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15th Oct '17 2:55:51 PM nombretomado
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* BritishRockstar: Usually he's approaching the trope but not quite there: he plays electric guitar and a few other instruments, sings, and writes some of his own songs; he has a rather active sex life; he smokes and drinks; he's got a less-than-posh London accent; and he meets the Doctor just before the start of TheBritishInvasion era; but he misses it by being fundamentally mild-mannered and also not a star. Except when circumstances grant him some sort of temporary stardom, as in ''[=EarthWorld=]'' and ''The Slow Empire'', and he turns into this trope. Particularly in the latter, where he turns into a subversive and uncharacteristically {{Jerkass}}-y MadArtist before suffering a HeroicBSOD, [[spoiler:since he's subconsciously aware it's virtual reality and it's driving him temporarily nuts]]. He's sort of themed around this trope in a [[LighterAndSofter toned-down]] sort of way.

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* BritishRockstar: Usually he's approaching the trope but not quite there: he plays electric guitar and a few other instruments, sings, and writes some of his own songs; he has a rather active sex life; he smokes and drinks; he's got a less-than-posh London accent; and he meets the Doctor just before the start of TheBritishInvasion UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion era; but he misses it by being fundamentally mild-mannered and also not a star. Except when circumstances grant him some sort of temporary stardom, as in ''[=EarthWorld=]'' and ''The Slow Empire'', and he turns into this trope. Particularly in the latter, where he turns into a subversive and uncharacteristically {{Jerkass}}-y MadArtist before suffering a HeroicBSOD, [[spoiler:since he's subconsciously aware it's virtual reality and it's driving him temporarily nuts]]. He's sort of themed around this trope in a [[LighterAndSofter toned-down]] sort of way.
18th Aug '17 1:13:49 PM Solle
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* BigDamnKiss: Her first kiss with the Doctor is when he thinks she's dead, and her desperate attempt at mouth-to-mouth turns into her trying to wedge her tongue into his unmoving face in a fit of panic and badly aimed lust. She ends up too embarrassed to even talk to him for the longest time afterwards, and still considers it the most embarrassing moment of her life years later, even when their friendship does start to incorporate random snogging.

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* BigDamnKiss: Her first kiss with the Doctor is when he she thinks she's he's dead, and her desperate attempt at mouth-to-mouth turns into her trying to wedge her tongue into his unmoving face in a fit of panic and badly aimed lust. She ends up too embarrassed to even talk to him for the longest time afterwards, and still considers it the most embarrassing moment of her life years later, even when their friendship does start to incorporate random snogging.
25th Jun '17 3:32:09 PM moloch
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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Paul Hanley (provider of our page illustration) noted that many fans online had "cast" her as Kelly Adams from ''Series/{{Hustle}}'. [[CastingGag Which was funny because]] Matt "Fitz" di Angelo played her brother in the same programme.

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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Paul Hanley (provider of our page illustration) noted that many fans online had "cast" her as Kelly Adams from ''Series/{{Hustle}}'.''Series/{{Hustle}}'', so he used her as the basis for his illustration. [[CastingGag Which was funny because]] Matt "Fitz" di Angelo played her brother in the same programme.
25th Jun '17 3:31:23 PM moloch
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* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Paul Hanley (provider of our page illustration) noted that many fans online had "cast" her as Kelly Adams from ''Series/{{Hustle}}'. [[CastingGag Which was funny because]] Matt "Fitz" di Angelo played her brother in the same programme.
2nd Jun '17 5:59:02 PM MeekGazelle
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(Portraits by [[http://paulhanley.deviantart.com/gallery/11879485/Doctor-Who Paul Hanley]])
21st May '17 11:00:51 AM HighCrate
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21st May '17 10:49:14 AM nombretomado
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* HiddenDepths: Anji assumes he's only [[TheHedonist interested]] in things he can "drink, inhale, play, dance to or [[CurseCutShort –]]", but she's only pointing this out because he suddenly seemed to have developed an interest in science while in VictorianBritain. He's also generally a bit of a {{bookworm}}, and enjoys reading [[UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} Sartre]].

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* HiddenDepths: Anji assumes he's only [[TheHedonist interested]] in things he can "drink, inhale, play, dance to or [[CurseCutShort –]]", but she's only pointing this out because he suddenly seemed to have developed an interest in science while in VictorianBritain.UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain. He's also generally a bit of a {{bookworm}}, and enjoys reading [[UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}} Sartre]].
17th May '17 9:38:40 PM TropesForever
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-->[[Characters/EighthDoctor Has his own page]].

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16th Apr '17 11:59:40 AM WalexCampledom
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-> The Doctor didn’t even slow down. One part of his brain started madly calculating velocities and trajectories. Another part started advising him strongly against this course of action. Another part was sticking its arms out and making aeroplane noises.
-> The Doctor leapt from the pier. There was a moment, almost a silent moment, when he was sailing free through the air, unconnected to anything.
-> Then he was vaulting easily over the railing of the ship, landing smoothly on his toes on the other side. The tourists on board the boat burst into a round of applause. The Doctor broke into a smile, and gave a little bow, letting them take photos.
--> -- ''Unnatural History''

The one, [[TheNthDoctor the not-]][[Characters/BigFinishDoctorWho so-only]]. The Doctor received a lot of CharacterDevelopment throughout the [=EDAs=], making him a much more complicated person than he was in the [=TVM=].

* AbsentmindedProfessor: Even more than usual for the Doctor.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: He was very attractive to begin with, yet is sometimes described to sound younger, taller, and thinner than he was in the [=TVM=].
* AllergicToRoutine: He survives torture, starvation, horror and broken limbs and usually bounces right back, but imprisonment -- just plain imprisonment with ''nothing'' to do -- is what does him in. When he gets locked up for [[spoiler:over three years]], it absolutely destroys him.
