Characters: Doctor Who Other Supporting Cast
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 branches.
The Moment (War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
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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.
- You Look Familiar: Nicholas Courtney would of course go on to play one of the most iconic Doctor Who characters: Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
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)
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)
- Bigger Good / God of 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.
- 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.
- Physical God
- Southern Gentleman: He sometimes likes to dress up as one.
The Watcher (Fourth Doctor)
Why are you prepared for the worst, Doctor?
Because he's here.Manifestation of the Doctor's future incarnation who helped him during his fourth regeneration.
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 refering to him speaking but even when he's having a dialogue scene with someone it 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!
- 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.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.
- 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, but 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.
- 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 appearence 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 transmition, 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 reside 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.
- 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).
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
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.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 cosmis. 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.
- 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 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.
Craig Owens (Eleventh Doctor)
Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?Rented a room out to the Doctor 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.
Played by: James Corden (2010–11)
- Always Someone Better: The Doctor to Craig, with regards to football and his job. Probably not the best thing to do to your landlord.
- Ambiguously Bi: He casually tells the Doctor that he's always welcome to bring over a girlfriend or boyfriend, and his only objection to the Doctor trying to snog him (It Makes Sense in Context) is that he's already taken. He and the Doctor get Mistaken for Gay by just about everyone.
- Badass Normal: Emphasis on the latter to justify the former. He's so ordinary that a Lotus-Eater Machine exploded instead of killing him, and he once blew up an entire Cyberman base by simply letting them feel the mental feedback of his intense desire to protect his infant son.
- Badass Unintentional: None of Badass Normal stuff he did was on purpose, and he was for the most part scared for his life.
- Breather Episode: Both "The Lodger" and "Closing Time" were low intensity and largely comical episodes between big and heavy stuff.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Craig and Sophie, even though Everyone Can See It, they can't admit to it until the end of their first episode.
- Charm Point: For the Doctor. Lampshaded that their relationship is similar to people opening up to talk to Craig whenever he brings his baby with him.Doctor: That's why I usually take a Human along with me.
Craig: So I'm your baby?
Doctor: You're my baby!
- Exposition Beam: The Doctor gives him one when they first meet. One headbutt for general context and then a second for details about the current crisis.
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Craig and Sophie for most of The Lodger; they eventually decide to ruin their friendship properly. In their next episode, they have a child.
- Mistaken for Gay:
- The Doctor and Craig. As Val tells them, "There's no need to be coy these days." Val has more reason than most do for this trope, what with the way Craig and the Doctor act throughout the episode. She sees them hug, and they refer to each other as their 'partner'. Also, the Doctor tries to kiss Craig, but (as usual) that was to save their lives.
- Craig also makes it a point to make no assumptions about the Doctor when they first meet, telling him that he's always welcome to bring over a girlfriend — or a boyfriend.
- Nice Hat: When the Doctor says he is going to America, Craig gives him the Stetson as a parting gift.
- Only Sane Man: Often points out how completely mental being around the Doctor is.
- Papa Wolf: Fatherhood stresses him out, but it also inspires him to fight cyberman conversion.
- Power of Love: "I blew them (cybermen) up with love!"
- Running Gag: The Doctor "Shhh"-ing people and Craig wanting to be taught how.
- Stop Helping Me!: In-universe. The Doctor's attempts to help Craig (joining his football team, filling in for him at work when he's sick, trying to get Sophie to admit that she loves him, etc.) just make him look like the better man who's driving Sophie away.
- Stout Strength: According to the Doctor, he had to be pretty strong to keep the cybermat from bitting him.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Craig is so happy in his mundane life that it overloads the alien spacecraft in "The Lodger". In "Closing Time", his paternal instincts overload the Cybermen's emotional inhibitors, blowing up their whole ship.
