Doctor Who in History

Doctor Who in History and Space…

The Doctor travels through time and space with the T.A.R.D.I.S. – and has travelled more often to parallel universes and the future than to the past. When traveling back, the Doctor met several well-known people or events in the past, especially of the English history.

The visits are heavily influenced by modern times, as more than half of the time travels to the past took place between the Victorian Age and the present.

In total, there are 39 time travels to the past, with Doctor and companions respectively travelling twice to different pasts in two episodes each.

Doctor Who in History – the historical-chronological overview of the episodes

(Note 1: I use the periods of English historiography for the periodisation.)

(Note 2: Hush…. Spoilers! Includes Season 13.)

 

Prehistory

Year/ Century Place (current land) Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
79 BC Pompeji (Italy) 04.02 The Fires of Pompeii James Moran

Early Medieval

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
800-1100 Skandinavia 09.05 The Girl Who Died Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffat

Medieval

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
End of 13th c. Sherwood (England) 08.03 Robot in Sherwood Mark Gatiss

Tudor

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1562 London (England) Special The Day of the Doctor Steven Moffat
16th c. England 03.02 The Shakespeare Code Gareth Roberts
End of 16th c. Venice (Italy) 05.06 Vampires of Venice Toby Whithouse

Stuart

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1651 London (England) 09.06 The Woman Who Lived Catherine Tregenna
17th c. Ocean 06.03 The Curse of the Black Spot Joy Wilkinson
17th c. Lancashire (England) 11.08 The Witchfinders Stephen Thompson

Georgian

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1727 Paris (France)/ Space 02.04 The Girl in the Fireplace Steven Moffat
1810s London (England) 10.03 Thin Ice Sarah Dollard
1816 Am Genfersee (Schweiz) 12.08 The Haunting of Villa Diodati Maxine Alderton, Chris Chibnall
1834 London (England) 12.02 Spyfall, pt. 2 Lee Haven-Jones

Victorian

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1855 Crimea (Ukraine) 13.02 War of the Sontarans Chris Chibnall
1869 Cardiff (Wales) 01.03 The Unquiet Dead Mark Gatiss
c. 1870 USA 07.03 A Town called Mercy Toby Whithouse
1879 Sheffield (England) 02.02 Tooth and Claws Russel R. Davies
1890 Auvers-sur-Oise (France) 05.10 Vincent and the Doctor Richard Curtis
1892 England 07 (S) The Snowmen Steven Moffat
1893 Yorkshire (England) 07.12 The Crimson Horror Mark Gatiss
End of 19th c. London (England) 08.01 Deep Breath Steven Moffat
1901 Long Island (USA) 12.04 Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror Nina Metivier
1901 Medderton (fictitious place in England) 13.04 Village of the Angels Chris Chibnail, Maxine Alderton

Edwardian

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1904 Liverpool (England) 13.01 The Halloween Apocalypse Chris Chibnall
1904 Mexico City (Mexico) 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1904 Constantinople (Turkey) 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1904 Upon a Hill in Nepal 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1904 Somewhere in China 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1904 Liverpool (England) 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1913 England 03.08 Human Nature Paul Cornell
1913 England 03.09 The Family’s Blood Paul Cornell

Modern 1

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1926 England 04.07 The Unicorn and the Wasp Gareth Roberts
1930s Manhattan (USA) 03.04 Daleks in Manhattan Helen Raynor
1938 Berlin (Deutschland) 06.08 Let’s kill Hitler Steven Moffat
Early 1940s London (England) 05.03 Victory of the Daleks Mark Gatiss
Early 1940s Southhampton/ London (England) 12.02 Spyfall, pt. 2 Lee Haven-Jones
1941 London (England) 01.09 The Empty Child Steven Moffat
1941 London (England) 01.10 The Doctor Dances Steven Moffat

Modern 2

Year/ Century Place
(current land)
Season. Episode Title of the Episode Screen Writer
1947 Punjab (India) 11.06 Demons of the Pubjab Vinay Patel
1953 London (England) 02.07 The Idiot’s Latern Mark Gatiss
1955 Montgomery (USA) 11.03 Rosa Malorie Blackman, Chris Chibnall
1958 England 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1967 Medderton (fictitious place in England) 13.04 Village of the Angels Chris Chibnail, Maxine Alderton
1967 England 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall
1969 Washington, DC (USA) 06.01 The Impossible Astronaut Steven Moffat
1969 Washington, DC (USA) 06.02 Day of the Moon Steven Moffat
1974 England 07.09 Hide Neil Cross
1983 near to the North Pole 07.08 Cold War Mark Gatiss
2017 England 13.05 Survivors of the Flux Chris Chibnall