This page lists appearances of the Coal Hill defenders entrusted with the protection of Coal Hill School by the Twelfth Doctor. This timeline is based upon observations of the Doctor Who universe and the events that occur during each of these stories. From these observations we have attempted to build a concise timeline. It is assumed that for each novel, comic, audio or television series, their published, broadcast or numbered order is the order they occur in.
Coming together Edit
- Set 12 - 14 October 2016. The Coal Hill defenders form after the Shadow Kin attack the Coal Hill Academy prom via the Coal Hill Space-Time Rift looking for the Cabinet of Souls. April MacLean shares a heart with Corakinus as a result of the attack. The Twelfth Doctor arrives to help the defenders and set them on course to fight off further incursions in the future.
- A week has passed since For Tonight We Might Die and the rest of the defenders have not seen Ram since then. Ram is still recovering from the loss of Rachel and his leg, while the other defenders are adjusting to the existence of the space-time rift. Mr Armitage is killed by the Leaf Dragon.
- Ram recalls the events of The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo. Matteusz does not yet live with Charlie setting this before Nightvisiting. A few weeks have passed since For Tonight We Might Die. Coal Hill Academy is currently in between head teachers, setting this before Co-Owner of a Lonely Heart.
- Set during Halloween.
Defending Coal Hill Edit
- It is the second anniversary of the death of Tanya's father, who died in 2014. Ram and April share their first kiss after defeating the Lankin.
- A few weeks have passed since For Tonight We Might Die. Matteusz is living with Charlie and Quill. April recalls how aliens have "literally" driven a bus through her normal life and Ram notes how he's become more conscious of what April thinks of him recently, setting this after Nightvisiting.
- Dorothea Ames replaces the recently deceased Mr Armitage as head of Coal Hill Academy. Quill has been on Earth for a few months now. April gains significant powers from her connection to Corakinus and even heals her mother's paralysis. Ending leads directly into Brave-ish Heart.
- Ram and April have known each other for a month. April becomes King of the Shadow Kin. Ms Ames agrees to arrange for the Arn to to be removed from Quill's head.
- Matteusz has moved in with Charlie, and April and Ram have started dating, setting this after Nightvisiting. Quill wonders if her students have been replaced again, setting this after Joyride.
- Ram mentions meeting Shadow Kin, dragons and grief monsters, setting this after Nightvisiting. The current headteacher of Coal Hill Academy is a woman, suggesting a post-Brave-ish Heart setting. April begins composing The Lost.
- Charlie and Matteusz have recently admitted that they love each other, setting this shortly after Nightvisiting. Quill still has the Arn in her head, setting this before The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did.
- Ram and April are dating and Tanya mentions the new headteacher, suggesting a setting after Brave-ish Heart. The events of Nightvisiting were a few weeks ago.
- Charlie and Mattheusz, and Ram and April are couples. Charlie and Matteusz live together, setting this shortly after Night Visiting.
- Matteusz has recently been kicked out by his parents, setting this shortly after Night Visiting. Ram and April are a couple.
- Charlie and Matteusz are living together, setting this after Night Visiting. Quill still has the Arn in her head, setting this before The Metaphysical Engine or What Quill Did.
- Quill still has the Arn in her head, setting this before The Metaphysical Engine or What Quill Did. The Headteacher of Coal Hill Academy is a woman, setting this after Brave-ish Heart.
Falling apart Edit
- The Defenders confess their secrets to each other due to the influence of a mysterious asteroid, leading to them falling out. Set concurrently with The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did.
- Quill travels with Dorothea and Ballon in a Metaphysical engine in order to collect the items necessary for the removal of her Arn. The Arn is successfully removed and Quill becomes pregnant with Ballon's child. Set concurrently with Detained.
- Set during Quill's hibernation between The Metaphysical Engine or What Quill Did and The Lost. The Metaphysical engine causes Quill's fever dream to manifest in physical form. Charlie mentions that he hasn’t spoken to the rest of the gang for a few days since Detained. Quill wakes up from her hibernation, leading directly into The Lost.
- A week has passed since Detained and The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did. In the interim Quill has been in hibernation and the rest of the defenders have avoided each other. A few months have passed since For Tonight We Might Die. Charlie kills April in order to defeat Corakinus, however she is resurrected in his body due to their shared heart by the Cabinet of Souls.