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London

London
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Type: Capital city
Location: England
Natives: Londoners
First seen in: An Unearthly Child
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For the title, see Lord London. For the refreshed London after the 22nd century Dalek invasion, see New London.

London, sometimes known as London Town and formerly known as Londinium (TV: The Romans, The Wedding of River Song), was the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. It was a prominent city on Earth and was invaded by aliens many times. With the help of the Doctor, the invasions were repelled. Organisations such as UNIT, Torchwood One, MI5, MI6 and the Department also assisted in the defence of the city.

Government edit

As the capital, London was the home to the monarch, who resided at Buckingham Palace. (TV: Voyage of the Damned) The British government was based in London and met in the Houses of Parliament. (TV: Aliens of London) The city would eventually be absorbed into Central City, of which the whole of southern England was a part. In the 40th century, this was the capital of Earth. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)

History edit

1st century edit

The name London came from the Latin name Londinium. The city was founded by the Roman Empire during their rule over the island, which they conquered in 43. During Boudica's revolt against the occupying Roman forces in 60, she burnt the Roman capital Camolundunum before her army marched to Londinium and slaughtered almost everyone in the city including the old, the weak and the infirm. (AUDIO: The Wrath of the Iceni)

Barbara Wright's casual mention of coming from Londinium during a visit to Rome in the year 64 led to her and Ian Chesterton being abducted and sold into slavery, as the recently conquered Britons were not then Roman citizens. (TV: The Romans)

10th century edit

In 996, the Eleventh Doctor accidentally took Amy Pond and Rory Williams to Wemba's Lea in London, having intended to bring them to a football match at Wembley Stadium in 1996. (COMIC: They Think It's All Over)

14th century edit

During the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer was in London at the time of Wat Tyler's rebellion. (AUDIO: The Doctor's Tale)

In 1397, Richard Whittington became the Lord Mayor of London for the first of three times. (AUDIO: Oh No It Isn't!)

15th century edit

In 1420, Whittington left office as Lord Mayor of London for the third and final time. (AUDIO: Oh No It Isn't!)

In April 1483, the Fifth Doctor, Peri Brown and Erimem met Richard III, who had recently begun his reign as King of England. The Doctor skipped ahead to 1485, leaving Peri and Erimem to live through the next two years in England to catch up to him. They took up employment as serving wenches at a pub called "The Kingmaker". (AUDIO: The Kingmaker)

16th century edit

At some point in this century, Hexagoran scouts visited London, and centuries later would recreate it on Luparis as Lupara. (AUDIO: Hexagora)

On 4 May 1536, the Sixth Doctor and Peri met King Henry VIII in London. (AUDIO: Recorded Time)

In December 1539, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa also met Henry VIII in London. (PROSE: God Send Me Well to Keep)

On 19 July 1553, Rani Chandra met Lady Grey on her ninth and final day in power. Matilda attempted to assassinate Jane, but Rani averted the murder. Nevertheless, Mary I wrested power from Jane the next day, returning the country to official Catholicism. (TV: Lost in Time) The First Doctor also met Lady Jane during her reign. (PROSE: The Nine-Day Queen)

In January 1555, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe visited London. (AUDIO: The Marian Conspiracy)

In 1561, the Eleventh Doctor and River Song encountered a group of Silence in London while travelling through rogue time corridors created by an Eternity Clock. The Silence had obtained a fragment of the Eternity Clock and were trying to use it in their experiments. After visiting several different points in London's timeline, the Doctor and River stole a time capsule from the Silence and used it to batter through a Dalek stronghold in 2106. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

In 1588, the Fourth Doctor and Leela encountered the Vituperon in London. (AUDIO: The Devil's Armada) The Eleventh Doctor and Rory Williams briefly visited the city in the same year. (COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse)

In 1590, the Sixth Doctor and Peri met Christopher Marlowe in London. (AUDIO: Point of Entry)

In 1597, the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem saw a performance of Richard III in London while the Doctor met its author William Shakespeare. (AUDIO: The Kingmaker)

In 1599, the Tenth Doctor took Martha Jones to the Globe Theatre in London to meet Shakespeare. While there, the Carrionites attempted to release their brethren but were stopped by Shakespeare himself. The Doctor also met Queen Elizabeth I for what appeared to be the first time from his perspective. Elizabeth, however, recognised the Doctor and ordered him killed. He and Martha escaped in the TARDIS. (TV: The Shakespeare Code)

17th century edit

In 1603, William Lethbridge-Stewart travelled to London with James VI of Scotland in preparation for the latter's coronation as James I of the United Kingdom. Their arrival at London was triumphant, marked by what the Eighth Doctor called "a glorious parade, a magnificent spectacle." (PROSE: The Dying Days)

On 29 June 1613, Francis Pearson set fire to the Globe Theatre in London on opening night for William Shakespeare's last play, Henry VIII. Pearson was later attacked and consumed by the Mimic, becoming the being later known as Persona. (PROSE: Managra)

In 1628, a plague ravaged London. (PROSE: The Roundheads)

In 1665, the first cases of what would become known as the Great Plague of London appeared on the city's outskirts. The disease became more widespread and fatal the following year, after a deadlier strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis was engineered by a group of escaped Terileptil criminals.

