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Extinction was the end of a species caused by either the death of the entire population or over a long period of time in which the species was slowly reduced in number until the last members eventually died.
Mass extinctions Edit
Major catastrophes could cause hundreds to millions of species to die out all at once. In cases of planetary destruction, all the species native to the planet could be driven to extinction (unless any native species had access to space travel).
The Last Great Time War led to the near destruction of the Daleks, as well as the destruction of many planets, star systems and even galaxies. (COMIC: Agent Provocateur) Specific planets included Eve's planet (leaving Eve the only survivor), (TV: The Mad Woman in the Attic) The Doctor was considered "the only survivor" of the Time Lords, who were thought to have been "all gone", (TV: The End of the World) but in fact, "all thirteen" of the Doctor's incarnations had frozen Gallifrey in time and placed it in another dimension. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
In 1981, the arrival of the Master on Logopolis fatally disrupted life there, and he killed Logopolitans at random with his Tissue Compression Eliminator. Eventually, because their Block Transfer Computations no longer worked, the planet itself began to crumble and lose coherence, as did the inhabitants. The entropy field caused by the destruction of Logopolis also destroyed a portion of the universe, such as the planet of Traken. (TV: Logopolis)
During the war between the All of Us and the People fifteen planets, three planetary rings and fifteen asteroid habitats were destroyed (PROSE: The Also People) and twenty-six billion individuals died. (PROSE: Walking to Babylon)
The Veil became near-extinct when their planet's star was extinguished. The last member of the race, Androvax, went on a vengeful vendetta, destroying twelve planets before finally being arrested by the Judoon when he attempted to destroy Earth. (TV: Prisoner of the Judoon)
Towards the end of the universe, most species had died out. It is believed that humans, Malmooth, Futurekind (TV: Utopia/Last of the Time Lords) and possibly the Sycorax (PROSE: The Sycorax) had at least survived to 100,000,000,000,000. The Malmooth offically became extinct when Yana killed Chantho, the last of the Malmooth, and the Futurekind followed when Malcassairo went nova. (TV: Utopia) The humans reached a cold and inhospitable planet that they thought was Utopia in which the fires at the world's end made them mad and they transformed themselves into the Toclafane and met their end when Utopia went nova unless if they escaped it simply by flying away. (TV: Utopia/Last of the Time Lords)
Survivors of attacks supported by the Etydions banded together to vaporise their homeworld, cleansing it of all life. One Etydion survived, arrived on Earth and tried to convert the human race to his kind, but when he realised what he was doing he reversed the process and died. (TV: The Custodians)
Individual extinctions Edit
Species would also go extinct on an individual basis, due to a variety of causes.
By the 29th century the star whales were driven to near-extinction. Only one survived and offered help to Starship UK, but it was captured and tortured by its leaders. Three hundred years later its intent was realised and it was released by Amy Pond. It continued to serve Starship UK. (TV: The Beast Below)
The Time Lords erased the Charons before they existed as they feared that all other life in the Universe could not co-exist alongside them due to their ability to warp the fabric of the universe. Only one Charon somehow survived the death of its people and constructed a pocket universe. The Seventh Doctor confronted the Charon and learned that, after being alone for so long, it wanted to die. The Doctor sadly granted its wish. (PROSE: Sky Pirates!)
Earth extinctions Edit
Other references Edit
The Klempari defence was a common ruse in interrogation. The subject would claim to be the last of their kind. When the Eleventh Doctor questioned the Silurian, Alaya, she claimed to be the last of her species. He knew she was lying because he was the last of his species, and told her not to insult him. (TV: The Hungry Earth)