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The Nightmare Child was born during the Last Great Time War. Davros' command ship flew into the "jaws" of this being during the first year of the war at the Gates of Elysium. (TV: The Stolen Earth)

When reliving a memory from his eighth incarnation, the Tenth Doctor recalled "laugh[ing] in the face of the Nightmare Child". (COMIC: The Forgotten) Cass Fermazzi also had an encounter with the Nightmare Child. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor)

The War Doctor fought against the Nightmare Child, (PROSE: A Prologue) and made arrangements for it "to never arise and [to] forever be aware of its non-existence". (PROSE: Twice Upon a Time) However, Rassilon's plan to return Gallifrey to the universe would have allowed the Nightmare Child to come out of the Time War and into reality, in addition to similar horrors from the conflict. (TV: The End of Time)

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