One gets heaps of Character Development through flashbacks and Companion Chronicles, from his earliest days on Gallifrey to his final adventures with his TV series companions. He was the first Doctor outside the monthly range to get his own original audio companion, Oliver.
Deal with the Devil: As revealed in "Master", he once murdered a boy to save the Master's life, when they were both very young children. While sleeping that night, he made a deal with Death (appearing to him in a dream), selling out his friend and transferring his deed and his memories to the Master instead. He never realised what had happened.
Measuring the Marigolds: Back on Gallifrey, he once wrote a paper dissecting the concept of love on a neurological level, proving that the whole idea is nothing but chemicals. His teacher gave him a rubbish grade and told him he'd missed the point.
Bowties Are Cool: Two is the very first Doctor to catch a glimpse (a brief psychic vision) of his Eleventh self, with the copyright issues temporarily worked around for the 50th anniversary. He's quite pleased with his future self's fashion sense.
After a good ten years, someone somehow finally convinced Tom Baker to join the cast of Big Finish. Tom says that it was Elisabeth Sladen and Louise Jameson who eventually wore him down. Tragically, Lis passed away before a planned series of Four & Sarah Jane stories could be recorded. The Fourth Doctor is by far the loopiest of all regenerations, and freely uses Obfuscating Stupidity and Obfuscating Insanity to make himself seem even more out-there than he already is. Big Finish likes to show off his skills as The Chessmaster as well.
Fifth Doctor: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to make a... golfing pun.
Apologizes a Lot: And even when he's being sarcastic, he still comes across as sounding sincere, simply by virtue of being such a Quintessential British Gentleman. This became an odd mix of silly and heart-wrenching when he rather off-handedly apologised to a Cyberman for not being able to put it out of its misery.
Ambadassador: Completely embodies this trope, especially in "The Game" — much more so than he realises. It turns out he's personally responsible for having peacefully ended 36 wars, though from his perspective, he hasn't done it yet.
Bad Liar: He's much too polite to properly lie, and laments how he used to be better at it in his previous lives.
Berserk Button: Having lost Adric to the Cybermen. He gets really very shouty when he's then roped up in the creation of the Cybermen against his will, and they turn out to be made possible thanks to a blueprint scan of his brain. Leads to a grand helping of OOC Is Serious Business and Screw Destiny.
Distressed Dude: Now often lampshaded by the Doctor, depending on the writer and adventure. His very first adventure saw Five getting his leg broken (by Six falling on top of him, no less), immediately followed by being kidnapped, bound, tortured, and screaming in agony in the background for an entire scene.
Doom Magnet: Upon finding out that his last time holding the Key to Time has now threatened the universe again, this Doctor sets out to save reality. Again. Unfortunately, this Doctor's quest to fix that almost instantly resulted in the cataclysm that made the Martians into the Ice Warriors. Whoops.
And this isn't even going into the fact that this Doctor seems to gather more disasters around him than any of his other incarnations, like in 'The Burning Prince', where the TARDIS just decides to drop the Doctor into the middle of a mess. Because it can.
Forgets to Eat: When he's distracted by a project, Nyssa sometimes has to force him to remember basic things like sleep and food.
Hijacked by Ganon: A very odd example, in that Five very frequently turns out to be the one responsible in the end for the mass genocide of civilisations, or the creation of murderous races. Entirely by accident, of course, but the trope is played to the letter otherwise. Basically, if a Fifth Doctor episode doesn't disclose the identity of its villain at first, there's a very high chance Five has been accidentally responsible.
And then there's the Key 2 Time storyline, which directly reveals the Doctor is at fault for the Universe being in danger, thanks to his meddling with the Key to Time as the Fourth Doctor. And that's before the story begins the other disasters...
Ignored Epiphany: In 1980, when UNIT finds the TARDIS underneath several layers of ancient Pompeii rubble, Five refuses to even see her and decides that he'll only worry about it once it actually happens to him.
Magnetic Hero: While he has a few solo adventures with Nyssa, Turlough or Peri, a majority of this Doctor's adventures tend to have an audio-exclusive companion tagging along with Peri. And in Nyssa's case, she's even dragged back to the TARDIS long after she's supposedly left (although it was admittedly only a few weeks for them).
Not So Different: From Omega. In fact, Five is responsible for the genocide that Omega remembers committing.
Odd Friendship: He and Iris Wildthyme are polar opposites, and he makes a good show of not wanting to be involved in her life... but he did voluntarily spend Christmas in her TARDIS once, and took Tegan, Nyssa and Adric along just for fun. (Iris claims it's all a case of Belligerent Sexual Tension.)
Quintessential British Gentleman: To the point where he confuses a group of German soldiers by naturally speaking textbook German, without any kind of accent, and still somehow sounding rather suspiciously like an English gentleman.
The Snark Knight: Often hand-in-hand with the status of this Doctor's personality.
(In)famous for being a darker and grittier Doctor, Six is allowed in Big Finish to grow as a character and expand beyond his unstable origins of the TV show. He's still an insufferable know-it-all with a fondness for creative insults (not to mention the worst crimes against fashion in all of time and space), but with plenty of Lampshading this time around. His new adventures notably show a kindness and depth that often was not there in the series.
Acting for Two: Colin Baker gets to toy with this in "The Wrong Doctors", where you have two versions of the Sixth Doctor 'onscreen' at the same time. Rumor has it they wanted a third, but the studio would have imploded from the awesome.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Iris Wildthyme, quite a bit more strongly than she manages with most other incarnations of him. The fact that her future self manages to hypnotise him into fancying her in "The Wormery" certainly helps.
Doctor: If I was really the Doctor, would I do... THIS?(grabs Sally-Anne into a deep kiss)
Monster of the Week: (Absolutely stunned) Noooooo. No. No. No. The Doctor certainly wouldn't do that.
Break the Haughty: His stories with Peri tend to be light-hearted and have very little Character Development. His Story Arc with Evelyn, however, gradually breaks him. "Jubilee" is the first story to really properly traumatise Six, after which "Arrangements For War" sees him emotionally going off the deep end. His main arc revolves around him being forced to come to terms with his crass and often flippant attitude and the severe consequences of his behaviour.
Changed My Jumper: A chronic offender with the infamous coat, but he has the good sense to change into more practical clothes at times. Notably, in his first story with Evelyn (i.e. the arc that was written deliberately to give him Character Development), he changes into a Third Doctor style velvet-and-ruffles ensemble for a visit to the Queen of England.
From "Real Time" up until "The Wrong Doctors", Six is seen wearing a blue outfit that, while very similar in design taste to his normal outfit, is a series of tasteful and non-clashing blue hues. Really, it's quite nice. (Started out as a case of Limited Animation, since "Real Time" was also released as a semi-animated webcast. None of the artists involved felt like drawing Six' coat, so the blue hues were created as a compromise. The audio-only edition has a short scene to explain it: Six thought Evelyn wanted to see his "mourning" coat. She was curious about his morning coat.)
Character Development: Heaps. His stories with Peri have him very similar to the way he was in the TV series, but episodes taking place after that show a much softer side of him. He grows to care very deeply for Evelyn, and has no problem saying he loves her — as a friend — in "Real Time", pretty early on in their Story Arc.
Hurricane of Euphemisms: Especially when frustrated or angry. In the "The One Doctor", one character remarks that talking to him is "like arguing with a bloody thesaurus!" Later in the same episode, he loses his willingness to debate altogether...
Sixth Doctor: If I have to endure another insult —-
Peri: Don't shout, Doctor! There might be- Sixth Doctor: SHOUT?!I don't shout! People who have to resort to shouting to get what they want are merely demonstrating the inherent paucity of their argument! It's something that I never, NEVER- Peri: All right, Doctor!! Sixth Doctor: Point made, I think.
