I am Lord President of Gallifrey! And YOU are the notorious renegades! We shall see who is believed.
~ Borusa to the four Doctors.

Borusa is a Time Lord and the main antagonist of the Doctor Who 20th anniversary episode "The Five Doctors", who had already appeared in three previous episodes. He was a teacher of the Doctor as a child and eventually President of the Time Lords. However, he wanted immortality, which made him become evil.

He was portrayed by the late Angus MacKay in 1976, the late John Arnatt in 1978, and the late Leonard Sachs and Philip Latham in 1983.



When the First Doctor was young, Borusa was his teacher at the Time Lord Academy. At that time he was a member of the "Prydonian Chapter".

Borusa first appeared as Lord Cardinal of the High Council of Time Lords, when the Fourth Doctor was sent to his home planet Gallifrey, where the Master tried to extend his life, as he was at the end of his thirteenth and therefore final incarnation. At all his three further appearances, Borusa would encounter the Doctor in an entirely different incarnation.

Borusa's Evil Plan

Using the forbidden time scoop Borusa kidnapped the first five incarnations of the Doctor (save the Fourth who was trapped in a time eddy when Borusa tried to kidnap him) and sent them into the Death Zone to remove the defenses of the Dark Tower. It was said the first Time Lord President Rassilon had discovered immortality and still lived in the Dark Tower, thus Borusa wanted to access the Tower. He sent the Master into the Death Zone to rescue the Doctor so as to dissuade suspicion. The Fifth Doctor escaped the Death Zone using a transmat device he found on the Master. Borusa then framed the Castellan (guard captain) for using the time scoop, leading to the Castellan's death.

When the Fifth Doctor found the hidden room where Borusa was using the time scoop, Borusa used the Coronet of Rassilon to place him under mental control. The other Doctors had entered the Dark Tower and deactivated the force field, enabling Borusa to transmat into the Tower. However with the help of the other three Doctors, the Fifth Doctor was able to break free of mental control. Over the sleeping body of Rassilon, an image of Rassilon appeared and told Borusa to take the Ring, which would give him immortality. When Borusa put on the ring, Rassilon revealed others had entered the Tower to gain immortality, and Borusa was turned into one of the statues in the Tomb (specifically the then empty space on the bed Rassilon's body was kept), gaining immortality, at the cost of being imprisoned for all eternity. The Doctors then turn down the chance for immortality, and Rassilon congratulates them, and fades away.

Possibilty Engine

During thr Time War, Borusa was retro evolved into a possibility engine by Rassilon. He had been wired up to the Time Vortex and constantly regenerated through his different incarnations. Rassilon used Borusa to predict the most suitable timeline for Time Lord victory throughout the War. Rassilon came to Borusa to ask him about the most successful way to detonate the Tear of Isha into the Tantalus Eye. The War Doctor later stole Borusa from Rassilon. Being further altered by proximity to the Tantalus Eye, Borusa helped the Doctor to erase the Daleks around the Tantalus Eye. He was killed in the process but that was the fate he wanted after a miserable existence as Rassilon's experiment.


           Doctor Who logo Villains

Davros | Dalek Emperor | Dalek Prime Minister | Supreme Dalek | Special Weapon Dalek | Dalek Time Controller | Dalek Antibodies | Rusty | Metaltron
Cult of Skaro: Dalek Sec | Dalek Caan

Cyber Controller | Cyber Planner | John Lumic | Yvonne Hartman | Mercy Hartigan | Tobias Vaughn | Packer | Cybermats | CyberKing

The Master
Classic Era | Revival Era ("Harold Saxon")

General Staal | Commander Skorr | Commander Kaagh | Linx | Styre | Stor | Stike | Varl | Luke Rattigan

