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A car crash, also known as a car accident, was when a car collided with something else, often another vehicle or a person. Car accidents often resulted in death. They could also affect participants in other ways, such as brain damage (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird) paralysis, (TV: For Tonight We Might Die, Nightvisiting) or recurring heart attacks. (TV: Mummy on the Orient Express)
According to "Margaret Blaine", car accidents sometimes happened when visibility was low, such as when it was raining. (TV: Boom Town) Another cause was sometimes alcohol, (TV: Fear Her) or the use of a mobile phone. (AUDIO: The Dead Line)
On 18 August 1951, Eddie and Barbara Smith, companion Sarah Jane Smith's parents, having abandoned their toddler in a pram, were killed when their car collided with a tractor after having attended the Foxgrove Village Fête. Though she didn't find out until much later on life, they did this, in fact, to protect the world from the Trickster. (TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith) Sarah Jane was subsequently sent to live with her aunt, Lavinia Smith. (TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith, The Day of the Clown)
Sometime in the 1970s, Bernard Forbes was killed in a car accident. While there was a funeral, Krashen later changed history, for money, so that Bernard hadn't died in the accident. When the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart visited the Forbes home, they found him alive, but slowly losing his mental facilities. After Krashen and his time machine were destroyed, Bernard just vanished. (PROSE: Honest Living)
In an alternate Earth, Keith Gold was killed in a car accident. (TV: Inferno) At some point after leaving UNIT in 1979, Carol Bell was in a car accident that left her with brain damage. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird)
On 7 November 1987 on Jordan Road in London, a beige car with the number plate NEH 793W, driven by Matt, hit and killed Pete Tyler, father of companion Rose. In an altered timeline, Rose Tyler pushed Pete out of the way, and he continued on to the wedding of Stuart Hoskins and Sarah Clark. In the end, after Reapers appeared because of the temporal paradox, the only way out of the situation was for Pete to die as he originally did. The car drove down the road in front of the Parish of St Christopher's in a loop; Pete voluntarily ran out in front of the car, and was killed. Rose comforted him as he died. (TV: Father's Day)
Carys Fletcher's mother died in a car crash in 1997, leaving her husband a widower. (TV: Day One) Victor Zierath's wife was killed in a car accident, caused by his own carelessness. (PROSE: The Schoolboy's Story)
Sam Lloyd moved to Saint Anthony's Children Home in Danemouth when his mum and dad died in a car accident in 2001, when the boy was seven years old. (TV : The Mad Woman in the Attic) Chloe Webber's abusive father died in a car crash while drunk. Wife Trish Webber and Chloe thought they were now "safe" from him. (TV: Fear Her)
Less than an hour after Maggie Hopley's 2008 wedding with Brian Hopley, the couple's car flipped over, and only Maggie survived. A year later, Maggie intended to kill herself, but chose not to after listening to Owen Harper's story about his resurrection and the Pulse. (TV: A Day in the Death)
When April MacLean was 8 years old, her father purposefully drove off the motorway with April and her mother Jackie in the car. Jackie was paralysed as a result, while her daughter was not hurt. April's dad went to prison for causing the crash. (TV: Nightvisiting) Jackie since got around in a wheelchair, and adapted to her new condition. April took care of her. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)
In 2009, Jack Harkness crashed the Torchwood SUV. Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams witnessed the crash, and brought him to the hospital. (AUDIO: The Dead Line) That same year, Alison Lloyd was killed in a car accident, but was only dead for five minutes. When she was revived, a thought-form had attached to her that manifested as her doll Mr Pickles. (PROSE: SkyPoint)
In 2016, one of Gregson's colleagues, driving from a meeting, refused to give way to a car driven by a seemingly crazy young girl. The colleague swerved away at the last moment, and died after crashing into a truck. (PROSE: Joyride)
On the human colony Red Rocket Rising, Morgan crashed his solar-powered car into the Eighth Doctor's TARDIS while being pressured by "Asha Gryvern" to speed, causing his death. Another passenger within the vehicle at the time of the crash was Eileen Klint; the three were leaving the mob behind, and on the run from them. While the TARDIS was not so much as scratched from the impact, but the car, as described by Lucie Miller, "bounced right the way over the other side of the road". Smoke protruded from the solar cell engine. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks)
Professor Emile Moorhouse suffered from regular panic attacks after surviving a car crash the year before his ultimate murder by the Foretold. He was selected by the Foretold because of his weakened state. (TV: Mummy on the Orient Express)
Behind the scenes Edit
Actor Roger Delgado, who played the original Master, to Jon Pertwee's Third Doctor, died in a car accident on 18 June 1973. In later interviews, Jon Pertwee cited Delgado's death as a contributing factor, along with the departure of Barry Letts as producer, in his decision to leave the series in 1974.
Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks, the 1964 novelisation, changed the meeting of the First Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian in a junkyard in TV: "An Unearthly Child" to a car crash on Barnes Common.