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A dimension was a characteristic of universe. It was sometimes also referred to as a plane (PROSE: Twilight of the Gods [+]Loading...["Twilight of the Gods (MA novel)"], TV: Time Heist [+]Loading...["Time Heist (TV story)"]) or "time-space". (TV: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy [+]Loading...["The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (TV story)"])


There were countless billions of dimensions, some of them incomprehensibly different to N-Space. Beings from these distant dimensions obeyed very different laws of physics and were (presumably) forbidden to cross into other dimensions. Nobody No-One came from a reality 45 billion dimensions away from N-Space and was composed of language and communication instead of matter and energy. (AUDIO: The Word Lord [+]Loading...["The Word Lord (audio story)"])

The Sixth Doctor described there being trillions and trillions of alternate dimensions, some of which could be infinitesimally small micro-universes. (AUDIO: The Macros [+]Loading...["The Macros (audio story)"]) However, the Seventh Doctor later commented that one billion cubic centimetres was small in terms of a dimension's size. (AUDIO: The Light at the End [+]Loading...["The Light at the End (audio story)"])

Time was often considered by humans to be the "fourth dimension" (TV: "An Unearthly Child" [+]Part of An Unearthly Child, Loading...{"namedep":"An Unearthly Child (1)","1":"An Unearthly Child (TV story)"}) and Vicki Pallister later elaborated that time, even though a dimension in itself, had dimensions of its own. The First Doctor even stated, in their adventure at the time, that he did not understand "this" fourth dimension. (TV: The Space Museum [+]Loading...["The Space Museum (TV story)"]) Different universes possessed different time dimensions. Time moved faster in Capron's universe, requiring metabolisms to be altered so as to prevent rapid ageing when travelling to it from N-space. (AUDIO: The Macros [+]Loading...["The Macros (audio story)"])

According to the Twelfth Doctor, the Boneless were "from a universe with only two dimensions", although the Doctor also described them as "creatures from another dimension" and mentioned a way of sending them "back to their own dimension". People in N-Space, where three dimensions were required for life to survive there, had theorised such a universe's existence, but according to the Doctor, "no-one could go there and prove its existence without a heck of a diet". (TV: Flatline [+]Loading...["Flatline (TV story)"])


"Dimension" was sometimes used interchangeably with "universe" or "plane".

The Elder Gods were said to have shunted themselves into a "parallel dimension" (PROSE: Millennial Rites [+]Loading...["Millennial Rites (novel)"]) and a "parallel universe". (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire [+]Loading...["All-Consuming Fire (novel)"])

Dimensions within the universe[[edit]]

The universe had eleven dimensions in total. (PROSE: Parasite [+]Loading...["Parasite (novel)"])

Depending on perspective, the "normal" universe was variously described as being three dimensions, (AUDIO: Paradise 5 [+]Loading...["Paradise 5 (audio story)"]) four dimensions, (AUDIO: Storm Warning [+]Loading...["Storm Warning (audio story)"], The Hollows of Time [+]Loading...["The Hollows of Time (audio story)"]) and five dimensions, with the other six "higher dimensions" forming the Six-Fold-Realm.

When the universe was created, dimensions started to solidify out of the primal chaos [...] And in the aftermath of Event Zero, eleven dimensions did fight for existence. Five were triumphant - together they did become the three dimensions of space, and the two dimensions of time through which we travel. But the remaining six dimensions did still exist: although beaten, although denied their dominance, they curled and curdled amongst themselves to become a six-fold universe, separate yet conjoined.The Quantum Archangel

The first three, the three "primary dimensions," (AUDIO: The Invasion of E-Space [+]Loading...["The Invasion of E-Space (audio story)"]) were required to sustain native life forms such as humans and Time Lords. As the Twelfth Doctor theorised, "Perhaps [the Boneless didn't] even understand that we need[ed] three dimensions to live in." (TV: Flatline [+]Loading...["Flatline (TV story)"]) While these made up space in the physical sense, time was considered to be the fourth dimension and space the fifth, (TV: "An Unearthly Child" [+]Part of An Unearthly Child, Loading...{"namedep":"An Unearthly Child (1)","1":"An Unearthly Child (TV story)"}) altogether forming the space-time continuum where space and time were connected, since they both came into being at the same moment. (AUDIO: The Forbidden Time [+]Loading...["The Forbidden Time (audio story)"]) In relation to four-dimensional space-time, the universe had seven "concealed" dimensions, "the intermediate dimensions," which held space together. (AUDIO: The Hollows of Time [+]Loading...["The Hollows of Time (audio story)"])

