- You may wish to consult
Flashbackfor other, similarly-named pages.
The Seventh Doctor gives Benny a lesson in Gallifreyan history using a 3-D holo-simulation. They watch as Magnus attempts to drain the power from a huge sphere of Artron energy which has been brought back from the Time Vortex. Magnus is strongly opposed by his former friend Thete who, when it is revealed the Artron energy is alive, uses a Chancellery Guard's gun to end the draining and set the energy being free.
The holo-simulation ends. The Doctor says Thete was commended by the High Council for his actions; Magnus never forgave him and the friendship between the two was ended forever. Then he says that it has been enough ancient history for one day; the past will always be there, but he far prefers the future.
- Travel into Gallifrey's own past is strictly banned by the Time Lords.
- When reflecting of "Thete" and "Magnus", the Seventh Doctors comments on how "old nicknames can stick".
- The TARDIS' 3-D Holo-Simulation suite is a direct "borrow" from Star Trek: The Next Generation's holodeck. The Doctor even uses the same voice commands to operate it.
- "Thete" in this story is the First Doctor, before he left Gallifrey.
- Flashback was written with the intention that its "Magnus" was the Master at the beginning of his career as a renegade. However, later works instead pinned down Magnus as being the War Chief, referring to the events of Flashback as having happened to the Chief and not the Master. Of course, it is worth remembering that the War Chief and the Master are sometimes conflated to begin with.
- The First Doctor is still known by his Acedemy nickname, "Thete". (TV: The Armageddon Factor, The Happiness Patrol)