doctor who - Is it now possible to "pop" in and out of universes, after a certain event happened?

The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) mentioned that anyone could pop in and out of universes when the Time Lords watched over things, right? And that them being gone meant that cross dimensional travel was "tricky" and dangerous?

So, now

that they have returned from their pocket dimension, shouldn't it be easier?

Was there an explanation to this already existing in the show? (forgive me for I haven't watched the series in a while).

1 Answer

  1. Leonard- Reply

    2019-11-14

    No

    The quote you reference in the question is as follows:

    Doctor: We're not meant to be here. The Tardis draws it's power from the universe, but it's the wrong universe. It's like diesel in a petrol engine.

    Mickey: But I've seen it in comics. People go hopping from one alternative world to another. It's easy.

    Doctor: Not in the real world. It used to be easy. When the Time Lords kept their eye on everything, you could hop between realities, home in time for tea. Then they died, and took it all with them. The walls of reality closed, the worlds were sealed. Everything became that bit less kind.
    S02E05 - Rise of the Cybermen (Number 10)

    Once the Time Lords came back, they were put at the end of the universe.

    General: Gallifrey is currently positioned at the extreme end of the time continuum, for its own protection. We're at the end of the universe, give or take a star system.

    Doctor: I know. I came the long way round.
    S09E12 - Hell Bent (Number 12)

    The important thing to note is that when the Time Lords kept their eye on everything you could hop between realities. However, since the Time Lords are now at the end of the universe, they are not keeping an eye on things, and thus unable to regulate (and enable) hopping between realities.

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