->''"Most troubling of all, everyone on record as having known the Doctor insists that he is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone a good man, a hero]] in fact. But did they think that for themselves? Or did he think it for them?"''
->-- '''Professor Candy''', "Literature/ContinuityErrors"
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* With [[Creator/DavidTennant Ten]] in particular, the question is, "Does he mean well?" Many are convinced he's being intentionally written as an egotistical {{Jerkass}} who demands the attention of others and refuses to give anything in return, running roughshod over people's lives and never feeling the need to explain himself or ask permission.
** Brilliantly illustrated in a popular [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly-Vhw1fevM fanvid]], which shows Ten straddling (or crossing?) the line between GuileHero and TheCaligula.
** Ten's regeneration scene: one of the most moving and emotional scenes in the franchise's history as he desperately hangs on for as long as possible, or an act of spite against his next incarnation, forcing him to be born in a crashing TARDIS? Or both?
* Perhaps the Tenth Doctor's strident pacifism is a form of detached arrogance fitting with his god-complex. He pompously berates the "little" lifeforms for using violence (frequently in self-defence) because, as a Time Lord, he has no way of seeing things from their perspective or at their level (or at least no way that sticks after he reopens the fob watch). There's a hint supporting this theory in the episode "The Christmas Invasion" from 2005: Ten berates the Prime Minister for destroying a Sycorax ship. The Prime Minister measuredly responds by telling him that Earth needs to defend itself because the Doctor is "not always [there]". Ten petulantly rejects this and sets events in motion to force the Prime Minister from office.
** Which in turn results in disaster for the UK (and indeed, the entire Earth) for years to come, as first the Master and then the Children of Earth government succeed her, instead of Britain's Golden Age occurring. Apparently by Eleven's time, ItGotBetter.
** And despite his pompous attitude, Ten is ''not'' the pacifist he sometimes claims to be. He can get quite nasty. Either by losing his temper or worse, while telling you how sorry he is.
** Then of course his arrogance seems to have got to the level that he feels he holds absolute responsibility over the laws of time and claims there isn't a higher authority then him. He may claim he has good intentions, but obsessively thinking of saving everybody, whatever the cost, can make him seem quite a WellIntentionedExtremist.
** Is Ten's obsession with his idea of pacifism simply his egotistical view of humans as lesser beings due to their inability to think of peaceful alternatives that he as a Time Lord with centuries of experience and reserves of time-altering power is able to execute? Or is it the result of a man with severe PTSD hellbent on proving to himself that how he believes he ended the Time War was in fact not the only way out, and that he's desperately latching onto alternative means of dealing with conflict to confirm his own self-flagellating belief that he was a monster for doing what he felt was necessary to end a horrific conflict in his past? Or is it a self-righteous mixture of both?
** The way he treats his clone in "Journey's End" seems bizzare. For them wiping out the Daleks the Doctor treats them [[InformedWrongness like a monster]] and exiles them to a parallel world. Yet they were [[StrawmanHasAPoint completely justified]] in doing so, as the Daleks were only incapacitated and had come very close to destroying entire Universes. What else was 10 expecting him to do? Give them another chance after they have kept proving themselves to be AlwaysChaoticEvil apart from very rare exceptions? In a similar situation in "The Poison Sky" 10 feels he has to give the Sontarans a chance before he activates a weapon to destroy them, even though he knows it is very unlikely they'll take it and he'll get killed by doing this. Before that in "The Fires of Pompeii" he and Donna wipe out the Pyroviles to save Earth, even though this kills 20,000 innocent people, though this is a fixed point in time. Is 10 a jerkass who obsessively follow his hypocritical and obviously-flawed moral code to the point of TooDumbToLive and treats anybody who doesn't agree with him, no matter how valid their reasons, like a monster?
** There is also another interpretation of leaving his clone on a parallel world in that the "punishment" was just an excuse to let his clone have the relationship with Rose that he never could. Or that he simply didn't trust someone with his knowledge that he couldn't control. Then there's the interpretation that he left it to stop Rose making more attempts to break through the barrier between worlds...
* Ninth Doctor: Emotionally unstable, battle-scarred Woobie LastOfHisKind? Or egotistical, violent KnightTemplar?