* AmbiguousGender: The Doctor (and other characters) occasionally bring up the fact that human gender categories just don't apply to Time Lords. He doesn't consider himself a man, but doesn't offer up any alternatives.
* AmbiguouslyGay: In normal canon, he's pretty much overtly bisexual and occasionally effeminate. In the [[AlternateRealityEpisode Obverse]] segments of ''The Blue Angel'', he likes cooking and old movie soundtracks and his AmbiguouslyJewish [[JewishMother Mother]] seems to take a particular interest in his love life.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Those who meet him for the first time often think he's going to a wedding or a fancy-dress party. When he's actually in the 19th Century, it's commented on that ''for once'' he actually fits in. And apparently his outfit came back into fashion in TheEighties. He occasionally averts LimitedWardrobe, although [[AuthorAppeal mostly in the books Kate Orman and Jon Blum coauthored]].
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: He loses half a tooth early on in the series, and a later book mentions that it ''just grew back''. He does badly break most of his fingers early on and is left with a few of them permanently crooked.
* BiTheWay: Quite overtly so; he has implied romantic relationships with both men and women, and at least one character noticed.
--> '''Sam''': ...The way he looks at certain people. Women and men. But he never acts on anything. [[note]]He does eventually, when Characters/BerniceSummerfield pounces him, but even then it still took a while before the authors were allowed to clearly state what happened.[[/note]]
* BigDamnKiss: Has the occasional snog with his companions -- with Sam, a big one with dark Sam and at least once with Fitz.
* BizarreHumanBiology: ''The Blue Angel'' features an AlternateRealityEpisode in which the Doctor's [[AmbiguouslyHuman theoretically human]]. He has two hearts, no navel, and an unusual aversion to the cold. It's probably related to the fact that [[HalfHumanHybrid his mother's a]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]].
* BornLucky: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] at [[TheQuietOne surprisingly-great length]] by Sabbath in ''Camera Obscura''. The Doctor apparently doesn't like to talk about it, apparently because, for one thing, Sabbath can come up with more examples than he should know and the Doctor [[LaserGuidedAmnesia remembers]], and it also reminds him of the fact that [[WalkingDisasterArea when things]] [[DoomMagnet go wrong]] [[CartwrightCurse for him]], [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed they tend to go disastrously wrong]].
--> "[[BigDamnHeroes Rescuers turn up.]] [[ShurFineGuns Weapons jam.]] Your companions, who, [[GentlemanSnarker if you will forgive me, don't strike me as more than usually competent]], save the day. [[DelayedExplosion Buildings explode immediately after you find the way out.]] [[WalkingDisasterArea Cities fall]] just as the TARDIS dematerialises''[...]'' Electrical currents short-circuit. [[EvilGenius Evil masterminds]] [[IdiotBall make foolish errors.]] [[note]]Since Sabbath's quite adept at catching the IdiotBall despite his supposedly impressive intellect and is usually the Doctor's enemy, this is either SelfDeprecation or a surprising lack of self-awareness.[[/note]] If you fall out of a window, [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou there’s something to catch you]]. If you’re drowning, a spar floats by. [[OutOfTheInferno You find your way unsinged out of burning houses]]''[...]'' In short, in your presence, the odds collapse."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: This is the Doctor we're talking about. He's a bit crazy, but he gets the job done.
* ChasteHero: Not absolutely, but he often seems rather oblivious, ''The Blue Angel'' talks about him being "a virgin" in a sort of general metaphorical and literal sense, and in ''Interference'' this is his response to being asked whether having two hearts means he "can be in love with two women ''[...]'' at once":
-->‘Good grief. Do you know, that had never struck me before? I’ve never even thought about being in love with one woman, let alone two. Well, not much.’
** ''Interference'' writer Lawrence Miles later said in a DWM interview that the Eighth Doctor's virgin status (in every sense of the word) was very interestingly at odds with his romantic nature; ''Interference'' includes a conversation about it between the Doctor and I.M. Foreman, in which it's also very heavily implied that they had sex in between Book One and Book Two.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: He develops severe, PTSD-level claustrophobia in ''Seeing I''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ''"So that's what he keeps us around for, [Sam] thought, blowing out a long cloud of smoke. He can't think in a straight line without us."''
* CombatPragmatist: He once stuck his fingers up an opponent's nose.
* CreepyGood: Sometimes. Anji occasionally has an UncannyValley reaction to him, particularly in ''Camera Obscura'' when he faints and she notices that his "muscular-skeletal frame" is unnaturally flexible. Also, his emotional responses are often a little bit off -- he's sometimes not upset by things that upset everybody else, and even when he is upset he tends not to show it. And there's the StealthHiBye thing he often does, and he didn't have a shadow for a while... he even kept a couple of pet bats in the TARDIS at the beginning of the series, one of which almost scares the crap out of someone in ''Vampire Science''.
* CuddleBug: He's so affectionate that he tends to kiss people on the lips with apparently platonic intent.
* TheDandy: Subverted: he dresses like Oscar Wilde on his way to a wedding and is often actually described as dandyish, but seems not to actually take much of an interest in his physical appearance: his [[MessyHair hair is usually wild and messy]], he doesn't give a damn for [[ClothingDamage the effects going through hell and high water would have]] on [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit all that fancy velvet and silk he wears]], and he has to take others' word for it that he's good-looking, because he doesn't personally notice or care [[note]]Compare "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath You're a very beautiful woman...probably.]]"[[/note]] apart from having a vague sense that maybe he should be able to [[DistractedByTheSexy charm people into doing things for him]].
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DeadpanSnarker: Every now and then.
