A History of the Whoniverse

The Early Twentieth Century (1901-1959)

'Early twentieth century isn't it, Doctor?'
'Yes. I'm afraid that we've landed up in the middle of one of the worst wars in human history.'
- Zoe and the Doctor in The War Games

est. 1901 AD

The first Doctor, Ben, and Polly briefly visit Mars. They leave a Millets tent behind.

[The Doctor says that his earlier self had been aiming for Victoria's coronation in 1901 in Please Shut the Gate (Short Trips and Side Steps) (p. 125). This has to be before December 1999 so we've arbitrarily assumed that the Doctor arrived in the year he was aiming for.]

c. 1901 AD

George Rocastle was a soldier in the Boer War. Arthur Redfern died at some point during the war.

[Rocastle wears his campaign medal in Human Nature (novel) (p.114). Joan mentions Arthur's death earlier in the book (p. 32), though it's only explicit that he died in the Boer war in the Prelude to Human Nature.]

c. 7th September 1901 AD

The first British submarine is launched.

[As reported in a newspaper with this date in Enlightenment (ep. 1).]

r. April 1904 AD

Kitty Hodges dies.

[Her husband recalls she's been dead for “ten years now” in Human Nature (novel) (p. 101).]

r. Autumn 1904 AD

A Rutan scout exploring the Solar System decides that Earth is a good point from which to launch a major assault on the Sontarans. His scout-ship develops a fault and falls to Earth.

[Just before Horror of Fang Rock (details established in ep. 4).]

c. Autumn 1904 AD

Horror of Fang Rock

The crew of the lighthouse on Fang Rock, in the English Channel, are all killed in mysterious circumstances as do the survivors of a yacht which has crashed on the island.

[The reference to “King Edward” (ep. 1) places it between 1901 and 1910. The beast was last seen “80 year ago now”, which was “in the 20s” (ep. 2). The exact date within that decade is arbitrary.]

est. 1905 AD

Timothy Latimer's uncle has a six month posting in Johannesburg.

[Timothy mentions this in Human Nature (TV), but doesn't indicate how long ago it was.]

h. 1905 AD

Einstein comes up with the theory of special relativity.

[This is mentioned by both K-9 and the Doctor in The Stones of Blood (ep. 3).]

h. 1905 AD

The War Lords kidnap soldiers from the Russo-Japanese war.

[The War Chief mentions this in The War Games (ep. 8).]

h. 24th March 1905 AD

Jules Verne dies.

[Geoffrey Greystone mentions that he has been dead for “nigh on four years” in 64 Carlysle Street (More Short Trips) (p. 96). We've used the historical date of 24th March 1905.]

1906 AD

Lady Edith Greystone dies.

[Her husband gives the date in 64 Carlysle Street (More Short Trips) (p. 95).]

h. 18th April 1906 AD

A Rakshassi army is destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake by a gas explosion.

[We see this in All-Consuming Fire (p. 290-292), where Ace gives the year. We've used the precise historical date.]

c. Late April 1906 AD

After the Los Angeles earthquake, Joanna Harris' vampire coven buys the old Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. They also discover "Weird Harold", a vampire who had been badly injured and buried himself to recover. His grave had been built over and the earthquake freed him, though he had been driven insane in the process.

[After the Los Angeles earthquake, Joanna Harris' vampire coven buys the old Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. They also discover "Weird Harold", a vampire who had been badly injured and buried himself to recover. His grave had been built over and the earthquake freed him, though he had been driven insane in the process.]

r. Early 1908 AD

Sophia Barinska discovers the Arcane Collegiate ship buried underneath the Novrosk Penninsula.

[This was “almost a century” before The Deviant Strain (p. 205). We've arbitrarily placed this 99 years earlier.]

30th June 1908 AD

An object carrying the sentient drug Warlock falling from space impacts in Siberia. Its impact opens up the Great Divide, enabling the Charrl to cross from Antýkhon to Earth. The Third Doctor and Liz Shaw watched the impact from a safe distance, unaware of both Warlock and the Charrl.

[Warlock's presence on the meteorite is heavily implied in Warlock (p. 352-353). The impact opening the Great Divide is established in Birthright (p. 92-97), where Khan says it was "last year". The Doctor and Liz watch it in The Wages of Sin (p. 249-250), which gives the precise date.]

c. 1909 AD

64 Carlysle Street (More Short Trips)

Dorothea Chaplet became a servant to Lord and Lady Greystone for a short period. During this time, a Doctor befriended the household, looking for the Marquis of Rostock. The deaths, soon after, of Annabel Greystone and Mr Golightly were never accounted for.

[Golightly has been in London since '56 and it is now 50 or so years on (p. 91), thus it's around 1906. Christy Pankhurst has been imprisoned, so it's after 1905 (p. 93). Edith died in 1906 (p. 95), which was three years ago (p. 93). Jules Verne's death (in 1905) was “nigh on four years” ago (p. 96).]

1909 AD

Small Worlds (flashback)

Some British troops near Lahore get drunk and drive a truck into a young girl, killing her. A week later those soldiers are on a troop train near Lahore under the command of Jack Harkness. The train passes through a tunnel and when it comes out the other end 15 of the soldiers in that carriage have been suffocated with petals in their mouths, leaving Jack as the only survivor. They are all victims of the fairies.

[The date is given in an onscreen caption.]

Spring 1909 AD


Jared Khan and the New Dawn secret society attempted to bring the alien Charrl to this time. This caused a number of deaths in London's East End.

[The date is given in captions at the beginning of every chapter in this timezone. The earliest is 3 February 1909 (p. 15) and the latest is 24 April 1909 (p. 203).]

est. 1910 AD

The Doctor learnt escapology from Houdini.

[As mentioned in Planet of the Spiders (ep. 5) and Revenge of the Cybermen (ep. 4). Houdini lived 1874-1926 and we've arbitrarily placed this in the middle of his escapology career. Since the Doctor demonstrates escapology skills in both stories this is more likely to have actually happened than most of his name drops.]

1911 AD

Pyramids of Mars

The Osirian Sutekh attempts to escape from his prison on Mars, but is instead trapped in a time corridor. This causes a fire at the Old Priory, killing Laurence and Marcus Scarman.

[Laurence Scarman says it is 1911 (ep. 1). The Doctor also mentions this date in The Sands of Time (p. 136).]

1911 AD

The Nine Travellers stone circle is surveyed.

[According to Emilia Rumford in The Stones of Blood (ep. 1).]

1912 AD

The Royal Flying Corps is formed.

[The Doctor mentions that the name wasn't thought up until this year in Ghost Light (ep. 1).]

c. 1912 AD

Emmeline Pankhurst steals the Doctor's laser spanner.

[Or so the Doctor claims in Smith and Jones. However, he's almost certainly being facetious. Pankhurst lived from 1858 until 1928. 1912 was at the height of her political activism.]

c. 1912 AD

The War Lords take a battlefield from the Mexican Civil War.

[Zoe mentions the Mexican Civil War Zone in The War Games (ep. 8). The Mexican Civil War happened between 1910 and 1920. The actual year is entirely arbitrary.]

1912 AD

The Kings Regulations and Orders for the Army is published.

[We see a copy in The War Games (ep. 1).]

Early April 1912 AD

The Daniels family of Southampton have their picture taken with an anonymous friend. The next day, they cancel their planned trip on the Titanic.

[This is the backstory to the photo given by Clive in Rose.]

14th April 1912 AD

The Left-Handed Hummingbird

The Titanic hits an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Whilst it is sinking the Doctor stops Huitzilin from acquiring the Xiuhcoatl, an Exxilon weapon. The Doctor would later claim that he ended up clinging to an iceberg.

[The date is given in a caption (p. 221). The Doctor later recalls the year in [NA]All-Consuming Fire{/NA} (p. 290). The claim about clinging to an iceberg is from [TV]The End of the World/TV], though this could plausibly be a different “unsinkable” ship. He also mentions the Titanic in Robot (ep. 1) and denies responsibility for it sinking in The Invasion of Time (ep. 6).]

16th April 1912 AD

The Daily Mirror reports the sinking of the Titanic on its front page.

[Borusa is reading a copy in TV]The Invasion of Time[/TV] (ep. 6). It's not entirely clear where he got it from.]

r. October 1912 AD

Suffragette Constance Harding is let out of prison for the first time. She feeds herself up before being captured and going back to prison, where she goes back on hunger strike.

