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Villengard was a planet located at the centre of the universe. Its weapons factories were known as the "Nightmare of the Seven Galaxies". (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).) Sonic blasters were produced there in the 51st century. (TV: The Doctor Dances [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).) It had a moon in its orbit, though by the time the First and Twelfth Doctors alongside Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart and the glass avatar of Bill Potts visited, it had been partially destroyed. (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

Both Jack Harkness (TV: The Doctor Dances [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).) and River Song had weapons from Villengard. (AUDIO: An Unearthly Woman)

Eventually, Villengard ruled warfare throughout the galaxy with its all-powerful algorithm determining who lived and who died. Villengard provided the weaponry to the clerics, members of the Church, who its algorithm tricked into fighting over a barren planet. Villengard's deadly ambulances maintained a casualty rate in the profitable zone. In the end, the Villengard mainframe was conquered by the AI reconstruction of John Francis Vater on the orders of the Fifteenth Doctor to save Vater's daughter Splice. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

In the last months of the Last Great Time War, the War Doctor enlisted the help of Dorium Maldovar to help him destroy the thirteen weapons factories of Villengard before the Dalek Fleet arrived to take control of them. Using a molecular fruit bomb, the Doctor transformed the factories into palm trees, creating a banana grove. (COMIC: The Whole Thing's Bananas) The Ninth Doctor used this event as a justification for why Jack Harkness should carry a banana instead of a sonic blaster. (TV: The Doctor Dances [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).)

When the Eleventh Doctor set a test to verify Amy's identity so that she could unlock his message a thousand years later, one of the possible questions was 'Where are sonic blasters made?'. The correct answer was Villengard. (GAME: TARDIS)

Twice Upon a Time Two TARDISes

The Doctor's TARDIS leaves Villengard, twice. (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

Eventually, the "good" Dalek Rusty came to the ruins of Villengard's weapons factories, where he set himself up inside a tower to fight off other Daleks seeking to destroy him. The ruins became infested with Kaled mutants without their casings. The Twelfth Doctor visited Rusty to access the Pathweb and learn the identity of Testimony's glass avatar. (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

The Thirteenth Doctor had a conversation with the Moment in Villengard's banana groves. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)

Behind the scenes[]

Villengard serves as a notable bookend in the history of Doctor Who, as it was initially mentioned in the first (non-satirical) story written by Steven Moffat, TV: The Empty Child [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)./The Doctor Dances [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005)., and then appeared in the final story written by him as show runner, (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).). It also featured in the first story he wrote after his five year hiatus, (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).).

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