A Biography of the Doctor
The Third Doctor
"The Time Lords! Look, they've sent me a new dematerialisation circuit. And my knowledge of time travel law and all the dematerialisation codes, they've all come back. They've forgiven me. They've given me back my freedom."
- The third Doctor realises his exile is over in The Three Doctors
This season covers the period just after the Third Doctor's exile is lifted. In this section we have avoided putting dates on the UNIT stories, for our take on the dates for UNIT stories, see the UNIT Dating article and the History of the Whoniverse.
The Doctor investigates a weather balloon containing a device that is supposed to measure cosmic rays. The balloon had come down and a local gamekeeper investigating it just vanished. When he returns to UNIT he encounters a gel organism that appears to be hunting him. UNIT HQ is soon besieged by the creatures and the Doctor, Jo, and Benton take refuge in the TARDIS.
He contacts the Time Lords for help but the Time Lords have their own crisis - something from an anti-matter universe is draining their power. They send the Doctor's earlier incarnations to help him, with the first Doctor only able to advise the other two. The first Doctor points out that the organism that is surrounding the TARDIS is a bridge. The third Doctor and Jo step outside into the bridge, arriving in an anti-matter universe inside a black hole. This calms the entity and the Brigadier returns and meets the second Doctor. UNIT HQ is then transported to the anti-matter universe.
The third Doctor discovers that the anti-matter universe has been created by Omega, who was trapped in the supernova that gave the Time Lords power for time travel. He blames the Time Lords for this and now wants revenge. He plans to trap the Doctor in the anti-matter universe so that he can leave, but the Doctors discover that Omega no longer has enough substance to leave.
Omega is defeated when he touches the second Doctor's recorder, which had not been converted into anti-matter. This [apparently] destroys the anti-matter universe and moves UNIT HQ and the TARDIS back to the real universe. It also restores power to the Time Lords, who return the first and second Doctors to their own timelines. As a reward for the Doctor's help the Time Lords lift his exile, and remove some mental blocks - restoring his knowledge of time travel.
Notes: The first Doctor comes from just before The Empire of Glass, and the second Doctor probably from after his trial (tv]The War Games[/tv]). It is possible that the third Doctor wasn't even aware that some of his knowledge of time travel had been removed. Since he seems able to pilot the TARDIS when he couldn't before suggests that this might have removed some mental blocks dating from before his exile.
Having repaired the TARDIS, the Doctor offers Liz a place on his first test flight (along with Jo). Liz suggests visiting the site of the Siberian Explosion of 1908, but the TARDIS lands in St Petersburg 1916. The TARDIS is stolen. Jo meets and befriends Grigory Rasputin whilst the Doctor and Liz uncover a network of spies. They are all involved in the historical events of Rasputin's murder.
Notes: This is the TARDIS's first test flight after The Three Doctors (page 7)
The TARDIS materialises in a swanky cocktail bar far from Earth inhabited by a wide variety of aliens. The Doctor and Jo meet Iris Wildthyme and Tom and catch up over a drink. When they return to the TARDIS they also meet Verdigris, who congratulates the Doctor on his new-found freedom.
Notes: Apparently the TARDIS's first journey since The Three Doctors, but since this is narrated in the style of Iris Wildthyme's diary (and she is an even less reliable narrator than the Doctor), we can take the claim with a pinch of salt.
The Doctor is trying to take Jo to Metebelis 3 but instead arrives on board the SS Bernice, a sailing ship in 1926. This ship was recorded as having vanished two days out from Bombay. Investigating, the Doctor finds an unusual metal hatch that the crew and passengers can't see. Travelling through the hatch the Doctor and Jo find themselves in the guts of a vast machine.
The Doctor realises that they are inside a Miniscope - a timescoop used as a peep show. While the Doctor was still on Gallifrey he persuaded the Time Lords to ban them from the Universe. The Doctor manages to escape from the Miniscope and grows to his normal size, whilst Jo is trapped inside. The scope is on the planet Inter Minor where it and its owner, a showman called Vorg, is being assessed by an immigration tribunal.
The Doctor creates a device allowing him to go back into the scope to rescue Jo and return the specimens to their native times. The tribunal destroy the device and release monsters called Drashigs from the scope. Vorg destroys them, repairs the Doctor's device, returns the specimens to their native times and places, and renders the scope unusable. The Doctor and Jo then leave quietly.
Notes: The Doctor begins trying to reach Metebelis III.
