History Characters / DoctorWhoOtherSupportingCast

20th May '16 2:12:15 AM Faruke97
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* DrillSergeantNasty: An exteremely mild version whenever he gets in the mood to address his pupils like soldiers. Mostly {{played for laughs}}, except in "Death in Heaven" when he uses the same tone to address the assembled Cybermen.

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* DrillSergeantNasty: An exteremely extremely mild version whenever he gets in the mood to address his pupils like soldiers. Mostly {{played for laughs}}, except in "Death in Heaven" when he uses the same tone to address the assembled Cybermen.
13th May '16 10:30:31 PM Tuvok
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* ShipperOnDeck: Of the (he hopes) platonic variety; despite his conflict with the Doctor, it's Danny who encourages Clara not to end her relationship with the Doctor on a slammed door. Unfortunately this backfires in "Mummy on the Orient Express" as it causes a LoveTriangle scenario to click into place.
13th May '16 10:27:00 PM Tuvok
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13th May '16 10:26:12 PM Tuvok
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* LoveTriangle: Accuses Clara of creating one in "The Caretaker", and although he denies it, this is pretty much confirmed as existing in "Mummy on the Orient Express" when Clara begins actively lying to Danny about staying with the Doctor. To put a bow on it, Clara is shown saying "I love you" to both men at the same time (Danny on the phone; the Doctor across the room, though the latter is unaware of it - WordOfGod (Jenna Coleman) has confirmed this).
13th May '16 10:24:28 PM Tuvok
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* RetiredBadass: May no longer be in the military, but he is still apparently in top form, especially given his skilled flip over the killer robot in "The Caretaker".
* RomanticFalseLead: Introduced and promoted as Clara's major love interest, and indeed her love for him is genuine, however he quickly finds himself part of a LoveTriangle with the Doctor, which is not helped by his dislike of the Doctor and refusal to travel with Clara and him. It doesn't end well and, come Series 9, Danny is no longer in the picture and no further romantic false leads are introduced (other than a couple teasing references to Jane Austen).

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* RetiredBadass: May no longer be in the military, but he is still apparently in top form, especially given his skilled flip over the killer robot in "The Caretaker". \n* RomanticFalseLead: Introduced and promoted as Clara's major love interest, and indeed her love for him is genuine, however he quickly finds himself part of a LoveTriangle with the Doctor, which is not helped by his dislike of the Doctor and refusal to travel with Clara and him. It doesn't end well and, come Series 9, Danny is no longer in the picture and no further romantic false leads are introduced (other than a couple teasing references to Jane Austen). .
10th May '16 1:14:17 AM goldenroad
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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For River Song: Apart from being Mother Superious and being converted into a Dalek puppet, pretty much every line of dialogue could easily have been spoken by River. She can even fly the TARDIS, and is referred to by the Doctor as having battled the "psychopath" inside her all her life, much like River. There's even River-style sexual innuendo (and the suggestion that they were actually lovers at one point) thrown into the mix.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: For River Song: Apart from being Mother Superious and being converted into a Dalek puppet, pretty much every line of dialogue could easily have been spoken by River. She can even fly the TARDIS, and is referred to by the Doctor as having battled the "psychopath" inside her all her life, much like River. There's even River-style sexual innuendo (and the suggestion that they were actually lovers at one point) thrown into the mix. This even led to speculation that this ''was'' River, her jacking into the Papal Mainframe granting her one more regeneration.
9th May '16 5:12:43 AM erforce
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* ShoutOut: [[TheTerminator A robot that appears human (and can mimic appearances) from the future traveling back in time to assassinate persons from the past.]]

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* ShoutOut: [[TheTerminator [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} A robot that appears human (and can mimic appearances) from the future traveling back in time to assassinate persons from the past.]]
6th May '16 4:38:04 AM Intyre
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[[folder:River Song]]
!!Professor River Song (Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
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->''"Spoilers!"''

-->Main incarnation played by: Creator/AlexKingston (2008, 20102013, 2015)\\
First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison and Madison Mortimer (2011)\\
First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)\\
Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)\\
Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)

A professor of archaeology who has an unusually close relationship with the Doctor. She and the Doctor never meet in the right order; the Tenth Doctor first met her in the Library in the 51st century, where it would be the last time for her (sort of -- it's complicated), and it only gets more confusing from there. They move ''roughly'' in opposite time directions, and depending on what end of the timeline they're on respectively, they each know secrets about each other that they're unable to talk about without creating paradoxes. As a result, she's a walking collection of "Spoilers!" and very much aware of it.

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[[folder:River Song]]
!!Professor River Song (Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
[[folder: The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor]]
!! The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor
[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/doc_compan_9764.png]]
->''"Spoilers!"''

-->Main incarnation played by: Creator/AlexKingston (2008, 20102013, 2015)\\
First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison
org/pmwiki/pub/images/metacrisis_ten_3368.jpg]]
->''"I'm part human. Specifically, the aging part. I'll grow old
and Madison Mortimer (2011)\\
First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)\\
Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)\\
Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)

A professor of archaeology who has an unusually close relationship
never regenerate. I've only got one life, Rose Tyler. [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest I could spend it with the Doctor. She and you, if you want.]]"''

