A Biography of the Doctor
The Ninth Doctor
"Rose, before I go, I just want to tell you you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!"
- The ninth Doctor sums up his life just before regenerating in The Parting of the Ways
The Doctor is photographed with the Daniels family in April 1912, shortly before they were due to sail on the Titanic, and he persuades them not to go. He visits Dallas on the day of President Kennedy's assassination, and also visits 1883, where a picture of him washes up on Sumatra on the night Krakatoa erupted.
Notes: Clive has pictures from all three events in Rose. In the Titanic photo, the Doctor is wearing a different set of clothing to normal.
The Doctor arrives on Earth and discovers that the Nestene Consciousness [or at least a portion of it] has arrived on Earth. He begins trying to track it down and persuade it to leave Earth.
Notes: This is what the Doctor is doing immediately before Rose. It's unclear whether he arrived on Earth and then discovered the Nestene or whether he came to Earth specifically to deal with it.
The Doctor tracks down an Auton relay device to the roof of Henrik's department store. Before blowing up the relay he saves the life of a shop girl called Rose Tyler who was being attacked by some Autons. He then traces an arm from one of the Autons to Rose's flat (which she shares with her mother Jackie). Whilst there he sees his new face in a mirror. He deactivates the arm and leaves, giving Rose some details of what's going on.
The arm fails to lead him to the transmitter, but he then detects and tracks down a more advanced Auton who is posing as Rose's boyfriend Mickey in order to extract information about the Doctor from her. He removes its head and retreats to the TARDIS with Rose following him. He uses the head to trace the signal, but it melts before he can get a complete fix. He arrives near to the source, and it takes Rose to point out that the huge metal circle needed for the transmitter must be the London Eye, which is just the other side of the Thames from the where they've materialised.
The two find an entrance to the Nestene Consciousness's lair and the Doctor goes to bargain with it, and discovers that the real Mickey is a prisoner. With Rose's help, he ends up using the anti-plastic to kill the Nestene.The Doctor, Rose, and Mickey escape in the TARDIS. The Doctor invites Rose to come with him and travel anywhere in the universe. She talks about her responsibilities and the Doctor says goodbye before dematerialising the TARDIS. Moments later (from Rose's point of view), it rematerialises and the Doctor says that the TARDIS also travels in time, and Rose decides to come with him.
Notes: The scene where the Doctor looks in the mirror ("look at the ears") suggests that this is quite soon after his regeneration. There is room for any number of unrecorded solo adventures before the Doctor comes back to tell Rose that the TARDIS travels in time.
The Doctor asks Rose whether she wants to go backwards or forwards in time. He takes the TARDIS forwards 5 billion years to show Rose the day the Sun expands and destroys the Earth. They meet the "great and the good" who have gathered to watch the event. Rose suffets from culture shock, and the Doctor has to explain to her about the TARDIS translating languages. He also upgrades her mobile phone, tying it into the TARDIS so that she can call home no matter where she is in time and space.
The station is then attacked by spider-robots who tamper with the station, making it vulnerable to heat from the expanded Sun. The robots are under the control of Cassandra, the self-styled last human. The Doctor undoes the sabotage, reverses the teleport that she used to escape, and watches as her skin explodes. The Doctor and Rose mourn the Earth before returning to Rose's native time, where the Doctor tells Rose that he is a Time Lord and his home planet was destroyed in a war, which they lost.
Notes: This follows on immediately from the final scene of Rose. Rose has a phone conversation with Jackie, but Jackie's end of the conversation happens before Rose.
The Doctor decides to show Rose the past and ends up in Cardiff on the 24th December 1869. They meet Charles Dickens and discover that a race of gas creatures called the Gelth have arrived through a rift in time and space. The Gelth's physical forms were destroyed in the Time War, and they claim that they need to come through the rift and animate human corpses to prevent their species dying out.
They open the rift at the local morgue and travel through to invade Earth. Dickens realises that he can use the house's gas supply to draw them out of their hosts and a servant girl called Gwyneth sacrifices herself to blow up the house, closing the rift. The Doctor and Rose then leave in the TARDIS, which dematerialises while Dickens is watching.
Notes: This is Rose's first trip to the past, and is implied to be straight after The End of the World. The Doctor says that Rose is 19.
The Doctor takes Rose back home. He believes it is about 12 hours after she left but it's actually a whole year, and her mum has spent all of it looking for her. Soon after this an alien spaceship flies over London, crashes into the Westminster Clock Tower and lands in the Thames. The TV reports sat that there was an alien body and the Doctor sneaks off to investigate, leaving Rose a TARDIS key.
