History Characters / DoctorWhoDoctors

16th Feb '18 7:44:10 PM EdwardGil
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An incarnation of the Doctor who will be [[Myth/KingArthur Merlin]] in an AlternateUniverse with SufficientlyAdvancedMagic. Mentioned in Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield.
7th Jan '18 1:30:24 AM Siempie
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[[caption-width-right:350: Counter-clockwise from the left: [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Two]], [[Creator/TomBaker Four]], [[Creator/ColinBaker Six]], [[Creator/PaulMcGann Eight]], [[Creator/JohnHurt War]], [[Creator/MattSmith Eleven]], [[Creator/DavidTennant Ten]], [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Nine]], [[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy Seven]], [[Creator/PeterDavison Five]], [[Creator/JonPertwee Three]] and [[Creator/WilliamHartnell One]].[[note]]Not pictured: [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelve]] and [[Creator/JodieWhittaker Thirteen]].[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Counter-clockwise ''[[MyFutureSelfAndMe Me, myself and I and him]] / [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse Are all the same guy]]!'' [[note]]Counter-clockwise from the left: [[Creator/PatrickTroughton Two]], [[Creator/TomBaker Four]], [[Creator/ColinBaker Six]], [[Creator/PaulMcGann Eight]], [[Creator/JohnHurt War]], [[Creator/MattSmith Eleven]], [[Creator/DavidTennant Ten]], [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Nine]], [[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy Seven]], [[Creator/PeterDavison Five]], [[Creator/JonPertwee Three]] and [[Creator/WilliamHartnell One]].[[note]]Not One]]. Not pictured: [[Creator/PeterCapaldi Twelve]] and [[Creator/JodieWhittaker Thirteen]].[[/note]]]]
26th Dec '17 11:26:48 AM narm00
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* DeathIsDramatic: Regeneration episodes themselves tend to be very melancholy in nature; see "Planet of the Spiders", "Logopolis", "Caves of Androzani", "Night of the Doctor", "The Parting of the Ways", "The End of Time" and "The Time of the Doctor".

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* DeathIsDramatic: Regeneration episodes themselves tend to be very melancholy in nature; see "Planet of the Spiders", "Logopolis", "Caves of Androzani", "Night of the Doctor", "The Parting of the Ways", "The End of Time" and Time", "The Time of the Doctor".Doctor" and "Twice Upon a Time".



* DyingAlone: The Seventh, Eighth, War and Tenth Doctors all regenerated alone (though given that the last two were in the TARDIS, they don't count as a full example).

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* DyingAlone: The Seventh, Eighth, War and War, Tenth and Twelfth Doctors all regenerated alone (though given that the last two three were in the TARDIS, they don't count as a full example).



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use their true name, taking their name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to them, it is a promise, as symbol of who he is or rather wants to be: Somebody who wants to help and heal. Of course, this leads to the classic RunningGag...

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use their true name, taking their name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to them, it is a promise, as symbol of who he is they are or rather wants want to be: Somebody who wants to help and heal. Of course, this leads to the classic RunningGag...



** In relation to the point above, when it comes to in-fighting between incarnations, One has always been the exception, especially in the expanded universe. All of his successors who have interacted with him have always seen him as a voice of reason, treated him with immense respect, and have always followed his advice.

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** In relation to the point above, when it comes to in-fighting between incarnations, One has always generally been the exception, especially in the expanded universe. All Most of his successors who have interacted with him have always seen him as a voice of reason, treated him with immense respect, and have always followed his advice.



** Meanwhile, when Ten and Eleven met they got along rather well. Their squabbles being more akin to playful witty banter and the two sharing more than a few of their more expressive mannerisms.

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** Meanwhile, when Ten and Eleven met they got along rather well. Their well, their squabbles being more akin to playful witty banter and the two sharing more than a few of their more expressive mannerisms.