* DitzyGenius: He understands time travel just fine, but time ''zones'' are beyond him. He commits major displays of absentmindedness on what must be an almost daily basis. [[UnpleasableFanbase Some fans]] have referred to him as "the congenital idiot", or "[[DumbIsGood the congenial idiot]]". He gives the impression of having less ObfuscatingStupidity and more genuine, guileless foolishness than most Doctors, but he is regularly shown to actually have brains he just doesn't always use.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: He's apparently particularly good-looking when he plays the violin.
-->The Doctor was standing with his eyes closed, absolutely absorbed in his playing. He looked every inch the devil's fiddler, thought Karl [[note]]with whom the Doctor ends up having a heavily-implied romantic relationship[[/note]] — his slender body carelessly slouching, long fingers flashing, aristocratic face taut with concentration, long copper-gold hair flying. His audience's appreciation was more than musical.
* EternalLove: Has a variation of the trope with I.M. Foreman, one of the very few people he becomes intimate with on a more than superficial level. Exactly how that intimacy plays out is left up to the readers' imagination, but considering the amount of giggling I.M. Foreman does after she wakes up next to him and their conversations afterwards, it's not hard to guess.
* EyeScream: At one point, he's forced to operate on his own eye while in the middle of severe emotional trauma. The TARDIS is able to help him a little, but it's not pleasant for anyone involved.
* ForgetsToEat: In ''Camera Obscura'', Anji has to remind him:
-->‘Do you want some food? You haven’t eaten in days.’
-->‘That’s right,’ he said wonderingly, as if she’d made a point that hadn’t occurred to him. ‘You know, I bet that’s one reason I feel so bad.’
* {{Geek}}: While on Earth, the Doctor became a fan of ''{{Transformers}}''. No, really.
-->"Someone," Compassion said, "has been watching too much Saturday-morning TV."\\
"There was a time when it always seemed to be Saturday when I was on Earth, and the children's programmes were excellent, if my memory doesn't cheat." He made folding motions with his hand and muttered something that sounded to Fitz like "robots in disguise". The Doctor grinned, disarmingly.
** As well as comic books:
-->The Doctor had sat on the high-backed chair [[LeaningOnTheFurniture with his feet on the console]], idly flipping through Creator/MarvelComics. It turned out he was a big ''ComicBook/XMen'' fan.
** And, of all things, model trains:
-->(''Anji has just found a box of model train things'') Though she had hurriedly, if somewhat guiltily, hidden this even further back in the cupboard, she suspected it was only a matter of time until the morning arrived when she couldn't cross the console room without having to step over miniature tracks and leap tiny buildings.
* GenreSavvy: He's an expert on the sort of things that tend to happen to him, plus he sometimes applies his knowledge of fiction to events he's involved in. Sometimes he even seems to have a bit more of a snarky-fan perspective than an in-universe character perspective. For instance, in ''The Taking of Planet 5'', he remarks on how the GreatOffscreenWar tends to become less interesting if it ends up onscreen:
-->"I have a feeling I'll be much happier not knowing who or what this 'Enemy' are. They'll probably be terribly disappointing. With my luck it'll turn out to be [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus Yartek, leader of the alien Voord]], with a big stick."
* GentlemanAndAScholar: He has [[NoSocialSkills certain gaps]] in his understanding of human social skills, but he manages to be very polite despite stumbling on a few of the finer points. If he [[BewareTheNiceOnes drops the politeness]], it's generally well-deserved, whether because someone's genuinely [[{{Villains}} malevolent]] or just an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]]. (And he's sometimes rude to Fitz, but it's in more of a fraternal way than a mean-spirited way.) And, of course, his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel appearance]] and [[TheSmartGuy intellect]] also match the trope to a tee.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: He gets injured in almost every single book, usually multiple times. He's been shot, stabbed, squished flat, beaten almost to a bloody pulp, etc., and unless he's been BroughtDownToNormal [[HealingFactor it rarely takes more than a couple days for him to heal]]. [[{{Determinator}} Perhaps unsurprisingly]], he tends to take advantage of this fact by treating his own body as a [[StoneWall meat shield]], [[ICanStillFight doing irresponsible and foolhardy things while bleeding all over the place]], and just outright acting like a [[MachoMasochism masochist]].
-->He placed his foot on the Doctor's injured [[note]]broken and, considering the fact he's not up and walking on it, probably quite badly so[[/note]] leg. The Doctor gasped. "How long until this heals? A few days? A few hours? Twenty minutes?''[...]''"
-->"Well, you're right of course," said the Doctor tightly. "And since it heals so quickly, why not do this?" Teeth clenched, he began to wrench his leg free. [[{{Gorn}} There was a nasty, tearing, butcher's-shop sound.]]
* GorgeousPeriodDress: More attached to his Bill Hickock clothes than in the comics and audios.
* InnerMonologueConversation: He occasionally replies to people's thoughts, but in ''The Book of the Still'' he more or less states he can just read expressions and body language, and while he could read minds if he wanted to, he just doesn't have time for it.
* [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Innocent Fanservice Guy]]: He seems to consider life clothing-optional, although recognizes that the preference is for clothing. Good thing he's [[MrFanservice attractive]].
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Long hair, fancy clothes, enjoys cooking and baking. In ''Timeless'', it gets him called a "poof".[[note]]He is also, on multiple other occasions, called a [[Film/WithnailAndI ponce.]][[/note]] He also has a lot of TeamMom moments; ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers'' notes his "almost maternal urge" to see to it that everyone around him is well-fed. In ''Father Time'', he shows a distinct tendency toward TenderTears whenever much of anything is going on with his adopted daughter Miranda.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Usually blue, (sometimes described as IcyBlueEyes), but sometimes {{gray| eyes}} or [[GreenEyes green]]. DependingOnTheWriter and his own mercurial personality, a lot of the associated characteristics of each eye color apply.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Suggested that it might be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that when he starts to get his memory back, he still finds it useful to pick and choose the things he lets people find out he remembers.
