Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
This story consists of episodes 5-8 of the 14-episode long story The Trial of a Time Lord
The sixth Doctor is brash, stubborn, and often condescending and arrogant. He wears a bright multi-coloured coat.
Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown is an American botany student from the 1980s who decided to join the Doctor on his travels during Planet of Fire. In The Caves of Androzani, the fifth Doctor sacrificed himself to save her life. She stayed with the newly regenerated Doctor in The Twin Dilemma despite post-regeneration trauma that led him to attempt to strangle her.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Valeyard is the prosecutor in the Doctor's trial.
The Inquisitor is the judge in the Doctor's trial.
Sil is a profit-hungry member of the species known as Mentors. He is self-centred, greedy, and manipulative. He does not care who he hurts in pursuit of his aims, and sometimes seems to enjoy the suffering of others. The Doctor first encountered him in Vengeance on Varos.
The trial scenes will not make that much sense if you haven't seen the previous section of the story (The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet).