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Morbius, also known near the end of his first life as the General, was a notorious and malevolent renegade Time Lord. His career was the first in millennia to dramatically alter Gallifrey's relations with the wider universe. He attempted to overturn Gallifrey's non-interference policy in favour of military conquest, a controversial move which sparked the Time Lords' first and greatest Civil War. He failed, was exiled and eventually executed, only to survive, saved by his followers.

The dating of Morbius's reign of terror varied between accounts. By one account, the civil war occurred after the Doctor and Susan's escape from Gallifrey, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius [+]Loading...["Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius (novelisation)"]) while others had Morbius predate the Doctor's generation; (PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey [+]Loading...["The Legacy of Gallifrey (short story)"], Warmonger [+]Loading...["Warmonger (novel)"], AUDIO: Morbius [+]Loading...["Morbius (audio story)"]) the Scrolls of Gallifrey indicated that this war occurred in the generation immediately after Rassilon and the generation immediately before the Doctor. (PROSE: The Legacy of Gallifrey [+]Loading...["The Legacy of Gallifrey (short story)"]) Moreover, The Book of the War described a figure known as the Imperator, whose history largely matched his, as a member of the same "broken generation" of renegade as the likes of the War King, Grandfather Paradox, (PROSEThe Book of the War [+]Loading...["The Book of the War (novel)"]) and the Doctor. (PROSELungbarrow [+]Loading...["Lungbarrow (novel)"])


Incarnations of Morbius[[edit]]

Alternative timelines[[edit]]

In an alternative timeline, Morbius was a Gallifreyan who became a Vampire and served Lord Prydon. (AUDIO: Annihilation)

Behind the scenes[[edit]]

  • Morbius was named after Dr Edward Morbius from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet. (INFO: The Brain of Morbius)
  • Morbius was referenced in Craig Hinton and Chris McKeon's unproduced novel Time's Champion, a sequel to Hinton's Millennial Rites and The Quantum Archangel. It was revealed Morbius fathered twin children, the Children of Contempt, with an unknown renegade Time Lady.
  • The Imperator as featured or mentioned the Faction Paradox series fills the same place in Time Lord history as Morbius, and the authorial intent is clearly that "the Imperator" be read as a title or alias of Morbius. However, as none of the stories featuring the Imperator held the licence to the character or name of Morbius, this Wiki does not acknowledge them to be the same individual. Interestingly, the Imperator's contemporary in Faction Paradox, the War King, is for his part implied to be a future version of the Master; this would, logically, mean that "Morbius" was a contemporary of the Doctor themselves.
  • The colour of the robes worn by the Third Morbius in The Vengeance of Morbius indicate that he was a member of the Dromeian Chapter. However this has never been officially confirmed.

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