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The series has not been consistent on this point. In the Classic Era it was said to be a title earned through attending an academy; as such, Ace was seen about to enter training to become a Time Lord in "Death Comes to Time" (webcast). But in "A Good Man Goes to War", Time Lords are explicitly referred to as a species with its own DNA. However, in his monthly column in Doctor Who Magazine #475, Steven Moffat states that not all Gallifreyans are Time Lords (confirming that the Gallifrey version of Clara seen in "The Name of the Doctor" was not a Time Lord.