Characters: Children of Time
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The (Tenth) Doctor
- Adorkable: Sherlock Holmes in love can be terribly cute, much to Beth's surprise and delight.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Type 2 for Beth and Watson to be spared. What makes it so scary is that this is Sherlock Bloody Holmes begging.
- Byronic Hero
- Cannot Spit It Out: Can't even understand his feelings for Beth, let alone spit them out.
- Can't Live With Them, Can't Live Without Them: His general attitude towards Beth during their Innocent Cohabitations.
- Character Development: To the point where the entire first season really revolves around it.
- The Chosen One
- Deadpan Snarker/Gentleman Snarker/Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Deconfirmed Bachelor/Happily Married
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Forms a large part of the dynamics between him and Beth once their relationship takes on romantic undertones, both before and after his captivity.
- Dissonant Serenity/Tranquil Fury
- Distressed Dude
- First Name Basis: With the Doctor (sometimes) and Beth. And Sally.
- Genre Savvy
- Good Is Not Nice: Shows a growing tendency towards this from episode 8 through Season 1 up through the finale. See Sugar and Ice Personality.
- Grey Eyes: Type 2 readily apparent, Type 4 from Beth's POV.
- The Hero/The Protagonist
- The Hero's Journey
- Hurting Hero
- I Did What I Had to Do: Holmes's rationalization for deeds ranging from handcuffing Beth to a cab door to his Deal with the Devil. Really, his rationalization for a lot, in general, rather like the Doctor...
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope/Stopped Caring
- Knight in Sour Armor: Certainly gives off vibes of this in the second half of Season 1 (at least before he jumps off the slippery slope — and afterwards, as he travels with Beth).
- The Lancer/The Smart Guy
- Love Epiphany/Heel Realization/My God, What Have I Done?
- Love Hurts
- Love Redeems: It's Beth's unwavering determination, fueled by love, that helped him heal from self-inflicted and Moriarty-inflicted damage. It's important, however, to note that it's his love for Beth and his love for Watson that helped to resolve the issue of Frozen Time — the other side of the coin was Watson's love.
- Manly Tears
- Master of the Mixed Message
- Mr. Fanservice: Um, yes. Especially when seeing him through Beth's eyes — we're definitely getting Jeremy Brett vibes, there... See Tall, Dark and Handsome below.
- Not So Stoic
- Oblivious to Love: By the time he finally starts to figure out Beth's feelings for him... he still will only believe that it's simple infatuation, and it's right before everything goes to hell.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Beth once asks Sherlock about Irene Norton, and he tells her that he truly only ever respected The Woman. Beth is the first and only woman he has ever been interested in.
- The Spock: Quite often this to the Doctor's Kirk, but switches when the Doctor gets less sympathetic.
- Stepford Smiler
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Slips (arguably back) into this at times, somewhere between the "cool and collected" and "once you get to know them" types, and he's still pretty Adorkable just below the surface.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome/Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: According to Beth. She loves him for who he is, but she's not adverse to Eating the Eye Candy while she's at it.note
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Starting in the TARDISode "The Courtship of Sally Sparrow", he gets progressively worse with each episode to the point where you start to wonder if he's become a Jerk with a Heart of Jerk.
- Took a Level in Kindness: The first half of season 1, and then the twelfth episode.
- Waistcoat of Style: Beth finds the shirtsleeves look very attractive. Sherlock is more than happy to oblige her.
- When He Smiles
- You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry
John H. Watson, M.D.
- Always Save the Detective: Beth's driving goal in the finale.
- American English: Having been born and raised in the States, Midwestern accent and all, Beth uses very little British English.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: Props to her for doing it several times — the Great Detective didn't want to acknowledge the first subtle few...
- Ascended Fangirl: Very similar to her point of origin, Beth meets and works with her hero.
- Badass Bookworm
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Very much a Type 2. Any time her loved ones are threatened, watch that defiance disappear.
