Yesterday, I wrote that there is a possibility (but certainly not a probability) that there exists two dark, icy super-Earths somewhere beyond the Oort Cloud of our solar system.
There could be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto, whose gravitational influence determines the orbits and strange distribution of objects observed beyond Neptune. This has been revealed by numerical calculations made by researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge. If confirmed, this hypothesis would revolutionise solar system models. [Daily Galaxy].
I hypothesized that the first of these potential planets is Korriban, home world of the Sith of the Star Wars saga. But I have also come to believe that if the second super-Earth exists, it is none other than Gallifrey, home world of the Time Lords of the Doctor Who series.
Gallifrey Returns… Again?
Since the resumption of the series, there have been two instances of Gallifrey nearly coming back, so to speak.
From the Tardis Wikia article on Gallifreyan History:
During the Eleventh Doctor’s timestream, he and all of his prior incarnations (as well as his successor incarnation, unbeknownst to him) came together to freeze Gallifrey and the surviving Time Lords in time; and transferred Gallifrey to a pocket universe where it was safe from the Daleks, who destroyed themselves. (TV: The Day of the Doctor) Due to the memory of these events being wiped from every incarnation before the Eleventh Doctor, the Ninth Doctor believed himself responsible for the destruction of both the Time Lords and Gallifrey. (TV: The End of the World, Dalek)
The Time Lords began reaching out through a Crack sending the message “Doctor who?” on the planet Trenzalore in order that the Eleventh Doctor might speak his true name and return them to the universe. Rather than restart the Time War, the Doctor refused for hundreds of years. The Time Lords did save the dying Doctor’s life by granting him the a new cycle of regenerations, allowing him to regenerate into the Twelfth Doctor before closing the crack and sealing themselves away in the pocket universe, possibly forever (TV: The Time of the Doctor).
It’s safe to say that Gallifrey wouldn’t be trapped in the pocket universe forever. The materialization of Gallifrey near Earth was clearly a mistake by the Time Lords. In their madness and desperation, they got the timing and location wrong. But now after we know that Gallifrey was whisked away into the pocket universe, leaving the Dalek’s to (mostly) destroy each other in the crossfire, its reappearance as a wayward super-Earth in the Oort Cloud makes sense.
The Time Lords of Gallifrey, chief among them Rassilon, may be corrupt but they aren’t dummies. Surely they will have learned from their mistake during the last days of the Last Great Time War as well as when they tried to force The Doctor’s hand on Trenzalore. The Doctor simply will not allow innocent populations to suffer just to see his home world restored to the universe, to say nothing of whether it would restart the Time War. Better in his mind, to keep Gallifrey locked away for now, than to see others suffer.
But if the Rassilon and his ilk can restore Gallifrey to the universe without endangering a native population and thereby forcing The Doctor to intervene, the Oort Cloud would be a prime region to re-materialize. Lying out in that desolate region of the Sol System, they would probably go unnoticed by The Doctor, at least until such time as they were prepared to face him and make their presence again known to the universe.
Are Scientists on the Verge of Locating the Sith Homeworld?
(We’ll discuss the implications of having both Gallifrey and Korriban in the Sol System at another date)…