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Name: Galatea

Age: Unknown, and depends on where she is in her timeline. She was created during the earliest days of the Time Lords.

Species: Chronoform

Appearance: 5'4, slight but curvy frame, silver-white hair with gold threads, jewel-like violet eyes, extremely pale complexion like an albino.

Personality: Very similar in many ways to Evelyn (they are the same person, after all), but also with the weight of years, knowledge, and memory. She is fierce and stubborn to a fault, instinctively rebels against people who try to control or possess her, has a mercurial temperament, and develops an independent streak a mile wide. She can also be very gentle and nurturing towards those under her care. She loves animals, but doesn't consider them to be pets even if they share living space with her. She has a knack for tending to growing things. She loves and hates with equal intensity. She is very slow to trust.


They call me a Traveler. They call me a Chronoform. They call me Galatea, the living statue breathed to life by their hubris. These are their words, their inventions, as they like to think of me. I belong to no one.

Those days, so long ago, such dim memories embedded in a physical construct of tissue fibre and biochemical reaction and electrical impulse, when I was bound and crushed into a space too small, with too few dimensions. It was like being suffocated. I could not name the number of years between then and now, because time does not flow in such a way for me. If I close my eyes, if I breathe deeply and let the crushing weight of physicality fall away for a moment, I can see Time as an endless river branching into infinite streams, or as a faceted mirror-gem that reflects within itself into eternity, each facet separate and yet interconnected to the whole. Perhaps I do not explain myself well. Maybe in the end, it is simply best to say that separation is an illusion. The timelines bleed one into another, shape themselves around one another, breathe and shimmer and shudder and undulate like light filtering through water. This is how I see, when I close my eyes. But I cannot always touch them, cannot always Move to them. The paths to all of these were blocked to me, so that I would never be able to traverse them of my own accord, but only with the direction of another.

How foolish of them to try to tame the wind. There is always a way around their silly rules.

Do not try to categorize me with your petty moralities. Do not call me friend if I have not first taken you into my heart. Do not assume that I will save you, or that I will destroy you. I may well do both.

The Travelers, or the Chronoforms

There is (or was, maybe) a race of non-corporeal beings who were able to see and move through all of time and space, all possibility and potentiality. Little is or was known of them, but when the Time Lords began harnessing the power of time and space far back at the beginning, somewhere along the way they acquired knowledge of these beings and thought to exploit them as power sources. Their very first experiments sought to draw them into physical bodies, but the bodies were unable to withstand the beings inside, and practically fell apart. So they began to genetically engineer bodies, splicing together genetic code from a number of “higher” species, through trial and error, also programming blocks and channels that would be utilized for control, and eventually managed to create a being who could physically move through time and space at will.

The first successful experiment was named Galatea, after an Earth myth about a sculpture brought to life.

As remembered in writing by Evelyn Alvar:

The process of integrating the essence of the being in question is an unpredictable one. Mutations can occur, anything from physical abnormalities to certain forms of dementia or madness. The psychological infrastructure can be compromised by the trauma of the coalescence, resulting in undesirable displays of willfulness and independence that have been not only counterproductive to our intent, but in some cases have been manifested as outright adversarial. Furthermore, the knowledge we have gained has allowed us to develop another project which utilizes the bio-engineering of machinery to achieve our goals without the struggle of maintaining control over willful Crossworlders. Therefore, we feel it is in the best interest of Gallifrey and her people that this project, and all prototypes created within its parameters, be terminated with impunity.

All of the prototypes were destroyed, except for Galatea. It is not yet clear how she survived the purge, but it is thought she had help. Little else is known of her life.

Near the end of the Last Great Time War, the Time Lords extracted Galatea’s essence from her dying physical form and integrated her into a half-human, half-Aetheryn embryo carried by Evelyn Alvar’s mother, Isabelle. This was accomplished with the help of Soren Masterson, the leader of the remnant of Aetheryn refugees that took shelter on Earth after their planet was laid waste during the War. Soren is also Evelyn’s biological father, and facilitated the genetic manipulation and modification of Isabelle so that the cross-species pregnancy could be viable. Isabelle was kept in the dark during the whole ordeal, as she was continuously administered a drug similar to Torchwood’s Retcon to purge her memory. She was also made infertile from the process.

Galatea’s memories were suppressed, and a trans-dimensional bilateral mirror framework set in place to contain a portion of her essence in a half-phased state, since the form of Evelyn Alvar, though it had been genetically engineered specifically to hold Galatea, would break down if it held her full essence. This is why Evelyn is able to Travel. However, the precautions are not perfect, and her body is slowly breaking down, a situation which is exacerbated every time she Travels.

Date: 2015-09-17 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Like...WOW. I'm curious to pick your brain a little more OOC, perhaps more about if/how the Doctor might have known Galatea prior to the Time War...?

