They were once the dominant species on Earth, but when their Herd-Leader was trapped in ice they degenerated without his mind. The Bovine Herd Leader revived thousands of years later and was able to travel back in time. He found his species were being wiped out by the Native Americans and guided Christopher Columbus to America in 1492, hoping the Europeans would wipe out the Native Americans and save his herd. However, the Europeans wiped out the buffalo themselves. (AUDIO: Trouble in Paradise)
Cultural references to buffalo Edit
The Sixth Doctor used the password buffalo to access the UNIT telephone line. (AUDIO: Vampire of the Mind) The Ninth Doctor later told Mickey Smith to use same password to access a variety of areas of the UNIT website. (TV: World War Three)
Behind the scenes Edit
The DWU fails to use buffalo as a synonym for bison — which it is, in a limited sense. Certainly, North American buffalo are bison. However, the kind the Seventh Doctor and Ace saw in Africa would have been African buffalo and not at all bison.