Break, damn you! Break! You've never had a spanner like this thrown in you! Chew on me till your teeth crack. Grind me up till your gears lock. I'm the nail in your tyre, the potato jammed in your exhaust pipe, the treacle poured in your petrol tank. I'm the banana peel beneath your foot, the joker that ruins your straight flush, the coin that always comes up heads and the gun you didn't know was loaded. I am the Doctor!
— The Eighth Doctor, Camera Obscura
After the Seventh Doctor's part in the Doctor Who New Adventures came to an end in 1997, BBC Books picked up the licence to produce new Doctor Who literature from Virgin Publishing. Realising Virgin had the right idea, BBC decided to have an honest crack at it, moving on from wiley ol' McCoy onto the newly regeneratedPaul McGann.Running from 1997 to 2005, a series of 74 novels revolving around the exploits of the Eighth Doctor and his companions were published. These books, commonly referred to as the EDAs, were notable for fleshing out the character of the Eighth Doctor after his short run in the television movie, for having a very compelling cast of characters, for having several interconnected Story Arcs, and for having been seemingly written on drugs.The tone of the novels is a bit Darker and Edgier and more mature than the television series (usually not as "edgy" as the New Adventures, but arguably "deeper"). No Hugging, No Kissing is averted, people get hurt,the "right thing" is often not cut and dried, the Doctor happily snogs his male companion just because he feels like it, and there's a quite a bit of sex, albeit not explicit.Aside from the 74 novels, several audio plays also take place in this range's continuity: "Bounty", "Dead Time" and "The People's Temple" (collected as "Earth And Beyond") by BBC audio, and "Fitz's Story" by Big Finish.The title "New Eighth Doctor Adventures" was also used for several series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio dramas starring the Eighth Doctor. To prevent a Continuity Snarl between Eight's adventures in the novels and in their own audio ranges, Big Finish explicitly references the novels as adventures that happened to an alternate version of Eight in a different timeline (though with a few exceptions, and the occasional Flash Sideways).As with the Virgin Books, a companion range featuring the previous Doctors (i.e. One through Seven) was published alongside the Eighth Doctor novels, doing much the same thing. This line was called the slightly-more-clunky "Past Doctor Adventures" (as opposed to the "Missing Adventures" that Virgin had called their similar line).Has a character page. Please keep most of the character-specific tropes there.Now also has the beginnings of a recaps page. Please help to fill it in.
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A-Cup Angst: Trix MacMillan. Her breasts aren't big enough for her to have what you'd call cleavage. This only seems to bother her when she's feeling especially self-conscious, though.
Abhorrent Admirer: The Fall of Yquatine has Fitz deal with one of these as a coworker at a pub: a much older woman, who also has a "flat, predatory face" and a mouth so big as to scare him, who wears tacky, revealing clothing which wouldn't even really suit a younger woman. She has a crush on him, to the point of touching his arse on the sly and getting jealous when he chats up an attractive customer around his age. However, this trope is subverted in that he's obviously trying to make an effort to be nice to her as a coworker, and she's just "an ageing and lonely woman".
Absurdly Youthful Mother: Or actually father. Caused primarily by time travel. The Doctor is reunited with his daughter Miranda when she's caught up to his apparent age and seems to have more grey hair than he does.
Adaptational Sexuality: This series marked the first time that the Doctor was not portrayed as straight, which very much carried over to Scream of the Shalka and, shortly afterwards, to the television series proper.
After Action Patch Up: Somehow the Doctor very often suffers wounds, almost always on his torso, that are just bad enough to apparently require someone to help patch him up (if possible; sometimes he's alone), but not bad enough to require anyone with actual first aid knowledge or constitute Fan Disservice. It's really too bad the series isn't televised...
Ambiguous Disorder: Erasmus in Timeless is a Gentle Giant who's generally perceived as having something wrong with him, but basically all it amounts to is being naive enough to think his ward, who looks and generally acts about eight years old, has good ideas. Besides that, he's articulate and responsible enough to seem basically normal. It seems that there's just something a little childish about his mannerisms, although you could say the same thing about the Doctor.
Ambiguously Gay: The alternate-reality human Doctor in The Blue Angel. He's something of a Supreme Chef, and certainly a very dedicated cook (he panics about having overcooked the potatoes). He's apparently interested in gardening and interior decorating, and listens to Bette Davis soundtracks. Freud might find the fact that he's a Momma's Boy to be rather significant. (A screenplay version which circulates online added some additional, and significantly more blatant, hints.) Most interestingly, in the parts taking place in the normal continuity, he's referred to as a "fussy old confirmed bachelor", which is basically a euphemistic way of saying Camp Gay.
Amnesiac Hero: Eight, much like in the TV Movie and in Big Finish, spends a good deal of his stories with some kind of amnesia. He's constantly finding new and exciting ways to lose his memory.
"The conspiracy theorists had been saying it for decades - there was a group of people, small enough to fit round a table, who were the secret masters of the world. "Cosgrove knew of at least nine organizations, of which six were still active, who thought it was them."
And the Adventure Continues: After spending the entire novel haphazardly tying up the series' leftover plot threads, the final book The Gallifrey Chronicles ends just as the Doctor and friends finally set off to confront the Monster of the Week.
The Doctor is repeatedly compared to a cat, possibly because Cats Have Nine Lives, or some sort of allusion to the ability of a cat to land on its feet, or because cats are mysterious and cuddly at the same time. He's represented by a stray cat in Seeing I and goes native among the tigers in The Year of Intelligent Tigers. In EarthWorld, Anji tries to decide which animal from The Jungle Book he reminds her of, and after initially thinking of and then dismissing the tiger, can't decide between the snake, the bear, and the panther, but is quite sure Fitz is the orangutan.note This initially seems like she's making fun of Fitz because he's a, ahem, Butt Monkey, but note that this takes place in the book when he finally starts to come to terms with being an Artificial Human, and the orangutan wants to be human.
Apparently, Sabbath is some sort of canid; he's compared at one point to a mastiff, and at another point Anji, talking about how he's an ineffective, annoying villain, compares him to Wile E. Coyote.
Trix's Green Eyes are repeatedly described as "catlike".
In "Frontier Worlds," Compassion says that she and Fitz are like the Doctor's pets. She compares herself to a cat, which thinks "My owner loves me and feeds me and takes care of me so I must be god." Fitz, she says, is a dog, thinking "My owner loves me and feeds me and takes care of me, so he must be god."
