A History of the Whoniverse

The Renaissance and Scientific Revolution.

14th Century

The Dæmons inspire the Renaissance.

[Or so they claim in The Dæmons. The date given is historical.]

? 1400

THE DALEKS

The arrival of four aliens on the planet Skaro prompts the pacifist Thals to attack the Dalek city.

[In The Dalek Invasion of Earth, the Doctor speculates that these events are a million years in the future. In Planet of the Daleks, they are said to be generations ago (and so a considerable time before 2540). In War of the Daleks, this was millennia ago (page 73), and these are stated (on page 74) to have been the first Daleks to emerge since Genesis of the Daleks. This last statement means that this story must be some time before The Empire of Glass (1609), when the Daleks are a sufficiently powerful force to be invited to the Armageddon Convention. Within these limits, my date is completely arbitrary.]

1415

The Doctor twice claimed to have been at the Battle of Agincourt.

[The Masque of Mandragora and Shada. Therefore, it must have been during his first four incarnations.]

1430

Yexata, an Aztec priest, dies and is sealed in a tomb.

[The date is Barbara's estimate from The Aztecs episode 1.]

1450

The remainder of the Daleks emerge from their confinement, forcing the Thals to leave Skaro.

[According to the Doctor in War of the Daleks (page 74). This must be sufficiently long after The Daleks for the Thals to understand & replicate some Dalek technology. It must also be sufficiently before The Empire of Glass for the Daleks to become enough of a space power to be invited to the Armageddon Convention and noted as a power by the delegates. I suggest it takes them 50 years to get back to where they were and that, very soon after that, they begin building a space empire.]

1452

Leonardo Da Vinci is born in a small Tuscan town named Vinci, near Florence in Italy.

[City of Death.]

1453

Constantinople was renamed Istanbul.

[According to Shadowmind, page 32. No date is given other than the 15th century. The historical date was the 29th of May 1453.]

c. 1454

Scaroth's eighth segment acquires some Gutenberg Bibles and possibly a Ming vase.

[City of Death. Gutenberg Bibles were printed 1453-1455.]

c.1454

THE AZTECS

Four pale-skinned people come out of the tomb of Yexata. One of them is proclaimed to be the divine reincarnation of Yexata, the others are her handmaiden and two male servants. One of the men becomes commander of the army whilst the other retires to the Garden of Peace. The goddess objects to the practice of human sacrifice, and persuades the High Priest of Knowledge to question the practice, enough to go into the wilderness. The goddess disappeared at the solar eclipse, leaving the High Priest of Sacrifice in control of the religious order.[Those Aztecs who survived the conquest later recalled these events as a divine warning about the coming of the white man.]

[There is little indication how long after Yexata's death (dated c. 1430) this occurs. Ixta's father built the tomb and Ixta appears to be in his 20s, with Cameca having been close to Ixta's father, but this doesn't really allow us to pin down the date. In The Left Handed Hummingbird, Benny guesses this happened in 1454, which tallies with this information.]

1455-1485

The earliest parts of Chase Mansion were built during the Wars of the Roses.

[The Seeds of Doom. The dates are historical.]

15th Century

The earliest parts of Fulbright Hall, Dartmoor were built in this century by William Fulbright.

[According to Evolution pages 7-8.]

1480

Johann Faust was born.

[Managra.]

1487

THE LEFT HANDED HUMMINGBIRD

In Tenochtitlan, the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli was demanding 20,000 sacrifices in one day after years of steady increase. These sacrifices, together with the Exxilon artefact known as the Xiuhcoatl, allowed a psychic called Huitzilin to spend the subsequent centuries visiting violent moments in history and making them worse. Huitzilin would later become known as the Blue.

[The date is on page 39. The sacrifice is also mentioned in The Aztecs.]

1491

The Doctor met Torqemanda in Toledo.

[In Managra, (page 52) their first meeting was said to be seven years before Torquemanda's death (in 1498). This is probably the same event remembered by Steven in The Empire of Glass (page 60), where Toledo is mentioned.]

1492

The Doctor visits China.

[400 years before The Talons of Weng Chiang.]

1492

Mortimus discusses plans for a flying machine with Leonardo Da Vinci.

