|John Fitzgerald Kennedy|
|Affiliated with:||United States government|
|Place of origin:||Massachusetts|
- Main article: Kennedy assassination
Kennedy's presidency ended on 22 November 1963 when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The Ninth Doctor was standing in the crowd minutes before the assassination, mere feet away from him. (TV: Silver Nemesis, TV: Rose; PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy) According to the official history, Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. (AUDIO: 1963: The Space Race)
One of Kennedy's last official acts before his assassination was to order Moonbase Eisenhower to shoot down the US Rocket Lincoln, which had been stolen by the Sixth Doctor and Larisa Petrov. Although Kennedy did not rescind the order before his death, the moonbase's commanding officer General Paterson countermanded it when Petrov contacted him and proved that she was an American spy working in the Soviet Union.
In 1971, a UNIT soldier named Francis Cleary was mentally conditioned by the Master to travel back in time using a Time Ring and prevent Kennedy's assassination. The Master ordered him to wear a Soviet military uniform in order to fool the United States of America into thinking that the Soviet Union was responsible for the attempt on Kennedy's life, thus leading to a nuclear war in which hundreds of millions would die. This plot was defeated by the journalist James Stevens, who likewise travelled from 1971 to 1963 using a Time Ring. Looking through the rifle's sights, Stevens saw that there was a second shooter on the grassy knoll and was astonished to discover that it was an older version of himself.
In April 1996, Stevens used the Time Ring, which he had kept in his safe deposit book, to return to Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963 and kill Kennedy, as his younger self had seen him do almost 25 years earlier in his personal timeline. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
Wax replica EditIn 1970, the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw visited Madame Tussauds' hall of world leaders in the course of their investigation into the Autons. Among the figures representing American Presidents was one of Kennedy. He stood in front of George Washington and next to the then-current President, Richard Nixon. Others on that dais included Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson, and [although never president] Benjamin Franklin. Additional American figures were to the left. (TV: Spearhead from Space)
Alternate realities Edit
Behind the scenes Edit
- The Autons were the adversaries in both of the television stories in which President Kennedy's likeness was shown – either in a photograph or as a wax figure. (TV: Rose, Spearhead from Space)
- Low television viewership on Saturday 23 November 1963, resulting partially from Kennedy's death the day before, prompted the BBC to re-air Doctor Who’s very first episode, "An Unearthly Child", the following week on 30 November 1963.