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Faction Paradox
Book - Alien Bodies
Alien Bodies
(Lawrence Miles)
 Name: Faction Paradox

 Format: Book.

 Time of Origin: Earth, 3rd - 14th September 1752.

 Appearances: "Alien Bodies", "Unnatural History", "Interference Book One", "Interference Book Two" and "The Ancestor Cell".

 Doctors: Third Doctor, Eighth Doctor and possibly the Fourth Doctor.

 Companions: Sarah Jane Smith, Samantha Jones, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion and 3rd Romana.

 History: Faction Paradox has a long and rather complicated history with The Doctor, beginning allegedly before they ever met him while being simultaneously apparently dependent on him for them to be created in the first place. The Faction is a cult of time-travelling voodooists that worship time paradoxes - essentially dedicating themselves to changing their own histories - that apparently seceded from the House of Lungbarrow (The Doctor’s own House back on Gallifrey ("Lungbarrow")) some centuries ago, their adoption of the title ‘Grandfather’ for the head of House being intended to mock the Time Lords as much as their perversion of Time due to Time Lord sterility; they even displayed a recurring death fetishism to reflect their mockery to Time Lords’ pretensions to immortality. Due to their constant boundary pushing, such as recruiting members from ‘lesser species’, House Paradox was stripped of their rights as a House and reformed as the Faction. After the Time Lords annihilated the Faction’s homeworld after learning about the Faction’s peddling of time travel technology - despite the Faction’s belief that their blood rites would protect them -, the Faction was reduced to various small groups, continuing to share advanced technology with the natives of various colonies while building up smaller cults throughout the universe. Around this time, the Grandfather managed to found the Eleven-Day Empire - situated in the eleven days that were lost from the calendar in September 1752, when England changed from the Julian calendar system to the Georgian one; essentially, since everyone felt they were ‘losing’ those eleven days, the Faction were perfectly willing to step in and claim them for themselves -, but he was arrested and apparently imprisoned on Shada before House Paradox Loomed its first generation. They stand for everything that the Time Lords are against, so it's no surprise that The Doctor has battled them.

Book - Unnatural History
Unnatural History
(Jonathan Blum & Kate Orman)
Although The Doctor was aware of their existence since his fourth incarnation, their relatively limited numbers meant that he rarely encountered them for most of his lives, with his first truly significant encounter occurring when the Eighth Doctor and Sam attended the auction of the Relic, regarded by those powers attending the auction - including the Krotons, Time Lords from The Doctor’s future, and Faction Paradox - as potentially be the greatest weapon imaginable if its unique biodata codes are unleashed properly. As The Doctor discovered, however, The Relic was none other than the body of a certain individual with a very colourful reputation; it was the body of The Doctor’s own thirteenth incarnation, killed on the planet Drornid in the first major battle of the Future War between the Time Lords and an as-yet-unknown Enemy, which then crashed onto Earth and remained hidden until it was found by a man named Qixotl and taken to the auction. Despite the best efforts of the Faction to enforce their own demands for the Relic, The Doctor was able to use the Faction’s shrine - a primitive TARDIS that relied on the sacrifice of flesh in voodoo-esque rituals to operate - to defeat the Krotons before he departed with the Relic, having tricked the bidders into thinking that the Relic was a temporal paradox and therefore of no use to them. However, even as he ensured the destruction of his future corpse, The Doctor was left puzzled when the shrine’s attempt to attack Sam revealed that something that interfered with her history, the evidence suggesting that someone had artificially manipulated her biodata to create a Sam who would meet him as opposed to a darker-haired, more self-destructive Sam who would have never met The Doctor and never been as effective a companion as Sam was in her current state...

