Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, (AUDIO: Living History) also known as Winston Churchill, was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II (TV: Victory of the Daleks) and later during the 1950s. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern) He was a frequent ally of the Doctor, though, much like River Song, tended to meet with him out of sequential order.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Churchill was born on 30 November 1874. (AUDIO: Young Winston)

In 1879, on Churchill's fifth birthday, someone that young Winston interpreted to be a Punch and Judy man arrived and began tracking a miniature crocodile. The man, who wore a long multi-coloured scarf, called Churchill "Winnie." Churchill found himself enjoying the company of the strange man. The figure, actually the Fourth Doctor eventually caught and smashed the crocodile, actually a Cybermat, before disappearing in his Punch and Judy box. That night, Churchill noted in his diary "It was a good birthday."

In his youth, Churchill attended St George's Preparatory School in Ascot. He was not fond of or good at learning Latin, and because of this he was assigned a special tutor that lived in a cubby. Churchill found the new teacher strange, but at the same time very wise and good for conversation. On one occasion, Churchill asked why Mensa meant both table and O table. The figured frowned, and responded that one could use the later to address a table. Churchill was highly amused by this.

On the morning of 18 March 1882, Churchill was sad to learn that the teacher had disappeared with no sign of where he had left to.

While in Havana, Cuba in 1895, Churchill discovered a box of cigars sent by an unknown person. Excited to celebrate 21 years of life, he prepared to light one up before being stopped by a thin man, who ran in through the room's windows, splashed Churchill was water, and left with the remains of the cigars. Evidently, again unbeknownst to Churchill, the cigars were actually Sontaran grenades meant to change history by killing Churchill. After leaving, the man quickly bobbed back into the room and quipped "Nice to see you again, Winnie!" Winston felt a rush of childhood nostalgia, although he wasn't sure why.

In 1898, Churchill found himself taking a stroll by the River Nile, which he found beautiful despite the oppressive heat. Settling down to drink several glasses of wine, he found himself in a heated debate with a lanky, beak-nosed cove in a ruffled shirt about what was the best form of defending ones-self. The two briefly struggled physically, but after a few more drinks they become "firm friends." What happened next is unclear, although some sources clearly document this as the encounter wherein Winston discovered the true nature of the Doctor and his travels. He was brought to a police box in the desert, which he noticed as the same one used by his tutor in prep school, and eventually discovered that it was immeasurably bigger-on-the-inside. The team ended up travelling to the Great Pyramid of Giza, where they defeated the last of the Osirans. (PROSE: The Lost Diaries of Winston Spencer Churchill)

In November 1899, Churchill was a newspaper correspondent in the second Boer War. The Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown saved him from an assassin. The Doctor spent some time with Churchill in a Boer prison before both escaped. Churchill escaped thanks to a Player contact while the Doctor regained access to the TARDIS after it had been taken for study. (PROSE: Players)

Political career Edit

In 1909, a suffragette interrupted an official meeting of Winston Churchill. (PROSE: Birthright)

In World War I, he was appointed Minister of Defence. His plan to attack Germany via Turkey failed, prompting him to resign and return to the army as a Major. During an ambush, he was rescued by Lieutenant Jeremy Carstairs, Lady Jennifer Buckingham and the Second Doctor; having recently ended the War Games, the Doctor had asked to confirm the participants' return to their own times. After being captured by the Players, the Doctor sacrificed himself to help Churchill and his friends escape the Players' attempt to send Churchill to Berlin. Having returned to Britain, Churchill remained in the army for a year before returning to the government, feeling that he had redeemed himself of his past mistakes, and was involved in the construction and deployment of the tank, which turned the tide in the war. (PROSE: Players)

During his career, Churchill was an MP for the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Party. He proved a difficult man to work with and eventually grew fed up with his party as they grew impatient with him. As such, he fell out of favour, (WC: Amy's History Hunt) meaning few people listened to his warnings about the threat posed by Nazi Germany in 1933. He did, however, attract sympathisers within the British Security Services. (PROSE: Log 384)

In 1936, Churchill's career was in decline because he opposed the government's appeasement of Adolf Hitler. He was reunited with the Sixth Doctor and Peri — the two posing as the children of their Boer War selves to account for their lack of ageing, the Doctor passing off Peri's enthusiastic greeting by saying that their "parents" had told them many stories about their time with Churchill — and worked with them to thwart King Edward VIII's plans to dismiss the government and appoint one sympathetic to Hitler. (PROSE: Players)

Later that year, the Doctor met Churchill in an encounter that (according to one account at least) resulted in Churchill learning the truth about the Doctor's true identity. He also met the Eleventh Doctor at the fire of the Crystal Palace on 30 November 1936. (COMIC: The Eagle of the Reich)

On the outbreak of the Second World War, Churchill's fears about the Nazis were confirmed and he consequently came back into favour. (WC: Amy's History Hunt) He served in he government as First Lord of the Admiralty, and gained a secretary named Hetty Warner.

