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The Time Lords are an ancient and long-lived extraterrestrial race in Doctor Who of which the Doctor is a member. The name also applies to their civilisation. Always use in conjunction with the [doctor-who] tag.

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How accurate is this fanfic's explanation of the TARDIS and the Time Lords to actual canon information?

The fanfic chapter in question if from "Of Gods and Mortals" by Matthew Regent. The passage I am wondering about is as follows: "HEY!" yelled someone. I jerked back as a series of crashes landed on ...
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Why does the Doctor blame Rassilon for the Horrors of the Time War?

In Doctor Who (2005) S9E12, the Doctor is hell bent on (among other things) chasing Rassilon off of Gallifrey. An exchange between Ohila, the High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn, tells Rassilon ...
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How do Time Lords reproduce? [duplicate]

By looking at the sheer number of residents on Gallifrey (as shown in The Day of the Doctor), we see both men women and several children. How do(/did) the Time Lords reproduce? Is there any ...
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Is it possible to “pop” in and out of universes now that the Time Lords are back?

The tenth Doctor mentioned that anyone could pop in and out of universes when the Time Lords watched over things right? And that them being gone meant that cross dimensional travel was "tricky" and ...
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Will The Doctor deteriorate now that he's past his 12th regeneration? [closed]

Cardinal Rassilon was the one who modified Time Lord DNA to allow regeneration. According to the wiki he also input a parameter of twelve regenerative cycles to avoid decaying biogenic molecules. ...
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Are Time Lords vulnerable or invulnerable during regeneration?

I know that in the episode "The Impossible Astronaut" it's explicitly said that Time Lords are vulnerable during their regeneration, even Melody/River Song saying "Whatever that was, it killed him in ...
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Can Time Lords Regenerate Into Children?

I've seen many questions addressing when Time Lords can regenerate, and a few on what they regenerate into, but all address adults. There is no question that Time Lords have children - we see both ...
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How much can regeneration change the Doctor (any timelord)?

We know that Doctor's character is changed with every regeneration, but we don't know where is the borderline. He eats different (sometimes very strange) things. He is in different ages and looks. ...
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What would the Doctor be if he wasn't a Time Lord? [duplicate]

In the episode Listen, when the TARDIS lands on Gallifrey, Clara overhears a conversation between two people and one says: well he's not going to the academy , is he, that boy. He'll never make a ...
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The risk of the TARDIS safeguard

In the Christmas special "Voyage of the Damned" (Tenth Doctor), The Doctor explains the TARDIS is programmed to lock onto the nearest centre of gravity when it's adrift (in this case, Earth). That's ...
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How does one calculate the age of a Time Lord? [duplicate]

How does one calculate the age of a Time Lord? Is it the time since he was born until the canon present? Or is it the sum of the days he lives? Because if it is the latter, he could live billion of ...
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How many non-Doctor regenerations have we seen on-screen?

Regeneration in Doctor Who was a device created to explain the recasting of the main character, the Doctor himself. But it's something all Time Lords are capable of, and occasionally we've seen Time ...
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Is the Doctor's Second Heart artificial?

I noticed recently that when the Doctor meets Missy and realizes she has two hearts, he says "You're a Time Lord." However, we know from "Listen" that "Time Lord" is a rank, not a species. So is the ...
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Is there any evidence of alternate-reality Time Lords?

In his answer to this question, Thaddeus states that we have never seen any evidence of Time Lords from alternate dimensions. While I trust Thaddeus's judgement, the answer is from 2012. Additionally,...
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Did the Doctor in fact kill the Time Lords?

Ok so, in the season 1 episode The Dalek when the Doctor confronts the Dalek he says that he made them burn, then says that the Time Lords burned with them... so in killing the Daleks did he in fact ...
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Are all Time Lords like the Doctor?

