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List of Doctor Who vehicles

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This is a list of fictional vehicles in the Doctor Who media franchise.

Spacecraft[edit]

TARDIS[edit]

Vehicles of the Time Lords, capable of taking on an appearance to fit in with the local architecture. The Doctor owns the last TARDIS in N-Space, and it serves both as his home and as his preferred means of transport.

Motor vehicles[edit]

Bessie[edit]

The Third Doctor's main mode of transport during his exile on Earth was a canary-yellow roadster. This vehicle, bearing the fictitious registration number "WHO 1", made its debut in the Third Doctor story Doctor Who and the Silurians and made its final regular appearance in the Fourth Doctor story Robot. (The legal registration number, which had to be used when the vehicle was operated on public roads, was "MTR 5"; for this reason, shots of the car taken on public roads do not show the registration plate.) Upon the Fourth Doctor's departure from Earth Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart had the car "put into mothballs". It reappeared in the Fifth Doctor story The Five Doctors, driven by the Third Doctor as he was "collected" by the story's villain; in the Seventh Doctor serial Battlefield (wearing the registration number "WHO 7" for this story only); and the 1993 charity special Dimensions in Time.

Bessie was one of about 100 cars made by an inventor based in England who used Ford 103E Populars as a base with fibre-glass bodies. These kit cars were sold as Siva Edwardian cars, available as both two- and four-seaters.[1] Bessie was built at a cost of 500 pounds. It was in the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay for a while, then in September 2017 it went on permanent display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, within the On Screen Cars exhibition.[1]

Whomobile[edit]

The Whomobile was a two-seater enclosed three wheeled car[2] designed to look like a hovercraft, officially known as "The Alien", first used by the Third Doctor in Invasion of the Dinosaurs and last in Planet of the Spiders. On the show, it was simply known as "the Doctor's Car," and was capable of aerial flight. The registration number was WVO 2M. It was built by Pete Farries for Pertwee in 1973. It was fully driveable and capable of reaching speeds of 105 mph (169 km/h) on public roads. The car was auctioned in the 1980s for £1700 (Error when using {{Inflation}}: |index=UK (parameter 1) not a recognized index.).[3]

Flying vehicles[edit]

Valiant[edit]

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A rift opens above the Valiant

The Valiant was a UNIT controlled airborne aircraft carrier. It was designed in part by the Master in the guise of Harold Saxon, then the British Minister of Defence. It is also equipped with a scaled down version of the Torchwood weapon that destroyed the Sycorax ship in "The Christmas Invasion".[4] however, since it is mounted on the ship's underbelly, it can only fire at surface targets.

Utopia rocket[edit]

This rocket was created by "Professor Yana" at the beginning of the event collapse to convey the last of the human race to the fabled Utopia.[5]

References[edit]

  1. "Bessie comes to Beaulieu". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. "BBC - BBC Archive - Doctor? What are you driving?". www.bbc.co.uk. November 1973. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. "BBC - Nottingham Features - The man behind Doctor Who's car". www.bbc.co.uk. December 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  4. BBC – Doctor Who – Episodes – Series Four
  5. "BBC production artwork". Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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