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The United States of America, commonly the US, USA, America, or just the States, was a nation located in North America on the planet Earth. Its head of state and head of government was an elected president, chosen by general election every four years.
Early history Edit
In 1775, the American Revolutionary War against colonial rule by Britain began. The Rani was present at some point during this conflict, and extracted brain chemicals from soldiers, using the violence to conceal her presence. (TV: The Mark of the Rani)
19th century Edit
American Civil War Edit
While testing the temporal interocitor, Nyssa accidentally ended up in the Civil War during a battle in Virginia. There, she met a black Confederate soldier named Floyd, one of several people throughout history who'd been hearing the voices of Daleks all his life as part of their plan to make humanity more susceptible to Dalek ideals and enslave them. He assisted in thwarting this plan. (AUDIO: Renaissance of the Daleks)
Settling the West Edit
The First Doctor and his companions once found themselves engaged in a particularly infamous and bloody incident known as the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (TV: The Gunfighters) The Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones landed in Redwater sometime in the 1880s and faced down the Clades. (PROSE: Peacemaker)
20th century Edit
In 1930, the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones went to New York City where they found the Cult of Skaro. Many New York citizens were killed by the Cult after it tried to make them into a new form of Dalek-human as part of the Final Experiment. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks)
In the early 1930s, following the onset of the Great Depression, a recovering inter-war Germany began to feel abused and neglected by the United States. With the coming of Hitler and the Nazis, Jewish scientists Albert Einstein and Fritz Haber fled to the safety of the US. Haber died there in 1934. (AUDIO: The Alchemists)
In 1940, Winston Churchill pressured the United States to enter World War II to help the UK defeat Nazi Germany. (GAME: Amy's History Hunt) However, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was initially committed to maintaining American neutrality. (PROSE: Illegal Alien)
On Sunday, 7 December 1941 the United States entered the war after Japan attacked the US Naval Base in Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. (PROSE: Only Connect) The Eighth Doctor explained the attack woke America from "an isolationist slumber", as it continued to play a big role in world politics even after the war. (PROSE: Fear Itself) America mobilised her plentiful resources to aid Britain and the Soviet Union, which proved disastrous for Germany. (PROSE: Just War)
By at least 1943, a system of racial segregation was in place in several states, particularly Southern states such as Alabama and Mississippi. Black people and Mexicans were usually forced to use separate facilities from the whites, and in Montgomery, black citizens had to enter and sit at the back of the bus. (TV: Rosa)
In 1947, a spaceship crash landed at Roswell, New Mexico. (TV: Dalek, Dreamland, TV: Prisoner of the Judoon) In October of the same year, Leonard De Sande's film Dying in the Sun premiered in Los Angeles as part of the Selyoid invasion which was foiled by the Second Doctor. (PROSE: Dying in the Sun)
On 1 December 1955, while travelling home from work, civil rights activist Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her bus seat when the bus became crowded, leading to her arrest, an event that the Thirteenth Doctor, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan, and Graham O'Brien witnessed. Her arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and a further chain of events that would result in the abolition of segregation on Montgomery buses a year later. (TV: Rosa)
In 1958, the Tenth Doctor met Cassie Rice and Jimmy Stalkingwolf. They were arrested and taken to Area 51 to have their minds wiped. There they discovered the truth about the Roswell crash and Area 51. (TV: Dreamland)
In 1969, the Eleventh Doctor described Washington, D.C. as "the most powerful city in the most powerful country on Earth." At that time, a little girl phoned President Richard Nixon, told him about a spaceman that was coming to eat her, and warned him about monsters in the oval office. President Nixon recruited Canton Everett Delaware III to find out who the child was, and he was assisted by the Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, and River Song. During these events, the Silence were defeated by the Doctor through the use of their own post hypnotic suggestion. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon)