In "Fear Itself," Fitz and the Doctor are asked what animals they think they are most like. Fitz says he is a dog, "probably a golden retriever," while the Doctor thinks of himself as a unicorn.
Arc Words: The word 'interference' crops up quite often. Obviously, in the book Interference it's taken Up to Eleven, but the word floats around quite a bit, especially in the books leading up to The Shadows of Avalon and The Ancestor Cell. This is somewhat notable because, if one watches the Classic Series, particularly the Tom Baker era, 'interference' pops up a bit as well, though probably in that case unintentionally.
Armed with Canon: Some writers take thinly-veiled, snarky potshots at each other, which can get really hilarious.
Artificial Human: Interference introduces a whole society of these. When one of them dies, a new copy is created based on what those who knew them remember about them. (Side-effects include infertility.)
Aside Glance: Sam, in The Taint, is so unimpressed with Fitz's flat that she forgets she's in a book.
Sam looked wryly to an imaginary camera.
Asleep for Days: In The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, the Doctor sleeps for a week after losing one of his hearts.
Auction of Evil: In, Alien Bodies, agents of the most formidable powers in the galaxy gather at an auction to bid for the deadliest weapon ever created.
Author Appeal: Kate Orman is known for making the Doctor suffer. She also often has him avert Limited Wardrobe. And Lloyd Rose is known for making him suffer even worse.
Badass Longcoat: Sabbath wears a loose, grey, military-style overcoat, like Napoleon wears. It's ironic, because he thinks the military is absurd. (Since he was choosing his clothes to convey anti-authoritarian irony back in the 18th century, that might just make him the first hipster.) Not everyone is impressed; Anji considers it "stupid" and "embarrassing" and guesses that, like his name, he "thinks it's cool". He occasionally pulls various weapons out of it.
And with that, the Doctor bounded over and gave Fitz a huge, rib-cracking hug, lifting him clear off the ground.
Bedlam House: Subverted in The Sleep of Reason, in which Mausolus House looks like Bedlam House, but is actually run by a very caring and progressive doctor (well, for 1904; he's specifically contrasted with the previous governor, who believed the House's purpose was simply to keep the inmates away from normal folk). In 2004, it's been rebuilt as the Retreat, a proper modern care home.
This Bed of Rose's: The Doctor, Fitz, and Anji are staying at Scarlette's brothel for most of The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, and the young ladies working there help them to save the world from extradimensional apes and whatnot.
The Master learns this the hard way when Susan subjects him to major Mind Rape for killing her husband in Legacy of the Daleks
Big Eater: Both Fitz and the Doctor, although it's portrayed in different ways. There's no particular reason Fitz stays rail-thin despite consuming enough fat and sugar for a small army, but it's implied that stuffing your face with no consequences is a perk of being a Time Lord. Anji finds it all somewhat distressing.
Sabbath turns up wearing a suit which is bigger on the inside. It functions surprisingly well as a disguise, proving that although he's maybe twice the Doctor's size, he also just might have twice the Doctor's brainpower. Not only is it slimming, it allows him to unexpectedly pull out a gun.
The Doctor, on the other hand, states that his pockets aren't magically bigger on the inside, he's just taken out the lining so that the entire lining of his jacket is effectively one big pocket.
Fitz. He doesn't seem to be out to any of the other characters, but in one scene, the audience is privy to his thoughts about how much he'd like to have sex with Iris Wildthyme (a female time traveller), or, actually, the Doctor. Also, his first scene has him in his home era, the 1960s, idly daydreaming about life as aRadio Drama and gay marriage. What with his Brief Accent Imitations of people such as Greta Garbo, one suspects some of the other characters view him as a little camp...
The Doctor, who, along rather the same lines, is stated to be bisexual in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of way — Sam comments on how she's noticed him checking out both men and women. He also mentions having been "more than friends" with Alan Turing (yes, the real person), gets embarrassed when he accidentally says he "loved Shakespeare" rather than "loves Shakespeare", and has an unusually close relationship with another male character, and a Slash Fic about the pairing received a thumbs-up from the author of that book. He also kisses and has implied but very obvious sex with a water nymph, and gets married to a brothel madame... and, like Fitz, he has some mild but evident camp tendencies. And the Doctor has actually kissed Fitz on the lips, on more than one occasion.
Sam(antha) Jones, with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to her playing kinky bedroom games with a female character in Seeing I.
Big Damn Kiss: The Doctor gets a few with his companions. Fitz is very surprised when the Doctor snogs him; Sam actually puts some effort into the seduction, which involves sensual backrubs and a very happily purring Eight.
Black Eyes of Evil: A sign of possession by some kind of alien superweapon in The Fall of Yquataine.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Sam, Anji, and Compassion, respectively, and their personalities contrast interestingly. Sam is too emotional and idealistic, while Compassion is too cold and cynical. Anji, the brunette, is more balanced.
Brainy Baby: In The Blue Angel, it's mentioned that among other abnormalities, the alternate Ambiguously Human Doctor could speak as a newborn.
Brainy Brunette: Anji Kapoor is a genius or very close to it when it comes to economics, to the point of seeming to be a bit of a nerd when you get her started on the topic.
Break the Cutie: Eight gets both mentally and physically broken quite a few times over. Notable instances involve losing a heart, experiencing Fitz' emotions, and one unfortunate encounter with a meathook.
Brief Accent Imitation: Fitz and Trix both make a bit of a habit of it, although Trix sometimes takes it to unsettling excess. Even Sabbath gets in on the fun. In The Domino Effect, he puts on a fake Upper-Class Twit accent just to be sarcastic,note which must require a pretty good grasp of the distinction between regular upper class and twitlike upper class, since he did go to Cambridge... and in The Last Resort he does an odd accent for no reason at all:
In The Ancestor Cell, humanoid TARDIS Compassion seriously malfunctions, crashlands in a horrible spooky place, and spits out everything inside her, including the Doctor and Fitz, who admits to farting with terror:
The Doctor: "[...]There's a stench of decay here." "Sorry." Fitz smiled and wafted with his hands. "That would be me. Well, I was very frightened."
Fitz also once either pissed himself or came very close when trying to rescue the Doctor from the living personification of Future Me Scares Me, or possibly just the Doctor's own paradoxical and terrifying future self, in what he describes as a "surrealist hell". True to this trope, he was quite happy about the fact he was too soaked for anyone to notice.
Cat Folk: The tigers in the novel The Year of Intelligent Tigers. They're just intelligent tigers who have Bizarre Alien Biology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw.
