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The Last Great Time War, (TV: Gridlock) also known as the Pa-Jass Vortan in Dalek (PROSE: The Slyther of Shoreditch) or "The War to End All Wars", (TV: The Day of the Doctor) was the temporal war fought between the Time Lords and the Daleks "for the sake of all creation". (TV: Gridlock) In a linear sense, it lasted for at least 400 years. Fought throughout countless time periods and even alternate timelines, however, it more accurately lasted an eternity as both sides fought across space and time, opening up new fronts as the Daleks seeded themselves in different epochs. (PROSE: Engines of War)
At the heart of the War, millions were killed and brought back to life every second, (TV: The End of Time) on account of both sides' manipulations. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) The colossal death toll made the Doctor's TARDIS remember the Time War as "a war against Death". (PROSE: What the TARDIS thought of "Time Lord Victorious") The Daleks numbered in the billions (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and fielded a fleet of ten million flying saucers in the final battle alone. (TV: Dalek) The Time Lords used over a million Battle TARDISes. (PROSE: Peacemaker)
By the end of the War, the Daleks had pushed the Time Lords back to their homeworld of Gallifrey (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) and launched a full-scale assault on the planet. Ultimately, the Time War resulted in the apparent destruction of Gallifrey (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and ruination of Skaro, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) seemingly leaving only three Time Lords (TV: Utopia, AUDIO: Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated) and a small number of Daleks as survivors. (TV: Dalek, Doomsday, et al.)
- 1 Lead-up to the War
- 2 Beginning of the Time War
- 2.1 Fighting breaks out
- 2.2 The Master's Dalek plan
- 2.3 Early losses
- 2.4 Return of Rassilon
- 2.5 Eighth Doctor and Bliss
- 2.6 Susan in the Time War
- 2.7 Fifth Doctor in the Time War
- 2.8 The Doctor joins the Time War
- 3 Fighting intensifies
- 4 Final days of the Time War
- 5 Denouement of the War
- 6 Aftermath
- 7 Other realities
- 8 Participants
- 9 Technology
- 10 Behind the scenes
Lead-up to the War
- Main article: War prediction
The Time Lords became aware of their future involvement in the Time War a long time before it began, and many prophecies, stories and legends were generated around the idea. One concerned the Hybrid, which some took to believe would be a creature, half-Time-Lord and half-Dalek, capable either of Gallifrey's salvation or destruction. Many years later, after the war, the Twelfth Doctor stated that the Hybrid was destined to conquer Gallifrey and stand in its ruins. (TV: Heaven Sent)
During the Second Dalek War, the Dalek Supreme led a force of Daleks to the Cathedral of Contemplation, seeking to use one of its time corridors to instantly attack Earth Central's High Command. Their plot was foiled by the Fourth and Tenth Doctors, though the earlier incarnation was surprised the Daleks did not try to use the power to invade Gallifrey. Aware of the Time War, as it was in his past but the Fourth Doctor's and Dalek Empire's future, the Tenth Doctor only responded by saying, in due time, the Daleks would "try invading everywhere". (AUDIO: Out of Time)
Speaking with Martez after the creation of the Mutant Daleks, the Eighth Doctor noted his fear that the Daleks' unending war against the rest of the universe "may one day destroy everything". (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks) The Time Lords foresaw the War during the life of the Eighth Doctor, as Straxus told him they saw "something terrible in the time tracks". (AUDIO: Fugitives) Irving Braxiatel was aware of the fact that the Time Lords were doomed, so he plotted to move them to the world of Maximediras, (AUDIO: Resurrecting the Past) but the planet became a POW camp during the Deindum War. (PROSE: Present Danger)
Shortly before the War began, the Matrix prophesied that Gallifrey would be destroyed in a war, though there were other predictions that showed Gallifrey's destruction in other ways, (AUDIO: The Crucible of Souls) a time war. (AUDIO: Songs of Love)
Following the extinction of the Mechonoids, the Dalek Emperor's strategy computers and assessment engines predicted a coming war against an ancient enemy of the Daleks that would rage throughout time and space and require the Dalek Empire's every strategy and resource to survive. (PROSE: Birth of a Legend)
The Accord also foresaw a "great war spreading through time". They feared that the 1970s and 1980s, which had been temporally weakened due to the Doctor's frequent visits, would be damaged and set out to reinforce the two decades before they were hit by the war. They altered the DNA of every single person that lived through those decades on a temporal level so that they subconsciously realised that there were inconsistencies with history. (PROSE: The Enfolded Time)
The Daleks and temporal power
Given that it stemmed from their rivalry, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) the Last Great Time War had many simultaneous origin points across the histories of Time Lords and Daleks, beginning at the very start of the Daleks' existence (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) due to a Time Lord attempt to avert or alter their creation. However, while, from the perspective of the Daleks, this event occurred at the start of their timeline, the individual tasked with the mission, the renegade Time Lord known as the Doctor, did not experience it until his fourth incarnation. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
Thanks to his repeated stands against the Dalek race, the Doctor was their greatest enemy. (TV: The Chase, Victory of the Daleks, et al.) He first met the Daleks in his first incarnation during a visit to their homeworld of Skaro, though he left under the mistaken impression that the Daleks were destroyed. (TV: The Daleks) One account claimed the very Daleks that had faced him survived, vowing to master time travel and control the rest of the universe now that they knew of life on other worlds. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro) According to another account, the Dalek Supreme had survived and tried to learn the secrets of the Doctor's TARDIS during his second visit to Skaro. (AUDIO: Return to Skaro) Nevertheless, the Daleks did manage to develop a time machine, using it to pursue the First Doctor and his companions through time in a failed attempt to kill them. The Daleks had launched this mission as revenge for the liberation of Earth, (TV: The Chase) but one journalist later suggested it to be the first skirmish in the Time War. (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests)
Early Dalek time machines, however, relied on taranium, creating a means of time travel that, while impressive, was highly unstable, (PROSE: The Chase) expensive to use (PROSE: Mission to the Unknown, The Mutation of Time) and unreliable in offensive operations. (COMIC: The Secret of the Emperor) The attempt to pursue the First Doctor through time had the unintended consequence of consuming all of the Daleks' taranium supply, and the destruction of the time machine by Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright (PROSE: The Chase) severely crippled the Daleks' existing time travel research. (PROSE: Mission to the Unknown) It as through strenuous, long-term efforts that the Daleks harvested sufficient quantities of taranium to continue to use the time machines. (PROSE: The Mutation of Time) Taranium was also the vital component of the Time Destructor, the Daleks' first time-based superweapon. However, the First Doctor ultimately turned it against the Daleks, annihilating all infrastructure in place for the planned invasion in a devastating blow for the Dalek Empire. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan, PROSE: The Mutation of Time)
Another means of time travel linking Skaro to Earth in 1866, not requiring taranium, was made possible only by accident, due to human experiments that the Daleks managed to exploit, (TV: The Evil of the Daleks) though this would eventually be adapted by the Daleks into time corridor technology. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Aided by a later alliance with the Master, (TV: Frontier in Space) the Daleks were granted access to his knowledge of temporal mechanics. Further research was carried out by the Gold Dalek, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) resulting in them "discover[ing] the secret of time travel" and learning how to change history on a larger scale than was previously possible, (TV: Day of the Daleks) though mastery of time travel still eluded them. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks, et al.)
The Daleks were brought to the attention of the Time Lords by the Second Doctor during his trial, as he told them that they were the most dangerous of all his foes. (TV: The War Games) It was further suggested that (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) the Third Doctor negating an alternate timeline in which the Daleks successfully conquered Earth by starting World War III in the late 20th century, (TV: Day of the Daleks) brought them to the attention of the Time Lords, (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) who accepted the Doctor's plea to guide the TARDIS to Spiridon, where the Doctor neutralised the Dalek army in 2540. (TV: Planet of the Daleks)
By the end of the resulting Second Dalek War, the Daleks sought to master time travel, an essential step towards universal domination, and to harness the Arkheon Threshold to change history and break into the Time Vortex. Although the Arkheon gambit originated as a means of defeating the Earth Empire, Dalek time-travel theory stated that mastery of time travel would begin with the destruction of the Time Lords and end with the subjugation of humanity. Dalek X denounced the Time Lords as weak and inferior for failing to use their powers to assert their superiority over all other lifeforms.
When the Tenth Doctor "slipped a time track" and became involved in the Daleks' war against Earth, he fell prisoner to Dalek X who blackmailed him into cooperating with the Supreme Dalek's Temporal Research Team. However, Dalek X's decision to use the Doctor's TARDIS as a control element in their experiments allowed the Doctor to escape captivity and the Temporal Research Team was eradicated. The disaster threw the Dalek Fleet into disarray and put an end to their attempts to win the war via time travel. Earth Command later attacked the Dalek base on Arkheon and the Doctor closed the Threshold. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks)
Despite the defeat, the Second Dalek War had accelerated the Daleks' time travel research and demonstrated their growing confidence and capability of using mass manipulation of time as a weapon of war, effectively laying the groundwork for a future temporal conflict. (AUDIO: Out of Time, PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) Travel via time corridor became the Daleks primary means of time travel, but this method remained, in the words of the Seventh Doctor, "very crude and nasty". They coveted a system of time travel as sophisticated as that possessed by the Time Lords. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
The first shot
Although Dalek dominance kept at bay, the Time Lords continued to observe them growing stronger and more dangerous. They put aside their policy of non-interference (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) after "foresee[ing] a time when they will have destroyed all other lifeforms and become the dominant creature in the universe." (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) Sent by either a Time Lord from his own era (PROSE: Lungbarrow) or one from a future point when Gallifrey was threatened by Daleks, (AUDIO: Ascension) the Fourth Doctor was given a mission on Skaro during the Thousand Year War with certain objectives:
- If possible, to avert the creation of the Daleks
- Otherwise to alter their development and make them less aggressive
- To find some intrinsic flaw or weakness to exploit in the Daleks
Though he met the Daleks' creator, Davros, and had the chance, the Doctor didn't avert their creation, but believed he might have set back Dalek history by a thousand years. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) However, the Daleks eventually learned of the Time Lords’ attempt to subvert their development, which they henceforth viewed as the Gallifreyans having launched a pre-emptive strike and act of aggression, so the Daleks planned to strike back at Gallifrey. Thus, while it was the total opposite of the Time Lords’ intention, (PROSE: The Slyther of Shoreditch) the incident had generated Dalek hostilities towards the Time Lords and would eventually lead to war. (WC: Monster File: Daleks, AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) The Dalek Time Strategist claimed the mission made it so, “from [the Daleks’] earliest beginnings,” they sought time travel and time weaponry. Additionally, the Time Strategist (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) and Eternity Circle even considered the act the very beginning of the Time War, (PROSE: Engines of War) while Rojan considered it to be an early event before the War escalated. (PROSE: The Stranger) The Eleventh Doctor himself referred to it as the "first shot." (COMIC: Hunters of the Burning Stone)
One account, which also dubbed the mission the "first shot", believed it "perhaps" made the Daleks’ further aggression towards the Time Lords justifiable, though it also admitted Gallifrey had only launched the operation after foreseeing the Dalek-controlled future. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) The Matrix, however, did not foresee the conflict that arose from the mission, it later being theorised that the possibility of it was too unlikely for the supercomputer to predict. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) The fallout of the Doctor's mission created a new version of Dalek history, (PROSE: A Device of Death) although most events appeared to remain the same. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks) As the Doctor departed Skaro, the Time Lords observed the changes to the timeline resulting from his mission. The Dalek Empire was significantly diminished, with thousands of worlds becoming free from Dalek rule, but the Time Lords had hoped for this number to reach millions. They considered the Doctor's mission a failure but quickly identified an opportunity to counterbalance the shortfall and diverted the Doctor to Deepcity, a weapons research facility. They predicted that the success of the Doctor's actions there would give rise to a race of synthetic robots capable of bringing about the downfall of the Dalek Empire. (PROSE: A Device of Death)
Working with Shazar, a half-Time Lord, the Daleks took control of and captured the Fourth Doctor's TARDIS, which they replicated in anticipation of an invasion of Mutter's Spiral. Though Shazar attempted to fool the Time Lords into believing that the Doctor was the traitor, the Doctor was able to interfere with the Daleks' plot, resulting in the fleet of new TARDISes destroying themselves while Shazar was captured by the Time Lords, based on the planet Jewel. (COMIC: Return of the Daleks) The Time Lords later directed the Doctor to the planet Ercos, where he prevented the Daleks from using the Dalek driller to destroy Earth. (COMIC: The Dalek Revenge)
In line with the Time Lords' predictions, (PROSE: A Device of Death) the Daleks eventually engaged in a war with the robot Movellans. Much of the Dalek Empire collapsed as a result of the devastating Movellan virus, which set the stage for the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War. (PROSE: Remembrance of the Daleks) Although the Dalek Prime later claimed the Movellan War was a fabrication, (PROSE: War of the Daleks) the Daleks continued to hold the Time Lords responsible for much of their recent misfortune. As revenge for the Time Lords' plot to destroy them, (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) the Daleks attempted to create a duplicate of the Fifth Doctor to send to Gallifrey and assassinate the High Council of the Time Lords. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks) In what may have just been a simulation created by the energies of the Land of Fiction, (PROSE: Head Games) the Seventh Doctor was sent by the Time Lords to battle Davros and the current Dalek Emperor after the former had stolen the sacred Time Ring from Gallifrey. The Emperor was killed, and the Time Lords froze Davros in time as punishment. (GAME: Dalek Attack)
While Davros was creating his own army of Daleks on the planet Necros in the Tranquil Repose, the Sixth Doctor told the Dalek creator he intended to take him to the High Courts of Gallifrey, where he would stand trial for his life. However, ultimately, it was the Alpha unit and his Daleks, on behalf of the Black Dalek Leader, who took Davros away for a trial, (PROSE: Revelation of the Daleks) kicking off a series a events that, despite varying accounts as to how, (AUDIO: The Davros Mission, COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks!) led to civil war between the Imperial Daleks loyal to Davros and Renegade Daleks loyal to the Black Leader (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) and Dalek Prime. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)
The next Dalek attempt to attack the Time Lords (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) involved the Hand of Omega, which Davros attempted to use to help make his Imperials have mastery over time to become the new Time Lords. The Seventh Doctor tricked Davros into using the Hand of Omega to destroy Skaro. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) Rojan considered the detonation to be a cause of the Time War, (PROSE: The Stranger) and Andrea Quill remembered it as such as well. (AUDIO: In Remembrance)
By one account, the Daleks' next step after this was to start a war with the Time Lords, (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) though in the more immediate aftermath of the Shoreditch Incident, much Dalek attention was focused on clearing up after Davros' rebellion and rebuilding the Empire. (PROSE: War of the Daleks, AUDIO: Daleks Among Us, Terror Firma) Different theories existed as to how Skaro survived, ranging from it being remade using another planet to it actually being restored. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Additionally, different accounts existed on which faction had even won the civil war. One account claimed it was Dalek Prime and his Renegades, (PROSE: War of the Daleks) while another claimed it was Davros's Imperium. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) According to this telling of the events, a Dalek Supreme, styling itself the Emperor of the Restoration, took control of the Imperial faction after Davros had fled and formed it into the Restoration Empire. (PROSE: The Restoration Empire)
According to the latter account, after defeating the Renegade Daleks, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) the Restoration Emperor (PROSE: The Restoration Empire) and his empire moved towards fulfilling Davros's ambition of overthrowing the Time Lord High Council, a decision that led to the Time War. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Also, at some point, a Dalek Puppet Emperor announced his hostility to the Time Lords. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) Following Skaro's apparent destruction, the newly-elected Lord President Romana made negotiations with the Daleks (PROSE: Lungbarrow) and a peace treaty was opened under the Act of Master Restitution. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) This act was Romana attempting to calm the rising tensions between the Daleks and Time Lords (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) and signifying a Dalek embassy opening on Gallifrey. (PROSE: Lungbarrow) However, the Act was quickly broken, leading to the Time War, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) when the Master survived his execution on Skaro. (TV: Doctor Who)
Invasions of Gallifrey
Still in the early days of Romana II's presidency, the Etra Prime incident occurred. It started when Romana made a ceremonial visit to Etra Prime when it was removed from time and space by the Dalek Empire. 20 years later, the Daleks returned Etra Prime to attack the Archetryx Convention and gain access to the Monan Host time vessel to complete their synthesis of the Apocalypse Element. Romana was allowed to escape to inform the Sixth Doctor and Vansell of the Daleks' apparent plans, leading to the interim Lord President retreating to Gallifrey. The Daleks followed disguised as the Monan Host, invading Gallifrey to access to the Eye of Harmony to control the explosion they had set off in the Seriphia Galaxy. The Dalek squad died in the process of containing it and the invasion was defeated, but their plot still succeeded; Seriphia was remade into a new galaxy, which the Daleks planned to use as a base of operations for further conquests.
Though Romana stated that the Time Lords wouldn't tolerate a Dalek Empire on their doorstep in the new Seriphia Galaxy, (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) the Daleks successfully annexed the region and used it to launch the Second Great Dalek Occupation. (AUDIO: Invasion of the Daleks) Additionally, Rojan believed the Etra Prime incident to be one of the events that started the Time War, (PROSE: The Stranger) while Kellen noted the incident effectively foreshadowed that the Time Lords would need to fight to keep control of the universe, thus abandoning their non-interference policy. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) Other individuals believed the event began the escalation of tensions that led to the Time War, negating Romana's earlier attempts at peace. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor)
Long after the series of events involving the Fourth Doctor and Romana II's defeat of Skagra (TV: Shada) were prematurely aborted due to the Time Scoop being activated by an immortality-seeking Borusa, (TV: The Five Doctors, WC: Shada, et al.) the Eighth Doctor and Romana "resumed" their adventure, and upon arrival in the Time Lord prison of Shada, numerous Daleks were imprisoned. (WC: Shada) The Etra Prime incident was not the last time Gallifrey was threatened by the Daleks during the build up to the War. The Daleks created the Dogma Virus, which could corrupt Time Lord DNA and eventually wipe out the Time Lords. They sent the virus to Gallifrey through an organisation known as Free Time, who were working for them. (AUDIO: Panacea, Ascension)
The Daleks then hacked into the Matrix, giving them a backdoor to invading Gallifrey. The Dalek Supreme led an invasion force into the Matrix with the intention of leading them out into Gallifrey itself. The plan was stopped by Romana II and her third incarnation, who created enough defences inside the Matrix to allow it to be shut down. Romana II trapped them in a time loop to ensure that a temporal war with the Daleks would be avoided.
According to this account, the Fourth Doctor's mission to avert the creation of the Daleks had been ordered during this time. Acting through his own authority and unaware that Romana had succeeded in defeating the Daleks, Narvin sent Valyes to Skaro to give the Fourth Doctor the mission, (AUDIO: Ascension) accidentally causing the Time War. (PROSE: Engines of War, COMIC: Hunters of the Burning Stone, et al.) Later, once the War had begun, Rassilon commended Narvin for his decisive thinking. Narvin admitted that he had been hasty in his choice of agent for the job. (AUDIO: Assassins) Alternatively, Cardinal Ollistra, who stated the mission had in fact been from the CIA, believed it had been a "misjudged operation". (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) The supposed future in which the Daleks had destroyed all other life may have just been a claim from Narvin to save Romana, (AUDIO: Ascension) but other accounts treated it as a legitimate future the Time Lords had foreseen. (PROSE: The Whoniverse, Meet the Doctor)
The War in Heaven
- Main article: War in Heaven
150 years into Romana's Presidency, by which time she had regenerated into her third incarnation, the Time Lords fought the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell, Alien Bodies, et al.) During the War, Chris Cwej negotiated an alliance between the Daleks and the Time Lords (PROSE: Dead Romance) which resulted in the Daleks agreeing to act as the Enemy in several microscopic models of the War in Heaven with far less scope and intensity. The only Gallifrey to survive one of these Time Wars did so by abandoning looms and returning to organic models of birth, allowing it to enact the victimhood ritual of an entrenched last stand by crying out to future, "Won't someone think of the children!" (PROSE: A Prelude to a Prelude) A similar survival occurred on the last day of the Last Great Time War. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
The War in Heaven resulted in the Time Lords being nearly wiped from history save for a few survivors. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) While during this War the Daleks were seen as far less dangerous than the Enemy, (PROSE: Alien Bodies) in the post-War universe, with the Time Lords no longer present to quell advanced time travel development in the lesser species, the Daleks began greatly growing in universal prominence. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) The Time Lords were eventually restored. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) A veteran of the War in Heaven was involved in rising tensions before the Last Great Time War. (AUDIO: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel, X and the Daleks)
Irving Braxiatel, claiming to be working on behalf of the third incarnation of Romana, changed history by preventing her second incarnation from regenerating. He said this would prevent a war that devastated Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Enemy Lines) Similarly, another account claimed there had only been two time wars, a skirmish between the Halldon and the Eternals followed at some point later by the Omnicraven Uprising, before the Last Great Time War, implying the War in Heaven had not occurred or was somehow the same as the conflict against the Daleks. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) In fact, both conflicts were sometimes simply known as "the War", (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell, Meet the Doctor) and some considered the Daleks to be the identity of the Enemy, though the Great House briefings claimed they were just trying to take advantage of the War in Heaven for their own means. (PROSE: Pre-narrative Briefings)
Additionally, the rogue Great House known as Faction Paradox (PROSE: The Book of the War) had been a major part of the War in Heaven, (PROSE: Alien Bodies, et al.) but, according to what the Thirteenth Doctor thought had happened to them, most of the faction left the universe far behind sometime before the Last Great Time War began. (PROSE: The Paradox Moon) Baron Amatsumara once claimed that “the true War” would begin when the War in Heaven ended. (PROSE: Head of State)
Brink of Time War
When the Eighth Doctor asked to see his future while looking through a Tomorrow Window, one of the visions it presented was a ruined city. Grey Daleks, scanning the ruins as they moved, travelled through it, and a Dalek flying saucer hovered above. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) In a later period of the Eighth Doctor's life, the Time Lords began foreseeing the future Time War (AUDIO: Deeptime Frontier, Fugitives, The Crucible of Souls) as tensions rose between them and the Daleks. (AUDIO: X and the Daleks, et al.) The Daleks began fighting the Time War before it was formally declared by the Time Lords. (AUDIO: Sins of the Father) According to The Secret Lives of Monsters, the Daleks had declared war on the Time Lords when they first learned of their attempt to alter their creation. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters)
Motivated by glimpses of his peoples' future, (AUDIO: Fugitives) Kotris partnered with the Dalek Time Controller to erase Time Lords from history by infecting the Eighth Doctor's companion Molly O'Sullivan with retro-genitor particles that would latch onto the Doctor's Gallifreyan DNA and undo its past. This attack was erased from history when Straxus' past self was killed, (AUDIO: X and the Daleks) but it began a sequence of events leading to the creation of the Eminence. (AUDIO: Eye of Darkness, et al.)
