The Ministry for Alien Incursions and Ontological Wonders - or MIAOW - was an Earth-based organisation which dealt with unusual and unnatural incidents. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen, The Dreadful Flap, et al) According to one account, the name of the organisation was actually the Ministry of Alien and Other Ontological Wonders. (PROSE: From Wildthyme with Love) The American branch of MIAOW was the Military Observation of Otherworldly Occurrences. (PROSE: Elementary, My Dear Sheila) They were interested in preserving the Web of Time. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
While Iris Wildthyme was quite familiar with MIAOW, (PROSE: The Dreadful Flap, From Wildthyme with Love, AUDIO: The Land of Wonder et al) the Doctor only learned of them in his eighth incarnation. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
MIAOW monitored events across the universe using a powerful computer. (PROSE: Enter Wildthyme) They also possessed helicopters which could travel through space and time. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen) MIAOW kept files on the activities of Señor 105. (PROSE: Elementary, My Dear Sheila)
20th century Edit
In the 1960s, the Jane Fonda Iris occasionally visited Earth and worked for MIAOW. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion) Iris helped MIAOW during "that business with the robot Guru and the holiday camp in Wales" when she met the Beatles and the time the cast of Crossroads was transported to the Moon by samurai jellyfish. (AUDIO: The Land of Wonder)
A branch of MIAOW was set up in Darlington in 1962 to deal with the alien flotsam and jetsam from a time rift called the Dreadful Flap. Iris' former companion Jenny Winterleaf became the head of the Darlington branch of MIAOW. (PROSE: The Dreadful Flap)
On 1 May 1972, MIAOW helped Iris Wildthyme stop a group of witches from summoning the Devil at Hobbe's End. Afterwards, they held a party celebrating Iris' fifteenth anniversary in print. (PROSE: From Wildthyme with Love)
In 1978, when Geoff Love recorded an orchestral version of the Doctor Who theme, a high up at MIAOW suspected that he was putting subliminal messages into the reworking and sent Iris to investigate. Love was indeed up to something nefarious, and Iris put a stop to it. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion)
In the 1980s, MIAOW got Iris to help stop Magda the Mermaid from triggering the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. MIAOW rehabilitated Magda and hired assigned her to their Darlington division. (PROSE: Enter Wildthyme)
21st century Edit
In 2015, Iris made a deal with a group of aliens to hold a party on Iapetus and have MIAOW pay for it. She helped the aliens send a threatening message to MIAOW and then helped MIAOW "negotiate" with the aliens. MIAOW gave the aliens party decorations, a buffet table, a dozen crates of beer, and a karaoke machine. Iris took the supplies to Iapetus and partied with the aliens. (PROSE: Our Tune)
Undated events Edit
The emperor of dogworld hired Mida Slike and Alid Jag to prevent Princess Margaret from altering The True History of Planets. Jag and Slike both attended a 2074 conference on 20th century science fiction. Unaware that the other was a fellow MIAOW agent, they both attempted assassinate each other. Jag pretended to be crushed to death by the Doctor's TARDIS and Slike pretended to be killed by poodles.
Slike and Jag both investigated Brenda Soobie in 1960 Las Vegas, where they encountered Fitz Kreiner and Flossie. Fitz and Flossie trapped Jag in the elevator of the Hotel Miramar. Slike captured Fitz, Flossie, Brenda, and Noël Coward and took them to dogworld in a helicopter. By the time Slike arrived on dogworld with her captives, the Eighth Doctor, Char, Anji Kapoor, and Fritter had already negated Margaret's changes to history. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
Panda went on a mission for MIAOW involving weather balloons and a missing professor at a wildflower sanctuary and got sucked into the anti-matter universe. There, he encountered two other versions of himself from different points in time and met an insane queen that looked like a cross between Shirley Bassey and Darth Vader.