Also played with in "The Wrong Doctors", where you have the Sixth Doctor encounter... the Sixth Doctor. The Sixth Doctor who's already been through his big emotional Big Finish Story Arc (distinguished by his blue outfit and calmer dialogue) finds his younger self to be pretty annoying.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Unlike the hard-to-see-but-still-there heart of gold seen in the TV series, Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor in Big Finish shows an incredible empathy toward his companions when the situation calls for it. Oh, he's still very much alien in how he expresses it, but his treatment of Dr. Evelyn Smythe shows the change of his character from his original premiere in the 1980s.
Jerkass Façade: The ending of his segment in "Project: Lazarus", which segues directly into the start of "Arrangements For War", is all about this trope. Evelyn doesn't put up with it.
Stealth Pun: Extremely fond of them, often in the middle of a hurricane of more obvious puns.
Took a Level in Kindness: He's plenty mean towards Peri just like in the TV series, but when he meets Evelyn (after Peri leaves the TARDIS), she mellows him out a lot with her no-nonsense attitude, her warm demeanor and her chocolate cakes. The fact that Big Finish insists on breaking Evelyn over and over certainly helps, and she and Six become very emotionally close in the process. By the time he unexpectedly runs into his old self (in a bit of time travel mishap involving Mel), the contrast is very noticable.
Torture Porn: "Jubilee" sees him broken more thoroughly than any other Doctor in any episode. He loses his mind, his companion and his legs, and that's just the start of it.
In the TV show, the Seventh Doctor started out as a bumbling goof and developed into a very manipulative and enigmatic figure after a while. Big Finish embraces both concepts whole-heartedly. Stories with Mel, taking place early on in his tenure, provide excellent comic relief and rely heavily on the Indy Ploy. Stories with Ace, taking place later in Seven's life, see him out-planning things like Elder Gods, Daleks and ancient Cyborg Vampires — much like he tended to do in the TV show anyway, but without worries of budget this time around.
The Cameo: Occasionally, he shows up in Six' episodes to fix things after Six messes up badly. Two of those appearances are completely unannounced and uncredited.
Character Development: Seven travelling with Mel is a bumbling goof who can't talk his way out of a wet paper bag. Seven travelling with Ace (and Hex) is a manipulative bastard who plays with the universe like it's his favourite toy. Seven travelling alone, at the end of his life, is a deeply traumatised man who no longer plays the spoons or mixes his metaphors, which his enemies gleefully mock him for. Since the stories are made in whatever order Big Finish likes, this can be played for a very jarring effect: a deeply emotional story with Ace can be followed immediately by a silly panto farce with Mel.
The Chessmaster: This Doctor actually decided to juggle two TARDISes (Tardii?) with two different sets of companions to take on the Elder Gods of the universe. Needless to say, the companions were not happy when this all went horribly wrong.
Creepy Good: From "The Fearmonger" all the way up to "Project: Lazarus" (his very final adventure in his Seventh regeneration), this Doctor is scary. The episode "Master", in particular, shows how terrifying he can be.
Good Is Not Nice: Seven considers himself much less forgiving than Six ever was, and warns enemies who've only had to deal with Six before that he won't treat them as kindly.
Papa Wolf: If you threaten anyone that travels with this Doctor, you will most likely pay for it. And soon.
Pinball Protagonist: Very frequently during his adventures with Mel, since he hasn't quite developed his skills as The Chessmaster yet at that point in time. "The Fires Of Vulcan", "Bang-Bang-a-Boom!", "Flip-Flop" and "Unregenerate!" are notable examples.
Self-Deprecation: Seven has been given a few chances to unknowingly snark at his eventual fate. Perhaps the most specific was while he tried to escape from an airlock that decided to play opera at him for no reason.
Seventh Doctor: I REFUSE TO DIE! TO ELEVATOR MUSIC!!
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Seven hates his past self (especially his Fourth) for how carelessly he used to murder his enemies. Although he'll gladly subject them to a terrifying Fate Worse Than Death, murder is out of the question for him. Naturally, he keeps being placed in situations where he should murder innocent people just to preserve the web of time, and although he tries a few times over, he can never bring himself to pull the trigger. It's become a very morbid Running Gag, most notably used in "Flip-Flop", "Master" and "Night Thoughts".
Trickster Mentor: While the so-called Cartmel Master Plan has been left behind, the Doctor very much remains this in his adventures with Ace (and later, with Hex as well).
What the Hell, Hero?: Often so much called out on the collateral damage of his plans. Especially with Hex, who seems to be far less tolerant of the Doctor's plans.
You don't think I'm going to do that fully clothed, do you?
Voiced by: Paul McGannnote And occasionally by India Fisher when the plot calls for it
Bouncy, chatty and very fond of humans, the Eighth Doctor was fleshed out considerably in Big Finish and quickly became the series' Breakout Character. After the new TV series stated that the Doctor would end up committing double genocide in the Last Great Time War, Big Finish started slowly but steadily breaking him. Aside from the monthly audios, Eight has his own separate series (called the New Eighth Doctor Adventures) which takes place at a later time in the same continuity and eventually sees him outgrowing his Victorian look.This is the main timeline for the Eighth Doctor, according to the parent series. He's not the same Eighth Doctor as the one in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels, as the timelines diverged after the TV movie — though he's fascinated when he's allowed a glimpse of his alternate self's book adventures. However, this is also complicated by the fact that in "Mary's Story", the Doctor references characters from the novels and comics.
Break the Cutie: Gradually gets broken. Notable moments include "Neverland", "Zagreus", "Scherzo", "The Last", "Terror Firma", "Orbis" and "To The Death". "Dark Eyes" is essentially him dealing with everything he's dealt with.
Breakout Character: To the point where the release of "Dark Eyes" broke the Big Finish website.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: To Charley's constant frustration, he really wants to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save her, time and time again. To the point where the TARDIS starts scolding him for it.
Combined with his Determinator status, this has led to very long stints of him trying to help people he has nothing to do with. Notably in "Orbis" and "Prisoner Of The Sun".
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Seriously. His mind's inner sanctuary features a croquet course and a waterslide.
Creepy Monotone: He usually jumps right into Large Ham when he's angry, and Evil Is Hammy when he's Not Himself. In some rare cases, most notably in "The Natural History Of Fear", we get to hear Paul McGann do a Creepy Monotone — and it's goddamn terrifying. In some very rare cases, Eight goes for this trope when he's both completely lucid and completely serious, as Davros found out...
Eighth Doctor: You tell me all this, and you expect me to help you.
Davros: Yes, Doctor.
Eighth Doctor: ... How. How can you expect... ... Davros.
Flash Sideways: In "Zagreus", he's briefly able to see all other versions of his Eighth self. The Eighth Doctor Adventures series freaks him right the hell out. Since he's also completely losing his mind at the time, though, it's fair to assume he didn't remember it.
Hell-Bent for Leather: After he gets thoroughly broken in "To The Death", and after already spending close to a millennium in his eighth body, he finally drops the Victorian ensemble and starts wearing a WWI navy-style leather peacoat halfway through "Dark Eyes". Paul McGann helped design the outfit and showed off the new look a few times in the years leading up to the outfit change... even before Big Finish was sure whether or not the BBC would approve of the new CD covers.
Heroic Suicide: He properly commits suicide twice, both times to save reality. (He gets better, of course.)
Hot Springs Episode: He stages one halfway through "Dark Eyes", when he's past the point of emotional collapse, gone right off the deep end, and just needs something, anything to feel better.
I Let Gwen Stacy Die: While the Doctor's lost companions before, Lucie's death hits him especially hard, not least because he literally watches her death by Heroic Sacrifice. As he puts it, "People die and the Doctor moves on, but not this time." (Nicholas Briggs said they killed her so horribly precisely because they wanted to totally break him.)
Important Haircut: Got one around the "Dark Eyes" story arc, which also allowed Paul McGann to do new promo pictures without having to wear the movie wig again. He keeps the shorter hair until the end of his life.
Keet: Lampshaded in "Caerdroia", when his Keet side manifests itself as a separate person. (Charley nicknames it "Tigger".)