In September 1666, the Great Fire of London started on Pudding Lane after the Fifth Doctor had an encounter with a group of escaped Terileptil criminals. The fire destroyed much of London but there were few deaths and it cleansed the city of the Bubonic plague. (TV: The Visitation) The First and Fourth Doctors also visited the city at the time. The latter was blamed for causing the fire. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Invasion from Space, The Republican's Story; TV: Pyramids of Mars)

18th century edit

On 8 March 1702, the Fifth Doctor and Turlough fought Carthok of Daodalus in London. (AUDIO: Phantasmagoria)

In 1720, the Sixth Doctor and Peri visited London. (PROSE: Time Wake)

In 1733, Gralstead House was built in Highgate, London by Professor Cedric Scrivener and Sir Edward Scrivener's great-great-grandfather Sir Joseph Scrivener. (AUDIO: The Ghosts of Gralstead)

In September 1752, the Eleven-Day Empire was founded. It had its capital in a version of London. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

In June 1780, Lord James Gordon led a group of followers into the British House of Commons and held the leading politicians of the country hostage. For a week, the so-called Gordon Riots tore through London. Entire neighbourhoods were burnt down and every prison was razed. Innocent bystanders were hacked to bits and criminals ran rampant. Scarlette was present when Newgate Prison was burnt to the ground on the 6 June. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

19th century edit

1810s edit

In February 1814, the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Vicki Pallister visited London during the last of the great frost fairs and witnessed the River Thames in its frozen state. On that occasion, they met the novelist Jane Austen. (AUDIO: Frostfire)

An incarnation of the Doctor took River Song to the same frost fair on her birthday. Stevie Wonder performed for them. Because of his blindness, he did not realise that he had travelled through time. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

On 17 October 1814, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory visited London. Amy left the Doctor and Rory in a pub so that they could bond while she went sightseeing. Instead they decided to use the TARDIS to skip ahead a few hours, while Amy encountered an agent of the Silence and became caught in the London Beer Flood. (COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse)

1820s edit

In 1828, London Zoo was opened. (AUDIO: The Eye of the Jungle)

1840s edit

In 1840, Spring-heeled Jack attacked a number of women in London while searching for Morjanus. The Eighth Doctor assisted Jack in defeating Morjanus and the Pyrodines. Jack opted to stay in the city and take on the role of its "guardian demon". (COMIC: The Curious Tale of Spring-Heeled Jack)

By 18 December 1845, it was common gossip that Charles Dickens had stolen the character of Mr Pickwick for his book, The Pickwick Papers, from his artist, Seymour. While in London on this date, Dickens found that even "tramps" had heard the tale. The Seventh Doctor, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej also visited London on this date. (PROSE: The Death of Art)

1850s edit

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was held in London in 1851. It was based in a purpose-built venue called the Crystal Palace. The Fifth Doctor wanted to take Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka to the Exhibition as "a treat" in the wake of Adric's death, but instead ended up on the tarmac of Heathrow Airport in 1982. (TV: Time-Flight) The Eighth Doctor took his companions Charley Pollard and C'rizz to the Great Exhibition, shortly after their departure from the Divergent Universe. While there, Charley met and befriended the elderly Duke of Wellington. (AUDIO: Other Lives) The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory also visited the Great Exhibition in 1851 and fought the Hypothetical Gentleman. (COMIC: Hypothetical Gentleman)

On 12 September 1851, the Seventh Doctor arrived in London and stopped the Klathi from destroying the city. (COMIC: Claws of the Klathi)

On 24 December of the same year, the Cybermen of a parallel universe used children to build a towering CyberKing, which attacked the city. The Tenth Doctor, using Jackson Lake's Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style, defeated the CyberKing. (TV: The Next Doctor)

In 1854, the Seventh Doctor met Sir Michael Faraday in London. (AUDIO: The Four Doctors)

1860s edit

In October 1860 and April 1861, the Fourth Doctor and Leela fought Mordrega in London. (AUDIO: The Ghosts of Gralstead)

In December 1861, the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith visited Covent Garden in London. (PROSE: The Lampblack Wars)

In 1863, the Third Doctor visited London. (COMIC: Backtime)

From November 1866 to November 1867, the Fifth Doctor lived in 107 Baker Street in London. (AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster)

In March 1868, Iris Wildthyme visited London. (AUDIO: The Boy That Time Forgot)

1870s edit

In 1873, the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield fought the Quack in London. (PROSE: Strange England)

1880s edit

In 1880, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka visited London. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)

In 1885, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory visited London. (COMIC: Reality Cheque)

In 1888, the serial murderer known as Jack the Ripper operated in the East End of the city. Officially, the authorities never identified or apprehended him. (PROSE: Matrix; COMIC: Ripper's Curse)

In the same year, Iris Wildthyme and Panda visited London. (PROSE: The Shape of Things)

In 1889, the Tong of the Black Scorpion and Li H'sen Chang carried out a series of abductions at the behest of the 51st century war criminal Magnus Greel that centred around London. Greel owned the House of the Dragon, a building in London from which he operated. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

The Tenth Doctor arrived at this time, met again with his friend H. G. Wells and ran afoul of the Torchwood Institute. (COMIC: The Time Machination) Only minutes later, his fourth incarnation and his companion Leela arrived in the city in the TARDIS. (COMIC: The Time Machination; TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

The amateur detectives Henry Gordon Jago and his associate Professor Litefoot foiled Greel's plans. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

Also in 1889, some time after her Silurian sisters were killed by workers on the London Underground, Madame Vastra had killed and eaten the perpetrator of the Ripper murders. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

