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Second War in Heaven
Dates: Throughout time
Location: Earth, Dronid, Gallifrey
Time Lords The Enemy
Led by
unknown unknown
Annihilation of Gallifrey, the Enemy, and Faction Paradox
You may be looking for World War I or II.

The Second War in Heaven was a large scale time war fought between Time Lords and the Enemy. A signifigant third party in the war was Faction Paradox. (PROSE: Alien Bodies, Interference - Book One, Interference - Book Two, The Ancestor Cell) The Laws of Time weakened during the conflict, allowing events from the War era to interact with those from before its outbreak. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

The first War in Heaven was considered to have been the hostilities between the Time Lords and the Great Vampires (PROSE: The Book of the War).

The Laws of Time forbade Gallifrey's present from interacting with its past or future. (PROSE: Lungbarrow) Such was the temporal chaos of the War however, that combatants from the War-Era and Time Lords from the pre-War-Era encountered each other more than once. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

Participants Edit

It was suggested that the War was allowed to escalate out of all proportion and the real threat to Gallifrey came from within. (PROSE: Warlords of Utopia) Indeed, the Houses of Gallifey were not above in-fighting, especially the ruling six: Mirraflex, Xianthellipse, Arpexia, Dvora, Tracolix and Lineacrux. (PROSE: The Book of the War) It was House Lolita, though, which most ruthlessly pursued its own interests. (AUDIO: The Shadow Play, In the Year of the Cat)

Although the conflict was primarily between the Time Lords and the Enemy, other powers became heavily involved as they sought to either evade or exploit the War.

Faction Paradox's stance proved the most opportunistic and changeable. At times they over-ambitiously launched direct attacks on the Time Lords (PROSE: The Book of the War), at times attempted more subtle subversion of their activities (PROSE: Interference - Book One) and eventually found themselves negotiating to be reinstated as a House of Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Shadow Play)

The Remote were perhaps even more unpredictable; their anarchistic nature utterly committed them to the overthrow of whichever the dominant power was at any given time.

Various Post-human groups allied themselves with the Enemy.

Grandfather Halfling often left the City of the Saved to participate in the War.

From what they assumed was the safe vantage point of non-existence, the Celestis treated the War as a game, sometimes interfering on Gallifrey's behalf and sometimes supplying the Enemy with weaponry. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

History Edit

Before the War Edit

The Great Houses first learned of the War when the War King returned to the Homeworld with knowledge of the Enemy. He was appointed as Lord President of the Great Houses. As a precaution, Nine Homeworlds were created with Crypto-forming.

Through negotiations with Compassion, the Great Houses began the creation of 103-Form timeships for use in the war. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Beginning of the War Edit

The War was started from the original Homeworld itself as the Time Lords realised the true magnitude of the threat they faced. They discovered the Enemy possessed their own Web of Time opposing the Web created by the Time Lords. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

The war began on Dronid. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

Immediately, the Enemy and the Time Lords attacked each other at many points of space-time. The Enemy attempted a direct attack against the Homeworld itself, which destroyed many Time Lord technologies. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

The Eighth Doctor found himself participating in an auction for his own corpse against Wartime factions who wished to weaponise it. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

War Looms clogged the atmosphere of at least one of the Gallifrey with a biodata soot. These looms produced Gallifreyan soldiers all day and night to provide the Time Lords with fodder for the War. (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5)

The Time Lords attempted to beat the Enemy with a preemptive strike at The Enemy's homeworld, but not via conventional time travel. The Time Lords built a giant Gallifreyan warship containing the Cold and aimed it at what they believed to be the Enemy's home world: Earth. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)

Amid the chaos, Gallifrey found time to attack the Osirian Court. Threatening to flood a crucial point in history with vampires, Sutekh effectively blackmailed the Time Lords into a peace treaty (AUDIO: Coming to Dust)

Breakdown of linearity Edit

The events leading to the end of the war began on the planet Dust. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) Faction Paradox came to Dust to influence I.M. Foreman's regeneration with a biodata-altering virus, but their plan took an unexpected turn when the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith came to the planet. Instead of infecting I.M. Foreman, the virus was attracted to the Doctor when he was shot by a local. Shortly afterwards, the Doctor regenerated. (PROSE: Interference - Book Two)

With history changed by the Third Doctor regenerating on Dust instead of UNIT HQ, the timelines became much more uncertain and malleable. Some regions of space-time degenerated into a series of realities which formed the Obverse. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) A cataclysmic war began between the inhabitants of the main universe and the inhabitants of the newly formed Obverse. (PROSE: The Blue Angel)

This instability in time also affected the past of the Time Lords. Romana was made the War Queen and mistress of the Nine Gallifreys. She began stockpiling weapons in The Slaughterhouse, a secret arsenal protected by a time eddy. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) She planned to use Bull-TARDISes to mate with Compassion to create a new Type 103 TARDIS.

The Shadows of Avalon cover image

A Dragon from Avalon attacks a plane carrying nuclear bombs. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon)

In this new history, Romana dispatched two of her most trusted agents, Gandar and Cavis, to capture Compassion while she transformed into a Type 102 TARDIS in Avalon. While the agents managed to almost start a nuclear war between humans and avalonians, they did not capture Compassion, who escaped with the Eighth Doctor and Fitz Kreiner. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon)

End of the War Edit

After the Doctor installed a randomiser inside her, Compassion managed to elude the Time Lords for a considerable time, (PROSE: The Fall of Yquatine, Coldheart, The Space Age) but she was eventually found by an operative in the 19th century. (PROSE: The Banquo Legacy)


The Edifice over Gallifrey. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)

By the time Compassion was brought to Gallifrey, the planet was the epicenter between two conflicting histories; the Edifice loomed in Gallifrey's sky containing a timeline where the War never existed while an army of Faction Paradox members coming from near the end of the war attempted to invade Gallifrey. By resurrecting Greyjan the Sane, Faction Paradox took control of the planet and began merging it with the Eleven-Day Empire. The Eighth Doctor confronted Grandfather Paradox in the Edifice and restored the original timeline, at the cost of destroying Gallifrey. In the new timeline, the Doctor would never become Grandfather Paradox, would never be contaminated by the biodata-altering virus on Dust and the Enemy would never exist to threaten the universe. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell)

Technology and development Edit

Time Lords from a later stage of the war did not have humanoid form. Only the 'Generals' had totally humanoid forms.

Type 102 TARDISes and War TARDISes were in full use by The War. 102s were used by Time Lord agents whilst War TARDISes were utilised by Time Lords on missions. (PROSE: Alien Bodies, The Taking of Planet 5)

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