Character Filibuster: In Sometime Never, after a couple pages of building up to it by talking in paragraphs, Sabbath talks for almost four whole pages. And it's not clear if the Doctor was even listening until he responds.
The Chick: Notable because in most team set-ups, this role falls upon Fitz and not the female companions.
Children Raise You: Where do all these little blond Time Moppets come from, anyway? The Doctor seems to be too Oblivious to Love for the matchmaking element of the trope to really work out. In Anji's case, Chloe seems to actually realize that as the adopted daughter of a slightly lonely and troubled businesswoman, she's supposed to help her find a love interest, so she wanders off and gets escorted home by an eligible bachelor who Anji ends up engaged to.
City of Weirdos: San Francisco is depicted as this in Unnatural History. Dragons? Unicorns? Streets rearranging themselves? Nobody thinks much of it.
Cloning Blues: Fitz's main story arc hinges on his being a clone of his original self, brought back by the TARDIS after Fitz 1.0 joins the Faction Paradox and becomes a bad guy. Okay, you want a full explanation? Fitz 1.0 was separated from the Doctor and joined Faction Paradox, going on to become Father Kreiner. Before this, Fitz put himself in a Remembrance Tank, which was a sort of cloning device that would remake a person after they died from the memories of the people who knew them. A few remembrances down the line, Kode was created. He met up with the Doctor, who eventually recognized Fitz in him. The TARDIS re-remembered Kode into Fitz (with a few upgrades and smoothed edges, similar to what the Doctor did to Sam) and it's this Fitz 2.0 that continues traveling with the Doctor. Got all that?
'No one would wish to. I am deformed. I am ugly.' 'Are you fishing, here, by any chance?' She laughed at him. 'Fishing?' 'For compliments, I mean,' Fitz said. 'Look, Vettul, if it helps, you're not ugly... I mean, you're...' He felt himself growing flustered.
Continuity Nod: Stacy and Ssard, companions of the Doctor from a relatively obscure line of comic strips in the Radio Times, feature in Placebo Effect. It's revealed in the story that the Doctor had those Radio Times adventures while Sam was dropped off somewhere, but returned for her before she knew he'd been gone.
In The Year of Intelligent Tigers, this comes up regarding the Doctor. He complains of being like "an idiot savant" because while he's amazing at playing instruments, particularly the violin, he cannot improvise or come up with any of his own material. This is part of an overarching subplot/motif of his being not quite human.
Creator Provincialism: Taken to extremes with the end of the Earth Arc. Escape Velocity author Colin Brake seemed to bend over backwards to make sure the Doctor didn't actually have to go to America to get to "St. Louis."
Curse Cut Short: In Unnatural History, a Faction Paradox member taunts the Doctor with a parody of a Gallifreyan rhyme:
"Sing the past to me, 'cause I'm the one who wrote the song I made it up next week so all the words will come out wrong The past won't keep you warm tonight, the future's blown to bits, And everything that you believe is really full of —" The door slammed behind him.
Deconstruction: The Crooked World is a deconstruction of Looney Tunes-esque cartoons as the Doctor lands in a cartoon world and begins to influence its inhabitants' behaviors towards naturalism.
Delivery Stork: One of the cartoon tropes played with in The Crooked World.
Depending on the Writer: The major details are maintained, but some fluctuate wildly depending on who the author is. For example, Stephen Cole and Orman-Blum disagree severely on Fitz's height, Lance Parkin has Alternative Character Interpretations of everyone, Sabbath's portrayal and staturenote His height is sometimes described as unremarkable. Sometimes he's taller than the Doctor. It was once implied that the Doctor is taller than Fitz. They are all sometimes described as tall. The Doctor is 5'8". It's confusing. shift from book to book, and everything gets gayer when Paul Magrs is writing.
Disguised in Drag: In The Book of the Still, Fitz is in a sort of Lotus-Eater MachineOn Drugs, whose creators are trying to come up with an interesting adventure scenario for him. He ends up marrying an evil, lecherous version of the Doctor, disguised in a Pimped Out Wedding Dress as Evil!Doctor's unwilling bride, then having a swordfight, rescuing his Girl of the Week, and flying around with a jetpack, still in the dress.
Distressed Dude: The Doctor ends up captured and often tied up in most of the books, sometimes more than once per booknote especially if Lloyd Rose is writing. He often seems to enjoy getting the chance to annoysomeone. And he almost always gets himself out of his own predicaments, although sometimes with a bit of help. This happens to Fitz, too, although since he's less badass, he's less likely to save his own ass.
Drunken Song: One novel has Fitz waking up on a bench, trying to reconstruct what he did last night:
The last thing he remembered was joining in a singsong with a group of drunken tourists at Il-Eruk's Tavern. He'd sung the song about the turnip fish.
Easily Forgiven: Karl Sadeghi at the end of The Year of Intelligent Tigers. A week after committing mass murder on their fellows, Karl is fielding requests from tigers to join his orchestra. The Doctor's reaction, on the other hand, seems far more proportionate.
Everyone Can See It: Between Fitz and the Doctor, although canon never really confirms their relationship as more than a close, affectionate friendship with some occasional one-sided fantasizing on Fitz's part. Anji has at least noticed the Ho Yay a bit and comments on it, and in Timeless a One-Shot Character decides that out of Trix, Anji, or Fitz, at least one of them must be shagging the Doctor, and if he had to guess, Fitz is the most likely by far.
Evil Sounds Deep: Sabbath's voice has been described as a "low rumble" and a "resonant bass".
Expecting Someone Taller: In Seeing I, Sam has some new friends who meet the Doctor after she's had the chance to talk him up a bit, and this trope is nearly quoted verbatim. Based on the height of the actor who played him in the film, he's 5'8".
Expendable Alternate Universe: Just... a lot. Deconstructed in Timeless, where Chloe thinks it's okay to chuck out people's alternate selves so that there can exist one copy who has a nice life. Other characters disagree.
Expendable Clone: Particularly evident in The Last Resort, where almost everyone gets extremely prone to dying, just because almost everyone suddenly has all these doppelgangers. Or else can teleport and therefore safely make fun of everyone else's mortality rate.
Eye Scream: Seeing I. The ordinary implants needed to use INC technology are bad enough, but in OBFSC prison an invasive contact lens becomes the stuff of nightmares — especially for the Doctor.