On 24 December 1889, the Seventh and Ace fought the Kyrian in London. (PROSE: Instead of You)

1890s edit

In the 1890s, Jago and Litefoot had many adventures pursuing a career as detectives of the inexplicable and uncanny. (AUDIO: Jago and Litefoot)

In the 1890s, the Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald and the Paternoster Gang fought Orestes Milton in London. (PROSE: Silhouette)

By this time, London was the most populous city on Earth. (AUDIO: Jago & Litefoot & Patsy)

In 1890, Jago and Litefoot descended into the London sewers to kill the rest of Magnus Greel's remaining giant rats with a Gatling gun and on the way there, failed to recognise the Fifth Doctor, who had regenerated since their first encounter with him. (PROSE: A Victorian Interlude)

In 1892, the Eleventh Doctor and River Song visited London. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

In December 1892, the Eleventh Doctor, Clara and the Paternoster Gang fought the Great Intelligence in London. (TV: The Snowmen)

In 1893, Bernice Summerfield met Mycroft Holmes in London. (AUDIO: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel)

In November 1896, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan visited London. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)

In May 1897, the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler met Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker in London. (COMIC: Bat Attack!)

In 1899, the Fourth Doctor and Romana encountered Jago, Litefoot and the Pugilist and fought Harvey Marsh in London. (AUDIO: The Justice of Jalxar)

20th century edit

1900s edit

In 1900, the First Doctor and Susan Foreman fought the Soul People in London. (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor)

In July 1900, the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Vicki Pallister fought the time fungus in 10 Downing Street in London. (AUDIO: Upstairs)

In 1903, Mnemosyne's master was killed by the people of London. Mnemosyne hid in the London Underground until 2009. (COMIC: Ghosts of the Northern Line)

In the same year, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn visited London. (AUDIO: Jubilee)

On 25 June 1906, Edward Grainger was born. (PROSE: Prologue)

In 1909, Bernice Summerfield was temporarily separated from the Seventh Doctor and Ace in London, where she met Muldwych. (PROSE: Birthright) In the same year, Margaret Waterfield was murdered by thugs in the service of Jared Khan. (PROSE: Prelude Birthright)

1910s edit

In 1910, the Fourth Doctor visited London. (PROSE: In Case of Emergencies) The same was true of the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. (PROSE: Paradox Lost)

In December 1911, the Third Doctor met Edward Grainger. (PROSE: Echoes)

In 1912, the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki fought the Suffering in London. (AUDIO: The Suffering)

In November 1918, the Eighth Doctor and Molly O'Sullivan fought the Viyrans in London. (AUDIO: The White Room)

1920s edit

In October 1924, the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler fought Shade Vassily. (PROSE: The Clockwise Man)

In 1929, the Fourth Doctor and Romana I visited London. (AUDIO: The Auntie Matter)

1930s edit

On 4 October 1930, the airship R101 left London, bound for British India. Aboard were two stowaways: the Eighth Doctor and Charlotte Pollard. (AUDIO: Storm Warning)

On 24 October 1930, the Fourth Doctor fought Kappa 12 in London. (PROSE: The Northern Lights)

In 1930, the Fourth Doctor and Romana II visited London. (PROSE: The English Way of Death)

In 1933, the Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot met the gentleman thief Lucas Seyton. (PROSE: Fallen Angel)

On 25 December 1935, the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush visited London. (PROSE: 24 Crawford Street)

In 1935, the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard visited London. (AUDIO: Enemy Aliens)

On 25 April 1936, the Fifth Doctor and Peri attended the FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Sheffield United in Wembley Stadium in London. (PROSE: The Church of Football)

In November 1936, Charley Pollard was briefly reunited with her parents Lord Richard and Lady Louisa Pollard in London before being recaptured by the Viyrans and returned to the Ever-and-Ever Prolixity in the far future. (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard)

In 1936, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory fought Kriemhilde Steiner in London. (COMIC: The Eagle of the Reich)

In 1937, the Fourth Doctor and Romana I visited London. (PROSE: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang)

On 12 October 1938, the Eighth Doctor visited a Euston Road bookshop in London. (PROSE: Time Zero)

1940s edit

In 1940 and 1941, the Blitz saw London bombed nearly every night. The Empty Child plague occurred during this time. (TV: The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances, The Lazarus Experiment, Victory of the Daleks)

At 8:47 p.m. on 12 October 1940, the New Regency Theatre, which had been owned and operated by the late Henry Gordon Jago during the 1890s, was destroyed in the Blitz, as was the hotel next to it. (AUDIO: Swan Song)

On 17 October 1940, the Eleventh Doctor and Rory Williams visited London during the Blitz, where they saved Ian Fleming from a bomb and became the inspiration for James Bond. (COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse)

In November 1940, the Seventh Doctor and Ace fought the Cybermen in London. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

In 1941, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy were summoned to the Cabinet War Rooms in London by Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The Doctor discovered Daleks working for Churchill. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

On 8 May 1945, the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany in World War II was marked by VE Day. A major celebration took place in Trafalgar Square in London. (PROSE: Magic of the Angels) The Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex were present in London for the celebrations. (AUDIO: Casualties of War)

In 1948, the Olympic Games were held in London. They were not hosted there again until 2012. The Doctor enjoyed it so much that he went to it twice. (TV: Fear Her)

