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|Timeline for 1996|
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1996 was a year in which a number of events important to the production of Doctor Who and its spin-offs occurred.
- 15 January - Filming began in Vancouver, B.C. for the Doctor Who TV movie; discounting some post-production dubbing, this was the first major production session for Doctor Who since recording for Ghost Light concluded on 3 August 1989.
- 21 February - Filming concluded for the Doctor Who TV movie. The next time Doctor Who went into production was not until 18 July 2004.
- Spring - Doctor Who novel writer Jonathan Blum wrote and played the Seventh Doctor in an unofficial video production, Time Rift. Blum later recycled elements of the story for his later novel Vampire Science.[additional sources needed]
- April - Fox Television in America began airing trailers for its upcoming broadcast of Doctor Who. The trailers incorporated special effects footage from episode 1 of the 1986 serial The Mysterious Planet.
- June - Around the time the novelisation of the telefilm was published, a major shake-up occurred in the Doctor Who publishing world when it was announced that BBC Books had taken on the licence to publish fiction featuring the Doctor and other BBC-owned characters and concepts from the franchise. Virgin Books, which had been publishing original novels since 1991 and also owned the Target Books line which dated back to 1973, announced its Virgin New Adventures and Virgin Missing Adventures lines would conclude in 1997, after several remaining commissioned novels were published. Virgin, however, also announced it would continue the New Adventures line after that point, focusing on the character of Benny Summerfield.
- 1 July - The BBC applied for trademark status for the traditional police box design associated with the TARDIS.
- Time Rift. Doctor Who Reference Guide. Retrieved on 11th December 2011.
- M KNIGHT For the Registrar the Comptroller-General (14th day of August 2002). IN THE MATTER OF Application No. 2104259 by The British Broadcasting Corporation to register a series of three marks in Classes 9, 16, 25 and 41 AND IN THE MATTER OF Opposition thereto under No. 48452 by The Metropolitan Police Authority (PDF). Intellectual Property Office (UK). Retrieved on 11th December 2011.
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