If anyone could kindly explain to me what exactly is Faction Paradox, that’d be great. Because it seems to me that’s some dark, underground Doctor Who material, and I’m always digging for dark, underground Doctor Who material.
Out of universe: A time travelling group invented by Lawrence Miles who first appeared in the Eighth Doctor Adventures (EDA) novel Alien Bodies. They were a key part to the plot that began with that book and showed up in several more. The last EDA to feature them was Ancestor Cell, by Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole, which ended the plot in a way that Lawrence Miles didn’t agree with. Because of how copyright works, he was able to go to a different publishing company and begin a series of books featuring Faction Paradox and many Whoniverse characters under different names. When that publishing company (Mad Norwegian Press) went out of business, he moved companies again. The current major form of new Faction material is audios, although there have been some books released recently.
Faction Paradox as a term out of universe refers to the continuity that sprung up once Miles left the Whoniverse.
In universe: In their own words:
First off, imagine…just for a second… that everything’s being run by a bunch of stuck-up immortals who live in the middle of history. Then imagine that some of them started getting itchy and got themselves kicked out. Then imagine that the ones who got kicked out are now having a kind of New Orleans voodoo-carnival across the rest of the universe, only killing anyone who gets in their way. Are you following this?
Cousin Eliza, Faction Paradox Military Wing. (The Book of the War)
Basically, a group of Time Lords got bored and left/were kicked off of Gallifrey. They now amuse themselves by being as chaotic as possible in the middle of the largest War possible.
(The War is mostly between Gallifrey and the enemy, with occasional help—on both sides—from the Celestis/CIA, Remote (genetically engineered media controlled humans), the Faction, and assorted eldritch abominations.)
They’re known for wearing bone masks and having a pseudo-familial hierarchy. Grandfather Paradox never existed, and has now never existed for 200 years, but otherwise he’s their founder.