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Classic Series Debut
Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I (First, War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
- Played by: Vivienne Bennett (1965), Angela Pleasence (2007) and Joanna Page (2013)
- Action Girl: She kills the Zygon impersonating her and takes its place.Elizabeth: I am accustomed to taking precautions.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She has a rather big crush on the Doctor, to the point of accepting his (fake) marriage proposal, but the Doctor doesn't seem to reciprocate.
- Arch-Enemy: Played for Laughs. During the later years of her life she considers the Doctor to be her sworn enemy. Doesn't pay to jilt the Queen of England.
- Assassin Outclassin': The Zygon leader tries to kill her so it can replace her. Doesn't work out so well for it.Elizabeth: I may have the body of a weak and frail woman, but, at the time, so did the Zygon!
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Pretends to be the shape-changing Zygon commander after killing him. The Zygons are so arrogant, they never considered that she could be the real Queen.
- Brick Joke: A rather impressive one; it took six years for us to understand fully why Elizabeth wanted the Doctor killed at the end of "The Shakespeare Code".
- The Cameo: A older Elizabeth appears on the Space-Time Visualiser during First Doctor story "The Chase". She's talking to William Shakespeare.
- Have We Met Yet?: The Tenth Doctor, during his travels with Martha, meets an older Elizabeth who is furious with him and demands his execution. It isn't before Ten begins traveling alone (shortly before the events of "The End of Time") that he finds out why: he married her (it's complicated) and he wasn't a particularly great husband.
- Heroes Want Redheads: The Dream Lord mocked the Doctor about his marriage to Elizabeth:Dream Lord: Loves a redhead, our naughty Doctor. Did he ever tell you about Queen Elizabeth I? Well, she thought she was the first....
- Historical-Domain Character: One of Doctor Who's many examples of this trope.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Queen Elizabeth I was rather ruthless. This side of her nature is alluded to in "The Day of the Doctor", but otherwise uncommented on.
- In-Series Nickname: Her two historical nicknames are used. "Good Queen Bess" and "The Virgin Queen." One of those may no longer be accurate thanks to the Doctor.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Played by Angela Pleasence in her later years ("The Shakespeare Code"), and Joanna Page as a young woman ("The Day of the Doctor").
- Woman Scorned: She's pissed when she finally meets the Doctor again. Never leave the Queen of England at the altar.
Bret Vyon (First Doctor)
- Played by: Nicholas Courtney (1965–1966)
- Anti-Hero: Rather grizzled and trigger happy.
- Killed Off for Real: By his own sister, Sara Kingdom, early on in his debut story "The Daleks' Master Plan". Sara went on to travel with the Doctor for the remainder of the story.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: He could cut through steel with that.
- Perma-Stubble: Goes nicely with his chin and his general space hero aesthetic.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Killed by his own sister, Sara Kingdom, when Mavic Chen fools her into thinking her brother is a traitor.
Alpha, Beta and Omega
Alpha, Beta and Omega (Second Doctor)
- Voiced by: Roy Skelton and Peter Hawkins (1967)
- Always Chaotic Evil: The first time the series averts this trope with the Daleks, though only because their biology was altered. The revival series ran with the idea; Dalek Sec, Dalek Caan and Rusty would follow.
- Enemy Civil War: They start one.
- Heel–Face Turn: Nice Daleks!
- Heroic Sacrifice: The trio, along with the other humanized Daleks, all die fighting the Emperor and his loyal Daleks.
- Humanity Is Infectious: The human factor makes them less Dalek-like.
- Humans Are Special: This belief led to Alpha, Beta and Omega's creation in the first place. It seems the belief was not unfounded.
- One Steve Limit: Omega is not to be confused with the Time Lord of the same name.
- Theme Naming: All named after letters in the Greek alphabet.
Professor Edward Travers
Edward Travers (Second Doctor)
- Played by: Jack Watling (1967–1968)
- Bold Explorer: Travers was hiking in Tibet when the Doctor first met him.
- Grumpy Old Man: Or at least he was the second time the Doctor met him. That meeting cheered him up quite a lot, though.
- Older Than They Look: Averted in The Web of Fear thanks to some excellent make-up work.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The production team had wanted Travers and Anne to reappear in the The Invasion, but Jack Watling was unavailable. Travers and Anne were replaced by their house sitters, Professor Watkins and his niece Isobel.
Alpha Centauri (Third Doctor)
- Played by: Stuart Fell (Body) and Ysanne Churchman (Voice) (1972, 1974)
- Easily Forgiven: Of the four pieces of performed works set on Peladon, Alpha Centauri was working against the Doctor and King/Queen in two of the stories. However, it is always shown in the following story as a trusted addition of the court of Peladon.
- Hermaphrodite: Like the rest of its species.
- It Is Dehumanising: Averted. Alpha Centauri's preferred pronoun is "it".
- Lovable Coward: Being a bureaucrat, it's not exactly used to action.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: But a well-meaning and sweet-natured one.
Jago and Litefoot
Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot (Fourth Doctor)
- Played by: Christopher Benjamin (Jago) and Trevor Baxter (Litefoot)
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Jago loves doing this, to Running Gag levels. He even writes in alliteration.
- Adorkable: Both of them. Jago isn't nearly as brave as he pretends and Litefoot acts very awkwardly around Leela.
- Hero-Worshipper: Jago, towards the Doctor. He constantly praises the Doctor's cleverness and resourcefulness.
- Lovable Coward: Jago. He even admits to it.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Litefoot. Jago merely thinks he is.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Jago acts like a brave, clever detective hero but he can't walk the talk.
- Straight Man: Litefoot acts as this when confronted by Jago's ego, Leela's lack of social etiquette and the Doctor's general weirdness.
- They Fight Crime: In their spin-off series.
- Those Two Guys: A staple of Robert Holmes' Doctor Who scripts. These two guys in particular proved to be the most popular.
- The Watson: Interestingly enough, for Jago and Litefoot's TV serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang, this role is NOT played by the companion Leela. As the AV Club noted, Jago and Litefoot fulfill the story's role of Watson - Jago behaves as the traditional film depiction of Watson being a pompous, boisterous, easily puzzled sleaze while Litefoot behaves as literature's Watson being a quiet, calm, observant gentleman.
The White Guardian
The White Guardian (Fourth and Fifth Doctors)
- Played by: Cyril Luckham (1978, 1983)
- Big Good: He serves as the Good Counterpart to the Black Guardian.
- The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: Whatever game he's playing with the Cosmos, it's on his terms.
- Nice Guy: However odd and alien his sensibilities, the White Guardian is always pleasant and courteous when dealing with mortals.
- Omniscient Morality License: Everything he does is in some way to combat the Black Guardian and protect the universe, but that doesn't mean it's always convenient for the Doctor.
- Order Versus Chaos / Yin-Yang Clash: He's in charge of Order in an endless, cosmic chess match against the Black Guardian.
- Physical God
- Quest Giver: He's the one who tells the Doctor to go look for the Key to Time, and who sends him Romana as an assistant.
- Southern Gentleman: He sometimes likes to dress up as one.
The Watcher (Fourth Doctor)
Adric: Why are you prepared for the worst, Doctor?Manifestation of the Doctor's future incarnation who helped him during his fourth regeneration.
Fourth Doctor: Because he's here.
Fourth Doctor: Because he's here.
Played by: Adrian Gibbs (1981)
- Eyes Always Shut: Has some rather weird statue-like features like this one.
- Femme Fatalons: Sports pointy claws for some reason.
- Future Me Scares Me: Fourth Doctor is visibly disturbed by his presence (which means impending regeneration) hence the quote.
- Leitmotif: Ominous theme always plays whenever he appears
- Man in White: Even his face is pale white.
- No Name Given: He's just "the friend of the Doctor". "The Watcher" is a nickname given by Adric.
- Nightmare Face: His face is somehow unformed and rather clay-looking.
- Offscreen Teleportation: How exactly he's following the Doctor and transported Nyssa from Traken to Logopolis?
- The Voiceless: Other characters refer to him speaking but even when he's having a dialogue scene with someone it's always shot from distance and inaudible.
Richard Mace (Fifth Doctor)
"I was once a noted thespian until forced into rural exile by the closure of the theatres; it is solely with the aid of these properties [two pistols] that I am able to command the attention of an audience these days."A thespian in the during the time of the Black Plague turned robber (or, "gentleman of the road" as he prefers to call it) who assists The Doctor through the serial "The Visitation." A jovial, theatrical man, who tries to project himself as a brave man to mask his cowardice but ends up becoming the Cowardly Lion. The Doctor asks him to become part of the TARDIS crew, but Mace declines.
Played by: Michael Robbins (1982)
- Cowardly Lion: Is braver than he thinks.
- Expy: Mace is more or less the same character as the protagonist of three earlier radio plays by Eric Saward, except that those plays were set in the nineteenth century.
- The Highwayman: What he allows Tegan to imply he is (though he prefers "gentleman of the road"). Though whether he is truthfully is up for debate.
- Refusal of the Call: The Doctor offers his a place on the TARDIS, but Mace declines.
- Lovable Coward: He proves himself in the end, though.
The Inquisitor (Sixth Doctor)
"Your puerile attempts at flippancy are not appreciated in this court, Doctor."The presiding officer at the Doctor's second trial. A stern, no-nonsense Time Lady, she firmly kept order during proceedings. Given that this involved controlling both the Doctor and the Valeyard, this was no mean feat. At the end of the trial, the Doctor suggested that she stand for the vacant Presidency.
Played by: Lynda Bellingham (1986)
- All There in the Manual: The Big Finish Doctor Who audios give her Gallifreyan name as Darkelatraquistahastrad (Darkel for short).
- Lawful Neutral: Invoked. She's not really interested in the morality of the Doctor's actions, just their legality.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She does, after all, clear the Doctor on all charges.
- The Judge
Sabalom Glitz (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
"I do hate it when people get lucky. It really offends my sensibilities."A recurring character (but not a companion) referred to by Selby as "an intergalactic car salesman", Glitz is a con man who crossed paths with the Doctor on three occasions. The first two times were deep in the tale of "Trial of a Time Lord", where he attempted to kill the Doctor and teamed up with the Master, respectively. Glitz did have a grudging respect for the Doctor, though. His third appearance was also the final showing of companion Mel, as she stayed behind with him. For some reason.
Played by: Tony Selby (1986–87)
- Anti-Villain: Though the Doctor doesn't punish him (unless you count saddling him with Mel), Glitz does, or at least tries to do some evil things, like sell his crew into undead slavery.
- Con Man: Glitz and his partner Dibber are another example of Robert Holmes' criminal double-acts, much like Garron and Unstoffe and Vorg and Shirna.
- Delusions of Eloquence
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Word of God has it that Glitz and Ace were sleeping together and that he took her virginity. Although it's hinted at in "Dragonfire" (why would he know where a teenaged girl lives?), it's not stated outright. The original plan was for Ace and Glitz to leave Ice World at the end of the episode, and Ray (from "Delta And The Bannermen") would have been Seven's companion. When that didn't pan out, Ace became an Ascended Extra and Mel stayed with Glitz instead.
- Greed: Gaining any sort of profit is his main motivation in life.
- Honest John's Dealership: In space!
- No Sell: He's immune to the Master's hypnotic charms. It helps that the Master was using a fancy piece of jewelry: Glitz was more concerned with how much the item was worth!
- Same Character, but Different: His third appearance was originally written for a whole other character. It was decided to bring back Glitz instead, without changes to the script.
- Space Jews
- Unwitting Pawn: His first two appearances fall under "performing the whims of the Master or Valeyard", even if he doesn't know about it.
Chang Lee (Seventh and Eighth Doctors)
"Hold in there, old guy. Chang Lee'll help you."A young San Francisco gang member who watches the Doctor get shot, gets poor "John Smith" to the hospital out of sheer kindness, and proceeds to make some very poor life decisions that leave him as the Master's companion. Eventually realises his mistake and joins up with the Doctor to fix everything.
Played by: Yee Jee Tso (1996)
- Back from the Dead: The TARDIS revives him after he has his neck snapped.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When possessed by the Master.
- The Comically Serious: An absolute expert at the deadpan double-take. Once the Master starts drezzzzing for the occasion and randomly kissing Chang Lee's forehead, Chang's only response the most perfectly stoic "oh god why am I here" expression.
- Easily Forgiven: The Doctor figures that Chang's suffered enough punishment being kicked around by the Master, so he lets him off easy.
- Greed: The Master temps Chang Lee with promises of wealth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Works for the Master, but only due to manipulation. He comes in his senses in the end.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He's not evil, he's just incredibly greedy.
- Ominous Message from the Future: The Doctor gives him a cryptic warning to stay out of San Francisco next Christmas, implying something bad might happen to either the city, or possibly just him, if he doesn't.
Revival Series Debut
Jacqueline "Jackie" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
- Played by: Camille Coduri (2005–2006, 2008, 2010)
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jackie's final kiss with Pete at the end of "Father's Day".
- Blatant Lies: "There was never anyone else." Uh-huh.
- Deadpan Snarker: In her final conversation with the Doctor.Jackie: I was pregnant, do you remember? Had a baby boy.
Doctor: Oh, brilliant. What did you call him?
Jackie: No, you plum. He's called Tony.
- Dumb Blonde: She is not exactly the smartest person, but her heart is in the right place... most of the time.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Like her daughter, she's very taken with the Tenth Doctor's new look.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Nine couldn't stand her for one second. Relations with Ten started off rocky, 0but he warmed to Jackie by the end.
- Gold Digger: Played for laughs when she finds out the alternate Pete is rich.Jackie: I don't care about that... how rich?
Jackie: I don't care about that... how very?
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Tries to seduce the Ninth Doctor the very first time they meet. He just ignores her.
- Mama Bear: She smacks the Ninth Doctor when she thinks he's taking advantage of Rose, and in "Journey's End", she blasts Daleks.
- Motor Mouth: Can sport a terrific one if she wants to, especially when first meeting the Tenth Doctor.
- Mrs. Robinson: To Elton in "Love & Monsters". (Which must have hurt, since Camille Coduri is actually less than 1 1/2 years older than Marc Warren, who played Elton)
- Pair the Spares: Specifically, pair the corresponding widowed parallel universe counterparts.
- Plucky Comic Relief: While she has her serious moments alot of her scenes are played for laughs for example when the tardis activated she calmly threatened to kill the doctor if the Tardis landed on another planet.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Word of God said she worked as a hairdresser, but this was never mentioned onscreen.
- Really Gets Around: Who the heck is Rodrigo?
- Rich Bitch: Parallel universe version is a cold hearted snob.
- Took a Level in Badass: After a two year absence, Jackie teleports in "Journey's End", blasting away at a Dalek and saving Sarah Jane's life (along with Mickey who'd already taken a level).
Harriet Jones, Prime Minister
Harriet Jones, MP, Flydale North / Prime Ministernote (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
"There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography."MP for a small constituency from the 21st century, and later Prime Minister during the Sycorax invasion before being ruthlessly deposed again by the Tenth Doctor. She later appeared at the end of Series 4, along with everyone else.
Played by: Penelope Wilton (2005, 2008)
- Back for the Dead: In the Series 4 finale, "The Stolen Earth", she makes one more appearance before "EXTERMINATE!"
- Career Building Blunder: Stumbles into Downing Street to promote her new health regulation ideas ... during the middle of an alien invasion. Being too stubborn to back off, despite everyone repeatedly telling her to, she manages to accidentally spot the aliens while trying to plant her files in the emergency program suitcase. This leads to her meeting the Doctor and becoming the lone reliable witness of the alien battle. The Doctor encourages her to become the invasion's media darling, knowing that it would lead to her eventually becoming Prime Minister of the UK as a result.