-->Played by: Creator/DavidTennant (2008)

An unusual tangent from
the Doctor never meet we know. He was the final result of the original Doctor losing his hand in a Sycorax duel, which Jack rescued and returned to him. The Doctor kept it with him until a Dalek got in a cheap shot and made him regenerate. The Doctor, having a vain streak at the time, cheated the regeneration and used his severed hand as a container for the energy that would recreate his body. This in fact counted as far as his allotted regenerations went, leaving the Doctor with [[Creator/MattSmith one last regeneration]] in his first cycle.

Donna Noble interacted with the hand while it was coursing with regeneration energy that tried to heal the limb as though it was still a part of its Time Lord owner, but didn't have enough DNA to recognize the full picture of the Doctor's body. Donna's DNA got sampled and used to fill
in the right order; gaps, causing the Tenth hand to sprout into a whole new Doctor first met with a bit of Donna's temper inside him. He picked up her in the Library in the 51st century, where it would be the last time for her (sort of -- it's complicated), and it only gets more confusing human body, leaving him a Time Lord brought down to human level- what he called a "biological meta-crisis." It led this clone to choose a different path from there. They move ''roughly'' the Doctor, reciprocate his love for Rose Tyler in opposite time directions, his stead, and depending on what end live a happy life in a parallel universe with her.

However, the original Doctor also noticed the clone resembled his attitude right after coming out
of the timeline they're on respectively, they each know secrets Time War, like the Ninth Doctor before mellowing out, and less qualms about each other killing his enemies. He left Meta-Crisis Ten in her care to help him overcome these dangerous qualities and satisfy her love for him that they're unable to talk about without creating paradoxes. As he couldn't provide as a result, she's a walking collection of "Spoilers!" and very much aware of it. Time Lord.



