Dorothée makes friends with a dancer in London, who discovers that she has a time-travelling bike. This friend asks her about going to see the 1913 performance of Le Sacre du Printeps ballet.
[Ace mentions this in Lungbarrow (p. 223-224 ).]
The Hourly Tele-press [began] to keep humanity informed about current affairs. One of its most popular features was The Karkus cartoon strip.
[According to Zoe in The Mind Robber (ep. 4). We assume this was an online publication.]
c. 2000 AD
[Internet news services] offered personally sifted news from the [Internet and other] media. TV services offered the option of news broadcasts interrupting whatever else you were watching.
[As seen in Cat's Cradle: Warhead and System Shock.]
c. 2000 AD
Balloon Debate (Short Trips: Companions)
Sarah Jane Smith writes a short, fanciful, piece on the Doctor's companions to break her writer's block for the anniversary edition of Columbine magazine.
[Sarah is writing for the anniverary issue of Columbine magazine, setting this a year or more after the Columbine massacre in April 1999. The absence of Samantha Jones from the featured companions might suggest that it is before Interference, but that's far from conclusive.]
A number of people saw lights in the sky on the night that a grocery store was unexpectedly demolished. Soon afterwards, a girl caled Kirsty may have been taken to a doctor connected to UNIT who can help deal with her mother's Munchausen by proxy.
[Ace says it's 2000 (p. 223), but some of the schoolkids' slang seems rather too early for that. The issue with Kirsty's mum is implied at the end, but we don't know for certain.]
Vrs (Shrt Trps nd Sd Stps)
The Cybermen release a computer virus that destroys vowels.
[The year is stated (p. 348).]
h. 12th August 2000 AD
Russian submarine, the Kursk, sinks. One of the crew had a cousin called Razul.
[This is mentioned, but not dated, by Razul in The Deviant Strain (p. 84).]
r. Autumn 2000 AD
New York police trainee Tessa Mancuso refuses to use a new gun despite a direct order. Her sergeant demonstrates the weapon herself, and ends up collecting a fifty percent disability pension.
[Nine years before Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 200).]
November 2000 AD
Dering is elected President of the USA. At some point during his term of office, he would be replaced by Bruce Springsteen.
[The Doctor recalls him as the US President between Clinton and Springsteen in Interference (book one) (p. 141). Bruce Springsteen is US President in Eternity Weeps (set 2003). There's no reason to believe that Clinton left office earlier than in reality, so it's easiest to assume that Springsteen was Dering's vice-President, and succeeded him mid-term.]
A lone gunman shoots the Queen in Sheffield, yet she survives without a scratch. UNIT forces, led by Brigadier Bambera, are subsequently involved in an assault on Buckingham Palace. Bambera had recently given birth to twins.
[It's 2001 (p. 149), some time before December 2001 (p. 201), and 953 years before Chris Cwej is born (p. 150).]
Dorothée is attacked by a gendarme in Paris, after he finds her bike in an alleyway.
[It's 2001 (p. 12).]
h. 11th September 2001 AD
Terrorists fly two planes into the World Trade Centre in New York.
[9/11 is mentioned in I Was a Monster!! (Short Trips:Zodiac) (p.141). All details are taken from real life. And yes, the term "9/11" does get the day and the month the wrong way round.]
r. Late Feburary 2002 AD
Mickey Smith's grandmother dies when she slips on the stairs.
[Rose says that this happened five years before Rise of the Cybermen, when she was still in school. We've assumed this was relative to when Mickey joined the TARDIS crew in School Reunion.]
r. Late Feburary 2002 AD
Head Games (p. 159; 161-164)
Ace intervenes in an incident involving the gunman Lawrence Murdock, reducing the death toll from 5 to 3.
[This was "early 2002" (p. 151), and "nine months" before her visit to Westminster Library (p. 163).]
March 2002 AD
Sarah Jane Smith's short story A Girl's Best Friend is published in Metropolitan magazine.
[As seen in her list of published stories in Moving On (Decalog 3) (p. 74). The story is presumably based on the events of K9 and Company.]
Summer 2002 AD
CAPRICORN: I Was A Monster!!! (Short Trips: Zodiac)
A Dublin man is turned into a vampire. He kills at least four people who were travelling on their way home from the city centre, before going to a nightclub and killing a woman who stars in a TV Drama. The media dubs him the Capricorn Killer because of his goatee.
[The movie script notes that it's Summer 2002 (p.138), though there's also a reference to the Washington sniper attacks (p.143), which actually happened in October 2002. We're going for the date that is explicitly stated.]
r. September 2002 AD
Roy and Kate get together. Kate's daughter, Jacqueline Pearce, is a chosen one of the fairies and does not take well to her mother's new partner.
[This is said to be five years before Small Worlds]
30th November 2002 AD
Head Games (p.151-154)
Dorothee travels to future London to look up the weirdest events of the century so far at Westminster Library, hoping to find the Doctor, or his double.
[Ace sees the date on the Standard (p. 151 presumably the London Evening Standard newspaper). This is as far forward as she can go with her space hopper equipment.]
The film I Was A Monster! is released, based on the diaries of the Capricorn Killer. The film will later be novelised.
[The year is stated in I Was a Monster!!! (Short Trips:Zodiac) (p.132).]
r. Mid September 2003 AD
Professor Edgar Newton-Stanley dies. His widow, Bea, moves to Lavender Lawns rest home. She hides the talisman (a device that the gorgons want) in a tree, and begins to develop Alzheimer's Disease
[This was five years before Eye of the Gorgon (ep. 1).]
r. December 2003 AD
Ruby Duvall becomes a reporter for the Sunday Seeker.
[Three years before Iceberg (p. 66).]
r. December 2003 AD
Attack of the Graske
Two members of a Welsh family are replaced with Graske duplicates. This replacement may have been temporary.
[The Doctor says that the 1883 scenes are about 120 years before this sequence.]
c. 2004 AD
A Greek woman called Arianna gets £2000 off a London Council because the man behind the counter says that she looks Greek.
[Jackie Tyler mentions this in Rose. No date is given, but it is likely to have been within the last year or so.]
r. 6th March 2004 AD
Clive tracks down a picture of the ninth Doctor in the Washington Public Archive.
[He says that this happened "just last year" in Rose.]
r. 13th Feburary 2005 AD
Jackie Tyler nails down the cat flap in her flat's front door.
[In Rose she says that she did this "weeks back". We've arbitrarily said it was about three weeks before that story.]
c. 5th March 2005 AD
The End of the World
Jackie Tyler receives a phone call from her daughter Rose. Unknown to her, Rose is actually calling from the far future.
