Time Lord

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The Time Lords are a fictional extraterrestrial race and civilization of humanoids in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, of which the series' main character, the Doctor, is a member. Time Lords receive their name for their perception of time. Time Lords do not see time as human beings do. They perceive time in a non-linear fashion, able to see everything that was, is, or could be at the same time, best shown in the 1996 movie Doctor Who. Their technology is based in this perception and in such create methods of travel through time and are able to manipulate time lines as long as they do not cross back into their own time line.[1]



At the start of the series, the Doctor was identified only as an alien; his home planet and race were not identified. After six years, in The War Games, other aliens from his world appeared and were named as the Time Lords,[2] and it was a further five years before the name of his home planet (Gallifrey) was revealed in The Time Warrior.[3] The nature and history of the Time Lords were gradually revealed as the television series progressed.

The Time Lords are considered one of the oldest and most technologically powerful races in the Doctor Who universe. The small number of beings that are more powerful than the Time Lords includes the (now extinct) Osirans and higher powers of the universe such as the Black and White Guardians, and possibly the Eternals.[4] Additionally, The People from the spin-off novels (which are of uncertain canonicity) had a non-aggression treaty with the Time Lords.[5] In the very distant past, the Time Lords fought a genocidal war against the Great Vampires, which led to such a catastrophic loss of life that the Time Lords renounced violence. However, at some point they also entered conflict with the Racnoss, ultimately driving the race to near-extinction save for the Racnoss' Empress and the inhabitants of one vessel hidden deep within what would become the planet Earth ("The Runaway Bride"). In some spinoff media, the Time Lords are also allied with less developed "Temporal Powers." The power of the Time Lords appears limited by their policy of non-interference with the universe and sometimes by intense internecine division. However, the view that they are self-appointed custodians of time developed in the spin-off media, but carried over into the television series; in The War Games the Time Lords return time-displaced humans abducted by the War Lord to their proper time zones on Earth.[2]

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