The First Doctor’s Timeline

01. One

Here is ‘The First Doctor’s Timeline’.

I’ve referred to

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to help me put this version of the timeline together.

I’ve included all the TV stories, audios; books; graphic novel/comics, short trips, annual stories and the Puffin e-book ‘A Big Hand For The Doctor’ into this list for now.

The (TV) and (Audio) stories are highlighted in SEA GREEN.

The (Book) stories are to remain un-highlighted for now.

The short stories are highlighted in SEA GREEN and/or ITALICS; and are CENTRED.

The stories with links to reviews by me on my blog are highlighted in BOLD and SEA GREEN.

Regarding the (Book) stories, I’ve identified each of them as follows in the KEY below.

KEY
*VNA – Virgin New Adventures
*VMA – Virgin Missing Adventures
*EDA – Eighth Doctor Adventures
*PDA – Past Doctor Adventures
*BB – BBC Books
*TB – Target Books

Regarding the (Audio) stories, I’ve identified each of them as follows in the KEY below.

KEY
**BAB – BBC Audio Book
**BFAD – Big Finish Audio Drama
**BFAB – Big Finish Audio Book
**PAB – Puffin Audio Book

Regarding the short stories, I’ve identified each of them as follows with abbreviations.

  • (ST) – Short Trip (either Big Finish or BBC)
  • (SS) – ‘The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who’
  • (DWM) – ‘Doctor Who Magazine’
  • (VD) – Virgin Decalog
  • (TS) – Target Storybook
  • (YB) – Yearbook

Please feel free to ask questions about this timeline, as I intend to revisit this and add new stories to the list as time goes on.

I’ve divided the timeline into 15 phases
1. The First Doctor on Gallifrey
2. The First Doctor with Susan
3. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Susan (Season 1 & 2)
4. The First Doctor with Ian and Barbara (Season 2)
5. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Vicki (Season 2) (1)

6. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Vicki and Jospa (Season 2)
7. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Vicki (Season 2) (2)
8. The First Doctor with Vicki and Steven (Season 2 & 3)
9. The First Doctor with Steven and Sara (Season 3)
10. The First Doctor with Steven and Oliver (Season 3)
11. The First Doctor with Steven (Season 3)
12. The First Doctor with John and Gillian (Season 3)
13. The First Doctor with Steven and Dodo (Season 3)
14. The First Doctor with Dodo (Season 3)
15. The First Doctor with Ben and Polly (Season 4)


1. The First Doctor on Gallifrey

The First Doctor’s birth in ‘Lungbarrow’ (Book) – VNA* takes place here.
The First Doctor’s cameo appearance in ‘Listen’ (TV) takes place here.
The First Doctor’s youth from ‘Lungbarrow’ (Book) – VNA* and ‘Timewyrm: Revelation’ (Book) – VNA* take place here.
The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘Divided Loyalties’ (Book) – PDA* takes place here.
The flashback scene with the Doctor and the Master in ‘Harvest of Time’ (Book/Audio) – BB*+BAB** takes place here.
The flashback scene of the First Doctor leaving Gallifrey in ‘Nightshade’ (Book/Audio) – VNA*+BFAD** takes place here.
The flashback scene of the First Doctor rescuing Patience and Susan from Gallifrey in ‘Cold Fusion’ (Book) – VMA* takes place here.


2. The First Doctor with Susan

The First Doctor and Susan’s flashback of fleeing Gallifrey in ‘Time & Time Again’ (Comic) takes place here before ‘The Beginning’ (Audio) – BFAB**.

  • The Beginning (Audio) – BFAB**

The First Doctor and Susan’s appearance in ‘The Name of the Doctor’ (TV) takes place during ‘The Beginning’ (Audio) – BFAB**.
‘The Exiles’ (ST) takes place during ‘The Beginning’ (Audio) – BFAB**.

  • The Sleeping Blood (Audio) – BFAB**

‘Frayed’ (Novella)
‘The Five O’Clock Shadow’ (ST)
‘The Sons of the Crab’ (Annual)
‘The Lost Ones’ (Annual)
‘The Monsters from Earth’ (Annual)
‘Childhood Living’ (ST)
‘Seven To One’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**
‘A Big Hand For The Doctor’ (Puffin/Audio) – PAB**
‘Indian Summer’ (ST)
The First Doctor and Susan’s appearance in ‘All-Consuming Fire’ (Book/Audio) – VNA*+BFAD** takes place here.
The First Doctor and Susan’s appearance in ‘Categorical Imperative’ (ST) takes place here.

