Russell T Davies tells the story of the Last Great Time War
From the 2006 Doctor Who Annual. Most notable for identifying the two previous Time Wars, describing the Time War’s overall history (including Genesis of the Daleks and The Apocalypse Element), and introducing “You are not alone” a year and a half before series 3. (Extra bonus points for calling the Time War “the War” and using the phrase “lesser species”, just in case you thought it was different from the Faction Paradox one …)
When the Doctor came to Earth – to track down the Nestene Consciousness and its plastic servants, the Autons – he had no intention of finding a human companion. He’d had fellow travellers alongside him before, of course, and most of them human. His favourite species! But that was in the old days, when the universe seemed young and fresh and more inclined to friendly gestures.
The universe, since then, had changed. At least for the Doctor.
There had been a War, the Great Time War between the Daleks and the Time Lords. There had been two Time Wars before this – the skirmish between the Halldons and the Eternals, and then the brutal slaughter of the Omnicraven Uprising – and on both occasions, the Doctor’s people had stepped in to settle the matter. The Time Lords had a policy of non-interference in the affairs of the universe, but on a higher level, in affairs of the Time Vortex, they assumed discreetly the role of protectors. They were the self-appointed keepers of the peace. Until forced to fight.