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Doctor Who character Ben Jackson Ben Affiliated First Doctor Second Doctor Species Human Home planet Earth Home era 1966 First appearance The War Machines Last appearance The Faceless Ones Portrayed by Michael Craze Benjamin "Ben" Jackson is a fictional character played by Michael Craze in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. A seaman in the Royal Navy from 1966, he was a companion of the First and Second Doctors and a regular in the programme from 1966 to 1967. Contents 1 Character history 2 Other mentions 3 Other appearances 4 List of appearances 4.1 Television 4.2 Novels 4.3 Short stories 4.4 Comics 4.5 Audio stories 5 External links Character history Ben first appears in the First Doctor serial The War Machines, when he meets Polly and Dodo in a London nightclub called the Inferno. As an Able Seaman serving in the Royal Navy, aboard HMS Teazer, Ben is feeling depressed and angry because he has a six month shore posting while his ship is deployed to the West Indies, but Polly and Dodo try to cheer him up. When Polly is accosted by another patron in the Inferno, Ben comes to her rescue. Eventually, Ben and Polly aid the Doctor in his fight against the rogue artificial intelligence known as WOTAN. Afterward, Ben and Polly are the bearers of the news of Dodo's decision to stay in 1966 to the Doctor, and accidentally get carried away in the TARDIS when they try to return Dodo's key to the time machine. Ben is a salt of the Earth kind of fellow, dependable, faithful, but prone to be suspicious when kept in the dark or not understanding what was going on. He is very attached to Polly, considering her posh, giving her the nickname of "Duchess" and appointing himself as both her protector and that of the Doctor's. He is present with Polly when the First Doctor regenerates into the Second, and continues to travel with the Second Doctor. Eventually, the TARDIS finds its way back to 1966 London (in The Faceless Ones) on the very day Ben and Polly had left (although about a year had passed for them). They decide to remain behind to resume their lives without disruption as the Doctor and Jamie travel on. What happens to Ben after his return to Earth is not certain. The Doctor seems to think that Ben will become an Admiral and that Polly will look after Ben, but it is unclear if this is a prediction or simply wishing them well. Ben is mentioned by Sarah Jane Smith in Death of the Doctor as working with Polly in India "running an orphanage there." Other mentions The 7th Doctor whispers his name in The Curse of Fenric and a vision of Ben is seen along with every other companion aside from Leela on the scanner screen in Resurrection of the Daleks. Other appearances In the spin off short story "Mondas Passing" by Paul Grice (in the anthology Short Trips) which takes place in 1986, it is revealed that Ben and Polly have gone their separate ways and married other people. Ben meets a divorced Polly again with the help of the Second Doctor in 1999 ("That Time I Nearly Destroyed The World Whilst Looking For a Dress" by Joseph Lidster, published in Short Trips: Past Tense), where the two admit their love for each other. The canonicity of the spin offs is unclear[citation needed]. List of appearances Television Season 3 The War Machines Season 4 The Smugglers The Tenth Planet The Power of the Daleks The Highlanders The Underwater Menace The Moonbase The Macra Terror The Faceless Ones (Episodes 1, 2 & 6) Novels Virgin Missing Adventures Invasion of the Cat-People by Gary Russell Past Doctor Adventures The Murder Game by Steve Lyons The Roundheads by Mark Gatiss Dying in the Sun by Jon de Burgh Miller Ten Little Aliens by Stephen Cole Telos Doctor Who novellas Wonderland by Mark Chadbourn Short stories "Mondas Passing" by Paul Grice (Short Trips) "That Time I Nearly Destroyed The World Whilst Looking For a Dress" by Joseph Lidster (Short Trips: Past Tense) "Pluto" by Dale Smith (Short Trips: The Solar System) "Do You Dream in Colour" by Gary Russell (Short Trips: The Ghosts of Christmas) "The Slave War" by Una McCormack (Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership) Comics "The Tests of Trefus" by David Brian (Doctor Who Annual 1968) "World Without Night" by David Brian (Doctor Who Annual 1968) "Food for Thought" by Nicholas Briggs and Colin Andrew (Doctor Who Magazine 218–220) Audio stories Resistance (adventure related by Polly) The Three Companions (adventure related by Polly) The Forbidden Time (an adventure related by the characters Polly & Jamie) The Selachian Gambit (an adventure related by the characters Polly & Jamie) External links Ben Jackson on TARDIS Index File, an external wiki Ben Jackson on the BBC's Doctor Who website v · d · eDoctor Who Pages Characters The Doctor • Companion • Time Lord • Dalek • Cyberman • The Master • Sontarans Concepts TARDIS • Regeneration • Sonic screwdriver • Time War • Whoniverse • Torchwood Institute • UNIT Miscellany History • Story arcs • Missing episodes • Theme music • Doctor Who in Canada and the U.S. • Fandom • Merchandise Lists Production Serials (unmade) • DVD releases • Doctors • Cast • Guest appearances • Producers • Script editors • Writers • Music • Soundtrack releases Narrative devices Supporting characters • Historical characters • UNIT personnel • Creatures and aliens • Villains • Henchmen • Robots • Planets • Items • Vehicles Miscellany Chronology • Story chronology • Doctor Who exhibitions Spin-offs and related shows Spin-offs K-9 and Company • Tardisodes • Torchwood • The Sarah Jane Adventures • K-9 Documentary Doctor Who Confidential • Totally Doctor Who • Torchwood Declassified • Doctor Who: The Commentaries Concerts and stage shows Doctor Who: A Celebration • Doctor Who at The Proms: 2008 • 2010 • Doctor Who Live Key production staff Verity Lambert • Sydney Newman • Terry Nation • Barry Letts • Terrance Dicks • Philip Hinchcliffe • Robert Holmes • Graham Williams • Douglas Adams • John Nathan-Turner • Eric Saward • Philip Segal • Russell T Davies • Steven Moffat Adaptations and tie-ins Novels Novelisations and original books • Bernice Summerfield • Time Hunter Audio Audiobooks • Audio plays • Audio releases • Cyberman • Dalek Empire • Gallifrey • I, Davros • Jago & Litefoot • Kaldor City • Sarah Jane Smith • UNIT Video Dalek films • Wartime • Dimensions in Time • P.R.O.B.E. • Shakedown: Return of the Sontarans • Downtime • Auton trilogy • Dæmos Rising • Dead and Buried Miscellany Doctor Who spin-offs • Stage plays • Video games • Spoofs • Spin-off companions • Faction Paradox • Iris Wildthyme Related publications Doctor Who Magazine • Doctor Who Adventures • Doctor Who - Battles in Time • Doctor Who DVD Files Related Big Finish Productions • Reeltime Pictures • BBV • Telos Publishing • Mad Norwegian Press • Magic Bullet Productions • Obverse Books Portal • Category • Book • WikiProject v · d · eCompanions of the First Doctor Season Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 → Serial 001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 020 021 022 023 024 025 026 027 028 029 Companions Susan Vicki Sara Dodo Barbara Katarina Polly → Ian Ben → Steven v · d · eCompanions of the Second Doctor Season ← Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Serial 030 031 032 033 034 035 036 037 038 039 040 041 042 043 044 045 046 047 048 049 050 Companions ← Polly Victoria Zoe ← Ben Jamie