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29th Jul '17 10:32:02 AM narm00
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* TheInsomniac: As has been established since the early days of the series, the Doctor needs very little sleep. The mini-episodes "Night And The Doctor" offer a glimpse into the things they get up to when their companions are asleep. They do sleep on occasion but, as he tells Clara in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore Sleep No More]]", they do it when no one is looking.

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* TheInsomniac: As has been established since the early days of the series, the Doctor needs very little sleep. The mini-episodes "Night And The Doctor" offer a glimpse into the things they get up to when their companions are asleep. They do sleep on occasion but, as he Twelve tells Clara in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore Sleep No More]]", they do it when no one is looking.



** The Twelfth Doctor's outfits tend to be minimalist, and he seems to put more effort into looking fashionable, but then there's the look he describes as "aiming for mysterious, but ended up as street magician," consisiting of a black shirt dotted with white holes, hoodie, and his signature navy blue coat with red interior trim, sometimes with ''plaid trousers.''

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** The Twelfth Doctor's outfits tend to be minimalist, and he seems to put more effort into looking fashionable, but then there's the look he describes as "aiming for mysterious, but ended up as street magician," consisiting consisting of a black shirt dotted with white holes, hoodie, and his signature navy blue coat with red interior trim, sometimes with ''plaid trousers.''
26th Jul '17 10:56:04 PM TheStray
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** The Twelfth Doctor's outfits tend to be minimalist, and he seems to put more effort into looking fashionable, but then there's the look he describes as "aiming for mysterious, but ended up as street magician," consisiting of a black shirt dotted with white holes, hoodie, and his signature navy blue coat with red interior trim, sometimes with ''plaid trousers.''
25th Jul '17 8:35:47 AM narm00
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** While they usually has the TARDIS to translate for them, they can speak several alien languages without it. They even speak baby. And horse. And ''dinosaur''.

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** While they usually has have the TARDIS to translate for them, they can speak several alien languages without it. They even speak baby. And horse. And ''dinosaur''.



* BiTheWay: WordOfGod from both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat have stated that gender doesn't much matter to the Doctor or to Time Lords in general, the latter saying "gender is 'fluid' on Gallifrey". Creator/NeilGaiman confirmed that Time Lords sometimes change sex when they regenerate, which gives some cultural context for the idea, and this eventually gets shown onscreen in series 8 with the Mistress. Nine and Eleven (who both happily kiss their male companions) are a bit more obvious about it than Ten.

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* BiTheWay: WordOfGod from both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat have stated that gender doesn't much matter to the Doctor or to Time Lords in general, the latter saying "gender is 'fluid' on Gallifrey". Creator/NeilGaiman confirmed that Time Lords sometimes change sex when they regenerate, which gives some cultural context for the idea, and this eventually gets shown its first demonstration onscreen in series 8 with the Mistress. Nine and Eleven (who both happily kiss their male companions) are a bit more obvious about it than Ten.



* KidnappedByAnAlly: Kate Stewart has a bad of habit of doing this, much to the Doctor's chagrin (they'd rather she'd just ask for help).
* 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 Shirley Bassey.

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* KidnappedByAnAlly: Kate Stewart has a bad of habit of doing this, much to the Doctor's chagrin (they'd rather she'd just ask for help).
* 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 Shirley Bassey.Music/ShirleyBassey.
24th Jul '17 12:13:57 PM mgdomville
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** "The Doctors": First and Twelfth

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** "The Doctors": "Twice Upon a Time": First and Twelfth
21st Jul '17 9:13:03 PM infernape612
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** 2017 Christmas Special: First and Twelfth

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** 2017 Christmas Special: "The Doctors": First and Twelfth
21st Jul '17 1:33:13 PM narm00
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* AlmightyJanitor: UNIT's "Scientific Advisor", on temporary leave as of, [[ContinuitySnarl uh...]] 1974. UNIT's relationship with the Doctor seems quite schizoid: As an institution, they grant the Doctor dictatorial powers whenever they need their help, while simultaneously hiding things from the Doctor that they know they'll disapprove of (and grumble when he steals away and hides such contraband from them, even when it is potentially genocidal).

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* AlmightyJanitor: UNIT's "Scientific Advisor", on temporary leave as of, [[ContinuitySnarl uh...]] 1974. UNIT's relationship with the Doctor seems quite schizoid: As an institution, they grant the Doctor dictatorial powers whenever they need their help, while simultaneously hiding things from the Doctor that they know they'll disapprove of (and grumble when he the Doctor steals away and hides such contraband from them, even when it is potentially genocidal).



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: They're a madman in a magical box who takes those they meet out of their hum-drum existences to see the wonders of the universe, changing their lives forever.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: They're a madman madman/woman in a magical box who takes those they meet out of their hum-drum existences to see the wonders of the universe, changing their lives forever.



* PrecursorKillers: After the Time War since the doctor killed everyone in it. Then a temporal paradox makes them a Precusor ''savior'' that thinks themself to be a killer.

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* PrecursorKillers: After the Time War since the doctor Doctor killed everyone in it. Then a temporal paradox makes them a Precusor ''savior'' that thinks themself to be a killer.
21st Jul '17 9:03:51 AM Octavian
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A [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Time Lord]] from the planet Gallifrey, the Doctor ([[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname real name unknown]]) is the main character of [[Series/DoctorWho this long-running show]]. Like all Time Lords, he has a life span measured in centuries, some degree of psychic ability, and the ability to regenerate when near death. Unlike other Time Lords, he became bored and/or terrified by the Gallifreyan way of life when he was young, stole an antique TARDIS, skipped town and "never stopped running".

The Doctor remains the same ''person'' throughout his lives, but different incarnations have different personalities. {{Showrunner}}s tend to cast each Doctor as a subversion of the previous one in both attitude and appearance. Hence, the original stubborn old grandfatherly git became clownish, suave, loopy, calm, peremptory, manipulative, romantic, weary, harsh, hyperactive, adorkable and caustic. After the show's return in 2005, it's added a bit more CharacterDevelopment than the classic series.

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A [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Time Lord]] from the planet Gallifrey, the Doctor ([[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname real name unknown]]) is the main character of [[Series/DoctorWho this long-running show]]. Like all Time Lords, he has [[AmbiguousGender they]] have a life span measured in centuries, some degree of psychic ability, and the ability to regenerate when near death. Unlike other Time Lords, he they became bored and/or terrified by the Gallifreyan way of life when he was they were young, stole an antique TARDIS, skipped town and "never stopped running".

The Doctor remains the same ''person'' throughout his their lives, but different incarnations have different personalities. {{Showrunner}}s tend to cast each Doctor as a subversion of the previous one in both attitude and appearance. Hence, the original stubborn old grandfatherly git became clownish, suave, loopy, calm, peremptory, manipulative, romantic, weary, harsh, hyperactive, adorkable and caustic. After the show's return in 2005, it's added a bit more CharacterDevelopment than the classic series.



* AbsentMindedProfessor: The Doctor is prone to acting like this, depending somewhat on the [[TheNthDoctor incarnation]]. He's quite likely more intelligent than any human being in history, but he's prone to BuffySpeak, {{Disorganized Outline Speech}}es, {{Metaphorgotten}}, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}-ness in general, and can hardly pilot his TARDIS or even remember what its buttons and knobs do. Sometimes this is ObfuscatingStupidity, but often it isn't.

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* AbsentMindedProfessor: The Doctor is prone to acting like this, depending somewhat on the [[TheNthDoctor incarnation]]. He's They're quite likely more intelligent than any human being in history, but he's they're prone to BuffySpeak, {{Disorganized Outline Speech}}es, {{Metaphorgotten}}, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}-ness in general, and can hardly pilot his their TARDIS or even remember what its buttons and knobs do. Sometimes this is ObfuscatingStupidity, but often it isn't.



* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Downplayed. He tries to stick to "meet new people, stop threat of the week, then fly off saying IWasJustPassingThrough" - and disapproves of the Monk trying to "improve" history.
** Varying from this trope does come back and bite him in the butt a few times, due to him introducing instability and change, but not sticking around to see the fallout. Ten changed Harriet Jones, (former) Prime Minister's fate, which allowed Harold Saxon to set up.

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Downplayed. He tries They try to stick to "meet new people, stop threat of the week, then fly off saying IWasJustPassingThrough" - and disapproves disapprove of the Monk trying to "improve" history.
** Varying from this trope does come back and bite him them in the butt a few times, due to him them introducing instability and change, but not sticking around to see the fallout. Ten changed Harriet Jones, (former) Prime Minister's fate, which allowed Harold Saxon to set up.



* AlmightyJanitor: UNIT's "Scientific Advisor", on temporary leave as of, [[ContinuitySnarl uh...]] 1974. UNIT's relationship with the Doctor seems quite schizoid: As an institution, they grant him dictatorial powers whenever they need his help, while simultaneously hiding things from him that they know he'll disapprove of (and grumble when he steals away and hides such contraband from them, even when it is potentially genocidal).

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* AlmightyJanitor: UNIT's "Scientific Advisor", on temporary leave as of, [[ContinuitySnarl uh...]] 1974. UNIT's relationship with the Doctor seems quite schizoid: As an institution, they grant him the Doctor dictatorial powers whenever they need his their help, while simultaneously hiding things from him the Doctor that they know he'll they'll disapprove of (and grumble when he steals away and hides such contraband from them, even when it is potentially genocidal).



* AmbiguouslyBi: From the Eighth Doctor onwards, he will flirt with his male and female companions and will mouth kiss just about anybody. The HoYay between the Ninth Doctor and Jack and the Eleventh Doctor and Rory are prime examples. Even back in TheSixties, Jamie and the Second Doctor had fans who saw a truly spectacular HoYay going on.
* AntiHero: Regardless of the incarnation, he's an arrogant and vain old man who does good in spite of himself.
* {{Asexuality}}: The Doctor's known to have had children before he left Gallifrey, but afterwards, while romantic inclination has varied from incarnation to incarnation, he's never really shown sexual attraction to anyone. However, things become a little ambiguous during the Moffat era, thanks to his fascination with the subject. In the original series, there was nothing textual with his companions (even leather-clad Amazonian warrior Leela), but the revival has changed that, giving his relationships more focus.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: To varying degrees in every one of his incarnations. Exactly how extreme it is varies considerably, with Four, Six and Eleven being particularly severe cases. But as a rule the Doctor can rarely stand to stay in one place for very long and simply cannot focus on long-term projects. Despite the fact that the TARDIS obviously needed some maintenance, the only time the Doctor really put serious effort into it was in his Third incarnation, when the Time Lords stranded him on Earth. Even then he kept himself amused running around with UNIT.

