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Ian Chesterton
Also known as:
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 1963
Appearances: Full List of Appearances
Actor: William Russell

Ian Chesterton, knighted as Sir Ian, Knight of Jaffa, was one of the earliest companions to travel with the Doctor. Before meeting the Doctor, Ian was a Science Teacher at Coal Hill School, in 1960s London.



Ian Chesterton was one of Susan Foreman's teachers at Coal Hill School, London. He was intrigued by her advanced scientific knowledge, and in talking with another of her teachers, Barbara Wright, found that he was not the only person who had noticed a strange knowledge in this pupil. One evening, as school was finishing, Ian and Barbara decided to follow Susan home. They were concerned about her, and curious. When they saw Susan enter I.M. Foreman's junkyard in Totter's Lane, the two school teachers become more concerned for her safety. Following her inside the yard, the two discovered a police box sitting incongruously with the junk. Barging their way in, when they discovered that Susan was inside, Ian discovered something he could not believe. (DW: An Unearthly Child)

Ian's scientific mind made him sceptical of anything he had no proof of. When Susan and the Doctor told him that the police box was, in fact, a machine which travels through Time and Space, he was initially sceptical. He felt that the TARDIS was a scientific dream he did not expect to see answered in a junkyard. However, when the Doctor displayed his disgust at Ian's arrogance, and ignorance, Ian stated that he wanted to understand. Once he had proof that the TARDIS was indeed a space-time vessel he accepted this fact, and became the most practical of the travellers.

It didn't take long for Ian's practical side to show. When the travellers landed on Stone Age Earth and ran afoul of the tribe they encountered, it was Ian who struggled to free them from their rope bonds, and Ian who 'discovered' [fire] by rubbing sticks against stone to create friction, in an attempt to win their freedom.

Ian spent a fair amount of time in jail cells, usually in historical settings. (DW: The Reign of Terror, The Romans, The Dalek Invasion of Earth. PDA: The Witch Hunters)

Ian's curiosity about the TARDIS never left him, and he quizzed the Doctor about the TARDIS systems, and how they work, while the travellers were on Skaro. Despite being so obviously interested in science, and its practical applications, Ian was not lacking in common sense. While on Skaro he was acutely aware of Barbara's discomfort. He saw how much she wished to return to the safety of the TARDIS, rather than explore the Dalek City, and stood up to the Doctor in an attempt to ensure their safe return. Once Barbara had been captured by the Daleks, it was Ian who insisted that the travellers could not leave without her. (DW: The Daleks)

Ian, seen here in typically stylish attire, often played a protective role with his fellow travelers

Headstrong and stubborn, Ian insisted that he should be the one to return to the TARDIS for the anti-radiation drugs the travellers needed, despite the fact that his legs had been paralysed in their encounter with the Daleks, and also despite the fact that the Doctor and Susan were the only ones who could unlock the TARDIS doors. Eventually it was this stubbornness which prompted Ian to risk his life to warn the Thals about the Dalek ambush, and later persuade them to give up their pacifist ways and fight for their survival. (DW: The Daleks)

Full of bravery and courage, Ian eventually gained the Doctor's respect. He was treated almost as an equal, almost as a friend, and it was no doubt due not only to his bravery, but also to his headstrong, stubborn loyalty. This loyalty extended to Susan and the Doctor as the travellers grew closer throughout their travels.

The First Doctor often failed (probably intentionally) to pronounce Ian's last name properly, but the two nevertheless came to rely on each other.