- Back from the Dead
- Break the Cutie: Dear heavens. Having been handcuffed, insulted, and threatened with physical harm by Holmes, she still comes back to rescue him, only to find that he's done a Face-Heel Turn. And this is after all the crap she's been through thanks to living in a terrifyingly dangerous world... not to mention surviving a sexual assault from Moran. It only gets worse with the end of "Every Good Fairytale," the middle chapters of "Together Or Not At All," and into season 2...
- Bound and Gagged: We'll just say that Beth has more instances of being restrained than any other character (including our Distressed Dude of a protagonist) and leave it at that.
- Broken Bird: After the showdown at Torchwood: she's just survived two intimate assaults — one an invasion of her entire mind and the other a second sexual assault — and she wants nothing more than to end her pain.
- Kill the Cutie/Family-Unfriendly Death
- Brutal Honesty: Calls Holmes out on his actions and attitudes.
- Canon Immigrant: In-universe. From a spin-off to spending time with the canonical Holmes and in the Canon, no less.
- Character Tics: Bites her lip an awful lot. Plus, any kind of serious compliment will make her blush, as she's unused to being praised. (And Holmes can really make her blush in general...)
- Daddy's Girl: Implied.
- Deuteragonist/Decoy Protagonist
- Devoted to You: When Beth explains her love for Holmes, she consistently claims that she can't remember not loving him. Justified in that she was raised to be an obsessive Sherlockian by her dad (and encouraged by her older brother).
- Distaff Counterpart: To both Holmes and Watson, depending on which of her relationships is being analyzed. She is very appropriately the Holmes to Sally's Watson; but when it comes to her relationship with Holmes, she's rather like a younger, American, female Watson.
- Distressed Damsel: Despite her Action Girl status, she's only seventeen and all her training has been unprofessional (though coming from professionals) and unsystematic. So, no, a seventeen-year-old girl, no matter how tall and athletic, isn't going to beat men like a powerfully-built tiger hunter and soldier.
- Carries on into the next season, but at least she rather shares the trait with her husband.
- Dude Magnet: Extremely unfortunately.
- Establishing Character Moment:
I was referring to your involvement in that incident on the playing fields, when you defended one of the smaller freshmen rather handily with your fists. That courage and compassion are two of the many things which make you the woman whom I have grown to love, without even realising I was doing so.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice.
- The Hero's Journey: Over the course of her first six episodes. (The start of season 2 indicates that her journey is actually far from over.)
- Hope Bringer
- Hurting Heroine/Love Hurts
- I Am Not Pretty/Just a Kid: The former is more implied than stated outright, but the latter is word for word in one conversation with Holmes. Having been bullied a lot at school and growing up with several brothers, she really has low self-esteem which eventually causes Sherlock pain. All that she's ever willing to concede is that she's smart, and that simply because of her grades.
- Iconic Item/Chekhov's Gun: Beth's locket that she never takes off. Moran steals it and sends it to Moriarty as proof to Holmes that Beth had been Killed Off for Real.
- In Harm's Way: Constantly. Which bothers Sherlock greatly in Season 2, especially once he realizes that Moriarty is after her as much as he is after Sherlock... perhaps even more so.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: A good kid with big blue eyes... and the other characters can almost always read her by paying attention to her eyes. Later counts for What Beautiful Eyes with Holmes.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Beth puts up with a lot from Holmes, some of it down right wrong. She puts up with it, anyway, because she knows something's wrong and, by her own admission, she wants to give him "a little sunshine".
- Jumped at the Call/The Call Put Me On Hold
- Lineage Comes from the Father: Justified. How else can you have a family line of Inspector Lestrades without the continuing surname Lestrade?
- Little Miss Snarker/Tall, Dark and Snarky: Sarcastic at fifteen, sarcastic at seventeen and (a 5'11" brunette).
- Love Before First Sight: Beth has known about Sherlock Holmes for literally as long as she can remember, and has loved him pretty much as long. And then she falls for her fencing instructor...
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A slightly calmer version of this for Holmes, often via Drama Queen (which is really more put-on than a natural part of her personality).
- Massive Numbered Siblings: Five brothers and one sister. As Beth herself snarks, it explains a few things. She gets one more sister in-between later on.
