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2010 in

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Timeline for 2010
21st century | 2010s

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2010 was the year of the weddings of four of the Doctor's companions: Bernice Summerfield, Donna Noble, Amy Pond, and Rory Williams, though Amy and Rory were the bride and groom, respectively, of the same wedding. It was also the year in which the Eleventh Doctor returned for Amy Pond and she joined him in his travels in his TARDIS.

Igrix intended to end all wars in 2010. (COMIC: The Love Invasion)

Dated events

January - April

Jack Harkness investigated the House of the Dead and encountered the ghost of Ianto Jones before it was destroyed. At the same time, the Rift was apparently sealed forever. (AUDIO: The House of the Dead) However, temporary holes in space-time would persist in Cardiff in the years that would follow. (COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse, AUDIO: More Than This)

Jack leaves Earth. (TV: Day Five)

Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams met with Jack Harkness outside Cardiff. Jack, still mourning the deaths of his grandson, Ianto, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato and Suzie Costello, used his recovered vortex manipulator to send a signal to a cold fusion freighter just outside the Sol system. He was beamed into space. With the departure of Jack, Torchwood Three unofficially ceased to exist. (TV: Day Five)

On 24 April, the wedding of Bernice Summerfield and Jason Kane occurred in Cheldon Bonniface, England, Earth. Many guests from throughout time and space attended. (PROSE: Happy Endings)

Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart was restored to youth and health by the Fortean Flicker. (PROSE: Happy Endings)

May - August

During the last few years of Ianto Jones' life, his bank card was due to expire in May 2010. (AUDIO: Fall to Earth) By that time, he had died a year prior during the invasion of the 456. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Four)

Some time before Donna's wedding, Joshua Naismith and his daughter, Abigail, were put on trial. (TV: The End of Time)

The wedding of Donna Noble and Shaun Temple occurred in the spring. Among her guests were her mother Sylvia Noble, granddad Wilfred Mott, friend Nerys, and, unbeknownst to her, the Tenth Doctor, who was in the midst of a prolonged regeneration. The Doctor (by way of Sylvia and Wilf) gave Donna a winning triple rollover lottery ticket as a wedding gift. (TV: The End of Time)

Newlywed Amy Pond enters the TARDIS. (TV: The Big Bang)

On 25 June, the Eleventh Doctor returned to Amy Pond's house two years after the incident with the Atraxi and Prisoner Zero from 2008 and invited her to travel with him. (TV: The Eleventh Hour) They left together, and returned at 11:55 PM, after escaping from the wreckage of the Byzantium. (TV: Flesh and Stone)

On 26 June, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy left for Venice in 1580 after picking up Amy's fiancé Rory Williams from his stag party. (TV: Flesh and Stone) Amy and Rory got married after the Eleventh Doctor, with Amy's help, had restored the universe to its original condition. (TV: The Big Bang)

On 19 August, Luke Smith received his A Level results, all (four) A Stars. (TV: The Nightmare Man)

September - December

On 10 September, Luke Smith, Clyde Langer and Rani Chandra defeated the Nightmare Man by trapping him inside a dream. Luke left with K9 for Oxford University. (TV: The Nightmare Man)

Soon after Luke arrived at Oxford, a critically ill Androvax returned to Earth to free the remains of the Veil species from an interdimensional vault there. With Sarah Jane Smith and Mister Dread's help, he took the spaceship with the Veil safely off Earth into space to search for a new home. Mister Dread gave his life saving the day. (TV: The Vault of Secrets)

Jilly Kitzinger started working for PhiCorp. (TV: Escape to LA)

Sarah Jane Smith was told by UNIT they had found the Doctor's body. She and her gang, along with Jo Jones and her grandson, were invited to the Doctor's funeral underneath Mount Snowdon. The Eleventh Doctor arrived; his death had been faked by the Claw Shansheeth. Using a machine he built, he swapped places with Clyde Langer from where he had been trapped in the Crimson Heart. With help from Jo and Sarah Jane, he fixed his teleporter and returned them all to Earth properly. The Claw Shansheeth and Tia Karim used memory weave technology to attempt to create a TARDIS key from the Doctor's companions' memories. Sarah Jane and Jo overloaded the machine, killing the Shansheeth and Tia. (TV: Death of the Doctor)

Before 23 November, Clyde and Rani, having been grounded by the Judoon, were the only two humans left on Earth. They found an alien prince, Gavin, and delivered him to royal robots so he could take his rightful place as king of his home planet. Gavin happily teleported to his home planet after he knighted Clyde and Rani and ordered the return of the warp shunted human race. (TV: The Empty Planet)

The Shopkeeper presents a time window. (TV: Lost in Time)