Face-Heel Turn: Romana, and to a lesser extent Original!Fitz in The Ancestor Cell. Some fans were annoyed by the former, and a bit confused by the latter.
Failure Is the Only Option: For a while, it seemed like there are three constants in the EDAs: Fitz will always smoke, the Doctor will always have amnesia, and Anji will never get back home. But eventually the Doctor gets Anji home. And then she comes back, mostly for Fitz. And then the Doctor gets her home again. And in The Gallifrey Chronicles, the Doctor seems to be regaining his memories. But Fitz will always smoke.
Fate Worse than Death: Becoming TARDIS breeding stock, being vaporized into the Time Vortex, turning into a monster with a clock for a face, madness-inducing brain slugs... etc., etc., and so forth.
Fictional Document: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, in a way, is one, since it's supposedly a piece of nonfiction involving the Doctor. And it also contains a number of other fictional documents, which end up showing that the Doctor writes like he's on something and Sabbath has a stenographer who, stranjly, can't spell. Fictional Documents play major roles in the plot of Time Zero and Mad Dogs and Englishmen. And there's one in The Blue Angel which is... significant for some reason.
First Gray Hair: In Camera Obscura or earlier, the Doctor notices he's got some grey; Fitz is startled to notice that Anji seems to have some grey hairs in The Last Resort; and by Timeless, Fitz has started obviously greying.
Foreshadowing: Around the end of the run and the time when the new series was being announced, the Ninth Doctor was getting mentions and small cameos.
Forgets to Eat: The Doctor has a bit of a habit of this. Mostly when he's angsting, but also when he's doing science. Fitz once brought three meals a day to his door when he was locked away angsting. For four days. They all went uneaten. Somewhat justified by the fact that as a Time Lord he apparently needs to eat less than a normal human being. In Camera Obscura, while he's already under the weather for several other reasons, Anji has to remind him to eat:
‘Do you want some food? You haven’t eaten in days.’ ‘That’s right,’ he said wonderingly, as if she’d made a point that hadn’t occurred to him. ‘You know, I bet that’s one reason I feel so bad.’
[‘I]t was like, “I’m an evil person and I’m going to do this evil thing because I’m evil, and now I’m going to go and do something else evil over there.” You know what I mean?’
Friend to All Children: Fitz Kreiner — Deadpan Snarker, chain-smokes, has Perma Stubble, is a Lovable Sex Maniac or at best a Chivalrous Pervert... you know the type. Also, in one story, happily gets a job working at a home for kids who mostly have special needs (or are at least about as screwed-up as he is), and in another becomes a good friend and confidant to a thirteen-year-old prostitute-in-training (who thinks he's "very sweet"). And he's very empathetic toward the Mystical Waif in Timeless. Apparently he's terrified by the merest possibility of having kids of his own, though.
Funbag Airbag: Narrowly avoided by the alternate Doctor in The Blue Angel, who almost jams his nose into someone's bosom while walking up stairs. Too bad he's Ambiguously Gay and probably didn't enjoy it.
Funetik Aksent: Often used when Fitz is doing a Brief Accent Imitation. And in The Book of the Still, he gets a bit self-conscious about how unsophisticated he is, and his third person narration mentions, "you can take the boy out of Norrrrf Laaanden, but you couldn’t take the Norrrrf Laaanden out of the boy", which is pretty clearly a self-deprecating exaggeration. And, yes, that's funetikspeak for "North London". Otherwise, generally averted.
[...]the pyramids rising over the skyline. Like a nice clean Egypt. Mystery. Power. The girl yawns, it makes me smile. The pyramids are here to reassure, not to inspire. To the Homeplaneters, they're mundane, just the way dwellings are built. None of the resonances or associations they have for me are flitting through her mind, I can tell.
Healing Factor: As the novels are a bit Bloodier and Gorier than the TV series, it's much more evident that the Doctor has a certain degree of this. The Doctor regrows a tooth at one point. He walks on a severely broken leg, is severely stabbed, gets shot full of buckshot, has one of his hearts ripped out, etc., and always gets better with a minimum of fuss and no medical attention.
Heart Trauma: The Doctor loses one of his hearts. Long story short, it's not much fun for him.
After having to destroy Gallifrey (for the first time), the Doctor went through one that took a hundred years on Earth to recover from.
In EarthWorld, Fitz has a truly massive one, about the fact he's a clone of the original Fitz Kreiner that's been "improved" by the TARDIS. It's worth noting it took him over ten books to finally have his meltdown over this. He must be very good at denial.
In Seeing I, the Doctor has one that is absolutely epic.*spoilers* While tracking down Sam, who'd been separated from the Doctor the last three books, the Doctor tracks her to a suspicious Mega Corp. where she'd found employment as a data entry clerk under working conditions only a shadowrunner could appreciate. After forging an identity to get into the building and examine their records, the Doctor is found out, captured, and sentenced to perpetual imprisonment for industrial espionage. It's very much a Lighter and Softer prison, with organized activities, a library, music, and an understanding and sympathetic counselor who genuinely wants to help the Doctor with (what he sees as) his neuroses. Over 3 1/2 years (!!), the Doctor makes over a hundred escape attempts, thwarted every time. He starts to crack under the strain, turning his cell into a crayon picture Room Full of Crazy. He's not being mistreated in any way; they simply will. Not. Let. Him. Leave. For a man who can be anywhere and anywhen, this is like total sensory deprivation. He only escapes after eventually learning that the prison had implanted a control device in his eye that transmit everything he sees to prison security. After finally breaking out, being reunited with Sam, but then threatened with recapture by the very same counselor who promises that he'll be sent back to the same relatively nice prison to resume his "treatment", the Doctor snaps, screaming, begging not to be sent back, pleading for the terrible maximum security cell, torture, anywhere but there!
High Times Future: In Alien Bodies, Sam Jones, in the near future and surrounded by aliens, focuses on a cigarette packet as a "normal" thing. Then she notices it says "CLOUD NINE — The original cannabis cigarette". As smoked by UNISYC troopers. When she mentions the one time she got stoned, the future soldier the cigarettes belong to replies "One time? Are you sure you're human?"
Holding Both Sides of the Conversation: Fitz, in The Taint, cleverly scares the two villains of the week away from Sam by hiding around a corner and putting on a number of voices to make it sound like he's ten guys who are all probably much tougher than he is himself and intent on clobbering said villains.
