Learning History with Doctor Who

If you haven’t read my Traveling Through History With Doctor Who Review, please read that first.

Below, you will find a lot of information that helps me when we are creating our own Doctor Who learning sessions.

There are also several famous authors and at least one famous artist who also appear in episodes. Those are below as well.

You can currently watch from the 9th Doctor through the current Doctor (the 12th Doctor) through Amazon Prime for free (at least with membership). You can also watch many (most?) of the Classic Doctor Who episodes on Amazon, but those will cost.

You can find some of the episodes on DVD through Netflix or maybe even your local library.

These are in no particular order other than being split into World History, American History, and Authors/Artists/Miscellaneous.

If you find any errors or additions, please let me know in the comments section. I will add on to this list as I discover more historical episodes.

Each entry has the name of the historical figure and/or period, the name of the episode(s), the number of which Doctor is in the episode (for example: 11th), the season (for example: 601 or 3), and the episode number (for example: 4). Seasons 101 and up are the seasons for Doctors 9-12 and seasons 1-50 are the older Classics (Doctors 1-8).

Please note that we have not watched most of the Classic Doctor Who episodes, yet. You also might want to check out the episodes before watching with your student if you are not familiar with Doctor Who.

My Process

  • I research what the episode is about.
  • Look for materials that correspond with the locations, time periods, or people in the episode (usually short documentaries).
  • We usually watch the episode first and then do the extras.
  • We discuss everything in the episode and everything else that we learned.
  • We come up with thought-provoking questions and ask a lot of “What if this happened instead….”
  • We compare and contrast the episode and what we learned.
  • The student can also: build something with Legos, in Mindcraft, or in Roblox that goes with historical location/etc, draw, and/or write a short paper.

World History

Pompeii and Lucius Caecilius Lucundus ~ The Fires of Pompeii, 10th, 401, 3
Winston Churchill ~ The Beast Below and Victory of the Daleks, 11th, 501, 2 and 3
Winston Churchill ~ The Pandorica Opens, 11th, 501, 12
Adolf Hitler and WWII ~ Let’s Kill Hitler, 11th, 601, 8
Richard I “Lionheart” ~ The Crusade, 1st, 3, 22-25
King John I ~ The King’s Demons. 5th, 20, 6
Elizabeth I ~ The Chase, 1st, 2, 30-35
Elizabeth I ~ The Skakespeare Code, 10th, 301, 3
Queen Victoria ~ Tooth and Claw, 10th, 201, 3
Madame De Pompadour ~ The Girl in the Fireplace, 10th, 201, 5
Blackbeard ~ The Mind Robber, 2nd, 6, 2
Henry Avery/Every ~ Curse of the Black Spot, 11th, 601, 3
Marco Polo ~ Marco Polo, 1st, 1, 14-20
George Stephenson (Inventor of Steam Locomotive) ~ Mark of the Rani, 6th, 22, 3
The Aztecs ~ The Aztecs, 1st, 1, 27-30
12th Century Palestine ~ The Crusade, 1st, 3, 22-25
Egypt ~ Pyramids of Mars, 4th, 12, 3
Industrial Revolution in the early 1800s ~ Mark of the Rani, 6th, 22, 3
London in WWII & London Blitz ~ The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances, 9th, 101, 9-10
Cardiff in 1869 ~ The Unquiet Dead, 9th, 101, 3
London in the 1950s ~ The Idiot’s Lantern, 10th, 201, 8
WWI and England in 1913 ~ Human Nature and The Family of Blood, 10th, 301, 9 and 10
London in 1938 ~ The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe, 11th, Christmas Special
Queen Nefertiti and Egypt in 1334 BC ~ Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, 11th, 701, 2
Cold War and 1980s ~ Cold War, 11th, 702, 3
Victorian London ~ Deep Breath, 12th, 801, 1
Medieval England in 1190 and “Robin Hood” ~ Robot of Sherwood, 12th, 801, 3
1651 England ~ The Woman Who Lived, 12th, 901, 6
Victorian England ~ The Next Doctor, 10th, 401, 15
Stonehenge and Gladiators ~ The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang, 11th, 501, 12 and 13
18th Century France ~ The Reign of Terror, 1st, 1, 37-42 (some are missing)
Romans ~ The Romans, 1st, 2, 53-55
Troy, Greece, & Achilles ~ The Myth Makers, 1st, 3, 6-9
Paris, France ~ The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve, 1st, 22-25
Middle Ages ~ The Time Warrior, 3rd, 11, 1
Dinosaurs and London ~ Invasion of the Dinosaurs, 3rd, 11, 2
15th Century in San Martino, Italy ~ The Masque of Mandragora, 4th, 14, 1
Victorian England ~ The Talons of Weng-Chiang, 4th, 14, 6
Early 20th Century England ~ Horror of Fang Rock. 4th, 15, 1
Paris ~ City of Death, 4th, 17, 2
Edwardian Brighton ~ The Leisure Hive, 4th, 18, 1
17th Century ~ The Visitation, 5th, 19, 4
English Countryside in 1925 ~ Black Orchid, 5th, 19, 5
English Civil War and 1643 ~ The Awakening, 5th, 21, 2
Hailey’s Comet and London ~ Attack of the Cybermen, 6th, 22, 1
London in 1883 and a Neanderthal ~ Ghost Light, 7th, 26, 2
British naval installation during WWII ~ The Curse of Fenric, 7th, 26, 1
Vikings ~ The Girl Who Died, 12th, 901, 5
London 1814 ~ Thin Ice, 12th, 1001, 3
The Vatican and Pope ~ Extremis, 12th, 1001, 6
Pyramids ~ The Pyramid at the End of the World, 12th, 1001, 7
Victorian Era and the Queen ~ Empress of Mars, 12th, 1001, 9
Roman Ninth Legion ~ The Eaters of Light, 12th, 1001, 10

 

American History

Hooverville, NYC in 1930, Great Depression ~ Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks, 10th, 301, 5 and 6
Richard Nixon and USA ~ The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, 11th, 601, 1 and 2
Moon Landing and 1960s ~ The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, 11th, 601, 1 and 2
Titanic ~ Voyage of the Damned, 10th, 401, 1
Tombstone, AZ and Wyatt Earp ~ The Gunfighters, 1st, 3, 34-37
Wild West ~ A Town Called Mercy, 11th, 701, 3
New York in 1930s and Statue of Liberty ~ The Angels Take Manhattan, 11th, 701, 5
Chinatown in San Francisco in 1999 ~ Doctor Who Movie, 8th, 1986

 

Authors, Artists, and More

 Charles Dickens ~ The Unquiet Dead ~ 9th, 101, 3
Agatha Christie ~ The Unicorn and the Wasp ~ 10th, 401, 8
William Shakespeare ~ The Shakespeare Code ~ 10th, 301, 3
Vincent Van Gogh ~ Vincent and the Doctor and The Pandorica Opens, 11th, 501, 10 and 12

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