Rose Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Young Rose played by: Julia Joyce (2005)
- Action Girl: She showed a few signs of it in seasons one and two (using her amateur gymnastics skills to save The Doctor in "Rose", shooting the Beast out of the ship in "The Satan Pit", becoming the Bad Wolf), but season four solidified her as this, where she's casually lugging around a huge gun and shooting Daleks like it's nothing.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Rose is responsible for causing more deaths than any other companion - directly in the series 1 finale, and indirectly (via Jack) in Torchwood: Miracle Day.
- Big Damn Kiss: The third person (after Grace and Jack) to have a snog with the Doctor in the TV series.
- Later shares a pretty powerful one with the Metacrisis Doctor.
- Book Dumb: However, that doesn't mean she isn't intelligent, and series four makes it clear she's gotten past this.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Forms most of the tension with Sarah Jane when they first meet, and she really doesn't seem to like the idea that the Doctor has had female friends other than her in the past (or may have in future). In Rose's defense, 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.
- Demoted to Extra: She returned for the series 4 finale after officially "leaving" her role of companion.
- Determinator: Who cares if travel between parallel universes is impossible? She won't let that stand between her and the Doctor.
- Disappeared Dad: Peter Tyler died years ago, due to a car accident. At least two separate episodes of the first two revival series explored Rose's conflicted feelings about meeting him again or even bringing him back (the alternate universe version of her father, at the very least).
- Do Not Call Me Sir: Like The Doctor, she doesn't like UNIT saluting her.
- Eating the Eye Candy: According to Cassandra in "New Earth", this was Rose's reaction to Doctor's Tenth incarnation;Cassandra: You've been looking! You like it!
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Lampshaded by Martha and Jack:Martha: Is that what happens though, seriously? You just get bored of us one day and disappear?
Jack: Not if you're blonde.
Martha: Oh she was blonde! Oh, what a surprise.
- First Girl Wins: Rose is one of the few companions that The Doctor has expressed obvious romantic affection for, eventually ending up with his half-Donna clone. In a very strange (but sweet) way. The writers have explicitly said that the Clone told her "I love you" when they hooked up.
- Forgotten First Meeting: She originally met the Doctor during the last moments of his tenth incarnation the Christmas previous to her first meeting with the Ninth Doctor.
- Also, the Doctor first saw her image when the Moment took her form in his War Doctor incarnation, before regenerating into the Ninth Doctor, but doesn't remember because of the crossed timestreams.
- Girl Next Door: One of the most normal companions in the entire series.
- A God Am I: Temporarily. "You can't control life and death!" "But I can, and the moon, and the stars....everything."
- Grand Theft Me: To Cassandra's chagrin. "I'm a chav!"
- Heroic Sacrifice: Series 2 finale counts, though she's technically not dead, but listed as dead because she's stuck in another universe. It happened
- It's All About Me: Has some very self-centered moments, especially regarding Mickey. She gets called out on this.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: "Aren't you a beautiful boy? I used to have one like you!"
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her interaction with Nine had this vibe to it, leading others to suspect they were a couple.
- Love Confession: She tells the Tenth Doctor this. While he does not say it back, his clone whispers it back in her ear (according to the writers). She stays with the clone in the alternate universe.
- Living Emotional Crutch: To Nine, and a little bit to Ten as well.
- Morality Chain: For the Ninth Doctor. For the Tenth, not so much...
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Indirectly responsible for all fallout from making Jack immortal, including the return of the Master (and by extension, Professor Lazarus's rampage) and Miracle Day.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As the Bad Wolf entity . She destroys half a million Daleks in seconds.
- Physical God: Again, Bad Wolf is a basically a god of time because it consumed the Time Vortex.
- Plucky Girl: Rose might not always opt for doing the smartest action imaginable, but she definitely has a hefty amount of stubborn courage when the situation calls for it.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: To the Ninth Doctor, mainly. The Tenth and her become closer and are less interested in hiding their mutual affection.
- Stranger in a Familiar Land: She just doesn't feel at home with her mum any more after a while, especially in "The Parting of the Ways".
- Took a Level in Badass: She appears to have taken one (off-screen) in series 3. Series 4 makes it explicit.
- Tsundere: The "sweet" type.
- Unreliable Narrator: Everything she says about her death.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: To the Doctor, to the point where she became a Physical God to save him.
- When She Smiles: Rose frowns an awful lot, but her genuine smiles tend to be very cheerful.
- Working Class Hero: Her family's stature is rather like this, and when she first meets the Ninth Doctor, she's working as a shop assistant in a department store.
Mickey Smith (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Young Mickey played by: Casey Dyer (2005)
- All Love Is Unrequited: Played straight with Rose, later averted with Martha, whom he married.
- Alternate Universe: His counterpart in the zeppelin world is a gay gangster named Ricky. (The gay part is suggested from a deleted scene, but it's debatable if the scene is canon or not.)
- Always Second Best: He can't measure up to the Doctor even after taking his level in badass.
- Badass Beard: Once he starts fighting aliens freelance.
- Badass Normal: A powerless human that eventually becomes a cybermen slayer.
- Black and Nerdy: He's a bit of a hacker.
- Butt Monkey: The Doctor considers him an idiot, his girlfriend gives him little to no respect, his girlfriend's mother accuses him of murder when her daughter goes missing, Jack starts making fun of him within ten seconds of meeting him, and even K-9 gets to throw in a bit of snark while informing him, "We are in a car." Hell, his own parallel-universe equivalent finds him embarrassing, and this is a guy who considers himself a badass because of the number of parking tickets he's accrued.
- Humiliation Conga: His girlfriend runs off with an alien after basically snarking how useless he was. She goes missing for a year and the police haul him in five times, while her mother and the entire estate gives him hell about it. The Doctor keeps calling him Ricky and turning into better looking guys while hauling his girlfriend all over the cosmos. Then Mickey pisses on everyone and decides to show his worth.
- I Choose to Stay: At the end of "The Age of Steel," he stays behind in the alternate universe to help his dead alternate self's boyfriend (long story) fight the Cybermen and take care of his parallel-universe grandmother. Then he comes back for good at the end of "Journey's End" (after returning briefly in "Army of Ghosts" and "Doomsday").
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, he gives up on Rose.
- Love Triangle: Rose leaves him as soon as she meets the Doctor, although she considers herself "sort of" Mickey's girlfriend for a while after that. When she also starts fancying Jack, Mickey pretty much gives up on the relationship. He becomes part of the family again when he and Rose are left without the Doctor for a few years, but eventually steps out of her life forever when Rose gets together with the Doctor's half-Donna clone.
- Pair the Spares: With Martha Jones.
- Poke the Poodle: Ricky Smith is London's Most Wanted. ...For parking violations.
- Punny Name: Perhaps not intentional, but to "take the mickey" out of someone is to take any fight/vigor/self importance out of them by mocking them, and Mickey does have to put up with a great deal of mockery and bullying from Rose and the Doctor (mostly Nine, but Ten has his moments), and Jackie at first.
- Rebel Leader: Alternate Mickey. (It's Ricky.)
- Refusal of the Call: Initially, after his help in "World War Three", the Doctor offered him a spot in the TARDIS only to be turned down (one of the few companions to do so).
- Replacement Goldfish: Becomes one for Jake, Ricky's boyfriend. Jake copes pretty well with the idea, but since Mickey's not gay, it's a dysfunctional setup to say the least.
- Salt and Pepper: Alongside his partner in crime, Jake.
- Taking Up The Mantle: When his alternate self dies, Mickey simply assumes his identity and continues the fight.
- Took a Level in Badass: Multiple.
- To wit, from lovable but aimless boyfriend to a capable hacker and fully-fledged companion. Ends up fighting Cybermen in an alternate reality and respected member of that reality's Torchwood, and finally earns his happy ending with a woman who saved the world with the power of story.
Adam Mitchell (Ninth Doctor)
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Has a job that revolves around alien artifacts, but sees alien abduction stories as nonsense.
- Butt Monkey: He doesn't get a lot of respect.
- Jerkass: Intentionally written as a troublemaker to show what kind of person makes for a bad companion.
- Insufferable Genius: Very smug about it.
- Teen Genius: And quick to mention it.
- The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: Shows up again in the comics as an elderly man to show what happened to him after being left behind by the Doctor. It isn't pretty at all, and Adam's enormously pissed.
- Time Travel for Fun and Profit: Attempts to change his own future by sending information back from the year 200,000. It doesn't end well.
Captain Jack Harkness (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
- Age Without Youth: Expresses some worry about having an extremely slow version of this, since despite little actual signs of aging he's begun to find white hairs. To top it off, he is implied to eventually mutate into the Face of Boe] after billions of years.
- Anti-Hero: Though a more family-friendly variant than on Torchwood.
- Anything That Moves: Has a penchant of flirting with everyone he meets, even when the world is ending — to the Doctor's constant frustration.
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: Being subjected to the full force of the Time Vortex, while clinging onto a TARDIS that's desperately trying to shake him off, doesn't stop him from shouting the Doctor's name.
- Badass Longcoat: Of the World War II greatcoat variety.
- Big Damn Kiss: The first person after the show came back, and the first male person (in the TV show at least), to snog the Doctor. Nine doesn't mind at all.
- Boldly Coming: Men, women... giant insects... robots...
- Camp: It's John Barrowman. His camp switch doesn't have an "off" setting.
- The Casanova: Constantly.
- Catch Phrase / Phrase Catcher: Some variation of the following exchange will be said when he's around:Jack: [to his latest object of attraction] Captain Jack Harkness, and who are you?
The Doctor: Stop it.
Jack: I was just saying hello!
- The Charmer: Manages to charm both Rose and the Doctor within minutes.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In "The End of the World,", as he's the Face of Boe. (Russell T Davies refuses to elaborate on whether or not they're actually the same person, as it would ruin the joke.) Barrowman said in an interview that when he and Tennant found out the implication, they spent several minutes laughing and cheering.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Never tries anything with someone who's already in a monogamous relationship except Gwen, and is very willing to be strictly monogamous if the right person comes along. Is kind and considerate towards his fuckbuddy Ianto and eventually enters a committed relationship with him in Torchwood. Has been married at least once, although his immortality has made him a bit wary of commitment.
- Contagious Heroism: He starts off as an amoral con-man, but time spent with the Doctor changes him into a loveable anti-hero.
- Continuity Nod: In Jack's first appearance, his 51st century backstory and knowledge of "Time Agents" is a continuity nod to Classic Who story, "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". In that story, the war criminal Magnus Greel also hails from the 51st century and is worried that the Doctor might be a Time Agent sent to arrest him.
- Demoted to Extra: After he left the TARDIS and subsequently joined Torchwood, he made return appearances in the third and fourth series' season finales.
- Determinator: As mentioned above, Jack clung onto a TARDIS that was desperately trying to shake him off, all the way through the Time Vortex, to the very end of time itself! The TARDIS actually ran out of universe to go through before Jack was willing to give up his chance to reunite with the Doctor.
- Not to mention, spending 100+ years prior to this waiting around Cardiff for their respective timelines to coincide.
- Ethical Slut: Made much more obvious in Torchwood, where he's shown to care deeply about his partners' personal boundaries, emotional health and safe sex. He abhors cheating.
- Even the Guys Want Him: As a YouTube comment put it,
- Extreme Omnisexual: Provides the page image. Writer Steven Moffat calls him "bi", but that doesn't even begin to cover it.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Before he was rendered immortal, his response to the Daleks' "Exterminate" was to defiantly throw down his gun, stand up straight, and mutter "I kinda figured that".
- Fantastic Racism: After his transformation into a fixed point in time, the TARDIS initially really does not like him. She considers him an abomination. She seemed to be over it by "Journey's End".
- Foil: A friendly one to the Doctor. Even on a certain meta level: It's been noted that while Jack has an American accent and is more in line with typical sensibilities of American science fiction action heroes, the Doctor is supposed to reflect a more traditionally British and more pacifistic approach to SF heroes, even in action scenes.
- Free-Love Future: Comes from a century where cultural taboos on sex don't exist anymore. Due to humanity's evolution adapting to Interspecies Romance, human sexual preference also has little meaning anymore in the 51st century, and pretty much Everyone Is Bi. Jack's very much a Fish out of Temporal Water in this regard.
- The Good Captain: Although technically, he doesn't become an army captain until Torchwood. His stint as "Captain Jack Harkness" when he first met the Doctor was a case of stolen identity.
- Handsome Lech: And aware of it.
- Healing Factor: Once he becomes immortal.
- Heel-Face Turn: Originally, he was merely a charming con artist. He became a better person thanks to the Doctor's influence, to the point he'd happily be a Love Martyr for him.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Doctor certainly seems to think so. Apparently, the TARDIS agrees with him: According to the Doctor, Rose (as Bad Wolf) didn't just revive him and make him immortal, she turned made him a living fixed point. The TARDIS went as far as to travel to the end of the universe to get rid of him when he grabbed it, and the Doctor's Time Lord instincts make it difficult to even look at him without mentioning how "wrong" he is.
- Ignored Enamoured Underling: Towards the Doctor. Jack and Martha share a moment over this when they realise the Doctor's ignoring both their crushes on him.
- Immortal Life Is Cheap: He'll gladly take a few deaths if it helps save the day.
- Internal Homage: He's the TV series' answer to spinoff character Jason Kane.
- The Lancer: Turns into this around the Doctor, with shades of The Big Guy.
- Love Martyr: For the Doctor.
- MacGyvering Gadgeteer Genius: In "Bad Wolf", he not only takes out two droids out to kill him, but scraps them to build a gun that can find the Doctor.
- Made of Iron: On top of being immortal, he also is far more resistant to things that should instantly kill, thanks to his bonus Healing Factor. He once sat in a radiation chamber that should have disintegrated him from the intense concentration of stet radiation.
- Torchwood shows that he can regenerate even when half his body has been destroyed from being blown up!
- Manly Gay: More like Manly Omnisexual, but still.
- Mr. Fanservice: Gets completely naked in his third episode, with much glee. Also gets a proper sex scene (with a bloke) in Torchwood: Miracle Day, making him the first and so far only Doctor Who companion to be shagged senseless on screen.
- Mr. Vice Guy: The vice in question being lust. However, he's a proper Ethical Slut, and always respects people's boundaries.
- No Name Given: He admits that "Jack Harkness" is an alias. We still don't know what his name really is.
- The Pornomancer:Jack: The last time I was sentenced to death, I ordered four hyper-vodkas for my breakfast. All a bit of a blur after that. Woke up in bed with both my executioners. Lovely couple. They stayed in touch! Can't say that about most executioners.
