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2006 in

the DWU • production history • vital statistics • releases

Timeline for 2006
21st century | 2000s

2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012

In 2006, following the expiration of the thirty year rule for official secrets, The Zen Military, Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart's exposé of the history of UNIT, was published. (PROSE: Set Piece)

Iris Wildthyme had a driver's licence from 2006. (PROSE: Gimme Shelter)

Dated events

January - March

Big Ben is destroyed. (TV: Aliens of London)

On 6 March 2006, the Ninth Doctor returned Rose Tyler to her home in London. Due to a miscalculation, they arrived a year late. Rose learnt that her mother, Jackie Tyler, had been searching for her ever since she left the previous year. At one point, she was believed murdered and Mickey Smith had been a suspect. Big Ben was side-swiped by a UFO which crashed into the Thames. (TV: Aliens of London)

An "alien astronaut" from the UFO was taken to Albion Hospital, where the Doctor and Toshiko Sato examined it. (TV: Aliens of London) "Dr Sato" was working undercover for Torchwood Three, covering for Owen Harper, who was hungover on his "second week" working for Torchwood. (TV: Exit Wounds)

Most of the Earth's leading experts on aliens were killed, as was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (TV: Aliens of London) 10 Downing Street was destroyed by a harpoon missile targeted by Mickey Smith. The fortitude of backbench MP Harriet Jones during this crisis contributed to her ascent to power and the post of Prime Minister. Mickey Smith was asked by the Doctor to install a virus that would wipe out all references to him on the Internet. (TV: World War Three) Jones later claimed that the destruction of 10 Downing Street was a terrorist attack. This was repeated in a press briefing issued by UNIT. (PROSE: Number Ten Pays Tribute to UNIT)

Afterwards, the Slitheen skin suit of General R. Asquith was recovered from 10 Downing street and stored at the Leamington Spa Lifeboat Museum. (GAME: Security Bot) Harriet Jones became the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

April - August

In June, the article "Down the Boozer with Iris and Panda" by Iris Wildthyme was published in the magazine Sounds. (PROSE: Low/Profile)

On Saturday 24 June, Edward Grainger died on his 100th birthday. (PROSE: Forgotten)

Around the same date, the 2006 World Cup took place in Munich. (PROSE: Forgotten)

In July 2006, many Schlechter Wolf artillery shells were excavated during renovations to the refurbishings of the Northern and Jubilee lines of the London Underground. UNIT issued a press briefing about the dangers on 28 July. (PROSE: Unexploded WWII Bomb Warnings)

September - December

The Earth is almost destroyed the Cardiff Space-Time Rift. (TV: Boom Town)

In September, the Raxacoricofallapatorian Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen, posing as the human Margaret Blaine, Mayor of Cardiff, plotted to blow up the Earth with the Blaidd Drwg nuclear power plant and the Cardiff Rift. This would let her escape on her extrapolator. The Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith and Jack Harkness captured her, but she used a fallback plan to make the extrapolator latch onto the TARDIS' energies (having been parked directly on the Rift) and still destroy Earth. The plan backfired and the Heart of the TARDIS opened up, regressing Blon to an egg. The Doctor and his companions returned Blon to Raxacoricofallapatorius to start a new life. (TV: Boom Town) UNIT issued a press briefing about the Cardiff Earthquake, saying that the clean up was successful, though a number of people were missing (including Blaine), and that UNIT's Scientific Advisors had all agreed that the plans for the Blaidd Drwg plant should be abandoned. (PROSE: Cardiff Earthquake) At this moment there were no fewer than three versions of Harkness in Cardiff at different points in his timeline: the Jack travelling with the Doctor, an older Jack now operating Torchwood Three while keeping himself and his team in the Hub during these events (PROSE: The Twilight Streets) and a still older Jack in cryogenic freeze in the Torchwood vaults, unknown to the Torchwood Three team. (TV: Exit Wounds)

On 22 September, on her 46th birthday, Tegan Jovanka was briefly reunited with the Fifth Doctor, who discovered that she had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour and had at most a year to live. Despite the Doctor's entreaty, Tegan chose to forgo his assistance in treating the tumour. She stated that she wished to remain on Earth because she was happy with the life that she had. She rekindled her relationship with Michael Tanaka. She had previously ended the relationship because of her tumour. (AUDIO: The Gathering)