[She says that this was eighteen months before Human Nature (novel) (p. 76). The real life Cat and Mouse Act allowing this was passed in 1913, significantly less than 18 months before the story.]

1913 AD

The Nemesis Statue comes near Earth, heralding the Great War, which will engulf Europe from 1914-1918.

[As established in Silver Nemesis (ep. 2).]

1913 AD

Gamio discovers part of the Aztec's Great Temple underneath Mexico City.

[According to Fitzgerald in The Left-Handed Hummingbird (p. 58).]

29th May 1913 AD

There is a riot in the Auditorium of the Ballets Russes during a performance of Le Sacre du Printemps. Dorothée and a friend from 2000 probably watch it from a stage box, and the Doctor is probably is the wings with Nijinsky, beating time with the Dancers.

[The Doctor and Dorothée discuss plans to visit it in Lungbarrow (p. 224).]

r. 10th September 1913 AD

John Smith (actually a human version of the tenth Doctor) begins teaching at Farringham School for Boys.

[Joan has known him for "two months" before Human Nature (TV). We can probably assume that he began to teach at the start of the school year.]

10th November 1913 AD

Human Nature (TV)

The Family of Blood lands on Earth outside the village of Farringham looking for a Time Lord. They take the form of locals and attack the village dance.

[The story takes place over two days. The newspaper on the first day is dated Monday 10th November 1913, and the poster for the village dance on the second says Tuesday 11th November 1913. The newspaper has a story about the newly discovered "vitamins" and quarantine as a medical precaution.]

11th November 1913 AD

The Family of Blood

The Family of Blood attacks the nearby Farringham School for Boys before deciding to bombard the village from their spaceship. John Smith chooses to become the Doctor again in order to defeat them.

[This episode follows on directly from Human Nature (TV)]

r. January 1914 AD

Doctor John Smith and his niece Bernice Summerfield arrive in the Norfolk village of Farringham.

[The narration says that this was nine weeks before Human Nature (novel) (p. 15).]

r. February 1914 AD

Doctor John Smith begins teaching at the Hulton College School.

[George Rocastle says that Smith has been teaching at the school for six weeks in Human Nature (novel) (p. 28).]

c. March 1914 AD

Prelude to Human Nature (novel)

Alexander Shuttleworth gives a talk to the local Women's Institute about the Archaeology of the Bronze Age.

[No date is given, but this is after Doctor Smith has begun teaching.]

April 1914 AD

Human Nature (novel)

A series of bizarre events occurred in the town of Farringham in Norfolk. There was an assault on a lady in the town, followed by a fire in the local hospital, which was claimed to be a poison gas attack, followed by a violent break-in robbery - all on the same day. None of these got any media coverage. The next day, there was a similar attack on the local police station and the town was sealed off by the army. Following this, a massive explosion destroyed the Hulton College School. A large number of the staff and boys were killed in the explosion. This was the result of a family of Aubertides trying to get hold of Time Lord DNA.

[Narration from Benny's point of view gives the year (p. 16) and the month (p. 17).]

June 1914 AD

The Serbian Gavrilo Prinzip assassinates the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand. Austria makes impossible demands on Serbia. Serbia refuses to meet them, so Austria prepares to invade Serbia. This kicks off the system of alliances between European countries, dragging most of Europe into the Great War.

[According to narration in Human Nature (novel) (p. 247). It's quite a good description of the immediate causes of the war. A more condensed version of the same events, with the date, is mentioned in The Family of Blood..]

25th December 1914 AD

The Little Drummer Boy (Short Trips: Companions)

The TARDIS arrives in the trenches during World War 1. The Doctor poses as a minister from the war office and watches one of the football matches between the British and German armies.

[The Doctor gives the date (p. 155).]

1915 AD

Wilfrid Holland is killed in the war, having previously been the first in line at the recruiting office.

[His widow gives the year in Nightshade (p. 139).]

c. 1915 AD

Merryweather, a former student at Hulton College School, refuses to order his troops onto a train bound for the front, but is forced on at gunpoint.

[According to narration in Human Nature (novel) (p. 249). The date is not mentioned - though it has to be between the start of the war and the battle of the Somme in 1916.]

c. 1915 AD

The Doctor and Susan are caught in a Zeppelin raid.

[They discuss it in [TV]Planet of Giants[/TV (ep. 3). No date is given, but Zepplin air raids began in 1915, and continued until about 1917.]

Early August 1915 AD

White Darkness

American troops invade Haiti amidst rumours of Zombies and Voodooism.

[We see a calendar (p. 22).]

Late 1915 AD

The Doctor may have been wounded in the Gallipoli Campaign.

[He mentions this in The Sea Devils (ep. 1), after his initial claim to have been wounded in the Crimea are dismissed. The campaign lasted from 25th April 1915 to 8th January 1916.]

c. 1916 AD

Neville Albert Miller takes a shrapnel wound.

[During the Great War, according to narration in Salvation (p. 9).]

c. 1916 AD

Stella Peel, a girl of eight or nine, dies from eating poisonous berries.

[This is mentioned in Nightshade (p. 140) and simply said to be during the First World War.]

1916 AD

Jack Prudhoe first meets his future wife Win.

[He thinks that this was 1916 in Nightshade (p. 5).]

ALT 14th July 1916 AD

Captain Richard Hadleman is killed by poison gas during the Battle of the Somme.

[According to Benny's Portable History Unit in Human Nature (novel) (p. 108). This timeline is erased by events later in the book.]

14th July 1916 AD

Captain Richard Hadleman and Lieutenant Hutchinson fight in the Battle of the Somme. Hutchinson is killed by a shell. He is one of over 400,000 casualties. Richard Hadleman survives.

[As seen in the epilogue to Human Nature (novel) (p. 247 – 252). The date is given (p. 248).]

c. 1917 AD

Arthur Kendrik distinguishes himself by second-guessing German U-boat attacks on convoys.

[This was during the Great War according to narration in Just War (p. 22).]

h. 1917 AD

Ernest Rutherford splits the atom.

[Professor Lazarus mentions this in The Lazarus Experiment.]

h. 1917 AD

The Cottingley Fairies photographs begin to circulate. Arthur Conan-Doyle and Harry Houdini believe them, though late in their lives the women who took them would say that the photos had been faked. They were, in fact, genuine.

[This is mentioned repeatedly in Small Worlds, with Gwen referring to an essay she wrote about it in school.]

1917 AD

The War Lords kidnap a first world war battlefield.

[The zone is referred to by its date in The War Games (ep. 1 onwards). The year is also given by one of the kidnapped soldiers in The Eight Doctors (p. 58 & 61).]

c. 1917 AD

Timothy Latimer and Hutchinson escape death from enemy artillery during a battle in France thanks to a vision Timothy had back in 1913.

[As seen in The Family of Blood. This is clearly World War 1, and Timothy refers to the events of that story as "all those years ago", suggesting it's towards the end of the war.]

h. November 1917 AD

The Doctor meets Lenin in Petrograd. He becomes a hero of the October Revolution.

[Or so he claims in The Devil Goblins from Neptune (p. 50 & 53). The October Revolution was November 1917 in the Gregorian calendar.]

h. November 1917 AD

During the Russian Revolution Princess Anastasia and her 10-year-old son Freddie escape Russia with the aid of Colonel Oblonsky, head of the Tsar's personal guard.

[Anastasia dates this as “October 1917” in [NSA}The Clockwise Man[​/NSA] (p. 37). Freddie says that this was when he was 2 (p. 26). In real life the October Revolution took place in November 1917 by the Gregorian calendar (Russia was still using the Julian calender at the time).]

1918 AD

Solomon, and possibly Mr Diagoras, fought in The Great War.

[Solomon mentions fighting in the Great War thirteen years ago in Daleks in Manhattan. Later in the episode, Mr Diagoras says that he's been in war, but doesn't specify which one. The USA entered the war in 1917, although American troops didn't arrive in Europe in large numbers until 1918.]

11th November 1918 AD

A number of men, including Lieutenant Charles Sutton, from both the English and German trenches disappear, abducted by the Q'ell.

[The date is given in a caption in Toy Soldiers (p. 3).]

The Inter-War Years


The 1919 flu epidemic hits Europe, It is responsible for more deaths people than the Great War.

[The Doctor mentions this in The Clockwise Man, page 86.]


The Imperial Club is established in London as a focal point and meeting place for the dispossessed nobility of Europe and the Commonwealth.

[Aske gives its origins in The Clockwise Man, page 46, dating it to "after the Great War".]


