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|Tower of London|
|Also called:||UNIT Headquarters, Dauntless Prison|
|Type:||Fortified prison and UNIT base|
|First mentioned in:||The Sensorites|
The Tower of London was a prison, fortified royal residence, and UNIT headquarters in London. The Doctor visited it on more than one occasion and across several incarnations managed to be thrown in it as a prisoner.
The Tower was built in the 11th century and contained, among other buildings, the White Tower housing the Armour Museum and the Bloody Tower. One of the entrances to the Tower was called Traitor's Gate. (AUDIO: The Battle of the Tower)
Jane Grey was befriended from 19 to 20 July 1553 by her new lady-in-waiting Rani Chandra, a teenage girl from 2010, whilst residing in the Tower during her brief reign as Queen. (TV: Lost in Time) The First Doctor assisted Lady Jane and was present at her execution at the Tower. (PROSE: The Nine-Day Queen)
The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe were imprisoned there by the order of Queen Mary I in 1555, who was under the erroneous impression that they were plotting to assassinate her and place her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth on the throne. (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy)
In 1562, the War Doctor, Tenth Doctor, and Eleventh Doctor were imprisoned in the Tower by Elizabeth I. The Eleventh Doctor left a message in the Tower, which in the future allowed Clara Oswald to use Captain Jack Harkness' vortex manipulator to escape the Zygons and free the Doctor. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
The Eleventh Doctor was once imprisoned in the Tower without trial on the personal order of King Charles II. Two days later, a sphere twenty feet across was seen heading away from the tower carrying the Doctor. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)
While exiled to Earth, the Third Doctor once helped the Brigadier track down Hingrad, an alien master of disguise who had a secret base at the Tower Hill tube station. From this base, directly under the Tower, the thief hoped to gain access to the British Crown Jewels. Although a combination of the Doctor, UNIT soldiers and Beefeaters were unable to capture the thief, they did prevent him from stealing the jewels. (COMIC: Secret of the Tower)
Ian Chesterton opined to the First Doctor that Frankenstein's House of Horrors at the 1996 Festival of Ghana (which they mistakenly believed to have been within a human mind) had more spooks than the Tower of London. (TV: The Chase)
By 2006, UNIT headquarters was located beneath the Tower of London. From there, Prime Minister Harriet Jones directed the responses of UNIT and Torchwood to the Sycorax invasion of Earth. (TV: The Christmas Invasion) The headquarters was still used in 2009, although UNIT also maintained mobile bases in lorries. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem)
In, 2012, before the events that brought him together with his former selves, the Eleventh Doctor said he had been imprisoned in the Tower five or six times. (PROSE: Magic of the Angels) However, he had been held prisoner in the tower three more times than what he recalled when he made this statement, one of which had not taken place yet from his perspective. At the time, he was unaware two of his past incarnations had forgotten being imprisoned along with this version of himself due to their time streams being out of sync, which the Eleventh Doctor learned about when he experienced these events firsthand and was finally able to retain the memory of them. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Later in the first half of the 21st century, Kate Stewart summoned the Eleventh Doctor to the Tower to assist in UNIT's study of the newly-activated Shakri cubes. (TV: The Power of Three) By 2013, the entire Tower was TARDIS-proofed, preventing TARDISes from landing there. By this point, the Black Archive was now located inside UNIT HQ. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
When the Department controlled Britain around the year 2050, the Tower of London became Dauntless Prison, a prison for all the aliens that arrived on Earth. When K9 Mark 2 and his friends released the alien prisoners there in 2050, the Department's treatment of the prisoners was leaked to the media and the prison was shut down. (TV: Liberation)
Some time around the 29th century onwards, during the reign of Elizabeth X, the tower or a new facility named after the original tower, was incorporated into Starship UK. Its dungeon contained the devices used to torture the star whale beneath the craft into moving. Amy Pond visited the Tower during this period with the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The Beast Below)