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"Time Lord" is not a race. The natives of Gallifrey are Gallifreyans. That is their race/species. Gallifreyans are inherently time-sensitive, but they are not Time Lords. Time Lords are a small group of Gallifreyans with access to advanced technology that other Gallifreyans lack (this is muddied by whatever happened to make River Song whatever she is, but ...


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The time lock, as it pertains to the mechanism that prevents the Doctor from re-entering the Time War, does not encompass the whole of Gallifrey's past. It only serves to keep time-travelers from coming into the War, and to keep what's in the War from getting out: DOCTOR: Inside the Time War. And the whole War was time-locked. Like, sealed inside a bubble....


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Apart from the Master in the classic series there was the Meddling Monk who the first Doctor met a couple of times on Earth, the fourth Doctor met Drax, the sixth and seventh Doctors met the Rani.


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Simply put - he can't, not really. The was was a TIME war, afterall. The Daleks attacked Gallifrey at many different points in it's timeline, and the entire planet (and it's timeline) are thus pulled into the temporal lock. This is also presumably the case for the Daleks and their homeworld - it is also unreachable and time locked, otherwise the various ...


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In short — the Doctor likes Gallifrey, and most of its people. But he doesn’t like the Time Lords so much, for various reasons. Taking your points one-by-one (and, as you rightly say, SPOILERS): Season 1: "Don't you think I want to go back and save them?" In the Time War, the Doctor was forced to end the conflict by destroying both sides (the Daleks and ...


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I heard somebody ask about the name "Gallifrey" at a Doctor Who convention in the 1980s. John Nathan-Turner answered something to the effect that it was supposed to be suggestive of "gallimaufry." There may have been more to his answer, but I don't remember. Now, one of my first thoughts as a thought back to this event was that the name of the Time Lords' ...


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According to this Instagram post by the original artist, Lou Wolgast, this was a tattoo concept. As seen in the comments, he believes it's the name of the client.


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It's no longer in another universe. In The Time of the Doctor, the Doctor receives a signal from Gallifrey trying to exit out of their alternate pocket dimension. At that point, Gallifrey didn't come out, because their enemies were waiting for them and the Doctor did not provide them an all clear. The point is, it's implied they can get themselves out of ...


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As long as the show is on the air, they'll figure out a reason to keep The Doctor regenerating, so it's unlikely this new regeneration cycle will suddenly begin falling apart. The show, particularly under Moffet's direction, does seem to be trying to stick to old Who "canon" when they can manage it. The 12 regeneration rule could have been silently dropped, ...


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Had Gallifrey remained where it re-appeared, it would likely have shredded Earth and the Moon, and possibly sent it careening out of the solar system (or into the Sun). That said, the same effects would have likely had similar catestrophic effects on Gallifrey. Sure, Earth is smaller, but they would both have felt tidal forces from the other, and I'm sure ...


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A Time Lord cannot "live billions of years in 5 seconds." A Time Lord might move between two points in time billions of years apart, but they don't "get older" doing so. Time Lords age the same way everyone else does: how many seconds/minutes/etc their body has spent being alive. Since they do not travel linearly through time, you can't compute their age by ...


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Much like the Time War in the early days of the modern series, all we know about the Cloister War are bits and pieces that have been dropped so far in dialogue. No external source has given us any other information about it, and thus, anything we might say about it is purely speculative. Thus, the only things we really know about it is that it was ...


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One does not simply fly into Gallifrey. In "The Day of the Doctor", when the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors arrived in the barn where the War Doctor was about to detonate the moment, this exchange happened: TENTH DOCTOR: These events should be time-locked. We shouldn't even be here. ELEVENTH DOCTOR: So something let us through. MOMENT ROSE: You ...


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Gallifrey is/was an isolationist society, and external time travel is culturally taboo. The celestial intervention agency only intervenes in events that might have hugely catastrophic consequences, and usually manipulate the few rogue timelords (who do travel, violating taboo) into doing their dirty work for them.


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I don't think the barn was on Gallifrey. In "Day of the Doctor", after he destroys those Daleks with the TARDIS, the Doctor flies it out into space. Plus, with the bombardment the Daleks were performing on Gallifrey, it would not likely be anywhere that peaceful.


