Doctor Who has never been a show that has shied away from politics. From the politically aware 1970s that tackled issues such as environmentalism, colonialism and feminism to Aliens of London and World War Three, the show has tackled the issues head-on. But until the end of the Classic Series, it rarely featured the MPs or Prime Minister of the day, preferring to deal through pompous civil servants such as Horatio Chin, the regualr phone call from a minister or a mere mention of “received orders” or instructions.
The New Adventures, Big Finish and ongoing series changed all that and now the Prime Minister himself has been featured… and chaos soon followed. With competing mediums such as books, audios and TV, the timeline of who did what and when has perhaps understandably become convoluted. For example, did Jeremy Thorpe really lead the country in the 1970s? Was Tony Blair assassinated by the Slitheen? Just who did Harold Saxon defeat to become Prime Minister?
So let’s take a look at a political history of Britain since 1900 according to the show and try to piece together the various different accounts and threads into one cohesive piece of political fanwank. A tale of political intrigue, assassination, coups, genocide and more.
Please note, this history is full of suggestion, presumption and supposition, it is not in any way an official history and merely our own personal interpretation of the facts given and a fruitless (but fun) attempt to reconcile many problems of canonicity.
The Doctor Who Universe and our own seem relatively consistent throughout the first half of the twentieth century, with the likes of Lord Sailsbury (Robert Gascoyne-Cecil), David Lloyd George and Ramsay MacDonald all highlighted as having been in office. Both Lord Sailsbury and Henry Herbert Asquith are name-checked by Big Finish and Eighth Doctor companion Charley Pollard named the TARDIS’ pet Vortisaur after MacDonald in 1930, believing that MacDonald bore a resemblance to the pterodactyl-like creature from the Vortex! It is somewhat safe to assume that the timelines between the two universes are consistent up to and including Winston Churchill.
Despite enjoying a drinking session with Lloyd George where the Welshman drank him under the table (as recanted in Aliens of London), it wasn’t until the rise to prominence of Winston Churchill that the Doctor had a true friend in office.
Meeting Churchill first as a boy when in his fourth incarnation, the Doctor was posing as a Punch and Judy man while hunting Cybermats! They met at St George’s Prep where the second Doctor taught him Latin. He met the Tenth Doctor when hunting Sontaran grenades and yet again at the battle of Omdurman 1898 where the Third incarnation of the Doctor was battling mummies. In 1911 he would be saved from an assassin’s bullet by the Sixth Doctor and Peri, spending time in a Boer prison with Six, before meeting the First Doctor the same year.
During the First World War, Churchill was saved again by the Doctor, his Second Incarnation saving him from an ambush attempt by the Players, the meddlers attempting to send him to Berlin during the events of World Game. He would play cricket with the Fifth Doctor at Chartwell in 1931. Before he was appointed Prime Minister, the Sixth incarnation of the Doctor stopped the Players from altering the timeline and bringing about Edward VIII’s plan to bring a fascist government into power. As told in Teranace Dick’s Past Doctor Adventure Players, the two exchanged phone numbers. He would meet the Seventh Doctor briefly during the same crisis. The Doctor would go on to encounter Churchill again during the events of The Eagle of the Reich at the Crystal Palace fire in 1936. The fire was, in fact, caused by a hatched phoenix.
During the war itself, the Doctor appears to have directly involved himself in the outcome, encouraging a dispirited Churchill to fight on after the disaster of Dunkirk. He came up with the “blood, sweat and tears” speech and coined the phrase “finest hour” as all recanted in The Ultimate Adventure.
“Churchill brightened up, lit one of his big cigars, gave me a victory sign, and went out and won the war.”
The Doctor, The Ultimate Adventure.
In 1941, during the events of Victory of the Daleks, Edwin Bracewell presented Churchill with two Daleks in the guise of super weapons to end the war. Not listening to the Doctor’s warnings on the true nature of the “Ironsides,” Churchill believed they would win the war for Britain. After the Daleks made London vulnerable to German bombers, the Prime Minister authorised the use of Spitfires to launch an attack to defeat the menace. Despite protests, the Eleventh Doctor would remove all the alien technology from the scene.