1950s edit

In 1950, Stephanie and James Wilton found Mr Rees' skeleton and music box, in which he placed his mind, at the bottom of his well in London. (AUDIO: The Reesinger Process)

In 1951, Honoré Lechasseur visited London. (PROSE: The Albino's Dancer)

From May until at least August 1951, the Festival of Britain was held in London. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus; TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith) In May, the Seventh Doctor and Ace visited the Festival after defeating the Timewyrm. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus) On the same day, the Eighth Doctor visited the Festival and saw his younger self and his former companion. However, as he was suffering from amnesia at the time, he failed to recognise them. (PROSE: Endgame)

In an alternate timeline in which Germany won World War II, the Festival of Britain was a celebration of ten years of Nazi victory. The Seventh Doctor and Ace visited this version of the Festival, where they realised that history had been altered, and went to work preventing this timeline. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

In 1951, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble fought Enda Wiberforce in London. (COMIC: The Lavender Hill Blob)

On 7 December 1952, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn visited London. (AUDIO: The Nowhere Place)

In 1953, Londoners with televisions supplied by Mr Magpie had their faces stolen by the Wire, which used television transmissions to spread. It attempted to transmit itself to the whole country of Britain using the BBC's Alexandra Palace transmitter. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern)

In 1954, Barbara Wright was a student teacher in Cricklewood in London, living in a rented room. (PROSE: The Witch Hunters)

In 1959, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory visited London. (COMIC: The Upper Deck)

1960s edit

In 1960, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant marched from Aldermaston to London. (PROSE: Come Friendly Bombs...)

In March 1963, the TARDIS materialised in the junkyard at 76 Totter's Lane, owned by I.M. Foreman, in the Shoreditch area of London, disguised incongruously as a police box. While the First Doctor attempted repairs and worked out a plan for safely disposing of the Hand of Omega on Earth, his granddaughter Susan Foreman registered at the nearby Coal Hill School against his wishes. Britain, meanwhile, was in the grip of an unusual cold wave. (PROSE: Time and Relative)

In an alternate timeline on 31 October 1963, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa visited London and saw the Common Men arrive back in the United Kingdom. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

In November 1963, the Shoreditch Incident saw Daleks fighting with one another in London. The Imperial Dalek faction eventually defeated the Renegade Daleks. The Seventh Doctor used the Hand of Omega to overload the Imperial Dalek mothership after it recoiled from Skaro's destruction. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)

On 23 November 1963, the Fourth Doctor and K9 Mark II returned to Totter's Lane to retrieve a Heshrax insect which he had been tracking the day that he left. While there, they met Debbie, Susan's best friend from Coal Hill School. (PROSE: Those Left Behind)

In 1963, the Seventh Doctor again visited London and met his first incarnation. (PROSE: Echoes of Future Past)

The Eleventh Doctor told Amy that London was the coolest place in the universe in 1963 due to the Beatles, Sean Connery as James Bond, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Mary Quant, John Steed and Cathy Gale. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

In January 1964, the Eleventh Doctor visited Parliament Hill in London. (COMIC: The Door to a Winter Long Ago)

In October 1964, an aeroplane which left New York City with a crew of eleven and hundreds of passengers landed in London with no one aboard, not even the pilot. The matter was investigated by Professor Rachel Jensen of the Intrusion Countermeasures Group. (AUDIO: State of Emergency)

In 1965, the First Doctor's TARDIS materialised in Wimbledon Common, London so Steven Taylor could go on with his own life. He came across Dodo Chaplet, who said she had witnessed a road accident. (TV: The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve)

On 26 June 1965, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright arrived back in London aboard the Dalek time machine, which they set to self-destruct soon after. Boarding a bus, they contemplated how they would pick up their previous, "normal" lives again, having arrived two years after joining the First Doctor on his travels. (TV: The Chase) The Doctor gave them an envelope of British notes and coins which included a twenty pence coin from 1982. (PROSE: The Time Travellers)

On 20 July 1966, WOTAN, located at the top of the Post Office Tower, attempted a takeover of Earth with mind control and its robots, the War Machines. The War Machines were based in a London warehouse where hypnotised workers assembled them. The First Doctor was able to defeat WOTAN and hence, the War Machines. (TV: The War Machines)

On 24 December 1966, the Eighth Doctor had a conference with the Home Secretary Sir Clive Reeves in Whitehall, London. (PROSE: For the Man Who Has Everything)

In 1967, the Tenth Doctor, Heather McCrimmon and Wolfgang Ryter fought the Va in London. (COMIC: Shadow of the Vaipid)

On 21 February 1968, the Sixth Doctor left Jago and Litefoot in the Red Tavern in London, mistakenly believing that it was the 1890s. (AUDIO: Voyage to the New World)

In 1968, the London police announced that they would be scrapping all police boxes. (PROSE: The Nameless City)

On 30 January 1969, the Beatles performed an impromptu concert on the roof of the Apple Records building on Abbey Road in London. Ace prevented the killing of John Lennon during this concert. Huitzilin had hoped to feed upon the psychic energy released by the violence. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird) The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones attempted to witness the concert but ended up in 1669 instead. (COMIC: Black Death White Life)

On 18 May 1969, the Eighth Doctor, Sam Jones and Fitz Kreiner visited Wembley Stadium in London. (PROSE: Revolution Man)

