Also known as Lord President at times. In the early days of Gallifrey, old Rassilon was one of the good guys and was behind the formation of Time Lord culture.
He is one of the founders of Time Lord society.
“Remembrance of The Daleks”
DOCTOR: It was Omega who created the supernova that was the initial power source for Gallifreyan time travel experiments. He left behind him the basis on which Rassilon founded Time Lord society, and he left behind the Hand of Omega.
ACE: His hand? What good was that?
DOCTOR: No, no, not his hand literally. No, no, it’s called that because Time Lords have an infinite capacity for pretension.
ACE: I’ve noticed that.
DOCTOR: The Hand of Omega is a mythical name for Omega’s remote stellar manipulator, a device used to customise stars with. And didn’t we have trouble with the prototype.
The Seal of Rassilon
He was the first leader of Time Lord civilization (co-founding it with Omega, who later attacked the First, Second and Third Doctors in “The Three Doctors”). He was the engineer who created the TARDIS, the De-mag Gun, and the transduction barrier around his home planet. Consequently a great many Time Lord objects were said to be his: the Sash of Rassilon, the Coronet of Rassilon, the Harp of Rassilon, the Crown of Rassilon, the Game of Rassilon, the Rod of Rassilon, the Black Scrolls of Rassilon and so on. Then there’s the Ring of Rassilon, which gave its wearer the gift of immortality, although it was a cruel trick, as the bearer would be stuck inside a statue on the outside of the Tomb of Rassilon for eternity (“The Five Doctors”).
He only made one appearance in the classic series, as a rather amusing disembodied head in the 1983 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors.
Lately, however, he’s been a bit of prick.
In David Tennant’s finale he brought the Time Lords back out of the Time War just to become beings of consciousness (sounds nice) and in the Series 9 finale he was a grumpy old bastard there too, demanding the death of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.
Then he was brought back from the Dead to help the Time Lords in the Time War and went a little cuckoo for his cocoa puff, not mention the Gauntlet of Rassilon.
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