According to one account, but not others, a CIA file on Gwen Cooper dated her joining Torchwood to October 2006. (TV: The New World) One account also placed 2006 as the year Gwen investigated the road accident death of Eugene Jones. (TV: Random Shoes)

Mickey helped Rose to get back to the Ninth Doctor by connecting a truck to the Heart of the TARDIS to open it. In doing so, Rose allowed the Heart to get inside her head and pilot her to the Game Station in 200,100. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)

On 23 November, retired Torchwood agent Lucia Moretti, a former lover of Jack Harkness and mother of his daughter Alice Carter, died of heart disease. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three, AUDIO: Red Skies)

On 24 December, the Tenth Doctor recovered from his regeneration at the Powell Estate. The Sycorax intercepted Guinevere One and sent a threatening message to Earth. The Sycorax ship's pilot fish landed. The Doctor stopped them from taking his regeneration energy. Prime Minister Harriet Jones sought help from UNIT as the Doctor was still in bed. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)

Also on this day, Daniel Francis Thompson was struck by a vehicle and hospitalised at St Nicholas's Hospital in London. The Tenth Doctor, only older than his encounter with the Sycorax, shared an adventure with Daniel and spent time at St Nicholas's Hospital waiting for Daniel to recover. (PROSE: Deep and Dreamless Sleep)

On 25 December, the Sycorax ship entered London airspace at around 07:45. (TV: The Christmas Invasion, Love & Monsters) The Sycorax used blood control on one-third of Earth's population. Harriet Jones appeared on television to ask for the Doctor's help. The Doctor defeated the Sycorax leader, who was later killed after trying to sneak-attack the Doctor. In the battle the leader cut off the Doctor's hand, which grew back. The Torchwood Institute destroyed the retreating Sycorax ship at Harriet Jones' orders. The Doctor regarded this as murder and engineered Jones' spiral in the polls. Although the Earth had been visited and even invaded many times before by alien races, the Doctor told Rose the Sycorax event marked the first occasion that life beyond Earth became common knowledge, and that Earth itself was now becoming noticed by other worlds. (TV: The Christmas Invasion) After the attack, UNIT issued another press briefing, confirming the existence of aliens. (PROSE: Alien Life)

Ursula Blake snapped a photo of the Tenth Doctor celebrating with Rose Tyler in London. Meanwhile, on the Internet, there began frantic speculation among conspiracy theorists as to what had really happened during the Sycorax invasion. She later posted the photo to her blog. (TV: Love & Monsters)

Unknown dates

Lucie Miller was on her way to her first day at work when she was placed in the Eighth Doctor's care by the Time Lords. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks) She was returned to this time by the Headhunter and taken to Lonsis, where Hulbert Logistics was battling the Cybermen. (AUDIO: Human Resources)

The Tenth Doctor visited St. Nicholas's Hospital, taking on the alias of a consultant. (PROSE: Deep and Dreamless Sleep)

Idris Hopper recognised Jack Harkness and chased him. Seeing past its perception filter, he witnessed the invisible lift in action. An attempt to erase Idris' memories with retcon in his dinner failed and Idris became angry with Jack because he thought he was poisoned. (PROSE: The Twilight Streets)

The Seventh Doctor and Ruby Duvall stopped the Cybermen's attempt to conquer Earth by preventing the magnetic field reversal that would have created worldwide chaos under which the Cybermen planned to invade. (PROSE: Iceberg)

Former teacher Oswald Danes was convicted of the rape and murder of twelve year old Susie Cabina. (TV: The New World)

The First Doctor lost his TARDIS in a bet in Chicago. He and his companions Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Susan Foreman were forced to travel 2,500 miles down Route 66 in a purple Oldsmobile 88 (which the Doctor won in another bet) to California in order to retrieve it. (PROSE: The Mother Road)

The Sixth Doctor once watched the 2006 cricket Test Match between Australia and South Africa on the Time-Space Visualiser. (AUDIO: The Fourth Wall)

Charles Cromwell died. (PROSE: Trace Memory)

Behind the scenes

According to the Torchwood House website, the Torchwood House was open to the public between April and September in this year, although an exhibition called "House of History" was opened at the House during this time. Prince Charles officially opened the exhibit. [1]