Alternatively, access to the "fifth dimension" was equated as being access to time travel. (AUDIO: Mission to Magnus [+]Loading...["Mission to Magnus (audio story)"]) After the bite of a Vortisaur aged the skin of Peter Rathbone's forearm to that of a sixty-year old, the Eighth Doctor described the Vortisaurs, who were native to the Time Vortex, as "five-dimensional predators [who] make five-dimensional bite marks". (AUDIO: Storm Warning [+]Loading...["Storm Warning (audio story)"])

The omniverse was implied to have an infinite number of dimensions. (PROSE: Spiral Scratch [+]Loading...["Spiral Scratch (novel)"])

Other dimensions[[edit]]

Hyperspace was another dimension. (TV: The Stones of Blood [+]Loading...["The Stones of Blood (TV story)"]) It could be reached using a black hole, which essentially collapsed dimensions into a singularity. (TV: The Horns of Nimon [+]Loading...["The Horns of Nimon (TV story)"])

According to one account, a TARDIS' interior existed as a separate dimension from the rest of the universe. This meant the interior didn't exist, creating temporal grace. (TV: The Hand of Fear [+]Loading...["The Hand of Fear (TV story)"]) Another account described TARDISes as being a part of the universe; the Tenth Doctor said that his TARDIS was "the last TARDIS in the universe". (TV: Rise of the Cybermen [+]Loading...["Rise of the Cybermen (TV story)"]) According to another account, the Eleventh Doctor said that the Doctor telling Mels that the TARDIS existed in a state of temporal grace was "a clever lie" to ensure that Mels didn't fire her gun. (TV: Let's Kill Hitler [+]Loading...["Let's Kill Hitler (TV story)"]) Nonetheless, the Eleventh Doctor also described the huge room inside the TARDIS which was surrounded by a tiny exterior as "basically another dimension". (TV: The Vampires of Venice [+]Loading...["The Vampires of Venice (TV story)"]) The external dimensions of the Doctor's TARDIS were once leeched by the Boneless, making its exterior shell smaller but keeping the interior the same size. (TV: Flatline [+]Loading...["Flatline (TV story)"])

A location of space called the Arc of Infinity was known as an ancient curve between dimensions. (TV: Arc of Infinity [+]Loading...["Arc of Infinity (TV story)"])

N-Forms were constructs created by the Patrexes that were able to cross dimensions and exist in pocket dimensions of their own. (PROSE: Damaged Goods [+]Loading...["Damaged Goods (novel)"])

The Mavora existed in only the first two dimensions, and thus they were a completely flat shape and could slide between the atoms of the universe. (COMIC: The Broken Man [+]Loading...["The Broken Man (comic story)"])

The 2Dis was able to restore three dimensions to small objects the Boneless had flattened into two dimensions and reverse the process. After the Boneless took on a 3D form in N-Space, they had the ability to "restore" dimensions as well. (TV: Flatline [+]Loading...["Flatline (TV story)"])

E-Space was a small dimension connected to N-Space by the Logopolitans in an effort to delay the death of the universe from entropy. Access was through a Charged Vacuum Emboitment. The Fourth Doctor and Romana II stumbled through one such CVE. (TV: Full Circle [+]Loading...["Full Circle (TV story)"]) They found the Great Vampire hiding there. (TV: State of Decay [+]Loading...["State of Decay (TV story)"])

According to Fenric, the Doctor trapped him in the Shadow Dimensions for seventeen centuries (TV: The Curse of Fenric [+]Loading...["The Curse of Fenric (TV story)"]) which were remnants of the pre-universe. (PROSE: The Curse of Fenric [+]Loading...["The Curse of Fenric (novelisation)"])

The Seventh Doctor claimed King Arthur's craft found in Lake Vortigern was from another dimension or parallel universe. (TV: Battlefield [+]Loading...["Battlefield (TV story)"])

The Antiverse was a universe comprised of anti-time. Use of the Oubliette of Eternity would send people to this universe, turning them into Neverpeople. The Eighth Doctor and Romana II went there looking for the remains of Rassilon. (AUDIO: Neverland [+]Loading...["Neverland (audio story)"])

The Divergent Universe was a universe created by Rassilon to contain the Divergence, a race that would theoretically replace the Time Lords. The Eighth Doctor went there on a self-imposed exile. (AUDIO: Zagreus [+]Loading...["Zagreus (audio story)"])

Jason Kane spent several years in a hell dimension. It was predominately rock. Tunnelling craft tunnelled their way between habitable areas. (PROSE: The Infernal Nexus [+]Loading...["The Infernal Nexus (novel)"])

According to the Tenth Doctor, the Morass was a dimension where time and space had been torn apart. (COMIC: The Crimson Hand [+]Loading...["The Crimson Hand (comic story)"])

The bubble universe was a universe outside of N-Space which could be accessed from N-Space via a space-time rift. (TV: The Doctor's Wife [+]Loading...["The Doctor's Wife (TV story)"])

The after-universe had twenty-seven dimensions, all of which Saraquazel existed in. (PROSE: Millennial Rites [+]Loading...["Millennial Rites (novel)"])

An empty dimension was a "spare dimension" "every TARDIS" carried as standard equipment. Someone imprisoned in there could not die, but they could be caged until the end of eternity. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Iron Legion [+]Loading...["Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (comic story)"])

In 2011, the Koggnossenti hubship transmatted to London from another dimension. (AUDIO: Technophobia [+]Loading...["Technophobia (audio story)"])

At the fall of Gallifrey, the first thirteen incarnations of the Doctor relocated Gallifrey to a "parallel pocket universe", (TV: The Day of the Doctor [+]Loading...["The Day of the Doctor (TV story)"]) or bubble universe. (TV: Spyfall [+]Loading...["Spyfall (TV story)"]) Both the Twelfth Doctor and Missy acknowledged this as "another dimension". (TV: Death in Heaven [+]Loading...["Death in Heaven (TV story)"])

Species from different dimensions[[edit]]

Many species were either native to different dimensions or were extra-dimensional in nature. The transcendental beings, such as the Eternals, existed in the higher dimensions of Calabi-Yau Space. The Guardians of Time (AUDIO: The Destroyer of Delights [+]Loading...["The Destroyer of Delights (audio story)"]) and the Chronovores (PROSE: Blood Heat [+]Loading...["Blood Heat (novel)"]) found it "cramped" existing in the normal dimensions.

Other extra-dimensional species included the two-dimensional Boneless, (TV: Flatline [+]Loading...["Flatline (TV story)"]) five-dimensional Tef'Aree, (COMIC: Tesseract [+]Loading...["Tesseract (comic story)"]) seven-dimensional Legions, (PROSE: Lucifer Rising [+]Loading...["Lucifer Rising (novel)"]) and eight-dimensional Scourge. (AUDIO: The Shadow of the Scourge [+]Loading...["The Shadow of the Scourge (audio story)"]) Ace claimed that the Elysium parasites, such as the Artifact, extended into more than eleven dimensions. (PROSE: Parasite [+]Loading...["Parasite (novel)"])

Species that were native to other dimensions included the Spillagers, (AUDIO: Winter for the Adept [+]Loading...["Winter for the Adept (audio story)"]) Good Daleks, (AUDIO: Project Infinity [+]Loading...["Project Infinity (audio story)"]) neutron eaters, (AUDIO: Lost Souls [+]Loading...["Lost Souls (audio story)"]) Tolians, Mind leeches, Skyheads, Lava Spiders, Cubes, Nexus, (AUDIO: Dominion [+]Loading...["Dominion (audio story)"]) Edgers, (COMIC: On the Cards [+]Loading...["On the Cards (comic story)"]) and light-eating locusts. (TV: The Eaters of Light [+]Loading...["The Eaters of Light (TV story)"])

Behind the scenes[[edit]]

While in popular culture it's common to think of "dimension" as referring to a "plane of existence", the term isn't used that way in contemporary physics. "Dimension" in physics simply refers to a quantity that can be measured.