* EightiesHair: A whole lot of it. She's ''delighted'' when she regenerates into Alex Kingston and sees it. Strax, who doesn't really understand mammals, calls her the one with the "gigantic head".
* ActionGirl: She made a Dalek ''[[TheDreaded beg for mercy.]]''
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Professor of archaeology.
* AdventurerOutfit: She loves fancy dresses, but for proper adventuring she changes into practical camo.
* AnachronicOrder: She's a time traveler, and she and the Doctor always have to take a few minutes and check where they are in their relative timelines. Because of this, several episodes (like "The Impossible Astronaut", "A Good Man Goes to War" and "Night and the Doctor") feature a few Rivers at once.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In "The Wedding of River Song" where she declares no one in the universe loves the Doctor more than she does.
* AntiHero: Wasn't always a nice person before she joined team TARDIS. Can't always afford to be a nice person afterwards, due to spoilers.
* AxCrazy: Extremely so in "Let's Kill Hitler", as her young, wanting-to-kill-the-Doctor incarnation as Mels.
* BadassBoast: In "The Timeline of River Song" which was in ''Doctor Who Confidential'' after the 2011 finale, during the footage of River effortlessly gunning down multiple Silence with a laser pistol from the start of the series.
-->'''River:''' Did I mention I was kick ass with a gun? No one kidnaps ''me'' and gets away with it!
* BadassBookworm: Scariest Archaeologist Ever. She is rather kickass for an academic.
* BattleCouple: The Doctor and River Song are a married battle couple. He is feared across time and space, and she is part-Time Lord and raised as a weapon to fight the Doctor. They've fought off alien invaders back-to-back, while flirting.
* BadassFamily: Her mothers and father are Amy Pond (the Girl who Waited), Rory Williams (the Last Centurion), and the TARDIS herself. Also she's married to the last Time Lord in existence.
* BigDamnKiss: Five total so far with the Doctor: his first kiss with her, her first kiss with him, a big one to ''fix'' the consequences of her first kiss with him, one to fix a massive TimeCrash, and her last one (well, her VirtualGhost's last one) with him. She does ''not'' get one on screen with the Twelfth Doctor, in part due to the NoHuggingNoKissingRule established with his incarnation.
* BiTheWay: Stated in her first appearance, and later confirmed by Word of Moffat. In her first episode, she had one team member keep on his helmet because she didn't "fancy him". The room consisted of Donna and the Doctor, two female members of her archaeology crew and the two Daves. The surface reading would indicate she had a personal dislike for him because he's kind of a dick, but in retrospect...
** Finally made explicit in "The Husbands of River Song" (ironic, given that title) where River mentions she's had at least two wives.
* BilingualBonus: "Song" means "River" in Vietnamese.
* BlackBestFriend: As Mels, Amy and Rory's childhood friend, because that regeneration was black.
* BoxedCrook: As revealed in "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh And Stone", she spends many years of her life in the ([[CardboardPrison allegedly]]) high-security Stormcage. Her crime is "killing the best man she ever knew". The man turns out to be the Doctor, whose death she helped fake.
* BrainsAndBondage: Why would an archaeology professor have handcuffs? Spoilers.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Spends the first years of her life being indoctrinated to kill the Doctor. She falls in love with him instead, and ends up saving him from her first assassination attempt.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Young River Song is an odd variation on this in that her mother doesn't know she's her daughter.
* TheBusCameBack: She made a return appearance in the Series 9 Christmas Special, alongside the Twelfth Doctor; this was the second to last meeting between them in her personal timeline.
* CardboardPrison: The definition of her imprisonment in Stormcage. In "The Time of Angels" River is an inmate who is guarded by Father Octavian, but in "Flesh And Stone" (immediately after), later in "The Pandorica Opens" and in subsequent episodes, River is shown to be imprisoned practically voluntarily, as she is resourceful enough to escape Stormcage easily if she well wanted to. After a date with the Doctor, she breaks ''back into prison''.
--> ''Sir? It's Doctor Song again. She's doing it again; she's packing.''
* CatchPhrase:
** "Hello, sweetie!" whenever she meets the Doctor.
** "Spoilers" when keeping anyone's relative future a secret. Also her FamousLastWords before her HeroicSacrifice.
** As Mels she had, "Penny in the air," soon followed by, "The penny drops." [[DistaffCounterpart Just like the Doctor]], it's a catch phrase she never uses after she regenerates.
* CharacterDevelopment: PlayedWith. When we first meet her, she's very mature and independent, but we don't know anything about her yet. Since her life unfolds in the opposite direction of the Doctor's, we very slowly get to know her, but each time we see her she's a bit younger. Eventually, when we see who she ''really'' is, she's very young, barely out of puberty, and incredibly crass and stupid.
* ClingyJealousGirl: In a rather funny variation on the trope, she frequently suspects that the Doctor may be hiding other women somewhere while she's around... but it's always a past or future version of herself.
* ConsummateLiar: So as to not spoil anyone's relative future.
-->'''River:''' I lied. I'm always lying.
* DarkActionGirl: Before her HeelFaceTurn, she was a psychopathic assassin.
* DistaffCounterpart: To the Doctor himself, being (half) Time Lord. In particular, she seems to have borrowed some hairstyling tips from Six and carries the Third's posh sensibilities as well as knack for no-holds-barred action. Coincidentally, the Third is Creator/AlexKingston's favorite Doctor.
* {{Expy}}: According to Steven Moffat, she's one of Franchise/IndianaJones.
* ExtraParentConception: Due to being conceived in the TARDIS, and having the Time Vortex poured into her in the womb, the TARDIS considers herself River's mother in addition to Amy and Rory. River finds out the first time she meets the TARDIS, and is completely shocked when the TARDIS tells her.
* ExtremeOmnisexual:
** Says she once dated [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace a Nestene Duplicate]].
** Moffat jokes that she was involved with her entire archaeological staff.
** In "The Husbands of River Song", she is revealed to have had multiple husbands -- and at least two wives.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: Inverted. Typically the situation is that a child is raised by someone they're told are not their mother or father but secretly are. River spent her childhood with her parents without them knowing it was her, though she knew. And due to TrollingCreator, ''just'' as we're starting to figure all of that out, there are anvil-sized hints that Amy's baby may also be the Doctor's. It turns out to be a giant RedHerring.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In "Let's Kill Hitler", prior to her HeelFaceTurn. She acts much like she always does, except with more murder attempts.
* FemmeFatale: Becomes this in her middle phase, black dress and all. ''Thinks'' she's this when she's young. Grows out of it when she's older, which is when we first meet her.
* ForegoneConclusion: Her death in her first appearance, "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". Her subsequent appearances are earlier in her timeline.
