The Web of Time
The Web of Time, within the Space-Time Vortex, was constructed by Rassilon and the Other. The axis of the Web of Time is a vast transdimensional Time Spiral that encompasses the universe and serves as a foundation for all points in space and time. Its creation made it much easier for the Time Lords (and any other species) to travel in time but it also made it much harder for anyone to change history. The Observer Theory states that, for the changing of history to make any sense, there must be an outside observer who watches all of history and sees this change. The Eye of Harmony is that observer. The Eye of Harmony serves as an anchor for the threads of Continuity and causalityunoff] of the Universe and probably sits at the exact centre of the Vortex and thus at the centre of the Web of Time.
Using the data collected, the Time Lords can observe and predict almost any event. In mapping out the Universe they rationalize it and create a permanent version of space-time. Because of this most primitive forms of time travel aren't capable of making major changes to History. The Web of Time is the structure that all future races used to build their own histories on. The Time Lords view History (aka the Web of Time or The Great Time Line) as high-order mathematical structures that can be predicted by powerful computers. However these processes are complex enough to be regard as living beings. Indeed some Time Lords (and all members of Faction Paradox) view history as a sentient being or beings (sometimes called Loa). Whatever the truth of the matter, it is known that the Web is capable of affecting the mind of a Time Lord. Indeed, due to density of strands in the Web of Time it is unhealthy for even a Time Lord to stand too close to the Eye.
It should be noted that the creation of the Web of Time also create Anti-Time - the opposite of the positive time. This timeless shadow of the Web of Time is just as destructive to causality and continuity as anti-matter is to matter. The theory of Anti-Time is viewed as superstition for millions of years.
The Rassilon Imprimatur biologically links a Time Lord to the Web of Time, making the foundation of the first four dimensions an integral part of Time Lord Biology and culture. This link means that Time Lords keep history largely unchanging merely by existing. Indeed they are so intertwined with the universe that they are a part of the Laws of Time and Space. An Osmosis Dampener or Transduction Barrier will put a blockade up in the Vortex that will prevent a TARDIS from travelling outside a defined area of the Space-Time Continuum.
Whenever another species causes enough temporal distortion to damage the Web an Interventionist (probably the CIA) is sent to prevent the species from causing further damage. While a single timeship exploding in the Vortex is no danger, the destruction of a fleet of 1700 timeships could rupture the Web of Time permanently.
The following color code is used:
- Black: For information from the TV Series, including Dimensions in Time, and 1996 TV Movie.
- Blue: For information from the Novels and Audios including Target, Virgin, BCC, and Big Finish.
- Green: For information from 'licensed' reference sources such as the Technical Manual, Doctor Who Magazine, and the Role Playing Games.
- Red: For information from unofficial sources -The Faction Paradox series, behind the scenes interviews, author's speculation, and popular fan belief.
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