Rules - 2nd edition

This is a collectible card game for 2 or more players, set in the Dr. Who universe. Being a CCG, each player may build his or her deck any way they wish, with whatever cards they want (or can), as long as there are no more than 4 copies of any one card (including those played during Set-Up). No two decks will be the same, so no two games will be the same. You may play the Doctor and his allies, his most evil enemies or a combination of both. Using your Characters, you will visit many different locations in space and time where they will attempt to Reach Goals and score points before your opponents score them first. First player to 10 points wins.

Card types
There are 8 different types of cards in the game:

Spacetime cards are locations in time and space to which your Characters can travel. The title contains information relevant to Nativity (see below). Under the picture, each Spacetime card has the following bar: . In the middle is the location and era represented by the card, which is also relevant to Nativity (again, see below). On the right end is a number, which is the Cost of the card. Then follows a text box, which features gameplay instructions, along with the types of Goal card that can be played there.

In italics is a quote from the episode. Most cards follow this pattern, with the few exceptions explained below.


Goals are cards that play on Spacetime cards, allow you to score more points from Spacetime cards, and eventually win a game. In the middle bar is the type of Goal (Spacetime cards list which types may be played on them). On the right end is a number, the Cost of the card, just like for any other card type.
Then follows the text box:

Game text for Goals is really split in two. The first part explains how to Reach the Goal and thus score points (and gain other advantages) - this can only be done by your Characters. The second part tells you how your opponent can Oppose the Goal and score those points - this can only be done by an opponent's Characters. (See Scoring Points, below.) You may only play Goals on your own Spacetime cards during Set-Up, and only one Goal may be played on any given Spacetime card during the game (unless two players played the same Spacetime card during Set-Up, in which case, both these players can play a Goal there). The same player cannot play more than one copy of the same Goal card during a game.

There are three types of Characters:

Allies include the Doctor, his Companions, Sarah Jane's Adventurers, UNIT personnel, many Torchwood operatives, and any others who would align themselves with the Doctor. These can all work together regardless of their Faction (see Factions, below).

Enemies are Characters on the side of evil and include Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Nestenes, and any others - alien or not - who would align themselves against the Doctor and his friends. These all work together regardless of their Faction (see Factions, below).

Neutrals are Characters who can work either with Allies or with Enemies, depending on the circumstances or their mood. They may even work with both on the same turn so long as they have not been as yet frozen.

All Characters are similarly built. On top is the title bar:
. The diamond icon is the number of copies of the Character that can be put in play by any given player. Then follows the title of the card, and then, when the Character is unique (one diamond), its subtitle. The bar is preceded by Character type (Ally/Enemy/Neutral).
Under the picture is the following bar:
. On the left end is the Character's faction, if any (see Factions, below). In the middle is the Character's Nativity. On the right end is the Character’s Cost. Note that some Characters (like Time Lords) have a slight difference: The left end of the bar has a Roman numeral indicating the character’s "generation". Some cards will make use of this. Characters may also be native to a Base card such as "TARDIS". You may play these to whichever Spacetime card that card currently sits.

The text box on all Characters will look something like this:

First is list of Traits, each preceded by a Trait icon (). Some Traits will be followed by a number in parentheses - such as Science (2) - which means that Character has that amount of that Trait (when counting the total number of Traits a Character has, a Trait with a number only counts as 1 trait. When determining how much of a specific trait a Character has, the number next to the Trait is used). In this list, you may also find card titles that may be Vortexed, preceded by the icon ( ); see below. This list is then possibly followed by a special ability that the Character may use. In italics, as usual, is the lore - some quote from the show. Finally, in the coloured bar, we have the Character’s three Qualities:
-Brains: The Character’s IQ, intuition and cunning.
-Brawn: The Character’s fighting ability, physical strength and toughness.
-Bravery: The Character’s determination, courage and guts.
Most Qualities will range between 1 and 10 though more or less is possible in extreme cases.


Artefacts are pieces of equipment that can help Characters in some way, and include everything from laser guns to the TARDIS to the Doctor's scarf. Each has a listed User, at whose location the Artefact must be played. Artefacts can then be used by that User or your other Characters, and can be moved with the TARDIS or other means. Artefacts left unattended can be picked up by another player’s potential User. If this occurs, the Artefact is under that player's control. Unique Artefacts may have subtitles; these work just like the subtitles on Characters.


Conditions represent effects that usually have some lasting power in the game. These may be played on a Character or on a Spacetime card, or be placed in your Danger Deck (see below). They are sometimes played on table, in a section of the playing mat reserved for such cards, on the other side from the draw deck.


Bang! cards represent effects that interrupt play and usually have no ongoing effect. They are usually destroyed upon being played.

Note that cards may all have keywords like Attack, Defense, Temporal, etc., which places them in the same subset of cards. For example, a card that allowed you to destroy an Attack card could affect any Condition (or other card) with that keyword.

Each player has 25 Cost to play with during Set-Up. The total number of cards he or she plays during Set-Up cannot exceed 25 Cost, or 10 cards. These must include no more or less than 3 Spacetime cards, 1 Goal and 1 card with the Base keyword. These
initial Set-Up cards will allow you to play other cards during Set-Up, in addition to any card that specifically indicates it may do so.

