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1973 in

the DWU • production history • vital statistics • releases

Timeline for 1973
20th century | 1970s

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1973 was the year that a film version of The Three Musketeers was released. Genetic material from its principal stars, Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay was used to create Reprises of d'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos in Europa in the 33rd century. (PROSE: Managra)

According to some accounts, the Third Doctor's exile on Earth ended in this year. (PROSE: Verdigris, The Spear of Destiny et al) Iris Wildthyme was also exiled to Earth in this year. (AUDIO: The Land of Wonder)

Celebrities active during this year included Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, David Bowie, (PROSE: Verdigris) and Vince Cosmos. (PROSE: Enter Wildthyme)

Dated events

On 23 February, the Vietnam War ended with no clear victor. At the same time, Doctor Albert Gilroy invented his artificial intelligence Isley, and Major Geoffrey Redvers arrived home in Chicago from his post in Saigon. (PROSE: Nuclear Time)

On a Thursday in July, Iris Wildthyme and Panda purchased an office in South Kensington. For the next three days, Iris and Panda occasionally visited the office to drop off dangerous artefacts collected during their adventures.

On the Friday, Anthony Marvelle visited Iris' office and stole the Blithe Pinking Shears.

On the Saturday, Iris and Panda vaporised their office, destroying everything inside. Also that day, Vince Cosmos performed at the Hammersmith Odeon with the Tomorrow Twins playing support. He was attacked by Martian Time Agents and rescued by Panda and Simon. (PROSE: Enter Wildthyme)

On 12 December, Madeline Burton died in Paris from a drug overdose. The Revolution Man cult collapsed without her influence. (PROSE: Revolution Man)

Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" was released this year. (PROSE: The Persistence of Memory)

On 24 December, the Third Doctor pursued Casimer to Sommerton Manor in Shrewsbury. (PROSE: The Sommerton Fetch)

Jo Grant played Aladdin, Mike Yates played Widow Twankey and the Third Doctor played the villain in the UNIT staff Christmas panto. (PROSE: No Future, Timewyrm: Revelation)

Undated events

An archaeological expedition led by Aubrey Prior stripped the tomb of Nephthys in Egypt. They told the workers it would be rebuilt in the British Museum. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)

Kathleen Dudman, Ace's maternal grandmother, died this year. Although she was only three years old at the time, Ace distinctly remembered that her mother Audrey cried for days afterwards. (AUDIO: Night Thoughts)

Noël Coward died. He knew in advance that he would die during this year due to his status as a time traveller. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)

The Third Doctor and Jo Grant fought a vampire in Los Angeles. While they were there, they met the horror film star Vita Monet. (AUDIO: The Elixir of Doom)

Barbara Chesterton took her son John to the British Museum to look at the Roman exhibit. (PROSE: Byzantium!)

A young woman was abducted by the Sisters of St Matilda. (AUDIO: The Cloisters of Terror)

A fascist coup occurred in Chile. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Jasper Adeola was born. (TV: Nightvisiting)

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