[No date is given, but it's clearly before Rose. We've assumed that this is the morning before Rose first meets the Doctor.]
6th March 2005 AD
There is a major fire caused by an explosion in Central London Department Store Hendrik's. The next day, there is a disturbance in a Central London Pizza restaurant when a customer morphs his hands into paddles and smashes up the restaurant, even after his head has been pulled off. Later that night, the London Eye is reported to have been lit up with an electrical fire and shop dummies come to life in a number of London (and probably non-London) shops - most notably the Queen's Arcade. Elton Pope is one of the people who survives the shop dummy attacks.
[The story takes place over two days. In Aliens of London, the missing persons posters date Rose's disappearance to 6th March.2005. Mickey's tax disc also runs out in March 2005. The UNIT tie-in website dates "The London Incident" it to 26th march 2005. The Search-wise website has a copyright date of 1995-2004, but we can assume that they've just forgotten to update that bit of text. Elton Pope's presence is mentioned in Love & Monsters.]
c. Mid 2005 AD
Mrs McGregor, a resident of Bucknall House on the Powell Estate in London starts wandering around the streets in her nightie, believing that it is still during World War Two. "Her Tony" puts her in a home in Sydenham, and the Council puts Mrs Pye (and, thus, her son Darren) into her old flat.
[At some point between Rose and Winner Takes All (p. 18). Tony's relationship to Mrs McGregor isn't stated.]
June 2005 AD
A disposable personal organiser came with the June edition of Der Speigel.
[The Doctor uses one of these free personal organisers in Transit (p. 146).]
r. 24th June 2005 AD
Donna Noble starts working as a secretary for a double glazing firm.
[She says that this was two years before starting at HC Clements in The Runaway Bride.]
There is a fight in a Bromley nightclub at a fancy dress night. One of the participants is dressed as a caveman. Rumours say that the caveman stinks and is probably a drunk, a drug addict, and a tramp. He is taken to Southam Hospital and is the cause of an E-Bola scare, which causes the hospital to be evacuted. Over the next month, two men called Das Dimitru and Jack Harkness rent a flat in London. Jack disappears when the month is up, but Das gets a job as a builder and gets engaged to a girl called Anna Marie O'Grady.
[The year is given in a caption (p. 9).]
c. 2005 AD
The End of the World
The ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler talk about the loss of his home planet, and then go and eat chips.
[No date is given, but since it's clearly Rose's native period, we've gone for 2005.]
r. December 2005 AD
Scientists, who already knew that Earth's magnetic field could invert, had become seriously worried about it. New calculations had shown that such a reversal was due about this time. [Media coverage of this new threat forced] world governments [probably under the auspices of the UN] to set up the FLIPback project. This project planned to be to reverse the orientation itself, thus eliminating potentially catastrophic effects. Soon after the project was established at what used to be the Snowcap Tracking Centre in the Antarctic, the hovercraft AXV9 vanished. This incident reinforced the myth of the Torus Antarctica, an area of Antarctica that was prone to disappearances.
[This was “last year” in Iceberg (p. 60).]
c. 2006 AD
Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart publishes a controversial best seller The Zen Military: A History of UNIT. This book revealed many of the details of UNIT's activities during the early 1970's. Kadiatu was the granddaughter of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and Mariatu.
[The date of Kadiatu's book was originally given in the novelisation of Remembrance of the Daleks. In Transit (p. 184) Alistair's granddaughter Kadiatu, a historian, is mentioned. In Set Piece, the other Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart says that she's read her grandmother's book and mentions the date 2006, though it's uncertain whether this is the date of the book. The only problem with this is that the Brigadier clearly hasn't heard of her by 2010's Happy Endings.]
Dorothy McShane was still listed in a pan-European database of missing persons at this time.
[Set Piece (p. 184).]
r. Early 2006 AD
Klebanov decommissions the missiles on the St Petersburg submarine in Novrosk, or so he says.
[This was "last year" in The Deviant Strain (p. 226-228).]
r. 6th March 2006 AD
Aliens of London
A spacecraft crashes in the Thames, Central London, damaging the Westminster Clock Tower in the process. There is a national state of emergency declared, and flights are grounded in the USA. The Prime Minister is unavailable for comment, and a body is brought ashore and taken to the mortuary at Albion hospital. There are at least 3 assaults on people falsely accused of being aliens. Elton Pope is one of the people who witnesses the spaceship flying overhead.
[It is repeatedly said to have been a year since Rose, and one of Jackie's missing posters says that the date of Rose's disappearance was the 6th of March 2005. The UNIT website dates Rose tp 28th March 2005, though it also gives a date of 10th March 2005 for the virus Mickey releases at the end of the next episode. Elton's presence is seen in Love & Monsters.]
r. 6th March 2006 AD
World War Three
MP Joseph Green is installed as acting Prime Minister, being the most senior MP able to get to Downing Street. He holds a press conference outside Downing Street. He claims that the greatest experts in extra-terrestrial affairs were murdered by aliens - that they have a mothership hovering above the UK which has massive weapons of destruction capable of being deployed in 45 seconds. He begs the United Nations to release the access codes to the UK's nuclear weapons so they can destroy the aliens. The UN Security Council agrees to release the codes at the same time as a missile hits Downing street, destroying the building. The only survivor is Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North. She informs the world that the crisis is over.
[This follows on immediately from Aliens of London.]
March 2006 AD
One Slitheen escapes with a personal teleportation device and materialises in a skip on the Isle of Dogs. Meanwhile, some members of the Slitheen family did not come to Earth, but survived elsewhere. They would later be forced out of the fuel-sale business when a rival family called the Blathereen undercut them and stole their customers by being better organised, more streamlined, and having lower overheads. When their firm went bust the Slitheen turned to chizzle-waxing.
[According to Boom Town and The Monsters Inside (p. 53-54). Members of the Slitheen family also turn up in several episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures.]
r. 6th June 2006 AD
Winner Takes All
A new scratchcard game begins in the shopping centre nearest to the Powell Estate in London. Every item brought wins you a scratchcard, and winning cards either get you a new games console (complete with the game Death to Mantodeans) or a free holiday. Most of those who win the free holiday are never seen again. The promotion is soon abandoned when the Porcupine-costumed people running it disappear themselves. Meanwhile, on the planet Toop, the Porcupine-like Quevvils launch an attack on their Preying Mantis-like enemies the Mantodeans, but the troops sent are killed whilst teleporting into the Mantodean stronghold.
[It's clearly after Aliens of London/World War Three (March 2006) and before Boom Town (6 months later), so we've arbitrarily set it right in the middle.]
c. June 2006 AD
Harriet Jones becomes Prime Minister [and subsequently wins] a landslide majority. She was destined to become a three-term Prime Minister, ushering in Britain's golden age.
