Charles Dickens

Played by Simon Callow

"How exactly are you a fan? In what way do you resemble a means of keeping oneself cool?"

First Regular Appearance Last Regular Appearance
The Unquiet Dead The Wedding of River Song

The Ninth Doctor was a little starstruck when he met Charles Dickens – one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era, if not of all time. In 1869, the author was in Cardiff for a public reading of his latest work, A Christmas Carol, when something supernatural began happening to the dead of the city. The gaseous alien entities known as the Gelth were reanimating corpses, using the Cardiff Rift as a passage to Earth after their bodies were destroyed in the Last Great Time War. 

Initially, Dickens felt that the existence of the extra-terrestrial meant that he had wasted his time writing about human struggles and fighting for social justice on this planet. But in the end, after defeating the Gelth alongside the Doctor, Rose and brave servant girl Gwyneth, he was inspired to look at life anew, filled with wonder and delighted by the mysteries of the universe.  


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