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* AmbiguousGender: A fairly unique case. Each incarnation has a fixed biological sex, but the Doctor can change sex at regeneration and therefore has no intrinsic biological sex. WordOfGod states they are pangender or agender, as we understand it.
** PronounTrouble: Prior to Thirteen, all onscreen incarnations of the Doctor were men, so only "he" was required. However, Thirteen is a woman; since her announcement, the compromise appears to be to refer to individual incarnations as "he" or "she" and to the Doctor as a whole as "they". Another train of thought advocates continuing to refer to the Doctor as a whole as "he", given the majority of their incarnations have been male.
* AmbiguouslyBi: From the Eighth Doctor onwards, he they will flirt with his their male and female companions and will mouth kiss just about anybody. The HoYay between the Ninth Doctor and Jack and the Eleventh Doctor and Rory are prime examples. Even back in TheSixties, Jamie and the Second Doctor had fans who saw a truly spectacular HoYay going on.
* AntiHero: Regardless of the incarnation, he's they're an arrogant and vain old man man([[AmbiguousGender ?]]) who does good in spite of himself.
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* {{Asexuality}}: The Doctor's known to have had children before he they left Gallifrey, but afterwards, while romantic inclination has varied from incarnation to incarnation, he's they've never really shown sexual attraction to anyone. However, things become a little ambiguous during the Moffat era, thanks to his fascination with the subject. In the original series, there was nothing textual with his their companions (even leather-clad Amazonian warrior Leela), but the revival has changed that, giving his their relationships more focus.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: To varying degrees in every one of his their incarnations. Exactly how extreme it is varies considerably, with Four, Six and Eleven being particularly severe cases. But as a rule the Doctor can rarely stand to stay in one place for very long and simply cannot focus on long-term projects. Despite the fact that the TARDIS obviously needed some maintenance, the only time the Doctor really put serious effort into it was in his their Third incarnation, when the Time Lords stranded him on Earth. Even then he they kept himself themself amused running around with UNIT.



* BadassGrandpa: He's already an old man when we first meet him, and a grandfather to boot.

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* BadassGrandpa: He's They're already an old man when we first meet him, them, and a grandfather to boot.



* BadassPacifist: To an extent. The Doctor usually tries to use his wits to solve problems rather than violence.

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* BadassPacifist: To an extent. The Doctor usually tries to use his their wits to solve problems rather than violence.



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: A possible explanation for his fondness for Earth and humans. They've been much more welcoming to him than his home world has. In-story, he's likely to remember and repay any kindness shown him, provided that person doesn't cross the line with him afterward.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The Doctor's met nearly every famous historical character, at nearly every important event in history, and generally has an anecdote or two about them. Churchill and the Prince of Wales have his phone number.

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: A possible explanation for his their fondness for Earth and humans. They've been much more welcoming to him the Doctor than his the Doctor's home world has. In-story, he's they're likely to remember and repay any kindness shown him, them, provided that person doesn't cross the line with him them afterward.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The Doctor's met nearly every famous historical character, at nearly every important event in history, and generally has an anecdote or two about them. Churchill and the Prince of Wales have his their phone number.



* BerserkButton: Don't hurt or kidnap his companions. Or try to destroy the Earth; we're his favourite aliens. Don't try to harm or cheat innocent people. Or enslave people, ''especially'' [[PapaWolf kids]]. The usually calm Doctor will end you.
** He has an incredibly short fuse for tyrants and oppressive governments, ''especially'' Gallifrey's. Even his nicer incarnations had way too much fun leaving regimes in flaming ruin.

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* BerserkButton: Don't hurt or kidnap his their companions. Or try to destroy the Earth; we're his their favourite aliens. Don't try to harm or cheat innocent people. Or enslave people, ''especially'' [[PapaWolf kids]]. The usually calm Doctor will end you.
** He has They have an incredibly short fuse for tyrants and oppressive governments, ''especially'' Gallifrey's. Even his their nicer incarnations had way too much fun leaving regimes in flaming ruin.



* BigGood: His name inspires hope in all that is good and terror in all that is evil. Where he goes, freedom (and explosions) quickly follow. Frequently acknowledged as this, by friends ''and'' [[WorthyOpponent enemies]] alike.

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* BigGood: His Their name inspires hope in all that is good and terror in all that is evil. Where he goes, they go, freedom (and explosions) quickly follow. Frequently acknowledged as this, by friends ''and'' [[WorthyOpponent enemies]] alike.



* BittersweetEnding: The regenerations from one Doctor to the next. The Doctor is going to be fine, but he'll never be the same.

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* BittersweetEnding: The regenerations from one Doctor to the next. The Doctor is going to be fine, but he'll they'll never be the same.



* BizarreAlienBiology: As a Gallifreyan [[BioAugmentation Time Lord]], the Doctor can do weird things like counteract cyanide poisoning given a bunch of weird ingredients, absorb radiation and expel it through his foot or forego the need to ''breathe'' for a few minutes, and can withstand massive amounts of electricity. Oh -- and he has two hearts. Not to mention that when he is close to death he can avoid it by essentially reassembling his body and regenerating into a new one, which changes his personality, quirks, likes and dislikes, though he essentially remains the same person.

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* BizarreAlienBiology: As a Gallifreyan [[BioAugmentation Time Lord]], the Doctor can do weird things like counteract cyanide poisoning given a bunch of weird ingredients, absorb radiation and expel it through his their foot or forego the need to ''breathe'' for a few minutes, and can withstand massive amounts of electricity. Oh -- and he has they have two hearts. Not to mention that when he is they are close to death he they can avoid it by essentially reassembling his their body and regenerating into a new one, which changes his their personality, quirks, likes and dislikes, dislikes (and on one occasion [[GenderBender gender]]), though he they essentially remains remain the same person.



* ABoyAndHisX: A Time Lord and his TARDIS. Or, as she sees it, the TARDIS and her Time Lord. The trope is referenced directly by name - "A boy and his box, out to save the universe" - in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]".

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* ABoyAndHisX: A Time Lord and his their TARDIS. Or, as she sees it, the TARDIS and her Time Lord. The trope is referenced directly by name - "A boy and his box, out to save the universe" - in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]".



* BunnyEarsLawyer: He never quite manages to pass as fully human (or whatever race he's impersonating). But he's probably more adept at whatever's happening than anyone else, even if it involves wearing a piece of celery or comically pulling eggs out of his mouth.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: He They never quite manages manage to pass as fully human (or whatever race he's they're impersonating). But he's they're probably more adept at whatever's happening than anyone else, even if it involves wearing a piece of celery or comically pulling eggs out of his their mouth.



** He's also been Lord President of Gallifrey at least three times, and managed to skip out on that too.
* ButNowIMustGo: The Doctor has a habit of bringing your world down around you and then vanishing prior to rebuilding. This was deconstructed in "Bad Wolf" and "The Face Of Evil" (albeit that one was due to a NoodleIncident), though the Doctor didn't learn his lesson, hence perhaps why it's brought up again in "The Woman Who Lived" where Ashildr/Lady Me tells the Doctor that she looks after the world he leaves behind.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to The Master's Cain. It's never been confirmed on the show that the two are actual brothers, and the Doctor denies it in the revived series - although the Doctor isn't the most reliable source when it comes to his past. Even if they're not biologically related, the series makes it clear that they were as close as brothers growing up, so it still counts.

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** He's They've also been Lord President of Gallifrey at least three times, and managed to skip out on that too.
* ButNowIMustGo: The Doctor has a habit of bringing your world down around you and then vanishing prior to rebuilding. This was deconstructed in "Bad Wolf" and "The Face Of Evil" (albeit that one was due to a NoodleIncident), though the Doctor didn't learn his their lesson, hence perhaps why it's brought up again in "The Woman Who Lived" where Ashildr/Lady Me tells the Doctor that she looks after the world he leaves behind.
* CainAndAbel: The Abel to The Master's Cain. It's never been confirmed on the show that the two are actual brothers, and the Doctor denies it in the revived series - although the Doctor isn't the most reliable source when it comes to his their own past. Even if they're not biologically related, the series makes it clear that they were as close as brothers growing up, so it still counts.



* CatchPhrase: "Of COURSE!"; "I'll explain...later." and of course, "Run!" (Individual Doctors also have their own.) He also tends to introduce himself with some variation of "Hello, I'm the Doctor!"
* CelibateHero: Despite frequently being [[UnwantedHarem accompanied by attractive female companions]], some of whom have an overt romantic crush on him, the Doctor's relationship with his companions remains platonic, despite occasional ShipTease. This makes sense given that Time Lords are effectively immortal, and therefore have less need to procreate. However, he has had had children and grandchildren, and eventually marries River Song in the New Series.

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* CatchPhrase: "Of COURSE!"; "I'll explain...later." and of course, "Run!" (Individual Doctors also have their own.) He They also tends tend to introduce himself themself with some variation of "Hello, I'm the Doctor!"
* CelibateHero: Despite frequently being [[UnwantedHarem accompanied by attractive female companions]], some of whom have an overt romantic crush on him, them, the Doctor's relationship with his their companions remains platonic, despite occasional ShipTease. This makes sense given that Time Lords are effectively immortal, and therefore have less need to procreate. However, he has had they have had children and grandchildren, and eventually marries marry River Song in the New Series.



* CrewOfOne: Half the reason he DrivesLikeCrazy is that he's trying to do a six-person job, occasionally with a companion following his advice.
* CruelMercy: Most of the time, he is nice enough to let his enemies surrender or redeem themselves. But if you've crossed the line? You'll ''wish'' you were just killed outright. Seven and Ten, in particular, could be ''incredibly'' brutal in handing this out.