** His actions towards the Daleks. Is this a dangerous obsession which is putting him through a HeWhoFightsMonsters effect? Or is he completely justified, considering how he has seen first hand how dangerous the Daleks are and it is proved he is right in treating them as incredibly dangerous monsters?
* Is the Eleventh Doctor more like an old man with a child's personality and a young man's body, or a child with an old man's wisdom and memories and a young man's body? And for that matter, how much of his eccentric, playful demeanor and silly mannerisms is a pasted-on StepfordSmiler coping mechanism and how much is just his natural state?
** Some see The Eleventh Doctor as an irresponsible, demanding, smug, preachy, {{Jerkass}}. Much of the same things about 10's alternate interpretation can be made about the Eleventh Doctor.
* InUniverse, the Eleventh Doctor episode "The Pandorica Opens" gives us an idea of how the Doctor is seen by species he doesn't save every week - particularly the AlwaysChaoticEvil ones, but possibly also the no-worse-than-humans ones as well: [[spoiler: he's a world-ending demon who must be shut away for all eternity before he destroys the entire universe]].
-->[[spoiler: There was a goblin. Or a trickster. Or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.]]
-->[[spoiler: You make them so afraid. When you began all those years ago sailing off to see the universe... did you ever think you’d become this? The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name! Doctor. The word for healer and wise man throughout the universe. We get that word from you, you know. But if you carry on the way you are, what might that word come to mean? To the people of the Gamma Forests, the word "doctor" means "mighty warrior". How far you've come!]]
** It should be noted that when those species come to confront him, it's right after a frantic monologue wherein he's literally shouting at the sky like a madman, ''daring'' entire armies of his enemies to come get him, and implicitly saying that he can take them all by himself. In a later episode, he has another monologue instructing a man to humiliate himself as an example to future aggressors. This is after The Doctor's enemies had already agreed to surrender. The Doctor, Eleven in particular, is often a vicious, brutal enemy.
** Some of it's the writers trying to ''force'' it where it doesn't really go - most of the time, when the Doctor is confronted thusly, he's done ''nothing'' wrong. But nobody ever blinks an eye at any of the worst of the Harriet Jones-type moments. The Tenth Doctor era was ''plagued'' by it, but far from the only time this has appeared. A guy who can bring down Daleks, Cybermen, and other planet or even universe-threatening foes is kinda scary, but that doesn't mean he's ''wrong for doing it.'' It looked like we were headed back there, but we finally get some elaboration of those who fear the Eleventh Doctor so much: they think the future destruction of the universe that's causing the TimeyWimeyBall its present distress will be his fault. In the season finale, when the Doctor is about to have to make a HeroicSacrifice, River Song can't let him go without showing him how much the whole universe loves him and would have done anything to save him if they could. He's also more likely to be questioned when actually going too far, or not seeing the full effects of what he's doing.
** Let's look back in "A Town Called Mercy", where the Doctor thinks that he may as well have pulled the trigger on everyone ever hurt by those he didn't take down. That mindset is completely justified. He has showed mercy to villains like the Master and Davros a lot of times in past, allowing them to live despite their horrible actions. This act, however, has gotten many, many more people killed whose deaths were caused by said villains later on. This was a major problem for 10, in refusing to finish the Daleks by killing Caan he enabled the Dalek race to survive and got angry at the idea of them being wiped out even after that. How can anyone honestly blame the Doctor for acting that way since that is just one example that his mercy has come back to bite him on the ass?
* The conventional view of the Seventh Doctor -- and certainly the one which carried primarily into the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse expanded universe]] -- is that he's TheChessmaster, a ruthless ManipulativeBastard who knows all the moves and has the winning gambit planned out before the game's even started, and who's willing to ruthlessly play his companions like pawns. However, if you watch his television episodes closely, you see that for a supposedly hyper-sharp chessmaster he seems to screw up a hell of a lot. Things that he didn't anticipate keep happening, meaning he has to compensate for them. People make moves he didn't expect and hasn't planned for. Sometimes it looks like the villain actually has won, until the Doctor essentially pulls a rabbit out of a hat to save the day. A convincing case can be made that the Seventh Doctor actually ''sucks'' at being a Chessmaster, but happens to be [[XanatosSpeedChess excellent at improvisation]] and for whatever reason is determined to make it ''look'' like he knew what he was doing all along.
