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Melody was conceived in the TARDIS, on her parents' (Amy Pond and Rory Williams) wedding night, while the TARDIS was in flight in the time vortex. The Time Lords also gained their special abilities (including regeneration) through exposure to the time vortex, although that exposure was less direct & the process was consequently more gradual. This was explained during a conversation between the Doctor & Vastra in "A Good Man Goes to War".