A Biography of the Doctor

The First Doctor

Season Four

"What did you say, my boy? It's all over. That's what you said. No, but it isn't all over. It's far from being all over." - some of the first Doctor's last words in The Tenth Planet

(First Doctor , Ben Jackson, Polly Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Follows on from The War Machines

The TARDIS arrives in 17th Century Cornwall, to the astonishment of Ben and Polly. The Doctor is soon kidnapped by pirates, after learning a cryptic clue to the location of hidden treasure. He escapes when the local Revenue Officer arrives.

Duration: 3 Days.
Location: Cornish coast, 17th Century.

Notes: Follows on from The War Machines, ends with the TARDIS arriving somewhere very cold.

(First Doctor , Ben Jackson, Polly Wright )
Placement Rating: 5 - Part of ongoing series
Concurrent with Twice Upon a Time (First Doctor)

The temperature on the TARDIS suddenly drops as it arrives at a space tracking station at the South Pole, 1986. The Doctor, who comments that "this old body is wearing a bit thin", lets on that he knows that there will soon be some "visitors". The tracking station has been trying to talk down a space capsule, but the Doctor soon discovers that its problems are caused by a rogue planet, Mondas.

Mondas, once Earth's twin planet, is now home to the Cybermen, who have replaced most of their organic parts with machinery. They have also eliminated emotions and work by pure logic. They plan to drain Earth's energy to replenish Mondas and convert humanity into Cybermen. General Cutler, commanding the base, tries to use the powerful Z-bomb to destroy Mondas - clearly unhinged by the death of his son. Ben, Polly, and one of the scientists from the base prevent him from doing this, as the bomb would release colossal amounts of radiation on Earth.

Soon afterwards reinforcement Cybermen arrive at the base, kill Cutler, and take Polly hostage. They force the humans to move the Z-bomb to a point where it could destroy Earth, thus preventing Mondas from absorbing too much of Earth's energy. This is prevented when the humans realise that the Cybermen are vulnerable to radiation. Eventually Mondas disintegrates when it absorbs too much energy. The Cybermen then collapse and shrivel, as they were dependent on energy from Mondas.

During the course of these events the Doctor had become progressively weaker. He was clearly aware that his body was in poor condition, and that he was close to regeneration. Staggering back to the TARDIS, he entered. Feeling exhausted, aware that the change was upon him, he collapsed by the console, just managing to reach up and open the doors to let Ben and Polly in. Then he collapsed, and the change came upon him...

Duration: 1 day.
Location: Snowcap Base, Antarctica, 22 December 1986.

(First Doctor , Ben Jackson, Polly Wright )
Placement Rating: 4 - Between consecutive stories
Concurrent with The Tenth Planet

The Doctor is afraid, and decides to try and fight his coming regeneration. He encounters one of his future incarnations just before time freezes around them, and they encounter a World War I soldier. They encounter a group calling themselves The Testimony, who copy the memories of people who are about to die. Eventually everybody is put back into their own place and time.

Duration: Technically, no time at all.
Location: Antarctica, 1986; Ypres, 25th December 1914, Villengard

Notes: During The Tenth Planet episode 4. It is unclear why the Doctor's impending regeneration has suddenly made him a sexist.

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