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THE VICTORIAN ERA 1837 to 1901

The Doctor, and his enemies, made a profound impact on Victorian England and its long-serving monarch. Many of these events are, however, overlooked by conventional historians.
Jackson Lake (David Morrissey) in The Next Doctor (2008), Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh) in The Crimson Horror (2013) and Charles Dickens (Simon Callow) in The Unquiet Dead (2005).

Something’s gone very wrong with the Victorian era… perhaps.

Early on Christmas morning in the year 1851, a mechanical behemoth rose from the murky waters of London’s River Thames. Thousands – tens of thousands, maybe – ran out into shaken streets to watch as the monstrosity stamped its iron feet across the capital, flattening whole buildings in the process. The night was clear enough for many of those below to discern the ascent of a hot air balloon that rose to the height of the creature’s head, so its sole occupant could fire some strange lightning at this piston-powered Goliath… causing the creature to dissipate before its tottering body could fall, crushing an entire district. Now, the watching multitudes weren’t to know that the creature was in fact a ‘Cyberking’ – a ‘dreadnought class’ vessel belonging to the terrible Cybermen – and that their balloon-piloting saviour was the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), using the Cybermen’s own dimension vault to expel the creature into the Time Vortex (as explained in TheNext Doctor, 2008). But there was no doubt in the freshly unscrambled mind of schoolteacher Jackson Lake (David Morrissey) that the events he and those throngs of others had witnessed would be “history, spoken of for centuries to come”.

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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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