UNIT stands for UNified Intelligence Taskforce, (formerly it stood for United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), a fictional entity in the Doctor Who universe.
UNIT first appeared in the Second Doctor serial The Invasion, (1968), although Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart had appeared earlier in The Web of Fear (1968), as a military Colonel. UNIT went on to feature in many Third Doctor stories, as the Doctor was exiled to Earth in Spearhead from Space (1970), and became UNIT's Scientific Advisor following the Auton attack. The Doctor would maintain this post in subsequent incarnations. UNIT is a large organisation and many personnel have featured in Doctor Who over the years. Some lead, supporting and recurring characters have worked for or have been affiliated with the organisation.
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