The TARDIS materialises inside a 26th century human cargo ship, narrowly avoiding a collision. The ship is apparently attacked by the Draconians, before the Doctor and Jo meet the pilot. Jo perceives the pilot to be a Drashig, whilst the pilot believes the Doctor and Jo are Draconians. The ship is raided by Ogron, then the Doctor and Jo are taken as prisoners to Earth. They are accused of treachery,and the Doctor is imprisoned on the moon, until the Master arrives. The Master claims to be from Sirius 4 and takes custody of the Doctor and Jo - he claims they are escaped criminals.
They end up on Draconia and the Doctor gains the trust of humans and Draconians - the latter due to something he did 500 years earlier. This helps bring peace between the two sides. They then go to the Ogrons' home planet. It turns out that the Ogrons had been attacking human and Draconian ships on Dalek orders and one of the Master's devices had fooled the crews into thinking they were being attacked by the other species. When the Doctor and Jo return to the TARDIS the Doctor sends a telepathic message to the Time Lords before collapsing.
Notes: The Doctor and Jo are still wearing the clothes she had on in Carnival of Monsters.
The TARDIS arrives on the planet Spiridon and Jo, worried about the Doctor's condition, leaves the TARDIS to find help. She meets a group of Thals who have landed on the planet. Meanwhile the TARDIS is covered in a fungus that drains its oxygen supply. The Doctor is only saved from suffocation by the Thals. The Doctor and the Thals then discover that the Daleks are trying to learn the native Spiridons' secret - how they can be invisible.
Another Thal ship then crashes on the planet. Its survivors warn that there is a Dalek army of 10,000 hidden on the planet. The Doctor discovers that the Dalek army is frozen in suspended animation. The Doctor, Jo, and the Thals sneak into the Dalek base and manage to permanently freeze the Dalek army by triggering the eruption of an ice volcano beneath the Daleks' city. This also destroys some recently arrived Daleks. The remaining Thals return to their people, and the Doctor and Jo continue on their travels.
Notes: This follows on immediately from the end of Frontier in Space. Presumably there is some kind of fault with the TARDIS if fungus outside the ship can drain all the air from the console room.
The Doctor hears a telepathic cry of pain from the planet Kastopheria - often referred to as Catastrophea. He follows the cry and he and Jo end up in court for helping a man who was being beaten up. They are given a suspended sentence but in the process become revolutionary symbols.
The Doctor decides to leave as he cannot solve all the planet's problems - which include a blockade by imperialistic Draconians, oppression of the natives, and authoritarian corporate rule. He is forced to become involved when he is thrown into the revolutionary camp and the authorities capture his TARDIS. He realises that the telepathic natives have been going berserk. The people had suppressed their barbaric tendencies by telepathy and the drug Skar. Most of the Skar has been stolen by drug dealers.
A Draconian patrol, aiming to provoke a diplomatic incident, lands on the planet and happens to destroy the last major source of Skar. This leads the natives to begin a massive rebellion against their human masters. The Draconians use the rebellion as an excuse to invade. The Draconian force is slaughtered by the natives and the remnants of the humans and Draconians withdraw from the planet - pledged to avoid interference in the planet's affairs.
Notes: Follows on from Planet of the Daleks (page 1). At the end, the Doctor sets the co-ordinates for Earth (page 244).
The Doctor meets Miss Gallowglass, who provides a mail forwarding service for aliens and time travellers. One of her customers had got annoyed about a lost parcel and declared war on the Earth. His first move was to steal one of the Crown Jewels. The Doctor replaced it with a fake.
Notes: Relative Dementias pages 18 & 44. This is said to have been just after The Three Doctors
The Doctor spends thee days in a completely motionless sleep. The Time Lords have alerted him to a major developing time rift. He uses the TARDIS intuition circuit to tell him where and when he might be able to prevent catastrophe. The circuit directs the TARDIS to Alkrakis. The Doctor and Jo are separated by a timestorm. The Doctor encounters the Yed Prior, a person who aims to harness the time distortions to live forever whilst the people live out normal lives in a single hour. Jo finds herself amongst rebels who aim to stop the Yed Prior, and succeed.. Her experiments had already called up a creature called the Cerunnos, an ancient and terrible being. It escapes to Earth and the Doctor and Jo are flung thousands of years into the future, where there is no sign of the Alkrarian civilisation. They then leave in the TARDIS.
Notes: Jo recalls seeing the Doctor in a trance-like state before (Planet of the Daleks).
The Doctor creates a Personal Time-line Prognosticator (based on the formula he picked up during Venusian Lullaby). The device predicts that the Brigadier will shoot both him and Jo. Meanwhile, UNIT receives a report from the North African Arab country Kebiria - a UNIT officer, Captain Deveraux, has been mysteriously killed. Yates, Benton, and Jo are sent to investigate events in Kebiria and end up in prison. Jo escapes with a reporter, and finds herself in a rebel settlement, which is attacked by organic alien helicopters, who capture Jo. The Doctor and the Brigadier travel to free their troops, but are shot down near the centre of alien activity.