The Doctor would use his friendship with Churchill to his advantage in 1944, trying to infiltrate the Nazi army during a raid on Turelhampton during events portrayed in the novel The Shadow in the Glass. Churchill was said to have had such confidence in his past exploits that he managed to convince the war cabinet to agree to the Doctor’s plan with little to no information as to his intentions. Toward the end of the war, the Ninth Doctor would take Winston on a trip in the TARDIS, headed back to Ancient Rome.
The Eighth Doctor had his autograph!
Shaun Lyon’s classic novel The Witch Hunters confirms that Churchill was still Prime Minister in 1954 and the Big Finish audio Their Finest Hour confirms this ministry lasts until 1955. It would appear that, again, the timelines during this middle-period of the twentieth century are the same as our own.
The Turmoil of the 1960s
The Counter-Measures series from Big Finish gives us some valuable insight into the political manoeuvring in the corridors of power during the 1960s, which again follow our own timeline.. minus the aliens. After succeeding Harold Macmillan in 1963, the new Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home briefly met the Seventh Doctor and Ace before surviving an attempted kidnapping the next year in 1964. The kidnap attempt was subsequently covered up by the government, as noted in Big Finish’s The Pelage Project.
Harold Wilson’s victory for the Labour Party in 1964 left senior officials in the military, civil service and security services concerned as to the left-leaning policies of the new government. This being the height of the Cold War, the “red scare” was prevalent in society, and there was a genuine concern of communist infiltration within British life through rampant establishment propaganda. After surviving an attempted coup, Wilson would go on to sacrifice 12 children to the alien 456 the following year in 1965, as recanted in the Torchwood miniseries Children of Earth.
The scientific disasters that surrounded government-sponsored projects such as the Wenley Moor incident of Doctor Who and the Silurians, Inferno‘s Project: Inferno, plus the Mars Probe 7 debacle of Ambassadors of Death and the Spearhead from Space Nestene Invasion (covered up as a “terrorist attack” under the term Black Thursday, which most presumed to be the work of the IRA), led to a significant backlash against the Wilson government. Labour lost the 1970 election to either the Conservatives led by Edward Heath or a coalition led by Jeremy Thorpe. It is here that we enter dangerous waters as we dabble in UNIT dating and the timelines start to go awry.
Thorpe, Williams, Callaghan and a Lot of Confusion!
Who Killed Kennedy states that Edward Heath won the 1970 election off the back of the disasters of Doctor Who‘s Season 7, his government soon under fire for the tragedies at the series of World Peace Conferences held in the UK during that period and the government’s involvement in the Axonite scandal, as seen in The Claws of Axos. It is not hard to imagine the electorate tiring of both the Labour and Conservative parties during the period as the scandals that plagued the Wilson government during Season 7 continue to persist under Heath.
By The Green Death, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart refers to the Prime Minister as “Jeremy,” a sly reference to the Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe who was winning plaudits for his leadership of the Liberals. The scene suggests that Thorpe had won the coming real-world election to be held that year in 1974, UNIT stories being set in the “near future”. The Devil Goblins from Neptune confirms that Thorpe came to power on a platform of social reform, the abolition of the death penalty, and a robust interstellar defence programme, suggesting that the death penalty had been retained in the Doctor Who universe as opposed to its abolition in real life in 1965. This would seem to be confirmed by The Seas Devils when the Doctor tells the Master that many were in favour of his receiving the death penalty for his crimes.
The problem? The Devil Goblins from Neptune is set during Season 7, which places it earlier in the continuity and would erase Edward Heath from the timeline.
“In the aftermath of several invasions of London in the late 60s, the 1970 election produces a hung parliament (conflicting Tory and Socialist policies towards the alien menace drive many voters towards the Liberals and fringe parties). In this atmosphere, a coalition government, led by Jeremy Thorpe, governs Britain in the early 70s.”
The official BBC website
Therefore we must, unfortunately, consign Who Killed Kennedy to our political history, despite it being an excellent read.
The power crisis caused by the collapse of Global Chemicals as seen in The Green Death, a company which Prime Minister Jeremy Thorpe was incredibly close to, no doubt caused a scandal. Coupled with the government’s involvement in the Axonite affair and the Operation Golden Age conspiracy of Invasion of the Dinosaurs, the combined disasters led to the fall of the Thorpe led coalition in 1973. The Labour party led by Shirley Williams is brought to power. The Brigadier addresses the Prime Minister as ‘Madam’ In Terror of the Zygons and both Lawrence Miles’ Interference and Paul Cornell’s No Future confirm Williams as Prime Minister during the period. No Future also states that she is still in office in 1976 and that her cabinet includes Tony Benn and Roy Jenkins.