[The Doctor recalls her three term golden age at the end of World War Three and Jackie Tyler mentions the landslide majority in The Christmas Invasion. As she's only a backbencher in Aliens of London/World War Three, she has to win both her party's leadership election and a general election sometime between the early March of World War Three and the events of The Christmas Invasion. We've gone for June as the earliest possible month both could happen by (unless she was somehow unopposed in the party leadership election). Her three terms in office are obviously changed as a result of Mr Saxon's interference in history (The Sound of Drums).]
r. 6th September 2006 AD
The new mayor in Cardiff (Margaret Blaine) announces a new project - a nuclear power plant called Blaidd Drwg in the heart of Cardiff. The project is associated with a lot of deaths - the (French) European Safety Inspectors are all killed when "danger explosives" is only written in Welsh. The Cardiff Heritage Committee are killed by an electrocuted swimming pool, put down to wear and tear. The Architects are killed when the Mayor's car couldn't stop due to rain and low visibility. Mr Cleaver, the Government's Nuclear Advisor, slips on an icy patch and is decapitated.
Before he dies, Mr Cleaver posts some of his findings online, that the reactor design is fundamentally unstable, and liable to cause an accident worse than Chernobyl. The day the project is unveiled to the press, Cardiff is hit by freak storms and an earthquake caused by the opening of a time rift, and the mayor disappears.
[A caption in the pre-titles sequence dates this to 6 months after Aliens of London/World War Three. The UNIT website gives a date of 8th October.]
c. November 2006 AD
The Parting of the Ways
Rose Tyler arrives back on Earth in the TARDIS, and persuades Mickey and her mum to help her open the heart of the TARDIS, which happens when Jackie calls in a favour to get a breakdown recovery truck, which pulls open the relevant section.
[The scenes on "contemporary" Earth aren't dated, but they are clearly between Boom Town and The Christmas Invasion.]
r. Late November 2006 AD
Deffrey Vale school obtains a new headmaster. At the same time half of the teachers get flu and are replaced, as are several of the dinner ladies. A new curriculum is introduced and from then on there are a number of children who get ill. Some of them disappear completely.
[Three months before School Reunion.]
December 2006 AD
Ruby Duvall takes a cruise on the liner SS Elysium. She reports on the cruise for the Sunday Seeker. Also on board is sculptor Mike Brack, who is scheduled to sculpt heads from rogue icebergs near Antarctica.
Meanwhile, the UN-funded FLIPback project reverses the inversion of Earth's magnetic field. Although no one remembers, a CyberFaction invasion was prevented at this time.
[The story runs from Early November 2006 (p.25), through Friday 26th December 2006 (p. 1) to Wednesday 1st January 2007 (p. 251).The FLIPback staff are under mind control, and so shouldn't remember the invasion, and the Doctor hypnotises all those on the Elysium except Ruby. Given this, it's surprising that Hegelia knows about the invasion and the Doctor's involvement in Killing Ground.]
25th December 2006 AD
The Christmas Invasion
The Guinevere One space probe is due to land on Mars, with photographs of Mars to be received by midnight on the 24th/25th December. Contact is lost for a few seconds. When the first pictures are received, and broadcast on live TV, they show an alien life form. This is quickly dismissed as a hoax caused by students hijacking the signal although NATO forces are reported to be on full alert.
When morning comes in the UK large numbers of people walk to the top of nearby high buildings and go to the edge, apparently ready to jump off. Prime Minister Harriet Jones goes on the TV - appealing to people to remain calm and appealing for someone called "the Doctor" to "help us". Immediately after this appeal, a sonic wave hits London - shattering windows across the city. A large spacecraft then appears over London. Shortly after this, the people on the edge of the roofs come to their senses - acting like they've been hypnotised. Minutes after that, the alien ship travels away, but it is blown up by a large energy weapon which fires out from somewhere in London.
However, UK news coverage is soon occupied with rumours that the Prime Minister's health is failing. Elton Pope is one of the people who witnesses the spaceship over London.
[It's Christmas and is after The Parting of the Ways for Jackie and Mickey. Harriet seems new to the Prime Minister's job - being unused to having a right-hand man, whilst there is scaffolding on Elizabeth Tower - presumably from Aliens of London - so it is almost certainly 2006. Elton's presence is established in Love & Monsters.]
c. 11th January 2007 AD
The Lodger (comic strip)
The Doctor spends four days staying with Mickey, because the TARDIS has jumped a time track.
[Rose's hairstyle means this has to be between The Christmas Invasion and New Earth. The park doesn't look like it's January or February, but it has to be because of the placement of School Reunion (where Mickey starts travelling on the TARDIS). The story begins on Thursday and goes through until Sunday. I'm arbitrarily placing the start of the story on Thursday 11th January.]
c. January 2007 AD
Love & Monsters
Elton Pope stumbles across Ursula Blake's blog. He meets her and joins a group she is part of who are looking for the Doctor. They meet up every week. Elton coins a name for the group: "London Investigators 'N' Detective Agency" or LINDA. Over time, the group become strong friends and branch out into new things such as music.
[This is whilst Elton is digging into the facts about The Christmas Invasion.]
c. 15th January 2007 AD
The Doctor and Rose say goodbye to Mickey and Jackie before leaving in the TARDIS.
[Because of Rose's hairstyle this has to be after The Lodger (comic strip). We are arbitrarily suggesting this happens the day after that story ends.]
31st January 2007 AD
Ruby Duvall attends the Arms for Humanity exhibition in Panama. Arms for Humanity is sponsored by shady multinational PPI and the proceeds go to the Preserve Our Planet Fund.
[Iceberg (p. 251).]
ALT 1st Feburary 2007 AD
Rise of the Cybermen
In an alternative universe where Great Britain has a President, there is a country called New Germany, rich people own Zeppelins, and the immensely powerful Cybus Corporation provides download services straight to the brain through earpieces, John Lumic - Cybus Corporation's owner - creates a race of Cybermen from people living on the streets.
[Mickey finds a newspaper dated 1st February "this year", presumably the same year as School Reunion.]
ALT 1st Feburary 2007 AD
The Age of Steel
John Lumic uses his Cyberment to assassinate the President and begin converting the population of London. However, his conversion factory is destroyed, and his Cybermen made to self-destruct.
[This follows on immediately from Rise of the Cybermen.]
c. Feburary 2007 AD
The Age of Steel
The Doctor and Rose arrive back in the real universe, materialising in Jackie's flat.
