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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > The Essential Doctor Who 13: Science and Technology > THE TIME LORDS


Of all the technology in the universe, none is more impressive than that created by the Doctor’s own people…
The Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and the Vicar (Peter Halliday) lay the Hand of Omega to rest in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988).
The Master (Peter Pratt) approaches Gallifrey’s Eye of Harmony in The Deadly Assassin (1976).
The stellar engineer Omega, one of the key figures in Time Lord history, meets the Doctors (Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee) in The Three Doctors (1972-73).
The Moment, the most powerful weapon ever created by the Time Lords, in The Day of the Doctor (2013).

For many millions of years, the Time Lords of Gallifrey have held a preeminent position in the universe as a race of tremendous scientific knowledge and technological ability. Their relationship with technology is, however, highly complex…

Gallifrey’s technological zenith appears to have been in its ancient past, when the planet’s scientific ascendancy was ensured by the solar researches of the pioneering engineer Omega. Creating a supernova by means of a remote stellar manipulator (ostentatiously, though perhaps unsurprisingly, named the Hand of Omega), he provided his people with an enormous power source and made their proposed time experiments a reality.

In Remembrance of the Daleks (1988) it’s revealed that the Doctor has hidden the Hand of Omega in 1963 London. The device is a large, tarnished, metallic sarcophagus structure, with a low degree of sentience but capable of autonomous movement and able to respond to the Doctor’s verbal instructions. In addition to destroying Skaro’s sun, the Hand is capable of bestowing, through undisclosed means, increased strength and hitherto unrealised destructive properties upon an unremarkable baseball bat.

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Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted. This is the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own. Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.