Incarnations of the Time Lord known as the Doctor introduced after the revival of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in 2005, posted in regeneration order.

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->''"[[BadassCreed Never cruel, nor cowardly. Never give up, never give in.]]"''

* {{Adorkable}}: It came and went with Classic Doctors, but it's become permanent after Eccleston.
** Even the War Doctor engaged in this. His overall personality was grim and applied, but he was nearing the shift toward the adorkable phase. He seemed interested in the fez that fell through the time window, and had a doting grandpa moment when he confused his future selves as companions. Better yet, he made snappy jokes at his captors. He also grinned like a delighted child when he sonicked the memory controls in the Black Archive because it was probably the first time in that life he got to act like his old self again and make peace instead of war. Overall, War was a very humorous and well-meaning chap. But the icing on the cake was when War started cheering with unadulterated delight when he learned that saving Gallifrey was still possible. And after saving Gallifrey, the last problem he ran into was [[DudeWheresOurCar which TARDIS was his among the other Doctors' police boxes.]]
** The Ninth Doctor, easily the most serious of all the New Doctors, head-bopped to Soft Cell in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End of the World"]] and had two uncomfortable first attempts at dancing in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]]. Also the moments of slightly awkward, raw emotional honesty ("I could save the world but lose you."; "You just assume I'm... You just assume I don't... 'dance'.") and the sweet, childlike glee and [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee fanboyish squee]] he's capable of.
--->'''Ninth Doctor:''' Just this morning you were all tiny and small and made of clay! Now you can expand!
** The Tenth Doctor is particularly Adorkable when he whips out the PurelyAestheticGlasses.
** Eleven thinks he's much cooler than he really is. See "WHO DA MAN?!" and "{{Bowties are cool}}!" Also, his dance moves.
** Twelve seems a bit bashful when on the receiving end of a hug, and keeps up Eleven's dorky dancing.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Eleven learns that he's known as "The Predator of the Daleks", by the Daleks ''themselves''.
* TheAtoner: Previously, the Doctor saved planets for the fun of it, as well as out of a hazy sense of justice. Prior to "Day of the Doctor", the Doctor was driven to make up for every single death he supposedly caused during the Time War. (See "Deus Angst Machina" below)
* BerserkButton: He HATES Daleks. How much depends on the Doctor: Ten was more willing to forgive, while Nine and Eleven hate them with a passion. Whereas Eleven tries to negotiate/scare them into fleeing (granted, after attacking a tea-bearing Dalek with a spanner), Nine flies into a rage and stays that way, ''literally'' foaming at the mouth. War? They're dead the ''second'' he runs into them... or they run into him. Twelve is closer to Ten: he hates them just as much as his previous selves, but some part of him wants to believe that they can be redeemed.
* BigDamnKiss: Started with Nine's final episode, and has been repeated many times over since then. Ten usually had it happen to him unexpectedly. Eleven actively loves kissing people left and right.
* BiTheWay: WordOfGod from both Creator/RussellTDavies and Creator/StevenMoffat has stated that gender doesn't much matter to the Doctor or to Time Lords in general. Creator/NeilGaiman later confirmed that Time Lords sometimes change sex when they regenerate, which gives some cultural context for the idea. Nine and Eleven (who both happily kiss their male companions) are a bit more obvious about it than Ten.
** The idea was carried over from the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'', in which the Eighth Doctor is blatantly bisexual and spends a lot of time kissing his companions regardless of their gender. ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'', which was supposed to be an official continuation of the classic series, had [[RichardEGrant a different Ninth Doctor]] and [[DerekJacobi the Master]] as a couple (though it's subtle enough that PaulCornell needed to confirm it via WordOfGay). Although Eccleston's Ninth Doctor essentially overrides Grant's, the road was paved for massive amounts of HoYay between the Tenth Doctor and John Simm's Master. (It should be noted that Cornell also intended as unspoken back-story for the Shalka Doctor that he recently lost a wife back on Gallifrey, hence his sour disposition and reluctance to engage emotionally with the android Master or the new companion until right when the serial was about over, so it was easy to miss the nuances.)
* CartwrightCurse: If he offers you the chance to come with him after an adventure, you're (relatively) safe. If he makes the offer when you're in the middle of one, you have a very good chance of being a MauveShirt.
-->'''Rory:''' Every time the Doctor gets pally with someone, I feel the urge to notify their next of kin.
* CatchPhrase: "Run!". Nine, Ten, and Eleven all have used this on multiple occasions.
** The Ninth Doctor's first line in the revived series was actually "Run!"
** The Tenth Doctor split this suggestion between his allies and his opponents.
---> '''Doctor''': But in fairness, I'll give you one bit of free advice... Run!
** The Eleventh invokes this when facing the Atraxi.
---> '''Doctor''': I'm the Doctor. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Basically... Run!]]
** This evolution from caution to threat is a major part of the Doctor's darkening spiral that leads to several races outright ''fearing'' the Doctor.
*** Avoided with the War Doctor. As the steadfast warrior incarnation, he does ''NOT'' run, since he isn't bound by the same principles of the Doctor to flee.
* TheCowl: On the one hand, the Doctor is a hero who protects children and saves the day. But equally, he does it by being even scarier than the monsters. This process began a bit with the Seventh Doctor's ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures]]'' novels and was cemented by Nine's "Oncoming Storm" speech.
* CrazySane: As noted in StepfordSmiler below, Creator/MattSmith believes the Doctor, especially the Eleventh, tends to act absolutely [[CloudCuckoolander bonkers]] simply as a defense mechanism to stop himself from going ''really'' [[SanitySlippage off the deep end]].
* CreepyGood: The Seventh Doctor was already ''plenty'' creepy in the classic series, Eight's [[TranquilFury eerily tranquil moments of anger]] followed by [[RageBreakingPoint frothing outbursts]] in the Big Finish audios made him go from creepy to chilling, and War, Nine, Ten, and Eleven add quite a few more notable moments. War's very presence on a battlefield made a whole Dalek platoon abort a mass extermination to find him because they ''knew'' they were toast if they ignored him (they still got wiped out when the War Doctor brutally ran them down with his TARDIS), Nine scared the bumps off an entire army of Daleks, Ten became intensely scary during "The Waters Of Mars", and Eleven's extremely secretive nature terrifies his companions at times. But Twelve, dear God, ''Twelve''... he scares '''himself''' with his own inner darkness and starts questioning if he's good at all.
* DeathSeeker: The first four revival Doctors have been more inclined to self-sacrifice than their predecessors (War had no intention of living through the Time War but the Moment judged that he would live; Nine admitted that he didn't actually choose to survive the end of the Time War). Neither Ten nor Eleven appreciates an outside force telling them YourDaysAreNumbered, but they're still pretty cavalier about their own survival.
** The Ninth has subtle shades of this in his first few appearances; after the Time War, he seems almost gleeful at the prospect of mortal danger.
*** Unless he dies in a dungeon... [[AcceptableTargets in Cardiff.]]
*** His first reaction to a distant scream is to run towards it:
----> '''Doctor''': ''That's'' more like it!
** Ten catches a bit of this after his separation from Rose. Especially in series 4, where he regularly attempts [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifices]] and puts his life in danger. Toward the very end of his life, though, he became very attached to this regeneration and goes to questionable lengths to keep it. Probably because WordOfGod confirmed that Ten only lasted ''nine years'' in-universe. [[note]]Six years, plus three more on Volag-Noc.[[/note]]
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: In a sense, Time Lord regeneration has been [[TakingYouWithMe weaponized]] -- a far cry from the kaleidescope dirt naps of previous Doctors. The new regeneration effect is a massive buildup and release of energy. War's regeneration was the first to erupt with a flood of energy spouting from his arms and head. When Nine died, he warned Rose to keep at a safe distance, and Ten's expelled radiation and energy blasts caused the TARDIS console room to explode. Eleven receives a power-up from Gallifreyan benefactors, giving him enough juice to blast a Dalek fleet to smithereens.
* DeusAngstMachina: The War Doctor, when presented with a chance to undo the time lock on Gallifrey and TakeAThirdOption, is given pause once he considers how many lives he ''saved'' because of his guilt over killing his people. He elects to save them anyway -- but the parting of the Doctors will erase each of their memories. This means that once the War Doctor regenerates, he will damn the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors to centuries of guilt for a genocide they ''think'' they caused. "I'll have to live with that."
* FallenAngel: The War Doctor and, to some extent, the [=10th=] Doctor. More to the point, the popularity of handsome, beatific David Tennant coupled with his Doctor's frequent about-faces in morality contributed, in an odd way, to his HazyFeelTurn later on down the line.
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: These Doctors have a bad habit of regenerating while the TARDIS is still in mid-flight. Ten's landing was particularly rocky, bouncing around the streets of Rose's tower block like a pinball. Eleven nearly pitched himself out through the front door, flailed around while the ship hurtled across London's skyline, managed to claw his way back into the console room, fell ''through'' the console room and into the TARDIS' upturned swimming pool, and finally landed in someone's garden... [[ParkingProblems sideways]]. Poor Twelve is struck by an inopportune senior moment when glancing at the controls, causing the TARDIS to become swallowed by a dinosaur(!).
** The War Doctor regenerated mid-flight as well, though we don't see the outcome of that one.
* FisherKing: A non-magical example. The War Doctor and his TARDIS become shabby from lack of upkeep, with a dingy, bare-bones TARDIS console cobbled together from scrap, and restoring the original roundels to signal a return to his scientific roots. Nothing too fancy, not even a whole lot of order to where things are placed. In his Ninth and Tenth incarnations, the Doctor begins to flesh out the console room into a coral layout, but it arguably gets a lot less inviting as he sulks from postwar trauma, looking shabbier than ever, with exposed wiring, rusty rails, and mechanical groans. Mind you, the Tenth does ''not'' appreciate people calling attention to it (he hits the roof when Wilfred criticizes his housekeeping, and again when War is aghast to see Ten has "let this place go a bit" and Eleven dismisses it all as his counterpart's "[[PostCyberpunk grunge phase]]"). The [=11th=] Doctor finds himself with a new lease on life, and the TARDIS changes into a brightly-lit rumpus room to reflect this frivolity.
** In "The Snowmen" we see that after the loss of Amy and Rory the Doctor has remodeled the TARDIS interior with a darker colour scheme, the decoration has become more spartan and sterile and he's not bothering to turn on the lights. It has ''[[BlatantLies nothing]]'' to do with his depression, [[SarcasmMode seriously!]]
*** But then Twelve comes along following the revelation he has saved Gallifrey and decides the TARDIS needs some elegance and warmth again. He changes the time rotor lighting to an inviting amber and sets up all sorts of shelves and furniture, making the room ''far'' more attractive and pleasant. It's now cozy and padded, taking the best bits from every console room of the series.
* TheFogOfAges: His age was always uncertain in the classic era, largely due to Who's lax attitude to continuity. For the new series they fixed on 900 years, give or take a few, until Eleven jumped several centuries during his life.
-->'''War Doctor:''' How old are you now?\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' I don't know...I lose track. Twelve hundred and something unless I'm lying. I can't remember if I'm lying about my age, that's how old I am.
* FriendToAllChildren: Every Doctor has a soft spot for children, especially 11. The one thing that haunts the War Doctor is how many children will die if he activates the Moment. Come Twelve's time, though he may be the most abrasive and aloof regeneration of the revival series thus far, even he can still connect with them, as seen in "Listen." Generally speaking, this seems to be the one trait that transcends every shift in personality.
* GoingNative: The groundwork was already there in the classic series, but post-Time War Earth really is the closest thing to a home he's got. Ten came close to outright saying this in "Voyage of the Damned"; Twelve basically ''did'' say it in "In the Forest of the Night", referring to Earth as his planet.
* HeelRealization: Has perfected being a TechnicalPacifist, but eventually realizes this ''can be'' much more insidious than simply killing people.
** Twelve in particular has begun questioning his morality, wondering aloud whether he is a 'good man'.
* TheHomewardJourney: Since the epilogue of "Day of the Doctor", his primary mission is finding Gallifrey and freeing its people for good. It's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption not going too well]].
* HurtingHero: The Time War left very deep emotional scars. In one line of dialog Moffat manages to say everything you need to know about the New Doctor, and it's [[YouRemindMeOfX not even the Doctor who's talking]]: ("The Empty Child")
-->"Before this war I was a father and a grandfather. Now I’m neither. But I’m still a Doctor."
* InsecureLoveInterest: More often than not.
* InternalHomage: So far, each of the revival series Doctors have inherited traits from and taken inspiration from a particular classic series Doctor.
** The War Doctor is somewhat an homage to [[Creator/WilliamHartnell Hartnell's]] First Doctor: a curmudgeonly, critical old man who is exasperated by his younger companions, but who has a hidden heart of gold underneath. 1 and War both remarked they were "wearing a bit thin", with One stubbornly putting off regeneration, but War was actually happy about running out his natural body clock. He also echoes a bit of the Third Doctor in the sense that they both are militant men of action and prefer finding [[{{Technobabble}} technical]] solutions to problems.
** The Ninth Doctor is most similar to [[Creator/TomBaker Tom Baker's]] Fourth Doctor, with his wacky demeanor, toothy grin, deep voice and [[DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks refusal to]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays destroy the Daleks]]. Christopher Eccleston [[http://www.whoviannet.co.uk/info/didyouknow.php is quoted as having watched]] the Fourth Doctor serial [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"]] to prepare for his role.
*** Eccleston is considered by some to be a refinement of Creator/ColinBaker's controversial Sixth Doctor: An impatient, sharp-tongued fellow who gradually cools as the audience grows to trust him. Indeed, the 9th Doctor's sojourns to Satellite 5 ([[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf"]]) are essentially a modernized retelling of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros "Vengeance on Varos"]]. In [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS1E3TheUnquietDead}} "The Unquiet Dead"]], he meets and inspires a famed fiction writer from the 19th century, just like Six did in [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS22E5Timelash}} "Timelash"]]. In his sixth adventure, he's duped by a distress signal sent from a captive Dalek, similar to the Sixth Doctor's plight in Big Finish's ''Jubilee''. Even Colin Baker himself has commented that the Ninth is the sort of Doctor he wished he'd [[ExecutiveMeddling been allowed to play]].
** The Tenth Doctor is most similar to [[Creator/PeterDavison Davison's]] Fifth Doctor, whom David Tennant grew up watching. Both Doctors are the most emotional and human, deadly-accurate with a cricket ball, have bad luck with commuter planes, put glasses on when focusing, broke their sonic screwdrivers, inexplicably wear trainers to accompany their formal wardrobes, semi-frequently encounter the Master, and face [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E6TheCavesOfAndrozani tragic endings]] to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime their lives]]. (Most of these traits are lampshaded when the Doctors [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash meet up]].) Davies' [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E11Utopia}} "Utopia"]] also owes a debt to [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS21E3Frontios}} "Frontios"]], in which the TARDIS “drifts too far into the future” and discovers a colony of humans struggling to survive on the outer rim. Other obvious homages include [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS19E5BlackOrchid}} "Black Orchid"]]/[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp}} "The Unicorn and the Wasp"]] (Merchant Ivory whodunnits) and [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead}} "Mawdryn Undead"]]/[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E3SchoolReunion}} "School Reunion"]] (both set at a boarding school and showcasing a semi-retired companion).
*** [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii}} A Scotsman and a redhead visit Pompeii and argue over the morality of their foreknowledge of the future]]. Sound familiar? It's also the premise of Big Finish's ''The Fires of Vulcan''. Yes, Ten also channels a good bit of the [=7th=] Doctor--not just from audios but also the ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures New Adventures]]'' novels: When he says that there is no higher authority than him (as he does ''many'' times, including his first proper adventure on New Earth), it is exactly the same tone the Seventh Doctor takes in numerous NA books. The "Human Nature" two-parter was adapted by Cornell from his book of the same name, while the script for [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead}} "Planet of the Dead"]] used Gareth Roberts' ''The Highest Science'' as a starting point. Other call backs included [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS2E7TheIdiotsLantern}} "The Idiot's Lantern"]] ([[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E3DeltaAndTheBannermen}} riding a muscle bike with his poodle skirt-wearing companion in tow]]) and [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E3Gridlock}} "Gridlock"]] (happening upon [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS24E2ParadiseTowers}} an old lesbian couple living in a J. G. Ballard-esque dystopia]]). Like Creator/SylvesterMcCoy, Tennant started out his tenure as a manic, Vaudevillian goofball before slowly transitioning into a sinister, more calculating figure.
*** These comparisons can be seen even in the Tenth Doctor's companions. His partner during this late phase is Donna Noble, a middle-class hothead who shares a lot in common with Five's Tegan. The Seventh Doctor's most famous companion, Ace [=McShane=], was a handy template for Rose Tyler (as happily observed by Sophie Aldred herself).
** The Eleventh Doctor most resembles Creator/PatrickTroughton, right down to the bow tie and awkward, clownish demeanor. Matt Smith's favorite classic Doctor serial is the Second Doctor's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen Tomb of the Cybermen]]. Additionally, the names of their primary companions sound similar (Two had Scottish Jamie and English Zoe, while Eleven had [[GenderFlip Scottish Amy and English Rory]]). Both the Second and the Eleventh Doctors [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E2TheAbominableSnowmen battled]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear against]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen the]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn Great]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor Intelligence]]. And then there's his final episode, "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor Time of the Doctor]]", a.k.a. the longest "Base Under Siege" '''ever'''.
*** There's plenty of Creator/PaulMcGann in Eleven, as well. Both the 8th and 11th Doctors can also run the full gamut of emotions from "Roberto Benigni on uppers" to "duck behind the alley dumpster if he's mad", and get very easily bored or distracted. Neither is above sealing someone's fate or threatening to murder people if angered too far, and they go into humongous LargeHam schlemiels if they're possessed by something evil. Both of them nick their first outfits from a hospital, end up completely dead at one point (Eleven was faking it, Eight really did die), and undergo costume changes from whimsical to darker accented outfits. Near the end of their lives, they've run themselves ragged from combat and their appearances reflect it, and each one is given an opportunity to regenerate in a situation where they would have died once and for all. The outcomes of their regenerations mirror each other in this respect--For Eight, giving up meant renouncing the title of "Doctor"; for Eleven, retirement.
*** From [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]] on, Eleven's new choice of wardrobe color brings the Fourth to mind- having gone from relatively earthy and bright tweed jacket to an ensemble that's mostly varying hues of deep purple; however this may be more to do with his state of mind than a proper homage.
** Twelve draws most of his inspiration from [[Creator/JonPertwee Jon Pertwee's]] Third Doctor. This incarnation has even less patience for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker flatfooted military types]] than he used to, [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionoftheDinosaurs}} tangles with dinosaurs]], and brooks no disrespect from mortals. His interaction with others seems to flit between gentlemanly charm and sledgehammer-like arrogance (see his banter with Robin Hood and Psi for the best examples), and he's inherited Three's DeadpanSnarker tendencies as well. Clara's blossoming romance with Danny Pink adds to the homage; Twelve meddles with Clara's love life much like Three gloomily looked on as Jo and Cliff sealed the deal. Externally, he wears costumes with jewelry and red inner lining. The most blatant sign of this homage is the fact that Twelve's primary antagonist in his first season is a Delgado/Ainley-inspired new regeneration of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E11DarkWater the Master.]]
*** The [=12th=] Doctor is somewhat of an homage to the [=1st=] Doctor, symbolizing a 'reboot' of the character's bimillenial lifespan. (The [=11th=] Doctor expired once his regeneration cycle was up, whereupon he was given a fresh set of lives by the Time Lords.) This incarnation can no longer be defined as the War Doctor, or the Last of the Time Lords, or the "Oncoming Storm." He's starting from square one: [[HistoryRepeats aged, runaway Time Lord in a TARDIS he doesn't know how to fly, with a companion who teaches at Coal Hill School.]] With the addition of ex-solider Danny Pink and absentee student Courtney, he has a complete set. (Barbara, Ian, and Susan, respectively.)
*** His post-regeneration episodes are a cavalcade of references to Four ("A nice long scarf... No, moved on from that. Looks stupid," "Well, here we go again,"), with "Into the Dalek" being a sort of SpiritualSuccessor to [[Recap/{{DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks}} "Genesis of the Daleks"]]. His relating a story about the Leaning Tower of Pisa (*tilts to the side* "It looks okay to me") is a punchline which could easily have come out of Four's mouth.
*** When it comes to dealing with "pudding-brained" species, alas, he shares more in common with Nine. Likewise, he was rated a [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek}} "good Dalek"]] from the horse's mouth (the context is different though. Where the Dalek in "Dalek" was referring to the fact that Nine's rage and want to destroy it made them NotSoDifferent, Rusty sees Twelve as a Dalek that happens to be "good").
** In a Meta way, the War through 12th Doctors have had similarities to the 1st through 6th.
*** The War Doctor, like the 6th, was a violent reaction against a nobler, peace-loving incarnation who perished while trying to save his female companion.
*** The 9th Doctor, like the 3rd, spent most of his era on Earth. He was also very caustic to other people he deemed less capable than him or caused trouble by not listening to him, but had a kind, mellow, very freewheeling disposition as his default mood.
*** The 9th's regeneration story has shades of the 5th's final season: both were put in a situation where they could [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS21E4ResurrectionOfTheDaleks}} save Earth by committing murder]], while [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoNSS1E13ThePartingoftheWays}} their adversary egged them on.]]
*** The 10th Doctor, like the 4th, was extremely well-liked, loud, and eccentric, as well as having a reasonably long run as the Doctor. He could also be quite a goofball, but on the other hand, it was dangerously foolish to make an enemy out of him, because it took a lot of effort to match wits with him and bring him down to size.
*** The 11th Doctor, like the 5th, drew suggestions on how to play the role from Troughton, was the youngest Doctor upon his casting, and had an anniversary special in his tenure in which a former Doctor refused to return, and inversely, the one who refused to return from earlier finally showed up for a cameo in his special. Eleven also acted silly and childish, hiding a mature, fearsome, deliberate, and cunning personality beneath the surface.
*** The 12th Doctor, also like the 6th, appeared in the show before his casting and shares a name with a previous Doctor. He also had a radical change in personality, from a noticeably younger and sweeter man to a darker, more irascible and frightening person- sometimes coming off as an utterly barmy lunatic- that scared his companion, forcing him to rebuild the trust.
** In another Meta way, there are a lot of uncanny parallels between the 3rd and 11th Doctors, and by extension, a few between the 2nd and 10th Doctors.
*** Both 2 and 10 resisted regenerating, even their FamousLastWords reflecting how much they didn't want to change. 2: "No! No! No!" 10: "I don't wanna go!"
*** Both 2 and 10 lost their last regular companions when those companions suffered LaserGuidedAmnesia caused by Time Lords, that erased their memories of their time with the Doctor. As a result, 2 and 10 regenerated without any regular companions with them.
*** 3 and 11 both started fresh with companions they met in their first adventure.
*** For both 3 and 11 their main link to the past being a RecurringCharacter they had met in a previous incarnation (3 had the Brigadier, 11 had River Song). They both had an unusually stable supporting cast for the show, with more than one Companion who was with the Doctor for longer than two full seasons (3 had UNIT, 11 had the Ponds). In [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils}} "The Sea Devils"]]/[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood}} "Cold Blood"]], both Doctors attempted to facilitate FirstContact on earth, but one of the delgates made a wrong decision at a key moment that prevented the possibility of peace. In their second year, both 3 and 11 had several encounters with villains the Doctor had encountered before, but never in the series proper: 3 had the Master, 11 had Madame Kovarian and the Silence. And both 3 and 11 lost their longest lasting female Companion when she chose her husband over the Doctor: for 3 it was Jo Grant, for 11 it was Amy Pond.
*** After losing their longest lasting female Companion, both 3 and 11 have one final year with a new female Companion with three names who is with them when they regenerate. For 3, it's Sarah Jane Smith, for 11 it's Clara Oswin Oswald (whose first name is taken from [[ElisabethSladen Sarah Jane's actress' real middle name]]).
*** Lastly: in their final episode, both 2 and 10 have their regenerations caused, either directly or indirectly, by the malevolence of their fellow Time Lords. Later on, 3 and 11 are somehow barred from regenerating on their own (3 was too sick, 11 exhausted his life cycle), but are saved at the last moment [[BookEnds thanks to the beneficence of their fellow Time Lords.]]
* JadeColoredGlasses: He's getting very old.
-->'''Doctor:''' I'm 907. After a while, you just can't see it.\\
'''Amy:''' See what?!\\
'''Doctor:''' Everything -- I look at a star, there's just a big ball of burning gas, and I know how it began and I know how it ends... and I was probably there both times. After a while, everything is just ''stuff''. That's the problem-- you make all of space and time your backyard, and what do you have? A back-yard. But you -- you can see it. And when you see it, I see it.
* JustFriends: To his companions from Martha onwards. Rose, not quite as much. River is also an exception (given that they're ''married''), if you count her as a "companion".
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Though Classic Series Doctors loved to name-drop, they were much more low-key about meeting famous people. In "The Unquiet Dead", Nine is practically beside himself upon discovering the horse and carriage he's just hopped into and demanded to "[[FollowThatCar Follow that hearse!]]" belongs to none other than ''Creator/CharlesDickens''. His fanboy squeeing even causes him to briefly forget that he's ''supposed'' to be rescuing Rose! Ten boasts of snogging France's most famous mistress, is excited by the prospect of seeing WilliamShakespeare perform live for a crowd, and went into major histrionics when he met Captain Adelaide (though it was very much PlayedForDrama); Eleven was reduced to actual incoherent {{squee}} noises when he finally realised who Melody Pond grew up to be. Eleven also really enjoys watching Amy {{squee}} over befriending Creator/VincentVanGogh.
** Unlike previous Doctors, Ten is fascinated by the whole idea of meeting past and future incarnations of himself, and follows them about like a bad smell. ("Time Crash", "The Next Doctor") Gloriously reversed in the 50th anniversary special: He's already in a foul mood when Eleven turns up, making wisecracks at his torrid love life.
* LastOfHisKind: For centuries, the Doctor thought the others were destroyed in the Time War, and sealed in a time lock for good measure.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: With the exception of The War Doctor, all of their FamousLastWords can also be taken as the actor expressing their thoughts on leaving the role behind on a meta level.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There is more of this in the original series Doctors but the revival Doctors feel it on their better days. The Doctor experiences a lot of heartbreak, but still feels that life is worth living so long as there's something left to see in the Universe. Besides, if he were dead, who would protect the Earth?
* LivingLegend: Known and feared across all of time and space. It's no small thing that the ''Daleks'' refer to him in their ancient legends as "[[TheDreaded The Oncoming Storm]]" and "[[AlwaysABiggerFish The Predator of the Daleks]]".
** Notable in that by this point, he's come to realize this and openly use it against his enemies as a way to attempt ending conflicts without actual fighting; ie: make enemy realize he's The Doctor --> enemy runs away/gives up/puts up far less resistance. Eleven found himself on the fast track of learning how much this ''bit him in the ass.''
* LivingRelic: As the LastOfHisKind.
* MadeOfIron: Ten and Eleven seem to possess some great durability, as they are able to withstand attacks to their bodies and not regenerate because of it. For example, Ten was hit by one of the Master's electro beams and was able to go on, while Eleven was hit with a weakened [[OneHitKill Dalek beam]] and ''survived''.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: He's a madman in a magical box who takes those he meets out of their hum-drum existences to see the wonders of the universe, changing their lives forever.
* MrFanservice: Goes shirtless -- or naked -- with some frequency.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: He knows [[MundaneUtility if there's a mole on his back]] and the color of his ''kidneys''! And he can regrow limbs in the first phase of his regeneration cycle, or [[HandWave whatever]]! And he can [[ExpositionBeam relate his entire life story]] by [[UseYourHead head-butting you]]. This is more common in the revival series, where writers have toyed around with the implications of regeneration.
* PhraseCatcher: Everyone seems to ask "Doctor Who?". It was used in the classic series as well (in episode 1, even) but became more important after Eccleston and Tennant.
* PopularityPower: The Doctor and his TARDIS seem to grow in power as ratings increase. On two occasions, the Tenth Doctor saved the day thanks to hundreds, if not thousands of people chanting his name ("Last of the Time Lords", "The Next Doctor"), and the TARDIS is now a registered tow truck for planets.
* PrecursorKillers: After the Time War since he killed everyone in it. Then a temporal paradox makes him a Precusor ''savior'' that thinks himself to be a killer.
* Really700YearsOld: A RunningGag from the First Doctor onward is that the Doctor is so old that he has trouble calculating his age- and the writers haven't the faintest clue, either.
** The War Doctor billed himself as 800 at the end of his life- either how old he thought he was in general or an approximation how long he fought the Time War and the age of his incarnation. His memory got screwed up after regenerating.
** The Ninth Doctor locks on to 900 exactly at some point following the LaserGuidedAmnesia his predecessor received at the end of his life, this Doctor's estimate coincidentally starting with 9 like his incarnation's billing.
** After regenerating again, the Tenth Doctor begins to count up his age from there, apparently 906 in the end. This would make sense if you went by his tenure (2005-2010; 6 years), but he apparently lived longer than six years because a comment he makes in the animated special "The Infinite Quest" reveals he spent about 3 more years living on Volag-Noc, which he apparently did not factor into his age.
** Once he regenerated again, Eleven lived for a year and gave his age as 907, adding on to what Ten believed he was. Then Eleven spent around 200 years running from the attempt on his life and stopped running at age 1103. Somehow, Eleven kept track of his age on Trenzalore even when growing senile- the siege lasted 900 years according to "[[AllThereInTheManual Tales of Trenzalore]]".
** Twelve stated he was over two thousand, logically adding on to the 1100 or so previously stated by Eleven.
*** The joke became a meta example when Peter Capaldi put down his age in-character as the Doctor as 2055, for a [[http://io9.com/peter-capaldi-wrote-the-doctor-a-report-card-and-it-isn-1588741329 charity sponsored event]]. He filled out a Gallifreyan-styled report card. It displays his real age at the time he was cast as the Doctor, with the Doctor's 2000 years estimate tacked on.
* RunningGag: A few.
** Ten and Eleven are both disappointed they're not ginger post-regeneration.
** The Doctor's relationship with Queen Elizabeth I, as referenced in "The Shakespeare Code", "The End of Time", "The Beast Below", "Amy's Choice", "The Wedding of River Song", and "The Name of The Doctor". Particular attention is drawn to her nickname, and how she "cannot use it anymore". (Interestingly, people always think of the nickname "The Virgin Queen", which points to an obvious conclusion, but the nickname the Doctor actually cites is the much less specific "Good Queen Bess".)
* SadClown: Ten and Eleven, in particular, keep up a bit of an act. The act is dropped with Twelve, however, who no longer hides behind silliness.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Often combined with ScrewDestiny and TakeAThirdOption. Perhaps the most magnificent example occurs in the 50th anniversary special, when the War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors call the War Council of Gallifrey and assure them that they'll do [[RedemptionQuest everything they can to save the planet and its commoners]], [[ScienceHero without so much as firing a shot]]. While the members of the council admire the bravery and resolve of the Doctors, they question the technical feasibility of the idea, and especially the reasoning. Cue the [[HeartwarmingMoments following lines]] from the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor:
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': Because the alternative is [[EarthShatteringKaboom burning]]...
--> '''Tenth Doctor''': ...and [[HeroicBSOD I've seen]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone that]]...
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': ...and [[BadassBoast I never want to see it again!]]
* ShippingTorpedo: The trope is {{played for laughs}} whenever Captain Jack Harkness is around, given that Jack is a LovableSexManiac and an ExtremeOmnisexual. It became a RunningGag that the Doctor (both Nine and Ten) would torpedo Jack's attempts at flirting with, well, everyone.
* StepfordSmiler: A constant with each of the new Doctors. Eleven went so far as to manifest his subconscious, who proceeded to mock his new TARDIS decor, cockamamie outfit and mid-life crisis.
* SuperCellReception: Some Doctors occasionally use the Sonic Screwdriver or other alien tech to give a phone Universal Roaming, allowing it to make a call from anywhere, anywhen to anywhere, anywhen. Without any special dialling code or anything. Only interference either from Satan or the nearby black hole in "The Impossible Planet" is able to put it out of range.
* SurvivorGuilt: The Ninth Doctor left the Time War with a ThousandYardStare. The Tenth and Eleventh also suffer this on occasion, the Tenth in particular after the loss of Rose and River Song but it likely hits him harder as Eleven, and the Eleventh after Rory dies in Season 5 and especially after both Rory AND Amy die (so to speak) in Season 7.
* TerrorHero: The War Doctor simply had to ''appear'' on a battlefield to get his enemies running scared in "The Day of the Doctor". And not long after he had regenerated, the Ninth Doctor held onto that threatening presence in "Rose". It made the Nestene Conciousness freak out because it knew what the Doctor was like during the Time War, which only just ended. The Doctor, fresh out of that war, was stewing with anger and wrath that magnified his menacing qualities even further. Later on, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors both used their reputation to scare off the Vashta Nerada in "Forest of the Dead" and the Atraxi in "The Eleventh Hour" respectively. Finally, in "Deep Breath", the Twelfth Doctor could terrify an emotion-lacking android into acknowledging the human feelings it had acquired by defeating its own logic, or merely freak out a vagabond by acting crazy and just on the sheer scare factor of his scowling face!
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Bananas have been popular with Nine ("Bananas are good!"), Ten ("I think I just invented the Banana Daiquiri!") and Eleven, and all three use the fruit to distract overly gun-happy people with. (This was notably also a favorite tactic of the Eighth Doctor in the novels, before the revival series started. He'd run up to a guard, wielding a banana, and yell "bangbangbangbangbang!" while his companion stole the confused guard's gun.)
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: By the end of the Time War, the conflict had become so unmanageable that the only way out was to destroy ''everything'', either via Rassilon's plan to collapse time into itself--thereby elevating the Time Lords to incorporeal gods--or trapping the planet inside a moment in time, effectively ziploc-bagging the war in perpetuity. The Doctor opted for the latter, leaving him the last Time Lord still alive. Rassilon managed to FlingALightIntoTheFuture in an attempt to revive their homeworld, but as that would also bring back the nightmarish hordes still fighting the war, the Doctor (with help from [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Master]]) put the kibosh on that pretty quick. Thankfully, while the war is still sealed off, Gallifrey survives, somewhere outside the universe; the Daleks destroyed themselves in their own crossfire.
-->'''The Doctor:''' You weren't there. In the final days of the war. You never saw what was born. But if the time lock's broken then ''everything'' is coming through. Not just the Daleks, but the Skaro Degradations, the Horde of Travesties, the Nightmare Child. The Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres. The war turned into hell! And that's what you’ve opened. [[{{Hellgate}} Right above the Earth]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Nu Who's Doctor appears tired of his lonely, blood-soaked existence and actively suicidal at times (especially Ten), but also desperately runs from "death" when his time seems to be up. Part of it is the Doctor's not-entirely-false suspicion that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and that Time Lords are too powerful and dangerous to be trusted with immortality.
* YouShallNotPass: Many, many notable episodes. The Ninth Doctor held off the Dalek Emperor and his half-crazed legion of hybrids until he was literally the last man standing. (Cap. Jack went out like a champ, but was soon brought back via the time vortex.) The Tenth Doctor held his own war-mongering President at gunpoint rather than allow him to set foot on Earth. Eleven once shook fists at ''all'' of the Doctor's accumulated enemies and dared them to try and take the Pandorica away from him; and then he did it ''again'' on Trenzalore.
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[[folder:War Doctor]]

