The Time Lords
Omega
Omega
Rassilon
Rassilon
 
 One of the oldest and most powerful corporeal races in existence, the Time Lords would be a fascinating species even if they were not The Doctor’s own race, being one of the first races to ever evolve sentience in the universe as it currently exists. Initially ruled by the near-mystical seer known as the Pythia in the distant past of their home planet, Gallifrey, the Time Lords were first formed when Rassilon rose up against the Pythia and drove her away so that the Time Lords could progress beyond the superstition of the old, although the Pythia’s curse of sterility forced them to focus for a time on finding alternative methods of reproduction rather than explore their interest in time travel.

The Time Meddler

The Time Meddler

 Having escaped the curse with the aid of genetic looms that would ‘weave’ new Gallifreyians into existence, Rassilon, accompanied by his associates Omega and the mysterious ‘Other’ - a being whose true name and origins have been lost to history, said to have been more powerful than Rassilon and Omega combined -, set out to provide their people with the means of travelling in time by harnessing a black hole as a power source. Using Omega’s research, they were able to turn a star supernova and trap the resulting black hole for themselves, but the incident resulted in Omega falling through the black hole into a realm of anti-matter ("The Three Doctors") - implied by later rumours to have been caused by Rassilon sabotaging Omega’s equipment so that he wouldn’t have to share power ("Omega") -, leaving Rassilon and the Other to establish a new Gallifrey.

Although Rassilon was involved in the creation of several Time Lord engineering miracles, including the Eye of Harmony - the system responsible for containing the black hole Omega had created - and the Matrix - a virtual telepathic network containing the memories of all deceased Time Lords -, he was also said to be responsible for the creation of some of their more questionable discoveries, such as the Timescoop, a device that drew other races out of their proper places in time so that the Time Lords could force them to compete against each other for their amusements ("The Five Doctors"). During this time, the Time Lords’ early experiments in time travel unleashed pure evil into the universe when they opened a dimensional rift that allowed the first vampires to enter the universe, prompting the Time Lords to wage war against the vampires, each one individually capable of draining the life-force from an entire planet. Although the Time Lords, led by Rassilon, defeated the original vampires using massive bow-ships to pierce their hearts, the resulting war was so long and bloody that the Time Lords were left sickened with violence ("State of Decay"), ending the Death Zone and other sick entertainments. The Time Lords briefly returned to war during the Millennium War of the future, Rassilon leading them into the final battle of the races of the universe against insane supercomputer the Mad Mind of Bophemeral, but their role in this conflict was forgotten when the Six Guardians used the Key to Time to erase the universe’s memory of the Millennium War to spare them from having to remember the terror of the vast conflict ("The Quantum Archangel").

The War Games

The War Games

As time went on, however, Rassilon became increasingly corrupted by his power, weaving his own Web of Time to maintain the causality of the universe the way he perceived it should be, going so far as to banish the race known as the Divergence - revealed to have been the race that would have evolved to surpass the Time Lords if nature had taken its course - into the universe of anti-time, a continuous, unchanging Now, in order to prevent his people being replaced. He was also responsible for locking away magic and related powers from the rest of the universe in order to impose order and rationality on it, with some sources even suggesting that he deliberately influenced the subsequent evolution of all life in the universe so that it would follow a pattern to create races similar in appearance to the Time Lords (Although other sources suggest that the Time Lords’ evolution simply influenced the universe’s morphic field to shape future evolution on a path that had already been ‘proven’ to work rather than it being the result of deliberate action). As Rassilon became increasingly corrupt - to the point that he led a war against another race of vampires that simply fed on genetically-engineered crops rather than other sentient beings simply because he saw them as being too different to live -, the Other committed suicide by throwing himself into the genetic Looms in protest of Rassilon’s new policies, with his granddaughter - the last natural birth on Gallifrey - leaving the planet shortly afterwards under undisclosed circumstances to escape being prosecuted by others. Despite this, Rassilon continued his experiments in his foundry, developing a series of biogenic molecules that would grant the Time Lords the power of regeneration, as well as the creation of the Matrix, a vast computer network where the mental imprints of deceased Time Lords would be stored, Rassilon uploading his own consciousness into the Matrix at the moment of his death so that he could maintain full existence within the Matrix.

The Master
The Master
 From this point onwards, Time Lord society ‘progressed’ in a relatively stable manner, cutting themselves off from the rest of the universe as they established their position as the lords of Time, preventing unauthorised time-travel while ensuring that the timelines remained as they should, only watching the events taking place around them and never interfering. To this end, their time machines - the TARDISes, dimensionally transcendental machines that were bigger inside than outside - were all equipped with fully-functional chameleon circuits, ensuring that travelling Time Lords would be able to visit locations in history and observe from the safety of the TARDIS interior without anyone knowing that they were there. Although they occasionally attempted to interfere to ‘improve’ history, they abandoned this policy after their actions often made things worse, such as essentially splitting the planet Minyos in half in a nuclear war when the Minyans abused the advanced technology the Time Lords gave them (Underworld"), teaching the people of Klist how to reverse evolution with tragic results, and sending the inhabitants of the starlit ring of Plastrodos 14 utterly mad ("The Quantum Archangel") (Although they were able to protect a tribe of Celts from Roman invaders by using Time Lord technology to send the tribe into the dream world of Avalon, powered by the dreaming mind of King Constantine ("The Shadows of Avalon")). By the time that The Doctor was born, Time Lords focused on passively observing the universe around them, with the Celestial Intervention Agency - a small, secret group who monitored the Web of Time to ensure that other races did not attempt to alter history for their own purposes - the only race who actively interfered in the rest of the universe, and most of their experience was theoretical rather than practical. Although some Time Lords would retire from life on Gallifrey to settle down on other worlds - such as Azmael, former coordinator of the Matrix, becoming ruler of the planet Jaconda ("The Twin Dilemma"), or Rummas becoming the head of the Library of Carsus, the greatest repository of knowledge in existence ("Spiral Scratch") -, in general they avoided interference, their existence becoming legend more than fact as they merely observed the affairs of the universe rather than taking action.

