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1962 in

the DWU • production history • vital statistics

Timeline for 1962
20th century | 1960s

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The year 1962 was notable in Earth's history for the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, (PROSE: Heart of TARDIS, COMIC: The Piggybackers) which affected places and people associated with the Doctor. Fear of impending nuclear war kept Barbara Wright awake at night during the crisis. (AUDIO: 1963) Coal Hill School gave special air raid warning lessons to deal with the emergency. (PROSE: Time and Relative) Section Eight used the dark arts to end the Cuban Missile Crisis. (PROSE: Heart of TARDIS)

On 11 January, Meredith Roberts was born. (TV: Reset)

On 4 October, Melanie Bush's younger sister Anabel was born. (PROSE: Spiral Scratch)

On 10 October, the British Intelligence operative Edward Grainger travelled to Checkpoint Charlie in West Berlin to meet an agent who was preparing to cross the Berlin Wall from East Germany. (PROSE: Checkpoint)

Peri Brown's parents, Janine and Paul Brown, were married on 21 November. (AUDIO: Peri and the Piscon Paradox)

23 November 1962 was James Stevens' seventeenth birthday. On that day, he learned that he had been adopted. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy) That same day, the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors piloted their TARDISes back to Bob Dovie's house at 59A Barnsfield Crescent in Totton, Hampshire (crashing it into his chimney) to stop the conceptual bomb that the Decayed Master would place the next year from going off. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)

Undated events

Benjamin Wainwright, the husband of the temporally displaced Kathy Nightingale, died at the age of 65. (TV: Blink)

The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler visited the village of Lower Downham and meddled in a plan to make the entire village disappear. (PROSE: No One Died)

Professor Rachel Jensen began researching artificial intelligence at the Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. (AUDIO: Threshold)

The scientists James Watson, Crick, and Wilkins won the Nobel Prize for their discoveries regarding DNA. (PROSE: The Taint)

Barbara Wright went on holiday to Toledo, Spain. (AUDIO: The Flames of Cadiz)

David Walker stopped driving. (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master)

Martin Tuck was born. (AUDIO: Iterations of I)

Minnie Hooper was locked inside a police box, which spoiled her holiday. (TV: The End of Time)

Amy Pond and Rory Williams waited in Carnaby Street until the Eleventh Doctor arrived to pick them up. (COMIC: Bus Replacement TARDIS)

Tom Wake's father died. (PROSE: The Hopes and Fears of All the Years)

John Jones gave the first performance at Dog & Duck. (COMIC: What He Wants...)

James was killed in an accident. (PROSE: Nightshade)

Betty Callon died. (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow)

The 1962 World Cup was held in Chile. In the quarterfinals, England lost to Brazil. (PROSEThe Rag & Bone Man's Story)

A Dalek soldier, a survivor of the Last Great Time War, fell through time and crashed like a meteorite "on the Ascension Islands". The Dalek lay in its burning crater for three days, screaming the entire time, before it was retrieved. Its weapon systems inactive and its outer armour heavily damaged, the Dalek was sold at private auction and passed through several hands over the next fifty years. (TV: Dalek)

Alternate timeline

In an alternate timeline in which Nazi Germany won World War II as a result of the Seventh Doctor and Ace accidentally leaving laser technology in Colditz Castle in October 1944, Elizabeth Klein was conducting research at the University of Cambridge during this year, when she was recruited by Major Jonas Faber to study and unlock the secrets of alien technology stored in a bunker in Berlin. (AUDIO: Klein's Story)