- Catch Phrase: Always introduces herself with her full name and title, even after she rises from political obscurity to Prime Minister (and back again).
- Defiant to the End: Transmits the signal to bring the Doctor back to Earth and then faces the Daleks, who traced the transmission, without fear.
- Face Death with Dignity:
- Heroic Sacrifice: Activating the subwave network to guide the Tenth Doctor to Earth, at the cost of alerting the Daleks to her location.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Her justification for ordering Torchwood to shoot down the Sycorax ship as it retreated.
- Iron Lady: She is invested in humanity's future and will take any action she deems necessary to ensure their future.
- Not So Different: To the Doctor, oddly enough. His solution to deal with the Sycorax was to scare them into submission, telling them to tell every other race that Earth is defended (by him). Her solution was to blast them out of the sky, sending a message to anyone watching that when the Doctor's not around, they can defend themselves just fine. (It turns out they can't, at least not as well as the Doctor, but it's the thought that counts.)
- Phrase Catcher: After her rise from political obscurity, her catchphrase is always responded to with a tetchy or affectionate or confused (depending on the respondent) "Yes, I/we know who you are". Even from Daleks.
- Screw Destiny: Becomes the victim of the Doctor's decision to significantly alter her history after her first year as Prime Minister. The result is that instead of the Golden Age that Harriet was supposed to preside over as mentioned by the Ninth Doctor, two ruthless villains — first the Master, then Brian Green — become PM, with the consequences resonating all the way through into Torchwood: Children of Earth.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It's thanks to her that the the Doctor was able to find Earth when the Daleks stole it for their Reality Bomb.
- Worthy Opponent: Recall that the Daleks once boasted that only one of their number could exterminate an entire army of the Cybermen. To take down Harriet on her own, the Daleks send three, and yes, they know who she is.
Peter "Pete" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
"Trust me on this."Rose's dad. The version native to "our" universe died in a car accident in 1987 when Rose was just a baby. Though very clever, he was also an idealistic dreamer whose schemes never amounted to anything much; after his death, Jackie would describe him to Rose as an ideal husband and father.In the parallel universe seen in "Rise of the Cybermen"/"The Age of Steel", that universe's version of Pete actually made his schemes work and became fabulously rich.
Played by: Shaun Dingwall (2005–2006)
- And This Is For...: "JACKIE TYLER! THIS IS FOR HER!!!"
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: See Jackie Tyler above.
- Badass Normal: Alternate Pete fights cybermen. Prime Pete is also badass, considering he went to his own death by car accident, he can't be a "badass normal" because he doesn't abnormal things.
- Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. While Pete was nowhere near the ideal husband and father Jackie made him out to be, he still turns out to be a bright, basically decent bloke, who manages to save the entire timeline, even at the cost of a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Our Pete saves the world, maybe the universe, and nobody will ever know. Except for the one person who matters most, his little girl.
- Hidden Depths: After Pete's many flaws are revealed, he is soon shown to actually being a smart individual able to put together who Rose and the Doctor are and an overall decent man who is willing to do the right thing.
- Pair the Spares: Again, see Jackie Tyler above.
- Parents Know Their Children: A recurring theme is that no matter the circumstance, be it visiting him in the past barely a year after her birth or in a Parallel Universe where she was never even born, Pete will always feel a strong trusting connection toward Rose. He figures out who she is in the past just before sacrificing himself to save the timeline.Pete: Who am I, love?
Rose: [crying] You're my daddy.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: Alternate Pete's relationship with Rose is initially somewhat frosty, due to the fact that he's been recently widowered and his discomfort at Rose treating him as though he's her father, when she honestly doesn't exist in his universe. However, this is mostly just hot air and he quickly accepts her as the daughter he never had.
- They Called Me Mad!: Given time, Pete's inventions would have netted him a fortune, as his alternate self proves.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Prime Pete has to die; there is no way around it.
Sylvia Noble (Tenth Doctor)
- Played by: Jacqueline King (2006, 2008–2010)note
- Abusive Parents: Sylvia is emotionally abusive towards Donna (and towards Wilf, as well) in a tear-jerkingly realistic way. When the Doctor realises how severe it gets, he calls her out on it quite hard.
- Heel–Face Turn: It takes a long time, but she eventually confesses that Donna isn't just "the most important woman in all of creation" — she's also the most important thing in her life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Mama Bear: She does care about Donna, but it takes her a long time to show it.
- My Beloved Smother: She's extremely controlling. Wilf usually just ignores her, but Donna has a lot more trouble coping.
- You Have Failed Me: Towards Donna, constantly and relentlessly.
The Jones family
The Jones family (Tenth Doctor)
- Francine Jones played by Adjoa Andoh (2007-2008), Clive Jones played by Trevor Laird (2007), Tish Jones played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (2007), Leo Jones played by Reggie Yates (2007), Adeola Oshodi played by Freema Agyeman (2006).
- Almost Kiss: Tish and Professor Lazarus, right before he turns into a giant scorpion.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When the Master reveals himself and rounds up most of Martha's family to hold hostage, Leo manages to duck out and evade capture, though it's not clear if he survived the Year That Never Was.
- Girl Friday: Tish becomes one to Lazarus and, later, to Harold Saxon.
- Mama Bear: Francine, oh so much.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Francine and Clive pretend that they're considering getting back together, to lure Martha back to Earth. It makes her realise something's very wrong.
- Papa Wolf: Clive.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: After being enslaved by the Master for a year, the whole family develops one.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the Year That Never Was, the family has effectively developed La Résistance within the Master's household.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire family gets severely traumatised by the Master.
- Martha later confirms that her family is still coping with the trauma, but doing well.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Adeola and her cousin Martha look completely identical.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Adeola, working for Torchwood London, becomes a Cyberman puppet. The Tenth Doctor performs a Mercy Kill on her as soon as he realises what happened.
Jenny (Tenth Doctor)
- Played by Georgia Moffett (2008)
- Action Girl: Has extensive knowledge of combat techniques.
- Badass Adorable: Is short, cute and she can kill a man in a large variety of ways and once backflipped through a room of lasers.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Not only did she come out of the cloning machine wearing a slightly sexier uniform than generic fatigues, she came out of it wearing makeup.
- Dropped a Bridge on Her: According to Russel T. Davies, she crashed into a moon immediately after her appearance in The Doctor's Daughter.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Or so the Doctor thinks. She wakes up after her apparent demise and sets off to explore the universe and have adventures, just like dear old Dad.
- Human Aliens: A Time Lady cloned from the Doctor by a different sort of human alien.
- Not So Different: Despite having been created specifically to be a soldier she proves to be a chip off the ol' block. In addition to being a Technical Pacifist, her introduction ends with her stealing a space ship so she can have adventures.
- One Steve Limit: Shares the same name as Madame Vastra's wife.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She set off to have a life of adventure.....and we haven't heard a peep from her since. Six years on from Jenny's only episode, Clara Oswald, when impersonating the Doctor, mentioned she had a cloned daughter. Interestingly, Clara mentions Jenny in the present tense but the Doctor believes her to be dead.
Professor River Song (Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
"Spoilers!"A professor of archaeology who has an unusually close relationship with the Doctor. She and the Doctor never meet in the right order; the Tenth Doctor first met her in the Library in the 51st century, where it would be the last time for her (sort of — it's complicated), and it only gets more confusing from there. They move roughly in opposite time directions, and depending on what end of the timeline they're on respectively, they each know secrets about each other that they're unable to talk about without creating paradoxes. As a result, she's a walking collection of "Spoilers!" and very much aware of it.
Main incarnation played by: Alex Kingston (2008, 2010–2013, 2015)
First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison and Madison Mortimer (2011)
First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)
First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison and Madison Mortimer (2011)
First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)
- Action Girl: She made a Dalek beg for mercy.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Professor of archaeology.
- Adventurer Outfit: She loves fancy dresses, but for proper adventuring she changes into practical camo.
- Anachronic Order: She's a time traveler, and she and the Doctor always have to take a few minutes and check where they are in their relative timelines. Because of this, several episodes (like "The Impossible Astronaut", "A Good Man Goes to War" and "Night and the Doctor") feature a few Rivers at once.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In "The Wedding of River Song" where she declares no one in the universe loves the Doctor more than she does.
- Anti-Hero: Wasn't always a nice person before she joined team TARDIS. Can't always afford to be a nice person afterwards, due to spoilers.
- Ax-Crazy: Extremely so in "Let's Kill Hitler", as her young, wanting-to-kill-the-Doctor incarnation as Mels.
- Badass Boast: In "The Timeline of River Song" which was in Doctor Who Confidential after the 2011 finale, during the footage of River effortlessly gunning down multiple Silence with a laser pistol from the start of the series.River: Did I mention I was kick ass with a gun? No one kidnaps me and gets away with it!
- Badass Bookworm: Scariest Archaeologist Ever. She is rather kickass for an academic.
- Battle Couple: The Doctor and River Song are a married battle couple. He is feared across time and space, and she is part-Time Lord and raised as a weapon to fight the Doctor. They've fought off alien invaders back-to-back, while flirting.
- Badass Family: Her mothers and father are Amy Pond (the Girl who Waited), Rory Williams (the Last Centurion), and the TARDIS herself. Also she's married to the last Time Lord in existence.
- Big Damn Kiss: Five total, all with Eleven: their first to each other, a big one to fix the consequences of her first kiss with him, one to fix a massive Time Crash, and her last one (well, her Virtual Ghost's last one) with him. She does not get one on screen with the Twelfth Doctor, in part due to the No Hugging, No Kissing rule established with his incarnation.
- Bi the Way: Stated in her first appearance, and later confirmed by Word of Moffat. In her first episode, she had one team member keep on his helmet because she didn't "fancy him". The room consisted of Donna and the Doctor, two female members of her archaeology crew and the two Daves. The surface reading would indicate she had a personal dislike for him because he's kind of a dick, but in retrospect...
- Finally made explicit in "The Husbands of River Song" (ironic, given that title) where River mentions she's had at least two wives.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Song" means "River" in Vietnamese.
- Black Best Friend: As Mels, Amy and Rory's childhood friend, because that regeneration was black.
- Boxed Crook: As revealed in "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh And Stone", she spends many years of her life in the (allegedly) high-security Stormcage. Her crime is "killing the best man she ever knew". The man turns out to be the Doctor, whose death she helped fake.
- Brains and Bondage: Why would an archaeology professor have handcuffs? Spoilers.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Spends the first years of her life being indoctrinated to kill the Doctor. She falls in love with him instead, and ends up saving him from her first assassination attempt.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Young River Song is an odd variation on this in that her mother doesn't know she's her daughter.
- The Bus Came Back: She made a return appearance in the Series 9 Christmas Special, alongside the Twelfth Doctor; this was the second to last meeting between them in her personal timeline.
- Cardboard Prison: The definition of her imprisonment in Stormcage. In "The Time of Angels" River is an inmate who is guarded by Father Octavian, but in "Flesh And Stone" (immediately after), later in "The Pandorica Opens" and in subsequent episodes, River is shown to be imprisoned practically voluntarily, as she is resourceful enough to escape Stormcage easily if she well wanted to. After a date with the Doctor, she breaks back into prison.Sir? It's Doctor Song again. She's doing it again; she's packing.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Hello, sweetie!" whenever she meets the Doctor.
- "Spoilers" when keeping anyone's relative future a secret. Also her Famous Last Words before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- As Mels she had, "Penny in the air," soon followed by, "The penny drops." Just like the Doctor, it's a catch phrase she never uses after she regenerates.
- Character Development: Played With. When we first meet her, she's very mature and independent, but we don't know anything about her yet. Since her life unfolds in the opposite direction of the Doctor's, we very slowly get to know her, but each time we see her she's a bit younger. Eventually, when we see who she really is, she's very young, barely out of puberty, and incredibly crass and stupid.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In a rather funny variation on the trope, she frequently suspects that the Doctor may be hiding other women somewhere while she's around... but it's always a past or future version of herself.
- Consummate Liar: So as to not spoil anyone's relative future.River: I lied. I'm always lying.
- Dark Action Girl: Before her Heel–Face Turn, she was a psychopathic assassin.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Doctor himself, being (half) Time Lord. In particular, she seems to have borrowed some hairstyling tips from Six and carries the Third's posh sensibilities as well as knack for no-holds-barred action. Coincidentally, the Third is Alex Kingston's favorite Doctor.
- Expy: According to Steven Moffat, she's one of Indiana Jones.
- Extra Parent Conception: Due to being conceived in the TARDIS, and having the Time Vortex poured into her in the womb, the TARDIS considers herself River's mother in addition to Amy and Rory. River finds out the first time she meets the TARDIS, and is completely shocked when the TARDIS tells her.
- Extreme Omnisexual:
- Says she once dated a Nestene Duplicate.
- Moffat jokes that she was involved with her entire archaeological staff.
- In "The Husbands of River Song", she is revealed to have had multiple husbands — and at least two wives.
- '80s Hair: A whole lot of it. She's delighted when she regenerates into Alex Kingston and sees it. Strax, who doesn't really understand mammals, calls her the one with the "gigantic head".
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Inverted. Typically the situation is that a child is raised by someone they're told are not their mother or father but secretly are. River spent her childhood with her parents without them knowing it was her, though she knew. And due to Trolling Creator, just as we're starting to figure all of that out, there are anvil-sized hints that Amy's baby may also be the Doctor's. It turns out to be a giant Red Herring.
- Faux Affably Evil: In "Let's Kill Hitler", prior to her Heel–Face Turn. She acts much like she always does, except with more murder attempts.
- Femme Fatale: Becomes this in her middle phase, black dress and all. Thinks she's this when she's young. Grows out of it when she's older, which is when we first meet her.
- Foregone Conclusion: Her death in her first appearance, "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". Her subsequent appearances are earlier in her timeline.
- Genre Savvy: Remarkably genre-savvy, to the point where on at least one occasion she made the very remark the audience was thinking at the time. She takes after her father.
- Good Is Not Nice: Though she seems to have mellowed out in the future, she starts off quite merciless despite being heroic.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: During the first 15 hours following a regeneration, a dozen bullets are no problem.
- The Gunslinger: In her own words "kickass with a gun."
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's got primitive Time Lord DNA from being conceived on the TARDIS. It's explicitly said that she's the TARDIS' daughter as much as she is Amy's and Rory's.
- Happily Married: To the Doctor, hence all the flirting and kissing she does around him. It's not flirting, it's PDA with her husband. Although for many of her meetings after the marriage, he hasn't married her yet, and he doesn't realize he's going to — although he starts to suspect it as soon as the topic comes up. Ironically, in their final (as far as we know) meeting in "The Husbands of River Song", the most she does is kiss the Doctor on the cheek.
- Have We Met Yet?:
- The Doctor and River meet in the wrong order: for example, the Doctor's first encounter with her is her last encounter with him. In her first encounter with him, she realizes he's already had many encounters with her future self, motivating her to save his life.
- In "A Good Man Goes to War", Rory asks River this when he comes to recruit her to find Amy.
- The 12th Doctor encounters River, who obviously doesn't recognize him in his new regeneration and he just strings her along for the entire episode.
