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Also known as:
  • The Monk
  • The Meddling Monk
Race: Gallifreyan (Time Lord)
Home Planet: Gallifrey
Home Era: Rassilon Era
Actor: Peter Butterworth

Mortimus (also known as the Monk or the Meddling Monk) was a former friend of the young Doctor and later a renegade Time Lord.





At the Academy, Mortimus was a friend of the Doctor's, and a member of a cabal of ten rebellious young Gallifreyans at the Academy known as the Deca. (PDA: Divided Loyalties)

As Renegade

Reunion with the Doctor

Mortimus was the owner of a Mark IV TARDIS and said that he had left the Doctor's home planet some fifty years after the Doctor. (DW:The Time Meddler)

See the Monk's TARDIS.

He decided that he liked to meddle with history, specifically the history of Earth, and to change it for his own amusement and for what he considered to be the better. He leant mechanical assistance to the builders of Stonehenge and gave Leonardo da Vinci tips on aircraft design. At the time that the Doctor, encountered him, the Monk attempted to prevent the Norman Conquest of 1066 as part of a plan to guide England into an age of technological prosperity. On that occasion he wore the guise of a monk in order to gain the trust of the locals, hence the name by which he is most often referred.

The Monk was at this time a well-meaning but childish man who was not half as clever as he thought he was, and who never seemed to realise the seriousness of what he was doing. The Doctor sabotaged the dimensional circuit of Mortimus' TARDIS, making it the same size inside as outside, reducing the interior to dollhouse proportions.(DW: The Time Meddler)

Next encounter with the Doctor

The Doctor encountered him again on the volcanic planet Tigus, where Mortimus sabotaged the lock on The Doctor's TARDIS, though that did not stop him from getting inside. The Doctor stole Mortimus' direction controls in order that he could use it himself as part of his effort to stop the Daleks.

Mortimus' TARDIS landed in ancient Egypt. Having heard of the Daleks, the Monk went along with their plans, in order to avoid being exterminated himself, while trying without success to convince the Doctor and his companions of his honourable nature. While there, the Doctor tinkered with the chameleon circuit from Mortimus' TARDIS, making it assume various shapes, finally that of a police box. He stole its partially compatible directional unit, leaving Mortimus stranded in a cold, icy location planet. (DW: The Daleks' Master Plan)

Ally of the Ice Warriors

Mortimus then teamed up with the Ice Warriors and battled the Doctor in a complex scheme involving alternative Earths and a plan to build a giant sonic weapon. Mortimus now preferred his own TARDIS to appear as a police box, did not wear a monk's habit, and referred to himself as the Time Meddler. (DWM: 4-Dimensional Vistas)

On the run from the Sleeze Brothers

At some point in the 21st century, the Monk tried to rig elections in what might have been the United States to stop President Sintatra from winning a third term of office. As he began this mission, he landed his TARDIS on a busy freeway. The Sleeze Brothers, El Ape and Deadbeat, collided into it, causing significant damage to their vehicle. At the same time, the companion-less Doctor landed his TARDIS in the same area.

Besieged by both angry brothers and an irate Doctor, the Monk slipped back into his TARDIS and took off. The Brothers then hijacked the Doctor's TARDIS at gunpoint and ordered him to follow the Monk's TARDIS through time. A chase ensued, and the two TARDISes flitted through time to several famous mysteries in Earth's history. Eventually, the Doctor and the Sleeze Brothers caused the Monk's TARDIS to implode, which apparently caused the creation of the Bermuda Triangle. How, when, or if the Monk reconstituted his TARDIS wasn't clear. (DWM: "Follow that TARDIS!)"

Death's Champion

At some point, the Monk regenerated at least once. Therefore, when they next met, the Doctor did not recognize him by sight.

