The Emperor was the last survivor of a great catastrophe that completely ravaged Gallifrey. For a thousand years, the Emperor reigned over the entire universe. He ruled from his throne on the Needle. According to Ferran of the Klade, the Emperor controlled time and space travel with a ruthless secret police force, crushed any rebellion before it even began, and controlled the Senate of his empire through fear. (PROSE: Father Time)
In a vision, the Eighth Doctor and Marnal saw that one of the four surviving elementals was the Doctor with short hair, sitting on a throne and holding his newborn daughter in his arms. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Lance Parkin's The School of Doom, an interlude for Father Time published in the Myth Makers fanzine, foreshadows the Doctor's future as the Emperor. The Master asserts that he and the Doctor were two of the four surviving elementals, and they need to find the others and rule the new universe damaged by Gallifrey's destruction.
- The Tenth Doctor's alternate timeline in Four Doctors bears a striking resemblance to the Emperor: both feature the Doctor as the last of his kind, taking a different name, ruling over the universe as a tyrant, and even end in an assassination. Miranda's resemblance to River Song has also been noted.