In 1969, the Second Doctor and Victoria Waterfield encounter a robot in the form of the latter's father Edward Waterfield. (PROSE: Father Figure)

Also in 1969, the Second Doctor, John and Gillian fought the Zagbors in London. (COMIC: The Zombies)

In the same year, the Second Doctor, shortly before his regeneration, fought animated scarecrows. (COMIC: The Night Walkers)

Late 20th century edit

Under the control of the Great Intelligence, Robot Yeti invaded London. The city was evacuated and the London Underground saw pitched battles between UNIT and the Yeti. With the Second Doctor's help, the attack was repelled. (TV: The Web of Fear)

Following this, London was invaded by Cybermen with the assistance of Tobias Vaughn. (TV: The Invasion) After their defeat, some Cybermen still survived in the London sewers and carried out occasional cyber-conversions until 1985. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen, Dalek)

A Silurian virus began to spread throughout the city after a group unrelated to Vastra were awoken in a cave system. UNIT managed to contain and cure the outbreak with help from the Third Doctor. (TV: Doctor Who and the Silurians)

London was evacuated as a result of Operation Golden Age. (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs)

The exact timeframe of the events between the Yeti attack and Operation Golden Age is up for interpretation, though they're estimated to have begun some time after the mid-1960s. See the UNIT dating controversy page for more details.

1970s edit

In 1970, Christine Summerfield and Chris Cwej visited London. (PROSE: Dead Romance)

In February 1971, the Seventh Doctor met the one-year-old Ace and her mother Audrey Dudman in East Acton in London. (PROSE: Ace of Hearts)

In an alternate timeline in 1972, the Eighth Doctor encountered the Daleks in the Ides Scientific Institute. (AUDIO: Fugitives)

In 1972, Iris Wildthyme and Panda visited London. (AUDIO: The Land of Wonder)

In 1973, the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart fought Ramoraxian Prime and the [[Ramoraxian]s in London. (COMIC: POT 3)

In the same year, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant fought the Master in London. (PROSE: The Spear of Destiny)

In 1974, the Tenth Doctor and Martha visited London. (COMIC: Agent Provocateur)

In 1975, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan visited London. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)

In 1976, Big Ben was destroyed by bombing. (PROSE: No Future) The clock tower had been rebuilt by 2005. (TV: Rose)

On 12 October 1979, the Eighth Doctor visited the BBC Television Centre in London in a parallel universe in which his reality existed only as fiction. The actor Tom Baker - who played the Fourth Doctor - fended off Beep the Meep by infuriating him with his endless rambling. The Eighth Doctor realised the truth when he found himself with the first issue of Doctor Who Weekly. (COMIC: TV Action!)

1980s edit

In 1982, the Seventh Doctor and Ace visited London. (PROSE: Relative Dementias)

In 1983, Ace burnt down Gabriel Chase, a mansion in Perivale. (TV: Ghost Light)

With the TARDIS caught inside a time corridor, the Fifth Doctor, Tegan and Turlough arrived in London in 1984, 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)

In the summer of 1984, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy encountered the Kin in London. (PROSE: Nothing O'Clock)

In 1985, Lytton contacted the Cybermen in the London sewers. The Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown, searching for a distress signal, were ambushed by the Cybermen, apparently aided by Lytton, and the Doctor was forced to pilot his TARDIS to Telos. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen)

In January 1986, the Sixth Doctor and Peri visited London. (PROSE: Time Wake)

In 1987, the Seventh Doctor, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej battled an N-Form in London. (PROSE: Damaged Goods)

Also in 1987, Ace was transported by a time storm created by Fenric from Perivale to Iceworld on Svartos in the far future. (TV: Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric) Fenric later took her back in time to the day that she was transported to Iceworld in an attempt to convince her to prevent her younger self from leaving. (AUDIO: Gods and Monsters)

In 1988, the Sixth Doctor, Jason and Crystal fought the Daleks and the Cybermen in London. (AUDIO: The Ultimate Adventure)

In 1989, a number of young people in Perivale disappeared mysteriously. This was due to the Master in league with the Cheetah People. (TV: Survival)

In July 1989, the Sixth Doctor met Melanie Bush for the first time in her personal timeline. (PROSE: Business Unusual)

1990s edit

At 6:00pm on 27 September 1990, Elizabeth Klein met with her assistant Will Arrowsmith in the Huntsman Pub in London to talk about possibly moving him out of field work and into office work at UNIT. The Seventh Doctor then arrived, and forced Klein on a trip to Germany in May 1945. Will, disobeying her orders to stay away, accidentally ended up stowing away in the TARDIS and joining them. (AUDIO: Persuasion)

On 24 December 1990, the Sixth Doctor met Linda Grainger in London. (PROSE: She Won't Be Home)

In 1990, the Seventh Doctor was reunited with his former companion Sarah Jane Smith in London. (COMIC: Train-Flight0

In 1992, the Seventh Doctor fought the Gantac and Yaga in London. (COMIC: Invaders from Gantac) In the same year, he also fought the Benanki in the city. (PROSE: Testament)

On 25 December 1995, the Seventh Doctor and Mel visited London. (PROSE: 24 Crawford Street)

In August 1996, the Eighth Doctor and Fitz fought Faction Paradox and the Remote in London. (PROSE: Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two)

On 6 May 1997, London was invaded by the Ice Warriors. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