An archaeological expedition finds remains of palaeolithic quarrying near Crook Marsham. The dig is abandoned after several prominent members of the team disappear.

[According to Nightshade page 125.]


Anton Drexler and Dietrich Erhart found the German Workers Party (later known as the National Socialist German Workers Party or the Nazi party)

[According to Timewyrm: Exodus page 95, though it uses the party's later name when referring to its founding.]

12th February 1919

The German Jewish child Josef Tannenbaum disappears.

[Toy Soldiers page 9.]

26th March 1919

French girl Gabrielle Govier disappears.

[Toy Soldiers page 14.]

25th September 1919 onwards


Across Europe, there had been a number of cases of disappearing children. These included Josef Tannenbaum and Gabrielle Govier. The disappearances were investigated by the seventh Doctor, Benny, Chris & Ros. The village of Larochepot was suddenly depopulated. On another planet, the Q'ell had been enslaved by the Recruiter for centuries. They were forced to maintain an ancient war that the disappeared children had been brainwashed into fighting. The Doctor stopped this war and reprogrammed the Recruiter, allowing the Q'ell to begin a flourishing society. The survivors were deconditioned and returned home.

[The main story is dated on page 29.]


A girl called Beth goes into service at Lord and Lady Hutchinson's, aged 14.

[Five years before The Clockwise Man page 63, and at the same time of year.]

? 1919

Lloyd George may have drunk the Doctor under the table.

[The Doctor claims this in The Aliens of London. Lloyd George was Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922, and lived from 1863 to 1945. The date is arbitrary, but the context of the remark suggests it was during his term of office.]


Jack Prudhoe marries Win

[The year after the archaeological dig on the moor, according to Nightshade page 6.]


Joel Haasterman is born.

[He is 64 in Heart of TARDIS (page 45).]

1st week of November 1920


The Doctor is bequeathed an HOP Timeshare for this week, but doesn't take it up for several years. The person owning the previous week was from a vampiric race but died this year when he drained less energy than he needed from the occupant of the week before him. The Doctor removed his body.

[The Time Lord says that this is the year in which the Doctor was supposed to turn up.]


A new impression of Every Boy's Book of the English Civil Wars is published.

[The copy the Doctor picks up in The Roundheads dates from November 1920 (page 144).]

5th November 1920


Katherine "Kathy" Costello Nightingale arrives in a field outside Hull, having been transported there by a weeping angel. She meets her future husband Ben Wainwright. They will eventually marry and have at least three children and at least one grandson. Their third child will be named Sally after Kathy's friend Sally Sparrow.

[The date is given on a newspaper.]


Judson is crippled in an incident that he blames on Millington.

[The Curse of Fenric.]


A foreigner staying at the Fox Inn, Tullock, vanishes whilst out on Tullock Moor.

[Terror of the Zygons.]


In this year, Mario Verconti became anti-fascist. [Presumably following Mussolini's rise to power.]

[The Ghosts of N-Space.]


George Cranleigh is reported killed by Indians in the Amazon.

[Black Orchid.]


Edmund Trevithick joins Acton Rep.

[According to Nightshade page 111.]


The Empire Stadium (later known as Wembley Stadium) opens for the 1923 FA Cup Final, which is won by Bolton Wanderers.

[According to the Doctor in The Clockwise Man, pages 90-91.]

9th November 1923


Adolf Hitler attempts to seize power in Munich, planning to recreate Mussolini's famous march on Rome with the aid of war hero General Ludendorff. The Putsch fails miserably, and the Nazis run away. Hitler escapes with a damaged shoulder. He briefly meets The seventh Doctor and Ace. There are also several apparently random explosions amidst the chaos. Hitler is captured, sentenced to five years imprisonment for treason, but only serves 6 months as a VIP prisoner. During his imprisonment, he dictates Mein Kampf.

[The Doctor mentions the year on page 103. The actual date is historical. A quoted textbook erroneously says it was September on page 95.]

1923 (Alternative Universe)

George Rocastle MBE dies in pain due to a tumour in his bowel.

[Or so Timothy predicts on page 134 of Human Nature. However, events later in the book erase this timeline.]

October 1924

The first impression of Every Boy's Book of the English Civil Wars is published.

[According to The Roundheads page 144.]

October 1924


There are seven or eight attacks on domestic servants in the Westminster area. Two of the victims die, the second of these being Beth, a maid at the Imperial Club. Shortly after Beth's death, there is an attack at the Imperial Club in London, and one of the residents is killed whilst another disappears. There is also a break-in at the Westminster Clock Tower, the criminals damage some of the workings, and leave behind components from a clockwork device.

[The Doctor says that they are heading to October 1924 on page 10. The story starts on Monday night, and ends on Wednesday night.]

11th June 1925


A mutilated George Cranleigh, believed dead, attempts to abduct his fiancée Ann Talbot, who had since become engaged to his brother Charles. George died during the attempt.

[The date is given by the Doctor.]


A Silurian colony may have been found in Antarctica around this time.

[This rumour is mentioned in The Scales of Injustice (chapter 5 page 13), but the UNIT base set up to verify this hadn't produced any concrete evidence.]


T S Eliot writes a poem entitled The Hollow Men

Both the Doctor and Professor Lazarus quote it in The Lazarus Experiment. The title and date are historical.

March 1926

The Doctor and Ace visited the Great Rift Valley, Africa.

[Prelude to Birthright.]

Saturday 3rd April 1926

An edition of the Illustrated London News is published.

[We see this edition in Carnival of Monsters episode 1.]

4th June 1926

The SS Bernice is abducted by Vorg's miniscope. It is returned by the Doctor shortly afterwards. [Some other incident caused the ship to vanish before reaching Bombay.]

[Carnival of Monsters. The Bernice actually did disappear. In episode 1, Jo thinks that it's 40 years before the UNIT era.]

Summer 1926

A writer for the magazine Ensign vanished.

[The Mind Robber episode 4.]


The Doctor saw a baseball game in which Babe Ruth hit three home runs.

[Illegal Alien page 83.]



Lord Cranleigh weds Ann Talbot in the local church near Cranleigh Hall. The Doctor arrives at the reception to ask Ann a favour.

[The year is given on page 7 (instalment 1, page 7).]


Cuban chess grandmaster José Raúi Capablanca loses his title to the Russian Alexander Alekhine. The Doctor is present.

[The Androids of Tara.]


About this time, the Doctor met Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931), learning her party piece.

[The Power of Kroll.]


The Doctor learnt sleight of hand from the magician Mescalin.

[The Ribos Operation. I'm using Parkin's dating here, because I can't be bothered to find out when Mescalin was around.]


Anthony Hemmings is born.

[He was born 13 years before the (parallel Earth) Nazi victory in Timewyrm: Exodus (page 89).]


Professor Karl Muller publishes Ballots, Blood, and Bullets - Political Chaos in Post-War Germany.

[The date is given in Timewyrm: Exodus (page 96).]


Aaron Blinovitch formulates his [Temporal] Limitation Effect. He publishes it in Temporal Mechanics. [For some reason the Time Lords named the effect it after him, even though they must have known it before he did.] Though he wasn't the first to talk about this effect, he was the first to properly formulate it.

[The effect is first mentioned in Day of the Daleks, and subsequently mentioned in countless stories. Its origins are elaborated on in The Ghosts of N-Space (page 147) and Timewyrm: Revelation (page 51).]


Garonwy makes at least one jar of Hibiscus Blossom honey.

[According to the Doctor in Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark, Ace finished one of those jars.]

November 1928

Herbert Hoover is elected the 31st President of the United States of America.

[The Doctor says that this was about a year before Daleks in Manhattan. However, in the absence of any other evidence that the US presidential election cycle in the whoniverse differs from the real world, I've assumed that the Doctor is mistaken.]


Win Prudhoe spends a night alone.

[She hasn't done this for forty years before Nightshade page 17. I wonder where her husband was.]


Among the models of car built in this year was the Humber 1650 Open Tourer Imperial Model, one of which was later driven by the Brigadier.

[The car and its manufacture date are mentioned in Mawdryn Undead.]


Umberto Callanti's brother builds a wireless.

[The Ghosts of N-Space page 39.]


Jackson Laboratory produces a paper titled The Lane List of Named Mutations & Alleles of Polymorphic Loci of the Mouse.

[We see a copy on The Sands of Time page 199 (instalment seven, page 27).]

February 1929


In Chicago, Doc opened a speakeasy in the middle of disputed territory. He was instrumental in creating a gangland cease-fire at one of the most violent points of the prohibition era.

