Gallifreyan’s have Triple Helix DNA as well as TNA. The extra third strand was added by Rassilon to make regeneration possible. Regeneration was created to extend the already amazing Gallifreyan lifespan. Their bodies are filled with self-replicating biogenic molecules (sometimes known as the Immortality Virus) that work ceaselessly to repair and prune damaged and malformed cells. Because of this, it takes hundreds of years for a Gallifreyan to show signs of aging. After healing, the regeneration proceeds and the subjects’ body (and to a lesser degree, the mind) will be completely restructured.
Within the first 15 hours of regeneration, a Gallifreyan will still have enough residual cellular energy to regrow a severed body part, such as a hand.
The biogenic molecules are aided by the temporal platelets which cluster around any wound, accelerating time in that area to speed the healing. A broken leg can heal in anywhere from a few hours to 4 days depending of the severity of the break. These rates of healing can be enhanced if the Gallifreyan is kept near (or inside) a TARDIS.
Despite looking like humans from Sol III, Gallifreyan’s have got multiple organs of virtually everything including two more ribs (than humans). They have 2 of most of the organs that humans have only one of, and four of the organs that humans have only two of. Aside from the extra ribs, a Gallifreyan’s skeleton is almost identical to that of a human being.
Gallifreyan’s have more than one stomach and are not as vulnerable to malnutrition as humans are. Some (if not all) believe that only one meal a day is perfectly normal. They can easily go two days without water and a week without food is not a major strain - in fact, they sometimes sit in thought for days without food or water. However, 40 days without food or water will make a Gallifreyan delirious.
Arsenic is toxic to Gallifreyan’s and will inhibit their enzymes. If a large source of protein, salt, and other chemicals (found in ginger beer) are available, a Gallifreyan who has been poisoned with arsenic can use a major shock or surprise to trigger detox. This detoxification allows their stomach to stimulate inhibited enzymes to reverse and release all toxins as gas that can be exhaled. Aspirin is incredibly toxic to them, as well.
Their skin smells like honey and has extra subdural and subcutaneous layer. This makes their skin very resistant to radiation, physical damage, poison ivy, sunburns and tanning. Gallifreyan’s can resist radiation that will kill a human in 4 minutes for 2-12 minutes before they start to take noticeable damage. Incarnations which appear to be physically younger are significantly more resistant to radiation then older bodies. They also have incredible strength for their size.
They can enter a self-induced sleep trance in which breathing, heart beat, and brain activity are all reduced to an absolute minimum. While in this trance a Time Lord can ponder complex ideas without any outside distractions. 20 minutes in this state is equivalent to 8 hours of sleep for a human. Thus, they only need about 1-6 hours of sleep every 2 days.
End of an Era,begining of a new: 19th to 20th’s regeneration // 20th & OPEN
He stumbbled,gasping loudly as he entered in his good old TARDIS. He - 19th - haven’t been able to save his companion Ana.. He tried his best but all he got was an almost death. Hist body started to regenerate and - even though he tried to avoid it a little longer - he lost his control. The TARDIS began to move by itself and he’d be worried if he wasn’t changing.
As the blue box travelled through the time and space,he struggle so hard that for a moment one of his hearts stopped beating. Suddenly the machine stopped. He would’ve noticed that someone entered inside it but he was far too worried with his looks. Turning to the stranger,not really ashamed to be naked,the redheaded woman which would be know as 20th said: “Am I… ginger now?”
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chants ‘the doctor is a pretty shitty time lord and not the standard of his species’ really loudly
he’s crappy at reading biodata - meaning he can’t often tell the species of someone else as easily as a time lord should be able to and can’t see through disguises that well.
his teachers thought he was annoying as hell - he’d make paper aeroplanes. paper. aeroplanes. he once stuck a teacher in a time loop for a whole 24 hours so he taught the same lesson all day. him and koschei would ruin each other’s experiments in science lessons to piss each other off. this carried on for about 100 years.
he only got 42% in his telepathy exam - though he gained a grand master title in telepathic combat.
he only got 11% in his art & architecture exam - he’s actually really good at landscape gardening, drawing and sculpture; a thing frowned upon in the academy (where most art was computer generated) and his art teacher was very disappointed.
he only scored 49% in history - taking note of official histories and that he shouldn’t meddle in any of them was difficult, apparently.
he only just scraped through his exams to become a time lord - his parents were very disappointed.
him and ruath re-introduced cats to gallifrey - he literally stole a bunch of cats and let them run wild in the gallifreyan countryside bc he felt like it.
him and the master would steal broken tardises, get drunk and start bar fights - most thought he was stupidly reckless and lacking in social grace.
his family eventually banned all mention of his name - he talked to aliens and this is super bad.
he didn’t even want to be a frigging time lord- he just wanted a doctorate.
Piece by piece he could feel cracks in his memory slowly spread like a wild fire destroying everything. He felt like he was falling apart inside as he grips his head trying to stop the feeling of loss. “P-please…stop taking them…my…I need those…without them…then…who am I?” he asks in pants and whispers. Eventually as the last bit of information about gallifrey and time lords vanish from his mind he gasps loudly. “I…what was I…doing?” he asks looking about his expression showing nothing but utter confusion. He stands and walks away disappearing into the crowd bumping into someone. “S-sorry” he apologizes rapidly.