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The oldest and most mightiest race in the universe, the Time Lords, the Doctor's own people, hail from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. From there, they watch over the "lesser races" and act as a Time Police. The Doctor claims he fled out of protest of their Space Age Stasis.
In the Time Skip between the classic series and the new, the Time Lords were said to have destroyed in the Last Great Time War, leaving the Doctor as the Last of His Kind. The fiftieth anniversary special (in Series 7) revealed that this wasn't the case with all of the Doctor's incarnations having shunted the planet into a parallel pocket universe before they properly came back in Series 10.
Then the Master killed them all in Series 12.
- 0% Approval Rating: During and following the Time War, they became even more hated than the Daleks forcing them to hide Gallifrey at the end of the universe. If they returned to their original time period (the 44th century when the Time War was waged), then all the species living back then will come to Gallifrey and bomb them out of existence.
- Abusive Alien Parents: Time Lord children are taken from their parents at the age of eight to be properly trained in becoming Time Lords. The worst fear of any seven year old Time Tot is to turn eight.
- Abusive Precursors: They used to amuse themselves by snatching people out of time, dropping them in the Death Zone and watching them fight.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: This is their ultimate plan in The End of Time.
- Omnicidal Maniac: And it involves the destruction of time itself.
- Anti-Villain: Until The Trial of a Time Lord, the Time Lords were antagonists to the Doctor but were originally on the side of good... until they began to Jump Off the Slippery Slope in "Genesis of the Daleks".
- Badass Decay: At their peak, they were unstoppable. But when Rassilon died, he took the fire of Time Lord society with him. And that was long before the First Doctor was born.
- Based on a Great Big Lie: If the Master is to be believed, then their whole civilization is based on the lie of the Timeless Child.
- Become Their Own Antithesis: As is commented on a few times in the EU, young Gallifreyans are full of life before they're brought to the Time Lord Academy.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: Two hearts, larger brains; that have an additional lobe; fewer ribs, they have a respiratory bypass system (in layman's terms, they can't be choked), no prostate, and a body temperature of fifteen degrees celsius. Oh and they can regenerate.
- Bizarre Alien Senses:
- Several Doctors have said that they can sense the flow of time and instinctively rejects fixed points in time. They can also speed up their sense of time, essentially viewing things in slow motion.
- By licking things, Time Lords can instantly tell what it's made of.
- They're also touch telepaths.
- Can't Argue with Elves: Appears to be something of a species trait.
- Corrupt Bureaucrat: It's pretty much a role of thumb that any Time Lord in a governmental position is not only bureaucratic but irredeemably corrupt.
- Crystal Spires and Togas: To the point that the Time Lords on Gallifrey just read through the old records all day because they have literally nothing better to do.
- Depending on the Writer:
- Their attitudes in the classic series were very inconsistent. In the Second and Third Doctor eras, they were portrayed as a force for good, if one that couldn't empathize with the other races very well. When meeting the Fourth Doctor, they were, by and large, a bunch of foolish old men who couldn't understand their own technology and seemed honestly more interested in The Daily Mirror's article detailing the Titanic sinking than their planet being invaded. From the Fifth Doctor onward, they were a Deadly Decadent Court. Word of God eventually declared that the ones from the Second and Third eras was the CIA and the Fourth Doctor's era onwards is the rest of the government.
- Are Time Lords and Gallifreyans synonymous terms? A Brief History of Time Lords would say that all Time Lords are Gallifreyans but that not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords. In fact, most of Gallifrey's population is made up of Gallifreyans. Biologically speaking however, it seems that everyone has two hearts and twelve regenerations. "The Timeless Children" by contrast would say that regeneration is a privilege enjoyed only by the Time Lords.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him:
- In the Time Skip between series thanks to the Time War. Subverted when The Day of the Doctor showed that they were all still alive.
- But seemingly played straight in Series 12.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- With the notable exceptions of Rassilon and the Master, most Time Lords are content with their long lives and don't care to be immortal.
- Even they realized it was a bad idea to let the Daleks become the dominant race in the universe.
- Not even they tried to crack the Skasis Paradigm.
- Face Heel Turn: Between The Trial of a Time Lord and The End of Time, the Time Lords become Knights Templar in the Time War against the Daleks.
- Their utter inability to relate to any other species and extreme ego slowly became their defining traits.
- In the New Series, they all wear red robes. In the classic series, they had multiple colours, red denoting the Prydonian Chapter.