  • The Alchemists (Audio) – BFAB**

‘The Arboreals’ (SS)
The First Doctor and Susan saving the planet Lemaria from the Megrati according to ‘The Constant Doctor’ (SS) takes place here.

‘Urrozdinee’ (YB)
‘The Price of Conviction’ (ST)
‘Bide-a-Wee’ (ST)
‘The Gift’ (ST)
The First Doctor and Susan’s appearance in ‘Where’s The Doctor’ (Annual Comic) takes place here.

  • Quinnis (Audio) – BFAB**

The First Doctor and Susan’s visit to Akhaten takes place here.

  • An Unearthly Woman (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**

‘The Juror’s Story’ (ST)

  • Operation Proteus (Comic)

‘Losing the Audience’ (ST)

‘Echoes of Future’s Past’ (DWM)
‘Time and Relative’ (Novella)


3. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Susan (Season 1 & 2)

The First Doctor’s second appearance in ‘Time & Time Again’ (Comic) takes place here before ‘An Unearthly Child’ (TV).

The First Doctor’s cameo in ‘The Shoreditch Intervention’ from ‘Susan’s War’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.

‘Prologue: The First Doctor’ from ‘Supremacy of the Cybermen’ (Comic) occurs during ‘An Unearthly Child’ (TV).
The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘The Eight Doctors’ (Book) – EDA* takes place during ‘An Unearthly Child’ (TV).

‘A Star Is Born’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**
‘Who Discovered America’ (DWM)
‘The Ruins of Time’ (ST)
‘Tell Me You Love Me’ (ST)
‘The Path of Skulls’ from ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ (Comic) takes place here.

The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan’s appearance in ‘The Forgotten’ (Comic) takes place here.

‘Rise and Fall’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**

The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan’s cameo in ‘The Horror of Time’ (Z) takes place during ‘The Zondor Robbers’ (Z).

The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘Collision Course’ from ‘The Legacy of Time’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.

  • Return to Skaro (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Last of the Romanovs (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Campaign (Book)
  • The Wanderer (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Library of Alexandria (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Flames of Cadiz (Audio) – BFAB**

‘A Small Semblance of Home’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**
‘Rennigan’s Records’ (DWM)
‘The Last Days’ (ST)
‘A Long Night’ (ST)
The First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan’s appearance in ‘The Light At The End’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘Mire and Clay’ (ST)
‘The Duke’s Folly’ (ST)
‘The Mother Road’ (ST)
‘Room For Improvement’ (ST)
‘The Reign Makers’ (ST)

‘Flywheel Revolution’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**

  • The Witch Hunters (Book/Audio) – PDA*+BAB**
  • City at World’s End (Book) – PDA*
  • Here There Be Monsters (Audio) – BFAB**

‘The Thief of Sherwood’ (ST)


4. The First Doctor with Ian and Barbara (Season 2)

  • Venusian Lullaby (Book) – VMA*

‘The Book of Shadows’ (VD)
‘The Nine Day Queen’ (VD)

‘Set in Stone’ (ST)
‘The True and Indisputable Facts in the Matter of the Ram’s Skull’ (ST)


5. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Vicki (Season 2) (1)

‘Romans Cutaway’ (ST)


6. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara, Vicki and Jospa (Season 2)

  • The Fifth Traveller (Audio) – BFAB**

7. The First Doctor with Ian, Barbara and Vicki (Season 2) (2)

‘All I Want For Christmas’ (Penguin/Audio) – PAB**

  • The Dark Planet (Audio) – BFAB**

‘Nothing at the End of the Lane’ (ST)
‘1963’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**

  • The Rocket Men (Audio) – BFAB**

‘Unnatural Selection’ from ‘Prisoners of Time’ (Comic) takes place here.
‘Endgame’ from ‘Prisoners of Time’ (Comic) takes place here.

‘Every Day’ (ST)
‘A Religious Experience’ (YB/Comic)

  • The Plotters (Book) – VMA*
  • The Sleeping City (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Unwinding World (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Doctor’s Tale (Audio) – BFAB**
  • Daybreak (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Chase (TV)

‘Journey Out of Terror’ (TS) – TB* takes place during ‘The Chase’ (TV).


8. The First Doctor with Vicki and Steven (Season 2 & 3)

  • The Time Meddler (TV)
  • The Suffering (Audio) – BFAB**
  • Frostfire (Audio)BFAB**
  • Upstairs (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Bounty of Ceres (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Ravelli Conspiracy (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Founding Fathers (Audio) – BFAB**
  • Fields of Terror (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Dalek Occupation of Winter (Audio)BFAB**
  • An Ideal World (Audio) – BFAB**
  • Entanglement (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Crash of the UK-201 (Audio) – BFAB**

The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘The Three Doctors’ (TV) takes place here.
The First Doctor; Vicki and Steven’s cameo in ‘The Light at the End’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
The events of ‘The Secret History’ (Audio) – BFAD** occur here.

