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Statue of Liberty
StatueOfLiberty
First seen in: The Chase
Appearances:
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Amy and Rory's final chase - Doctor Who - The Angels Take Manhattan - BBC04:11

Amy and Rory's final chase - Doctor Who - The Angels Take Manhattan - BBC

The Statue of Liberty was an American landmark located on an island in the river contiguous to New York City.[fn 1][fn 2] In 1930, the Doctor's TARDIS materialised at the base of the Statue, and remained parked there while the Tenth Doctor and Martha fought an attempt by the Cult of Skaro to rebuild the Dalek race. In showing off the Statue to Martha, the Doctor quoted from the Statue's famous inscription, saying, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free." (TV: Daleks in Manhattan)

StatueOfLibertyAndEllisIsland

The Statue of Liberty viewed from the TARDIS in 1966. Jersey City is in the background; Ellis Island is at the right edge. (TV: The Chase)

As the TARDIS' time rotor began to slow down on approach for landing in 1966, the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, and Vicki Pallister turned to toward the monitor to see the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and numerous other New York City landmarks. (TV: The Chase)

During the first seconds of 1 January 2000, the Statue of Liberty, along with the rest of the world, was nearly destroyed by the Eye of Harmony. (TV: Doctor Who)

In the Doctor's eighth incarnation, the Threshold took the Statue of Liberty and other items of Earth culture to the town of Wormwood on the Moon. (COMIC: Wormwood)

Alternate timelines Edit

In an alternative timeline in which Morbius conquered Earth, he took the Statue of Liberty in order to have it installed atop the palace of Morbius on Karn; this timeline was later erased from reality. (AUDIO: The Vengeance of Morbius)

Statue of Liberty at Winter Quay

The Statue of Liberty at Winter Quay. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)

In another timeline in which the Weeping Angels were using New York City as a "battery farm" for feeding on humans' time energy in 1938, the Statue of Liberty was one of the many statues in the city that were taken over by the Angels. Sometimes the Statue of Liberty would travel from Liberty Island to the Winter Quay in order to send the Angels' imprisoned victims back in time.

When Rory Williams and Amy Pond jumped from the Quay's roof to negate an alternate timeline in which Rory remained imprisoned at Winter Quay for the rest of his life, a paradox was created which killed the majority of the Weeping Angels at Winter Quay and removed the Quay from time. As a result of this, the timeline in which the Statue was converted into an Angel never happened. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)

Mentions and other appearances Edit

The Doctor occasionally encountered it at different locations, or at least referenced its iconic design, at other points in his life. During his fifth incarnation, he compared a statue of the Divine Empress of the Earth Empire to the Statue of Liberty on Earth. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)

During his tenth incarnation, the Doctor noted that one of the features of the Gameslaves' pinball table was a life-sized Statue of Liberty. (COMIC: Pinball Wizard)

Footnotes Edit

  1. The only in-person encounter of a TARDIS crew with the statue on-screen, Daleks in Manhattan, was silent as to the precise real-world location of the island on which the statue is located. The Tenth Doctor's exclamation, "Smell that Atlantic breeze!" and James Strong's camera angles — which ignored the statue's greater proximity to New Jersey — gave the impression that it was perhaps in the open Atlantic Ocean. In fact, of course, it sits in the Hudson River on Liberty Island.
  2. An aerial view of the Statue of Liberty in The Chase episode 3 "Flight Through Eternity", however, showed the statue in its proper location, with Ellis Island a half-mile in the background and Jersey City immediately beyond.
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