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A church was a building used for worship and other religious activities. By extension, the word also was used to refer to a specific sect or religion.
Beneath St Jude's Church in the 9th century, a flask containing Fenric was buried. It was uncovered in 1943. (TV: The Curse of Fenric) In the 1970s, the Azal located himself within a church in Devil's End following a confrontation between the Third Doctor and the Master. His ultimate defeat by Jo Grant led to the church's destruction. (TV: The Dæmons) The Master later hid his TARDIS in the remains of the church. (PROSE: The Eight Doctors) The St Mary-in-the-Dust church, demolished in 1840, periodically reappeared on its original site. (PROSE: Border Princes)
On Earth, a sentience inhabited a church in the town of Cheldon Bonniface. Known as Saul, he inhabited the church and was able to exert an amount of influence on the church's congregation. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation) Several churches were places of significance on Earth, not just as meaningful locations of worship, but in other guises. St Mary's Church in Cardiff was used as a location to hide a resurrection gauntlet. (TV: Dead Man Walking)
After the Reapers attacked, the Ninth Doctor shepherded attendees to the wedding of Stuart Hoskins and Sarah Clark inside a church. The age of the walls meant the assailants couldn't gain immediate access. (TV: Father's Day)
Donna Noble was to be married in St Mary's Church in Chiswick. (TV: The Runaway Bride) Wilfred Mott later visited a church and was spoken to by a woman. The woman told him that the church had been a convent which a man in a blue box had saved from a demon which had fallen from the sky. The man was called "the sainted physician" and the blue box was pictured on a stained glass window in the church. (TV: The End of Time)
Religions that were referred to as churches Edit
The Church of the Grey was founded in the early 21st century. This church went through several reformations during the religious upheavals on the planet Dellah in the 26th century. (PROSE: Where Angels Fear)
The Church of Maa'lon also existed around the 26th century and underwent a significant increase in followers on the planet Dellah. Several of its members met a being claiming to be Maa'lon. (PROSE: Where Angels Fear)