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Gallifrey

“Why can’t you leave me alone?” The Time Team swears not to interfere, only to watch… three episodes set on Gallifrey, home of the Time Lords.

THE TIME TEAM

Photographs by REBECCA NEED-MENEAR

This issue’s Time Team: Antoinette Belle, Beth Axford, Gerard Groves, Jacob Dudman and Kezia Newson

Once upon a time, Gallifrey had an image problem. So much so that in 2005, when Russell T Davies resurrected Doctor Who, he jettisoned the Time Lords and their home world altogether. Gallifrey was destroyed, he decreed. The Doctor is the last of his kind. The Time Lords? All dead. They’re better off as mythic and unknowable. Let sleeping gods lie.

Gallifrey, Davies had told DWM six years earlier, is “excess baggage”. His successor as showrunner, Steven Moffat, was even less forgiving of “that yawn-inducing Gallifrey rubbish. I don’t care where the Doctor came from”, Moffat declared, “or why he travels around the universe.”

Then, of course, both men changed their minds. Davies gave us a glimpse of Gallifrey, in 2009-10’s The End of Time. By 2015’s Hell Bent, the Time Lords’ rehabilitation was complete, thanks to Moffat – and Gallifrey burned brightly once more, in glorious HD. The Time Lords had come a long way since their TV debut, in the final instalment of 1969 ten-parter The War Games, the Second Doctor’s swansong serial.

But what’s next for Gallifrey? How – and when – might the Time Lords return?

DWM’s Time Team sets the co-ordinates for 10-0-11-00:02 from Galactic Zero Centre, to hunt for clues…

Gerard, Beth, Antoinette, Jake and Kezia prepare to watch episodes set on the Doctor’s home planet

THE WAR GAMES EPISODE TEN (1969)

BETH: “I’m so shook. It’s really weird to hear this all being said for the first time.”

In the TARDIS, the Doctor (ANT: “The mop-top! He’s so 1969!”) is bringing his companions, Jamie (a mid-18th-century Scottish Highlander) and Zoe (a late-21st-century astrophysicist), up to speed: “The Time Lords are an immensely civilised race… We can live forever, barring accidents. And we have the secret of space-time travel. [But] we hardly ever use our great powers. We consent simply to observe and gather knowledge.”

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