TARDIS Index File

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday
Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
First mentioned in: The Evil of the Daleks
Appearance: The Four Doctors
Main actor: Nigel Lambert
WikipediaInfo
Michael Faraday was a 19th century British scientist who defined himself a "natural philosopher". He was director of the Royal Institute and studied about electromagnetism. (AUDIO: The Four Doctors)

In the 1820s, he was expected in a scientific meeting in Killingworth sponsored by Lord Ravensworth and hosting George Stephenson, among the others. The meeting was supposedly cancelled after the plots of the Rani and the Master, thwarted by the Sixth Doctor. (TV: The Mark of the Rani)

A Dalek time corridor ended in his house. In 1854, an inoperative Special Weapons Dalek arrived to his laboratory through it. This caught the attention of the Seventh Doctor. A week later, after a lecture about electromagnetism, Faraday found Colonel Ulrik, which led him to discover about the existence of time travel. Before the Seventh Doctor could seal the time-space corridor to prevent anything else from falling through it, however, two more fully active Daleks, one of whom was the Dalek Prime, arrived to Faraday's house. After activating Faraday's electromagnet, which disrupted the two Daleks' functioning, the Doctor was able to escape through the dumbwaiter. (AUDIO: The Four Doctors)

Legacy edit

His discoveries about electromagnetism were "destined to bring light to the world" according to the Sixth Doctor. (PROSE: The Mark of the Rani) The Seventh Doctor defined him "one of the most brilliant minds in the human history" (AUDIO: The Four Doctors) and the Eighth Doctor commented that, with the coming of the 20th century, the age of the gentleman scientist would end. He cited Faraday as an example of one such scientist. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy)

In 1866, Theodore Maxtible mentioned his experiments into static electricity. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)