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Grand Designs

Many different writers, designers and artists have shaped the culture and appearance of Gallifrey, the Time Lords’ home planet.
Peter McKinstry’s initial concept illustration of Gallifrey’s Citadel, as described in the script for The Sound of Drums (2007).

“All the legends of Gallifrey made it sound so perfect,” says Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) in the 2007 episode The Sound of Drums. “Well, perfect to look at, maybe,” replies the Doctor (David Tennant). “And it was. It was beautiful. They used to call it the Shining World of the Seven Systems. And on the continent of Wild Endeavour, in the mountains of Solace and Solitude, there stood the Citadel of the Time Lords...”

How the sequence featuring the Citadel, and the uncredited Time Lord, appeared on screen.

BENEATH SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS AND AN INCANDESCENT, ORANGE SKY IS A METROPOLIS OF SKYSCRAPERS HOUSED WITHIN A HUGE, TRANSPARENT DOME.

The images that accompany the Doctor’s recollections provide us with a stunning view of Gallifrey’s Citadel. At the heart of Time Lord civilisation – beneath snow-capped mountains and an incandescent, orange sky – is a metropolis of skyscrapers housed within a huge, transparent dome. This was our first glimpse of the city’s exterior, but just the latest step in an extraordinary journey of production design that had begun 38 years earlier.

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The Doctor’s own people, and his home planet, were introduced in 1969 as a major chapter in the series’ history came to an end. Five decades later, the Time Lords and their devastating war with the Daleks are still essential parts of Doctor Who’s mythology. This special publication analyses every story set on Gallifrey, reveals previously unseen images from the making of the episodes and interviews key players in the Time Lords’ fascinating story.
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