In late November 1939, he met the Ninth Doctor for the first time. He encountered a mechanical soldier named RATS, and suggested that it would be useful for the war effort. (AUDIO: The Oncoming Storm)

As the British prime minister Edit

Churchill became elected as British prime minister. Shortly after his election, he visited the Sontaran, Brak, and learned about the existence of aliens. (AUDIO: Old Soldiers) He succeeded Neville Chamberlain, prime minister of the pre-war years who had tried to maintain the peace. (PROSE: Illegal Alien, One Wednesday Afternoon)

The Sixth Doctor once told a tale of how the Allied defeat at Dunkirk in 1940 left Churchill dispirited. The Doctor was able to convince Churchill to fight on, which he added might lead to Britain's "finest hour". The Doctor finished the story by saying: "Churchill brightened up, lit one of his big cigars, gave me a victory sign, and went out and won the war." (AUDIO: The Ultimate Adventure)

At some point in 1940, Churchill gave a speech about how they should keep fighting the Nazis, "We Shall Fight on the Beaches". (TV: The Lie of the Land)

Panda also claimed to have encouraged Churchill during the war. He told Patrick Matthewman that he was the person who "advised Churchill to 'Keep Buggering On' in the first place". (PROSE: Project: Wildthyme)

At some point in 1941, two Daleks were presented to Winston by Edwin Bracewell as man-made superweapons. Churchill named them "ironsides". Unsure what to make of them, he telephoned the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks) By the time the Doctor arrived a month later, Winston was sure the "ironsides" would win the war. The Doctor tried to make Churchill understand the Daleks' true nature, but Winston would not listen, insisting they would be a vital weapon against Nazi Germany. The Daleks showed their true intentions once the Doctor had given his "testimony". They created a new race of pure Daleks which tried to destroy London by making it vulnerable to German bombers. The solution to defeating them lay with Bracewell, so Winston and Amy Pond talked him out of committing suicide and into helping them. Churchill told Bracewell, "It's time to think big", giving him the idea to use modified Spitfires. Following the Daleks' escape, the Doctor removed all of the alien technology. While Winston protested that it and the Doctor could win him the war in a day, the Doctor told him the Empire would come through without it and himself. Churchill hugged the Doctor farewell and picked the TARDIS key from the Doctor's pocket. Amy noticed and made him give it back. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

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Churchill and Bracewell discuss van Gogh's painting. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

Some time after those events, Bracewell got his hands on one of the final paintings by Vincent van Gogh, found in an attic in France. He showed it to Churchill. Without understanding what it meant, they recognised it as a message for the Doctor. Churchill tried to telephone the Doctor, but was diverted to River Song in the 52nd century, alerting her to its existence. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

At another point during this year, he encountered the Tenth Doctor. (AUDIO: Hounded)

In December 1941, the Twelfth Doctor called Churchill's number on his superphone to get the Allies to order a strike the Sontaran world engine weapon the Warsong after it was claimed by the Rutan Heinz Bruckner in the Sahara Desert. (COMIC: The Instruments of War)

The Sixth Doctor contacted Churchill in 1944 to ask for Churchill's help in helping him infiltrate the Nazi army so that he could take part in an upcoming raid on the village of Turelhampton, as part of an investigation he was carrying out in the future. Although the Doctor was only able to offer Churchill limited information about why he was doing this, the Doctor's past record left Churchill confident that the Doctor's motives were good, and he was able to convince other members of his cabinet to agree to the plan. (PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass)

On 8 May 1945, Churchill made a speech at Trafalgar Square because of VE Day. (PROSE: Magic of the Angels)

After WWII Edit

At the first election after the war, Churchill was voted out of office, as the British public had grown exhausted by years of war and wanted a change. (WC: Amy's History Hunt) Feeling "rejected" by the British people, Churchill turned his attention to writing. He began working on A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. As he was writing the first volume, he was visited by the Eleventh Doctor and Kazran Sardick. Churchill travelled with them in the TARDIS to ancient Britain during the Roman occupation, where they encountered Julius Caesar and a Dalek. (AUDIO: Living History) Churchill's books won him the Nobel Prize. (WC: Amy's History Hunt)

By 1952, he had later returned to the role of Prime Minister, (AUDIO: The British Invasion) still holding the position by 1954, (PROSE: The Witch Hunters) by which point he was 80 years old. (PROSE: Childhood Living)

Sylvia O'Donnell, a British Nazi sympathiser whose German husband Heinrich was a Waffen-SS officer during the Second World War, blamed Churchill for the outbreak of the Mau Mau Uprising in British Kenya in 1953. She described him as "a senile old man." (AUDIO: A Thousand Tiny Wings)

