"The acceptable face of intelligence-gathering on aliens."
- Jack Harkness (TOR: "Reset")

The Unified Intelligence Taskforce, or United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) was an independent intelligence organisation that operated under the auspices of the United Nations. UNIT investigated incidents outside the normal security pattern. (DW: "The Invasion", "Doctor Who and the Silurians")

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Seal of UNIT (1990s - 2010s)

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Alternative seal of UNIT (2000s - 2020s)


Alternative seal of UNIT (2010s)


Seal of UNIT (1970s)


United Nations Intelligence TaskforceEdit

Formed in response to events on the London Underground in 1967, the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce specialised in un-territorial matters. The service quickly expanded, making its presence felt in a golden period that spanned the 1960s, the 1970s, and, some would say, the 1980s. UNIT quickly established itself at peace conferences, power stations, and on weapons disarmament programmes. UNIT also worked closely with the United Kingdom's space expeditions. (SJA: "The Lost Boy")

In 1997, the bulk of the European commitment of UNIT were handling the Azanian ceasefire. The Czech engineering group were responsible for flood relief in the Low Countries, while the British branch took part in a nuclear missile convoy. (DW: "Battlefield")

Unified Intelligence TaskforceEdit

By 2004, the organisation was known as the Unified Intelligence Taskforce. (TOR: "Fragments") In 2009, the United States government sent UNIT's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Calvin and the submarine Octopus Rock to investigate an alien signal emitting from the Mariana Trench. (LF: "Submission")



UNIT Central Command in Geneva was the overall headquarters of UNIT. (DW: "The Invasion") It was typically under the command of a general. ("The Paradise of Death", DW: "The End of Time")

United KingdomEdit

The United Kingdom's national HQ was based in London, and was typically under the command of a British Army colonel or brigadier. (DW: "Spearhead from Space", "Day of the Daleks" et al) By 1997, it formed part of the European commitment. (DW: "Battlefield") Other British facilities included UNIT Base 5, the Black Archive, a radar tracking station, a prison facility, a base in Belfast and a South London safe house. (SJA: "Death of the Doctor", "Enemy of the Bane", DW: "Spearhead from Space", TOR: "Fragments", DW: "The Stolen Earth", "The Zygon Invasion") From 1973 through 1975, UNIT personnel also served in numerous positions at the British Space Defence Establishment in Devesham. (DW: "The Android Invasion")

United StatesEdit

The United States's HQ was based in Washington, D.C. (DW: "The Claws of Axos") By 2009, there was a headquarters in New York City under the command of a United States Army lieutenant general, as well as a base in Washington. (DW: "The Stolen Earth", TOR: "Children of Earth: Day One") UNIT also had facilities in Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Alaska. (DW: "The Stolen Earth", "The End of Time")

Other countriesEdit

By 1997, the Czech engineering group formed part of the European commitment. (DW: "Battlefield") UNIT personnel manned Osterhagen Station 1 in Germany, Osterhagen Station 4 in Liberia and Osterhagen Station 5 in China. A fourth station was located in Argentina. (DW: "Journey's End") UNIT operated Trap 002 in Tokyo and Pahi 002 in Novosibirsk. (DW: "The End of Time") By 2015, UNIT had a command base in Turmezistan. (DW: "The Zygon Invasion")

UNIT also had facilities in Vancouver, Berlin, Cairo, Perth, Moscow, New Delhi, Beijing, Madrid, Adelaide, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Winnipeg, Shanghai, Rome, Auckland, Durban, Nairobi, Warsaw andMexico City. (TOR: "Children of Earth: Day One", DW: "The Stolen Earth", "The End of Time")



A list of all appearances of UNIT (excluding appearances of the Doctor, Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, Jo Grant, Mike Yates, Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan and Martha Smith-Jones).


See alsoEdit

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