Characters: Doctor Who Revival Series Companions
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.
— Eleventh Doctor
The many, many people who accompany the Doctor in Doctor Who
revival series (2005 onwards).
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Rose Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
The first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called the Doctor.
Played by: Billie Piper
(2005-06, 2008, 2010)
Young Rose played by: Julia Joyce (2005)
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.
- Action Girl
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rose is responsible for causing more deaths than any other companion — directly in the series 1 finale, and on top of that, indirectly in Miracle Day.
- Big Damn Kiss: The third person (after Grace and Jack) to have a snog with the Doctor in the TV series.
- Book Dumb: 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 her defence, though, the Doctor never once told her that he had previous companions and was more interested in catching up with Sarah Jane.
- However, 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," she 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.
- 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 and potentially dangerous? She won't let that stand between her and the Doctor.
- Disappeared Dad
- 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.
- Girl Next Door: One of the most normal companions in the entire series.
- A God Am I: Temporarily. "You can't control life and death!" "But I can."
- Grand Theft Me: To Cassandra's chagrin. "I'm a chav!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Series 2 finale counts, though she's technically not dead.
- It's All About Me: Has some very self-centered moments, especially regarding Mickey. She gets called out on this.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: "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.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Nine, and a little bit to Ten as well.
- Morality Chain: For the Ninth Doctor. For the Tenth, not so much...
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Indirectly responsible (along with "Sexy") for all fallout from making Jack immortal, including the return of the Master (and by extension, Professor Lazarus's rampage) and Miracle Day.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As the Bad Wolf entity (with a little help from Sexy. She destroys half a million Daleks in seconds.
- Physical God: Again, Bad Wolf.
- Plucky Girl
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: To the Ninth Doctor, mainly.
- 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".
- Took a Level in Badass: She appears to have taken one (off-screen) in series 3. Series 4 makes it explicit.
- Tsundere: The "sweet" type.
- Unreliable Narrator: Everything she says about her death.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: To the Doctor, to the point where she became a Physical God to save him.
Mickey Smith (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Mickey was Rose's boyfriend, abandoned by her when she became the Doctor's companion. This didn't stop him from running around for a few adventures during that series anyway, although he and Rose never quite managed to patch things up. He later joined the TARDIS crew as a companion for a few episodes early in the second series, only to stay behind off-planet (sort of
). He returned at the end of the second series, as well as the end of the fourth and briefly in the 2009 specials.
- 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: To the Doctor.
- Badass Beard: Once he starts fighting aliens freelance.
- Badass Normal: Eventually.
- 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.
- 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.
Adam Mitchell (Ninth Doctor)
When I was eight, I hacked into the US defence network… you should have seen them running about!
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. Returns in the comic series Prisoners of Time
as the Big Bad
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Has a job that revolves around alien artifacts, but sees alien abduction stories as nonsense.
- Big Bad: Returns as the primary antagonist of the 50th anniversary comic Prisoners of Time.
- Butt Monkey: He doesn't get a lot of respect.
- Death by Adaptation
- Death Equals Redemption: After Adam gives his life to save the Doctor's incarnations and their companions, they bury him and erect a memorial gravestone in the shape of the TARDIS that reads: "Adam Mitchell: A True Companion".
- Deconstruction: Intentionally written as a troublemaker to show what kind of person makes for a bad companion.
- Evil Former Friend: See below. Be warned, spoilers.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The older Adam has a change of heart when the Master attempts to finish out their evil plan and allows himself to be killed to stop it.
- Insufferable Genius: Very smug about it.
- Teen Genius: And quick to mention it.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out his fate. Presumably, he did as the Doctor said and kept himself quiet, lest people discover the neural interface he got outfitted with in the future.
- He returns In Prisoners of Time, seeking revenge against the Doctor for ruining his life and erasing the technology he could have used to save his mother. He decides to kidnap the Doctor's companions throughout time.
Captain Jack Harkness (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
: 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
- 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.
- Anti-Hero: Though a more family-friendly variant than on Torchwood.
- 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: Constantly.
- Catch Phrase / Phrase Catcher: Some variation of the following exchange will be said when he's around:
: [to his latest object of attraction]
Captain Jack Harkness, and who are you? The Doctor
: Stop it. Jack
: I was just saying hello
- Character Development: He starts off as an amoral con-man, but time spent with the Doctor changes him into a loveable anti-hero.
- 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.
- Demoted to Extra: After he left the TARDIS and subsequently joined Torchwood, he made return appearances in the third and fourth series' season finales.
- Determinator: As mentioned above, 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 actually ran out of universe to go through before Jack was willing to give up his chance to reunite with the Doctor.
- Not to mention, 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,
- Extreme Omnisexual: Provides the page image. 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 seemed to be over it by "Journey's End".
- 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 pretty much 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.
- Handsome Lech: And aware of it.
- Healing Factor: Once he becomes immortal.
- 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 seems to think so. Apparently, 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.
- The Lancer: Turns into this around the Doctor, with shades of The Big Guy.
- Love Martyr: For the Doctor.
- MacGyvering Gadgeteer Genius: 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.