In 1970, Melody Pond ended up in New York City, dying from a disease, and on the run from the Silence since her escape from them in Florida. She regenerated to cure herself and continue living, scaring away a homeless man that had been concerned about her health. (TV: Day of the Moon) This new incarnation of Melody ended up a toddler. (TV: Let's Kill Hitler)
During the Cold War in the late 20th century, America was counted as one of the superpowers alongside Russia and China. At one point, to avoid warfare, all three superpowers gave their destructor codes to Great Britain. (TV: Robot)
Between 30 December 1999 and just after midnight on 1 January 2000, the Seventh Doctor was in San Francisco, where he regenerated into his eighth incarnation, and subsequently prevented the Master from causing havoc with time and space on New Year's Eve. (TV: Doctor Who)
21st century Edit
In 2003, part of the southern United States formed a 51st state, Malebolgia. Brigham Elisha Dashwood III, with the aid of the Psionovore Marchosias, planned to run for Governor of the new state, but was defeated by the Eighth Doctor, Charley Pollard and the Brigadier. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell)
In 2008, Harold Saxon, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, announced first contact with the Toclafane, who he described as a friendly form of alien life. The United States sent President Arthur Winters to come to the Valiant and take charge, whereupon the Toclafane killed him. (TV: The Sound of Drums)
On Christmas Day 2008, supposed Earthonomics expert Mr Copper was under the impression that "Ham Erica" was at war with the nations of Europey. The Tenth Doctor corrected him with "not yet", but admitted that he could "argue that one". (TV: Voyage of the Damned)
In 2009, Daleks under the control of Davros attacked New York. They destroyed the UNIT base there and killed most of the staff, including General Sanchez and Suzanne, although Martha Jones escaped thanks to Project Indigo. (TV: The Stolen Earth)
In 2009, Colonel Augustus Oduya noted, among other places across Earth, America to have witnessed every human child being compelled to suddenly stop and proclaim their message: "we are coming" at 8:40AM GMT on a Wednesday in September, despite most of the population being asleep at that time. (TV: Children of Earth: Day One) Angered that the British government had conducted secret negotiations with an alien race known as the 456, the President sent General Austin Pierce to London to convey his utmost fury at the matter. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Three) Austin, seeing the British government as responsible for the problem, took over the operation of handing over 10% of the world's children to the 456. British Prime Minister Brian Green later considered this "lucky": they could blame America. (TV: Children of Earth: Day Five)
In 2011, Carter sent letters written by the Eleventh Doctor to River Song, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, Canton Everett Delaware III, and the Doctor's younger self, asking them (bar the Doctor himself) to meet the Doctor in Lake Silencio in Utah. When they arrived the Doctor told Amy, River and Rory that they would have to go to "space, 1969." After Canton arrived, the Doctor, actually a Teselecta decoy, was shot by a younger version of River. Canton informed the others that the Doctor was really dead, and they cremated his supposed body. After Amy, Rory, and River found the Doctor's younger self, they travelled back in time to 8 April 1969. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song)
Also in 2015, the USA-Mexican border was among the places where newly-hatched Zygons were settled across the world as part of Operation Double, resulting in a minority of Zygons residing in New Mexico under the pretence of being British migrants. (TV: The Zygon Invasion)
Mid 21st century Edit
Circa 2037 the Wars of Independence broke up the United States. Terrorists destroyed the city of Phoenix, Arizona using a Tesla bomb. It was turned into a massive crater which came to be known as the "Phoenix Sandbowl". (PROSE: Alien Bodies)
The 2040s saw destructive super-storms sweep America as a result of climate change. Andy Stone's farming commune in Iowa pioneered ways of growing crops in the new conditions and these went global in 2045. (TV: The Waters of Mars)
America had a female president in 2049. While NASA still existed, it had been so long since they had gone beyond Earth's orbit that they had to refit an old 20th century shuttle to reach the moon. (TV: Kill the Moon)
Late 21st century Edit
Due to the Myloki conflict of 2066-8 (in which New York City was destroyed by dirty bombs), by 2096 America was split into the warring North American Legion and Deep Southern States, with the Texas Republic selling weapons to both sides. Seattle was one of several independent city-states operating a slave-based economy. A large number of Americans served in SILOET.
