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The Blitz

London during the Blitz. (TV: The Empty Child)

The Blitz (from the German word for "lightning") referred to the bombing of the United Kingdom by the Germans during World War II. It primarily focused on London.

In 1903, after receiving a wealth of information from the future, Grigori Rasputin foresaw the Blitz. (AUDIO: The Wanderer)

Ian Chesterton grew up in London during the Blitz. (AUDIO: The Time Museum)

History

Effects

The Ninth Doctor and Richard Lazarus both witnessed the Blitz. As a child, Lazarus would take shelter in a nearby cathedral while the Germans bombed. (TV: The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances, TV: The Lazarus Experiment)

An Auton duplicate of Rory Williams rescued the Pandorica from a fire started by the bombs. (TV: The Big Bang)

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

On 20 January 1941, the Kiss the Boys Goodbye Dance at the Ritz in Cardiff was briefly interrupted by nearby bombings, forcing the attendants to take shelter. The next day, Captain Jack Harkness was killed in aerial combat while protecting Cardiff from a bombing raid. (TV: Captain Jack Harkness)

Ken Temple's entire family was killed in the Blitz while he was serving in the Royal Navy. (AUDIO: The Pelage Project)

In the 1960s, certain areas of London were still being rebuilt as a result of the property damage caused by the Blitz. (AUDIO: The Perpetual Bond, Hunters of Earth) One such area was Bermondsey. (AUDIO: Threshold)

During the Blitz, St. Joseph's Church in Holborn was a hit by a V2 rocket. Although it was completely ruined, it was not destroyed. It was still standing in 1965. (AUDIO: The Fifth Citadel)

After the Blitz and the V1 and V2 attacks by the Germans in 1944, London remained very much intact up until the mid-22nd century when the Daleks invaded Earth and occupied the city. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

Alien activity

In 1940, the Cybermen landed during the Blitz and used it as a cover for their activities. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond received a phone call from Winston Churchill asking the Doctor to come to London in 1941. On arrival, they found the Daleks pretending to be mechanical soldiers known as "Ironsides" for the British. During the London Blitz, the Daleks sent an electrical wave that turned on all electronic devices, making London light up. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

The Empty Child plague began during the Blitz. When street children ran into empty houses while the owners had run into shelters, the Empty Child would knock on the doors and ring telephones. When Rose Tyler went to help the child on 20 January 1941, she was caught on a Barrage Balloon rope and was hoisted over London. (TV: The Empty Child)

Time travel

The 51st century Time Agent "Captain Jack Harkness" arrived in London in January 1941. He took the name of a deceased American volunteer in the Royal Air Force, as part of a con. (TV: Captain Jack Harkness)

As a result of time breaks, a British spitfire and a German Messerschmidt were transported roughly fifty years back in time and appeared in the sky over 1890s London, where they continued their fight. This was witnessed by Jago, a native of that era, and Leela. One of the planes was severely damaged and its pilot parachuted out of the plane. Jago, having never seen either a "flying machine" or a parachute, suggested to Leela that he should hire the pilot to perform his "act" at the New Regency Theatre. (AUDIO: Chronoclasm)

Alternative timelines

In an alternative timeline in which Hitler did not lose the power of the Timewyrm, the Nazis' attempt to subdue the United Kingdom through the Blitz and Germany had conquered the country and the rest of Europe by 1941. After visiting the occupied London in May 1951 in this timeline, the Seventh Doctor and Ace prevented this from coming to pass. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

Behind the scenes

The London Blitz appears in the online game Doctor In A Dash as the setting of Level 4 where, as with all levels, the Doctor's TARDIS (the player) races against a Dalek flying saucer, a Judoon rocket, and a Slitheen craft to find a Space-Time Manipulator. Barrage balloons act as obstacles to the ships.

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