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ED01: The Eight Doctors

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Author: Terrance Dicks

ISBN: 0 563 40563 5

Published: June 1997

Editor: Steve Cole

Placement: After Enemy Within (1996 TV Movie)

Links: Not part of a story arc, but features a vast number of references to previous stories. There are too many minor appearances by characters from TV stories to list them all, so I will only list the more important ones.

Doctor: The Eighth

The Eighth Doctor

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

The First Doctor

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

The Second Doctor

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

The Third Doctor

The third Doctor has white hair, a large nose, and tends to dress as a society dandy. He has a love of technology, historical name-dropping, and vehicles.
The Fourth

The Fourth Doctor

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

The Fifth Doctor

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

The Sixth Doctor

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

The Seventh Doctor

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

Sam is a new companion for the eighth Doctor. This book is her first appearance.

Susan Foreman:

Susan Foreman

Susan is usually described as the Doctor's granddaughter. She and the Doctor left their home planet in Lungbarrow. Susan adopted the surname Foreman whilst staying on Earth. She appeared in the first TV story 100,000 BC (season 1).

Ian Chesterton:

Ian is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In 100,000 BC (season 1), he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of Susan Foreman, one of their pupils. They followed her home to what appeared to be a junkyard. This led them to force their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong and began trying to get them home.

Barbara Wright:

Barbara Wright

Barbara is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In 100,000 BC (season 1), she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of Susan Foreman, one of their pupils. They followed her home to what appeared to be a junkyard. This led them to force their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong and began trying to get them home.

Jamie McCrimmon:

Jamie McCrimmon

Jamie is a scots piper who met the Doctor after the battle of Culluden in The Highlanders (season 4). He is proud of his scottishness and wears a kilt and carries a dirk (knife). The second Doctor leaves most of his action to Jamie.

Zoe Heriot:

Zoe is a 21st century astrophysicist who met the Doctor in The Wheel in Space (season 5). She has an eidetic memory and vast reasoning ability.

Jo Grant:

Jo Grant

Jo is the third Doctor's assistant at UNIT. She got the job thanks to her uncle, even though she failed science at school. She first appeared in Terror of the Autons (season 8).

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart:

The Brigadier

The Brigadier is commander of the British branch of UNIT - the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. He first met the Doctor whilst in the regular army in The Web of Fear (season 5). He met the Doctor again in The Invasion (season 6), and appointed him as scientific advisor to UNIT in Spearhead from Space (season 7).

Sergeant John Benton:

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

Romana II:

Romana II

Romanadvoratrelundar is a Time Lady chosen to accompany the fourth Doctor on his quest for the Key to Time in The Ribos Operation (season 16). Their quest succeeded, and they may have had adventures following this. In Destiny of the Daleks (season 17), Romana regenerated for the first time. Her second incarnation is fun-loving and has a deep friendship with the fourth Doctor.

Tegan Jovanka:

Tegan Jovanka

Tegan is an Australian air stewardess from the 1980s. She first met the Doctor in Logopolis (season 18). In Time Flight (season 19), the Doctor left her behind in her native time at Heathrow. However, she rejoined the TARDIS crew during Arc of Infinity (season 20). Tegan is quite irritable and has a strong sense of national pride.

Vislor Turlough:


Turlough is an alien who was exiled to 1980s Earth following a political revolution on his home planet. He was forced to attend Brendon School as a pupil. In Mawdryn Undead (season 20), he made a pact with a cosmic entity called the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor. He joined the TARDIS crew and decided to reject the Black Guardian in Enlightenment (season 20). He holds humanity in contempt, and has great confidence in his own abilities.

Recurring Characters: The Master:

The (Delgado) Master

The Master is a Renegade Time Lord who was a friend of the Doctor at the Prydonian Academy (see Divided Loyalties). Due to events in The Dark Path, he developed a hatred of the Doctor. He fought the third Doctor many times during his exile on Earth, beginning with Terror of the Autons) (season 8). He was arrested by UNIT in The Dæmons (season 8), but escaped during The Sea Devils (season 9). He was turned into a withered husk during Legacy of the Daleks, but gained himself a new body in The Keeper of Traken (season 18). It was this body that turned up at the Sixth Doctor's Trial (season 23). This body became infected with a virus that turned humanoids into Cheetah People in Survival (season 26). The Master's history after this is somewhat confused. However, he was eventually exterminated by the Daleks and the Doctor was sent to collect his remains. However, he survived as some kind of energy being and tried to possess the Doctor's body before being plunged into the Eye of Harmony aboard the Doctor's TARDIS in Enemy Within (1996 TV Movie)

A Time Lady who became acting President of the Time Lords at the end of The Five Doctors (season 20) when the Doctor (who was rightful President) left Gallifrey. She later became President in her own right.

Castellan Spandrell:

Time Lord who has held the office of Castellan (chief of the Chancellery Guard) for some time. He was first seen in The Deadly Assassin (Season 14).


Legendary founder of Time Lord society, Rassilon survived as a living statue in Gallifrey's Death Zone - an ancient arena. Legend said that he could grant immortality. The Doctor met Rassilon in The Five Doctors (season 20). He may have powers that are beyond the Time Lords.

The War Chief and The War Lord:

The War Chief was a renegade Time Lord who allied himself with aliens led by The War Lord. They kidnapped humans from various time zones to produce the ultimate warriors. In The War Games (season 6), they were stopped by the second Doctor, who then called in the Time Lords.


United Nations Intelligence Taskforce

The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce is an international organisation formed to combat alien invasions and the like. Its members are mostly soldiers from the countries in which they operate. We first saw UNIT in The Invasion (Season 6), and the Third Doctor was scientific advisor to UNIT throughout his lifespan. The Doctor has worked with UNIT on numerous occasions.



Vampires are powerful beings that feed on the blood of other species. The Time Lords fought them in the days of Rassilon and thought that they had destroyed them all. However, the fourth Doctor encountered and destroyed some survivors in State of Decay (Season 18).



Sontarans are a race of clones who have been at war with the shape-changing Rutan for millions of years. They consider other life forms inferior. The Doctor first encountered them in either The Time Warrior (season 11) or The Two Doctors (season 22). He has fought them on several subsequent occassions.

The Valeyard:

The Valeyard is a bit of a mystery. He has been described as a distillation of all the Doctor's evil from between his twelth and final incarnations. The Doctor first met him during Trial of a Time Lord (season 23), where he tried a number of tricks to obtain the sixth Doctor's body and, therefore, his remaining incarnations.

Cardinal Borusa:

Borusa was contemporary Gallifrey's most important politcal figure. At one point (see Divided Loyalties) he taught at the Prydonian Academy. He became Chancellor soon after The Deadly Assassin (Season 14). He became President following The Invasion of Time (Season 15). Eventually, possibly due to a bad regeneration, Borusa began thirsting after immortality. He rigged the game of Rassilon to obtain it, but was turned into a statue by Rassilon in The Five Doctors (season 20).

Recommended Viewing: In 100,000 BC (season 1), the first Doctor travelled back to 100,000 BC with Susan, Ian, and Barbara. They were, at one point, captured by a group of cave-men.
In The War Games (Season 6), the second Doctor defeated the War Chief's and War Lord's plan to fashion an ultimate soldier by snatching humans from different eras of history. Realising that he couldn't return everybody to their own time, he called in the Time Lords. They returned everyone to their own time, but sentenced the Doctor to forced regeneration and exile to Earth.
In The Silurians (season 7), the third Doctor and UNIT encountered the Silurians, a reptilian species that ruled the earth before mankind evolved. The Brigadier blew up their base, though the Doctor objected. In The Dæmons (Season 8), UNIT captured the Master - who had been posing as both the local vicar and as the leader of a coven of witches in a village called Devil's End. In The Sea Devils (Season 9), the Master used an invasion by Sea Devils (aquatic cousins of the Silurians) to escape from his prison on Fortress Island.
In State of Decay (Season 18), the fourth Doctor (with Romana, K9 and Adric) defeated the Great Vampire - an ancient vampire who fought Rassilon. He also defeated the Great Vampire's three vampire servants Zargo, Camilla, and Aukon.
In The Five Doctors (Season 20), President Borusa snatched the Doctor's first five incarnations to play the Game of Rassilon and gain himself immortality (though the fourth Doctor was trapped in a Time Eddy and never arrived). Borusa ended up trapped in a statue, and the four Doctors all met each other.
In Trial of a Time Lord (Season 23), the sixth Doctor was put on trial for interference, though the charge was then upped to genocide. Events were being manipulated by the Valeyard, who wanted the Doctor's incarnations. The trial was put on by corrupt Time Lord officials who had moved Earth and renamed it Ravalox to hide secrets stolen from the Matrix - their data store. The Doctor had accidentally stumbled across Ravalox in his travels.
In Planet of the Spiders (Season 11), the third Doctor defeated a race of giant spiders from the planet Metebelis 3.
In Enemy Within (1996 TV Movie), the seventh Doctor collected the remains of the Master from Skaro. However, the Master had transferred himself into an energy being and disrupted the TARDIS. When the Doctor left the TARDIS, he walked right into a hail of gunfire and regenerated. The Master then tried to steal the Doctor's body, but ended up plunged into the Eye of Harmony.
Recommended Reading: None.
Recommended Listening: None.
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