Concurrently, the Master was recruited by Narvin to fight against the Daleks in the potentially nearing Time War, (AUDIO: The Devil You Know) with the belief that he would be the perfect warrior due to his savagery. (TV: The Sound of Drums) He was instead instructed to use the Eminence, which now posed a greater threat, to fight the Daleks. (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master) The Master betrayed the Time Lords, first by allying with the Eminence (AUDIO: Rule of the Eminence) then the Dalek Time Controller. Both partnerships were brought down by the Eighth Doctor, Liv Chenka, and Molly O'Sullivan, and both the Eminence and the Time Controller were eliminated. The Dalek Time Strategist was created in the aftermath (AUDIO: Master of the Daleks) and went on to be a major player in the Time War. (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex, et al.)
It became clear that the Matrix was "always predicting doom and gloom". (AUDIO: Deeptime Frontier) Padrac founded the Doom Coalition to prevent Gallifrey's future destruction by destroying the rest of the universe using the Crucible of Souls. (AUDIO: The Side of the Angels, Stop the Clock) Rasmus, Daria Visteron, and Brallix manned the Deeptime Frontier to mine dark chronons as a power source for Battle TARDISes if the Eye of Harmony were lost. Visteron experimented with time windows and was terrified by seeing a future where Time Lords at war used fleets of destructive TARDISes; to terrify the Time Lords back, she used Deeptime Frontier to release the Ravenous from their prison dimension. (AUDIO: Deeptime Frontier)
The War Master became involved with events prior to the conflict (AUDIO: Sins of the Father) and within the War's early days. (AUDIO: The Devil You Know) During the former period, the Master manipulated the society of Callous (AUDIO: Call for the Dead, The Glittering Storm, The Persistence of Dreams) to obtain large quantities of Swenyo for Time Lord battleships. In return, he was given a Chameleon Arch by Narvin. As he left, Narvin reflected to the Master that the Time Lords had battles to fight, noting that, while the War was yet to be formally declared, that did not matter to the Daleks. (AUDIO: Sins of the Father)
While later histories would claim they were created during the War itself, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe, A Brief History of Time Lords) the Dalek Emperor, preparing for the Time War, created the Cult of Skaro to explore new methods of Dalek warfare. At that point, the Daleks had just succeeded in wiping out another old enemy, the Mechonoids. (PROSE: Birth of a Legend) By the War, Dalek units were equipped with bronze casings, which were much more powerful (TV: Dalek) than previous designs. (TV: The Daleks, AUDIO: Aimed at the Body, et al.) This was a "protective armour" casing first utilised during the Second Dalek War. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks)
As war approached, President Livia established the War Council. The War Council set up six different facilities around Gallifrey to help their war effort, details of which were reluctantly shared with the CIA after Livia ruled on a dispute between the Agency and the Council. Unknown to the CIA, a seventh facility was set up in the Death Zone, which was part of Project Revenant. Revenant was an initiative to resurrect deceased Time Lords from the Matrix using a facility kept in a pocket dimension. (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention)
Beginning of the Time War
Fighting breaks out
The rivalry between the Time Lords and the Daleks, regarded as the two most powerful species in N-Space, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) hit its boiling point after the extermination or near-extermination of such allied Temporal Powers as the Monans, the Sunari and the Nekkistani. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures) After the Daleks committed these massacres, the Time Lords prepared to formalise hostilities against the Dalek Empire. After the Fall of Phaidon, President Livia decided the time had come. On the eve of war, a dispute broke out the between the Celestial Intervention Agency and the War Council on whether to allow the surviving Warpsmiths to be granted asylum on Gallifrey, as the Council demanded their full secrecy in return for the asylum policy. Frustrated, Coordinator Romana, who was still in her second incarnation (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention) thanks to Irving Braxiatel's alterations to the timeline, (AUDIO: Enemy Lines) sent agent Leela to investigate the Death Zone facility and discovered Project Revenant. Livia shutdown the dispute and that evening issued the formal declaration of war on the Daleks. (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention)
Before properly beginning the conflict, the Dalek Emperor led the Dalek Empire out of space and time, going into the Time Vortex to prepare for the war and build a fleet. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Another account held that the Daleks deploying their "awesome fleet" into the Time Vortex occurred when the War began. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) No matter the case, from the perspective of humanity, the Daleks suddenly disappeared "thousands of years" prior to the Battle of the Game Station in 200,100. As recalled by Jack Harkness, a former Time Agent from the 51st century, the Daleks vanished from time and space at a point when they were the "greatest threat in the universe", (TV: The Parting of the Ways) thus ending the Tenth Dalek Occupation. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) Upon the official outbreak of the War, the Daleks contacted Davros on Alacracis IV, asking for his help in the conflict. Filled with pride at his children, he accepted. (PROSE: Father of the Daleks)
The savage and endless conflict fought between the Time Lords and Daleks (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) was eventually dubbed the Last Great Time War. (TV: Gridlock, et al.) It was the most all-consuming and brutal conflict ever inflicted upon the universe. Due to its nature as a temporal war, it was nearly impossible for post-Time War individuals to deduce its proper and logical chronology. As much of history was overwritten, with the opposing factions each undoing the actions of the other again and again, it was hard to figure out what had even happened, at least within the terms of the post-war timeline. Additionally, much of the Time War's history would become shrouded in mystery, inaccessible, and time locked. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
The Time Lords sent an activation signal to any N-Forms laying dormant throughout history. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures) The Seventh Doctor, Chris Cwej, and Roz Forrester encountered one reactivated N-Form in 1987 Britain and stopped it from destroying the Earth. During a confrontation, the N-Form told the Doctor that its reactivation signal came from the future, adding, "Seems the War’s started all over again. Did [the Time Lords] forget to tell you?" (PROSE: Damaged Goods, AUDIO: Damaged Goods) The Doctor later confirmed that a deliberate reactivation impulse had been sent from the future to dormant N-Forms throughout time, with another N-Form being responsible for the destruction of the Quoth homeworld. He faintly traced parts of the signal to the 30th century, (PROSE: Damaged Goods) where he discovered that the Brotherhood of the Immanent Flesh had some responsibility for the N-Forms. (PROSE: So Vile a Sin)
Back in the war, having taken them from their own history, the Time Lords were now equipped with a fleet of N-Forms, bowships, and Black Hole Carriers, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) and it was this fleet of craft that met the Dalek Emperor and his forces at the start of the War. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) To counter the Time Lords' forces, the Daleks, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) in addition to their standard but extremely powerful Dalek drones (TV: Dalek, Doomsday, The Day of the Doctor, et al.) had their fleet of (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) over ten million flying saucers (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and the "full might" of the Deathsmiths of Goth, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) who were released by the Emperor Dalek himself. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
Battle TARDISes were also deployed during the war. Though they were once thought impossible to breach, the Daleks would improve in their ability to break through their protective fields as the fighting continued. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) The Time Lords quickly assembled great battleships in the Quantum Yards for the Assault on Seriphia, including Dreadnought Septima. (AUDIO: Hostiles) The Anything Gun was used early in the war. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) One account stated that the physical war was fought in the Time Vortex and Ultimate Void, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) though others did indeed show that the conflict could be fought on terrain (COMIC: The Clockwise War) or in normal space. (PROSE: Engines of War) The Time War escalated, as the first battles saw the Time Lords flotillas combat the large fleets of the invading Dalek flying saucers. However, as the Lords of Time fought these brief incursions with increasingly inventive strategies, the Daleks adapted their tactics as well. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) In the early stages of the War, the War Council built munitions factories beneath the surface of Gallifrey where Gallifreyan children worked. (PROSE: The Stranger)
The Time Lords turned away from governing established history and protecting the Web of Time, and instead threw all their resources into battling the Daleks and their allies. (PROSE: Ghost of Christmas Past) The war quickly boiled out of control, as it raged throughout the universe, destroyed entire epochs of time, and caused collateral damage to whole species. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Threatening every moment of the time continuum, the war did not only spread across space, but forwards and backwards through time, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) and new temporal fronts opened as the Daleks seeded themselves into different eras. (PROSE: Engines of War) According to a history of the universe, the Time Lords did this as well. These new Dalek and Gallifreyan colonies were created to grow new armies into upcoming epochs. Both factions also tried to impede the development of the other race. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
As the war spread across history, the universe started to fall apart, being pulled apart at its seams as its very origins were being rewritten. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) During the war, centuries turned against other centuries, days became battlelines, and divergent streams of time fought each other to survive. After the war, Ohila, who referred to it as the deadliest conflict time would ever know, reflected on the Time Lord attempt to use their time travel to avert the existence of the Daleks. Because they failed and the Daleks, using their own time machines, tried to do the same to the Time Lords, she stated time had become “a weapon in a war that could never end.” (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
As the Time War, fought for the sake of all reality, (TV: Gridlock) raged, whether it be through massive fleets fighting in the all out war or agents infiltrating and rewriting major parts of the opposing side's history, the whole history of N-space was remade and rent apart. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) It was also said that, if one was a soldier fighting in the Time War, they could die a thousand times in a single day, only, during the next day, to learn they had never been born at all. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) The Volatix Cabal, a secret society of Daleks that possessed creativity, (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) was active since the beginning of the Time War. In addition to the Cabal (COMIC: Downtime) and Cult of Skaro, (TV: Doomsday) another Dalek council that served in the conflict was the Eternity Circle, which was tasked with making new, unpredictable strategies and weapons. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
Temporal paradoxes became an almost daily occurrence during the War, though the War Master also reflected that there were no longer recognizable days. (AUDIO: Day of the Master) In the first days of the war, Zygor, the homeworld of the Zygons, was destroyed. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) A historical account of the universe later stated Zygor was destroyed during a time when the war had "intensified even further". (PROSE: The Whoniverse) During the Time War, the surviving Zygons became adept at making structures which couldn't be breached by TARDISes. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Eve's peace loving species was caught up in the middle of the war (WC: Alien File: Eve) and was exterminated due to their to their ability to read timelines. (TV: The Mad Woman in the Attic)
While "exploring possibilities", the War Master became stranded in a parallel dimension. When the dimension was invaded by Cybermen seeking to conquer the multiverse, the Master saw an opportunity to obtain technology to repair his TARDIS and return to his universe. The Cybermen proceeded to invade the universe of the Time War via virtual reality technology spread by the Auctioneers on 2010s Earth. The Master followed the Cybermen back to his home universe, where the Cybermen — influenced by Petronella Osgood — took his TARDIS and attempted to cyber-convert him. The Master collaborated with Kate Stewart and Sam Bishop to destroy the Cybermen by overloading them with power from infinite dimensions, syphoning some of it off to give his TARDIS enough energy to return to "the fray" of the war. (AUDIO: Master of Worlds)
At the age of fourteen, Cass Fermazzi stowed away on a star freighter to see the wonders of the universe to find that there were no wonders left. One day, whilst helping an old man to die in a crater of mud snakes under a burning moon, she realised there was nowhere left to hide. The following morning, the medtech who closed the man's eyes gave Cass his bandolier. Cass took the bandolier, tightened it around herself, and decided to start running in the opposite direction. The medtech involved was actually the Thirteenth Doctor. Within three months, Cass had found and joined the crew of a gunship, setting the stage for her to experience much over the course of, in her personal timeline, four years. At one point, she fought in the remains of a location known as the Ulterium. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Keetol was the site of a major battle. The Daleks wanted to mine the planet for its weapons-grade rocks. The Master helped the Time Lords achieve a victory, one of their first in the War. This victory was later negated when the Master later used the Heavenly Paradigm in an attempt to wipe the War from history. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) The Spiral Furl occurred when the Time Lord Harlan Castellos turned his TARDIS's death into an electromagnetic extinction event, making Daleks fall like hail. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man)
The War Council began the development of deception fields, designed to entrap enemy time vessels. The CIA looked into the project, concerned that non-combatants could also fall prey to them. (AUDIO: Deception)
The Master's Dalek plan
In a later over-written strand of history, the War Master planted his agent Crazlus in the Celestial Intervention Agency on Gallifrey as part of a long-term plan to obtain the Genesis Codes. (AUDIO: He Who Wins) Crazlus infiltrated the CIA for a considerable period, during which Livia remained President. (AUDIO: From the Flames)
Using the Codes, the Master interfered with the creation of the Daleks and supplanted Davros as the Dalek's creator. This caused considerable damage to history, (AUDIO: The Master's Dalek Plan) threatening the existence of both sides of the Time War. The Dalek Time Strategist recruited the Master of a parallel universe (AUDIO: Shockwave) which had once notably been visited by Bernice Summerfield. (AUDIO: The Library in the Body, et al.)
The War Master and the parallel Master went back in time to the moment the War Master decided to have Krazlus infiltrate the CIA, urging the past Master to abandon the Genesis plan. The past Master was convinced and almost all the events which had resulted from Crazlus' infiltration were undone, although the parallel Master remained rescued from his universe. The War Master was separated from his TARDIS, (AUDIO: He Who Wins) leading to his trip to Gardezza. (AUDIO: Beneath the Viscoid)
Irving Braxiatel along with Ace went to the Obscura to find information about a weapon there. This was a ruse from Braxiatel to use the power held in the Obscura and old soldier Danna to destroy a Dalek fleet. When this didn't succeed, Braxiatel killed Danna and wiped Ace's mind of all knowledge of the war. Ace was left on 20th century Earth, cast out of the Time War to live a normal life (AUDIO: Soldier Obscura) and eventually found A Charitable Earth. (AUDIO: In Remembrance, TV: Death of the Doctor) Ace later had contact with Time Lords from before the Time War. (AUDIO: Dark Universe)
After Romana II was informed of Ace's "death", she decided to get the help of the Master. (AUDIO: Soldier Obscura) The Master was on Gardezza when he was summoned to Gallifrey, posing as the Doctor to gain the trust of the Gardezzans and access the TARDIS he'd been separated from (AUDIO: Beneath the Viscoid) after an encounter with a parallel Master and an annulled future self. (AUDIO: He Who Wins) After betraying the Gardezzans and the Daleks he'd temporarily allied with, the Master retrieved his TARDIS and used it to return to Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Beneath the Viscoid)
Romana sent the Master and Leela to interrogate Finnian Valentine for the location of a power source that could fuel the Time Lord energy banks, (AUDIO: The Devil You Know) the Heart. (AUDIO: The Good Master) They discovered Valentine has been split in two separate beings by a temporal weapon he’d deployed. Discovering the Heart was on Arcking, the Master killed both Valentines. He subsequently betrayed Leela on the return flight by expelling her into the Time Vortex and headed to Arcking by himself. (AUDIO: The Devil You Know)
Leela was saved from the Vortex by the Trell who brought her to their dimension, Nateus. Leela subsequently foiled a War Council agent, Lady Zeno, who was attempting to infiltrate Nateus, preventing the War spreading into that dimension. (AUDIO: Mother Tongue)
The Master tried multiple times to steal the Heart from Arcking, bringing the War to its temporal grace sanctuary where a hospital had been established non-combatants. When Arcking was eventually overrun by a Dalek invasion force that was pursuing him, the Master saved Cole Jarnish's life by taking him on as a companion as he made his escape. (AUDIO: The Good Master)
After travelling together for a while, avoiding helping others from the War, the Master offered Cole a challenge: to pick out a planet in peril and try and save its people from destruction with whatever means he saw fit. Cole choose a primitive farming planet. Cole's attempt to save the peaceful population of the planet backfired when he inadvertently turned them into a race of warlike semi-robotic creatures (AUDIO: The Sky Man) who spread into the wider universe. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) The Master and Cole escaped the planet, with the Master assuring Cole that he would help him to undo his mistake. (AUDIO: The Sky Man)
The Master and Cole travelled to No.24 Marigold Lane, where the Master sacrificed Jarnish to use his paradoxical temporal energy to power the Heavenly Paradigm, wanting to use it to create a new and better timeline and end the War. The plan backfired, however, and the Master unintentionally caused both the Time Lords and Daleks to win several battles they had once lost. Because of this, he then saw the Dalek Emperor take control of the Time Lords' Cruciform, causing the Master to consider the Time War lost. Scared and tired of the fighting, the Master fled (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) by using a Chameleon Arch to hide himself as a human infant in the Silver Devastation. (TV: Utopia, AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm)
According to the Master's diary, the Time Lords had sent the Master to the Cruciform to encounter the Dalek Emperor. At the same time, the Doctor was tasked with sealing the rift of the Medusa Cascade. (PROSE: The Secret Diary of the Master) The Doctor did so singlehandedly. (TV: Last of the Time Lords)
Return of Rassilon
Two months into the War, the Daleks discovered Project Revenant and thought it would be a way to convert Time Lords into Daleks, launching an assault into its pocket dimension. At the same time, Livia tended her resignation as President in favour of Admiral Valerian. Fearing he was a War Council puppet, Romana challenged the succession to an election. During the campaign, Romana secretly negotiated with the Dalek Emperor to try and get him to stop the conflict as she knew that both sides would be utterly destroyed in the conflict, but failed to make it see reason. This act caused her to lose the presidential election when Valerian exposed it at the presidential debate. The CIA managed to stop the Daleks from using Project Revenant against them by arranging its destruction, however agent Karla went rogue and took the power core into the Matrix. Upon Valerian’s connection to the Matrix in the presidential inauguration, the War Council enacted their true scheme and used the power core to retrieve one of the oldest imprints from the Matrix - Rassilon. Valerian was forced to regenerate, with his body being possessed by Rassilon. Resurrected, Rassilon was declared Lord President Eternal. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures)
Rassilon established a new regime, making Livia his Prime Minister, and pardoned Romana from the charges of treason she’d faced for negotiating with the Emperor. Rassilon announced the establishment of an Interior Defence Unit, commanded by Cardinal Mantus, to replace the Chancellery Guard. At this time a future incarnation of General Trave arrived on Gallifrey, killing a Guard on arrival, and warned his past self that Rassilon’s regime would lead to Gallifrey’s fall. He attempted to deliver a warning to Narvin too, but perished in the process. Trave was held accountable for his future self’s crimes and publicly executed on Rassilon’s orders. (AUDIO: Havoc)
Though his ideology was outdated and brutal, it made Rassilon the prefect president to lead the Time Lords through the greatest battle they had ever faced. A historical chronicle recounted that great heroes rose and fell during the War, with it considering Rassilon among those who rose. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) In the first year of the War, Rassilon wiped out the Tharils, the Porfue and the Krajonnu so that they didn't threaten the Time Lords’ supremacy. (PROSE: Lords and Masters) The Daleks eventually began to refer to Rassilon by a name that would horrify even his own guards. (PROSE: Decoy)
Several months into the Time War, in 0.71 of the First Segment, Daleks from the future tunnelled through Gallifrey to find the War Council's underground munitions factories, intending to kill the children working in the factories and prevent future generations of Time Lords from ever fighting. The Daleks destroyed one such factory beneath the Mountain of Serenity, but the War Doctor, who had travelled back in time from the Fifth Segment, helped the children escape to the skimmer port with the assistance of Rojan. Senior Tahl sacrificed his life by creating an explosion which entombed this group of Daleks, saving the children's lives. (PROSE: The Stranger)
The planet Ysalus became embroiled in the War after both the CIA and War Council targeted it for interventions to ensure it didn’t fall into the hands of the Daleks, due to it having resources vital to fuel the Daleks‘ time machines. The missions were intended to turn the tide of the civil war to a more desirable outcome, however they instead caused the civil war on the planet to escalate, forcing the CIA to freeze Ysalus in a time freeze to prevent its devastation. (AUDIO: Partisans) Rassilon subsequently decided to make an example of Ysalus, and arranged its destruction by intentionally breaching the time freeze to attract scavengers, forcing the War Council to erase the planet from time to ensure the resources wouldn’t reach the Daleks. After being contacted by Ysalus native Kynla Shen, General Dalia worked with the CIA to organise an evacuation, with agent Eris working with Kynla for a year to gather citizens. They saved a handful of citizens from erasure, but were too late for Kynla herself. Afterwards Romana discovered Eris had helped Kynla send a signal across Time calling for a resistance against the Time Lords. She had the signal preserved from erasure and helped Eris flee Gallifrey, believing he’d done the right thing. After the incident Narvin noticed Dalia had disappeared. He was told by Mantus that there was no Dalia on the War Council or on Gallifrey anymore. (AUDIO: Collateral)
After learning he’d arranged the destruction of Ysalus, Romana began planning an assassination of Rassilon, receiving support from Livia who’d become disillusioned with him. They enabled the Sicari to breach Gallifrey’s defences and manipulated events to get Rassilon alone. At the same time, Rassilon and Mantus attempted to win round Narvin to their side by promising to restore his regeneration cycle, however he realised what Romana had been plotting and interrupted the process to go to her aid. The Sicari succeeded in wounding Rassilon’s current incarnation, however failed to kill him completely. As Guards reached him, Rassilon was delighted that this generation‘s Time Lords were as cunning as his era and accepted Livia back into the fold. Mantus arranged for Romana and Narvin to leave Gallifrey as exiles in a stolen TARDIS, believing executing them would only make them martyrs, and the CIA was subsumed into the IDU. Rassilon’s regeneration was broadcast across Gallifrey, serving to reinforce his power. (AUDIO: Assassins)
Narvin and Romana began searching for Leela. They first arrived in the Capristan System and found the aftermath of Project Fury. They got involved in the eternal fight between Trellick and Qatal on Dreadnought Septima and ended it. (AUDIO: Hostiles) They then encountered the Orrovix on Njagilheim. (AUDIO: Nevernor)
Eighth Doctor and Bliss
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Following being augmented by the Celestial Intervention Agency to have reality-changing abilities, Quarren Maguire saw too much potential for his power to be abused by the Time Lords, wiped all evidence of his existence, and used a biodata module to hide as a human unaware of his true nature. This discrepancy in the timelines was noticed by the Chancellor, who assigned Aymor to trace the erased weapon and either claim or neutralise it. (AUDIO: One Life) Quarren and his wife Rupa went on the same luxury spaceliner that the Eighth Doctor and his companion Sheena were investigating disappearances on, bringing the Time War to the Doctor. Aymor located Quarren, however was pursued and wounded by Daleks, so resolved to kill him to prevent him falling into the enemy’s hands.
