History Characters / DoctorWhoDoctors

26th Jun '16 2:49:13 PM goldenroad
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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With the TARDIS. [[spoiler: 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.

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* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With the TARDIS. [[spoiler: Because they totally are.]] are. And with other regenerations of himself: very few of them actually get along, and Two and Three in particular spend every moment bickering.



** Subverted in that example when it turns out that [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:he's he's actually the "nameless, terrible thing", soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. Ouch.]]
15th Jun '16 9:14:45 AM kkhohoho
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* Really700YearsOld: A RunningGag from the First Doctor onward is that the Doctor is so old that he has trouble calculating his age- and the writers haven't the faintest clue, either.
** The War Doctor billed himself as 800 at the end of his life- either how old he thought he was in general or an approximation how long he fought the Time War and the age of his incarnation. His memory got screwed up after regenerating.
** The Ninth Doctor locks on to 900 exactly at some point following the LaserGuidedAmnesia his predecessor received at the end of his life, this Doctor's estimate coincidentally starting with 9 like his incarnation's billing. The 100 year differential possibly happened during the time between when he left Rose on Earth after she at first chose not to go with him, before coming back to tell her the TARDIS can travel through time.
** After regenerating again, the Tenth Doctor begins to count up his age from there, apparently 906 in the end. This would make sense if you went by his tenure (2005-2010; 6 years), but he apparently lived longer than six years because a comment he makes in the animated special "The Infinite Quest" reveals he spent about 3 more years living on Volag-Noc, which he apparently did not factor into his age.
** Once he regenerated again, Eleven lived for a year and gave his age as 907, adding on to what Ten believed he was. Then Eleven spent around 200 years running from the attempt on his life and stopped running at age 1103. Somehow, Eleven kept track of his age on Trenzalore even when growing senile- the siege lasted 900 years according to "[[AllThereInTheManual Tales of Trenzalore]]".
** Twelve stated he was over two thousand, logically adding on to the 1100 or so previously stated by Eleven.
*** The joke became a meta example when Peter Capaldi put down his age in-character as the Doctor as 2055, for a [[http://io9.com/peter-capaldi-wrote-the-doctor-a-report-card-and-it-isn-1588741329 charity sponsored event]]. He filled out a Gallifreyan-styled report card. It displays his real age at the time he was cast as the Doctor, with the Doctor's 2000 years estimate tacked on.
*** As of the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]" it is now uncertain what the Doctor's age is, as the series has yet to confirm whether the ''4.5 billion'' years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.
** Of course, none of this takes into account that Seven already said he was 950 or so, Eight spent over 600 years stranded on Orbis, and Four already began getting a bit fuzzy about his real before any of that. The point is that the Doctor's had no clue just how old he really is for a ''long'', so the only thing he can do is be an old git who lies about his age.

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* Really700YearsOld: A RunningGag from the First Doctor onward is that the Doctor is so old that he has trouble calculating his age- and the writers haven't the faintest clue, either.
** The War Doctor billed himself as 800 at the end of his life- either how old he thought he was in general or an approximation how long he fought the Time War and the age of his incarnation. His memory got screwed up after regenerating.
** The Ninth Doctor locks on to 900 exactly at some point following the LaserGuidedAmnesia his predecessor received at the end of his life, this Doctor's estimate coincidentally starting with 9 like his incarnation's billing. The 100 year differential possibly happened during the time between when he left Rose on Earth after she at first chose not to go with him, before coming back to tell her the TARDIS can travel through time.
** After regenerating again, the Tenth Doctor begins to count up his age from there, apparently 906 in the end. This would make sense if you went by his tenure (2005-2010; 6 years), but he apparently lived longer than six years because a comment he makes in the animated special "The Infinite Quest" reveals he spent about 3 more years living on Volag-Noc, which he apparently did not factor into his age.
** Once he regenerated again, Eleven lived for a year and gave his age as 907, adding on to what Ten believed he was. Then Eleven spent around 200 years running from the attempt on his life and stopped running at age 1103. Somehow, Eleven kept track of his age on Trenzalore even when growing senile- the siege lasted 900 years according to "[[AllThereInTheManual Tales of Trenzalore]]".
** Twelve stated he was over two thousand, logically adding on to the 1100 or so previously stated by Eleven.
*** The joke became a meta example when Peter Capaldi put down his age in-character as the Doctor as 2055, for a [[http://io9.com/peter-capaldi-wrote-the-doctor-a-report-card-and-it-isn-1588741329 charity sponsored event]]. He filled out a Gallifreyan-styled report card. It displays his real age at the time he was cast as the Doctor, with the Doctor's 2000 years estimate tacked on.
*** As of the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]" it is now uncertain what the Doctor's age is, as the series has yet to confirm whether the ''4.5 billion'' years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.
** Of course, none of this takes into account that Seven already said he was 950 or so, Eight spent over 600 years stranded on Orbis, and Four already began getting a bit fuzzy about his real before any of that. The point is that the Doctor's had no clue just how old he really is for a ''long'', so the only thing he can do is be an old git who lies about his age.
15th Jun '16 9:13:10 AM kkhohoho
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**Of course, none of this takes into account that Seven already said he was 950 or so, Eight spent over 600 years stranded on Orbis, and Four already began getting a bit fuzzy about his real before any of that. The point is that the Doctor's had no clue just how old he really is for a ''long'', so the only thing he can do is be an old git who lies about his age.
7th Jun '16 7:40:17 AM Doug86
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* LimitedWardrobe: The first four Doctors, as well as the Seventh, usually based their outfits around variations on a theme, though the Fifth and Sixth Doctors played the trope straight with completely unchanging apparel. The Eighth Doctor only had one adventure, so the wardrobe was limited to that story. (He eventually moved on to a more modern outfit in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho - for a [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne given value]] of modern, anyway.) The Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors return to the original method, with certain items (the leather jacket, trainers, tweed jacket with bowtie, and boots respectively) typically remaining in place.

