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The DoctorWhen Doctor Who Magazine (then Doctor Who Weekly) appeared, the Fourth Doctor appeared on television and in the feature comics. Subsequently, every major incarnation, from the First to the Twelfth (with the exception of the War Doctor) have had a turn at starring in the comics.
Sixth DoctorThe Sixth Doctor's first comic stories were written before his first televised episode, and with no characterisation to go on, the writers interpreted him as a much kinder incarnation than the Jerk with a Heart of Gold we all know and love from the TV show. It stuck, and his adventures with Frobisher and Peri show him as a kind, determined intergalactic hero.
- Alice Allusion: He features as the white rabbit in Peri's hallucination sequence.
- Early Installment Weirdness: For the first story, the artist had no idea yet what the back of Six's coat looked like, and simply improvised.
- Friend to All Living Things: He has an impressive zoo in his TARDIS, and spends a lot of his adventures befriending various animals.
- Guile Hero: Having a companion who can shapeshift offers endless possibilities in this regard.
- Magic Music: Leads a group of renegade robots away from a city, Pied Piper style, with a grand musical number.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets a bit of a Hot Springs Episode moment at the beach.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to the TV series.
Eighth DoctorIn addition to his developments in novels and audio adventures, the Eighth Doctor faced significant development in comic form as well.
- A God Am I: Merging with part of the space/time vortex itself. He's very moved by the experience and ready to say goodbye to physical life forever, but seeing that Destrii needs him snaps him out of it again.
- In "The Glorious Dead", he thinks he and the Master are fighting for this, but eventually realises they're a sideshow.
- Aborted Arc: The writers were offered the chance to end his story by regenerating into the Ninth Doctor, but they and Russell T Davies agreed that they couldn't find a way to make it work.
- In the notes at the back of "The Cruel Sea" the writers add that this was probably a good thing as it would have been de-canonized by the War Doctor.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The Horde's kidnapping of Izzy-in-Destrii's body seriously ticks him off — which is likely not helped by having just seen the Heroic Sacrifice of the Human Daleks — and he's much more abrupt and short-tempered until he manages to find her again.
- Big Damn Kiss: Gets another very big damn one with Grace, leading Izzy to assume that he and Grace are boyfriend and girlfriend. (He never bothers to correct her.) Also gets snogged by Destrii a few times over, though against his will.
- Cast Full of Gay: The Eighth Doctor travels with lesbian companion Izzy; queer, very androgynous companion Fey; and Destrii, who seems to go for Anything That Moves.
- Catch Phrase: "Blazes". Often said when shocked, surprised and downright annoyed.
- Changed My Jumper: Halfway through his adventures, the Eighth Doctor wears a long, dark blue coat rather than the dark green one he wears in the TV movie. Author Scott Gray felt that the green coat didn't work well once the comic started being published in colour. For a winter adventure in the wild west, he adds some warmer clothes and a hat he got from Mark Twain; for a Victorian story, he wears his usual gear and a nice top hat. (In ancient Egypt, he just strips down to nothing but a pair of shorts for the entire story.)
- The Chessmaster: Showcased in his Threshold arc; realising that the Threshold are using Fey to spy on him, he gets Shayde to pretend to be a regenerated Doctor so the Threshold will assume he's vulnerable and let their guard down, while going undercover to investigate what the Threshold are up to.
- Heroic Suicide: He offers to let the Cybermen kill him, so they can copy his regenerative pattern and hopefully leave the humans of Earth alone as a result. They (of course) betray him and he (naturally) had already escaped by that time.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: Starts off with a nice pair. Izzy later happily mocks him for it when they look back on their past selves.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets the occasional Shirtless Scene.
- Nice Hat: He spent a full year of comics travelling alone, and would start off each story with a different hat instead of a companion. Including a fez.
- Pride: Always part of the Doctor's personality, but Eight's second story arc (collected in "The Glorious Dead" graphic novel) explores this as a character flaw.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His graphic, horrifying genocide of an entire fleet of Cybermen, delivered with all the passion and rage of an angry God. (Which he is, pretty much, at the time.)
- Torture Porn: It's the Eighth Doctor. Of course there's Torture Porn. His final adventure sees him badly beaten up by the Cybercontroller.
The Future Doctor
An incarnation of the Doctor "played by" Nicholas Briggs and based on Briggs' version of the character from his long-running fan series the Doctor Who Audio Visuals. He met the Seventh Doctor and Ace in a jokey standalone short called "Party Animals" written by Gary Russell, who had himself worked on the Audio Visuals. Later, the Eighth Doctor unexpectedly regenerated into him in a moment designed to screw with fans' heads. In reality the Doctor hadn't regenerated at all but had Shayde impersonate him.