[This is after School Reunion and before Love & Monsters.]
c. Early 2007 AD
The Deviant Strain
Satellites detect an energy spike in Novrosk, northern Russia, the site of several decommissioned nuclear submarines. The Russian authorities send a detachment of 37 troops led by Colonel Oleg Levin to investigate. The soldiers had been returning from an operation in Chechnya, where they had lost 48 men. The details of the operation were never released, but they destroyed an alien spacecraft with the aid of the Doctor, though there were several casualties amongst the soldiers, the local villagers, and the staff of a local research institute.
[The Doctor says that it's the early 21st Century (p. 11), the Cold War was "coming to an end" 20 years ago (p. 26), and there are mentions of the war in Chechnya and the sinking of the Kursk, which happened in August 2000. We arbitrarily assume it is contemporary with other present-day stories in Series 2.]
r. Late Feburary 2007 AD
One of the science teachers at Deffrey Vale leaves rather suddenly, having had a winning lottery ticket pushed through her door at midnight. Three days after her replacement - John Smith - begins, the school is destroyed in an unexplained explosion. The children at the school all got out in time, but the teachers who had secredly been replaced by Krillitanes) all died in the explosion.
[Sarah mentions the spaceship over London from The Christmas Invasion as being "this Christmas just gone". This is at least 18 months before Invasion of the Bane, which happens at the end of August, so it's probably around February.]
r. Late Feburary 2007 AD
Swiss scientists create a black hole. K9 begins to seal it away so that it will not swallow the Earth.
[This must be after School Reunion and is one year and six months before Invasion of the Bane.]
r. Early March 2007 AD
Coldfire Construction - a company owned by alien Slitheen - begins expanding.
[Sarah says this was "eighteen months ago" in Revenge of the Slitheen (ep. 1).]
c. April 2007 AD
Love & Monsters
A man called Victor Kennedy walks into a LINDA meeting and takes over the group, making them work at finding the Doctor. Over the time that he is in charge, two members of the group apparently leave without saying goodbye. At one point Elton briefly encounters the tenth Doctor and Rose, at which point Kennedy sends them all to try to find out who Rose is. Elton meets Jackie Tyler and becomes her friend. One night, Jackie tries to make it more than that, but then discovers that Elton was originally interested in her only to get at the Doctor.
Soon afterwards, Elton discovers that Kennedy is an alien which has absorbed the other members of LINDA. He defeats it at the same time as properly meeting the Doctor and Rose, and the Doctor manages to rescue Ursula Blake when the alien dies, although she exists only as a head in a paving slab.
[Elton discovered the group after The Christmas Invasion, and the meetings before Kennedy arrives must have happened over several months. He meets Jackie after The Age of Steel (since Mickey is gone) and the story ends before the Ghosts begin to appear (which is two months before Army of Ghosts). He says that the events of Rose (March 2005) were two years ago.]
r. April 2007 AD
A sphere comes out of the anomolous point in Torchwood Tower. The sphere defies all of Torchwood's attempts to analyse it. Torchwood soon discovers that firing particles at the anomoly generates large amounts of energy, as well as prompting ghostlike beings to appear across the world. They begin causing ghost shifts at regular intervals, attempting to turn it into a new power source. The world's population rapidly accepts the ghosts, and comes to believe that they are actually the ghosts of dead people.
[The ghosts started appearing two months before Army of Ghosts.]
c. June 2007 AD
Torchwood fish the resurrection gauntlet out of Cardiff harbour.
[Ianto says this was "last year" in Dead Man Walking (c. 2008). It has to have been shortly before Everything Changes.]
c. June 2007 AD
Army of Ghosts
A ghost shift is unexpectedly cut short just hours before the ghosts appear in force and then become physical beings - - metal men. One of them broadcasts a demand for surrender on global TV and radio networks. Subsequently, various armed forces fight back against them.
[The ghost shifts must have started at some point after Love & Monsters, and this has to happen at least a month before the first season of Torchwood. It has been three years since The Age of Steel on the parallel world, but cannot possibly be that long on the "real" one.]
c. June 2007 AD
During the war against the metal men there are reports of pepperpot-shaped beings appearing in the sky above London and attacking both humans and invaders. Both sets of aliens then appear to get sucked into Canary Wharf tower. Both Jackie Tyler and Rose Tyler are on the list of the dead, although neither woman's body would ever be found.
[This follows on immediately from Army of Ghosts.]
c. June 2007 AD
During the Battle of Canary Wharf, the Cybus Cybermen invent a new - quicker - method of converting humans, grafting Cyber parts onto the existing body instead of transplanting their brains into Cyber-bodies. By the time the battle ends Torchwood employee Lisa Hallett is partially converted by this new method. Her boyfriend Ianto Jones rescues her. He would later hide both her and the conversion unit which is keeping her alive in the basement of Torchwood 3 in Cardiff. Torchwood 3's Owen Jones is involved in the post-battle clear-up.
[All of this is mentioned in Cyberwoman, though it is never established how long ago this was.]
r. 24th June 2007 AD
Donna Noble begins working as a secretary for H C Clements. Over the next six months, she starts dating Lance, the head of human resources, and nags him into agreeing to marry her.
[Donna and Lance both say that this was six months before The Runaway Bride.]
c. 2007 AD
Around this time major corporations began to get involved in what became known as The Big Clean Up. PPI was the first major corporation to recognise that they could make vast sums of money out of cleaning up the planet. By doing this, they profited twice over for environmental devastation. PPI's major contribution was in realising that icebergs from the Antarctic could be converted into a vast supply of drinking water, which water-starved nations would be willing to pay extortionate amounts of money to obtain.
[The Big Clean Up was first suggested in Ben Aaronovitch's Future History Continuity for Virgin publishing. PPI's role is established in Iceberg.]
c. July 2007 AD
Whilst investigating a series of murders carried out with an unusually shaped knife Cardiff police officer Gwen Cooper notices a group called Torchwood using alien technology to briefly resurrect one of the victims. She also encounters them containing a Weevil inside a hospital.
[This story takes place over three days and co-incides with a major sports match. It is some time after Doomsday, and three months before They Keep Killing Suzie. We've arbitrarily placed it in July.]
c. July 2007 AD
Gwen and Rhys go bowling and see a film. During this night our Gwen explains she’s taking up a secondment in “special ops” Their night is interrupted by a meteorite crash in or right outside Cardiff. Torchwood’s investigation of it at the crash site accidentally releases a sentient gas which feeds on “orgasmic energy”, killing the people its host has sex with. It possesses the body of a girl called Carys Fletcher, using her to kill a man in a nightclub before Torchwood apprehends her. The alien then escapes, killing Carys’ ex-boyfriend and all the sperm donors at the clinic she works at. It is then caught by Torchwood, who manage to extract it from her body.
