->''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 Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures came to an end in 1997, BBC Books picked up the licence to produce new ''Series/DoctorWho'' literature from Virgin Publishing. Realising Virgin had the right idea, BBC decided to have an honest crack at it, moving on from [[TheChessmaster wiley ol' McCoy]] onto the [[TheNthDoctor newly regenerated]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Paul 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 [[StoryArc Story Arcs]], and for having been [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seemingly written on drugs]].

The tone of the novels is a bit DarkerAndEdgier and more mature than the television series (usually not as "edgy" as the New Adventures, but arguably "deeper"). NoHuggingNoKissing is averted, [[BloodierAndGorier people get hurt,]] [[BlackAndGreyMorality the "right thing" is often not cut and dried]], [[HoYay the Doctor happily snogs his male companion just because he feels like it]], and [[HotterAndSexier 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 Creator/BigFinish.

The title "''New'' Eighth Doctor Adventures" was also used for several series of AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio dramas starring the Eighth Doctor. To prevent a ContinuitySnarl 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 FlashSideways).

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 "Literature/PastDoctorAdventures" (as opposed to the "[[Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures Missing Adventures]]" that Virgin had called their similar line).

[[Characters/EighthDoctorAdventures Has a character page.]] Please keep most of the character-specific tropes there.

Now also has the beginnings of a [[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventures recaps page]]. Please help to fill it in.

!!This series provides examples of:


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* ACupAngst: 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.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: ''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".
* AdaptationalSexuality: This series marked the first time that the Doctor was not portrayed as straight, which very much carried over to ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'' and, shortly afterwards, to the television series proper.
* AfterActionPatchUp: Somehow the Doctor [[RealMenGetShot very often]] suffers wounds, [[ShirtlessScene 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 FanDisservice. It's really too bad the series isn't televised...
* TheAggressiveDrugDealer: ''The Eight Doctors'' has a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Subplot]] involving one of these.
* TheAllegedCar: The Doctor's Trabant in ''Father Time''. He brought it all the way from EastGermany to England! Nobody knows why...
* AlternateRealityEpisode: The Obverse, from ''The Blue Angel'', where the Doctor is a [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness mentally ill]] human with two hearts who has dreams about the events in the main universe, and his companions are [[{{Landlord}} his tenants]].
* AlternateUniverse: Several.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Erasmus in ''Timeless'' is a GentleGiant 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 [[OlderThanTheyLook looks]] and generally [[ImmortalImmaturity acts]] about eight years old, [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime 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.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The alternate-reality human Doctor in ''The Blue Angel''. He's something of a SupremeChef, 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. [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian Freud]] might find the fact that he's a MommasBoy to be rather significant. (A screenplay version which circulates online added some additional, and significantly more blatant, hints.) Most interestingly, in the [[TwoLinesNoWaiting 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 CampGay.
* AmnesiacHero: 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.
* AncientConspiracy: Spoofed in ''Trading Futures'':
-->"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."
* AndTheAdventureContinues: 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 MonsterOfTheWeek.
* AnimalMotifs
** The Doctor is repeatedly compared to a cat, possibly because CatsHaveNineLives, or some sort of allusion to the ability of a cat to land on its feet, or because cats are [[CatsAreMagic mysterious]] and [[CuteKitten cuddly]] at the same time. He's represented by a stray cat in ''Seeing I'' and [[GoingNative goes native]] among the tigers in ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers''. In ''[=EarthWorld=]'', Anji tries to decide which animal from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' 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, [[{{Pun}} ahem]], ButtMonkey, but note that this takes place in the book when he finally starts to come to terms with being an ArtificialHuman, and the orangutan wants to be human.[[/note]]
** 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 [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner Wile E. Coyote]].
** Trix's GreenEyes 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.
* AnythingThatMoves: Fitz ogles a surprisingly large range of things that move, including thirteen-year-old girls (he [[ImGoingToHellForThis cut it out]] in both cases after discovering their age), [[LikesOlderWomen women more than twenty years older than him]], [[HoYay the Doctor]]... He's shagged {{Human Alien}}s and a woman possibly [[TinyGuyHugeGirl a whole foot taller than him]], and has a TemporaryLoveInterest or GirlOfTheWeek in almost every book. And [[{{Fetish}} he apparently got off]] on being stripped and collared by [[TalkingAnimal space poodles]]. He's implied to be bi beyond his crush on the Doctor, too.
* ArcWords: The word 'interference' crops up quite often. Obviously, in the book ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresInterferenceBookOne Interference]]'' it's taken UpToEleven, but the word floats around quite a bit, especially in the books leading up to ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheShadowsOfAvalon The Shadows of Avalon]]'' and ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheAncestorCell 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.
* ArmedWithCanon: Some writers take thinly-veiled, snarky potshots at each other, which can get really hilarious.
* ArtificialHuman: ''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 [[CreativeSterility infertility]].)
* ArtInitiatesLife: ''Demontage''
* AscendedFanboy:
** Fitz is more into fantasy and spy fiction than sci-fi, but it seems he won't turn his nose up at any fiction more interesting than regular existence. He's also very GenreSavvy, especially in his first appearance, where he's all but a FourthWallObserver (he comments on which act it would be if the story were a play). It's still not quite a straight example, though, as it turns out [[CowardlyLion he's pretty damn scared of the kind of stuff he likes reading about in real life.]]
** Subverted in ''Escape Velocity''; the fanboy ''dies'', and his long-suffering girlfriend, who finds all that sci-fi stuff silly and prefers Creator/JaneAusten, starts traveling in the TARDIS against her will.
* AscendedFanfic: Portia da Costa's erotic fiction novel The Stranger sees her heroine having lots and lots of sex with an amnesiac hero who's a blatant {{Expy}} of the Eighth Doctor (or just Creator/PaulMcGann himself, given the flashback with the ''Film/WithnailAndI'' slash) - the last EDA [[ShoutOut namechecks this book's main character]] in a list of the Doctor's offscreen 'companions'.
* AsideGlance: 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.
