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|Timeline for 1963|
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In 1963, the First Doctor and his granddaughter Susan went to Earth and stayed for five months, (TV: "An Unearthly Child", COMIC: Operation Proteus) although other sources say six months (PROSE: Matrix), nine months (PROSE: The Rag & Bone Man's Story) or thirteen months. (PROSE: Time and Relative)
The Eleventh Doctor told Amy Pond that London was the coolest place in the universe in 1963 due to the Beatles, Sean Connery as James Bond, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Mary Quant, John Steed and Cathy Gale. (GAME: City of the Daleks)
January - June
In late March, the TARDIS materialised in the junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane, owned by I.M. Foreman, in the Shoreditch area of London, disguised incongruously as a police box. While the First Doctor attempted repairs and worked out a plan for safely disposing of the Hand of Omega on Earth, his granddaughter Susan Foreman registered at the nearby Coal Hill School against his wishes. Britain, meanwhile, was in the grip of an unusual cold wave. (PROSE: Time and Relative)
In May, using the pseudonym "John Rutherford," the Seventh Doctor was elected as an independent member of Parliament on a platform of nuclear disarmament. He retained his seat until the next general election in October 1964. (AUDIO: 1963: The Assassination Games)
July - October
In the summer, the Eighth Doctor and Samantha Jones visited London. They met Fitz Kreiner and discovered that Charles Roley had amassed a group of individuals who were all descended from the test subjects of the Benelisan robot Azoth. The Doctor defeated Azoth, but was too late to save the descendants. He was forced to kill all of them, including Fitz's mother Muriel Kreiner. On the run from the police and without any living family, Fitz decided to leave London and travel with the Doctor and Sam. (PROSE: The Taint)
On 22 October, whilst at a bar, Susan witnessed a human mutate into an alien. She and the Doctor followed a trail that led to Raldonn, an alien trying to mutate humans to use as pilots for his spacecraft. (COMIC: Operation Proteus) Susan was abducted by the Threshold. (COMIC: Ground Zero, COMIC: Operation Proteus)
The Imperial Daleks came to Earth in order obtain the Hand of Omega. Davros ordered that the First Doctor be exterminated. While the First Doctor was contemplating where to put the Hand, a Dalek tried to shoot him. The Seventh Doctor interfered and used his umbrella to make the First Doctor trip and evade the beam. He then pushed the Dalek into a bus. (COMIC: Time & Time Again)
On 22 November, the Kennedy assassination took place, witnessed by the Ninth Doctor. (TV: Rose) According to one account, the assassination was created by the Renegade Time Lord Berenyi, who engineered Lee Harvey Oswald's personal history so that he would kill the president. Berenyi was with Oswald when he shot Kennedy. (PROSE: Untitled (DWM 171)) According to another account, Oswald was incorrectly arrested as the culprit and the true assassin was James Stevens.