- Ascended Fanon: He was created in a series of fan works before being included in DWM.
CompanionsA number of 1963-89 companions (most significantly Peri and Ace) as well as all of the regular post-2005 companions have also appeared in the strip, but are omitted here.
Sharon Allen, née Sharon Davies (Fourth Doctor, Twelfth Doctor)
The first original companion to be created for Doctor Who Magazine. Sharon was a clever and fairly stoic teenager from Blackcastle, who got mixed up in an adventure involving Beep the Meep. Rather than calling the police, she much preferred to sort things out by herself. First non-white companion in any medium.
- Brainwashed: In her first story. In the same story it also later leads into...
- Brainwashed and Crazy: ...Sharon trying to kill the Doctor, but luckily she snaps out of it.
- The Cameo: The TARDIS' saved memory of her briefly shows up in an Eighth Doctor story.
- Happy Ending: Sharon's last classic story is a good example of this, with her choosing to remain on Unicepter IV to be with the man she had fallen in love with. When she returns in 2016, she's still happily married.
- Intrepid Reporter: Becomes a newscaster for the Galactic Broadcasting Corporation.
- Ordinary Secondary School Student: That is until she meets the Doctor.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up: She starts out as a secondary school student, but due to a fault in the TARDIS's chrono-compensator in one of her later stories, it made everyone in the TARDIS age four years whilst they were passing through a time rift.
- She Is All Grown Up: Due to the Plot-Relevant Age-Up trope.
- Token Minority: With a side helping of Political Correctness Gone Mad. Sharon was a black girl from Blackcastle who got sucked into a black hole, where she was hit by the black light radiation from the Black Sun and everyone got turned into zombies by the Black Star Drive. Trivia: The Doctor refers to the Black Guardian in the story.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: So she's aged up four years and left on another planet in the arms of someone she's fallen in love with. Happy ending, right? But what about her family and friends back in Blackcastle?
Frobisher (Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Twelfth Doctor)
A shapeshifter who prefers to take the form of a penguin. Has a daytime job as a private eye. Appears outside of Doctor Who Magazine in the "Prisoners Of Time" IDW comic miniseries, in the Past Doctor Adventures novel "Mission: Impractical", and in Colin Baker's Marvel graphic novel "The Age Of Chaos". Also appears in the Big Finish Doctor Who audios, where he's voiced by Robert Jezek. Not to be confused with the Peter Capaldi character from Torchwood: Children of Earth, although the coincidence in name did spawn some Epileptic Trees theorizing.
- The Bartender: Sometime after parting ways with the Doctor, Frobisher retires from adventure and settles into this role at his bar, "Bish's."
- Belated Happy Ending: Fifteen years after his last comics appearance, Frobisher returned to the stories, now the owner of a successful bar and happily dating a nice woman.
- Big Damn Kiss: Gets one in Big Finish.
- Breakout Character: Originally a comic book creation, Frobisher has had multiple feature length appearances in both Big Finish Audios and the Past Doctor Adventures novel Mission: Impractical. He also appears in the IDW and Marvel comics, and he was the first (though not the last) character to be mentioned in Doctor Who Legacy without ever having been referenced in the TV series.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Frobisher's bartender look is modeled on James Gandolfini.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: His favourite form is a penguin.
- Fake American: His voice actor in Big Finish is Canadian.
- First-Person Smartass: He fancies himself a Sam Spade-style private eye, so his inner monologue is appropriately snarky.
- Fun Personified: He's usually a comical character, with only occasional more touching moments.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be very abrasive, but is mostly moral.
- The Lancer: His ego and arrogance are ever so slightly larger than that of the Doctor, which is no small feat given that this is Six we're talking about. This was specifically used in the Big Finish episode "The Holy Terror", as Rob Shearman felt Frobisher could meddle with the planet's culture in ways the Doctor would never even consider.
- No Name Given: He's said to have taken many aliases before going with Frobisher, which he sticks with thereafter. His original name is never disclosed.
- Plucky Comic Relief: He usually tries to be heroic, but his attempts at physical heroism don't always work.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Frobisher got stuck in penguin form in his second adventure for "personal reasons", since the writer considered him overpowered. The next writer blatantly ignored that, and from that point on, his powers came and went Depending on the Writer. It was eventually explained as chronic monomorphia, which sometimes even conveniently came over him right in the middle of a story's climax. Even when he's not afflicted by it, though, he prefers the shape of a penguin.