!!!War Doctor
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->''"Great men are forged in fire. It is the [[HeroicSelfDeprecation privilege of lesser men]] to light the flame."''

-->Played by: Creator/JohnHurt (2013)[[note]]Briefly played by Creator/PaulMcGann immediately after his regeneration from the Eighth Doctor (2013)[[/note]]

Also officially referred to as the Other Doctor.

The world-weary and at times ComicallySerious warrior - the Doctor's greatest secret. The War Doctor was a "lost" incarnation of the Doctor who existed between his Eighth and Ninth previously known incarnations. He was the incarnation who fought in the Last Great Time War, and lost his right to be called "the Doctor" for it. He renounced the promises behind his name and spent an enormous period of his life in battle, doing the exact opposite of a healer's work. He evidently knew how to survive the war quite well, since he aged to the point he went from a young, firey warrior, to an exhausted and curmudgeonly old man, complete with a scruffy beard.

While he regains his title at the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", he still doesn't count in the Doctor incarnation numbering as he was never an "incumbent" Doctor, but added retroactively.

Although he isn't the first of the revival series Doctors to chronologically appear (Nine being the original first in the bunch), he was introduced as a means of linking that silent gap between the Eighth and Ninth Doctors when Christopher Eccleston chose not to return for the 50th anniversary of the show. And so the War Doctor hails from a time before the 2005 reboot, even if his story was told eight years later... and for good reason. The Doctor ''didn't'' want to bring him up.

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* AffectionateNickname: The Eleventh later refers to him as "Captain Grumpy".
* AntiVillain: Even the Doctor agrees this incarnation has crossed the line, even if it had to be done.
* ApologeticAttacker: In [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesOfWar Engines of War]] he apologises to a Time Lord before knocking them out.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Courtesy of The Moment;
-->'''The Moment:''' How many [[WouldHurtAChild children]] on Gallifrey, right now?
* TheAtoner: He ends up undoing the destruction of his own race, even if he doesn't remember it.
* AwfulTruth: He's the one who ended the Time War, by murdering everyone involved. The Doctor has unsurprisingly hidden this incarnation's existence from all of space and time.
* {{Badass}}: This Doctor was designed to be a fighter rather than a healer, so it's a given.
* BadassBandolier: Has a bandolier strapped across his left shoulder, with his version of the Sonic Screwdriver [[UtilityBelt stored in it]]. Picked it up from the woman that the Eighth Doctor failed to save at the end of his life.
* BadassGrandpa: Hurt is the oldest actor to ever play the role, and is still a quite convincing ass-kicker.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: WD in a nutshell: [[DarkestHour A time so desperate, so bleak and so bad]] that the Doctor had to abandon his moral code and commit the worst mistakes of his life.
* BattleCry: "Gallifrey stands!"
* BeardOfSorrow: His scruffy beard adds to his world-weary appearance. He is the only Doctor with a full-time beard.[[note]]not counting the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' where he grew one in mourning for his lost TARDIS, or the 11th Doctor when he was imprisoned in Series 6.[[/note]]
* BigBad: Subverted, despite advertisement making him out as a villain, he's still a decent man, just thrust into an impossible situation. On the other hand, his decision on whether to destroy Gallifrey or not is the driving force of the 50th anniversary special.
* BittersweetEnding: In "Day of the Doctor", he gets to end the Time War by ''saving'' Gallifrey rather than burning it. But since it involved a TemporalParadox, his Ninth and Tenth incarnations only remember trying to destroy it, and shun him as a monster that destroyed their own species. However, his Eleventh incarnation retains the memories of the truth as the Doctor with the dominant timeline, and vindicates his younger self.
* BlackSheep: The Doctor who was disowned for deviating from the principles his other lives have followed.
* BookEnds: "Doctor no more."/"Doctor again."
* {{Bowdlerise}}: He is also officially referred to as the "Other Doctor", presumably because they don't want "War" in big letters on the merchandise.
* CameBackStrong: The 8th Doctor chose to come back as TheUnfettered, who wouldn't run away from the Time War like he had been doing.
* CarFu: Mows down a mob of Daleks in his TARDIS, proving how sturdy the old girl actually is.
* CatchPhrase: "No more," or maybe, in the end, "Gallifrey Stands!"
** Lampshaded by The Moment (appearing as a Rose facsimile), who struts around parroting this line until the War Doc loses his temper at her for stepping on his gravitas.
* CelebrityParadox: Creator/JohnHurt actually exists as an actor in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, his role in ''Film/{{Alien}}'' being briefly mentioned in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: His unexplained appearance serves as the final scene of series 7.
* CompositeCharacter: Has Eight's fob and waistcoat, Nine's leather duds, and Ten's faux-hawk hairstyle. His personality also evokes the spirit of the Classic Doctors, particularly the First Doctor, whose dialogue he borrows (his TARDIS even sports the classic "[[BuffySpeak round things]]"). Lastly, his advanced age can double as a reference to the 12-year hiatus between the TV movie and "Rose", encompassing all of the 'auxiliary' Doctors from print and audio.
* CoolOldGuy[=/=]GrumpyOldMan: Swings between these, the latter mostly directed at his more childish ''older'' selves.
* CoveredInMud: Centuries of warfare have taken a beating on his jacket, and walking miles through a desert hasn't done it any favors, either. Likewise, the exterior of his TARDIS is covered in soot, scorch-marks and even bits of the blue paint have rubbed off to reveal plain wood underneath.
* DareToBeBadass:
** The Sisterhood of Karn's sales pitch forms one and The Doctor later regrets taking the dare. ("Coward, any day.")
** Though having said that, he still retains the Doctor's conscience and overall personality, and the only major change between himself and the other incarnations is that he's more inclined to confront an issue head on than try and outmaneuver it. He's the only Doctor "who doesn't run".
** Clara's oddly understated RousingSpeech to him and the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor convince him that he still has it in him to end the Time War [[TakeAThirdOption by other means]], in line with his ScienceHero and pacifist convictions.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The gruffest, least goofily clad incarnation of the Doctor, dressed in predominantly black, dark brown and dark green colours. On the inside, he's a compassionate, caring and at times downright sweet fellow, is absolutely sick of the Time War and all the suffering it has brought, and is quietly horrified at the thought that he might be forced to annihilate even his own people in order to end the war.
* DarkMessiah: The Doctor, having no particular allegiance to any side in the war (Time Lord or otherwise), aims solely to make the collateral killing '''stop''' -- by any means necessary. In "Dalek" and "The End of Time", we learn this involved nuking Gallifrey and everyone in orbit.
* DarkSecret: He was the greatest, most terrible secret in the Doctor's past.
-->'''Eleven''': He is my secret.
* DeadpanSnarker[=/=]TheEeyore: Repeatedly snarks at Ten and Eleven for their [[AdultChild childishness]] and being afraid to "grow up", their tendency to brandish sonic screwdrivers like "a water pistol" and the strange frequency of people starting to [[ChickMagnet snog his later incarnations]].
--> '''Eleventh''': Geronimo!\\
'''Tenth''': Allons-y!\\
'''War Doctor''': [[SurroundedByIdiots Oh for]] ''[[StopHavingFunGuys God's sake!]]''
* DesignatedVillain: InUniverse. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors later realise they were wrong to erase all evidence of him and deny his existence, since he genuinely didn't have ''any'' other choice but to end the Time War by the means he did, "on the day it [[SadisticChoice wasn't possible]] to [[MortonsFork get it right]]".
* DespairEventHorizon: The Eighth Doctor's reason for becoming the War Doctor. The Universe was on the verge of ripping itself apart from the Time War, the Time Lords had [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become as bad as]] the ''Daleks'', and his newest prospective companion elected to ''die'' instead of being saved when she found out [[AssociationFallacy he was one of them]]. The Eighth Doctor could no longer save ''anyone'', so when presented with a choice of regenerations, elected ''not'' to come back as a "Doctor" at all.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Played with. The War Doctor's introduction involves him asking a Gallifreyan soldier for his weapon in an apparent EstablishingCharacterMoment, but he only uses it to blast [[ArcWords NO MORE]] in a wall. Likewise his disdain for his future incarnations using their sonic screwdrivers as weapons implies this, but his BadassBandolier only carries his own sonic screwdriver. Given that the Doctor's most dangerous weapon has always been his mind, it's likely he doesn't feel the need.
* DoomedMoralVictor: He eventually chooses to save Gallifrey rather than burn it. He, Nine and Ten don't get to remember they changed the past, though, and continue to live with their former guilt. Only Eleven and on know the truth.
* DownerEnding: His existence lets us know [[BreakTheCutie just how well]] the story of the Eighth Doctor ended.
* TheDreaded: When the Doctor sees him, he keeps imploring Clara they leave ''immediately''. Lampshaded when Ten and Eleven respond to him questioning their maturity by looking at ''him.'' The only word he can come up with to describe those looks? "Dread."
** The 50th Anniversary reveals he's basically this on steroids compared to the other Doctors. Ten and Eleven give him a look he can only describe as dread, and a group of Daleks in the middle of exterminating Gallifreyan civilians drop everything and immediately make a bee-line for him, with their voices in utter panic.
* DyingAsYourself: "But for now, for this moment, I am the Doctor again. Thank you."
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Most Doctors when faced with a group of Daleks would run or try to reason with them. This Doctor ''[[RammingAlwaysWorks plows his TARDIS right through them]]'', tearing them to shreds.
** This comes shortly after landing in the middle of the fall of Arcadia, where his first act is to [[DissonantSerenity nonchalantly]] ask a soldier for his gun, before proceeding to shoot the words "[[ThisMeansWar NO MORE]]" into the wall.
* FallenHero: His later incarnations feel this way about him.
* FamousLastWords: "I hope the ears are a bit less conspicuous this time."
** TemptingFate with that one. Nine winds up with the biggest ears of anyone, ''plus'' Pertwee's old nose.
* FinalSolution: Attempted genocide on both the Daleks and the Time Lords to end the Time War once and for all.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]], the Eleventh Doctor states that if he lobotomized the Space Whale, he'd no longer be able to call himself the Doctor, hinting at this "non-Doctor" incarnation.
** "Doctor" coming to mean "great warrior" in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar A Good Man Goes to War]]" hinted at shades of this incarnation.
** All references to the Time War, like the Nestene Consciousness freaking out when it meets the Ninth Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]].
* FutureMeScaresMe: The War Doctor went back and forth on this verdict, from immediately changing his mind about using The Moment because he's sick of Ten and Eleven and wants nothing to do with them, to (eventual) pride for these fine lads and worry over [[RetGone erasing them from history]] if he doesn't stay on track.
* GenocideDilemma: Was forced to choose between killing everyone involved in the Time War or letting the other Time Lords kill all of reality.
* GodzillaThreshold:
** Was prepared to kill billions to prevent Rassilon from destroying all of reality. Then locked the rest of the Time War away, to prevent all of reality from becoming a living hell.
--->'''Tenth Doctor:''' You weren't there. In the final days of the war. You never saw what was born. But if the time lock's broken then everything is coming through. Not just the Daleks, but the Skaro Degradations. The Horde of Travesties. The Nightmare Child. The Could-Have-Been King with his army of Meanwhiles and Neverweres. The war turned into hell!
** The Time War is shown in ''The Night of the Doctor'' as the reason why the Eighth Doctor elected to regenerate into an incarnation capable of such actions in the first place.
--->'''Eighth Doctor''': Make me a warrior now.
* GoneHorriblyRight: The Eighth Doctor, when presented with his pick of regenerations, specifically asked to come back as a warrior instead of a {{lovable coward}} for once. The Doctor turns out to be an exceptional warrior, murdering billions before the Time War's end.
* GoodIsNotNice: He's every bit as nice and caring as the other incarnations of the Doctor, but his lonely, weary and all-around depressing experiences during the Time War have made him very introverted and shut-in, at least at first glance. On the last day of the Time War, he decides that the most pragmatic solution to the war would be to activate the Moment and end it all. Despite his apparent determination to do so, his heart and ethics tell him otherwise and he's seen constantly hesitating whether to go ahead with the plan.
* GoOutWithASmile: He's absolutely delighted when he realizes the exertion of [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day]]'s events killed him, because it means he can finally leave the War behind him. [[TheAtoner Or so he believes.]]
* GutturalGrowler: One of the most 'gravelly'-sounding incarnations.
-->'''Ten:''' Still, loving the posh, gravelly thing, it's very convincing.\\
'''Eleven:''' Huh. Brave words, Dick Van Dyke.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: In the trailer for "The Day of the Doctor," the War Doctor states that "Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame." The episode proper reveals that he's counting ''himself'' as the "lesser man" and his future selves as the great ones.
* IconicItem: He wears a dark leather jacket on top of a worn down set of Victorian clothes similar to Eight's. He has a unique Sonic Screwdriver that glows an eerie ''[[RedEyesTakeWarning red]]''. His bandolier was the first item he picked up during his first moments of life, and is also similar to the satchel from Eight's new costume in "Dark Eyes".
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Claims he killed everyone in the Time War and then locked them away "without choice", for "peace and sanity."
** Eleven actually ''agrees'' with him.
* IHatePastMe:
** The other incarnations of the Doctor ''refuse'' to speak about him, as he's the one who soaked his hands in the blood of a billion galaxies.
** When they physically meet, however, both 10 and 11 treat him with a mixture of dread and pity, knowing what he was forced to do, and clearly have respect for him, by the end declaring him more the Doctor than anyone else due to the impossible situation he faced.
--->'''Eleven''': You were the Doctor on the day it wasn't possible to get it right.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Forges one with Clara after she talks with him about the Eleventh Doctor's confessions to her about the haunting memories of the Time War. He also has a bit of an intergenerational friendship with his Tenth and Eleventh incarnations, once they forgive him and he warms up to them.
* IronicEcho: In "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]" towards the 10th and 11th Doctors.
-->'''War Doctor''': I'm looking for the Doctor...\\
'''Tenth Doctor''': ...Well, you've certainly come to the right place.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: He says this once he leaves the company of Doctors Ten and Eleven.
-->'''War Doctor:''' Well, gentlemen, it has been an honor... and a privilege.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot:
** In reverse. Before he can activate The Moment, the "conscience" of the device interrupts to show the War Doctor who he'll become: the man who regrets (Ten), and the man who forgets (Eleven). But because he is destined to forget these events, this turns into a ForegoneConclusion that he will first and foremost become a man who resents (Nine).
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged]] by the conclusion: Despite (or perhaps because of) all that he's seen, the War Doctor still opts to carry through with his mission, his reasoning being that countless species owe their lives to the Doctor's atonement. Ten and Eleven deliberate over this, and the three Doctors conclude it's better to fail doing the right thing, then it is to succeed doing the wrong thing.
--->'''War Doctor:''' She didn't show me just ''any'' future! She showed me exactly the future I needed to see!
* IWasQuiteALooker: When the War Doctor peers at his reflection for the first time, the face which greets him is a ''young'' (and clean-shaven) John Hurt's. Given how long it took for Eleven to grow old, this implies the War Doctor lasted a ''very'' long time.
* KnuckleCracking: Seen doing this pose on the promotional cover for the 50th in ''SFX Magazine'' issue #241.
* LonersAreFreaks: The only Doctor not to take a companion [[SchrodingersGun onscreen]]. Of course he was fighting a war at the time, and could no longer afford the luxury of a companion, or for that matter, risk someone's life travelling with him, but it does contribute to his overall image in the eyes of Ten, Eleven, and the fandom writ-large. He even abandoned his TARDIS in the end (though he retrieves it when he gets a chance to have redemption), opting instead to lug The Moment ''by hand'' across an endless expanse. (The Moment suggests he wanted to perform the shameful act away from prying eyes, specifically the TARDIS'.) Unbeknownst to him, he merely traded one sassy piece of technology for another... The Moment tries to help him regain hope by opening portals to two later incarnations and a companion, in order to bring them all together and give the poor War Doctor some friends who could cheer him up and prevent him from going ahead with his last desperate plan.
** The one time he's known to have taken a companion so far, in ''Engines of War'', it was a Dalek hunter nicknamed "Cinder", and he did so in order to give the Time Lords vital enemy information on the Daleks, but things didn't go so well. She suffered the fate of a MauveShirt and got killed off by Karlax, a disgruntled Time Lord who had a grudge towards the Doctor- the Doctor made sure that there would be a KarmicDeath coming his way via Dalek extermination.
* LoopholeAbuse: Steven Moffat created the War Doctor to deal with the issue of which Doctor fought in the Time War and the regeneration between Doctors Eight and Nine, without disrupting the numbering by saying he is an incarnation who does not call himself the Doctor full-time.
** Other writers also had trouble trying to frame Eight or Nine in the Time War because the Eighth Doctor started off far away from a warlike personality, and the Ninth Doctor was introduced as though he had just regenerated, making him feel too new to have been in the Time War. Because of this, Big Finish slowly pushed Eight into darker depths of misery and anger to lead him toward the Time War, but he was never made into a fully-fledged warrior. Moffat decided to have the Eighth Doctor logically perish in despair and become the War Doctor to strike back at the villains who broke him.
** Moffat also upheld the Ninth Doctor's characterization by giving him a feasible reason to hate his past through the War Doctor, remembering an apparent double genocide was his fault. The idea Gallifrey was lost carried over to Ten and Eleven until Eleven learned he had saved Gallifrey as the War Doctor and could finally put an end to his guilt.
* MortonsFork: He had the options to: let the Daleks wipe out the Time Lords and destroy all of existence, let the Time Lords wipe out the Daleks and destroy all existence... or wipe out ''both'' sides and save all of existence? The War Doctor chose to do the latter... at least until he got a second chance to pick [[TakeAThirdOption a better option]].
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: With Ten and Eleven.
* MyGreatestFailure: Was forced into ending the Time War by murdering billions upon billions in fire. His future incarnations have been haunted by it ever since.
-->'''Eleventh Doctor''': My name, my ''real'' name, that is not the point. The name I chose is "the Doctor." The name you choose, it's like a promise you make. He's the one who broke the promise.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Thanks to the Eleventh Doctor, who had 400 self-flagellating years to [[EurekaMoment think of a way out]]: Just as his sonic screwdriver still contains data from the War Doctor's old version, Eleven reckons they can enlist the help of the ''First'' Doctor -- and his twelve successors -- to crunch the numbers necessary to move Gallifrey into a pocket dimension.
* MyRevengeIsMercy: As Nine would hint at, he had no desire to live past the end of the war. The Moment itself decided living on would be his 'punishment'.
* NecessarilyEvil: Turned himself into a warrior who killed billions "in the name of peace and sanity". His later incarnations deeply regret he chose to walk down this path.
* NeutralNoLonger: His previous incarnation refused to fight in the Time War proper, instead doing all he could to save those caught in the crossfire. After a series of [[BreakTheCutie losses and tragedies]], he finally elects to regenerate into a "warrior" and wade into the fray.
* NoNameGiven: Is referred to simply as "The Doctor" in the episode he debuted, without being given a numbered regeneration. In ''The Night of the Doctor'' he's credited as "the War Doctor". Then in ''The Day of the Doctor'' he is once again credited simply as "The Doctor," as part of a long list of people credited as such, listed between [[{{Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesDoctors}} Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor)]] and Christopher Eccleston (the Ninth Doctor).
* NotSoAboveItAll: Ironically, despite being TheDreaded to his other incarnations, the Time Lords and half the Dalek Empire, this Doctor is still not above trading petty insults with his future selves, deadpan snarkery, or a CatchPhrase.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: The Moment tags along behind the War Doctor during his story. Since she inhabits his head, she can't be seen or heard by others -- although Ten registers an EyeTake when War Doctor blows a kiss to the "Bad Wolf girl".
* TheNthDoctor: The 12th actor to play a regeneration of the Doctor. However, in order of his personal timeline, he's the 9th. [[WordOfGod But he's not The Ninth.]]
* OddNameOut: He's the one non-Doctor among the Doctor's many lives. "Doctor no more" are literally his first words after regenerating. Even when his Doctor-ness is restored at the end of "The Day of the Doctor," he doesn't get a numbered name like his fellow Doctors do, and is instead referred to as "The War Doctor."
** Creator/StevenMoffat has gone on record that he and the rest of the Doctor Who staff will not be bending over backwards to re-align the numbers -- after all, even the Doctor doesn't call himself "the Twelfth Doctor".
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In "The Name of the Doctor", the rest of the Doctor's "ghosts" are effectively [[PaletteSwap Palette Swaps]] of the same running figure, one that ignores Clara and Eleven. Then this guy shows up. He's not running. He's looking back over a field of ruins. And he knows they're there.
** Over the course of "The Day of the Doctor," it becomes obvious that he's unique among the Doctors in terms of his ruthlessness [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou (even the Sixth and Seventh Doctors would have warned the Time Lords and Daleks before using the Moment)]], but he's also so full of self-loathing that he refuses not only the name of the Doctor, but [[HumbleHero even to acknowledge his own self-worth.]] The Doctor is many things across his incarnations, but he's never been humble.
* PerpetualFrowner: He's fighting a war. There's very little for him to be happy about.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: As if on cue, he starts to regenerate shortly after helping to preserve Gallifrey. Job done, he returns to the old school TARDIS and suddenly remembers his own advanced age. ("Wearing a bit thin.")
* RedemptionQuest: The Moment kind of forcibly sends him on one in order to dissuade him from using it. It works spectacularly.
* {{Retraux}}: His TARDIS desktop theme is a return to the roundels associated with 1-7, plus the coral struts and console associated with 9-10. It's unclear whether this was the control room of the 8th Doctor at the time of his regeneration or whether the War Doctor jettisoned the extra space commonly associated with 8 in keeping with his more bare bones, down to basics style.
* RummageSaleReject: Wears an outfit that evokes both Eighth and Ninth's wardrobe: an old scarf, striped shirt, a raggedy waistcoat and chain, along with a dark leather jacket similar to his next incarnation's, with faded, beaten up trousers, a rugged leather belt, worn down stirrups, and combat boots, almost like [[TheSheriff an old lawman]]. The scarf may be a throwback to the Fourth Doctor, and his messy, battle-damaged clothes hearken back to the Second Doctor's unkempt style. He also nicked his bandolier off the lifeless Cass and uses it to house his Sonic Screwdriver.
* SaveTheVillain: In "Engines of War" he saves the Time Lord Karlax even though they were trying to kill him. Averted later, however: when Karlax tries to kill him and kills Cinder instead, the Doctor dematerialises the TARDIS around Karlax, leaving him surrounded by Daleks.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Immensely so. His entire existence had been brought about by the Time War and Eighth's embittered decision to join it, despite his original plans. On the last day of the war, he seems to have lost all hope for ever saving Gallifrey, so he hatches a plan to eradicate both his people and the Daleks with the Moment. His repeated proclamations of "No More" are less a sign of anger at how things are going, and more of [[HeroicBSOD a general resignation]] on his part. He feels like he's betrayed everything he stood for as the Doctor and that his attempts to help defend Gallifrey and win the war in favor of his people were {{all for nothing}} to begin with. Luckily, the Moment decides to pose as the weary Doctor's conscience and tries its best to renew some of his lost hope.
* {{Sinister Silhouette|s}}: He first appears as a shadowy figure with his back to the camera.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: By far the Doctor with the least outings of them all in any medium, but the biggest weight to carry. This is the one Doctor who sets the guilt-laden tone for the rest up to Eleven. We can infer he's been around for an enormous length of time beyond what is visibly shown, but he's only made one full TV appearance, planted at the very end of his story. And he doesn't spend his life running around the universe visiting planets at will. He involves himself in the Time War and keeps fighting until he's quite old and out of steam. But the door has been left wide open for others to fill in the gaps.
* TheSnarkKnight[=/=]MetaGuy: Spends much of his introduction to Ten and Eleven comedically snarking at the more recent stylistic indulgences of the series since its revival in 2005.
* TakeAThirdOption: After having four hundred years to reflect on this decision, his Eleventh incarnation convinces him to simply bluff the destruction of Gallifrey by shunting it into a PocketDimension, where it'd be safe.
* ThatMysteriousThing: When he first appears in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]], it's never explained what horrible act he committed to lose his right to be called the Doctor (although admittedly, the bulk of the fanbase guessed he was the one who ended the Time War). He himself also used to be the Doctor's greatest, and totally undefined, secret. The truths are later revealed in what led to his birth and the anniversary special.
-->'''Clara''': What is it? What's his biggest secret?\\
'''Jenny''': We don't know. It's a secret.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Eleven states his actions were so unforgivable he refuses to acknowledge this incarnation as the Doctor.
* ThousandYardStare: He appears haunted by his dishonorable actions.
* TragicHero: The War Doctor doesn't get to remember saving Gallifrey in "Day of the Doctor", so he, Nine, and Ten continue to despise him. He's still grateful to have been "The Doctor" again.
* TragicKeepsake: His bandolier is taken from a woman named Cass, whom the Eighth Doctor tried to save but failed, leading to his regeneration.
* TrickedOutTime: How he, Ten and Eleven save Gallifrey. This time around, the Doctors make Gallifrey vanish into a PocketDimension. But as the attacking Daleks all get caught in their own crossfire, Gallifrey still ''appears'' to blow up. And as the past and future Doctors coming together causes a TemporalParadox, the Ninth and Tenth Doctors retain no memory of these revised events.
* TheUnfettered: What happens when the Doctor abandons his own self-imposed rules.
-->'''Eighth Doctor:''' I don't suppose there's any need for a "Doctor" anymore...
* {{Unperson}}: The Doctor has removed nearly all signs of his existence, to the point Clara only sees him ''after'' traveling through the Doctor's entire timeline. However, when the Tenth and Eleventh actually get to know him and understand his anguish, this trope slowly morphs into...
* VindicatedByHistory: InUniverse. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctor eventually come to forgive him and apologise for how they thought of him, realising it was wrong to deny his existence.
--> '''Tenth Doctor:''' All these years burying you in my memory...\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Pretending you didn't exist, a secret even from myself...\\
'''Tenth Doctor:''' Pretending you weren't the Doctor, when you were the Doctor more than anybody else!\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' You were the Doctor on the day it wasn't ''possible'' to get it right!
* WaistcoatOfStyle: An old, worn one.
* WalkingSpoiler: Knowing almost anything about him gives away TheReveal of his existence in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]].
* WeHardlyKnewYe: John Hurt made only three appearances as the War Doctor, never signing on for a full tenure, just guest appearances to commemorate the 50th. One was a brief cliffhanger, while another was a CGI illusion to visualize a young Hurt as the War Doctor in his prime when the Eighth Doctor first regenerated into him. His only full appearance is in "The Day of the Doctor", and since Hurt wasn't going to stick around, his Doctor was given a regeneration sequence to stitch up the missing transition to the Ninth Doctor and close the book on the War Doctor. Luckily, the rest of his uncharted lifetime became open season for writers.
** The War Doctor gets more development in the [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse expanded universe]], with the first major development being the novel ''Engines of War'' by George Mann. Then, a lot more blanks are filled in through the formation of the charity anthology "Seasons of War" and its sequel, "Seasons of War 2: The Time Travellers Life". They form a large collection of stories pooled together by fans of the series and prominent ''DW'' writers, once again including Mann, and Gary Russell, an AscendedFanboy. These stories are abundant enough to provide a satisfying look at the War Doctor, from his early days up to his considerably aged self.
* WhamShot: Just as the day seems to be saved at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]], the scene cuts to him in shadow, a Doctor ''no one'' has ever heard of before.
* WhenSheSmiles: He's grumpy, sour, and snarky, but not devoid of the humour and optimistic joy that are fundamental to who the Doctor is as a person.
* WhoWritesThisCrap: The War Doctor is not shy in his opinions of his successors, in what could be taken as meta commentary on elements added to the show since its revival in 2005; jabs at elements such as the [[YoungerAndHipper younger]], [[HotterAndSexier sexier]] casting choices ("...am I having a midlife crisis?"), or the Revival Doctors' habit of [[AdrenalineMakeover pointing their sonic screwdrivers like Dirty Harry]] ("Those are ''scientific instruments'', not water pistols!").
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Was forced into ending the Time War by killing billions. The alternatives were allowing space and time to become a living hell, or letting the Time Lord Council destroy all of reality.
* WouldHurtAChild: Though he deliberated about it for some time, he ultimately accepted that destroying Gallifrey would take all 2.47 billion child inhabitants with it and decided to go through with it anyway. That is, until his future self realises he can TakeAThirdOption.
* YouAreNotAlone: The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors both join hands on The Moment's trigger, to spare their counterpart the burden of making this decision alone.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Along with reassuring him that he shouldn't be left alone with his suffering and moral dilemma, the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor and Clara give him a tender pep talk about why he ''isn't'' a heartless monster, or a villain, but still the Doctor. The Tenth and Eleventh Doctor waste no time in admitting that they judged him too harshly and [[BlackSheep treated him like a pariah]] in their memories, but have changed their opinions on him once they actually witnessed [[ShellShockedVeteran the enormity of what he had to face]]. They apologise to him and assure him that he ''is'' the Doctor, like all the other incarnations, [[TragicHero and was just unfortunate to get the short end of the stick]].
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!!!Ninth Doctor
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->''"Time travel is like visiting Paris. You can't just read the guidebook, you've gotta throw yourself in! Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers - [[SayingTooMuch or is that just me?]]"''

