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Celestial Intervnetion Agency
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Celestial Intervention Agency or CIA was a secretive Gallifreyan organisation dedicated to selectively breaking the non-interference policy of the Time Lords.





Origins and nature

The CIA were a group created to be a covert arm of the High Council to safeguard the Time Lords' interests. (DW: Shada) They evolved from a core group of Rassilon's guards. (NA: Lungbarrow) They would function as spies. It was said that they "don't even know which side they're on." (BFG: source?).

CIA's involvement with the Doctor

The CIA initially employed the Doctor to work for them, ironically, following his trial for breaking the non-interference policy. The Doctor reluctantly agreed to go on a mission with the Time Lady Serena against the Players. (PDA: World Game) After the completion of that mission, and Serena's death, he was assigned to go with Jamie McCrimmon at his side, the Doctor visited Space Station Chimera to speak with Dastari and persuade him to discontinue his time travel experiments. (PDA: World Game, DW: The Two Doctors)

The Doctor, now made to regenerate against his will, was exiled to Earth. (DW: Spearhead from Space onward) Though this remains speculative, it seems very possible that the CIA sent the Doctor to Uxarieus to prevent the Master from obtaining the Doomsday Weapon. (DW: Colony in Space), to Peladon to assist in its joining the Galactic Federation. (DW: The Curse of Peladon) and to Solos in the 30th century to deliver a package from the Time Lords. (DW: The Mutants)'

The Doctor was given a reprieve following his defeat of Omega. (DW: The Three Doctors) However, even then the Time Lords would continue to use him as an agent.

It was a Time Lord by the name of Lord Ferrain who appeared to the Doctor to send him on a mission to Skaro to avert the creation of the Daleks. (NA: Lungbarrow)

This action would, incidentally, in retrospect, count as the first pre-emptive salvo of the Last Great Time War.

The Doctor suspected that the Time Lords (and therefore probably the CIA) sent him to Karn to prevent ex-Gallifreyan president Morbius from being resurrected and returned to body by Dr. Mehendri Solon (DW: The Brain of Morbius).

Possibly, the Sisterhood of Karn itself had brought the Doctor to Karn.
The Doctor seems quite sure that it was the Time Lords, however.

The Doctor also suspected the Time Lords of using him to try to stop the Cybermen from altering history by destroying Earth in 1985. (DW: Attack of the Cybermen)

When Co-ordinator Vansell of the CIA, saw that the Doctor's actions had allowed the Nestene Consciousness to escape destruction, he saw to it that a trial for him would take place on Space Station Zenobia. (PDA: Synthespians™) After the transportation of the Doctor's TARDIS to the space station (DW: The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet) and the presentation of evidence (DW: The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet, DW: Mindwarp, DW: Terror of the Vervoids), the trial would conclude with the Doctor's prosecutor, the Valeyard, exposed as the Doctor's own corrupt future self, the Doctor exonerated and political unrest on Gallifrey. (DW: The Trial of a Time Lord: The Ultimate Foe)

Within the context of The Trial of a Time Lord, the High Council had put the Doctor on trial to cover up that they have inadvertently allowed the Matrix to be compromised and some of its secrets stolen - the results of which the Doctor had run into during The Mysterious Planet and Mindwarp.

Other projects and missions

The CIA sent a Time Lord as their agent to Apertsu to serve as a security consultant; however, he was captured by Aubertides who wanted the secret of regeneration. (NA: Human Nature)

The CIA began to fear the number of temporally active races, so they began experimenting with various temporal technologies, including the TARDISes, in an attempt to move the minds of (newly created) TARDISes within the minds of aliens taken from over 50 planets. Time Lady Professor Klyst oversaw this experiment. (BFA: Unregenerate!)

The CIA and The War

President Romana sent the CIA agents Gandarotethetledrax and Cavisadoratrelundar to observe/create the first Type 102 TARDIS (knowing that it would be a vital piece of technology in the upcoming war), and witnessed the former Remote agent Compassion complete a transition to a sentient TARDIS. They were halted by the people of the Catuvalani. The Doctor escaped with the Type 102 TARDIS. (EDA: The Shadows of Avalon)

At some point in the lead-up to The War, the CIA became worried that they might be erased from history (or caught in the crossfire) between the Time Lords and The Enemy, and therefore created Mictlan, a world outside of time and the universe for themselves to hide within. However, they also needed to remove themselves from the universe of physicality, and therefore turned themselves into The Celestis. (EDA: Alien Bodies, The Taking of Planet 5, Interference)

CIA involvement on Gallifrey (and its affairs)

to be added (BFG: Gallifrey (audio series))


  • Centris was head of the CIA for a time before discovering how many people she had sent to the Oubliette of Eternity. Upon discovering the number, she threw herself into it. (BFA: Neverland)
  • Coordinator Vansell was head of the CIA during Romana's presidency until he encountered the Neverpeople. (BFA: Neverland)
  • Coordinator Narvin took over as head of the CIA following Vansell's death aboard the time station. (BFG: source?)

Known CIA Personnel


  • President Niroc
  • Councillor Sardon
  • Councillor Ortan
  • Councillor Ratisbon
  • Almoner Crest Yeux


Reluctant agent from second incarnation through sixth incarnations

CIA Assets

Behind the Scenes

Doctor Who writer and Script Editor Robert Holmes introduced the CIA in the "revisionist" story The Deadly Assassin, in order to address the contradiction between the Time Lord's non-interference policy and the Doctor having gone on missions for them. According to Holmes, then, all of the Doctor's previous missions took place on behalf of the CIA.

He used the acronym CIA as a reference to the Central Intelligence Agency, which in the real world would engage in covert activities outside of US soil while also maintaining "plausible deniability". He conceived of the Time Lords as corrupt and maintained that they worked in the same way.

External Links

  • The History of the Time Lords Part V: Later Gallifrey - The Doctor Time's Champion Era

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