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Image of Rungar seen by Skagra (WC: Shada)

Rungar (or Rundgar) was a Time Lord war criminal. According to Skagra, Rungar and his brother Sabjatrik "dragged Gallifrey into a Second Dark Age." The two were members of one of the older Prydonian families, but according to legend they drowned their own mother in a leaky SIDRAT. They usurped the powers of the Lord President to wage a civil war on Gallifrey. They were overthrown, and imprisoned in Shada. (PROSE: Shada) Rungar was famous enough that "Rungar protect us" became a Gallifreayan plea. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)

When Skagra visited Shada in hopes of freeing the renegade Time Lord Salyavin, he accessed the prison index and passed over Rungar and Sabjatrik before he found Salyavin. (WC: Shada, AUDIO: Shada) According to one account, Rungar, Sabjatrik and Scintilla were among the "Ancient Outlaws" whom Skagra released and trapped in his "Universal Mind." After Skagra's defeat, the Doctor returned Sabjatrik and the other prisoners to Shada. (PROSE: Shada)

Rungar was tall, with a high domed forehead, a long sallow face, and a beaked nose. (PROSE: Shada)

Rungar's full file read:

  • Rungar - War Crimes
  • Sec. 5/JL
  • Sentence In Perp.
  • Cabinet 45, Chamber S

Behind the scenes Edit

In most versions of Shada, Rungar is only a name on a prison file. It is not even clear that he is a Time Lord. However, in his novelisation of Shada, Gareth Roberts created an elaborate backstory for Rungar (though he spells the name "Rundgar"). The spelling "Rungar" is preferred on this wiki because it was used in the webcast version of Shada, which was broadcast by the BBC. See here for more details.