- Torchwood shows that he can regenerate even when half his body has been destroyed from being blown up!
- Manly Gay: More like Manly Omnisexual, but still.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets completely naked in his third episode, with much glee. Also gets a proper sex scene (with a bloke) in Torchwood: Miracle Day, making him the first and so far only Doctor Who companion to be shagged senseless on screen.
- 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:
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.
- Really 700 Years Old: Over 170 in series 3, over 2040 in series 4.
- The Slow Path: Between series 1 and 3, and again between series 3 and 4.
- Time Police: Formerly.
- 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.
Donna Noble (Tenth Doctor)
Didn't I ever tell you? Best temp in Chiswick — 100 words per minute!
Donna 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
, Donna returned as a regular companion for the fourth series as well as a role in the Tenth Doctor's last two specials.
- 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: The Runaway Bride.
- Badass: Eventually.
- 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.
- Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female example.
- 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: Donna is one of the very few companions older than 30.
- 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 proficency, 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 supress 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: No question.
- Failing a Taxi: In the Christmas Special where we first meet her, she tries to hail a taxi and gets one driven by a Mook, forcing the Doctor to save her.
- Fiery Redhead: Scorching!
- 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.
- 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: Pretty much her entire character arc. And she'll never know what a difference she made.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: She's loud and abrasive because she believes she isn't important.
- Large Ham: Extremely.
- 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.
- Pity the Kidnapper: When she was in peril, she often made the bad guys regret putting her there, even without the Doctor's interventions.
- Plucky Girl: Explicitly called this by the Doctor.
- Pretty in Mink: Wore a black fur-trimmed coat during "Planet of the Ood".
- Red-Headed Hero: Catherine Tate's natural colour.
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: "Turn Left".
- 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.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Quite honestly so this time.
- 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.
- Victory Guided Amnesia: Mind Raped to prevent her skull runnething over.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ten.
- 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)
I traveled across the world. From the ruins of New York, to the fusion mills of China, right across the radiation pits of Europe...
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.
- All Love Is Unrequited: Develops a crush on the Doctor big enough to rival Rose's feelings. He acknowledges her feelings, after a while, but nothing ever happens. By the time she's no longer a companion, she's over him and they go back to being just friends.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: To John Smith in "Human Nature / The Family of Blood".
- Hospital Hottie: Studying to become a doctor.
- 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.
- OOC 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. Word of God from Russell T Davies says that Tom was the rebound guy. Also a case of the Token Minority Couple.
- Replacement Goldfish: It doesn't take very 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.
- Technical Pacifist: Doesn't carry a gun, but has a position of command in a military organisation.
- Took a Level in Badass: In The Year That Never Was. 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The Doctor's reaction when he hears about Martha's plan to blow up Earth to stop a Dalek plot.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As revealed in Torchwood, where she takes interest in Jack and Ianto's "dabbling".
- You Look Familiar: As above.
Astrid Peth (Tenth Doctor)
A one-shot character in the 2007 Christmas special
. A struggling waitress from the planet Sto on board the Starship Titanic
Wilfred Mott (Tenth Doctor)
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.
Played by: Bernard Cribbins (2007-10) note
A 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.
Professor River Song (Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
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.
- '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".
- 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".
- 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 made of this. 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 the TARDIS, Amy and Rory.
- Big Damn Kiss: Five total so far with the Doctor: his first kiss with her, her first kiss with him, 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.
- Bi the Way: Pretty much 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...
- Black Best Friend: As Mels, Amy and Rory's childhood friend.
- 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: The trope's poster girl for the series. Why would she 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.
- 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 almost voluntarily, as she is resourceful enough to escape Stormcage easily if she well wanted to.
- Catch Phrase:
- 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
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Doctor himself. In particular, she seems to have borrowed some hairstyling tips from Eight 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.
- 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 guy made of plastic.
- Word of God jokingly claimed that she was involved with her entire archeological staff.
- 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.
- Good Thing You Can Heal
- The Gunslinger: Very gun-happy.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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. Both times 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.
- More often than that. Her first kiss with the Doctor showed that. She feared that his first kiss with her was her last kiss with him.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, amongst other things. Extremely justified: The TARDIS is her second mom.
- 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 Silence that was behind her, which should literally be impossible (due to the way the Silence work).
- 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 fantasises 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 nearly fell apart due to it being a fixed point in time.
- Instant Expert: In TARDIS piloting. Justifed, 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 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.
- Irony: Had she not done her Heroic Sacrifice in the Library, she never would have met the Doctor and never would have been born.
- Kid from the Future: She's Amy and Rory's daughter.
- Kiss of Death: She prefers hallucinogenic lipstick over the traditional poisonous lipstick. Played straight in "Let's Kill Hitler", since she was programmed from birth to assassinate the Doctor.
- Lady of Adventure
- Large Ham: In "The Time of Angels" and especially "Let's Kill Hitler", when she's still very young.
- 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 made of this. Because they are.
- 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 her 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:
- Love Confession: To the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song."
- Luke, I Am Your Father / 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 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:
- Mysterious Past: One that takes well over a season to be uncovered.