- Use Your Head: In order to save time explaining why he's staying with Craig, the Doctor headbutts him twice.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Doctor. Craig may express exasperation, terror and irritation whenever the Doctor shows up, but it's clear he's secretly having the time of his life.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Craig recognizes that everywhere the Doctor goes, disaster will come... and also that the safest place for him and Alfie is by his side, because the Doctor always wins.
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)
Canton: 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 twart 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.
- 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: 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.
- Parental Substitute / 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.
- They Fight Crime: That, and alien invasions.
- 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.
- Cultured Badass: Very.
- 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.
- Happily Married: To Jenny.
- 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 does have 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.
- Jack the Ripper: One of Vastra's cases, and the reason why he was never caught by human authorities.Jenny: How did you find him?
Vastra: Stringy, but tasty all the same. I shan't be needing dinner.
- 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.
- Those Two Gals: With Jenny.
- 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.
- Victorian Britain: Her era.
- Waistcoat of Style: Wears one occasionally.
- 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.
- You Look Familiar: Neve McIntosh had previously played the 2 main Silurian females in the "Hungry Earth"/"Cold Blood" two-parter.
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.
- 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.
- 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 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?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...
- 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 "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.
- 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)
- 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.
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!
- Genre Savvy: Easily lists off all possible options concering the Sharki cubes true nature, which quite impresses the Doctor; "very thorough" indeed.
- 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.
- You Look Familiar: Mark Williams previously played Doctor Who Magazine comics companion Maxwell Edison, in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio episode "The Eternal Summer".
Kate Stewart (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
- Played By: Jemma Redgrave (2012–)
- 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!Zygon Kate: We only have to agree to live.
Kate: Sadly, we can only agree to die.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Averted. Kate didn't want to be shown any favoritism because of her dad. So she dropped Lethbridge from her name and earned her place in UNIT.
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.
- Genre Savvy: Angie is able to figure out both Clara's time travelling in "The Crimson Horror" and the identity of the space emperor in "Nightmare in Silver".
- 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)
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.
- 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?
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.
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.
- 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.
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.
- 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.
- 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.
"I'm only a humble curator, I'm sure I wouldn't know."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.
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 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.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/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.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.
Played by: Ingrid Oliver (2013–2014)
- 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.
- Nerdy Inhaler: A Chekhov's Gun in "Day of the Doctor".
- Not Quite Dead: Despite being killed off by Missy in the Series 8 finale, she's been confirmed to come back for Series 9.
- 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: "The Doctor will save me. The Doctor will save me."
- 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.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 / Remember the New Guy: 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 arguably 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 has been at least one fanfic in which River somehow leaves the library and regenerates into Tasha.
- 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... doesn't handle it well.
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").
- Always Save the Girl: To quote Danny from "Last Christmas":"I died saving Clara, the rest of you just got lucky."
- Bad Ass: 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.
- Berserk Button: Danny does not react well to assumptions that soldiering is mostly about killing other people.
- 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 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'.
- Deadpan Snarker: Good enough to match the Doctor in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: An exteremely mild version whenever he gets in the mood to address his pupils like soldiers, mostly played for laughs.
- Embarrassing First Name: Considered Rupert to be one. Thanks to the Doctor and Clara, he is inspired to change it to Danny.
- 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. Possibly tied to the traumatic event back in his soldiering days when he accidentally killed an innocent boy.
- 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.
- Ironic Nickname: Called a "Lady Killer" by fellow teachers. He really isn't.
- Jacob Marley Apparel
- 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.
- 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.
- Plot-Triggering Death
- Refusal of the Call: He has no desire to see what life is like in the TARDIS, not even once.
- Retired Badass: May no longer be in the military, but is still apparently in top form given his flip over the killer robot.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: 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.
- Single Tear: Sheds one when one of his students insenstively asks if Danny ever killed anyone who was not a soldier.
- 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.
- 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 warmed up to each other. Possibly due to friction regarding their military pasts. Danny dying didn't really improve their relationship either.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Danny does this to both Clara and The Doctor, Clara for lying to him 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."
"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 a machine 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
- 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 surprised to see him just as much as the audience is.