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Timeline for 1962
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1962 was a year.



On the August bank holiday, Minnie Hooper was locked inside a police box while "misbehaving". (TV: The End of Time)

The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred in October, (PROSE: Heart of TARDIS, COMIC: The Piggybackers) which affected places and people associated with the Doctor. Fear of impending nuclear war kept Barbara Wright awake at night during the crisis. (AUDIO: 1963) Coal Hill School gave special air raid warning lessons to deal with the emergency. (PROSE: Time and Relative) Section Eight used the dark arts to end the Cuban Missile Crisis. (PROSE: Heart of TARDIS)

On 10 October, the British Intelligence operative Edward Grainger travelled to Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin to meet an agent who was preparing to cross the Berlin Wall from East Germany. (PROSE: Checkpoint)

Peri Brown's parents, Janine and Paul Brown, were married on 21 November. (AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox)

23 November 1962 was James Stevens' seventeenth birthday. On that day, he learned that he had been adopted. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy) That same day, the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors piloted their TARDISes back to Bob Dovie's house at 59A Barnsfield Crescent in Totton, Hampshire (crashing it into his chimney) to stop the conceptual bomb that the Decayed Master would place the next year from going off. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)


The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler visited the village of Lower Downham and meddled in a plan to make the entire village disappear. (PROSE: No One Died)

Professor Rachel Jensen began researching artificial intelligence at the Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. (AUDIO: Threshold)

The scientists James Watson, Crick, and Wilkins won the Nobel Prize for their discoveries regarding DNA. (PROSE: The Taint)

Barbara Wright went on holiday to Toledo, Spain. (AUDIO: The Flames of Cadiz)

David Walker stopped driving. (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master)

Amy Pond and Rory Williams waited in Carnaby Street until the Eleventh Doctor arrived to pick them up. (COMIC: Bus Replacement TARDIS)

John Jones gave the first performance at Dog & Duck. (COMIC: What He Wants...)

The 1962 World Cup was held in Chile. In the quarterfinals, England lost to Brazil. (PROSEThe Rag & Bone Man's Story)

A Dalek soldier, a survivor of the Last Great Time War, fell through time and crashed like a meteorite "on the Ascension Islands". The Dalek lay in its burning crater for three days, screaming the entire time, before it was retrieved. Its weapon systems inactive and its outer armour heavily damaged, the Dalek was sold at private auction and passed through several hands over the next fifty years. (TV: Dalek)

Kronos led his agents of the Cybock Imperium to Nevada, Earth, where they formed the Kronos Family. They spent the next year establishing themselves in the criminal underworld of Las Vegas. (COMIC: Gangland)

Aided by a group of human children, the Fugitive Doctor defeated Monstario the Devourer. (COMIC: Untitled)

Alternate timeline

In an alternate timeline in which Nazi Germany won World War II as a result of the Seventh Doctor and Ace accidentally leaving laser technology in Colditz Castle in October 1944, Elizabeth Klein was conducting research at the University of Cambridge during this year, when she was recruited by Major Jonas Faber to study and unlock the secrets of alien technology stored in a bunker in Berlin. (AUDIO: Klein's Story)

Births and deaths


On 11 January, Meredith Roberts was born. (TV: Reset)

On 4 October, Melanie Bush's younger sister Anabel was born. (PROSE: Spiral Scratch)


Martin Tuck was born. (AUDIO: Iterations of I)

Betty Callon died. (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow)

James was killed in an accident. (PROSE: Nightshade)

Benjamin Wainwright, the husband of the temporally displaced Kathy Nightingale, died at the age of 65. (TV: Blink)

Tom Wake's father died. (PROSE: The Hopes and Fears of All the Years)