->''"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 ''Series/DoctorWho'' revival series (2005 onwards). For their ongoing character tropes in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho (in which the original actors continue to play them), see [[Characters/BigFinishDoctorWhoCompanions here]].

'''Warning: There are a ''lot'' of ''unmarked'' spoilers on this page. Proceed with caution.'''


[[folder:Rose Tyler]]
!!Rose Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
->''Come on, tightwad, chips are on me. We've only got five billion years 'till the shops close!''

-->Played by: Creator/BilliePiper (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.
* ActionGirl: She showed a few signs of it in seasons one and two (using her amateur gymnastics skills to save The Doctor in "Rose", shooting the Beast out of the ship in "The Satan Pit", becoming the Bad Wolf), but season four solidified her as this, where she's casually lugging around a huge gun and shooting Daleks like it's nothing.
%%* {{Badass}}
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Rose is responsible for causing more deaths than ''any'' other companion - directly in the series 1 finale, and indirectly (via Jack) in Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay.
* BigDamnKiss: The third person (after Grace and Jack) to have a snog with the Doctor in the TV series.
** Later shares a pretty powerful one with the Metacrisis Doctor.
* BookDumb: However, that doesn't mean she isn't intelligent, and series four makes it clear she's gotten past this.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Forms most of the tension with Sarah Jane when they first meet, and she ''really'' doesn't seem to like the idea that the Doctor has had female friends other than her in the past (or may have in future). In Rose's defense, though, the Doctor never once told her that he had previous companions and was more interested in catching up with Sarah Jane, and her main concern was being left behind. By the end of "School Reunion" the tension between Sarah Jane and Rose has disappeared and the two are delighted to see each other again in "Journey's End".
** In "The Stolen Earth", Rose gets really ticked that Martha was included in Harriet Jones's little League of Former Companions and she wasn't, even though Harriet had no way of knowing she was even alive at the time. She has to specify "I was here first", which is quite odd considering she knows the Doctor had companions before her and Sarah Jane is among the group.
* DemotedToExtra: She returned for the series 4 finale after officially "leaving" her role of companion.
* {{Determinator}}: Who cares if travel between parallel universes is impossible? She won't let that stand between her and the Doctor.
* DisappearedDad: Peter Tyler died years ago, due to a car accident. At least two separate episodes of the first two revival series explored Rose's conflicted feelings about meeting him again or even bringing him back (the alternate universe version of her father, at the very least).
* DoNotCallMeSir: Like The Doctor, she doesn't like [=UNIT=] saluting her.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: According to Cassandra in "New Earth", this was Rose's reaction to Doctor's Tenth incarnation;
--> '''Cassandra''': You've been ''looking!'' You ''like'' it!
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: 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.
* FirstGirlWins: 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.
* ForgottenFirstMeeting:
** 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.
* GirlNextDoor: One of the most normal companions in the entire series.
* AGodAmI: Temporarily.
-->'''The Doctor''': "You can't control life and death!"
--> '''Rose as Bad Wolf''': "But I can, and the moon, and the stars....everything."
* GrandTheftMe: To Cassandra's chagrin. "I'm a chav!"
* HeroicSacrifice: Series 2 finale counts, though she's technically not dead, but ''listed'' as dead because she's stuck in another universe.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Has some very self-centered moments, especially regarding Mickey. [[WhatTheHellHero She gets called out on this.]]
* KindheartedCatLover: "Aren't you a beautiful boy? I used to have one like you!"
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Her interaction with Nine had this vibe to it, leading others to suspect they were a couple.
* LoveConfession: 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.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Nine, and a little bit to Ten as well. She keeps them both stable.
* MoralityChain: For the Ninth Doctor. For the Tenth, she was more like his partner in crime. Ultimately, Ten assigned her this role for his metacrisis clone (a.k.a "Handy") because he was born out of war and hatred and needed someone to stop him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Indirectly responsible for all fallout from making Jack immortal, including [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E11Utopia the return of the Master]] (and by extension, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment Professor Lazarus's rampage]]) and [[Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]].
* PersonOfMassDestruction: As the Bad Wolf entity, she destroys half a million Daleks in seconds.
* PhysicalGod: Again, Bad Wolf is a basically a god of time because it consumed the Time Vortex.
* PluckyGirl: Rose might not always opt for doing the smartest action imaginable, but she definitely has a hefty amount of stubborn courage when the situation calls for it.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: To the Ninth Doctor, mainly. The Tenth and her become closer and are less interested in hiding their mutual affection.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: She just doesn't feel at home with her mum any more after a while, especially in "The Parting of the Ways".
* TechnoBabble: She picked up this habit from The Doctor.
-->'''Rose''': One word in the wrong place could alter an entire casual nexus.
-->'''UNIT officer''': She talks like that....a lot.
* TookALevelInBadass: She appears to have taken one (off-screen) in series 3 because she gets a lot of respect from [=UNIT=]. Series 4 makes it explicit with her carrying a {{BFG}} and blowing up Daleks.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: The "sweet" type.
* UnreliableNarrator: Everything she says about her death is metaphorical or just being dramatic.
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: To the Doctor, to the point where she became a PhysicalGod to save him.
* WorkingClassHero: Her family's stature is rather like this, and when she first meets the Ninth Doctor, she's working as a shop assistant in a department store.

[[folder:Mickey Smith]]
!!Mickey Smith (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
%% Yes, it's "Man In Havana". The reference is to the Graham Greene novel and/or its film adaptation.
->''Me? [[ManBehindTheMan I'm their 'man in Havana']], [[MissionControl their technical support]]... Oh God, [[ButtMonkey I'm the tin dog]].''

-->Played by: Noel Clarke (2005–06, 2008, 2010)\\
Young Mickey played by: Casey Dyer (2005)

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 ([[AlternateUniverse 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. In the end, he found true love and [[PairTheSpares married Martha Jones]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Played straight with Rose, later averted with Martha, whom he married.
* AlternateUniverse: 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.)
* AlwaysSecondBest: He can't measure up to the Doctor even after taking his level in badass.
* BadassBeard: Once he starts fighting aliens freelance.
* BadassNormal: A powerless human that eventually becomes a cybermen slayer.
* BlackAndNerdy: He's a bit of a hacker.
* ButtMonkey: 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.
* HumiliationConga: 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.
* IChooseToStay: At the end of "The Age of Steel," he stays behind in the alternate universe to help his dead alternate self's [[WordOfGay 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").
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In the end, he gives up on Rose.
* LoveTriangle: 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.
* PairTheSpares: With Martha Jones.
* PokeThePoodle: Ricky Smith is London's Most Wanted. ...For parking violations.
* PunnyName: 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.
* RebelLeader: Alternate Mickey. (It's ''Ricky''.)
* RefusalOfTheCall: Initially, after his help in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "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).
* ReplacementGoldfish: Becomes one for Jake, Ricky's [[WordOfGay boyfriend]]. Jake copes pretty well with the idea, but since Mickey's not gay, it's a dysfunctional setup to say the least.
* SaltAndPepper: Alongside his partner in crime, Jake.
* TakingUpTheMantle: When his alternate self dies, Mickey simply assumes his identity and continues the fight.
* TookALevelInBadass: Multiple. To wit, from lovable but aimless boyfriend to a capable hacker and fully-fledged companion. Ends up fighting Cybermen in an alternate reality and respected member of that reality's Torchwood, and finally [[{{SelfMadeMan}} earns his happy ending with a woman who saved the world with the power of story.]]

[[folder:Adam Mitchell]]
!!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 TeenGenius from 2012. Holds the dubious honor of being the only companion to be evicted from the TARDIS for bad behaviour.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Has a job that revolves around alien artifacts, but sees alien abduction stories as nonsense.
* ButtMonkey: He doesn't get a lot of respect.
* {{Jerkass}}: Intentionally written as a troublemaker to show what kind of person makes for a bad companion.
* InsufferableGenius: Very smug about it.
* TeenGenius: And quick to mention it.
* TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised: Shows up again in the comics as an elderly man to show what happened to him after being left behind by the Doctor. It isn't pretty at all, and Adam's enormously pissed.
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Attempts to change his own future by sending information back from the year 200,000. It doesn't end well.


[[folder:Jack Harkness]]
!!Captain Jack Harkness (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
->'''Mickey Smith''': What are you captain of, the innuendo squad?

-->Played by: Creator/JohnBarrowman (2005, 2007, 2008, 2010)

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 AnythingThatMoves. [[Series/{{Torchwood}} Got his own spin off]].

''For tropes pertaining to Jack in ''Torchwood'', see [[Characters/{{Torchwood}} that series' character sheet]]''.
* AgeWithoutYouth: 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.
%%* AntiHero:
* AnythingThatMoves: Has a penchant of flirting with everyone he meets, even when the world is ending -- to the Doctor's constant frustration.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: 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 [[SayMyName shouting the Doctor's name.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Of the World War II greatcoat variety.
* BigDamnKiss: 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.
* BoldlyComing: Men, women... giant insects... robots...
* {{Camp}}: It's Creator/JohnBarrowman. His camp switch doesn't have an "off" setting.
* TheCasanova: Constantly.
* CatchPhrase: Some variation of the following exchange will be said when he's around:
-->'''Jack''': ''[to his latest object of attraction]'' Captain Jack Harkness, and who are you?\\
'''The Doctor''': Stop it.\\
'''Jack''': [[AnythingThatMoves I was just saying hello]]!
* TheCharmer: Manages to charm both Rose and the Doctor within minutes.
* ChekhovsGunman: In "The End of the World,", as he's the Face of Boe. (Creator/RussellTDavies 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 [[{{Squee}} laughing and cheering]].
* ChivalrousPervert: 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 ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Has been married at least once, although his immortality has made him a bit wary of commitment.
* ContagiousHeroism: He starts off as an amoral con-man, but time spent with the Doctor changes him into a lovable anti-hero.
* ContinuityNod: In Jack's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild first appearance]], his 51st century backstory and knowledge of "Time Agents" is a continuity nod to Classic Who story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]". In that story, the war criminal Magnus Greel also hails from the 51st century and is worried that the Doctor might be a Time Agent sent to arrest him.
* DemotedToExtra: After he left the TARDIS and subsequently joined ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', he made return appearances in the third and fourth series' season finales.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Jack clung onto a TARDIS that was desperately trying to shake him off, all the way through the Time Vortex, to the very end of time itself! The TARDIS ran out of ''universe'' to go through before Jack was willing to give up his chance to reunite with the Doctor.
** Spending 100+ years prior to this waiting around Cardiff for their respective timelines to coincide.
* EthicalSlut: Made much more obvious in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', where he's shown to care deeply about his partners' personal boundaries, emotional health and safe sex. He ''abhors'' cheating.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: As a YouTube comment put it,
--> If you're a guy and you like guys, [[NoBisexuals you're gay.]]\\
If you're a guy and you like Jack, you're human.
* ExtremeOmnisexual: In his home era, everyone is having sex with every''thing'' else. Writer Creator/StevenMoffat calls him "bi", but that doesn't even ''begin'' to cover it.
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner: 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".
* FantasticRacism: After his transformation into a fixed point in time, the TARDIS initially ''really'' does not like him. She considers him an abomination. She ''might'' be over it by "Journey's End".
%%% YMMV goes on YMMV.
* {{Foil}}: A friendly one to the Doctor. Even on a certain meta level: It's been noted that while Jack has an American accent and is more in line with typical sensibilities of American science fiction action heroes, the Doctor is supposed to reflect a more traditionally British and more pacifistic approach to SF heroes, even in action scenes.
* FreeLoveFuture: Comes from a century where cultural taboos on sex don't exist anymore. Due to humanity's evolution adapting to InterspeciesRomance, human sexual preference also has little meaning anymore in the 51st century, and pretty much EveryoneIsBi. Jack's very much a FishOutOfTemporalWater in this regard.
* TheGoodCaptain: Although ''technically'', he doesn't become an army captain until ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. His stint as "Captain Jack Harkness" when he first met the Doctor was a case of stolen identity.
%%* HandsomeLech:
* HealingFactor: His immortality functions as quickly healing from whatever killed him..
* HeelFaceTurn: 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 LoveMartyr for him.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Doctor certainly thinks so and the TARDIS agrees with him: According to the Doctor, Rose (as Bad Wolf) didn't just revive him and make him immortal, she turned made him a living ''fixed point''. The TARDIS went as far as to travel to the end of the universe to get rid of him when he grabbed it, and the Doctor's Time Lord instincts make it difficult to even look at him without mentioning how "wrong" he is.
* IgnoredEnamouredUnderling: Towards the Doctor. Jack and Martha share a moment over this when they realise the Doctor's ignoring both their crushes on him.
* ImmortalLifeIsCheap: He'll gladly take a few deaths if it helps save the day.
* InternalHomage: He's the TV series' answer to spinoff character [[Characters/BerniceSummerfield Jason Kane]].
%%* TheLancer: Turns into this around the Doctor
%%* LoveMartyr: For the Doctor.
* {{MacGyvering}}: In "Bad Wolf", he not only takes out two droids out to kill him, but scraps them to build ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext a gun that can find the Doctor.]]''
* MadeOfIron: On top of being immortal, he also is far more resistant to things that should instantly kill, thanks to his bonus HealingFactor. He once sat in a radiation chamber that should have disintegrated him from the intense concentration of stet radiation.
%%* ManlyGay:
* MrFanservice: Gets completely naked in his third episode, with much glee.
* MrViceGuy: The vice in question being lust. However, he's a proper EthicalSlut, and always respects people's boundaries.
* NoNameGiven: He admits that "Jack Harkness" is an alias. We ''still'' don't know what his name really is.
* ThePornomancer:
-->'''Jack:''' The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered [[GargleBlaster 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.
* PutOnABus: Even though ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' was eventually cancelled and there's no reason why Jack can't appear in its parent series again, he hasn't been seen since [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]. His absence is particularly notable in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], where the Doctor gathers a whole bunch of old friends and acquaintances to help him save Amy, but Jack isn't among them. You'd think an immortal BadAss would've come in handy in the rescue operation?
** His Stag Parties are mentioned in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding Of River Song"]], as one of the things the Doctor could do, before meeting his death at Lake Silencio. The Doctor could visit all of them in one night.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: He looks like a full grown human man but he's over 170 in series 3, over 2040 in series 4.
* TheSlowPath: He stuck around Cardif for 100+ years waiting for the Doctor to turn up.
%%* TimePolice:
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Back and forth between this and LivingForeverIsAwesome. You could say both are deconstructed because both are true at points.

[[folder:Donna Noble]]
!!Donna Noble (Tenth Doctor)
->''Didn't I ever tell you? Best temp in Chiswick -- 100 words per minute!''

-->Played by: Creator/CatherineTate (2006, 2008–10) [[note]]Donna first appeared in a special in 2006, then became a companion for one full season in 2008. She made a final appearance in both parts of a 2-part story, part 1 airing on Christmas Day 2009, while part 2 aired on New Years Day 2010.[[/note]]

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 [[Series/TheCatherineTateShow Catherine Tate]]. Originally a one-off character for the [[{{Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride}} 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.
* AbusiveParents: 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.
* AllWebbedUp: Happens to her in ''The Runaway Bride'' Christmas special.
%%* {{Badass}}:
* BadassBureaucrat: 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.
* BadassNormal: The Doctor infiltrated (and later broke into) a corporate office building [[MagicTool 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.
* BetterAsFriends: 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''.)
* BigDamnKiss: With the Doctor, of the "LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain" variety.
%%* BoisterousBruiser:
* CatchPhrase: "Oi!"
* CharacterDevelopment: 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.
* ChristmasCake: Over 30 and not married. This is most an issue in her first episode where she's desperate to get married.
* ClingyJealousGirl: 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.
* CrazyPrepared: 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.
* CursedWithAwesome: Doctor Donna: a human woman with a Time Lord brain and mankind's unique spark that makes her use her newfound intellect at maximum proficiency, even surpassing the Doctor himself. But the strain this puts on her human frame is so hard that it starts to ''kill her'' and forces the Doctor to make her forget ''everything'' about her travels with him in order to suppress her super intellect and save her life. Worse yet, if Donna ever remembers ''anything'' about her time with the Doctor, her Time Lord brain will resurface and she will ''burn''.
* DeadpanSnarker: She's great at lobbing sarcastic remarks at the Doctor.
-->'''The Doctor''': [stepping out of the TARDIS] Ah! Smell that air! Grass and lemonade! And a little bit of mint. Just a hint of mint. Must be the 1920s.\\
'''Donna''': You can tell what year it is just by smelling?\\
'''The Doctor''': Oh, yeah.\\
'''Donna''': Or, maybe, that big vintage car coming up the drive gave it away.
* FailingATaxi: In "The Runaway Bride" ChristmasSpecial where we first meet her, she tries to hail a taxi and gets one driven by an alien {{Mook}}, forcing the Doctor to save her with some fancy TARDIS manoeuvres.
* FieryRedhead: Scorching temper and attitude, be it against The Doctor, Daleks, or her own mother.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: PlayedWith. 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 CharacterDevelopment is gradual and zig-zaggy. It makes it all the more horrifying when we see her go back to her ''old'' old self.
* GoodWithNumbers: 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.
* HalfHumanHybrid: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "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.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Her entire character arc is wanting to be more than "useless". And she'll never know what a difference she made.
* JumpedAtTheCall: In her second appearance, she is searching for The Doctor and has already packed her bags.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: She's loud and abrasive because she believes she isn't important.
* LargeHam: Extremely large and loud presence at times and then she becomes [[UpToEleven Doctor Donna]]
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Her relationship with the Doctor. In fact, most people initially believe they're married or [[SiblingRivalry brother and sister.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: 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 [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming best friend]].
* MissingTheGoodStuff: In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]", her first appearance, she has (somehow) managed to avoid all of London's previous encounters with extraterrestrials.
* MoralityChain: Explicitly considers herself one for the Tenth Doctor. She thinks he "needs someone to stop him".
* PityTheKidnapper: When she was in peril, she often made the bad guys regret putting her there, even without the Doctor's interventions.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Her and the Doctor. It's even invoked when she first begins traveling with him, with the Doctor telling her he "just wants a mate".
* PluckyGirl: Explicitly called a "plucky young girl who helps me out" by the Doctor and she lives up to such a description with her fiery determination (but she doesn't like the description).
* PrettyInMink: Wore a black fur-trimmed coat during "Planet of the Ood".
%%* RedHeadedHero: Creator/CatherineTate's natural colour.
* RedPillBluePill: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E11TurnLeft "Turn Left"]] is basically someone force feeding her the blue pill after the fact and make her live a normal life. The future version of the alternate Donna then has to make sure the past version of the alternate Donna spits out the blue pill so that Donna Prime can resume her red pill adventure.
* RefusalOfTheCall: 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.
* SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld: 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.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Quite honestly so this time.
-->"We're not even the same species. There's probably laws against it."
* ShoeSlap: 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, PercussiveMaintenance 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.
* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: MindRaped to prevent [[MySkullRunnethOver her skull runnething over]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Was prone to giving Ten this when he acted rudely or otherwise went too far, such as when he initially refused to save a soon-to-be-dead family in FiresOfPompei. Donna set him straight in short order, and continued to do so over the course of her run.
* WindsOfDestinyChange: Lampshaded by Rose in "Turn Left." Even without the bug on her back, she still warps reality/destiny.

[[folder:Martha Jones]]
!!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...''

