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Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo
Species: Human
Place of origin: Italy
First seen in: The Innocents
Appearances: COMIC: Da Vinci's Robots / Metal Mania
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath known for his painting and inventions.

Biography Edit

The diary of the renegade Time Lord known as the Monk recorded a meeting with Leonardo in which he claimed to have provided the inspiration for at least some of Leonardo's inventions which would later seem so advanced for their time. The main one of these was the Monk's claim that he gave Leonardo the blueprints for flight. (TV: The Time Meddler)

The flying machine design was used by Astrolabus while he was fleeing from the Sixth Doctor. (COMIC: Voyager) By the late 21st century, his sketches or a copy thereof, were displayed on the wall of Professor Daniel Eldred's space museum; the TARDIS landed in front of the sketches, carrying the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and Zoe Heriot. (TV: The Seeds of Death)

Circa 1492, Leonardo and his then-patron the Duke of Milan were among the guests invited to the masque organised by the young Duke Giuliano of San Martino. Being caught up in the Mandragora Helix's attempt to conquer 15th century Earth, the Fourth Doctor missed this opportunity to meet Leonardo, later noting it was probably for the best. (TV: The Masque of Mandragora)

Circa 1505, Leonardo was hired by a new patron he knew as "Captain Tancredi", in reality, Scaroth of the Jagaroth. Tancredi asked him to paint six extra copies of his most famous work, the Mona Lisa. (TV: City of Death) One of these copies was painted using oil pigments he borrowed from a neighbouring artist, Giuseppe di Cattivo. Unbeknowst to both of them, the minerals used in this paint would bring the painting to life in future. (TV: Mona Lisa's Revenge, Sarah Jane's Alien Files episode 5)

In 1505, the Fourth Doctor arrived from 1979 Paris to seek clues to the plot of Count Scarlioni (another of Scaroth's time-splintered selves) to steal the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. After being briefly captured and interrogated by Tancredi, the Doctor wrote "This is a fake" in felt pen on the boards Leonardo would paint the extra Mona Lisa copies before returning to the future to try to stop Count Scarlioni. (TV: City of Death)

The Eighth Doctor recounted a tale to Alex Campbell that he took Leonardo for a trip in the TARDIS to 0AD, where Leonardo checked the lighting for one of his paintings. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions)

Among a long strip of business cards for various famous scientists and luminaries owned by the Sixth Doctor was one which read "da Vinci." (TV: The Two Doctors)

References Edit

Grace Holloway had a print of a Leonardo sketch in her home. The Eighth Doctor, upon seeing it, noted that he had a cold when he drew it. (TV: Doctor Who)

In 2020, the Eleventh Doctor used Leonardo as one example of people who had dyslexia that did great things, in order to encourage Elliot Northover to continue trying. (TV: The Hungry Earth)

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