History Characters / DoctorWhoDoctors

8th Jun '18 4:59:47 AM nighttrainfm
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* 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 the Doctor likes to dwell on.

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* 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, rewritten, no mention is made of them when the Doctor returns to Gallifrey in "Hell Bent". Understandably, it's not a subject the Doctor likes to dwell on.
4th Jun '18 8:52:25 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Downplayed. They try to stick to "meet new people, stop threat of the week, then fly off saying IWasJustPassingThrough" - and disapprove of the Monk trying to "improve" history.

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* AlienNonInterferenceClause: Downplayed. As a Time Lord, the Doctor is supposed to avoid "interfering with peoples or plants" but they get involved all the time. They try to stick to "meet new people, stop threat of the week, then fly off saying IWasJustPassingThrough" - and disapprove of the Monk trying to "improve" history.



** 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.



*HumansAreMorons: As much as the Doctor loves humanity, several incarnations get really frustrated with them. Nine called them "stupid apes" and Twelve declared Earth to be the "Planet of the Pudding Brains".



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

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



* 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.



* RefugeInAudacity: The Second, Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh frequently indulge in this.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: ''Technically'' they never resigned as UNIT's Scientific Advisor, so they'll often find themself roped into helping them on this pretext, whether they want to or not.

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RefugeInAudacity: The Second, Fourth, Tenth and Eleventh frequently indulge in this.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: ''Technically'' they never resigned as UNIT's Scientific Advisor, so they'll often find themself roped into helping them on this pretext, whether they want to or not.
4th Jun '18 8:30:56 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* BadassPacifist: To an extent. The Doctor usually tries to use their wits to solve problems rather than violence.

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* BadassPacifist: To an extent. Whenever possible, The Doctor usually tries to use their wits diplomacy to solve problems rather than violence.violence.
15th May '18 1:12:38 PM narm00
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* ForegoneConclusion: As revealed in "The Name of the Doctor", the ultimate fate of the Doctor is to die defeating an army at the battle at Trenzalore and have [[NegativeSpaceWedgie his remains]] entombed within the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor has apparently been aware of this for some time and refers to it as the one place he must ''never'' go.
--> '''Clara''': How can you have a grave?
--> '''Doctor''': Because we all do, somewhere out there in the future, waiting for us.
** Seemingly subverted as of "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]," though of course, time will tell.



* ForegoneConclusion: As revealed in "The Name of the Doctor", the ultimate fate of the Doctor is to die defeating an army at the battle at Trenzalore and have [[NegativeSpaceWedgie his remains]] entombed within the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor has apparently been aware of this for some time and refers to it as the one place he must ''never'' go.
--> '''Clara''': How can you have a grave?
--> '''Doctor''': Because we all do, somewhere out there in the future, waiting for us.
** Seemingly subverted as of "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]," though of course, time will tell.



* LivingLegend: Some love the Doctor, some hate them, but they're known throughout the universe. River Song mentions that they can make an army turn and run at the mere mention of their name--and it has been shown that she was not exaggerating.

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* LivingLegend: Some love the Doctor, some hate them, but they're known throughout the universe. River Song mentions that they can make an army turn and run at the mere mention of their name--and name -- and it has been shown that she was not exaggerating.



* StealthHiBye: As soon as the monsters are defeated and the day's heroics are done, the Doctor and the companion(s) will often slip off back to the TARDIS, leaving everyone puzzled as to where they went. They also sometimes pop up out of nowhere.



* StealthHiBye: As soon as the monsters are defeated and the day's heroics are done, the Doctor and the companion(s) will often slip off back to the TARDIS, leaving everyone puzzled as to where they went. They also sometimes pop up out of nowhere.
1st May '18 7:56:36 AM MasterFuzzy
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* AllergicToRoutine: It varies per Doctor. Five was quite okay with spending long periods of time just relaxing; Eleven gets intensely annoyed after about a minute. Twelve [[ThereWasADoor prefers using windows to boring old doors.]]

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* AllergicToRoutine: It varies per Doctor. Five was quite okay with spending long periods of time just relaxing; Eleven gets intensely annoyed after about a minute. Twelve [[ThereWasADoor prefers using windows to boring old doors.]] It should be noted that both Three and Eleven spent time marooned on the same planet in the same time zone, though during those periods, [[DoomMagnet the adventures came to them.]]



