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The Last Great Time War (TV: Dalek) — originally known as the Great Time War, (PROSE: Engines of War) declared as the Pa-Jass Vortan in Dalek, (PROSE: The Slyther of Shoreditch) and remembered with the epithet of "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") In the final battle alone, the Daleks numbered in the quintillions (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and fielded a fleet of ten million flying saucers. (TV: Dalek) The Time Lords used over a million Battle TARDISes (PROSE: Peacemaker) and other ships Time Scooped from their past, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) throwing their own people into the suffering as disposable soldiers and pilots (AUDIO: The Conscript) who would be resurrected from death to be sent back into the fray. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost)
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.)
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. As such, many pondered and feared which side it would fight for. 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) including in 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' beginnings
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 became their greatest enemy. (TV: The Chase, Victory of the Daleks, et al.) He first met the Daleks after landing on their homeworld of Skaro, though he left under the mistaken impression that the Daleks were destroyed. (TV: The Daleks) When Ace incorrectly used an omega device to try and time lock Skaro, the combatants of the battle were briefly resurrected, one swearing to Bernice Summerfield that the Daleks would master time travel and control the rest of the universe now that they knew of life on other worlds. The Seventh Doctor managed to restore history to its proper course but noted that the Dalek City would soon be breached and its occupants reactivated. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro) When the Thal scientist Tryana inadvertently brought this about, the Dalek Supreme attempted to claim the Doctor's TARDIS during his second visit to Skaro for use in conquering other worlds. Although this resurgent force was decisively defeated, the Thals feared that other Dalek settlements existed elsewhere on Skaro. (AUDIO: Return to Skaro) Indeed, the Dalek race eventually ventured beyond Skaro to establish the Dalek Empire. (COMIC: The Amaryll Challenge)
In light of his early encounters with the Daleks, the Second Doctor brought them to the Time Lords' attention during his trial for violating their rule of non-interference, as he told them that they were the most dangerous of all the foes he had stopped on his travels. (TV: The War Games)
Second Dalek War
- Main article: Second Dalek War
Aided by an 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 War Doctor once implied the Time War began as soon as the Daleks held temporal technology that they could use effectively against the Time Lords. (AUDIO: The Innocent)
In 2540, the Third Doctor discovered the Master's alliance with the Daleks and contacted his people for aid in stopping the Daleks' imminent attack on the empires of Earth and Draconia. (TV: Frontier in Space) Appearing to accept the Doctor's plea they guided the TARDIS to Spiridon, where the Doctor aided a group of Thals in neutralising the Dalek army. (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. After the failed attempt to exploit the Cathedral of Contemplation to this end, (AUDIO: Out of Time) the Supreme Dalek's Temporal Research Team pressed on in a bid break into the Time Vortex via the Arkheon Threshold and change history. 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.
Ongoing bombardment intended to breach the Threshold interfered with the Tenth Doctor's TARDIS while in flight. It "slipped a time track" and landed the Doctor in the midst of the war, where he fell prisoner to Dalek X and was blackmailed into cooperating with them. 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 eradicate the Temporal Research Team. 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) leading the war to "fizzle out". (PROSE: Deceit)
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)
Less significantly, the war also saw the introduction of a more advanced "protective armour" casing for Dalek combatants, (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) with a distinct red variant used by the Supreme Commander. (AUDIO: Out of Time) By the outbreak of the Time War, these casings has become standard issue for the Daleks and were used extensively throughout the conflict. (TV: Dalek, The Day of the Doctor, COMIC: Ambush, AUDIO: Aimed at the Body, et al.)
Early Dalek time campaigns
The Daleks eventually developed time machines of their own, however these early time machines 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 proved unreliable in offensive operations. (COMIC: The Secret of the Emperor)
To redeem itself for the failure of the alliance with the Master, the Gold Dalek utilised time travel to invade Earth again, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) creating a temporal paradox whereby human rebels to their rule in the 22nd century triggered a premature World War III which enabled the time travelling Daleks to invade. The paradox was undone by the interference of the Third Doctor despite the Daleks' efforts to defend their new timeline. (TV: Day of the Daleks)
Inspired by the Gold Dalek's plot, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) the Black Dalek ordered the use of a time machine to hunt down the First Doctor and his companions in an attempt to kill them in revenge for the liberation of Earth in the 22nd century. (TV: The Chase) One journalist later suggested this incident to be the first skirmish of the Time War. (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests)
The Doctor survived the Daleks' hunt, and whilst the Daleks pursuing him became locked in battle with Mechonoids arranged for his companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright to steal the Dalek time machine to return home to 1965, setting it to self-destruct upon arrival. (TV: The Chase) This operation consumed all of the Daleks' taranium supply and this with the destruction of the time machine, (PROSE: The Chase) severely crippling the Daleks' existing time travel research, (PROSE: Mission to the Unknown) though it also deprived the Time Lords of an opportunity to study Dalek time technology. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) Through strenuous, long-term efforts the Daleks eventually harvested sufficient quantities of taranium to continue to use the time machines and proceed with the research. (PROSE: The Mutation of Time)
Using their time machines, the Emperor planned to lead the Daleks in a new invasion of Earth, setting the date to 2415. However, his personal time machine proved to be faulty. Whilst the Dalek invasion force landed on Earth in 2415, the Emperor was lost in time and, whilst he ultimately returned, the Daleks were left without a leader and so their invasion of Earth was a complete failure, ending with their surrender. (COMIC: The Secret of the Emperor)
In 4000, the Black Dalek oversaw the development of the Time Destructor, the Daleks' first time-based superweapon. The Destructor was reliant on taranium that the Daleks had to make a deal with Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen to obtain sufficent quantities of. The Daleks planned to use the Time Destructor in an invasion of Earth's solar system, however the First Doctor ultimately turned it against the Daleks, destroying all the resources 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) The Daleks also came to develop chameleon circuits and dimensional transcendentalism. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element)
The "first shot"
- Main article: Genesis Incident
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." Selecting the Fourth Doctor to carry out a mission to avert this future, the renegade and his companions were redirected to Skaro during the Thousand Year War that gave rise to the Daleks. Given his mission by a Time Lord messenger (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) who met with the Doctor in the trenches of Skaro, (PROSE: Lungbarrow) the messenger outlined that the Doctor's mission had 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 (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
The exact identity of this messenger varied depending on the account. Many tellings held that he was a a Time Lord from the Doctor's own era; one account held that the messenger was Lord Ferain, who was the Director of Allegiance within Gallifrey's Celestial Intervention Agency and writer of An Alternative History of Skaro: The Daleks without Davros, (PROSE: Lungbarrow) whereas another telling held the Time Lord who led the mission was the coordinator of the APC Net, Jelpax, after his team foresaw the Dalek-controlled future. (PROSE: Divided Loyalties) The Doctor believed the messenger to have been Lord Cardinal Brastall, (PROSE: A Device of Death) but the CIA's own documents claimed the messenger had been Director Deliavatsud, whose adminstration had failed to recongise the threat of the Daleks until he consulted the APC Net. The documentation claimed the Doctor's mission had been an unauthorised affair, with Deliavatsud being disintegrated by the High Council in response to his actions. (PROSE: The Dalek Problem) A final account claimed Valyes, a Time Lord from a future point in time when Gallifrey was threatened by Daleks, had been the messenger. (AUDIO: Ascension)
After failing to convince the Daleks' creator, Davros, to change the mutants into a force for good, the Doctor had the chance to avert the Daleks' existence but, finding himself unable to commit genocide, faltered at the last second. As the Daleks and Davros began to take control of the Kaled government, the Doctor returned to finish the deed, but his work was cut short. By his estimation, he had only set back Dalek history by a thousand years. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) 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 the War. (WC: Monster File: Daleks, AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests, The Innocent)
The Dalek Time Strategist claimed the mission made it so, "from [the Daleks’] earliest beginnings," they sought time travel and time weaponry, (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) and the War Doctor believed the Daleks never forgot the Time Lord mission to wipe them out, blaming himself for the War due to his failure to destroy the Daleks. The War Doctor, (AUDIO: The Innocent) 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) Dalek historians felt that the Time War was "born from" the mission, (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) 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) According to one account, the fallout of the Doctor's mission created a new version of Dalek history, (PROSE: A Device of Death) although numerous significant events, such as their encounters with the Doctor, appeared to remain the same. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks, et. al)
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) Alternatively, the CIA's own documents appeared to claim the Doctor's mission did not actually change the timeline, instead having effectively been a bootstrap paradox; the documents claimed the Doctor's actions on Skaro only created the timeline they were already living under. (PROSE: The Dalek Problem)
The Time Lords later kept their attempt at genocide secret from their agent Chris Cwej, who was horrified by his masters' actions when the Daleks told him about the mission. (PROSE: Dead Romance) Ironically, scholars on wartime Gallifrey came to believe that if the Time Lords had allowed the Dalek timeline to evolve without interference, and so let Davros refine his creations at that early crucial stage, then they might have become the less aggressive creatures that they had sought to create. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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 Dalek occupied 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. Although the Dalek Prime later claimed the Movellan War was a fabrication, (PROSE: War of the Daleks) many accounts showed that was not true, (AUDIO: The Triumph of Davros, et. al) with the Daleks even becoming "quasi-robotic" beings for a time to better understand their foes. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) The Celestial Intervention Agency even learned an Emperor Dalek was killed during the war, forcing the Dalek Prime to take full control of the Empire. (PROSE: The Dalek Problem) A faction under the Supreme Dalek ventured to Kembel to regain lost information about time travel, (AUDIO: The Triumph of Davros) and, because both the Daleks and Movellans had time machines, their conflict indeed rose to become a war fought throughout time. (AUDIO: The Dalek Gambit)
As the war ground into a stalemate, a Dalek effort to rescue Davros for organic insight was opposed by the Doctor and another Time Lord, his companion Romana II. Allying with the many beings the Daleks had enslaved, they managed to destroy the Dalek force, delivering Davros to stand trial. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) Later, the Tenth Doctor, having found himself in pre-War Dalek history, prevented a Dalek operation that involved the resue of Davros and time travel. A viral attack created by Davros convinced the Movellans to begin work on a devastating anti-Dalek virus, (AUDIO: The Triumph of Davros) as the Daleks had returned to their organic origins after the stalement. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
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) 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 aboard the Supreme's Battlecruiser attempted to create a duplicate of the Fifth Doctor to send to Gallifrey and assassinate the High Council of the Time Lords, only for the beginning of the civil war and the Doctor's actions to destroy the warship. (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 later 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)
When 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 still-alive Supreme, 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 the official outbreak of civil war between the Imperial Daleks loyal to Davros and Renegade Daleks loyal to the Supreme Dalek (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) took place as this civil war was ongoing, involving use of the Hand of Omega by Davros, who intended to use it to grant his Imperials mastery over time to become the new Lords of Time. The Seventh Doctor tricked Davros into using the Hand of Omega to destroy Skaro. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) By some accounts, the Daleks' next step after this was to start a war with the Time Lords. (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) 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) However, the Seventh Corsair claimed to her parrot that the destruction of Skaro by the Hand did not trigger the Time War but rather an earlier, smaller-scale time war. According to her, this smaller conflict was eventually erased by the larger one along with all memory of it ever happening. (PROSE: One Virtue, and a Thousand Crimes)
In the more immediate aftermath of the Shoreditch Incident, however, 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 came to survive its destruction, with theories ranging from it being remade using with another planet to the Dalek homeworld actually being restored through temporal maneuvers, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) but the Time Lords nonetheless became aware of the reborn Skaro. (PROSE: Lungbarrow) Additionally, different accounts existed on which faction had even won the civil war. One account claimed it was Dalek Prime and his Renegades, who put Davros on trial to root out his remaining supporters. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)
Another account, however, claimed Davros's Imperial faction had won the war, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) with a Dalek Supreme, styling itself the Emperor of the Restoration and taking control of the Imperium after Davros had fled, forming the Restoration Empire. (PROSE: The Restoration Empire) After defeating the Renegade Daleks, the Restoration Emperor 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 and rebirth, the newly-elected Lord President Romana II 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
The Death Zone
With the Last Great Time War being the "final battle" between the Time Lords and Daleks, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) the two factions went through many struggles that created tensions between them. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor, et. al) The tensions were so high that Missy once claimed "murdering a Dalek" was like golf to a Time Lord. (TV: The Witch's Familiar) Additionally, during their ancient era, (TV: The Five Doctors) the Time Lords Time Scooped species into the Death Zone for a blood sport they called "the Game of Rassilon". Before excluding the exterminators from the Game for "[playing it] too well", the Daleks were among those dropped in to fight other races for Gallifrey's entertainment. It was believed the Daleks interpreted this as an act of aggression, helping to build the tensions that led to the War. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
The rogue Lord President Borusa would also scoop several Daleks into the Death Zone during his failed gambit to achieve immortality; one Dalek was destroyed in its attempt to kill the First Doctor and Susan Foreman, while several others encountered five of the Doctor's former companions elsewhere in the zone. These Daleks could not identify their new surroundings, understanding only that they had been transported by an "unknown force". (TV: The Five Doctors, AUDIO: The Five Companions) Additionally, while Time Lord agent Chris Cwej had never heard of it, the Daleks claimed there was a treaty that officially barred them from being Time Scooped, further saying this treaty gave them Time Lord-permission to create their early, simple time machines, yet Christine Summerfield did not know what the Daleks could have promised in return. The supposed treaty was broken when the Time Lords tried to wipe out the Daleks (PROSE: Dead Romance) at their genesis. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks, et al.) Cwej learned of the supposed treaty when he arrived on Skaro for negotiations during War in Heaven. (PROSE: Dead Romance)
- Main article: Cloister Wars
When the Sontaran Empire invaded Gallifrey with the Vardans, their campaign was fought off by the Fourth Doctor (TV: The Invasion of Time) but revealed, to the overall universe for the first time, the existence of the Matrix and the vast stores of knowledge contained within. Although fought long before the Time War, the Daleks joined the ensuing Cloister Wars at a time when they had already come to see the Time Lords as their ancient enemies. Said to be the first faction to attack Gallifrey during these wars, the Dalek Empire made its first ever effort to uncover Gallifreyan secrets when it invaded with Bronze Daleks, seeking to uncover secrets about the Time Lords and prophecies relating to the future of Skaro. As such, a scouting party of bronze drones managed to infiltrate the Cloisters that held the Matrix. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
Attacked by Cloister Wraiths and fibre-optic cables, which would trap invaders in the Matrix and force them into becoming its defense, (TV: Hell Bent) the Dalek squad was lost within the mists of time and forcefully wired into the system, leaving them trapped. The same fate awaited the many other species who attacked Gallifrey during the wars. Rumors claimed these trapped Daleks survived into the post-Time War era, still wired into the system and left to beg for extermination. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Indeed, venturing into the Cloisters with his companion Clara Oswald under the post-War Capitol, the Twelfth Doctor encountered a trapped bronze Dalek, which he speculated to be leftover from the conflicts, begging to be exterminated. He reasoned there was nothing the two of them could do to save it and moved on. (TV: Hell Bent)
According to the Time Lords themselves, the Cloister Wars were actually waged very early in their history. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) Indeed, Missy once implied as such, claiming that a young version of herself and the Doctor had fought in the wars. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice) The Sontaran invasion, meanwhile, was fought much later in Gallifreyan history, (TV: The Invasion of Time) but several species said to be involved in the Cloister Wars, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) like the Daleks, Cybermen, and Weeping Angels, had access to time travel, explaining the discrepancy. (TV: The Chase, The Haunting of Villa Diodati, Once, Upon Time) The Time Lords also claimed the Hybrid prophecy (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) some feared was connected to the Last Great Time War (TV: Hell Bent) came from the Cloister Wars period. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
In any case, following the Sontaran invasion, Gallifrey was again invaded, this time by the Dominators. Though the Fifth Doctor claimed that there was never "any serious risk of us being conquered", the Quarks' did cause significant enough damage to the Capitol that a replacement building was prepared. (AUDIO: Time in Office)
Etra Prime incident
- Main article: Etra Prime incident
In Rassilon Era date 2776.2, (AUDIO: Neverland) still in the early days of Romana II's presidency, the Etra Prime incident began when Romana made a ceremonial visit to Etra Prime, only for the planet, Romana, and the 299 other delegates from the Temporal Powerson Etra Prime to be removed from time and space by the Dalek Empire. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) One Gallifreyan author felt that the Dalek capture of Romana could be seen as the event that inadvertently started the War. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) For 20 years, the Daleks forced Romana and the others to work as slaves, mining what they called the "Apocalypse Element" on the missing planet. The Daleks assigned Romana the designation "Prisoner Unit 117", (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) a name that they would continue to refer to her with during the Time War. (AUDIO: Homecoming)
Using the Apocalypse Element, the Daleks planned to detonate a massive explosion in the Seriphia Galaxy near Gallifrey, thus remaking the entire galaxy into "a million Skaros" from which they could launch new campaigns. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) In 2796.8, (AUDIO: Neverland) after Etra Prime had been missing for twenty years, the Daleks returned the planet to attack the Temporal Powers' Archetryx Convention to secure a Monan Host time vessel to complete their synthesis of the 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. Fighting their way to the Eye, the Dalek squad killed the interim president and many of the Chancellery Guard.
