The people who meet and help the Doctor in Doctor Who
, but never quite become his companions.
As with all Doctor Who
characters, they appear not only in the televised Whoniverse
, but also in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
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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)
One of the most recurring historical figures
in Doctor Who
. Good Queen Bess had a cameo in First Doctor story "The Chase" and later had an out of sync
marriage with the Tenth Doctor (long story).
- 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)
The earliest character in the series who you might or not call a companion, depending on your definition. A SSS agent who has been searching for the missing (actually dead)
Marc Cory. He helps the Doctor for the first few episodes after discovering that the Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen is a traitor. Notable because Nicholas Courtney went on to play the much-beloved Brigadier in the same series.
Alpha, Beta and Omega
Alpha, Beta and Omega (Second Doctor)
Voiced by: Roy Skelton and Peter Hawkins (1967)
A trio of Daleks that appeared in "The Evil of the Daleks"
. They were implanted with the "human factor" by the Doctor. As a result, they become less psychopathic, more non-conformist and more child-like than their former Dalek comrades and start an uprising/civil war against the Dalek Emperor.
Professor Edward Travers
Edward Travers (Second Doctor)
Played by: Jack Watling (1967-1968)
Professor Travers is an anthropologist and explorer who the Doctor first met in Tibet and who he helped to defeat the Great Intelligence and its robotic Yeti there. A much-older Travers, along with his daughter Anne, then helped the Doctor defeat the Intelligence a second time in the London Underground. He was the first Recurring Character
to appear in more than one adventure who was neither a Companion, Villain, or Monster. This was pretty rare in the Classic Series (about the only other examples are Alpha Centauri, the White Guardian, and Sabalom Glitz below), but became quite common in the Revival Series (most of the examples on this page from Jackie Tyler on down).
- 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)
Alpha Centauri is a hermaphroditic hexapod with six arms and a single huge eye from the star system it (not he or she) shares its name with. The Third Doctor became friends with it on the planet Peladon, where it was its planet's representative in the debates over whether or not Peladon should join the galactic federation. He later met it again on Peladon when it was serving as the federation's ambassador. Alpha Centauri is a timid, gentle creature that nonetheless proved a loyal friend to the Doctor.
Jago and Litefoot
Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot (Fourth Doctor)
Jago on the left, Litefoot on the right.
Played by: Christopher Benjamin (Jago) and Trevor Baxter (Litefoot)
A pair of Ensemble Darkhorses
from fan favorite serial "The Talons of Weng Chiang".
These two Victorian gentleman became firm friends during their adventure with the Doctor. They eventually proved popular enough to receive a spin-off series of audios in Big Finish Doctor Who
. More tropes about them can be found on this page.
- 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.
- 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)
The Whoniverse's closest equivalent to God, representing Order and being a counterpart to the Black Guardian (who's in charge of Chaos). Not necessarily on the Doctor's side, but quite happy to use him as a pawn and friendly towards him under the right circumstances. Wears a bird on his head for reasons beyond all mortal comprehension.
The Watcher (Fourth Doctor)
Why are you prepared for the worst, Doctor?
Because he's here.
Played by: Adrian Gibbs (1981)
Manifestation of the Doctor's future incarnation who helped him during his fourth regeneration.
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.
Played by Michael Robbins
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.
- 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.
Sabalom Glitz (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
I do hate it when people get lucky. It really offends my sensibilities.
Played by: Tony Selby (1986-87)
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.
- 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!
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Arguably.
- No Sell: He's actually 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 arguably 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.
Played by: Yee Jee Tso (1996)
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.
- 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)
Rose's mum. When Doctor Who
was revived in 2005, the show began to focus a bit on the companions' families for the first time ever. Jackie still stands out over most family members and got plenty of Character Development
Harriet Jones, Prime Minister
Harriet Jones, MP, Flydale North / Prime Ministernote (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography.
Played by: Penelope Wilton (2005, 2008)
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 pretty much everyone else.
- Back for the Dead: In the Series 4 finale, "The Stolen Earth".
- 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
- Face Death with Dignity / "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Through no real fault of her own. She orders the destruction of the Sycorax ship as it's leaving Earth, which angers the Doctor, causing him to derail human history by getting her deposed.
- 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 (which it turns out they actually can't, but uh...what are you gonna do?).
- 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.
- Redemption Equals Death: She dies helping the Doctor's Companions contact him.
- 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 reside over 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.
Played by: Shaun Dingwall (2005-2006)
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.
