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Biological type: Cat
Place of origin: Africa
Appearances: COMIC: Jungle of Doom, PROSE: Alien Bodies
Extraterrestrial lookalikes
Rhoos leopard

Leopards were a type of large predatory mammal that roamed Africa and Asia on Earth. They usually had spotted coats.

Encounters with leopards Edit

While attempting to hide in a tree from the Quarks, the Second Doctor and Jamie found a leopard already in it. They catapulted the leopard out of the tree, giving them time to flee while the Quarks fought with the leopard. (COMIC: Jungle of Doom)

In ancient Rome, leopards were kept as a part of a menagerie that included giraffes, elephants and a wide range of other, chiefly African animals. Some of the beasts were kept for hunting and others were used to fight prisoners in local amphitheatres. The Tenth Doctor once found himself incarcerated in a Roman prison and forced to participate in one of these events in the Flavian Amphitheatre. Leopards were the final round in a series of trials that involved lions, tigers and bears. After a harrowing few minutes, he helped some of his fellow prisoners escape the leopards and the amphitheatre, to freedom. (PROSE: The Stone Rose)

In 1917, the Great Old Ones showed Erimem that her father Amenhotep II, prior to his death, had given the order to Pyran that she should be bound and thrown to the leopards on her next birthday. (AUDIO: The Roof of the World)

In England in the 1920s, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka were cornered by a leopard in a fairground menagerie but managed to escape unharmed. (AUDIO: Smoke and Mirrors)

When Winifred Bambera was eight years old, she encountered a leopard cub in Musi-O-Tunya Park in Zambia. Winifred's older brother attempted to save her from the cub's mother, but was badly mauled; in the end, young Winifred had to use their father's rifle to rescue both children. (PROSE: Downtime)

Somerset's leopards were a genetically enhanced version of the cat employed for domestic functions. Qixotl created his own kind. They could record information that could later be read from their urine. They also consumed people who weren't on his guest list. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

Leopard skins Edit

The leopard's spotted pattern was a common motif in art, clothing and decoration. Iris Wildthyme owned a leopard-skin coat which once surprised her by attacking a magician. (PROSE: Rough Magic)

According to the Fifth and Seventh Doctors, the TARDIS had a pre-programmed leopard skin "desktop theme." (TV: Time Crash, AUDIO: Klein's Story)

Cultural references to leopards Edit

The Veiled Leopard was the name of a diamond which once belonged to Erimem. (AUDIO: The Veiled Leopard)

In western Africa, a group called the leopard society kept secret knowledge of the Great Old Ones in the 18th century. (PROSE: White Darkness)

Red Leopard was a crime family in the 26th century. (PROSE: Ghost Devices)

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