In A Good Man Goes to War, the reason they took the Ponds’ baby was they wanted a Time Lord weapon, and when the Doctor asks why Vastra says they have seen him. My question is: are all Time Lords ...
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Besides the seals of Rassilon, Omega, The Master, and The Timelords, what other seals are in Dr. Who?

My friend and I are working on a project that requires the use of seals from the WhoVerse, particularly, those of individual Timelords. So far we have: We also have the Mark of the Corsair to work ...
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Can Time Lords decide not to regenerate?

After watching to the end of season 9, I thought of starting back from Eccleston onwards. I got to Last of the Time Lords with the Master and the Utopians, and the Master decides to refuse to ...
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Are Gallifreyans reptiles, mammals, or something else?

I recently saw a claim that Gallifreyans are reptiles. I know that their normal internal temperature is significantly lower that that of humans. From Wikipedia (emphasis mine): Physiological ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for why humans look like time lords? [duplicate]

Amy: You look human. Doctor: No, you look time lord. We came first. (from Series 5, episode 2, The Beast Below Is there an in-universe explanation for why time lords and humans look ...
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Who painted Clara’s portrait in Heaven Sent?

I was wondering if there’s any hint. Do you think it was
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Why does the Doctor make the pop sound in Heaven Sent?

In "Heaven Sent", at the beginning Is it a saying or an old time gesture of some sort? It just seems strange to be put in for no reason. I want to know if there is something I'm just not getting.
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Who rules Gallifrey after season 9 finale? [Spoilers]

During the season 9 finale "Hell bent" the Doctor My question is who is in charge now? Not sure if this info exists yet, but hoping Moffat might have said something.
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Can Time Lords regenerate as soon as they're born, or do they have to reach a certain age first?

Almost all the Time Lord regenerations I've seen on-screen have been of adult Time Lords, who typically have already lived for several hundred years. Do we know whether or not a very young Gallifreyan ...
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Are the Cloisters bells, or a race?

In the finale when they mention the Cloister bells ringing they also refer to the things down there, What race are these creatures?
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Was Arabella Weir's appearance in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe an Easter egg?

When Big Finish Productions did audio stories before 2005 they had a female doctor, played by Arabella Weir. Weir appears with Bill Bailey in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. Does anyone know ...
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Is this Doctor Who character the Nightmare Child?

In series 9 episode 6 of Doctor Who, when the Doctor revisits she’s known across the land as the Nightmare. I watched a YouTube video which goes through Doctor Who easter eggs, and it says that she ...
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Are 8 snipers really enough to kill a Time Lord?

In S9E1 (The Magician's Apprentice) of Doctor Who, Missy says: I'm gonna need eight snipers. Three for each heart, and two for my brain stem. You'll have to switch me off fast, before I can ...
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Do the Time Lords have a flag?

Prompted by a recent question in chat... Is there a Gallifreyan flag? Or a flag for the ruling organisation of Time Lords? If so, what does it look like? Both sides often have flags in wars, so the ...
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Are the Sisterhood of Karn Time Ladies?

Are The Members of the Sisterhood of Karn: Time Ladies? Gallifreyans? Descended from Gallifreyans but a distinctly different race (like how Romulans are different from Vulcans)? a completely ...
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Why can't the Doctor sense the other Timelords? [duplicate]

So at some point in the new Doctor Who, The Doctor mentions that he would be able to sense whether or not there were any other Timelords across time and space. However, throughout the series, he doesn'...
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How to identify a Time Lord?

ROSE: Well, he's got two hearts. JACKIE: Oh, don't be stupid. ROSE: He has. JACKIE: Anything else he's got two of? (The Christmas Invasion, 2005 Christmas special) So is there anything else ...
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Doctor Who: Can regenerations be stolen?