** Or is he somewhere in between the two: a Chessmaster who always knows what his plan is and where he wants it to go, but is constantly having to improvise to keep his plans on track, because he knows that no battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy?
* Similarly, the Sixth Doctor; is he just an arrogant, pompous bully? Or is he maladjusted and riddled with psychological issues from a difficult regeneration -- including PTSD -- that he never fully manages to overcome?
** There is a theory that the experiences of the previous Doctor influence the new Doctor. The 5th Doctor tried to be nice and didn't have a forceful personality, yet his adventures often involved a lot of death. The 6th Doctor might be a reaction to that, he hopes that a reversal of the 5th Doctor's personality will prevent more death and misery.
* Or the First Doctor: is he condescending and prickly because he's a weary, SeenItAll old man who doesn't have patience for stupid apes and their limited minds, or because he's a rebellious young man who wants to appear mature and important and his treatment of humans is due to the fact that he simply doesn't know any better?
** He's said repeatedly in both series that he left Gallifrey because he didn't approve of how the Time Lords treated time and lesser species. Yet he shows an awful lot of those Time Lord traits in early serials until he spends enough time stuck with the human intruders on his ship that he learns to like them and softens up. In later stories, he seems to revert back to a bit of the old Time Lord FantasticRacism when he's in a ''really'' foul mood. So, did he always have the high ideals he shows (or claims) in the later seasons, or merely high ideals by Time Lord standards? Did he have them, then lose sight of them because Susan couldn't challenge him when he crossed the line, as other companions would down the line? Or does he just claim higher ideals and reasons to keep everyone's trust and assuage his own guilt over the violence that follows him wherever he goes? When he [[spoiler:removes his War incarnation from Doctor-dom]], is he ashamed of [[spoiler:his actions]], or merely hiding from them, pretending they don't exist so he can keep claiming to be the better man?
* The Doctor in general: is he closer to several different people who all share the same unbroken set of memories but who have entirely separate personalities, or one person with one overarching personality, whose changes in characterization between regenerations is due to different aspects of that single personality being emphasized or downplayed depending on the incarnation? Viewers who lean heavily towards the second theory tend to be rather befuddled by fans who like one incarnation but dislike another.
** The claim from [[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTimewyrmRevelation Timewyrm: Revelation]] that the previous Doctors live in the Doctors mind does add a lot to this.
* In regards to Eleven's treatment of Clara: is he genuinely trying to protect her because he fears her dying again and is still scarred by his separation from the Ponds, or is he being creepy, obsessive, and depriving her of her agency by withholding information she really ought to know. Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS especially divided fans on that last point.
* The show provides one with the War Doctor. Is he a version of the Doctor who [[MoralEventHorizon crossed the line]], meaning he is the BlackSheep of the Doctors and doesn't even deserve the name? Or is he someone who [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what he had to]], considering the Sisterhood of Karn told the Eighth Doctor before he made the choice the Universe was being torn apart by the Time War? The War and future Doctors seem to think both. Despite being treated with dread, the War Doctor showed he would only have been reluctantly willing to destroy Gallifrey after seeing he would still turn out good and the Doctor realises on his own he wouldn't have a choice. By the end the future Doctors decide the War Doctor was the Doctor most of all, and he knows he is the Doctor again.
* The Twelfth Doctor - are those ocassional situations where he leaves Clara on her own SecretTestofCharacter that might rightfully be classified as patronizing mindgames, or does he simply know that she is capable and willing to use her abilities in a pinch, because he respects her? Did he get "darker", or is he simply less afraid to show his imperfections and the rougher edges of his personality that were there all along, in line with Vashtra's speech, just downplayed to avoid weirding out the companions? Are his quips about Clara's appearance due to [[InnocentlyInsensitive scatterbrainedness]], an inability to perceive her as attractive, or at least partially deliberate payback after her remarks about his new face hit him straight in the ego? Is his interest in Clara purely platonic, or is he [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy simply holding back for fear of ruining her life?]] Is he a bad influence on her that is turning her into a callous adrenaline junkie, or did the two simply have similar personalities to begin with, including character flaws like ego and secretiveness but also their good traits? et cetera et cetera.
* The Eighth Doctor in "The Night of the Doctor". Was he trying to save Cass by staying on the ship till it crashed? Or effectively killing himself out of despair, feeling he should do so if he was unable to save anybody?

