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Stasers had both lethal and non-lethal settings, and fired an unspecified type of directed energy. They were relatively harmless to inorganic matter but caused massive tissue disruption to living creatures. The corpse would be unrecognisable upon examination. (TV: The Deadly Assassin) The sidearm of the President's personal security did not have a stun setting. (TV: Hell Bent)
According to one account, a single staser shot could kill a Time Lord outright and ensure that regeneration could not take place. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) However, the Twelfth Doctor shot the General once with the sidearm of the President's personal security, triggering the General's regeneration. (TV: Hell Bent)
Staser pistols apparently come in different versions. Those seen after the Sontaran invasion were significantly larger then those seen before.[source needed]
Stasers were used during the Last Great Time War. Children in the First Segment of the War sorted out staser bolt chargers in munitions factories. (PROSE: The Stranger) Stasers were devolved into machine pistols on the Neverwhen planet front as a result of time phasing. (AUDIO: The Neverwhen)
Instances of use Edit
Coordinator Narvin was given a staser for a mission in Earth's past. President Romana forbid him from using it to stun or kill humans. He shot a wall to impress the local people and he promised to gift it to Sol in exchange for her help. (AUDIO: Intervention Earth)
After becoming President and having Clara Oswald extracted from the last moments of her time stream, the Twelfth Doctor took the sidearm of the President's personal security from the General and shot him. The General then regenerated. (TV: Hell Bent)
During his invasion of Gallifrey following his banishment by the Doctor, Rassilon killed his successor as Lord President with a staser, reclaiming his gauntlet and the title of Lord President. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen)