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CHRONOLOGY OF THE CAPTAIN SCARLET UNIVERSE

The following chronology, which could be stated as "semi-official", and compiled by Keith Ansell, uses dates and information taken not only from the Captain Scarlet Universe, but from some other universes created for the many Gerry Anderson's TV series.  Anderson himself did not conceive the series so they should intertwine with each other's, like it often happens in the "TV Century 21" books, although  some ideas, such as a World Government, are common to many of these series. 

 

The Chronology first appeared in the pages of  "Century 21 - The World of Gerry Anderson", issue 15, published in 1993. 


Ideas taken from other universes are marked by a yellow star, with references reported  at the bottom of this page. 


If someone happens to notice mistakes, errors or omissions, feel free to inform me, so I could update this page accordingly. 

 

A Chronology of the Gerry Anderson Universe, using all the Anderson series, and also compiled by Keith Ansell can be found on this website.  (Added February 10, 2014)

 

 

THE WORLD

DATES

SPECTRUM

1901

At this approximate date the Mysterons race moves on from Mars leaving behind their self motivated computer complex.

Third World War occurs.

1987-1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Army, World Air-Force and World Navy are established after World War III by the United Nations, as the ultimate peace keeping forces. Various members of Spectrum have served in these groups.

1989

World Intelligence Network is formed by the merging of Britain’s MI-5, USA’s CIA and Russia’s KGB, etc.

10/04/1995

Monday

The Solar System Exploration Centre is established at Glenn Field, USA. The Area will become known as Glenn Field Space Port (referred to in “The Mysterons”)

2001

First World President, Nikita Bandranaik born; date unspecified.

2007

United Nations form the Space Patrol.

2009

State of Bereznik begins to come together due to the continuing political struggles in central Europe, started in the 1990s with the break-up of Yugoslavia.

2010

United Nations form the Interplanetary Communications Group.

2011

14/07/2017

Charles Gray (Colonel White), born in London, England.

Third World President, Roberts, born; date unspecified.

2018

 

Second World President, T.J. Younger, born; date unspecified.

2026

The “great” atomic war of Europe begins, due to an accidental breakdown of communications between countries. Only tactical nuclear weapons were used, and it lasted 6 years, from 2028 to 2034.

The state of Bereznik was carved out of civil-war torn central Europe (covering the areas of eastern Germany (which was split by war in 1991, with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia at odds with each other), Czechoslovakia (which was split by break up of USSR in the early 1990s into the Czech Republic and Slovenia), the Ukraine and Poland, though Russia was not involved).

Britain becomes a military dictatorship.

08/04/2028

 

17/03/2029

Saturday

Conrad Turner (Captain Black) born Manchester, England.

October 2029

Conrad Turner (age 7 months) becomes an orphan in the care of a distant relative, after the death of both parents, killed in the European War of 2028-2034.

Interplanetary Communications Group becomes the Universal Secret Service.

2030

 

10/07/2031

Thursday

Edward Wilkie (Doctor Fawn) born Yalumba, Australia.

04/03/2033

Friday

Bradley Holden (Captain Grey) born Chicago, Illinois, USA.

2034

Charles Gray spends time at King’s College , Canterbury, Kent.

The atomic war of Europe ends when a European peace treaty is signed.

1/2/2034

Wednesday

 

17/05/2034

Wednesday

Patrick Donaghue (Captain Magenta) born Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

23/02/2035

Friday

Richard Fraser (Captain Ochre) born Detroit, Michigan, USA.

26/08/2035

Sunday

Adam Svenson (Captain Blue) born Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

17/12/2036

Wednesday

Paul Metcalfe (Captain Scarlet) born Winchester, Hampshire, England.

2037

Parents of Patrick Donaghue (age 3) emigrate to the Chelsea district of Manhattan Island, New York State, USA.

2038

Charles Gray (age 21) graduates Norwich University, Norfolk, England and enlists in the British Navy.

2040

Charles Gray, as a member of the British Navy, is involved in South east Asia.

23/08/2040

Thursday

Juliette Pontoin (Destiny Angel) born Paris, France.

18/01/2041

Saturday

Seymour Griffiths (Lieutenant Green) born Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies.

Icelandic dispute.

Early 2042

Charles Gray, as a member of the British Navy, is involved in the Icelandic dispute.

Panama-Isthmus rebellion.

