The Flash Season 3: Barry Saved His Mom! — What Happens Next?

TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next?” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes.

“Mom” was the word as Season 2 of The CW’s The Flash came to a close. But was traveling back in time to save Nora a bit of a “parent trap” for Barry, who likely has significantly altered his fate? Is the new word, heading into Season 3, “Flashpoint”?

For the uninitiated — and I will simplify this greatly, while omitting a few spoilers — Flashpoint was a massive DC Comics library “reboot” facilitated by Barry’s trip back in time to save his mother. After doing so, he wakes up back in Central City, confused by the changes to the world that he gradually lays witness to. For one, Barry doesn’t have his powers, since there was no tragic past/wrongful incarceration of his dad to steer him in the direction of forensic science and thus land him in his lab with those chemicals at the time of the fateful lightning strike.

Also in Barry’s immediate orbit, in the absence of The Flash a different hero protected Central City — Citizen Cold. (Is that a reason why Legends of Tomorrow‘s Wentworth Miller was switched to a series regular “across all Greg Berlanti superhero shows”? Because they knew he’d be needed on The Flash?) On the flip side, Reverse-Flash/Eobard Thawne is alive and well, which could account for Tom Cavanagh maintaining his series regular status, even though Harry just returned home to Earth-Two.

In Flashpoint, Barry eventually decides he must undo what he undid. And yet he’s powerless. So, with help from Batman, he recreates the circumstances through which he became a speedster — extremely akin to the final episodes of The Flash‘s own Season 2, so if the TV show goes that route, it will be interesting to see how they avoid treading identical ground.

All of which is a 200-word way of saying that when The Flash Season 3 opens, Barry is very likely in for a huge shock (will he have even ever met the Wests?), and he may be powerless to make things right once he realizes all that went wrong. The easiest question to thus pose to you is: How long will The Flash take to serve up its spin on this major comic-book arc? Especially with the epic four-way crossover with Arrow, Legends and Supergirl on the calendar for December? (Unless Barry from the original timeline takes part in that event, though such a workaround would be super-confusing and dramatically unsatisfying.)

Rewatch Season 2’s closing sequence, then vote on your predicted timetable.

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75 Comments
  1. DJ Doena says:

    I seriously hope it’s not a two episode gag.

    Barry royaly screwed up by playing God and there have to be major consequences for it.

    As for Cold: Isn’t there a Prison Break in the making? Can Miller be in two places at once? (Same goes for Purcell though).

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Think alter timeline will last until big crossover event episodes that will fixed the flash’s timeline back to normal. I’m excited to see Snart/Captain Cold on The Flash again!

  3. Roger says:

    What happens next. Bruce is murdered. Thomas Wayne becomes Batman, Martha Wayne becomes the Joker.

    Wonder Woman slept with Aquaman and then killed Mera when she found out. Aquaman got pissed. Aquaman is at war with Wonder Woman. They destroy the world.

    I could go on.

    • Keith says:

      and Superman has been a malnourished prisoner/science project since his arrival on Earth, kept under a red sun.

  4. Jaz says:

    I’d love for Eddie to be back… I miss Rick Cosnett on my screen, even as a guest star. It would make sense that he’d be around CCPD somewhere even if it’s not as Joe’s partner or Iris’ boyfriend

  5. Mo says:

    It will at most be resolved by the crossover, but I think seven episodes of an AU timeline that’s not gonna matter afterwards outside of teaching Barry a lesson is too long. I’m leaning more towards 3 episodes at minimum and a month at most.

  6. Let’s not forget though–this isn’t Flashpoint. The writers are NOT obligated to do Flashpoint, and to be honest, I hope they go in a completely different direction.

    When we first met Barry in Season 1, Reverse Flash traveled back in time to kill him as a kid. He killed his mom instead and due to actions by a different version of Barry, presumably the original version, Reverse Flash didn’t kill the whole family.

    However, what this means is that there was a version of Barry, who was every bit the same hero that our Barry is, that was the ORIGINAL Barry, in the UNALTERED timeline. Barry’s mom’s death was the result of time travel.

    Reverse Flash did screw up, and found himself stuck in the past, and the only way to get home was to make Barry become the Flash at an earlier age.

    He did that. But that’s the Barry we know.

    That doesn’t mean the original Barry was from some messed up timeline.

    I think it would be even more interesting if Barry found that life was good in his time period. However, due to his meddling, Barry is now a time remnant and the original Barry is out there, doing Flash things being the hero he is.

    What might be even MORE interesting is if this becomes permanent, and maybe the original Barry dies, leaving our Barry as the only Barry of that timeline.

    And yes, this will affect Arrow too, AND Legends. Yet we can say that due to the Legends being time traveling outside of the time stream when Barry did what he did, they are in tact as well.

    • 134sc says:

      I hope the creators remember that our Flash is technically an alternate timeline. And now that he saved his mom, original Barry should still be out there, with powers, doing his thing as you have already suggested. That’s why “Flashpoint” (as I understand it at least) cannot be the route season 3 takes. Really just as season 1 Barry vanished, season 2 Barry should have vanished as well.

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Nope, original Barry clearly/literally “vanished” from the scene of Nora’s would-be murder, once she was saved/his Flash fate erased.

        • Sam Beckett says:

          I think you may be mistaken. We have never seen the original Flash’s story. Before Reverse Flash went back in time to kill Barry’s mother, Barry was The Flash. Reverse Flash killed Barry’s mother to prevent him from becoming The Flash. Once Reverse Flash got stuck in the past he had to make sure Barry became The Flash, only he caused it to happen earlier then it originally did. By saving his mother Barry may have restored his original history which we will now see.

    • cmmorgan32 says:

      I disagree. It can still be Flashpoint as long as the basic premise remains the same. No superhero show/movie (or any show/movie that’s based on something else) is 100% faithful to the source material. There’s a reason why artistic/creative liberties exist at all. What ultimately airs on TV is just going to be one (of a few) different visions of a single storyline (comics, TV, animated movie, potential DCEU).

  7. Roger says:

    CW should get EXTRA meta and merge iZombie as well since Flashpoint merged Vertigo Comics into the DC Universe.

  8. Luis says:

    It will be interesting to see whether “Flash” writers are interested in doing a true homage to “Flashpoint,” and committing to it over an extended period. Given the restrictions of the DCEU, the show obviously won’t go into the larger implications of Barry’s actions (the Atlantis/Amazon war, for example,) but there are so many possibilities to be explored within the show itself (and perhaps the Arrowverse?) One encouraging possibility is the possible return of Tom Cavanagh as the now un-murdered Harrison Wells, who could take Batman’s place as the agent Barry uses in his quest to regain his speed. Given Barry’s encounter with the Speed Force last season, it would be interesting to see the SF”s reaction to Barry’s actions, as well.

  9. Anthony says:

    i think it should be 10 episodes so that it wont just be something crappy like him regaining his powers than fixing everything it should actually be a story that people can get into

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      It really is a head-scratcher. They should spend some time with it — and I do think they are “going there,” otherwise why recreate the exact same set-up for Flashpoint — but then how do you have a powered Barry taking part in the crossover? Unless the crossover is to “fix” things, but they aren’t quite successful? (Which would be the saddest crossover ever.)

      • Roger says:

        They shouldn’t be quite successful. Flashpoint is a HUGE multiple franchise event. It merged Vertigo Comics, Wildstorm and rebooted the whole DC Universe into the New 52.

        It should fix Arrow seasons 3 and 4 while having lasting consequences throughout the DCTV universe. Barry needs learn just how DANGEROUS his time meddling is, he NEEDS a gut punch even after his father died.

        The first seven episodes should be ample time for him to come to grips with his decision and it’s consequences. Episode 8 is usually crossover episodes and allows them to “fix” things while allowing all other shows to deal with their after effects and consequences.

        Long term, this can build the DCTV to their version of a Crisis event.

      • Sam Beckett says:

        As I mentioned in response to one of your previous posts, Barry’s mother not dying was part his original history and he became the Flash in his original history. Only question would be when did it originally happen? It maybe it hasn’t happened when Barry first returns but by the time of the crossover he is struck by the lightening.

        Also Barry mentioned that he had a crush on Iris before he started living with the Wests. That is what made it awkward for him at first. So Barry would know the Wests but he would not have a father son relationship with Joe. The probably would go more with Earth 2 relationship between Joe and Barry with Joe not happy Barry is with his daughter.

        • kaliber says:

          If I remember correctly, Eobard Thawne—in all of his machinations—moved up the timeline for Barry to become the Flash by five years. So we wouldn’t be there yet, going into season three.

        • coneyro says:

          You take, and combine, the best parts of Back to the Future, The Butterfly Effect, Groundhog Day and that great TV show Sliders, and you wind up with the “guess what’s going to happen” aspect of the Flash , in its most interesting form. The timeline explanations arge a little confusing to me, but who cares. I LOVE this show.

          Can’t wait for the epic crossover with the other shows. How Supergirl will figure into all of this something I am SO looking forward to finding out.

          The one thing I do regret, is that Constantine wasn’t originally aired on the CW. Chances are, it would still be on. At least they played it smart with Supergirl. She should be around a long time.

      • tvjunkie says:

        I just wonder how they are going to get Supergirl into the crossover. When Barry arrived on her Earth is was by accident and he needed her help to get back to his own. They would seem to make it difficult to replicate. I wonder if they knew months ahead of time that Supergirl was going to move to CW, did an excellent job keeping it secret and what happened with Barry was a way to facilitate integrating Supergirl into the fold to make for easier to explain crossovers.

  10. coneyro says:

    Honestly, this time travel scenario is giving me a headache. It IS interesting, but trying to figure it all out is just too confusing.

    Waiting to find out how the world changes from Barry’s interference in
    the timeline.

    • Isabella says:

      Thank you!!! I was starting to think that I was the only one that wasn’t thrilled with this ending. Reading all these comments about Flashpoint I’m getting the feeling that it’s going to be hard to follow for anyone who isn’t familiar with the comics and it’s kinda putting me off the show t.b.h.

  11. St Kos says:

    I would enjoy a 4 episode “mini-Flashpoint” story arc. The first two episodes would show how Barry’s world has changed, the next two episodes to set things right.

