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1965 in

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Timeline for 1965
20th century | 1960s

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In 1965, major riots occurred in Prague, Harlem and Detroit. The riot in Prague was caused by a person with psychic powers designed by the Soviet Union to provoke extreme emotions in people. Group Captain Ian Gilmore and Professor Rachel Jensen believed that the same was true of the violence in Harlem and Detroit but had no proof of that. (AUDIO: Peshka)

According to one account, Clive Finch was born in this year, (PROSE: The Persistence of Memory) although another suggested that his birth was five years earlier. (PROSE: Rose)

Dated events

January - April

In March, (PROSE: Salvation) the First Doctor's TARDIS materialised in Wimbledon Common, London so that Steven Taylor could go on with his own life. Dodo Chaplet, who said she had witnessed a road accident, ran into the TARDIS. (TV: The Massacre) Immediately afterwards, the Doctor, Dodo and Steven travelled to Manhattan, New York City where they met the alien Latter-Day Pantheon. (PROSE: Salvation)

Also in March, Commodore Charles Waverly was murdered by his wife, Lady Catherine Waverly. Group Captain Ian Gilmore was accused of killing him. Less than a week later, Lady Waverly seemingly committed suicide because of the guilt. (AUDIO: Manhunt)

In April 1965, Clement McDonald was taken into care after his mother died. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three)

May - October

Ian and Barbara find a real police box back home in London. (TV: The Chase)

On 26 June, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright arrived back in London aboard the Dalek time machine, which they set to self-destruct soon after. Boarding a bus, they contemplated how they would pick up their previous, "normal" lives again, having arrived two years after joining the First Doctor on his travels. (TV: The Chase) The Doctor gave them an envelope of British notes and coins which included a twenty pence coin from 1982. (PROSE: The Time Travellers)

Sometime later, just before their wedding, Ian and Barbara were pulled onto a Sontaran ship by psychic metal. There they encountered the Eleventh Doctor and helped him defeat the Prometheans. The Doctor returned them to Earth and eventually attended their wedding. Before leaving, he shared a drink with Barbara. (COMIC: Hunters of the Burning Stone) However, another account stated that Ian and Barbara married at least a year after returning to Earth. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

November - December

On 9 November, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams visited New York City during a major blackout. (AUDIO: Blackout)

In November, an alien race designated the 456 came to Earth to offer the human race the anti-virus to a new strain of Indonesian influenza which would kill millions. In exchange, they requested twelve children be given over to be harvested for certain chemicals which the 456 used as recreational drugs. The British government and the Torchwood Institute chose Clement McDonald and eleven others from the Holly Tree Lodge orphanage, believing that that no one would miss them, and so kept the act a secret. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Four) One of the chosen children was actually a de-aged Time Agent named Scott Thrower. (COMIC: Time Fraud) After arriving in a secluded location, Captain Jack Harkness drove them to a white light, and guided them from there. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Four) Clem, however, managed to escape. He was chased for several miles until the 456 decided to stop. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One)

A Capranom in a Norwegian forest. (COMIC: The Goats of Christmas Past)

In December, the Tenth Doctor and Heather McCrimmon materialised in Norway. They encountered a herd of Capranoms that were eating the forest. They lured all of the Capranoms to one area using a plastic tree and made a deal with the Capranom herder. The herder waited until after Christmas, when there were piles of leftover Christmas trees, to feed his Capranoms. (COMIC: The Goats of Christmas Past)

On 25 December, the Doctor's TARDIS materialised in the yard of a police station in Liverpool, its scanner malfunctioning. After some initial fears the polluted atmosphere of the 20th century might harm his companions Steven Taylor and Sara Kingdom, who had grown up in the clean air of the future, and some trouble with the local police, the First Doctor repaired the scanner and the TARDIS departed. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)

On 31 December, after leaving the Monk on Tigus, the TARDIS materialised in Trafalgar Square during the New Year's Eve celebrations. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)

Undated events

The Sixth Doctor and Melanie Bush visited Salford, Manchester where they encountered the Wishing Beast for the first time in its personal timeline but the second time in theirs. (AUDIO: The Vanity Box)

The Dreadful Flap opened above Darlington. (PROSE: The Dreadful Flap)

Mary Cleaver and Emma Waverly died. (AUDIO: Sins of the Fathers)

Simon Cooper and his wife were married. He died only three months later. (AUDIO: The Concrete Cage)

Allison Williams' father died. (AUDIO: The Forgotten Village)

An army of Robot Yeti led by Jemba-Wa arrived in the mountains of Tibet coming from 1935 with Edward Travers accidentally in-tow. From here, the yeti began a four-year long migration to London. After visiting the Det-Sen Monastery, Travers also began a long journey to London. Upon arriving there after a few months of travel, Travers realised that his future self was living there. To prevent disrupting time, Travers moved to the Great Intelligence's secondary target, New York City, and established himself as the owner of Ebon Books. (PROSE: Times Squared)

A Maker crash landed on a beach in England. Alec Redshaw and Sandra McBride rescued it and tended its wounds. In gratitude, the Maker transported them and several others to a futuristic city on an planetoid in 2993. (PROSE: The Space Age)

A Weeping Angel sent Claire Brown to 1965 from 2021. (TV: Village of the Angels)

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 travelled back in time to Colditz during that incident using the Doctor's TARDIS. She was assisted in making the TARDIS operational by a fellow scientist named Johann Schmidt, who was in actuality an alternative version of the Eighth Doctor. Schmidt fabricated a "flight log" for the TARDIS to allow Klein to pilot the ship back to any of its recent destinations and manipulated her into travelling to 1944 on the pretext of retrieving the Seventh Doctor so that he could teach her to pilot the TARDIS.

Her lover Major Jonas Faber saw through Schmidt's trickery but was too late as Klein had already decided to disobey his orders and make the trip into the past. She left her lover behind, promising to make him Führer by her efforts. Unfortunately for Klein, her arrival in October 1944 alerted the Seventh Doctor to the impending alteration of history and he and Ace were able to prevent it. Klein was stranded in the proper timeline. Believing her mistake had destroyed the correct version of history, she vowed to get the TARDIS back and restore her world. (AUDIO: Colditz, Klein's Story)