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From souped-up vintage cars to flying trains, Doctor Who has an ongoing fascination with extraordinary vehicles.
A publicity shot of Jon Pertwee (as the Doctor) in Bessie from Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970).


Pertwee, Caroline John (as Liz Shaw) and Bessie, in a publicity shot taken at the Thames Embankment on 13 January 1970.
The Doctor steals a car in Episode 2 of Spearhead from Space (1970).
The dashboard Anti Thief Device switch, as seen in The Ambassadors of Death (1970).
A rear view of Bessie, pictured at the Doctor Who Experience in 2013.
Photo © Marcus Hearn.

When the newly regenerated Third Doctor is sent to Earth by the Time Lords, the conditions of his exile dictate that the TARDIS is out of action due to a disabled dematerialisation circuit – also, that he is prevented from accessing his memories of time travel theory. Without the means or the knowledge to travel in space and time, the Doctor is forced to rely on more conventional means of travel. While chafing at the limitations imposed on him, the Doctor gains a new appreciation for both driving, and working on, Earth vehicles.

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Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted. This is the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own. Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.