Homoerotic Dream: Played with in Half Life. Fitz dreams he and the Doctor are naked and back to back, and the Doctor reassures him it doesn't necessarily mean anything about his sexuality. However, any hint of eroticism is quickly lost when they start melding together. It turns out to be a sort of manifestation of the Freaky Friday thing they're about to go through.
Hotter and Sexier: A bit. Eight's half-naked makeout session with Sam is damned hot, for one.
House Husband: The Doctor takes on this role in Father Time (though as a single adoptive father, not as a husband).
How Unscientific!/Science Fantasy: Some books, such as Vampire Science, introduce seemingly fantastical elements with a sufficiently sci-fi explanation. Paul Magrs' books tend to take a Magical Realism approach to plots which are passably sci-fi. City of the Dead features distinctly more fantasy (water nymphs! summoning rituals!) than science fiction. The Adventuress of Henrietta Street is also very fantasy-ish, and suggests that the sudden profusion of fantasy elements has something to do with the absence of Time Lords or the general progression of the universe or something like that, and the Doctor is sort of a relic of an outdated genre.
Hurt/Comfort Fic: Although not strictly fanfiction (although given how many fans there werewriting the novels, the line between fanfiction and not did start to blur at times), more than a few of the novels in this range seemed to involve something very nasty happening to one of the characters at some point — the Doctor or Fitz were popular candidates — from which both their physical and emotional wounds would need to be nursed back to health by the others. Generally, if the name 'Kate Orman' appeared on the front cover, you could be assured of at least one chapter of this nature showing up at some point.
I Am Who?: The Doctor, after losing his memory after the destruction of Gallifrey.
I Ate What?: Timeless has Fitz doing this with a chunk of "cheese" he found in Anji's flat, which had been abandoned for months anyway. She says she didn't have any cheese, and he is understandably perturbed.
Identical Grandson: In The Taint, Fitz's great-grandfather's Obliviously Evil twin is recognizably similar to Fitz himself: same long nose, straggly hair, and thin face and build. Fitz keeps finding him "infuriatingly familiar", and, unsettlingly, he has moments of acting like a Psychopathic Manchild version of Fitz.
Ignore the Fanservice: In Camera Obscura, the first chapter concerns Sabbath meeting his Morality Petdu jour. She's a violent, troubled, crazy teenage girl. Being used to men sexually harassing her, she decides to Show Some Leg to get him interested, as she's in a Bedlam House and would like to leave. He ignores what she's doing until she gets bored of it. When she suggests that he might have prurient motives for hiring her, he's neither startled nor interested by it. By the end of the book, it's implied that they're having some sort of chaste love affair.
I Kiss Your Hand: In one of the novels, the Doctor does this as an oddly casual greeting:
The Doctor took Fitz's hand, kissed it delicately, then shoved him aside. "Now, out of my way!"
Incredibly Lame Pun: Fitz and the Doctor are both occasionally guilty of these, and, probably unsurprisingly, Fitz's name makes him a bit of a Phrase Catcher for bad puns. He even mentions a reasonably subtle one his mum made once in Frontier Worlds.
Indy Ploy: The Doctor's favourite strategy. From Coldheart:
‘I never have a plan. Plans can go wrong. That’s why the villain never wins – villains always have a plan.’
The tigers in The Year of Intelligent Tigers. They're intended as a thematic parallel to the Doctor's apparent-but-sometimes-misleading similarity to another Earth species.
The inhabitants of Dogworld in Mad Dogs and Englishmen. This time it's apparently just because it's the kind of novel where arbitrarily weird stuff happens.
I Shall Taunt You: The Doctor does this a lot, but in Camera Obscura he goes all out in one scene, mostly just to get back at Sabbath for making his life very, very difficult. He does all kinds of intentional Foe Yay things (complete with innuendo-laden references to Sabbath stealing his heart), hides a whoopee cushion in his sofa, flops on his desk like a cat while Sabbath is looking at something, folds his papers up into penguins, sings to him, etc. Do not piss off the Doctor, or he'll teach you how it's done.
It Makes Sense in Context: For many stories, the authors seemed to have taken a twisted glee in just honestly summarising the premise of each novel in the blurb. This being Doctor Who, the results are...unique. For example, The Year of Intelligent Tigers starts with:
The weather is going to hell. The tigers are coming to town. And the Doctor has taken his violin and vanished.
The Doctor apparently has eyes like this, although they really are usually blue (and the descriptions aren't usually this overwrought).
[...] his eyes were something else again. As he strode towards her, they glittered, seeming to change colour from moment to moment – first an honest brown of earth and nature, then a peaceful green of inner strength and eternal hope, then finally a piercing electric blue.
Sabbath's eyes can be brown, green, or black.
Kid from the Future: In Father Time, the Doctor's adopted daughter Miranda turns out to be really his biological daughter from the future.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The Blue Angel has the Doctor start complaining about the Series Hiatus. In-story, his concern is that, being lost in some tunnels, he's afraid his story is over, but it spills over into a Meta Guy-type ramble about stories. The story contains three plotlines; one deals with an alternate Doctor who's an insane human. He frequently refers to his "episodes", which are in fact psychotic episodes, the content of which is quite a bit like episodes of the TV series. The whole book is just very, very meta.
In The Taking of Planet 5, the Doctor provides an example that's similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer's "Dawn's in trouble. Must be Tuesday," alluding to the time slot in which the show aired when there was a show.
The Doctor shrugged. ‘There was a time when it always seemed to be Saturday when I was on Earth, and the children’s programmes were excellent, if my memory doesn’t cheat.’ He made folding motions with his hand and muttered something that sounded to Fitz like ‘robots in disguise’.
Locked Out of the Loop: Fitz, with the TARDIS's aid and apparent blessing, spends a lot of time keeping the Doctor from remembering what happened before the Earth Arc.
Madwoman in the Attic: In Vanishing Point, this trope is reconstructed with a woman keeping a number of deformed and disabled people away from society. But in a bit of a twist, she's quite nice to them, treating them almost like family, and refers to them affectionately as "mooncalves". The story takes place in a Dystopia where they wouldn't be safe anywhere else.
Magic Realism: The Blue Angel. The Doctor's mum is a mermaid, so she's confined to a wheelchair and he has to mow her lawn for her. His two hearts are just a strange birth defect which she worries about. Almost all the weirdness takes place Through the Eyes of Madness. Fitz is theoretically sane, but has a conversation with a talking dog, but maybe he's just extremely drunk.
Marshmallow Hell: Lightly implied in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street; Katya, whose buxomness is one of her defining characteristics, bids farewell to Fitz in such an affectionate manner he nearly suffocates.