- The McCoy: To Sally's The Kirk.
- Messianic Archetype: Actually carries strong shades of this, despite not being The Chosen One (as Holmes and Watson are revealed to be for their own era). She gathers to herself True Companions, and though she is by far not the oldest or even wisest person in her makeshift family, she has something of a leadership role thrust upon her. She faces persecution in that she is constantly on the run for her life and also has to protect her innocence in a world that does not favor virginity in attractive young women. She sacrifices her safety to save a man (and, by extension, the entire world), and that sacrifice does end up saving that man's soul. And, yes, she comes Back from the Dead in a very literal way.
- Ms. Fanservice: Check the illustrations: She's Got Legs. Not to mention... some M-rated scenes with Holmes...
- Plucky Girl
- Reckless Sidekick: Averts this until Holmes is kidnapped, due to her Always Save the Detective mentality.
- Refuge in Audacity: A staple — if not the overwhelming majority — of her M.O. Moriarty lets her go because of one very audacious speech she makes.
- She Is All Grown Up: In the two years since her first encounter with the Doctor, Beth has done a lot of growing up... and Holmes does notice...
- Shipper on Deck: Enthusiastically supportive of Watson and Sally.
- Sixth Ranger/The Heart
- Stepford Smiler: Usually for Sherlock's benefit.
- Supporting Protagonist: Whenever Holmes's actions take center stage, Beth is this, playing the Sidekick while avoiding being The Watson.
- Sweet Polly Oliver/Wholesome Crossdresser: Pulls a Sweet Polly Oliver to be able to walk at will in Victorian London, and only ever acts like the gangly adolescent boy most people would mistake her for. It's long after Holmes first meets her that he finally sees her wearing much more feminine clothing... and is very pleasantly surprised.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With her late BFF. You can guess which one she is.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Levels up between appearances in the series (the space of two episodes, but two years in her timeline) to Badass Bookworm for the start of the finale.
- Levels up further during Frozen Time.
- Tsundere: Type B. Does her best to be a good friend to Holmes, very much in love with him but convinced that he'll never return her feelings. However, when he starts angering her, it doesn't take much for her to slip into "tsun" mode.
- Verbal Tic
- Walking Spoiler: Used to both comedic and angsty effect.
- Well Done My Dear: Is initially this towards Holmes.
- When She Smiles: Sherlock tells Beth she has no idea what her smile does to him.
- Wife Husbandry: Let's see: the hero she's had a crush on all her life ends up being her fencing instructor, and then thanks to separate timelines, when they marry, the age-gap between them loses two years. Still two decades between the two, but she is an adult for all intents and purposes when she says her vows.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
- Worthy Opponent: Actually considered to be this by Moriarty, of all people, who acknowledges her quick thinking, courage, tenacity, and powers of persuasion.
- Action Survivor
- Ascended Extra: She's the one-shot non-Companion everyone wants to see spend more time with the Doctor. Well... Doctor who?
- Born in the Wrong Century
- Break the Cutie: From about mid-"Watson and Sparrow" on to the epilogue, the story is rather a Trauma Conga Line for poor Sally, who loses a best friend and two potential lovers in less than twenty-four hours, and then must wait indefinitely (from her POV) for one of said love interests to return to her.
- The Chick/The Smart Girl
- The Confidant: For Beth.
- Cool Big Sis: Acts like one towards Beth.
- Foil: To Beth in several ways, being a few years older and more mature, while sharing similar traits like Born in the Wrong Century, Genre Savvy, Plucky Girl, etc. Also, though Beth is a Sixth Ranger accepted by Holmes and Watson, Sally is a Sixth Ranger accepted only by Watson. Sally somewhat acts the part of the Holmes in "Watson and Sparrow" while investigating the Weeping Angels with Watson; Beth consistently acts the Watson (not The Watson, but the intelligent Sidekick the real Watson truly is) to Holmes when they're on a case/adventure together. Not to mention, Sally has a sweet if fast-paced courtship with Watson before marriage, having to wait only a year to be reunited with him; while Beth faces a long, painful road towards being accepted as an adult, let alone a Love Interest, by Holmes, and has to wait two years before reunion early on in the relationship (whereas Sally only had one year to wait, which itself was more painful than Beth's first wait...).