- The Nth Doctor: 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.
- Older than They Look: Probably.
- Painted-On Pants: The white jodhpurs that she wears in her first appearance in "Silence in the Library". Later 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.
- Psycho Sidekick: Has it under control, but still glumly refers to herself as a "psychopath" when she's already a Professor.
- 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.
- Running Gag: She seems to have a habit of shooting whatever hats the Eleventh Doctor finds himself wearing.
- And free-falling and being caught by the TARDIS.
- Sassy Black Woman: As Mels.
- 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: All the time.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Amy and Rory, her parents, and merrily played a part in them hooking up when they were all teenagers. Although they most likely would have, anyway.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Literally said.
- Sociopathic Hero: She has shades of this, and 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. To explain, 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" 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.
- 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, subverted, then Played Straight, then completely turned on its head again. Is half human, half Time Lord. Except that she has no Time Lord parents — her parents are two humans and the TARDIS. And she spent her entire 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.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Played for a dramatic 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 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.
[Beat] Dalek: Mercy? River:
Say it again? Dalek: Mercy!! River:
One. More. Time. Dalek: Mercyyyyy!!! [a few minutes later] Amy:
What happened to the Dalek? River:
- Touched by Vorlons: As a result of being conceived in and by the TARDIS, she is part-Time Lord. The Doctor tries to argue that evolution does not work that way. The TARDIS pointedly disagrees.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: In "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two Doctors at once.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised by the Silence to kill the Doctor for the first few years of her life.
- Virtual Ghost: Her final fate.
- 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 favourite 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.
- Wife Husbandry / Companion Husbandry: "The Impossible Astronaut" revealed that the first time River met the Doctor he knew everything about her, and it's starting to trouble River herself. As it turns out, he knew her as an infant — she's Melody Pond. Subverted in that the Doctor doesn't realize he knew her as a child until some time after they had their first kiss.
- You Already Changed The Past / You Can't Fight Fate: The Doctor's first meeting with River is her final meeting with him, and the first time River meets the Doctor (at least at a point she can actually remember, rather than as a baby), he knows everything about her. This means they have no true beginning to their relationship (when one of them first meets the other, the other already knows and cares for the other deeply), and two endings.
- Another example: 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.
- You Keep Using That Word: She is known as a psychopath - and even calls herself that - but she's really not. Psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of; also they do not love other people, instead seeing them as tools to use, while River devotes her life to the Doctor.
The Next Doctor
"The Next Doctor", aka Jackson Lake (Tenth Doctor)
I'm the Doctor! Simply, 'the Doctor.' The one, the only and the best!
Played by: David Morrissey (2008)
The Doctor teams up with this
Doctor during the 2008 Christmas special
on Christmas Eve, 1851, making the traditional Doctor into his companion
for a while. Of course, this Doctor was just a normal human, but that doesn't change how awesome he was.
Rosita (Tenth Doctor)
I'm glad you think it's so
funny. You're mad! Both of ya! You could've got killed!
Played by: Velile Tshabalala (2008)
Companion of the aforementioned other Doctor, who teams up with the both of them.
- Badass Normal: Veers into Only Sane Man in the chase scene, when she's the only one with the presence of mind to cut the rope loose before both Doctors can be dragged out the window.
Rosita: You idiots.
- Composite Character: Of a sort; she shows devotion to her Doctor reminiscent of Rose, displays the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Martha, and even the Only Sane Man attitude and best friend role of Donna. The Doctor's three primary companions of the new series, all rolled into one.
- Expy: A rather obvious amalgamation of Rose and Martha, right down to the name.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Done subtly so the kids wouldn't realize.
- Meaningful Name: "Rosita" is quite close to "Rose" and "Martha", and this is subtly pointed out. It means "little rose".
- Sarcastic Devotee: To her Doctor.
Lady Christina de Souza
Lady Christina de Souza (Tenth Doctor)
Come on, allons-y! de Souza:
Oui, mais pas si nous allons vers un cauchemar. [Yes, but not if we're going into a nightmare.] Tenth Doctor: [obviously impressed]
Oh, we were made for each other!
Played by: Michelle Ryan (2009)
One-shot character during the 2009 Easter Special
, Lady Christina is a thief of noble blood from the early 21st century drawn into the Doctor's world of the weird.
- Blue Blood: French aristocracy.
- Classy Cat-Burglar / Lady of Adventure: Meets the Doctor just after a heist.
- Crazy-Prepared: She has something in her pack for every situation... except bus fare.
- Dark Action Girl: A bit more morally ambiguous than most companions. The Doctor doesn't mind too much.
- Not So Different: When the Doctor learns what she does, he acts disapproving for about ten seconds before admitting he stole the TARDIS from his own people.
- Refused by the Call: After they return through the wormhole, the Doctor refuses to take her along in the TARDIS. He doesn't even let her look inside.
Captain Adelaide Brooke (Tenth Doctor)
This is wrong
, Doctor. The Time Lord Victorious is wrong.