-->Played by: Creator/ChristopherEccleston (2005)

The brooding, but very sassy veteran. Riddled with SurvivorGuilt from his memories of the Time War, the Ninth Doctor was [[ByronicHero dark and moody at times]], and his eagerness to take on "tourists" was diminished. His short temper made it harder to relate to people, and he reacted like a scorched cat whenever they let him down, yet all of it masked great affection and empathy for others. Prone to mood swings, switching between a clown and {{Jerkass}} within the breadth of the same conversation. Most normally dressed Doctor, with close-cropped hair, a wristwatch, Timberlands, and beat-up leather jacket. A much more street-smart Doctor than previous versions, even outright stating that he doesn't "do domestic". Made a HeroicSacrifice the Fifth would be proud of, and was generally [[CatchPhrase fantastic]]. Apart from the War Doctor, Nine has had the shortest tenure on the series out of all the Doctors.

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* AdventureRebuff: Rose. Mickey and Adam in a shorter version.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Protecting Rose is an instinct even stronger than his hatred of Daleks, or wanting to protect the entire planet. Initially seems to be limited to girls when he leaves Jack behind (which Jack later quite vocally complains about), but it turns out that the TARDIS also fundamentally disagreed with Jack after he CameBackWrong.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Very encouraging about Jack's flirting with him, and actively flirts back. Didn't seem to mind being kissed by him, either.
-->'''Jack''' ''[referring to Rose being affectionate with Mickey]'' Aw, sweet. Look at these two... How come I never get any of that?\\
'''Ninth Doctor''': Buy me a drink first.\\
'''Jack''': Such hard work.\\
'''Ninth Doctor''': *smiling* But worth it!
* TheAtoner: For the Time War.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Rose on the Series 1 box art.
* BadassArmfold: Played for hilarity when he stood under a reality television DeathRay and dared the producers to dust him.
* BadassBoast: "Do you know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? 'The Oncoming Storm'. You may have removed all your emotions, but I bet that deep down in your DNA there's one spark left, and that's fear. Doesn't it just ''burn'' when you face me?"
* BerserkButton: Suffering from PTSD and survivor's guilt, the Ninth Doctor goes into a fit of rage whenever confronted about The Time War.
** Daleks. His first encounter with one after the Time War is enough to briefly drive him AxeCrazy.
** Someone trying to claim they're JustFollowingOrders. A member of the Gamestation staff does this in "Bad Wolf", and his response is TranquilFury.
-->'''The Doctor:'''''And with that sentence you just lost the right to even talk to me. So BACK OFF!''
* BewareTheQuietOnes: As Neil Gaiman noted, this Doctor is the one to stand completely still and quiet when all others are running in a panic. He would much rather sit in the background, be unnoticed, and still ends up being the center of attention and plotting out how to deal with the crisis.
* BigDamnKiss: With Jack and with Rose. Both are tremendously sweet and emotional.
* BloodKnight: Due to his traumatic experiences during the Time War, though Rose manages to get through to him and soothe his trauma a bit.
* BreakTheCutie: Broken after The Last Great Time War, when the Doctor supposedly ''causes'' the death of his entire race and spends his entire Ninth incarnation trying to get over it.
* BrokenAce: As noted above, due to the events of the Time War. His guilt becomes even more apparent with the revelation his previous incarnation was the War Doctor.
* ByronicHero: Zigzagged depending on the episode.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Barring a quick pop to the Slitheen's homeworld to deposit an egg, all of his adventures take place on/within orbit of Earth, suggesting that he's in hiding. Jabe is the first alien to mark him as a Time Lord. (To his great relief, she expresses sympathy rather than blame for his role in the war.) Unfortunately, he's not the only survivor to drift over to Earth: Autons are making mischief in present-day London, having been displaced by the war; a lone Dalek crash-lands in Utah, and the Emperor is secretly puppeteering Earth's civilization in 200,000 AD; plus many, many more.
* TheCameo: He briefly appears in the climax of "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", along with the other incarnations of the character.
** Also as one of the many incarnations running past at the end of "The Name Of The Doctor" though like the other images, he runs so fast and blurs while he runs, and is onscreen for barely more than a second, one would likely only recognize him by the jacket alone.
* CatchPhrase: "Fantastic!"
* ChangedMyJumper: TropeNamer. While Rose has to change into a period dress, he goes out in his leather jacket.
* CharacterDevelopment: Thanks to Rose, he softens and becomes much less rude and angry toward the end of his life.
* ChewingTheScenery: His rant about the end of the Time War to the Dalek in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]], the episode that sees him ''literally'' foaming at the mouth:
-->'''Ninth Doctor:''' ''I watched it happen.'' '''I MADE IT HAPPEN!'''
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to Eight's depiction, given his guilt and ruthlessness.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The Doctor's various incarnations are known for funny hairdos, colourful outfits and quirky personalities. By contrast, the Ninth has a very short military-style crew cut, and a black leather jacket. He's still a good guy.
* DeadpanSnarker: "I'm The Doctor. If there's one thing I'm going to do it's ''talk''."
* DeathSeeker: The Ninth initially comes across as having a major death wish, often running ''towards'' the sounds of danger with almost manic delight, (although dying in a Cardiff dungeon would be [[EveryoneHasStandards going too far]]). Rose helps him overcome this and most of his SurvivorGuilt by the end of his incarnation.
* DeathGlare: He could make you feel very sorry indeed, doesn't matter if you're a villain or a misbehaving Companion.
* DestructiveSaviour: See StuffBlowingUp for why the Ninth Doctor favors explosions to deal with big problems.
* DistressedDude: For being in only 13 episodes, he got captured and cornered quite often. Plus, he was shackled and shirtless in a scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]].
* DoesntLikeGuns: But has an in-depth knowledge about them and will (try to) use the most powerful {{BFG}} he can find if [[UnstoppableRage Daleks are involved or someone harmed Rose]]. And he won't forbid others to use them, if the enemy really is a threat.
* DramaticIrony: The regret and guilt over destroying his own home planet of Gallifrey defined him to his core, while in fact he did no such thing.
* TheDreaded: To the point where in his presence, with their guns trained directly at him, even ''Daleks'' squeak backwards a bit to keep their distance.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One word. "RUN!" While taking Rose's hand- the action is as important as the word.
* EverybodyLives: TropeNamer. It's a rare occasion where he can save the day without anyone dying. "Just this once Rose, EVERYBODY LIVES!"
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [=‘=]''That’s okay, I hope it’s a good death''[=’=] his hologram says about facing an enemy that cannot be defeated. Back in reality, he closes his eyes, ready for the Daleks to "ex-ter-minate" him.
* FamousLastWords: "You were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And you know what? So was I."
* FriendToAllChildren: Seemed perfectly at home with the orphans in "The Empty Child", chatting and joking over dinner.
** Subverted in one scene during "Aliens of London" where he fights with a kid over the remote for Jackie's TV.
* AGodIAmNot: "Don't worship me, I'd make a very bad God. Wouldn't get a day off, for starters."
* GoKartingWithBowser: Margaret Blaine might be a war-profiteering genocidal maniac, and Nine may be her jailer. But still, they're both alien tourists and all they've got is each other's company; may as well go sightseeing! ("Boom Town")
* GoOutWithASmile: Notably enough, the Ninth was the first Doctor to express outright satisfaction with his life before regenerating.
* GuileHero: Definitely qualifies as this.
--> '''Doctor''': No. Cause this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to rescue her. I'm going to save Rose Tyler from the middle of the Dalek fleet. And then I'm going to save the Earth. And then I'm going to wipe every last ''stinking'' Dalek out of the sky!\\
'''Daleks''': But you have no weapons! No defenses! No Plan!\\
'''Doctor''': Yeah... and doesn't that ''[[TheDreaded scare you to death!]]''.
* HellBentForLeather: Wore a leather jacket, inspired by marine gear.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: A supposed ''double genocide'' under his belt.
* HiddenDepths: In the first few episodes, he is very aloof and stand offish with Rose, then he slowly reveals what supposedly happened in the Time War to her and why he's sometimes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* HistoryRepeats: Not long after snuffing out his homeworld, the Doctor miserably found himself with his finger on the trigger again. His showdown with the Daleks above Earth is a mini-reenactment of the last day of the Time War. This time, however, he can't bring himself to destroy Earth, even if it means the Daleks prevail.
* HumansAreMorons: In the episode "Rose" and a few instances whenever he's angry at them, or simply agitated as Rose noted, he'd call humans "stupid apes".
* HypocriticalHumor: The Doctor turns out to be a FanHater when it comes to reality TV.
-->'''The Doctor:''' The human race. Brainless sheep, being fed on a diet of — mind you, have they still got that program where [[SoBadItsGood three people have to live with a bear?]]
* IconicItem: His leather jacket.
** As lampshaded by Jack, the Ninth Doctor's iconic jacket is actually that of a Kriegsmarine Captain from the Second World War, but we never get to hear the story behind how he (or his previous incarnation) got their hands on it.
* ItsAllMyFault: There's hardly an episode where he doesn't end up apologizing to someone for getting them killed, failing to save somebody else, or just [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking snapping at someone he likes.]] It gets especially {{egregious}} in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead"]]. He'll even apologize first if the other party in a quarrel is the one who first messed up. Though he expects the same kind of owning up to your mistakes from everyone else, and heaven help you if you don't.
-->'''Ninth Doctor''': "You can be born in the 20th century and die in the 19th, and it's all my fault. I brought you here."
** Moreover he has this attitude to the end of the Time War.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Not at beloved yet, but he does tell Rose to live a "good life" when sending her back to her own time.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nice as he is, he got really picky with who he let into the TARDIS.
** As the people he didn't like initially or let in only reluctantly were all guys Rose had become interested in, this could also be seen as a mild case of [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Guy]]. Note that he was perfectly okay with Jack as soon as the man started flirting with them both, instead of threatening to seduce Rose into leaving.
** He also has a tendency to shift between varying levels of NiceGuy and JerkAss depending on his level of respect for the party in question. For instance, he is generally a nice guy to Rose (except for the time she cocked up history in "Father's Day") and most people he meets by default, but if the party in question is antagonistic or smug from the get go, his JerkAss side comes out, hence why he has zero patience for Jackie Tyler. Finally, in a variation, if he's dealing with someone who thinks they are smarter than than they really are (or someone he's trying to piss off on purpose), he shifts into being a really pleasant sounding smartass.
* KnightInSourArmor: Starts out as this, until the universe decides to [[EverybodyLives show mercy for once]].
-->'''Ninth Doctor''': Look, if I forgot some kid called Mickey, it's because I'm busy trying to save the life of every ''stupid ape'' blundering about on top of this planet, all right?!
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRrOI7By5fc "The Doctor's Theme"]] mostly serves as Nine's leitmotif, but has also been used for Ten and occasionally Eleven.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Averted; it's just part of his StepfordSmiler act. He puts on a show of how great it is to travel all over the place and have adventures and save people forever when he's a borderline DeathSeeker.
* LoveTriangle: With Jack and Rose. Jack and Rose are both in love with the Doctor, and also fancy each other. The Doctor cares about Rose in his own way, but the show leaves it ambiguous whether it's deep friendship or romantic love, and the Doctor CannotSpitItOut either way. All three pairings get sweet and emotional kissing scenes.
** In "Bad Wolf"/"The Parting of the Ways", within minutes of being separated from Rose, the Doctor invites a sweet young lady by the name of Lynda to travel with him in the TARDIS. Again, the show leaves the Doctor's feelings in the matter ambiguous, but when Rose finds out she doesn't look at all pleased at the prospect of a potential rival.
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: As a result of the Time War and his own actions, he's ''very'' reluctant to accept potential companions and is extremely unforgiving of both companion mistakes and the actions of his enemies.
* MoralityChain: Needs one when faced with Daleks [[HeWhoFightsMonsters (at least the first time).]]
** Rose is this to him. He [[DeathSeeker doesn't seem to care all that much about his own survival]], but he'll stop at nothing to keep her safe and bring her back home if she's in danger.
* NoIndoorVoice: Even when he's being quiet, he's still a bit shouty.
* NoodleIncident: He apparently had an offscreen adventure on the Titanic, witnessed the Kennedy Assassination and the eruption of Krakatoa, while later implying to Jack that this incarnation also destroyed the weapons factories of Villengard. It's unclear where these events fall in his timeline; whether they took place ''before'' he met Rose, ''during'' his time with her, or even potentially at the end of "Rose", in the brief seconds ([[NarniaTime for Rose at least]]) ''between'' the TARDIS leaving and coming back moments later. This is confirmed in the Expanded Universe, see Offscreen Moment of Awesome.
* NotSoDifferent:
** To the ''Daleks''.
---> '''Dalek''': You would make a good [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Dalek]].
** As well as when the Dalek pushes his BerserkButton too far, causing the Doctor to ''electrocute him''.
---> '''Dalek''': We are the same!\\
'''Doctor''': We're not the same! I'm not- No. Wait. Maybe we are! Yeah ok, you've got a point! Cause I know what should happen. I know what you ''deserve''!\\
''[SlasherSmile]''\\
'''Doctor''': ''EXTERMINATE!''
** Also with Margaret the Slitheen: "Only a killer would know that."
** Averted at the end of his life, when the Dalek Emperor taunts him that he could ''easily'' wipe out the entire Dalek fleet at the cost of sacrificing the entire Earth, exactly like the choice he faced at the end of the Time War;
---> '''Dalek Emperor''': I want to see you become like me. Hail, the Doctor, "''The Great Exterminator!''"\\
'''Doctor''': ''I'll do it!''\\
'''Dalek Emperor''': Then prove yourself, Doctor. What are you, coward or killer?\\
''[tries, but cannot bring himself to push the lever]''\\
'''Doctor''': ... Coward, any day.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: You don't often see 19 year olds knocking about with middle aged guys. To experience anything new at this point in his life is a marvel and in 900 years of time travel the Doctor has never been slapped by somebody’s mother! Then again he has never faced ''anything'' as frightening as [[MamaBear Jackie Tyler]] before ('Stitch that mate!').
* ObiWanMoment: The Doctor still hasn't quite got the hang of this personal stuff, so instead of a tearful farewell, he tricks Rose into the TARDIS and spirits her off to safety against her will. His holographic recording is a nice substitute for a Force ghost.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Confirmed through the ebook "The Beast of Babylon" that the Doctor had adventures between the seconds he dematerializes then comes back seconds later in ''Rose''. It's heavily implied all the pictures Rose sees of this incarnation during that episode took place in that gap, and The War Doctor reveals in "Day of the Doctor" that he's only 400 years younger than the 1200 year old Eleventh Doctor; meaning that the 900 year old Ninth Doctor had about a century's worth of adventures before he regenerated into the Tenth Doctor.
* OhCrap: He get an epic one when he realizes that the "Metaltron" in Van Stratten's vault is a Dalek. Oh, [[UpToEleven and they're locked alone in the room]].
--> '''Doctor''': (desperately trying to open the door) ''Let me out!''
* OopNorth: "Lots of planets have a North!", and the TropeNamer for the quote.
* OutrunTheFireball: The trailer for the revived series had a specially created scene shot where the Doctor is seen casually running around a corner... then a few seconds later comes a massive fireball.
* PapaWolf: Best summed in one single sentence.
--> '''Doctor''': Rose... I'm coming to get you!
* RebelRelaxation: Nine loves a good brood.
* RousingSpeech: To inspire individual people. Usually in the form of a quiet, understated DareToBeBadass or, if that doesn't work, scathing ReversePsychology (for example in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]]). It has more impact than usual because the Ninth Doctor can be [[TheSnarkKnight quite cynical about humanity as a whole]], so you know it's not just general idealistic gushing.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Though after their first few days traveling together, Rose is usually the one more vocal with the denial. Complete with EveryoneCanSeeIt (Even the Daleks!) and ShipperOnDeck (Jack: "You two are so sweet. [...] Continue with what you were... doing.")
* ShellShockedVeteran: Is trying very hard to cope with his own actions during the Time War.
* StepfordSmiler:
** Half the time, that lovely smile of his is a put-on meant to make others feel at ease. This means that someone is in a ''lot'' of trouble when he decides [[DeathGlare not to bother]].
** Particularly noticable when he's about to regenerate:
--->'''Ninth Doctor:''' That's right. I sang a song and the Daleks ran away.
* StepfordSnarker: When he gets snarky about humanity, it's often a sign that he's very upset and trying hard not to show it. Rose even lampshades this in "The Doctor Dances".
* StuffBlowingUp: Despite having a single series of only thirteen episodes, he caused a ''lot'' of explosions in his short run. Blows up a department store, causes the last pure human to combust, bombs Downing Street (well, okay, that last one was Mickey, but the Doctor gave him the code to do so), allows a medium to blow up a house on top of the Rift, overheats the Mighty Jagrafess, destroyed the weapons factory at Villengard ([[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]]), visited Krakatoa ([[NoodleIncident offscreen]]), and watched Kennedy's assassination ([[NoodleIncident offscreen]]). As Rose so accurately lampshades in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E10TheDoctorDances "The Doctor Dances"]], one of his defining traits is that he ''really'' loves to blow thing up.
--> '''Rose:''' First day I met him, he blew my job up! That's practically how he communicates.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Isn't hesitant to let his feelings about humans be known to all present.
* SurvivorGuilt: Tons of it; TheLastOfHisKind and he's the reason why.
* ThousandYardStare: After something particularly horrific has happened or when he's talking about the Time War and his SurvivorGuilt over the whole thing he'll often have a vacant, far-away, haunted expression.
** Coupled with a HeroicBSOD when he thinks Rose was killed in "Bad Wolf", causing him to completely shut down for at least half an hour. When he finally recovers his wits, the personnel of Satellite 5 barely know [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge what's hit them]].
* TimeMaster: Each Doctor displays their mastery over time in a new way. The [=9th=] focused his energies to walk through spinning rotary blades, completely unharmed. ("The End of the World")
* TookALevelInKindness: Due to the Time War, he starts off ''very'' angry and bitter. He eventually softens and puts some of the guilt of the Time War behind him by the end of his life, something the Tenth Doctor later acknowledges was due to Rose's influence. Could also be considered to have taken a level from [[TheUnfettered the War Doctor]], his previous incarnation who fought in the Time War.
* TranquilFury: Very good at this, when he's angry he becomes very calm.
** The trailer for series 1 had him running down a corridor with the look of utmost serenity. Then around the corner, came the [[OutrunTheFireball massive fireball]]...
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Only appeared in one series consisting of thirteen episodes. And ''very'' fleetingly as the War Doctor regenerated. Big Finish doesn't have rights to produce audios for him and expand on this small margin of stories ([[WordOfGod yet]]).
* WhenSheSmiles: Generally rough and angular features, though handsome. But all the flaws just disappear with that truly glorious smile.
* WhoShotJFK: Nine was present at Dallas, adding fuel to the ''Slenderman''-type conspiracies about him on the internet.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E12BadWolf "Bad Wolf"]] -- though it's also for Rose's benefit.
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!!!Tenth Doctor
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->''"You need to get yourself a better dictionary. When you do, look up 'genocide'. You'll find a little picture of me there, and the caption'll read '''[[HarsherInHindsight 'Over my dead body']]'''!"''

