Timeline: 1917-1918

BEFORE

1917

  • March 15 (Thursday). A revolution led by Vladimir Lenin results in the overthrow of the Russian monarchy, and the abdication of Czar Nicholas II.1
  • May. The Doctor (fifth incarnation), Peri Brown, and Erimem visit Mt. Everest for a cricket match. Erimem is manipulated by ancient principalities, and nearly dies in an avalanche. The creatures are defeated.2
  • The Doctor (seventh incarnation), Ace McShane, and Hex Schofield arrive in France during the Great War. Housed amongst a group of soldiers, they are pulled into a murder mystery involving a strange prophecy of their arrival. They uncover the CO has been creating a treatment that enhances hatred to turn the soldiers into killers, and that he was an agent of The Forge.3
  • August 4 (Saturday). German pilot Wilhelm Klink (22) crashes his plane. Aboard is the famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen (25).
  • British Army Major Charles Rainier (26), in a trench in northern France, is the lone survivor of his troop after a gas attack. He wanders out of the trenches in a fugue state, and is picked up by German forces. When questioned, he has no memory of his past life and can barely speak.4

1918

  • Commander Schultz of the Tomainian military barely survives a plane crash on the day Tomainia, a minor ally of Germany and Austria-Hungary, surrenders to the Allied Powers. He credits a Jewish private for saving him. The private is injured in the crash, and begins suffering a debilitating case of amnesia.5
  • April 19 (Friday). Elizabeth Masen's dying wish is to save her son Edward, similarly dying from the Spanish flu. Her doctor, vampire Carlisle Cullen, accedes to her wishes, and sires the boy into a vampire. He adopts him as his own son as well.
  • April 21 (Sunday). The infamous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen (25), is shot down and apparently killed over the Morlancourt mountain range in France.
  • May 19 (Sunday). Michael Darling (17) commits suicide alongside his friend and secret lover Rupert. His family is told he died on a training mission.6

June 21 (Friday). Shell shocked British soldier Tommy Brockless is taken by Torchwood agents and placed in suspended animation. At the same time, his future version from 2008 arrives through a temporal rift and resumes his life.
July 10 (Wednesday). Tommy Brockless is shot for cowardice by the British Army, as he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • July 17 (Wednesday). The former Czar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra (45), and their entire family are executed by firing squad.7 A confluence of bizarre energies causes Princess Anastasia Romanova's (17) soul, at the moment of her death, to enter a cycle of reincarnation.

September 29 (Sunday). Bulgaria surrenders to the Allies.
October 28 (Monday). The Republic of Czechoslovakia is declared in the Austro-Hungarian possessions of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia. The Tans Slovakia (918) and Czechia (570) agree to share independence, but there is a dispute between the two over whether to use a hyphen in the name of their joint land.

  • October 30 (Wednesday). The Ottoman Empire surrenders to the Allies.8
  • October 31 (Thursday). The Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolves.9
  • October 31. The Tans Austria and Hungary divorce.
  • November 3 (Sunday). Austria surrenders to the Allies.10

November 10-11 (Sunday-Monday). The Doctor (eighth incarnation) gets drawn into an adventure involving Viyran agents trying to control a plague. He is reunited with Molly O'Sullivan, whose eyes turn dark again, when he returns to his home on Baker Street. The Viyrans kill each other, causing the transmission of the original plague in the first place. Molly rejoins the Doctor on his travels.

  • November 11 (Monday). World War I ends with the surrender of Germany.11
  • November 11. "John Smith" (the amnesiac Charles Rainier [27]) leaves the Melbridge Asylum, desperate to leave that place of damaged men. He wanders into town, and is engulfed in the sudden crowd of revelers learning of the armistice. A young stage performer, Paula Ridgeway (24), sees the frightened Smith, who is beginning to suffer from a sudden bout of the flu. She helps him escape from a tobacco shop where the proprietor has pegged him as an asylum escapee. She takes him to see her show, where he collapses from illness. She takes him to her home, where she begins to nurse him back to health. Learning of his situation, she soon finds she feels obligated to protect him.12
  • November. Paula Ridgeway, now very protective of "Smithy", whom she is getting to open up to her, leaves her stage career and travels to Devon to help him stay free, as she believes he will be unable to survive at the asylum. Her travel is complicated by her at first believing Smithy might have hurt her friend, but later learns her friend was injured by accident.13

AFTER

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