* BenchedHero: The after effects of Three, Five, Ten, and Twelve's regenerations put them out of action for a time. Seven was immediately hypnotized to do the Rani's bidding, so honorable mention there. Two, Four, Six, Eight, Nine (as said in the expanded universe), and Eleven hit the ground running.

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* BenchedHero: The after effects of Three, Five, Ten, and Twelve's regenerations put them out of action for a time. Seven was immediately hypnotized to do the Rani's bidding, so honorable mention there. Two, Four, Six, Eight, Nine (as said in the expanded universe), and Eleven hit the ground running. They are also sometimes put out of action for other reasons, such as in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Blink]]" or "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]," allowing the companions to get a DayInTheLimelight.



* ForegoneConclusion: As revealed in "The Name of The Doctor", the ultimate fate of the Doctor is to die defeating an army at the battle at Trenzalore and have [[NegativeSpaceWedgie his remains]] entombed within the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor has apparently been aware of this for some time and refers to it as the one place he must ''never'' go.

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* ForegoneConclusion: As revealed in "The Name of The the Doctor", the ultimate fate of the Doctor is to die defeating an army at the battle at Trenzalore and have [[NegativeSpaceWedgie his remains]] entombed within the TARDIS. The Eleventh Doctor has apparently been aware of this for some time and refers to it as the one place he must ''never'' go.



** Seemingly subverted as of "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]," though of course, time will tell.



* IndyPloy: Has been winging it since they got stolen by a TARDIS. They're generally rather good at it, to the point 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.

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* IndyPloy: Has been winging it since they got stolen by a TARDIS. They're generally rather good at it, to the point 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. How much is an IndyPloy and how much XanatosSpeedChess varies from story to story.


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* StealthHiBye: As soon as the monsters are defeated and the day's heroics are done, the Doctor and the companion(s) will often slip off back to the TARDIS, leaving everyone puzzled as to where they went. They also sometimes pop up out of nowhere.


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* XanatosSpeedChess: A mark of the Doctor's CharacterDevelopment was that he started relying more on these and less on the IndyPloy, though they are still often forced into the IndyPloy. How much they use each varies from Doctor to Doctor and story to story.
25th Apr '18 12:10:44 PM MasterFuzzy
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** Twelve's opinion of guns is made clear when he tells a group of soldiers they don't have to be liked because they have the guns. However, he can be pushed far enough to pick one up: in the Series 9 opener, Clara's apparent extermination gets him angry enough to pick up a Dalek gun and aim it at Davros, although he ultimately decides to use it for something else, while in "Hell Bent", given the chance to rescue Clara from her imminent death, he actually fires a gun at someone (again, though, not a bullet gun).

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** Twelve's opinion of guns is made clear when he tells a group of soldiers they don't have to be liked because they have the guns. However, he can be pushed far enough to pick one up: in the Series 9 opener, Clara's apparent extermination gets him angry enough to pick up a Dalek gun and aim it at Davros, although he ultimately decides to use it for something else, while in "Hell Bent", given the chance to rescue Clara from her imminent death, he actually fires a gun at someone (again, though, not a bullet gun).gun, and the Doctor makes sure that [[spoiler: the Time Lord in question has at least one regeneration left]]).



* DoomMagnet: It's actually a cross between being this... and a dedicated follower of Doom care of the TARDIS plonking them neck deep in it. Either way: they arrive; trouble happens; trouble unhappens; they leave. And leaves an impression that often closely resembles a crater in the process of being built on or flattened out.

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* DoomMagnet: It's actually a cross between being this... and a dedicated follower of Doom Doom, care of the TARDIS plonking them neck deep in it. Either way: they arrive; trouble happens; trouble unhappens; they leave. And leaves an impression that often closely resembles a crater in the process of being built on or flattened out.



* FlatEarthAtheist: The Doctor, despite being a 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 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.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: The Doctor, despite being a 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 they come across things, creatures, and events that have ''no'' reasonable explanation, sometimes going so far as to ignore explanation and adopt a an "It happened let's move on" mentality.



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

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* GoodIsNotNice: They're marvelously rude to practically everybody they meet (even those on their side), and the only people they show genuine affection for are children and their companions. The Twelfth incarnation summed it up best as he was dying:
-->"Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind."



* MysteriousPast: The franchise has been around for fifty years and we still do not know the Doctor's real name or why they no longer use it.

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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 they no longer use it.it, nor do we know much about his blood family or childhood.