[This story takes place over two days. It is unclear how long it has been since Everything Changes.]
c. July 2007 AD
“Bernie” Harris obtains a piece of alien technology from a lock-up. The device is in two parts. One part shows him his death in the street outside his home, the other shows him traumatic events from the past of old people in his neighbourhood. He uses the events to blackmail those people. Torchwood detects the technology and manage to take it off him. They discover what it does. This leads to a confrontation with one of his blackmail victims – Ed Harris, who got away with rape and murder in 1963. Harris threatens to kill Harris, but after his knife is taken away, ends up impaling himself on it before Gwen Cooper (who was holding it) can stop him. During these events Gwen learns to fire a gun.
[The story takes place over four days. 1941 was “66 years ago” (so it's 2007). Tom Flanagan’s family were watching the Strictly Come Dancing finals last night, and it was won by a female newsreader. The real Strictly usually ends in December, which is impossible to fit with the rest of Torchwood Season 1. The only real life Strictly winner who matches was in 2004, so we are ignoring that evidence.]
r. Late July 2007 AD
Sarah Jane Smith is sent an unusual crystal that was unearthed during the Krakatoa eruption. The crystal communicates with her through her laptop, and turned out to be a memory cell from a crashed spacecraft. It offers to help her keep track of alien life forms coming to Earth and to help her protect the planet. The crystal ends up creating/becoming the sentient supercomputer Mr Smith. However, it secretly plots to find a way to release the buried Xylok spacecraft it came from.
[Sarah says that this was 18 months before The Lost Boy (ep. 2).]
c. August 2007 AD
Ianto invites cybernetics expert Dr Tanizaki to the Hub to help him cure Lisa, his partially-cyber-converted girlfriend who he has hidden in the Hub's basement. They manage to get Lisa free of her external life-support systems and her Cyber-programming takes over – leading her to try to convert Dr Tanizaki, who does not survive. She attempts to take over the Hub and kill or convert the Torchwood team, but they escape. Meanwhile, a pizza delivery girl arrives and Lisa transplants her brain into the pizza girl's body. Ianto then kills the pizza girl.
[This happens over a single night. There is no indication how long this is since the last episode, or since Lisa's conversion.]
c. September 2007 AD
Jack and Gwen attend a meeting hosted by an old friend of Jack's who has recently photographed some fairies. Later that night, a man who is being tormented by fairies dies of suffocation whilst locked up in a police cell. When Gwen and Rhys get home to their flat the place has been trashed by the fairies. That night, the fairies kill Jack's friend. The next day the fairies torment some schoolchildren at a nearby school and then attack a barbeque at the home of one of the kids – killing her mother's boyfriend and taking her to become one of them.
[This takes place over two weekdays. Since Jasmine's family are having a barbecue it has to be between May and September.]
c. September 2007 AD
Seventeen people disappear withn a twenty mile radius of the Welsh countryside near Cardiff in five months. Torchwood investigate and discover that some of the villagers have been practising cannibalism. Their village has a tradition that every ten years they kill and eat people who pass through.
[The main action takes place over a single day, it's unclear how much time passes between the first scene and the rest of the story, or between the story and the final scene. The conversation at the campsite suggests that Gwen is still relatively new to Torchwood and that Christmas was quite a long time ago.]
c. October 2007 AD
Greeks Bearing Gifts
Torchwood investigates a 19th century corpse, buried in woods next to an alien machine. Shortly afterwards Tosh is seduced by the alien who killed the corpse. The alien gives her a thought-reading pendant, which allows her to stop a murder in progress. The alien eventually persuades Tosh to sneak her into the Hub – she wants to retrieve the machine, which was the travel device that brought her to Earth. Jack, however, has noticed something wrong with Tosh and is prepared – he trades the machine for Tosh's life, having programmed it to transport her into the sun.
[It's very late for Tosh to still have a birthday card up, and her birthday was in July. At the end, Tosh says that this has taken a "couple of days". Gwen and Owen's affair suggests this is soon after the final scene of Countrycide. Tosh dates the scenes in 1812 to 196 years and 11 to 11.5 months ago (making this either the very end of 2008 or well into 2009). But since the 1812 date comes from a caption we can assume that Tosh simply got that date wrong.]
c. October 2007 AD
They Keep Killing Suzie
Before she died, Susie Costello had set up a way to bring herself back, having conditioned a man called Max Tresillian to commit murders that would be traced back to her. Torchwood bring her back using the Resurrection Glove, which creates a link between her and Gwen. Suzie gradually drains the lifeforce from Gwen, but the link is broken when Torchwood destroy the glove, causing Suzie to die again.
[Jack says Suzie died "three months" ago – in [torchwood]Everything Changes[torchwood]. This story appears to be when Jack and Ianto start their relationship. The story appears to take place over the space of a day or two. We've gone for October.]
c. 11th November 2007 AD
The Family of Blood
The Tenth Doctor and Martha visit a Remembrance Day service which Timothy Latimer is attending.
[There is a woman priest, so it's after 1994. Tim is an old man in a wheelchair. We've arbitrarily assumed this is Martha's native era which just about works if Tim is a centenarian.]
c. November 2007 AD
A man called Eugene Jones is killed in a hit and run. Torchwood investigate because Eugene has pestered them a number of times. They find some minor alien artefacts in his room. Investigating, Gwen discovers that Eugene has recently sold a plastic eye which he though was is an alien artefact for £15,005.50. It turns out that his mates outbid a genuine collector and when meeting him, and he ran out into the road. The eye is actually an alien artefact, which allows him to follow Gwen as she is investigating his life. Just after his funeral, Eugene is able to come back for a minute or so to push Gwen out of the way of a car that could have killed her.
[Eugene comments that his dad was "14 years late", referring to him running out on the family in 1992, making it 2006 or early 2007. This takes place over the space of a week or so. Placed in November 2007 to fit better with the rest of Torchwood Season 1.]
c. December 2007 AD
Lance Metcalf's father was killed in Iraq.
[This was clearly some time before Warriors of Kudlak, and the Iraq war started in March 2003. The novelisation says this was December 2007.]
24th December 2007 AD
Out of Time
A biplane with three people onboard comes through the Cardiff rift from the 1950s. It has three occupants. The pilot, Diane Holmes, falls in love with Owen, and decides she wants her independence more. She flies her plane back through the rift to discover somewhere new. One of the passengers, John Ellis, commits suicide as his wife is dead, and his son has Alzheimer's and no family. The third, Emma Louise Cowell, gets a job in a London fashion house.
