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Lord President Borusa claims immortality and finds himself trapped, undying in stone. (TV: The Five Doctors)

Immortality was the ability to live forever, or at least a vastly long time. Most beings called immortal were not also indestructible, but there were exceptions.



Time Lords were described by the Second Doctor as being immortal, "barring accidents", (TV: The War Games [+]Loading...["The War Games (TV story)"]) a phrasing the Twelfth Doctor would later use to describe Lady Me. (TV: The Girl Who Died [+]Loading...["The Girl Who Died (TV story)"]) K9 Mark I likewise described the Time Lords as "immortal". (PROSE: K9 and the Zeta Rescue [+]Loading...["K9 and the Zeta Rescue (novel)"]) In case of such accidents, regeneration would allow the Time Lord to live on in a new incarnation, but they could only regenerate for a set number of times, after which point they would permanently die unless their regenerations were replenished. (TV: The Deadly Assassin [+]Loading...["The Deadly Assassin (TV story)"])

The Toymaker was immortal; (PROSE: The Celestial Toymaker, COMIC: The Greatest Gamble [+]Loading...{"page":"41","1":"The Greatest Gamble (comic story)"}) though not "beyond the reach" of the Entity. (PROSE: Games [+]Loading...{"page":"22","1":"Games (short story)"}) He described himself as "a vastness that will never cease". (TV: The Giggle [+]Loading...["The Giggle (TV story)"])

According to one account, the gods of Greek mythology constituted a race of powerful humanoids who called themselves "Immortals". (PROSE: Deadly Reunion [+]Loading...["Deadly Reunion (novel)"])

Until they met the First Doctor, the Ashtallans were considered to be immortal, their bodies being able to heal from any injury. (AUDIO: The Invention of Death [+]Loading...["The Invention of Death (audio story)"])

Attempts at gaining immortality[[edit]]

Luther Kane stole Jonathan Weems's ray machine and used it on himself, believing that it would grant him immortality. However, it turned out to be the immortality of a tree, coming at the price of only being able to move so agonisingly slowly that he was functionally paralysed. (COMIC: Dr. Who's Time Tales)

Lord President Borusa determined that Rassilon had discovered the secret of true immortality, and used the first five incarnations of the Doctor to obtain it. This turned out to be the immortality of a living statue. (TV: The Five Doctors)

According to Iris Wildthyme, she defeated Morbius's attempt to obtain Rassilon's gift of immortality. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

Queen Xanxia of Zanak attempted to create an immortal body for herself using the energies stolen from other planets. (TV: The Pirate Planet)

Mawdryn and his group of scientists stole a metamorphic symbiosis regenerator from the Time Lords and used it on themselves to gain immortality, only to find that theirs was one of unending mutation and regeneration. (TV: Mawdryn Undead)

Astrolabus, who was in his final incarnation, attempted to gain immortality by stealing Voyager's star charts. (COMIC: Once Upon a Time-Lord)

Qataka, afraid of death and having heard stories of the Time Lords, experimented with cybernetics in an attempt to gain immortality. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys)

Professor Richard Lazarus invented a device which would reverse the ageing process, providing a form of immortality, but it also mutated him into a monster. (TV: The Lazarus Experiment)

The Family of Blood pursued the Tenth Doctor in an attempt to gain his body and become immortal. As punishment for their crimes, the Doctor granted them immortality in various unpleasant ways. (TV: The Family of Blood)

Joshua Naismith attempted to use the Vinvocci Immortality Gate to make his daughter immortal. (TV: The End of Time)

Angelo Colasanto attempted to make himself immortal after seeing Jack Harkness die and come back to life. (TV: End of the Road)

When the Great Intelligence began uploading humans' souls to the Wi-Fi in 2013, Rosemary Kizlet described it as "immortality, only fatal". (TV: The Bells of Saint John)

In 2021, "Ichor", a Greek deity who was already immortal himself, wished to experiment with ambrosia, the immortality-sustaining food of the gods and their bloodlines, to make it non-toxic to ordinary humans. However, he was unable to complete his experiments before he was forced to sacrifice his own life to stop a nefarious ghost. (HOMEVID: Ichor [+]Loading...["Ichor (home video)"])

Gained immortality[[edit]]

According to Greek mythology, one of the Greek goddesses asked Zeus to make Tithonus immortal, but she forgot to ask for eternal youth. He became so ancient and decrepit, he eventually shrank into a cicada. He begged for death. (TV: Rendition)

In the 2nd century, Helena gained immortality after she accidentally encountered a crashed alien ship. (PROSE: The Three Faces of Helena)

In the 9th century,[1] a Viking girl named Ashildr was granted immortality when, after her death, a Mire repair kit was placed in her head. This device would keep repairing her, so she would never die. The Twelfth Doctor later gave Ashildr another chip to give to someone she would want to keep with her. (TV: The Girl Who Died) Her immortality remained for billions of years, up to the last 5 minutes of the universe, outliving every other immortal. (TV: Hell Bent) The second chip was subsequently used to revive highwayman Sam Swift, though the circumstances left the Doctor uncertain as to whether the result would be immortality in his case. (TV: The Woman Who Lived)

Clara Oswald gained a measure of immortality when she was extracted from her death at the hands of the Quantum Shade by the Time Lords. Her physical processes time looped, she lost all life signs (such as heartbeat, breathing and even ageing), but was functionally speaking immortal. However, as her death was a historically established event, she could not delay it indefinitely without the risk of incurring paradoxes on a scale which could damage the universe; her immortality ceased when she finally returned to Gallifrey and was sent back to her pre-destined death on the trap street in London, after spending an undetermined amount of time travelling with Ashildr. (TV: Hell Bent)

The Cybermen gained immortality by replacing their body parts with cybernetic ones, but they lost their emotions and humanity in the process. (TV: The Tenth Planet)

The race known as the Olympians had the power of immortality. (COMIC: The Life Bringer!)