While the Black Dalek and its forces died in the process of containing the explosion, (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) ending the incident the Time Lords came to simply recall as "the Dalek invasion", (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) their plot had 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, (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) the Daleks successfully annexed the reborn galaxy, using it to launch the Second Great Dalek Occupation. The remade galaxy was important enough that the Dalek Supreme remained based there. (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 believed it foreshadowed that the Time Lords would need to fight to keep control of the universe, abandoning the non-interference policy in the process. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) Other individuals believed the event began the escalation of tensions that led to the War, negating Romana's earlier attempts at peace, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) with one historian dubbing it "an early warning of the Time War to come". (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
The Free Time front
Additionally, 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.) Ultimately, theorised to be a result of ensuing temporal instabilities, the adventure unfolded at least four times, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) with the Eighth Doctor and Romana at one point "resuming" their adventure. Upon arriving in the Time Lord prison of Shada, numerous Daleks were imprisoned (WC: Shada) despite seemingly having been absent from the cells during the Fourth Doctor's versions of the Shada affair. (TV: Shada, et al.) Shada would manage to survive the Time War. (COMIC: The One)
Sometime after the Etra Prime incident, 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 indeed 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, et al.)
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 Great Houses of the Time Lords began to fight a time war, known as the War in Heaven to the lesser species, against "the Enemy". During this conflict, known simply as "the War" to the Time Lords, the Doctor was a figure of some importance, (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell, Alien Bodies, et al.) and it culminated in Gallifrey being destroyed, (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) seemingly by the Eighth Doctor, (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) although the planet he destroyed may have been a cloneworld. (PROSE: The Story So Far...) Subsequently, only a few "time elementals" remained in the universe. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street) The identity of the Enemy was a contentious matter shrouded in mystery and misdirection, but there were varying signs about whether the Daleks and the Enemy were the same. (PROSE: Alien Bodies, PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5, et. al)
Accounts gave contradictory information regarding the relationship between the War in Heaven and the Last Great Time War against the Dalek Empire; some accounts suggested the Wars were, to some degree, synonymous, with one Time Lord with a major involvement in the War in Heaven becoming involved in rising tensions before the Great Time War. (AUDIO: The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel, X and the Daleks) Some accounts of the Last Great Time War referred to it simply as "the War" and acknowledged the existence of multiple Gallifreys, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor, Doctor Who and the Time War) which lined up with the official name of the War in Heaven being "the War" and the Homeworld's Nine Gallifreys project. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon The Book of the War, et. al) Carvil, a Time Lord defeated during the Last Great Time War, (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror) became leader of the Clock-People, (PROSE: Out of the Box) who themselves were survivors of the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Story So Far...)
The Greth also referred to the conflict that the Clock-People had been involved in as "a great war", (PROSE: Out of the Box) a term used by the Daleks to describe their war with Gallifrey. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan) Additionally, the Etra Prime incident, viewed as an early conflict in what would become the Last Great Time War, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) was discussed on Gallifrey at the onset of the War in Heaven as one of its warning signs. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) The Tenth Doctor, thinking back to his destruction of Gallifrey at the end of the Last Great Time War, remembered the events of the Eighth Doctor's destruction of Gallifrey to stop the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell, The Eyeless) The novel Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion) was renamed "Doctor ? in an Exciting Adventure With the Enemy" to hide the "proper names" of the subjects. (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5)
However, the Time Lord Homunculette was certain that the Enemy and the Daleks were distinct, believing that the Daleks were nothing compared to the threat his people were facing. (PROSE: Alien Bodies) According to some Great House briefings, a species of "xenophobic mutants travelling in their own personal war machines" were trying to take advantage of the War for their own means, to the point that some people with a flawed understanding of the War wrongly believed these biomechanoids to be the Enemy. (PROSE: Pre-narrative Briefings) Nonetheless, some historical texts held that the Daleks were the "mysterious enemy" (PROSE: The Whoniverse) that Gallifrey had long prophesied would emerge (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) to destroy them. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) The Squire later proclaimed the Daleks to have been "the Great Enemy" of the Time Lords. (COMIC: Pull to Open)
One historical account claimed that there had only been two other time wars, the Halldon-Eternal skirmish and the Omnicraven Uprising, before the Last Great Time War, implying the war with the Daleks (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) was the same as the war against the Enemy. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) However, this account admitted to not knowing the full story of Gallifreyan history; (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) indeed, there were many Time Wars waged in Gallifrey's past, including the conflict with the Great Vampires (PROSE: Damaged Goods) who became involved, to varying extents, with the War in Heaven and Last Great Time War. (PROSE: The Book of the War, COMIC: The Bidding War) In fact, one N-Form reactivated for what it termed "the War" originally assumed the coming conflict was simply a continuation of the war against the vampires. (PROSE: Damaged Goods, AUDIO: Damaged Goods) The ancient wars also helped establish the rationalistic timeline (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors) the modern Time Wars were fought over. (PROSE: Alien Bodies, TV: The Day of the Doctor, et. al)
Direct encounters with the Enemy were classified as "OMEGA level events," (PROSE: Subjective Interlock) and the Dalek conquest of Arcadia during the Last Great Time War was classified as deserving a "Priority Omega" warning code. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The Player also directly referred to the Daleks and the Great Time War as "the enemy" and "the war", respectively, during his encounter with the First Doctor to keep details secretive. (AUDIO: The Plague of Dreams) The Daleks had also definitively been the Enemy in a parallel universe version of the War in Heaven created by the Quantum Archangel. In this version of the conflict, the Sixth Doctor led the Time Lords to abandon their non-interference policy to begin the War, only for the Master to later side with the Daleks to help them secure an advantage. Eventually, the fighting forced the Doctor to destroy the universe with a superweapon. (PROSE: The Quantum Archangel)
As parts of each other
Other accounts gave hints that the Last Great Time War could be a part of the War in Heaven or vice-versa; in the lead-up to the War in Heaven, Chris Cwej negotiated an alliance between the Great Houses and the "race of machine people" whom the Houses had once tried to erase from history because the "All-High Gods" were a common enemy to both; (PROSE: Dead Romance) the machine people agreed to play the part of the Enemy in several microscopic models of the War with far less scope and intensity. The only Homeworld to survive one of these 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) matching the circumstances on the last day of the Last Great Time War. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Alternatively, there was a period of the Last Great Time War where the Daleks were wiped from existence by the War Valeyard. (AUDIO: The War Valeyard) Until the Daleks were restored by the Dalek Time Strategist and a copy of Davros, (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) the Time Lords were unable to exactly recall who they had been fighting, leaving them to ponder who their mysterious, unknowable enemy had been. Not even the countless slaves the Daleks had the conscripted to serve as disposable troops could remember whom they had been serving under and surrendered. (AUDIO: Dreadshade)
The War in Heaven as an aborted timeline
During the Faction Paradox invasion of Gallifrey, the Eighth Doctor elected to destroy Romana III's Gallifrey to try to avert the existence of the War in Heaven, seemingly ending the conflict by essentially aborting the timeline in which the War occurred at the cost of Gallifrey, (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) although some accounts implied the planet he destroyed was not the original homeworld, which would make his actions for naught if true. (PROSE: The Story So Far..., et. al) Nonetheless, the Doctor did find himself in the post-War universe after these actions. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)
Additionally, earlier in Gallifreyan history, Irving Braxiatel went on a mission to cancel out the existence of Romana III, albeit a Romana III who seemed different (AUDIO: Enemy Lines) from the one involved in the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) According to Brax, he did this on her orders to avert a war that devastated Gallifrey, but he did not go into detail about what that conflict exactly entailed. Nonetheless, Brax's actions seemed to ensure Gallifrey would not know a new, full scale war until the Last Great Time War. His actions also ensured Omega never escaped his anti-matter universe, (AUDIO: Enemy Lines) which he had in a perverted state of reality that, in some way, came before the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors)
The Last Great Time War as following the War in Heaven
Yet other accounts, however, implied that Gallifrey somehow returned from its destruction in the War in Heaven, allowing the Last Great Time War to occur after this apparent Time Lord victory in the earlier time war. Before Gallifey's restoration, (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) 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) so, though the Daleks were seen as being far less dangerous than the Enemy during the War itself, (PROSE: Alien Bodies) they began greatly growing in universal prominence in the post-War universe, taking advantage of how the Time Lords were no longer present to quell advanced time travel development in the lesser species. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Indeed, the War Doctor reflected that the Daleks and the Time Lords were on equal footing when it came to time travel power during their Time War, (AUDIO: The Innocent) with the wider Time Lord military even fearing Dalek technology was more advanced than their own equipment. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) The Tomorrow Windows had given the Eighth Doctor a glimpse of a future in which the Time Lords were restored after the War in Heaven, but they also warned him of the Daleks, showing grey drones and a saucer sweeping over a ruined city. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) Baron Amatsumara once claimed that "the true War" would begin when the War in Heaven ended, (PROSE: Head of State) and the powerful Great Black Eye that watched over the post-War universe, (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, The Gallifrey Chronicles) waiting for a chance to strike, may have been the eyestalk of a Dalek. (PROSE: Sometime Never...)
The rogue Great House of Faction Paradox had also played a major role in the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Book of the War, et. al) In fact, the Clock-People, the group whom Carvil came to lead (PROSE: Out of the Box) after his involvement in the Last Great Time War, (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror) were actually survivors of Faction Paradox from the War in Heaven. (PROSE: The Story So Far...) However, the Thirteenth Doctor believed that the Faction had "left the universe far behind" sometime before the Last Great Time War began. While Siblings Same and Different were known to have taken part in the conflict, the Doctor rationalised that they could have been part of a "fraction" of the Faction that elected to remain in the universe, with the Doctor even pondering whether more of this possible remnant were active in the universe long after the war with the Daleks had ended. (PROSE: The Paradox Moon)
The Kotturuh crisis
- Main article: Kotturuh crisis
After he had declared himself the Time Lord Victorious due to believing himself to be the last survivor of the Last Great 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, though this event unleashed the Entity — which forced the Daleks into retreat until the Battle of Mechanus, (WC: The Archive of Islos, The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy, 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)
During the War, the Time Lords' scrutiny of Dalek history brought forth a range of sources providing "recent intelligence" that indicated the Dalek Time Squad had somehow managed to enter the Dark Times, at the periphery of the temporal exclusion zone observed by most time sensitive races. Knowing that the Time Squad was ruthless even by Dalek standards and that they would use time itself as a weapon given their temporal position, they were included in a guide to the Daleks written for the War, with images provided labeling members of the Restoration Empire. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
Brink of Time War
The rising tensions
During his travels with Fitz Kreiner and Trix MacMillan, the Eighth Doctor encountered evidence of a coming Time War on a planet corrupted by temporal distortion. (PROSE: We Can't Stop What's Coming) By 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) with the Dalek Time Strategist claiming that the Daleks knew of the Time Lord mission "from [their] earliest beginnings". (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage)
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 a singular consciousness known as the Eminence (AUDIO: Eye of Darkness, et al.) that, for a time, became a threat equal to, or possibly bigger than, the Daleks. (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master)
Concurrently, CIA officer Narvin decided to recruit the Master by 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) To ensure the Master survived for the War, he needed to be given a new set of regenerations, (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master) but there was historical confusion about how he had been resurrected and from what demise he had been rescued. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) One historical text claimed that the Master was resurrected during the War itself, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) while other accounts showed he washad been restored to life during the rising tensions that led to the War. (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master, Sins of the Father, et. al)
One account implied the Master had been restored after being pulled from the Doctor's TARDIS, leaving the ship damaged but giving the High Council their warrior. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War) Indeed, the timeship Lolita once recalled that the War King was taken from her "sister" when the Great Houses "wanted him back", though she claimed her sibling had willingly released him. (WC: Overture to 'Sabbath and the King') The War King was similiar to the Master in many respects, being a former Time Lord renegade, criminal, and close friend to the Doctor. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors, The Taking of Planet 5) In fact, he had once used the title of "master" and noted he enjoyed having a beard whenever he took on a new body. (AUDIO: Sabbath and the King)
According to another account, the Master's final demise was at the hands of the Ravenous; the CIA recruited three other incarnations of the Master — "Bruce" Master from before the War, the the War Master from the conflict, and Missy, who existed in the post-War universe — to save their other self, resulting in the resurrection of their other incarnation, who regenerated into the "Bald" Master. (AUDIO: Day of the Master) Subsequently, the newly regenerated Master knew that the Time Lords had rescued him from his "predicament" and realised he was being "brought back into the fold" and for something they had foreseen. While at the time he was not quite sure what he was being "softened up for", (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master) he would later become aware of the fact that he was restored to life for the war against the Daleks. (TV: The Sound of Drums)
However, after recruiting the reborn Master, the Time Lords foresaw another possible future in which the Eminence, not the Daleks, would be the only life form left in the universe. While Time Lords and Daleks both became opposed to the Eminence, the Time Lords hoped to use the Eminence as a weapon against the Daleks, which the Eighth Doctor compared to "fighting a fire with nuclear weaponry". The Master was thus instructed to use the Eminence to fight the Daleks (AUDIO: Eyes of the Master) and helped to bring about its creation. (AUDIO: Masterplan) However, the Master betrayed the Time Lords, first by allying with the Eminence (AUDIO: Rule of the Eminence) and then the Dalek Time Controller, creating a new timeline to rule over.
Both partnerships were brought down by the Eighth Doctor, Liv Chenka, and Molly O'Sullivan, (AUDIO: Master of the Daleks) who was able to avert the alternate timeline. The Eminence was also eliminated, with it also being revealed the Time Controller — which was seen as impure by the rest of the Dalek Empire after being inoculated with retro-genitor particles and becoming an enemy to the Dalek Supreme — had transformed into the Eminence at the start of the consciousness' existence. As such, the destruction of the Eminence marked the destruction of the Time Controller, so the Supreme ordered the creation of a new Dalek Time Strategist, (AUDIO: Eye of Darkness) which went on to be a major player in the Time War. (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex, et al.)
