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Los Angeles

Los Angeles, often initialised as LA, was a major city in California. A significant portion of LA was the neighbourhood of Hollywood. It was the fourth largest city on Earth. (PROSE: The King of Terror) It was located on the west coast of the United States. (TV: The End of Time)

The city was home to a branch of Torchwood (AUDIO: The Dollhouse) and a branch of Faction Paradox. (PROSE: The Book of the War, Remake/Remodel) UNIT had a large base in downtown Los Angeles. (PROSE: The King of Terror)

The L.A. Herald was the city's local newspaper. (COMIC: Nightmare on the Boulevard)



Circa 33,000 years BC, Eleventh Doctor and Rory Williams visited the site where Los Angeles would one day be built. The TARDIS became stuck in a tar pit, while they encountered a mammoth and a sabre-toothed tiger. (COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse)

20th century[]

In 1936, the renegade Time Lady Iris Wildthyme and Jo Jones visited Hollywood in Los Angeles, where they met the Eighth Doctor. (AUDIO: The Elixir of Doom)

In 1947, the Seventh Doctor visited Los Angeles and encountered Mykloz. (PROSE: Playback)

In 1973, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant visited the city and rescued Vita Monet from one of her ex-husbands. (AUDIO: The Elixir of Doom)

In 1976, two priests who were members of the Order of Saint Peter pursued a vampire from Poland to Los Angeles and destroyed it. One of them stayed behind to found a chapter of the order there, and later became the father of Becky Lee Kowalczyck. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell)

Los Angeles hosted the 1984 Olympics, which were boycotted by the Soviet Union. (AUDIO: The Reaping)

Tracey came from Los Angeles. (PROSE: Hospitality)

In 1999, Los Angeles was home to a shady conglomerate known as InterCom, which aroused the suspicion of UNIT, after it was linked to illegal sales of plutonium. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart was joined in his investigations in the city by the Fifth Doctor, Tegan Jovanka and Vislor Turlough. (PROSE: The King of Terror)

Also in 1999, Chris Cwej faced Chad Vandermeer in the Mount Usu duel. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

On a Christmas Eve in the late 20th century, the Second Doctor took Jamie McCrimmon and Zoe Heriot to downtown LA in an effort to make them understand that no society, even the most egalitarian-minded ones, could escape the difficulties of poverty. The trio worked at the Midnight Mission and stopped a desperate homeless man named Charlie from robbing the charity. (PROSE: Goodwill Toward Men)

21st century[]

The Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield once found themselves imprisoned in the city by Face-Painter, who somehow stripped them of their faces, and his minion, Rachel. (PROSE: Face-Painter)

In 2008, Los Angeles was one of ten major cities across the world, all of which had underground railways, where Coldfire Construction built a reactor within a period of 18 months as part of a plot by the Slitheen to drain the Sun's energy, operated by at least one Slitheen disguised using a skin suit made from a local. Sarah Jane Smith foiled this plot with the help of her friends at Park Vale Comprehensive School at Ealing in London. She then contacted UNIT so that they could clear up the Coldfire sites. (TV: Revenge of the Slitheen)

Oswald Danes speaks at the Miracle Rally. (TV: The Categories of Life)

In 2011, after Miracle Day, a renewed Torchwood team moved to Venice Beach to investigate closely what PhiCorp was up to in LA. Rex Matheson had family in this city. (TV: Escape to LA) Later, Oswald Danes presented the Miracle Rally, greatly raising his public image. (TV: The Categories of Life)

22nd century[]

In 2157, a mysterious virus wiped out millions in Los Angeles. (PROSE: Lucifer Rising)

26th century[]

In 2540, demonstrators in Los Angeles burned an effigy of the President of Earth Dora. (TV: Frontier in Space)

Far future[]

Toward the end of Earth's life, Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 had a home on the Los Angeles Crevasse. (TV: The End of the World)

Behind the scenes[]

Location information

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Though it's possible that a real world location doesn't exist in the same geographic space in the Doctor Who universe, such cases are few and far between. Thus, the map at right is probably a good indicator of the DWU location of Los Angeles.