"You know, after a while, everything is just stuff. That's the problem. You make all of space and time your backyard, what do you have? A backyard. But you can see it. And when you see it, I see it."The many, many people who accompany the Doctor in Doctor Who revival series (2005 onwards). For their ongoing character tropes in Big Finish Doctor Who (in which the original actors continue to play them), see here.Warning: There are a lot of unmarked spoilers on this page. Proceed with caution.
— Eleventh Doctor
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Rose Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Played by: Billie Piper (2005–06, 2008, 2010)A shopgirl from 21st century London, she joined the Ninth Doctor for adventures in time and space, realizing that life on Earth with her long-time boyfriend Mickey wasn't doing it for her anymore. Although she delighted in exploring the universe, she also felt a strong loyalty to her own mum and to the memory of her dead dad.Rose stays with the Doctor after he regenerates into Ten and acts as a love interest through both Doctors' runs. Left after Series 2, returned for the finale of Series 4. "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th anniversary special, also references her — The Moment takes on her "Bad Wolf" form to convince the War Doctor not to activate it.
Young Rose played by: Julia Joyce (2005)
Young Rose played by: Julia Joyce (2005)
"Come on, tightwad, chips are on me. We've only got five billion years 'till the shops close!"
- Action Girl: She showed a few signs of it in seasons one and two (using her amateur gymnastics skills to save the Doctor in "Rose", shooting the Beast out of the ship in "The Satan Pit", becoming the Bad Wolf), but season four solidified her as this, where she's casually lugging around a huge gun and shooting Daleks like it's nothing.
- Adventure Duo: With the Doctor. In both of his regenerations Rose was not just his companion but his partner. In "Tooth and Claw" this became very apparent.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: With the exception of her "vortex transfer" kiss with the Ninth Doctor, and her kiss with the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor. Rose and the Doctor were very clingy, they were always holding hands, hugging and generally touching each other.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rose is responsible for causing more deaths than any other companion - directly in the series 1 finale, and indirectly (via Jack) in Torchwood: Miracle Day. In fairness, in both cases she was taken over by the Bad Wolf entity and was unaware of her actions.
- Big Damn Kiss: The third person (after Grace and Jack) to have a snog with the Doctor in the TV series.
- Later shares a pretty powerful one with the Metacrisis Doctor.
- Book Dumb: "Rose" suggests that her school grades are poor. However, that doesn't mean she isn't intelligent, and series four makes it clear she's gotten past this.
- Clingy Jealous Girl:
- Forms most of the tension with Sarah Jane when they first meet, and she really doesn't seem to like the idea that the Doctor has had female friends other than her in the past (or may have in future). In Rose's defense, the Doctor never once told her that he had previous companions and was more interested in catching up with Sarah Jane, and her main concern was being left behind. By the end of "School Reunion" the tension between Sarah Jane and Rose has disappeared and the two are delighted to see each other again in "Journey's End".
- In "The Stolen Earth", Rose gets really ticked that Martha was included in Harriet Jones's little League of Former Companions and she wasn't, even though Harriet had no way of knowing she was even alive at the time. She has to specify "I was here first", which is quite odd considering she knows the Doctor had companions before her and Sarah Jane is among the group.
- Character Development: Rose has one of the biggest character developments in the series. She becomes stronger and more independent as the series progresses. She becomes confident in her own smarts and her ability to save the earth.
- The Confidant: Most prominent in the first series. She becomes the Doctor's best friend (and love). He begins to trust her with facts about Galliffrey and his life before her. Not everything (she didn't know about regeneration and other companions) but he begins to trust her with his past.
- Cuddle Bug: She and the Doctor hug. A lot.
- Damsel out of Distress: She rescues herself most of the time. Not only that she rescues others when she can. She is shown to be very empathetic and selfless when it comes to the universe (a contrast to her more selfish side when it comes to her personal life).
- Demoted to Extra: She returned for the series 4 finale after officially "leaving" her role of companion.
- Determinator: Who cares if travel between parallel universes is impossible? She won't let that stand between her and the Doctor.
- Disappeared Dad: Peter Tyler died years ago, due to a car accident. At least two separate episodes of the first two revival series explored Rose's conflicted feelings about meeting him again or even bringing him back (the alternate universe version of her father, at the very least).
- Do Not Call Me Sir: Like The Doctor, she doesn't like UNIT saluting her.
- Eating the Eye Candy: According to Cassandra in "New Earth", this was Rose's reaction to Doctor's Tenth incarnation;Cassandra: You've been looking! You like it!
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Lampshaded by Martha and Jack:Martha: Is that what happens though, seriously? You just get bored of us one day and disappear?
Jack: Not if you're blonde.
Martha: Oh she was blonde! Oh, what a surprise.
- First Girl Wins: Rose is one of the few companions that The Doctor has expressed obvious romantic affection for, eventually ending up with his half-Donna clone. In a very strange (but sweet) way. The writers have explicitly said that the Clone told her "I love you" when they hooked up.
- Forgotten First Meeting:
- She originally met the Doctor during the last moments of his tenth incarnation the Christmas previous to her first meeting with the Ninth Doctor.
- Also, the Doctor first saw her image when the Moment took her form in his War Doctor incarnation, before regenerating into the Ninth Doctor, but doesn't remember because of the crossed timestreams.
- Genre Refugee: She's clearly a character from a 00s Soap Opera who gets sucked into the Doctor's universe. This helped the revival serve as a Gateway Series to TV family science fiction at a time when the genre was said to be dead - and had something of a meta concept to it, seeing as the popular family viewing of that era was Soap Opera, Game Shows and Reality Shows (which later Ninth Doctor episodes also explore).
- Girl Next Door: One of the most normal companions in the entire series.
- A God Am I: Temporarily.The Doctor: You can't control life and death!
Rose as Bad Wolf: But I can, and the moon, and the stars....everything.
- Grand Theft Me: To Cassandra's chagrin. "I'm a chav!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Series 2 finale counts, though she's technically not dead, but listed as dead because she's stuck in another universe.
- A Friend in Need: To save the Doctor and Jack she swallows the time vortex... talk about badass.
- Friend to All Children: Clearly shown in episodes that had children in them (not many), like "Fear Her".
- Friendship Moment: She and the Doctor share many of these. Their little smiles, hand holding, hugging... When things get tough, they always look at each other.
- Fun Personified: In contrast to the Ninth Doctor's more gloomy attitude. It also shapes how the Tenth Doctor comes out (more upbeat, more happy) to match her.
- Girly Bruiser: She carries a big large gun during her fourth season appearance.
- Guile Hero: She won't wait for the Doctor to rescue her. She will save herself and save others whilst doing it. Though not book smart, Rose has a lot of good instincts.
- The Heart: She is there for the Doctor just after he lost Galifrey. She shows him how beautiful the universe can be, he sees the universe through her still innocent eyes. And slowly he begins to see the beauty in things again. She is a great influence to him, she is there holding his hand and offering him her support no matter what.
- Held Gaze: She and the Doctor can be sickeningly cute together. (Not all viewers mind.)
- Heroic Willpower: She does this several times during her tenure on the show. Most noticeably it's when she becomes the Bad Wolf and when she comes back to save the universes from collapsing.
- Holding Hands: It's kind of their thing. They are always holding hands!
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: When she finds a cat in "Fear Her", she melts into affectionate gestures to it.Rose: Aren't you a beautiful boy? I used to have one like you!
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her interaction with Nine had this vibe to it, leading others to suspect they were a couple.
- Love Confession: She tells the Tenth Doctor this. While he does not say it back, his clone whispers it back in her ear (according to the writers). She stays with the clone in the alternate universe. As of 2016 she stands as the first of only two companions to directly say "I love you" to the Doctor, which she does in "Doomsday" (the other being Clara Oswald in "Mummy on the Orient Express" (per Word of God), though the Doctor wasn't actually aware of this; River Song also more or less says this in "The Husbands of River Song" but isn't aware she's saying it with the Doctor standing right next to her).
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Nine, and a little bit to Ten as well. She keeps them both stable.
- Morality Chain: For the Ninth Doctor, helping a monster become a man again.. For the Tenth, she was more like his partner in crime. Ultimately, Ten assigned her this role for his metacrisis clone (a.k.a "Handy") because he was born out of war and hatred and needed someone to stop him.
- Love Redeems: To the Ninth Doctor. They meet soon after the Time War, and it's through her friendship and love that the Doctor begins to accept what he has done and move on.
- The Power of Love: Rose is quite possibly one of the most selfless companions when it comes to the universe after what happened with her father and the reapers.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Indirectly responsible for all fallout from making Jack immortal, including the return of the Master (and by extension, Professor Lazarus's rampage) and Miracle Day. Once again, though, this all happened under the influence of the Bad Wolf.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As the Bad Wolf entity, she destroys half a million Daleks in seconds.
- Physical God: Again, Bad Wolf is a basically a god of time because it consumed the Time Vortex.
- Plucky Girl: Rose might not always opt for doing the smartest action imaginable, but she definitely has a hefty amount of stubborn courage when the situation calls for it.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: To the Ninth Doctor, mainly. The Tenth and her become closer and are less interested in hiding their mutual affection.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: She just doesn't feel at home with her mum any more after a while, especially in "The Parting of the Ways".
- Techno Babble: She picked up this habit from The Doctor.Rose: One word in the wrong place could alter an entire casual nexus.UNIT officer: She talks like that....a lot.
- Took a Level in Badass: She appears to have taken one (off-screen) in series 3 because she gets a lot of respect from UNIT. Series 4 makes it explicit with her carrying a BFG and blowing up Daleks.
- Toxic Friend Influence: A downplayed example. While not intentional, it was at times suggested throughout the second series that, having himself become a bit more arrogant, cocky and hubristic, the Tenth Doctor was not always the best influence on Rose, and that she similarly started to become increasingly arrogant, reckless and cocky to try and impress him. It was also suggested that Rose was becoming increasingly co-dependent on the Doctor to the degree that she was gradually isolating herself from everything and everyone else in her life.
- Unreliable Narrator: Everything she says about her death is metaphorical or just being dramatic.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: To the Doctor, to the point where she became a Physical God to save him.
- Working-Class Hero: Her family's stature is rather like this, and when she first meets the Ninth Doctor, she's working as a shop assistant in a department store.
Mickey Smith (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Played by: Noel Clarke (2005–06, 2008, 2010)
Young Mickey played by: Casey Dyer (2005)
Young Mickey played by: Casey Dyer (2005)
- "Me? I'm their 'man in Havana', their technical support... Oh God, I'm the tin dog."
- All Love Is Unrequited: Played straight with Rose, later averted with Martha, whom he married.
- Alternate Universe: His counterpart in the zeppelin world is a gay gangster named Ricky. (The gay part is suggested from a deleted scene, but it's debatable if the scene is canon or not.)
- Always Second Best: He can't measure up to the Doctor even after taking his level in badass.
- Badass Beard: Once he starts fighting aliens freelance.
- Badass Normal: A powerless human that eventually becomes a cybermen slayer.
- Black and Nerdy: He's a bit of a hacker.
- Butt Monkey: The Doctor considers him an idiot, his girlfriend gives him little to no respect, his girlfriend's mother accuses him of murder when her daughter goes missing, Jack starts making fun of him within ten seconds of meeting him, and even K-9 gets to throw in a bit of snark while informing him, "We are in a car." Hell, his own parallel-universe equivalent finds him embarrassing, and this is a guy who considers himself a badass because of the number of parking tickets he's accrued.
- Humiliation Conga: His girlfriend runs off with an alien after basically snarking how useless he was. She goes missing for a year and the police haul him in five times, while her mother and the entire estate gives him hell about it. The Doctor keeps calling him Ricky and turning into better looking guys while hauling his girlfriend all over the cosmos. Then Mickey pisses on everyone and decides to show his worth.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end of "The Age of Steel," he stays behind in the alternate universe to help his dead alternate self's boyfriend (long story) fight the Cybermen and take care of his parallel-universe grandmother. Then he comes back for good at the end of "Journey's End" (after returning briefly in "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday").
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, he gives up on Rose.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Carries a torch for Rose for years despite her affections for the Doctor, but as soon as the Metacrisis Doctor is sent to live with Rose and company in Pete's World, returns to the prime universe. Between this and his parallel-universe grandmother having passed away, Pete's World no longer has anything to offer him.
- Love Triangle: Rose leaves him as soon as she meets the Doctor, although she considers herself "sort of" Mickey's girlfriend for a while after that. When she also starts fancying Jack, Mickey pretty much gives up on the relationship. He becomes part of the family again when he and Rose are left without the Doctor for a few years, but eventually steps out of her life forever when Rose gets together with the Doctor's half-Donna clone.
- Pair the Spares: With Martha Jones.
- Poke the Poodle: Ricky Smith is London's Most Wanted. ...For parking violations.
- Punny Name: Perhaps not intentional, but to "take the mickey" out of someone is to take any fight/vigor/self importance out of them by mocking them, and Mickey does have to put up with a great deal of mockery and bullying from Rose and the Doctor (mostly Nine, but Ten has his moments), and Jackie at first.
- Rebel Leader: Alternate Mickey. (It's Ricky.)
- Refusal of the Call: Initially, after his help in "World War Three", the Doctor offered him a spot in the TARDIS only to be turned down (one of the few companions to do so).
- Replacement Goldfish: Becomes one for Jake, Ricky's boyfriend. Jake copes pretty well with the idea, but since Mickey's not gay, it's a dysfunctional setup to say the least.
- Salt and Pepper: Alongside his partner in crime, Jake.