Attempts to prevent the War
It became clear that the Matrix was "always predicting doom and gloom". (AUDIO: Deeptime Frontier) In response, Padrac, a Time Lord on the High Council, founded the Doom Coalition to prevent Gallifrey's future destruction by destroying the rest of the universe, having foreseen through the Matrix that, if any other civilisation were to survive, Gallifrey was apparently destined to be wiped out, even if it was only because of the collateral damage from the wars of lesser species. He also plotted to use the life force left over from every destroyed civilisation to make the Time Lords truly immortal via the Crucible of Souls. (AUDIO: The Crucible of Souls) To bring about the destruction, he turned towards Caleera, a Time Lady with incredible physic powers whom he had charmed years prior. With her as its power source, he intended to use a Resonance Engine to destroy the universe. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures)
As he moved forward with this plan, Padrac launched a coup to become President of the High Council. (AUDIO: Songs of Love) Most survivors of the High Council to hide themselves in New York City in the 1970s, allying with the the Monk and the Weeping Angels to build the city into a stronghold that could survive Padrac's attempt at destroying the universe, (AUDIO: The Side of the Angels) but Councillor Alekall remained on Gallifrey to lead a resistance. Allying with the resistance, the Eighth Doctor and his companions stopped the Doom Coalition by revealing to Caleera that Padrac had never loved her, stopping the Resonance Engine. Now fearing the future of Gallifrey was set in stone, Padrac, whilst being imprisoned, accused the Doctor of ensuring their homeworld's demise. (AUDIO: Stop the Clock) During the Time War, Gallifreyans remembered Padrac as a dictator. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures)
Time Lords Rasmus and Brallix manned the Deeptime Frontier to mine dark chronons as a power source for Battle TARDISes if the Eye of Harmony were lost, additionally recruiting the brilliant human scientist Daria Visteron. 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 Eighth Doctor helped to put a stop to the Ravenous crisis, unaware that it had brought out the existence of the "Bald" Master he had fought previously. (AUDIO: Day of the Master)
The Eighth Doctor and his companions were then trapped in London during the 2020s for a time. (AUDIO: Lost Property, et. al) Sometime before the Time War broke out, (COMIC: The Time Ball) the Doctor took on a companion named Josie Day after meeting her at one of his houses. (COMIC: The Pictures of Josephine Day) His adventures with Josie helped to heal his spirit for the conflict to come. He had also already taken to wearing the clothing (COMIC: The Time Ball) he mainly wore throughout the fighting. (TV: The Night of the Doctor, et. al) He also displayed a dislike of soldiers by these travels and was already weary of war. (COMIC: Music of the Spherions)
Building up arms
The "Bald" Master eventually regenerated into an incarnation (AUDIO: Masterful) who became known as The War Master due to his involvement in the Time War, (AUDIO: The War Master) but he was involved in events prior to the conflict to help the military the Time Lords were preparing. (AUDIO: Sins of the Father) During this 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 the War approached, President Livia established the War Council, which 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 as part of Project Revenant. Revenant was an initiative to resurrect deceased Time Lords from the Matrix using a facility kept in a pocket dimension. In secret, those involved in Project Revenant (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention) made contact with Rassilon, the founder of Time Lord society (PROSE: Engines of War) who had been manipulating Gallifreyan society from the Martix for some time already. (PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey) Rassilon was persuaded to return to the world of the living to lead his people in a crusade against the Dalek Empire. (PROSE: Engines of War)
Beginning of the Time War
Fighting breaks out
Declaration of the War
The rivalry between the Time Lords and the Daleks, regarded as the two most powerful species in N-Space, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) eventually hit a boiling point, (AUDIO: Desperate Measures) with the Daleks, believing themselves to be the rightful supreme power of the universe, having grown eager to overthrow Gallifrey (WC: Gallifrey War Room) to become the new Lords of Time and finally have revenge on the Gallifreyans for their attack on their origins. According to some historians, 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, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) but another account held that the Daleks only deployed their "awesome fleet" into the Time Vortex when the War finally began. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) No matter the true circumstances, 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, even though 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) The Doctor would later state that the Daleks had "gone off to fight a bigger war", that being the Time War. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) When the Daleks emerged to begin the fighting, their forces were at a scale never before seen, making it clear that they were on a war footing. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) According to the War Doctor, combatants of the War came to forget how it had actually started. In effect, the start of the conflict became "ancient history," even as the fighting continued to rage throughout space and eternity. (AUDIO: The Innocent)
While Dalek historians would claim that "no one is certain" if it was the Time Lords or Daleks who committed the act of aggression that made their tensions reach a boiling point, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) one account held that the breaking point was hit 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. Following 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. Housed within a pocket universe, the project was designed to restore the greatest minds of Gallifreyan history from the Matrix to help defeat the Dalek Empire, with Rassilon secretly amongst those to be restored. Livia shutdown the dispute between the CIA and War Council. That evening, she issued the formal declaration of war on the Daleks. (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention) The Daleks then made their own formal declaration of hostilities. 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)
When the War suddenly began, a bright light began to shine in the Kasterborous system and towards Gallifrey, catching the attention of the Gallifreyans on the planet, though their reactions were not universal; some were shocked and showed signs of fear at the start of the conflict, while at least one Time Lord outside the Capitol looked up in anger. (COMIC: Agent Provocateur) Massive fleets of Dalek flying saucers were dispatched to invade the Gallifreyan homeworld, forcing Gallifrey and the fleet it came to gather to start the War on the defensive. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) While all of Gallifrey was shielded by its transduction barriers, (PROSE: Engines of War) sky trenches were established around vital Gallifreyan cities like Arcadia and the Capitol in case the Daleks broke through. (TV: The Last Day, The Day of the Doctor)
Nonetheless, Gallifrey was largely able (AUDIO: Homecoming) to remain on the "furthest edge" of the fighting throughout the conflict, (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) although the citizens of the Homeworld eventually came to fear that they were merely holding back the inevitable, believing that the Daleks would, eventually, break through Gallifrey's military might, destroy the planet's civilisation in its entirety. (PROSE: Engines of War) Furthermore, the ensuing conflict between the Daleks and Time Lords was so devastating it was contained within a time lock by the post-War universe; (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) while the Great Time War was known to have spread into every time zone in existence, (PROSE: Engines of War) the time lock around it meant that those trapped in the War found themselves unable to escape the fighting, (TV: The End of Time) with the new time zones they travelled into almost always simply becoming new fronts that the other side would respond to. (PROSE: Engines of War, AUDIO: The Sontaran Ordeal, et. al)
As the battles of the War spread throughout eternity, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor, et al) there would be many accounts of the conflict that appeared to contradict each other; the identity of the Dalek Emperor of the War, (PROSE: Exit Strategy, AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) the precise events of and temporal placement for the "death" of Davros, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe, The Third Wise Man, AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) whether or not the Eighth Doctor regenerated into the War Doctor, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War, TV: The Night of the Doctor) the War Doctor's mindset after that regeneration, (COMIC: The Clockwise War, AUDIO: Light the Flame) and even the precise way the War ended were all examples of details that had varying, disagreeing accounts. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War)
However, such incongruity in accounts of the Time War was natural for the conflict; (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) even though it was thought events trapped within a time lock were impossible to rewrite, (AUDIO: One Life) both the Time Lords and Daleks had access to space-time vessels (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor, et al) and took advantage of history, changing it to their will whenever possible. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence) As noted by one Time Lord author, it was impossible to know what had exactly happened in the War, writing that every action in the conflict "has happened, then not happened at all, then happened again but at a different time entirely". In the end, having been fought "through every time and no time", the struggle between the Time Lords and Dalek Empire would leave the universe in a constant state of temporal flux. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
The conflict begins
Dubbed the "Great Time War" despite those living through it simply calling it "Hell", (PROSE: Engines of War) the savage and endless conflict fought between the Time Lords and Daleks (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) was fought for "the sake of all creation", (TV: Gridlock) becoming 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, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) leaving those who survive to only know it to be a cataclysmic period of universal history. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) As much of the War's history was overwritten and rewritten during the fighting, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe, The Whoniverse) 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)
One account stated that the physical war was fought in the Time Vortex and Ultimate Void, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) with the Nestene Consciousness perceiving the Time War as being able to breach into the "normal universe", only to disappear as soon as it came. (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene) However, many other accounts did indeed show that the conflict could be fought on terrain or in normal space (COMIC: The Clockwise War, PROSE: Engines of War, et. al) in addition to being fought through "time battles" that lesser species could not comprehend. In effect, the Daleks and Time Lords faced each other on both physical and temporal fronts. (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) With battles opening up in the known universe, unknown universe, partly known universe, and the countless epochs that made up history, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor, Engines of War) the universe was filled with conflict; large and small-scale engagements were fought everywhere and anywhere, (PROSE: Engines of War) with "all of time and space" becoming available for use as a battleground, while less comprehensible "time battles" were waged beyond the understanding of lesser beings. (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage)
The War even spread into alternate realities, which only made uncovering its proper chronology harder, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) and the Twelfth Doctor later reflected that the War shattered entire dimensions. (COMIC: The Clockwise War)
When they saw the Daleks emerge from the shadows on a war footing, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) the Time Lords had 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, taunting him by asking if Gallifrey had forgot to warn him that "the War's started all over again." (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)
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) As all these ships were swiftly assembled in response to the Dalek war footing, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) 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) defending Gallifrey from the vast Dalek fleets sent against the planet during the first days of the War. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) To counter the Time Lords' forces, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) the Daleks fielded an army of extremely powerful bronze Dalek drones, (TV: Dalek, Doomsday, et al.) deployed a fleet of over ten million flying saucers, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and unleashed the "full might" of the Deathsmiths of Goth, who were released by the Emperor Dalek himself. ((PROSE: Meet the Doctor, A Brief History of Time Lords)
Soon after the Time Lords assembled their fleet, the devastating conflict officially erupted into the universe, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) yet, according to the General's reflections, his people did not consider the conflict a war at first; the Time Lords thought the Daleks were simply acting out of line and, even as the Daleks continued their attacks, hoped the fighting would end as a series of mere skirmishes. Whenever Daleks gathered in millions for battle during this early period, the Lords of Time, arrogantly believing they did not need to meet the Daleks as an equal force, would force the star nearest to the assembled Dalek armada to explode in an attempt to wipe out the assembled force, only for the Dalek Empire to assemble another attack group and reattack. Whilst the Time Lords once thought themselves superior to the Daleks, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) the General came to realise his people were not prepared to do battle with the exterminators. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
Furthermore, the ancient vessels the Time Lords had plundered from their past were little compared to the Dalek Fleet; massive Dalek mega-saucers and void-tanks could easily outperform the ancient craft, even when they were fielded as massive fleets, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) and Time Lord soldiers came to realise that one Dalek drone was a big enough threat to wipe out an entire Gallifreyan city. (TV: The Last Day) Having also pulled Battle TARDISes from their past (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) to join the number already at Gallifrey's disposal in the present, thanks to the Doom Coalition having restarted the Battle TARDIS program, (AUDIO: The Crucible of Souls) entire fleets of Battle TARDISes of various models were deployed into the fighting, with the Time Lords even developing new generations of Battle TARDISes designed specifically to better fight Daleks. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) However, though they were once thought impossible to breach, the Daleks improved in their ability to break through TARDIS force fields, even the shields of Battle TARDISes, as the fighting carried on. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence)
One of the first Time Lord victories was at Keetol, where the Daleks wanted to mine the planet for its weapons-grade rocks, which was achieved with the aid of the War Master. This victory was later negated when the Master later used the Heavenly Paradigm. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) The Time Lords quickly assembled great battleships in the Quantum Yards for an assault on Seriphia, including Dreadnought Septima. (AUDIO: Hostiles) The fateful battle of Seramiphius V was fought between a Time Lord force, made up at least in part by ancient vessels, and Dalek fleet of void-tanks and mega-saucers. Additionally, Grey Daleks were deployed into space during the battle, helping the fleet attack the Gallifreyan force. When the engagement at Seramiphius V was mentioned in a text written by Dalek historians, it was mentioned towards the start of the book's section on the War, imply it to be an early battle. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
The Time Lords called on the Eighth Doctor for aid, but he refused to join their conflict. (AUDIO: All Hands on Deck, Soldier Obscura) He was initially nowhere to be found in the Time War. (AUDIO: Master of Worlds) Nonetheless, stories of the Doctor's stands against the Daleks brought hope to the Time Lords, even during the early days of the War when he refused to battle. Furthermore, there were moments when the War Doctor could be found in the wartime before his regeneration during the Fifth Segment, as he could travel back into the days of the Eighth Doctor if the fighting called for it. (PROSE: The Stranger) For example, Cass Fermazzi, who would die during the life of the Eighth Doctor, had bore witness to the massacre at Skull Moon that the War Doctor led. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
While one account credited the Xaranti war with the destruction, (PROSE: The Bodysnatchers) most accounts agreed that the Zygon homeworld of Zygor was destroyed during the Time War. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, PROSE: The Whoniverse) Long before the war, the Zygons had formed part of Rassilon's Alliance of Races. (COMIC: Terrorformer) While it was said the stellar explosion (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster) that made Zygor "burn" occurred in the first days of the War, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) a historical account of the universe claimed Zygor was destroyed during a time when the conflict had "intensified even further". (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Many Zygons survived the destruction of their home planet, began to hunt for a new home, (PROSE: The Bodysnatchers) and, during the War, became adept at making structures which couldn't be breached by TARDISes. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) During his attempted invasion of Earth in the 20th century, Broton claimed that Zygor was lost in a "recent catastrophe", (TV: Terror of the Zygons) but he was not following human time-scale. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster)
The Time Lords had hoped to scare the Daleks away, failing to understand the enemy they were facing and that they would be met with the Daleks' special brand of hate. Time and time again, this was showcased, yet the Time Lords failed to understand; Harlan Castellos made Daleks fall like they were hail during the Spiral Furl when he turned the death of his TARDIS into an electromagnetic extinction event, yet the Daleks did not stop; the Anything Gun was used and crumpled space-time, yet the Daleks did not stop; the fighting overturned the universe as if it was mere dirt, yet the Daleks did not stop. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) At some point, the vicious sky battle of Thusk was fought in the upper atmosphere of the colony, with Time Lord pilots crashing to the surface of Thusk, forcing refugees to rush to their rescue. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
Irving Braxiatel initiated a plan to lure a Dalek fleet into a trap at the Obscura, taking Ace along with him. He told Ace there was a weapon there, which was actually a lie he was using to bring the Daleks. On arrival they discovered Daleks had already made multiple efforts to reach the Time Lord station at the heart of the Obscura and the old soldier assigned to guard the station, Danna, had lost her accuracy due to old age, jeopardising Braxiatel's plan which depended on her making a vital shot at the right moment. Braxiatel killed Danna and worked with Ace to improvise a new plan when the Dalek fleet he'd lured arrived, exposing the station to the forces of the Obscura as they boarded and making the shot himself. As he returned to his TARDIS, Ace revealed she knew what he'd done to Danna and accused him of being a coward.
Infuriated, Braxiatel wiped Ace's mind of all knowledge of the War and left her on 20th century Earth. (AUDIO: Soldier Obscura) Safe behind the time lock around Earth, (AUDIO: Assassins) Ace eventually founded A Charitable Earth, (AUDIO: In Remembrance, TV: Death of the Doctor) and later had contact with Time Lords from long before the Time War. (AUDIO: Dark Universe) Braxiatel abandoned the Time War, sending a message to Romana warning that invasion was imminent, (AUDIO: Soldier Obscura) and altered Ace's timeline as far back as her travels with the Seventh Doctor to prevent him being traced. (AUDIO: Assasssins)
The Time War escalated; the first battles saw the Time Lords flotillas combating large fleets of the invading Dalek flying saucers, only for the Lords of Time to turn towards fighting these brief incursions with increasingly inventive strategies (PROSE: The Whoniverse) due to the ruthless relentlessness of the Daleks. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) 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) As the Fisher King later recalled, the Time Lords, who once appeared to be nothing more than "cowardly, vain curators" to the rest of the universe, "suddenly remembered they had teeth". (TV: Before the Flood)
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) and 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 CIA sponsored Lord Vibax to research new weapons. (AUDIO: Assets of War) When the Lords of Time turned towards increasingly inventive strategies, the Daleks adapted their tactics as well. As such, the War spread to encompass many new temporal fronts, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and the Daleks even came to overlook their ideals of racial purity to form new cabals that could formulate new plans. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
A secret society of Daleks that possessed creativity, (COMIC: The Organ Grinder) the Volatix Cabal was active since the beginning of the Time War. (COMIC: Downtime) The Cult of Skaro was also active in the War, thinking in non-Dalek ways to find new ways to kill and survive. (TV: Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan) 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) The Overseer was designed, using various other species, to be a genius in the field of genetic manipulation and given a black casing with multiple arms. (AUDIO: Planet of the Ogrons)
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) Itself a battlefront, (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) the damage to the Time Vortex by the fighting caused chrono storms, (AUDIO: The Scaramancer) and the rupturing of the Vortex rewrote the history of whole worlds. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) As the universe began to crumble under the weight of the conflict, the War quickly boiled out of control, raging throughout the universe, destroying entire epochs of time, and causing collateral damage to whole species. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) 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) The Daleks laid waste to a Brancheerian colony on Donnahee's Moon, taking prisoners from whom they recruited at least one agent. (AUDIO: The Uncertain Shore)
As both sides threw an ever-increasing number of resources into crushing the other, new fronts would open in new epochs as the Daleks seeded themselves into different time zones, as the progenitor devices that cloned new Dalek mutants could be dropped into current fronts and uncontested time zones alike. While the Time Lords showed contempt for the Daleks seeding themselves through time with "their infernal progenitors," (PROSE: Engines of War) a history of the universe noted that the Time Lords seeded new "colonies", which increased their numbers and opened up new temporal fronts, throughout time as well. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Indeed, the "Gallifreyan Planetbirth Nursery" existed during the conflict. (COMIC: Outrun)
With the terrible conflict raging throughout all of time and space, (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters) the new Dalek and Gallifreyan colonies were created to grow new armies into upcoming epochs (PROSE: The Whoniverse) or the epoch they were dropped into. (PROSE: Engines of War) Both factions also tried to impede the development of the other race, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) yet the Daleks established a time lock around Skaro to prevent another mission into their past. The Time Lords did the same for Gallifrey in an attempt to protect their history, (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) yet the Daleks nonetheless found a way to attack the Time Lords throughout their timeline; (PROSE: Engines of War) by the final phases of the War, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) every part of Gallifreyan history was under attack by the Daleks.
