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THE STUART AND GEORGIAN ERAS 1603 to 1837

The Doctor has a special fondness for this period in Earth history, even though it’s frequently placed him in peril.
(left to right) Reinette (Sophia Myles) in The Girl in the Fireplace (2006), Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) in The Curse of the Black Spot (2011) and Sam Swift (Rufus Hound) in The Woman Who Lived (2015).

On 13 July 1643, the English Civil War (1642-51) came to the village of Little Hodcombe.Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads met with Charles I’s Cavaliers in the local church – but “destroyed each other, and the village” (as described in The Awakening, 1984). That battle was made bloodier still by the fact that an alien probe, the Malus, was feeding on the psychic energy generated by the slaughter. According to the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison), the creature had lain dormant in the area for centuries until the psychic energy generated by the conflict woke it up. The people brought the bloodshed on themselves; it was they who started the fire, not the Malus. And it was the people who, by tradition, burned to death the loveliest girl in the village – their Queen of the May, known as ‘the Toast of Little Hodcombe’.

Sir George Hutchinson (Dennis Lill) in The Awakening (1984).

That’s the grim story of the pre-Georgian period, as experienced by the Doctor. He gained a preview of the coming carnage in 1638, when Roundheads vied with the wicked Lady Peinforte (Fiona Walker) to acquire a mass of the fearsomely destructive ‘living metal’ validium (as related in Silver Nemesis, 1988). Those Roundheads can’t have been members of Cromwell’s New Model Army, which had yet to be formed; perhaps they were simply Puritans with unfashionable haircuts (which is, after all, how the Roundheads got their name).

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“History sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand... We’re all too small to realise its final pattern.” Doctor Who’s first journey in 1963 took viewers back to the Stone Age. Since then the TARDIS has visited many other landmarks in a unique chronicle of the Doctor’s favourite planet. Purely historical stories were once a mainstay of the series, but for more than 50 years significant periods in Earth’s past have provided evocative settings for more fantastical adventures. This unprecedented guide takes a trip back in time with the people, places and classic episodes that are essential parts of Doctor Who history.
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