|Timeline for 1879|
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In 1879, the Torchwood Institute was founded (TV: The New World, Day One) to protect the British Empire (later Great Britain) from extraterrestrial threat and to secure alien technology for Britain. (TV: Tooth and Claw, Army of Ghosts)
On 28 December, the Tay Bridge broke. A train which was on the bridge fell into the water below and all of its passengers died. Two of the casualties were soldiers from 1916 sent back in time by Weeping Angels.
The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler visited Torchwood House in the company of Queen Victoria. There, they encountered a Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform. The Doctor killed it with the Koh-i-Noor and a light chamber, but not before it scratched the Queen, possibly infecting her. (TV: Tooth and Claw)