The Three Doctors
The Three Doctors
This status quo continued until, several centuries after the Other’s death, the Time Lord who would become known as The Doctor was born into the House of Lungbarrow, one of the oldest Houses on Gallifrey (Some sources suggest that he was the product of a Time Lord father and human mother ("The Room With No Doors" and "The Gallifrey Chronicles"), but these are of questionable accuracy at best). Although Quencessetianobayolocaturgrathadadeyyilungbarrowmas - Quences for short -, the Kithriarch and head of the House of Lungbarrow, had high hopes for the young Time Lord, he rejected most of the Kithriarch’s ambitions, preferring to simply focus on acquiring his doctorate, to the point where he asked to be called ‘Doctor’ rather than being referred to by his other nicknames such as ‘Theta Sigma’, ‘Wormhole’ or ‘Snail’ (Receiving the last two because of the anomaly of him possessing a belly-button despite the fact that he was born from the Loom), with only his Cousin Innocet ever showing him any real kindness. Although his attitude towards his studies was lax at best, Quences continued to believe in the ‘prediction’ that The Doctor would be the most influential Time Lord since Rassilon, despite The Doctor’s defiance of his orders. Although The Doctor was prominent enough in his studies to be one of the Deca - the ten greatest Time Lords of their year, including himself, Ushas, Koschei, Magnus, Mortimus, Jelpax, Vansell, Drax, Rallon and Millennia -, the Deca were shattered when The Doctor’s attempt to shake up the Time Lords by confronting the ancient being known as The Toymaker resulted in Rallon being taken as the Toymaker’s host, Millennia being trapped as a living doll, and The Doctor being expelled and reduced to traffic duty ("Divided Loyalties"). He was able to reapply to the Academy after obtaining his doctorate, but he never committed himself to his studies and only passed his qualifying exams to become a Time Lord with 51% on the second attempt, with the rest of the Deca breaking up even further over time (Particularly after Vansell was revealed to be an Agency operative sent to spy on The Doctor). Increasingly distanced from the rest of his Family, The Doctor was even Disowned and replaced with a new Cousin, Owis, although his family still regarded Owis as a grave disappointment, with Quences continuing to prefer The Doctor despite his estrangement. Increasingly jealous of The Doctor, Glospin, another Cousin, researched Lungbarrow’s Loom records and discovered evidence that suggested that The Doctor wasn’t a true Cousin of the House of Lungbarrow, but as he and The Doctor fought, Glospin revelling in the thought of The Doctor being executed as a ‘Loom-jumper’ and thus ensuring Glospin’s birthright, the Hand of Omega mysterious appeared, scarring Glospin’s arm and prompting him to flee ("Lungbarrow").

Genesis of the Daleks
Genesis of the Daleks
 Disgusted at Glospin’s accusations and shaken at the appearance of the Hand of Omega (As well as being haunted by an old prophecy of a hybrid Time Lord who would rule Gallifrey’s ruins that he had discovered in the Matrix as a child ("Heaven Sent/Hell Bent")), The Doctor departed Gallifrey in a Type 40 TARDIS acquired from a nearby dock - he had briefly contemplated taking a Type 53, but found it too soulless compared to the Type 40 -, only for the presence of the Hand of Omega on the ship caused The Doctor to travel back into Gallifrey’s own past, neatly bypassing the transduction barriers preventing Time Lords from making such a journey. Now unable to return to Gallifrey even if he wanted to, The Doctor found and adopted the Other’s granddaughter - who ‘recognised’ him as her grandfather even as he somehow knew that her name was Susan - before departing Gallifrey with her ("Lungbarrow"). Although the Time Lords went looking for The Doctor - particularly since the entire house of Lungbarrow mysteriously vanished on the same day as he left Gallifrey -, he made it difficult for them to track him by designing his own controls for the TARDIS, sacrificing precision control to prevent himself from forming a full mental link with the ship that would have left a signal that the Time Lords could track ("The Taking of Planet 5"), allowing The Doctor to remain on the run from other Time Lords for several years at the cost of not being able to completely control where he was going, with only the occasional encounter with fellow renegades Mortimus - now calling himself The Meddling Monk ("The Time Meddler") - and Koschei - later to be known as The Master - ("The Dark Path") to serve as contacts with his home. During his travels, The Doctor found himself often accepting the company of various humans, beginning a trend of travelling through time with others, as well as encountering several alien races - including a rematch with the Toymaker ("The Celestial Toymaker") -, but the most crucial threat he would face were the Daleks ("The Daleks"), a race that would go on to have a particular impact on the Time Lords as a whole, the Daleks developing time travel simply to find The Doctor ("The Chase"), tensions between The Doctor and the Daleks escalating when The Doctor was able to trick the Daleks into engaging in civil war ("The Evil of the Daleks").

