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Falling into a parallel universe - Doctor Who - BBC classic sci-fi

The Third Doctor arrives in a parallel universe and encounters alternate versions of his friends. (TV: Inferno)

Accessed via a power accident at the Inferno Project, the Third Doctor discovered a parallel universe where Great Britain was a republic governed by a fascist regime. Although some details were known about the history of this world, the Third Doctor personally experienced it only in the environs of its version of the Inferno Project. The Third Doctor described it as a "parallel space-time continuum" (TV: Inferno) whereas the Seventh Doctor called it an alternate timeline. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)

History Edit

19th century Edit

The Confederate States of America won the American Civil War during the 1860s. In the war's aftermath, the American Confederation was established. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

20th century Edit

Joseph Stalin was the leader of White Russia (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy) and few Bolsheviks survived the Russian Civil War. (PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

Professor Edward Travers died in Tibet in 1935, before ever seeing the Yeti. John Mackay survived the trip and later worked for the British Army. (PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

The Second World War never happened since Europe was divided into allied British and Russian spheres of influence, which were able to intimidate Adolf Hitler into backing down from his sabre-rattling. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy) Meanwhile in Asia the Japanese successfully built their Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy) No equivalent of the Wellington bomber existed in this timeline and biplanes remained the standard fighters of the Republican Air Force into the early 1940s. (PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

The British Royal Family were executed for undisclosed reasons at an unknown date prior to 1943. Brigade Leader Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart spoke about their deaths with relish. (TV: Inferno)

In the 1950s, British military forces were allowed to establish bases in Germany and had weapon trades with Russia. The government was increasingly draconian and paranoid about spies coming in from America, Russia, or the Co-Prosperity Sphere - which was referred to as "the Chinese" in 1959. No equivalent of the Korean War had happened.(PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

The Republic was surprised when the Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart of the regular Earth's 1969 accidentally ended up in their 1959. They suspected him of being a spy and interrogated him for four months. By the time he'd left, they'd become aware of a third alternate Earth using their world as a staging ground to send warnings through time and the Republican Security Forces was proposed to deal with scientific threats. (PROSE: The Schizoid Earth)

The RSF was duly founded in 1959 and fought the Bannermen in Wales, where they reverse-engineered the alien's technology. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

The Great Intelligence launched an attack on Britain in this timeline as well. Koschei, here having not become the Master, saved the world from the Intelligence but was then captured, tortured, and pumped for information for years by the Security Forces. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

At some point, this universe's Doctor arrived on Earth. He took over the Republic of Great Britain and became its Leader. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation) He may have been responsible for some of the technological advances. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

Later, the world was effectively ruled by the Conclave, a parallel of the United Nations Security Council, made up of the five main continents. The Conclave were based at Copernicus moon base to protect the delegates from attack and to intimidate subversive groups and enemy nations such as Australia. The reasoning was since the Moon could be seen from all parts of the civilised world it would serve as a reminder that the Conclave was watching. By the 1970s, the main powers were Russia, India, the American Confederation, the Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, and Britain (representing Europe). (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy) The parallel of UNIT was known as the European Axis Military Corps (PROSE: Still Lives) and the British contingent of this organisation was the Republican Security Forces.

In 1970, many of the members of the RSF were the parallels of British UNIT members, including Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart, Section Leader Elizabeth Shaw and Platoon Under Leader John Benton. In this universe, Shaw had never become a scientist and Lethbridge-Stewart and Benton had grown up harsh and sadistic. (TV: Inferno)

Shortly after the Doctor's unplanned arrival in this universe, an accident at Stahlman's project devastated the entire surface of the planet within thirty-nine hours. The only survivors were those in bunkers, space stations and on the Moon. This world's Doctor was killed when the fallout from the disaster at Eastchester destroyed London. (TV: Inferno, PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

The Doctor had recognised the Leader's face was one of the regenerations he could have chosen at the trial. He would be haunted afterwards by the knowledge of what his alternate self had done. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)

While the Doctor and Jo were visiting Peladon, the surviving leaders of this Earth started to cross over to the Doctor's world. They planned to kill and replace their counterparts, but UNIT (reluctantly working with the Master) thwarted the plot. The Master allowed Marianne Kyle to escape, hoping she would cause trouble for the Doctor some day. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

Other information Edit

  • When his conversation with his third incarnation's persona revealed the identity of the dictator of the Inferno Earth, the Seventh Doctor wondered if the Timewyrm had any part in creating this timeline as part of her efforts to weaken him. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)
  • Jane Page may have been a native of this timeline as she worked for the counter-espionage agency of a dictatorial British Republic. She was removed from her timeline by Gabriel and Tanith. (PROSE: Falls the Shadow)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • The world is never actually referred to as "Inferno Earth" in any known DWU story. However it serves as a useful shorthand. It's a logical in-universe term, since the Doctor accessed that particular Earth at the Inferno Project — something the novelisation tells us is colloquially known as "the Inferno".

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