- Really 700 Years Old: Over 170 in series 3, over 2040 in series 4.
- The Slow Path: Between series 1 and 3, and again between series 3 and 4.
- Time Police: Formerly.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Back and forth between this and Living Forever Is Awesome. You could say both are deconstructed because both are true at points.
Donna Noble (Tenth Doctor)
- Abusive Parents: Donna's mom, Sylvia, is verbally abusive to both Donna and Wilf (Donna's grandfather) in a depressingly realistic way. The Doctor is actually shocked when he realizes the extent of it, and tells Sylvia to stop it.
- All Webbed Up: Happens to her in The Runaway Bride Christmas special.
- Badass Bureaucrat: She was an office worker prior to being a companion, and her office skills prove extremely useful in "The Sontaran Strategem", "The Doctor's Daughter" and "Journey's End". Her ability to understand office files, work a calendar system and type 100 words a minute ends up saving the universe several times over.
- Badass Normal: The Doctor infiltrated (and later broke into) a corporate office building with psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver. She did the same with little more than really good BS skills and an absurd amount of patience.
- Better as Friends: With the Doctor, to his great relief. In fact, he wouldn't have let her into the TARDIS otherwise, because he was very tired of everyone falling in love with him. (They share one snog, but it's completely for comic relief and not remotely romantic. And she does find him attractive, but not in that way.)
- Big Damn Kiss: With the Doctor, of the "Let Us Never Speak of This Again" variety.
- Catch Phrase: "Oi!"
- Character Development: Oh, very much. It's a testament to Tate's acting talent when Donna's mom and grandfather beg the Doctor to let her keep her memories, as traveling with him made her a better person — and we see her revert to her shrill, gossipy, idiotic old self when those memories are erased.
- Christmas Cake: Over 30 and not married. This is most an issue in her first episode where she's desperate to get married.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Averted; the Doctor expects the same snarking he got from Rose/Sarah, but when Donna meets Martha they just shake hands and get along fine. Donna's concerns are more that she might lose her position as the Doctor's companion.
- Crazy-Prepared: After her debut episode, drove around with every type of clothing she might ever need to travel with the Doctor, just in case he showed up again one day and made her a companion.
- Cursed with Awesome: Doctor Donna: a human woman with a Time Lord brain and mankind's unique spark that makes her use her newfound intellect at maximum proficiency, even surpassing the Doctor himself. But the strain this puts on her human frame is so hard that it starts to kill her and forces the Doctor to make her forget everything about her travels with him in order to suppress her super intellect and save her life. Worse yet, if Donna ever remembers anything about her time with the Doctor, her Time Lord brain will resurface and she will burn.
- Failing a Taxi: In "The Runaway Bride" Christmas Special where we first meet her, she tries to hail a taxi and gets one driven by an alien Mook, forcing the Doctor to save her with some fancy TARDIS manoeuvre.
- Flowers for Algernon Syndrome: Played With. Donna is frequently horrified by the amount of responsibility the Doctor has, but copes by going back to being snarky for the start of each new adventure. This means that her Character Development is gradual and zig-zaggy. It makes it all the more horrifying when we see her go back to her old old self.
- Good with Numbers: It's more than just math, though — she's spent most of her life temping, and she's gotten ridiculously good at it, having gained a knack for spotting patterns in numbers not even the Doctor would notice.
- Half-Human Hybrid: In "Journey's End", she saves herself from Dalek-inflicted doom by splicing her DNA with the Doctor's. She then indulges in technobabble, yelling like the Doctor, and hijacking the Dalek's motor commands to make them spin in circles. Fun is had by all, but it does not last.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her entire character arc is wanting to be more than "useless". And she'll never know what a difference she made.
- Jumped at the Call: In her second appearance, she is searching for The Doctor and has already packed her bags.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: She's loud and abrasive because she believes she isn't important.
- Large Ham: Extremely. Nevertheless, she also has her subtle moments too.
- And then she becomes Doctor Donna
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her relationship with the Doctor. In fact, most people initially believe they're married or brother and sister.
- Like Brother and Sister: She and the Tenth Doctor have this dynamic, both trading sarcastic barbs constantly but obviously caring deeply for each other. The Doctor outright calls her his best friend.
- Missing the Good Stuff: In "The Runaway Bride", her first appearance, she has (somehow) managed to avoid all of London's previous encounters with extraterrestrials.
- Morality Chain: Explicitly considers herself one for the Tenth Doctor.
- Pity the Kidnapper: When she was in peril, she often made the bad guys regret putting her there, even without the Doctor's interventions.
- Platonic Life Partners: Her and the Doctor. It's even invoked when she first begins traveling with him, with the Doctor telling her he "just wants a mate".
- Plucky Girl: Explicitly called a "plucky young girl who helps me out" by the Doctor and she lives up to such a description with her fiery determination (but she doesn't like the description).
- Pretty in Mink: Wore a black fur-trimmed coat during "Planet of the Ood".
- Red Pill, Blue Pill: "Turn Left" is basically someone force feeding her the red pill after the fact and make her live a normal life.
- Refusal of the Call: When the Doctor first asks her if she'll travel with him, she says no — being, understandably, weirded out by his tranquil fury. She later regrets this and begins searching for him.
- Save This Person, Save the World: Mainly just one episode, "Turn Left." Rose goes out of her way to get her out of town, and then to use her to change her past.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Quite honestly so this time."We're not even the same species. There's probably laws against it."
- Shoe Slap: Declined. In 'The Poison Sky', she was supposed to use a shoe to knock out a Sontaran. Thing is, she'd only wear trainers, and those don't have quite the kick needed. Fortunately, Percussive Maintenance leaves mallets around when you need them.
- Tsundere: The "harsh" type. Pompeii, the Ood, the Doctor in distress and her own two alternate dimensions trigger the dere side.
- Victory Guided Amnesia: Mind Raped to prevent her skull runnething over.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ten.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Lampshaded by Rose in "Turn Left." Even without the bug on her back, she still warps reality/destiny.
Martha Jones (Tenth Doctor)
- All Love Is Unrequited: Develops a crush on the Doctor big enough to rival Rose's feelings. He acknowledges her feelings, after a while, but nothing ever happens. By the time she's no longer a companion, she's over him and they go back to being just friends.
- Always Second Best: How she feels about replacing Rose.
- Badass: She joins UNIT in Series 4 and her progression to full "doctor" status is accelerated by them because of her field experience.
- Badass Bookworm: During her first trip through time, she saves the world by quoting from Harry Potter.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the other New Series companions, who saved the day by becoming a Physical God or half-Time Lord, Martha saved the world with herself alone.
- Better as Friends: Leaves the TARDIS when she realizes the Doctor's never going to like her "that way". In season 4, she's recovering from her crush on him, and they're much happier together just being friends.
- Big Damn Kiss: With the Doctor in her first episode ("genetic transfer!"). Also eventually kisses Jack Harkness in Torchwood, simply because "everyone else has had a go". Jack just sort of stares at her and grins.
- Black and Nerdy: Medical student, natch. She also saves the world by quoting Harry Potter.
- The Confidant: As strained as her friendship with the Tenth Doctor gets at times, she's always willing to listen to him carefully when he's reminiscing about his past and the things he's lost.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: A mild case, but more so when Rose is brought up. Once she's getting over her crush on him, she's actually really happy when the Doctor and Rose are reunited.
- Demoted to Extra: She returned for the series 4 finale (along with making prior guest appearances in both Doctor Who and Torchwood) after officially "leaving" her role of companion.
- Determinator: At the end of Series 3 where she spends one year traveling the entire world telling people about The Doctor.
- Dysfunctional Family: While she loves them, her relationship with her parents and some of her relatives is a bit strained and there's tension in their household.
- Genre Savvy: She's quick to point out several issues concerning her modern day social status and how it might be affected if she were to travel to the past. In a bit of Discussed Trope, she brings up No Equal Opportunity Time Travel in front of the Doctor.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: To John Smith in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood".
- Hospital Hottie: Studying to become a doctor and hot enough to become Shakespeare "Dark Lady".
- Ignored Enamoured Underling: Just after their first meeting, the Doctor makes her promise not to start fancying him. She agrees, but falls in love with him anyway.
- Just Friends: With the Doctor, to her great frustration.
- No Equal Opportunity Time Travel: Expresses Genre Savvy worries about going back to the early 17th century, given fear of prejudice over her ethnic origins. The Doctor reminds her that not all black people living in Britain at the time were slaves and assures her that he'll look after her. When they visit 1913 in a later episode, several people are incredulous of her having a medical degree (not just because she's black, but also a woman). She quickly proves them wrong when she shows of her extensive medical knowledge.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Although not The Stoic, Martha does keep a grip on her emotions. When she gets angry ("The Sound of Drums") or really scared ("The Sontaran Stratagem"), you know things are very bad.
- Pair the Spares: With Mickey Smith. What happened to her engagement to Thomas Milligan from Series 4 has never been explained onscreen. Word of God from Russell T Davies says that Tom was the rebound guy. Also a case of the Token Minority Couple.
- Replacement Goldfish: It doesn't take very long for her to feel as though she's simply this for Rose. She doesn't put up with it, sits the Doctor down and makes him tell her what's going on.
- Smart Guy: Studying to be a doctor, quick thinking but also great at planning? Martha is one of the smartest characters in the show.
- Technical Pacifist: Doesn't carry a gun, but has a position of command in a military organisation.
- Token Minority: Nicely averted. Though frankly, the only time her ethnic background is brought up in a major way is when she's worried about time travelling to more prejudiced historical eras.
- Took a Level in Badass: In The Year That Never Was she becomes a key figure in the La Résistance against The Master. She joins UNIT right after.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Freema Agyeman was Adeola Oshodi in "Army of Ghosts", a Torchwood employee who is possessed by the Cybermen and then killed. To explain why Adeola looked similar to Martha, they had Martha refer to Adeola as her cousin in "Smith & Jones".
- Walking the Earth: During the Year That Never Was; the entire earth in one year and on foot.
- What the Hell, Hero?: The Doctor's reaction when he hears about Martha's plan to blow up Earth to stop a Dalek plot.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As revealed in Torchwood, where she takes interest in Jack and Ianto's "dabbling".
Astrid Peth (Tenth Doctor)
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: At the end she become star dust to travel the universe.
- Big Damn Kiss: Surprises the Doctor with her knowledge of Earth Christmas traditions.
- Celebrity Paradox: The Doctor had mentioned Kylie two seasons earlier.
- Christmas Cake: And very quick to steal a kiss from the Doctor.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To take out her boss with a forklift.
- Human Aliens: Albeit with very little knowledge of earth.
- Meido: Wears a little apron and a short skirt.
Wilfred Mott (Tenth Doctor)
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Defied - he refuses to be ashamed of never actually killing during his military service.
- Ascended Extra: Originally intended to be named "Stan" for "Voyage of the Damned" and never show up again. This changed when Howard Attfield, the actor playing Donna's father, passed away and Wilf was written in as Donna's grandfather.
- Badass Grandpa: The entire population of London evacuates because they're afraid aliens will invade, and Wilf stays in his stall. Daleks are invading the Earth, and Wilf's first thought is how to disable them... with a paintball gun. He even proves a crack shot with an asteroid laser.
- Badass Normal: Dalek. Paintball gun. It didn't work, but that's still quite a few levels of Badassness above the norm.
- Catch Phrase: "It's them aliens again!"
- Chekhov's Gun: Owns one, and convinces the Doctor to accept it as a gift.
- Cool Old Guy: Willing to do anything to save the world.
- Like a Son to Me: Despite being the Doctor's junior by more than 800 years.The Doctor: I'd be proud.
The Doctor: If you were my dad.
- Manly Tears: His friendship with Ten is very emotional.
- Older Sidekick: Obviously more than qualifies in the real world; he's more than twice David Tennant's age. In fact, Bernard Cribbins is the oldest actor to have played a companion on the show. In-universe, the Doctor is still much older.
- Parental Substitute: Is this to Donna. After her father died, and given her mother's aloofness, she always turns to "Gramps".
- Promoted to Opening Titles: For the Tenth Doctor's final story.
- Properly Paranoid: Firmly believes in alien visitors to earth. Since he lives in the Whoniverse, boy is he right.
- Prophecy Twist: "He will knock four times." The Doctor was absolutely sure that it referred to the Master (and, admit it, so were you.) Instead, after the Master is defeated, Wilf politely knocks four times on the door of his glass cage, hoping the Doctor will let him out. 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.
- It should also be mentioned he does the four-knock four times.
- Weapon of Choice: A paintball gun. Or his old service revolver. That works, too.
- You Look Familiar: Cribbins co-starred in Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. way back in 1966 as well as in the Big Finish episode "Horror Of Glam Rock".
Professor River Song (Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
- '80s Hair: A whole lot of it. She's delighted when she regenerates into Alex Kingston and sees it. Strax, who doesn't really understand mammals, calls her the one with the "gigantic head".
- Action Girl: She made a Dalek beg for mercy.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Professor of archaeology.
- Adventurer Outfit: She loves fancy dresses, but for proper adventuring she changes into practical camo.
- Anachronic Order: She's a time traveler, and she and the Doctor always have to take a few minutes and check where they are in their relative timelines. Because of this, several episodes (like "The Impossible Astronaut", "A Good Man Goes to War" and "Night and the Doctor") feature a few Rivers at once.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In "The Wedding of River Song".
- Anti-Hero: Wasn't always a nice person before she joined team TARDIS. Can't always afford to be a nice person afterwards, due to spoilers.
- Ax-Crazy: Extremely so in "Let's Kill Hitler", as her young, wanting-to-kill-the-Doctor incarnation as Mels.
- Badass Boast: In "The Timeline of River Song" which was in Doctor Who Confidential after the 2011 finale, during the footage of River effortlessly gunning down multiple Silence with a laser pistol from the start of the series.River: Did I mention I was kick ass with a gun? No one kidnaps me and gets away with it!
- Badass Bookworm: Scariest Archaeologist Ever. She is rather kickass for an academic.
- Battle Couple: The Doctor and River Song are made of this. He is feared across time and space, and she is part-Time Lord and raised as a weapon to fight the Doctor. They've fought off alien invaders back-to-back, while flirting.
- Badass Family: Her mothers and father are the TARDIS, Amy and Rory.
- Big Damn Kiss: Five total so far with the Doctor: his first kiss with her, her first kiss with him, a big one to fix the consequences of her first kiss with him, one to fix a massive Time Crash, and her last one (well her, Virtual Ghost's last one) with him.
