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At present this list principally focuses on televised Doctor Who. Its coverage of other series and media is so cursory as to make the list of limited value. Is this still about only those the Doctor and his companions met? There's tons under the 20th and 21st century that don't fit this, including several cameo appearances on TV.

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The following is a list of real world historical figures whom the Doctor or his companions have met, or have mentioned having met, listed in more or less chronological order. Persons whose lives or careers extended from one century into the next are listed under the century with which they are most commonly associated.

Note that this is not the same as a list of real world historical figures which exist in the Doctor Who universe. References to people the Doctor never met, like Paul of Tarsus, do not earn a person a place on this list.

Pre-1000 BC Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Gilgamesh (mythical) Seen PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys Seventh
Enkidu (mythical) Seen PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys Seventh
Theseus (mythical) Mentioned Unknown
Odysseus (mythical) Seen TV: The Myth Makers First
Agamemnon (mythical) Seen TV: The Myth Makers First
Troilus (mythical) Seen TV: The Myth Makers First
Cressida (actually the Doctor's companion, Vicki) (mythical) Seen TV: The Myth Makers First
Cassandra (mythical) Seen TV: The Myth Makers First
Akhenaten Seen PROSE: Set Piece Seventh
Nefertiti Seen TV: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Eleventh Queen Nefertiti
Tut-Ankh-Amen Mentioned PROSE: The King of Golden Death Second
Amenhotep II Seen AUDIO: The Roof of the World Fifth

1000- 1 BC Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Lao Tzu [source needed]
Sun Tzu [source needed]
Alexander the Great Seen AUDIO: Farewell, Great Macedon First
Pyrrho Mentioned TV: The Keys of Marinus Unknown
Hannibal Mentioned Unknown
Archimedes Mentioned Unknown
Julius Caesar Mentioned PROSE: Empire of Death Fifth
Ptolemy I Seen PROSE: The Book of Shadows First
Hippocrates Mentioned TV: Smith and Jones Tenth
Plato Seen COMIC: The Chains of Olympus Eleventh
Socrates Seen COMIC: The Chains of Olympus Eleventh

1st to 5th centuries AD Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Tacitus Mentioned TV: The Stones of Blood Unknown
Nero Seen TV: The Romans First
Poppaea Seen TV: The Romans First
Hypatia Seen TV: Time and the Rani Seventh
Boudica Mentioned / Seen Numerous Fourth, Tenth
Caligula Mentioned AUDIO: The Resurrection of Mars Eighth
Claudius Seen AUDIO: The Relics of Time Fourth

6th to 11th centuries AD Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
The Venerable Bede Mentioned TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang Fourth
Alfred the Great Seen Sixth, Eleventh
Charlemagne Mentioned TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp Tenth
Edward the Confessor Seen AUDIO: Seasons of Fear Eighth
Harold Godwinson Seen Sixth, Eighth
Harald Hardrada Mentioned Eighth
William the Conqueror Mentioned First
Brian Boru Mentioned AUDIO: The Book of Kells Eighth
Hywel Mentioned TV: Planet of the Dead Unknown
Canute Mentioned AUDIO: Invaders from Mars Eighth

12th - 15th centuries Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Richard the Lionheart Seen TV: The Crusade First Richard the Lionheart
Joanna Seen TV: The Crusade First Joanna
Saladin Seen TV: The Crusade First Saladin
Saphadin Seen TV: The Crusade First Saphadin
Genghis Khan Mentioned Unknown
Marco Polo Seen TV: Marco Polo First MarcoPolo
Kublai Khan Seen TV: Marco Polo First Mighty Kublai Khan
Dante [source needed]
William Tell Mentioned TV: The Face of Evil, AUDIO: The Settling Unknown
Geoffrey Chaucer Mentioned PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible Unknown
Christopher Columbus Mentioned TV: The Chase, The Armageddon Factor, The Two Doctors Unknown
Dracula Seen AUDIO: Son of the Dragon Fifth
Joan of Arc [source needed]

16th century Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Leonardo da Vinci Mentioned, Seen See article Numerous Leonardo
Michelangelo [source needed]
Elizabeth Bathory Mentioned PROSE: Managra Unknown
Nostradamus [source needed]
Henry VIII Seen, mentioned Eleventh
Anne Boleyn [source needed]
Jane Grey Seen First Jane Grey
Elizabeth I Seen, Mentioned Elizabeth I
Catherine de Medici Seen TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve First
William Shakespeare Seen See article Numerous Shakespeare main
Francis Bacon Seen (Time-Space Visualiser) TV: The Chase First
Christopher Marlowe Seen PROSE: The Empire of Glass First
John Dee Seen PROSE: Mortlake Sixth
Sir Walter Raleigh Mentioned TV: The Mind of Evil Third
Charles IX [source needed]
Galileo Galilei [source needed]
Inigo Jones [source needed]
Mary I Mentioned TV: Lost in Time N/A