Ian revelled in his new life, and new experiences. When the travellers landed in 12th century Palestine, during the Crusades, Barbara was abducted in a Saracen ambush. Ian was knighted Sir Ian of Jaffa by Richard the Lionheart, and sent on an emissary mission to search for her. Ian developed his skill as a swordsman during his travels, but he was also capable of unarmed combat. (DW: The Aztecs, The Crusade)

On a number of occasions, Ian endured the severe test of facing his fears. Not being a great swimmer, he found he had to overcome this when, during a visit to Rome in AD 64 he was sold as a galley slave. His galley sunk in a storm, and Ian, with his Greek slave friend Delos, escaped and made their way to Rome. (DW: The Romans) While searching for Barbara in Palestine, Ian was captured and staked in the desert, daubed with honey to attract ants. Ian's instinctive fear of ants may have been increased with his experiences on Vortis. (DW: The Web Planet)

Despite his obvious enjoyment of his travels, Ian never lost sight of his desire to return to his home, and his own time. When the opportunity arose, Ian and Barbara risked travel in a Dalek time ship to return to 1960s London. When they emerged from the time machine, they were both delighted to be back home, despite discovering that two years have passed since their departure. (DW: The Chase)

Life after the Doctor

Following his departure from the Doctor, he and Barbara got married. However, despite having left the Doctor behind, they did yet again get 'caught up in his world' when they were contacted by UNIT in the 1970s to assist in a temporally related problem. (PDA: The Face of the Enemy)

Ian and Barbara had a son, John Alydon Ganatus Chesterton. (NA: Timewyrm: Revelation, PDA: Byzantium!)

Behind the Scenes

The roles of Ian and Barbara as, respectively, science and history teachers was part of the series' original plan to alternate between science-fiction and historical stories. In one of the original format documents, Ian's age is listed as twenty-seven.


  • The Doctor: "Your arrogance is nearly as great as your ignorance."
Ian: "But I want to understand."
An Unearthly Child
  • "I've seen a colony of ants eat their way right through a house. That size, they could eat their way through a mountain."
The Web Planet
  • Lobos: "You'll achieve nothing if you kill me."
Ian: "Possibly, but it might be enjoyable."
The Space Museum
  • "I'm sorry, but you rattle off explanations that would have baffled Einstein and you expect Barbara and I to know what you're talking about."
  • "I want to sit in a pub and drink a pint of beer again. I want to walk in a park and watch a cricket match. Above all, I want to belong somewhere, do something, instead of this aimless drifting around in space."
The Chase

Possibly apocryphal information

At some point later in life, Ian may have recorded videotaped recollections of his adventures with the Doctor, in particular the adventure with Richard the Lionheart. (DW: The Crusade - 1999 video release in which William Russell narrates missing portions of the serial in character as Ian Chesterton.)

Companions of the First Doctor
Susan Foreman  • Ian Chesterton  • Barbara Wright  • Vicki  • Steven Taylor  • Katarina  • Sara Kingdom  • Dodo Chaplet  • Ben Jackson  • Polly Wright
Other media
John and Gillian  • George, Helen, Alan and Ida Mortimer

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Up to date as of February 02, 2010

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For other uses, see Ian (disambiguation).

Ian was a male Human who worked as a quality inspector for a major ten-world corporation in the 24th century. He met Carol Abramowitz aboard the transport vessel Lionarti in 2376 while en route to business meeting on Pacifica. The two hit it off, and several days later, after a mission to Vrinda, Abramowitz joined Ian at Pacifica. (SCE episode: "Age of Unreason")

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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From The Vault

For the Fallout 3 character, see Ian West.
race: Human
affiliation: Shady Sands
Vault Dweller
role: Recruitable NPC
location: Shady Sands
appearances: Fallout
quests: Recruit Ian
SPECIAL: 7 ST 6 PE 6 EN 5 CH 6 IN 6 AG 5 LK
dialogue file: IAN.MSG

Ian is a short, stocky merchant guard. A no-nonsense man, he used to be a guard for the Crimson Caravan merchants in the Hub, but was shot during a bandit raid and recovered in Shady Sands. He helps defend Shady Sands from raiders and occasionally visits Hub and Junktown to do some trading. Overall, he is very self-reliant, tough, annoyed at getting wounded, and maybe a little overconfident. Many veteran Fallout players consider Ian to be annoying, often shooting at the player if in the way of an enemy. He is useful nonetheless.

When asked he says his home is now Shady Sands, but mentions his hometown and having "someone waiting for me back home".


