Energy weapon

Place of Origin:


Used by:

Chancellery Guard

First Seen In:

The Deadly Assassin


Staser weapons were the standard armament of the Chancellery Guard on Gallifrey. The Guards were normally equipped with staser pistols, although staser rifles were also occasionally used.


Stasers had both lethal and non-lethal settings, and fired an unspecified type of directed energy. They were relatively harmless to inorganic matter but caused massive tissue disruption to living creatures. The corpse would be unrecognisable upon examination. (The Deadly Assassin)

According to one account, a staser was a type of regeneration inhibitor, with a single shot being able to kill a Time Lord outright and ensure that regeneration could not take place. (The Ancestor Cell) However, stasers could be modified to allow for regeneration, as the Eleven used to torture Volstrom by inducing multiple successive regenerations. (The Side of the Angels) Similarly, the sidearm of the President’s personal security did not have a stun setting though a Time Lord shot with it could regenerate. (Hell Bent)

Stasers were ineffective against Sontaran armour, (The Invasion of Time), androids of Kraal manufacture, (The Oseidon Adventure) and Daleks. (The Apocalypse Element)

Staser pistols apparently come in different versions. Those seen after the Sontaran invasion were significantly larger then those seen before.

The stasers issued to Chancellery Guards and to security personnel were coloured red, but Castellan Spandrell and Chancellor Goth both used black pistols. (The Deadly Assassin)

Before his death, Andred showed his wife Leela how to operate a staser. (Extermination)

Stasers were used during the Last Great Time War. Children in the First Segment of the War sorted out staser bolt chargers in munitions factories. (The Stranger) Stasers were devolved into machine pistols on the Neverwhen planet front as a result of time phasing. (The Neverwhen)


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