  • The Empire of Glass (Book) – VMA*
  • Are You Listening? (Comic)

‘Corridors of Powers’ (ST)
‘The Schoolboy’s Story’ (ST)
‘The Long Step Backwards’ (ST)
‘Snowman in Manhattan’ (ST)
‘Mars’ (ST)
‘The Power Supply’ (ST)
‘Etheria’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**

‘Planet of the Bunnoids’ (ST)


9. The First Doctor with Steven and Sara (Season 3)

‘Daughter of the Gods’ (Audio) – BFAB** mostly takes place in an alternative timeline.
‘Scribbles in Chalk’ (ST)

N.B.: The following stories take place between ‘The Feast of Steven’ (Episode Seven) and ‘Volcano’ (Episode Eight) in ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ (TV).

The Anachronauts (Audio) – BFAB**
‘Katarina in the Underworld’ (ST)
‘The Little Drummer Boy’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**
An Ordinary Life (Audio) – BFAB**
The Guardian of the Solar System (Audio) – BFAB**
The Drowned World (Audio) – BFAB**
Home Truths (Audio) – BFAB**

Men of War (Audio) – BAB**
The Sontarans (Audio) – BFAB**


10. The First Doctor with Steven and Oliver (Season 3)

  • The Perpetual Bond (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Cold Equations (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The First Wave (Audio) – BFAB**

11. The First Doctor with Steven (Season 3)

‘Ash’ (ST)
‘Making History’ (ST)
‘Waiting for Jeremy’ (ST)
The First Doctor and Steven’s appearance in ‘Do You Smell Carrots?’ (ST) takes place here.

‘Helmstone’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**
‘White on White’ (ST)

‘O Tannenbaum’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**


12. The First Doctor with John and Gillian (Season 3)

N.B. The First Doctor’s adventures with John and Gillian from TV Comic take place during ‘The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve’ (TV) during his temporary absence in the story.

‘Roses’ (DWM) takes directly into ‘The Five Doctors’ (TV) for the First Doctor.
The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘The Five Doctors’ (TV) takes place here.
The First Doctor’s cameo in ‘Punting’ (TS) – TB* takes place during ‘The Five Doctors’ (TV).
‘Cambridge Previsited’ (YB)
‘The Lair of Zarbi Supremo’ (Annual/Audio) – via ‘The Web Planet’ DVD
‘Peril in Mechanistria’ (Annual/Audio) – BAB**
‘The Fishmen of Kandalinga’ (Annual)

‘Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space’ (Novella/Audio)
The First Doctor’s cameo in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ (TV) takes place here.

  • The Klepton Parasites (TV Comic)
  • The Therovian Quest (TV Comic)
  • The Hijackers of Thrax (TV Comic)
  • Doctor Who on the Web Planet (TV Comic)
  • The Gyros (TV Comic)
  • Prisoners of Gritog (TV Comic)
  • Home to Hamelin (TV Comic)
  • Moon Landing (TV Comic)
  • In Reverse (TV Comic)
  • Lizardworld (TV Comic)
  • Prisoners of the Kleptons (TV Comic)
  • The Caterpillar Men (TV Comic)
  • The Ordeals of Demeter (TV Comic)
  • Enter: The Go-Ray (TV Comic)
  • Dr. Who Meets the Frog People (TV Comic)
  • A Christmas Story (TV Comic)
  • In Search of the Didus (TV Comic)
  • Space-Station Z-7 (TV Comic)
  • Plague of the Black Scorpi (TV Comic)
  • The Trodos Tyranny (TV Comic)
  • Guests of King Neptune (TV Comic)
  • The Gaze of the Gorgon (TV Comic)
  • The Secret of Gemino (TV Comic)
  • The Haunted Planet (TV Comic)
  • The Hunters of Zerox (TV Comic)
  • The Underwater Robot (TV Comic)
  • Deadly Cargo (TV Comic)
  • The Pets (TV Comic)
  • Return of the Trods (TV Comic)
  • The Galaxy Games (TV Comic)
  • The Experimenters (TV Comic)

‘The Cloud Exiles’ (Annual)
‘The Sons of Grekk’ (Annual/Audio) – BAB**
‘Terror on Tiro’ (Annual)
‘Mission for Duh’ (Annual Comic)
‘The Devil-Birds of Corbo’ (Annual)
‘The Playthings of Fo’ (Annual)
‘Justice of the Glacians’ (Annual)
‘Ten Fathom Pirates’ (Annual)
‘iNtRUsioNs’ (ST)
‘From Eternity’ (ST)

The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘The Lost Dimension’ (Comic) takes place here.