- Gender Bender: They can change sexes during regeneration. Though it's implied that this is not very common and that there is a sense of gender identity on Gallifrey.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Regeneration.
- He Who Fights Monsters: As the Time War wound on, the Time Lords became no better than the Daleks. One woman even rejected the Eighth Doctor's aid explicitly because he was a Time Lord, preferring to die than accept his help.
- Healing Factor: Even without regeneration they bounce back very quickly.
- Higher-Tech Species: The Higher-Tech Species. As the Eleventh Doctor says, the Time Lords had appalling dress sense but they knew their engineering. Take the Doctor's TARDIS. A Bigger on the Inside space-time machine with the ability to provide endless food and drink for its occupants? Yeah she was a museum piece when the Doctor was a boy and set to be scrapped before he stole her.
- Human Aliens: Time Lords are visually indistinguishable from humans, though anyone who takes even a slightly closer look, or who has medical training, will notice some differences straightaway.
- I Meant to Do That: Time Lords always do what they do for a reason far beyond your petty comprehension.
- Insistent Terminology: Time Lords don't look human. Humans look Time Lord. They came first.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: While the Time Lords are a race of geniuses, they've stagnated for so long that they've forgotten how to operate some of their more powerful and ancient technologies. As a snarky Time Lord author said, even the "Laws of Time" that they revere are just the basic laws of physics but they were so busy worshipping Rassilon that no one seemed to notice.
- Nice Hat / High Collar of Doom: In "The Deadly Assassin", we were shown Time Lords in their full ceremonial costumes, including their distinctive headgear. Though these were supposed to be "seldom-worn", they have become iconic; it's almost unheard-of to have a story where the Time Lords don't get to wear their Nice Hats. They're so iconic that even the CyberMasters (Cybermen made from Time Lord corpses) retain the headpiece.
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: This is why RTD drop-kicked them out of the show.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: If the Master is to be believed, then they reverse-engineered their capacity for regeneration from the Timeless Child.
- Precursors: According to some sources, they're the reason so many species are Human Aliens. Though it varies on whether those other species are descended from Gallifreyan colonies or Rassilon did some Magic From Technology that imprinted this pattern on the universe.
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: Assuming that Time Lords take good care of their bodies, a single regeneration can last a few centuries.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Something the Second Doctor calls them out on. They could use their great powers to do so much good but instead choose to just sit around on Gallifrey.
- Screw The Rules, We Make Them: Well they don't make them but certainly there's no one who could reasonably hold them accountable.
- Space Age Stasis: To the point that they've forgotten how some of their more advanced technology works and it could realistically be viewed as "prehistoric junk" on other worlds.
- Space Amish: The Gallifreyans who, despite Time Lord propaganda, make up most of the planet's population.
- Squishy Wizard: Time Lords are geniuses and treat the universe as a toy, but one bullet will kill them no problem.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Daleks never quite matched Time Lord technology. Even Cinder, in Engines of War, notes that it's near indistinguishable from magic.
- Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology: Much of their most dangerous technology often looks unassuming. This led to their Space Age Stasis as the new generations couldn't make heads or tails of it and simply regarded these technological marvels as simple ceremonial artifacts.
- Superior Species: Unsurprisingly, they view themselves as this.
- Unexplained Recovery: How they got Gallifrey back to the main universe. The Doctor refuses to ask on the basis that it would make them feel clever.
- EU media reveals that getting Gallifrey back the universe was exceptionally easy for them to do, so much so that they don't bother explaining the specifics, and they just slipped it back to its regular place in the universe.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Time Lord High Council has no sympathy towards the Doctor even after he saved the race from extinction. If anything, they're even angrier with him because they weren't the ones to be the heroes.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Usually presented as an extreme version of such as the, self-appointed, guardians of space/time.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Thirteen lives is enough for most.
- Written by the Winners: Rassilon rewrote (often literally thanks to time travel) so much of their early history that they're not even 100% sure of their past.
Celestial Intervention Agency
A shadow cabal of Time Lords that are dedicated to maintaining Gallifrey's supremacy over the cosmos. As the rest of their kind stagnated, they churned out the new technology and oversaw the Doctor's exile on Earth.
- Fun with Acronyms: Named after a certain American agency that sticks its nose in the affairs of other countries.
- Know When to Fold'Em: After the mess with Omega, they realized that keeping the Doctor as an agent was unsustainable and gave him his freedom back.