Aymor arrived on the Theseus however died before he could shoot Quarren. As the spaceliner was approached by Daleks who had been following Aymor, local history was rewritten so that the Doctor's companion ceased to exist and the cruise ship became a refugee ship from the Time War. The Doctor escaped the Daleks aboard one of their time machines with Quarren, Rupa, Bliss, and Jefferson. (AUDIO: The Starship of Theseus) They crashed on a jungle planet ravaged with temporal distortion, and were guided to a safe zone by a wounded Dalek which had amnesia. In the safe zone they found wreckage from the Theseus, including the Doctor’s TARDIS. Time Lord forces, commanded by Cardinal Ollistra, arrived on the planet as part of a trap for a Dalek fleet, initiating the battle which caused the distortion. She had the Doctor and his companions captured, intending to press him into service. (AUDIO: Echoes of War)
They were taken to a base on the Moon of Tenacity where the Doctor was enrolled in training program of Commander Harlan, whilst his companions were held for processing. The Doctor proved a disruptive influence, in spite of Harlan‘s best efforts to maintain discipline. A Dalek hunter drone arrived on the Moon and identified the Time Lord presence, prompting a full evacuation as the Daleks launched an invasion. The Doctor was allowed to return to his TARDIS and reunited with his companions, however before they could leave he was confronted by Ollistra who threatened to force the Doctor’s regeneration in hopes of his next incarnation being more compliant. (AUDIO: The Conscript) Before she could carry out her threat, the Daleks landed on the Moon forcing her to flee with the Doctor and his companions in his TARDIS, which was still recovering from exposure to distortion.
As the Doctor navigated his struggling ship through the reversal wave the Daleks had unleashed on the Tenacity system to break the Time Lord base’s defences, Ollistra identified Quarren as the missing weapon. He refused to return to his Time Lord identity however. The Doctor’s TARDIS escaped Tenacity and crashed on Jedris where Ollistra summoned Time Lord forces via a hypercube. The Time Lords engaged the pursuing Daleks, accelerating time on Jedris. As the landscape shifted, the Doctor and his TARDIS were lost and Ollistra used a temporal flare to attract a Battle TARDIS to escape with his companions. Quarren refused to let the Doctor die and returned to his previous identity to save him. Quarren rescued the Doctor and his TARDIS, leaving Bliss aboard as he thought he’d like to keep her as a companion, and then completely erased himself from existence. (AUDIO: One Life)
Travelling together, Bliss and the Doctor visited her home planet Derilobia to inform her family she was safe. They discovered Derilobia had been taken over by Time Lords led by Commander Carvil, with its recent history rewritten causing Bliss’ family to be erased. Carvil had placed each city in domes, each building a single rocket to strike back against the Daleks. The Doctor confronted Carvil and his superior Major Tamasan which exposed that Carvil had lied about there being a Dalek attack on Derilobia in order to turn it takeover the planet and turn it into a weapon. At the same time, a Dalek agent managed to make contact and warn her masters about the Time Lords’ arsenal on Derilobia. As the Daleks invaded, Tamasan organised an evacuation of Time Lord forces, leaving Carvil trapped in his TARDIS in the atmosphere as a distraction. The Doctor and Bliss fled, with her furious that her entire past no longer existed because of the Time Lords. (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror)
The Doctor and Bliss were again embroiled in the War when the Twelve approached them to help investigate the arrival of Doctor Ogron on Gallifrey in the Doctor’s TARDIS. The two Time Lords discovered the experiments that the Dalek Overseer had been carrying out in a Dalek base on the Ogron homeworld and paradoxically caused the creation of Doctor Ogron, who the Doctor let leave in his TARDIS to complete the loop, whilst Doctor Ogron and Bliss inspired the Ogrons to overthrow the Daleks. Before they could leave however, the Doctor, Bliss and Twelve were captured by a Dalek force that had been sent to relieve the Overseer of command, due to his experiments being seen as an abomination to Dalek purity. (AUDIO: Planet of the Ogrons) The Doctor, Bliss and the Twelve were held in the Dalek camp on Sangrey, with their memories being suppressed whilst on the surface and only returning when they were periodically teleported to the Dalek ship in orbit for interrogation. With the aid of her other personalities, the amnesiac Twelve was able to devise an escape plan and teleport herself, Bliss and the Doctor to the ship whilst the Daleks were transported to the surface. The Twelve then called for Time Lord forces to rescue them. (AUDIO: In the Garden of Death)
Ollistra discovered the Daleks had been interrogating the Twelve about her past visit to Uzmal, which the Daleks had occupied. She recruited the Twelve and the Doctor and Bliss to lead the native resistance, consisting of two submarines, in investigating the Daleks’ interest. The Time Lords and resistance discovered the Daleks were attempting to unearth the Ouarshima, a mythical creature which would see possible futures and which the Twelve had made contact with on her last visit, though she struggled to remember it. As the Daleks and submarines battled to reach the creature first, the Twelve began behaving more erratically which the Doctor realised was actually the Ourashima attempting to communicate through her. The Daleks were unable to understand the Ourahshima, so decided to kill it at the cost of their entire task force. As it died, the entity offered to confer its powers to the Time Lords however the Doctor refused, believing they should not have such power, to Ollistra’s fury. (AUDIO: Jonah) The Doctor and Bliss subsequently retrieved his TARDIS from Gallifrey, and Ollistra warned the Doctor about suspicious irregularities in Bliss’ timeline before he left. (AUDIO: State of Bliss)
Destruction and rebirth of the Daleks
The Valeyard was reconstituted from the Eighth Doctor when he used a transmat to leave Thellian. (AUDIO: Fugitive in Time, The War Valeyard) He was set to work by Tamasan to fight in the Time War. He won many battles for the Time Lords by not hesitating to sacrifice planets when necessary, as the Doctor never would.
The Time War ended shortly afterwards due to the Valeyard: he was sent to Grahv to secure weapon that completely erased species from existence, and he was able to successfully use it on the Daleks, but with the cost of damaging his own memory, along with the deaths of the native Grahvians. The Time Lords, upon discovering this, placed the planet in a time lock, trapping the Valeyard there for two centuries.
The Doctor and Bliss continued travelling together into post-Time War peacetime, but the Doctor eventually received a psychic vision from the Valeyard. After learning what had happened to the Valeyard from Tamasan, the Doctor and Bliss stole Tamasan's TARDIS to break through the time lock. On Grahv, the Doctor was able to figure out what had happened, including that the Dalek Time Strategist had been there, and had escaped through a rift. The Doctor and Bliss followed the Strategist through the rift, leaving the Valeyard to remain trapped on Grahv as he’d found himself at peace in the time lock. (AUDIO: The War Valeyard)
Thanks to the efforts of the Time Strategist, the Daleks were restored and the war resumed. From the Daleks' perspective, Davros had already been lost (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) to the Nightmare Child (TV: The Stolen Earth) by this point, so the Time Strategist had recruited an alternate version of their creator to help in its operation, but, after the resurrection of the Dalek race and the Emperor, the alternate Davros was placed in suspended animation. (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) According to at least one account, the events surrounding the Nightmare Child had yet to happen to the Doctor and the Time Lords by this point. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man)
Susan in the Time War
The Doctor's TARDIS was caught by some temporal turbulence caused by a small skirmish between the Temporal Powers, sending him away from the War to Earth at Christmas. After receiving a hypercube from Susan Foreman, the Doctor was able to fix the TARDIS and return to the War. (PROSE: Ghost of Christmas Past)
Seeking to enlist Susan, the Time Lords sent Hypercube messages to her home in Shoreditch, where she lived following the second 22nd century Dalek invasion. Though the Doctor attempted to distract her and intercept the messages, Susan ultimately discovered a Hypercube and, believing she could be of help due to her experience fighting the Daleks, decided to accept the Time Lords' request and join the war despite the Doctor's protest, with a TARDIS arriving to collect her. (AUDIO: All Hands on Deck)
Susan's ship was immediately boarded by Daleks who used it to drain power from the Eye of Harmony. With the Time Lords unable to remotely trigger the TARDIS' self-destruct by its telepathic circuits, they, at Susan's suggestion, called in the Sensorties to do so. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) She later tracked down the Dalek agent who had infiltrated the Sense Sphere, (AUDIO: The Uncertain Shore) and prevented the traitor Rennis from turning a pack of Orrovix against the Time Lords. (AUDIO: Assets of War)
Manipulated by a Dalek duplicate, Susan was then sent back to 1963 to retrieve the Hand of Omega from where the First Doctor had hidden it. Doing her best to navigate around the Shoreditch Incident, Susan was nonetheless confronted by Renegade Dalek forces, being rescued by the Eighth Doctor who revealed that he'd hidden the Hand and duped everyone with a decoy. Though the Doctor still refused to take up arms, he returned Susan home where she was informed that Rassilon wished to speak with her. (AUDIO: The Shoreditch Intervention)
Fifth Doctor in the Time War
The Fifth Doctor accidently became involved in the Time War. His TARDIS crashed into a Dalek time machine. The only reason he had crashed into the space-time vessel was because the timeship was designed to break time, as the ship itself was a temporal bomb, with the four Daleks aboard on a suicide mission to destroy Gallifrey's past, present, and future. When the crash occurred, it created four Kaleds who were temporal echoes of the Daleks aboard. "Pre-incarnations" of these four and the Dalek weapon were sent throughout time, which was what even led the Doctor to make these events happen.
Speaking with the three surviving Kaleds after the death of Maran, which caused the death of her Dalek counterpart, the Doctor assumed the Dalek mission was revenge for the Time Lords mission to alter the creation of the Daleks, though he then recalled learning of a war. However, it remained "outside of [his] understanding." In order to save Gallifrey's timeline, thus protecting the Doctor from being erased from history, the three Kaleds then sacrificed themselves by confronting their Dalek counterparts, with each extermination resulting in the death of each Dalek as well. The Doctor and the Kaleds believed their destruction would leave the rest of the Dalek Empire without any understanding as to how the mission failed, meaning they would never try the strategy again. The Fifth Doctor then departed from the Time War, still not truly certain on the context for the events that had just taken place. (AUDIO: Effect and Cause)
The Doctor joins the Time War
Twilight of the Eighth Doctor
Though some dissenting accounts suggested that the Eighth Doctor lived until the end of the Time War, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War, COMIC: The Forgotten) most agreed that he refused to fight in the war, claiming he was "a good man" and instead "helped out" when he could, until his eventual regeneration into the War Doctor (TV: The Night of the Doctor) within the first year of the Time War. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) The Doctor quickly found that because of the nature of the Time War, timelines shifted about frequently, sometimes causing the people he rescued to never have been born, leaving him no one to save. (PROSE: Ghost of Christmas Past) The Eighth Doctor considered the Time War to be cruel and senseless. (AUDIO: The Sontaran Ordeal)
The Doctor had wanted to only help those in need and the casualties of the conflict, as well as stop as much collateral damage as he could. However, as the Daleks and Time Lords employed ever more brutal tactics, the need for his involvement became apparent to him. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Ultimately, the Doctor, during a visit to a Velyshaan museum and questioning whether to get involved, decided to become part of the Time War after watching a child die at the hands of a Dalek. (PROSE: Museum Peace)
During the period of helping, the Eighth Doctor attempted to save a group of sentient suns from falling into another universe. (PROSE: Osskah) During the War, while trying to help people, the strain of the fighting started to show on the Eighth Doctor, as his TARDIS was shown to have scorch marks from laser fire, due to escaping the warzones. His outfit was becoming increasingly battered, degrading from tidy to scruffy. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
The Daleks employed the Time Destructor, wiping out Polymos, its shockwave affecting systems from Grantaginus to Mellandrova, and from the Farflung Rift to the Wolf's Heart Nebula. The Eighth Doctor was also caught in the temporal wave, causing him to land on Rontan 9 to find mercury that would repair his TARDIS' fluid links. Whilst on Rontan 9, he found a group of scientists and relocated them to a new home, away from the War. (PROSE: Natural Regression)
While cleaning up the "mess" of the war, the Eighth Doctor was lured to the party ship of the Rulers of the Universe using knowledge from River Song's diary in order to get him to help them take control of a Sanukuma spore ship. Their plan backfired when the Sanukuma themselves also arrived, wishing to join the Time War. Using a chronon mine he recovered from the war, the Doctor managed to defeat them by banishing them to the early years of the universe while he escaped using a "souvenir" pendant of the type carried by Gallifreyan shock troops, and with the help of River, also defeated the Rulers. River contacted him only remotely, so as not to reveal her true identity to him. (AUDIO: The Rulers of the Universe)
The Doctor travelled to Drakkis and witnessed its timeline being devastated by a skirmish between Time Lord and Dalek forces. The Doctor discovered the Ninth Sontaran Battle Fleet had followed the combatants, in an attempt to join the War, and assisted Commander Jask survive his Ordeal and to expose General Stenk’s corruption. In return, Jask led the Sontarans away from Drakkis. (AUDIO: The Sontaran Ordeal)
The Doctor followed a distress signal to Synthesis Station, though arrived before it had been sent. His arrival coincided with a visit by Cardinal Ollistra to inspect genetically-engineered Vashta Nerada that the station had been developing for the Time Lords to use against Dalekanium. Dendry, a disgruntled employee, caused a system-wide shutdown whilst he attempted to abscond with Vashta Nerada to sell for himself. This allowed Vashta Nerada to escape, causing the crisis which the Doctor’s TARDIS has picked up the distress signal from. The Doctor and Ollistra managed to reach his TARDIS, as the Battle TARDIS she’d arrived in was contaminated by Vashta Nerada released when her Guards confronted Gendry, along with Eva Morrison and Commander Roxita. Vashta Nerada snuck aboard the TARDIS in Roxita’s staser, forcing them to abandon the TARDIS in spacesuits whilst the Doctor programmed it to dump them in the Time Vortex. Roxita died initiating the programming and Eva was killed by Vashta Nerada hidden in her suit. Saddened at his failure to save lives, the Doctor dropped Ollistra off at the nearest Time Lord outpost, still refusing her request to join the war effort. (AUDIO: Day of the Vashta Nerada)
The Doctor heard of the destruction of a hospital ship named after its owner‘s home planet. Fearing this may be the Traken, commanded by his old companion Nyssa, the Doctor travelled back in time and joined the Traken’s crew as “Doctor Foster” for a few months. The Traken travelled to Reave, one of Gallifrey’s neighbours, which was victim of a bombing campaign by the Time Lords due to it refusing to ally with them. There exposure to praxis gas wounded the Doctor, exposing him as a Time Lord and leading to him coming under suspicion as the terrorist. Eventually he and Nyssa worked out the true Time Lord agent was Doctor Isherwood, who had removed her second heart to be unaffected by the gas, and foiled her attempt to bomb the Traken whilst it was treating victims of a previous bombing. Content the Traken was now safe, the Doctor left without revealing his true identity to Nyssa. (AUDIO: A Heart On Both Sides)
When the wreck of Tompino, Punshon, and Ankarrie's Prototype TARDIS appeared in the Time War (AUDIO: Lies in Ruins) after its voyage from Henlen was sabotaged by the Sirens of Time, (AUDIO: Collision Course) the Doctor mistook it for the temporally displaced ruins of a future Gallifrey and sought a second opinion from a Luna University archaeologist. Bernice Summerfield and River Song both arrived shortly before the TARDIS was discovered by scavengers. The Doctor initially tried to merely defend the ruins from being bombarded by the scavengers, but after Ria was critically damaged the Doctor came close to killing the scavengers. Realising the true nature of the TARDIS, River and Bernice talked the Doctor down. They left the Prototype TARDIS to be destroyed, accidentally freeing the Sirens of Time. (AUDIO: Lies in Ruins) The paradox caused by the TARDIS explosion spread throughout time, (AUDIO: Relative Time) destabilising Earth history (AUDIO: The Split Infinitive, The Sacrifice of Jo Grant, Relative Time, The Avenues of Possibility) and threatening pre-Time-War Gallifrey during Romana II's Presidency. With the help of nine incarnations of the Doctor, Romana piloted the Prototype TARDIS back to Henlen, setting history back to normal. (AUDIO: Collision Course)
The War Doctor begins
During the Fifth Segment of the War, (PROSE: The Stranger) which was several months before the end of the War's first year, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) the Doctor tried to save gun-ship pilot Cass Fermazzi at the heart of the Time War, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) as her spaceship was on a collision course with the planet Karn. (TV: The Night of the Doctor) Cass and the rest of the crew had just defended the Vantross's feeding hives from a Dalek fleet, only for a Time Lord battle cruiser to shoot them down in order to get a better view of the escaping Dalek ships. Being the only crew-member who was not in panic, Cass teleported her allies to safety, leaving her with no one to do the same for her. When she sent out her distress call, she would have been yet another voice in the countless billions suffering in the Time War, with the only thing special about her being that the Doctor happened to hear it. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Nevertheless, Cass rejected his help after finding out he was a Time Lord, believing he was no different than the Daleks (TV: The Night of the Doctor) given that the Gallifreyans had become just as sweeping in their massacres as the mutants from Skaro. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Cass choosing death over being saved by a Time Lord in the dying and war-filled universe showed him how far the conflict had pushed the other species in the universe. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Both Cass and the Doctor died in the crash. The Sisterhood of Karn temporarily revived the Doctor and offered to control his regeneration with the Elixir of Life so that he could become the person he needed to be to end the Time War. Having kept out of the war till this point, he eventually succumbed to their persuasive arguments (TV: The Night of the Doctor) and saw that the cosmos needed him to bring an end to the Time War. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) He told them he needed to become a warrior, and regenerated. This newly-regenerated incarnation rejected the title of "Doctor" immediately, his first words being, "Doctor, no more." (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
The Eleventh Doctor later thought that this was one of the millions of last days of the Time War. Unknown to the Eighth Doctor, the elixir the sisterhood had offered him was really just lemonade and dry ice, combined with Ohila putting on, what she later called, a "moment of theatre". She reasoned that darkness had always existed within him, a truth that the Doctor himself knew, but allowing him to pretend it came from elsewhere was, to her, a form of mercy. Now that the former Doctor had so much burden to bear, she did not want to add self-loathing, later stating his potential self-loathing "could take all day". (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
The newly-regenerated Doctor spent his early days searching for weapons in Karn’s wreckage, being shown an approaching enemy-controlled war front by sister Lithea. Ohila updated Commodore Tamasan on his recovery and two Time Lords, Cardinal Rasmus and Commander Sanmar, were sent from the front to repair his TARDIS. Unknown to Rasmus, Sanmar had secret orders to arrange the extraction of Karn’s heart. Upon learning that Sanmar had gone to Karn’s heart, the Doctor took Rasmus and Ohila down in his TARDIS to confront her. They discovered her plan and confronted her superior, Tamasan. Tamasan disavowed Sanmar and the Doctor let the forces of Karn attack her. He threatened to use Sanmar’s equipment to destroy Karn as the war front approached, forcing Tamasan to agree to arrange a time lock to protect the planet. The Doctor departed alone and Ohila arranged for the Sisterhood’s powers to remove Karn before the time lock was in place. With nothing to defend, Rasmus arranged the withdrawal of Time Lord forces from the front. The Doctor contacted him, telling him he would find ways to help in his own way. (AUDIO: Light the Flame)
Answering a distress call from Lady Valetta, the Doctor joined the mission of second-lieutenant Lorinus to rescue Biroc, a Tharil spy working for Time Lord forces fighting Dalek-aligned Vultarans on Vultaris. The Doctor arranged events to save a group of Tharils being held with Biroc whilst appearing to have killed them out of mercy, in order to protect them from both sides. Biroc and Lorinus returned to the Time Lord forces, with Lorinus passing on what the Doctor had supposedly done to Tamasan whilst Biroc gave his intelligence. (AUDIO: Lion Hearts)
The Doctor traced a signal from the Dalek Time Strategist to Atherea and decided to assassinate it, encountering Tamasan who was on a mission of her own to the planet. After Tamasan’s contact was erased from history, they completed her orders by making contact with a squad of Gallifreyan special forces who had been raised in secret on the planet to fight the Dalek presence there, which was using a time eradicator to assassinate soldiers vital to Dalek losses, turning the tide of recent battles. The Doctor used himself as a distraction to enable the squad to find the Dalek base and discovered the eradicator was one of the Strategist’s engineers, now existing as part of the Vortex and able to see possible timelines. As the squad took the base, Tamasan made herself crucial to their victory by destroying the Time Strategist so the eradicator Dalek travelled back to assassinate her earlier in the mission. The Doctor and the squad’s commander followed it and foiled the assassination. The Doctor ripped off the eradicator’s Vortex anchor, causing it to be pulled fully into the Vortex and erased from history, undoing the Daleks’ recent assassinations. In doing so the Doctor also negated the recent battle on Atherea, restoring the Strategist which he resolved to try to kill again. (AUDIO: The Shadow Squad)
The General first met the new Doctor during the Hellion Blaze. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Though they continued to call him "the Doctor,” (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.) the Daleks would give the new incarnation several other names, dubbing him the Deathbringer, the Predator, and, occasionally, the One Without Mercy. (PROSE: Decoy)
The Nightmare Child
The War Doctor witnessed the seven deaths of Davros during the war. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) A few months after the Doctor had changed his face and became a warrior, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) still in the first year of the war, (TV: The Stolen Earth) Davros lured him to the Gates of Elysium, where the Dalek creator planned to kill the Nightmare Child, a new type of Dalek that he had created and saw as their perfect form. This creature, created at the request of the Dalek Emperor after he promised Davros acceptance and his own legion, had grown hungry and out of control, so Davros planned to kill it at the gates. He had not called the Doctor to the gates to be rescued, however, as Davros instead wanted his nemesis to witness his death. Thus, the Doctor could only watch, helpless to save him, as Davros' command ship flew into the jaws of the Nightmare Child, with the gates closing behind them. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man)
Goodbye, Doctor. My nightmare is over. I fear yours is just beginning.