* ManChild: When it matters, he can generally be counted on to act mature, but his mannerisms and interests are often childish. He likes picture and comic books, cartoons, model trains, tractors, ducks, and so on. Once in a while he'll casually sit curled in a ball like almost no middle-aged human man ever. Nonetheless, he doesn't really suffer any of the drawbacks, aside from usually being totally baffled by the topic of romance. And it's at least sometimes a [[GuileHero deliberately annoying and/or disarming act]].
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: With Sam and with Fitz. It's possible that he's deliberately trying not to encourage Sam's attraction to him, and he has the good grace to let her know how dangerous he is. Yet he has no problem with kissing either version of her, or ending up half-naked in bed with her and being her "back-rub slut". He also kisses Fitz without qualms, but avoids talking about all their UnresolvedSexualTension.
* TheMentallyDisturbed: His mental health is somewhat variable. He's usually sort of a high-functioning CloudCuckoolander, but he has moments of being certifiably insane. He has a full-on psychosis in ''Alien Bodies'', twice. ''The Slow Empire'' plays this for [[BlackComedy fairly dark humor]] and mentions that after developing TraumaInducedAmnesia, he occasionally couldn't distinguish between TV and reality, and so had attacks of being able to be DrivenToSuicide by the [[CrapsackWorld utter depressingness]] of ''Series/EastEnders'' [[note]]suggesting, incidentally, that the boredom of WalkingTheEarth alone turned him into a bit of a DayTimeDramaQueen[[/note]], and due to watching {{Superman}} he got some odd ideas about [[ClarkKenting disguises]] and "the relative position of the trousers and [[UnderwearOfPower underpants]]". He also seems to think that someone who was having a nosebleed four days ago may still need a handkerchief. He even had what may have been a momentary AxeCrazy blackout in ''City of the Dead''. In ''The Blue Angel'' he has an alternate self who apparently suffers from schizophrenia, completely averting FunnySchizophrenia; it's reasonably understated and not PlayedForLaughs at all. (Also, his POV in ''The Blue Angel'' is occasionally written in a subtly strange way — for example, he tends to bring something up which doesn't make a lot of sense without further explanation and then drift away from the topic, which resembles some [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_disorder symptoms of schizophrenia]].)
** TheMadHatter: In ''Eater of Wasps'', Anji asks him rhetorically if he's insane. He replies that he "must be". And in ''The Slow Empire'', he and Fitz share a worried moment in which they realize he seems to be "unbalanced" to the point of schizophrenia (and one of the things that worries Fitz about the Doctor's breakdown ''du jour'' is that the Doctor is aware of it yet unconcerned by it). However, at other times he definitively states he's quite sane enough.
* MetaGuy: Rather prone to LeaningOnTheFourthWall without breaking it or seeming blatantly aware of it. It's not that he knows he's an ex-TV-character, but he manages to complain about it nonetheless.
* MultipleChoicePast: Actually a plot point -- there are so many conflicting versions of his past scattered throughout the universe, it eventually attracts a multidimensional ''biologist'' who sees him as a fascinating specimen. As well as, of course, Faction Paradox on multiple occasions. It's insinuated in ''Unnatural History'' that his supposed half-human heritage could simply be a retroactive alteration of his self caused by the traumatic regeneration into his Eighth body.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Bony fingers, all the better to stab you with. He doesn't even blink at {{Bridal Carry}}ing grown men [[HoYay such as Fitz]].
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Often enough. In ''Timeless'', he's politely terrifying:
-->‘How do you do!’ The Doctor beamed. ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you. You must be very important, very special indeed, for some as yet unknown force to have possessed the minds of those who know you and targeted you for death.’
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Even worse than other Doctors.
* NoSocialSkills: He clearly ''has'' them; he's often very polite and charming, and often uses [[BavarianFireDrill social engineering]] to achieve his goals. It's just that there are certain gaps in his social skills and times when he just doesn't feel the need to use them. Almost every conversation he has has some element of weirdness in it, he's occasionally SarcasmBlind, and he sometimes hurts people's feelings by mistake or has inappropriate reactions to things that shock everyone else. Most people are shocked if they find a dead body, even if it's no one they know; he's just pleased to have a mystery to solve.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Bordering on ObfuscatingInsanity, aside from the times when he actually is insane.
* ObliviouslyBeautiful: It eventually seems to dawn on him that humans consider him rather attractive, but he tends to think about it in rather skeptical terms.
* [[spoiler:OutlivingOnesOffspring: Miranda, his adopted daughter who's implied to be his KidFromTheFuture, dies of RapidAging in ''Sometime Never''.]]
* ParentsAsPeople: To Miranda. He means well, [[DotingParent dotes on her]], and loves her with all his hearts, but he's still fairly clueless, and ends up [[spoiler:being part of the reason she runs away from home when she's sixteen, because he never explained to her she's an alien like him]]. She turns out all right, though.
* PlayfulHacker: Particularly in ''Seeing I''. Apparently he's even better with computers than you might expect, and uses his skills to distract a MegaCorp while he uses its information to search for Sam. Aside from making it appear that employees are being laid off at an astonishing rate, he also assigns one of the executives to read one of his friend [[Characters/DoctorWho Benny's]] books, and orders a bunch of sandwiches for a non-existent seminar. One of the employees suggests it might be a "weird prank", and another says, "It’s like a huge kid has broken into [=IXNet=]."
* RailEnthusiast: He doesn't seem to be all that interested in actual trains, but he owns a model train set, and he's quite pleased to get the opportunity to drive a tractor and a double-decker bus.
* RealMenGetShot
* RealMenWearPink: It's hardly even a "real men" thing at times; Anji apparently thinks of him as effectively almost a girl.
* SenseFreak: Eight's sensuality is very much present in the narrative, and he spends the majority of his time intimately hugging people, enjoying delicious food, petting kittens, or being Sam's "back-rub slut". He's almost always doing ''something'' to keep his senses occupied. Just for example -- serious peace negotiations with a vampire matriarch involve him getting a scalp massage.
