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Taranium was very unstable and capable of storing vast amounts of energy. It was used in time travel and could send whole areas back in time. It was incredibly rare and would require processing over a billion tonnes of ore to collect a milligram. One of the few planets it was found on was Uranus. (PROSE: The Wheel of Ice) It could also be found in Pazithi Gallifreya. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible)
The Daleks used taranium to power their time machines. (PROSE: The Chase, Mission to the Unknown/The Mutation of Time) Because of its rarity and its location, the Daleks had to recruit Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System, circa the year 4000 to obtain the taranium to power their ultimate weapon, the Time Destructor. The First Doctor and his companions stole the taranium Chen had acquired for the Daleks. The Daleks and Chen pursued them through time and space, finally retrieving it in ancient Egypt. It burnt itself out when the Time Destructor destroyed Kembel. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
During the chase, the Doctor encountered a time traveller who had aged to about 30 years old, but whose mind was still that of an 8-year old. Upon grasping the taranium[disputed statement], it changed the man's body back to 8 years old, matching his mind. (PROSE: The Little Drummer Boy)