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Title: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on January 11, 2013, 12:25:20 am
In another thread to celebrate the 50th anniversary we are going to look at Doctor Who through the alphabet, but this is one where everyone joins in.

Start with A and each new poster takes the next letter of the alphabet, putting their favourite thing beginning with that letter as their post. When we get to Z we can go back around again, but you can't cover the same topic twice.

You can just put the name of your entry in your post, but if you'd like, and because it's more fun, you can also include a picture and some information, which will be cool if you are choosing something obscure for your letter.

I think that about sums it up. I'll start :)


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on January 11, 2013, 12:27:19 am
A is for

The Aztecs

(http://www.kasterborous.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/dw50revaztecs1.jpg)

The Aztecs was the sixth story of Season 1 of Doctor Who. It was the first story to address the issue of altering the course of history.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on January 11, 2013, 02:57:00 am
B is for

Borusa

Borusa was a notable but ultimately tragic figure in the history of the Time Lords of Gallifrey, and a very important figure in the life of the Doctor. At various points in his time, he assumed the ranks of Lord President, Cardinal and Chancellor of Gallifrey.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on January 11, 2013, 11:51:34 am
C is for

Cheetah People

The Cheetah People were a race of predatory cheetah-like humanoids seen in the final classic story, Survival


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Kovarians-Eye-Patch on January 11, 2013, 03:30:12 pm
What about Cybermen :o

D is for...

Daleks

No explanation necessary :P


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 11, 2013, 05:51:02 pm
E is for...

E-Space

E-Space, or Exo-Space, is another universe connected to our own by Charged Vacuum Emboitments, through which entropy is vented from N-Space or Normal-Space to stave off the heat death of the universe. It contains its own planets, including Adric's home world, Alzarius. (quoted from Wikipedia)


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on January 11, 2013, 08:41:01 pm
F is for...

The Family of Blood

The Family of Blood was a family of hunters who followed the Tenth Doctor in order to take his near-immortality.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: TheDoctorDonna on January 12, 2013, 01:04:15 pm
G is for...

Genesis of the Daleks

Genesis of the Daleks was the fourth story of Season 12 of Doctor Who. It was the first story in which Davros, creator of the Daleks, appeared.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 12, 2013, 01:58:32 pm
H is for...

Harry Sullivan

The UNIT medical officer, Harry was mentioned in Planet of the Spiders, but made his first appearance in the following story, Robot.  The Doctor tricked him into taking a trip in the TARDIS, in the course of which he encountered Wirrn, Sontarans, Daleks and Cybermen.  Following the defeat of the Zygons, Harry chose to go home by train instead of TARDIS and returned to his regular duties.  He made one last appearance in The Android Invasion, both as himself and as a Thraal android copy.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on January 13, 2013, 12:16:23 am
I is for...

Idris

Idris was a humanoid woman of unknown origin who was used as a host for the matrix, or consciousness, of the Doctor's TARDIS


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on January 13, 2013, 11:31:14 am
J is for...

Jo Grant

Josephine "Jo" Grant, later Josephine Jones, was a civilian employee of UNIT. When Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart decided that Jo could serve as the Third Doctor's research assistant during his exile on Earth, she became his companion.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on January 13, 2013, 04:04:36 pm
K is for

Kamelion

Kamelion was a shape-changing android. Used by the Master to impersonate King John, he later travelled as a companion to Fifth Doctor. This continued until his destruction after he had again fallen under the influence of the Master.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on January 13, 2013, 09:44:06 pm
L is for...

Leela

Leela was a warrior of the savage Sevateem, a tribe of regressed humans. She joined the Fourth Doctor on his travels and with him fought for good causes. Although quite clever, she knew little of technology and was continually amazed by her surroundings and the tasks she faced. Leela never lost her primitive edge, and remained quick to take up arms throughout her time with the Doctor.

She left the Doctor after she chose to live on Gallifrey with Andred, a member of the Chancellery Guard with whom she had fallen in love. K9 decided to remain with her.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 14, 2013, 01:01:15 am
M is for...

The Master

A Time Lord, who knew the Doctor well when they were children - in fact, there are rumours that they may have been brothers.  At the age of eight, he was exposed to the Untempered Schism, which drove him mad, but he was a brilliant student at the Academy, and had almost irresistible hypnotic powers.  Like the Doctor, he fled from Gallifrey, but in order to gain power over the universe, rather than to see it.

During the 1970s, the Master made repeated attempts to destroy the Doctor and subjugate the Earth (and sometimes the Universe) but always failed.  Having used up all his regenerations, he attempted to restore himself and destroy Gallifrey in the process, but finally gained a new body by taking over a man called Tremas on the planet Traken.

Resuming his campaign to destroy the Doctor and conquer the universe, he was finally exterminated by the Daleks, but his essence survived and found a new host, but was pulled into the Eye of Harmony of the Doctor's TARDIS.

When the Time War broke out, the Time Lords resurrected the Master, recognising both his genius and aggression, but he fled the war and, using a chameleon ark, disguised himself as the human Yana, who worked for the good of everyone.  He recovered his own identity, but was shot and regenerated.

Returning to present-day Earth, he adopted the alias of Harold Saxon and became prime minister of the UK as part of his scheme to destroy Earth and conquer the universe.  When this was thwarted by the Doctor, he was shot by his human wife Lucy and refused to regenerate, but was later restored to life by his followers.  He temporarily turned the entire human race into copies of himself, but when the Time Lords threatened to put an end to time itself, he helped the Doctor to destroy the threat and was pulled back to the time-locked war.

It seems impossible that the Master will ever return from this... or is it?


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Blazin Goliath on January 14, 2013, 03:49:56 am
N is for...

Nyssa

Nyssa was a native of the planet Traken, the capital of the Traken Union. She was acquainted with the Fourth Doctor but was mainly a companion of the Fifth Doctor. She also adventured with Adric, Tegan and briefly Turlough and the Brigadier.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on January 14, 2013, 11:46:01 am
O is for...

Ood

The Ood, also known as Oodkind, were a gestalt race of telepathic humanoids who originated from the Ood Sphere.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on January 14, 2013, 03:56:59 pm
P is for...

Peri

Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown (born 1966) was an American college student who accidentally joined the Fifth Doctor during his visit to Lanzarote. She then elected to remain with him for the rest of her vacation time. She remained with the Doctor after his regeneration into his sixth incarnation, but found it harder to get along with him because of his newfound arrogance. She was separated from him by the Time Lords so that they could cover up the Ravalox conspiracy. According to the Master, Peri ended up wed to King Yrcanos.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 15, 2013, 12:21:50 am
Q is for...

Quarks

A squat, non-humanoid type of robot, the Quarks were used by a race called the Dominators.  Their weaponry made them deadly, though the effect was spoilt a bit by their high-pitched, childish voices, but they appeared to have a serious design flaw that meant they were constantly running low on power.  In their only appearance so far (apart from a brief glimpse during the Doctor's trial) the Quarks assisted in the Dominators' attempt to destroy the planet Dulkis, which was foiled by the Second Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Saber on January 15, 2013, 09:08:09 pm
R is for

Romana

Romanadvoratrelundar (or Romana for short) was a Time Lady who was forced to be the Fourth Doctor's assistant in the search for the Key to Time during her first incarnation, but stayed on to travel with him, after regenerating, once this mission was complete


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on January 16, 2013, 11:45:19 am
S is for...

Sarah Jane Smith

Sarah Jane Smith was an investigative journalist who travelled with the Doctor in his third and fourth incarnations. She reunited with him in his tenth incarnation and had adventures with him and his immediate successor. Sarah Jane met nine of the Doctor's incarnations in total: those already mentioned and the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, and Sevenths. Due to her experiences with the Doctor, she was entrusted with the task of protecting Earth from hostile extraterrestrials and helping peaceful aliens. She shared these adventures with her young companions/surrogate family.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 16, 2013, 06:20:44 pm
T is for...

TARDIS

The Doctor's time machine, the name stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, a name the Doctor's granddaughter Susan claimed to have invented, though it seems to be widely used.  The Doctor stole it from Gallifrey to see the universe, though we've learnt recently that the TARDIS itself engineered this for the same reason.

An obsolete type 40, the TARDIS has many design flaws, and its chameleon circuit is broken so that, instead of disguising itself, it always appears to be a police box.  Intelligent and telepathic, the TARDIS enables those who travel in it to speak any language, and it frequently takes the Doctor where he needs to go, rather than where he wants to.

The TARDIS is bigger on the inside (or smaller on the outside) and may even be infinite.  Its internal design can be changed completely at any time.  The TARDIS allegedly likes it when the Doctor calls it "sexy".


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on January 16, 2013, 11:33:45 pm
U is for...

Underworld

Underworld was the fifth story of Season 15 of Doctor Who. It was the first over which script editor Anthony Read had complete creative control. Read asked writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin to make the script an explicit allegory of the myth of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece.

Underworld used by far the most colour separation overlay (CSO) in the programme's history. Rampant inflation had eaten away at the budget for the back half of the season and using CSO to create virtually every shot of the alien world featured in the story was the only feasible way to preserve the production of The Invasion of Time. The story also advanced the mythos of the Time Lords by explaining the origin of their non-interference policy.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on January 17, 2013, 12:06:59 pm
V is for...

Vastra

Vastra was a female Silurian warrior who shared a house at 13 Paternoster Row with Jenny Flint, her maid and subsequently her wife, in Victorian London. She, along with Jenny and Strax assisted the Doctor on a number of occassions. Vastra's investigative exploits were believed have been appropriated by Arthur Conan Doyle for fictionalisation in The Strand in which he attributed them to his character, Sherlock Holmes.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on January 17, 2013, 10:26:35 pm
W is for...

Wotan

WOTAN was one of the first artificial intelligences created on Earth by Professor Brett. Its name stood for Will Operating Thought ANalogue. Deciding to conquer the world, WOTAN ordered the construction of mobile, armed computers which were designated War Machines. These were constructed in locations across the city. Eventually it was defeated by the Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 18, 2013, 12:44:15 am
X is for...

Xoanon

Xoanon was the computer for an Earth spaceship exploring a distant planet.  It was damaged on landing, and the Doctor repaired it by plugging his own mind into it, but forgot to wipe his personality afterwards, leading to the computer developing a split personality.  It forced the ship's crew to split into two very different tribes (one of which includes Leela) and its id created monsters.  The Doctor eventually manages to cure Xoanon of its insanity, and it's once more pledged to serve the descendents of the ship's crew.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on January 18, 2013, 09:36:39 am
Y is for...

Yartek

Yartek was the leader of the Voord who discovered how to resist the Conscience of Marinus. Invading the building where the Conscience was kept, Yartek and his followers killed Arbitan. Yartek then posed as Arbitan — dressing in the Keeper's robe, keeping in the shadows and hiding his features beneath the hood of the garment —  to get the keys to the Conscience from Ian Chesterton. He was killed in the destruction of the Conscience when he placed a false key in the machine resulting in an explosion.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Kovarians-Eye-Patch on January 18, 2013, 10:54:35 am
Z is for...

Zarbi

The Zarbi were an insectoid species native to Vortis. The Zarbi resembled giant ants, though with four small arms and two powerful legs. They communicated by screeching and rubbing their legs together. Much like bees, Zarbi also communicated by dancing.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Twisted-Sister on January 18, 2013, 06:43:01 pm
Shall we go round again?

A is for...

Amy

Amelia Jessica Pond was the first companion of the Doctor in his eleventh incarnation. She was the girlfriend and later wife of human nurse Rory Williams and the mother of River Song. When River married the Doctor, Amy became his mother-in-law. Amy died aged 87 in an unknown time period before 2012 after allowing a Weeping Angel to send her back in time so she could be reunited with her husband who had been touched by the Angel. She was buried beside her husband in a graveyard in Queens, New York.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 18, 2013, 11:25:39 pm
B is for...

Barbara

Barbara Wright was a history teacher at Coal Hill School in London.  When she and colleague Ian Chesterton attempted to solve the mystery of their student Susan Foreman, they ended up being whisked away in the TARDIS by the Doctor and Susan.  Initially wanting nothing more than to get home, Barbara came to enjoy their travels, and her experiences ranged from being worshipped by the Aztecs to being pursued amorously by Nero and losing several cardigans. 

Although enjoying occasional flirtations, notably with the Thal Ganatus, Barbara's feelings for Ian seemed to deepen as they travelled.  They eventually took the opportunity of a captured Dalek time-machine to come home, returning to London two years after they left.

In 2010, Sarah Jane described them as a couple and both professors at Cambridge.  She claimed they hadn't aged, though that can only be treated as hearsay.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Cyber Mistress on January 19, 2013, 04:25:52 pm
C is for...

Cybermen

Cybermen were a "race" of cybernetically augmented humanoid. They varied greatly in design, with different factions throughout time and space. The two major groups, from which all other known versions derived, were the Mondasian Cybermen, which originated on the planet Mondas – Earth's twin planet in the Doctor's Universe – and the Cybermen created by Cybus Industries, which originated on Earth in an alternate universe.

Despite the different origins, there were similarities between both groups of Cybermen, and there were groups that shared the characteristics of both. For the most part, they lacked individuality or names. Cybermen had no emotions and viewed them as a weakness. They frequently attempted to physically and mentally re-engineer humans and other humanoids into Cybermen, via a process called "cyber-conversion" or "upgrading".


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on January 21, 2013, 12:38:05 am
D is for...

Davros

Davros was originally the head of the Kaled Scientific Elite, on the planet Skaro, but became better known as the creator of the Daleks. During the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War, he served as Emperor of the Imperial Dalek faction and later of the Dalek race as a whole, but his relationship with his creations was always tense. He was frequently hunted, maligned or otherwise denigrated by some portion of the overall Dalek population.

Despite the fact that he was not the unquestioned ruler of the Daleks, he was one of the Doctor's greatest enemies, rivalling the Master in intellect and madness.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on January 21, 2013, 11:23:19 am
E is for...

Evil of the Daleks

The Evil of the Daleks was the ninth and final story of Season 4 of Doctor Who and the first to feature companion Victoria Waterfield, played by Deborah Watling. It was at the time intended to be the Doctor's final battle with the Daleks. Except for a few cameos, they did not appear again in the series for five years. Only episode two remains intact; the rest of the story has been lost.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on January 21, 2013, 02:43:37 pm
F is for...

Fenric

Fenric, also known as Hastur the Unspeakable or Aboo-Fenrán, was an immensely powerful sentient force that was at least as old as the universe itself and an intelligence of pure evil.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 22, 2013, 12:33:47 am
G is for...

Great Intelligence

The Great Intelligence is a disembodied entity with the power to possess people and to create artificial servants.  It may have its origin in telepathic snow combining with the mind of a human during the 19th century, although there are suggestions that it had been around before that.  Its most usual servants are robotic Yeti, and it used these to control a Tibetan monastery up to the 1930s, and then to attack London in the 1960s via the Underground system - an idea given to it inadvertently by the Doctor in 1892.  The attack on the Underground, foiled with the help of the Doctor, led directly to the establishment of UNIT.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on January 22, 2013, 01:25:41 am
H is for

Hath

Hath were a humanoid race with purple and orange, fish-like skin and small headcrests running along the top of their heads. They were slightly taller than most near-humans. They breathed nutrient liquid rather than air. When in a human-breathable atmosphere, they used a breathing structure attached to their mouths.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 22, 2013, 03:55:28 pm
I is for...

Isop Galaxy

The Isop Galaxy's location is unknown, but it contains the planet Vortis, inhabited by the Zarbi and Menoptra, and is home to the Face of Boe, its oldest inhabitant, although it's never specified which planet he lives on. 


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on January 22, 2013, 08:40:32 pm
J is for...

Judoon

Judoon are galactic police, brutal in their precise application of the law and highly logical in their battle tactics, but not very intelligent. In fact, the Doctor states that, whilst their behaviour is (on the surface) that of a military police force, they are really little more than "interplanetary thugs". They have no jurisdiction on Earth and no authority to deal with human crime (when hunting a fugitive alien in an Earth hospital, they transported the building to the Moon); they will, however, strictly obey any laws on the planet they are on (e.g. road speed limits). The Judoon carry energy weapons which can incinerate humans.

Judoon are humanoid in form, with rhinoceros-like heads and only four digits on each hand: they wear black, bulky armour with heavy boots. According to the Doctor, the Judoon have a "great big lung reserve" which allows them to survive for extended periods in a limited oxygen environment. They have yellow blood, possibly due to a genetic lack of iron molecules.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 23, 2013, 12:30:41 am
K is for...

K9

One of only two machines to qualify as a companion of the Doctor, K9 is a robot dog, originally made in the 50th century by Professor Marius, who gave him to the Doctor.  The original K9 chose to stay on Gallifrey with Leela, after which the Doctor built a replacement, who stayed with him and Romana till both Romana and K9 remained in E-Space.  The Doctor also built K9 Mark 3, whom he sent to Sarah Jane as a companion.  He appeared to be destroyed blowing up the Krillitane, but the Doctor rebuilt him, though it's not clear whether this version should be called Mark 4 or a revamped Mark 3.  K9 continued as Sarah Jane's companion, taking some time out to prevent a black hole created by CERN from engulfing Earth, until she sent him to Oxford with Luke.

In the meantime, one version of K9 (probably Mark 1) had been fitted with regenerative circuits and ended up in a near-future London, where he helped a group of teenagers to protect the Earth against alien invasion.

K9's personality has remained the same through his various versions.  He's completely loyal to whoever he regards as "master" or "mistress", except for certain occasions when he's reprogrammed, and is always, at all times, eager to offer information, whether it's wanted or not.  His attitude to other machines is more ambivalent, and he has what appears to be a love-hate relationship with Mr Smith, Sarah Jane's alien computer.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on January 23, 2013, 02:08:46 pm
L is for...

Liz Shaw

Dr. Elizabeth Shaw - or simply Liz Shaw - was a civilian member of UNIT. An accomplished and beautiful scientist, Liz assisted the Third Doctor while there. This often involved her winding up in the same life-threatening situations as the Doctor.

Generally, Liz was the Third Doctor's laboratory assistant rather than his travelling companion. She joined him at a time when the Doctor was just beginning his exile on Earth. She expressed disbelief that the TARDIS was capable of flight when she first met the Doctor and remained incredulous for some time thereafter.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 23, 2013, 10:24:05 pm
M is for...

Marinus

Marinus is a planet whose location is unknown, home to a people indistinguishable from humans.  Civilisation on Marinus led to the development of a machine called the Conscience, whose influence controlled the way people thought and behaved.  This was used to eradicate crime and violence, but a man called Yartek found a way to counter its influence, and with his followers, the Voords, who wore rubber suits (this may have been how they resisted the Conscience) attempted to seize the machine.  Four of its Keys were scattered to the corners of Marinus, and the planet fragmented into a variety of cultures and civilisations, including Morphoton, ruled by disembodied brains, and the city of Millenius, civilised but with a draconian legal system.  An attempt by the keeper of the Conscience, Arbitan, to recover the Keys succeeded, thanks to the Doctor and his companions, but he was murdered by Yartek, who was tricked by Ian Chesterton into destroying the machine.  Nothing is known of how the planet developed after this.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Saber on January 24, 2013, 11:26:40 am
N is for

Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas Courtney (born William Nicholas Stone Courtney; 16 December 1929 - 22 February 2011) played first Colonel and then Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, beginning in The Web of Fear and finally in Battlefield. He reprised the role in the fan video Downtime (later adapted into one of the Virgin Missing Adventures), the spin-off program The Sarah Jane Adventures and audio dramas for the BBC and Big Finish Productions.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on January 25, 2013, 02:28:22 pm
O is for

Owen Harper

Owen is the medical officer and a field agent for Torchwood Three, a team of alien-hunters based in Cardiff. In his private life, Owen is a narcissistic womanizer with a long history of sexual partners, including colleagues Gwen Cooper and Suzie Costello, but remained indifferent to the affections of colleague Toshiko Sato. The show's second series would see Owen experience death, only to be resurrected and forced to adjust to the uncertainty of his undead existence, before dying again in his final appearance


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 25, 2013, 06:38:19 pm
P is for...

