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|Timeline for 1979|
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While the Fourth Doctor described 1979 as a "table wine year" at least in regards to Paris (TV: City of Death), his tenth incarnation later referred to it as "a hell of a year." The Tenth Doctor elaborated that China invaded Vietnam and The Muppet Movie, a film which he loved, was released. (TV: Tooth and Claw)
James Callaghan was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the beginning of this year. (AUDIO: The Oseidon Adventure) Later in the year, he was succeeded by Margaret Thatcher of the Conservative Party (TV: Tooth and Claw, AUDIO: Rat Trap), who held that office until at least 1987. (TV: Father's Day)
In August, the Monk came to Loch Ness with an abandoned spaceship full of Time Scoop technology. Although he eventually planned on using the scoop to depopulate Earth, the Monk instead meddled with history by bringing a Plesiosaurus to the Loch which led to a large number of Loch Ness Monster sightings. The Twelfth Doctor and Clive Finch came to the Loch to investigate the sightings and discovered the Monk's presence. The Doctor made the Monk forget about his scheme with a memory worm and returned the Plesiosaurus to the past. (PROSE: The Persistence of Memory)
On 21 November, Ian Dury and the Blockheads performed in concert at Sheffield, England. The Tenth Doctor attempted to take Rose Tyler to this concert. They instead ended up in Scotland in 1879. (TV: Tooth and Claw)
On 24 December, Clive Finch encountered the Twelfth Doctor in a London newsagents and followed him back to his TARDIS. As it was Christmas Eve, the Doctor gave Clive the gift of a journey in the TARDIS. (PROSE: The Persistence of Memory)
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and a team from the British division of UNIT travelled to Canada where they investigated sentient electricity pylons which were stalking the Canadian countryside. (AUDIO: The Oseidon Adventure)
At some point in this year, the Fourth Doctor and Romana II visited Paris, and Scaroth stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. After the Doctor defeated Scaroth and left Paris, (TV: City of Death) one of Scaroth's copies of the Mona Lisa was recovered and taken to the Leamington Spa Lifeboat Museum. (GAME: Security Bot)