* AsleepForDays: In ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'', the Doctor sleeps for a week after losing one of his hearts.
* AuctionOfEvil: In, ''Alien Bodies'', agents of the most formidable powers in the galaxy gather at an auction to bid for the deadliest weapon ever created.
* AuthorAppeal: Kate Orman is known for making the Doctor suffer. She also often has him avert LimitedWardrobe. And Lloyd Rose is known for making him suffer ''even worse''.
* BadassLongcoat: [[EnigmaticMinion 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.
* BadBlackBarf: A symptom of the Doctor's illness in ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street''. As his condition worsens, [[MonochromaticEyes his eyes turn black]] too.
* BadDreams: Happens to both Fitz and the Doctor.
** FlashbackNightmare: In ''Camera Obscura'', the Doctor falls asleep on a train and brings the reader up to speed on one of the salient points of the story arc.
** NightmareSequence: Fitz has a particularly unsettling one about his late mum at one point.
* BadFuture: The Time War arc (not to be confused with the Last Great Time War in the 21st-century TV series), which has the Time Lords fighting a HopelessWar against a mysterious enemy in the future and dominates the first half of the series.
* BearHug: In ''Halflife'':
-->And with that, the Doctor bounded over and gave Fitz a huge, rib-cracking hug, lifting him clear off the ground.
* BedlamHouse: 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.
* ThisBedOfRoses: 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Karl Sadeghi]] in ''Year of Intelligent Tigers'', [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman big]] [[KickTheDog time]].
** [[spoiler: The Master]] learns this the hard way when Susan [[spoiler: subjects him to major MindRape for killing her husband]] in ''Legacy of the Daleks''
* BigEater: 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.
* BiggerOnTheInside:
** Sabbath turns up wearing a suit which is bigger on the inside. [[PaperThinDisguise 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.
* {{Biodata}}: It's a recurrent theme in the novels, especially the ones involving Faction Paradox, where it serves as a sci-fi counterpart to BloodMagic.
* BiTheWay:
** 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 SlashFic 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.
** 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 [[MetaGuy life as a]] RadioDrama and gay marriage. What with his {{Brief Accent Imitation}}s of people such as Creator/GretaGarbo, one suspects some of the other characters view him as a little [[CampGay camp]]...
** Sam(antha) Jones, who's also a queer rights activist. She madly fancies the Doctor and has a long relationship with a woman named Chris in ''Seeing I''.
* BigDamnKiss: The Doctor gets a few with his companions. Fitz is very surprised when the Doctor snogs him; (dark) Sam actually puts some effort into the seduction, which involves a sensual massage and a very happily purring Eight being her, quote, "back-rub slut".
* BizarreHumanBiology: ''The Blue Angel'' features an AlternateRealityEpisode in which the Doctor is [[AmbiguouslyHuman theoretically human]]. He has two hearts, no navel, and an unusual aversion to the cold. It's probably related to the fact that [[HalfHumanHybrid his mother is a]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaid]].
* BlackEyesOfEvil: A sign of possession by some kind of alien superweapon in ''The Fall of Yquataine''.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sam, Anji, and Compassion, respectively, and their personalities contrast interestingly. Sam is too emotional and [[TheIdealist idealistic]], while Compassion is too [[EmotionlessGirl cold]] and [[TheCynic cynical]]. Anji, the brunette, is more balanced.
* BloodFromTheMouth: In ''The Book of the Still'', this happens to Fitz. He gets better, though.
* BloodierAndGorier: Quite a lot. The Doctor is injured in probably a majority of the books, sometimes in ways that would [[GoodThingYouCanHeal kill a normal person]].
* BrainyBaby: In ''The Blue Angel'', it's mentioned that among other abnormalities, the alternate AmbiguouslyHuman Doctor could speak as a newborn.
* BrainyBrunette: Anji Kapoor is a genius or very close to it when it comes to economics, to the point of seeming to be [[BollywoodNerd a bit of a nerd]] when you get her started on the topic.
* BreakTheCutie: Eight gets both mentally and physically broken quite a few times over. Notable instances involve [[spoiler: losing a heart]], experiencing Fitz' emotions, and one unfortunate encounter with a meathook.
* BrideAndSwitch: In ''The Book of the Still'', [[HoYay between Fitz and the Doctor]]. [[spoiler:Well, it never really happened; it's actually a virtual reality world where the Doctor is a CardCarryingVillain trying to [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe force some poor girl into marriage]], but gets a DisguisedInDrag Fitz instead. It's a sort of LotusEaterMachine for Fitz, since he gets to be a swashbuckling hero... wearing a FairytaleWeddingDress and marrying the Doctor isn't actually stated to be part of the appeal for him, but one never knows.]]
* BriefAccentImitation: 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 UpperClassTwit 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 [[{{Oxbridge}} Cambridge]]...[[/note]] and in ''The Last Resort'' he does an odd accent for no reason at all:
--> "Hi matey. Fancy a chip?"
* BringMyBrownPants:
** In ''The Ancestor Cell'', [[SpaceshipGirl 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 FutureMeScaresMe, 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.
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: In one of the books, there's a footnote that mentions that due to traumatic events that also caused him to lose his memory, the Doctor went a bit ''extra''-batty for a while and started getting [[UnderwearOfPower weird ideas about underwear]] from Franchise/{{Superman}}, and ''[[BlackComedy suicidal depression]]'' from tragic soap operas.
* CanonImmigrant: TheBrigadier's American counterpart, General Kramer, who appears in ''Vampire Science'' by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, originated in one of Blum's fanworks.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: In ''Camera Obscura'', Sabbath gives Fitz and Anji brandy, and Fitz falls asleep/passes out after one glass. Which is odd, because [[DependingOnTheWriter he usually seems to have an above-average tolerance for alcohol]]; he once drank a whole bottle of wine and remained capable of walking, talking, and assisting in the Doctor's IndyPloy. Maybe he was just tired, poor dear.
* CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Anji, toward Fitz. She once fantasized about [[ArmorPiercingSlap hitting him with a chair]], and is often annoyed by his [[FishOutOfTemporalWater old-fashioned opinions and mannerisms]]. However, he's sort of her [[TheNotLoveInterest Not Love Interest]], whom she cares about just as much as she would about a love interest;[[note]]They don't have much {{UST}}, and it's all on his part.[[/note]] she's just as grief-stricken, if not ''more'', over his apparent impending [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom doom]] as she was about the death of her boyfriend of five years. His opinion of her, however, seems to be less conflicted.
* CartwrightCurse: Fitz, the poor dope. The Doctor tends toward this with the few love interests he has, but [[spoiler:it was subverted in ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'': Scarlette [[FakingTheDead faked her death]] just because [[LoveCannotOvercome she knew he should leave]]]].
* CasualKink: Fitz doesn't stop at [[BiTheWay casually coming out to the reader]], he also makes what seems like a semi-sincere crack implying this trope:
-->‘Fitz,’ Anji hissed. ‘Are you telling me you really [[InnocentFanserviceGirl don’t mind trotting around starkers]] [[GoGoEnslavement in a collar and lead]]?’\\
He grinned. ‘Are you kidding?’
* CatFolk: The tigers in the novel ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers''. They're just intelligent tigers who have BizarreAlienBiology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw.
* CharacterFilibuster: 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.
* TheChick: Notable because in most team set-ups, this role falls upon [[GenderFlip Fitz]] and ''not'' the female companions.
* ChildrenRaiseYou: Where do all these little blond Time Moppets come from, anyway? [[spoiler:The Doctor seems to be too ObliviousToLove for the matchmaking element of the trope to really work out. In Anji's case, Chloe seems to [[GenreSavvy 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.]]
* CityOfWeirdos: San Francisco is depicted as this in ''Unnatural History''. Dragons? Unicorns? Streets rearranging themselves? Nobody thinks much of it.
* CloningBlues: 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 Literature/FactionParadox and becomes a bad guy. [[labelnote:Okay, you want a full explanation?]]Fitz 1.0 was separated from the Doctor and joined Literature/FactionParadox, going on to become [[FaceHeelTurn 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. [[MindScrew Got all that?]][[/labelnote]]
* CloneByConversion: The fate of [[spoiler:Kode]] in ''Interference'', as detailed above.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Happens to the Doctor for ''most'' of book one of ''Interference''.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: One of the novels introduces a new incarnation of the Doctor's old companion Romana, who the author modelled on Louise Brooks.
* ComplimentFishing: ''Vanishing Point'' features a scene where a [[UglyCute deformed-but-still-attractive]] [[TheIngenue Ingenue]] has a heart-to-heart with Fitz. He accuses her of doing this, but she seems to genuinely mean what she's saying about herself:
-->'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.
* ContinuityNod: Stacy and Ssard, companions of the Doctor from a relatively obscure line of comic strips in the Magazine/RadioTimes, 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.
* CouldntFindAPen: In ''Interference'', [[spoiler:the Doctor]] winds up using his own blood to [[RoomFullOfCrazy cover the floor of his cell with arcane mathematical formulae]].
* CreativeSterility:
** 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.
** ''Interference'' includes a group of [[CloningBlues cloned people]] who are sterile and effectively {{asexual|ity}}.
* CreatorProvincialism: 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."
* CurseCutShort: 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.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: ''The Crooked World'' is a deconstruction of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''-esque cartoons as the Doctor lands in a cartoon world and begins to influence its inhabitants' behaviors towards naturalism.
* DeliveryStork: One of the cartoon tropes played with in ''The Crooked World''.
* DenserAndWackier: In relation to the TV series: more {{Talking Animal}}s, more breaches of the laws of physics for cheap tricks, more UsefulNotes/{{McDonalds}}es in AncientEgypt, more {{Badass Normal}}s who do things that seem like they [[AWizardDidIt should involve a wizard somewhere]], more RuleOfFunny, and far, far more MetaFiction. Yet it still manages to be ''at least'' as serious, in other ways, as the TV series.
* DependingOnTheWriter: 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 Interpretation}}s of everyone, Sabbath's portrayal and stature[[note]]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.[[/note]] shift from book to book, and everything gets [[HoYay gayer]] when Paul Magrs is writing.
* DifferentWorldDifferentMovies: Fitz has assembled a collection of parallel universe Beatles records, including "Feel the Love", their Live Aid song.
* DisguisedInDrag: In ''The Book of the Still'', Fitz is in a sort of LotusEaterMachine [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs On 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 [[PimpedOutDress Pimped Out Wedding Dress]] as Evil!Doctor's unwilling bride, then having a swordfight, rescuing his GirlOfTheWeek, and flying around with a jetpack, still in the dress.
* DistressedDude: The Doctor ends up captured and often [[BoundAndGagged tied up]] in most of the books, sometimes more than once per book[[note]]especially if Lloyd Rose is writing[[/note]]. He often seems to enjoy getting the chance to [[IShallTauntYou annoy]] [[PityTheKidnapper someone]]. And he almost always [[EscapeArtist 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.
* DitzyGenius: The Doctor.
* DreamingTheTruth: The Obverse!Doctor. [[MindScrew Or maybe not.]]
* DrunkenSong: 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.
* EasilyForgiven: [[spoiler:Karl Sadeghi at the end of ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheYearOfIntelligentTigers 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.]]
* EndOfSeriesAwareness: In ''The Blue Angel'', the Doctor experiences [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall thinly disguised]] existential {{angst}} about the fact it's actually a bit late for that and the series is already over.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: 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 HoYay a bit and comments on it, and in ''Timeless'' a OneShotCharacter 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows:
** One of the novels reveals that the TARDIS has a cow, which is implied to provide their supply of milk.
** Another one takes place on an alien planet where the local fauna is much like that of Earth, except the cows are disconcertingly enormous:
--->''What I Learned in Outer Space'' by Anji Kapoor – impressive pause – They have bigger cows.
* EvilMeScaresMe: Father Kreiner scares Fitz.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Sabbath's voice has been described as a "low rumble" and a "resonant bass".
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: 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".
