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Pound Sterling

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100 pounds

In the 1900s, Vince Hawkins burns fifty pounds in the lamp gallery of Fang Rock lighthouse. (TV: Horror of Fang Rock)

The Pound Sterling — or, less formally, the pound, or quid (TV: Rose) — was a form of currency used in the United Kingdom through at least the early 21st century.

The Fourth Doctor once used a pound coin to trigger a sequence of events that saw his pound swapped for another before this new coin landed in a sweet shop till. The startled stall owner knocked a table dropping a bag of jelly babies into a woman's handbag which Doctor deftly took as she passed him by, considering them "bought and paid for". (AUDIO: Chain Reaction)

Unit of currency Edit

As of 1963, the pound was divided with a system of twenty shillings to a pound and twelve pennies to a shilling. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)

Susan Foreman caught the attention of her teachers because of her inability to remember how many shillings were in a pound when she and the First Doctor settled in London in 1963. She believed Great Britain had switched to the decimalised pound, something that had not yet occurred. (TV: "An Unearthly Child")

The Monk put two hundred pounds in a London bank in 1968, then he nipped forward two hundred years and collected a fortune in compound interest. (TV: "Checkmate")


A £5 note from a parallel Earth. (COMIC: Who's Who?)

In the 1970s, The Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith discovered that they had been sent to a parallel universe because £5 notes had a picture of Edward IX. (COMIC: Who's Who?)

In or prior to 1997, Britain introduced a five pound coin. (TV: Battlefield)

According to one account, the UK was no longer using this currency by 2050, having switched to credits. (TV: Oroborus) According to another, however, the UK had converted to the Euro some time before 2062. (PROSE: The Last Dodo)

The Tenth Doctor went back in time and borrowed a pound from Geoff Noble in order to buy a lottery ticket for his daughter Donna Noble. He then gave the lottery ticket to her mother Sylvia Noble and grandfather Wilfred Mott to pass on as a wedding present in 2010. (TV: The End of Time)

Exchange rates Edit

Behind the scenes Edit

In the real world, the decimalised pound was introduced in 1971, eight years after the airing of the television story An Unearthly Child.

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