* GenreSavvy: Remarkably genre-savvy, to the point where on at least one occasion she made the very remark the audience was thinking at the time. She takes after her father.
* GoodIsNotNice: Though she seems to have mellowed out in the future, she starts off quite merciless despite being heroic.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: During the first 15 hours following a regeneration, a dozen bullets are no problem.
* TheGunslinger: In her own words "kickass with a gun."
* HalfHumanHybrid: She's got primitive Time Lord DNA from being conceived on the TARDIS. It's explicitly said that she's the TARDIS' daughter as much as she is Amy's and Rory's.
* HappilyMarried: To the Doctor, hence all the flirting and kissing she does around him. It's not flirting, it's [=PDA=] with her husband. Although for many of her meetings after the marriage, he hasn't married her yet, and he doesn't realize he's going to -- although he starts to suspect it as soon as the topic comes up. Ironically, in their final (as far as we know) meeting in "The Husbands of River Song", the most she does is kiss the Doctor on the cheek.
* HaveWeMetYet:
** The Doctor and River meet in the wrong order: for example, the Doctor's first encounter with her is her last encounter with him. In her first encounter with him, she realizes he's already had many encounters with her future self, motivating her to save his life.
** In "A Good Man Goes to War", Rory asks River this when he comes to recruit her to find Amy.
** The 12th Doctor encounters River, who obviously doesn't recognize him in his [[TheNthDoctor new regeneration]] and he just strings her along for the entire episode.
* HeelFaceTurn: Kills the Doctor, then brings him back to life, using up all her remaining regenerations in the process. "As first dates go, I'd say that was mixed signals."
* HeroicSacrifice: Twice and both times were to save the Doctor's life. The first time (from her perspective), she tries to kill him, then uses all of her regeneration power all at once in order to save him. The second time (from her perspective), she prevents him from making a HeroicSacrifice to save Donna and thousands of others, and gives her own life to save him instead. She had to, because she wouldn't even ''exist'' if he'd died that day.
* HypercompetentSidekick: She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, amongst other things. Extremely justified: The TARDIS is her second mom and taught her how.
* IKnowYourTrueName: The first character in the show's 50+ years confirmed to know the Doctor's real name, and is still only one out of ''two''. It eventually allows her to open the Doctor's grave.
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' River, you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name -- there's only one time I ''could''.
* ImprobableAimingSkills:
** Shooting Eleven's Stetson right off his head.
** She [[OffHandBackhand offhandedly shoots]] a Silent that was behind her; due to the Silence physiology, she shouldn't have known it was there.
* InLoveWithTheMark: River was supposed to be The Silence's weapon to use against the Doctor. She learned another side of the story while growing up with Amy and Rory and fantasizes about marrying him instead. She ''still'' tries to kill him, but saves his life when she realises the implications. When it came time to kill him at Lake Silencio, she refused, and all of time fell apart due to it being a fixed point in time.
* TheILoveYouStigma: Despite the fact she married the guy, River never heard those three exact words said to her by the Doctor. (This is due to a longstanding tradition that the Doctor doesn't say "I love you" directly to anyone, not River, not Rose, not Clara, nor anyone else.
* InstantExpert: Her TARDIS piloting is justified, since the TARDIS herself teaches her via telepathy, and is her second mom. Seeing as the TARDIS is unused to time progressing linearly and was fully aware of who River was all along, she probably started training her in utero.
* InternalHomage: A nod to the extremely long-running DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse companion Characters/BerniceSummerfield, another professor of archaeology who keeps a diary about the Doctor. Creator/StevenMoffat wrote for the Franchise/BerniceSummerfield franchise before becoming the ShowRunner for the TV series. (He also jokingly suggested that River and Bernice had totally gotten married at some point, which immediately got a big thumbs-up from Benny's creator Paul Cornell. It's worth noting that "The Husbands of River Song" establishes that she has married women at least twice...)
* {{Irony}}: Had she not done her HeroicSacrifice in the Library, she never would have met the Doctor and never would have been born.
-->'''Ten:''' Time can be rewritten!
-->'''River:''' Not those times. Not one line, don't you dare!
* KangarooCourt: Subtly implied to be a victim of this, as she was locked up in Stormcage Prison in the 52nd Century for murdering a man in the 21st Century on Earth.
* KidFromTheFuture: She's Amy and Rory's daughter who, due to time travel, ended up growing up with them.
* KissOfDeath: She prefers hallucinogenic lipstick over the traditional poisonous lipstick. The one time this is played straight is in "Let's Kill Hitler", since she was programmed from birth to assassinate the Doctor.
* LadyOfAdventure: When she's not accompanying the Doctor, she's traveling on her own adventures and getting into trouble. "The Husbands of River Song" shows the Doctor what River gets up to when he's not around, this time attempting to scam a valuable diamond out of a bloodthirsty raider.
%%* LargeHam: In "The Time of Angels" and especially "Let's Kill Hitler", when she's still very young.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: She was originally raised as a weapon to kill the Doctor.
* LastKiss: With the Doctor in "The Name of the Doctor".
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Her bickering with the Doctor is so characteristic of old married couples that Amy quickly assumes they really are married. At that point, she ''is'' married to him from the perspective of her timeline, but he isn't married to her yet from his. It's timey wimey.
** Even in the Library where Ten meets her for the first time, they argue so much that even Strackman Lux yells at them for acting like a married couple when there were more pressing matters at hand.
* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: She has a penchant for denying mercy to her enemies even when they beg for it, and she's willing to tear time itself apart for her husband's sake. Just like her mum, it turns out. Also, both she and her ''other'' mom, the TARDIS, consider themselves married to the Doctor.
* LoonyFan: Was deliberately brought up all her life to become obsessed with the Doctor, and inevitably fell in love with him in the process. Sacrificed centuries of her life to save him. Then studied archaeology just so she could find him again. When being forced to kill him, she firmly believes that she would suffer more than ''the rest of the universe'' combined. She's willing to do it, but not without letting him know how much he is loved first. When he hears her say that, the Doctor marries her.
* LovableSexManiac: Brags happily about her past lovers, relentlessly flirts with the Doctor, and rivals Jack Harkness when it comes to rampant innuendo. Moffat has joked that she was involved with her ''entire'' archaeology team.
---> '''The Doctor:''' We've got ten minutes, get dressed. \\
'''River:''' Oh, that's ''so'' close to the perfect sentence.