The Brigadier leaves the country with copies of the Doctor and Jo, and the real UNIT troops who were imprisoned. The copies set up a nest in Britain, causing the Brigadier to shoot them. The real Doctor and Jo discover that the aliens, Xarax, can duplicate almost anything and have been here for centuries. A government minister plans to use them to replace the whole of humanity with perfect replicas in order to make a better world. The Doctor returns to Britain and shuts down that nest. He returns to Kebiria and shuts down the nest there moments before the Americans would have nuked Kebiria, which would have enabled the Xarax to build nuclear weapons themselves.
Notes: The Doctor and Jo have only been at UNIT HQ for 5 days out of the last 2 months (possibly since The Three Doctors), though there's no reason to believe the time they've spent travelling matches up with how time has passed back on Earth. Jo and the Doctor have spent a few weeks trying to get to Metebelis 3.
Mike Yates and Jo are set up on a blind date. Instead of the date they decide to accompany the Doctor in the TARDIS, aiming to travel to Karfel. They actually arrive on Nooma -an artificial world with only on sixth of Earth's gravity. On Nooma, men are born from the forest. When they grow, they fight to the death, the loser becomes one of the Dead, and the winner becomes a flying Naieen.
The Doctor meets Epretu, the man responsible for a recent industrial revolution, and accompanies him on a trip to a fallen sun - which turns out to be a spacecraft. Jo gains a mission to bring the Doctor to the Dead and Mike is killed and becomes one of the Dead. The Doctor is unable to prevent Epretu from taking the present sun and poisoning the sky. He realises that previous suns were destroyed in such conflicts. The Doctor eventually helps an army of the Dead to travel to the sun and stop Epretu - who loses his interest when he becomes a Naieen. The Doctor manages to restore peace to Nooma and leaves with Mike, restored to his normal self, and Jo.
Notes: There are references to Dancing the Code. Jo is unsure if she wants to continue travelling with in the TARDIS on page 242. The TARDIS instruments still aren't fuily calibrated (page 66).
[Soon after this], the Doctor, Jo, and Mike visit Karfel. The Doctor saves Karfel from a disaster. During the course of this adventure, he discovers that a scientist called Magellan is conducting unethical experiments on the Morlox. He reports Magellan to the presidium.
Notes: Mentioned in Timelash. The Doctor is travelling with Jo Grant and one other companion. Since the Doctor, Jo, and Mike are heading to Karfel in Speed of Flight it presumably happens shortly after that story.
The Doctor begins investigating the disappearance of the contestants who have been knocked out of TV talent contest Make A Star. He arranges for Jo to be in the audience for one of the shows. She is one of three audience members picked to compete to join the contestants and wins. She and the Doctor use this access to investigate the show. They discover that the Master is behind it, Jo appears on the show's finale, whilst the Doctor arranges for it to never be televised. They then confront the Master, who escapes in his TARDIS.
Notes: The Doctor and Jo talk about Latep (Planet of the Daleks)
The Doctor returns to UNIT HQ soon after the Brigadier has received a tip-off call from an old friend concerning a company called Legion International. His investigations have been blocked by the highest levels of government. The Doctor and UNIT eventually discover that aliens called the Gadarene are behind Legion International, that they intend to invade Earth, and have allied with the Master. Events climax in a confrontation between the Doctor and the Master in which the Master is betrayed by his allies and is caught in an exploding Transmat link whilst the aliens are defeated.
The Doctor and Jo visit the planet Pakhar, where they topple a dictator who had been controlled by an ancient diadem. The Diadem ends up falling into a "bottomless" pit but is not destroyed.
Notes: Pages 30-35 of Legacy. Jo has matured into a young woman (page 33), suggesting it's towards the end of her time with the Doctor.
UNIT are called in to investigate a mysterious death in a Welsh colliery whilst the Doctor returns from a brief solo trip to Metebelis 3. The mines contain toxic chemicals from a nearby Global Chemicals plant and the chemicals have created some dangerous giant maggots. Eventually the Doctor discovers a fungus that will kill off the maggots and uses it. He arranges the destruction of BOSS, a sentient computer that has been controlling Global Chemicals. During the course of these events Jo falls in love with Professor Clifford Jones, a local Nobel-winning environmental scientist. She decides to marry him and the couple begin planning an expedition to the Amazon. The Doctor gives them a blue crystal from Metebelis 3 as a wedding present and then leaves - upset at Jo's decision to leave both UNIT and him.