I have been trying to find any canon-based answer to the question if and how regenerations could be stolen from a Timelord. We know that the regular 12 CAN be added to because it happened to both The ...
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Why didn't the Doctor know he would regenerate again? [duplicate]

In The Day of the Doctor, all 13 Doctors turn up to help save Gallifrey, and it's assumed that Ten, Eleven, and War have summoned the rest. Given Twelve's presence - a form that Eleven hasn't yet seen ...
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In Doctor Who, why don't the Doctor and gang bump into other traveling Timelords?

If all Timelords can travel back and forth through time, despite being wiped out of civilization, shouldn't the doctor and gang have bumped into one or two at this point? Pre Time War Timelords ...
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Could a Time Lord/Lady recognise other Time Lord/Lady independent from their regenerations? [duplicate]

Could a Time Lord/Lady recognise other Time Lord/Lady independent from their regenerations? Like when The Doctor “recognise” the Time Lady in "The end of time" or when The Doctor recognise The Master ...
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Did Time Lords invent the TARDIS?

At the risk of sounding philosophical which came first the timelord or TARDIS? In the show it is stated that TARDISes grew, it was also stated that it takes thousands of years to grow. Is there canon ...
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Can Gallifreyans regenerate their head?

In The Christmas Invasion, The Doctor was within 15 hours of his regeneration cycle, so he was able to regrow his hand after the Sycorax cut it off. If he was decapitated within that period of time, ...
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Could River Song have a Timelord child?

River Song is a highly mutated human who has Timelord-like traits. She, like us all, is in love with The Doctor. Though she could regenerate a few times, she is still primarily human. So, could the ...
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“Time Lords” and “Gallifreyans”. What's the difference?

All people from Gallifrey are considered Gallifreyans; but what differences, if any, are there between Time Lords and common Gallifreyan citizens other than having a TARDIS?
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How could The Doctor lie in Time of the Doctor?

In the last moments of The Time of the Doctor, when the young man enters the tower, the Doctor says that he has a plan, and then tells Clara that actually, he has no plan. But the city has a truth ...
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Is there a canon precedent for a Timelord being able to use regeneration energy in such a destructive manner?

In "The Time of the Doctor", we see Matt Smith's Doctor go out with a bang as he uses (apparently excess) energy from his regeneration to destroy the Daleks that have besieged him. This appears to be ...
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How does River Song know The Doctor's name?

In series 6, The Doctor lies that he told River his name (which River falsifies in the end of the episode). Yet in The Name of The Doctor she knows The Doctor's real name and even opens The Doctor's ...
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Why didn't the Doctor just leave the town of Christmas to keep them safe?

I know that the doctor couldn't leave the planet because all the aliens would destroy it as soon as he was gone. I know that he had to stay on or near the planet so that he could say the name if it ...
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How does the doctor age faster during the events of The Time of The Doctor?

In series 6, during The Impossible Astronaut, the age difference between the two Doctors we see (the Tesselecta and the Envelope #1 Doctor) is said to be 200 years old. In the Time of The Doctor, when ...
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Why couldn't the Time Lords get through?

Maybe I've got to watch the episode a few more times, but I don't understand why the Time Lords couldn't get through .
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What was the point in the Silence trying to kill the Doctor when Clara saves him anyway?

The Silence set out to kill the doctor to prevent him from ever answering his name on the Trenzalore, as something bad would obviously quite happen there, hence the phrase 'Silence will Fall'. ...
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When does the Doctor actually tell River his name? [duplicate]

In The Name of the Doctor, we are technically seeing a saved version of River Song from the Library, meaning she's definitely dead. If this is so, where in the timeline does the Doctor tell her his ...
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Why couldn't Clara see future incarnations past the “11th” doctor?

From episode 239 "The Name of the Doctor" Inside The Doctor's grave, we are shown a beam of light which is said to be "the scar tissue" of his journey through time. The Doctor describes the light ...
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Is being a Time Lord a dominant trait?

Is there anything referenced in Dr. Who and any other related species that shows that being a Time Lord is a dominant trait? I remember watching an episode where Dr. Who started out as a John Smith, ...