- Heel–Face Turn: Kills the Doctor, then brings him back to life, using up all her remaining regenerations in the process. "As first dates go, I'd say that was mixed signals."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice and both times were to save the Doctor's life. The first time (from her perspective), she tries to kill him, then uses all of her regeneration power all at once in order to save him. The second time (from her perspective), she prevents him from making a Heroic Sacrifice to save Donna and thousands of others, and gives her own life to save him instead. She had to, because she wouldn't even exist if he'd died that day.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, amongst other things. Extremely justified: The TARDIS is her second mom and taught her how.
- I Know Your True Name: The first character in the show's 50+ years confirmed to know the Doctor's real name, and is still only one out of two. It eventually allows her to open the Doctor's grave.Tenth Doctor: River, you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name — there's only one time I could.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- Shooting Eleven's Stetson right off his head.
- She offhandedly shoots a Silent that was behind her; due to the Silence physiology, she shouldn't have known it was there.
- In Love with the Mark: River was supposed to be The Silence's weapon to use against the Doctor. She learned another side of the story while growing up with Amy and Rory and fantasizes about marrying him instead. She still tries to kill him, but saves his life when she realises the implications. When it came time to kill him at Lake Silencio, she refused, and all of time fell apart due to it being a fixed point in time.
- The "I Love You" Stigma: Despite the fact she married the guy, River never heard those three exact words said to her by the Doctor. (This is due to a longstanding tradition that the Doctor doesn't say "I love you" directly to anyone, not River, not Rose, not Clara, nor anyone else.
- Instant Expert: Her TARDIS piloting is justified, since the TARDIS herself teaches her via telepathy, and is her second mom. Seeing as the TARDIS is unused to time progressing linearly and was fully aware of who River was all along, she probably started training her in utero.
- Internal Homage: A nod to the extremely long-running Doctor Who Expanded Universe companion Bernice Summerfield, another professor of archaeology who keeps a diary about the Doctor. Steven Moffat wrote for the Bernice Summerfield franchise before becoming the Show Runner for the TV series. (He also jokingly suggested that River and Bernice had totally gotten married at some point, which immediately got a big thumbs-up from Benny's creator Paul Cornell. It's worth noting that "The Husbands of River Song" establishes that she has married women at least twice...)
- Irony: Had she not done her Heroic Sacrifice in the Library, she never would have met the Doctor and never would have been born.Ten: Time can be rewritten!River: Not those times. Not one line, don't you dare!
- Kangaroo Court: Subtly implied to be a victim of this, as she was locked up in Stormcage Prison in the 52nd Century for murdering a man in the 21st Century on Earth.
- Kid from the Future: She's Amy and Rory's daughter who, due to time travel, ended up growing up with them.
- Kiss of Death: She prefers hallucinogenic lipstick over the traditional poisonous lipstick. The one time this is played straight is in "Let's Kill Hitler", since she was programmed from birth to assassinate the Doctor.
- Lady of Adventure: When she's not accompanying the Doctor, she's traveling on her own adventures and getting into trouble. "The Husbands of River Song" shows the Doctor what River gets up to when he's not around, this time attempting to scam a valuable diamond out of a bloodthirsty raider.
- Laser-Guided Tykebomb: She was originally raised as a weapon to kill the Doctor.
- Last Kiss: With the Doctor in "The Name of the Doctor".
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her bickering with the Doctor is so characteristic of old married couples that Amy quickly assumes they really are married. At that point, she is married to him from the perspective of her timeline, but he isn't married to her yet from his. It's timey wimey.
- Even in the Library where Ten meets her for the first time, they argue so much that even Strackman Lux yells at them for acting like a married couple when there were more pressing matters at hand.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: She has a penchant for denying mercy to her enemies even when they beg for it, and she's willing to tear time itself apart for her husband's sake. Just like her mum, it turns out. Also, both she and her other mom, the TARDIS, consider themselves married to the Doctor.
- Loony Fan: Was deliberately brought up all her life to become obsessed with the Doctor, and inevitably fell in love with him in the process. Sacrificed centuries of her life to save him. Then studied archaeology just so she could find him again. When being forced to kill him, she firmly believes that she would suffer more than the rest of the universe combined. She's willing to do it, but not without letting him know how much he is loved first. When he hears her say that, the Doctor marries her.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Brags happily about her past lovers, relentlessly flirts with the Doctor, and rivals Jack Harkness when it comes to rampant innuendo. Moffat has joked that she was involved with her entire archaeology team.
- The Doctor: We've got ten minutes, get dressed.
River: Oh, that's so close to the perfect sentence.
- Love Confession: To the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song" and just before the wedding itself. And again in "The Husbands of River Song", though she's not aware at the time that she's actually speaking to the Doctor.
- Lucky Translation: The French language uses two different forms for "you", the informal "tu" (for family and close friends) and the polite "vous" (superiors, people you don't know, etc.). In the French dub, the Doctor and his companions usually address each other with "vous". During River's first appearances, up until A Good Man Goes to War, she uses "tu" when talking to the Doctor, and he uses the polite "vous". This switches around in Let's Kill Hitler, with River using "vous" and the Doctor using "tu". By The Angels Take Manhattan, however, they're both using "tu".
- Luke, You Are My Father: River is Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. River tells them this after her newborn self is kidnapped.
- The Masochism Tango: Her very first (from her perspective) words ever to the Doctor are to insult his bow tie. The second time she properly meets the Doctor, she tries to kill him with poison lipstick, then makes a Heroic Sacrifice to revive him. The third time she properly meets the Doctor, she refuses to kill him, then finally says she will, even though she will hurt more that the rest of the universe put together, as long as she can tell him how much he is loved; he angrily makes her marry him (long story) and they snark at each other as time itself explodes around them. From that point on, they date quite happily, but she gets on significantly less well with younger versions of him that she occasionally meets — because she can't spoil anything for fear of paradox. By the time she meets a version of him so young that all they can have is Belligerent Sexual Tension, their entire relationship revolves around snarking, bitching and flirting while he keeps on being frustrated at how secretive she is. The second to last time involved her meeting a version she didn't know existed (as it was the first face of a new regeneration cycle), while the last time she properly meets him, she punches him in the face, handcuffs him to a wall and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save his life.
- Mrs. Robinson:
- The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.Doctor: ...the Legs,the Nose, and Mrs. Robinson.
River: I hate you.
Doctor: No, you don't!
- In her past (and his future), she gleefully calls him "Benjamin" in return.
- "The Angels Take Manhattan" reveals that she's pretty bothered by the fact that he looks "twelve". (Though the context of the scene suggests this was meant more about how he acts than how he looks.)
- The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.
- Mistaken for Murderer: She was locked up in Stormcage Prison for murdering the Doctor.
- Mysterious Past: So much time travel nonsense is in her past that it takes well over a season to be uncovered.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Totally averted with regards to the Eleventh Doctor. However, reflecting his less-affectionate demeanor, the rule is in place with the Twelfth Doctor except for a kiss on the cheek.
- The Nth Doctor: She's been played by Alex Kingston, Harrison and Madison Mortimer, Sydney Wade, Maya Glace-Green and Nina Toussaint-White. Technically, some of those actresses are differently-aged versions of the same regenerations: River gets three regenerations in total.
- Off Hand Backhand: She gives a powerful example of this trope, as she shoots a Silent behind her, when there's no way she could have known it even existed.
- Painted-On Pants: Lampshaded in "Let's Kill Hitler", when her younger self regenerates into the form that we first met her in. After going off to check out her new body's butt in a mirror, she proudly announces "I'm going to wear a lot of jodhpurs!"
- Poisonous Friend: She bitterly self-identifies as a psychopath.
- The Power of Love: She collapsed all of time itself to prevent herself from killing the Doctor.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: In "Let's Kill Hitler" she's essentially a hyperactive teenage girl in a 40-year-old body. One who sees nothing wrong with firing a lot of guns to get her way. As she grows older she has it under control, but still glumly refers to herself as a "psychopath" when she's already a Professor.
- Put on a Bus: River does not make an appearance in Series 8.
- Promoted To Opening Credits: In "The Husbands of River Song" - seven years after her debut appearance.
- Really 700 Years Old: In "The Husbands of River Song", she reveals that she is at least 200 years old, thanks to her "augmented life-span". This is presumably due to her mixed human-Time Lord biology.
- Recurring Character: She was such a prominent and memorable character (count her tropes!) that it's easy to forget that she was never a regular companion on the show: just 2 episodes in Series 4, 4 episodes in Series 5, 6 episodes in Series 6, 2 episodes in Series 7, and the 2015 Christmas Special. Several of these episodes are 2-part stories, which both increased her prominence and means she's in fewer stories than an episode count would indicate.
- Remember the New Guy:
- Inverted in "Silence in the Library": she walks up to the Doctor and begins chatting with him as if they're old friends. The Doctor, however, has never met her before — turns out that, thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball, he's meeting her out of sequence.
- In "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy and Rory's never before mentioned best friend shows up for the first part. The Doctor is as confused as the audience, asking why he's never heard of her and where she was at their wedding. Then "Mels" is killed and turns out to be a prior regeneration of River Song/Melody Pond.
- The Reveal: River Song is in fact Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. She's also been one of Amy and Rory's closest friends since they were kids, and becomes the Doctor's wife.
- Right Behind Me: River falls victim to this trope several times, although often she's telling someone how awesome the Doctor is only to realise he's standing right behind her.
- Running Gag:
- She has a habit of shooting whatever hat the Eleventh Doctor finds himself wearing.
- And free-falling and being caught by the TARDIS.
- Sassy Black Woman: As Mels she mouthed off to both her friends and teachers. It got her into trouble.
- Screw Destiny: Refuses to kill the Doctor in the series 6 finale, and consequently makes time itself implode in an attempt to avoid that fixed point in time.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: "I lie all the time. Have to. Spoilers."
- Serial Spouse: She married the Doctor but also married other people like Hydroflax, Stephen Fry and Cleopatra.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Amy and Rory, her parents, and merrily played a part in them hooking up when they were all teenagers.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Literally said she was looking for "a good man" as her reason for studying archeology.
- Sociopathic Hero: It's played very darkly in the series six finale. She calls herself a "psychopath" quite happily when she's young, and significantly less happily when she's older.
- Stable Time Loop:
- She's named after herself... twice. Amy named her "Melody" after her childhood friend, Mels... who turns out to be her daughter Melody. The second time, she adopts her Gamma Forest name translation "River Song" but only because the Doctor, Amy, and Rory keep calling her that, because that's the name they always knew her by.
- Gets the idea of defacing land marks to summon the Doctor from Amy and Rory, who in turn got it from her.
- She and the Doctor give each other the "Spoilers!" Catch Phrase, during their respective first proper meetings.
- Really, her whole life is one tangled mess of causality loops. The Doctor often does things with her because he knows he will do them with her, based on his (early, from his perspective) meetings with her later selves. Most notably, he knows that their date at the Singing Towers of Darillium will be the last, and makes sure to give her the sonic screwdriver that will preserve her essence, simply because she herself told him about the former when he first met her future self long ago in the Library, and he himself used her essence saved in the screwdriver to save her.
- Stepford Smiler: Comes across as carefree and flirty partially to hide a depressed and lonely side. She tells Amy she tries hard not to let the Doctor see her damage.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Played With in eleven directions. She is half human and half Time Lord. Except that she has no Time Lord parents — her parents are two humans and the TARDIS. Also, she spent most of her childhood in her second regeneration, which happened to be black.
- Super Strength: A very minor example, but in "Day of the Moon" River mentions that the little girl -— her younger self, it turns out — would have to be incredibly strong to tear herself free from the space suit.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Captain Jack Harkness.
- Both are reoccurring on-off companions who the Doctor has difficulty trusting.
- Both are time travelers much like the Doctor and have used vortex manipulators.
- Both are paradoxic in nature much like the Doctor. Captain Jack is immortal and is a living fixed point-in-time, while River is a Half Time Lord whose entire life is a Stable Time Loop.
- The names they are usually known by are both aliases.
- Both are Anti Heroes in their early appearances, before reforming after spending time with the Doctor.
- Both are Extreme Omnisexual and have dated members of various species and gender.
- Tangled Family Tree: From late series 4 onwards. Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor, and is also Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a rather romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag — because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law and his step-mother-in-law. And in the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Played for a reveal in "A Good Man Goes to War", when it turns out that River Song's name comes from a close approximation in the language of the Gamma Forest People: "Melody" becomes "Song", and they don't quite have a word that means "Pond" because "The only water in the forest is the river..."
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Suffers from a ton of Grandfather Paradoxes. Born in the 52nd century at Demon's Run, gets named Melody Pond after Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels", grows up in 1960s Florida, then regenerates into a toddler and grows up again in 1990s England as Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels". Then meets the Doctor in 2012, proceeds to nearly kill him in 1945, and takes the name "River Song" after learning about her future self. Then, after faking the Doctor's death in 2011, ends up dying saving an incarnation of the Doctor who still hasn't met her in the 52nd century to make sure she exists in the first place.
- Token Evil Teammate: She calls herself a psychopath (even though she's really not - psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of), and is by far the most violent of his allies.Dalek: You will be exterminated.
River: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.
Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.
River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
River: Say it again?
River: One. More. Time.
[a few minutes later]
Amy: What happened to the Dalek?
River: It died.
- Touched by Vorlons: As a result of being conceived in and by the TARDIS, she is part-Time Lord. The Doctor tries to argue that evolution does not work that way. The TARDIS pointedly disagrees.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: In "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two Doctors at once.
- Also invoked in "Night and the Doctor", when she encounters two versions of Eleven.River: Two of you! The mind races, does it not?
- Also invoked in "Night and the Doctor", when she encounters two versions of Eleven.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised by the Silence to kill the Doctor for the first few years of her life.
- The Vamp: She was raised to be this trope - she killed the Doctor with a kiss. Thankfully, she gets better.
- Unrequited Love: Played with. Despite being his wife, River knows (or believes) that the Doctor will never love her. She doesn't care.River: When you love the Doctor, it's like loving the stars themselves. You don't expect a sunset to admire you back.
- Virtual Ghost: Her final fate is to be uploaded to the Library's main computer in order to save her life.
- Walking Spoiler: In-universe and out, to an insane degree. It's even her catchphrase.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After the Doctor saved her Virtual Ghost in the Library, he never visited her again, since it would hurt him too much to face her. She seeks him out and calls him out on it, very, very hard.
- Whole Plot Reference: To one of Steven Moffat's favorite novels, The Time Traveler's Wife. The similarities would take quite a while to count. She even meets the Doctor in a library, exactly like the novel's titular characters. (The Twelfth Doctor owns the book, keeps his copy in his console room and stores a spare TARDIS key between the pages.)
- Wife Husbandry: "The Impossible Astronaut" revealed that the first time River met the Doctor he knew everything about her, and was charming and wonderful. It turns out he met her as an infant but had no part in raising her.
- You Can't Fight Fate: River's assassination of the Doctor-inside-the-Teselecta is a fixed point in time. When she attempts to avert it, the universe is plunged into a massive Anachronism Stew that threatens to tear time itself apart, leading the Doctor himself to unleash a What the Hell, Hero? on her.
- Invoked by the Doctor in "The Husbands of River Song" in response to River begging him to do something to avert the fact that their night at the Singing Towers of Darillium will be their last ever date.
- You Keep Using That Word: She is known as a psychopath - and even calls herself that - but she's really not. Psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of; also they do not love other people, instead seeing them as tools to use, while River devotes her life to the Doctor.