17th century Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Izaak Walton Mentioned TV: The Androids of Tara
John Aubrey Mentioned TV: The Stones of Blood
Matthew Hopkins Mentioned TV: The Dæmons
Isaac Newton Mentioned TV: The Pirate Planet
Samuel Pepys Mentioned TV: Robot
Anne (Queen of France) [source needed]
Bonnie Prince Charlie [source needed]
Charles I [source needed]
Charles II [source needed]
Christopher Wren [source needed]
Cyrano de Bergerac [source needed]
Guy Fawkes Seen GAME: The Gunpowder Plot Eleventh
James I Mentioned GAME: The Gunpowder Plot N/A
James II [source needed]
Louis XIII [source needed]
Oliver Cromwell Seen AUDIO: The Settling Seventh Doctor
Richelieu [source needed]
Robert Catesby Seen GAME: The Gunpowder Plot Eleventh
Robert Cecil Mentioned GAME: The Gunpowder Plot N/A

18th century Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Marie Antoinette Mentioned TV: Pyramids of Mars Unknown
Thomas Gainsborough Mentioned TV: City of Death Fourth
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (the "Brothers Grimm") Mentioned TV: State of Decay Fourth
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mentioned TV: The Seeds of Death Fourth
Napoléon Bonaparte Seen TV: The Reign of Terror First Napoleon
Maximilien Robespierre Seen TV: The Reign of Terror First RobspierreSolo
James Watt Mentioned TV: The Space Museum First
Horatio Nelson Mentioned TV: The Sea Devils Third
Madame de Pompadour Seen TV: The Girl in the Fireplace Tenth Reinette It's more than just a secret
Thomas Jefferson Mentioned TV: The Impossible Astronaut Unknown
Benjamin Franklin Mentioned TV: Smith and Jones Unknown
Alexander Monro [source needed]
Blackbeard [source needed]
Dick Turpin [source needed]
George III [source needed]
Horatio Nelson [source needed]
Louis XV [source needed]
Robert Burns [source needed]
Samuel Taylor Coleridge [source needed]

19th century Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Beau Brummell Mentioned TV: The Sensorites First
George Stephenson Seen TV: The Mark of the Rani Sixth Georgestephenson
Queen Victoria Seen TV: Tooth and Claw Tenth VictoriaNotAmused
Prince Albert Mentioned TV: Tooth and Claw N/A
Abraham Lincoln Seen (Time-Space Visualiser) TV: The Chase First
Lewis Carroll Mentioned PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon Unknown
Gilbert and Sullivan Mentioned TV: The Edge of Destruction First
Alexander Graham Bell Voice heard TV: Father's Day Ninth
Louis Pasteur Seen TV: Time and the Rani Seventh Pasteur Time and the Rani
Wyatt Earp Seen TV: The Gunfighters First Wyatt1
Doc Holliday Seen TV: The Gunfighters First DocHoliday
Johnny Ringo Seen TV: The Gunfighters First Ringo
Ike Clanton Seen TV: The Gunfighters First Ikeclanton3
Arthur Conan Doyle Mentioned TV: Ghost Light Seventh
Rudyard Kipling Seen PROSE: Evolution Fourth
Giacomo Puccini Mentioned TV: Doctor Who Unknown
Wild Bill Hickok Mentioned TV: Doctor Who
H. G. Wells Seen TV: Timelash Sixth Herbert
Charles Dickens Seen TV: The Unquiet Dead Ninth Dickens
Vincent van Gogh Seen TV: Vincent and the Doctor, TV: The Pandorica Opens Eleventh WG
William Blake Seen PROSE: The Pit Seventh
Bat Masterson Seen TV: The Gunfighters First
Calamity Jane Mentioned Various Unknown
David Livingstone Mentioned COMIC: The Power of Thoueris! Unknown
Davy Crockett [source needed]
Florence Nightingale Seen AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari Seventh
Howard Carter Seen AUDIO: False Gods Seventh
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Seen PROSE: Reckless Engineering Eighth
Leo XIII Seen PROSE: All-Consuming Fire
Nicholas I Seen AUDIO: The Angel of Scutari Seventh

