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Empire State Building

You may be looking for the lunar tower named after this one.

One of the most famous American landmarks and tourist attractions, the Empire State Building was located in New York City.

It was situated on 33rd Street in Manhattan. (COMIC: Spiral Staircase)

At a height of 1473 feet, the Empire State Building was the tallest building and structure on Earth as late as 1966. (TV: The Chase)


20th century[]

While visiting New York City in 1903, the Thirteenth Doctor revealed to Graham O'Brien and Team TARDIS, of 2020 Sheffield, that the Empire State Building had not yet been constructed. (TV: Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror)

In 1930, just prior to the building's completion, the Cult of Skaro occupied one floor of the building. They consulted with construction manager Mr Diagoras, who obeyed their orders willingly, and informed him of their plans. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan) They took Dalekanium plates taken from the outer casing of Dalek Thay and attached them to the top of the Empire State Building. These would attract gamma radiation and activate the Dalek DNA in the humans who had been abducted, bringing to life an army of human-Daleks. The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones stopped the Cult's plans. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)

In 1966, the dimwitted American tourist Morton Dill observed the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright and Vicki Pallister landing in the Doctor's TARDIS on the observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building, as they attempted to escape the Dalek time machine. The Daleks also landed there for a moment before continuing their chase of the Doctor. (TV: The Chase)

21st century[]

The spire of the Empire State Building, despite being in the path of the atmospheric-cleaning fire in 2009 created by the Doctor to avert the Sontaran invasion of Earth, was not harmed. (TV: The Poison Sky)

The building was the first in Manhattan to lose its power during the attempted Vykoid takeover of the city in 2010. (PROSE: The Forgotten Army)

"Ever since that Freedom Tower was built, I've been thinking that the Empire State Building isn't tall enough." (COMIC: The Fountains of Forever)

During the early 21st century, a quantum harvester merged with Dorothy Bell. Together, they extended the height of the building by 20 storeys. After more recent buildings like the Freedom Tower were built, she felt the Empire State Building was not tall enough. So she added twenty extra floors.

After Dorothy started making more modifications to New York City, Trinity Wells reported on the occurances, saying it was a state of emergency. (COMIC: The Fountains of Forever)

Later history[]

In 2254, the Empire State Building survived a Dalek invasion of Earth which saw New York liberated by the Doctor. (GAME: Dalek Attack)

The Empire State Building was among the Earth cultural items the Threshold stole and took to the town of Wormwood on the Moon. (COMIC: Wormwood)


Vicki mentioned that the view from the top of the Empire State Building made her want to go to New York again. (TV: "The Watcher")

Behind the scenes[]

The initial anachronistic cover of The First Doctor Adventures: Volume One.

The Empire State Building was anachronistically featured on the initial cover for The First Doctor Adventures: Volume One. As it had not been built yet during the time period depicted in the story The Great White Hurricane, it was consequently replaced with another famous New York City landmark, the Statue of Liberty.