- Gallifrey (audio series)
Gallifrey is the umbrella title of a line of audio plays set in the "Doctor Who" universe, produced by
Big Finish Productions, featuring Louise Jamesonas Leela, Lalla Wardas President Romana, and John Leesonas two K-9 units, Mark I and Mark II. The title refers to the home planet of the Time Lords.
Like all spin-off media, its canonicity in relation to the television series is open to interpretation, although the rise of Romana to the presidency of the
Time Lords echoes a similar event in the novels. The first play in the series, "", was released in 2004.
The series focuses on political struggles within the leadership of the Time Lords, centred around Romana's presidency. In the first series, Romana's progressive policies and desires to open Gallifrey up to the outside universe faces opposition from more conservative cultures. In addition, a terrorist group known as "Free Time", who want to break the monopoly on time travel technology shared among the Time Lords and the few other temporal powers, steals a timeonic fusion device. The inquiry into Romana's handling of the incident reveals a dark secret surrounding the Time Lords' policy of non-intervention.
The second series sees the admission of non-Gallifreyans into the Time Lord Academy, leading to even more tension within the Time Lord political elite. Romana has to deal with Free Time infiltrators as well as an attempted coup by Inquisitor Darkel. In addition, an ancient Gallifreyan evil escapes from the Matrix: Pandora, a megalomaniacal personality who manipulates Romana and others with the goal of regaining life and power. At the end of the second series, Pandora manages to manifest herself in the form of Romana's first incarnation (played once again by
Mary Tamm). Both Romanas claim the title of Imperiatrix, absolute ruler of Gallifrey, leading to civil war.
In the third and so far final series, Romana traps Pandora in the Matrix once again, and destroys her by sacrificing the Matrix. After an election fraught with political manoeuvring, one Lord Matthias becomes Lord President. The series ends on a cliffhanger, with Gallifrey on the brink of economic and social collapse as well as in danger of being overrun by a Free Time virus, while most of the cast are trapped with no apparent means of escape.
As Big Finish's license forbids them from using aspects of the revived television series, the "Gallifrey" series does not explicitly acknowledge the events of the Time War. However, in the final chapter of the third series
Irving Braxiatelspeaks of "rumours out there in the big wide universe — more than rumours, in fact — that something's coming to Gallifrey, something worse than you could possibly imagine".
Because of these rumours, Braxiatel engineers the removal of the Time Lord biodata archive from Gallifrey, in order that the Time Lords might someday be restored after their planet meets its doom. Former Big Finish producer
Gary Russellindicated in a forum posting on " Outpost Gallifrey" that this was a reference to the television series' Time War. [cite web|url=http://www.gallifreyone.net/forum/showpost.php?p=2886596&postcount=23|title="Gallifrey 3.5: Panacea" (requires free registation to view)|first=Gary|last=Russell|authorlink=Gary Russell|publisher= Outpost Gallifrey|date= 2006-09-03|accessdate=2006-09-11]
It is unclear whether the destruction of the Matrix in the "Gallifrey" audio series can be reconciled with the events of the Eighth Doctor Adventures; some stories have suggested that the novels and audios take place in separate continuities.
List of "Gallifrey" audio plays
List of Doctor Who audio plays by Big Finish.
* [http://www.bigfinish.com/Gallifrey "Gallifrey" at Big Finish Guide]
* [http://www.gallifreyone.com/filesection.php?id=bigfinish&subid=gallifrey "Gallifrey" at Outpost Gallifrey]
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