneath the door. However, the high priest of sacrifice and Ixta arrange to frame Ian for an attack on the high priest of knowledge. ,Both he and Susan re to be punished before a sacrifice due to happen at a forthcoming solar eclipse. Barbara's attempt to end the sacrifices has convinced the high priest of knowledge to lose his faith. His last act before leaving for the wilderness is to give Cameca some help so that she can free Ian and Susan. Their escape generates enough confusion to enable the travellers to escape back into the tomb using a pulley mechanism the Doctor has constructed. Barbara returns some of her Aztec finery to the tomb but the Doctor decides to keep a brooch given to him by Cameca.
Notes: The first scene shows the TARDIS dematerialising from Marinus, but there's no reason to believe the next scene follows immediately on from it.
The TARDIS materialises on a 28th century spaceship whose crew have come under the influence of the telepathic Sensorites. The crew are periodically placed into catatonic trances. Investigating, the Doctor discovers that the Sensorites have been poisoned by a previous human expedition to Sensesphere. His intervention cures the disease and helps establish peace between the two races.
Notes: We see the TARDIS dematerialise from the Aztec temple, but by the next scene everybody has changed their clothes - so it doesn't necessarily follow on from The Aztecs.
The Reign of Terror
The TARDIS materialises in France, 1794. Ian, Barbara, and Susan all spend time being held in the Concierge Priso, whilst the Doctor poses as a civic dignitary in the search for them. They eventually slip away from Paris as Robespierre is deposed.
Notes: At the end of The Sensorites, the Doctor threatens to throw Ian off the ship the next place they land. The first scene here carries on from that conversation.
The Last Days
The TARDIS materialises near the besieged city of Masada in first Century Judea. The crew are caught in a skirmish during the siege. The Doctor and Susan are camped with the Roman soldiers whilst Ian and an injured Barbara are trapped in the city. Over the course of a few weeks Ian rallies the defenders. Barbara recovers from her injuries just before the Jews decide to commit mass suicide. Ian and Barbara escape and the Doctor saves them from crucifixion by claiming that they are his spies.
Notes: Ian refers to The Aztecs, so it's between The Aztecs and The Sensorites or between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants.
City at World's End
The TARDIS lands in the city of Arkhaven on the planet Sarath and the Doctor insists on exploring. The TARDIS crew discover that the outer city is mysteriously deserted as a meteor storm hits. Barbara and the TARDIS are buried under rubble and Susan is injured. The Doctor and Ian are taken to an internment camp before persuading the authorities that they are aliens. They are asked to help perfect the Ship, a vast spacecraft designed to take the city's population to another world before the planet is destroyed.
Susan is replaced by an identical android who is then kidnapped by the official Church. The real Susan is dumped with the garbage but meets up with Barbara. The two are then captured and forced to do manual labour. Their captors, the functionaries, know that the Ship won't work and are working on a scaled-down version, the Lander. The Doctor, Ian, and the fake Susan escape the destruction of the Ship, and meet up with Barbara and the real Susan. The Doctor is able to increase the capacity of the Lander, by removing a portion of folded space from the TARDIS and donating it. The fake Susan then pilots the Lander to Mirath.
The removal of a portion of folded space causes the TARDIS to develop a dimensional instability. When it is fully developed the TARDIS will materialise at a vastly reduced size.
Notes: Officially between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants this sets up the TARDIS malfunction in the latter story. But as The Witch Hunters definitely leads into Planet of the Giants, we have to assume that the fault takes some time to develop.
The Thief of Sherwood
(Short Trips: Past Tense)
The TARDIS arrives in 12th Century England, and it turns out that Ian is the spitting image of Robin Hood. The real Robin is killed and Ian returns Hood's stolen gold to the villagers, thus creating the legend.
Notes: This story is told in the form of various book and magazine extracts about a fictitious TV story broadcast in the six weeks between The Reign of Terror and Planet of the Giants. One of the articles suggests it leads directly into Planet of Giants. However, since that story explicitly says the TARDIS has just left the eighteenth century this cannot be the case. Given the format of the story we can probably speculate that there is a gap between the main adventure and the final scene which leads into the next story.
The Witch Hunters
The TARDIS materialises in the woods near Salem, Massachusetts. The Doctor intends to use the fast return switch to carry out a month's worth of repairs in the vortex while his companions wait a few minutes. The others persuade him to do the repairs in real time. The travellers thus spend several days in Salem, believing it to be January 1691 - over a year before the infamous witch trials. It is actually January 1692. They leave shortly before the witch trials begin and arrive in Bristol 1954, where Susan sees The Crucible and learns of the horror of the trials. Desperate to save her new friends from this horror she uses the fast return switch to return them to 1692.
The TARDIS then arrives in late June 1692 - at the height of the trials. Susan refuses to return to the TARDIS without trying to save her friends. The travellers become involved in the appeal for Rebecca Nurse, and the Doctor takes the appeal to the governor, but ends up persuading the governor to reject it. Meanwhile Ian, Barbara, and Susan are all accused of witchcraft. When they attempt to return to the TARDIS only the Doctor and Barbara are able to make it. They are followed by a mob of witch hunters who attempt to burn the TARDIS. In order to avoid changing history the Doctor dematerialises as the flames rise. Using the fast return switch he manages to return two weeks later. Whilst they have been away Susan has been forced to join the 'possessed' accusers and live in Reverend Parris' house. Ian has been imprisoned, having attempted to help John Proctor and others escape the jail The Doctor then helps them all excape.
Notes: This story leads directly into Planet of Giants. Susan and Barbara now have separate rooms in the TARDIS, as opposed to the shared room with palates as seen in The Edge of Destruction.