-->Played by: Creator/DavidTennant (2005-10, 2013)

BewareTheNiceOnes personified. The Tenth Doctor was rather manic: prone to speaking very quickly, peppering his speech with pop culture references and foreign words, and going off on long rambling tangents. Despite his bubbly personality, he could and did subject villains to a FateWorseThanDeath if they passed up the one chance at redemption he always offered, and casually toyed with the fates of anyone who dared to cross him. A definite {{base breaker}}, only an actor like David Tennant (or someone of approximate charm) could play him effectively. He ''despised'' his past selves for their role in the Time War, and was at his coldest whenever confronted with it. An accidental and often reluctant ChickMagnet, something that also applies to his actor. Considered by many fans as either the greatest or the second greatest Doctor.
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* TheAce: Steven Moffat describes him as "genuinely cool", in contrast to the Eleventh Doctor.
* AcePilot: He manages to take control of [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned the Titanic]] as well as the [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E17E18TheEndOfTime Vinvocci's spacecraft]], and pilots both through perilous environments to safety, despite having no experience in either vehicle before.
* AccidentalMarriage: An elaborate ploy to unmask an [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I]] impostor, Columbo-style, ended with him proposing marriage to the actual Queen. The spirited Liz actually ''accepts'', and, before Ten can duck into his TARDIS and split, ropes him into a wedding ceremony. No wonder she [[OffWithHisHead wants his head]] in "The Shakespeare Code".
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' I'll be ''[[BlatantLies right back]]''.
* {{Adorkable}}: At the best of times, most certainly. See the start of "''Doomsday''" for a good example.
* AmbiguouslyBi: It doesn't come up as often with Ten as with Eight, Nine and Eleven, but he has his moments:
-->'''Doctor:''' ''[to Martha]'' Yeah, well, you can kiss me later. You too, Frank, if you want.
* AmbiguousInnocence: Certainly ''seems'' more innocent than his previous incarnation, but is later revealed to be a little on the CuteAndPsycho side.
** His more child-like nature also winds up being the cause of a lot of his [[BreakTheCutie suffering]] throughout his run on the show.
* ApologisesALot: Particularly when he realizes that someone's about to die.
-->'''Doctor:''' [[CatchPhrase I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry]].
* AscendedFanboy: Both meta and in-character, as in "Time Crash" he gushes to the fifth Doctor that he had modeled his regeneration after him.
* BackToBackBadasses: Done with a clone of himself and Jackson Lake on two separate occasions.
** Also done with [[http://www.thewrap.com//images/2013/09/Doctor-Who-50th-Anniversary-Special-Poster-618x400.jpg his future self.]]
* BadassBoast: Plenty.
** When dealing with the Vashta Nerada.
--->'''Doctor:''' Don't play games with me! You just killed someone I like, that is not a safe place to stand! I'm the Doctor, you're in the biggest library in the universe!...Look me up!
** And on the ''Titanic'' space ship.
--->'''Doctor:''' [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I'm the Doctor. I'm a Time Lord. I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm 903 years old]], and I'm the man who's gonna save your lives and all six billion people on the planet below...You got a problem with that?
** Also, "What do monsters have nightmares about?" "''[[TheDreaded Me.]]''" -- Originally a Seventh Doctor CatchPhrase in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.
** "The Day of the Doctor", after his life-signs detector fails once ''[[RunningGag again]]'' to correctly identify the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Zygon]] he's hunting in Elizabethan England.
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' I'm the Doctor, I'm 904 years old, I'm from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous. I'm the Oncoming Storm, the Bringer of Darkness and you are basically just a rabbit, aren't you? Ok, carry on... [[EmbarrassingCoverUp just a general warning]].
** Crosses over into BlasphemousBoast at one point: "I'm the Doctor. If you don't like it; if you want to take it to a higher authority... there isn't one. It ends with me!"
* BadassGrandpa: Got turned into one (appearance wise) briefly by The Master, and lived to a ripe old (by human standards) age in one possible timeline where he raised a family.
* BadassLongcoat: Given to him by Janis Joplin. Also, his bathrobe in "The Christmas Invasion." (Saving the world in pajamas alone just won't do.)
* BadassNormal: During his stint as John Smith.
* BatmanGrabsAGun: "The End of Time," against Rassilon.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: The [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature Family of Blood]] found this out the hard way.... So did [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion the Sycorax leader]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters the Abzorbaloff]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern the Wire]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel the Cybermen]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride the Racnoss children]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode the Carrionites]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink the Weeping Angels]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan the Daleks]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem the Sontarans]], with varying degrees of deadness or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse-than-deadness]].
* BigDamnKiss: Practically his signature move. However, Creator/RussellTDavies typically included some kind of excuse for him to do so, in order to keep the fans happy. To date: Cassandra in Rose's body (she kissed him), Reinette (she kissed him), Martha (to distract aliens with his DNA on her), Joan (he wasn't himself), Astrid (she kissed him, and then he kissed her into stardust to thank her), Donna (she kissed him, because he would die unless he was "shocked"), Rose (it was his half-human clone) and Lady Christina (she kissed him).
** Creator/RussellTDavies deliberately started this trope PlayedForLaughs with Cassandra, because he wanted people to get used to the idea that the Doctor can be kissed.
* BitterSweetEnding: Like Five before him, his regeneration into the next Doctor. Everything wound up fine, but he died crying, scared, and alone.
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Borrows his previous incarnation's catchphrase "Fantastic!" at the end of "The Christmas Invasion" to subtly remind Rose that he's still the same person she first met.
** Amusingly, a Deleted Scene would have had him unable to articulate it, which he claimed was cause he no longer had the teeth.
** Invokes the Master's catchphrase during "Waters of Mars" (seemingly without realizing it), even MilkingTheGiantCow as he says it.
* BoundAndGagged: ''The End of Time''.
* BreakTheCutie: Good ''lord''. Notable moments include almost being murdered in "Midnight", being forced to become a father very suddenly and almost immediately having his new daughter die in his arms, seeing another version of himself commit genocide on the Daleks all over again, saying goodbye to Donna, and ''all of'' "The Waters Of Mars". Also, series 3 has about one moment of absolute screaming agony for him per episode on average.
** And referring to his status as a father, remember not only has he lost the cloned daughter; his children and granddaughter Susan, his children from when he was the first Doctor, are supposedly dead because of the Time War.
* BrokenAce: In contrast to his serious, grief-stricken predecessor he comes off as being very confident and perfect at everything, but on the inside he is every bit as self-loathsome.
* BullyHunter: He definitely gives the guests bullying Morvin and Foon Van Hoff in ''Voyage of the Damned'' a lesson.
* ByronicHero: He develops into this as the show progresses. Not surprising after all the times [[BreakTheCutie he got broken]] and losing his companions.
* CallForward: A rather blatant example in ''The Day of the Doctor''. His final words of that episode?
-->'''10th Doctor''': Trenzalore?...We need a new destination because...''I don't want to go.''
* CanNotSpitItOut: Is absolutely incapable of telling Rose how he feels about her. His half-Donna clone whispers it into her ear, but we never hear it.
** "Tell Rose, tell her... Oh, she knows."
** "And I suppose... Since it's my last chance to say it... Rose Tyler, I--"
** "Does it really need saying?"
* CartwrightCurse: ChickMagnet...[[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]]!
* CastFromLifespan: He gave up 10 years worth of regenerative energy to refuel the TARDIS and escape Pete's world. Also, if his references to his age are to be taken at face value (at least relative to each other), then this incarnation lasts only ''six years'', including the extra regeneration he burned up.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=028J8oUn71E&feature=watch_response Brilliant!]]"
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWxpPpGDzgg Allons-y!]]"
** "Molto bene!"
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RssnpE9U6IU "Well..."]]
** "...it's X. ''Well...'' it's more like Y. ''Well...'' it's actually X+Y+ABCDEFG."
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHVW-S9JkKA&feature=related Sorry... I'm so sorry...]]
** And his very very exaggerated "HOHYES!"
* CharacterDevelopment: He starts off as a kind, cheerful, adventure-loving chap with a motormouth. None of this goes away completely, and is still very prevalent in his character. However, as more and more people start to die around him, and as he loses Rose, pushes Martha away inadvertently, and is eventually forced to wipe Donna's memories, he slowly and subtly starts to develop [[BewareTheNiceOnes a darker side]]. He gains an almost obsessive desire for saving people and preventing death [[DeathSeeker at any cost to him]]. By ''The Waters of Mars'' he is showing AGodAmI tendencies and, tellingly, uses some of the exact same lines The Master uses, although Capt. Adelaide Brooke's suicide [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone pushes him back from]] [[HeelRealization the edge a bit]].
* CharacterTics: Glasses on, glasses off, glasses on, glasses off... PlayedWith in "Doomsday", when his new glasses actually ''do'' something. Also shifts his jaw a lot.
* CheckAndMate: With some frequency.
* ChekhovsGun: Who knew that after getting his hand cut off in '05, we'd see the Doctor's severed hand again all the way at the end of Series 4 in '08...?
* ChickMagnet: There's a reason Martha compared Ten in a tuxedo to Film/JamesBond. He even temporarily stops taking on companions because they keep falling in love with him, or having their lives ruined by him, or both. Effortlessly and very accidentally seduces most people he meets, ranging from [[FoeYay Cassandra]] to Madame de Pompadour. He also slept with and married ''Queen Elizabeth I'', leading her to want [[WomanScorned his head on a spike]] after he left to save the day after the ceremony and never came back for her. Even Donna ended up bearing his offspring, albeit in a roundabout fashion. ("Journey's End")
-->"‘I’m the Doctor and ''I’ve just snogged Madame de Pompadour!''"
** Lampshaded in "The Day of the Doctor" by the War and Eleventh Doctors, after the Tenth Doctor's impromptu wedding to Elizabeth I ends with her attempting to snog the Tenth Doctor's face [[BigDamnKiss clean off]].
---> '''War Doctor''': ''[Bemused]'' Is there a lot of this in the future?\\
'''Eleventh Doctor''': ''[Embarrassed]'' It does start to happen, yeah.
* CloningBlues: Doctor!Blue, aka the biological meta-crisis, was the by-product of the Doctor's regeneration energy forming a feedback loop with his severed hand, allowing Ten to keep his face. The clone has all of the post-war angst of the [=9th Doctor=] combined with Donna's [[HotBlooded hot temper]], making him too dangerous to let run loose. This BTW counted as one of the 13 regenerations in his first cycle.
* ComplexityAddiction: He admitted in "Day of the Doctor" than his gadgets tend to have tons of extraneous features, like an [=eReader=] for not-yet-published comic books.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Another meta-example: the guy named David '''Ten'''nant (his stage name, picked years before ''Doctor Who'') gets to play the Tenth Doctor.
* CrazyAwesome: In-universe, as Donna lampshades in "Fires of Pompeii".
--> '''Donna''': You fought her off. ''With a Water Pistol''. I bloody ''love'' you!
* CulturedBadass: Acknowledged in "Fires of Pompeii" when he easily wins a verbal sparring match with Lucius Petrus Dextrus, who notes that the Doctor clearly shows himself to be a man of learning.
* DeathByIrony: Ten inadvertently triggers his demise in his very first story, when he blithely unseats Harriet Jones. This sets in motion a series of events leading to his regeneration.
* DespiteThePlan: The remnant of the darker Doctors inside him (particularly Seven) favors bold, decisive action that ends with saving the day and everyone cheering. The only problem is, being that he's also carrying around bits of the [=5th Doctor=], he [[DoomMagnet isn't any good at it]], and takes it unbearably hard when innocents die on his watch. He managed to get nearly everyone in his rescue party (barring a con man and a Billy Zane-type slimeball) killed onboard the ''Titanic''; in "Midnight", all of the Doctor's strengths are turned against him, and his refusal to leave behind even ''one'' person nearly ends up killing everyone; and in "Waters of Mars", he crowns himself the new emperor of time, only to shockingly discover that he hasn't changed history one iota.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Rose. Despite being ''[[EveryoneCanSeeIt clearly]]'' in love with her and it being heavily implied that she was the ''real'' reason he wasted an entire regeneration not to change his face, at the end of "Journey's End" he leaves her with the half-human Clone!Doctor, who would be able to grow old with her and give her the life he never could.
* DisorganizedOutlineSpeech: Twice.
* DistressedDude: Not as frequent as his predecessors, but still continuing the tradition.
* DitzyGenius: Really, ''really'' ditzy.
* DoesntLikeGuns: ''Loathes'' them, fighting without them for his entire tenure as the Doctor. The only time this specific incarnation actually [[BatmanGrabsAGun grabbed a gun]] was when he found out that the Time Lords were returning.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: "Don't let me eat pears; I '''HATE''' pears!"
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Doctor is (of course) completely fine with Jack's sexuality, but displays a whole lot of FantasticRacism about Jack's {{Immortality}}. When they finally talk about it, the dialogue intentionally [[HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster sounds more like it's about sexuality than about immortality]]. He explains that Jack had become a Fact of the Timeline, all the while claiming that it's just ''wrong'' and admitting that he honestly finds it hard to look at Jack now. Jack takes it as sounding prejudiced, and Ten notes that he hadn't looked at it that way yet, explaining that as a Time Lord, it's literally an instinctive reaction and he can't help it.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: He always told villains exactly what was in for them if they didn't make a HeelFaceTurn.
* DyingAlone: Vale Decem.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In his introductory episode, not 10 minutes after a quirky monologue about how he never knows what sort of man he is when he first regenerates, in the course of not even ''fifteen seconds'', the Tenth goes from making a light-hearted joke to deftly sending the VillainOfTheWeek plunging to his death without even turning around.
--> '''Doctor:''' No second chances; ''that's'' [[BullyingADragon the sort of man I am.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In addition to being a ChickMagnet.
* ExpressiveHair: Ten's hair has been known for reflecting his mood. During "The Day of the Doctor" his hair is the flattest we've ever seen it, indicating his sadness, but when [[SomethingElseAlsoRises the War Doctor mentions Rose]] it has returned to its usual gravity-defying state.
* FamousLastWords: "I don't wanna go." It's the words he says last ''both times''.
* FantasticRacism: Shades of it towards his clone Jenny, though it had underlying emotional issues as well, since she reminds him of the pain of losing his family and entire race as well. He later accepts her as his "daughter" later in the episode, especially when she "dies".
* FascinatingEyebrow: His left eyebrow is particularly acrobatic...to the point where someone made a parody tribute about [[http://youtu.be/FBgn4PIFzxw it]]
* FingertipDrugAnalysis: Often skips the fingertips and licks the "evidence" directly. This comes back to bite him when, at one point, the "evidence" turns out to be dust made of corpses. [[IAteWhat Ptooey.]]
* FinishingEachOthersSentences: As he warms to the Eleventh Doctor, the pair of them start talking and moving in unison.
* FlatWhat[=/=]BigWhat: His tendency to utter these in increasing confusion occurs so often, it's almost a CatchPhrase.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Ten was most impressed with dashing, cliff-jawed Jackson Lake when it looked like he might be the [=Nth=] Doctor. Pencil-necked Eleven... not so much. The pair immediately start sniping at each other like kids, with the War Doctor standing by as the aggravated parent.
** He showed real contempt when the Eleventh Doctor admitted he'd "forgotten" the exact number of incinerated children on Gallifrey. Ten has it pegged down to the decimal. Unlike the happy reunion with the Fifth Doctor, this incarnation is from a less-innocent era.
* GadgeteerGenius: More than any other Doctor, the Tenth absolutely loves jerry-rigging new devices out of whatever junk is lying around the ship (including building his very own [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} proton pack]]).
* GeekPhysiques: Of the skinny variety. "Little bit thinner. That's weird; give me time, I'll get used to it."
* GibberingGenius: Especially when things get stressful.
* AGodAmI:
** Beneath the over-caffeinated exterior, Ten was one of the more hubristic Doctors, all too aware of his superiority over other races. At his worst, the Doctor deemed himself -- and ''only'' himself -- fit to decide which lives were more important than others. Thankfully, his companions always talked him down in the end.
--->'''Mr. Copper:''' Of all the people to survive, [[KarmaHoudini he's not the one]] you would have chosen is he? But if you could ''choose'', Doctor; if you could decide who lives and who dies... that'd make you a monster.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]], he has a five-minute period where he decides that, as the last Time Lord, he now decides all the laws of time. It is ''terrifying'' and awesome in equal measure.
* GodzillaThreshold: Tied directly to his hatred of guns in that he tries to avoid them if at all possible. You know he feels this trope is met when he either tolerates others using guns or he himself picks one up.
* GoodIsNotSoft: If [[Franchise/MassEffect Shepard]] is not the go to character for this trope then it's probably this guy.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: In this case "In The First Fifteen Hours Of Your Regeneration Cycle" because The Doctor can regrow a hand that was cleanly cut off.
* GuileHero: Frequently plays his enemies at his fingertips.
* HappilyMarried: To Queen Elizabeth I, apparently, [[WomanScorned until he crossed her]].
* HeelRealization: Toward the end of his life, the [=10th=] Doctor suspected there'd be ramifications for his many underhanded moves over the years. This [[ProperlyParanoid turned out to be the case.]]
-->'''Doctor:''' I've taken lives. And I got worse; I got clever. Manipulated people into taking their own. Sometimes I think a Time Lord lives too long.
* HeroesWantRedheads: "Loves a redhead, our naughty Doctor... [[NoodleIncident Has he told you about Elizabeth I]]? Well, she ''thought'' she was the first."
** He also wanted to be a redhead, a ginger to be exact, and was disappointed when he was told he wasn't.
* HeroicSacrifice: Ten has done this many times, with one standing above the rest. It's when he chooses to let himself get blasted by 500,000 rads of radiation to save Wilfred Mott, resulting in his regeneration, knowing very well he doesn't want to trigger it.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Doctor -- who has killed ''very many'' Cybermen and Daleks and orchestrated the deaths of others -- is now 2000 years old and getting meaner every year. Just as Rusty the Dalek had an epiphany ("Life prevails") the Doctor learned evil/bad/nasty/vile things also frequently triumph.