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* CrewOfOne: Half the reason he DrivesLikeCrazy they [[DrivesLikeCrazy Drive Like Crazy]] is that he's they're trying to do a six-person job, occasionally with a companion following his their advice.
* CruelMercy: Most of the time, he is they are nice enough to let his their enemies surrender or redeem themselves. But if you've crossed the line? You'll ''wish'' you were just killed outright. Seven and Ten, in particular, could be ''incredibly'' brutal in handing this out.



* DefectorFromDecadence: The circumstances behind him leaving Gallifrey (other than a desire to see the world) are unclear, but he was always critical of the stagnation of Time Lord society.

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* DefectorFromDecadence: The circumstances behind him them leaving Gallifrey (other than a desire to see the world) are unclear, but he was they were always critical of the stagnation of Time Lord society.



* DeusExMachina: When you think about it from the perspective of a lot of the characters who only show up in one story, the Doctor himself is a Deus ex Machina. Think about it, these people are in the middle of a dangerous crisis, or in the early stages of one, and then out of nowhere, a strange blue box shows up. Then some guy and his companion(s) walk out and solve the whole damn problem.

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* DeusExMachina: When you think about it from the perspective of a lot of the characters who only show up in one story, the Doctor himself themself is a Deus ex Machina. Think about it, these people are in the middle of a dangerous crisis, or in the early stages of one, and then out of nowhere, a strange blue box shows up. Then some guy weirdo and his their companion(s) walk out and solve the whole damn problem.



* DissonantSerenity / TranquilFury: When sufficiently angered, the Doctor is quite capable of raining fire down on his enemies with a look of utmost calm.
* DistressedDude: He gets tied up, handcuffed and so on almost as often as the companions, if not more.

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* DissonantSerenity / TranquilFury: When sufficiently angered, the Doctor is quite capable of raining fire down on his their enemies with a look of utmost calm.
* DistressedDude: He gets They get tied up, handcuffed and so on almost as often as the companions, if not more.more. (So far this can only be applied to male incarnations, hence the trope; time will tell if Thirteen receives the same treatment.)



* DoomMagnet: It's actually a cross between being this... and a dedicated follower of Doom care of the TARDIS plonking him neck deep in it. Either way: he arrives; trouble happens; trouble unhappens; he leaves. And leaves an impression that often closely resembles a crater in the process of being built on or flattened out.
* TheDreaded: As the series progressed, it has became the norm that any villain who recognizes who this strange individual calling himself "Doctor" is immediately browns their trousers. A number of times the Doctor himself calls attention to his identity for that effect.

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* DoomMagnet: It's actually a cross between being this... and a dedicated follower of Doom care of the TARDIS plonking him them neck deep in it. Either way: he arrives; they arrive; trouble happens; trouble unhappens; he leaves.they leave. And leaves an impression that often closely resembles a crater in the process of being built on or flattened out.
* TheDreaded: As the series progressed, it has became the norm that any villain who recognizes who this strange individual calling himself themself "Doctor" is immediately browns their trousers. A number of times the Doctor himself themself calls attention to his their identity for that effect.



* DrivesLikeCrazy: In River Song's second appearance, she teases that he deliberately shuts off the TARDIS's stabilizers and drives with the parking brake on. Word of Moffat has it that she was just joking, though.

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: In River Song's second appearance, she teases that he the Doctor deliberately shuts off the TARDIS's stabilizers and drives with the parking brake on. Word of Moffat has it that she was just joking, though.



** However, the TARDIS is meant to have six pilots, which explains why he's always running round the console and fiddling with seemingly random parts. When we do see six people piloting the TARDIS at once, they're able to do it smoothly without any prior training.

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** However, the TARDIS is meant to have six pilots, which explains why he's the Doctor is always running round the console and fiddling with seemingly random parts. When we do see six people piloting the TARDIS at once, they're able to do it smoothly without any prior training.



** It has been confirmed (by the TARDIS herself) in the revival that many of the times the TARDIS made an unexpected stop or landed at the wrong time and place are due to the TARDIS itself taking the Doctor to where he needs to be.

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** It has been confirmed (by the TARDIS herself) in the revival that many of the times the TARDIS made an unexpected stop or landed at the wrong time and place are due to the TARDIS itself taking the Doctor to where he needs they need to be.



* EccentricMentor: To many of his companions.

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* EccentricMentor: To many of his their companions.



* EternalHero: He's always there to save the day, anywhere and anywhen he is needed.

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* EternalHero: He's They're always there to save the day, anywhere and anywhen he is they are needed.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Perhaps one of the most famous examples, and an invoked and justified one at that. The Doctor refuses to use his true name, taking his name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to him, 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 his their true name, taking his their name as "The Doctor" and only that. According to him, 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...



* ExtremeOmnisexual: One time, The Doctor flirted with a sentient tree and a Dalek (albeit one with the consciousness of a cute human girl), he and his sapient spaceship are bonded to the point where the show calls her his wife, and he notes that although he finds Zygons physically repugnant, they are surprisingly good kissers.
* FamedInStory: Erratically, since he tends to hop around space and time and is not actually ''universally'' known -- but happens on many occasions.
** It's later been revealed that countless races across the universe ''do'' get the word "Doctor" intrinsically ingrained in their languages due to him, denoting either a "Healer" or "Great Warrior".

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* ExtremeOmnisexual: One time, The Doctor flirted with a sentient tree and a Dalek (albeit one with the consciousness of a cute human girl), he they and his their sapient spaceship are bonded to the point where the show calls her his their wife, and he notes they note that although he finds they find Zygons physically repugnant, they the species are surprisingly good kissers.
* FamedInStory: Erratically, since he tends they tend to hop around space and time and is are not actually ''universally'' known -- but happens on many occasions.
** It's later been revealed that that, due to them, countless races across the universe ''do'' get the word "Doctor" intrinsically ingrained in their languages due to him, languages, denoting either a "Healer" or "Great Warrior".



* TheFettered: Despite being a self-proclaimed "madman with a box" who thinks keep-out-signs are for other people, he is very much this. [[AGodAmI Bad things happen]] when he starts breaking his personal rules.

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* TheFettered: Despite being a self-proclaimed "madman with a box" who thinks keep-out-signs are for other people, he is they are very much this. [[AGodAmI Bad things happen]] when he starts they start breaking his their personal rules.



* FigureItOutYourself: He invokes the "changing the future" excuse. Taken to massive extremes in "Kill The Moon" to the point in which he leaves a decision that could kill the entire planet to Clara and two others. Though it was all a test and he knew they wouldn't do it, and when Clara found out the truth, it alienated her to the point where she almost left the TARDIS for good.

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* FigureItOutYourself: He invokes They invoke the "changing the future" excuse. Taken to massive extremes in "Kill The Moon" to the point in which he leaves a decision that could kill the entire planet to Clara and two others. Though it was all a test and he knew they wouldn't do it, and when Clara found out the truth, it alienated her to the point where she almost left the TARDIS for good.



* FlatEarthAtheist: The Doctor, despite being a man who flies through space/time like it was a Sunday drive and has fought monsters, has very little patience for non-science based explanations, and refuses to accept there are such things as ghosts, Gods, and devils (though Twelve finally comes to accept ghosts). It becomes very obvious when he comes across things, creatures, and events that have ''no'' reasonable explanation, sometimes going so far as to ignore explanation and adopt a "It happened let's move on" mentality.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: The Doctor, despite being a man person who flies through space/time like it was a Sunday drive and has fought monsters, has very little patience for non-science based explanations, and refuses to accept there are such things as ghosts, Gods, and devils (though Twelve finally comes to accept ghosts). It becomes very obvious when he comes they come across things, creatures, and events that have ''no'' reasonable explanation, sometimes going so far as to ignore explanation and adopt a "It happened let's move on" mentality.



* FriendlessBackground: More than once, and more so in the newer series, it's been mentioned that the Doctor had a very lonely childhood, with one mention of him often being left out by other Gallifreyan children. In fact, about the only friend of his we know of is '''The Master'''.

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* FriendlessBackground: More than once, and more so in the newer series, it's been mentioned that the Doctor had a very lonely childhood, with one mention of him them often being left out by other Gallifreyan children. In fact, about the only friend of his theirs we know of is '''The Master'''.



* GentlemanAdventurer: Even once he starts to think of fighting the bad guys as a job, his main objective has always been to see as much of the universe as he can.
* AGodAmI: An immortal, omniscient alien with a time machine? ....Just get down on your knees and pray that he's never, ever in this mood around you.
* AGodIAmNot: His usual mode. He usually doesn't expect people to recognise him, let alone view him as a hero or (horrors!) see him as a being of nigh-invincible power; he's just someone who happened to be passing by who could and did help.

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* GentlemanAdventurer: Even once he starts they start to think of fighting the bad guys as a job, his their main objective has always been to see as much of the universe as he they can.
* AGodAmI: An immortal, omniscient alien with a time machine? ....Just get down on your knees and pray that he's they're never, ever in this mood around you.
* AGodIAmNot: His Their usual mode. He They usually doesn't don't expect people to recognise him, them, let alone view him them as a hero or (horrors!) see him them as a being of nigh-invincible power; he's they're just someone who happened to be passing by who could and did help.



* GoodIsNotNice: Hes marvelously rude to practically everybody he meets (even those on his side), and the only people he shows genuine affection for are children and his companions.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Hes They're marvelously rude to practically everybody he meets they meet (even those on his their side), and the only people he shows they show genuine affection for are children and his their companions.



* HeadbuttingHeroes: With UNIT, people [[DoesNotLikeGuns who use guns]] and even with ''[[MyFutureSelfAndMe himself]]'' on occasion.

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* HeadbuttingHeroes: With UNIT, people [[DoesNotLikeGuns who use guns]] and even with ''[[MyFutureSelfAndMe himself]]'' themself]]'' on occasion.



* HeroesPreferSwords: While the Doctor isn't an action hero, he's not adverse to a swordfight, as shown in his third, fifth and tenth incarnations. The 12th Doctor once dueled Robin Hood, though it was with a spoon, rather than a sword.
* HumanAliens: On the surface, he looks perfectly human, though Ten and Eleven have argued that humans are Time Lord aliens.

