Characters / Children of Time

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The Heroes

    The (Tenth) Doctor 
  • Adorkable
  • Apologizes a Lot
  • Badass Minds Think Alike: Quite often with Holmes.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Boy, and how.
  • Fanboy
  • Future Me Scares Me: We find out that the Doctor is very, very afraid of the Valeyard...
  • Hurting Hero
  • The Insomniac: Whenever the Doctor's sleeping habits are brought up, it's because he's not sleeping. He consistently blames it on several centuries of collecting personal demons.
  • The Kirk: To Holmes's Spock when he's not in that role himself.
  • The Leader
  • Non-Linear Character: Is this towards Holmes and Watson, since he knows basically how the rest of their lives are supposed to play out.
  • Papa Wolf: Moriarty notes this trait and throws it back in the Doctor's face:
    "And now you wish me to pay the price... because I touched your companions."
  • Really 700 Years Old: In "Smith and Holmes", he tells Holmes that he's probably more in the vicinity of 1200 years than 900, confessing that he's "been" 900 for a while now.
  • Shipper on Deck: Quite blatantly, of Watson/Sally and Holmes/Beth.
  • Stepford Smiler: Much to the exasperation of his Companions, who would much rather that he simply deal with his pain rather than pretend that it doesn't exist.
  • Team Dad: Quite often, he comes off less The Leader and more this. Moriarty calls the Companions as the Doctor's children, his "Children of Time" — yes, from thence, we get the title. Holmes acknowledges that it is indeed true.
  • Tranquil Fury: Gets this at times, but it's more like "Barely Restrained Fury".
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry

    Sherlock Holmes 

    John H. Watson, M.D. 

    Beth Lestrade 

    Sally Sparrow 

    The TARDIS 

    the Watson compudroid 

The Villains

    Professor James Moriarty 

    Colonel Sebastian Moran 

    the Plasmavore 
  • Affably Evil/Faux Affably Evil: Seems to swing between the two.
  • Alas, Poor Villain
  • Anti-Villain: Type II.
  • The Atoner: Her character carries shades of this in "Every Good Fairytale".
  • Broad Strokes: The Doctor describes plasmavores as internal shapeshifters in "Smith and Jones". Oh, but where's the fun in that?
  • Cursed with Awesome: She can take any sort of female human form she chooses... but she needs to feed on blood in order to do so, in order to even live.
  • High-Heel–Face Turn
  • No Name Given: She is known only as Mademoiselle and Madame. The one surname she uses in the entire season is obviously fake.
  • Seven Deadly Sins
    • Envy: A subtle theme for her, but she once envied the human capacity for companionship whereas she and the rest of her race have to live apart from each other lest they attract attention and endanger themselves.
    • Gluttony: Her addiction to, ironically, alcoholics.
    • Greed: All her power and possessions only serve to make her crave more.
    • Lust: Like a classic vampire, she quite enjoys mixing sex with her meals. Even worse, a perfume courtesy of Torchwood allows her to toy with abruptly-hormone-addled men.
    • Pride: Tries to seduce the Great Detective just to be able to say that she did.
    • Sloth: Being exposed to compassion gets her to think, but she doesn't bother to follow her own musings through to conclusion, a.k.a. Heel–Face Turn.
    • Wrath: Also like a classic vampire, her rage lies beneath a thin veneer of calm, and she is truly animalistic in her wrath.
  • The Vamp
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted. After her failure in EGF, Moriarty gives her one last chance to redeem herself, making her part of his plans to corrupt Beth.

    the Moriarty clone 

    Martin Fenwick 
  • Ax-Crazy: Whereas the cartoon never explored it in-depth, the narrative specifically describes him as being insane.
  • The Dragon
  • Evil Laugh: More of an insane laugh, but still.
  • Mad Scientist: Let's see... creating an illegal clone of Professor James Moriarty to be your slave, are you? That will go over well...

Supporting Cast

    Kit Bennett aka Kathy Watson 

    Nikola Tesla 

    George Westinghouse 

    Jeremy Brett 

    Mrs. Hudson 

    Inspector Geoffrey Lestrade 

    Mycroft Holmes 

    The Irregulars 

    Chief Inspector Grayson 

    Michael Lestrade