By the 1960s, he had retired to his home in Chartwell after his physical strength began to deteriorate. He was cared for by Lily Arwell. To committed the remainder of his life to writing about his life and experiences. (AUDIO: The Chartwell Metamorphosis)

Upon his death, Churchill became one of the few British civilians to receive a state funeral. (WC: Amy's History Hunt)

Legacy Edit

The makers of EarthWorld believed that Churchill had famous seaside boxing matches. This was result of his speech, "We will fight them on the beaches", and its distortion over time. (PROSE: EarthWorld)

Prime Minister Harold Saxon was described as "a modern Churchill" by Vivien Rook in 2008. (TV: The Sound of Drums) In 2009, then-current Prime Minister Brian Green had a small caricature figure of Churchill in his office. (TV: Children of Earth)

When the Monks invaded Earth, they spread out fake news by contaminating people's memories to let them think they had been on Earth from the beginning. One of these were Churchill's speech about fighting the Nazis. (TV: The Lie of the Land)

By the year 2400, a mountain range on Venus had been named after Churchill. Andy Stone remembered Churchill as a great freedom-fighter who stood up to impossible odds. (COMIC: Invasion of the Daleks)

Undated events Edit

References Edit

The Doctor claimed to have thought up the "blood, sweat and tears" speech for him. (AUDIO: The Ultimate Adventure)

The Fourth Doctor recalled Winston's claim that democracy was a very inefficient form of government, but still better than anything else that had ever been tried. (PROSE: The Eight Doctors)

The Eighth Doctor had Churchill's autograph. He had obtained this during the hundred years which he spent on Earth. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows)

When Clyde Langer was sent through a time window to 1941, he said what he remembered of Churchill's speech to George Woods while spying on a group of Nazis landing on the coast. "We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them in the... other places." (TV: Lost in Time)

The Tenth Doctor briefly mentioned him when visiting England in 1953 with Rose Tyler. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern)

Liz Shaw's mother Dame Emily Shaw was a friend of Churchill, whom she affectionately referred to as "Old Winnie" following his death. The Third Doctor reminded her of Churchill. (AUDIO: The Last Post)

An android replica of Churchill was among a succession of android British Prime Ministers from Robert Walpole to Margaret Thatcher created by Tasq. (PROSE: Time Wake)

Other timelines Edit

In an alternate timeline in which Germany won World War II, Churchill was executed as a war criminal. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

In a timeline where River Song caused time to collapse when she refused to kill the Doctor, Winston Churchill was the Holy Roman Emperor in Britain and had had many negotiations with Cleopatra. He was one of a minority who noticed that time never moved and it was always two past five in the afternoon of 22 April, 2011. He was also involved in the Conquest of Gaul.

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Winston as Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

The Doctor, whom Winston knew as a soothsayer, was locked up in the Tower of London. His presence was demanded to explain the problem with time. The Doctor told him the story of how he had gotten there. As he did, they had several run-ins with Silents, although neither of them could remember. Just as the Doctor got to the end, the two discovered hundreds of Silents hanging above them from the ceiling of the Senate Room. At that moment they were saved by Amy and her soldiers. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

Personality Edit

Brak regarded Churchill as a ruthless war leader, and compared his nature with that of a Sontaran. (AUDIO: Old Soldiers)

Winston Churchill was a close friend of the Doctor, meeting him in several of his incarnations. When the Eleventh Doctor arrived, he greeted him by having his men point guns at him, though he clearly had no intention of shooting him. The two of them acted as though it was a sort of game. They also displayed their close friendship by hugging each other before the Doctor left.

Winston had an obsession with being able to pilot the Doctor's TARDIS, even stealing the TARDIS key at one point. He gave it back as soon as Amy noticed he had taken it. Churchill cared a great deal about his country and the lives of his citizens and was eager to use the TARDIS to save lives. However, because he had no knowledge of the laws of time, the Doctor repeatedly refused to give him access to the TARDIS. Churchill was also a good and strong leader and the Doctor told him that many people saw him as a beacon of hope. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

Behind the scenes Edit

Brilliant books 2012 Edit

According to The Brilliant Book 2012, which this wiki does not qualify as a valid source, the alternate Churchill in the timeline River Song created was available on social-networking sites, where he was friends with Cleopatra.

Doctor Who Annual Edit

According to Doctor Who The Official Annual 2011, which this wiki does not qualify as a valid source, in a timeline in which the Doctor did not find the Ironsides, they turned the tide of the war and took the fight to Germany. After the war was won, Churchill was pressured by Stalin and Truman into having the Ironsides destroyed by a nuclear bomb.

Other matters Edit

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