    The show doesn’t have the budget or the licensing to do a true to the comics Flashpoint. I think we will see a limited version on how Barry’s life is effected. Maybe Francine took young Iris when she left, leaving Joe alone. Over the years, Joe becomes a heavy drinker and never makes detective and Barry barely remembers Iris.

    I do hope they take advantage of Citizen Cold.

    • Mo says:

      This is exactly what I want! I’d love to see Barry dealing with the new universe, Iris actually getting to chase down leads and investigate Citizen Cold alongside Wally (and maybe even Hartley like the comics?), some apocalyptic situation Barry’s gotta fix, and then he tries to bring his team back together in order to restore the timeline by episode 4.

    • Mo says:

      Oh, amendment to my previous comment: we know Barry will remember Iris because Grant tweeted that Barry’s going to remember their kiss and conversation no matter what. But I do think Iris in the new timeline won’t know him very well because she moved away with Francine – or because Barry/Nora/Henry moved away years ago. Whatever works.

      • kaliber says:

        I agree that they probably won’t be as close, but they will still be friends in this timeline.
        .
        *Flashpoint spoiler*
        I wonder if they will have Citizen Cold kill Wally and have Iris and Pied Piper take him down (would be a good way to bring back Hartley Rathaway for a few episodes).
        .
        …and have that be part of the reason why Barry decides to fix the timeline back.
        .
        I think that this alternate timeline would also be a good way to have Matt Letscher back for a few episodes as Eobard Thawne and have Tom Cavanaugh play the real Harrison Wells. Wells can take Thomas Wayne’s place in helping Barry get his powers back, but I do hope they don’t replicate what was done in season two.
        .
        All-in-all, I echo others’ sentiments here and hope that this is only a short arc before an early-season crossover event to put things back. Unless they want to save the crossover for a separate event which finally merges Supergirl into the Flarrowverse.
        .
        Mostly, I am just curious as to how this will affect Arrow in the early season. Without Barry, Team Arrow is toast. They wouldn’t have been able to defeat Deathstroke (at least in the manner in which they did) without Snow and Ramon, whom they wouldn’t have met without Barry’s interaction, and they would have stayed completely incinerated by Vandal Savage without Barry going back in time to get a do-over.

        • Gail says:

          Citizen Cold could take Barry’s place in the new timeline. All of the things Barry did with Arrow could have done by Citizen Cold. It won’t be exactly the same but it could allow Arrow to exist in the new timeline without much change. If the particle accelerator hasn’t happened yet there will be no meta humans on Earth yet . Captain Cold of course is one of the Flash’d few rogues who was not effected by the particle accelerator

          • Gail says:

            It would be fun if they reshot some of the Flash/Arrow scenes with Citizen Cold replacing Barry. Like when Ollie shot Barry when training him or having Citizen Cold coming to Starling City to get help to free his sister from prison and meeting Felicity.

          • kaliber says:

            The reshooting of some scenes could be cool, but that particular one wouldn’t be necessary since Oliver was trying to teach Barry to be more aware of his surroundings and to make a plan—something Snart never had a problem doing—instead of just rushing in and doing everything on the fly, expecting his speed to cover for anything. And the only reason Olive shot Barry is because he healed fast. I don’t think he would have done that to a regular person.

        • Sarah says:

          It is a good excuse to bring back some killed-off characters in alternative scenarios, but the Berlantiverse hasn’t always been all that concerned with logic and continuity so I wouldn’t assume that all the “therefore…”s will add up. I imagine they’ll pick and choose who to bring back as guests, and which storylines are affected, based on actor availability (and maybe budget) rather than consistency and common sense.

  12. coneyro says:

    Honestly, this time travel scenario is giving me a headache. It IS interesting, but trying to figure it all out is just too confusing.

    Waiting to find out how the world changes from Barry’s interference in
    the timeline.

    Should be interesting.

  13. Jason says:

    i feel like people say that would love this storyline but will quickly sour on it if they drag it out for long time. I hope it last no more than 10 episodes.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      That is the sticky wicket: As fun as it might be to explore this alternate timeline (Jitters is now a Blockbuster!), people will carp that we’re spending time on relationships that don’t matter.

      • Luis says:

        I wouldn’t expect them to spend more than 3 episodes on it, even if they commit to it. They still have to set up the S3 villain and prepare for the big 4 way crossover.

      • PatriciaLee says:

        People will carp no matter what. If relationships are fun, they should go there. Remember, Melanie was to be the main relationship in GWTW, but Scarlett took over and the rest is history.

      • kaliber says:

        Come on, there is no universe where Blockbuster is still in business.
        .
        It’s like the anti-Big Belly Burger.

  14. kevb62 says:

    If it’s not all resolved within 4 episodes, it’s run the risk of severely affecting the ratings. Comics fans are going to eat it all up; your everyday, average TV viewer will want a quick resolution to it.

  15. ndixit says:

    I don’t think it should and I don’t think it will last more than a few eps. The CW doesn’t have access to the roster of characters to make Flashpoint for a for a half season story arc. Anyways, I think the Flashpoint paradox movie showed how the storyline can be effectively done in a little over an hour. Maybe 3 eps should do the trick. But they can’t stand removed from the reality that we know for long.

    • Gail says:

      You could just as well say the are doing “Back To The Future” instead of Flashpoint. What happens to the present when you change the past. Most of the characters used in Flashpoint don’t exist on the TV Flash world. They will use the Flash TV characters with different histories. The problem is this would seem to be too much like Earth 2. In fact Barry could come back to the present and think he is on Earth 2 only to find out somehow that it is his Earth.

    • cmmorgan32 says:

      They can work with the characters they already have in the “Arrowverse.” Artistic liberties exist for a reason. It all depends on whether or not the writers (on all shows) can come up with enough compelling content for however long the story arc is supposed to last.

  16. Gail says:

    I do like the idea of Citizen Cold being Central City’s hero with Cisco and Caitlin not knowing Barry and Cold being in charge of Team Cold. It was something I had not thought of when the said Wentworth Miller was going back as a semi regular on The Flash. It makes perfect sense and I hope that is what they do.

  17. I think Barry will realize his mistake in the first episode and use the second to figure out how to fix it. Depending on the premire dates of ‘Arrow’ and ‘Legands of Tomorrow’ could determain how long it take Barry to correct this screw up. Supergirl is in another demention so it would likely be unaffected by Barry antics and Legands deals in time travel and if the the Legands are on the Waverider, in flight, when Barry went back the likely avoided the changes. Arrow is the only one that should see and effects from Barry saving his mother but most time it goes unnoticed. Granted this is over ten years of history being altered, so we may see changes to the make-up of Arrow.The big four-way cross over in December sounds like the best time to have Barry hit the undo buttom but I would want to see ‘The Flash’ without the Flash for that long. Would anyone?

    • Gail says:

      Barry becomes The Flash whether his Mom dies or not so I don’t think you have to worry about The Flash without the Flash. I also don’t think they would do that as he just lost his powers towards the end of season 2. He would also be stuck in the past if he lost his powers. I don’t think they would go with a 50 year old powerless Barry in the present having had to live another 25 years to get home.

  18. Jane says:

    To quote the Doctor, “people assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.” So who knows the heck will happen.

  19. kaliber says:

    This may have been commented already, but… Of course he would have met the West family. Barry was already Iris’ best friend when his mother died.

  20. William says:

    I have just about lost patience with Barry Allen’s stupidity and hubris. He never seems to learn from each stupid decision he makes.

  21. Tony says:

    Now with Barry having pure control of the Speed Force, he can time travel seemingly at will.
    How will this affect his day to day decisions about life and death. Not just his mother but other
    characters moving forward?

  22. Rich says:

    One thing I must have missed along the way, when did Barry learn to time travel like that? So far, the only way he could go back was in short bursts only a matter of days or hours (that’s how he created his time remnant for the finale, right?) or to go WAY back they had to do the whole particle accelerator thing (risking another singularity). But this time he just ran back to that moment like it was no big deal. Huh?

  23. Mark Marks says:

    Wait am i getting this time travel thing mixed up or something. if barry from the future (with powers) went back and saved his mother then went forward in time then he would still have his powers because him having powers wouldnt change just everyone and everything he knows

    forget the whole comic book and animated Flashpoint for now. the way i see it is he would be travelling from the past to the future so everything he did and everyone he knows would be different when he returns however he would still have his powers.

    • Sarah says:

      Not necessarily- what you’re describing requires him to time-travel again in the opposite direction. If, like in the comics, what he does creates some sort of massive time-disturbance (ie, the “Flashpoint”) and he “wakes up” in 2016 he could, in theory, be returning to consciousness with an altered history. What I’m not sure of, however, is how they would explain him having the memories from the other timeline when that version of Barry would no longer have experienced the same things. Time travelling back to the future might explain him keeping his powers, but then would there be 2 different Barrys a-la Earth-2? Seems any way they do it something would take some fancy explaining (or some convenient omissions) to get away with.

    • Gail says:

      In the Flashpoint comics and movie I don’t believe there was any explanation of how Barry got back to the present after saving his mother and not becoming the Flash. He just wakes up in the present and knows everything is different. There was also no explanation of what happened after Barry stopped himself from saving his mother. There were two Barry Allens in the past and then the story shifts to the present and he thinks everything is back to normal . I suppose the TV show could start next season with him just waking up in the present and leaving out how he got there. Another possibility is that the Flash who saved his Mom also disappears in the past when the next season starts but then the Barry who grows up in the new reality wouldn’t know anything has changed.

      • Gail says:

        Or Barry goes back to the present after saving his mother and there is another Barry in the present who grow up in the new reality who is not the Flash. The Flash never existed on Earth 1 but Zoom did come from Earth 2 and killed many people. Everyone thinks Barry is like Zoom and so Barry has to go into hiding.

  24. Jimmy Gross says:

    I’m looking forward to Season 3!

  25. ScottJ says:

    So long as the season doesn’t start with a time jump I don’t care what they do. Although I suppose technically everything would count as a time jump from where the show left off.

  26. cmmorgan32 says:

    The storyline will go through sweeps if it’s just Flashpoint. However, I think that they’ll connect it to the crossover by including elements of the “crisis” storyline. It would give a reason for Supergirl/Earth TBD to get involved, it would explain some of the new “Legends” characters (specifically Rex Tyler), and it would explain Wentworth Miller’s deal.