- Genre Savvy
- Good Parents
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Happily Married
- The Kirk: To Beth's The McCoy.
- Mama Bear
- Nice Girl
- Plucky Girl
- Promoted to Love Interest: Guess to whom.
- Second Love: C'mon, guess.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- Team Mom: To the Baker Street Irregulars.
- Women Are Wiser
the Watson compudroid
Professor James Moriarty
- Back from the Dead: Although technically, he never actually died...
- Badass Bookworm: He's rather more willing to get his hands dirty now than he was previously.
- Came Back Wrong: Time-sensitive and aging in reverse...
- Character Development: He's undergone this in the two-decade (for him) interim since Reichenbach, and it certainly has not been for the better. And he gets worse still.
- The Chessmaster
- Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive
- Consummate Liar: As Watson puts it, he tells the truth with just a little bit of falsehood.
- The Corrupter
- Cursed with Awesome: A human brain coupled with sensitivity to Time itself — Holmes marvels that Moriarty never went mad from enormity of it. Of course, the price that Moriarty really has to pay for that gift is Merlin Sickness...
- Dangerously Genre Savvy/Seen It All
- Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments, though all of them dark.
- Determinator: Boy, is he ever.
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Drunk on the Dark Side: All too quickly discovers that he enjoys inflicting pain, which becomes a big element of his characterization throughout the rest of the finale.
- Evil Tropes: D'ohhh boy.
- The Ghost: Becomes this in Season 2, there being just enough difference between him and his clone.
- Hero Killer: Indirectly, but yes.
- Hidden Villain: He's there from 1870 to 1895, watching Sherlock Holmes grow into the detective he's meant to be, waiting, biding his time 'til Holmes crosses paths with the Doctor...
- It's All About Me
- Karmic Death: Beth shoots him. Beth. The girl who had to go through Hell, live in it, and die in it as a result of his manipulations... and then was mind raped by him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Things were already getting very dark. But this man shows up, and everything goes to hell.
- Lean and Mean
- Manipulative Bastard: Basically, the moment he opens his mouth, run, because this man can twist your heart up, puncture it multiple times, shatter it into a million tiny pieces, and then grind those pieces into dust. And then he'll make you want to do what he wants.
- Merlin Sickness: Drives his Character Development and Evil Plan.
- Monster Sob Story: Everyone agrees, including the man himself, that Moriarty is a monster: there is absolutely no crime he will not commit. However, much of his current personality is built up of what happened to him after his supposed death — after all, the man has been aging in reverse for two decades by the time the story opens!
- Non-Linear Character: Makes the most of his knowledge of past and future.
- Obviously Evil: "My dear Watson... Please understand: I no longer make any secret of who and what I am."
- Older Than They Look
- Pragmatic Villainy
- Psychotic Smirk
- Screw Destiny
- Seven Deadly Sins: The only two of which Moriarty is absolutely not guilty are Gluttony and Slothfulness. Envy, Greed, Lust, Pride, and Wrath all come into play in his motivations and Character Development.
- Shadow Archetype: Plays one to both Holmes and the Doctor.
- Slasher Smile
- The Sociopath
- Spanner in the Works
- Staying Alive: Hand-in-hand with his Determinator status.
- Terms of Endangerment: Loves to call Holmes "my dear Holmes" and "my boy", and addresses Beth in an equally familiar and equally disturbing fashion.
- The Unfettered
- Visionary Villain
- Wicked Cultured
- Will Not Tell a Lie: He almost never does lie; by and large, what he tells Holmes is mostly true. Sometimes From a Certain Point of View, but not often.
Colonel Sebastian Moran
- 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
- Lady in Red: She rarely wears any other color.
- No Name Given: She is known only as Mademoiselle and Madame.
- Redemption Equals Death: At least, that's how Moriarty intends it to be.
- 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
the Moriarty clone
- Affably Evil: He'd much prefer getting along with the Holmeses.