 Although Susan eventually left The Doctor to settle down on Earth after they defeated a Dalek invasion ("The Dalek Invasion of Earth") - The Doctor wanting to protect her after he acted to deliberately change a history that he’d experienced ("The Time Travellers") -, he was eventually caught by the Time Lords when he was forced to contact them for aid after ending the War Games, an alien experiment - aided by his old friend Magnus, now known as the War Chief - where human soldiers from various periods in history were taken out of time and pitted against each other to create a conquering army, the Aliens’ time machines having broken down and The Doctor unable to return the soldiers home on his own ("The War Games"). Although the Time Lords were initially prepared to execute The Doctor for his theft of the TARDIS and interference in the affairs of the universe, the subsequent discovery of something interfering in human history around the Napoleonic Wars - later revealed to be the mysterious Players - prompted the Agency to arrange for The Doctor’s life to be spared, offering to lower his sentence to exile on Earth - a world that the Time Lords had noted was vulnerable to alien interference and would therefore allow The Doctor to continue his fight against evil - if he would act as their agent in a few important missions that they needed to carry out to preserve the stability of history while maintaining their official policy of non-interference ("World Game"). After going on various missions for the Time Lords - one mission even resulting in him being captured and requiring rescue by his sixth incarnation when the Sontarans sought to harness the power of time travel ("The Two Doctors") -, The Doctor was sentenced to regeneration and exiled to Earth, his memory of the TARDIS dematerialisation codes lost and certain vital components damaged, forcing him to officially join UNIT as a scientific advisor to defend Earth and gain access to the technology needed to repair the TARDIS ("Spearhead From Space").

The Deadly Assassin
The Deadly Assassin
 Even during his exile, the Time Lords kept an eye on The Doctor, contacting him to warn him about The Master’s arrival on Earth ("Terror of the Autons") and even occasionally reactivating the TARDIS so that The Doctor could complete additional missions for them, such as preventing The Master from acquiring an ancient doomsday weapon ("Colony in Space") or ensuring that a crucial galactic conference on the planet Peladon went smoothly ("The Curse of Peladon"). When Omega - still alive in the anti-matter universe on the other side of the black hole - attempted to escape back into the real universe by draining power from Gallifrey and forcing The Doctor to take his place, the Time Lords were forced to break the First Law of Time and send the First Doctor and Second Doctor to aid the Third Doctor. Working together, the three Doctors were able to defeat Omega by tricking him into bringing matter and anti-matter together - he converted them into anti-matter when he drew them into his world, but the Second Doctor’s recorder fell into the TARDIS forcefield generator and remained matter, allowing them to use it as a weapon -, with the Time Lords lifting the Third Doctor’s exile as thanks for his role in saving them ("The Three Doctors").

Arc of Infinity
Arc of Infinity
 Although now officially a free agent, The Doctor was occasionally called upon by the Time Lords to act as their agent in exchange for the freedoms they allowed him, such as when they sent him to avert or alter the creation of the Daleks ("Genesis of the Daleks"); although The Doctor failed in his mission because he felt that the moral consequences of such a victory would make him no better than the Daleks, his actions did delay the Daleks by a thousand years (The resulting distortion requiring the Time Lords to send The Doctor a new TARDIS to recover his companions ("A Device of Death") before they sent him on another brief mission to prevent the Cybermen from destroying Voga, the planet of gold ("Revenge of the Cybermen")), with some fans speculating that the Daleks’ later ‘dependence’ on Davros when circumstances required them to draw on his independent mind is another sign of the Daleks having been weakened by The Doctor’s interference. After another period of travelling independently - although some speculate that the Time Lords were responsible for The Doctor’s visit to the planet Karn in time to stop the reanimated brain of renegade Time Lord Morbius ("The Brain of Morbius") -, The Doctor returned to Gallifrey during the retirement of the current President of the Time Lords, where he became involved in The Master’s plan to draw energy from the Eye of Harmony to restore himself after the loss of his regenerations ("The Deadly Assassin"). During this adventure, The Doctor was indirectly elected to the position of Lord President - submitting himself as a candidate to give himself freedom to investigate the previous president’s death and becoming the only candidate when he discovered that Goth, his ‘rival candidate’, was working with The Master -, but he only officially assumed the role when he briefly returned to Gallifrey to defeat an invasion of Gallifrey that had been organised by the Vardans and the Sontarans ("The Invasion of Time"). Having pretended to be aiding the Vardans in order to stop a less scrupulous Time Lord from helping them, The Doctor trapped the Vardan home world in a time loop and used the forbidden De-Mat Gun to erase the Sontaran leader from history, subsequently appointing his old friend and teacher Borusa to the position of President in his place before he departed, leaving his companions Leela and K9 on Gallifrey after Leela fell in love with Andred, one of the Chancellory Guards.

 Although it would be some time before The Doctor’s next return to Gallifrey, he was given an interesting new connection to his people when The White Guardian of the universe sent him a Time Lady to become his new companion in the form of Romanadvoratrelundar, who would assist him and the new K9 in their search for the powerful Key to Time ("The Ribos Operation"). Although initially confident in her academic superiority over The Doctor, Romana came to admire his independent mind and ability to think on the spot, inspiring her to regenerate into a new incarnation that was able to get along with The Doctor more easily ("Destiny of the Daleks") - although later evidence suggests that Romana’s regeneration was influenced by various outside factors, such as her transformation into the new sixth segment of the Key ("The Chaos Pool") and an attempt by the remnants of Gallifreyian dictator Pandora to influence her psyche ("Gallifrey: Lies") -, her new incarnation bonding with The Doctor to such an extent that Romana even expressed reluctance to return to Gallifrey when the time came for the Time Lords to order her to return ("Meglos"). As a result, when the TARDIS briefly accidentally travelled into the pocket dimension of E-Space ("Full Circle") - defeating the long-lost Great Vampire in the process ("State of Decay") -, faced with a chance to return to their universe, Romana decided to remain in E-Space to help the people that she and The Doctor had met in that universe, concluding that it was best to be her own person ("Warriors' Gate"). Although the Time Lords were dissatisfied at The Doctor’s defiance of their orders to return Romana to Gallifrey, they accepted his argument that Romana chose to remain in E-space on her own, although their acceptance was most likely aided by the fact that The Doctor had saved the universe from death by entropy shortly after his return - although it cost him one of his lives - ("Logopolis") and his later defeat of the returned Omega despite Omega’s attempt to use The Doctor’s biodata to create a new body for himself ("Arc of Infinity").

