Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Other Guides to this Story

Timewyrm: Exodus

This is the second novel in Virgin's New Adventures series.

Where does this fit?

This happens after Timewyrm: Genesys

The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.


The Seventh Doctor

The Seventh Doctor is short, dark-haired, and speaks with a slight scottish accent. He thinks of himself as "Time's Champion", deliberately seeking out situations to "put right". He usually has a plan, and is willing to manipulate everyone - including his companions - to achieve it.


Ace (Dorothy McShane)

Ace was a teenaged delinquent in 1980s Perivale. She invented her own homemade explosive called nitro-nine, and prefers her nickname of Ace to her real name of Dorothy. She she was swept away from Perivale by a timestorm, ending up on Iceworld in the far future. Ace met the Seventh Doctor in Dragonfire (Classic Series Season 24) and became his companion. During her travels with the Doctor she has grown up considerably. However, she has been hurt by the way the Doctor has manipulated her. In particular, she was hurt by the way he tricked her in The Curse of Fenric (Classic Series Season 26) and the way he forced her to face the evil she sensed in a house her 13 year old self had burnt down in Ghost Light (Classic Series Season 26). She calls the Doctor "Professor".

Recurring and Historical Characters

The Timewyrm

The Timewyrm is a malevolent creature of immense power from ancient Gallifreyan legend. She was created during Timewyrm:Genesys (Virgin New Adventures novel) when a cybernetic alien called Ishtar interfaced with the Doctor's TARDIS.

A Swastika - the symbol of the Nazis

The Nazis: Adolph Hitler was the leader of the National Socialist (Nazi) party, a political party who took power in Germany from 1933 to 1945. The Nazis were responsible for World War 2 and the Holocaust. Hitler and many of his inner circle appear in this book. They include Hermann Goering (amongst many titles, he was head of the Luftwaffe, or air force), Heinrich Himmler (head of the SS - the secret police), Martin Bormann (Hitler's secretary), Joseph Goebells (propaganda minister), Joachim von Ribbentrop (foreign minister), and Albert Speer (personal friend of Hitler's, and a professional architect). All you need to know about them is explained in the book.

The War Chief

The War Chief was a renegade Time Lord defeated by the Doctor in The War Games (Classic Series Season 6). During that story, he was apparently executed by the Time Lords for his attempts to create an army for his allies, a race of aliens styling themselves the War Lords. He also briefly appears in Divided Loyalties (BBC Past Doctor novel), in scenes set before either he or the Doctor left Gallifrey.

Recommended Viewing

The Doctor and Ace visited World War Two Britain in The Curse of Fenric (Classic Series Season 26). They also encountered modern day Nazis in Silver Nemesis (Classic Series Season 25) and Nazi sympathisers in Remembrance of the Daleks (Classic Series Season 25).

In The War Games (Classic Series Season 6), the Doctor defeated some aliens called the War Lords and a Renegade Time Lord called the War Chief. They had kidnapped human soldiers from various time zones in a plan to create the ultimate warriors. He had to call in the Time Lords to return all their victims home. The War Chief was executed by the Time Lords for his crimes.

Recommended Reading

This book follows on from Timewyrm:Genesys (Virgin New Adventures novel), and sets the scene for Timewyrm: Apocalypse (Virgin New Adventures novel) and Timewyrm: Revelation (Virgin New Adventures novel).

The "what if the Nazis had won the war" scenario was first explored in the non-Who book Fatherland. The Faction Paradox novel Warlords of Utopia also explores the idea.

You might also want to read some history books to get a better idea of who the Nazi hierachy were. One I've read is The Face of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest - which is a good guide to the major figures in the Nazi party. Other history books are also available.

Recommended Listening


Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions about the site, or any technical problems with it. You may also want to check out our Privacy Policy. There is also an About Us page, if you really want to read one.


In a word, 'No'.

Quite simply, there has never been a Time Lord in Doctor Who called "The War Chief". The Time lord played by Edward Brayshaw in The War Games was working for the War Lord as the War Lord's 'War Chief'. But the War Lord also had, as an example, a 'Security Chief'. And others like 'The Scientist'. These were all job descriptions/titles, NOT the characters' actual names, or in the case of Edward Brahshaw's character
his Time Lord name. He is not called, and has never been called, "The War Chief" the way Patrick Troughton's character is called "The Doctor". "War Chief" is merely the description of the job he was doing at the time, just like Jon Petwee was "The UNIT Scientific Adviser".

The Time Lord played by Edward Brayshaw thus had another name, NOT "The War Chief". Can you work out what it was? He was someone who had once been very good friends with the Doctor at the Academy, and was in essence a mirror/shadow of the Doctor. He had a fondness for wearing high collars, and having unusual facial hair. He allied himself with powerful aliens, allowing them to believe they were in charge, but always planned to betray them and seize power for himself. He tempted the Doctor, even offering to share control with the Doctor. He believed what he was doing was actually right, and would bring order to the universe. And the novelisation of The War Games explicitly states that the Doctor and the Time Lord working as the War Lord's "War Chief" are the only two renegade Time Lords up until that point in history.

So, who is the 'War Chief'? Well, we'd need to find another bearded, black-wearing(with high collars) Time Lord who allies himself with powerful aliens who he plans to betray all along, one who uses hypnotism, one who knows the events of The War Games(a point in itself as The War Games were erased from ever having existed, along with the War Lord and his people(including any possible children of the War Lord!)), one who was a childhood friend of the Doctor, an equal and opposite, and one who would appear early in the Jon Pertwee/UNIT Era seeking revenge on the Doctor.

Nice theory. Shame that Terrance Dicks, who created both characters (and, incidentally, wrote this novel) says that he never considered the Master to be the same character as the War Chief (if you want to hear it from him, it's somewhere on the DVD commentary for The War Games).

Brayshaw's character was largely Malcolm Hulke's work. Just as while Dicks and Letts had an idea to sue Roger Delgado as a regular antagonist, it was almost all Holmes who actually created the character himself. And both Hulke and Holmes said that War Chief=Master.

And it is interesting that it's only after Hulke, Holmes, Brayshaw and Delgado were all dead, only after the series had been cancelled that Dicks changed his tune. And in any case, Timewyrm:Exodus contradicts The War Games to the point of being totally incompatible with it.

Terrance Dicks doesn't state that.

What happens is that during episode 9 Philip Madoc, who played the definitely-not-a-Time-Lord War LORD, states that he once met fans who thought that after the War Lord had been "dematerialised"(with someone else referring to Star Trek beaming), he was rematerialised, and returned as the Master. Even though the War Lord was never a Time Lord. And he wasn't dematerialised, he was erased from ever having existed. This then leads to a discussion about fans. The War Chief being or not being the Master is not even brought up.

(And Terrance Dicks' memory is clearly troublesome. He refers to various characters by the wrong names at various points , and at one stage mentions how England still had slavery during the time of the American Civil War!)

Add new comment


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

Copyright Statement

Doctor Who is both copyrighted and trademarked by the BBC. The rights to various characters, alien races, and other fictional elements from the series are owned by the writers who created them. In particular, the Daleks are owned by the estate of Terry Nation. No infringement of any copyright is intended by any part of this site, which is an unlicensed reference and review site. All credited material on this site is copyright © the named author. All Wiki pages are copyright the site members who edited them. All other material is copyright © Stephen Gray 2004-2014. The whoniverse logo and design were created by Tom Hey (that link is to his band's site). The site was constructed using Drupal. All comments are owned by, and are the sole legal responsibility of, the individual posters. You may not reproduce any material from this site without the permission of the relevant author(s). If you want to use what we've written, ask us and we might just say yes.