Fallout 2

According to the Vault Dweller's memoirs, part of Fallout 2, Ian died while fighting supermutants in Necropolis with the Vault Dweller, having been burned to death by a flamethrower. However, in the special encounter Cafe of Broken Dreams, Tandi mentions that Ian may be a part of the Abbey.

At one point in the planning for Fallout 2, Ian had survived and was living in Vault City under the name of Old Joe. According to his dialogue, Ian would mistake the Chosen One as the Vault Dweller and would reminisce about events from Fallout before realizing the mistaken identity. Commenting on the prejudiced nature of Vault City's citizens, he would give the Chosen One a gun, apparently his old Colt 6520 10mm Pistol before sending him away, encouraging the Chosen One to "make proud" the memory of the Vault Dweller. This character is returned in the Restoration Mod.

General information

  • Hit Points: 50.
  • Action Points: 10
  • Sequence: 12
  • Armor Class: 15
  • Critical Chance: 15%
  • Armor: Leather Jacket.
  • Weapons: Knife, pistol, SMG.
  • Effective with the 10mm SMG early on. Very capable with the .223 Pistol.
  • Likes the Power Fist.
  • Special: Notorious for accidentally shooting the Vault Dweller during battle. This was referenced as a part of Old Joe's dialogue.
  • He will attack you if you've fought people in Shady Sands before recruiting him.
  • Rating: Good during the initial stages of the game, despite his tendency to shoot the player or other friendly NPCs.
  • There is a severe bug with Ian that makes him multiply continuously throughout the gameworld. This becomes a real pain when combat is triggered as the player needs to wait until all the Ians on the map have taken their turn...(Fallout 1)

Tell Me About

You can ask Ian about the following words: War, Shady, Junktown, Hub, Raiders, Caravans, Sands, Necropolis, Medic, Healing, Killian, Gizmo, Casino, Children, Apocalypse, Mutants, Khans, Tandi, Booze, chems, Seth, Aradesh, Razlo, Psychics, Merchants

Related quests

Behind the Scenes

Ian was a test case character designed to see if the engine could handle non-player-controlled followers who would move from map to map with the player's character. Though the initial implementation required some troubleshooting, it functioned well enough for the team to decide to implement followers.

The character of Ian was based upon Ian Dunteman, roommate of designer Jess Heinig, although the developer found it hard to portray the real-life Ian's characteristics in just a few short lines of dialogue.

See also

Joinable non-player characters of Fallout 1
Shady Sands

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From Lostpedia

This is a disambiguation page. A number of articles are associated with the title Ian.
NOTE: If an internal link referred you to this page, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.

Ian may refer to:

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From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape

Release date 22 February 2005 (Update)
Race Human
Members NPC? No
Quest NPC? No
Location The Forgotten Cemetery
Sells items? Yes
Skill requirement? No
Quest requirement? No
Gender Unknown edit
Examine A very brave merchant.
Notable features Sells team capes

This article is about the merchant. For the co-founder of RuneScape, see Ian Gower.

Ian is a Cape Merchant who sells team capes. He sells team-capes that end in 2.He has a variety of team capes (the "X" symbol). He can be found walking around the northern border of the Forgotten Cemetery in the Wilderness. Like all team capes, his are for sale for 50 coins.

Team capes 2, 12, 22, 32, 42
Stub This article is a stub. You can help by expanding it.

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Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

Ian was a common male name:

See also

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Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From TibiaWiki

Ian, son of Markwin was murdered by a group of outcasts. His history is written in the book Chronicle of Mintwallin - the City of the Minotaurs, Vol. V (Book).

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City of Heroes

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From City of Heroes Wiki

This article is currently a work in progress. As such, it may contain some editing notes in addition to information. Please be patient, it is being worked on and will be in a finished state before long!

Name: Ian Casteneda
Position: Art Dept, costumes

Not much is know about this developer. What is known is mostly second hand from Positron and JLove. Ian's current position with the company is unknown, though Jay has indicated that due to starvation while working on Issue 10, the art department ate him.

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