Omega
Omega
 The Doctor was drawn back into Time Lord politics when Borusa, his mind warped by the strain of the Presidency and a recent regeneration, resolved to rule Gallifrey forever, bringing together The Doctor’s first five incarnations to penetrate the defences surrounding Rassilon’s tomb and claim his supposed secret of immortality (Although the Fourth Doctor was trapped in a time loop due to the equipment malfunctioning when Borusa tried to extract him). However, despite The Doctors’ success, Borusa was defeated when the First Doctor realised that the immortality promised was a trap set by Rassilon to remove dangerous Time Lords, leaving their former teacher trapped as living stone ("The Five Doctors"). With Borusa’s defeat, the Fifth Doctor was appointed to the position of President after his past selves had returned to their proper place in time, but he quickly rejected the offer in favour of returning to the TARDIS and fleeing Gallifrey after appointing Chancellor Flavia as acting President while he claimed to need a brief time away to sort out some loose ends, satisfied that Flavia would make a good President who wouldn’t spend too much time looking for him. While the Time Lords played an indirect role in The Doctor’s life at this point, such as subtly directing the Sixth Doctor’s TARDIS into a position where he could thwart the Cybermens’ attempt to change history by crashing Hayley’s Comet into Earth in 1985 to prevent Mondas’s destruction ("Attack of the Cybermen" and "The Tenth Planet") or allowing the Sixth Doctor to rescue the Second when the younger Doctor was captured during his period of ‘employment’ by the Celestial Intervention Agency ("The Two Doctors" and "The Eight Doctors"), in general they appeared content to allow The Doctor to freely wander once again after this point rather than try and lure him back to Gallifrey. During his travels, the Fifth Doctor briefly visited Gallifrey in his recent past when he was forced to recruit the Time Lords of that era to defeat Morbius’s plans of galactic conquest - the Time Lords funding The Doctor’s attempt to raise an army of alien races against Morbius’s own forces -, but he swiftly left the Time Lords after the final battle as he recognised that the three Time Lords who had been helping him had their own reasons for wanting him to stay ("Warmonger").

 The Doctor’s time away from the Time Lords of his present ended when he arrived on the planet Ravalox, which he soon discovered was really Earth, having been taken from its proper place in time and space and relocated to another part of the universe after the Time Lords discovered that a group of thieves from Andromeda had set up a base on Earth while stealing secrets from the Time Lord Matrix ("The Mysterious Planet"). In an attempt to conceal the theft and their failure, the Celestial Intervention Agency had arranged for a puppet President, Niroc, to be elected so that they had the authority to order Earth moved - the transition creating a fireball that destroyed virtually all life on the planet’s surface while the survivors, hidden underground when the fireball struck, socially regressed -, subsequently putting The Doctor on trial for interfering in the affairs of the universe so that he could be executed before he could reveal the truth ("The Trial of a Time Lord"). This renegade High Council was so desperate to ensure a conviction that they even violated multiple laws of time to create the perfect prosecutor for the trial in the form of The Valeyard, a manifestation of The Doctor’s dark side created at the moment of the Twelfth Doctor’s regeneration (The exact methods used to create him were unspecified). However, despite the Valeyard’s attempt to manipulate the evidence to portray The Doctor as violent and unstable, seemingly betraying his companion Peri to save himself ("Mindwarp") and committing genocide against the artificially-created Vervoids ("Terror of the Vervoids"), their actions were exposed when The Master sent vital witnesses to aid The Doctor in defeating his dark side, as well as the Eighth Doctor rescuing his past self from the Valeyard’s attempt to force a timeline where The Doctor was executed ("The Eight Doctors"). While the Sixth Doctor defeated the Valeyard and The Master in the Matrix, the Eighth Doctor arranged an inquiry into recent events on Gallifrey thanks to his role as ex-President of Gallifrey, exposing the Agency’s schemes before convincing Rassilon to release Borusa - simultaneously regressing Borusa back into a more stable incarnation - so that his political skills could calm the other Time Lords and allow for a new High Council to be established.

The Trial of a Time Lord
The Trial of a Time Lord
 With the crisis on Gallifrey resolved, The Doctor returned to his old role as a traveller in time and space - albeit briefly contemplating exiling himself to one planet to escape his future as the Valeyard before the Time Lords assigned him a new mission ("Time of Your Life") -, although from this point onwards Gallifrey’s contact with his timeline, which had once been relatively linear, was now increasingly erratic, with Gallifrey sometimes encountering an earlier or later Doctor than the one that ‘should’ exist at this time. From Gallifrey’s perspective, it would appear that, after the political crisis of The Doctor’s trial had been resolved, Borusa returned to his imprisonment with Rassilon as he did not feel that he deserved freedom yet, remaining trapped until a renegade group of Time Lords, led by Goth’s younger brother, attempted to pit the ancient vampire Agonal against Rassilon to force him to free Borusa ("Blood Harvest"). However, with the aid of the Seventh Doctor and Romana - now returned from E-space after thwarting an attempt to resurrect the Great Vampire -, Borusa and Rassilon defeated Agonal, Borusa being subsequently allowed to pass on at last. Romana’s return to Gallifrey would result in a crucial change in Time Lord policy, encouraging Gallifrey to open its transduction barriers and share its secrets with the universe rather than hide away from the rest of civilisation (Although they were still determined to maintain a monopoly on time travel). Returning to Gallifreyian society, Romana began a new political career that culminated in her becoming President, only for her to be captured by the Daleks and held prisoner for twenty years until she was rescued by the Sixth Doctor during a Dalek invasion of Gallifrey ("The Apocalypse Element").