- Taking Up the Mantle: When his alternate self dies, Mickey simply assumes his identity and continues the fight.
- Took a Level in Badass: Multiple. To wit, from lovable but aimless boyfriend to a capable hacker and fully-fledged companion. Ends up fighting Cybermen in an alternate reality and respected member of that reality's Torchwood, and finally earns his happy ending with a woman who saved the world with the power of story.
Adam Mitchell (Ninth Doctor)
Played by: Bruno Langley (2005)Short-lived companion; a Teen Genius from 2012. Holds the dubious honor of being the only companion to be evicted from the TARDIS for bad behaviour.
"When I was eight, I hacked into the US defence network… you should have seen them running about!"
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Has a job that revolves around alien artifacts, but sees alien abduction stories as nonsense.
- Butt Monkey: He doesn't get a lot of respect.
- Jerkass: Intentionally written as a troublemaker to show what kind of person makes for a bad companion.
- Insufferable Genius: Very smug about it.
- Teen Genius: And quick to mention it.
- The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: Shows up again in the comics as an elderly man to show what happened to him after being left behind by the Doctor. It isn't pretty at all, and Adam's enormously pissed.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Attempts to change his own future by sending information back from the year 200,000. It doesn't end well.
Captain Jack Harkness (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Debut: "The Empty Child"
Played by: John Barrowman (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010)
"What are you captain of, the innuendo squad?"51st century native Jack (not his real name) is an omnisexual former Time Agent, turned time-traveling con-man, turned galactic hero when he met the Doctor — and, eventually, turned immortal. Madly fancies the Doctor, although it doesn't exactly stop him from also hitting on Anything That Moves. Got his own spin off.For tropes pertaining to Jack in Torchwood, see that series' character sheet.
— Mickey Smith
- Age Without Youth: Expresses some worry about having an extremely slow version of this, since despite little actual signs of aging he's begun to find white hairs. To top it off, he is implied to eventually mutate into the Face of Boe after billions of years.
- Anything That Moves: Has a penchant of flirting with everyone he meets, even when the world is ending — to the Doctor's constant frustration.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Being subjected to the full force of the Time Vortex, while clinging onto a TARDIS that's desperately trying to shake him off, doesn't stop him from shouting the Doctor's name.
- Badass Longcoat: Of the World War II greatcoat variety.
- Big Damn Kiss: The first person after the show came back, and the first male person (in the TV show at least), to snog the Doctor. Nine doesn't mind at all.
- Boldly Coming: Men, women... giant insects... robots...
- Camp: It's John Barrowman. His camp switch doesn't have an "off" setting.
- The Casanova: How do you know he's flirting with you? He introduces himself.
- Phrase Catcher: Some variation of the following exchange will be said when he's around:Jack: [to his latest object of attraction] Captain Jack Harkness, and who are you?
The Doctor: Stop it.
Jack: I was just saying hello!
- The Charmer: Manages to charm both Rose and the Doctor within minutes.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In "The End of the World,", as he's the Face of Boe. (Russell T Davies refuses to elaborate on whether or not they're actually the same person, as it would ruin the joke.) Barrowman said in an interview that when he and Tennant found out the implication, they spent several minutes laughing and cheering.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Never tries anything with someone who's already in a monogamous relationship except Gwen, and is very willing to be strictly monogamous if the right person comes along. Is kind and considerate towards his fuckbuddy Ianto and eventually enters a committed relationship with him in Torchwood. Has been married at least once, although his immortality has made him a bit wary of commitment.
- Contagious Heroism: He starts off as an amoral con-man, but time spent with the Doctor changes him into a lovable anti-hero.
- Continuity Nod: In Jack's first appearance, his 51st century backstory and knowledge of "Time Agents" is a continuity nod to Classic Who story, "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". In that story, the war criminal Magnus Greel also hails from the 51st century and is worried that the Doctor might be a Time Agent sent to arrest him.
- Crazy-Prepared: Keeps a tiny blaster hidden up his ass, just in case he's caught with his pants down. Or submitted to de-fabrication.
- Demoted to Extra: After he left the TARDIS and subsequently joined Torchwood, he made return appearances in the third and fourth series' season finales.
- Jack clung onto a TARDIS that was desperately trying to shake him off, all the way through the Time Vortex, to the very end of time itself! The TARDIS ran out of universe to go through before Jack was willing to give up his chance to reunite with the Doctor.
- Spending 100+ years prior to this waiting around Cardiff for their respective timelines to coincide.
- Ethical Slut: Made much more obvious in Torchwood, where he's shown to care deeply about his partners' personal boundaries, emotional health and safe sex. He abhors cheating.
- Even the Guys Want Him: As a YouTube comment put it,If you're a guy and you like guys, you're gay.
If you're a guy and you like Jack, you're human.
- Extreme Omnisexual: In his home era, everyone is having sex with everything else. Writer Steven Moffat calls him "bi", but that doesn't even begin to cover it.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Before he was rendered immortal, his response to the Daleks' "Exterminate" was to defiantly throw down his gun, stand up straight, and mutter "I kinda figured that".
- Fantastic Racism: After his transformation into a fixed point in time, the TARDIS initially really does not like him. She considers him an abomination. She might be over it by "Journey's End".
- Foil: A friendly one to the Doctor. Even on a certain meta level: It's been noted that while Jack has an American accent and is more in line with typical sensibilities of American science fiction action heroes, the Doctor is supposed to reflect a more traditionally British and more pacifistic approach to SF heroes, even in action scenes.
- Free-Love Future: Comes from a century where cultural taboos on sex don't exist anymore. Due to humanity's evolution adapting to Interspecies Romance, human sexual preference also has little meaning anymore in the 51st century, and Everyone Is Bi. Jack's very much a Fish Out of Temporal Water in this regard.
- The Good Captain: Although technically, he doesn't become an army captain until Torchwood. His stint as "Captain Jack Harkness" when he first met the Doctor was a case of stolen identity.
- Healing Factor: His immortality functions as quickly healing from whatever killed him..
- Heel–Face Turn: Originally, he was merely a charming con artist. He became a better person thanks to the Doctor's influence, to the point he'd happily be a Love Martyr for him.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Doctor certainly thinks so and the TARDIS agrees with him: According to the Doctor, Rose (as Bad Wolf) didn't just revive him and make him immortal, she turned made him a living fixed point. The TARDIS went as far as to travel to the end of the universe to get rid of him when he grabbed it, and the Doctor's Time Lord instincts make it difficult to even look at him without mentioning how "wrong" he is.
- Ignored Enamoured Underling: Towards the Doctor. Jack and Martha share a moment over this when they realise the Doctor's ignoring both their crushes on him.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: He'll gladly take a few deaths if it helps save the day.
- Internal Homage: He's the TV series' answer to spinoff character Jason Kane.
- MacGyvering: In "Bad Wolf", he not only takes out two droids out to kill him, but scraps them to build a gun that can find the Doctor.
- Made of Iron: On top of being immortal, he also is far more resistant to things that should instantly kill, thanks to his bonus Healing Factor. He once sat in a radiation chamber that should have disintegrated him from the intense concentration of stet radiation.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets completely naked in his third episode, with much glee.
- Mr. Vice Guy: The vice in question being lust. However, he's a proper Ethical Slut, and always respects people's boundaries.
- No Name Given: He admits that "Jack Harkness" is an alias. We still don't know what his name really is.
- The Pornomancer:Jack: The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered four hyper-vodkas for my breakfast. All a bit of a blur after that. Woke up in bed with both my executioners. Lovely couple. They stayed in touch! Can't say that about most executioners.
- Put on a Bus:
- Even though Torchwood was eventually cancelled and there's no reason why Jack can't appear in its parent series again, he hasn't been seen since "Journey's End". His absence is particularly strange in "A Good Man Goes to War", where the Doctor gathers a whole bunch of old friends and acquaintances to help him save Amy, but Jack isn't among them. You'd think an immortal soldier would've come in handy in the rescue operation.
- His Stag Parties are mentioned in "The Wedding Of River Song", as one of the things the Doctor could do, before meeting his death at Lake Silencio. The Doctor could visit all of them in one night, but he doesn't.
- Really 700 Years Old: He looks like a full-grown human man but he's over 170 in series 3, over 2040 in series 4.
- The Slow Path: He stuck around Cardiff for 100+ years waiting for the Doctor to turn up.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Back and forth between this and Living Forever Is Awesome. You could say both are deconstructed because both are true at points. On one hand, every death is painful and waiting for centuries is hard on one mentally, but on the other hand, its useful in his line of work and it's more time to hit on people.
Donna Noble (Tenth Doctor)
Debut: "The Runaway Bride"
Played by: Catherine Tate (2006, 2008–10)noteDonna was a temp worker from Chiswick, London in the 21st century. She first met the Doctor when the Racnoss queen fed her an ancient energy normally only found inside TARDISes, and the TARDIS pulled her into itself as a result. Played by established comedienne Catherine Tate. Originally a one-off character for the 2006 Christmas Special "The Runaway Bride", Donna returned as a regular companion for the fourth series as well as a role in the Tenth Doctor's last two specials.
"Didn't I ever tell you? Best temp in Chiswick — 100 words per minute!"
- Ascended Extra: Donna was originally intended purely as a one-shot character to bridge the gap between Rose and Martha during the 2006 Christmas special. However, she was brought back as a full-time companion in series 4 and has become one of the most popular revival series companions.
- Abusive Parents: Donna's mom, Sylvia, is verbally abusive to both Donna and Wilf (Donna's grandfather) in a depressingly realistic way. The Doctor is actually shocked when he realizes the extent of it, and tells Sylvia to stop it.
- All Webbed Up: Happens to her in "The Runaway Bride" Christmas special as a manner of restraint.
- Badass Bureaucrat: She was an office worker prior to being a companion, and her office skills prove extremely useful in "The Sontaran Strategem", "The Doctor's Daughter" and "Journey's End". Her ability to understand office files, work a calendar system and type 100 words a minute ends up saving the universe several times over.
- Badass Normal: The Doctor infiltrated (and later broke into) a corporate office building with psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver. She did the same with little more than really good BS skills and an absurd amount of patience.
- Better as Friends: With the Doctor, to his great relief. In fact, he wouldn't have let her into the TARDIS otherwise, because he was very tired of everyone falling in love with him. (They share one snog, but it's completely for comic relief and not remotely romantic. And she does find him attractive, but not in that way.)
- Big Damn Kiss: With the Doctor, of the "Let Us Never Speak of This Again" variety.
- Catch Phrase: "Oi!"
- Character Development: Oh, very much. It's a testament to Tate's acting talent when Donna's mom and grandfather beg the Doctor to let her keep her memories, as traveling with him made her a better person — and we see her revert to her shrill, gossipy, idiotic old self when those memories are erased.
- Christmas Cake: Over 30 and not married. This is most an issue in her first episode where she's desperate to get married.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted; the Doctor expects the same snarking he got from Rose/Sarah, but when Donna meets Martha they just shake hands and get along fine. Donna's concerns are more that she might lose her position as the Doctor's companion.
- Crazy-Prepared: After her debut episode, drove around with every type of clothing she might ever need to travel with the Doctor, just in case he showed up again one day and made her a companion.
- Cursed with Awesome: Doctor Donna: a human woman with a Time Lord brain and mankind's unique spark that makes her use her newfound intellect at maximum proficiency, even surpassing the Doctor himself. But the strain this puts on her human frame is so hard that it starts to kill her and forces the Doctor to make her forget everything about her travels with him in order to suppress her super intellect and save her life. Worse yet, if Donna ever remembers anything about her time with the Doctor, her Time Lord brain will resurface and she will burn.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's great at lobbing sarcastic remarks at the Doctor.The Doctor: [stepping out of the TARDIS] Ah! Smell that air! Grass and lemonade! And a little bit of mint. Just a hint of mint. Must be the 1920s.
Donna: You can tell what year it is just by smelling?
The Doctor: Oh, yeah.
Donna: Or, maybe, that big vintage car coming up the drive gave it away.
- Failing a Taxi: In "The Runaway Bride" Christmas Special where we first meet her, she tries to hail a taxi and gets one driven by an alien Mook, forcing the Doctor to save her with some fancy TARDIS manoeuvres.
- Fiery Redhead: Scorching temper and attitude, be it against The Doctor, Daleks, or her own mother.
- "Flowers for Algernon" Syndrome: Played With. Donna is frequently horrified by the amount of responsibility the Doctor has, but copes by going back to being snarky for the start of each new adventure. This means that her Character Development is gradual and zig-zaggy. It makes it all the more horrifying when we see her go back to her old old self.
- Genre Refugee: She's the kind of shouty comic grotesque who'd be played in a sketch show by Catherine Tate, although with plenty of Hidden Depths and much better acted than you'd expect.
- Good with Numbers: It's more than just math, though — she's spent most of her life temping, and she's gotten ridiculously good at it, having gained a knack for spotting patterns in numbers not even the Doctor would notice.
- Half-Human Hybrid: In "Journey's End", she saves herself from Dalek-inflicted doom by splicing her DNA with the Doctor's. She then indulges in technobabble, yelling like the Doctor, and hijacking the Dalek's motor commands to make them spin in circles. Fun is had by all, but it does not last.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her entire character arc is wanting to be more than "useless". And she'll never know what a difference she made.
- Jumped at the Call: In her second appearance, she is searching for The Doctor and has already packed her bags.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: She's loud and abrasive because she believes she isn't important.