  27. Flashpoint was one of the biggest mistakes in DC Comics history that they are only now starting to fix.

  28. kenderz says:

    I think Harrison will be the proper one that RF killed because there would not be a flash in this time line, so there would be no need for him to travel back to kill him, Barry WILL know the West, still, because he was best mates with Iris before his mum was killed, I think and hope it will only be up to 2 eps of him not having his powers and the rest of the first bit of the season up to December will be him righting his wrongs and the 4 way cross over will be a huge battle sequence going on and getting Barry to undo the mess he made and getting the timeline back to the way it is spose to be, thats what i think, but i hope thats not what the 4 way crossover will be, I am hoping it will be like a 4 part mini justice league movie where they are taking on some big bad dude, that would be pretty cool

  29. Brock says:

    Eobard Thawn isn’t alive – Harrison Wells from Earth 1 is. Without Barry as the Flash, there is no Reverse Flash! It’ll be Barry, for the third time, getting to know a Harrison Wells!

  30. What if nothing happens? Wally takes his mother to the present. in the past she is missing presumed killed by Barrys dad because there is no body.History is preserved. A few loose ends sure, but nothing that can’t be explained away.

  31. Moin says:

    Flash is One of the best drama series I have ever watched….
    Waiting for season 3 abruptly.

  32. I really wish that I read comics when I was a kid! I have to refer to sites like this to get the inside scoop. God my childhood was lame! I hope they don’t keep the alternate timeline going too long though, for real. I didn’t like it when it was just for a day, it seemed like a waste of an episode. I guess we’ll see!!

  33. Jess FB says:

    I’m hoping that it doens’t last the whole season, it just lasts half of it at most – it either ends in time for the crossover, or the crossover resolves it. I’m just worried that we’ll see different versions of the characters I’ve grown to like from the first 2 seasons, and I don’t want it to be too long – if ever – before the timeline is restored and we see the versions of the characters we all know and love again.

  34. Varun says:

    I somehow get the feeling that it wont be Batman but Arrow who plays a major role in Barry getting his powers back…

  35. Zeus says:

    If you’ll watch watch comic-con sea.3 preview Barry has his powers at some point with wally as kid flash and locked up is the reverse flash so who know what’s there up to they can and will go in a different direction cause there will be no batman to help him. But anyway like the rest of the flash fans it suck to wait but gonna be alsome when October runs around

  36. Anthony says:

    I know a good way Barry can fix his mess up. Since The Flash and Reverse-Flash where in the house that night when Nora was killed and now since Barry erased that timeline. He and Reverse-Flash can go back in time exactly when that event took place and have a little relapse. Barry can save his younger self while The Reverse-Flash can do his thing.

  37. Geoff says:

    Personally, I think all 3 DC series should feature “Superboy”, either Kal-El as a kid, or Superman’s son (Jonathan White/Kent)

  38. Keith Conlon says:

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    Susan, Victoria, the Brig, Liz, Yates, Sarah, Leela, Romana II, Nyssa, Peri, Mel
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    Dimensions in Time was a two-part story broadcast in 1993 as a part of that year’s Children in Need appeal. It featured Kate O’Mara’s last televised performance as the Rani. It was the first two-part serial since Revelation of the Daleks in 1985 and the last until The End of Time in 2010.

    It was a nominal “celebration” of the thirtieth anniversary of Doctor Who, made primarily due to the cancellation of the BBC’s original idea for a thirtieth anniversary story, The Dark Dimension. Since the BBC had already obtained, at least in principle, agreement from most of the ex-Doctors to do some sort of anniversary programme, they went ahead with a charity sketch. (DOC: The Seven Year Hitch) Dimensions raised over £101,000 for Children in Need according to presenter, Noel Edmonds.

    A major narrative feature of the piece was that it featured a crossover between the EastEnders and Doctor Who universes; that is, the characters were narratively implied to be a part of the same universe. As the years have gone by, this narrative choice has caused the piece to be disregarded by many fans. Largely ignored by both Doctor Who and EastEnders writers, Dimensions became widely irrelevant to both series. However, there have been several prose stories in the DWU which have referenced Dimensions. Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who National Television Awards Sketch is the only televised narrative to come close to acknowledging the story, implying that Dot Cotton had met the Doctor before.

    Dimensions was a milestone production in many ways. It was the first and only time that John Nathan-Turner received a writing credit on a televised story, and it attracted the biggest audience of anything he had produced. It was also the final BBC1 appearance for most of the Doctor Who characters involved, the first time in Doctor Who history that 3D technology had been used in the recording and broadcast of a television story and the first time that the televised audience were able to affect the outcome of a Doctor Who story by telephone vote.

    In an article recapping the experiences with filming on set, Sophie Aldred recounted the rushed environment but otherwise noted that it still felt like Doctor Who; going as far as to lement that the story was not the start to a new season. (Doctor Who Yearbook 1995) However, many were not satisfied with the story, especially under the context of a celebration of 30 years of the program. Stephen J. Walker, David J. Howe and Mark Stammers gave it a 0/10 and called it “a dreadful travesty of a Doctor Who story”. (REF: The Second Doctor Handbook) Many concluded that the story was one of the many “oddities” which was not within the main “canon” of Doctor Who stories.

    In response to this, many of those involved began to attempt to justify the special. In his contemporary post mortem in Doctor Who Magazine, Nick Briggs said that in his opinion, “…this was not Doctor Who, just a charity get-together for a very good cause.” (DWM 209) Nathan-Turner, 4 years later, directly attacked those that took the stories production so personally; mocking the supposed need for him to justify the story’s validity, alongside the concept of the supposed “Doctor Who mythos.” (DWM 249)
    Publisher’s summary Edit

    The Rani traps the Doctor in Albert Square.
    Plot Edit
    Part one Edit

    The Rani has captured the First and Second Doctors as part of her plan to assemble a menagerie of all sentient life-forms from throughout space and time, hoping to use them to gain control of all individual minds in the universe. She requires only one more specimen, a human from Earth. Knowing that the Doctor will act to stop her, she creates a temporal trap to ensnare the Doctor in all his incarnations.

    While the Fourth Doctor attempts to send a warning to his previous and future incarnations, alerting them to her threat, the renegade Time Lord seizes control of the Doctor’s TARDIS, knocking it off course. The Seventh Doctor and Ace, en route to China, find themselves instead materialising in Cutty Sark Gardens in 1973. As they walk, Ace is shocked to see the Doctor turn into his sixth incarnation. He explains they must have encountered a “groove” in time. Continuing their search, Ace finds a clothing stand and is offered a discount by its owner, much to the annoyance of his wife. The Doctor is shocked to discover that they have moved to 1993.
    Dimensions in Time news clip 2013

    The Doctor and Mel meet Pauline Fowler and Kathy Beale.

    Suddenly, Ace is replaced by Mel and the Sixth Doctor becomes the Third. The Doctor explains to Mel that someone has been going through his timeline, pulling out early versions of himself and his companions. He meets two old shop owners who are selling what he sees as over-priced fruit. The Doctor learns that the year is 2013 just before he jumps in time again.

    They find themselves jumping time tracks between the years 1973, 1993 and 2013, in an area within a few miles of Albert Square in London’s East End. The Doctor is also changing back and forth between his Third, Fifth Sixth and Seventh incarnations, while Ace keeps being replaced by varied past companions. Worse, the Rani has released her menagerie — including an Aldeberian, an Argolin, a biomechanoid, a Cyberman, a Stigorax, a Mentor, an Ogron, a Sandminer robot, a Sea Devil, a Tetrap, a Time Lord, a Tractator, a Vanir and a Vervoid — to attack the Doctors and their companions. The Rani tells the Doctors that they’re all going on a journey — a very long journey!
    Part two Edit

    The Rani is confronted by the Fifth Doctor, who psychically summons the Third Doctor to take his place. Liz attempts to disarm her, but flees when the Time Lady is distracted by a young woman.

    The Third Doctor is fortuitously rescued by Bessie, being driven by Mike Yates, who shoots the Rani’s gun out of her hand and takes the Third Doctor to a helicopter, where he meets the Brigadier. After turning into the Sixth Doctor, he departs to find his companions.

    The Rani, now in her TARDIS, proclaims she only needs one more human to complete her menagerie, and sets a course for the Greenwich Meridian. Discovered by a pair of men, Romana II leaves her hiding place to find the Doctor, but is instead dragged into the Queen Vic pub.

    The Third Doctor makes it to the TARDIS with Victoria, and, emerging from the TARDIS in his seventh incarnation, sees the Rani’s TARDIS materialising and witnesses Leela escaping from it. Leela tells him about the Rani’s menagerie of clones, and he explains how the Rani is attempting to transfer a massive Time Tunnel to the Greenwich Meridian. Realising that the Rani is attempting to gain control of evolution, he asks Leela what form she was in when the Rani cloned her, and realises that, given the fact that the Rani cloned Romana, there are now two time brains in the Rani’s computer.

