New Zealand

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New Zealand

New Zealand was a collection of islands in Australasia. (AUDIO: The Transit of Venus [+]Loading...["The Transit of Venus (audio story)"]) Its people were known as Kiwis. (PROSE: Direct Action [+]Loading...["Direct Action (short story)"])


Napier was a city in New Zealand. Other locations included the Foveaux Strait and Lake Taupo. (PROSE: Autaia Pipipi Pia [+]Loading...["Autaia Pipipi Pia (short story)"])

One island in New Zealand was called the South Island. (AUDIO: The Transit of Venus [+]Loading...["The Transit of Venus (audio story)"], TV: The Tenth Planet [+]Loading...["The Tenth Planet (TV story)"])


Rugby was very popular in New Zealand. James Stevens claimed that an interest in the sport was drilled into him at an early age. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy [+]Loading...["Who Killed Kennedy (novel)"])


18th century[[edit]]

In 1770, the Endeavour approached the South Island of New Zealand with the First Doctor and Ian Chesterton on board. Sailing along the coast and around the South Cape, the crew were initially unable to anchor anywhere along the coast, and later Ian was pushed overboard by Joseph Banks — who was unintentionally influenced by Susan's lingering telepathic abilities from her encounter with the Sensorites — which led to Ian becoming desperately ill following the effects of hypothermia. Once he had awoken, they had left New Zealand waters and were en route to Australia. (AUDIO: The Transit of Venus [+]Loading...["The Transit of Venus (audio story)"])

20th century[[edit]]

In the 1910s, New Zealand, as part of the British Empire, was involved in World War I. Along with Australia, their soldiers made up the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) which fought alongside the British Army. In 1915, ANZAC fought the forces of the Ottoman Empire in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign. (PROSE: Direct Action [+]Loading...["Direct Action (short story)"])

The investigative journalist James Stevens was born in New Zealand on 22 November 1945 and emigrated from there to Great Britain in 1968. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy [+]Loading...["Who Killed Kennedy (novel)"])

On 24 December 1953, a train bound for Auckland derailed near Tangiwai. The Sixth Doctor saved Matiu (a time traveller from 2004) from the onrushing water the next day, and helped bring him to Tangiwai. (PROSE: Water's Edge [+]Loading...["Water's Edge (short story)"])

In 1978, pictures of the Ninth Doctor taken off New Zealand's coast after a series of UFO sightings were published in a newspaper by Christchurch Press. (PROSE: Have You Seen This Man? [+]Loading...["Have You Seen This Man? (short story)"])

In December 1980, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith visited Napier. (PROSE: Autaia Pipipi Pia [+]Loading...["Autaia Pipipi Pia (short story)"])

During the Cybermen invasion in December 1986, the crew of the Zeus IV mentioned that they were over the South Island of New Zealand. (TV: The Tenth Planet [+]Loading...["The Tenth Planet (TV story)"])

21st century[[edit]]

Matiu was a Maori man who lived in Auckland in the 21st century. In Christmas 2004, Matiu travelled back in time to 1953 to find out what happened to his grandfather. (PROSE: Water's Edge [+]Loading...["Water's Edge (short story)"])

By 2007, H.C. Clements had an office in New Zealand. (TV: The Runaway Bride [+]Loading...["The Runaway Bride (TV story)"])

Following the Planetary Relocation Incident, Martha Jones visited New Zealand. (AUDIO: Dissected [+]Loading...["Dissected (audio story)"])

Due to the Myloki conflict of 2066-8, Japan invaded New Zealand. (PROSE: The Indestructible Man [+]Loading...["The Indestructible Man (novel)"])

Sam Becket with a New Zealand flag on his uniform on Moonbase Laika in 2070. (TV: The Moonbase [+]Loading...["The Moonbase (TV story)"])

Sam Becket, a crew member aboard the weather station on the moon during a Cyberman invasion in 2070, was a New Zealander. (TV: The Moonbase [+]Loading...["The Moonbase (TV story)"])


While in Barnes Common in 1963, Ian Chesterton thought that a warm fire and a supper prepared by his landlady seemed as far as away as New Zealand. (PROSE: Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks [+]Loading...["Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (novelisation)"])

On Christmas Eve in the 2000s,[nb 1] when Astrid Peth called Earth beautiful, the Tenth Doctor stated that the Pyramids of Egypt and New Zealand were beautiful, not the street of London on which they were standing. (TV: Voyage of the Damned [+]Loading...["Voyage of the Damned (TV story)"])

On 13 February, the hypnotic love wraith attempted to make P.R.O.B.E. director Giles run away to New Zealand with her, so that she could finish draining his emotions without the interference of Giles's team. However, Maxie Masters realised what was happening, and freed Giles from her control, before they left the country. (WC: Stacey Facade [+]Loading...["Stacey Facade (webcast)"])

When all the residents of the Hawkshaw Manor nursing home went missing (due to the fact that they had been teleported off world by the Eleventh Doctor), the cover story revealed that they had all emigrated to New Zealand. (COMIC: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night [+]Loading...["Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (comic story)"])

Other realities[[edit]]

In the Unbound Universe when Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and the Doctor reunited, Lethbridge-Stewart revealed that he'd intended to retire to New Zealand but instead settled in Hong Kong. (AUDIO: Sympathy for the Devil [+]Loading...["Sympathy for the Devil (audio story)"])

Behind the scenes[[edit]]



  1. Although TV: Voyage of the Damned [+]Loading...["Voyage of the Damned (TV story)"] is supposedly set the Christmas after the 2007 setting of TV: The Runaway Bride [+]Loading...["The Runaway Bride (TV story)"], the Doctor Who series which aired immediately before and after Voyage give contradicting dates for when their present day is set. PROSE: The Paradox Moon [+]Loading...["The Paradox Moon (short story)"] places Martha Jones' present day in series 3 in June 2007. AUDIO: Recruits [+]Loading...["Recruits (audio story)"] dates it to March 2008. A newspaper clipping in PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters [+]Loading...["The Secret Lives of Monsters (short story)"] places Smith and Jones on a Sunday 4 June, which in the real world does not fall on a Sunday in either 2007 or 2008. Donna Noble's present day in series 4 is set in 2008 according to TV: The Fires of Pompeii [+]Loading...["The Fires of Pompeii (TV story)"], TV: The Waters of Mars [+]Loading...["The Waters of Mars (TV story)"], and AUDIO: SOS [+]Loading...["SOS (audio story)"] (and is heavily implied by TV: The Star Beast [+]Loading...["The Star Beast (TV story)"] and TV: The Giggle [+]Loading...["The Giggle (TV story)"]), or in approximately April to June 2009, according to PROSE: Beautiful Chaos [+]Loading...["Beautiful Chaos (novel)"].


  1. Selling Doctor Who - BroaDWcast. BroaDWcast (6 June 2014). Retrieved on 25 August 2014.