[This was during prohibition (1920-33) and before Capone's arrest (1931). The exact year comes from the cover blurb. On page 5, it is winter, and on page 114, we see the "St Valentine's Day Massacre". Thus, it's early in the year. On page 273,the Doctor claims it was the 30s.]

October 1929

The New York Stock Exchange goes into meltdown. This event would later be known as the Wall Street Crash.

[Both Martha and the Doctor mention the Wall Street Crash in Daleks in Manhattan. The actual crash happened over a number of days.]

First week in November 1929


The Doctor and Peri arrive in a HOP Timeshare in Devon and accidentally put a second week's money in the meter. The Doctor averts the resultant crisis by adjusting the meter.

[The Doctor gives the date on page 292.]


Win Prudhoe gives her husband Jack a walking stick with a horse's head on it for their tenth wedding anniversary.

[According to Nightshade page 3.]


The shelter containing Icthar and the Silurian Triad awakes. They quickly learn about how the world has changed.

[About 40 years before The Scales of Injustice page 89 (chapter 3 page 5).]

25th December 1930


The TARDIS lands in the middle of a Hollywood film shoot.

[The date is difficult to establish. The film's a talkie, so it's after 1927. It resembles Chaplin's Gold Rush (1924). The following stars are at least mentioned: Valentino (debut 1919, famous 1921) Fairbanks (debut 1915, big 1921), Chaplin (debut 1914), Bing Crosby (got to Hollywood 1930). I've set a date that seems most consistent with all these stars. The Little Drummer Boy starts with a recap of the end of this segment, and establishes that it was set on Christmas day.]

June 1930


London experienced an inexplicable heatwave. During this, the Doctor and Romana stopped a group of 32nd century natives from sending people to retire here.

[It's early June (page 27). May '29 was just over a year ago (page 91)]


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is born.

[He's 46 by No Future (set 1976) page 10, and 64 by Blood Heat (set 1993) page 54.]


The Doctor visits Tigella and sees the Dodecahedron.

[This was fifty years before Meglos.]

1st-2nd November 1930


The press report a series of disappearances from Hooverville in Central Park, Manhattan. Soon afterwards, a work party from Hooverville discovers something strange in the sewers. They return to Hooverville shortly before it is attacked by pig-men and flying pepperpots. Solomon, a black man who had been a leader in Hooverville, dies in the attack. Shortly afterwards, lightning strikes the under-construction Empire State building. During these events, the Doctor defeated Dalek Sec's plan to create a new race of human-Dalek hybrids.

[The date is established on the newspaper seen in the first scene.]

c. 1930

About this time, the Urbankans begin receiving radio signals from Earth. The Doctor meets Donald Bradman, probably at the same time as taking five wickets for New South Wales.

[Four to Doomsday.]

c. 1931

Richard Lazarus is born.

[He is 76 in The Lazarus Experiment.]

25th December 1931


The TARDIS briefly lands on Christmas day.

[This is dated on page 154.]


Barbara Wright was born. She [grew up] in Bedfordshire.

[In The Rescue she should be 550 (and thus born in 1943), but would then be too young to be teaching by 1963. Byzantium! page 77 puts her first year at University around 1950, which would push her birthday back to 1932. It also says that she was 12 nearly 20 years ago, which gives the same result. The 1963 writers' guide provides a date of 1940. According to The Dalek Invasion of Earth, she lived in Bedfordshire for a while. I suggest that she was either born there, or evacuated there during the War.]


The Ritz Dance Hall opens in Cardiff.

[The date is mentioned in Captain Jack Harkness.]


Edmund Trevithick goes to Hollywood.


Two students of Ernest Rutherford split the atom for the first time in human history.

[In Evolution of the Daleks the Doctor comments that humanity hasn't split the atom yet. In The Lazarus Experiment Professor Lazarus credits this achievement to Rutherford himself, presumably referring to the widespread misconception that Rutherford did this himself in 1917.]

[According to Nightshade page 111.]

15th June 1932

Dorothy Frances Gurney dies

[The Doctor mentions this on page 13 of Option Lock, though he only gives the year.]


Cuevas discovers part of the Aztec Great Temple.

[The Left Handed Hummingbird.]


On Parakon, a plant called Rapine is discovered. It is usable as food and building material. The Parakon Corporation use their control of it to dominate the planet.

[Forty years before The Paradise of Death page 131.]


The League of Nations secretly set up LONGBOW, an organisation dealing with matters of world security. [Although its main aim was the containment of communism and possibly fascism] it dealt with unexplained and extra-terrestrial phenomena on several occasions.

[Just War. The date of its foundation is arbitrary, but has to be after 1919, when the League was created. My speculation is based on the fact that the USSR was deliberately excluded from the League.]


Tom Erasmus Flannigan is born in the East End. He has an older sister. His middle name has been passed down from both his father and his grandfather.

[He is eight when he is evacuated in The Ghost Machine (event dated 1941).]


Hitler comes to power in Germany. One of the things his regime does is to suppress the book Ballots, Blood, and Bullets - Political Chaos in Post-War Germany and execute its author, Professor Karl Muller.

[According to Timewyrm: Exodus page 96.]

5th December 1933

Doc's Place celebrates the end of prohibition.

[Prelude to Blood Harvest.]

8th-9th June 1934


The Constitution III is beached in the South Pacific on an island full of giant animals and plants. The ship is destroyed by what appears to be a volcano. Among the dead are film star Nancy Norton and Amelia Grover.

[The date is on page 42.]

29th June 1934

Hitler orders the execution of most of the brownshirts (the SA or Stormtroopers) - an army of thugs that the Nazis used to help them into power. He believed that they were plotting against him. There were 2000 executions in one day.

[According to Timewyrm: Exodus page 184, which gives the date as '34. The precise date is historical.]



Sam tells Iris Wildthyme what really happened in 1968 when Andy Warhol was shot.

[The date is on page 318.]



Edward Travers encounters Yeti near the Tibetan monastery of Det-Sen. This coincides with the death of 300 year old Padmasambhava and the return of the Holy Ghantra, entrusted into the hands of a traveller centuries ago.

[This was 300 years after 1630. The Web of Fear says it was 1935. Downtime says it was 1936.]

February 1935

Gustav Heinrich Ernst arrives in 1935, having been transported back in time by a Fortean flicker.

[According the The Highest Science, this was six months (page 258) before August 1935 (page 257).]


Emma Louise Cowell is born.

[In Out of Time, Gwen says that Emma is 18, dated from her disappearance in December 1953.]


Edwin Pratt is born.

[The year is mentioned in Vampire Science (page 183).]


The Doctor was involved in Mao Tse-Tung's (aka Mao Zedong) Long March.

[The Mind of Evil.]

August 1935

The Doctor and Benny attempt to visit Virginia Woolf at 52 Tavistock Square. The Woolfs are actually at Monk House. They go to see a play instead.

[The Highest Science pages 255-258.]


Cody McBride's mother dies in a Chicago nursing home.

[Five years before Illegal Alien (page 82).]


Fiona, who would later marry Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, is born.

[She is 35 in The Scales of Injustice (page 62 / chapter 2, page 13).]


Billy Coote hears the King's abdication speech a year before it happens.

[According to Nightshade page 105. Edward's abdication speech was dated 10th December 1936 ]


Ian Chesterton is born in Reading.

[The date is from a format document from July 1963. Ian tells us the place in Byzantium! (page 89).]


The Seventh Doctor and Mel meet Emil Hartung in Cairo.

[Just War.]


The Master founds the Freedom Corporation as a safeguard against future arrest.

[Short Trips: Freedom.]

December 11th 1936

King Edward VIII abdicates so that he can marry American Wallis Simpson.

[This is mentioned (but not dated) in Timewyrm: Exodus (page 7) and Nightshade (page 105). The date is historical.]

6th April 1937

Alan Ellis is born, the son of John Ellis. Alan eventually becomes a fireman. never has any children, and eventually develops Alzheimer's disease.

[As mentioned in Out of Time.]


Grote Reber of Wheaton, Illinois builds Earth's first radio telescope.

[This was 40 years after Pyramids of Mars (1911). I'm going with the historical date rather than 1951, for no good reason.]

6th January 1938

John Benton is born.

[His seventieth birthday is dated January 6th, 2008 on page 30 of Time's Champion]


The Nazis acquire the Validium Arrow. Meanwhile, the Nemesis Statue passes close to Earth, heralding the Anschluss and World War Two.

