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Valyestriantriluma, Valyes for short, was a Lord Cardinal of Gallifrey who was chosen by the High Council as acting Chancellor. He replaced Braxiatel, who had been appointed to the position only days earlier. (AUDIO: Insurgency)

By one account, he was the Time Lord messenger who spoke to the Fourth Doctor on Skaro. (AUDIO: Ascension)


Valyes attended the Time Lord Academy with the First Doctor. In year fifty, the Doctor fed a snapping wart fowl to his summer project. He held a grudge against the Doctor after that. (AUDIO: The Next Life)

As Chancellor, Valyes later ran the Academy. He soon revoked many of the privileges given off-worlders by his predecessor. He was deeply conservative and did not approve of Lady President Romana's liberalisation of Gallifreyan society. Romana's Academy experiment fell apart under his stewardship. (AUDIO: Insurgency) Bomb explosions killed numerous students. The rest either were evacuated or taken into protective custody. (AUDIO: Imperiatrix)

During the Gallifreyan Civil War, Valyes sided with the Imperiatrix Pandora and Inquisitor Prime Darkel. He advised Pandora on tactics on how to proceed in the war. He worked out that Romana was visiting an old vidcast presenter Gerber to create propaganda and got Darkel to visit him. (AUDIO: Fractures) He stayed as close as possible to Pandora to help and advise her. (AUDIO: Warfare) Following Pandora's defeat by Romana and Leela, he assumed the acting Presidency as the next highest ranking Time Lord. He explained his collaboration with Pandora as trying to bring her rule down from within her own circle. Valyes restored the High Council dismissed by Romana when she declared herself Imperiatrix and they called for a new Presidential election. As there was no Vice President, he made Lord Matthias his Lord Cardinal with special security responsibilities. He resigned as Acting Lord President due to the machinations of Darkel, whom he attempted to name as his successor. Romana disputed the legality of his actions as she was still technically President. Matthias also claimed that as acting Chancellor he was Valyes' rightful successor. (AUDIO: Appropriation)

During the election, Valyes was the Lord High Returning Officer - another office he had acquired over the years - but his moment of glory was cut short by the return of Braxiatel, who claimed the Presidency for himself and named Lord Cardinal Matthias as his successor. (AUDIO: Mindbomb) Valyes then served as Lord Chancellor to Lord President Matthias. He suggested chucking Pandora's weapon's arsenal at the Sontarans or the Daleks. (AUDIO: Panacea)

Valyes was present on Gallifrey when the Daleks invaded. In an attempt to defeat them, Narvin sent Valyes in disguise to give the Doctor a mission to avert the creation of the Daleks. (AUDIO: Ascension) By other accounts, the Time Lord messenger on Skaro who sent the Fourth Doctor on this mission was not Valyes. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks, PROSE: Lungbarrow, et al.)

Alternate timeline[]

In an alternate timeline in which Rassilon failed to finish the Eye of Harmony before his death, Valyes was a low ranking member of the Chancellery Guard. (AUDIO: Forever) He later became an outcast, joining Leela and the freed slaves, who became known as Outsiders. (AUDIO: Emancipation)


Valyes was a member of the old guard on Gallifrey. He was very old fashioned and opposed to change. He proved easily manipulated by those more clever than he, especially Darkel. He was also extremely obsequious. Valyes seemed to be a born politician who would use the law to suit his own purpose. However, he had more faith in his ability than others did, and this faith was misplaced. (AUDIO: Lies, Appropriation, Mindbomb)