The Timeless Child was a title used to refer to the mysterious being from whom, across several regenerations, Tecteun extracted the secret of regeneration. According to the Master, the Timeless Child's incarnations were none other than the original incarnations of the Doctor, long before the First Doctor.
History[edit | edit source]
According to the Master, the Founding Fathers of Gallifrey built Time Lord society on a lie regarding the Timeless Child. This was buried deep within all Time Lords, in the form of repressed thoughts and memories: hidden, but integral to their identities. (TV: Spyfall) He later expanded upon this stating that an individual known as the "Timeless Child" was discovered and whose ability to regenerate was written into the genetic code of Time Lords. This history was subsequently hidden, with another explanation, a lie, being given for this ability instead. (TV: The Timeless Children)
Once the Master learned the truth about the Timeless Child, he ravaged Gallifrey to "make them pay" for what he discovered. He told the Thirteenth Doctor that learning the truth had not been easy for him. When the Master first mentioned the Timeless Child mystery to the Doctor, she got a massive headache and a flashback to when the Remnants approached her, as well as a glimpse of a child wearing yellow robes and standing outside a tall building under a purple sky. (TV: Spyfall)
While aboard a space platform in the far future, the Doctor, after having fallen unconscious due to Zellin's powers, dreamed about the vision of the Timeless Child while the Master's message to her echoed in her mind. In this scenario she was actively present in the vision. (TV: Can You Hear Me?)
The Timeless Child was eventually revealed by the Master to be a child discovered on another planet who had the power to regenerate, and had come through a gateway from another universe or dimension. The child was adopted by Tecteun, who discovered her power to regenerate after she suffered a fatal fall from a cliff, leading to Tecteun studying the child's power for a number of years and regenerations. Tecteun was eventually able to replicate the regenerative ability for herself and eventually spread it to the other Time Lords, though they limited their number of regenerations to twelve. In the process, the Timeless Child became the genetic template upon which all Time Lords gained their regenerative powers, in effect meaning that a piece of the child is in each Time Lord.
Tecteun and the child were inducted into a clandestine organisation called the Division, led by a Time Lord called Solpado, whose job it was to intervene in time when necessary. After being tested, the results came back saying they were the best the Divison have ever seen.
The Master revealed to the Doctor that the Timeless Child was in fact the Doctor themselves who apparently had her memories redacted. This was the Master's reason for why he ravaged Gallifrey, anger in the fact that every Time Lord, including him, had a piece of the Doctor in them. In addition, large portions of the Matrix on Gallifrey pertaining to the life of the Timeless Child were also redacted beyond even the Master's ability to recover it. However, Tecteun hid some of the truth in the Matrix in the form of the story of Brendan, an immortal Irish policeman. The Master suggested that this was an attempt by Tecteun to apologize or possibly a gift meant to help her child one day decode the truth of their existence. (TV: The Timeless Children)
Appearance[edit | edit source]
First incarnation[edit | edit source]
She was a young-looking dark-skinned girl with brown eyes and short black curly hair. She wore a reflective scales-patterned ray robe with a brown sash. Over it she wore an open gown of similar pattern with wide cuffs, square button and saffron yellow-black fabric. (TV: The Timeless Children)
Second incarnation[edit | edit source]
She was a young-looking East Asian girl with long straight black hair and brown eyes. She wore the same garments as her immediate predecessor. During Tecteun's experiment on her to crack the secret to regeneration, she wore black leggings and a pale green robe with a dark green sash and a high collar. (TV: The Timeless Children)
Third incarnation[edit | edit source]
She was a young-looking fair-skinned girl with blonde hair of shoulder length braided style. Like her predecessor, she wore black leggings and a pale green robe with a dark green sash and a high collar. (TV: The Timeless Children)
Fourth incarnation[edit | edit source]
He was a young-looking boy with short black hair covering his forehead and black eyes.
Fifth incarnation[edit | edit source]
He was a young-looking fair-skinned boy with brown short hair covering his forehead.
Sixth incarnation[edit | edit source]
She was a young-looking girl with brown styled hair.
Seventh incarnation[edit | edit source]
He was a dark-skinned male with black hair styled into a short hi-top.
Like his predecessor, he initially wore black leggings and a grey-blue robe with a white sash and a high collar while being tested and experimented with by Tecteun. However, after Tecteun cracked the secret to regeneration, this incarnation later changed this outfit for a cream dress with a high collar, and a scarlet gown with a high collar over it. This was the incarnation that was inducted into the Division. (TV: The Timeless Children)