-->Played by: Creator/FreemaAgyeman (2007–08, 2010)

Martha was a medical student when her hospital ended up on the Moon in the early 21st century. She and the Doctor saved each other's lives a few times that day, and she ended up as the third female (second regular female) companion of the Tenth Doctor. Tries hard not to fall in love with him, but fails rather spectacularly at that. After she left the TARDIS, Jack Harkness pulled some strings to get her a job with UNIT in what seems to be Harry Sullivan's old job. She remains friends with Jack, and has popped up in a a couple of ''Series/{{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.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: 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.
* AlwaysSecondBest: How she feels about replacing Rose.
* {{Badass}}: She joins [=UNIT=] in Series 4 and her progression to full "doctor" status is accelerated by them because of her field experience.
* BadassBookworm: During her first trip through time, she saves the world by quoting from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* BadassNormal: Unlike the other New Series companions, who saved the day by becoming a PhysicalGod or half-Time Lord, Martha saved the world with herself alone.
* BetterAsFriends: 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.
* BigDamnKiss: With the Doctor in her first episode ("genetic transfer!"). Also ''eventually'' kisses Jack Harkness in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', simply because "everyone else has had a go". Jack just sort of stares at her and grins.
* BlackAndNerdy: Medical student, natch. She also saves the world by quoting ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* TheConfidant: As strained as her friendship with the Tenth Doctor gets at times, she's always willing to listen to him carefully when he's reminiscing about his past and the things he's lost.
* ClingyJealousGirl: 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.
* DemotedToExtra: She returned for the series 4 finale (along with making prior guest appearances in both ''Doctor Who'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'') after officially "leaving" her role of companion.
* {{Determinator}}: At the end of Series 3 where she spends one year traveling the entire world telling people about The Doctor.
* DysfunctionalFamily: While she loves them, her relationship with her parents and some of her relatives is a bit strained and there's tension in their household.
* GenreSavvy: She's quick to point out several issues concerning her modern day social status and how it might be affected if she were to travel to the past. In a bit of DiscussedTrope, she brings up NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel in front of the Doctor.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: To John Smith in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyOfBlood "The Family of Blood"]].
* HospitalHottie: Studying to become a doctor and hot enough to become Shakespeare's "Dark Lady".
* IgnoredEnamouredUnderling: Just after their first meeting, the Doctor makes her promise not to start fancying him. She agrees, but falls in love with him anyway.
* JustFriends: With the Doctor, to her great frustration.
* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: Expresses GenreSavvy worries about going back to the early 17th century, given fear of prejudice over her ethnic origins. The Doctor reminds her that not all black people living in Britain at the time were slaves and assures her that he'll look after her. When they visit 1913 in a later episode, several people are incredulous of her having a medical degree (not just because she's black, [[StayInTheKitchen but also a woman]]). She quickly proves them wrong [[MomentOfAwesome when she shows of her extensive medical knowledge]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Although not TheStoic, 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.
* PairTheSpares: With Mickey Smith. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What happened to her engagement to Thomas Milligan from Series 4]] has never been explained onscreen. According to Russell T Davies, Tom was the rebound. It's also a case of the ''TokenMinorityCouple''.
* ReplacementGoldfish: It doesn't take long for her to feel as though she's simply this for Rose. She doesn't put up with it, sits the Doctor down and makes him tell her what's going on.
* SmartGuy: Studying to be a doctor, quick thinking but also great at planning? Martha is one of the smartest characters in the show.
* TechnicalPacifist: Doesn't carry a gun, but has a position of command in a military organisation.
* TokenMinority: Nicely averted. The only time her ethnic background is brought up in a major way is when she's worried about time travelling to more prejudiced historical eras.
* TookALevelInBadass: In The Year That Never Was she becomes a key figure in the LaResistance against The Master. She joins UNIT right after.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Creator/FreemaAgyeman 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".
* WalkingTheEarth: During the Year That Never Was; the entire earth in one year and on foot.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Doctor's reaction when he hears about Martha's plan to blow up Earth to stop a Dalek plot.
* YaoiFangirl: As revealed in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', where she takes interest in Jack and Ianto's "dabbling".

[[folder:Astrid Peth]]
!!Astrid Peth (Tenth Doctor)
->''Mr. Capricorn? I resign!''

-->Played by: Music/KylieMinogue (2007)

A one-shot character in the [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned 2007 Christmas special]]. A struggling waitress from the planet Sto on board the Starship ''Titanic''.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: At the end she become star dust to travel the universe.
* BigDamnKiss: Surprises the Doctor with her knowledge of Earth Christmas traditions.
* CelebrityParadox: The Doctor had mentioned Kylie two seasons earlier.
* ChristmasCake: And very quick to steal a kiss from the Doctor.
* HeroicSacrifice: To take out her boss with a forklift.
* HumanAliens: Albeit with very little knowledge of earth.
* {{Meido}}: Wears a little apron and a short skirt.

[[folder:Wilfred Mott]]
!!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 cameo in the 2007 Christmas Special, a RecurringCharacter in the 2008 season, finally PromotedToOpeningTitles as a companion in a 2-part story which aired on Christmas Day 2009 and New Years Day 2010 [[/note]]

A newspaper salesman from 21st century Chiswick, London. Originally a one-off character in [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "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 [[ActorExistenceFailure 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], the Tenth Doctor's final story.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Defied - he refuses to be ashamed of never actually killing during his military service.
* AscendedExtra: Originally intended to be named "Stan" for [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned "Voyage of the Damned"]] and never show up again. This changed when Howard Attfield, the actor playing Donna's father, passed away and Wilf was written in as Donna's grandfather.
* BadassGrandpa: The entire population of London evacuates because they're afraid aliens will invade, and Wilf stays in his stall. Daleks are invading the Earth, and Wilf's first thought is how to disable them... ''with a paintball gun''. He even proves a crack shot with an asteroid laser.
* BadassNormal: Dalek. '''Paintball gun'''. It didn't ''work'', but that's still quite a few levels of {{Badass}}ness above the norm.
* CatchPhrase: [[ProperlyParanoid "It's them aliens again!"]]
* ChekhovsGun: Owns one, and convinces the Doctor to accept it as a gift.
* CoolOldGuy: Willing to do anything to save the world.
* LikeASonToMe: Despite being the Doctor's junior by more than 800 years.
-->'''The Doctor:''' I'd be proud.\\
'''Wilf:''' What?\\
'''The Doctor:''' If you ''were'' my dad.
* ManlyTears: His friendship with Ten is very emotional.
* OlderSidekick: Obviously more than qualifies in the real world; he's more than twice David Tennant's age. In fact, Bernard Cribbins is the oldest actor to have played a companion on the show. In-universe, the Doctor is still ''much'' older.
* ParentalSubstitute: Is this to Donna. After her father died, and given her mother's aloofness, she always turns to "Gramps".
* PromotedToOpeningTitles: For the Tenth Doctor's final story.
* ProperlyParanoid: Firmly believes in alien visitors to earth. Since he lives in the Whoniverse, ''boy'' is he right.
* ProphecyTwist: "He will knock four times." The Doctor was absolutely sure that it referred to the Master (and, admit it, so were you.) Instead, after the Master is defeated, Wilf politely knocks four times on the door of his glass cage, hoping the Doctor will let him out [[note]] It should also be mentioned he does the four-knock four times [[/note]] . Wilf previously trapped himself in the cage to save a random guy's life. The only way the Doctor can get him out is by killing himself.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: He tried to talk the Tenth Doctor out of his HeroicSacrifice because he knows that the Doctor is a hero on a grand scale and he himself is just an old human man. The Doctor's response is basically, 'No, you're not.'
* WeaponOfChoice: A paintball gun or his old service revolver. That works, too.

[[folder:River Song]]
!!Professor River Song (Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)

-->Main incarnation played by: Creator/AlexKingston (2008, 2010–2013)
-->First incarnation as a baby played by: Harrison and Madison Mortimer (2011)
-->First incarnation as a child played by: Sydney Wade (2011)
-->Second incarnation ("Mels") as a child played by: Maya Glace-Green (2011)
-->Second incarnation ("Mels") as an adult played by: Nina Toussaint-White (2011)

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.
* EightiesHair: 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".
* ActionGirl: She made a Dalek ''[[TheDreaded beg for mercy.]]''
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Professor of archaeology.
* AdventurerOutfit: She loves fancy dresses, but for proper adventuring she changes into practical camo.
* AnachronicOrder: 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.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In "The Wedding of River Song" where she declares no one in universe loves the Doctor more than herself.
* AntiHero: Wasn't always a nice person before she joined team TARDIS. Can't always afford to be a nice person afterwards, due to spoilers.
* AxCrazy: Extremely so in "Let's Kill Hitler", as her young, wanting-to-kill-the-Doctor incarnation as Mels.
* BadassBoast: 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!
* BadassBookworm: Scariest Archaeologist Ever. She is rather kickass for an academic.
* BattleCouple: The Doctor and River Song are a married battle couple. He is feared across time and space, and she is part-Time Lord and raised as a weapon to fight the Doctor. They've fought off alien invaders back-to-back, while flirting.
* BadassFamily: Her mothers and father are Amy Pond (the Girl who Waited), Rory Williams (the Last Centurion), and the TARDIS herself. Also she's married to the last Time Lord in existence.
* BigDamnKiss: 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 TimeCrash, and her last one (well her, {{Virtual Ghost}}'s last one) with him.
* BiTheWay: 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...
* BlackBestFriend: As Mels, Amy and Rory's childhood friend, because that regeneration was black.
* BoxedCrook: As revealed in "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh And Stone", she spends many years of her life in the ([[CardboardPrison 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.
* BrainsAndBondage: Why would an archaeology professor have handcuffs? Spoilers.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: 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.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Young River Song is an odd variation on this in that her mother doesn't know she's her daughter.
* CardboardPrison: The definition of her imprisonment in Stormcage. In "The Time of Angels" River is an inmate who is guarded by Father Octavian, but in "Flesh And Stone" (immediately after), later in "The Pandorica Opens" and in subsequent episodes, River is shown to be imprisoned practically voluntarily, as she is resourceful enough to escape Stormcage easily if she well wanted to. After a date with the Doctor, she breaks ''back into prison''.
--> ''Sir? It's Doctor Song again. She's doing it again; she's packing.''
* CatchPhrase:
** "Hello, sweetie!" whenever she meets the Doctor.
** "Spoilers" when keeping anyone's relative future a secret. Also her FamousLastWords before her HeroicSacrifice.
** As Mels she had, "Penny in the air," soon followed by, "The penny drops." [[DistaffCounterpart Just like the Doctor]], it's a catch phrase she never uses after she regenerates.
* CharacterDevelopment: PlayedWith. 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.
* ClingyJealousGirl: 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.
* ConsummateLiar: So as to not spoil anyone's relative future.
-->'''River:''' I lied. I'm always lying.
* DarkActionGirl: Before her HeelFaceTurn, she was a psychopathic assassin.
* DistaffCounterpart: To the Doctor himself, being (half) Time Lord. In particular, she seems to have borrowed some hairstyling tips from Six and carries the Third's posh sensibilities as well as knack for no-holds-barred action. Coincidentally, the Third is Creator/AlexKingston's favorite Doctor.
* {{Expy}}: According to Steven Moffat, she's one of ''Franchis/IndianaJones''.
* ExtraParentConception: 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.
* ExtremeOmnisexual:
** Says she once dated [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E1SpearheadFromSpace an Nestene Duplicate]].
** Moffat jokes that she was involved with her entire archaeological staff.
* FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo: 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 TrollingCreator, ''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 RedHerring.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In "Let's Kill Hitler", prior to her HeelFaceTurn. She acts much like she always does, except with more murder attempts.
* FemmeFatale: 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.
* ForegoneConclusion: Her death in her first appearance, "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". Her subsequent appearances are earlier in her timeline.
* GenreSavvy: 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.
* GoodIsNotNice: Though she seems to have mellowed out in the future, she starts off quite merciless despite being heroic.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: During the first 15 hours following a regeneration, a dozen bullets are no problem.
* TheGunslinger: In her own words "kickass with a gun."
* HalfHumanHybrid: 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.
* HappilyMarried: To the Doctor, hence all the flirting and kissing she does around him. It's not flirting, it's [=PDA=] with her husband. Although for many of her meetings after the marriage, he hasn't married her yet, and he doesn't realize he's going to -- although he starts to suspect it as soon as the topic comes up.
* HaveWeMetYet:
** 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: 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."
* HeroicSacrifice: Twice and both times were to save the Doctor's life. The first time (from her perspective), she tries to kill him, then uses all of her regeneration power all at once in order to save him. The second time (from her perspective), she prevents him from making a HeroicSacrifice 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.
* HypercompetentSidekick: She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, amongst other things. Extremely justified: The TARDIS is her second mom and taught her her how.
* IKnowYourTrueName: 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''.
* ImprobableAimingSkills:
** Shooting Eleven's stetson right off his head.
** She [[OffHandBackhand offhandedly shoots]] a Silent that was behind her, due to the Silence physiology, she shouldn't have known it was there.
* InLoveWithTheMark: 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 fell apart due to it being a fixed point in time.
* InstantExpert: Her TARDIS piloting is justified, since the TARDIS herself teaches her via telepathy, and is her second mom. Seeing as the TARDIS is unused to time progressing linearly and was fully aware of who River was all along, she probably started training her in utero.
* InternalHomage: A nod to the extremely long-running DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse companion Characters/BerniceSummerfield, another professor of archaeology who keeps a diary about the Doctor. Creator/StevenMoffat wrote for the Franchise/BerniceSummerfield franchise before becoming the ShowRunner for the TV series. (He also jokingly suggested that River and Bernice had totally gotten married at some point, which immediately got a big thumbs-up from Benny's creator Paul Cornell.)
* {{Irony}}: Had she not done her HeroicSacrifice in the Library, she never would have met the Doctor and never would have been born.
* KidFromTheFuture: She's Amy and Rory's daughter who due to time travel ended up growing up with them.
* KissOfDeath: She prefers hallucinogenic lipstick over the traditional poisonous lipstick. The one time this is played straight is in "Let's Kill Hitler", since she was programmed from birth to assassinate the Doctor.
%%* LadyOfAdventure
%%* LargeHam: In "The Time of Angels" and especially "Let's Kill Hitler", when she's still very young.
* LaserGuidedTykebomb: She was originally raised as a weapon to kill the Doctor.
* LastKiss: with the Doctor in "The Name of the Doctor"
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Her bickering with the Doctor is so characteristic of old married couples that Amy quickly assumes they really are married. She is married to him at that point but he isn't married to her, yet. It's timey wimey.
* LikeMotherLikeDaughter: 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.
* LoonyFan: 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.
* LovableSexManiac: Brags happily about her past lovers, relentlessly flirts with the Doctor, and rivals Jack Harkness when it comes to rampant innuendo. Moffat has joked that she was involved with her ''entire'' archaeology team.
---> '''The Doctor:''' We've got ten minutes, get dressed. \\
'''River:''' Oh, that's ''so'' close to the perfect sentence.
* LoveConfession: To the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song" and just before the wedding itself.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: River is Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. River tells them this after her newborn self is kidnapped.
* TheMasochismTango: 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 HeroicSacrifice 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 BelligerentSexualTension, 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 HeroicSacrifice to save his life.
* MrsRobinson:
** The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.
--->'''Doctor''': ...[[ShesGotLegs the Legs,]] [[CleopatraNose the Nose,]] and Mrs. Robinson.\\
'''River''': I ''hate'' you.\\
'''Doctor''': No, you don't!
** In her past (and his future), she gleefully calls him "Benjamin" in return.
** "The Angels Take Manhattan" reveals that she's pretty bothered by the fact that he looks "twelve". (Though the context of the scene suggests this was meant more about how he acts than how he looks.)
%%* MsFanservice
* MysteriousPast: So much time travel nonsense is in her past that it takes well over a season to be uncovered.
* TheNthDoctor: She's been played by Creator/AlexKingston, Harrison and Madison Mortimer, Sydney Wade, Maya Glace-Green and Nina Toussaint-White. Technically, some of those actresses are [[TimeShiftedActor differently-aged versions]] of the same regenerations: River gets three regenerations in total.
* OffHandBackhand: She gives a powerful example of this trope, as she shoots a Silent behind her, when there's no way she could have known it even existed.
* PaintedOnPants: 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 "[[CallForward I'm going to wear]] ''[[CallForward a lot]]'' [[CallForward of jodhpurs]]!"
* PoisonousFriend: She bitterly self-identifies as a psychopath.
* ThePowerOfLove: She collapsed all of time itself to prevent herself from killing the Doctor.
* PsychopathicWomanchild: In "Let's Kill Hitler" she's essentially a hyperactive teenage girl in a 40-year-old body. One who sees nothing wrong with firing a lot of guns to get her way. As she grows older she has it under control, but still glumly refers to herself as a "psychopath" when she's already a Professor.
%%* PsychoSidekick:
* PutOnABus: River does not make an appearance in Series 8.
* RecurringCharacter: She was such a prominent and memorable character ([[TropeOverdosed count her tropes!]]) that it's easy to forget that she was never a regular companion on the show: just 2 episodes in Series 4, 4 episodes in Series 5, 6 episodes in Series 6, and 2 episodes in Series 7. Several of these episodes are 2-part stories, which both increased her prominence and means she's in fewer stories than an episode count would indicate.
* RememberTheNewGuy:
** Inverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "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 TimeyWimeyBall, he's meeting her out of sequence.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "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.
* TheReveal: 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.
* RunningGag:
** She has a habit of shooting whatever hat the Eleventh Doctor finds himself wearing.
** And free-falling and being caught by the TARDIS.
* SassyBlackWoman: As Mels she mouthed off to both her friends and teachers. It got her into trouble.
* ScrewDestiny: 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.
* SelfProclaimedLiar: "I lie all the time. Have to. Spoilers."
* ShipperOnDeck: Ships Amy and Rory, her parents, and merrily played a part in them hooking up when they were all teenagers.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqspiJIYQ2E Literally said]] she was looking for "a good man" as her reason for studying archeology.
* SociopathicHero: 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.
* StableTimeLoop:
** She's named after herself... ''twice''. Amy named her "Melody" after her childhood friend, Mels... who turns out to ''be'' her daughter Melody. The second time, she adopts her Gamma Forest name translation "River Song" but only because the Doctor, Amy, and Rory keep calling her that, because that's the name they always knew her by.
** Gets the idea of defacing land marks to summon the Doctor from Amy and Rory, who in turn got it from her.
** She and the Doctor give ''each other'' the "Spoilers!" CatchPhrase, during their respective first proper meetings.
* StepfordSmiler: 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.
* SuddenlyEthnicity: PlayedWith in eleven directions. She is half human and half Time Lord. Except that she has no Time Lord parents -- her parents are two humans and the TARDIS. Also, she spent her entire childhood in her second regeneration, which happened to be black.
* SuperStrength: 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.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: To Captain Jack Harkness.
** Both are reoccurring on-off companions who the Doctor has difficulty trusting.
** Both are time travelers much like the Doctor and have used vortex manipulators.
** Both are paradoxic in nature much like the Doctor. Captain Jack is immortal and is a living fixed point-in-time, while River is a [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Time Lord]] who's entire life is a StableTimeLoop.
** The names they are usually known by are both aliases.
** Both are {{AntiHero}}es in their early appearances, before reforming after spending time with the Doctor.
** Both are ExtremeOmnisexual and have dated members of various species and gender.
* TangledFamilyTree: From late series 4 onwards. Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor and is ''also'' Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a rather romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag -- because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law ''and'' his step-mother-in-law. And in the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: Played for a [[TheReveal reveal]] in [[Recap/{{DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar}} "A Good Man Goes to War"]], when it turns out that River Song's name comes from a close approximation in the language of the Gamma Forest People: "Melody" becomes "Song", and they don't quite have a word that means "Pond" because [[ArcWords "The only water in the forest is the river..."]]
* TimeyWimeyBall: Suffers from a ton of {{Grandfather Paradox}}es. 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.
* TokenEvilTeammate: 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:''' [[AC: 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:''' [[AC: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.]] \\
'''River:''' [[BadassBoast I'm River Song. Check your records again.]]\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: [[OhCrap Mercy?]]]]\\
'''River:''' Say it again?\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: Mercy!!]]\\
'''River:''' One. More. Time.\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC: [[RuleOfThree Mercyyyyy!!!]]]]\\
''[a few minutes later]''\\
'''Amy:''' What happened to the Dalek?\\
'''River:''' It died.
* TouchedByVorlons: 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.
* TwinThreesomeFantasy: In "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two Doctors at once.
* TykeBomb: Raised by the Silence to kill the Doctor for the first few years of her life.
* VirtualGhost: Her final fate is to be uploaded to the Library's main computer in order to save her life.
* WalkingSpoiler: In-universe and out, to an insane degree. It's even her catchphrase.
* WhatTheHellHero: After the Doctor saved her VirtualGhost 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.
* WholePlotReference: To one of Creator/StevenMoffat's favorite novels, ''TheTimeTravelersWife''. The similarities would take quite a while to count. She even meets the Doctor in a library, exactly like the novel's titular characters. (The Twelfth Doctor owns the book, keeps his copy in his console room and stores a spare TARDIS key between the pages.)
* WifeHusbandry: "The Impossible Astronaut" revealed that the first time River met the Doctor he knew ''everything'' about her, and was charming and wonderful. It turns out he met her as an infant but had no part in raising her.
* YouCantFightFate: 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 AnachronismStew that threatens to tear time itself apart, leading the Doctor himself to unleash a WhatTheHellHero on her.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: 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.

