Nyarlathotep was one of the Great Old Ones given its name in the present universe by Rassilon. (PROSE: Divided Loyalties) Elektra considered him "the darkest and greatest of the Old Ones", and despised him for "what he had done"; she hoped her child, Kronos, would be the champion of a united universe against him and his kind. (PROSE: The Quantum Archangel) The Seventh Doctor told Bernice Summerfield that he sincerely hoped never to meet Nyarlathotep. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire) Roz, using her knowledge of Lovecraft's writing, managed to convince an agent of the Great Old Ones that the Seventh Doctor was their dark messenger Nyarlathotep himself. (PROSE: The Death of Art) The Sixth Doctor and Flip encountered a fictional version when they were in Lovecraft's mind brought to life by the Somnifax. (AUDIO: The Lovecraft Invasion)
The Doctor is the emissary of your masters, worm. He is the messenger of the powers you draw upon. [...] He is more than man. He is the troubler at the gate, the walker with the thousand forms; the part of the idiot god which embraces the pain of reason. He is the thing from the void that mocks the blind apes of truth. He is the dark messenger, Nya...
Behind the scenes
- Nyarlathotep originated in the horror stories of H. P. Lovecraft. In the Call of Cthulhu tabletop role-playing game Nyarlathotep is classified as an "Outer God", a class of beings considered even more powerful than the "Great Old Ones".
- In 2013, when asked how he would respond if presented with a theory that the Other was Nyarlathotep, Andrew Cartmel replied, "I would respond, "Who is Nyarlathotep?" while scratching my head."