One of these assaults into the Time Lords' past included at least one attempt by the Daleks to prevent the Time Lords from ever evolving by trying to exterminate the primitive beings of prehistoric Gallifrey. While that attempt failed, the siege of Gallifreyan history continued, leaving Lord Cardinal Karlax to feel as though every epoch of Time Lord history was blurring together. The Dalek forces grown from progenitors, which could grow entire Dalek legions to lie in wait, played a role in this siege of Gallifreyan history; if not sent as reinforcements to seemingly-depleted Dalek attack groups active at another front in the War, the new legions would suddenly begin to attack unsuspecting Gallifreyan strongholds located in any of the chaotic eras of Gallifrey's history, if not being deployed to open new fronts elsewhere in time and space. (PROSE: Engines of War)
As the War spread across the history of the cosmos, the universe started to fall apart, being pulled apart at its seams as its very origins were being rewritten. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Battles between the Daleks and Time Lords raged in countless epochs, (PROSE: Engines of War) with days becoming battlelines as fronts opened up throughout time and the universe. Additionally, centuries turned against each other 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) Daleks and Time Lords alike from later periods of the Time War could even time travel back to earlier events in the conflict, able to change the outcomes of past Wartime events to their benefit. (PROSE: The Stranger)
As the all out war raged, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) Temporal paradoxes became an almost daily occurrence, although the War Master also reflected that there were no longer recognisable days. (AUDIO: Day of the Master) It was 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 Time Lord Carvil lost his family to the Daleks. (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror) Even though the whole history of the cosmos came to be remade and torn apart thanks to the violence, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) battles between the Daleks and Time Lords, whether they be engagements fought through armies (PROSE: Meet the Doctor) and massive fleets or through agents infiltrating and rewriting major parts of the opposing side's history, continued to rage. (PROSE: The Whoniverse)
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)
The Daleks and Time Lords fought over Saracassar, a gateway to fifteen hidden galaxies. This resulted in the Siege of Saracassar, a battle so horrible mere words could not describe in. In the end, the Daleks prevailed and the entire population was wiped out or fled, contaminated with pulse energy from pulse waves used in the battle. The Master visited the battle to see the sights, meeting Lyric who he rescued, though he forced her to leave her sister behind if she chose to come with him. (AUDIO: The Scaramancer) The Master cruelly forced Lyric to relive the siege multiple times until she became numb to the grief, at which point he became bored with her and left her on an ice planet. Lyric subsequently sought fellow survivors of Saracassar, (AUDIO: The Cognition Shift) and eventually turned to space piracy, becoming known as the Scaramancer. (AUDIO: The Scaramancer)
The Master's exploits
While "exploring possibilities", the War Master became stranded in a parallel dimension. When the dimension was invaded by Cybermen of the Cyber-Mainframe 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. He reluctantly collaborated with Kate Stewart and Sam Bishop and managed 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) He left behind several Wirrn eggs as a "parting gift", leading to a Wirren invasion UNIT then needed to battle. (AUDIO: Hosts of the Wirrn)
The Master was part of the Time Lords' Project Blackstar, which involved the destruction of the planet Hydrosa in a weapons test. During the destruction one native, Illya, saw him up close. (AUDIO: The Edge of Redemption)
The Master attempted to infiltrate the planet Thabus under the guise of a Confederation emissary, seeking to learn about the brainwashing techniques being developed there. He was exposed and tortured by the techniques' inventor, Cato, but was set free by Cato's political rival, as the Master's meddling had enabled her to successfully move against Cato. (AUDIO: The Players)
The Master gave the order to destroy the world of Severine's people, leaving her and her mother the only survivors. He would later confess he hadn't understood the extent of their telepathic powers then, as he'd have tried to exploit them instead if he had. (AUDIO: The Last Line)
New forms of biological warfare
Time Lord genetic experiments
As noted by the War Master, both sides investigated gene splicing and manipulation to create new creatures for use in the Time War, (AUDIO: Concealed Weapon) with the Time Lord military coming to look for ways to revive their soldierss from death (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost) and applied bio-technology to them. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) The Celestial Intervention Agency augmented a highly psychic Time Lord, Quarren Maguire, to have reality-changing abilities. Quarren saw too much potential for his power to be abused by the Time Lords so used his abilities to erase all evidence of his existence from the timelines and then used a Chameleon Arch to hide as a human, unaware of his true nature. (AUDIO: One Life)
Eager to get involved in the War's new forms of biological warfare and experimentation, (AUDIO: Concealed Weapon) the Master was commissioned by the Time Lords to create the ultimate biological weapon, so he established a facility on Xenotopia and personally recruited all the scientists to work there. (AUDIO: Darkness and Light) He spent years collecting samples from across the universe, (AUDIO: The Missing Link) beginning with Alice Pritchard, a Chronopsycho who had fallen to Earth in the 20th century and been adopted in England, (AUDIO: The Survivor) before acquiring Giuseppe Sabatini from 1890s America (AUDIO: The Coney Island Chameleon) and secretly incubated an extinct ancient species in two members of River Song's expedition on the Utorpy, only her for to stop him from gaining control over the creature, forcing him to flee with her in an escape pod. (AUDIO: Concealed Weapon)
For the final component of his creature, the Master tricked Alice into using her psychic abilities to lure the Eighth Doctor to his facility. Unknowingly Alice psychically drained the Doctor as he sought to rescue her, resulting in him collapsing whilst confronting the Master. The Master then extracted cells from the Doctor, which were useful as they had been exposed to the Time Vortex more than any other. (AUDIO: The Missing Link) The result of the Master's experiment was the Rage, but it was let loose prematurely when a Time Lord agent, who was embedded among the Master's employees, attempted to extract it. The Master arranged the Doctor's escape, intending that the Rage would absorb him and thus make itself controllable, only for the Rage to absorb him as well. Together the Doctor and Master broke free, destroying the Rage, and the Master fled, activating a device he'd implanted in the Doctor to wipe his memory of the incident as he did so. (AUDIO: Darkness and Light)
At the same time as the Master's work, the Daleks and Time Lords alike had begun to splice different alien species together within the Time Vortex itself, all in the name of winning the War despite their efforts creating impossible and mindless creatures. (AUDIO: Concealed Weapon) On behalf of the Time Lords, the Master also created war seeds, humanoid weapons based on himself, and sent them to worlds with a proven aptitude for war to convert the people there into the perfect warriors loyal to the Time Lords. One was sent to Earth in 1985 but failed to blossom after nuclear war didn’t break out, becoming weak and amnesiac. (AUDIO: War Seed)
Dalek genetic experiments
Looking for new weapons with which to win the War, (AUDIO: Concealed Weapon) the Dalek Emperor asked Davros to build a new Dalek mutant to use against the Time Lords. Inspired by how the Doctor disliked his own kind but helped them nonetheless, Davros created the Nightmare Child and dubbed it "the perfect Dalek". This resulted in a creature that completely hated the Daleks and as a result its own form, prompting it to massacre Daleks. The Daleks committed resources to hunting it down, resulting in the Time Lords experiencing weeks of silence on the front, until Davros successfully lured it to the Gate of Elysium where there was antimatter that could destroy it, at the apparent cost of his own life. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man)
The Dalek Overseer, itself a product of genetic slicing, was designed to be a genius in the field of genetic manipulation, additionally being assigned command over operations on the Ogron homeworld because the simple biology of the Orgons made them effective test subjects for its efforts. Although most captured Time Lords were sent for interrogation, there were rare times when the Overseer had a chance to experiment and work on captured Gallifreyans.
The Overseer found it was in need of foundational data to begin its experiments on the Ogrons, resulting in the Dalek inserting the primitive humanoids into past Dalek campaigns (AUDIO: Planet of the Ogrons) like the Time Paradox Incident and Operation Divide and Conquer. (TV: Day of the Daleks, Frontier in Space) The Overseer found their presence had no impact on the events' outcomes.
Creating "crab gods" that fought past the "rock gods" guarding the Ogrons, the Overseer ordered the capture of Ogrons who lived near its base. The Overseer became particularly interested in developing soldiers who were immune to fallout from temporal energy, working past "the very laws of nature" because the experiment would deny entropy and, theoretically, allow the genetically-restructured cells to ignore the years that temporal fallout would normally inflict upon on someone. On one occasion, after forcing an Ogron through the pain of a complete genetic restructure, the Overseer subjected it to a bombardment of temporal energy and watched as the Ogron aged to dust, teaching the Overseer to adapt its experiments as it ordered a new Ogron to arrive with cleaning equipment. Another of the Overseer's experiment involved duplicating other lifeforms into some test subjects. (AUDIO: Planet of the Ogrons)
The Daleks tested a weapon which rendered the people of the Stagnant Protocol immortal, though still able to be wounded fatally, and sterile. The Master speculated this was an attempt to make them more like Daleks. (AUDIO: Unfinished Business) The Time Lords, who the people of the Protocol believed were responsible for the weapon, responded to the development by confining the entire Protocol in a time lock. (AUDIO: The Sincerest Form of Flattery)
The Master's final plans
The Cognition Shift
The Master planned to use the Cognition Shift to transfer his mind into the Dalek pathweb to take control of the Daleks for himself. He obtained the Infinity Chip from Skaro, hiding it on Redemption, (AUDIO: The Cognition Shift) and recovered the body of Cardinal Magos, deliberately leaving an artron energy trail for the Eighth Doctor to follow. In Magos' old laboratory on Kurnos 5, the Master spent decades seeking a descendant of Magos into who he could resurrect the Cardinal's mind. He finally succeeded, learning the Cognition Shift was hidden in the Lehar system, just as the Doctor arrived. Knowing the Lehar system was Dalek territory carefully monitored by the Time Lords, he used Magos' technology to swap his and the Doctor's minds and stole the Doctor's TARDIS to reach Lehar.
As he'd anticipated, the Celestial Intervention Agency detected the presence of two TARDISes on Kurnos 5, only to find the Doctor in the Master's body. (AUDIO: The Castle of Kurnos 5) After multiple "diabolical" adventures in the Doctor's body, the Master eventually used his reputation to create a refugee camp on Nastrum, where the Cognition Shift was located, and manipulated the refugees to obtain technology he needed for him. He employed Dorada to fetch the Infinity Chip. (AUDIO: The Cognition Shift) In the Master's body, the Doctor persuaded Narvin to release him from CIA custody and let him track down the Master in the Lehar system. (AUDIO: The Castle of Kurnos 5) Narvin furnished him with a million credits which the Doctor used to hire a pilot, Morski, and assembled a crew to reclaim Morski's ship. (AUDIO: The Edge of Redemption)
Headed for the Lehar system, the Doctor discovered Dorada had stowed away to return to Nastrum and encountered the Scaramancer, (AUDIO: The Scaramancer) who he convinced of his true identity. On Nastrum, the Master prepared the Cognition Shift, testing it on Dorada whose mind he transferred into a bird revealing his true identity to her. The Doctor and the Scaramancer reached him in time and sabotaged his scheme, with the Doctor manipulating the Shift to swap their minds back and using the Scaramancer's lingering pulse energy to neutralise the whole device. His scheme foiled, the Master hypnotised Morski to take him back to his TARDIS on Kurnos 5. (AUDIO: The Cognition Shift)
Subversion of Dalek 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 Anti-Genesis Codes. (AUDIO: He Who Wins) Crazlus infiltrated the CIA for a considerable period, becoming a confidante of Acting Coordinator Narvin. The Master used Crazlus to reach Gallifrey, by fatally poisoning himself so he would be dead upon arrival on the planet until Crazlus revived him under the pretence of disposing of his body on Narvin's instructions. The Master then had Crazlus trick Narvin into checking the security of the Anti-Genesis codes, allowing him to bypass said security and steal the codes right in front of the Coordinator.
Using the Codes, the Master interfered with the creation of the Daleks on Skaro, arranging the death of Davros in a Thal bombardment, (AUDIO: From the Flames) and supplanting his place in the Scientific Elite. He created his own variant of the Daleks and accelerated their rise to power. President Livia and Narvin assigned Lamarius to travel to Skaro to stop him, but she was unsuccessful. Having seen to the extermination of the Thals and mutation of the Kaleds, the Master kept his Daleks entombed in the bunker and left them for a few years to develop. (AUDIO: The Master's Dalek Plan) He returned a few years later and arranged for his Daleks to ambush and exterminate the Fourth Doctor and his companions upon their arrival on Skaro.
A temporal shockwave was unleashed by the Master's alterations, threatening the existence of both sides of the Time War. Aboard the last Dalek timeship, the Dalek Time Strategist recruited the Master of a parallel universe. As the temporal shockwave altered Gallifrey's history repeatedly, the Strategist and parallel Master sought to identify the progenitor, however every candidate they found and exterminated proved incorrect and the timeship's power was limited as the original Daleks disappeared from existence. (AUDIO: Shockwave)
The Master's Daleks conquered the altered universe. The triumphant Master visited Gallifrey and found the shockwave had left the planet home to simple farmers, who he deemed "quite pathetic". The parallel Master and Time Strategist began stoking the Master's paranoia that his Daleks would inevitably turn on him and eventually he was convinced to undo this timeline. The Master took them back in time to the moment he had decided to have Krazlus infiltrate the CIA, with the two Masters urging the younger Master to abandon his Anti-Genesis plan. The past Master was reluctant, however the Strategist simply exterminated Crazlus and all the events which had resulted from Crazlus' infiltration were undone. The Master fled in his TARDIS, with the Time Strategist ordering the restored Daleks to pursue and capture him. (AUDIO: He Who Wins) The Master was pulled out of his TARDIS by transmat, leaving his ship to crash on Gardezza. (AUDIO: Beneath the Viscoid)
Conscripted by the CIA
After Coordinator Romana 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 received the summons 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) Leela subsequently travelled to Njagilheim, which had been the site of a battle in the Time War leaving temporal storms in the skies, where she inadvertently created a time loop. (AUDIO: Nevernor) Leela eventually reached Unity. (AUDIO: Unity)
Rescuing Cole Jarnish
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 and the Master left him to his own devices, establishing a vineyard. (AUDIO: The Sky Man)
As he established his vineyard, the Master discovered an alien entity had fallen to the planet by a meteor storm and was now spreading, transforming the landscape to a new form. He overwhelmed the entity after feigning letting it have him, with it unable to cooe with his mind, destroying it. (AUDIO: Boundaries) Shortly afterwards the Master was abducted by the High Vectors to face their justice, (AUDIO: The Players) first being placed in the Forest of Penitence as a chance for forgiveness by becoming part of thr trees. He rejected the Forest's influence and so was placed on trial, (AUDIO: The Forest of Penitence) telling the court of his visit to Thabus and recent defeat of the entity in his defence. The Vectors demanded a witness to verify his accounte of his character so he suggested the Doctor. (AUDIO: The Players, Boundaries) A telepathic summons was sent, embroiling the Tenth Doctor from the post-Time War universe. Driven by the chance to save the Master, who by his timeline was dead, after he was sentenced to erasure, the Doctor played into the Master's hand by buying him time in a failed attempt to rescue him from erase by paradox inhibitors and forcing the High Vectors' telepath servant, Severine, to split her efforts containing him too. The Master was able to connect his mind to the Vector generator defining the High Vectors' reality and warp it to chaos, returning all the criminals they'd erased from time at once. He escaped in the Doctor's TARDIS, returning briefly to collect the Doctor himself, and then located his own TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Last Line)
Targeting the Stagnant Protocol
Whilst running his vineyard, the Master targeted the Stagnant Protocol under the guise of a Time Lord ambassador. His initial attempts to find allies in the Empress’ court were all rebuffed and he encountered a rival in Calantha. The Master finally convinced Prince Gardam he could rise to Emperor as a champion of the people, but a plague started by Calantha caused crisis which she exploited to have Gardam banished and to rise to Empress. The Master conceded defeat in his battle, but vowed to win the War. (AUDIO: The Sincerest Form of Flattery)
Recognising the plague was a weaker form of a Time Lord virus designed to attack Daleks, (AUDIO: Unfinished Business) the Master obtained a vial of the plague from UNIT by manipulating Jo Grant and exploited Nyssa’s research station to experiment on the plague. (AUDIO: A Quiet Night In, The Orphan) He returned to the court and unleashed the true plague on the Stagnant Protocol homeworld, creating a crisis which forced Calantha to appoint him Regent Chancellor and enabled him to grow his influence in court. After he created a cure but refused to reveal its composition, Calantha moved against him and had him imprisoned, claiming to the public he’d retreated to seclusion. Whilst she tortured the Master, Calantha was approached by an emissary of the Daleks, Lady Sumultu, who promised her masters would work on reversing the damage done by the weapon in return for the Master’s gateway into the time lock being widened so Dalek forces could pass through the Protocol.
Calantha agreed and, after the Master faked his death, planned to reveal the deal at his public funeral. The Master revealed himself and exposed the Daleks’ true involvement in the weapon and that they were intending to invade. As a Dalek fleet descended, he used his control of the gateway to narrow it to destroy them and revealed Calantha’s initial releasing of the plague to the furious public. With Calantha forced to flee, the Master assumed control of the Protocol as Emperor, but promised to leave them to their own devices for the most part as their terror would keep the nobility obedient. (AUDIO: Unfinished Business)
The Heavenly Paradigm
Meanwhile, Cole repeatedly tried to bring hope to the farming world, even as the population began to suffer from the impact of Temporal Decay caused by debris from the War. Ultimately, his final 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 seeking retribution. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) The Master rescued Cole in his TARDIS and assured 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 Cole 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, taking it from a secret Time Lord base. Knowing it to be a power far worse than even the Heavenly Paradigm, the Master believed the Time War was lost if the Cruciform was under Dalek control, (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) even foreseeing that he would be killed by the Emperor if he stayed. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) The Master's diary claimed the Time Lords had specifically sent him to the Cruciform to stop the Dalek Emperor. (PROSE: The Secret Diary of the Master)
Achieving control over the Cruciform was considered a turning point in the War for the Daleks. With the Cruciform under their control, the Daleks were able to take the conflict to Gallifrey itself, (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) which came to be the final battlefront of the War. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) At the same time as the Master's mission to the Cruciform, the Doctor was tasked with sealing the rift of the Medusa Cascade; (PROSE: The Secret Diary of the Master) which the Master learned the Doctor achieved singlehandedly. (TV: Last of the Time Lords)
Tired of the fighting and fill with fear (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) upon witnessing the Dalek Emperor take control over the Cruciform, (TV: The Sound of Drums) the Master fled the War, escaping in his TARDIS to the Silver Devastation towards the end of the universe to hide. After ensuring his TARDIS dematerialised to a random point in time, the Master used a Chameleon Arch to turn himself into a human infant named Yana, (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm, TV: Utopia) hoping the disguise would ensure neither side could find him. (TV: The Sound of Drums) Believing the War was still a great chance to make plans, the Master, from inside the arch, told the infant that, once the War was over, the universe would need him to return. (AUDIO: The Heavenly Paradigm) Later in the Time War, the War Doctor was tasked with finding his old friend but failed. (PROSE: Engines of War)
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, killing the Supreme Dalek and the rest of its team. Learning of the Supreme's death, the Emperor demanded the fleet chose a new Dalek to hold the title, while the Dalek Time Strategist began to devise a new plan for victory. Meanwhile, Time Lord 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 - Time Lord founder Rassilon. Valerian was forced to regenerate, with his body being possessed by Rassilon. Resurrected, Rassilon was declared Lord President Eternal. (AUDIO: Desperate Measures)
Being part of a conflict full of ever-rewritten events, post-War Time Lords were actually unable to place when they had resurrected their founder, with one authour merely writing that he was restored "at some stage" of the War. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) Towards the end of the conflict, the War Doctor knew that the Time Lord founder had been resurrected in "the early days" of the fighting. (PROSE: Engines of War) 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)
By Rassilon's reign, the the General, the Ollistra, and Harlan had all been sent away from Gallifrey to the front lines. (AUDIO: Assassins) While 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 tunneled 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 did not 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, but 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, arranging for its destruction by intentionally breaching the time freeze to attract scavengers, thus 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. To reinforce his power, Rassilon's regeneration was broadcast across Gallifrey. (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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Continuing to have no part in the Time War, the Eighth Doctor began travelling with a human companion, Sheena. However, with reality shifting around them due to the War, he could not remember how they met nor how long they had known each other. (AUDIO: The Starship of Theseus)
The discrepancy in the timelines caused by Quarren Maguire erasing himself 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 luxury spaceliner which the Eighth Doctor and Sheena happened to be investigating disappearances on, bringing the Time War to the Doctor. Aymor located Quarren yet was pursued and wounded by Daleks, so resolved to kill him to prevent him falling into the enemy’s hands. Sheena, meanwhile, continued to lose herself to the War's shifts in reality, with her name constantly changing until she nor the Doctor could remember what it was.