Pandorica

The Pandorica was a mythical artefact, said to contain a terrifying warrior, trickster or goblin that was trapped inside.  It turns out to be real, and was buried underneath Stonehenge until at least the 2nd century AD, but in fact it was made retrospectively as a trap for the Doctor, based on Amy's interest in the story of Pandora's Box.  After a long history, in which it was constantly guarded by a figure known as the Last Centurian, it was used by the Doctor to reboot the dying universe, after which none of the above events actually happened.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on January 26, 2013, 08:11:43 pm
Q is for...

Queen Victoria

Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India and Defender of the Faith, was an influential monarch on Earth in the 19th century, ruling from 1837 to 1901. Her reign, known as the Victorian era, was marked by tremendous strides in technology and the arts in Britain and elsewhere. Victoria is known to have met the Doctor at least twice; once during her coronation ceremony in 1838, and in 1879 she experienced an adventure with the Tenth Doctor. The latter led to her effectively banishing the Doctor from her country and forming the Torchwood Institute, as the British Empire's defence against the dark forces with which the Doctor seemed to consort


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 27, 2013, 01:50:52 am
R is for...

Rassilon

Rassilon was a Gallifreyan who, along with Omega and "the Other", gave his people the gift of time travel and founded Time Lord society.  He was the first Lord President of the High Council, but different accounts describe him either as a benevolent ruler, or as an autocratic tyrant who was deposed.  Whichever was true, he was revered by the Time Lords as their founder, and most of the artefacts used by each Lord President, symbolically or usefully, are attributed to Rassilon.

Although he appears to have died and his tomb can be found in the Dead Zone, Rassilon's consciousness seems to have survived, and he returned to power at the time of the Time War, although the circumstances aren't yet known.  He planned to end the war by destroying time itself, but was prevented when the Doctor time-locked the whole war, including Gallifrey, and his attempt to break the lock was also foiled by the Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on January 27, 2013, 12:23:49 pm
S is for...

Sil

Sil was a Mentor from Thoros Beta. He was actively involved in various unethical business schemes during the late 24th century. Sil once said ,"There is nothing I more enjoy than human suffering." He was extremely self-centred, greedy and manipulative, as shown in his attempt to govern Varos. Like all Mentors, Sil looked like a slug with humanoid features and fin like appendages on his head and in between his arms and torso.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on January 27, 2013, 05:10:07 pm
T is for

Time Lords

The Time Lords were the oligarchic rulers of the planet Gallifrey, and thus also Gallifreyan. The Gallifreyans had one of the oldest and mightiest civilizations in the Universe. As the Time Lords, they would hold absolute power for some ten million years. Finally however, the Last Great Time War all but wiped out the race.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 27, 2013, 11:58:26 pm
U is for...

Uxarieus

A planet colonised by an independent group from Earth, whose colony was threatened by the interest of the Interplanetary Mining Corporation, who wish the exploit the planet's resources.  However, the indigenous people, who appear very primitive, turn out to be the heirs of an ancient civilisation who possess a doomsday weapon, which the Master is attempting to obtain.  In the end, the last indigenous ruler destroys the weapon, and his underground city with it, and the colonists manage to expell the IMG, with the Doctor's help.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Saber on January 28, 2013, 01:31:17 pm
V is for...

Vicki

Vicki was a young woman whom the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright met at sixteen years of age soon after the Doctor's granddaughter Susan Foreman was left behind on Earth. Having lost both her parents in relatively quick succession, she decided to join the three time travellers on their adventures. Once the two teachers left the TARDIS, she travelled for an extended period with Steven Taylor, before leaving the Doctor's side to marry Troilus and to take the married name Cressida.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on January 29, 2013, 01:03:00 am
W is for

The War Chief

The War Chief was a renegade Time Lord who assisted a group of alien warriors in the 1969 serial The War Games, which was the last to feature the Second Doctor.

The warriors had been kidnapping soldiers from various wars in Earth's history to play war games on an unknown planet. The War Chief provided the warriors with basic TARDIS-like travel machines, called SIDRATs, which they used to kidnap the human soldiers and travel between era-specific zones they had created, as well as supplying the aliens with hypnotic mind-control devices to gain full control of the human armies.

When the War Chief and the Doctor came face to face, they recognised each other instantly. The War Chief wanted the Doctor's help to double-cross the warriors and seize power for himself. The Doctor initially feigned compliance in order to gain the alien's trust, but after exhausting any possible way of removing the soldiers himself he reluctantly summoned the Time Lords for help. The alien War Lord discovered the War Chief's plans to betray him and his people, and after cornering him in the SIDRAT hanger as he attempted to flee the Time Lords, he was shot by the War Lord's guards.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on January 29, 2013, 01:17:59 pm
X is for...

Xylok

The Xylok seemed to be made of clear crystals, but they had a very unusual structure and were actually alive. They could contact other Xylok from afar and interface with computers. They could also apparently survive for millions of years. Due to their crystalline and computer-like nature, they were also vulnerable to 21st century Earth computer viruses.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on January 29, 2013, 09:53:30 pm
Y is for...

Yrcanos

King Yrcanos is a warlord from Thoros Alpha, with an uncompromising warrior ethic and a tendency to shout a lot.  He's captured on Thoros Beta by the Mentors and the human scientist Crozier, but escapes and meets the Doctor's companion, Peri, whom he falls in love with.  When Crozier puts the Mentor Kiv's brain into Peri, Yrcanos appears to be forced to kill her, but we learn (without much explanation) that this hasn't actually happened.  Yrcanos marries Peri and settles down with her on Thoros Alpha.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on January 30, 2013, 01:46:12 pm
Z is for...

Zoe

Zoe Heriot was a young scientist from the 21st century who accompanied the Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon in their travels aboard the Doctor's TARDIS. Zoe met the Doctor when she worked upon The Wheel, which was invaded by Cybermen. Deciding that she had learned all that she could there, she hid out in the TARDIS and so began her adventures. Eventually the Time Lords sent Zoe back to the Wheel, where she was met by Tanya Lernov. Having had her memory of her time with the Doctor and Jamie removed, other than her initial adventure with them on the Wheel, she was never aware that she had ever been away.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on January 30, 2013, 11:17:53 pm
A is for

Adric

Adric was a companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors. He grew up in another universe called E-Space. He died trying to stop Captain Briggs' space freighter from crashing into Earth. Adric was a mathematical genius, but was socially awkward. He was fiercely loyal to the Doctor and had a generally amicable relationship with the Time Lord, who acted as his mentor. Adric wanted desperately to be brave and accepted; he defied the Master and died trying to solve a math/computer problem to save the earth. As he crashed to his death, unable to access the computer system to input his last mathematical calculation, he said, "Now I'll never know if I was right."


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Cyber Mistress on January 31, 2013, 02:52:15 pm
B is for...

Bessie

Though other incarnations of the Doctor used the car, Bessie was the Third Doctor's main mode of transport during his exile on Earth. A canary-yellow Edwardian roadster, she was a key part of his compensation package from UNIT, and indeed the only specific demand he made of the Brigadier when he agreed to be UNIT's scientific advisor. Despite being beloved by the Doctor, the car was frequently ridiculed and underestimated by the Doctor's friends. Heavily tricked out, the car's many modifications often bewildered his associates. The Brigadier in particular was dismissive of the car's abilities and, at least early on, didn't believe it was capable of basic locomotion.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on February 01, 2013, 01:40:00 pm
C is for...

The Chase

The Chase was the eighth story of season 2 of Doctor Who. As well as featuring the first use of time travel by the Daleks, it saw the departures of original companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, played by William Russell and Jacqueline Hill respectively, and the first appearance of new companion Steven Taylor, portrayed by Peter Purves. Peter Purves further does "double-duty" in this story, by appearing earlier in the serial as an incidental character.

It saw the same story style as Nation's The Keys of Marinus, with the TARDIS crew in different locations nearly every episode. A similar style would later be used in The Daleks' Master Plan and The Infinite Quest. The Chase also saw characters from other works of fiction making appearances, albeit as robotic duplicates in this story. Similar appearances would occur elsewhere in the programme's history. It also saw the program's take on the mystery of the Mary Celeste, a story that would be contradicted by other media. Later, the story Carnival of Monsters would feature a different mysterious ship, albeit a fictional one.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on February 02, 2013, 01:21:25 am
D is for...

Draconians

The Draconians are an advanced reptilian humanoid race who inhabit the planet Draconia, in our galaxy.  They have a rather rigid social structure, with an emperor at their head, but the Doctor considers them to be an enlightened and civilised people, if you know how to approach them.  By the 26th century, Earth and Draconia have become the two dominant powers in the galaxy and have fought a war, started by a misunderstanding.  Another war appears to be averted at the last moment by the Doctor's intervention.  Humans sometimes refer to Draconians as Dragons, but this is considered an insulting term.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on February 03, 2013, 02:16:37 pm
E is for...

Earthshock

Earthshock was the sixth story of Season 19 of Doctor Who. It saw the unannounced return of the Cybermen as lead villains for the first time since Revenge of the Cybermen in 1975. Furthermore, it saw the death of Adric. This was the first televised death of a companion since those of Katarina and Sara Kingdom in The Daleks' Master Plan in 1966.