[Silver Nemesis.]


Jamie is born. His teenage mother, Nancy, pretends that she is his sister.

[In The Doctor Dances, the Doctor guesses that Jamie is about four, and that Nancy gave birth to him about 4 or 5 years ago (from 1941).]


Professor Travers returns from Tibet, bringing back some robot Yeti. He sells one of them to Silverstein.

[The Web of Fear.]


The Brown Bomber, American Joe Louis, beats German heavyweight challenger Max Schmeling in a New York boxing match. Cody McBride was amongst the spectators.

[This was two years before Illegal Alien.]


Ian Chesterton goes on holiday to a cottage in North Wales.

[This happened on several occasions when he was a boy according to Byzantium! page 34. The date is slightly arbitrary.]


Mr Bayles started being the Crook Marsham butcher.

[Thirty years before Nightshade page 173.]

World War II


In the Cambridge University Fiasco, an attempt is made to excavate Devils Hump. An Anglo-Saxon burial ship is excavated at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.]

[The Dæmons.]

Late August to Early September 1939


Hitler made a speech at the Nuremburg Rally shortly before the invasion of Poland. He then returned to Berlin, having admitted a man called the Doctor into his inner circle. This Doctor told him that if he invaded Poland, the English would declare war, and taught him to control the fits he had been having. Whilst the invasion of Poland was going on, Reichsmarshal Goering led an armoured column to attack Castle Drachtensburg, an SS base due to rumours of treachery. The column defeated the traitors. Soon after it had left, the castle was engulfed in a pillar of fire and a cloud hung over the area for days. Local people got sick and died. The locals believed the area had been cursed, and it was largely abandoned.

[The year is given on page 111. The Doctor says that it's 15 or 16 years since the Munich Putsch on page 116, Hitler says that it's 16 years since then on page 135, page 153 gives the date of September the third. This happens over several days, or maybe a couple of weeks.]


Oswald Mosely, leader of the British Union of Fascists is interned. Ratcliffe was one of the Britons imprisoned for having Nazi sympathies during the war.

[Mosely's internment is said to have happened at the start of the war in Timewyrm: Exodus (page 7). Ratcliffe's imprisonment is mentioned, but not dated, in Remembrance of the Daleks.]


Bunkers were built around the London Underground. One of them was at Covent Garden.

[The Web of Fear.]


Mario Verconti's blunderbuss was loaded at about this time, in case of a German invasion.

[The weapon has been loaded 'since the second world war' in The Ghosts of N-Space. As this is due to Mario's anti-fascist sympathies, I have placed it at the start of the war.]


Edmund Trevithick returns to England for the War. During his service he gains a Distinguished Service Medal.

[According to Nightshade page 111.]


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart's house was destroyed by a Nazi bomb in this year.

[The Ghosts of N-Space.]


Alexander Christian is born.

[The Brigadier notes that Alexander has a ten year advantage on him in The Dying Days (chapter 4 page 7), and the Brigadier was born in 1930.]


Holly Kidd and her future lover James are born.

[According to Nightshade page 101, they were both 17 in 1957.]


Ross Grant is brought up in council tenements before being evacuated to Kingsdown, Kent.

[According to Face of the Enemy page 21, this was during the war.]


Aubrey Prior is born.

[He is in his mid-50s by The Sands of Time page 180 (instalment 7, page 4) - set 1996.]

May 1940


The Doctor visits Felsennest and confronts the Timewyrm. He then persuades Hitler to hold back the German forces, thus allowing the famous British evacuation to take place.

[The Doctor gives the month on page 217.]

4th June 1940

The Doctor was present at Dunkirk.

[Just War.]

June 1940 (Alternative Universe)

In an alternate universe the British army was totally defeated at Dunkirk - the British Navy being decimated by freak storms. One of those captured was Harry Barker. General Strauss's 19th Army crosses the Channel and establishes a beach-head between Folkstone and Worthing. The Luftwaffe maintains air superiority throughout the six days it takes to conquer Britain. They concentrate of destroying airfields rather than bombing population centres. Oswald Mosely is installed as Prime Minister and Edward VIII is restored to the throne. The Nazis had already made a list of potential troublemakers - including civil servants, ex-officers, trade unionists, lawyers, MPS, Jews, Gypsies, and invalids. All these were arrested, and many killed. Churchill was executed for war crimes. Mass deportations of able-bodied men between 17 and 45 formed the British Labour Voluntary Force. These slaves helped fortify Europe and build New Berlin. Blue-eyed blonde women were kidnapped for SS brothels. Their kids would be educated as Nazis and then sent back to Britain. Hermann Goring looted the British Museum, taking most of the exhibits to Berlin.

[According to Timewyrm: Exodus pages 3, 7-8, 54, 61-62, 69, and 71-74.]

August 1940

Cody McBride moves from Chicago to London and re-establishes his role as a private detective.

[This was three months before Illegal Alien.]

September 1940

The Limehouse Lurker starts a series of brutal killings in East London.

[For two months before Illegal Alien.]

12th-17th November 1940


A Cyber-capsule crashes amongst the bombs of the blitz. The capsule is taken by the military under Major Lazenby, who is involved in a top secret project to develop a Cyber-Army. The next day, an electrical engineer on the project is killed as something comes up through a drain and burrows through his chest. The day after that, twenty people die from a Cybermat attack on Mama's bar. Eventually both a factory in London creating Cybermen and a similar Nazi one in Jersey are destroyed.

[The month is stated on page 5. Tomorrow's paper, seen on page 20, is dated 14th November. The dating of events after this gets a little bit confusing. It is never explained why the Cybermen came back to this time (assuming they had control over their time travel equipment).]


At this point, Richard Lazarus lives in a small flat above a butcher's shop. During the Blitz, he and his family shelter in the crypt of the nearby Southwark Cathedral. Lazarus would later have an office very close to this flat. His future business partner Lady Thaw had been sent to the country by that point.

[All of this is established by Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment.]


Doctor Constantine's children and grandchildren all die.

[In The Empty Child he says that he started the war as a father and grandfather, but now he is neither. I arbitrarily place their deaths earlier in the blitz.]

Early December 1940

Jack Harkness meets a 17 year old woman called Estelle at the Astoria ballroom in London. It is love at first sight, and they begin a romance. Estelle joins the Land Army, whilst Jack is posted abroad [or at least that was what he told her]. The immortal Jack contacted her in the 21st century, claiming to be the son of the original.

[Jack and Estelle mention these events in Small Worlds. Jack says it was "a few weeks before Christmas" and it was clearly during World War 2. Christmas 1940 seems as good a time as any to place this.]

20th January 1941


Jack Harkness and Toshiko Satoare thrown through the Cardiff Rift. Tosh works out the equations to get them back and hides them for Torchwood to find. They encounter the original Captain Jack Harkness, and the two Jacks fall for each other just before the rift opens into the ballroom where they are. The next day, Jack's squadron encounter enemy aircraft during a training exercise. Jack is killed, but the rest of his squadron survive.

[The poster for the dance says that it is 20th January 1941. In Everything Changes, Gwen's colleague Yvonne discovers records saying that Jack failed to report for duty on the 21st of January 1941, whilst the real Jack actually died in combat on that day. The records match the events of The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, rather than the events here, but since those events cannot have happened that soon after this story, we have to assume that they actually refer to his death. The discrepancy may be due to Jack tampering with the records to establish his identity.]

c. January 1940

A new type of German bomb lands at a railway station in London, and doesn't explode. The military seal off its immediate vicinity, though a child which recently died close to where it lands is taken to a nearby hospital. The patients and staff in that hospital all develop that child's fatal wounds, and the hospital is temporarily abandoned, tended only by a Doctor Constantine. At about the same time, an American volunteer called Captain Jack Harkness arrives in London to help the war effort.

[This is said to be about a month before The Empty Child. In Captain Jack Harkness, we learn a bit more about how Jack establishes his fake identity. His arrival has to happen after that story.]

c. Februrary 1941


The site of the mysterious German bomb which landed a month previously is destroyed by another German bomb. At the same time, the patients at the nearby hospital are all miraculously cured of all their injuries - both those they were admitted for, and those resulting from the child. There is no media coverage of these events. This happens on the same day that American volunteer Captain Jack Harkness disappears.

[It appears to be during the blitz, and both the Doctor and Jack give the year as 1941. This has to happen at least a few weeks after Captain Jack Harkness, as Jack has already established himself in this timezone, and in that story it is established that the real Jack was already dead before he stole his identity.]

