Many centuries before becoming Coordinator, Narvin had been a technician working under Glower on Project Alpha to develop a Timonic Fusion Device. They were warned of dire consequences by Ambassador Braxiatel, but the two dismissed his theories and proceeded with the test. The resulting catastrophe destroyed the planet Minyos, and necessitated the CIA to conceal the involvement of the Time Lords. Narvin took up a position in the agency not long afterwards and as Braxiatel put it, "never looked back." Narvin and Braxiatel harboured a long-standing enmity towards each other, possibly dating from this incident. (AUDIO: The Inquiry)
Life as Coordinatoredit
As Chief Coordinator, Narvin was originally against the Lady President Romana and her liberal reforms and drew the suspicions of the Castellan at the time, Andred. Correctly assuming that he was being drawn into a trap, he sent Torvald in his place when they agreed to meet, which cost Torvald his life and Andred a regeneration, though Narvin was unaware of this. Believing Andred to be Torvald, he quickly covered up the event to protect "Torvald", only admitting that he had done so when held at knife point by Leela and only discovering the truth after Andred's confession during the Cecelia Pollard incident on 3 September 1939. Narvin immediately felt a loathing for Andred, which he implied would not have been as strong if Andred had not killed one of his operatives. (AUDIO: The Inquirty, A Blind Eye, Lies)
After Romana's actions on Gryben, Narvin demanded an inquiry, but failed to get her arrested or charged. He eventually teamed with the Inquisitor Darkel in an attempt to remove her from her office, along with her supporters, one of whom was Braxiatel. Though Braxiatel took him into his confidence by confessing that he was in frequent contact with past and future selves (a very serious crime), Narvin betrayed him, using the information to get Braxiatel dishonourably exiled and to puncture a hole in Romana's credibility. Unfortunately, misjudging the extent of Darkel's ambitions, his actions and his trust in her (despite the fact that she obviously felt very cavalier about the idea of him being arrested) ended up indirectly causing the release of Pandora and the resulting civil war that threw the entire planet into turmoil. (AUDIO: Insurgency) Narvin later admitted that he had made a mistake in betraying Braxiatel's trust. (AUDIO: Mindbomb)
Narvin was involved in the development of the assassin Aesino, a being that had been fractured through time, which he (presumably along with other members of the CIA) had hooked up to the late Castellan Wynter's TARDIS, or at the least the one he had stolen. He was unable to perfect it before war broke out, and never suggested it as a weapon, fearing what the Vault's consciousness would do if ever in the possession of a Time Lord President.
When Pandora was released and began to wreak havoc on Gallifrey, he joined Romana's side in the civil war and nearly regenerated (possibly for the first time) in a premature bomb explosion which also blinded Leela. After recovering and transporting into the Anomaly Vaults to save Romana, he managed to engineer Romana, Leela, Commander Hallan's and his own escape to the ruined remnants of the Academy. He helped build a stronghold there, creating his own adaptation of certain Matrix partitions, in effect a force field capable of keeping everything out. With this technology, Romana was able to enter the APC Net chamber and eventually defeat Pandora. (AUDIO: Fractures, AUDIO: Warfare)
Though Narvin had started as a someone who would have liked nothing better to see Romana defamed, he ended up, unexpectedly, after the events of Free Time, Pandora, and Darkel's machinations (including planting a bug bomb into his shoulder that Leela had to cut out and dispose of), as one of the staunchest supporters of Romana and one of the few senior Time Lords who continued to be so after the civil war had ended. When Romana ultimately chose to sacrifice herself along with Pandora and the Matrix, Narvin was the only one who actively attempted to save her as his President and as was his duty, as Matthias had accepted her decision and Elbon didn't care. He took great risks in keeping Romana informed and alive during the election preceding the war and also did everything in his power to try and prevent Darkel from obtaining the Presidency, even going so far as to say that if she were ever elected, he would resign from his position. (AUDIO: Pandora, Warfare, Appropriation)
When the Daleks invaded Gallifrey, Narvin saw no other way of defeating them, and sent Valyes to Skaro. There Valyes would send the Fourth Doctor on a mission to destroy the Daleks as they were being created. (AUDIO: Ascension)
Fighting the Eminenceedit
Narvin was later behind recruiting the Master to help the Time Lords fight the Eminence. After the Master went rogue, Narvin recruited the Eighth Doctor to help him stop the Master's plans to exploit the powers of the Eminence. (AUDIO: The Death of Hope)
Narvin accompanied the Doctor to Earth to thwart the Master's plans to exploit the Eminence's power and take over the human race. Narvin was captured and held in an Eminence casket whilst the Master suceeded in corrupting the minds of humanity. The Doctor defeated the Master and freed Narvin. Narvin travelled back to Gallifrey and arranged for the Master's corruption of history to be airbrushed away. (AUDIO: Rule of the Eminence)
Alternative timelines edit
In an alternative timeline in which the Time Lords regularly altered history through the Temporal Intervention Agency, Narvin served as the Interrogator General under Lady President Romana until he was murdered by Leela, who succeeded him in that position. (AUDIO: Disassembled)
In another alternative timeline in which Rassilon failed to finish the Eye of Harmony before his death, Narvin served as Lord Chancellor of a Gallifrey which never achieved time travel and where slavery still existed. He had Lady President Romana assassinated but she was immediately replaced by her counterpart from the proper timeline, who claimed that the victim of the assassination was a decoy. After he was killed by the Krilig, he was replaced by the version of Narvin from the proper timeline. (AUDIO: Forever)
Narvin and Leela shared an association, partially through the status that Leela held due to her husband Andred and through her friendship with Romana. Particularly during the civil war and after, with most of their other confidantes either exiled or locked up or dead, Leela often (if a little reluctantly) went to him for advice whereas Narvin often went to Leela for errands which he could not trust to anyone else.
Later on, Narvin seemed extremely concerned for Romana's safety after she was stripped of her rank. (AUDIO: Series 4) [additional sources needed]Matthias called Narvin the "Black Sheep" of the Patrexes. (AUDIO: Ascension)