- Sizeshifter: He can shrink enough to hide comfortably within a phone receiver and grow to a much taller form than the Doctor's.
- Voices Are Mental: Notably averted. Frobisher at one point spends almost an entire Big Finish episode shapeshifted into the Sixth Doctor. Including his voice. This leads to Colin Baker impersonating Robert Jezek playing Frobisher pretending to be the Doctor. It is completely glorious.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Whifferdills, Frobisher's species, are natural shapeshifters.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: His introductory story is based around his belief that he's in a gritty private eye story instead of Doctor Who.
Dr. Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair (Eighth Doctor, Twelfth Doctor)
A happy young "fan-geekoid" from Stockbridge, who's working as an UFO hunter together with Maxwell. Joins the Eighth Doctor on his travels, and in the process comes to terms with the reality of all of time and space, with having been adopted, and with being gay. Also appeared in a Big Finish Doctor Who audio, voiced by Jemima Rooper.
- Action Girl: Very much so after the body swap, as she has no qualms going hand to hand with a demonic super strong energy creature. Was never one to avoid danger before, though she was more of a Plucky Girl to begin with.
- Adrenaline Makeover: Started off as a shy geek who used travelling with the Doctor as a way of dodging her adoption issues. Later morphed into a confident Amazonian Action Girl (whether a fish or a mammal) who had no qualms punching monsters.
- Ascended Fangirl: Her SF fandom is repeatedly alluded to.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one during her early Dalek arc.
- Belated Happy Ending: She makes peace with her parents, and travels the world as a Doctor Without Borders.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Fey.
- Changeling Fantasy: Subverted. Due to being adopted, Izzy fantasises about having special parents, about actually being an alien princess and how she'll one day be picked up and brought back to her home planet. Since this is Doctor Who, "Be Careful What You Wish For" is in full effect, and her fantasies come completely true... when she's trapped in Destrii's body. And Destrii's home planet turns out to be a complete hellhole, where being a princess is just about the worst job imaginable. She eventually realises how much she cares about her adoptive parents and goes home to them. Her real parents' identities are never revealed.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: according to Word of God, based initially on Louise Wener of Britpop band Sleeper, and later on the actor Luisa Bradshaw-White.
- Epiphany Therapy: Seeing into Destrii's mind makes her realise that her own problems are completely trivial in comparison, which in turns leads her to admit to herself that she's gay and that she's been awful to her parents for years.
- Gayngst: Quite a bit of it, and also the reason she's so upset having having been adopted. Her parents are the sweetest couple you could possibly imagine, but Izzy represses her sexuality to the point where she starts lashing out at them over entirely unrelated matters — including the fact that they're not her biological parents. She gets over it in the end.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In a moment of self pity she wangsts to real life artist Frida Kahlo about the loss of her old body, telling her she has no chance of understanding what she's going through. However, having been the victim of crippling physical injuries herself, Frida angrily tells her that despite the trauma she didn't let her experiences break her and that she's not the only person to suffer such a trauma.
- Hollywood Nerd: She loves to use sci-fi pop culture references. Granted, there are some pretty obscure ones in there as well.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Destrii's body is amphibian, and once Izzy gets stuck in it, she has to learn how to breathe water. Problem is, she can't even swim. The Doctor and the TARDIS manage to get her into the swimming pool just in time before she dries out, and Eight has to forcefully "baptise" her. It's fairly traumatic for poor Izzy.
- Multicolored Hair: Brown hair with blonde streaks at the front. The streaks are gone on her 2016 return.
- No Indoor Voice: Her Big Finish appearance is a bit... screechy.
- Parental Abandonment: Her biological parents left her as a foundling on the day she was born.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Fits the trope to a T. At one point, a villain in 17th century Japan tries to conquer the land using images of the future ripped from Izzy's brain; fortunately, Izzy's knowledge of Japan consists of Sentai shows, impressive amounts of 90's anime, and Godzilla, which promptly and thoroughly ruins the villain's plans.
- Straight Gay: Although allusions to Izzy's homosexuality are made throughout the strip, it's never unambiguously confirmed until her final story as companion.
- Tomboyish Name: A bit of a running thing with Eight's companions in the Expanded Universe.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: Being turned into a super strong, lightning fast human-fish hybrid probably had something to do with it.
Fey Truscott-Sade (Eighth Doctor)
A kind of on- and off-again companion to the Eighth Doctor, whom he had allied with previously. A secret agent for the British Crown in the 1930s and 40s. Fey's a textbook Action Girl — she punches Time Lords in the face. (Later, arguably an actual superhero.)
