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Gallifrey, the home planet of the Time Lords, had a long and storied history, up until its destruction. In total, Time Lord civilization lasted for 1 billion years

Due to the time travelling nature of the Time Lords and no points of reference, not all historical events can be properly dated.
Ancient Gallifrey. (NA: Lungbarrow)


The Dark Time

The Dark Time (also known as the Old Times or the Age of the Pythias) was the earliest known point in the history of Gallifrey. It was split into two sections, the Time of Empires and the Time of Chaos. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)


The Time of Empire

The Gallifreyans were an ancient species, having evolved well before the Dark Times of the Universe (IDW: Agent Provocateur), and being one of the first humanoid species to evolve. (NA: Lucifer Rising) One Time Lord stated that they had perfected the transmat beam when the Universe was less than half its present size. (DW: Genesis of the Daleks) Even before the Sol system formed, the Gallifreyans were able to lead an interstellar war against the Racnoss Empire. (DW: The Runaway Bride)

This early empire was massive, with colonies across the galaxy. Slave trading was a common practice, even though there was protesting against it. The early order was under the rule of the Pythia, a line of female seers who controlled Gallifrey. They could predict the future and controlled all aspects of power on Gallifrey. They also perpetuated the mystical aspect of Gallifrey, being against the use of reason. After an event called the Intuitive Revalation, telepathy started to be used instead of speaking. All communication was done telepathically and only special individuals could retain their own personality or secrets. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible) During this time, the Game was played in the Death Zone, where beings were kidnapped out of time using Time Scoops and forced to fight. (DW: The Five Doctors)

Many Gallifreyans worshipped the Menti Celesti during the time of the Pythia. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)

Early research into time travel was done at this point. This first time machine, the Time Scaphe, was powered psychically rather than technologically. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)

The Time of Chaos

The Time of Chaos was when the power of the Pythia started to weaken and the Neo-Technologists, led by Rassilon, started to take power. The last of the Pythia began to lose her power of prediction and committed suicide, cursing Gallifrey with sterility as she died. The surviving members of the Pythian order fled to Karn, where they evolved into the Sisterhood. After the collapse of the power of the Pythia, there were threats of war and chaos throughout the empire. Another Ice Age began and the colonies of Gallifrey started to demand their freedom. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible) The validium statue Nemesis spoke to Lady Peinforte of this time. (DW: Silver Nemesis)

The early days of the Time Lords

The Time Lords had six founders, consisting of Rassilon, Omega, the Other and an unknown further three. (PDA: The Infinity Doctors)

This might explain the cultural significance of hexagonal objects in later Time Lord society.

The Age of Rassilon

In order to deal with the problems facing the empire, Rassilon instituted several changes. Rasslion instituted the creation of genetic looms to enable the Gallifreyan race to reproduce. The Great Houses were formed to stabilise society. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)

Following these early changes, the Time Lords began research into black holes, the first race to do so. (DW: The Satan Pit) One of Rassilon's early attempts to create a black hole accidentally punched a hole through space into the Yssgaroth's Universe. The Yssgaroth escaped and caused mass destruction. The Time Lords, led by Kopyion Liall a Mahajetsu, tried to stop them, leading to the thousand year Eternal War. They were eventually able to push the Yssgaroth back into their own universe, while Kopyion Liall a Mahajetsu guarded the final opening. (NA: The Pit)

Later, Omega utilised two stellar manipulators, the so-called 'hands' of Omega, to detonate a star (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks, PDA: The Infinity Doctors) known as Qqaba and create a black hole from which the Time Lords drew the power they would require for time travel. Omega was himself cast through the black hole into an anti-matter universe and was presumed dead. (DW: The Three Doctors, DWM: Star Death, BFA: Omega) Rassilon eventually retrieved the Eye of Harmony and stored it in a vault beneath the Time Lord capitol as a source of power. (PDA: The Infinity Doctors)

The Eye of Harmony may have been a different black hole than the one created by Omega.

