|Queen Elizabeth I of England|
|Main aliases:||Good Queen Bess|
The Virgin Queen
|Place of origin:||Greenwich, England|
|Main actor:||Vivienne Bennett|
|Other televisual actors:||Angela Pleasence|
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Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 - 24 March 1603[source needed]) was a Queen of England during the 16th and early 17th centuries, and apparently a spouse of the Tenth Doctor. She presided over the eponymous Elizabethan era.
Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII of England and his second wife Anne Boleyn, who was executed on 19 May 1536. (AUDIO: Recorded Time) Her immediate predecessor was her elder half-sister Mary I, a devout Catholic who sought to "wipe the Protestant scourge from every corner of England." (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy)
In 1555, a Protestant priest, the Reverend Thomas Smith, attempted to install Elizabeth on the throne in place of her Catholic half-sister Mary. His then-gestating son John Whiteside-Smith would grow up to be one of Queen Elizabeth's advisors; the pair were distant ancestors of the Sixth Doctor's companion Evelyn Smythe. (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy)
Elizabeth I's court astrologer John Dee was apparently another identity of Jared Khan, who was still fruitlessly hunting the Doctor at the time. At this point, the Queen appeared to be on friendly terms with the Doctor, then in his seventh incarnation. (PROSE: Birthright)
Her Majesty imprisoned Sir Walter Raleigh in the Tower of London in the summer of 1592 in anger over his secret marriage. Either the First or Second Doctor was his cell-mate whom he bored with incessant discussion of discovering the potato in the New World. The reason for the Doctor's imprisonment was unknown. (TV: The Mind of Evil)
The First Doctor was first shown encountering Elizabeth I as an image on the Time-Space Visualiser. He, Barbara Wright, Vicki Pallister and Ian witnessed her, circa 1596, attempting to influence William Shakespeare to write another play featuring the character of Falstaff — this one featuring Falstaff "in love". (TV: The Chase)
The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn eventually visited the court of Elizabeth I at some point, which was their intended destination at the time of Evelyn's first trip in the the TARDIS. (AUDIO: Thicker than Water) The Eighth Doctor would later return to Elizabeth's court in the company of Samson and Gemma Griffin. (AUDIO: Terror Firma)
Elizabeth's relations with the Tenth Doctor were more complicated. From his perspective, they first met in 1599. On that occasion, in the Globe Theatre, she immediately recognised him and ordered her guards to kill him. (TV: The Shakespeare Code) Some time after this (from his perspective), he met Elizabeth at an earlier moment in her life. He told Ood Sigma that he married "Good Queen Bess", and implied that she could no longer be called by one of her epithets. The Doctor stopped mid-sentence, leaving his precise meaning vague. (TV: The End of Time)
Elizabeth X later made a passing remark regarding a relationship between the Doctor and the "Virgin Queen", also implying that the Doctor and Elizabeth I in some measure consummated their marriage. (TV: The Beast Below) A similar reference to the "Virgin Queen" nickname was also made by the Dream Lord. (TV: Amy's Choice)
When discussing things he still had time for with Dorium Maldovar, the Eleventh Doctor mentioned that "Liz the First" was still waiting to elope with him in a glade, indicating that he may not have gone through with the marriage, though he could have also been implying his ability to travel back to before their wedding occurred. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)
Behind the scenes
- The implication is that Elizabeth was commissioning The Merry Wives of Windsor in The Chase alluded to a historical legend in which Elizabeth actually did suggest Shakespeare write the play. However, The Chase does not explicitly name the work, nor give a definite date for this encounter.
- Following the broadcast of The Shakespeare Code, it was often rumoured that an adventure featuring Queen Elizabeth I and the Tenth Doctor would be forthcoming. However, one never came in Series 4, and pre-broadcast information about the 2009 specials did not seem to favour the return of Elizabeth, either. The fact that Elizabeth was mentioned in The End of Time therefore came as a surprise to many fans who had long since resolved that this would remain a mystery with the departure of the Tenth Doctor.
- Elizabeth I was the first individual with whom the Doctor was implied to have an out-of-sync relationship, a plot device which subsequently became commonplace in the BBC Wales era. His First incarnation appeared to be unfamiliar with her when viewing her in The Chase circa 1596. Later in his First or Second incarnation, however, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London with Sir Walter Raleigh four years earlier from the perspective of Her Majesty and the Earth, as his Third incarnation related to Jo Grant in The Mind of Evil. Queen Elizabeth and the Tenth Doctor were again out of synchronisation with each other in The Shakespeare Code and the events preceding The End of Time & The Wedding of River Song.
- According to The Brilliant Book 2012, a book that contains non-narrative based information; in an alternate universe where all of history happened at once, Elizabeth I was often voted the most popular Queen of England and was rumoured to be engaged to the Earl of Essex.