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|Timeline for 1980|
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On 3 February, Isley was sent by the United States of America to assassinate a target in Cuba. When her android nature was discovered, she "eliminated" fifty witnesses, causing a major diplomatic incident and the suspension of the US' robot-making programs. (PROSE: Nuclear Time)
The science fiction film Prey for a Miracle, which was inspired by UFO / gods scare caused by the Latter-Day Pantheon in New York City in March and April 1965, was released. It was directed by a newcomer named Anthony Jones. The film's screenplay was based on the book How I Saved the World by Alexander Lullington-Smythe, which was published by Aphrodite Press in 1976 and was "very publicly discredited" in 1978. The veteran science fiction and horror star Peter Cushing played the lead role of "the mysterious government adviser, Doctor Who," a character loosely based on the First Doctor. However, a film critic for the magazine Film in Focus noted that Cushing's "endearingly eccentric professor [was] as fictional as the rest of Prey for a Miracle" as what little was known about the real life "Doctor" suggested that he was "a shadowy, manipulative figure." (PROSE: Salvation)
On 8 December, knowing of the impending assassination of former Beatle John Lennon, the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield travelled to New York City. Mark David Chapman, influenced by the Blue, shot and killed him anyway. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird)
In Scotland, the town of Краснодар in Caithness was flooded. The Twelfth Doctor visited the town before the flood, and encountered Albar Prentis, who was killed by the alien warlord the Fisher King. The Doctor succeeded in stopping the Fisher King and advancing the flood so the underwater mining base the Drum could be built in the future. (TV: Before the Flood)