Big Finish Fourth Doctor Adventure The Oseidon Adventure informs us that James Callaghan becomes PM in 1976 and serves until 1979, yet this poses another problem.
Lawrence Miles’ Interference states that Jeremy Thorpe and Shirley Williams served between Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, with no mention made of James Callaghan. This also brought Edward Heath back into play, despite the BBC website and The Devil Goblins from Neptune giving the date of Thorpe’s rise to power as around 1970. The Counter-Measures audio Changing of the Guard confirms that Heath is the then (1965) leader of the Conservative Party, even though William Heaton MP states that he won’t win the next election.
It could be speculated that both Edward Heath and Jeremy Thorpe were Prime Minister in 1970, had Heath won a minority government and called a second election possibly in November of that year. This would reconcile Who Killed Kennedy and Interference with the other evidence to some degree, placing the events of The Mind of Evil and The Claws of Axos within the span of the short Heath government, the continuing revelations of the Axon affair still being felt during Thorpe’s early reign as leader. This would only leave the absence of James Callaghan being mentioned in Interference to reconcile, which we can put down to a lack of memory on the part of the Eighth Doctor who makes the claim. The BBC website also states that Thorpe leads a coalition government and that following his reign as PM, Shirley Williams leads the Labour party “back to power”. This indicates that Labour had been out of power during the Thorpe administration and suggestive of a Conservative-Liberal coalition led by Thorpe.
In the real world, Wilson won in 1974 and was succeeded by Callaghan, who lost to Thatcher in 1979. Yet, the timeline doesn’t work in the Doctor Who universe if Williams rose to power in 1973 as that would be six years of Labour power without an election, with a limit of 5 years. Therefore we suggest the date is slightly wrong and Williams, in fact, came to power in 1974.
Margaret Thatcher succeeds Callaghan in 1979 as confirmed by the audio Rat Trap and the Tenth Doctor episode Tooth and Claw. For a time at least, it would appear the Doctor Who, and our own timeline once again converge. It can be no coincidence that the two significant periods of divergence, the early to mid-1970s and the 1990s/2000s coincide with two spates of alien invasions and interference in the Earth’s affairs.
Thatcher was still Prime Minister in 1987 (Father’s Day, Damaged Goods) and the Doctor seems to have developed something of a distaste for her both in his Sixth and Tenth incarnations. Despite serving as an advisor in the late 1980s, he referred to her disdainfully as “that woman” during the events of The Ultimate Adventure.
New Labour, Assassinations and the Beginning of the Chaos
Interference names John Major as Thatcher’s successor, in-line with our own timeline, though there is no date given for the beginning of his term in office. It would, in any case, seem to have been a short-lived ministry as by 1992 Margery Phipps has become Prime Minister as told in the audio Council of War. When we meet her, Phipps is a member of the Harmony Party and a mere local politician, yet given that the party is mentioned neither before nor since we might presume it is dissolved between the 1970s and 1992 and Phipps joins one of the major parties. Given her status as a feminist and a vegetarian, we can assume that Margery leads isn’t a Tory. We suggest she leads the Labour Party at the 1992 election and The Sun most definitely didn’t win it!
Phipps would have been one of the most liberal Prime Ministers in British history. A pacifist, vegetarian, feminist and environmentalist, she is said to have negotiated lasting peace between nations during what was indeed an age of optimism and new politics for the country. Her book Love is All You Need was a bestseller for 500 years.
In May 1997, a newly male elected British Prime Minister, meaning it cannot be Margery, was assassinated by his bodyguard in Washington DC. The Dying Days then portrays Lord Greyhaven serving in the role of Prime Minister under Xnaal’s dictatorship for a month. The immediate candidate is, of course, Tony Blair, elected in our universe in May of 1997. However, future references to Blair rule our his assassination at this juncture leading us to speculate that it was, in fact, John Major who won the 1997 election within the Doctor Who universe. Therefore it was Major who met his untimely end across the pond with The Dying Days giving no other indication to the PM’s identity. Blair not ascending to power would also give us an “out” on how Blair replaced the popular serving Prime Minister Margery Phipps.