This question was later resolved in "Unnatural History", when the Eighth Doctor, Sam, and new companion Fitz Kreiner arrived in San Francisco after the events of The Doctor's last regeneration. After preventing Earth's destruction when the Eye of Harmony was opened by The Master, The Doctor left without checking that reality had stabilised out, and the damage has become critical in 2002, creating a reality scar in the alley where the TARDIS had originally materialised, the scar not only trapping Sam and the TARDIS - while simultaneously ‘summoning’ the dark-haired Sam that The Doctor and Sam had been having ‘visions’ of into existence -, but also has pulled in and trapped several creatures from the higher dimensions in our reality, as well as attracting the attention of Faction Paradox. While trying to stabilise the scar before time ran out - simultaneously being hunted by a knife-wielding ten-year-old boy whom The Doctor quickly identified as an agent of the Faction, the boy expressing an interest in Sam -, The Doctor determined that Griffin, a naturalist from the higher dimensions, was experimenting with his biodata, traces of which were now spread throughout the city as a result of the scar, his experiments giving Griffin the power to potentially manipulate The Doctor’s timeline until he had ‘defined’ it to his satisfaction. Although The Doctor was able to recover the TARDIS despite the Faction agent’s attempt to make The Doctor doubt even Gallifrey’s history, the scar remained, leaving dark Sam with no other option but to enter the scar herself when The Doctor was in danger and she herself had no idea how to help him, merging with The Doctor’s biodata and turning into blonde Sam in order to restore a companion who knew how to help The Doctor. In essence, blonde Sam’s entire existence was a paradox; blonde Sam was created when dark Sam threw herself in amongst The Doctor’s biodata in the scar, but she was only able to do so because The Doctor brought her to the scar he’d created, and he only brought her there because he’d already met blonde Sam. As The Doctor departed, the boy appeared to taunt The Doctor about his paradoxical role in Sam’s life, drawing The Doctor’s attention to the fact that, like the agents of the Faction, as a result of the paradox he had just created, he now had no shadow…

Book - Interference Book One
Interference Book One
(Lawrence Miles)
 During a later return to Earth ("Interference"), The Doctor, Sam and Fitz were asked by one of The Doctor’s United Nations contacts to look into a deal with the mysterious organisation known as the Remote - represented by Guest, Compassion, and the strangely-familiar Kode -, who were offering Earth advanced weapons. While looking into the matter, Sam encountered The Doctor’s former companion Sarah Jane Smith in time to witness a demonstration of the Remote’s weapon the Cold, which seemingly erased its target from the universe, but the two were captured by the Remote, who connected Sam up to their network so that the Remote could develop their own principles rather than their current decisions being influenced by local media signals. With The Doctor having been captured by another group by accident, Fitz was attacked with the Cold and sent into the future, where he was recruited by Faction Paradox - the true masters of the Remote - and sent into a colony in the past... where, as The Doctor later realised, he would eventually become Kode; the Remote were sterile, but retained their population by using manipulated biomass to ‘remember’ the deceased back into existence, Kode being a version of Fitz shaped by peoples’ distorted memories of Fitz over the centuries it had taken the Remote to reach Earth.

 Now aware of the Remote’s connection to the Faction, The Doctor deduced their purpose; Earth was one of many planets that the Time Lords had created to contain the evil that had been released by their early time-travel experiments tearing holes in reality, and the Remote had been selling the Cold to Earth to attract the Time Lords’ attention by changing history so that they could steal a TARDIS and access the true Cold, which they believed to be one of the Faction’s spirits. Although Sam was forced by Guest to provide the Remote with access to her principles to keep them focused on their goal - the Remote connecting her to a transmitter and putting her in various situations where she and The Doctor had to make difficult decisions to stop an alien invasion -, this also resulted in individual members of the Remote adopting their own philosophies, such as Compassion being reluctant to take action that would endanger her own life. Although Kode forced The Doctor to take him to the Cold after he helped Sarah rescue The Doctor from his captivity, The Doctor was able to ‘recognise’ him as Fitz based on his body language, subsequently using Sam’s experience with the Remote to tell Guest that the Cold was actually a validium-based weapon created by the Time Lords that would simply destroy Earth if it was released. While Sam remained with Sarah, The Doctor departed with Compassion and Kode - neither of whom fit in with the rest of the Remote after their contact with The Doctor and the TARDIS’s signals -, Kode being re-re-remembered back to Fitz based on the TARDIS’s recollections of him ("Interference - Book One" and "Interference - Book Two"). For a time, The Doctor was left pondering the worth of any of his actions if Faction Paradox were able to influence his past, given their evidently growing power, but eventually recognised that he still had free will whatever the Faction did to his timeline ("The Shadows of Avalon"), unaware that they had already made a significant change to his history, partly because of his own actions...

