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Herbert George Wells
Also known as:
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 1885
Actor: David Chandler

Herbert George Wells, better known as H. G. Wells, was a Earth author later perhaps best known for his science fiction (a phrase he coined) asThe Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds and The Island of Doctor Moreau, thanks to having met the Doctor.




Adventures with the Doctor

While vacationing in Scotland in 1885, a young H.G. Wells experimented with magic and believed he had summoned both Vena, who had appeared via the Timelash, and the Doctor, whose TARDIS had appeared to follow her. Though the Doctor found Wells somewhat irritating, he accompanied the Doctor to the planet Karfel and helped him defeat the despotic Borad. Along the way, Wells found inspiration for the fiction he would write and publish. Thanks to the Doctor, Wells also inadvertently coined the phrase "science fiction". (DW: Timelash)

However, Wells did not begin writing these adventures until after another meeting with the Doctor, this time in his tenth incarnation, in 1889. Wells assisted the Doctor against both the time traveller Jonathan Smith and members of the Torchwood Institute. (IDW: The Time Machination) After the Doctor's departure, Wells witnessed the arrival of a past incarnation of the Doctor and Leela, but did not make himself known to them. (IDW: The Time Machination, referencing DW: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

The Doctor had earlier claimed to have lent Bertie Wells his ion-focusing coil for an invisibility experiment. (BBCR: The Ghosts of N-Space)

As his future self expected another meeting later in Wells' timeline, it seems that this occurred during a third or later meeting (from Wells' point of view).

Other information

Theophilus Tolliver, a friend of Wells', told him about his adventures traveling in time. (TVA: The Eternal Present)

It is implied that Tolliver is the protagonist of Wells' The Time Machine. However, it seemed equally plausible that the Doctor himself had provided that inspiration.

Other references

For references to The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, specifically, see entries on those novels.

Behind the Scenes

Doctor Who owes an obvious debt to Wells, The idea of a time machine originated in Wells' The Time Machine and plot of The Daleks has a lot of similarity to George Pál's movie adaptation of The Time Machine. The Daleks themselves resemble the Martians of The War of the Worlds. So unsurprisingly, a number of affectionate references to H.G. Wells have found their way into the series.

Though Timelash suggests otherwise, H.G. Wells did not, in reality, coin the term science fiction, which first saw use sometime after 1926.

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H.G. Wells was a human novelist from 19th century Earth

His novel The Time Machine was discussed by Hikaru Sulu and Mandala Flynn aboard the USS Enterprise in 2270. James T. Kirk owned a copy of the 20th century film adaptation of the original novel. (TOS novels: Crisis on Centaurus, The Entropy Effect)

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