[The Time Meddler. The date is when Da Vinci is first believed to have drawn plans for a flying machine.]

1492

In this year, Columbus discovers the Americas.

[The Ghosts of N-Space.]

1492

The Moors were finally expelled from Spain by Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille. Guido, son of the Barone of San Stefano Minore, was presumed killed in the battle for Grenada.

[The Ghosts of N-Space.]

1492

THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA

Court Astrologer Hieronymous predicts the death of the Duke of San Martino.

In the Italian Dukedom of San Marino, the cult of Demnos, who were thought to have died out in the 3rd century, attempt to kill the Duke. They are defeated by two strangers.

[The date is from the novelization. Other evidence includes: Da Vinci's patron is the Duke of Milan (1482-93), the Doge of Venice described is that from 1486-1501 and it's before the Medici were removed from power in 1494.]

1495

DECALOG: FASCINATION

The fifth Doctor and Peri visit the remote village of Sair.

[It is the fifteenth century on page 216.]

16th September 1498

Torqemanda dies in Avila. The Doctor was there at the time.

[Managra.]

1503

Leonardo Da Vinci finishes the original Mona Lisa.

[City of Death.]

1403

Michaelangelo is commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel, a job he doesn't want to do.

[Managra. The date is historical.]

1504

THE GHOSTS OF N-SPACE

Two alchemists visited the Barone of San Stefano Minore. One of these alchemists, the Doctor, was thrown into the dungeons for necromancy, but he escaped. The other, Maximilian Vilmio, was walled up alive whilst attempting to perform a magical ceremony.

[The date is mentioned on page 220.]

1505

CITY OF DEATH

Count Tancredi, the ninth splinter of Scaroth, forces Da Vinci to paint 6 copies of the Mona Lisa. The copies are, however, ruined by the fourth Doctor, who adds a message to the canvas labelling them as fakes.

[Tancredi asks the Doctor what he is doing in 1505.]

2nd May 1519

Leonardo Da Vinci dies near Amboise aged 67.

[City of Death.]

1520

Hernando Cortéz lands in South America

[Susan and Barbara mention this in The Aztecs episode 1 and it is also mentioned in The Left Handed Hummingbird.]

19 May 1533

Anne Boleyn is beheaded. She requests that it be done by sword rather than axe.

[According to The Dying Days chapter 14 page 11. The date is historical.]

1536

Henry VIII orders the dissolution of over 370 religious houses. One victim is the Convent of the Little Sisters of St. Gudula.

[The Stones of Blood. The date is historical.]

16th Century

The First Doctor and Susan meet Henry VIII, who puts them in the Tower of London after the Doctor throws a parson's nose at him. This allows them to get back to the TARDIS.

[The Sensorites. However, in Tragedy Day, the Doctor claims to have never met Henry personally.]

1540

Johann Faust dies.

[Managra.]

1540

A shooting star falls to earth near the Torchwood estate. It contains a lupine wavelength haemoveriform (alien werewolf) which will infect a local human.

[The date is given in Tooth and Claw, which also says that this is the reign of James V.]

1550

Charles IX of France is born.

[He is 22 in The Massacre.]

1553

May-July

DECALOG 2: THE NINE DAY QUEEN

The Duke of Northumberland catches three strangers in Bradgate as Jane Grey shoots a wolf. Jane identifies one of them as her tutor, Doctor Samuel Smythe. The three are looking for an otherworldly beast, which has taken over the Duke. When Jane is forced to marry Northumberland's son Guilford, the tutor is dismissed and given a townhouse in Islington and a pay-off. The three, including the Doctor, visit Jane's coronation and see the gathering of a large army to support Jane. This army soon disperses at the same time as the three disappear.

Some time later, Jane is executed for treason and helped by an elderly onlooker.

[Jane's enthronement is noted as 7th July and the TARDIS materialised two months before this (page 205).]

15th January 1559

The Doctor attends Elizabeth I's coronation. The banquet is spoiled when Essex throws drumsticks around.

[The Curse of Peladon. This is also mentioned in Birthright, and Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark, where Essex's behaviour is mentioned. The date is from historical records. This must have been during the Doctor's first two incarnations.]

