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the DWU • vital statistics
|Timeline for 1953|
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In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. The Tenth Doctor considered it a great year, citing Technicolor, the climbing of Mount Everest and all food finally coming off the ration as his favourite bits. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern) The Eighth Doctor had similar sentiments, and wished to rewatch the Queen's Christmas speech with his granddaughter Susan on the Time-Space Visualiser. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions)
On 1 June-2 June, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned at Westminster in London, an event which the Wire attempted to exploit by absorbing the identities of everyone watching the event on live television. The Tenth Doctor stopped and trapped her. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern) No one in the Welsh village of Llanfer Ceiriog had a television, so the townsfolk travelled by bus to Doctor Snape's house in Gwydyr to watch it on his set. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark)
On 25 December, Queen Elizabeth II made her second annual Christmas speech. While his granddaughter Susan Campbell and great-grandson Alex Campbell were celebrating Christmas in the TARDIS with him and Lucie Miller, the Eighth Doctor wanted to watch this particular Christmas speech using the Time-Space Visualiser. (AUDIO: Relative Dimensions) John Ellis bought a football annual for his son Alan Ellis for Christmas. However, he was unable to do so due to his disappearance the previous week. (TV: Out of Time)
Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, based on the witch trials at Salem Village, was written. The First Doctor, his granddaughter Susan Foreman, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright saw a production of the play in Bristol on 9 November 1954. (PROSE: The Witch Hunters)
The BBC science fiction television series Nightshade, starring Edmund Trevithick as the title character, was first broadcast. It ran for five years and was rebroadcast on BBC2 in December 1968. (PROSE: Nightshade, PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird)
A spacecraft carrying Rivesh Mantilax on a mission to rescue his wife, Seruba Velak, was shot down over Area 51 in the United States. He was rescued by a group of Native Americans led by Night Eagle and kept hidden from American authorities for the next five years. (TV: Dreamland)
In the FA Cup Final between Blackpool FC and Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool was down 3-1 when their player Stanley Matthews did three set-ups in the last 20 minutes, which allowed his team to score. Bill Perry scored the final goal of the match and Blackpool won 4-3. John Ellis charged his son Alan Ellis' friends a shilling each to watch the match on his new television. Alan enjoyed the match a great deal, punching the air when Perry scored the winning goal. He joked that Perry had wings on his feet, which was why he was called a winger. (TV: Out of Time)