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Faster-than-light travel

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Faster-than-light travel was one method of travelling interstellar distances faster than the speed of light without resorting to relativistic travel or generation starships. One way to do so was by harnessing a quantum tunnel with an FTL factor of 36.7 recurring. (TV: School Reunion) Other, less common methods included travelling via Time Vortex, which TARDISes used, and transmat systems. [source needed]

Most advanced civilisations seemed to have developed faster-than-light travel at some time during their history. Humans had developed hyperspace technology by the 30th century. (PROSE: Original Sin)

The Monarch wanted to discover the secret to faster-than-light travel to travel back to the creation of the universe and meet God, whom he believed would be himself. (TV: Four to Doomsday)

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Common means of faster-than-light travel involved passing a spacecraft through hyperspace, which was located outside of space-time as humans knew it (TV: The Stones of Blood). Other technologies included warp drive. (TV: The Girl in the Fireplace, Earthshock)

Mary arrived on Earth via a transportation device. Sarah Jane Smith's star poet friend of the same species arrived on Earth through unspecified means, though we can assume they used much the same kind of technology. It may also be that since Mary arrived in 1812 and the poet left in 2008 that the species' technology had advanced.
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