Koschei Oakdown

The Master was originally known as Koschei when he grew up on Gallifrey in the House of Oakdown. (PROSEDivided Loyalties) The Master and the Doctor shared the same heritage and upbringing. (AUDIOUNIT: Dominion)

Despite his childhood being more a life of duty, (TVThe End of Time) he had a friendship with the First Doctor. (GAMEDestiny of the Doctors) The two youths would play in the fields near Koschei’s home which was his father’s estates, with pastures of red grass near Mount Perdition. (TVThe End of Time) They used to sneak out of the Capitol and drink with the Shobogans. (PROSEThe Eight Doctors) On one of these outings, Koschei picked a fight with six drunken Shobogans. (PROSEUNIT Christmas Parties: Christmas Truce)

Koschei looks into theUntempered Schism. (TVThe Sound of Drums)

Like all Time Lords, Koschei was taken for his initiation at the age of eight. During the ceremony in which he gazed into the Time Vortex through the Untempered Schism, Koschei went mad, which was not uncommon, as when Time Lords saw the Untempered Schism they either “went mad or ran away”.This malady manifested itself as the constant drumming he heard ever after, worsening with time. (TV:UtopiaThe Sound of DrumsLast of the Time Lords) Unknown to Koschei, the drumming had been implanted retroactively into his mind by Rassilon as a link to later free the Time Lords from thetime-lock imposed upon them. (TVThe End of Time)

During their childhood, Koschei and the Doctor had been mercilessly and viciously bullied by a boy called Torvic; the young Doctor was eventually forced to kill the bully to save his friend’s life. He was later confronted by the personification of Death, who insisted he become her disciple. The Doctor refused and suggested Death make Koschei her champion, to which she agreed. The Doctor had ever since felt partly responsible for Koschei. (AUDIOMaster)

At the Academy, Koschei joined a clique of young Time Lords called the Deca. The Doctor and other future rivals Ushas and Magnus also belonged to the Deca. (PROSE:Divided Loyalties) The Doctor and Koschei were also part of the Gallifrey Academy Hot Five, in which Koschei played the drums. (PROSEDeadly Reunion) Koschei would also hypnotise people, likely as a joke, but anyone he did hypnotise the Doctor could un-hypnotise. (PROSEThe Dark Path)

Whilst at the Academy, the Doctor and Koschei travelled into Gallifrey’s past in search of Valdemar. They found nothing of the Old Ones except for warnings. Koschei was fascinated by the power that Valdemar represented while the Doctor was horrified. (PROSETomb of Valdemar)

During a period of civil unrest on Gallifrey, Koschei led many students of the Time Lord Academy in a revolt against the corrupt Lord PresidentPundat the Third, and attempted to recruit the Doctor and convince him to take the position as President, but he decided not to interfere with the current constitution. When Pundat died of stress soon after the revolt, his chosen successor was the evil Chancellor Slann. The students had found the last of Lord Rassilon’s descendants, Lady Larn, a seven-year old child adopted by Councillor Brolin, who was being groomed as a future president.

They decided on a second coup. Yet in trying to convert the Doctor, the students were overheard. Bloody reprisals against the students followed. The Doctor and Larn escaped from Gallifrey after this. Believing the students ready for the second coup, Koschei assassinated Lord President Slann. However, the students weren’t ready and he took this opportunity to steal a TARDIS and flee Gallifrey as a renegade. (PROSE:Birth of a Renegade)


Time Lord Academy

The Time Lord Academy was a school most young Time Lords attended to further their educations. According to the Tenth Doctor, children “were taken from their families at the age of eight” to begin their instruction. Part of the initiation into the academy involved looking into the Untempered Schism. (TVThe Sound of Drums) Time Lords spent “centuries” at the Academy. (COMICMortal Beloved) There was aTARDIS cradle in the Time Lord Academy for students who had formed a symbiotic bond, but hadn’t left the Academy yet. (AUDIOThe Apocalypse Element)

The Master is initiated into the Academy

The Doctor’s class at the Academy had 26 members. Three of them prematurely retired injured and two were dead by the Doctor’s seventh incarnation. (PROSELungbarrow) At the Academy, a group of students, called the Deca, named themselves Theta Sigma (the Doctor), Koschei (the Master),Mortimus (the Monk), Ushas (the Rani) and the War Chief. (PROSEDivided LoyaltiesTebediatroculozan attended the Academy at the same time as the Doctor. (PROSESeven Deadly Sins)

When a Gallifreyan had been granted the rank of Junior Time Lord in the Time Lord Academy, they received their symbiotic nuclei. (PROSEInterference - Book One) To graduate they were tested, with a pass rate of 51% (such as that achieved by the Doctor), up to a “Triple First” grade (like Romana I), and could take the test more than once if necessary, with the result being confidential. (TVThe Ribos Operation)

There were several chapters within the Time Lord Academy. These included:

At the induction ceremony for the Academy all Time Lords said:

“I swear to protect the ancient Law of Gallifrey with all my might and brain. I will to the end of my days, with justice and with honour temper my actions and my thoughts.” (HOMEVIDShada)


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