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The Facts of the Antimatter

The mysterious energy of antimatter has been the catalyst for some of Doctor Who’s most memorable journeys into parallel universes.
Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) travelled with the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in the 2017 series of Doctor Who.

From the beginning of time, it has existed side by side with the known universe. Each is the antithesis of the other.”

In The Deadly Assassin (1976) the Doctor realises that the Eye of Harmony, the source of all the Time Lords’ power, is in fact the nucleus of a black hole, stabilised and sealed beneath the Panopticon on Gallifrey by the stellar engineer Rassilon. As he and his fleet of ships entered the black hole, they were shielded by the Sash of Rassilon, which “protects its wearer from being sucked into a parallel universe.” That’s why the Master is so keen to acquire it as part of his plan to use the power of the Eye of Harmony to regenerate himself. In the end, he escapes without being sucked into the Eye (on this occasion, at least). But what would have become of him if he had?

The answer was contained in an earlier story, The Three Doctors (1972-73). There we learned that another ancient Time Lord engineer, Omega, was in the process of detonating a star to create a power source for the Time Lords when he was caught in the supernova and blasted into a black hole, finding himself in a universe of antimatter. As the Doctor later explained in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988), the supernova that Omega created was the basis upon which Rassilon founded Time Lord society; presumably, when that supernova collapsed into a black hole, Rassilon extracted its nucleus, having first taken care to slip on a Sash to prevent him meeting the same fate as Omega.

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Doctor Who’s creators envisaged a series that would go forwards, backwards and sideways in time. The Doctor’s trips to parallel universes and alternative dimensions have provided the show with some of its best-loved adventures – from its black-and-white beginnings to the latest episodes, starring Jodie Whittaker. Uncover the background to these memorable journeys and explore the greatest stories beyond the television series in this lavish publication, which is packed full of exclusive features and rare images.