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Species: Osiran
Place of origin: Phaester Osiris
Father: Sutekh
First seen in: The Sands of Time
Other appearances:
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Anubis was an Osiran worshipped in Egypt as the god who presided over rituals of the dead and possibly served as king of the dead. Egyptian art depicted him with the black head of a jackal. Anubis and Horus led the procession that sealed away Nephthys on Earth ca. 5000 BC, with Anubis directing his priests and receiving the soul of Nephthys in the canopic jar with the image associated with him. (PROSE: The Sands of Time)

Peri Brown opened a canopic jar with his head and discovered a human organ inside much to her disgust. His name was listed in an Osiran grimoire associated with the forbidden cult of Kephri from ca. 2000 BC. (COMIC: The Curse of the Scarab)

A rare depiction of Scaroth depicted him being faced by Anubis and Khnum. (TV: City of Death)

Anubis' name was also used for a planet of jackal-headed humanoids. What connection they might have had to the Osiran was unknown. (TV: Curse of Anubis)

In the 21st century, Anubis came to Earth searching for the quantum harvester. He wanted to use it to build a gateway to follow his fellow Osirans to another universe. The Tenth Doctor convinced him to delay his plans for five thousand life cycles, since the gateway could have caused a ripple effect that would have destroyed the universe. Anubis left with Dorothy Bell, who had merged with the harvester. (COMIC: Spiral Staircase, Sins of the Father) However, he continued to make sure the Doctor was finding a way for him to reunite with the Osirans. (COMIC: The Singer Not the Song)

Personality Edit

Anubis claimed that unlike his father he was not vengeful, and not interested in dust and darkness but valued life. He never claimed to be a god, unlike Sutekh and Horus. (COMIC: Spiral Staircase, Sins of the Father)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • The Fifth Doctor's claim that Anubis was king of the dead was contradicted elsewhere in the novel where Osiris is given the title. However, in the real world and in-universe this might refer to Anubis' role before Sutekh killed his brother.
  • Duamutef was actually the god depicted on the canopic jar.

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