It is well known that the third Doctor drove a canary-yellow Edwardian roadster, Bessie, that was used as his primary mode of transportation in several stories.

Is it known whether the Doctor actually took a driving test, or did the Brigadier allow him to break the law?

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    The Doctor is hundreds of not thousands of years old and hence eligible for exemption as he would likely be driving before 1935, when licencing became compulsory.
    – Valorum
    Nov 19, 2023 at 17:42
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    @Valorum He may have experienced hundreds if not thousands of years of chronological time, but the tricky thing with time travel is where does the driving fit in on his time line. EG He could have driven post-1935 before he drove Pre-1935.
    – Peter M
    Nov 19, 2023 at 18:30
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    @Valorum He might have had a hard time proving that to the DVLA though. Did the 3rd Doctor have psychic paper...?
    – SusanW
    Nov 19, 2023 at 19:03
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    He would have a problem these days as UK driving licences have the bearer's photo, and it might have the wrong face on.
    – GordonD
    Nov 19, 2023 at 19:23
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    @GordonD - Someone who was driving before 1935 doesn't need a licence at all. No photo? No problem...
    – Valorum
    Nov 19, 2023 at 21:01

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You'll be pleased to learn that the good Doctor holds a 'Universe Driving Licence', entitling him to fly (and presumably drive) anything anywhere.

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The Faithful Rocket Pack (comic story)

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    "Universe Driving License" - presumably valid throughout the universe.
    – WOPR
    Nov 19, 2023 at 23:36
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    Sounds like Psychic Paper to me. Nov 20, 2023 at 5:25
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    @Xavon_Wrentaile Looks like Psychic Paper to me.
    – Bergi
    Nov 20, 2023 at 6:03

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