- Large Ham: Extremely large and loud presence at times and then she becomes Doctor Donna
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her relationship with the Doctor. In fact, most people initially believe they're married or brother and sister.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and the Tenth Doctor have this dynamic, both trading sarcastic barbs constantly but obviously caring deeply for each other. The Doctor outright calls her his best friend.
- Missing the Good Stuff: In "The Runaway Bride", her first appearance, she has (somehow) managed to avoid all of London's previous encounters with extraterrestrials.
- Morality Chain: Explicitly considers herself one for the Tenth Doctor. She thinks he "needs someone to stop him".
- Pity the Kidnapper: When she was in peril, she often made the bad guys regret putting her there, even without the Doctor's interventions.
- Platonic Life Partners: Her and the Doctor. It's even invoked when she first begins traveling with him, with the Doctor telling her he "just wants a mate".
- Plucky Girl: Explicitly called a "plucky young girl who helps me out" by the Doctor and she lives up to such a description with her fiery determination (but she doesn't like the description).
- Pretty in Mink: Wore a black fur-trimmed coat during "Planet of the Ood".
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: "Turn Left" is basically someone force feeding her the blue pill after the fact and make her live a normal life. The future version of the alternate Donna then has to make sure the past version of the alternate Donna spits out the blue pill so that Donna Prime can resume her red pill adventure.
- Refusal of the Call: When the Doctor first asks her if she'll travel with him, she says no — being, understandably, weirded out by his tranquil fury. She later regrets this and begins searching for him.
- Save This Person, Save the World: Mainly just one episode, "Turn Left." Rose goes out of her way to get her out of town, and then to use her to change her past.
- Her importance to the universe as a whole is lampshaded by the Doctor in the same episode: "Most times, the universe just compensates around [changes in the timeline], but with you? Great big parallel world."
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Quite honestly so this time."We're not even the same species. There's probably laws against it."
- Shoe Slap: Declined. In "The Poison Sky", she was supposed to use a shoe to knock out a Sontaran. Thing is, she'd only wear trainers, and those don't have quite the kick needed. Fortunately, Percussive Maintenance leaves mallets around when you need them.
- Tsundere: The "harsh" type. Pompeii, the Ood, the Doctor in distress and her own two alternate dimensions trigger the dere side.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Because Donna begged Ten to "save someone" in Pompeii, he saved Lobus Caecilius and his family. This led to the Doctor choosing the face of Caecilius when he became Twelve so that he could always remember to "save someone", which led to him saving Ashildr by making her immortal. Making Ashildr immortal led her to much misery, and Ashildr herself led to Clara's death. Thus, Donna, who doesn't even remember anything of her time with the Doctor is responsible, however unwillingly or indirectly, for Ashildr's centuries-lasting misery and Clara's death.
- Victory-Guided Amnesia: Mind Raped to prevent her skull runnething over.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Was prone to giving Ten this when he acted rudely or otherwise went too far, such as when he initially refused to save a soon-to-be-dead family in Fires Of Pompei. Donna set him straight in short order, and continued to do so over the course of her run.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Lampshaded by Rose in "Turn Left." Even without the bug on her back, she still warps reality/destiny.
Martha Jones (Tenth Doctor)
Debut: "Smith and Jones"
Played by: Freema Agyeman (2007–08, 2010)Martha was a medical student when her hospital ended up on the Moon in the early 21st century. She and the Doctor saved each other's lives a few times that day, and she ended up as the third female (second regular female) companion of the Tenth Doctor. Tries hard not to fall in love with him, but fails rather spectacularly at that. After she left the TARDIS, Jack Harkness pulled some strings to get her a job with UNIT in what seems to be Harry Sullivan's old job. She remains friends with Jack, and has popped up in a a couple of Torchwood episodes helping out Torchwood Cardiff. She left UNIT to become a freelance monster fighter but, at least in Torchwood comics, still work with them.
"I traveled across the world. From the ruins of New York, to the fusion mills of China, right across the radiation pits of Europe..."
- All Love Is Unrequited: Develops a crush on the Doctor big enough to rival Rose's feelings. He acknowledges her feelings, outright telling a group of strangers that she loves him and acknowledging this in conversation with Jack out of the Doctor's earshot. But nothing ever happens with the Doctor due to the episodes establishing that he is still pining the loss of Rose during their original time together; "Last of the Time Lords" directly indicates that this is a factor in Martha's decision to leave the Doctor. By the time she's no longer a companion, she's over him and they go back to being just friends when they reunite later and in "Journey's End" she's actually overjoyed to discover the Doctor finally found Rose again. Later, we learn that she marries Mickey Smith.
- Always Second Best: How she feels about replacing Rose.
- Badass Bookworm: During her first trip through time, she saves the world by quoting from Harry Potter.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the other New Series companions, who saved the day by becoming a Physical God or half-Time Lord, Martha saved the world with herself alone.
- Better as Friends: Leaves the TARDIS when she realizes the Doctor's never going to like her "that way". In season 4, she's recovering from her crush on him, and they're much happier together just being friends.
- Big Damn Kiss: With the Doctor in her first episode ("genetic transfer!"). Also eventually kisses Jack Harkness in Torchwood, simply because "everyone else has had a go". Jack just sort of stares at her and grins.
- Black and Nerdy: Medical student, natch. She also saves the world by quoting Harry Potter.
- Combat Medic: She joins UNIT in Series 4 and her progression to full "doctor" status is accelerated by them because of her field experience.
- The Confidant: As strained as her friendship with the Tenth Doctor gets at times, she's always willing to listen to him carefully when he's reminiscing about his past and the things he's lost.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild case, but more so when Rose is brought up. Once she's getting over her crush on him, she's actually really happy when the Doctor and Rose are reunited.
- Demoted to Extra: She returned for the series 4 finale (along with making prior guest appearances in both Doctor Who and Torchwood) after officially "leaving" her role of companion.
- Determinator: At the end of Series 3 where she spends one year traveling the entire world telling people about The Doctor.
- Dysfunctional Family: While she loves them, her relationship with her parents and some of her relatives is a bit strained and there's tension in their household.
- Genre Savvy: She's quick to point out several issues concerning her modern day social status and how it might be affected if she were to travel to the past. In a bit of Discussed Trope, she brings up No Equal Opportunity Time Travel in front of the Doctor.
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: To John Smith in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood".
- Hospital Hottie: Studying to become a doctor and hot enough to become Shakespeare's "Dark Lady".
- Ignored Enamoured Underling: Just after their first meeting, the Doctor makes her promise not to start fancying him. She agrees, but falls in love with him anyway.
- Just Friends: With the Doctor, to her great frustration, as he still hung up on Rose.
- Law Of Inverse Romantic Interest: Outright states numerous times to being in love with the Doctor, but the Doctor, still pining for Rose, is not interested in going beyond Just Friends, contributing to her decision to leave the TARDIS.
- No Equal Opportunity Time Travel: Expresses Genre Savvy worries about going back to the early 17th century, given fear of prejudice over her ethnic origins. The Doctor reminds her that not all black people living in Britain at the time were slaves and assures her that he'll look after her. When they visit 1913 in a later episode, several people are incredulous of her having a medical degree (not just because she's black, but also a woman). She quickly proves them wrong when she shows of her extensive medical knowledge.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Although not The Stoic, Martha does keep a grip on her emotions. When she gets angry ("The Sound of Drums") or really scared ("The Sontaran Stratagem"), you know things are very bad.
- Pair the Spares: With Mickey Smith. What happened to her engagement to Thomas Milligan from Series 4 has never been explained onscreen. According to Russell T Davies, Tom was the rebound. It's also a case of the Token Minority Couple.
- Replacement Goldfish: It doesn't take long for her to feel as though she's simply this for Rose. She doesn't put up with it, sits the Doctor down and makes him tell her what's going on.
- Smart Guy: Studying to be a doctor, quick thinking but also great at planning? Martha is one of the smartest characters in the show.
- Technical Pacifist: Doesn't carry a gun, but has a position of command in a military organisation.
- Token Minority: Nicely averted. The only time her ethnic background is brought up in a major way is when she's worried about time travelling to more prejudiced historical eras.
- Took a Level in Badass: In The Year That Never Was she becomes a key figure in the La Résistance against The Master. She joins UNIT right after.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Freema Agyeman was Adeola Oshodi in "Army of Ghosts", a Torchwood employee who is possessed by the Cybermen and then killed. To explain why Adeola looked similar to Martha, they had Martha refer to Adeola as her cousin in "Smith & Jones".
- Walking the Earth: During the Year That Never Was; the entire earth in one year and on foot.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The Doctor's reaction when he hears about Martha's plan to blow up Earth to stop a Dalek plot is outrage.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As revealed in Torchwood, where she takes interest in Jack and Ianto's "dabbling".
Wilfred Mott (Tenth Doctor)
Debut: "Voyage of the Damned"
Played by: Bernard Cribbins (2007–10)noteA newspaper salesman from 21st century Chiswick, London. Originally a one-off character in "Voyage of the Damned", Wilfred was eventually revealed to also be Donna Noble's grandfather (a last-minute rewrite due to the actor hired to play Donna's father dying). This resulted in quite a few recurring roles throughout the fourth series, leading to fan-favorite status for the character and finally full-fledged companion status in "The End of Time", the Tenth Doctor's final story.
"Every night, Doctor, when it gets dark, and the stars come out, I'll look up on her behalf. I'll look up at the sky, and think of you."
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Defied - he refuses to be ashamed of never actually killing during his military service.
- Ascended Extra: Originally intended to be named "Stan" for "Voyage of the Damned" and never show up again. This changed when Howard Attfield, the actor playing Donna's father, passed away and Wilf was written in as Donna's grandfather.
- Badass Grandpa: The entire population of London evacuates because they're afraid aliens will invade, and Wilf stays in his stall. Daleks are invading the Earth, and Wilf's first thought is how to disable them... with a paintball gun. He even proves a crack shot with an asteroid laser.
- Badass Normal: Dalek. Paintball gun. It didn't work, but that's still quite a few levels of badassness above the norm.
- Catch Phrase: "It's them aliens again!"
- Chekhov's Gun: Owns one, and convinces the Doctor to accept it as a gift.
- Cool Old Guy: Willing to do anything to save the world.
- Like a Son to Me: Despite being the Doctor's junior by more than 800 years.The Doctor: I'd be proud.
The Doctor: If you were my dad.
- Manly Tears: His friendship with Ten is very emotional.
- Missed Him by That Much: For all his talk about the aliens, when the Adipose ship is hovering over London, horns blaring all the way, Wilfred is too busy looking through his telescope to notice.
- More Expendable Than You: He tried to talk the Tenth Doctor out of his Heroic Sacrifice because he knows that the Doctor is a hero on a grand scale and he himself is just an old human man. The Doctor's response is basically, 'No, you're not.'
- Older Sidekick: Obviously more than qualifies in the real world; he's more than twice David Tennant's age. In fact, Bernard Cribbins is the oldest actor to have played a companion on the show. In-universe, the Doctor is still much older.
- Parental Substitute: Is this to Donna. After her father died, and given her mother's aloofness, she always turns to "Gramps". In "The End of Time" he also takes on some of these traits with the Doctor.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: For the Tenth Doctor's final story.
- Properly Paranoid: Firmly believes in alien visitors to earth. Since he lives in the Whoniverse, boy is he right.
- Prophecy Twist: "He will knock four times." The Doctor was absolutely sure that it referred to the Master (and, admit it, so were you.) Instead, after the Master is defeated, Wilf politely knocks four times on the door of his glass cage, hoping the Doctor will let him out.note Wilf previously trapped himself in the cage to save a random guy's life. The only way the Doctor can get him out is by killing himself.
- Retired Badass: He served in Palestine when he was younger, though by his own admission never took a life while there.
- Weapon of Choice: A paintball gun or his old service revolver. That works, too.
Professor River Song (Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Debut: "Silence in the Library"
Main incarnation played by: Alex Kingston (2008, 2010–2013, 2015)A professor of archaeology who has an unusually close relationship with the Doctor. She and the Doctor never meet in the right order; the Tenth Doctor first met her in the Library in the 51st century, where it would be the last time for her (sort of — it's complicated), and it only gets more confusing from there. They move roughly in opposite time directions, and depending on what end of the timeline they're on respectively, they each know secrets about each other that they're unable to talk about without creating paradoxes. As a result, she's a walking collection of "Spoilers!" and very much aware of it.
First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison and Madison Mortimer (2011)
First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)
First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison and Madison Mortimer (2011)
First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)
Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)
- Action Girl: She made a Dalek beg for mercy.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Professor of archaeology.
- Adventurer Outfit: She loves fancy dresses, but for proper adventuring she changes into practical camo.
- Anachronic Order: She's a time traveler, and she and the Doctor always have to take a few minutes and check where they are in their relative timelines. Because of this, several episodes (like "The Impossible Astronaut", "A Good Man Goes to War" and "Night and the Doctor") feature a few Rivers at once.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In "The Wedding of River Song" where she declares no one in the universe loves the Doctor more than she does.
- Anti-Hero: Wasn't always a nice person before she joined team TARDIS. Can't always afford to be a nice person afterwards, due to spoilers.
- Ax-Crazy: Extremely so in "Let's Kill Hitler", as her young, wanting-to-kill-the-Doctor incarnation as Mels.
- Badass Boast: In "The Timeline of River Song" which was in Doctor Who Confidential after the 2011 finale, during the footage of River effortlessly gunning down multiple Silence with a laser pistol from the start of the series.River: Did I mention I was kick ass with a gun? No one kidnaps me and gets away with it!
- Badass Bookworm: Scariest Archaeologist Ever. She is rather kickass for an academic.
- Battle Couple: The Doctor and River Song are a married battle couple. He is feared across time and space, and she is part-Time Lord and raised as a weapon to fight the Doctor. They've fought off alien invaders back-to-back, while flirting.
- Badass Family: Her mothers and father are Amy Pond (the Girl who Waited), Rory Williams (the Last Centurion), and the TARDIS herself. Also she's married to the last Time Lord in existence.
- Big Damn Kiss: Five total, all with Eleven: their first to each other, a big one to fix the consequences of her first kiss with him, one to fix a massive Time Crash, and her last one (well, her Virtual Ghost's last one) with him. She does not get one on screen with the Twelfth Doctor, in part due to the No Hugging, No Kissing rule established with his incarnation.
- Bilingual Bonus: "Song" means "River" in Vietnamese.
- Bi the Way: Stated in her first appearance, and later confirmed by Word of Moffat. In her first episode, she had one team member keep on his helmet because she didn't "fancy him". The room consisted of Donna and the Doctor, two female members of her archaeology crew and the two Daves. The surface reading would indicate she had a personal dislike for him because he's kind of a dick, but in retrospect...
- Finally made explicit in "The Husbands of River Song" (ironic, given that title) where River mentions she's had at least two wives.
- Boxed Crook: As revealed in "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh And Stone", she spends many years of her life in the (allegedly) high-security Stormcage. Her crime is "killing the best man she ever knew". The man turns out to be the Doctor, whose death she helped fake.
- Brains and Bondage: Why would an archaeology professor have handcuffs? Spoilers.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Spends the first years of her life being indoctrinated to kill the Doctor. She falls in love with him instead, and ends up saving him from her first assassination attempt.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Young River Song is an odd variation on this in that her mother doesn't know she's her daughter.
- The Bus Came Back: She made a return appearance in the Series 9 Christmas Special, alongside the Twelfth Doctor; this was the second to last meeting between them in her personal timeline.
- Cardboard Prison: The definition of her imprisonment in Stormcage. In "The Time of Angels" River is an inmate who is guarded by Father Octavian, but in "Flesh And Stone" (immediately after), later in "The Pandorica Opens" and in subsequent episodes, River is shown to be imprisoned practically voluntarily, as she is resourceful enough to escape Stormcage easily if she well wanted to. After a date with the Doctor, she breaks back into prison.Sir? It's Doctor Song again. She's doing it again; she's packing.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Hello, sweetie!" whenever she meets the Doctor.
- "Spoilers" when keeping anyone's relative future a secret. Also her Famous Last Words before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- As Mels she had, "Penny in the air," soon followed by, "The penny drops." Just like the Doctor, it's a catch phrase she never uses after she regenerates.
- Character Development: Played With. When we first meet her, she's very mature and independent, but we don't know anything about her yet. Since her life unfolds in the opposite direction of the Doctor's, we very slowly get to know her, but each time we see her she's a bit younger. Eventually, when we see who she really is, she's very young, barely out of puberty, and incredibly crass and stupid.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In a rather funny variation on the trope, she frequently suspects that the Doctor may be hiding other women somewhere while she's around... but it's always a past or future version of herself.
- Consummate Liar: So as to not spoil anyone's relative future.River: I lied. I'm always lying.
- Dark Action Girl: Before her Heel–Face Turn, she was a psychopathic assassin.
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Doctor himself, being (half) Time Lord. In particular, she seems to have borrowed some hairstyling tips from Six and carries the Third's posh sensibilities as well as knack for no-holds-barred action. Coincidentally, the Third is Alex Kingston's favorite Doctor.
- Expy: According to Steven Moffat, she's one of Indiana Jones.
- Extra Parent Conception: Due to being conceived in the TARDIS, and having the Time Vortex poured into her in the womb, the TARDIS considers herself River's mother in addition to Amy and Rory. River finds out the first time she meets the TARDIS, and is completely shocked when the TARDIS tells her.
- Extreme Omnisexual:
- Says she once dated a Nestene Duplicate.
- Moffat jokes that she was involved with her entire archaeological staff.
- In "The Husbands of River Song", she is revealed to have had multiple husbands — and at least two wives.
- '80s Hair: A whole lot of it. She's delighted when she regenerates into Alex Kingston and sees it. Strax, who doesn't really understand mammals, calls her the one with the "gigantic head".
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Inverted. Typically the situation is that a child is raised by someone they're told are not their mother or father but secretly are. River spent her childhood with her parents without them knowing it was her, though she knew. And due to Trolling Creator, just as we're starting to figure all of that out, there are anvil-sized hints that Amy's baby may also be the Doctor's. It turns out to be a giant Red Herring.
- Faux Affably Evil: In "Let's Kill Hitler", prior to her Heel–Face Turn. She acts much like she always does, except with more murder attempts.
- Femme Fatale: Becomes this in her middle phase, black dress and all. Thinks she's this when she's young. Grows out of it when she's older, which is when we first meet her.
- Foregone Conclusion: Her death in her first appearance, "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". Her subsequent appearances are earlier in her timeline.
- Genre Savvy: Remarkably genre-savvy, to the point where on at least one occasion she made the very remark the audience was thinking at the time. She takes after her father.
- Good Is Not Nice: Though she seems to have mellowed out in the future, she starts off quite merciless despite being heroic.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: During the first 15 hours following a regeneration, a dozen bullets are no problem
- The Gunslinger: In her own words "kickass with a gun."
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's got primitive Time Lord DNA from being conceived on the TARDIS. It's explicitly said that she's the TARDIS' daughter as much as she is Amy's and Rory's.
- Happily Married: To the Doctor, hence all the flirting and kissing she does around him. It's not flirting, it's PDA with her husband. Although for many of her meetings after the marriage, he hasn't married her yet, and he doesn't realize he's going to — although he starts to suspect it as soon as the topic comes up. Ironically, in their final (as far as we know) meeting in "The Husbands of River Song", the most she does is kiss the Doctor on the cheek.
- Have We Met Yet?:
- The Doctor and River meet in the wrong order: for example, the Doctor's first encounter with her is her last encounter with him. In her first encounter with him, she realizes he's already had many encounters with her future self, motivating her to save his life.
- In "A Good Man Goes to War", Rory asks River this when he comes to recruit her to find Amy.
- The 12th Doctor encounters River, who obviously doesn't recognize him in his new regeneration and he just strings her along for the entire episode.
- Heel–Face Turn: Kills the Doctor, then brings him back to life, using up all her remaining regenerations in the process. "As first dates go, I'd say that was mixed signals."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice and both times were to save the Doctor's life. The first time (from her perspective), she tries to kill him, then uses all of her regeneration power all at once in order to save him. The second time (from her perspective), she prevents him from making a Heroic Sacrifice to save Donna and thousands of others, and gives her own life to save him instead. She had to, because she wouldn't even exist if he'd died that day.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, amongst other things. Extremely justified: The TARDIS is her second mom and taught her how.
- The "I Love You" Stigma: Despite the fact she married the guy, River never heard those three exact words said to her by the Doctor. (This is due to a longstanding tradition that the Doctor doesn't say "I love you" directly to anyone, not River, not Rose, not Clara, nor anyone else.)
- I Know Your True Name: The first character in the show's 50+ years confirmed to know the Doctor's real name, and is still only one out of two. It eventually allows her to open the Doctor's grave.Tenth Doctor: River, you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name — there's only one time I could.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- Shooting Eleven's Stetson right off his head.
- She offhandedly shoots a Silent that was behind her; due to the Silence physiology, she shouldn't have known it was there.
- In Love with the Mark: River was supposed to be The Silence's weapon to use against the Doctor. She learned another side of the story while growing up with Amy and Rory and fantasizes about marrying him instead. She still tries to kill him, but saves his life when she realises the implications. When it came time to kill him at Lake Silencio, she refused, and all of time fell apart due to it being a fixed point in time.
- Instant Expert: Her TARDIS piloting is justified, since the TARDIS herself teaches her via telepathy, and is her second mom. Seeing as the TARDIS is unused to time progressing linearly and was fully aware of who River was all along, she probably started training her in utero.
- Internal Homage: A nod to the extremely long-running Doctor Who Expanded Universe companion Bernice Summerfield, another professor of archaeology who keeps a diary about the Doctor. Steven Moffat wrote for the Bernice Summerfield franchise before becoming the Show Runner for the TV series. (He also jokingly suggested that River and Bernice had totally gotten married at some point, which immediately got a big thumbs-up from Benny's creator Paul Cornell. It's worth noting that "The Husbands of River Song" establishes that she has married women at least twice...)
- Irony: Had she not done her Heroic Sacrifice in the Library, she never would have met the Doctor and never would have been born.Ten: Time can be rewritten!River: Not those times. Not one line, don't you dare!
- Kangaroo Court: Subtly implied to be a victim of this, as she was locked up in Stormcage Prison in the 52nd Century for murdering a man in the 21st Century on Earth.
- Kid from the Future: She's Amy and Rory's daughter who, due to time travel, ended up growing up with them.
- Kiss of Death: She prefers hallucinogenic lipstick over the traditional poisonous lipstick. The one time this is played straight is in "Let's Kill Hitler", since she was programmed from birth to assassinate the Doctor.
- Lady of Adventure: When she's not accompanying the Doctor, she's traveling on her own adventures and getting into trouble. "The Husbands of River Song" shows the Doctor what River gets up to when he's not around, this time attempting to scam a valuable diamond out of a bloodthirsty raider.
- Laser-Guided Tykebomb: She was originally raised as a weapon to kill the Doctor.
- Last Kiss: With the Doctor in "The Name of the Doctor".
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her bickering with the Doctor is so characteristic of old married couples that Amy quickly assumes they really are married. At that point, she is married to him from the perspective of her timeline, but he isn't married to her yet from his. It's timey wimey.
- Even in the Library where Ten meets her for the first time, they argue so much that even Strackman Lux yells at them for acting like a married couple when there were more pressing matters at hand.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: She has a penchant for denying mercy to her enemies even when they beg for it, and she's willing to tear time itself apart for her husband's sake. Just like her mum, it turns out. Also, both she and her other mom, the TARDIS, consider themselves married to the Doctor.
- Loony Fan: Was deliberately brought up all her life to become obsessed with the Doctor, and inevitably fell in love with him in the process. Sacrificed centuries of her life to save him. Then studied archaeology just so she could find him again. When being forced to kill him, she firmly believes that she would suffer more than the rest of the universe combined. She's willing to do it, but not without letting him know how much he is loved first. When he hears her say that, the Doctor marries her.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Brags happily about her past lovers, relentlessly flirts with the Doctor, and rivals Jack Harkness when it comes to rampant innuendo. Moffat has joked that she was involved with her entire archaeology team.
- The Doctor: We've got ten minutes, get dressed.
River: Oh, that's so close to the perfect sentence.
- Love Confession: To the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song" and just before the wedding itself. And again in "The Husbands of River Song", though she's not aware at the time that she's actually speaking to the Doctor.
- Loves Secrecy: She often says "spoilers!" with unconcealed pleasure.
- Lucky Translation: The French language uses two different forms for "you", the informal "tu" (for family and close friends) and the polite "vous" (superiors, people you don't know, etc.). In the French dub, the Doctor and his companions usually address each other with "vous". During River's first appearances, up until A Good Man Goes to War, she uses "tu" when talking to the Doctor, and he uses the polite "vous". This switches around in Let's Kill Hitler, with River using "vous" and the Doctor using "tu". By The Angels Take Manhattan, however, they're both using "tu".
- Luke, You Are My Father: River is Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. River tells them this after her newborn self is kidnapped.
- The Masochism Tango: Her very first (from her perspective) words ever to the Doctor are to insult his bow tie. The second time she properly meets the Doctor, she tries to kill him with poison lipstick, then makes a Heroic Sacrifice to revive him. The third time she properly meets the Doctor, she refuses to kill him, then finally says she will, even though she will hurt more that the rest of the universe put together, as long as she can tell him how much he is loved; he angrily makes her marry him (long story) and they snark at each other as time itself explodes around them. From that point on, they date quite happily, but she gets on significantly less well with younger versions of him that she occasionally meets — because she can't spoil anything for fear of paradox. By the time she meets a version of him so young that all they can have is Belligerent Sexual Tension, their entire relationship revolves around snarking, bitching and flirting while he keeps on being frustrated at how secretive she is. The second to last time involved her meeting a version she didn't know existed (as it was the first face of a new regeneration cycle), while the last time she properly meets him, she punches him in the face, handcuffs him to a wall and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save his life.
- Mrs. Robinson:
- The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.Doctor: ...the Legs, the Nose, and Mrs. Robinson.
River: I hate you.
Doctor: No, you don't!
- In her past (and his future), she gleefully calls him "Benjamin" in return.
- "The Angels Take Manhattan" reveals that she's pretty bothered by the fact that he looks "twelve". (Though the context of the scene suggests this was meant more about how he acts than how he looks.)
- The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.
- Mistaken for Murderer: She was locked up in Stormcage Prison for murdering the Doctor.
- Mysterious Past: So much time travel nonsense is in her past that it takes well over a season to be uncovered.
- No Hugging, No Kissing: Totally averted with regards to the Eleventh Doctor. However, reflecting his less-affectionate demeanor, the rule is in place with the Twelfth Doctor except for a kiss on the cheek.
- The Nth Doctor: She's been played by Alex Kingston, Harrison and Madison Mortimer, Sydney Wade, Maya Glace-Green and Nina Toussaint-White. Technically, some of those actresses are differently-aged versions of the same regenerations: River gets three regenerations in total.
- Off Hand Backhand: She gives a powerful example of this trope, as she shoots a Silent behind her, when there's no way she could have known it even existed.
- Painted-On Pants: Lampshaded in "Let's Kill Hitler", when her younger self regenerates into the form that we first met her in. After going off to check out her new body's butt in a mirror, she proudly announces "I'm going to wear a lot of jodhpurs!"
- Poisonous Friend: She bitterly self-identifies as a psychopath.
- The Power of Love: She collapsed all of time itself to prevent herself from killing the Doctor.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: In "Let's Kill Hitler" she's essentially a hyperactive teenage girl in a 40-year-old body. One who sees nothing wrong with firing a lot of guns to get her way. As she grows older she has it under control, but still glumly refers to herself as a "psychopath" when she's already a Professor.
- Put on a Bus: River does not make an appearance in Series 8.
- Promoted To Opening Credits: In "The Husbands of River Song" - seven years after her debut appearance.
- Really 700 Years Old: In "The Husbands of River Song", she reveals that she is at least 200 years old, thanks to her "augmented life-span". This is presumably due to her mixed human-Time Lord biology.
- Recurring Character: She was such a prominent and memorable character (count her tropes!) that it's easy to forget that she was never a regular companion on the show: just 2 episodes in Series 4, 4 episodes in Series 5, 6 episodes in Series 6, 2 episodes in Series 7, and the 2015 Christmas Special. Several of these episodes are 2-part stories, which both increased her prominence and means she's in fewer stories than an episode count would indicate.
- Remember the New Guy:
- Inverted in "Silence in the Library": she walks up to the Doctor and begins chatting with him as if they're old friends. The Doctor, however, has never met her before — turns out that, thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball, he's meeting her out of sequence.
- In "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy and Rory's never before mentioned best friend shows up for the first part. The Doctor is as confused as the audience, asking why he's never heard of her and where she was at their wedding. Then "Mels" is killed and turns out to be a prior regeneration of River Song/Melody Pond.
- The Reveal: River Song is in fact Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. She's also been one of Amy and Rory's closest friends since they were kids, and becomes the Doctor's wife.
- Right Behind Me: River falls victim to this trope several times, although often she's telling someone how awesome the Doctor is only to realise he's standing right behind her.
- Running Gag:
- She has a habit of shooting whatever hat the Eleventh Doctor finds himself wearing.
- And free-falling and being caught by the TARDIS.
- Sassy Black Woman: As Mels she mouthed off to both her friends and teachers. It got her into trouble.
- Screw Destiny: Refuses to kill the Doctor in the series 6 finale, and consequently makes time itself implode in an attempt to avoid that fixed point in time.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: "I lie all the time. Have to. Spoilers."
- Serial Spouse: She married the Doctor but also married other people like Hydroflax, Stephen Fry and Cleopatra.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Amy and Rory, her parents, and merrily played a part in them hooking up when they were all teenagers.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Literally said she was looking for "a good man" as her reason for studying archeology.
- Sociopathic Hero: It's played very darkly in the series six finale. She calls herself a "psychopath" quite happily when she's young, and significantly less happily when she's older.
- Stable Time Loop:
- She's named after herself... twice. Amy named her "Melody" after her childhood friend, Mels... who turns out to be her daughter Melody. The second time, she adopts her Gamma Forest name translation "River Song" but only because the Doctor, Amy, and Rory keep calling her that, because that's the name they always knew her by.
- Gets the idea of defacing land marks to summon the Doctor from Amy and Rory, who in turn got it from her.
- She and the Doctor give each other the "Spoilers!" Catch Phrase, during their respective first proper meetings.
- Really, her whole life is one tangled mess of causality loops. The Doctor often does things with her because he knows he will do them with her, based on his (early, from his perspective) meetings with her later selves. Most notably, he knows that their date at the Singing Towers of Darillium will be the last, and makes sure to give her the sonic screwdriver that will preserve her essence, simply because she herself told him about the former when he first met her future self long ago in the Library, and he himself used her essence saved in the screwdriver to save her.
- Stepford Smiler: Comes across as carefree and flirty partially to hide a depressed and lonely side. She tells Amy she tries hard not to let the Doctor see her damage.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Played With in eleven directions. She is half human and half Time Lord. Except that she has no Time Lord parents — her parents are two humans and the TARDIS. Also, she spent most of her childhood in her second regeneration, which happened to be black.
- Super Strength: A very minor example, but in "Day of the Moon" River mentions that the little girl -— her younger self, it turns out — would have to be incredibly strong to tear herself free from the space suit.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Captain Jack Harkness.
- Both are reoccurring on-off companions who the Doctor has difficulty trusting.
- Both are time travelers much like the Doctor and have used vortex manipulators.
- Both are paradoxic in nature much like the Doctor. Captain Jack is immortal and is a living fixed point-in-time, while River is a Half Time Lord whose entire life is a Stable Time Loop.
- The names they are usually known by are both aliases.
- Both are Anti Heroes in their early appearances, before reforming after spending time with the Doctor.
- Both are Extreme Omnisexual and have dated members of various species and gender.
- Tangled Family Tree: From late series 4 onwards. Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor, and is also Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a rather romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag — because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law and his step-mother-in-law. And in the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Played for a reveal in "A Good Man Goes to War", when it turns out that River Song's name comes from a close approximation in the language of the Gamma Forest People: "Melody" becomes "Song", and they don't quite have a word that means "Pond" because "The only water in the forest is the river..."
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Suffers from a ton of Grandfather Paradoxes. Born in the 52nd century at Demon's Run, gets named Melody Pond after Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels", grows up in 1960s Florida, then regenerates into a toddler and grows up again in 1990s England as Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels". Then meets the Doctor in 2012, proceeds to nearly kill him in 1945, and takes the name "River Song" after learning about her future self. Then, after faking the Doctor's death in 2011, ends up dying saving an incarnation of the Doctor who still hasn't met her in the 52nd century to make sure she exists in the first place.
- Token Evil Teammate: She calls herself a psychopath (even though she's really not - psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of), and is by far the most violent of his allies.Dalek: You will be exterminated.
River: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.
Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.
River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
River: Say it again?
River: One. More. Time.
[a few minutes later]
Amy: What happened to the Dalek?
River: It died.
- Touched by Vorlons: As a result of being conceived in and by the TARDIS, she is part-Time Lord. The Doctor tries to argue that evolution does not work that way. The TARDIS pointedly disagrees.
- Trickster Girlfriend: For the Doctor; loves to tease him and keep secrets from him.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: In "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two Doctors at once.
- Also invoked in "Night and the Doctor", when she encounters two versions of Eleven.River: Two of you! The mind races, does it not?
- Also invoked in "Night and the Doctor", when she encounters two versions of Eleven.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised by the Silence to kill the Doctor for the first few years of her life.
- The Vamp: She was raised to be this trope - she killed the Doctor with a kiss. Thankfully, she gets better.
- Unrequited Love: Played with. Despite being his wife, River knows (or believes) that the Doctor will never love her. She doesn't care.River: When you love the Doctor, it's like loving the stars themselves. You don't expect a sunset to admire you back.
- Virtual Ghost: Her final fate is to be uploaded to the Library's main computer in order to save her life.
- Walking Spoiler: In-universe and out, to an insane degree. It's even her catchphrase.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After the Doctor saved her Virtual Ghost in the Library, he never visited her again, since it would hurt him too much to face her. She seeks him out and calls him out on it, very, very hard.
- Whole Plot Reference: To one of Steven Moffat's favorite novels, The Time Traveler's Wife. The similarities would take quite a while to count. She even meets the Doctor in a library, exactly like the novel's titular characters. (The Twelfth Doctor owns the book, keeps his copy in his console room, and stores a spare TARDIS key between the pages.)
- Wife Husbandry: "The Impossible Astronaut" revealed that the first time River met the Doctor he knew everything about her, and was charming and wonderful. It turns out he met her as an infant but had no part in raising her.
- You Can't Fight Fate: River's assassination of the Doctor-inside-the-Teselecta is a fixed point in time. When she attempts to avert it, the universe is plunged into a massive Anachronism Stew that threatens to tear time itself apart, leading the Doctor himself to unleash a What the Hell, Hero? on her.
- Invoked by the Doctor in "The Husbands of River Song" in response to River begging him to do something to avert the fact that their night at the Singing Towers of Darillium will be their last ever date.
- You Keep Using That Word: She is known as a psychopath - and even calls herself that - but she's really not. Psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of; also they do not love other people, instead seeing them as tools to use, while River devotes her life to the Doctor.
Amelia "Amy" Jessica Pond (Eleventh Doctor)
Debut: "The Eleventh Hour"
Played by: Karen Gillan (2010–2012, 2013)note
Young Amelia Pond played by: Caitlin Blackwood (2010–2012)note
Young Amelia Pond played by: Caitlin Blackwood (2010–2012)note
Amy: Twelve years! And four psychiatrists!Amy, a kissogram (and, later, a model), is a Scot raised in a small village in rural England. She first met the Doctor as a little girl in 1996, an encounter that everyone but Amy dismissed as imaginary. But Amy never forgot her "raggedy Doctor", and he served as a sort of imaginary friend for her… until he finally returned, twelve years later. Her relationship with the Doctor is arguably inspired by Wendy Darling's relationship with Peter Pan... except that in this case, Wendy is Peter's mother-in-law.
Eleventh Doctor: Four?
Amy: I kept biting them.
Eleventh Doctor: Why?
Amy: They said you weren't real.
Eleventh Doctor: Four?
Amy: I kept biting them.
Eleventh Doctor: Why?
Amy: They said you weren't real.
- Action Girl: She exerts this when "pushed into a corner." "The Girl Who Waited" sees her exhibit this to her fullest potential by surviving 36 years in a Kindness Facility against an army of hostile robots.
- Adult Fear: Between Series 6 and Series 7, her marriage with Rory became strained after discovering she's infertile, due to something done to her at Demon's Run. At the beginning of Series 7, they're about to sign their divorce papers before the Doctor's adventure causes them to reconcile.
- All Therapists Are Muggles: Amy is sent to therapy in two separate realities when others find out what she’s experienced and can’t believe it’s real: in "The Eleventh Hour" because of her tales of The Raggedy Doctor note , and in “The Big Bang” where all the stars have gone out and young Amy is the only person in the world who remembers them.
- Always Save The Boy: The Doctor even lampshades it.
- Amnesiac Lover:
- From the end of "Cold Blood" to the end of "The Pandorica Opens", she doesn't remember Rory because he never existed.
- Played with during "The Wedding of River Song." Amy remembers that she has a husband named Rory whom she loved dearly, but can't remember what he looks like, and therefore doesn't recognize "Captain Williams". It's the Doctor who tries to restart both their memories.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While she often takes Rory for granted, if anything happens to him, she'll be crushed, even suicidal. After she reads about Auton-Rory's disappearance in the Blitz during "The Big Bang", she's utterly devastated. "The Girl Who Waited" is testament to how deeply she's in love with him.Old Amy: You're asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself for a boy.
Young Amy: You're Amy, he's Rory... and oh yes I am.
- Back for the Finale: She returns briefly as a hallucination in the Eleventh Doctor's dying moments.
- Berserk Button: Growing up, the Doctor was her button.
- Doctor: Four psychiatrists?
Amy: I kept biting them.
Amy: They kept saying you weren't real.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When pushed enough or her family's in danger, she can be terrifying. Her (much-deserved) murder of Madame Kovarian, for example.
- Bi the Way: She clearly loves Rory, but that doesn't stop her from flirting with herself in the 2011 Comic Relief short.
- Big Damn Kiss: Has a few incredibly Big Damn Kisses with Rory, first in "Amy's Choice" when she made her choice, then in "The Big Bang" which is her wedding day and "The Girl Who Waited", which is effectively "Rory's Choice". She also snogs the Doctor after "Flesh and Stone" while he scrambles to shove her off of him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Because of the cracks affecting her reality so much and leaving her with a fear of abandonment even before the Doctor entered and then left her life, she treated Rory pretty badly during Series 5. She got much better once time was fixed, but she still has her moments.
- Broken Bird:
- The Doctor abandons her repeatedly in "The Eleventh Hour", leaving her with lifelong psychological problems as a result.
- She repeatedly suffers this in "A Good Man Goes to War": First she gives birth in captivity, held prisoner God-knows-where in time and space. Then her baby girl is taken away from her by the villains. Then after the sheer joy of getting Melody back and reuniting with her husband and the Doctor, the villains reveal that they've already taken off with the baby and replaced her with a flesh duplicate, which promptly dissolves in Amy's arms.
- In "The Girl Who Waited", she's left to fend for herself against killer robots for 36 years, hardening her into a bitter old woman whose faith in the Doctor has dissolved into hatred.
- Finally, in "The God Complex", the Doctor deliberately breaks that faith in order to save both her life and her future.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: As above, she answered yes to the call long before she was able to actually have the adventure associated.
- Changed My Jumper: She's a worse offender than the Doctor himself. Wearing a miniskirt in public probably would have been a hanging offence in 16th century Venice, and that's just one example.
- Character Development: Though she starts as an innocent and adventurous young girl, after being abandoned by the Doctor for 14 years she grows up to be jaded, snarky and emotionally damaged, as well as finding herself sexually conflicted between the Doctor and Rory. Throughout Series 5 and 6 she comes to realise just how much she loves Rory, and her mask of overconfidence is toned down as she becomes more mature. She also comes to see the Doctor as less of a childhood hero and more of a friend and equal.
- Character Tic: In Series 5, she would bulge her eyes and pucker her mouth a lot. As she never does it in Series 6, this was probably intentional on Karen Gillan's part.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets pretty annoyed when she thinks Rory is more focused on another woman. It's justified for a few reasons; he's her husband, he's had a Single-Target Sexuality on her for most of their lives, he has a tendency to die and she's feeling guilty over calling him her "sort of boyfriend" in their first episode.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy: in the 2011 Comic Relief short when she had a twin and wouldn't stop flirting with it.
- Double Consciousness: After the events of "The Big Bang", she remembers two different versions of her life, as stated in the "Good Night" mini-episode. In "The Wedding of River Song", this is now triple consciousness, with Amy remembering her life in the time-everywhere universe.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: She emotionally and physically beats Rory over the head a whole lot. She gets called out on it hard on occasion, and slowly learns that there are other ways to love someone. It's still her default defense mechanism when she feels her that relationship isn't heading the right way.
- Driven to Suicide: After Rory is sent to the past and "killed" by a Weeping Angel, she chooses to get sent back in time by that same Angel and die early. The Doctor sounds like he's trying to talk her off of a high ledge.
- Drives Like Crazy: According to Rory.
- Rory: Uh, Doctor, don't. Seriously, I let her drive my car once.
Amy: Yeah, to the end of the road.
Rory: Yeah. Where, according to Amy, there was an unexpected house.
Amy: Aw, he's jealous because I passed my test first time.
Rory: You cheated: you wore a skirt.
Amy: I didn't wear a skirt. ... No, no; I did wear a skirt, but it was any old skirt.
Rory: Did you see Amy drive, Doctor?
Rory: Neither did her driving instructor...
- Expy: Shares quite more than a few traits with Sally Sparrow from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer, right down to having a guy that's interested in her that's considered way out of his league. Unlike Larry Nightingale, Rory definitely does hook up with the girl he likes.
- Fag Hag: Believed herself to be this to Rory for years.
- Fair Cop: Subverted in her first appearance, when she uses a Kissogram outfit to pretend to be a cop.
- Fiery Redhead: This ginger companion is quick to lose her temper. As early as her episode, there's her smacking the Doctor with a cricket bat and sticking his tie in a car door because he left her alone for 12 years and then won't explain what's going on.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "The Bells of Saint John", the characters — including the Doctor, eventually — read an old-looking book titled "Summer Falls". It's written by "Amelia Williams".
- Friends with Benefits: Wants to be this with the Doctor and she gets one kiss in before he pushes her away. She tries again during her wedding — twice.
- Future Badass: Thirty six years spent defending herself from robots with a sword.
- Genre Savvy: She doesn't quite match Rory, but there are numerous examples, such as the fact that it only takes her three very brief encounters with the Silents to figure out that they have some kind of agenda against the Doctor, what powers they have, and that it would be wise to take a cellphone photo of one.
- Happily Ever After: While Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they had a full and happy life together until their death of old age. (Karen Gillan herself also thinks they had Babies Ever After as well.)
- Heh Heh, You Said "X": Gives one in "The Time Of Angels" when River asks the Doctor to "sonic her" device in order to amplify its signal.Amy: Ooh Doctor, you soniced her.
- Heroes Want Redheads:
- Inverted with the Doctor, who really doesn't want to fancy her no matter how hard she flirts.
- It's played straight with Rory.
- In the 2011 Comic Relief short, Amy Pond flirts with herself.
- Hidden Depths: She really loves Van Gogh's work.
- In-Series Nickname: The Girl Who Waited. Twice.
- Jumped at the Call:
- Asked to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, the caller got waylaid and she had to wait for fourteen years before she got to see the inside of the TARDIS.Amy: When I was a little girl, I dreamed of time and space. Last night, all my dreams came true.
- Invoked by the Doctor with his repeated declaration.Doctor: Amelia Pond! Get your coat!
- Asked to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, the caller got waylaid and she had to wait for fourteen years before she got to see the inside of the TARDIS.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Angels Take Manhattan", her permanent death is confirmed by her tombstone.
- Lady of War: In "The Girl Who Waited" the future Amy has taken a level in badass and become one of these. This attitude is also very much in evidence in "The Wedding of River Song".
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Done to her memories of Rory courtesy of the time-crack, and, it later turns out, to her memories of her parents as well.
- Last Name Basis: The Doctor has the habit of calling her “Pond.“
- Leitmotif: There's "Locked On" which plays while she gives her narrative, at the start of every one of Eleven's second season episodes. As well as a musical piece called Amy's Theme
- Like Brother and Sister: Despite a chronic case of Will They or Won't They?, she and the Doctor ultimately end up like this when she realises that Rory is her true love.
- Limited Wardrobe: For the first six episodes of the 2011 series, appeared to have nothing in her wardrobe except two or three similar-looking plaid shirts. It turned out to be a subliminal hint to the audience that she's actually a mind-linked Doppelgänger in these episodes.
- Love Triangle: Thinks she's in one with Rory and the Doctor. Rory and the Doctor both disagree. She readily accepts the fact that the Doctor wouldn't necessarily love her, being a 907-year-old alien and all, but she still hopes for a quick shag. The Ship Tease around it eventually becomes a major plot point, due to Trolling Creator, when she becomes pregnant and people start to assume that it might be the Doctor's baby. Of course, it's not — despite there being, at first, overwhelming evidence for it.
- The Maiden Name Debate: After she marries Rory, she becomes Amy Williams. The Doctor knows, but calls her "Pond" regardless (he even calls Rory "Rory Pond" consistently), unless things get properly serious.
- Male Gaze: Her first appearance as an adult is a slow pan up her legs.
- Mama Bear: Very nearly kills a spaceship full of people, including herself and Rory, to save their child. No guarantee that anyone died, but none that everyone lived, either. Madame Kovarian learns this, too.Amy: You took my baby from me and hurt her. And now she's all grown up and she's fine. But I'll never see my baby again.
Madame Kovarian: But you'll still save me, though. Because he would. And you'd never do anything to disappoint your precious Doctor.
Rory: Ma'am, we have to go. Now.
Amy: The Doctor is very precious to me, you're right. But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here. [reattaches Kovarian's eye-drive] River Song didn't get it all from you... sweetie.
- Marry Them All: In her first season, she genuinely intends to have both Rory and the Doctor as her "boys", with Rory's unhappiness with such an arrangement going largely over her head (and the Doctor not having any intention to come between them). She pointedly ignores their protests even during her and Rory's wedding, and tells the Doctor he can kiss the bride. (He doesn't.)Amy: [to the Doctor] Oi! Where are you sneaking off to? We haven't even had a snog in the shrubbery yet!
Amy: Shut up, it's my wedding!
Rory: Our wedding!
- Meet Cute: She and the Doctor have one when he shows up in a crashed TARDIS asking for an apple.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Towards Rory in Series 5 and early in Series 6 where he goes from her boyfriend to her "sort of boyfriend" to her fiance, to one of her two "boys" and then forgetting him entirely due to a time crack. Since then, she's clearly established him as her number one priority.
- Ms. Fanservice:
- She's a Kissogram, and so has several...interesting outfits. Seen onscreen is a Fair Cop police uniform; refered to are Naughty Nurse Outfits, Naughty Nun, and French Maid outfits. She has a general liking for short skirts or hotpants that show off Karen Gillan's long legs; there's only two episodes of the fifth series in which we don't see her in something like that.
- This causes a minor disaster in the 2011 Comic Relief skit, when her wearing a short skirt distracts Rory enough to cause him to drop a thermocoupling, causing a spatial paradox.
- It's also implied she Invoked this to pass her driving test.
- As of the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7, she had a quite successful modeling career. By "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", she seems to have quit.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Straightforward example—Amy is subjected to a horrifying pregnancy and delivery. It leads to a half Time Lord child.
- Oblivious to Love: For a kissogram, she was a little bit slow in realising that Rory liked her.
- Painted-On Pants: If she's not wearing a miniskirt, she's probably wearing these.
- Pajama-Clad Hero: In "The Beast Below", she saves all of Space Ship U.K and the Star Whale carrying her while in her nightie.
- Parental Abandonment: When we first meet her, she's living with her aunt (who's never there). The question of what happened to the rest of her family is part of the season arc.
- The Peeping Tom: Had no problem watching the Eleventh Doctor's bare backside when he just started changing clothes right in front of her and Rory not long after his regeneration.Rory: Are you not gonna turn your back?
Amy: *smirks* Nope.
- Phrase Catcher: "Come along, Pond."
- Reality Warper: Her Ripple Effect-Proof Memory is the only reason the Doctor's second Big Bang goes off without a hitch and is also the only way the Doctor comes back into existence.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory:
- Develops this as an actual explicit power, though not so much ripple-proof as ripple-resistant. She can lose memories of her own history if she doesn't really concentrate when the moment is rewritten, but she can get those back. This culminates with her remembering the Doctor back into existence after a nasty Ret Gone.
- This skill comes back again in "The Wedding of River Song". She and Rory can both remember bits and pieces of the correct timeline, but Amy is the only one able to remember the correct order of things — with a lot of effort and many scribbled illustrations.
- Screw Yourself: When the TARDIS gets tangled in a time loop, Amy finds her slightly-time-displaced-self rather fetching.
- Security Cling: The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic Break the Cutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from her husband Rory every time, of course.
- She's Got Legs:
Clara: Dear GOD, that woman is made of legs! That's the most legs on any living human!
- The "Time" short is based on her long legs, her short skirt, and how her husband is distracted by them.
- Clara's thoughts on the subject:
- Ship Tease: With the Doctor. This becomes a major plot point when she becomes pregnant and her baby turns out to have Time Lord DNA. Rumors promptly start flying about the universe as to exactly what happened, with Dorium noting that anyone now hunting Amy or her family will be in serious trouble. Due to Trolling Creator, it takes a while before we find out that it was all a big Red Herring, and the Doctor has never touched Amy.
- Show Some Leg: According to Rory, this is how she got her driver's permit.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Very mild case of this sometimes, as she tends to overestimate her own competence.
- Case in point, during a conversation with River about the Doctor, River says she knows what Amy is thinking. Amy's immediate response is to confidently state that River doesn't. As it turns out, River does in fact know what Amy's thinking.
- Surprise Pregnancy: She had no idea she was pregnant, even after having done the deed on her wedding night.
- Tangled Family Tree: From late series 4 onwards, Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor and is also Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag — because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law and his step-mother-in-law. In the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason. TARDIS also fancies "Pretty Boy".
- Took a Level in Badass: Thirty-six years of defending yourself from killer robots will do this.
- Trapped in the Past: Amy and Rory's final fate is to locked into early 1900s New York by Weeping Angels.
- Trauma Conga Line: She gets severely traumatised roughly every two episodes, from kidnapping to abandonment to adult fear and death.
- Violent Glaswegian: Not actually Glaswegian, but she's still Scottish and still very bad tempered when the mood takes her. She invokes it in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: It's not a good idea to mess with Rory.
- Wham Line: To The Doctor, when he's grilling this 'policewoman' on why she lied about how long the Pond family has been gone.The Doctor: This is important! Why did you say six months?Amy: *screaming* Why did you say five minutes?!
- Wistful Amnesia: Finds herself crying over Rory without realizing it or knowing why several times in series 5.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As shown in the comics, when Rory kisses the Doctor by accident and Amy asks them to do it again, but slower.
- You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: As she points out, the Doctor only calls her "Amelia" when he's worried about her, and "Amy Williams" when things get very, very serious.
- You Have Waited Long Enough: Amy runs off with the Doctor on the night before her wedding.
Rory Arthur Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
Debut: "The Eleventh Hour"
Played by: Arthur Darvill (2010–2012)
Young Rory played by: Ezekiel Wigglesworth (2011)
Young Rory played by: Ezekiel Wigglesworth (2011)
"Rory Pond is everything I could never be — brave enough to show when he's scared, man enough to take his wife's name, and so steadfastly in love that he'll wait 2,000 years and not complain once. Everyone needs a Rory in their life."Rory is a nurse, Amy's childhood friend, and now her husband. Growing up together with Amy, she used to make him dress up as her "raggedy Doctor", and he's appropriately freaked out to learn that the man actually exists. He starts off incredibly reluctant to travel with the Doctor, out of love for Amy and fear for his own life, but quickly rises to the challenge and becomes a tremendously courageous force to be reckoned with.
- Adorkable: His attempt to fence using a broom and his inability to pass for an American are but two examples. He also tends to lapse into Buffy Speak.
- Always Save the Girl: If you suggest that his girlfriend is less important than the universe, then he will punch your lights out.
- Amnesiac Lover: In "The Wedding of River Song", in which he's lost all his memories of the correct timeline and only knows Amy as his boss. The Doctor tries to get them back together again...and fails, at first.
- The Atoner: As an Auton, following the (apparent) death of Amy by his own hands.
- Badass Adorable: "A Good Man Goes To War" has him terrifying Cybermen and then later crying with joy at his baby daughter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a gentle soul (he's a nurse, after all), but he's capable of amazing destruction if his family is threatened.Rory: I have a message from the Doctor... and a question from me. WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE? Oh don't give me those blank looks, the twelfth Cyber-legion monitors this entire quadrant! You hear everything. So you tell me what I need to know, you tell me now and I'll be on my way...
Cyber-Leader: What is the Doctor's message?
[the entire Cyberman fleet outside the window explodes]
Rory: Would you like me to repeat the question?
- Big Damn Kiss: Apart from a few very Big Damn Kisses with Amy, the Doctor (well, Matt Smith, improvising) rather unexpectedly snogs him once. Rory makes a "yuck" face.