- Bi the Way: Pretty much stated in her first appearance, and later confirmed by Word Of Moffat. In her first episode, she had one team member keep on his helmet because she didn't "fancy him". The room consisted of Donna and the Doctor, two female members of her archaeology crew and the two Daves. The surface reading would indicate she had a personal dislike for him because he's kind of a dick, but in retrospect...
- Black Best Friend: As Mels, Amy and Rory's childhood friend.
- Boxed Crook: As revealed in "The Time of Angels" / "Flesh And Stone", she spends many years of her life in the (allegedly) high-security Stormcage. Her crime is "killing the best man she ever knew". The man turns out to be the Doctor, whose death she helped fake.
- Brains and Bondage: The trope's poster girl for the series. Why would she have handcuffs? Spoilers.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Spends the first years of her life being indoctrinated to kill the Doctor. She falls in love with him instead, and ends up saving him from her first assassination attempt.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Young River Song is an odd variation on this in that her mother doesn't know she's her daughter.
- Cardboard Prison: The definition of her imprisonment in Stormcage. In "The Time of Angels" River is an inmate who is guarded by Father Octavian, but in "Flesh And Stone" (immediately after), later in "The Pandorica Opens" and in subsequent episodes, River is shown to be imprisoned almost voluntarily, as she is resourceful enough to escape Stormcage easily if she well wanted to.Sir? It's Doctor Song again. She's doing it again; she's packing.
- Catch Phrase:
- "Hello, sweetie!" whenever she meets the Doctor.
- "Spoilers" when keeping anyone's relative future a secret. Also her Famous Last Words before her Heroic Sacrifice.
- As Mels she had, "Penny in the air," soon followed by, "The penny drops." Just like the Doctor, it's a catch phrase she never uses after she regenerates.
- Character Development: Played With. When we first meet her, she's very mature and independent, but we don't know anything about her yet. Since her life unfolds in the opposite direction of the Doctor's, we very slowly get to know her, but each time we see her she's a bit younger. Eventually, when we see who she really is, she's very young, barely out of puberty, and incredibly crass and stupid.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: In a rather funny variation on the trope, she frequently suspects that the Doctor may be hiding other women somewhere while she's around... but it's always a past or future version of herself.
- Consummate Liar: So as to not spoil anyone's relative future.River: I lied. I'm always lying.
- Dark Action Girl: Before her Heel-Face Turn
- Distaff Counterpart: To the Doctor himself. In particular, she seems to have borrowed some hairstyling tips from Six and carries the Third's posh sensibilities as well as knack for no-holds-barred action. Coincidentally, the Third is Alex Kingston's favorite Doctor.
- Extra Parent Conception: Due to being conceived in the TARDIS, and having the Time Vortex poured into her in the womb, the TARDIS considers herself River's mother in addition to Amy and Rory. River finds out the first time she meets the TARDIS, and is completely shocked when the TARDIS tells her.
- Extreme Omnisexual: Says she once dated a guy made of plastic.
- Family Relationship Switcheroo: Inverted. Typically the situation is that a child is raised by someone they're told are not their mother or father but secretly are. River spent her childhood with her parents without them knowing it was her, though she knew. And due to Trolling Creator, just as we're starting to figure all of that out, there are anvil-sized hints that Amy's baby may also be the Doctor's. It turns out to be a giant Red Herring.
- Faux Affably Evil: In "Let's Kill Hitler", prior to her Heel-Face Turn. She acts much like she always does, except with more murder attempts.
- Femme Fatale: Becomes this in her middle phase, black dress and all. Thinks she's this when she's young. Grows out of it when she's older, which is when we first meet her.
- Foregone Conclusion: Her death in her first appearance, "Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead". Her subsequent appearances are earlier in her timeline.
- Genre Savvy: Remarkably genre-savvy, to the point where on at least one occasion she made the very remark the audience was thinking at the time. She takes after her father.
- Good Is Not Nice: Though she seems to have mellowed out in the future.
- Good Thing You Can Heal
- The Gunslinger: Very gun-happy.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's got primitive Time Lord DNA from being conceived on the TARDIS. It's explicitly said that she's the TARDIS' daughter as much as she is Amy's and Rory's.
- Happily Married: To the Doctor, although for many of her meetings after the marriage, he hasn't married her yet, and he doesn't realize he's going to — although he starts to suspect it as soon as the topic comes up.
- Have We Met Yet?: The Doctor and River meet in the wrong order: for example, the Doctor's first encounter with her is her last encounter with him. In her first encounter with him, she realizes he's already had many encounters with her future self, motivating her to save his life.
- In "A Good Man Goes to War", Rory asks River this when he comes to recruit her to find Amy.
- Heel-Face Turn: Kills the Doctor, then brings him back to life, using up all her remaining regenerations in the process. "As first dates go, I'd say that was mixed signals."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Twice. Both times to save the Doctor's life. The first time (from her perspective), she tries to kill him, then uses all of her regeneration power all at once in order to save him. The second time (from her perspective), she prevents him from making a Heroic Sacrifice to save Donna and thousands of others, and gives her own life to save him instead. She had to, because she wouldn't even exist if he'd died that day.
- More often than that. Her first kiss with the Doctor showed that. She feared that his first kiss with her was her last kiss with him.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: She can fly the TARDIS better than the Doctor, amongst other things. Extremely justified: The TARDIS is her second mom.
- I Know Your True Name: The first character in the show's 50 years confirmed to know the Doctor's real name, and is still only one out of two. It eventually allows her to open the Doctor's grave.Tenth Doctor: River, you know my name. You whispered my name in my ear. There's only one reason I would ever tell anyone my name — there's only one time I could.
- Improbable Aiming Skills:
- Shooting Eleven's stetson right off his head.
- She offhandedly shoots a Silence that was behind her, which should literally be impossible (due to the way the Silence work).
- In Love with the Mark: River was supposed to be The Silence's weapon to use against the Doctor. She learned another side of the story while growing up with Amy and Rory and fantasises about marrying him instead. She still tries to kill him, but saves his life when she realises the implications. When it came time to kill him at Lake Silencio, she refused, and all of time nearly fell apart due to it being a fixed point in time.
- Instant Expert: In TARDIS piloting. Justifed, since the TARDIS herself teaches her via telepathy, and is her second mom. Seeing as the TARDIS is unused to time progressing linearly and was fully aware of who River was all along, she probably started training her in utero.
- Internal Homage: A nod to the extremely long-running Doctor Who Expanded Universe companion Bernice Summerfield, another professor of archaeology who keeps a diary about the Doctor. Steven Moffat wrote for the Bernice Summerfield franchise before becoming the Show Runner for the TV series. (He also jokingly suggested that River and Bernice had totally gotten married at some point, which immediately got a big thumbs-up from Benny's creator Paul Cornell.)
- Irony: Had she not done her Heroic Sacrifice in the Library, she never would have met the Doctor and never would have been born.
- Kid from the Future: She's Amy and Rory's daughter.
- Kiss of Death: She prefers hallucinogenic lipstick over the traditional poisonous lipstick. Played straight in "Let's Kill Hitler", since she was programmed from birth to assassinate the Doctor.
- Lady of Adventure
- Large Ham: In "The Time of Angels" and especially "Let's Kill Hitler", when she's still very young.
- Laser-Guided Tykebomb: She was originally raised as a weapon to kill the Doctor.
- Last Kiss: with the Doctor in "The Name of the Doctor"
- Like an Old Married Couple: Her bickering with the Doctor is made of this. Because they are.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: She has a penchant for denying mercy to her enemies even when they beg for it, and she's willing to tear time itself apart for her husband's sake. Just like her mum, it turns out. Also, both her and her other mom, the TARDIS, consider themselves married to the Doctor.
- Loony Fan: Was deliberately brought up all her life to become obsessed with the Doctor, and inevitably fell in love with him in the process. Sacrificed centuries of her life to save him. Then studied archaeology just so she could find him again. When being forced to kill him, she firmly believes that she would suffer more than the rest of the universe combined. She's willing to do it, but not without letting him know how much he is loved first. When he hears her say that, the Doctor marries her.
- Lovable Sex Maniac:
- 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 probably involved with her entire archaeology team.
- Given that she told Mr Lux, and only Mr Lux, to put his helmet back on, because she didn't fancy him, It's less "joked" and more "obliquely confirmed"The Doctor: We've got ten minutes, get dressed.
River: Oh, that's so close to the perfect sentence.
- Love Confession: To the Doctor in "The Wedding of River Song."
- Luke, I Am Your Father / Luke, You Are My Father: River is Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. River tells them this after her newborn self is kidnapped.
- The Masochism Tango: Her very first (from her perspective) words ever to the Doctor are to insult his bow tie. The second time she properly meets the Doctor, she tries to kill him with poison lipstick, then makes a Heroic Sacrifice to revive him. The third time she properly meets the Doctor, she refuses to kill him, then finally says she will even though she will hurt more that the rest of the universe put together, as long as she can tell him how much he is loved; he angrily makes her marry him (long story) and they snark at each other as time itself explodes around them. From that point on, they date quite happily, but she gets on significantly less well with younger versions of him that she occasionally meets — because she can't spoil anything for fear of paradox. By the time she meets a version of him so young that all they can have is Belligerent Sexual Tension, their entire relationship revolves around snarking, bitching and flirting while he keeps on being frustrated at how secretive she is. The last time she properly meets him, she punches him in the face, handcuffs him to a wall and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save his life.
- Mrs. Robinson:
- The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.Doctor: ...the Legs, the Nose, and Mrs. Robinson.
River: I hate you.
Doctor: No, you don't!
- In her past (and his future), though, she gleefully calls him "Benjamin" in return.
- "The Angels Take Manhattan" reveals that she's actually pretty bothered by the fact that he looks "twelve". (Though the context of the scene suggests this was meant more about how he acts then how he looks.)
- The Doctor calls her this. She's not amused.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Mysterious Past: One that takes well over a season to be uncovered.
- The Nth Doctor: Alex Kingston, Harrison and Madison Mortimer, Sydney Wade, Maya Glace-Green and Nina Toussaint-White. Technically, some of those actresses are differently-aged versions of the same regenerations: River gets three regenerations in total.
- Older Than They Look: Probably.
- Painted-On Pants: Lampshaded in "Let's Kill Hitler", when her younger self regenerates into the form that we first met her in. After going off to check out her new body's butt in a mirror, she proudly announces "I'm going to wear a lot of jodhpurs!"
- Poisonous Friend: She bitterly self-identifies as a psychopath.
- The Power of Love: She collapsed all of time itself to prevent herself from killing the Doctor.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: In "Let's Kill Hitler" she's essentially a hyperactive teenage girl in a 40-year-old body. One who sees nothing wrong with firing a lot of guns to get her way.
- Psycho Sidekick: Has it under control, but still glumly refers to herself as a "psychopath" when she's already a Professor.
- Put on a Bus: River all but disappears from the series after her wedding.
- Recurring Character: She was such a prominent and memorable character (count her tropes!) that it's easy to forget that she was never actually 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.
- Remember the New Guy:
- Inverted in "Silence in the Library" she walks up to the Doctor and begins chatting with him as if they're old friends. The Doctor, however, has never met her before — turns out that, thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball, he's meeting her out of sequence.
- In "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy and Rory's never before mentioned best friend shows up for the first part. The Doctor is as confused as the audience, asking why he's never heard of her and where she was at their wedding. Then "Mels" is killed and turns out to be a prior regeneration of River Song/Melody Pond.
- The Reveal: River Song is in fact Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and the TARDIS. She's also been one of Amy and Rory's closest friends since they were kids, and becomes the Doctor's wife.
- Running Gag: She seems to have a habit of shooting whatever hats the Eleventh Doctor finds himself wearing.
- And free-falling and being caught by the TARDIS.
- Sassy Black Woman: As Mels.
- Screw Destiny: Refuses to kill the Doctor in the series 6 finale, and consequently makes time itself implode in an attempt to avoid that fixed point in time.
- Self-Proclaimed Liar: All the time.
- Shipper on Deck: Ships Amy and Rory, her parents, and merrily played a part in them hooking up when they were all teenagers. Although they most likely would have, anyway.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Literally said.
- Sociopathic Hero: She has shades of this, and it's played very darkly in the series six finale. She calls herself a "psychopath" quite happily when she's young, and significantly less happily when she's older.
- Stable Time Loop:
- She's named after herself... twice. Amy named her "Melody" after her childhood friend, Mels... who turns out to be her daughter Melody. The second time, she adopts her Gamma Forest name translation "River Song" only because the Doctor, Amy, and Rory keep calling her that, because that's the name they always knew her by.
- Gets the idea of defacing land marks to summon the Doctor from Amy and Rory, who in turn got it from her.
- She and the Doctor give each other the "Spoilers!" Catch Phrase, during their respective first proper meetings.
- Stepford Smiler: Comes across as carefree and flirty partially to hide a depressed and lonely side. She tells Amy she tries hard not to let the Doctor see her damage.
- Suddenly Ethnicity: Played With, subverted, then Played Straight, then completely turned on its head again. Is half human, half Time Lord. Except that she has no Time Lord parents — her parents are two humans and the TARDIS. And she spent her entire childhood in her second regeneration, which happened to be black.
- Super Strength: A very minor example, but in "Day of the Moon" River mentions that the little girl -— her younger self, it turns out — would have to be incredibly strong to tear herself free from the space suit.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: Played for a dramatic reveal in "A Good Man Goes to War", when it turns out that River Song's name comes from a close approximation in the language of the Forest People: "Melody" becomes "Song", and they don't quite have a word that means "Pond" because "The only water in the forest is the river..."
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Suffers from a ton of Grandfather Paradoxes. Born in the 52nd century at Demon's Run, gets named Melody Pond after Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels", grows up in 1960s Florida, then regenerates into a toddler and grows up again in 1990s England as Amy and Rory's best friend "Mels". Then meets the Doctor in 2012, proceeds to nearly kill him in 1945, and takes the name "River Song" after learning about her future self. Then, after faking the Doctor's death in 2011, ends up dying saving an incarnation of the Doctor who still hasn't met her in the 52nd century to make sure she exists in the first place.
- Token Evil Teammate: She calls herself a psychopath (even though she's really not - psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of), and is by far the most violent of his allies.Dalek: You will be exterminated.
River: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.
Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.
River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
River: Say it again?
River: One. More. Time.
[a few minutes later]
Amy: What happened to the Dalek?
River: It died.
- Touched by Vorlons: As a result of being conceived in and by the TARDIS, she is part-Time Lord. The Doctor tries to argue that evolution does not work that way. The TARDIS pointedly disagrees.
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: In "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that she once spent a very enjoyable birthday with two Doctors at once.