Played by: Lindsay Duncan (2009)
Young Adelaide played by: Rachel Fewell (2009)
Stepping into the companion role for "The Waters of Mars
" was tough-as-nails Captain Brooke, heading the very first human Mars colony in the 2050s. The Doctor is a huge fan of her, which makes him slightly more involved and slightly less level-headed than usual — with disastrous results.
Amelia "Amy" Jessica Pond (Eleventh Doctor)
Twelve years! And four psychiatrists! Eleventh Doctor:
: I kept biting them. They said you weren't real.
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.
- Action Girl: Word of God says she exerts this when "pushed into a corner." "The Girl Who Waited" sees Amy exhibit this trope to her fullest potential.
- 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, 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". Subverted in that it's the Doctor trying to rekindle Amy's memories of Rory, who's been completely erased from existence.
- Subverted again in "The Wedding of River Song." Amy remembers that she has a husband named Rory whom she loved dearly, but can't remember who he is, even when looking Captain Williams in the face. Again, it's the Doctor who tries to restart both their memories.
- Aw Look She Really Does Love Him: 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 one big 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:
- 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", then in "The Big Bang" and "The Girl Who Waited". She also snogs the Doctor once 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.
- Bound and Gagged: Ripper's Curse.
- Broken Bird/Break the Cutie: The Doctor abandons her repeatedly in "The Eleventh Hour", leaving her with lifelong psychological problems as a result.
- 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 Miniskirt: 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. Justified for a few reasons though; he's her husband, he's had a Single-Target Sexuality on her for most of their whole lives, he has a tendency to die and she's probably feeling guilty over calling him her "sort of boyfriend" in their first episode.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy
- 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: Very genuinely thinks that abusing Rory is okay, and (emotionally and physically) beats Rory over the head a whole lot. 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 gets killed, she chooses to get sent back in time and die early.
- May be the only example of the trope where living well into one's old age (Amy was in her 80's when she finally passed on, outliving Rory by several years) is considered suicide, due to how the Weeping Angels operate.
- Considering that no one actually knew if the Weeping Angel would actually send her to the same place in time as Rory, she dodged a huge bullet on that one; granted, the Angel barely had any power to send her anytime different.
- Drives Like Crazy:
- According to 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
: 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? Doctor
: No? Rory
: Neither did her driving instructor...
- Doubles as Actor Allusion, as Karen Gillan had legitimately never learned how to drive... until she had her first driving lesson on Top Gear, that is...
- 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.
- Fag Hag: Believed herself to be this to Rory for years. It's implied they hooked up as soon as she realized she wasn't.
- Fiery Redhead: Though she mellows out considerably as time goes 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 Amy.
- Friends with Benefits: Wants to be this with the Doctor. 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 who kill with kindness. With a sword.
- Genre Savvy: She doesn't quite match Rory, but there are numerous examples, most notably 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 probably be wise to take a cellphone photo of one.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted with the Doctor, who really doesn't want to fancy her no matter how hard she flirts. Played straight with Rory.
- In the 2011 Comic Relief short, Amy Pond flirts with herself.
- Hidden Depths: She really loves Van Gogh's work.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: In "The Wedding of River Song", Amy, who by this point remembers Melody being taken, finds Madam Kovarian being electrocuted by her Silence-provided Eyepatch of Power. Kovarian tries to pull this in an attempt to save herself. She even tells Amy that the Doctor, "a good man", wouldn't want Amy to kill her, and "you'd never do anything to disappoint your precious Doctor."
Amy: The Doctor is very precious, to me, you're right. But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here.
- 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!
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Angels Take Manhattan". But 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.
- 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.“
- Like Brother and Sister: Appears that way with Rory in series 5; they get mistaken for siblings in The Vampires of Venice.
- 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. 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" once or twice), 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.
- 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. 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. 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 notably 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 apparently had a quite successful modeling career. By "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", she seems to have quit.
- Name's the Same: Depending on the episode she may share with skeleton racer Amy Williams.
- 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" and "A Good Man Goes to War", although in the latter episode they're hospital pyjamas.
- 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.
- Phrase Catcher: "Come along, Pond."
- The Power of Love: With Rory.
- 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.
- Real-Life Relative: Gillan and Blackwood are cousins who had never met before being cast to play Amy.
- Redheaded Hero
- 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 rather 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.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Occasionally wears one.
- 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: To the point where "Time" seemed to be about them.
- 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 really has never touched Amy.
- Show Some Leg: 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.
- Surprise Pregnancy
- 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.
- Trauma Conga Line: Gets severely traumatised roughly every two episodes. In "Night And The Doctor", she tries to talk to the Doctor about it, but he sort of dodges the implications of all that's happened to her.
- Tsundere: "Harsh" type at the beginning of Series 5, "sweet" by the end.
- Violent Glaswegian
- Violently Protective Wife: It's not a good idea to mess with Rory.
- 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. 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.
- You Look Familiar: Karen Gillan had previously played a soothsayer in a Tenth Doctor episode, "The Fires of Pompeii".
Rory Arthur Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
: 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.
Played by: Arthur Darvill
Young Rory played by: Ezekiel Wigglesworth (2011)
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.
- 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.
