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Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Philip Bates

Gatiss Unsure About Gallifrey Returning

Mark Gatiss, writer of The Unquiet Dead and Cold War, has been touring Brazil. Not just for fun though: to spread the word about Doctor Who and that other BBC One hit, Sherlock!

And in a Q&A panel, Gatiss has revealed that he’s not quite sure what’ll happen when the Doctor’s race, the Time Lords, come back:

Every time you go back to Gallifrey, it starts to make the Time Lords a bit too domesticated. I know that’s why Russell T Davies came up with the whole idea of the Doctor being the last one because eventually if you see them so often they become a bit like a bunch of MPs, whereas if you talk about them as this amazing, powerful force, they’re much more exciting.

Mr. Spitty (aka Rassilon) seems more dictator than PM in his last guise. But yes, the Time Lords can be a bit stuffy – though that is a perfect reason why the Doctor ran away. There are some great stories featuring those two-hearted beings with no dress sense and dreadful hats; I’m thinking The War Games and The Deadly Assassin in particular. So would Mr. Gatiss like to write for the Time Lords…?

I don’t know if I would want to do one. I think the way the Time Lords were represented in The End of Time and The Day of the Doctor was very exciting because we’re seeing them in a crisis and they’re trying to come up with different ways of saving themselves. But I suppose if the Doctor ever does find Gallifrey again, then we might find out more. Who knows…

Of course, if Gallifrey does come back, the Time War might begin once more…

Gallifrey Falls No More! But are you happy about the Time Lords returning? Let us know below.

(Via Doctor Who TV.)


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8 Responses to Gatiss Unsure About Gallifrey Returning

  1. avatar Geoff says:

    I think they had to return in some sense to over come the 13 lives aspect. I know they could have dragged that out for a few more years but I think that it made sense to deal with that and the Timelords now bearing in mind how close the Christmas special was to the Day of The Doctor which was the ideal vehicle to set up the Timelord scenario in. Now that’s done I hope we don’t see them again for a while. It doesn’t seem like Moff is desperate to bring them back. There’s a big gap between End of Time and Day of the Doctor. I’m sure they will stick to the recent formula of using them sparingly in big event stories. I think the problems with Timelords set in when Gallifrey seemed to be bring visited every couple of years for quite ordinary stories (Five Doctors excluded obviously!). The Doctor shoukd be an enigma and when you see too much of his background and a race of people just like him it diminishes him a little in my view.

  2. Bring them back

  3. avatar Jose G says:

    I think the only way you bring back the Time Lords is if this new Doctor embraces elements of the War Doctor. All of the races that are threats to Gallifrey’s continued existence must be defeated to the point that they can’t retaliate. Also, this new Doctor must put a major army & navy between Gallifrey as a means of securing Gallifrey from threats.

    As many enemies as the Time Lords have created, many worlds & races have also benefited by the Time Lords keeping the Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, & other races from running amuk through time & space. There have to be some races that would be willing to ally because they’re even more afraid of the baddies unchecked.

    Also, the old Time Lords maybe stuffy & pompous? Look at Gallifrey returning. I hate to mix science fiction universes but Gallifrey is now Star Trek’s Cardassia Prime at the end of DS9. The Time Lords don’t have any Tardises left. The planet is in ruin. Millions of Gallifreyans & Time Lords are dead. This is a planet who will need a century of rebuilding. These aren’t the Time Lords of old. This is a defeated Gallifrey. If you want a historical context, this is Japan or Germany in post World War II. There’s plenty of great stories to be told if the writers would tap into history to help tell the tales.

  4. avatar dr jon says:

    The timelords should be brought back but at the end of the season. And then only used sparsely in future seasons. I think their strength is gained more if they are not used very often but always mentioned. The timelords after all are their to observe and not to interfere in the affairs of others. We could have them come back but hidden in some little corner of the universe that only the doctor knows about. So he only needs to return if they or he needs them.

  5. avatar LD says:

    I think the Time Lords were seldom used to advantage in the original series, but I thought it was a mistake to have eradicated them. They work better as a race of powerful beings if kept as an off-camera idea. There’s not a lot for a writer to do with a race of supposedly benign, non-interfering people – hence one always seemed to be a renegade or a traitor.

    Had both the Time Lords and the Daleks been annihilated in the Time War, I could have lived with it, but the Daleks came creeping back – first one, now infinite hordes of them. I wouldn’t mind seeing less of them… If the Daleks are back, why not allow the Time Lords back into the series – just use both races sparingly. I don’t think any alien – Dalek, Cyberman, Time Lord, etc., needs to be in every series. If someone writes a really strong story line about them, that’s fine. If they’re only appearing as the alien menace of the week, I don’t want to see any of them just “because we haven’t seen them for a while.”

  6. avatar Ranger says:

    Yes, bring them back, very sparingly. They do add a certain something to the overall mystery and feel of DW and it would be wrong to just ignore them now, but it would be unfortunate if they became as ubiquitous as the Daleks, which just leads to boredom.

  7. bring them back, but b ring them back as an evolved people, capable of learning from their mistakes, and willing to work with the Doctor on the rare occasion he visits or calls them. I mean come on ET phone home man. It’s fitting. and hilarious. He may need to call them for their last great hurrah, and they cna die fighting the good fight, saving the universe (EArth as well- they could show up and be badass in the Doctor’s name, just in the nick of Time) OUT in the OPEN, instead of in the shadows as before. A proper end to a once-majestic people, who could be majestic again. REmember, the Master cna be beautiful, so why not the race that spawned him?
    OR, alternatively, the Time Lords can evolve in their absence, while inside the painting/pocket dimension, so that when the Doctor finds them they have become either more like him, or more like the Ood. Gentle, beautiful. compassionate. kind. this would also be a fitting end to their memory.

    I just know that personally, wheneverthe show was set on Gallifrey, I always enjoyed seeing what might happen due to that unique setting. we never got enough of the REST of Gallifrey, though. I want to see more of the land, the people who are the heart of the race. not just the Time Lord elites who live in hteir castle on the hill. And i want to see if any of the Doctor’s Gallifreyan friends are still kicking. Surely they all didn’t get wasted or possessed?

  8. The Time Lords should be brought back after The Doctor regenerates at least a couple of times.

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