Terry Brooks was named as Prime Minister in 1999 in the Justin Richards novel Millennium Shock, it’s therefore likely that he replaced the assassinated John Major after the brief unofficial tenure of Lord Greyhaven. Given the catastrophic events that included the assassination of the Prime Minister, it’s possible that either an emergency government was formed that brought a Labour Prime Minister into Number 10 or an election was called that was won by Brooks. Although there is no reference to which party Brooks is a member of, the character is a thinly veiled caricature of Tony Blair. The policies espoused are similar in nature to those of New Labour, and we can even speculate that in the Doctor Who universe New Labour was a joint project between Brooks and Blair.
Brooks, to fund his grand national spending plans, comes to an arrangement with the Voracians. Deceived into attempting to recreate an Artificially Intelligent computer program, the distraught Brooks confesses all and the Doctor ensures that his admission is transmitted to the whole of parliament. His career in ruins, the PM would soon be replaced by Tony Blair. Given that Rose Tyler states in World War Three that she missed the 2005 election, this means there was an election that year and also possibly in 2000. Yet The Fearmonger from Big Finish lets us know the election was in fact in 2002, suggesting that following a victory in 2002, Blair called an early election in 2005.
Here’s where it gets confusing!
Tony Blair was certainly Prime Minister before 2006 and equally engaged himself in the war in Iraq, Rose Tyler confirming the “dodgy dossier” on weapons of mass destruction existed in her timeline during the episode World War Three. However, Interference states that Blair served between Major and Ken Clarke, which wouldn’t fit with Terry Brooks becoming Prime Minister in 1997. However, if we use our “emergency government” theory and speculate that a government of national unity was formed in 1997 following the events of The Dying days and Lord Greyhaven, we can suggest that the famous Blair was given the role of interim Prime Minister until a full investigation surrounding John Major’s assassination and Lord Greyhaven could be carried out. The Conservative Party were in a position to continue the former Major led government.
The Conservatives winning in 1997 would give them till 2001 to hold an election under the rules, and as we see later, this government fell in 1999. We suggest Kenneth Clarke won the leadership contest and assumed the role of PM without the need for an election. Yet the government was unstable, the nation distrustful of the party after events and Labour under Terry Brooks returned to power in 1999 after Clarke calls an election. Convoluted!
The Golden Age?
The British Prime Minister was killed during the events of World War Three, and the original intention of the production team was that this individual would be a lookalike of Tony Blair. When they were unsatisfied at his likeness, his face was hidden from view, but it would fit what we know that this was indeed Blair. Killed by a farting alien…as far as justice goes, it will suffice. The role of Prime Minister would be assumed temporarily by Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen in the guide of Joseph Green, but our next PM would be the notable Harriet Jones.
Jones, the member for Flydale North and current backbencher, was an unambitious, intelligent and community-driven individual who was adept at leadership in a crisis. Her actions during the Slitheen affair won her plaudits and friends, not least the Doctor and Rose Tyler. The Ninth told Harriet that she was destined to serve three terms in office during what would be seen as a new golden age for Great Britain. While it’s unknown officially which party she belonged to, her having the authority to mount a strike on Downing Street means she would have to be of the same party as the assassinated PM (though, still how she had such authority is unknown). Her line that she was “not one of the babes” is a reference to the influx of women into government under Blair that were termed by the tabloid press as “the Blair babes,” all indicating Labour.
The Labour Party won a landslide election under her leadership, Harriet presumably going to the country to seek legitimacy following her appointment as leader. Her vision included both social justice and making Britain a leader in science. Jackie Tyler stated thatpeople were as much as £18 better off under the new government, and the Guinevere One Space Mission harked back to the golden age of the British Space Programme in the 1970s. However, events would go awry as Harriet ordered the shooting down of a retreating Sycorax ship by the Torchwood Institute on Christmas Day 2006, an act condemned by the Tenth Doctor who told her he could bring her down with six words.
“Don’t you think she looks tired?”