OOC Is Serious Business: At the end of "To The Death", he promises the Daleks he'll kill all of them if given the chance, he can't forgive a fellow Time Lord (the Monk) anymore, and he's absolutely roaring with anger and grief. The first steps towards the Last Great Time War.
Sense Loss Sadness: During the eight episodes of the Divergent Universe arc, he's forced to live in a world without time. He compares the feeling to losing a body part. When he gets back to the normal universe, regaining his senses makes him so bouncy and happy that it even freaks out Davros.
Sharing a Body: With Zagreus in "Zagreus", and with Charley in "Scherzo".
Time Skip: With great frequency — Eight only having one TV adventure gives the writers unlimited freedom in this regard. He notably spends 600 years on Orbis, completely Going Native.
Too Kinky to Torture: Eight likes to pretend that he is, whenever he's being tortured, as a coping mechanism. He keeps it up for quite a while in "Something Inside", until he can't cope any longer and breaks down screaming and whimpering. In "Memory Lane", he's getting better at it, and bitterly asks his torturers for some more pain (rather than give in).
Torture Porn: "Zagreus", which has him coping with extreme Loss of Identity and has Charley running him through with a sword, and its direct sequel "Scherzo", which jumps straight into Body HorrorGorn and has Charley slitting his throat. "Something Inside" is pretty much "Torture Porn: The Episode".
Tragic Bromance: With Lucie. Her death severely traumatises him, and leads to him adopting a less classic and more pragmatic look.
Verbal Tic: Starting sentences with "You know...", repeating words or people's names very quickly when he wants to convey something important.
Plot Coupon: He asks each Doctor to prevent the central item of the episode from being destroyed, gathering them all.
Alternate Doctors who were crafted for the purpose of "what if?" stories.
Alternate First Doctor
Voiced by: Geoffrey Bayldon (2003, 2008)
An alternate incarnation of the Doctor who never chose to leave Gallifrey in the first place. Instead, this Doctor (who is still known as the Doctor) spent his time in pocket universes and interacting with the people of Earth, writing down what happened in historical novels. However, after a time, he eventually did leave in a TARDIS with his granddaughter Susan (many, many years after he would have done so in other media). His choices and actions taken, however, weren't tempered by being a grumpy young man, stubborn to keep time intact. So instead, we wound up with spacefaring sailing vessels cruising through the solar system in the Victorian Era. Whoops. His story's told in "Auld Mortality" and "A Storm of Angels".
Cool Old Guy: While nowhere near as grumpy or (potentially) action-oriented as William Hartnell's version of the character, this Doctor takes a childlike glee in exploring the universe and wants to share it with everyone.
Failed a Spot Check: He doesn't really notice the problems he's caused with his meddling in the time stream until it's finally shoved in his face.
Unscrupulous Hero: One of the things retained from the Hartnell's First Doctor. While he adores Susan and cannot stand to see people brought to harm, he also doesn't see the problem with altering history or draining power from the ship that rescued him and Susan from death in space to repower his TARDIS. While it's running into serious problems itself.
What Have I Done: Upon realizing he's kinda screwed over the natural flow of history permanently and possibly even doomed humanity.
An alternate incarnation of the Doctor who accidentally arrived for his banishment to Earth a few decades too late. This Doctor appeared in two Big Finish Unbound tales: "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Masters of War" — the former dealing with the consequences to the Earth over the Doctor's inability to interfere with the events of time, with the latter showing off how the Daleks evolved without the Doctor's interference. Took on the Brigadier as a companion, astonishingly.
Lighter and Softer: This Third Doctor is a whole lot nicer than Pertwee (though just as snarky), thanks to his exile only lasting a few hours, as opposed to a few years.
What the Hell, Hero?: ...teaming up with Daleks? Even the Brigadier calls the Doctor out on this one, although the Daleks actually aren't nearly as bad in this universe.
Voiced by David Collings (2003)
You know how the Doctor has, most times, generally been about saving people? And at all costs, as many people as possible? Yeah, this one's not so much. Time has passed for this Doctor (implied that he's somewhere within his last regenerations), and time has hardned him quite a bit. Only appears in the audio drama Full Fathom Five.
Downer Ending: He's trapped in the bottom of an undersea base and the woman who he adopted as his daughter has just killed him. And she's going to keep killing him until his regenerations are all spent and gone. On the other hand, though, his daughter actually kinda has a point.
Knight Templar Parent: The Doctor has little problem with risking his own life, but he absolutely refuses to let his adopted daughter Ruth do the same.
You Look Familiar: David Collings appeared as cute, fragile Poul in "The Robots Of Death" (and its not-Big Finish audio spinoff "Kaldor City").
Alternate Valeyard / The Doctor
Voiced by: Michael Jayston (2003)
Only appearing in "He Jests at Scars", this alternate Valyard is the end result of what might have happened had the Valeyard actually won the events of The Ultimate Foe, thus becoming the Doctor himself. Rather than gallivant around the universe like the Doctor would normally do, this Valeyard-Doctor instead decided to run around, blowing everything out of existence — eventually killing every single one of his previous incarnations.
Fate Worse Than Death: This Doctor was finally defeated (technically) by a Future Badass version of Mel. Doomed to spend an eternity in the TARDIS control room (the only remaining aspect of reality left), unable to move or even do much more than breathe or think while reality slowly sorts itself out. Maybe.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After assuming control of what's left of space-time, the Doctor-Valeyard can literally do whatever he desires. This is, of course, because it's all an illusion.
Alternate Third Doctor
Voiced by: Arabella Weir (2003)
A female Doctor who came about after the Second Doctor (Nicholas Briggs) killed himself and escaped to avoid the trial at the end of "The War Games". Appears in "Exile".
Downer Ending: She ends up getting captured and sentenced to confinement in her TARDIS for the rest of her life. Should she try to escape, she will dematerialize forever, and it would be as if she never exists. Or not. The story is a little vague, as even the Time Lords themselves seem to be played as a bit thick.
A Doctor from an alternate timeline, where the Seventh Doctor, Ace and the TARDIS were captured in Colditz Castle and the Nazis wound up winning World War II as an accidental aftereffect. After being killed and regenerating, the (now) Eighth Doctor spent decades manipulating the Nazis and trying to reset the timeline. Was first mentioned in the audio "Colditz", and much later properly appeared in the mini-episode "Klein's Story".
The Atoner: This alternate Eighth Doctor spends pretty much his entire regeneration trying to correct time to its proper course. It's up to interpretation if he's trying to attone for the corruption of the timeline, or if he's trying to prevent Ace's untimely death by meddling. Probably both.
The Chessmaster: "Johann" spends over 10 years just trying to find a person whom he can potentially convince to step back in time and correct things. He then spends the next several months slowly convincing her to go back in time to "save" the Doctor from the original timeline on the pretense of using him to explain how the TARDIS works. He's good.
Faking the Dead: Done quite easily, considering he regenerated into another body.
Heroic Sacrifice: "Johann" gets at least shot trying to get Klein into the TARDIS, not to mention essentially erased from history once his plan works.
The vast majority of the companions who showed up in the Doctor Who TV series have returned for the Big Finish audio adventures, played by the original actors. (With the notable exception of Dodo, who has not appeared at all.) Although they usually travel with the Doctor, some just appear together in Companion Chronicles for their own adventures, or in their own separate series. For general character tropes about these returning companions, see The classic series companions page.
Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Sixth and Eighth Doctors)
Voiced by: Nicholas Courtney
Now retired and Happily Married to Doris, the Brigadier still works with UNIT at times. He notably also stars in several Unbound stories, many Companion Chronicles, and in a few Big Finish UNIT episodes (without the Doctor).
Vitriolic Best Buds: Interestingly averted: due to Six' straightforward attitude and Eight's kindness, he gets along noticably better with Six and Eight than he ever did with Two, Three, Four and Seven in the TV series.
The Chessmaster: Shows off hers skills extensively in "A Death In The Family", slowly but steadily outwitting a Reality Warper. She's shocked, in the end, by how well she did, considering it's usually the Doctor who does that sort of thing.