[[folder: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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor 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.
* BackToBackBadasses: With Ten.
* BadassBookworm: He built his own TARDIS - a dirigible or [[FunWithAcronyms Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style]] - out of household items.
* BadassNormal: Able, and willing, to take on the Cybermen by himself.
* ForgotTheCall: Inverted - he believes he's the doctor, but is actually human.
* LargeHam: He's hammy even by normal ''Who'' standards.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Which is the reason Ten doesn't press him too hard on his past, at first. Messing with a Time Lord after regeneration amnesia is generally a bad idea.
* TheNthDoctor: He seems to be number 11 -- but just got blasted with the Doctor's personality and thought he'd regenerated.
* StayInTheKitchen: His attitude towards Rosita, due to DeliberateValuesDissonance, is to tell her to stay with the T.A.R.D.I.S and let him deal with the monsters alone.
* TomatoInTheMirror: He spends most of the special thinking he's the Doctor, and Ten seems to think he is a future Doctor. Then it turns out he's just a human whose mind has accidentally been tampered with.

!!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.
* CompositeCharacter: Of a sort; she shows devotion to her Doctor reminiscent of Rose, displays the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Martha, and even the OnlySaneMan 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.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Done subtly so the kids wouldn't realize. It's implied that she was a streetwalker before meeting her Doctor.
* MeaningfulName: "Rosita" is quite close to "Rose" and "Martha", and this is subtly pointed out. It means "little rose".
* OnlySaneWoman: Veers into it 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''.
* SarcasticDevotee: To her Doctor. Despite thinking him an idiot, she helps him with all his cybermen fighting.

[[folder:Lady Christina de Souza]]
!!Lady Christina de Souza (Tenth Doctor)
->'''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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead 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. She makes two more guest appearances in the comic stories "The Eye of Ashaya" and "Prisoners of Time".

* BlueBlood: French aristocracy.
* ClassyCatBurglar: A sophisticated and bilingual thief who meets the Doctor just after a heist.
* CrazyPrepared: She has something in her pack for every situation... except bus fare.
* DarkActionGirl: A bit more morally ambiguous than most companions. The Doctor doesn't mind too much.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Played with. Christina seems to indicate her father lost the family fortune and she became a thief because of it (though the Doctor doesn't buy it).
* {{Expy}}: For [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]]
%%* FemmeFatale:
* LadyOfAdventure: ''Lady'' Christina de Souza doesn't go on thieving missions just for the money; it's also about the fun.
* NotSoDifferent: When the Doctor learns what she does, he acts disapproving for about ten seconds before admitting he stole the [=TARDIS=] from his own people.
* RefusedByTheCall: After they return through the wormhole, the Doctor refuses to take her along in the TARDIS, because he feels that he can't travel with a companion ever again. He doesn't even let her look inside. He does, however, allow her to [[ThrowTheDogABone escape custody]] from the hands of a private eye on Earth because he still likes her.

[[folder:Adelaide Brooke]]
!!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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "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.
%%* BadassNormal:
* BoldExplorer: She's the commanding officer of [[SettlingTheFrontier humanity's first permanent Mars colony]]. Her granddaughter also looks forward to following in the footsteps of the trope and become a space explorer as well.
* BreakTheHaughty: Does this to the Doctor after his behaviour horrifies her and disgusts her. And what she does leads to a massive Tear Jerker, though one that helps the Doctor snap out of his creepy delusions of grandeur.
* TheCaptain: Very much in charge of her base and ship.
* TheConscience: Acts like this to the Doctor in "The Waters of Mars", especially in the finale of the special, where she calls him out for breaking his principles and playing around with historical outcomes and the fates of individuals as if he had the right to do so. Captain Brooke might be icy and strict to him, but she's open to admiring him, as long as he keeps to his ethics and doesn't succumb to delusions of AGodAmI.
* CoolOldGal: Of the ReasonableAuthorityFigure mold. While she gets to know the Tenth Doctor only for a short time, he fails to intimidate her even when he goes off on his unnerving MotiveRant about enjoying the thought of becoming the Time Lord Victorious.
* TheDeterminator: She ''never'' snaps.
* FriendlyEnemy: Both she and the Doctor act mildly antagonistically to each other in "The Waters of Mars", but this is purely down to her not entirely trusting his approach and ideas and the Doctor not being too keen on her paying close attention to his methods.
* HeroicSuicide: In the end. She does it as a defiant gesture of resistance against the Doctor's increasingly deranged toying with the idea of shedding responsibilities and changing history in whatever way it pleases him. Her suicide acts as proving a point that he can't just rewrite certain events as it suits him, even if it would result in ''averting'' the deaths of others.
* KirkSummation: Gives a brief but effective one to the Doctor after he interferes in events that could radically alter the future of the earth and her own family.
-->'''Adelaide:''' But... Susie... my granddaughter... wasn't she supposed to become... we'll never exist now.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Nah, Captain Adelaide can inspire her face-to-face. [[TemptingFate Different details, but the story's the same.]]\\
'''Adelaide:''' You can't know that! And if my family changes... the whole of history could change! The future of the human race! No one should have that much power!\\
'''The Doctor:''' Tough.\\
'''Adelaide''' ''(backs away from the Doctor, unsure of what is going on)'': You should have left us there.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Adelaide, I've done this sort of thing before. In small ways, saved [[{{Muggles}} some little people]]. But never someone as important as you. (''[[SlasherSmile does an insane grin]]'') [[{{Pride}} Ooh, I'm good !]]\\
'''Adelaide''' ''(shocked)'': Little people? What, like Mia and Yuri? [[WhatTheHellHero Who decides they're so unimportant? You ?!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' For a long time now, I thought I was just a survivor, but I'm not. I'm the winner. That's who I am. [[{{Ubermensch}} A Time Lord victorious]].\\
'''Adelaide:''' And there's no one to stop you?\\
'''The Doctor:''' [[SmugSuper No.]]\\
'''Adelaide''' ''(noticeably angry)'': This is wrong, Doctor! I don't care who you are! [[TheConscience The Time Lord victorious is wrong!]]
* {{Muggles}}: A DefiedTrope on her part. Objects to the Doctor's not-so-subtle insinuations that he rescued her from death for being "more historically important" than any of her crew members, just because she holds a higher rank than them and is more publicly famous in her own time.
%%* TeamMom: To her crew.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The home time period of her and her subordinate crew and family. Born in the late 1990s, her 60 years old self (as seen throughout most of the special) lives during the 2050s.
* WhatTheHellHero: Calls the Doctor out on his ego trip, concerning [[AboveGoodAndEvil his vision of himself]] as a "Time Lord Victorious".

[[folder:Amy Pond]]
!!Amelia "Amy" Jessica Pond (Eleventh Doctor)
->'''Amy:''' Twelve years! And four psychiatrists!\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Four?\\
'''Amy''': I kept biting them.\\
'''Eleventh Doctor:''' Why?\\
'''Amy''': They said you weren't real.

-->Played by: Creator/KarenGillan (2010–2013)[[note]] A companion from 2010-2012 (making her the longest lasting companion since the start of the Revival Series), she was BackForTheFinale in one episode of 2013 for Matt Smith's final regular episode[[/note]]\\
Young Amelia Pond played by: Creator/CaitlinBlackwood (2010-2012)[[note]] An unknown [[FakeShemp stand-in]] played her in 2013 when she came BackForTheFinale- Caitlin had become a teenager by that time and was too old to pass as a little kid anymore.[[/note]]

Amy, a [[MsFanservice 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 PeterPan... except that in this case, Wendy is Peter's mother-in-law.
* ActionGirl: She exerts this when "pushed into a corner." "The Girl Who Waited" sees her exhibit this to her fullest potential by surviving 36 years in a Kindness Facility against an army of hostile robots.
* AdultFear: 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.
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: [[AvertedTrope Amy is sent to therapy in two separate realities]] when others find out what she’s experienced and can’t believe it’s real: in "The Eleventh Hour" because of her tales of The Raggedy Doctor [[note]] She bit all four of them [[/note]], and in “The Big Bang” where all the stars have gone out and young Amy is the only person in the world who remembers them.
* AlwaysSaveTheBoy: The Doctor even lampshades it.
--> '''Doctor''': [[DistressBall Rory! Rory!]] ''[[DistressBall Always]]'' [[DistressBall with the Rory.]]
* AmnesiacLover:
** From the end of "Cold Blood" to the end of "The Pandorica Opens", she doesn't remember Rory because he never existed.
** Played with during "The Wedding of River Song." Amy remembers that she has a husband named Rory whom she loved dearly, but can't remember what he looks like, and therefore doesn't recognize "Captain Williams". It's the Doctor who tries to restart both their memories.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: While she often takes Rory for granted, if anything happens to him, she'll be crushed, even [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E7AmysChoice suicidal]]. After she reads about Auton-Rory's disappearance in the Blitz during [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E13TheBigBang "The Big Bang",]] she's utterly devastated. "The Girl Who Waited" is testament to how deeply she's in love with him.
-->'''Old Amy''': You're asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself for a ''boy''.\\
'''Young Amy''': You're Amy, he's Rory... and oh yes I am.
* BackForTheFinale: She returns briefly as a hallucination in the Eleventh Doctor's dying moments.
%%* {{Badass}}
* BerserkButton:
** Like Rory, hurt her family and you'll regret it.
** Growing up, the Doctor was her button.
---> '''Doctor:''' ''Four'' psychiatrists?\\
'''Amy:''' I kept biting them.\\
'''Doctor:''' Why?\\
'''Amy:''' They kept saying you weren't real.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: When pushed enough or her family's in danger, she can be ''terrifying''. Her ([[PayEvilUntoEvil much-deserved]]) murder of Madame Kovarian, for example.
* BiTheWay: She clearly loves Rory, but that doesn't stop her from flirting with herself in the 2011 Comic Relief short.
* BigDamnKiss: Has a few incredibly Big Damn Kisses with Rory, first in "Amy's Choice" when she made her choice, then in "The Big Bang" which is her wedding day and "The Girl Who Waited", which is effectively "Rory's Choice". She also snogs the Doctor after "Flesh and Stone" while he scrambles to shove her off of him.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: 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.
%%* BoundAndGagged: ''Ripper's Curse''.
* BrokenBird:
** The Doctor abandons her repeatedly in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]], leaving her with lifelong psychological problems as a result.
** She [[TraumaCongaLine repeatedly suffers this]] in "A Good Man Goes to War": First she gives birth in captivity, held prisoner God-knows-where in time and space. Then her baby girl is taken away from her by the villains. Then after [[HopeSpot the sheer joy of getting Melody back and reuniting with her husband and the Doctor]], the villains reveal that they've already taken off with the baby and replaced her with a flesh duplicate, which promptly dissolves in Amy's arms.
** In "The Girl Who Waited", she's left to fend for herself against killer robots for 36 years, hardening her into a bitter old woman whose faith in the Doctor has dissolved into hatred.
** Finally, in "The God Complex", the Doctor [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim deliberately breaks that faith in order to save both her life and her future.]]
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: As above, she answered yes to [[CallToAdventure the call]] ''long'' before she was able to actually have the adventure associated.
* ChangedMyJumper: She's a worse offender than the Doctor himself. Wearing a miniskirt in public probably would have been a hanging offence in 16th century Venice, and that's just one example.
* CharacterDevelopment: Though she starts as an innocent and adventurous young girl, after being abandoned by the Doctor for 14 years [[BreakTheCutie 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.
* CharacterTic: 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 Creator/KarenGillan's part.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She gets pretty annoyed when she thinks Rory is more focused on another woman. It's justified for a few reasons; he's her husband, he's had a SingleTargetSexuality on her for most of their lives, he has a tendency to die and she's feeling guilty over calling him her "sort of boyfriend" in their first episode.
* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: in the 2011 Comic Relief short when she had a twin and wouldn't stop flirting with it.
* DoubleConsciousness: 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.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: She emotionally and physically beats Rory over the head a whole lot. She gets called out on it ''hard'' on occasion, and slowly learns that there are other ways to love someone. It's still her default defense mechanism when she feels her that relationship isn't heading the right way.
* DrivenToSuicide: After Rory is sent to the past and "killed" by a Weeping Angel, she chooses to get sent back in time by that same Angel and die early. The Doctor sounds like he's trying to talk her off of a high ledge.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: According to Rory.
---> '''Rory''': Uh, Doctor, ''don't''. Seriously, I let her drive my car once.\\
'''Amy''': Yeah, to the end of the road.\\
'''Rory''': Yeah. Where, according to Amy, there was an unexpected ''house''.\\
'''Amy''': Aw, he's jealous because ''I'' passed my test first time.\\
'''Rory''': You cheated: you wore a skirt.\\
'''Amy''': I didn't wear a skirt. ... No, no; I ''did'' wear a skirt, but it was any old skirt.\\
'''Rory''': Did you see Amy drive, Doctor?\\
'''Doctor''': No?\\
'''Rory''': [[DistractedByTheSexy Neither did her driving instructor...]]
%%* {{Expy}}: Shares quite more than a few traits with Sally Sparrow from "Blink", a story Creator/StevenMoffat wrote before taking over as the head writer.
* FagHag: Believed herself to be this to [[MistakenForGay Rory]] for years.
* FieryRedhead: Though she mellows out considerably as time goes on.
* FreezeFrameBonus: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]], the characters -- including the Doctor, eventually -- read an old-looking book titled "Summer Falls". It's written by "Amelia Williams".
* FriendsWithBenefits: Wants to be this with the Doctor and she gets one kiss in before he pushes her away. She tries again ''during'' her wedding -- twice.
* FutureBadass: Thirty six years spent defending herself from robots with a sword.
* GenreSavvy: She doesn't quite match Rory, but there are numerous examples, such as the fact that it only takes her three very brief encounters with the Silents to figure out that they have some kind of agenda against the Doctor, what powers they have, and that it would be wise to take a cellphone photo of one.
* HappilyEverAfter: While Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they had a full and happy life together until their death of old age. (Karen Gillan herself also [[https://twitter.com/karengillan/status/648941198514614272 thinks]] they had BabiesEverAfter as well.)
* HehHehYouSaidX: Gives one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4DoctorWhoS31E04TheTimeOfAngels "The Time Of Angels"]] when River asks the Doctor to "sonic her" device in order to amplify its signal.
--> '''Amy:''' Ooh Doctor, you ''soniced'' her.
* HeroesWantRedheads:
** Inverted with the Doctor, who really doesn't want to fancy her no matter how hard she flirts.
** It's played straight with Rory.
** In the 2011 Comic Relief short, Amy Pond flirts with ''herself''.
* HiddenDepths: She really loves Van Gogh's work.
* InSeriesNickname: The Girl Who Waited. Twice.
* JumpedAtTheCall:
** ''Asked'' to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, [[TheCallPutMeOnHold the caller got waylaid]] and she had to [[TheSlowPath 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 [[PhraseCatcher declaration]].
---> '''Doctor''': Amelia Pond! ''Get your coat!''
* KilledOffForReal: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]], her permanent death is confirmed by her tombstone.
* LadyOfWar: In "The Girl Who Waited" the future Amy has [[{{TookALevelInBadass}} taken a level in badass]] and become one of these. This attitude is also very much in evidence in "The Wedding of River Song".
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Done to her memories of Rory courtesy of the time-crack, and, it later turns out, to her memories of her parents as well.
* LastNameBasis: The Doctor has the habit of calling her “Pond.“
* {{Leitmotif}}: There's [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zABNs6Dbn4s "Locked On"] which plays while she gives her narrative, at the start of every one of Eleven's second season episodes. As well as a musical piece called [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BuPBQXTcMk Amy's Theme]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Despite a chronic case of WillTheyOrWontThey, she and the Doctor ultimately end up like this when she realises that Rory is her true love.
* LimitedWardrobe: For the first six episodes of the 2011 series, appeared to have nothing in her wardrobe except two or three similar-looking plaid shirts. It turned out to be a subliminal hint to the audience that she's actually a mind-linked Doppelgänger in these episodes.
* LoveTriangle: 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 ShipTease around it eventually becomes a major plot point, due to TrollingCreator, 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.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: After she marries Rory, she becomes Amy Williams. The Doctor knows, but calls her "Pond" regardless (he even calls Rory "Rory Pond" consistently), unless things get properly serious.
* MaleGaze: Her first appearance as an adult is a slow pan up her legs.
* MamaBear: 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.
* MarryThemAll: 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 [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy 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!\\
'''Rory:''' Amy!\\
'''Amy:''' Shut up, it's my wedding!\\
'''Rory:''' ''Our'' wedding!
* MeetCute: She and the Doctor have one when he shows up in a crashed TARDIS asking for an apple.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Towards Rory in Series 5 and early in Series 6 where he goes from her boyfriend to her "sort of boyfriend" to her fiance, to one of her two "boys" and then forgetting him entirely due to a time crack. Since then, she's clearly established him as her number one priority.
* MsFanservice:
** She's a Kissogram, and so has several...interesting outfits. Seen onscreen is a FairCop police uniform; refered to are {{Naughty Nurse Outfit}}s, [[NaughtyNuns Naughty Nun]], and FrenchMaid outfits. She has a general liking for short skirts or hotpants that show off Creator/KarenGillan's long legs; there's only two episodes of the fifth series in which we don't see her in something like that.
** This causes a minor disaster in the 2011 Comic Relief skit, when her wearing a short skirt [[DistractedByTheSexy distracts Rory enough]] to cause him to [[NiceJobBreakingItHero drop a thermocoupling, causing a spatial paradox]].
** It's also implied she {{Invoked|Trope}} this to pass her driving test.
** As of the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7, she had a quite successful modeling career. By "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", she seems to have quit.
* MysticalPregnancy: Straightforward example--Amy is subjected to a horrifying pregnancy and delivery. It leads to a half Time Lord child.
* ObliviousToLove: For a kissogram, she was a little bit slow in realising that Rory liked her.
* PaintedOnPants: If she's not wearing a miniskirt, she's probably wearing these.
* PajamaCladHero: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]], she saves all of Space Ship U.K and the Star Whale carrying her while in her nightie.
* ParentalAbandonment: 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.
* ThePeepingTom: Had no problem watching the Eleventh Doctor's bare backside when he just started changing clothes right in front of her and Rory not long after his regeneration.
-->'''Rory:''' Are you not gonna turn your back?\\
'''Amy:''' *smirks* Nope.
* PhraseCatcher: "Come along, Pond."
%%* ThePowerOfLove: With Rory.
* RealityWarper: Her RippleEffectProofMemory 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.
* RedheadedHero: Ginger companion and life saving hero.
* RippleEffectProofMemory:
** Develops this as an actual explicit power, though not so much ripple-''proof'' as ripple-''resistant''. She can lose memories of her own history if she doesn't really concentrate when the moment is rewritten, but she can get those back. This culminates with her remembering the Doctor back into existence after a nasty RetGone.
** 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.
%%* ScarfOfAssKicking: Frequently wears one throughout series 5. Less so afterward.
* ScrewYourself: When the TARDIS gets tangled in a time loop, Amy finds her slightly-time-displaced-self rather fetching.
-->'''Doctor:''' [[SurroundedByIdiots Ohhh... this is how it all ends]]. Pond flirting with herself -- true love at last. Oh, sorry, Rory.\\
'''Rory''': [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Absolutely no problem at all.]]
* SecurityCling: The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic BreakTheCutie 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.
* ShesGotLegs:
** The "Time" short is based on her long legs, her short skirt, and how her husband is distracted by them.
** Clara's thoughts on the subject:
-->'''Clara''': Dear GOD, that woman is made of legs! That's the most legs on any living human!
* ShipTease: 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 TrollingCreator, it takes a ''while'' before we find out that it was all a big RedHerring, and the Doctor has never touched Amy.
* ShowSomeLeg: According to Rory, this is how she got her driver's permit.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Very mild case of this sometimes, as she tends to overestimate her own competence.
** Case in point, during a conversation with River about the Doctor, River says she knows what Amy is thinking. Amy's immediate response is to confidently state that River doesn't. As it turns out, River does in fact know what Amy's thinking.
* SurprisePregnancy: She had no idea she was pregnant, even after having done the deed on her wedding night.
* TangledFamilyTree: From late series 4 onwards, Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor and is ''also'' Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag -- because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law ''and'' his step-mother-in-law. In the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason. TARDIS also fancies "Pretty Boy".
* TookALevelInBadass: Thirty-six years of defending yourself from killer robots will do this.
* TrappedInThePast: Amy and Rory's final fate is to locked into early 1900s New York by Weeping Angels.
* TraumaCongaLine: She gets severely traumatised roughly every two episodes, from kidnapping to abandonment to adult fear and death.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: "Harsh" type at the beginning of Series 5, "sweet" by the end.
* ViolentGlaswegian: Not actually Glaswegian, but she's still Scottish and still very bad tempered when the mood takes her. She invokes it in "Asylum of the Daleks".
* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend: It's not a good idea to mess with Rory.
* WhamLine: To The Doctor, when he's grilling this 'policewoman' on why she lied about how long the Pond family has been gone.
-->'''The Doctor:''' This is important! Why did you say six months?
-->'''Amy:''' ''*screaming*'' Why did you say five minutes?!
* WistfulAmnesia: Finds herself crying over Rory without realizing it or knowing why several times in series 5.
* YaoiFangirl: As shown in the comics, when Rory kisses the Doctor by accident and Amy asks them to do it again, but slower.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: 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.
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough: Amy runs off with the Doctor on the night before her wedding.