Prior to broadcast, John Nathan-Turner decided that he wanted to keep the return of the Cybermen a surprise. Normally, the public gallery in use for filming would be open and the public could watch, but when filming for Earthshock commenced, it was closed and security guards were called in to keep people out. Nathan-Turner also turned down a Radio Times photo shoot to ensure this secret.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: LaMoonstar on February 03, 2013, 05:31:06 pm
F is for:

Four to Doomsday

Four to Doomsday was the second story of season 19 with Peter Davidson as the fifth Doctor.

Trying to transport Tegan to Heathrow airport on present-day Earth, The TARDIS accidentally lands on-board a alien spaceship traveling to Earth which will arrive in 4 days. Where the Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan encounter the frog like Monarch, ruler of the doomed planet Urbanka. Only to find Monarch has abducted generations of humans from different cultures and converted them into cyborgs. The Doctor and Tegan discover Monarch's true goal is to travel faster than the speed of light, and traveling back into time where he will meet himself and wipe out the human race, repopulating the Earth with his own race.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on February 03, 2013, 08:03:46 pm
G is for...

Gallifrey

Gallifrey is the home planet of the Time Lords.  Physical features that are frequently mentioned are skies of burnt orange, trees with silver leaves and red grass.  The main building is the Capitol, from which the High Council rule and where all major events take place.  Gallifrey was destroyed in the Time War, but remains intact within a time lock.  An attempt by the High Council to break out of the time lock was thwarted by the Doctor.

Gallifrey was first alluded to in the very first episode and described by Susan in The Sensorites, without being named.  Similarly unnamed, Gallifrey appeared in The War Games, Colony in Space and The Three Doctors, before being casually given a name in The Time Warrior.  Stories set substantially on Gallifrey since then have included The Deadly Assassin, The Invasion of Time, Arc of Infinity and The Five Doctors.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on February 05, 2013, 11:17:30 am
H is for...

Harriet Jones

Harriet Jones was a British politician in the early 21st century who served from 2006 until 2008 as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. After leaving office Jones continued to work behind the scenes, devising ways to protect the earth from alien intrusion should the Doctor be unavailable. In her attempt to save the world she was exterminated by the Daleks.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on February 05, 2013, 02:54:13 pm
I is for...

Inter Minor

Inter Minor is a planet whose roughly humanoid population has a rigid social structure, divided into an elite class and the voiceless Functionaries.  They are traditionally reclusive, and the arrival of a carnival sideshow team with a miniscope sparks off a crisis that leads to a nearly successful coup.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on February 05, 2013, 10:50:11 pm
J is for...

Jamie McCrimmon

Jamie McCrimmon was a Highland Scot from the mid-18th century who travelled with the Second Doctor, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson, Victoria Waterfield and Zoe Heriot. He also had a couple of adventures with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart as well as the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown.

Jamie travelled in the TARDIS for a large portion of the Doctor's second life. His journeys through time and space began not long after the Doctor's first regeneration and continued until the Time Lords sentenced the Doctor to exile on Earth. Jamie was returned to 18th century Scotland by the Time Lords, with the memory of all but his first adventure with the Doctor erased.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: LaMoonstar on February 06, 2013, 07:09:39 am
K is for

Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart is the daughter of  Brigadier ‘Lethbridge’ Stewart who now heads the scientific research at U.N.I.T.  She dropped 'Lethbridge' to avoid favors from Unit. Kate Stewart was inspired to re-invent UNIT after her father told her of his experiences with the Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on February 07, 2013, 01:03:33 am
L is for...

Litefoot

Professor George Litefoot was a distinguished Victorian pathologist, who spent much of his childhood in China.  By 1889, he was often assisting the Metropolitan Police with autopsies.  In the course of one such case, he encountered the Doctor and Leela, and helped them to put a stop to the plans of the 51st century war criminal Magnus Greel, who is masquerading as the Chinese god Weng-Chiang.  During this case, Litefoot had struck up an unlikely friendship with the music-hall manager Henry Gordon Jago, and the pair subsequently solved a string of paranormal mysteries together.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Sparky on February 09, 2013, 09:26:50 am
M is for...

Mawdryn Undead

Mawdryn Undead was the third story of Doctor Who's twentieth season. It saw the return of the Brigadier, and was the first story in the "Black Guardian trilogy". It also marked the first appearance of Vislor Turlough.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on February 09, 2013, 11:54:35 pm
N is for...

Nestene Consciousness

The Nestenes form a gestalt consciousness made up of many separable parts, a certain number of which can form into a viable being. They have the ability to control plastic, their usual weapons being human-shaped plastic figures called Autons.  They thrive best in a poluted atmosphere.

The Nestenes have attempted to invade Earth at least three times, when they were thwarted by the Third Doctor (twice) and the Ninth Doctor.  They also conspired with a number of allies, including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans, to trick the Eleventh Doctor into the Pandorica, an act that unwittingly caused the temporary destruction of the universe.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Vampyros Adric on February 10, 2013, 08:04:56 am
O is for...

Osirians

The Osirians were a powerful alien race, the last of whom was called Sutekh. He was a megalomaniac who came to believe that all life was his enemy. He was pursued across the galaxy by his brother Horus and was finally defeated on Earth by the combined might of 740 Osirians. The Doctor defeated Sutekh my forcing him into a temporal trap and ageing him to death.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on February 10, 2013, 03:12:19 pm
P is for...

Pluto

Pluto is an object in the outer Solar System, discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.  Originally classed as the ninth planet, it has subsequently been discovered to be too small for a genuine planet.  In 2006, it was reclassified as a dwarf planet, or plutoid.

In spite of this, it was terraformed and colonised in the distant future, after Earth and Mars had become uninhabitable, by the creation of a number of artificial suns orbiting it, and was used as effectively a slave colony by the Usarians, where the entire culture is based around the need to pay exorbitant taxes.  The Usarian Company is finally overthrown by a revolution led by the Doctor, and the liberated inhabitants plan on returning to Earth.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Miss Hartigan on March 18, 2013, 06:19:29 pm
Q is for...
The Quest for the Key to Time
This was when, back in 1976 the white guardian charged the Doctor to track down the different parts of the Key to Time. He traveled around with Romana, a time lady, and collected the different pieces. This story took up a full season, and the Doctor was fighting for the universe, in a battle between good and evil!


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on March 18, 2013, 07:34:01 pm
R is for...

Rose Tyler

Rose was born in 1987 - her father was killed in a road accident when she was a baby, and she was brought up on a council estate by her mother, Jackie.  After meeting the Doctor and helping him defeat the Nestenes, she travelled with him for some time, although frequently coming home to visit her mother and her on-off boyfriend Mickey.  After absorbing the TARDIS's matrix, she became the "Bad Wolf", destroying the Dalek fleet and their emperor and leaving clues for herself throughout history.  To save her from the consequences, the Doctor was forced to regenerate.

Rose was eventually trapped in an alternative universe, in which her father was still alive, but managed to return to help the Doctor defeat the Daleks again and prevent them from destroying all reality.  He had to return her there afterwards, but with an inadvertently created human copy of himself, and we assume she lived out her life there with the Tenth Doctor mk 2.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on August 07, 2013, 02:20:52 pm
S is for

Sisters of the Infinite Schism

The Sisters of the Infinite Schism was, according to the Eleventh Doctor, "the greatest hospital in the universe."

Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the Eleventh Doctor took River Song there to recuperate after she had sacrificed her powers of regeneration for the Doctor. They left her in the hospital because, while she was at that point, well known to Amy and Rory for most of their lives, under the name Mel, she was much younger than the River whom the Doctor had yet known. Upon leaving the hospital, River would start her education in archaeology, setting her on a path to rejoining the Doctor for the adventures he had already experienced.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 08, 2013, 12:05:20 am
T is for

Thals

The Thals were a human-like race native to the planet Skaro.  They fought a long war against fellow-inhabitants of the planet called Kaleds (sometimes called Dals) which resulted in the near-destruction of both races.  A small group of Thals developed a non-aggressive farming life, but when the Daleks, mutant descendents of the Kaleds, tried to destroy them, the Thals overcame their dislike of violence and defeated them.  They subsequently developed a civilisation capable of space travel with defensive capabilities, though they still weren't an aggressive people, and managed to help the Doctor put paid to the Daleks' invasion force on the planet Spiradon.

At a later period, the Daleks were once more in control of Skaro, and the fate of the Thals is uncertain, although they may have colonised other planets by then.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on August 08, 2013, 01:05:27 pm
U is for...

Underworld

Underworld was the fifth story of Season 15 of Doctor Who. It was the first over which script editor Anthony Read had complete creative control. Read asked writers Bob Baker and Dave Martin to make the script an explicit allegory of the myth of Jason and the Quest for the Golden Fleece.

Underworld used by far the most colour separation overlay (CSO) in the programme's history. Rampant inflation had eaten away at the budget for the back half of the season and using CSO to create virtually every shot of the alien world featured in the story was the only feasible way to preserve the production of The Invasion of Time. The story also advanced the mythos of the Time Lords by explaining the origin of their non-interference policy.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on August 09, 2013, 01:24:19 pm
V is for...

Victory of the Daleks

Victory of the Daleks was the third episode of the fifth series of BBC Wales Doctor Who. In it, the Eleventh Doctor met for the first time both the Daleks and Winston Churchill, having met each before in past incarnations. Like Daleks in Manhattan before it, it involved the last Daleks in the universe desperately trying to rebuild the Dalek race in a famous period of Earth's recent past.

The episode was notable for its redesign of the Daleks into multi-coloured units, each with its own specific function.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Iceman on August 09, 2013, 01:52:31 pm
W is for

Wilfred Mott

Wilfred Mott was the husband of Eileen Mott, (PROSE: Beautiful Chaos) the father of Sylvia Noble and the maternal grandfather of Donna Noble. He was also a one-time travelling companion of the Tenth Doctor, and the final companion the Doctor would travel with in that incarnation. Unlike many of the people of Earth, Wilfred was willing to believe aliens would come in peace one day, and that humanity would eventually travel out to the stars and mingle with them. A witness to several alien invasions of Earth in 2009, he was instrumental in stopping the Time Lords' return from within the time-lock which had sealed them in the Last Great Time War. In that effort, he trapped himself in a chamber about to be flooded with lethal radiation. His rescue was the proximate cause of the Doctor's regeneration into his eleventh incarnation.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 09, 2013, 06:40:17 pm
X is for...