    The Seventh Doctor sets out to override the Rani’s computer, and harness the power of the Time Tunnel to pull in the Rani’s TARDIS instead of his own. He uses his psychic powers to join with his earlier incarnations, then uses a converter linked to the dual time brains in the Rani’s computers to propel her TARDIS into her own trap. Having freed himself, his past incarnations and all their companions, the Doctor and Ace depart.
    Cast Edit

    Seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy
    Sixth Doctor – Colin Baker
    Fifth Doctor – Peter Davison
    Fourth Doctor – Tom Baker
    Third Doctor – Jon Pertwee
    The Rani – Kate O’Mara
    Ace – Sophie Aldred
    Susan Foreman – Carole Ann Ford
    Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart – Nicholas Courtney
    Romana II – Lalla Ward
    Sarah Jane Smith – Elisabeth Sladen
    Nyssa – Sarah Sutton
    Leela – Louise Jameson
    Peri Brown – Nicola Bryant
    Melanie Bush – Bonnie Langford
    Voice of K9 – John Leeson
    K9 Operator – Matt Irvine
    Liz Shaw – Caroline John
    Mike Yates – Richard Franklin
    Victoria Waterfield – Deborah Watling
    Gita Kapoor – Shobu Kapoor
    Grant Mitchell – Ross Kemp
    Phil Mitchell – Steve McFadden
    Sharon Watts – Letitia Dean
    Frank Butcher – Mike Reid
    Pauline Fowler – Wendy Richard
    Vanir – John Frank Rosenblum
    Mandy Salter – Nicola Stapleton
    Pat Butcher – Pam St. Clement
    Kathy Beale – Gillian Taylforth
    Sanjay Kapoor – Deepak Verma
    Big Ron – Ron Tarr (scenes not shown in televised version)
    Cyrian – Sam West
    Ian Beale – Adam Woodyatt, Tim Handel
    Sea Devil – Michael Fillis
    Ogron – Derek Handley
    Tractator/Tetrap/Zog/Dragon Operator – Martin Wilkie
    Argolin – Anthony Hopkinson
    Cybermen – Tony Kirke, David Miller
    Fifi operator – Stephen Mansfield
    Kiv – Philip Newman
    Mawdryn mutant – Paul Lunn
    Mogarian – Steven Coats
    Ogron – Derek Handley
    Plasmaton – Tim Packham
    Ruffian – Alan Cave
    Sea Devil – Mike Fillis
    Time Lord – Andrew Beech
    Vanir – J.F. Rosenblum
    Vervoid – Anthony Clark
    Robot – Ilona MacDonald

    Crew Edit

    Theme Music composed by – Ron Grainer
    Theme Music arranged by – Cybertech
    Incidental Music – Keff McCulloch
    Production Manager – Gary Downie
    Assistant Floor Manager – Jenny Drewett
    Visual Effects Designer – Mike Tucker
    Video Effects – Dave Chapman
    Graphic Designer – Oliver Elmes
    Costume Designer – Ken Trew
    Make-Up Designer – Leslie Smith
    Designer – Derek Evans
    Producer – John Nathan-Turner
    Director – Stuart McDonald

    References Edit

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    Notes Edit

    Dimensions in Time featured the final non-archival BBC1 appearance of every companion and incarnation of the Doctor in its cast, except for K9, Sarah Jane Smith, the Fifth Doctor, and the Seventh Doctor. It was Tom Baker’s only onscreen performance as the Doctor since leaving the series until 2013, when he played a character assumed to be the Doctor in The Day of the Doctor.
    Since airing, various prose stories have made reference to the story or set themselves within its universe. In First Frontier, the Seventh Doctor says “I once had [a nightmare] where all my old foes chased me round a soap opera,” vaguely referencing the fan theory that the story was little more than a dream. Rescue served as a prequel, showing the Rani meeting her new companion. Storm in a Tikka is set directly after the story and links the events of the story to Search Out Space.
    Because William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton were both deceased (as was Hartnell’s Five Doctors replacement Richard Hurndall) by the time the story was produced, the idea was developed to use still images of them, already caught in the Rani’s temporal trap. Because the stills could not be made to look three-dimensional, busts of the actors’ heads were fashioned and filmed.
    For scenes set inside the Rani’s TARDIS, the Doctor’s console from the original series was set inside a TARDIS console room mock-up constructed for a recent fan convention, the original console room for the series had already been destroyed. It would later be re-created for the docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.
    Ace, Leela, Romana, Victoria, Mel, Mike and Sarah Jane are seen wearing clothes similar to (or at least suggested by) what they wore in the series; Sarah Jane, for example, is wearing her Andy Pandy overalls from her final regular serial, The Hand of Fear despite having since adopted a more mature wardrobe in K9 and Company and The Five Doctors. While Leela’s primitive garb is evocative of her typical series costume, she is without her standard boots and is instead barefoot which was previously the case only when swimming in the TARDIS swimming pool at the start of her final regular serial, The Invasion of Time. Liz and Peri are wearing clothes of a type they could have worn. Nyssa is shown wearing a regular Earth-style blouse rather than something closer to what she might have worn during her time with the Doctor.
    Lalla Ward, as Romana II, gets the honour of referencing the play on the name Doctor Who. She is also the only Doctor Who character seen on her own during the story.
    This story has the only televised meeting between the Sixth Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
    According to Louise Jameson, Sylvester McCoy arrived slightly late and slightly hung over for location filming, having had “a bit of a first night” the previous evening. During his absence, the other actors playing the Doctors reassigned several lines of “techno-speak” to him, saying “Sylvester can do this bit”. (DCOM: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
    This story has been somewhat dismissed by both EastEnders and Doctor Who fans alike, as the continuity problems posed for both franchises are quite notable. For EastEnders fans, one of the bigger issues is that Pauline Fowler is depicted as being alive in 2013, when EastEnders continuity has her dead in 2006. For Doctor Who fans, EastEnders is firmly shown to be a television programme in Army of Ghosts, and implied to be so in The Impossible Planet and Night Terrors, making it difficult to explain Albert Square’s existence as a “real” place in Dimensions.
    This story was broadcast as a segment of the Children In Need charity telethon, with part one being introduced by Noel Edmonds and Jon Pertwee (in character as the Doctor), and part two being broadcast as part of Edmond’s House Party programme.
    The story raised money for Children in Need, principally because viewers were encouraged to call in on a pay telephone line to vote for one of two EastEnders characters to help the Doctor. In the competition, between Big Ron and Mandy Salter, Mandy won with 53% of the vote.

    Deleted scenes Edit

    There were multiple deleted scenes:

    The Daleks were to have been featured (the segment was shot), but due to disputes with Terry Nation’s estate, they were removed. (DWM 324)
    Several longer versions of the ending were filmed. One features the Doctor asking Ace where she would like to go now. She states “…when you set the TARDIS to go to the Great Wall of China we end up Albert Square.” “Well, in that case,” The Doctor states, “Let’s head for Albert Square.
    The scene with Big Ron was recorded, but never used, as Mandy won the phone vote.

  39. Keith Conlon says:

    Why can’t the Flash(DC Comics) have a bit of Doctor Who understanding of Time.
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    Time travel was, as the name suggested, the process of travelling through time, in any direction. In the 26th century individuals who time travelled were sometimes known as persons of meta-temporal displacement. (PROSE: The Mary-Sue Extrusion) The Eleventh Doctor compared time travel to “a tear in the fabric of reality.” (TV: The Name of the Doctor)
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    Methods Edit
    Technological or biotechnological methods Edit
    By space-time vessel Edit

    The Time Lords were able to achieve time travel after Omega converted a star into a black hole. (TV: The Three Doctors) They used the Eye of Harmony thereafter. (TV: The Deadly Assassin, Doctor Who, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS) By his ninth and tenth incarnations, he also used the Cardiff rift to “soak up” its radiation for his TARDIS to use. (TV: Boom Town)

    The Third Zone scientists Kartz and Reimer built a primitive time machine modelled on Time Lord technology. It almost worked, but ultimately only made one successful trip before it was destroyed. (TV: The Two Doctors)

    On Earth, the first pioneer in the field was Orson Pink in the early 22nd century, whose first trip accidentally brought him to the end of the universe. (TV: Listen) Hila Tacorien, great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of a couple from the 20th century, was a human pioneer explorer of time, who accidentally got lost in a pocket dimension. (TV: Hide)

    Magnus Greel used an experimental time cabinet based on 51st century human technology. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)

    The Imperial Daleks under Davros, who already had limited time travel technology, expected to obtain equivalent time travel to the Time Lords by stealing the Hand of Omega and replicating their process on Skaro’s sun. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)

    Osmic projection was a means of time travel used by the Sontarans. The Third Doctor referred to it as rather limited in its temporal range when used by the Sontaran scout. (TV: The Time Warrior)

    Time Scoop technology enabled the user to transport other people and objects remotely. Without any ally on the other end, it could leave the user stranded in another time period with no way to return. (TV: Carnival of Monsters)

    Time corridor technology was used by the Daleks, (TV: The Evil of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, Victory of the Daleks) Osirans, (TV: Pyramids of Mars) the Borad (TV: Timelash) and the Ra’ra’vis. (COMIC: Time Fraud)

    A kind of time viewer, called a quantum imager, enabled one to observe and (to a limited degree) communicate with people in the past. (PROSE: The Least Important Man)

    Pushing energy into a warp drive could create a time window. (TV: The Girl in the Fireplace)

    A warp drive accident fractured one individual, Scaroth, into “fragments” scattered through various eras of time and linked by telepathy. (TV: City of Death) Another warp drive accident had the effect of propelling the vehicle in question roughly sixty-five million years back in time. (TV: Earthshock)

    A rift manipulator could be used in conjunction with the temporal rift itself. (TV: Captain Jack Harkness, End of Days)

    A vortex manipulator was a crude time travel device. It could miss by hundreds of years and broke down easily. It was referred to by the Tenth Doctor as more of a “space hopper” compared to the TARDIS. One was later used by River Song and the Eleventh Doctor after the TARDIS exploded in June 2010. (TV: Utopia/The Sound of Drums, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang)

    Emergency temporal shift was a form of time travel used by the Cult of Skaro to escape being sucked into the Void, and was later used by Dalek Caan to escape from 1930s New York City. (TV: Doomsday, Evolution of the Daleks)
    Mirrors Edit

    Time travel by use of mirrors was based on the principle that mirrors reflect light and time travel is moving faster than light. If static electricity was passed through the mirrors, more than images could be reflected and whole objects could be sent back in time. As well, certain trace elements in the machine, like taranium, were also needed. (PROSE: The Wheel of Ice)

    Edward Waterfield and Theodore Maxtible attracted the attention of the Daleks while experimenting with static electricity and mirrors. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)

    The mysterious Gateway situated in the void between N-Space and E-Space provided access to different times and realities, sometimes through mirrors. (TV: Warriors’ Gate)

    General Mariah Learman and Professor Osric succeeded briefly in making a functioning time machine with over 100 clocks and 1000 mirrors in her prime ministerial house. The act of measuring time changed time and therefore time could be manipulated. The mirrors were coated in orthopositronium, a material where the positron and the electron orbited each other in the same direction. It briefly worked when the Daleks’ ship ran aground in the Time Vortex and they homed in on it and made it work. It needed chronons to work, which were sourced when the Eighth Doctor’s companion, Charley, held the master clock. It took her and Viola Learman to Shakespeare’s time. This ceased to function when Charley entered the Doctor’s TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)

