A Biography of the Doctor
The Tenth Doctor
"You Are Not Alone" - The Face of Boe's final message to the Doctor in Gridlock
A woman (Donna Noble) appears in the TARDIS wearing a wedding dress. After she behaves obnoxiously the Doctor tries to take her back to the church from which she had vanished. They arrive in the wrong part of London, but she is being tracked by the robot Santas that the Doctor encountered in The Christmas Invasion. The Doctor then figures out a way to prevent her being tracked. Although they missed the wedding, the Doctor and Donna arrive at the reception – which is in full swing anyway, and the Doctor works out that Donna is covered in Huon particles.
The Doctor then takes Donna and her fiance Lance to their employer HC Clements, which is owned by Torchwood. They discover an underground tunnel, which leads to a Torchwood base under the Thames flood barrier. The base has been manufacturing Huon particles, which the Time Lords destroyed long ago. Huon particles can only thrive inside a living being, and Donna was some kind of test subject.
It turns out that the base is now being run by a Racnoss - a spider-like species which the Gallifreyans destroyed billions of years ago. Lance was in league with her, and had been feeding Donna the particles ever since she started work six months ago. He was only marrying her to ensure that she stayed around.
The Doctor and Donna escape and go back to the time the Earth was formed, and see that the first rock that began the process was a Racnoss spaceship - and this Racnoss is clearly trying to revive the occupants. They return to the present day, where the Racnoss imprisons both Donna and Lance (who now has huon particles of his own) above the hole that is going down to the spaceship. The Doctor arrives in time to free Donna and then diverts the Thames into the hole, flooding the entire base and drowning the Racnoss who are climbing up the shaft.
The Doctor takes Donna back home. He offers her the chance to travel in the TARDIS, but she declines as she couldn't live her life in the way the Doctor does.
Notes: Follows on from the final scene of Doomsday.
Doctor books himself into hospital with addominal pains to investigate some plasma coils around the hospital. The hospital is then transported to the moon. The Doctor asks medical student Martha Jones if she'd like to help him investigate. The hospital has been taken by Judoon - a thuggish species who serve as police-for-hire. They start checking that the occupants of the hospital are human, using a marker pen on the hands of those who pass the test. He realises that they are looking for something that's non-human.
Looking for evidence about who or what they are searching for, he discoveres that one of the "patients" is plasmavore - a shapeshifter who can take somebody's blood to mimic human biology. He eventually finds the plasmavore, and tricks her into drinking his blood, so that she appears alien to the Judoons' sensors. The Judoon then return the hospital to Earth.
Later that night the Doctor appears outside Martha's brother's 21st birthday party. He offers her a trip into space, and when she mentions her life, he mentions that he also travels in time, and then pops back to that morning, shortly before he met her, to prove the point. Martha then agrees to come with him for just a single trip.
Notes: Rose is still a recent travelling companion.
The Doctor takes Martha back to the Globe Theatre, 1599 and they watch a performance of Love's Labours Lost. At the end of the play Shakespeare appears onstage and announces that the sequel - Love's Labours Won - will be performed for the first time the following night. Intrigued by the fact that Love's Labours Lost was one of Shakespeare's lost plays, the Doctor decides to hang around and meet Shakespeare.
They stay at the same inn as Shakespeare, and discover that creatures looking like stereotypical witches are killiing people in inexplicable ways. The Doctor identifies them as Carrionites – ancient beings who use psychic technology or magic, which is based on words. They have written the final page of Love's Labours Won, and intend to use its performance to release the entire Carrionite race from eternal imprisonment. The Doctor is too late to stop their release, but he and Martha help Shakespeare utter the words to re-imprison them.
The next day, the Doctor and Martha take their leave of Shakespeare, who has deduced their origins. However, before they can go, Queen Elizabeth arrives, recognises the Doctor as her sworn enemy from an adventure the Doctor has yet to experience and the Doctor and Martha have to run back to the TARDIS to escape.
Notes: Follows on from the end of Smith and Jones
The Doctor agrees to let Martha have a trip to the future as well as to the past. She asks to go to his planet but instead of admitting that it has been destroyed he describes it and takes Martha to New Earth in the year 5 billion and 53.
Most of the population lives in cars in a highly polluted three dimensional motorway system where it takes years to travel just a few miles. Underneath the bottom lanes are giant crabs (descendants of the Macra from The Macra Terror) who have been menacing the cars on the fast lane.
It turns out that the undercity (including the motorway system) was sealed off to halt a deadly virus that was sweeping the planet, though the virus is now past. The Doctor opens things up again and gets all the traffic out. The Doctor visits the Face of Boe – who has given his last energy to the computer systems to keep things running. The Face gives the Doctor his last message, the four words "You Are Not Alone", and the Doctor tells Martha about the Time War.
Notes: Follows on from The Shakespeare Code
The Doctor agrees to let Martha go home "the pretty way", and the TARDIS arrives in New York in 1930. They decide to investigate why men are going missing from Hooverville, a shanty town in Central Park. They join a party of workers who are wanted in the sewers and discover a group of pig men is living there, created by the Cult of Skaro (the Daleks seen in Doomsday). The Daleks are working on creating a human-Dalek hybrid.
Notes: A deleted scene from Gridlock shows the Doctor offer Martha one more trip before taking her home.