 While The Doctor had been briefly imprisoned during his investigation into the Cold, he had begun to write out temporal equations in his own blood to try and work out a means of allowing Sam to have a life after leaving him (Given that she had been created to be his companion, The Doctor was anxious about how Sam would exist after she stopped travelling with him, eventually working out a means of influencing her past development to give her a new purpose after leaving him). Whether it was due to the Faction’s manipulation or an error in the Eighth Doctor’s calculations, he unintentionally created a door in his cell that led to the Third Doctor’s TARDIS, accidentally altering his own timeline by alerting the Third Doctor to the Faction's existence, when he had previously only become aware of them in his fourth incarnation. The Third Doctor then landed on the dead planet Dust - a world that marked the point where humanity stopped progressing further into space -, where he met up with a man named I.M. Foreman who ran a travelling caravan that had arrived out of nowhere. While speaking with Foreman, The Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith learned that Foreman was a priest from Old Gallifrey, who travelled the Universe in a travelling show intended to encourage the universe to think about their full genetic potential from the range of forms of the people who inhabit it. Essentially a primitive early TARDIS, the show took on various forms that it prepared before it lands, one such form being the junkyard where the First Doctor and Susan had originally materialised in their first visit on Earth ("An Unearthly Child"), shed by Foreman’s ship when it moved on to its next location. The other twelve members of the show were actually Foreman's twelve future incarnations, whom he found while wandering Old Gallifrey. Due to the relatively primitive nature of regeneration at his time, the DNA of anything a Time Lord ate or came in contact with could get caught in the regeneration process, which resulted in his future selves mutating to various extremes, such as his fifth incarnation being part lizard and his eighth being part machine. Most worrying, however, were his final three selves; eleventh, known as the If, literally breathed raw time to show people their pasts, presents and possible futures, the twelfth, AKA, constantly shifted forms, and the thirteenth, known as Number Thirteen, was simply a raw force of nature, willing to devour everything to be everyone.

Confronted by a division of the Remote that sought to claim both the travelling show and the TARDIS for themselves - this group of the faction led by the ‘original’ Fitz Krienier, now over two thousand years old and near-insane with rage at The Doctor -, The Doctor and I.M. Foreman were forced to release Number Thirteen to devour the Faction forces facing them. With Number Thirteen released, The Doctor then sent the first twelve incarnations of I.M. Foreman back to Old Gallifrey in I.M. Foreman’s show to resolve the last paradox, their subsequent crash on the planet causing all of Foreman’s incarnations to regenerate into the next one while losing their memories due to the trauma of the incident. That paradox resolved, The Doctor subsequently convinced Number Thirteen to merge itself with Dust's biosphere to continue Foreman’s goal of expanding his potential, transforming Dust into a new, vibrant world. However, just as he was about to leave, a villager who blamed The Doctor for bringing the Faction to Dust shot him in the chest. As Sarah Jane Smith dragged him back to the TARDIS, the Third Doctor began to regenerate, only briefly aware that there was something fundamentally wrong about this regeneration before he died for good. However, the new regeneration posed more problems than an altered history. The Faction, trying to set up a homeworld for themselves, had launched a biodata pod that had been intended to target one of I.M. Foreman's incarnations and infect them at their regeneration, resulting in the newly-created ‘Foreman’s World’ - knowing that Foreman’s mentality would culminate in his final transformation - becoming the Faction’s homeworld, but their plans failed when the virus actually infected the Third Doctor, subsequently gaining access to his body when his immune system was ‘occupied’ with his regeneration. Although his immune systems would fight off the infection, and at the least the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Doctor's would be the same as before, either the Seventh or the Eighth Doctor would eventually succumb to the virus, and become one of the Faction...

