Hi all, Ric here, the recent series of Doctor
Who dropped a hint that Time Lord society may in fact have more going on than even the
Doctor is aware of. No spoilers here for series 12, but I thought I’d take a look at early
Gallifreyan history as loosely established in the old canon.
So one fact about the Timelords that is common knowledge is their homeworld of Gallifrey
but since the series’ revival, we’ve never gotten hard answers as to how the Time Lord
society formed, just a few hints to ancient lore. Much like the classic series to be honest,
but let’s try to piece together the history of Gallifrey, before the Timelords existed.
Another thing to bear in mind is that a lot of this lore predates the revival of the series
in 2005 and takes place before the Time War shook things up so it may not be the current
status quo. Time Lords as a species are old. Very old.
So let’s go back to the very beginning of the universe and work from there.
But even before the big bang and the formation of the N-Space (the designation for normal
space-time) there was another universe, the Dvapara Yuga. In this pre universe, lived
a myriad of beings, some of which still existed into its replacement, the current.
Such claimed inhabitants include the Beast and his son, Abaddon which were sealed on
Krop Tor by the Disciples of Light before the formation of the time, space or matter,
Before N-space in other words. The Syriath too was from this time as well as the Guardians
of Time, the Elder Gods, the Toymakers. The Solitract was a conscious energy field
that kept the N-Space universe from forming and was eventually removed and contained within
a separate plane. Once there, creation could begin anew. In the same fashion, the Dark
was void energy that was sentient and had existed before the universe.
Other beings, not strong enough to survive the coming big bang became beings of faith,
myth and folded themselves into the fabric of the new universe’s inhabitants stories,
as gods. As that universe ended, it was also the beginning. Event One, the first fixed
point, known to the Beast as the Cataclysm and humanity as the Big Bang.
In these times the survivors of Event One adopted their new roles as guardians, myths,
prisoners or exiles. For several billions of years galaxies formed, stars, planets,
but as there was no one alive yet to witness it (except time travellers), it was all very
dull so let’s skip that. The first race to evolve into sentience wiped itself out
in biological warfare. Others soon evolved to followed and species such as the Carrionites,
Rachnoss and the Nestene evolved. On Gallifrey, a race of people were evolving into humanoid
form, known as the shadow people in their native tongue, they were the earliest Gallifreyans.
As this was in an time before the Morphogenic field was created, an abient field that increased
the likelihood of the humanoid form naturally evolving, many of these species around this
time were weird and wonderful. In this era, called the Dark Times, the forces
of magic were still prevalent as the unpredictable and loose nature of the fabric of reality
gave itself easily to manipulation. Gallifrey evolved as a matriarchal society, under the
rule of the Pythians. The Pythia had strong psychic powers such as precognition and used
their abilities to rule over the lower classes and cement their place among the other fledgling
empires. They engaged in the use of ritualistic magicks
to weave powerful spells while their less magically inclined followers turned to science
to bolster their abilities. For eons, the Gallifreyan Empire expanded and conquered
other worlds, established colonies and diplomatic ties with the worlds it could not seize. This
was a very violent time for these people and they did not resemble the Time Lords in any
true sense. During this era, they clashed with their oldest enemy, not Daleks, the Great
Vampires called the Yssgaroth. During this war, where the giant energy devouring beasts
were felled with Bow-ships characters like Omega, Rassilon and the Other established
themselves as Gallifreyan heroes. Soon, Rassilon’s Neo Technologist movement,
a political and military following of science minded Gallifreyans rose to challenge the
rule of Pythia and overthrew the sisterhood driving them from Gallifrey. They fled to
one of the colony worlds, Khan where remnants of the Pythian society became the Sisterhood
of Khan which explains their continual ties to Gallifrey in the Time War and beyond, they
are basically the exiled ruling class that became its own culture with time. Sort of
Cousins to the Time Lords. Rassilon began to reshape the Gallifreyan
society to include the Great Houses, introduced regeneration, established the Academy and
basically made Time Lords as we known them. Following Omega’s experiments, the Gallifreyan
society established themselves as the Lord of Time and chose to bring order to the chaotic
nature of the universe. This gets a little meta here as up until the Dark Age of Gallifrey
the universal laws were similar, but not quite the same as they are now. They are consistently
described as chaotic which is not to say that Time for example, didn’t exist as a concept
but it was just different. A hard thing to process, I just have to sort of accept it
and move on, the universal rules were sort of in a Beta stage, the pre-release build
of reality if you like. So this is when the Time Lords chose to instigate
their Spiral Politic. This began with the founding of the Protocols of Linearity, a
set of literal and metaphysical laws that regulated time travel. Some of these threads
were quite literally new laws of physics, or maybe refinements to existing ones, effectively
weaving a Web of Time across the fabric of the universe to make it consistent and bring
it under the Time Lords control. It’s not like the The Anchoring of Time,
as it was known was done immediately, this process probably took eons and many calculations
but was established by finding numerous anchor points, these are eras and events that cannot
be changed or time becomes unwound. Fixed points. Huge changes to time can be wrought
around these key events and actions, but certain, very specific things must always happen or
risk the universal structure of space-time unravelling. We saw this happen at Like Silencio
when River Song failed to kill the Doctor and all of time began to overlap. This may
be closer to sort of how the universe originally operated before the Web of Time.
During the implementation of to these laws, Rassilon eradicated several species from history
while Gallifrey was removed from the full effects of the Web of Time making it a point
from which the Timelords could survey over all of time to maintain it. One big side effect
was that magic was all but eradicated, including much of the Pythain powers. The refined and
reinforced laws of the universe were far more rigid and only magic that closely followed
the new status quo could even stand a chance of continuing. Some examples include many
forms of psychic power as it had rules and biology behind it as well as the Carrionites
use of word based mathematics. So aside from a few exceptions, Magick was now dead and
the universe as we know it now was truly established with the Time Lords assuming the mantle of
protecting time now it was brought into order. Much like our own Dark Ages, the Gallifreyan
Dark Times were called such because records from this time are incomplete. This can be
attributed to several things, the numerous wars Gallfirey was involved with, the reshaping
of how time functions so events may literally have been rewritten and the fact that Rassilon
got to decide what to record and what not. As the very nature of the universe was brought
into order for the purpose of stable Time Travel, the Dark Ages may never be able to
be revisited as they too would have been restructured to adhere to the Web of Time.
So honestly, this makes the most accurate recollection of these times in the shared
tales of the sisterhood of Khan. Unless there’s another source out there that could be stumbled
upon. Like I said before though, much of this may be rewritten with extensive time travel,
the Time War and so on. It could also be an entire fabrication from the Scrolls of Rassilon
who selectively rewrote history to his advantage. Were they really instrumental in the taming
of the universe? Maybe over the course of this new series, we’ll get answers as to
what exactly happened in those Dark Times near the beginning of everything and what
role the Time Lords played in the harnessing of Time Travel, maybe if any at all.
Thanks for watching this video on a very confusing and vague topic, but that’s also why I kind
of like it. All this mystery around abstract concepts such as different laws of the universe
and that actual rule breaking magic was a thing. I love it all and hate how naff at
explaining it I can be, even to myself so I hope some of this made sense and if it didn’t
then I think that’s the point? I don’t know any more.
Doctor who content has been a bit light on my channel for a while but honestly, the last
series kind of bored me then went on hiatus but this new one has me hooked so I’m looking
forwards to it. Thanks again for watching and I’ll see you next time, goodbye!