[[folder:Rory Williams]]
!!Rory [[TheDanza Arthur]] Williams (Eleventh Doctor)

->'''Moffat''': 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: Creator/ArthurDarvill (2010–2012)\\
Young Rory played by: Ezekiel Wigglesworth (2011)

Rory is a nurse, Amy's [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice attempt to fence]] [[WhatTheFuAreYouDoing using a broom]] and his [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E2DayOfTheMoon inability to pass for an American]] are but two examples. He also tends to lapse into BuffySpeak.
-->'''Rory:''' [[ManlyTears Oh God, I was gonna be cool.]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I wanted to be cool, look at me]]...
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: If you suggest that his girlfriend is less important than the universe, then he will punch your lights out.
* AmnesiacLover: 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.
* TheAtoner: As an Auton, following the (apparent) death of Amy by his own hands.
* {{Badass}}: Anytime he's in "The Last Centurion" mode, he positively ''oozes'' it, such as when he stormed a Cyberman Dreadnut by himself.
* BadassAdorable: "A Good Man Goes To War" has him terrifying Cybermen and then later crying with joy at his baby daughter.
* BerserkButton: ''Never'' mess with Amy or his baby, and don't shoot his dad, either.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Normally a gentle soul (he's a nurse, after all), but press his BerserkButton and you ''will'' regret it.
--> '''Rory''': I have a message from the Doctor... and a question from me. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE?]] Oh don't give me those blank looks, the twelfth Cyber-legion monitors this entire quadrant! You hear ''everything''. So you tell me what I need to know, you tell me ''now'' and I'll be on my way...\\
'''Cyber-Leader''': What is the Doctor's message?\\
''[the entire Cyberman fleet outside the window explodes]''\\
'''Rory''': Would you like me to ''repeat'' the question?
* BigDamnKiss: Apart from a few very Big Damn Kisses with Amy, the Doctor (well, Creator/MattSmith, [[ThrowItIn improvising]]) rather unexpectedly snogs him once. Rory makes a "yuck" face.
* BullyingADragon: Rory is normally a gentle soul, but it is ''not'' a good idea to test his patience whenever Amy is in trouble.
* ButtMonkey: Started out as Amy's put-on "sort of boyfriend" so wasn't taken seriously by anyone and regularly made a fool of himself.
* TheChampion: Spent 2000 years as the Guardian of the Pandorica, simply to make sure Amy would remain protected.
* CharacterDevelopment: He went from an insecure Mickey-type character whose main purpose was to look hurt, to a [[BadassAdorable Badass Adorkable]] man who is willing to spend two thousand years protecting his wife.
* TheChewToy: At one point, fans on {{twitter}} jokingly threatened to come after Moffat with a pitchfork if he tortured Rory ''again''. Moffat responded they'd have to haul the pitchfork out of Rory first.
* ChickMagnet: Gathers quite a few looks from various female characters (and, after a while, [[BiTheWay 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.
* CleopatraNose: Which the Doctor can't resist ribbing him about. He calls Rory "Beaky" and gives him the codename "The Nose".
%%* ColonelBadass: "A Good Man Goes to War", then fully grows into the role in "The Wedding of River Song".
* CovertPervert: 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.
* {{Determinator}}:
** 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.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Rory tops himself, and quite possibly takes the all-time Companion Crowning Moment, in Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine 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.
* DisneyDeath: He has a knack for wiggling his way out of being KilledOffForReal.
* DistressedDude: Frequently. Amy never takes it well.
* DoubleConsciousness: 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 -- [[LetsGetDangerous unless he decides he needs to access them]].
* TheDreaded: After the reboot of the universe, he's been woven into all human legends as "The Last Centurion".
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** He's first introduced as being the ''only'' one in the hospital GenreSavvy 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 [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight the sun going dark]]. He's only then introduced properly as Amy's fairly timid boyfriend.
** As a companion this moment comes in Vampires of Venice, when he quite angrily tells the doctor that "you have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves", establishing himself as the first companion in a long time who doesn't outright idolise the Doctor, and someone who is perfectly willing to call him out.
* {{Expy}}: Shares traits with Larry Nightingale from "Blink", a story Creator/StevenMoffat wrote before taking over as the head writer, right down to being interested in a girl that's considered way out of his league. Unlike Larry, he definitely does hook up with the girl he likes.
* FanservicePack: Mild version. In Series 6, the costume department gave the character more flattering clothes (like tighter jeans) and hair gel. It's also applied to the Roman uniform when it reappears.
* TheFettered: 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.
* FromBadToWorse: 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.
* GenreSavvy:
** 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour 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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]] when he commits suicide figuring he'll get better because "[[DisneyDeath that's what he does]]". It works.
---> '''Amy''' (screaming): You think you'll come back?!"
--->'''Rory''' (terrified but determined): When don't I?"
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler 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 "[[UnfazedEveryman It's been that sort of day]]".
* TheGoodCaptain: In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong The Wedding of River Song]]", he is "Captain Williams" in Amy's anti-Silence organization.
%%* GuileHero: Rory definitely fell into this mold over time,
* TheHeart: This is a common trope for companions of the Doctor, but Rory's compassion and kindness are showcased more than just about any other companion in the Revived Series. These traits are often {{Lampshaded}} by the Doctor and it makes him an UnwittingPawn in "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People".
* HenpeckedHusband: He's okay with it most of the time, and offers only mild resistance to being called her boy or taking her last name.
-->'''Amy:''' Would I make it up at a time like this?!\\
'''Rory:''' Well, you do have a history of [''receives DeathGlare'']... being very lovely.
* HeroicBystander: 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!
* HeroicSacrifice: 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.
* HeroicWillpower:
** In his Auton form as the Centurion, he uses willpower to keep himself from going insane. He draws on this again in "The Wedding of River Song," but it nearly fails. Despite this he manages to keep his gun aimed through nigh unbearable pain. Rory gives Samuel L. Jackson a run for his money in BAMF territory.
** This has the unexpected bonus of making Rory completely resistant to MindRape, if "The Doctor's Wife" and "The God Complex" are any indication.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Early in "The Big Bang", he spent 1894 years worth of history guarding the Pandorica. [[NoodleIncident Probability of zany adventures: extremely high]].
--> '''The Doctor:''' So. Two thousand years. How did you do?\\
'''Rory:''' Kept out of trouble.\\
'''The Doctor:''' How?\\
'''Rory:''' Unsuccessfully.
* HospitalHottie: In case you could ever forget, he's a nurse, and a pretty one at that.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: 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.
* InSeriesNickname: The Last Centurion.
* InternalHomage: He succeeds Creator/BigFinish companion [[Characters/BigFinishDoctorWho Hector Schofield]] as a cute nervous nurse (and sci-fi dork) who goes from TheChewToy to intergalactic hero. Creator Creator/StevenMoffat is a huge Big Finish fan and loves to reference the series.
* JustFriends: He had feelings for Amy whilst she was ObliviousToLove to the point [[MistakenForGay she thought he was gay.]]
* KilledOffForReal: After '''eight''' attempts, Moftat finally kills him permanently in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]]. He has a grave stone and everything. While Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they still have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they are living HappilyEverAfter there.
* KnightInSourArmor: Series 6 thanks to spending 1,894 years straight guarding the Pandorica from anything and everything that could possibly threaten it. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex 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.
* LetsGetDangerous: 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!''
* LivingLegend: As the Lone Centurion, he is interwoven into all of Earth's legends and everyone suspected that he was still alive at least until World War II.
* LoveMartyr: 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.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: After he marries Amy, she legally takes on his last name... at which point the Doctor merrily starts to call him "Rory Pond". Rory protests, a bit, at first. It becomes fairly hilarious once the Doctor insists on also calling Rory's ''father'' "Pond".
* ManlyTears: He sheds a few when reunited with Amy and their daughter [[YankTheDogsChain before the rug gets pulled out from under them]]:
-->'''Rory''': Oh God, I was gonna be cool. I wanted to be cool, look at me...\\
'''Amy''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Crying Roman with a baby. Definitely cool]].
* TheMedic: Rory is a nurse, and acts like it. (See HeroicBystander above.) As of "A Good Man Goes to War" he's evolved into CombatMedic.
* MissingMom: Rory's mother has never been mentioned.
** Given his father managed to spend several days in the TARDIS without anyone noticing, that suggests she's not in the picture anymore for whatever reason.
** In the episode The Rebel Flesh Rory remarks that his Mum is obsessed with Dusty Springfield.
* MistakenForGay: Amy never saw him show any attraction to any girl, and assumed this because she was too thick to realise that there was at least one he liked...
* NervesOfSteel: At the start of series 5, he's a nervous nurse who's in no way ready to deal with space/time travel. By mid-series 6, he believes he's lost the ability to feel fear from the amount of crap he's seen and experienced, making him immune to this week's form of MindRape. [[note]]Although it's his lack of ''faith'' that is the important bit here[[/note]] When he thinks he and Amy are dead, his only reaction is ''Again''. His alternate universe self, in the TimeCrash, is like this too. The only thing that frightens him is the thought of losing Amy.
* NiceGuy: Really, really nice guy; he's a popular nurse at his hospital.
* NoodleIncident: He spent 1894 years staying out of trouble... unsuccessfully.
* NotAfraidToDie:
** He knows full well that he might not survive the 1894 years guarding the Pandorica. He still does so ''anyway''.
** In "The Angels Take Manhattan", after seeing the death of his future self who spent over 50 years without Amy simply as food for the Angels, Rory decides to jump off of the roof. When Amy protests, he says it's BetterToDieThanBeKilled and his intention is not suicide, but to create a paradox large enough that it will [[TakingYouWithMe take the Angels with him]] and prevent ''any'' of this from happening!
* NotSoDifferent: To the Doctor and it's best shown in "A Good Man Goes To War", where his actions demonstrate that episode's title could be interpreted as referring to either the Doctor or himself.
* OlderSidekick: 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.
* OneManArmy:
** 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 ''[[SwordAndGun Gladius and Pistol]]''.
** In "Day of the Moon", Rory has over ''twice'' the number of tallied markings on him, implying that during the three months he spent in 1969, he's dealt with the Silence on nearly a daily basis (while also constantly outwitting the U.S. Secret Service).
* OnlySaneEmployee: Unlike his boss, he's the only one in the hospital GenreSavvy enough to take the rumours of wandering coma patients seriously.
* OnlySaneMan: Acts as the voice of reason on the TARDIS. Unlike the Doctor and Amy, he recognises the danger they often find themselves in, and isn't afraid to call out the Doctor on his tendency to act cavalier with people's lives.
** Moffat says that Rory [[EnforcedTrope actively makes himself this]] because otherwise he'd get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.
* PhraseCatcher: Manages to get a good "Oh, ''Rory''..." out of the Doctor every once and awhile.
* ThePowerOfLove: When Amy was trapped in the Pandorica, Rory protected her for two thousand years. It was his love that kept him sane.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: As of the 2010 Christmas special, and thereafter.
%%* PuppyDogEyes: They can rival the Tenth Doctor's.
* Really700YearsOld: Mentally, he's almost two thousand years old, which makes him technically ''older than the Doctor'' [[note]] until "The Time of the Doctor" where he spends some 800 years guarding Christmas [[/note]].
* ReluctantWarrior: He honestly ''doesn't'' want to fight anyone, but if you threaten Amy, [[LetsGetDangerous all bets are off]].
* RetGone: Temporarily; he's not only fatally shot, but absorbed by one of the cracks afterwards. The Doctor remembers him, but Amy doesn't.
* SarcasticDevotee: To the Doctor, and to Amy, if he can get away without being hit with her shoes afterwards.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Doctor intentionally pushes his BerserkButton (see above) to see if the Auton-Rory he's talking to has genuine human emotions. He does.
* ShroudedInMyth: In his Auton form as the Centurion, getting written into legends all over the world as a result. No one knows for sure if he's real or not, but there are many accounts of him.
* SingleTargetSexuality:
** Only ever shows attraction to Amy; his entire life, just Amy. Which leads to {{Mistaken For Gay}}, ''by Amy''. The moment they focus on his face when Amy says them being together is impossible is sad, then a few seconds later when Amy reveals she thinks he is gay is very funny.
** In a very sweet comic from IDW's ongoing series, Amy and the Doctor get body-swapped. Rory decides that he doesn't even ''care''. He kisses the Doctor, realizing a bit too late that the body switch has already been corrected again. (Amy asks them to do it again but [[YaoiFangirl slower]].)
* TheSlowPath: As the Centurion, he spent 1,894 years waiting while the Doctor skipped ahead with the Vortex Manipulator.
* SmarterThanYouLook:
** In his first episode, while the rest of the planet pays attention to the sun going wobbly, Rory (who up til now has just been an easily cowed nurse) pays attention to the coma patient that's out walking his dog. Later on, he figures out why the TARDIS is bigger on the inside remarkably quickly and without any help from the Doctor at all. The only companion to have done this so far.
** Done rather subtly throughout series 5 and 6, and tied to his TookALevelInBadass. He was already smart enough to spot Prisoner Zero, but when the Doctor comes back for him a few episodes later, he's studied up on enough physics and time travel to know more than most comparable companions. Add in his years as the Centurion and he's become one of the Doctor's most competent companions in a while. For all of his occasional mocking, the Doctor seems to trust him more than any other companion, probably due to their similar experiences. He could be the strongest and smartest companion the Doctor will ever have.
* StraightMan: Comes with the [[GenreSavvy savvyness]]. According to Moffat, Rory ''has'' to make himself this, otherwise he'll get sucked in to the life like Amy.
* SubmissiveBadass: He is no doubt a BAMF, but he'll always be an adorable dork and Amy will always be the one in charge.
* SuperStrength: In his Auton form as the Centurion, he can drag the Pandorica from a burning building.
* SwordAndGun: 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.
* TakingTheBullet: At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E9ColdBlood "Cold Blood"]]... and ''then'' he gets retconned out of existence.
* TangledFamilyTree: Albeit his part of the family tree is probably the least tangled about it. See River Song, Amy Pond above.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: 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 [[TrollingCreator gets some]] [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7cbfuA5KI1qi3xkvo1_500.png sick pleasure out of torturing Rory.]]
* ThousandYardStare: He has one whenever he remembers the 1,894 years as The Last Centurion. The Doctor mentioned that he sometimes catches Rory just staring.
* TomatoInTheMirror: In "The Big Bang", he did ''not'' come back from the dead. He was a Nestene replicant whose programming killed Amy.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** At least 20 levels after his resurrection into an Auton and nearly 2,000 years as the Lone Centurion. The man really would do anything for his wife.
** Again in "A Good Man Goes to War". [[PunctuatedForEmphasis 'WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE?']]
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex "The God Complex"]], the titular HellHotel shows people their worst fears so the Minotaur can feed on their faith. Rory is not religious nor superstitious, has experienced enough in his travels to be left with very little to fear anymore and unlike Amy, does not have faith that the Doctor will always be around to save them. In the end, all the Hotel can do is show him the exit. Shows just how amazing he is.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife The Doctor's Wife]]", Rory is not shown to have been subjected to any MindRape 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.
* TrappedInThePast: Rory and Amy's final fate is to be trapped in early 1900s New York by Weeping Angels.
%%* TraumaCongaLine: .
* TrueBeautyIsOnTheInside: 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.
* UndyingLoyalty: 1,894 years guarding what was basically Amy's coffin so she could revive.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: He was friends with Amy back when she was "Amelia".
* VitriolicBestBuds:Both the Doctor and Rory seem to enjoy the level of snark they throw at each other.
* WeaponOfChoice:
** As the Last Centurion, he favors the Roman gladius.
** He also uses a mop as an improvised weapon in many episodes, including "Vampires in Venice", "Night Terrors" and "The God Complex".
* WhatTheHellHero: Often calls the Doctor out on constantly making people try to ''impress'' him, often putting them in serious danger.
--> '''Rory''': [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves?!]]
* WhenHeSmiles: 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.
* YankTheDogsChain: Just as Amy remembers who he is... the Auton programming overruns him and he's forced to shoot her.

