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|Timeline for 1986|
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On 26 April, the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl in the Soviet Union went into meltdown. (COMIC: Black Destiny; AUDIO: Power Play) 40,000 people died of cancer as a result of the disaster. (PROSE: Iceberg)
In December, humans first detected the planet Mondas returning to the solar system. It apparently was in orbit between Mars and Venus. The manned atmospheric probe Zeus IV was destroyed by the planet's Cyberman inhabitants and they launched an attack on Earth, starting with the Snowcap base in Antarctica. They planned to use a Z-bomb located there to destroy Earth as one of the two worlds needed to be destroyed to save the other. When they failed, Mondas was destroyed instead. Present for these events was the First Doctor and while the Cybermen were defeated, the strain of the conflict led to his subsequent regeneration from his first incarnation into his second. (TV: The Tenth Planet)
Twenty years after they helped the First Doctor prevent the return of Mondas in the then-future year of 1986 in their personal timelines, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright — who had gone their separate ways in life following a brief relationship after their return to Earth on 20 July 1966 — reunited on New Year's Eve in 1986, which was by then their present. Ben believed that numerous governments may have covered up the return of Mondas and the Cybermen invasion of the Snowcap. (PROSE: Mondas Passing)companions of the Doctor were born in 1986: Rose Tyler, being roughly 19 years old at the start of her travels with the Ninth Doctor (TV: The Unquiet Dead, Dalek, Army of Ghosts) on 5 March 2005, (TV: Aliens of London) Martha Jones (PROSE: Wooden Heart) [disputed statement] and Clara Oswald, who was born on 23 November. (TV: Death in Heaven)