— I just realized: Mephistopheles Arkadian’s financial backing was so instrumental in the reconstruction of Gallifrey after the Pandoran civil war that they renamed their second largest city after him.
I’m about to watch the Doctor 50th anniversary special on the big screen in 3D!
Why did they loom over 2 billion children when they were at war
Why are there over 2 billion Gallifreyans at all if they live thousands of years that sounds like a major overpopulation issue
Don’t forget: Gallifreyans, not Time Lords. And depending on how they age, they could be children for decades - many could predate the war, and others could come from periods where, well, you know, it’s going on out in the universe but it doesn’t affect *us*. (And, if you want to go especially dark - well, there’s always a need for soldiers in a war…)
I figured the Time Lords would want to boost their population considering that the death rate during the Time War would be rather high.
Which would lead to some interesting consequences—now that the time War is over and Gallifrey wasn’t destroyed after all, how are they going to deal with the Time Tot boom? At some point soon there are going to be a whole lot of young Time Lords asking inconvenient questions, meddling with things, and wearing inappropriate collars during important ceremonies. If the High Council thinks that things are going to go back to normal once the Time War ends, they’re very wrong…
At first, the high number of children freaked me out. Time Lords are incredibly long-lived. Therefore, their birth rate should be very low to maintain a stable population. If childhood development is relatively short, kids should make up a tiny fraction of the total population at any given time.
The high concentration of kids is a sign that something has gone horribly wrong. The War is going badly. Millions die in battle every day. Life expectancy is way down. The only way to replenish the ranks and ensure the survival of the species is to embrace reproduction with a fervor the Time Lords have never shown before. Thus, the Time Lords have birthed an entire generation of kids doomed to live and grow and die amid constant war.
What used to be a planet sparsely populated by grumpy old men has become a planet filled with throngs of frightened children.