20th century Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
Sigmund Freud Mentioned TV: Doctor Who Unknown
Marie Curie Mentioned TV: Doctor Who Unknown
Albert Einstein Mentioned TV: The Stones of Blood Fourth
Aleister Crowley Seen Second, Seventh
Dame Nellie Melba Mentioned TV: The Power of Kroll Fourth
Harry Houdini Mentioned / Seen Various Various
Mountain Mauler of Montana (fictional?) [source needed]
W.G. Grace Mentioned TV: Black Orchid
Jack Dempsey Mentioned PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys Seventh
Rudolph Valentino [source needed]
Adolf Hitler Seen Seventh, Eleventh HitlerLooksLeft
Eva Braun Seen PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass Sixth
Joachim von Ribbentrop Seen PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus Seventh
Hermann Goering Seen PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus Seventh
Joseph Goebbels Seen PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus Seventh
Heinrich Himmler Seen Fifth, Sixth, Seventh
Martin Bormann Seen Sixth, Seventh
Edward VIII [source needed]
Wallis Simpson [source needed]
Winston Churchill Seen Eleventh Winston churchill main
Agatha Christie Seen TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp Tenth AgathaChristie
Charlie Chaplin Mentioned by: Donna Noble TV: Journey's End N/A
Buster Keaton Seen COMIC: Silver Scream Tenth
Capablanca Mentioned TV: The Androids of Tara
Al Capone Seen PROSE: Blood Harvest Seventh
Bing Crosby Seen TV: The Daleks' Master Plan First
The Beatles Seen, Mentioned First, Tenth, Eleventh Beatles on time-space visualiser
Mao Tse-Tung Mentioned TV: The Mind of Evil Third
Elvis Presley Mentioned Tenth, Eleventh
John F. Kennedy Seen Third, Ninth
Lee Harvey Oswald Seen PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy Third
Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Baker) Seen (photograph), heard TV: A Christmas Carol Eleventh
Yuri Gagarin Seen AUDIO: Thin Ice Seventh
Valentina Tereshkova Seen AUDIO: Thin Ice Seventh
Richard Nixon Seen TV: The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon Eleventh Tricky dick nixon
Neil Armstrong Seen TV: Day of the Moon Eleventh
Buzz Aldrin Mentioned PROSE: Blue Moon Tenth
Laurel and Hardy Seen TV: The Impossible Astronaut
David Frost Mentioned TV: Day of the Moon N/A
Emmeline Pankhurst Mentioned PROSE: Casualties of War, TV: Smith and Jones Eighth, Tenth
Alan Turing Mentioned / Seen Numerous Various
Alex MacIntosh Seen TV: Day of the Daleks Third Alex MacIntosh
Alexander Fleming Mentioned AUDIO: The Sirens of Time Fifth
Alistair Appleton Seen TV: Army of Ghosts Tenth Alistair appleton
Derek Acorah Seen TV: Army of Ghosts Tenth Derek acorah
Trisha Goddard Seen TV: Army of Ghosts Tenth Trisha goddard
Cuba Gooding, Jr. Mentioned TV: Rise of the Cybermen Tenth
Courtney Pine Seen TV: Silver Nemesis Seventh Courtney Pine
Alan Sugar Seen TV: The Power of Three Eleventh Lord Sugar
Brian Cox Seen TV: The Power of Three Eleventh Brian Cox The Power of Three
Ann Widdecombe Seen TV: The Sound of Drums Tenth Ann widdecombe
Bill Gates Mentioned TV: Last of the Time Lords N/A
Bill Turnbull Seen TV: The Wedding of River Song Eleventh
Meredith Vieira Seen TV: The Wedding of River Song Eleventh Meredith Vieira Today
Sian Williams Seen TV: The Wedding of River Song Eleventh Sian Williams presenting BBC Breakfast News
Andrew Marr Seen TV: Aliens of London/World War Three Ninth Andrew marr
Matt Baker Seen TV: Aliens of London/World War Three Ninth Blue peter matt baker
Audrey Hepburn Mentioned PROSE: Wetworld Tenth
Mohandas Gandhi Seen PROSE: Ghosts of India Tenth
Edward VII Mentioned Various
Elizabeth II Mentioned / Seen Various Various
Francisco Franco Mentioned PROSE: History 101 Eighth
Joseph Stalin Mentioned Various Various
Karl Marx Mentioned PROSE: History 101 Eighth
Frankie Howerd Mentioned PROSE: No Future Seventh
Franz Ferdinand Mentioned PROSE: Human Nature Seventh
Fred Astaire Mentioned Third
Gary Oldman Mentioned PROSE: Best Seller Eighth
George V Seen PROSE: Players Sixth
George VI Seen PROSE: Players Sixth
Grigori Rasputin Seen First, Third
John Houseman Seen AUDIO: Invaders from Mars Eighth
Kenneth Kendall Seen TV: The War Machines First
Mata Hari Seen WC: Pond Life Eleventh
Michael Palin Mentioned TV: Partners in Crime Tenth
Orson Welles Seen AUDIO: Invaders from Mars Eighth
Patrick Moore Seen TV: The Eleventh Hour Eleventh
Paul O'Grady Seen TV: The Stolen Earth Tenth Paul O'Grady
Richard Dawkins Seen TV: The Stolen Earth Tenth RichardDawkins
Wilhelm II Mentioned AUDIO: The Wanderer
Chuckle Brothers Mentioned Various
Oprah Winfrey Mentioned TV: Rendition N/A
David Beckham Mentioned TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith N/A
Victoria Beckham Mentioned TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith N/A
Gethin Jones Seen TV: Invasion of the Bane N/A
Konnie Huq Seen TV: Invasion of the Bane N/A

21st century Edit

Historical Figure Mentioned or Seen Story Doctor Image
McFly Seen TV: The Sound of Drums Tenth McFly
Sharon Osbourne Seen TV: The Sound of Drums 10th Doctor Sharon osbourne
Zac Efron Mentioned TV: The Mad Woman in the Attic N/A

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