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse: Just... a lot. Deconstructed in ''Timeless'', where [[spoiler: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.]]
* ExpendableClone: Particularly evident in ''The Last Resort'', where [[spoiler:almost everyone gets [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap 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.]]
* EyeScream: ''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 [[spoiler:the Doctor]].
* FaceHeelTurn: 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.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: For a while, it seemed like there are three constants in the [=EDA=]s: Fitz will [[OffTheWagon always smoke]], the Doctor will always have [[TraumaInducedAmnesia amnesia]], and Anji will [[YouCantGoHomeAgain never get back home]]. [[spoiler:But eventually the Doctor gets Anji home. And then she comes back, mostly for [[NotLoveInterest 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.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Despite this being cited as one of the reasons the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures were halted, there are times when the [=EDAs=] get at least as bad.
* FateWorseThanDeath: 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.
* FictionalDocument: ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'', in a way, is one, since it's supposedly a piece of nonfiction involving the Doctor. And it also [[ScrapbookStory contains]] a number of ''other'' fictional documents, which end up showing that the Doctor [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs writes like he's on something]] and Sabbath has a stenographer who, stranjly, can't spell. {{Fictional Document}}s 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 [[MindScrew some reason]].
* FirstGrayHair: 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.
* ForgetsToEat: The Doctor has a bit of a habit of this. Mostly when he's {{angst}}ing, but also when he's [[ForScience 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.’
* ForTheEvulz: Fitz's description of his behavior while [[spoiler:in a failed LotusEaterMachine]] in ''The Slow Empire'' (although what he [[FelonyMisdemeanor describes as "evil"]] never got worse than oblique references to [[CountryMatters "something in the key of C"]] which [[SirSwearsALot even he]] wouldn't usually say, [[{{Jerkass}} hurtful remarks]], and trying to [[RockersSmashGuitars smash his guitar]] [[InstrumentOfMurder on his bandmates]] before they managed to restrain him).
--> [‘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?’
* FriendToAllChildren: Fitz Kreiner -- DeadpanSnarker, chain-smokes, has PermaStubble, is a LovableSexManiac or at best a ChivalrousPervert... 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 [[BrokenHero 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 MysticalWaif in ''Timeless''. Apparently he's terrified by the merest possibility of having kids of his own, though.
* FunbagAirbag: 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 AmbiguouslyGay and probably didn't enjoy it.
* FunetikAksent: Often used when Fitz is doing a BriefAccentImitation. 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 [[SelfDeprecation self-deprecating]] exaggeration. And, yes, that's funetikspeak for "North London". Otherwise, generally averted.
* FutureImperfect: The theme park on New Jupiter, ''[=EarthWorld=]'', is filled with this. It's meant to put different eras of Earth history on display. [[HilarityEnsues Their research needs a little work.]]
* FutureMeScaresMe: Grandfather Paradox is the personification of this trope.
-->The Grandfather was his future self. He was everyone's future self... He was what you swore you'd never become when you were an adventurous youth, and he was always watching, waiting to strike.
* FuturisticPyramid: ''Parallel 59'' features a futuristic UncannyVillage where many of the buildings are pyramids. Fitz is constantly reminded of ancient Egypt, but all the planet's other residents are [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight used to them]].
-->[...]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.
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* GainaxEnding: Is the ending of ''The Blue Angel'' symbolic, or just a weird hallucination? And how much of it is real?
* GeekPhysique: Fitz is described as looking like he's [[NoodlePeople made of pipecleaners]]. He's quite into SpeculativeFiction, particularly ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and once dubbed a sea monster "[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]", although his characterization generally isn't overtly geeky.
* GeniusDitz: Oh, ''Eight''.
* GenreSavvy: Most of the characters have their moments.
* GenreShift: ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'' reads like a historical non-fiction work instead of the usual style. Therein lies the heart of its LoveItOrHateIt status.
* GladToBeAliveSex: Fitz and [[spoiler:Sam]] in ''Unnatural History'', after witnessing a particularly gruesome murder.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: Fitz smokes, because it was much more common in his era. He quickly catches on that it's an evil trope and tries to cut down after a while. In one of the books, Sabbath is smoking a cigar for some reason; the GoodSmokingEvilSmoking page says this means he must be evil, a self-important jerk, or UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: In ''Camera Obscura'', one of the regular cast is rendered effectively immortal, and inevitably suffers a series of otherwise-lethal injuries over the course of the plot.
* HappilyAdopted: The Doctor and his adopted daughter in ''Father Time''. [[spoiler:She still ends up running away from home, though.]]
* HardHead: Lampshaded in ''Interference''.
* HealingFactor: As the novels are a bit BloodierAndGorier 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.
* HeartTrauma: The Doctor loses one of his hearts. Long story short, it's not much fun for him.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Sabbath]], of course ending in RedemptionEqualsDeath.
* HeroicBSOD: A couple.
** After [[spoiler: 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'''.[[labelnote:*spoilers*]]While tracking down Sam, who'd been separated from the Doctor the last three books, the Doctor tracks her to a suspicious MegaCorp where she'd found employment as a data entry clerk under working conditions only a [[TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} 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 LighterAndSofter 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 [[TimeSkip 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 RoomFullOfCrazy. 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 [[AndIMustScream total sensory deprivation]]. He only escapes after eventually learning that the prison had implanted a control device in [[EyeScream 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 [[TheCatCameBack 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![[/labelnote]]
* HighTimesFuture: 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?"
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Surprisingly rare; they all seem to be concentrated between two adjacent books; ''The Turing Test'' and ''Endgame''. The latter seems to mostly use it as an excuse for gratuitous InfoDump. ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'' features NoelCoward. Oh, and ''The Domino Effect'' reintroduces an AlternateUniverse version of a previously seen HistoricalDomainCharacter, to fairly sad and touching effect, and then [[spoiler:more or less [[ShootTheShaggyDog Shoots The Shaggy Dog]] at the end]].
* HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation: 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.
* HomoeroticDream: 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 FreakyFriday thing they're about to go through.