Determinator: In "The Shadow Of The Scourge", she faces an Eldritch Abomination that talks its victims into crippling despair. Her solution? To have someone destroy her eardrums, because she knows the TARDIS medbay can just fix her up later. She spends over half the story completely deaf and with blood running out of her ears, and she's not even bothered.
The Nicknamer: "Oldman Whitehair, Beatles Haircut, Frilly Shirt, Longscarf Bigeyes, Cricket Boy, Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Lord Byron..."
Ship Tease: Quite a bit of it with Hex, though she mostly just sees him as a little brother.
Story Arc: Almost uniquely for a returning TV series companion, she gets a distinct story arc in the monthlies. The episodes tend to also be understandable as standalone stories, though.
Professor George Litefoot (Fourth and Sixth Doctors)
Voiced by: Trevor Baxter
The pathologist from "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" got his own Companion Chronicle together with Jago, followed by many seasons of their own spinoff, which end up also starring Leela. They also encounter the Doctor again on occasion.
The impresario from "The Talons Of Weng-Chiang" got his own Companion Chronicle together with Professor Litefoot, followed by many seasons of their own spinoff, which end up also starring Leela. They also encounter the Doctor again on occasion.
Leela travels with the Fourth Doctor in stories set between their TV series episodes. Later, living on Gallifrey, she meets the Eighth Doctor and Romana during their battle with Eldritch Abomination Zagreus. After that, she and Romana get their own Big Finish spinoff — Gallifrey — which has its own character sheet.
Weak Willed: Relatively speaking. As a human, she's much weaker against Mind Control than Gallifreyans, which her enemies gladly make use of.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: She's not even remotely surprised when, at one point, the day is saved literally by the use of applied nonsense. After all, everything the Doctor does looks like nonsense to her.
Melanie "Mel" Jane Bush (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
Voiced by: Bonnie Langford
Mel's timeline got a bit wobbly as soon as she was introduced in the TV series, which Big Finish delights in making even more complicated. Stories starring her tend to be light-hearted and fun. Since the Seventh Doctor isn't quite The Chessmaster yet during their travels together (as he would eventually become with Ace), the two of them become quite adept at the Indy Ploy.
Acting for Two: Like Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford gets to play with this in The Wrong Doctors, where two Mels are running around the story at the same time. However, unlike the Sixth Doctors, the two Mels are night and day.
Beware the Nice Ones: Melanie Bush made Davros beg for mercy. She spent months believing he was a kind old crippled professor. Once it turns out Davros is a lying sack of crap and reverts to form, Melanie decides to leave him at the so-called mercy of his own creations: the Juggernauts. Who are Mechanoids enhanced with human remains. Just don't piss her off, really.
Mel: But, Doctor, we know they can't change history because we've seen the future already.
Seventh Doctor: No. Unfortunately there is an awkward thing called "free will".
Mel: Oh. You mean that predeterminism is merely a philosophical abstract and that the physical reality of the universe is the one in which all potential actions are permitted, including those whose effect cancel out their own logical cause?
Fun Personified: Although she can be plenty glum and snarky, she's almost always brought in when a story needs to be Lighter and Softer. To the point where two of her episodes are full-on Panto.
And when her stories do get serious, you know something's very, very wrong.
I Need a Freaking Drink: After a while, she starts just disappearing in the middle of Six' lectures and wandering off to the nearest bar (exactly like Peri before her).
Love Freak: In the audio play "The Juggernauts" she tries to redeem Davros. Of course, she doesn't exactly have the long history with him the Doctor has, and she only just learned what Daleks are, but still...
Reality Warper: In the 2013 Sixth Doctor story "The Wrong Doctors", its revealed that Mel's powerful memory and contradictory timeline actually gives her, under the right conditions, the power to pick and choose among countless alternate realities and timelines, pulling them into being in a pocket universe version of Pease Pottage created by a demonic entity from the Time Vortex.
Big Damn Kiss: She has her first kiss with an English bloke in Stockbridge. The moment shocks her — all her life, she'd imagined it as a logical thing, something that might happen and that she would have to deal with as part of a larger process, but the moment comes and goes very quickly and naturally. She gives the relationship a go, but soon realises that she has a lot to learn and she hasn't found the right person yet.
Character Focus: "Circular Time" is a sweet, almost dreamy character study of Nyssa.
Letting Her Hair Down: She briefly tries a simple human life, even wearing jeans for a while. The Doctor gently encourages her to explore it.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Very reluctantly so in "Primeval". The Doctor eventually caves in and lends her his coat to cover up with.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Nyssa's return to the TARDIS was essentially done so Sarah Sutton could play a Nyssa who was much closer to her own current voice rather than a voice she had in the eighties. A rejuvenation was also given to the character a few adventures later so her running around with the rest of the TARDIS crew would be much more plausible.
Science Hero: Can keep up with the Doctor, and does much autonomous research while he's busy with other plotlines. He even trusts her to repair the TARDIS all by herself at times.
Romanadvoratrelundar (Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Doctors)
Voiced by: Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward, Juliet Landau
Romana travels with the Fourth Doctor when she's in her first body, exploring the universe together with him. In her second regeneration, she becomes the Lady President of Gallifrey, just like in the novels. After a few stories with the Eighth Doctor, Romana II got her own spin-off (Gallifrey) together with Leela, which has a separate character sheet.
Aside from appearing in plenty of Companion Chronicles with the First Doctor, Susan returns as a companion to the Eighth. She's had a busy 20-odd years since her grandfather left her with freedom fighter David Campbell — raising her half-human son, Alex, and eventually rising quite high in Earth's fledgling government. Later winds up helping the Earth adjust to the concept of working alongside aliens again... and fighting Daleks. Again.
Break the Cutie: A second Dalek invasion, just like the first... but far worse, losing her son to the Daleks in said invasion and her entire life is ruined in the span of two audio dramas. But despite all she's lost, Susan is more worried about her grandfather's mental state than herself.
What the Hell, Hero?: Towards the Doctor, after he refuses to sacrifice his companion's life to save all of reality... but has no problem with sacrificing the TARDIS and himself to do exactly that. She calls him out on it, hard.
Tegan Jovanka (Fifth Doctor)
Voiced by: Janet Fielding
Janet Fielding agreed to do one, and exactly one, audio for Big Finish. She liked it so much, though, that she continued doing them. Tegan now rather regularly travels with the Fifth Doctor and his other companions in tales taking place during their time on the show together, both in the monthlies and in the Lost Stories.
Contrived Coincidence: A Harsher in Hindsight example. "The Gathering" features Tegan showing up again, for what Janet Fielding said would be here only episode (at the time) taking place after she had decided to leave the TARDIS (much longer from her perspective than the Doctor's, though). The Fifth Doctor offered to take her traveling again, but Tegan declined. Because she was suffering from apparently terminal cancer. Later, in September of 2012, Janet Fielding revealed that she's currently fighting cancer.
Travelling with the Fifth Doctor, Turlough is typically not in the mood to deal with humans, with Earth, or with having to play the hero sometimes.
Anti-Hero: Any time he realises he has to be heroic, it's with a weary sigh.
Butt Monkey: The majority of his adventures take place on Earth, his absolute least favourite planet in the galaxy. He keeps begging the Doctor to go for a holiday on the planet of warm beaches and cute girls. The Doctor ignores him.
When Zoe parted from the Second Doctor, the Time Lords erased Zoe's memory of her adventures. But certain parties have evidence that she travelled in time, and have tracked her down in search of the information she doesn't know she knows.
Dr. Evelyn Smythe later Evelyn Rossiter (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
I'm a historian. This is a time machine. You can take me anywhere... and I'll still be home in time for tea.
