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2016 in

the DWU • production history • vital statistics • releases

Timeline for 2016
21st century | 2010s

2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019 • 2020 • 2021 • 2022

2016 was a year the Twelfth Doctor visited many times. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die, COMIC: Big in Japan, The Stockbridge Showdown, Planet of the Rude, et al.) Indeed, the Twelfth Doctor continued to guard the Vault with Nardole during 2016. He met Bill Potts this year, who he would later adopt as his companion. (TV: The Pilot)

In this year, teenagers played games like Pokemon Go and rode hoverboards. Donald Trump and Brexit were both considered to be major unstoppable powers in 2016. (PROSE: What She Does Next Will Astound You)

In the later months of 2016, the Coal Hill defenders dealt with numerous alien incursions which were mostly caused by the Coal Hill Space-Time Rift. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die et al.) Also around this time, (COMIC: Vortex Butterflies) the Tenth Doctor dealt with several alien incursions in the New York City area with the help of Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu. (COMIC: Revolutions of Terror et al)

Dated events[]

January - August[]

Early in the year, the famous musician David Bowie died. In tribute to him, Erimem and Andy Hansen left a copy of his album Life on Mars on the planet Mars. (PROSE: Life on Mars on Mars)

On 11 March, the British Science Week began. It ended on 20 March. (TV: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo)

In the spring, EverUpwardReach Ltd sponsored the renovation of Coal Hill School into Coal Hill Academy. (TV: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo)

In April, an alien pilot and his crew travelled through space-time to Earth for the purposes of exploration and appropriated an abandoned industrial estate off Swallow Avenue in Shoreditch. (PROSE: Joyride)

Strax chases away bullies on the Time Shark. (COMIC: The Adventures of Strax & the Time Shark)

In the summer, Strax visited a city with his Time Shark. He encountered a boy who was being bullied. He let the boy ride on the shark with him and they scared away the bullies. (COMIC: The Adventures of Strax & the Time Shark)

In July, the Twelfth Doctor joined an internet forum under the name ThetaSigma. He wrote an extremely negative post about an episode of a television series. (COMIC: Planet of the Rude)

In August, the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Jack Harkness visited San Francisco. At the time, a wormhole was going through the city which mutated people, first by giving them inhuman strength and flight, then by transforming them into gargoyle-like creatures. The Doctor had a brush with his future by encountering Mickey Smith and Martha Jones, who were both investigating the wormhole as well. While Rose began mutating into a gargoyle, the Doctor, Mickey, and Martha followed the wormhole to its source and shut it down. Almost everything was returned to normal on Earth, but one mutated San Fransciscan was sent a few decades back in time. The Doctor, Rose, and Jack left 2016 to stop him from affecting history. (COMIC: The Transformed)

In August, U.S. President Barack Obama condemned Donald Trump as an unsuitable candidate for president. (PROSE: Buccaneer)

In early September, (TV: Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart) the Twelfth Doctor left Prince Charlie of Rhodia and his Quill servant outside of Coal Hill Academy. Charlie enrolled into the academy as a student and the Quill became a physics teacher. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)

On 17 September, the Level Two Careers Fair was held in the Coal Hill sports hall. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die, Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart)

On 26 September, the Twelfth Doctor and Clara Oswald came to Earth on a time dragon and encountered Gertie and Charlie Baker. (COMIC: Super Gran)


On 12 October, a Shadow Kin came through the space-time rift in Coal Hill looking for Charlie and Quill. Quill had the student Kevin Williams shoot it with a displacement gun, killing both himself and the Shadow Kin.

Corakinus and April MacLean. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die)

On 13 October, April MacLean encountered Charlie and Miss Quill while she was decorating for the autumn prom and learned that they were aliens. Corakinus came through the rip and Quill tried to make April shoot him with the displacement gun. Charlie interfered and April only skimmed Corakinus with the gun. This made her share a heart with Corakinus. Seeing he could not kill April without killing himself, Corakinus left before telling Charlie and Quill he would attack the next day.

On 14 October, Coal Hill Academy held its Autumn Prom. During the prom, the Shadow Kin came to Coal Hill. Ram Singh's girlfriend Rachel Chapman was killed and everyone attending the prom was terrified. Miss Quill called the Twelfth Doctor and asked for help. When Charlie and Quill were cornered in the Coal Hill school hall, the Doctor arrived and, with the help of Tanya Adeola, weakened the Shadow Kin with the school's lights. The Shadow Kin were pushed back through the space-time rip and the Doctor brought together Quill, Charlie, April, Ram, Tanya, and Matteusz near the Coal Hill School Roll of Honours Board and tasked them with the role of protecting Coal Hill from further alien attacks. (TV: For Tonight We Might Die) The rest of the students quickly forgot about the Shadow Kin.

On 24 October, Ram stumbled into the skinned corpse of C. Caroll after Caroll was murdered by a leaf dragon attached to the skin of Tom Dawson.

On 25 October, Ram witnessed the dragon murder P. Volkon. Meanwhile, Miss Quill found herself being spied on by a robot sent by the Governors, disguised as an Ofsted inspector.