1st-6th March 1941


The British Scientific Intelligence Division (SID), who had earlier detected a German single radar-beam system, detected a new German secret weapon. Emil Hartung and Oskar Steinmann had developed Hugin and Munin, the first stealth planes. SID was involved in the destruction of both prototypes and the blueprints.

[In the prologue, the Doctor visits Guernsey in Late December 1941 (page 4). This is 3 months (page 36) before the main action starts on 1st March 1941 (page 5). Presumably, the prologue should have said Late December 1940.]

World War II

Diane James ferries planes in the war. She gets a taste for it, and after the war will get a job in aviation. John Ellis becomes a fireman for the duration.

[According to Out of Time.]

World War II

Warehouses in Cardiff's dockyards are used to store wounded GIs. Many decades later, one of them would be used for "weevil fight club."

[According to Jack in Combat.]


Eight year old Tom Erasmus Flanagan is evacuated from the East End to rural Wales via Cardiff and is taken in by a childless couple. By the end of the war his mother, older sister, and other family members would all be all dead or missing. Tom would stay in Cardiff for the rest of his life. An alien device would later show Gwen Cooper the period when he was temporarily forgotten at Cardiff before being sent onwards.

[Gwen saw this during The Ghost Machine. Adult Tom says that this was "1941" and "66 years ago".]

World War 2,

The man who would later become Toshiko Sato's grandfather works at Bletchley Park.

[Mentioned in Greeks Bearing Gifts.]


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart's father dies in North Africa, fighting alongside Montgomery against Mussolini.

[According to the Brigadier in The Dying Days chapter 10.]


Major-General Scobie (as he will become) is posted to Burma.

[This was during the war according to The Scales of Injustice chapter 1 page 19.]

7th December 1941

The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, bringing the United States into World War II.

[This is mentioned in Captain Jack Harkness. The date is taken from real history.]


Ben Jackson and Polly Wright are both born.

[This date is given for Ben in Invasion of the Cat People and both of them in The Murder Game, although the club in The War Machines (1966) "rarely gets anyone over 20", so they may well be younger. In Short Trips Companions: Cirriculum Vitae, Polly claims to have been 23 in 1966 (page 138) (referring to her travels with the Doctor which started in July that year), which suggests her birthday was later in the year.]


Simon King is born.

[According to Rags, he is Cassandra's older brother, and older than Kane. He is still at the same school as them when Cassandra is 13, and Kane is 14. So I'm guessing he's about a year older than Kane.]


The German battleship Bismarck is sunk.

[Terror of the Zygons.]


Barbara Wright has whooping cough. Whilst she is ill, she reads a Ladybird Book on Captain Cook.

[When she was 10, according to Byzantium! page 206.]


Old Davy, as he will become known, starts looking after cows.

[This happened fifty years before Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark page 23.]


One of the soldiers at the battle of Stalingrad was Katayev.

[Shuskin describes him as a veteran of Stalingrad in The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 2.]

October 1942

The Doctor was wounded at El-Alamain.

[The Sea Devils.]

November 1942

There are reports of vampires in Rumania.

[This was six months before The Curse of Fenric.]

24th December 1942

Oskar Steinmann oversees the first flying bomb test at Peenemunde.

[Just War.]

1943 (Alternative Universe)

In the Inferno universe, England passed the Defence of the Republic Act, allowing execution without trial.



A Parakon called Freeth begins visiting Earth, causing several UFO sightings.

[30 years before The Paradise of Death page 79.]


Kane Sawyer is born.

[He is 14 during events that were 17 years before Rags pages 119-120.]

May 1943


An attack involving Russian soldiers completely destroys the naval base housing the Ultima Machine and kills a number of people from the nearest village. Reports claim vampires were responsible, but the official explanation was that some of a locally occurring chemical poison had escaped from stores.

[Ace says it's 1943, the script suggests it's May.]


Frank Dudman is killed by a Nazi torpedo.

[According to Ace in Illegal Alien.]


Elizabeth Shaw is born in Stoke-on-Trent. She will grow up in the Home Counties.

[Her town of birth is mentioned by Control in The Devil Goblins from Neptune, page 10. This is dated as 1943. The area in which she grew up is mentioned in The Scales of Injustice chapter 3 page 14.]


Whilst at Harrow school, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart writes an essay on the homoerotic content of 'Adonais'.

[According to The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 122.]


Cassandra King is born.

[She was 13 during events that were 17 years before Rags pages 119-120.]


Amelia Ducat manned an ack-ack gun in Folkestone.

[The Seeds of Doom. The year isn't stated.]


A V-1 bomb disappears over Cambridgeshire, brought to the 70's by TOMTIT. A local farmer still remembers the V-1 crashing. Elsewhere, a doodlebug falls near what will become the Newton Institute.

[The Time Monster.]


John Benton's father dies. It is at the wake that John first hears the words of Psalm 90.

[According to Time's Champion page 7.]


Barbara Wright was in form 2A at Cricklewood Grammar School. One of her history exams includes a question on Rome.

[This was when she was 12, according to Byzantium! pages 205-206, where we see some of what she wrote.]


The Germans were on course to complete the Gruber-Schnieder device by this time.

[It's 3 years from completion in Just War.]


Mel's granddad died in the war.

[Just War.]

July 19443


Nazi troops landed in Pax Lucis, UK to use a new weapon, the Exclusion Generator, to destroy Britain. The device, based on the crystalline lightwanderer, would actually have destroyed the entire planet. The device was destroyed, thanks to the Doctor.

[The Nazis are losing the war thanks to the Russians (page 153) and their troops are mostly in Russia and Italy (page 160), thus it's before D-Day, and most likely 1944. It's July on page 164.]


Alfred Beadle, a conscientious objector, is nagged into joining the army by his sister. Three months later, his ship is targeted by a German U-Boat. Most of the crew, including him, survive the attack only to be eaten by sharks.

[According to Nightshade pages 29-30 and 70. This is said to have been over 20 years ago on page 43.]


The Treasure of Priam vanishes from Berlin in the closing phases of World War Two.

[Decalog 3: Past Reckoning.]


Oskar Steinmann is among those tried at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.

[Just War.]


Barbara Wright tried to persuade her father to take her to the Tower of London.

[This was when she was 13, according to Byzantium! page 29.]


Edmund Trevithick and the rest of his unit discover a mass grave in Poland.

[This was 'during the war' according to Nightshade page 55. However, it seems unlikely that a British unit would be in Poland.]


Oswald Mosely is released from his internment. His British Union of Fascists fizzles out.

[According to the Doctor in Timewyrm: Exodus (page 8), this was at the end of the war.]


Ross Grant returns to London and quickly gets involved in one of the organised crime groups in the city.

[He returned to London after the war and it was 'not long' before getting into the crime scene according to Face of the Enemy page 21.]

The Post War Years


The Rani kidnaps Einstein for her time brain.

[Camera Script to Time and the Rani. The exact date is arbitrary.]


Stewart Hyde is born.

[He's 26 in The Time Monster.]


Elizabeth Lewis is born, the only child to Mabel Ann Lewis

[She is 17 when she is murdered in 1963, according to The Ghost Machine.]


Edmund Trevithick appears in the film Flames of Passion.

[According to Nightshade page 111.]


General H Popplewell publishes Reminiscences of World War II in London.

[An extract is seen in Timewyrm: Exodus, page 219.]


Richard Thwaite was born.

[He is in his late 20s according to Rags page 97. I'm arbitrarily guessing he's 28.]

25th December 1946


The TARDIS briefly lands on Christmas day.

[This is dated on page 154.]


Nicholas Bridgeman is born.

[A couple of years after the war, according to Invasion of the Cat People.]


The CIA encounter their first alien lifeform, capturing three Nedenah at Roswell.

[This was the 1940s according to The Devil Goblins from Neptune pages 203 and 236. The year is given on page 237.]


Igor Klebanov is appointed director of the Organic Weapons Research Institute in Novrosk. Sofia Barinska shows him the Arcane Collegiate spaceship buried underneath the penninsula.

[According to The Deviant Strain page 205.]

1947 (Alternative Universe)

In the alternate universe where the Nazis won World War II after a victory at Dunkirk, Joseph Goebbels writes The Thousand Year Reich - The Glorious Beginning

[The date of publication is in Timewyrm: Exodus (page 3).]

October 1947

The US Army's Section eight recruits Aleister Crowley.