The "alien" turns out to be a pig augmented by alien technology and the ship came from Earth. Meanwhile, Jackie has phoned an emergency hotline and so the Doctor is "arrested" and escorted to Downing Street for a meeting to discuss the find. At the meeting the acting PM and a general reveal themselves to be Slitheen – aliens who kill people and then use the skin as a disguise. Meanwhile, Rose and Harriet Jones MP discover the actual PM's body.
Notes: This is clearly the first time Rose has been back home since Rose. Rose thinks she's been travelling with the Doctor for a few days, but she's not entirely sure.
The Doctor, Rose, and Harriet Jones MP end up holed up in the cabinet room and the Doctor deduces that the Slitheen are a family business from Raxacoracofallapatorius who are looking to profit from destroying the Earth. When Mickey (Rose's boyfriend) phones her with a picture of the Slitheenm, the Doctor tells him how to get into the UNIT website. Mickey is able to use that access to order a missile to be fired at Downing Street. This kills the Slitheen, but since the cabinet room is bomb-broof, the Doctor, Rose, and Harriet Jones MP survive.
The Doctor remembers that Harriet Jones MP is destubed to be a future Prime Minister. He gives Mickey a computer virus designed to erase all mention of him from the world's computers. Rose packs her things to join the Doctor full-time and Mickey decides not to come with them as he doesn't believe he could handle the Doctor's lifestyle.
Notes: Follows on immediately from Aliens of London
The TARDIS is drawn off course by a signal and arrives in an underground museum of aliens in Utah, 2012. Its their one living specimen is a captured [Time War era[ Dalek, who has no power for his gunstick. The Doctor taunts the Dalek about how he destroyed the Dalek race, and is forced to admit he also destroyed the Time Lords along with the Daleks.
Realisng that the Doctor is an alien, the staff chain him up and examine him. Rose touches the Dalek, inadvertently giving it the ability to revive itself and snap its chains. It then regenerates its power from the vault's systems. The Doctor negotiates his release in return for his help, insisting that the vault's bulkheads be sealed off to keep the Dalek exterminating the entire planet.
Rose is trapped with the Dalek, but "contamination" from her DNA means it can't kill her. It threatens to do so if the bulkheads aren't opened. The Doctor does so, and tracks it and Rose to the exit. Rose tries to protect the Dalek, who is now unable to kill at all. The Dalek and asks Rose to order it to commit suicide so it can die.. She does so and the Doctor and Rose then depart, taking a vault employee called Adam with them.
Notes: Rose identifies a Raxacoricofallapatorian arm as "Slitheen", suggesting she has yet to meet any other families from that planet.
The TARDIS arrives on a space station orbiting Earth during the time of the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire (c. 200,000 AD). Adam faints at the news. The station is the hub of the Empire's news network, its computer uses human brains to process the news. The Doctor realises that the empire should have abandoned this technology years ago – something is holding back its development. Adam borrows Rose's phone and tries to gain information about future technology – phoning it through to his parents' answerphone. To do this he gets a chip inserted to his head.
The Doctor discovers that the station, and hence the Empire's media, is controlled by a massive alien, who is using the chip-implanted corpses of people who have been "promoted" to run the station's control systems. The alien requires a cold environment, and is defeated when an employee who had followed the Doctor and Rose to its floor overrides the heating controls.
The Doctor discovers Adam's plan to change history and dumps him back at his parents' house, using the sonic screwdriver to destroy his messages.
Notes: This appears to be Adam's first trip in the TARDIS. It's certainly his last.
The Doctor implements an emergency protocol in the TARDIS to send Rose home in the TARDIS in case he faces a threat where he's about to die at the hands of an opponent who mustn't be allowed to get their hands on the TARDIS.
Notes: We see this, along with a recorded message from the Doctor, in The Parting of the Ways. It must have been set up at some point between Rose and Bad Wolf. I suggest that it happens shortly after Dalek as a reaction to both the unexpected survival of a Dalek and to Rose nearly being exterminated.
The Doctor takes Rose to the British Empire Exhibition in October 1924. They save the life of a butler from an attack but ,whilst they do this, the TARDIS is carried away. The Butler's emplyers are Sir George Harding, his wife Anastasia, and her son Freddie (heir to the Russian throne), and they arrange for the Doctor and Rose to lodge at the Imperial Club, an association of exiled royalty.
