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The War Council, also called the High Command or the War Council of Gallifrey, (TV: The Day of the Doctor, AUDIO: Jonah) was a Time Lord council that coordinated the Great Houses' war effort. They met in the War Room in the Capitol on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Body Politic, TV: The Day of the Doctor)
During the War in Heaven Edit
During the War in Heaven, representatives of the Great Houses gathered to debate military strategy. They were led by the War King, who they addressed as "your Majesty" (AUDIO: Body Politic) and who, in this time, ruled Gallifrey as a whole, acting both as supreme leader of the War Council and as de-facto Lord President. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
When the War King tried to give House Paradox a seat on the War Council, Lolita protested due to her personal animosity toward the representative, Cousin Justine; she convinced the other Houses that this was indicative of the War King's bad judgment. After she killed the War King, (AUDIO: Words from Nine Divinities) Lolita was elected War Queen and leader of the War Council. Justine sent Sutekh's Mal'akh to slaughter the Council as a warning to Lolita. (AUDIO: The Judgment of Sutekh)
During the Last Great Time War Edit
In the immediate build-up to the Time War, the War Council operated multiple secret bases around Gallifrey to research weapons and grow Battle TARDISes. Following the Dalek destruction of Phaidon, General Trave of the War Council visited the Warpsmith refugee ship. (AUDIO: Celestial Intervention)
During the last days of the Time War, the General and Androgar were discussing the War Doctor's part in the Fall of Arcadia when a female member of the Council notified them that there had been a breach in the Time Vaults. The General led a group of Time Lords to the Vaults, where they discovered that the Moment had been stolen by the War Doctor.
Later, "all thirteen" of the Doctor's incarnations called the War Council to notify them of their plan to save Gallifrey by freezing it in a pocket universe. Realising something was wrong, the Dalek fleet above Gallifrey increased their fire power, at which point the General gave the Doctor the go ahead.
By the end of the Time War. the War Council held the High Council in little regard. The General scorned reports of the High Council's emergency session, saying their plans had already failed. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) When Rassilon re-took the presidency, all things that once needed High Council approval, such as granting a new regeneration cycle, could be done by the War Council. (AUDIO: Assassins)
By that time, the surviving members of the council, with the exception of the General, were all able to be identified as such on sight due to the unique metallic collars that they wore, which were patterned on the insides with carved Gallifreyan text rather than the traditional solid gold. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)