|“||Destroy the light and you destroy yourself. Dark can not exist without the knowledge of light.||„|
|~ The White Guardian|
|“||No light without dark.||„|
|~ The Black Guardian|
The Black Guardian is the main antagonist in Seasons 16 and 20 of Doctor Who. He is the cosmic personification of chaos and darkness, therefore making him the direct opposition of the White Guardian.
Although he claims to embody freedom while his enemies claim he embodies evil, he simply represents chaos itself (meaning both aspects of "destruction" and "freedom"), along with uncontrolled entropy. The Black Guardian`s ultimate goal is to plunge all of existence into eternal chaos and destroy all order.
He was portrayed by Valentine Dyall on TV. In Big Finish's audio dramas, he is voiced by David Troughton.
The Black Guardian is one of the Guardians of Time, elemental forces embodying several aspects of the universe.
When the White Guardian sent The Doctor and Romana to find the scattered segments of the Key to Time, the Black Guardian looked for them as well. After his tries to prevent the two Time Lords from assembling the Key failed, he posed as the White Guardian and asked for the Key, but the Doctor looked trough his disguise and scattered the Key again.
The Black and the White Guardian let the Eternals start a race against each other and promised Enlightenment, which seemed to be symbolized in a crystal, to the winner. The Black Guardian assisted a female Eternal named Wrack to sabotage the other competitors by giving her a bit of his power and also used the Doctor's companion Turlough, who has been saved by the Guardian, as his mole to destroy the Doctor.
His plan was to have the Eternals spread chaos across the universe once they had Enlightenment. However the Doctor threw Wrack overboard so he and Turlough were the ones who approached the two Guardians.
The Black Guardian offered Turlough the gift of Enlightenment in return for sacrificing the Doctor, but Turlough refused and threw the crystal at the Guardian who vanished in flames. The Doctor then stated that Enlightenment has never been the crystal, it was the choice. The White Guardian agreed, but warned them that the Black Guardian is still alive and will exist until the Guardians themselves aren't needed anymore.
The Black Guardian continued making appearances in the Doctor Who expanded universe, still seeking the Key to Time and spreading chaos throughout the universe.
- Although the Black Guardian is directly opposed to the White guardian, the two have been mentioned in the Doctor Who novels to occasionally work together as part of a "council" known as the Six-Fold God to ensure stability throughout the multiverse.
- The Black Guardian is among the most powerful forces in the Doctor Who universe, being a multiversal cosmic entity far beyond the Time Lords and the Doctor`s ability to permanently defeat.
- He is very similar to the Trickster: they are both manifestations of chaos, are reality-warpers, use trickery to advance their goals, seek for the end of the universe, and both saved people from death.