The Master attempted to use Francis Cleary - a brainwashed UNIT soldier from 1971 - to prevent the assassination to change history, but was prevented from doing so by James Stevens, who witnessed his future self carry out the murder. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
Also on that day, (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy) Sarah Jane Smith went to London with her aunt Lavinia Smith. While in Shoreditch, Sarah wandered away from her aunt and into Totter's Yard, where she found the First Doctor's TARDIS, but dismissed it as just a police box. (PROSE: Playtime)
Just after Sarah left, Coal Hill School teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright followed Susan Foreman home from the school. They discovered the Doctor's TARDIS in 76 Totter's Lane. Fearing the consequences, the First Doctor abducted them. (TV: "An Unearthly Child") The Doctor retained his library card from Shoreditch Library, which was due to expire this month, though he never bothered to renew it. (TV: The Vampires of Venice)
After 22 November, the Spacefleet fighter Tisiphone, which had fallen into a temporal rift in 2547 during a battle with Daleks, exited the temporal rift near Earth space. Its crew escaped to England. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad)
On 23 November, the Fourth Doctor and K9 Mark II returned to Totter's Lane to retrieve a Heshrax insect which he had been tracking the day that he left. While there, they met Debbie, Susan's best friend from Coal Hill School. Debbie, who turned fifteen that day, was concerned about Susan's sudden disappearance as she knew that Susan would never miss her birthday. She had met the First Doctor on one occasion but the Fourth Doctor did not recall seeing her before. He also did not remember Susan ever mentioning Debbie but admitted that he was not always the best listener. He told Debbie that Susan decided to stay on 22nd century Earth but then amended this by adding that he chose for her, expressing the hope that this decision was for the best. Debbie was thankful that she met the Doctor as, while she knew that she would never see Susan again, she could at least live her life safe in the knowledge that she was safe in the future rather than spend it wondering what happened to Susan and fearing the worst. (PROSE: Those Left Behind)
Jorjie Turner was sent from 2050 to 23 November 1963. She was retrieved by K9 Mark 2 and Starkey; together they saved William Pike from being arrested by Barker, preventing Darius Pike from being erased from history. (TV: The Cambridge Spy)
Also on 23 November, a creature called the Shroud attached itself to Earth soon after the assassination of the president and fed off people's grief all around the world. The Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald stopped the alien before it could take over the planet, and the whole event was written off as a chemical attack. (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow)
Also that day, after defeating the Master in an alternate timeline, the First Doctor visited Bob Dovie with Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright, and Susan Foreman. Later, Dovie was visited by the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, and Zoe Heriot. Dovie was then visited by the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, the Fourth Doctor and Leela, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown, and the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Dovie grew increasingly annoyed with each encounter and was very angry when he was visited by the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)
From 29 to 30 November, the Doctor returned to Shoreditch in his seventh incarnation to finish incomplete business and collect the Hand of Omega and aid the Intrusion Countermeasures Group, the British Army's predecessor to UNIT. ICMG set up the evacuation of civilians from a three-mile radius of a fight between Renegade and Imperial Dalek factions over the Hand, an event which saw activity in 76 Totter's Lane and Coal Hill School. Humans in the know later called this event the Shoreditch Incident. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
Eighteen minutes before the Seventh Doctor and Ace arrived in Shoreditch, their future selves visited Totters Lane and found that the name on the gate had changed to "I M Forman." Ace confirmed that this was how it was spelled the last time they were here, alerting the Doctor that temporal disruptions were affecting history. (PROSE: The Algebra of Ice)
Sometime before Kennedy's assassination, the Cybock Imperium stole the Time-Gun of Rassilon from a Judoon containment facility on Janizzar. They came to Earth and landed in the Nevada Desert. They spent the next year establishing themselves in the criminal underworld of Las Vegas. (COMIC: Gangland)
On 25 July, while on a fishing trip to an island to the Pacific Ocean, the Fifth Doctor discovered that the TARDIS had materialised in an alternative timeline in which World War II had never ended. After being held at gunpoint by an American fighter pilot native to this timeline named Angus "Gus" Goodman, the Doctor offered him the chance to get off the island, which was Japanese territory. Goodman accepted the Doctor's offer and became a short-lived companion. (COMIC: Lunar Lagoon, COMIC: 4-Dimensional Vistas) However, he was killed by the Moderator, a hitman in the employ of Josiah W. Dogbolter, before he could be returned to the United States of America in his timeline. (COMIC: The Moderator)
When the Cybermen allied with Rassilon to take over history, they attacked the First Doctor on the day that he was supposed to leave Earth with Susan, Ian, and Barbara. (COMIC: Prologue: the First Doctor)
Behind the scenes
According to a sighting report sent to Whoisdoctorwho.co.uk by a "Mrs Smith", the First Doctor and Susan went to a cinema on Totter's Lane and watched a movie on the fall of Rome. During the film, the Doctor repeatedly commented that it was inaccurate and Smith, who was working as an usherette at the time, kicked him out for disturbing the rest of the cinema-goers.