* SuperStrength: A fairly low-key case. It's clear that he's stronger than he looks and can do things most humans can't, but just how strong is never really explored, and he very rarely uses it.
* TeamChef: Very much so. While Fitz is also said to be a competent cook, it seems the Doctor's an accomplished chef. In ''Camera Obscura'', he stress-bakes a Lady Baltimore cake, although he just worries more because of its "very complicated icing"; in ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers'', he makes a massive picnic for his friends and is said to hold several dinner parties in his flat; his AlternateUniverse counterpart in ''The Blue Angel'' also makes a large meal for his visitors and frets over ruining the potatoes. Mind you, this doesn't include small moments when he happens to just carry food with him (apples, bits of candy, etc.) to give his companions on a moment's notice.
** ThroughHisStomach: That said, the Doctor only seems to cook for his TrueCompanions and people he cares about. In ''Timeless'', he makes Anji a very nice omelette but immediately after won't do the same for the current OneShotCharacter, claiming to be bored with cooking.
* {{Telepathy}}: He sometimes responds to things his companions are only thinking, or [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane seems to]]. It doesn't seem to have any more [[MisappliedPhlebotinum practical applications]] than making everyone a little unsettled.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Which he never quite gets over.
* UnskilledButStrong: Actually, this is pretty much how he fights. Maybe because he [[TechnicalPacifist doesn't like to fight]], he doesn't even seem to really know how. However, he's really quite [[MusclesAreMeaningless disproportionately tough]]. In ''To the Slaughter'', he lifts a woman in an office chair over his head. In ''Frontier Worlds'', he kicks someone in the head and [[EpicFail stubs his toe quite badly]].

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-> The Doctor didn’t even slow down. One part of his brain started madly calculating velocities and trajectories. Another part started advising him strongly against this course of action. Another part was sticking its arms out and making aeroplane noises.
-> The Doctor leapt from the pier. There was a moment, almost a silent moment, when he was sailing free through the air, unconnected to anything.
-> Then he was vaulting easily over the railing of the ship, landing smoothly on his toes on the other side. The tourists on board the boat burst into a round of applause. The Doctor broke into a smile, and gave a little bow, letting them take photos.
--> -- ''Unnatural History''

The one, [[TheNthDoctor the not-]][[Characters/BigFinishDoctorWho so-only]]. The Doctor received a lot of CharacterDevelopment throughout the [=EDAs=], making him a much more complicated person than he was in the [=TVM=].

* AbsentmindedProfessor: Even more than usual for the Doctor.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: He was very attractive to begin with, yet is sometimes described to sound younger, taller, and thinner than he was in the [=TVM=].
* AllergicToRoutine: He survives torture, starvation, horror and broken limbs and usually bounces right back, but imprisonment -- just plain imprisonment with ''nothing'' to do -- is what does him in. When he gets locked up for [[spoiler:over three years]], it absolutely destroys him.
* AmbiguousGender: The Doctor (and other characters) occasionally bring up the fact that human gender categories just don't apply to Time Lords. He doesn't consider himself a man, but doesn't offer up any alternatives.
* AmbiguouslyGay: In normal canon, he's pretty much overtly bisexual and occasionally effeminate. In the [[AlternateRealityEpisode Obverse]] segments of ''The Blue Angel'', he likes cooking and old movie soundtracks and his AmbiguouslyJewish [[JewishMother Mother]] seems to take a particular interest in his love life.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: Those who meet him for the first time often think he's going to a wedding or a fancy-dress party. When he's actually in the 19th Century, it's commented on that ''for once'' he actually fits in. And apparently his outfit came back into fashion in TheEighties. He occasionally averts LimitedWardrobe, although [[AuthorAppeal mostly in the books Kate Orman and Jon Blum coauthored]].
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: He loses half a tooth early on in the series, and a later book mentions that it ''just grew back''. He does badly break most of his fingers early on and is left with a few of them permanently crooked.
* BiTheWay: Quite overtly so; he has implied romantic relationships with both men and women, and at least one character noticed.
--> '''Sam''': ...The way he looks at certain people. Women and men. But he never acts on anything. [[note]]He does eventually, when Characters/BerniceSummerfield pounces him, but even then it still took a while before the authors were allowed to clearly state what happened.[[/note]]
* BigDamnKiss:
-->[[Characters/EighthDoctor Has the occasional snog with his companions -- with Sam, a big one with dark Sam and at least once with Fitz.
* BizarreHumanBiology: ''The Blue Angel'' features an AlternateRealityEpisode in which the Doctor's [[AmbiguouslyHuman theoretically human]]. He has two hearts, no navel, and an unusual aversion to the cold. It's probably related to the fact that [[HalfHumanHybrid his mother's a]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]].
* BornLucky: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] at [[TheQuietOne surprisingly-great length]] by Sabbath in ''Camera Obscura''. The Doctor apparently doesn't like to talk about it, apparently because, for one thing, Sabbath can come up with more examples than he should know and the Doctor [[LaserGuidedAmnesia remembers]], and it also reminds him of the fact that [[WalkingDisasterArea when things]] [[DoomMagnet go wrong]] [[CartwrightCurse for him]], [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed they tend to go disastrously wrong]].
--> "[[BigDamnHeroes Rescuers turn up.]] [[ShurFineGuns Weapons jam.]] Your companions, who, [[GentlemanSnarker if you will forgive me, don't strike me as more than usually competent]], save the day. [[DelayedExplosion Buildings explode immediately after you find the way out.]] [[WalkingDisasterArea Cities fall]] just as the TARDIS dematerialises''[...]'' Electrical currents short-circuit. [[EvilGenius Evil masterminds]] [[IdiotBall make foolish errors.]] [[note]]Since Sabbath's quite adept at catching the IdiotBall despite his supposedly impressive intellect and is usually the Doctor's enemy, this is either SelfDeprecation or a surprising lack of self-awareness.[[/note]] If you fall out of a window, [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou there’s something to catch you]]. If you’re drowning, a spar floats by. [[OutOfTheInferno You find your way unsinged out of burning houses]]''[...]'' In short, in your presence, the odds collapse."
