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The Eleventh Tiger

This is the sixty-fifth novel in the BBC's Past Doctor Adventures range.

Where does this fit?

This happens between The Romans (Classic Series Season 2) and The Web Planet (Classic Series Season 2)

The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.

Doctor

The First Doctor

The first Doctor looks like a human in his sixties. He is physically quite frail, but has a keen intellect. He is paternalistic towards his companions, and has a degree of arrogance towards others. He sometimes forgets his companions' names, particularly Ian Chesterton's.

Companion(s)

Ian Chesterton

Ian Chesterton is a science teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), he and colleague Barbara Wright were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home.

Barbara Wright

Barbara Wright is a history teacher from Coal Hill School, 1963. In An Unearthly Child (Classic Series Season 1), she and colleague Ian Chesterton were intrigued by the strange behaviour of one of their pupils, Susan Foreman. They followed her home to a junkyard where Susan and the Doctor had parked the TARDIS. In a confrontation with the Doctor they forced their way into the TARDIS. The Doctor took exception to this and whisked them away. Later in the story, he realised he was wrong to do so and decided to try to get them home.

Vicki Pallister

Vicki Pallister is a teenager who was on board a spaceship which crashed on the planet Dido. The other survivors were killed off by one of the survivors called Bennett, who was posing as an alien called Koquillion. She was rescued by the Doctor in The Rescue (Classic Series Season 2), who offered her a place onboard the TARDIS. He treated her like a replacement for his granddaughter Susan.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Although never explicitly named as such, the alien intelligence is clearly intended to be the Mandragora Helix from The Masque of Mandragora (Classic Series Season 14), a being whom the fourth Doctor defeated during the 15th Century.

Recommended Viewing

The Fourth Doctor's defeat of the Mandragora Helix in The Masque of Mandragora (Classic Series Season 14) happened in the 15th Century.

There are lots of little references to Vicki's time on Dido, as seen in The Rescue (Classic Series Season 2), and the TARDIS crew's time in Italy as seen in The Romans (Classic Series Season 2).

Recommended Reading

The TARDIS crew recently spent substantial time in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) during Byzantium! (BBC Past Doctor novel), and Ian and Barbara had clearly fallen in love during Romans Cutaway (More Short Trips) (BBC Short Story).

Recommended Listening

None.

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