In 'Spyfall' (the first episode of series 12) the Doctor comes across a man who is subsequently revealed to be

the Master

In the subsequent episode (part 2) they communicate telepathically. Time Lords being psychic is apparently not new although I can't recall seeing the Doctor communicating telepathically before.

Their conversation indicates that this isn't a new thing for them.

Doctor: He's not so far. I can sense him. Contact.
Character: Contact. Old school.
Doctor: You're not the only one who can do classic.

So have they done telepathy before? If so, what was the episode?

  • Does this answer your question? Are Time Lords psychic? (Note: this is not an automatic "possible duplicate" comment, but a genuine question as to whether you think it's resolved over there.)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jan 7, 2020 at 16:33
  • Ah, now I see you've actually linked that question already. Sorry.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jan 7, 2020 at 16:41

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Yes, in The Deadly Assassin:

Well, don't you see what he's done? We Time Lords are telepathic. That's simply a brain storage system. He intercepted its forecast that the President was to be assassinated and beamed it into my mind.

The quotation being the Doctor, talking about the Master

  • Was that the Master speaking? Jan 7, 2020 at 16:43
  • That was the Doctor, talking about the Master.
    – Graham Lee
    Jan 7, 2020 at 16:44

According to the TARDIS Wikia page on "telepathic contact", yes, in the audio story "The Missing Link":

Telepathic contact was a Time Lord ability to form a telepathic link between multiple minds for high-speed conversations and decision-making. The ability was used by different incarnations of the Doctor (TV: The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors) or two versions of the same incarnation from different points in time. (AUDIO: The Wrong Doctors) It was also possible between two different Time Lords (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element, The Missing Link, TV: The End of Time, Spyfall) or three (AUDIO: Intervention Earth) as well as between a Time Lord and a human (AUDIO: Love and War, TV: The Girl in the Fireplace, The Lodger)

Among the stories mentioned for telepathic contact between two different Time Lords, "The Missing Link" (see reviews) is one about the Doctor and the Master, so presumably those two use telepathic contact together. (Full disclosure: I haven't actually listened to this story.)

  • The Brain of Morbius as well, although that may not count, as they use a machine to facilitate the connection
    – Stephen R
    Jan 20, 2020 at 18:14

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