* HotBlooded: Oh so much. He's passionate in nearly everything he does. When he's excited, he can reach {{Keet}} levels.
* HotBloodedSideburns: He's very excited when he discovers them just after regenerating.
* HotScientist: Promotional material likes to play up his sex appeal as well.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: He insisted, then outright begged the Master not die on him - an usual case in that the Master really could have fixed himself in a second and "died" purely out of spite.
* IconicItem: His "brainy specs" (briefly replaced with 3-D glasses at one point) and his dapper suits, always worn with a pair of Chuck Taylors and a longcoat on the go.
* IdiotHair: Which ''naturally'' looks like that without gel or anything, though he fusses with it a lot as well.
* IHatePastMe: The Tenth Doctor finds his previous incarnation -- the hate-filled soldier who fought in the Time War -- abhorrent; this affects how he responds to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter Jenny]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Clone!Doctor]].
* ImmortalityImmorality: He realized how detached he was becoming as early as "School Reunion", and often commented that he'd lived too long to relate to people. On the other hand, he wasn't about to regenerate again if he could help it: cloning himself, running away from his responsibilities to the Ood, and even toying with leaving Wilf to die instead of him.
-->'''[=11th=] Doctor:''' Number Ten once regenerated and kept the same face - I had vanity issues at the time.
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: "IAmSpartacus" joke in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii"]], among others.
* ImprobableAimingSkills[=/=]SuperReflexes: Somehow able to calculate the geometries and physics of flying objects very quickly, saving a runaway baby carriage with [[RubeGoldbergDevice a well-timed cricket ball]]. Also a hint that Mr. "John Smith" isn't all that he seems. (Tellingly, when Ten drops the mask at the end of "The Family of Blood", he effortlessly snatches his pocketwatch out of the air with one hand.)
* InnocentlyInsensitive: As part of his new MotorMouth, the Doctor now tends to say what's on his mind as soon as it enters it, making him quite rude at times. He often recognizes this mid sentence. "Am I being rude again?"
* IronicEcho: His FamousLastWords, "I don't want to go!", compared to his oft-quoted catchphrase, "Allons-y! (Let's go!)"
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: His response to Five's celery stalk corsage. Eleven echoes this sentiment, only this time it's at Ten's "sand shoes."
-->'''Ten:''' They're '''not''' sand shoes!\\
'''War Doctor:''' ''[scoffs]'' Yes, they are.
* {{Keet}}: Provided he's in a good mood rather than being angry or angsty, the only box on the Keet checklist he can't tick is "short" (he's 6'1" according to IMDB).
* KillEmAll: Same problem as the Fifth. Quite a lot of them are HeroicSacrifices, too.
* KnightTemplar: He has annihilated entire fleets of enemy spacecrafts and, presumably, his own people, as well as the various monsters of the week. He seems to swing back and forth on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism quite frequently. In one case, the Doctor was attacked by creatures who wanted to steal his immortality. [[AndIMustScream They got their immortality all right]]. Getting the Doctor personally angry is, in his own words, "not a good place to stand." As Donna says in "The Runaway Bride", "I think sometimes you need somebody to stop you".
** Since he became the LastOfHisKind, the influence of a companion ideally should serve to keep him from [[MoralEventHorizon becoming too monstrous]].
* KlingonPromotion: With supposedly no Time Lords left to govern time and space, he sometimes took it on himself to decide the proper path of history.
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' For a long time now, I thought I was just a survivor, but I'm not. I'm the winner. That's who I am. The ''[[DrunkWithPower Time Lord victorious]]''.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Song for Ten"]] - a bittersweet Christmas ballad - was an original song composed for "The Christmas Invasion" and used as incidental music throughout the Tenth Doctor's run.
** More traditionally, he has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkStjQC_APw longer, more epic]] version of "The Doctor's Theme" from Series 4, as well as additional music titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmAZCI_9C60 "The Doctor Forever"]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEcij0ARkmU "All The Strange, Strange Creatures"]].
* LetsGetDangerous: He usually comes off as a [[CloudCuckoolander scatterbrained goofball]] until things ''really'' start to get serious or one of his {{Berserk Button}}s is pressed, at which point BewareTheNiceOnes comes into full effect.
* LikeASonToMe: He develops this relationship with Wilfred Mott, seeking out his counsel despite being 10 times older than the salty [=WWII=] veteran. For this reason, a mysterious Time Lady referred to as "The Woman" appears to Wilf to explain that the Doctor needs his help. Out of all the people in the world, she picks the closest thing to a father figure the Doctor has. (Claire Bloom's "Woman" character is hinted to be the Doctor's matriarchal figure, with Wilf playing the patriarchal role.)
* LonersAreFreaks: This Doctor traveled by himself for long stretches, having grown weary of heartbreak over his loved ones leaving him. Whenever left alone with his enemies, he tends to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy and threatens to just waste them all.
* LossOfIdentity: The Tenth Doctor carried a lot of baggage -- unsure of "[[ArcWords what kind of man"]] he was on any given day -- and he perhaps never sorted it out. The artificial intelligence embedded inside The Moment summed him up best as, "the man who regrets." This is also why he dreaded regenerating; while some previous Doctors treated it as no big deal, Ten considered it to be dying.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Even then, even if I change, it feels like dying. Everything I am dies. Some new man goes sauntering away... and I'm dead.
* LovedINotHonorMore: For all his reliance on Rose for stability, he seemed determined to shake her. Unwilling to tear her away from her family, he sealed Rose away in an alternate universe with no hope of return. In "Journey's End", Doctor!Blue was deemed too dangerous to be left to his own devices. The genuine Doctor decided to pair him off with Rose, believing she was the only remedy for him. Ten then departed again, presumably for good.
* ManlyTears: Ten wasn't afraid to cry -- losing Rose hit him especially hard, and the impending end of his life (even with the chance he'd just regenerate into a new man) had him on the verge of tears with sheer terror.
* MartyrWithoutACause: On ''many'' occasions.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: ''Yes''. Just ask Rose. As a result of the whole Rose thing, he's extremely clear to both Martha and Donna that they should ''not'' fall in love with him, and that they'll be kicked out of the TARDIS if they do... but of course, this never works out as neatly as he plans it. Jack and Martha both lament that the Doctor keeps making them fall in love with him, then acts completely oblivious to it.
* MeetCute: A much-delayed one with his spouse, River Song. Being that she's from a future point in his timeline, River's already infatuated with him; however, Ten reacts to this strange woman's meddling with barely-masked irritation.
-->'''River:''' Good '''God''', you're hard work young!
* MessianicArchetype: Evokes a ''lot'' of Christian imagery, and re-enacts multiple Bible scenes, especially whenever he's on New Earth. Seems to be aware of it in "Voyage of the Damned", when he commands the robotic angels to carry him up to the control room.
* MindRape: Both given and received. What he was forced to do to Donna continues to haunt him.
* MoralityChain: It's outright stated that he needs his Companions in order not to act cruelly or give in to his [[AGodAmI god complex]] and become TheUnfettered. Only Donna seems to realise this and (eventually) successfully fulfill this role by frequently asking WhatTheHellHero.
* MotorMouth: Often, especially when he gets excited.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the end of "The Waters of Mars."
* NecktieHeadband: A memorable reverie in [=16th=] century France. There's a reason they call it the House of Bourbon.
-->'''Doctor:''' I think I just invented the banana daiquiri a couple of centuries early.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** One of the first things he does after regenerating is overthrow Harriet Jones, changing history to screw Britain out of its promised "Golden Age" and leading directly to the ascension of Prime Ministers [[PresidentEvil Harry Saxon]] and [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Brian Green]].
** Possibly due to holding back his regeneration for so long in order to say goodbye, he suffers a particularly violent regeneration that nearly destroys the TARDIS and damages the sonic screwdriver. This ends up severely screwing over his next regeneration. (He also could have done himself a favor and not accidentally aimed the regeneration burnoff directly at the console.)
* NightmareFetishist: Was usually thrilled to meet new and bizarre monsters, often calling them "beautiful". QueenVicky had a problem with this, and banished him and Rose from the kingdom for treating deadly alien threats as fun and games.
** It also almost gets him lynched in "Midnight."
* NotHimself: Has been possessed, brainwashed, DNA-altered, cloned and generally displaced more than ''any'' other Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} character.
* NotSoDifferent: The Tenth Doctor and The Master often are depicted as opposite sides of the same coin. Particularly noticeable in ''Waters of Mars'' when the Doctor flat-out becomes him for a brief moment:
--> '''Doctor''': The laws of time are mine and ''THEY WILL OBEY ME!''
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Occasionally he'd mess up a vowel (Tennant's native accent is Scottish, demonstrated for fun in "Tooth and Claw"), and in "Smith And Jones" Davies gave him the phrase "Judoon platoon upon the moon" just to mess with him.
* OralFixation: Oh yes.
* OtherMeAnnoysMe: Ten is highly disturbed by the [[HalfHumanHybrid Metacrisis Doctor's]] willingness to succumb to his darker impulses when facing the Daleks in "Journey's End", likening him to the Ninth Doctor as someone born in blood and battle. Part of the reason he chose to leave the clone with Rose was so she can make him into a better man, as she had for him.
** He was very irritated by Eleven's constant teasing in "Day of the Doctor" and kept telling him to shut up.
* PermaStubble: He always has a 5 o'clock shadow, which makes it look like he shaves before going to bed. Lampshaded when he meets the Fifth Doctor in ''Time Crash'';
--> '''Tenth Doctor''': Check out this bone structure, Doctor, because one day you're gonna be shaving it!
* PopCulturedBadass: Extremely. His very first RousingSpeech is from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** Ten is a fan of [[TheEighties eighties]] pop culture in particular, owing to the nostalgia wave going on at the time. He happily references ''Ghostbusters'' while hunting for the undead (while wearing 3-D glasses, no less), cites ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' as a means of explaining the grandfather paradox to Martha, and calls the Master "Skeletor".
* PreemptiveApology: So often that it's a CatchPhrase: "I'm sorry. I'm so sorry."
* PrettyBoy:
** Lampshaded in "Silence in the Library", though it takes him a bit to catch on.
--->'''River:''' Pretty boy! With me, I said.\\
'''Doctor:'''... Oh, ''I'm'' pretty boy?\\
'''Donna:''' '''''Yes!''''' ''[Disturbed]'' Ooh, that came out a bit quick...
** Invoked by the Eleventh Doctor in "The Time of the Doctor", in regards to the Metacrisis regeneration.
---> '''Eleventh Doctor''': Well number Ten once regenerated and kept the same face... I had ''vanity issues'' at the time.
* PrideBeforeAFall: The Tenth Doctor's FatalFlaw. A charismatic Doctor, surrounded by often adoring companions, most of his problems arise from being a little ''too'' [[ProtagonistCentredMorality comfortable in the role]] of "the hero", leading him to become a little too arrogant to admit the possibility of him failing. This eventually comes to a head in "The Waters of Mars", where he briefly declares himself [[AGodAmI a God]], with near-disastrous consequences.
* ProphecyTwist: "He will knock four times."
* PsychoticSmirk: Briefly adopts one when he goes off the deep end during "Waters of Mars".
* RasputinianDeath: Ten could take a good deal of punishment. His last adventure ended with him falling several stories into a glass canopy (peeling himself off the floor a la Wile E. Coyote), then getting bombarded with lethal radiation. He staggered on for a few more hours, finally collapsing in a icy street. He very nearly froze solid until the Ood sang a song to guide him to the safety of his TARDIS...where he promptly regenerated.
* RecycledInSpace: In one ''[[Series/DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'' sketch, he is referred to as "Jarvis Cocker [-IN SPACE-]!"
* ResuscitateTheDog: His HeroicSacrifice had strong overtones of this.
* RousingSpeech: Good at these. Tends to occasionally get [[{{Metaphorgotten}} lost a bit on the way]] though.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Tenth Doctor ''did'' marry [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Queen Elizabeth I]], and as such, ''was'' technically the King of England at one point in time. One wonders how the Doctor being King of England works out, because never dying does create certain problems for the chain of succession, and the entire purpose of a monarchy. Though Elizabeth dying probably means the Doctor is no longer King.
* SayMyName: The Tenth Doctor loves to scream ‘MAAAAAARFAAAAA!’ and 'DONNAAAAAAAAA!'. It calls to mind [[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy another hammy thespian]] who's known for shouting ‘HAAAAACE!’
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem:
** "Waters of Mars":
--->'''Doctor:''' There are laws of time. Once upon a time there were people in charge of those laws but they died. They ''all'' died. Do you know who that leaves? '''ME!''' It's taken me all these years to realize that the laws of time are ''mine'' and THEY WILL OBEY '''ME!'''
** Not since the [=3rd Doctor=] has this much emphasis been put on the "Lord" part of the job description. Only Donna proved saucy enough to stand up to him ("The Fires of Pompeii").
--->'''Donna Noble:''' What, and you're in charge?\\
'''[=10th Doctor=]''': ''[pretends to ponder this]'' Hmm, TARDIS, Time Lord, '''YEAH!'''\\
'''Donna Noble:''' [[IronicEcho Donna, Human, NO!]]
* ASharedSuffering:
** The Trope Namer. The Doctor considered his test tube daughter, Jenny, a mockery of the Time Lord race with no grasp of his culture or what they've lost. (Worse yet, she's a solider, making her doubly devilish in Ten's eyes.) However, he quickly felt remorse for the harsh things he'd said.
** This was also his motive for sparing the Master's life, against the protests of his companions and his own better judgment. Lucy Saxon vetoed him by shooting his captive in the gut, whereupon the Master decided to forego regeneration out of pure spite.
--->'''Master:''' How 'bout that? I ''[[WeWinBecauseYouDidnt win]].''
* ShesNotMyGirlfriend: A running gag with Donna. For once, it's absolutely true, and they really are just best friends. (Which is why, when he needs a "shock" to save his life, her snogging him does the trick quite well. They never speak of it again.)
* ShipperOnDeck: Usually tells Jack Harkness to stop flirting with everyone, but eventually plays wingman to hook Jack up with Midshipman Alonso Frame.
* ShortLivedBigImpact: In-universe example. Because of Russell T. Davies' decision to have one year pass per season, as opposed to Steven Moffat's century-spanning [[TimeSkip time skips]] and the large jumps in the Doctor's age from the classic series, the Tenth Doctor is canonically the Doctor with the shortest lifetime, but fit several of the most important and far-reaching events of his entire life within those few years.
* ShirtlessScene: In "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End". (Actually a naked scene, but we only get to see his upper half.)
* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: The only Doctor thus far to dare ''Time itself'' to try and stop him -- which he thought Time could not do, seeing as he controls the last TARDIS and is the last temporal "law"-maker in the universe.
* SociopathicHero: Turned into this briefly during "The Waters Of Mars", being heroic (if arguably so) and disturbing in equal measure.
--> '''Doctor''': I'm so old now. I used to have so much ''mercy''...
* SpecsOfAwesome: Both the brainy specs and his "Doomsday" glasses.
* StepfordSmiler:
-->'''The Doctor:''' Oh, I'm always all right.\\
'''Donna: '''Is "all right" special Time Lord code for... not really all right at all?
* SugarAndIcePersonality: These warring sides of his psyche came to the fore in Series 4 onward, particularly the specials.
* SwordFight: Right after regenerating, the Doctor takes on the leader of an alien invasion force in [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion a Christmas invasion]].
* TechnicalPacifist: Eventually confessing to Wilf that he "got clever". The trope already came back to bite him on day one of his tenure, when he deposed Harriet Jones for her (arguably entirely justified) war crime, broke the Web of Time (she was supposed to be Prime Minister for three terms), and made way for the very nasty Prime Ministers Harold Saxon and Brian Green instead.
* ThatManIsDead: Inverted in "Family of Blood". The Doctor tells Joan that he shares all of the feelings "Smith" had. Joan, for her part, sees only an unfeeling bastard standing in the doorway, not her true love.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: According to Eleven, it's bacon. Eleven gags when reintroduced to it.
* TranquilFury: ''And'' NoIndoorVoice. He's loud when he's in a good mood and quiet when he's pissed off.
* TraumaCongaLine: Ten's entire career could be described this way--which is saying a LOT considering the Doctor in general.
* TrulySingleParent: To Jenny, a daughter-clone harvested from his cells in "The Doctor's Daughter". He's ''not'' happy about being forced into parenthood at gunpoint.
** Almost-single parent to the Clone, who is technically the offspring of him and Donna.
* UnkemptBeauty: He'd be a SharpDressedMan if he did his tie up, stopped wearing trainers, shaved properly, neatened his hair, pressed his suit and stopped fiddling with his buttons. All of these were deliberate choices by David Tennant who insisted on the trainers and requested a suit that wrinkled and had lots of buttons to play with.
* VerbalTic: "Welllll..."
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Donna. This has become Tennant and Tate's standard whenever they work together.
** In the rather short time they got to know each other, Ten and Eleven got on rather well most of the time, even when they endlessly took shots at each other.
--->'''Ten:''' What are you doing here? I'm busy!\\
'''Eleven:''' Oh, "busy"? I see, [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow is that what we're calling it, eh?]] Eh? ''[bows before the two Queen Elizabeths]'' Helloooo, ladies.\\
'''Ten:''' ''Don't start...''\\
'''Eleven:''' Listen, what you get up to in the privacy of your own regeneration is your business.\\
'''Ten:''' One of them is a ''Zygon''.\\
'''Eleven:''' ''[Disgusted]'' Eurgh... ''[Quickly backpedals]'' [[BoldlyComing I'm not judging you.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Breaks his own rules in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] by saving the people whose death would have inspired the human race to spread out into space. Is called out on it in the most horrific way possible: The key person who was supposed to die fully understands what happened, and quietly walks off to kill herself. Which leads to the Doctor having a nervous breakdown.
** Later invokes this in "The Day of the Doctor" towards Eleven when he learns his future regeneration forgot how many children there were on Gallifrey.
* YouCantFightFate: Invoked countless times over the course of his run. As soon as he thought he'd finally triumphed over it, [[CoolOldGuy someone]] [[ProphecyTwist knocks]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime four times]]...
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Especially at the end of "The Family of Blood".
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[[folder:Eleventh Doctor]]
!!!Eleventh Doctor
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->''"There's something you better understand about me, because it's important and one day your life may depend on it: I am ''definitely'' a madman with a box!"''