- And This Is for...: "JACKIE TYLER! THIS IS FOR HER!!!"
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: See Jackie Tyler above.
- Badass Normal: Both versions.
- Broken Pedestal: Subverted. 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: 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.
- Overprotective Dad: Implied when Rose meets him in the past.
- Pair the Spares: Again, see Jackie Tyler above.
- Reverse Mole
- 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
Sylvia Noble (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Jacqueline King (2006, 2008-2010)note
Donna's mum and Wilf's daughter. A caring, but emotionally abusive woman who gets caught up in the Doctor's life completely against her will.
- 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.
- You Look Familiar: Jacqueline King played a meta-version of companion Barbara (long story) in the Big Finish Doctor Who episode "Deadline".
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).
Martha's family. Her cousin, Adeola, was revealed in Martha's debut episode to have been working in Canary Wharf, aka Torchwood Tower. In the episode "Army of Ghosts", she was partially cyberconverted and began opening the way to void to let the Cybermen and Daleks through. She was killed by the Tenth Doctor, noting that she had technically already been dead for some time.
Martha's sister, mother and brother were introduced to the Doctor in "The Lazarus Experiment" and gained the attention of the Master in the process.
- 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.
- You Look Familiar:
- Adeola was played by Freema Agyeman, who'd go on to play Martha.
- Adjoa Andoh (Francine) previously acted in the Big Finish episode "The Year Of The Pig", opposite the Sixth Doctor, and was Sister Jatt in "New Earth".
Jenny (Tenth Doctor)
Appeared for one episode (so far) as the daughter (more accurately, Opposite-Sex Clone
) of the Tenth Doctor. Mourned by the Doctor. But, unknown, to him, she didn't actually die.
- Action Girl: Has extensive knowledge of combat techniques.
- Badass Adorable: Is short. Cute. Can kill a man in a large variety of ways and once backflipped through a room of lasers.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: A particularly egregious example. 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.
- 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
- 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.
The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor
The "Meta-Crisis" Tenth Doctor
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.
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.
- 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: For the Doctor's hand.
- 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.
- 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. Much more unhinged and definitely less apprehensive about murder.
- Doppelgänger Replacement Love Interest: Provides the Image Source.
- 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. But for the Tenth Doctor, this is a Bittersweet Ending. He is leaving Rose with a clone to live the ideal life with him that she desired with the original, and will not see her again, since she was dropped off in an alternate universe, then the dimensional gates between this one and the normal universe sealed shut. And then the Tenth Doctor has to deal with genuinely regenerating out of the incarnation Rose fell in love with.
- Hot-Blooded: Picked up straight from Donna's personality.
- Love Confession: Implied and confirmed to tell Rose "I love you" in an inaudible whisper in her ear, triggering a kiss.
- Naked First Impression/Naked on Arrival:
It's you! Meta-Ten:
Oh, yes! Donna:
...You're naked. Meta-Ten:
- 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.
- 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.
- On the other hand this can come across as a bizarre moral code of Ten, considering the Daleks had nearly destroyed the Universe and if he left them around they would probably have caused a lot more death and destruction.
Craig Owens (Eleventh Doctor)
Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?Rented a room out to the Doctor
Played by: James Corden (2010-11)
when the latter was stranded on Earth by a malfunctioning TARDIS. Hilarity ensued.
As a result of a hasty Mind Meld Info Dump
, he got the Doctor's memories beamed directly into his brain, and knows more about the Doctor's general history than most non-companion characters. The Doctor has come to view him as a very good friend.
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!
Played by: Simon Fisher-Becker (2010-11)
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".
- 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 at least the media chip keeps him entertained. And because the wi-fi down in the catacombs is frankly excellent!
- 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.
- Genre Blind / Idiot Ball: 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: Subverted. 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
- 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.
- That quote above, where Dorium is absolutely terrified out of his mind and raging against the heavens? 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
- 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)
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.
- Badass Beard: As a retiree, chilling his heels at Lake Silencio.
- 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 definitely gives off this vibe.
- Cool Shades / Sinister 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's faking it.
- Genre Savvy: He adjusts incredibly quickly to the implications of the TARDIS, to the point he refers to it as the Doctor's "wheels". This same understanding allows him to repeatedly manipulate the Silence's arrogance. And shoot them.
- The Men in Black: Following his sudden Face-Heel Turn, which is all a ruse.
- 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.
- Spiritual Successor: To Jack Harkness, in a way. 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.
- Straight Gay: He's actually 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.
Madame Vastra (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife.