The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor
The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor
"I'm part human. Specifically, the aging part. I'll grow old and never regenerate. I've only got one life, Rose Tyler. I could spend it with you, if you want."An unusual tangent from the Doctor we know. He was the final result of the original Doctor losing his hand in a Sycorax duel, which Jack rescued and returned to him. The Doctor kept it with him until a Dalek got in a cheap shot and made him regenerate. The Doctor, having a vain streak at the time, cheated the regeneration and used his severed hand as a container for the energy that would recreate his body. This in fact counted as far as his allotted regenerations went, leaving the Doctor with one last regeneration in his first cycle.Donna Noble interacted with the hand while it was coursing with regeneration energy that tried to heal the limb as though it was still a part of its Time Lord owner, but didn't have enough DNA to recognize the full picture of the Doctor's body. Donna's DNA got sampled and used to fill in the gaps, causing the hand to sprout into a whole new Doctor with a bit of Donna's temper inside him. He picked up her human body, leaving him a Time Lord brought down to human level- what he called a "biological meta-crisis." It led this clone to choose a different path from the Doctor, reciprocate his love for Rose Tyler in his stead, and live a happy life in a parallel universe with her.However, the original Doctor also noticed the clone resembled his attitude right after coming out of the Time War, like the Ninth Doctor before mellowing out, and less qualms about killing his enemies. He left Meta-Crisis Ten in her care to help him overcome these dangerous qualities and satisfy her love for him that he couldn't provide as a Time Lord.
Played by: David Tennant (2008)
- Big Damn Kiss: Shares a very passionate one with Rose when he reveals that he really loves her, which the Tenth Doctor could not say, because Rose would never leave his side and he would outlive her.
- Chekhov's Boomerang:
- The Doctor's hand was involved in a great deal of important events before it finally turned into him.
- The regeneration used to create him becomes important later on in "The Time of the Doctor", when it turns out that, because of this, the Eleventh Doctor is actually the thirteenth and the last regeneration of his first cycle.
- Cloning Blues: Averted. He has no angst at all over being a clone. He doesn't even care that he's half human. Nor does he have "I'm not real!" sort of blues. "I am the Doctor."
- Composite Character: Wears Ten's suit and shoes, has Donna's characteristics stacked against Ten's, and resembles Nine, also wearing a plain, collar-less shirt without buttons or a tie to go with it, similar to Nine's habit of wearing stripped down attire and simple V-neck sweaters.
- Darker and Edgier: With respect to the Tenth Doctor he's much more unhinged and definitely less apprehensive about murder.
- I Did What I Had to Do: The Daleks had nearly destroyed the Universe, and if he left them around, even without a reality bomb they could still destroy the cosmos. He explictly points this out before flipping the switch.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Not only does he look just like Ten, he has all of Ten's memories, experiences, thoughts and feelings.
- Fanfic Magnet: For Rose x Ten shippers.
- Fanservice: Born from an unclothed hand, he's naked right off the bat when it grows into a complete body.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Part Human part Time Lord.
- Happily Ever After: With Rose in exchange for the original Ten because he gets to grow old with the woman he loves.
- Love Confession: Implied and confirmed to tell Rose "I love you" in an inaudible whisper in her ear, triggering a kiss.
- Naked on Arrival:Donna: It's you!
Meta-Ten: Oh, yes!
Donna: ... You're naked.
Meta-Ten: Oh, yes.
- Other Me Annoys Me: Ten makes it very clear his clone's creation was against his wishes after seeing him off millions of Daleks with the flick of a switch. This hits way too close to home and Ten is furious.Ten: Because we saved the universe, but at a cost. And the cost is him. He destroyed the Daleks. He committed genocide. He's too dangerous to be left on his own.
Meta-Ten: [accusingly] You made me.
Ten: Exactly. You were born in battle, full of blood and anger and revenge. Remind you of someone? That's me, when we first met. And you made me better. Now you can do the same for him.
Rose: But he's not you.
Ten: He needs you. That's very me.
- The Slow Path: One reason Ten left the Meta-Crisis Doctor with Rose; no advanced age or regenerations and no TARDIS.
- The Unfettered: The other reason Ten left his clone with Rose. He casually committed genocide on the Daleks. While Ten had his own moral code and wouldn't resort to killing unless it was absolutely necessary, Meta-Crisis immediately acted to blow the Daleks up. This scared Ten into wondering just how much terror he could bring to the universe if someone didn't reform him, so he decided Rose could do the trick.
Dorium Maldovar (Eleventh Doctor)
"No, not me! Not me! You don't need me! Why would you need me? I'm old, I'm fat, I'm blue! You can't need me!"Owner and operator of the Maldovarium, a commercial/black market outpost in the 52nd century, Dorium made a brief cameo in "The Pandorica Opens" before being recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run in "A Good Man Goes to War" to repay the Doctor's debt. He came back, post-mortem (sorta), in "The Wedding of River Song".
Played by: Simon Fisher-Becker (2010–11)
- Chekhov's Gunman: His first episode was a very brief cameo with nothing to indicate we'd ever see him again. In his second episode, he had a major role to play before he was beheaded. Later, it turns out his head still lives.
- Crazy-Prepared: He had a media chip implanted in his skull that allows him to wirelessly surf the internet. After he was beheaded by the Headless Monks, he claims that he's not bothered at his present state since the media chip keeps him entertained, and because the wi-fi down in the catacombs is frankly excellent!
- Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed, but he makes it clear that he finds their efforts to imprison a child to be excessive.
- Fat Bastard: Subverted. Cunning, cowardly, corrupt and corpulent he may be, but he's definitely on the Doctor's side.
- Friend in the Black Market: Gave River her Vortex Manipulator in "The Pandorica Opens". Fresh off the wrist of a handsome Time Agent.note
- Genre Blind: After he points out that the Headless Monks are chanting their "Attack Prayer", and after Rory points out that Dorium had just sold them out to the Doctor, Dorium wanders over to attempt peace negotiations. It doesn't work.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Averted. He makes it very clear that he only aided the army at Demon's Run because they threatened to kill him. He warned them against taking action because they didn't scare him half as much as the Doctor does.
- Losing Your Head: It was cut off by the Headless Monks.
- Lovable Coward:
- Freely admits this on Demon's Run — and it's this deeply-ingrained sense of self-preservation that lets him know the Doctor's victory was too easy.
- The quote where Dorium is absolutely terrified out of his mind? That wasn't his reaction to being confronted by a horde of hostile enemies... that was his reaction to the Doctor showing up to recruit him!
- Major Injury Underreaction: When re-encountered as a living head in a box, he briefly trolls the Doctor by pretending not to be aware of how bad his injuries were. He then admits not to being that bothered with his new state, since the media chip in his head and the excellent wi-fi in the catacombs lets him stay entertained.
- Oracular Head: After he is beheaded, his head is preserved in a box.
- Secret Keeper: He enthusiastically promises to keep the Doctor's secrets after learning that the Doctor didn't really die by Lake Silencio.
- Title Drop: Turns the show's occasional Running Gag into Arc Words. "Doctor who?"
Canton Everett Delaware III
Canton Everett Delaware III (Eleventh Doctor)
"Welcome to America."A former FBI agent, fired for wanting to get married before being rehired by President Richard Nixon to investigate a mysterious girl who calls Nixon no matter where he goes. Is teamed up with the Doctor for one story.
1969 Canton played by: Mark Sheppard (2011)
2011 Canton played by W. Morgan Sheppard (2011)
2011 Canton played by W. Morgan Sheppard (2011)
- Badass: A former FBI agent that strikes the first blow against the Silence for humanity, and also assists in the revolution against them.
- Badass Beard: As a retiree, chilling his heels at Lake Silencio which is a borderline eldritch location.
- Badass Gay: He tells Nixon he wants to get married to a black person. Nixon's unfazed until Canton elaborates that it's a black guy.
- Combat Pragmatist: Wisely shot one of the Silence when it started bragging how tough they were.
- Cool Old Guy: Older Canton is cool enough to be part of the Doctor's plan to thwart a fixed point in time without a Time Crash.
- Cool Shades: Wore a rather nice (and intimidating) pair during his faked executions of the Doctor's companions.
- Face–Heel Turn: In the time between "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon", he switched from Doctor-Ally to Doctor-Hunter. He's faking it.
- The Men in Black: During "Day of the Moon" he leads the FBI in their pursuit of the human alien who snuck into the President's room and his allies, then traps them inside a secret base. He's actually performing this role for said human alien against another form of alien.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Kicked out of the FBI for wanting (in the 60s) to be able to get married to someone who was black... and a man.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: A Silence is bragging about how tough his speices is and how humanity is nothing but chattle to them, and Delaware just shoots him.
- Spiritual Successor: To Jack Harkness. Both are rogue-ish, non-hetero, wisecracking, gun-toting guys with American accents who are steadfastly on the Doctor's side.
- The Stoic: To the point of having Nerves of Steel. He gets a brief moment of wonder when he sees how the T.A.R.D.I.S is bigger on the inside but quickly accepts it and compliments the Doctor's "wheels". The Silence never bothered them.
- Straight Gay: He's gay, which is why he had to leave the service. Not that you'd know from looking since there were more important things going on at the time.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The Doctor considered him trustworthy enough to ensure his body is disposed of following his faked death, but after his first appearance he is never seen nor mentioned again.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: He firmly believes in this method. See a Silence? Shoot while it brags.
The Paternoster Gang
The Paternoster GangA trio of misfits in Victorian London who assist the Doctor in his Eleventh and Twelfth incarantions. Since their introduction in A Good Man Goes to War, they have become very popular, with many fans demanding a spin-off.Tropes about the Paternoster Gang in general:
- Lovely Angels: Jenny and Vastra. Even better, they're an Official Couple.Vastra: Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time. And this is my wife.
- Family of Choice: Vastra, Jenny and Strax's dynamic is that of a family, with Vastra and Jenny being the parents and Strax the child. This is especially evident in The Crimson Horror, where Vastra scolds Strax for acting overexcited and asks he he's been eating too much sherbet. Strax acts like a misbehaving child being told off by his mother.
- True Companions: To each other, as well as to the Doctor. The Doctor undertakes great personal risk in The Name of the Doctor to save Vastra, Jenny and Strax, saying that they were there for him after he lost Amy and Rory. In "Deep Breath", they also look after the Doctor after his traumatic regeneration.
- Two Girls and a Guy: Jenny and Vastra are the two girls, and Strax is the guy (which is kind of a given for a Sontaran).
Madame Vastra (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
"Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife."Vastra is a Silurian warrior living in Victorian London as a detective with her human maidservant, lover, and eventual wife, Jenny. They were recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run. After that, Strax came to live with them as their butler, and the Doctor spends quite a lot of time with them. Vastra apparently knows the Doctor very well from offscreen encounters.
Played by: Neve McIntosh (2011–)
- All There in the Manual: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 contains 4 pages worth of Victorian newspaper articles and letters from Vastra hinting at how she first met the Doctor and Jenny, as well as some adventures Vastra and Jenny have had independent of each other. Apparently, she was even part of Henry Gordon Jago's theatre shows for a bit.
- Clueless Detective: In regards to the Great Intelligence, despite the Doctor's explanation to the point she thinks the Great Intelligence possessed Dr. Simeon instead of being his subconscious mind. (Though the Doctor was being vague about how the snow was a parasite and neglected to mention that the alien snow naturally had no mind and how the Great Intelligence was Simeon's subconciousness).
- Covert Pervert: She tries to invite Clara to remove her clothes.
- Crazy-Prepared: She sent Clara a letter containing a candle that would release a sedative when burned. Knowing that Clara wouldn't light it, she also coated the letter itself with the sedative.
- Deadpan Snarker: Vastra can get quite deadpan at times.Strax: I'm not an expert on alien species. ...but you're both woman ones aren't you?
Vastra: It has been noted.
- Does Not Like Men: Assumes Clara is upset at the Doctor's change only because she wanted pretty Matt Smith, and clarifies that humans are "apes", men are just monkeys.
- Fantastic Racism: Vastra isn't exactly fond of "apes", which causes the occasional argument with her wife, and she really doesn't like the standards of Victorian London.
- Great Detective: The inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The season 34 opener reveals she has a leather outfit similar to Jenny's.
- Hero of Another Story: Most of her adventures are off-screen; the Paternoster gang even has its own comics run in Doctor Who Magazine.
- Hugh Mann: Really isn't trying. She takes off her veil quite often, and explains to anyone who asks her background. The fact that she has to disguise herself at all annoys her greatly.
- Interspecies Romance: Silurian (pre-historic humanoid dinosaur) and human.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Vastra uses a katana in battle.
- Lady of Adventure: She's got lots of adventures of her own under her belt, to the point of being the original inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Likes to conform to Victorian standards of female dress in non-violent situations.
- Living Relic: She comes from the era the Silurians were Earth's dominant species, about 65 million years ago, and is the only Silurian known to be awake in the Victorian period.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She and Jenny are married crime-fighting serial-killer-hunting katana-wielding Victorian interspecies lesbians. Vastra herself is a Victorian, Silurian, katana-wielding, human-eating, crimefighter.
- Noble Bigot: Vastra, who frequently criticises "apes" and has eaten them (off-screen), despite being married to one. Jenny just rolls with it.
- Official Couple: With Jenny, to whom she is married.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: For the audience at least, her veil is very transparent.
- Perception Filter: Her veil has one.
- Power Perversion Potential: "I don't know why you put up with me." Cue the six-foot long tongue...
- Retired Monster: Vastra was hunting workmen on the London Underground when the Doctor first met her.
- Son of an Ape: Calls humans "apes" a lot. She also uses "monkey" as a male-specific insult.
- To Serve Man: Vastra ate Jack the Ripper and was preying on workmen in the London Underground before the Doctor made her stop, as mentioned above. We don't know if she routinely does this anymore, or if Jenny joins in at all.
- Troll: Asks Jenny to pose in her underwear (as near as naked as makes no difference for Victorians) under the pretences of painting a portrait. Once Jenny cottons on that this isn't true, Vastra asks her to keep posing.
- Weirdness Censor: Many seem to assume that Vastra and Strax suffer from some kind of skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! Then again, they do live in Victorian London.
Jenny Flint (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
- Played by: Catrin Stewart (2011–)
- Action Girl: With a katana.
- Badass: Jenny has shown to be very capable of defending herself in a fight.
- Battle Butler: She poses as Vastra's maid, although both are aware that Victorian society is only accepting the cover story out of politeness.
- Battle Couple: With Vastra.
- Beauty Mark: On her cheek.
- Beware the Nice Ones: "Deep Breath" shows some cracks in her relationship with Vastra, as while she loves her she's not always happy about being the submissive one.
- Disney Death: In The Name of the Doctor, she "dies" just long enough to freak out Vastra (and the fans) before Strax restarts her heart.
- Fantastically Indifferent: The obvious aside, she seems to have an almost distressingly blasé attitude towards her wife's... unique palate. Granted, her meals usually consist of criminals, but still...
- Gayngst: Jenny was ostracized by her family over "preferences in companionship". She's rolled with it.
- Happily Married: To Vastra.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Jenny's black-leather Spy Catsuit, which she has been seen to wear under more usual clothing.
- Hero of Another Story: Vastra being the "real life" Sherlock, Jenny is the inspiration for John Watson.
- Insistent Terminology: Addresses her wife simply as "Madame", and only occasionally as "Vastra".
- Interspecies Romance: With Vastra.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields one expertly.
- Lady of Adventure: Detective.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Likes to conform to Victorian standards of female dress in non-violent situations, but wears more sensible combat gear underneath.
- Master of Unlocking: Seems to be very skilled at lockpicking in "The Crimson Horror". The Doctor even compliments her lockpicking skills.