- Bullying a Dragon: Rory is normally a gentle soul, but it is not a good idea to test his patience whenever Amy is in trouble.
- Butt Monkey: Started out as Amy's put-on "sort of boyfriend" so wasn't taken seriously by anyone and regularly made a fool of himself.
- The Champion: Spent 2000 years as the Guardian of the Pandorica, simply to make sure Amy would remain protected.
- Character Development: He went from an insecure Mickey-type character whose main purpose was to look hurt, to a Badass Adorable man who is willing to spend two thousand years protecting his wife.
- The Chew Toy: At one point, fans on Twitter jokingly threatened to come after Moffat with a pitchfork if he tortured Rory again. Moffat responded they'd have to haul the pitchfork out of Rory first.
- Chick Magnet: Gathers quite a few looks from various female characters (and, after a while, from Eleven as well). Even the TARDIS fancies him, calling him "the pretty one" — one episode later, it's revealed that they have a child together.
- Covert Pervert: In "Space" and "Time" he accidentally causes a major malfunction in the TARDIS because (a) His wife is wearing a skirt and (b) The TARDIS has a glass floor.
- Auton Rory spent 1894 years protecting the Pandorica simply because Amy was inside.
- In "The Wedding of River Song", in another version of reality, to give Amy time to flee, he ignores the fact he's being electrocuted.Amy: You have to take your eye-drive off!
Rory: I can't do that ma'am, I can't forget what's coming.
Amy: But it could activate at any moment!
Rory: [with trembling, clenched fists] It has activated, ma'am.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Rory tops himself, and quite possibly takes the all-time Companion Crowning Moment, in Doctor Who Magazine comic "The Chains of Olympus", where he lets out a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner in the form of "Hi, honey! Is this bloke bothering you?", announces himself as Roranicus the First of the Upper Leadworth Empire, and whips out a Your Mom joke... all before taking on Ares, the Greek god of war in SINGLE COMBAT, and wiping the floor with him. Eat your heart out, Kratos.
- Disney Death: He has a knack for wiggling his way out of being Killed Off for Real.
- Distressed Dude: Frequently. Amy never takes it well.
- Double Consciousness: Rory remembers both his original life and his life as the Last Centurion in the universe of the Total Event Collapse. However, he's worked out how to block away the latter set of memories most of the time — unless he decides he needs to access them.
- The Dreaded: After the reboot of the universe, he's been woven into all human legends as "The Last Centurion".
- Establishing Character Moment:
- He's first introduced as being the only one in the hospital Genre Savvy enough not to dismiss the rumour about coma patients wandering about, which attracts the Doctor's attention when he notices he's busy taking photos of them, rather than the sun going dark. He's only then introduced properly as Amy's fairly timid boyfriend.
- As a companion this moment comes in "The Vampires of Venice", when he quite angrily tells the Doctor that "you have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves", establishing himself as the first companion in a long time who doesn't outright idolise the Doctor, and someone who is perfectly willing to call him out.
- In the same story he witnesses an apparent vampire attack... and focuses on trying to save the victim rather than chasing the vampire.
- Expy: Shares traits with Larry Nightingale from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer, right down to being interested in a girl that's considered way out of his league. Unlike Larry, he definitely does hook up with the girl he likes.
- Fanservice Pack: Mild version. In Series 6, the costume department gave the character more flattering clothes (like tighter jeans) and hair gel. It's also applied to the Roman uniform when it reappears.
- The Fettered: Remembering his time as The Centurion hurts, so he blocks it out for his own sanity. When needs must, he has 2,000 years of experience as well as years of training as a Roman soldier that he can draw on.
- Foil: The Nurse to the Doctor's Doctor.
- From Bad to Worse: Story of his companionship and non-existence right up through the penultimate episode of Series 5, which culminates in an Auton with his memories killing Amy against Rory's will.
- Genre Savvy:
- Rory knows a bit about science and science fiction, and the Doctor gets peeved when Rory doesn't need anything explained to him, especially how he perfectly understands the TARDIS interior being bigger on the inside.
- When we're first introduced to the character, he notices — and photographs — coma patients walking about while everyone else is distracted by the sun going wibbly. Doing so helps the Doctor reveal the location of Prisoner Zero to the Atraxi, saving the world from incineration.
- Reaches its apotheosis in "The Angels Take Manhattan" when he commits suicide figuring he'll get better because "that's what he does". It works.Amy (screaming): You think you'll come back?!"Rory (terrified but determined): When don't I?"
- In "Let's Kill Hitler", after Amy asks if he can even ride the motorcycle he's stolen from a Nazi soldier, he simply shrugs and remarks that he expects so, since "It's been that sort of day".
- The Good Captain: In "The Wedding of River Song", he is "Captain Williams" in Amy's anti-Silence organization.
- The Heart: This is a common trope for companions of the Doctor, but Rory's compassion and kindness are showcased more than just about any other companion in the Revived Series. These traits are often Lampshaded by the Doctor and it makes him an Unwitting Pawn in "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People".
- Henpecked Husband: He's okay with it most of the time, and offers only mild resistance to being called her boy or taking her last name.Amy: Would I make it up at a time like this?!
Rory: Well, you do have a history of [receives Death Glare]... being very lovely.
- Heroic Bystander: Though not a fan of adventuring, Rory sets the tone early when, upon coming across a vampire attack, his first impulse is not to flee or chase the monster, but to stop the victim from bleeding to death. Throughout his time with the Doctor, he tends to act to save life first and foremost. This leads to him not only tending the wounded, but frequently doing awesome things like punching Hitler out to stop him shooting an apparent innocent bystander, and then locking him in a closet!
- Heroic Sacrifice: In "The Angels Take Manhattan", he commits suicide by jumping off of the top of a building in New York to create a paradox that would prevent the Weeping Angels from taking over New York.
- Heroic Willpower:
- In his Auton form as the Centurion, he uses willpower to keep himself from going insane. He draws on this again in "The Wedding of River Song," but it nearly fails. Despite this he manages to keep his gun aimed through nigh unbearable pain. Rory gives Samuel L. Jackson a run for his money in BAMF territory.
- This has the unexpected bonus of making Rory completely resistant to Mind Rape, if "The Doctor's Wife" and "The God Complex" are any indication.
- Hero of Another Story: Early in "The Big Bang", he spent 1894 years worth of history guarding the Pandorica. Probability of zany adventures: extremely high.The Doctor: So. Two thousand years. How did you do?
Rory: Kept out of trouble.
The Doctor: How?
- Hospital Hottie: In case you could ever forget, he's a nurse, and a pretty one at that.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Rory's ideal world as recreated by the Dream Lord is rather quiet — he is a doctor instead of a nurse, Amy is pregnant, and most of the residents of their hometown are over 90.
- In-Series Nickname: The Last Centurion.
- Internal Homage: He succeeds Big Finish companion Hector Schofield as a cute nervous nurse (and sci-fi dork) who goes from The Chew Toy to intergalactic hero. Creator Steven Moffat is a huge Big Finish fan and loves to reference the series.
- Just Friends: He had feelings for Amy whilst she was Oblivious to Love to the point she thought he was gay.
- Killed Off for Real: After eight attempts, Moffat finally kills him permanently in "The Angels Take Manhattan". He has a grave stone and everything. While Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they still have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they are living Happily Ever After there.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Series 6 thanks to spending 1,894 years straight guarding the Pandorica from anything and everything that could possibly threaten it. In "The God Complex" he says he neither fears nor believes in anything anymore. His eye roll at Eleven's inability to wait for even five minutes gets quite magnificent at times.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever Amy is threatened, Rory is no longer content to hold back and stay by the sidelines. He's been pushed to the point where he is going to wage War!
- Living Legend: As the Lone Centurion, he is interwoven into all of Earth's legends and everyone suspected that he was still alive at least until World War II.
- Love Martyr: After he dream-dies in "Amy's Choice", Amy admits to the Doctor that she never told him she loved him, and this was the (constant) day before their wedding.
- The Maiden Name Debate: After he marries Amy, she legally takes on his last name... at which point the Doctor merrily starts to call him "Rory Pond". Rory protests, a bit, at first. It becomes fairly hilarious once the Doctor insists on also calling Rory's father "Pond".
- Manly Tears: He sheds a few when reunited with Amy and their daughter before the rug gets pulled out from under them:Rory: Oh God, I was gonna be cool. I wanted to be cool, look at me...
Amy: Crying Roman with a baby. Definitely cool.
- The Medic: Rory is a nurse, and acts like it. (See Heroic Bystander above.) As of "A Good Man Goes to War" he's evolved into Combat Medic.
- Missing Mom: Rory's mother has never been mentioned.
- Given his father managed to spend several days in the TARDIS without anyone noticing, that suggests she's not in the picture anymore for whatever reason.
- In the episode The Rebel Flesh Rory remarks that his Mum is obsessed with Dusty Springfield.
- Mistaken for Gay: Amy never saw him show any attraction to any girl, and assumed this because she was too thick to realise that there was at least one he liked...
- Nerves of Steel: At the start of series 5, he's a nervous nurse who's in no way ready to deal with space/time travel. By mid-series 6, he believes he's lost the ability to feel fear from the amount of crap he's seen and experienced, making him immune to this week's form of Mind Rape. note When he thinks he and Amy are dead, his only reaction is Again. His alternate universe self, in the Time Crash, is like this too. The only thing that frightens him is the thought of losing Amy.
- Nice Guy: Really, really nice guy; he's a popular nurse at his hospital.
- Noodle Incident: He spent 1894 years staying out of trouble... unsuccessfully.
- Not Afraid to Die:
- He knows full well that he might not survive the 1894 years guarding the Pandorica. He still does so anyway.
- In "The Angels Take Manhattan", after seeing the death of his future self who spent over 50 years without Amy simply as food for the Angels, Rory decides to jump off of the roof. When Amy protests, he says it's Better to Die than Be Killed and his intention is not suicide, but to create a paradox large enough that it will take the Angels with him and prevent any of this from happening!
- Not So Different: To the Doctor and it's best shown in "A Good Man Goes To War", where his actions demonstrate that episode's title could be interpreted as referring to either the Doctor or himself.
- Older Sidekick: At least in "The Big Bang", following 2,000 years of guarding the Pandorica as an Auton. Outside of that episode is more debatable, being physically in his twenties, while retaining the Auton memories.
- One-Man Army:
- Best demonstrated in "A Good Man Goes To War", where Rory, in full Centurion gear and armed only with a sword (and a screwdriver), managed to waltz through a Cyberman-controlled vessel and scare the living crap out of them. In the same episode, he takes down a half a dozen Headless Monks armed only with a Gladius and Pistol.
- In "Day of the Moon", Rory has over twice the number of tallied markings on him, implying that during the three months he spent in 1969, he's dealt with the Silence on nearly a daily basis (while also constantly outwitting the U.S. Secret Service).
- Only Sane Employee: Unlike his boss, he's the only one in the hospital Genre Savvy enough to take the rumours of wandering coma patients seriously.
- Only Sane Man: Acts as the voice of reason on the TARDIS. Unlike the Doctor and Amy, he recognises the danger they often find themselves in, and isn't afraid to call out the Doctor on his tendency to act cavalier with people's lives.
- Moffat says that Rory actively makes himself this because otherwise he'd get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.
- Phrase Catcher: Manages to get a good "Oh, Rory..." out of the Doctor every once and awhile.
- The Power of Love: When Amy was trapped in the Pandorica, Rory protected her for two thousand years. It was his love that kept him sane.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the 2010 Christmas special, and thereafter.
- Really 700 Years Old: Mentally, he's almost two thousand years old, which makes him technically older than the Doctor note .
- Reluctant Warrior: He honestly doesn't want to fight anyone, but if you threaten Amy, all bets are off.
- Ret Gone: Temporarily; he's not only fatally shot, but absorbed by one of the cracks afterwards. The Doctor remembers him, but Amy doesn't.
- Sarcastic Devotee: To the Doctor, and to Amy, if he can get away without being hit with her shoes afterwards.
- Secret Test of Character: The Doctor casually threatens Rory's family to see if the Auton-Rory he's talking to has genuine human emotions. He does.
- Secular Hero: After his stint as the Last Centurion, he fears nothing and believes in nothing; not religion, not superstition, and not even friends of his like the Doctor.
- Shrouded in Myth: In his Auton form as the Centurion, getting written into legends all over the world as a result. No one knows for sure if he's real or not, but there are many accounts of him.
- Single-Target Sexuality:
- Only ever shows attraction to Amy; his entire life, just Amy. Which leads to Mistaken for Gay, by Amy. The moment they focus on his face when Amy says them being together is impossible is sad, then a few seconds later when Amy reveals she thinks he is gay is very funny.
- In a very sweet comic from IDW's ongoing series, Amy and the Doctor get body-swapped. Rory decides that he doesn't even care. He kisses the Doctor, realizing a bit too late that the body switch has already been corrected again. (Amy asks them to do it again but slower.)
- The Slow Path: As the Centurion, he spent 1,894 years waiting while the Doctor skipped ahead with the Vortex Manipulator.
- Smarter Than You Look:
- In his first episode, while the rest of the planet pays attention to the sun going wobbly, Rory (who up til now has just been an easily cowed nurse) pays attention to the coma patient that's out walking his dog. Later on, he figures out why the TARDIS is bigger on the inside remarkably quickly and without any help from the Doctor at all. The only companion to have done this so far.