At this point, the Non-interference policy was instituted, after the damage that had been done by the Time Lords to other species. (DW: Underworld, PDA: The Quantum Archangel)

Rassilon's reign also saw the war with the Great Vampires (DW: State of Decay) and the end of the games in the Death Zone, blood sports where combatants from throughout time and space fought for the amusement of onlookers. (DW: The Five Doctors) During the Millennium War 150 million years ago, Rassilon went against the non-interference policy and led the Time Lords against the Mad Mind of Bophemeral. (PDA: The Quantum Archangel)

One legend says that despite his great achievements, the Time Lords, with good reason, rebelled against Rassilon and imprisoned him in the Dark Tower in the Death Zone. (DW: The Five Doctors)

Later history

Centuries of isolation had induced a complacency among Time Lords which caused their technology and power to stagnate, even as other races became more powerful and dangerous.

Recent History

The following events are believed to have occurred before the Doctor left Gallifrey, though their specific placement is unknown.

The Doctor's Era

A Time Lord tribunal. (DW: The War Games)

During the Doctor's lifetime, several crises occurred which brought to light the vulnerabilities of the once-omnipotent Time Lords. Testimony at the Doctor's malfeasance tribunal revealed the many marauding races which had emerged in the Universe after the Time Lords adopted their isolationist policy. (DW: The War Games)

The Time Lords were easily rendered helpless while Omega began to drain energy from Gallifrey, and were only saved by the intervention of the Doctor's first three incarnations. (DW: The Three Doctors) The ease with which the Master was able to alter records contained within the Archives and manipulate the Matrix was due largely to the fact that the technology behind the Matrix's APC Net had been surpassed on other worlds, such that on those worlds the technology would, according to the Doctor, be considered "prehistoric junk". (DW: The Deadly Assassin)

The Vardan invasion, itself a front for an invasion by the Sontarans, exposed weaknesses in Gallifrey's defence systems. (DW: The Invasion of Time) Later the High Council decided to move Earth in order to preserve secrets stolen from the Matrix. (DW: The Mysterious Planet)

These revelations caused a revolution to occur on Gallifrey. (DW: The Ultimate Foe)

Destruction of Gallifrey

First Destruction

See also Second War in Heaven.

In a (now defunct) future the Time Lords went to war with a group known only as The Enemy, the war was temporal by nature and cracks throughout the Web of Time appeared and followed themselves backwards through time retroactively affecting the past. (EDA: Alien Bodies) Their war with the Enemy raged for an undefinable amount of time, but at a point the temporal events stretched to a point where upon they effected a critical point, allowing the Doctor to openly attack, destroying Gallifrey. (EDA: The Ancestor Cell)

At some point after this Gallifrey was restored. (EDA: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Lord President Rassilon addresses the Time Lords. (DW: DW: The End Of Time)

Second Destruction

See also Last Great Time War

The Time Lords finally met their end in the Last Great Time War, as the Dalek Imperial fleet attacked their world. During this time period the time lords became corrupted and sought to end time itself in order to free themselves from physical bodies. The Doctor succeeded in destroying the Daleks - or so he believed at the time - and locked the Time Lords away in order to stop their insidious plans.(DW: The End of Time). The guilt and trauma resulting from this haunted the Doctor throughout his ninth incarnation. (DW: The End of the World, Dalek). While it is not known exactly how the Doctor was able to destroy both Gallifrey and the Daleks, it is said by The Partisan that "he still possesses The Moment, and he'll use it to destroy Daleks and Time Lords alike". (DW: DW: The End Of Time)

In an attempt to stop their destruction, the Time Lords caused drumming into the Master's mind and sent a Whitepoint Star diamond to 2010 Earth. With the drumming as a signal and the diamond as a connection, the Master used it to pull a group of Time Lords through to Earth, which also pulled through Gallifrey itself. Gallifrey was returned to the Time War when the Doctor destroyed the needed equipment. (DW: The End Of Time)

External links

  • RASSILON, OMEGA and that OTHER Guy -a very well-researched and detailed history of the Time Lords and Gallifrey which includes both canonical and non-canonical sources

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