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* HeroesPreferSwords: While the Doctor isn't an action hero, he's they're not adverse to a swordfight, as shown in his their third, fifth and tenth incarnations. The 12th Doctor once dueled Robin Hood, though it was with a spoon, rather than a sword.
* HumanAliens: On the surface, he looks they look perfectly human, though Ten and Eleven have argued that humans are Time Lord aliens.



* HumanOutsideAlienInside: Despite looking human (or the reverse, whichever), the Doctor and his race are completely different down to an anatomical and biochemical level. Just detecting his two hearts is enough to convince most human(oid)s of what he is (at least post-"The War Games"; before that point, he's AmbiguouslyHuman).
* HumbleHero: He's not modest, but he's essentially humble - might seem odd, but it's true. Though he shows pride over his own brilliance and abilities, he doesn't consider himself special, he'd just as soon leave any credit for what he does to someone else, is very aware the universe doesn't revolve around him and doesn't think it should, has dismissed any offers of power to him with some variation on "I wouldn't be very good at it", and can't seem to see that he's powerful enough that whole races devoted to the subjugation of the universe have banded together to try to destroy him.

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* HumanOutsideAlienInside: Despite looking human (or the reverse, whichever), the Doctor and his their race are completely different down to an anatomical and biochemical level. Just detecting his their two hearts is enough to convince most human(oid)s of what he they is (at least post-"The War Games"; before that point, he's they're AmbiguouslyHuman).
* HumbleHero: He's They're not modest, but he's they're essentially humble - might seem odd, but it's true. Though he shows they show pride over his their own brilliance and abilities, he doesn't they don't consider himself themself special, he'd they'd just as soon leave any credit for what he does they do to someone else, is are very aware the universe doesn't revolve around him them and doesn't don't think it should, has have dismissed any offers of power to him them with some variation on "I wouldn't be very good at it", and can't seem to see that he's they're powerful enough that whole races devoted to the subjugation of the universe have banded together to try to destroy him.them.



* IHatePastMe: Tends to come up whenever [[MyFutureSelfAndMe interacting]] with his past or future incarnations.

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* IHatePastMe: Tends to come up whenever [[MyFutureSelfAndMe interacting]] with his their past or future incarnations.



* TheILoveYouStigma: WordOfGod is that the Doctor should never say these three little words, even when the situation is appropriate. Although less of an issue in the Classic Era, there were still moments where he could have said "I love you" in a platonic context, if nothing else. In the Modern Era series, even in unambiguously romantic relationships such as with Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald, and even his own ''wife'', River Song, the Doctor is never heard to utter the phrase. Instead, he either waffles around it (as the Tenth Doctor does with Rose in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]], saying instead "Does it need saying?" though his clone is implied to have whispered it to her in the later [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]) or uses a euphemism such as "Do you think I care so little for you that betraying me would make a difference?" in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]] (confirmed by the showrunner and writer of the episode as a euphemism for "I love you") and "I had a duty of care" ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]]). Sometimes other characters prevent him from having to say anything approaching it (as with Clara Oswald saying "Whatever you're about to say, I already know" as they prepare for her death in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven "Face the Raven"]]).
* ImNotAHeroIm: ...just a madman/idiot with a box, helping out where he can. He's shown elements of this throughout his lifetime, but only recently has he really started to enforce the idea that he's most certainly ''not'' a hero; Eleven and Twelve in particular both had to force their companions to accept this.
* IMeantToDoThat: Some things just never change, and every Doctor pretends he has piloted the TARDIS exactly where he intended even if he's way off-course.
** "The Doctor's Wife" justifies this when the TARDIS itself reveals that it always takes the Doctor and his companions not where they want to go, but NEED to go.

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* TheILoveYouStigma: WordOfGod is that the Doctor should never say these three little words, even when the situation is appropriate. Although less of an issue in the Classic Era, there were still moments where he could have said "I love you" in a platonic context, if nothing else. In the Modern Era series, even in unambiguously romantic relationships such as with Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald, and even his their own ''wife'', River Song, the Doctor is never heard to utter the phrase. Instead, he they either waffles waffle around it (as the Tenth Doctor does with Rose in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]], saying instead "Does it need saying?" though his clone is implied to have whispered it to her in the later [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]) or uses a euphemism such as "Do you think I care so little for you that betraying me would make a difference?" in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater "Dark Water"]] (confirmed by the showrunner and writer of the episode as a euphemism for "I love you") and "I had a duty of care" ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]]). Sometimes other characters prevent him them from having to say anything approaching it (as with Clara Oswald saying "Whatever you're about to say, I already know" as they prepare for her death in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E10FaceTheRaven "Face the Raven"]]).
* ImNotAHeroIm: ...just a madman/idiot with a box, helping out where he they can. He's They've shown elements of this throughout his their lifetime, but only recently has he have they really started to enforce the idea that he's they're most certainly ''not'' a hero; Eleven and Twelve in particular both had to force their companions to accept this.
* IMeantToDoThat: Some things just never change, and every Doctor pretends he has they have piloted the TARDIS exactly where he they intended even if he's they're way off-course.
** "The Doctor's Wife" justifies this when the TARDIS itself reveals that it always takes the Doctor and his their companions not where they want to go, but NEED to go.



** An alternate view of the trope: as stated in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]", the Doctor is always cognizant that he will always outlive his companions, stating to Rose Tyler, "You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can't spend the rest of my life with you. That's the curse of the Time Lords." To date only three companions potentially could defy this, but the Doctor is unable to stay with them: Romana (a younger fellow Time Lord), Jack Harkness (after being rendered immortal by the Bad Wolf) and Clara Oswald (post-"Hell Bent").
* IndyPloy: Has been winging it since he got stolen by a TARDIS. He's generally rather good at it, to the point his plots can resemble multi-step plans, rather than the "pick stuff up, press stuff and/or prod it, and run with (or away from) what happens" they most probably are.
* 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 he got to be that weird by their standards.'' Seriously.

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** An alternate view of the trope: as stated in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]", the Doctor is always cognizant that he they will always outlive his their companions, stating to Rose Tyler, "You can spend the rest of your life with me, but I can't spend the rest of my life with you. That's the curse of the Time Lords." To date only three companions potentially could defy this, but the Doctor is unable to stay with them: Romana (a younger fellow Time Lord), Jack Harkness (after being rendered immortal by the Bad Wolf) and Clara Oswald (post-"Hell Bent").
* IndyPloy: Has been winging it since he they got stolen by a TARDIS. He's They're generally rather good at it, to the point his their plots can resemble multi-step plans, rather than the "pick stuff up, press stuff and/or prod it, and run with (or away from) what happens" they most probably are.
* 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 he they got to be that weird by their standards.'' Seriously.



* InTheBlood: The Doctor's character flaws - pride, arrogance, self-absorption, and inclination to think himself superior to others - are all traits that can be found in every Time Lord from Romana to the Meddling Monk. And of course, they're passed down with every regeneration.
* TheInsomniac: As has been established since the early days of the series, the Doctor needs very little sleep. The mini-episodes "Night And The Doctor" offer a glimpse into the things he gets up to when his companions are asleep. He does sleep on occasion but, as he tells Clara in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore Sleep No More]]", he does it when no one is looking.
* JumpedAtTheCall: He didn't just jump, he stole a TARDIS and went looking for it. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife Or did she steal him?]]

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* InTheBlood: The Doctor's character flaws - pride, arrogance, self-absorption, and inclination to think himself themself superior to others - are all traits that can be found in every Time Lord from Romana to the Meddling Monk. And of course, they're passed down with every regeneration.
* TheInsomniac: As has been established since the early days of the series, the Doctor needs very little sleep. The mini-episodes "Night And The Doctor" offer a glimpse into the things he gets they get up to when his their companions are asleep. He does They do sleep on occasion but, as he tells Clara in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E9SleepNoMore Sleep No More]]", he does they do it when no one is looking.
* JumpedAtTheCall: He They didn't just jump, he they stole a TARDIS and went looking for it. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife Or did she steal him?]]them?]]



* KnightErrant: In theory the Doctor is just a traveler, usually not actively looking for wrongs to right, but he expects to find people to help wherever he goes and embraces the role of hero. There's usually a fair amount of damsel-rescuing too, considering one of the chief roles of companion is 'get into trouble'.

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* KnightErrant: In theory the Doctor is just a traveler, usually not actively looking for wrongs to right, but he expects they expect to find people to help wherever he goes they go and embraces embrace the role of hero. There's usually a fair amount of damsel-rescuing too, considering one of the chief roles of companion is 'get into trouble'.



%%* TheLastDJ: In the Classic Series, he was often this to the rest of the Time Lords.
* LiesToChildren: When expounding on things beyond his Companions' ken (particularly anything to do with Time Lord tech), he'll resort to simplified analogies. Some of which work better than others; many of which get weirder than others, depending on which Doctor is explaining things. Eleven and Twelve get bonus points for regularly finding actual kids to analogy at.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With the TARDIS. Because they totally are. And with other regenerations of himself: very few of them actually get along, and Two and Three in particular spend every moment bickering.
** The Doctor's relationship with some of his companions resemble this at times. Examples include Sarah Jane Smith, Romana (particularly the second Romana), Tegan, Peri, Donna and Clara. The trope is also applied literally with regards to River Song.

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%%* TheLastDJ: In the Classic Series, he was they were often this to the rest of the Time Lords.
* LiesToChildren: When expounding on things beyond his their Companions' ken (particularly anything to do with Time Lord tech), he'll they'll resort to simplified analogies. Some of which work better than others; many of which get weirder than others, depending on which Doctor is explaining things. Eleven and Twelve get bonus points for regularly finding actual kids to analogy at.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With the TARDIS. Because they totally are. And with other regenerations of himself: themself: very few of them actually get along, and Two and Three in particular spend every moment bickering.
** The Doctor's relationship with some of his their companions resemble this at times. Examples include Sarah Jane Smith, Romana (particularly the second Romana), Tegan, Peri, Donna and Clara. The trope is also applied literally with regards to River Song.



** Ironically, the TARDIS has an absolutely huge wardrobe. Of course, the Doctor can be very slow to pick up hints he particularly [[ObliviousToHints doesn't want to get]], so if this is [[FridgeBrilliance one of her hints]] about his taste in fashion, he's probably ignoring it like [[FailedASpotCheck the notice on the door]].