- A Day in the Limelight: "Me and My Shadow", which looks at one of her missions for the Crown in the Second World War, and shows something of how the war's affecting her.
- Action Girl: A British secret agent who is very good with both fists and guns.
- Ambiguous Gender Identity: Described by the writers as an "androgyne", but it's unclear how they meant the word and whether she actually would identify as non-binary.
- Bi the Way: Possibly; she's never stated to be exclusively gay.
- Bifauxnen: Dresses in classy men's clothes.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Izzy.
- Closet Key: For Izzy.
- Conflicting Loyalties: Well, sort of, thanks to Two Beings, One Body. Fey's loyalty is to the British Crown; Shayde is an agent of Rassilon. By the time of "Me and My Shadow" she thinks Rassilon can go hang - she's got a war to fight on her home ground.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Thanks to her bond with Shayde.
- Hitler's Time-Travel Exemption Act: Discussed in "Me and My Shadow" (which was before the TV series introduced 'fixed points in time'). Shayde refuses to let her change history by killing Hitler and his cronies prematurely, seeking to maintain the web of time.
- Living Shadow: See Empowered Badass Normal.
- The Mole: Unintentionally. Crazy-Prepared baddies called the Threshold had given her an implant without her knowledge, so that she could act as a spy for them.
- Noodle Incident: Her first meeting with the Doctor in London in 1937, which may be the same adventure as the "sticky business with the psychic weasels of Russell Square" she and the Doctor got involved in. How the Doctor came to give her a Stattenheim Summoner to call on him in case of emergency may also be tied in.
- The Power of Friendship: She deeply respects Shayde, and consents to merge with him to save his life.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Unleashes holy hell on a squad of Nazis in "Me and My Shadow" for causing the death of the old man she'd befriended on her latest mission.
- Two Beings, One Body: She voluntarily fuses herself with Gallifreyan shadow construct Shayde.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The only one of the DWM companions as yet unaccounted for.
Kroton (Eighth Doctor)
A friendly, silly, heroic adventurer who happened to have been Cyberconverted somewhere along the line. He spontaneously regained the capacity to experience emotion, but not his memories of his previous life. Originally introduced in solo back-up strips in the eighties, in which he wandered the universe trying to do good despite everybody's terror of him. Later reintroduced during the Eighth Doctor comics, much older and more experienced, in which he became a full-scale companion and a major player in one of the comics' arcs. (No connection to the tellurium-themed bad guys.)
- A God Am I: He eventually becomes the keeper of the axis of all multiverses.
- Ascended Extra: Only had a handful of brief appearances in Doctor Who Weekly and was then absent from the comic strip for quite a while, before becoming the Doctor's new companion.
- Guardian of the Multiverse: Becomes Guardian of the Omniverse. That's right, not just all possible worlds of the Doctor Who universe, but of all universes and multiverses and worlds of fiction out there.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: As he regains his humanity, he distances himself from the Cyberman way of life.
- Quest for Identity: Initially subverted, because the idea of regaining his memories is too painful. Izzy forces him, eventually.
- Same Character, but Different: Writer/artist Adrian Salmon didn't even intend to bring him back, he was just toying around with an old character for an elaborate pencil test. Because of this, he felt free to let his interpretation of Kroton be inspired by Blaxploitation tropes and Luke Cage: Hero for Hire in particular. Salmon showed the pages to his friends working at Doctor Who Magazine, promptly got hired to expand the pages into a full-length comic, and became a mainstay artist for the franchise. (Kroton's newfound silliness was simply explained by him being a few centuries older than the last time we saw him, and more experienced with life.)
- Simple Staff: His Weapon of Choice.
- Walking the Earth: Or rather, the universe.
- Wistful Amnesia: Whenever he gets flashes of his former life.
Destriianatos a.k.a. "Destrii" (Eighth Doctor, Twelfth Doctor)
The Eighth Doctor's final Doctor Who Magazine companion, an alien who escaped her hellhole homeworld to see the universe. She turns out to be very mentally unstable and has a whole lot to learn about morality. Got hit by an Aborted Arc courtesy of the TV series's return, and finally got her happy ending in 2016.
- A God Am I: Her brief stint merged with the Horde.
- Abusive Parents: Tortured by her mother from a very young age, both physically and emotionally.
- Aliens Steal Cable: How she became a fangirl — her uncle Jodafra fed her a steady diet of Star Trek, The Avengers and old Westerns, to get her excited about exploring other worlds. All for his own purposes, of course.