* InexplicablyAwesome: The Doctor is, quite frankly, oddball, even for a Time Lord (heck, just liking Earth, let alone a particular corner of the universe that isn't Gallifrey, is outright weird for them). ''And we '''''still''''' don't really know all that much about how they got to be that weird by their standards.'' Seriously.

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* InexplicablyAwesome: The Doctor is, quite frankly, oddball, oddball even for a Time Lord (heck, just liking Earth, let alone a particular corner of the universe that isn't Gallifrey, is outright weird for them). ''And we '''''still''''' don't really know all that much about how they got to be that weird by their standards.'' Seriously.



** The Ninth briefly held off his Regeneration so he could comfort Rose and prepare her for what's going to happen to him.

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** The Ninth briefly held off his Regeneration regeneration so he could comfort Rose and prepare her for what's going to happen to him.



** Twelve took the opportunity to remind his successor of what being the Doctor means before finally giving himself over. "Doctor... I let you go."



** The Thirteenth Doctor's look is described on her own page as "raided the wardrobe of a 1980s' British kids' show."

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** The Thirteenth Doctor's look look, comprising a blue top with rainbow stripes, short blue trousers with suspenders, and a long pale lilac coat, is described on her own page as "raided the wardrobe of a 1980s' British kids' TV show."



* DefeatEqualsExplosion: In a sense, Time Lord regeneration has been [[TakingYouWithMe weaponized]] -- a far cry from the kaleidoscope dirt naps of previous Doctors. The new regeneration effect is a massive buildup and release of energy. War's regeneration was the first to erupt with a flood of energy spouting from his arms and head. When Nine died, he warned Rose to keep at a safe distance, and Ten's expelled radiation and energy blasts caused the TARDIS console room to explode. Eleven receives a power-up from Gallifreyan benefactors, giving him enough juice to blast a Dalek fleet to smithereens.

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** Twelve eventually becomes comfortable with who he is, but his long life as a hero has taken its toll on him, and when his regeneration begins he prefers to go out in a HeroicSacrifice rather than change once again and continue fighting.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: In a sense, Time Lord regeneration has been [[TakingYouWithMe weaponized]] -- a far cry from the kaleidoscope dirt naps of previous Doctors. The new regeneration effect is a massive buildup and release of energy. War's regeneration was the first to erupt with a flood of energy spouting from his arms and head. When Nine died, he warned Rose to keep at a safe distance, and Ten's expelled radiation and energy blasts caused the TARDIS console room to explode. Eleven receives received a power-up from Gallifreyan benefactors, giving him enough juice to blast a Dalek fleet to smithereens.smithereens. Twelve's regeneration also damaged the console room, but it didn't explode... at least until Thirteen tried pressing a button.



* FallingIntoTheCockpit: These Doctors have a bad habit of regenerating while the TARDIS is still in mid-flight. Ten's landing was particularly rocky, bouncing around the streets of Rose's tower block like a pinball. Eleven nearly pitched himself out through the front door, flailed around while the ship hurtled across London's skyline, managed to claw his way back into the console room, fell ''through'' the console room and into the TARDIS' upturned swimming pool, and finally landed in someone's garden... [[ParkingProblems sideways]]. Poor Twelve is struck by an inopportune senior moment when glancing at the controls, leading to the TARDIS being swallowed by a dinosaur(!).

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* FallingIntoTheCockpit: These Doctors have a bad habit of regenerating while the TARDIS is still in mid-flight. Ten's landing was particularly rocky, bouncing around the streets of Rose's tower block like a pinball. Eleven nearly pitched himself out through the front door, flailed around while the ship hurtled across London's skyline, managed to claw his way back into the console room, fell ''through'' the console room and into the TARDIS' upturned swimming pool, and finally landed in someone's garden... [[ParkingProblems sideways]]. Poor Twelve is was struck by an inopportune senior moment when glancing at the controls, leading to the TARDIS being swallowed by a dinosaur(!).dinosaur(!). Thirteen actually ''was'' pitched out through the front door, leaving her falling through the air as the TARDIS disappeared above her.