Aymor arrived on the Theseus but 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. After the wounded Dalek was destroyed, 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 in the 53rd Segment of Time, 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, who had regenerated from her fourth incarnation during the Battle of Tenacity. It was exposed that Carvil had lied about there being a Dalek attack on Derilobia in the past in order to have an excuse to take over the planet and its vast mineral deposits. He was blinded by his hatred of the Daleks after losing his family and orchestrated the take over to create new missiles, which could wipe out the Dalek ships, in the vast planetary factory he'd turned the world into.
The Doctor refused to believe sacrificing a whole world was worth defeating the Daleks and rejected Carvil's attempts at explaining himself. 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, with Tamasan also robbing power from Carvil's TARDIS to power the wider Time Lord force's escape. (AUDIO: The Lords of Terror) Carvil nonetheless survived and later re-emerged as the leader of the Clock-People. (PROSE: Out of the Box) The Doctor and Bliss, who was furious that her entire past no longer existed because of the Time Lords, fled the planet as well. (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, including how it was inserting Ogron brains into captured Battle TARDISes. After uncovering the paradoxical creation of Doctor Ogron, who the Doctor let leave in his TARDIS to complete the loop, Doctor Ogron and Bliss inspired the Ogrons and their "crab gods" 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.
After the Dalek base on the Ogron homeworld was destroyed by a temporal grenade, (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 under the command of the Dalek admiral ravaged and 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, but 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) After reading Ollistra's report on Uzmal, the General placed the Twelve in stasis in the Omega Arsenal. (AUDIO: Dreadshade)
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) Major Tamasan retrieved him after hearing of his existence and the High Council debated what to do with him, some favouring his execution owing to his past attempt to assassinate them. It was decided to stabilise his existence in return for the Valeyard fighting for the Time Lords in the Time War. Armed with all the Doctor's experience but without his morality, the Valeyard won many battles for the Time Lords by not hesitating to sacrifice people, planets or star systems when necessary, as the Doctor never would.
The Valeyard was sent on a mission to Dalek-occupied Grahv to secure a superweapon that completely erased species from existence by removing all memory of them, which the Daleks had developed but not deployed due the weapon's effects causing them to forget its existence. After fighting his way into the Dalek fortress, the Valeyard was able to successfully turn the weapon on the Daleks, but with the cost of damaging his own memory, along with the deaths of all the native Grahvians. (AUDIO: The War Valeyard) The Dalek Time Strategist escaped into a dimensional portal, which it had created to look for alternative forms of Davros, (AUDIO: Palindrome) through a multidimensional temporal irregularity, (AUDIO: The Famished Lands) promising the Valeyard that the Daleks would return stronger and that they would "rain fire" on the Time Lords. The Time Lords subsequently placed Grahv in a time lock, trapping the Valeyard there. (AUDIO: The War Valeyard)
Across the universe, battle fronts fell silent as the Daleks disappeared and conscripted soldiers surrendered to the Time Lords, unable to recall who their superiors had been. The influx of prisoners overwhelmed the Time Lords' prisoner of war camps. Shortly before the Daleks vanished, (AUDIO: Dreadshade) the Time Lord Rasmus regenerated on a battlefield (AUDIO: Light The Flame) but, like the rest of his species, was suddenly unable to remember who the enemy had been. Although the seemingly-over Time War had shifted or removed entire planets, the Time Lords began to decommission the remainders of their War effort, with Rasmus helping in that decomission effort. (AUDIO: Dreadshade)
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, they discovered the Valeyard was repeating his original mission against recreations of Daleks created from his memories, with his repeated firing affecting his memory so much he believed himself to be the Doctor, and that the Dalek Time Strategist had been there and had escaped. The Doctor and Bliss followed the Strategist through the portal, with the Valeyard deciding to remain trapped on Grahv as in the cycle there he could keep on being the Doctor. (AUDIO: The War Valeyard)
The Doctor and Bliss found themselves in a parallel universe where Kaleds and Thals lived in peace and Davros had never created the Daleks; their legends claimed their two species had joined together to fight off the Time Lords when they arrived in the distant past. Despite the Doctor and Bliss's efforts, the Time Strategist was able to manipulate Davros into agreeing to recreate the Daleks by merging his universe's Kaleds with echoes of their many parallel selves, which were mostly Daleks. Davros himself began merging with his alternatives, steadily becoming more and more like the Davros of the Doctor's universe. With the Daleks reborn, the Doctor and Bliss escaped back to their universe, intending to warn the Time Lords. (AUDIO: Palindrome)
From the perspective of the Daleks, their universe's original Davros had already been lost (AUDIO: Palindrome, Restoration of the Daleks) to the Nightmare Child, yet at least one account established that event had yet to happen for the Time Lords. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) The alternate Davros was subsequently used as an anchor by the Time Strategist to generate Daleks from all possible universes, a process he found painful. Davros abandoned the Daleks and arrived in the Doctor's universe via the Gulf of Ithon, arriving on the planet Cosca where he set himself up as a scientist and began converting 40,000 natives into a new form of warrior, a cybernetic gestalt driven by hatred. The Time Strategist later returned to him to extract biodata from him as necessary to create more Daleks. (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks)
Upon arriving on Gallifrey, the Doctor and Bliss found their recent memories lost and fell victim to the side-effects of erasure of the Daleks that was affecting the Time Lords, being unable to recall who the enemy in the Time War had been. The Doctor worked with the General and Cardinal Rasmus to investigate, with him and the General deciding to interrogate the Twelve and Rasmus and Bliss going to a prisoner of war camp. The Doctor and General discovered the Twelve had escaped stasis in the Omega Arsenal by manipulating a Dreadshade and she attempted to force her way onto the High Council with it. The Twelve eventually lost control of the Dreadshade after reminding it of the Daleks, which also restored the Time Lords' memories. After Bliss calmed the Dreadshade, the Doctor took it away from Gallifrey only to finally remember the warning he and Bliss had gone there to give. (AUDIO: Dreadshade)
He and Bliss managed to warn the Time Lords as the Dalek armies began to manifest at the Gulf of Ithon. Whilst Rasmus and Tamasan organised an offensive against the Daleks, the Doctor and Bliss travelled to the nearby planet Cosca to warn the natives. They discovered Davros there and witnessed the Time Strategist arrive and extra biodata from him, with the Doctor being pulled back into its enclave outside of the universe when it departed. The Time Lords' assault was rendered useless by every Dalek loss being instantly replenished from the Multiverse and the Strategist used his latest extract to resurrect the Dalek Emperor, who appeared on a saucer above Cosca to Davros' horror.
As they observed events from its enclave, the Strategist made the captive Doctor an offer that if he destroyed Gallifrey, as the Strategist believed the War would culminate in, he could have his resurrected great-grandson Alex Campbell, who the Strategist had found in the Multiverse. Bliss contacted Rasmus and he came to take Davros into custody, just as Davros unleashed the converted people of Cosca on the invading Daleks. Davros offered this power to the Time Lords, however Rasmus rejected it. The Strategist countered Davros' warriors by sending a infinitely replenishing Dalek forces to carve a line through them, however his planning was interrupted by the arrival of Tamsan in the enclave who attached a bomb to his controls.
The Doctor used the opportunity to order Bliss and Rasmus to abandon Davros, correctly assuming the Emperor would have Davros brought before him. The ensuing confrontation caused a brief civil war among the Daleks, paralysing the Strategist with all the variables it had to calculate. This enabled the Doctor and Tamsan to flee in her TARDIS, carrying the cryogenic chamber containing Alex, and detonate the bomb. With moments to spare before the enclave's destruction, the Strategist settled for stabilising the Dalek Empire's existence and escaped, losing the power of the Multiverse. The Emperor regained control of the Daleks and had the now dimensionally unstable merged Davros kept on Falkus, believing he may still be of use in the Time War.
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)
Published during a time in the War when the Chancellery Guard still existed, the Dalek Combat Training Manual, a guide to the Daleks for Gallifreyan recruits written at least in part by General Kenossium, was published with information within taken from the Doctor's memories as well as the Matrix, including events from the Doctor's relative future. The General claimed these memories were willingly shown by the Doctor and that the exploitations of the future were to be taken as mere possibilities instead of straight facts. At this point in the War, the Time Lords were attempting to locate Susan, recognising her actions in the first 22nd century Dalek invasion, and interested in establishing alliances with the Thals, the Cybermen, the Humanised Daleks if any survived, and the early Exxilons. They also hoped to reprogram Mechanoids to serve as an anti-Dalek defense. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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) The Battle TARDIS was immediately boarded in flight by Daleks who killed the anyone aboard, including the final incarnation of Strato, save Commander Veklin and Susan, who escaped by jettisoning the console room. The Daleks used the captured TARDIS to drain power from the Eye of Harmony and countered every attempt the Time Lords made it to remotely trigger its self-destruct, materialising a Dalek Battlecruiser in the Vortex around the captured TARDIS.
Cardinal Rasmus had Susan and Veklin recovered from the Time Vortex. Susan suggested the Time Lords recruit the Sensorites to trigger the captured TARDIS' self-destruct with their advanced telepathy. Rasmus agreed and had Ian Chesterton picked up from Earth to accompany Susan on a diplomatic mission to the Sense Sphere. With the War Council having sent agents back in time to create a centuries-long diplomatic relationship with the Sense Spuere, Susan, Ian and Veklin travelled to hold talks for an alliance. They found the Sensorites gripped by a sense of paranoia, making some react hostilely, which spread to Veklin herself. Discovering the source was a Dalek-Sensorite parasite implanted in the Interior of the Sense Sphere, Susan and Ian neutralised it after which the Sensorites agreed to dispatch warriors to Gallifrey. The warriors succeeded in telepathically triggering the TARDIS' self-destruct, ending the power drain. Ian was returned to Earth, wishing Susan well in the War. (AUDIO: Sphere of Influence)
Working with Veklin, Susan tracked down the Dalek agent who had infiltrated the Sense Sphere to Florana which about to be invaded by Dalek forces. Working with agents of the Anti-Dalek Force, she and Veklin found the spy, an enslaved Brancheerian, as an army of robotised Ogrons invaded to collect her, wiping out the natives. Susan and Veklin brought her back to Gallifrey and learnt from Rasmus there were 94 survivors of the massacre, who the Time Lords would now supply to fight behind the enemy's lines. (AUDIO: The Uncertain Shore)
Rasmus brought Susan to Oreseia to use her telepathic abilities to assess Lord Vibax's project to weaponise Orrovix. When the Orrovix were set loose by Gallifreyan traitor Rennis Susan convinced them to stay put and helped Veklin capture Rennis. Afterwards Susan intended to recommend the War Council against Vibax's project and, though Rasmus and Veklin wanted to bring him back to Gallifrey for trial, left Rennis exiled on Njagilheim. (AUDIO: Assets of War)
Susan was manipulated by a Dalek duplicate into using a time ring to follow her past self's trail through Earth's time lock to 1963 to retrieve the Hand of Omega from where the First Doctor had hidden it. The Daleks sent a signal in Susan's wake to take control of a group of bikers and followed her as she sought the Hand, only for her to be rescued by the Eighth Doctor, paradoxically summoned by a message she'd yet to send. After a failed attempt to leave due to a local Susan had befriended being threatened, and an encounter with Renegade Dalek agents in the time period, he tricked the Daleks into allowing him and Susan to deliver them a decoy Hand. When the Daleks discovered the trick, they exterminated the Doctor but he escaped using Susan's time ring. Though the Doctor still refused to take up arms, he returned Susan to Gallifrey where Rasmus informed her that President Eternal 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 the paradise of Drakkis, only to witness its timeline be devastated by a skirmish between the Time Lords and Daleks. On the planet now consumed by war, the Doctor discovered the Ninth Sontaran Battle Fleet had followed the Daleks and Time Lord forces in an attempt to join the War. Joined by Sarana Teel, a Drakkian dressmaker who had become a skilled soldier, the Doctor assisted Sontaran Commander Jask in surviving his Ordeal and to expose General Stenk's corruption. In return, Jask led the Sontarans away from Drakkis. Though the Doctor then helped Teel broker peace between fighting cities, she had learned the effect the War had on her planet would never allow ceasefires to last. Refusing to make up with him, she demanded he never return after revealing she would warn her people to never trust the Time Lords. (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 several months. The Traken travelled to Reave, one of Gallifrey's neighbours, which was victim to a Time Lord bombing campaign after it refused to ally with them. Exposure to praxis gas there wounded the Doctor, exposing him as a Time Lord and leading to suspicion that he was the terrorist. However, 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)
The Doctor investigated timeline alterations centring on Gernica, a planet destroyed by the Time Lords to prevent Dalek influence there. He discovered a native, Viola Wintersmith, had obtained a temporal weapon powered by the user's own past in the final battle and had been using it to attempt to prevent the destruction of her world, however had simply been manipulated by a Time Lord agent into attacking Dalek agents. He exposed this to Viola, who used the last of her past to kill the agent. The Doctor preserved the last fragments of her timeline in the hopes he could one day use them to restore her, and by extension Gernica, once the fighting had stopped. (AUDIO: Death Will Not Part Us)
After "so many tough decisions and so many good friends lost", the Doctor created Ria to comfort himself, designing her to approve of his choices amid the War. 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. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) 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. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
When she sent out her distress call, she would have been yet another voice in the countless billions suffering in the 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. A sight that would stay with the Doctor for the rest of the War, (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, returning the Doctor, whom the Sisterhood of Karn hoped would be the man to end the War, to Karn for the first time in years.
Taking him back to their lair, the Sisterhood 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 Ohila's persuasive arguments (TV: The Night of the Doctor) when he 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, only for Ohila to claim she had made an elixir specifically for that purpose. Drinking this, he regenerated; this newly-regenerated incarnation took Cass's bandolier and 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", but now he needed to act. (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 Rasmus, telling him he would find ways to help the war effort in his own way. (AUDIO: Light the Flame)
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) The Daleks and Time Lords alike continued to call him "the Doctor" (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al.) yet the Daleks, growing fearful of the new incarnation as he butchered their ranks, (PROSE: Dalek, et. al) also gave him several other names, dubbing him the "Deathbringer", "the Executioner", "the Predator", "the Great Scourge", the "Dalek killer", "the Living Death", and, occasionally, "the One Without Mercy". (PROSE: Decoy, Engines of War)
The Doctor's first battles
Into the flames
According to the Twelfth Doctor, the young War Doctor initially viewed the Time War as a challenge he had to overcome, (COMIC: The Clockwise War) but other accounts showed he had always understood the gravity of the conflict. (AUDIO: Light the Flame, et. al) He became steeped in the blood of the fighting, continuing to battle not because he believed in "the cause," but because he thought bringing the War to an end was his reason for being. (AUDIO: The Innocent) Stories spread about what the Doctor did, to the point where, if he was seen amongst the ruins of many Daleks, it was reasonable to assume he had killed them all, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) although he never revelled in the Dalek deaths, or any deaths for that matter, that followed in his wake. Still, his mere appearance became enough to scare the Daleks, yet the Eternity Circle realised that also meant he was admired and revered amongst their kind, convincing them to begin working on the Predator Dalek to convert the Doctor into one of their own. (PROSE: Engines of War)
Always showing up at random in his old, worn TARDIS, (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) which became a symbol throughout the universe because it was clear proof that the Doctor of War had arrived to a battle, (COMIC: The Whole Thing's Bananas) he could be seen doing anything from performing devastating attacks to fixing up beleaguered Time Lord defenses. To the confusion of the Time Lords, he also was known to lead defenses of non-Time Lord worlds. Thus, to the annoyance of the High Council, the Doctor and his TARDIS were at the center of discussions around sudden daring raids or suddenly missing Daleks, but other rumours told of how devastating his actions were. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) The Doctor carried on his efforts to end the War all the same, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) with the Eternity Circle believing he was effectively exterminating any Dalek he encountered with impunity, just as the Daleks tried to do to every non-Dalek lifeform they encountered. (PROSE: Engines of War)
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 Commodore 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 young War Doctor recruited Fey Truscott-Sade from World War II to fight alongside him. In the course of her fighting in the Time War, Fey earned many names including “Silent Shadow”, the “Soldier of the Unknown” and the “Dark Reward”. The Daleks called her "Haruk Za", meaning the “Death of Light”.
