time lord n.
in the British television series Doctor Who: one of a race of humanoid aliens from the planet Gallifrey who are able to control time-travel technology
1969 War Games (episode 1) (Doctor Who episode) (transcript) 19 Apr.
[Doctor:] Well, the Time Lords are an immensely civilised race. We can control our own environment, we can live forever, barring accidents, and we have the secret of space time travel.
The story also introduces for the first time another Time Lord apart from the Doctor—the Meddling Monk.
Doctor Who: The Key to Time 38/2
Douglas [Adams] did recycle part of this when Dr Chronotis, a retired Time Lord whose rooms in Cambridge so resembled Douglas’s own, appeared in the first Dirk Gently novel.
Wish You Were Here 117
1994 Sunday Times 6 Mar.
Doctor Who fans insist that the eighth metamorphosis of the time lord must be British.
2010 Atlantic Monthly Nov. 66/3
He is a Time Lord—something between a cosmic guardian and a private investigator—and he travels the spaceways in his tardis (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), a time machine that, owing to a dodgy chameleon circuit, is stalled in the shape of a 1950s London phone booth.
2017 Starburst (#432) Jan. 46/1
Shoreditch’s I. M. Foreman junkyard and the Powell Estate becoming staging posts for two very different incarnations of the same Time Lord.
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