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1940 in

the DWU • vital statistics

Timeline for 1940
20th century | 1940s

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In 1940, World War II raged on across the globe.

In the United States of America, the Pied Piper's eight year series of child abductions came to an end. (TV: The Day of the Clown)

Dated events

In May, the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble, near the Dover cliffs in the UK, worked to prevent a Nemonite invasion from derailing a British counterattack called Operation Dynamo. (AUDIO: The Nemonite Invasion)

The Battle of Dunkirk took place between 26 May and 4 June. British Army soldiers were evacuated from Dunkirk. (TV: Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart) This event was noted by the Matrix as a significant part of the Web of Time. (AUDIO: Neverland) The Seventh Doctor convinced Adolf Hitler to allow the evacuation to proceed. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus) The First Doctor was present at the evacuation itself, (PROSE: Just War, PROSE: Byzantium!) as were the Eighth Doctor and Molly O'Sullivan on 29 May. (AUDIO: Fugitives)

In August, (PROSE: Sometime Never...) the communist leader Leon Trotsky died from an ice pick to the head. (AUDIO: Last of the Romanovs)

On 12 October, at 8:47 p.m., 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. The hotel was evacuated 47 minutes earlier, meaning that no one was killed. (AUDIO: Swan Song)

On 17 October, 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 December, the Seventh Doctor visited Guernsey. (PROSE: Just War) A Berserker pendant was lost in an air raid on Park Vale Barracks, on the future site of Park Vale Comprehensive School. (TV: The Mark of the Berserker)

On 24 December, the Fourth Doctor and Leela encountered the Home Guard volunteer Richard Charlesworth in Charnage House in England. (PROSE: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow)

Undated events

Sir Oswald Mosley was imprisoned for advocating that the United Kingdom should ally itself with Nazi Germany in World War II. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

Christina Pushkin was born. (AUDIO: 1963: The Space Race)

Constance Clarke began working at Bletchley Park. (AUDIO: Criss-Cross)

The amnesiac Eighth Doctor tried to join the RAF, but was turned down when he couldn't prove he was a British subject. (PROSE: The Turing Test)

New York City's total population was 7,454,995, 2,138,657 of whom were foreign-born. (TV: The Gathering)

A British Army barracks was destroyed in Ealing. (TV: The Mark of the Berserker)

Alternate timeline

In an alternate timeline in which Nazi Germany won World War II, King Edward VIII was restored to the British throne with Wallis Simpson as his Queen. He signed a treaty which established Great Britain as a protectorate of the Greater German Reich. The Prime Minister Winston Churchill was executed as a war criminal. He was succeeded by the prominent Nazi sympathiser Sir Oswald Mosley. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

Behind the scenes

One possible "game over" for the video game Don't Blink has the player being sent back in time by a Weeping Angel to the year 1940 to die in the Blitz.