Before the First Doctor and Susan Foreman settled down in Shoreditch in 1963, they took a brief trip to St Albans on 17 December 1997 to ensure that the United Kingdom would remain safe during and after the 1960s. Unbeknownst to either of them, the Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K9 Mark II were in the vicinity on the same day. (PROSE: The Little Things)

In 1997, the Eleventh Doctor and Clara visited London. (COMIC: Wintervention)

In 1998, the Eighth Doctor and Samantha Jones fought the Khameirians in London. (PROSE: Option Lock)

In the same year, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane met their former companion Harry Sullivan in London and fought the Voracians in London. (PROSE: System Shock)

On 31 December 1999, the Sixth Doctor and Mel visited London. (PROSE: Millennial Rites) On the same day, the Fourth Doctor met Harry in London and they once again fought the Voracians. (PROSE: Millennium Shock)

21st century edit

2000s edit

London; 2000'

London is nearly destroyed by the Eye of Harmony. (TV: Doctor Who)

During the first seconds of 1 January 2000, London, along with the rest of the world, was nearly destroyed by the Eye of Harmony. (TV: Doctor Who)

On 10 February 2000, Henry Louis Noone was born in St. Stephen's Hospital in London. (AUDIO: A Death in the Family)

In 2000, the Tenth Doctor and Martha visited London. (COMIC: The Millennium Blag) The same was true of the Seventh Doctor and Ace. (PROSE: Monsters)

In 2001, sometime before 6 February, Fitz was dropped in London by Compassion to meet the Eighth Doctor at the St. Louis' Bar and Restaurant in London.

On 8 February 2001, Fitz met the Eighth Doctor at the St. Louis Bar and Restaurant in London. (PROSE: Escape Velocity) (PROSE: Escape Velocity)

In 2002, the Fourth Doctor and Romana I visited Kensington in London. (AUDIO: Tales from the Vault)

Also in 2002, the Fourth Doctor and Romana II visited London. (PROSE: I Was a Monster!!!)

In the same year, the Seventh Doctor and Ace fought the Fearmonger in London. (AUDIO: The Fearmonger)

In an alternate timeline in 2003, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn fought the Daleks. (AUDIO: Jubilee)

In 2003, the Sixth Doctor and Mel fought the Master in London. (PROSE: The Quantum Archangel)

Aliensoflondon

A spaceship crashes in the River Thames, London. (TV: Aliens of London)

In 2005, the Nestene Consciousness began its final phase in conquering Earth for its pollutants. It activated Autons made to look like shop window mannequins which killed many bystanders. Rose Tyler eventually destroyed the Nestene, deactivating the Autons. (TV: Rose)

Also in 2005, London cabs were replaced with motorcycles to relieve the increasing traffic congestion. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead) According to one account, London cabs existed again by late 2007. (TV: The Runaway Bride)

In the same year, the Ninth Doctor and Rose fought the Vandosians in London. (COMIC: Mr Nobody)

In June 2005, the Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Trix MacMillan visited London. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)

In the same year, London police, including DI Billy Shipton, began investigating the disappearance of people from an abandoned house called Wester Drumlins. The police began collecting as evidence vehicles left abandoned by those who had disappeared, at one point taking a police box from the scene. (TV: Blink)

In 2006, a Slitheen craft crashed into Big Ben, smashing the clock face in half. It then landed in the River Thames. (TV: Aliens of London) The next day, 10 Downing Street was destroyed by a human guided missile. (TV: World War Three)

In 2006, the Tenth Doctor and Rose fought the Water Creature in London. (COMIC: Bizarre Zero)

In the same year, the Ninth Doctor and Rose fought the Quevvils in London. (PROSE: Winner Takes All)

On 25 June 2006, Edward Grainger died in London on his 100th birthday. (PROSE: Forgotten)

Over London

The Sycorax spaceship over London on Christmas Day, 2006. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

During Christmas 2006, a Sycorax ship entered London airspace. The sonic boom shattered glass for miles around. People were taken over by blood control and stood on the top of tall structures. The ship left, but was destroyed by a Torchwood Institute energy weapon. That evening, the remains of the ship, in the form of ash, drifted down upon the city like snow. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

In 2007, the Battle of Canary Wharf saw Daleks and Cybermen invade London. (TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday)

In the same year, the Tenth Doctor and Rose fought the Waterhive in London. (PROSE: The Feast of the Drowned)

Also in 2007, the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C'rizz visited London. (PROSE: Salva Mea)

In the same year, the Seventh Doctor and Mel visited London immediately after the former's regeneration. (AUDIO: Unregenerate!)

Roadworks

London, with a hole where the Royal Hope Hospital was. (TV: Smith and Jones)

During Christmas 2007, the Empress of the Racnoss attempted to release the last generation of her children from her base in the Thames Flood Barrier. She was eventually shot down in her Webstar by British Army tanks following orders from Harold Saxon. The Thames was drained when the Tenth Doctor drowned the Racnoss children. (TV: The Runaway Bride)

In 2008, the Judoon searched for a Plasmavore in the Royal Hope Hospital and transported it to the Moon using an H2O scoop. The hospital was later returned. (TV: Smith and Jones)

Professor Lazarus created a machine which made him younger and also mutated him. He went on a rampage throughout Southwark, before he was stopped by the Tenth Doctor. (TV: The Lazarus Experiment)

Harold Saxon became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (TV: The Sound of Drums) He was later killed by his wife, Lucy, on board the Valiant. (TV: Last of the Time Lords)

For more information on Saxon's rule, see The Year That Never Was.