- Space Age Stasis: Averted. They're single-handedly responsible for any new technology developed since Gallifrey, officially, adopted its Alien Non-Interference Clause.
- Time Police: While the Time Lords as a whole look down on other races developing time travel technology, these guys are proactive in preventing the rise of other temporal powers.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Essentially Doctor Who's version of Section 31.
Sisterhood of Karn
An all-female cult of immortal witches, the Sisterhood, based on the planet Karn, have ties to Gallifrey and act as a sort of semi-protectorate/vassal/colony.
- Healing Potion: Their elixirs can aid Time Lords through their regenerations.
- Lady in Red
- The Remnant: They're what remains of the followers of Pythia, the ruler of Gallifrey before Rassilon.
In-universe referred to as "the Monk", out-of-universe "the Meddling Monk". The first other member of the Doctor and Susan's (at that point, still-unnamed) species ever seen on-screen. In his first appearance, Meddling Monk liked to "improve" history, or rather Earth's history with advanced technology. (He didn't ever mention altering any other planet's history.) In his second, he jointly wished for revenge against the Doctor and allied with the Daleks and a third, human villain, as self-preservation. He re-appeared in two Doctor Who Magazine comics and then in the New Adventures novel No Future by Paul Cornell and a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas.
Played by: Peter Butterworth (1965-66); Graeme Garden (voice only; 2010-2011)
- Affably Evil: Closer to affably amoral, actually.
- Ancient Astronaut: Helped the Ancient Britons build Stonehenge and talked with Leonardo da Vinci about flying machines.
- Butt Monkey: No one; from the Doctor, to the Daleks, to Mavic Chen; will give him even an ounce of respect.
- Compound Interest Time Travel Gambit: Mentioned to have done this once.
- Dirty Coward: Unsurprisingly fled from the Time War.
- Evil Former Friend: The first of many examples of this to the Doctor. The Time Lord Academy should really do a better job of screening people.
- Humiliation Conga: The audio drama "Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated" is pretty much Missy bullying him.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The "sympathy" really does start to build up in his later appearances in the audio dramas.
- Not So Different: He's a Time Lord who got bored with Gallifrey and decided to travel through space and time. The major difference from the Doctor is that he decided to change things.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Unsurprisingly, "The Monk" is not his real name. His real name is given in the EU as "Mortimus."
- Out-Gambitted: In each encounter with the Doctor, he loses a component of his TARDIS. The Monk apparently recovers these parts, or cobbles together some replacements at least, by the time of the audios.
- Utopia Justifies the Means
- We Will Meet Again: Well, he said they would, but he never seemed to get around to it onscreen. This is one of those reasons the Expanded Universe is so handy.
- Wham! Line: "It's a TARDIS! The Monk's got a TARDIS!"
The War Chief
Before the Master there was this guy (though Word of God has confirmed them as separate individuals). Leaving Gallifrey, the War Chief joined up with a race called the War Lords, whom he planned to betray.
Played by: Edward Brayshaw (1969)
- Beard of Evil
- Evil Counterpart: To the Third Doctor. A Time Lord scientist allied with aliens and is trying to keep their operation safe from alien incursions.
- Evil Former Friend: He and the Doctor were clearly very close once upon a time.
- Evil Genius: The War Lord outright says that his scheme wouldn't have been possible
- No Name Given: Like all Renegade Time Lords. His name is eventually revealed as "Magnus."
- Oh Crap: He and the Doctor have a mutual one when they recognize each other.
- The Starscream: He predates the Trope Namer but he's a textbook example. If the Time Lords are the Whoniverse incarnation of the Cybertronians, then the War Chief is without a doubt their Starscream. Ironic given his birth name.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: His ultimate fate has never been revealed. Differing sources say he was taken prisoner by the War Lords after betraying them or he fled to his TARDIS, regenerated in peace, and disappeared into the night.
You're finished, Doctor! You're finished!
Played by: Bernard Horsfall (1969, 1976)
A ruthless Time Lord politician who organized the Doctor's banishment to Earth and later teamed up with the Master to seize control of Gallifrey.
- Ambiguously Evil: Claims that he could not resist the Master's mental powers. This is never proven but likewise never disproven.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Borusa gives him credit for the Master's fake death in order to maintain public confidence in the Time Lord government.
- Hanging Judge: When the Doctor is accused of killing the President, even going so far as to lead the witnesses.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In his first appearance he's simply doing his duty for the Time Lords (albeit a rather grim one) but in The Deadly Assassin he's stooped to allying with the Master and murdering the president.