- Nice Girl: Her friendly and kind demeanour set her apart from the aloof Vastra and psychotic Strax.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She and Vastra are married crime-fighting serial-killer-hunting katana-wielding Victorian interspecies lesbians.
- Official Couple: With Vastra.
- One Steve Limit: Jenny is not the same character as the Doctor's daughter.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Jenny usually wears either her Spy Catsuit or clothes suitable to a Victorian-era maid and pins her hair up. But in "Deep Breath", she has a scene where she's only wearing her underclothes and has her hair down; the difference this makes to her appearance is quite surprising.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Fits the trope perfectly.
- Spy Catsuit: Sometimes wears one in combat situations.
- Submissive Badass: Jenny is happy to call her wife "Madame", curtsy for her, and so on, although she does point out that she's not actually a servant and would like Vastra to do more work around the house. She can also kick ass and take names in combat, and is a fantastic detective.
- Those Two Girls: With Vastra.
- Waistcoat of Style: Wears one beautifully.
- The Watson: The original Watson who allegedly inspired Sir Conan Doyle's stories.
Strax (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
"Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated. May I take your coat?"Strax was, at one time, a Commander in the Sontaran army, but was demoted to the status of nurse. At some point he encountered the Doctor and the two began an Odd Friendship, leading Strax to participate in the Battle of Demon's Run, where he was killed (or, perhaps, simply fainted). The Doctor managed to get Strax brought Back from the Dead (although he Came Back Wrong a bit), and he began living with Vastra and Jenny in Victorian London.
Played By: Dan Starkey (2011–)
- Accent On The Wrong Syllable: His appearance at Monster's Day Out was in Cahrrdeef.
- Affably Evil: Not evil per se, but he frequently remarks to people that he hopes to one day kill them for the glory of the Sontaran Empire. Note that this is a compliment from a Sontaran's perspective.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Given that no other Sontaran acts like Strax, one does start to wonder. This gets much more pronounced after he "died" in his first appearance, which changed his personality quite a bit.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Strax's first, second, and third choice for any situation.
- Ax-Crazy: His first instinct for any approach is to attack, kill, or destroy.Jenny: It's beautiful.
Strax: Shall I destroy it?
Vastra: Shut up Strax.
- Back from the Dead: We see Vastra and Jenny fixing him up in the "Two Days Later" mini-sode, where it's stated that he actually fainted instead.
- Badass Adorable: Whenever he is excited to go into battle, he becomes this.
- Bad Boss: Has a tendency to "execute" horses for failure, especially when he's hungry.
- Bar Brawl: His idea of a fun weekend off is getting into one of these with a Violent Glaswegian.
- Battle Butler: Now serves this role to Vastra and Jenny. He's got the battle down, and he's trying hard on the butler part.
- Bizarre Alien Sexes: Hailing from a monosex clone-race, "two genders is a bit further than he can count". He defaults to male pronouns to comic effect, even when he's making an effort.Strax: I'm not an expert on alien species, but you're both...woman-ones, aren't you?
Vastra: It has been noted.
Strax: Don't you need a man-one?
- Blood Knight: He is a Sontaran, after all. He was excited to be recruited for the Battle of Demons Run.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- He declared war on the Moon, having determined that it had been over them far too long and had gained a tactical advantage. When informed that the Moon was uninhabited, he merely insisted that that just meant that now is the best time to strike because "They'll never see it coming!"
- He executed three horses in a week, because he believed they failed their missions. And he was implied to have eaten them, too. (He gets prevented from executing a fourth.)
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Turns out he was right about something living on the moon.
- Combat Medic: A Sontaran Nurse.
- The Comically Serious: Strax says pretty much everything in the most serious fashion a Sontaran can manage.
- Death Seeker: He finds the glorious Sontaran death is a bit less pleasant than he expected. After being fixed up, he initially insists that he's most sincerely dead and they should leave him.
- Disney Death: He "died" at the Battle of Demon's Run.
- The Ditz: The Doctor suggested that he Came Back Wrong, though part of his apparent ditziness may be because he's a Sontaran trying to fit in Victorian London.
- Fate Worse Than Death: For a Sontaran, being forced to save lives is one of the greatest shames imaginable.
- Foil: To Rory, who is a nurse-turned-warrior, while Strax is a warrior-turned-nurse. Also as Vastra and Jenny's butler.
- Friend to All Children: His appearance at Monster's Day Out taking questions from a group of little children.
- Genius Ditz: Still retains his medical and combat knowledge after he Came Back Wrong.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He is, like all Sontarans, extremely quick to violence, but he means well enough and his antics are Played for Laughs.
- Humiliation Conga: For a once-mighty warrior general, being demoted to Nurse and having to help the weak and sickly is the worst humiliation imaginable.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's probably one of the most likeable guys who will ever threaten to melt you with acid.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sontarans can be violent and brutish, but this one's the Doctor's friend. Plus he offered to breast-feed Amy and Rory's baby. He can produce magnificent quantities of lactic fluid!
- Literal-Minded: As Clara finds out, Strax has issues with metaphor and euphemism. And surprisingly good aim with a newspaper. This one isn't unique to Strax, however, as other Sontarans have shown confusion over human slang before.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He prefaces the cinema version of "The Day of the Doctor", warning viewers that texting or unauthorized filming will be punished severely but popcorn is a-okay. "Remember - popcorn can feel pain!"
- Mr. Seahorse: He's not technically got a gender, but mentions undergoing gene-splicing to allow him to produce breast milk.
- Mood Whiplash: He provides this gem from The Snowmen.Strax: Do not attempt to escape, or you will be obliterated! (politely) May I take your coat?
- Noodle Implements: Some of the weapons Strax will inevitably suggest using at the nearest opportunity sound ridiculously overpowered or just flat-out insane.
- OOC Is Serious Business: In "The Name of the Doctor", when the Great Intelligence attempts to rewrite the Doctor's entire timestream and remove his positive influence on the universe, Strax is briefly transformed into a psychopathic Sontaran Warrior (more so than usual) and even attempts to murder Madame Vastra because as a Silurian, she was "racially impure".
- Psychopathic Manchild: In The Crimson Horror, Vastra scolds him for acting overexcited. Strax goes outside to play with his grenades.
- Psycho Sidekick: The only reason why he isn't trying to conquer Earth is because he sees Vastra, Jenny and the Doctor as his superiors and works towards their objectives.
- Running Gag: Several. His inability to distinguish between genders, his fondness for violence, his poor grasp of human behaviour, and his habit of suggesting attacks with multiple ludicrous weapons. With these weapons, acid seems to be a favourite option of his, given how often he suggests using it.
- Stout Strength: Can throw a newspaper hard enough to knock someone over.
- Sweet Tooth: He apparently gets into Jenny's Sherbert Fancies from time to time.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: In "The Crimson Horror", he grumbles that Madame Vastra never lets him use his grenades.
- Token Evil Teammate: He is a Sontaran after all, albeit one reduced to the status of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. His suggested solutions to problems are usually horrifically violent and can't help but include death threats in his daily discourse. He also apparently murders a horse every couple of days for "failing its mission".
- Violent Glaswegian: He isn't one, but Strax seems to feel more of a kinship with them than any other humans. Whenever he has a day off, he travels to Glasgow for the express purpose of getting in bar fights.
- Weirdness Censor: Like Vastra, many seem to assume that Strax suffers from some skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! It helps that Strax spends most of his time in London and Glasgow.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers the Doctor a worthy enemy of the Sontarans, though he prefers some incarnations over others. Six is his personal favourite, Three gets singled out for his super-spy heroics, and he despises Ten for humiliating his clone batch.
The Teselecta (Eleventh Doctor)
- Played by: Various actors (2011)
- Back for the Finale: Their second appearance is in the finale of Series 6.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They provide the means for the Doctor to avoid his Fixed Point in Time death at lake Silencio.
- A God Am I: The Doctor accuses them of having a God complex.The Doctor: "Give them Hell?" I'd say, who do you think you are? But I already know the answer!
- Have a Nice Death: The Antibodies would like you to remain calm while your life is extracted. You will experience a slight tingling sensation and then death.
- Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: The crew of the Teselecta operates on this rule. They target war criminals throughout history, particularly those who were outright Karma Houdinis or committed suicide (like Hitler) before they could be brought to justice. They replace the original with a duplicate near the end of their timeline, and "give [the originals] hell". In Hitler's case they mistakenly did this too early, and would've left him alone (for the time being) had the TARDIS not appeared when it did.
- Hero with an F in Good: Their justice consists of "giving hell" to horrible people at the end of their lives, which the Doctor labels a god complex. They also seem to be rather inept, considering they went to all the trouble of breaking into Hitler's office, and only realised they were years too early moments before taking action. There's also the time they made Rasputin green.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Amy saves River from the Teselecta by shorting out all the devices that make the Antibodies leave them alone, forcing them to teleport away when they can't shut the Antibodies down quickly enough.
- Karma Houdini:
- The crew of the Teselecta aims to prevent this, by travelling to the end of said person's timeline… and killing them painfully.
- They become Karma Houdinis themselves, in that they are forced to teleport away before the Doctor has time to do to them what he usually does to people who try to justify torture.
- Loony Fan: Heavily implied to be one to the Doctor. It's indicated in "The Wedding of River Song" that they are somewhat aware of this. The Captain even acknowledges that, no matter what the Doctor may feel about their actions, they at least try to follow his example and act as champions of law and order throughout time.
- Misaimed Fandom (In-Universe): It's strongly suggested that it was the Doctor who inspired the Department of Justice to travel through time punishing villains.
- Mobile-Suit Human: The Teselecta is actually a shape-changing robot piloted by humans miniaturized via technology.
- Shout-Out: A robot that appears human (and can mimic appearances) from the future traveling back in time to assassinate persons from the past.
- Shrink Ray: How the people piloting it go in it. Also how they dispose of the people they're copying.
- Time Police: The "Department of Justice" organisation behind the Teselecta operates in the time stream, punishing war criminals that escape justice in their lifetime.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: The Doctor is not happy that he inspired the Teselecta's crew on their murderous mission through time.
Madge Arwell (Eleventh Doctor)
"I'm looking for my children!"A housewife and mother of two in wartime England, on Christmas, 1938, she helped out the Doctor after he'd just saved the planet from an alien invasion. Three years later, she's trying to hide from her children that their father, an RAF pilot, has gone missing over the English Channel shortly before Christmas when the Doctor takes her and her family on a Christmas adventure where she shows how fantastically Badass Normal she is.
Played by: Claire Skinner (2011)
- Blitz Evacuees: Her and her children.
- Chekhov's Skill: Madge is able to drive the robotic walker to the lighthouse because the control panel resembles that of a plane, which Reg taught her to fly once.
- Clarke's Third Law: Subverted by Madge, who cons the workers into putting down their guns by fooling them into thinking she's overcome by the futuristic and alien setting.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Madge comes across as a bit of one.
- Happily Married: To Reg.
- Her Heart Will Go On: At first.
- Mama Bear: Like so.Head Soldier: There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.
Madge: I'm looking for my children.
Head Soldier: [suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot]
- The Power of Love: How Madge flies the forest through the time vortex, and gets her husband home.
- Spoof Aesop: "Cyril! What have I told you about opening your presents early? Something like this was bound to happen."
- Stalking Is Love: Reg kept following Madge home until she agreed to marry him. She didn't want to cause a scene. Of course, she really loves him and it all had very little to do with the following home part.
- Tempting Fate: Madge, upon seeing Reg reading about the war looming in the paper:Madge: Not the war again... People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! Then where would you be? [most tragic Gilligan Cut ever]
- Took a Level in Badass: Even before Madge takes over the Humongous Mecha to save her children, she pulls a gun on her three interrogators. "Crying's so useful, isn't it?"
- Women Are Wiser: The tree people have a magic crown that, when somebody wears on their head, allows them to absorb the forest's life force. It rejects Cyril and the Doctor, works slightly for Lily, and completely works for Madge, as the tree people consider her the 'mothership'.
- Women Drivers: Madge seems to bump into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a Humongous Mecha; the Doctor calls it a total write out. She does pretty well at traversing the time vortex but accidentally goes a few months early.
Brian Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
- Played By: Mark Williams (2012)
- Allergic to Routine:
- Averted, he went four days in the TARDIS apparently staring at a blank black cube and then went on a year of scheduled cube watching simply because the Doctor told him to!
- Rory claims that the furthest his dad ever ventures is to the post-office, however after meeting the Doctor and seeing that The World Is Just Awesome, Brian gets inspired to begin globe-trotting. Even then he sends regular post cards.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When piloting a Silurian ship with his son.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He packs a trowel in case he needs it to repair a lightbulb and honestly didn't appear to notice until the Doctor pointed it out that he'd spent over four days in the TARDIS simply watching a black cube!
- Cool Old Guy: He's not old per se, but nonetheless, the Doctor considers Rory's dad to be utterly awesome and even offers him a spot on the TARDIS if he wants to come along.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a trowel with him, despite coming over to change a lightbulb. Rory does the same thing with medical supplies.Rory: It's all about the pockets in our family.
- The Determinator: In "The Power of Three", he spent an entire year watching the Cubes, day and night, even when everyone else had given up, simply because the Doctor told him to!
- Like Father, Like Son: He's an Unfazed Everyman and Deadpan Snarker and occasionally gives the Doctor a much needed What the Hell, Hero? speech. He's Rory's dad. Yeah, that definitely sounds right.
- The Maiden Name Debate: The Doctor insists on calling him "Brian Pond".
- Refusal of the Call: The Doctor invites him to become a companion, but Brian tells him he'd rather just stay home and experience regular modern-day Earth instead.
- Unfazed Everyman: A time machine materializes around him and drags him off to the future to explore a spaceship that has dinosaurs and robots, and he doesn't care. He's about a bathrobe short of being Arthur Dent proper.
- Walking the Earth: Rory mentions that the only time he goes anywhere is to the Post Office. However, after meeting the Doctor and seeing the Earth from orbit, he gained a love of travel and frequently sent postcards from across the globe informing his son and daughter-in-law that:Brian's Postcard: "I Am Here!"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. "P.S." reveals that Rory wrote a letter to his father, explaining that he and Amy had become stuck in the past and are, sadly, most likely long-dead by the present. Rory reassures Brian that despite this, they are happy, have had a good life and miss him. Finally, Rory hoped that his father would accept the American man who handed him the letter, as he's Brian's adopted grandson. He does.
- The World Is Just Awesome: While he turns down the offer of companionship, he does ask the Doctor for one favour, which is to watch the Earth from orbit, while he sits and eats his lunch. This inspires him to begin globe-trotting.
Angie and Artie Maitland
Angie and Artie Maitland (Eleventh Doctor)
- Played By: Eve De Leon Allen (Angie) and Kassius Carey Johnson (Artie) (2013)
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Angie.Angie: [to a Cyberman] Put me down! I hate you!
- Continuity Nod: Artie is a fan of Amy's novels.
- Hidden Depths: Angie is smarter and more perceptive than she lets on. She easily figures out that Porridge is really the human emperor.
- Jerkass: Angie. She insults the TARDIS, she whines that the future sucks because she can't use her phone, she leaves her brother in an unknown creepy place so she can rat out her host to the police etc.
- Little Miss Snarker: Angie
Cass (Eighth Doctor)
- Played by: Emma Campbell-Jones (2013)
- Armor-Piercing Question: In response to the Doctor telling Cass to "look on the bright side" as he's "not a Dalek":
- Badass Bandolier: And the Doctor inherits it from her.
