Recorder

The Three Doctors
Facts

 

Type:

Recorder

Used by:

Second Doctor

First seen in:

The Power Of The Daleks

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Biography

The Second Doctor owned a recorder which he enjoyed playing, mostly as a source of self-amusement, but also to help him think. While his future incarnations often relied on the sonic screwdriver as their favourite tool, this Doctor preferred the recorder as an all-purpose utensil.

He played it several times while on Vulcan, (TVThe Power Of The Daleks) in London in 1948, (AUDIOLost and Found) in a marketplace on the Panjistri homeworld to amuse Lilith, (PROSETimewyrm: Apocalypse) while in a Scottish prison cell, (TVThe Highlanders) while visiting Atlantis, (TVThe Underwater Menace) while visiting an Earth colony, (TVThe Macra Terror) while imprisoned by the Daleks, (TVThe Evil Of The Daleks) while imprisoned in Tibet, (TVThe Abominable Snowmen) and while under Robot Yeti guard. (TVThe Web of Fear)

When the Doctor’s TARDIS landed in Australia, Jamie made the Doctor leave his recorder in the ship before they went out. (TVThe Enemy of the World)

Jamie once chopped up the recorder, but it didn’t prevent the Doctor from producing a new one from somewhere. (PROSETwin Piques)

After escaping from the Land of Fiction, the Doctor realised he had left his recorder there, and sent himself back in to retrieve it. While there, he encountered Goth, who asked him to help the future self. (PROSEFuture Imperfect)

When the Second Doctor and the Third Doctor were transported to Omega‘s anti-matter universe, the recorder fell into the TARDIS’ force field generator, and was therefore not converted into anti-matterduring the trip. When the Doctors discovered this, they offered it to Omega, and the resulting annihilation seemingly destroyed the renegade Time Lord and his world. In exchange for his sacrifice of the instrument, the Third Doctor promised his earlier self that he would buy him a “thousand” more. (TVThe Three Doctors)

Although his memories of meeting his future self quickly faded, the Doctor did remember that he had lost his recorder, and went to a music shop on Amber Station to get a new one. (PROSEBriefly Noted)

He gave his recorder to Flora Millrace, claiming to have extras. (PROSEThe Avant Guardian)

The recorder was useful for more than just music. On an Earth-like planet, the Doctor used his recorder to lure a robot to the TARDIS. (PROSEThe Sour Note) On Harmony, he used it to escape from his captors by playing it discordantly, having seen earlier that it caused them pain. (PROSEPlanet of Bones) In Prague, the Doctor combined his recorder with his sonic screwdriver to communicate with a Doredsor, enabling him to translate colour to binary to Solresol to musical notation and back again. (PROSEThe Time Eater) On Trodos, the Doctor used his recorder on a Dalek‘s hearing system, sending it out of control. (COMICThe Trodos Ambush) On a swamp planet, he used it to stop giant spiders from attacking him and his companions. (COMICMaster of Spiders) On prehistoric Earth, he used it to befriend a herd of mammoths and get them to destroy the Trods‘ power supply. (COMICPursued by the Trods)

Other references 

Sarah Jane Smith discovered the Doctor’s recorder in the TARDIS’ secondary control room. (TVThe Masque of Mandragora)

The newly regenerated Fifth Doctor tried playing the recorder, but realised that it was not for him. (TVCastrovalva)

The Sixth Doctor, confused by a time-slip with the affected Second Doctor, tried to remember a musical instrument important to him. He mentioned a clarinetand a flute, before recalling it was a recorder. (TVThe Two Doctors)

The Eleventh Doctor left a recorder in his TARDIS drawing room. (GAMETARDIS)

Modifications 

The Doctor often added modifications to his recorder, allowing him to put it to unusual tasks. The Doctor used his recorder as a spyglass on the Silver Carrier. (TVThe Wheel in Space) He repeated this trick in Tobias Vaughn‘s base. (TVThe Invasion)

In Atlantis the Doctor used his recorder as a blowpipe, expelling powder into Zaroff‘s face. (TVThe Underwater Menace)

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