The Division



Facts

Name:

The Division

Affiliation:

Time Lords

Bases:

Gallifrey

Notable Members:

Solpado
Seventh Timeless Child
Fugitive Doctor
Karvanista
Gat
En Sentac
K-Toscs

First Mentioned In:

Fugitive of the Judoon

First Seen In:

The Timeless Children

Appearances:

The Halloween Apocalypse
Once, Upon Time

Biography

The Division was a shadowy organisation based on Gallifrey which employed The Doctor as one of its operatives. It was built to intervene when necessary, whereas the official policy of the Time Lords was one of “strict non-interference”.

An early incarnation of the Doctor, during their period as the Timeless Child, was contacted, tested and recruited into the Division by Solpado. (The Timeless Children) At some point, the Fugitive Doctor ran away, no longer willing to be a part of their plans. (Fugitive of the Judoon) Eventually, they thanked The Doctor for their service, then wiped their memory. (The Timeless Children)

Officially, the Division did not exist nor had operatives, and its history was mostly redacted from the Matrix. (The Timeless Children) By the Thirteenth Doctor’s time, with Gallifrey gone, the only known surviving operative was Karvanista, (The Halloween Apocalypse) who had fought alongside the Fugitive Doctor. (Once, Upon Time)

HISTORY

In the fictional story of Brendan in the Matrix, one of the clues to the truth was that the carriage clock he was given upon his retirement was dedicated for “services to the Division” instead of the Garda. (The Timeless Children)

During her service to the Division, the Fugitive Doctor was sent alongside Karvanista and two other Division agents to capture Swarm and Azure at the Temple of Atropos. This was the Siege of Atropos, instrumental to the ending of the Dark Times, in which the Time Lords’ structure for Time was restored. (Once, Upon Time)

In the aftermath, Swarm was successfully imprisoned. (Once, Upon Time) He was kept on the Burnished Rage battleground, with Division agents visiting once every thousand years to check he was secure. En Sentac was an agent who served on many of these tours. (The Halloween Apocalypse)

The Fugitive Doctor at some point tried to escape from service to the Division, hiding out on Earth under a Chameleon Arch to avoid detection. Division agent Gat employed a troop of Judoon to capture her. They traced The Doctor to Gloucester in 2020, but The Doctor tricked Gat into shooting herself, and escaped in her TARDIS. (Fugitive of the Judoon) Eventually, a Judoon cold case unit transmatted inside the Thirteenth Doctor’s TARDIS and imprisoned her inside a maximum security facility for her crimes against the Division, (The Timeless Children) as well as 7000 other crimes, though she ultimately escaped. (Revolution of the Daleks)

After learning the truth of her forgotten lives in service to the Division, (The Timeless Children) the Thirteenth Doctor sought out Karvanista for information on the organisation, as he was the only surviving Division agent she could find. (The Halloween Apocalypse)

At the same time, En Sentac served her final tour, checking Swarm was secure in his containment chamber. Swarm found his opportunity to breach the chamber, and killed her, allowing him to regenerate. (The Halloween Apocalypse) Swarm and Azure proceeded to overtake the Temple of Atropos once more, (War of the Sontarans) triggering the Great Disruption. At the heart of the time storm, the Thirteenth Doctor relived the original siege within her time stream, providing some answers to her questions. She was also alerted to the role her past selves may have played in the creation of the Flux. (Once, Upon Time)

The Division employed a number of Weeping Angels. After one Angel went rogue, an extraction squad of Angels was sent to retrieve it. The rogue Angel made a deal to handover the Thirteenth Doctor to the squad instead, with her being recalled to the Division. (Village of the Angels)

The Doctor was brought to Tecteun who revealed the Division’s plan and that The Doctor learning the truth had been a cause of their actions. She tempted The Doctor with a Chameleon Arch containing her erased memories, however The Doctor vowed to destroy the Division and save the universe. Swarm and Azure interrupted the confrontation, revealing they’d made a psycho-temporal bridge to reach the Division, and killed Tecteun. (Survivors of the Flux)

BEHIND THE SCENES

Though no link has been drawn in-story, the creation of a secret Gallifreyan organisation with authority to break the Time Lords’ non-interference protocols, overseen by one of Gallifrey’s Founders, is strikingly similar to the depiction of the origins of the Celestial Intervention Agency under the helm of Rassilon in such stories as The Legacy of Gallifrey. In turn, the Fugitive Doctor acting as a reluctant Division agent in a forgotten era of the Doctor’s life in Fugitive of the Judoon is similar to the Second Doctor reluctantly becoming a CIA agent in the “Season 6B” era.

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