Voiced by: Maggie Stables (2000-2011)
One of the Doctor's rare older companions, 55-year-old history professor Evelyn Smythe could also match the Sixth Doctor's acid tongue — a rare bird indeed. Evelyn is by far one of the warmest, friendliest and most emotionally involved companions that the Doctor has ever had. On the one hand, this mellows him out considerably, and the two of them become incredibly close. On the other hand, though, Evelyn can't even begin to cope with the amount of pain and death that a TARDIS traveller sees, and although she tries to stay brave, every friend she loses breaks her heart.
Anachronic Order: From "Thicker Than Water" onwards, her episodes get released out of order.
Badass Teacher: She's a history teacher. And she's badass. She also knits sweaters for her students.
Break the Cutie: She tries to stay brave throughout her adventures, but the cracks begin to form at the end of "Jubilee". She starts to properly break in the middle of "Doctor Who And The Pirates". "Project: Lazarus" sees her finally unable to cope with the Doctor's lifestyle.
Deadpan Snarker: She is naturally quite straightforward, but the Doctor's more boastful rants tend to bring out this side of her.
Fore Shadowing: Thanks to Big Finish releasing episodes in whatever Anachronic Order they like, the Doctor often fondly remembers Evelyn in episodes taking place after she leaves team TARDIS... which are released long before we know why she leaves team TARDIS.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Evelyn regularly parties with her students, and recalls taking part in a gin drinking contest with them. (The gin won.)
The Heart: A serious contender for the warmest, kindest, most emotionally involved companion the Doctor's ever had. She slowly learns that those qualities are not at all suitable for the amount of death and pain a TARDIS traveller tends to see.
Heroic Sacrifice: Helping the Doctor take out a being of nearly ultimate power, at the cost of her own life... as she was already dying, Evelyn was more than willing to ensure her end happened on her terms.
It Gets Easier / It Never Gets Any Easier: Evelyn's main arc revolves around her coping with all the death that follows in the Doctor's wake. He seems to take it all in his stride, while she, well, doesn't. What she takes away from it is that there is no happily ever after, because life has no ever after, just days that are happy and days that are sad. And as long as one person cares, you can keep on living until the next day.
Jumped at the Call: Six doesn't get any say in whether or not she gets to be a companion, since she's already made up her mind just minutes after they first meet. As we find out much later, it's partly because she suffered a heart attack not too long before, and the university wanted to try and force her into retirement.
Married to the Job: Quite literally, in that she divorced her husband so she could spend more time at work.
Morality Chain: She really brings out Six' softer side, and he grows to care tremendously for her. She also calls him out hard when he puts on a brave face and pretends that everything's fine when it very clearly isn't.
I believe in real things. I have heard of men who study the stars.
Voiced by: Caroline Morris (2001-2008)
Erimem is a daughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Rescued by the Fifth Doctor and Peri from Ancient Egypt 1400BC after some complications involving her impending coronation, she travelled the galaxy with the Doctor to learn about different times and places.
Abusive Parents: Comes with the time period, but it's revealed in "The Roof Of The World" that her father planned to have her tossed to the lepers for accidentally seeing something she wasn't supposed to. And she only finds out about this in limbo. But as it turns out, it was all to protect her and the rest of the world.
Action Girl: She was trained in sword(wo)manship by the Captain of the Royal Guard. Comes in handy when they visit Three Musketeer-era France.
Ambadassador: She's extremely adept at political negotiations... but not mature enough to judge when to stand up for her convictions and when to simply keep silent. When push comes to shove, she can also fight her way out.
Atheism: She was never in line to become Pharaoh until her brothers all suddenly died, and people immediately started worshiping her as a living God when it was announced she would take the throne. This made her realise that religion just wasn't for her. (Considering what Egyptian Gods tend to be like in Doctor Who, she has a point.) However, she still strongly values (and clings to) her traditions, and she finds it very hard to separate her culture and her religion. Seeing the stars convinces her that there must be miracles in the world.
Attempted Rape: In "Nekromanteia", in an attempt to make the series a bit Darker and Edgier, Erimem is almost raped but manages to fight off her attacker. (Fan reception of the episode was overwhelmingly negative, and the author was never hired to write for Doctor Who again.)
Deliberate Values Dissonance: She sees nothing wrong with corporal punishment and a moderate level of fascism, if it's for the good of the people. This becomes very interesting when she gets into a sort of romance with Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia... a.k.a. Dracula.
Driven to Suicide: In "The Kingmaker", although seeing Peri's reaction to the idea stops her. She pretends it was all just a joke, but later reveals to the Doctor that she was deadly serious, and that she feels tremendously guilty for lying about it to Peri.
Fish out of Temporal Water: Frequently. "The Veiled Leopard" has her in a bodice and high heels, wanting to try 1960's French fashion. She immediately regrets that decision when she realises she can't properly move anymore.
Friendship Moment: In "No Place Like Home", she and the Doctor quickly bond over how dreadfully stuffy and ceremonial their respective civilisations are. She also learns that he's technically the President of Gallifrey, and that he's on the run from it, just like she is.
The World Is Just Awesome: When she first joins up with the Fifth Doctor, she's never ever heard of tea. The Doctor promises to take her out for snowball fights and ice cream and anything else she's never seen before. Her travels leave her in a perpetual state of wonder, though due to her excellent etiquette, she's never too much of a Fish out of Water.
Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Seventh and Eighth Doctors)
Voiced by: Tracey Childs (2001, 2009-2010, 2013)
Initially a companion (of sorts) of the Eighth Doctor (kind of), Elizabeth Klein is an anomaly of time travel. She comes from an alternate future where the Nazis won the second World War, a future that never happened thanks to her going back into the past to use the Seventh Doctor to figure out how the TARDIS, now in Nazi hands, worked. The Doctor later ran into her in 1950's Kenya and took her aboard the TARDIS. Klein also has a role in "UNIT: Dominion," as the Dr. Klein native to our own world, and is returning for more adventures with the Doctor in 2013.
Even Evil Has Standards: Despite fully believing the Nazi "master race" rhetoric, Klein herself finds similar actions taken by characters in both "A Thousand Tiny Wings" and "Survival of the Fittest" to be abhorrent.
Ret Gone: Inverted, in that her entire original universe is gone, replaced by the "wrong" one: ours. Played straight when the Doctor's hand is forced, choosing to wipe Klein from ever having existed in order to restore the universe to order. Klein herself does still exist in some form in our universe — as a member of UNIT. But still.
Charlotte "Charley" Elspeth Pollard (Eighth Doctor and Sixth Doctor)
Charley:Did they have orgies?
Eighth Doctor:CHARLOTTE POLLARD!!
Charley:I went to an orgy once... I didn't stay.
Voiced by: India Fisher (2001-2010, 2013)
Ran away from her boring life among the upper crust in 1930, only to be nearly killed in an airship crash. Fortunately, the Eighth Doctor was around. Charley is a pragmatic and very adventurous young lady who strongly values Brutal Honesty, making up for her lack of life experience with a willingness to try anything once.
Alice Allusion: In "Zagreus", she's forced to take on the role of Alice, take up the Vorpal sword, and fight the Jabberwock. It turns out that the TARDIS was trying to save reality itself by confusing Zagreus into submission, using the most nonsensical thing she could possibly find in Charley's head: her memories of reading Alice in Wonderland.
Anguished Declaration of Love: She and the Doctor exchange one, though they both mean different things by it, in "Neverland". Things get extremely out of hand after that in "Scherzo".
Brainwashedand Crazy: Seemingly falls victim to it every second story, may actually have toppled Sarah Jane and Leela as the most brainwashed companion.
Breakout Character: One of the most popular Doctor Who companions ever, lasting four entire story arcs: her initial run with Eight, the Divergent Universe arc, her second arc with Eight, and her run with Six. Also the only original Big Finish character to come back for the Big Finish 50th anniversary, and the first Big Finish companion to be mentioned by the Eighth Doctor in his return to the screen.
Genre Savvy: Is generally very quick to figure out when she's being manipulated with hallucinations, who'd doing the manipulating and why, and what's real and what's fake.