[This is the prologue to Heart of TARDIS. It is two years since the blackout was necessary (page 2), petrol rationing is in place, Rudolph Hess is in Spandau (page 7), Crowley's funeral (1st December 1947) is already planned (page 6), and happens after he has gone to the US. The year is mentioned on page 194. The month is speculation.]

1st December 1947

Aleister Crawley apparently dies and is buried. However, it was actually a homunculus standing in for Crowley. The real Crowley travelled to the USA, where he worked for the US Government.

[According to Heart of TARDIS page 194. The year is given, the month and day are historical.]


Polly Wright, aged 6, was separated from her mother in Fortnum and Mason's.

[Invasion of the Cat People.]

20th January 1948

Ghandi is shot by Nathuram Godse.

[The Doctor mentions this on page 278 of Kursaal.]


Mervyn Winstanley becomes a monk at the monastery outside Crook Marsham.

[Twenty years before Nightshade page 123.]


A Nedenah craft arrives to rescue the Nedenah who were captured by the CIA.

[A year after the initial capture according to The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 240.]


Chuck is born.

[He is 'a little older' than 'nineteen or so' on page 27 of The Devil Goblins from Neptune.]


Dorothea Chaplet is born.

[She's 16 in Salvation.]


Charmagne Peters is born. Her mother would later die of a car crash, and her father of a heart attack.

[She's 25 in Rags (page 129) - set May to June 1974.]


Ian Chesterton is taught Latin by Mr Dumbie. His form tutor is Mr Quibbs. He mercilessly picks on a Jewish classmate called Goldfinkle.

[This was when he was 13, according to Byzantium! page 56.]


Edmund Trevithick is in the film Sword of Araby.

[According to Nightshade page 111.]


Barbara Wright, now a student, gets drunk for the first, and only, time. She is taken home by law student Herbert Effemy. One of her specialities in her history degree was the Aztec period.

[Her drunkenness was in her first year at University, according to Byzantium! page 76, and 14 years before page 77. The Witch Hunters says that she was still a student teacher in 1954. Unless teaching qualifications were different then, I'll assume that she did a degree, then a PGCE rather than a straight teaching degree - making her first year at Uni 1950. Her speciality is mentioned in the first episode of THe Aztecs.]


Liz Shaw gets a telescope for her birthday. She gets the greatest thrill of her life by finding Venus at the first attempt.

[This was when she was seven, according to The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 76.]


The basic design for what would become the Tupolev Tu-126 plane is created.

[According to Captain Shuskin, the basic design dates back almost twenty years before The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 96.]


The comedy film Harvey, featuring James Stewart, is released.

[Its release date is given as 1950 in a TV listings mag on page 127 of Alien Bodies.]


Kane Sawyer discovers a book written by his grandfather (though he doesn't know that) in the local library. It tells a horrific story, and has gruesome illustrations.

[According to Rags this was when he was 8 (page 1) and 22 years ago (page 132).]


Sin Yen is born.

[She is in her early 20s according to Rags page 19. I'm guessing 23 for no good reason.]


The last witchcraft law on the statute books is repealed.

[The Dæmons.]


Sarah Jane Smith is born.

[She's 23 in Invasion of the Dinosaurs. The format document for K9 & Company says she was born in 1949. In Evolution (1880), she says that she won't be born for over 60 years, she should have said over seventy.]


Vijay Degun and his father arrive in the UK.

[According to Nightshade page 15.]


Edmund Trevithick is in the film The Man from the Ministry.

[According to Nightshade page 111.]


Billy and Susannah are born. They will later become a couple.

[They are 'nineteen or so' on page 27 of The Devil Goblins from Neptune.]


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart visits New York on the way back from Korea. He learns that the Bronx is an 'inappropriate' area.

[According to The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 37, which says that it was when he was 21.]

May 1951


The Doctor and Ace visit the festival of Britain and discover history is back on course.

[The date is implied to be the same as in the alternate universe. The month is historical.]

May 1951 (Alternative Universe)


In the alternate universe where the Nazis won the war following the British defeat at Dunkirk, the Nazis planned the Festival of Britain - to celebrate 10 years of Nazi rule. They also planned to put a man on the moon. During the festival, there were rumours of a major raid on an important resistance cell. These were eclipsed by an explosion at the Savoy hotel, headquarters of the Britischer Frei Korps. The explosion killed General Otto Strasser. One of his subordinates, Lieutenant Hemmings was presumed killed in the attack, although his body was never found. This timeline was wiped due to the intervention of the seventh Doctor and Ace.

[The Doctor gives the date on page 5.]


Polly Wright visits a gypsy tent in a fairground. She is warned about a tall, dark stranger.

[Invasion of the Cat People. She was 10 years old at the time.]


Diane James flies from England to Australia in 4 days, There is terrible wind across the Bengal Bay.

[According to both Owen and Diane in Out of Time.]


The inhabitants of Llanfer Ceiriog take a bus trip to Doctor Snape's house in Gwydyr to watch the TV coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation.

[According to Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark page 55.]


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart begins his military career.

[In Mawdryn Undead, the 1983 Brigadier talks of "30 years of soldiering", but this could also be taken to mean 1946-1976, given his retirement dates. That would put his entry to the army at age 16 as opposed to the 23 he would be with this date.]


Lethbridge-Stewart attended Sandhurst with Billy Rutlidge. Whilst there, he was involved in an accident during manoeuvres. A rifle shot nearly kills a training marshal (Colonel Harrington-Smythe) - who should have been standing behind the trainees. The marshal attempts to bring a charge, but Lethbridge-Stewart wins. Harrington-Smythe resigns over the incident.

[Billy Rutlidge is mentioned in The Invasion. The firearms incident is mentioned in The Scales of Injustice (chapter 5 page 5).]


After his training, the Brigadier grew a moustache, joined the Scots Guards and, at some point, was stationed in Aldgate. Soon after his training, he was involved in an incident at an Italian border post.

[Inferno, The Web of Fear, The Green Death, and The Devil Goblins from Neptune (page 199) respectively.]


Jones begins to obsess about death as a teenager due to cheap American movies. Within a year of getting his first job, his flat is full of things relating to weapons and empty of everything else. He marries a local girl two months after sleeping with her and it works for six weeks, when she starts nagging him about getting a proper job, so he becomes a very successful hitman for London's gangs. His father was knifed in a gangland killing and he watched, aged 21. One night he comes home and ends up arguing with his wife, and kills her. He flees to South America.

[This was during the 50s according to The Scales of Injustice chapter 3 pages 10-12. Jones is not named until Business Unusual.]

2nd May 1953

The FA Cup final is broadcast on TV. John Ellis charges “the lads” a shilling each to come round and watch. Blackpool win 4-3, thanks to Stanley Matthews scoring two goals in the last 20 minutes.

[As mentioned by both John and Alan Ellis in Out of Time.]

Early May 1953


The Wire - a creature that has escaped execution by taking on a non-corporeal form - arrives on Earth in Mr Magpie's electrical shop.

[The first victim of the wire was found about a month before the main story.]

29th May 1953

The Doctor gives Sherpa Tensing a helping hand to the peak of Everest thirty seconds before Edmund Hillary gets there.

[Or so he claims in The Dying Days (chapter 3 page 14). The Doctor mentions the climbing of Everest and mentions the year in The Idiot's Lantern. The exact date is historical.]

1st-2nd June 1953


Every house on Florizel Street in the Muswell Hill area of London gets a TV set in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth's coronation, as the local electrical shop - run by Mr Magpie - has been selling them for only five pounds. After these TV sets are installed, some members of the street's households suffer strange disfigurements, and are hidden away by their families before being taken away by the police. When the coronation happens, it is broadcast to twenty million people in the UK. During the broadcast there is a minor incident at Alexandra Palace, and following the broadcast, the disfigured people from Florizel Street turn up safe and sound. However, Mr Connolly - resident of the street - is kicked out of his home, which is actually in his mother-in-law's name.

[The story happens over two days, finishing on the day of Elizabeth II's coronation. The first victim of the wire was found about a month ago.]

Summer 1953


Father Hemmings, the local Catholic priest had fathered a son by one of his parishoners and refused to perform the last rites on her when she was subsequently murdered by her boyfriend. Following the flood on Canvey Island, Hemmings retrieved some alien bodies, which leaked radiation into the local area, wilting the local plants. The bodies were removed by the fifth Doctor and Peri.

[The Doctor gives the year and the season on page 185.]


