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A soul was an ill-defined, sometimes religious term for the essence of a sentient being. For some, it was closely tied to the definition of life. According to the Eleventh Doctor, souls were made of stories, not atoms. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten) The soul was sometimes synonymous with a person's mind, their soul being composed of their memories, but even this was not considered accurate. However, the removal of a person's mind to another plane could simulate death, leading to the allusion between a soul and a mind. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation, Falls the Shadow)
In the 22nd century, some artists used soul extractors to improve their art, literally extracting portions of their souls and inserting them into the canvas. They used it sparingly, as the results of over-use were lethal. One time when an artist became addicted, he created a living being within the canvas. (PROSE: Untitled)
The neutron eaters tricked Oliver Harrington into bringing more of them through from their dimension by making him think that angels were souls, returning from Heaven to the mortal world. (AUDIO: Lost Souls)
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The Soulless were a group that arose during the Miracle Day event, which had rendered virtually all humans on Earth incapable of dying. Members of the Soulless believed that because they could not die, they had been robbed of their souls. (TV: Dead of Night)
The Time Lords had a rite called Soul Catching, in which a dying Time Lord would transfer his soul to another Time Lord, which would then get assimilated into the Matrix. (PROSE: The Devil Goblins from Neptune)
When he revealed that the Krillitanes needed children rather than adults to unlock the Skasis Paradigm because of their imagination, the Tenth Doctor said that they were using their souls as well as their minds to crack the code. (TV: School Reunion)
When the Twelfth Doctor linked his mind with Rusty's, Rusty claimed to see into the Doctor's soul and saw "beauty", "divinity" and the Doctor's "hatred of the Daleks" and saw that "it [was] good". (TV: Into the Dalek)