One of their friends is Melissa Heart,a woman who always wears a mask. Melissa turns out to be an alien who has come to Earth to assassinate the former dictator of her home planet. It turns out that the dictator is one of the permanent reisdents of the club, who plans to reactivate his spacecraft using a device that he's attached to Big Ben. He is defeated, and the Doctor gives his jacked to Repple – a resident of the club who is actually an automaton.
Notes: First in the series of ninth Doctor novels. Published between these stories.
The Doctor and Rose visit several spaceships, maybe a few more space stations, and probably make several more trips to Earth.
Notes: In The Monsters Inside the Doctor and Rose talk about having visited spacestations and spaceships (both in the plural), and having visited Rose's planet so often that they could get T-Shirts made up. We've seen them visiting two space stations but no spaceships. So there have been at least two unrecorded adventures.
The TARDIS lands on the alien planet Justice Prime, part of the Justicia Solar System, a giant prison complex. The Doctor is incarcerated in the SCAT-house, a prison for non-humans where they are forced to help in scientific research. Rose is sent to a young offenders institute, where she . The Doctor uses his scientific knowledge to arrange for Rose to be sent to join him, whilst she has discovered a Raxacoricofallapatorian posing as a senior guard at her prison.
Whilst waiting for Rose to arrive the Doctor discovers that the Blathereen family have taken over the entire system and intend to use gravity warps to travel through space with the system, raiding entire solar systems for worlds to turn into nuclear fuel. His contribution to the research has accelerated this process. He escapes and travels to the planet where the Blathereen control the system. He meets Rose again, as the shuttle she was on has crashed there. Joining forces with a warder and a couple of prisoners the Doctor manages to arrange for the Blathereen's warp hole technology to be destroyed. In the process the key members of the family are killed. The Doctor and Rose then depart.
Notes: Rose's first trip to an alien planet, and is clearly after World War Three. Probably also after Dalek, given that in that story she seemed to think that Slitheen and Raxacoricofallapatorian were the same thing. This is the second in the series of ninth Doctor novels.
Rose calls her mum, who mentions that it's possible that at some point Rose might come back and she wouldn't be there and that she's won the lottery. The Doctor and Rose go to check up on her, but she's only won a games console on a scratchcard, which she's given to Mickey. The console comes with only one game, and the Doctor racks up a phenomenal high score on it. After they leave, Mickey is kidnapped by porcupine-like aliens called the Quevvils.
The Doctor realises that the game is actually for real and plays some more to ensure that the Quevvils come to kidnap him. He is teleported away and Rose tags on to the end of the teleport. She rescues the Doctor and Mickey and they discover that people who win holidays on the scratchcards are used to become the characters in the game, which is a ploy to get a weapon into the stronghold of the Quevvils' rivals the Mantodeans.
The Doctor and Rose travel to the Quevvil planet of Toop, where they are captured. The Doctor is made to play the game with Rose as his character. He uses her to free most of the other people trapped in the game before being forced to take her to the centre. When she arrives the Quevvil weapon attached to her activates, and the Quevvils are able to teleport to the heart of the Mantodean stronghold, where they are actually disintegrated. The Doctor returns all the surviving humans home before resuming his travels with Rose.
Notes: Third ninth Doctor novel. Clearly takes place after World War Three.
Rose asks the Doctor if he can take her to see her Father, Pete Tyler, before he died. They visit her parents' wedding, though they don't interact with anyone there. Rose then asks the Doctor to take her to see her father when he was killed by a hit and run driver on the 7th of November 1987 so there can be someone who is there for him. She flinches when the car hits and then runs off. She asks the Doctor if she can try again and, instead of running to comfort her dad, runs out to save him. This causesthe earlier versions of herself and the Doctor to wink out of existence.
The Doctor storms off to the TARDIS but the interior has vanished, leaving only the police-box shell. He runs to the local church, where Rose and her parents are at a wedding and Rose has been traumatised by seeing her parents at each other's throats. As he arrives extradimensional beings called Reapers attack and start eating people. There has been a wound in time and they have come to sterilise it. The Doctor ushers the survivors inside the church as its age will keep them safe for a time.
Pete works out that Rose is his daughter from the future and that she changed history by saving his life. He also discovers that the car which should have killed him has been winking into and out of existence outside the church. He runs out in front of the car, and his death heals the wound in time – bring back everything the Reapers had consumed. Rose then runs to her father to comfort him.
