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GLOSSARY

GALLIFREY 



Gallifrey
is the Doctor's home planet located in a binary star system within the constellation of Kasterborous at "galactic coordinates ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two from galactic zero center" which is some 250 million light years away from Earth. It is home to Gallifreyans and Time Lords (see below), and is described as having "bright, silver-leafed trees and a burnt orange sky at night." The planet is protected from physical attack by the impenetrable barrier called the quantum force field, and from teleportation incursions by the transduction barrier — which can be reinforced to repel most levels of this type of technological attack. This prevents all outsiders (with hostile intent, or otherwise) from approaching the planet and allows the Time Lords to maintain their status of absolute neutrality. It also lets them observe the actions of the rest of the Universe without actually taking part in its affairs. (These security measures have, of course, been breached on occasion.) Gallifrey's capital city is referred to as the Citadel, and contains the Capitol, the seat of Time Lord government. At the center of the Capitol is the Panopticon, beneath which is the Eye of Harmony, the nucleus of a black hole that is their power source. The Eye provides the power required for time travel, and all Time Lord TARDIS (see below) time machines draw their power from it. Outside the Capitol lie wastelands where the "Outsiders," Time Lords who have dropped out of Time Lord society, live in less technologically advanced communities, shunning life in the cities. By the end of The Last Great Time War (see below), the entire planet of Gallifrey burns.

TIMELORD / TIMELADY



Time Lords
/ Time Ladies are an ancient extraterrestrial race and civilization of humanoids, of which the Doctor is a member. Time Lords receive their name for their non-linear perception of time, which allows them to see everything that was, is, or could be at the same time. They developed a culture of custodianship and time-related technologies based on this perception, which included strictly-controlled time travel machines and monitoring devices to travel through time and to prevent time from being subverted or abused — although actual action was described as rare in practice due to their traditional policy of strict non-interference and neutrality. Time Lords look human, (or, as the Doctor once said, humans look Time Lord), but differ from them in many respects. The main difference being that instead of dying, they regenerate (see below). Time Lords are all Gallifreyans, but not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords. It is suggested Time Lords are simply a subset of Gallifreyans who have achieved the status of Time Lord via achievement in the Gallifreyan collegiate system. In general, the Time Lords are an aloof people, with a society full of pomp and ceremony. The Doctor also calls them "stagnant" and "corrupt." The Doctor states that the Time Lords were sworn never to interfere, only to watch (a policy that, incidentally, has been broken several times with the Time Lords permission, and even more times without it). In The Last Great Time War (see below), all but two Time Lords, the Doctor and the Master, were destroyed. The Master later sacrificed himself to help prevent the destruction of the rest of the universe, leaving The Doctor as the very last of his kind.


REGENERATION

 
 

Regeneration
is the process by which Time Lords renew themselves, causing a complete physical and often psychological change. It can happen because of severe illness or fatal injury. Essentially, a Time Lord who regenerates transforms into a new version of himself/herself. This version gets a new actor face and an altered personality. Every regeneration remains the same at his/her core, though. For example, the Doctor's deep sense of right and wrong is always the same. He has a staunch moral code and always intervenes when he sees injustices occurring. This hasn't changed over the course of eleven incarnations, and won't, because the Doctor is the same man through and through. Each and every regeneration of his has all the same memories and core beliefs of the others — making the only things that truly change his appearance and the way his core beliefs manifest themselves in his personality. Originally, it was said that a Time Lord was limited to thirteen regenerations, although it is unclear if "the Rule of Thirteen" is still canonly accepted.


DALEKS


 
The Daleks may look like glorified salt and pepper shakers, but they are, in actuality, something far more sinister. They are genetically engineered aliens, integrated within a tank-like or robot-like mechanical shell. The resulting creatures are a powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse. Various storylines portray them as having had every emotion removed except hate, leaving them with a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Dalek life. They are the Time Lords' and the Doctor's greatest enemies. Despite the entire race supposedly being destroyed in The Last Great Time War, one lone Dalek survived, and many more Daleks have been created since then.


THE LAST GREAT TIME WAR

The Last Great Time War pitted the Time Lords themselves against the Daleks. The specific incident that sparked the conflict remains unclear, but the origins supposedly date back to the encounters of the Doctor with the Daleks in his early incarnations. The eventual war resulted in countless millions dying endless deaths, as time travel was used by both sides to reverse battles that caused massive fatalities on both sides. These excesses of time warfare eventually led to the whole of the conflict becoming "time-locked," so that no time traveler could go back into it. The Doctor described the final days of the war as "hell," with "the Skaro Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child, the Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Never-Weres" constituting particularly disturbing developments, all of which have not yet been specified further. As the war progressed, the Time Lords became increasingly aggressive and unscrupulous. At one point, they resurrected the Master, renegade Time Lord and nemesis to the Doctor, as they believed him to be the "perfect warrior for a time war." Ultimately, Rassilon himself, founder of the Time Lord Society and its time travel technology, returned from the grave to re-assume leadership. Refusing the possibility of his civilization being destroyed by the Daleks, Rassilon prepared a doomsday scenario, the so-called "Ultimate Sanction." This genocidal scheme included sacrificing all of time itself, thereby destroying the Daleks and all other life in the universe. The Time Lords themselves would have transcended into a non-corporeal collective consciousness, that would be the only sentient form of life in existence. Despite the amount of death and destruction Rassilon's plan would cause, the Time Lords gave near-unanimous support for his plan. Of course, the Doctor would never allow such a plan to become a reality. In the end, the Time War concluded with the mutual destruction of both belligerents and their respective planets. The Dalek fleet – reportedly ten million ships – was destroyed by the Doctor. While Gallifrey is first described as having "burned" like Earth of the far future, and is "rocks and dust" as a result of the war, later on the Doctor admits that Time Lords and Daleks both burned together and that he personally ended the war, in an act which caused the Time Lords, the Daleks, and Gallifrey to burn. The Doctor is, therefore, responsible for destroying his home planet. He is later called "the killer of his own kind."


TARDIS



 
TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension in Space. The Doctor's TARDIS is a Type 40, Mark 3, and was considered obsolete and unreliable as early as the Doctor's fourth incarnation. While it appears to be a 1960s-era London police box, it is, in fact, a spaceship and time machine. The TARDIS is dimensionally transcendental, meaning it’s bigger on the inside than the outside. (The interior exists in a different, relative, dimension to the exterior.) In the very first Doctor Who story, it was established that the TARDIS would automatically change its outside appearance to blend in with the surroundings, but due to a damaged chameleon circuit, it is stuck looking like an outdated phone box. (The chameleon circuit cannot be fixed or replaced it seems. Whether that's because of the lack of parts, or the fact that the Doctor threw the TARDIS manual into a supernova, is unclear.) The iconic noise the TARDIS makes upon landing and launching is the result of the Doctor leaving the parking breaks on. It has numerous rooms, and only seems to grow bigger with every regeneration. The Doctor stole the TARDIS from a museum (though the sentient TARDIS believes she stole the Doctor). The TARDIS also has a habit of taking the Doctor where he needs to go, rather than where he wants to go. Above all else, the TARDIS is the Doctor's home. 

NOTE: There were other TARDISes that belonged to other Time Lords before The Last Great Time War.


SONIC SCREWDRIVER



A Sonic Screwdriver is a small, silver device that looks absolutely nothing like a screwdriver. The Doctor's own invention, it is designed with self-defense in mind, not destruction. If anything should happen to it, the Doctor can easily replace it with help from the TARDIS. The newest version of the screwdriver has copper-plating, retractable "claws," and a green light at the end. It can do a number of things (from scanning lifeforms to causing small explosions), and can be activated telepathically by the Doctor. As a side note, it doesn't work on wood.

PSYCHIC PAPER

 

At first glance, Psychic Paper appears to be a blank, white card,  although it posses special properties that make it much more than that. When shown to a person, it will usually induce them to see whatever the user wishes them to see printed on it. It is especially helpful when the Doctor is in need of identification papers. The paper can even trick some scanners (cash registers, bus cards, and so on). Psychic beings can leave messages on the paper, and tend to not be fooled by it, either. (People who have had Psychic Training can also see through it.) Psychic Paper can malfunction, however, if the user wants to present a lie that is "too big" or too untrue.
 

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