From this point forward, Davros, even to the Doctor, was believed to have been killed. (TV: The Stolen Earth) Despite this loss, the Emperor, with help from the Eternity Circle, continued to lead the Empire on behalf of the Dalek species. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Unknown to everyone, however, the last survivor of the Cult of Skaro, Dalek Caan, was able to time shift back into the war at the cost of his own sanity. Succeeding where the Doctor had failed, he saved Davros from certain death and the time-locked conflict, bringing him into the post-war universe. (TV: The Stolen Earth) The Advocate followed Caan and Davros's path out of the Time War. (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass)
According to an account of the Nightmare Child incident, the Time Lords at this time did not yet call the conflict a "Time War", viewing it as merely a simple series of skirmishes. The incident occurred after there had been "silence on the front" for weeks and hope was beginning to return to Gallifrey. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Another account, a book covering the history of the universe, implied the Eighth Doctor had been the incarnation present, as it stated he had been "refusing to engage in the fighting" during the event. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) The Tenth Doctor also recalled laughing in the Child's face during his eighth life. (COMIC: The Forgotten)
No matter the case, the Nightmare Child survived the event, remaining an active participant in the war until its final days. (TV: The End of Time) By that time, the Earth had been duplicated thousands of times, becoming mere bullets shot into the Child's skull. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War) From her perspective, by only four years after she had joined her gunship crew, Cass Fermazzi had gotten through an encounter with the Child. The War Doctor fought to stop the rise of the Child (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) and had to make arrangements against it, seeking to make it never arise and be forever aware of not existing. (PROSE: Twice Upon a Time)
The War Doctor's campaign
The Doctor renamed himself "the Warrior", (PROSE: The Stranger) and, despite his protests, people insisted on calling him the "Doctor of War". (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Eventually, he decided against taking on a name all together. (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) Sontarans told legends of the Doctor leading Time Lords into battle, (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem) and he at times used guns in combat. However, such instances (COMIC: Pull to Open, et al.) were rare. In fact, among the Gallifreyan soldiers, a wartime saying emerged that, upon seeing the Doctor of War, the first thing one would notice was that he was unarmed. However, this observation became the last sight of many of the War Doctor's victims, (TV: Hell Bent) as the former doctor had become a warrior to end war, fighting more fiercely than any soldier had before or, according to the Curator, since. Thus, his wrath became the last wonder that billions of enemies ever observed. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
In his centuries of fighting, the War Doctor launched the bloodiest campaign in the history of not just the known universe, but the unknown and partly known universe as well. It was said he grieved for every individual he killed and felt every blow he served out, yet none of the pain convinced him to slow his mission to end the Time War. He fought to prevent the rise of the Nightmare Child; witnessed the seven deaths of Davros; took command at Skull Moon (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) with Gastron fighting alongside him; (TV: Hell Bent) led a Shrikefleet against a fleet of Plasma-Wheels at Vexa; (COMIC: Pull to Open) and led a final charge up the slopes of the Never Vault, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) where the Master fought with the Supreme Dalek, (TV: The Witch's Familiar) who he considered a worthy adversary. (AUDIO: The Good Master) At an earlier point in her timeline, Cass Fermazzi, the very person who had led to the Doctor's regeneration into his War incarnation, had been at Skull Moon and wept at the battle's massacre. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) The Doctor also recruited Fey Truscott-Sade to aid him in the Time War.
On "the worst day of the Time War", the Doctor, Fey and the Sisterhood of Karn fought the Morlontoa of the Seventh Sky on the Dorian Nexus. The Doctor constructed a machine that would fire pulses of pure reason at the creature to defeat it. While this was happening, Fey ordered Time Lord Captain Dolios to get the childlike inhabitants of the planet, the Loshann, to a TARDIS. The Sisterhood was then struck by a stream of pure chaos, leading the Loshann to be hit by the spores of the Morlontoa. They were quickly inverted, turned into monsters and attacked. To save themselves and other Loshann on the planet, the Doctor ordered Fey to shoot each of the Loshann. After she did so, the Doctor's machine to save the planet failed, meaning the planet would fall anyway. While the planet was saturated by the spores, the Doctor ordered his allies back to his TARDIS. However, Fey instead went to save a child in the wreckage and was touched by the spores before she could return to the TARDIS. She was believed to be dead. (COMIC: The Clockwise War)
Whilst still young and fighting independently, the War Doctor took on a companion named Petrella. He was lured to the site of a massive battle between the Supreme Dalek's flying saucers and General Voltrix's Battle TARDISes by the Supreme. After the Daleks destroyed the Time Lord squadron and the Doctor realising it had been an ambush, as the Daleks had given the Time Lords information about their location to bring him there, the Doctor decided to stop his independent travels and make his stand. Thus, aboard his TARDIS with Petrella, the Doctor told her to set a course to Gallifrey so he could have "a little chat" with President Rassilon. Meanwhile the Supreme ordered the Daleks to activate a tracker and claimed that the Doctor would be bent to their will. (COMIC: Ambush)
When the fighting intensified even further, entire species were eradicated, and the Gelth needed to take on a gaseous form to survive. Some of the races that fell, including the Malfinions, Hederons, Scarbians, were so completely removed from time that, after the war ended, their names only survived as footnotes in old Time Lord records, later being mentioned in a historical chronicle as well. In fact, no one in the universe even remembered these races existed. During the worst of the fighting (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and at the heart of the conflict, millions of individuals (TV: The End of Time) and millions of lesser species (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) died every single second, lost to the insanity and bloodlust of the War. However, these millions of fatalities were then resurrected, again and again, by time itself to find new ways of dying, (TV: The End of Time) creating a cycle of rebirth and death. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Manipulations from both the Daleks and Time Lords also contributed to the countless resurrections (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) and deaths that lasted until the end of the war. (TV: The End of Time)
The Time Lords began to use doomsday weapons from their Omega Arsenal (PROSE: The Whoniverse) against the Daleks, eventually using every single one of them except the Moment. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) With history itself beginning to unravel, there was officially no turning back. The Could've Been King, along with his Army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres, was unleashed, and the beginning of the apocalypse was heralded. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) After he entered the Time War to save Davros, Dalek Caan's casing was torn apart by the Could've Been Kings. (PROSE: Dalek Caan)
A Dalek Patrol Ship skirting the shoulder of the Epsilon Reach was flung through a temporal schism by Time Lord forces and became stranded on a mining planet in the 64th century. (PROSE: Lost Patrol) The Master was present at the Siege of the Chronotide, and found himself screaming for the General's mercy when the Multiform closed in. (PROSE: Lords and Masters) At some point during his younger years, the War Doctor responded, albeit late, to the Fourth Doctor's temporal meta-collision when a pandimensional entity threatened the Earth. Understanding that the cat pictures the Sixth Doctor shared were location vectors, he materialised his TARDIS at all the planned invasion points. With the crisis over, he went back to the fray of the Time War. (WC: Doctors Assemble!)
As the war continued, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) the Doctor slowly aged. He became an old man (PROSE: A Prologue) but continued fighting, (COMIC: Four Doctors) including against the Meanwhiles and Neverweres, the Horde of Travesties, and the Skaro Degradations as well as their brethren. (PROSE: A Prologue) The degradations were a type of Dalek (PROSE: Engines of War) that began to be fielded a short time before the battle at the Althos system (PROSE: Decoy) and were inspired by the Time Lords’/Fourth Doctor’s attempt to alter the Daleks’ creation. The Daleks conducted experiments on their own species, entering alternate realities and tampering with the history and DNA of their counterparts. (PROSE: Engines of War) These twisted mutants were then taken from their redundant timelines and used as soldiers in the War. General Artarix saw the degradations first hand and considered them horrific. (PROSE: Decoy)
The War Doctor once overlooked a battle between Dalek flying saucers and purple craft, (COMIC: The Then and the Now) arranged for the Advent of Woe to be closed, (PROSE: Twice Upon a Time) and, after finding it alive while looking over a major battle's aftermath, invited a Dormouse to come with him in his TARDIS. (PROSE: The Red and the Blue) The Voord sided with the Time Lords during the War and mounted a resistance against the Daleks. During the year A10%?, the Daleks attacked Marinus. The War Doctor defended the planet with a chronic tripwire, which aged the Daleks in an attacking flying saucer to dust. He also promised the Voord that he would speak to the Time Lords on their behalf. (COMIC: Four Doctors)
At the time of Strax's birth, the Sontaran Subliminal Education Matrix contained an entry on Time Lords which noted that "perhaps there is a universe-spanning war going on just out of sight, an apocalyptic crusade fought in the space between one second and the next". (PROSE: A Soldier's Education) Seeing that he fought on the front lines alongside them, the soldiers of the Time Lord military grew to highly respect the Doctor, viewing him as a war hero. (TV: Hell Bent) The Eleventh General saw the Doctor as the obsession of the entire Time Lord military. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Resistance to Rassilon
A resistance movement, opposed to Rassilon’s rule over the Time Lords whilst still dedicated to combatting the Daleks, arose from the broadcast from Ysalus. The exiled Eris was a key player in it and they established a base on Misteria. Members included exiled and renegade Time Lords and aliens whose worlds had been impacted by Rassilon’s campaign. During their travels in search of Leela, Romana and Narvin encountered agents of the resistance and were told the location of their base. (AUDIO: Deception) Romana also heard from others who had encountered the Doctor, learning that he had changed for the worse. (AUDIO: Beyond)
Romana and Narvin finally found Leela on Unity, where she had been living for years since leaving Nateus, caring for Veega and her son Rayo. Local crimeboss Jarred McKenzie noticed their TARDIS and attempted to use it as leverage with the Daleks, bringing Unity to their attention. The Daleks betrayed McKenzie and tracked down the Time Lords, cornering Romana whilst Narvin, Leela and Rayo fled. (AUDIO: Unity) Romana was rescued by Braxiatel, who took her to the Beyond in search of the Parallax, which he hoped to use to erase the Daleks. They were pursued by the Ravenous and ultimately discovered the Parallax was not a weapon, but actually a gateway to possible timeline where the Daleks never existed created as an escape route by Braxiatel’s future self. Braxiatel was infuriated by his older self’s cowardice and set off back to his TARDIS but fell victim to the Ravenous, who consumed him and were then destroyed by the amount of temporal energy he’d possessed. The older Braxiatel suggested Romana come with him to the Dalek-free timeline but she refused his offer and he let her use his TARDIS to return to the normal universe. (AUDIO: Beyond)
Narvin took Leela and Rayo to the resistance at Misteria. There Leela and Rayo learnt the resistance were planning to use the Untempered Schism to pollute the Time Vortex, depriving both sides of time travel. (AUDIO: Deception) Daleks, pursing Romana’s associates from Unity, attacked the base. (AUDIO: Dissolution) In the confusion, Leela boarded Eris’ TARDIS as he was leaving to rescue two double agents from a deception field. She was able to help him retrieve one of the agents. (AUDIO: Deception) Narvin and Rayo escaped in their TARDIS but were ambushed by Daleks laying in wait for evacuees. Narvin managed to reach Micallon, a Patrex Chapter retreat, but was pursued by a Hunter Dalek. He, Rayo and the Apothecary managed to defeat it. Rayo persuaded Narvin to join the resistance effort, however he insisted Rayo stay behind with the Apothecary who raised the shield of Micallon to hide it from the War entirely. (AUDIO: Dissolution) Narvin made contact with Leela and Eris to rejoin the resistance and agreed to help their plan to pollute the Vortex. (AUDIO: Deception) The resistance created a stealth Battle TARDIS, which was primed a giant bomb intended to be detonated by the Untempered Schism.
The Daleks created null zone technology, capable of time travelling without passing through the Vortex and of bypassing the Time Lords’ defences. It required significant power, so the Time Strategist planned a gambit so the Daleks could conquer Gallifrey intact to obtain control of the Eye of Harmony. (AUDIO: Homecoming) After leaving the Beyond in Braxiatel’s TARDIS, (AUDIO: Beyond) Romana was ambushed and captured by the Daleks. The Strategist persuaded the Emperor to keep her alive to use in his plan. The Emperor‘s saucer was equipped with a null zone power source and the Daleks used it to arrive over Gallifrey, catching the Time Lords completely by surprise. The Emperor had Romana issue an ultimatum for the Time Lords’ surrender; demanding the extermination of Rassilon and Romana to take power over a remnant of a Time Lords on Gallifrey. Rassilon mobilised the Fifth Battle Fleet which the Daleks quickly destroyed using their null zone technology, though they were still waiting for the power source to recharge so they could bypass Gallifrey’s defences and claim the Capitol. At the same time, Narvin and Leela were flying the stealth TARDIS through Kasterborous and decided to mount a rescue of Romana, with Leela using a short range transmat to infiltrate the saucer.
Rassilon had the General recall forces to defend Gallifrey and conscripted Prime Minister Livia and Cardinal Mantus into the effort, ordering them in a Battle TARDIS. Narvin intercepted their TARDIS and together they infiltrated the saucer, with Narvin realising the resistance’s plan was pointless if the Daleks had null zone technology which enabled them to bypass the Vortex anyway. They found Romana and Leela but Mantus decided to surrender to the Daleks, believing he was important enough to be captured. The Daleks exterminated him and pursued the rest, wounding Livia. Narvin and Livia decided to return to the stealth TARDIS to detonate it by the null zone power source, believing Romana and Leela were worth more to the war effort. They managed to materialise the TARDIS in the right place just before it exploded, tearing apart the saucer, whilst Romana and Leela escaped in Braxiatel’s TARDIS. The Emperor and Strategist evacuated as Time Lord forces swiftly pushed back the Daleks, now deprived of their null zone technology. Rassilon had Braxiatel’s TARDIS diverted to the Cloisters. There he had Romana imprisoned in a pocket dimension to archive records of Time Lord history, including her own past glories, and conscripted Leela to the war effort, ordering her to meet the General. Rassilon announced he would take personal charge of the War from then on, beginning by adding a Visionary to the War Council, and proclaimed his hope for a “Final Sanction” with which the Time Lords could ascend. (AUDIO: Homecoming)
Leela fought with the Time Lords until the Battle of the Pillars of Consequence. There she was shot by a Disruptor Dalek, which displaced her from time and space until she reformed with her memories altered to include all of her possible timelines. She would later resurface as the Lady of Obsidian. (AUDIO: The Lady of Obsidian)
Nestene Consciousness in the War
Rassilon, attempting to stop the Daleks from taking the Althos system, sought to exploit the Doctor's reputation among the infantry. He bargained with the Nestene Consciousness for an Auton duplicate of the Doctor. The Daleks wanted to mine the gas giants in the system to power epoch bombs, which would be able to destroy whole eras of time and therefore wipe Gallifrey from history, but Rassilon's counterattack was a suicide mission for General Artarix and her forces. Her forces, which were to be guided by the Auton Doctor, would be killed and have distracted the Daleks, allowing the rest of the fleet to take advantage of their decoy. When the real Doctor learned of this plot, he negotiated with the Nestenes to give him control of the Auton, and for another duplicate to be made which he sent to castigate the Lord President. He had the first duplicate order Artarix's fleet to retreat instead. The Doctor then used proximity mines, which he had stolen from the Panopticon, to destroy the Dalek fleet. (PROSE: Decoy)
The Nestene Consciousness was embroiled in the War again at a later point in its existence, when it had forsaken conquest for a rapport with the Embodiment of Gris on Nestenia. A skirmish in the War opened above Nestenia, making the Consciousness see a hundred Gallifreys, a thousand burnt-out Skaros and a dozens Earths which had been taken from different moments in history to be used as weapons. Fallout from the skirmish hit Nestenia; many of these planet copies smashed into the Nestene’s planets, a cloud of Early de-aged the Consciousness, a cloud of Late destroyed its food stocks and a blizzard of Tick-Tock drove the Embodiment insane. This wave of destruction lasted only a second, yet it had brought about the fall of Nestenia, (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene) as well as the rotting of the protein worlds. (TV: Rose, PROSE: The Whoniverse) The Nestene’s biology was drastically changed, with most of its form now being composed of plastic. (PROSE: Rose) These were not the first losses experienced by the Nestene during the conflict because, earlier in the Time War, the Eighth Doctor was unable to prevent the destruction of Polymos after the activation of the Dalek's Time Destructor, (PROSE: Natural Regression, A Brief History of Time Lords) but its new losses pushed the Nestene to resume conquest in search of new food stocks. (PROSE: Rose)
Schemes of the Volatix Cabal and involvement of the Cyclors
The Dalek Volatix Cabal deployed the Squire, who was secretly one of their members, (COMIC: Fast Asleep) undercover as a sleeper agent, making her become the War Doctor's companion. (COMIC: Gently Pulls the Strings) As the Squire was unaware of her true nature, (COMIC: Fast Asleep) the Doctor and her shared a number of, what she deemed, "glorious adventures" (COMIC: The Then and the Now) against the Daleks and their allies; she was with the Doctor when he led a Shrikefleet; the two of them were at the chronofracture of Borun, where they held the line by fighting against six Barrage-Leks before defeating the exotic-plunger; they also fought the Heisenberg mutations on Kether Prime. (COMIC: Pull to Open) Additionally, the Squire and the Doctor teamed up with the Master, who had regenerated into the body of a child. (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) At one point, after he had stepped out of the TARDIS, which had landed near two dead Time Lord troopers, the Doctor looked out at a battle as the Master asked him what he would do. Priming his gun, the Doctor answered that he would do whatever he needed to. (COMIC: The Then and the Now)
The Squire, the Doctor, and the Master took a Chroleen megarythmic anodizer, a mimetic whisperfield from the Terrorsmiths of Diwoon, and the Psilent songbox of Karn. (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) They travelled to Veestrax, a planet on the front line of the Dalek advance through the star cluster banks of the Gallifreyan Planetbirth Nursery. The Cybermen took part in this battle as well. The War Doctor transported part of Veestrax to another part of the universe in order to wipe out three Dalek assault battalions. The Daleks destroyed the rest of Veestrax, resulting in the deaths of the entire planetary population. (COMIC: Outrun)
The Daleks recruited the Cyclors to fight alongside them after witnessing them destroy the spiral arm of a galaxy. The War Doctor was sent by the Time Lords to deal with them. (COMIC: The Then and the Now) Alice Obiefune, a companion of the Eleventh Doctor, found her way into the Time War by using the Master's TARDIS and met up with the War Doctor. The Master proposed a plan to cut off the Cyclor's psychic bond with the Overcaste, but the Doctor had other ideas, intending to use the Psilent songbox to sacrifice himself to defeat the Cyclors. (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) The Master left before the Doctor carried his plans out, believing them to be too evil even for him, using the chaos of battle as a cover to escape to his future-self's TARDIS, where he found a chronal tumour implanted in it. (COMIC: The One, Kill God) Believing he could now escape the Time War, he tried to do so, only to create a paradox; by trying to leave the War in his TARDIS, he could never implant the tumour. With this and the tumour reacting with the songbox, a paradox was made, and the Master's current regeneration was unwritten as his TARDIS burned. (COMIC: Fast Asleep)
Now never having been in his child body, (COMIC: Fast Asleep) the Master remained present in the War's early days, still in his older "War Master" body, until he left the fighting after the events involving the Heavenly Paradigm. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) To stop the Doctor using the Psilent songbox, Alice herself activated it, creating a paradox that interacted with the Cyclors. A member of the Volatix Cabal interacted with the effect of the songbox, deforming it to transform the Cyclors into the Malignant. (COMIC: Fast Asleep) The Malignant went on to wipe out over fifty generations of the Overcast. (COMIC: The Then and the Now) To return Alice home, the Doctor removed the tracker dart from her left there by the Then and the Now, leaving it to interact with the songbox to create the Then and the Now originally. He then placed Alice inside it and sent her back to her Doctor. He told her that because of the paradoxes, they would all forget the events that happened there. (COMIC: Fast Asleep)
The Doctor was later surrounded by members of the Volatix Cabal when Abslom Daak descended from the skies, ever accompanied by the corpse of Princess Taiyin of Mazam, preserved within a cryogenic freezer-unit. The Doctor expressed his concern as Daak fired upon the Volatix. (COMIC: Physician, Heal Thyself)
When the Dalek Fleet began massing for a planned final assault on Gallifrey, the War Ollistra ordered Bennus and Arverton to destroy the fleet by detonating a Time Destructor on Omega One. The War Doctor arrived on Omega One and activated the Destructor himself, surviving by crash-landing his TARDIS on the planet Keska, where he entered a healing coma that lasted 100 days, during which he was nursed to health by a Keskan named Rejoice. Upon regaining consciousness, the Doctor helped the Keskans stop the Taalyens from wiping them out in their war, constructing a force field to protect Keska. The Doctor remained on Keska until he was found by Veklin. The Doctor was dragged back to Gallifrey in the TARDIS under Ollistra's command (AUDIO: The Innocent) and assigned a mission to locate Seratrix in the Null Zone with Veklin, Bennus, and Arverton.
However, the Doctor decided to enter the Null Zone on his own. He landed on Keska again and discovered that the Daleks had helped the Taalyens bypass the force field. Meeting up with Rejoice again, though many years later from her perspective, the Doctor discovered that Seratrix had made an alliance with the Daleks to stop the Time War and ensure peace by allowing them dominion over the Null Zone, at the cost of the Thousand Worlds within it, which were to be destroyed in the Daleks' final assault on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Thousand Worlds)
The Dalek plan was to, when each of the Thousands Worlds had been equipped with engines, fire the planets at Gallifrey at fifty times the speed of light. The Doctor and Rejoice tried to convince Seratrix of the Daleks' deception, only to discover that Seratrix, Bennus and Arverton were part of a Time Lord Conspiracy sect that was trying to form a peaceful truce with the Daleks. After Seratrix, Bennus, and Arverton were killed by the Daleks after being convinced of the Daleks' treachery, the Doctor allied himself with the leading Taalyen to destroy the Daleks by deafening them and had his Keskan allies detonating the drill early to stop the Daleks' scheme. However, the Doctor was betrayed by the Taalyens, and Rejoice was killed by Traanus. With their mission complete, the Doctor and Veklin were collected by Ollistra, who revealed the entire incident was her attempt to purge out Seratrix's conspiracy. (AUDIO: The Heart of the Battle)
Anima device affair
Travelling to Vildar to destroy the Annihilator, the Doctor was assisted by a reluctant soldier named Collis, but she was killed protecting him from a Varga plant. Knocked unconscious by the destruction of the Annihilator, the Doctor was deemed dead and taken to Aldriss, the planet of the Technomancers that had been reviving dead Time Lords, such as Collis. Discovering that the Valdarians were being sacrificed to revive the dead, and that a small part of the Technomancer's masters, the Horned Ones, were being placed in the revived Time Lords, the Doctor and Collis ran to the Crypt of Non-Time, where the Annihilator resided after the Doctor had used it to wipe itself from time. After Collis died at the hands of the Technomancer leader, Shadovar, the Doctor set the Annihilator off, wiping the Technomacers and the Horned Ones from time.
Escaping Aldriss with co-ordinator Jared, the Doctor was apprehended by Ollistra, who informed the Doctor that he was to be arrested as a war criminal. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) The Doctor was placed in an Artron leash, and tasked with discovering the purpose of the anima device on Asteroid Theta 12 with Ollistra, Jarad and Captain Solex. After losing Jared, they discovered that the Daleks were retro-engineering themselves back into Kaleds in order to gain a new insight into war. After Solex sacrificed himself to save him, the Doctor allowed Ollistra to use the anima device for their escape and then freed himself from the Artron leash to leave in his TARDIS. (AUDIO: A Thing of Guile) However, Ollistra had programmed the TARDIS to travel into the explosion of the anima device; the Neverwhen. There, the Doctor initially helped a set of soldiers against an aggressor, until the time phasing revealed he had been assisting retro-evolved Kaleds battle primitive Time Lords.
Once Ollistra caught up with him, and told him to dismantle the Neverwhen so that she can use it in conjunction with the anima device to destroy Skaro, the Doctor instead stopped it from working in the first place, attempting to use it to create a state of peace where both Daleks and Time Lords were farmers. However, the conflict was so ingrained that the residents of the new timeline still ended up fighting. When Ollistra insisted on resuming her initial plan, the Doctor modified the Neverwhen so that the experiment would be deemed a failure, as he felt that there was no way to predict the side-effects of Ollistra's plan on the wider universe. (AUDIO: The Neverwhen)
The Dalek Time Strategist's front
The Dalek Time Strategist decided to wound the Doctor's timeline by destroying Earth before the native eras of most of the Doctor's human companions. It ordered Lara Zannis, who had been recruited during the Battle of Zahl, to breach the quantum shield around Earth by operating the Shadow Vortex in 1961 Berlin. The Daleks began an invasion of Earth, but the War Doctor used his TARDIS to contain it in an alternate timeline.