On 27 October, a second leaf dragon came to Coal Hill and killed the headteacher Frank Armitage. That night, Ram realised that the dragons he and his friends had seen resembled the dragon tattoo on Coach Dawson, and the team confronted Dawson shortly afterwards. They learned that one dragon had been fused to Dawson and the second dragon was her mate. The second dragon joined this confrontation and, after some encouragement from Ram, grabbed Dawson and took him through the space-time rip to wherever the dragons originated from. (TV: The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo)


On 3 November, the Lankin came through the space-time rift in Coal Hill to feed on the grief of the inhabitants of Shoreditch. The tips of its appendages morphed into deceased loved ones and tricked many into touching the Lankin and being fed off of. The Lankin brought its great trunk to Tanya's window to feed off a large amount of grief in Tanya caused by the death of her father, but Tanya saw through the attempt to mimic her father and instead of feeding the Lankin her grief, she fed it anger. This weakened the Lankin enough that when Miss Quill drove a bus into its main branch it retreated back through the rift. (TV: Nightvisiting)

Mounds of killer petals at 1 Wellington Road. (TV: Brave-ish Heart)

In mid-November, a single petal-like creature drifted through the rift; it quickly began feeding off of small animals and multiplying. This was noticed by Dorothea Ames, who had taken over as headteacher of Coal Hill on behalf of the Governors, and she reached out to Quill for assistance in dealing with the matter. Also on this day, the bond between April and Corakinus was strengthened by an anchor of a lifeblood. Fearing that Corakinus would come to Earth and kill everyone, April went through the rift to the Underneath followed by Ram. (TV: Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart) April bested Corakinus in battle and became king of the Shadow Kin. She returned to Earth and ordered the Shadow Kin to destroy all of the petals. Shortly afterwards, the anchor of lifeblood wore off and April lost her Shadow Kin connection. (TV: Brave-ish Heart)

A few days later, Miss Quill put the Coal Hill defenders in detention while she got her arn removed. While the students were trapped in detention with an alien mass murderer in a prison asteroid, (TV: Detained) Quill travelled with Dorothea Ames and Ballon in a metaphysical engine to gather various materials needed to remove her arn. Once everything was collected, Ballon surgically removed the arn in the Cabinet of Souls. Afterwards, the two had sex and then were informed by Dorothea that to escape the Cabinet, one of them would have to kill the other. Ballon and Quill fought, with Ballon gaining the upper hand. Ballon was tricked into killing himself by the Governors. Quill was then rapidly aged by a Rhodian soul before climbing out of the cabinet. She went back to her classroom and destroyed the asteroid prison which was threatening her students. (TV: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did)


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In early December, six days after Quill's arn was removed, Quill was still in a coma-like state in which she experienced a dream world. In this world, she encountered odd 'metaphysical' variations of people that were familiar to her. After defeating the 'metaphysical' version of Tanya, she awoke and was surprised to discover that she was pregnant. (TV: Queen of Rhodia) On the same day, Corakinus returned to Earth to capture April and eradicate the human race. He started by murdering Varun Singh and Vivian Adeola. When he came to kill Jackie MacLean, Corakinus confronted Charlie, Matteusz, Ram, and April. Meanwhile, Tanya became determined to avenge her mother's death and worked with Quill to make Charlie destroy the Shadow Kin with the Cabinet of Souls. After encountering Tanya and Quill in the school hall, Charlie used the Cabinet of Souls to stop the Shadow Kin from killing everyone on Earth. Although April died, she was resurrected in Corakinus' body. (TV: The Lost)

Also in early December, the Jezrafeq attempted to invade Earth by emitting a signal that coupled with Christmas music to reduce humans to a brain-dead state. Erimem and Andy Hansen were returning home after shopping for presents at Oxford Street when the signal reached Earth and escaped the signal by being on the Tube. After discovering people affected by the signal, they returned to the Habitat and traced the signal back to the Jezrafeq fleet above Earth. By this time, 70% of the population was affected. Erimem and Andy reversed the signal back to the Jezrafeq fleet, leading to them losing the mental capacity to pilot their ships and crashing onto Earth. (PROSE: Cliff Richards Saves the World)

In December, Nicole became Nick's girlfriend. (TV: Eve of the Daleks)

The Eighth Doctor receives a hypercube. (PROSE: Ghost of Christmas Past)

On 24 December, the Eighth Doctor went into temporal orbit around Earth after his TARDIS was damaged in the Last Great Time War. During this time, he received a Christmas card in the form of a hypercube from his granddaughter Susan. (PROSE: Ghost of Christmas Past)

On 25 December, Erimem brought Olivia Parson to 2016 from the 17th century as a gift to Andy. (PROSE: I Saw Three Ships) Early in the day, Helena wrapped presents and reflected that her husband Ibrahim Hadmani would die before the next Christmas, meaning that the day was her last Christmas with him. (PROSE: Last Christmas) Erimem and friends had lunch with David Hartingden. (PROSE: A Bleak Midwinter) That night, Erimem and Andy discussed christmas carols. (PROSE: Damn You, Bing Crosby)

Unknown dates[]

