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Steven Taylor
Also known as: Steven Regret (DW: The Gunfighters)
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: 23rd century
Appearances: Full List of Appearances
Actor: Peter Purves

Steven Taylor was a former solo spaceship pilot turned companion of the Doctor.

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Biography

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Prior to meeting the Doctor

Steven seems to have lived a grim life. He grew up in during a war (DW: The Chase) on a Hiveblock on Earth (MA: The Empire of Glass) during the middle part of the 23rd century. After visiting the ruins of New York City (a legacy of the 22nd century Dalek invasion) he decided to enlist in the military. He served as a helmsman on a battleship and later as a solo combat pilot, going from one spaceship or space station to another. He had the latter post as a form of reprisal for reporting the killing of a homeless person on Roylus Prime, which visiting there on shore leave (PDA: Salvation).

Steven is overjoyed at seeing humans after two years' captivity on Mechanus
By the time Steven met the Doctor, the war, with unspecified combatants, had stretched on for fifty years.

On a mission, Steven crash landed on the planet Mechanus. Having crashed in the jungle, Steven wandered around for days trying to avoid the hostile plant life. Eventually he was captured by the Mechanoids, and taken to their city. He spent two years as a prisoner, alone but for a panda mascot named HiFi.

Adventures

In that time, Steven built a wooden construction rather like a climbing frame to keep himself active. It allowed him to climb up to the roof of the city for fresh air. It is here, in his room in the Mechanoid City, that Steven met the Doctor and his companions, shortly followed by the Daleks. Upon seeing them, he asked, "Who won the war?" and introduced himself as, "Steven Taylor, Flight Red Fifty". Steven helped the others escape from the city though returned to retrieve HiFi. Steven was thrown from a great height when the Mechanoid City was destroyed by Daleks. Through luck, he stumbled through the jungle found the the Doctor's TARDIS. Steven stumbled into it, whilst the Dotor and Vicki were saying goodbye to their former companions Ian and Barbara. Before the Doctor and Vicki returned to the TARDIS, Steven passed out in a dead faint. (DW: The Chase)

When Steven recovered, he discovered that the TARDIS had re-materialised in England, in 1066. The Doctor explained, briefly, how the TARDIS works, and that the TARDIS would blend in with its surroundings. Steven's natural sarcasm showed as he commented, "That rock over there looks just like a blue box". Despite his sharp wit, Steven was good-humoured. He was also independent, and had good leadership skills. He had also brought HiFi with him but left it in the TARDIS. (DW: The Time Meddler)

In the city of Troy, Steven, who temporarily adopted the name Diomede, was wounded in the shoulder by a sword thrust, and suffered blood poisoning. A temple handmaiden called Katarina, who the travellers have met earlier, tended to Steven and nursed him back to health and helped him return to the TARDIS. (DW: The Myth Makers)

A plague-ridden Steven on trial aboard the Ark.

Once he had recovered, Steven faced some of the worst experiences of his life shortly after. Katarina and two new allies, Bret Vyon and finally, Bret's sister, Sara Kingdom all died violently in the midst of a complicated series of events which ranged from the planet Kembel in 4000 throughout time and space.. Minutes after the death of Sara Kingdom, Steven asked the Doctor, in the waste that the Time Destructor had made of Kembel if he considered the loss of so many lives worthwhile to defeat the Daleks. (DW: The Daleks' Master Plan)

When the travellers arrived in Paris, in 1572, Steven was disgusted at the Doctor's abandonment of his Huguenot friends, in particular the young Anne Chaplet. He became so disillusioned that he left the TARDIS when it had arrived in 1966 London, but returned to warn the Doctor that some Police Constables were approaching. He met Dodo Chaplet, possibly, he thought, a descendant of Anne Chaplet's proving she had lived (DW: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve) When Dodo Chaplet joined the Doctor and Steven, he picked up her cold virus, as he had no immunity to it. (DW: The Ark)

Leaving the Doctor

Eventually, the experiences that Steven has had on his travels lead him to decide to use his skills, and training, to help rebuild a civilisation. When Chal invited him to help the Elders and the Savages live together, he decided to accept the challenge, and left the TARDIS. (DW: The Savages)

Other information

  • The Doctor also had to ensure that Steven didn't draw undue attention to himself. When the TARDIS materialized in the American Wild West, in contrast to the clothes of those native to that era, Steven wore a flashy, inaccurate recreation of western dress and fancied himself as "Dead-eye Steve, the fastest, meanest gun in the west", whereas the Doctor introduced him as "Steven Regret, tenor." Fortunately Steven really could sing, and play the piano, or this cover would have been almost as eye-catching as Steven's own idea. (DW: The Gunfighters)

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Key Life Events

Companions of the First Doctor
Television
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

This article uses material from the "Steven Taylor" article on the Dr Who wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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