Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
Colony in Space
This is the fourth story in Season 8.
The Third Doctor has white hair, a large nose, and tends to dress as a society dandy. He has a love of technology, historical name-dropping, and vehicles. In The War Games the Doctor's people (the Time Lords) sentenced him to exile on Earth. In Spearhead from Space, he was appointed as scientific advisor to UNIT.
Josephine "Jo" Grant is the Doctor's assistant at UNIT. She failed General Science A Level, but has had training in escapology, cryptology, and explosives. In Terror of the Autons, on her first day on the job, she was hypnotised by the Master to assassinate the Doctor.
Recurring and Historical Characters
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is the commanding officer of the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT). He worked with the Second Doctor to defeat threats to Earth on two occasions (in The Web of Fear and The Invasion. In Spearhead from Space, he teamed up wiih the Third Doctor to prevent an invasion by the Nestene and the Autons. During that story he persuaded the Doctor to work as his scientific adviser.
The Master is a Time Lord and an enemy of the Doctor. In Terror of the Autons he arrived on Earth and allied with the Nestene Consciousness to attempt to conquer Earth. He was stopped by the Doctor and UNIT. During these events, the Doctor stole the Master's dematerialisation circuit, but in The Mind of Evil he engineered a series of events to recover it.
You might want to view some of the Master's appearances earlier in the season.