Late 2042-2043

Charles Gray, as a member of the British Navy, is involved in the Panama-Isthmus rebellion.
 

06/01/2042

Monday

Karen Wainwright (Symphony Angel) born Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.

19/06/2042

Thursday

Chan Kwan (Harmony Angel) born Tokyo, old Edo Province, Honshu Island, Japan.

10/01/2043

Saturday

Magnolia Jones (Melody Angel) born Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

27/04/2043

Monday

Dianne Simms (Rhapsody Angel) born Chelsea, London.

June 2044

Conrad Turner (age 15) enters Manchester Technical Academy.

September 2045

Conrad Turner graduates from Manchester Technical Academy and enrols in Manchester’s Northern University.

World Government is formed as a result of the atomic war of Europe, the war lasts 6 years; 2028-2034, but Bereznik, Porto Guava, Tong Viet ken, the United Asiatic Republic and Britain decide not to join.

 

The World Security Patrol is also formed with the World Space Patrol, World Navy, World Army, World Air-Force, and Universal Secret Service.

 

First World President Nikita Bandranaik takes offices, 2045-2066, in which he serves 3 terms of 7 years each.

 

The Space Patrol becomes the World Space Patrol, and the World Intelligence Network joins the Universal Secret Service.

23/06/2045

Friday

2046

Charles Gray (age 29) is promoted to Captain in British Navy.

British civil war erupts.

December 2046

 

British civil war ends and Britain joins World Government.

January 2047

 

Mid’ 2047

Conrad Turner (age 18) enters British Air-Force.

Late 2047

Charles Gray (age 30) announces his “retirement” from active military service, and secretly joins up with Universal Secret Service.

Winter 2047

Conrad Turner wins recognition from World Government for his bravery (after taking a sabotaged bomber aircraft up from an airbase’s runway, intended to destroy the base).

2048

Edward Wilkie (age 17) enters Brisbane University, Queensland, Australia. Charles Gray gets married.

Late 2048

Conrad Turner recovers from wounds he received in the aircraft explosion and leaves hospital.

2049

Charles Gray is promoted to the organisation and control section of Universal Secret Service.

2050

Charles Gray (age 33) is appointed chief of the British section of Universal Secret Service, in charge of their London, World Intelligence Network section.

2051

Richard Fraser (age 16) learns to fly and gains his pilot’s license.

 

Adam Svenson (age 16) wins a scholarship to Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

2051-2053

Sometime between these years Charles Gray becomes a widower.

The World Army/Air-Force is founded, merging the two previously separate forces.

2052

Patrick Donaghue (age 18) becomes involved in the anti-Bereznik riots in the US.
 

2053

Both parents of Seymour Griffiths (aged 12) are killed in an air disaster.

Richard Fraser (age 18) leaves high school, but fails to gain the necessary grades to enter university or the World Army/Air Force.

Bradley Holden (age 21) graduates from the World Navy Academy in San Diego, California, and enlists in the World Navy Submarine Service, being stationed in Sydney, Australia.

2054

Conrad Turner (age 25) is made Captain of Fireball XL-3.

Richard Fraser joins the World Government Police Corps (Detroit division), and begins basic training.

2055

Patrick Donaghue (age 22) graduates from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, New England, USA.

Edward Wilkie (age 24) graduates from university, and enters the World Medical Organisation as Assistant Medical Controller of the Australian sector.

Early 2055

Adam Svenson (age 20) enrols in the World Aeronautic Society.

2057

Paul Metcalfe (age 21) graduates from Winchester University, Hampshire, England.

 

Patrick Donaghue becomes crime lord of New York State.

 

Juliette Pontoin joins Rome University, Italy.

 

Edward Wilkie begins to develop his “robot” doctors.

 

Conrad Turner is promoted to the rank of Colonel by the World Space Patrol.

 

Richard Fraser finishes basic training with the world Government Police Corps.

2057-2064

The World Medical Organisation makes Edward Wilkie Administrator for the Advancement of Medicine. He also gets married sometime between these years.

Also between these years Adam Svenson is transferred to the United States Security Department of the World Aeronautic Society.

2058

Magnolia Jones (age 15) leaves School to take up professional motor racing.