* BunnyEarsLawyer: This is the Doctor we're talking about. He's a bit crazy, but he gets the job done.
* ChasteHero: Not absolutely, but he often seems rather oblivious, ''The Blue Angel'' talks about him being "a virgin" in a sort of general metaphorical and literal sense, and in ''Interference'' this is his response to being asked whether having two hearts means he "can be in love with two women ''[...]'' at once":
-->‘Good grief. Do you know, that had never struck me before? I’ve never even thought about being in love with one woman, let alone two. Well, not much.’
** ''Interference'' writer Lawrence Miles later said in a DWM interview that the Eighth Doctor's virgin status (in every sense of the word) was very interestingly at odds with his romantic nature; ''Interference'' includes a conversation about it between the Doctor and I.M. Foreman, in which it's also very heavily implied that they had sex in between Book One and Book Two.
* {{Claustrophobia}}: He develops severe, PTSD-level claustrophobia in ''Seeing I''.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: ''"So that's what he keeps us around for, [Sam] thought, blowing out a long cloud of smoke. He can't think in a straight line without us."''
* CombatPragmatist: He once stuck his fingers up an opponent's nose.
* CreepyGood: Sometimes. Anji occasionally has an UncannyValley reaction to him, particularly in ''Camera Obscura'' when he faints and she notices that his "muscular-skeletal frame" is unnaturally flexible. Also, his emotional responses are often a little bit off -- he's sometimes not upset by things that upset everybody else, and even when he is upset he tends not to show it. And there's the StealthHiBye thing he often does, and he didn't have a shadow for a while... he even kept a couple of pet bats in the TARDIS at the beginning of the series, one of which almost scares the crap out of someone in ''Vampire Science''.
* CuddleBug: He's so affectionate that he tends to kiss people on the lips with apparently platonic intent.
* TheDandy: Subverted: he dresses like Oscar Wilde on his way to a wedding and is often actually described as dandyish, but seems not to actually take much of an interest in his physical appearance: his [[MessyHair hair is usually wild and messy]], he doesn't give a damn for [[ClothingDamage the effects going through hell and high water would have]] on [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit all that fancy velvet and silk he wears]], and he has to take others' word for it that he's good-looking, because he doesn't personally notice or care [[note]]Compare "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath You're a very beautiful woman...probably.]]"[[/note]] apart from having a vague sense that maybe he should be able to [[DistractedByTheSexy charm people into doing things for him]].
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DeadpanSnarker: Every now and then.
* DitzyGenius: He understands time travel just fine, but time ''zones'' are beyond him. He commits major displays of absentmindedness on what must be an almost daily basis. [[UnpleasableFanbase Some fans]] have referred to him as "the congenital idiot", or "[[DumbIsGood the congenial idiot]]". He gives the impression of having less ObfuscatingStupidity and more genuine, guileless foolishness than most Doctors, but he is regularly shown to actually have brains he just doesn't always use.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: He's apparently particularly good-looking when he plays the violin.
-->The Doctor was standing with his eyes closed, absolutely absorbed in his playing. He looked every inch the devil's fiddler, thought Karl [[note]]with whom the Doctor ends up having a heavily-implied romantic relationship[[/note]] — his slender body carelessly slouching, long fingers flashing, aristocratic face taut with concentration, long copper-gold hair flying. His audience's appreciation was more than musical.
* EternalLove: Has a variation of the trope with I.M. Foreman, one of the very few people he becomes intimate with on a more than superficial level. Exactly how that intimacy plays out is left up to the readers' imagination, but considering the amount of giggling I.M. Foreman does after she wakes up next to him and their conversations afterwards, it's not hard to guess.
* EyeScream: At one point, he's forced to operate on
his own eye while in the middle of severe emotional trauma. The TARDIS is able to help him a little, but it's not pleasant for anyone involved.
* ForgetsToEat: In ''Camera Obscura'', Anji has to remind him:
-->‘Do you want some food? You haven’t eaten in days.’
-->‘That’s right,’ he said wonderingly, as if she’d made a point that hadn’t occurred to him. ‘You know, I bet that’s one reason I feel so bad.’
* {{Geek}}: While on Earth, the Doctor became a fan of ''{{Transformers}}''. No, really.
-->"Someone," Compassion said, "has been watching too much Saturday-morning TV."\\
"There was a time when it always seemed to be Saturday when I was on Earth, and the children's programmes were excellent, if my memory doesn't cheat." He made folding motions with his hand and muttered something that sounded to Fitz like "robots in disguise". The Doctor grinned, disarmingly.
** As well as comic books:
-->The Doctor had sat on the high-backed chair [[LeaningOnTheFurniture with his feet on the console]], idly flipping through Creator/MarvelComics. It turned out he was a big ''ComicBook/XMen'' fan.
** And, of all things, model trains:
-->(''Anji has just found a box of model train things'') Though she had hurriedly, if somewhat guiltily, hidden this even further back in the cupboard, she suspected it was only a matter of time until the morning arrived when she couldn't cross the console room without having to step over miniature tracks and leap tiny buildings.
* GenreSavvy: He's an expert on the sort of things that tend to happen to him, plus he sometimes applies his knowledge of fiction to events he's involved in. Sometimes he even seems to have a bit more of a snarky-fan perspective than an in-universe character perspective. For instance, in ''The Taking of Planet 5'', he remarks on how the GreatOffscreenWar tends to become less interesting if it ends up onscreen:
-->"I have a feeling I'll be much happier not knowing who or what this 'Enemy' are. They'll probably be terribly disappointing. With my luck it'll turn out to be [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus Yartek, leader of the alien Voord]], with a big stick."