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* Rose Tyler. A book dumb but brilliant girl who was loving and caring, and helped the Doctor recover from the pain of his war, but with human flaws? Or a BitchInSheepsClothing who cares nothing about her friends and family, cannot take responsibility and is unable to cope without the Doctor? Or a mix of both?
** A lot of the criticisms that Amy faces can be said the same for Rose, but RTD fans seem to overlook because Rose was their first companion.
** The fact that it seems Rose gets whatever she wants annoys fans. Create a paradox and almost destroy the universe? Get a second chance, despite the episode before, the Doctor kicked someone off the Tardis for trying to do that. Lose your dad? Get him back but this time, he's rich. Trapped in a different dimension away from your boyfriend? Have your rich father create a device that allows you to dimension hop. Can't be with the man you love? Hook up with his clone. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o95ZDRQ_hfM This video]] from Welshy really illustrates this view.
** Something that a lot of people don't pick up on is that in "Journey's End" Rose clearly says she was working on travelling back to her world despite the Doctor saying this would destroy both worlds. Before that in "Doomsday" when the Doctor says returning would destroy both worlds her reaction is [[ItsAllAboutMe "So?"]] Is this really admirable and loving behaviour or a dangerous obsession?
* Amy Pond has been getting a lot of this. Is she a quirky girl/young woman who never quite fit in and has found someone like her in the Doctor? Or a somewhat unbalanced, obsessive woman who can't relate to anybody easily because she's just spent ''that long'' devoting her life to waiting for the Doctor? How much of this is directly because of her abandonment by the Doctor, and how much is just her?
** And then there's the issue of how she had a psychic parasite living in her house and actively absorbing her memories from her formative years through to adulthood...
*** On top of that, [[spoiler: the crack kept pouring the Universe through her dreams.]] The Doctor says that affected her memory; did it affect anything else?
** And now she [[spoiler: remembers all sorts of complicated events that never really happened; what would ''that'' do to your mind?]]
*** And others can't help but interpret her as a [[BitchInSheepsClothing horrible]] [[BrokenBird person]] due to that time she tried to seduce the Doctor the night before her wedding ''with her wedding dress hanging on the wardrobe.'' And does she really deserve Rory's UndyingLoyalty when it takes near-death experiences for her to show him affection? She had a terrible case of cold feet about the wedding and at the end of the series is pretty open to kissing the Doctor in front of him. She can also been seen as having an attachment disorder.
**** Then on top of that, the show throws the possibility out there it was pure adrenaline and not in character for Amy. And this brings us to Rory- how much does he actually like his relationship with the openly-flirty Amy? Is he just willing to put up with it because he loves her ''that much'', or does he not mind much as long as it stays at the flirting level? In general, series 5 is... ''debatable''.
***** Also, does Rory's love for Amy border on LovingAShadow? She's (on the surface at least) a beautiful and funny young woman, and Rory is clearly amazed by his good fortune but at times seems pretty willfully ignorant of her flaws. And then he waited 2000 years for her, and that's got to be hard to live up to.
* This carries on another of Eleven's major companions, River Song. Is she an egotistical psychopath who cares more about herself and the Doctor than doing what's good? Should she be pitied because of his twisting path and time-line which has blasted every possibility of a normal life from her? Is she too dependent on the Doctor, to the point where he's her only reason for being, and if that's true, should we interpret this as just part of her character, or [[GirlsNeedRoleModels a bad thing]]? Or considering that she teaches at a university and willingly breaks in and out of prison, is she ''independent'' and free to do as she likes, which occasionally involves the Doctor?

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is an example of Alternate Character Interpretation within a series, thanks to being portrayed by [[TheNthDoctor thirteen different actors]] (in canon, anyway) and a slew of writers, directors and producers over half a century, the Doctor has received every interpretation imaginable, from eccentric wanderer, to a literal god, and everything in-between. Not to mention the various speculations on the nature of the Doctor's relationship with various companions.
* Apropos "Night of the Doctor", Website/SFDebris floated a theory about regeneration trauma on his site's blog. Time Lords are meant to regenerate on their home soil of Gallifrey. The TARDIS, while equipped for emergency regenerations, is a poor substitute.
* "The End of Time" adds a bit of this for TheMaster, who up to that point had mostly come across as a CardCarryingVillain with extra FoeYay, with TheReveal that [[spoiler:the drumming that had been driving him insane throughout the appearances of his incarnation played by Creator/JohnSimm was implanted by the other Time Lords as a GambitRoulette to get themselves out of the Time War.]] Whether you think this is a StableTimeLoop or not (i.e., [[spoiler:the drums were the reason for his insanity in the old series as well]]) can change him from a borderline Complete Monster who happens to be a victim to a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. [[spoiler:Though either way, the Time Lords were ''bastards'' for doing that to him.]]
* Christina's meant to be seen as a adrenaline junkie FemmeFatale with a heart of gold but can be more easily seen as a borderline sociopath when you notice she had no regrets about getting her partner arrested, is extremely selfish, arguably kissed the Doctor just to manipulate him and only wanted to come along because the police were about to catch her.
* Some fans theorize that Rassilon was benevolent at one point, partially because he was one of the founders of Time Lord Society, and partly because there is canon of another Time Lord whose dark side attempted a takeover. On the flipside, while in the canon Time Lord society as a whole certainly ''thought'' he was benevolent, but the show itself strongly implied he was just a NotQuiteDead VillainWithGoodPublicity, with both appearances of the character being egotistical megalomaniacs; it is also speculated / implied that Omega's accident that got him trapped in the Anti-Matter verse [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident was actually engineered by Rassilon himself.]] The darker views of his character were [[IKnewIt wholly endorsed]] by "The End of Time".
** Is Timothy Dalton's character really Rassilon [[FaceHeelTurn fallen to the Dark side?]] Or is he just an arrogant dictator who took Rassilon's name to make himself sound important? (Bear in mind he's credited not as "Rassilon" but merely as "The President"). WordOfGod says he's the real Rassilon, having at some point re-emerged and reclaimed control, but since it was never said onscreen DeathOfTheAuthor applies.
*** It is confirmed he is the real Rassilon in the novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesOfWar "Engines of War"]] though. Although since this is technically part of the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse and not the television series proper, this one can depend on whether you view the novels as 'canon' or not.
* The Bad Wolf. Is it Rose using the power of the time vortex to save the Doctor, or the time vortex controlling the mind of Rose to stop the Daleks?
** Or given the events of "The Doctor's Wife", is it in fact the will of [[spoiler: The TARDIS]]?
-->'''Bad Wolf:''' I want you safe. My Doctor.
*** Or The Moment?
* The Beast, from "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit". Is it actually the Whoniverse's version of the Devil, who fought before time against the followers of God, the Disciples of Light, and has inspired all the devils in every religion? Or is the Beast simply an incredibly powerful and evil being who lies to cash in on fears of religion's Satanic figures, so that the scared humans are more easy to defeat and influence? There's evidence for both, and by the end even the Doctor doesn't seem completely sure.
** Speaking of The Beast, there was his possession of Toby. At times it seems like The Beast moved on to someone else, but Toby ends up becoming possessed again later. Was The Beast simply pretending to be Toby in order to expedite its escape? Or was it [[UnwittingPawn intentionally letting Toby go]] [[EvilIsPetty just so it could fuck with him as much as the rest of the crew?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z57Wktiu5Qc This]] Website/YouTube video of a Doctor Who Confidential offers one for Madame Kovarian: a woman "of a certain age" who never had any children of her own. It seems to be suggesting that not only will [[spoiler: Melody/River]] be raised to be a weapon, but also that Madame Kovarian intends to make [[spoiler: Melody/River]] into something of a [[DaddysLittleVillain Mommy's Little Villain]].
* Elton, from "Love & Monsters" - despite several references to LINDA and Clom in later episodes seemingly contradicting this, it is commonly believed that Elton is insane, and is imagining the events of this episode (perhaps in order to deal with [[spoiler: his mother's death]]).
** Alternately, the events happened ([[UnreliableNarrator mostly]]) as described, but Elton's mind completely shattered was after [[spoiler: witnessing Ursula's death and he's simply talking to an empty paving slab, since only ''he'' ever sees her, while the camera recording him only sees the slab from behind)]].
** The funny thing about Love & Monsters is that it's a rare episode where this trope isn't so much YMMV as deliberately invoked. We know the scenes with the camera HUD overlaid actually happened. Elton filmed them, we're looking at the footage as captured. We also know that at least one of the scenes, right near the top of the episode, with the Hoix and the bucket, definitely didn't happen as broadcast because it was patently ludicrous. The cards are on the table right from the start that this is a potentially unreliable account of what actually happened, but it never quite takes a side on how much was real and how much was in Elton's head.