Xeros

The planet Xeros, galaxy unknown, is the home to an indigenous human-type race who were conquered by the militaristic Morok Empire.  Most of the population have been either killed or shipped off as slaves, and the planet has been made home to the Moroks' Space Museum - a highly impressive institution which, unfortunately, is rarely visited, due to the Moroks' unsavoury reputation.

A small group of young Xerons have been left on the planet, who have formed themselves into an ineffective resistance group.  Hoever, the arrival of the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki (especially Vicki) galvanises them into action.  They destroy the Morok garrison and retake the planet.  Whether they actually manage to remain independent again the might of the Morok Empire isn't recorded.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on August 09, 2013, 08:19:23 pm
Y is for....

Yetaxa

Yetaxa was an Aztec high priest of the early 15th century. He died and was entombed around 1430. Barbara Wright was believed to have been a reincarnation of Yetaxa, but the High Priest of Sacrifice Tlotoxl proved that she wasn't.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Iceman on August 09, 2013, 08:29:09 pm
Z is for

Zygons

The Zygons were a race of metamorphic humanoids. They originated from the planet Zygor, but often tried to migrate away from it.

(Do we start over now?)


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on August 09, 2013, 08:33:04 pm
Yup


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on August 09, 2013, 11:11:47 pm
A is for...

Astrid Peth

Astrid Peth was a native of the planet Sto who worked as a waitress aboard the Titanic. For most of her life, Astrid dreamed of seeing other planets. She met the Tenth Doctor when she broke a glass and he offered to help her clean it up. She refused. When he told her he was a stowaway and she offered to get him a drink on the house, he decided to take her on a teleport trip down to Earth


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Iceman on August 09, 2013, 11:14:27 pm
B is for....

Boobs.

(http://doctorwhocompanions.com/files/2011/03/peri-brown-nicoloa-bryant-13.jpg)

No? Ok.  :(

Brian Williams

Brian Williams was the father of Rory Williams, the father-in-law of Amy Pond, paternal grandfather of River Song, and adoptive paternal grandfather of Anthony Williams. When River married the Eleventh Doctor, he became his grandfather-in-law.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 10, 2013, 01:30:54 am
C is for...

Cool

An epithet applied by the Doctor to various items of apparel, including fezes, stetsons and (most of all) bow-ties.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Saber on August 10, 2013, 12:49:36 pm
D is for....

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship was the second episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. With this episode, a member of the Williams family is finally introduced by name, specifically Rory's father. It also showed how much more technologically advanced the Silurians were; they created the Ark to house dinosaurs and some of their species when the Moon was about to align with Earth.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Iceman on August 10, 2013, 02:16:42 pm
E is for

Exterminate

It is what the Daleks say a lot, and most likely the last thing you will ever hear.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 10, 2013, 02:25:17 pm
F is for...

Fang Rock

A rock off the south coast of England on which a lighthouse is situated.  There was a legend about the Beast of Fang Rock, which was said to have previously either killed or driven mad the lighthouse crew.  In about 1902, Fang Rock was attacked by a lone Rutan, aiming to create a base on Earth for their war against the Sontarans.  In the course of a night, the Rutan killed the three members of the lighthouse crew and the four survivors from a shipwreck, but the Doctor and Leela succeeded in destroying both it and the Rutan mother-ship.

These incidents may have partly inspired Wilfred Gibson's poem Flannan Isle.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Iceman on August 10, 2013, 02:27:05 pm
G is for...

Gita Chandra

Gita Chandra was the wife of Haresh Chandra and the mother of Rani Chandra. She ran her own flower shop, called Bloomin' Lovely.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on August 11, 2013, 12:36:53 pm
H is for...

Horror of Fang Rock

Horror of Fang Rock was the first story of Season 15 of Doctor Who. Graham Williams' three-year stint as producer of the series began with this story. It is the only time that the Rutan Host — the oft-mentioned mortal enemies of the Sontarans — have been depicted in a broadcast television story.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on August 11, 2013, 02:05:12 pm
I is for...

Isomorphic controls

Isomorphic controls could only be operated by one user. One such device was the Master's laser screwdriver. The Tenth Doctor attempted to use it to overpower the Master, only to be ridiculed when he could not. At one point, the Doctor's TARDIS key was also said to be isomorphic.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 11, 2013, 09:55:57 pm
J is for...

Jethryk

Jethryk is the rarest and most valuable in the galaxy, and is the means used by two interstellar conmen, Garron and Unstoffe, to "sell" worthless planets to unsuspecting marks.  Their attempt to sell the planet Ribos to Graf Vynda-K comes unstuck, though, and it turns out that the jethryk they're using is actually a segment of the Key to Time.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on August 12, 2013, 10:06:41 am
K is for...

Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart, born Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and nicknamed "Tiger" by her father, was the daughter of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and his first wife Fiona. Like her father, she was also a high ranking member of UNIT


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on August 12, 2013, 02:06:47 pm
L is for...

Let's Kill Hitler

Let's Kill Hitler was the eighth episode in the sixth series of Doctor Who and the first episode in the autumn half. It was, in a sense, the second episode of a two-part story, preceded by A Good Man Goes to War. Much like A Good Man Goes to War, it revealed much about River Song's origins, also dealing with Amy and Rory's childhood and how they became a couple. Additionally, it explained why the Silence had been trying to kill the Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 12, 2013, 04:25:30 pm
M is for...

Mercy

Mercy is a small town in the American west.  Its state is unknown, but it's described as being 200 miles north of the Mexican border, so possibly Texas.  In 1870, its population was 81, having a few years earlier taken in the alien doctor Kahler-Jex, who successfully treated an outbreak of cholera and given the town electric lighting. 

At that time, a cyborg gunslinger Jex had created as a weapon of war tracks him down and demands Jex be handed over.  Jex is protected by the US Marshal Isaac and then by the Doctor and the townspeople, but eventually sacrifices himself to end the danger.  Since Isaac has also been killed (reducing the population to 79) the Doctor persuades the Gunslinger to stay on as Marshal, a post he fulfils to this day.  Mercy now has no sherrif or police force - just the Gunslinger.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on August 13, 2013, 09:00:16 am
N is for...

New Earth

New Earth was the 1st episode of Series Two of the revived Doctor Who, and the middle of the "New Earth" trilogy also containing The End of the World and Gridlock. It featured reappearances of Cassandra O'Brien and the Face of Boe, and introduced a mystery surrounding the Face that would later be a major part of the overall story arc of Series 3. It was also the first BBC Wales episode to be almost entirely set off Earth and beyond Earth orbit.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 13, 2013, 09:48:40 pm
O is for...

Ogrons

The Ogrons are a race that look a little like a cross between humans and gorillas who live on a planet on the edges of the galaxy.  They're strong and tenacious but of very low intelligence and hire themselves out as mercenaries. They've served the Daleks on at least two occasions and seem terrified of them.  They also both worship and fear an aggressive monster that lives on their planet.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Sparky on August 14, 2013, 12:17:28 pm
P is for...

Patrick Troughton

Patrick George Troughton (born 25 March 1920 Mill Hill, London, England, UK – died 28 March 1987 Columbus, Georgia, USA) played the Second Doctor from 1966 until 1969.After he was cast, Troughton considered various ways to approach the role, to differentiate his portrayal from Hartnell's amiable-yet-tetchy patriarch. Troughton's early thoughts about how he might play the Doctor included a "tough sea captain" and a piratical "Arabian Knight" figure with a blackface, a grey beard, brass eye-rings and a turban. On "Pebble Mill at One", Troughton stated that this way, when his work on Doctor Who finished he could wash the blackface makeup off, shave his beard, remove the turban and eye-rings and then he would not get typecast because no one would recognise him. Of course this idea was rejected for obvious reasons. Doctor Who co-creator Sydney Newman suggested that the Doctor could be a "cosmic hobo" in the mould of Charlie Chaplin. This was the interpretation eventually chosen.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on August 14, 2013, 09:25:12 pm
Q is for...

Quarks

Quarks were the robot slaves of the Dominators' galactic empire. Quarks were cuboid in shape with a sphere on top. Two spikes came from opposite sides of this sphere, with one on top. They were able to use their guns to kill directly, stun, electrocute, communicate and to power up objects.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 15, 2013, 12:10:00 am
R is for...

Rills

The Rills are an amonia-breathing species that look vaguely like giant slugs.  They are at war with the human-like Drahvins, but are an honourable people who aren't vindictive to their enemies and show willingness to help them when they're in trouble - an attitude the Drahvins don't reciprocate.  The Rills employ squat robot servants which they have no specific name for, but which Vicki nicknames Chumblies.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on August 15, 2013, 09:16:49 pm
S is for...

Slitheen

The Slitheen were a family of Raxacoricofallapatorian criminals. The Slitheen were rivals and cousins of the Blathereen family, cousins of the Rackateen family and descendants of the Slavereen who were descended from the Changleen family, the earliest descendants of the Huspick Degenerate. They faced off against both the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 16, 2013, 02:18:24 am
T is for...

Time Vortex

The Time Vortex is the medium through which a time machine such as the TARDIS moves in between dematerialisation and rematerialisation.  Although it's never been clearly explained, the vortex is presumably a five-dimensional "space" that enables the time traveller to take a short-cut between two points of the space-time continuum, and it's home to the Chronovores.  The Time Vortex is seen in various versions of the title sequence to Doctor Who.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on August 16, 2013, 11:20:12 am
U is for...

Umbrella

Like the Fourth Doctors scarf, the umbrella was an accessory that is often associated with the Doctor, particularly the Sixth and Seventh. The Seventh Doctor initially carried his previous incarnation's multicoloured umbrella, at one point clumsily brandishing it as a weapon against the Rani. He later acquired a new umbrella, with an elaborate handle in the shape of a large red question mark.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 16, 2013, 05:53:42 pm
V is for...

