Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
This is the fifth story in Season 3.
All four episodes are missing from the archive.
Where does this fit?
This happens shortly after the previous story, The Daleks' Masterplan
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.
Steven Taylor was a space pilot from an unknown time in the future. His spacecraft landed on the planet Mechanus, where a group of robots called Mechanoids held him prisoner. In The Chase, he escaped when the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki visited the planet whilst on the run from a Dalek time machine. He stowed away on the TARDIS not knowing it was capable of time travel.
Recurring and Historical Characters
There are a number of historical characters in this story, but we are not expected to know who any of them are.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
The Doctor and Steven are still recovering from the deaths of Katarina and Sara Kingdom in The Daleks' Masterplan.
None. The story works best (on first viewing) if you are largely ignorant of the historical context. Though that effect is slightly marred by knowing the overall title.