Returning to the Time War, the Doctor was informed by Heleyna that Ollistra had been kidnapped. (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex) He devised a plan to get onto Rovidia to rescue Ollistra from the Sontarans, who were also ransoming the Dalek Time Strategist to the Daleks. Using a stealth ship, the Doctor and Heleyna led a platoon of Time Lords with Muren, arrived on Rovidia, and, with the help of Kalan, they got to the citadel where the Sontarans were holding Ollistra. While experiencing a psychic pain, the Doctor came to realise that the Sontarans were aiming to become a third front in the war and that their hostages were bait for a trap.
Stopping the Sontarans from using the Eternity Cage with the aid of Vassarian, the dying Time Lord powering the cage, the Doctor managed to escape in Vassarian's Battle TARDIS with Ollistra, Kalan and Heleyna, only for Ollistra to expose Heleyna as a traitor. Heleyna tried to kill the Doctor by ejecting him from the TARDIS, (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) but Ollistra used the TARDIS' transmat to bring him back on the ship after Heleyna was dealt with. However, Heleyna was able to escape into the ship with Ollistra, leaving the Doctor and Kalan to avoid her traps as they searched for them.
The Doctor and Kalan eventually located them at the Eye of Harmony chamber, just as the Dalek Time Assault Squad arrived in the ship. He used Heleyna's idea of manipulating the reconfiguration system and destroyed the chamber to stop the Daleks, stranding the TARDIS in the Vortex. With Kalan fatally wounded, the Doctor convinced Heleyna to detonate a Dalek Dark Matter bomb to give the TARDIS enough energy to materialise into real-time, at the cost of her life. (AUDIO: Eye of Harmony) Escaping the Time Vortex to a space station, (AUDIO: Pretty Lies) Kalan died from his injuries as the Daleks arrived after them. (AUDIO: Eye of Harmony) The Doctor and Ollistra were then captured and sent to the Daleks as a peace offering, but the Doctor managed to avoid capture by flying the capsule to Beltox.
Crashing on the planet, the Doctor and Ollistra were met by journalist Schandel, who wanted to interview the Doctor as a war hero, much to his irritation. After Schandel let slip that the Daleks were due to arrive on Beltox, the Doctor alerted the locals in the city of Fergil, and helped to defend them by augmenting their climate control system to become a shield. When Schandel offered his assistance, the Doctor realised he could trick the Daleks into thinking that he had tremendous firepower by editing a message to them, securing his victory. After Schandel was killed by a Dalek straggler, the Doctor and Ollistra took Schandel's time ship to its next destination in the hopes they could contact Gallifrey. The Daleks returned to Beltox after they’d left and devastated the planet. (AUDIO: Pretty Lies)
The Doctor and Ollistra reached Grend, but were aware that the Time Strategist was still in pursuit. Learning of someone called the "Lady of Obsidian" who commanded formidable forces nearby from Schandel's files, the Doctor asked Rosata Laxter to help him locate her while Ollistra remained on Grend to contact the Time Lords. Arriving at the Obsidian Nebula, the Doctor discovered that the Lady was really Leela, whose memories were still confused since being struck by the Disruptor Dalek and had been leading a fight against the Unlived. The Doctor was able to convince Leela of their shared history and friendship and helped her close a breach that caused the Unlived to get into the universe, though at the cost of Rosata's life. Leela’s forces, combined with the small amount of Battle TARDISes the War Council had sent to retrieve Ollistra, were able to defend Grend from the Daleks.
Afterwards the Doctor was reunited with his TARDIS, and took Ollistra and Leela back to Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Lady of Obsidian) When Leela began feeling a sadness and seeing Dalek shadows on Gallifrey, the Doctor and Ollistra found that a force from another universe called the Enigma was communicating with them through Leela, before it erased the Time Lords from history on the orders of the Dalek Time Strategist.
Escaping the onslaught in his TARDIS, the Doctor, Ollistra and Leela ventured into the Enigma's dimension, where the Doctor learned that the Enigma was being forced to do the Daleks bidding and was using emotions to communicate with Leela, and had given the Doctor a warning due to Leela's trust in him. While Ollistra wanted to use the Enigma to restore the Time Lords and wipe out the Daleks, the Doctor instead chose to ask it to bring an end to both races to truly end the Time War. However, the Enigma chose to do neither, restoring the Time Lords and the Daleks. The TARDIS and the Daleks were then ejected from its dimension. (AUDIO: The Enigma Dimension)
Final days of the Time War
As recounted by the Tenth Doctor, by the end of the War, the conflict had reduced billions of galaxies to ruins and "hallowed out" the universe itself. (PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead) Similarly, the Twelfth Doctor recalled that he had seen galaxies implode and stars die during the Time War, with billions of people, no matter their species or homeworld, dying in the struggle. (PROSE: Big Bang Generation) Nevertheless, even during the Darkest Days of the fighting, it remained impossible for the conflict to enter the Dark Times of the universe, with no one managing to break through the barrier surrounding those earliest days of the universe. (PROSE: Secrets of Time Lord Victorious)
Towards the end, the Daleks began to deploy a bronze model of Attack Ship. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) In the later days of the conflict, Ollistra ordered the Great Vampires released from their prison, wanting them to be deployed against a Dalek Fleet. Though the War Doctor arrived at Space Station Zenobia II and objected to the plan, Councillor Voltrix followed through on her orders, opening a portal that let the Great Vampires arrive and begin to fight Dalek saucers. (COMIC: The Bidding War)
In the last months of the war, the War Doctor enlisted the help of Dorium Maldovar to help him destroy the thirteen weapons factories of Villengard before the Dalek Fleet arrived to take control of them. Using a molecular fruit bomb, the Doctor transformed the factories into palm trees, creating a banana grove. (COMIC: The Whole Thing's Bananas)
Towards the end of the conflict, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) it was evident that the Time Lords were thinly spread throughout different epochs and were losing on every front, yet they refused to acknowledge they were outclassed and outnumbered by the Dalek Empire. Meanwhile, wherever the Time Lords looked, the xenophobic mutants were raising armies, (PROSE: Engines of War) and yet the Dalek armies and fleets were not the only threat to the universe. (TV: The End of Time) Unimaginable horrors, whether they be ancient or new, were reborn and born during the fighting, with the (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) Nightmare Child, the Skaro Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, and the Could've Been King with his Army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres taking part in the final days of the conflict. Ultimately, the Tenth Doctor described the War's final days as "hell". (TV: The End of Time) The Twelfth Doctor later stated that, if war was hell, then the Time War was what created hell and the beings that lived in it. (PROSE: The Dangerous Book of Monsters)
Activity in the Tantalus Eye
Several key battles of the Time War were the Fall of the Riven Manciple, the Maldervian Cluster, the Nevermass Reach and the Ending of Fulmarch, the Krovian Delay, the Night of the Reborn, the Severance of Skaro, and the Resurrection Breach. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
Another key event was the Battle for the Tantalus Eye, which occurred towards the end of the conflict (PROSE: The Whoniverse) when the Time War had been raging for four hundred years of linear time (though temporal war zones had left no era of history unscathed). It started with the War Doctor, who had been fighting in the Time War for a hundred years or more, leading the Fifth Time Lord Battle Fleet against the Daleks in the Tantalus Eye. They defeated the Daleks there but were soon wiped out by nearby Dalek stealth ships. The Doctor then crash-landed on a nearby planet, Moldox. Here, he met a Dalek hunter going by the name "Cinder", an orphaned victim of the Time War at a very young age who survived the extermination of her family by hiding. She helped the Doctor infiltrate a Dalek base and uncover their plans; the Daleks planned to create a paradigm of Temporal Weapon Daleks, all of which were equipped with De-mat weapons that could erase their victims from history. Using the power of the Eye to make a massive Temporal Cannon as well, the Daleks planned to do the same to Gallifrey.
The Doctor brought Cinder aboard his TARDIS en route to Gallifrey to warn the Time Lords of the Daleks' plan. Joined by Cinder, the Doctor spoke to Rassilon and the High Council of Time Lords in a meeting, where the Doctor castigated them for their failings and warned them about the Dalek operation. As suggested by the Castellan, Rassilon planned to detonate the Tear of Isha in the Tantalus Eye. Rassilon consulted Borusa on his plan, who told him it would succeed. However, it would have caused the destruction of many innocent lives. The Doctor opposed the plan, which made Rassilon throw both him and Cinder in a prison cell.
Cinder was also kidnapped by the Time Lords Karlax and the Castellan and received a mind probe to back up the Doctor's claims that the Daleks were going to eliminate their world. After finding out about the mind probe, with Cinder's help, the Doctor broke free of the prison. The Doctor took Cinder from the Capitol and took her to the Death Zone, where the two of them retaliated by kidnapping the immortalised Borusa from his imprisonment in the Dark Tower. Under Rassilon's orders, Karlax pursued them with some help from the Celestial Intervention Agency to assassinate them. During the chase, the CIA and their Battle TARDISes were attacked by Dalek stealth ships, leaving Karlax the only survivor. When Karlax then tried to take over the TARDIS following his regeneration, the Doctor dematerialised his ship, setting the controls so that Karlax would be left behind in the middle of the Dalek Eternity Circle. There, he faced extermination as retribution for what he had done. The Doctor used Borusa to wipe out the Dalek presence from the Eye, thus ending the Dalek plan.
Once the Doctor had foiled Rassilon's plan to detonate the Tear of Isha and spared the lives Rassilon would have let die, Rassilon condemned the Doctor's actions and declared him an enemy of the Time Lords because of it. In honour of Cinder's death, the Doctor promised he would put an end to the War, declaring, "no more". (PROSE: Engines of War)
Eighth Doctor at the end
By some dissenting accounts, the Eighth Doctor had survived to the end of the Time War to destroy Gallifrey. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War, COMIC: The Forgotten) According to one account, he was also involved in the Battle of Rodan's Wedding, during which years were used as ammunition. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War)
Prior to the end of the War, the Eighth Doctor tried to regain the Great Key of Rassilon, (COMIC: The Forgotten) which had been missing since before Rassilon's presidency. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures) He found the forces keeping the Key and was imprisoned by them for a month. He overpowered the guards with the help of Chantir and escaped with the Key. The Doctor planned to use the Key to replicate the De-mat Gun and then modify the gun so that instead of removing only one individual from time and space, it would remove millions. (COMIC: The Forgotten) By one account, this modified De-mat gun was the Moment, (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass) the weapon in the Doctor's possession on the last day of the Time War which could "destroy Daleks and Time Lords alike". (TV: The End of Time) The Eighth Doctor experienced a memory wipe shortly after obtaining the Key, which the Tenth Doctor attributed to using the modified De-mat Gun. (COMIC: The Forgotten) The Tenth Doctor and the Advocate believed that the Doctor used the Great Key to activate the Moment, time locking the war (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass) and "doom[ing] them all". (COMIC: The Forgotten)
The blast of Gallifrey's destruction was so powerful the universe convulsed as planets, systems and galaxies were obliterated. (COMIC: Agent Provocateur) The Skrawn homeworld, Kolox, was reduced to the Kolox Nebula by the time winds at the end of the Time War. (COMIC: The Skrawn Inheritance) The Cruciform fell when Gallifrey vanished. (COMIC: The Forgotten)
Another account indicates that a weapon was indeed used to end the Time War, being fired by the Doctor during the Last Battle of the Seventh Galaxy, (PROSE: The Eyeless) which, according to one account, was the location of Skaro. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors) Ultimately annihilating the Time Lords and most Daleks, the weapon notably matched some descriptions of the Moment. (COMIC: The Forgotten, Don't Step on the Grass, PROSE: The Eyeless) The weapon backfired, possibly because of its protective field, which was why it destroyed the Time Lords in addition to most of the Daleks. Ultimately, the weapon destroyed countless systems, with the two million deaths on Arcopolis being considered a small fraction of the total causality count. The Tenth Doctor once remembered this battle as the end of the War. (PROSE: The Eyeless)
In yet another account, the fact that the Doctor had forsaken his name during the Time War was acknowledged, but the Eleventh Doctor was shown encountering incontrovertible evidence that the Time Lords had indeed died, in the form of the Matrix, which had been driven to insanity by the shock of every Time Lord's mind being uploaded into it at once. (COMIC: Sky Jacks)
Nearing the end
Despite the years that had passed, the mighty armies of the Daleks and Time Lords still continued their clash, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) but the Daleks found their campaign going exceptionally well. Nevertheless, the day before the end of the Time War, the War Doctor went to Skaro and destroyed most of the Dalek Emperor's fleet. Using a stolen gunship, he burned the message "no more" into the Dalek City. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) By the end of the War, (TV: Daleks in Manhattan) the conflict's devastation brought about the destruction of Skaro, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) leaving only ruins behind. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor)
A fragmented Dalek transmission from the Time War, one of several salvaged and recorded in The Dalek Conquests having been found echoing through the Void or squeezed through temporal anomalies and black holes, spoke of an attack formation, the extermination of the Time Lords and an impending Dalek victory. (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) For most of the War, Gallifrey remained at the furthest edge of the conflict, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) but the Daleks pushed the Time Lords back to their home planet, setting the stage for an invasion. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
By the last day of the War, the Time Lords still had what one author called a "great battle fleet", (PROSE; A Brief History of Time Lords) but their force of Battle TARDISes had been wiped out, (COMIC: Sky Jacks) and the Daleks had begun to invade the Gallifreyan homeworld itself. (COMIC: Sky Jacks, TV: The Last Day, The Day of the Doctor) On this final day, after an invasion fleet made up of millions of Dalek flying saucers laid siege to it, a key battle came with the Fall of Arcadia, a Dalek assault on Gallifrey's second city (PROSE: The Whoniverse) after they broke through all 400 of its sky trenches. (TV: The Last Day)
During the Fall of Arcadia, the Doctor fought on the front lines. (TV: Doomsday, The Day of the Doctor) He was sighted in a cloud of smoke by a Dalek drone which was so overcome by fear it fired aimlessly at him, missing entirely. (PROSE: Dalek) The Doctor borrowed a Soldier's fusion blaster to write the English words "NO MORE" on the side of a building. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) Following the fall of the city, the Daleks began to attack the Capitol and completely surrounded Gallifrey (PROSE: The Whoniverse) with their fleet. The Daleks bombarded the planet from space with their remaining ships, all the while moving towards the Capitol. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
The battle at Arcadia had set the stage for Gallifrey to be the final battlefield of the Time War, with the Dalek Fleet surrounding and bombarding the world being made up of every Dalek ship in the universe. However, now having witnessed the Fall of Arcadia and vowed "No More", the Doctor moved forward with a plan to end the fighting once and for all. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) The Player tried to escape the War by hiding in his art, but, when the Daleks began to attack the First Doctor's timeline, the Time Lords made him go and convince the Doctor to go to his regeneration at the South Pole to keep the timeline on track. At the time, a new front of the War was opening at the Last Hour, and rumours were beginning about the Fall of Arcadia. (AUDIO: Volume Two trailer, The Plague of Dreams)
In the final hours of the War, as Daleks approached the Capitol after the fall of Arcadia, (COMIC: The Memory Feast) hundreds of Time Lords recorded their cherished memories into memory lanterns and set them adrift in the Time Vortex (PROSE: Engines of War, AUDIO: The Memory of Winter, COMIC: The Memory Feast) in an effort to seed remnants of Gallifrey in the distant corners of the universe. (PROSE: Engines of War) By the end of the War, Gallifrey was close to being no more than ruins, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) with the Dalek attack bringing destruction to the planet's surface; the ground of Gallifrey, the valley between Solace and Solitude, and various objects in the ancient edifices beneath the Capitol--metal, ancient stone, and broken roofs--were all aflame. The flaming Gallifreyan ground, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) including outside the Capitol, (TV: The End of Time) was also filled with downed Dalek ships. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) Additionally, even the glass dome of the Capitol had been breached by the Dalek flying saucers, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) leaving the city exposed to nature. Though the sky trenches of the Capitol held, they would inevitably falter to the endless bombardment. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) With little to be done, the Lords of Time were on the brink of extermination. If they fell, what remained of the universe would be destroyed as well. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
Unknown to anyone, the Daleks created a time capsule launched during the final battle with a single Dalek with the plan to spread the Dalek Factor on Earth to use humanity's life force and raw materials to build more Daleks for back-up in the War. The capsule's engines failed in the journey and the Dalek within ejected, falling to Earth in 70 AD. The Dalek died but released a small amount of Dalek Factor that remained dormant in the genetic structure of humanity. (PROSE: I Am a Dalek)
The Doctor had told the Time Lords (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and Daleks the fighting would go on "no more" because he had come to believe his fight was ultimately for nothing. He believed that, as long as the two factions existed in the universe, the Time War would never end. Also seeing that his own people had become just as vengeful as the Daleks, the Doctor decided there was only one way stop the conflict; he would destroy both his own people and the Dalek race. Thus, the Doctor stole the Moment from the Omega Arsenal and, as he took it to a barn in Gallifrey's drylands, knew his people would be looking for him as the planet fell around them. As he approached the barn, the only place he knew he could find the strength to use the superweapon, his voice--ordering that the War would stop on this day and that both factions had left him no choice--repeated throughout every Dalek base in the known space of the universe, throughout every building yet to be destroyed on Gallifrey, and in the ears of every Dalek and Time Lord fighting, no matter where they were in time and space. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Indeed, as he looked over the Moment, the Doctor sought to use it destroy Gallifrey, (TV: The End of Time, The Day of the Doctor) knowing that neither side possessed the emotion needed to deduce where he had gone. Additionally, he had walked miles from his TARDIS (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) to make sure she did not have to watch him use the Moment, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) meaning his people could not simply track the capsule and find him. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Priyan believed that the Doctor now stood against the Time Lords, and would use the Moment to his own ends. Time Lords were dying at such an exponentially increasing rate that Engin worried the APC net would overload. Instead of overloading, the influx of new Time Lord minds granted the Matrix sentience and it abandoned the seemingly doomed Gallifrey by uploading a copy of itself in the Doctor's TARDIS. (COMIC: Sky Jacks) Other accounts showed the Matrix still on Gallifrey after this point, however. (TV: The Timeless Children, et al.)
In the barn, the Doctor struggled to work out how the device operated. While in the midst of examining it a woman in the form of Rose Tyler appeared. After conversing with her for a time he worked out that she was the Moment's interface and it told him that as punishment for his actions he would survive the War and have to live with his guilt. Then, a time fissure appeared and a fez came out of it. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Rassilon's Ultimate Sanction
As the Dalek Empire circled Gallifrey, President Rassilon grew more desperate and refused to admit defeat, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) proposing the Ultimate Sanction. The Time Lords would become creatures of pure consciousness and all of creation would be destroyed. (TV: The End of Time) Rassilon reasoned that, if the universe was to fall, they needed to survive without it. According to a history of the universe, it was learning about this plan, and seeing just how far his people had fallen, that made the Doctor steal the Moment. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Learning the Doctor possessed the Moment, the Time Lord High Council tried to escape the time lock by implanting a signal in the form of the heartbeat of a Time Lord in the mind of the Master when he was a boy. They then sent a Gallifreyan diamond called a White-Point Star to Earth in 2009, where the Master had escaped to. With the signal inside the older Master and six billion humans converted by the Immortality Gate into the Master Race to triangulate it, the Master made a connection with the Time Lords' signal.
Rassilon escaped to 2009 Earth, flanked by four Time Lords including the Woman (TV: The End of Time) and the Patriarch of Stillhaven. (PROSE: Lords and Masters) Gallifrey itself started to return and everything from the war could escape. The Tenth Doctor, who had been warned this would be his final adventure before facing regeneration, broke the connection by shooting the White-Point Star; the Time Lords, Gallifrey, and the Master, who had seen how monstrous his people had become and decided to take revenge on Rassilon for making him a monster, vanished in a burst of white light and were sent, according to the Doctor, "back into [the] hell" of the Time War.
As a consequence of this incident, Wilfred Mott became trapped in a radiation booth nearing a meltdown. The Tenth Doctor sacrificed himself to rescue his companion and exposed himself to a lethal 500,000 rads of radiation which began his regeneration into the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The End of Time)
Summons to the National Gallery
In September 2013, (TV: The Zygon Invasion, COMIC: Clara Oswald and the School of Death) needing the Doctor's assistance regarding figures that had apparently broken out of their paintings, Kate Stewart and UNIT airlifted the TARDIS by helicopter to the National Gallery, unaware that the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald were inside at the time.
Kate told the Doctor that UNIT were acting on orders from Queen Elizabeth I and they went inside where Kate showed him her credentials, the painting, Gallifrey Falls No More. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) It was at this point the Doctor remembered the various last days of the war and christened this day one of them. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
They proceeded to the Under Gallery where the Doctor saw empty 3D paintings that used to have figures in them. After determining from the shatter pattern that the glass was broken from the inside and that lots of dangerous somethings had escaped, a time fissure appeared. The Doctor first threw his fez in and then jumped through himself leaving Clara and Kate in the Gallery. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Seducing the queen
Several weeks later, the Doctor had infiltrated the Royal Court and become romantically involved with Queen Elizabeth. At a picnic, the Doctor proposed to her and she accepted which confirmed his suspicions about her being a Zygon. However, she was not a Zygon and his Machine That Goes "Ding" had detected their horse. The Doctor and Elizabeth fled and they reunited in the forest but the Zygon had taken the form of the Queen and the Doctor was confronted with two versions of her.
At this moment, the time fissure appeared and a fez emerged. Soon after, the Eleventh Doctor came through as well and greeted his tenth incarnation. They were joined by the War Doctor who, at first did not recognise the two men as his future incarnations. The trio were then surrounded by guards who they presumed were being commanded by the Zygon Queen. After a brief conversation with Kate and Clara, they were escorted to a prison cell in Richmond. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Stopping the Zygon invasion
The three Doctors talked in the cell about the war, with the Tenth Doctor becoming violent when the Eleventh Doctor couldn't remember how many children supposedly perished on the last day. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
The Eleventh Doctor inscribed the codes for Jack Harkness' vortex manipulator which was then found by UNIT and almost used by the Zygon copy of Kate but Clara activated the device first and teleported to the Doctors' location. Clara burst into the unlocked cell just as the Doctors had devised a clever plan to break down the door. Elizabeth then appeared and took all four of them to the Zygon ship where they saw the Zygons put themselves in the paintings from the Gallery via stasis cubes. After they all left, Elizabeth revealed herself as the real Queen and she and the Tenth Doctor got married before the Doctors and Clara travelled to the Gallery.