[[folder:Madge Arwell]]
!!Madge Arwell (Eleventh Doctor)
->''I'm looking for my children!''
-->Played by: Claire Skinner (2011)

A one-shot companion for the 2011 Christmas Special. A housewife and mother of two in [[WorldWarTwo 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 takes her and her family on a Christmas adventure where she shows how fantastically BadassNormal she is.
* BlitzEvacuees: Her and her children.
* ChekhovsSkill: 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.
* ClarkesThirdLaw: 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.
* HappilyMarried: To Reg.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[TimeyWimeyBall At]] [[BackFromTheDead first]].
* MamaBear: Like so.
-->'''Head Soldier''': There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.\\
'''Madge''': I'm looking for my children.\\
'''Head Soldier''': ''[[OhCrap [suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot]]]''
* ThePowerOfLove: How Madge flies the forest through the time vortex, and gets her husband home.
* SpoofAesop: "Cyril! What have I told you about opening your presents early? Something like this was bound to happen."
* StalkingIsLove: 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.
* TemptingFate: Madge, upon seeing Reg reading about the war looming in the paper:
--> '''Madge''': Not the war again... People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! ''Then'' where would you be? (Most tragic GilliganCut ever)
* TookALevelInBadass: Even before Madge takes over the HumongousMecha to save her children, she pulls a gun on her three interrogators. "Crying's so useful, isn't it?"
* WomenAreWiser: 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'.
* WomenDrivers: 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 HumongousMecha; the Doctor calls it a total write out. She does pretty well at traversing the time vortex but accidentally goes a few months early.

[[folder:Clara Oswald]]
!!Clara Oswald (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
->''Run, you clever boy. And remember.''

-->Played by: Creator/JennaColeman (2012–present), Sophie Downham (2013, as young Clara)

A young hacker named Oswin Oswald first seen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "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 "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]". Also a young nanny named just Clara Oswald the Doctor met in London in 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.

Later, Clara becomes a schoolteacher ... and arguably one of the most powerful companions of all time, profoundly impacting the Doctor's life from childhood through to his fateful decision that ended the Time War.

