MPs of all parties hit out at plans to reform the Time Lords retroactively, with new measures coming into effect as early as 1893.
However, supporters have pointed out that reform could prevent the second chamber ever having happened in the first place, thereby avoiding years of unelected rule by Patrick Troughton and, later, Jon Pertwee – a practice of privilege that ‘could lead to another Sylvester McCoy tragedy’, according to critics.
Denis Smith, MP for Gallifrey, told the Commons that the solution ‘would avoid years of haggling over whether or not Time Lords were an outdated institution, or if their time had yet to come, or both.’
Some Liberal Democrat MPs feared that the plan might fatally damage the space-time coalition, sending Sara Teather spinning away into space for all eternity. And MP Aretha Franklin (Respect) warned that Scientologists and Jedi might now claim seats alongside Lady Bishops and possibly even Rabbi Lionel Blue.