Spacetime cards are simply placed down on the table one next to the other between the players in a line. If two (or more) players play the same Spacetime card, place them one on top of the other. No player may play more than one copy of the same Spacetime card.

Going in the order opposite Initiative (see below), players must then play a Goal card on one of their Spacetime cards.
All other cards are shuffled together into either your face-down draw deck, which must contain at least 50 cards (there is no maximum), or your face-down Danger Deck (you may only include cards with the  icon under its Cost in this pile). Each player draws a hand of 8 cards. Next to the draw deck will be the discard pile, where destroyed cards are placed face up.

The lay-out may look something like this. (Assumes a 2-player game.) Still to come.

The player whose starting (Set-Up) Characters’ total Qualities (Brains, Brawn and Bravery) are highest starts, play then going in a clockwise direction. In case of a tie, the one whose starting Characters’ total Cost is lowest. If there is a further tie, just flip a coin, roll dice, or use whatever number generator is on hand.

A Turn
Each turn proceeds through the following phases:
1) Action phase : The player’s cards are put into action, either trying to Reach a Goal at the Spacetime card where they are located, trying to Oppose at the Spacetime card where they are located, using their game text, or doing something allowed by another card (such as fight).
2) Movement phase: The player may now move his or her Characters to another Spacetime card using a card with the Move keyword.
3) Play phase: Each card (except Bang! cards, which are free) has a Cost. At the start of the turn, a player may spend up to 6 Cost by playing Characters, Artefacts, Goals, Conditions and even Spacetime cards (there is no limit to the number that you can have in play by the end of the game) at this time. You may play these cards simultaneously (in which case they are considered to come into play simultaneously) or sequentially, in any combination or order you choose.
4) Draw phase: To signal the end of his or her turn, a player may discard one card from hand and then must replenish his or her hand back to 8 cards from the top of the draw deck. Play passes to the next player.
5) Bang! cards have no Cost and can be played at any time during the turn, or during another player’s turn, according to each one’s game text.
6) The game ends when a player reaches or surpasses 10 points.

Scoring Points
Players score points by meeting requirements on Spacetime cards and Goals. Spacetime cards will often have game text that allows you to score a small number of points. Any player that meets those requirements scores those points. If a Goal is on that Spacetime card, it takes precedence. The Goal's owner must meet the requirements listed under "Reach", while that player's opponents must meet those listed under "Oppose". Points may not be scored more than once at any given Spacetime card (you would not, for example, play a Goal where points have already been scored from meeting the Spacetime card's own requirements because that Goal could not possibly score you points.) There is no limit to the number of Goals in play at the same time, so a player can work on multiple Goals simultaneously. Losing points does not count as "scoring". If you lose more points than you score, it is possible to have negative points.

Danger Deck
Whenever you attempt to meet either a Spacetime card or Goal's requirements, you must face an opponent's Danger Deck. In games with more than 2 players, face the pile of the opponent who either (in order of priority) played the Goal, played this Spacetime card, has the most Characters at that Spacetime card, or if none of these apply, who is sitting on your left. The Danger Deck's owner takes its top ? cards (where ? = the points to be scored + the number of Characters he or she has here). Without revealing the cards drawn, the Pile's owner chooses ? cards (where ? = the number of points to be scored) with a total Cost of no more than double the points to be scored, and plays them one by one (in his or her preferred order) against the attempting player. If at any time, all of the attempting player's Characters are frozen OR he or she scores points, the attempt ends. Any cards used during the attempt (except Characters cards) are placed under the Spacetime card as a reminder. All unused cards go to the bottom of their Danger Deck. On every subsequent attempt, the Danger Deck's owner must deduct the number of cards previously faced from the number of cards drawn from the Danger Deck and the total cost of cards that may be played during the attempt. Each player has his or her own running total of cards faced. If the Danger Deck runs out of cards, players facing it will simply face no more dangers.

Ex.: A player (let's call him Adric) is attempting to meet requirements worth 5 points where an opponent (let's call her Nyssa) has 3 opposing Characters. Nyssa takes 8 cards from her Danger Deck and chooses 5, setting the other 3 aside. One by one, Nyssa plays her 5 cards against Adric's Characters. After the third, all his Characters are frozen and can no longer do anything. His attempt is over; Nyssa puts the 3 used cards under the Spacetime card and all 5 unused cards under her Danger Deck. On the next turn, Adric attempts to score points here again. Let's say Nyssa played another Character here during her turn (she now has 4). She now draws 6 cards from the Danger Deck (the 5 points to be scored + her 4 Characters - the 3 used cards showing under the Spacetime card) and makes Adric face 2 of them (the 5 points to be scored - the 3 used cards). If Nyssa attempted to score points here during her turn, the cards faced by Adric would NOT be deducted from the number she must face. as they have separate running totals.

Playing Characters: A Matter of Nativity
Characters may only be played at a card that matches their Nativity (either a Spacetime card that matches both the location and era listed on the Character, or an Artefact or Condition specifically listed as the Character's Nativity, such as the TARDIS).