* LoveConfession: To the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song" and just before the wedding itself. And again in "The Husbands of River Song", though she's not aware at the time that she's actually speaking to the Doctor.
* LuckyTranslation: The French language uses two different forms for "you", the informal "tu" (for family and close friends) and the polite "vous" (superiors, people you don't know, etc.). In the French dub, the Doctor and his companions usually address each other with "vous". During River's first appearances, up until A Good Man Goes to War, she uses "tu" when talking to the Doctor, and he uses the polite "vous". This switches around in Let's Kill Hitler, with River using "vous" and the Doctor using "tu". By The Angels Take Manhattan, however, they're both using "tu".
* LukeYouAreMyFather: River is Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. River tells them this after her newborn self is kidnapped.
* TheMasochismTango: Her ''very'' first (from her perspective) words ever to the Doctor are to insult his bow tie. The second time she properly meets the Doctor, she tries to kill him with poison lipstick, then makes a HeroicSacrifice to revive him. The third time she properly meets the Doctor, she refuses to kill him, then finally says she will, even though she will hurt more that the rest of the universe put together, as long as she can tell him how much he is loved; he angrily makes her marry him (long story) and they snark at each other as time itself explodes around them. From that point on, they date quite happily, but she gets on significantly less well with younger versions of him that she occasionally meets -- because she can't spoil anything for fear of paradox. By the time she meets a version of him so young that all they can have is BelligerentSexualTension, their entire relationship revolves around snarking, bitching and flirting while he keeps on being frustrated at how secretive she is. The second to last time involved her meeting a version she didn't know existed (as it was the first face of a new regeneration cycle), while the last time she properly meets him, she punches him in the face, handcuffs him to a wall and makes a HeroicSacrifice to save his life.
* MrsRobinson:
** The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.
--->'''Doctor''': ...[[ShesGotLegs the Legs,]] [[CleopatraNose the Nose,]] and Mrs. Robinson.\\
'''River''': I ''hate'' you.\\
'''Doctor''': No, you don't!
** In her past (and his future), she gleefully calls him "Benjamin" in return.
** "The Angels Take Manhattan" reveals that she's pretty bothered by the fact that he looks "twelve". (Though the context of the scene suggests this was meant more about how he acts than how he looks.)
%%* MsFanservice
* MistakenForMurderer: She was locked up in Stormcage Prison for murdering the Doctor.
* MysteriousPast: So much time travel nonsense is in her past that it takes well over a season to be uncovered.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Totally averted with regards to the Eleventh Doctor. However, reflecting his less-affectionate demeanor, the rule is in place with the Twelfth Doctor except for a kiss on the cheek.
* TheNthDoctor: She's been played by Creator/AlexKingston, Harrison and Madison Mortimer, Sydney Wade, Maya Glace-Green and Nina Toussaint-White. Technically, some of those actresses are [[TimeShiftedActor differently-aged versions]] of the same regenerations: River gets three regenerations in total.
* OffHandBackhand: She gives a powerful example of this trope, as she shoots a Silent behind her, when there's no way she could have known it even existed.
* PaintedOnPants: Lampshaded in "Let's Kill Hitler", when her younger self regenerates into the form that we first met her in. After going off to check out her new body's butt in a mirror, she proudly announces "[[CallForward I'm going to wear]] ''[[CallForward a lot]]'' [[CallForward of jodhpurs]]!"
* PoisonousFriend: She bitterly self-identifies as a psychopath.
* ThePowerOfLove: She collapsed all of time itself to prevent herself from killing the Doctor.
* PsychopathicWomanchild: In "Let's Kill Hitler" she's essentially a hyperactive teenage girl in a 40-year-old body. One who sees nothing wrong with firing a lot of guns to get her way. As she grows older she has it under control, but still glumly refers to herself as a "psychopath" when she's already a Professor.
%%* PsychoSidekick:
* PutOnABus: River does not make an appearance in Series 8.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: In "The Husbands of River Song" - seven years after her debut appearance.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: In "The Husbands of River Song", she reveals that she is at least 200 years old, thanks to her "augmented life-span". This is presumably due to her mixed human-Time Lord biology.
* RecurringCharacter: She was such a prominent and memorable character ([[TropeOverdosed count her tropes!]]) that it's easy to forget that she was never a regular companion on the show: just 2 episodes in Series 4, 4 episodes in Series 5, 6 episodes in Series 6, 2 episodes in Series 7, and the 2015 Christmas Special. Several of these episodes are 2-part stories, which both increased her prominence and means she's in fewer stories than an episode count would indicate.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Inverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]]: she walks up to the Doctor and begins chatting with him as if they're old friends. The Doctor, however, has never met her before -- turns out that, thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall, he's meeting her out of sequence.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], Amy and Rory's never before mentioned best friend shows up for the first part. The Doctor is as confused as the audience, asking why he's never heard of her and where she was at their wedding. Then "Mels" is killed and turns out to be a prior regeneration of River Song/Melody Pond.
* TheReveal: River Song is in fact Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. She's also been one of Amy and Rory's closest friends since they were kids, and becomes the Doctor's wife.
* RightBehindMe: River falls victim to this trope several times, although often she's telling someone how ''awesome'' the Doctor is only to realise he's standing right behind her.
* RunningGag:
** She has a habit of shooting whatever hat the Eleventh Doctor finds himself wearing.
** And free-falling and being caught by the TARDIS.
* SassyBlackWoman: As Mels she mouthed off to both her friends and teachers. It got her into trouble.
* ScrewDestiny: Refuses to kill the Doctor in the series 6 finale, and consequently makes ''time itself'' implode in an attempt to avoid that fixed point in time.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: "I lie all the time. Have to. Spoilers."
* SerialSpouse: She married the Doctor but also married other people like Hydroflax, Stephen Fry and Cleopatra.
* ShipperOnDeck: Ships Amy and Rory, her parents, and merrily played a part in them hooking up when they were all teenagers.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqspiJIYQ2E Literally said]] she was looking for "a good man" as her reason for studying archeology.
* SociopathicHero: It's played ''very'' darkly in the series six finale. She calls herself a "psychopath" quite happily when she's young, and significantly less happily when she's older.
* StableTimeLoop:
** She's named after herself... ''twice''. Amy named her "Melody" after her childhood friend, Mels... who turns out to ''be'' her daughter Melody. The second time, she adopts her Gamma Forest name translation "River Song" but only because the Doctor, Amy, and Rory keep calling her that, because that's the name they always knew her by.
** Gets the idea of defacing land marks to summon the Doctor from Amy and Rory, who in turn got it from her.
** She and the Doctor give ''each other'' the "Spoilers!" CatchPhrase, during their respective first proper meetings.
** Really, her ''whole'' life is one tangled mess of causality loops. The Doctor often does things with her because he knows he will do them with her, based on his (early, from his perspective) meetings with her later selves. Most notably, he knows that their date at the Singing Towers of Darillium will be the last, and makes sure to give her the sonic screwdriver that will preserve her essence, simply because she herself told him about the former when he first met her future self long ago in the Library, and he himself used her essence saved in the screwdriver to save her.
* StepfordSmiler: Comes across as carefree and flirty partially to hide a depressed and lonely side. She tells Amy she tries hard not to let the Doctor see her damage.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: PlayedWith in eleven directions. She is half human and half Time Lord. Except that she has no Time Lord parents -- her parents are two humans and the TARDIS. Also, she spent most of her childhood in her second regeneration, which happened to be black.
* SuperStrength: A very minor example, but in "Day of the Moon" River mentions that the little girl - her younger self, it turns out -- would have to be incredibly strong to tear herself free from the space suit.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Captain Jack Harkness.
** Both are reoccurring on-off companions who the Doctor has difficulty trusting.
** Both are time travelers much like the Doctor and have used vortex manipulators.
** Both are paradoxic in nature much like the Doctor. Captain Jack is immortal and is a living fixed point-in-time, while River is a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Time Lord]] whose entire life is a StableTimeLoop.
** The names they are usually known by are both aliases.
** Both are {{Anti Hero}}es in their early appearances, before reforming after spending time with the Doctor.
** Both are ExtremeOmnisexual and have dated members of various species and gender.
* TangledFamilyTree: From late series 4 onwards. Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor, and is ''also'' Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a rather romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag -- because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law ''and'' his step-mother-in-law. And in the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Played for a [[TheReveal reveal]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], when it turns out that River Song's name comes from a close approximation in the language of the Gamma Forest People: "Melody" becomes "Song", and they don't quite have a word that means "Pond" because [[ArcWords "The only water in the forest is the river..."]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: Suffers from a ton of {{Grandfather Paradox}}es. Born in the 52nd century at Demon's Run, gets named Melody Pond after Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels", grows up in 1960s Florida, then regenerates into a toddler and grows up again in 1990s England ''as'' Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels". Then meets the Doctor in 2012, proceeds to nearly kill him in 1945, and takes the name "River Song" after learning about her future self. Then, after faking the Doctor's death in 2011, ends up dying saving an incarnation of the Doctor who still hasn't met her in the 52nd century to make sure she exists in the first place.
* TokenEvilTeammate: She calls herself a psychopath (even though she's really not - psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of), and is by far the most violent of his allies.
-->'''Dalek:''' [[AC: You will be exterminated.]]\\
'''River:''' Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.]] \\
'''River:''' [[BadassBoast I'm River Song. Check your records again.]]\\
[Beat]\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: [[OhCrap Mercy?]]]]\\
'''River:''' Say it again?\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: Mercy!!]]\\
'''River:''' One. More. Time.\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: [[RuleOfThree Mercyyyyy!!!]]]]\\
''[a few minutes later]''\\
'''Amy:''' What happened to the Dalek?\\
'''River:''' It died.
* TouchedByVorlons: As a result of being conceived in and by the TARDIS, she is part-Time Lord. The Doctor tries to argue that evolution ''does not work that way''. The TARDIS pointedly disagrees.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: In "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two Doctors at once.
** Also invoked in "Night and the Doctor", when she encounters two versions of Eleven.
--->'''River:''' Two of you! The mind races, does it not?
* TykeBomb: Raised by the Silence to kill the Doctor for the first few years of her life.
* TheVamp: She was raised to be this trope - she killed the Doctor with a kiss. Thankfully, [[HeelFaceTurn she gets better]].
* UnrequitedLove: Played with. Despite being his ''wife'', River knows (or believes) that the Doctor will never love her. She doesn't care.
-->'''River:''' When you love the Doctor, it's like loving the stars themselves. You don't expect a sunset to admire you back.
* VirtualGhost: Her final fate is to be uploaded to the Library's main computer in order to save her life.
* WalkingSpoiler: In-universe and out, to an insane degree. It's even her catchphrase.
* WhatTheHellHero: After the Doctor saved her VirtualGhost in the Library, he never visited her again, since it would hurt him too much to face her. She seeks him out and calls him out on it, very, very hard.
* WholePlotReference: To one of Creator/StevenMoffat's favorite novels, ''TheTimeTravelersWife''. The similarities would take quite a while to count. She even meets the Doctor in a library, exactly like the novel's titular characters. (The Twelfth Doctor owns the book, keeps his copy in his console room and stores a spare TARDIS key between the pages.)
* WifeHusbandry: "The Impossible Astronaut" revealed that the first time River met the Doctor he knew ''everything'' about her, and was charming and wonderful. It turns out he met her as an infant but had no part in raising her.
* YouCantFightFate: River's assassination of the Doctor-inside-the-Teselecta is a fixed point in time. When she attempts to avert it, the universe is plunged into a massive AnachronismStew that threatens to tear time itself apart, leading the Doctor himself to unleash a WhatTheHellHero on her.
** Invoked by the Doctor in "The Husbands of River Song" in response to River begging him to do something to avert the fact that their night at the Singing Towers of Darillium will be their last ever date.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: She is known as a psychopath - and even calls herself that - but she's really not. Psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of; also they do not love other people, instead seeing them as tools to use, while River devotes her life to the Doctor.
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[[folder: The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor]]
!! The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor
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->''"I'm part human. Specifically, the aging part. I'll grow old and never regenerate. I've only got one life, Rose Tyler. [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest I could spend it with you, if you want.]]"''