* {{Adorkable}}:
** Present day Clara [[http://media.tumblr.com/728e13ec9fcf2abf5abb531c873ba68e/tumblr_inline_mnbnqwxr2A1qz4rgp.gif has her moments]], and could give Rory a run for his money with them. While she doesn't understand much of the Doctor's tech, she's perceptive enough to want to learn how the stuff works. She's also rather bookish, not averse to {{MacGyvering}} when the situation calls for it and loves spouting the occasional pop-cultural reference in a snarky way.
** Once the Doctor introduces the TARDIS to the Victorian version of Clara, she starts eagerly running around the interior, looking all around the control room while giggling like a happy little girl amazed by a new toy. Then she bombards the Doctor with a string of childishly inquisitive questions about the TARDIS.
--> '''Victorian Clara:''' Is it magic ? Is it a machine ?
--> '''Doctor:''' It's a ship.
--> '''Victorian Clara''' ''(snooping around curiously, giggling)'': A ship ?!
--> '''Doctor:''' Best ship in the universe.
--> '''Victorian Clara''' ''(runs around some more, observing stuff, turns to the Doctor)'': [[UnfazedEveryman Is there a kitchen ?]]
** [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/12/25/article-2529254-1A49E2C400000578-946_634x468.jpg Wearing]] [[UsefulNotes/AVeryBritishChristmas a Christmas paper crown]] during her frantic preparations for Christmas dinner.
** Lampshaded amusingly by the Twelfth Doctor to the antagonists of his introductory episode, when he comes to help her escape them.
--> '''Doctor:''' [[TheCutie Five foot one and crying...]] [[BadassAdorable You never stood a chance.]]
* AdventureDuo: With the Doctor. Said character is probably the quirkier one in their duo - though with [[BunnyEarsLawyer the likes of Clara]], [[PlayingWithATrope it can be hard to tell at times]]...
* AdultFear: Can get very worried when children are under threat and is uncomfortable with people dying or the thought of her own death.
* AlliterativeName: As '''Osw'''in '''Osw'''ald.
* AlternateSelf: The mysterious doppelgängers of Clara that the Doctor keeps meeting throughout time and space. They become the [[StoryArc ultimate mystery]] in the present day Clara's personal backstory.
* AmbiguouslyBi: Oswin might be, given her off-handed comment that her first crush was a girl called Nina. In the short 'Clara and the TARDIS', there's also some implied flirting [[ScrewYourself between two copies of Clara]] (created by the TARDIS to make fun of her). The first two episodes of series 8 give more ammo, as she has ShipTease with both Journey and Jenny, is adamant that she doesn't like pretty young men, and is thinking of Journey when she's about to go on a date with Danny. Seemingly confirmed in the series 9 opener, where she notes offhandedly that Creator/JaneAusten was "a phenomenal kisser."
* AnchoredShip: Develops feelings for the Doctor from the get-go, but spends 1 1/2 seasons trying to ignore or suppress them with varying degrees of success as going for an interspecies-relationship with an immature, unreliable older man wouldn't sit well with her control-freak tendencies and perfectionist drive to appear reasonable and mature at all times. In "Last Christmas", she finally revealed that he is the only person (except perhaps Danny) she would have married.
* AnywhereButTheirLips:
** With the Eleventh Doctor, as part of their stuck-in-BetterAsFriends dynamic. While he kisses her in almost every episode they share (nine or so out of twelve), when he does, he tends to give her a friendly smooch on the forehead. In a few [[FriendshipMoment particularly tender moments]] (mainly in "The Time of the Doctor"), he's also kissed her gently [[IKissYourHand on the hands]] and her hair. Present day Clara herself has reciprocated her friendly feelings by occasionally kissing the Doctor on the face or giving him a tight hug (these usually develop into either one of both possessively calling the other ''my'' Clara/Doctor. In "The Day of the Doctor", the Tenth Doctor gives her a gentlemanly kiss on her hand before parting with the Eleventh Doctor and her. In the same episode Clara 'almost' kisses the Eleventh on the lips, but the cheek kiss, HeldGaze and face stroke feels a lot more intimate... Twelve is adamant about averting even this trope, though he's generally [[HeartwarmingMoments willing to bear an awkward hug]] from his pal.
** To commemorate their reunion in "Last Christmas", Clara gives Twelve a kiss on the cheek much like the ones she used to give to Eleven. They then depart hand in hand for further adventuring.
* ArchEnemy: She has fought the Great Intelligence throughout time and space, at every moment of the Doctor's life even though she certainly wasn't planning on trying anything like that.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: It's such an uneasy friendship at times, but her and the Twelfth (and more rarely, the Eleventh) have several moments in this vein. Clara also goes from being {{innocently insensitive}} to Danny to proving that she does care for him, [[ThatCameOutWrong as inept as she is verbally]] at the whole dating and relationship thing.
* {{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.
* BadassAdorable: If you get the impression that [[PintsizedPowerhouse a short and harmless-looking cutie]] like Clara could not possibly [[TookALevelInBadass become badass when the situation calls for it]], ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes think again]]''. She lives up to the trope explicitly, as even her unusual BadassBoast about [[ItMakesSenseInContext "being the Soufflé Girl after all"]] comes off as [[PluckyComicRelief a bit comical and endearing]] when she says it out loud.
* BadassBookworm: Oswin has extremely good hacker skills. Both present day Clara and Victorian Clara are keen to observe their surroundings, [[HyperAwareness notice details that others tend to overlook]] and [[IndyPloy derive a potential plan from what they found out]]. Present day Clara is also a bit of a bookworm herself. She even had a pinup of Marcus Aurelius on her wall as a child ! (Which might explain why we see her writing down a quote by him on a whiteboard in the anniversary special.)
* BeneathTheMask: At face value, she'd like to convince everyone that she's a fully mature, professional perfectionist who barely loses her cool at any time. Deep inside, she feels vulnerable, insecure and often even inadequate, and her more waspish moments and overprotectiveness of children reflect her fear of not living up to the legacy of her parents, who she adores (especially her deceased mother).
* BerserkButton:
** Threaten little kids, try to harm or kill the Doctor, or act ignorantly to the suffering of other people, and she'll waste no time in [[WhatTheHellHero calling you out on it]] or punching you defiantly. Tellingly, she always acts disturbed whenever the Doctor is being too aloof, secretive or seemingly careless, and she isn't afraid to express her disagreement with such behaviour. Given the Twelfth Doctor's colder and more questionable methods, he tends to press the "button" more often than the Eleventh.
** A more comedic variation is how much she dislikes anyone implying she's a control-freak at times.
--->'''Clara''' I am NOT a CONTROL FREAK!
** The Twelfth Doctor finally finds out (unintentionally) what it takes to push her berserk button after he makes her decide whether or not to save the moon-egg creature. So much so, she tells him to go to hell, though they ultimately make up.
* BeyondTheImpossible: There are a number of things about her that, according to ''Doctor Who'''s internal logic, should be impossible. The dying thing, for one.
* BodyHorror: In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS 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.
* BornAgainImmortality: Has been born, lived, died and been reborn again in a million eras on a million worlds.
* BrainyBrunette: She's not physically strong, but her bravery combined with her smarts have helped her and the Doctor get out of several seemingly unsolvable situations. She's also surprisingly GenreSavvy and stubbornly independent-minded.
* BreakTheCutie: Goes insane after being turned into a Dalek and then blown up in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]]. Dies rather violently, just moments after she's officially become a companion, in "The Snowmen". Modern-day Clara [[AdultFear fears death]] in a rather realistic manner. She was deeply depressed when her mother died, has trouble coping with seeing dead bodies and the beginning and ending phases of the Earth's existence. And when the Doctor's appearance and personality changes dramatically after his regeneration, she feels very conflicted about him and whether she can still trust him (though this gradually gets better). As the Doctor influences her more, she shows off the more messed up parts of her personality. Finally, she's broken again by the death of Danny Pink, so much so that she's willing to betray the Doctor if he doesn't help her undo the events that caused his death. Very seriously this time around, but her gran comforts her and, after a serious misunderstanding, the Doctor [[FriendshipMoment offers her help]] when she least expects it.
* BrokenBird: She becomes this trope in "Dark Water". It's heartbreaking (and somewhat ''terrifying'') to see her in that state. Her kind grandmother tries to comfort her, but it's clear from Clara's behaviour that she's in a state of shock, is [[ItsAllMyFault blaming herself for what had happened]], and is in danger of just completely losing it. And later, at her lowest and darkest moment, [[HeartwarmingMoments she is offered the friendly help she had already stopped believing in]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: Sort of. While technically always just a normal human, her time with the Eleventh Doctor was centered around the mystery of her very existence simultaneously across all of time and space. After the answer is revealed, she gets to just be completely normal during her time with Twelve.
* BrownEyes: Big, round and often with a perky spark. Not only do they match her hair colour, they also reflect her thoughtful, trustworthy and down-to-earth personality.
** Crosses over into PuppyDogEyes when [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeFocQGakuM she begs]] the Doctor to help her roast the Christmas turkey faster with the [[MagicTool sonic screwdriver]] by [[BuffySpeak "apping it"]]. In addition to the big anxious eyes, [[{{Adorkable}} she accompanies this with a "waving around the sonic" gesture]].
** The PuppyDogEyes moments become a running gag with the Twelfth Doctor, who wonders how she can somehow make her eyes ''bigger'' when she is surprised or sad.
--> '''The Doctor''' ''(somewhat annoyed)'': Stop it with the eyes. Don’t do that with the eyes. How do you do that, anyway? It’s like they inflate!
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Though future Clara (Oswin) 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. Also, Victorian Clara is a governess who moonlights as a barmaid... or perhaps it's vice-versa.
* ButtMonkey: Occasionally, usually when the subject of her personality flaws comes up. She's also been knocked out with a newspaper by Strax, and is constantly getting trolled by the TARDIS, who seems to have taken a massive dislike to her...
** In "The Witch's Familiar", she flat out becomes one for Missy as she gets strung up, handcuffed, and even pushed into a 20-foot hole.
* CallBack: Much of her friendship with the Eleventh Doctor late in his life is defined by her effort to make him feel confident about himself again, and convince him that he can always be a good man if he really tries. When the relationship between her and the Twelfth Doctor settles down, he asks her whether he really is a good man, [[TheAtoner his voice full of apparent doubt]]. Clara, still taken aback by his recent regeneration, voices that she isn't entirely sure herself.
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: 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.
* TheCallPutMeOnHold: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with the modern version of Clara. She makes the Doctor come back around 7pm the next day.
* CameBackStrong: 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.
* CatSmile: The Oswin version of Clara in one particular shot, seen [[http://muhsadam.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/doctorwho_oswin.jpg here]].
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "[[ArcWords Run. Run, you clever boy, and remember (me).]]"
** Seems to preface a lot of her surprised exclamations with a quieter "Blimey...".
** When [[OhCrap something potentially catastrophic starts happening]], she often presses the Doctor with a nervous sentence that starts with [[MadLibsCatchphrase "Please tell me...", followed by the likes of "you can fix this/we can get out of this/you have a plan", etc.]]
** From time to time, quips an unimpressed [[OopNorth "What's 'at ?"]] when she's perplexed by an unknown device or item shown to her by the Doctor.
** Adopted "Seriously?" as a recurring catchphrase during Series 8. It goes from funny to ''terrifying'' when she utters it in "Dark Water".
* CharacterDevelopment: More on the subtle side, as Clara can be something of a shut-in at face value. Gradually goes from a playful, cheery, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife somewhat aimless]] young gal to a more mature, hardened and less fearful lady, and an increasingly self-confident teacher. She even starts accepting the fact that you sometimes have to make the hard choice (as much as she dislikes the thought). One constant in Clara's development is facing her buried fears, insecurities and occassional bouts of anger, while trying her utmost to remain [[NiceGirl a nice and caring person]] and [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers not give into cynicism]] (some later episodes show that the latter has tempted her now and again and caused her to be InnocentlyInsensitive at times). Also, by the time of "The Caretaker", she starts realising that her long-lived effort at [[IJustWantToBeNormal separating her mundane life from her travels in the TARDIS]] (that she established in "The Bells of Saint John") is starting to fall apart. The second half of Series 8 sees her friendship with the Doctor getting strained, but both of them start reconciling and trying to prevent each other from picking up bad habits from one another. Clara realises she's been unfair and abusing lies as of late, grows to love and trust her boyfriend even more, and starts returning to her roots. Then a certain tragedy strikes and she has a near-breakdown out of grief and anger, but the Doctor encourages her compassionately and she tries her best to get back up on her feet. Then they [[HeartwarmingMoments decide to face the looming threat together]].
* CharacterTic: Usually [[EyeTake eye-related]], often to hilarious effect. Whenever she plays up her "cool and mature" side in Series 7, she puts on various cheeky smirks. Folding her arms, leaning against something and giving an incredulous or annoyed look is another recurring tic of hers. She also tends to bop her head around timidly or bite her fingernails when she's panicking or nervous.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Oswin version of Clara. The Doctor and co. at first think this is purely because she's been stranded for more than a year in her cosy but claustrophobic hideout, going slightly bonkers from loneliness and boredom. Then they eventually discover [[BreakTheCutie what really happened to poor Oswin]]...
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: She calls herself Twelve's carer.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: 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.
* TheConfidant: As their friendship develops, she becomes this to the Doctor later on, in an apparent effort to help him cope with some of his worst past traumas - including his participation in the Time War. In "The Day of the Doctor", while alone with the War Doctor, she admits to the role and opens up about how it pains her to see the Eleventh's repeated states of dread over his memories of the war and his desperate wishes of undoing it. The Twelfth Doctor is more withdrawn with regards to this trope, but he does occassionally ask Clara for friendly advice, like with his famous "Am I a good man ?" question.
* ConsummateLiar: In her own words "I'm an incredible liar" although, she was pretending to be The Doctor at that point. She half-convinces a trio of Cybermen that she's the Doctor despite their scanners confirming that she is 100% human. She also lies to Danny constantly, mostly about the Doctor, and needed post-it notes to prepare herself to come clean about everything.
* ControlFreak: She's a bit of a perfectionist who starts semi-panicking at the thought of things she holds dear going chaotic. Most of the time, this trope is PlayedForLaughs, but sometimes it points to a degree of tension between her and others, the Doctor included. (He even calls her "short and bossy" at one opportunity, as a counter-jab.) It's played for horror in "Dark Water", where the Doctor tries to take control on the volcano rock, and she says "when it comes to control, you are really out of your depth" before throwing another key into the lava. Turns out to have been invoked by Missy, who chose Clara because she felt Clara was best suited to getting the Doctor to do as he's told. It's worth noting that the two jobs she's shown to have (governess and school teacher) are positions of authority over others.
* CovertPervert: Strax does an examination of her brain and finds a lot of muscular young men (or considering his RunningGag of getting genders confused, could easily be [[YuriFan women]]) doing "[[YaoiFangirl sport]]".
* CoyGirlishFlirtPose: Spoofed with her rather klutzy pose in [[http://cdn-static.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeek/files/styles/insert_main_wide_image/public/clara_1.jpg?itok=N2ogoXjH this]] promotional image.
* CuddleBug: Insists on hugging Twelve despite his [[HatesBeingTouched dislike of this]] on several occasions.
* CulturedBadass: Oswin, the first version of Clara we meet, is a baker in her free time, likes listening to classical music, and does both of these things while warding her capsule against ''Daleks''. She isn't afraid of ''anyone'' or ''anything''. Present day Clara seems to like philosophy and reading (with an implied soft spot for storybooks).
* CuteClumsyGirl: Downplayed, but sometimes she messes up minor things [[PluckyComicRelief in very goofy ways]]. The Doctor is fond enough of her determination and resourcefulness to not make fun of her occasional clumsiness too vocally.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Though the Doctor can generally be relied upon to rescue and comfort her, she'll usually try to find a way out of danger and trouble herself and not rely on the Doctor. Further averted by her multiple {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s for the Eleventh Doctor when he gets into life-threatening situations. The aversion goes as far as the Doctor outright lamenting the fact that he's failed at saving her at least twice, while she's already done him the favor multiple times. In the Twelfth Doctor's introductory episode, part of the reason why he leaves Clara on her own in a ''very dangerous'' environment is because [[BatmanGambit he's already fully confident in her living up to this trope]]. She's still annoyed that he didn't help her out a bit more.
* DarkestHour: The Series 7 finale has her performing a HeroicSacrifice to save the Doctor and all of reality that nearly ends with her death. In the Series 8 finale, she experiences a terrible personal tragedy that completely breaks her and nearly forces her over the edge, before she comes back to her senses. As much as the Doctor can bring problems into her life, he's all the more adamant about standing by her side and helping her on both occasions.
* DeadpanSnarker: Though she's [[DownplayedTrope usually affectionate]] while snarking, instead of being sour.
* {{Determinator}}: Had enough willpower to MindRape both The Great Intelligence and the Daleks when they tried to control her.
* DontYouDarePityMe: As part of being a bit of a {{control freak}} and introvert, she can react like this at times. On the surface, she likes pretending to be a cocky, flirty and experienced 20-something, but [[BeneathTheMask her sensitive inner side]] conceals her grief for her deceased mother, her childhood fears and various insecurities about herself. As [[TheEmpath Emma Grayling]] remarks to the Doctor in "Hide", Clara hides a lot more of her true emotions than she's ever willing to admit.
* DyingAsYourself: "I am Oswin Oswald. I fought the Daleks and I ''[[HeroicWillpower am]]'' human. Remember me."
* EatingTheEyeCandy:
** The much more flirtatious versions of her - Oswin and Victorian Clara - show some signs of this trope towards the Eleventh Doctor. In contrast, present day Clara is much more reserved in this respect and tends to be more bashful in her relationship with him.
** Following the Doctor's regeneration, she focuses on her relationship with Danny but she is clearly seen giving a young man the eye in "Flatline."
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: Retained her knowledge from the Great Intelligence's computer core, turning her from a complete alien to computer technology into a TechnoWizard. The reveal is that, thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall, 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.
* ExactWords: Creator/StevenMoffat had [[LyingCreator 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!". Also, Clara didn't appear. This was Oswin....
* ExperimentedInCollege: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], Oswin mentions her first crush was a girl called Nina, though she elaborates it was a phase.
* TheFace: Is Twelve's "carer."
--> '''The Doctor''': "She cares so [[TheStoic I don't have to]]."
* FaceYourFears: She fears death and maze-like environments a lot, and gets a lot of opportunities at {{character development}} in regards to this trope. Perhaps the ultimate example occurs in "The Name of the Doctor", where her fear for the Doctor's survival overrides all her other fears and encourages her to pull off her HeroicSacrifice. [[note]]See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDxPGQQyD4g here]], if you don't mind the obvious spoilers.[[/note]]
--> '''Clara''' ''(willing a self-confident grin onto her worried face)'': [[DareToBeBadass Well, how about that ?]] [[BadassBoast I'm Soufflé Girl after all...]]
* FamousLastWords: They don't end up being her last, but she certainly thinks they will be. Twice.
-->'''Clara:''' Run, you clever boy... And remember.
* FanserviceWithASmile: Victorian-era Clara works as a barmaid in a dainty but rather titillating [[http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/50/f4/e0/50f4e09467363628cda43b7c803c46d5.jpg red dress]].
* FascinatingEyebrow: Tends to pull these on the Doctor whenever she's being cheeky or sarcastic towards him. One particular [[http://liztiptopshape.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/200_s.gif example]] from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]" stands out.
* FashionDissonance: PlayedForLaughs with Oswin, who [[http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/35900000/Clara-clara-oswald-35991632-500-731.jpg wears]] a [[TheTease "little red dress"]], an oversized utility belt around her waist and very silly-looking red-and-white trainers on her feet. Given that it's [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Oswin]]...
* {{Foil}}: In addition to the NotSoDifferent listed bellow, there are many thing similar, but not the same, points between her an the Doctor:
** Similar to the Doctor, there are many of her scattered throughout the time stream. Where as the Doctor is always one person with distinct personalities and faces, Clara is essentially temporal clones, each with their own distinct life and personality, but always the same face. Both are essentially the same person underneath the different versions, with each personality being a mixing of details from the core or original one.
** They both are good at being in charge, but Clara does it out of her need for Control, while the Doctor shies away from Authority, finding it boring and restricting.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "Hide"]], coming to grips with how ephemeral her own life and existence are compared to the vastness of time and the universe, she tells the Doctor that all people who are not time travellers seem short-lived to him, as if they were just echoes, just ghosts. Ironically, given the later developments of Series 7, Clara's own philosophising about life and death become very relevant to the Doctor as well, even though he's much, much longer-lived than her.
** In "The Bells of Saint John", the Doctor finds an old leaf tucked away in her cherished book given to her by her mother. When asked what the leaf signifies, she says that it's not a leaf, but "page one". In the prologue of the next episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]], we get to see the backstory of Clara's childhood and why the leaf holds such significance to her and her family history.
** Also in "The Rings of Akhaten", [[FriendToAllChildren when Clara comforts Merry]], she talks about her childhood fears, to help ease Merry's own. She mentions that she was really scared when she got lost once as a little girl, on a holiday [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall in Blackpool]]. She's had a bit of [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes a lingering maze-phobia]] ever since. Cue the later episodes "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor]]", in which she's forced [[FaceYourFears to face some of those great personal fears again]].
* FlowerInHerHair: Has a flower decoration in her hair in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], as part of Oswin's cosplay as the title character from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}''. In the book 'Into the Nowhere', the Doctor plucks a rose from a tree to put lovingly into her hair, while they hold hands and initiate HeldGaze. PlayedForLaughs comes in as Clara tries to do the same for the Doctor...
* AFriendInNeed: Her reasoning behind her many a HeroicSacrifice for the Doctor. To her, he's a good and caring friend and she's willing to risk neck and limb to help him or even save him from harm or death. The Doctor notes multiple times that the feeling is mutual.
* FriendToAllChildren: Was first properly introduced as a nanny and later became a teacher. Likewise, Victorian Clara was a governess. Clara seems genuinely fond and protective of kids, as seen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareinSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]. Brought to a whole new level in "Listen", when she gently consoles two scared children - they eventually [[PlotTwist turn out to be surprisingly related to her life]]... There's also the (unspoken) implication about Clara being so kid-protective because her mother died when she was still rather young. She's channeling her motherly instincts at kids to fill in the hole left in her heart when her beloved mum died.
* FriendshipMoment: She and the Doctor have a fair few of these, as part of the growing sense of friendship and [[ThePowerOfTrust trust]] between the two of them. Unsurprisingly, these moments often occur during threatening situations. Even in her more heated friendship with the Twelfth, the two of them still have many sweet, touching and funny scenes together.
* FunPersonified: Never to the extent of the Eleventh Doctor, but she can be very perky and upbeat most of the time, loves to joke or snark, and has dreamt since childhood about travelling a lot and going on adventures. It's implied that her decision to become the Doctor's companion is motivated a lot by the latter desire and that she uses it as a bit of a coping mechanism to overcome grief over her mother's premature death and being down on her luck when it comes to her dream of seeing the world. No matter how dark some of their regular adventures get, Clara tends to act cheerfully whenever she and the Doctor help prevent some major threat in time and space (this is particularly evident in "Cold War", where she outright hugs him and giggles happily).
--> ''([[http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130407020852/tardis/images/9/92/Something_awesome.jpg slyly smiling]] at the Doctor when asked what she'd like to go see with the TARDIS)''
--> '''Clara:''' [[PluckyGirl Something awesome...]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Victorian Clara angrily cussing and rocking a carriage from the inside in "The Snowmen" after the Doctor and Strax lock her in while they discuss what to do with her.
* FutureMeScaresMe:
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS 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.
** On the other side of the spectrum, PlayedForLaughs in the ''Clara and the TARDIS'' sketch.
* GenderBlenderName: "Oswin" is traditionally a male name. Lampshaded when we get a hint at how Clara's alternate self might have come to such an odd name.
* GenkiGirl: Victorian-era Clara in general, especially when compared with the calmer and more mature-minded Oswin and modern day Clara. While all of the versions of Clara love having fun and being perky, Victorian Clara is a little bundle of unstoppable energy, particularly whenever she doesn't have to hide her "cheeky Cockney girl" persona.
* GenreSavvy: 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 "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor 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!" [[SchmuckBait She opens it anyway]].
* GirlyBruiser: Shows signs of this in several episodes, but especially in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]" and "Robot of Sherwood", where she even wields weapons for a short while. Somewhat PlayedForLaughs in the second case, with the Doctor chastising her for grabbing a medieval polearm, swinging it around and claiming she can handle it, because [[InformedAbility she took taekwondo lessons once]].
* GoodIsNotDumb: She's highly intelligent and has no qualms of using her resourcefulness to thwart even genuinely imposing enemies.
* GotMeDoingIt: Season 8 has her taking on a lot of the Eleventh Doctor's traits, like talking to his child self in "Listen" the way he talked to Amy in "The Big Bang", being called an egomaniac needy gameplayer and falling for the vanity trap in "Deep Breath", and also trying to use the sonic. "Into the Dalek" has her pressing buttons and calling it 'a clever thing', and in "Robot Of Sherwood" she says interrogation is where she turns the tables. In "Dark Water" she uses the Doctor's "Shut up! Shut up!" catch phrase.
* GuileHero: Resourceful and capable of improvising on-the-fly, if she needs to. This counts especially for some of the alternate Claras, particularly Oswin.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Averted. As the Doctor basically never fights with a real weapon, in the few situations where muscle is needed, ''[[TookALevelInBadass Clara]]'', [[UnlikelyHero of all people]], [[ClosestThingWeGot becomes the closest substitute]]. She is, as seen in "Nightmare in Silver", fully capable of both [[FriendlySniper taking ambush potshots at Cybermen with a raygun]] and [[GirlyBruiser threatening to clobber them]] [[CarryABigStick with an old mace]]. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror The Crimson Horror]]", she even destroys a doomsday device by gleefully [[RockBeatsLaser throwing a chair into it]].
* HaveWeMetYet: 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.
* TheHeart: The [[GoodFeelsGood need for kindness and compassion]] is a recurring theme of [[NiceGirl her character]]. To the point that whenever she [[BerserkButton let's her fury get the better of her]], [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness one is genuinely surprised]].
** After the Doctor loses Amy and Rory and [[BrokenAce starts becoming cynical and world-weary]], she's the friend that reminds him, time and again, of why he's such a revered adventurer in the first place: He doesn't leave others to their fate, he doesn't remain a passive onlooker, he helps the less fortunate. Though the two of them tend to bicker (especially modern day Clara), it's thanks to [[ThePowerOfFriendship her caring and friendly influence]] that the Doctor regains his sense of purpose and wonder. And then there's the scene in which she convinces him - with [[TenderTears a single look]] and [[DareToBeBadass some encouraging]] [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre and kind words]] - that Gallifrey isn't doomed yet and might still be [[WorthLivingFor worth fighting for and saving]], no matter how impossible it might seem. The Doctor [[TiredOfRunning has a change of heart]] and [[DoNotGoGentle agrees it's worth a shot]]. Cue the Doctor's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in the "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day Of The Doctor]]".
** Clara's status as "The Heart" becomes even more evident once the often-cold Twelfth Doctor arrives. As formal and no-nonsense as he is, he doesn't deny it.
* HeartbrokenBadass: After she loses [[spoiler:Danny]], she becomes a genuine mess. While she's a very mild and goofy example of a badass, the trope [[BrokenBird still hits her hard]].
** In Series 9, her grief over Danny seems to be manifesting itself as an unhealthy addiction to adventure and horror. Even Twelve has noticed.
* HeldGaze: Numerous times with the Doctor, usually accompanied by an affectionate smile by both of them.
* HeroicSacrifice: Pulls off an incredibly ballsy one in "The Name of the Doctor", while the Doctor ''begs her'' not to, despite knowing his very existence is at stake. Once he gets better, he immediately tries to go after Clara and rescue her before it's far too late. In the end, both of them survive and get out alive, but the Doctor is forced to reveal to her some secrets from his DarkAndTroubledPast that were never meant to be seen.
* HeroicWillpower: How the Oswin version of her fought off [[BodyHorror the Dalek conversion]] to preserve her humanity, [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind at least mentally]].
* HoldingHands:
** One of the more common affections between her and the Eleventh Doctor. Subverted several times, as she often takes his hand into hers not because she herself is worried or scared, but because the Doctor is. This subversion is particularly evident in "The Day of the Doctor". By that point, Clara has grown to become the Doctor's [[TheConfidant confidant]], to the point that when a Time Lord painting of Gallifrey's destruction is revealed, all of his sorrow, fear, and regret about [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone his actions]] resurfaces, resulting in him slowly grabbing Clara's hand for support. The slight motion [[FriendshipMoment is enough to notify Clara that the Doctor isn't doing so well]].
** The trope is also [[ParodiedTrope spoofed]] in at least two episodes: In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]", the cliché where the hero pulls the DamselInDistress along by the hand while fleeing danger is turned on its head when Clara ends up pulling along the Doctor, who [[DiscussedTrope complains that he's the one who's supposed to do it]]. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "Hide"]], Clara complains to the Doctor about him holding her hand while exploring a shadowy corner of Caliburn House, but he reveals to Clara that ''he wasn't'' holding her hand while she was scared, but the resident ''monster'' was. Cue an OhCrap reaction [[FunnyMoments from both of them]].
* HonestAdvisor: Tries her best at being this to the Doctor, along with being TheHeart. Her words towards him are sometimes a bit harsh, but he realises that she often has a good point or is acting [[TheConscience out of concern for him and his conscience]].
* HotTeacher: Definitely downplayed, but she's [[http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/50/82/27/50822768025bd6da8f84dbc31f42fa7a.jpg obviously]] young and attractive when she starts teaching at [[MythologyGag Coal Hill School]].
* TheIdealist: Generally portrayed as such. A bit of a [[PluckyComicRelief goofy]], [[{{Bookworm}} bookish]] romantic at that...
* IJustWantToBeNormal: While she's a bit of a romantic and a dreamer, and somewhat of a big kid at heart, she has a rather mature and fastidious outlook on her place in the world. Though she's thrilled about going on adventures with the Doctor, she's uneasy about leaving her daily life behind and being pulled too deep into the Doctor's personal history and secrets. Also, when offered the position of the queen consort of a galactic empire in "Nightmare in Silver", she politely declines, pointing out modestly that it's really not anything for the likes of her...
* InnocentlyInsensitive: She has a ''serious'' problem with it when she starts dating Danny Pink, a former soldier who really doesn't appreciate her condescending comments about it.
* InformedAbility: Claims to know Taekwondo yet never showed those skills. PlayedForLaughs.
* InsecureLoveInterest: Eventually realises she's this to [[ShellShockedVeteran Danny]]. It causes her more than a few [[ThatCameOutWrong moments of embarrassment]] and she does [[ConsummateLiar some questionable decisions]] in a desperate attempt to "fix herself". [[LaserGuidedKarma It backfires on her later on.]] When she finally seems to regain her balance and common sense, [[FinaglesLaw a mundane tragedy strikes out of the blue]]. In a somewhat upbeat twist, she gets to prove her love and admiration for her boyfriend one last time, showing him she didn't take him or his kindness for granted.
* InSeriesNickname: "Soufflé Girl", "The Impossible Girl". And "Oswin" for modern-day Clara: in "The Bells of Saint John", Clara uses the {{portmanteau}} "'''Os'''wald for the '''win'''"; "Oswin". She'd never heard of the word "Oswin" before the Doctor called her that, after the name she used [[HaveWeMetYet the first two times he met her]]. Clara's pupil Courtney also nicknamed her "Ozzie".
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Develops this with the Time War incarnation of the Doctor, after bonding with him in a kind conversation about her worries concerning the Eleventh Doctor's repressed grieving over his role in the Time War. It's a bit of a subversion of this, because while the Time War incarnation of the Doctor has naturally aged on its own and has the appearance of an old man, the incarnation is still technically younger than either the Tenth or Eleventh Doctor. The trope is also subverted with the Twelfth Doctor - he looks old enough to be her dad, but given how childishly he acts at times, it's hard to tell who (if anyone) is supposed to be the "older and more mature" member of their duo.
* InternalHomage:
** 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. [[Characters/BigFinishDoctorWho Charley Pollard]] did all those things in Creator/BigFinish about ten years before.
** She eventually turns out to be a WholePlotReference to the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures 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 FridgeBrilliance given that Clara's purpose and existence means this may very well ''be'' a version of her (or vice versa).
** Some people have noted that, especially with the advent of the Twelfth Doctor, she seems to be channeling some Sarah Jane Smith-like characteristics, in a nod to the Twelfth's similarities to the Third and Fourth Doctor.
** The BatmanGambit The Twelfth Doctor subjects her to in [[Recap/{{DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath}} Deep Breath]] resembles the one used on Ace by The Seventh Doctor in [[Recap/{{DoctorWhoS26E3TheCurseOfFenric}} The Curse of Fenric]].
* IResembleThatRemark: In "Deep Breath", one of the soldiers tending to her patronizingly comments that she looks like a schoolteacher. Which she is.
-->'''Soldier''': You look like a schoolteacher.\\
'''Clara''': ''[indignantly]'' I ''am'' a schoolteacher!
* ItsAllAboutMe:
** PlayedForLaughs in "Hide", when the TARDIS gives Clara a visual voice interface with the appearance of the person she believes Clara esteems the most: Clara herself.
** In "Deep Breath", circumstances lead her to inadvertently say "There's nothing more important than my egomania !", only to realise right away how whiny it sounds at face value.
* ItsAllMyFault: In a very bleak turn in "Dark Water", she starts blaming and hating herself for the tragedy that occurred, thinking she was one of the direct causes of what had happened. In a further heartbreaking moment, the state of shock she experiences drives her into near-madness and she almost betrays the Doctor due to her grief and desperation. Though what she attempts obviously angers the Doctor, he's noticed that something very bad has happened to her and [[AFriendInNeed thus kindly offers her a helping hand]], to her great surprise. He has one demand, though: He'll help her as long as she promises to [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan stop pitying herself and picks up her courage again]].
* JumpedAtTheCall: The first two versions of Clara the Doctor meets. Justified later on, when we learn what their real origin was like and why they tried to help and protect the Doctor so much.
* LastStand: Defiantly prepares for one in "Nightmare in Silver", along with the surviving soldiers of the emperor's Punishment Platoon. Thankfully, all of them manage to get out alive when the Doctor initiates an ''indirect'' BigDamnHeroes moment.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A soft little piano riff that seems to pop up mainly when dealing with her paradoxical existence. Listen to variants [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXAqghM0ulA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUKfnLQQcCnJudSI3B788aIA here]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okE1lAw93pU here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSIN3VvLCTU here]]. A related leitmotif about Clara's childhood and family is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozVXtVxpCP4 The Leaf]], featuring bits of her main theme (and its occasional {{cherubic choir}}) mixed together with a more whimsical tune reflecting her child-like sense of wonder.
* LivingADoubleLife: In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]", Clara worked as a barmaid under her real name and as a governess under the name "Miss Montague". The trope later became something a theme for the character, especially during series eight, as she splits time between the TARDIS and her more mundane life back on mid-2010s Earth.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Particularly to Twelve. Shown best in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntotheDalek "Into the Dalek"]] when he asks Clara whether he's still a good man. He also explicitly says he needs her in the same episode when journeying into a Dalek body, looking to her to find the good decision and the "right way" out. Also, the Eleventh viewed her as this trope before their relationship stabilised into a more relaxed friendship. Not without reason, as Clara was one of the things that compelled him to stop wallowing in the despair and apathy he had suffered from for years after losing the Ponds. On the flipside, the Doctor in general is a bit ashamed that Clara's efforts of cheering him up and offering him friendly support had led to him developing a bit of a child-like crush on her earlier.
** In "Death in Heaven" the Doctor is given emergency powers commanding all the Earth's resources. His first order as President of Earth? That Clara be brought to him as soon as possible.
* LotusEaterMachine: In "Asylum of the Daleks", one of the alternate Claras created her own personal mental paradise to avoid the truth that she was turned into a Dalek.
* LoveRedeems: Handled in a more subtle way. Though it's not outright romantic love, the mutual love the Doctor and Clara gradually develop for each other in their friendship helps the Doctor overcome despair and anxieties that he's been running away from for several regenerations now. It's partly through Clara's influence that he finally mans up and decides to face some of the bad decisions and traumas of his more recent past with courage. Turned around when the Doctor returns the favour: The Eleventh risks his life to save and protect her and the Twelfth shows his unconditional love for her as a friend when he offers her help ''even after she had nearly betrayed his trust''. Suffice to say, Clara and the Doctor have a very touching platonic friendship.
* {{MacGyvering}}: Shows off her skill at this now and then, especially in the episodes "Nightmare in Silver" and "Flatline".
* MadnessMantra: Reoccurs at a few different points in the Series 7 story arc concerning her, always when a particular version of her gets into mortal danger or feels deathly lost. It's an increasingly desperate, frightened and manic series of sentences.
--> '''Clara/Oswin:''' Where am I? Where am I?! I don't know where I am... I don't know where I am... [[BreakTheCutie I don't know where I am!!!]]
