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Immortality was the ability to live forever, or at least a vastly long time. Most beings called immortal were not also indestructible, but there were exceptions.
Attempts at gaining immortality Edit
Lord President Borusa determined that Rassilon had discovered the secret of true immortality, and used the first five incarnations of the Doctor to obtain it. This turned out to be the immortality of a living statue. (TV: The Five Doctors)
Mawdryn and his group of scientists stole a metamorphic symbiosis regenerator from the Time Lords and used it on themselves to gain immortality, only to find that theirs was one of unending mutation and regeneration. (TV: Mawdryn Undead)
The Family of Blood pursued the Tenth Doctor in an attempt to gain his body and become immortal. As punishment for their crimes, the Doctor granted them immortality in various unpleasant ways. (TV: The Family of Blood)
Gained immortality Edit
According to Greek mythology, one of the Greek goddesses asked Zeus to make Tithonus immortal, but she forgot to ask for eternal youth. He became so ancient and decrepit, he eventually shrank into a cicada. He begged for death. (TV: Rendition)
In the 9th century, a Viking girl named Ashildr was granted immortality when, after her death, a Mire repair kit was placed in her head. This device would keep repairing her, so she would never die. The Twelfth Doctor later gave Ashildr another chip to give to someone she would want to keep with her. (TV: The Girl Who Died) Her immortality remained for billions of years, up to the last 5 minutes of the universe, outliving every other immortal. (TV: Hell Bent) The second chip was subsequently used to revive highwayman Sam Swift, though the circumstances left the Doctor uncertain as to whether the result would be immortality in his case. (TV: The Woman Who Lived)
Clara Oswald gained a measure of immortality when she was extracted from her death at the hands of the Quantum Shade by the Time Lords. Her physical processes time looped, she lost all life signs (such as heartbeat, breathing and even aging), but was functionally speaking immortal. However, as her death was a historically established event, she could not delay it indefinitely without the risk of incurring paradoxes on a scale which could damage the universe; her immortality ceased when she finally returned to Gallifrey and was sent back to her pre-destined death on the trap street in London, after spending an undetermined amount of time travelling with Ashildr. (TV: Hell Bent)
Jack Harkness, after being resurrected by the Bad Wolf, would always come back to life after being killed, and his ageing was slowed down. The Tenth Doctor explained that when Rose Tyler was the Bad Wolf she brought him back but couldn't control the power and brought him back forever. (TV: The Parting of the Ways, Everything Changes, Utopia) He lost this immortality on Miracle Day, (TV: The New World) but regained it when the Miracle was ended. (TV: The Blood Line)
In 1895, Lord Jack Corrigan and his men used stolen Drelleran technology to gain the longevity required for interstellar travel, allowing them to live for centuries. They died on Space Dock Nerva after being exposed to a Drelleran anti-virus. (AUDIO: Destination: Nerva)
In another alternate timeline, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was given immortality in 1791 by one of his clones from the far future. He later came to regret this as this meant that he lived long enough to become a hack. (AUDIO: My Own Private Wolfgang)
In another alternate timeline, the inhabitants of Stockbridge were given immortality between 1950 and 2009, courtesy of Viridios. Towards the end, they begged for death. They were given it when the timeline was reversed and they died when they were originally intended to. (AUDIO: The Eternal Summer)
A tarot card reader must have gained some form of immortality, or at least reduced ageing, as, between the years 1897 and 2008, despite a gap of more than 110 years, her appearance remained unchanged. (TV: Fragments, Dead Man Walking)
In 2011, during an event dubbed by the world press as "Miracle Day", the human race stopped dying due to Jack Harkness' immortal blood being introduced to The Blessing. It was reversed when Jack's mortal blood was introduced. (TV: The New World, The Blood Line)
The Sisterhood of Karn gained immortality due to the Elixir of Life. However, they could only live as long as they drank the elixir, which means they could still die if they were not able to produce more of it. It was also shown that they could still be killed. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)
Shara created an energy converter which enabled him to transfer his life energy into a time loop in the Time Vortex, giving him eternal bliss. Jal Dor Kal lived for centuries by absorbing energy from Shara's relic. (AUDIO: Nekromanteia)