- Tyke Bomb: Raised by the Silence to kill the Doctor for the first few years of her life.
- Virtual Ghost: Her final fate.
- Walking Spoiler: In-universe and out, to an insane degree. It's even her catchphrase.
- What the Hell, Hero?: After the Doctor saved her Virtual Ghost in the Library, he never visited her again, since it would hurt him too much to face her. She seeks him out and calls him out on it, very, very hard.
- Whole Plot Reference: To one of Steven Moffat's favorite novels, The Time Traveler's Wife. The similarities would take quite a while to count. She even meets the Doctor in a library, exactly like the novel's titular characters. (The Twelfth Doctor owns the book, keeps his copy in his console room and stores a spare TARDIS key between the pages.)
- Wife Husbandry / Companion Husbandry: "The Impossible Astronaut" revealed that the first time River met the Doctor he knew everything about her, and it's starting to trouble River herself. As it turns out, he knew her as an infant — she's Melody Pond. Subverted in that the Doctor doesn't realize he knew her as a child until some time after they had their first kiss.
- You Already Changed The Past / You Can't Fight Fate: The Doctor's first meeting with River is her final meeting with him, and the first time River meets the Doctor (at least at a point she can actually remember, rather than as a baby), he knows everything about her. This means they have no true beginning to their relationship (when one of them first meets the other, the other already knows and cares for the other deeply), and two endings.
- You Keep Using That Word: She is known as a psychopath - and even calls herself that - but she's really not. Psychopaths lack empathy, which River has loads of; also they do not love other people, instead seeing them as tools to use, while River devotes her life to the Doctor.
"The Next Doctor", aka Jackson Lake (Tenth Doctor)
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ten.
- Badass Bookworm: He built his own TARDIS - a dirigible or Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style - out of household items.
- Badass Normal: Able, and willing, to take on the Cybermen by himself.
- Large Ham: He's hammy even by normal Who standards.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: 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.
- The Nth Doctor: He seems to be number 11 — but just got blasted with the Doctor's personality and thought he'd regenerated.
- Stay in the Kitchen: His attitude towards Rosita, due to Deliberate Values Dissonance.
- Tomato in the Mirror: 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)
- Badass Normal: Veers into Only Sane Man in the chase scene, when she's the only one with the presence of mind to cut the rope loose before both Doctors can be dragged out the window.Rosita: You idiots.
- Composite Character: Of a sort; she shows devotion to her Doctor reminiscent of Rose, displays the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Martha, and even the Only Sane Man attitude and best friend role of Donna. The Doctor's three primary companions of the new series, all rolled into one.
- Expy: A rather obvious amalgamation of Rose and Martha, right down to the name.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Done subtly so the kids wouldn't realize.
- Meaningful Name: "Rosita" is quite close to "Rose" and "Martha", and this is subtly pointed out. It means "little rose".
- Sarcastic Devotee: To her Doctor.
Lady Christina de Souza (Tenth Doctor)
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!
- Blue Blood: French aristocracy.
- Classy Cat-Burglar / Lady of Adventure: Meets the Doctor just after a heist.
- Crazy-Prepared: She has something in her pack for every situation... except bus fare.
- Dark Action Girl: A bit more morally ambiguous than most companions. The Doctor doesn't mind too much.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Played with. Christina seems to indicate her father lost the family fortune and she became a thief because of it.
- Expy: For Lara Croft
- Femme Fatale: She seems to try to invoke this trope.
- Not So Different: When the Doctor learns what she does, he acts disapproving for about ten seconds before admitting he stole the TARDIS from his own people.
- Refused by the Call: After they return through the wormhole, the Doctor refuses to take her along in the TARDIS, 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 escape custody from the hands of a private eye on Earth because he still likes her.
Captain Adelaide Brooke (Tenth Doctor)
Young Adelaide played by: Rachel Fewell (2009)
- Bold Explorer: After all, she's the commanding officer of 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.
- Break the Haughty: 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.
- The Captain / The Good Captain: Very much in charge of her base and ship.
- The Conscience: 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 A God Am I.
- Cool Old Lady: Of the Reasonable Authority Figure 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 Motive Rant about enjoying the thought of becoming the Time Lord Victorious.
- The Determinator: She never snaps.
- Friendly Enemy: Both she and the Doctor act midly 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.
- Heroic Suicide: 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.
- Kirk Summation: Gives a brief but effective one to the Doctor after he interferes in events that lead up to the death of several Bowie Base crew members, including herself.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. 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 some little people. But never someone as important as you. (does an almost insane grin) Ooh, I'm good !
Adelaide (shocked): Little people? What, like Mia and Yuri? 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. A Time Lord victorious.
Adelaide: And there's no one to stop you?
The Doctor: No.
Adelaide (noticeably angry): This is wrong, Doctor! I don't care who you are! The Time Lord victorious is wrong!
- Muggles: A Defied Trope 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.
- Team Mom: To her crew.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: 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.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls the Doctor out on his ego trip, concerning his vision of himself as a "Time Lord Victorious".
Amelia "Amy" Jessica Pond (Eleventh Doctor)
Eleventh Doctor: Four?
Amy: I kept biting them. They said you weren't real.
- Action Girl: Word of God says she exerts this when "pushed into a corner." "The Girl Who Waited" sees Amy exhibit this trope to her fullest potential.
- Adult Fear: Between Series 6 and Series 7, her marriage with Rory became strained after discovering she's infertile, due to something done to her at Demon's Run. At the beginning of Series 7, they're about to sign their divorce papers before the Doctor's adventure causes them to reconcile.
- All Therapists Are Muggles: Amy is sent to therapy in two separate realities when others find out what she’s experienced and can’t believe it’s real: in "The Eleventh Hour" because of her tales of The Raggedy Doctor, and in “The Big Bang” where all the stars have gone out and young Amy is the only person in the world who remembers them.
- Always Save The Boy: The Doctor even lampshades it.
- Amnesiac Lover: From the end of "Cold Blood" to the end of "The Pandorica Opens". Subverted in that it's the Doctor trying to rekindle Amy's memories of Rory, who's been completely erased from existence.
- Subverted again in "The Wedding of River Song." Amy remembers that she has a husband named Rory whom she loved dearly, but can't remember who he is, even when looking Captain Williams in the face. Again, it's the Doctor who tries to restart both their memories.
- Aw Look She Really Does Love Him: While she often takes Rory for granted, if anything happens to him, she'll be crushed, even suicidal. After she reads about Auton-Rory's disappearance in the Blitz during "The Big Bang", she's utterly devastated. "The Girl Who Waited" is one big testament to how deeply she's in love with him.Old Amy: You're asking me to defy destiny, causality, the nexus of time itself for a boy.
Young Amy: You're Amy, he's Rory... and oh yes I am.
- Back for the Finale: She returns briefly as a hallucination in the Eleventh Doctor's dying moments.
- Berserk Button:
- 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.
Amy: They kept saying you weren't real.
- Beware the Nice Ones: When pushed enough or her family's in danger, she can be terrifying. Her (much-deserved) murder of Madame Kovarian, for example.
- Bi the Way: She clearly loves Rory, but that doesn't stop her from flirting with herself in the 2011 Comic Relief short.
- Big Damn Kiss: Has a few incredibly Big Damn Kisses with Rory, first in "Amy's Choice", then in "The Big Bang" and "The Girl Who Waited". She also snogs the Doctor once while he scrambles to shove her off of him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Because of the cracks affecting her reality so much and leaving her with a fear of abandonment even before the Doctor entered and then left her life, she treated Rory pretty badly during Series 5. She got much better once time was fixed, but she still has her moments.
- Bound and Gagged: Ripper's Curse.
- Broken Bird / Break the Cutie: The Doctor abandons her repeatedly in "The Eleventh Hour", leaving her with lifelong psychological problems as a result.
- She repeatedly suffers this in "A Good Man Goes to War": First she gives birth in captivity, held prisoner God-knows-where in time and space. Then her baby girl is taken away from her by the villains. Then after the sheer joy of getting Melody back and reuniting with her husband and the Doctor, the villains reveal that they've already taken off with the baby and replaced her with a flesh duplicate, which promptly dissolves in Amy's arms.
- In "The Girl Who Waited", she's left to fend for herself against killer robots for 36 years, hardening her into a bitter old woman whose faith in the Doctor has dissolved into hatred.
- Finally, in "The God Complex", the Doctor deliberately breaks that faith in order to save both her life and her future.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: As above, she answered yes to the call long before she was able to actually have the adventure associated.
- Changed My Miniskirt: A worse offender than the Doctor himself. Wearing a miniskirt in public probably would have been a hanging offence in 16th century Venice, and that's just one example.
- Character Development: Though she starts as an innocent and adventurous young girl, after being abandoned by the Doctor for 14 years she grows up to be jaded, snarky and emotionally damaged, as well as finding herself sexually conflicted between the Doctor and Rory. Throughout Series 5 and 6 she comes to realise just how much she loves Rory, and her mask of overconfidence is toned down as she becomes more mature. She also comes to see the Doctor as less of a childhood hero and more of a friend and equal.
- Character Tic: In Series 5, she would bulge her eyes and pucker her mouth a lot. As she never does it in Series 6, this was probably intentional on Karen Gillan's part.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She gets pretty annoyed when she thinks Rory is more focused on another woman. Justified for a few reasons though; he's her husband, he's had a Single-Target Sexuality on her for most of their whole lives, he has a tendency to die and she's probably feeling guilty over calling him her "sort of boyfriend" in their first episode.
- Distracted by My Own Sexy
- Double Consciousness: After the events of "The Big Bang", she remembers two different versions of her life, as stated in the "Good Night" mini-episode. In "The Wedding of River Song", this is now triple consciousness, with Amy remembering her life in the time-everywhere universe.
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Very genuinely thinks that abusing Rory is okay, and (emotionally and physically) beats Rory over the head a whole lot. Gets called out on it hard on occasion, and slowly learns that there are other ways to love someone. It's still her default defense mechanism when she feels her that relationship isn't heading the right way.
- Driven to Suicide: After Rory 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.
- May be the only example of the trope where living well into one's old age (Amy was in her 80's when she finally passed on, outliving Rory by several years) is considered suicide, due to how the Weeping Angels operate.
- Drives Like Crazy: According to Rory.
- Rory: Uh, Doctor, don't. Seriously, I let her drive my car once.
Amy: Yeah, to the end of the road.
Rory: Yeah. Where, according to Amy, there was an unexpected house.
Amy: Aw, he's jealous because I passed my test first time.
Rory: You cheated: you wore a skirt.
Amy: I didn't wear a skirt. ... No, no; I did wear a skirt, but it was any old skirt.
Rory: Did you see Amy drive, Doctor?
Rory: Neither did her driving instructor...
- Expy: Shares quite more than a few traits with Sally Sparrow from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer.
- Fag Hag: Believed herself to be this to Rory for years.
- Fiery Redhead: Though she mellows out considerably as time goes on.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In "The Bells of Saint John", the characters — including the Doctor, eventually — read an old-looking book titled "Summer Falls". It's written by Amy.
- Friends with Benefits: Wants to be this with the Doctor. She gets one kiss in before he pushes her away. She tries again during her wedding — twice.
- Future Badass: Thirty six years spent defending herself from robots who kill with kindness. With a sword.
- Genre Blindness: On more than one occasion, like when the Doctor's apparently died. She has no idea how he can be up and around again with no idea of what's happened to him when he's a time traveller. Or how he can be two-hundred years younger than he was five minutes ago. Even after Rory points out that she should know, she still needs River to explain everything to her.
- And earlier on, even though she's been told River doesn't live her life in the same order as the Doctor, she goes through a whole conversation having forgotten this important detail. Even after River tells her she hasn't done what Amy's talking about yet.
- Genre Savvy: She doesn't quite match Rory, but there are numerous examples, most notably the fact that it only takes her three very brief encounters with the Silents to figure out that they have some kind of agenda against the Doctor, what powers they have, and that it would probably be wise to take a cellphone photo of one.
- Heh Heh, You Said X: Gives one in 'The Time Of Angels' when River asks the Doctor to "sonic her" device in order to amplify its signal.Amy: Ooh Doctor, you soniced her.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Inverted with the Doctor, who really doesn't want to fancy her no matter how hard she flirts. Played straight with Rory.
- In the 2011 Comic Relief short, Amy Pond flirts with herself.
- Hidden Depths: She really loves Van Gogh's work.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: In "The Wedding of River Song", Amy, who by this point remembers Melody being taken, finds Madame Kovarian being electrocuted by her Silence-provided Eyepatch of Power. Kovarian tries to pull this in an attempt to save herself. She even tells Amy that the Doctor, "a good man", wouldn't want Amy to kill her, and "you'd never do anything to disappoint your precious Doctor."Amy: The Doctor is very precious, to me, you're right. But do you know what else he is, Madame Kovarian? Not here.
- In-Series Nickname: The Girl Who Waited. Twice.
- Jumped at the Call:
- Asked to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, the caller got waylaid and she had to wait for fourteen years before she got to see the inside of the TARDIS.Amy: When I was a little girl, I dreamed of time and space. Last night, all my dreams came true.
- Invoked by the Doctor with his repeated declaration.Doctor: Amelia Pond! Get your coat!
- Asked to come along, as a girl; unfortunately, the caller got waylaid and she had to wait for fourteen years before she got to see the inside of the TARDIS.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Angels Take Manhattan". But while Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they still have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they are living Happily Ever After there.
- Lady of War: In "The Girl Who Waited" the future Amy has taken a level in badass and become one of these. This attitude is also very much in evidence in "The Wedding of River Song".
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Done to her memories of Rory courtesy of the time-crack. And, it later turns out, to her memories of her parents as well.
- Last Name Basis: The Doctor has the habit of calling her “Pond.“
- 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]
- Like Brother and Sister: Despite a chronic case of Will They or Won't They?, she and the Doctor ultimately end up like this when she realises that Rory is her true love. Shades into Platonic Life Partners in terms of his feelings for her.
- Limited Wardrobe: For the first six episodes of the 2011 series, appeared to have nothing in her wardrobe except two or three similar-looking plaid shirts. Turned out to be a subliminal hint to the audience that she's actually a mind-linked Doppelgänger in these episodes.
- Love Triangle: Thinks she's in one with Rory and the Doctor. Rory and the Doctor both disagree. She readily accepts the fact that the Doctor wouldn't necessarily love her, being a 907-year-old alien and all, but she still hopes for a quick shag. The Ship Tease around it eventually becomes a major plot point, due to Trolling Creator, when she becomes pregnant and people start to assume that it might be the Doctor's baby. Of course, it's not — despite there being, at first, overwhelming evidence for it.
