A time war could be one of at least two types of time-spanning conflicts. The first type of time war was where sides fought each other across different points in history. The second type of time war was one in which time itself was used as a weapon by two or more time-active factions, employing preemptive strikes, time loops, temporal paradoxes and the reversal of historical events. It is difficult to study these wars, since they tended to erase the damage before it was made.
The Time Wars were a collections of time wars fought between the early Time Lords and other races that were developing time travel, (PROSE: Sky Pirates!) lasting 30,000 years. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors) The Time Lords destroyed one such race, the Charon, before they even existed. Another unnamed species which was eliminated created the reality bomb. (PROSE: Sky Pirates!)
Among the Time Wars was the Black Sun War, (PROSE: Heart of TARDIS) starting when the Order of the Black Sun sent a time-travelling assassin to prevent Gallifrey from gaining time travel. (COMIC: Star Death, 4-D War) The Order itself existed 30,000 years in the future, and launched a second attack in the Question Hall twenty years after the initial attack. (COMIC: 4-D War) The Time Lords had been viewed by the Order as striking first in the present, after the Sontaran ambassador Brilox used a psy-snare to make the parahuman Millenium assassinate the Black Sun Elder in an attempt to secure the uranium on Desrault for the Sontarans while Gallifrey and the Black Sun were "at each other's throats". (COMIC: Black Sun Rising)
When visiting the planet Aoris, the Fourth Doctor, Romana II and K9 discovered that the planet was engaged in a time-travelling war as residents of Era 24 attacked the 'Age of Greed' in Era 14, approximately a thousand years before their time, stealing endangered animals and the potent natural power source of zenox crystals from the past in the belief that their ancestors were incapable of using these resources properly. In the course of his time on Aoris, the Doctor realized that this war was the result of a complex time loop, as the people of Era 14 only came to rely on more environmentally-dangerous power sources such as fossil fuels because the zenox crystals were stolen by their future descendants. The Doctor, Romana and K9 were eventually able to end hostilities between the two sides, leaving a few people from Era 24 in Era 14 to set up a resistance movement that would aid them in Era 24 while sending the rest of Era 24 into the further future so that Aoris could be regenerated by various terraforming engines (AUDIO: The Paradox Planet/Legacy of Death).
At one point in the Eighth Doctor's future, the War in Heaven was fought between the Time Lords and the enemy. (PROSE: Alien Bodies) The Eighth Doctor destroyed a Gallifrey while attempting to prevent this war from beginning. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)
Sutekh and Horus agreed that the Osirian throne would go to the winner of a time war. (AUDIO: Ozymandias) The resultant conflict was orchestrated by Justine so both Sutekh and Lolita would be defeated. (AUDIO: The Judgment of Sutekh)
The Time Lords fought against the Daleks in the Last Great Time War, which "all thirteen" incarnations of the Doctor ended by freezing Gallifrey in a pocket universe, making the Daleks accidentally destroy one another in their own crossfire, while the rest of the universe believed that both sides had just annihilated each other. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Tasha Lem warned the Eleventh Doctor that if the Time Lords returned to the universe then the species waiting above Trenzalore — among them the Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Terileptils, Judoon and Weeping Angels, along with the Slitheen family — would attack them and the Siege of Trenzalore would escalate into another time war. The Daleks managed to break through the Papal Mainframe's force field, resulting in a war on Trenzalore and many of the other fleets were destroyed or retreated overtime. After 900 years of stalemate and with the Doctor dying of old age at the end of his final incarnation, the Time Lords granted him a new cycle of regenerations, with the resulting regenerative "reset" destroying the Dalek forces, ending the Siege, averting a new Time War, and beginning the Doctor's thirteenth incarnation. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)