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1959 in

the DWU • vital statistics

Timeline for 1959
20th century | 1950s

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In 1959, a Nostalgia Tours tourist vessel carrying mostly Navarino travelled to Earth. Its destination was Disneyland but it landed at a Welsh holiday camp. In addition to the Navarinos, it carried the last of the Chimeron, fleeing the Bannermen. (TV: Delta and the Bannermen)

Also in this year, Edgar Nelson-Stanley and his wife Bea killed one of the three Gorgons. (TV: Eye of the Gorgon)

Circa this date, an alien species landed on the Moon and tried to contact Earth, requesting an exchange of information. The American government intercepted the message and began preparations for a moon landing to meet them. (PROSE: Blue Moon)

The 1959 get-to-know-you-dance at Shangri-La. (TV: Delta and the Bannermen)

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond visited the Blue Boar service station on the newly opened M1 motorway and encountered Petrolions. (COMIC: Madness on the M1!)

Sarah Jane and Lavinia Smith lived in Wolfenden. Lavinia was working together with Eddison Clough and they were close friends. Later that year Sarah Jane and Lavinia's memories were erased by Mrs Hendricks, an alien from the Tristian Cluster. (AUDIO: The White Wolf)

A scientist, Professor Egen, illegally created a time machine despite attempts by the authorities to stop his work. However, after a trip to the far future of humanity, he was returned to his home time by an unknown force which destroyed his machine and erased his memories of what he had seen. (COMIC: Dr. Who's Time Tales)

In a timeline negated by the Eleventh Doctor, Peter Porter disappeared into Swallow Woods in 1959. His disappearance led to his niece Ruby Porter joining the police. (PROSE: The Way Through the Woods)

Emma-Louise Cowell's father died at the age of 48. (TV: Out of Time)

On 11 November, Catherine Parsons was born. (PROSE: The Stone House)

A time eddy placed a century of Roman soldiers in the middle of Piccadilly Circus, where they killed 300 civilians out of self-defence. The Ninth Doctor later aborted the timeline by stopping the time eddies before they could be created. (AUDIO: Sphere of Freedom)

Parallel universe

In a parallel universe in which Great Britain was a fascist state known as the Republic of Great Britain, the Republican Security Forces battled the Bannermen in Wales, from whom they obtained artificial gravity and fast drive technology. (PROSE: The Face of the Enemy)

In an alternate timeline where the British government was experimenting with augmenting apes with Cyber-Technology, Ace was killed by George Limb in 1959. (PROSE: Loving the Alien)