- Nerves of Steel: Keeps reasonably calm in a crashing spaceship, unlike her crewmates, who were all screaming before she teleported them away.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She's onscreen for a matter of minutes. But eventually helps usher in Eight's death, and the birth of the War Doctor.
- You Monster!: She is not happy when she finds out her potential savior is a Time Lord, due to the current shit situation their war with the Daleks has left the universe in.Doctor: Well, look on the bright side; I'm not a Dalek!
Cass: Who can tell the difference anymore?
Ohila (Eighth and Twelfth Doctors)
- Played by: Clare Higgins (2013, 2015)
- The Conscience: Tries to be one for the Doctor in the absence of his companions, with variable success. Part of the reason she fails at this in "Hell Bent" is that she's chewing him out for 1) getting back at Rassilon and co. for trapping and torturing him, and 2) trying to save a companion, and having No Sympathy for how much he's suffered of late.
- Cryptic Conversation: Has one with Twelve in the prologue to Series 9.
- Everyone Has Standards: In "Hell Bent", she's disgusted that the Doctor chooses to overthrow and exile Rassilon and the High Council upon returning to Gallifrey instead of just coming to terms with them about the Time War and his recent imprisonment in the confession dial (calling him a Dirty Coward), and later running away from Gallifrey rather than facing her and the Time Lords over his desperate efforts to save Clara.Ohila: He's running away.
General: Where is he running to?
Ohila: Same place he always does: Away. Just... away.
- Fire Is Red: As keeper of the sacred flame, she always seen in a red robe.
- Internal Homage: Named after one of the classic series' Karn priestesses, Ohica.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She may be a jerk about it, but her point about the Doctor giving Clara false hope is spot-on.
- No Sympathy: As a detached immortal she does not understand Twelve's deep love for Clara, how much he has suffered from the Time Lords' betrayal, and how much torment he ultimately willingly went through in the confession dial — all in hopes of saving her. Thus, her and their What the Hell, Hero? speeches have no effect on him in "Hell Bent"; they condemn his actions as cruel and cowardly, yet offer no compassion or alternative ways of handling his pain.
- Really 700 Years Old: It's unknown how old she is, but she's older than the Doctor. ("Come out and face me boy!")
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech / What the Hell, Hero?: In "Hell Bent" she accuses Twelve of being a Dirty Coward by exiling Rassilon and co., and later berating him for breaking "every vow [he's] ever lived by" in trying to save Clara despite knowing he's risking the entire universe on a ploy that just won't work. They have no effect on him because she clearly doesn't understand how much he's suffered to get to that point nor how much he cares for/loves Clara. Also, given what she did to Eight, she's one to talk about him tossing his principles out the window as being a bad thing!
- Time Abyss: She's still around to drop in on Gallifrey four-and-a-half billion years in the future.
- We Used to Be Friends: Her relationship with the Doctor was a semi-friendly one — Twelve trusted her enough to leave his confession dial with her, but the events of "Hell Bent" have undoubtedly soured it.
- She brought the Eighth Doctor back from the dead so he could regenerate into a warrior and finally end the Time War.
- She seems to think that the Doctor bloodlessly overthrowing and exiling Rassilon and company once he escaped the confession dial was the act of a Dirty Coward who was too scared of them to try and deal with them in other ways — apparently seeing his torture, which was possibly solely to get information about the Hybrid out of him because they were scared of it, as understandable if not justified. She also doesn't seem to care that they are unrepentant war criminals. (Though an alternate interpretation suggests she thinks he's not being hard enough on them, given her scenes with Rassilon.)
- Wild Card: Sometimes she'll side with the Doctor, sometimes not — depends if she thinks he's being an idiot!
The Moment (War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
"How many children on Gallifrey, right now?"The Ultimate of Ultimate weapons. An ancient weapon of Gallifrey that was so sophisticated, it developed its own sentience and a conscience. Appears before the War Doctor, in the form of Bad Wolf (who, in turn, looked like future companion Rose Tyler), and offers him another option to end the Time War.
Played by: Billie Piper (2013)
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She takes the form of Rose Tyler in Bad Wolf mode, but this fails to have the intended effect because the War Doctor hadn't met Rose yet, as she has trouble differentiating past and future.
- All for Nothing: Toyed with. Technically speaking, her efforts to stop herself from being used actually fail. It's only because of Clara Oswald that the Doctor chooses to Take a Third Option, at which point the Doctor puts together some of the clues that the Moment had been giving him.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: A rare benevolent version: its sapience came with a respect for life, and thus she tries desperately to dissuade her potential users from activating her.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When she asks the Doctor how many children were on Gallifrey when he was planning on blowing it up.
- Call Forward / Call Back: Picked Rose's face to try and invoke a Call Back but got the past and future mixed up.
- The Chessmaster: Sets up a Batman Gambit across three of the Doctor's lives and hundreds of years of Earth history to give the Doctor a third option for ending the Time War
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Even for a sentient weapon of mass destruction she's a little bit... off.
- The Moment: No more! No more! (etc.)
- Deadpan Snarker:
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.The Moment: Stuck between a girl and a box... story of your life, eh Doctor?
- After the War Doctor replies that he's "the hero" come to save them all.The Moment: If I ever develop an ego, you've got the job.
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.
- Didn't See That Coming: The sudden arrival of the Doctor's fez legitimately catches her by surprise.
- Double Entendre: After preventing the War Doctor from touching the Moment by burning his hands;War Doctor: The interface is hot!
The Moment: Well I do my best.
- Eldritch Abomination / Humanoid Abomination: It's one of the more understated ones and yet probably the most powerful in the series. Never mind that it's a piece of mechanics complex enough to develop a consciousness, or that the Time Lord Council refers to it as The Galaxy Eater, throughout its only appearance it repeatedly and calmly punches holes in the Time Lock around the Time War. As a reminder, this is the same barrier that's strong enough to (mostly) seamlessly contain the full might of the Daleks, Time Lords, and every other Eldritch Abomination they brought with them.
- Empathic Weapon: A weapon of mass destruction (she could destroy galaxies) with a conscience.
- Final Solution: The Time Lords exhausted all of the forbidden weapons in their vault. Except this one.
- Guile Hero: Will use every manipulative trick in the book to stop from being used as a weapon, and destroying who-knows-how-many people (including taking the form of a close friend, or trying to, anyway).
- Interface with a Familiar Face: The Moment chose a form that was significant to the Doctor. Except it got a bit mixed up and instead chose one that will be significant to him because of course the Bad Wolf is from the Ninth Doctor's time, who came after the War Doctor.
- Internal Homage: Feels like one to previous anniversary story "Zagreus", where the TARDIS uses the forms of various companions and Doctors for recreations, and itself mainly uses the form of The Brigadier.
- Nice Girl: Weirdly enough. Half the problem with trying to use her; how do you use a weapon that doesn't want to kill?
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Only the War Doctor can see and hear her, but The Moment's big red button that can destroy Gallifrey is very real, indeed.
- Reality Warper: She can open time tunnels, pass through time locks, teleport and destroy galaxies with ease.
- Stealth Mentor: To the War Doctor, to give him the chance to Take a Third Option.
- Take a Third Option: A walking embodiment of the trope.
- Time Travel Tense Trouble: Much like Idris, she has a little trouble grasping which is past and future.
- Visual Pun: The Big Red Button to activate the weapon takes the form of a Rose petal.
"I'm only a humble curator, I'm sure I wouldn't know."From what is suggested on-screen, the Curator may be a much, much older incarnation of the Doctor following many regenerations. He chose to retire from his adventures through time and space, and become the curator of the National Gallery. He looks suspiciously familiar. (The Titan Comics expanded universe has since confirmed that the Curator is a future incarnation of the Doctor.)
Played by: Tom Baker (2013)
- Blatant Lies: While he skirts around the question of being a future incarnation of the Doctor and even claims not to be at one point, the Eleventh Doctor doesn't doubt that he's speaking to his future self for a second.
- Cool Old Guy: A very old man who may or may not be the Doctor and who's still as affable as ever.
- Cryptic Conversation: Again, he implies that he's one of The Doctor's regenerations but at the same time doesn't give anything definitive.
- Iconic Outfit: Averted, but not: even though he's "revisiting the old favorites" in terms of faces, he's seen without Tom Baker's trademark scarf. Word of God has it that he gave it to Osgood.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- Meaningful Name: In Latin, the name Curator stems from the verb curare, which means to take care of or to cure. In other words... a Doctor by yet another name.
- No Name Given: Just "The Curator".
- Retired Badass: Gave up saving the universe and settled down to become a simple museum curator on Earth. Just as Eleven mused he could do one day.
- Sequel Hook: He tells Eleven that Gallifrey was saved in "The Day of the Doctor", and encourages the Doctor to look for it. Which leads into the Myth Arc of Series 8 and 9.
- You Look Familiar: He has gone through enough regenerations that he started "revisiting old faces" (but only the favorites!). In this case, he looks like an older Fourth Doctor.Eleven: I never forget a face.
Curator: Oh, I know you don't. And in years to come, you might find yourself...revisiting a few. But just the old favorites.
- Visual Pun: Who knows? Who... nose.
- Wham Line: His introduction, startling the Eleventh Doctor with the same voice and features as his fourth incarnation.Eleven: I could retire and become the curator of this place.
Curator: You know, I really think you might.
- Wham Shot: When he shows his face, both Eleven and fans know that he is the Doctor because he's played by Tom Baker.
Handles (Eleventh Doctor)
"Attention. Information available. You must patch the telephone device back through the console unit."A mysteriously acquired Cyberman head from the Maldovar Markets that the Doctor has during the Doctor's extended stay in the town of Christmas.
Voiced by: Kayvan Novak (2013)
- Brain in a Jar: Averted, as the organic components have rotted away.
- Companion Cube: During the Doctor's stay in Christmas, Handles becomes like a cherished pet akin to Wilson. It's a real heart-render when time finally takes him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: Due to an extended time without an maintenance, he stops functioning in the Doctor's arms.
- Glasgow Grin: Cracks in his mouthpiece resemble one. Even so, he's just as emotionless as any other Cyberman.
- Internal Homage: Not the first time that the Doctor has had a robot sidekick... Though Handles is in no way as autonomous as K-9.
- Literal-Minded: When the Doctor asks him (rhetorically) to give him a reminder, he does so a few seconds later. When he then asks him to pick a random time interval and remind him then, he waits several hundred years.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever the events were that led to the Doctor owning a relatively friendly Cyberman head. The first we see of Handles is him hooked into the TARDIS console, helping the Doctor find information.
- Oracular Head: He figures out that Gallifrey is appearing on Trenzalore before the Doctor.
- Robot Buddy: A cyberman head working with the Doctor in this particular Christmas special.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: The Twelfth Doctor still remembers Handles while he is in his post-regenerative state of confusion/madness. There's a bit of a problem, though: for a few minutes, he thinks that Clara is Handles and when she protests, he bemoans what has become of Handles after being such a cute little robot head.
Tasha Lem (Eleventh Doctor)
"I'm not interested in changing history, Doctor. I want to change the future."The Mother Superious of the Church of the Papal Mainframe, an intergalactic organization which eventually attempted to prevent the Time War from erupting once more between the Doctor and his age-old enemies. Although she was first introduced in the 2013 Christmas special "The Time of the Doctor", she and the Doctor apparently have an extensive offscreen history. Also Madame Kovarian's ex-wife, according to Word of God.
Played by: Orla Brady (2013)
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Has one with the Doctor, the origins and details of which little is yet to be said.Clara: Boss of the Psycho Space Nuns. So you.
- Bi the Way: Was married to Madame Kovarian at some point, according to Steven Moffat, although this isn't mentioned in-series.
- Church Militant: Heads the Papal Mainframe, later to be known by the more ominous title Order of the Silence.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Her exposition of the Papal Mainframe's battle with the Daleks eventually results to The Reveal that she and almost everyone in the Papal Mainframe have been converted into Dalek puppet units.Tasha: I tried. I died in this room screaming your name. [beat] Oh. I died. It's funny the things that slip your mind.
- Meaningful Name: (Na)Tasha is a Russian name from the Latin for "birth", traditionally given to girls born on or near Christmas. Which is an appropriate name for a character appearing in a Christmas Episode set largely in a town named "Christmas".
- New Old Flame: Little to no buildup about her existence, and yet appears to have been very involved in the Doctor's past.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Her conversion of the Papal Mainframe into the Order of the Silence basically gave rise to all the problems the Eleventh Doctor was facing for most of Series 5-6. Although considering it's results, (i.e. the Kovarian faction engineering the very cracks through which Gallifrey was able to contact the Doctor and grant him his new regeneration cycle, and the existence of River Song), it was Nice Job Fixing It, Villain as well.
- Pet the Dog: Near the end of the Eleventh Doctor's life waging a (now)-700 years war, she pilots the TARDIS in order to fetch Clara back to comfort him. This ends up being just what was needed to save the day.
- Rasputinian Death: Implied with her initial defeat by the Daleks.Dalek: Information concerning the Doctor was harvested from the cadaver of Tasha Lem.
The Doctor: Bet she never told you how to break the Trenzalore force field though. She'd have died first.
Dalek: Several times.
- Really 700 Years Old: According to the Doctor, she's "against" ageing.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: For River Song: Apart from being Mother Superious and being converted into a Dalek puppet, pretty much every line of dialogue could easily have been spoken by River. She can even fly the TARDIS, and is referred to by the Doctor as having battled the "psychopath" inside her all her life, much like River. There's even River-style sexual innuendo (and the suggestion that they were actually lovers at one point) thrown into the mix. This even led to speculation that this was River, her jacking into the Papal Mainframe granting her one more regeneration.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Tasha Lem is too strong-willed to be fully converted into a Dalek puppet, just like Oswin Oswald.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite her history with the Doctor, she out and out goes against him (in a neutral capacity, that is) between his standstill with all of Gallifrey's enemies, in order to prevent the Time War from beginning anew.
Danny Pink (Twelfth Doctor)
"I know men like him. I've served under them. They push you and make you stronger, till you're doing things you never thought you could. I saw you tonight. You did exactly what he told you. You weren't even scared. And you should have been."A maths teacher at Coal Hill School, along with Clara Oswald. He is a former soldier who has trouble re-adjusting to regular civilian life. Danny is friendly, observant, outgoing and completely Adorkable, and he and Clara hit it off quite quickly, though there were foot-in-mouth situations on both sides. Despite a disastrous first date, he and Clara become a couple. He eventually gets clued in to the Doctor, and Cock Fighting ensuses.
Played by: Samuel Anderson (2014), young Rupert played by Remi Gooding (2014)
- Adorkable: Extremely, in both a funny and serious way. When Clara notices by eavesdropping that he's angry at himself for being awkward in front of her, she warms up to him quickly and assures him he shouldn't feel embarrassed. When he asks her for a second date, he manages to get all the right words, but in the wrong order (because he was purposely trying to be "cool"). Clara's still eager to give him a chance, as she finds him charming and intelligent.
- Always Save the Girl: To quote Danny from "Last Christmas":"I died saving Clara, the rest of you just got lucky."
- Badass: Manages to keep his cool after Cyber-Conversion, despite his emotional inhibitor being inactive. Note that an inactive inhibitor was enough to completely destroy Cybermen in "The Age of Steel" and "Closing Time".
- Body Horror: When Cyberman/Danny takes off his mask we see he has Cybernetic implants drilled into his forehead and cheeks. Not only that his skin is drawn out and corpse like. That's not even thinking about what the rest of his body might look like.
- Beneath the Mask: He's a professional and cheery teacher in public, but while alone with Clara, he's more willing to show that he's a sensitive and vulnerable man who didn't always have a happy or lucky life.