- Done rather subtly throughout series 5 and 6, and tied to his Took a Level in Badass. He was already smart enough to spot Prisoner Zero, but when the Doctor comes back for him a few episodes later, he's studied up on enough physics and time travel to know more than most comparable companions. Add in his years as the Centurion and he's become one of the Doctor's most competent companions in a while. For all of his occasional mocking, the Doctor seems to trust him more than any other companion, probably due to their similar experiences. He could be the strongest and smartest companion the Doctor will ever have.
- Straight Man: Comes with the savvyness. According to Moffat, Rory has to make himself this, otherwise he'll get sucked in to the life like Amy.
- Submissive Badass: He is no doubt a BAMF, but he'll always be an adorable dork and Amy will always be the one in charge.
- Super Strength: In his Auton form as the Centurion, he can drag the Pandorica from a burning building.
- Sword and Gun: Due to his memories of being the Last Centurion, he has over 2000 years of experience in this form of combat. He wields them to devastating effect in Series 6, as shown by managing to infiltrate and blow up a Cyberman fleet and successfully hold off the Headless Monks.
- Taking the Bullet: At the end of "Cold Blood"... and then he gets retconned out of existence.
- Tangled Family Tree: Albeit his part of the family tree is probably the least tangled about it. See River Song, Amy Pond above.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Rory Williams: the man who dies, and dies again. In Doctor Who: Best of the Companions, one of the commentators equated him to Kenny from South Park, and believes Moffat gets some sick pleasure out of torturing Rory.◊
- Thousand-Yard Stare: He has one whenever he remembers the 1,894 years as The Last Centurion. The Doctor mentioned that he sometimes catches Rory just staring.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In "The Big Bang", he did not come back from the dead. He was a Nestene replicant whose programming killed Amy.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- At least 20 levels after his resurrection into an Auton and nearly 2,000 years as the Lone Centurion. The man really would do anything for his wife.
- Again in "A Good Man Goes to War". 'WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE?'
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: In "The God Complex", the titular Hell Hotel shows people their worst fears so the Minotaur can feed on their faith. Rory is not religious nor superstitious, has experienced enough in his travels to be left with very little to fear anymore and unlike Amy, does not have faith that the Doctor will always be around to save them. In the end, all the Hotel can do is show him the exit. Shows just how amazing he is.
- Trapped in the Past: Rory and Amy's final fate is to be trapped in early 1900s New York by Weeping Angels.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: Amy cites this as the reason she fell for Rory:Amy: You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, when you meet them you think, "Not bad. They're okay." And then you get to know them and... and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.
- Undying Loyalty: 1,894 years guarding what was basically Amy's coffin so she could revive.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: He was friends with Amy back when she was "Amelia".
- Vitriolic Best Buds:Both the Doctor and Rory seem to enjoy the level of snark they throw at each other.
- Weapon of Choice:
- As the Last Centurion, he favors the Roman gladius.
- He also uses a mop as an improvised weapon in many episodes, including "Vampires in Venice", "Night Terrors" and "The God Complex".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Often calls the Doctor out on constantly making people try to impress him, often putting them in serious danger.
- When He Smiles: While flirting with him when working the controls, older Amy tells him to give her a minute and his cutest smile in order for her to fix them properly.Older Amy: That's the one.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Just as Amy remembers who he is... the Auton programming overruns him and he's forced to shoot her.
Craig Owens (Eleventh Doctor)
Debut: "The Lodger"
Played by: James Corden (2010–11)Rented a room out to the Doctor in "The Lodger" when the latter was stranded on Earth by a malfunctioning TARDIS. Hilarity Ensued. As Amy Pond was in the malfunctioning TARDIS and thus also separated from the Doctor, Craig had to act as a makeshift companion for him. As a result of a hasty Mind Meld Info Dump, he got the Doctor's memories beamed directly into his brain, and knows more about the Doctor's general history than most characters. The Doctor has come to view him as a very good friend. Craig returned in "Closing Time", this time in a more clear (if still brief) companion role, helping the Doctor defeat the Cybermen.
"Has anyone ever told you that you're a bit weird?"
- Accidental Pervert: Comes off this way in the lingerie department in "Closing Time", resulting in Kelly calling security on him.
- Adorkable: Especially in "Closing Time", with his fatherly bumbling and comical failure to investigate.
- Always Someone Better: The Doctor to Craig, with regards to football and his job. Probably not the best thing to do to your landlord.
- Ambiguously Bi: He casually tells the Doctor that he's always welcome to bring over a girlfriend or boyfriend, and his only objection to the Doctor trying to snog him (It Makes Sense in Context) is that he's already taken. He and the Doctor get Mistaken for Gay by just about everyone.
- Badass Normal: Emphasis on the latter to justify the former. He's so ordinary that a Lotus-Eater Machine exploded instead of killing him, and he once blew up an entire Cyberman base by simply letting them feel the mental feedback of his intense desire to protect his infant son.
- Badass Unintentional: None of Badass Normal stuff he did was on purpose, and he was for the most part scared for his life.
- Breather Episode: Both "The Lodger" and "Closing Time" were low intensity and largely comical episodes between big and heavy stuff.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Craig and Sophie, even though Everyone Can See It, they can't admit to it until the end of their first episode.
- Charm Point: For the Doctor. Lampshaded that their relationship is similar to people opening up to talk to Craig whenever he brings his baby with him.Doctor: That's why I usually take a Human along with me.
Craig: So I'm your baby?
Doctor: You're my baby!
- Exposition Beam: The Doctor gives him one when they first meet. One headbutt for general context and then a second for details about the current crisis.
- I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Craig and Sophie for most of The Lodger; they eventually decide to ruin their friendship properly. In their next episode, they have a child.
- Mistaken for Gay:
- The Doctor and Craig. As Val tells them, "There's no need to be coy these days." Val has more reason than most do for this trope, what with the way Craig and the Doctor act throughout the episode. She sees them hug, and they refer to each other as their 'partner'. Also, the Doctor tries to kiss Craig, but (as usual) that was to save their lives.
- Craig also makes it a point to make no assumptions about the Doctor when they first meet, telling him that he's always welcome to bring over a girlfriend — or a boyfriend.
- Nice Hat: When the Doctor says he is going to America, Craig gives him the Stetson as a parting gift.
- Only Sane Man: Often points out how completely mental being around the Doctor is.
- Papa Wolf: Fatherhood stresses him out, but it also inspires him to fight Cyberman conversion.
- Power of Love: "I blew them [Cybermen] up with love!"
- Running Gag: The Doctor "Shhh"-ing people and Craig wanting to be taught how.
- Stout Strength: According to the Doctor, he had to be pretty strong to keep the cybermat from biting him.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Craig is so happy in his mundane life that it overloads the alien spacecraft in "The Lodger". In "Closing Time", his paternal instincts overload the Cybermen's emotional inhibitors, blowing up their whole ship.
- Unwanted Assistance: The Doctor's attempts to help Craig (joining his football team, filling in for him at work when he's sick, trying to get Sophie to admit that she loves him, etc.) just make him look like the better man who's driving Sophie away.
- Use Your Head: In order to save time explaining why he's staying with Craig, the Doctor headbutts him twice.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Doctor. Craig may express exasperation, terror and irritation whenever the Doctor shows up, but it's clear he's secretly having the time of his life.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Craig recognizes that everywhere the Doctor goes, disaster will come... and also that the safest place for him and Alfie is by his side, because the Doctor always wins.
- See Clara Oswald
Nardole (Twelfth Doctor)
Debut: "The Husbands of River Song"
Played by: Matt Lucas (2015–)A timid, unassuming Human Alien of the 54th century who was a servant of River Song during her caper to reclaim a valuable diamond from (the head of) the tyrannical cyborg King Hydroflax, whom she'd recently married to get close to. On Mendorax Dellora in 5343, he was sent to fetch the surgeon River hired to perform the..."operation"...and a misunderstanding meant that he brought back the Twelfth Doctor. Long story short, by the end of this misadventure Hydroflax himself was destroyed and Nardole's head — just the head, mind — was peacefully sharing and controlling his deactivated robot body with that of Ramone, one of River's many husbands and also involved in the scheme; together they served as a waiter at a restaurant near the Singing Towers of Darillium. However, after the Doctor spent a night on Darillium (24 Earth years) together with River before her death, he became worried he'd be lonely with her gone, so he "reassembled" Nardole and took him along when he left.
"Are you the Surgeon? There's a medical emergency!"
- Ascended Extra: Started out as a supporting character in "The Husbands of River Song", getting upgraded to a companion in Series 10. While "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" was being filmed, Steven Moffat said that initially Matt Lucas had been contracted for certain episodes of Series 10, but ended up appearing in more, with a good chance he'd be in the entire series.
- Bumbling Sidekick: To River Song. The whole plot of "The Husbands of River Song" gets underway when he is sent to fetch the surgeon involved in her scheme, and instead brings back the Twelfth Doctor. Both she and the Doctor treat him haughtily, as well.
- Butt Monkey: In "The Husbands of River Song": He fetches the wrong person for River and learns of his mistake at the worst possible time. He ends up interrogated and decapitated by Hydroflax's body, his head kept alive to serve as its new head. In this state he is forced to effectively hold himself hostage so the body can interrogate Ramone. Then it takes Ramone's head too, and Nardole's head ends up "stored" within its torso, a hot and smelly place. And he almost goes down with the Harmony and Redemption when it crashes. (Not to mention that the robot short-circuiting can't be a pleasant experience.) All this in one story! When the dust has settled, however, he adjusts to his odd new existence nicely.
- Character Development: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" reveals that he's grown some backbone since "The Husbands of River Song" — he can hold his own in snarking with the Twelfth Doctor, and he has enough insight into him to know that he's trying too hard to mask his post-River loneliness, particularly when preparing to set the villains' bomb on a course for New York City ("I know you miss her, but can't you write a poem?").
- Cloudcuckoolander: Compared to most other companions. Other companions would've probably panicked when the Doctor, say, set a villain's bomb on a course for a city. Nardole's response is to say that he knows that the Doctor has been through a lot, but couldn't he think of another way to express it?
- Cowardly Sidekick: Once he realizes River's scheme is going awry because of his mistake, all he can do is hope for the best; once confronted by Hydroflax's body all he can do is plead for his life, and he's quickly rendered helpless.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can surprisingly hold his own with The Doctor during "The Return of Doctor Mysterio."
- Foil: He and the Twelfth Doctor have a bit of Fat and Skinny going on. Nardole is timid, anxious, unsuspecting, affable, good-mannered, and round-figured, while this particular Doctor is tall, near-bony, snarky, and grouchy with No Social Skills.
- Human Alien: Though it's not mentioned on screen pre-Series 10, according to Matt Lucas in Doctor Who Magazine #507, Nardole's not human, and is possessed of strange abilities and knowledge - making him the TV series' first non-human companion since the Fifth Doctor's era.
- Literal-Minded: Does not understand that "restroom" and "little boy's room" are euphemisms for the same thing.
- Losing Your Head: He lost his to Hydroflax's body! He got it back by the time of "The Return Of Doctor Mysterio" though.
- Man Child: Has shades of this considering his primary outfit is a duffle coat (usually worn by small children) and he uses the term "little boy's room".
- Morality Chain: This Doctor knows all too well by the time of "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" that he needs companions to serve as this and keep him from getting lonesome, so after he says his final goodbye to River he "reassembles" Nardole and takes him on.
- Noodle Incident: His "few accidental stop-offs" during "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", including one in 12th-century Constantinople, where he claims to have ruled firmly but wisely.
- Unexpected Character: Hoo boy. The announcement that a bumbling comic relief character created as a one-off would be a companion from "The Return of Doctor Mysterio" onward came completely out of the blue — especially given his state at the end of "The Husbands of River Song" — even more so because Bill was announced to the public first and no publicity so much as hinted that there would be a Team TARDIS in Series 10. Also, there are a lot of characters the Twelfth Doctor's encountered whom fans thought would make good post-Clara companion material, some of whom received offers from the Doctor himself or actively asked to travel with him but were turned down — Journey Blue, Psi and/or Saibra, Perkins, Osgood (before "The Zygon Inversion" officially took her out of the running), Shona, Ashildr/Me (who ended up with Clara Oswald instead)...no one ever considered this guy!
- Unfazed Everyman: Nardole handles the rigors of time travel quite well, even becoming emperor of Constantinople for a time during an accidental side-trip by himself. The only thing that really makes him panic is when the Doctor decides to do something particularly crazy and stupid.
Bill Potts (Twelfth Doctor)
Played by: Pearl Mackie (2017)The principal companion of 2017 and onwards, though she was first introduced with a two-minute video clip in 2016. A university cafeteria worker, she goes from dishing up chips to traveling with the Doctor and Nardole.
"Is there a Dalek at the back with no gun and two suckers and is really hacked off?"
- '70s Hair: She has an afro.
- The '80s: While Word of God is that she's not from the '80s, she seems to have a taste in fashion and makeup from the era.
- Fridge Logic: In-universe, when she wonders why Daleks say "Exterminate" instead of shorter words, like "Kill". Her unusual, questioning perspective on the Doctor's world is key to her character, according to Word of God.
- Gender-Blender Name: Few girls are named "Bill".
- Naïve Newcomer: Downplayed, but she has no idea what a "Dalek" is or why an alien war machine has a sucker attached to it.
- Running Gag: Subverted. When meeting the Doctor for the first time, she asks "Doctor what?", rather than "Doctor who?"
- Stepford Snarker: If the "Friend from the Future" short is any indication, she seems to cope with life-threatening situations by cracking jokes and asking deliberately silly questions.
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: Seems to have this dynamic with Twelve, who has to work not to crack a smile while explaining how much trouble they're in.
- Tomboyish Name: "Bill" is a name usually associated with guys.