- Retcon: The character was conceived purely for the 1976 story The Deadly Assassin, but as Horsfall had played a nameless Time Lord politician in The War Games it led to much fan speculation that they were the same character, which was made (somewhat) canon by Marc Platt in the Doctor Who Yearbook story "Future Imperfect".
One part of a triumvirate that founded modern Time Lord society, he was believed to have been killed after being sucked into a black hole while performing an experiment to provide the Time Lords with time travel. Like with other Time Lords, this didn't stick. Instead, he wound up in an anti-matter universe, and tried to return to our own universe twice -- once in "The Three Doctors", and again in "Arc of Infinity". The bad part is that he believes his fellow Gallifreyans forgot and abandoned him, and he is obsessed with getting revenge. The Doctor Who Expanded Universe has given him a few more visits, including one where he just wants to go back to the anti-matter universe again.
Played by: Stephen Thorne (1973); Ian Collier & Peter Davison (1983)
- And I Must Scream: Upon discovering that he has no longer has a body, he lets loose a blood curdling one.
- Broken Pedestal: This guy was the Doctor's childhood hero. It hurt to discover that he had gone nuts and become obsessed with destroying his own race, after having helped them progress so far.
- Chewing the Scenery: Depends on the actor playing him. The latter really loves to ham it up.
- Cool Mask: Sports one in both appearances, though both are very different.
- Determinator: It is by his will alone that he exists.
- Dramatic Unmask:
- In "The Three Doctors" it's shown that he has no body beneath the mask.
- In "Arc of Infinity" to reveal that he's copied the Fifth Doctor's appearance.
- Driven to Villainy
- Dude, Where's My Reward?: It's thanks to his efforts that the Time Lords enjoy their huge power over time/space. Unsurprisingly, he feels a bit cheated.
- Emperor Scientist
- Evil Counterpart: The Doctor seems to have a lot of these...
- Evil Is Hammy: More so in his latter incarnation than the first, but both loved munching on the scenery.
- Fallen Hero
- Founder of the Kingdom: Regarded as such despite falling into the black hole.
- Genre Savvy: Zig-zagged. He's well aware that the Second Doctor is using Obfuscating Stupidity but he's so short tempered that he can't really do much against it.
- Grand Theft Me: ...Does it still count when a copy of the body is made?
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His Fatal Flaw, which the Second Doctor exploits to no end.
- Heroic Sacrifice: What started him down the road to villainy, supposedly.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Considered Rassilon to be his best friend.
- Mirror Match: Played absolutely straight during "Arc of Infinity". Downright creepy, to boot.
- No Indoor Voice
- Not Quite Dead: Twice in the main series, several more in the Expanded Universe.
- The Other Darrin: Played by three people in two appearances, technically. Stephen Thorne played him in "The Three Doctors" while Ian Collier and Peter Davison shared acting duties for Omega in "Arc of Infinity", with Collier dubbing Davison's lines for a time. Damned creepy.
- Psychic Powers: Considering he has an entire universe under his command...
- Unwitting Pawn: Poor guy really shouldn't have listened to Rassilon.
- Villainous Breakdown: Suffers from this twice. First in "The Three Doctors" when Omega realizes that, outside his force of will, he no longer exists and again in "Arc of Infinity" when he realizes that the copy of the Doctor's body is falling apart. Both times result in the typical "blow it all up" behavior.
Morbius of House Dvora was a high-ranking Time Lord. His career was the first in millennia to dramatically alter Gallifrey's relations with the wider universe. He briefly moved Gallifrey's policy away from observation and manipulation and towards a brutal restructuring of the universe to suit Gallifrey's interests. His career ended in ignominy and destruction. He escaped a death sentence only by a secret brain transplant, subsequent to which he encountered the fourth incarnation of the Doctor.
Played by: Michael Spice (1976); Stuart Fell (1976); Samuel West (2008)
- Evil Is Hammy: Even by Who standards. Even more impressive for a man who doesn't have vocal cords any more.
- Galactic Conqueror: He wanted to be one but was overthrown. If he'd been born a few thousand years later, during the Time War, it's likely he would been hailed as a god.
The Castellan of Gallifrey at the time of the 406th's President's resignation/assassination.
Played by: George Pravda (1976)
- Aliens of London: Retains his actor's Czech accent.
- Book Dumb: And it works in his favour. He doesn't have blind faith in Time Lord technology and conducts a perfect by the book investigation.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With the Doctor.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Even the Time Lords had to have at least one.