-->Played by: Creator/DavidTennant (2008)

An unusual tangent from the Doctor we know. He was the final result of the original Doctor losing his hand in a Sycorax duel, which Jack rescued and returned to him. The Doctor kept it with him until a Dalek got in a cheap shot and made him regenerate. The Doctor, having a vain streak at the time, cheated the regeneration and used his severed hand as a container for the energy that would recreate his body. This in fact counted as far as his allotted regenerations went, leaving the Doctor with [[Creator/MattSmith one last regeneration]] in his first cycle.

Donna Noble interacted with the hand while it was coursing with regeneration energy that tried to heal the limb as though it was still a part of its Time Lord owner, but didn't have enough DNA to recognize the full picture of the Doctor's body. Donna's DNA got sampled and used to fill in the gaps, causing the hand to sprout into a whole new Doctor with a bit of Donna's temper inside him. He picked up her human body, leaving him a Time Lord brought down to human level- what he called a "biological meta-crisis." It led this clone to choose a different path from the Doctor, reciprocate his love for Rose Tyler in his stead, and live a happy life in a parallel universe with her.

However, the original Doctor also noticed the clone resembled his attitude right after coming out of the Time War, like the Ninth Doctor before mellowing out, and less qualms about killing his enemies. He left Meta-Crisis Ten in her care to help him overcome these dangerous qualities and satisfy her love for him that he couldn't provide as a Time Lord.

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[[folder: Craig Owens]]
!!Craig Owens (Eleventh Doctor)
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->''"Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?"''

-->Played by: James Corden (201011)

[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger Rented a room out to the Doctor]] when the latter was stranded on Earth by a malfunctioning TARDIS. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued.]] As a result of a hasty MindMeld InfoDump, he got the Doctor's memories beamed directly into his brain, and knows more about the Doctor's general history than most non-companion characters. The Doctor has come to view him as a very good friend.

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[[folder: Craig Owens]]
!!Craig Owens
Dorium Maldovar]]
!! Dorium Maldovar
(Eleventh Doctor)
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->''"Has anyone ever told ->''"No, not me! Not me! You don't need me! Why would you that you're a bit weird?"''

need me? I'm old, I'm fat, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I'm blue!]] You can't need me!"''

-->Played by: James Corden Simon Fisher-Becker (201011)

[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger Rented a room out to Owner and operator of the Doctor]] when Maldovarium, a commercial/black market outpost in the latter was stranded on Earth 52nd century, Dorium made a brief cameo in "The Pandorica Opens" before being recruited by a malfunctioning TARDIS. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensued.]] As a result the Doctor to fight in the Battle of a hasty MindMeld InfoDump, he got Demon's Run in "A Good Man Goes to War" to repay the Doctor's memories beamed directly into his brain, and knows more about the Doctor's general history than most non-companion characters. The Doctor has come to view him as a very good friend.debt. He came back, post-mortem (sorta), in "The Wedding of River Song".