Nativity is really split into three components. First is a location (such as Earth), then comes an era (Past, Present or Future), and finally a specific date. A Character may be played at any Spacetime card that corresponds to their location and era (ignoring the date). If a Character has only a location listed, then it may report to any Spacetime card listing that location. Similarly, if only an era is listed, it may be played at any location with that era listed. (For example, a Character native to the Present, may be played at such locations as Earth/Present, Traken/Present and Skaro/Present.)

The date will only be used in combination with other cards, and/or for when it may be useful figure out the chronological order of Spacetime cards. Thus, if a card mentions the date rather than the era, only cards with a date may interact with that card. For that purpose, the modern Terran dating system is used throughout. Note that a date without either B.C. or A.D. refers to an A.D. date. Some cards will be native of a span of time. When a Character is Native of a span of time - say, Earth Past to Present - it may be played at any Spacetime card representing, in this case, Earth in the two mentioned eras and those in between. Cards without a note on Nativity may be played anywhere and anywhen.

Playing Cards: Number of Copies
Each diamond-shaped icon represents the number of copies of that particular card can be placed in play by a single player. A player can only have one copy of a card with a single diamond (a “unique” Character, for example), 2 copies of a card with 2 [diamond], and so on. Any number of copies of card without any such icon can be played. Cards in the discard pile are not considered in play, so a player can play a second copy of a card that has been discarded, of course.

A player can have only one copy of a unique card with the same title, even if the subtitle may differ. For example, if you have The Doctor - Interfering Time Lord, you cannot then play a card called The Doctor - Disarming Clown. This does not affect other players’ ability to play a card with the same title. Uniqueness is per each player only.

Factions are particular groupings of Characters that tend to follow a certain theme. In the Basic Set, for example, you will discover Companions, Torchwood, Daleks and Cybermen. Expansion sets will introduce more, from UNIT to Sarah Jane's Adventurers, as well as the Sontarans, Nestene and Ice Warriors. Each of these has an icon to represent it, and many cards will only work if you have the proper number of Faction members in play. Being part of a Faction does not prevent you from working with members of another faction (or a Factionless Character), so long as all Characters working together and either Allies and Neutrals, or Enemies and Neutrals. It should also be said that all Faction members cannot necessarily work together. Torchwood, for example, might feature both Allies and Enemies.

If you have a card in hand that has the same title as one in play, but a different subtitle, you may play it (at regular Cost) to the copy in play's location, regardless of that card's Nativity. The copy in play is discarded (but does not count as "destroyed" for purposes of other cards). Any cards played on a Character remain in play and on the Character it is swapped with if the requirements for playing that card are still being met.

Many cards in the game, from vehicles like the TARDIS itself, temporal rifts and such everyday things as walking or getting older, will allow your Characters to move to a different Spacetime card, usually during the Movement phase. Such cards will be marked with the keyword Movement and will describe the conditions under which moving is accomplished.

Fights with "opposing Characters": Some cards allow your Characters to fight an opponent’s Characters. Enemies can only fight Allies and Neutrals. Allies can only fight Enemies and Neutrals.
Fights with "facing Characters": These cards are triggered out of the Danger Deck and will allow Allies to fight Allies or Enemies to fight Enemies. You will still need to decide which group of Characters you want attacking, since your Enemies and Allies cannot work together.
In both cases, your cards can only fight an opponent’s cards. Who wins and what happens then is dictated by each card. Normally, players must group their cards as Enemies+Neutrals and Allies+Neutrals, and it is these groups that must be compared. Attack cards usually require a specific Character to be involved (this Character must be in an appropriate group, and its entire group is used in the fight).

Some cards allow you to capture opposing Characters. When you successfully do this, the Character is frozen until freed (by a card that can free captives). Other cards may allow you to use captives for various ends.

Frozen Characters
A frozen Character is a Character that has used up its actions and can no longer do anything, such as fight, move or attempt to. It also cannot use a special ability, unless that ability is an ongoing effect (for example, “Your Allies here are +1 Bravery”, which is always on and does not require some kind of trigger). Characters are unfrozen at the start of the next player's turn unless a card has specifically frozen then for longer (say, "until the start of your next turn"). Of course, it now being an opponent's turn, those Characters are inactive, though they may, for example, participate in fights initiated by an opponent.

A Character is automatically frozen in the following circumstances:
-After attempting to score points and failing.
-If any card specifically freezes a Character.

Vortex Icon

Whenever the Vortex icon precedes the title of a card (or designates a larger subset of cards), it means that a player may use it, once per game to look for that card in his or her draw deck and place it into his or her hand, then reshuffling the remaining cards of the deck. A player cannot look for a card that he or she has not stocked (i.e. just to reshuffle their deck). A card with this icon allows a Vortex only once per game, no matter how many copies of that card you use during the game. When a card allows another to be Vortexed directly into play, that card may come from your hand instead of your deck.

Appendix I - Complete list of Character Traits




Game and all game materials TM Michel M. Albert

. Dr. Who and all related concepts and characters TM BBC. Comments, corrections or criticism? Write me!