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** Ironically, the TARDIS has an absolutely huge wardrobe. Of course, the Doctor can be very slow to pick up hints he they particularly [[ObliviousToHints doesn't don't want to get]], so if this is [[FridgeBrilliance one of her hints]] about his their taste in fashion, he's they're probably ignoring it like [[FailedASpotCheck the notice on the door]].



** Also began to be averted as the series introduced the notion of romance between the Doctor and the occasional companion. As he states in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]", his companions will grow old and die, but the Doctor will just keep on regenerating. This becomes an underlying theme of Series 9 as the Doctor becomes fixated on the possibility of one day losing Clara, arguably one of his most beloved (literally and figuratively) companions.
* LivingLegend: Some love the Doctor, some hate him, but he's known throughout the universe. River Song mentions that he can make an army turn and run at the mere mention of his name--and it has been shown that she was not exaggerating.
* LossOfIdentity: Every regeneration must deal with this and discover his new persona. How much it affects him seems to vary: the Seventh Doctor called it a "purely perceptual" change, while the Third and Tenth considered it death. It also tends to vary depending on which side of the regeneration he is; the Third and Tenth Doctors expressed these sentiments just ''before'' regenerating, while the Seventh expressed his sentiment ''after''.
* MadScientist: Any time the Doctor starts tinkering or building gadgets, he veers into this territory.
* MagneticHero: Everything gravitates towards him, first and foremost, his Companions.

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** Also began to be averted as the series introduced the notion of romance between the Doctor and the occasional companion. As he the Tenth Doctor states in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]", his companions will grow old and die, but the Doctor will just keep on regenerating. This becomes an underlying theme of Series 9 as the Twelfth Doctor becomes fixated on the possibility of one day losing Clara, arguably one of his most beloved (literally and figuratively) companions.
* LivingLegend: Some love the Doctor, some hate him, them, but he's they're known throughout the universe. River Song mentions that he they can make an army turn and run at the mere mention of his their name--and it has been shown that she was not exaggerating.
* LossOfIdentity: Every regeneration must deal with this and discover his their new persona. How much it affects him seems to vary: the Seventh Doctor called it a "purely perceptual" change, while the Third and Tenth considered it death. It also tends to vary depending on which side of the regeneration he is; the Third and Tenth Doctors expressed these sentiments just ''before'' regenerating, while the Seventh expressed his sentiment ''after''.
* MadScientist: Any time the Doctor starts tinkering or building gadgets, he veers they veer into this territory.
* MagneticHero: Everything gravitates towards him, them, first and foremost, his their Companions.



* MayflyDecemberFriendship: He's a centuries-old alien with an indefinite lifespan, and the majority of his companions are ordinary humans. Even with a time machine, he's eventually going to outlive all of them. This is the main reason he tends not to visit them after they leave, and is painfully demonstrated when Eleven learns the Brigadier has passed away.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Any time he gets involved with a non-Time Lord, this is the inevitable result.
* MrExposition: Since he typically knows more than anyone else does.
* MrFixit: Even once jokingly called himself "the maintenance man of the universe".
* MrSmith: Almost every time the Doctor needs a name, he simply uses the bland pseudonym "John Smith." This is even his official legal name during his time stranded on Earth working for U. N. I. T.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Occasionally, he teams up with one or more of his own future incarnations.

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* MayflyDecemberFriendship: He's They're a centuries-old alien with an indefinite lifespan, and the majority of his their companions are ordinary humans. Even with a time machine, he's they're eventually going to outlive all of them. This is the main reason he tends they tend not to visit them the companions after they leave, and is painfully demonstrated when Eleven learns the Brigadier has passed away.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Any time he gets they get involved with a non-Time Lord, this is the inevitable result.
* MrExposition: Since he they typically knows know more than anyone else does.
* MrFixit: Even once jokingly called himself themself "the maintenance man of the universe".
* MrSmith: Almost every time the Doctor needs a name, he they simply uses use the bland pseudonym "John Smith." This is even his the Third Doctor's official legal name during his time stranded on Earth working for U. N. I. T.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Occasionally, he teams they team up with one or more of his their own future incarnations.



* MysteriousPast: The franchise has been around for fifty years and we still do not know the Doctor's real name or why he no longer uses it.
** We didn't learn the name of the Doctor's species until the end of Patrick Troughton's run and we didn't learn the name of his home planet until Jon Pertwee took the reins.
** We know he once had a family and even children, but "lost them long ago". Given how we never get any indication that (apart from Susan) they're still alive even ''before'' the Time War, it's possible this was one of the reasons the First Doctor so readily JumpedAtTheCall.
** Neil Gaiman toyed with providing an origin for the Doctor in 'The Doctor's Wife'. Moffat turned down the idea, explaining the Time Lord does what he does "for reasons too vast and terrible to relate."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Doctor" doesn't always mean "healer" anymore in cultures he's visited. Then there's the other things some of them call him: the Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm...
* NeverAcceptedInHisHomeTown: The Doctor has never gotten on particularly well with most of his fellow Time Lords. Even though he's saved Gallifrey multiple times, the High Council tends to view him as an embarrassment. His saving the whole planet from the Time War seems to have brought many of the soldiers and ordinary citizens around to supporting him, but the higher-ups were still not fond of him.

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* MysteriousPast: The franchise has been around for fifty years and we still do not know the Doctor's real name or why he they no longer uses use it.
** We didn't learn the name of the Doctor's species until the end of Patrick Troughton's run and we didn't learn the name of his their home planet until Jon Pertwee took the reins.
** We know he they once had a family and even children, but "lost them long ago". Given how we never get any indication that (apart from Susan) they're still alive even ''before'' the Time War, it's possible this was one of the reasons the First Doctor so readily JumpedAtTheCall.
** Neil Gaiman toyed with providing an origin for the Doctor in 'The Doctor's Wife'. Moffat turned down the idea, explaining the Time Lord does what he does they do "for reasons too vast and terrible to relate."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Doctor" doesn't always mean "healer" anymore in cultures he's they've visited. Then there's the other things some of them call him: them: the Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm...
* NeverAcceptedInHisHomeTown: The Doctor has never gotten on particularly well with most of his their fellow Time Lords. Even though he's they've saved Gallifrey multiple times, the High Council tends to view him them as an embarrassment. His Their saving the whole planet from the Time War seems to have brought many of the soldiers and ordinary citizens around to supporting him, them, but the higher-ups were still not fond of him.them.



* NightmareFetishist: Depending on the situation and Doctors, the Doctor has shades of this, as he practically squees being around particularly interesting (regardless of how terrifying) [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]]. This trait was what drove the First Doctor to explore Skaro, as he knew how dangerous it was but faked a TARDIS breakdown to explore a Dalek city. This was even lampshaded by Clara, who asked Twelve if going on dangerous adventures is an addiction.

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* NightmareFetishist: Depending on the situation and Doctors, the Doctor has shades of this, as he they practically squees squee being around particularly interesting (regardless of how terrifying) [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]]. This trait was what drove the First Doctor to explore Skaro, as he knew how dangerous it was but faked a TARDIS breakdown to explore a Dalek city. This was even lampshaded by Clara, who asked Twelve if going on dangerous adventures is an addiction.



** There seems to be some sort of cultural convention for Renegade Time Lords to discard their birth names in favor of chosen titles (The Master, the Rani, the Monk, the Corsair...), but while Expanded Universe works featuring their pre-exile days will generally give their personal names, the Doctor doesn't seem to have used his birth name since childhood - his former classmates at the Academy knew him only as 'Theta Sigma', a nickname he apparently found somewhat embarassing.
** Creator/StevenMoffat believes there is "a terrible secret" behind why he never gives his true name, to even those he loves.
** River Song knows his name; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor she says]] she ''made'' him tell her, and it took a while.

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** There seems to be some sort of cultural convention for Renegade Time Lords to discard their birth names in favor of chosen titles (The Master, the Rani, the Monk, the Corsair...), but while Expanded Universe works featuring their pre-exile days will generally give their personal names, the Doctor doesn't seem to have used his their birth name since childhood - his their former classmates at the Academy knew him them only as 'Theta Sigma', a nickname he they apparently found somewhat embarassing.
** Creator/StevenMoffat believes there is "a terrible secret" behind why he they never gives his give their true name, to even those he loves.
they love.
** River Song knows his their name; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor she says]] she ''made'' him them tell her, and it took a while.



** Missy claims his 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.
* NoodleIncident: His final break from Gallifrey, though it apparently involved boosting the Hand of Omega before he left. We know the origins behind the other renegades: The Master went off his nut, and the Rani's mutant mice attacked the President.

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** Missy claims his 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.
* NoodleIncident: His Their final break from Gallifrey, though it apparently involved boosting the Hand of Omega before he they left. We know the origins behind the other renegades: The Master went off his nut, and the Rani's mutant mice attacked the President.



* NotSoDifferent: He cut ties with his fellow Time Lords because he found them prideful, self-absorbed and arrogant, and yet no matter the incarnation he still possesses the same negative personality traits.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Initially. He says this almost word for word in one of the first episodes. Later in the classic series, the Rani, a fellow Time Lord and former classmate, mentions his qualifications in thermodynamics, indicating that he was initially a ''physicist'', not a physician, but then he went traveling the Universe for centuries with the explicit purpose to learn and explore. By the New Series, this has made him an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, which includes the occasional bit of medical knowledge. Physics and Engineering are still his forte, though.

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* NotSoDifferent: He They cut ties with his their fellow Time Lords because he they found them those Time Lords prideful, self-absorbed and arrogant, and yet no matter the incarnation he they still possesses possess the same negative personality traits.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Initially. He says this almost word for word in one of the first episodes. Later in the classic series, the Rani, a fellow Time Lord and former classmate, mentions his the Doctor's qualifications in thermodynamics, indicating that he was they were initially a ''physicist'', not a physician, but then he they went traveling the Universe for centuries with the explicit purpose to learn and explore. By the New Series, this has made him them an Omnidisciplinary Scientist, which includes the occasional bit of medical knowledge. Physics and Engineering are still his their forte, though.