* GentlemanAndAScholar: He has [[NoSocialSkills certain gaps]] in his understanding of human social skills, but he manages to be very polite despite stumbling on a few of the finer points. If he [[BewareTheNiceOnes drops the politeness]], it's generally well-deserved, whether because someone's genuinely [[{{Villains}} malevolent]] or just an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]]. (And he's sometimes rude to Fitz, but it's in more of a fraternal way than a mean-spirited way.) And, of course, his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel appearance]] and [[TheSmartGuy intellect]] also match the trope to a tee.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: He gets injured in almost every single book, usually multiple times. He's been shot, stabbed, squished flat, beaten almost to a bloody pulp, etc., and unless he's been BroughtDownToNormal [[HealingFactor it rarely takes more than a couple days for him to heal]]. [[{{Determinator}} Perhaps unsurprisingly]], he tends to take advantage of this fact by treating his own body as a [[StoneWall meat shield]], [[ICanStillFight doing irresponsible and foolhardy things while bleeding all over the place]], and just outright acting like a [[MachoMasochism masochist]].
-->He placed his foot on the Doctor's injured [[note]]broken and, considering the fact he's not up and walking on it, probably quite badly so[[/note]] leg. The Doctor gasped. "How long until this heals? A few days? A few hours? Twenty minutes?''[...]''"
-->"Well, you're right of course," said the Doctor tightly. "And since it heals so quickly, why not do this?" Teeth clenched, he began to wrench his leg free. [[{{Gorn}} There was a nasty, tearing, butcher's-shop sound.]]
* GorgeousPeriodDress: More attached to his Bill Hickock clothes than in the comics and audios.
* InnerMonologueConversation: He occasionally replies to people's thoughts, but in ''The Book of the Still'' he more or less states he can just read expressions and body language, and while he could read minds if he wanted to, he just doesn't have time for it.
* [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Innocent Fanservice Guy]]: He seems to consider life clothing-optional, although recognizes that the preference is for clothing. Good thing he's [[MrFanservice attractive]].
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Long hair, fancy clothes, enjoys cooking and baking. In ''Timeless'', it gets him called a "poof".[[note]]He is also, on multiple other occasions, called a [[Film/WithnailAndI ponce.]][[/note]] He also has a lot of TeamMom moments; ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers'' notes his "almost maternal urge" to see to it that everyone around him is well-fed. In ''Father Time'', he shows a distinct tendency toward TenderTears whenever much of anything is going on with his adopted daughter Miranda.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Usually blue, (sometimes described as IcyBlueEyes), but sometimes {{gray| eyes}} or [[GreenEyes green]]. DependingOnTheWriter and his own mercurial personality, a lot of the associated characteristics of each eye color apply.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Suggested that it might be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that when he starts to get his memory back, he still finds it useful to pick and choose the things he lets people find out he remembers.
* ManChild: When it matters, he can generally be counted on to act mature, but his mannerisms and interests are often childish. He likes picture and comic books, cartoons, model trains, tractors, ducks, and so on. Once in a while he'll casually sit curled in a ball like almost no middle-aged human man ever. Nonetheless, he doesn't really suffer any of the drawbacks, aside from usually being totally baffled by the topic of romance. And it's at least sometimes a [[GuileHero deliberately annoying and/or disarming act]].
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: With Sam and with Fitz. It's possible that he's deliberately trying not to encourage Sam's attraction to him, and he has the good grace to let her know how dangerous he is. Yet he has no problem with kissing either version of her, or ending up half-naked in bed with her and being her "back-rub slut". He also kisses Fitz without qualms, but avoids talking about all their UnresolvedSexualTension.
* TheMentallyDisturbed: His mental health is somewhat variable. He's usually sort of a high-functioning CloudCuckoolander, but he has moments of being certifiably insane. He has a full-on psychosis in ''Alien Bodies'', twice. ''The Slow Empire'' plays this for [[BlackComedy fairly dark humor]] and mentions that after developing TraumaInducedAmnesia, he occasionally couldn't distinguish between TV and reality, and so had attacks of being able to be DrivenToSuicide by the [[CrapsackWorld utter depressingness]] of ''Series/EastEnders'' [[note]]suggesting, incidentally, that the boredom of WalkingTheEarth alone turned him into a bit of a DayTimeDramaQueen[[/note]], and due to watching {{Superman}} he got some odd ideas about [[ClarkKenting disguises]] and "the relative position of the trousers and [[UnderwearOfPower underpants]]". He also seems to think that someone who was having a nosebleed four days ago may still need a handkerchief. He even had what may have been a momentary AxeCrazy blackout in ''City of the Dead''. In ''The Blue Angel'' he has an alternate self who apparently suffers from schizophrenia, completely averting FunnySchizophrenia; it's reasonably understated and not PlayedForLaughs at all. (Also, his POV in ''The Blue Angel'' is occasionally written in a subtly strange way — for example, he tends to bring something up which doesn't make a lot of sense without further explanation and then drift away from the topic, which resembles some [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_disorder symptoms of schizophrenia]].)
** TheMadHatter: In ''Eater of Wasps'', Anji asks him rhetorically if he's insane. He replies that he "must be". And in ''The Slow Empire'', he and Fitz share a worried moment in which they realize he seems to be "unbalanced" to the point of schizophrenia (and one of the things that worries Fitz about the Doctor's breakdown ''du jour'' is that the Doctor is aware of it yet unconcerned by it). However, at other times he definitively states he's quite sane enough.
* MetaGuy: Rather prone to LeaningOnTheFourthWall without breaking it or seeming blatantly aware of it. It's not that he knows he's an ex-TV-character, but he manages to complain about it nonetheless.
