For the benefit of the visitors coming to the site as a result of the new
series of Doctor
the following is a brief explanation of UNIT the organisation our site is
after and which has played such a large part in the Doctor’s adventures on
“We deal with the odd, the unexplained, anything on Earth�or even beyond” Brigadier
Lethbridge-Stewart, Spearhead from Space
UNIT (short for United Nations Intelligence Taskforce) is a military force
established in the late 20th Century to combat would-be alien invaders in the
wake of an attempt by the Yeti (actually robots controlled by the Great Intelligence)
to take over the UK.
Initially headed by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, (Nicholas Courtney), the
UK contingent of UNIT faced an unfeasibly large number of alien foes including
blobs of anti-matter, giant robots, Cybermen and Daleks.
Luckily for much of their appearances the Third Doctor, freshly exiled to Earth
by his fellow Time Lords, was on hand to help.
On television UNIT also appeared
alongside the 4th and 7th Doctors.
By the time they assisted the Seventh Doctor to defeat Morgaine, former lover
of King Arthur, UNIT had become truly international with members from a
wide range of nations.
At this point in their history the organization was headed by Brigadier Winifred
Bambera although Lethbridge-Stewart did temporarily return from his retirement
to lend a hand.
The organisation has also featured in a wide range of Doctor Who spin-offs
made for videos dramas, novels and cd adventures.
They are currently
appearing in the Big
Finish UNIT series of audio plays where they are headed
by Colonel Robert Dalton.
When the Slitheen attempted to destroy Earth they lured UNIT’s experts to a meeting at 10 Downing Street where they were slain.
We next saw the organisation in The Christmas Invasion, now headed by Major Blake and based within the precinct of The Tower of London. Unfortunately Blake was killed aboard the Sycorax.