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Other names:
  • The Shining World of the Seven Systems
  • The Homeworld
  • The Houseworld
Type: Planet
Location: Kasterborous, Mutter's Spiral
Natives: Gallifreyans (Time Lords)
Appearances: Gallifrey - List of Appearances
For the Big Finish audio series see Gallifrey (audio series).
"Well, perfect to look at, maybe. And it was, it was beautiful. They used to call it the Shining World of the Seven Systems. And on the continent of Wild Endeavour, in the mountains of Solace and Solitude, there stood the Citadel of the Time Lords."
―The Tenth Doctor

Gallifrey was the homeworld to the Gallifreyans and to the Time Lords, amongst them the Doctor. It was destroyed in the Last Great Time War. The literal translation of Gallifrey was "They that walk in the shadows". (NA: The Pit)



Gallifrey was located in the constellation of Kasterborous, at galactic co-ordinates 10-0-11-0-0 by 0-2 from Galactic Zero Centre. (DW: Pyramids of Mars) Varying accounts were given of its position. It was said to be either located at the edge of the Mutter's Spiral galaxy (EDA: Interference - Book Two) or closer to the core. (PDA: The Devil Goblins from Neptune) It was believed to be somewhere between 30,000 (PDA: The Devil Goblins from Neptune) and 29,000 light years from Earth. (REF: Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary)

Following the Last Great Time War, the Time Lords attempted to bring back Gallifrey, moving it very close to Earth. This attempt was stopped by the Doctor and the Master. (DW: The End of Time)

Kasterborous was also known as the Seven Systems, so that Gallifrey had the alternative name, The Shining World of the Seven Systems. (DW: The Sound of Drums)


Gallifrey was in a binary star system, the second star seeming to rise in the south in the morning, making the mountains glow. (DW: The Sensorites, Gridlock) The system contained five other planets (DW: The Invasion of Time), among them Karn (DW: The Brain of Morbius), Polarfrey, and an asteroid named Kasterbourous the Fibster. (NA: Lungbarrow)

Gallifrey had at least 2 large moons (IDW: Agent Provocateur), one of which was the copper-coloured Pazithi Gallifreya, which shone so brightly it could be seen during the day. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible, Lungbarrow)

Gallifrey was several times larger than Earth. (DW: The End of Time)

Gallifrey was duplicated eight times, both to confound its enemies and as a place of refuge. Gallifrey was still destroyed by the Doctor (following involvement from Faction Paradox) during the Second War in Heaven. (EDA: The Ancestor Cell) It was recreated (EDA: The Gallifrey Chronicles) and then destroyed a second time by the Doctor in the Last Great Time War (DW: Gridlock).

A Vardan ship approaches Gallifrey. (DW: The Invasion of Time)
Galifrey materializes next to Earth. (DW: The End of Time)


From orbit, Gallifrey was rust-coloured, with brown lakes and grey clouds. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible) Following the Last Great Time War, it was still rust and brown coloured, but had a more volcanically active appearance. (DW: The End of Time)

From the planet's surface, it boasted an orange sky and trees with silver leaves. These reflected the morning sunlight, making it look like the forests were on fire. (DW: The Sensorites, Gridlock) There were also green forests, golden fields and red deserts (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible), but overall it seems to have been a much drier world than Earth. (NA: Lungbarrow)

Known Geographic Features



possibly two separate mountains (i.e. Mount Solace and Mount Solitude), possibly the name of a mountain range. It/They were near the Capitol. If they are two separate mountains then the Capitol lays inbetween them "between the mountains of Solace and Solitude"

Rivers, lakes, and oceans

Major settlements

The Capitol (sometimes also called "Gallifrey" or "the Citadel") was Gallifrey's largest city, the home of the Time Lord Academy and most of the Time Lords.

Native species

Gallifreyan flora

Gallifrey had a wide variety of plant life, ranging in colour from silver to green and golden. Known plant species include the Schlenk Blossom (PDA: Island of Death) and the Madevinia aridosa (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible).

Gallifreyan fauna

Native animals of Gallifrey include flutterwings (DW: The Pirate Planet), flubbles (PDA: Island of Death), tafelshrews (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible), plumboles (BBCR: The Ghosts of N-Space) and, of course, the Gallifreyans themselves. In the past, the dinosaur-like Gargantosaurs lived on the planet. (DWM: The Stolen TARDIS) Oddly enough, before its complete annihilation from time and space, no animal had gone extinct from the planet. (NSA: The Last Dodo)

This lack of extinction was probably due to the Time Lords, who would have brought back species after they had died out.

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Marvel Database

Up to date as of February 09, 2010

From Marvel Database

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Gallifrey as seen from space
Official Name


First appearance




Home planet of the Time Lords. Located 29,000 light years from Earth.


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See Also

  • Appearances of Gallifrey
  • Location Gallery: Gallifrey
  • Images related to Gallifrey
  • Fan Art Gallery: Gallifrey

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ST Expanded

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Star system: Iconia
Class: M
Surface: Devastated

Iconia, known by some as Gallifrey is the presumed home planet of the extinct Iconian civilization and, further back, the Guardians, located in what is now the Romulan Neutral Zone. The planet was devastated by a massive orbital bombardment approximately 200,000 years ago. The Iconians were believed to have been annihilated, although a part of the population may have escaped through their gateways.

Although not confirmed, it is suspected that Captain Puto's homeworld is Iconia, and Laura Lee once saw a vision of the world in the Borg hive mind. (Star Trek: Unity)

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