- Amazon Chaser: Some of the soldiers in "Bad Blood" seem rather allured by her combat skills.
- Amazonian Beauty: When it's revealed that she survived her apparent destruction while in Izzy's body, her more active lifestyle has given Izzy's body some seriously impressive muscle definition.
- Anti-Hero: Type V. Gets better as time goes by, roughly a Type III by her final appearance as companion. The Doctor offers her a chance to better herself, and she chooses to accept.
- Anything That Moves: Has a habit of calling people "Sweetie" and blatantly flirting with them. She really wants to shag the Doctor, but he's having none of it.
- Ax-Crazy: Trained as an arena warrior, and trained to fight dirty, ever since she could walk. She loves carnage, and even after her Heel–Face Turn, she revels in the bloodshed.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Oh boy, does it ever.
- Big Damn Kiss: She kisses the Eighth Doctor a few times, against his will. He's not happy with it.
- Blood Sport: Has been fighting in them all her life.
- Body Snatcher: Destrii tricks the Doctor's companion Izzy into swapping bodies with her to avoid capture by her people. It gets reversed. She later acquires a hologram pendant from a group of enemies, which allows her to project herself as a human.
- Character Development: Gets a nice amount of it, and would have gotten more had her stories not been cut short. Her 2016 return sees her living a happy life as a warrior, and also reveals that's she's lost her severe bloodlust and learned how to settle things with words instead of murder.
- Dark Action Girl: Raised as an arena fighter, and extremely skilled in combat.
- Easily Forgiven: She forcefully kisses and sexually intimidates the Eighth Doctor a few times over, and he's not remotely happy about it. He still takes her on as a companion, after she's nearly beaten to death by Jodafra and shows the beginnings of a Heel–Face Turn. He makes sure to let her know she's "on probation" and has a lot to make up for if she really wants to travel with him.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Her final and very ugly break with her uncle Jodafra comes when she discovers that he's planning to feed a bunch of little kids to a monster in exchange for power — hurting children hits rather too close to home for her.
- Fish Person: As is her mom.
- Freudian Excuse: Abusive mother. Dead father. Word of God has it that she doesn't even really fancy the Doctor, she subconsciously just wants to shag him to gain his approval as a father figure.
- Heel–Face Turn: Eventually — she had started making an effort during her final stories with the Eighth Doctor, and has become a warrior queen fighting for peace by the time she meets the Twelfth.
- Hollywood Nerd: Together with Izzy, one of two the Doctor knew at the same time. (The narrative uses this thematically.) Destrii fangirls 1960s and 70s sci-fi and westerns. She and Izzy initially bond over Star Trek quotes.
- Innocent Bigot: Her inexperience with Earth minorities coupled with her over-exposure to twentieth-century Western pop culture leads her to tease an Asian cook, Tony, on his resemblance to Chinese stereotype Hop Sing from Bonanza. Due to exposure to the Cybermen's emotion aggravation device he tries to kill her, leaving a baffled Destrii to wonder why he hates Bonanza so much. The two spend the rest of the day facing Cybermen together, and Destrii comes to understand that she made a bit of a mistake.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY"!: DESS-tree.
- Matricide: Kills her mother. After looking at Destrii's childhood, you can see why.
- Only One Name: Her people have houses instead of last names.
- Precision F-Strike: "You sorry sons of bitches", delivered to an army of Cybermen.
- Really Gets Around: She's had tons of lovers (according to Word of God), but none of them made her any happier in life.
- Rebellious Princess: She's the heir to the throne, but was emotionally engineered by her uncle into wanting other things in life.
- Royally Screwed Up: Destrii and her family. Dear God, Destrii and her family.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She eventually becomes ruler of the Oblivion Empire.
- Token Evil Teammate: When Eight takes her on as a companion, she's only just starting to realise that there are other ways to live.
- Totally Radical: Late 1990's-early 2000's variety, at least in her earlier appearances. Justified as she was raised on a selected batch of pop culture by her manipulative uncle.
- Wild Card: Due to being extraordinarily mentally unstable.
Majenta Pryce (Tenth Doctor, Twelfth Doctor)
When they were told that the 2009 Doctor Who TV specials would not feature any ongoing regular companion, the strip's creators decided to revive the DWM tradition of original companions for Ten's final arc. Originally introduced as a minor villain, "Madge" later joined up with the Doctor against his will, since she blames him for her amnesia and expects a cure.
- Affably Evil: To an extent; she's more ruthless than evil, but she's terribly polite about it.