Linda Nolan, later to become the controller of Lunarville 6, is the project controller on the first Neptune probe, launched from Earth’s Moon. As shown on a charm pendant given to Captain Scarlet by Linda Nolan in “Crater 101”, the inscription read “To Linda Nolan, the CB.29 Neptune probe. July 10th 2058, we made it ahead of schedule”.

10/07/2058

 

2059

Richard Fraser transfers from Detroit division to Chicago area division of World Government Police Corps.

2059-2063

Paul Metcalfe enlists at the United States Military Academy, at West Point, New York State, USA.

Late 2059

Karen Wainwright joins the Universal Secret Service.

 

Juliette Pontoin joins the Intelligence Corps of the WAAF.

 

Chan Kwan (age 17) leaves finishing school in England and moves back to Japan, where she enrols in Tokyo University.

2061

Magnolia Jones (age 18) joins the WAAF.

2062

Dianne Simms (age 19) is at London University, England.

 

Chan Kwan graduates from Tokyo University (age 20).

2062-

Early 2064

Chan Kwan spends time with Tokyo Flying Club.

World Aquanaut Security Patrol is founded as a separate force from the World Navy within World Security Patrol.

 

Early 2062

Seymour Griffiths enrols as a junior hydrophones operator in WASP submarine corps.

 

Bradley Holden is transferred to the newly founded WASP as chief of security, from World Navy Submarine Service, with a promotion to Lieutenant Commander.

 

Mid 2062-

Late 2064

Bradley Holden is put in charge of the prototype submarine which would later become Stingray.

Late 2062

Magnolia Jones becomes stranded on an island in the South Seas.

Early 2063

Dianne Simms meets Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward (aged 63) and joins up with the Federal Agents Bureau.

Late 2063

Magnolia Jones returns to civilization after scratch building herself a new plane from the wreckage of the original.

2064

Construction of the Spectrum SPVs begins, based on WAAF “Zeus” combat-tank.

Early 2064

Chan Kwan buys herself a small airplane for her single-handed trip around the world.

Late 2064

Bradley Holden receives a back injury, forcing him to leave active service in command of the Stingray prototype for a desk-job.

 

Paul Metcalfe enlists in WAAF.

 

Juliette Pontoin leaves WAAF to form her own firm of flying contractors.

02/03/2064Friday

Chan Kwan (age 22) sets off on her first attempt at her one woman flight around the World.

04/03/2064Sunday

Thirty six hours after starting her flight, Chan Kwan saves three men from blazing oil tanker.

Early September 2064

Chan Kwan completes her second attempt to single-handedly fly around the world.

Late September 2064

Chan Kwan’s father dies, leaving her ownership of the family business, Peking Air-Taxi Corps.

The Federal Agents Bureau is forced to close.

2065

FAB closes. Dianne Simms joins the Euro-Charter Airline Company as chief security officer.

Construction of the Spectrum Angel Interceptors begins, based on WAAF “Viper” fighter jets.

Construction of Spectrum Saloon Cars begins, based on World Motor Manufacturers Limited designs.

 

January 2065

The Spectrum organisation is finally put down on paper, conceived as a force to take “pressure” off Earth’s other peace keeping organisations. Though presumably the World Government had been considering Spectrum for some time, as the SPVs were under construction from 1964.

Early 2065

Paul Metcalfe promoted to the rank of Colonel in the WAAF.

March 2065

A campaign is started by the World Government to put together a team of technically minded people from various world services for a special, secret project.

May 2065

From a list of over 1000 individuals 300 are chosen to construct the 50 prefabricated sections of Cloudbase in a secret location in Stockholm, Sweden. These pieces were then sent for a final assembly in outer space.

June 2065

Construction of Cloudbase eventually begins.

28/09/2065

Monday

Spectrum’s selection committee begin to put together a list of the most favourable candidates to form the personnel of the Spectrum organisation, and start to make contact with these chosen individuals. 593 (sic) were finally chosen, including Paul Metcalfe, Conrad Turner, Charles Gray, Adam Svenson, Seymour Griffiths, Bradley Holden, Patrick Donaghue, Juliette Pontoin, Magnolia Jones and Edward Wilkie.

2066

Construction of Spectrum MSVs begins, based on WAAF designs.

 

Construction of Spectrum helicopters begins, based on WAAF “Rotar” heli-jet.

 

Construction of Spectrum SPJs begins, based on Universal Aero Engineering’s TVR 24 passenger jet.

