Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Significance of the 51st Century in Doctor Who

The 51-52 Century has been a significant time period in the chronology of Doctor Who. It also seems to have captured the imagination of Steven Moffat.

  • The 51st Century is the start of "The Great Breakout", an expansionistic period where mankind headed for the stars. First mentioned in the Classic Who episode The Invisible Enemy.

  • The 51st Century is the era where K-9 was created.

  • The 51st Century is when humans begin early expirements with Time Travel.

  • The Time Agents are established in the 51st Century.

  • The 51st Century marks the rise and fall of the villainous Magnus Greel from the Classic Who episode 'The Talons of Weng-Chiang'.

  • The epsiode 'The Girl in the Fireplace' (written by Steven Moffat) took place in the 51st Century.

  • The 'Silence in the Library' and 'Forest of the Dead', which introduced us to River Song (also written by Steven Moffat) took place in this era.

  • The 'Time of Angels' and 'Flesh and Stone' (written by Steven Moffat) also take place in this era.

  • The Stormcage Containment Facility, where River Song is imprisoned, is located in the 51-52 Century.

So every time you hear a Doctor Who episode mention the 51st or 52nd Century , you should take note. It's probably relevant.


  1. Jack harkness comes from the end of the 51st century, a fact first mentioned in a Moffat episode

  2. So the 51st century is when everything happens, and we gotta be ready? lol