Book - The Ancestor Cell
The Ancestor Cell
(Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole)
This storyline came to a head when the Eighth Doctor, Fitz and Compassion were attacked by the Time Lords in "The Ancestor Cell", and became separated after Compassion was trapped on a bone-like structure and The Doctor and Fitz were pulled away by outside sources. Fitz was trapped with a rouge member of the Faction who summoned Father Krienier, the original Fitz, trapped in the Vortex ever since he battled the Third Doctor on Dust. The Doctor, meanwhile, arrived on Gallifrey, and was forced to investigate a mysterious structure made, like the Faction's ships, entirely of bone, shaped like the Gallifreyan Flower of Remembrance - a symbol of death - at least the same size as Gallifrey itself, and referred to as the Edifice. Once on board, The Doctor discovered several giant bone spiders, and a dust-mote version of the Third Doctor, and realizied that the Edifice was actually his old TARDIS, thought destroyed in "The Shadows of Avalon", which had grown to that size and developed that structure by trying to save The Doctor from the infection. Recognising that the Third Doctor’s regeneration on Dust had not been meant to happen, the TARDIS had attempted to save The Doctor by taking the infection onto itself, despite this meaning it now held two different time lines at once, along with the 'ghost' of the Third Doctor from the original timeline, holding on even after its destruction after being caught in a temporal rift. However, to do so it had leeched off the energies of the ancestor cells, the cells that created all life, which were already angry with the Time Lords for disturbing them by time travel, and the cells were ready to launch an attack on Gallifrey. The cells were the Enemy mentioned in "Alien Bodies", "Interference", and "The Taking of Planet 5", and The Doctor has started the War. Even worse, the Faction - now having progressed from a group of individualists dedicated to breaking the laws of time to become dedicated to chaos and destruction in general (Later information revealed that the Faction involved in the invasion were from the future, explaining their progression from death fetishists to actual killers and their greater power) - had acquired control of the Matrix, resulting in their God, Grandfather Paradox, manifesting from mere concept into reality... and the reality of the Grandfather was that he was the future version of the Eighth Doctor - albeit bald and with no right arm, described by Fitz as The Doctor ‘if he spent twenty years in the navy before becoming a psycho’ - that would result from the Faction biodata virus infection, the future Doctor actually creating the Faction himself.

Even in this dark moment as the Faction took control of Gallifrey, with their virus progressing through the Eighth Doctor’s systems, the TARDIS’s sacrifice gave The Doctor a final trump card. The Edifice had grown to that size by making its exterior the same size as its interior, and when The Doctor removed a dimensional stabiliser, all it would take was one action to drain off all the energy holding the Edifice together - specifically, firing the Edifice's ancient War-TARDIS weapon systems. With no energy, the Edifice will be unable to contain both timelines, and collapse, meaning that just one timeline would continue to exist - either The Doctor would stay The Doctor, or he would become the Grandfather. Even with the knowledge that the weapons blast would destroy not only the Faction's fleet, but also Gallifrey, The Doctor fired the weapons despite the Grandfather’s horror, reasoning that it would be better to destroy the Time Lords now rather than allow them to fight a war that would dehumanise them to the point of becoming monsters that all evidence suggested they couldn’t win anyway. Although the Edifice ‘jumped’ his way, eliminating the Faction’s presence from history, the TARDIS was left having shrunk down to a featureless box about an inch big, while The Doctor was left catatonic and his memory completely erased, apparently due to the trauma of what he had done. Having rescued the two of them before Gallifrey was destroyed, Compassion left The Doctor on Earth in 1889 to allow him and the TARDIS to recuperate, subsequently taking Fitz to 2001 to meet The Doctor when he was well enough to travel once again before leaving to make her own path in the universe. The Doctor has since recovered, learning that his memories were lost as a result of him transferring the contents of the Matrix into his subconscious mind in the few minutes between him firing the weapons and Gallifrey’s destruction (The Matrix having been purged of the Faction’s infection after The Doctor erased them from existence). What happened after this is unknown, but the evidence suggests that The Doctor was able to restore Gallifrey using the saved Matrix before restoring his own memories (Only for Gallifrey to be lost once again in the subsequent Time War against the Daleks, when The Doctor was forced to destroy his own people to save the universe from the revived Rassilon's last mad plan to destroy everything to preserve the Time Lords).
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