[The story starts a few days before Christmas. Emma's job starts “the day after Boxing Day”, so the final scene is probably 26th December. Events appear to take place over five days. There's a reference to “Friday the 29th”, suggesting it's 2006. In Captain Jack Harkness, Owen says that Diane flew through the rift on December 24th.]
24th December 2007 AD
The Runaway Bride
Donna Noble vanishes during her wedding, only to reappear at the reception. The guests are left traumatised when they are attacked by baubles from the Christmas tree and by robotic Santas. Later that night a massive star-shaped object appears in the skies above London and sends out beams of lightning into the streets. The object is blown to pieces by tanks. In addition to this, the river Thames is drained by unknown means.
[Donna says that it is Christmas Eve. The Doctor refers to the events of The Christmas Invasion as "last Christmas". Given the demise of Torchwood One it has to be after Army of Ghosts/Doomsday.]
January 2008 AD
Jack gives everybody else in Torchwood Cardiff a night off and ends up having to capture a weevil by himself. He drags Gwen away from a date with Rhys to help, only to find it captured by a group of men in balaclavas and a white van. They trace the van, and the next day investigate the warehouse the van went to. They find the body of a man who has been killed by a Weevil. Investigating, they eventually find that the group have been setting up cage fights with the Weevils. The fight club is stopped, but not before Owen has taken part and become seriously injured.
[The main story takes two days, Owen's recovery probably takes a couple of days. As Owen is still hurting from Diane's departure, it can't be that long after Out of Time.]
c. Feburary 2008 AD
Captain Jack Harkness
Jack and Tosh investigate a dance hall that's been derelict since 1989, but where someone's complained about hearing 1940s music drifting out. They find themselves thrown back in time to 1941. Meanwhile, those back at the hub discover increased rift activity. They eventually find notes from Tosh giving most of the equations needed of how to open the rift to get them back, but three digits have been removed. Owen eventually opens the rift anyway, and it does work.
[Owen has been off since Combat. The rift has been opening more and more "recently".]
c. Feburary 2008 AD
End of Days
There are global incidents, including sighting of UFOs over the Taj Mahal, and men dressed as roundheads open fire on police in London. Torchwood discovers that there are cracks in time that trace back to the rift in Cardiff. There are thirteen more reports of Weevils on the loose. Time traveller Bilis Manger uses this to con Torchwood into fully opening the Cardiff rift, releasing a creature called Abaddon which feeds on life. Jack confronts it in an open space, it absorbs his lifeforce – leaving him dead for days. After his resurrection he hears the TARDIS and runs after it.
[Rhys says it's been a few months since Gwen changed jobs (Day One). The main action takes place over a single day, with Jack staying dead for “days” afterwards. His departure with the Doctor could plausibly be up to a couple of days after this.]
r. Feburary 2008 AD
The TARDIS stops in Cardiff to refuel at the rift. Jack Harkness sees it TARDIS, and holds on as it dematerialises, taking him with it.
[This follows on immediately from the last scene of End of Days.]
r. Spring 2008 AD
Stephanie arrives in New York to work for the Butler Institute, having previously worked for Texas Instruments.
[She's been in New York for nearly 18 months in Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 61).]
r. May 2008 AD
The Harris brothers discover an alien creature near Merthyr Tydfil. Noticing that it grows rapidly, they set up a business to sell its meat, and hire Harwood Haulage to transport it to a meat processing plant.
[Rhys says that they set up the lorry contract "about two months back" in [torwchwood]Meat[/torchwood].]
r. 20th May 2008 AD
Letitia Jones begins a new job as the head of the PR Department for Lazarus Laboratories.
[Martha mentions that this is Tish's new job in The Lazarus Experiment. We've arbitrarily suggested she's been there for two weeks.]
r. 2nd June 2008 AD
Smith and Jones
The Royal Hope hospital disappears from the bank of the Thames for the best part of an hour. When it returns, the staff and patients claim that they were transported to the moon, and that rhino-faced aliens invaded the building. The aliens were actually the Judoon, who tracked down and killed a plasmovore who was wanted for murdering a princess. During these events, the tenth Doctor met Martha Jones.
[This is four days before The Sound of Drums. In The Shakespeare Code, the Doctor thinks that Martha won't have read the final Harry Potter novel, suggesting it's before 21st July 2007. But that simply doesn't work with the new series' timeline.]
r. 3rd June 2008 AD
The Lazarus Experiment
Professor Lazarus appears on TV to announce a demonstration of his new techonolgy, which will "change what it means to be human". That night, he demonstrates his new invention at a black tie event, transforming himself from a 76 year old into the body of a younger man. The event is disrupted when the Professor turns into a monstrous beast and starts attacking the guests. He is tracked down to the nearby Southwark Cathedral, where he dies by falling from the bell tower.
[The Doctor says that it's the morning after Smith and Jones, and Tish comments that Martha is having two nights out in a row.]
r. 5th June 2008 AD
Mister Saxon plants agents in the home of Francine Jones. These agents were after information on Francine's daughter Martha and her relationship with the Doctor and were monitoring her phone calls.
[Francine appears to have been trying to get hold of Martha for some time, as she's worried she hasn't returned her calls. It's election day, so the day before The Sound of Drums.]
c. 6th June 2008 AD
The Sound of Drums
Mr Saxon wins the General Election. The next day, the cabinet are said to have gone into seclusion (in reality, they were killed), and he announces first contact with an alien species called the Toclafane. The morning after that, the Toclafane appear on global TV and kill US President-Elect Winters.
[Saxon first appeared 18 months ago, in the aftermath of the downfall of Harriet Jones (The Christmas Invasion), making it June 2008. The story starts the day after the election, meaning this story starts on a Friday. We've gone for Friday 6th June to accommodate dates in Torchwood Series 2.]
r. 7th June 2008 AD
The Last of the Time Lords
Lucy Saxon kills her husband, whose body is then burnt. Martha Jones chooses to stay on Earth to help her family, who have been traumatised by living through a year of horrors in an alternative timeline.
[Time is rewound to the end of The Sounds of Drums.]
r. Early June 2008 AD
The new technology block at St Cheldon's school in Upminster is constructed. It has an odd smell of batteries. When it is constructed, all the food in the school goes off. When one of the parent governors raises this issue he falls off his bike the next morning and ends up in traction.
[The headmistress says that he has spent “three months” in traction (Revenge of the Slitheen (ep. 1).]
r. 12th June 2008 AD
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Torchwood chase a blowfish-like humanoid alien who is driving a sports car. Jack turns up to help as they've got it cornered. Meanwhile, a former time agent going by the name of John Hart arrives through the Cardiff rift in search of an Arcadian Diamand that has been sent through. He tries to manipulate Torchwood into finding it for him, and eventually leaves empty-handed.
