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Religion was often used interchangeably with the terms "faith" and "belief system" or "belief structure". Broadly speaking, it was a set of stories or beliefs that were believed or gave meaning to a particular society. (PROSE: Twilight of the Gods)

According to the Eighth Doctor, belief without proof was the foundation of all faiths. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)

Specific locations and civilisations[]


Religion was present on Gallifrey during the time of the Pythia when mysticism ruled Gallifrey. It was a time of psychics and prophecy. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)

Later in Gallifrey's history, another "religion" formed: a cult known as the Faction Paradox, a voodoo-organisation who revelled in the art of a paradox, something that was practically sacrilegious (if Gallifreyans believed in such thing) on Gallifrey. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

By the time of the First Doctor, Gallifrey had no official religion. (AUDIO: Tick-Tock World) He would later explain to Dodo Chaplet, that the Time Lords believed in the "basic scientific principles of the universe", a philosophy he noted was similar to the teachings of Tibet. He did note however that he viewed religion as people explaining scientific phenomena they did not yet fully understand. (AUDIO: The Secrets of Det-Sen)


Around the 12th century, the major religions on Earth were — in the West —"Mohammedanism", Judaism and Christianity, and — in the East — Hinduism, Buddhism, Janism, Sikhism, Parsee and Shinto. At this point in history, these essentially comprised of the entire planet's population, and each religion fought against each other. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Crusaders)

Certain belief systems, such as that of the Church of the Outsiders, were not recognised as religions by the United Kingdom government. (AUDIO: Believe)

There were several instances of a variety of species masquerading on Earth within belief structures: the Gorgons controlled a sect of Christian nuns; (TV: Eye of the Gorgon) Exxilons visited Earth several times, influencing civilisations (and their religions) such as the Mayan and Aztec; (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird) Cessair of Diplos was worshipped by the Druids for 4000 years (till the mid-1970s), adopting several identities while maintaining control of the religion around a stone circle comprised of several Ogri; (TV: The Stones of Blood) and at least one Time Lord portrayed himself as a Christian monk while on Earth. (TV: The Time Meddler)

By the 59th century, the major human religions had fallen as a result of science having made the various miracles of humanity's past, such as reincarnation and walking on water, firmly mundane. This resulted in the Earth government reclassifying belief in anything as a religion. (AUDIO: Blood on Santa's Claw)

Divergent Universe[]

Within the Divergent Universe, there existed the Multihaven where a large number of religions could all exist in harmony together. While there, the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard claimed their religions to be 'tourists'. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)

C'rizz was a member of the Church of the Foundation. (AUDIO: The Next Life)


The True Faith was a Sorvix religion that continued to worship God. (AUDIO: Escape Room)

Religion was forbidden on Platform One. (TV: The End of the World)

On Delta Magna the 'Swampies' worshipped Kroll. A high priest would often dress up as Kroll to terrorise their captives. (TV: The Power of Kroll)

When the All-Gods awoke and took over the planet Dellah, religious practices became sacrosanct, and read to the letter of their beliefs; many people were punished or killed for not following a religion. (PROSE: Where Angels Fear)

Drang had religion banned on Aoris. (AUDIO: Legacy of Death)

By the 52nd century, the Silence, the Church and the Order of the Headless were all allied to kill the Doctor to stop him reaching Trenzalore and answering a Question that must never be answered. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, A Good Man Goes to War, Let's Kill Hitler, Closing Time, The Wedding of River Song)

Religious iconography, symbols and vocations[]

Nuns were often associated with a particular religion; on Earth they were often associated with religions with ties to Christianity. (TV: Eye of the Gorgon)

Study of religion[]

St Oscar's University in the 26th century had a Department of Comparative Religion, headed by Professor Urquhart. (PROSE: Dry Pilgrimage) The People had an interest group called Apocalyptic Religions Interest Group. (PROSE: Where Angels Fear)

The Devil[]

The Devil idea was a form that ran through several religions. The "horned beast" in particular was an icon that was seen on several worlds and in many civilisations. Some of this imagery could be credited to the Dæmons of Dæmos. (TV: The Dæmons)

Others could be credited to the Beast. During the 42nd century in particular several religions included the Beast within their belief structures; the Arkiphets, the Church of the Tin Vagabond, Quoldonity, Pash Pash, San Klah, Christianity and New Judaism. (TV: The Satan Pit)

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