 Returned to power, Romana continued her efforts to improve Gallifrey’s relationships with other worlds, but this effort was nearly jeopardised when the Seventh Doctor finally returned to his old House of Lungbarrow, buried underground for 673 years, leaving him to confront his family - all of whom blamed The Doctor for Quences’ murder and the House subsequently sinking underground - with only Chris Cwej for company while Leela, Ace and Romana found themselves dealing with an Agency investigation that sought to fill in the blanks of The Doctor’s past and undermine Romana’s presidency. Despite the crisis forcing The Doctor’s companions to enter his subconscious and confirm his identity as the Other, they dismissed this as irrelevant as even The Doctor hadn’t remembered that part of his past before then, with The Doctor reflecting that what he had been in the past no longer mattered and all that was really important was his current identity as The Doctor. With this personal mystery resolved, The Doctor proceeded to expose Quences’ true killer as Glospin, who had acquired a sample of The Doctor’s DNA and regenerated into the First Doctor’s double to kill Quences before regenerating again to conceal his guilt and frame The Doctor, subsequently allowing the House to be destroyed so that his surviving family could begin to grow a new one, with Innocet taking over as the head of the House. As Gallifrey opened its doors to outsiders for the first time in centuries, The Doctor departed once again, leaving Chris on Gallifrey to sort out his identity after so long with The Doctor ("Lungbarrow"). Although he had been assigned a mission to collect The Master’s remains from Skaro, The Doctor initially spent some time travelling alone, during which a particular crisis resulted in his new companion, Elizabeth Klein ("Colditz" and "A Thousand Tiny Wings") stealing the TARDIS ("Survival of the Fittest") and using it to change history until The Doctor undid her actions by erasing her from history ("The Architects of History"). This incident aside, in general the Time Lords seemed willing to let The Doctor do what he wanted at this point, to the extent that The Doctor briefly made a deal with Death to try and give The Master a chance at peace before his own demise, although the plan still failed despite his best efforts ("Master").

The Valeyard
The Valeyard
Having finally collected The Master’s remains - only for The Master’s last attempt to save himself resulting in The Doctor regenerating and Earth nearly being sucked into the Eye of Harmony before The Doctor stopped him ("Doctor Who: The Movie") -, the Eighth Doctor unintentionally attracted the Time Lords’ direct attention during a visit to 1933, when he accidentally saved Charlotte ‘Charley’Pollard from the accident that was meant to have killed her in recorded history ("Storm Warning"), her survival causing an ever-increasing amount of distortions in the web of time. These disruptions continued to escalate until they created a rift into the universe of anti-time - the opposite of regular time, comprising a void of unchanging Now -, which The Doctor was only just able to seal by using the TARDIS ("Neverland"). Although The Doctor was briefly contaminated by anti-time energies and corrupted into the destructive Zagreus thanks to the machinations of Rassilon - whose personality remained active within the Matrix - as he sought to destroy the Divergents, a race that would have evolved to surpass the Time Lords before he trapped them in the realm of anti-time, by using Zagreus as his assassin, Charley, Leela and Romana were able to restore The Doctor’s personality to normal, although he subsequently exiled himself to the universe of anti-time as he was still infected by the anti-time energies ("Zagreus"). While The Doctor was exiled in the anti-time universe, Romana and Leela faced their own challenges on Gallifrey, ranging from corruption within as the Celestial Intervention Agency acted against Romana - resulting in Leela and Andred divorcing when Andred regenerated and faked his death to infiltrate the Agency - to a declaration of civil war as Pandora, a Gallifreyian dictator from the distant past, manifested in a new physical form based on Romana’s first incarnation. Pandora was eventually destroyed, but the war resulted in the destruction of the original K9, Leela being rendered blind by a grenade detonating ahead of schedule, the death of Andred before he and Leela could reconcile, and the destruction of the Matrix, to say nothing of a mind-altering virus being released by the ‘Free Time’ organisation, a group that objected to Gallifrey’s monopoly on time travel, that would corrupt the infected Time Lords to share their point of view. Seeking a cure for the Free Time Virus, Romana, Leela and K9 began to travel to various other Gallifreys in parallel universes - one world curing Leela’s blindness through a transfusion of vampire blood -, eventually settling in a world where Gallifrey had never acquired time travel, where they were able to find a cure for the virus, although Romana required the aid of a plan developed by a future version of herself to fully restore Gallifrey after they returned to their original universe.

Even after the Free Time crisis was resolved and their civilisation restored, the Time Lords continued to face challenges, most notably in the form of the discovery of the Future War, a War that Braxtiel had learned about that would pit the Time Lords against an initially-unidentified Enemy. This war was so terrifying in scope that some Time Lords from the time when this war had begun actually cut themselves out of existence to become the mysterious Celestis, existing on the border of the universe between reality and imagination. During his travels, the Eighth Doctor - having eventually returned to the universe, - occasionally found himself learning information about the Future War despite his efforts to avoid learning such information. These discoveries included the knowledge that the Time Lords of the future used advanced, sentient Type-103 TARDISes - as well as learning that his thirteenth incarnation would apparently die for good in the first days of the War - ("Alien Bodies"), that the Time Lords of the future had planted a doomsday weapon in Earth’s solar system that could annihilate humanity and Time Lords alike if activated ("Interference: Book Two - Hour of the Geek"), and that the Time Lords would eventually become desperate enough to release The Fendahl, the Thing That Eats Death ("Image of the Fendahl") from its time-looped prison to try and use it in the War ("The Taking of Planet 5"). Although The Doctor was content to just travel as he always had - although he took action to interfere in the War when he discovered evidence of future Time Lords attempting particularly devastating plans, he always limited any knowledge he might receive about the conflict in terms of who the Enemy were or how the War was progressing on a larger scale -, the Time Lords of his present began to take steps to prepare for the War, including the returned Romana regenerating into a third incarnation that was more psychologically suited for the decisions she would have to make during the War.