- Spanner in the Works: To the Master's plans of framing the Doctor. To be fair, a Reasonable Authority Figure in Time Lord society is not exactly easy to plan for.
- Surrounded by Idiots: And by god is he aware of it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Doesn't appear following "The Deadly Assassin."
An old classmate of the Doctor who works as a news reporter.
Played by: Hugh Walters (1976)
- Because You Were Nice to Me: He's a Butt Monkey to everyone on Gallifrey but after the Doctor praises his journalism, Runcible really does try to help prove his innocence.
- He Knows Too Much: Discovers evidence clearing the Doctor's name. The Master won't allow that.
- I Coulda Been a Contender: EU novels reveal that he had a promising childhood but he blew it all.
- Jaded Washout: Heavily implied to be one. It's hinted that his news job was the only one he could get.
To lose is to win, and he who wins shall lose.
Played by: Angus MacKay (1976); John Arnatt (1978); Leonard Sachs (1983); Philip Latham (1983)
One of the Doctor's oldest friends, and a beloved mentor, Borusa has shown up several times throughout the franchise in the 1970s and 1980s. Each time with a different face. While he was obviously on the Doctor's side during his first two appearances, Borusa appeared to be a little shady during "Arc of Infinity" and turned out to be outright evil in "The Five Doctors".
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Oh he was granted immortality all right.
- Broken Pedestal: The Doctor never showed him much respect as a student, but clearly admired him personally.
- The Chessmaster: Borusa even has little chess figurines of the Doctors, Companions, and the Master made so he can mess around with them.
- Death Equals Redemption: In Engines of War.
- Drunk with Power: His time as Lord President really fed his ego.
- Gender Bender: Engines of War establishes that he had a female incarnation (possibly a Mythology Gag to when his counterpart from another reality was female).
- Go Out with a Smile: Because he's finally free of his "And I Must Scream" fate as Rassilon's Probability Engine.
- Good Old Ways: Tradition mattered to him above all else.
- Inadequate Inheritor: Frequently noted that his reign of Gallifrey, particularly his drab redecorating, hardly measured up to his predecessors as President.
- Large Ham: Depends upon the actor, actually...
- More Than Mind Control: Borusa really likes the coronet of Rassilon, which he uses to control the Fifth Doctor in his last story.
- The Nth Borusa: Man, Borusa must be one of the most accident-prone Time Lords around. He even goes through two regenerations within one year, damn it! No wonder he wanted to screw the 13-regeneration limit.
- President Evil
- Race Lift: Doctor Who (Titan) shows that he had a black incarnation during the Doctor's boyhood.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: This seems to happen a lot with Evil Time Lords.
The first seen Keeper of the Matrix. Bit of stuffy old man but a nice enough guy.
Played by: Erik Chitty (1976)
- Machine Worship: Well maybe not outright worship but he takes everything the Matrix takes at face value and refuses to believe that his machine could be tampered with it in any way.
- Nice Guy: Honestly one of the nicest Time Lords to ever put in appearance. Not that there's much competition for that role.
- Smug Super: Believes that Time Lord technology is untouchable. The Doctor bursts that bubble by dismissing the Matrix as "prehistoric junk", noting that other planets have figured out how to easily hack it.
The Castellan of Gallifrey when the Sontarans invaded the planet. The Doctor finds him terrible at his job.
Played by: Milton Johns (1978)
- Les Collaborateurs: Joins anyone who gives him power. Be they the Time Lords or the Vardans invading Gallifrey.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The Sontarans waste no time in killing him.
The first of the Doctor's childhood friends who didn't become a sociopathic lunatic.
Played by: Barry Jackson (1979)
Played by: Richard Matthews (1983); Timothy Dalton (2009-10); Donald Sumpter (2015)
You know that guy everything in Time Lord society (and we do mean everything) is named after? Yeah, this is him. Rassilon, like Omega, is one of the triumvirate who founded all of Time Lord society. As this was in the distant past, even for Time Lords, he's mostly not in the franchise, despite his name showing up everywhere in the old show and showing up at times in the revived series. Despite not being a blatant villain or antagonist for the Doctor, he has consistently been portrayed with darker motives and a rather more sinister reputation than most Time Lords, and easily makes the villain list for his latest actions.
- 0% Approval Rating: By the time of "Hell Bent." Even the Master hates him.