Gorgeous Period Dress: A huge fan of it. Jane Austen is one of her favourite authors, and she's very much in love with the past. She also sees historical adventures as an excuse to put her endless etiquette lessons to good use, which typically makes the Doctor groan.
Lady of Adventure: Will try anything once, and very quickly and eagerly adapts to future culture and technology. Loves wielding giant swords, even if she has zero skill with them. Ran away from home to dress up as a boy, sneak into an international experimental zeppelin flight, and get to Singapore on time for a romantic rooftop rendezvous.
Law of Inverse Fertility: Played With. She really, really wants to become a mother, but the universe seems to conspire against her in that regard... making her give birth to monsters over and over.
Ignored Enamored Underling: The Doctor knows full well that Charley's madly in love with him. He ignores it until it's much, much too late, at which point they're stuck in the living hell of "Scherzo".
MacGyvering: Comes up occasionally. Her excellent upper-class education gives her a few levels in Science Hero, which she uses whenever it's necessary. In "Solitaire", she's able to fashion a rudimentary electromagnet out of its base components.
Mercy Kill: In one truly heartbreaking scene in "Zagreus", she puts the Doctor out of his misery after he begs her to run him through with her sword.
Celestial Toymaker: Do you know how many four-letter words there are in the English language, miss Pollard?
Charley:I can think of a few right now.
Temporal Paradox: Was saved from the crash of the R101 by the Doctor, and went on to travel with him. Time appears to proceed normally, until we find out that the Doctor saving her from certain firey doom caused a ripple in the Web of Time. History wrote that Charley was supposed to go down with the ship, but because of her survival, the ripple lead to all sorts of paradoxes and tons of "things-that-shouldn't-have-happened" to happen throughout the whole of history. All this, plus causing the Web of Time to slowly unravel itself due to her merely existing.
Time Crash: Is a living one, thanks to something going mighty wrong when the Doctor rescued her. Nearly every story in her initial arc involves time itself warping around her and history developing continuity errors. Although there's nothing particularly special about her or her rescue, she accidentally becomes the "patient zero" of a grand scale disaster.
Timey-Wimey Ball: Thanks to the fun of time travel in Doctor Who, Charley is one of the very few companions note Professor River Song being the other one to know the Doctor before he knows her. Sorta. Long story short, she was a companion of the 8th Doctor, assumed he died in an adventure and wound up later being a companion to the 6th Doctor. Whose memory of Charley was wiped so the timeline would be preserved when he was the 8th Doctor. Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey indeed.
Hex was introduced as a character well before his first proper appearance, during the Sixth Doctor's encounters with the Forge. He later became a staff nurse and was encountered by the Seventh Doctor and Ace in 2021. Hex is compassionate and good at keeping a cool head, even during his Oh My God freakouts.
Badass Normal: Considering the fact that he's just a nurse and is more than often in over his head, Hex does some pretty awesome stuff. Especially taking out two elder Gods in one day, admittedly at the cost of his own life. Not bad for someone without Nitro-9.
Break the Cutie: Villains love to torture poor Hex. Especially Nimrod, telling him enough of the truth about how his mother died to make him distrust the Doctor and then tricking him into resurrecting her as a mindless vampire monster. This would have been bad enough had he not just recovered from being shot. He has also been mind raped in an English Military Hospital, and nearly burned as a witch by Oliver Cromwell.
Indeed, the writers at Big Finish would often joke about what crap they could shove on Hex with each new script.
British Accents: Very thick Scouse. This almost gets him into trouble a few times when he's undercover, especially since the TARDIS helpfully uses her Translator Microbes to give him a strong accent no matter what planet he's on.
Despair Event Horizon: When he thinks the Doctor and Ace are dead and he's stranded in the Siege of Wexford, he leads the townspeople into battle and becomes a little bit of a Blood Knight.
After the events of "The Settling", which Ace considers his very own "Ghost Light".
After finding out the fate of his mother, not to mention the fact that the Doctor had chosen to lie by omission about her fate for so long.
Heroic Sacrifice: A twofold one for Hex, actually. Hex uses the ultimate power of the universe in a game of proverbial chess with Fenric (yes, THAT Fenric) to take out Fenric's opponent, who wanted to destroy the universe. With the game over, and Fenric still having lost despite his opponent being banished, Fenric takes over Hex out of spite. Hex restrains Fenric (an elder freaking god, mind you) and throws himself out into the Space-Time Vortex to make sure Fenric is dealt with once and for all. While bleeding out from a fatal wound he'd received months ago that Fenric's opponent was holding back so he could use Hex as a pawn against Fenric in the first place. Holy crap.
The Reveal: In the middle of the Sixth Doctor story "Thicker Than Water", the Seventh Doctor shows up completely out of nowhere, uncredited and unannounced, to reveal to Evelyn that Hex is Tommie, Cassie's son from the Forge Story Arc.
Ship Tease: Plenty of it with Ace. He fancies her quite a bit and would love to have a nice shag or maybe a date, but Ace just sees him as a little brother.
The World Is Just Awesome: Hex is a bit of a sci-fi dork — and in many ways a precursor to Rory Williams — and isn't sure at first whether he's cut out for the reality of space/time adventures. He quickly warms up to it and delights in seeing new things, and Ace (who's much more jaded) loves to watch him enjoy his adventures.
C'rizz (Eighth Doctor)
The dead don't sleep.
Voiced by: Conrad Westmaas (2004-07)
Pronounced KER-izz. C'rizz is a chameleonic monk from the Divergent universe who got kidnapped during his wedding, transported to a completely different planet as a guinea pig, and subsequently broken over and over and over again by everything that crosses his path. He tries to put on a brave face and becomes close friends with Charley. C'rizz never gets much Character Development during his first Story Arc, and as we find out eventually, there's a very good reason for that...
The Assimilator: As revealed in "Something Inside", he can permanently absorb people's powers by murdering them. He also takes on little bits of the personality of every person he meets, a fact he actively hates.
Characters as Device: C'rizz is an experiment in what happens when a companion just doesn't fit in team TARDIS all that well. After his final episode, the Doctor is actually relieved that things can go back to normal again. His response horrifies Charley so much that she breaks off their friendship and leaves Eight forever.
Humiliation Conga: In "Other Lives", he decides to leave the TARDIS and go look for the Doctor... on 19th century earth. He's pretty much immediately captured, chained up, forced to rip off his clothes and put on a thong, and displayed as a sideshow freak.
I See Dead People: Originally played straight at the start of "The Last", where C'rizz is but one of a few who see the spirits of the dead surrounding them. Later actually twisted somewhat at the end of "Terror Firma", where it's revealed that C'rizz sees each and every person he's killed, or rather "saved", as a ghost around him.
Mercy Kill: Originally played painfully straight in his first story, where C'rizz is forced to kill his loved one to alleviate her suffering and release her from what is essentially an undeath. However, the repeated trauma that C'rizz undergoes twists that inside him, eventually revealing that he believes each person that he's killed is also one that he's "saved". This includes a Dalek. His church's credo revolves almost entirely around killing, and he was one of their most adept assassins.
Path of Inspiration: Unbeknownst to him (or to anyone, really), his church was founded by Rassilon.
Telepathy: He picked up a bit of it once from someone he killed.
This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: In "Memory Lane", the heroes fight a nanotech substance that latches onto people's personalities. C'rizz is able to confuse it into a neutral state by letting it into his mind, since he has no clear-cut personality.
Token Evil Teammate: Sort of. He's certainly this during the Divergent arc, but gradually becomes more like the Doctor and Charley, thanks to his natural ability to copy people's moods and personalities. He still occasionally maims and murders, though, and the Doctor and Charley stay completely unaware of it for a very long time.
Torture Porn: He gets severely physically tortured in "Something Inside", and nearly dies from his internal injuries.
Trauma Conga Line: First, his beloved is horrendously mutated before his eyes, forcing C'rizz to kill her off out of mercy. As he begins to travel to other worlds, though, it seems like each subsequent author and story was continually trying to out-do the previous one.