On 23 November, the Shopkeeper requested the Bannerman Road gang's help to acquire Chronosteel at key points in time to save the Earth. While two of the pieces were supplied, one was left behind with Emily Morris in 1889. Her descendant, Angela, having been handed the newspaper article of the red herring the Shopkeeper had used to draw the Bannerman Road gang to him, gave the Shopkeeper the piece, saving the timestream. The Shopkeeper departed with his parrot Captain. (TV: Lost in Time)

Sarah Jane encountered an unwilling ally using the alias of Ruby White. Ruby ultimately faked Sarah Jane's retirement, taking over 13 Bannerman Road and Mr Smith, and tried to kill Sarah Jane by draining her life-force. Ruby was defeated by being overwhelmed by humanity's fears of meteors (in simulations created by Mr White, reprogrammed by Luke). She was sent off into space on her prison ship. (TV: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith)

On 24 December, the Novelisor Huxley forced Iris Wildthyme to park her Celestial Omnibus in the basement of the Selfridges on Oxford Street. Huxley approached Jo Jones while she was doing her Christmas shopping and tried to convince her that all of her memories of working with UNIT and the Third Doctor were lies and that she had actually been an agent of MIAOW and a companion of Iris. Huxley took Jo to the Celestial Omnibus and introduced her to Iris. Iris and Jo decided to pilot the omnibus to UNIT HQ in the 1970s to prove Huxley wrong. Panda stayed behind in 2010 to conduct a secret mission. (AUDIO: Find and Replace)

On 25 December, the John Fuchas film adaptation of The True History of Planets was broadcast on BBC Three. Elizabeth II was dead by this point, meaning that there was no Queen's speech. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)

Unknown dates

The Eleventh Doctor and Amy went to New York City and found that the city had been invaded by Vykoids. (PROSE: The Forgotten Army)

The Tenth Doctor and Majenta Pryce landed in Sydney, Australia and foiled an invasion of the Skith. (COMIC: The Age of Ice)

The Doctor and Amy see The Church at Auvers. (TV: Vincent and the Doctor)

The Eleventh Doctor took Amy Pond to see a Vincent van Gogh exhibit in the Musée d'Orsay. They discovered a monster peeping through a church window in van Gogh's painting, The Church at Auvers. They travelled back to 1890 to discover the meaning of the painting and later took Vincent to 2010 to show modern evaluation of his work. (TV: Vincent and the Doctor)

Iris Wildthyme and Panda attended a book launch party on Shaftsbury Avenue in London. Afterwards, they recuperated in the Celestial Omnibus with Elspeth May. George Mann saw them and drew a sketch using crayons and felt tip markers. (PROSE: Iris at the V&A)

The Seventh Doctor and Ace visited Earth. (PROSE: The Devil Like a Bear)

Albert and Tamara Wilson took their children to Disney World in Florida. During their trip, Albert attended a business meeting with an American client that took place during a birthday party, to which he brought his daughter Lucy along. At the party, 5-year-old Lucy experienced racism for the first time, when she jumped into a swimming pool with other, white children, who were hastily ushered out by their parents. Albert was enraged when he realised what was going on, after one of the parents told him that they did not want their children splashing around with a "dirty little monkey". (PROSE: 8.46)

Other timelines

Time Field timeline

On 26 June, River Song arrived some time in the early morning before sunrise after the TARDIS landed there. She investigated Amy's house and found a book on Pandora's box and a Roman Britain book beside Amy's bed. She took them for analysis in the TARDIS (TV: The Pandorica Opens) shortly before the Silence exploded the TARDIS on this date, (TV: The Time of the Doctor) cracking all of time and space. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

Pete's world

Mickey Smith, Jake Simmonds and Pete travelled from a parallel world back to the Doctor's universe. They and Rose and Jackie Tyler were stuck in Pete's World after the tear through the Void closed. (TV: Doomsday) [1]

Behind the scenes

In a sketch on The Lenny Henry Show, a version of the Seventh Doctor played by Lenny Henry and Peri Brown visited London in 2010 to find that Cybermen led by Thatchos had taken over Britain's workforce.

In the initial pitch for what would become TV: Dalek, entitled Return of the Daleks, writer Russell T Davies set the story in Utah in 2010. While the location would remain unchanged in the final version by Robert Shearman, the time would be advanced by two years to 2012, seven years ahead of its 2005 premiere.[2]

Though the Torchwood television stories Fragments and Exit Wounds have an apparent 2008 setting going by Jack Harkness' dialogue in Exit Wounds, this is complicated by mentions of Owen Harper's early employment with Torchwood from both of these stories. While Exit Wounds explicitly states that Toshiko Sato's examination of the Space Pig from the Doctor Who television story Aliens of London, a story set a year after 2005, happened on Owen's second week, a caption in Fragments places Owen's recruitment four years before those stories. This appears to put Fragments and Exit Wounds in 2010 instead.


  1. Due to time differences between the two worlds, they appeared in 2007 in the other world. See also Pete's World.
  2. DWMSE 11