13. The First Doctor with Steven and Dodo (Season 3)

The First Doctor’s cameo in ‘The Prime Factor’ takes place here.
‘Murder In The Dark’ (Penguin/Audio) – PAB**
‘This Sporting Life’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**
The First Doctor, Steven and Dodo’s appearance in ‘The Golden Door’ (VD) takes place here.
The First Doctor; Steven and Dodo’s appearance in ‘Tales of the Vault’ (Audio) – BFAB** takes place here.
’64 Carlysle Street’ (ST)

  • Bunker Soldiers (Book) – PDA*
  • Return of the Rocket Men (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The War to End All Wars (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Savages (TV)

14. The First Doctor with Dodo (Season 3)

‘Tarnished Image’ (VD)
‘There Are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden’ (ST)

  • The Man in the Velvet Mask (Book) – PDA*

‘The Horror at Bletchington Station’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**


15. The First Doctor with Ben and Polly (Season 4)

‘The Rag & Bone Man’s Story’ (ST)

‘The Three Paths’ (ST)

  • Food For Thought (Comic)
  • Ten Little Aliens (Book)PDA*
  • The Crumbling Magician (Audio) – BFAB**
  • The Plague of Dreams (Audio) – BFAB**

‘Falling’ (ST/Audio) – BFAB**

‘The Locked Room’ (Audio) – BFAB** takes place during ‘The Tenth Planet’ (TV).
The First Doctor’s appearance in ‘Twice Upon A Time’ (TV)  takes place during ‘The Tenth Planet’ (TV).


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26 thoughts on “The First Doctor’s Timeline

  1. Thank you for making this list! I really like how you included when The 5,3 and 2 doctor stories take place for each doctor. it really helps those who want to watch them for each doctor.

    how often do you update this list, because i noticed for 12 you have up to the current new who episode

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  2. Hi vouax.

    Thank you for your comments. I’m very pleased you enjoy using my ‘Doctor Who Timelines’ on my blog. I do take pleasure in creating them and I’m glad they’ve become popular these days.

    I do try my best to keep updating these timelines now and again with new stories coming in. But it’s not easy as I don’t read a lot of the comics and books or listen to every audio story that comes in. I do welcome any suggestions to add to these timelines, as it helps me since I can’t keep track of everything that goes on in these timelines.

    Please feel free to add any more suggestions to stories in each timeline and please let me know where you think they would take place.

    Thanks.

    Tim. 🙂

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  3. Me again. Hi. I think the comic time and time would be better around the beginning audio, as the flashback scene with the first doctor takes place before he & Susan leave Gallifrey. Of course it being a flashback it could go anywhere. Now the alternative future of the first doctor could take place before the An unearthly child, so I can see why you would put it where you did.

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    • Hi Omega. Nice to hear from you again.

      I’m not really a comics reader and haven’t actually read ‘Time and Time Again’. I was relying on the placement of the story given by eyespider. I have checked eyespider’s version of the First Doctor’s timeline and I can see there are two placements for it. One for the flashback before ‘The Beginning’ and another for before ‘An Unearthly Child’.

      I’ll put the two placements of the comic story in the timeline for now for both the First Doctor and Susan. Hopefully I’ll get round to read ‘Time and Time Again’ someday.

      Many thanks.

      Tim. 🙂

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  4. “Time & Time Again” features several scenes across the Doctor’s timeline. One of them features the First Doctor and Susan on the run on Gallifrey (basically, right before “The Beginning). The other features the First Doctor on Earth (Susan off-screen) sometime before “An Unearthly Child.”

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  5. Hi, Tim! Thanks for all your work on these timelines, they’re a wonderful resource. I recently finished Men of War, the BBC audiobook with the First Doctor, Steven and Sara, and thought I’d drop a line. I’d recommend moving it to just before The Sontarans, instead of just after, as Men of War refers to their situation with the Daleks the way the earlier Companion Chronicles do, but The Sontarans is basically designed to lead directly into “Volcano.” Having heard them both recently, it plays out better that way. I certainly understand putting newly-releases stuff at the end of the list, but unless something gets released in the future that’s very specific about it, I’d expect most stories with this trio to come before The Sontarans now.

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    • Hi Tim!