16th Century

The fourth Doctor's scarf was knitted by Madame Nostradamus.

[The Ark in Space. Nostradamus lived 1503-66 and published his prophecies in 1556.]

1564

William Shakespeare is born.

[He is 49 in the prologue to Managra (1613).]

August 1572

THE MASSACRE

In Paris, the authorities execute the staunchly catholic Abbot of Amboise for failure to assassinate the prominent Huguenot Admiral de Coligny. Soon afterwards, the Medicis launch a full scale massacre of the Huguenots. It is possible that servant girl Anne Chaplet survives the massacre.

[The date is historical.]

Late 16th century

Boscombe Hall was built on the site of the Convent of the Little Sisters of St Gudula. Priests from around the country hid from persecution in Cranleigh Hall.

[The Stones of Blood and Black Orchid.]

1580s

John Dee and Edward Kelly toured Europe and were welcomed by Stephen Bathory, king of Poland.

Managra.

1582

The seventh Doctor and Ace visit Rome in search of the Timewyrm.

[According to Timewyrm: Revelation page 13.]

1587

The west wing of Chase Mansion is completed. During the same year, the Greld attack the Roanoake colony in America. They implant sections of a meta-cobalt bomb and hypnotic controllers into the colonists.

[The Seeds of Doom and The Empire of Glass respectively.]

1588

The Doctor met Francis Drake just before he faced the Spanish Armada.

[Four to Doomsday. The date is historical. According to Birthright, the Doctor let Drake win the game of bowls so that he could get off quickly. The first reference tells us that it was one of his first five incarnations (probably one of the first four). The second suggests it was the seventh Doctor.]

1589

John Dee returned to England from his European tour. Edward Kelly continued touring.

[Managra.]

Date Unknown

A girl at a party makes a mistake with Captain Jack.

[According to Jack's Data-Record on page 90 of Only Human.]

Date Unknown

Trentillys Castle is sold to merchant adventurer Thomas Gosthorpe.

[In the Elizabethan period, according to the Doctor in Decalog 3: Past Reckoning.]

1593

Christopher Marlowe, a survivor of Roanoake, is presumed killed during a duel. He actually survives and a hypnotic control is (unknowingly) removed from his head.

[The Empire of Glass.]

? 1590s

The alien Dobtcheff travels back over 800 years, and plants himself into an unborn human child.

[This is an unknown number of generations before Short Trips and Side Steps: Reunion.]

1590s

Mr Chadwick and Gregario join Joanna Harris' vampire coven.

[Around 400 years before Vampire Science page 150.]

1590s

A fleet of Zygon ships is ambushed by a Xaranti attack force. Most of the fleet is destroyed. However, Balaak's ship survives and crashes on Earth.

[Tuval says that they've been on Earth for almost three centuries by 1894 on page 155 of The Bodysnatchers.]

1598

Shakespeare meets with Elizabeth I and discusses his plays

[As shown on the Time/Space Visualiser in The Chase. Elizabeth refers to having seen a play with Falstaff - probably referring to his first appearance in Henry IV, which was finished in 1598.]

1599

Oliver Cromwell is born

[According to The Roundheads page 116.]

May 1599

THE SHAKESPEARE CODE

At a performance of Love's Labours Lost, William Shakespeare announces that the following day's performance would be the brand new sequel Love's Labours Won. Later that night, Lynley, Master of the Revels, is struck dead by witchcraft. The next day, Peter Streete - the architect of the Globe Theatre passes away whilst incarcerated in Bedlam. Later, the performance of Love's Labour's Won includes a stunning conclusion where, not only do the guys get the girls, but an incredibly realistic cloud of witches appear in the middle of the theatre.

[A caption says that it is 1599, and the Doctor also gives this date. The Globe Theatre has recently opened - suggesting that it is May.. On the other hand, Love's Labours Won actually appears on a list of Shakespeare plays published in 1598.]

1603

The Doctor shares a cell with Sir Walter Raleigh in the Tower of London. Raleigh keeps going on about some new vegetable he's discovered.

[The Mind of Evil. Raleigh was imprisoned 1603-16. It seems more likely that this was the start of his stay if he's going on about the potato.]

