Fitzgerald Michael Kreiner
, or simply Fitz
, is a fictional character
in the Eighth Doctor Adventures
novels based upon the British science fiction television series
, Doctor Who
. The Eighth Doctor
first met him in the novel The Taint
by Michael Collier
— the character was co-created by Stephen Cole
— and he went on to become one of his companions
. The canonicity
of the novels with respect to the television series, like other Doctor Who spin-offs
, is open to interpretation.
Fitz was born in 1936 to Otto Kreiner and Muriel Tarr Kreiner at the Royal Free Hospital
. His father died when Fitz was young, and his mother fell ill, forcing Fitz into foster care. During World War II
, he was often subjected to beatings by other boys, due to his German heritage.
Fitz was 27 years old when he first met the Eighth Doctor
and Sam Jones
in 1963. He smoked, drank and liked to think of himself a ladies' man (which he is not). He often found himself out of his depth in futuristic and alien settings, but was always loyal to the Doctor and was the longest serving companion in the novels (55 novels to date).
In The Taint
, Fitz was working at a florists' when he became entangled with an alien plot. He discovered that his mother, a patient in a mental institution, and all the other patients had alien leeches in their heads. Mrs. Kreiner was killed when the Doctor reprogrammed a humanoid robot to kill all those infected by the leeches, lest they destroy humanity.... Read More