This week it is not so much “Oh my giddy aunt!” but rather “Giddy up!” as we gallop through the galaxy and ride the horses of Doctor Who!
Let’s start with the First Doctor, who forced to help the Greeks, comes up with the idea of the “Trojan Horse”.
The Second Doctor meets a unicorn in “The Mind Robber”.
The Romans attack the Tardis crew in one of the most dramatic cliffhangers of the Second Doctor’s final tale “The War Games”.
San Martino 1492. In “The Masque of Mandragora”, the Fourth Doctor rides off on an unsaddled horse to escape execution.
Horses are used for jousting in Fifth Doctor adventure “The Kings Demons”.
The Ninth Doctor meets Charles Dickens in “The Unquiet Dead”. They ride and chat together in a horse-drawn hansom cab.
The Tenth Doctor and Arthur ride through a mirror/time window in “The Girl in the Fireplace”. When the Doctor wants to keep Arthur and Rose objects, he replies, “I let you keep Mickey!”
The Doctor eats like a horse in “The Day of the Doctor”. It may look like a white horse behind him, but it is actually a shape-shifting Zygon.
In “A Town called Mercy” we are told straight from the horse’s mouth, “He’s called Susan and wants you to respect his life choices.”
The Twelfth Doctor leaps into action on horse-back in “Deep Breath”
Is that it? Hold your horses!
Marco Polo himself tells the First Doctor that horses can sense oncoming sandstorms and we discover that Ian can ride a horse in missing adventure “Marco Polo”.
The Third Doctor first meets the Master whose Tardis is disguised as a horse box in “Terror of the Autons”.
In the real world Noel Edmonds awards Peter Davison with a “Golden Egg Award” for a horse which destroys a prop lychgate in the filming of “The Awakening”.
The Seventh Doctor, something of a dark horse himself, meets horse-riding cat people in “Survival”.
The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and River ride to Stongehenge in “The Pandorica Opens”.
Dressed as a monk, he rides a horse to a cave hiding the Tardis in “The Bells of St. John”.
Horses pull carriages in “The Visitation”, “The Snowmen” and “The Crimson Horror” in which Strax threatens, “Horse! You have failed in your mission! We are lost with no sign of Sweetville! Do you have any final words before your summary execution!”.
Horses are used as hansom cabs in “The Evil of the Daleks” and “The Talons of Weng Chiang”.
Are there any more horses in the Whoniverse? Possibly, but I wouldn’t want to be accused of flogging a dead horse!