Played by: Neve McIntosh (2011-)
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.
Jenny Flint (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Catrin Stewart (2011-)
Madame Vastra's wife and Ninja Maid
, who was cast out by her family for her preferences and subsequently took up a life of detective work, lock-picking and katana-wielding.
- Action Girl: With a katana.
- Badass: Jenny has shown to be very capable of defending herself in a fight.
- Badass Adorable: She can be very cute.
- Badass Gay: Openly so.
- Battle Butler / Ninja Maid: 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.
- 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 Gals: With Vastra.
- Victorian Britain: Her era.
- 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?
Played By: Dan Starkey (2011-)
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.
- 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...
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Strax's first, second, and third choice for any situation.
- Back from the Dead: Somehow, thanks to an unspecified friend of the Doctor's. We see Vastra and Jenny fixing him up in the "Two Days Later" mini-sode, where it's implied that he may have 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. Around the time of his death, though, he realized he wasn't all too keen on dying in battle after all. He's still okay with other people dying, though.
- 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 revived, 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 Miniature Humans: 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 "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".
- 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.
- You Look Familiar: Well, Sontarans are clones, after all. Dan Starkey has played several Sontarans since their reappearance in the 2008 series.
The Teselecta (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Various actors (2011)
was a Justice Department Vehicle, staffed by a crew who had been miniaturised by a compression field. It could travel through time, and was used to locate people who were deemed to have committed crimes but had escaped punishment. After finding them near the end of their respective timelines (so as to avoid changing history), the crew would administer their own punishment - usually in the form of some non-lethal painful torture, so that afterwards they could die in the manners recorded by history.
Brian Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Mark Williams (2012)
Rory's retired dad, who's dragged along with the Ponds by accident and gets along splendidly with the Doctor from the moment they meet.
- 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.
Kate Stewart (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Played By: Jemma Redgrave (2012-)
The de facto scientific head of UNIT, following in the footsteps of her father, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Kate first appeared in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
and Dæmos Rising
, where she was played by Beverley Cressman. After a few more appearances in Expanded Universe
novels, Kate became one of the very, very few Canon Immigrants
in the TV series.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: She gives Eleven a very sweet kiss on the cheek.
- Aggressive Negotiations: Was in the midst of one at the climax of "The Day of the Doctor" against an invading Zygon party, culminating in her threatening to blow up London for the Zygons breaching the Black Archive. The 10th and 11th Doctors manage to avert any possible disaster through enforced mind-wipes.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one.
- The Brigadier: She doesn't hold the title, but takes up the role.
- Call Back / Not So Different: Remember Davros's reproach to the Doctor about being a Technical Pacifist while making his allies willing to go to unbelievable extremes in his name? Kate's no exception.
- Canon Immigrant: As mentioned, she first appeared in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe before moving on to the show proper.
- The Comically Serious: Quite subtle, actually: she never flaps even at the most ridiculous of discussions — although she does express genuine shock at unforeseen faux pas.
- Consummate Professional: As was her father.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
Kate: UNIT's been adapting. Well, I dragged them along, kicking and screaming, which made it sound like more fun than it actually was.
- Emperor Scientist: A rare heroic version. Under her leadership, UNIT has become a more technologically-savvy organisation, who can defend the Earth and cripple alien menaces with science, in addition to their traditional methods of unloading Five Rounds Rapid to them.
- Hot Scientist: She looks great and dresses well.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Her friendship with the Doctor picks right up where her dad left off.
- Iron Lady: Best shown in "The Day of the Doctor", where the Zygon leader learns this the hard way.
- Legacy Character: She's The Brigadier's daughter.
- Mama Bear: Mother of two.
- Nerves of Steel: On full display in "The Day of the Doctor": after all, she was the one who manages to intimidate the invading Zygon top brass after activating a nuclear warhead under London.
- Not Afraid to Die: Not afraid to give the order to detonate a nuke under London, if it saves the planet. Luckily, she doesn't have to go through with her threat, but damn!
Angie and Artie Maitland
Angie and Artie Maitland (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Eve De Leon Allen (Angie) and Kassius Carey Johnson (Artie) (2013)
Two children that modern-day Clara looks after — they were family friends, and when their mother passed away, Clara felt a strong need to take care of them. They find out their nanny is a time traveler and blackmail her into letting them onto the TARDIS.