%%* AccidentalPervert
%%* {{Adorkable}}
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The Doctor to Craig, with regards to football and his job. Probably not the best thing to do to your landlord.
* AmbiguouslyBi: He casually tells the Doctor that he's always welcome to bring over a girlfriend or boyfriend, and his only objection to the Doctor trying to snog him (ItMakesSenseInContext) is that he's already taken. He and the Doctor get MistakenForGay by just about everyone.
* BadassNormal: Emphasis on the latter to justify the former. He's so ordinary that a LotusEaterMachine ''exploded'' instead of killing him, and he once ''blew up an entire Cyberman base'' by simply letting them feel the mental feedback of his intense desire to protect his infant son.
* BadassUnintentional: None of BadassNormal stuff he did was on purpose, and he was for the most part scared for his life.
* BreatherEpisode: Both "The Lodger" and "Closing Time" were low intensity and largely comical episodes between big and heavy stuff.
* CannotSpitItOut: Craig and Sophie, even though EveryoneCanSeeIt, they can't admit to it until the end of their first episode.
* CharmPoint: For the Doctor. Lampshaded that their relationship is similar to people opening up to talk to Craig whenever he brings his baby with him.
--> '''Doctor''': That's why I usually take a Human along with me.\\
'''Craig''': So I'm your ''baby''?\\
'''Doctor''': You're my baby!
* ExpositionBeam: The Doctor gives him one when they first meet. One headbutt for general context and then a second for details about the current crisis.
* IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship: Craig and Sophie for most of The Lodger; they eventually [[RelationshipUpgrade decide to ruin their friendship]] ''properly''. In their next episode, they have a child.
* MistakenForGay:
** The Doctor and Craig. As Val tells them, "There's no need to be coy these days." Val has more reason than most do for this trope, what with the way Craig and the Doctor [[HoYay act throughout the episode.]] She sees them hug, and they refer to each other as their 'partner'. Also, the Doctor tries to kiss Craig, but (as usual) that was to save their lives.
** Craig also makes it a point to make no assumptions about the Doctor when they first meet, telling him that he's always welcome to bring over a girlfriend -- or a boyfriend.
* NiceHat: When the Doctor says he is going to America, Craig gives him the Stetson as a parting gift.
* OnlySaneMan: Often points out how completely ''mental'' being around the Doctor is.
* PapaWolf: Fatherhood stresses him out, but it also inspires him to fight cyberman conversion.
* PowerOfLove: "I blew them (cybermen) up with love!"
* RunningGag: The Doctor "Shhh"-ing people and Craig wanting to be taught how.
* StopHelpingMe: In-universe. The Doctor's attempts to help Craig (joining his football team, filling in for him at work when he's sick, trying to get Sophie to admit that she loves him, etc.) just make him look like [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the better man]] who's driving Sophie away.
* StoutStrength: According to the Doctor, he had to be pretty strong to keep the cybermat from bitting him.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: Craig is so happy in his mundane life that it overloads the alien spacecraft in "The Lodger". In "Closing Time", [[ThePowerOfLove his paternal instincts overload the Cybermen's emotional inhibitors]], blowing up their whole ship.
* UseYourHead: In order to save time explaining why he's staying with Craig, [[ItMakesSenseInContext the Doctor headbutts him twice]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: With the Doctor. Craig may express exasperation, terror and irritation whenever the Doctor shows up, but it's clear he's secretly having the time of his life.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Craig recognizes that everywhere the Doctor goes, disaster will come... and also that the safest place for him and Alfie is by his side, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint because the Doctor]] ''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint always]]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint wins]].
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[[folder: Dorium Maldovar]]
!! Dorium Maldovar (Eleventh Doctor)
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->''"No, not me! Not me! You don't need me! Why would you need me? I'm old, I'm fat, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I'm blue!]] You can't need me!"''

-->Played by: Simon Fisher-Becker (201011)

Owner and operator of the Maldovarium, a commercial/black market outpost in the 52nd century, Dorium made a brief cameo in "The Pandorica Opens" before being recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run in "A Good Man Goes to War" to repay the Doctor's debt. He came back, post-mortem (sorta), in "The Wedding of River Song".
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5th May '16 8:29:34 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* AmbiguousDisorder: Given that no other Sontaran acts like Strax, one does start to wonder...

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* AmbiguousDisorder: Given that no other Sontaran acts like Strax, one does start to wonder...wonder. This gets much more pronounced after he "died" in his first appearance, which changed his personality quite a bit.
3rd May '16 10:19:20 PM goldenroad
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An unusual tangent from the Doctor we know. He was the final result of the original Doctor losing his hand in a Sycorax duel, which Jack rescued and returned to him. The Doctor kept it with him until a Dalek got in a cheap shot and made him regenerate. The Doctor, having a vain streak at the time, cheated the regeneration and used his severed hand as a container for the energy that would recreate his body.

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An unusual tangent from the Doctor we know. He was the final result of the original Doctor losing his hand in a Sycorax duel, which Jack rescued and returned to him. The Doctor kept it with him until a Dalek got in a cheap shot and made him regenerate. The Doctor, having a vain streak at the time, cheated the regeneration and used his severed hand as a container for the energy that would recreate his body.
body. This in fact counted as far as his allotted regenerations went, leaving the Doctor with [[Creator/MattSmith one last regeneration]] in his first cycle.
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