* MamaBear:
** Mess with the kids she looks after as [[VictorianBritain a governess]] or [[PresentDay nanny]] and she [[FriendToAllChildren won't hesitate to defend them with her own body]]. When the Cybermen capture Angie and Artie, Clara becomes [[ItsPersonal uncharacteristically authoritative]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes is willing to get back at the attackers at all costs]], as long as she rescues the kids. When the Twelfth temporarily works at her school, she's annoyed that he might attract some threat to the kids, and when he takes her and Courtney to the Moon, Clara's "caring teacher" instincts towards Courtney are clearly present.
** In [[PlayingWithATrope an interesting twist]], she realises in "In the Forest of the Night" that saving her and Danny's pupils would only make them miserable later on, so it's better if they just get the kids safely back home to their parents. No need to play saviour, just see to it that the children will be happy and with their loved ones. This unusual decision is actually proven right, given the minor twist about the episode's threat to Earth.
** They aren't kids by any stretch of the imagination, but that doesn't stop Clara from verbally taking the Doctor and Robin Hood by the scruff of the neck and giving them a shake in "Robot of Sherwood".
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Clara doesn't see herself as such and would probably even disagree with the notion, particularly the present day Clara. But the Doctor shows certain signs of viewing her through the lens of this trope. This counts especially while interacting with [[SpiritedYoungLady Victorian Clara]], after she inadvertently pulls him out of his major depression in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]". This {{subtext}} is especially evident once he befriends her and shows her the interior of the TARDIS, complete with a borderline silly ThemeMusicPowerUp while walking into it. He's suddenly acting suspiciously cheerful and upbeat, and smugly bragging about the TARDIS in front of Clara, as a little boy would while showing off his favorite toy in front of a new friend. This is not helped at all when Clara even [[SubvertedCatchphrase subverts the usual newcomer companion catchphrase]] about the TARDIS interior, impressing him further. And then [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything he gives her a key to the TARDIS]]... Yeah, Doctor, ''[[ShipTease explain yourself]]''...
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Clara likes both admonishing the Eleventh Doctor for saying things to her [[ThatCameOutWrong that can be easily misconstrued]] and flirting with him herself. This trope is even more prevalent in her relationship with Danny, practically from the moment they first meet and strike up a conversation.
* MeaningfulName: Has its origins in the Latin ''clarus''--"clear, bright". When you realise that the Eleventh Doctor befriends her during what might be the worst depression of his entire life, her name becomes almost a pun, as she's [[StealthPun literally]] the [[MuggleBestFriend friendly]] [[LivingEmotionalCrutch light at the end of the tunnel]]. Oh, Doctor...
** Note that in the oriinal latin, the same word can also mean "famed" or "illustrious", as you would describe a politician or warlord, wich is none too inappropiate given her credentials as a powerful, capable, occassionally vain and even slightly dangerous figure.
* MeetCute:
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IROtC6cAT4 prequel]] to "The Bells Of Saint John" has the Doctor meeting a very young version of her (which he later [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjQhS-PgsvU meets again]] in "The Rings of Akhaten"). They hang around in a playground for a bit and their conversation cheers the Doctor up and gives him an idea. At that point, he doesn't realise yet that the little girl is the original incarnation of Clara he's been looking for so much.
** In "The Snowmen", Victorian Clara's first chance meeting with the Doctor [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPCi5vmrvV4 also has]] this vibe to it. However, it's more downplayed due to the Doctor going through an AchillesInHisTent depression at the time and trying to act aloof and distant in front of her and others.
* TheMissusAndTheEx: The TARDIS ''really'' doesn't like her at first. After the TARDIS [[StealthInsult insults her]] by having her interface [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith take the form]] of the person she believes Clara most esteems ([[ItsAllAboutMe Clara herself]]). Clara's response is to refer to her as a "Cheeky cow!" and insist this ''proves'' the TARDIS is being a ClingyJealousGirl.
* MissingMom: Her mother, Ellie, died [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall the same day]] [[MythologyGag as the revival's first episode]]. It's a popular fan theory that she was killed in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose Auton attack on London]].
* MoralityChain: Twelve is considering paying her for this job.
* MotorMouth: It's been said that Creator/JennaLouiseColeman was cast in the role based on her ability to talk [[UpToEleven even faster than Matt Smith]]. The different acting style of Peter Capaldi, however, resulted in this being tuned down.
* MysteriousWaif: "The only mystery in the universe worth solving.". Subverted by the fact that that quote by the Doctor was a double entendre, also talking about humans and intelligent beings in general.
* MythologyGag: In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]", it is revealed Clara was born on November 23rd 1866 and is 26 years old - the same day the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild first episode]] of ''Series/DoctorWho'' 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. Furthermore, Clara's mother died on March 5th, 2005... the day "Rose", the first episode of the revival, takes place. Another unrelated myth gag is her becoming a teacher at [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild Coal Hill School]] by the time of the [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor 50th anniversary special]], bringing the first fifty years of ''Doctor Who'' companions full circle.
** "Death in Heaven" later gives her birth year as 1986, the same as Jenna Coleman, meaning that modern Clara was first picked up in 2010/11, rather than the out-of-universe present day (2013). Clara's adventures in general have avoided citing specific years for the present day: only "In the Forest of the Night" (2016) has a definitive date.
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Her namesake? [[Creator/ElisabethSladen Elisabeth Clara Sladen]], who played Sarah Jane Smith for more than three and a half seasons of ''Series/DoctorWho'' and five seasons of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: A point of both praise and of criticism of the character is the fact she is arguably the most powerful companion of all time. Aside from her Impossible Girl status, she is also the first known companion to verbally convince the TARDIS to not only fly to a destination, but one in a pocket universe where the ship is in mortal danger ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide Hide]]"). She also gains the ability in Series 8 to pilot the TARDIS with her mind, again unprecedented with companions ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen Listen]]").
** Though in the DVD extra "Night and the Doctor", Amy does briefly fly the TARDIS using the telepathic circuits.
** Lampshaded, however, in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E3RobotOfSherwood Robot of Sherwood]]" where Clara suddenly claims (not very convincingly) to know taekwondo. She's also seen to be useless with a bow and arrow.
* NiceGirl: She might be snarky and gutsy, but she's a genuinely kind-hearted and self-sacrificing young lady who cares deeply about her friends, as The Doctor finds out from first-hand experience several times. It's no coincidence that, at least on two occasions, [[ManlyTears he's been outright moved]] by her willingness to risk her own life for him and his own good. Even when her more jaded side starts becoming more apparent in Series 8, she does her best to not lose her compassion. When she realises she's been picking up some bad habits and has become prone to white lies, she starts growing ashamed. Then a terrible personal tragedy hits and she makes a conscious decision to never compromise her kindness and honesty to others ever again.
* NotSoDifferent: With the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor, oddly enough. Their lives change drastically when both lose people close to them (Clara's mother, the Ponds), they both [[BeneathTheMask tend to hide their true, conflicted personalities]], they at first engage in escapism to run away from what was bothering them (only for this to increasingly fail) and they are both flawed people who struggle with trying to do the right thing. Also, particularly with the Eleventh Doctor in mind, [[FriendToAllChildren neither of them can stand children crying]]. Many of these small parallels not only tighten their friendship, but also create an ever-present undercurrent of tension within it.
** Both her and Twelve consider each the other a "egomanic needy game-player" type person. It eventually comes to a head in to "Kill the Moon", where Clara leaves the TARDIS after a particularly stressful adventure telling Twelve to never come back. She ultimately comes to understand his position, though.
** In "The Caretaker", Clara complains much about the Doctor's difficult, bossy attitude, but once the Skovox robot actually attacks, we see her shush/ get bossy towards poor Danny in much the same way. "It's a thing!"
** "Mummy On The Orient Express" makes it very clear that she's addicted to traveling with the Doctor, to the point of lying to both him and Danny about her choice, and they even pull the lever at the same time.
** In "Flatline", she fills out the Doctor's role so well it ''unsettles'' him, although his reactions while trapped inside the TARDIS and after he safely escapes differ... bonus points for him chiding her for lying, saying that it's a "bad habit", when he's not the most strictly honest person on the planet either...
*** Clara's knowledge of the Doctor's life, demonstrated when she again pretends to be him in "Death in Heaven" approaches stalker proportions.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Most of her actual saving of the Doctor during her HeroicSacrifice in "The Name of the Doctor" falls under this trope. Justified in that she had rescued him from the Great Intelligence's interference [[LawOfConservationOfDetail a few hundred or even thousand times]], all throughout history and the universe. It is subverted a bit in that we see Clara rescuing the Doctor directly on at least three occasions, as well as rushing to his aid in several other moments from his past travels.
* OneHeadTaller: The Doctor to her, even though two different incarnations of her insist that she's not ''that'' short. The height difference between the Doctor and Clara actually becomes important in "The Snowmen", because the Doctor wouldn't need an umbrella to reach his invisible ladder to the TARDIS, whereas she would, so the fact that he brought it with him [[FriendshipMoment lets Clara know that he wanted her to come]].
* OopNorth: Speaks with Jenna-Louise Coleman's natural [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Lancashire accent]]. Lampshaded in "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" and "The Rings of Akhaten". All the alternate Claras seem to share the accent, the sole exception being Victorian Clara, who has a Cockney accent and can affect a Received Pronunciation one. It is not until Series 8 that it is confirmed on screen that Clara (like Coleman) hails from Blackpool.
* OrphansOrdeal: Modern day Clara has partly gotten over the death of her beloved mother, but it's implied she still grieves for her inside, when nobody's looking. In "The Time of the Doctor", there are some subtle hints that she doesn't get along all that well with her father's new girlfriend (effectively her stepmother).
* PintsizedPowerhouse: She's rather slim and petite and not what you'd usually imagine when thinking of an action heroine. Nevertheless, if the going gets tough, [[GirlyBruiser she's willing to pick up a mace or an oversized raygun]], or [[ImprovisedWeapon even throw a chair]] [[RockBeatsLaser into a doomsday device]]. While she remains TheChick and is predominantly a [[NonActionGuy Non Action Girl]], her caring nature and sheer determination [[DareToBeBadass can bring out a real fighting spirit in her when needed]].
* PlatonicLifePartners: All the ShipTease moments aside, she gradually develops a deep friendship with the Doctor. Sometimes it's snarky all over, sometimes downright heartwarming and adorable. They grow ''very'' close and both of them gradually admit that they absolutely adore and fully trust each other, but their relationship stays at a BetterAsFriends level. They're also [[{{protectorate}} very protective of each other]] and the Doctor makes it abundantly clear that he loves Clara as a friend and would never abandon her to her fate. Clara, even when thoroughly scared, is more than willing to pull a HeroicSacrifice for the Doctor if there's no other chance of saving him, despite his protests. Also, when the Eleventh Doctor is temporarily possessed by one of the antagonists in "Nightmare in Silver", Clara sees through [[HydePlaysJekyll the ruse]] by mentioning that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness the real Doctor]], as much as he likes her, [[ChasteHero would never build up the courage to admit it]]. The Twelfth Doctor enforces the platonic nature of their friendship, even indirectly apologising to her [[SelfDeprecation for having thought of her as]] a quasi-girlfriend at times. She's fine with that, especially after his reassurance that he doesn't blame her for any deeper feelings he might have had towards her.
* PluckyComicRelief: At times. She's smart and can be very competent and no-nonsense, but sometimes ends up in very goofy situations. She also carries a good sense of humour and likes to tease the Doctor.
* PluckyGirl: Can stay upbeat in some ''nightmarish'' situations, and has enough willpower to MindRape both the Great Intelligence and the Daleks. As a scanner describes her in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]";
-->''"Lancashire. Sass."''
* ThePowerOfFriendship: One of the running themes of her character, in regards to her personality and close friendship with the Doctor. As both TheHeart and TheConfidant of their little duo, she tends to help him cope with his accumulated anxieties, as well as [[WhatTheHellHero not being afraid of calling him out on compromising his usual ethics]]. At first, during the start of his search for the original Clara and the answer to her mystery, she's nearly a LivingEmotionalCrutch to him, after he regains optimism and a sense of purpose that he had previously lost with the departure of River, Amy and Rory.
* ThePowerOfLove: Seems to be one of Clara's main motivations for doing good. Without coming across as naïve, she repeatedly displays an honest interest in being kind and caring to others - not just friends, but even potential enemies. Tellingly, in "Cold War", she treats a threatening and embittered Ice Warrior with respect over his tragically deceased daughter and tries her best to convince him that hatred and blind lust for revenge never really solve anything. Her words don't miraculously save the day, but they're enough to give Skaldak some pause for thought and somewhat soften his anger at humanity.
* ThePowerOfTrust: She and Eleventh have some trust issues early on, but start to slowly resolve them when Clara presses the issue. When the soldiers of the Punishment Platoon in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]" question her trust in the Doctor, she states that she trusts him thoroughly, even though she's honestly unsure whether there's any guarantee of him easily pulling off whatever plan he prepared against the episode's adversaries. With the entrance of the Twelfth Doctor, she grows unsure of him again due to his ''very'' different personality, but it's clear from her behaviour she still wants to trust him, as she doesn't want to let go of him as a friend.
** There is markedly ''no'' such disconnect on the Doctor's side, and he is shown quite distressed by her alienated reaction. If anything, he now discusses doubts about himself and his actions with her that he would previously have downplayed, and it is even implied that, ironically, his [[BrutalHonesty blunter, more "unfiltered" demeanor]] might be a direct result of him feeling less of a need to 'veil' his true self around her. However, unlike Eleven's more protective approach, Twelve might express that same trust by trusting /relying on her to handle difficult situations and decisions by herself and making systematic use of her capabilities. While he is usually correct in his assessment that Clara could handle the situation in question, this has occasionally led to her ending up in situations she's not comfortable in, or rather, feels confronted with the possibility of falling short of her own standards.
* PragmaticHero: Under the influence of the Twelfth, she becomes more of a mature realist in some situations - especially when saving people proves logically pointless or impossible. The Clara from season seven would have been horrified at the decision she makes in "In the Forest of the Night". She lies to everyone to make the Doctor leave Earth and her with the ''kids'' to die. However, her reasoning is actually sound: If the end of humanity is coming, the children just want to be with their parents anyway. Danny also doesn't care about death, as long as he gets the kids home. And she herself sees no point in being the last living human either. Therefore, it's pointless for the Doctor to save them, if there's nothing he can really do. When she explains this to him, he suddenly realises what he did wrong in "Kill the Moon" and admits his mistake back then, in a touching IronicEcho of Clara's teary words to him. Then he flies away. Luckily, he realises a solution for the mystery and comes back. Even when Clara goes more pragmatic, she does her best to avoid being cynical.
* PrimAndProperBun: Wears her hair like this during the events of "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". In the relaxed epilogue of the episode, [[LettingHerHairDown she lets her hair down]] and is seen in more casual clothes.
* ProperTightsWithASkirt: Many of Clara's contemporary outfits feature this look. The Doctor [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in "Nightmare in Silver", referring to her as "a mystery wrapped in an enigma, squeezed into a skirt that's just a little bit too tight", complete with a goofy smile to match, before being a little disturbed that he's [[MaleGaze noticed the latter]].
* {{Protectorate}}: With the Doctor becoming her friend, she does a conscious decision to help and protect him if he'd end up in trouble. The Doctor is fully willing to return the favor and seems to act nervous at the mere thought of something bad happening to Clara. This intensifies during the course of "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]", in which he tries to keep her out of harm's way as much as possible, much to her annoyance and disappointment. And, after rescuing Clara from the antagonists of "The Bells of Saint John", he sends them a clear message:
--> '''Doctor:''' [[DeclarationOfProtection Under my protection...]]
* QuirkyCurls: Her one-off hairstyle while investigating in Victorian Yorkshire with the Doctor in "The Crimson Horror". She returns to a similar hairstyle for disguise in "Deep Breath".
* ReplacementGoldfish: Openly but politely [[DefiedTrope defied]] by present day Clara in the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E6TheBellsOfSaintJohn "The Bells of Saint John"]]. Though the Doctor only hints at who Victorian Clara was and doesn't tell present day Clara any of the specifics, Clara is quick to note that she'll be willing to travel with him and be his friend only if he'll behave to her as a real person, and not as an excuse to mourn over whoever he's lost. The Doctor takes her advice at heart, though it's not until "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTardis Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS]]" when he really grows completely confident in her presence.
* RepetitiveName: Oswin Oswald.
* TheReveal: It's revealed at the end of "The Snowmen" that Clara's full name is Clara ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks 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.
* RousingSpeech: Gives a very understated one to the Doctor(s) in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", right after a WhatTheHellHero moment. It's more of a tender [[DareToBeBadass encouraging pep talk]], but the overall effect is the same.
--> '''Clara:''' Look at you, the three of you. The warrior, the hero and you...
--> '''Eleventh Doctor:''' And what am I ?
--> '''Clara:''' Have you really forgotten ?
--> '''Eleventh Doctor:''' [[HeroicSelfDeprecation Yes... maybe, yes.]]
--> '''Clara:''' We've got enough warriors. And any old idiot could be a hero.
--> '''Eleventh Doctor:''' Then, what do I do ?
--> '''Clara:''' [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre What you've always done.]] [[DareToBeBadass Be]] [[ScienceHero a Doctor]] !
** And a rather more impressive one in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E4Listen Listen]]," where it turns out she encouraged the Doctor to become the hero he is back when he was a kid terrified of not making it into the Academy.
* RunningGag:
** Her attempts at baking soufflés, especially according to her mother's recipes. This even earns her one of her nicknames. She also seems to be a rather insecure cook in general, as she needs help from the Doctor even when preparing the Christmas turkey for her family.
** Being clumsy with computers, especially working with the Internet. Subverted in "The Bells of Saint John", where she gains InstantExpert hacking powers.
** The TARDIS and her not getting along that well. [[CharacterDevelopment At first...]]
** In "The Bells of Saint John", while she's still suspicious of the Doctor, she keeps referring to the TARDIS as his "snog box" and accusing him of being a creepy StalkerWithACrush.
--> '''Clara:''' Is this actually what you do ? Do you just... crook your finger and [[DeadpanSnarker people just jump in your snog box and fly away]]?
** Some of the [[EyeTake goofy, googly-eyed grimaces]] she makes when she's astonished or unpleasantly surprised.
** Her ShipTease moments with the Doctor become a running gag in and of themselves, given their almost ridiculous frequency within Series 7.
*** In Series 8 this morphs into Twelve off-handedly insulting her appearance. She gladly returns the favor.
*** "Have you seen/met you?" whenever Twelve is... being Twelve.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Both Vastra and the Doctor put her through this a few times. Memorably, Vastra's two different tests try to tease Clara with the notion that the Doctor is not really kind to others or her, and that she's only interested in him due to a crush or silly curiosity. Victorian Clara proves Vastra wrong, much to her delight, and present day Clara pulls it off as well, giving her an even snarkier retort, [[BewareTheNiceOnes while pretending to be fragile and shaken at face value]]. Both times, Jenny tellingly [[ActuallyPrettyFunny pops a smile or chuckle]] at Clara for not giving in. The Twelfth Doctor [[GenreSavvy is well-aware of]] Clara's DamselOutOfDistress side, and is thus willing to risk leaving Clara in danger a bit more than the Eleventh used to.
** She gets another, much more serious one in ''Dark Water'' and fails it miserably.
* SecurityCling: Subverted to the point of inversion. It's the ''Doctor'' (Eleventh) who seems to be all too eager to gently embrace Clara or hold her hand whenever he gets the impression she's frightened or feels threatened. While it works and comes off as natural in a lot of scenes, in others, it's a borderline RunningGag.
* SelfDeprecation: Hilariously subverted while she's under the influence of the truth field on Trenzalore in "The Time of the Doctor". Though she obviously doesn't want to, the truth field forces her brain to introduce herself to the locals as "Bubbly personality masking bossy control freak!". Cue embarrassed EyeTake and her quickly covering up her mouth with her palm.
* SelfInsertFic: Clara's [[AlternateSelf alternate selves]] [[HeroicSacrifice spread throughout the Doctor's timestream]] often feel like idealised distillations of her own positive personality traits. In essence, Clara's doppelgängers are ''[[WishFulfillment what she'd like to see herself as]]'' if she wasn't the rather shy and careful girl she is in her normal, present day life.
* ShipTease:
** Both future Clara and Victorian Clara quite fancy the Doctor, but modern day Clara is much less flirty and their relationship stays in a unusual combination of WillTheyOrWontThey and a stable BetterAsFriends. The idea that he might actually work up the courage to tell her he likes her in "that way" actually makes her realise she's talking to HydePlaysJekyll at one point. Eleven being a bit of a CovertPervert, though, the ShipTease stays somewhere just under the surface. It doesn't help that he refers to her in private as "perfect" with a loving tone in his voice, shares a lot of HeldGaze moments with her and seems ''suspiciously eager'' to give Clara a gentle hug whenever he thinks she's worried or frightened (even in situations where she's clearly not that particularly scared). And none of the two ever employ the ShesNotMyGirlfriend excuse either, which makes you wonder (though they presumably do so just to play along with expectations in front of strangers)...
** In "The Day of the Doctor", Clara takes the Doctor's cheek, kisses it tenderly while he has a dopey love look on his face and tells him that she 'always knows', while stroking his cheek. They both initiate a short HeldGaze.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor The Time of the Doctor]]" Clara ''[[FreudianSlip nearly]]'' flat-out admits [[MentorShip 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). Somewhat later, there's a sequence involving hologram clothing, hugging, clinging, and rolling in the snow in said hologram clothing.
** Her comments on the Twelfth' Doctor's accent and the 'mood lighting' thing.
** "Beat that for a Date"
** "Mummy on the Orient Express" is another episode that's particularly stuffed with it, especially with the actress' statement that her deliberately loud "I love you" at the end was not primarily intended for Danny. Jenna Coleman later confirmed this
** Maisie, Robin and even Danny himself assuming that there's something between them.
** "Last Christmas", while under the mistaken assumption that they hadn't seen each other for 62 years, the Doctor asks her if she ever married. When he first assumes it was because she never got over the loss of Danny, she goes as far as to outright state that there ''was'' one other man she would have deemed a worthy husband: The Doctor. The episode ends with her kissing him on the cheek like she always did with Eleven, and the two of them running away hand in hand for further adventures.
** Then, of course, the BBC's official twitter recently [[https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/566504653073170432 put out]] [[https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/566514733097181184 12/Clara themed]] ''Valentines Day Cards'' in a set that otherwise contained only canon marriages or established official couples like 10/Rose or Amy/Rory.
* ShoutOut:
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]" Clara's job as a governess whose two charges are haunted by the ghost of her predecessor is taken from the Victorian classic ''Literature/TheTurnOfTheScrew''.
** Also, Clara tells the previous governess "I regret to inform you the position is filled", right before floating up into the sky with a black umbrella on her arm, in an AffectionateParody of ''Film/MaryPoppins''. Bonus points for her not being dressed too dissimilarly from said character, since she's using her "Ms. Montague" governess persona at that moment.
** Oswin Oswald seems fond of Bizet's opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', listening to several arias and even dressing up in a costume inspired by the titular character, presumably out of boredom in her isolated hiding place.
** Oswin referencing a catchphrase of Creator/MaeWest verbatim:
--> "Come up and see me sometime."
** Clara introducing herself and the Doctor to the 1970s couple in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E9Hide "Hide"]] as Film/{{Ghostbusters}}. (This is also a bit of CallBack to the Tenth Doctor and Rose.)
* SilkHidingSteel: Ace, Rose, Martha, Donna and Amy had all been feisty personalities hiding vulnerable women underneath. As of Series 8, Clara has become a demure school teacher who's willing to go to hell and back.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: A decidedly ''[[PlatonicLifePartners non-romantic]]'' version. While there ''are'' [[{{subtext}} many hints]] of [[ShipTease romantic feelings between the two]], Clara tries to treat the Doctor as she would a normal human friend. She is repeatedly [[WhatTheHellHero very critical of him]] [[TheConscience whenever she gets the impression that he's growing proud and arrogant and betraying his much-touted personal ethics]]. On the other hand, she displays [[TheConfidant an honest and caring interest in his life and problems]] and considers him trustworthy enough to help her cope with hers as well. In contrast to previous female companions of the revival era of the show, she is consistently shown as a single young woman, so she fits the trope rather straightly, despite how [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] it gets in her case. The trope is played in a more romantic way when she starts befriending Danny Pink.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Victorian-era Clara shows a lot of signs of this, along with being a PluckyGirl. As she admits very vocally in one scene, she doesn't like it when people underestimate her intelligence and independence and think of her just as a short and sweet girl.
* {{Squee}}: [[{{Adorkable}} Hardly hides one]] when meeting Robin Hood for the first time in Series 8's "Robot of Sherwood". As she notes, she has always wanted to meet him.
* StoryArc: The mystery of her impossible existence is the overarching storyline for the second half of Series 7.
* SubvertedCatchphrase: 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 [[BiggerOnTheInside smaller on]] [[CrowningMomentofFunny the outside]]!"
-->'''Doctor:''' ...that's a first.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Creator/MattSmith and Creator/JennaLouiseColeman in the introduction to "[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]"'s first trailer make it clear Clara most definitely has nothing to do with Oswin Oswald from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]].
-->'''Smith:''' 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, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks you were in]] [[TheOneWith 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:''' [[BlatantLies No way.]]
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Played with in "The Rings of Akhaten", where she helps defeat the BigBad of the episode not so much with her determined speech to him, but by giving him the memories present in her most precious family heirloom - the leaf that brought her parents together and is [[TragicKeepsake a reminder]] [[OrphansOrdeal of her deceased mother]]. As she points out, that leaf might look ordinary, but to her, it's the most important leaf in the whole universe. She would have never been born without its interference in her parents' lives, which would have been completely different, in infinite possible ways. The leaf is full of memories of not only what was, but of the infinite potential of [[ForWantOfANail what could have been]]. Bear in mind that the Doctor, as travelled and experienced as he is, couldn't defeat the same antagonist by offering him his own vast memories. He himself lampshades this by acknowledging the value of Clara's leaf and what it means to her, or any other person in her shoes.
--> '''Clara:''' Still hungry? Well, I brought something for you. This. ''(holds up her parents' leaf)'' The most important leaf in human history. It’s full of stories, full of history. And full of a future that never got lived. Days that should have been that never were. Passed on to me. This leaf isn’t just the past, it’s a whole future that never happened. There are billions and millions of unlived days for every day we live. An infinity. All the days that never came. And these are all my mum’s.
--> '''The Doctor:''' ''(to the villain)'' Well, come on then! Eat up. Are you full? I expect so. Because there’s quite a difference, isn’t there, between what was, and what should have been? There’s an awful lot of one, but there’s an infinity of the other. [[LogicBomb And infinity’s too much. Even for your appetite.]]
* TearfulSmile: Shows up on her face during the Eleventh Doctor's final monologue. On one hand, she's very happy he's alive and regenerating, but on the other, she's well aware her friend [[EndOfAnAge will change and never be the same again]].
* TheTease: The Oswin version of Clara ''just cannot stop'' flirting with both Rory and the Doctor, despite it being purely verbal flirting. PlayedForLaughs when she nonchalantly tells Rory to pull his shirt off and reacts to his complete bafflement with a cheeky "Does there have to be a reason ?". Ultimately subverted when the Doctor finally discovers Oswin and learns of her [[TomatoInTheMirror sad secret]].
* TenderTears: Seen rarely, but she has her moments. Her visit to the grave of her mother in a flashback seen in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E7TheRingsOfAkhaten "The Rings of Akhaten"]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BehwuPQm16A her final farewell]] to the Eleventh Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]] stand out in this regard.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Gets killed, a lot, only to inevitably get better.
** Gets turned into a Dalek and then blown up in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], only to turn up miraculously alive in [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "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 [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS"]], only for the Doctor to erase the timeline before it could happen.
** Also has some near-misses with death that seemed very much like they were going to stick, both in "The Name of the Doctor" and "Last Christmas", but both times the Doctor was there to save her life.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: She has this kind of dynamic with the Doctor whenever he thanks her for helping him in critical situations.
* TimeyWimeyBall: 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''.
** StableTimeLoop: 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.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Made herself forget she was turned into a Dalek in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]] to keep herself sane. The Doctor tells her the truth when he finally reaches her.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: An ''inversion'' of the trope. She's very feminine, [[ProperTightsWithASkirt dresses accordingly]] and has long hair, but her FunPersonified attitudes and willingness to be tough in hairy situations give her some tomboyish qualities.
* TooSpicyForYogSothoth: 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 DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse, 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 favor 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.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Soufflés, baked according to her mother's preferred recipe. To the point that this becomes referenced in [[InSeriesNickname her nickname]] from early on. Subverted by the fact that she seems to be a rather clumsy cook and keeps [[RunningGag ruining almost every single soufflé she starts]]. The alternate versions of Clara inherit her knowledge of the recipe and often mention liking soufflés or trying to bake them whenever they're bored. Oswin's mention of soufflé baking even becomes a plot point in "Asylum of the Daleks", where the Doctor realises something in her story just doesn't add up, due to the local lack of fresh ingredients (e.g. eggs, milk) needed for the recipe she's been making. In "The Snowmen" Victorian Clara off-handedly asks about whether the TARDIS has a kitchen, because she likes baking soufflés, prompting bewildered looks from the Doctor. The soufflé motif surrounding Clara comes to a head in "The Name of the Doctor", where it becomes a bit of a ChekhovsGun and even earns her an unusual BadassBoast.
* TragicKeepsake: ''101 Places to See'', a book her late mother gave her as a present when she was little, stimulating her imagination and lust for travelling. Then there's also the leaf that caused her parents to meet for the first time - but it subverts the trope by being more than just a sentimental keepsake, playing a role in saving Clara in her DarkestHour and also allowing Clara to help save the day on one occasion.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Oswin forgets she is a Dalek and [[LotusEaterMachine imagines hiding in an escape pod]] because the truth was too terrible in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]].
* TrueBlueFemininity: Some of present day Clara's clothing has various shades of blue as a prominent colour. Victorian Clara's alter ego, Miss Montague, also wears somewhat dimmer blue-coloured clothes.
* TwoFirstNames: Or even ''three'', if you count Victorian Clara's use of Oswin as her second given name. (This is lampshaded in "The Bells of Saint John", where present day Clara denies having such an odd second name when the Doctor asks her about it enthusiastically.)
* UndyingLoyalty:
** To the Doctor, friends and [[FriendToAllChildren children in trouble]]. It's implied that her innate urge for kindness to others is what fuels a lot of her courage. Whenever someone's getting abused or threatened, she [[FaceYourFears tries to overcome her fears]] and not walk away until she helps the unfortunate person.
** They never had it easy, but in the Series 8 finale, she shows a lot of this towards Danny. She tries everything in her power to either save him from death or at least make sure he can die peacefully and without suffering. Her grief and anger even drives her to betray the Doctor for a short while, despite how she makes it clear that he's still her best friend in the entire world. The Doctor is rightfully furious, but then himself showcases the trope [[KnightInSourArmor when he makes it clear]] he's willing to help both her and Danny and not let them suffer.
* UnfazedEveryman: Even more so than most of the Doctor's other ordinary companions. In "The Bells of Saint John", once she gets to know the Doctor a bit better and sees he has no malicious intentions towards her, she's surprisingly nonchalant about his revelation that he's a time-travelling alien. This probably has something to do with her BunnyEarsLawyer personality.
* UnkemptBeauty: She's noticeably more homely than usual in "The Time of the Doctor", including messier hair and less attractive clothes. Justified by her scrambling to keep up with her preparations for a family Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. The barmaid persona of Victorian Clara also prefers a deliberately unkempt visage and hair.
* UnlikelyHero: As a companion, she mostly sticks to just being the Doctor's helper and [[TheWatson female Watson]], but there are some occasions where she definitely has a fair share in saving the day.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: She and the Eleventh Doctor have a bit of this going on [[note]](Moffat states it's strong attraction in the 'Creating Clara' featurette)[[/note]], despite both of them deciding to remain platonic friends. It pops up in a few episodes, usually as part of an overall PlayedForLaughs ShipTease RunningGag. In "The Snowmen", Victorian Clara accidentally falls on top of the Doctor and his hand seems to want to keep her there. Then there's the PlayedForLaughs moment when he briefly stares at her behind at the end of "Nightmare in Silver", before he snaps himself out of it. In the sketch-like miniepisode "Clara and the TARDIS", Clara outright tries to have a girl-to-girl conversation with the TARDIS about whether the Doctor would choose a girl over his machine, plus some LampshadedDoubleEntendre about [[FreudWasRight his sonic screwdriver]]. [[CovertPervert Clara, Clara...]]
* UnwittingPawn: Missy gave her the Doctor's number so she would become his companion, because she's the kind of person whose weaknesses, in particular her bossiness and undying loyalty to her loved ones, could be used against the Doctor.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With the Twelfth Doctor. They both mean so much to each other, but they're both prone to arguments and there's always an element of tension in their friendship, whether comedic or sombre. This remains a facet of their mutual relations even after [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther they reconcile]] [[HeartwarmingMoments at the end]] of "Deep Breath", and even survives a temporary break up after "Kill the Moon". As she reassures the Twelfth in "Mummy on the Orient Expres", she doesn't hate him at all, he just left her unpleasantly surprised and furious. Clara tended to argue with the Eleventh too, but it was more child-like and hardly ever serious.
* WeakButSkilled: Since she's a PintsizedPowerhouse and only infrequently tries her hand at being a GirlyBruiser, this trope is her modus operandi most of the time.
* WhatTheHellHero: Mostly serious variations, but also a few comedic ones.
** A decidedly ''not'' amusing example occurs in "Kill the Moon", when she verbally attacks the Doctor for his actions. She's also visibly annoyed when he seems to be keeping secrets from her about her potential death in "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" and slaps him in "Into the Dalek" when he starts overly dismissing that they could maybe study the Dalek and change it for a better cause.
** While most of her quips in this vein are on the serious side, some of them come off as amusing, e.g. the following example.
--> '''Clara:''' ''(punches the Doctor's shoulder angrily)'' [[WhatTheHellHero Why have you got]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E10JourneyToTheCentreOfTheTARDIS zombie creatures?!?]] [[DiscussedTrope Good guys do not have]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]] [[BadFuture creatures !]] [[FunnyMoments Rule one, basic storytelling.]]
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: She still seems to have a mazeophobia due to her childhood experience. And it's explored at least four times in ten episodes.
* WorkingClassHero: Victorian Clara works as a barmaid at "[[MyLocal The Rose & Crown]]". She also secretly moonlights as a [[ProperLady soft-spoken governess]] at the Latimer household.
* WorthLivingFor: She and the Doctor begin to see each other as this. And, in "[[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor The Day of the Doctor]]", she reminds him that his homeworld is not necessarily lost yet and that he finally needs to stop running from his fears and guilty conscience and try to save Gallifrey, even if it seems hopeless. Her appeal to him is handled in an interesting way, as she doesn't call for him to fight or perform heroics, but just insists on him doing what he can handle best (being the Doctor) and [[DoNotGoGentle giving the rescue of his planet one last try]]. In the end, ''[[MomentOfAwesome it works]]''.
* YaoiFangirl: According to Strax, her subconscious is full of narcissism, passive-aggressiveness, and... lots of young men "playing sports".
** Though, as Strax gets gender wrong more often than not, Clara might be into [[GirlOnGirlIsHot another type of porn]], especially given her occasional flirty tendencies with female one shot-characters.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Part of her RousingSpeech to the Eleventh Doctor (and indirectly the Tenth and War Doctor) in "The Day of the Doctor".
* YouAreNotAlone: Pulls the Doctor out of his mounting depression in "The Snowmen", comforts him on occasion without getting too touchy-feely, and tries to stay by his side in "The Time of the Doctor" just to avoid leaving him completely alone in the event that he'd die permanently.
* YoureInsane: Non-villainous version. In "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", she says this to the Eleventh Doctor, shaking her head, after he explains to her an IndyPloy [[CrazyEnoughToWork he thought of]] to get them out of danger.