    A time machine was created by UNIT with the help of Rose Tyler and the dying TARDIS to send Donna Noble back from a universe the time beetle created. (TV: Turn Left)

    The Arkive tried to create a mirror-based time machine, but didn’t have the necessary parts or skills to make it (PROSE: The Wheel of Ice)
    By psychic power or other natural ability Edit

    The Eight Legs could teleport as easily through time as through space. K’anpo Rimpoche, a highly advanced Time Lord with great mental discipline, could do the same. (TV: Planet of the Spiders)

    The enigmatic Bilis Manger could also also teleport at will through both time and space. This ability was only seen in the vicinity of the Cardiff Rift however. (TV: Captain Jack Harkness, End of Days)

    Transcendental beings [who?] had free movement through space and time. [source needed]Fenric could transport other living beings via time storms. The people displaced by the time storm often believed they had caused the time storm themselves. (TV: Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, The Curse of Fenric)

    The Fairies could travel through time and space naturally. (TV: Small Worlds)

    The Weeping Angels had the ability to send others back in time with a touch. (TV: Blink)

    The Trickster, prior to manifesting as a corporeal being, could traverse time and space with ease, though not at any given moment. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?, The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith)

    The Androzani trees travelled through the Time Vortex by using Madge Arwell as a host. (TV: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)
    By space-time anomaly Edit

    The Tharils “rode the time winds”. (TV: Warriors’ Gate) A warp ellipse could possibly make time travel possible. (TV: Mawdryn Undead)

    Travel via time rift was possible. The Weevils arrived on Earth via this method, (TV: Everything Changes) as did a human aeroplane, the Sky Gypsy. (TV: Out of Time) During rare “negative spikes”, the Rift also occasionally abducted random people in time and space from Earth, and disastrously attempted to correct itself. (TV: Adrift)

    Sarah Jane Smith acquired a Time Converter which allowed her to open and close time fissures, but these usually only linked two particular places in time. (TV: The Temptation of Sarah Jane Smith)

    Both the Great Intelligence and Clara Oswald time travelled by entering the Doctor’s time stream from his tomb, both becoming splintered in time. Clara was retrieved by the Eleventh Doctor, while Madame Vastra presumed the Intelligence to have been killed. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)

    The Tenth Doctor, in order to defeat some surviving Cybermen from the Battle of Canary Wharf created a space-time portal to the Jurassic era by linking the Cybermen’s teleportation equipment to the TARDIS and then setting the portal to open at the last place in time the TARDIS departed from. This linked the two eras together and allowed a Tyranosaurus Rex to partially emerge in the present and destroy two Cybermen. The Doctor closed the portal when he pulled the main power cable and told Martha Jones that creating one was simple and was something he played with a lot while in school. (PROSE: Made of Steel)
    Blending in Edit

    The First Doctor normally hid his clothing with a large cloak, while he and his companions pilfered appropriate garmets. (TV: The Aztecs, etc.) However, from at least his third incarnation onwards, he forwent wearing the correct clothing himself. The Eleventh Doctor claimed to be a “temporal chameleon” able to blend into any point of time despite what he wears; companion Rory Williams was annoyed that he and Amy would have to wear togas for visiting Athens when the Doctor didn’t. (COMIC: The Chains of Olympus)
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    You may wish to consult Time (disambiguation) for other, similarly-named pages.

    Time was a fundamental physical quality, measuring the duration of events and the intervals between them. It could be seen as part of the fundamental structure of the universe, a dimension in which events happened in sequence. Space-time vessels, such as TARDISes, could travel along this dimension in the same way that ordinary space vessels could travel along the other dimensions.

    Having passed through the Time Vortex so often, the Doctor, and those who travelled with him, developed a “special relationship” with time, making them more sensitive to its nuances. (TV: City of Death)
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    Structure of time Edit

    When Clara Oswald asked what time was made of, the Eleventh Doctor assured her that it wasn’t of strawberries. (TV: The Rings of Akhaten)

    Instead, at a lower level, time was quantized, like a force, which the Master (in the guise of “Professor Thascalos”) described as made up of particles known as chronons. (TV: The Time Monster) Chronons, like other particles, could be detected and interacted with. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

    While the Weeping Angels were able to feed on the potential energy gained by displacing people into the past (TV: Blink), even they could not feed on raw time energy. Such energy, leaking out of cracks in the structure of the universe, absorbed an army of Angels at the crash of the Byzantium, completely removing them from history. (TV: Flesh and Stone) The Doctor suspected that the CyberKing walking over Victorian London and the Daleks invading Earth in Amy Pond’s era had been similarly erased, (TV: Flesh and Stone) and later saw Rory Williams absorbed by time energy. (TV: Cold Blood) Artron energy was also in some way connected with time, in a manner that was possibly too complicated for Time Lords to fully explain to humans. (TV: Four to Doomsday, The Deadly Assassin, Dalek, etc.)

    The structure of time had to be balanced or ordered in some way, a purpose of the Web of Time. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen) Additionally, time had a holistic structure like a balloon. If a mishap in time travel punched a hole in that structure, the universe could die in a matter of centuries. (TV: The Two Doctors)
    Time travel Edit

    New connections between different points in space-time could be created: for instance by time windows created by warp drives (TV: The Girl in the Fireplace); time storms created by Fenric (TV: Dragonfire, Silver Nemesis, The Curse of Fenric); or the cracks in the skin of the universe, which suddenly appeared at various times and places in the universe after a temporal explosion. (TV: Flesh and Stone, The Vampires of Venice)

    Furthermore, travel from any point to another was possible by passing through the Time Vortex, by using a vehicle such as a TARDIS or Dalek time machine (TV: The Chase, etc.) or a device such as a vortex manipulator (TV: Utopia, The Sound of Drums, TV: Everything Changes, etc.), by creating a wormhole such as a time corridor (TV: The Evil of the Daleks, etc.), or even through direct psychic teleportation. (TV: Planet of the Spiders)

    Other races eventually learned to travel through time. These included the Daleks (TV: The Chase) and humans. (TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs) In the 51st century, humans established the Time Agency. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang, The Empty Child)

    The Time Lords, however, tried to keep strict controls on “unauthorised” use of time travel by other species. (TV: The Time Warrior, The Two Doctors)
    Changing history Edit

    The Tenth Doctor laboured in an effort to explain to humans how time was misunderstood and never strictly linear, that it was made up of “wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.” (TV: Blink) Another time, he tried making it easier for his companion, Martha Jones, to understand by referencing Back to the Future to explain the mechanics of the “infinite temporal flux”; if the Carrionites succeeded in freeing the rest of their kind and taking over Earth, Martha would vanish as the future she came from would no longer exist. (TV: The Shakespeare Code)

    Travelling into the past allowed changing the future. As the Eleventh Doctor put it, “Time can shift. Time can change. Time can be rewritten.” (TV: Flesh and Stone)

    However, erasing events from history did not always automatically change the future. Time travellers were able to remember the “original” timeline (TV: Flesh and Stone), unless the erasure directly affected their life (TV: Cold Blood), in which case they had to make an extraordinary effort to do so. Blocking chronons (e.g., with a TARDIS or a special-built device) could prevent objects from vanishing even though they no longer had a past. (GAME: City of the Daleks) In a similar way, a paradox machine could be built (e.g., from a cannibalised TARDIS) to allow time paradoxes to persist without effect. (TV: The Sound of Drums, Last of the Time Lords)

    In a universe with time travel and a malleable space-time, there would be no fundamental stable meta-structure to history. However, the Time Lords imposed one, which they called the Web of Time, which connected the fragmentary nodes of history into a single whole. (AUDIO: Neverland) This Web required maintenance, as when the Sixth Doctor explained that the destruction of Earth in 1985 would disrupt the Web. (TV: Attack of the Cybermen)

    Even in the post-Gallifrey universe, some events were fixed points which must happen. One example was the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius at Pompeii. (AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan, TV: The Fires of Pompeii) Changing fixed point events required highly advanced technology, and doing so could cause major damage to the continuum. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

    Other moments were in flux, allowing minor changes to history. Some events even allowed dramatic changes in history, especially after the demise of the Time Lords in the Last Great Time War. (TV: The Unquiet Dead) An example of this occurred in 2020, when a drilling operation in Cwmtaff altered the future of the Earth by bringing humanity into contact with the Silurians, which could have led to either a peaceful relationship or a devastating war. The Eleventh Doctor described these events as opportunities. (TV: Cold Blood)
    Parallel universes and alternate timelines Edit

    At historical choice points, the timeline naturally diverged, creating two parallel universes. (TV: Inferno, etc.) These parallel universes could be reached through the Time Vortex before the Last Great Time War, but in the post-Gallifrey universe this became much more difficult, and dangerous to the structure of space-time. (TV: Rise of the Cybermen, Doomsday)

    Changing history by time travel, in a way inconsistent with the meta-structure of space-time, would create an alternate timeline, which had a similar effect. Historically, the Time Lords would alter history to prevent these alterations from having ever happened, negating the alternate timeline in all but the memories of time travellers who participated in them. (TV: Day of the Daleks, PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus, TV: The Big Bang, HOMEVID: Good Night) However, some time travellers were left confused as to how they could accept multiple different realities in their heads. Even Time Lords such as the Doctor didn’t know how to explain this properly. (TV: Space, HOMEVID: Bad Night/Good Night) In the post-Gallifrey universe, the Doctor and others often acted on their own to do the same. (TV: Turn Left, Last of the Time Lords, The Mad Woman in the Attic, etc.)
    Personification Edit

    Like other cosmic principles, time was embodied by an Eternal, named Time, who chose the Seventh Doctor as her champion. (PROSE: Happy Endings)
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    The Laws of Time regulated Time Lords’ use of their power to travel in time. Beyond the First Law, however, the exact details of these laws were not well understood, nor were the punishments for breaking the laws particularly clear.
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    Specific laws of time Edit
    First Law(s) of Time Edit
    Meeting out of order Edit