** On a similar note, the Doctors get self-deprecating over some part of their new bodies post-regeneration (Nine his ears, Ten his teeth, Eleven his chin and hair, Twelve his kidneys(!) and eyebrows). Thirteen doesn't seem to mind being a woman, but seeing as how she barely had time to react to her new body,
*** Also, the Doctor has a tendency to regenerate in the TARDIS and get in trouble because of it. In particular, Eleven and Thirteen's respective predecessors destroy the console as they regenerate, causing it to crash in flames as it hurtles towards London. While Eleven is left hanging, Thirteen is immediately flung out.

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** On a similar note, the Doctors get self-deprecating over some part of their new bodies post-regeneration (Nine his ears, Ten his teeth, Eleven his chin and hair, Twelve his kidneys(!) and eyebrows). Thirteen doesn't seem to mind being a woman, but seeing as how she barely had time to react to her new body,
body, we'll see how this goes.
*** Also, the Doctor has a tendency to regenerate in the TARDIS and get in trouble because of it. In particular, Eleven and Thirteen's respective predecessors destroy the console as they regenerate, causing it to crash in flames as it hurtles towards London.Britain. While Eleven is left hanging, Thirteen is immediately flung out.
26th Dec '17 9:19:37 AM shirekh34ce
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* {{Adorkable}}: It came and went with Classic Doctors, but it's become permanent after Eccleston.

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* {{Adorkable}}: It came and went with Classic Doctors, but it's become permanent after Eccleston.Nine.



** The Tenth Doctor is particularly Adorkable when he whips out the PurelyAestheticGlasses.

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** The Tenth Doctor Ten is particularly easily one of the most Adorkable of all the Doctors, especially when he whips out the PurelyAestheticGlasses.



** Thirteen seems to be just as dorky as Ten, reacting to her new face with a big, ecstatic grin while saying, "Oh, brilliant!"



** On a similar note, the Doctors get self-deprecating over some part of their new bodies post-regeneration (Nine his ears, Ten his teeth, Eleven his chin and hair, Twelve his kidneys(!) and eyebrows).

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** On a similar note, the Doctors get self-deprecating over some part of their new bodies post-regeneration (Nine his ears, Ten his teeth, Eleven his chin and hair, Twelve his kidneys(!) and eyebrows). Thirteen doesn't seem to mind being a woman, but seeing as how she barely had time to react to her new body,
*** Also, the Doctor has a tendency to regenerate in the TARDIS and get in trouble because of it. In particular, Eleven and Thirteen's respective predecessors destroy the console as they regenerate, causing it to crash in flames as it hurtles towards London. While Eleven is left hanging, Thirteen is immediately flung out.
26th Dec '17 8:05:11 AM Eagal
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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use their true name, taking the Doctor's name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to them, it is a promise, as symbol of who he is or rather wants to be: Somebody who wants to help and heal. Of course, this leads to the classic RunningGag...

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use their true name, taking the Doctor's their name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to them, it is a promise, as symbol of who he is or rather wants to be: Somebody who wants to help and heal. Of course, this leads to the classic RunningGag...



** Missy claims their name actually ''is'' "Doctor Who" in "World Enough And Time", though the Doctor denies it. Given that both of them are {{Consummate Liar}}s there's no way to know who's telling the truth.

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** Missy claims their the Doctor's name actually ''is'' "Doctor Who" in "World Enough And Time", though the Doctor denies it. Given that both of them are {{Consummate Liar}}s there's no way to know who's telling the truth.
26th Dec '17 8:04:28 AM Eagal
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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use their true name, taking their name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to them, it is a promise, as symbol of who he is or rather wants to be: Somebody who wants to help and heal. Of course, this leads to the classic RunningGag...