- Amnesiac Dissonance: She's shocked to discover that she used to be a member of the Crimson Hand.
- Anti-Villain: Starts off as villainous, but more callous than actively malevolent, and is shocked to discover just how bad her past was.
- Bi the Way: Has a thing for both the Doctor and her former cellmate Zed, who she ends up with after the events of the Crimson Hand story arc.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: She was initially introduced as a wealthy alien hotelier who was untroubled about the hazards caused to her guests and the universe by her irresponsible use of time travel technology for entertainment.
- Even Evil Has Standards: What caused her to quit the Crimson Hand. She wasn't up for planetary destruction. They were. So she ran.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Green-skinned and quite pretty.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Went from a master criminal to an amnesiac minor villain to a Wild Card Token Evil Teammate to a genuine hero.
- I Have Many Names: She's gone through a few aliases in her time.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Her unrequited lover erased her memories of being a supervillain to make her happier and prevent her from provoking her former allies.
- Our Elves Are Better: Majenta pretty much ticks most of the boxes. Attractive? Check. Pointy ears? Check. Blonde/white hair? Check. Haughty attitude? Check. Mysterious abilities? Check.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: With some help from the Doctor, Destrii, Sharon, Frobisher and Max, she eventually takes over Dogbolter's company.
Jess Collins (Twelfth Doctor)Like Majenta before her, Jess was originally introduced as a supporting character before getting upgraded to a bigger position, in her case thanks to the gap between series 9 and 10. After the Twelfth Doctor finds himself stranded in 1970s London while the TARDIS recuperates following their latest adventure, Jess and her family take him in... only to find themselves drawn into the weirdness lurking under London's surface.
- A Day in the Limelight: The whole Collins family get one in "Moving In", dealing with having Twelve as their houseguest.
- Ascended Extra: Was just a guest character in "The Highgate Horror" (issues 492-493). Returned in issue 501 after TV companion Clara was written out.
- Fanboy: Her brother Maxwell's a comics fan.
- Good Parents/Happily Married: Her parents.
- Jumped at the Call: After meeting the Doctor previously, she's not going to let him escape when she spots him in the street.
- One Steve Limit: Averted with Jess' little brother Maxwell, the Doctor mentioning the other Maxwell he knows.
- '70s Hair: Has an afro. She's from 1972, so it's appropriate to the era.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Asks the Doctor this about Clara, his previous companion. But he doesn't remember her...
- You Look Familiar: Completely coincidental, as she debuted before the casting was announced, but she looks very similar to Bill, the Doctor's next TV companion.
Maxwell "Max" Edison (Fifth Doctor, Eighth Doctor, Twelfth Doctor)
The local nerd in the English country village of Stockbridge, the DWM comics' standard location for when something's weird going down in a bucolic setting. Has repeatedly turned down the idea of travelling with the Doctor because he claims to be too cowardly, although he's shown significant courage when pushed. Introduced Izzy to the Doctor and has some mild, vague psychic abilities. Has also appeared in one Big Finish Doctor Who story, "The Eternal Summer", where he was voiced by Mark Williams.
- Big Damn Kiss: Gets a very big damn one in "The Eternal Summer" with Lizzie Corrigan.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A stereotypical conspiracy theory and UFO obsessive...
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: ... but he does live in the Doctor Who universe.
- Comic-Book Time: Averted; the strip's let Max age over time.
- Cool Old Guy: Well, he's getting there; he's sixty by "The Stockbridge Showdown".
- Cowardly Lion: He always insists he's not brave enough to travel with the Doctor, but is heroic in crises. Such as attacking Dogbolter with his bare hands.
- The Determinator: Has often shown significantly better than average ability to resist mind control.
- Grand Theft Me: In "The Stockbridge Child".
- Nice Hat: His constant beatnik beret.
- Seers: According to "The Stockbridge Child" he's got mild second sight, able to see something of people's futures. He's also shown some ability to recognise the Doctor regardless of his face.
- Shout-Out: He's named after The Beatles song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", and likes to joke that it could have been worse, his parents could have called him Eleanor Rigby instead.
- Soapbox Sadie: His vocal but shallow environmentalism and left-wing conspiracy politics.
- You Look Familiar: He's voiced by Rory's dad.
A creation of the Matrix Lords of Gallifrey, those Time Lords whose minds survive in the Matrix, serving as their agent in the wider universe. A sometime ally of the Fifth and Eighth Doctors, who through his adventures with them discovers he's slowly developing free will. Appears in the Big Finish Doctor Who audios, where he's voiced by Mark Donovan.
