A bottle universe was an invention of I.M. Foreman; the entire contents of a universe were scaled down and placed within a bottle. The creator had some degree of control over the universe, but many aspects took place of their own accord. (PROSE: Interference)
I.M. Foreman created the bottle universe and played with the mechanics of it while on Foreman's World. It was stolen from her by the Time Lords while she and the Eighth Doctor slept. (PROSE: Interference)
Another bottle universe was created by the sphinxes for the Gods of Dellah and secured by Chris Cwej while he was working for the Homeworld. Cwej opened a gateway for the Time Lords to invade and destroy the bottle universe version of 1970s Earth. (PROSE: Dead Romance)
The Time Lords planned to use I.M. Foreman's bottle universe as a haven from the Enemy. Greyjan the Sane proposed the hypothesis that the Enemy were actually ancestor cells energised by the leaking bottle. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)
Marnal created a bottle universe when trying to discover the fate of Gallifrey after it had been destroyed. He later used it to track the Doctor through time and to also learn about what kind of person he was and was to become. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Behind the scenes Edit
- In PROSE Interference and Dead Romance, author Lawrence Miles intended to use the bottle universes to establish the Virgin New Adventures (featuring the 7th Doctor and Bernice Summerfield) as a different universe from the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures. In other words, the bottle universe of Dead Romance was intended to be inside the bottle universe of Interference. However, in the Mad Norwegian Press release of Dead Romance, Miles admitted in the foreword that this was a bad idea and rightfully ignored.