* HotterAndSexier: A bit. Eight's half-naked makeout session with Sam is ''damned'' hot, for one.
* HouseHusband: The Doctor takes on this role in ''Father Time'' (though as a single adoptive father, not as a husband).
* HowUnscientific[=/=]ScienceFantasy: Some books, such as ''Vampire Science'', introduce seemingly fantastical elements with a sufficiently sci-fi explanation. Paul Magrs' books tend to take a MagicalRealism 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.
* HurtComfortFic: Although not strictly fanfiction (although given how many [[PromotedFanboy fans there were]] [[RunningTheAsylum writing 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.
* HyperspaceArsenal: Actually justified in ''Time Zero''. [[BagOfHolding Clothes that are bigger on the inside]] are useful for more than just super-effective Spanx. Although they are [[MundaneUtility useful]] for that, too.
* IAmWho: The Doctor, after losing his memory [[spoiler:after the destruction of Gallifrey]].
* IAteWhat: ''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.
* IdenticalGrandson: In ''The Taint'', [[spoiler:Fitz's great-grandfather's ObliviouslyEvil 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 PsychopathicManchild version of Fitz.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: In ''Camera Obscura'', the first chapter concerns Sabbath meeting his MoralityPet ''du jour''. She's a [[CuteAndPsycho violent]], [[BrokenBird troubled]], [[TheOphelia crazy teenage girl]]. Being used to men sexually harassing her, she decides to ShowSomeLeg to get him interested, as she's in a BedlamHouse 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.
* IKissYourHand: 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!"
* IncrediblyLamePun: Fitz and the Doctor are both occasionally guilty of these, and, probably unsurprisingly, Fitz's name makes him a bit of a PhraseCatcher for bad puns. He even mentions a [[StealthPun reasonably subtle]] one his mum made once in ''Frontier Worlds''.
* IndyPloy: 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.’
* IntelligentGerbil:
** 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 [[HumanAlien 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.
* IShallTauntYou: 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 FoeYay things (complete with innuendo-laden references to Sabbath [[OrganTheft 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 [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]], sings to him, etc. Do not piss off the Doctor, or he'll teach you how it's done.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: 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 ''Series/DoctorWho'', the results are...[[MindScrew 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.''
* ItRunsInTheFamily: There's a reason Fitz's family is like this. But that's not a reason for why he's sometimes a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* JewishMother: The Doctor's mother in ''The Blue Angel'' comes across as a little [[MyBelovedSmother controlling]], and has a thick [[TheOldCountry Eastern European]] accent, creating an impression of [[AmbiguouslyJewish Ambiguous Judaism]]. She also fusses a lot over his health, although since he's [[AmbiguouslyHuman technically human]] but has two hearts, you can't blame her.
* KaleidoscopeEyes:
** 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.
* KidFromTheFuture: [[spoiler:In ''Father Time'', the Doctor's adopted daughter Miranda turns out to be really his biological daughter from the future.]]
* TheKlutz: Fitz.
* KudzuPlot: [[spoiler:Plotlines are often set on the backburner to be addressed later, some more than others. And some of them still aren't resolved at the end of the series. For example, between ''Father Time'' and a brief CallBack in ''The Gallifrey Chronicles'', it's apparent that the Doctor is Miranda's biological father and eventually becomes TheEmperor of [[GalacticSuperpower the entire universe]]... it's left unclear when and how this happens.]]
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* LadyDrunk: The Doctor's mum, again. She also [[DiscoDan never really left the 1920s]]. She's basically a ShoutOut to Bette Midler's Delores Delago, so she's implicitly a WhiteDwarfStarlet. Oh, and she's a mermaid.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler:Fitz and Trix get together at the beginning of ''The Gallifrey Chronicles''. But the rest of the book focuses heavily on their relationship, so it's not an {{egregious}} case of this.]]
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Fitz ends up [[ReplacementGoldfish replaced]] [[CloningBlues with a clone]]; the Doctor gets TraumaInducedAmnesia and spends about a hundred years WalkingTheEarth. If you've read this far down the page, YouShouldKnowThisAlready. But it's about the journey, not the destination!
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: ''Camera Obscura'' had an appearance of William the Bloody Awful Poet, which was the nickname Spike from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had as a human.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: ''The Blue Angel'' has the Doctor start complaining about the SeriesHiatus. In-story, his concern is that, being lost in some tunnels, he's afraid his story is over, but it spills over into a MetaGuy-type ramble about stories. The story contains [[FourLinesAllWaiting three plotlines]]; one deals with an alternate Doctor who's an [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness 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 ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''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’.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: In ''[=EarthWorld=]'', Anji considers the Doctor to be like a ''sister'' to her.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: 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.
* MadwomanInTheAttic: 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.
* MagicRealism: ''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 ThroughTheEyesOfMadness. Fitz is theoretically sane, but has a conversation with a [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]], but [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane maybe]] he's just [[MushroomSamba extremely drunk]].
* TheManTheyCouldntHang: Juliette, from ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'', is an unusually young example; [[TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior she's only thirteen]]. It's implied she'd [[BungledSuicide attempted]] to hang [[DrivenToSuicide herself]], but not only did she not do it properly, [[InterruptedSuicide the Doctor showed up to rescue her]].
* MarshmallowHell: 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.
* TheMenInBlack: 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.
* MindScrew: '''''The Blue Angel'''''. Full stop.
** ''Interference'', the book right before it, has a truly bizarre FramingDevice and segments that suddenly become a screenplay just to be meta and confusing.
* MommasBoy: The alternate-reality human Doctor in ''The Blue Angel''.
* MultipleChoicePast:
** ''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'', [[spoiler: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]].
* MundaneUtility: Sabbath's use of the technology that makes the TARDIS BiggerOnTheInside to... create clothing that makes him look slimmer.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: 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".
* MysticalWaif: In ''Timeless'', ticking off a surprising number of the trope's boxes for a character who doesn't even appear much: pure, kind, mysterious, [[LastOfHisKind last of her kind]] to within a small margin of error, ReallySevenHundredYearsOld, menaced and manipulated by the baddies, highly plot-relevant powers, and something about crystals.