- Ambition Is Evil: Plays into this trope far more than his predecessor — not having to face a strange and unnatural death as he did before, he really is The Unfettered to focus his energies on whatever he wants.
- The Chessmaster: Plays both sides of the fence like nobody's business.
- Cloning Gambit: Not only is he the product of one, but he also tells Beth that he can do this again and again, as many times as necessary until he has accomplished his goals. However, the intended Badass Boast fails in an epic way when Beth can only express horror for him, and "something nearer to pity" than she's ever felt for him before.
- Consummate Liar: Part and parcel of the "playing both sides of the fence" bit.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Takes the idea to a whole new level to the point where it's implied that he's watched quite a lot of Sherlockian adaptations.
- Deadpan Snarker/Gentleman Snarker
- Diabolical Mastermind
- Even Evil Has Standards: He'd rather see his favorite couple alive and healthy than not, thank you very much.
- It's All About Me
- Know When to Fold 'Em: If a situation is not going his way and looks to be more trouble than it's worth, he'll back off and allow the Holmeses to have the scene, damaged though it might be...
- Manipulative Bastard: At least Sherlock's watching his step this time around...
- Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Apparently, none of the higher-ups have ever seen "The Reichenbach Fall"...
- Pragmatic Villainy
- Smoking Is Cool: It's actually very much illegal by this point in time, and Sherlock is surprised that Moriarty indulges in such a dangerous habit. Moriarty smokes normal cigarettes but rather like a Film Noir character, possibly on purpose.
- Stalker with a Crush: Blatantly this towards Beth, which unsettles her and angers Sherlock.
- Terms of Endangerment: Is still doing this with the Holmeses, although rather less maliciously than before. See Affably Evil above.
- The Unfettered
- Wicked Cultured
Kit Bennett aka Kathy Watson
- Badass Bookworm: Kit Bennett, PhD.
- Big Good: Shaping up to be this.
- Chekhov's Gunman: She's introduced in episode 4 and doesn't show up again until episode 11... and in an unexpected way...
- Chekhov's Skill/Chekhov's Boomerang: Her Healing Factor.
- Dead Girl Junior: Named after her mother's best friend.
- Expy: Kit manages in one episode to make several parallels to River Song throughout said character's run. Kit has a PhD., has met the Doctor before he meets her, has poor relations with her current boss, is a Time Lady, uses a burst of regenerative energy in defense, reveals her identity to the Doctor without doing so to his Companions or the audience, and gives both the Doctor and Holmes a vague but heartfelt warning about the future. Unlike River, however, she does not flirt with the Doctor, has no guilt or regrets in facing him, and does not die in the Doctor's first adventure with her.
- Extra Parent Conception: The TARDIS allows the Time Vortex into Sally's womb at conception.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Regenerative abilities actually induce an Oh, Crap moment.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
- Have We Met Yet?: Holmes eventually chastises Watson for not realizing that she knows them in their future and her past.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Her number one priority is to protect the Doctor and his Companions. With good reason — her very existence will be a paradox if they don't survive.
- Hyper Competent Sidekick: She's not much the leader type when we first meet her (just like her dad, she has no problems with following someone else's lead), but she's got a Time Lord's mind.
- Lady of Adventure
- Meaningful Name: Both Kit and the Doctor put some significant emphasis on her real name, Katherine.
- Mysterious Past
- Older Than They Look: The Doctor senses this, though she remains as much a mystery to him as she is to Holmes and Watson. Turns out, she's a good hundred years old.
- The Reveal: She gets three.
- "I'm a Time Lord."
- Plus her full identity to the Doctor, though this is in fact a reveal/unreveal. See The Unreveal below.
- Sally gets pregnant with a special child. Wonder who that could be...? Confirmed by Sally's choice of name and Holmes's and Watson's separate and tragically different reactions to the news.
- Silk Hiding Steel
- The Unreveal: Her full identity and the exact nature of her connection to Holmes and Watson. She tells the Doctor, but neither the Victorian men nor the audience are told.
- Walking Spoiler:
Inspector Geoffrey Lestrade
Chief Inspector Grayson