- Abnormal Ammo: His gun fires psychic bullets, powered by the will of his backers.
- The Blank: Has a featureless black sphere for a head.
- Dark is Not Evil: Despite his appearance, he's one of the good guys.
- Emergency Impersonation: Pretends to be a newly-regenerated Doctor, based on Nicholas Briggs' Doctor from the old Doctor Who Audio Visuals, to fake out the Threshold while the real one goes undercover.
- Living Shadow: A heroic blot with shadow powers, whose name alludes to it. More of his kind are prominently featured in the Faction Paradox novels The Book Of The War and Newtons Sleep.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Able to travel anywhere in time and space.
- Two Beings, One Body: Gets fused with Fey.
Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer
Abslom Daak was a thuggish Human criminal from the mid-26th century. Eventually he was convicted and given the choice between vaporisation or exile as a Dalek Killer. He chose the latter. During this, his only true love was killed by a Dalek survivor that Daak had overlooked, leaving Daak grief-stricken and vowing to exterminate every Dalek in the galaxy. Made his first appearance in a back-up comic strip in 1980. He met the Fourth and Seventh Doctors and also Bernice Summerfield a couple of times (he lived during the same 26th century time period as her). He made a comeback in Year Two of the Eleventh Doctor Doctor Who (Titan) comics, in which he became a full companion.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: In the Titan comics, Alice develops an oddly flirtatious relationship with him.
- Anti-Hero: Of the ultra-violent sociopathic kind.
- Ax-Crazy: Occasionally, but always if you're a Dalek.
- Barbarian Hero IN SPACE! But with the usual characteristics of ruthlessness and cheerful bloodlust.
- Bounty Hunter: In the Titan comics, he has become this after the Time War reduced the number of Daleks in the universe.
- Canon Immigrant: His mugshot popped up in the Doctor Who Series 8 episode, "Time Heist".
- Catch Phrase: "I'm gonna kill every last stinking Dalek in the galaxy!"
- Chainsaw Good: Out of a selection of many weapons, his choice was (and continued to be) a chainsword.Abslom Daak (to a Dalek): Okay, Chuckles, take a look at this chainsword. Notice those nice whirring teeth... and imagine them ripping through your little tin body!
- Cloning Blues: A cryogenically frozen clone of Daak was revived by Ace in 2573 in the Doctor Who New Adventures.
- Cool Starship: The Kill-Wagon.
- Creepy Souvenir: In the Titan comics he travels in time using a Vortex Manipulator he took from a Time Agent. Still attached to the Time Agent's severed hand.
- Deconstruction: Of Anti-Hero tropes.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: In the Titan comics, he initially pretends to be rescuing the Doctor, then decides to take him back to the Overcast, then changes his mind due to blackmail, then seems to be genuinely mellowing.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He got better.
- I Have Your Wife: In the Titan comics, the TARDIS holds his wife's corpse hostage to make him behave himself.
- Ineffectual Loner: Partially.
- Kill 'em All: His intentions towards the Daleks. He, a normal human, has killed single-handedly at least one thousand Daleks... in his first appearance.
- '90s Anti-Hero: Despite being created in 1980.
- Pet the Dog: Rescuing the Timeflies in the Titan comics.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Dalek Empire.
- Sociopathic Hero: Daak is almost psychotically eager for battle to the point that he's along with the Doctor the only being able to make Daleks feel fear (at least until River Song comes on the scene).
- True Companions: The Star Tigers crew - the Draconian Prince Salander, Vol Mercurius and an Ice Warrior, Harma, who came to travel the galaxy with Daak in a small ship known as the Kill-Wagon.
- Unexpected Character: His shock return in the Titan Doctor Who comics, a completely different expanded universe continuity.
- Weapon of Choice: His personal chainsword.
Beep The Meep
Beep the Meep
An adorably cute alien fluffball who is actually a murderously psychotic Galactic Conqueror. Introduced in the Fourth Doctor comic story "The Star Beast", a parody of cute Alien Among Us narratives in which he crashed on contemporary Earth while fleeing justice and tried to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit. Made several later appearances as a comedy villain. Also appeared in one Big Finish Doctor Who drama, "The Ratings War", in which he was voiced by Toby Longworth.
- Alien Among Us: His initial masquerade as a harmless crash survivor.
- Ax-Crazy: He wants to kill everyone else in the universe for no particular reason.
- Killer Rabbit: His cute appearance belies his extreme malice and murderousness.
- Laughably Evil: He's usually used for comedy.
