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An elephant was a very large Earth animal with a long trunk and could weigh up to 7,000 kg.
Encounters with elephants Edit
Elephants were one of the animal species brought on board the Ark in circa 10,000,000 to escape the destruction of Earth. Dodo Chaplet pointed an Indian elephant out to the First Doctor and Steven Taylor and they proceeded to pet it. (TV: The Ark)
In about 120 AD, the Tenth Doctor learned that Roman authorities kept elephants as a part of a menagerie that included leopards, giraffes and a wide range of other, chiefly African animals. Some of the beasts were kept for hunting, and others were used to face off against prisoners in local arenas. The Doctor was incensed by the practise, because he knew it would lead to the extinction of several of the species. (PROSE: The Stone Rose)
Whilst in India in 1947, the Doctor and Donna Noble travelled with Mohandas Gandhi and his party by elephant. Donna was amused by the rolling motion caused by the elephant's gait. Consequently, both she and the Doctor had a hard time controlling their laughter. As was customary in India, these "transport elephants" were highly decorated with flowers, bells, and a howdah. (PROSE: Ghosts of India)
There were elephants in the zoo that Martha Jones went to when she was young. (PROSE: The Last Dodo) They were also used as performers, with several working at the International Circus. (TV: Terror of the Autons)
Cultural references to elephants Edit
When talking to Davros about logic, the Fourth Doctor says "All elephants are pink, Nellie is an elephant, therefore, Nellie is pink!". When he asks if it logical and Davros agrees, the Doctor and Tyssan correct him that elephants aren't pink. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks)
Human folklore stated that elephants never forget anything. It was a running joke between the Sixth Doctor and his companion Melanie Bush that she had the memory of an elephant. (TV: The Ultimate Foe, AUDIO: The One Doctor, TV: Time and the Rani, AUDIO: Unregenerate!, The Warehouse, A Life of Crime)