-->Played by: Creator/MattSmith (2010-2014)[[note]]He was the Doctor from New Years Day 2010 to Christmas Day 2013; he returned for a brief cameo in 2014 for Peter Capaldi's first full episode as the Doctor[[/note]]

The fairy tale wizard who sorts out problems with a wave of his magic wand. Had a distinct air of an old professor in a young man's body, trying in vain to blend in with his younger, more sociable companions. Frequently tripping over his own tangled thoughts, words and limbs, Eleven was [[CloudCuckooLander definitely a lot more alien]] than many other incarnations. He seemed overjoyed at his unexpected youth, hopping and skipping all over the place regardless of the seriousness of the situation. Like his predecessor, however, scratch the surface and you would find a secretive old man who was very liable to snap into TranquilFury mode if you hurt him. Creator/MattSmith was the youngest Doctor to date: only 26 when cast, three years younger than previous record-holder Creator/PeterDavison.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: This Doctor tends to be very flighty at times. Most notably in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger "The Lodger"]], when he has to pretend to be a normal human while being a bit distracted by having to save the universe. His rather [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel out of date clothes]] also [[AstonishinglyAppropriateAppearance evoke]] this.
* AccidentalMarriage: The MarilynMonroe incident.
* AccidentalPervert: Best shown by his reaction to finding a woman in the changing room, while he was looking for Cybermats.
--> '''Doctor''': Sorry madam... ''try that dress in red!''
* AccidentalProposal: Accidentally asks River to marry him on two separate occasions.
* {{Adorkable}}: Is extremely awkward, and equally endearing because of it. A particularly good example is in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]] where he tries to be cool, and fails epically.
---> '''The Doctor''': Who da man?
---> (''Complete silence from Amy and Rory'')
---> '''The Doctor''': Oh it's... I'm never saying that again, fine!
* AffectionateGestureToTheHead: Very fond of kissing his companions' foreheads, much like Three used to do with Jo. Also sometimes very fond of kissing them square on the mouth when he's really excited, much like Eight used to do -- regardless of their gender. Or sexuality. Or marital status.
* AllergicToRoutine: Linear time doesn't agree with him, and he actively hates having to wait for things in chronological order, or having to bother remembering the natural order of centuries when talking to humans. In "The Power of Three", we see that just ''sitting still'' on a planet for a few days annoys him more than anything, leading him to manically rush off, paint Amy and Rory's fence, kick-up a football ''five million'' times (or so he claims) and cut the grass... in about an hour. When he sees Amy’s life in the dullest village known to man he wonders what they do to stave off the self-harm.
** Given the Doctor's odium toward spending even a day in one place, we can surmise that his time on Trenzalore wasn't very pleasant at all.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Eleven is the first Doctor to actively snog a male companion on the show. ([[ThrowItIn Not that it was scripted or anything.]]) Creator/StevenMoffat has even explicitly stated that the Doctor doesn't ''care'' about words like "gay" or "straight", and has some trouble grasping what they mean.
** A great throwaway example of this shows up in "Let's Kill Hitler" when he tells Mels that he danced with everyone at Rory and Amy's wedding, not seeming to understand why the men were "a bit shy."
* AnArmAndALeg: He apparently acquires a wooden leg on Trenzalore.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When pressed, Eleven claims he never bothered to count how many children supposedly died at his hands during the Time War. Ten neatly reveals this to be a lie ("2.47 billion") and, when Eleven still insists he doesn't remember, can only look on with horror and revulsion.
-->'''[=10th Doctor=]:''' 400 years? Is that all it takes?!\\
'''[=11th Doctor=]:''' ''[coldly]'' I moved on.\\
'''[=10th Doctor=]''': ''[voice cracks]'' WHERE? Where could you be now, that you forget something like ''that?!''
* AttendingYourOwnFuneral: A variant. The Doctor visits his own grave on the fields of Trenzalore.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: He's on about the same level as Eight, and gets pulled off-topic very often.
-->'''Doctor:''' Ooh, now, what's this? Now, I love this, a big flashy lighty thing! That's what brought me here. Big flashy lighty things have got me written all over them. Not actually. Give me time. And a crayon.
* AttentionWhore: The one time nobody's paying attention to him, he gets annoyed.
-->'''Doctor:''' I'm being extremely clever up here and there's no one to stand around looking impressed. What's the point in having you all?
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: The Doctor's SherlockScan in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol "A Christmas Carol"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]].
* BabyTalk: The Doctor speaks everything, and that includes Baby.
* BackToBackBadasses: With River.
* {{Badass}}: Just look below at all the subcategories he qualifies for!
* BadassArmy: Can assemble an impressive one.
* BadassBeard: Grows two during the premiere and finale of season six after being locked up for months. He shaves soon after being released.
* BadassBoast: Eleven seems quite fond of these.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Hello. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I'm the Doctor.]] [[PrepareToDie Basically... run.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never ''ever'' put in a trap: '''''Me.'''''
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]]:
--->'''Doctor:''' Look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else I don't have. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Anything. To. Lose!]] So, if you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceship with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica, tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, [[LargeHam AAAAAND THEN]]... do the ''smart'' thing. Let somebody else try first.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]].
--->'''House:''' Fear me. I've killed ''hundreds'' of Time Lords!\\
'''The Doctor:''' Fear me. [[ThreatBackfire I've killed all of them]].
** In the same episode:
--->'''The Doctor:''' You gave me hope and then took it away. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. ''God knows'' what it will do to me. Basically... RUN!
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Imagine you were dying and a long way from home and in terrible pain. And just when you think it couldn't get any worse, you look up and see the face of [[ArchEnemy the devil himself]]... Hello, Dalek.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, ''moment by moment'', until nothing remained. ''No'' time. ''No'' space. ''Just me!'' I've walked in universes where the laws of ''physics'' were devised by the mind of a '''''MAD... MAN'''''. I've watched universes ''freeze'' and creations ''burn''. I have seen things you wouldn't believe. ''I have lost things you'll never understand!'' And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. ''Knowledge that will make parasite gods BLAZE!'' '''''SO COME OOOOON THEN! TAKE IT! TAKE IT ALL, BABY! HAVE IT! YOU HAVE IT ALL!'''''
** And the boast to top them all, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]:
--->'''War Doctor:''' There's [[DarkestHour still a billion billion Daleks up there attacking]].\\
'''11th Doctor:''' Yeah, yeah, there is...\\
'''10th Doctor:''' [[FinishingEachOthersSentences ...but there's something those billion billion Daleks don't know...]]\\
'''11th Doctor:''' ...[[FinishingEachOthersSentences 'cause if they did, they'd probably send for]] '''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere reinforcements!]]'''\\
'''Clara:''' What? What don't they know??\\
'''11th Doctor:''' Heh! This time, there's ''three'' of us.
** His response to Tasha Lem, who reveals a breakaway sect of the Papal Mainframe once sent a hitman (River) to kill him. Eleven scoffs, "''Totally'' married her."
** Just as he starts his regeneration in [[DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], he delivers the boast to silence all the others.
--->'''Dalek Cruiser:''' You are dying, Doctor.\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[YouSeeImDying Yes, I'm dying. You've been trying to kill me for centuries, and here I am, dying of old age]]. [[SarcasmMode If you want something done, do it yourself]].\\
'''Dalek Cruiser:''' You will die, and the Time Lords will never return.\\
'''The Doctor:''' You still can't work up the courage to shoot me, can you? You're still worried I've got something up my sleeve. Well, you knock yourselves out, boys. I've got nothing this time.\\
(''Crack opens in the sky and golden regeneration energy flies into the Doctor's mouth.'')\\
'''Dalek Cruiser:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner You will die now, Doctor. This is the end of you.]]\\
'''Dalek Cruiser:''' The rules of regeneration are known. You have expended all your lives.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Sorry? What did you say? Did you mention ''the rules?'' Now, listen... bit of advice. Tell me the truth, if you think you know it. Lay down the law, if you're feeling brave. But, Daleks, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers never. Ever! Tell me the rules!]]\\
'''Dalek Cruiser:''' [[OhCrap EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY! THE DOCTOR IS REGENERATING! THE DOCTOR IS REGENERATING!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' Oh look at this, regeneration number 13! We're breaking some serious science here boys! I'll tell ya what! It's gonna be a whopper!!\\
'''Dalek Cruiser:''' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE THE DOCTOR! ]]
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'''The Doctor:''' You think you can stop me now Daleks?! IF YOU WANT MY LIFE, '''COME. AND. GET IT!''' (''starts regenerating, destroying all the Daleks'') Haha! LOVE FROM GALLIFREY, BOYS!
* BadassBookworm: Reading is one of his favorite hobbies, and he dislikes being disturbed while doing so.
* BadassFamily: By the end of "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]", he's married to River, and Amy and Rory are his in laws.
* BadassFingersnap: By this point, he only needs to snap his fingers to open the doors of the TARDIS. (He could presumably use this to summon it too, as seen in some of the DW comics.)
* BadassGrandpa: Being over 1000 years old, he's technically ''always'' this ([[Characters/DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions and in a literal sense to boot]]). But becomes a more exemplified example during his several hundred years guarding the town of Christmas. He needs a cane to get around, but he's still got the fire.
* BadassLongcoat: Starts wearing an awesome, suitably long, green coat as of "[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler}} Let's Kill Hitler]]". He then starts wearing a purple one as a permanent part of his new outfit in Series 7.
* BattleCouple: With River.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Apparently he's the inspiration for [[EenieMeenieMinyMoai the Easter Island statues]].
* BerserkButton:
** Don't threaten or hurt ''anyone'' the Doctor's taken a liking to. For example:
*** When Amy is kidnapped in "Good Man Goes To War", the Doctor goes out of his way to humiliate the captor.
---->'''The Doctor:''' Those words. [[NeverLiveItDown "Run away." I want you to be famous for those exact words.]] I want people to call you Colonel Run-Away. I want [[HumiliationConga children laughing outside your door 'cos they've found the house of Colonel Run-Away]]. And when people come to you and ask you if trying to get to me through '''the people I love''' is in any way a good idea… [[FateWorseThanDeath I want you to tell them your name.]]
*** Or when The Weeping Angels kill the marine he liked, Bob, and then start taunting him with it, he wipes the Angels from existence by the end of "Flesh and Stone".
*** Or when he finds out House killed Time Lords who were once his very close friends in "The Doctor's Wife".
----> '''Doctor''': ''[[[TranquilFury quietly]]]'' [[YouAreNotAlone You gave me hope]] and then [[LastOfHisKind took it all away]]. That would make ''anyone'' dangerous, God knows what it would do to ''me!'' Basically... '''''RUN!'''''
*** Or his constant companion, the TARDIS, as the Silence and House learned when he had them brutally killed.
** The Last Great Time War is also still a major BerserkButton. In "A Town Called Mercy", the Doctor flies into a violent rage and tries to have a man who [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what he had to do]] in a bloody war, killed by throwing him out of the town at gunpoint into the jaws of an enemy. Only Amy pulling WhatTheHellHero makes the Doctor stop.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Rory's Betty for Amy's affections.
** IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: A rare case where the hypotenuse to be is concerned with the happiness of both cathetus, since he really ''does'' like Rory despite their frequent squabbling.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: While the Eleventh is generally a silly and giddy character, you still don't want to piss him off.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]]: The Doctor goes after a Dalek with a ''[[WrenchWhack Wrench]]'' after being driven over the edge by the Daleks' FalseFriend gambit.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]: The Doctor erases every Weeping Angel on the planet from existence.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon "Day of the Moon"]]: As punishment for [[BerserkButton kidnapping Amy]], screwing with humanity's development over centuries and all the people who died because of their actions over Series 5, the Doctor [[KillEmAll arranges the Silence's genocide]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]]: The Doctor's reaction to learning that [[EldritchAbomination House]] has lured hundreds of Time Lords to their death, consumed their [=TARDISes=] and used Time Lord corpses to repair his PeoplePuppets; but the final clincher is making the Doctor think there were ''other'' survivors from the Time War. He lets the TARDIS finish House off by devouring him, smiling as he dies screaming.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]]: The Doctor blows up an ''entire legion'' of Cyberships just to get Amy's location. He then forces the Colonel leading the forces who took Amy to tell his troops to "run away", just to humiliate the man.
--->'''The Doctor:''' Good men don't need rules. Today is ''not'' the day to find out why I have ''so many''.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"]]: As punishment for massacring all the Silurians aboard the ark, the Doctor leaves Solomon to die on an out of control ship right before it gets hit by a couple of nukes.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy "A Town Called Mercy"]]: Tries to force Kahler-Jex at gunpoint to walk to his death. What's really disturbing about this is that Kahler-Jex is more of an AntiVillain than anything else. He just reminds the Doctor too much of everything the Doctor hates about himself. It takes Amy with a gun to stop him.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He can be quite the goofball, but at the end of the day he's still the same OneManArmy that's saved the universe an endless number of times. He is also ''much'' more casual about killing off villains than 9 or 10 were.
* BigDamnKiss: After over 700 years of deep mutual love, he finally gets to kiss the TARDIS. Who promptly bites him on the ear.
** He shares some very Big Damn Kisses with River Song as well. And he snogs Rory Williams out of sheer joy at one point. With Amy Pond having forced him into a kiss early on, he's now made out with the whole family -- River and all three of her parents.
** Clara wasted no time in getting in on the action. The Doctor didn't quite agree with the idea.
** He dips and kisses Jenny Flint after she saves his life. Lesbian, married Jenny Flint. It earns him a hard slap to the face.
* BigEntrance: With some frequency, notably through a chimney in "The Christmas Carol":
-->'''Doctor:''' Ah. Yes. Blimey. Sorry. Christmas Eve on a rooftop, saw a chimney, my whole brain just went: "What the hell!"
* BigShutUp: Does this a lot. To villains, to his companions, even to inanimate objects.
* BizarreTasteInFood: The Eleventh Doctor's taste for fish sticks dipped in custard. The first time he tried them post-regeneration trauma was playing havoc with his taste buds, but he's also seen enjoying them in later episodes, such as "The Power of Three".
* BookEnds: Not to this incarnation, but to his whole life. As he ages in "The Time of the Doctor," he starts to look less like Eleven and more like Hartnell's original incarnation. When he finally regenerates, he's regenerated into an eccentric older man with no idea how to pilot the very TARDIS he's owned as long as the viewers have known him.
** For a proper bookend, towards the end of his introductory episode, he puts on a bowtie and at literally, the final seconds of his life, he undoes it and let it drop to the floor.
* BorrowedCatchphrase:
** Borrows River Song's in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], where he states it to River Song when she meets him for the first time and [[StableTimeLoop leads her to adopt the phrase to begin with]]. He also states it to the Tenth Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]].
--> '''Doctor''': Spoilers.
** He also likes to use Tenth's phrase of describing things as "Timey Wimey". Which is lampshaded by the Tenth Doctor when they meet in [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]].
--> '''War Doctor''' (''in disbelief''): Timey Wimey?
--> '''10th Doctor''': [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial I have no idea where he gets that from]].
** Borrows one of the Master's in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E12ClosingTime "Closing Time"]], when he realises the "[[PlayingPossum deactivated]]" Cybermat is attempting to reboot itself ''again''. Borrows it once again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]] when he's reversing Clara's upload into the data-cloud.
--> '''Doctor''': Oh no you ''don't!''
* BowtiesAreCool: The TropeNamer. In his first season, he tends to wear blue bowties in the past, and red ones when visiting the future.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Oi! Eyes on the tie. Look at me. I wear it and I don't care. Trust me?\\
'''Boy:''' Yes.\\
'''The Doctor:''' That's why it's cool.
* BrutalHonesty:
** Bluntly tells Amelia in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]] that she's dying of Weeping Angel infestation.
** And Oswin in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]] that [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie she was a Dalek the whole time]].
** He even explicitly criticizes the idea of the white lie.
--->'''The Doctor:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh yes, because if we lie to her it'll make her all better!]]
** He isn't even capable of lying about the most minor issues, as evidenced by this encounter with Craig:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Oh, you've redecorated! I don't like it!
* BuffySpeak: "Big flashy lighty thing", "blue boringers", "uppy-downy stuff in a big blue box", among others. The War Doctor mocks him for it extensively and -- correctly -- surmises it's Eleven's way of trying to forget how harsh everything around him can be.
* TheCameo: In "Deep Breath".
* TheCastShowoff: The football match in "The Lodger" highlights that Matt Smith was headed to be a professional footballer before he had a career-ending injury.
* CatchPhrase: Eleven ''loves'' catchphrases, and has a lot of fun inventing new ones.
** "Blimey."
** "Geronimo!".
** "{{Bowties are cool}}". Morphs into: "It's an X. I wear an X now. Xs are cool." Or just: [[MadLibsCatchPhrase Xs are cool]]. The one exception to this is in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]]. "Monks are not cool!"
** The occasional utterance of "It's a thing...", usually referring to one of his ''many'' {{Indy Ploy}}s.
** "It's an X. Love an X."
** "Come along Pond(s)!" and variations such as "Come along, Bitey!" -- to a ''Cybermat''.
** Much like Ten's PreemptiveApology, Eleven's "Trust me" crops up now and again.
** "Imagine X... [[{{Dissimile}} but don't, because it's nothing like that.]]"
** "Rubbish."
** A preemptive "Shut up!"
** "That's new!"
** "Yowza!"
** (when answering the phone) "Hello, the TARDIS!"
* CharacterDevelopment: After his Ponds are gone, Eleven becomes ''much'' more careful and protective of people around him, and starts acting much older. He's still a complete ManChild in series 7, but one who extensively prepares, calculates and calls for backup when needed.
* CharacterTics: The Eleventh has many noticeable ones, such as [[EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning spinning a whole 270 degrees right in order to simply turn left]], [[note]]And props to Creator/MattSmith for making this look completely natural every time![[/note]] dashing a few steps beyond someone (often a few steps up a flight of stairs) when he approaches them, walking or standing with his arms straight down, generally flailing, doing entirely unrelated stuff with his hands while he's kissing someone, holding up both his index fingers when he explains things (often ''while'' spinning), slouching smugly in a chair when he's talking to a villain, crossing his hearts, shifting his jaw when he's upset, and scratching his face when he's utterly perplexed.
-->'''War Doctor:''' Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?\\
'''Eleven:''' ''[gesturing emphatically]'' Yes! [[NoExceptYes No...]]
* CheckAndMate: Loves making these speeches.
* ChickMagnet: In a completely [[{{Adorkable}} different]] way than Ten: half of the time he appears to be completely oblivious to people hitting on him.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: To the point where he nearly has a meltdown in "Closing Time" since he desperately wants to leave and not investigate the strange things that are happening.
--> '''Doctor''': Not noticing, just going! Not noticing, just ''going!'' Not noticing, just '''going!'''
* CloudCuckooLander: He's ''seriously'' loopy.
* ComfortingComforter: After having rescued her from an attack by the episode's antagonists, he gently tucks an exhausted and sleeping Clara into bed and leaves her a plate of jammy dodgers in "The Bells of Saint John".
* CompanionCube: In "The Time of the Doctor", he adopts a severed Cyberman head (without any organic bits) as a companion, which he dubs "Handles". It ends up keeping him company for the first few centuries of the Siege of Trenzalore, before eventually "dying" of mechanical failure.
* ConstantlyCurious: Eleven is a real "try anything once" kind of person, and happily throws himself into any kind of new situation.
* ConsummateLiar: "Rule one: the Doctor lies." He ''doesn't'' lie about lying, though.
* ContrivedCoincidence: A meta example. Matt Smith is listed as Matt Smith (XI) on the [=IMDb=]. [[note]]This is including all kinds of cast and crew members. Of those eleven, he's only the fourth ''actor''.[[/note]]
* CoolOldGuy:
** Despite how young he looks, he's about a thousand years old. Doesn't stop him from being insanely hyper and completely nuts.
-->'''Doctor:''' Don't let the cool gear fool you, I am getting on a bit.
** Matt Smith has said he tends to play the Eleventh Doctor as ''thinking'' he's a lot cooler than he ''[[{{Adorkable}} actually]]'' is.
* CovertPervert: Paired with a grand helping of guilt, seen as early as "Amy's Choice" (as pointed out by the Dream Lord), in "The Angels Take Manhattan" ("Yowza!" indeed) and "Nightmare in Silver" (where he has some moral issues with how much he's been accidentally noticing Clara's skirts). Eleven generally loves "a bad girl", and delights in flirting with River.
* CreepyGood: Eleven can get tremendously frightening, and is prone to very violent outbursts when he's angry.
* CuddleBug: Loves kissing his companions on their foreheads and giving them random hugs. Defaults to a SecurityCling and backrubs when he has to deliver bad news. Is also the first Doctor since Eight to snog companions for absolutely no reason (although in Rory's case, that wasn't actually in the script -- Creator/MattSmith just has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace).
* CulturedBadass: Loves playing the piano and generally being part of classical culture.
* TheDandy: Sticks to a LimitedWardrobe when he's still with his Ponds, but goes full-on dandy after they leave. His series 7 outfits are inspired by Victorian, Edwardian and Teddy Boy fashion, with plenty of waistcoats, top hats, bowler hats, watch chains and gorgeous coats.
* DatingCatwoman: Gets HappilyMarried to a self-professed psychopath raised to assassinate him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Happy chap, but quite capable of dropping the snark when the situation calls for it.
* {{Determinator}}: The Siege of Trenzalore. Multiple enemy fleets parked in orbit vs a small village and the Doctor, becoming a siege that lasts for centuries. Despite being in his [[OutOfContinues supposedly final incarnation]] and having a way out once the TARDIS returns three hundred years into the battle, he still ''does not run''.
* {{Dissimile}}: Used so often it's a CatchPhrase.
-->'''Doctor:''' It's fine, we're entering conceptual space. Imagine a banana, or anything curved. Well, actually, don't, because it's not curved or like a banana. Forget the banana.
* DistressedDude: By the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E12ThePandoricaOpens "The Pandorica Opens"]] Eleven is shoved inside the Pandorica by the enemy alliance and bolted inside.
* DitzyGenius: He's a HollywoodHacking GadgeteerGenius with AttentionDeficitOohShiny disorder.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Eleven looking for food at young Amelia's house and hating everything is very reminiscent of Tigger's introduction story in WinnieThePooh
* TheDreaded: When he's involved, basically ''run!'' In Series 6 this reputation comes back to kick him in the ass, causing him to work on [[DefiedTrope defying]] it in series 7 by slowly erasing himself from every database in the universe.
* DyingAsYourself: Although he lives long enough to die of ''old age'', the regeneration energy coursing through him briefly resets his appearance during his final moments.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: In "The Time of the Doctor", he uses his regeneration energy to take out the Daleks. Let's face it. Eleven wouldn't have gone out any other way.
--> '''Eleven:''' [[LargeHam IF YOU WANT MY LIFE! COME! AND! GET IT!!!!]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: Series 6 has [[http://anongallery.org/img/8286/doctor-who.jpg that awkward moment]] when you get shot by your wife in front of your wife who then tries to shoot your wife. While your best friend is off to the side, pregnant with your wife. That's all the same wife, by the way. Oh, and he's kissed ''all three'' of his wife's parents, one of whom is his ''other'' wife.
** Amy Pond is his mother-in-law twice over. First because he married her daughter, River Song. Second, because Amy married UsefulNotes/HenryVIII, the father of the Doctor's ''other'' wife, [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Elizabeth I.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Despite having gone through more personal tragedy than most other regenerations, not to mention his continued trauma from the Time War and over a millennium's worth of self loathing, Eleven has possibly the happiest ending of any regeneration, having saved his Companion and the town he had been defending for centuries, made peace with some of his most bitter enemies, and in his last moments witnessed that not only had he truly saved his people but that the Time Lords were finally showing him gratitude for all he had done by changing history to save him, granting him a brand new regeneration cycle and aiding him in defeating the Daleks once again.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: After being granted a new regeneration cycle by the Time Lords in "The Time of the Doctor", his regeneration proves to be so violent that he's able to use it as a weapon to destroy the Dalek fleet in orbit of Trenzalore.
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': ''[[PreAsskickingOneLiner Love from Gallifrey, boys!]]''
* EnemyWithout: When his dark side manifests itself as a separate person, it's ''quite'' dark indeed.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Loves stuff that spins. Has a habit of spinning around a little when he goes from one topic to the next. Tends to turn a full 270 degrees to simply go left. As of late 2012, the top of his TARDIS console spins constantly.
* ExiledToTheCouch: Ended up spending a month living with otters while sulking after an argument with River. ("The Caretaker")
* FaceDeathWithDignity: In contrast to his predecessor, Eleven goes into his regeneration completely prepared for it, having already spent long enough in this body to grow old. He's content to deliver one last speech before taking off his signature bowtie and [[GoOutWithASmile going out with one last, sad smile at Clara]].
* FailedASpotCheck: With some frequency. A notable one after Rory very unexpectedly comes back from being erased from the universe:
--> '''The Doctor:''' Hush, Rory. Thinking. Why leave a Cyberman on guard unless it's a Cyberthing in the box but why would they lock up one of their own? Okay, no, not a Cyberthing. But what? What? Oh! Missing something obvious, Rory. Something big. Something right slap in front of me. I can feel it.\\
'''Rory:''' Yeah. I think you probably are.\\
'''The Doctor:''' I'll get it in a minute.
* FakingTheDead: In the Series 6 finale.
* FamousLastWords: "I will always remember when the Doctor was me."
* FateWorseThanDeath: Can dish them out just as well as Ten, though not as frequently. Just ask [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone the Weeping Angels]] or [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar Colonel Run Away]].
* FinalSpeech: He's clearly a different man from before he set foot on Trenzalore, and delivers a haunting Roy Batty speech at the end (which could also be read as Creator/MattSmith letting the fans know not to worry about him, that he will always treasure his time as the Doctor)-- though not without one final, wild hand gesticulation for old-times' sake.
-->'''Eleven:''' It all just disappears, doesn't it? Everything you are. Like breath on a mirror... We all change when you think about it. We're all different people, all through our lives. And that's OK; that's good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. [[MeaningfulEcho I will not forget one line of this. Not one day]], I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.
* ForeseeingMyDeath: By series 7, he has a pretty good idea how, when and where his life will one day permanently end (that is, when ''the Doctor'' will finally die, because this is -- or ''was'' -- his final life). When he learns he's finally going there, he starts crying. As if that wasn't traumatising enough yet, he's then forced to become intimately acquainted with his own corpse. By saving Gallifrey in "The Day of the Doctor", however, he enables the Time Lords to change history and grant him a new regeneration cycle in "The Time of the Doctor".
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Amy is sanguine, River is choleric, the Doctor is melancholic and Rory is phlegmatic. When he has Canton with him, Canton is the leukine.
* FriendToAllChildren: Maybe because [[OneOfTheKids he's such a kid himself]], but Eleven is definitely this. Also, he speaks Baby. It's implied that he's fond of children primarily out of recompense of killing all 2.47 billion children on Gallifrey at the end of the Time War... or so he used to believe.
** Best seen in "The Time of the Doctor", where the children of Christmas simply '''adore''' him as both their friend and protector. Even in his last days, Eleven can still be found carving them wooden toys.
* FunPersonified: Really tries to be this, although much of it is a StepfordSmiler façade. Is ''especially'' fun and nice and happy towards Amy after Rory's first death, to the point where she gets suspicious of it.
* FutureMeScaresMe: Every time he runs into a future version of himself, it's absolutely terrifying for him. Seeing himself on his way to take River to the Singing Towers was bad enough; having to watch himself burned to a living husk with his hand fused to his face in "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS" completely horrified him.
