The Keeper of Traken, or simply the Keeper, was the leader of the planetTraken and of the Traken Union. The Keeper had the power to control everything in the Union, making sure it was harmonious.
The first Keeper was the Fifth Doctor. He defeated the inventor of the Source, Kwundaar. He gave the title to Shayla. (AUDIO:Primeval)
The Keepers ruled for thousands of years with the power of the Source. The Source allowed Keepers to take control of minds and to materialise anywhere. Drawing on all the minds of the Union, they protected the planets. Every thousand years, a new Keeper would be chosen when the old one died.