1603

Master Dee (really Jared Khan) had been counsellor to Elizabeth I for 20 years. In 1603 he realised that the Doctor wasn't coming back to visit the queen.

[Birthright.]

1603

Francis Pearson writes The Adventures of Macbeth's Head.]

[Managra.]

1603

King James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England. Amongst his retinue is General William Lethbridge-Stewart.

[According to the Brigadier in The Dying Days. The Act of Union is mentioned in The Roundheads (page 9).]

? 1605

William Kemp finds a dead rabbit in his father's barn. The corpse is riddled with maggots.

[According to The Roundheads page 5. This happened "when he was a boy". His age is never given, but his son was in the Civil War army, and his daughter appears to be in her late teens or early 20s.]

1607

Richard Maynarde was born.

[Silver Nemesis.]

1608

Galileo Galilei constructs the first astronomical telescope.

[The Masque of Mandragora. This must have been before The Empire of Glass.]

1609

THE EMPIRE OF GLASS

Galileo demonstrated his spyglass to the Doge of Venice. Soon afterwards, he was apparently killed in a duel with Tomasso Nicolotti, but was really replaced by Christopher Marlowe. Meanwhile, a number of alien races were involved in discussions at the Armageddon Convention. The convention banned extreme weapons such as cobalt bombs and temporal disrupters. It had been arranged by Irving Braxiatel
and was chaired by the Doctor. Whilst the Daleks and Cybermen refused to attend, two races attempted to sabotage the event. The Greld, a race of arms dealers, attempted to destroy the conference. The Jamarians, a minor race administering it, attempted to steal the delegates' weapons technology as a bargaining tool and stepping stone to an empire. By this point, the fourth Doctor had helped write Hamlet.

Soon afterwards, Shakespeare plays Lady MacBeth in the premiere of his Scottish play.

[The date is on page 30. Somehow, the convention is still in existence (and adhered to by humanity) by the time of Revenge of the Cybermen.]

March 1610

A mob burns all extant copies of Francis Pearson's plays after an exceptionally bad performance.

[Managra.]

September 1610

Edward Kelly and Francis Pearson meet in Prague. They pay a visit to Elizabeth Bathory.

[Managra.]

1611

Elizabeth Bathory is walled up for killing three hundred women and bathing in their blood. She believed that this ritual would rejuvenate her. There are many horrors surrounding her and her castle which are never mentioned at the trial.

[Managra.]

1612

Pearson writes The Blood Countess of Transylvania.]

[Managra.]

6th November 1612

Prince Henry, heir to the throne, dies unexpectedly. The Duke of Buckingham begins grooming his brother Charles for the throne.

[According to The Roundheads page 87. The date is historical.]

29th June 1613

Pearson burns down the Globe Theatre during the premier production of Henry VIII and then disappears.

[Managra.]

1615

Christopher Whyte is born.

[He is 33 in The Roundheads (page 31).]

April 1616

The dying Shakespeare gives Irving Braxiatel original manuscripts of his unused plays in return for memories of events in Venice during 1609.

[The Empire of Glass.]

1621

Lady Peinforte poisoned her neighbour Dorothea Remington.

[Silver Nemesis.]

1623

Thomas Culpepper is born.

[He is 25 in The Roundheads (page 48).]

1625

King Charles marries Henrietta Maria. After a difficult start, the marriage becomes solid and loving.

[This is mentioned in The Roundheads (page 87). The date is historical.]

1626

Richard Cromwell is born.

[He is said to be in his 20s during The Roundheads. The actual year is historical.]

1628

King Charles Stuart begins ruling without Parliament.

[He does this for eleven years before he needs money to fight the Scots according to The Roundheads pages 73 and 88.]

1628

A plague ravages London

[According to Oliver Cromwell in The Roundheads (page 83) this happened twenty years ago.]

1628

Sal Winter is Captain Stanislaus's lover. They split up and Sal catches the pox, which costs her her nose. She blames Stanislaus for the loss of her nose, and begins tracking him for revenge.

[Twenty years before The Roundheads (pages 110 and 226-228).]