After calling McGillop from the past and ordering him to take Gallifrey Falls to the Black Archive the Doctors and Clara used stasis cubes to gain access to the Archive, where Kate was threatening to destroy London to prevent a Zygon invasion. The Doctors wiped the memories of everyone in the room so a treaty could be agreed fairly. The Osgoods discovered who was who (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and this fact would later be crucial to Operation Double and preserving the treaty. (TV: The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion)
Relocation of Gallifrey
After the War Doctor returned to the barn on Gallifrey, the Moment allowed the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors through the time lock to support and console him in the destruction of the planet. However, the Doctors instead came up with a plan to save Gallifrey while also dealing with the Dalek Fleet above, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) which was on the verge of destroying the planet. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Gallifrey was not destroyed, but merely transported to a pocket dimension by the first thirteen incarnations of the Doctor; it was spared, but stored in stasis, waiting to be recovered. At the same time, all of the Daleks, having surrounded Gallifrey and bombarding it from space, suddenly became a spherical firing squad and destroyed themselves in a massive explosion that was believed by the rest of the universe to be Gallifrey's destruction as well. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Gallifrey’s relocation took almost a day to complete, longer than the Doctor had predicted, causing the planet to burn and rage. A town on the shore of Lake Calasper was ripped apart by an earthquake. The Doctor, in all their incarnations up to the Ninth (minus the War Doctor), helped to get civilians trapped in dangerous situations to safety. Meanwhile in the War Room, the Twelfth Doctor entered and helped coordinate disaster relief with the General. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
The Time War was time locked. (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass, Running to Stay Still, TV: The Stolen Earth, The End of Time) With the exception of a very few survivors, the Time Lords and the Daleks disappeared from time and space. (TV: Dalek, The Parting of the Ways, Army of Ghosts / Doomsday)
Denouement of the War
As the Time War did not exist in a linear sense, after what most considered the end with the Doctor relocating Gallifrey to a different universe and wiping out the Daleks, some events still occurred which were described by the Doctor or others as part of the conflict.
Nestene invasion of Earth
- Main article: 5 March 2005 incident
The aftermath of the Time War caused the Nestene Consciousness' biology to change drastically, leaving most of its form to be made of plastic. The effects of the Time War rewrote the Nestene's nature, rewriting much of what it used to be. (PROSE: Rose) Having lost their protein planets in the conflict, the Nestene sought to compensate for its losses by invading the Earth.
On 4 March 2005, the Ninth Doctor blew up Henrik's as it had been infested with a Nestene nest, where he met Rose Tyler. They tracked the Nestene to the London Eye using the head of an Auton duplicate of Mickey Smith, Rose's boyfriend. The Doctor intended to end the conflict peacefully but brought a vial of anti-plastic as insurance. When the Consciousness discovered this it begun a full-scale invasion of Earth, first taking control of all plastic objects from London (TV: Rose) and then using satellites above the Earth to spread all over the planet. (PROSE: Rose) Rose knocked the anti-plastic out of the hand of an Auton and into the Consciousness which destroyed it and stopped the invasion. Rose later joined the Doctor on his travels to become his companion. (TV: Rose)
During their confrontation with the Nestene, the Doctor translated to Rose that the invasion was the Consciousness still fighting "the war". (PROSE: Rose) One fragment of the Nestene survived in the body of an Auton and recalled its losses during the Time War as it walked through the post-invasion destruction. It decided that, in order to defeat the Doctor, it would need to form an alliance with the likes of the Daleks and Cybermen. It then formed its Auton into a copy of a blond haired politician. (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene)
- Main article: Battle of GeoComTex
Before the end of the War, one Dalek fell through time and landed on the Ascension Islands around 1962. Insane and screaming, it passed through several private collections in the 20th and 21st centuries. By 2012, it was in the possession of billionaire Henry van Statten, who kept it in the Cage. With the intention of reaching other Daleks, it sent out a distress signal which was detected by the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Initially unaware of the source of the distress signal, the Doctor came to investigate it.
The Doctor and the Metaltron had a hostile discussion about the end of the war and the Doctor tried to kill it before being stopped by van Statten. When Rose met with the creature, it seemed to be a harmless victim and, in an attempt to comfort it, she touched its dome. It absorbed her artron energy and DNA and regenerated itself, escaping from the Cage and making its way upwards through the the Vault to the surface, killing van Statten's personnel as it went.
By the time it reached the surface, it had begun to mutate and had started feeling emotions due to absorbing Rose's DNA. Considering all the new emotions to be "sickness", the "Metaltron" asked Rose to order it to self-destruct, preferring death to a life with emotions. She refused at first, but eventually gave the order, and it destroyed itself.
The Battle of the Game Station
- Main article: Battle of the Game Station
A lone ship containing the Dalek Emperor of the War also barely survived the Time War, falling through time in a heavily damaged state. It went into seclusion at the edge of the Solar system "damaged but rebuilding" during the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire. Circa 199,909, it secretly installed the Jagrafess aboard Satellite Five to play the "long game" of slowly manipulating humans and re-establishing the Dalek species and fleet. A hundred years after the Jagrafess was killed, in the year 200,100, the Emperor was still using Satellite Five (now renamed the "Game Station") to manipulate humanity and conceal his fleet. (TV: Bad Wolf) The Emperor secretly used transmat technology aboard the space station to kidnap humans for nearly two hundred years. The kidnapped humans were harvested for their genetic material, and "one cell in a billion" was used to rebuild a new race of Daleks (TV: The Parting of the Ways) numbering roughly half a million aboard a fleet of 200 ships.
When the Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Jack Harkness were transmatted into the games, they quickly escaped and discovered from the Controller that the Daleks were her masters. Once detected, the Daleks begun their invasion plans (TV: Bad Wolf) and quickly killed all the humans that had either not evacuated yet or chosen to fight, including Jack, with the Doctor sending Rose back to 2005. The Daleks also heavily bombed the Earth with continents such as Australasia being described as "gone" in the aftermath.
Just as the Daleks were about to exterminate the Doctor, the TARDIS materialised and Rose, who had absorbed the energy of the Time Vortex and had become an entity known as Bad Wolf, stepped out. She scattered the words "Bad Wolf" across time and space to inspire Rose to become the entity in the first place. She then divided the atoms of the entire Dalek fleet, turning them all, including the Emperor, to dust, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) though at least one time limpet survived. (AUDIO: The Year After I Died) Then, in what would be called by the Tenth Doctor the "last act" of the Time War, she resurrected Jack from the dead, accidentally giving him immortality. (TV: Utopia) To save her life, the Doctor absorbed the Time Vortex from Rose which caused him to regenerate into his next incarnation, with the Ninth Doctor being confident that the human race would rebuild. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Indeed, after making it to the ravaged Earth, Jack was responsible for overthrowing the Hope Foundation, composed of a rich elite of humans in space that sought to exploit the survivors of the Dalek invasion. When Trear Station, formerly the Game Station, crashed to Earth, Jack was confident that humanity would ultimately rebuild itself as he saw that an abundance of resources was salvaged from the grounded station. (AUDIO: The Year After I Died) Jack eventually left this time to search for the Doctor. (TV: Utopia) Prior to his regeneration, the Ninth Doctor had joked to Rose that he had defeated the Daleks by singing a song that forced them into a retreat, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) but A Brief History of Time Lords recorded this as the actual end of the battle. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
The day of the Doctor ends
Years later, in their thirteenth incarnation, the Doctor met Cass Fermazzi again and gave her a bandolier from a man that had recently perished and asked her about her life. She told the Doctor that she had been ready to fight all her life because she had a therapy bot growing up that was intended to take away some of her memories but instead someone else's memories kept spewing out about fighting for what was right, but never trying to hurt people and the promise to "Never be cruel and never be cowardly". Cass wrote it off as "cheesy stuff" but admitted that it got to her. This confirmed what the Doctor had already worked out: she was indirectly responsible for Cass' death by shaping her childhood in such a way that she became a fighter.
The Doctor lamented that she was impossible to save as she was too wrapped up in her timeline but was happy Cass had met her once without hating her. She wondered if the lesson the Moment was trying to teach her was that you can't save everyone, just the ones you can. After reflecting on the Moment's further conversations with her in Henry VIII's third-favourite garden and the banana groves of Villengard, she decided that she had done enough brooding and that the day of the Doctor was finally over.
Additionally, using the Doctor Papers, the Doctor wrote a book about the end of the Time War. The Curator had told Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart about his desire to write the book, explaining he would get around the fact that he needed to use classified material by marketing the book as fiction. The various chapters were authored by incarnations of the Doctor and others. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Although the first thirteen incarnations of the Doctor saved Gallifrey, due to the timelines being out of sync, the first eleven would forget this act. This caused the Doctor to reject his war incarnation until the memories of saving Gallifrey caught up with the Eleventh Doctor. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) After regenerating from his war incarnation, the Ninth Doctor was left with the belief that he had in fact activated the Moment, so, to deal with his guilt, he returned to his mission of helping people in need throughout the universe. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) His repentance was indeed sincere, as he brought love and help to wherever the TARDIS brought him. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) The Tenth Doctor, obviously, believed Gallifrey had been destroyed, even when he was returned to his place in the timeline after its salvation. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) He remembered Gallifrey's fall as a legitimate destruction, (PROSE: The Eyeless) though his memory was similar to the Eighth Doctor's attempted aversion of the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles, The Eyeless) A historical account stated he lived hundreds of years before he learned he was not the last Time Lord. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
Though there was now silence on what had been the war front, those in the universe who knew of the War were left unsure of how the conflict had ended (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) before the various peoples forgot of the great conflict, with not a single word being uttered about the War unless someone looked into the Doctor's eyes. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) One account claimed the only certainty about its end was that the Doctor alone had walked away from the wreckage of Skaro and Gallifrey, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) but others thought that all of the Time Lords were destroyed. If they knew of the Doctor, they were left with the belief that he was the last of his kind. (TV: The End of the World) In 3764, Gleda Ley-Sooth Marka Jinglatheen promoted what appeared to be the Ninth Doctor, who had offered his services as a keynote speaker for the Raxas Alliance peace conference on Clix, as the man who brought the Last Great Time War to a close. (COMIC: Doctormania) Additionally, there were species that did not even know of the War at all. As observed by surviving Gelth that appeared in 1869, the Time War's effects were "invisible to smaller species but devastating to higher forms". (TV: The Unquiet Dead) Of the species that knew of the War, many that had suffered during it blamed the Doctor. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
The surviving Osirans, who were in the process of leaving the universe behind and ascending to another, higher one at the time the Time War was fought, remembered it simply as a "petty squabble" between the Time Lords and the Daleks. (COMIC: Sins of the Father)
On the Masque Magestrix, the Saga of the Time Lords portrayed the history of Gallifrey. However, those who made the show were unsure how the war ended, only knowing that Gallifrey disappeared mysteriously. (PROSE: He's Behind You) Alternatively, far away from the Earth on Crafe Tec Heydra, a mountain face contained crude depictions of the so-called "invisible war" between a species of metal (representing the Daleks) and a species of flesh (representing the Lords of Time). These carvings and hieroglyphs depicted the end of the Time War as a great explosion, which one stranger, representing the Doctor, walked away from. However, under this, the phrase "you are not alone" was written. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) Indeed, the Doctor did go on to encounter other survivors of the War, the first being the "Metaltron" Dalek, (TV: Dalek) but this exact phrase was known to the Face of Boe as well, who used it to warn the Tenth Doctor of the survival of the War Master. (TV: Gridlock)
Following the War, the Doctor confided his experiences to a number of his human companions such as Rose Tyler, (TV: The End of the World), Jack Harkness (TV: The Parting of the Ways) Martha Jones, (TV: Gridlock) Clara Oswald, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and Bill Potts. (COMIC: The Clockwise War) In some cases, the Doctor revealed the War to others, such as Henry van Statten and Diana Goddard. (TV: Dalek) Rose would use her awareness of the Time War as leverage in an attempt to keep her, Mickey Smith and Rajesh Singh alive when facing the Cult of Skaro. (TV: Doomsday)
By 2009, the Sontaran General Staal heard of legends which told of the War Doctor leading battles in the Time War, bitterly noting that the Sontarans were forbidden from participating in the conflict. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem) Andrea Quill, a Quill, was aware of the Time War, and that the destruction of the Imperial Dalek fleet at the hands of the Seventh Doctor contributed to it. (AUDIO: In Remembrance) However, Time Agent Jack Harkness, a native of the 51st century (TV: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) at first believed the Time War to be a legend before learning the truth from the Doctor. He was, however, aware that the Dalek ships were meant to have been all destroyed by 200,100. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Just prior to the destruction of Earth in 5,000,000,000, Jabe of the Forest of Cheem had believed the Time Lords to be extinct, and was shocked to find the Ninth Doctor was one. Confiding her discovery with the Doctor, Jabe offered him her condolences. (TV: The End of the World) The Testimony later recorded the War Doctor's actions during the conflict in its data banks, specifically noting how it earned him the title "the Doctor of War". (TV: Twice Upon a Time) When they met the Twelfth and First Doctors, they played footage of the War Doctor arranging for Daleks to be shot down, for the Advent of Woe to be closed, making arrangements against the Nightmare Child, (PROSE: Twice Upon a Time) and confronting the Dalek drone he pushed back with the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. (TV: Twice Upon a Time)
The historical account of N-Space mentioned above claimed that, "millennia" after the Doctor regenerated from his war incarnation, the true fate of Gallifrey was finally revealed. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) During the Siege of Trenzalore, "half the universe" fought to prevent the return of the Time Lords after learning the message that had brought them to Trenzalore was of Gallifreyan origin. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
The Twelfth Doctor once said that, even though it was over, the Time War could still kill someone due to that being the nature of a temporal paradox. However, he then claimed people should not worry and forget that warning, stating it would never happen. (PROSE: The Dangerous Book of Monsters)
The disappearance of the Time Lords created a vacuum that may have left history more vulnerable to change. The Ninth Doctor explained to Rose Tyler, (TV: The Unquiet Dead) the Tenth to Donna Noble (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp) and the Eleventh to Clara Oswald (TV: Cold War) that time was in flux and history could change instantly. One demonstration of this was when Rose created a temporal paradox by saving her father, Pete, just before his death in a traffic accident. This summoned the Reapers, who descended to sterilise the "wound" in time by devouring everything in sight. The Ninth Doctor said that if the Time Lords had been still around, they could have held back the Reapers and prevented or repaired the paradox. (TV: Father's Day)
According to the Tenth Doctor, certain areas like the Null Zone became "tricky" places for time travel. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen) As well, the Tenth Doctor noted that when the Time Lords were around, travel between parallel worlds was far less difficult. With their demise, the paths between worlds were closed. (TV: Rise of the Cybermen)
With a sudden power vacuum without the Daleks and Time Lords in the universe, many of the races that had suffered during the War wanted to exploit the vacuum, managing to rise to prominence with only the Doctor left to keep them in line. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Additionally, the Time Lords' position as keepers of the Web of Time was fought over by many time-active races, including the Sontarans, the Cybermen, and the Unon. (COMIC: Weapons of Past Destruction) The Hajor too, their dimension damaged by the Time War, attempted to become the new Lords of Time. (COMIC: The Futurists) It was the Time Agency that asserted itself as the new protectors of history. (COMIC: Weapons of Past Destruction) Time Agent Jack Harkness, however, initially believed the Time War to be merely a legend. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Due to the actions of Daleks near the end of the Time War, the Dalek Factor was left within the genetics of one in half a million humans, though dormant. When a Dalek casing was uncovered in England, the Dalek Factor became active in Kate Yates who's Dalek personality grew a new Dalek within the casing. The Dalek intended to travel to the future and use humanity's resources to rebuild its race but failed when Kate's human personality resurfaced and set the Dalek's Time Ring to self-destruct. The self-destruct caused a warp implosion that atomised the Dalek and made the Dalek Factor go dormant again in humanity. (PROSE: I Am a Dalek)
The entire chain of Hotel Historia was left destroyed. (COMIC: Hotel Historia) The Kin, locked away aeons ago by the Time Lords, escaped their temporal prison due to the Time War's mutilation of Time, Space and Matter. (PROSE: Nothing O'Clock) The Time Lords had left behind the Time Sentinels, who grew concerned that the Tenth Doctor's actions could damage the Time War's time lock. They allied with the Red TARDIS and attempted to lock the Doctor in an alternate timeline. After the Sentinels were corrupted by the Red TARDIS, the Osiran Anubis made the Circle of Transcendence collapse, destroying the Sentinels. (COMIC: The Good Companion)
As a result of the Time War, paradox eaters such as Reapers, Chronovores and Gramoryans ran wild. (AUDIO: Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated) The Discordia discovered time travel technology on their home planet and began to spread chaos throughout time, with no one left to oppose them. (AUDIO: Time in a Bottle) Many Utopia windows were spread across the cosmos as flotsam and jetsam. (AUDIO: I Was Churchill's Double)
The Encyclopedia Gallifreya dealt with the Time Lords now not existing by changing its settings so that all surviving Encyclopaedias auto-updated, each constantly encoding data from their owner and linking with others of their kind. Some Time Lords (who did things like taking over the universe) complained about this causing issues with privacy; the Doctor had forgotten their Encyclopaedia and thus was not really affected. If he had checked with his Encyclopaedia, he would have realised that he was not the only Time Lord left. (PROSE: Citation Needed)
Most of the inhabitants of Gallifrey at the end of the War survived in stasis in another universe. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The Doctor believed himself to be the only remaining Time Lord in the universe, (TV: The End of the World, Dalek, The Day of the Doctor) but in his tenth incarnation he encountered the First Rani (COMIC: Untitled) and the War Master, who survived disguised as a human using the Chameleon Arch. (TV: Utopia) After he had left the War, the Master sent his TARDIS away, allowing it to survive. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) The Master's Mark 212 was traumatised by his actions during the War, but this TARDIS was later reclaimed by Missy. (AUDIO: The Broken Clock)
The Monk also survived, by utilising a similar plan to the Master. (AUDIO: Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated) K9 Mark I travelled through time to the year 2050 some point before the disappearance of Gallifrey. (TV: Regeneration)
A single Dalek survived and crashed on the Ascension Islands on Earth in 1962. (TV: Dalek) The Dalek Emperor also survived by falling through time to approximately the 2,000th century. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) The Cult of Skaro and the Daleks imprisoned in the Genesis Ark left the universe for the Void before the end of the war. (TV: Doomsday) UNIT encountered a heavily damaged elite Dalek. (AUDIO: The Dalek Transaction)
Though Davros was believed by the Doctor to have been killed in the war (consumed by the Nightmare Child), Dalek Caan temporal shifted into the war and rescued him. (TV: The Stolen Earth) The Advocate escaped following Caan's path. (COMIC: Fugitive, Don't Step on the Grass)
A Time Lord veteran of the Eternal War survived through the Time War trapped in a time loop with the Qwerm. (PROSE: River of Time) Several Daleks who had survived various pre-Time War encounters with the Doctor on the planets Kembel, Spiridon, Exxilon, Aridius and Vulcan resided in the Dalek Asylum. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
The Gelth survived but lost their physical bodies, reduced to a gaseous state. (TV: The Unquiet Dead) The Zygon homeworld apparently burned in the first days of the war. Several Zygons survived this attack. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The Skrawn which were lucky to have survived their planet's destruction were left drifting aimlessly, bitter and vengeful. (COMIC: The Skrawn Inheritance)
Access to the original timeline
After the War’s conclusion, it was still possible for time travellers to arrive in the universe as it had been prior to the Time War’s outbreak. On two occasions, the Tenth Doctor found himself in the pre-Time War universe. Once as an accidental side effect of the temporal catastrophe caused by the Nun’s meddling with George Sheldrake, which required the Tenth Doctor to abduct his own past self to rectify, (AUDIO: The Wrong Woman) and again when the TARDIS jumped a time track, resulting in it arriving in the midst of pre-Time War era Second Dalek War. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks)
River Song became embroiled in the pre-Time War timeline during her involvement with the Doom Coalition, even visiting Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Songs of Love) Whilst a captive of the Nine after helping the Eighth Doctor foiling the Coalition, she was forced to help him kidnap the Doctor’s companions. She suggested Bliss as a candidate for capture, however upon her capture Bliss proved to have no experience with the Doctor as in the pre-Time War era her timeline had yet to be altered such that she met the Doctor. (AUDIO: Companion Piece)
Return of the Daleks
The Cult of Skaro, believing the Daleks could not win the Time War without destroying themselves, devised a Void Ship to hide in the the Void between universes and waited for the conflict to end. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) They had also taken the Genesis Ark, a dimensionally transcendental Time Lord prison ship containing millions of Daleks, with them into the Void Ship, remaining hidden until the ship broke down the barriers between realities. Though this allowed an army of Cybermen from Pete's World to break through into the Earth of N-Space, the four Daleks emerged not long after the Cybermen. Now in Torchwood One, which had been monitoring the spherical ship, the cult was confronted by Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, and Doctor Rajesh Singh. Rose, being a companion of the Doctor and having fought them before, recognised the Daleks and used that fact to keep the three of them alive. However, the Daleks soon killed Singh by extracting information from his mind and then waged war on the Cybermen. Needing the touch of a time traveller to activate the ark, they then attempted to force Rose to touch the prison ship, but the Daleks were distracted when Rose told them of the fate of the Emperor during the Battle of the Game Station and by the arrival of the Tenth Doctor, who unleashed the Cybermen and a force of Preachers into the room.
Mickey fell onto the ark and accidentally activated it, an act that the Doctor understood had stopped the Daleks from destroying the sun to activate it, allowing for the cult to unleash their army of millions against the Cybermen and people of London. The Doctor then activated the portal into the Void, sucking the Cybermen and Daleks away and saving the Earth. This had come at the cost of Rose Tyler, who was left trapped in Pete's World with no way of reaching the Doctor, (TV: Doomsday) and the Cult of Skaro also survived, temporal shifting into 1930. In 1930 New York City, they failed to rebuild the Dalek race before deciding to use humans as their soldiers. The leader of the cult, Dalek Sec, even became a Human-Dalek hybrid to begin a new future for the Daleks, but the Doctor, now joined in his travels by companion Martha Jones, had arrived as well. The Doctor encouraged the non-Dalek ideas Sec began to experience and stopped the humans the cult had captured from becoming mindless slaves, but the encounter still ended with the deaths of Sec, Dalek Jast, Dalek Thay, and the Daleks' human army. Unwilling to cause a genocide, the Doctor offered Dalek Caan, who he believed to be last Dalek in the universe, a chance to come with him, but Caan instead temporal shifted away.(TV: Evolution of the Daleks)
Caan, at the cost of his sanity, broke through the Time War's time lock to save Davros from dying at the jaws of the Nightmare Child in its first year. Now in the post-conflict universe, Davros, using his own DNA, created the New Dalek Empire, which was overseen by a new Supreme Dalek and based out of the Crucible in the Medusa Cascade. Davros then created the reality bomb, a superweapon the Daleks could use to destroy the entire omniverse, which needed to be powered by 27 specific planets, including the Earth. Caan, now able to see the flow of time thanks to breaking into the War, claimed that the Dalek plan would succeed. Taking the 27 worlds out of time and space, placing them in the Medusa Cascade and one second out of sync with the rest of N-Space, the Daleks launched a full-scale invasion of Earth, quickly overwhelming humanity's attempts at resisting and fulfilling their long held ambition to claim the planet. Elsewhere in the universe, the Doctor, still in his tenth incarnation but now joined by companion Donna Noble, learned the planets had been taken to the cascade and fled from the Shadow Proclamation. With the help of his various Earth-bound companions, the TARDIS entered the out of sync cascade, but, to the Time Lord's horror, Davros revealed he had returned.