- Atheism: The Doctor explicitly points out that he doesn't get affected by an alien that feeds on faith because he doesn't really believe in anything.
- The Atoner: As an Auton, following the (apparent) death of Amy by his own hands.
- Badass: Oh hell yes. Anytime he's in "The Last Centurion" mode, he positively oozes it.
- Badass Adorkable: "A Good Man Goes To War" has him terrifying Cybermen and then later crying with joy at his baby daughter.
- Berserk Button: Never mess with Amy or his baby. And don't shoot his dad, either.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a gentle soul (he's a nurse, after all), but press his Berserk Button and you will regret it.
: 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 everything 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
- 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: Toned down a lot since he became the Last Centurion, but he still gets this treatment now and then.
- 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 Adorkable 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'd torture 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.
- Cleopatra Nose: Which the Doctor can't resist ribbing him about. He calls Rory "Beaky".
- Colonel Badass: Starts to give off these vibes in "A Good Man Goes to War", then fully grows into the role in "The Wedding of River Song".
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker
- 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 seems to have 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.
- Expy: Shares quite more than a few traits with Larry Nightingale from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer.
- Fanservice Pack: Mild version. In Series 6, the costume department gave the character more flattering clothes (like tighter jeans) and hair gel. 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.
- 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".
- Guile Hero: Rory definitely fell into this mold over time, to the point where in "Let's Kill Hitler":
Amy: Can you even ride a motorbike?
Rory: Dunno. Expect so. It's been that sort of day...
- The Heart: This is a common trope for companions of the Doctor, but Rory's compassion and kindness seem to be showcased more than just about any other companion in the Revived Series. These traits often get Lampshaded by the Doctor and it makes him an Unwitting Pawn in "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People". Of course Beware the Nice Ones is in full effect.
- Henpecked Husband: Very much so. He's okay with it most of the time, however, and offers only mild resistance to being called her boy or taking her last name.
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. He recovers. For a few minutes.
- Heroic Willpower: In his Auton form as the Centurion. 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.
- 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: Type 2. Had feelings for Amy whilst she was Oblivious to Love to the point she thought he was gay.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Angels Take Manhattan". After eight attempts.
- But 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: Starts to display shades of this in 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.
- This has the unexpected bonus of making Rory pretty much completely resistant to Mind Rape, if "The Doctor's Wife" and "The God Complex" are any indication.
- 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.
- Love Martyr: Has elements of it in the cracked timeline. 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. Becomes fairly hilarious once the Doctor insists on also calling Rory's father "Pond".
- 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.
- Mistaken for Gay: Amy never saw him show any attraction to any girl, and assumed this. Except she was being 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 just 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, has shades of this. The only thing that frightens him is the thought of losing Amy.
- Nice Guy: Really, really nice guy. Unless you harm his family.
- 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 2000 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. 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: Successfully served as Guardian of the Pandorica for 2000 years.
- 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 noticably 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.
- Papa Wolf: Where. Is. My. Wife.
- 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.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the 2010 Christmas special, and thereafter.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: They can rival the Tenth Doctor's.
- Really 700 Years Old: Mentally, he's almost two thousand years old, which makes him technically older than the Doctor.
- 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'.
- 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 intentionally pushes his Berserk Button (see above) to see if the Auton-Rory he's talking to has genuine human emotions. He does.
- Shrouded in Myth: In his Auton form as the Centurion, getting written into legends all over the world as a result.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Only ever shows attraction to Amy. His entire life, just Amy. Which, of course, 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. 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.
- Done rather subtly throughout series 5 and 6, and tied to his Took a Level in Badass. He already was 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.
- Straight Man: Comes with the savvyness. Word of God says that 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, enough to 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.
- 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: The Doctor notes he has one whenever he remembers the 2,000 years as The Last Centurion.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In "The Big Bang", He was a Nestene replicant whose programming killed Amy. He got better.
- 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.
- 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.
- In "The Doctor's Wife", Rory is not shown to have been subjected to any Mind Rape by House, suggesting that either House knew it'd not work on him, or that it happened off-screen and Rory was simply better at shrugging it off.
- Trapped in the Past: Rory and Amy's final fate.
- Trauma Conga Line: Part of what causes the above Character Development.
- 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: To Amy.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: To Amy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Doctor. 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.
- Rory also ends up using 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.
Madge Arwell (Eleventh Doctor)
Played by: Claire Skinner (2011)
A one-shot companion for the 2011 Christmas Special. A housewife and mother of two in wartime England
, on Christmas, 1938, she helped out the Doctor after he'd just saved the planet from an alien invasion. Three years later, she's trying to hide from her children that their father, an RAF pilot, has gone missing over the English Channel shortly before Christmas when the Doctor taks her and her family on a Christmas adventure where she shows how fantastically Badass Normal
- Blitz Evacuees: Her and her children.
- Chekhov's Skill: Madge is able to drive the robotic walker to the lighthouse because the control panel resembles that of a plane, which Reg taught her to fly once.
- Clarke's Third Law: Subverted by Madge, who cons the workers into putting down their guns by fooling them into thinking she's overcome by the futuristic and alien setting.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Madge comes across as a bit of one.