The Men in Black: In Alien Bodies, there are a number of men at Area 51 who wear dark suits despite the heat, and dark glasses despite the fashion in the 2060s being for light-reactive contacts.
Unnatural History suggests that the Doctor's many contradictory origins - being loomed, having parents, being half-human, coming from the 49th century, etc. - could all be true.
In Sometime Never, one of the Council of Eight, a group of antagonistic beings who resemble the eight Doctors, absorbs the Doctor's personality and flees in a timeship with the Doctor's granddaughter Zezanne. If you take the view (popular at the time but contradicted later) that Gallifrey is Ret Gone, this provides an alternate origin for the First Doctor and Susan.
Muscles Are Meaningless: The Doctor can easily carry a grown man around, has threatened one of his companions with the fact he could break any bone in said companion's body (he was really stressed out at the time), and once stabbed a guy with his thumb. He's 5'8", "slight", and "bony".
Mystical Waif: In Timeless, ticking off a surprising number of the trope's boxes for a character who doesn't even appear much: pure, kind, mysterious, last of her kind to within a small margin of error, Really 700 Years Old, menaced and manipulated by the baddies, highly plot-relevant powers, and something about crystals.
Myth Arc: Concerning a future "War in Heaven" between the Time Lords and an unknown enemy, and the implications for the rest of the universe when the Time Lords lose.
Naked People Are Funny: Talking poodles strip the TARDIS crew naked and fit them with dog collars. The Doctor plays along, Fitz is amused, and Anji is utterly humiliated.
Necromantic: The part in Interference where the Doctor turns Kode back into Fitz could be seen this way. Good job talking a teenage kid into suicide so you could be reunited with your friend, Doctor. Considering the fact he fibs to Sam about it, he obviously knew it was wrong, but he did it anyway.
Neuro-Vault: The Amnesia Arc ends with the revelation that the Doctor's amnesia was caused by downloading the entire Time Lord matrix into his mind, thereby enabling Gallifrey to be restored from backup at a future date.
Newspaper Thin Disguise: Played with twice in Unnatural History. In the first instance, Fitz doesn't seem to be attempting to hide, but came across as shady nonetheless. The second time he does it, this time actually trying to camouflage himself, he realizes that the newspaper is in Chinese, and, unluckily for him, while he does speak Chinese, he can't read it.
No Hugging, No Kissing: Thrown right out the window. This book series was the first Doctor Who franchise to show a romantic and rather sexual Doctor (after Eight's first Big Damn Kiss in the TV movie). Aside from snogging his companions with some frequency, it's very strongly hinted that he dated Alan Turing.
Oblivious Adoption: Inverted with Miranda. Everyone who sees her and the Doctor think they look very, very similar, and they're the only two of their species around, but she's just his adopted daughter and as they see it that's all there is to it. She's implied to be his Kid from the Future.
Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: In The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, the Doctor has to get married because it'll somehow save the world from extradimensional baboons. Fitz mentions it's too bad they can't bring the TARDIS into the chapel, because it would count as all four.
Phantom Zone Picture: Demontage features a device that can trap people in paintings; if they remain there too long, they're trapped permanently.
Playing Pictionary: In Camera Obscura, everyone who sees the Doctor's attempted map of a London neighborhood wonders about the round shapes he's drawn. Fitz tries to guess what they might be ("trees", "gardens", or "duck ponds") until Anji gets annoyed and sarcastically suggests they're "gigantic pools of jam". It's never explained what they were actually meant to be.
Politically Incorrect Villain: At least two villains have made disparaging remarks about the Doctor's apparent sexuality (he's rather dandyish, and whether this has anything to do with his sexuality is his own affair). He always handles it with complete savoir-faire: in one book, a villain shouts "Queer!" at him and then beats him up for good measure, and he shags the guy's wife, which was almost certainly not intended as a Take That but would have been a pretty awesome one if it was. He endeavored to convince a Mook who'd called him a "poof" that he was a cop and would write him up for discrimination, and when that didn't work he poked him in the ear with his pencil and shoved him off a boat. So, homophobes take warning: the Doctor bashes back.
Generally averted when it comes to Anji: the bad guys might brainwash her and kick her around and whatever else, but have not been noticed to say anything about her ethnicity, even though various minor characters sometimes do. Also, despite the fact that Sabbath, one of only a scant few recurring villains, is from the 18th century, he also usually averts this trope.note Maybe he's learned something from people picking on his weight all the time, maybe he's just above all that the same way he's above having hair, or maybe the fact his closest known relationship was with a Little Miss Badass from a remote Polynesian tribe made him less bigoted than the average 18th-century bloke. There is one instance where he tells Anji to go put the kettle on. Like the proverbial 800-lb gorilla, he gets away with it even though she's seething.
Pragmatic Adaptation: In the audio play The Company of Friends (Fitz's Story), the only story to date from another medium to take place within EDA continuity, Anji spends the whole adventure sleeping off a strong drink in the TARDIS so the story can focus on the Doctor/Fitz team.
Psychic Surgery: In The Book of the Still, the Doctor is rendered Brainwashed and Crazy by a device that's been inserted into his brain. Fitz is shortly thereafter rendered conveniently intangible (among other things), and the Doctor instructs him to remove the device for him. Fitz is then somewhat perturbed to find his hand covered in slime, and the Doctor thanks him "for not taking a bigger handful". Some vague version of this also happens to the Doctor in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, although the details/explanation are concealed by the semi-Lemony Narrator who basically admits he/she doesn't know exactly what happened.
Pungeon Master: Fitz, the Doctor, and everyone who's introduced to Fitz.
Rear Window Witness: Fitz, in Timeless, witnesses a woman being brutally attacked while snooping through the window of her house. Shaking and horrified, he works up the courage to go into the house, and finds seemingly the same woman, denying that anything happened. Hmm...
Retcon: War of the Daleks tries this on "Remembrance of the Daleks". While the retcon doesn't get directly addressed again for a number of reasons, some later books explore what the personal impact of having your history rewritten would be for someone.
Right on Queue: In The Book of the Still, Anji spends more or less an hour, although it apparently feels more like sixty years, queuing to visit the Doctor in jail. It annoys her that being English has made her so good at queuing that she can't bring herself to complain about it.
Roger Rabbit Effect: The Crooked World, wherein the TARDIS lands on a cartoon planet. The cover suggests that the normal characters have been cartoonified, but they never remark on any such thing, suggesting they haven't been.
