Belgium

Belgium was a nation in western Europe.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Southern Belgium was known as Wallonia, and located there were Waterloo and Plancenoit. (AUDIO: The Curse of Davros)

Ostend and Brussels were cities in Belgium, (AUDIO: Year of the Pig) the latter of which served as its capital. (PROSE: Escape Velocity)

The forests of Soignes (AUDIO: The Curse of Davros) and Mormal were both located there. (COMIC: Warfreekz!)

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

The Doctor in the Ardennes. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)

Belgium was located in the same region as 5th century Gaul. (PROSE: Combat Magicks)

The Tenth Doctor rescued the kidnapped Charlemagne from Momus, an insane computer, in 800. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp, PROSE: The Lonely Computer)

19th and early 20th centuries[edit | edit source]

Belgians were among the Allied army which opposed Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815. (PROSE: World Game) The Battle of Waterloo took place on 18 June, with both the Sixth Doctor (AUDIO: The Curse of Davros) and the Second Doctor present, and ended in victory for the Allies. (PROSE: World Game)

In 1865, Leopold II was crowned King of the Belgians. (AUDIO: Assassin in the Limelight)

In 1913, the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown encountered Toby the Sapient Pig and Marcel Proust in a hotel in Ostend. (AUDIO: Year of the Pig)

In 1914, the Tenth Doctor visited the battlefields of the First World War in Belgium twice, once with Rose Tyler and once with Daniel Francis Thompson. (COMIC: Warfreekz!, PROSE: Deep and Dreamless Sleep)

In October 1914, Germany bombarded Antwerp. Using her yacht, a British woman named Jessica Borthwick evacuated numerous Belgians across the English Channel while under German fire. (AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks)

In 1939, the Seventh Doctor told Adolf Hitler that Belgium was one of the countries Germany would conquer. By 1940, the Wehrmacht had overrun Belgium. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus)

World War II[edit | edit source]

Belgium was notable for being a key location on the Western Front during the First World War. It's towns and cities, including Mons, (COMIC: The Weeping Angels of Mons) Ypres (TV: Twice Upon a Time) and Antwerp saw much of the action during the conflict. (AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks)

In 1944, the country faced further conflict in the Second World War, when the region of Ardennes became the location of the Battle of the Bulge. the Eighth Doctor, Sam Jones and Fitz Kreiner become involved in the this battle. (PROSE: Autumn Mist)

21st century[edit | edit source]

In February 2001, Anji Kapoor and her boyfriend Dave Young encountered Kulan agents whilst in Brussels. Fitz Kreiner met them, suspecting the Eighth Doctor's involvement. Also in February 2001, Pierre-Yves Dudoin attempted to launch his Star Dart, but it was destroyed. (PROSE: Escape Velocity)

The sale of Dogon eyes were somewhat popular with collectors of alien artefacts, especially in Belgium. (TV: Random Shoes)

Around the 2010s, Missy ordered the Cybermen to blow up Boat One as well as Belgium. She said they "might as well" kill some Belgians because they weren't even French. (TV: Death in Heaven)

Culture[edit | edit source]

According to the Tenth Doctor, Belgium had the finest chocolatiers in all the galaxy. (COMIC: Warfreekz!) According to Agatha Christie, they made "such lovely buns". (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)

References[edit | edit source]

The collision of the TARDISes of the tenth and fifth incarnations threatened to blow a hole in the space-time continuum the exact size of Belgium, a somewhat anticlimactic apocalypse. (TV: Time Crash)

The Tenth Doctor's psychic paper convinced an Alexandra Palace security guard that the Doctor was the King of Belgium. (TV: The Idiot's Lantern)

Agatha Christie made her fictional detective Hercule Poirot a Belgian. (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)

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