Various conflicting accounts existed regarding the messenger's identity, with sources indicating he was an incarnation of Deliavatsud, (PROSE: The Dalek Problem) Brastall, (PROSE: A Device of Death) Ferain, (PROSE: Lungbarrow) Valyes, (AUDIO: Ascension) or Jelpax. (PROSE: Divided Loyalties)
By one account, the messenger was the final incarnation of Deliavatsud, a director of the Celestial Intervention Agency who went rogue in an attempt to subvert the APC Net's predictions of total Dalek domination. (PROSE: The Dalek Problem)
He explained to the Doctor that the Time Lords had forseen a time through their temporal projections when the Daleks would dominate the universe and gave him a mission to disrupt the Daleks' timeline by preventing their creation, making them less aggressive, or identifying an inherent weakness. He also gave the Doctor a time ring to leave Skaro once the mission was complete. Then he vanished. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks, PROSE: Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks)
Following the failed intervention in Skaro's history, the Time Lord messenger's duties increasingly revolved around the Daleks. He watched as they planned a campaign called Pa Jass-Vortan in retaliation for the Time Lords' actions. When the Daleks used their time corridors to travel to Shoreditch in November 1963, (PROSE: The Slyther of Shoreditch) an event known as the Shoreditch Incident, (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy, et al.) he travelled there to stop their mechanically augmented Slyther from tracking advanced technology in the region, which he assumed was the Doctor's TARDIS. First, the Time Lord researched the local culture and decided to order a half pint of bitter shandy from a local pub, where he encountered the Seventh Doctor.
The Time Lord explained the situation to the Doctor and agreed to return the Slyther to its home space and time if the Doctor would help him track it. Together, they travelled to the funeral parlour where the Doctor had stored the Hand of Omega and commandeered a black hearse. The Time Lord nervously stayed in the vehicle as the Doctor stole a piece of the undertaker's clothing from his house, then drove the hearse as the Slyther attacked. Struggling and screaming, he drove right through the fence of an electricity substation, leaving a deep bloody gash on his forehead. After the Doctor killed the Slyther, the Time Lord happily left using his Time Ring, disappearing with the creature's corpse after warning the Doctor about Pa Jass-Vortan one more time. (PROSE: The Slyther of Shoreditch)
A man in black who wore a pointed collar was known to a time traveler who (PROSE: Cyber-Hunt) once was a future incarnation of the Doctor. (COMIC: Party Animals) When his home planet was destroyed, the time traveler made a deal with the man in black; he would be removed from the lifecycle (PROSE: Cyber-Hunt) of the Doctor (COMIC: Party Animals) in return for the planet's restoration. Although the traveler's wording once implied they did not share a homeworld, the man in black gave him a mission to hinder the developments of the Cyberon on Carson's Planet, (PROSE: Cyber-Hunt) much like how the Time Lord messenger had greeted the Fourth Doctor on Skaro. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
After the Dalek intervention, Ferain was the Director of Allegiance for the Celestial Intervention Agency and author of An Alternative History of Skaro: The Daleks without Davros. When Ferain arrested Leela, the Seventh Doctor recognised him from the trenches on Skaro. (PROSE: Lungbarrow)
Behind the scenes
- In the 2003 webcast Death Comes to Time, this Time Lord was named Valentine. He and his partner Antenor, members of the Fraction who were called "the Saints", went into exile as professors on Earth, where they were murdered by Tannis. The character was voiced by Anthony Stewart Head. However, this wiki does not consider Death Comes to Time a valid source.
- In a deleted scene from the end of Return of the Cybermen, the Time Lord messenger would have appeared in the TARDIS to tell the Fourth Doctor that his failure to succeed in his mission had caused his own history to reoccur in slightly different ways and may lead to a Time War. This was meant to explain the contradictions between Return of the Cybermen and Revenge of the Cybermen, as well as between The Haunting of Villa Diodati and Mary's Story, and Human Nature and Human Nature.