1630

The Second Doctor, in one of a number of visits made during his first two incarnations, helped the Det Sen Monastery in Tibet to defend itself against bandits. He was given the monk's holy Ghanta for safekeeping. He may have learnt Tibetan and Tibetan meditation techniques here. [I suspect that he learnt Tibetan and some of the techniques from the Hermit (K'Anpo) on Gallifrey].

[The Abominable Snowmen.]

c. 1632

John Proctor is born.

[He is about 60 on The Witch Hunters pages 40 (January 1692) & 223 (July 1692).]

November 1638

SILVER NEMESIS

The Doctor, Roundheads and Lady Peinforte were involved in the launch of the Nemesis Statue on 23rd November 1638. [Although the term Roundhead isn't supposed to have been used until the civil war, it is possible that there were similarly dressed soldiers referred to by that name beforehand.] The statue's orbit came near Earth every 25 years, influencing world events. Lady Peinforte immediately hired a mathematician to calculate the date it would return to Earth. She then killed the mathematician and used his blood to magically transport herself and her servant Richard Maynarde to Windsor on 23rd November 1988 when the statue would return. This time travel was aided by Fenric (Whose involvement was established in The Curse Of Fenric).]

1639

King Charles recalls Parliament in order to raise money to fight the Scots, who had forced him to raise an army against them. This begins the tensions that lead to the first English Civil War

[This is mentioned in The Roundheads (page 73).]

12 May 1641

Parliament is responsible for the beheading of Earl Strafford, a loyal servant of the King.

[This is mentioned in The Roundheads (page 88). The date is historical.]

The Civil War

22nd August 1642

The English Civil War begins between the King and Parliament when Parliament demands that soldiers be under their control rather than the King's.

[Nathaniel Scrope mentions " seven years of slaughter"' in The Roundheads (page 39). The exact date is historical.]

23rd October 1642

Christopher Whyte is wounded at the battle of Edgehill. He continues his Royalist service by becoming a spy in London, and reporting back to his masters in Oxford.

[According to The Roundheads page 72. The date is historical.]

13th July 1643

A Royalist and a Roundhead army met in the village of Little Hodcombe. The ensuing battle resulted in the deaths of every soldier and every inhabitant of the village. The psychic energy thus released briefly awakened the Malus. Shortly afterwards the Doctor returned Will Chandler to his native time.

[The Awakening.]

1st July 1644

Prince Rupert enters the city of York unopposed.

[The day before the battle of Marston Moor, according to Nightshade page 67.]

2nd July 1644

The battle of Marston Moor was fought between Oliver Cromwell, with 27,000 troops, and Prince Rupert, with 20,000. The battle began at 7 pm, when the Royalist right wing was demolished by the Parliamentary dragoons. Later, when it had re-formed, it was again destroyed, this time by Parliament's Scottish cavalry. Casualties on Parliament's side included Valentine Walton's boy. Amongst the vast casualties amongst the Royalists is a Pikeman called Arthur Kemp.

[According to Nightshade pages 66-70. Arthur Kemp is mentioned in The Roundheads pages 69-70. The date is historical.]

3rd July 1644

Following the battle at Marston Moor, Parliamentarian Captain Phillip Jackson pursued Prince Rupert's horsemen. They found a group of them at the ruins of Marsham Castle, notorious for weird happenings. The Royalists had been terrified by some unusual visions and surrendered themselves. Soon afterwards, the castle was totally destroyed in a mysterious fire.

[According to Nightshade page 66 and pages 70-78, this was clearly the day after the battle.]

c. 1644

The War Lords kidnapped soldiers from both the English Civil War and the Thirty Years War.

[The War Games. Historically, the English Civil War took place 1642-1649 and the 30 Years War was 1618-1648. I suggest that these two groups were kidnapped from the same year, and maybe were even in the same zone - easing the problem that the number of zones doesn't add up.]

c. 1644

The Master also kidnapped a group of Roundheads using TOMTIT to attack a UNIT convoy in 1972.

[The Time Monster.]

1644

Witches hid from the infamous Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins in the village of Devils End.

[The Dæmons. Hopkins died in 1647. The exact date is arbitrary.]

1645

10th January 1645

Parliament is responsible for the beheading of Archbishop Laud.

[This is mentioned in The Roundheads (page 88). The date is historical.]

The Doctor was one of the founder members of the Royal Geographical Society.