The Doctor detects an object in the vortex which sets up an alert, and decides to chase it. He follows it to London, arriving a couple of months after the object. Rose wanders off in search of a mysterious child in a gas mask who keeps asking "are you my mummy?". The Doctor discovers that he has arrived during the Blitz, and discovers a bunch of street children whose leader, a girl called Nancy, knows a lot about the child - she says that anybody who touches him will become like him, an "empty child". She directs the Doctor to a hospital where all the patients have identical wounds and gas masks fused into their skulls just like the boy.
Rose meets Captain Jack, a time traveller from the 51st century, who is responsible for the object landing on Earth. Jack was planning to sell the item, actually a hospital ship, to the "time agents", just before the site was due to be destroyed by a German bomb, thus making it useless. He and Rose track down the Doctor just as he visits the hospital. As they arrive, all the patients in the ward begin to advance on the three of them.
The Doctor tells the patients to "go to your room", and they retreat. The Doctor, Rose, and Jack end up teleporting to Jack's ship. They go investigate the bomb site, but all its guards have been infected. The Doctor and Jack open the object, which is a Tula medical ship full of nanogenes - little machines that heal and rebuild people. Their first contact with humans was a little boy who had just been killed in an air raid so they have been reconstructing humans to match the boy. They also installed additional protocols in the people they altered, and the intrusion into the medical ship calls the affected people to the bomb site.
The Doctor works out that Nancy is older than she looks and is actually the boy's mother, rather than his sister as she had claimed. Jack escapes back to his ship to intercept the bomb. The Doctor convinces Nancy to tell the boy, Jamie, that she is his mummy. As she embraces Jamie the nanogenes realise that Nancy is Jamie's mother, and use the information to rebuild Jamie into a normal boy.
The Doctor then makes sure that the nanogenes rebuild all the people that they have converted. This heals all the injuries and sicknesses that those in the hospital had previously had. He then sets the capsule to self-destruct, keeping history on track. The Doctor then travels to Jack's ship in the vortex where the stasis field Jack is using to keep the German bomb from exploding has a limited lifespan. Their intervention saves his life and he joins the TARDIS crew as his own ship explodes.
Notes: Follows on directly from the end of The Empty Child
The TARDIS detects an emergency signal from the isolated village of Novrosk in Northern Russia, site of an abandoned naval base. A spacecraft is buried underneath the village, and has been killing members of the population by draining their life energy. It sends its remote units to drain the energies of everybody in the village. The Doctor manages to destroy most of the remotes. Jack tricks the others into draining energy from the ship, causing a feedback loop that drains the ship and its remotes of energy and killing some humans it has been keeping alive past their time.
Notes: Fourth ninth Doctor novel.
The TARDIS detects a dirty rip engine, a primitive and dangerous time travel device, travelling to Bromley in 2005 and the crew decide to investigate. They discover a Neanderthal called Das has been taken from his native time by the device and rescue him from the local hospital. The rip engine has damaged his cells, so he cannot survive time travel and be returned to his own time. Jack stays with Das for four weeks to help him adjust to 21st Century life whilst the Doctor and Rose go to his native time in 29,185 BC to investigate the time machine responsible.
They discover the city of Osterburg, a small town of time-travellers whose goal is to investigate pre-human history and discover why the Neanderthals died out. Chantal, the leader of Osterburg, secretly intends to breed a new race of super-humans called Hy-Bractors to replace humanity and then lets them loose. Rose marries one of the local human tribe so that they will listen to her telling them to get to a place of safety. She is later captured by Chantal, who disconnects Rose's head from her body.
The Doctor concocts a short-term genetic upgrade to the local humans and Neanderthals to defeat the Hy-Bractors. He persuades the survivors of Osterburg to reconnect Rose's body before returning to pick up Jack. The reunited TARDIS crew then hop forwards a couple more weeks to visit Das's wedding.
Notes: Fifth ninth Doctor novel.
The TARDIS arrives in Cardiff to refuel from the scar caused by the closing of the rift in 1869 (The Unquiet Dead). Rose contacts Mickey, asking him to bring her passport. Whilst the four are ina restaurant, the Doctor notices a newspaper story showing that the new Mayor of Cardiff is one one of the people replaced by a Slitheen (Aliens of London/World War Three).
They travel to the Town Hall and capture her. She is building a nuclear power station on top of the rift. She has a surfboard-like device that she can use to escape the planet when the power plant explodes as it reaches capacity. The Doctor allows her a last meal before taking her to Raxacoricofallapatorius. Whilst this is going on, the rift opens, throwing Cardiff into Chaos. Rose, the Doctor, and the Slitheen race back to the TARDIS where the Slitheen takes Rose captive. Her surfboard device opens up the soul of the TARDIS, which reverts her to egg form. The Doctor then re-closes the rift
Rose darts back to see Mickey, but doesn't find him. He's been lurking in the shadows and lets her go. She decides that he deserves better. The TARDIS departs, with its crew intending to place Margaret's egg into the hatchery of a family other than the Slitheen on Raxacoricofallapatorius.
