The Minister of Chance was a Time Lord.
Following his defeat Tannis agreed to the Treaty of Karselai and signed away any rights to alien planets. Despite this, the Canisian military, led by Tannis, brutally conquered the Santine Republic, confining the leading members of the Republic to a prison camp. The Minister, who was able to transfer a virus to a Canisian computer via speech, took the place of a version of the Doctor in seeding a rebellion on Santiny while the Doctor investigated the deaths of two Time Lords on Earth. Tannis was also working towards wiping out the last members of the Fraction and by massacring the Santine prisoners he provoked the Minister into breaking the rules about non-interference and destroy the fleet, forcing the Doctor to confront the Minister and revoke his TARDIS. (NOTVALID: Death Comes to Time)
Behind the scenes
- In the novel The Tomorrow Windows, the Eighth Doctor saw a man with a bent nose in one of the Tomorrow Windows. This character later appeared holding a pair of dice in in the novel The Gallifrey Chronicles as one of the four surviving elementals; in Lance Parkin's AHistory, he confirmed that this was a reference to the Minister of Chance. Both The Tomorrow Windows and The Gallifrey Chronicles featured other references to Death Comes to Time by mentioning Anima Persis and Tannis, respectively.
- In Dan Freedman's pitch for a continuation of the Death Comes to Time storyline, the Minister of Chance would have taken up the Doctor's mantle out of guilt. Though this series was not commissioned by the BBC, Freedman later crowdfunded it as the Minister of Chance audio series, where the character had regenerated into an incarnation played by Julian Wadham; Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann also appeared in the series, though not as their Doctor Who characters.