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Arthur Coleman Winters
Also known as:
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: Late 2000s
Appearances: DW: The Sound of Drums
Actor: Colin Stinton

Arthur Coleman Winters was the President of the United States of America circa Spring 2008. After "Harold Saxon" announced the existence of the Toclafane to the world, Winters served as designated United Nations ambassador to the Toclafane.

After Winters angered Saxon (actually the Master), Saxon ordered Winters killed by one of the Toclafane. His death signaled the start of the Toclafane occupation of Earth. (DW: The Sound of Drums)

The Paradox Machine only rolled back time to a few moments after Winters' death, meaning that it still happened. (DW: Last of the Time Lords)

It is also likely he was the President mentioned in The Christmas Invasion by Harriet Jones.

Behind the Scenes

Upon meeting the Toclafane, Winters refers to himself as "President-Elect", suggesting that he has recently won an election but has not yet been sworn in. However, during The Sound of Drums, he is referred to as "President" numerous times and by different characters (The Doctor, "Saxon", Trinity Wells and others) and once time is reset near the end of Last of the Time Lords, UNIT can be heard over the radio saying they've just seen "the President" killed.

Also, unless American law differs in the Whoniverse, it is impossible for an individual to be called the "President-elect" in the spring. The term applies to the winner of the US presidential election during the brief period from Election Day (which is held in early November) to Inauguration Day (the following January 20th, when the new president is sworn in). This is well before the events of The Sound of Drums.

Explanations for this could be the character being nervous and/or confused in front of the Toclafane, or Russell T Davies not understanding the meaning of the term "president-elect" (possibly equating the term with "elected President").

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