** Inverted when he is overjoyed to meet The Curator and discover that he's still kicking around after Trenzalore.
** In "Deep Breath", the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor indirectly converse over Clara's phone. Eleven is, shall we say, ''nonplussed'' to discover that he's gone gray again. He actually ''groans''.
* TheGadfly: Creator/MattSmith saw "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]" and asked for a similar costume as the Second Doctor, the first incarnation to wear a bowtie. Eleven takes quite a bit of inspiration from Two in general: dotty old man, weird and hyperkinetic body language, willing to chat happily with everyone and everything including babies and animals, takes great pleasure in being very annoying.
* GadgeteerGenius: His knowledge of the "non-technological" technology of Lamasteen allowed him to build a functioning scanner out of shopping carts, coat-hangars and junk in "The Lodger" and he [[AchievementsInIgnorance accidentally invented]] the Quadro-cycle in "The Bells of St John".
* GenreSavvy: Very but it varies. He once gives a detailed description of the inhabitant of the Pandorica... not realising that he is also describing ''himself''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Multiple instances.
--->''[Rory shows the Doctor a flashlight he brought along]''\\
''[The Doctor brings out a huge ultraviolet lamp]''\\
'''Rory:''' ...Yours is bigger than mine.\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Let's not go there.
** And in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]]:
--->'''Eleventh Doctor:''' I don't know but I can't feel my feet... and other parts.\\
'''Rory:''' I think all my parts are basically fine.\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Stop competing.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], after the newly-regenerated River Song invades his personal space, he self-consciously covers his crotch behind his hands when she leaves the room.
* GibberingGenius: In a slightly different way than Ten. Whereas Ten loves to talk about the inner mechanisms of things and bounce ideas off of his companions, Eleven's preferred method is to let his mouth run completely wild with questions and tangents until he arrives at an answer, while his companions ''shut. up.''
* GildedCage: Trenzalore becomes this in "Time of the Doctor." He can't awaken the Time Lords from their slumber without setting off another Time War. And he can't abandon Christmas without the town being destroyed. Nothing's stopping him from leaving, and he makes glib proclamations about beaming out any day now -- which of course will never happen.
* GoingNative: In the town of Christmas -- the very long, [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoNEDAS3E1Orbis Orbis]]-style version of the trope.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Even more lovable than he looks--until you get him angry. Then you run. Just run.
* GoOutWithASmile: Like Nine before him. The last thing he does in life is stretch his hand towards [[TenderTears a weeping Clara]] and utter a gentle "Hey..." with a comforting smile on his face.
-->'''Doctor:''' We all change, when you think about it. We’re all different people, all through our lives. And that’s okay.
* GuileHero: Sometimes played in combination with his TricksterMentor tendencies, sometimes not... this aspect of him becomes much more apparent in later episodes.
* HappilyMarried: To River Song, provided he's already done the whole wedding bit -- and even [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple sometimes before that]]. Also, to the TARDIS, in a way.
* HelpYourselfInTheFuture: His phone call to Clara, during Twelve's regeneration trauma, helping her come to terms with losing him, while at the same time helping her understand that she ''hasn't'' lost him, he's still right there in front of her, at least as frightened as she is and needing her friendship more than ever.
* HeroesWantRedHeads: Mentions his love for gingers a few times, but, like Ten, mostly just wants to ''be'' one.
* HeroicBSOD: Does not take the deaths of his two best friends well. Even though he knows they had a [[HappilyEverAfter long and happy life]] together, this does little to lessen the blow and he effectively ''quits'' saving the universe for a long time afterwards.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** He drives the Pandorica back to the source of the explosion in order to reset the universe back to the way it was, thus wiping himself from existence. Of course, he's brought back.
** Knew the first time he went to Trenzalore could mean "the fall of the Eleventh", but went anyway to save his friends.
** The second time he goes to Trenzalore, he chooses to remain for untold centuries on the planet, spending the rest of that incarnation - indeed his supposed ''[[OutOfContinues last]]'' - protecting the people from harm and not dooming the Time Lords to eternity trapped in another universe. When Clara suggests that he ''could'' just leave, he refuses to do so, making it clear that he'd rather die first, something he very nearly ''does'' from extreme old age!
* HeroicWillpower: When the heavily-upgraded Cybermen attempt to use TheVirus to turn the Doctor into their new Cyber-controller, he's not only able to resist the transformation long enough to trap the Cyberman personality into a temporary stalemate while he figures out his next move, but demonstrates the ability to lock off specific parts of his memory to prevent "Mr Clever" gaining access to Time Lord secrets.
* IAmYourOpponent: When a Dalek feigns ignorance of him, he furiously attacks it with a ''spanner!''
-->'''The Doctor:''' ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY!]]'' And I am '''[[TheDreaded YOURS!]]'''
* IWillFightSomeMoreForever: This Doctor proved time and again that he won't run from the Daleks under any circumstances, even when totally unarmed and utterly outnumbered. Even when reduced to a wispy old man in a bell tower, waving his cane in defiance.
* IconicItem: Quite obviously bowties, but also has a liking for fezzes and Stetsons. His fez obsession was bad enough to warrant Amy to snatch one off his head and let River use it for target practice.
** Anticipating his regeneration into Twelve, he showily removes his bowtie. (This causes poor Clara to completely lose it.) As it currently stands, the [=12th Doctor=] is going for a tieless, scarf-less garb.
* IndyPloy: His absolute favorite way to solve stuff. At least among the revival Doctors, he's by far the most likely to admit he has no idea what's going on and that half the things he says are basically thinking out loud.
** While helping a mother pilot a tree-starship:
--->'''Lily:''' What's happening?\\
'''The Doctor:''' No idea. Do what I do: hold tight, and pretend it's a plan!
** Also:
--->'''Amy:''' There's a plan?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Don't know, haven't finished talking yet!
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor At the very end]], he's now resigned to this as his only way out.
--->'''The Doctor:''' It's okay, Barnable, don't worry. I... ''[taps nose]'' have got a plan. Off you pop.\\
''["Barnable" leaves.]''\\
'''The Doctor:''' I haven't got a plan, but people love it when I say that.\\
'''Clara:''' Doctor, what're you gonna do?\\
'''The Doctor:''' I don't know. Talk very fast, hope something good happens, take the credit. Seemingly how it works. Not this time, though. This is it.
%%* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Has his moments.
* JerkassFacade: When humans around him seem to be confused or losing hope, he sometimes employs ReversePsychology and openly dismisses them as useless or unimportant. But his ''real'' intention is to [[SecretTestOfCharacter encourage them to "prove him wrong"]].
* {{Keet}}: Bounces, hops, skips, flails, stumbles a lot and sometimes [[GirlyRun runs like a girl]]. This is also owing to Matt Smith's physicality as an actor.
-->'''War Doctor:''' Are you ''capable'' of speaking without flapping your hands about?\\
'''Eleventh Doctor''': ''[exaggerated shrug]'' Yes! ''[claps emphatically]'' ..[[IResembleThatRemark No.]]
* LanternJawOfJustice
-->'''The Doctor:''' ''[feeling his face after regenerating]'' Ears? Yes. Eyes: two. Nose... [[Creator/JonPertwee eh, I've]] [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston had worse.]] Chin... ''blimey!''
* {{Leitmotif}}: Has a very prominent (and very awesome) one called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7VmOZ4Ppj8 I Am The Doctor]]" which has been stated by composer Murray Gold to be the most well known out of all the Doctor's {{Leitmotif}}s. It has also had dozens of variants since its introduction, the most notable one being [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCHfVZIAZ6s "The Majestic Tale (Of a Mad Man in a Box)"]].
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With River Song. Because they are. Especially frustrating for him because EveryoneCanSeeIt, Amy asks him right away if River is supposed to be his secret space wife, and River completely refuses to tell him what they'll be to each other in the future because of "spoilers!"
-->'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Hi, honey, I'm home!\\
'''River:''' And what sort of time do you call this?!
* LoveTriangle: Unwittingly gets stuck in one with Amy and Rory. With the memories of the whole debacle with Rose and Mickey still fresh in his mind, the Doctor tries to explain that he's 907, she's human, and Rory would really just like to marry her now. Provided that she's not actively trying to kiss him again, he's actually quite amused by it and tries to get Rory to see it all as a nice joke.
* ManChild: Eleven plays the age card less than previous Doctors did during an argument, and seems to even ''forget'' his decrepitude at times. The War Doctor isn't amused: a senile git of a man, Eleven has retreated from his grim past into a world of childlike frivolity. This changes once he saves Gallifrey in "Day of the Doctor": He pointedly chooses to stay behind and age into an old man on Trenzalore, as if unconsciously deciding to 'grow up.'
* ManlyTears: Eleven is more prone to silently crying than any other incarnation, always completely PlayedForDrama. He sometimes cries without even noticing -- at the end of "The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe" when he's reunited with his human family, and in "The Rings Of Akhaten" when he gives a ''magnificent'' BadassBoast while allowing an EldritchAbomination to MindRape him. Both "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS" and "The Name Of The Doctor" have him breaking down in tears when he has to explain rather horrifying things to Clara.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Not much better than his immediate predecessor, as Amy points out in the DVD-only "Meanwhile In The TARDIS Part 2".
-->'''Amy:''' Oh, ''come on''. You turn up in the middle of the night, get me out of bed in my nightie -- which you then don't let me change out of for ''ages'' -- and then take me for a spin in your time machine. No, no, you're right. No mixed signals there. That is just a ''signal''. Like a great big BatSignal in the sky. Get your coat, love, the Doctor is in!
* TheMatchmaker[=/=]ShipperOnDeck: Between his efforts to ensure that Amy and Rory's relationship remains on track and his obvious efforts and glee when Craig and Sophie finally hook up, Eleven seems to like playing matchmaker.
** He does it again in "A Christmas Carol". With some unfortunate unforeseen consequences.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}: At least he notices when he's not making very much sense.
* UsefulNotes/TheMidlands: Creator/MattSmith uses his regular voice to play the Doctor.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Averted. Eleven spent his past incarnation remembering and regretting the deaths of more than 2 billion innocent Gallifreyan children in the Time War to remind himself why he was protecting others. The "four knocks" prophecy changed him and he resisted regeneration. Then when he regenerated from Ten, he was faced with permanent death twice, first through an assassination attempt and then a future where he died in battle because he couldn't regenerate anymore. He also lost his companions to the Weeping Angels, and it broke him to the point he retired to Victorian London. After 200, maybe 300 years as this incarnation, thinking about death tore away at him, and he blanked out the memory until its impact was gone.
* MomentKiller: "The Lodger". Almost all of it.
* MoneyToThrowAway: The Doctor very hastily attempting to pay rent.
-->'''Doctor:''' That's probably a lot. It looks like a lot doesn't it? I can never tell.
* MotorMouth: Constantly asks himself questions and tries to analyse situations by rapid-fire deduction, then stumbles over his own thoughts and keeps himself talking with more questions until he reaches an answer, which in turn leads to more questions.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: He has no nudity taboo, and really doesn't care that other people do.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Invoked by River Song in "A Good Man Goes To War", when she tells him his name became known as "Mighty Warrior" to the Gamma Forest.
-->'''River''': The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name.
* NiceHat:
** He becomes obsessed with fezzes starting in "The Big Bang."
---> '''River:''' What in the name of ''sanity'' have you got on your ''head?!''\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' It's a fez. I wear a fez now. [[CatchPhrase Fezzes are cool]].\\
''[Amy throws the hat and River shoots it]''
** The fez returns a few more times. Apparently whenever Amy and River aren't around to take it off him, one of his first priorities is to obtain a fez. He demanded one from the Secret Service. He steals one from U.N.I.T.
--->'''Clara:''' One day, you could just walk past a fez.\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Hah! Never going to happen!
** He also wears a spiffy top hat at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]], and the same outfit a few more times in "Night and the Doctor". And then in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]], he completes the outfit with a cane. [[RunningGag River shoots the hat]] ''[[ImprobableAimingSkills off his head]]''.
** He manages to acquire a pirate hat, briefly, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot The Curse of the Black Spot]]".
** Wears a Stetson in season 6 which River also shoots off his head.
** Serious mourning requires top hats.
** Series 7 sees him acquiring a bowler hat simply by being in the vicinity of [[Series/TheAvengers Dame Diana Rigg]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Way to revive the Daleks, Doc. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks Victory indeed.]]
** At the end of "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that his whole ''career'' is made of this, raising more enemies against himself and his loved ones with every new display of fearsomeness. This theme continues in "Asylum of the Daleks".
** Again in "The Girl Who Waited" where he doesn't bother to check that there's a plague on the planet they land, and his attempts to save Amy just end up with creating a second, older and bitter Amy. [[WhatTheHellHero Rory calls him out on this.]] ''Hard.''
* TheNicknamer: Particularly towards his prior incarnations. Ten, ever the adult, responded by bestowing upon him the name "Chinny."
-->'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Yes! Brilliant! I demand to be incarcerated in the Tower of London along with my co-conspirators Sandshoes and Grandad.\\
'''War Doctor:''' Grandad?\\
'''Tenth Doctor:''' They're ''not'' sandshoes!\\
'''War Doctor:''' Yes they are.
* NightmareFetishist: Maybe not to the extent of Ten, but his first reaction upon being surrounded by pale creepy girls with fangs who cast no reflections is one of utter glee. Also, "Dinosaurs! ''On a spaceship!''"
* NoExceptYes: An extension of his tendency for {{Dissimile}}.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Particularly when it comes to Craig. When surrounded by a legion of very scary Cybermen, the Doctor's first instinct is to distract Craig... by wrapping himself around him and trying to kiss him. It doesn't work. He also mercilessly teases Rory -- pinching his cheeks, slapping his face and [[HoYay randomly kissing him on the mouth]] when he's excited. (Rory is not amused.) He does, however, realise that he needs to ask for Rory's permission whenever he wants to give Amy a SecurityCling hug.
* NoSocialSkills: This incarnation is pretty clueless about human social customs, although he tends to wisen up easily when the situation is grave.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: Tied directly into his CloudCuckooLander status.
-->'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Sorry. Checking all the water in this area. ''[leans in close]'' There's an escaped fish ''[[[NoseTapping taps nose]]]''.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Certainly goes without saying for a Doctor, but explicitly special note goes to Eleven. He was the longest-serving Doctor of all (in-universe, not on-screen), having Regenerated from Ten at somewhere around 905-7, and Regenerating into Twelve at ''over two-thousand''. This means that not-only was he The Doctor for longer than any other ''one'' Doctor, he was The Doctor longer than '''''all the other Doctors combined'''''.
* OneManArmy:
** Mentioned as early as [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]]:
--> '''Father Octavian:''' You promised me an army, Doctor Song.\\
'''River:''' I promised you the ''equivalent'' of an army. This is the Doctor.
** In "The Time of the Doctor", for [[TrainingThePeacefulVillagers the most part]], the Siege of Trenzalore has the Doctor acting as this for centuries.
* OneOfTheKids: He's ''amazing'' with children, and really loves playing with them. "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" had him remodeling an entire house into a playground paradise just to give two kids a happy Christmas. Other episodes show him hanging out in toy shops and goofing around with handpuppets just for the sheer heck of it. And he spends his time at Amy's and Rory's house playing Wii sports. He gets along extremely well with babies, too.
** Best exemplified in "[[{{Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol}} A Christmas Carol]]" when the psychic paper fails to say that the Doctor is "universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult" because that lie is just too big.
** This is painfully justified by one terrible truth: Eleven can't stand the sound of children crying. And for one reason above all others. He was traumatized by the apparent deaths of '''2.47 billion''' children on Gallifrey when he ended the Time War. Ten, being the hero type, used it to bolster his resolve to protect the universe. Come 200 years later, Eleven was tired of being the hero and despised talk of death, facing his own mortality and losing Amy and Rory. He grieved so badly he decided to erase the statistic from his head just so it wouldn't haunt him. Luckily, he ended up saving all those children instead.
*** And in the end, he spent centuries more defending the village of Christmas so that generations of children could live on, becoming their guardian who loved every one of them. And they loved him back. 300 years into his stay, he had acquired hundreds of crayon drawings (one which explicitly said "I LOVE YOU") and a puppet show in his honour.
* OutOfContinues: The [=10th Doctor=] dipped into his own reserve when he created the meta-crisis Doctor. With the emergence of the hitherto-unknown War Doctor, that makes thirteen. [[DefiedTrope Then the Time Lords give him a new regeneration cycle in his final regular appearance.]]
* PapaWolf: Several times for humanity as a whole.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With the exception of River Song, this trope applies to his companions in general.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp: He puts the [=10th=] to shame on this one.
* PhoneCallFromTheDead: Not long before his demise on Trenzalore, he telephones Clara in the near future to express his fear over regenerating and begs her, essentially, not to abandon him in his time of need. Twelve recollects making that call, and when Eleven hears his voice, he moans at becoming an older man again.
-->'''Doctor:''' Goodbye, Clara. [[TearJerker Miss ya.]]
* PopCulturedBadass: Not so much as Ten, but still references Earth pop culture a lot. He's also totally willing to throw himself into new things, gleefully enjoying things like Wii tennis, remote-control helicopters and rap music.
* {{Protectorate}}: Willing to defend his closest friends (especially Clara) and beings in need with great determination.
* RealityWarper: Uses his ability to influence the past (and subsequently the present) very freely, particularly in "The Big Bang" and in "A Christmas Carol". Gets called out on it in the latter episode.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives one to the Daleks in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory Of The Daleks"]], but it's revealed [[NiceJobBreakingItHero that was what they wanted]]:
--->'''The Doctor:''' You are everything I despise. The worst thing in all creation. I've defeated you. Time and time again, I've defeated you. I sent you back into the Void. I saved the whole of reality from you. I am the Doctor, and you are the Daleks!
* RunningGag: He so desperately wants a fez, as he mentions and wears one in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A Christmas Carol]]", and he demands one from ''the Secret Service'' in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut The Impossible Astronaut]]". Even when he survives the second Big Bang and begins his rewind in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang"]], one of his first thoughts is his desire to buy a new fez. [[NiceHat Hats]] in general are a running theme.
-->'''Clara:''' Someday, you could just walk past a fez.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Ha! ''Never'' going to happen!
* SadClown: A major reason for why he's so cheery and wacky at face value is his effort to forget or supress the constant reminders of his DarkAndTroubledPast. When the Eleventh gets sad, or worse yet, angry, you really start doubting whether he's just the {{manchild}} that he pretends to be, and not a man on the run from his grief and feelings of guilt. When he loses the Ponds, he goes into such a major depression that the happiest expression you can get out of him is a melancholic, shy smile. He eventually recovers some of his old jokey habits when he gets better, but he's definitely a somewhat changed man by then...
* SecurityCling:
** The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic BreakTheCutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from Rory every time, of course.
** He's very affectionate and comforting to Clara, even in moments where she probably isn't as affraid as he thinks she is. A minor reversal of the trope occurs between him and her in "The Day of the Doctor". After their bond has strengthened between "The Name of the Doctor" and "The Day of the Doctor", Clara has grown to become the Doctor's [[TheConfidant confidant]], to the point that when a Time Lord painting of Gallifrey's destruction is revealed, all of his sorrow, fear, and regret about his actions resurfaces, resulting in his slowly grabbing Clara's hand for support. The slight motion is [[FriendshipMoment enough to notify Clara that the Doctor isn't doing so well]].
* SherlockScan: Eleven does this occasionally, most notably in "The Beast Below" and "A Christmas Carol". Not surprising, considering the executive producer is ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' co-creator Creator/StevenMoffat. Later parodied in "The Snowmen", when he pretends to be Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* ShirtlessScene:
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]]. Almost a case of [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Innocent Fanservice Guy]], as Eleven only turned around and told Amy and Rory to look away if it bothered them. (Rory did. Amy did not.)
** Much like [[Creator/DavidTennant the Tenth Doctor]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], [[Creator/MattSmith the Eleventh Doctor]] gets a naked scene in [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor his final episode.]]
* ShowerScene: To add to the ShirtlessScene above, Eleven gets [[{{Fanservice}} a shower scene, complete with shower singing and three minutes in nothing but a towel]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E11TheLodger The Lodger]]". The Third Doctor had a similar gratuitous ShowerScene (with just a bit ''more'' nudity, in fact) in his first episode.
* SkewedPriorities: Best shown in "Asylum of the Daleks", where he's clearly more worried about Amy and Rory's marital problems than the fact he happens to be slap-dab in the middle of the Parliament of the ''Daleks'' and is surrounded by an ArmyOfTheAges. He explains that he thinks best when he's multitasking.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Acquires Amy's reading glasses mid-way through Series 7, a few hundred years into this regeneration. One of the very few Doctors to actually ''need'' them -- the First Doctor had similar glasses, but preferred to use a monocle at times (which Eleven is also seen using).
* SociallyAwkwardHero: More scatterbrained than most previous incarnations (though still not quite as much as Four), and quite socially awkward as a result. Occasionally on purpose, because he ''really'' doesn't want to deal with Amy all the time.
-->'''Doctor:''' RORY! SHE'S HAVING AN EMOTION!
* {{Squee}}: Makes ''actual'' squee noises when River Song finally reveals who she is. Then takes another long look at her and makes a few more.
* StayInTheKitchen:
** The Eleventh Doctor seems particularly protective of Amy and is frequently given to ordering her to [[WaitHere stay in the TARDIS]]. Naturally, she rarely listens.
** Does this even more so with Clara; he's seen her die twice now, even besides the fact that he lost Amy and Rory. However, Clara is slightly more willing to obey his commands to stay where she is, much to his shock.
* StepfordSmiler:
** It became more and more obvious ever since [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice "Amy's Choice"]], and got focused on especially in series 6. He was approaching the date of his death, and knew it. Matt Smith's thoughts on him make it even more clear:
--->'''Matt Smith:''' That’s what interests me about the Doctor because, actually, look at the blood on the man’s hands. 900 years, countless very selfish choices, and he’s literally blown planets up. His own race, you know, that’s all on his hands. Which is why I think he has to make silly jokes and wear a fez. Because if he didn’t, he'd hang himself.
** Lampshaded in the [=50th=] Anniversary Special. As the three Doctors [[LockedInARoom bicker with each other in the Tower of London]], Eleven chuckles that the jail sounds exactly like the inside of his own head.
* StupidSexyFriend: Has a bit of a problem with this late in his life [[ShipTease when it comes to]] [[NiceGirl Clara]]. Though his mild crush on her is subverted by the fact that the attraction [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe is more circumstance and personality-related]] than looks-related. His following incarnation off-handedly admits that it was a mistake on his part and that he'll definitely stick to a BetterAsFriends relationship when it comes to the two of them.
* SummonBiggerFish: Eleven becomes intensely protective of his humans after a few centuries, and as a result, is much quicker than any previous Doctor in calling UNIT for help and happily working together with them.
* TalkativeLoon: You thought Ten was bad!
* TeamDad: He even refers to Amy and Rory as "the kids", never mind that they eventually become his parents-in-law.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: As a lodger, he proves to be a handful. Justified in that he's ''very busy'' saving the universe, and can only do so out of that specific house.
* [[ThemeNaming Theme Aging]]: He began his Regeneration at just over 900 years old, and Regenerated into Twelve around the age of 2000, meaning Eleven spent eleven centuries ''as'' Eleven.
* TorturePorn: "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" had him burned alive, with his hand fused to his face, stumbling around mad with pain. That timeline got reset, but the very next episode, "The Crimson Horror", upped the ante by having him shackled up as a "monster" and almost completely paralysed, for ''weeks''.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood:
** He seems to have a fondness for jammy dodgers, used memorably in [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks}} "Victory of the Daleks"]]. Mentioned again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]] when he asks the Secret Service for some, and in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E9NightTerrors "Night Terrors"]] when he asks if there's any whilst making tea. He leaves a whole plate of them for Clara in "The Bells of Saint John". Matt Smith admitted that jammy dodgers actually are his favorite food.
** There's also fish fingers and custard. Amy uses it as a sort of TrustPassword in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"]], and the TARDIS voice interface uses it to rally him in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]].
** During "The Time of the Doctor", after being "reset" by his new regeneration cycle, the Eleventh Doctor is shown to have whipped up some fish fingers and custard, before he got around to changing his face into that of the Twelfth Doctor. It wound up being his last meal.
* TragicBromance: With Amy and Rory.
* TragicDream: He discovers that Gallifrey is still out there somewhere and is inspired to search for it... but this incarnation of the Doctor never gets home. He ends up in close proximity - literally ''feet away'' - to it for ''centuries'', but he can't let it out or he'll start the Time War again.
* TragicKeepsake: Amy Pond's reading glasses, the only thing of hers left behind when she deliberately lets a Weeping Angel whisk her to past New York to be with Rory.
* TranquilFury: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The more tranquil, the more furious.]]
* TransformationSequence: Due to being granted a new regeneration cycle, the Eleventh Doctor apparently had time to use the "reset" to break in his new body, before getting around to changing his hands and face into those of the Twelfth Doctor.
* TricksterMentor: Likes to dole out [[SecretTestOfCharacter Secret Tests of Character]].
* {{Tsundere}}: Sweet version towards River in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"]] and ''especially'' near the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]. Probably justified as when he's angriest is when he's worried about Amy.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Has this trope perfected at times. Is very calm about running into himself on occasion.
* VikingFuneral: His last testament instructs Rory and Amy to perform one. A Time Lord's remains are way too valuable to leave unattended on a hapless planet. Subverted when the Doctor is revealed to still be alive, and protected from the fire.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Rory, where half of their interaction revolves around trying to out-snark the other.
** He also ends up in this relationship with Ten and the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary special.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Takes to wearing them under his BadassLongcoat in the second half of series 7.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets this from Ten when he admits he [[ButForMeItWasTuesday forgot how many children there were on Gallifrey when he took out the Time Lords]]. Clara also calls him out on his willful glossing over of the events of the Time War and his fatalism about not being able to change anything about it, despite how often he opens up to her about his traumas in private. She then gives him a mild, but determined DareToBeBadass speech. Eleventh caves in, takes the Tenth's and Clara's words at heart and decides that saving Gallifrey might still be worth a shot, despite how narrowly possible it appears.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Eleven keeps his darker emotions very carefully restrained... most of the time. Just as his warnings have increased in multitude, so has his wrath. And this wrath hits its threshold when he faces his final battle.
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[[folder:Twelfth Doctor]]
!!! Twelfth Doctor
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->''"I am not a good man! And I’m not a bad man. [...] Do you know what I am? I... am... an idiot! With a box, and a screwdriver. Passing through, helping out, learning."''