* ObfuscatingInsanity: He can go from a CloudCuckooLander to an AntiHero in the snap of a finger.

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* ObfuscatingInsanity: He They can go from a CloudCuckooLander to an AntiHero in the snap of a finger.



* ObliviousToHints: Trying to list all the Companions (and others) he's driven up the wall doing this to would take a while... How much is deliberate, or just him being scatter-brained, is debatable and, probably, changeable -- even within an incarnation. The TARDIS is also not always impressed, if her complaint about the door is any indication. There is only one that didn't manage to pull this out where we could see it: the War Doctor. But that probably had more to do with not getting the chance to than not being capable of it. The general template is as follows:

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* ObliviousToHints: Trying to list all the Companions (and others) he's they've driven up the wall doing this to would take a while... How much is deliberate, or just him them being scatter-brained, is debatable and, probably, changeable -- even within an incarnation. The TARDIS is also not always impressed, if her complaint about the door is any indication. There is only one that didn't manage to pull this out where we could see it: the War Doctor. But that probably had more to do with not getting the chance to than not being capable of it. The general template is as follows:



* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: And quite [[JustifiedTrope justified]] too. He's had thousands of years to learn.
** Just a sampling of the disciplines he has shown proficiency in: biology, anatomy, astrology, astrophysics, paleontology, paleoanthropology, recreational mathematics.
** Judging by statements from old classmates, his original degree/doctorate seems to have been in (astro?)physics and/or engineering (the Rani mentions qualifications in "thermodynamics", the Master "cosmic science"), but he's had a whole lot of time to acquire insane amounts of knowledge, and the curiosity to match.

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* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: And quite [[JustifiedTrope justified]] too. He's They've had thousands of years to learn.
** Just a sampling of the disciplines he has they have shown proficiency in: biology, anatomy, astrology, astrophysics, paleontology, paleoanthropology, recreational mathematics.
** Judging by statements from old classmates, his their original degree/doctorate seems to have been in (astro?)physics and/or engineering (the Rani mentions qualifications in "thermodynamics", the Master "cosmic science"), but he's they've had a whole lot of time to acquire insane amounts of knowledge, and the curiosity to match.



** While he usually has the TARDIS to translate for him, he can speak several alien languages without it. He even speaks baby. And horse. And ''dinosaur''.
** This is notably a skill he developed gradually over the series - he didn't speak French during his exile, and picked up the more 'exotic' things like "baby" in the quadruple digits.
* OneMythToExplainThemAll: The show posits that hundreds upon hundreds of myths are based on him and his adventures.

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** While he they usually has the TARDIS to translate for him, he them, they can speak several alien languages without it. He They even speaks speak baby. And horse. And ''dinosaur''.
** This is notably a skill he they developed gradually over the series - he they didn't speak French during his their exile, and picked up the more 'exotic' things like "baby" in the quadruple digits.
* OneMythToExplainThemAll: The show posits that hundreds upon hundreds of myths are based on him them and his their adventures.



** Subverted in that example when it turns out that he's actually the "nameless, terrible thing", soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. Ouch.

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** Subverted in that example when it turns out that he's they're actually the "nameless, terrible thing", soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. Ouch.



* PapaWolf: Towards both his companions individually and the ''entire'' human race.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: The Doctor has waffled on his opinion of earthlings over the years. Thankfully, he can safety be called a humanist. This is in reaction to the many craven adversaries who represent the triumph of an [[TheSocialDarwinist elite]] over the weak. The Doctor holds that even the most ordinary person is unique and worth preserving.
* PercussiveMaintenance: When something goes wrong with the TARDIS' flight -- hitting, kicking, he's even got a special mallet. When Adric tried to "think like the Doctor" to solve a flight problem, his solution was to smack the console. It worked.

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* PapaWolf: Towards both his their companions individually and the ''entire'' human race.
* PatrickStewartSpeech: The Doctor has waffled on his their opinion of earthlings over the years. Thankfully, he they can safety safely be called a humanist. This is in reaction to the many craven adversaries who represent the triumph of an [[TheSocialDarwinist elite]] over the weak. The Doctor holds that even the most ordinary person is unique and worth preserving.
* PercussiveMaintenance: When something goes wrong with the TARDIS' flight -- hitting, kicking, he's they've even got a special mallet. When Adric tried to "think like the Doctor" to solve a flight problem, his solution was to smack the console. It worked.



** What we've seen so far is touch-telepathy requiring he put his hands on either side of a person's head. Sometimes he also puts his forehead against their foreheads. And in the case of the latter, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger sometimes]] he does it '''''really hard'''''.

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** What we've seen so far is touch-telepathy requiring he they put his their hands on either side of a person's head. Sometimes he they also puts his put their forehead against their foreheads. the other person's forehead. And in the case of the latter, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger sometimes]] he does they do it '''''really hard'''''.



** Historically, his telepathic mojo has seen the most use when dealing with other Time Lords or other SufficientlyAdvancedAliens. He seems to have only become adept enough to mind-meld with ordinary humans and the like after the Time War. When encountering [[MyFutureSelfAndMe time-displaced versions of himself,]] he can do a mind meld without physical contact.

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** Historically, his their telepathic mojo has seen the most use when dealing with other Time Lords or other SufficientlyAdvancedAliens. He seems They seem to have only become adept enough to mind-meld with ordinary humans and the like after the Time War. When encountering [[MyFutureSelfAndMe time-displaced versions of himself,]] he themself,]] they can do a mind meld without physical contact.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He claims to be 1200 as of "The Day of the Doctor", and according to the ebook ''Tales of Trenzalore'', the Eleventh Doctor spent over 900 years on Trenzalore during the events of "The Time of the Doctor". While various contradictory dates have been given in both the classic and revived series, WordOfGod is that he's pretty much forgotten his true age and by his Ninth and Tenth incarnations, simply began ticking numbers off from 900. What matters is that he's old, ''very'' old.
** By the time of his thirteenth regeneration, he's bumped all the way up to two thousand years old.
** The First Doctor was 450 or thereabouts when he regenerated, the Fourth was 748 when he first started running, the Fifth was exactly 814 when he started, the Sixth was exactly 900, and the Seventh was 953 when he first appeared (The same age as the Rani). Of course, the Doctor started losing track of how old he was way back in his Fourth incarnation.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He Eleven claims to be 1200 as of "The Day of the Doctor", and according to the ebook ''Tales of Trenzalore'', the Eleventh Doctor spent over 900 years on Trenzalore during the events of "The Time of the Doctor". While various contradictory dates have been given in both the classic and revived series, WordOfGod is that he's they've pretty much forgotten his their true age and by his their Ninth and Tenth incarnations, simply began ticking numbers off from 900. What matters is that he's they're old, ''very'' old.
** By the time end of his thirteenth regeneration, he's their Eleventh incarnation, they've bumped all the way up to two thousand years old.
** The First Doctor was 450 or thereabouts when he regenerated, the Fourth was 748 when he first started running, the Fifth was exactly 814 when he started, the Sixth was exactly 900, and the Seventh was 953 when he first appeared (The same age as the Rani). Of course, the Doctor started losing track of how old he was they were way back in his their Fourth incarnation.



* ResignationsNotAccepted: ''Technically'' he never resigned as UNIT's Scientific Advisor, so he'll often find himself roped into helping them on this pretext, whether he wants to or not.
* ResurrectionSickness: Several of the Doctor's regenerations have left him loopy, sick, or otherwise out of sorts when bringing himself back to life. For example:

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* ResignationsNotAccepted: ''Technically'' he they never resigned as UNIT's Scientific Advisor, so he'll they'll often find himself themself roped into helping them on this pretext, whether he wants they want to or not.
* ResurrectionSickness: Several of the Doctor's regenerations have left him them loopy, sick, or otherwise out of sorts when bringing himself themself back to life. For example:



* RoboShip: Companions come and go, but the Doctor and the TARDIS love each other eternally. Pretty much confirmed in-universe as of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]], in which they get to share a kiss. "The Name Of The Doctor" reveals that after they die, she becomes his tomb.

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* RoboShip: Companions come and go, but the Doctor and the TARDIS love each other eternally. Pretty much confirmed in-universe as of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]], in which they get to share a kiss. "The Name Of The Doctor" reveals that after they both of them die, she becomes his the Doctor's tomb.



* ScrewDestiny: Death at Lake Silencio a fixed point? Dodged. His unavoidable destined death at Trenzalore? Not so destined. Time Lords limited to twelve regenerations and then they die for real? [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "A thing happened."]]
* SeenItAll: By his Eleventh incarnation. An extended scene from "Flesh and Stone" has him claim that he's probably not only been to every star in the universe, but seen their beginning and end, too; the reason he ''needs'' to travel with companions is because of their wide-eyed reaction to the wonders of the universe, which he's begun to stop noticing.

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* ScrewDestiny: Death at Lake Silencio a fixed point? Dodged. His Their unavoidable destined death at Trenzalore? Not so destined. Time Lords limited to twelve regenerations and then they die for real? [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "A thing happened."]]
* SeenItAll: By his their Eleventh incarnation. An extended scene from "Flesh and Stone" has him Eleven claim that he's probably not only been to every star in the universe, but seen their beginning and end, too; the reason he ''needs'' to travel with companions is because of their wide-eyed reaction to the wonders of the universe, which he's begun to stop noticing.



* ShroudedInMyth: Good wizards in fairy tales tend to turn out to be him. At the very least, he's confirmed to have been - well, will end up being - Merlin.

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* ShroudedInMyth: Good wizards in fairy tales tend to turn out to be him. them. At the very least, he's they're confirmed to have been - well, will end up being - Merlin.



* SmugSuper: Not as bad as some cases, but not exactly quiet about his brilliance, either.
* SniffSniffNom: The Doctor tends to lick things to analyse them; though most seen with 10 and 11, he's occasionally done this as far back as 2.

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* SmugSuper: Not as bad as some cases, but not exactly quiet about his their brilliance, either.
* SniffSniffNom: The Doctor tends to lick things to analyse them; though most seen with 10 and 11, he's they've occasionally done this as far back as 2.