    Rassilon’s First Law of Time stated it was forbidden, and thus generally impossible, for Time Lords to meet each other out of temporal sequence, (PROSE: Goth Opera) and specifically prohibited a Time Lord from meeting their former selves. (TV: The Three Doctors) Despite this, the Doctor on numerous occasions did just that — either accidentally (TV: Time Crash) or through Time Lord sanction. (TV: The Three Doctors, The Five Doctors) Upon meeting the non-Time Lord Sebastian Grayle for the first time, and being told they’d meet in his future, the Eighth Doctor informed him he’d broken the First Law of Time, which Grayle denied because he was immortal. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)

    Charlotte Pollard broke the First Law of Time by travelling with the Doctor’s sixth incarnation after having been the companion of his eighth self, thus exposing the Doctor to his own future. (AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks) The law had a moral basis as well as a legal one. (PROSE: Love and War)
    Influencing history Edit

    The Seventh Doctor stated that interfering in Gallifrey’s past time travel experiments was against the First Law, (PROSE: Cat’s Cradle: Time’s Crucible) though whether or not it was first, there was a Law traditionally preventing Gallifrey’s ‘present’ from interacting with its own subjective past or future. (PROSE: Lungbarrow)

    Although he could return her to Kastria in the present, the Fourth Doctor refused to bring back Eldrad (regenerated after a gap of about 150 million years) to her native time because that would have “contravened the First Law of Time”, a “distortion of history”. (TV: The Hand of Fear)

    The Ninth Doctor once told Rose Tyler that “there used to be laws preventing this sort of thing” in reference to her interference with her own past. However, he failed to enumerate them. (TV: Father’s Day) Likewise, the Brigadier’s encounter with his past self was described by the Doctor’s fifth self as being bad, but not as a specific violation of the First Law. (TV: Mawdryn Undead)

    It was therefore possible that other laws of time were concerned with the Blinovitch Limitation Effect, the more generalised problem of any being meeting a past version of themselves.

    During his ninth and tenth incarnations, the Doctor willingly caused tiny loops in the timeline of those specific incarnations, without citing a violation of the First Law. Indeed, the Doctor once told Martha Jones that “crossing into established events is strictly forbidden, except for cheap tricks”. (TV: Father’s Day, Smith and Jones)

    The Eleventh Doctor, while unwilling to cross his own timeline, was more lenient with the laws as shown when he brought a young Kazran Sardick forward in time to meet his future self just to try to change the man’s entire past by showing him what his future was like. (TV A Christmas Carol) However, he later refused to cross his own timeline just to deliver a message to his past self and his companions, getting the Teselecta to do it instead. When asked by Captain Carter if he couldn’t deliver them himself, he told the man that it would involve crossing his own timestream and that he “best not.” (TV: The Wedding of River Song) However, due to the actions of the Moment, the Doctor crossed his own timestream in a big way when he met the War Doctor and the Tenth Doctor and they shared an adventure together. They later broke the law in an even bigger way by calling forth every incarnation of themselves to help with their plan. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) When going to Trenzalore for the first time, the Eleventh Doctor stated that it was the one place he must never go as it was where his grave was and a time traveller’s grave was the one place in time and space they must never visit. He specifically said that he was about to cross his own timeline in “a big way,” something the TARDIS didn’t like and tried to prevent. The result of this crossing of his own timeline was that he believed his future was assured and unchangeable when he finally went to the version of Trenzalore where he would die as he’d seen the future version with his own grave. Whether this belief stemmed from the fact that he’d seen his own future or the hopelessness of his situation was unrevealed, but it was possible for him to change his own future with help from the Time Lords despite having seen it for himself. (TV: The Name of the Doctor, The Time of the Doctor)

    The Twelfth Doctor refused to help Clara Oswald save Danny Pink as it meant crossing her own timeline which was a bad idea. Instead, he helped her find Danny by using the TARDIS to track the moment when the two would meet again. (TV: Dark Water) Unknown to the Doctor, he had earlier accidentally crossed his own timeline when Clara piloted the TARDIS from the end of the universe and they landed in a barn where the young First Doctor was crying. However, Clara kept the Doctor from knowing the truth and convinced him never to return to find out when and where they had travelled to. (TV: Listen)
    Avoiding voids Edit

    Upon entering a slow time conversion unit, the Seventh Doctor stated that the first law of space-time travel was “avoid voids” (PROSE: The Highest Science) referring to the White and Black Voids outside of time and space, (TV: The Mind Robber, Logopolis) the Gateway between N-Space and E-Space, (TV: Warrior’s Gate) and the Void between all universes. (TV: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)
    Other laws of time Edit

    Another of the Laws of Time stated that an object from a non-existent timeline cannot be present in the current timeline. Cousin Justine of the Faction Paradox, a time-aware faction opposed to the Time Lords, which, as their name indicated cultivated and revelled in time paradoxes, had a mask from another timeline. (PROSE: Alien Bodies)

    In his eighth incarnation, the Doctor said that learning “anything about future Gallifreyan history” would seriously unbalance the concept of causality. When he proceeded to nevertheless break this law, he claimed, “I’m breaking one of the major Laws of Time…It could be the third.” (PROSE: Alien Bodies)
    Other information Edit

    Before the Laws were actually enforced, a Time Lord librarian visited the histories of planets. (PROSE: Love and War)

    The Fifth Doctor stated that Time Lords served Time, rather than the other way around. (AUDIO: The Axis of Insanity) They were pledged to uphold the Laws of Time and to prevent alien aggression, as the Fourth Doctor specified: “only when such aggression is deemed to threaten the indigenous population. I think that’s how it goes.” (TV: The Hand of Fear) Although criticised for interfering in history so often, the Doctor defended himself by stating he could only prevent “outside interference.” (COMIC: Dead Man’s Hand)

    The Sixth Doctor told the Sontarans that allowing them time travel to correct past defeats would be against the Laws. (AUDIO: The First Sontarans)

    The Doctor stated that he was “…Defender of the Laws of Time” in his seventh and eighth incarnations. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: Vampire Science)

    The Laws of Time became weakened during the Second War in Heaven so that future events filtered back to interact with events prior to the war’s outbreak. (PROSE: Alien Bodies, The Taking of Planet 5)

    The Tenth Doctor said he was in control of the Laws of Time after the destruction of the Time Lords in the Last Great Time War, claiming they were his and would obey him. However, he was in a highly irrational state at the time and regretted the interference with established history when he deliberately altered it. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

    The Eleventh Doctor said that the Laws of Time were too powerful for anyone to totally control, and that repeatedly acting in disregard of them would make time “fold in on itself”, threatening to destroy all of existence. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

    After the destruction of time, caused by the TARDIS exploding, it was implied by the Eleventh Doctor that the laws of time no longer applied and therefore used the situation to meet himself and buy more time. (TV: The Big Bang)

    By using an extraction chamber, the Twelfth Doctor was able to remove Clara Oswald from the moment before a Quantum Shade slew her (TV: Face the Raven), but in doing so, the Laws of Time were bent to keep her in a time loop that would allow her to continue experiencing life. However, this meant her existence was now contained to a small window of time between her penultimate and final heartbeats before being slain, while the Time Lords’ technology allowed them to manipulate other elements of time so she would still be able to remain fully conscious and interact with others. This effectively placed her on borrowed time. She now existed as an anomaly who was still able to move around, but because her physical state itself was caught in a loop, things she needed to do while under normal effects of time or would experience under the normal effects of time were no longer in effect, such as breathing, heartbeat and ageing. In the case of breathing, it was reduced to a peripheral habit- Clara didn’t need to draw breath anymore because she was perpetually stuck on one breath. (TV: Hell Bent)
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    Close Encounter With a Dalek – Doctor Who – The Waters of Mars – BBC04:21

    The Tenth Doctor consoles Adelaide Brooke, telling her about her role in human history; even the Daleks didn’t dare tamper with fixed points. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

    Fixed points in time were moments in the space-time continuum at which events were set in stone and could never, ever be changed, no matter what, with dire consequences if such a thing happened. The Time Lords knew which points in time were “fixed”, which the Ninth Doctor said was a maddening experience to have to go through. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) This was called “the burden of the Time Lords” by the Tenth Doctor, who was trying to explain to Donna why he couldn’t prevent Mount Vesuvius from erupting or save the people of Pompeii. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii) If one learned about their future beforehand (such as death), that would become a fixed point. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan) Not even the Daleks, a race which slaughtered and conquered and changed bits of history with impunity, dared to tamper with fixed points, showing the danger of doing so. (TV: The Waters of Mars) When River Song interfered with a fixed point it caused time and space to collapse. (TV: The Wedding of River Song, COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse)
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    Definition Edit

    Fixed points were events and/or individuals who had such long-standing impacts on the timeline that no one, not even Time Lords, dared interfere with their natural progression. The Doctor, free to interfere in alien invasions and save planets in most cases, could neither interfere nor interact with these fixed points, out of fear of damaging reality. Fixed points could be flexible and did not have to happen exactly the way they had in the original timeline but meddling with one could potentially result in reality falling apart. Were a fixed point to be interfered with, time would often find a way to make the timeline continue with minimal changes.

    For example when the Tenth Doctor saved Adelaide Brooke and two of her crew, Brooke (to whom the Doctor had confided the nature of fixed points, and more specifically, why her death was one) committed suicide to preserve the timeline with minimal changes. Because of the survival of the other two crew members, the events that occurred on Bowie Base One were revealed to the public. Adelaide was hailed as a hero for stopping the viral menace, which did not happen in the original timeline, but this and her death ensured that she would be an inspiration to her descendants. On this occasion the Doctor had been able to bend a fixed point. However, he risked the safety of the whole of reality in the process even though he had not truly broken it because of Adelaide’s sacrifice. Adelaide was confronted by a Dalek as a child, but it recognised her as a fixed point in time and left instead of killing her, inspiring her to pursue it into space and become that fixed point. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

    The Eleventh Doctor was fated to die at Lake Silencio, meaning he had to die there, or more precisely, that the universe needed to believe that he had died there. That didn’t stop others from attempting to kill him, however, as when Gantok prepared to kill him in revenge for being beaten at live chess, the Doctor was saved from being shot by his non-destined killer by a trap hole that fed Gantok to the ravenous skulls of the Headless Monks.