The Doctor learns that Dalek Sec – the human-Dalek hybrid intends to implant his DNA into captured humans, turning them into the next generation of Daleks. He wants to restore emotions to the new generation, but the other Daleks take him prisoner for that. The Doctor travels to the top of the brand new Empire State Buildingm, where the Daleks have equipment that will use a burst of gamma radiation from the Sun to create the hybrids. The Doctor interferes, channelling his own DNA into them. This causes the hybrids to rebel. Sec and two of the other Daleks are killed, but the last one – Dalek Caan – escapes via emergency temporal shift.
Notes: Follows on directly from Daleks in Manhattan
The Doctor returns Martha home to the morning after she left. Whilst he is saying goodbye Martha's mother phones, telling her that her sister Tish is on the TV news. Martha switches it on, and she is with her employer - Professor Lazarus, who claims that he is going to "change what it means to be human." The Doctor is intrigued.
The Doctor goes to Lazarus's black tie event that night as Martha's plus one. Lazarus has built a machine that de-ages him. He demonstrates the process, but it turns out that he is now mutating. He transforms into a monster. The Doctor lures him to Southwark Cathedral, using the sonic screwdriver and church pipe organ to kill him.
Following this, the Doctor and Martha return to Martha's flat, where the Doctor offers her the chance to become a permant member of the TARDIS crew, rather than a temporary passenger.
Notes: Follows on from Evolution of the Daleks
The Doctor upgrades Martha's phone to "universal roaming", and she is about to try phoning from the TARDIS when they intercept a distress signal and land on a spaceship that is 42 minutes away from crashing into a star. The ship's main controls have been deliberately sabotaged and the ship has been locked down, making access to different areas difficult.
The ship's engines have been taking in parts of a nearby sentient star. The star has infected crew members and sabotaged the ship to get those parts back. The Doctor figures this out and Martha persuades the remaining crew members to jettison the material. This leads to the infected crew members being returned to normal.
The Doctor and Martha leave in the TARDIS, with the remaining crew members sending out a distress signal so that they can be picked up. The Doctor then gives Martha a TARDIS key. During these events, Martha makes three calls home to her mother, who is being watched by people associated with Mr Saxon.
Notes: The Doctor upgrading Martha's phone suggests it's not that long after her becoming a permanent companion in The Lazarus Experiment.
The Doctor and Martha escape from an unknown enemy onto the TARDIS. The Doctor knows the aliens, but they didn’t see his or Martha’s faces. He realises that they are able to track the him and the TARDIS through space and time and won’t give up. Knowing that they can sniff him out and that their life supplies are running out, the Doctor uses a Chameleon Arch inside the TARDIS to become human. The TARDIS lands in England, 1913, and he takes the identity of Mr John Smith – a new teacher at a local boarding school. Martha poses as a servant who previously worked for his family. The Doctor's true identity and nature are hidden in a fob watch. The intention is to stay three months, by which point their pursuers will have died.
Two months after their arrival Mr Smith asks the school nurse, Joan Redfern, to the annual dance. He tells her about his dreams of being the Doctor, and shows her a book entitled A Jorunal of Impossible Things which includes stories and pictures from his life as the Doctor. Meanwhile, the aliens arrive on Earth. They kill some local humans as hosts for themselves and animate local scarecrows as footsoldiers. One of the boys at the school - Timothy Latimer - takes the watch, gaining some knowledge of the Doctor’s past from it.
The aliens (who call themselves the Family of Blood) then attack the village dance, and try to force Mr Smith to change back.
The Family are distracted when Timothy opens the watch, allowing everybody to escape. Smtih, Joan, and Martha retreat back to the school., but are followed. The Family invade the school, but the Doctor, Joan, Martha, and Timothy escape, so the family bombard the village. Eventually Timothy returns the watch to Smith, who decides to become the Doctor again. He confronts the Family and easily defeats them. After saying goodbye to Joan and Tim he and Martha depart. They later attend a Remembrance Day service which Tim, as an old man, also attends.
Notes: Follows directly on from Human Nature. The visit to the service could take place at any point between the end of the story and Martha's departure from the TARDIS, but we have chosen to assume it happens immediately after the main story.
The Doctor and Martha are dealing with "four things and a lizard". On their way to dealing with it, the Doctor acquires a bow and Martha a quiver of arrows and they get into a Taxi. The Taxi pulls up outside Sparrow and Nightingale, and its co-owner Sally Sparrow rushes out. She gives the Doctor a folder of information, telling him that he will be transported to 1969 and he needs to have the information on him when it happens. The Doctor and Martha then rush off, as "The migration's started."
At some later point in the Doctor's timeline, the TARDIS arrives in the grounds of Wester Drumlins House in London. the Doctor and Martha are transported back to 1969 without the TARDIS or its key. They then meet DI Billy Shipton, who has also been transported back to 1969 by the angels. They give him a recording of the Doctor reading his part in a transcript of a conversation between him and Sally Sparrow. Shipton then goes on to hide the recording as an extra on 17 different DVDs. The message allows Sally Sparrow to enter the TARDIS, automatically sending it back to the Doctor in 1969.
Notes: It is not clear how much time passes between the Doctor's two different adventures seen in this story, and it's possible that the adventure where the Doctor gets the folder from Sally happens out of sequence.