- Happily Married: To Reg.
- Her Heart Will Go On: At first.
- Mama Bear: Like so.
- The Power of Love: How Madge flies the forest through the time vortex, and gets her husband home.
- Spoof Aesop: "Cyril! What have I told you about opening your presents early? Something like this was bound to happen."
- Stalking Is Love: Reg kept following Madge home until she agreed to marry him. She didn't want to cause a scene. Of course, she really loves him and it all had very little to do with the following home part.
- Tempting Fate: Madge, upon seeing Reg reading about the war looming in the paper:
: Not the war again... People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! Then
where would you be? (Most tragic Gilligan Cut
- Took a Level in Badass: Even before Madge takes over the Humongous Mecha to save her children, she pulls a gun on her three interrogators. "Crying's so useful, isn't it?"
- Women Are Wiser: The tree people have a magic crown that, when somebody wears on their head, allows them to absorb the forest's life force. It rejects Cyril and the Doctor, works slightly for Lily, and completely works for Madge, as the tree people consider her the 'mothership'.
- Women Drivers: Madge seems to bump into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a Humongous Mecha. But she does pretty well at traversing the time vortex.
Clara Oswald (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
Run, you clever boy. And remember.
Played by: Jenna Coleman
(2012-present), Sophie Downham (2013, as young Clara)
A young hacker named Oswin Oswald first seen in "Asylum of the Daleks
", who saved the Doctor's life in the far future. Also a young barmaid and governess named Clara Oswin Oswald the Doctor met in 1892, in "The Snowmen
". Also a young nanny named just Clara Oswald the Doctor met in London 2013, who didn't know the first thing about hacking or time travel... the Doctor takes the latter with him as his companion, and sets out to discover how "The Impossible Girl" could have lived three completely different lives.
- Alliterative Name: As Oswin Oswald.
- Arch-Enemy: She has fought the Great Intelligence throughout time and space, at every moment of the Doctor's life.
- Badass: When you shatter yourself across the Doctor's timestream in order to foil the Great Intelligence, who is killing the Doctor in every adventure he's ever had, and obviously manage to beat it every single time... Yeah, Clara definitely qualifies under this trope as of "The Name Of The Doctor" if she didn't already.
- Beyond the Impossible: There are a number of things about her that, according to Doctor Who's internal logic, should be impossible. The dying thing, for one.
- Big Damn Kiss: Victorian-era Clara snogs the Doctor right off the bat (entirely against his will)... then goes on to declare that the fact he blushed is proof he likes her. He doesn't quite agree with her logic.
- Body Horror: In "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", she gets burned alive, while conscious, and runs around in blind pain for most of the episode. The timeline gets reset pretty soon, but the Doctor comes close to crying at the sight.
- Born-Again Immortality: Has been born, lived, died and been reborn again in a million eras on a million worlds.
- Break the Cutie: Goes insane after being turned into a Dalek and then blown up in "Asylum of the Daleks". Dies rather violently, just moments after she's officially become a companion, in "The Snowmen". Modern-day Clara has trouble coping with seeing dead bodies and the start and end of her planet.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Though future Clara is a bona-fide computer genius (and modern Clara has those skills uploaded into her brain), you wouldn't know by how odd she can come off as at first.
- Victorian Clara is a governess who moonlights as a barmaid... or perhaps it's vice-versa.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: A two-way example with modern-day Clara and the Doctor. She can call his TARDIS phone (his outside, purely decorative TARDIS phone) before she has any idea who he is. As a result, he can pilot the TARDIS to her front door before he has any idea who she is.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: Inverted with the modern version of Clara. She makes the Doctor come back around 7pm the next day.
- Came Back Strong: In "The Bells of Saint John", she comes back from the beyond with her computer knowledge dialed up to maximum by the Great Intelligence's lackeys.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Frequently wears red. In the prequel to "The Bells of Saint John", this is a clever little indication that she's the little girl on the swing.
- Cultured Badass: The first version of Clara we meet is a baker, likes listening to classical music, and isn't afraid of anyone or anything.
- Determinator: Had enough willpower to Mind Rape both The Great Intelligence and the Daleks when they tried to control her.
- Dying as Yourself: "I am Oswin Oswald. I fought the Daleks and I am human. Remember me."
- Empowered Badass Normal: Retained her knowledge from the Great Intelligence's computer core, turning her from a complete alien to computer technology into a Techno Wizard. The reveal is that, thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball, the last individual Clara we meet was perfectly normal, until she scattered herself across the Doctor's timestream-she may be the only individual that knows exactly what makes him tick now.
- Exact Words: Steven Moffat had stated that Clara wouldn't appear until Christmas. Her appearance in "Asylum Of The Daleks" was a complete surprise — quickly followed by the Doctor mocking the Daleks by saying "it's Christmas!".
- Experimented in College: In "Asylum of the Daleks", Oswin mentions her first crush was a girl called Nina, though she elaborates it was a phase.
- Famous Last Words: They don't end up being her last, but she certainly thinks they will be. Twice. Also double as Arc Words.
Clara: Run, you clever boy... And remember.
