U n i t dating controversy

(The internet has several million words to say on this subject, should you find yourself at a very loose end.) The Doctor actually met anniversary story Silver Nemesis.

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(Silver Nemesis, 1988) Over the last 10 years or so, the Queen’s Christmas Day message of peace and goodwill to the Commonwealth has been somewhat overshadowed by loads of scary monsters choosing that date to try to blow up or take over the planet.

In 2006, the Sycorax threatened to make billions of people jump to their deaths using blood control – including the Queen and the Royal Family, who were teetering on the edge of Buckingham Palace roof.

(The Christmas Invasion, 2005.) Two years later, that same palace was almost destroyed by a space-faring replica of the Titanic.

And while, on Gallifrey, Her Majesty would barely be out of the nursery (by our calculation, she’s around 2010 years younger than the Doctor), it’s an impressive score for an Earthling – particularly when you consider how many times the planet has nearly been destroyed by aliens on her watch.

Thankfully, a certain more friendly extra-terrestrial has always been on hand to do his bit for Queen and country.

So join us for a time-travelling game of thrones as we discover some of the Doctor’s closest encounters with the English monarchy.

( She may be Britain’s longest-serving monarch, but the Queen nearly had the shortest reign in history when alien criminal the Wire tried to stage an Earth invasion during her 1953 coronation.

The creature’s MO was to suck the life force from people watching the event on television, leaving them mindless, helpless husks – years before Simon Cowell had the same idea with The X Factor.

Luckily, the Tenth Doctor managed to foil the fiend's plans by trapping it on a Betamax videotape (ask your parents).

(The Idiot’s Lantern, 2006) A quarter of a century later, the Fifth Doctor crashed the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at a posh public school, where his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart had retired from military service to teach maths.

This tossed something of a hand grenade into the so-called UNIT Dating Controversy – the ongoing debate about whether Jon Pertwee’s time as the Doctor had taken place in the 1970s or the 1980s.

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