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* LimitedWardrobe: The first four Doctors, as well as the Seventh, usually based their outfits around variations on a theme, though the Fifth and Sixth Doctors played the trope straight with completely unchanging apparel. The Eighth Doctor only had one adventure, so the wardrobe was limited to that story. (He eventually moved on to a more modern outfit in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho - for a [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI given value]] of modern, anyway.) The Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors return to the original method, with certain items (the leather jacket, trainers, tweed jacket with bowtie, and boots respectively) typically remaining in place.
8th Apr '16 12:43:43 PM Sapphirea2
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* 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.
** The Tenth Doctor decides to change a fixed point in history by saving several members of Bowie Base One in "The Waters of Mars" when originally all hands were lost, having decided that -- since as far as he knows there are no more Time Lords -- he is now the "Time Lord Victorious" and a virtual god. Only the suicide of Captain Brooks is able to set history back on its proper, though now sadder, course and cause him to realize MyGodWhatHaveIDone Still, he doesn't accept this as a sign he's been around too long and needs to accept his "death" by regeneration until the denouement of his next and last story, "The End of Time".
** The Twelfth Doctor, in the wake of betrayal and capture by Ashildr and the Time Lords (people he had saved rather than let die/destroy), the death by SenselessSacrifice of his beloved companion Clara Oswald (who had become his DistaffCounterpart along with a LivingEmotionalCrutch), and subsequent lonely torture in his own confession dial under watch of the Time Lords is DrivenToMadness and endures a SelfInflictedHell for billions of years to escape said dial. He emerges as TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, willing to defy his people (it doesn't help that the powers-that-be show NoSympathy for his suffering), become a renegade runaway again, ''and'' risk the universe's existence on the TragicDream of saving Clara Oswald from the grave and giving her a "happy", '''safe''' life without memories of him -- an action that again defies a fixed point in time and which he usually tries to ''stop'' others from doing. Clara finally manages to induce a HeelRealization in him and beyond giving her up for good, ends up also losing his key physical and emotional memories of her, unable to recognize her or why he was willing to go so far to save her. As he succumbs to MindRape, he tells her that this is only right and proper because he broke his own rules, and amends his creed to "Never be cruel and never be cowardly, and if you ever are, always make amends."
6th Apr '16 8:28:22 AM AlexHoskins
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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 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.
5th Apr '16 11:30:07 AM narm00
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--->(''the Doctor puts a glass of water on the floor and stars at it'')\\

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--->(''the Doctor puts a glass of water on the floor and stars stares at it'')\\



** Very few partings with companions are not bittersweet. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor The Next Doctor]]" , the Doctor stated that they ultimately break his heart. And in both "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" touch on the emotional toll losing a companion has on the Doctor.

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** Very few partings with companions are not bittersweet. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor The Next Doctor]]" , the Doctor stated that they ultimately break his heart. And in both "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion School Reunion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" touch on the emotional toll losing a companion has on the Doctor.



* 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 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]]".



* 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"]]).

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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 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]]) 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"]]).



* 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 one). ''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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* 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 Gallifrey, is outright weird for one). ''And, them). ''And we '''''still''''' don't really know all that much about how he got to be that weird by their standards.'' Seriously.



** He finally makes it back in the Series 9 finale - and promptly runs off again afterwards, as Moffat said.

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** He finally makes it back in the Series 9 finale - and promptly runs off again afterwards, as Moffat said.per Moffat.



*** As of the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent]]" it is now uncertain what the Doctor age is, as the series has yet to confirm whether the ''4.5 billion'' years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.

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*** As of the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent]]" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent Heaven Sent]]" it is now uncertain what the Doctor Doctor's age is, as the series has yet to confirm whether the ''4.5 billion'' years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.
4th Apr '16 7:07:58 AM DrRomoray
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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Even the more serious incarnations have their {{Adorkable}} moments, often in the face of extreme danger. Two, Four, Ten and Eleven are particular masters of this trope.

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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Even the more serious incarnations have their {{Adorkable}} moments, often in the face of extreme danger. The Doctor would probably concur with Mel Brooks who said, 'It can take an army to bring down a dictator. But it takes a comedian to destroy them forever.'\\\
Two, Four, Seven, Ten and Eleven are particular masters of this trope.
1st Apr '16 12:43:50 PM Euodiachloris
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* InexplicablyAwesome: The Doctor is, quite frankly, oddball even for a Time Lord.

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* InexplicablyAwesome: The Doctor is, quite frankly, oddball oddball... even for a Time Lord.Lord (heck, just liking Earth, let alone a particular corner of the universe that isn't Gallifrey is outright weird for one). ''And, we '''''still''''' don't really know all that much about how he got to be that weird by their standards.'' Seriously.
30th Mar '16 8:55:15 PM goldenroad
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** "The Doctor's Wife" justifies this when [[spoiler: 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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** "The Doctor's Wife" justifies this when [[spoiler: 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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