Mid’ 2066

Chan Kwan joins Spectrum.

Late 2066

Dianne Simms joins Spectrum.

19/06/2066

Saturday 6.00 AM

Richard Fraser (age 31) undergoes a false assassination in order to fake his death, code-named “Operation Jigsaw “, allowing him to join the Spectrum organisation with a clear record.

19/07/2066

Monday

Richard Fraser joins the Spectrum organisation.

Second World President Younger in office.

 

Supreme Headquarters Earth Forces created by World Government to overview control of all of Earth’s other security organisations.

2067 –

Early 2069

 

 

Early 2067

Karen Wainwright leaves the Universal Secret Service.

Mid’ 2067

Karen Wainwright joins Spectrum.

07/07/2067

Thursday

Spectrum’s inaugural charter is drawn up, as stipulated in “Flight to Atlantica”.

10/07/2067

Sunday

Second World President T.J. Younger signs Spectrum’s inaugural charter, as stipulated in “Flight to Atlantica”.

February 2068

The Mysteronisation of Conrad Turner (Captain Black, age 38), on Mars.

 

The death and Mysteronisation of Captain Brown, and the death, Mysteronisation and return to normality of Paul Metcalfe (Captain Scarlet, age 31), and the start of the Earth – Mysteron war.

 

World President Younger is nearly assassinated by the Mysteronised Captain Brown.

 

All those events and others occur in the episode “The Mysterons”.

2068-2069

Events in the TV series.

Third World President Roberts (former U.S.A. president)  in office.

2069

NOTES:

Many Ideas (such as those given in TV Century 21) showed storylines, set years after the last dated events in the series itself, which illustrated events such as the ending of the “war of nerves”. As any such information given in TV21 is not “official” it can be taken as false or with “a pinch of salt”. One such “unofficial” date from the TV21 Diary is that of:

09/11/2077

Tuesday

After many years of a bitter “war of nerves” between Earth’s forces and the Mysterons from Mars, a universal peace armistice was signed, at a conference held in Unity City, Bermuda. With World President Roberts and Captain Black present.

 

 

YELLOW STAR REFERENCES

The yellow stars above refer to other Anderson television shows, setting all these series in the same universe (often referred to by fans as 'the Anderverse'.

World Intelligence Network (or WIN) The name of the secret service organisation in the “Joe 90” series, which was the second series created by Gerry Anderson, just after “Captain Scarlet”, in which real human proportions were used for the puppets.
Universal Secret Service Taken from the series “Secret Service”, which also used real human proportions for puppets. A note of interest: the puppet used for the character of “Captain Scarlet” was also used in this series - “heavily” disguised behind glasses - to personify “Paul Blake”… The character of Blake is some official biographies of the Secret Service, uses the name “Adam Metcalfe” to write some fiction books… which seems to give some relationship between the two characters.
Space Patrol From “Fireball XL-5”.
Fireball XL-3 From “Fireball XL-5”. All the rockets in this early Supermarionation series in black in white were dubbed “Fireball XL-something...
World Aquanaut Security Patrol (or WASP) From the first Supermarionation series in colour “Stingray”. It was the name of the military organisation in this series.
Stingray From “Stingray”, which was the name of the submarine Captain Troy Tempest was in command of.
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward Probably the most popular character from the “Thunderbirds” series. In the TV Century 21 Universe, director of FAB, detective, secret agent, spy… An original idea in the “Captain Scarlet” universe was to present her as an elderly woman when she becomes mentor to Dianne Simms (who later will become Rhapsody Angel).
Federal Agents Bureau (or FAB) The independent Detective/Secret Service agency directed by Lady Penelope. In later days, directed by Dianne Simms, before it was forced to close down.

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

This "official chronology" is taken as basis for my personal fan fiction pages.  I may take some liberty with it, for creativity' sake, but will try to make it so this chronology will not be too tempered with.  As time goes by and I will create my own universe within it - I will eventually update this chronology  in a special section of my fan fiction pages, adding my own ideas in a different colour.  Some ideas from other fan fiction authors could be added as well ( I already have taken some from Kimberly Smith Murphy and Mary J. Rudy, hope they won't mind…).  So there won't be any mistake about it, THIS official chronology, aside from corrections and additions due to omission, will not be touched in THIS page.  A link will be added for the Fan Fiction version.

 

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