|Timeline for 1984|
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- The Fifth Doctor defeated the Malus in Little Hodcombe. (TV: The Awakening)
- Peri Brown and Katherine Chambers graduated from high school in Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
- 8 May - The Soviet Union withdrew from the 1984 Olympic Games. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
- 9 May - Turlough returned to Trion, Peri Brown joined the Fifth Doctor on his travels and Kamelion was destroyed. (TV: Planet of Fire, AUDIO: The Reaping)
- Between 9 May and 28 September, Peri Brown's mother Janine and Howard Foster divorced. In spite of this, Janine kept her ex-husband's surname for the rest of her life. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
- The Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the Soviet Union, were held in Los Angeles. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
- 28 September - The Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown attended the funeral of Anthony Chambers in Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland. (AUDIO: The Reaping)
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- H.C. Clements was bought by the Torchwood Institute. (TV: The Runaway Bride)
- With the TARDIS caught inside a time corridor, the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Turlough arrived in London, where they encountered canisters of Movellan virus and duplicates of humans created by the Daleks. They travelled across the corridor to meet the Daleks and their creator Davros in the future. After witnessing a huge amount of bloodshed in the early days of the Dalek Civil War, Tegan departed from the TARDIS in this year. Commander Lytton escaped from the future alive with his two police guards. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)
- Lucie Miller's maternal aunt Patricia Ryder, whom she called "Auntie Pat," was killed by Zygons and replaced by her Zygon husband Trevor. (AUDIO: Grand Theft Cosmos)
- Martha Jones was born. (COMIC: The Forgotten) [disputed statement]
- Indira Gandhi was serving as the Prime Minister of India during this year. As she told the Egyptian Pharaoh Erimem, Peri Brown considered her to be an effective female leader in contrast to her British counterpart and contemporary Margaret Thatcher. Given that Erimem was from the 14th century BC, she had unsurprisingly never heard of either Gandhi or Thatcher. (AUDIO: The Eye of the Scorpion)
- In 1964, Ken Temple believed that it would be possible to evacuate 1% of the human population to Venus by this year if all of Earth's fossil fuels and natural resources were used to create an interplanetary fleet. (AUDIO: The Pelage Project)
- Albert Marsden retired. He and his wife Peggy subsequently bought a cottage in the north of England. (AUDIO: Protect and Survive)
Behind the scenes Edit
- 05 - TV: Warriors of the Deep Part 1 was first broadcast, launching Season 21 and marking the return of the Sea Devils and the Silurians, races not seen since the Jon Pertwee era.
- 06 - TV: Warriors of the Deep Part 2 was first broadcast.
- 12 - TV: Warriors of the Deep Part 3 was first broadcast.
- 12 - PROSE: Doctor Who - Mawdryn Undead was first published.
- 12 - The final studio recording session for TV: The Caves of Androzani was held, concluding Peter Davison's time as the Fifth Doctor.
- 13 - TV: Warriors of the Deep Part 4 was first broadcast.
- 19 - TV: The Awakening Part 1 was first broadcast. This was the final two-part Doctor Who story produced as two twenty-five-minute episodes.
- 20 - TV: The Awakening Part 2 was first broadcast.
- 26 - TV: Frontios Part 1 was first broadcast.
- 27 - TV: Frontios Part 2 was first broadcast.
- 27 - Director Douglas Camfield died.
- Doctor Who Monthly changed its title to Doctor Who Magazine.
- 02 - TV: Frontios Part 3 was first broadcast.
- 03 - TV: Frontios Part 4 was first broadcast.
- 07 - Production commenced on TV: The Twin Dilemma, the first story of the Colin Baker era.
- 08 - TV: Resurrection of the Daleks Part 1 was first broadcast. Due to a scheduling issue relating to the 1984 Winter Olympics, it was re-edited into two fifty-minute episodes rather than the usual four twenty-five-minute episodes. These were the first "double-length" episodes; the format was adopted permanently in the next season.
- 15 - TV: Resurrection of the Daleks Part 2 was first broadcast. Janet Fielding left the series with this episode.
- 23 - TV: Planet of Fire Part 1 was first broadcast. Nicola Bryant debuted as new companion Peri Brown.
- 24 - TV: Planet of Fire Part 2 was first broadcast.
- 01 - TV: Planet of Fire Part 3 was first broadcast.
- 02 - TV: Planet of Fire Part 4 was first broadcast. Kamelion was destroyed and Mark Strickson left the series.
- 08 - TV: The Caves of Androzani Part 1 was first broadcast.
- 09 - TV: The Caves of Androzani Part 2 was first broadcast.
- 15 - TV: The Caves of Androzani Part 3 was first broadcast.