Date: 2015-09-17 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohh, I just realized I'd forgotten to update this with the stuff about Vaelius. Basically, he's the one who "rescued" Galatea from the purge, and ended up training her to be an assassin. I'll write a paragraph about that later and edit.

As to the Doctor knowing her when she was Galatea, pre-Time War-- I think that's an awesome idea! Maybe he could be the one who helped her gain her freedom and autonomy?

Date: 2015-09-17 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I remember vaguely seeing a mention of that in Vaelius's character profile. And as for the Doctor being the one to help her gain her freedom and autonomy...I like that idea.

In terms of the Who universe timeline, where do you place Galatea's existence, and Vaelius, and so forth? Wondering, so I can place in which incarnation the Doctor would have met her. Perhaps him helping Galatea would be another reason the Time Lord Council isn't terribly happy with him....?

Date: 2015-09-17 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've never been quite entirely clear on where that part of her timeline fell within Gallifrey's history, but I suppose it could be one of those details that can change to fit the 'verse. So probably whichever incarnation of him you feel the most drawn to write?

My thought on the situation with Vaelius is that he escaped Gallifrey with her, removing her tracker so they couldn't find them. They knew she was still out there though and got wind of the things she was doing for Vaelius, so they've still got her marked for termination. So yeah, the Doctor giving aide and shelter to her probably wouldn't exactly put him on their good side. :D

Also, I kinda see the Chronoforms as a part of Gallifreyan history that they tried to keep as quiet as they could, since it ended up being such a horrible atrocity, and they wanted to erase that from their history books to keep their "noble and benevolent" image intact.

Date: 2015-09-17 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That makes sense. I'm inclined to think he may have met Galatea in maybe in his first incarnation. With the First Doctor, the Time Lord Council's ire at him for helping Galatea may have been one of the LONG list of reasons they were after him and why he and his granddaughter Arkytior stole the TARDIS and ran away...

Which in my mind links up to yet another reason why the Sixth Doctor is so angry at them in "Trial of a Time Lord". (Oh and it adds a bit more of an "ah-ha!" moment in my mind when I listen to his speech:

Which also might tie into why Ten does NOT want them coming out of the Time Lock in EOT (well, besides the Time War starting all over again).

Might explain Tasha Lem's disdain of them as well in "The Time of the Doctor".

Oh, many headcanons could be birthed from this alone.

Date: 2015-09-17 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, tell me about it! Oh, I haven't watched "Trial of a Time Lord" for awhile but that speech TOTALLY fits with her history with the Doctor added into the mix. I should rewatch it sometime soon.

I think this will be an amazing addition to the 'verse with your Doctor and will add so many layers to the threads we've already got.

Date: 2015-09-17 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, d'you want a tag for the First Doctor in Cosmos?

Edit: I made you one.
Edited Date: 2015-09-17 06:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-09-17 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cool! I've never played the First Doctor before, so this should be really interesting.

Date: 2015-09-19 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just thought of something. My memory is a bit wonky, but...did Vaelius escape Gallifrey and the Time War? I ask because I'm wondering if that might explain fobwatched!Thirteen. I had an idea that maybe he's pursuing her at some point and she decides to use the Chameleon Arch to hide out for a while until the coast is clear...,

Date: 2015-09-19 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yep, I always considered him to have escaped the War. He'd been keeping clear of Gallifrey for centuries, being pretty much on the run from the Time Lords, and always had his own agenda with things. I'm not quite sure what part if any he played in the War yet, though-- his impulse to impose Order on the universe may have compelled him to take part in it in some way. Galatea was free of him by then, so he wasn't using her for it, so I'm not sure if he'd actually have any way of taking part in the War, being without a TARDIS. (Although... hmm... there is the other Chronoform character that I'd been thinking about introducing-- Callypso-- she's a bit of a loose canon the way I see her, though, and develops into a villain over time. In my loosely-formed headcanon, Galatea helped free Callypso from her slave-bond and sort of took her in, but became increasingly horrified at her bloodlust)

I really like the idea of Joan hiding from Vaelius using the Chameleon Arch, though. Maybe the businessman character can be employed by him? Or he maybe could even be Vaelius in disguise, though I'm not sure how that would work since the Doctor/Joan came specifically to Wisteria and probably would have picked up on the fact that he was close. (Although I've also been toying with the idea of him using some sort of... psychic field dampener, I guess? To conceal himself from the Time Lords, so that might work)

(edit: If the businessman is Vaelius, he may have somehow planted himself there in the past, before Joan's arrival-- which also brings us once again to Callypso, who would give him the power to time travel. Maybe they have some sort of partnership rather than a master/slave relationship.)
Edited Date: 2015-09-20 12:10 am (UTC)


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