In 2008, the Tenth Doctor participated in preventing a Graske causing mischief at a BBC Proms concert in London. (TV: Music of the Spheres)

In the same year, the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Thomas Brewster visited London. (AUDIO: A Perfect World)

During Christmas 2008, the Titanic nearly crashed into Buckingham Palace, but the crash was averted by the Tenth Doctor. (TV: Voyage of the Damned)

In 2009, Adipose pills were distributed all over London. Later, thousands of young Adipose were born and marched along the streets of London. A nursery ship took the Adipose away. (TV: Partners in Crime)

The Sontarans attempted to choke all life on Earth with the newly introduced ATMOS in order to create a hatchery that would increase their troop production for the Rutan-Sontaran War. They were thwarted by the combined efforts of the Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, and Martha Jones. Luke Rattigan destroyed their ship. The epicentre of the Sontaran invasion was the ATMOS factory in London. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky)

London was one of the many places attacked during the New Dalek Empire's invasion after relocating Earth to the Medusa Cascade. The Children of Time gathered in London, and helped return the Earth. (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)

During Easter 2009, a wormhole measuring nearly 10 kilometres high appeared in a tunnel in London. It led to the planet San Helios. At this time several members of an unidentified race tried to cross over to the Earth through the wormhole. (TV: Planet of the Dead)

In September, the 456 returned to Earth, and possessed every child on the planet to relay messages announcing their arrival in Thames House. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One, Children of Earth: Day Two, Children of Earth: Day Three) Torchwood Three journeyed to London to help deal with the 456 and expose the corrupt responses of the government. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three, Children of Earth: Day Four, Children of Earth: Day Five)

The Mona Lisa was in the International Gallery in London, on loan from the Louvre. Due to her proximity to The Abomination, made from the same sentient paint as the Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa was brought to life. She returned to her painting when she was tricked into bringing a sketch of K9 to life, who shot at The Abomination. (TV: Mona Lisa's Revenge)

A fast-growing strain of Rakweed spread its spores across London, releasing spores that put everyone in the city into a coma so the Slitheen-Blathereen family could harvest the plant for profit. Mr Smith used a high-pitched frequency across London to kill the plants before they spread beyond London. Tree and Leef Slitheen-Blathereen, their stomachs filled to the brim with Rakweed, were also destroyed by this noise after they threatened Sarah Jane Smith. (TV: The Gift)

In 2009, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory visited London. (PROSE: Snowfall)

During Christmas 2009, Saxon, actually the Master, was resurrected on Earth, and used the Immortality Gate to convert every human being into a version of himself. The Time Lords, led by Rassilon, used the drumbeat within the Master's head and a Whitepoint Star to break through the time-lock and escape the Time War. They planned to erase all of creation in order to ascend to a higher form of existence. They crossed through the gate, arriving in the mansion of Joshua Naismith in London. They were defeated by the Tenth Doctor and the Master. (TV: The End of Time)

2010s edit

In 2010, the Tenth Doctor fought the Krillitanes in London. (PROSE: Code of the Krillitanes) In the same year, he and his companions Heather McCrimmon and Wolfgang Ryter fought the Bacothormeon in the city. (COMIC: The Genius Trap)

In December 2010, Jo Jones met Huxley and Iris Wildthyme in London. (AUDIO: Find and Replace)

In 2011, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory fought the Virtuals in London. (COMIC: Sound Bytes)

On 27 July 2012, the 2012 Summer Olympics opened in London during a period of unseasonably cold weather in the city, caused by an Isolus pod draining all the nearby heat. The Tenth Doctor, his TARDIS and people inside the Olympic Stadium were all among those placed inside drawings made by Chloe Webber, aided by an Isolus to give the stranded Isolus a family. Digging up the pod, Rose threw it into the Olympic Flame to heat it up, resulting in the Isolus releasing those it had kidnapped. Due to an injured runner during the torch relay route, the Olympic Flame was lit at the opening ceremonies by the Doctor, who appeared on international television. The morale of the Games allowed the Isolus to fly home. Afterward, the Doctor and Rose attended a neighbourhood celebration in London. By this time, the Torchwood Institute seemed to have been relatively well-known, enough that the Battle of Canary Wharf of several years earlier was now known as the "Battle of Torchwood". (TV: Fear Her)

Somewhere around the same time, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy met an athlete who was on the run from a Weeping Angel who was trying to steal the Olympic Flame in order to ruin the spirit of the Olympics, and ended up in the TARDIS. The Angel took the torch with the flame, but the Doctor destroyed the Angel with his screwdriver and received a gold medal for saving the Olympics. (TV: Good as Gold)

In 2012, the Eleventh Doctor and River Song visited London. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

In the summer of 2012, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory encountered the Weeping Angels in London. (PROSE: Magic of the Angels)

In 2013, the Seventh Doctor and Ace found Group Captain Ian Gilmore's memoirs in a bookshop in London. (AUDIO: 1963: The Assassination Games)

In 2014, the Eleventh Doctor visited London and met his latest companion Alice Obiefune. (COMIC: After Life)

In the same year, the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield visited London. (PROSE: Warlock)

In the Forest of the Night (TV story)

A view across a forest-covered London from Nelson's Column. (TV: In the Forest of the Night)