- The Maiden Name Debate: After she marries Rory, she becomes Amy Williams. The Doctor knows, but calls her "Pond" regardless (he even calls Rory "Rory Pond" once or twice), unless things get properly serious.
- Male Gaze: Her first appearance as an adult is a slow pan up her legs.
- Mama Bear: Very nearly kills a spaceship full of people, including herself and Rory, to save their child. No guarantee that anyone died, but none that everyone lived, either.
- Marry Them All: In her first season, she genuinely intends to have both Rory and the Doctor as her "boys", with Rory's unhappiness with such an arrangement going largely over her head (and the Doctor not having any intention to come between them). She pointedly ignores their protests even during her and Rory's wedding, and tells the Doctor he can kiss the bride. (He doesn't.)Amy: [to the Doctor] Oi! Where are you sneaking off to? We haven't even had a snog in the shrubbery yet!
Amy: Shut up, it's my wedding!
Rory: Our wedding!
- Meet Cute: She and the Doctor have one when he shows up in a crashed TARDIS asking for an apple.
- Master of the Mixed Message: Towards Rory in Series 5 and early in Series 6. Since then, she's clearly established him as her number one priority.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's a Kissogram, and so has several...interesting outfits. Seen onscreen is a Fair Cop police uniform; refered to are Naughty Nurse Outfits, Naughty Nun, and French Maid outfits. Has a general liking for short skirts or hotpants that show off Karen Gillan's long legs; there's only two episodes of the fifth series in which we don't see her in something like that.
- This notably causes a minor disaster in the 2011 Comic Relief skit, when her wearing a short skirt distracts Rory enough to cause him to drop a thermocoupling, causing a spatial paradox.
- It's also implied she Invoked this to pass her driving test.
- As of the end of season 6 and the beginning of season 7, she apparently had a quite successful modeling career. By "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", she seems to have quit.
- Mystical Pregnancy: Straightforward example—Amy is subjected to a horrifying pregnancy and delivery.
- Oblivious to Love: For a kissogram, she was a little bit slow in realising that Rory liked her.
- Painted-On Pants: If she's not wearing a miniskirt, she's probably wearing these.
- Pajama Clad Hero: In "The Beast Below" and "A Good Man Goes to War", although in the latter episode they're hospital pyjamas.
- Parental Abandonment: When we first meet her, she's living with her aunt (who's never there). The question of what happened to the rest of her family is part of the season arc.
- The Peeping Tom: Had no problem watching the Eleventh Doctor's bare backside when he just started changing clothes right in front of her and Rory not long after his regeneration.Rory: Are you not gonna turn your back?
Amy: *smirks* Nope.
- Phrase Catcher: "Come along, Pond."
- The Power of Love: With Rory.
- Reality Warper: Her Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory is the only reason the Doctor's second Big Bang goes off without a hitch and is also the only way the Doctor comes back into existence.
- Redheaded Hero
- Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Develops this as an actual explicit power, though not so much ripple-proof as ripple-resistant. She can lose memories of her own history if she doesn't really concentrate when the moment is rewritten. But she can get those back. This culminates with her remembering the Doctor back into existence after a rather nasty Ret Gone.
- This skill comes back again in "The Wedding of River Song". She and Rory can both remember bits and pieces of the correct timeline, but Amy is the only one able to remember the correct order of things — with a lot of effort and many scribbled illustrations.
- Scarf Of Ass Kicking: Frequently wears one throughout series 5. Less so afterward.
- Screw Yourself: When the TARDIS gets tangled in a time loop, Amy finds her slightly-time-displaced-self rather fetching.
- Security Cling: The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic Break the Cutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from her husband Rory every time, of course.
- She's Got Legs: To the point where "Time" seemed to be about them.Clara: Dear GOD, that woman is made of legs! That's the most legs on any living human!
- Ship Tease: With the Doctor. This becomes a major plot point when she becomes pregnant and her baby turns out to have Time Lord DNA. Rumors promptly start flying about the universe as to exactly what happened, with Dorium noting that anyone now hunting Amy or her family will be in serious trouble. Due to Trolling Creator, it takes a while before we find out that it was all a big Red Herring, and the Doctor really has never touched Amy.
- Show Some Leg: How she got her driver's permit.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Very mild case of this sometimes, as she tends to overestimate her own competence.
- Case in point, during a conversation with River about the Doctor, River says she knows what Amy is thinking. Amy's immediate response is to confidently state that River doesn't. As it turns out, River does in fact know what Amy's thinking.
- Surprise Pregnancy: Had no idea she was pregnant, even after having done the deed on her wedding night.
- Took a Level in Badass: Thirty-six years of defending yourself from killer robots will do this.
- Trapped in the Past: Amy and Rory's final fate.
- Trauma Conga Line: Gets severely traumatised roughly every two episodes. In "Night And The Doctor", she tries to talk to the Doctor about it, but he sort of dodges the implications of all that's happened to her.
- Tsundere: "Harsh" type at the beginning of Series 5, "sweet" by the end.
- Violent Glaswegian: Not actually Glaswegian, but she's still very bad tempered when the mood takes her. She invokes it in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- Violently Protective Wife: It's not a good idea to mess with Rory.
- Wham Line: To The Doctor, when he's grilling this 'policewoman' on why she lied about how long the Pond family has been gone.The Doctor: This is important! Why did you say six months?Amy: Why did you say five minutes?!
- Wistful Amnesia: Finds herself crying over Rory without realizing it or knowing why several times in series 5.
- Yaoi Fangirl: As shown in the comics, when Rory kisses the Doctor by accident and Amy asks them to do it again. Slower.
- You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: As she points out, the Doctor only calls her "Amelia" when he's worried about her. And "Amy Williams" when things get very, very serious.
- You Have Waited Long Enough: Amy runs off with the Doctor on the night before her wedding.
- You Look Familiar: Karen Gillan had previously played a soothsayer in a Tenth Doctor episode, "The Fires of Pompeii".
Rory Arthur Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
Young Rory played by: Ezekiel Wigglesworth (2011)
- Adorkable: His attempt to fence using a broom and his inability to pass for an American are but two examples. He also tends to lapse into Buffy Speak.
- Amnesiac Lover: In "The Wedding of River Song", in which he's lost all his memories of the correct timeline and only knows Amy as his boss. The Doctor tries to get them back together again...and fails. At first.
- Atheism: The Doctor explicitly points out that he doesn't get affected by an alien that feeds on faith because he doesn't really believe in anything.
- The Atoner: As an Auton, following the (apparent) death of Amy by his own hands.
- Badass: Oh hell yes. Anytime he's in "The Last Centurion" mode, he positively oozes it.
- Badass Adorkable: "A Good Man Goes To War" has him terrifying Cybermen and then later crying with joy at his baby daughter.
- Berserk Button: Never mess with Amy or his baby. And don't shoot his dad, either.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a gentle soul (he's a nurse, after all), but press his Berserk Button and you will regret it.Rory: I have a message from the Doctor... and a question from me. WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE? Oh don't give me those blank looks, the twelfth Cyber-legion monitors everything this entire quadrant! You hear everything. So you tell me what I need to know, you tell me now and I'll be on my way...
Cyber-Leader: What is the Doctor's message?
[the entire Cyberman fleet outside the window explodes]
Rory: Would you like me to repeat the question?
- Big Damn Kiss: Apart from a few very Big Damn Kisses with Amy, the Doctor (well, Matt Smith, improvising) rather unexpectedly snogs him once. Rory makes a "yuck" face.
- Bullying a Dragon: Rory is normally a gentle soul, but it is not a good idea to test his patience whenever Amy is in trouble.
- Butt Monkey: Toned down a lot since he became the Last Centurion, but he still gets this treatment now and then.
- The Champion: Spent 2000 years as the Guardian of the Pandorica, simply to make sure Amy would remain protected.
- Character Development: He went from an insecure Mickey-type character whose main purpose was to look hurt, to a Badass Adorkable man who is willing to spend two thousand years protecting his wife.
- The Chew Toy: At one point, fans on twitter jokingly threatened to come after Moffat with a pitchfork if he'd torture Rory again. Moffat responded they'd have to haul the pitchfork out of Rory first.
- Chick Magnet: Gathers quite a few looks from various female characters (and, after a while, from Eleven as well). Even the TARDIS fancies him, calling him "the pretty one" — one episode later, it's revealed that they have a child together.
- Cleopatra Nose: Which the Doctor can't resist ribbing him about. He calls Rory "Beaky".
- Colonel Badass: Starts to give off these vibes in "A Good Man Goes to War", then fully grows into the role in "The Wedding of River Song".
- Covert Pervert: In "Space" and "Time" he accidentally causes a major malfunction in the TARDIS because (a) His wife is wearing a skirt and (b) The TARDIS has a glass floor.
- Auton Rory spent 1894 years protecting the Pandorica simply because Amy was inside.
- In "The Wedding of River Song", in another version of reality, to give Amy time to flee, he ignores the fact he's being electrocuted.Amy: You have to take your eye-drive off!
Rory: I can't do that ma'am, I can't forget what's coming.
Amy: But it could activate at any moment!
Rory: [with trembling, clenched fists] It has activated, ma'am.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Rory tops himself, and quite possibly takes the all-time Companion Crowning Moment, in Doctor Who Magazine comic "The Chains of Olympus", where he lets out a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner in the form of "Hi, honey! Is this bloke bothering you?", announces himself as Roranicus the First of the Upper Leadworth Empire, and whips out a Your Mom joke... all before taking on Ares, the Greek god of war in SINGLE COMBAT, and wiping the floor with him. Eat your heart out, Kratos.
- Disney Death: He seems to have a knack for wiggling his way out of being Killed Off for Real.
- Distressed Dude: Frequently. Amy never takes it well.
- Double Consciousness: Rory remembers both his original life and his life as the Last Centurion in the universe of the Total Event Collapse. However, he's worked out how to block away the latter set of memories most of the time — unless he decides he needs to access them.
- The Dreaded: After the reboot of the universe, he's been woven into all human legends as "The Last Centurion".
- Establishing Character Moment: He's first introduced as being the only one in the hospital Genre Savvy enough not to dismiss the rumour about coma patients wandering about, which attracts the Doctor's attention when he notices he's busy taking photos of them, rather than the sun going dark. He's only then introduced properly as Amy's fairly timid boyfriend.
- Expy: Shares quite more than a few traits with Larry Nightingale from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer, right down to being interested in a girl that's considered way out of his league. Unlike Larry however he definitely does hook up with the girl he likes.
- Fanservice Pack: Mild version. In Series 6, the costume department gave the character more flattering clothes (like tighter jeans) and hair gel. Also applied to the Roman uniform when it reappears.
- The Fettered: Remembering his time as The Centurion hurts, so he blocks it out for his own sanity. When needs must, he has 2,000 years of experience as well as years of training as a Roman soldier that he can draw on.
- Foil: The Nurse to the Doctor's Doctor.
- From Bad to Worse: Story of his companionship and non-existence right up through the penultimate episode of Series 5, which culminates in an Auton with his memories killing Amy against Rory's will.
- Genre Savvy: Rory knows a bit about science and science fiction, and the Doctor gets peeved when Rory doesn't need anything explained to him, especially how he perfectly understands the TARDIS interior being bigger on the inside.
- When we're first introduced to the character, he notices — and photographs — coma patients walking about while everyone else is distracted by the sun going wibbly. Doing so helps the Doctor reveal the location of Prisoner Zero to the Atraxi, saving the world from incineration.
- Reaches its apotheosis in "The Angels Take Manhattan" when he commits suicide figuring he'll get better because "that's what he does". It works.Amy (screaming): You think you'll come back?!"Rory (terrified but determined): When don't I?"
- In "Let's Kill Hitler", after Amy asks if he can even ride the motorcycle he's stolen from a Nazi soldier, he simply shrugs and remarks that he expects so, since "It's been that sort of day".
- The Good Captain: In "The Wedding of River Song".
- Guile Hero: Rory definitely fell into this mold over time, to the point where in "Let's Kill Hitler":Amy: Can you even ride a motorbike?
Rory: Dunno. Expect so. It's been that sort of day...
- The Heart: This is a common trope for companions of the Doctor, but Rory's compassion and kindness seem to be showcased more than just about any other companion in the Revived Series. These traits often get Lampshaded by the Doctor and it makes him an Unwitting Pawn in "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People". Of course Beware the Nice Ones is in full effect.
- Henpecked Husband: Very much so. He's okay with it most of the time, however, and offers only mild resistance to being called her boy or taking her last name.Amy: Would I make it up at a time like this?!
Rory: Well, you do have a history of [receives Death Glare]... being very lovely.
- Heroic Bystander: Though not a fan of adventuring, Rory sets the tone early when, upon coming across a vampire attack, his first impulse is not to flee or chase the monster, but to stop the victim from bleeding to death. Throughout his time with the Doctor, he tends to act to save life first and foremost. This leads to him not only tending the wounded, but frequently doing awesome things like punching Hitler out to stop him shooting an apparent innocent bystander, and then locking him in a closet!
- Heroic Sacrifice: In "The Angels Take Manhattan", he commits suicide by jumping off of the top of a building in New York to create a paradox that would prevent the Weeping Angels from taking over New York. He recovers. For a few minutes.
- Heroic Willpower: In his Auton form as the Centurion. He draws on this again in "The Wedding of River Song," but it nearly fails. Despite this he manages to keep his gun aimed through nigh unbearable pain. Rory gives Samuel L. Jackson a run for his money in BAMF territory.
- Hero of Another Story: Early in "The Big Bang", he spent 1894 years worth of history guarding the Pandorica. Probability of zany adventures: extremely high.The Doctor: So. Two thousand years. How did you do?
Rory: Kept out of trouble.
The Doctor: How?
- Hospital Hottie: In case you could ever forget, he's a nurse. And a pretty one at that.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Rory's ideal world as recreated by the Dream Lord is rather quiet — he is a doctor instead of a nurse, Amy is pregnant, and most of the residents of their hometown are over 90.
- In-Series Nickname: The Last Centurion.
- Internal Homage: He succeeds Big Finish companion Hector Schofield as a cute nervous nurse (and sci-fi dork) who goes from The Chew Toy to intergalactic hero. Creator Steven Moffat is a huge Big Finish fan and loves to reference the series.
- Just Friends: Type 2. Had feelings for Amy whilst she was Oblivious to Love to the point she thought he was gay.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Angels Take Manhattan". After eight attempts. But while Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they still have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they are living Happily Ever After there.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Starts to display shades of this in Series 6, thanks to spending 1,894 years straight guarding the Pandorica from anything and everything that could possibly threaten it. In "The God Complex" he says he neither fears nor believes in anything anymore. His eye roll at Eleven's inability to wait for even five minutes gets quite magnificent at times.