- Flower in Her Hair: Has a flower decoration in her hair in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- Friend to All Children: Was first properly introduced as a nanny and later became a teacher. Likewise, Victorian Clara was a governess.
- Future Me Scares Me: In "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", she gets chased by a burned, mad future version of herself, although that timeline gets aborted soon after.
- Gender-Blender Name: "Oswin" is traditionally a male name.
- Genre Savvy: Modern-day Clara is one of the very few companions to listen to the "don't wander off" rule. She tells the Doctor exactly when she needs a moment to cope with things, she doesn't take risks that are beyond her ability, and she generally has a "think first, act second" way of solving problems. Her willingness to listen to the Doctor, however, comes back to bite her in "The Time of the Doctor" as the Doctor takes advantage of her complete trust in him by sending her straight home to keep her out of the war on Trenzalore.
- In "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", she directly notes that a red flashing light above a door might mean "Danger, don't open." or "there's danger around, get out this way!" She opens it anyway.
- Have We Met Yet?: An even more complicated case than River Song, not just towards the Doctor, but also towards the Great Intelligence. The Clara who saved Victorian London existed because regular Clara followed the Great Intelligence across time and space after he was defeated by her. Same with the Clara in the "Asylum of the Daleks". There was even a Clara on Gallifrey who told the Doctor which TARDIS to steal after the Great Intelligence tried to muck that up.
- In-Series Nickname: "Soufflé Girl", "The Impossible Girl". And "Oswin" for modern-day Clara: in "The Bells of Saint John", Clara uses the portmanteau "Oswald for the win"; "Oswin". She'd never heard of the word "Oswin" before the Doctor called her that, after the name she used the first two times he met her.
- Internal Homage:
- Clara isn't the first companion who's supposed to be dead but is mysteriously still alive, calls the TARDIS a "cow", gets into a bitching match with her voice interface, forms a bitter rivalry with her and then gets let in by her without a key anyway in order to follow the Doctor to a pocket universe. Charley Pollard did all those things in Big Finish about ten years before.
- She eventually turns out to be a Whole Plot Reference to the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Unnatural History, in which the Doctor’s lifeline becomes a scar woven through space and time, which the villain — dressed as a Victorian undertaker — is going to attempt to use to rewrite his life, until the Doctor’s companion (who he’s met before in a different version) saves the day by leaping into it at the cost of her own existence. Possible Fridge Brilliance given that Clara's purpose and existence means this may very well be a version of her (or vice versa).
- It's All About Me: Played for Laughs, when the TARDIS gives Clara a visual voice interface with the appearance of the person she believes Clara esteems the most: Clara herself.
- Jumped at the Call: The first two versions of Clara the Doctor meets.
- Lady in Red: First shows up in a bright red dress, and almost all of her appearances have had her in red at some point in the episode. "Cold War" didn't have red, but it did have lots of red lighting on the submarine.
- Leitmotif: A soft little piano riff that seems to pop up mainly when dealing with her paradoxical existence. Listen to variants here and here.
- Living a Double Life: In "The Snowmen", Clara worked as a barmaid under her real name and as a governess under the name "Miss Montague".
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Created her own personal mental paradise to avoid the truth that she was turned into a Dalek in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- Master of the Mixed Message: Clara likes both admonishing the Doctor for saying things to her that can be easily misconstrued and flirting with him herself.
- Meet Cute: The prequel to "The Bells Of Saint John" has the Doctor meeting a very young version of her. They hang around in a playground for a bit.
- The Missus and the Ex: The TARDIS really doesn't like her at first. After the TARDIS insults her by having her interface take the form of the person she believes Clara most esteems (Clara herself). Clara's response is to refer to her as a "Cheeky cow!" and insist this proves the TARDIS is being a Clingy Jealous Girl.
- Missing Mom: Her mother died the same day as the revival's first episode. It's a popular fan theory that she was killed in the Auton attack on London.
- Motor Mouth: It's been said that Jenna-Louise Coleman was cast in the role based on her ability to talk even faster than Matt Smith.
- Ms. Fanservice: Wears low-cut, tight and/or short dresses at times, but also likes practical clothing.
- Even the Doctor notices, describing her as "a mystery wrapped in an enigma squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too... tight."
- Mysterious Waif: "The only mystery in the universe still worth solving."
- Mythology Gag: In "The Snowmen", it is revealed Clara was born on November 23rd 1866 and is 26 years old — the same day the first episode of Doctor Who aired in 1963 and the same age as the classic series when it was cancelled in 1989. Modern Clara is 24 years old in 2013-meaning she was born in 1989, the year the show was cancelled. The list of ages in Clara's travel book also omits the ages 16-which would have been in 2005, when the show came back-and 23, which would have been in 2012, when Clara first showed up and died the first time.
- Clara's mother died on March 5th, 2005... the day "Rose", the first episode of the revival, takes place.
- Named After Somebody Famous / Meaningful Name: Her namesake? Elisabeth Clara Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith for more than three and a half seasons of Doctor Who and five seasons of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
- Oop North: Speaks with Jenna-Louise Coleman's natural Lancashire accent.