* The series as a whole - is it about an ancient alien travelling time and space in a dimensionally transcendent box, or is it about the people who he travels with and how he changes them? Arguments could be made for both sides.
* Did the Time Lords grant the Doctor a new set of regenerations out of the goodness of their hearts due to all the good things he's done, or did they do it because the Doctor is the only one who can get them out from where they are now?
* The Sisterhood of Karn. A group of wise individuals in the [[RightManInTheWrongPlace right place and time]] to give the Doctor the final push he needed to enter the Time War, or a group of [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative bastards]] who engineered the entire scenario [[FridgeHorror to begin with?]] The audience is [[TheUnreveal never told]] ''what'' caused Cass' ship to crash so close to Karn and it seems ''highly'' suspicious that they happened to have prepared all those regeneration potions - including the specially made one for the War Doctor - in less time than it took to retrieve their bodies from the wreckage? Remember also that in the previous appearance from the Sisterhood of Karn in "The Brain of Morbius", they were forcing all ships that flew near to crash in order to protect themselves (the Doctor's condition for helping restore the Flame was that 'it's got to stop').
** It seemed to be a combination of preserving their own existence by sending someone who could turn around the Time War (i.e., the Doctor,) and repaying their debt to said someone for restoring their eternal flame, stopping Morbius, etc. etc.
* TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity hinted at this trope with the card "A madman who lives in a police box and kidnaps women".
* The regeneration between the Second to the Third Doctor was caused directly by the Time Lords as punishment. Much fun can be had trying to {{Fan Wank}} out just how much of the Third Doctor's - and, for that matter, the personality of all future Doctors - personality is the Doctor's himself, and how much of it was deliberately engineered by the Time Lords to rehabilitate him... or even to influence him into becoming the Fourth Doctor, constantly used by the Time Lords as a very effective BoxedCrook.
* The Telos Novellas like to deliberately stretch the Doctors' characterisations a bit in order to more directly explore what is implied by each Doctor's subcultural theme. For instance, the Second Doctor, who had a Beatles-inspired look, gets to fight evil LSD in San Fransisco in the Summer of Love. The Fourth Doctor, intended as a bohemian, gets a story in which he gets to spend much of the story quoting 19th Century poetry, thinking about 19th Century music and being [[ByronicHero the kind of main character]] and having [[GothicHorror the kind of experiences]] associated with late 19th Century authors.
* The [[MissingEpisode rejected book]] ''Campaign'' exploits this for {{Metafiction}}. Various versions of Ian, Barbara and Susan appear, sometimes even using different names (such as Cliff, Lola and Mandy, or Susan English, or "Dr. Who") or with different professions (one Ian is not a science teacher but a physicist, another Barbara is an art teacher, one Susan is a rocker girl who had a teenage pregnancy, chain-smokes, wears a lot of leather and insists on being called "Sue", and "Tony" and "Amy" are (incestuous) brother and sister. Even within the narrative itself, there are elements of this - for instance, some of the members of the TARDIS crew remember Ian fighting alongside Alexander the Great, genociding innocent people, and have difficulty reconciling this with his usual noble personality. [[MindScrew It's a weird book.]]
* The ''Short Trips'' story "Nothing at the End of the Lane" is based around the idea that Susan is just a normal child being abused by her mad grandfather, and Barbara finds her murdered at the end before going into a Police Box to call the police. Barbara herself has a mental illness that leads to her experiencing periods of detachment from reality that she calls 'episodes', during which she experiences dreamlike fantasy images of aliens and history.
* In "The Unquiet Dead", the Gelth - evil conquerors with no regard to sanctity of other life, or just one of many beings driven mad by the Time War, trying desperately to cling to life themselves?
* From ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', the Neverpeople. Are they a lot of selfish beings who want to take revenge on the Universe for what the Time Lords did to them? Or have they been driven mad by isolation in a timeless universe and do they genuinely think destroying the Web of Time will better the Universe? For all we know not all the Neverpeople agreed to the scheme and it is just being orchestrated by the most zealous.