- Mass Hypnosis: attempted a couple of times.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: this is his final weapon when caught.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Consists basically of eyes, fluff and feet.
- Rule of Funny: His stories aren't exactly the most realistic ones. On one memorable occasion, he got defeated by Tom Baker. No, not the Fourth Doctor — Tom Baker.
- Villain Song: The theme to Beep and Friends, a happy bouncy tune about mutilation and mass murder.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has a tendency to drop his harmless masquerade too early and start gratuitously shooting people.
- Weapon of Choice: "Black star energy".
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: His initial claim to be a harmless creature being hunted by villains.
Joshua W. Dogbolter
The froglike CEO of Intra-Venus Inc. who wanted to possess the TARDIS, and regularly hired mercenaries to pursue the Fifth and Sixth Doctors. Also appeared in a Death's Head crossover, where he hired the titular Freelance Peacekeeping Agent (and definitely not a mercenary) to pursue the Seventh Doctor. Appeared in the Big Finish audio "The Maltese Penguin", voiced by Toby Longworth.
- Aborted Arc:
- Despite being built up as a huge threat and potential long-term villain, he drops off the radar without explanation when the "Voyager" arc gets going.
- Appears again in the 500th DWM issue, where he is finally arrested for his crimes.
- Berserk Button: Blows his top when the Fifth Doctor names "frogspawn" as his price.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In the 500th issue, the Twelfth Doctor asks if he remembers getting Gus Goodman killed. Dogbolter has no idea who he's talking about and outright brags about the number of "nobodies" he's killed on his way to the top.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: A wealthy and ruthless questionably-legitimate businessman.
- Engineered Public Confession: Tricked into confessing to murders by the 12th Doctor. Sharon Allen broadcasts this on the Galactic Net, leading to Josiah's arrest.
- Fiction 500: He owns most of the solar system.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: "The Stockbridge Showdown", in the special DWM #500, shows the Doctor finally defeating him.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: A cold-blooded froglike bad guy.
Destrii's foppish, devious uncle and the only member of the family she actually likes. Looks like a humanised lion. When he's introduced, he seems sympathetically roguish, but later developments reveal just how evil he can be.
- Aborted Arc: According to Word of God, he would have made future appearances as Destrii's Arch-Enemy had the Eight-Destrii comics not been cut off by the revival of the TV series.
- Bait the Dog: Initially introduced as an apparent Lovable Rogue, but gradually revealed to be truly evil.
- Cane Fu: The No Holds Barred Beat Down he delivers to Destrii with it because she stopped him killing a bunch of children is pretty much the final straw for seeing him as morally ambiguous.
- Cats Are Mean: A sadistic and ruthless feline type.
- Faux Affably Evil: Pretending to be genuinely Affably Evil at worst.
- The Svengali: Brought up his niece Destrii as a villainous henchperson to him and trained her as a fighter.
- Trickster Archetype: He initially appears to be a harmless prankster, but is very evil.
- Wicked Cultured: He pretends to be, and to a degree is, the intellectual one in his brutal family.
- The Wonka: His initial depiction as an eccentric and pranksterish, but kindly, intellectual.
This Master was one of the most coolly manipulative and patient versions seen so far, simultaneously juggling a grand plan to achieve divine power with a pettier plan to morally humiliate the Doctor and turn his favourite species into the kind of culture he's spent his life fighting. Was granted the body of an old, balding human vagrant, which he suspects was a kind of punishment.
- A God Am I: What he hopes for.
- Bad Habits: First appears posing as a street preacher in twenty-first-century South London, and his later plan to corrupt Earth involves setting up his own religion.
- The Chessmaster: Of all the versions of the Master, probably the one who is best at long-term planning.
- Cosmic Keystone: What he's trying to get control of, the Glory.
- Decoy Protagonist: It turns out that the conflict between him and the Doctor was just a sideshow, and the real Good and Evil contenders for the Cosmic Keystone were the Doctor's companion Kroton and the Master's chief minion Katsura Sato.
- First Law of Resurrection: what his explanation of how he survived the end of the TV Movie boils down to.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated the whole human race into villainy, and the Doctor into self-doubt.
- Not So Different: His plan revolves around destroying the Doctor's moral authority by setting up situations where his flaws will damage people he interacts with.
- Path of Inspiration: Sets one up to corrupt the human race into Suicide Attack-ing Omnicidal Maniacs.
- Race Lift: This version of the Master happens to be black in human ethnic terms, although little is made of it. This is due to his mind being placed in the body of a human vagrant.