- Plucky Girl: Can stay upbeat in some nightmarish situations, and has enough willpower to Mind Rape both the Great Intelligence and the Daleks. As a scanner describes her in "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS";
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Many of Clara's contemporary outfits feature this look.
- The Doctor lampshades this in "Nightmare in Silver", referring to her as "a mystery wrapped in an engima, squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too tight", before being a little disturbed that he's noticed the latter.
- Repetitive Name: Oswin Oswald
- The Reveal: It's revealed at the end of "The Snowmen" that Clara's full name is Clara Oswin Oswald. The Doctor spends half a season trying to understand how that can be possible. He eventually discovers, in "The Name Of The Doctor", that Clara voluntarily let herself be shattered across time to undo the actions of the Great Intelligence, who'd also let himself be shattered across the Doctor's timeline in order to delete the Doctor from history. She's been there from the day the Doctor and Susan left Gallifrey and as such, knows the Doctor better than any other companion.
- Ship Tease: Both future Clara and Victorian Clara quite fancy the Doctor, but modern-day Clara is much less flirty and soon realises that she and the Doctor are Better as Friends. The idea that he might tell her he likes her "that way" actually makes her realise she's talking to Hyde Plays Jekyll at one point. Eleven being a bit of a Covert Pervert, though, the Ship Tease stays somewhere just under the surface.
- In "The Time of the Doctor" Clara nearly flat-out admits she fancies him when the truth filter in Christmas affects her and the Doctor, and it's part of the reason why she runs off with him. This is after she has the Doctor pretend to be her boyfriend at her family Christmas dinner (and remember: the Doctor seemed genuinely accepting of the notion when she first brings it up before emphasizing it's all pretend). Also after a sequence involving hologram clothing, hugging, clinging, and rolling in the snow in said hologram clothing.
- Story Arc: The mystery of her impossible existence is the overarching storyline for the second half of Series 7.
- Subverted Catchphrase: When Victorian Clara first sees the interior of the TARDIS, she goes outside, surveys it from all sides, and rushes back in to declare, "It's smaller on the outside!"
Doctor: ...that's a first.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the introduction to "The Snowmen"'s first trailer make it clear Clara most definitely has nothing to do with Oswin Oswald from "Asylum of the Daleks".
And now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the very first look at the Doctor Who Christmas trailer... which is, of course, the very first episode to feature Miss Jenna-Louise Coleman. Coleman: Ahem
... second. Smith:
Oh yeah, you were in the Dalek one
, weren't you... playing a different character... Coleman:
Yep, totally different character. Smith:
[...] Yeah... so you couldn't be the same character at Christmas, that would be just impossible. Coleman:
- They Killed Kenny Again: Gets killed, a lot, only to inevitably get better.
- Gets turned into a Dalek and then blown up in "Asylum of the Daleks", only to turn up miraculously alive in "The Snowmen",
- Proceeds to fall to her death in "The Snowmen". At that point, she miraculously turns up alive yet again in modern day.
- Gets burned alive by the Eye of Harmony in a possible future timeline in "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS", only for the Doctor to erase the timeline before it could happen.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: The way time travel works in Doctor Who should make it impossible for both Oswin and Clara to exist, and yet they do...
Doctor: She's not possible.
- Stable Time Loop: When she went into the Doctor's timeline, she scattered herself throughout his history, making her "the impossible girl". And she was only in a position to go into the Doctor's timeline and thus become the impossible girl because she's already the impossible girl.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Made herself forget she was turned into a Dalek in "Asylum of the Daleks" to keep herself sane. The Doctor tells her the truth when he finally reaches her.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: A running theme — enemies who try to destroy or feast on her mind tend to die horrible deaths themselves. Justified, since it's later revealed that that was the exact purpose she keeps being born for.
- She dismantles an entire Dalek prison world and then gives the entire race selective amnesia after they make her one of them.
- The Great Intelligence has its entire snowman army turned to water while feeding off the thoughts of her and the family she takes care of. In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, the Great Intelligence IS Yog-Sothoth!
- The TARDIS really doesn't like her, to the point where the TARDIS passive-aggressively locks her out, unless she's with the Doctor. Though in The Day Of The Doctor, the TARDIS closes to Clara's fingersnap, so it seems to have grown to like her. After what Clara did to save the Doctor, it's only natural that this would eventually happen. Though, judging by the extent of how strongly this favour has grown (the TARDIS closes her doors for Clara snapping her fingers, when prior to this it was thought only the Doctor could do that — and he himself doubted this at one point.), the shift in behaviour is very significant.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Oswin forgets she is a Dalek and imagines hiding in an escape pod because the truth was too terrible in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She still seems to have a mazeophobia due to her childhood experience. And it's explored at least four times in ten episodes.
Handles (Eleventh Doctor)
Voiced by: Kayvan Novak (2013)
A mysteriously acquired Cyberman head from the Maldovar Markets. Functions as sort of a pet/companion during the Doctor's extended stay in the town of Christmas. A Companion for only one episode, but since that episode spans centuries
, Handles is probably the single longest lasting Companion the Doctor has ever had.