The Rani
The Rani
Her attempts to prepare for the war resulted in Romana coming into conflict with The Doctor when it was revealed that his new companion Compassion was the ‘mother’ of the Type-103 TARDISes, having mutated into the sentient Type-102 TARDIS due to a receiver that had been implanted into her being linked to The Doctor’s TARDIS and processing the signals from the ship as block transfer computations that altered her very being ("The Shadows of Avalon"). Refusing to allow Compassion to be used as breeding stock, The Doctor fled from the Time Lords with her and Fitz Kreiner after the apparent destruction of his own TARDIS, fitting her with a Randomiser to ensure that their travels would be as random as possible ("The Fall of Yquatine"). However, despite The Doctor’s best efforts, the Time Lords were still able to send various agents to some of the more likely locations that The Doctor’s ship would visit, resulting in one agent acquiring the seed code of Compassion’s Randomiser ("The Banquo Legacy"), which they were able to use to track Compassion’s next location, forcing Compassion to flee to a ‘safe’ location in the form of the mysterious Edifice, a massive object made of bone in the shape of a Gallifreyian flower of remembrance, a symbol of death, that had appeared above Gallifrey. Trapped on his homeworld, The Doctor learned that he had been infected by a Paradox biodata virus that would turn him into an agent of Faction Paradox when they had altered his timeline and killed the Third Doctor ahead of schedule ("Interference: Book Two - Hour of the Geek"), forcing him to help the Time Lords investigate the Edifice in exchange for their help curing the virus. Exploring the Edifice, The Doctor discovered that it was his presumed-destroyed original TARDIS, which had taken the Paradox virus into itself to save him and fought to remain intact even after its near-destruction, but the temporal ripples created by the ship’s actions were not only drawing in the Enemy to mount their first strike, but also gave the Faction the chance to summon the personification of their god, Grandfather Paradox, into existence... the Grandfather manifesting as the version of The Doctor who would result from The Doctor’s infection with the virus. With no other way to avert the War as the Faction and the Enemy attacked Gallifrey, The Doctor was forced to remove the Edifice’s dimensional stabilisers and fire its ancient weapon systems, draining all the power holding the Edifice together in one moment. Although this erased the timeline where The Doctor regenerated on Dust as the Edifice lost the ability to contain both realities, simultaneously erasing Faction Paradox from existence as their founder ceased to have ever existed, the resulting energy release destroyed the entirety of Kasterborus, eliminating all other Time Lords, The Doctor only surviving thanks to Compassion saving him and the Edifice, now shrunk down to a small box about an inch in size due to the loss of power ("The Ancestor Cell"). Deciding to travel on her own with Gallifreyian technician Nivet to maintain her systems, Compassion left The Doctor - now suffering from total amnesia, attributed to the trauma of having to destroy his entire planet - on Earth in 1889 ("The Burning") before taking Fitz into 2001 to meet him ("Escape Velocity"), the TARDIS regenerating and repairing itself over the subsequent century until it was restored to its original Police Box shape, now relying on an independent power source as the amnesic Doctor resumed his travels.

With the Time Lords now gone from the universe, the magic that they once bound away has become easier and more prevalent, such as The Doctor once facing a water spirit ("The City of the Dead"), or a crisis involving werewolves, the Holy Grail, and Morgraine le Fay ("Wolfsbane") (The last actually reaching into The Doctor’s past, forcing the Fourth Doctor to deal with the after-effects of the crisis while the Eighth dealt with the immediate threat). Although time travel was also now more common than it had been - beginning with The Doctor discovering a crack commando squad from the far future in a 1930s village ("Eater of Wasps") and progressing to include various other time-active races -, the Time Lords’ knowledge had been so important that it had become dispersed around the universe with their erasure, allowing various groups to assume the Time Lords’ place in history to ensure that the worst of the potential damage that they had once eliminated was dealt with ("The Adventuress of Henrietta Street"), although some races such as The Onihr were also able to try and acquire remnants of Time Lord technology for their own purposes ("Trading Futures"). During an encounter with a group of pan-dimensional beings representing the superstition that the Time Lords had long suppressed which now sought to escape, The Doctor encountered a man who claimed that there were only four ‘Elementals’ - beings like The Doctor and himself - left in existence ("The Adventuress of Henrietta Street"). During one particular trip to Earth, The Doctor had a brief encounter with Marnal - a Time Lord agent who was exiled to Earth after his aggressive approach to protecting Gallifrey turned a scavenger race of large flies into a dangerous threat -, where he learned that he had erased his memory to transfer the contents of the Time Lord Matrix into his subconscious, suggesting that he might be able to restore Gallifrey in some way ("The Gallifrey Chronicles"); the precise aftermath of these events is unclear, but it would appear that The Doctor was able to restore Gallifrey and the Time Lords, as well as his own memory. Following this restoration, the Doctor resumed his solo travels, spending some time with new companion Lucie Miller when she was ‘assigned’ to him as part of a Time Lord ‘witness protection program’ ("Blood of the Daleks") before she was killed during a Dalek attempt to conquer Earth that was aided by the Monk, the same attack resulting in the death of Alex Campbell, The Doctor’s great-grandson ("To the Death").