- This has the unexpected bonus of making Rory pretty much completely resistant to Mind Rape, if "The Doctor's Wife" and "The God Complex" are any indication.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Whenever Amy is threatened, Rory is no longer content to hold back and stay by the sidelines. He's been pushed to the point where he is going to wage War!
- Living Legend: As the Lone Centurion.
- Love Martyr: Has elements of it in the cracked timeline. After he dream-dies in "Amy's Choice", Amy admits to the Doctor that she never told him she loved him. And this was the (constant) day before their wedding.
- The Maiden Name Debate: After he marries Amy, she legally takes on his last name... at which point the Doctor merrily starts to call him "Rory Pond". Rory protests. A bit. At first. Becomes fairly hilarious once the Doctor insists on also calling Rory's father "Pond".
- Manly Tears: He sheds a few when reunited with Amy and their daughter before the rug gets pulled out from under them:Rory: Oh God, I was gonna be cool. I wanted to be cool, look at me...
Amy: Crying Roman with a baby. Definitely cool.
- The Medic: Rory is a nurse, and acts like it. (See Heroic Bystander above.) As of "A Good Man Goes to War" he's evolved into Combat Medic.
- Missing Mom: Rory's mother has never been mentioned. Given his father managed to spend several days in the TARDIS without anyone noticing, that suggests she's not in the picture anymore for whatever reason.
- Mistaken for Gay: Amy never saw him show any attraction to any girl, and assumed this. Except she was being too thick to realise that there was at least one he liked...
- Nerves of Steel: At the start of series 5, he's a nervous nurse who's in no way ready to deal with space/time travel. By mid-series 6, he believes he's lost the ability to feel fear just from the amount of crap he's seen and experienced, making him immune to this week's form of Mind Rape. note When he thinks he and Amy are dead, his only reaction is Again. His alternate universe self, in the Time Crash, has shades of this. The only thing that frightens him is the thought of losing Amy.
- Nice Guy: Really, really nice guy. Unless you harm his family.
- Noodle Incident: He spent 1894 years staying out of trouble... unsuccessfully.
- Not Afraid to Die: He knows full well that he might not survive the 2000 years guarding the Pandorica. He still does so anyway.
- In "The Angels Take Manhattan", after seeing the death of his future self who spent over 50 years without Amy simply as food for the Angels, Rory decides to jump off of the roof. When Amy protests, he says it's Better to Die Than Be Killed and his intention is not suicide, but to create a paradox large enough that it will take the Angels with him and prevent any of this from happening!
- Not So Different: To the Doctor. Best shown in "A Good Man Goes To War", where his actions demonstrate that episode's title could be interpreted as referring to either the Doctor or himself.
- Older Sidekick: At least in "The Big Bang", following 2,000 years of guarding the Pandorica as an Auton. Outside of that episode is more debatable, being physically in his twenties, while retaining the Auton memories.
- One-Man Army: Successfully served as Guardian of the Pandorica for 2000 years.
- Best demonstrated in "A Good Man Goes To War", where Rory, in full Centurion gear and armed only with a sword (and a screwdriver), managed to waltz through a Cyberman-controlled vessel and scare the living crap out of them.
- In the same episode, he takes down a half a dozen Headless Monks armed only with a Gladius and Pistol.
- In "Day of the Moon", Rory noticably has over twice the number of tallied markings on him, implying that during the three months he spent in 1969, he's dealt with the Silence on nearly a daily basis (while also constantly outwitting the U.S. Secret Service).
- Only Sane Employee: Unlike his boss, he's the only one in the hospital Genre Savvy enough to take the rumours of wandering coma patients seriously.
- Only Sane Man: Acts as the voice of reason on the TARDIS. Unlike the Doctor and Amy, he recognises the danger they often find themselves in, and isn't afraid to call out the Doctor on his tendency to act cavalier with people's lives.
- Papa Wolf: Where. Is. My. Wife.
- Phrase Catcher: Manages to get a good "Oh, Rory..." out of the Doctor every once and awhile.
- The Power of Love: When Amy was trapped in the Pandorica, Rory protected her for two thousand years.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the 2010 Christmas special, and thereafter.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: They can rival the Tenth Doctor's.
- Really 700 Years Old: Mentally, he's almost two thousand years old, which makes him technically older than the Doctor.
- Reluctant Warrior: He honestly doesn't want to fight anyone, but if you threaten Amy, all bets are off.
- Ret Gone: Temporarily; he's not only fatally shot, but absorbed by one of the cracks afterwards. The Doctor remembers him, but Amy doesn't.
- Sarcastic Devotee: To the Doctor. And to Amy, if he can get away without being hit with her shoes afterwards.
- Secret Test of Character: The Doctor intentionally pushes his Berserk Button (see above) to see if the Auton-Rory he's talking to has genuine human emotions. He does.
- Shrouded in Myth: In his Auton form as the Centurion, getting written into legends all over the world as a result.
- Single-Target Sexuality: Only ever shows attraction to Amy. His entire life, just Amy. Which, of course, leads to Mistaken for Gay. By Amy. The moment they focus on his face when Amy says them being together is impossible is sad, then a few seconds later when Amy reveals she thinks he is gay is very funny.
- In a very sweet comic from IDW's ongoing series, Amy and the Doctor get body-swapped. Rory decides that he doesn't even care. He kisses the Doctor, realizing a bit too late that the body switch has already been corrected again. (Amy asks them to do it again. Slower.)
- The Slow Path: As the Centurion, he spent 1,894 years waiting while the Doctor skipped ahead with the Vortex Manipulator.
- Smarter Than You Look: In his first episode, while the rest of the planet pays attention to the sun going wobbly, Rory (who up til now has just been an easily cowed nurse) pays attention to the coma patient that's out walking his dog. Later on, he figures out why the TARDIS is bigger on the inside remarkably quickly and without any help from the Doctor at all. The only companion to have done this so far.
- Done rather subtly throughout series 5 and 6, and tied to his Took a Level in Badass. He already was smart enough to spot Prisoner Zero, but when the Doctor comes back for him a few episodes later, he's studied up on enough physics and time travel to know more than most comparable companions. Add in his years as the Centurion and he's become one of the Doctor's most competent companions in a while. For all of his occasional mocking, the Doctor seems to trust him more than any other companion, probably due to their similar experiences. He could actually be the strongest and smartest companion the Doctor will ever have.
- Straight Man: Comes with the savvyness. Word of God says that Rory has to make himself this, otherwise he'll get sucked in to the life like Amy.
- Submissive Badass: He is no doubt a BAMF, but he'll always be an adorable dork and Amy will always be the one in charge.
- Super Strength: In his Auton form as the Centurion, enough to drag the Pandorica from a burning building.
- Sword and Gun: Due to his memories of being the Last Centurion, he has over 2000 years of experience in this form of combat. He wields them to devastating effect in Series 6, as shown by managing to infiltrate and blow up a Cyberman fleet and successfully hold off the Headless Monks.
- Taking the Bullet: At the end of "Cold Blood"... and then he gets retconned out of existence.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Rory Williams: the man who dies, and dies again. In Doctor Who: Best of the Companions, one of the commentators equated him to Kenny from South Park, and believes Moffat gets some sick pleasure out of torturing Rory.◊
- Thousand-Yard Stare: The Doctor notes he has one whenever he remembers the 2,000 years as The Last Centurion. The Doctor mentioned that he sometimes sees Rory just staring.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In "The Big Bang", He was a Nestene replicant whose programming killed Amy. He got better.
- Took a Level in Badass: At least 20 levels after his resurrection into an Auton and nearly 2,000 years as the Lone Centurion. The man really would do anything for his wife.
- Again in "A Good Man Goes to War". 'WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE?'
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: In "The God Complex", the titular Hell Hotel shows people their worst fears so the Minotaur can feed on their faith. Rory is not religious nor superstitious, has experienced enough in his travels to be left with very little to fear anymore and unlike Amy, does not have faith that the Doctor will always be around to save them. In the end, all the Hotel can do is show him the exit. Shows just how amazing he is.
- Trapped in the Past: Rory and Amy's final fate.
- Trauma Conga Line: Part of what causes the above Character Development.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: Amy cites this as the reason she fell for Rory:Amy: You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, when you meet them you think, "Not bad. They're okay." And then you get to know them and... and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.
- Undying Loyalty: To Amy.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: To Amy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With the Doctor. Both the Doctor and Rory seem to enjoy the level of snark they throw at each other.
- Weapon of Choice: As the Last Centurion, he favors the Roman gladius.
- Rory also ends up using a mop as an improvised weapon in many episodes, including "Vampires in Venice", "Night Terrors" and "The God Complex".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Often calls the Doctor out on constantly making people try to impress him, often putting them in serious danger.
- When He Smiles: While flirting with him when working the controls, older Amy tells him to give her a minute and his cutest smile in order for her to fix them properly.Older Amy: That's the one.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Just as Amy remembers who he is... the Auton programming overruns him and he's forced to shoot her.
Madge Arwell (Eleventh Doctor)
- Blitz Evacuees: Her and her children.
- Chekhov's Skill: Madge is able to drive the robotic walker to the lighthouse because the control panel resembles that of a plane, which Reg taught her to fly once.
- Clarke's Third Law: Subverted by Madge, who cons the workers into putting down their guns by fooling them into thinking she's overcome by the futuristic and alien setting.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Madge comes across as a bit of one.
- Happily Married: To Reg.
- Her Heart Will Go On: At first.
- Mama Bear: Like so.Head Soldier: There's nothing you could say that would convince me you'd ever use that gun.
Madge: Oh really? Well, I'm looking for my children.
Head Soldier: [suddenly looks quite convinced he might get shot]
- The Power of Love: How Madge flies the forest through the time vortex, and gets her husband home.
- Spoof Aesop: "Cyril! What have I told you about opening your presents early? Something like this was bound to happen."
- Stalking Is Love: Reg kept following Madge home until she agreed to marry him. She didn't want to cause a scene. Of course, she really loves him and it all had very little to do with the following home part.
- Tempting Fate: Madge, upon seeing Reg reading about the war looming in the paper:Madge: Not the war again... People keep reading about the war, then it will actually happen! Then where would you be? (Most tragic Gilligan Cut ever)
- Took a Level in Badass: Even before Madge takes over the Humongous Mecha to save her children, she pulls a gun on her three interrogators. "Crying's so useful, isn't it?"
- Women Are Wiser: The tree people have a magic crown that, when somebody wears on their head, allows them to absorb the forest's life force. It rejects Cyril and the Doctor, works slightly for Lily, and completely works for Madge, as the tree people consider her the 'mothership'.
- Women Drivers: Madge seems to bump into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a Humongous Mecha. But she does pretty well at traversing the time vortex.
Clara Oswald (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
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): Is there a kitchen ?
- Present day Clara 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.
- Adventure Duo: With the Doctor. Said character is probably the quirkier one in their duo - though with the likes of Clara, it can be hard to tell at times...
- Adult Fear: Can get very worried when children are under threat and is uncomfortable with people dying or the thought of her own death.
- Alliterative Name: As Oswin Oswald.
- Alternate Self: The mysterious doppelgängers of Clara that the Doctor keeps meeting throughout time and space. Becomes the ultimate mystery in the present day Clara's personal backstory.
- Ambiguously Bi: 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 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 Ship Tease 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.
- Anchored Ship: Develops feelings for the Doctor from the get-go, but spends 1 1/2 seasons trying to ignore or supress them with varying degrees of sucess 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.
- Anywhere but Their Lips: With the Eleventh Doctor, as part of their stuck-in-Better as Friends 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 particularly tender moments (mainly in "The Time of the Doctor"), he's also kissed her gently 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, Held Gaze and face stroke feels a lot more intimate... Twelve is adamant about averting even this trope, though he's generally 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.
- Arch-Enemy: 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.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: 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, 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.
- Badass Adorable: If you get the impression that a short and harmless-looking cutie like Clara could not possibly become badass when the situation calls for it, think again. She lives up to the trope rather explicitly, as even her unusual Badass Boast about "being the Soufflé Girl after all" comes off as a bit comical and endearing when she says it out loud.
- Badass Bookworm: Oswin has ridiculously good hacker skills (though this is eventually explained). Both present day Clara and Victorian Clara are keen to observe their surroundings, notice details that others tend to overlook and derive a potential plan from what they found out. Present day Clara is also a bit of a bookworm herself. She apparently 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.)
- Badass Pacifist: While she's not unwilling to use a little violence if needed, she vastly prefers using a non-violent or diplomatic solution to a heated situation. She also seems to be extremely hesitant to use violence against living beings.
- Beneath the Mask: 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).
- Berserk Button: 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 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.
- A more comedic variation is how much she dislikes anyone implying she's a control-freak at times.
- Beyond the Impossible: There are a number of things about her that, according to Doctor Who's internal logic, should be impossible. The dying thing, for one.
- Big Damn Kiss: Victorian-era Clara snogs the Doctor right off the bat (entirely against his will)... then goes on to declare that the fact he blushed is proof he likes her. He doesn't quite agree with her logic but the way he boasts about it to Latimer suggests he enjoyed it.
- Body Horror: In "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", she gets burned alive, while conscious, and runs around in blind pain for most of the episode. The timeline gets reset pretty soon, but the Doctor comes close to crying at the sight.
- Born-Again Immortality: Has been born, lived, died and been reborn again in a million eras on a million worlds.
- Brainy Brunette: 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 Genre Savvy and stubbornly independent-minded.
- Break the Cutie: Goes insane after being turned into a Dalek and then blown up in "Asylum of the Daleks". Dies rather violently, just moments after she's officially become a companion, in "The Snowmen". Modern-day Clara 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 offers her help when she least expects it.
- Broken Bird: 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 blaming herself for what had happened, and is in danger of just completely losing it. And later, at her lowest and darkest moment, she is offered the friendly help she had already stopped believing in.
- Brought Down to Normal: 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.
- Brown Eyes: 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.
The Doctor (somewhat annoyed): Stop it with the eyes. Don’t do that with the eyes. How do you do that, anyway? Its like they inflate!
- Crosses over into Puppy-Dog Eyes when she begs the Doctor to help her roast the Christmas turkey faster with the sonic screwdriver by "apping it". In addition to the big anxious eyes, she accompanies this with a "waving around the sonic" gesture.
- The Puppy-Dog Eyes 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
- Butt Monkey: 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...