26th century Edit
By the 51st century, America seemed to be unheard of by some humans. When River Song escaped from the Stormcage Containment Facility, she announced she was heading to America, which a prison guard mistook as a planet. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)
- The date of River's escape was unknown in The Impossible Astronaut, but as the date of her escape in The Pandorica Opens was 5145, it seems likely her second escape was also in the 52nd century.
People and culture Edit
U.S. popular culture had a significant influence on the rest of the Earth during the 20th and 21st centuries, especially in the Western world. U.S. music was heard all over the world, and included such forms as blues, jazz and rock and roll. As late as the final destruction of Earth during the expansion of its Sun, much of this music was still considered among the greatest ever composed by humanity. (TV: The End of the World)
American DJs were well liked by the DJ of Tranquil Repose, who based his style of presentation on them. Peri Brown thought of "Tranquil Repose" as the sort of name for a place in America; the Sixth Doctor agreed but thought America did not have a monopoly on bad taste. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks)
Companions and Time Lords Edit
- The Doctor had the company of American companions from time to time, most notably Peri Brown (TV: Planet of Fire to TV: Mindwarp) and Dr. Grace Holloway. (TV: Doctor Who) He also had two companions from New Mexico in 1958, Cassie Rice and Jimmy Stalkingwolf. (TV: Dreamland)
- The Master once briefly appropriated the body of an American paramedic (TV: Doctor Who) and later became Barack Obama, American president (along with every other person on earth). (TV: The End of Time)
- Though he was from the Boeshane Peninsula in the 51st century, Captain Jack Harkness had an American accent, as did his father and brother. (TV: Adam)
Largest cities Edit
US states Edit
Alternate timelines Edit
In an alternate timeline in which Nazi Germany won World War II as a result of the Seventh Doctor and Ace accidentally leaving laser technology in Colditz Castle in October 1944, the Nazi scientists were able to refine uranium and create nuclear weapons. They subsequently bombed New York City, forcing the surrender of the United States and winning the war for Germany. (AUDIO: Klein's Story)
In an alternative timeline created by the Elder Gods in the hope of destroying Earth, World War III broke out on 9 November 1989 between the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union. Given that nuclear weapons were used by both sides, hundreds of millions of people were killed in the conflict. This timeline was ultimately negated by the Seventh Doctor. (AUDIO: Protect and Survive)
In an alternate timeline in which John Hart married Queen Victoria in the late 19th century, he manipulated her into using the resources of the Torchwood Institute to reclaim the United States as part of the British Empire. (AUDIO: The Death of Captain Jack)
In a parallel universe where Earth was affected by rapid climate change caused by an extraterrestrial force, the United States was part of the Big Six, with government officials knowing the truth about global warming. The country was governed by a female president. (AUDIO: The Flood)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Despite the franchise's popularity in the US, since 1963 only a handful of TV episodes have featured scenes set within the US, and to date there have only been seven TV stories set in their entirety in that country: The Gunfighters (the only story of the classic 1963-89 series set entirely in the US), the 1996 TV movie, Dalek, the two-parter Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks, the 2009 animated serial Dreamland, the Series 6 two-parter opener, The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon, and the Series 7 episodes A Town Called Mercy and The Angels Take Manhattan.
- In the mid-1980s, plans were made to film part of The Two Doctors in the US, possibly in the vicinity of New Orleans. This plan was cancelled and the serial was filmed in Spain, instead. For most of Doctor Who's history, no story had undertaken major filming within the United States (the 1996 telefilm, though set in San Francisco, was filmed in Vancouver, Canada); some second-unit filming occurred for Daleks in Manhattan, but nothing involving the main cast. No major filming in America occurred until autumn 2010, when key scenes for The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon, and The Wedding of River Song were filmed in Utah.
- Dapol, which produced a range of toys based on the classic series of Doctor Who, released an original Dalek variant (W008-USA) exclusive to the American market, coloured in red, white and blue to match the American flag.