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Sheffield was an industrial city in South Yorkshire, England. It was known for the production of Sheffield steel.

Sheffield was home to the Thirteenth Doctor's friends Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O'Brien.

Industries Edit

Sheffield was built on industry. The city produced "Sheffield steel" (PROSE: Transit, Sky Pirates!, TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth) which was used to make fine cutlery. (PROSE: The Also People, et al.) It was also once a producer of coal; parts of the city were built over disused coal mines. (TV: Arachnids in the UK)

Geography Edit

Map of Sheffield (AITUK)

Jade McIntyre's map of the Sheffield area. (TV: Arachnids in the UK)

Sheffield was located in the county of South Yorkshire, (TV: Arachnids in the UK, Demons of the Punjab) in the Hallamshire area. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth) Districts of Sheffield included Arbourthorne, Birkendale, Boulder Hill, Brightside, Broomhall, Burngreave, Cathedrals, Clough Field, Crookesmoor, Darnall, Fir Vale, Firth Park, Greenland, Grimesthorpe, Handsworth, Highfield, Hillsborough, Howard Hill, Kelham Island, Longley Estate, Manor Castle, Manor Estate, Middlewood, Neepsend, Netherthorpe, Owlerton, Parkwood Springs, Parson Cross, Pismire Hill, Pitsmoor, Sheffield Park, Shirecliffe, Shiregreen, Stannington, Studfield Hill, Tinsley, Upperthorpe, Wadsley, Wadsley Bridge, Walkley, Wincobank, Wood Hill, Woodland View, Woodside, Worrall, Wybourn (TV: Arachnids in the UK) and Grenoside. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

The city had at least two universities, Sheffield University (TV: The Waters of Mars) and Sheffield Hallam University, (TV: Arachnids in the UK) with a third - the University of South Yorkshire - advertised on transport within the area. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)

Sheffield was served by South Yorkshire Council. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)

Transport Edit

The city had its own bus station. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth) Stagecoach Supertram had a network around the city, with stops at Malin Bridge and Meadowhall. (TV: Arachnids in the UK) Sheffield also had rail connections with Manchester. (PROSE: Spinning Jenny) A motorway ran by Sheffield, the local access point to which was junction 34. (TV: Arachnids in the UK)

History Edit

In January 1854, Elizabeth Howkins watched the Manchester to Sheffield train go through Strines. (PROSE: Spinning Jenny)

On 25 April 1936, Sheffield United competed in the FA Cup final against Arsenal in Wembley Stadium. The Fifth Doctor and Peri Brown witnessed the match. (PROSE: The Church of Football)

In the Punjab, Umbreen's father bought her a world map from the market one day. She decided to put a finger on the map, and resolved to go wherever it landed. It landed on Sheffield, which Umbreen deemed to be an exotic location.

Umbreen eventually moved to Sheffield from Lahore with her second husband and had a daughter, Najia. By 2018, she admitted it wasn't as exotic as she once hoped, but she had fallen in love with the city nonetheless. (TV: Demons of the Punjab)

In 1979, Ian Dury and the Blockheads performed in concert in Sheffield. The Tenth Doctor attempted to take Rose Tyler to this concert but they ended up in Scotland in 1879. (TV: Tooth and Claw)

In 2000, Evelyn Smythe was lecturing at Sheffield Hallam University when she met the Sixth Doctor and began travelling with him. (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy, PROSE: Instruments of Darkness) Evelyn and the Doctor returned to the university not too long later and visited Sally. (AUDIO: Doctor Who and the Pirates)

In 2001, Dr. Who assassinated Queen Elizabeth II while she was making an appearance at the Ponds Forge building in Sheffield. The self-doubts of his accomplice Jason, coupled with his own essentially fictional nature, meant that the Queen survived. The Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush came to Sheffield to try to stop the assassination and were reunited with Time's Vigilante Ace, who was investigating after reading about the incident in future newspapers. (PROSE: Head Games)

In 2008, Harwood's Haulage, Rhys Williams' employer, (TV: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) operated out of Sheffield, Ipswich, Carlisle, Birmingham and Cardiff — according to signage on their lorries and their website. (TV: Meat)

In October 2016, Charlie Smith told Ram Singh that he was from Sheffield. This pretence had been given to both Charlie and Miss Quill by the Twelfth Doctor so that nobody would become suspicious of their alien nature. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)

In the early 21st century, the Thirteenth Doctor landed in Sheffield after falling from her exploding TARDIS. There she met Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan, Graham O'Brien and Grace O'Brien and together they stopped a Stenza from hunting Karl Wright as a trophy. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth) At this point in time, there was a green police box on Surrey Street, as referenced by Yasmin on her first sight of the TARDIS. (TV: The Ghost Monument)

On 28 December 2028, Margaret Cain was born in Grenoside, Sheffield. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

In 200,100, the Grand Central Ravine was named after Sheffield, which was then described as an "ancient British city". (TV: Bad Wolf)

Behind the scenes Edit

Alison Cheney's parents' house

Alison Cheney and Joe Latham at the home of Alison's parents in Sheffield. (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka)

As clarified in the story's novelisation, Sheffield appears in Scream of the Shalka as the hometown of Alison Cheney, the Ninth Doctor's companion. In part four, Alison and her boyfriend Joe Latham are evacuated to her parents' home in Sheffield but the Shalka take control of their bodies and make them drive to Edale Wood.

The website whoisdoctorwho.co.uk had a list of sightings of the Doctor from which people had ostensibly been submitting to Clive Finch, a conspiracy theorist character from Rose, who had pictures of the Doctor's ninth incarnation on the website, asking if anyone had seen him.

A submission from H.J. Hardeman claimed to have seen "someone very much like him about a year ago". He had tried swapping "Edwardean gear" [sic] at an Oxfam in Sheffield for a pair of jeans and trainers.[1]

Footnotes Edit

  1. Contact Us. whoisdoctorwho.co.uk. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.