Running Gag: Probably an accidental example, but in Eater of Wasps, Timeless, and The Sleep of Reason, a One-Shot Character gets in a car with Fitz and is lucky to survive his driving intact. Even though it's probably a coincidence, it works out like this trope because it happens just enough times to be kind of funny.
Sarcasm-Blind: The Doctor, which occasionally produces odd interactions with the fact that he has one or two Deadpan Snarkers traveling with him basically at all times.
Scaramanga Special: Demontage featured, as part of its James Bond pastiche, an assassin disguised as a wineglass salesman, whose sample glasses could be transformed into a knife and a single-shot gun — neither of which would set off metal detectors.
Scarlet Fever: Scarlette is the name of the rather badass high-class madam in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street.
‘Fitz “Danger” Kreiner,’ she said softly, ‘do you think you could shut up and just hold me, please?’
Self Stitching: The Doctor once pops his own dislocated shoulder back in. He's not even alone; Fitz is right there being concerned about it.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Theoretically impossible, or, more accurately, just an extremely bad idea, so the Doctor has to keep reminding people not to even try it. In The Janus Conjunction, the Doctor manages it anyway.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Subverted by Fitz and the Doctor. The Doctor seems like the "sensitive type" whereas Fitz is more of an average bloke, but the Doctor is actually The Stoic and Fitz is much more open about his feelings. Fear Itself overtly juxtaposes their outward demeanors in this department: they're trying to mingle and get to know people on a spaceship, so the Doctor ends up sipping wine and waltzing at a fancy party while Fitz drinks beer and hangs out with blue-collar types and dances to more rock-type-music. And then it's followed by some Action Hero heroics by the Doctor and Fitz fussing over his resulting injuries like a mother hen.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: Fitz plays guitar and wants to be a rock star some day. He also smokes thirty a day, gets quite drunk quite often and occasionally gets extremely drunk, tried laudanum once or twice, and has an active love life.
Ship Tease: Between Eight and Sam and between Eight and Fitz, frequently in the same paragraph. Sam has a particular talent for getting the Doctor naked (sometimes even on purpose) and subsequently completely failing to get into his trousers. Eight gets in a good snog with both of them, but he's an absolute Master of the Mixed Message.
Slipping a Mickey: In Timeless, the Doctor gives everyone else on the TARDIS drugged hot cocoa just because he has to pilot the TARDIS through the Big Bang and he's not sure it'll make it, and he doesn't want his companions freaking out about it because they'd get in the way and he doesn't want to put them through that. Also, if they don't make it, he doesn't want them to die scared. Still... it's a bit of a dick move.
The Slow Path: Both Father Kreiner and the Earth Arc. The Sleep of Reason contains a rather sensible and convenient solution to this.
Spaceship Girl: Ultra-advanced TARDISes from the future could use their chameleon circuits to take human form. The one we meet appears as an attractive young woman (in an amusing Continuity Nod we're told she was once stuck as a 1960s policewoman). The Doctor's cyborg companion Compassion later takes on characteristics of the TARDIS and became the prototype for the class.
Speech Impediment: Karl Sadeghi, in The Year of Intelligent Tigers, has a slight stutter.
Spot of Tea: In one of the novels, there's a part where the TARDIS has been lost and Fitz is reminiscing about how they used to drink tea together when they did have the TARDIS. He goes on at quite some length about their little rituals and favorite types of tea.
Stacy's Mom: In Father Time, the Doctor's adopted daughter has a friend who squicks her with constant comments about the Doctor being "gorgeous" and "hunky". The fact he's wealthy and brings them homemade lemonade probably doesn't hurt.
Starving Artist: Averted in The Year of Intelligent Tigers; Hitchemus has a system in place whereby all musicians get enough money to get by. It's not very much, but starving isn't an issue.
Stealth Hi/Bye: It's a bit of a bad habit for the Doctor. Aside from him, this trope is apparently easier the less probable it seems. The narrator constantly belabors the point that Sabbath is holy crap so huge, especially when he employs improbable sneaking abilities to suddenly show up while you're not looking. Even aside from when he could teleport in The Last Resort. And in Vanishing Point, Fitz has a six-and-a-half-foot-tall Disabled Love Interest with a congenitally malformed leg that causes her to hobble along slowly and noisily. But she gets around pretty well anyway, and Fitz notes her "uncanny" ability to "just appear".
Story Arc: Apart from the series-long character arcs, the series can be divided up as:
The "Sabbath Arc", where the Doctor meets with Sabbath and tries to stop his benefactors, who are trying to get a stranglehold on all of space and time.
Epilogue, as not long after the above was resolved, a new series was green lit, and most novels attempted to resolve the ongoing character and myth arcs.
Strapped to an Operating Table: The Doctor, in Frontier Worlds. He's impressively calm about the whole thing, except for when he Screams Like a Little Girl just to be aggravating, especially considering the fact he's naked and facing a device that's supposed to bite out his heart.
If he hadn’t known she was adopted, he’d never have guessed. She looked just like her stepfather – same height, they stood the same way, very upright. They had the same blue eyes and pale skin. The Doctor also had that same unnerving stare. Miranda could look into his eyes and it was as if she was staring into his soul.
Switching P.O.V.: Usually, the perspective is third person, but sometimes some or all of the characters use first person. In Parallel 59, only Fitz uses first person because he's writing a diary. But even in third person, First-Person Smartass-type editorializing often comes through, even to the point of interjections. The Doctor's narration is surprisingly snarky at times. The Adventuress of Henrietta Street largely averts this, being mostly narrated by an unnamed historian, but uses Scrapbook Story to get some of the same effect.
Talking Animal: The aforementioned intelligent tigers. There are also talking poodles.
Given the Alternate Self weirdness involved with Sam, it's possible Anji is the only completely normal human companion in the EDAs period.
Tears of Blood: In Seeing I, the Doctor gets a mild case of this when the surveillance device implanted in his left eye is activated.
The Teaser: The first chapter of any given book is generally something thrilling, spooky, and/or cryptic that won't make much sense until later, and the main protagonists usually don't appear in it. The Book of the Still lampshades this; the first chapter is titled "Obligatory Spectacular Opening". However, it turns out at the end that, for once, it does feature a main character.
