On 13 July 1643, it was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the English Civil War. Roundheads and Royalists annihilated each other and the village. Unknown to anyone, the Malus was feeding on the psychic energy generated by the battle. During the battle, Will Chandler was transported to 1984, but was returned home by the Fifth Doctor.
In 1984, the Doctor took Tegan Jovanka to Little Hodcombe to see her grandfather, Andrew Verney. They arrived during the annual reenactment of the battle, which was becoming increasingly and dangerously more realistic due to the reawakened Malus. The Doctor investigated the strange goings-on and defeated the Malus. (TV: The Awakening)