    However if one actually broke a fixed point in time, as when River Song refused to kill the Doctor, time would freeze and collapse; reality would “die”. If this happened whomever had broken the fixed point had to make physical contact with the person who was also a main part of it. In other words, when River shot the Doctor at Lake Silencio, the fixed point in time was focused entirely on just the two of them and time was still in flux all around them, explaining why the Doctor couldn’t get time started again by touching either Amy Pond or Rory Williams, who had also been at Lake Silencio. If the Doctor and River touched each other – or kissed as they did at their wedding – time would start moving again. River is the only known person to change a fixed point to such a degree that the whole of reality was put in danger.

    With a “still point in time” such as Lake Silencio, it was easier to create a fixed point in time. The only known way to actually create a fixed point in time was by writing events down after they had occurred. If someone read about events that were going to happen to them in the future then the events had to happen the way they had been written (or at least happen in a manner that would eventually lead to someone writing about them as they had been read) because a fixed point would be created. Time was still in flux as long as the reader had not read about his or her own future.

    Although such events had to play out as they were read, the original author’s interpretations of such events were not always true. The Doctor had seen records of his “death” at Lake Silencio, but as it turned out, the Silence simply assumed that the fixed point at Lake Silencio meant that the Doctor would die, never realising that he could actually fake his death instead. The Doctor did turn up for his “death”, just as he was destined to do, but he had “dressed for the occasion” and was safely inside the Teselecta at the time. This allowed him to survive his encounter with River at Lake Silencio, thus outwitting the Silence, and fooling almost the whole universe into thinking he was dead. (TV: The Wedding of River Song, The Angels Take Manhattan)

    Jack Harkness was a unique fixed point in time and space who was made immortal by the Bad Wolf. The Ninth Doctor sensed that Jack was a fixed point immediately after his first resurrection and fled before Jack could catch up to them. The Tenth Doctor described Jack as “wrong” and, as such, even the TARDIS reacted to his presence; when Jack clung onto the outside of it, it tried to shake him off by travelling to the end of the universe. (TV: The Parting of the Ways, Utopia)

    It should be noted that the Doctor, during his first incarnation, held to a much stricter definition of fixed points, once telling his companion Barbara Wright that “not one line” of history could ever be tampered with (TV: The Aztecs), although he was being hypocritical as he had recently had extensive interaction with historical figures such as Marco Polo. (TV: Marco Polo) When he was later given a chance to alter a timeline where human society was virtually falling apart in 2006 due to the actions of the Machine in 1966, the Doctor admitted to Barbara that they actually changed history every time they left the TARDIS, helping Barbara understand that he preferred to avoid bigger changes to history due to the risk of making things too complicated and inspiring the Doctor to change key events now and defeat the Machine later in his own lifetime (TV: The War Machines, PROSE: The Time Travellers).
    Notable fixed points Edit

    For reasons unknown to Time Lords, a mammoth that fell on and killed a Cro-Magnon became a fixed point. Videos of the event were played for young Time Lords “as a sort of learning experience.” (PROSE: Keeping up with the Joneses)
    The First Doctor was partially responsible for causing the Great Fire of Rome. (TV: The Romans) Later, when the Eleventh Doctor was in the Matrix and his past selves appeared to him, the Second Doctor claimed this was a fixed point.[source needed]
    Vesuvius Erupts

    Vesuvius erupts. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii)

    The destruction of Pompeii by the Vesuvius volcano was a fixed point in time. Initially the Tenth Doctor refused to interfere because Pompeii’s destruction was fixed in time, explaining to Donna Noble that fixed points must always happen and can’t be changed even if they are caused by aliens such as the Pyroviles as the two had believed. To his horror, the Doctor eventually realised that he created the fixed point by causing Vesuvius to erupt to destroy the Pyroviles. With a terrible choice before him, Pompeii or the world, the Doctor hesitated despite knowing it was fixed as he’d kill 20,000 people, but Donna took part of the burden upon herself by helping him push the lever that created the event. The Doctor refused to interfere further, believing that with history back on track they had done “enough”. However, Donna convinced him to save “someone” and he saved the family that had aided them in discovering the alien plot. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii) This would later inspire the Twelfth Doctor to always look for a way to bypass time. (TV: The Girl Who Died)

    In Nicaea in 325, the Fifth Doctor alluded to a fixed point when he warned Erimem against interfering in Arius’ clash with the Council of Nicaea which would decide the future of the Catholic Church, stating:

    History is tough and most changes we can make are swallowed up in the vastness of the whole but there are certain moments, certain events that shape history to such an extent that if they’re changed everything that follows must change. This is one of those moments.The Fifth Doctor [src]

    The works of Michelangelo, Raphael and Carvaggio were fixed points. (AUDIO: Fallen Angels)

    The Sixth Doctor later claimed the Mary Celeste was a fixed point. (AUDIO: The First Sontarans)

    The Fifth Doctor was unable to stop the Peterloo Massacre on 16 August 1819 because it was a fixed point in time. (AUDIO: The Peterloo Massacre)

    The Tenth Doctor also interfered with a fixed point in time shortly before or after the previous event, by saving the life of Emily Winter, a film actress in 1920s-era Hollywood. He was put on trial by the Shadow Proclamation for this. (COMIC: Fugitive)

    While the Doctor was not against assisting friendly forces in a limited capacity, or dealing with isolated incidents, (TV: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, et al) the overall events of the Second World War were considered fixed points to the extent that the Doctor could not support Winston Churchill’s use of Daleks to accelerate Allied victory (TV: Victory of the Daleks) or Mels’ attempt to go back to a point prior to the war and kill Adolf Hitler (although a brief encounter with the dictator was unavoidable). (TV: Let’s Kill Hitler) When Ace attempted to kill Hitler during an encounter in 1923, the Seventh Doctor interrupted her efforts, explaining that Hitler’s removal could create a power vacuum where a more competent commander took control of the Nazis, preferring the known element of Hitler to the risk that some more dangerous leader could take over in his absence (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus).

    While fixed points could not be altered, some details could be ‘tweaked’ if handled carefully. An example of this was Doctor Iain Calvin, who was destined to be discredited and essentially exiled for his failed plan to create an army of androids and a mind-control system to take over his home colony. Even after the Seventh Doctor convinced Calvin not to go through with the plan to take over the world, Calvin was eventually forced to use his equipment to save his planet from an alien invasion, resulting in a journalist learning about his original scheme and forcing Calvin to go into unofficial exile. However, the Doctor mused that his real goal was to ensure that Calvin’s daughter, Odessa, was left with a positive example to follow, the Doctor departing with faith that Calvin’s final words to his daughter would help her strive to be better and inspire others to do the same, her father’s example helping her to recognize that people could not be defined by their mistakes no matter how great those mistakes were (AUDIO: Forever Fallen).

    Implied by the Ninth Doctor to be a fixed point was the death of Pete Tyler on 7 November 1987. Rose Tyler saved his life and the paradox allowed the invasion of Reapers. The timeline returned to normal with the Reapers gone, when Pete realised what had happened and ran out in front of the car that should have killed him. The only thing changed in the new timeline was where he died, that the driver of the car which struck him stopped and someone (Rose) was with him when he died. (TV: Father’s Day)

    When Mark Whitaker was manipulated by the Weeping Angels into attempting to save his wife, Rebecca Whitaker, from the accident that killed her, the Doctor stated that her death had to remain, although he referred to it as a complex event in time and space rather than a fixed one. This was because Mark and Rebecca’s relationship had been facilitated by Mark going back in time in the first place: teenage Mark wouldn’t have even met Rebecca had he not [literally] bumped into the Doctor, who was taking an older Mark back to his true time, for example. By preventing Rebecca’s death, Mark would risk erasing their whole relationship, as erasing her death would eliminate his need to go back in time and thus create a complex tangle of space-time. (PROSE: Touched by an Angel)
    Death of the Doctor

    The Eleventh Doctor appearing to die at Lake Silencio, on 22 April 2011, was a notable fixed point in time. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

    The Doctor’s apparent death in his eleventh incarnation, was a fixed point in time arranged by the Silence. The Doctor was seemingly killed in Utah, at Lake Silencio, on 22 April 2011 at 5:02 pm. When River Song tried to prevent this, an alternate timeline was created where all of time occurred at the same time and it was always 22 April 2011, at 5:02 pm. The Doctor set things right by kissing River, shorting out the time differential between them and making events revert to the moment when she was supposed to kill him. It was later shown that the fixed point was actually not his death, and the Doctor who had “died” was actually the Teselecta – with the Doctor himself safely inside. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song)

    The Doctor warned Amy Pond about creating fixed time by reading a book which chronicled their adventures; they attempted to get around this by using the chapter titles when needing to use the book to obtain Rory Williams’ whereabouts, only for the Doctor to read the last chapter title, “Amelia’s Last Farewell”, resulting in Amy’s departure becoming a fixed point. The Doctor immediately became fixated in changing history to prevent this from happening, such as demanding that River Song get her hand free from a Weeping Angel’s grip without breaking her wrist, but was ultimately unsuccessful. As Amy prepared to allow a Weeping Angel to send her back in time to be with her husband, he warned her that in doing so she’d be creating a fixed point in time and he could never see her again. Wanting to be with Rory more than the Doctor, Amy didn’t listen and let the Angel send her back. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)

    Amy once encountered an agent of the Sentinels of History who caused the London Beer Flood, since it was part of destiny and a fixed point that was meant to happen. When Amy saved a woman who had originally drowned in the flood, she realised that the flood itself was fixed, but not the resulting deaths, since time and space did not begin collapsing. (COMIC: The Doctor and the Nurse)

    According to the General, the death of Clara Oswald was part of established history and could not be altered. Due to this, despite being extracted from her time stream the moment before her death, Clara had to eventually return to Gallifrey and die. (TV: Hell Bent)

    The death of explorer Adelaide Brooke was one of the few times the Doctor, then in his tenth incarnation, intentionally interfered with a fixed point. His rationale was that, as the last surviving Time Lord, the Laws of Time were his to command. In the end, Brooke committed suicide, allowing the timeline to unfold with only minor changes. (TV: The Waters of Mars)