- Abusive Parents: His Matrix profile was imprinted on one of his descendants, Valerian, bringing him back to life at the cost of Valerian's own.
- Ambiguously Evil: Oh he is evil. But when the Eleventh Doctor travels back to Ancient Gallifrey, it's just not quite clear when Rassilon went from this to full on power mad despot.
- Artifact of Rassilon: If it has this man's name on it, the artifact is going to be 1) powerful and 2) evil. Some representative examples include the Key of Rassilon, the Great Key of Rassilon (which isn't the same thing), the Coronet of Rassilon, the Sash of Rassilon, the Ring of Rassilon, the Tower of Rassilon, the Harp of Rassilon, the Black Scrolls of Rassilon, and Rassilon knows what else.
- Bad Boss: Disagreeing with him will, at best, get you your regenerations stripped away.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Averted. He hates getting his hands dirty. Though as "Hell Bent" shows, he'll do it himself if he absolutely has to.
- Become Their Own Antithesis: Maybe? As an Unreliable Narrator, Rassilon could have always been a tyrant but if he was as good as was claimed, then he embraced this trope, specifically relating to corruption in politicians.
- Big Bad: In The End of Time.
- Big Bad Wannabe:
- In "Hell Bent," he's nothing more than a ranting old man desperately clinging to old power.
- In Supremacy of the Cybermen. As the Doctor kept saying, the Cybermen are the poster children for Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. There was no realistic way that Rassilon was properly in charge. And he wasn't. The instant he wasn't useful any more, the Cybermen turned on him.
- Broken Pedestal: Towards most of Gallifrey as they discovered their great founder to be as fallible as any Time Lord.
- Came Back Strong: Inverted. After "The End of Time", he regenerated into a weak old man.
- Determinator: After getting banished from Gallifrey, his reaction was more or less "Ah well, there's always tomorrow" as he went off to form an alliance with the Cybermen.
- Deus Ex Machina: He solves both villain-related problems in his first two appearances with literally a wave of his hand or a nod of his floating head.
- Didn't Think This Through:
- His early Type-1 TARDIS experiments. In his thirst for power, he sent test pilots and their TARDISes out before the TARDISes were ready to cope with the stresses of the vortex.
- As Time Lord historians note, it didn't seem to occur to him that his quasi-mystic legacy would result in large scale cultural stagnation.
- Emperor Scientist
- Even Rassilon Has Standards: When it seems as though "The Other" (really the Eleventh Doctor) has perished, Rassilon offers genuine sympathy and condolences to Lady Alice (Eleven's companion whom Rassilon thinks is Eleven's wife).
- Evil Is Petty: Gets banished from Gallifrey? Well the only logical recourse is to sell out his species and the universe to the Cybermen.
- Eviler Than Thou: Doesn't take the Master even remotely seriously.
- Fallen Hero: As the General notes, Rassilon was a good man once.
- Founder of the Kingdom
- Galactic Conqueror: Was one in his prime. Upon being resurrected, he'd like to get back to it.
- Glory Hound: The only two Time Lord relics that don't bear his name are the Hand of Omega (apparently it rolled off the tongue better) and the Eye of Harmony (though it has the less-known name of Rassilon's Star).
- Grand Theft Me: See Abusive Parents above. He's technically possessing his descendant.
- Hidden Depths: "The Harp of Rassilon. [The Fifth Doctor] never knew he was musical."
- Humiliation Conga: The first half of "Hell Bent" is essentially one for him. First he regenerated into a feeble old man, then he has to lower himself to coming to the Drylands, and then he gets banished from Gallifrey after his tyranny was live-streamed.
- It's All About Me: He doesn't see the Time Lords as a race. Merely as toys that he built and can throw away whenever he wanted.
- Kneel Before Rassilon: "On your knees, mankind." And they get on their knees.
- Know When to Fold'Em
- Gave up on destroying the universe after Gallifrey was spared from destruction. Though in fairness, it's implied that he only managed to push the Ultimate Sanction through given the fear of destruction as most of Gallifrey didn't seem too eager to go through with it.
- Eventually, he does trudge out to the Drylands to meet with the Doctor.
- Large Rassilon: Hell, he can't even say "Earth" without it coming out like "Eeeearrrrth!"
- Living Forever Is Awesome: A firm believer in this as it gives people more time to worship him. Though he used to be Who Wants to Live Forever?
- No Indoor Voice: "For Gallifrey! FOR VICTORY!! FOR THE END! OF TIME! ITSELF!!!"