* SuperStrength: Occasionally he does things like punch through a stone wall or break a rock with his bare hands or something to remind you of this, though there's rarely dialogue devoted to it. The Eighth Doctor even managed (after several punches) to knock a steel door off of its hinges immediately following his regeneration, and the Eleventh managed to survive being hit by a ''Dalek laser'', though the Dalek was greatly weakened at the time.

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* SuperStrength: Occasionally he does they do things like punch through a stone wall or break a rock with his their bare hands or something to remind you of this, though there's rarely dialogue devoted to it. The Eighth Doctor even managed (after several punches) to knock a steel door off of its hinges immediately following his regeneration, and the Eleventh managed to survive being hit by a ''Dalek laser'', though the Dalek was greatly weakened at the time.



* TechnicalPacifist: The Doctor ''really'' puts the "Technical" in Technical Pacifist. Although he has used firearms on occasions, for the most part he is just very good at engineering situations which result in the destruction of his current adversary (sometimes on a ''genocidal'' scale) if they fail to heed his warnings. He also sometimes outsources violence and killing to companions who don't share his hangups, notably Leela, Jack and River.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite being on the same side, the Doctor and UNIT fall into this. It varies depending on the incarnation, but the Doctor generally disapproves of their military tactics (i.e. "shoot first, ask questions later"), while UNIT barely tolerates his arrogant attitude; the Brig and his team and later Kate put up with it, while the other officers don't. It was especially prominent in the Russell T. Davies era, where UNIT's increased aggression against alien threats (justified in the name of [[TheWarOnTerror Homeworld Security]]) was met with nothing less than hatred by the Doctor (''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' shows them in an even darker light, just ask Tosh). The Moffat era reconciled them, but UNIT was still willing to go to extreme measures (like '''nuking London''' to save the rest of the world from an alien invasion). And under Kate's leadership they have a tendency to kidnap the Doctor to ensure his cooperation, since his unreliability in such matters is notorious.

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* TechnicalPacifist: The Doctor ''really'' puts the "Technical" in Technical Pacifist. Although he has they have used firearms on occasions, for the most part he is they are just very good at engineering situations which result in the destruction of his their current adversary (sometimes on a ''genocidal'' scale) if they fail that adversary fails to heed his their warnings. He They also sometimes outsources outsource violence and killing to companions who don't share his their hangups, notably Leela, Jack and River.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Despite being on the same side, the Doctor and UNIT fall into this. It varies depending on the incarnation, but the Doctor generally disapproves of their military tactics (i.e. "shoot first, ask questions later"), while UNIT barely tolerates his the Doctor's arrogant attitude; the Brig and his team and later Kate put up with it, while the other officers don't. It was especially prominent in the Russell T. Davies era, where UNIT's increased aggression against alien threats (justified in the name of [[TheWarOnTerror Homeworld Security]]) was met with nothing less than hatred by the Doctor (''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' shows them in an even darker light, just ask Tosh). The Moffat era reconciled them, but UNIT was still willing to go to extreme measures (like '''nuking London''' to save the rest of the world from an alien invasion). And under Kate's leadership they have a tendency to kidnap the Doctor to ensure his their cooperation, since his the Doctor's unreliability in such matters is notorious.



* TooDumbToLive: Every so often, the Doctor's pacifism sends him into this territory. While his desire to avoid death is understandable, any time he tries to save long-time enemies such as the Daleks and Cybermen just make people want to slap him. He himself admits that they are bred to do nothing but hate and kill, yet he keeps walking up to them and yelling "Let me save you!", often while they're pointing a gun, laser, etc. at his head, usually risking himself, his companion, and ''the world'' in the process.
** Once, when the Doctor was carrying out the typical "go towards something you should probably be going away from" version, River Song tells one of her crew to go with him and "pull him out when he's too stupid to live."

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* TooDumbToLive: Every so often, the Doctor's pacifism sends him them into this territory. While his their desire to avoid death is understandable, any time he the Doctor tries to save long-time enemies such as the Daleks and Cybermen just make people want to slap him. He himself them. The Doctor themself admits that they those species are bred to do nothing but hate and kill, yet he the Doctor keeps walking up to them and yelling "Let me save you!", often while they're pointing a gun, laser, etc. at his the Doctor's head, usually risking himself, his themself, their companion, and ''the world'' in the process.
** Once, when the Tenth Doctor was carrying out the typical "go towards something you should probably be going away from" version, River Song tells one of her crew to go with him and "pull him out when he's too stupid to live."



* UnderestimatingBadassery: Consistently the recipient of this. Very often his enemies blunder into his path and completely fail to understand what he's capable of. This even applies to enemies who've encountered him before and ''know'' what he's capable of, but still don't think he can stop them. Only the Daleks seem to have the good sense to be afraid of him.
* UndyingLoyalty: He will '''never''' give up on his companions, even if they might betray him, intentionally or not. Exemplified to the fullest in his Twelfth incarnation; when asked by Clara ''why'' he would still help her in spite of her betraying him, he responds with probably ''the'' most heartwarming statement in the 50+ years of the program:

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: Consistently the recipient of this. Very often his the Doctor's enemies blunder into his their path and completely fail to understand what he's they're capable of. This even applies to enemies who've encountered him the Doctor before and ''know'' what he's they're capable of, but still don't think he the Doctor can stop them. Only the Daleks seem to have the good sense to be afraid of him.
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* UndyingLoyalty: He They will '''never''' give up on his their companions, even if they those companions might betray him, them, intentionally or not. Exemplified to the fullest in his their Twelfth incarnation; when asked by Clara ''why'' he would still help her in spite of her betraying him, he responds with probably ''the'' most heartwarming statement in the 50+ years of the program:



* {{Unperson}}: The Eleventh attempted to remove all traces of himself from history after getting "[[TheDreaded too big for the universe]]". However, according to River, all that has done is leave a big "Doctor-shaped hole" in history that makes his existence ''obvious'' to anyone looking close enough.
** He fully tried this on the War Doctor, to the point Clara only found out about him after entering the Doctor's timestream.

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* {{Unperson}}: The Eleventh attempted to remove all traces of himself from history after getting "[[TheDreaded too big for the universe]]". However, according to River, all that has done is leave a big "Doctor-shaped hole" in history that makes his their existence ''obvious'' to anyone looking close enough.
** He They fully tried this on the War Doctor, to the point Clara only found out about him after entering the Doctor's timestream.



* WeDoTheImpossible: The Doctor flies in a time machine that can go anywhere and any''when'' in the universe, has saved the Earth more times than he can count, and saved the universe and all of reality itself repeatedly. He defeats intergalactic races of pure evil on a daily basis, thinks crippling dictatorships is a rather average outing, and can do all of this with a kettle, a piece of string, and a screwdriver.

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* WeDoTheImpossible: The Doctor flies in a time machine that can go anywhere and any''when'' in the universe, has saved the Earth more times than he they can count, and saved the universe and all of reality itself repeatedly. He defeats They defeat intergalactic races of pure evil on a daily basis, thinks think crippling dictatorships is a rather average outing, and can do all of this with a kettle, a piece of string, and a screwdriver.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: By the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations, it's not so much ''his'' long life that he's disheartened by, but the fact that he knows that he's forced to watch as his companions grow old and eventually die, all while he remains looking ''exactly the same''. As River Song lampshades, the Doctor doesn't like endings or having to say goodbye. Eleven has actually succeeded all too well at the above goal to "see everything" to the point that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone he "can't see it any more."]] This actually dates back to the Eighth Doctor -- after crash-landing on the planet of Karn, he calls the flame of eternal life the "Flame of Utter Boredom."

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: By the Tenth and Eleventh incarnations, it's not so much ''his'' ''their'' long life that he's they're disheartened by, but the fact that he knows they know that he's they're forced to watch as his their companions grow old and eventually die, all while he remains they remain looking ''exactly the same''. As River Song lampshades, the Doctor doesn't like endings or having to say goodbye. Eleven has actually succeeded all too well at the above goal to "see everything" to the point that [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone he "can't see it any more."]] This actually dates back to the Eighth Doctor -- after crash-landing on the planet of Karn, he calls the flame of eternal life the "Flame of Utter Boredom."



* YouTalkTooMuch: Apparently the difficult thing is to stop him from talking, a criticism which has been leveled at every Doctor at least once!

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* YouTalkTooMuch: Apparently the difficult thing is to stop him them from talking, a criticism which has been leveled at every Doctor at least once!



* TheAtoner: Previously, the Doctor saved planets for the fun of it, as well as out of a hazy sense of justice. Prior to "Day of the Doctor", the Doctor was driven to make up for every single death he supposedly caused during the Time War. (See "Deus Angst Machina" below)
* BerserkButton: He HATES Daleks. How much depends on the Doctor: Ten was more willing to forgive, while Nine and Eleven hate them with a passion. Whereas Eleven tries to negotiate/scare them into fleeing (granted, after attacking a tea-bearing Dalek with a spanner), Nine flies into a rage and stays that way, ''literally'' foaming at the mouth. War? They're dead the ''second'' he runs into them... or they run into him. Twelve is closer to Ten: he hates them just as much as his previous selves, but some part of him wants to believe that they can be redeemed.
* BewareTheSuperman: The Doctor has long held himself to trying to avert this trope; part of the reason he has companions is because they keep him from going too far. But when tragedy leaves him alone for one reason or another, the revival Doctors can end up having significant breakdowns that result in actions that risk all space and time.

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* TheAtoner: Previously, the Doctor saved planets for the fun of it, as well as out of a hazy sense of justice. Prior to "Day of the Doctor", the Doctor was driven to make up for every single death he they supposedly caused during the Time War. (See "Deus Angst Machina" below)
* BerserkButton: He HATES They HATE Daleks. How much depends on the Doctor: Ten was more willing to forgive, while Nine and Eleven hate them with a passion. Whereas Eleven tries to negotiate/scare them into fleeing (granted, after attacking a tea-bearing Dalek with a spanner), Nine flies into a rage and stays that way, ''literally'' foaming at the mouth. War? They're dead the ''second'' he runs into them... or they run into him. Twelve is closer to Ten: he hates them just as much as his previous selves, but some part of him wants to believe that they can be redeemed.
* BewareTheSuperman: The Doctor has long held himself themself to trying to avert this trope; part of the reason he has they have companions is because they keep him the Doctor from going too far. But when tragedy leaves him the Doctor alone for one reason or another, the revival Doctors can end up having significant breakdowns that result in actions that risk all space and time.



