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Gothaparduskerialldrapolatkh (or Goth for short) was a Time Lord politician and occasional agent of the Celestial Intervention Agency. As Lord Chancellor, he became a pawn of the Decayed Master.


Early life[]

Like all Time Lords, Goth was taken from his family at the age of eight for the selection process in the Drylands. Staring into the Untempered Schism as part of a Time Lord initiation rite, Goth was driven mad by what he saw in the Schism.

Goth was a member of the Prydonian Chapter, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) and had a brother named Rath, who went on to sit on the High Council. (PROSE: Blood Harvest)

With the Tribunal[]

Main article: First Time Lord (The War Games)

Already in his final incarnation at this time, by some accounts Goth was a member of the Celestial Intervention Agency who presided over the Agency's Court. While on Gallifrey, the First Doctor witnessed Goth give a sentencing. (PROSE: Future Imperfect)

Another account indicated Goth was an ordinary Prydonian Councillor in the High Council of Pandad IV. Pandad would partner Goth with fellow Councillor Adelphi and the Chancellor Socra to form a Tribunal known as "the Three". (PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey)

Goth pronounces the Second Doctor's sentence. (TV: The War Games)

Either way, following the War Games, Goth was the First Time Lord of the Tribunal of the Doctor's trial. (TV: The War Games, PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey, Future Imperfect) When the Tribunal dealt with the War Lords experiments, Goth argued that certain experimental human subjects of the War Lords be killed, rather than returned to their own time - an opinion which the other two judges disagreed with. (PROSE: War Crimes)

Goth continued to meet with the Three in secret at a vast desolate space station which was their base. With them, Goth was involved in the decision of sending the Third Doctor to Peladon. (PROSE: Legacy)

On behalf of the CIA, Goth masqueraded as the fictional character Lemuel Gulliver in the Land of Fiction to monitor the Second Doctor and get his help in the First Omega Crisis. (PROSE: Future Imperfect)


One account, without naming him, claimed that the leader of the Doctor's trial was already the High Chancellor by then, (PROSE: Save Yourself) but according to the Scrolls of Gallifrey, while Goth was indeed the leader of the Three, he was not yet High Chancellor at the time, as that position actually belonged to the Third Time Lord, Socra. According to that account, Goth was named Chancellor some time after the Third Doctor defeated Omega as a consequence of the Rani's giant mice having eaten preceding Chancellor Socra, on top of inducing the President's regeneration and also eating his cat. (PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey)

Deal with the Master[]

One of Goth's many disguises while within the Matrix. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)

Goth, alerted by the temporal trace of the Master's TARDIS, which Susan Foreman had briefly allowed to become detectable to Gallifrey again so that the previous owner would be found, (PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks) travelled to the planet Tersurus and found the Decayed Master, who was now at the end of his regeneration cycle and physically little more than a corpse. (PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks, AUDIO: The Two Masters) Having been told by the Lord President that he did not intend to name Goth as his successor, the Chancellor instead entered into an uneasy alliance with the Master, who promised him the presidency in exchange for helping to kill the Fourth Doctor. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)

After learning the Master's plan, Goth begged him to alter it so as to make another Time Lord than the Doctor the scapegoat of the assassination, as he believed that the Doctor would find some way to derail the scheme even though it seemed foolproof in every other respect. However, the Master would not listen and the plan moved forward with the Doctor involved. (PROSE: The Secret Diary of the Master) Goth subsequently assassinated the President before he could announce his successor, setting up the Doctor as an unwitting decoy assassin. The result should have been an unopposed election for the office. However, the Doctor announced his own candidacy to buy himself time to investigate.

Inside the Matrix, Goth fought the Doctor, initially using his knowledge of the Matrix's workings to his advantage. The Doctor soon gained the upper hand, however, and the infuriated Master tried to overload the Matrix by sending a massive energy spike through Goth's brain. The Doctor escaped from the Matrix in time, but the spike had fatally damaged Goth's brain. The Doctor found Goth and the seemingly dead (but actually self-sedated) Master not long after. The dying Chancellor told the Doctor how he and the Master had come to be allies, and why he wanted to kill the previous President.

Goth died shortly afterwards, and it was decided by Borusa to cover up the actual truth of his death. He decided on telling the population that "Chancellor Goth tracked [the Master] down and killed him, unfortunately perishing himself in the exchange of fire". (TV: The Deadly Assassin)


Goth was tall and handsome and looked especially impressive when in his ceremonial Prydonian robes. He had an impassive face that did not betray his thoughts or feelings. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Deadly Assassin)

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