Shayde was an instrument of the Matrix Lords placed on the TARDIS against the Doctor's will and without his knowledge. In time, the Doctor's fifth self — and later his eighth incarnation — found a way to work with Shayde, despite the fact that Shayde was ultimately working for various Gallifreyan interests.
As a construct rather than a fully organic being, Shayde had the ability to both emulate and actually join with other beings. His adventures with the Doctor occurred with him in one of three main identities. The "default", unitary Shayde that the Doctor's fifth self exclusively knew was followed by a Shayde who pretended to be a new incarnation of the Doctor. Shayde then joined with Fey Truscott-Sade to become "Feyde".
As Shayde Edit
Shayde had his origins in the Matrix, where the minds of the physically dead Time Lords who resided there created him. He was a servant of Rassilon. An earlier, female construct, the Pariah, preceded Shayde. The Pariah was another construct of Rassilon, but he tried to destroy her when she developed free will and rebelled against him, massacring a few thousand Time Lords. The Pariah survived the ensuing conflict, landing in 1879 Arkansas, where she merged with a human and created the first of the Threshold. (COMIC: Wormwood)
Encounters with the Doctor Edit
The Doctor first met Shayde when he appeared to help him defeat Melanicus, at first covertly but then, as the Time Lords increased his power levels and he was able to manifest himself, directly. (COMIC: The Tides of Time)
He aided the the Fifth Doctor against another force, a mutated Gallifreyan creature called a rovie that had infiltrated the Doctor's TARDIS and was trying to kill the Doctor and his companions Peri and Erimem. (AUDIO: No Place Like Home)
Shayde encountered the Doctor again during his eighth incarnation and near following the events of a recent adventure. (COMIC: Tooth and Claw) His companions at the time, Izzy and Fey, had taken him back to Gallifrey, where he was cured and his mind placed within the Matrix to recover. While in the Matrix, an attempt was made on the Doctor's life by a secret Time Lord sect known as the Elysians, which Shayde prevented. The assassination attempt was part of a plot by Overseer Luther, an insane Time Lord who wanted to rewrite Gallifrey's history and set himself up as a god. The Doctor thwarted Luther by short-circuiting his watchtower (a gigantic TARDIS), but apparently at the cost of his life. As Izzy and Fey watched, the Doctor, actually Shayde, apparently regenerated into a new incarnation. (COMIC: The Final Chapter)
As the Doctor Edit
The Doctor's "regeneration" was a ruse. The Doctor had realised that Fey was under external control when she had managed to pilot the TARDIS even though the TARDIS manual was in Gallifreyan script, which she did not understand. Just before the Doctor sacrificed himself, Shayde offered to take his place and fake a regeneration. The Threshold, now a mercenary organisation that the Doctor had already tangled with, would seize the opportunity to bring a newly regenerated and thus weaker Doctor to them. Shayde would hold their attention while the Doctor, disguised with a personal chameleon circuit, covertly sabotaged the Threshold's operations.
The TARDIS landed in Wormwood, a Threshold stronghold which resembled a Wild West town on the Moon. When Shayde and the Doctor revealed themselves to the Threshold, Shayde had to contend with the Pariah, who wanted revenge, not just on Gallifrey but the whole universe. Shayde was unable to defeat the Pariah on his own and so crushed the globe forming his head. Fey merged with the dying Shayde and together they killed the Pariah and defeated the Threshold. The shared being, dubbed "Feyde" by the Doctor, although both of them retained their own consciousness, decided to leave and deal with what had just happened to them. (COMIC: Wormwood)
As Feyde Edit
Fey returned to her own time period, the 1940s, where as an agent of the British government, she spent two years fighting the Nazis. Shayde would not allow her to use their powers to kill Adolf Hitler, as this would change history, this has caused the two to form a love/hate relationship, complimenting each other whilst resenting aspects of their flaws. In 1941, she received a sub-ether summons from the Doctor — Izzy had been kidnapped, and the Doctor needed Shayde's abilities to track her whereabouts. (COMIC: Me and My Shadow) Together, they succeeded in recovering Izzy. "Feyde" returned to World War II. (COMIC: Oblivion)
Among Shayde's many powers were the abilities to travel through space and time and, via a sleek pistol that he carried, fire deadly, self-generated psychic bullets. He could also make himself invisible to security systems, phase through solid objects, and, given enough data, accurately track people through time and space. Additionally, he could, at least in his original form, remove his spherical "head" and store things in his "body" via the resulting, apparently dimensionally transcendental, gap. (AUDIO: No Place Like Home)
Behind the scenes Edit
In the comic story Old Girl, the Tenth Doctor encounters a species of Time Sentinels living on Gallifrey. He notes that he has "seen something like this before." This is most likely meant to be a reference to Shayde, who looks identical to the Sentinels. The Good Companion makes a reference to Aspect Black, who operated alone, in a similar manner to the Doctor.