After reuniting with Rose, who had returned to N-Space now that the dimensional barriers were weakened, and, due to being shot by a Dalek drone, avoiding a complete regeneration by sending the remaining energy into his old severed hand, the Doctor, Rose, Donna, and Captain Jack Harkness were brought aboard the Crucible, where the TARDIS and Donna were seemingly killed in the craft's heart, but they were saved by a Human-Time Lord Meta-Crisis. This created a a clone of the Doctor and gave Time Lord traits to Donna. However, every plot launched by the clone Doctor and the Doctor's various companions, the so-called Children of Time, ended in defeat, with the reality bomb only a second away from detonation before Donna. Now with her Time Lord traits activated thanks to a blast of electricity from Davros, Donna shut down the Dalek defences. With the empire powerless, Caan revealed he had indeed seen time; he had seen the massacres the Daleks had inflicted upon the universe, turned against his own kind, and engineered events to ensure Donna would become part Time Lord to defeat the Dalek race once and for all. After the Doctors and Donna had sent all but the Earth back to their proper positions in space, as the original Doctor worked on using the TARDIS to return the Earth back home, the Meta-Crisis clone overwhelmed the Daleks' casings using the controls, intending to destroy the entire species to spare the universe from the invasions the empire would have launched. (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)
With even Caan and Davros presumed dead in the explosion, the Doctors assumed the entire Dalek race had been destroyed. Unknown to them, (TV: Journey's End) Davros somehow survived, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) as did (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) one flying saucer and its crew of three drones. Having fallen through time but picking up the trace of a progenitor, a device (TV: Victory of the Daleks) leftover from the Time War (PROSE: A History of Humankind) containing pure Dalek DNA, the three Daleks set out to activate the device to rebuild their species. As the progenitor was unable to recognise the trio of Daleks due to their impure DNA, the Daleks set themselves up in 1941 Great Britain as Professor Edwin Bracewell's Ironside Project to draw in the Doctor, understanding the testimony of their greatest foe would prove they were Daleks. When the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Amy Pond arrived, they eventually managed to manipulate him into verbally confirming as such before escaping back to their ship. When the Doctor arrived in the saucer, he bore witness to the creation of five new pure Daleks, the first of the now-formed New Dalek Paradigm. The Paradigm Daleks exterminated their predecessors for their impurity before confronting the Doctor, who escaped when the saucer was attacked by Danny Boy's squadron. Ultimately, the Doctor was forced to allow the Daleks to escape back to their own time period to shut down the Oblivion Continuum inside Bracewell. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
After the Time War, with the annihilation of the Dalek Empire and supposed annihilation of Gallifrey, the Daleks and Time Lords had become myths to the rest of the universe. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) However, the Paradigm eventually restored the Daleks to a full empire that was known and feared by the citizens of the universe. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks) The original five Paradigm Daleks had first used the facilities on the planet Goth to build up their new army of red Drone Daleks, but the five founders, due to the Time War significantly changing history, had little chance at verifying the Dalek Pathweb's information on the Time War. Choosing to discard most of it, they elected to distance their New Paradigm from the original empire and take advantage of the absence of the Time Lords. In fact, the Daleks also decided they had effectively won the Time War. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
Upon finding the Eye of Time, which had been lost at the end of the Time War, the Daleks returned to Skaro and restored the capital city of Kaalann. Under the leadership of a new Dalek Emperor, the Daleks declared themselves the new Time Lords and planned to use the power of the eye to totally rewrite time to their designs. However, the Doctor and Amy, after learning the Daleks had now exterminated humanity in 1963, travelled back to Skaro and prevented the Paradigm from ever using the Eye of Time, restoring the true timeline. (GAME: City of the Daleks)
Elsewhere, the Daleks engaged in another war with humanity (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek) and, under the leadership of a different emperor, eventually obtained a fragment of the Eternity Clock. With this, the Daleks launched an invasion of Earth in 2106 and plotted to remove Gallifrey from time to become the new Time Lords, but the Doctor and his wife, River Song, took the clock fragment from them, undoing the Earth invasion and preventing their further plans. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)
The Paradigm endured many defeats at the hands of the Eleventh Doctor. Reorganising under the Parliament of the Daleks, the Dalek Prime Minister wanted to distance itself from the defeats by promoting the red drones to be Dalek officers while making the standard drones return to the bronze casings seen in the Time War. The Prime Minister felt this casing was likely to strike fear into the enemies of the Daleks. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
Return of the Time Lords
- Main article: Siege of Trenzalore
Though it would be easy for the Lords of Time to restore themselves to the universe, Rassilon needed to figure out which universe was their actual home. Luckily for them, the Matrix found cracks in a universe that could be used to enter it, though they needed to find the right point in history and place to do so. If they entered at an undesirable point or place, the Time War would simply begin once again. Using the last crack in time (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) in the town of Christmas on the planet of Trenzalore, they broadcasted the first question to the universe to draw the Doctor in. If the Doctor answered the question by saying his real name, (TV: The Time of the Doctor) the Time Lords would know they could safely return from their pocket universe, but the message spread throughout the history of the universe, striking fear in all who heard it. Various species, including the Daleks, sent their fleets to investigate, meaning Rassilon had accidentally created the most dangerous possible place for their return. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) The Daleks had attempted and failed to translate the message remotely, and the Eternal Dalek told the Supreme Dalek of the prophecy of the Fall of the Eleventh. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
The Church of the Papal Mainframe, after putting up a force field around the planet, sent the Eleventh Doctor and his companion Clara Oswald down, where he translated the message and learned it came from the Time Lords. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) When the Supreme Dalek heard this, he recognised it to be a Time Lord's voice. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Understanding that "half the universe" would descend upon Trenzalore and restart the War, the Doctor fought for centuries in the Siege of Trenzalore to prevent this, unwilling to leave the planet to its destruction (TV: The Time of the Doctor) or abandon his own people, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) but equally unwilling to release the Time Lords and restart the conflict. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) Nevertheless, even as he defended the world, he understood that the Daleks would eventually mount a full-scale invasion to finally end the Time War. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
Elsewhere, the Kovarian Chapter and its silents broke away from the Church, embarking on their own campaign to try to stop the Doctor from ever reaching Trenzalore. To do so, they made the Doctor's TARDIS explode, causing the total event collapse that made the cracks in time. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) Earlier in his life, the Eleventh Doctor had closed the cracks and restored the universe, including his TARDIS, with the Big Bang Two, (TV: The Big Bang) but the Time Lords had been using the “scar tissue” that was the last surviving crack, meaning the Kovarian Chapter had only ensured the siege occurred. The chapter also tried to engineer an assassin to kill the Doctor, but this agent, River Song, and him fell in love and married. Ultimately, if he had never met Song, the Doctor would never have survived long enough to reached Trenzalore. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) Additionally, Song helped the Eighth Doctor in the series of pre-Time War events surrounding the Doom Coalition (AUDIO: The Sonomancer, et al.) and against the Nine. (AUDIO: Companion Piece) She had also helped the Eleventh Doctor with his post-Time War trauma, as she once implied she had removed the number of how many children had supposedly burned from his mind when he still believed the War had ended with the destruction of Gallifrey. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Back at Trenzalore, after so many species had made failed attempts to kill the Doctor to stop the return of the Time Lords, the Daleks made their move after calling for reinforcements on a daily basis in preparation for war. They attacked the Church itself, overwhelming their forces and converting its members into Dalek puppets. They also extracted knowledge of the Doctor from the mind of the Church's leader, Tasha Lem. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) At an earlier point, Oswin Oswald, a human who had been converted into a Dalek and also a temporal splinter of Clara Oswald, had erased all knowledge of the Doctor from the Dalek Pathweb, (TV: Asylum of the Daleks) an act that crippled the Dalek war effort for centuries as the Dalek Parliament debated as to who their forgotten arch-nemesis had been. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Now, however, the Daleks were able to remember who the Time Lord was, (TV: The Time of the Doctor) though the remembrance made the Prime Minister of the Daleks dash itself against its case. The Supreme Dalek then exterminated it and assumed control of the paradigm. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Shortly afterward, the Daleks confronted the Doctor and Clara Oswald, voicing their intention to make sure he died in silence to stop the return of the Time Lords. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
With the Church's force field down, the Daleks, Cybermen and other species were free to attack the town of Christmas. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) 750 years into the siege, the Mara arrived in the town, but, unlike the other invaders, it actively wanted a new Time War to break out, but it was defeated by the Doctor. (PROSE: The Dreaming) Eventually, even after all other races had fled or been defeated, the Daleks continued their offensive, with only the Doctor and the Church standing in their path. Nevertheless, the exterminators pushed forward and eventually overcame all defences. The Doctor, who was in his final incarnation, (TV: The Time of the Doctor) had previously seen a future where Trenzalore was in ruins. Though not as destructive as the Time War, millions had still died in this version of the siege, including the Doctor himself. (TV: The Name of the Doctor) As the Doctor left Clara one last time, content that this was his destined fate, she spoke to the Time Lords through the crack, begging them to save the Doctor. They complied and changed the future by granting the Doctor a new regeneration cycle before closing the crack. With this new energy, the Doctor destroyed the Dalek force attacking Christmas, preventing the Time War from starting anew and saving the planet. He then completed the regeneration into his next body, the Twelfth Doctor, in the TARDIS with Clara. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
According to Justin Richards' book The Secret Lives of Monsters, "some" considered the siege to have been the last battle of the Time War, though the alleged recount of the battle claimed the Time Lords themselves, working through the crack in time, destroyed the Dalek saucer. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters) Additionally, Human historians dubbed the Siege of Trenzalore the final defeat of the Daleks, but, given the many other loses previously assumed to be their final end, they were not fully convinced. Indeed, they were aware that Skaro, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) which had been restored by the Daleks, (TV: The Witch's Familiar) persisted behind an invisible barrier. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Skaro existed in this state when it was again the centre of the Daleks' empire, with the Dalek City rebuilt and thriving in the post-Time War era. (TV: The Witch's Familiar) Elsewhere, now understanding that they had in fact found the correct universe, Rassilon returned Gallifrey to N-Space. Though they returned to their original spatial coordinates, the Time Lords, in an attempt to remain safe, placed themselves at the end of the universe (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) "give or take a star system". When he arrived on Gallifrey during the Hybrid crisis, the Doctor was unsure how they did this as he didn't ask. While confronting the Time Lords at the end of the universe, Clara Oswald told them that "everybody" hated them as a result of the war. (TV: Hell Bent)
After the failure of the Final Sanction, the Time Lords cured the Master's condition and he left Gallifrey in what he later referred to as "a mutual kicking me out." (TV: The Doctor Falls) Despite living as Missy and the Lumiat, lives where they had sought to do good in the universe, (AUDIO: The Lumiat) the Spy Master returned to his dark ways and massacred the Time Lords after learning about the secret of the Timeless Child, much to the horror of the Thirteenth Doctor. (TV: The Timeless Children)
The Age of the Cyberiad
- Main article: Alternate timeline (Supremacy of the Cybermen)
In an alternate timeline where Rassilon gave the Cybermen the ability to conquer all of history, (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen) the Last Great Time War was fought between the Time Lords and the Cybermen, (COMIC: Prologue: The War Doctor) at least partly because of the Cybermen's erasure of the Daleks from history. (COMIC: Prologue: The Fifth Doctor) In this timeline, the War Doctor used the Moment to destroy Gallifrey and the Cybermen, (COMIC: Prologue: The War Doctor) although the Cybermen would ultimately survive the Time War and become even stronger with the absence of Gallifrey and the Time Lords. This timeline was eventually erased when, at the end of the universe, the Twelfth Doctor and a betrayed Rassilon used the Eye of Harmony on Gallifrey to regenerate the universe. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen)
Kotturuh Crisis timeline
- Main article: Kotturuh crisis
After he had declared himself the Time Lord Victorious due to believing himself to be the last survivor of the Time War, an act which he instantly came to regret after the death of Captain Adelaide Brooke, (TV: The Waters of Mars) the Tenth Doctor travelled back in time to the Dark Times. There he encountered the Kotturuh, the species that distributed mortality to the beings of the universe, and decided to stop them. Believing he could prevent death itself and rewrite history for the better, including possibly saving Gallifrey and preventing the evolution of the Daleks, as well as that of the Cybermen, the Doctor poisoned the Kotturuh, (PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead) which caused fluctuations in time. (PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times) As a result of these changes to history, the Daleks of the Restoration Empire, which itself may have only been a result of the changes, (PROSE: The Restoration Empire) had no memory of the Time War. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)
After receiving a transmission from an ancient drone, the Emperor of the Restoration understood that history was under attack and that the Doctor was involved. Seeking more information before acting, (PROSE: The Last Message) the Daleks invaded Islos to access its archive, (WC: The Archive of Islos) though this event unleashed the Entity, which forced the Daleks into retreat (WC: The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy) until the Battle of Mechanus, (WC: The Deadly Ally) and the Hond. (PROSE: The Restoration Empire) As they were losing the war against the Hond, the Dalek Prime Strategist suggested they recruit the Doctor. After they located the Tenth Doctor, who was at an earlier point in his personal timeline so had yet (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks) to poison the Kotturuh, (PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead) he was surprised the Daleks had no record of the Last Great Time War, and the Emperor was initially reluctant to let the Doctor check Skaro's defenses, citing that he had spoken of a war between the Daleks and Time Lords. After the Doctor saved the Hond from their pain, thus ending their urge to kill, he escaped with the help of the Thirteenth Doctor. Nevertheless, the Prime Strategist suggested they recruit another incarnation. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)
The Strategist and many other Time-Sensitive Daleks were sent back to the Dark Times as the Dalek Time Squad. (PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times) They were joined by the Eighth Doctor, (AUDIO: The Enemy of My Enemy) but, by order of the Emperor, the squad planned to "return the situation to Dalek advantage". (PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times) Eventually, the Daleks and Eighth Doctor, as well as the Ninth Doctor in a coffin ship, confronted the Tenth Doctor, who was in command of a mercenary fleet. The Tenth Doctor dismissed them as merely being a Kotturuh illusion before ordering his forces to attack Mordeela. (PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead) Despite destroying the Doctor’s fleet save the flagship, the Daleks and Vampires were unable to save Mordeela. Believing they’d failed to restore history, the Dalek Time Squad enacted the Emperor’s contingency plan, the Ultimate End, by attacking Gallifrey before the rise of the Time Lords. Gallifrey was defended by the combined efforts of the three Doctors and their Vampire allies and the Daleks’ assault was finally stopped by the judgement of Inyit on undead hybrid Drones that the Squad had created. The Eighth Doctor subsequently forced the Squad’s saucer into the Time Vortex (PROSE: All Flesh is Grass) and sabotaged the saucer such that it broke apart in the Vortex. (AUDIO: Mutually Assured Destruction)
When the Tenth Doctor agreed to cease his rewriting of history and to leave the Dark Times, the proper course of history, save the spread of mortality now being by natural means rather than by the Kotturuh, was restored, (PROSE: All Flesh is Grass) including the Last Great Time War. (TV: The End of Time, et al.) In fact, the Kotturuh crisis had only ensured the War would occur, as the Prime Strategist reckoned the Emperor would declare war on the Time Lords after the defeat of the Ultimate End. The Strategist escaped from the Time Vortex via an emergency temporal shift, plotting to, if this Emperor failed again, usurp him and become the Emperor to lead his people into the Time War. (PROSE: Exit Strategy)
Other universes and timelines
In an alternate timeline (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors) that was known to intersect with the Eighth Doctor's life, (PROSE: Seeing I, et al.) the Time Lord Hedin noted that, in his opinion, the best aspect of Gallifrey being the most powerful faction in the universe was that no other force was. In particular, he feared what would happen if the Daleks or the Faction Paradox had the might of Gallifrey at their disposal. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors)
When the Dalek Time Strategist anchored every version of Davros from across the multiverse to a parallel Davros to make him into a replica of the N-Space scientist, one of the voices the counterpart heard was a version of Davros announcing in horror that the Nightmare Child was approaching. The modulated voice of this Davros sounded somewhat similar (AUDIO: Palindrome) to the voice of N-Space Davros when speaking through his Imperial Emperor casing. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, AUDIO: Terror Firma)
In one possible timeline shown by a Dalek continuity bomb, the War Doctor became a Dalek Slave. (COMIC: Four Doctors) Sibling Different and Sibling Same visited a timeline where, during the Battle of the Game Station, the Daleks and Bad Wolf entity fused. (PROSE: The Paradox Moon)
Time Lord forces
Led by Lord President Rassilon, Time Lord society was opposed to the Dalek Empire during the War, (TV: The End of Time) with the previously peaceful and virtuous Lords of Time becoming cruel over the course of the conflict. (PROSE: How to be a Time Lord) In fact, the Time Lords became as vengeful and willing to slaughter as the Daleks were. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Their military forces were commanded by Rasslion, (PROSE: Decoy) other officials like Cardinal Ollistra (AUDIO: Assassins) or the High Council, and officers like the members of the War Council. While this council was based out of the War Room, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) its members could leave Gallifrey to personally lead strikes. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Other officers held command over forces like armadas. (PROSE: Decoy)
Time Lord soldiers were trained during the War and deployed to the front line, despite Dalek technology possessing regeneration inhibitors. (AUDIO: The Conscript) Gallifreyan shock troops like the 5th Gallifreyan Infantry were fielded. (AUDIO: Assets of War) The Thirteenth Vexillatio were the best of Gallifrey's soldiers until their deaths. (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) Time Lord soldiers were re-engineered during the War, becoming bio-engineered soldiers as a result of having time-sensitive weaponry and surveillance equipment transplanted onto them. Hard drives were also placed into (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) a small portion of their brains, with a head camera recording everything they saw but editing footage too gruesome for children. (TV: The Last Day) When the soldiers began reporting premonitions of their deaths and the destruction of the Time Lords (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) after first receiving their implants, (TV: The Last Day) High Command claimed these were merely hallucinations, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) but word spread through the ranks. (TV: The Last Day)
Though the Eighth Doctor had rejected the idea of fighting in the Time War, he chose to regenerate into the War Doctor to save the universe. (TV: The Night of the Doctor) During his years of combat, he earned the love of the Time Lord military and horrified the Daleks. He made it his mission to fight for the sake of the Gallifreyan soldiers, especially those who were inspired by him. His contribution to Gallifrey's war effort was even acknowledged by Rasslion. (PROSE: Decoy) He was reluctant to take on companions, though individuals like Cinder ended up joining him on his wartime travels and helped him fight. (PROSE: Engines of War) At the end of the War, by most accounts, "all thirteen" incarnations of the Doctor joined together to prevent the Fall of Gallifrey. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Tasked with leading his own army, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) two incarnations of the Master fought in the Time War, (AUDIO: The Devil You Know, COMIC: Fast Asleep) although the second managed to write out most of his involvement. (COMIC: The Judas Goatee) To demonstrate how time worked differently during the War, he once briefly became the "UNIT enemy" incarnation again. (COMIC: Kill God) Ultimately, the second War Master would accidently undo his own existence, resulting in only one incarnation of the Master fighting in the Last Great Time War. (COMIC: Fast Asleep) As such, he believed himself superior to all his previous-selves, feeling as though none of them could face the horrors he had. (AUDIO: Masterful)
Two human residents of Gallifrey, Ace and Leela, took part in the War. (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention) Though she had attained the position of Time Lord, (AUDIO: Intervention Earth) Ace was removed from the War by Irving Braxiatel. (AUDIO: Soldier Obscura) A Time Lord resistance against both Rassilon and the Daleks arose and failed. (AUDIO: Deception) Leela was drafted into the war effort by Rassilon a short time later. (AUDIO: Homecoming)
Time Lord allies
Initially the Time Lords were allied with the Temporal Powers, many of whom had been attacked by the Daleks prior to the War’s official start. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures) Over time the Time Lords became more ruthless in recruiting allies. After coming to power, Rassilon decreed that anyone who refused to help Gallifrey’s war effort was to be considered an enemy. (AUDIO: Havoc) One of Gallifrey’s neighbours, Raeve, did refuse an alliance and as a result was targeted by Time Lord terrorist attacks. (AUDIO: A Heart on Both Sides)
The Time Lords forcibly recruited the people of Derilobia into the War by militarily occupying the planet and setting up a collaboration regime. This was done on Commander Carvil’s orders, with his superiors believing he’d intervened to save the planet from the Daleks. (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror)
The Anti-Dalek Force engaged the Dalek Empire at a front of the Time War. (AUDIO: The Uncertain Shore) The Time Lords worked with the resistance on Uzmal during an investigation of the Daleks’ interest on the planet. (AUDIO: Jonah)
The Sensorites of the Sense Sphere assisted the Time Lords against the Daleks. To help in their mission to recruit the Sensorites, Susan Foreman had been helped by Ian Chesterton, a human and former companion of her and the Doctor. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence)
The Sisterhood of Karn, who were responsible for resurrecting and enabling the deceased Eighth Doctor to regenerate into the War Doctor, (TV: The Night of the Doctor) fought with the Time Lords during the War, including against the Morlontoa. (COMIC: The Clockwise War) Rassilon appointed a Visionary from the Sisterhood to the War Council, (AUDIO: Homecoming) though one text instead claimed she was actually a Time Lady. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) Despite the alliance between the Time Lords and Sisterhood during the War, (COMIC: The Clockwise War) Rassilion was annoyed to find they were still active at the end of the universe when Gallifrey was returned. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
Another ally, recruited by Rassilon, was the Nestene Consciousness, who provided an Auton copy of the War Doctor for a trap. The actual War Doctor noted that Rassilon could have had an entire army of Autons made, though the Lord President argued the Daleks would have detected the lack of lifeforms. (PROSE: Decoy) The Nestenes later abandoned conflict altogether only to be embroiled in the War again when an extradimensional battle briefly spilled out into the region of space occupied by Nestenia and its food planets, destroying them in an instant, driving the Consciousness insane with vengefulness. (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene) The temporal stress mutated the Consciousness. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor)
The Voord worked with the Time Lords against the Daleks on Marinus. Despite cooperating with the Time Lords, they still feared that after the War had ended the Time Lords would forcibly revert their timeline to how it had been prior to the War. (COMIC: Four Doctors)