Victoria Waterfield

Victoria was the daughter of Edward Waterfield, a Victorian gentleman.  Her mother died when she was a baby.  In 1866, when she was in her teens, she was living in the house of Theodore Maxtible in Kent, with whom her father was undertaking experiments in time travel, when the house was invaded by Daleks, who took her prisoner.  Although rescued by Jamie and Kemel, she was recaptured and taken to Skaro, where her father was killed helping to defeat the Daleks.

She travelled for a while with the Doctor and Jamie, encountering Cybermen, Yeti, the scientist Salamander and seaweed creatures.  Although innocent and sometimes timid, Victoria showed surprising resilience at times.  She relied heavily on Jamie, who had a crush on her, but eventually decided the danger was too much for her and settled in the late 20th century with a couple called the Harrises.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Simone on August 18, 2013, 04:54:54 pm
W is for....

Warriors of the Deep

Warriors of the Deep was the first story in Season 21 of Doctor Who. It marked the return of two monster races last seen during the Jon Pertwee era, the Silurians and the Sea Devils, and was the first story to feature both.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 18, 2013, 07:16:11 pm
X is for...

Xeraphin

The Xeraphin are a species from the planet Xeriphas.  Their usual form hasn't been seen, but they are capable of forming a disembodied gestalt, one of which is made unstable and used by the Master on primeval Earth.  They also created the shapeshifting robot Kamelion.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on August 19, 2013, 10:20:49 am
Y is for...

YANA

The Master was resurrected by the Time Lords during the Last Great Time War. They believed that he would be a perfect warrior due to his savagery. He was present when the Dalek Emperor took control of the Cruciform. Frightened by the horror of the Time War, he ran away to the end of the universe. There, he used a chameleon arch to hide himself as a human, Professor Yana, who later met the Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 19, 2013, 06:50:33 pm
Z is for...

Zeta Minor

Zeta Minor is a far-off planet, described as being on the edge of the universes of matter and antimatter (whatever precisely that means).  Its surface (at least the part seen) is mostly a bizarre form of jungle which seems uninhabited, but is actually the home of antimatter beings who can destroy humanoids on contact, but are able to reason and negotiate.  When an expedition from Morestra attempts to take away minerals that are part of the living planet, the antimatter beings attack the Morestrans, but release them when all mineral samples are returned.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on August 20, 2013, 10:32:56 am
A is for....

Asylum of the Daleks

Asylum of the Daleks was the first episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. Steven Moffat's first script to feature the Daleks as the main adversaries, it also served to launch the beginning of the series' major plot strands: the end of Amy and Rory's travels in the TARDIS and the beginning of the mystery surrounding Clara Oswald's identity. Importantly, the episode created doubt as to the the strength of Rory and Amy's love — which would ultimately be unquestionably answered with the series 7a finalé – and it introduced audiences to Oswald as "soufflé girl", a moniker that would ultimately gain greater resonance in the 7b ender.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on August 21, 2013, 09:11:31 am
B is for....

Ben Jackson

Benjamin "Ben" Jackson was a companion of the First and Second Doctors, along with Polly Wright and Jamie McCrimmon. After helping the First Doctor defeat the sentient computer known as WOTAN and its War Machines on 20 July 1966, Ben and Polly, mistaking it for an ordinary police box, entered the TARDIS by accident. The ship took off. When the Doctor regenerated he continued to travel with the Second Doctor. Before leaving, Ben and Polly insisted that they would stay if the Doctor needed them. The pair departed from the Doctor at the same time, having discovered they had arrived back on Earth on the very same day they left.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 21, 2013, 04:11:33 pm
C is for...

Celestial Toymaker

The Celestial Toymaker is an immortal being whose power is immense - his species and origins are unknown.  He creates a world for himself to live in, outside time and space, where he lures travellers and forces them to play games against the dolls he animates for the purpose.  For more sophisticated opponents, such as the Doctor, he has complex games like the Trilogic Game.  Those who lose are converted into dolls themselves, but if the Toymaker wins, his world is destroyed.  In a sense, this too is a win for him, since he survives and can create a new world, whereas his opponents are destroyed in the wreck - unless they're extremely clever.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on August 21, 2013, 08:04:45 pm
D is for...

Doctor Who (can't believe nobody did this one yet :P)

Doctor Who is both a television show and a global multimedia franchise created and controlled by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

It centres on a time traveller called "the Doctor", who comes from a race of beings known as Time Lords. He travels through space and time in a time machine he calls the TARDIS. This ship — which looks like a small, London police box on the outside — has nearly infinite dimensions on the inside. It has become such an iconic shape in British culture that it is currently the intellectual property of the BBC rather than its actual makers, the Metropolitan Police Service.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on August 22, 2013, 10:27:32 am
E is for...

Earthshock

Earthshock was the sixth story of season 19 of Doctor Who. It was notable for its high ratings, the deliberately unannounced return of the Cybermen, and the apparent death of Adric.

Indeed, this serial and Time-Flight together offered producer John Nathan-Turner his highest consistent chart positions. Earthshock was the only serial in JNT's producership whose episodes were all in the top fifty of programmes watched on British television.

JNT took a now-well-known publicity gamble with this serial by deciding that he wanted to keep the return of the Cybermen a surprise. Normally, there was a public gallery overlooking the studio floor at Television Centre which allowed public viewing of proceedings. For Earthshock, JNT closed it and security kept people out. Nathan-Turner also turned down a Radio Times photo shoot to ensure this secret.

The death of Adric was also a considerable gamble, since no long-running companion had ever been killed on Doctor Who before. Special, downbeat titles were commissioned for the end of part four, making the final part the only episode, as of August 2013, to have no end theme music.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 22, 2013, 01:26:02 pm
F is for...

Fendahl

The Fendahl is a creature from the supposed fifth planet of the Solar System, between Mars and Jupiter, which was destroyed by the Time Lords. It consumes all other lifeforms, making it an evolutionary blind alley.  It escaped from its native planet before the destruction and implanted itself in a primitive hominid, which it steered into evolving into a human.  When the hominid's skull was discovered, the Fendahl transferred to a woman called Thea Ransome and converted other humans into its offspring, the Fendahleen.  All were destroyed, however, in an explosion.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on August 22, 2013, 03:33:04 pm
G is for...

Gridlock

Gridlock was the third episode of the third series of the revived series of Doctor Who. It marked the death of the Face of Boe and his final words to the Tenth Doctor and the first televised re-appearance of the Macra since 1967's The Macra Terror. The Doctor and Martha Jones were separated for most of the story.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 22, 2013, 11:27:34 pm
H is for...

House

House is a sentient planetoid in a small bubble universe who feeds on artron energy.  For this purpose, it has lured countless Time Lords into its clutches and uses their TARDISes as a food source, killing the Time Lords and using their body parts to renew the slaves who live on its surface.  However, the Doctor, and particularly his TARDIS, prove more than a match for House, who is destroyed.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on August 23, 2013, 09:51:34 am
I is for

Ian Marter

Ian Don Marter (born 28 October 1944 in Coventry, England; died 28 October 1986 in London) played companion Harry Sullivan in Doctor Who from Robot to Terror of the Zygons and again in The Android Invasion. He wrote several books for the Target novelisations, including two published posthumously. He also played the minor role of John Andrews in the Doctor Who story Carnival of Monsters.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 23, 2013, 11:07:50 am
J is for...

John Smith

"John Smith" is a pseudonym used regularly by the Doctor when on contemporary or near-contemporary Earth.  It was first given randomly to the Second Doctor by his companion Jamie on board the Wheel in Space when pressed for a name for the unconscious Doctor - he took it from the manufacturer's name on a piece of equipment.

The name was used by the Third Doctor as his official designation in UNIT records, and has been in use many times since, most notably when he transformed himself temporarily into a human in 1913 to hide from the Family of Blood.

It's probably (though not necessarily) a coincidence that the music his granddaughter Susan is listening to on her first appearance is by a band called "John Smith and the Common Men".


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on August 25, 2013, 11:35:01 am
K is for....

Kroll

Kroll was a gigantic creature on Delta III, one of the moons of Delta Magna. The Fourth Doctor converted Kroll back into a segment of the Key to Time.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 25, 2013, 02:58:33 pm
L is for...

Logopolis

Logopolis was a planet whose human-like population were incredibly skilled at mathematical calculation.  Their main pastime was sitting making mental calculations, and this somehow combined telepathically to make them the most powerful computer in the universe.  Logopolis's principal task was the prevent the universe from collapsing by introducing a stability it didn't possess naturally.  This failed when the Master destroyed Logopolis, and large sections of the universe were destroyed before the Doctor managed to halt the collapse.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: The Doc on August 26, 2013, 09:39:37 am
M is for...

Macra

The Macra were a gigantic crustacean race that fed on unclean gases which were poisonous to humans. The Macra resembled crabs. They would consume humans when possible.

Eventually, the Macra fell into evolutionary decline, reverting to mindless creatures in the depths of New New York.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 26, 2013, 01:19:42 pm
N is for...

Nero

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (37-68 AD) was Emperor of Rome from 54 to 68.  Although he's gone down in history of a fat, vicious, insane buffoon, many historians now think this is an exaggerated picture of him.  Nevertheless, he did plenty to make himself unpopular, and the legions revolted against him in 68. Nero committed suicide to avoid the dishonour of execution.

Nero may or may not have started the fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64 AD, though this too may be propaganda spread after his overthrow.  Nevertheless, rumours have surfaced in recent decades that he was actually given the idea to start the fire by a visiting lyre-player called Maximus Pettulian, who then mysteriously vanished.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on August 27, 2013, 09:16:46 am
O is for

Oswin Oswald

Oswin Oswald is introduced in the first episode of the seventh series, "Asylum of the Daleks". She is the sole survivor of the Starship Alaska, which crashed on the Asylum, a prison planet for insane Daleks. The Doctor plans on rescuing her, but discovers she has been converted into a Dalek, and has coped by retreating into a fantasy of her own survival. Oswin assists the Doctor and his travelling companions in escaping the planet unharmed, but at the cost of her own life. It is later revealed that Oswin is a split version of Clara Oswald.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 27, 2013, 06:37:31 pm
P is for...

Polly

Polly (possibly Polly Wright, although no surname is used onscreen) is a fairly upper-class young woman in the 60s, working as secretary to Professor Brett on his WOTAN project, during which she's hypnotised by WOTAN.  Afterwards, in company with Ben Jackson, a c0ckney sailor with whom she's developed a friendship, she inadvertently gets whisked off in the TARDIS.  During her stay, she battles Cybermen, Daleks and Macra, among others, eventually being returned to the exact day of her departure.

Polly and Ben have a very "opposites attract" relationship, and seem close even though they're constantly quarrelling. Ben usually calls Polly "Duchess".  Nothing is known of what happened to them after leaving the TARDIS, but in 2010 Sarah Jane suggests that Ben and Polly are running an orphanage in India.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on August 28, 2013, 09:48:25 am
Q is for...

Queen of Years

Queen of Years was a title given to a chosen female in the Sun-singers of Akhet. The Queen of Years knew all the songs, melodies, rhythms and poems ever written or sung by that culture. The Queen of Years was required to sing to the Mummy, in front of a stadium full of thousands of the natives and residents of the system, in a big millennial event called the Festival of Offerings. After singing, she would be sacrificed. Every time a Queen of Years died, a new one replaced her.

During the time when the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald visited Akhaten, a young girl called Merry Galel held the title. She was chosen and taken from her family as a baby, after the last Queen of Years died.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Saber on August 29, 2013, 12:21:27 pm
R is for....

Rills

Rills were large, scaly creatures. They had powerful skulls with wide mouths and large eyes. They had several pairs of tentacles, including six with human-like hands. They communicated telepathically and were unable to speak vocally.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on August 29, 2013, 11:00:21 pm
S is for...

Sara Kingdom

Sara was an earthwoman living around the year 4000 AD, employed as an operative by Mavic Chen, Protector of the Solar System who, unknown to Sara, was a traitor working with the Daleks.  Chen tricked her into killing her own brother, Bret Vyon, who had arrived on Earth with the Doctor and Stephen to expose him.  The Doctor eventually convinced her of Chen's treachery, and she fled with him in the TARDIS, taking the crucial part of the Daleks' Time Destructor weapon.

During her time in the TARDIS, Sara visited 20th century Britain, early 20th century Los Angeles, an unnamed volcanic planet and Old Kingdom Egypt, where the Daleks recovered the missing part.  Returning to the Daleks' base on Kembel, Sara helped the Doctor trick them.  The Doctor activated the Time Destructor to destroy the Daleks, but Sara, who'd returned to help him, was unable to get back to the safety of the TARDIS and aged to death, eventually crumbling into dust.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on August 30, 2013, 08:47:52 am
T is for....

Terileptils

Terileptils were reptilian humanoids, mostly fish like. Each Terileptil seemed to be of primarily one colour - for example, green, blue or red - but some of their scales and ruffles had variations in hue. They breathed through gills on the side of the head, their hands and feet were like flippers, and their wide mouths were full of pointy teeth. They breathed soliton gas.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on August 31, 2013, 10:58:24 am
U is for...

Utopia

Utopia was the eleventh episode of the third series of the revived series of Doctor Who. It marked the return of Captain Jack Harkness and notably featured the first televised re-appearance of the Master since 1996's Doctor Who TV movie.

This story continued on from the end of the Torchwood episode End of Days, with a six month gap between broadcasts. It also continued in The Sound of Drums leading some, including the DWM survey, to take it as a three part story. However, Russell T Davies himself says he took it to be a separate story from the final 2 parter.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on September 01, 2013, 06:57:25 pm
V is for...

Victory of the Daleks

Victory of the Daleks was the third episode of the fifth series of BBC Wales Doctor Who. In it, the Eleventh Doctor met for the first time both the Daleks and Winston Churchill, having met each before in past incarnations. Like Daleks in Manhattan before it, it involved the last Daleks in the universe desperately trying to rebuild the Dalek race in a famous period of Earth's recent past. The episode is notable for the colourful redesign of the Daleks.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 01, 2013, 11:08:26 pm
W is for...

Wells

H.G. (Herbert George) Wells, 1866-1946, was a novellist, historian and political thinker, remembered most for his pioneering SF books like The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.  He's known to have travelled briefly with the Doctor in his youth, helping him to overthrow the Borad on the planet Karfel.  In the process, he encountered the name Morlox which he later used as Morlocks in The Time Machine.

It's not known whether he had any further experience with the Doctor, but examination of his writing suggests he was at least familiar with some of the Doctor's previous adventures.  In particular, his portrayal of the passive Eloi and the vicious, subterranean Morlocks seems to have been inspired by the Thals and Daleks at the time of the Doctor's first visit to Skaro, while the Martians in War of the Worlds - organic beings in technological travel machines - were probably inspired by the Daleks. 


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Sparky on September 02, 2013, 12:24:20 pm
X is for....

Xeraphas

Xeriphas was the homeworld of the psychic Xeraphin race. 140 million years BC, Xeriphas was caught in the cross-fire of the Vardon-Kosnax War and devastated by radiation. The fleeing Xeraphin merged into a gestalt and left for Earth. By the early 1980s Xeriphas had returned to normal and the Fifth Doctor said that they could return. The Master ended up trapped there.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on September 04, 2013, 10:00:14 am
Y is for....

Yvonne Hartman

Yvonne Hartman was the administrator of Torchwood in 2007, prior to the Battle of Canary Wharf. She presided over the long-awaited capture of the Tenth Doctor. Hartman oversaw the projects that included the investigation of the Void Ship, as well as the ghost shift experiments that resulted in the invasion by the Cybermen from an alternate universe. Yvonne, along with Jackie Tyler, was taken to be upgraded. Yvonne stated that she did her duty for queen and country, and walked into the Cyber-conversion unit, where she was then painfully upgraded.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 04, 2013, 11:45:48 pm
Z is for...

Zanak

Zanak, also known as the Pirate Planet, is apparently a pleasant, prosperous planet, though anyone who questions what's going on is targeted by either its ruler, the Captain, or by the sinister Mentiads.  In fact, the planet is hollow and driven by engines that allow it to materialise around other planets and crush both the planet and any population it has, in order to extract the precious minerals.

The Captain is, in fact, being compelled by the ruthless, conquest-made Queen Xanxia, but he manages to outwit her, and the Doctor finishes the job, destroying the engines and converting Zanak back into a normal planet that will be ruled by its people.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Simone on September 05, 2013, 04:42:36 pm
A is for....

Army of Ghosts

Army of Ghosts was the twelfth episode of the second series of Doctor Who. It marked the first on screen appearance of the Torchwood Institute and the Cult of Skaro, as well as the return of the Cybermen, appearing for the first time in the Doctor's own universe.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Exterminate on September 06, 2013, 10:22:20 am
B is for....

Bracewell

Dr. Edwin Bracewell was an android modelled after a Scottish human. He was made by the Daleks after they landed in 1941. Bracewell was placed in the Cabinet War Rooms below London as an advisor to Winston Churchill. He was unaware of his origins and was implanted with memories of a human life and the creation of the Daleks as a weapon called an 'Ironside' for Britain.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 06, 2013, 04:54:05 pm
C is for...

Chameleon Circuit

The Chameleon Circuit (also known as camouflage unit and cloaking device) is a feature built into TARDISes built by the Time Lords, although missing from the War Chief's SIDRATs and the Daleks' time machines.  It enables the TARDIS to assess the environment it's materialising into and take an external form that will blend in - for instance, an altar in a monastery.  It's notable that TARDISes seen on Gallifrey aren't disguised - perhaps the chameleon circuit recognises that disguise is unnecessary there.

The chameleon circuit on the Doctor's stolen Type 40 TARDIS is notoriously broken, so that it always takes the form of a police telephone box from the 1960s, a shape it had while parked long term in Foreman's junk yard.  The Doctor has occasionally made half-hearted attempts to repair it, most notably early in his sixth incarnation, when it briefly took the form of a pipe organ, a dresser and a gateway, before reverting to its usual shape.  On the whole, the Doctor tends to prefer the TARDIS retaining its familiar form.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on September 06, 2013, 05:13:17 pm
D is for...

Dame Kelly Holmes Close

Dame Kelly Holmes Close was a street in Stratford, London. Trish Webber lived there with her daughter, Chloe. In July 2012, an Isolus possessed Chloe and allowed her to cause the disappearance of children living on the street. The street was re-tarmacked for the 2012 Olympic Games. The heat from the tarmac was used to launch an Isolus pod.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 07, 2013, 04:03:48 pm
E is for...

Earth

A planet, also called Sol 3, orbitting a yellow dwarf star in the Orion-Cygnus Spiral Arm of the Milky Way galaxy.  Earth is home to at least two intelligent species - homo reptilia, sometimes called Silurians, a biped reptilian race, and the later-developing mammalian race homo sapiens, also called Humans.

Earth has seemed, even during its pre-space-age history, to have attracted more than its fair share of alien invaders, such as Daleks, Cybermen, Pyroviles, Carrionites and the Great Intelligence, among many others.  During Earth's early years of space travel and broadcasting signals, this intensified, to the extent that, by the early 21st century, there appeared to be several invasion attempts every year.

The Doctor has shown a great affinity with Earth and the human race, visiting it probably more than all other planets put together, both by his own choice and by that of the TARDIS.  Most of his companions have been from Earth (or in a few cases humans from planets colonised from Earth) and he's treated the planet as his base, or semi-permanent home, on a number of occasions, mostly notably during the 1970s, although his interactions with humans have ranged from the early paleolithic period to billions of years in the future.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on September 08, 2013, 10:00:27 am
F is for....