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use their true name, taking their the Doctor's name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to them, it is a promise, as symbol of who he is or rather wants to be: Somebody who wants to help and heal. Of course, this leads to the classic RunningGag...
23rd Dec '17 7:28:26 AM nighttrainfm
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* TheWonka: TheCaptain (and one-person crew) of a borderline-magical spaceship who gives strange orders and does strange things that usually tend to work. Throw in a slightly wonky moral compass, a fascination with the strange and terrifying, and [[FriendToAllChildren a soft spot for kids]], and you're set.

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* TheWonka: TheCaptain (and one-person crew) of a borderline-magical spaceship who gives strange orders and does strange things that usually tend to work. Throw in a slightly wonky moral compass, a fascination with the strange and terrifying, and [[FriendToAllChildren a soft spot for kids]], and you're set. they could pass for the Trope Namer.
22nd Dec '17 3:44:57 PM nighttrainfm
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* TheWonka: TheCaptain of a spaceship who gives strange orders and does strange things that usually tend to work.

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* TheWonka: TheCaptain (and one-person crew) of a borderline-magical spaceship who gives strange orders and does strange things that usually tend to work.work. Throw in a slightly wonky moral compass, a fascination with the strange and terrifying, and [[FriendToAllChildren a soft spot for kids]], and you're set.
14th Dec '17 11:48:13 AM narm00
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** Doctors One (Edwardian academic garb), Two (long coat and bowtie), Three (smoking jacket, ascot, and ruffled shirt with lace cuffs), Five (cricketer's costume and Panama hat), Eight (frock coat, vest and cravat) and Eleven (tweed suit with leather elbow patches and a bowtie). Doctors Four, Six and arguably Seven subverted this trope with bohemian outfits that were ''never'' in style. Nine and Ten avert this with, respectively, leather jacket and contemporary suits which become anachronistic to their surroundings.

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** Doctors One (Edwardian academic garb), Two (long coat and bowtie), Three (smoking jacket, ascot, and ruffled shirt with lace cuffs), Five (cricketer's costume and Panama hat), Eight (frock coat, vest and cravat) and cravat), Eleven (tweed suit with leather elbow patches and a bowtie).bowtie) and Thirteen (long coat and trousers with braces). Doctors Four, Six and arguably Seven subverted this trope with bohemian outfits that were ''never'' in style. Nine Nine, Ten and Ten Twelve avert this with, respectively, with a leather jacket (Nine) and contemporary suits (Ten and Twelve) which become anachronistic to their surroundings.



* OlderThanTheyLook: All incarnations of the Doctor are technically part of the same millennia long lifespan, but One, Three and Twelve are the only ones that look like they're older than sixty. Honourable mentions to War, who's indicated to have started out young in "Night of the Doctor" and lived long enough to become the old soldier of "Day of the Doctor", and Eleven, who also lives long enough to go from being boyish to an old man, still fighting even when he's practically senile and needs a cane to get around.



* OlderThanTheyLook: The Doctor's exact age is not known, as many of the times it has been stated have contradicted each other, but the Second Doctor stated that he was 450, while only appearing 47 (Patrick Troughton's age at the time). Since then, despite the contradictory information, the Doctor's age has only got higher.



* YoungerThanTheyLook: All incarnations of the Doctor are technically part of the same millennia long lifespan, but One, Three and Twelve are the only ones that look like they're older than sixty. Honourable mentions to War, who's indicated to have started out young in "Night of the Doctor" and lived long enough to become the old soldier of "Day of the Doctor", and Eleven, who also lives long enough to go from being boyish to an old man, still fighting even when he's practically senile and needs a cane to get around.



