Doctor on trial in ‘Trial of a Timelord’ – 1986.

Origin : Gallifrey

“Whether or not the Doctor has proved himself innocent of meddling is no longer the cardinal issue before this court. He has proved himself guilty of a far greater crime. Article seven permits no exceptions. The Doctor has destroyed a complete species. The charge must now be…… Genocide!” Valeyard – Trial Of A Timelord

The Doctor’s dark side….

The Valeyard (played by Michael Jayston) was probably the most dangerous enemy of the Doctor, due to the fact that the Valeyard was infact a physical emination of the Doctor’s darker psyche, somewhere between his 11th and final regeneration.

He was devoid of any of the Doctor’s moral code – or compassion, but possessed all of the sum parts of the Doctor’s knowledge – with his ruthlessness amplified. This made him a dangerous and deadly foe for the Doctor.

Even the Master was willing to help stop the Valeyard, as he feared the Valeyard was even more a deadly opponent – than himself.

We first met the Valeyard in the season 22 story arc : Trial Of A Timelord – 1986, first episode The Mysterious Planet. The Valeyard was masquerading as a prosecutor for the Timelord high council. Having pulled the Doctor out of time and space to face charges of meddling in other races affairs.

What begins as a routine enquiry with a pontential slap on the wrist punishment for the Doctor, is twisted into a genocide trial (punishable by death) by the Valeyard due to the events in Terror Of The Vervoids, the third Trial Of A Timelord – 1986 story.

The Doctor on trial in ‘Trial of a Timelord’ – 1986.

It is clear throughout the trial, the Doctor’s mutual disdain, referring to the Valeyard as the :- “Boatyard, Scrapyard and Knackersyard” – throughout the trial.

The Valeyard even manages to rig the Gallifreyan Matrix, the vast computer resource that the Timelords use to cement their power. In the trial, the Matrix was used to try the Doctor by showing his recent adventures, as evidence. Unbeknown to the Doctor however, was that the tampered matrix altered the Doctor’s past adventures to make him look evil.

Once the Valeyard’s deception was uncovered, he disappeared inside the digital world of the Matrix to be persued by the Doctor and the Master in The Ultimate Foe.

The Valeyard: “Do you relish danger, Doctor?”

The Doctor: “Not particularly!”

The Valeyard: “Yet you seem to court it so obviously.”

The Doctor: “Well, even a nervous Time Lord must appear to act with confidence at all times!”

The Doctor is able to overcome the Valeyard and destroy his powerbase within the Matrix but the Valeyard managed to find a way back to the real world and steal the Timelord body of the Matrix Key Keeper – to escape Gallifrey.

The Valeyard proved a difficult match for the Doctor and was nearly overcame by a being who possessed the same attributes and experiences that the Doctor had.

He has not featured in Classic Who again since , which is a shame as the darker side of the Doctor makes a great enemy and equal of the Doctor.


Appearances :

Season Twenty-Three- 1986

The Trial of a Timelord:
The Mysterious Planet🔴⚪⚪⚪⚪
Terror of the Vervoids🔵🔵🔵🔘⚪
The Ultimate Foe🔵🔵🔵🔵⚪