Gathering coils were engineered biotech weapons, described as a "semi-species" by the Thirteenth Doctor.


These coils resembled cables and wires of various sizes, acting like tentacles, which could gather data. At least some coils also had the ability to plant DNA bombs. A number of Gathering coils were able to gather to create one large, more polyvalent creature, though such a swarm could be deactivated with a large electric shock. (PROSE: Things She Thought While Falling, TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)


Tzim-Sha used a swarm of Gathering Coils in order to locate a trophy to take back to his planet, despite this being against his species' rules. It was later deactivated by Grace O'Brien, who electrocuted it with a cable at the cost of her own life. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth)

One Gathering Coil was housed within the prison the Thirteenth Doctor found herself imprisoned in by the Judoon. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks)