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The Victorian era was a time period in the United Kingdom during Queen Victoria's reign. It lasted from 1837 to 1901. It was followed by the Edwardian era, the reign of Victoria's son and successor.[source needed]

The Fourth Doctor referred to child labour as being one of the worst aspects of the Victorian era. (AUDIO: The Ghosts of Gralstead) He considered the aroma of Victorian England to be "bracing." However, Romana described it as being "rancid." He later told that he loved the Victorian era. (AUDIO: The Justice of Jalxar)

The Fifth Doctor spent a year in Victorian London from November 1866 to November 1867 while waiting for the TARDIS. He lived in a house at 107 Baker Street, went by the alias "Doctor Walters" and had an assistant, scientist Robert McIntosh. (AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster) The Eleventh Doctor, after the loss of former companions Amelia Pond and Rory Williams, retired in Victorian age London for a period of time before meeting an echo of Clara Oswald. (TV: The Snowmen)

The Torchwood Institute was founded by Queen Victoria during this era. (TV: Tooth and Claw) Penelope Gate was also born in this era. (PROSE: The Room With No Doors)

The 51st century war criminal Magnus Greel fled to the Victorian era using a time cabinet. There, he was assisted by Li H'sen Chang in establishing a base beneath the Palace Theatre in London. He was eventually exposed by the Fourth Doctor and Leela, aided by theatre owner Henry Gordon Jago and pathologist George Litefoot. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang) Jago and Litefoot later had several adventures on their own in this era. (PROSE: The Bodysnatchers, AUDIO: The Mahogany Murderers, Jago and Litefoot' series)

During excavations for the building of the London Underground, an incident with dormant Silurians occurred. In that occasion, the Doctor found and saved Vastra, who started to live among humans as a detective, along with Jenny. In 1888, Vastra found and ate Jack the Ripper; she was summoned to Demons Run by the Eleventh Doctor, from there she brought back the Sontaran Strax, who became her servant in London. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War, WC: The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later) Vastra, Jenny and Strax became known as the Paternoster Gang, after the name of the street they lived in. (TV: The Snowmen)

After seeing seven chair legs in the attic of 10 Downing Street in July 1900, Vicki Pallister wondered if there were wooden androids in Victorian London. However, she did not ask the Doctor if this was the case as she thought that it was probably something that she was supposed to already know. (AUDIO: Upstairs)

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