The Tenth Doctor
Harriet Jones was soon beset by rumours of ill health, and no doubt critics pounced, a vote of no-confidence is passed which brought down Jones. This is in many ways problematic as it could be construed as direct interference in the political process and Earth history, a history that the Ninth Doctor had already established as being a three-term golden age. The show has confirmed that there are fixed points in time and those which are fluid… but surely this golden age would be fixed by its nature? With Jones’ policies on social justice that had left the poor of society with an extra £70 a month and a return to science at the forefront of British endeavour, Ten’s actions here can be argued as vindictive and not seeing a bigger picture. Particularly given what happens next with the rise of Harold Saxon. Jones would eventually be killed by the Daleks when she sacrifices herself in the effort to save the whole of reality.
The Saxon Ministry
Jones’ loss of a vote of confidence is suggestive her government, like so many in the Doctor Who universe, was insecure, possibly either facing a major rebellion of her own MPs or already a minority government. Her defeat would have preceded the resignation of the government or the dissolution of parliament. This is important as losing a vote of confidence is not equal to her resigning, whereby she could be replaced. This loss means an election was necessary and it cannot be the election that Harold Saxon won in 2008.
Saxon’s official campaign website stated:
“I believe that the business of government does not have to be complicated. Too often, politicians have mystified the process to avoid transparency. I have nothing to hide. One of my predecessors, Harriet Jones, was the latest to make the mistake of concealing Britain’s encounters with alien life. I believe that we need to adapt to the way that our world is changing and that Britain can and should provide a lead on such matters. I will be open-minded and offer a balanced view, and I dare to dream that Britain might one day be more than just a global player. Most importantly, I believe in you and consider myself your loyal servant.”
Harold Saxon, Official Campaign Website.
By referring to Harriet as “one of my predecessors” as opposed to “my predecessor” Saxon suggests at least one Prime Minister between his own government and Jones and that it was not Jones as the incumbent he defeated at his election victory in 2008. Further, Harold Saxon is already Minister for Defence at Christmas 2007 when he orders the destruction of the Empress of the Racnoss’ webstar during the events of The Runaway Bride. So Harriet had already been deposed before Christmas 2007, and we can further speculate that it was at this snap 2007 election that Saxon first entered parliament. Saxon is said to have appeared on Earth some 18 months before the downfall of Harriet Jones when he made himself public. This would place him on Earth and beginning his plans for domination from around the middle of 2006, revealing his Archangel network at the beginning of 2007. The fame he gained through the network likely helped win his seat that year.
The Doctor: His Lives and Times suggests that Harriet’s party collapses after her resignation, which we have already established as the Labour Party. Therefore we can offer that the Conservative Party won the 2007 election following the vote of no confidence, the election in which Saxon entered parliament and became Minster for Defence… yes, the Master is a Tory! Even Ann Widdicombe gave her support!
But the question now becomes, why would Saxon need an election? If he was already part of the government as Minister for Defence? he could have simply replaced the incumbent PM in a leadership contest of his own design. Saxon has to have become leader before the election to contest it, which would make him Prime Minister before the election as well as after. There is no indication as to who the Prime Minister is at this point nor what happened to him that allowed Saxon to assume control of the party. The leader of the Conservative Party at this time was current British Prime Minister David Cameron, but as we’ll see later, he is alive and well in 2014. Yet Saxon serving in a Cameron government seems fitting, so we include Cameron in the list at this point, assuming the Master spares him and he returns to power in the future.
Saxon’s official campaign website described him thus:
“Now, in his latest incarnation as the most original politician of his generation, he has been swept to power on a vast groundswell of public opinion, the like of which Britain has never seen. He has transformed the nature of British politics by daring to stand apart from the party system. His platform is fresh and dynamic yet traditional. He is young, but all those who have met him have been struck by a wisdom beyond his years.”
Official Harold Saxon Campaign Website.
By the time he assumed power, the same website seems to indicate that a grand coalition was formed by the Labour Party, Conservatives, Lib Dems and some members of the SNP. Saxon led this grand coalition in defeating minor opposition throughout the country which would have ensured his victory. The website said:
“Harold Saxon is the man who will finally restore Britain to the position of greatness and global significance it once took for granted. Even before he took the reins of power, his agenda had a major impact. Military recruitment is now at its highest for decades, and unemployment is sinking as a result. Harold Saxon has put the pride back into Britain and made us an international force again. His diplomacy has earned us allies around the world, and the Union Flag is welcomed as never before. The British public have taken him to their hearts like no other: early opinion polls suggest that he is the most popular premier in British history. All politicians have their critics, but there can be no doubt that Harold Saxon has silenced his completely. Leaders of all three major parties — and even some Scottish Nationalists — defected to his banner of unity, bringing most of their parties with them. All that remains of those once august institutions are a few old soldiers, unable to change with the times and clinging to past glories. The rest of us look forward to a more effective and efficient government.”
