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1987 in

the DWU • production history • vital statistics • releases

Timeline for 1987
20th century | 1980s

1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993

In 1987, the Eightfold Truth was founded in the United Kingdom by Clark Goodman. By 2015, it had 244 million members worldwide, its membership having increased fivefold since 2010. (AUDIO: The Eight Truths)

There were three million people unemployed in the United Kingdom. (AUDIO: We Are The Daleks)

January - June

On 7 February, Katherine Costello Wainright (aka Kathy Nightingale) wrote a letter to her friend Sally Sparrow, entrusting her grandson Malcolm Wainwright to deliver it and a package of photographs to Sparrow in the year 2007. (TV: Blink)

Some time after 7 February, Kathy Nightingale died. (TV: Blink)

October - December

In October, the Seventh Doctor and Melanie Bush encountered the Daleks in London and Bradford. (AUDIO: We Are The Daleks)

Reapers attack Rose Tyler. (TV: Father's Day)

On 7 November, Pete Tyler, the father of Rose Tyler, was killed when he was struck by a car while crossing the road to Stuart Hoskins and Sarah Clark's wedding. This event was witnessed by an older Rose and the Ninth Doctor. Initially, Pete died alone before help could arrive. Rose created an alternative timeline by preventing him from being killed, which resulted in a dangerous paradox. After spending some time with his now-grown daughter, Pete learnt that for time to have continued normally, he must have died, so he ran in front of the same car. This time Rose was with him when he died. The fabric of time was altered so that the record showed Pete died while an unidentified woman knelt beside him and the driver was known to Rose and Jackie instead of being nameless. (TV: Father's Day) This was known to UNIT as a Temporal Event. They kept a file, 1987 11-Be3a, on the incident. (PROSE: Rose Tyler)

On 20 November, an event called "Energize" took place in London. (TV: Father's Day)

On 24 December, David Gilligan burgled several houses in the suburbs of Illinois. (PROSE: Be Good for Goodness's Sake)

The Seventh Doctor, Roz Forrester and Chris Cwej battled an N-Form in London. (PROSE: Damaged Goods)

Undated events

The Eighth Doctor taught some boars how to talk, enabling them to evolve into the intelligent Boar race. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)

The St Oswald South Bank was demolished. (PROSE: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast)

Sarah Jane Smith conducted an interview with Dr Francis Augur for the Metropolitan. Francis Augur experimented with medical applications of gold and was a promising young specialist. (AUDIO: The Glittering Storm)

Johnny Chess released the LP record Things to do on a Wet Tuesday Night, which included his songs "God Knows All About It" and "Preaching to the Converted". (PROSE: The Also People)

Ace in 1987

Ace and several of her friends went to see Withnail and I in the cinema. Ace thought that it was funny but her friends did not get it. She fancied the actor who played Withnail. (PROSE: Independence Day)

Ace and a friend named Julian Milton planned to run away together so she packed supplies and clothes. (PROSE: Love and War)

Ace was transported by a time storm created by Fenric from Perivale to Iceworld on Svartos in the far future. (TV: Dragonfire, The Curse of Fenric) Fenric later took her back in time to the day that she was transported to Iceworld in an attempt to convince her to prevent her younger self from leaving. (AUDIO: Gods and Monsters)

Births and deaths

On 27 April, Rose Tyler was born. (PROSE: Meet Rose, TV: Father's Day, Rise of the Cybermen) However other accounts indicated Rose was born in early 1986. (TV: Rose, Aliens of London, PROSE: Rose)

On 8 September, Craig Dalloway was born. (TV: Reset)

On 13 November, Carys Fletcher was born. (TV: Day One)

Julia Hardwick, a future victim of the Weeping Angels, was born. It is possible that she became her own ancestor in her personal future after being sent back in time to 1887. (WC: A Ghost Story for Christmas)

David Gosthrope died of a stroke while in Naples, Italy. (PROSE: Past Reckoning)

George Smithers' son died of leukemia. (PROSE: Invasion of the Cat-People)