!!Handles (Eleventh Doctor)
->''Attention. Information available. You must patch the telephone device back through the console unit.''

-->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, having stayed with the Doctor for at least 300 years.
* BrainInAJar: Averted, as the organic components have rotted away.
* CompanionCube: During the Doctor's stay in Christmas, Handles becomes like a cherished pet akin to [[{{Film/Castaway}} Wilson]]. It's [[TearJerker a real heart-render when time finally takes him]].
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: In the Doctor's.
* GlasgowGrin: Cracks in his mouthpiece resemble one. Even so, he's just as [[TheStoic emotionless]] as any other Cyberman.
* InternalHomage: Not the first time that the Doctor has had a robot sidekick... Though Handles is in no way as autonomous as K-9.
* LiteralMinded: When the Doctor asks him (rhetorically) to give him a reminder, he does so a few ''seconds'' later.
* NoodleIncident: Whatever the events were that led to the Doctor owning a relatively friendly Cyberman head. The first we see of Handles is him hooked into the [=TARDIS=] console, helping the Doctor find information.
* OracularHead: He figures out that Gallifrey is appearing on Trenzalore before the Doctor.
* RobotBuddy: Of the Doctor in this particular Christmas special.
* ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity: The Twelfth Doctor still remembers Handles while he is in his post-regenerative state of confusion/madness. There's a bit of a problem, though: For a few minutes, he thinks that ''[[HilarityEnsues Clara]]'' [[HilarityEnsues is Handles]] and when she protests, [[FunnyMoments he bemoans what has become of Handles after being such a cute little robot head]].

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!!Courtney Woods (Twelfth Doctor)
->''I'm a disruptive influence.''

-->Played by: Ellis George (2014)

A "disruptive" schoolgirl at Coal Hill School, who quickly sees through the Doctor's masquerade as caretaker and gets invited aboard the TARDIS.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Gets upset because the Doctor told her she wasn't "special", after she threw up on her first TARDIS trip. As a result, he drags her into a lethal future crisis in which she ends up partly responsible for the lives and moral status of everyone on Earth.
* BirdsOfAFeather: The Doctor is a always a bit of a rascal at heart - the Twelfth in particular - and this leads him to take a liking to someone as merrily mischievous and curious as Courtney fairly quick.
* CrazyPrepared: After her first time in the TARDIS, she brings travel sickness medication to stop herself being spacesick, and disinfectant in case the medication doesn't work.
* FutureBadass: According to the Doctor, she will be President of the United States someday, which is odd considering she's British. This means that she was a) born in the US and immigrated to Britain, b) has an American citizen for a parent[[note]]Anyone born outside the United States to an American citizen is also an American citizen, depending on whether or not specific residency requirements are met[[/note]], or c) that the law requiring US Presidents to be born in the US will be repealed. (Or d) the Doctor was pulling Clara's leg about that.)
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Her motivation for stepping back on the TARDIS.
* ImprovisedWeapon: When one of the creatures that overran the moonbase attacks her, she does some quick thinking and defeats it with a simple disinfectant spray.
* InformedAttribute: She's described as an outright delinquent, but is never seen doing anything worse than mouthing off.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Second New Who companion to basically force herself onto the TARDIS, and the first to do so on her first discovery of it.
* NaughtyIsGood: Her proud self-definition as a "disruptive influence" causes Twelve to view her as a potential companion. He has an affinity with her because [[BirdsOfAFeather he was always quite the troublemaker himself.]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Just one more student at Coal Hill school who jumps into the T.A.R.D.I.S.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: As above, the Doctor claims that she somehow becomes President of the USA.
* PluckyGirl: Although she realistically gets less plucky when faced with a serious threat to her life.
* ShipperOnDeck: She is implied to have graffitied the school with revelations about Clara's and Danny's relationship.
* ShoutOut: She cheekily paraphrases Neil Armstrong's famous quote with some placeholder "thingy thing" BuffySpeak, as she didn't think of anything meaningful to say before becoming the first schoolgirl on the Moon.