Weak Willed: His chameleonic skin isn't the only thing that adapts to his environment. As it turns out, his race also subconsciously adjusts emotionally to people around them.
Lucie bleedin' Miller is dumped on the TARDIS by the Time Lords without explanation (at first), and completely fails to be impressed by the alien ponce in front of her. Over the years, she and the Doctor end up becoming best friends.
Anguished Declaration of Love: In a welcome subversion of the trope, her big damn "I love you" to the Doctor is completely non-romantic. Apart from some very mild flirting, they really are just friends.
Big Damn Heroes: Just when it looks like the Daleks are about to win, here comes Lucie with a spaceship and a really handy nuke.
Book Dumb: Gets rather annoyed whenever the Doctor points this out.
Commuting on a Bus: She was absent for the first half of the fourth season (see Put on a Bus below). Though Sheridan Smith played two androids the Doctor had programmed to have her voice in "Prisoner of the Sun", the January 2011 episode.
Deadpan Snarker: Extra emphasis on "snarker". Describes herself as "Sarcasmo, the Lord of Sarcasm".
Future Me Scares Me: Subverted. It's suggested that Lucie is destined to become a ruthless dictator, but then it turns out it was someone else.
Gratuitous French: She and the Doctor pull this at the beginning of "Scapegoat". Her French is hilariously terrible.
Handicapped Badass: As of "Lucie Miller", she contracted a plague while on holiday with Alex, which left her blind in one eye and dependent on leg braces. In spite of this, she, Alex, and Susan staged several raids on Dalek forces. With nuclear submarines.
Heroic Sacrifice: Taking a doomsday nuke into the heart of a Dalek time engine while shouting out "LUCIE BLEEDIN' MILLER!" so the Daleks knew just who screwed them over.
Notably, earlier on, she's a rare case of Heroic Sacrificesurvivor. Once things started going to hell, she expected to die on a mission, and didn't particularly care... until she found out Susan's TARDIS key was active, and the Doctor was (finally) coming. But, lest you think Big Finish was only kidding with the title, she ends up dying anyway.
Punctuated Pounding: On several occasions. In "Orbis", the Doctor has gone amnesiac (again) and forgotten her, so she literally slaps him into remembering her, spelling her name and smacking him after every letter. It works.
Put on a Bus: She voluntarily leaves the Doctor and returns home after an incident that makes her believe she can't trust him anymore. Her aunt Pat, whom she first met in 1974, was killed on their second visit to her and replaced by the shape-shifting alien who had been Pat's husband. The Doctor knew this and opted not to tell Lucie, against his better judgment, and she eventually found out. This broke her trust in him, until she ran into him again on a moonbase on Deimos, where she had been abandoned by the Monk with whom she'd been traveling. She then spends Christmas with him, Susan, and Susan's son Alex, though rather than resume traveling with him she opts to explore 22nd-century Earth with Alex. He's somewhat amusingly alarmed by that, telling Alex to look after her in one breath, and warning him not to let her teach him any bad habits in the next. She eventually forgives him for the aunt Pat things... soon before she dies.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: Spends two years living through the Dalek occupation. The Doctor is horrified when he sees her picking up a gun and threatening to shoot the Monk.
Ship Tease: Has a few moments with the Doctor throughout season 3, and with Alex in season 4.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Doctor. For all they snark at one another, they're self-admittedly each other's best friend. She does accuse him of staring at her bum a lot.
You Put the X in XY: In "The Skull of Sobek", she starts seeing strange visions. The Doctor's comment: "You put the Lucie in hallucination."
The Marquis Jason de Saint Epiman de Sinee de la Tour (Sixth Doctor)
Voiced by: Noel Sullivan (2008, 2011)
From the Big Finish version of the stage play "The Ultimate Adventure" and its Companion Chronicle sequel, "Beyond The Ultimate Adventure". A teenaged French aristocrat, rescued from the French revolution by the Sixth Doctor. Jason's a cheerful and adventurous young man.
From the Big Finish version of the stage play "The Ultimate Adventure" and its Companion Chronicle sequel, "Beyond The Ultimate Adventure". An up-and-coming nightclub singer who accidentally joins team TARDIS.
Career Versus Man: She picks Jason over her career, but he'd have just as easily stayed in the 1980's for her if she'd wanted him to.
Susan's son and the Doctor's great-grandson. Seems to have taken the whole "Surprise! You're half-alien!" thing quite well after the initial shock, considering Earth was pretty xenophobic while he was growing up.
Book Dumb: Alex isn't doing especially well in school.
Wonder Child: Shades of this. Doctor Who media varies on whether or not Time Lords are interfertile; at the very least, human/Time Lord children are unusual enough that Eight asks Susan exactly how she managed it. (She's a bit embarrassed by the question.)
Tamsin Drew (Eighth Doctor)
Voiced by: Niky Wardley (2010-2011)
A failed actress who wants to leave her dreary life on Earth. Travels with the Doctor after Lucie leaves, but never really manages to get along with him. He outright rejects her as a companion when they first meet. Turns out taking her along anyway was a bad idea.
Characters as Device: She's simply not suited for TARDIS travel... at least not with the Doctor. Her story line explored what happens when the wrong companion ends up with the wrong Time Lord, and is completely Played for Drama.
Christmas Cake: As an actress, she's starting to get offered "mom" parts instead of "daughter" parts, and she hates it.
One of the Eighth Doctor's first companions, long before the regular timeline of the monthlies. Mary Godwin meets the Doctor at Lake Geneva, just before going on to write Frankenstein and, soon after, get married and become Mary Shelley. She's having difficulties in her relationship with Percy and his friends and jumps at the chance to escape it all for a bit.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: She likes her men urbane yet wild, which is what attracts her to both Percy Shelley and the Doctor.
Anachronic Order: Her adventures with Eight take place long before those of Charley Pollard and Lucie Miller. This was done to put a bit of a breather between "To The Death" and "Dark Eyes", and to explore what Eight's life was like before "Storm Warning" (and "Terror Firma").
Somewhere, behind the German lines, there were German girls, like me, looking at the terrible things our boys at done to their boys. Was I right? Eh? Was I right?
Voiced by: Ruth Bradley (2012-)
An Irish medical volunteer, working in France during World War I. She encounters the Doctor when he's rather suddenly found dying on the battlefield, and is quickly roped up in a full-scale Dalek invasion.
Berserk Button: Being called "Dark Eyes", especially once she figures out that it's more than just a nickname.
Hospital Hottie: Though absolutely not in the mood to be one. She's fully aware that her being a sexy Hospital Hottie would only make things worse for the wounded soldiers, who have enough on their minds already. Also, at the start of her story she's full of nits anyway, and hasn't had a change of clothes (or a bath) in two weeks.
Camp: In one particular incarnation, he's even more theatrical and "look-at-me"-ish than Six. The Seventh Doctor mentions to his companion if he's ever found shouting "Laters!", to shoot him between the eyes.
The Chessmaster: Not necessarily the creator of all of the Doctor's problems in his first series, but certainly involved in them.
Evilutionary Biologist: The concept of Regeneration was outright stolen from the Vampires. And the reason for the abundance of bipedial, humanoid aliens in the Whoniverse? Rassilon threw those that didn't fit the mold into a pocket universe and/or ensured they never existed in the first place, whichever was more expedient for him.
ACTUALLY The vampire bit was part of a projection that the TARDIS stated to only be half-true.
Fate Worse Than Death: Inflicted one upon those that would eventually become known as "the Divergent". Also suffers one himself, forced to re-enact "Scherzo" without end...with Kro'ka as company, as opposed to Charley, which must rub salt in the wound a touch.
Fore Shadowing: Between "Neverland" and "Zagreus", the episode "Omega" showed us the sheer extent of Rassilon's political manipulation tricks.
Messianic Archetype: During "Neverland" (and his Foreshadowing appearances before it) he appears practically as a benevolent God, helping out his "favoured son", the Doctor. Later stories show this to be a massive front, however.
