Gods of Ragnarok
They created the Land of Fiction as a pet project, but abandoned it shortly after. (PROSE: Conundrum) Rassilon speculated that they had created and destroyed many universes, even theorising that they had destroyed their own and would one day destroy the current one. (PROSE: Divided Loyalties) They could manifest in different time-phases simultaneously, while they actually existed in their true time-space the Dark Circus, (if they could actually leave their realm or if they were a part of it was unclear) with a well on the planet Segonax actually leading to their realm. Additionally, they could create a multi-coloured portal to transport individuals to them.
They could fire thunderbolts and reduce people to ashes accompanied by a clash of thunder and blinding light, and could also create rain. They used their eye symbol as a means to observe others, their actual eyes glowing green whenever they used their powers. Amoung other powers, they could presumably "psychically" torture someone to the point of mental instability, and could reanimate dead bodies with their original persona intact. They were able to sense events happening elsewhere, and they could seemingly communicate with each other by passing energy between their hands. They also, presumably, materialised the popcorn and ice cream they ate. (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)
The gods were originally Old Ones from the time before the creation of the universe. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire) It is implied by some sources that they destroyed the previous universe in a war involving the Daleks and the Key to Time, or that universe's equivalents.
They were known for taking people with individuality and imagination and wearing them down in their service, making them entertain the Gods endlessly, wanting something bigger and better with each act. The Doctor stated that he had fought the Gods of Ragnarok all through time, but he may have meant this in the sense of beings who used lesser species like this.
They existed for a time on the planet Segonax where they took over the Psychic Circus and its entertainers after Kingpin found them, the ringmaster and the chief clown keeping the others despite the desire to escape and luring spectators to their deaths. Outside their own world, they appeared as a man (referred to as "Father"), a woman (referred to as "Mother") and a little girl sitting in the audience, though if these were direct manifestations of the Gods or "variations" is unknown. Their audience forms seemed to have some personality, the little girl complaining about being bored and the mother offering the Doctor popcorn. Their true stone forms, which had some degree of movement, were more adamant about having entertainment. Of course, by this point, their patience had been worn by the delays of the Psychic Circus getting more acts together.
Using the Circus as entertainment, the performers would wait for talent to arrive for competitions to possibly be a part of the Psychic Circus, trapping them in a cage until they would perform. The Gods had cards they would hold up to display a number relating to their reaction, "9" being great and "0" being the worst; this would be followed by the performer(s) being reduced to ashes.
The Seventh Doctor travelled into their realm where he performed a magic show to appease them, and then used a mirror amulet with their symbol to reflect their own power against them. The stone forms of the Gods broke apart and the Psychic Circus exploded and collapsed, breaking the Gods' link to the normal universe. Whether this destroyed them completely is unclear. (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy)
Other references edit
- "Who gives the monsters such a shock? Who likes companions in a frock? Who foils the Gods of Ragnarok? The Doctor!" (AUDIO: The Magic Mousetrap)
Behind the scenes edit
- The Gods of Ragnarok are mentioned in a deleted scene from The Infinite Quest, as one of the beings which ruled the universe during the Dark Times.
- The Doctor comments to Father Ragnarok that the Gods are not interested in beginnings, only in endings, which is clever since their name pretty much reflects that.
- The Gods of Ragnarok's name is from the Nordic Ragnarök, which is often misunderstood as the "End of the World" or Armageddon. While an important part of Ragnarök is a climactic and cataclysmic battle, it ultimately ends with the renewal of the world as new and fertile.
- One translation of Ragnarök is "the End of the Gods"; thus; the Gods of Ragnarok are "the Gods of the End of the Gods". This could be interpreted either as nonsense or an added layer of meaning.