Official Harold Saxon Campaign Website.
After the political turmoil of the 1990s and recent alien attacks on Britain and the resignation of Jones, the British people likely welcomed this unifying and charismatic force. Yet, had the Conservatives assumed power following the fall of Harriet Jones’ Labour government, why would Saxon need that 2008 election? One theory we could suggest is that Jones was still popular with the public at large. Her social reform and pushing forward the British golden age had won her a lot of support and the Tories were unable to secure a majority, forming a coalition with the Liberal-Democrats. The latter pulled out of the deal when the controversial Saxon assumed power. The loss of their coalition partners caused the government to fall and made the 2008 election necessary. Saxon then went all out, through threats and hypnosis, to ensure all parties would be on his side.
After gassing the entire cabinet, Saxon was soon revealed to be the Master and brought death and destruction upon the human race before being shot and killed by his wife, Lucy. The public at large remembered him as having gone insane, the memories of his year reign of terror over Earth erased. Yet, the damage events will have caused to Britain, and her standing worldwide is undoubtedly incalculable. Having a lunatic running your country is no good for PR. When time reverses to the moment of the Paradox machine’s activation, the moment is before the arrival of the Toclafane… but immediately after Saxon assassinates the President of the United States.
Britain’s sixth Prime Minister in just two years, Aubrey Fairchild, will have had the unenvious task of recovering both Britain and it’s international standing (not least with the United States) after the disaster of the Saxon administration. It’s hard to see either the Conservatives or Lib-Dems doing well here given Saxon was a Tory, so a Labour government, finally having recovered following the downfall of Harriet Jones, seems a possibility. David Cameron meanwhile, who was deposed by Saxon, might well see himself exonerated and given the task of rebuilding the Conservatives.
Fairchild was an unknown element to the Tenth Doctor in the novel Beautiful Chaos, the Doctor declaring that he “clearly makes no impression on history” and it’s hard to disagree. Despite reporting an emergency when the Mandragora Helix attempts to take over the world, he does little of note until The Stolen Earth where his plane loses contact with Torchwood 3, presumably resulting in his death.
The chaotic period was at least brought some stability with the ascension of Brian Green, replacing Fairchild and presumably from the same party. Green was Prime Minister during the 456 incident as depicted in Torchwood: Children of Earth, attempting to cover-up the British government’s role in the affair and intending to hand over 1/10th of the country’s population of children. Despite the crisis, he remained in power according to the comic Don’t Step on the Grass, and if his party served a full term (including that served by Fairchild), he would have left office in 2012. It seems likely that Green was compromised during his time in office, Home Office official Bridget Spears using official files to blackmail the PM following the death of the Permanent Secretary to the Home Office John Frobisher.
By 2014, Green is no longer the Prime Minister depicted in the comic After Life, the depiction seemingly an older and fatter David Cameron! We’ll put it down to the stress of rebuilding the Conservative Party following Saxon! Speaking in the House of Commons when a Kharitite rampaged through the building, the PM was traumatised by the incident, and he was only able to communicate in simple and childlike sentences after that… We have no comment to make. Following the incident, it seems like he will have had to step down from the position as a national leader.
The Saxon incident seems to have created a period of unprecedented political turmoil in Britain, with the office of Prime Minister never been held by anyone for very long as we approach the present day.
By the time of Big Finish’s UNIT audio Square One, the Prime Minister was once again female, and the Torchwood audio Herald of the Dawn states the Prime Minister was named Felicity. If we presume that she replaced the unwell David Cameron, she would have been a Conservative. She would lose an election to Kenneth LeBlanc. LeBlanc had been installed to office with the help of subliminal messaging by the Silents and is a thinly veiled reference to real-world events and the prominence of Nigel Farage. These events presumably took place in 2017. LeBlanc was killed by the Silence, and the former Prime Minister won an election after the 2017 contest was no doubt ruled void. This would have brought Felicity back to power. She was replaced by a Prime Minister by the name of Fiona.