History Characters / DoctorWhoDoctors

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.]]
14th Mar '16 12:06:08 AM goldenroad
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*** 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 ''billion'' years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.

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*** 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 ''billion'' ''4.5 billion'' years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.
14th Mar '16 12:05:16 AM goldenroad
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*** 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 [[spoiler: 4.5 ''billion'' years]] that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.

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*** 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 [[spoiler: 4.5 ''billion'' years]] years that episode encompasses actually counts towards his age.
3rd Mar '16 8:47:53 PM KamenRiderKrypton
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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]]" 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 School Reunion]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied]]" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied The Girl Who Died]]" touch on the emotional toll losing a companion has on the Doctor.
2nd Mar '16 2:26:22 AM Eyeshield
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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 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...
--> "[[TitleDrop Doctor WHO?]]"
--> "[[PhraseCatcher JUST... The Doctor.]]"



** "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.]]



* 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.

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* 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.
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