[Ghost Light.]

14th June 1645

There is a General Lethbridge-Stewart at the battle of Naseby.

[According to the Brigadier in The Dying Days chapter 10. We never learn which side he was on. The date is historical.]

Matthew Hopkins, witchfinder general, finds and burns a coven of witches in Devil's End.

[This is mentioned in The Eight Doctors page 85-86. In The Dæmons, some witches are said to have hid from Hopkins in Devil's End.]

In Tír Na n-Óg, the humans make peace with all the other intelligent races.

[This is mentioned in Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark pages 84, 93-94 ("centuries" before 1992), and page 169 ("more than three centuries" before 1992).]

October 1648

Captain Stanislaus begins sailing to France.

[He has taken 6 voyages to France in the last two months according to Sal Winter in The Roundheads (page 148).]

6th-10th December 1648

THE ROUNDHEADS

The English Army prevents turns away two thirds of Parliament so that the remainder will sanction the trial of the King. On the same day, Oliver Cromwell returns to London. The next day, Cromwell reads out the charges on which the King is to be tried. In Amsterdam, Captain Stanislaus picks up a passenger on the service of the Royal family.

The following day, Charles Stuart is freed from Hurst Castle by his supporters, but chooses to lie low in London. A girl involved in the attempt is imprisoned, as are two friends of hers who were fortune telling for Cromwell. They are freed as a friend of theirs brings news of a new Royalist plot. This plot is thwarted and the King recaptured. The rescue of the King and the assassination attempt are never recorded.

[Nathaniel Scrope mentions seven years of slaughter and the upcoming trial, from which the Doctor calculates that it's "1648, December I should say" (pages 39-40). The date is confirmed on page 43. Richard Cromwell is in his 20s on page 77, making it 1646-1656. The first day of the book is when Cromwell returned to London - which happened on the 6th of December. The book takes place over a period of 5 days.]

20th January 1649

King Charles Stuart stands trial for treason.

[According to the Doctor in The Roundheads (page 204).]

30th January 1649

King Charles Stuart is executed for treason.

[This is the final section of The Roundheads (pages 281-282). The Doctor mentions the event in passing in The Clockwise Man, page 89.]

17th Century

Oliver Cromwell bans Christmas festivities.

[Polly claims that Cromwell banned Christmas on page 34 of The Roundheads. The ban was actually on secular festivities associated with Christmas rather than on Christmas itself.]

1653

The Doctor fished with Izaak Walton.

[The Androids of Tara. Walton lived 1593-1683. The date is arbitrarily the publication date of The Compleat Angler.]

2nd November 1657

Richard Maynarde dies.

[Silver Nemesis.]

1658

Oliver Cromwell dies. He is succeeded as Lord Protector by his son Richard, but within a few scant months, Richard's rule ends.

[Cromwell's death is dated in The Roundheads, page 116. His son's rule is mentioned on page 145.]

17th Century

Emily Sawyer, daughter of the Mayor of Cirbury, sneaks out of the village with the Magistrate's son. They are interrupted by five begging mummers. The Magistrate's son is enraged, and cracks one of the mummers' skulls against one of the standing stones. The stone contains the Ragman, who takes control of the corpse, brutally murders the boy, and rapes Emily. The townsfolk hang the mummer's corpse, and it retreats into the stone. The other four mummers were taken to the stone and shot, the stone was then removed and taken far away - to Dartmoor. The men who took it returned insane, and promised that the village has not seen the last of the Ragman. Emily is pregnant, disowned by her family, and her child is raised by the church.

[According to Rags pages 124-125, 132-142, and 156. This is said to be the seventeenth century on pages 39, 162, and 225.]

1660

Parliament invites Charles II to take the throne of England.

[This is mentioned in The Roundheads, page 239, but no date is given.]

Date Unknown

John Aubrey invented Druidism "as a joke".

[According to the Doctor in The Stones Of Blood. Aubrey lived 1626-97.]

17th Century

The lake at Trentillys Castle was constructed at this time.

[Decalog 3: Past Reckoning.]

1661

The Astronomer Clancey discovers a comet that returns to Earth every 157 years.

[The Ghosts of N-Space.]

