|Timeline for 1978|
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The Doctor shipped the newly built K9 Mark III to Lavinia Smith's home in South Croydon as a gift for Sarah Jane Smith. However, the gift was not received by her until 18 December 1981. (TV: A Girl's Best Friend)
At St Benedict's School in Perivale, Chad Boyle almost hit Dorothy McShane with a brick, but was stopped by the adult Ace. In an alternate timeline, Boyle succeeded in hitting her, and killed her. The Timewyrm recruited him in her battle against the Seventh Doctor and Ace. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)
The Eighth Doctor brought Anji Kapoor and Fritter to a Hollywood bar, where they met special effects photographer Ron von Arnim and later Noël Coward. Coward arrived here from the 1960s using pinking shears given to him by Iris Wildthyme, which could cut through the fabric of space and time. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)
Behind the scenes
At the beginning of Legacy, the Eleventh Doctor and Vastra arrive in Cardiff on 16 October 1978 to find Sontarans changing history by invading Earth. The Doctor and Vastra defeated the Sontarans, but realised that they had only witnessed the beginning of a Sontaran plot to alter all of time.
According to the UNIT website, the book Forces Other Than NATO: A history of Special Operations Units 1945-1989 contained an extensive section on UNIT's involvement in a crisis in Transylvania in this year.