Originally Posted by thaddeus6th
Think this is it:"When the Pythia was overthrown, she laid a final curse on Gallifrey that made the population sterile. To ensure the continuation of their race, Rassilon created the Looms, machines that would "weave" new Gallifreyans out of extant genetic material."
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Yes this is what I remember from the Virgin novel Lungbarrow, which actually describes the weaving of the Doctor... or perhaps if I remember more rightly (it's a long time ago since I read the book and it's harder and harder to get hold of a copy - I was dumb enough to give mine away) it suggests that there was something more special about the Doctor's weaving - almost as though his genetic pattern was not new, that a living being became part of the weave altering the template...
Just discovered there is an online version of the novel at: BBC - Doctor Who - Classic Series Ebooks - The Sands of Time