Notes: There are lots of quick references to unrecorded adventures. It's unclear how long Jack has been in the TARDIS, but this is the first time he asks about the Police Box exterior.
The TARDIS arrives in a jungle on a human colony planet where people go "fantasy crazy" – believing that fiction is totally real, and where fiction is banned as a danger to society. The Doctor discovers that nanoscopic creatures are interfering with the brain's electrical signals, making dreams seem utterly real.
The Doctor broadcasts to the entire planet claiming to be the legendary Hal Gryden – an urban legend who has supposedly been broadcasting fiction on TV. Police storm the building, led by a woman who falsely believes herself to be police, but is actually fantasy crazy. The then gives the colony enough information to sythesise a cure for the micro-organisms.
Notes: Rose phones Jackie, who mentions the events of Boom Town. Though it's not clear whether they have happened to Rose yet. I suggest this is before their trip to Raxacoricofallapatorius.
Notes: Immediately after their trip to Raxacoricofallapatorius (where they were heading at the end of Boom Town) and immediately before Bad Wolf.
The TARDIS crew are just leaving Japan when a transmat beam breaks through into the TARDIS and scoops up the crew. The Doctor materialises on the set of Big Brother, Rose on the set of The Weakest Link, and Captain Jack on the set of a makeover programme. All the programmes are fatal - the makeover show involves cosmetic surgery with chainsaws and the others involve disintegration. The programmes are broadcast from Satellite Five, now run by the Bad Wolf corporation, 100 years after The Long Game.
The Doctor and Jack escape their games and travel to the control centre, where they discover that the Doctor's previous actions on Satellite Five are partly responsible for the current society. They discover Rose's location, but are too late to prevent her being disintegrated. Finding the TARDIS makes Jack realise she has actually been transmatted.
The station's controller reveals that her masters have been controlling the human race in secret and that she snatched the Doctor to destroy them. The Doctor and Jack then override a signal broadcast from the station to mask the masters' fleet – which turns out to be 200 Dalek ships - half a million Daleks, who have Rose captive. The Doctor tells them that he will rescue Rose and destroy every single Dalek, whilst the Daleks mobilise all their forces for a major attack.
Notes: Immediately after the trip to Kyoto.
The Doctor materialises the TARDIS around Rose and exits under a forcefield to ask the Daleks how they survived the Time War. The Dalek Emperor's ship apparently survived and fell through time. He hid himself for centuries, and quietly harvested humanity, picking the best available cells from the dross of humanity to create an army of Daleks. These Daleks have become insane, the Emperor believes itself to be god and the other Daleks also believe this.
As the Doctor leaves the Dalek mothership, the Daleks move to invade Earth and attack the station. The Doctor begins converting the station to generate a delta wave which will kill all the Daleks. Jack leads the occupants of the station in a defence force to delay the Daleks for long enough for the Doctor to succeed. The Doctor cons Rose into going into the TARDIS and then activates an emergency protocol to send her home, where she will be safe – the delta wave will actually kill everything on Earth, as well as the Daleks .
The Daleks break through just as the signal is ready, and the Dalek Emperor contacts the Doctor asking him whether he is a killer, "the great exterminator", or a coward. The Doctor can't bring himself to kill all the humans.
Meanwhile, Rose has realised that the words "Bad Wolf" that have been turning up everywhere in time and space through her travels with the Doctor aree a message – she can get the TARDIS to go back and save the Doctor. She tries to open the soul of the TARDIS (as in Boom Town). Telling Jackie about Father's Day leads to a favour being called in, and Mickey uses a car recovery lorry to pull open the covering for the soul of the TARDIS.
Rose them looks into the heart of the TARDIS. She pilots it to the Doctor and emerges having fully seen the time vortex, having gained godlike powers. She causes the words "Bad Wolf" to be scattered throughout time and space. She then destroys the Daleks and restores Jack [and possibly the other dead humans on the station] to life.
The Doctor then kisses Rose, drawing the energy of the time vortex out of her as keeping it in her will kill her. He carries her into the TARDIS and she wakes up, remembering nothing that happened after she looked into the TARDIS. Meanwhile, the vortex energy causes the Doctor to regenerate…
Notes: Follows on directly from the end of Bad Wolf