* MythArc: Concerning [[spoiler: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]].
* MythologyGag: In ''The Fall of Yquantine'', Fitz mentions having worked at [[Film/WithnailAndI "the Mother Black Cap in Camden Town in the sixties."]]
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: 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.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Occasionally applies to [[SirSwearsALot Fitz's]] cursing. In ''[[Recap/EighthDoctorAdventuresTheBlueAngel The Blue Angel]]'' the Doctor is said to have "swore profusely" at one point, which is a bit shocking considering the fact later books have him say "[[GoshdangItToHeck sugarmice]]" rather than swear or specifically note that the only reason he's using fairly mild vulgarity ("arse" and "wankerish") is that Fitz is a bad influence.
* {{Necromantic}}: The part in ''Interference'' where [[spoiler: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.
* NeuroVault: The Amnesia Arc ends with the revelation that [[spoiler: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]].
* NewspaperThinDisguise: 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.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** In ''The Tomorrow Windows'', Prubert Gastridge is a [[Creator/BrianBlessed large, bearded, bellowing actor best known for playing]] [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Vargo, the King of the Buzzardmen]].
** ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'' has No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of Creator/JRRTolkien, Creator/CSLewis, Creator/GeorgeLucas, and Creator/RayHarryhausen. (And the actual Creator/NoelCoward.)
* NoEqualOpportunityTimeTravel: Anji has clearly had it up to here with people who want to know about [[SimSimSalabim the wonders of the mysterious Orient]]. In VictorianBritain, conforming to social expectations by wearing a sari seems to help, but she has some hangups about her heritage and doesn't like it. And Fitz's lower-middle-class accent is also a bit of a problem.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: Thrown right out the window. This book series was the first ''Series/DoctorWho'' franchise to show a romantic and rather sexual Doctor (after Eight's first BigDamnKiss in the TV movie). Aside from snogging his companions with some frequency, it's very strongly hinted that he dated UsefulNotes/AlanTuring.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: ''Alien Bodies'' makes the Krotons a lot more intimidating. Just for starters, their leader arrives in [[MakeWayForTheNewVillains a Dalek ship he's hijacked]] -- along with the digested corpses of the original owners.
* ObliviousAdoption: Inverted with Miranda. Everyone who sees her and the Doctor think they look [[StrongFamilyResemblance 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. [[spoiler:She's implied to be his KidFromTheFuture.]]
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* OldNewBorrowedAndBlue: 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.
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: In ''Sometime Never...'', and a paragon of vagueness and sitting-aroundness. They also [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering bicker a bit]].
* OnlyAFleshWound: Mentioned by name by the Doctor in ''Frontier Worlds'', about, not very surprisingly, being shot in the shoulder. Of course, it's his mild HealingFactor that makes the wound so easy to shrug off, not just [[ArtisticLicenseBiology a writer leaning too heavily on artistic license]].
* ParodyEpisode: ''The Blue Angel'' is [[FourLinesAllWaiting in part]] [[FandomRivalry a parody of]] ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* PhantomZonePicture: ''Demontage'' features a device that can trap people in paintings; if they remain there too long, they're trapped permanently.
* PlayingPictionary: 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.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: At least two villains have made disparaging remarks about the Doctor's apparent sexuality (he's [[TheDandy rather dandyish]], and whether this has anything to do with [[BiTheWay 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 TakeThat but would have been a pretty awesome one if it was. He endeavored to convince a {{Mook}} who'd called him a "poof" [[ClipboardOfAuthority that he was a cop and would write him up for discrimination]], and [[CuttingTheKnot 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 [[{{Ubermensch}} above all that]] the same way he's above having hair, or maybe the fact his closest known relationship was with a LittleMissBadass from a remote Polynesian tribe made him less bigoted than the average 18th-century bloke.[[/note]] There is one instance where he tells Anji to [[YouGetMeCoffee go put the kettle on]]. Like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/800_lb_gorilla the proverbial 800-lb gorilla]], he gets away with it even though she's seething.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: Anji in particular makes a lot of references other characters don't get. In ''Camera Obscura'', she insults Sabbath with a pun on "phat"/"fat", causing him to "[stare] at her in complete incomprehension." In ''History 101'', she sings a snippet of "Mulder and Scully" by Catatonia, which neither Fitz nor the Doctor has apparently heard.
* PopCulturedBadass: Almost everyone. Fitz has been known to reference Creator/HPLovecraft, Film/JamesBond, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', and ''Franchise/StarTrek'', and he's very into music, particularly from TheFifties and TheSixties. He also has a CutSong (yes, you didn't think that happened in books) that just listed a bunch of ItWasHisSled moments, designed to [[TakeThatAudience irritate people who skipped to the end of the last book]]. The Doctor apparently likes ''ComicBook/XMen'' and ''{{Transformers}}'', not to mention a scene where he [[WaxingLyrical starts quoting "All Along the Watchtower"]]. Anji makes some odd reference in almost every book, and seems to have given up on caring whether some FishOutOfTemporalWater gets it. And even Sabbath makes a [[NotSoAboveItAll rather hilarious]] reference to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' in ''The Infinity Race''.
* PragmaticAdaptation: 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.
* PsychicSurgery: In ''The Book of the Still'', the Doctor is rendered BrainwashedAndCrazy by a device that's been inserted into his brain. Fitz is shortly thereafter rendered conveniently [[IntangibleMan intangible]] ([[NoodlePeople 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-LemonyNarrator who basically admits he/she doesn't know exactly what happened.
* PungeonMaster: Fitz, the Doctor, and everyone who's introduced to Fitz.
* RearWindowWitness: Fitz, in ''Timeless'', witnesses a woman being brutally attacked while snooping through the window of her house. Shaking and horrified, he [[CowardlyLion works up the courage]] to go into the house, and finds [[spoiler: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.
* RightOnQueue: 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.
* RogerRabbitEffect: ''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.
