St Luke’s University

Facts

Name:
St Luke’s University

Type:
University

Location:
Bristol

First seen in:
The Pilot

Biography

St Luke’s University was a university in Bristol. By 2017, the Twelfth Doctor had spent almost seventy years working there as a lecturer, while both he and Nardole guarded a secret vault hidden beneath the university campus. It was here where the Doctor first met Bill Potts. (The Pilot)

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History

At some point, the Twelfth Doctor and Nardole integrated themselves into the university, with Nardole serving as the Doctor’s valet as he taught at the university under the guise of a science professor. Bill Potts also got a job serving in the canteen. Bill regularly attended the Doctor’s lectures despite not being a student there, leading him to invite her to his office and offer to be her personal tutor, the pair regularly meeting there at 6pm. (The Pilot)

Shadow World

In the Shadow World, a virtual reality designed by the Monks to be a perfect copy of the Doctor’s universe, simulacra of the Twelfth Doctor and Nardole worked at St Luke’s University. His companion, Bill Potts was a student.

The Pope visited the university, inviting the Doctor to the Vatican to read the Veritas. (Extremis)

Campus

In 2017, the campus of St Luke’s University varied in architectural style. While the main building at the entrance to the university appeared fairly old, some of the architecture around the campus looked as if it had been built more recently. (The Pilot)

The Twelfth Doctor had a private office in the main building of the university, where he also kept his TARDIS. The building also contained a large lecture hall.

The quadrangle outside the main building, where Bill Potts first met Heather, led to a secret entrance to a mysterious vault, which was located beneath the university. A canteen and a kitchen were also somewhere on campus, where Bill Potts worked. (The Pilot, World Enough and Time)

The university was also home to the Terrance Dicks Library. (The Lost Dimension)

Staff and students
Staff

By 2017, the Twelfth Doctor had been a lecturer at the university for several decades. (The Pilot, Knock Knock) He lectured on topics as diverse as poetry, the physics of time (The Pilot) and was even supposed to do a lecture on crop rotation, though he opted for space. (Oxygen) Nardole was acting as his valet. Bill Potts worked at the university as a canteen assistant. (The Pilot)

Students

Bill Potts became a student after the Doctor took a shine to her. Heather was also a student there. (The Pilot) Bill’s friend Shireen, as well as her friends Harry, Felicity, Paul and Pavel also attended St Luke’s. (Knock Knock) Another student questioned the Doctor during one of his lectures. (Oxygen) Derek also attended the Twelfth Doctor’s lectures. (Diamond Dogs)

Behind the scenes

Earlier in production, this location was named St Jude’s University.[1]
Most of the students in lectures were extras from the general public such as Joe of the Youtube channel TARDISArchives.[2]

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