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Timeline for 1984
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The Sixth Doctor claimed that 1984 was "never as good as the book" of the same name by George Orwell. (AUDIO: The Reaping)

The 1984 Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the Soviet Union, were held in Los Angeles. (AUDIO: The Reaping, The Gathering)

Martha Jones was born in this year (COMIC: The Forgotten) on 14 September. (PROSE: The Torchwood Archives) Another account indicates she was born in 1986. (PROSE: The Frozen Wastes)

Indira Gandhi was serving as the Prime Minister of India during this year. As she told the Egyptian Pharaoh Erimem, Peri Brown considered her to be an effective female leader in contrast to her British counterpart and contemporary Margaret Thatcher. Given that Erimem was from the 14th century BC, she had unsurprisingly never heard of either Gandhi or Thatcher. (AUDIO: The Eye of the Scorpion)

In 1964, Ken Temple believed that it would be possible to evacuate 1% of the human population to Venus by this year if all of Earth's fossil fuels and natural resources were used to create an interplanetary fleet. (AUDIO: The Pelage Project)

Dated events

Peri Brown and Katherine Chambers graduated from high school in Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland.

On 8 May, the Soviet Union withdrew from the 1984 Olympic Games. (AUDIO: The Reaping)

Turlough says goodbye to the Doctor. (TV: Planet of Fire)

On 9 May, Turlough returned to Trion, Peri Brown joined the Fifth Doctor on his travels and Kamelion was destroyed. (TV: Planet of Fire, AUDIO: The Reaping)

Between 9 May and 24 September, Peri Brown's mother Janine and Howard Foster divorced. In spite of this, Janine kept her ex-husband's surname for the rest of her life. (AUDIO: The Reaping)

On 12 June, Harold and Alice Withers, the owners of Stockbridge's Green Dragon, were married. (AUDIO: The Eternal Summer)

During the summer, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond encountered the Kin in Leadworth. (PROSE: Nothing O'Clock)

On 24 September, the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown attended the funeral of Anthony Chambers in Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland. (AUDIO: The Reaping)

On 22 December, Ruby Sara Duvall was born. (PROSE: Iceberg)

Undated events

A stake is built on the village green as part of Little Hodcombe's English Civil War reenactment. (TV: The Awakening)

The Fifth Doctor defeated the Malus in Little Hodcombe. (TV: The Awakening)

H.C. Clements was bought by the Torchwood Institute. (TV: The Runaway Bride)

With the TARDIS caught inside a time corridor, the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Turlough arrived in London at some point, where they encountered canisters of Movellan virus and duplicates of humans created by the Daleks. They travelled across the corridor to meet the Daleks and their creator Davros in the future. After witnessing a huge amount of bloodshed in the early days of the Dalek Civil War, Tegan departed from the TARDIS in this year. Commander Lytton escaped from the future alive with his two police guards. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)

Lucie Miller's maternal aunt Patricia Ryder, whom she called "Auntie Pat," was killed by Zygons and replaced by her Zygon husband Trevor. (AUDIO: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth)

Albert Marsden retired. He and his wife Peggy subsequently bought a cottage in the north of England. (AUDIO: Protect and Survive)

Ethel Merman died. (AUDIO: The Reaping)

The Master arrived in Hexford. (AUDIO: And You Will Obey Me)

A Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform killed three farmers in Wetwang. Its claws were found and stored at the Leamington Spa Lifeboat Museum. (GAME: Security Bot)

There was a conflict in Ethiopia. (AUDIO: The Conspiracy)

On Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's orders, Major Whitaker and her UNIT team were sent to Reykjavik, Iceland to inspect caverns with Dr Iskander to find the cause of sudden seismic activity. They discovered that Dominator Haag and the Quarks were attempting to use the Earth's core as a power source for the Dominators' star fleet. (COMIC: The Fires Down Below)

Janet Rae Tanner was born. (TV: The Middle Men)

Alternate timelines

In an alternate timeline, Margaret Thatcher, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was assassinated by her fellow Conservative Party politician Heathcliffe Bower. However, the proper timeline was restored by the Fifth Doctor. (PROSE: The Assassin's Story)

In another alternate timeline, Germany reunified and joined the International Communist Republic of Mokoshia. (AUDIO: Red Planets)