Cass (Eighth Doctor)
Played by: Emma Campbell-Jones (2013)
A small character, with a big impact. Cass was an in-distress pilot, heading for a crash landing on the planet of Karn, at which point she was visited by the Eighth Doctor — who'd spent the last seventeen years
on a Long Bus Trip
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, and offers him another option to end the Time War.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Double Entendre: After preventing the War Doctor from touching the Moment by burning his hands;
: 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
From what is suggested on-screen, the Curator is 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.
- 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 arguably 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.
- Foreshadowing: At the end of "Shada", which featured a retired Time Lord as a major character, the Fourth Doctor contemplates to Romana that maybe someday he will retire to Earth and people will just look at him and think he's a nice old man.
- 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.
- 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.
- Visual Pun: Who knows? Who... nose.
- Wham Line/Wham Shot: 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.
Osgood (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
The Doctor will save me. The Doctor will save me.
Played by: Ingrid Oliver (2013-2014)
Kate Stewart's right-hand woman in the revamped UNIT. She's "science-y" and a rather big fangirl of the Doctor, cosplaying him regularly.
- Adorkable: Awkward, especially around the Doctor. The glasses and inhaler also contribute to her endearing awkwardness.
- Audience Surrogate: She's a Doctor Who fan who just so happens to exist in the show itself.
- Cosplay: An in-universe example. She wears the Fourth Doctor's iconic scarf in "Day of the Doctor" (literally the actual scarf, and according to Word of God given to her by the Curator). In "Death In Heaven", she wears the Eleventh Doctor's jacket and bowtie as well as the Ten's red converse shoes.
- Fangirl: Another in-universe example. She's basically a Doctor Who fangirl fresh from Tumblr transplanted into the show.
- Genre Savvy: Never been on the TARDIS, barely been in the same room with the man, but already fervently believes the Doctor will save her from the Zygons.
- The Doctor himself remarks on how quick she is when she mentions her (completely correct) theory on Missy's identity.
- When Missy asks her in her usual manner to "Say something nice", Osgood instead takes the opportunity to point out she's more useful alive than dead. Missy agrees but, of course, the Master is bananas.
- Hollywood Nerd: She's got asthma, OCD and big doofy glasses. She's also a very clever scientist who genuinely impresses the Doctor, to the point where he offers her a companion position.
- Kick the Dog / Kill the Cutie: Missy murders Osgood, taunting her with the knowledge that she's going to kill her before doing so. And then crumples her glasses under her boot heel.
- Nerd Glasses: Just look to your right.
- Nerdy Inhaler: A Chekhov's Gun in "Day of the Doctor".
- Number Two: For Kate Stewart.
- Mythology Gag: Much like Kate, she shares a surname with a UNIT character from the Pertwee era. We know for sure that Kate is the Brig's daughter but there's been no word yet on whether or not this Osgood is related to the previous Osgood.
- Only One Name: We know her surname, but not her given name.
- Survival Mantra: As quoted above.
- Took a Level in Badass: In her second apperance, she's much confidant and bold than when we first met her.
- Too Dumb to Live: Osgood finds a pair of handcuffs in her pocket after the "captive" Missy was close enough to whisper death threats in her ear. In an uncharacteristically slow moment, she wastes enough time gawking at not understanding how they got there for the Mistress to get behind her with a death ray.
Tasha Lem (Eleventh Doctor)
I'm not interested in changing history, Doctor. I want to change the future.
Played by: Orla Brady (2013)
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
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."
Played by: Samuel Anderson (2014), young Rupert played by Remi Gooding (2014)
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... doesn't handle it well.
"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.
- 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 a machine equally as violent as before, only exterminating Daleks now.
- 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 own Dalek comrades.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: From Rusty to The Doctor: "I am not a good Dalek. You are a good Dalek."
Santa Claus (Twelfth Doctor)
Now, what do you want for Christmas?
Played by: Nick Frost (2014)
The bringer of gifts at Christmas. He comes into the Twelfth Doctor's life to help him and Clara out after their traumatization due to the events of series 8 finale, and helps the characters fight against the dream crabs in the following Christmas Episode
- 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. However, the last scene implies that me might be real after all.
- Big Fun: Fat, cuddly and full of festive cheer. Being played by Nick Frost helps.
- Fun Personified: Well, he is Santa.
- I Have Many Names: Santa Claus. Father Christmas. Jeff.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Well, for Doctor Who's standard of "mundane". 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 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.
- Unexpected Character: Although he was offhandly mentioned by the Eleventh Doctor in "A Christmas Carol", there were zero hints he would actually appear, and the Doctor seems suprised to see him just as much as the audience is.