* Are the Divergence a terrifying race that Rassilon locked away to protect his people? Or were they just a potential threat that he overreacted over? The Doctor even points out that Rassilon is trying to destroy them now because of what they'll do to him if they escape.
* The Society portrayed in "The End of the World". The fact that religion is banned is meant as a good thing by the writer, who sees it as they have OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions. However it could easily be seen as an oppressive and bigoted regime. Would the Doctor still be fine with this if they had banned atheism?
* In [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], did the Time Lords give the Doctor a brand new regeneration cycle out of gratitude for his actions in Day of the Doctor, because they empathized with Clara's words, or because they simply needed the Doctor alive since he's the only one who can help them return? Since there's more than one of them, it could be all of the above.
** Given that in the future Trenzalore the Doctor and Clara saw, featuring his tomb, I have always understood it that that was in an alternate timeline, one where Clara had not yet jumped into his timestream. So Clara talking to the Time Lords definitely had something to do with it, because obviously that future was averted; the Doctor did not die (permanently).
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon "Kill the Moon"]]:
** Was the Doctor as ignorant of the outcome as he says, or did he know what would happen all along and pretended he didn't to pose a SecretTestOfCharacter? In the dialogue where he expresses his inability to see what will happen, he happens to namedrop the exact outcome (the Moon in the future being a different one), is this coincidence or a sign that he knows more than he says?
** Did Clara stop the countdown because she couldn't kill the Moon creature, or to save her own skin - seeing as the Doctor returned only after the bomb would have exploded?
* In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress "Mummy on the Orient Express"]], did the Doctor really save everyone? Or just Clara and Perkins? How exactly he managed to get everyone into the TARDIS is never shown, and he specifically asks Clara if it's easier to think of him as not heartless.
** This refers both to this point, the point about the 12th doctor's interpretation, and the Kill the Moon points. The 12th Doctor seems to be looking back at the 7th Doctor, who, whether or not you consider him a chess master or a joker, certainly was more manipulative and a bit darker than other Doctors. It might be a Scottish thing. He's still a good (as good as the Doctor can get) man, and he still goes to save other planets, etc. but he doesn't have as many qualms about other people's feelings.
*** And truthfully, when the 12th Doctor agonizes about whether or not he's a 'good man,' it almost seems like he remembers the times he manipulated other people, (Curse of Fenric, anyone?) and is terrified he'll end up becoming that again.
* [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E12DeathInHeaven "Death in Heaven"]]:
** The morality of all things Clara.
** Danny's final ReasonYouSuckSpeech - Correct, deserved, understandable bitterness in the face of death and betrayal, the former but [[MurderTheHypotenuse directed at the wrong person]] (in the sense that he should be upset at ''Clara'' for lying and not putting him first), or [[SoreLoser unnecessarily petty]]? Or intentionally being too harsh in an attempt to make the Doctor dial it back, for Clara's safety?
** The cafe scene, in which Clara and the Doctor part ways - indicative of both their unconditional caring for each other, fundamental unhealthiness of their interactions, normal/acceptable display of human (and Time Lord) imperfection and fallibility that will be easily remedied by the Christmas Special, or something in between?
** Even discussed in the episode proper when the Doctor mentions and rejects various potential interpretations of his person and sort of comes away with "not perfect, but most definitely not interested in megalomania".
* Cessair of Diplos in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E3TheStonesOfBlood ''The Stones of Blood'']] is, on the face of it, an alien criminal who happens to be in posession of the third segment of the Key to Time, disguised as the Great Seal of Diplos and will stop at nothing to prevent the Doctor from obtaining it. But the story hints that there's more than this than meets the eye: is she an agent of the Black Guardian who is trying to stop the Doctor getting the segment on the Guardian's behalf? Maybe, but a third explanation arises from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor ''The Armageddon Factor'']]: Cessair was a false agent of the Black Guardian. She was given the task of stealing the Great Seal, supposedly to stop the Doctor getting his hands on it, but actually to help him. The Guardian's plan was to trick the Doctor into giving him the complete Key. By this reasoning, Cessair stole the Great Seal, and was actually doing what would have been the dirty work. End result: the Doctor has the relatively easy job of recovering the Seal from a criminal as opposed to stealing it from its proper home on Diplos. Cessair got turned to stone for her efforts. The Doctor was then able to seek the remaining segments.