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The Other

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The Other
Appearances: PROSE: Lungbarrow, PROSE: Cold Fusion
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The Other was one of the original founders of Time Lord society, along with Rassilon and Omega. The birth and origin of the Other would remain a mystery for later Time Lords.



The Other was influential during the Dark Times on Gallifrey after the cult of Pythia had ended. He and the Hand of Omega shared some sort of a bond.

As Rassilon's rule moved closer to despotism and Gallifrey's borders were sealed, the Other attempted to escape the planet by hurling himself into the Looms to await his eventual reconstitution. (PROSE: Lungbarrow)

Influence on the Doctor

Accounts differed as to results of this. Some implied that he was re-Loomed some ten million years later to the House of Lungbarrow as the Time Lord who became known as the First Doctor. (PROSE: Lungbarrow) Without realising it, the Doctor retained memories of his earlier self. This showed when, as the Fifth Doctor, he met Patience. (PROSE: Cold Fusion). By his seventh incarnation, he seemed once more to have realised his earlier identity or else Lady Peinforte could not have threatened him with revealing it. (TV: Silver Nemesis) Cavis and Gandar hinted in their conversations at the Doctor being the Other. (PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon)

At some point, Patience was married to a Doctor who resembled (PROSE: Cold Fusion) one of the faces seen during the Fourth Doctor's mindbending contest with Morbius on the planet Karn. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

The Watch raided their home and demanded that their daughter-in-law's pregnancy be aborted. A man resembling the First Doctor arrived and intended to get Patience and her granddaughter (who had already been born) to safety. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)

Influence on Gallifrey

Scholars later called documents concerning Rassilon, Omega and the Other the ROO texts. (PROSE: Goth Opera, The Infinity Doctors)

A minor Gallifreyan festival known as Otherstide was celebrated yearly in his honour. It coincided with the Doctor's naming day. (PROSE: Lungbarrow)

Other universes

In an alternate universe, the Other spoke to Omega's wife, Patience, and implied that the Fragment (the surviving portion of a collection of prophecies by ancient Gallifreyan seers) was a forgery. The Other was later present at this universe's Qqaba when Omega was lost. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors)

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