Jack Harkness, after being resurrected by the Bad Wolf, would always come back to life after being killed, and his ageing was slowed down. The Tenth Doctor explained that when Rose Tyler was the Bad Wolf she brought him back but couldn't control the power and brought him back forever, making Jack a fixed point in time. (TV: Utopia) He lost this immortality on Miracle Day, (TV: The New World) but regained it when the Miracle ended. (TV: The Blood Line) In an alternate timeline, John Hart was able to use distilled rift energy with technology from the Torchwood Institute to cut Jack Harkness off from the Time Vortex, nullifying his immortality and transferring it to himself. Jack, however, remained a fixed point in time, and his eventual death resulted in John's universe collapsing in on itself, restoring history back to "how it should be". (AUDIO: The Death of Captain Jack)

Suzie Costello, after being brought back to life, was unable to die again until the resurrection gauntlet that was keeping her alive was destroyed. (TV: They Keep Killing Suzie)

Ursula Blake gained immortality when she became a face on a concrete slab. (TV: Love & Monsters)

Katsura Sato gained immortality after having been rescued by Nanodrones, (COMIC: The Road to Hell) but lost it when Kroton took control of the Glory. (COMIC: The Glorious Dead)

Thomas Vaughan discovered the secret of immortality in the mid-17th century. (AUDIO: Hidden)

In 1895, Lord Jack Corrigan and his men used stolen Drelleran technology to gain the longevity required for interstellar travel, allowing them to live for centuries. They died on Space Dock Nerva after being exposed to a Drelleran anti-virus. (AUDIO: Destination: Nerva)

In an alternate timeline, the Nimon granted immortality to Sebastian Grayle. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)

In another alternate timeline, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was given immortality in 1791 by one of his clones from the far future. He later came to regret this as this meant that he lived long enough to become a hack. (AUDIO: My Own Private Wolfgang)

In another alternate timeline, the inhabitants of Stockbridge were given immortality between 1950 and 2009, courtesy of Viridios. Towards the end, they begged for death. They were given it when the timeline was reversed and they died when they were originally intended to. (AUDIO: The Eternal Summer)

Lauren Anderson became an "immortal shapeshifter", who lived into the 31st century, (COMIC: Before the Storm) as a result of being converted from a human into a Zygon. (HOMEVID: Zygon: When Being You Just Isn't Enough)

Grayvorn gained immortality from the Relic. (AUDIO: Excelis Rising)

Erasmus Darkening gained immortality. (TV: The Eternity Trap)

In 2011, during an event dubbed by the world press as "Miracle Day", the human race stopped dying due to Jack Harkness' immortal blood being introduced to The Blessing. It was reversed when Jack's mortal blood was introduced. (TV: The Blood Line)

Rex Matheson apparently gained immortality through means not understood after a complete transfusion of Captain Jack's then-mortal blood during the Miracle Day events. (TV: The Blood Line)

The Sisterhood of Karn gained immortality due to the Elixir of Life. However, they could only live as long as they drank the elixir, which meant they could still die if they were not able to produce more of it. It was also shown that, even if they could still consume the elixir, they could still be killed. (TV: The Brain of Morbius)

The Three Who Rule gained immortality when they were transformed into vampires by the King Vampire. This immortality was conditional, in that if the King Vampire was killed, they too would die. (TV: State of Decay)

The disembodied heads of the members of the Order of the Headless lived on, even when they were reduced to skulls. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

Shara created an energy converter which enabled him to transfer his life energy into a time loop in the Time Vortex, giving him eternal bliss. Jal Dor Kal lived for centuries by absorbing energy from Shara's relic. (AUDIO: Nekromanteia)

Vilus Krull used the power of the Dark Flame to transfer his mind into different host bodies upon their deaths, allowing him to live for centuries. (AUDIO: The Dark Flame)

The Mechanistrians gained immortality by having their brains placed in machines. (PROSE: Peril in Mechanistria)

According to Olivia Colasanto, there was a species of jellyfish on Earth that was rendered functionally immortal by being able to revert to a more youthful state. She speculated that some jellyfish had lived for thousands of years. (TV: End of the Road)

Sebastiene had nano-technology in his body that could heal even fatal wounds. (PROSE: The Doctor Trap)

After Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright had been healed using Ashtallan cells, the First Doctor speculated that the two might have become functionally ageless. (AUDIO: The Invention of Death)


  1. In the television story The Woman Who Lived, which is set in the year 1651, Ashildr mentions having had 800 years of adventure.