- Call Back: 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, his voice full of apparent doubt. Clara, still taken aback by his recent regeneration, voices that she isn't entirely sure herself.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: A two-way example with modern-day Clara and the Doctor. She can call his TARDIS phone (his outside, purely decorative TARDIS phone) before she has any idea who he is. As a result, he can pilot the TARDIS to her front door before he has any idea who she is.
- The Call Put Me On Hold: Inverted with the modern version of Clara. She makes the Doctor come back around 7pm the next day.
- Came Back Strong: In "The Bells of Saint John", she comes back from the beyond with her computer knowledge dialed up to maximum by the Great Intelligence's lackeys.
- Cat Smile: The Oswin version of Clara in one particular shot, seen here◊.
- "Run. Run, you clever boy, and remember (me)."
- Seems to preface a lot of her surprised exclamations with a quieter "Blimey...".
- When something potentially catastrophic starts happening, she often presses the Doctor with a nervous sentence that starts with "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 "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. Goes from funny to terrifying when she utters it in "Dark Water", however.
- Character Development: More on the subtle side, as Clara can be something of a shut-in at face value. Gradually goes from a playful, cheery, 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 burried fears, insecurities and occassional bouts of anger, while trying her utmost to remain a nice and caring person and not give into cynicism (some later episodes show that the latter has tempted her now and again and caused her to be Innocently Insensitive at times). Also, by the time of "The Caretaker", she starts realising that her long-lived effort at 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 reconcilling 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 decide to face the looming threat together.
- Character Tic: Usually 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 panicing 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 what really happened to poor Oswin...
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: She calls herself Twelve's carer.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Frequently wears red. In the prequel to "The Bells of Saint John", this is a clever little indication that she's the little girl on the swing.
- The Confidant: 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.
- Consummate Liar: Lies to Danny constantly, mostly about the Doctor. Comes to a head in "Flatline", where the Doctor calls her out on it, and her only problem is that her lies are pretty weak. "In the Forest of the Night" has her admitting to Danny that she's been lying to him out of fear, and to her surprise, he isn't angry about it and advises her to just be sincere to herself and him. She doesn't need to lie to protect other's feelings, honesty can go a long way. Part of Clara's deep feelings of guilt in "Dark Water" come from the notion that it's her lies and double-dealing that had caused the entire tragedy. She nearly goes insane from her anger at herself and her notion that she is owed a chance to undo what she sees as her fault.
- Control Freak: Seems to be one of her more major flaws, to the point that it's even brought up once verbatim. She's a bit of a perfectionist who starts semi-panicing at the thought of things she holds dear going chaotic. Most of the time, this trope is Played for Laughs, 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.) 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.
- Covert Pervert: Strax does an examination of her brain and finds a lot of muscular young men (or considering his Running Gag of getting genders confused, could easily be women) doing "sport".
- Coy, Girlish Flirt Pose: Spoofed with her rather klutzy pose in this promotional image.
- Cultured Badass: Oswin, the first version of Clara we meet, is a baker in her free time, likes listening to classical music, and isn't afraid of anyone or anything. Present day Clara seems to like philosophy and reading (with an implied soft spot for storybooks, of all things).
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Downplayed, but sometimes she messes up minor things in very goofy ways. The Doctor is fond enough of her determination and resourcefulness to not make fun of her occasional clumsiness too vocally.
- Damsel out of Distress: 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 subverted by her multiple Heroic Sacrifices for the Eleventh Doctor when he gets into life-threatening situations. The subversion 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 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.
- Darkest Hour: The Series 7 finale has her performing a Heroic Sacrifice 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 occassions.
- Deadpan Snarker: Though she's usually affectionate while snarking, instead of being sour.
- Determinator: Had enough willpower to Mind Rape both The Great Intelligence and the Daleks when they tried to control her.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: 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 her sensitive inner side conceals her grief for her deceased mother, her childhood fears and various insecurities about herself. As Emma Grayling remarks to the Doctor in "Hide", Clara hides a lot more of her true emotions than she's ever willing to admit.
- Dying as Yourself: "I am Oswin Oswald. I fought the Daleks and I am human. Remember me."
- Eating the Eye Candy: 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. That said, however, she is clearly seen giving a young man the eye in "Flatline."
- Empowered Badass Normal: Retained her knowledge from the Great Intelligence's computer core, turning her from a complete alien to computer technology into a Techno Wizard. The reveal is that, thanks to the Timey-Wimey Ball, the last individual Clara we meet was perfectly normal, until she scattered herself across the Doctor's timestream-she may be the only individual that knows exactly what makes him tick now.
- Exact Words: Steven Moffat had stated that Clara wouldn't appear until Christmas. Her appearance in "Asylum Of The Daleks" was a complete surprise — quickly followed by the Doctor mocking the Daleks by saying "it's Christmas!".
- Experimented in College: In "Asylum of the Daleks", Oswin mentions her first crush was a girl called Nina, though she elaborates it was a phase.
- The Face: Is Twelve's "carer."The Doctor: "She cares so I don't have to."
- Face Your Fears: 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 Heroic Sacrifice. note
- Famous Last Words: They don't end up being her last, but she certainly thinks they will be. Twice. Also double as Arc Words.Clara: Run, you clever boy... And remember.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Victorian-era Clara works as a barmaid in a dainty but rather titillating red dress◊.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Tends to pull these on the Doctor whenever she's being cheeky or sarcastic towards him. One particular example◊ from "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" stands out.
- Fashion Dissonance: Played for Laughs with Oswin, who wears◊ a "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 Oswin...
- In "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, "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", 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 in Blackpool. She's had a bit of a lingering maze-phobia ever since. Cue the later episodes "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" and "The Name of the Doctor", in which she's forced to face some of those great personal fears again.
- Flower in Her Hair: Has a flower decoration in her hair in "Asylum of the Daleks", as part of Oswin's cosplay as the title character from 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 Held Gaze. Played for Laughs comes in as Clara tries to do the same for the Doctor...
- A Friend in Need: Her reasoning behind her many a Heroic Sacrifice 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.
- Friend to All Children: 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 "The Rings of Akhaten", "Nightmare in Silver" and "The Day of the Doctor". Brought to a whole new level in "Listen", when she gently consoles two scared children - they eventually 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.
- Friendship Moment: She and the Doctor have a fair few of these, as part of the growing sense of friendship and 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.
- Fun Personified: 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).(slyly smiling◊ at the Doctor when asked what she'd like to go see with the TARDIS)Clara: Something awesome...
- Funny Background Event: 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.
- Future Me Scares Me:
- Gender-Blender Name: "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.
- Genki Girl: 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.
- Genre Savvy: Modern day Clara is one of the very few companions to listen to the "don't wander off" rule. She tells the Doctor exactly when she needs a moment to cope with things, she doesn't take risks that are beyond her ability, and she generally has a "think first, act second" way of solving problems. Her willingness to listen to the Doctor, however, comes back to bite her in "The Time of the Doctor" as the Doctor takes advantage of her complete trust in him by sending her straight home to keep her out of the war on Trenzalore. In "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", she directly notes that a red flashing light above a door might mean "Danger, don't open." or "there's danger around, get out this way!" She opens it anyway.
- Girly Bruiser: Shows signs of this in several episodes, but especially in "Nightmare in Silver" and "Robot of Sherwood", where she even wields weapons for a short while. Somewhat Played for Laughs in the second case, with the Doctor chastising her for grabbing a medieval polearm, swinging it around and claiming she can handle it, because she took taekwondo lessons once.
- Good Is Not Dumb: She's highly intelligent and has no qualms of using her resourcefulness to thwart even genuinely imposing enemies.
- Got Me Doing It: 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.
- Guile Hero: Resourceful and capable of improvising on-the-fly, if she needs to. This counts especially for some of the alternate Claras, particularly Oswin.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Averted. As the Doctor basically never fights with a real weapon, in the few situations where muscle is needed, Clara, of all people, becomes the closest substitute. She is, as seen in "Nightmare in Silver", fully capable of both taking ambush potshots at Cybermen with a raygun and threatening to clobber them with an old mace. In "The Crimson Horror", she even destroys a doomsday device by gleefully throwing a chair into it.
- Have We Met Yet?: An even more complicated case than River Song, not just towards the Doctor, but also towards the Great Intelligence. The Clara who saved Victorian London existed because regular Clara followed the Great Intelligence across time and space after he was defeated by her. Same with the Clara in the "Asylum of the Daleks". There was even a Clara on Gallifrey who told the Doctor which TARDIS to steal after the Great Intelligence tried to muck that up.
- The Heart: The need for kindness and compassion is a recurring theme of her character. After the Doctor loses Amy and Rory and 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 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 a single look and some encouraging and kind words - that Gallifrey isn't doomed yet and might still be worth fighting for and saving, no matter how impossible it might seem. The Doctor has a change of heart and agrees it's worth a shot. Cue the Doctor's Crowning Moment of Awesome in the "The Day Of The Doctor".
- Clara's status as "The Heart" becomes even more evident once the often-cold Twelfth Doctor arrives.
- Held Gaze: Numerous times with the Doctor, usually accompanied by an affectionate smile by both of them.
- Heroic Sacrifice: 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 Dark and Troubled Past that were never meant to be seen.
- Heroic Willpower: How the Oswin version of her fought off the Dalek conversion to preserve her humanity, at least mentally.
- Holding Hands:
- 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 confidant, to the point that when a Time Lord painting of Gallifrey's destruction is revealed, all of his sorrow, fear, and regret about his actions resurfaces, resulting in him slowly grabbing Clara's hand for support. The slight motion is enough to notify Clara that the Doctor isn't doing so well.
- The trope is also spoofed in at least two episodes: In "The Snowmen", the cliché where the hero pulls the Damsel in Distress along by the hand while fleeing danger is turned on its head when Clara ends up pulling along the Doctor, who complains that he's the one who's supposed to do it. In "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 Oh, Crap reaction from both of them.
- Honest Advisor: Tries her best at being this to the Doctor, along with being The Heart. Her words towards him are sometimes a bit harsh, but he realises that she often has a good point or is acting out of concern for him and his conscience.
- Hot Teacher: Definitely downplayed, but she's obviously◊ young and attractive when she starts teaching at Coal Hill School.
- The Idealist: Generally portrayed as such. A bit of a goofy, bookish romantic at that...
- I Just Want to Be Normal: 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...
- Innocently Insensitive: 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.
- Informed Ability: Claims to know Taekwondo yet never showed those skills.
- Insecure Love Interest: Eventually realises she's this to Danny. It causes her more than a few moments of embarassment and she does some questionable decisions in a desperate attempt to "fix herself". It backfires on her later on. When she finally seems to regain her balance and common sense, 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.
- In-Series Nickname: "Soufflé Girl", "The Impossible Girl". And "Oswin" for modern-day Clara: in "The Bells of Saint John", Clara uses the portmanteau "Oswald for the win"; "Oswin". She'd never heard of the word "Oswin" before the Doctor called her that, after the name she used the first two times he met her. Clara's pupil Courtney also nicknamed her "Ozzie".
- Intergenerational Friendship: 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.
- Internal Homage:
- Clara isn't the first companion who's supposed to be dead but is mysteriously still alive, calls the TARDIS a "cow", gets into a bitching match with her voice interface, forms a bitter rivalry with her and then gets let in by her without a key anyway in order to follow the Doctor to a pocket universe. Charley Pollard did all those things in Big Finish about ten years before.
- She eventually turns out to be a Whole Plot Reference to the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Unnatural History, in which the Doctor’s lifeline becomes a scar woven through space and time, which the villain - dressed as a Victorian undertaker - is going to attempt to use to rewrite his life, until the Doctor’s companion (who he’s met before in a different version) saves the day by leaping into it at the cost of her own existence. Possible Fridge Brilliance given that Clara's purpose and existence means this may very well be a version of her (or vice versa).
- 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 Batman Gambit The Twelvth Doctor subjects her to in Deep Breath resembles the one used on Ace by The Seventh Doctor in The Curse of Fenric.
- It's All About Me:
- Played for Laughs 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.
- It's All My Fault: In a very bleak turn in "Dark Water", she starts blaming and hating herself for the tragedy that occured, 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 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 stop pitying herself and picks up her courage again.
- Jumped at the Call: 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.
- Lady in Red: First shows up in a bright red dress, and almost all of her appearances have had her in red at some point in the episode. "Cold War" didn't have red, but it did have lots of red lighting on the submarine.
- Last Stand: 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 Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Leitmotif: A soft little piano riff that seems to pop up mainly when dealing with her paradoxical existence. Listen to variants here, here and here. A related leitmotif about Clara's childhood and family is 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.
- Living a Double Life: In "The Snowmen", Clara worked as a barmaid under her real name and as a governess under the name "Miss Montague".
- Later became 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.
- Living Emotional Crutch: Particularly to Twelve. Shown best in "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 suppport had led to him developing a bit of a child-like crush on her earlier.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: 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.
- Love Redeems: 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".
- Madness Mantra: 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... I don't know where I am!!!
- Mama Bear:
- Mess with the kids she looks after as a governess or nanny and she won't hesitate to defend them with her own body. When the Cybermen capture Angie and Artie, Clara becomes uncharacteristically authoritative and 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 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".
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: 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 Victorian Clara, after she inadvertently pulls him out of his major depression in "The Snowmen". This subtext is especially evident once he befriends her and shows her the interior of the TARDIS, complete with a borderline silly Theme Music Power-Up 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 subverts the usual newcomer companion catchphrase about the TARDIS interior, impressing him further. And then he gives her a key to the TARDIS... Yeah, Doctor, explain yourself...
- Master of the Mixed Message: Clara likes both admonishing the Eleventh Doctor for saying things to her 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.
- Meaningful Name: 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 literally the friendly 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.
- Meet Cute:
- The prequel to "The Bells Of Saint John" has the Doctor meeting a very young version of her (which he later 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 also has this vibe to it, though it's more downplayed due to the Doctor going through an Achilles in His Tent depression at the time and trying to act aloof and distant in front of her and others.
- The Missus and the Ex: The TARDIS really doesn't like her at first. After the TARDIS insults her by having her interface take the form of the person she believes Clara most esteems (Clara herself). Clara's response is to refer to her as a "Cheeky cow!" and insist this proves the TARDIS is being a Clingy Jealous Girl.
- Missing Mom: Her mother, Ellie, died the same day as the revival's first episode. It's a popular fan theory that she was killed in the Auton attack on London.
- Morality Chain: Twelve is considering paying her for this job.
- Motor Mouth: It's been said that Jenna-Louise Coleman was cast in the role based on her ability to talk even faster than Matt Smith. The different acting style of Peter Capaldi, however, resulted in this being tuned down.
- Mysterious Waif: "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.
