Before the revelations we asked......
How Do You Feel About the "Timeless Child" Arc?
OUR SURVEY SAID:
Potentially worried/annoyed as to where this arc could be heading!!: 14
The Timeless Child Revelations:
Now, as the dust starts to settle......
Can you accept these revelations as show-canon?
MASTER: Welcome, Doctor. Are you suffering comfortably? Then I'll begin.
Once upon a time... No. Once upon several times, before the Time Lords, before everything we know, there was an explorer. Her name was Tecteun, from a little-regarded, sparsely populated planet called Gallifrey. Tecteun was the first of Gallifrey's indigenous race, the Shobogans, to develop space travel. Dangerous, unsophisticated space travel. She took risks to explore the worlds and galaxies beyond her home.
And it was on one of these distant, deserted worlds on the far edge of another galaxy she found something... impossible. A gateway. A boundary into another unknown dimension or universe. Tecteun glimpsed the infinite through that gateway. And beneath the monument, she found... a child. Abandoned. Alone. Thrown through, seemingly, from the other unknown realm.
Tecteun had a choice to make. Abandon or save the child? She chose to rescue the foundling and adopt this refugee from another realm as her own.
Together they explored the universe. The child grew older, and finally Tecteun returned to Gallifrey with her new child.
Like any parent, Tecteun wanted to understand her child. She searched for clues as to the child's identity. Where she might be from, what species she could be. But the child would not yield any secrets Tecteun could understand. The child remained a mystery, until playing with a friend, like any other child, there was an accident. A catastrophe...
(The child falls off a cliff.)
MASTER: ..for Tecteun, for the child she'd saved, now lost to her. Or so she thought. The child regenerated. The first regeneration of any person on the planet of Gallifrey.
Now, having seen her adopted child regenerate her body, Tecteun, a scientist and explorer, had a new landscape to explore. She dedicated her life to studying her child. Detailed every fragment of genetic material. It took her years. Several of the child's regenerations.
Tecteun grew older. Her desire to understand became an obsession. She worked tirelessly, endlessly, furiously. She had to crack this code to understand regeneration. And finally, she did. And to prove herself right, she took the ultimate risk. Tested the theory on herself. Put her own life on the line. Spliced into herself the genetic ability to regenerate.
I didn't know any of this. Did you know any of this? Nearly there.
The planet of Gallifrey evolved. Shobogans grew in knowledge and ability. They built themselves the Citadel. They discovered the ability to travel through Time as well as space. With Tecteun, they became a self-appointed ruling elite. And Tecteun proposed that they gene-splice the ability to regenerate into future generations of Citadel dwellers. It would become the genetic inheritance of them and their descendants. But he would restrict the regenerative process to a maximum of twelve times.
The timeless child became the base genetic code for all Gallifreyans within the Citadel. The civilisation which renamed themselves, with characteristic pomposity, Time Lords. The foundling had become the founder.
The rest, as they say, is history.
DOCTOR: What happened to the child?
(The Master laughs.)
DOCTOR: What? What's so funny? What happened to the child?
MASTER: Oh Doctor, really? Haven't you worked this out yet? The child is you. You are the timeless child.
DOCTOR: No. No, I'm not.
MASTER: You always have been.
DOCTOR: I can't be.
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