Mortimus then created a series of alternate timelines (NA: Blood Heat, The Dimension Riders, The Left-Handed Hummingbird, Conundrum) in a scheme employing the Chronovore Artemis. Mortimus now used his real name and posed as a 1976 record executive in England. He had also, at this time, served as the Champion of the Eternal Death in the same way that the Doctor served as Champion of Time. In so doing, he had made himself servant to a being much more powerful and intelligent than himself. Mortimus aided the Vardans' scheme to avenge themselves on the Doctor and the Sontarans by conquering Earth, a planet of continued strategic value to the Sontarans and obviously important to the Doctor. His plan was undone thanks to the Doctor's companion Ace, who pretended to side with him until she could free Artemis. The vengeful Artemis subsequently took Mortimus away to make him pay for her imprisonment. (NA: No Future)

Behind the Scenes

The Monk has the distinction of being the first Gallifreyan other than the Doctor and Susan to be seen in the series. (During The Daleks' Master Plan, the Daleks actually seem to refer to the Doctor and the Monk as "humans", though they may simply use the term loosely.) The name Time Lord would not appear until The War Games, however.

There was for some time speculation that the Monk was actually an earlier regeneration of The Master or the War Chief, who appeared in The War Games. This is stated as fact in The Doctor Who Role Playing Game, which tended to create its own continuity. However, this theory has been contradicted by the Monk's appearances in novels and comics.

Aliens and Enemies of Season 2
Planet of Giants: Forester  • Smithers The Dalek Invasion of Earth: Robomen  • Daleks  • Slyther  • Black Dalek  • Dalek Saucer Commander The Rescue: Sand Beast  • Bennett/Koquillion  • Didonians   The Romans: Nero  • Poppaea  • Didius  • Sevcheria  • Locusta  • AscarisThe Web Planet: Zarbi  • Menoptera  • Larvae guns  • Optera  • Animus   The Crusade: El Akir  • Saphadin  • Thatcher  • Fatima The Space Museum: Moroks  • Lobos  • Xerons  • Daleks The Chase: Daleks  • Supreme Dalek  • Aridians  • Mire Beast  • Frankenstein's Monster robot  • Dracula robot  • Grey Lady  • Gubbage Cones  • Robot Dr Who  • Mechanoids   The Time Meddler: The Monk  • Ulf  • Sven  • Gunnar the Giant
Aliens and Enemies of Season 3
Galaxy Four: Rills  • Chumblies  • Maaga  • Drahvins  • Mission to the Unknown: Varga plants  • Daleks  • Malpha  • Warrien  • Trantis  • Gearon  • Beaus  • Sentreal The Myth Makers: Cassandra The Daleks' Master Plan: Daleks  • Supreme Dalek  • Mavic Chen  • Malpha  • Trantis  • Celation  • Gearon  • Beaus  • Sentreal  • Zephon  • Kirksen  • Visians  • Screamers  • The Monk The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve: Catherine de Medici The Ark: Monoids  • Refusian The Celestial Toymaker: Celestial Toymaker  • Joey the Clown  • Clara the Clown  • King of Hearts  • Queen of Hearts  • Knave of Hearts  • Joker  • Sgt. Rugg  • Mrs. Wiggs  • Cyril  • Kitchen Boy The Gunfighters: Johnny Ringo The Savages: Savages  • Elders  • Jano  • Senta  • Edal  • Exorse The War Machines: WOTAN  • War Machines  • Green  • Brett
Time Lords
The Doctor  • The Master  • The Rani  • Romana  • Borusa  • Omega  • Rassilon  • The Other  • Morbius  • The Monk  • The War Chief  • Susan Foreman  • Jenny  • The Woman  • Darkel  • Hedin  • Maxil  • K'anpo Rimpoche  • Flavia  • Thalia  • Goth  • Drax  • The Valeyard  • The Visionary
See also: Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor  • Donna Noble

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ST Expanded

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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Mortimus was a renegade Time Lord from an alternate reality, who became well known as a "time meddler" and was constantly at odds with the Time Agency and the United Federation of Planets' Department of Temporal Investigations as he constantly traveled throughout time and space in his TARDIS. (Star Trek: Daedalus)


First Incarnation

The First Mortimus, as portrayed by Peter Butterworth.