* CartwrightCurse: If he offers you the chance to come with him after an adventure, you're (relatively) safe. If he makes the offer when you're in the middle of one, you have a very good chance of being a MauveShirt.

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* CartwrightCurse: If he offers they offer you the chance to come with him them after an adventure, you're (relatively) safe. If he makes they make the offer when you're in the middle of one, you have a very good chance of being a MauveShirt.



* TheCowl: On the one hand, the Doctor is a hero who protects children and saves the day. But equally, he does it by being even scarier than the monsters. This process began a bit with the Seventh Doctor's ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures]]'' novels and was cemented by Nine's "Oncoming Storm" speech.

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* TheCowl: On the one hand, the Doctor is a hero who protects children and saves the day. But equally, he does they do it by being even scarier than the monsters. This process began a bit with the Seventh Doctor's ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures]]'' novels and was cemented by Nine's "Oncoming Storm" speech.



* DudeWheresMyReward: A trait from Ten onwards. Since he's saved the Universe so many times, the least the Universe can do is ensure that his companions aren't taken from him in the most heart-wrenching way possible. Many characters point out that's not how it works.

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* DudeWheresMyReward: A trait from Ten onwards. Since he's they've saved the Universe so many times, the least the Universe can do is ensure that his their companions aren't taken from him them in the most heart-wrenching way possible. Many characters point out that's not how it works.



** His age was always uncertain in the classic era, largely due to Who's lax attitude to continuity. The new series decided that he honestly can't remember any more and just started counting from "900" at some point.

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** His Their age was always uncertain in the classic era, largely due to Who's lax attitude to continuity. The new series decided that he they honestly can't remember any more and just started counting from "900" at some point.



* GoingNative: The groundwork was already there in the classic series, but post-Time War Earth really is the closest thing to a home he's got. Ten came close to outright saying this in "Voyage of the Damned"; Twelve basically ''did'' say it in "In the Forest of the Night", referring to Earth as his planet.

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* GoingNative: The groundwork was already there in the classic series, but post-Time War Earth really is the closest thing to a home he's they've got. Ten came close to outright saying this in "Voyage of the Damned"; Twelve basically ''did'' say it in "In the Forest of the Night", referring to Earth as his planet.



* TheHomewardJourney: Since the epilogue of "Day of the Doctor", the Doctor's been keeping an eye out for the chance to free Gallifrey and its people for good. It's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption not going too well]]. (Word of Moffat notes that even if/when he does, he'd probably run off again afterwards.)
** He finally makes it back in the Series 9 finale - and promptly runs off again afterwards, as per Moffat.

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* TheHomewardJourney: Since the epilogue of "Day of the Doctor", the Doctor's been keeping an eye out for the chance to free Gallifrey and its people for good. It's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption not going too well]]. (Word of Moffat notes that even if/when he does, he'd they do, they'd probably run off again afterwards.)
** He Twelve finally makes it back in the Series 9 finale - and promptly runs off again afterwards, as per Moffat.



* JustFriends: To his companions from Martha onwards. Rose, not quite as much. River is also an exception (given that they're ''married''), if you count her as a "companion".
* KidnappedByAnAlly: Kate Stewart has a bad of habit of doing this, much to the Doctor's chagrin (he'd rather she'd just ask for help).

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* JustFriends: To his their companions from Martha onwards. Rose, not quite as much. River is also an exception (given that they're ''married''), if you count her as a "companion".
* KidnappedByAnAlly: Kate Stewart has a bad of habit of doing this, much to the Doctor's chagrin (he'd (they'd rather she'd just ask for help).



* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There is more of this in the original series Doctors but the revival Doctors feel it on their better days. The Doctor experiences a lot of heartbreak, but still feels that life is worth living so long as there's something left to see in the Universe. Besides, if he were dead, who would protect the Earth?
* LivingLegend: Known and feared across all of time and space. It's no small thing that the ''Daleks'' refer to him in their ancient legends as "[[TheDreaded The Oncoming Storm]]" and "[[AlwaysABiggerFish The Predator of the Daleks]]".
** Notable in that by this point, he's come to realize this and openly use it against his enemies as a way to attempt ending conflicts without actual fighting; ie: make enemy realize he's the Doctor --> enemy runs away/gives up/puts up far less resistance. Eleven found himself on the fast track of learning how much this ''bit him in the ass.''
* LivingRelic: As the LastOfHisKind.

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* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There is more of this in the original series Doctors but the revival Doctors feel it on their better days. The Doctor experiences a lot of heartbreak, but still feels that life is worth living so long as there's something left to see in the Universe. Besides, if he they were dead, who would protect the Earth?
* LivingLegend: Known and feared across all of time and space. It's no small thing that the ''Daleks'' refer to him the Doctor in their ancient legends as "[[TheDreaded The Oncoming Storm]]" and "[[AlwaysABiggerFish The Predator of the Daleks]]".
** Notable in that by this point, he's the Doctor has come to realize this and openly use it against his their enemies as a way to attempt ending conflicts without actual fighting; ie: make enemy realize he's they're the Doctor --> enemy runs away/gives up/puts up far less resistance. Eleven found himself on the fast track of learning how much this ''bit him in the ass.''
* LivingRelic: As the LastOfHisKind. [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]].



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: He's a madman in a magical box who takes those he meets out of their hum-drum existences to see the wonders of the universe, changing their lives forever.
* MrFanservice: Goes shirtless -- or naked -- with some frequency.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: He knows [[MundaneUtility if there's a mole on his back]] and the color of his ''kidneys''! And he can regrow limbs in the first phase of his regeneration cycle, or [[HandWave whatever]]! And he can [[ExpositionBeam relate his entire life story]] by [[UseYourHead head-butting you]]. This is more common in the revival series, where writers have toyed around with the implications of regeneration.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Post-Time War, the Doctor's children and grandchildren are all presumed dead. While Clara offhandedly calls them "missing" after the war's outcome is retconned, no mention is made of them when the Doctor returns to Gallifrey in "Hell Bent". Understandably, it's not a subject he likes to dwell on.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: He's They're a madman in a magical box who takes those he meets they meet out of their hum-drum existences to see the wonders of the universe, changing their lives forever.
* MrFanservice: Goes Usually male, and in that context, goes shirtless -- or naked -- with some frequency.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: He knows They know [[MundaneUtility if there's a mole on his their back]] and the color of his their ''kidneys''! And he they can regrow limbs in the first phase of his their regeneration cycle, or [[HandWave whatever]]! And he they can [[ExpositionBeam relate his their entire life story]] by [[UseYourHead head-butting you]]. This is more common in the revival series, where writers have toyed around with the implications of regeneration.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: Post-Time War, the Doctor's children and grandchildren are all presumed dead. While Clara offhandedly calls them "missing" after the war's outcome is retconned, no mention is made of them when the Doctor returns to Gallifrey in "Hell Bent". Understandably, it's not a subject he the Doctor likes to dwell on.



** "Who the hell are you?" has become a frequent hostile first encounter remark in the new series every time the Doctor drops in uninvited-''especially'' if it's a base under siege where nobody from the outside is expected to show up and his sudden appearance is instantly suspicious. And because the TARDIS makes everyone sound like they have a British accent when it translates to what its passengers are accustomed to, it will sound especially caustic, and the person who says this is almost immediately outed as [[TheResenter the angry prick who will be at odds with the Doctor at every turn.]] In other words, when a character asks this to the Doctor, that's how you know they're the {{Jerkass}} of the bunch.
* PopularityPower: The Doctor and his TARDIS seem to grow in power as ratings increase. On two occasions, the Tenth Doctor saved the day thanks to hundreds, if not thousands of people chanting his name ("Last of the Time Lords", "The Next Doctor"), and the TARDIS is now a registered tow truck for planets.
* PrecursorKillers: After the Time War since he killed everyone in it. Then a temporal paradox makes him a Precusor ''savior'' that thinks himself to be a killer.

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** "Who the hell are you?" has become a frequent hostile first encounter remark in the new series every time the Doctor drops in uninvited-''especially'' if it's a base under siege where nobody from the outside is expected to show up and his their sudden appearance is instantly suspicious. And because the TARDIS makes everyone sound like they have a British accent when it translates to what its passengers are accustomed to, it will sound especially caustic, and the person who says this is almost immediately outed as [[TheResenter the angry prick who will be at odds with the Doctor at every turn.]] In other words, when a character asks this to the Doctor, that's how you know they're the {{Jerkass}} of the bunch.
* PopularityPower: The Doctor and his their TARDIS seem to grow in power as ratings increase. On two occasions, the Tenth Doctor saved the day thanks to hundreds, if not thousands of people chanting his name ("Last of the Time Lords", "The Next Doctor"), and the TARDIS is now a registered tow truck for planets.
* PrecursorKillers: After the Time War since he the doctor killed everyone in it. Then a temporal paradox makes him them a Precusor ''savior'' that thinks himself themself to be a killer.



* 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 him 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 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 him 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.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Nu Who's Doctor appears tired of his lonely, blood-soaked existence and actively suicidal at times (especially Ten), but also desperately runs from "death" when his time seems to be up. Part of it is the Doctor's not-entirely-false suspicion that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and that Time Lords are too powerful and dangerous to be trusted with immortality.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Nu Who's Doctor appears tired of his their lonely, blood-soaked existence and actively suicidal at times (especially Ten), but also desperately runs from "death" when his time seems to be up. Part of it is the Doctor's not-entirely-false suspicion that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and that Time Lords are too powerful and dangerous to be trusted with immortality.
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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|s are cool}}). 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 Eleven (tweed suit with leather elbow patches and a {{bowtie|s are cool}}).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.
20th Jul '17 4:49:17 PM TropesForever
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** Eleven thinks he's much cooler than he really is. See "WHO DA MAN?!" and "{{Bowties are cool}}!" Also, his dance moves.

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** Eleven thinks he's much cooler than he really is. See "WHO DA MAN?!" and "{{Bowties "Bowties are cool}}!" cool!" Also, his dance moves.
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