* MultipleChoicePast: Actually a plot point -- there are so many conflicting versions of his past scattered throughout the universe, it eventually attracts a multidimensional ''biologist'' who sees him as a fascinating specimen. As well as, of course, Faction Paradox on multiple occasions. It's insinuated in ''Unnatural History'' that his supposed half-human heritage could simply be a retroactive alteration of his self caused by the traumatic regeneration into his Eighth body.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Bony fingers, all the better to stab you with. He doesn't even blink at {{Bridal Carry}}ing grown men [[HoYay such as Fitz]].
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Often enough. In ''Timeless'', he's politely terrifying:
-->‘How do you do!’ The Doctor beamed. ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you. You must be very important, very special indeed, for some as yet unknown force to have possessed the minds of those who know you and targeted you for death.’
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Even worse than other Doctors.
* NoSocialSkills: He clearly ''has'' them; he's often very polite and charming, and often uses [[BavarianFireDrill social engineering]] to achieve his goals. It's just that there are certain gaps in his social skills and times when he just doesn't feel the need to use them. Almost every conversation he has has some element of weirdness in it, he's occasionally SarcasmBlind, and he sometimes hurts people's feelings by mistake or has inappropriate reactions to things that shock everyone else. Most people are shocked if they find a dead body, even if it's no one they know; he's just pleased to have a mystery to solve.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Bordering on ObfuscatingInsanity, aside from the times when he actually is insane.
* ObliviouslyBeautiful: It eventually seems to dawn on him that humans consider him rather attractive, but he tends to think about it in rather skeptical terms.
* [[spoiler:OutlivingOnesOffspring: Miranda, his adopted daughter who's implied to be his KidFromTheFuture, dies of RapidAging in ''Sometime Never''.]]
* ParentsAsPeople: To Miranda. He means well, [[DotingParent dotes on her]], and loves her with all his hearts, but he's still fairly clueless, and ends up [[spoiler:being part of the reason she runs away from home when she's sixteen, because he never explained to her she's an alien like him]]. She turns out all right, though.
* PlayfulHacker: Particularly in ''Seeing I''. Apparently he's even better with computers than you might expect, and uses his skills to distract a MegaCorp while he uses its information to search for Sam. Aside from making it appear that employees are being laid off at an astonishing rate, he also assigns one of the executives to read one of his friend [[Characters/DoctorWho Benny's]] books, and orders a bunch of sandwiches for a non-existent seminar. One of the employees suggests it might be a "weird prank", and another says, "It’s like a huge kid has broken into [=IXNet=]."
* RailEnthusiast: He doesn't seem to be all that interested in actual trains, but he owns a model train set, and he's quite pleased to get the opportunity to drive a tractor and a double-decker bus.
* RealMenGetShot
* RealMenWearPink: It's hardly even a "real men" thing at times; Anji apparently thinks of him as effectively almost a girl.
* SenseFreak: Eight's sensuality is very much present in the narrative, and he spends the majority of his time intimately hugging people, enjoying delicious food, petting kittens, or being Sam's "back-rub slut". He's almost always doing ''something'' to keep his senses occupied. Just for example -- serious peace negotiations with a vampire matriarch involve him getting a scalp massage.
* SuperStrength: A fairly low-key case. It's clear that he's stronger than he looks and can do things most humans can't, but just how strong is never really explored, and he very rarely uses it.
* TeamChef: Very much so. While Fitz is also said to be a competent cook, it seems the Doctor's an accomplished chef. In ''Camera Obscura'', he stress-bakes a Lady Baltimore cake, although he just worries more because of its "very complicated icing"; in ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers'', he makes a massive picnic for his friends and is said to hold several dinner parties in his flat; his AlternateUniverse counterpart in ''The Blue Angel'' also makes a large meal for his visitors and frets over ruining the potatoes. Mind you, this doesn't include small moments when he happens to just carry food with him (apples, bits of candy, etc.) to give his companions on a moment's notice.
** ThroughHisStomach: That said, the Doctor only seems to cook for his TrueCompanions and people he cares about. In ''Timeless'', he makes Anji a very nice omelette but immediately after won't do the same for the current OneShotCharacter, claiming to be bored with cooking.
* {{Telepathy}}: He sometimes responds to things his companions are only thinking, or [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane seems to]]. It doesn't seem to have any more [[MisappliedPhlebotinum practical applications]] than making everyone a little unsettled.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Which he never quite gets over.
* UnskilledButStrong: Actually, this is pretty much how he fights. Maybe because he [[TechnicalPacifist doesn't like to fight]], he doesn't even seem to really know how. However, he's really quite [[MusclesAreMeaningless disproportionately tough]]. In ''To the Slaughter'', he lifts a woman in an office chair over his head. In ''Frontier Worlds'', he kicks someone in the head and [[EpicFail stubs his toe quite badly]].
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* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Considering the fact he's from the 18th century, it comes across this way when he makes a reference to ''TheWizardOfOz'' in ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheInfinityRace The Infinity Race]]''. He also uses a pseudonym that's a clear reference to Creator/GKChesterton during ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresCameraObscura Camera Obscura]]''.

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* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Considering the fact he's from the 18th century, it comes across this way when he makes a reference to ''TheWizardOfOz'' ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' in ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheInfinityRace The Infinity Race]]''. He also uses a pseudonym that's a clear reference to Creator/GKChesterton during ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresCameraObscura Camera Obscura]]''.



* NotSoAboveItAll: Apparently, he's seen ''TheWizardOfOz''. Well, it's clearly relevant to his interests, what with the monkey henchmen.

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* NotSoAboveItAll: Apparently, he's seen ''TheWizardOfOz''.''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Well, it's clearly relevant to his interests, what with the monkey henchmen.
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