On what the Twelfth Doctor later claimed was "the worst day of the Time War", the Doctor, Fey and the Sisterhood of Karn led Time Lord soldiers into battle against the Daleks and one of their allies, the chaotic Morlontoa of the Seventh Sky, on the Dorian Nexus. Hoping to save the planet as they battled on it, the Doctor constructed a machine that would shoot pulses of pure reason at the Mortlontoa while Fey ordered Captain Dolios to get the planet's childlike inhabitants, the Loshann, to a TARDIS. When the Sisterhood were struck by a stream of pure chaos, several Loshann were open to be hit by the Mortlontoa's spores, which quickly inverted and corrupted them into attacking monsters. To save themselves and the surviving Loshann, the Doctor had Fey to shoot each of the attackers, only the planet's fate to be sealed when his machine failed. As the spores saturated land around them, the Doctor ordered his allies back to his TARDIS. However, Fey went to save a child in the wreckage, only to be touched by the spores. Presuming Fey dead, the Doctor angrily departed with the Sisterhood. (COMIC: The Clockwise War)
Starting his stand
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)
The Doctor discovered a Dalek plot on Amperica Nova to use nanobots in the entire adult population to make a mirror Gallifrey. He foiled them by using a virus to wipe out the adults, orphaning an entire population. (AUDIO: Consequences)
The Doctor reluctantly worked with Time Lord agent Veklin, who forced him to use a Battle TARDIS instead of his own to make him more controllable. The Doctor rescued an Australian soldier named Albert Brown from the Gallipoli campaign due to his skills being useful to him. The trio went to Carter Baross whose population the Daleks had harvested to make cyborgs. Moments before the Time Lords destroyed the planet they rescued a failed conversion, whose Dalek conditioning was incomplete, Case, as the Doctor believed she could be of use as a weapon.
Immediately after escaping the planet, the Doctor picked up a distress signal he suspected was from a disguised Dalek harvester on a collision course with an inhabited planet, Tharius. He pretended to fall for the trick, connecting the Battle TARDIS to the ship to provide power as the Daleks wanted so they could land on and harvest Tharius, and then used Case to reach the flight deck to set the self-destruct. The Supreme Dalek aboard called his bluff by accelerating the ship's storm drive so its destruction would also wipe out the entire solar system and threatened to kill Veklin and Albert if he didn't stand down. The Doctor briefly stopped his hearts to trigger the Battle TARDIS's self-destruct, which destroyed the storm drive, and had Case stop the self-destruct. With the ship now doomed to crash on Tharius, he devised a plan to use the time drive to take an escape pod back in time a day to evacuate the planet's population first, however Albert was exterminated on the way to the pod and Case was incapacitated by the Daleks. (AUDIO: Saviour)
Crashing on the planet a day prior to harvester collision's with Tharius, with Veklin and an amnesiac Case, the Doctor discovered Tharius was in a constant state of warfare and decided to pose as their legendary Warbringer to get the attention of their leaders for an evacuation, much to Veklin's annoyance as she believed they should simply abandon the planet to its fate. After freezing a battle in time using an Artron generator, he was taken to the leaders of the two factions, but they began to doubt him after he refused to kill them to fulfill the Warbrunger scripture, (AUDIO: Consequences) but they still let him use the generator to temporarily halt the falling harvester ship. After he did so, Veklin knocked him unconscious and fought her way out of the city, abandoning Case. In the desert, Commodore Tamasan arrived in a Battle TARDIS to take them away from the planet.
The ensuing argument was interrupted by sudden appearance of a Dalek Observation Squad, who knocked the Doctor unconscious, forcing Tamasan to carry him into the TARDIS while Veklin held them off. On a Time Lord carrier ship, Tamasan had the Doctor locked on the medical bay, only for the Doctor to escape and make for Tharius in a stolen Battle TARDIS, arriving back at the Artron generator as Veklin was about to deactivate it. Case arrived with Daleks, having been turned back to her conditioning, and he helped her overcome their control and destroy them. With more Daleks imminently arriving to harvest Tharius, the Doctor reluctantly conceded that whilst he could have saved the people earlier it was not possible now so deactivated the generator and escaped the devastation in the Battle TARDIS with Veklin and Case. (AUDIO: Destroyer) After the destruction of Tharius, the Doctor finally explained to Case how he'd rescued her and why they'd crashed on Tharius. (AUDIO: Saviour) The Doctor eventually reclaimed his own TARDIS. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et. al)
The Doctor was sent by Tamasan to a research base over a gas giant, where he fell into a dream state due a chemical weapon being developed there, which she'd intended as a test. He forced himself awake from the dream state, in which he'd been the Doctor again alongside a companion named Layla Bridge, and was furious when Tamasan contacted him to reveal the test. Incensed and believing the weapon useless due to affecting Time Lords far more than it would Daleks due to their lack of imagination, the Doctor saw to the destruction of the base, ignoring Tamasan's protests. (AUDIO: The Keeper of Light)
The Doctor helped design a new state of the art warship to gift to the Thals, believing it could be the first of a fleet which might turn the tide of the war, naming it the Temmosus after a figure in Thal history he'd known. The ship's commander, Dylon, however had grown weary of fighting so made a secret deal with the Dalek commander of the Red Fleet to handover the ship in Dalek space in return for a truce between Daleks and Thals. The commander hoped the capture of the vessel would help its efforts to replace the Time Strategist at the Emperor's side, however the Strategist discovered the plot and had the commander tortured for details, ignoring its repeated requests to see the Emperor. The Time Lords and the War Doctor also became aware of the scheme, with Tamasan secretly arranging the ship be fitted with a bomb to detonate when the Daleks took it whilst the Doctor boarded the vessel as the Thals left Time Lord space, deactivating the ship's defences to force them to slow down for repairs and fermenting mutiny against Dylon, though crew loyal to him fixed the ship on its course for the Dalek rendezvous.
The Red Fleet commander finally gave the Time Strategist the location of the rendezvous so the Strategist gave it an audience with the Emperor, where it branded the commander a traitor. Incensed the Emperor had the commander destroyed and praised the Strategist for exposing it, ordering the Temmosus be destroyed. The Strategist instead ordered its troops to seize the vessel, however upon being boarded the Doctor managed to use his TARDIS to transport the ship back to Time Lord space. There he used the bomb still in place as leversge to negotiste with Tamasan for better Thal representation on the War Council and then gave Dylon a lift home to New Davius, as the commander was remorseful for his actions that cost the lives of some of his crew and the Doctor did sympathise with his desire for peace. (AUDIO: Temmosus)
The War Doctor attempted to defend Lacuna from a raid of Berserker Daleks but arrived too late to stop the invasion. In a desperate gambit, he created a time loop of the last day before the planet was devastated using his TARDIS and spent hundreds of repeats trying to identify a timeline to save Lacuna, whilst the people of the planet endured remembering each cycle and their deaths repeating in them. He was finally convinced to break the loop and leave by Ignis Abel, though he promised to try to think of a way to return and save them in the 20 seconds left before the Daleks devastated Lacuna. (AUDIO: Rewind)
The Nightmare Child
In the first linear year of the War, (TV: The Stolen Earth) a few months after the Doctor had changed his face and become a warrior from the Time Lords' perspective, the Doctor received a summons from Davros luring him to the Gates of Elysium, where the Dalek creator planned to kill the Nightmare Child, a new, "perfect Dalek" he had created at the request of the Dalek Emperor, who had promised Davros acceptance and his own legion in return. With the Child having grown hungry and out of control, Davros planned to kill it at the gates and called the Doctor to witness his death. On Davros' trail, the Doctor encountered a hundred TARDIS strong strike-force investigating Dalek activity in the Scaveline system, where they found nothing but the wreckage of many Daleks whose casings has been ripped apart by the Nightmare Child. Reluctantly the fleet's Commander agreed to accompany the Doctor. From the Commander's perspective this event occurred early in the War, when some on the High Council still held hope that one more show of Time Lord superiority in a battle would send the Daleks fleeing, and came following some weeks of silence on the front, which was actually due to the Daleks hunting the Nightmare Child.
At the Gates of Elysium, where they found what they believed to be a space station impossibly floating above the anti-matter of the gates. In reality, it was the Child, which unfolded itself just after Davros contacted the Doctor. Forming itself into a blizzard like form, the Child attacked and consumed nearby Daleks, with the Time Lords soon becoming trapped within the chaos of the massacre. When Davros' command ship began to force the Child into the Gates, the Commander's TARDIS held back the Doctor to ensure the Time Lord wouldn't rescue Davros, as the Commander was unwilling to allow Davros to be used by the Daleks anymore. 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)
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) whilst, in events the Doctor had experienced in his previous incarnation, the Time Strategist turned to the Multiverse in search of alternate versions of Davros. (AUDIO: Palindrome) However, in the Post-Time War universe the last survivor of the Cult of Skaro, Dalek Caan, was able to use an emergency temporal shift to rescue Davros from his apparent death and the entire time-locked conflict, bringing him into the post-war universe. This action cost Caan his sanity. (TV: The Stolen Earth) The Advocate followed Caan and Davros's path out of the Time War. (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass)
The Time Lord Commander involved in the incident would later gain the rank of General. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) One account showed him meeting the Eighth Doctor whilst holding this rank, (AUDIO: Dreadshade) which he would hold until the end of the War. The General later reflected on the events of the Nightmare Child incident and claimed it was the first time he had seen the War Doctor. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Some historical accounts claimed the Eighth Doctor had been the incarnation present during the Nightmare Child incident. (PROSE: The Whoniverse, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) The Tenth Doctor also recalled laughing in the Child's face during his eighth life. (COMIC: The Forgotten) It was a known fact that there were seven recorded deaths of Davros during the War, but it was said the War Doctor had bore witness to all of them. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
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)
Escalation of the War
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)
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. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) When the Time Lords feared that the Compassionate would side with the Daleks, Rassilon sealed them in a rift at the heart of the planet Galen and told the War Doctor that the Daleks had done it. (AUDIO: The Bleeding Heart)
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)
At the time of Strax's birth and first deployment, 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". Strax read this line when he selected the education matrix's entry on the Time Lords to learn more about them. (PROSE: A Soldier's Education) 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. There, they confronted humans who had believed the Daleks to be extinct. (PROSE: Lost Patrol)
The War Doctor's campaign
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The War Doctor, meanwhile, launched the bloodiest campaign in the history of not just the known universe, but the unknown universe 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) 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 the 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 his enemies ever observed. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
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!) Also during his younger years, after he had grown a beard, the War Doctor was ripped away from the fighting because of a white hole crisis caused by a rogue Type 1 TARDIS, but he was able to return to his proper location after helping his other incarnations solve the matter. (COMIC: The Lost Dimension)
As the War continued, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) the Doctor slowly aged. He became an old man but continued fighting, including against the Meanwhiles and Neverweres, the Horde of Travesties, and the Skaro Degradations as well as their standard Dalek 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 of 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 Doctor aided the Voord, who had sided with the Time Lords and mounted a resistance against the Daleks, in defending Marinus in the year A10%?. He defended the planet with a chronic tripwire, which aged the Daleks in an attacking flying saucer to dust. He subsequently promised the Voord that he would speak to the Time Lords on their behalf, as the Voord feared the Time Lords would revert them to the weaker state they had been in prior to the Time War. (COMIC: Four Doctors)
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) With even Lord Androgar growing enamored by the Doctor, the Eleventh General came to see the Doctor as the obsession of the entire Time Lord military, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) although he nonetheless knew how effective a soldier the Doctor had become. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man) Even Rassilon came to realise how vital the Doctor had become to the War effort. (PROSE: Decoy) The General again met the War Doctor during the Hellion Blaze. (PROSE: The Third Wise Man)
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. (AUDIO: Homecoming)
Null zone invasion of Gallifrey
At the same time, the Daleks had created null zone technology capable of time travelling without passing through the Vortex, therefore allowing their fleer to bypass 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. He also proclaimed his hope for a "Final Sanction" with which the Time Lords could ascend. (AUDIO: Homecoming)
Accounts from the War Room
Following the Dalek attack, (AUDIO: Homecoming) Rassilon indeed took a more active role in the War effort, making the War Room into his center of operations, while Leela accepted her role as a warrior, pledging to fight the Daleks on any world she needed to while also promising to "have [her] revenge" on the Time Lords after they had taken so many of her friends away. One day, as the General and Leela reflected upon the War and its effect on Gallifreyan culture, the Daleks, under the command of an Emperor's Guard and a drone, launched another attack on the Homeworld; a massive fleet of Dalek saucers and Attack Ships appeared and surrounded Gallifrey with the aim of destroying the planet. As a battle against Gallifreyan defenses began, space was filled with laser fire before a Dalek Flagship appeared over the planet. (WC: Gallifrey War Room)
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) Rassilon also came to regenerate into a new body (TV: The End of Time, et. al) and was taken to the Death Zone by Pandoric, allowing him to talk to one of his former selves and tell him that Gallifrey would face greater threats than the Nestene Consciousness in his future. (PROSE: Pandoric's Box) In fact, the new Rassilon came to realise that the Nestene could be an ally in the war against the Daleks. (PROSE: Decoy)
Nestene Consciousness in the War
Developing epoch bombs that could destroy whole eras of time and therefore wipe Gallifrey from history, the Daleks prepared to conquer and mine the gas giants of the Althos system. Desperate to stop the Dalek plot and not seeing any other way, Rassilon sought to exploit the Doctor's reputation among the infantry as a way to lead General Artarix and thousands of Time Lords under her command into a suicidal counterattack that could distract the Dalek armada, allowing the rest of the fleet to surprise the Daleks. (PROSE: Decoy) Despite the war between Gallifrey and the Nestene Consciousness in their distant pasts, (PROSE: Pandoric's Box) he was able to ally with the Nestene, bargaining for an Auton duplicate of the Doctor that would convince Artarix's fleet to play their part in the Battle of the Althos system. According to Rassilon, he was unable to replace the entire armada with Autons because the Daleks would detect the lack of organics.
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. In return, the Doctor promised to fight alongside the Nestene if they ever needed his aid. As his second copy quarreled at Rassilon, who became angered but only learned he was talking to an Auton upon destroying it, the Doctor stole several proximity mines from the Panopticon to destroy the Dalek fleet, convincing a Time Lord guard who spotted him to let him go upon revealing Rassilon's short-sighted plan. Mining the uninhabited system as his original copy ordered Artarix's fleet to retreat, the Doctor ensured the Dalek fleet and the uninhabited system were both destroyed, telling Rassilon over communications that a leader needed to be willing to put themself in harms way for the good of others. Realising what the Doctor had done, Artarix ordered her adjunct to return them to Gallifrey so she could meet with Rassilon. (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)
The Nestene also lost its protein worlds, which rotted away, (TV: Rose, PROSE: The Whoniverse) and its biology was drastically changed, with most of its form now being composed of plastic. (PROSE: Rose) These were not even the first losses experienced by the Nestene during the conflict; earlier in the 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) After everything it had lost, Nestene was pushed to resume its conquests 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)
- Main article: Operation Thousand Worlds
When a Dalek time fleet under a Dalek Time Fleet Commander began massing for a planned final assault on Gallifrey, the War Ollistra ordered two Time Lord soldiers, Bennus and Arverton, on a suicidal mission 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 Commander Veklin, who dragged the Doctor back to Gallifrey in the TARDIS under Ollistra's command. (AUDIO: The Innocent)
Assigned a mission to locate one of Gallifrey's top strategists, Seratrix, in the Null Zone with Veklin, Bennus, and Arverton, 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, along with Bennus and Arverton, was part of a Time Lord sect who were so desperate to end the War they had made an alliance with the Daleks to ensure peace, promising them dominion over the Null Zone out of the fear that, if the Time War continued, no one would survive. However, the Doctor learned this plan would come at the cost of the Thousand Worlds within the Null Zone, with each of the planets set to be destroyed in the Daleks' final assault on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Thousand Worlds)
In truth, 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, but Seratrix sought out the Commander Dalek to try to beg for peace, only to be exterminated by the officer. After Bennus and Arverton, also made aware of the Daleks' treachery, were killed by the Daleks, 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. Despite defeating the Dalek plot, the Doctor was betrayed by the Taalyens, and Rejoice was killed by Traanus. The Doctor and Veklin were then collected by Ollistra, who revealed the entire incident was her attempt to purge out Seratrix's conspiracy. She also showed that the Doctor that Keska was destined to become a peaceful world thanks to his actions. (AUDIO: The Heart of the Battle)
Anima device affair
Travelling to Vildar to destroy the Annihilator, which the Daleks intended to use to wipe out the Vildarans, 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 a rogue faction of Scientist Daleks were retro-engineering themselves back into Kaleds to try 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 War, the Doctor was informed by the Time Lord engineer Heleyna that Ollistra had been kidnapped; (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex) the Eighth Sontaran Battle Fleet under General Fesk sought to join into the Time War, even if they could not secure alliances with the Time Lords or Dalek Empire. The War Doctor 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, secretly a Dalek spy who wanted revenge for the death of her grandfather, was able to escape into the ship with Ollistra, leaving the Doctor and Kalan to avoid her traps as they searched for them. (AUDIO: Eye of Harmony) With the Daleks having wiped out the Sontaran fleet, (AUDIO: The Eternity Cage) the Time Strategist ordered its forces to attack the TARDIS to destroy its Eye of Harmony chamber, intending use the chamber to destroy the Eye and wipe out the Time Lords.