The End of Time
The End of Time
Despite the Eighth Doctor's success in restoring Gallifrey, his efforts proved to be for nothing when the Daleks launched a new assault on the universe, beginning a massive Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks which resulted in both sides being regarded as monsters by the rest of the universe; the Time Lords were so desperate to achieve victory that they even resurrected The Master ("Utopia" and "The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords") and Rassilon ("The End of Time") to serve as a warrior and a leader in the conflict respectively. Although The Doctor tried to stay out of the war at first, when he failed to save a young woman from her crashing ship because she refused to be aided by a Time Lord - the woman going so far as to say there was now no difference between the Time Lords and the Daleks - his subsequent injuries and an encounter with the Sisterhood of Karn ("The Brain of Morbius" and "Sisters of the Flame") forced him to regenerate once again, accepting a potion from the Sisterhood that would ensue that his new incarnation would be a warrior capable of fighting in the Time War. As the War continued, The Master eventually fled in fear as he witness the scale of the Daleks' power, while Rassilon became increasingly fanatical as he sought to achieve victory, finally turning the War Doctor against him when his plan to destroy a Dalek fleet would have sacrificed countless millions of innocent people, as well as one of Rassilon's agents killing the War Doctor's temporary new companion Cinder ("Engines of War"). Although he was able to destroy the Dalek fleet and save the humans who would have died if Rassilon's plan had succeeded, this evidence of how far his people had fallen left the War Doctor resolved to end the war by any means necessary. As a result, after the fall of Arcadia, Gallifrey's second city, the War Doctor penetrated the Omega Vault - a vault holding the most dangerous weapons the Time Lords had ever encountered or created - and stole the last weapon left; the Moment, a galaxy-destroying weapon so complex that it developed sentience and a conscience, requiring the user to morally justify his use of it ("The Day of The Doctor"). Faced with the continued war between his people and the Daleks, the War Doctor chose to use the Moment, which decreed that The Doctor's punishment would be to survive the destruction so that he could live with what he had done.

With the war having ended with the apparent complete destruction of both sides, The Doctor regenerated once more, so disgusted at what he had done as the 'War Doctor' that he refused to consider that version of himself 'The Doctor', regarding his current body as his ninth incarnation rather than his tenth as it should have been. Although he encountered some Dalek survivors - ranging from a lone Dalek ("Dalek") to the Dalek Emperor ("Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways") and the mysterious Cult of Skaro ("Army of Ghosts/Doomsday") -, The Doctor was nevertheless convinced that he was the last of the Time Lords ("The End of the World"). Although the Tenth Doctor discovered another surviving Time Lord who had survived by retreating to the end of the universe and turning himself human via the Chameleon Arch - a device that extracts the Time Lord essence and transfers into a watch, leaving them ordinary humans until the watch is re-opened -, the fact that it was The Master forced him into another desperate battle for the future of humanity as The Master successfully conquered Earth using a telepathic network to trick the human race into voting for him as Prime Minister before The Doctor was able to undo his conquest, culminating in The Master allowing himself to die after he was shot as it was the only way left for him to hurt The Doctor ("The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords"). Despite his death, The Master's minions were able to restore him to life using a complicated ritual some years later, the process was interrupted at a crucial moment, resulting in The Master's new body burning through its energy at an accelerated rate. When access to alien healing technology allowed him to turn the rest of the world into other versions of himself, The Master used the opportunity to track a strange drumming that he had heard in his mind for centuries - now amplified as it was shared by his duplicates - back to its source, learning to his shock that it was from Gallifrey; in the last days of the Time War, in a desperate attempt to escape destruction, the Time Lords had sent the signal into the mind of The Master in the past in order to create an escape route from the Time Lock surrounding the war. Although the plan essentially worked, The Doctor revealed that Rassilon was unconcerned about the fact that coming back into the universe would unleash the horrors of the Time War upon creation and tear the vortex apart, Rassilon intending for the Time Lords to ascend to a level of pure consciousness and live on as the universe died to ensure their survival. Outraged at having being used as the President rejected him as a disease, The Master helped The Doctor break the link that had drawn Gallifrey back to the universe, sacrificing himself in a last, vengeful attack upon Rassilon as the Time Lords faded back into the Time War ("The End of Time").

The Day of The Doctor
The Day of The Doctor
Following his regeneration, the Eleventh Doctor appeared more comfortable in his role as Gallifrey’s last survivor, having seen what his people would have done and thus allowing him to reaffirm that he was right to stop them. Despite this, he still carried some degree of guilt; when he received a telepathic cube message apparently sent by a Time Lord hiding outside the universe, he immediately went looking for its source in the hope that the surviving Time Lords would be able to forgive him for what he had done (The cubes were revealed to be a trap set by the planet-sized entity House, which sought to eat TARDISes) ("The Doctor's Wife").  Some time later, a new Time Lord was briefly created when The Doctor’s companions Amy Pond and Rory Williams consummated their marriage inside the TARDIS, exposure to the Vortex resulting in their unborn child being infused with the genetic potential of the Time Lords, but the child was abducted by the mysterious Silence, a religious order that sought The Doctor’s death to prevent him from answering a question that would supposedly end the universe. Although the Silence raised the child to become an assassin against The Doctor, The Doctor’s encounters with her future self of Professor River Song allowed him to convince the younger River to rebel against the Silence, River poisoning The Doctor after they finally confronted each other in her third incarnation (Her first apparently died of an illness while still a child ("The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon") and the second grew up posing as her parents’ best friend ("Let's Kill Hitler")) only to sacrifice her remaining ten regenerations to save him when her parents convinced him that he was worth it.

