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Timeline for 1976
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1976 was a year.




The Skarasen in the River Thames. (TV: Terror of the Zygons)

In January, (PROSE: No Future) the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, and Harry Sullivan went to Scotland to assist the Brigadier and UNIT in investigating the damages caused by a Skarasen which was attacking oil rigs and destroying them. They uncovered and stopped a Zygon plot to sabotage the International Energy Conference and turn Earth into a suitable replacement for their homeplanet Zygor. Harry decided to stay on Earth instead of continuing to travel with the Doctor. (TV: Terror of the Zygons)

In the timelines where the Doctor never cured Harry of lycanthropy, Sullivan transformed into a werewolf each full moon after returning to Earth. Three months after the Zygon incident, Harry killed Leslie Heron during a full moon. Shortly afterwards, Harry left UNIT to join NATO. (PROSE: Wolfsbane)

On 1 May, (COMIC: The Man in the Ion Mask) the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, and UNIT prevented the Master from gaining the power of Azal, last of the Dæmons. (TV: The Dæmons) The Master was imprisoned at the Ayelesbury Grange Detention Facility. (COMIC: The Man in the Ion Mask)

On 28 May, Deborah and Barry Castle got married. Also on this day, the Eighth Doctor was currently with a young widow named Claudia. (PROSE: Father Time)

In June, the Vardans attempted an invasion of Earth with the assistance of Mortimus. (PROSE: No Future)

The summer of this year was regarded as the hottest on record. (COMIC: A Cold Snap)

At the height of summer, the Twelfth Doctor visited Blackpool and encountered the S'Qwatch. (COMIC: A Cold Snap)

On 11 July, a meteorite landed in New York City's Central Park, temporarily giving Alice Trefusis super-powers. (AUDIO: Starfall)

On 25 July, the space probe Viking 1 photographed the Cydonia region of Mars, revealing a rock formation that looked eerily like a human face. (PROSE: Time Traveller's Diary)


According to some accounts, 1976 was among the years the Third Doctor spent exiled on Earth. (COMIC: The Man in the Ion Mask) Other sources indicate that the exile had already ended by this year. (TV: Mawdryn Undead, PROSE: No Future, Wolfsbane[1])

Shirley Williams was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in this year. (PROSE: No Future) James Callaghan of the Labour Party became Prime Minister in this year. He served in that position until 1979. (AUDIO: The Oseidon Adventure)

In San Francisco, Carolyn McConnell met the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones, who were hunting vampires. (PROSE: Vampire Science)

In some timelines, (PROSE: The Enfolded Time) Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart retired from UNIT and became a maths teacher at Brendon Public School. (TV: Mawdryn Undead) Just after telling the UN he was retiring, Lethbridge-Stewart was taken from time by the Accord and copied to help stabilise the temporal instability concerning the 1970s and 1980s being melded together. He was returned to his present time and retained no memory of the incident. (PROSE: The Enfolded Time)

How I Saved the World by Alexander Lullington-Smythe was published by Aphrodite Press. It was "very publicly discredited" in 1978. (PROSE: Salvation)

Berlin Wall Conversion

The Eleventh Doctor and John Jones ride a motorbike on the Berlin Wall. (COMIC: Conversion)

The Eleventh Doctor and John Jones had a run-in with the East German authorities while searching for the Entity in Berlin. (COMIC: Conversion)

Two priests who were members of the Order of Saint Peter pursued a vampire from Poland to Los Angeles and destroyed it. One of them stayed behind to found a chapter of the order there, and later became the father of Becky Lee Kowalczyck. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell)

The portmanteau film Doctor Demonic's Tales of Terror was made in Britain. It starred Sir Jack Merrivale, Nyssa and Johanna Bourke. The film was directed by Martin Ashcroft. The Fifth Doctor served as the film's historical adviser. (AUDIO: Special Features)

The novel The Hand of Time by Marnal was published. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)

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

Peter Hutchings met his future wife Emily West there when he ran over her with his bicycle after momentarily being distracted by Ace's jacket. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)

Richard Hawton was taught by a student teacher who he remembered in a response to Doctor Who?'s request for sightings of the then missing Rose Tyler following the Dummy Massacre in 2005, commenting that she looked so much like his student teacher though he reasoned that it surely could not be her. (PROSE: The Doctor Was Involved in the Dummy Massacre)

Births and deaths

On 12 January, John Dixon was born. (AUDIO: Cuddlesome)


A UNIT pass carried by the Third Doctor while he was assisted by Jo Grant had expired "thirty years ago" from the perspective of a beefeater from 25 December 2006. (PROSE: The Christmas Inversion)

Behind the scenes

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  1. Wolfsbane does not directly state that Terror of the Zygons occurs in 1976, but the events of the novel - which is set in 1936 - are repeatedly said to be forty years before the events of Terror of the Zygons.