Through the Eyes of Madness: The Blue Angel is a less-disturbing variant than most: the Alternate Universe human Doctor has already been diagnosed as mentally ill, generally doesn't take his delusions too seriously, and generally stays on his meds, so it seems that he's unlikely to become too terribly confused. However, it does render the story very confusing, especially as some of the things he has delusions of certainly seem to be actually happening in one of the story's other plotlines, and the reader really can't tell if the story contains Magical Realism or the Doctor simply hallucinates that his mother is a mermaid, one of his friends has a talking dog which tells his other friend that all realities and stories are equally real, and other strange things. It also creates the impression that perhaps the TV series is basically All Just a Dream — the Doctor just has delusions about Daleks and Cybermen and weird phallic monstersmade of cellophane and such.
Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In Vanishing Point, Fitz's Girl of the Week is at least 6'6". It's never quite clear how tall he is, and he sometimes seems to feel he's egregiously tall, but in this book he's implied to be shorter than the 5'8" Doctor. They're both skinny, though.
Trenchcoat Brigade: Fitz. Being Genre Savvy, he seems to know it, too. He smokes, wears a leather coat most of the time and a trench coat some of the time, swears more than basically anyone he knows, has Perma Stubble (because he's bad at shaving), and is a lower-middle-class Londoner and a GuileSidekick. He's also basically quite sweet and sensitive, but most characters, upon first meeting him, distrust him.
Troubled Fetal Position: The Doctor does this, while rocking back and forth, in one of the novels, during a conversation about the imminent destruction of the multiverse and the fact the few remaining survivors of his own species have dubbed him "the Blessed Destroyer", for reasonshe just barely remembers. It probably doesn't help his state of mind that he also just had something close to a near-death experience.
Two Lines, No Waiting: The books tend to immediately split the TARDIS crew up and alternate between the Doctor and the others as the story progresses. It's rare for them to stick together for even half the plot.
The station manager, a portly little man in wire rims, crept timidly from the office. ‘Everything all right, gentlemen?’ he asked, more hopefully than sternly. Sabbath and the Doctor both beamed at him. The station master didn’t really find this a reassuring sight.
Victorian Novel Disease: Mentioned in Camera Obscura, in which the Doctor is suffering from having lost one of his hearts, making him pale and frail and prone to fainting. The book takes place in Victorian times and some people do assume he's consumptive.
Villains Blend in Better: There are quite a few instances of Sabbath managing to insinuate himself behind the scenes while the Doctor is still having trouble keeping on top of things.
Wag the Conductor: In The Year of Intelligent Tigers, the Doctor joins an orchestra as first violinist. He is very gifted, but becomes a massive diva, eventually playing a solo over 100 bars long. It was supposed to be 24. He only stops when his violin strings break. The rest of the orchestra is not pleased. After being called out for his antics, he tells the conductor-composer that he doesn't understand the music because he's human. Then the Doctor throws the music sheets into the air, smashes his violin, and flounces off.
Walking the Earth: The Doctor, during the Earth Arc. And by Earth, I mostly mean England, but we are later told he also became a sailor in the South Seas and traveled through China and Thailand.
There are shades of the Wandering Jew as well, since it doesn't seem like he particularly wants to be traveling around alone like this.
In Camera Obscura, the Doctor quotes "All Along the Watchtower" while trying to escape a creepy Eldritch Location with Sabbath:
‘“There must be some way out of here,’ said the joker to the thief”.’
Sabbath has his own moment of doing this, for no particular reason at all: he's usually The Stoic, and he's from the 18th century. But he gets into an alarmingly perky and cheerful mood and starts quoting from The Wizard of Oz.
"‘Because,’ said Sabbath. ‘Because because because because because. Because of the wonderful things I does.’"
We Have to Get the Bullet Out: Averted in The Crooked World. The Doctor gets shot with a blunderbuss, and, seeing that the bleeding has already stopped, Fitz decides there's nothing to do except clean him up a bit. However, the Doctor does later attribute his speedy recovery to the fact the buckshot mysteriously dissolved.
Weird Aside: Fitz sometimes casually brings up his Dark and Troubled Past without fully realizing it's awkward, then tries to pass it off as a joke. Anji eventually stops giving a damn whether people in the future or the past understand her Turn of the Millenniumreferences, causing them to come across like this. And the Doctor has a tendency to namedrop improbably; in a modern-day setting, he might suddenly start talking about his dear old friend William Shakespeare. In The Year of Intelligent Tigers, Karl Sadeghi happens to mention his "surviving family", which might be an odd distinction to make if you've got about as many living family members as anyone else, implying he has a difficult backstory which never really comes up.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Sometimes explored in relation to the Doctor, actually, and it's a thing with Fitz after Interference, particularly in Earth World.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The Gallifrey Chronicles opens up a number of plot threads which never get resolved (especially Trix's criminal record and whoever Fitz is talking about in that song), and lampshades the fact it's not going to bother telling you a damn thing about how Anji is doing with Chloe.
Wild Card: Sabbath tends to do a lot of becoming mortal enemies with everyone he allies himself with and shifting his goals because of it.
Wild Child: In The Crooked World, set on a planet ruled by the tropes of children's cartoons, a baby is lost in a jungle, and the character who loses it reassures himself with the thought that it's bound to be raised by friendly wild animals.
Wild Samoan: Tula Lui, in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, is a teenage girl who's the last survivor from some Polynesian island, virtually never speaks, goes around killing people, and is the closest thing that 18th-century gentleman villain Sabbath has to a real friend. When he used to have a social life he'd bring her to parties because he apparently thought it was funny when she snarled at people.
The Doctor is often described as tall, but on occasion, such as in Seeing I when Sam's friends say they expected him to be taller, he's suggested to be not all that tall actually. In some books, Fitz is described as tall whereas the Doctor isn't, implying Fitz is taller than the Doctor. However, in Vanishing Point, Fitz seems to find it remarkable that a girl who's about 6'6" is "tall enough to look down even at" the Doctor, implying the Doctor is probably taller than Fitz.
Sabbath is initially described as not especially tall, but some of the books seem to suggest he's borderline freakishly tall.
‘I’d prefer reptiles: eighty-seventh-century Earth Reptiles with transforming T.rex time machines.’ His face lit up.[...] ‘Someone,’ Compassion said, ‘has been watching too much Saturday-morning TV.’ The Doctor shrugged. ‘There was a time when it always seemed to be Saturday when I was on Earth, and the children’s programmes were excellent, if my memory doesn’t cheat.’ He made folding motions with his hand and muttered something that sounded to Fitz like ‘robots in disguise’. The Doctor grinned, disarmingly. ‘My third childhood is showing.’