The Doctor and Kalan eventually located them at the 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, who betrayed the Daleks after learning of the Time Strategist's plan, 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 civilian Space Station Delta 49, (AUDIO: Pretty Lies) Kalan died from his injuries as the Daleks arrived after them, with the Daleks beginning to scoure every timeline to find the Doctor. (AUDIO: Eye of Harmony) The Doctor and Ollistra were then captured by the station's governing committee and sent to the Daleks as a peace offering. As the Doctor managed to avoid capture by flying the capsule to the planet Beltox, the Dalek fleet opened fire and destroyed the space station.
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, which the Time Strategist had ordered the complete annihilation of, the Doctor alerted the locals in the city of Fergil. As the Daleks under the Taskforce Commander attacked, the Doctor helped to defend the city 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 and whenever the Time Lords looked, the xenophobic mutants were raising new armies by seeding progenitor devices into countless time zones, which would then become new fronts when the already thinly-spread Time Lords responded to try to hold back their foes. Yet the Daleks' mass-recruitment efforts belied the fact that they reciprocated the desperation felt by the Time Lords; as specifically pointed out by the Doctor, the Daleks' experiments that involved turning humans into Daleks to use as foot soldiers against the Time Lords indicated that the Daleks were no longer as concerned with racial purity as they once were. The Doctor also sardonically noted that it was unsurprising that the Daleks' had set aside their most fervent beliefs in order to win the War, given that their backs were also up against the wall. (PROSE: Engines of War)
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.
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 Lord Cardinal Karlax and the Castellan to receive a mind probe to back up the Doctor's claims that the Daleks were going to eliminate their world, horrifying the Castellan.
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, before escaping Gallifrey with the Castellan's help. 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.
After considering using Borusa to resurrect Cinder, he decided it would be wrong to alter time in such a way, realising that Cinder would never want him to use their one chance at destroying the Dalek plot to save her life alone. Thus, he ordered Borusa to wipe out the Dalek presence from the Eye and end the Dalek plan, after which Borusa, who had endured all of his regenerations time and time again from the Eye's temporal energies, passed away. 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, like a number of other battles, years were used as ammunition; in this one battle alone, mere shrapnel from the fighting aged the Eighth Doctor to be five million, only for him to then regress to a whimpering infant. By the end of the War, he felt as though, after all the time he had aged through, he had been left as a thousand year old, though he went onto call himself nine hundred because he believed it sounded better. (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)
Predicted as "the final event" by the Deathsmiths of Goth and Bettan, another account held that the Moment was a weapon, which begged to be used, chained to an N-Form. As the Doctor prepared to pull the handle on the last extrusion of the Moment within his reality, Daleks and Time Lords alike screamed for him to not use the weapon, although they were too far away to stop him as he stood atop a wooden platform, itself connected to Morbius's Red Capitol and Yarvelling's Church, on a backwater filled with the wreckage of a thousand planets, including Skaro, Gallifrey, and the Earth. Before she crumbled to dust before him, the Doctor's saviour's "final song" told him of how he would have "a whole new body to expiate the guilt" and gave him a kiss, which secretly passed the Restoration to him so he could regenerate after the War, though he failed to understand what she meant.
After watching her die, the Doctor, taking a moment to look down at the broken fragments of the War below him, activated the Moment after deciding he needed no last words. With that, the War ended and the universe had a chance to sing in victory; Gallifrey Original and the Dalek warships around it burst into flames, and a time lock sealed the conflict away from reality. Either saved or damned by the shadow of the Moment, the Doctor, meanwhile, was left to fall away from the destruction into plasmaspace, then foulspace, and then beyond into whatever came next, only to be saved by his TARDIS. While he figured he would die after the Moment had fixed his existance, his saviour's kiss allowed him to regenerate into a ninth incarnation, leaving the Doctor to shout out his last words and regenerate with "a curious new gold". (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War)
Another account indicated 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, becoming the War Doctor, during the Time War was acknowledged, but the Eleventh Doctor was shown encountering evidence that the deaths of Time Lords and the subsequent uploading of their minds to the Matrix, had driven it to insanity by the shock of it. (COMIC: Sky Jacks)
Siege of Gallifrey
- Main article: Fall of Gallifrey
The Daleks on the verge of victory
Even though their conflict was bringing about the utter destruction of time and space — with the War Doctor saying that "every moment in time and space [was] burning" because of the War (TV: The Day of the Doctor) — and 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. (PROSE: The Day of 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)
Around this time, the Dalek drone that would later be dubbed "the Metaltron" was created in a Dalek nursery to be one of the countless drones through into the War to die for the Dalek cause. After excess limbs were removed from the mutant to be placed back into the incubation vats to create new troops, the Dalek was assigned a training squad, later being told it would die in the most significant war its species had ever fought. (PROSE: Dalek) Despite the Dalek advances, 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) The Doctor remembered seeing the capital of capital of Kaalann left in ruins after the Daleks fled Skaro, leaving destroyed casings behind in the wrecked halls. (GAME: City of the Daleks)
Although the Dalek Empire had long since created a hypnoscape simulation of Gallifrey's second city, Arcadia, (AUDIO: The Shoreditch Intervention) ensuring they were ready to invade, (TV: The Last Day, et al.) Gallifrey remained at the furthest edge of the conflict for most of the War. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) By the end of the conflict, however, the Daleks had pushed the Time Lords back to their home planet, setting the stage for an invasion (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) that came after the Daleks attacked and secured a victory in the constellation of Kasterborous (PROSE: Dalek) where Gallifrey was located. (TV: Pyramids of Mars, et al.) This victory had come a mere day after the Metaltron was assigned its Commander, which had been killed in the battle. The drone was certain its officer had fought bravely to help the empire secure a victory and was assigned a new Commander. (PROSE: Dalek)
Earlier in the War, the Time Lords saw a projection of Gallifrey's "fall" through the Matrix but, in contrast to other future events, did not allow section leaders to observe tactical analysis concerning it due to the sensitive nature of the information relating to the outcome of the War. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) Narvin had also long since known that Gallifrey had the potential to fall, having recieved a holographic message from the future incarnation of General Trave before the officer's past self was killed on Rassilon's orders. The message was recorded by Narvin's future self as the Capitol was attacked by the Daleks, with the older Narvin warning his past self that Rassilon's rule would only ensure they lost the War. (AUDIO: Havoc) However, the past Narvin was unable to prevent Rassilon from gaining more power in the early days of the conflict and ended up exiled with Romana. (AUDIO: Assassins)
After its journey through the Multiverse, the Dalek Time Strategist had also forseen that the War would end at Gallifrey, even telling the Eighth Doctor that he would be central to events that led to Gallifrey's destruction, which it proclaimed would be the War's "final end". At the time, the Doctor rejected the idea of being involved in the War, (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) but the War Doctor also encountered evidence that the War could end in Gallifrey's defeat; whilst in the Death Zone during the Battle for the Tantalus Eye, Borusa warned Rassilon and the Doctor that "the age of the Time Lords [was drawing] to a close", but Rassilon proclaimed that victory in the Tantalus Eye would buy them more time to strategise. When Borusa died at the close of the battle, Rassilon lost access to the possibility engine he had tortured the Time Lord into being, robbing him of the advisor who could look into every possible future. (PROSE: Engines of War)
Arcadia falls, the siege begins
- Main article: Fall of Arcadia
While the Time Lords still had what one author called a "great battle fleet", (PROSE; A Brief History of Time Lords), the Daleks were able to begin an invasion of Gallifrey itself on what would become the final day of the War. (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 (PROSE: The Whoniverse) during the "final moments" of the War. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters) Even though it was known a single Dalek drone could wipe out the second city, Arcadia was thought to be impenetrable thanks to its 400 sky trenches, which were supported by soldiers who manned turrets; (TV: The Last Day) these postings were seen as desirable postings for a trooper, (AUDIO: The Conscript) with the commander of operations, Hedigar, often giving an intimidating speech about how secure they apparently were.
On the last day, a new recruit was being guided through how to man a turret by a more experienced trooper when (TV: The Last Day) the Dalek assault on Gallifrey's second city began. (PROSE: The Whoniverse) As Dalek drones broke their way through all 400 sky trenches, the recruit froze up upon seeing them, failing to fire on them before being exterminated. The experienced soldier (TV: The Last Day) went onto fight on the ground of the city. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) Also involved in the combat was the "Metaltron" Dalek, which had never seen battle before the attack, and the rest of its squad, which were designated to be amongst the first casualties. Anticipating the battle to be a great victory that would end in Arcadia's conquest, the squad's current commander nonetheless warned them that the Doctor would be present; even though the Metaltron realised it contradicted Dalek nature to fear, the commander ordered the squad to fear their greatest enemy, claiming that any Time Lord soldier they found could be the Doctor. (PROSE: Dalek)
Arcadia was all but destroyed in the ensuing Dalek invasion; (PROSE: The Whoniverse) drones swarmed the ground to attack soldier and civilian alike, while attack Ships and flying saucers provided air support, with the former craft swooping down to fire upon ground troops and defense turrets. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The battle at Arcadia became a horrific sight (TV: Doomsday) that was filled with carnage, with broken bodies and Dalek casings left littered across the ground; as the Metaltron Dalek saw, bodies and casings were left broken in the dirt, smashed under rubble, and cracked apart because of enemy fire. As such, dead Dalek mutants were visible through their shattered casings. The Metaltron's commander even was blasted apart by a staser blast, only for three Time Lords to be exterminated in retaliation, making the Dalek believe its officer's death had useful for the War effort. (PROSE: Dalek) As the Daleks continued to descend(TV: The Day of the Doctor) and overwhelmed Gallifrey's bowships, (PROSE: A Prologue) it was clear Arcadia had fallen to the exterminators. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Having travelled to the horrific battle, the Doctor was present at Arcadia, just as the Metaltron's commander had warned, and fought on the front lines. (TV: Doomsday, The Day of the Doctor, PROSE: Dalek) When the experienced soldier from the sky trenches (TV: The Last Day) tried to report a Priority Omega message that Arcadia had fallen, the Doctor appeared to him and borrowed his fusion blaster to write the English words "NO MORE" on the side of a wall. He was detected by a nearby Dalek squadron, which turned their sights away from a group of Time Lord civilians to attack the Doctor, only for the Warrior to crash through the wall between him and the Daleks with the TARDIS, wiping out the squad and only leaving one Dalek alive, which was then shot by the soldier whose blaster he had barrowed. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) The Doctor's simple message blasted into the wall became the most famous writing the Time Lord ever transcribed, (PROSE: The Time Lord Letters) even coming to the attention of Gallifrey High Command, which assumed the message was only for the Daleks. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
The Metaltron Dalek saw and killed a number of Time Lords during the battle. Despite the promise that it would be amongst the first killed, the drone found itself alive and alone amid a city consumed by death, making the mutant fear it was the last of its kind as it picked through the rubble of Arcadia for "eternal minutes". Unsure about whether the distant gunfire it heard was real or imaginary, the drone continued to feel fear until it sighted a Time Lord moving through the smoke, only for that Gallifreyan to spot it; it was in fact the Doctor, which the Dalek realised when it saw the Warrior was unarmed and staring with contempt. Staring at each other for both "forever" and "a few seconds", the Dalek was so overcome with fear it was unable to shoot its race's great foe, only for the Doctor, refusing to dignify the Dalek with so much as another glance, to vanish into the fog.
Completely consumed by terror, the Dalek was left to fire aimlessly into the chaos as it both tried to find and tried to hide from the Doctor in a contradictory quest to exterminate him and be killed by him. As such, the drone stayed in the wreckage of Arcadia, moving through the fallen city's darkness until "the ground gave away" and it fell for longer than was supposed to be possible, eventually crashing into the Ascension Islands of Earth (PROSE: Dalek) in 1961. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters) The Dalek later claimed it had fled the War in fear. (TV: Dalek) Nonetheless, after Arcadia fell, the Daleks began to attack (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and move towards the Capitol, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) ordering their fleet to completely surrounded Gallifrey (PROSE: The Whoniverse) and bombard it (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) from space. As the sky trenches defending the Capitol began to falter, High Command debated the Doctor's "NO MORE" message. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
The final hours
Even though some believed the Dalek attack on Arcadia was the final battle of the Time War, (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters) the Fall of Arcadia had actually set the stage for the rest of Gallifrey to be the conflict's final battlefield, with every Dalek ship in the universe arriving to bombard the Gallifreyan homeworld. 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 the ground 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. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords)
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, with it clear that what remained of the universe would be destroyed with them if they lost the War. (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 and Daleks the fighting would go on "no more" because he had come to believe his fight was ultimately for nothing, fearing 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 or 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 Saxon 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. (TV: The End of Time)
Indeed, the Master (TV: The Doctor Falls) and Gallifrey itself were thrown back into the Time War. (TV: The End of Time) The Moment forsaw the battle between the Master and Rassilon ending with both Time Lords regnerating, (PROSE: Pandoric's Box) but the Master in fact did not. (TV: The Doctor Falls) Rassilon, however, did; reportedly, the Master had choked the Lord President with several White-Point Stars, killing Rassilon's current incarnation and forcing him to regenerate into a new body. Rassilon screamed through the entire regeneration, forcing Ohila of the Sisterhood of Karn of make the Lord President a special potion. (PROSE: Lords and Masters)
Meanwhile on Earth, while the planet and the universe as a whole had been saved from the Ultimate Sanction, Wilfred Mott had become 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. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) Before reuniting with Clara, the Doctor had finished up conversation with Coal Hill School headmaster Frank Armitage about what time her work day ended, only for echoes of the War Doctor's proclamation about ending the Time War to leak into Armitage's responses. Shaken, the Doctor was left unsure why he was hearing words from the days he tried to forget, with even the TARDIS control console shaking in fright as the Doctor failed to bury the memories. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Reuniting with the Doctor at the Nation Gallery, Kate told the Doctor that UNIT were acting on orders from Queen Elizabeth I and they went inside where Kate showed him her credentials: a Gallifreyan painting, seemingly titled either "Gallifrey Falls" or "No More", that depicted the Fall of Arcadia on the last day of the Time War. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) It was at that moment the Doctor remembered the various last days of the War and christened this day one of them, realising that the Time War was not over for him yet. (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
Acting on intel from River Song, the Tenth Doctor travelled to England in 1562 to track down a Zygon nest. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) Several weeks later, the Doctor had infiltrated the Royal Court and become romantically involved with Queen Elizabeth, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) who had one point was replaced by a Zygon. A moment where the fake Elizabeth kissed the Doctor became a contender for the "last day" of the Time War. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
At a picnic with, unknown to him, the real Elizabeth, the Doctor proposed to her and she accepted, which he believed confirmed his suspicions about her being a Zygon. However, she was not the Zygon, and his Machine That Goes "Ding" detected that their horse was actually the Zygon Commander. The Doctor and Elizabeth fled and they reunited in the forest, only for the Zygon to take on her form, leaving the Doctor to be confronted by 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 War Doctor, meanwhile, found it hard to believe the two were his future, but the spirit of the Moment told him of how they reflected upon his decision to destroy Gallifrey; the Tenth Doctor would regret the choice, while the Eleventh Doctor tried to forget the action.
Writing on the wall, the Eleventh Doctor inscribed the codes for Jack Harkness' vortex manipulator, which was then found by UNIT in 2013 and almost used by the Zygon copy of Kate, but Clara activated the device first and teleported to the Doctors' location in time. 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 tried to travel to the Gallery in the TARDIS.
After calling McGillop from the past and ordering him to take Gallifrey Falls to the Black Archive, as the archive was shielded from TARDIS landings, 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. Having entered the Gallifrey Falls painting to access the Archive, the Doctors found themselves in the Fall of Arcadia and attacked by a Dalek drone, only for the three to use their sonic screwdrivers to push the exterminator back, scattering the painting in the archive and allowing them and Clara to exit the War. Entering the archive, 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.
Being a "very important day" for the Doctor, they ensured there were "safeguards beyond safeguards" involved in the preservation of the treaty, (TV: The Zygon Invasion, The Zygon Inversion) although the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors did take a prolonged break to look around the archive and watch its copies of the Peter Cushing Dalek films. The War Doctor declined their offer to join in and spoke with Clara, who told him of how he would regret the way he ended the War. Having figured his future selves were looking for distractions instead of trying to remember the day, he understood but figured that regret would push his future selves to save more worlds, such as how their regrets led to the peace negotiations going on before them. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
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. Just as they were about the use the Moment together, Clara Oswald asked them about their promise to help others, making the three incarnations suddenly realise a plan they had, unknowingly, been coming up with for centuries, which would allow them to save Gallifrey, end the War, and deal 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) Journeying in the TARDIS, the Eleventh Doctor contacted those they needed by warning them that "the Moment" had arrived, (WC: An announcement from the Doctor...) recruiting all of his previous incarnations to join together to save their homeworld by transporting it into a pocket universe.