* RunningGag: Probably an accidental example, but in ''Eater of Wasps'', ''Timeless'', and ''The Sleep of Reason'', a OneShotCharacter gets in a car with Fitz and is lucky to survive [[DrivesLikeCrazy his driving]] intact. Even though it's probably a coincidence, it works out like this trope because it happens [[RuleOfThree just enough times]] to be kind of funny.
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* SadClown: Fitz. Hardly ever stops cracking jokes, to the point people get mildly annoyed on principle. He was born in London four years prior to the beginning of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and is [[ButNotTooForeign half-German]], for which he was [[KidsAreCruel severely bullied]]. By the time he turned eighteen, [[ParentalAbandonment his father was dead and his mum was insane]]. In the first novel he appears in, he's told a joke he makes about his own {{angst}}y {{backstory}} is DudeNotFunny. He also tends to make jokes when he's [[CowardlyLion nervous]] about things like aliens that want to eat his face. The more nervous he gets, the worse the jokes.
* SarcasmBlind: The Doctor, which occasionally produces odd interactions with the fact that he has one or two {{Deadpan Snarker}}s traveling with him basically at all times.
* ScaramangaSpecial: ''Demontage'' featured, as part of its Film/JamesBond 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.
* SecretStabWound: In ''Fear Itself'', the Doctor does this after getting more or less harpooned in the stomach while on a space station because [[TheyWouldCutYouUp he doesn't trust any of the medical staff around to help him]]. He buttons up his frock coat and Fitz performs some very basic first aid on him when they're back in their cabin.
* SecurityCling: In ''Timeless'', Fitz [[BigDamnHeroes showed up in the nick of time]] to try to help rescue a woman (whom he'd been trying to impress) from [[spoiler:her [[DomesticAbuser abusive boyfriend]] from an AlternateUniverse who just tried to kill her]]. She turns out to be more in need of a hug than a rescue, though.
-->‘Fitz “Danger” Kreiner,’ she said softly, ‘do you think you could shut up and just hold me, please?’
* SelfStitching: The Doctor once pops his own dislocated shoulder back in. He's not even alone; Fitz is right there being concerned about it.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: 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'', [[spoiler:the Doctor manages it anyway.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: 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 TheStoic 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 [[WineIsClassy 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 ActionHero heroics by the Doctor and Fitz fussing over his [[RealMenGetShot resulting injuries]] like a [[TeamMom mother hen]].
* SexDressed: Gets Fitz in trouble in ''Vanishing Point''.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: 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 [[ChivalrousPervert active love life]].
* ShipTease: 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 MasterOfTheMixedMessage.
* ShoutOut: In ''Camera Obscura'', a group of circus freaks exhibit [[Literature/SherlockHolmes "The Giant Rat of Sumatra"]]. It also seems that the Doctor [[TrueCompanions and company]] are subletting their flat from Literature/SherlockHolmes, which Sabbath lampshades in typical [[EnigmaticMinion enigmatic]] fashion. Also, in the same book, Sabbath uses the pseudonym "G.K. Thursday", a reference to Creator/GKChesterton's ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', which, given his [[DayOfTheWeekName name]], size, and [[{{Ubermensch}} Nietzschean]] [[NietzscheWannabe pretensions]], is a stunningly appropriate reference. [[spoiler:Also, ''The Man Who Was Thursday'' is about a mysterious council of seven men; there's a council of eight extradimensional beings who [[TheManBehindTheMan boss Sabbath around]]. Coincidence? Yeah, maybe.]]
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Trix falls in love with Fitz because he's honest and trustworthy. The degree to which these particular positive traits are only relative to the fact she's a bit of a FemmeFatale and a MasterOfDisguise to boot is debatable, but he is indeed caring, sensitive, and dependable. He's also a consummate DeadpanSnarker, a ManChild to the point of getting on her nerves, and a ChivalrousPervert, but all told, he is indeed a good man.
* SlapYourselfAwake: The Doctor gets a bit carried away with this in ''The Deadstone Memorial'', causing Trix to ask him if he's [[CovertPervert enjoying it or something]].
* SlippingAMickey: 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.
* TheSlowPath: Both Father Kreiner and the Earth Arc. ''The Sleep of Reason'' contains a rather sensible and convenient solution to this.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: In book two of ''Interference''. Kode asks, ‘[[SurroundedByIdiots Why are you people all so]] ''[[SurroundedByIdiots stupid]]''?’, and the Doctor realizes who Kode actually is because it's very similar to the first thing he ever heard [[spoiler:Fitz]] say.
* SpaceshipGirl: 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 ContinuityNod 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.
* SpeechImpediment: Karl Sadeghi, in ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers'', has a slight stutter.
* SpotOfTea: 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.
* StacysMom: In ''Father Time'', the Doctor's adopted daughter has a friend who {{squick}}s 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.
* StarvingArtist: 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.
* StealthHiBye: 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 DisabledLoveInterest 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".
* StoryArc: Apart from the series-long character arcs, the series can be divided up as:
## The "War in Heaven", as the Doctor learns of a future [[BadFuture Time War]] between the Time Lords and [[EldritchAbomination an unnamed "Enemy"]], and contends with the mysterious [[TemporalParadox Faction Paradox]].
## The "Earth Arc", following the Doctor's derailing of the war, he spends a century literally WalkingTheEarth (but [[CreatorProvincialism mostly Britain]])
## The "Sabbath Arc", where the Doctor meets with [[EnigmaticMinion Sabbath]] and tries to stop his [[TheManBehindTheMan 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 [[CharacterDevelopment character]] and [[MythArc myth]] arcs.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: The Doctor, in ''Frontier Worlds''. He's impressively calm about the whole thing, except for when he ScreamsLikeALittleGirl just to be aggravating, especially considering the fact he's naked and facing a device that's supposed to bite out his heart.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: The Doctor and Miranda, his adopted daughter/[[spoiler:KidFromTheFuture]] in ''Father Time''.
-->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.
* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Caused primarily by time travel. [[spoiler:The Doctor is reunited with his daughter Miranda when she's caught up to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld apparent age]] and seems to have more grey hair than he does.]]