- 15 - PROSE: Doctor Who - Kinda was first published. This was the last fully photographic Peter Davison cover.
- 16 - TV: The Caves of Androzani Part 4 was first broadcast, ending in Peter Davison's regeneration into Colin Baker.
- 17 - Actor John Dearth died.
- 22 - TV: The Twin Dilemma Part 1 was first broadcast, launching the Colin Baker era. A slight modification was made to the series logo, adding a prism effect (which created the effect of it being curved); the logo used for merchandising, however, remained as per the version introduced in 1980. This was the first time since the switchover from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton that a regeneration occurred before the end of a season, allowing the new Doctor to finish the year.
- 23 - TV: The Twin Dilemma Part 2 was first broadcast.
- 27 - Actor Derek Francis died from a heart attack in Wimbledon.
- 29 - TV: The Twin Dilemma Part 3 was first broadcast.
- 30 - TV: The Twin Dilemma Part 4 was first broadcast, concluding Season 21. This was the last half-hour episode until 1986 as Season 22 moved to a new format of forty-five-minute episodes. The 1984 season also marked the end of the show's twenty-four-episode long seasons. Beginning in 1985 the number of episodes was reduced to thirteen, later fourteen. A similar episode count persisted when the series returned in 2005.
- 2 - Actor Frank Crawshaw died.
- 3 - Actress Chrissie Marie Fit was born.
- 13 - Actor Richard Hurndall died.
- 15 - Magician and comic Tommy Cooper, at one point a contender to play the Doctor, suffered a heart attack during a live TV performance and died backstage.
- 22 - Actress Michelle Ryan was born.
- 26 - Composer Barry Gray died.
- 03 - PROSE: Doctor Who - Snakedance was first published. With this release, Target Books returned to non-photographic covers, although for this and the next Fifth Doctor novelisation, a modified series logo incorporating a photograph of Peter Davison was utilised.
- 15 - Tom Baker guest-starred in the American TV series, Remington Steele, in the part "Hounded Steele".
- 24 - PROSE: Doctor Who - Enlightenment was first published, a rare occasion when more than one novelisation was published at different times in a calendar month. It was the second and last use of the modified logo-and-photo branding for a Fifth Doctor novelisation and the final use of a photographic element on a Doctor Who fiction book until the 1988 novelisation of PROSE: Time and the Rani. As Target was not allowed to feature artistic renderings of Peter Davison at the time, this was the last appearance of an image of the Fifth Doctor on a new novelisation, although Target was finally allowed to feature drawings of Davison when it issued new editions of many of its novelisations in the early 1990s. Target chose not to include images of the Sixth Doctor on initial releases of any of that era's novelisations; as a result, no image of a current Doctor appeared on the cover of a newly issued Target novelisation until PROSE: Paradise Towers in December 1988.
- 14 - BBC Broadcasting Research issued a Viewing Panel Report gauging response to Season 21 of Doctor Who, which had included the changeover from Fifth Doctor Peter Davison to Sixth Doctor Colin Baker. The season received an Appreciation Index of 57, while newcomer Baker received a "rather cool reception" from viewers.
- 11 - Actor Hugh Morton died.
- 12 - Actress Florence Hoath was born.
- 19 - PROSE: Doctor Who - The Dominators was first published. It was the first non-Fifth Doctor novelisation in two years.
- The Doctor Who Annual 1985 was published.
- 16 - PROSE: Doctor Who - Warriors of the Deep was first published. It was the first fully-artistic Fifth Doctor novelisation cover and the first to use the new white-outline version of the Target Books logo.
- 11 - Actor Troy Glasgow was born.
- 20 - PROSE: Doctor Who - The Aztecs was first published. It was the last book to use the colour version of the Target Books logo.
- 20 - REF: Doctor Who: The Key to Time was first published.
- 26 - Actress Chandra Ruegg was born.
- 10 - Actress Joan Young died.
- 10 - Actor Alan Lake committed suicide.
- 18 - PROSE: Doctor Who - Inferno was first published.
- REF: The Doctor Who Pattern Book was first published.
- Marvel Comics in the United States launched the monthly comic book Doctor Who. It carried colourised reprints of comic strips and other features from Doctor Who Magazine. Initially, Fourth Doctor material was featured. Fifth Doctor material followed the next year.
- 7 - Actor Hayden Jones died.
- 15 - PROSE: Doctor Who - The Highlanders was first published.
- 15 - REF: Doctor Who: Brain Teasers and Mind Benders was first published by Target Books, written by sixteen-year-old fan Adrian Heath.
- 20 - Actor Peter Welch died in Hammersmith, England.
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