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In the webisode The Night of the Doctor we meet the pilot Cass who is extremely fearful (or perhaps angry with) the Doctor once she realises he's a timelord (bonus points if you can tell me how she realises the the phone box is a Tardis as most Tardises have a functioning chameleon circuit).

Why does she fear Time Lords? Doesn't she realise they're fighting the Daleks who are much worse!?

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For your secondary question, you can see Cass didn't realize it's a TARDIS until the Doctor mentioned it's bigger on the inside - a telltale sign you're dealing with Time Lord technology. That's what tipped her off.

As for your main question, Cass's reaction makes it quite clear that at that point in the war, both sides had committed such atrocities that any moral distinction was quite blurry, especially from the outside. By the end of the Time War, Rassilon, leader of the Time Lords, was willing to destroy time itself and all the universe to ensure the Time Lords' survival.

The old series, where the Time Lords were still occasionally encountered, made it clear that they're not particularly nice people, on the whole. Many of them are ruthless, amoral or downright vicious, and their dictum forbidding interfering with other species and their timeline was there mostly to protect those species from Time Lord meddling, not necessarily from some Prime Directive-like imperative to let time take its natural course.

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Great answer! I'd missed the fact that she was oblivious until he'd mentioned that it was bigger on the inside! – Liath Nov 19 '13 at 13:56
Good point. But I wish they followed through on it in "Day of the Doctor." The Gallifreyans seemed to be innocent victims of a Dalek attack. It would have been nice to see the war council play dirty, and contrast this with the innocent children. – user6925 Nov 27 '13 at 8:17
I agree, and was disappointed by that aspect of the episode. – Avner Shahar-Kashtan Nov 27 '13 at 12:17
"The Gallifreyans seemed to be innocent victims of a Dalek attack" -- the Time Lords started the war by attempting to wipe out the Daleks prior to their creation. I'd argue that after that particular maneouver, the Daleks are justified in virtually anything they try to do to the Time Lords... – Jules May 30 at 9:39

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