- Berserk Button:
Danny: I dug 23 wells.Clara: I'm sorry?Danny: Twenty-three wells. When I was a soldier. Twenty-three!Clara: Okay. Good, good wells.Danny: Yeah they were good actually.Clara: I’m not doubting the quality of your wells.Danny: Whole villages saved. Actual towns, full of people. People I didn’t shoot. People I kept safe.Clara: Okay, point taken. Seriously.Danny: So why doesn’t that ever get mentioned?
- Danny does not react well to assumptions that soldiering is mostly about killing other people. Clara was innocently insensitive to him about this when they first met, but later realised she came across as sounding prejudiced. As he pointed out to her during their first date, he worked just as much on post-war reconstruction as he worked on fighting the odd insurgent group.
- He isn't too fond of officers either believing them to be Armchair Military. This is because when Danny was ordered to secure an enemy building, he accidentally killed an innocent child inside, while his comanding officer's hands remained "clean".
- The Doctor refusing to acknowledge even in front of Clara that Danny is a maths teacher, and insisting (albeit playfully) that he's no doubt just a PE teacher at most, is something that really annoys poor Pink. It's all the worse when you realise the Doctor is letting his odd prejudice against soldiers get the better of him and is blatantly dismissing soldiers as unintelligent grunts who only know how to take orders. This is a rare shared berserk button with Clara, who tries to stand at Danny's defence and calls the Doctor out on behaving like a jerk.
- Big Damn Kiss: Has a few with Clara, with either a funny or serious undertone to them. Their first kiss in "Listen" is gentle and careful. Both of them have just reconciled after having a series of mutual misunderstandings that evening. The kisses in "In the Forest of the Night" and "Last Christmas" play this straighter, but the former is interrupted a little by their amused pupils, and the latter occurs during their sad final farewell.
- Call Back: In "Death in Heaven", his heroic willpower allowing him to fight off a Cyberman conversion to preserve his humanity and protect Clara as much as he can, and his plea in "Last Christmas" that Clara remember him at least once a day, is reminescent of how Clara's doppelgänger Oswin fought off her Dalek reprogramming and tried to stay mentally human in "Asylum of the Daleks" and asked the Doctor to remember her. It's effectivelly a gender-flipped version.
- The Casanova: A few of the teachers call him "a real Ladykiller", despite his protests to the contrary. He just doesn't like to be called a killer in general.
- Character Death: Hit by a car and uploaded to the Nethersphere in 'Dark Water'.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was a complete orphan from a young age, and as an adult, he later had a traumatic experience while still employed as a professional soldier.
- Deadpan Snarker: Good enough to match the Doctor in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: An extremely mild version whenever he gets in the mood to address his pupils like soldiers. Mostly played for laughs, except in "Death in Heaven" when he uses the same tone to address the assembled Cybermen.
- Embarrassing First Name: Considered Rupert to be one. Thanks to the Doctor and Clara, he is inspired to change it to Danny. Clara's also tells kid!Danny, even before she realises it's really him, that Rupert isn't such a bad name.
- Famous Last Words: The last sentence of his speech in "Death in Heaven" is adressed to Clara.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Clara and the Doctor time traveled to his childhood and spoke with him at length but he doesn't remember this because The Doctor scrambled his memories of that night. At most, he remembers the dream the Doctor gave him about being "Dan the solider man".
- Friend to All Children: Seems to have a way with children, and puts them first in his list of priorities, a fact that Clara finds attractive. It's tied to the traumatic event back in his soldiering days when he accidentally killed an innocent boy. This eventually ties into the Must Make Amends entry.
- Heroic Vow: This is a promise! The promise of a soldier! You will sleep safe tonight.
- Heartwarming Orphan: He grew up in a children's home.
- Head Desk: His go-to response whenever something embarrassing happens.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice in "Death in Heaven". First, Danny sacrifices his Cyberman body to stop the clouds from destroying humanity. Second, he passes up his only chance to return from the Nethersphere so the boy that he killed can come back in his place, cementing him as Killed Off for Real.
- Heroic Willpower: Most people when confronted with their conversion into Cybermen usually self destruct out of sheer emotional horror. Danny manages to hold on despite the pain to use his Cyber upgrades to track down and rescue Clara. As well as stay in control long enough to ask for her help.
- Insecure Love Interest: Both him and Clara are this to each other. In Danny's case, it's his hidden anguish over a mistake he did while still a professional soldier. In Clara's case, it's her decision to withhold certain things from him or tell him white lies, because she wants to avoid him fearing over her too much, or getting into danger with her and the Doctor. Then there's also the fact that both are somewhat socially awkward heroes, orphans, and can be a bit quick to anger. It doesn't help that the episodes clearly place Danny in a position of being in direct competition with a 2000-year-old Time Lord.
- Ironic Nickname: Called a "Lady Killer" by fellow teachers. He really isn't.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even if his relationship with Clara is not always easy, he does genuinely care for her safety and happiness. To the point that, in "Dark Water", he's fully willing to avoid/sabotage a potential reunion with her, because he's worried it could play into enemy's plans and endanger her life. Clara meets a dream version of Danny in "Last Christmas" and she finds it really hard to let go and would prefer to keep dreaming about their happy life together forever. Though Danny's enjoyed their final (imaginary) Christmas Eve with her, he comforts her gently and pleads that she wakes up and keeps living. She can't grieve forever, and as long as she remembers him once a day, for a few minutes, he'll be perfectly happy.
- Jumped at the Call: Averted. Danny outright refuses to become a companion and would prefer Clara likewise no longer travel with the Doctor - though, to his credit, he pushes for Clara to make up her own mind on that.
- Knight in Sour Armor: It's best displayed in "In the Forest of the Night", when Clara is surprised Danny still isn't amazed by the TARDIS' capability to travel through space and time and see incredible wonders. Danny explains to her that, having lived through certain things, he's perfectly content with the little wonders of mundane life and cherishes them even more than all the unusual adventures he could have had.
- Must Make Amends: What fuels his decision to give the boy he accidentally killed another chance at living, trading it for his own opportunity to return and be happily reuinted with Clara. It's implied that even if he chose the latter option, the guilt over killing that child would still haunt him for the rest of his life, and he'd never be entirely happy anyway. So he does the more humane thing, though he knows all too well this will prevent him from seeing Clara again.
- Never My Fault: Averted, while he does take full responsibility for accidentally killing a child, he clearly resents the officer who sent him to attack that building in the first place.
- Nice Guy: He might have deep qualms about some traumatic experiences from his past, but he's a very nice and polite person. Though he grew outright upset about Clara's behaviour on one or two occassions, he's very forgiving and prefers to approach matters with a cool head.
- Not So Different: Danny suggests this is precisely why the Doctor doesn't like him, as he can see that they're both soldiers, but Danny was a grunt, and the Doctor was "an officer". Ironically, they are both victims of PTSD from war; the Doctor is still haunted by what he did in the Time War, and Danny is haunted by the child he accidentally killed. This makes their slight antagonism towards each other rather tragic, since they could have probably bonded over their war-weariness under better circumstances.
- Official Couple: With Clara in Series 8. It's something of a dramedy example, as they have plenty of funny and awkward, but also genuinely sweet and touching moments while they try to overcome their differences and understand each other.
- One Head Taller: From Clara and rather obvious, given what a short lady she is.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Clara learns in "Listen", much to her surprise, that he grew up in a children's home. She's noticeably more considerate and less snarky towards him after learning about this part of his past. Though even before she realises the little boy is really him, she attempts her best to make him stop fearing monsters from under the bed.
- Plot-Triggering Death: In "Dark Water", he dies and so Clara seeks out the afterlife to find him. This leads to Missy's Evil Plan.
- The Power of Love: His love for Clara and loyalty to her is part of what fuels his Heroic Willpower in the Series 8 finale. He's an ordinary guy, but even in the face of his own iminent, irreversible death, he doesn't give up on his loved ones.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Openly defies the idea. Even the good-natured mention of him being a "lady killer" makes him feel wary. He was a soldier and fought like any other, but he didn't become a soldier because of thrill-seeking or wanting to kill people, but because he saw it as a duty to protect others. Though a shell shocked veteran, he's also a considerate, responsible and kind-hearted person, even after all the bad things he had to experience in his life. In the Series 8 finale, even the Doctor acknowledges Danny's bravery and loyalty to protecting others from harm, and Danny's last words to Clara outright state that his heroic sacrifice is so that her and the other people in danger will be saved.
- Refusal of the Call: He has no desire to see what life is like in the TARDIS, not even once. After all he's been through, he's simply content with valuing a mundane life for better or worse, though he doesn't doubt there are wonderful things to see out there in the universe. That said, in both "The Caretaker" and "Death in Heaven" he has no problem being heroic when needed.
- Retired Badass: May no longer be in the military, but he is still apparently in top form, especially given his skilled flip over the killer robot in "The Caretaker". .
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's heavily implied from the get-go, as soon as we learn of his past career in the military. Whatever he experienced, it has left a traumatic mark on him, though one buried under his usual calm facade. In "Dark Water", we learn what the final straw was for him leaving the army.
- Single Tear: Sheds one when one of his students insenstively asks if Danny ever killed anyone who was not a soldier.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Just like Clara, Danny's confident and professional on the surface, but in more personal situations, he can act really shy and awkward, if well-meaning. His conversations with Clara during their tense and rather botched dinner date in "Listen" come off as both endearing and tear-jerking. They both get over their mess-ups by the end of the episode and reconcile in a really tender, romantic moment.
- That Came Out Wrong: His first meeting with Clara would have been Meet Cute if both of them didn't fall to this trope instead. Their first real date also goes down badly, but they are both very forgiving and gradually grow closer.
- That Man Is Dead: As said by Cyberman Danny in the season finale, Danny Pink is dead..
- Tragic Mistake: Gets hit by a car while crossing the road and dies due to his injuries. While on the phone with Clara, who was apparently trying to tell him she'll quit travelling in the TARDIS and stay with him. Ouch ! A day or two later, we see a completely distraught Clara lampshading the nature of his unceremonious death to her grandmother.Gran: You know what you should do? You should cry. Let go.Clara: Of what?Gran: It’s a terrible thing. Just a terrible terrible thing.Clara: It wasn’t terrible.Gran: Clara?Clara (completely numb): It was boring.Gran: Boring?Clara: It was ordinary. People just kept walking with their iPods and their shopping bags. He was alive and then he was dead and it was nothing. Like stepping off a bus.
- Undying Loyalty: He's very responsible when it comes to looking after his pupils, and he's deeply, lovingly loyal to Clara even when he has misgivings about her occassional odd behaviour.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Averted. The other love interests of companions - Mickey and Rory - after an intial period of restenment and frostiness eventually ended up earning the respect and friendship of the Doctor. Danny and the Doctor never fully warmed up to each other, possibly due to friction regarding their military pasts. Danny dying didn't improve their relationship either. By "Last Christmas", they treat each other respectfully, even if they're not friends; it must be pointed out, however, that in that final example Danny exists only as a dream within Clara's mind. Therefore, the interaction between the Doctor and Danny in "Last Christmas" reflects what Clara would have wished they'd have been like in real life.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Danny does this to both Clara and The Doctor; Clara for lying to him repeatedly and trying to pass off the incident with the killer alien robot as a "school play", and The Doctor for seemingly treating the whole thing casually and endangering Clara.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Clara wonders where he got it. He claims it comes from having "One really bad day.". When we learn why he ended his career in the military, we realise what happened on that day.
Courtney Woods (Twelfth Doctor)
"I'm a disruptive influence."A "disruptive" schoolgirl at Coal Hill School, who quickly sees through the Doctor's masquerade as caretaker and gets invited aboard the TARDIS.
Played by: Ellis George (2014)
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Gets upset because the Doctor told her she wasn't "special", after she threw up on her first TARDIS trip. As a result, he drags her into a lethal future crisis in which she ends up partly responsible for the lives and moral status of everyone on Earth.
- Birds of a Feather: The Doctor is a always a bit of a rascal at heart - the Twelfth in particular - and this leads him to take a liking to someone as merrily mischievous and curious as Courtney fairly quick.
- Crazy-Prepared: After her first time in the TARDIS, she brings travel sickness medication to stop herself being spacesick, and disinfectant in case the medication doesn't work.
- Future Badass: According to the Doctor, she will be President of the United States someday, which is odd considering she's British. This means that she was a) born in the US and immigrated to Britain, b) has an American citizen for a parentnote , or c) that the law requiring US Presidents to be born in the US will be repealed. (Or d) the Doctor was pulling Clara's leg about that.)
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her motivation for stepping back on the TARDIS is to be special.
- Improvised Weapon: When one of the creatures that overran the moonbase attacks her, she does some quick thinking and defeats it with a simple disinfectant spray.
- Informed Attribute: She's described as an outright delinquent, but is never seen doing anything worse than mouthing off.
- Jumped at the Call: Second New Who recurring character to basically force herself onto the TARDIS, and the first to do so on her first discovery of it.
- Naughty Is Good: Her proud self-definition as a "disruptive influence" causes the Twelfth Doctor to view her as a potential companion. He has an affinity with her because he was always quite the troublemaker himself.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Just one more student at Coal Hill school who jumps into the T.A.R.D.I.S.
- Our Presidents Are Different: As above, the Doctor claims that she somehow becomes President of the USA.
- Refusal of the Call: Implied. After the rather upsetting events of "Kill the Moon", Courtney is never seen aboard the TARDIS again.
- Shipper on Deck: She is implied to have graffitied the school with revelations about Clara's and Danny's relationship.
- Shout-Out: She cheekily paraphrases Neil Armstrong's famous quote with some placeholder "thingy thing" Buffy Speak, as she didn't think of anything meaningful to say before becoming the first schoolgirl on the Moon.
"Rusty" (Twelfth Doctor)
"Daleks must be destroyed!"A Dalek who had developed a sense of morality after the inhibitors that enforce Dalek behavior were damaged, and it saw a star being born.
Played by: Nicholas Briggs (2014)
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Starts out as a standard Omnicidal Maniac Dalek, then has an epiphany about the beauty of life after the inhibitors inside the Dalekanium transport shell are damaged, and becoming in the process the first "good Dalek". Then it's revealed that his "good" side was just due to its faulty wiring, and it reverts back to a standard Dalek after the Doctor fixes it. However, at the end of the episode, the Doctor and Clara restore the suppressed memories, which changes him to an entity equally as violent as before, only exterminating Daleks now.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: While he still finds the Doctor's hatred to be beautiful, he also sees beauty in the universe itself and the persistence of life to endure.
- Not in This for Your Revolution: This is what saddens the Doctor. Rusty switches sides and fights the Daleks, but not out of kindness or desire to do good, instead for the usual Dalek reasons, except applied to his own race rather than everyone else.
- Patrick Stewart Speech: Fittingly enough, invoking the "Resistance is futile" line, but in a wholly different meaning than is usually implied, Rusty explains that he's come to realize that no matter what the Daleks do, life will prevail, and that the resistance - not of the humans - but of the Daleks to this simple truth is what is futile.
- The Power of Hate: The Doctor's hatred for Daleks empowers him to switch sides.
- Sociopathic Hero: It's still a murderous, rampaging Dalek, only now exterminating his former Dalek comrades.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: From Rusty to The Doctor: "I am not a good Dalek. You are a good Dalek."
- The World Is Just Awesome: Watching the birth of a star is what started his Heel–Face Turn.
Rigsy (Twelfth Doctor)
- Played by: Jovian Wade (2014, 2015)
- All There in the Manual: The script for "Face The Raven" gives his full name as Christopher Riggins.