Fez

A fez was a type of brimless hat in the shape of a flat-topped cone. Fezzes were made of felt and typically, but not always, had a single tassel attached to the centre of their flat tops. They were particularly popular in Egypt, judging from the number of times the Doctor encountered fezzes around Egyptians or Egyptian artefacts. It was a popular accessory of the Eleventh Doctor, though also worn by the Seventh.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 08, 2013, 07:00:53 pm
G is for...

Ghosts

The Doctor has encountered a number of beings believed to be ghosts, though all have actually turned out to be something else.  These have included time-travellers from the 22nd century, the Guelph, Cybermen and another time-traveller stuck in a pocket universe.  On one occasion, the Doctor and Jo also briefly met their own future selves, which the Doctor speculated were ghosts of a kind.  Sarah Jane once investigated a haunted house in which the life-forces of its past inhabitants had been trapped by alien technology, and the Torchwood team found a hospital in which the present and the past were linked, producing the effect of it being haunted.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Roranicus on September 09, 2013, 09:29:28 am
H is for....

Hide

Hide was the tenth episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales. It was the first time Clara Oswald directly communicated with the Doctor's TARDIS and confronted it about not liking her.

Clara and the Doctor arrive at the haunted Caliburn House, set alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost-hunting professor and a gifted empathic psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 09, 2013, 03:43:41 pm
I is for...

Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton was a physics teacher at Coal Hill School in London up till 1963.  Investigating the strange behaviour of a pupil called Susan Foreman, along with colleague Barbara Wright, he discovered that Susan and her grandfather, the Doctor, were time-travelling aliens.  Ian and Barbara were whisked away with them in the TARDIS and travelled for a couple of years, while the Doctor made half-hearted attempts to get them home.  They eventually returned in a captured Dalek time machine, getting home in 1965.  It's not known how they explained the gap.  According to Sarah Jane Smith, they are currently married, living in Cambridge and appear not to have aged at all.

During his travels, Ian showed a surprising talent for action, although this may be a result of National Service training, which (given the period) he would almost certainly have undertaken before embarking on his career.  His exploits include a successful commando raid on the Dalek city with a group of Thals, and he was both an Aztec warrior and a Roman gladiator.  Ian is technically a knight of the realm, having been knighted by Richard I in the 1190s, though it's unclear whether this would be recognised in the present-day UK.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Aneurin on September 09, 2013, 09:49:01 pm
J is for....

Jenny Flint

Jenny Flint was the human wife of the Silurian Madame Vastra. They operated from London in the late 19th century. Along with Vastra and Strax, Jenny often accompanied the Eleventh Doctor in his adventures.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Mr Chinn on September 10, 2013, 08:01:14 pm
K is for....

Kinda

Kinda was the third story of season 19 of Doctor Who. It featured mainly Tegan and Adric alongside the Fifth Doctor. Narratively, it was an especially important story for Tegan, as it established a villain, the Mara, particularly interested in her. The Mara would later return to plague Tegan in other performed Doctor Who stories.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on September 11, 2013, 02:07:32 pm
L is for...

Lake Silencio

Lake Silencio was located in Utah, situated on the Plain of Sighs. On 22 April 2011, the Doctor brought his companions to the lake for a picnic. During the picnic, Amy Pond saw a Silent in the distance, but promptly forgot about it when she looked away. Later in the picnic, the earlier version of River Song in an Apollo spacesuit emerged from the lake and shot the Doctor three times, apparently killing him. Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River placed his body into a nearby boat, set it aflame with gasoline provided by an elderly Canton Delaware and pushed it into the lake.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 11, 2013, 04:16:07 pm
M is for...

Mentiads

The Mentiads are a secret order on the planet Zanak who've developed their mental powers so they can control and even kill people with their minds.  Though initially appearing sinister, they are actually fighting against the evil of how Zanak is used by the Captain for piracy against other planets.  Their mental powers give them strong empathy for those who are crushed on the victim planets by Zanak materialising around them.  They are eventually instrumental in restoring Zanak to a normal state.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Blazin Goliath on September 12, 2013, 09:32:02 am
N is for...

Normal Space

Normal Space, or N-Space for short, is a name given to the prime universe to distinguish it from the smaller E-Space. The majority of the Doctor's adventures happen in this universe.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Tardis-Console on September 12, 2013, 10:26:21 am
O is for....

Oncoming Storm

The Oncoming Storm is an epithet the Doctor said the "legends of Skaro" call him whilst taunting the Daleks. Rose Tyler also called the Doctor by this name when she and Mickey Smith were captured by the clockwork droids and being prepared for dissection and was threatening them using that title.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 13, 2013, 12:39:59 am
P is for...

Pete's World

A name give by the Doctor to the Earth in an alternative universe, in which early-21st century Britain was similar, but a little different.  The name came from the fact that Rose's father, Pete Tyler, was alive in that reality and dead in ours.

It's not clear at what point the development of Pete's World differed from ours, and how far the divergence has gone.  On the one hand, most of the same people seem to be alive, although occasionally with different names.  On the other, Britain is a republic with a president, and there's a country called New Germany.

It was in this world that John Lumic of Cybus Industries created his own version of the Cybermen.  After they were defeated, Harriet Jones became president, and it appears to be here, rather than in our world, that her period in office is the Golden Age.  Mickey remained in Pete's World, although he later returned, and subsequently Rose and Jackie settled there with the alternative version of Pete, and later the human copy of the Tenth Doctor.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Peri-Peri on September 13, 2013, 10:51:46 am
Q is for...

Quantum Lock

Quantum-locking was a defence mechanism used by the Weeping Angels. When observed by any living creature (even other Weeping Angels) the Weeping Angels turned to stone, making them resistant to harm. When they weren't being observed, the Weeping Angels could move. Weeping Angels could also turn to stone at will, or when they believed they were being observed. However if the Weeping Angels stared at each other they would turn to stone permanently, leaving them trapped until they died from starvation.


Title: Re: The A to Z Of Doctor Who
Post by: Nyki on September 14, 2013, 01:07:24 am
R is for...

Rutans

The Rutans are an intelligent species that evolved on Ruta 3, an icy and inhospitable world, but have spread throught numerous galaxies.  They have the form of giant, green jellyfish with a fluorescent glow, though they have shapeshifting abilities.  They absorb electrical energy and can deliver a fatal electrical charge.  They appear to have a collective nature, since a single Rutan will refer to itself as we, but can act individually.

The Rutans have been at war with the Sontarans for thousands of years, and the same war appears to drag on for many thousands of years into the future.  Neither side appears to have much idea of why they're fighting, but they're implacable enemies.

There's only one reliably recorded incident of Rutans coming to Earth, though many other rumoured cases.  On that occasion, in the early 20th century, the Rutan scout and its mother ship were both destroyed, and there appears to have been no follow-up.


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Post by: Saber on September 16, 2013, 11:18:17 am
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Sutekh

Sutekh, also known as Sutekth the Destroyer, was an Osirian who planned to destroy all life in the universe. He feared all forms of life which might one day challenge his hegemony, and so became the destroyer of all living things.


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Post by: Nyki on September 16, 2013, 04:36:25 pm
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Timey Wimey

"Timey Wimey" is a phrase first used by the Tenth Doctor in a rather unsuccessful attempt to explain the nature of time to Sally Sparrow.  The actual quote is People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff.

The phrase has come to refer to any story involved time paradoxes of such complexity that they come with a potential-head-exploding health warning.


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Post by: Aneurin on September 17, 2013, 09:39:38 am
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UNIT

The Unified Intelligence Taskforce — formerly known as the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, and more usually called UNIT — was a military organisation which operated under the auspices of the United Nations. Its remit was to investigate and combat paranormal and extraterrestrial threats to the Earth. UNIT was not the only alien defence organisation, but it was the one with which the Doctor had the closest personal involvement.


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Post by: Nyki on September 19, 2013, 12:18:10 am
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Voord

The Voord are a movement (or maybe a gang) on the planet Marinus, founded by Yartek.  For a centuries, Marinus had been controlled by a machine called the Conscience, which prevented anyone from developing negative or criminal impulses.  However, Yartek discovered how to avoid the influence of the Conscience, which appeared to include wearing all-over rubber suits with an antennae-like structure on the head.

The activities of Yartek and the Voord (never entirely specified) broke the peace of Marinus, but their aim was to get hold of the machine, so they could control everyone's behaviour according to their own advantage.  After many years, they appeared to have done so, but Yartek had been tricked into destroying the Conscience instead.  As far as is known, Yartek and all the Voord were killed when the machine exploded.


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Post by: Tardis-Console on November 04, 2013, 09:56:10 am
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WOTAN

WOTAN was one of the first artificial intelligences created on Earth by Professor Brett. Its name stood for Will Operating Thought ANalogue and faced off against the First Doctor, Dodo, Polly and Ben.


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Post by: Nyki on November 04, 2013, 12:07:13 pm
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Xanxia

Xanxia was the tyrannical queen of the planet Zanak.  She was put into stasis at the instant before her death, but continued controlling Zanak through an avatar, which forced the Captain to navigate the hollowed-out planet to dematerialise and reappear around other planets, which are then cannibalised for their minerals, wiping out any life.  Her aim is to gain the power to restore herself to full life, but the Captain has been planning against her.  With his help, the Doctor is able to destroy Xanxia.


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Post by: lastofthejagaroth on January 26, 2015, 04:49:09 pm
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Yeti
These robotic servants of the Great Intelligence were encountered by the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria, twice. Once was in the Himalayas, where the Yetis' job was to scare off or kill anyone who approached, hence the legends of the Abominable Snowmen. The Doctor and friends later saw the beasts in the London Underground, where they were armed with web guns. The creatures were defeated on both occasions.

Fun Fact: Popular children's character Basil Brush once encountered one of Doctor Who's Yeti in the Himalayas. No, really.