1663

The Nemesis Statue came close to Earth. It may have been connected with 1665's Great Plague.

[Silver Nemesis. The effect is suggested in The Terrestrial Index.]

5 August 1666

A Terileptil ship crashes near London. Its occupants are escaped prisoners.

1-2 September 1666

THE VISITATION

The Doctor stops the Terileptils from wiping out the city of London with a form of the bubonic plague virus. In the process the Terileptil ship explodes, causing the Great Fire of London.

[The date is historical.]

1666

One of the buildings destroyed in the fire was the houses of Parliament.

[In The Roundheads (page 41), Polly mentions that the old buildings burnt down - a reference to the Great Fire of London.]

1666

On a visit to this time period, the Doctor had been blamed for causing the fire.

[Pyramids of Mars.]

1667

The Doctor visited diarist Samuel Pepys and his wife. He thought that Mrs Pepys made "an excellent cup of Coffee".

[Robot and Planet of the Spiders respectively. Peyps lived 1633-1703. He began his diary in 1660. His wife died in 1669. The exact date is arbitrary.]

c. 1671

Mary Warren is born.

[She is about 20 in The Witch Hunters page 36 (January 1692).]

1674

The Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam is ceded to the British and renamed New York.

[The Doctor mentions that New York used to be called New Amsterdam in Daleks in Manhattan.]

1677

John Wallace gave a paper on Sympathetic Vibration to the Royal Society.

[The Happiness Patrol.]

c. 1680

The Time Lord Salyavin, posing as "Professor Chronotis" retired to St. Cedds college Cambridge.

[300 years before Shada.]

c. 1681

Abigail Williams, niece of William Parris, is born.

[She is slightly more than half of Mary Warren's 20 years old in The Witch Hunters page 36.]

1684

The Gore Crow Hotel is built.

[Battlefield.]

17th Century

The Doctor met Isaac Newton. At first, he dropped apples on his head but then explained gravity to him over dinner.

[The Pirate Planet. Newton lived 1642-1727 and published on gravitation in 1685. This was probably the second or fourth Doctor.]

1686

THE SMUGGLERS

Pirate Captain Pike is foiled looking for hidden treasure on the Cornish coast by king's revenue officer Josiah Blake.

[According to the Doctor, the church architecture means it's any time after the 16th century and the clothes are 17th century. The presence of the King's Revenue Officer places it between 1603-42, 1660-88 or 1694-1700. The costumes suggest the 1680s or 1690s. The exact date is arbitrary.]

1688

The Nemesis Statue came close to Earth. It may have influenced the policies of France's sun king.

[Silver Nemesis. The effect is suggested in The Terrestrial Index.]

1691

An Abbey is burnt down in Aix-au-Provence because the nuns were suspected of witchcraft.

[One hundred years before the Doctor and companions were snatched away in The Crystal Bucephalus.]

11-16 January 1692

THE WITCH HUNTERS

The irreligious Chesterton Family from Boston stays for a few days in Salem Village, a society on the brink of breakdown. Whilst they are there, Susan joins in with an illicit fortune telling session.

29 June-2 July 1692

THE WITCH HUNTERS

The Chestertons return to Salem Village at the height of the infamous Witch Trials. They become involved in an attempt to save Rebecca Nurse. Ian Chesterton is tried for being a witch, whilst Susan Chesterton is taken into the household of Samuel Parris.

2-19 July 1692

THE WITCH HUNTERS

Ian Chesterton organises a mass escape attempt from Salem jail, but none of the prisoners escape. At the same time, Susan Chesterton joins the afflicted accusers. Ian Chesterton receives a pardon, and Susan Chesterton leaves Reverend Parris's house on the same day, as several "witches," including Rebecca Nurse, hang.

[The book is divided into dated sections.]

19 August 1692

John Proctor is hanged for witchcraft, though his pregnant wife had been given a reprieve.

[According to The Witch Hunters page 264.]

14th January 1693

THE WITCH HUNTERS

Mary Warren leaves Salem Village, having undermined much of the basis of the Witch Trials.

[The date is given on page 273.]

c. 1700

The city of Excelis on the planet Artaris creates the office of Reeve.

[The curator says that this was about 300 years before Excelis Rising.]

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