|Place of origin:||England|
|First seen in:||Imperial Moon|
|Main actor:||Pauline Collins|
|Main voice actor:||Lizzie Roper|
- You may be looking for Victoria Waterfield, the Second Doctor's companion or any one of several other things named "Victoria".
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India and Defender of the Faith, was an influential monarch on Earth in the 19th century, ruling from 1837 to 1901. Her reign, known as the Victorian era, was marked by tremendous strides in technology and the arts in Britain and elsewhere. Victoria met the Doctor at least twice; she met him during her coronation ceremony in 1838, and in 1879 she experienced an adventure with the Tenth Doctor. The latter led to her effectively banishing the Doctor from her country and forming the Torchwood Institute as the British Empire's defence against the dark forces with which the Doctor seemed to consort.
Many people, places and things were named after her throughout time.
In 1863, the Fifth Doctor was temporarily appointed Queen Victoria's scientific advisor while investigating a recently-discovered rift that appeared to lead to the afterlife; in fact, it actually led to another dimension which shaped itself according to the wishes of the inhabitants. (PROSE: Empire of Death)
In 1878, Queen Victoria oversaw the Cygnus, the Draco and the Lynx, which were launched to the Moon. This resulted in the alien life-forms known as the Vrall being unleashed on Earth. The Fifth Doctor had his companion Kamelion pose as a vision of Albert to convince Victoria to abandon space travel. (PROSE: Imperial Moon)
Following an adventure with an alien werewolf, the Queen knighted both Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor for saving her. However, she abruptly had a change of heart and banished the Doctor from the British Empire. Shortly after, she founded the Torchwood Institute, taking the name from the estate where she encountered the Doctor. Despite his having saved her life, Victoria had the Doctor listed as "an enemy of the Crown" in Torchwood's original charter, (TV: Tooth and Claw) as related by Yvonne Hartman. (TV: Army of Ghosts)
The Queen seemed very guarded about a bite the werewolf may have given her, leading Rose and the Doctor to jokingly speculate that the werewolf curse was subsequently passed down through the royal line. (TV: Tooth and Claw)
Four years later, in 1883, the being calling itself Josiah Samuel Smith trained the deranged Redvers Fenn-Cooper as an assassin to kill the Queen. Cooper had an invitation to visit Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen, so Smith saw him as the perfect assassin to kill her, which would enable Smith to take over the throne. Fenn-Cooper believed the monarch to be a wild animal called the "Crowned Saxe-Coburg". (TV: Ghost Light)
In the 49th century, refugees who had escaped from a dying world projected their consciousnesses through time and made contact with a spiritualist named Mrs Vanguard in the 1890s, passing themselves off as ghosts. They planned to transfer their consciousnesses into the bodies of influential people in 1890s London with their ultimate goal to take control of Queen Victoria. From the historical records, they were aware that she was still in mourning for her long deceased husband Prince Albert. The refugee possessing the body of Henry Gordon Jago mentioned that, in decades to come, there would be "brutal, terrible wars which will determine the fate of this planet." With one of their kind possessing Queen Victoria's body, they intended to "turn the tides of history" and create a new future, thereby preventing the destruction of their world. Their plan was defeated by Jago, Professor George Litefoot, Ellie Higson and Toby. (AUDIO: The Spirit Trap)
Knowledge of the Doctor passed down from one generation to another in the Royal Family following the incident with the werewolf and exile by Queen Victoria, being remembered as far as the 33rd century by Elizabeth X of Starship UK. (TV: The Beast Below)
Behind the scenes
According to the reference book Doctor Who: Creatures and Demons, which is not a valid source for in-universe articles, in Pete's World, Queen Victoria still went to Torchwood House. The Werewolf attacked the house and Queen Victoria was killed in this event. It was theorised this was the point of divergence which created Pete's World.
- December 1899 address of Queen Victoria to the Torchwood Institute (Torchwood website)
- August 1883 address to the Torchwood Institute on the Cardiff rift (Torchwood website)
- December 1884 address on the importance of secrecy (Torchwood website)
- July 1882 speech to the Torchwood Institute (Torchwood website)
- account of Queen Victoria's visits to Torchwood House (Torchwood House website)