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Timeline for 1572
16th century

1566 • 1567 • 1568 • 1571 • 1575 • 1578

In 1572, Boscombe Hall was built on the former site of the Convent of the Little Sisters of Saint Gudula at Boscombe. Earlier in the 16th century, Henry VIII had sealed the unhappy fate of the convent, headed by Cessair of Diplos posing as its Mother Superior, by conducting his "Dissolution of the Monasteries" campaign. (TV: The Stones of Blood)

Young William Shakespeare was taken to New Britain in the mid-21st century and became Mariah Learman's kitchen boy. He was returned to this time by the Eighth Doctor. On 19 September, Charley Pollard and Viola Learman briefly visited this time and found that history was changed so that the Daleks ruled humanity. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)

The perils of Paris[]

The most significant event in the Doctor's life this year was his trip to Paris with Steven Taylor. There, the First Doctor become embroiled in the St Bartholomew's Day massacre, perhaps the bloodiest conflict between the Huguenots and the Catholics. (TV: The Massacre)

According to one version of the events, Steven had a particularly hard time following the Doctor's order that Anne Chaplet should, as the Web of Time expected, die. The date the Doctor took this decision, according to Chaplet, was 23 August. The Doctor and Steven were thus only in town one night when the massacre occurred on the 23rd. En route to 1965 in the TARDIS, Steven threatened to part company with the Doctor. (TV: "Bell of Doom")

According to another account, the First Doctor sent Anne to the relative safety of Picardy, whose governor did not obey the French king's orders to slaughter Huguenots. By this account, the First Doctor and Steven were in Paris from 19 to 22 August. (PROSE: The Massacre)