Although he remains the last Time Lord left in the universe, the Doctor’s perception on Gallifrey’s destruction was changed forever when he was brought into contact with his tenth incarnation along with the War Doctor, the War Doctor having been sent into the future by the Moment to see the men he would become if he made the choice to destroy Gallifrey ("The Day of The Doctor"). Although the War Doctor was briefly convinced that his actions were necessary to save billions more, the future Doctors - inspired by the Eleventh’s companion Clara Oswald - were able to help him think of another way, the three Doctors subsequently making contact with Gallifrey High Command to reveal their plan to their fellow Time Lords; by taking their TARDISes into the upper atmosphere and positioning themselves at equidistant intervals around the globe, The Doctors would then freeze Gallifrey and the Time Lords in a single moment in time held in a parallel pocket universe. Although the Time Lords would be frozen in that moment with no guarantee of return, the Eleventh Doctor pointed out that this plan gave them hope that they didn’t have at the moment before he went into action alongside all twelve of his other selves, the plan having been sent back to the First Doctor so that he could subconsciously work out the necessary calculations over the course of his many lives until the ‘Thirteenth’ Doctor (Considered the Twelfth due to the War Doctor’s actions) could send the instructions to his younger selves as they put the plan in motion. As the Daleks increased their firepower, aware that something was happening without knowing what it was, the Time Lord General gave his permission to attempt the plan, the subsequent efforts triggering a massive explosion that could have been either the Daleks destroying Gallifrey or the Daleks blowing themselves up as they kept firing even after Gallifrey vanished. Although initially uncertain if they had succeeded, the War Doctor noted that they had at least now failed attempting to do the right thing rather than succeeding at doing the wrong thing, the Eleventh Doctor’s subsequent encounter with the museum’s mysterious Curator (A man resembling an aged version of his fourth incarnation) leaving him with hope that the plan worked and Gallifrey was still out there somewhere, prompting him to resolve to find his home one day.

Missy in Dark Water/Death in Heaven
Missy

The Doctor almost discovered Gallifrey’s location when he discovered the last of the cracks in the universe ("The Eleventh Hour") created by the TARDIS exploding ("The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang") after tracking a mysterious signal being broadcast across the universe to the planet Trenzalore, realising that Gallifrey was on the other side of the crack; the signal was the question ‘Doctor Who?’, with the Time Lords needing The Doctor to confirm his identity so that they would know that it was safe to return. However, the signal had already been detected by various adversaries of The Doctor, including the Daleks, who had laid siege to the planet and would begin the Time War all over again if the Time Lords returned. After centuries of conflict - The Doctor aided by the mysterious Silence that had initially sought his death to ensure that the Time Lords couldn’t return before the Daleks nearly destroyed them -, with The Doctor about to die of old age and on his last life as the Daleks’ final ship attacked, his companion Clara Oswald spoke through the crack as The Doctor prepared to face the Daleks, informing the Time Lords on the other end that The Doctor didn’t need to reveal his original name as ‘The Doctor’ was all the identity he needed, subsequently challenging them to help The Doctor. Accepting Clara’s advice, the Time Lords healed the crack after sending The Doctor enough energy to start a new regeneration cycle, the energy expended by The Doctor as his body reset itself proving so powerful that he destroyed the last Dalek ship left standing with the regenerative energy he released before changing ("The Time of The Doctor").

Rassilon in Heaven Sent/Hell Bent
Rassilon in Heaven Sent/Hell Bent
Although The Master somehow returned to the real universe - albeit in a female form called Missy - Gallifrey's exact location remained unknown; The Master claimed that it was back in its original coordinates, but when the Twelfth Doctor investigated those coordinates after The Master's apparent death, he found no trace of Gallifrey or his people, leaving him continuing his quest to recover his people with no way of knowing where they would be ("Dark Water/Death in Heaven"). Eventually, The Doctor was returned to Gallifrey after he was trapped in his own confession dial and admitted that he was the subject of the ancient prophecy of a hybrid who would rule Gallifrey, opening a portal back to the planet and learning that it was now located at the end of the universe for its own safety, the Time Lords having somehow escaped from the frozen time that he'd trapped them in ("Heaven Sent/Hell Bent"). Returning to his childhood barn and witnessing some of his old family, The Doctor was soon confronted by Rassilon's forces, but deliberately shunned any attempt to contact him about his return to Gallifrey until Rassilon came to confront him directly, The Doctor provoking him to depart Gallifrey as the other Time Lords sided with him. Although The Doctor temporarily took control of Gallifrey, when questioned about the prophecy of the hybrid, he instead chose to use his power to try and rescue his companion Clara from the moment of her own death despite the risks to the Web of Time, subsequently escaping Gallifrey once again in a different TARDIS as Clara informed the Time Lords that they were still hiding because they were hated by the universe. Despite The Doctor's efforts to restore Clara's life by taking her to the end of the universe to 'outrun' the damage her survival might cause, he eventually erased his own memory of Clara in order to prevent them becoming the hybrid who would destroy everything as they pushed each other to greater extremes. While The Doctor is now aware of Gallifrey's location, it remains to be seen how these events will affect his future interaction with his people.

Book - Lungbarrow
Lungbarrow
(Marc Platt)
Book - The Ancestor Cell
The Ancestor Cell
(Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole)
Book - Warmonger
Warmonger
(Terrance Dicks)
Book - World Game
World Game
(Terrance Dicks)

Audio - Dalek Empire: The Apocalypse Element
The Apocalypse Element
(Stephen Cole)
Audio - Zagreus
Zagreus
(Alan Barnes and Gary Russell)
Audio - Unregenerate!
Unregenerate!
(David A. McIntee)
Audio - Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice
Gallifrey: Weapon of Choice
(Alan Barnes)
 
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Parts of this article were compiled with the assistance of David Spence who can be contacted by e-mail at djfs@blueyonder.co.uk
 
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