Edmund Trevithick stars in a new TV programme called Nightshade. His character, Professor Nightshade, encountered a number of alien monsters. The show was extremely popular.

[This is mentioned many times in Nightshade. The year is given on page 111.]

18th December 1953

A biplane called Sky Gypsy bound for Dublin disappears less than half an hour after it takes off. On board are pilot Diane Holmes, and passengers John Ellis and Emma Louise Cowell. The plane falls through the Cardiff Rift, arriving “50 years” in the future.

[This is the backstory to Out of Time.]


Lieutenant Lethbridge-Stewart is posted to Sierra Leone. At one point he becomes lost in the forest and meets Mariatu, a daughter of Chief Yembe of the Rokye village. Mariatu travels to the city with Lethbridge-Stewart.

[This is mentioned in Transit (pages 181-184), which dates it seven years before Sierra Leone gains its independence (so 1954). It is also mentioned in The Also People. In The Dying Days (1997), he claims that this was 40 years ago, so 1957.]


Bo Didley records the song Mona in Chicago.

[As mentioned in Cat's Cradle: Warhead, pages 100-101.]


Ian Chesterton falls in love with a girl called Suzy at University. She gets a job offer in another town, and he pretends to lose interest in her so that he doesn't stop her from taking the job. A week later, he sees a news story about a girl killed in a car crash that contains her photo. However, when he reads the article he realises that it was the wrong photo.

[This was when Ian was 18 according to Face of the Enemy page 180. Suzy's name was mentioned in More Short Trips: Romans Cutaway (page 237).]

15th September 1954

Peter Alan Tyler is born.

[Rose gives the date in Father's Day.]

9th November 1954


The Doctor and Susan attend the world premier of The Crucible in London.

[The date is given on page 68. Barbara says that she was a student teacher at this point.]


The Doctor visits St. Cedds College Cambridge.



Tim Medway's wife Julia leaves him.

[This was two Christmases before Nightshade page 120.]


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart's grandmother dies.

[According to the Brigadier in The Devil Goblins from Neptune, page 56.]


Princess Mary is born.

[She is 19 in Rags (page 158) - set in June 1974.]


Major-General Scobie (as he will become) spends some time posted to Singapore

[According to The Scales of Injustice chapter 1 page 19 this was a long posting during the 50s.]


A room is sealed off in the Organic Weapons Research Institute in Novorsk, allegedly due to a biological accident. In fact, the room contains people affected by the Arcane Collegiate ship buried underneath Novorsk.

[According to pages 196-197 and 203-204 of The Deviant Strain, which date it to the 1950s.]


Chris Parsons is born.



The French colony of Kebiria is granted independence. It immediately sinks into civil war.

[Dancing the Code.]


Ben Jackson, aged 14, stows away on a cargo ship.

[According to Invasion of the Cat People. However, The Murder Game says that he was 15 at the time.]


Carolyn McConnell is born.

[She turns 41 in Vampire Science (1997, page 25).]


Joanna Harris thinks that seven of the youngest members of her vampire coven are moving against her. She and Abner arrange for them to be staked in the middle of the night. They then recruit several replacements including Slake (Edwin Pratt), Shredder, Reaper, Elvis, and Spike.

[This is mentioned in Vampire Science, pages 122, 142, and 151. Abner mentions the replacements as being recruited in 77 on page 183.]


Alexander K. Bridgeman is severely injured in a bus crash.

[Invasion of the Cat People. Nicholas, his son, was 9 years old.]



On the planet Marinus, the Voord attempt to seize the Conscience, a machine that controls the populace. Arbitan, the keeper of the Conscience, sends some travellers to find the keys to the machine, which have been hidden around the planet. The Voord kill Arbitan. When the travellers arrive with the keys, they are forced to hand them over. However, one of the keys they hand over is a fake. When the Voord attempt to use the keys, they destroy the Conscience.

[The story itself contains no dating information. However, in No Future (set 1976), we learn that Mortimus was technical advisor to Yartek; and that the Vardans are aware of Yartek's fate (page 197). This means that the story must be set some time before 1976. The exact date is arbitrary.]


The Sky at Night is first broadcast.

[In The Dying Days (chapter 2, page 16), Patrick Moore says that the programme celebrated its 40th anniversary last year (1996).]


Margaret Trevithick, wife of Edmund, dies.

[According to Nightshade page 111.]


Marc Marshall is born.

[He is 14 in The Scales of Injustice (chapter 1 page 18).]

9th September 1956

Elvis Presley performs Hound Dog on the Ed Sullivan Show, prompting many complaints.

[The Doctor mentions this in The Idiot's Lantern, dating it to the late-50s. I've used the date Elvis first appeared on the show.]

25th December 1956


An eight-year-old homeless child in Manchester arrives at a Christmas event for those who children who didn't have anyone to help them celebrate Christmas.

[This is dated on page 157.]

March 1957

Charles Marchant joins project Blue Book, the US military's extraterrestrial project.

[This was eight years before Salvation (March 1965), and before First Frontier.]

1st May 1957

The first Sputnik is taken off course by external influence and its very existence covered up.

[Prologue to First Frontier.]

4th October 1957

The Doctor was at the launch of Sputnik twice.

4th October 1957


The day Sputnik I was launched, there was a major amount of UFO activity around Corman Airbase, New Mexico. During this incident an Atlas rocket and a fighter plane were shot down. The real reason for the incident was an alliance between the US government and the Tzun.

[The date is given on page 6.]


Holly Kidd, aged 17, experiences her first kiss with a boy named James, and gets in trouble with her Uncle Louis for disappearing.

[According to Nightshade, page 101. The date is given as 1957.]

4th October 1957

The Doctor joins the Progressive Club in Mayfair.

[He claims that this was thirteen years before The Devil Goblins from Neptune page 36. However, he could equally well be talking in terms of his personal timeline.]

4th October 1957

Kane Sawyer and Cassandra King kiss at school. Cassandra's big brother Simon sees this, and he and his mates bully Kane in a very humiliating way.

[This was 17 years before Rags page 121, and is described on pages 119-120 and page 197. Kane was 14 and Cassandra was 13.]

4th October 1957

The British government establishes Department C-19, a little brother to MI5 and offshoot of the Civil Defence Programme. The department would acquire a reputation for involvement in less-documented paramilitary excursions.

[According to The Scales of Injustice chapter 4, page 32, this was in the late 50s.]

3rd November 1957

Sputnik Two is launched into space. It carries a dog called Laika into space.

[The Doctor says that this was in 1957 on page 4 of Alien Bodies.]


The Doctor visited St. Cedds college.



Neville Albert Miller is widowed.


14th April 1958


The Third Doctor rescues Laika's body shortly before Sputnik Two enters Earth's atmosphere. He then takes the body to the planet Quiescia and buries it.

[This is the prologue to Alien Bodies, and isn't dated. I arbitrarily assume that the scenes on Quiescia are contemporary with the rest of the prologue.]



The Petruska Institute near Hartley, Essex disappears as rioting breaks out in London.

[The date is given on page 1.]


Caldwell is born.

[In The Dying Days, set 1997, he was 19 during the last Mars Probe - which was 20 years ago (chapter 1, page 11).]


Rachel Jenson and Bernard Trainor begin working on the specifications for a propulsion system that is later used on the Neptune probe.

[According to Trainor in The Devil Goblins from Neptune, page 74. He says that the design took nearly five years and was mostly due to Rachel's work. Rachel left the British Rocket Group in November 1970, so I'm setting this five years before she left.]

December 1958

The final episode of Nightshade is finished.

[According to Nightshade page 95.]


Professor Stahlman begins work that will eventually lead to the Inferno project.

[This was 11 years before Inferno.]



A US satellite was launched and went missing. CIA agents Hawk and Weismuller tracked it to a Welsh holiday camp in an incident that later caused many UFO rumours.

[The date is given on screen.]

1959 (Alternative Universe)

In the Inferno universe there was an incident in Wales that led to the Conclave capturing two Bannerman ships

[Face Of The Enemy. The year is given on page 248, and it is said to have been twenty years before the story on page 243.]


Emma Louise Cowell's father, a former munitions worker, dies aged 48. His wife will live until the age of 81.

[Torchwood finds the dates in Out of Time.]


Theo Oglivy is born.

[He is 38 in The Dying Days chapter 14 page 3.]


The Doctor's Austin A35 is built around this time.

[It is said to be 50 years old in Cat's Cradle: Warhead (page 139).]

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