      Many thanks for your helpful suggestion of moving ‘Men of War’ before ‘The Sontarans’. I’ve done the same for Steven and Sara’s timelines as well as the First Doctor’s timeline.

      I really need to get into listening to ‘The Sontarans’ as I have that already on CD. I hope I will hear it someday as it sounds like it’s a very good story.

      I’m glad you appreciate the reasoning behind why I place the latest stories of a certain team in ‘Doctor Who’ at the end of a list. I do welcome alternative suggestions to stories that are set during a specific point in one of the Doctor’s timelines. And yeah, placing ‘Men of War’ before ‘The Sontarans’ makes sense with the latter leading directly into the second half of ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’. Hopefully I’ll do the same for future stories with the First Doctor, Steven and Sara when they come out either by the BBC or Big Finish by placing them before ‘The Sontarans’ rather than after it..

      Very pleased you enjoy my ‘Doctor Who’ timelines and find them very useful.

      From one Tim to another – thanks!

      Tim. 🙂

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    • Hi Andrew.

      Apologies for my late reply.

      I’ve added ‘Campaign’ by Jim Mortimore to the First Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara’s timeline. I’ve placed the story after the latest ‘Fifth Doctor Adventure’ by Big Finish with David Bradley.

      Best wishes,

      Tim. 🙂

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    • Hi Robert.

      Thanks for your insight into this. I’ve not heard ‘The Phoenicians’ and ‘Return to Skaro’ yet. Eyespider also seem to have the First Doctor Adventures matched to how I list them in the order of when they were released by Big Finish.

      I’ll keep your suggestion in mind when it comes to hearing more First Doctor Adventures, which I’d like to do soon.

      Tim. 🙂

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      • Hi Robert & Tim,
        I just listened to this and Ian does have his watch, and he did lose his watch a couple of stories earlier, but of course it could be a new one. The story does not mention any of the earlier stories except the Daleks TV story so it could easily be set earlier than the first 3 1st Doctor box sets. Not listened to the second story in this set yet so I’ll see if that narrows it down at all.
        Neil

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      • To follow up on my previous message, I have listened to all of these and the jury is still out, in the Phoenicians Ian says it’s been 4 months since they left their time, and in Last of the Romanovs, which follows on from Return to Skaro, Susan mentions it’s been several months since Ian and Barbara joined the Tardis. The only anomaly is Ian has his watch back…

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  6. Hi Tim, thanks for all your work on these timelines, they are really great.
    I noticed you are missing the River Song story An Unearthly Woman from this First Doctor Timeline, which I probably sits before Hunters of Earth.

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    • Hi Neil.

      Very pleased you enjoy using my ‘Doctor Who’ timelines.

      Thanks for letting me know about ‘An Unearthly Woman’. I’ve added the story to the First Doctor’s timeline as well as to Susan’s, Ian’s and Barbara’s.

      Tim. 🙂

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  7. Hi Tim,
    I noticed you have these in reverse order to their release:
    The Guardian of the Solar System (Audio) – BFAB**
    The Drowned World (Audio) – BFAB**
    Home Truths (Audio) – BFAB**

    I think it should be this order as they follow on from each other:
    Home Truths (Audio) – BFAB**
    The Drowned World (Audio) – BFAB**
    The Guardian of the Solar System (Audio) – BFAB**

    Neil

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    • Hi Neil.

      Yeah, this is where it gets confusing.

      The Sara Kingdom trilogy is in the correct order of

      *The Guardian of the Solar System (Audio) – BFAB**
      *The Drowned World (Audio) – BFAB**
      *Home Truths (Audio) – BFAB**

      but it’s from the Doctor’s point of view. This is confirmed on Sara Kingdom’s tardis wiki page and according to Eyespider.

      It’s when Sara does the narration/the framing story that it’s from

      Home Truths (Audio) – BFAB**
      The Drowned World (Audio) – BFAB**
      The Guardian of the Solar System (Audio) – BFAB**

      I’ll have to hear this trilogy to be sure, but I believe that’s the case and I think it’s how Simon Guerrier presented the trilogy.

      Thanks for checking this with me.

      Tim. 🙂

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      • When I listened to these I did it in the order you have on here, and i noticed the framing story was backwards, it was only afterwards that I checked the release dates and thought it made more sense that way round. I may have not picked up on it but the actual stories from the Doctor’s point of view did not appear to be related so I am not sure how it’s possible to say what order they come in during Sara Kingdom’s time in Tardis. I tend to listen whilst I’m driving so it’s possible I didn’t pick up on a reference which firmly placed them.

        Neil

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