Mummy | Vigil

Mr. Finch

Matron Cofelia

Clockwork Repair Droids
Half Face Man

The Gunslinger

Order of St. Agnes

Family of Blood

Great Intelligence
Whisper Men | Robot Yeti

Madame Kovarian

Slitheen Family
Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen | Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen | Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen | Glune Fex Fize Sharlaveer-Slam Slitheen | Kist Magg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen | Korst Gogg Thek Lutiven-Day Slitheen | Dax Fex Fize Slitheen | Bloorm Vungah Bart Slitheen | Rahnius Slitheen | Asquith Slitheen | Chris Slitheen

Blathereen Family
Leef Apple Glyn Slitheen-Blathereen | Tree Lorn Acre Slitheen-Blathereen

Alaya | Restac | Morka | Icthar

Sea Devils
Chief Sea Devil | Sauvix

Time Lords
Rassilon | Borusa | Omega | The Rani | The Valeyard | The Meddling Monk | The War Chief | The Eleven

Bonnie | Broton

Androzani Major/Minor
Sharaz Jek | Morgus | Stotz | Jek's Androids | Smugglers

The Brethren
The Host | Father Angelo

Ice Warriors
Grand Marshal Skaldak | Lord Slaar | Lord Azaxyr | Sskel | Varga | Zondal

Sil | Lord Kiv

Lilith | Mother Doomfinger | Mother Bloodtide

Eric Stahlman | Harry Slocum | John Bromley | Private Wyatt

Nestene Consciousness | Channing | Mickey Auton

Republican Security Forces
John Benton

Robot Knights
Sheriff of Nottingham

Rosanna Calvierri | Francesco

Abaddon | Abzorbaloff | Adam Mitchell | Adam Smith | Adolf Hitler | Arcturus | Androvax | Animus | Anne Droid | Antibodies | Autons | Azal | Baltazar | Beast | Beep the Meep | Bert Walker | Black Guardian | Boneless | Bragen | Brynblaidd Cannibals | Captain Hardaker | Carrionites | Charles Grover | Charlie Duffy | Chessene | Childeric | Colonel Manton | Colony Sarff | Count Grendel | De Flores | Dream Lord | Ed Morgan | Eddie Connolly | The Editor | Empress of the Racnoss | Emojibots | Eugene Tacitus | Fairies | Fearmonger | Fendahl | Fenric | Futurekind | Ganymede Systems | Garvin | Gelth | General Finch | Gray | Harrison Chase | Hawthorne | Headless Monks | Heavenly Hosts | Helen A | Hetocumtek | Henry Van Statten | High Priest Clovis | Hinks | House | Ice Governess | Ilin | Jagrafess | Jocelyn Stevens | Joshua Naismith | Judoon | Julius Grayle | K1 Robot | Kal | Kandy Man | Kantrofarri | Karl | Kess | King Hydroflax | King Richard III | Klineman Halpen | Koquillion | Krasko | Kroagnon | Lady Cassandra | Lady Peinforte | Leandro | Lieutenant Koenig | Light | Livilla | Lord Sutcliffe | Lucius Petrus Dextrus | Maaga | Macra | Manish | Marshal of Solos | Matron Casp | Maurice Caven | Mavic Chen | Max Capricorn | Medusa | Meglos | Melanicus | Mestor | Midnight Entity | Minotaur | Mona Lisa | Monarch | Morax | Mr. Diagoras | Mr. Magpie | Mr. Seyton | Mr. Webber | Nephew | Ogrons | Oswald Danes | Peg Dolls | Pied Piper | Prisoner Zero | Professor Whitaker | Professor Zaroff | Ramón Salamander | Richard Lazarus | Richard Maynarde | Roboforms | Rutans | Shoal of the Winter Harmony | Seb | Sentris | Shockeye | Sisters of Plenitude | Dr. Skagra | Skovox Blitzer | Smilers | SniperBot | Solana | Solomon | Solomon's Robots | Sutekh | Sycoraxs | Tegana | The Child | The Figure | The Flood | The Foretold | The Hath | The Trickster | The Wire | Tia Karim | Time Beetle | Time Zombies | Toclafane | Tzim-Sha | Vespiform | Weeping Angels | Winifred Gillyflower | WOTAN | Yartek | Zagreus | Zephon | Zu-Zana |

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.