- Mythology Gag: In "The Snowmen", it is revealed Clara was born on November 23rd 1866 and is 26 years old - the same day the first episode of Doctor Who aired in 1963 and the same age as the classic series when it was cancelled in 1989. Modern Clara is 24 years old in 2013-meaning she was born in 1989, the year the show was cancelled. The list of ages in Clara's travel book also omits the ages 16-which would have been in 2005, when the show came back-and 23, which would have been in 2012, when Clara first showed up and died the first time. 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 Coal Hill School by the time of the 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.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Her namesake? Elisabeth Clara Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith for more than three and a half seasons of Doctor Who and five seasons of The Sarah Jane Adventures.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: 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 ("Hide"). She also gains the ability in Series 8 to pilot the TARDIS with her mind, again unprecedented with companions ("Listen").
- Though in the DVD extra "Night and the Doctor", Amy does briefly fly the TARDIS using the telepathic circuits.
- Lampshaded, however, in "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.
- Nice Girl: 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, 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.
- Not So Different: 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 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, 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 particulary 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.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Most of her actual saving of the Doctor during her Heroic Sacrifice in "The Name of the Doctor" falls under this trope. Justified in that she had rescued him from the Great Intelligence's interference 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.
- One Head Taller: 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 lets Clara know that he wanted her to come.
- Oop North: Speaks with Jenna-Louise Coleman's natural 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.
- Orphan's Ordeal: 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).
- Pintsized Powerhouse: 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, she's willing to pick up a mace or an oversized raygun, or even throw a chair into a doomsday device. While she remains The Chick and is predominantly a Non Action Girl, her caring nature and sheer determination can bring out a real fighting spirit in her when needed.
- Platonic Life Partners: All the Ship Tease 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 Better as Friends level. They're also 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 Heroic Sacrifice 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 the ruse by mentioning that the real Doctor, as much as he likes her, would never build up the courage to admit it. The Twelfth Doctor enforces the platonic nature of their friendship, even indirectly apologising to her 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.
- Plucky Comic Relief: 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.
- Plucky Girl: Can stay upbeat in some nightmarish situations, and has enough willpower to Mind Rape both the Great Intelligence and the Daleks. As a scanner describes her in "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS";"Lancashire. Sass."
- The Power of Friendship: One of the running themes of her character, in regards to her personality and close friendship with the Doctor. As both The Heart and The Confidant of their little duo, she tends to help him cope with his accumulated anxieties, as well as 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 Living Emotional Crutch to him, after he regains optimism and a sense of purpose that he had previously lost with the departure of River, Amy and Rory.
- The Power of Love: 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.
- The Power Of Trust: 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 "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 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.
- Pragmatic Hero: 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 both Earth and her and 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 Ironic Echo 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.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair like this during the events of "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS". In the relaxed epilogue of the episode, she lets her hair down and is seen in more casual clothes.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Many of Clara's contemporary outfits feature this look. The Doctor lampshades this in "Nightmare in Silver", referring to her as "a mystery wrapped in an 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 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 "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: Under my protection...
- Quirky Curls: 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".
- Replacement Goldfish: Openly but politely defied by present day Clara in the "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 "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" when he really grows completely confident in her presence.
- Repetitive Name: Oswin Oswald.
- The Reveal: It's revealed at the end of "The Snowmen" that Clara's full name is Clara Oswin Oswald. The Doctor spends half a season trying to understand how that can be possible. He eventually discovers, in "The Name Of The Doctor", that Clara voluntarily let herself be shattered across time to undo the actions of the Great Intelligence, who'd also let himself be shattered across the Doctor's timeline in order to delete the Doctor from history. She's been there from the day the Doctor and Susan left Gallifrey and as such, knows the Doctor better than any other companion.
- Rousing Speech: Gives a very understated one to the Doctor(s) in "The Day of the Doctor", right after a What the Hell, Hero? moment. It's more of a tender 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: Yes... maybe, yes.Clara: We've got enough warriors. And any old idiot could be a hero.Eleventh Doctor: Then, what do I do ?
- And a rather more impressive one in "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.
- Running Gag:
Clara: Is this actually what you do ? Do you just... crook your finger and people just jump in your snog box and fly away?
- 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 Instant Expert hacking powers.
- The TARDIS and her not getting along that well. 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 Stalker with a Crush.
- Some of the goofy, googly-eyed grimaces she makes when she's astonished or unpleasantly surprised.
- Her Ship Tease 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.
- Secret Test of Character: 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, while pretending to be fragile and shaken at face value. Both times, Jenny tellingly pops a smile or chuckle at Clara for not giving in. The Twelfth Doctor is well-aware of Clara's Damsel out of Distress 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.
- Security Cling: 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 Running Gag.
- Self-Deprecation: 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 embarassed Eye Take and her quickly covering up her mouth with her palm.
- Self-Insert Fic: Clara's alternate selves spread throughout the Doctor's timestream often feel like idealised distillations of her own positive personality traits. In essence, Clara's doppelgängers are 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.
- Ship Tease:
- 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 Will They or Won't They? and a stable Better as Friends. 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 Hyde Plays Jekyll at one point. Eleven being a bit of a Covert Pervert, though, the Ship Tease 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 Held Gaze 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 She's Not My Girlfriend 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 Held Gaze.
- In "The Time of the Doctor" Clara nearly flat-out admits she fancies him when the truth filter in Christmas affects her and the Doctor, and it's part of the reason why she runs off with him. This is after she has the Doctor pretend to be her boyfriend at her family Christmas dinner (and remember: the Doctor seemed genuinely accepting of the notion when she first brings it up before emphasizing it's all pretend). 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...
- 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 put out 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.
"Come up and see me sometime."
- In "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 The Turn of the Screw.
- 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 Affectionate Parody of Mary Poppins. 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 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 Mae West verbatim:
- Silk Hiding Steel: Ace, Rose, Martha, Donna and Amy had all been fiesty personalities hiding vulnerable women undernieth. As of Series 8, Clara has become a demure school teacher who's willing to go to hell and back.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: A decidedly non-romantic version. While there are many hints of romantic feelings between the two, Clara tries to treat the Doctor as she would a normal human friend. She is repeatedly very critical of him 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 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 subverted it gets in her case. The trope is played in a more romantic way when she starts befriending Danny Pink.
- Spirited Young Lady: Victorian-era Clara shows a lot of signs of this, along with being a Plucky Girl. 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: 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.
- Story Arc: The mystery of her impossible existence is the overarching storyline for the second half of Series 7.
- Subverted Catchphrase: When Victorian Clara first sees the interior of the TARDIS, she goes outside, surveys it from all sides, and rushes back in to declare, "It's smaller on the outside!"Doctor: ...that's a first.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman in the introduction to "The Snowmen"'s first trailer make it clear Clara most definitely has nothing to do with Oswin Oswald from "Asylum of the Daleks".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, you were in the Dalek one, weren't you... playing a different character...
Coleman: Yep, totally different character.
Smith: [...] Yeah... so you couldn't be the same character at Christmas, that would be just impossible.
Coleman: No way.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Played with in "The Rings of Akhaten", where she helps defeat the Big Bad 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 a reminder 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 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. And infinity’s too much. Even for your appetite.
- Tearful Smile: 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 will change and never be the same again.
- The Tease: The Oswin version of Clara just cannot stop flirting with both Rory and the Doctor, despite it being purely verbal flirting. Played for Laughs 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 sad secret.
- Tender Tears: Seen rarely, but she has her moments. Her visit to the grave of her mother in a flashback seen in "The Rings of Akhaten" or her final farewell to the Eleventh Doctor in "The Time of the Doctor" stand out in this regard.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Gets killed, a lot, only to inevitably get better.
- Gets turned into a Dalek and then blown up in "Asylum of the Daleks", only to turn up miraculously alive in "The Snowmen".
- Proceeds to fall to her death in "The Snowmen". At that point, she miraculously turns up alive yet again in modern day.
- Gets burned alive by the Eye of Harmony in a possible future timeline in "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS", only for the Doctor to erase the timeline before it could happen.
- 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.
- Think Nothing of It: She has this kind of dynamic with the Doctor whenever he thanks her for helping him in critical situations.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: The way time travel works in Doctor Who should make it impossible for both Oswin and Clara to exist, and yet they do...Doctor: She's not possible.
- Stable Time Loop: When she went into the Doctor's timeline, she scattered herself throughout his history, making her "the impossible girl". And she was only in a position to go into the Doctor's timeline and thus become the impossible girl because she's already the impossible girl.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Made herself forget she was turned into a Dalek in "Asylum of the Daleks" to keep herself sane. The Doctor tells her the truth when he finally reaches her.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: An inversion of the trope. She's very feminine, dresses accordingly and has long hair, but her Fun Personified attitudes and willingness to be tough in hairy situations give her some tomboyish qualities.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: A running theme — enemies who try to destroy or feast on her mind tend to die horrible deaths themselves. Justified, since it's later revealed that that was the exact purpose she keeps being born for.
- She dismantles an entire Dalek prison world and then gives the entire race selective amnesia after they make her one of them.
- The Great Intelligence has its entire snowman army turned to water while feeding off the thoughts of her and the family she takes care of. In the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, the Great Intelligence IS Yog-Sothoth!
- The TARDIS really doesn't like her, to the point where the TARDIS passive-aggressively locks her out, unless she's with the Doctor. Though in The Day Of The Doctor, the TARDIS closes to Clara's fingersnap, so it seems to have grown to like her. After what Clara did to save the Doctor, it's only natural that this would eventually happen. Though, judging by the extent of how strongly this 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.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Soufflés, baked according to her mother's preferred recipe. To the point that this becomes referenced in her nickname from early on. Subverted by the fact that she seems to be a rather clumsy cook and keeps 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 Chekhov's Gun and even earns her an unusual Badass Boast.
- Tragic Keepsake: 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 Darkest Hour and also allowing Clara to help save the day on one occasion.
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Oswin forgets she is a Dalek and imagines hiding in an escape pod because the truth was too terrible in "Asylum of the Daleks".
- True Blue Femininity: 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.
- Two First Names: 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.)
- Undying Loyalty: To the Doctor, friends and 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 tries to overcome her fears and not walk away until she helps the unfortunate person.
- Unfazed Everyman: Even moreso 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 Bunny-Ears Lawyer personality.
- Unkempt Beauty: 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.
- Unlikely Hero: As a companion, she mostly sticks to just being the Doctor's helper and female Watson, but there are some occasions where she definitely has a fair share in saving the day.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: She and the Eleventh Doctor have a bit of this going on note , despite both of them deciding to remain platonic friends. It pops up in a few episodes, usually as part of an overall Played for Laughs Ship Tease Running Gag. 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 Played for Laughs 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 Lampshaded Double Entendre about his sonic screwdriver. Clara, Clara...
- Unwitting Pawn: 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: 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 they reconcile 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.
- Weak, but Skilled: Since she's a Pintsized Powerhouse and only infrequently tries her hand at being a Girly Bruiser, this trope is her modus operandi most of the time.
- What the Hell, Hero?: 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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: She still seems to have a mazeophobia due to her childhood experience. And it's explored at least four times in ten episodes.
- Working Class Hero: Victorian Clara works as a barmaid at "The Rose & Crown". She also secretly moonlights as a soft-spoken governess at the Latimer household.
- Worth Living For: She and the Doctor begin to see each other as this. And, in "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 giving the rescue of his planet one last try. In the end, it works.
- Yaoi Fangirl: 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 another type of porn, especially given her ocassional flirty tendencies with female oneshot-characters.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Part of her Rousing Speech to the Eleventh Doctor (and indirectly the Tenth and War Doctor) in "The Day of the Doctor".
- You Are Not Alone: 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.
- You're Insane!: 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 Indy Ploy he thought of to get them out of danger.
Handles (Eleventh Doctor)
- Brain in a Jar: Averted, as the organic components have rotted away.
- Companion Cube: During the Doctor's stay in Christmas, Handles becomes like a cherished pet akin to Wilson. It's a real heart-render when time finally takes him.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the Doctor's.
- Glasgow Grin: Cracks in his mouthpiece resemble one. Even so, he's just as emotionless as any other Cyberman.
- Internal Homage: Not the first time that the Doctor has had a robot sidekick... Though Handles is in no way as autonomous as K-9.
- Literal-Minded: When the Doctor asks him (rhetorically) to give him a reminder, he does so a few seconds later.
- Noodle Incident: 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.
- Oracular Head: He figures out that Gallifrey is appearing on Trenzalore before the Doctor.
- Robot Buddy: Of the Doctor in this particular Christmas special.
- Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: 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 Clara is Handles and when she protests, he bemoans what has become of Handles after being such a cute little robot head.
Courtney Woods (Twelfth Doctor)
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Gets upset because the Doctor told her she wasn't "special", after she threw up on her first TARDIS trip. As a result, he drags her into a lethal future crisis in which she ends up partly responsible for the lives and moral status of everyone on Earth.
- Birds of a Feather: The Doctor is a always a bit of a rascal at heart - the Twelfth in particular - and this leads him to take a liking to someone as merrily mischievous and curious as Courtney fairly quick.
- Crazy-Prepared: After her first time in the TARDIS, she brings travel sickness medication to stop herself being spacesick, and disinfectant in case the medication doesn't work.
- Future Badass: According to the Doctor, she will be President of the United States someday which is odd considering she's British. This means that she was a) born in the US and immigrated to Britain, b) has an American citizen for a parentnote , or c) that the law requiring US Presidents to be born in the US will be repealed. (Or d) the Doctor was pulling Clara's leg about that.)
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her motivation for stepping back on the TARDIS.
- Improvised Weapon: When one of the creatures that overran the moonbase attacks her, she does some quick thinking and defeats it with a simple disinfectant spray.
- Informed Attribute: She's described as an outright delinquent, but is never seen doing anything worse than mouthing off.
- Jumped at the Call: First New Who companion to basically force herself onto the TARDIS.
- Naughty Is Good: Her proud self-definition as a "disruptive influence" causes Twelve to view her as a potential companion.
- Although he might simply have an affinity because he was always quite the troublemaker himself.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Although slightly younger than "high school".
- Our Presidents Are Different: As above, the Doctor claims that she somehow becomes President of the USA.
- Plucky Girl: Although she realistically gets less plucky when faced with a serious threat to her life.
- Shipper on Deck: Is implied to have graffitied the school with revelations about Clara's and Danny's relationship.
- Shout-Out: She cheekily paraphrases Neil Armstrong's famous quote with some placeholder "thingy thing" Buffy Speak, as she didn't think of anything meaningful to say before becoming the first schoolgirl on the Moon.