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When the Eleventh Doctor claims he's forgotten the number of children on Gallifrey, he's clearly lying. He knows exactly how many people he killed when he set off The Moment, but it's such a tragic memory that he chooses to forget. Thinking about how many children died merely reminds him of his own failure to save them. That memory represents everything he's ...


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As @Lighthart noted, not that many Time Lords left Gallifrey as a matter of course to begin with, so there wouldn't be that many of them swanning about anyway. And with the whole of spacetime to romp around in, that's a lot of wherewhens to contend with, so the chances of running into another Time Lord purely by chance would be extremely slim. But more ...


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The second heart is common to all Gallifreyans. However, this does not invalidate the Doctor's statement, because he is meeting Missy off of Gallifrey, and among Gallifreyans only the Time Lords (and darned few of them) ever leave Gallifrey.


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No, it's not unique. HANDBOT: Statement rejected. Apalapucia is under planet-wide quarantine. This is a kindness facility for those infected with Chen Seven. (The Doctor covers his mouth and nose with his coat lapel.) DOCTOR: What? RORY: Chen Seven, hmm? DOCTOR: The one day plague. RORY: What, you get it for a day? ...


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I suppose it would but it wouldn't be signifficant. The Time War take Gallifrey from every Time Zone. It was never there, thats why the TimeLords will be kept as a legend that never existed, only as a story. Like when the Eleventh Doctor where erased from the Space-Time continium as a thing that never happened but it stay as a story. Well, the point is that ...


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Although it's not specifically focused on Gallifrey, this quote from NASA Engineer Robert Frost gives a pretty good indication of how little even the largest planets actually perturb each other: For example, take Jupiter. It is 1/1000th the mass of the Sun and 5 times farther away. So Newton's F=GMm/(R^2) indicates the effect of Jupiter on the ...


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The way I see it is that when Clara was in the barn (that I believe was on Gallifrey more than I believe it wasn't), The Doctor was a very small child. Being that Time Lords "age" very very slowly it could have been nearly 2000 years before the Time War. I don't know the specifics about the time lock on Gallifrey but it could be that Gallifrey could be ...


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Regarding The End of Time: Gallifrey coming back would break the time-lock, and the Time War would start again. But Gallifrey is his home, so when there is a way to save them without kick-starting a new war (The Day of the Doctor ) he does it. Then again he refuses to answer the question on Trenzalore for fear of another war. So to answer your ...


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Are Gallifreyans repriles or mammals or birds or fish? No. As @randal'thor says in his comment, they're aliens. Reptiles/mammals are groups of life forms on earth, and aliens do not necessarily fit into any of these categories. They may look like humans--I mean, humans look like Gallifreyans--but they are not related in any way to any type of life form ...


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There's probably a power vacuum, and most likely the General is effectively ruling Gallifrey, after having backed the Doctor against Rassilon. He should call elections, but we don't know the state of Gallifreyan politics after a long and deadly war and a possibly even longer, and despotic, presidency of Rassilon. So it may take a while. When the Fouth ...


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I think “right now”, the Doctor rules Gallifrey. But, if you know the story of Hell Bent, the Doctor has forgotten his near past, which may create an absence of a ruler in Gallifrey — or may not, 'cause Gallifrey is situated in nearly the end of time. Even if the Doctor get backs his memory, I don't think he will accept the post of “President of Gallifrey” ...


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Circular Gallifreyan cannot be translated effectively, in fact, it's nigh-on impossible. The exact spacing for the lettering is extremely difficult to be measured correctly, and while a series of circles can mean someone's name, one little error can result in the meaning becoming something like sitting on your keyboard. Some day, it may be answered ...


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Although I cannot find proof of it anywhere, I had an idea that it could be a play/twist on the term "Galfridian", which is an adjective relating to Geoffrey of Monmouth, who is considered the founder of English historiography (the study of historical writing). Being that the show was founded on an idea to push science and history, this would make sense (to ...


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It's possible, I don't think there is any evidence for or against it on the show, and other fiction like books and audios is apparently ambiguous on this point, see the binary vascular section of the Gallifreyan physiology article on the TARDIS wikia: Gallifreyans naturally born before the time of Rassilon and Pythia had two hearts. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: ...


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Well, I was really looking forward to an explanation in the series 8 finale, but there wasn't. This is pure speculation, and it might be explained in the future, or never mentioned again. This is Doctor Who, after all... Some people (me included) have theorized that this is not Clara's hand, but If this is right, then the five people to get out of the ...


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