aka The Yssgaroth*
The Great Vampires were enemies of the Time Lords during the Dark Times, and fought against them in the First Great Time War. They originated in a different universe, and Time Lords told stories of them in order to frighten children - in some cases, even adult Time Lords themselves would find the idea of Vampires in the Citadel a terrifying prospect. There was a cult of Time Lords that believed Rassilon to be a Great Vampire.
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The Great Vampires were huge creatures. They resembled grey-skinned, winged humanoids, though some individuals were also described as being snake-like. Due to their immense size and their hunger for blood, they were known to eradicate entire planets in order to satisfy their thirst, and could also absorb other forms of energy. In order to be killed, a steel bolt had to be plunged through the heart. Their blood was infectious, and induced a desire for destruction.
Time Lords began to hunt the Vampires using Bowships, warships equipped with apparatus for firing steel bolts. This conflict escalated into the 1000-year long First Great Time War (or Eternal War). Kopyion Liall a Mahajetsu eventually succeeded in trapping the Vampires in their own universe, but though the Time lords were victorious, they had experienced considerable loss of life - billions had been killed.
The leader of the Yssgaroth, the King Vampire, escaped into E-Space after his defeat. It wasn’t until several centuries later that he was finally destroyed. He had claimed that the Great Vampires were in fact a peaceful race, and it was Rassilon who had hunted them mercilessly. It is unknown how much of this account is true.
*it’s not entirely known whether or not the Yssgaroth and the Great Vampires are one and the same, but they’re certainly very similar
from: State of Decay; The Infinite Quest; Zagreus (Big Finish Audio); The Pit (Novel); Faction Paradox: The Book of the War
The Bureau of Ancient Records was an extensive library that housed all of Gallifrey’s most important documents, dating from as far back as the Dark Times. President Romanadvoratrelundar worked there in her youth.
from: State of Decay
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The Transduction barrier was a 10-dimensional force field created by Rassilon, and surrounded the entire planet. A Transduction barrier was also used in the TARDIS Neural Construction Docks to prevent unauthorised departures.
The barrier was controlled by machinery located below the Panopticon, and powered by delta circuitry and positronics. It had two roles; to shift Gallifrey into its own space-time continuum (the Micro-universe of Inner Time), and to protect the planet from invasion. However, it failed in its latter role on numerous occasions, as it could easily be lowered or deactivated from within, and could also be breached by outside influences. It prevented invasion on the atomic level, weapon fire, the use of teleporters and unknown frequencies, but couldn’t prevent ships from landing. If Gallifrey was under attack, the barrier would be raised to Level 5.
The barrier could not be breached at will by TARDISes unless they possessed the Rassilon Imprimatur and Presidential Code. The effect of a Timeship passing through the barrier was visible from the ground.
It was due to the Transduction barrier and its filtering of light that the sky of Gallifrey took on a brunt orange hue at night and was pale orange during the day. Mount Cadon, the highest mountain on Gallifrey, extended above the barrier.
from: The Invasion of Time; The Apocalypse Element (audio); The Sirens of Time (audio)
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Due to his position as one of the most influential figures in Gallifreyan history, Rassilon left behind several objects and items bearing his name. Many of these appeared to have little practical use.
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Kopyion Liall a Mahajetsu was a legendary Hero of ancient Gallifrey.
His role during the Eternal War against the Yssgaroth (Great Vampires) earnt him great respect, and he was acknowledged as one of Gallifrey’s greatest generals. After the War, he was tasked with preventing the Yssgaroth from escaping their universe again. He achieved this by trapping them on one of the Seven Planets, which he had constructed himself. He had only one arm, presumably having lost the other in battle.
from: The Pit (Virgin New Adventures novel)
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