In the same year, the Tenth Doctor visited his former companions Heather McCrimmon and Wolfgang Ryter during his final reward and saved their lives in the National Science Museum in London. (COMIC: Lucky Heather)

On 21 October 2015, the Eighth Doctor and Lucie Miller encountered the Eight Legs in London. (AUDIO: The Eight Truths)

At some point around the 2010s, London was taken over by a forest which encompassed the whole of the Earth. After saving the planet from a solar flare, the forest disappeared. (TV: In the Forest of the Night)

2020s edit

In October 2021, the Seventh Doctor and Ace investigated mysterious goings-on at St. Gart's Brookside Hospital in London and discovered a Cyberman threat. An emergency room nurse, Thomas Hector "Hex" Schofield, celebrated his twenty-third birthday on 12 October in the course of assisting the duo. He then joined them aboard the TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Harvest)

On 30 January 2025, the Fourth Doctor and Leela encountered the Daleks in London. (AUDIO: Energy of the Daleks)

In May 2025, the Seventh Doctor destroyed the Forge's beta facility in London. (AUDIO: Project: Destiny)

In the same year, the Seventh Doctor fought the Benanki in London. (PROSE: Testament)

On 24 June 2027, Ace met Henry Noone in the White Rabbit in London. (AUDIO: A Death in the Family)

2030s edit

In 2034, the Tenth Doctor and Rose visited London. (COMIC: F.A.Q.)

2040s edit

In 2040, the Fourth Doctor visited London. (PROSE: The Baron Wastes) The same was true of the Seventh Doctor and Chris Cwej as well as the Eighth Doctor. (PROSE: Anteus, Thinking Warrior)

2050s edit

In 2050, the Jixen travelled to London via Professor Gryffen's Space-Time Manipulator. K9 Mark I followed them and defeated them. He then changed his form into K9 Mark 2. (TV: Regeneration)

Also in 2050, an entity creating fear caused widespread riots and panic across London. (TV: Fear Itself)

In the same year, London was battered by storms caused by the mating call of an Aeolian. (TV: Aeolian)

2060s edit

In 2064, a Bumble caused destruction across London. The Eleventh Doctor helped to capture it. (COMIC: Bumble of Destruction)

In 2068, Galactic Salvage Insurance was formed in London. (TV: Nightmare of Eden)

2090s edit

By 2096, London was ravaged and poverty stricken as a result of the Myloki conflict of the 2060s. (PROSE: The Indestructible Man)

Late 21st century edit

An Ice Warrior damaged the controls of the Weather Control Unit in London's Weather Control Station, creating a dry environment to propagate the Ice Warriors' Seed Pods on Earth. Due to its cold climate and northern latitude, the Ice Warriors sent their Seed Pods here to create an atmosphere lethal to humans, but which the Ice Warriors could thrive in. The Second Doctor repaired the control unit and destroyed the pods with rain. (TV: The Seeds of Death)

22nd century edit

In 2106, the Eleventh Doctor and River Song visited London. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

In 2109, the Seventh Doctor and Bernice Summerfield fought Fred in London. (PROSE: Transit)

Anywhere but the river

An emergency regulations poster, erected by the River Thames during the 22nd century Dalek invasion. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)

Circa 2157, London was struck by a great plague. The Daleks who sent this pestilence exploited the resultant devastation as a part of the 22nd century Dalek invasion. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, PROSE: Alien Bodies)

Circa 2167, with the Daleks now defeated, the city was re-built and re-populated. (PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks)

In the 2190s, London was again attacked by the Daleks. (AUDIO: Lucie Miller, To the Death)

In the 22nd century, the Tenth Doctor and Donna fought the Zenith in London. (COMIC: Pawns of the Zenith)

23rd century edit

London was flooded when sea levels rose due to global warming. (GAME: TARDIS)

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy visited London. (GAME: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada)

24th century edit

In 2382, the Sixth Doctor and Flip Jackson visited London. (AUDIO: Antidote to Oblivion)

25th century edit

In 2415, London absorbed Nutchurch. (PROSE: The English Way of Death)

26th century edit

In 2595, Bernice Summerfield visited London. (PROSE: The Sword of Forever)

28th century edit

By the 28th century, London, and the whole lower half of England, was incorporated in a very large city called Central City. (TV: The Sensorites)

In 2789, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory visited London. (PROSE: Paradox Lost)

38th century edit

In December 3738, the Tenth Doctor and Martha fought the Klytode in London. (COMIC: A Klytode Christmas)

40th century edit

In the year 4000, London, continued to be known as Central City, it served as the apparent capital of Earth. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)

41st century edit

In January 4039, the Tenth Doctor fought the Graxnix in London. (COMIC: Hotel Historia)

Districts edit

As a large city, London was divided into several districts. The Doctor, his friends or associates were acquainted with the districts of:


Behind the scenes edit

Throughout seasons one to twenty-six, filming for Doctor Who took place primarily in London at the BBC Television Centre. This was largely a result of the BBC being based there. Due to the order of filming it was Ghost Light, not Survival, that was the last story filmed in BBC Television Centre. Any future work done there was irregular. With the reinvention of the series in 2005, production was handed over to BBC Wales and moved to Cardiff, the Welsh capital.

Real world location

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Though it's possible that a real world location doesn't exist in the same geographic space in the Doctor Who universe, such cases are few and far between. Thus, the map at right is probably a good indicator of the DWU location of London.