Sometime in autumn, the Twelfth Doctor came to Stockbridge with plans to bring down Josiah W. Dogbolter's criminal empire with the help of several old friends. Dogbolter was brought from the future to St Justinian's Church by Frobisher. There, he confronted the Doctor and mentioned killing thousands. Sharon Allen filmed the confrontation and brought the footage back to Dogbolter's time, where he was arrested. The Doctor then brought Maxwell Edison to Cornucopia to celebrate Maxwell's 60th birthday with Frobisher, Sharon, Izzy Sinclair, Destrii, and Majenta Pryce. (COMIC: The Stockbridge Showdown)

The Doctor tracks the Kaznak Simu-System's signal as two kaiju rampage through Japan. (COMIC: Big in Japan)

Professor Nakatomi bought a Kaznak Simu-System off of the black market to create a video game system. He tested it by having it physically create the dreams of two young boys. The boys dreamt about two monsters from an action figure series, causing the Simu-System to create two giant monsters that fought each other in the streets, destroying building and cars. UNIT arrived on the scene but were unsuccessful in dealing with the monsters. The Twelfth Doctor arrived in Japan looking for ramen and encountered UNIT. He used his sonic screwdriver to find the Simu-System, and then made it create his dreams instead of the boys'. Nakatomi was then arrested by UNIT. (COMIC: Big in Japan)

The Transhuman Sisters of the Unholy Protocol came to Hexford searching for the Master, who had been trapped without form in his TARDIS since 1984. The Sisters couldn't open the TARDIS, so they tried to find a Time Lord by putting it up for auction. The Fifth Doctor came to the auction and was led into a trap by one of the Sisters. However, the Sisters were destroyed by another group of bounty hunters. After this, the Master briefly left his TARDIS to steal a body before leaving. The Doctor left shortly afterwards to return to his travels and UNIT cleaned up the mess left by the Sisters' crashed spaceship. (AUDIO: And You Will Obey Me)

The Master tried to catch the attention of the Doctor by bringing Earth's smartest scientists to the Dominus Institute and draining them of intelligence. When the Sixth Doctor investigated the institute with Heather Threadstone, he discovered that the Master had captured a Carmentine Mind Leach and was planning to use it to steal the Doctor's memories. The procedure did not go as planned and only the Doctor's short-term memory was taken. The Master ran away and the Doctor was left with little memory of the incident. (AUDIO: Vampire of the Mind) An agent of the older Master observed the entire scheme. (AUDIO: The Two Masters)

Under orders from the British government, UNIT constructed K2, a recreation of the original K1 robot. It escaped and went on a rampage in downtown London. The Twelfth Doctor and Petronella Osgood were able to disassemble it, but only after it destroyed the London Eye. (COMIC: Robo Rampage)

The Twelfth Doctor visited the annual UK Book Festival, where he encountered Charles Abbott: an alien who masqueraded as a human to write popular children's books. He also met Eliza Jones, who told him that Abbott had kidnapped her younger brother Sammy. Using one of Abbott's books, the Doctor tracked Sammy to Abbott's home planet. The Doctor and Eliza saved Sammy and trapped Abbott in a stasis jail cell. (COMIC: Shock Horror)

Undated adventures of the Coal Hill Defenders[]

Some time after the Coal Hill defenders were formed and Matteusz began living with Charlie, a website called truthordare.com was started up, encouraging Coal Hill students and those in the surrounding area to do stupid stuff in what appeared to be a charity fundraising scheme. However, over the course of the following weeks, practically all of those who took part in the scheme were kidnapped by the Organisation and taken to a facility in a pocket dimension Void where they were tricked into eradicating the Skandis so the Organisation could easily take over the Skandis home planet and blame Earth for the eradication. April and Tanya befriended Seraphin, a vlogger who had been kidnapped by the Organisation to act as the public figure of the scheme, and used him to access the facility's dimensional technology and break it. Without a working facility, the students were able to see the Skandis as the peaceful kind beings they were. The Skandis salvaged the pocket dimension for information on the Organisation, and were lenient enough on the humans to let them return home. The Organisation still made a considerable amount of money through selling footage of the students fighting, but Quill found and killed them after everyone else had left the pocket dimension. (PROSE: What She Does Next Will Astound You)

Other information[]

By this year, the Eighth Doctor's companion Izzy Sinclair was working for Médecins Sans Frontières‎. (COMIC: The Stockbridge Showdown)

In 2014, (COMIC: The Fractures) while trying to work out how a forest had grown on Earth overnight, the Twelfth Doctor compared a tree to a time machine, and determined that this had to have happened due to messing with the fabric of time, as "you [couldn't] create a whole overnight forest with extra special fertiliser". He referred to a hypothetical scenario, where "[y]ou plant[ed] a little acorn in 1795, and in the year 2016, there [was] an oak tree, there in the same spot, with a tiny, little bit of 1795 still alive inside of it." (TV: In the Forest of the Night)

Behind the scenes[]

In the novel Revolution Man, the Eighth Doctor mentions attending Fidel Castro's funeral in Havana. In the real world, Castro's state funeral was held on 4 December 2016.