* FisherKing: A non-magical example. The War Doctor and his TARDIS become shabby from lack of upkeep, with a dingy, bare-bones TARDIS console cobbled together from scrap, and restoring the original roundels to signal a return to his scientific roots. Nothing too fancy, not even a whole lot of order to where things are placed. In his Ninth and Tenth incarnations, the Doctor begins to flesh out the console room into a coral layout. Though the TARDIS for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors remains basically the same, the TARDIS is lit in a more dark-green way while 9 is still in a dark state of mind from the Time War. After he regenerates, the TARDIS is more brightly-lit, but it arguably gets a lot less inviting as he sulks from postwar trauma, looking shabbier than ever, with exposed wiring, rusty rails, and mechanical groans. Mind you, the Tenth does ''not'' appreciate people calling attention to it (he hits the roof when Wilfred criticizes his housekeeping, and again when War is aghast to see Ten has "let this place go a bit" and Eleven dismisses it all as his counterpart's "[[PostCyberpunk grunge phase]]"). The [=11th=] Doctor finds himself with a new lease on life, and the TARDIS changes into a brightly-lit rumpus room to reflect this frivolity.

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* FisherKing: A non-magical example. The War Doctor and his TARDIS become shabby from lack of upkeep, with a dingy, bare-bones TARDIS console cobbled together from scrap, and restoring the original roundels to signal a return to his scientific roots. Nothing too fancy, not even a whole lot of order to where things are placed. In his Ninth and Tenth incarnations, the Doctor begins to flesh out the console room into a coral layout. Though the TARDIS for the Ninth and Tenth Doctors remains basically the same, the TARDIS is lit in a more dark-green way while 9 Nine is still in a dark state of mind from the Time War. After he regenerates, the TARDIS is more brightly-lit, but it arguably gets a lot less inviting as he sulks from postwar trauma, looking shabbier than ever, with exposed wiring, rusty rails, and mechanical groans. Mind you, the Tenth does ''not'' appreciate people calling attention to it (he hits the roof when Wilfred criticizes his housekeeping, and again when War is aghast to see Ten has "let this place go a bit" bit", and Eleven dismisses it all as his counterpart's "[[PostCyberpunk grunge phase]]"). The [=11th=] Doctor finds himself with a new lease on life, and the TARDIS changes into a brightly-lit rumpus room to reflect this frivolity.



* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Though Classic Series Doctors loved to name-drop, they were much more low-key about meeting famous people. In "The Unquiet Dead", Nine is practically beside himself upon discovering the horse and carriage he's just hopped into and demanded to "[[FollowThatCar Follow that hearse!]]" belongs to none other than ''Creator/CharlesDickens''. His fanboy squeeing even causes him to briefly forget that he's ''supposed'' to be rescuing Rose! Ten boasts of snogging France's most famous mistress, is excited by the prospect of seeing WilliamShakespeare perform live for a crowd, and went into major histrionics when he met Captain Adelaide (though it was very much PlayedForDrama); Eleven was reduced to actual incoherent {{squee}} noises when he finally realised who Melody Pond grew up to be. Eleven also really enjoys watching Amy {{squee}} over befriending Creator/VincentVanGogh. Twelve claimed he became a hyper mess after meeting Music/ShirleyBassey.

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* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Though Classic Series Doctors loved to name-drop, they were much more low-key about meeting famous people. In "The Unquiet Dead", Nine is practically beside himself upon discovering the horse and carriage he's just hopped into and demanded to "[[FollowThatCar Follow that hearse!]]" belongs to none other than ''Creator/CharlesDickens''. His fanboy squeeing even causes him to briefly forget that he's ''supposed'' to be rescuing Rose! Ten boasts of snogging France's most famous mistress, is excited by the prospect of seeing WilliamShakespeare Creator/WilliamShakespeare perform live for a crowd, and went into major histrionics when he met Captain Adelaide (though it was very much PlayedForDrama); Eleven was reduced to actual incoherent {{squee}} noises when he finally realised who Melody Pond grew up to be. Eleven also really enjoys watching Amy {{squee}} over befriending Creator/VincentVanGogh. Twelve claimed he became a hyper mess after meeting Music/ShirleyBassey.



