In the most recent episode from Series 12, the Doctor is in awe when she meets the great inventor, Nikola Tesla.
In fact, she needs his assistance in order to stop an invasion of the Skithra! Especially when the Skithra needs one of Earth's greatest inventors to make their weapons for them...
Throughout their adventures in time and space, the Doctor and friends meet several influential figures – which always makes for great stories! If you’re searching for more encounters of a historical nature, then look no further!
The TARDIS arrives in Gaul in 451AD, on the eve of battle between the forces of Attila the Hun and those of the crumbling Roman Empire. But the Doctor soon finds out that both sides are being helped by sinister, supernatural creatures.
While Graham makes allies in the Roman camp and Ryan is pursued by the enigmatic Legion of Smoke, the Doctor and Yasmin are pressed into service as Attila’s personal sorcerers. But the Doctor knows there is science behind the combat magicks – and that the true war will pit all humanity against a ruthless alien threat.
You can order Combat Majicks here
The Doctor is many things – curious, funny, brave, protective of her friends... and a shameless name-dropper. We have heard how she got her sunglasses from Pythagoras (or was it Audrey Hepburn?), lent a mobile phone to Elvis, had an encounter with Amelia Earhart where she discovered that a pencil-thin spider web can stop a plane, had a 'wet weekend' with Harry Houdini learning how to escape from chains underwater, and more!
In this collection of new stories, Star Tales takes you on a rip-roaring ride through history, from 500BC to the swinging 60s, going deeper into the Doctor's notorious name-dropping and revealing the truth behind these anecdotes.
You can order Star Tales here
63BC. Following the overthrow of Catiline, Cicero and his wife retire to the coastal town of Cumae, safe from the threats of Rome. But when a cricket-clad stranger and his companions arrive at Cicero’s villa, new dangers lie in wait and Cicero finds himself plunged into a realm of gods and monsters.
The Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Negan meet the famed Roman orator Cicero in this audio drama from Big Finish.
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The young Venetian, Marco Polo, is on his way to the Emperor’s court in Peking when he meets four intrepid time travellers: the elderly Doctor, his granddaughter Susan, and their companions Ian and Barbara. The TARDIS has broken down whilst on Earth, in the year 1289. Marco Polo recognises in it a means of winning favour with the Emperor, and he insists that the travellers accompany his caravan to Cathay.
Although this First Doctor adventure is missing from television screens, you can get an audio reading of the story from BBC Audio.
You can order Marco Polo here
If you’re a fan of classic Doctor Who on audio, why not try five classic novelisations of TV adventures set in Earth’s history?
Doctor Who: The Aztecs has the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan materialise in Mexico during the bloodthirsty Aztec civilisation. In Doctor Who and the Crusaders, the First Doctor and his friends are embroiled in the 12th Century conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin. In Doctor Who: The Myth Makers, the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki arrive on the plains of Ursa Minor, in the middle of the Greek and Trojan battlefields. In Doctor Who and the Masque of Mandragora, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah fight swords, sorcery and an alien influence in 15th Century Italy. And in Doctor Who and the Visitation, the Fifth Doctor, Adric, Tegan and Nyssa materialise in 17th Century London and find themselves playing a key role in gruesome historical events…
You can order Doctor Who: The Historical Collection on audio here
You can watch a whole hour of the Doctor meeting historical figures right now on the Doctor Who YouTube channel! Leave a comment on which one is your favourite… from the Aztecs and Agatha Christie to Vincent Van Gogh and William Shakespeare, there’s an encounter for all tastes.
Plus, there are many more historical encounters throughout the adventures of the Doctor in time and space, you can find a list of just some them here!