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Also known as: The War Chief
Doktor Felix Kriegslieter
Race: Gallifreyan (Time Lord)
Home Planet: Gallifrey
Home Era: Rassilon Era
Actor: Edward Brayshaw

Magnus (a.k.a. the War Chief) was a former friend of the Doctor and, later, a renegade Time Lord who assisted the War Lords.




Life on Gallifrey

Magnus in those days belonged to the same clique as the Doctor, who as youths called themselves the Deca. (PDA: Divided Loyalties).

A holo-simulation shown by the Doctor to Bernice Summerfield detailed the later days of their relationship. According to the simulation, Magnus grew into an ambitious and arrogant Time Lord who already had little time for "Theet". Magnus engaged himself in a scheme to provide Gallifrey with a new power source derived from a sphere of artron energy and, in so doing, re-vitalize the decadent Gallifreyan culture. The Doctor made himself an unwelcome guest observer of the experiment. He realised the sphere was in fact a living being and that Magnus' actions were killing it. The Doctor sabotaged Magnus' equipment and freed the creature, an act for which the Time Lords commended him. This angered Magnus even more. He and Magnus were bitter enemies from that day on. (DWM: Flashback)

Ally of the War Lords

The War Chief (DW: The War Games)

Now calling himself the War Chief, he assisted the War Lords, who had abducted soldiers from wars spread across Earth's history to play in simulated versions of the wars from which they originated. Thinking Humans the most vicious species in the galaxy, the aliens hoped to later pit the survivors against each other and to use the humans to conquer Mutter's Spiral.

The War Chief aided the War Lords by giving them technology to build basic TARDIS-like space-time machines, SIDRATs, which they used to kidnap the human soldiers and travel between era-specific zones which they had created. The War Chief and the Doctor met and recognised each other. The War Chief solicited the Doctor's help to double-cross the War Lords and seize power for themselves. The Doctor pretended to accept the War Chief's offer. (DW: The War Games)

At the same time, the Security Chief of the operation distrusted the War Chief, believing he meant to call in the Time Lords. The two engaged in a series of machinations against each other which ended with the War Chief disgraced, though he shot his rival dead. Unable to resolve matters and return the soldiers to their own times, the Doctor summoned the Time Lords for aid, while the War Lords discovered the War Chief's plans and executed him, or so they believed (DW: The War Games) Unknown at the time, the War Chief did not die but, rather, underwent a faulty regeneration. His new form appeared like two bodies fused together. He took to wearing cloaks and hoods to disguise the fact. (NA: Timewyrm: Exodus)


Hiding his misshapen doubled body in cloaks and hoods, the War Chief served as an occult advisor to Adolf Hitler under the name "Doktor Felix Kriegslieter" in hopes of changing history by using the Nazis as his agents. The Doctor confronted him once more at this time, prompting the War Chief to try and take possession of the Doctor's healthy body and his remaining six regenerations. However, his attempts to replace Hitler with Himmler were thwarted by Himmler's devotion to his Führer- as opposed to other Nazi officers who merely served Hitler out of necessity-, allowing the Doctor to alert Hermann Göring to "Kriegslieter's" betrayal and destroy the War Chief's base by overloading its nuclear reactors, his agents being killed by the Nazis due to their lack of initiative. (NA: Timewyrm: Exodus)


Behind the War Chief's actions lay real idealism, tainted with powerlust.

Behind the Scenes

Time Lords
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See also: Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor  • Donna Noble
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