* ShippingTorpedo: The trope is {{played for laughs}} whenever Captain Jack Harkness is around, given that Jack is a LovableSexManiac and an ExtremeOmnisexual. It became a RunningGag that the Doctor (both Nine and Ten) would torpedo Jack's attempts at flirting with, well, everyone.



* ShippingTorpedo: The trope is {{played for laughs}} whenever Captain Jack Harkness is around, given that Jack is a LovableSexManiac and an ExtremeOmnisexual. It became a RunningGag that the Doctor (both Nine and Ten) would torpedo Jack's attempts at flirting with, well, everyone.



* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: By the end of the Time War, the conflict had become so unmanageable that the only way out was to destroy ''everything'', either via Rassilon's plan to collapse time into itself--thereby elevating the Time Lords to incorporeal gods--or trapping the planet inside a moment in time, effectively ziploc-bagging the war in perpetuity. The Doctor opted for the latter, leaving them the last Time Lord still alive. Rassilon managed to FlingALightIntoTheFuture in an attempt to revive their homeworld, but as that would also bring back the nightmarish hordes still fighting the war, the Doctor (with help from [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Master]]) put the kibosh on that pretty quick. Thankfully, while the war is still sealed off, Gallifrey survives at the end of the universe; the Daleks destroyed themselves in their own crossfire.

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* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: By the end of the Time War, the conflict had become so unmanageable that the only way out was to destroy ''everything'', either via Rassilon's plan to collapse time into itself--thereby itself -- thereby elevating the Time Lords to incorporeal gods--or gods -- or trapping the planet inside a moment in time, effectively ziploc-bagging the war in perpetuity. The Doctor opted for the latter, leaving them the last Time Lord still alive. Rassilon managed to FlingALightIntoTheFuture in an attempt to revive their homeworld, but as that would also bring back the nightmarish hordes still fighting the war, the Doctor (with help from [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Master]]) put the kibosh on that pretty quick. Thankfully, while the war is still sealed off, Gallifrey survives at the end of the universe; the Daleks destroyed themselves in their own crossfire.



* YouShallNotPass: Many, many notable episodes. The Ninth Doctor held off the Dalek Emperor and his half-crazed legion of hybrids until he was literally the last man standing. (Cap. Jack went out like a champ, but was soon brought back via the time vortex.) The Tenth Doctor held his own war-mongering President at gunpoint rather than allow him to set foot on Earth. Eleven once shook fists at ''all'' of the Doctor's accumulated enemies and dared them to try and take the Pandorica away from him; and then he did it ''again'' on Trenzalore.

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* YouShallNotPass: Many, many notable episodes. The Ninth Doctor held off the Dalek Emperor and his half-crazed legion of hybrids until he was literally the last man standing. (Cap. Jack went out like a champ, but was soon brought back via the time vortex.) The Tenth Doctor held his own war-mongering President at gunpoint rather than allow him to set foot on Earth. Eleven once shook fists at ''all'' of the Doctor's accumulated enemies and dared them to try and take the Pandorica away from him; him, and then he did it ''again'' on Trenzalore.
11th Dec '17 1:11:34 PM DustSnitch
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* BadassGrandpa: They're already an old man when we first meet them, and a grandfather to boot.
** All incarnations of the Doctor are technically part of the same long lifespan, but aside from One, Three and Twelve are the only ones to look like old men. Honourable mentions to War, who's indicated to have started out young in "Night of the Doctor" and lived long enough to become the old soldier of "Day of the Doctor", and Eleven, who also lives long enough to go from being boyish to an old man, still fighting even when he's practically senile and needs a cane to get around.


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* YoungerThanTheyLook: All incarnations of the Doctor are technically part of the same millennia long lifespan, but One, Three and Twelve are the only ones that look like they're older than sixty. Honourable mentions to War, who's indicated to have started out young in "Night of the Doctor" and lived long enough to become the old soldier of "Day of the Doctor", and Eleven, who also lives long enough to go from being boyish to an old man, still fighting even when he's practically senile and needs a cane to get around.
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