[Some time has clearly passed since End of Days. The only mention of The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords is an allusion by Jack, so it's unclear how long he spent with the Doctor and Martha clearing up before returning to Cardiff. If Saxon's claim to have sent the team on a wild goose chase in that story to Nepal is correct, then this could be as much as a couple of weeks later. We've assumed it's a few days.]
c. Mid June 2008 AD
Two burglars are killed breaking into a fifth floor flat at night. The next day, one of the occupants is killed in hospital and the other goes missing. Shortly after this, a petrol tanker explodes near the M4 link road in Cardiff, directly over an underground fuel pipe that supplies the military. The leader of Cardiff Council is stabbed to death by a stranger in his home, and several soldiers die in an incident at a nearby army base. This is all due to action by alien sleeper agents, who are stopped by Torchwood.
[This appears to take place over two days, the second of which is a school day. It has to take place in the short gap between Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and To the Last Man.]
c. 20th June 2008 AD
To the Last Man
Torchwood wakes up Tommy Brockless, a soldier who had been frozen by Torchwood in 1918, to give him his annual check-up. They discover that the time shift he was frozen to help prevent is due to happen the next day. He spends the night with Tosh before being sent back through the time shift to the day he was frozen.
[Gwen has not been present for Tommy's awakening before, suggesting that it's less than a year since Day One, although it's possible she happened to have a day off the last time it happened. Jack says that 1918 was 90 years ago. The date is clearly given as Friday 20th, with the month unstated. Unless rift-related events have mucked about with the calendar, the only possible month with this date is June 2008.]
r. July 2008 AD
A lorry belonging to Harwoods Haulages crashes and the driver dies. The next day Torchwood shut down the dodgy meat operation that he was delivering for, incinerating the alien creature they were farming for meat.
[Rhys says it's "about a year" since Gwen's new job (Day One.]
c. Late July 2008 AD
An alien being which depends on memories comes through the rift. It poses as a member of Torchwood called Adam Smith, altering the team's memories so they believe he's been there for three years. He is defeated when they all take retcon and erase their records, causing him to cease to exist.
[Gwen and Rhys have just been on a weekend break to Paris, so the two days of this story are a Monday and a Tuesday. Adam's falsified personnel file gives his start date as 6th May 2005.]
r. Late August 2008 AD
Lance Metcalf starts attending Park Vale School
[Clyde says he's only been there "a couple of months" in Warriors of Kudlak (ep. 1).]
r. Late August 2008 AD
A Zantoxian trade vessel passes through the Solar System. Mr Smith gets a cybergon download from the shiip. The download includes a data record of General Kudlak.
[Mr Smith says that this was two months ago in Warriors of Kudlak (ep. 2).]
Late August 2008 AD
Invasion of the Bane
Maria Jackson's parents divorce. She and her dad move to Bannerman Road, in a different school catchment area, and across the road from journalist Sarah Jane Smith. At the same time, there is an explosion at a nearby factory, which makes the popular drink Bubbleshock. There is an outbreak of mass hysteria, with most of the population walking around like zombies saying "drink it", whilst holding out bottles of the drink. Bubbleshock is withdrawn from the shops, and the mass hysteria blamed on escaping chemicals from the factory.
[K9 has spent 18 months plugging the black hole, so it's at least that long since School Reunion. Maria starts her new school "next week".]
Early September 2008 AD
Revenge of the Slitheen
Journalist Sarah Jane Smith starts investigating Coldfire Construction, who have been building new technology blocks in schools around the world. At the same time there is a power cut in Ealing that also affects candles. The next day there are power cuts across the globe, and the sun is seen to have gone blue. Newspapers put this down to a temporary reversal of the Earth's magnetic poles. During these events, the headteacher of Park Vale School in Ealing goes missing, as does science teacher Mr Jeffries, and one year 10 pupil.
[In assembly it's said to be the start of a new school year (ep. 1), so it's the beginning of September. This makes it less than a week after Invasion of the Bane. The story takes place over two days.]
Mid September 2008 AD
Eye of the Gorgon
Chrissie Jackson has a fight with her boyfriend Ivan and briefly moves in with her ex-husband Alan and daughter Maria. On the same day, the manager of the Lavender Lawns rest home disappears and some nuns from the Order of St Agnes are released from the mental control of an alien Gorgon.
[This is 6 months since Chrissie first walked out on Alan and Maria. Since Alan seems to own his house,and the move was because of the break-up that means it probably isn't very long since Revenge of the Slitheen. It's not a school day.]
c. Late October 2008 AD
Warriors of Kudlak
Sarah Jane Smith begins investigating the disappearance of Lance Metcalf, who was at school with Clyde, Luke, and Maria. She discovers that he, along with some other children have been kidnapped by aliens running a laser tag chain. They are to be used as soldiers in a war. When General Kudlak ,who is running the operation, realises the war is already over he releases the five most recent abductees and goes looking to find out what happened to the rest of them.
[Lance's abduction (the first scene) was on a Saturday, three days before the main story. Since everybody's out and about during the Tuesday, this is likely during a school holiday. Since Lance has been at the school for only two months, and Luke/Clyde/Maria know this, the earliest this could be is Autumn half term (approx. late October, though the foliage on the trees suggests spring or summer). Clyde's comment that Lance has "only been at our school a couple of months" might suggest a later date, but this would almost certainly require the story to be out of broadcast order. Since it's not referenced in any other Season 1 story, this is possible, but we've chosen to set it in broadcast order.]
r. Mid November 2008 AD
Sarah Jane Smith and Maria Jackson help a Verron soothsayer return home. The soothsayer leaves Sarah a puzzle box, telling her to give it to the person she trusts the most.
[Sarah says that this was “the other week” in Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane? (ep.1).]
November 2008 AD
Chuck Norris is elected President of the United States. He had already been responsible for the economic opportunity initiative - under which the unemployed were forbidden from travelling to find work.
[In Interference (Book One), the Doctor recalls that Norris succeeded Springsteen as President (p. 141), and he is in office during Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 20, 26). The beginning of Norris' economic opportunity initiative is described as coinciding with "the good years" and being "a long time ago" in Warhead (p. 26), and "years" ago (p. 42), which would suggest he was on his second term. This is complicated by The Sound of Drums, in which the US President is called Winters, and is killed by the Toclafane. The easiest way out of this is to assume that the Doctor simply forgot Winters, and that Norris was his Vice President.]
c. Early December 2008 AD
Whatever happened to Sarah Jane? (2008, main timeline)
Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Clyde Langer, Maria Jackson, and Alan Jackson go to a skate park. When they get back to Bannerman Road, Sarah gives Maria her Verron puzzle box. That night, the Trickster changes the timeline so that Sarah died in 1964, sending her and Luke into Limbo. The timeline is reset the next day – just in time for her super-computer Mr Smith to deflect an asteroid that will destroy all life on Earth. During these events, Alan Jackson learns that his daughter has been involved in investigating aliens.
