|World War I|
The "Great War"
The 1914-18 War
"The War to End All Wars"
|Dates:||1914 - 1918|
|Germany, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria|
|Over a million||unknown|
|Central Powers defeated, Treaty of Versailles, end of the Ottoman and German Empires|
World War I was a major conflict fought over four years from 1914 to 1918, mainly in continental Europe. It was often referred to as "The War to End All Wars." (TV: To the Last Man,PROSE:The Way Through the Woods)
In 1903, after receiving a wealth of information from the future, Grigori Rasputin foresaw the Great War. (AUDIO: The Wanderer) The time travelling Family of Blood, while in 1913, warned some people there would be a war the next year. (TV: The Family of Blood)
It was caused in part by the influence of the Nemesis statue passing by Earth in 1913. (TV: Silver Nemesis) However, the ostensible reason was that a Serbian nationalist assassinated an Austrian archduke. (TV:The Family of Blood)
The War Edit
The immortal Jack Harkness fought in the war in the British Army (TV: Utopia, COMIC: The Forgotten) as did Tim Latimer, Hutchinson (TV: The Family of Blood), Major Burton (TV: Delta and the Bannermen). Tommy Brockless also served, and was eventually executed in 1918 when, suffering from shell shock, he refused to return to the front lines. (TV: To the Last Man) Solomon and the older members of his Hooverville fought in the American army during the war (TV: Evolution of the Daleks) as did Diagoras. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan) By 1917, most young men in England had been drafted. (PROSE:The Way Through the Woods)
The Forge ran at least two experiments for the war effort: trying to create vampire soldiers in 1915 (AUDIO: Project: Twilight) and trying to brainwash soldiers into being more aggressive in 1917. (AUDIO: No Man's Land)
An unknown number of British and German soldiers were kidnapped by the War Lords for their War Games, fighting in a replica of the Western Front. The Second Doctor, believing the "First World War Zone" was the real conflict, called it "one of the worst wars in human history". The soldiers were eventually returned home by the Time Lords. (TV: The War Games)
After the war, an influenza pandemic raged across the world. The Ice Warriors had released the virus to weaken humanity and allow them to invade. The virus killed the Ice Warriors instead. (PROSE: Cold)
The Doctor visited the war several times.
In 1914, the Third Doctor, Tobias Philby and Thomas ended up in a No Man's Land in France, where they learned of a German artillery build-up and warned the British Army of it. (COMIC: The Amateur) The Third Doctor also claimed to have been wounded at Gallipoli. (TV: The Sea Devils)
The Seventh Doctor, travelling with Ace and Hex, was drawn to the Forge's experiments at Charnage House field hospital in 1917 and thwarted them. (AUDIO: No Man's Land) On another occasion, he offered one private the opportunity to travel with him but the man declined. (PROSE: Front Line)
In 2017, some archaeologists came across a Dalek saucer in France that had been buried there since the Great War and accidentally revived the surviving Daleks inside. The Eleventh Doctor arrived just in time to prevent a disaster and connected the saucer to a power line, overloading the Daleks. The Doctor then traveled back to the war in 1917 to find out how the Daleks ended up underground in the first place. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)