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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: Naturally.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Queen Elizabeth I was rather ruthless (and extremely racist). 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)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.
- Anti-Hero: Rather grizzled and Trigger Happy, and working for a fascistic organization clearly modeled on the Nazi SS. In any other story, he'd likely be the Doctor's enemy.
- 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.
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.
- The Slow Path: From his point of view, his encounters with the TARDIS crew are 30 years apart. For them, it's just a few weeks.
- 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 and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Stuart Fell (Body) and Ysanne Churchman (Voice) (1972, 1974, 2017)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. It briefly returned in the Twelfth Doctor's era, arranging the evacuation of the last Ice Warriors from Mars. Alpha Centauri is a timid, gentle creature that nonetheless proved a loyal friend to the Doctor.
- The Cameo: Has one in "Empress of Mars," a full 43 years after its last appearance.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- As befits the Shakespearean setting of the Peladon stories, Alpha Centauri is named after the country (in this case, star system) it represents, rather than having a name of its own.
- The rude implications of its appearance are oft commented on by reviewers.
- Easily Forgiven: Of the four pieces of performed works set on Peladon, Alpha Centauri was working against the Doctor and King/Queen in two of the stories. However, it is always shown in the following story as a trusted addition of the court of Peladon.
- Hermaphrodite: Like the rest of its species.
- It Is Dehumanising: Averted. Alpha Centauri's preferred pronoun is "it".
- Lovable Coward: Being a bureaucrat, it's not exactly used to action.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: But a well-meaning and sweet-natured one.
- Starfish Aliens: Averts the familiar bipedal alien trope.
- Strongly Worded Letter: It threatens to make their displeasure known by sending an official communication to the Galatic Federation. This is during the middle of an armed uprising against the government.
Aggedor (Third Doctor)
Played by: Nick Hobb (1972-1974)
- Androcles' Lion
- The Big Guy: Hits anyone who needs to be hit.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center
- Heroic Sacrifice: Performs one for Sarah Jane in his second appearance.
- Ursine Aliens
Professor Clifford Jones
Professor Clifford Jones (Third Doctor)
Played by: Stewart Bevan (1973)
- Absent-Minded Professor
- Actual Pacifist
- Badass Bookworm
- Call-Back: When Jo meets Clifford, she inadvertently ruins his experiment. Just like how she met the Doctor.
- Doppelgänger Dating: Clifford is basically the Doctor, only younger and less asexual. His Meet Cute with Jo (she wanders into his lab and gets yelled at for ruining an experiment) is even a reprise of her first meeting with the Doctor.
- Expy: Basically one for The Doctor (knowledgable, idealistic, pacifistic and often snarky, rude and condescending).
- Not That Kind of Doctor
- Poor Communication Kills: If only Professor Jones used an easier word than serendipity, Jo would have understood him and known that the fungus was the cure for the maggots' bite.
K'anpo Rimpoche (Third Doctor)
Played by: George Cormack and Kevin Lindsay (1974)
Jago and Litefoot
Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot (Fourth Doctor)
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, Jago & Litefoot. 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.
- 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)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.
- Big Good: He serves as the Good Counterpart to the Black Guardian.
- The GM Is A Cheating Bastard: Whatever game he's playing with the Cosmos, it's on his terms.
- Good Is Not Soft: When the Doctor asks what will happen to him should he not volunteer for the quest for the Key to Time, the White Guardian replies: Nothing at all. Ever.
- Nice Guy: However odd and alien his sensibilities, the White Guardian is always pleasant and courteous when dealing with mortals, and the Doctor discerns that The Black Guardian is masquerading as him when he shows a lack of concern about human life.
- 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.
- Powers That Be: If there is anyone or anything more powerful than him, we've yet to see it. For that matter, the Doctor is respectful enough to call him "sir"-more respectful than he is to pretty much anyone, up to and including the President of the Time Lords!
- Quest Giver: He's the one who tells the Doctor to go look for the Key to Time, and who sends him Romana as an assistant.
- Southern Gentleman: He sometimes likes to dress up as one.
The Watcher (Fourth Doctor)
Played by: Adrian Gibbs (1981)
Adric: Why are you prepared for the worst, Doctor?Manifestation of the Doctor's future incarnation who helped him during his fourth regeneration.
Fourth Doctor: Because he's here.
Fourth Doctor: Because he's here.
- 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: The 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.
- Mysterious Watcher
- Nightmare Face: His face is somehow unformed and rather clay-looking.
- No Name Given: He's just "the friend of the Doctor". "The Watcher" is a nickname given by Adric.
- Offscreen Teleportation: How exactly he's following the Doctor and transported Nyssa from Traken to Logopolis is never revealed.
- The Voiceless: Other characters refer to him speaking but even when he's having a dialogue scene with someone it's always shot from a distance and inaudible.
Richard Mace (Fifth Doctor)
Played by: Michael Robbins (1982)
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Raston Warrior Robot (Third and Fifth Doctors)
The Inquisitor (Sixth Doctor)
Played by: Lynda Bellingham (1986)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.
"Your puerile attempts at flippancy are not appreciated in this court, Doctor."
- All There in the Manual: The Big Finish Doctor Who audios give her Gallifreyan name as Darkelatraquistahastrad (Darkel for short).
- Comically Serious: She doesn't seem to have much of a sense of humour, as shown in her folder quote.
- Death by Adaptation: Her character is Killed Off for Real in the Gallifrey series of the Big Finish audios.
- 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 after it's revealed that the whole trial was a plan of the Valeyard and the Master.
- The Judge: She's the judge at the Sixth Doctor's trial.
Sabalom Glitz (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
Played by: Tony Selby (1986–87)A recurring character 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.
"I do hate it when people get lucky. It really offends my sensibilities."
- 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!
- Lovable Rogue
- No-Sell: He's immune to the Master's hypnotic charms. It helps that the Master was using a fancy piece of jewelry: Glitz was more concerned with how much the item was worth!
- Same Character, but Different: His third appearance was originally written for a whole other character. It was decided to bring back Glitz instead, without changes to the script.
- Space Jews
- Unwitting Pawn: His first two appearances fall under "performing the whims of the Master or Valeyard", even if he doesn't know about it.
- Villains Blend in Better: He's convinced that with a few explosives and a machine gun, he'll easily impress the backwards locals on Ravalox that he's the guy who should be in charge and thus be able to dismantle a valuable technological gizmo they believe to be a sacred totem. Unfortunately, he didn't count on their queen being more savvy than her primitive lifestyles would suggest, or the fact that many other con-artists have had the same idea as he did and approached her giving multiple reasons why they should be allowed to dismantle the totem as well. He's soon captured and thrown in a dungeon, much to his bewilderment. However, ironically this still works to impede the Doctor; when he goes before the queen with the real reason that he needs to dismantle the totem (it's about to explode and rip a hole in the universe), the queen's so sick of hearing all these false stories that she locks the Doctor up as well.
Chang Lee (Seventh and Eighth Doctors)
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.
"Hold in there, old guy. Chang Lee'll help you."
- 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.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jackie's final kiss with Pete at the end of "Father's Day".
- Blatant Lies: "There was never anyone else." Uh-huh.
- Deadpan Snarker: In her final conversation with the Doctor.Jackie: I was pregnant, do you remember? Had a baby boy.
Doctor: Oh, brilliant. What did you call him?
Jackie: No, you plum. He's called Tony.
- Dumb Blonde: She is not exactly the smartest person, but her heart is in the right place... most of the time.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Like her daughter, she's very taken with the Tenth Doctor's new look.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Nine couldn't stand her for one second. Relations with Ten started off rocky, 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?
- Happily Married: Long ago Jackie was (more or less) blissfully wed to her universe's native Peter Tyler, who was unfortunately struck down dead in a head-on car collision shortly after they had Rose, but as compensation, Jackie found another version of Peter still alive in a parallel universe whose version of her had been killed, so the multiverse balanced itself out by allowing for them to be married and Rose to have a stepdad... er, well, more like a copy of her paternal dad. Jackie also conceived and had another child through this version of Peter.
- Loveable Sex Maniac: Tries to seduce the Ninth Doctor the very first time they meet. He just ignores her.
- Mama Bear: She smacks the Ninth Doctor when she thinks he's taking advantage of Rose, and in "Journey's End", she blasts Daleks.
- Motor Mouth: Can sport a terrific one if she wants to, especially when first meeting the Tenth Doctor.
- Mrs. Robinson: To Elton in "Love & Monsters". (Which must have hurt, since Camille Coduri is actually less than 1 1/2 years older than Marc Warren, who played Elton)
- Pair the Spares: Specifically, pair the corresponding widowed parallel universe counterparts.
- Plucky Comic Relief: While she has her serious moments alot of her scenes are played for laughs for example when the tardis activated she calmly threatened to kill the doctor if the Tardis landed on another planet.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Word of God said she worked as a hairdresser, but this was never mentioned onscreen.
- Really Gets Around: Who the heck is Rodrigo? Or Howard?
- 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)
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 everyone else.
"There's an act of Parliament banning my autobiography."
- Back for the Dead: In the Series 4 finale, "The Stolen Earth", she makes one more appearance before "EXTERMINATE!"
- Career-Building Blunder: Stumbles into Downing Street to promote her new health regulation ideas ... during the middle of an alien invasion. Being too stubborn to back off, despite everyone repeatedly telling her to, she manages to accidentally spot the aliens while trying to plant her files in the emergency program suitcase. This leads to her meeting the Doctor and becoming the lone reliable witness of the alien battle. The Doctor encourages her to become the invasion's media darling, knowing that it would lead to her eventually becoming Prime Minister of the UK as a result.
- Catch-Phrase: Always introduces herself with her full name and title, even after she rises from political obscurity to Prime Minister (and back again).
- Defiant to the End: Transmits the signal to bring the Doctor back to Earth and then faces the Daleks, who traced the transmission, without fear.
- Face Death with Dignity:
- Heroic Sacrifice: Activating the subwave network to guide the Tenth Doctor to Earth, at the cost of alerting the Daleks to her location.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Her justification for ordering Torchwood to shoot down the Sycorax ship as it retreated.
- Iron Lady: She is invested in humanity's future and will take any action she deems necessary to ensure their future.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She justifies her actions against the Sycorax and while the Doctor hated what she did, she isn't wrong because if the Doctor didn't wake up then a quarter of the human population would of been killed and then the next alien race will massacre the rest of humanity. The amount of aliens that have invaded earth or have tried to destroy it is uncountable, the Doctor can't always stop them all.
- Never Found the Body: We never actually saw her die, as the feed gets cut off before the Daleks exterminate her. Which turns out to be significant, because according to Rusty in the poetry collection Now We Are Six Hundred, published a whole nine years after her last episode, she didn't actually die!Russell [when asked if her survival was "canon"]: Absolutely. She’s my character, that’s my episode, I say that’s true.
- Not So Different: To the Doctor, oddly enough. His solution to deal with the Sycorax was to scare them into submission, telling them to tell every other race that Earth is defended (by him). Her solution was to blast them out of the sky, sending a message to anyone watching that when the Doctor's not around, they can defend themselves just fine. (It turns out they can't, at least not as well as the Doctor, but it's the thought that counts.)
- Phrase-Catcher: After her rise from political obscurity, her catchphrase is always responded to with a tetchy or affectionate or confused (depending on the respondent) "Yes, I/we know who you are". Even from Daleks.
- Screw Destiny: Becomes the victim of the Doctor's decision to significantly alter her history after her first year as Prime Minister. The result is that instead of the Golden Age that Harriet was supposed to preside over as mentioned by the Ninth Doctor, two ruthless villains — first the Master, then Brian Green — become PM, with the consequences resonating all the way through into Torchwood: Children of Earth.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It's thanks to her that the the Doctor was able to find Earth when the Daleks stole it for their Reality Bomb.
- Worthy Opponent: Recall that the Daleks once boasted that only one of their number could exterminate an entire army of the Cybermen. To take down Harriet on her own, the Daleks send three, and yes, they know who she is.
Peter "Pete" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
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.
"Trust me on this."
- 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 as People: After being built up as the perfect human by Jackie throughout her childhood, Rose travels back in time to learn her father was a flawed, but ultimately still good man.
- 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.
- Reverse Mole: For Jake and the Preachers, feeding them information from Cybus Industries.
- 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.
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.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Francine distrusts the Doctor due to a bad first encounter so much she's willing to assist Harold Saxon's Obviously Evil minions.
- 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 risks being arrested to warn Martha about Saxon's trap.
- 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. Justified in that they're the same actress.
- 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 Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Clive warns Martha about the trap, Saxon's minions arrest the entire family, Francine included (a ludicrously Genre Blind Francine can be heard indignantly proclaiming she was trying to help them).
Sylvia Noble (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Jacqueline King (2006, 2008–2010)noteDonna'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.
- Commander Contrarian: Often how her jerkassery shows itself, immediately snapping down other people's suggestions or comments. Like when Wilf mentions he voted for Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister, she just turns to him and claims he didn't.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Losing her husband Geoff, who died suddenly from sickness shortly before the start of Series 4note . It made Sylvia incredibly bitter and acidic to her family.
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: During "Turn Left" she gives a genuinely happy merry Christmas. Then London is destroyed.
- Weirdness Censor: She witnesses Donna vanish in a bright light, and just assumes it was some kind of trick.
- You Have Failed Me: Towards Donna, constantly and relentlessly. In the "Turn Left" timeline, she just coldly admits she's always seen Donna as a disappointment.
Ood Sigma (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Paul Kasey (2008-2009)
- Comically Serious: Doesn't seem impressed that the Doctor can lock the TARDIS like a car.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's seemingly completely subservient to Mr. Halpern in his first appearance, but ends up being The Mole for the Ood Brain. Later on, he has a cameo in "The Waters of Mars" and a few very brief appearances in "The End of Time," but he kicks off the plot and helps the Doctor regenerate.
The Shadow Architect
The Shadow Architect (Tenth and Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Kelly Hunter (2008, 2015)
- Heroic Albino: Even when she and the Doctor butt heads, she remains unambiguously on the side of good.
- Space Police: She's in charge of these guys, called the Shadow Proclamation in the Whoniverse.
Jackson Lake (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: David Morrissey (2008)
"I'm the Doctor! Simply, the Doctor! The one, the only and the best!"
- Badass Bandolier: Wears one made of the Cybermen infostamps while destroying them left and right.
- Badass Bookworm: Built his own TARDIS — a hot air balloon or Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style — out of household items.
- Badass Normal: Common in Doctor Who, but Jackson Lake takes it to a new level by trying to become the Doctor himself, and doing a good job of it despite lacking a proper TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and Time Lord biology.
- Foreshadowing: Jackson Lake's wardrobe and, at times, haircut, resembles the Eleventh Doctor's.
- Forgot the Call: Inverted — Jackson Lake believes he's the Doctor, but is actually human.
- Funwith Acronyms: It's "Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style" thank you!
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Lake is prone to them. In fact, it's the reason the Doctor's memories took over so well — he was mid-BSOD due to the death of his wife and kidnapping of his son at the hands of the Cybermen.
- The Nth Doctor: Jackson Lake seems to be number 11 — but just got blasted with the Doctor's personality and thought he'd regenerated.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Jackson Lake's attitude towards Rosita, due to Deliberate Values Dissonance, is to tell her to stay with his TARDIS and let him deal with the monsters alone.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Jackson Lake spends most of the special thinking he's the Doctor, and Ten seems to think he is a future Doctor. Then it turns out he's just a human whose mind has accidentally been tampered with.
Lady Christina de Souza
Lady Christina de Souza (Tenth Doctor)
Played by: Michelle Ryan (2009)
Dorium Maldovar (Eleventh Doctor)
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".
"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!"
- 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.
- Then again, it is later revealed that the Monks only beheaded him, rather than kill him, and he is later enjoying himself surfing the wi-fi while his head sits in a quite nice-looking box (compare to the pit of still-living skulls nearby). So maybe he was onto something.
- 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?"
The Paternoster Gang
The Paternoster Gang
A 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:
- Artifact Collection Agency: At the end of "The Crimson Horror", Strax talks of "another one for the vault", implying this trope.
- 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.
- Expy: Apparently, Sir Conan Doyle based Holmes and Watson off of them.
- 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.
- The Gay '90s: Post-Demon's Run, all their appearances on screen and off have been restricted to this decade.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Vastra and Jenny love to go back and forth at each other, with Strax as the straight man.
- Put on a Bus: They haven't been seen or heard from since Twelve's premiere episode save for Strax, who had a one-time adventure with Jago and Litefoot in a Big Finish drama.
- They Fight Crime!: Vastra eats Jack the Ripper, and is shown to have captured another Serial Killer in "The Name of the Doctor". However "The Crimson Horror" states that they're also in the business of investigating the bizarre and unusual.
- 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)
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.
"Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife."
- All There in the Manual: The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012 contains 4 pages worth of Victorian newspaper articles and letters from Vastra hinting at how she first met the Doctor and Jenny, as well as some adventures Vastra and Jenny have had independent of each other. Apparently, she was even part of Henry Gordon Jago's theatre shows for a bit.
- Clueless Detective: In regards to the Great Intelligence, despite the Doctor's explanation to the point she thinks the Great Intelligence possessed Dr. Simeon instead of being his subconscious mind. (Though the Doctor was being vague about how the snow was a parasite and neglected to mention that the alien snow naturally had no mind and how the Great Intelligence was Simeon's subconciousness).
- Covert Pervert: She tries to invite Clara to remove her clothes.
- Crazy-Prepared: She sent Clara a letter containing a candle that would release a sedative when burned. Knowing that Clara wouldn't light it, she also coated the letter itself with the sedative.
- Deadpan Snarker: Vastra can get quite deadpan at times.Strax: I'm not an expert on alien species. ...but you're both woman ones aren't you?
Vastra: It has been noted.
- Does Not Like Men: Assumes Clara is upset at the Doctor's change only because she wanted pretty Matt Smith, and clarifies that humans are "apes", men are just monkeys.
- Fantastic Racism: Vastra isn't exactly fond of "apes", which causes the occasional argument with her wife, and she really doesn't like the standards of Victorian London.
- Great Detective: The inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The season 34 opener reveals she has a leather outfit similar to Jenny's.
- Hero of Another Story: Most of her adventures are off-screen; the Paternoster gang even has its own comics run in Doctor Who Magazine.
- Hugh Mann: Really isn't trying. She takes off her veil quite often, and explains to anyone who asks her background. The fact that she has to disguise herself at all annoys her greatly.
- Interspecies Romance: Silurian (pre-historic humanoid dinosaur) and human.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Vastra uses a katana in battle.
- Lady of Adventure: She's got lots of adventures of her own under her belt, to the point of being the original inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
- Lady of War: A dignified, very intelligent Lipstick Lesbian Silurian onna-bugeisha who ate Jack the Ripper.
- 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.
- Retired Monster: Vastra was hunting workmen on the London Underground when the Doctor first met her.
- Son of an Ape: Calls humans "apes" a lot. She also uses "monkey" as a male-specific insult.
- To Serve Man: Vastra ate Jack the Ripper and was preying on workmen in the London Underground before the Doctor made her stop, as mentioned above. We don't know if she routinely does this anymore, or if Jenny joins in at all.
- Troll: Asks Jenny to pose in her underwear (as near as naked as makes no difference for Victorians) under the pretences of painting a portrait. Once Jenny cottons on that this isn't true, Vastra asks her to keep posing.
- Weirdness Censor: Many seem to assume that Vastra and Strax suffer from some kind of skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! Then again, they do live in Victorian London.
Jenny Flint (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Catrin Stewart (2011–)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 Adorable: She can be very cute, when she's not going around slicing people up.
- Badass Gay: Very badass, and very clearly lesbian.
- Battle Butler: She poses as Vastra's maid, although both are aware that Victorian society is only accepting the cover story out of politeness.
- Battle Couple: With Vastra.
- Beauty Mark: On her cheek.
- Beware the Nice Ones: "Deep Breath" shows some cracks in her relationship with Vastra, as while she loves her she's not always happy about being the submissive one.
- Disney Death: In The Name of the Doctor, she "dies" just long enough to freak out Vastra (and the fans) before Strax restarts her heart.
- Fantastically Indifferent: The obvious aside, she seems to have an almost distressingly blasé attitude towards her wife's... unique palate. Granted, her meals usually consist of criminals, but still...
- Gayngst: Jenny was ostracized by her family over "preferences in companionship". She's rolled with it.
- Happily Married: To Vastra.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Jenny's black-leather Spy Catsuit, which she has been seen to wear under more usual clothing.
- Hero of Another Story: Vastra being the "real life" Sherlock, Jenny is the inspiration for John Watson.
- Insistent Terminology: Addresses her wife simply as "Madame", and only occasionally as "Vastra".
- Interspecies Romance: With Vastra.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Wields one expertly.
- Lady of Adventure: Detective.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Likes to conform to Victorian standards of female dress in non-violent situations, but wears more sensible combat gear underneath.
- Master of Unlocking: Seems to be very skilled at lockpicking in "The Crimson Horror". The Doctor even compliments her lockpicking skills.
- Nice Girl: Her friendly and kind demeanour set her apart from the aloof Vastra and psychotic Strax.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She and Vastra are married crime-fighting serial-killer-hunting katana-wielding Victorian interspecies lesbians.
- Official Couple: With Vastra.
- One Steve Limit: Jenny is not the same character as the Doctor's daughter.
- Running Gag: Has to repeatedly remind her wife that they are infact married each time she openly flirts with another woman. Ussually always in an aghast and exasperated manner by stating, "Married!" hinting that this is a reoccurring issue. This happens almost every episode with them and sometimes more than once especially when Clara Oswald is around.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Watson: The original Watson who allegedly inspired Sir Conan Doyle's stories but does not actually fit the trope because she doesn't need her wife to explain things to her.
Strax (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
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.Showed up in Big Finish Doctor Who, where he got to team up with Jago and Litefoot... because he got hit on the head and thought they were Vastra and Jenny.
"Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated. May I take your coat?"
- Accent On The Wrong Syllable: His appearance at Monster's Day Out was in Cahrrdeef.
- Affably Evil: Not evil per se, but he frequently remarks to people that he hopes to one day kill them for the glory of the Sontaran Empire. Note that this is a compliment from a Sontaran's perspective.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Given that no other Sontaran acts like Strax, one does start to wonder. This gets much more pronounced after he "died" in his first appearance, which changed his personality quite a bit.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Strax's first, second, and third choice for any situation.
- Ax-Crazy: His first instinct for any approach is to attack, kill, or destroy.Jenny: It's beautiful.
Strax: Shall I destroy it?
Vastra: Shut up Strax.
- Back from the Dead: We see Vastra and Jenny fixing him up in the "Two Days Later" mini-sode, where it's stated that he actually fainted instead.
- Badass Adorable: Whenever he is excited to go into battle, he becomes this.
- Bad Boss: Has a tendency to "execute" horses for failure, especially when he's hungry.
- Bar Brawl: His idea of a fun weekend off is getting into one of these with a Violent Glaswegian.
- Battle Butler: Now serves this role to Vastra and Jenny. He's got the battle down, and he's trying hard on the butler part.
- Bizarre Alien Sexes: Hailing from a monosex clone-race, "two genders is a bit further than he can count". He defaults to male pronouns to comic effect, even when he's making an effort.Strax: I'm not an expert on alien species, but you're both...woman-ones, aren't you?
Vastra: It has been noted.
Strax: Don't you need a man-one?
- In his report on the different incarnations of the Doctor, he is convinced that the Eighth Doctor is a woman because of his long hair.
- Blood Knight: He is a Sontaran, after all. He was excited to be recruited for the Battle of Demons Run.
- Character Development: At first, he longed to destroy Earth and hated his punishment, but he seems to have gotten used to it (and even enjoys some bits of Earth).
- 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.
- In the show proper, he gets along with kids just fine, and seems quite upset that Rory won't let him nurse Melody.
- 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!
- Large Ham: To a certain extent.Strax: "I have gene-spliced myself for all nursing duties. I can produce MAGNIFICENT quantities of lactic fluid!""PREPARE TO DIE IN AGONY FOR THE GLORY OF THE SONTARAN EMPIRE!"
- Literal-Minded: As Clara finds out, Strax has issues with metaphor and euphemism. And surprisingly good aim with a newspaper. This one isn't unique to Strax, however, as other Sontarans have shown confusion over human slang before.
- Loves the Sound of Screaming: He prefaces the cinema version of "The Day of the Doctor", warning viewers that texting or unauthorized filming will be punished severely but popcorn is a-okay.Strax: Remember - popcorn can feel pain! (crunch) Ah, those tiny screams!
- 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.
- "No Talking or Phones" Warning: Provides one for the cinema version of "The Day of the Doctor".
- O.O.C. 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 getting overexcited. Strax goes into a sulk and storms 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 on a second floor. Justified given that he's a Sontaran.
- Sweet Tooth: He apparently gets into Jenny's Sherbert Fancies from time to time.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: In "The Crimson Horror", he grumbles that Madame Vastra never lets him use his grenades.
- Token Evil Teammate: He is a Sontaran after all, albeit one reduced to the status of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain. His suggested solutions to problems are usually horrifically violent and can't help but include death threats in his daily discourse. He also apparently murders a horse every couple of days for "failing its mission".
- Violent Glaswegian: He isn't one, but Strax seems to feel more of a kinship with them than any other humans. Whenever he has a day off, he travels to Glasgow for the express purpose of getting in bar fights.
- Weirdness Censor: Like Vastra, many seem to assume that Strax suffers from some skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! It helps that Strax spends most of his time in London and Glasgow.
- Worthy Opponent: He considers the Doctor a worthy enemy of the Sontarans, though he prefers some incarnations over others. Six is his personal favourite, Three gets singled out for his super-spy heroics, and he despises Ten for humiliating his clone batch.
The Teselecta (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Various actors (2011)The Teselecta 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.
- 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.
- However, they do seem themselves as being the good guys, and go out of their way to assist the Doctor in the finale.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Amy saves River from the Teselecta by shorting out all the devices that make the Antibodies leave them alone, forcing them to teleport away when they can't shut the Antibodies down quickly enough.
- Karma Houdini:
- The crew of the Teselecta aims to prevent this, by travelling to the end of said person's timeline… and killing them painfully.
- They become Karma Houdinis themselves, in that they are forced to teleport away before the Doctor has time to do to them what he usually does to people who try to justify torture.
- Loony Fan: Heavily implied to be one to the Doctor. It's indicated in "The Wedding of River Song" that they are somewhat aware of this. The Captain even acknowledges that, no matter what the Doctor may feel about their actions, they at least try to follow his example and act as champions of law and order throughout time.
- Misaimed Fandom (In-Universe): It's strongly suggested that it was the Doctor who inspired the Department of Justice to travel through time punishing villains.
- Mobile-Suit Human: The Teselecta is actually a shape-changing robot piloted by humans miniaturized via technology.
- Shout-Out: A robot that appears human (and can mimic appearances) from the future traveling back in time to assassinate persons from the past.
- Shrink Ray: How the people piloting it go in it. Also how they dispose of the people they're copying.
- Time Police: The "Department of Justice" organisation behind the Teselecta operates in the time stream, punishing war criminals that escape justice in their lifetime.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: The Doctor is not happy that he inspired the Teselecta's crew on their murderous mission through time.
Madge Arwell (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Claire Skinner (2011)
- Blitz Evacuees: Madge and her kids are fleeing the war,
- Chekhov's Skill: Madge is able to drive the robotic walker to the lighthouse because the control panel resembles that of a plane, which Reg taught her to fly once.
- Good Is Not Soft: A kind and loving wife and mother-who pulls a gun on three soldiers standing in her way.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Madge puts on a brave face when she receives news of her husband's death at sea.
- Mama Bear: See Good Is Not Soft.
- Took a Level in Badass: Even before Madge takes over the Humongous Mecha to save her children, she pulls a gun on her three interrogators. "Crying's so useful, isn't it?"
- Women Drivers: Madge bumps into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a Humongous Mecha; the Doctor calls it a total write off. She does pretty well at traversing the Time Vortex, but accidentally goes further into the past then she needed to before landing in the right era.
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.
- Allergic to Routine:
- Averted, he went four days in the TARDIS apparently staring at a blank black cube and then went on a year of scheduled cube watching simply because the Doctor told him to!
- Rory claims that the furthest his dad ever ventures is to the post-office, however after meeting the Doctor and seeing that The World Is Just Awesome, Brian gets inspired to begin globe-trotting. Even then he sends regular post cards.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When piloting a Silurian ship with his son.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He packs a trowel in case he needs it to repair a lightbulb and honestly didn't appear to notice until the Doctor pointed it out that he'd spent over four days in the TARDIS simply watching a black cube!
- Cool Old Guy: He's not old per se, but nonetheless, the Doctor considers Rory's dad to be utterly awesome and even offers him a spot on the TARDIS if he wants to come along.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a trowel with him, despite coming over to change a lightbulb. Rory does the same thing with medical supplies.Rory: It's all about the pockets in our family.
- The Determinator: In "The Power of Three", he spent an entire year watching the Cubes, day and night, even when everyone else had given up, simply because the Doctor told him to!
- Like Father, Like Son: He's an Unfazed Everyman and Deadpan Snarker and occasionally gives the Doctor a much needed What the Hell, Hero? speech. He's Rory's dad. Yeah, that definitely sounds right.
- The Maiden Name Debate: The Doctor insists on calling him "Brian Pond".
- Refusal of the Call: The Doctor invites him to become a companion, but Brian tells him he'd rather just stay home and experience regular modern-day Earth instead.
- Unfazed Everyman: A time machine materializes around him and drags him off to the future to explore a spaceship that has dinosaurs and robots, and he doesn't care. He's about a bathrobe short of being Arthur Dent proper.
- Walking the Earth: Rory mentions that the only time he goes anywhere is to the Post Office. However, after meeting the Doctor and seeing the Earth from orbit, he gained a love of travel and frequently sent postcards from across the globe informing his son and daughter-in-law that:Brian's Postcard: "I Am Here!"
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. "P.S." reveals that Rory wrote a letter to his father, explaining that he and Amy had become stuck in the past and are, sadly, most likely long-dead by the present. Rory reassures Brian that despite this, they are happy, have had a good life and miss him. Finally, Rory hoped that his father would accept the American man who handed him the letter, as he's Brian's adopted grandson. He does.
- The World Is Just Awesome: While he turns down the offer of companionship, he does ask the Doctor for one favour, which is to watch the Earth from orbit, while he sits and eats his lunch. This inspires him to begin globe-trotting.
Angie and Artie Maitland
Angie and Artie Maitland (Eleventh Doctor)
Played By: Eve De Leon Allen (Angie) and Kassius Carey Johnson (Artie) (2013)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.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Angie.Angie: [to a Cyberman] Put me down! I hate you!
- Continuity Nod: Artie is a fan of Amy's novels.
- Hidden Depths: Angie is smarter and more perceptive than she lets on. She easily figures out that Porridge is really the human emperor.
- Jerkass: Angie. She insults the TARDIS, she whines that the future sucks because she can't use her phone, she leaves her brother in an unknown creepy place so she can rat out her host to the police etc.
- Little Miss Snarker: Angie
- Non-Action Snarker: Angie
- Shipper on Deck: Angie insists on addressing the Doctor as "Clara's boyfriend".
- Smart People Play Chess: Artie is in his school chess club.
- Tagalong Kids: In "Nightmare in Silver".
- What Happenedtothe Mouse: We never see or hear about them again post-Name of the Doctor.
- You're Not My Father: Angie says "You're not my mother" to Clara.
Ohila (Eighth and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Clare Higgins (2013, 2015)Current High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn who assisted Eighth Doctor's regeneration and apparently is entrusted with Twelfth Doctor's confession dial (i.e. his testament).
- Blue and Orange Morality: Berates the Doctor for banishing Rassilon and the High Council in "Hell Bent" even though they unleashed countless horrors into the Universe, tried to destroy the Universe just so the Time Lords would survive and tortured him for four billion years after he saved them, yet she has the gall to insinuate that the Doctor was being cruel or even cowardly by doing so; considering what the Doctor usually does to villains who really make him angry he was being kind.
- Though in fairness, her attitude could be more that he's now made them someone else's problem - which, considering what they're capable of, is a valid concern.
- The Conscience: Tries to be one for the Doctor in the absence of his companions, with variable success. Part of the reason she fails at this in "Hell Bent" is that while her reasoning is pragmatic, she's chewing him out for 1) getting back at Rassilon and co. for trapping and torturing him, and 2) trying to save a companion, and having No Sympathy for how much he's suffered of late.
- Cryptic Conversation: Has one with Twelve in the prologue to Series 9.
- Everyone Has Standards: In "Hell Bent", she's disgusted that the Doctor chooses to overthrow and exile Rassilon and the High Council upon returning to Gallifrey instead of just coming to terms with them about the Time War and his recent imprisonment in the confession dial (calling him a Dirty Coward), and later running away from Gallifrey rather than facing her and the Time Lords over his desperate efforts to save Clara.Ohila: He's running away.
General: Where is he running to?
Ohila: Same place he always does: Away. Just... away.
- Fire Is Red: As keeper of the sacred flame, she always seen in a red robe.
- Internal Homage: Named after one of the classic series' Karn priestesses, Ohica.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She may be a jerk about it, but her point about the Doctor giving Clara false hope is spot-on.
- No Sympathy: As a detached immortal she does not understand Twelve's deep love for Clara, how much he has suffered from the Time Lords' betrayal, and how much torment he ultimately willingly went through in the confession dial — all in hopes of saving her. Thus, her and their What the Hell, Hero? speeches have no effect on him in "Hell Bent"; they condemn his actions as cruel and cowardly, yet offer no compassion or alternative ways of handling his pain.
- Really 700 Years Old: It's unknown how old she is, but she's older than the Doctor. ("Come out and face me, boy!")
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "Hell Bent" she berates Twelve for breaking "every vow [he's] ever lived by" in trying to save Clara despite knowing he's risking the entire universe on a ploy that just won't work.
- Time Abyss: She's still around to drop in on Gallifrey four-and-a-half billion years in the future.
- We Used to Be Friends: Her relationship with the Doctor was a semi-friendly one — Twelve trusted her enough to leave his confession dial with her, but the events of "Hell Bent" have undoubtedly soured it, as she seems to think that the Doctor bloodlessly overthrowing and exiling Rassilon and company once he escaped the confession dial was the act of a Dirty Coward who was too scared of them to try and deal with them in other ways — apparently seeing his torture, which was possibly solely to get information about the Hybrid out of him because they were scared of it, as understandable if not justified. She also doesn't seem to care that they are unrepentant war criminals. (Though an alternate interpretation suggests she thinks he's not being hard enough on them, given her scenes with Rassilon, and her anger is based on the fact that he's just made them someone else's problem.)
- What the Hell, Hero?: In "Hell Bent" she accuses Twelve of being a Dirty Coward by exiling Rassilon and co., and later berating him for breaking "every vow [he's] ever lived by" in trying to save Clara despite knowing he's risking the entire universe on a ploy that just won't work. They have no effect on him because she clearly doesn't understand how much he's suffered to get to that point nor how much he cares for/loves Clara. Also, given what she did to Eight, she's one to talk about him tossing his principles out the window as being a bad thing! Though in that case, the Doctor casting aside his principles was a key part of saving the universe, while his current actions risk destroying it, so there is some difference.
- Wild Card: Sometimes she'll side with the Doctor, sometimes not — it depends if she thinks he's being an idiot.
The General (War, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Played by: Ken Bones (2013 and 2015) (male) and T'Nia Miller (2015) (female)A General of the Time Lord army during and after the Last Great Time War. Normally female she also has one male incarnation.
"All my worst nightmares at once."
- Everyone Has Standards: Did not like the Time Lord High Council during the war because of their plans to destroy the universe. By the end of the war he seems to able to work with them and defend Rassilon to the Doctor but turns on him again the second Rassilon tries to fire on innocent civilians.
- Face Death with Dignity: When the Doctor shots him; likely because the Doctor was not in a mood to be reasoned with.
- Gender Bender: Was female up until her eleventh incarnation then went back to female in her twelfth.
- Race Lift: Goes from a white male to a black female.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Might not like the Doctor much but is willing to let them try to engage their plan to save Gallifrey. The General also generally tries to reason with the Doctor during the events of "Hell Bent" up to and including letting the Doctor shoot him.
The Moment (War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
Played by: Billie Piper (2013)The Ultimate of Ultimate weapons. An ancient weapon of Gallifrey that was so sophisticated, it developed its own sentience and a conscience. Appears before the War Doctor, in the form of Bad Wolf (who, in turn, looked like future companion Rose Tyler), and offers him another option to end the Time War.
"How many children are on Gallifrey, right now?"
- 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.
- All for Nothing: Zigzagged. Technically speaking, her efforts to stop herself from being used actually fail. It's only because of Clara Oswald that the Doctor chooses to Take a Third Option, at which point the Doctor puts together some of the clues that the Moment had been giving him. So it wasn't all for nothing but the fact that this was so is due to someone else's additional action. Then again, it's entirely thanks to the Moment that Clara was there in the first place.
- Armor-Piercing Question: When she asks the Doctor how many children were on Gallifrey when he was planning on blowing it up.
- Call-Forward: Picked Bad Wolf's face to try and invoke a Call-Back but got the past and future mixed up. Similarly, The Moment asking the Doctor about the children on Gallifrey harkens to "The Beast Below", where Amy draws a comparison between the Star Whale and The Doctor because neither could turn their backs on frightened children.
- The Chessmaster: Sets up a plan across three of the Doctor's lives and hundreds of years of Earth history to give the Doctor a third option for ending the Time War
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Even for a sentient weapon of mass destruction she's a little bit... off.
- The Moment: No more! No more! (etc.)
- Deadpan Snarker:
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.The Moment: Stuck between a girl and a box... story of your life, eh Doctor?
- After the War Doctor replies that he's "the hero" come to save them all.The Moment: If I ever develop an ego, you've got the job.
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.
- Didn't See That Coming: The sudden arrival of the Doctor's fez legitimately catches her by surprise.
- Double Entendre: After preventing the War Doctor from touching the Moment by burning his hands;War Doctor: The interface is hot!
The Moment: Well I do my best.
- Eldritch Abomination: 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; the genocide inducer.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She takes the form of Bad Wolf, but this fails to have the intended effect because the War Doctor hadn't met Rose Tyler yet, as she has trouble differentiating past and future.
- Guile Hero: Will use every manipulative trick in the book to stop from being used as a weapon, and destroying who-knows-how-many people (including taking the form of a close friend, or trying to, anyway).
- Humanoid Abomination: This Eldritch Abomination happened to take a human form because it felt this particular user would relate better to that than something else.
- Interface with a Familiar Face: The Moment chose a form that was significant to the Doctor. Except it got a bit mixed up and instead chose one that will be significant to him because of course the Bad Wolf is from the Ninth Doctor's time, who came after the War Doctor.
- Internal Homage: Feels like one to previous anniversary story "Zagreus", where the TARDIS uses the forms of various companions and Doctors for recreations, and itself mainly uses the form of The Brigadier.
- Nice Girl: Weirdly enough. Half the problem with trying to use her; how do you use a weapon that doesn't want to kill?
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Only the War Doctor can see and hear her, but The Moment's big red button that can destroy Gallifrey is very real, indeed.
- Reality Warper: She can open time tunnels, pass through time locks, teleport and destroy galaxies with ease.
- Stealth Mentor: To the War Doctor, to give him the chance to Take a Third Option, while being snarky and indirect.
- 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.
Tasha Lem (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Orla Brady (2013)
- And I Must Scream: The Doctor says that Tasha would die before revealing information. The Daleks inform him she did die. Several times. And she indicates she died screaming for the Doctor.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Maybe "like" is a better term here, but despite their somewhat adversarial relationship, Tasha Lem still takes time to... keep the Doctor supplied with marshmallows.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: The Doctor and Tasha Lem are hinted to have been involved at some point in their pasts, and those feelings haven't exactly vanished.
- Expy: Tasha Lem, for River Song. Apart from being Mother Superious and being converted into a Dalek puppet, pretty much every line of her dialogue could easily have been spoken by River. She can even fly the TARDIS. This has led to some speculation regarding who Tasha Lem is, or whether she was a straight-out replacement character for River, maybe due to Alex Kingston being unavailable; Steven Moffat is on record as saying he wanted River to appear alongside Amy and Rory during the regeneration, at least, but Kingston was not available.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tasha remarks at the Doctor's latest body being "tight". Once again, we see him clothed, but as indicated earlier in the episode, that isn't always the case, so was Tasha actually seeing him naked, then?
- Hand Blast: Once Tasha is turned into a Dalek puppet, she has a gunstick in her hand and fries three Daleks with it.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Tasha starts out as (presumably) a human and an ally of the Doctor, then gets converted into a Dalek agent, but is swiftly converted back to the side of right by the Doctor, at which point the door appears to stop revolving with Tasha a Face again, even though she's technically now a Dalek.
- Meaningful Name: (Na)Tasha is a Russian name traditionally given to girls born on or near Christmas Day. It is an appropriate name for a character appearing in a Christmas Episode set largely in a town named "Christmas".
- New Old Flame: Tasha Lem has had intimate relations with the Doctor in the past.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tasha Lem's conversion of the Papal Mainframe into the Order of the Silence basically gave rise to all the problems the Eleventh Doctor was facing for most of Series 5-6. Although considering it's results, (i.e. the Kovarian faction engineering the very cracks through which Gallifrey was able to contact the Doctor and grant him his new regeneration cycle, and the existence of River Song), it was Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! as well.
- Put on a Bus: Tasha vanishes from the narrative after returning Clara to be with the soon-to-die aged Doctor. She is not seen, nor referenced again, even after the Daleks are destroyed.
- Rasputinian Death: Implied to have suffered a lengthy death after he initial defeat by the Daleks.
- Really 700 Years Old: According to the Doctor, Tasha Lem is "against" aging.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tasha Lem has some odd similarities with previous Doctor Who Recurring Character River Song. 1) Was/is in a relationship with the Doctor. 2) One of the few people who knows how to fly the TARDIS other than the Doctor. 3) Mentioned to have had sociopathic tendencies for her entire life. It's lampshaded by the the fact River is mentioned by name and the Doctor compares Tasha to her.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Tasha Lem is too strong-willed to be converted into a Dalek, just like Oswin Oswald.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tasha Lem is trying to stop the Time Lords from returning because she believes it would begin another Time War. When the Daleks show up, they confirm that she is completely right.
Danny Pink (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Samuel Anderson (2014), Remi Gooding (young, 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 Cock Fighting ensuses.
"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."
- Adorkable: Extremely, in both a funny and serious way. When Clara notices by eavesdropping that he's angry at himself for being awkward in front of her, she warms up to him quickly and assures him he shouldn't feel embarrassed. When he asks her for a second date, he manages to get all the right words, but in the wrong order (because he was purposely trying to be "cool"). Clara's still eager to give him a chance, as she finds him charming and intelligent.
- Always Save the Girl: To quote Danny from "Last Christmas":"I died saving Clara, the rest of you just got lucky."
- Badass Normal: Manages to keep his cool after Cyber-Conversion, despite his emotional inhibitor being inactive. Note that an inactive inhibitor was enough to completely destroy Cybermen in "The Age of Steel" and "Closing Time".
- Body Horror: When Cyberman/Danny takes off his mask we see he has Cybernetic implants drilled into his forehead and cheeks. Not only that his skin is drawn out and corpse like. That's not even thinking about what the rest of his body might look like.
- Beneath the Mask: He's a professional and cheery teacher in public, but while alone with Clara, he's more willing to show that he's a sensitive and vulnerable man who didn't always have a happy or lucky life.
- Berserk Button:
- Danny does not react well to assumptions that soldiering is mostly about killing other people. Clara was innocently insensitive to him about this when they first met, but later realised she came across as sounding prejudiced. As he pointed out to her during their first date, he worked just as much on post-war reconstruction as he worked on fighting the odd insurgent group.Danny: I dug 23 wells.
Clara: I'm sorry?
Danny: Twenty-three wells. When I was a soldier. Twenty-three!
Clara: Okay. Good, good wells.
Danny: Yeah they were good actually.
Clara: I’m not doubting the quality of your wells.
Danny: Whole villages saved. Actual towns, full of people. People I didn’t shoot. People I kept safe.
Clara: Okay, point taken. Seriously.
Danny: So why doesn't that ever get mentioned?
- He isn't too fond of officers either believing them to be Armchair Military. This is because when Danny was ordered to secure an enemy building, he accidentally killed an innocent child inside, while his comanding officer's hands remained "clean".
- The Doctor refusing to acknowledge even in front of Clara that Danny is a maths teacher, and insisting (albeit playfully) that he's no doubt just a PE teacher at most, is something that really annoys poor Pink. It's all the worse when you realise the Doctor is letting his odd prejudice against soldiers get the better of him and is blatantly dismissing soldiers as unintelligent grunts who only know how to take orders (combined with the Doctor being a Green-Eyed Monster over the fact Clara now had a boyfriend). This is a rare shared berserk button with Clara, who tries to stand at Danny's defence and calls the Doctor out on behaving like a jerk.
- Danny does not react well to assumptions that soldiering is mostly about killing other people. Clara was innocently insensitive to him about this when they first met, but later realised she came across as sounding prejudiced. As he pointed out to her during their first date, he worked just as much on post-war reconstruction as he worked on fighting the odd insurgent group.
- Big Damn Kiss: Has a few with Clara, with either a funny or serious undertone to them. Their first kiss in "Listen" is gentle and careful. Both of them have just reconciled after having a series of mutual misunderstandings that evening. The kisses in "In the Forest of the Night" and "Last Christmas" play this straighter, but the former is interrupted a little by their amused pupils, and the latter occurs during their sad final farewell.
- Call-Back: In "Death in Heaven", his heroic willpower allowing him to fight off a Cyberman conversion to preserve his humanity and protect Clara as much as he can, and his plea in "Last Christmas" that Clara remember him at least once a day, is reminescent of how Clara's doppelgänger Oswin fought off her Dalek reprogramming and tried to stay mentally human in "Asylum of the Daleks" and asked the Doctor to remember her. It's effectivelly a gender-flipped version.
- The Casanova: A few of the teachers call him "a real Ladykiller", despite his protests to the contrary. He just doesn't like to be called a killer in general.
- Character Death: Hit by a car and uploaded to the Nethersphere in 'Dark Water'.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was a complete orphan from a young age, and as an adult, he later had a traumatic experience while still employed as a professional soldier.
- Deadpan Snarker: Good enough to match the Doctor in Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Disposable Love Interest: In the context of Clara and the Doctor's later romance.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: An extremely mild version whenever he gets in the mood to address his pupils like soldiers. Mostly played for laughs, except in "Death in Heaven" when he uses the same tone to address the assembled Cybermen.
- Embarrassing First Name: Considered Rupert to be one. Thanks to the Doctor and Clara, he is inspired to change it to Danny. Clara's also tells kid!Danny, even before she realises it's really him, that Rupert isn't such a bad name.
- Famous Last Words: The last sentence of his speech in "Death in Heaven" is adressed to Clara.
- Forgotten First Meeting: Clara and the Doctor time travelled to his childhood and spoke with him at length but he doesn't remember this because The Doctor scrambled his memories of that night. At most, he remembers the dream the Doctor gave him about being "Dan the soldier man".
- Friend to All Children: Seems to have a way with children, and puts them first in his list of priorities, a fact that Clara finds attractive. It's tied to the traumatic event back in his soldiering days when he accidentally killed an innocent boy. This eventually ties into the Must Make Amends entry.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Averted. Despite the fact that he is in competition with an alien Time Lord for Clara's time - and, he suspects in "The Caretaker", et al, her affections - Danny displays little actual jealousy towards the Doctor. He's more concerned about the fact the Doctor acts like a military leader who has turned Clara into one of his soldiers, and the fact Clara lies to him about travelling with the Doctor (multiple times) than any potential romantic entanglements. In "Last Christmas", the version of Danny who appears in Clara's shared dream (who may or may not be the actual spirit of Danny) basically instructs her to let him go and move on with her life; he says this while standing next to the Doctor.
- 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. This gets him twice the sympathy points as an adult.
- Head Desk: His go-to response whenever something embarrassing happens is find a desk and bang his head on it. Being a teacher, they are plenty in reach.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice in "Death in Heaven". First, Danny sacrifices his Cyberman body to stop the clouds from destroying humanity. Second, he passes up his only chance to return from the Nethersphere so the boy that he killed can come back in his place, cementing him as Killed Off for Real.
- Heroic Willpower: Most people when confronted with their conversion into Cybermen usually self destruct out of sheer emotional horror. Danny manages to hold on despite the pain to use his Cyber upgrades to track down and rescue Clara, as well as stay in control long enough to ask for her help.
- Insecure Love Interest: Both him and Clara are this to each other. In Danny's case, it's his hidden anguish over a mistake he did while still a professional soldier. In Clara's case, it's her decision to withhold certain things from him or tell him white lies, because she wants to avoid him fearing over her too much, or getting into danger with her and the Doctor. Then there's also the fact that both are somewhat socially awkward heroes, orphans, and can be a bit quick to anger. It doesn't help that the episodes clearly place Danny in a position of being in direct competition with a 2000-year-old Time Lord for whom Clara still has feelings.
- Ironic Nickname: Called a "Lady Killer" by fellow teachers. He really isn't.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Even if his relationship with Clara is not always easy, he does genuinely care for her safety and happiness. To the point that, in "Dark Water", he's fully willing to avoid/sabotage a potential reunion with her, because he's worried it could play into enemy's plans and endanger her life. Clara meets a dream version of Danny in "Last Christmas" and she finds it really hard to let go and would prefer to keep dreaming about their happy life together forever. Though Danny's enjoyed their final (imaginary) Christmas Eve with her, he comforts her gently and pleads that she wakes up and keeps living. She can't grieve forever, and as long as she remembers him once a day, for a few minutes, he'll be perfectly happy.
- He also seems to be generally OK with Clara travelling with the Doctor as it clearly gives her joy - until "Kill the Moon" when it no longer does, but even then he encourages her to not end her friendship with the Doctor on a "slammed door".
- Jumped at the Call: Averted. Danny outright refuses to become a companion and would prefer Clara likewise no longer travel with the Doctor - though, to his credit, he pushes for Clara to make up her own mind on that.
- Knight in Sour Armor: It's best displayed in "In the Forest of the Night", when Clara is surprised Danny still isn't amazed by the TARDIS' capability to travel through space and time and see incredible wonders. Danny explains to her that, having lived through certain things, he's perfectly content with the little wonders of mundane life and cherishes them even more than all the unusual adventures he could have had.
- Mundanger: A former soldier, fought aliens without hesitation or fear, and how does Danny Pink die? By not paying attention when he's crossing the street, and a car hits him. Lampshaded by Clara.
- Must Make Amends: What fuels his decision to give the boy he accidentally killed another chance at living, trading it for his own opportunity to return and be happily reuinted with Clara. It's implied that even if he chose the latter option, the guilt over killing that child would still haunt him for the rest of his life, and he'd never be entirely happy anyway. So he does the more humane thing, though he knows all too well this will prevent him from seeing Clara again.
- Never My Fault: Averted, while he does take full responsibility for accidentally killing a child, he clearly resents the officer who sent him to attack that building in the first place.
- Nice Guy: He might have deep qualms about some traumatic experiences from his past, but he's a very nice and polite person. Though he grew outright upset about Clara's behaviour on one or two occassions, he's very forgiving and prefers to approach matters with a cool head. He seems to be OK with Clara travelling with the Doctor (even though, as per "The Caretaker" and other episodes, he suspects Clara feels more to the Time Lord than she's letting on) and in fact is more upset about being lied to about it.
- Not So Different: Danny suggests this is precisely why the Doctor doesn't like him, as he can see that they're both soldiers, but Danny was a grunt, and the Doctor was "an officer". Ironically, they are both victims of PTSD from war; the Doctor is still haunted by what he did in the Time War, and Danny is haunted by the child he accidentally killed. This makes their slight antagonism towards each other rather tragic, since they could have probably bonded over their war-weariness under better circumstances.
- Official Couple: With Clara in Series 8. It's something of a dramedy example, as they have plenty of funny and awkward, but also genuinely sweet and touching moments while they try to overcome their differences and understand each other.
- One Head Taller: From Clara and rather obvious, given what a short lady she is.
- Orphan's Ordeal: Clara learns in "Listen", much to her surprise, that he grew up in a children's home. She's noticeably more considerate and less snarky towards him after learning about this part of his past. Though even before she realises the little boy is really him, she attempts her best to make him stop fearing monsters from under the bed.
- Plot-Triggering Death: In "Dark Water", he dies and so Clara seeks out the afterlife to find him. This leads to Missy's Evil Plan.
- The Power of Love: His love for Clara and loyalty to her is part of what fuels his Heroic Willpower in the Series 8 finale. He's an ordinary guy, but even in the face of his own iminent, irreversible death, he doesn't give up on his loved ones.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Openly defies the idea. Even the good-natured mention of him being a "lady killer" makes him feel wary. He was a soldier and fought like any other, but he didn't become a soldier because of thrill-seeking or wanting to kill people, but because he saw it as a duty to protect others. Though a shell shocked veteran, he's also a considerate, responsible and kind-hearted person, even after all the bad things he had to experience in his life. In the Series 8 finale, even the Doctor acknowledges Danny's bravery and loyalty to protecting others from harm, and Danny's last words to Clara outright state that his heroic sacrifice is so that her and the other people in danger will be saved.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He has a razor sharp tongue and a unique talent for getting under the Doctor's skin, very quickly getting the measure of him and repeatedly needling by calling him an officer, describing (quite accurately) why he is one. Possibly the crowning example is in Heaven Sent when the Doctor's been making all these wonderful speeches about how Cyber!Danny is still human... then finds out that Danny needs to have the emotional inhibitor activated to fully access the Cybermen's database and get the information to defeat them and Missy.Clara, watch this. This is who the Doctor is. Watch the blood-soaked old general in action. I can't see properly, sir, because this needs activating. If you want to know what's coming, you have to switch it on. And didn't all of those beautiful speeches just disappear in the face of a tactical advantage? Sir.
- Refusal of the Call: He has no desire to see what life is like in the TARDIS, not even once. After all he's been through, he's simply content with valuing a mundane life for better or worse, though he doesn't doubt there are wonderful things to see out there in the universe. That said, in both "The Caretaker" and "Death in Heaven" he has no problem being heroic when needed.
- Retired Badass: May no longer be in the military, but he is still apparently in top form, especially given his skilled flip over the killer robot in "The Caretaker".
- Romantic Runner-Up: To the Doctor. This is evidenced on screen numerous times as Clara continues to travel with the Doctor despite establishing a romance with Danny. "Mummy on the Orient Express" establishes a Love Triangle when Clara begins to lie to Danny about no longer travelling with the Doctor (and, per Word of Saint Paul (Jenna Coleman, answering questions at two convention events in 2014), when she says "I love you" on the phone while talking to Danny, she actually addresses it to the Doctor). Climaxes in "Death in Heaven" when Clara, thinking she's speaking to a Cyberman, not Danny, says how the Doctor is the closest person to her in the universe and the one man she'd never lie to (followed by a very sad-looking Danny removing his mask). Further Word of Saint Paul (again Jenna Coleman) during an interview states that "Danny is the best boyfriend anyone could ever have ... but he's not the Doctor."
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: It's heavily implied from the get-go, as soon as we learn of his past career in the military. Whatever he experienced, it has left a traumatic mark on him, though one buried under his usual calm facade. In "Dark Water", we learn what the final straw was for him leaving the army.
- Single Tear: Sheds one when one of his students insenstively asks if Danny ever killed anyone who was not a soldier.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Just like Clara, Danny's confident and professional on the surface, but in more personal situations, he can act really shy and awkward, if well-meaning. His conversations with Clara during their tense and rather botched dinner date in "Listen" come off as both endearing and tear-jerking. They both get over their mess-ups by the end of the episode and reconcile in a really tender, romantic moment.
- That Came Out Wrong: His first meeting with Clara would have been Meet Cute if both of them didn't fall to this trope instead. Their first real date also goes down badly, but they are both very forgiving and gradually grow closer.
- That Man Is Dead: As said by Cyberman Danny in the season finale, Danny Pink is dead..
- Tragic Mistake: Gets hit by a car while crossing the road and dies due to his injuries. While on the phone with Clara, who was apparently trying to tell him she'll quit travelling in the TARDIS and stay with him. Ouch! A day or two later, we see a completely distraught Clara lampshading the nature of his unceremonious death to her grandmother.Gran: You know what you should do? You should cry. Let go.
Clara: Of what?
Gran: It’s a terrible thing. Just a terrible terrible thing.
Clara: It wasn’t terrible.
Clara: [completely numb] It was boring.
Clara: It was ordinary. People just kept walking with their iPods and their shopping bags. He was alive and then he was dead and it was nothing. Like stepping off a bus.
- Undying Loyalty: He's very responsible when it comes to looking after his pupils, and he's deeply, lovingly loyal to Clara even when he has misgivings about her occassional odd behaviour.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Averted. The other love interests of companions - Mickey and Rory - after an intial period of restenment and frostiness eventually ended up earning the respect and friendship of the Doctor. Danny and the Doctor never fully warmed up to each other, possibly due to friction regarding their military pasts. Danny dying didn't improve their relationship either. Even the scene in "Last Christmas" where they treat each other respectfully exists only as a dream within Clara's mind, this reflecting what Clara would have wished they'd have been like in real life.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Danny does this to both Clara and The Doctor; Clara for lying to him repeatedly and trying to pass off the incident with the killer alien robot as a "school play", and The Doctor for seemingly treating the whole thing casually and endangering Clara.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: Clara wonders where he got it. He claims it comes from having "One really bad day.". When we learn why he ended his career in the military, we realise what happened on that day.
Courtney Woods (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Ellis George (2014)A "disruptive" schoolgirl at Coal Hill School, who quickly sees through the Doctor's masquerade as caretaker and gets invited aboard the TARDIS.
"I'm a disruptive influence."
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Gets upset because the Doctor told her she wasn't "special", after she threw up on her first TARDIS trip. As a result, he drags her into a lethal future crisis in which she ends up partly responsible for the lives and moral status of everyone on Earth.
- Birds of a Feather: The Doctor is a always a bit of a rascal at heart - the Twelfth in particular - and this leads him to take a liking to someone as merrily mischievous and curious as Courtney fairly quick.
- Crazy-Prepared: After her first time in the TARDIS, she brings travel sickness medication to stop herself being spacesick, and disinfectant in case the medication doesn't work.
- Future Badass: According to the Doctor, she will be President of the United States someday, which is odd considering she's British. This means that she was a) born in the US and immigrated to Britain, b) has an American citizen for a parentnote , or c) that the law requiring US Presidents to be born in the US will be repealed. (Or d) the Doctor was pulling Clara's leg about that.)
- The Gadfly: The essence of who she is as a student delinquent happens to be a knack for really bothering people.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her motivation for stepping back on the TARDIS is to be special.
- Improvised Weapon: When one of the creatures that overran the moonbase attacks her, she does some quick thinking and defeats it with a simple disinfectant spray.
- Informed Attribute: She's described as an outright delinquent, but is never seen doing anything worse than mouthing off.
- Jumped at the Call: Second New Who recurring character to basically force herself onto the TARDIS, and the first to do so on her first discovery of it.
- Naughty Is Good: Her proud self-definition as a "disruptive influence" causes the Twelfth Doctor to view her as a potential companion. He has an affinity with her because he was always quite the troublemaker himself.
- Opt Out: Implied. After the rather upsetting events of "Kill the Moon", Courtney is never seen aboard the TARDIS again.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Just one more student at Coal Hill school who jumps into the T.A.R.D.I.S.
- Our Presidents Are Different: As above, the Doctor claims that she somehow becomes President of the USA.
- Shipper on Deck: She is implied to have graffitied the school with revelations about Clara's and Danny's relationship.
- Shout-Out: She cheekily paraphrases Neil Armstrong's famous quote with some placeholder "thingy thing" Buffy Speak, as she didn't think of anything meaningful to say before becoming the first schoolgirl on the Moon.
Rigsy (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Jovian Wade (2014, 2015)A young graffiti artist from Bristol. He ends up becoming Clara's companion when she is faced with dealing with the Boneless by herself. He then calls for her and the Doctor's help when another matter arises: An encounter he can't remember leaves him accused of murder and sentenced to death, and he has just hours before he must "face the raven"...
- All There in the Manual: The script for "Face The Raven" gives his full name as Christopher Riggins.
- Chekhov's Skill: His artist skills turn out to be just what is needed to stop the Boneless. (Creating a convincing fake door causes them to try pulling it back into the 3D world. Instead, their energy restores the TARIDS and frees the trapped Doctor.)
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull one in "Flatline" but Clara has none of it.
- Inseries Nickname: The Doctor calls him "Local Knowledge" and "Pudding Brain".
- Locked Room Mystery: Explains this trope by name when explaining about The Boneless's modus operandi.
- Survivor Guilt: Deleted material from "Face the Raven" confirms he ends up with this. In trying to save his life, the Doctor is captured and sent away to parts unknown and Clara is dead as a result of what turned out to be a wholly Senseless Sacrifice. To make matters worse, said deleted material reveals he, by default, is tasked with informing Clara's friends, family, and associates of her death and making sure her body is properly handled back in the outside world. The Stinger of the episode shows him turning the now-abandoned TARDIS into a memorial to her via graffiti. And a deleted scene shows him breaking down in Manly Tears when he gets back home and greets his girlfriend. (One can only hope that post-"Hell Bent" either the Doctor or Clara lets him know that things didn't end up as bad as they might have been.)
- Your Days Are Numbered: In "Face The Raven" — and Clara might have to take his place if there's any hope of saving him.
Santa Claus (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Nick Frost (2014)The bringer of gifts at Christmas! He comes into the Twelfth Doctor's life to help him and Clara (who have parted ways via mutual, well-meant lies) in The Stinger of the Series 8 finale. From here, he helps the characters fight against the dream crabs in the following Christmas Episode. An earlier Christmas special established that the Doctor has met someone claiming to be Santa before.
"Now, what do you want for Christmas?"
- All Just a Dream: His appearance in "Last Christmas" is due to the characters being stuck in a dream crab-induced dream. Santa represents their collective subconscious trying to help them escape the dream crabs' mental traps. This would explain the Doctor's surprise at the Nick Frost incarnation of Santa, because he's met the "real" Santa ("Or as I've always know him, Jeff"). However, the last scene implies that he might be real after all.
- Big Fun: Fat, cuddly, and full of festive cheer. Being played by Nick Frost helps.
- Fun Personified: Though a snarky, cynical version, he's still as jovial as he can get away with.
- I Have Many Names: Santa Claus. Father Christmas. Jeff.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For Doctor Who's standard of "mundane" anyway. Santa Claus is probably just a "gestalt dream construct" created by the subconscious minds of the dream crab victims, but the final shot of the episode implies he actually could be real in some way. Santa himself points out that, even if he isn't real, that doesn't stop him from inspiring generosity and bringing hope to others.
- Noodle Incident: The Eleventh Doctor, Santa "Jeff" Claus and Albert Einstein were all hanging out in Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge in 1952, for some reason.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: The Doctor and Santa have this dynamic, especially since Santa tends to take the Doctor's usual role away from him.The Doctor: No, no, no, Santa does not do the explanations!
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tangerines. They're his "signature gift" and Santa gets very annoyed when he's told no one actually likes them. But he still leaves one on Clara's windowsill after she and the Doctor run away together.
- Unexpected Character: Although he was offhandedly mentioned by the Eleventh Doctor in "A Christmas Carol", there were zero hints he would actually appear, and the Doctor seems surprised to see him just as much as the audience is!
Ashildr/The Knightmare/Lady Me/Mayor Me (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Maisie Williams (2015)A central character in the Series 9 Story Arc, Ashildr was a brave young Viking girl whose village was attacked by the Mire (aliens) in the 9th century. The Doctor saved her village at the accidental cost of her life. In his grief, he rashly defied the fates by using Mire medical technology to resurrect her — which turned out to make her immortal and unaging as well. Realizing the danger of this, he takes a "professional interest" in her, following her progress as centuries on The Slow Path pass. She gradually forgets her past due to her human brain simply not having the capacity for so many memories. Thus her personality evolves significantly over the Doctor's actual encounters with her: In the 17th century she's "Lady Me", a noblewoman moonlighting as a highwayman called "The Knightmare" and resenting the Doctor for trapping her in life and just moving on. But thanks in part to his compassion and concern, Lady Me subsequently decides to seek out others who have encountered the Doctor and help them after he's moved on. By 2015, she's become "Mayor Me", the woman in charge of a "trap street" — a hidden street in London inhabited by aliens in disguise. When she makes a deal with the Time Lords to capture him in exchange for protection of the street, the plot goes horrifically awry, resulting in Clara Oswald's death. Now the man who saved her and believed in her inherent goodness may hold a grudge against her for the rest of eternity due to the death of the woman he loved.
"I call myself 'Me'. All the other names I chose died with whoever knew me. 'Me' is who I am now. No one's mother, daughter, wife. My own companion - singular, unattached, alone."
- The Ace: Self-described as such in "The Woman Who Lived".Ten thousand hours is all it takes to master any skill. One hundred thousand hours and you're the best there's ever been. I don't have to be invincible. I'm superb.
- Action Girl: She was pretty badass as a normal Viking girl, willing to declare war. Eight centuries later, she's a gun-toting highwaywoman who fought at Agincourt. A few more centuries, and she effectively runs the trap street inhabited by aliens in "Face the Raven".
- The Ageless: Although she can still be killed by violent action, she doesn't age and her immune system adapts quickly. This woman caught the Black Plague and got better!
- Anti-Villain: Uses rather unscrupulous methods to lure the Doctor into the trap street, but she's doing it solely to protect the residents and doesn't mean for anyone to get hurt, much less killed. Her remorse at what happens to Clara is undisguised.
- Artistic License – History / Aluminium Christmas Trees: Ashildr was unlikely, if ever, to have been, a Viking name. Aeschild in Old English was an actual Anglo-Saxon name, and Asheldham in Essex was named for an actual Ashildr, whose identity remains unknown. If this was Vikings this would almost certainly have fell into Critical Research Failure territory.
- Been There, Shaped History: She says she helped end the Hundred Years War.
- Break the Haughty: Her immortality has given her a very smug and confident personality until Clara dies because of a Batman Gambit gone horribly wrong and the Doctor warns her that he better not see her again. Ever. And for the first time since she's became immortal, she's properly scared out of her mind.
- Broken Bird: Oh yes. With over 1,000 years of trauma, she's broken more than any human should ever be. When she breaks the Doctor in "Face the Raven" over what happens to Clara, she risks living the rest of eternity in fear of the wrath of the man who saved her life and believed in her the most.
- Came Back Wrong: It doesn't happen immediately, but she loses her original personality as the centuries pass due to her limited memory and all the trials she goes through. She was virtuous as Ashildr, but becomes morally dubious as Me.
- The Chains of Commanding: She's a very harsh leader of the "Trap Street" but she has to be. Otherwise all of the different alien species would be at each other's throats.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: In the 1600s she's known as "Lady Me", respected noblewoman, and as "The Knightmare", the most feared highwayman in England. Her reason for robbing and stealing? The adventure.
- Create Your Own Villain: By the time of "The Woman Who Lived" she's become bitter towards the Doctor for making her immortal and then just moving on and refusing to make her a companion. They reconcile by the end...and then she invokes this trope by inadvertently having a hand in the death of Clara and turning him against her. For bonus points, where he was still willing to help her and did his best to understand her situation once he realized the pain she was in, she doesn't do anything to try and make up for what she did to him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Gives the Doctor this treatment in "Hell Bent" when he tries to play the Just Friends card with regards to Clara — despite his actions screaming otherwise.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": She grows to disregard her birth name and embraces the name of "Me".
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Has to wait literally until the end of the universe for it to happen, but finally gets her wish to travel time and space in the Series 9 finale. Oddly, this overlaps with Karma Houdini (see below).
- Easily Forgiven: By Clara at least, as when last seen they have become travelling companions. Forgiveness was a theme in Series 9 after all. While the Doctor never forgives her onscreen, he doesn't keep her from following him into the second stolen TARDIS in "Hell Bent" when he could easily have left her behind to the fate of Dying Alone at the end of the universe.
- Evil Wears Black: In "Face the Raven" she wears only black, including black tattoos from a contract with her supernatural executioner. While she is not evil in this episode she is definitely an antagonist and uses a sinister power.
- Foil: Not only to the Doctor, as noted below, but also to many of his companions, especially those created by Steven Moffat:
River: One psychopath per TARDIS.
- Her similarity to Jack Harkness is noted by the Doctor by the end of "The Woman Who Lived."
- She has a dark side to her that means she and the Doctor would be a terrible influence on each other. This is the same reason that the Doctor and River Song don't travel together regularly.
- Like Amy, she spent her entire life (her long, long life) hoping the Doctor would come back for her. Unlike Amy, he refuses to take her with him.
- Like Rory, she lives through a lot of human history. While Rory is kept sane by his love for Amy and remembers what happened to him, keeping it locked away in his mind, Ashildr ends up losing everyone she loves and forgetting them. She becomes cold and distant due to this.
- She suffered a great loss and briefly became cruel and reckless in response, just like Clara did after Danny's death in "Dark Water". Of course, immortality means "briefly" has a very different scale in Ashildr's case.
- The Fog of Ages: An infinite life but a normal human memory. She deals with it by recording her memories in journals. She still can't remember her home village, presumably because she started her record keeping after she had already forgotten them. Turns out that she even learned to Exploit it; if she ever has something she for some reason or another doesn't want to remember, she either neglects to write it down or rips out the page from her journal and then waits for the memory to slip.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: She starts as a brave innocent in "The Girl Who Died". By the time of "The Woman Who Lived" she is callous, robbing people for kicks and willing to kill to escape the planet. She is brought back to empathy by the Doctor, and decides she'll take The Slow Path to look after those he leaves behind. Alas, while she has noble intentions as Mayor Me she's willing to go to extreme measures to protect the trap street — executing anyone who steps out of line no matter how noble their intentions and betraying the Doctor to the Time Lords (resulting in horrific torture for him), which also inadvertently paves the way for Clara's death. In the end, however, she is Easily Forgiven by the semi-resurrected Clara and becomes her companion.
- Heel Realization: During the climax of "The Woman Who Lived", seeing the terrified villagers running for their lives from the attacking starships helps Ashildr realize how callous and detached she'd become.Ashildr: I care. My God, I actually care.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She died saving her village. Then the Doctor brought her back. The rest is, quite literally, history.
- It Gets Easier: By the time the Doctor reunites with her in the mid-17th century she's killed so many people it no longer bothers her. It can also be said to refer to her general attitude towards immortality.
- Karma Houdini: She is forgiven by Clara over causing Clara's own death, and receives no punishment of any sort because Clara forbids the Doctor from punishing her. And in the end, Clara allows her to become a companion for a trip back to Gallifrey the long way 'round. Still, she did live in fear of meeting a raging Doctor for trillions of years.
- Last of Her Kind: By the time the end of the universe comes around she's the last of the immortals. Also the last human, depending on where Orson Pink was at that moment. Before that, it's probably fair to call her the last Viking by the time The Present Day rolls around.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Though she has many bad things to say about immortality, she never considers dying. In fact, after living up to trillions of years, up until the end of the universe, she's ready for untold years of more adventures.
- Never Be Hurt Again: She lost her children to the Black Plague, so she refused to have any more.
- Never My Fault: Claims that she is not responsible for what happened to Clara in "Hell Bent" — granted, she uses that statement to also absolve the Doctor of his guilt over that, and Clara has no problem forgiving her in any case.
- Noodle Incident:
- Something caused her so much pain that she ripped out the journal pages about it. Note that she kept the ones about her children's deaths. Given which pages are missing, it was likely everything else about their birth and lives.
- We never learn how she came to be mayor of the trap street, meet the quantum shade, or what incident occurred that resulted in her agreeing to the scheme to trap the Doctor in order to protect her residents.
- No Sympathy: It's a downplayed case. When they meet one more time in "Hell Bent", she not only fails to apologize to the Doctor for betraying him and all the misery that came after, but like Ohila and the Time Lords does not understand why he doesn't just get over Clara's death. Like them, her immortality and detachment means she cannot fully comprehend how deeply he cares for her, although she has a better understanding of it than they. Unlike them she tries to absolve the Doctor of any guilt over Clara's death by reassuring him that it wasn't his fault, even saying that Clara died for "who she loved" which directly referred to the Doctor.
- Not So Different: From the Doctor — both are immortal Renaissance Man types, doomed to lose everyone they love, and prone to suffering detachment from beauty and kindness without the aid of mortals — with the last point the reason why he refuses to take her with him in the TARDIS. The events of "Face the Raven" bring the "sliver of ice in his heart" forward when it comes to self-interest. Also, both of them are storytellers in different ways — she an imaginative weaver of heroic adventures (this fades to The Fog of Ages), he "a bloke in a box, telling stories" who created the identity of the Doctor for himself — which is one reason he became so fond of her to the point of saving her life via extreme measures. Both also give up their original names at some point, and felt/were out of place in their original societies. In "Hell Bent", each argues that the other could qualify as the Hybrid of the Gallifreyan prophecy, though all signs point to the Doctor (possibly in conjunction with Clara) being the real deal. In the end, she gets to be a companion to Clara.
- Older Than They Look: In her first appearance, she looks her age. In subsequent appearances, she's hundreds, thousands, and even billions of years older.
- Really 700 Years Old: She was born in the 9th century and is approximately 800 years old by 1651. By 2015, she's passed the millennium mark. She eventually lives up to the end of the universe and beyond.
- Renaissance Woman: A good enough soldier to help fight the Hundred Years War, enough medical knowledge to cure scarlet fever, and numerous other skills besides. It's justified as Ashildr has had a lot of time to master many skills.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Played With. She was a queen in medieval times, but apparently it was mostly 'paperwork and backgammon'. Eventually she got so bored she faked her own death!
- The Slow Path: She survives from the ninth century A.D. up into the 21st century A.D. this way. She even lived until the end of the universe this way.
- The Sociopath: For a long time she was desensitized to the world, seeing no value in human life and even claiming that she had forgotten what sorrow feels like. The Doctor helps her realize that she does still care about human life in "The Woman Who Lived".
- The Storyteller: Was this in the beginning, and the Doctor (who felt an affinity with her, being "a bloke in a box, telling stories" himself) used her imaginative gifts to help him defeat the Mire by hooking her up in one of their helmets and creating illusions to scare and embarrass them.
- Time Abyss: She eventually becomes billions of years old and witnessing the end of the universe, having outlived all the other immortals.
- Trapped in Villainy: In "Face The Raven" she's forced to deliver the Doctor to the Time Lords in order to keep her alien community safe from harm.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: In the alien refugee community in the Trap Street; she calls herself "mayor" but there's no indication that she was elected. Like "doctor" it's a name she tries to live up to.
- We Used to Be Friends: "Friends" is stretching it, but she and the Doctor were relatively friendly until she pulls a Batman Gambit that results in Clara's death. Naturally the Doctor is furious with her after this and tells her in no uncertain terms to make sure they never meet again. They do, but while he doesn't take Revenge upon her he is apparently unwilling to reconcile over her past actions, which is telling because Twelve is one of the more forgiving Doctors when it comes to those who wrong others.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Chews the Doctor out twice — first for "trapping" her in immortality in "The Woman Who Lived" and second for becoming The Unfettered and risking the universe just to save Clara in "Hell Bent". While he is shaken and heartsbroken by the first speech, the second has no effect on him because she has No Sympathy for the suffering he's gone through — which she was partially albeit indirectly responsible for, after all.
- The Doctor gives her this treatment during her Knightmare days, even threatening to become her enemy if she follows through with killing a man. Needless to say, in "Face the Raven" he's not happy with her behavior as the trap street's mayor and hanging judge, and then she betrays him to an unknown party, and then she isn't able to save Clara from an unjust execution...
- Wild Card: She's an unpredictable immortal with very loose morals. The Doctor takes a "professional interest" in her partially because he was responsible for said immortality and thus feels responsible for what she becomes.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: She hates her immortal state because it has led to boredom and loneliness, but she gets used to it over time.
Grant/The Ghost (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Justin Chatwin (2016)
"Please understand, it's against my personal code to cause lasting harm to any individual. However, light to moderate injury is fine."
- Adorkable: Quite a lot; just one example is his "three-way" conversation between Grant, the Ghost, and Lucy. He was just as much when he was 8.
- Ascended Fanboy: Was a fan of superheroes, and then became one. About as straight an example as you can get.
- Blatant Lies: The Doctor makes him promise never to use his superpowers. Yeah, right...
- Bridal Carry: Does this to Lucy-who's not complaining.
- Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: Grant gets held hostage by the Harmony Shoal, who are attempting to draw out the Ghost.
- Clark Kenting: Naturally, his Love Interest doesn't see through it.
- Deadpan Snarker: When informed that the window he broke through is able to withstand incredible force, his response is,The Ghost: I'm sorry. Would you like me to call a glazier?
- Emotional Bruiser: He's a very sweet and Adorkable fellow, even in costume, though he does have his deadpan moments.
- Expy: In-universe, the Hazandra made him into one of Superman. Also a Superman Substitute.
- Friend to All Children: Almost as much as the Doctor.
- Flying Brick: He's got Flight, Super Speed, and Super Strength, and quite possibly Super Toughness as well.
- Mundane Utility: Lights a candle with a snap of his fingers, and uses his Super Speed to check up on Lucy.
- Genre Savvy: Naturally, since he read so many comic books as a kid.
- Nice Guy: Grant is a genuinely sweet man and Friend to All Children. No wonder the Doctor likes him so much.
- Power Incontinence/Power Perversion Potential: Having X-ray vision in high school was...interesting.
- Serious Business: The Doctor chides him on leaving a baby alone, although Grant had a baby monitor on his belt and can return at Super Speed.
- Shrouded in Myth: Lucy's heard of him, but doesn't think he's real.
- Superhero Sobriquets: The Ghost.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: Probably an invoked case.
- Super Senses: X-ray vision and super-hearing.
- Super Strength: Enough to hold up a spaceship with one hand.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A superhero who also works as a nanny.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Readily states as The Ghost that he lives by this code.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a sick kid to a kid with superpowers.
- Two First Names: According to promotional materials, his last name is "Gordon," though this is never mentioned on-screen. This is also very common in DC Comicsnote .
Heather / The Pilot (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Stephanie Hyam (2017)A student at St. Luke's University, Heather is marked by her unusual deformity, a star-shaped defect on her left iris, her shyness and isolation leads her to a remote corner of the facility where she discovers an unusual, non-drying puddle that reflects images without flipping them.As her fascination with the puddle grows, so does the puddle's fascination with her...
"Everywhere I go, I just want to leave."
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The alien puddle turns her into a Pilot, a being able to almost instantly travel far through time and space at will, leave others with her tears to locate them later and turn other beings into a Pilot like her.
- Bury Your Gays: Ultimately subverted. Initially, it appeared that fusing with the alien puddle had killed her and stripped her of most of her humanity, her promise to always be by Bill the last vestige of her former self, still driving her. However, when she finally returns, it seems as if the hybrid organism has stabilized quite a bit, and still retains all of Heather's humanity, memories, drives, and passions.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in "The Doctor Falls" to rescue Bill and the Doctor from the Mondasian Colony Ship.
- Eye Motifs: Her left eye possesses a star-shaped defect located in the iris.
- Fusion Dance: The puddle ends up being a alien entity made out of fuel left behind by a spaceship that landed on Earth long ago, it requires a willing organic component to reactivate and leave for the stars once more, luckily Heather's wishes of "getting away" seem to meet that criteria.
- Internal Homage: Named Heather after Heather Hartnell, wife of William Hartnell (known as "Bill" to his family).
- Put on a Bus: She disappears after the events of Series 10's "The Pilot".
- Swiss Army Tears: It turns out when she left Bill in "The Pilot", she left her tears with Bill, explaining how cyber-converted!Bill could still cry and helping her locate Bill when she and the Doctor needed her help the most.
Captain Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart
Played by: Mark GatissA British captain from the First World War that finds himself in Antarctica in the 1980s all of a sudden... then walks in on two men arguing about how they're the same man.
- All-Loving Hero: Sexist he may be, but he offers without hesitation to trade his life for a black woman he's never even met, and tells the German soldier facing him (though of course the man doesn't understand him) that he doesn't want to shoot him.
- All There in the Manual: Steven Moffat intended the Captain to be the Brigadier's grandfather. According to Henry Lincoln and the Haisman estate (who own the character and publish the spin-off Lethbridge-Stewart series), the Captain was the Brig's great-uncle, and his brother Alastair is the Brigadier's namesake grandfather. A compromise was agreed upon to solve the conflict, in the form of a free story which establishes, or at least strongly (and deliberately) implies, that the Captain is, in fact, both the Brigadier's great-uncle and his biological grandfather.
- Badass Family: Ancestor of Alistair and Kate Stewart.
- Badass Mustache: It's obviously genetic.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: And who can blame him, after everything he's been through?
- Stiff Upper Lip: Tries his best to stay calm in the face of trouble, and even offers freely to go to his death if it will help save the others.