As opposed to what the post-War Doctors had always believed, Gallifrey was not destroyed at the end of the War; (TV: The Day of the Doctor) after the Eleventh Doctor travelled back to him in the TARDIS, (WC: An announcement from the Doctor...) the First Doctor and the TARDIS computer began solving the calculations needed to transport the Homeworld to safety, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) with every subsequent incarnation unknowingly carrying on the work needed to figure out the best way to put the planet into stasis, waiting to be recovered. With many thousands of years between them all, the Doctors, rallied together by the Tenth, Eleventh, and War Doctors, united above the war-torn planet amid the Daleks' bombardment. Joined by the Twelfth Doctor, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) who had helped rally the various incarnations together, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) "all thirteen" incarnations of the Doctor appeared on scanners, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) striking fear into the Daleks. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Some Gallifreyan research even suggested that every incarnation of the Doctor had arrived to save Gallifrey; (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) there were indeed enough versions of the TARDIS suddenly present in the war-torn skies to look like, as the Twelfth Doctor put it, a "blizzard", with the Twelfth Doctor also admitting he did not know how many of his incarnations had arrived. Mortified at the sight before them (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) and realising their greatest enemy had a plan, the Daleks began increasing their fire-power in a last ditch attempt to win the War. However, this increased attack was the final straw for the General, who gave the Doctors permission to save Gallifrey (TV: The Day of the Doctor) despite his fear over what the transportation would entail. He and the rest of the War Council were also suddenly joined by the Twelfth Doctor, who arrived in the War Room to help coordinate disaster relief. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Rallying together, the Doctors flew towards Gallifrey, and the planet vanished in a flash of light; all of the Daleks, having surrounded Gallifrey to bombard it from space, suddenly became a spherical firing squad when the planet vanished, destroying themselves in their own crossfire. The destruction of the Dalek Fleet created 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) In two accelerated seconds, the Daleks had watched as their campaign went from triumph to failure, watching helpless as the skies filled with a "blizzard" of their greatest enemy. Instantly, Gallifrey had vanished before them, leaving the entire fleet to be faced with its own fire.
While it vanished instantly for the Daleks because the mutants were acting in a slower gradient of time, Gallifrey's relocation took almost a day to complete for the Doctors and everyone on the planet, longer than the Doctor had predicted. As the Twelfth Doctor helped coordinate relief with High Command, every incarnation of the Doctor arrived to the site of the many calamities occurring across Gallifrey as the planet "screamed and burned and raged" into the pocket universe. Not allowing anyone to burn, (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) with the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors also saying they never wanted to see their homeworld burn again, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) the Doctors made sure every civilian in danger would be saved from death, and these acts of kindness occurred across the planet as it was wracked by calamities. To the Twelfth Doctor, this is what made the final day of the War "the day of the Doctor".
Cities, villages, and towns alike were saved, with a version of the Doctor's TARDIS always emerging from the smoke to rescue anyone in danger, even if people needed to be saved from rooftops, windows, or the high seas. When town on the shore of Lake Calasper was ripped apart by a massive earthquake, every running citizen found a police box waiting to save them. The Ninth Doctor took control of a sky transporter before it could crash into the Capitol, even getting out onto the wing to rewire a malfunctioning engine, while the Second Doctor stopped a vessel on Gallifrey's high seas from capsizing. The Seventh Doctor kept teachers and children laughing as they ran from a school about to be crushed by a collapsing mountain, while the Fifth Doctor arrived at a flaming hospital, taking control of the situation.
As the Fifth Doctor rescued patients and completed an operation in the hospital, the Third Doctor used his sonic screwdriver to stop a tsunami from destroying a beach-side town, and the Sixth Doctor rescued a crew of miners from the crumbling tunnels by leading them to the surface. The Fourth Doctor, at one point, used his long scarf to rescue four children, who had thought no one was coming for them, trapped on a cliffside. As the Twelfth Doctor later recalled, the last day of the War was not a day of fire for Gallifrey, but a day when the "people of Gallifrey rose up and put 2.47 billion children to bed". As they saved every Gallifreyan from certain death, the Doctor swore to never forget their promise to help others. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
Establishing the time lock
In the universe itself, the Time War was time locked by either the surviving higher species (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) or the Doctor. (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass, et. al) Having seen that the War had nearly destroyed the entire universe and themselves, the higher species wanted to make sure no individual or faction from the new post-War universe could time travel into the conflict to try change or interact with its outcomes, believing that interfering with the conflict would be a danger to the integrity of the Time Vortex (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) and the universe. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters) The Doctor knew the same, understanding the time lock stopped the Daleks, his own people, and the other horrors of the War from escaping its now-sealed events. (TV: The End of Time)
The War was effectively sealed off in another version of reality, (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) leaving the Daleks, unable to escape from the War's specific timeline due to the time lock, almost entirely extinct after they were caught in their own crossfire. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Siblings Different and Same of the Faction insisted that the Doctor's actions had erased the Time War from history, (PROSE: The Paradox Moon) but every other account showcased that was not the case; the War had happened, but now it was inaccessible to the rest of creation, (TV: The Stolen Earth, et. al) leaving the great conflict between the Daleks and Time Lords to become the stuff of legend. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
With the Last Great Time War over, with the exception of a very few survivors, the Time Lords and the Daleks thus disappeared from time and space. (TV: Dalek, et. al) With the disappearance of Gallifrey being instant to the rest of the universe, it looked as though both sides had wiped out the other, and the Dalek crossfire created a supernova that burned over one thousand years. Nonetheless, many historians pondered whether it was true that every Dalek in the fleet was destroyed that day. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) At least one Attack Ship did indeed survive but was sent flying off by the blast, (TV: The Day of the Doctor) and the Curator believed any Dalek that had survived the Doctors' display would be so consumed by fear that they would run away forever. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)
The Dalek Emperor's flagship had been present to lead the Daleks to victory, only for the Emperor to watch as its species was consumed in the "inferno" created by the Doctor. Although the Ninth Doctor believed the Emperor was destroyed with the rest of the Dalek Empire, the Imperial flagship was actually sent tumbling through time (TV: The Parting of the Ways) and the Void, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) leaving the Emperor "crippled but alive". (TV: The Parting of the Ways) Nonetheless, the Tenth Doctor and subsequent incarnations involved in the salvation of Gallifrey knew that the Emperor would survive (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor) but also knew the Dalek monarch would meet its end during the Battle of the Game Station. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
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. (TV: Rose, Dalek, et. al)
Looking into what they believed to be mere possibilities for the Doctor's future via the Matrix, the Time War-era Time Lords watched some of these events, along with other post-War events involving the Daleks. Electing to treat post-War information as confidential, the data gleamed from these "future projections" was reserved for the eyes of section leaders only. As was noted in the Dalek Combat Training Manual edition that included these projections, some information about the post-War universe, such as data about the end of the Time War, was redacted from their security level as well. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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.
After the ordeal, Rose asked if, with the death of the only other known survivor, the Time War was over, which the Doctor affirmed, sadly declaring that he had won. (TV: Dalek) Watching a projection of the "Van Statten Incident," the War-era Time Lords saw that any Dalek they encountered could absorb temporal energy from a time traveller to repair itself. Disturbed, the military ordered that no Time Lord have direct with a Dalek casing, (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) which also had the ability to burn those who touched it. (TV: Dalek) Meanwhile, the Time Lords began to experiment to see if they could introduce unfamiliar emotions to Daleks like Rose had, alibet without putting their own personnel at risk by seeing if it could be done remotely. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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 to protect her. To make the Earth into their "paradise", 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 Time War-era Time Lords also watched a projection of this incident, teaching them that the already-known to be dangerous Dalek Emperor could survive the War. Nonetheless, they were relieved to see the Emperor would play a long game for centuries, rather that launching a new campaign right after escaping the Time War. The Time Lords also kept an index file on Rose under the name "Bad Wolf." (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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 blast of Gallifrey's appearanet 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 Eye of Time, long possessed by the Time Lords on Gallifrey, vanished from the universe during the fall of the Homeworld, (GAME: City of the Daleks) as did the Cruciform, which fell when Gallifrey vanished at the War's end. (COMIC: The Forgotten)
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) even though the Osiran Court was not as powerful as the Great Houses of Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Ship of a Billion Years) Following the Time War's end, the Tenth Doctor stated that the Axis was gone, with the disappearance of the Time Lords and Gallifrey from N-Space. (COMIC: Old Girl) The Eye of Orion became a shrine to the Time War, with a single human-sized stone in a meadow as a memorial to the uncountable casualties. (PROSE: Martha Jones' MySpace blog)
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) It was possible for individuals from the post-Time War universe to encounter combatants for whom the War was still going, as was the case when River Song and Kate Stewart's UNIT had encounters with the War Master. (AUDIO: Concealed Weapon, Master of Worlds) River also met the Eighth Doctor whilst he was in the midst of the conflict on two occasions. (AUDIO: The Rulers of the Universe, Lies in Ruins) The Tenth Doctor's TARDIS was once pulled back into the conflict's time lock by a telepathic summons from the War Master and he had to rapidly depart to prevent himself becoming trapped there. (AUDIO: The Last Line)
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 disappearance, the barriers between worlds 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) The end of the fighting also created a power vacuum specific to the Stellian Galaxy, which was consumed by centuries of war. (COMIC: Fugitive)
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, after their dimension was damaged by a shockwave caused by the Time War ripping through their realm, 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 forward to the year 500,000,000, knowing that the "impure creatures" of that time knew nothing of war or the Daleks, 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) Leela survived the conflict but ended up in the captivity of the now-restored to power Z'nai, who tortured her for information about the Time Lords. Without the Time Lords to sustain her youth, she also rapidly aged. (AUDIO: The Catalyst) When the Eleventh Doctor visited Shada following the Time War, the artificial intelligence who ran the planet noted that it had several Time Lord criminals in stasis. (COMIC: The One)
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) A Dalek that had been captured by fibre-optic cables during the Cloister Wars remained in captivity within the Cloisters on Gallifrey as late as the coup against Rassilon. (TV: Hell Bent)
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. The Zygon race 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) whilst Perganon and Ascinta also fell. (TV: School Reunion)
Millions of war seed-created soldiers loyal to the Time Lords survived. Without orders or an enemy to fight, they returned to the planets they'd originated from. A war seed which had failed to blossom survived on Earth, being experimented on for his undying abilities, and was eventually tracked down by Missy who disposed of him. (AUDIO: War Seed)
Using the erased days of Viola Wordsmith's timeline that his eighth incarnation had preserved, the Ninth Doctor was able to restore her to existence and by extension her home planet Gernica which had fallen victim to the Time War. (AUDIO: Death Will Not Part Us)
Access to the original timeline
After the War’s conclusion, it was sometimes 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 when his 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) and again as an accidental side effect of the temporal catastrophe caused by the Nun’s meddling with George Sheldrake's time tunnels, which required the Tenth Doctor to abduct his own past self to rectify. (AUDIO: The Wrong Woman)
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)
The Eleventh Doctor made visits to the pre-Time War Dalek Empire, arranging a series of truces with Davros so the two could meet during Christmas on various worlds. He sought to teach the Dalek creator that words like "Christmas," or even a word that Darvos related to like "father," could have many meanings across cultures, while "Dalek" would only ever relate to the hatred present within the mutants, only for Davros to reject his offers to change the Dalek species and accept that the exterminators would never see him as a father. After the Doctor helped Krillitane rebels on Gryphon's Reach work out a form of cloaking technology, which helped the rebels to beat back a Dalek invasion overseen by Davros, the creator met with him for another Christmas on Alacracis IV, where the Doctor admitted he was scared of what their future clashes would lead to. Nonetheless, Davros used the encounter as a trap to try to kill the Time Lord, only for the Daleks, which Davros had designed cloaking technology for, to fail. One day later, the Daleks declared the Time War. (PROSE: Father of the Daleks)
Return of the Daleks
Rise of the Cult of Skaro
- Main article: Cult of Skaro
Return to reality
- Main article: Battle of Canary Wharf
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 worlds. Though this allowed an army of Cybermen from Pete's World to breach 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, rejecting Cyber-Leader One's offer of an alliance, 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, using most of the energy in their power cells to temporal shift away, which dropped them in 1930. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)
Still looking into projections of the Doctor's future, the Time War-era Time Lords were thus made aware of the Cult of Skaro despite their intelligence services having had no information on the group, validating rumors about the "Black Ops" unit and how it had worked independent of the Emperor. The revelation of the cult created concerns about how far the Dalek Empire was willing to go to achieve victory, yet psyche evaluation teams also speculated that Daleks like the group, thanks to their individuality, could be suggestable and reasoned with. While research was undertaken to find and identify these Daleks on Skaro, the Time Lords also sought to open negotiations with the Cybermen for help in defeating their common enemy. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
Attempt to rebuilt the Empire
- Main article: Invasion of Manhattan
Having arrived in 1930 New York City, the post-War cult failed to rebuild the Dalek race before deciding to use humans as their soldiers for an invasion of Manhattan. 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)
The Time War-era Time Lords also saw a node of this event, teaching them that Sec seemed to be the most open of the cult to new ideas, while the other three members defaulted to typical Dalek responses when faced with such options, and that the group's individuality could cause strife amongst them. Recognising that the human-hybird Sec knew much about Dalek strategy while also being welcome to emotions, the military, despite seeing the node foretell Sec's death, sought permission from the High Council to extract the Human-Dalek from that moment in the timeline, hoping to recruit him. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
The survival of Davros
- Main article: New Dalek Empire
At the cost of his sanity, Caan broke through the Time War's time lock to save Davros from dying at the jaws of the Nightmare Child in its first year, bringing Davros into the post-conflict universe. Using his own DNA, Davros 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. (TV: The Stolen Earth) Learning of these events—which they considered the Daleks' most diabolical plan yet—through the matrix projections, the Time War-era Time Lords were concerned that Davros was once again working with his creations, yet they were alarmed even more by how a single bronze Dalek, even if it had enhanced mental capacity, was able to break through a time lock. The Time Lords began to investigate the matter. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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.
With even Caan and Davros presumed dead in the explosion, the Doctor assumed the entire Dalek race had been destroyed. (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End) Despite forseeing how the encounter ended, the Time Lords noted that moving the Earth was one of their own tactics, having done so during the Ravolox affair. Therefore, they realized the Daleks were willing to employ their own tactics against them. Furthermore, the fact that the Daleks managed to move the Earth without devastating the planetary biosphere proved to the Gallifreyans that their enemy had better technology than their own. The ways through which the New Dalek Empire moved entire planets thus became a matter that they began to urgently study. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
The final rebirth
- Main article: New Dalek Paradigm
Unknown to the Doctor, (TV: Journey's End) Davros somehow survived the destruction of the Crucible, (PROSE: The Whoniverse) as did one flying saucer and its crew of three drones. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Having fallen through time but picking up the trace of a progenitor, (TV: Victory of the Daleks) a device 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. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
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)
Foreseeing this event through the Matrix, the Time War-era Time Lords recognised the danger of Progenitors giving the Daleks a virtually limitless source of reinforcements in strategic points across the universe and so tasked CIA operatives with finding the devices and either destroying or disabling them, whilst Panopticon Scholars investigated the purpose of the Paradigm's Eternal Dalek. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
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. Nonetheless, they chose to focus upon what was clear, which included taking advantage of the absence of the Time Lords. In fact, the Daleks 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)
With it clear that the Paradigm was enduring defeat after defeat at the hands of the Eleventh Doctor, the Paradigm began to lose influence in the restored Dalek Empire they had established, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) with Daleks that no longer wore the distinctive multi-colored Paradigm casings coming to represent the empire as it expanded. (TV: The Witch's Familiar, et. al) To distance itself from the Paradigm's many defeats, the Dalek state reorganised itself under the Parliament of the Daleks and its Dalek Prime Minister. To further downplay their connection to the New Paradigm, the Prime Minister also promoted the red Paradigm drones to be officers, ordering that standard drones return to the bronze casings seen in the Time War because it felt this casing was more likely to strike fear into their enemies. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
As the now-Parliament commanded Dalek Empire expanded, Oswin Oswald, a human who had been converted into a Dalek and also a temporal splinter of Clara Oswald, 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 Parliament, until the knowledge of their foe was restored during the Siege of Trenzalore, was left to debate as to who their forgotten arch-nemesis had been. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) The Matrix's projection of this event confirmed to the Time Lords that the Pathweb, which was ever elusive to them, could indeed be hacked, and so they devoted additional resources to this means of attack. They also learnt from Oswin's experience that not all Dalek conversions were successful, understanding that the discovery of even one drone that was not totally subservient to Dalek control would give Gallifrey a massive tactical advantage. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
Return of the Time Lords
The siege begins
- 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, although they needed to find the right point in history and place to do so. If they entered at an undesirable point or place, they would be spotted, and 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.
However, Rassilon's attempt at creating a safe way into the universe accidently created the most dangerous situation possible; the message was spread throughout the history of the universe, striking fear in all who heard it. Various species, including the Daleks, sent their fleets to investigate. (PROSE: A Brief History of Time Lords) The Daleks had attempted and failed to translate the message remotely, and the Eternal Dalek told the Sup