-->Played by: Creator/PeterCapaldi (2013-)

The straightforward and cynical old Scot. Although still {{Adorkable}}, he is [[DarkerAndEdgier less goofy]] and values a pragmatic approach. Twelve [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior exploits his full age and experience]] as a Time Lord rather than hiding from it, and can be dangerous and difficult as a result. Because he is a bit blunt and insensitive at times, he occasionally outdoes his predecessor's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} alien mannerisms]]. Unlike some past incarnations, he HatesBeingTouched and has no interest in flirting with anyone. Even a simple hug makes him squeamish.
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* AbsentMindedProfessor: Twelve really is ''that'' bad at remembering things. First names "aren't his area", he misses a coffee date with Clara (by 3 weeks) because he got distracted, he's got severe prosopagnosia, and he can't remember how old Clara is supposed to be.
-->'''Doctor:''' You're not a young woman anymore.\\
'''Clara:''' Yes I am.\\
'''Doctor:''' Well, you don't look it\\
'''Clara:''' I ''do'' look it.\\
'''Doctor:''' That's right, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint keep your spirits up]].
* AcePilot: Compared with the notoriously frantic piloting of previous incarnations - particularly Ten and Eleven - the Twelfth Doctor pilots the TARDIS in a nonchalant, businesslike manner.
** Interestingly, he is at this point so experienced at piloting and so bonded with this particular TARDIS that we see him successfully experiment with things like piloting it without the safeties on or navigating it via direct input into its telepathic circuits.
* {{Adorkable}}: Underneath the angry looking eyebrows, the Doctor is still as endearingly awkward as ever.
** His attempt to suggest to Clara they go get coffee in "Deep Breath":
--->'''Doctor:''' Right, shall we, uh... do you wanna go get some coffee? Or chips? [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Or something with chips and coffee?]]
** His description of his new outfit. A reference to that one time someone [[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters}} mistook him for a carnie?]]
--->'''Doctor:''' What do you think of the new look? I was hoping for minimalism... but I think I came out with magician.
* AmnesiacHero: After regenerating, he temporarily forgets how to fly the TARDIS, what any of his friends even look like, and that he used to have an English accent.
* AntiHero: He's not a particularly nice or empathetic man, and likes neither of those qualities.
** The Doctor has to check with Clara if he's a "good man" during "Into the Dalek".
** Clara, Courtney, and Lundvik debate it in "Kill the Moon", bringing up that the Doctor treats Clara like a pet half the time and leaves her [[INeedAFreakingDrink craving a glass of wine]].
* ApologeticAttacker: "I've got the horrible feeling I'm going to have to kill you."
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Despite everything he's seen and done prior to "Robot of Sherwood," he's ''very'' insistent that Robin Hood is just a legend, even while ''talking'' to Robin Hood.
* ArmchairMilitary & BoomerangBigot: As Danny observes in "The Caretaker", this Doctor's hatred of soldiers is ridiculous, considering ''he's'' a "commander".
-->'''Danny:''' I’m the one who carries you out of the fire. He’s the one who lights it.
** [[DefiedTrope Defiantly]] proclaims he's ''not'' an officer in "Death in Heaven", and that he only needs friends that act on their own convictions/feelings, not mindless armies.
* {{Asexuality}}:
** HatesBeingTouched
** Makes it clear to Clara [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend he's not her boyfriend]] in "Deep Breath".
** Isn't exactly thrilled when Missy makes out with him in "Dark Water" -- though he very softly kisses her back one episode later.
** Cannot see any reason why anyone might want to be able to see anyone else naked later in "Dark Water".
* TheAtoner: His introverted and relatively unboastful personality is an attempt to be [[CharacterDevelopment less manipulative and vain]] than he occasionally became in previous incarnations.
-->'''Doctor:''' I've made many mistakes, and it's about time I did something about that.
* BadassBoast:
** Even in a muddled state, this incarnation still boasts about his awesomeness.
--->'''The Doctor:''' What, you wanna psychic link with ''me?'' The size of my brain would be like [[PianoDrop dropping a piano on you]].
** Held up by a would-be TARDIS hijacker, Twelve scoffs, "You'd starve to death trying to find the light switch".
** He gives one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline "Flatline"]] similar to one that Eleven gave in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]].
--->'''The Doctor:''' ''I tried to talk, I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out, I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly. And I think that you just don't care! And I don't know whether you are here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don't suppose it really matters now, you are monsters! That is the role you seem determined to play, so it seems that '''I''' must play '''mine'''! The man that stops the monsters!''
* BadassLongcoat: A navy coat with red lining, evoking the Third Doctor's costume minus the [=1970s=] frills.
* BatmanGambit: In "Deep Breath", pretends to abandon Clara so her CryCute breakdown will cause the MonsterOfTheWeek to go on a MotiveRant.
-->'''Doctor:''' Hello, hello, rubbish robots from the dawn of time. Thank you for all the gratuitous information. Five foot one and crying. You never stood a chance.
* BeneathTheMask:
** Madame Vastra and others suggest that this incarnation more truly reflects who the Doctor is: the caustic but {{adorkable}} old man that the Doctor previously hid behind young, attractive faces.
** Twelve's jaded, emotionally distant cynic surface also proves to hide a much mellower, kinder and even humbler man on the inside.
* BeyondTheImpossible: With two revelations -- first, the War Doctor; second, that the aborted regeneration by the Tenth Doctor counted as a regeneration -- it was revealed that the Eleventh Doctor should've been [[OutOfContinues the last one]]. Luckily, [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors the Time Lord High Council can grant new regeneration cycles]]. And Clara was able to convince them to do so.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Joins the other 12 Doctors to save Gallifrey in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor"]].
** He saves Clara from the Half-Face Man just in time. It's implied he had the plan all along, but neglected to tell Clara about it.
* BigDamnKiss: It took four decades, but he becomes the first Doctor seen to be snogged into incoherence by the Master. One episode later, once he realises how broken she is, he very gently grants her a second kiss.
* BigOlEyebrows: His eyebrows have ''their own fan club'', thanks to a ten-second appearance in "The Day of the Doctor".
** Referenced in "Deep Breath," when he gets a look at his face and rants to a homeless man how his eyebrows look cross independently from the rest of his face. In ''VideoGame/DoctorWhoLegacy'', his secondary skill is called "Attack Eyebrows".
* BigShutUp: Fond of these. Even when no one is talking.
* BraveScot: A subtle version. Though Twelve is colder and more calculating than his previous two regenerations, he's still the same daring, ballsy madman he's always been, and this time he has the Scottish brogue to match.
* BreakTheHaughty: In "Robot of Sherwood", where his attempts to one up RobinHood lead to him getting captured without his Sonic Screwdriver and Clara utterly fed up with him.
* BrutalHonesty: Ruthlessly and relentlessly, though he's just as capable of lying as previous incarnations. He just feels more guilty about it when he does.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Question!", [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin followed by a question.]]
** Telling people who aren't saying anything to shut up when he's coming to a conclusion.
** Asking whether random things, or ''people'', have developed a fault.
* ChangedMyJumper: Changes his dress shirt with great frequency. He doesn't like to wear his vest without his white shirt. And he has also been seen several times wearing an actual jumper in lieu of a shirt, with an apparent fondness for a black jumper with white spots that resemble stars.
** Probably best exemplified when he thinks all he needs to [[PaperThinDisguise blend in on Earth]] is to wear a brown coat over his regular getup. Clara is not amused.
** In "Mummy on the Orient Express", he's wearing an outfit that is very similar to the First Doctor's outfit, minus the tweed.
** He wears his Third Doctor-esque suit thrice in series 8: the end of "Deep Breath", "Into The Dalek" and "Mummy on the Orient Express".
* CharacterDevelopment: Throughout the previous two regenerations, the Doctor was a StepfordSmiler, hiding all his doubts and guilt beneath jokes and a younger exterior. His experiences as Ten and Eleven (and the experience of Clara finding out some of his secrets, [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre but reacting in a supporting and accepting way]]) have cracked this facade, culminating in a version of himself who's not afraid to show his age and experience. While this makes him [[DarkerAndEdgier the most serious of his incarnations so far]], ironically, [[HeroicSelfDeprecation this shows him at his most vulnerable]], as he's letting it all out.
** In addition, his previous incarnation's pacifist attitude has faded and he is more willing to kill and fight dirty when he has to (or, at least, so it seems).
** The Doctor's conversation with Half-Face Man in "Deep Breath" does a good job at lampshading the Doctor's shifts in attitude towards the universe since meeting Clara, and all the events that followed. In contrast to his impotent raging at the unfairness of life in "End of Time" ("...and this is my reward!") and his cold, simmered-out surmise that "the universe doesn't care" how much work he puts into it in "The Snowmen", he now tells us that he long since stopped "expect[ing] to reach the promised land" or any sort of gratefulness or reward, but [[TheAntiNihilist presents this not as a reason to give up on the world, but as a reason why it would be wiser not to cross him as he has nothing to lose or gain but the relative safety of the humans below]]. He's already endured (and destroyed) so much for their sake that nothing that he and Half-Face Man could do to each other would make a difference.
** At the end of series 8, he finally seems to have come close to accepting himself and to an extent, overcoming his self-doubts. Interesting in that while many of his previous companions tried to help with this in both [[GrandRomanticGesture spectacular]] and [[FriendshipMoment commonplace]] ways, it was the contrast with the distinctly more anti-heroic Clara (whom he is very attached to even though she shares many of his character flaws) and the [[EvilCounterpart similarly smart, quirky and rebellious, but notably more evil Mistress]] that brought him to the realization that his very real imperfections [[DarkIsNotEvil don't have to make him a bad person.]]
---> ''The Doctor'': [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech I am not a good man! And I'm not a bad man. I am not a hero. I'm definitely not a president. And no, I'm not an officer. You know what I am? I... am... an idiot. With a box and a screwdriver, passing through, helping out, learning. I don't need an army, I never have. Because I've got them. Always them. Because love, it's not an emotion. Love is a promise.]]
* CharacterTics:
** [[CharacterDevelopment Much more consistent and deliberate]] hand movements when delivering explanations.
** Writing random words on his chalkboard.
** Taking picked flowers from a vase and smelling them.
* CloudCuckooLander: During his regeneration trauma, he flirts with a giant dinosaur, initially thinks everyone ''but'' him has regenerated, and buys smelly clothes off a hobo.
* ComfortingComforter: During the epilogue of "Mummy on the Orient Express", he takes Clara to a beach on an alien world and tucks her in comfortably with several blankets, so she could have a calm nap while he waits for her to wake up. He doesn't show his sweet and gentle side often, but when he does, he's really kind and nice, even if he'd never openly admit it.
* TheComicallySerious: Comes with being a very gritty and serious Doctor.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Now that the Doctor's finally stopped running away from the Time War, he is devoting more time to self-reflection. Who is he? (An idiot with a box and a screwdriver.) What is he really afraid of? (Being alone.) What does he think of himself? (Dictatorial, manipulative, likes to think he's clever.) Why does he despise soldiers? (They take orders, he prefers [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem to give them.]])
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: This Doctor doesn't listen to anybody or anything. He openly dismisses any authority by way of using his own. Best exemplified when he ''immediately'' bonds with Courtney, the local troublemaker at Coal Hill School. Might lend credence to the theories that Twelve is something of a cheeky teenager pretending to be an old jaded man.
* CulturedBadass: As if his outfit didn't make it obvious enough, Twelve quickly establishes himself as one by renovating the TARDIS: bookshelves, furniture, a fireplace, and a warmer color scheme -- [[InternalHomage all similar to the Eighth Doctor's console room]].
* DarkIsNotEvil: Clad in darker attire, he's rather stoic, introverted and doesn't care much about human relationships, but he's fond of dry-witted joking and does pay genuine respect to his companion and the people he considers his friends.
* DarkerAndEdgier: He's a "darker" man than the Eleventh Doctor, to the point Clara can't tell if the Doctor is still the good man she was quite insistent he was in his previous incarnation.
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes combined with GentlemanSnarker.
* DefrostingIceQueen: He comes across as grumpy, even to Clara. However, over the course of some adventures, Clara manages to mellow him out (somewhat). He's also oddly sweet and nice to children, even though he maintains a "grumpy, disinterested grandfather" facade in front of them.
* DeterminedExpression: For his brief moment in "The Day of the Doctor", he gives a determined KubrickStare.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: With his vacant stares, late-night dementia ("Who invented this room?! There's only ''a bed'' in it!"), and vagueness with names ("The green one" for Vastra and "the not green one" for Jenny -- or is it vice versa?), Twelve is initially more reminiscent of an Alzheimer's-riddled senior than the newly-hatched goofballs of "Robot", "The Christmas Invasion", or "The Eleventh Hour". It's equal parts funny and troubling.
* DrivingQuestion: "Am I a good man?". The Twelfth Doctor seems to be having something of an identity crisis now that he's escaped death once more, and even received a new regeneration cycle into the bargain. The fact that he survived against all odds and narrowly won for the sake of much grief and loss of people he loved had apparently made him question his life up until this incarnation. Hence his recurring doubts about who he really is at heart, and what he should stand for. By the end of Series 8, though, he finally seems to be finding his footing. [[note]]The answer, in case you were wondering, [[TakeAThirdOption is neither.]] He is who he's always been: An idiot with a box who travels and likes to help people.[[/note]]
* DrJerk: Despite his namesake, he's much less empathetic than previous incarnations.
** ''Doctor Who'' writer Jamie Mathieson [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2iyngn//cl6tn3d?context=3 said]] his initial image after Creator/StevenMoffat outlined Twelve was DrJerk TropeCodifier, Series/{{House}}.
** The Doctor remarks before the medical operation in "Into the Dalek" that Clara is his 'carer' -- she cares so he doesn't have to.
--->'''Psi:''' Is ''that'' why you call yourself the "Doctor"? Professional detachment?
** [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in "Robot of Sherwood".
--->''(stabs hypodermic needle into Alan-a-Dale)''\\
'''Doctor:''' Oh. All those diseases. If you were real, you'd be dead in six months.\\
'''Alan-a-Dale:''' B-but I ''am'' real!\\
'''Doctor:''' [[NoSympathy Bye.]]
* EEqualsMCHammer: Twelve's preferred spot in the TARDIS is in front of a chalkboard, jotting down bizarre equations. It follows that his companion would be a teacher.
* FantasticRacism: This Doctor ''really'' doesn't like Daleks. However when he's confronted with a Dalek that appears to have changed its moral compass from evil to good, he seems to be actively hoping that he's at last found a Dalek that has permanently changed of its own initiative; when he finds out it hasn't (it was just an internal radiation leak affecting the brain chemistry) he feels validated in his beliefs that a good Dalek is impossible (which earns him a slap from Clara because he's enjoying it a little too much).
* ForScience: Twelve seeks to prove a monster's existence in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen Listen]]" not out of altruism or necessity, but scientific curiosity. Or if Clara's to be believed, a need to prove that he's not afraid.
* FriendToAllChildren: In a completely different way than Eleven. Eleven would often act like a child and join in their fun and games. Twelve is more an encouraging big brother figure, and takes on the youngest solo companion to date: Courtney, who's only 15.
* FriendshipMoment: He and the Master have a long-overdue talk about their friendship and their need for each other. It really helps Twelve understand what he is in relation to her, and he thanks her for it with a very sweet kiss on the lips.
* GadgeteerGenius: Perhaps in response to criticisms that Eleven was using the sonic screwdriver too often and for too many things, Twelve uses it sparingly and comes up with clunky-looking, cobbled-together gadgets whenever he needs to do anything more complex than popping a lock. These devices still have a few kinks to work out, and they often break after one use or don't work as planned.
* GenreSavvy: He's fully aware Clara is his MoralityChain, and goes out of his way to praise her when she [[WhatTheHellHero censures his behavior]].
-->'''The Doctor:''' Do I ''really'' not pay you?\\
'''Clara:''' You couldn't afford me.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: His bookish-minded redecoration of the TARDIS control room, general seriousness and sternness and Third Doctor-like aloof, aristocratic outward persona that hides an occasional sweet side, certainly point to this trope. In a subversion, he's definitely on the {{cloudcuckoolander}} side of "gentleman".
* GoodIsNotNice: Twelve is not particulary polite or affable, as his recent predecessors were. He's very no-nonsense, often to a fault. But he'll do everything in his power to help you or save you, and won't make much of a fuss about it.
* GotVolunteered: Kate informs the Doctor that, in the event of a worldwide alien "incursion", U.N. protocol automatically and unilaterally promotes him to President of Earth. His word is law -- literally, in this case. The Doctor gets a private jet (which gets shot down), some joint chiefs (dunces), and a wall of flatscreens to keep him up-to-date on events (such as Missy escaping and disintegrating his guards).
* GrandpaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: In "Listen", Clara comments that his accent is a panty-peeler in her eyes. Cue an [[DisapprovingLook implied facepalm]] from the Doctor.
* GrumpyBear: The Doctor is a little more curmudgeonly in this incarnation. He argues with everybody, from his companions to authority figures. He even gets into a snarking match with ''Robin Hood''.
* GrumpyOldMan: When Twelve first gets a chance to see his reflection he notes how his face is "all covered in lines" and is all "frowning".
* GuileHero: Lampshaded by Clara in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline "Flatline"]]
--> '''Clara''': Rule number one about being the Doctor, use your enemy's power against them.
* HatesBeingTouched: Hugging is not in this Doctor's wheelhouse. He has absolutely no idea what to do with his hands. Clara seems to perversely enjoy [[TheGlomp tackle-hugging him into submission]] as he writhes around the console room, clawing and fidgeting out of her grasp. In "Dark Water", when Missy kisses him, he freezes completely up in shock.
** Eventually subverted, however; Apparently, the real reason he doesn't like hugs is not so much grouchiness but that "it's just a way to hide your face", in keeping with the whole BeneathTheMask theme he has going on... he's still somewhat awkward, but c'mon, Missy is his arch-enemy...
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: He doesn't ''like'' being an AntiHero. Combined with a deliberate nod to DarkIsNotEvil.
-->'''The Doctor:''' [[HumbleHero Am I a good man?]]
** When confronted with "The Architect" who wants him to rob the bank, Twelve immediately hates him. Because he's pompous, manipulative, and overbearing. That's how the Doctor finds out ''he'' was the Architect in the first place.
* HistoryRepeats: The Twelfth Doctor and the First Doctor both started out on ''Doctor Who'' as relatively aged Doctors, have school teachers from Coal Hill School as companions, and don’t know how to fly the TARDIS.
** And both Hartnell and Capaldi were 55 when starting as the Doctor.
** Like the Sixth Doctor, he's also the "darker" successor of the Doctor played by the youngest actor in the role at the time. The actors for both have also appeared in the show in other roles prior to becoming the Doctor.
** Both Capaldi's and Pertwee's Doctors follow on from the Time Lords interfering in the regeneration cycle, are significantly older in appearance than their companions, display remarkable rudeness, have an emotional reaction to their new eyebrows and favour dark clothing with red for spot colour - Twelve's suit and Three's signature opera cloak.
** Also, a relatively young incarnation enters a brutal, devastating centuries-long war which ages him into an old man. He regenerates after the war into a middle-aged incarnation who is rather rude and bitter, but still a very good person at heart. [[CatchPhrase Question]]: Are we talking about The War and Ninth Doctors or the Eleventh and Twelfth?
** Like Seven, he's a pragmatic person looking at the bigger picture, while his companion has gained increased prominence in story importance and screentime.
* HughMann: His idea of blending into North London is wearing an orange coat in the same cut and length as his blue one, and hanging placards reading "GO AWAY HUMANS" instead of the modest Keep Out sign he intended. ("The Caretaker")
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: He's the most alien out of all the revival series Doctors.
* HumbleHero: For all his pragmatism, he utilises this trope almost suicidally at one point. He effectively takes the bullet for Maisie Pitt in "Mummy on the Orient Express", despite it looking like he was willing to let her die at first. Luckily, once he diverts the threat's attention to him instead of Maisie, he succeeds in stopping it once and for all.
* HurtingHero: Twelve grimly accepts the constant death that surrounds his adventures and that there are some people he just ''can't'' save, and instead focuses on the people that he does have a chance of saving. This however gives the people he encounters in his adventures the impression he's heartless.
--> "We can’t mourn. People with guns to their heads, they cannot mourn. We do not have time to mourn."
* IconicItem: His chalkboard.
* IcyBlueEyes: Made all the more prominent by his stare.
* IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing: He starts his life deciding that the TARDIS is ''probably'' crashing before asking Clara how to fly it.
* ImNotAHeroIm: Twelve is extremely prickly about this, insisting that he's "[[BlatantLies just passing the time]]" and isn't interested in heroism. Also, though he brags from time to time, he's much less pompous and vocal about his own exploits than any previous incarnation of the Doctor, hinting at a newly gained bit of maturity.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: He doesn't need a sword to duel Robin Hood... he's got [[Creator/SylvesterMcCoy a spoon]].
* IndyPloy: Seems somewhat fond of them so far, even counting on others to participate. When trapped inside a Dalek, he calls on Clara to do "something clever."
** From "Time Heist":
--> '''Saibra''': Your plan is a "thing" will happen?
* InsufferableGenius: ''Every'' Doctor is an insufferable genius, but Twelve has to take the cake.
--> '''The Doctor:''' I hate being wrong in public. Everyone forget that happened.
** Best lampshaded in ''Mummy on the Orient Express":
--> '''Perkins:''' You know Doctor, I can't tell if you're a genius or just incredibly arrogant.
--> '''The Doctor:''' Well, on a good day I'm both.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: This Doctor is basically not nice to anyone at all unless their name is Clara Oswald. He makes an effort to be warm, but impertinence and ignorance severely test his temper.
* InternalHomage: His clothing and serious demeanour call to mind the Third Doctor.
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: He opts not to go for the scarf look again, and finds bow ties embarrassing. However, First Doctor-esque ribbon ties are okay for a special occasion.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: This Doctor is grumpy, abrasive, rude, egotistical, and rather apathetic. He is also very devoted to his companions and friends, still thinks humans are very important (being very explicit about it while alone with the Half-faced Man in "Deep Breath"), and ultimately tries to be the best man he can be. And he does question his own actions surprisingly often.
* KleptomaniacHero: In "Listen", when he steals a security guard's cup of coffee.
* KnightInSourArmor: Might be a bit too aloof to others at times, but as he notes in his introductory episode, people are never small to him. He might snark at you without remorse, but he'll always treat you with respect and will do his best to help those in need. And though he vocally doubts and even dismisses it at one point, he likes to keep up hope for the Daleks being curable of their evil and obsession with destruction. ("If I could turn one Dalek, I could turn them all...")
* KubrickStare: Fond of these, using them in ''The Day of the Doctor'', during the Series 8 trailer, and in the opening credits.
* LeanAndMean: The angular outfit accentuates his round head and skinny body, giving the appearance of a "stick insect" according to Clara.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Has a currently [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bF1Ng0XCUyw unnamed one]] which is similar to "I Am The Doctor".
* MerlinAndNimue: The Doctor unconsciously groomed Clara to replace him as the TARDIS' resident sociopath, to his later regret; "You let me down."
* MoralityChain: Clara is his, more than usual.
-->'''Doctor:''' Not my assistant, she's, uh, some other word...\\
'''Clara:''' I'm his carer.\\
'''Doctor:''' Yeah, carer. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo She cares so I don't have to]].
** In fact, Clara is fearful of the Doctor travelling alone. In "Listen", his increasing paranoia terrifies her.
** Inverted in "Dark Water" and in the epilogue of "Flatline", where it falls to him to be ''hers'', bringing the motif of role reversals in their relationship arc full circle.
* NiceShoes: He wears Loake-style Brogue boots.
* TheNicknamer: He takes to addressing people he's met as "that one" (in Clara's case, the "[[TheWatson asking questions one]]"), or by their appearance ("This is Gun Girl. She's [[ShapedLikeItself got a gun and she's a girl"]]). It's unclear whether this is due to his wafer-thin attention span, or if he really cares ''that'' little, as shown with "P.E. Teacher" (a.k.a. Danny Pink.)
* NoSocialSkills: While most Doctors fail to grasp social norms they at least have a jovial and friendly attitude to make up for that. Twelve, however, outright seems to consider common courtesies and pleasantries superfluous and a waste of time, so he comes off as more egotistic, callous, and arrogant than his predecessors. It eventually drives Clara away for a brief period.
* NotSoAboveItAll: A DarkerAndEdgier Doctor he might be but he's ''still'' the Doctor. Best exemplified when he's seen reading a "Where's Wally?" book in an attempt to connect with a young child, only to be told it's not a "Where's Wally?" book. This ticks off the Doctor, because he apparently thought you could find Wally in literally every book.
* NotSoDifferent: His enemies regularly point out he's just as bad as them.
** "Rusty" the Dalek points out the Doctor has as much rage in his heart as the Daleks he hates in "Into the Dalek".
--->'''Rusty:''' I see into your soul, Doctor. [[InLoveWithYourCarnage I see beauty, I see divinity, I... see... hatred]]!\\
'''Doctor:''' Hatred?\\
'''Rusty:''' I see your hatred of the Daleks and it is good.
** The Doctor also gets this one liner at the end of "Into the Dalek":
--->'''Rusty:''' I am not a good Dalek. ''You'' are a good Dalek.
** Missy's plan in Series 8 is to show the Doctor is just as bad as her by giving him ultimate power
--->'''Missy:''' I need you to know we're not so different! I need my friend back.
* NotSoStoic: Underneath the gruff exterior, he's actually the same jovial guy he's always been. He just doesn't show it much.
* PerpetualFrowner: His brow is constantly furrowed into an unhappy-looking expression.
-->'''Doctor:''' Look at the eyebrows! These are attack eyebrows! You could take bottle tops off with these! They're cross!
* ThePowerOfFriendship: He politely asks Clara to remain his friend if she wants to, and states that [[ThatDidntHappen he has regrets]] over previously [[CovertPervert thinking]] about the two of them on occasion [[ShipTease as something more than just]] [[PlatonicLifePartners very good friends]]. The friendship goes well, even with the occasional tension, until Clara has a breakdown [[WhamEpisode and calls it all off after the events of "Kill the Moon"]]. They eventually get back together and try to pick up the pieces of their friendship.
* ThePowerOfTrust: Subverted in "Kill The Moon", where he 'takes the training wheels off' to show Clara she is much stronger willed than she thinks she is. Clara instead tears into the Doctor for ignoring their friendship when she needed him ''just to prove a point''.
* PragmaticHero: While still trying to do good and help people, he shows a greater willingness to be ruthless and cut his losses in order to complete his goals. If he thinks a bit of collateral damage is unavoidable, he won't go out of his way to prevent it, but rather try to see if there is some way he can use said damage to his advantage anyway.
* PretendPrejudice: Despite claiming he ''really'' hates soldiers, he's decent to quite a few.
** In "Mummy on the Orient Express", the Doctor seems pleased to finally give a semi-immortal soldier who just ''can't'' stop fighting peace.
** In "Death in Heaven" he gives the Brigadier the one thing he never got from the Doctor's previous selves: a salute.
* PunyEarthlings: [[InsultOfEndearment "Pudding brains"]], indeed! He's not particularly nice to the humans he meets, but it is possible for them to eventually gain his respect and praise.
** His solution to the "Tell Courtney she's special" problem is a novelty: When he eventually caves in to Clara's insistence, he doesn't say "Courtney, you're special.". Instead, he says 'Wanna be the first woman on the Moon? ''That'll'' be special!'.
* ReachingTowardsTheAudience: His pose for showcasing his official outfit.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Delivers a [[TearJerker pretty heartbreaking]] one to Clara after she fails her SecretTestOfCharacter. Doesn't mean that he hates her, though.
* ScottishEnglish: Twelve keeps Capaldi's Scottish accent. At first, during regeneration trauma, he believes that everyone else has gone English (!) while his accent remained unchanged. He's later pleasantly surprised to discover he's Scottish.
-->'''Doctor:''' I've gone Scottish? Oh. ''Oooohhhhh'' no, that's good! I'm Scottish. I'm Scottish. I am ''Scottish''. I can complain about things, I can ''really'' complain about things now!
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: The Doctor seems to be enjoying playing up the "forgetful old man" angle just a wee bit.
-->'''Danny:''' ''(for the umpteenth time)'' I'm not a P.E. teacher, I'm a ''maths'' teacher.\\
'''Doctor:''' No. No, I can't retain that. It's just not going in.
* SharpDressedMan: Twelve favors a rather stylish suit that evokes the Third Doctor without the frills, with a rotation of dress shirts. Sometimes he's wearing the matching vest with his red-lined jacket, sometimes not. ("I was hoping for minimalism -- but I think I just came out with [[StageMagician magician.]]") Notably among Doctors he does not sport any kind of neckwear (scarf or tie) at all. The only other Doctors to eschew those items were Five and Nine.
* SherlockScan: Takes after Eleven's habit, giving one in "Mummy on the Orient Express".
* ShipSinking: Gives a Clara x Doctor ship sinking speech in "Deep Breath":
-->'''Doctor:''' I'm the Doctor. I've lived for over 2000 years, and not all of them good. I've made many mistakes. And it's about time I did something about that, starting right now... Clara... I'm not your boyfriend.\\
'''Clara:''' I never thought you were.\\
'''Doctor:''' I never said it was ''your'' mistake.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: There is a deliberate class conflict going on between the working class Danny and the "upper class" Doctor.
** Although this might well just be all in Danny's head/his bad first impression, given that the Doctor is actually pretty anti-authoritarian and (equally mistakenly) seems to think that there is instead Nerds vs. Jocks going on.
* StableTimeLoop: He gives the final push for the salvation of Gallifrey, making it possible for the Time Lords to later allow his existence.
* TheStoic: While Eleven was a hyperactive SadClown, Twelve keeps his sense of humour and emotions hidden behind a calm, serious and introverted exterior.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Known to tag when he's asking or answering a question.
--> "Question: why do we talk out loud even when we know we're alone?"
--> "Conjecture: because we know we're not."
* TemptingFate: His predecessor vowed to never forget one day as being that particular Doctor as part of his FamousLastWords. As soon as he regenerates into Twelve, he temporarily forgets how to fly the TARDIS.
* ThinkingOutLoud: DiscussedTrope. Twelve [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen theorizes]] the reason people think aloud is because their subconscious realizes that they're not, in fact, [[ParanoiaFuel alone]] and that there's ''something'' hiding with them.
* ThisBananaIsArmed: Better not laugh at an old guy who can send you to the cleaners with [[FunnySpoon a spoon.]] Robin Hood learned the hard way.
* ThousandYardStare: His post-regeneration empty-eyed stare at Clara after regenerating in "The Time of the Doctor".
* TranquilFury: Just acts quietly disappointed in Clara when she betrays his trust in "Dark Water", only to start yelling at the end.
-->'''Doctor:''' You betrayed me. You betrayed my trust. You betrayed our friendship. You betrayed everything that I've ever stood for. YOU LET ME DOWN!
* TwerpSweating: Gets very fatherly when he finds out Danny is dating Clara.
-->'''Danny''': I just need to do exactly one thing for you. Doctor, am I right?\\
'''Doctor''': Yes.\\
'''Clara:''' What? What one thing?\\
'''Danny:''' I need to be good enough for you. That's why he's angry. Just in case I'm not.
* UndyingLoyalty: For Clara. Even after she attempts to threaten him in "Deep Water" to save Danny, he still wants to help her.
--> '''Doctor''': [[HeartwarmingMoments Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me could make a difference?]]
* ViolentGlaswegian: In "The Caretaker". Decked out in janitor's overalls and insulting humanity left and right, he's like a Time Lord version of Groundskeeper Willie from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Clara. Though they constantly tease each other, and even get into fights about conflicting values on occasion, [[PlatonicLifePartners they still care deeply for one another]].
* WhamShot: His cameo in "The Day of the Doctor".
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets called out a lot on his AntiHero tendencies.
** Clara gives him an ArmorPiercingSlap in "Into The Dalek" for being happy that the "good" Dalek going on a killing spree reinforces his belief there are no good Daleks.
** Clara shouts him out at the end of "Kill the Moon", for not being her friend when she needed him, just to prove a point.
** Danny gives him crap for being a BoomerangBigot, as a "commander" who hates soldiers, in "The Caretaker".
** Returns the favor in "Dark Water", telling Clara she betrayed him and everything their friendship stood for by trying to threaten him into saving Danny by changing time.
* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: For all his frowning, whenever his cocky grin shows up he's rather hilarious.
** When Clara decides to keep travelling with him at the end of "Mummy on the Orient Express", his face melts into this genuine, unfiltered happiness.
* YouLookFamiliar: Capaldi previously played John Frobisher in ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'', and Caecilius in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E2TheFiresOfPompeii "The Fires of Pompeii"]]. Even the Doctor acknowledges it.
-->'''Doctor:''' Have you seen this face before? [...] It's funny, because I'm sure I have.
* YouRemindMeOfX: Unflatteringly tells Clara she reminds him of an old teacher of his (possibly the much-hated Borusa).
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