Fake Memories: It's revealed that when he made another copy of Five's body after "Arc Of Infinity", he was also saddled with some of Five's memories. As it turns out, Five is the one who committed genocide (though entirely by accident), and Omega's evil deeds — if any — pale in comparison to what the Doctor has done.
Davros first appeared for A Day in the Limelight in the episode "Davros", and went on to get his own Big Finish spinoff titled "I, Davros". He also encounters the Doctor in the regular monthly episodes on occasion.
And I Must Scream: He spent ninety years floating in a space capsule, completely alone, with every second feeling like the worst kind of psychological torture.
Body Horror: One of the flashbacks in the "Davros" episode details the moments after Davros having narrowly survived a Thal attack, but suffered horrific injuries because of it, including having most of his flesh cooked off.
Morton's Fork: A core element of the "Masters Of War" story is Davros constantly having to choose between two negative outcomes: either give his Daleks some kind of moral compass and compassion and have his entire army be more vulnerable because of it, or create them without morals and inevitably end up betrayed by them. The episode really dives into this idea and explores it from all possible angles.
Motive Rant: He's infamous for getting in at least one good rant per story. His day in the limelight episode, therefore, begins with one showing his thoughts immediately after receiving his injuries.
Not So Different: From Six. Davros poses that they might have been friends if they hadn't been enemies. Six does not agree.
Big Bad: Is this for Series 4 of the New Eighth Doctor Adventures.
Easily Forgiven: Notably subverted. Eight can't bring himself to forgive the Monk.
Evil Counterpart: He and the Doctor see each other as this. They both make frighteningly good points.
Grey and Grey Morality: Gets into a huge argument with Eight over whether it's better to directly kill one person and save a thousand, or to let a thousand people die because it's morally wrong to decide over the fate of one. Goes straight into Black and Grey Morality in the season 4 finale.
A Mad Scientist encountered by the Sixth and Seventh Doctors at varying points in their respective timelines in "Project: Twilight," "Project: Lazarus" and "Project Destiny". Nimrod was originally Dr. William Abberton, a scientist working for an organization known as the Forge, which was then conducting experiments with DNA in order to create a super-soldier serum. (Not to be confused with the character of the same name from the Seventh Doctor episode "Ghost Light".)
Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Not too surprising that a guy who calls himself Nimrod has a fondness for naming things around him after Greek mythology. His underlings, such as Artemis and Aristedes, tend to have Greek code names, and the activation of the "Hades Protocol" in "Project: Lazarus" really doesn't sound like anything you'd want to stick around for.
The principal villain of the four-part Excelis audio trilogy, Grayvorn is initially a clever and ambitious (if violent) warlord during his planet's medieval period. He becomes immortal through rather complicated circumstances and proceeds to guide the history of Excelis through its renaissance and ultimately its nuclear destruction. Was encountered by the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors and by Iris Wildthyme, tying into Bernice Summerfield's story arc.
Wrong Genre Savvy: He's certain that he's the fearsome villain of a sweeping Sword and Sorcery epic... but he's having a pretty hard time trying to convince everyone else of that. Iris Wildthyme thinks he's a funny old dear who can hold her grocery bags.
A rather shouty soldier who appears in both the UNIT audios and the Alternate Universe audio "Sympathy For The Devil". In the alternate history, he becomes head of UNIT after The Brigadier retires. In the UNIT audios, he's a senior UNIT officer who's secretly working for ICIS. Most notable for being played by David Tennant before the TV series was even revived.
Voiced by: Paul McGann (2003), Nicholas Courtney (2003), Daphne Ashbrook (2004)
Zagreus is just an old Gallifreyan nursery rhyme, so he shouldn't actually logically exist. This doesn't deter him any.
Abhorrent Admirer: In the episode "The Next Life", she tries to get the Doctor to shag her when she's in Perfection's body. The Doctor's suitably disgusted when he realises who she is. Made extra funny by the fact that she's played by Daphne Ashbrook, who played companion Grace Holloway in the Eighth Doctor's debut.
Insane Troll Logic: When the TARDIS locks Zagreus inside a semi-metaphorical Schrödinger's Cat lead box, Zagreus tells her that he's dead now, so she'd better let him out. When the TARDIS pointedly remarks that dead people generally don't talk, Zagreus tries to convince her that she's mad for talking back to a dead person, so she'd better let him out.
To his credit, that did work for the Doctor in "Shada".
Jumping the Gender Barrier: In "The Next Life", she's stolen a female body, and realises she can now bear children. Her brains and the Eighth Doctor's beauty. Eight has a number of issues with that statement.
Large Ham: Both in Eight's body and as Perfection.
Trolling Creator: The Cliff Hanger between Zagreus' first appearance and the subsequent episode lasted a year and a half. Close to the end of that release gap, in the audio "Omega", Zagreus is prominently listed in the credits. It's an in-story actor playing Zagreus on a Gallifrey-themed cruise ship. He has one line.
Rail Roading: During the entire Divergent Universe arc, he alone decides where Eight and his companions go.
Voiced by: Leslie Samuel Phillips, CBE (2004, 2008)
A very nasty human who acquired a Type-70 TARDIS, figured out how to fly it, and decided to sell out his newfound Reality Warper abilities to all the dirty old men of the universe. Appears disguised as various Historical Domain Characters, starting with Dr. Robert Knox.
Body Horror: He spends ten years as Morbius' bound slave, with Morbius continuously harvesting cells from him. That timeline gets reset, though.
Breakout Character: The original actor had to be fired, and Nickolas Grace was called in at the last moment to fill in. His performance was so well-liked that Straxus kept being written into more and more stories. As one of Nicholas Briggs' favourite characters to write, he got significantly more Character Development than was originally planned, and eventually became a central character in "Dark Eyes".
Lucie Miller's personal villain, the Headhunter is an opportunist who'll gladly sell her services to the highest bidder. After her initial story arc is over, she takes on Karen as a minion and goes off in search of new adventures. She has a knack for interfering in Lucie's life without either of them particularly wanting it, and becomes a recurring antagonist to Lucie and the Eighth Doctor for three full seasons.
Voiced by: Paul Reynolds (2008) & Ian Reddington (2010)
Think of a Time Lord, only one coming from a reality made of words and verb structure rather than space and time. You now have the makings of a Word Lord. This particular name goes by the name of Nobody No-One, and rather likes to be a thorn in the side of the Seventh Doctor. The awkward twist is that his abilities are derived from words uttered or written down. So, for example, if someone were to write "Nobody could do X" then Nobody would be able to do X.
Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: A scary variant, rather than comedy. The Word Lord is very clever in manipulating people into saying things in his favour.
Evelyn: Nobody should have that kind of power.
Nobody: Oh! Thanks!
For the Evulz: Pretty much the only reason Nobody No-One is antagonizing the Doctor. Sure, he's taken a double-job from the Daleks (who want his dead body) and Cybermen (who want his brain), but his real reward will be to see the joy the Daleks get from their worst enemy dead at their feet.
From Nobody to Nightmare: Literally. At first he seems harmless. Then you utter something like, say... "Nobody can [[kill the Doctor]]". And then he can.
Large Ham: Paul Reynolds plays his Word Lord as a lethal Tenth Doctor. It is as awesome and fearful as it sounds. Reddington plays his version of Nobody No-One as a more restrained Word Lord, but occasionally goes over the deep end as well.
A Dalek from the far future, which was created with an evolved mind that allowed it to perceive time in a more advanced manner than a standard Dalek. Consequently, the Dalek time controller was given the position of strategist for all Dalek time missions. First encounters the Sixth Doctor, then becomes a main antagonist to the Eighth Doctor.
Cross Through: His appearance outside of Six' timeline seriously freaks out Eight. To make things more complicated, he's also the main villain in "The Dalek Generation", a novel written by Nicholas Briggs, in which (from his perspective) he meets the Doctor for the first time... and his first Doctor is, via Loophole Abuse of the story being a BBC Books novel and not a Big Finish audio play, the Eleventh Doctor.