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Edward Travers
Travers in The Abominable Snowmen
Main aliases: Ernest Ebon
Species: Human
Affiliated with: Royal Geographical Society, Fourth Operational Corps
Place of origin: Great Britain
Father: Lyndon Travers
Spouse: Margaret Travers
Children: Anne Travers, Alun Travers
First seen in: The Abominable Snowmen
Other appearances: see list
Main actor: Jack Watling
Professor Edward Travers CBE was a British anthropologist and explorer. His life was largely defined by his numerous encounters with the Great Intelligence, each of which brought great change.

After his first encounter with the Intelligence, Travers spent several years displaced from his native time. During this time, he faced the Intelligence again and met H. G. Wells.

In the end, both Travers and his daughter Anne were killed fighting the Intelligence.

History Edit

Edward was born to Lyndon Travers. (PROSE: One Cold Step)

Trip to Tibet Edit

In either the 1920s (COMIC: Yonder... The Yeti) or 1935, Travers decided to set out on an expedition to prove the existence of Yeti in order to prove Professor Walters, his old rival at the Royal Geographical Society, wrong. After gaining the financial support of a "Fleet Street editor" and getting John Angus Mackay to agree to accompany him to Tibet, Travers began a long journey from London to the Himalayas. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen)

One night after Travers and Mackay arrived in the Himalayas, their camp was attacked by Robot Yeti and Mackay was killed. Travers found refuge at the Det-Sen Monastery. When the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and Victoria Waterfield arrived at the monastery shortly afterwards, Travers initially suspected that they were the culprits for the attack on his camp, but he eventually came to trust them and aided in defeating the Great Intelligence. (TV: The Abominable Snowmen)

Immediately after the Doctor left, Travers followed what he believed to be a real Yeti into a cave and discovered an invasion force of robot yeti led by Jemba-Wa. He overheard the Intelligence giving them instructions to invade London and New York City and was pulled forward in time along with the yeti to 1965, but was knocked unconscious during the trip. (PROSE: The Creatures in the Cave, Times Squared)

Displaced in time Edit

After making sure that the Det-Sen Monastery was safe, Travers began a months-long journey across Asia and Europe to get to London before the Yeti, having many "strange adventures" and "chance encounters" along the way.

His voyage has seemingly reached an end in London, but after spying on his future self and his future daughter in St James's Park and his future son teaching at the University of Oxford Travers realised that he couldn't remain in London without having to worry about disrupt the future. He went to New York City and established himself under the alias "Ernest Ebon".

For four years, Travers ran Ebon Books while trying to prepare New York for the Intelligence. When signs of the Intelligence began appearing in the city, Travers directed detective Paul Dawson and Lieutenant Adrienne Kramer to them. In October 1969, the Intelligence finally launched its attack and Travers worked with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart to defeat it once more. After this, Jemba-Wa attempted to transport Travers through time and space back to 1935 Tibet. Unfortunately for Travers, that wasn't where he arrived. (PROSE: Times Squared)

Ordinary life & World War II Edit

Travers brought back one of the robot Yeti used by the Intelligence, but money problems eventually forced him to sell it to Julius Silverstein for his private museum — though Travers kept the Yeti's control sphere. (TV: The Web of Fear)

Travers later married Margaret Goff. He became quite enamoured with eccentric Goffs, a family with whom the Travers shared a lot of bad blood. It was hoped their marriage would heal some wound, but instead he distanced himself from his own family. Margaret and he had a son, Alun, in 1936, and in 1938 a daughter, Anne. His wife passed away when Anne was very young. As a result, during the 1940s, Travers often left his children with his brother-in-law, Sebastian Goff, and his wife, while he did secret work for the British military arm, the Fourth Operational Corps. (PROSE: One Cold Step)

In the 1960s, Travers met postgraduate student James Rafferty, and took him into his confidence regarding a Yeti control sphere. (PROSE: The Dimension Riders)

Working with Lethbridge-Stewart Edit

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An older Travers cowers before a robot Yeti during the London Event. (TV: The Web of Fear)

Travers eventually succeeded in reactivating one of the Yeti's control spheres, which led to the Intelligence attacking London. He and Anne assisted the Doctor and the army task force led by Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart in defeating the Intelligence once more. (TV: The Web of Fear)

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Travers in the Arctic. (PROSE: One Cold Step)

In April 1969, Travers went on an expedition to the Arctic Circle with his daughter. (PROSE: One Cold Step, The Schizoid Earth)

In May 1969, Travers was kidnapped by Leslie Johnston, who attempted to use him to control one of the Robot Yeti. He was freed by Lethbridge Stewart and Ian Gilmore. (PROSE: The Dogs of War)

In July 1969, Travers met with Anne to watch Apollo 11 land on the the Moon, but he fell asleep just prior to the landing. (PROSE: Moon Blink)

Following his kidnapping by Johnston, Travers began to suffer memory issues, mistaking Ann for his deceased wife. In October 1969, Anne voiced her fear to Sally Wright that her father was suffering from dementia. (PROSE: Times Squared, The Lost Skin)

Later life Edit

Four years later, the Doctor tried to contact Travers again, but learned from Isobel Watkins that he and Anne had gone to spend a year in the United States. (TV: The Invasion)

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Travers' reanimated corpse. (HOMEVID: Downtime)

Travers spent years trying to learn all he could about the Intelligence, even researching at the Library of St John the Beheaded. His reputation was ruined by Ashley Chapel. (PROSE: Millennial Rites)

Travers died on 25 December 1980 after spending his last few years living in isolation in Tibet. His reanimated corpse was used as a host for the Great Intelligence in 1995, posing as the chancellor of New World University, as part of its plan to conquer Earth by infecting the global network of computers. (HOMEVID: Downtime)

Other realities Edit

In the Inferno Earth, Edward Travers died in an avalanche while searching for Yetis in 1935. (PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

In Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart's home reality, Edward Travers used Nikola Tesla's time machine in 1945 to escape with Alastair to Inferno Earth; however, Travers died upon arriving.(PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

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