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Panopticon
Panopticon Deadly Assassin.jpg
Location: The Capitol, Gallifrey
First seen in: The Deadly Assassin

The Panopticon was the main room of the Capitol on Gallifrey. It served as the Time Lords' parliament and seat of State. (PROSE: Engines of War) The Eye of Harmony was secretly kept under the Panopticon. (TV: The Deadly Assassin)

The name panopticon was likely derived from opticon, the Gallifreyan word for the ancient village meeting place. (PROSE: Blind Fury)

The Panopticon had six sides. That number was revered on Gallifrey because it was the number of founders of Time Lord society. At every corner of the Panopticon, there were six black statues of the six founders of Time Lord society (Rassilon, Omega, Pandak, the Other, Apeiron and one other, possibly Eutenoyar). Every Chapterhouse (Prydonian Chapter, Arcalian Chapter, Patrex Chapter, Dromeian Chapter, Cerulean Chapter and the Scendeles Chapter) was involved in a competition to build a bigger statue of their founder than the other Chapterhouses, which resulted in the Scendles Chapter being bankrupted. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) When Gallifrey's suns shined on the Panopticon, the interior glowed turquoise. (PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows) The Panopticon's ceiling was so high that clouds formed near it, and sometimes it rained. (PROSE: The Eight Doctors, Warmonger)

Also in ancient times, the Pythia used panoptics placed throughout the city to watch over it. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)

The Twelfth Doctor and Rassilon of the Panopticon

The Twelfth Doctor and Rassilon on the Panopticon. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen)

When Rassilon allied himself with the Cybermen, he redecorated the Panopticon. He took the Twelfth Doctor and the General there. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen)

Behind the scenes Edit

The name Panopticon (derived from Greek: "pan" meaning "all" and "Opticon" meaning "view") was coined by Jeremy Bentham for a revolutionary approach to the way prisons should be designed.

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