The Time Lords made an agreement with the Technomancers for them to resurrect deceased Time Lords. However the War Doctor discovered the Technomancers were exploiting this arrangement to bring the Horned Ones into existence and wiped them out. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost)
Cardinal Ollistra, who rejected General Fesk's proposal for an alliance with the Sontarans, (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) gave the order to open a rift to the home dimension of the Time Lords' old enemies, the Great Vampires, in a bid to wipe out a Dalek fleet. (COMIC: The Bidding War)
Dorium Maldovar, a Crespallion, was recruited by the War Doctor to assist him in destroying the weapons factories on Villengard before the Daleks could take control of them. (COMIC: The Whole Thing's Bananas)
As the entirety of the Dalek Empire was involved in the Last Great Time War, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) the entire Dalek race took part in the conflict. In fact, a "million billion" units fought in the final battle of Gallifrey alone. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The war effort was led by the Dalek Emperor, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) though several accounts existed as to the precise identity of this head of state. By one account, it was the second ruler of the Imperial Daleks, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) though his advisor, the Prime Strategist, heavily considered taking his place to lead the empire into war. (PROSE: Exit Strategy) Additionally, another account depicted the Dalek Prime as the Dalek Emperor, having been resurrected to lead the empire through the struggle. (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks)
The standard infantry force of the Dalek Empire was the Dalek drones. During the Time War, drones were fielded in bronze casings as soldiers, (TV: Dalek) guards, (PROSE: Engines of War) and pilots. Beyond the countless drones deployed during the War, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) variant units like the Disruptor Dalek, (AUDIO: The Lady of Obsidian) Dalek hunter drone, (AUDIO: The Conscript) and Hunter Dalek saw use. (AUDIO: Dissolution) Diamond Daleks, Special Weapons Daleks, and the Fifth Skaro Devastation's spider forms were seen at the Neverwhen. (AUDIO: The Neverwhen) An Assault Dalek took part in the Battle of the Game Station. The Emperor was protected by his Personal Guards. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Working under the Emperor was the Dalek Time Strategist, serving as an advisor (AUDIO: Desperate Measures) and frontline commander. (AUDIO: The Lady of Obsidian, et al.) Also under the Emperor was the position of Supreme Dalek, held by several Daleks over the course of the conflict. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures, Homecoming) Other officers included Dalek High Command (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and Black Daleks (PROSE: Engines of War) like the Overseer (AUDIO: Planet of the Ogrons) and Dalek Sec. Sec was the leader of the Cult of Skaro, a secret Dalek society designed to think like their enemies. (TV: Doomsday) Other councils were the Volatix Cabal, a sect of Daleks with creativity, (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) and the Eternity Circle. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) The Eleventh Doctor once mentioned "Bob the Nasty Dalek" as a candidate for the greatest murderer of the Last Great Time War. (COMIC: The Then and the Now)
Daleks of questionable purity
Asked to join the conflict by his creations, (PROSE: Father of the Daleks) Davros was promised his own legion in return for creating the Nightmare Child, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) only to seemingly die in the jaws of the beast during the first year of the conflict. (TV: The Stolen Earth) Though Davros had described the Nightmare Child as the "perfect Dalek," he willingly sacrificed himself to stop it from feasting upon the rest of the Dalek Empire, considering them "his true children." (PROSE: The Third Wise Man)
As the War persisted, the Dalek ideals of racial purity, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) a concept so ingrained into them it had caused a civil war between different factions, (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) were weakened. A Brief History of Time Lords claimed the Cult of Skaro were a result of this, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) though the members of the cult were known to be "pure" Daleks. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan) A group of the Dalek Scientific Division sought to restore the Daleks to a humanoid form, ignoring orders to stop over concerns of purity. (AUDIO: A Thing of Guile)
To create more soldiers, humans were captured and forced into glass incubators, turning them into Dalek mutants. These Daleks of human origin were then fielded as expendable soldiers while still being seen as inferior beings to the rest of the empire. Other abnormal variants came with the Skaro Degradations, such as the Spiders and Glider Daleks. The Eternity Circle also attempted to convert the War Doctor into the Predator Dalek. (PROSE: Engines of War) After the War, the Emperor's new Dalek army was created from humans. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Though the Time Strategist once claimed the Daleks did not require alliances, stating as such when it declined an alliance with Sontaran General Fesk, (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) the Daleks made a number of alliances, with the Squire recalling that they led an "axis of dark powers" in the War. (COMIC: Pull to Open) The Daleks made alliances with the Taalyens, (AUDIO: The Innocent) the Cyclors, (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) and the Morlontoa. (COMIC: The Clockwise War) They also deployed the "full might" of the Deathsmiths of Goth. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor)
The Ogrons were enslaved by the Daleks during the Time War. The Dalek Overseer conducted an experiment by retroactively adding Ogrons to the Daleks‘ history from before the Time War, though found it made no difference to the events‘ outcomes. (AUDIO: Planet of the Ogrons)
Like previous Dalek campaigns, (TV: Mission to the Unknown, Resurrection of the Daleks) duplicates (AUDIO: Fugitive in Time) and Varga plants were used by the Daleks during the Time War. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) A Brancheerian served as an agent for the Daleks to protect their people. (AUDIO: The Uncertain Shore) The Squire was a sleeper agent. (COMIC: Fast Asleep)
The Daleks recruited human agents during the War, including Lara Zannis. When the War impacted 1961 Germany, the Soviet Union attempted to ally with the Daleks, dispatching Kavarin to serve as a liaison. He offered their army and nuclear weapons, which one Dalek stated could make the Earth a second Skaro if the human race became Daleks. The Time Strategist had Kavarin exterminated after revealing they wanted what Kavarin had offered in addition to their destruction. (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex) During their occupation of Moldox, the Daleks used Jocelyn Harris as their puppet leader before using her as a test subject, firing a Temporal Cannon at her. (PROSE: Engines of War)
The Daleks made contact with the Enigma, a being from a different universe, and tried to convince it to wipe out the Time Lords. It initially did so, but relented and eventually decided to leave the War alone. (AUDIO: The Enigma Dimension)
Though the Sontarans were aware of the war, they were not allowed to take part, much to their dismay. (TV: The Sontaran Stratagem) However, they did try to get involved, including by pursuing sites of temporal battles (AUDIO: The Sontaran Ordeal) and at one point holding two strategists from both sides, Cardinal Ollistra and the Dalek Time Strategist, hostage to try to prove their worthiness. The Time Strategist claimed the Sontarans were not able to join the Time War because of biology, stating they lacked the strength and intelligence needed for time battles. (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage)
Many in the universe were opposed to both the Time Lords and Daleks; Cass Fermazzi served in a gunship that openly battled the Daleks, but they also found themselves combated by the Time Lords. Indeed, Cass herself hated the Lords of Time, knowing of their actions during the War and accordingly viewing them to be the exact same as the Dalek Empire. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Similarly, a resistance against the Daleks arose on the occupied world of Moldox, with its membership ranging from adults to even children. However, the resistance also demonstrated hostility towards the Time Lords. (PROSE: Engines of War)
Even as the Time War was fought, most species were unaware of the crisis due to being lower on the "evolutionary ladder." These lesser species were even unable to tell if their planet's timeline was altered by the rupturing Time Vortex because they themselves became part of the change. Thus, only the "higher species" (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) were devastated by the War. (TV: The Unquiet Dead) One account credited this to being a result of the War being fought beyond the sight of the ordinary species, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) but other accounts showed the Time War could also be fought in sight of such beings. Thus, lifeforms like human beings could be aware of the War as a result of events like the Battle for the Tantalus Eye. (PROSE: Engines of War)
The Daleks laid waste to a Brancheerian colony on Donnahee's Moon, taking prisoners. (AUDIO: The Uncertain Shore) Similarly, the Daleks deployed a fleet to attack the Vantross feeding hives (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) and destroyed civilian Space Station Delta 49. (AUDIO: Pretty Lies)
During the conflict, the Time Lords sought to gain the formula for the anti-radiation drug to use against the Daleks, knowing it could be lethal to the mutants. However, the Thals, as a result of their pacifist nature, refused to explain how to create the drug. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
After it had abandoned the conflict, the Nestene Consciousness developed a rapport with the Embodiment of Gris, but, like the Nestene, it was ravaged by fallout from the war during the fall of Nestenia. (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene)
A Great Old One and Lloigor known (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire, PROSE: The Dark Path) as the "Greater Animus" was destroyed during the Time War, with its Carsenome Walls crumbling to dust as well. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor)
The Forest of Cheem witnessed the war and wept at the bloodshed. It was also claimed the Eternals watched the War unfold (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) until they finally decided to abandon the universe (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) when they despaired of it, running from their "hallowed halls." Though one account claimed the Eternals were never seen again, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) the Tenth Doctor later warned the Hervoken about the Eternals, (PROSE: Forever Autumn) and the Thirteenth Doctor encountered Zellin and Rakaya. (TV: Can You Hear Me?)
Described by the Eighth Doctor as an arms race, (AUDIO: The Conscript) many great and terrible weapons were used during the Last Great Time War. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.) Chronon mines saw use during the conflict. (AUDIO: The Rulers of the Universe) Douglas Henderson was created as a living weapon during the War. (COMIC: The Big, Blue Box) Because both sides had space-time vessels, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) time itself was a weapon in the War, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor, COMIC: The Clockwise War) with some accounts literally showing that years and other temporal terms were offensive weapons. Additionally, planets like the Earth were multiplied, becoming bullets to be fired in the vast battles. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War, Revenge of the Nestene)
Technology known to have been used by the Time Lords
The Time Lords deployed bowships, which were ancient craft last used in the Eternal War against the Great Vampires, during the Last Great Time War. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Also Time Scooped from their past to serve in their fleet were the Black Hole Carriers and N-Forms. (PROSE; A Brief History of Time Lords) In an account where the Eighth Doctor ended the War, the Moment was chained to an N-Form. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War) The Time Lord war effort also made use of warships, (AUDIO: Day of the Master) the Anything Gun (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) and the forbidden weapons of the Omega Arsenal (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.) like the Tear of Isha. (PROSE: Engines of War)
The anima device (AUDIO: The Neverwhen) and The Orphaned Hour, which was lost and ended up with the corrupt leaders of Zoline until the Eleventh Doctor took it, were also from the Omega Arsenal. (COMIC: Strange Loops) Another Time Lord superweapon was the Neverwhen, which forced those who were effected by it into time phasing. (AUDIO: A Thing of Guile) Though some accounts depicted an unnamed superweapon (PROSE: The Eyeless) or a De-mat Gun modified with the Great Key of Rassilon, (COMIC: The Forgotten) most accounts stated the Moment was an Omega Arsenal superweapon the War Doctor stole (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.) from Time Vault Zero (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) on the last day. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.)
The Master wielded a laser screwdriver. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm, et al.) Though the War Doctor carried his sonic screwdriver instead of a gun, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) he used weapons like chronic tripwire (COMIC: Four Doctors) and a Time Destructor during the conflict. (AUDIO: The Innocent) He intended to use the Psilent songbox against the Cyclors. (COMIC: Kill God) He used a Paradox Shield to protect Marinus (COMIC: Four Doctors) and a molecular fruit bomb to transform the Villengard factories into a banana grove. (COMIC: The Whole Thing's Bananas)
Along with a personal communicator, Time Lord soldiers were armed with a fusion blaster or a larger-looking gun. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) Temporal flares were used as a distress signal, (AUDIO: One Life) while time torpedoes were used by ships in space combat. (PROSE: Engines of War) Quantum shields, (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex) proximity mines, (PROSE: Decoy) and the Timonic Fusion Device also saw use. (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) Sky trenches were used to defend Gallifrey. (TV: The Last Day) Time pendants (AUDIO: Assets of War) allowed Gallifreyan shock troops to stay ahead of their foes by ten nanoseconds. (AUDIO: The Rulers of the Universe) To quickly deploy soldiers, the Time Lords used blue portals. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen)
The Time Lords fielded all TARDISes at their disposal, (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) including the Type 90, Type 91, Type 93, Type 94, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Type 120, (AUDIO: Echoes of War) Type 560, (AUDIO: The Devil You Know) and any model in storage, such as the older Diplomatic TARDIS used to reach the Sense Sphere. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) The older Type 50 and Type 55 were similarly used, having been re-commissioned for the war effort. (AUDIO: Assassins) The Mark 212 was a new type of TARDIS the Master used, (AUDIO: The Broken Clock) though he was also known to have used his own TARDIS. (COMIC: The Judas Goatee, et al.) The Doctor, as always, used his Type 40 TARDIS. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.)
As the conflict continued, the Daleks got better and better at getting through TARDIS shielding, even that of specific military models, (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) until they were experts at fighting the time capsules. (TV: Journey's End) Though over a million Battle TARDISes were deployed by the Time Lords, (PROSE: Peacemaker) with some on Gallifrey hoping the new generation fielded before the Nightmare Child incident could prove their superiority, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) the entire Battle TARDIS fleet was destroyed by the end of the conflict. (COMIC: Sky Jacks) A prison ship kept secret from public knowledge was the Genesis Ark, a dimensionally transcendtal ship used to imprison millions of Daleks. (TV: Doomsday) Technology used by Lord President Rassilon included his gauntlet, which possessed De-mat technology, and the possibility engine. (PROSE: Engines of War) Thanks to technology available to the Master and a White-Point Star, Rassilon arranged for a connection to 2009 Earth until his defeat. (TV: The End of Time)
Technology known to have been used by the Daleks
- Main article: Casing
Standard Dalek drone mutants piloted bronze motor casings (TV: Dalek) seen in previous conflicts like the Second Dalek War (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) and Dalek-Movellan War. (TV: The Pilot) Black Dalek officers had similar casings but in black, (TV: Doomsday) while the Supreme Dalek was equipped with a bigger red and gold casing. (COMIC: Ambush) The Time Strategist had a similar purple casing, (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex) while the Emperor possessed a much larger bronze casing. The Emperor's Personal Guards had black domes but bronze casings. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Dalek casings were capable of flight, able to absorb artron energy from a time traveller, and could burn anyone who touched them. On their weapons platforms, Daleks were armed with a gunstick for a ranged attack, (TV: Dalek) which could also be equipped with a regeneration inhibitor to instantly kill Time Lords. (AUDIO: The Conscript) Most Daleks were also equipped with a manipulator arm, though other attachments existed. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) Dalek casings could also self-destruct, (TV: Dalek) implement a temporal shift, and had a force field. (TV: Doomsday)
- Main article: Dalek ship
The primary vessel of the Dalek Fleet was the flying saucer, a craft with a compliment of over two thousand Daleks. (TV: Bad Wolf) The Dalek Empire had over ten million of these ships, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and they were equipped with missiles (TV: The Parting of the Ways) and lasers. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The fleet operated under the flag of the Emperor's command ship, a vessel that dwarfed the other saucers in their armada. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) Another saucer variant was the Dalek mothership. (COMIC: Outrun) The Twelfth Doctor speculated a Dalek harvest ship had been taken "out of the mothballs" for the War. (COMIC: Harvest of the Daleks)
Dalek saucers were capable of time travel. (TV: Victory of the Daleks) One account classified the (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War) flying saucers (TV: The Day of the Doctor) involved in the Fall of Gallifrey as "Dalek warships." (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War) Human historians stated that the Daleks built their Time War-era fleet in the Time Vortex, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) though Time Agent Jack Harkness recognized the saucers as Dalek ships (TV: Bad Wolf) despite being unaware of the conflict, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) and Abslom Daak knew the design of a Dalek mothership. (COMIC: Outrun)
Davros had his own command saucer before it was destroyed by the Nightmare Child. (TV: The Stolen Earth, PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Other craft in the Time War-era fleet were Dalek Battlecruisers, (AUDIO: Day of the Vashta Nerada) a type of spherical craft, (COMIC: Ambush) Dalek stealth ships, (PROSE: Engines of War) and the Time capsule that carried the Dalek factor. (PROSE: I Am a Dalek) A smaller ship known as the Dalek Attack Ship was fielded by being deployed from saucers. At least three variants existed; a grey variant seen by the Fall of Arcadia, a bronze variant seen in the later days of the War, and a variant that closely resembled the Emperor. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, PROSE: The Whoniverse) Daleks also flew hoverbouts during the Time War. (PROSE: The Stranger)
- Main article: Dalek weaponry
The Daleks created temporal mines to use against the Time Lords, which would sit and wait in another dimension before destroying what they deemed a large enough fleet. The Time Lords captured many of the mines and repurposed them to attack Dalek fleets instead. (PROSE: Keeping up with the Joneses) They also employed continuity bombs, explosives that would rewrite a Gallifreyean's history and make them a Dalek Slave, (COMIC: Four Doctors) and the entropy engine, which would encase a planet in a bubble and age it to dust. (COMIC: Weapons of Past Destruction) The quantum causality generator, (AUDIO: One Life) Primary Weapon, (AUDIO: Eye of Harmony) reversal wave, (AUDIO: One Life) Shadow Vortex, and Paradox Shield also saw use. (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex) A tracker beacon could track TARDISes. (COMIC: Ambush)
The Dalek-Sensorite parasite was a biological weapon. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) In order to populate newly conquered areas of the universe, the Daleks deployed Progenitors, boosting their numbers to a level that the Time Lords could not contend with and opening up new fronts. (PROSE: Engines of War) After the War, the Ironside Daleks noted that, even though thousands of Progenitors had been created, all but one had been lost. (TV: Victory of the Daleks) This final Progenitor had managed to survive the Time War. (PROSE: A History of Humankind)
The Daleks also plotted to use epoch bombs to remove Gallifrey from history, (PROSE: Decoy) deployed the Time Destructor superweapon, (PROSE: Natural Regression) and created the annihilator. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) Some Time Lords gave the Daleks the Null Zone weapon in a failed bid to end the fighting. (AUDIO: The Thousand Worlds) Another superweapon came with the development of the Temporal Cannon, a massive De-mat weapon made with the energies of the Tantalus Eye. Additionally, a new Dalek variant, fittingly known as Temporal Weapon Daleks, was equipped with smaller versions of the cannon. When fired, the cannons had the ability to wipe non-Dalek targets from history. Operations in the Tantalus Eye were conducted from the command space station. (PROSE: Engines of War)
Behind the scenes
- Every series finale by Russell T Davies featured a villain who'd escaped from the Time War. Series 1's Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways had the Dalek Emperor and a whole fleet of Daleks; series 2's Army of Ghosts / Doomsday had the Cult of Skaro; series 3's Utopia / The Sound of Drums / Last of the Time Lords had the Master; series 4 had Davros; and the 2009 Specials' The End of Time had Rassilon and the High Council.
- Though a frequent theme in the entirety of the RTD era, the Time War itself was not depicted until 2013's The Last Day and The Day of the Doctor. Until then, the audience was only treated to brief, scattered mentions. The End of Time did depict Gallifrey and the actions of the High Council during the last days of the Time War but nothing of the fighting against the Daleks.
- Until 2017, every one of the Doctor's regenerations within the revived series occurred following an event that was in some way related to the Time War:
- The Eighth Doctor regenerated during the Time War with the help of the Sisterhood of Karn who turned him into the man he needed to be to end the war. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
- The War Doctor regenerated after growing too old following years of fighting in the Time War. He regenerated shortly after he and all of the other Doctors saved Gallifrey from destruction and obliterated the Dalek fleet. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
- The Ninth Doctor regenerated after a battle with the Dalek Emperor who had survived the Time War. He came to his end saving Rose Tyler after she eviscerated the Daleks and saved Jack Harkness, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) something the Tenth Doctor would later describe as the "final act of the Time War". (TV: Utopia)
- The Tenth Doctor regenerated after defeating Rassilon who was attempting to free Gallifrey from the time lock, bringing the rest of the war with him. (TV: The End of Time) Earlier, the Tenth Doctor also aborted a regeneration which was caused when he was shot by a Dalek of a new empire created by Davros who had escaped the Time War with the help of Dalek Caan. (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End) The Eleventh Doctor later confirmed that this did indeed count as a regeneration. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
- The Eleventh Doctor also died of old age after centuries of defending Trenzalore, preventing the Time Lords from returning and the Time War from starting anew. The Time Lords intervened to save the Doctor and change the future so this could happen. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
- A 2005 faux-documentary produced by BBC Radio, The Dalek Conquests, attempts to put the Time War into context with the Doctor's recurring conflicts with the Daleks over the years.
- A long-running story arc featured in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures book series concurrent with the return of Doctor Who to television in 2005 featured another Time War, the War in Heaven, which also ended in the Doctor's destruction of Gallifrey. However, Russell T Davies clarified in DWM 356 that, though fans were free to invent their own interpretations, the BBC's merchandise regulations meant that there could be no official connection between the Time War of the novels and the Time War of the television show.
- The "Mission Complete" message of the video game NOTVALID: The Last Dalek deems that the Time War is ended when the eponymous Dalek exterminates the Ninth Doctor, the last Time Lord, and his TARDIS, the last TARDIS, thus making the Daleks the new Lords of Time, fulfilling the ambition of Davros as stated in TV: Remembrance of the Daleks.
- As early as episodes like Dalek and The Parting of the Ways, the War was assumed to end with an "inferno". Similarly, a narrative trailer for Series 1, The Trip of a Lifetime, depicted the Ninth Doctor running away from an explosion, but no source has confirmed if this was meant to be an account of the end of the War.
- In the audio story The Reaping a surviving Cyber-Leader is noted to have found a TARDIS "abandoned on a planet ruined by fire". Though the damage to this planet is comparable to the effects of the Time War, the presence of a TARDIS would further that potential connection, and The Reaping was released over a year after Series 1 and its mentions of the War, no source has drawn a connection between the conflict and this world.
- In a deleted scene from Return of the Cybermen, the Time Lord messenger from Genesis of the Daleks was to reappear and warn the Doctor that his failure on Skaro may have instigated a time war. This was also used as a way of explaining various continuity discrepancies, such as how the events of Return of the Cybermen and Revenge of the Cybermen could coincide, the occurrence of both the novel and televised versions of Human Nature, and the contradictions in the stories of companions such as Liz Shaw and Mary Shelley. Although the scene was never recorded, John Dorney shared the extracts of the script on Twitter.
Doctor Who: Battles in Time
- According to DWBIT 51, an army of Daleks was weakened and fell through time to 70 million years before the 21st century and was destroyed by dinosaurs.
- According to DWBIT 11, a Dalek ship crashed in an island in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, causing a disturbance in human vehicles and the mysterious disappearances of aircraft and surface vessels, which alludes to the eerie phenomenon of the Bermuda Triangle. Their ultimate fate is unknown.
- Also, DWBIT 19 stated a group of Daleks massacred the pirate fleet of Captain Jack Lawrence in late September 1697.