Early life

Mortimus was born on the planet Gallifrey and, at the age of 8, began training to become a Time Lord, elite members of Gallifreyan society. While at the Academy, he joined a cabal of rebellious young Time Lords who resented Time Lord rules and the preaching in non-interference in the affairs of lesser species.

Following his graduation from the Academy, Mortimus was able to gain control of a Mark IV TARDIS and left Gallifrey where he soon developed a fascination in performing experiments in altering history in order to observe the effects. Amongst his early exploits, was lending mechanical assistance to the builders of Stonehenge and giving Leonardo da Vinci hints about aircraft design. (Star Trek: Daedalus; Doctor Who: The Time Meddler)

The Monk

One of Mortimus' more ambitious "operations" was his plan to prevent the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and guide England into an age of technological prosperity. In order to gain the support of the 11th century inhabitants, Mortimus adopted the guise of a monk and set himself up in an abandoned monastery. However, his plans were thwarted by another renegade Time Lord known as the Doctor. Mortimus' TARDIS was also sabotaged by the Doctor so that he couldn't gain access to his TARDIS and leave 11th century England. (DW: The Time Meddler)

Mortimus was finally able to regain access to his TARDIS and set off after the Doctor and his TARDIS in order to exact his revenge, while still in the guise of the monk. He managed to track the Doctor to a volcanic planet, where he set about altering the locking mechanism to lock the Doctor and his companions out. Although the Doctor was able to regain entry.

Mortimus followed the Doctor and they both landed in Ancient Egypt, where he once again tried to foil the Doctor with the help of the Daleks. Unfortunately, he was defeated again and the Doctor sabotaged the directional unit on Mortimus' TARDIS, leaving him to wonder aimlessly in time and space. (DW: The Daleks' Master Plan; Star Trek: Daedalus)

Second Incarnation


Despite his best efforts, Mortimus was unable to construct a new directional unit for his TARDIS and his inability to control the ship's flight meant that he couldn't return home to Gallifrey. After years of aimless wandering, his TARDIS became ensnared in a dimensional rift and was pulled into an alternate reality. Unfortunately, the transference caused massive damage to the ship and it crash-landed in a scrapyard in the Shoreditch area of London, England in the year 1963. As well as causing significant damage to the TARDIS, the crash also seriously wounded Mortimus and he was forced to regenerate in order to survive.

In his post-regenerative state, Mortimus stumbled out of his TARDIS and collapsed to the floor as Group Captain Ian Gilmore and a contingent from the Royal Air Forces' Intrusion Countermeasures Group arrived to investigate reports of a UFO crash landing in the area. Following a brief stay in hospital, Mortimus made a complete recovery and was able to effect repairs to his TARDIS using RAF resources after convincing Gilmore that he was a scientist who would be able to get the "UFO" to reveal its secrets.

Despite conducting patchwork repairs to the TARDIS, Mortimus was unable to make any progress with building a new directional unit and was forced to resume wandering in this new, alternate dimension, far from his people and homeworld. (Reversed Polarities - "Remembrance")

Third Incarnation


The third incarnation of Mortimus came into existence following the second incarnation's climatic battle with the Time Agency and his betrayal by Hylen. After escaping the Agency in the TARDIS with the assistance of former time agent, Jack Harkness, the ship came under heavy assault by a Federation timeship causing the TARDIS to begin breaking up while inside the time vortex. With no other option, Mortimus and Jack were forced to abandon the TARDIS using his vortex manipulator to escape. Unfortunately, the resulting break-up of the TARDIS created a temporal displacement wave which caused Mortimus and Jack to be split, sending the Time Lord to 21st century Earth and Jack to early 24th century Askalaan.

Although Mortimus landed safely on Earth, his body had been all-but destroyed by chroniton radiation and he regenerated a short-time later in a hospital in Stratford-upon-Avon area of the United Kingdom. (Reversed Polarities: "Duty, Honor, Redemption"; The Exiles)

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