Cape Canaveral

The view over Cape Canaveral in 1969. (TV: Day of the Moon)

Cape Canaveral (also known as Cape Kennedy) was a location in Florida, proximate to Titusville and home to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, from which American spacecraft were launched. The Eighth Doctor and Deborah Castle once went there to stow away on the Atlantis space shuttle in order to reach the Doctor's daughter, Miranda Dawkins, who was then on a ship in Earth orbit. (PROSE: Father Time)

History[edit | edit source]

On 10 November 1963, the Sixth Doctor's companion Peri Brown referred to the Baikonur Cosmodrome as "the Soviet Cape Canaveral." (AUDIO: 1963: The Space Race)

In July 1966, Cape Kennedy was among the computer systems which were to be connected to WOTAN on C-Day on 16 July, an event which was ultimately cancelled following WOTAN's failed attempt to take over London. (TV: The War Machines)

On 8 April 1969, the Eleventh Doctor searched a warehouse nearby to find the girl who had been telephoning President Nixon. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut) Later, he lands the TARDIS near Cape Kennedy again before the Apollo 11 launch to implement his plan to defeat the Silence. (TV: Day of the Moon)

In the 1970s, a space station armed with nuclear missiles was launched from Cape Kennedy while being tracked by Downphilly. (COMIC: The Enemy from Nowhere)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Father Time is fairly silent on what, exactly, Canaveral is. Thus, the best we can say from the evidence in that novel is that it is a "location in Florida". In real life, of course, it is a geographic feature and a US Air Force base, which many people think of as a "NASA base".

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