- Chekhov's Skill: His artist skills turn out to be just what is needed to stop the Boneless. (Creating a convincing fake door causes them to try pulling it back into the 3D world. Instead, their energy restores the TARIDS and frees the trapped Doctor.)
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull one in "Flatline" but Clara has none of it.
- Locked Room Mystery: Explains this trope by name when explaining about The Boneless's modus operandi.
- Survivor Guilt: Deleted material from "Face the Raven" confirms he ends up with this. In trying to save his life, the Doctor is captured and sent away to parts unknown and Clara is dead as a result of what turned out to be a wholly Senseless Sacrifice. To make matters worse, said deleted material reveals he, by default, is tasked with informing Clara's friends, family, and associates of her death and making sure her body is properly handled back in the outside world. The Stinger of the episode shows him turning the now-abandoned TARDIS into a memorial to her via graffiti. (One can only hope that post-"Hell Bent" either the Doctor or Clara lets him know that things didn't end up as bad as they might have been.)
- Your Days Are Numbered: In "Face The Raven" — and Clara might have to take his place if there's any hope of saving him.
Santa Claus (Twelfth Doctor)
"Now, what do you want for Christmas?"The bringer of gifts at Christmas! He comes into the Twelfth Doctor's life to help him and Clara (who have parted ways via mutual, well-meant lies) in The Stinger of the Series 8 finale. From here, he helps the characters fight against the dream crabs in the following Christmas Episode. An earlier Christmas special established that the Doctor has met someone claiming to be Santa before.
Played by: Nick Frost (2014)
- All Just a Dream: His appearance in "Last Christmas" is due to the characters being stuck in a dream crab-induced dream. Santa represents their collective subconscious trying to help them escape the dream crabs' mental traps. This would explain the Doctor's surprise at the Nick Frost incarnation of Santa, because he's met the "real" Santa ("Or as I've always know him, Jeff"). However, the last scene implies that he might be real after all.
- Big Fun: Fat, cuddly, and full of festive cheer. Being played by Nick Frost helps.
- I Have Many Names: Santa Claus. Father Christmas. Jeff.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For Doctor Who's standard of "mundane" anyway. Santa Claus is probably just a "gestalt dream construct" created by the subconscious minds of the dream crab victims, but the final shot of the episode implies he actually could be real in some way. Santa himself points out that, even if he isn't real, that doesn't stop him from inspiring generosity and bringing hope to others.
- Noodle Incident: The Eleventh Doctor, Santa "Jeff" Claus and Albert Einstein were all hanging out in Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge in 1952, for some reason.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tangerines. They're his "signature gift" and Santa gets very annoyed when he's told no one actually likes them. But he still leaves one on Clara's windowsill after she and the Doctor run away together.
- Unexpected Character: Although he was offhandedly mentioned by the Eleventh Doctor in "A Christmas Carol", there were zero hints he would actually appear, and the Doctor seems surprised to see him just as much as the audience is!
Ashildr/The Knightmare/Lady Me/Mayor Me (Twelfth Doctor)
"I call myself 'Me'. All the other names I chose died with whoever knew me. 'Me' is who I am now. No one's mother, daughter, wife. My own companion - singular, unattached, alone."A central character in the Series 9 Story Arc, Ashildr was a brave young Viking girl whose village was attacked by the Mire (aliens) in the 9th century. The Doctor saved her village at the accidental cost of her life. In his grief, he rashly defied the fates by using Mire medical technology to resurrect her — which turned out to make her immortal and unaging as well. Realizing the danger of this, he takes a "professional interest" in her, following her progress as centuries on The Slow Path pass. She gradually forgets her past due to her human brain simply not having the capacity for so many memories. Thus her personality evolves significantly over the Doctor's actual encounters with her: In the 17th century she's "Lady Me", a noblewoman moonlighting as a highwayman called "The Knightmare" and resenting the Doctor for trapping her in life and just moving on. But thanks in part to his compassion and concern, Lady Me subsequently decides to seek out others who have encountered the Doctor and help them after he's moved on. By 2015, she's become "Mayor Me", the woman in charge of a "trap street" — a hidden street in London inhabited by aliens in disguise. When she makes a deal with the Time Lords to capture him in exchange for protection of the street, the plot goes horrifically awry, resulting in Clara Oswald's death. Now the man who saved her and believed in her inherent goodness may hold a grudge against her for the rest of eternity due to the death of the woman he loved.
Played by: Maisie Williams (2015)
- The Ace: Self-described as such in "The Woman Who Lived".Ten thousand hours is all it takes to master any skill. One hundred thousand hours and you're the best there's ever been. I don't have to be invincible. I'm superb.
- Action Girl: She was pretty badass as a normal Viking girl, willing to declare war. Eight centuries later, she's a gun-toting highwaywoman who fought at Agincourt. A few more centuries, and she effectively runs the trap street inhabited by aliens in "Face the Raven".
- The Ageless: Although she can still be killed by violent action, she doesn't age and her immune system adapts quickly. This woman caught the Black Plague and got better!
- Anti-Villain: Uses rather unscrupulous methods to lure the Doctor into the trap street, but she's doing it solely to protect the residents and doesn't mean for anyone to get hurt, much less killed. Her remorse at what happens to Clara is undisguised.
- Been There, Shaped History: She says she helped end the Hundred Years War.
- Break the Haughty: Her immortality has given her a very smug and confident personality until Clara dies because of a Batman Gambit gone horribly wrong and the Doctor warns her that he better not see her again. Ever. And for the first time since she's became immortal, she's properly scared out of her mind.
- Broken Bird: Oh yes. With over 1,000 years of trauma, she's broken more than any human should ever be. When she breaks the Doctor in "Face the Raven" over what happens to Clara, she risks living the rest of eternity in fear of the wrath of the man who saved her life and believed in her the most.
- Came Back Wrong: It doesn't happen immediately, but she loses her original personality as the centuries pass due to her limited memory and all the trials she goes through. She was virtuous as Ashildr, but becomes morally dubious as Me.
- The Chains of Commanding: She's a very harsh leader of the "Trap Street" but she has to be. Otherwise all of the different alien species would be at each other's throats.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: In the 1600s she's known as "Lady Me", respected noblewoman, and as "The Knightmare", the most feared highwayman in England. Her reason for robbing and stealing? The adventure.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gives The Doctor this treatment in "Hell Bent" when he tries to play the Just Friends card with regards to Clara — despite his actions screaming otherwise.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She grows to disregard her birth name and embraces the name of "Me".
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Has to wait literally until the end of the universe for it to happen, but finally gets her wish to travel time and space in the Series 9 finale. Oddly, this overlaps with Karma Houdini (see below).
- Easily Forgiven: By Clara at least, as when last seen they have become travelling companions. Forgiveness was a theme in Series 9 after all. While the Doctor never forgives her onscreen, he doesn't keep her from following him into the second stolen TARDIS in "Hell Bent" when he could easily have left her behind to the fate of Dying Alone at the end of the universe.
- Foil: Not only to the Doctor, as noted below, but also to many of his companions, especially those created by Steven Moffat:
River: One psychopath per TARDIS.
- Her similarity to Jack Harkness is noted by the Doctor by the end of "The Woman Who Lived."
- She has a dark side to her that means she and the Doctor would be a terrible influence on each other. This is the same reason that the Doctor and River Song don't travel together regularly.
- Like Amy, she spent her entire life (her long, long life) hoping the Doctor would come back for her. Unlike Amy, he refuses to take her with him.
- Like Rory, she lives through a lot of human history. While Rory is kept sane by his love for Amy and remembers what happened to him, keeping it locked away in his mind, Ashildr ends up losing everyone she loves and forgetting them. She becomes cold and distant due to this.
- She suffered a great loss and briefly became cruel and reckless in response, just like Clara did after Danny's death in "Dark Water". Of course, immortality means "briefly" has a very different scale in Ashildr's case.
- The Fog of Ages: An infinite life but a normal human memory. She deals with it by recording her memories in journals. She still can't remember her home village, presumably because she started her record keeping after she had already forgotten them. Turns out that she even learned to Exploit it; if she ever has something she for some reason or another doesn't want to remember, she either neglects to write it down or rips out the page from her journal and then waits for the memory to slip.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: She starts as a brave innocent in "The Girl Who Died". By the time of "The Woman Who Lived" she is callous, robbing people for kicks and willing to kill to escape the planet. She is brought back to empathy by the Doctor, and decides she'll take The Slow Path to look after those he leaves behind. Alas, while she has noble intentions as Mayor Me she's willing to go to extreme measures to protect the trap street — executing anyone who steps out of line no matter how noble their intentions and betraying the Doctor to the Time Lords (resulting in horrific torture for him), which also inadvertently paves the way for Clara's death. In the end, however, she is Easily Forgiven by the semi-resurrected Clara and becomes her companion.
- Heel Realization: During the climax of "The Woman Who Lived", seeing the terrified villagers running for their lives from the attacking starships helps Ashildr realize how callous and detached she'd become.Ashildr: I care. My God, I actually care.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She died saving her village. Then the Doctor brought her back. The rest is, quite literally, history.
- It Gets Easier: by the time the Doctor reunites with her in the mid-17th century she's killed so many people it no longer bothers her. It can also be said to refer to her general attitude towards immortality.
- Karma Houdini: She is forgiven by Clara causing Clara's own death without punishment of any sort, because Clara forbid the Doctor from punishing her. She still had to live in fear of meeting a raging Doctor for trillions of years.
- Last of Her Kind: By the time the end of the universe comes around she's the last of the immortals. It is probably fair to call her the last Viking by the time the modern day rolls around. Also, the last human, too, depending on where Orson Pink was at that moment.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Though she has many bad things to say about immortality, she never considers dying. In fact, after living up trillions of years, up until the end of the universe, she's ready for untold years of more adventures.
- Never Be Hurt Again: She lost her children to the Black Plague, so she refused to have any more.
- Never My Fault: Claims that she is not responsible for what happened to Clara in "Hell Bent" — granted, she uses that statement to also absolve the Doctor of his guilt over that, and Clara has no problem forgiving her in any case.
- Noodle Incident:
- Something caused her so much pain that she ripped out the journal pages about it. Note that she kept the ones about her children's deaths.
- We never learn how she came to be mayor of the trap street, meet the quantum shade, or what incident occurred that resulted in her agreeing to the scheme to trap the Doctor in order to protect her residents.
- No Sympathy: It's a downplayed case. When they meet one more time in "Hell Bent", she not only fails to apologize to the Doctor for betraying him and all the misery that came after, but like Ohila and the Time Lords does not understand why he doesn't just get over Clara's death. Like them, her immortality and detachment means she cannot fully comprehend how deeply he cares for her, although she has a better understanding of it than they. Unlike them she tries to absolve the Doctor of any guilt over Clara's death by reassuring him that it wasn't his fault, even saying that Clara died for "who she loved" which directly referred to the Doctor.
- Not So Different: From the Doctor — both are immortal Renaissance Man types, doomed to lose everyone they love, and prone to suffering detachment from beauty and kindness without the aid of mortals — with the last point the reason why he refuses to take her with him in the TARDIS. The events of "Face the Raven" bring the "sliver of ice in his heart" forward when it comes to self-interest. Also, both of them are storytellers in different ways — she an imaginative weaver of heroic adventures (this fades to The Fog of Ages), he "a bloke in a box, telling stories" who created the identity of the Doctor for himself — which is one reason he became so fond of her to the point of saving her life via extreme measures. Both also give up their original names at some point, and felt/were out of place in their original societies. In "Hell Bent", each argues that the other could qualify as the Hybrid of the Gallifreyan prophecy, though all signs point to the Doctor (possibly in conjunction with Clara) being the real deal. In the end, she gets to be a companion to Clara.
- Older Than They Look: In her first appearance, she looks her age. In subsequent appearances, she's hundreds, thousands, and even billions of years older.
- Really 700 Years Old: She was born in the 9th century and is approximately 800 years old by 1651. By 2015, she's passed the millennium mark. She eventually lives up to the end of the universe and beyond.
- Renaissance Man: A good enough soldier to help fight the Hundred Years War, enough medical knowledge to cure scarlet fever, and numerous other skills besides. It's justified as Ashildr has had a lot of time to master many skills.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Played With. She was a queen in medieval times, but apparently it was mostly 'paperwork and backgammon'. Eventually she got so bored she faked her own death!
- The Slow Path: She survives from the ninth century A.D. up into the 21st century A.D. this way. She even lived until the end of the universe this way.
- The Sociopath: For a long time she was desensitized to the world, seeing no value in human life and even claiming that she had forgotten what sorrow feels like. The Doctor helps her realize that she does still care about human life in "The Woman Who Lived".
- The Storyteller: Was this in the beginning, and the Doctor (who felt an affinity with her, being "a bloke in a box, telling stories" himself) used her imaginative gifts to help him defeat the Mire by hooking her up in one of their helmets and creating illusions to scare and embarrass them.
- Time Abyss: She eventually becomes billions of years old and witnessing the end of the universe, having outlived all the other immortals.
- Trapped in Villainy: In "Face The Raven" she's forced to deliver the Doctor to the Time Lords in order to keep her alien community safe from harm.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: In the alien refugee community in the Trap Street; she calls herself "mayor" but there's no indication that she was elected. Like "doctor" it's a name she tries to live up to.
- We Used to Be Friends: "Friends" is stretching it, but she and the Doctor were relatively friendly until she pulls a Batman Gambit that results in Clara's death. Naturally the Doctor is furious with her after this and tells her in no uncertain terms to make sure they never meet again. They do, but while he doesn't take Revenge upon her he is apparently unwilling to reconcile over her past actions, which is telling because Twelve is one of the more forgiving Doctors when it comes to those who wrong others.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Chews the Doctor out twice — first for "trapping" her in immortality in "The Woman Who Lived" and second for becoming The Unfettered and risking the universe just to save Clara in "Hell Bent". While he is shaken and heartsbroken by the first speech, the second has no effect on him because she has No Sympathy for the suffering he's gone through — which she was partially albeit indirectly responsible for, after all.
- The Doctor gives her this treatment during her Knightmare days, even threatening to become her enemy if she follows through with killing a man. Needless to say, in "Face the Raven" he's not happy with her behavior as the trap street's mayor and hanging judge, and then she betrays him to an unknown party, and then she isn't able to save Clara from an unjust execution...
- Wild Card: She's an unpredictable immortal with very loose morals. The Doctor takes a "professional interest" in her partially because he was responsible for said immortality and thus feels responsible for what she becomes.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: She hates her immortal state because it has led to boredom and loneliness, but she gets used to it over time.
- Woman in Black: In "Face the Raven" she wears only black, including black tattoos from a contract with her supernatural executioner.
Nardole (Twelfth Doctor)
- Played by: Matt Lucas (2015, 2017)
- Foil: In his brief interactions with the Twelfth Doctor in "The Husbands of River Song", they have a bit of Fat and Skinny going on. Nardole is timid, anxious, unsuspecting, affable, good-mannered, and round-figured, while this particular Doctor is tall, near-bony, snarky, and grouchy with No Social Skills. When the Doctor tells Nardole that he really isn't a surgeon, he finds himself futilely trying to calm the poor guy down.
- Losing Your Head: He lost his to Hydroflax's body!
- Plucky Comic Relief: His main function in his debut appearance, at least.
- Unexpected Character: The announcement that he would be a recurring character in Series 10 was completely out of the blue, especially given his state at the end of "The Husbands of River Song"!