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Second Doctor regenerates - Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee

The Second Doctor is sentenced to exile by the Time Lords. (TV: The War Games)

An exile was an individual who lived away from their native land. This could be because they chose to, or they were sent away and denied permission to return. The term of exile could also describe the sentence itself.

Among the Time Lords of Gallifrey, exile was often viewed as a worse punishment than death due to the close bond between a Time Lord and their homeworld; it was thought that "permanent exile was death of the soul". (PROSE: Warmonger)

Notable examples[]

The First Doctor described his and Susan Foreman's situation following their flight from their own place and time by asking Ian Chesterton if he had ever thought of what it must be like "to be wanderers in the fourth dimension… to be exiles?". (TV: An Unearthly Child)

As punishment for his violation of their non-interference policy, the Time Lords forced the Second Doctor to regenerate, then exiled his third incarnation on Earth during the 20th century. (TV: The War Games, Spearhead from Space) After helping stop Omega from leaving the anti-matter universe, the Time Lords rescinded the Doctor's exile as a reward. (TV: The Three Doctors)

The Time Lords restore the Doctor's knowledge of time travel, revoking his exile. (TV: The Three Doctors)

After the newly-regenerated Sixth Doctor nearly killed Peri and then regained his senses, he decided to exile himself on Titan III as punishment until he had attained appropriate humility and control. (TV: The Twin Dilemma)

The Rani was exiled from Gallifrey after some of her lab mice, as a result of an experiment, grew to enormous size and ate the Lord President's pet cat. They also bit the President himself, triggering a regeneration. (TV: The Mark of the Rani)

Rassilon exiled the Divergence to another universe. The Eighth Doctor later exiled himself to the same universe to control his Zagreus personality. (AUDIO: Zagreus, The Next Life)

Inston-Vee Vinder and Kate Stewart exiled the Grand Serpent to a small asteroid rather than killing him, Vinder commenting that he knows from personal experience that the pain of exile is worse than death. (TV: The Vanquishers)