** 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 their birth name since childhood - their former classmates at the Academy knew them only as 'Theta Sigma', a nickname they apparently found somewhat embarassing.

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** There seems to be some sort of cultural convention for Renegade 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 their birth name since childhood - their former classmates at the Academy knew them only as 'Theta Sigma', a nickname they apparently found somewhat embarassing.



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

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



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Some Doctors ham it up more than others, and some (such as Three, Six, and Twelve) generally don't bother at all, but all are entirely capable of acting the fool to lure their opponents into a false sense of security.



** This is notably a skill they developed gradually over the series - they didn't speak French during their exile, and picked up the more 'exotic' things like "baby" in the quadruple digits.

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** This is notably a skill they developed gradually over the series - they didn't speak French during their exile, and picked up the more 'exotic' things like "baby" in the quadruple digits.[[note]] Unless, of course, they never had a chance to use it before[[/note]]



* PercussiveMaintenance: When something goes wrong with the TARDIS' flight -- hitting, kicking, 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.

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* PercussiveMaintenance: When something goes wrong with the TARDIS' flight -- hitting, kicking, they've they even got had a special mallet.mallet for a while. When Adric tried to "think like the Doctor" to solve a flight problem, his solution was to smack the console. It worked.
9th Apr '18 11:45:24 AM narm00
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** The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this -- the light-hearted, confident and somewhat goofy Eleventh Doctor, who was essentially an {{Adorkable}} old professor in a young man's body, was replaced by the much grumpier and self-doubting Twelfth, who is best described as a brooding and rebellious teenager with side who has the appearance of an older man.

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** The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this -- the light-hearted, confident and somewhat goofy Eleventh Doctor, who was essentially an {{Adorkable}} old professor in a young man's body, was replaced by the much grumpier and self-doubting Twelfth, who is best described as a brooding and rebellious teenager with side who has the appearance of an older man.
9th Apr '18 10:21:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this -- the light-hearted, confident and somewhat goofy Eleventh Doctor, who was essentially an {{Adorkable}} old professor in a young man's body, was replaced by the much grumpier and self-doubting Twelfth, who is best described as a brooding teenager with a cheeky side who has the appearance of an older man.

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** The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this -- the light-hearted, confident and somewhat goofy Eleventh Doctor, who was essentially an {{Adorkable}} old professor in a young man's body, was replaced by the much grumpier and self-doubting Twelfth, who is best described as a brooding and rebellious teenager with a cheeky side who has the appearance of an older man.
9th Apr '18 10:20:46 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this--the very young-appearing (and acting), light-hearted, and incredibly confident Eleventh Doctor was replaced by the much older-looking, grumpier, and self-doubting Twelfth.

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** The transition from Eleven to Twelve is fairly explicitly this--the very young-appearing (and acting), this -- the light-hearted, and incredibly confident and somewhat goofy Eleventh Doctor Doctor, who was essentially an {{Adorkable}} old professor in a young man's body, was replaced by the much older-looking, grumpier, grumpier and self-doubting Twelfth.Twelfth, who is best described as a brooding teenager with a cheeky side who has the appearance of an older man.
7th Apr '18 12:57:14 PM narm00
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** Ten and Eleven are both disappointed they're not ginger post-regeneration.
** On a similar note, the Doctors get self-deprecating over some part of their new bodies post-regeneration (Nine his ears, Ten his teeth, Eleven his chin and hair, Twelve his kidneys(!) and eyebrows). Thirteen doesn't seem to mind being a woman, but seeing as how she barely had time to react to her new body, we'll see how this goes.

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** Ten and Eleven are both disappointed they're not ginger post-regeneration.
post-regeneration. [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations The novelisations]] let the others get in on it as well: Eight privately wonders if the Sisterhood could make him ginger in the "The Day of the Doctor" novelisation, Nine's examination of his face in the "Rose" novelisation has him wondering why he's never ginger, and Twelve reflects in the "Twice Upon a Time" novelisation that given his luck his next self's probably not going to be ginger.
** On a similar note, the Doctors get self-deprecating over some part of their new bodies post-regeneration (Nine his ears, Ten his teeth, Eleven his chin and hair, Twelve his kidneys(!) and eyebrows). Thirteen doesn't seem to mind being a woman, but seeing as how she she's barely had time to react to her new body, body yet, we'll see how this goes.
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