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1996 in

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Timeline for 1996
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1996 was a year.



On 22 January, James Stevens began writing Who Killed Kennedy. In April, Stevens went missing, having travelled back in time to Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963 to assassinate U.S. President John F. Kennedy. (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)

On 2 March, a café in Grantham sold the best fry-up ever made. A guide advised that one arrived early to avoid crowds of time travellers who flocked to the time and place of the legendary breakfast. (PROSE: Time Traveller's Diary)

The Doctor and Amelia in kitchen

The Eleventh Doctor and Amelia Pond. (TV: The Elventh Hour)

At Easter, the newly regenerated Eleventh Doctor crashed his TARDIS in Amy Pond's back garden in Leadworth. He discovered a mysterious crack in her bedroom wall, but before he was able to discover more the TARDIS engines began to phase, so he had to leave to recalibrate them. The young Amy was left behind for twelve years because the TARDIS was too badly damaged to control for him to return to the exact moment he'd left her. (TV: The Eleventh Hour)

In May, a Professor X film premiered. (PROSE: The Room With No Doors)

On 6 August, scientists at NASA announced that they had found evidence of primitive organisms on the Martian asteroid ALH 84001. (PROSE: Time Traveller's Diary)

In October, Jacob Tyler remarried. (PROSE: Damaged Goods)

On 17 December, the Toymaker came to Stockbridge to get revenge on the Doctor. The villagers were transformed into the Toymaker's puppets. Maxwell Edison and Izzy Sinclair were in Wells Wood at the time and managed to evade the Toymaker's powers.

On 19 December, the Eighth Doctor came to Stockbridge. He met up with Maxwell and Sinclair. The Toymaker brought them to his newly created castle and used the Imagineum to create a copy of the Doctor. The Doctor was forced to fight the copy to the death, but he talked the copy out of fighting. The Doctor then used the Imagineum on the Toymaker. The Toymaker became caught in a stalemate with his copy and was banished back to where he came from. Afterwards, Izzy began travelling with the Doctor. (COMIC: Endgame)


The Eighth Doctor was summoned back to Earth via the space-time telegraph by the United Nations to assist them after they were offered the Cold. Sam Jones met Sarah Jane Smith (who also met the Doctor in his eighth incarnation). (PROSE: Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two)

Operation Endeavour was in force in Bosnia. Josie Williams signed an agreement with a Bosnian diplomat who was then assassinated. Josie was taken as a hostage but was saved by Paul Reynish. (HOMEVID: When to Die)

The First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Vicki Pallister arrived at the Festival of Ghana, pursued by Daleks. (TV: The Chase)

Rex Matheson's father became an alcoholic due to family and financial troubles. (TV: Dead of Night)

A NASA shuttle was struck by a meteorite. Millicent Drake was the only survivor of the crew but she lost her limbs, which were replaced by metal prosthetics. (AUDIO: Ferril's Folly)

The Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka visited Egypt and London. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)

A Graske was responsible for the disappearance of three students in Carlisle. The Graske was killed in a nightclub and its corpse was taken to the Leamington Spa Lifeboat Museum. (GAME: Security Bot)

Iris Wildthyme and Jenny Winterleaf came to North East England and had an adventure involving jellyfish-like aliens, a moonbase, and the cast of a soap opera. After this, Jenny decided to stop travelling with Iris and stayed on Earth. (PROSE: The Dreadful Flap)

Never Give A Sucker An Even Break: History's Dodgiest Deals by J. Writhing-Crayfish was first published. (PROSE: Weapons Grade Snake Oil)

Alternate timeline

National Museum

The National Museum. (TV: The Big Bang)

At Easter, Auton Rory Williams finished his job guarding the Pandorica at the National Museum. A version of Amelia Pond rescued her older, nearly deceased self, who had been inside the Pandorica since 102, with the younger Amy's DNA. The Eleventh Doctor, having taken a vortex manipulator from 102, seemed to be killed by a Stone Dalek. River Song killed it shortly afterward. This was a ruse to sneak past and fly the Pandorica with the Doctor inside into his exploding TARDIS to reboot the universe, which was being destroyed by the Time Field. (TV: The Big Bang)

Births and deaths

Nathan Goss was born. (TV: The Lost Boy)

Chang Ho was stabbed to death by a member of rival gang in San Francisco. (PROSE: The Novel of the Film)