[The visit to the skate park was after school and the next day is clearly not a school day. So this is a Friday and a Saturday. Alan learns about the aliens. The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith states that this was "last year". The first scenes of The Lost Boy happen immediate afterwards, but there is clearly a gap between them and the main story.]
ALT r. Early December 2008 AD
Whatever happened to Sarah Jane? (2008, changed timeline)
Andrea Yates, Clyde Langer, Maria Jackson, and Alan Jackson all happen to visit a skate park after school, and have photos taken. The next day, during Andrea's birthday party, scientists discover a large meteor on a collision course for Britain just before it is due to hit. The RAF try, and fail, to destroy it with missiles. This timeline comes to an end when Andrea cancels her deal with the Trickster, fixing the timeline so that Andrea – rather than Sarah Jane Smith – died in 1964.
[This timeline happens at the exact same time as the real world contemporary scenes. In this timeline the Trickster changed things so that the various alien invasion attempts Sarah has prevented never happened. Andrea claims that she's been dead for 40 years, which would suggest this is 2004 – though the 21st century timeline means it has to be at least 2008.]
r. Early December 2008 AD
The Lost Boy (first couple of scenes)
Alan Jackson's initial reaction to learning about his daughter's encounters with aliens is to prevent her having contact with Sarah Jane Smith and to move away. He quickly comes round to her point of view.
[These scenes clearly follow on from Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane Smith?. There is clearly a gap between these scenes and the main story and we do not know how long it is.]
Phil Houseman's book The Myth of Artificial Intelligence is published.
[We see an extract in Theatre of War (p. 122).]
Australian troops were involved in a conflict in Indonesia.
[News reports of this are mentioned in Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 18, 99).]
r. Late January 2009 AD
The Lost Boy (main story)
A televised press conference calls for Ashley Stafford - a boy who has been missing for five months - to come home. The images of Ashley are an exact match for Luke Smith, who is handed over to his parents by the police.The "parents" are actually Slitheen, faking it. They take Luke to the Pharos Institute, where they use his mind to store telekinetic energy for sale. Luke escapes, making it back to Bannerman Road. Whilst there Mr Smith forces him to put on one of the telekinetic devices (which he had talked Sarah Jane Smith into stealing), and uses it to bring the moon towards Earth. He is stopped when Sarah releases K9 as a distraction, her to infect Mr Smith with a dangerous computer virus, wiping his malicious programming. Luke returns the moon to its proper orbit, but not before it has caused spontaneous forest fires, avalanches, freak storms, and tidal waves.
["Ashley" is said to have gone missing 5 months ago. If this figure is not entirely made up then this would suggest that it's around 5 months since Invasion of the Bane. Sarah confirms that she's had luke "these last few months", but that could mean only three or four. It is clearly a school week.]
April 2009 AD
Mulwray breaks into the Butler Institute's computer system. He discovers that a big Japanese company called Hoshino owns the Butler Institute, and the extent of the Butler Institute's holdings.
[He mentions he did this in April in Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 70).]
ALT r. 6th June 2009 AD
The Last of the Time Lords
Martha Jones arrives back in England after walking the Earth for a year. She contacts a women known to be unreliable by the resistance, telling her she's been assembling a four-part gun that can kill a Time Lord like the Master. This gets her captured, and taken up to the Valiant. There, she activates a signal to make everybody she's talked to thinks of the Doctor. This de-ages him, and allows him to defeat the Master. Then Jack Harkness destroys the paradox machine that has allowed future humans to come back and kill their ancestors, reverting things to the way they were one year ago.
[It's repeatedly said to be one year after The Sound of Drums. This timeline is undone at the end of the story, with only those on the Valiant at the end remembering anything from the year that never was.]
June 2009 AD
Vincent Wheaton spots rare Cthulu Gate tie-in comic Talons #1 in his local store . As he leaves the store with the comic, he is confronted by Bobby Prescott, who wants to hurt him for his computer games obsession. He uses his powers for the second time, killing Bobby Prescott's three associates. Within a week, Calvin - a schoolmate who was there when it happened - has contrived to seal him in cryogenic suspension. Calvin and three friends go to Turkey to guard the capsule.
[The incident is seen in Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 152-168), where it is said to have been in June p. 153), a couple of weeks before the Summer Holidays. It is 2 decades since the riots, and is "a long time ago" relative to the main story (p. 187). Calvin and friends are in Vincent's school year, he is 14 when this happens (p. 152), and they are at most 14 (p. 105), this is presumably earlier in the same year as the main story.]
Mid August 2009 AD
Shreela Govinda is moved to a new hospital room.
[Two weeks before the start of Cat's Cradle: Warhead (p. 9).]
August 2009 AD
Park Vale School in Ealing builds a new technology block.
[This is said to have been over the summer holidays in Revenge of the Slitheen (ep. 1).]
Autumn 2009 AD
Cat's Cradle: Warhead
The Butler Institute had developed a project to save the minds of the rich and powerful inside a computer. As the project was getting underway, there was a fracas near their New York offices - a hovercraft stolen from police impoundment crashes into the building. The next day, the project is destroyed by a freak blizzard.
[Halloween is on a Saturday, making it 1998, 2009, or 2015 (p. 199, 250). Shreela (from Survival) dies at a tragically early age (p. 19). Ace's clothes are 20 years out of date, suggesting 2009. Just War confirms that this is the 21st century. Ben Aaronovitch's Future History Continuity sets it c. 2007. The story starts just before the start of the school year (p. 1), and the story ends over the Halloween weekend.]
c. Autumn 2009 AD
With the destruction of their bolthole from the destruction of Earth's ecosystem, rich elites started to focus on the problem, spending billions. They found ways to patch up the ozone layer. Sophisticated traffic control systems were instituted on roads, though the effects made less difference in some major cities. Subsidies for pollutant industries were replaced by subsidies for energy-efficient devices and clean-up operations. Wind farms became common in rural areas, as did solar panels in urban areas. Eco-friendly products were heavily promoted and regulated. There were even companies set up solely to monitor the environmental impacts of other companies. Despite these vast changes, the mood was far from revolutionary. Driven as it was by the big corporations, the clean up was criticised by environmental groups for not going far enough to prevent disaster, and for being little more than a temporary fix.
[This is heavily implied by the end of Cat's Cradle: Warhead, and is the background to the setting for Warlock.]