    The destruction of Ockora in 2204 by use of the G-bomb was a fixed point. When the Second Doctor became involved in these events, he delayed the destruction of Ockara by several hours to try and rescue his companion Zoe Heriot from a Selachian prison and convince Commander Wayne Redfearn of the Triumph to negotiate for peace, hoping that convincing the Selachian Supreme Leader to withdraw in the hope that the Selachians choosing to remain isolated from the rest of the universe after 2204 would result in the same consequences for the rest of the universe as would have unfolded if Ockora had been destroyed. However, after the Selachians learned of the G-bomb, it was launched when the Supreme Leader and forty Selachian soldiers tried to take the ship. This platoon escaped the planet’s destruction and boarded the Triumph, killing everyone on the ship with the goal of taking it back to Earth, before the other G-bomb was set off by the sacrifice of Professor Laura Mulholland, leading to the formation of another black hole. The Doctor considered the formation of another black hole an acceptably small change. (PROSE: The Final Sanction)

    In a parallel universe, the Eleventh Doctor claimed that the Battle of Wolf 359 was a fixed point in time. (COMIC: Assimilation²)

    Jack Harkness became a fixed point in time after his resurrection by Rose Tyler, which caused him to become immortal. (TV: The Parting of the Ways, Utopia) Jack temporarily lost his immortality due to Miracle Day, but regained it alongside Rex Matheson when mortality was restored to the rest of the world. (TV: The New World, The Blood Line)

    The death of Danny Pink by being hit by a car became a fixed point in time. His girlfriend Clara Oswald tried to blackmail the Twelfth Doctor into going back and saving Danny, but the Doctor warned that doing so would create a paradox. (TV: Dark Water)

    When the Tenth Doctor first met River Song, in order to save everyone in the Library the Tenth Doctor was initially going to sacrifice himself, only for River to knock him out and restrain him so she could sacrifice herself in his place, telling him that if he died there all of their other meetings would never have happened. When he claimed time can be rewritten, she told him that that couldn’t be; though no mention of fixed points is made, it’s implied that because of River’s interaction with his future selves that his survival during this encounter was a fixed point. (TV: Forest of the Dead)
    Time in flux Edit

    The opposite of fixed points was time in flux. At these points time could change completely.

    Flux points were relatively insignificant (on a universal scale) events that could be altered with relatively little to no consequence. The Doctor often meddled at these moments. (TV: The Christmas Invasion, PROSE: I am a Dalek) When the Tenth Doctor first met Martha Jones, he told her that “Crossing into established events is strictly forbidden … except for cheap tricks.” (TV: Smith and Jones)

    After seeing the end of humanity on Ember, Vislor Turlough asked the Fifth Doctor why he bothered to “stop and get involved” if fate was cast in stone, the Doctor explained:

    Only the broad strokes have been laid down. Its in the moments between the ticks of the clock where life truly thrives, where we can make a difference.The Fifth Doctor [src]

    The Fifth Doctor noted that bifurcation points, where history could continue on its original course or an alternate timeline could be created, could result in new timelines or erase the old ones if handled improperly, with Time Lords and similar races having the ability to influence whether a new worldline should come into being or history simply continue as it was. When faced with the prospect of creating a new timeline where the British Empire expanded into space in 1878, however, the Doctor chose to preserve the status quo with the aid of Kamelion, feeling that Victorian Britain wasn’t socially ready for space travel (PROSE: Imperial Moon).
    Fluxing points Edit

    1966 was in flux, as discovered by the First Doctor when it was revealed that WOTAN was supposed to conquer Earth (PROSE: The Time Travellers) instead of being defeated by the Doctor. (TV: The War Machines)

    The Third Doctor noted that some locations in space and time were temporal probability nexuses, where multiple strands of causality are exposed and weak, with the result that the smallest alteration to events in these locations can produce aberrant loops of existence or even new alternate timelines, where time would normally be able to resist and absorb minor changes. Events on the island of Salutua occurred on such a nexus point, made weaker by the Doctor’s time bridge, resulting in an alternate timeline being created where Nancy Norton worked with Brokk to conquer the world, until the Doctor and UNIT were able to travel back and undo her rise to power (PROSE: The Eye of the Giant).

    The destruction of Sir Reginald Styles’s house as he was preparing for a vital peace conference in 1972 created a new timeline where the Daleks conquered Earth ahead of their previous invasion. However, realising that this timeline was a temporal paradox caused by the resistance from the Daleks’ future travelling into the past and setting off a bomb to try and prevent the conference taking place without realising that it was already happening, the Doctor and Jo Grant were able to go back in time and prevent it going off. (TV: Day of the Daleks).

    Sarah Jane Smith was shown an alternative timeline where the Earth of 1980 was a barren wasteland by the Fourth Doctor, who explained 1911 was in flux because of the threat of Sutekh, noting that history could be altered on that kind of scale when dealing with a being of Sutekh’s immense power. (TV: Pyramids of Mars)

    “From start to finish”, the year 1961 was noted by the War Doctor to be in flux. This was partly the reason the Time Lords installed a quantum shield to protect Earth against potential Dalek incursions during the Last Great Time War. Nevertheless, the Dalek Time Strategist enacted a plot to break through the shield using a human agent whom was sent to East Berlin with a Shadow Vortex, proceeding to exterminate all life in a bid to disrupt and ultimately wipe out the Doctor’s existence through the elimination of his Earth allies. The resulting invasion was averted by the War Doctor, who shifted its events to an alternate timeline where Lara was banished. (AUDIO: The Shadow Vortex)

    The Ninth Doctor explained to Rose Tyler when she said that he couldn’t give dead human corpses to the Gelth, as she knew for a fact that dead bodies weren’t walking around in 1869: time was in flux, changing every second and her “cosy little world can be rewritten like that”. (TV: The Unquiet Dead)

    The year 200,000 was supposed to be the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire, but due to first the Jagrafess and then Daleks that had fallen through time from the Last Great Time War, it was stunted and then fell apart. Instead of it being a great empire with great advances, technology was backwards due to the Jagrafess. The Doctor believed he had fixed it by getting rid of the Jagrafess, but the Daleks took over from behind the scenes, causing civilisation to get even worse while they rebuilt. Eventually, when the Doctor returned in the year 200,100, the Daleks attacked, devastating the Earth before they were destroyed by Rose Tyler as the Bad Wolf. (TV: The Long Game, Bad Wolf, The Parting of the Ways)

    Although the Ninth Doctor told Rose that Harriet Jones would serve three successive terms as British Prime Minister, he himself would, in his next incarnation, cause her political downfall after she took extreme measures against alien threats, leading to her losing the title of Prime Minister to Harold Saxon. (TV: The Sound of Drums) She would die the following year at the hands of the Daleks during their invasion of Earth. (TV: The Stolen Earth)

    When Edward VII, along with Balmoral Castle, vanished into thin air, the Tenth Doctor explained that with him gone, the whole future of the royal family was threatened and there would be no George V, George VI, Elizabeth II, Charles III and Camilla, William V and so on. (PROSE: Revenge of the Judoon)

    When the Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble were chasing Reverend Golightly to save Agatha Christie, the Doctor explained that Agatha could die and any books past her sixth would disappear. The Doctor specifically told Donna that “time is in flux; for all we know, this is the night Agatha Christie loses her life and history gets changed.” (TV: The Unicorn and the Wasp)

    After they saw Frank Openshaw exterminated by a Dalek, Rose Tyler and the Tenth Doctor meddled in history for him so that he met his wife Sandra years earlier than in the original timeline. (PROSE: I am a Dalek)

    In 2020, when a drilling operation in Cwmtaff disturbed a Silurian civilisation, the Eleventh Doctor told Amy Pond, Nasreen Chaudhry and Eldane that this encounter could lead to either a peaceful relationship or a devastating war. The Doctor called the event an opportunity. (TV: Cold Blood)

    At one point, the Korven altered the history of Earth (which they had previously invaded in 2480), causing part of it to be controlled by the corrupt, totalitarian Department. (TV: The Eclipse of the Korven)

    The Trickster created an alternate timeline where Sarah Jane Smith died as a child. (TV: Whatever Happened to Sarah Jane?)

    The Eleventh Doctor was forced to visit his own tomb on the planet Trenzalore by the Great Intelligence where he died in battle among millions. His tomb was his own TARDIS amidst a massive battlefield graveyard. (TV: The Name of the Doctor) Later, the Doctor travelled to a Trenzalore of a more recent era where the planet was a human world with a farming community which he defended during the centuries-long Siege of Trenzalore from many enemies. The Doctor was unable to change his future at first, but thanks to the Time Lords he was able to change the future he saw by regenerating into the Twelfth Doctor rather than dying after the Time Lords gifted him with a new regeneration cycle. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

    When robotic Knights crashed in 1190, Sherwood Forest, they accidentally began altering the course of history. The Knights allied with and modified the Sheriff into a cyborg, promising him the use of their numbers and skyship to take over England. Clara warned Robin Hood against going to an archery contest being held by the Sheriff, but was ignored: however, the Doctor didn’t warn her against this as he didn’t believe what was occurring to be real. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

    When it was discovered that Earth’s moon was actually a giant alien egg about to hatch, it was left to humanity to decide whether to let the unborn creature live or detonate explosives to destroy it. Having confirmed that he was dealing with a moment in time that was in flux where anything could happen, the Twelfth Doctor took a more aggressive measure than his predecessor; in making humans choose, he left Clara behind until she made the decision. Had the explosives gone off, the replacement moon that the creature laid after hatching would not have existed in the future. (TV: Kill the Moon)

    When the Earth of Clara Oswald’s present day seemingly faced destruction at the hands of a solar flare, Clara noted to the Doctor that they had visited various future time periods of Earth and humanity. The Doctor explained that those futures would be erased if the Earth was destroyed at that point. (TV: In the Forest of the Night)
    Other continuities Edit

    In the Star Trek: Voyager spin-off novels, it has been revealed that the death of Admiral Kathryn Janeway after she is assimilated by the Borg and destroyed in battle with the Enterprise-E is a fixed point in time across all realities where she exists, with the only two Janeways known to have lived beyond this time only surviving with the aid of the god-like Q.

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