- The Nth Rassilon: Was played by Timothy Dalton after a quarter century of not appearing. Dalton was offered to reprise the role in "Hell Bent" but other commitments made that impossible and he was replaced by Donald Sumpter.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Casually returned Gallifrey to the universe. According to EU media, this wasn't very hard by Time Lord standards.
- One Rassilon Limit: Due to some fandom confusion, Davies had to confirm that it was the same guy in The Writer's Tale.
- Pet the Dog: Regardless of their feud, he did give the Doctor a new regeneration cycle at Trenzalore.
- Power Fist of Rassilon: His Gauntlet can Ret-Gone people.
- President Rassilon: He is Lord President of the Time Lords.
- Punctuated for Emphasis: I! WILL! NOT! DIE!!!
- Sigil Spam: The Seal of Rassilon adorns everything in Time Lord society.
- Taking You With Me: Tries to pull this off on the Doctor when his plans are thwarted, and good lord it does not go well for him. In fact, it actively makes things worse for him. Both times!
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- As EU media confirmed, it was Clara, not Eleven, who confirmed that Rassilon had indeed found the right universe to return to. Didn't stop him from ordering her death.
- Later orders the Doctor's execution despite the Doctor saving Gallifrey. His soldiers turn on him as a result.
- Underestimating Badassery: Why this man thought he could control the Cybermen is anyone's guess.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: "The Time of the Doctor" is all his fault. In trying to find the safest point in time and space for the Time Lords to make their return, he broadcasted the Question ("Doctor who?") to have the Doctor confirm that they'd found the right universe and it was safe to come through. The result was creating the most dangerous possible point as the Daleks decided to properly finish off the Time Lords.
- Villain Has a Point: Rassilon trapped and imprisoned the Doctor within his confession dial, sure. But as Rassilon points out, the Doctor subjected himself to an endless cycle of torture and could have left any time he wanted.
- Villain Team-Up: Leads the Cybermen in invading Gallifrey in Supremacy of the Cybermen.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Despite being a ruthless tyrant, he was regarded as great paragon for most of Gallifrey's history.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Given that he was exiled from Gallifrey, it's very conceivable that he survived the Master blowing up the place.
- Why Doesn't Rassilon Just Shoot Him?: Averted in "Hell Bent." He tried to be reasonable but when the Doctor wouldn't budge, Rassilon lined up a firing squad.
- With Rassilon's Power Comes Great Insanity: Only generally hinted at in the Expanded Universe, but outright shown in his second appearance, although the fact that it appears that everything in Time Lord society is named after him is a pretty good clue that there's a pretty monstrous ego at work here...
The judge at the Doctor's second trial.
Played by: Lynda Bellingham (1986)
- Reasonable Authority Figure: At the end of the day, she clears the Sixth Doctor of all charges.
Oh, what's [the Master] up to now? It'll be something devious and overcomplicated ... he'd get dizzy if he tried to walk in a straight line.
Played by: Kate O'Mara: (1985-87, 1993)
An evil Time Lady and contemporary of both the Doctor and the Master at the Academy. Would dearly love to rule her planet and experiment on various other species (including humans) in peace and quiet, but the Doctor and the Master keep getting in the way. She only appears in two serials and a Jossed special, but is notable for being one of the few Time Ladies hanging around.
- Berserk Button: Do not mention her exile from Gallifrey. She isn't over it. And as the Master learns, keep your hands off her TARDIS.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Master, more or less.
- Eighties Hair
- Emperor Scientist: The Rani rules Miasimia Goria and experiments on her subjects. Her accidental elimination of their ability to sleep is what kick-starts the plot of "Mark of the Rani".
- Evilutionary Biologist: Her giant pet mice ate the Lord President's cat, and got her exiled from Gallifrey. She's a bit pissed about that. She also starts kidnapping geniuses to power a giant brain.
- Groin Attack: Remains the only person in the Whoniverse to have the sense to knee the Master in the groin.
- Lady in Red
- Pragmatic Villainy: As quoted above, she doesn't care for the Master's elaborate schemes.
- Rival Turned Evil: With both the Doctor and the Master. She teams up with the Master, but only because he's Blackmailing her.
- Ubermensch: The Rani may be an amoral scientist, but even the Doctor admits she's a genius -- shame he can't stand her.
- The Vamp
The second of the Doctor's friends not to become a lunatic. A daring adventurer, the Corsair responded to a Time Lord distress call only to wind up killed by House.
- Gender Bender: Regularly changed between male and female incarnations.
- Have We Met Yet?: Meets the Thirteenth Doctor in Doctor Who (Titan). Thirteen is left to mourn that she learnt of her friend's death two incarnations ago.
Current Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn and semi-friend of the Doctor's.
Played by: Clare Higgins (2013, 2015)
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Tells Twelve as much in "Hell Bent." Since she has No Sympathy, it doesn't really work.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Twice in "Hell Bent."
- Banishing Rassilon was a cowardly, stupid, and impulsive act no matter what justifications the Doctor has. Supremacy of the Cybermen shows how right she was.
- The Doctor couldn't restore Clara to life and all he did was give her false hope.
- Lack of Empathy / No Sympathy: As an immortal, she can't relate to Twelve's feelings of loss for Clara and his sense of betrayal at the Time Lords for killing her and trapping him in his confession dial, telling him to just get over it.
- Seen It All: She's seen every trick the Doctor pulls. She outright admits that she takes everything he says as a lie simply because it saves time.
- Time Abyss: At least 4.5 billion years old. She can get away with calling the Doctor "boy."
As the name suggests, the leader of the Time Lord armies. Nominally a female, their tenth incarnation was male.
Played by: Ken Bones (2013, 2015), T'Nia Miller (2015)
- All There in the Manual: Their name is never uttered on-screen.
- Armor Is Useless: Regenerates despite their armor. In fairness, the gun was the sidearm of the President's personal security so it was likely built to invoke this trope.
- Bald of Awesome: Across both of their incarnations.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Though Rassilon may have been the President during the Time War, he opted to be a King in the Mountain, leaving the General to coordinate everything.
- Everyone Has Standards: They could work with Rassilon and do what was necessary to win the Time War, but they were disgusted by the Ultimate Sanction.
- Expy: Their tenth incarnation seems to recall the Brigadier a bit. They're even got the same reluctant, but grudgingly respectful, working relationship with the Doctor.
- Face Death with Dignity: When the Doctor shoots him. He had two regenerations left so it wasn't so bad.
- Gender Bender: Was female for their first nine incarnations before being male in their tenth. Back to normal in their eleventh.
- Number Two: To Rassilon. Briefly becomes the Doctor's after Twelve deposes Rassilon and assumes command of Gallifrey.
- Only Sane Man: Among Gallifrey's high command. Then again, there wasn't much competition for this role.
- Race Lift: Was a white in their eleventh incarnation but black in their twelfth.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tries to deter Rassilon from waging war on the Doctor and then constantly tries to have the Doctor act reasonably.
- Tuckerization: Given the name "Kenossium" after their first actor, Ken Bones. "Ken" from "Ken" and "Ossium" is "bone" in Latin.
- Your Worst Nightmare: "Dear god, three of them [the War, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors]. All my worst nightmares at once." Followed soon after by "I didn't know when I was well off. All twelve of them."
An unbelievably arrogant Time Lady who served as The Handler for the Doctor.
Played by: Ritu Arya (2020)
- Asshole Victim: Tried to kill the Doctor with a rifle. The polarity was reversed and she was disintegrated.
- Evil Former Friend: To the Doctor.
- Walking Spoiler: Hard to talk about her without spoiling the big twist in "Fugitive of the Judoon."
A Shobogan scientist and explorer, one of the first to explore the galaxy beyond Gallifrey, and the one who discovered the Timeless Child. Adopting the child as their own, Tecteun spent the latter years of her life trying to crack the code to her adopted child's regenerative abilities.
Played by: Seylan Baxter (2020)
- Abusive Parents: The Timeless Child regenerated several times across Tecteun's experiments. And regeneration is meant to cheat death...
- The Atoner: Possibly. The Master suggests that Tecteun left the truth of the Timeless Child buried within the Matrix as an apology for what their experiments did to the Child.
- Founder of the Kingdom: One of the first Time Lords. Authorial intent was that she is "The Other", the mysterious being who founded Time Lord society alongside Rassilon and Omega (with authorial intent casting them as the two men that the regenerated Tecteun bows to).
- Gender Bender: Their first regeneration took them from white woman to black man.
- Professor Guinea Pig: Tested out regeneration on herself.
- Start of Darkness: In her quest to understand regeneration, she went from a kind Parental Substitute to an amoral scientist.
- Would Hurt a Child: As said above, what's the best way to trigger a regeneration?