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|Also known as:||Cow, Bull|
|First seen in:||The Invasion|
Cattle were domesticated mammals native to Earth. The males were called bulls, and the females were called cows. (TV: Image of the Fendahl) Clyde Langer once succinctly said — while he was looking after the baby Sky Smith — that "cows eat grass, and they make milk and they go moooo... [and] they also make steak." (TV: Sky) Indeed, Rose Tyler once suggested to the Ninth Doctor that being out of cow's milk was a part of the reason that they often ended up back on Earth. "All the species in the universe," the Doctor replied, "and it has to come out of a cow." (TV: The Empty Child) Many restaurants served cow meat. (TV: The Bells of Saint John)
Encounters with cows Edit
The Doctor Edit
The Eighth Doctor also liked to talk to cows. After Destrii and he had defeated the Cybermen, he landed the TARDIS in a pasture. He spoke to the cows, telling them what a great day it was to have saved the universe. Noticing he had lost his frock coat in the battle, Destrii suggested that he would look good in leather (she was wearing a black leather jacket). The Doctor replied that that Destrii was once again "charming the locals", indicating that leather came from cattle. (COMIC: The Flood)
On another occasion, the Eighth Doctor (who was then split into three bodies), Charley Pollard and C'rizz encountered cows in the Garden of Curiosities. This meant that cattle existed not only off-Earth, but in completely different dimensions. One of the three Eighth Doctors noted that cows could become dangerous if they herded together and stampeded. He seemed particularly concerned about cow hooves during a stampede. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)
In 1913, the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown witnessed the heavens open up to dump cows on the beaches of Ostend, Belgium. This was cause by a time bomb sending the cows back in time. (AUDIO: Year of the Pig)
Bernice Summerfield once experienced a freak time anomaly in which leather shoes were turned back into cows. However, the time anomaly only restored the cows to shortly before they were turned into leather. The floors of the Gigamarket were littered with dead cows. (AUDIO: The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy)
Dr Scotus, a veterinarian working near Cardiff, once examined a cow that had begun eating other cows because it had been affected by an alien tapeworm which had come through the rift. (PROSE: Slow Decay)
Even the Doctor's enemies used cows on occasion: Zygons once used body-prints to take the form of cows, as they were allowed to roam freely. As was necessary for the proper operation of body-print technology, the Zygons stored the real cows in their ship. (PROSE: Sting of the Zygons)
When humanity became a space-faring race, they took cows with them to the stars. As Earth's influence spread, cattle were shipped across the galaxy, to planets such as Jadea (PROSE: Placebo Effect) and Sarath. (PROSE: City at World's End)
In addition to actual encounters with cows, there were a number of cases in which cows were referenced.
When Steven Taylor still disbelieved the Doctor's claim that the TARDIS was a time machine, even after being shown a horned Viking helmet, the Doctor asked him if he thought it was a space helmet for a cow. (TV: "The Watcher")
Though some believed it a myth, the Eighth Doctor claimed that cattle could tell when it was going to rain and would sit down so that they would have a patch of dry grass to eat from. He said that, like cows, he could tell when it was going to rain, and when something was wrong. (PROSE: Placebo Effect)
On Voga, Sarah Jane Smith's ankles were bound by chains. In the effort to free her, Harry Sullivan accidentally hit one of her ankles. When it became swollen, he told her that the ankle was as "thick as a cow's." (TV: Revenge of the Cybermen)
As an insult Edit
"Cow" was also used as an insult. For example, Clara Oswald once called the TARDIS a "grumpy old cow." (TV: Hide) Martha Jones also called Eve a "scheming cow". (PROSE:The Last Dodo) Before Heather Lake defeated the Mavora Queen, she called it a cow. (COMIC:The Broken Man) Sally Sparrow called Kathy Nightingale a "lying cow" upon realising that Kathy had lied about her age while she examined her grave. (TV: Blink)