* SwitchingPOV: 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, FirstPersonSmartass-type editorializing often comes through, even to the point of interjections. The Doctor's narration is surprisingly [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] at times. ''The Adventuress of Henrietta Street'' largely averts this, being mostly narrated by an unnamed historian, but uses ScrapbookStory to get some of the same effect.
* TalkingAnimal: The aforementioned intelligent tigers. There are also talking poodles.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: The Doctor comments on the implications at the end of ''Dreamstone Moon''.
-->After a while, the Doctor realised that he'd just killed a man with the force of an argument.\\
It wasn't a very pleasant thought.
* TheTeamNormal: Fitz, while Compassion [[spoiler:is a TARDIS]]. But you could say, since Fitz is [[spoiler:an ArtificialHuman with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway an assortment of massively lame barely-superhuman abilities]]]], Trix and Anji fit this role better when they're onboard the TARDIS. Anji in particular has the surrounded-by-weirdos attitude often typical of a Team Normal, and it's actually possible (thanks to Trix's MultipleChoicePast) that she's the only completely normal human who's been on the team since Sam left.
** Given the AlternateSelf weirdness involved with Sam, it's possible Anji is the only completely normal human companion in the [=EDAs=] period.
* TearsOfBlood: In ''Seeing I'', [[spoiler:the Doctor]] gets a mild case of this when the [[spoiler:surveillance device]] implanted in his left eye is activated.
* TheTeaser: 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, [[spoiler:it turns out at the end that, for once, it does feature a main character.]]
* ThereIsAnother: Fitz mentions it by name in ''Mad Dogs and Englishmen'', when the Doctor realizes Iris has a TARDIS, so he's likely not the LastOfHisKind.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: ''The Blue Angel'' is a less-disturbing variant than most: the AlternateUniverse 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 [[FourLinesAllWaiting other plotlines]], and the reader really can't tell if the story contains MagicalRealism 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 AllJustADream -- the Doctor just has delusions about Daleks and Cybermen and weird phallic monsters [[SpecialEffectsFailure made of cellophane]] and such.
* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Anji and Trix's stock-tips arrangement.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: In ''Vanishing Point'', Fitz's GirlOfTheWeek is at least 6'6". It's never quite clear how tall ''he'' is, and he sometimes seems to feel he's {{egregious}}ly tall, but in this book he's implied to be shorter than the 5'8" Doctor. They're both skinny, though.
* {{Transplant}}: Iris Wildthyme was originally a Time Lord [[WritingAroundTrademarks in all but name]] from some MagicalRealism novels by Paul Magrs. When Magrs began writing for the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}}, he transplanted Iris into it as the Doctor's NewOldFlame.
** Iris was later spun ''back'' off by Magrs and Big Finish into a new line of audio adventures and novels which have since gone right back to writing around the ''Doctor Who'' trademarks.
* TrappedInTVLand: ''The Crooked World'' sees the TARDIS crew trapped on a cartoon planet populated by thinly-veiled parodies of WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo, ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'', ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', and others. The Doctor's interference means that for the behavior of those parodies, RealityEnsues.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: After [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed the events of ''The Ancestor Cell'']], the Doctor suffers from this.
* TrenchcoatBrigade: Fitz. Being GenreSavvy, 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 PermaStubble (because he's bad at shaving), and is a lower-middle-class Londoner and a [[GuileHero Guile]] {{Sidekick}}. He's also basically quite sweet and sensitive, but most characters, upon first meeting him, distrust him.
* TroubledFetalPosition: 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", [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed for reasons]] [[TraumaInducedAmnesia he just barely remembers]]. It probably doesn't help his state of mind that he also just had something close to a near-death experience.
* TwistedAnkle: Fitz twists his ankle quite badly at least twice in the series. Once he later manages to get himself [[OnlyAFleshWound shot in the same leg]], which results in a [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect cute girl tending to his wound]] ''and'' the Doctor [[BridalCarry carrying him around]], so it turns out pretty well for him. In general, delay-causing injuries happen a lot; even though it'd take more than a mere twisted ankle to slow the Doctor down, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal he tends to get shot, stabbed, and squashed a lot]]. Oddly, female characters are less likely to be incapacitated by random injuries, although falling about {{fainting}} for plot-related reasons is likely.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: 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.
* TheUnsmile: From ''Camera Obscura'':
-->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.
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* VictorianNovelDisease: Mentioned in ''Camera Obscura'', in which the Doctor is suffering from having lost one of his hearts, making him pale and frail and [[{{Fainting}} prone to fainting]]. The book takes place in Victorian times and some people do assume he's consumptive.
* VillainsBlendInBetter: 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.
* WagTheDirector: In-universe, the Doctor gets like this after he joins an orchestra as first violinist in ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers''. He is very gifted, but becomes a massive diva, eventually playing a solo over 100 bars long -- it was supposed to be ''24'' -- and only stopping 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.
* WalkingTheEarth: The Doctor, during the Earth Arc. And by Earth, [[CreatorProvincialism 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 WanderingJew as well, since it doesn't seem like he particularly wants to be traveling around alone like this.
* WaxingLyrical:
** In ''Camera Obscura'', the Doctor quotes "All Along the Watchtower" while trying to escape a creepy EldritchLocation with Sabbath:
---> ‘“There must be some way out of here,’ said the [[TricksterArchetype joker]] to the [[OrganTheft thief]]”.’
** Sabbath has his own moment of doing this, for no particular reason at all: he's usually TheStoic, and he's from the 18th century. But he gets into an alarmingly perky and cheerful mood and starts quoting from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''.
--->"‘Because,’ said Sabbath. ‘Because because because because because. Because of the wonderful things I does.’"
* WeHaveToGetTheBulletOut: 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.
* WeirdAside: Fitz sometimes casually brings up his DarkAndTroubledPast without fully realizing it's awkward, then tries to pass it off [[SadClown as a joke]]. Anji eventually stops giving a damn whether people in the future or the past understand her TurnOfTheMillennium [[ShoutOut references]], 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 Creator/WilliamShakespeare. 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 [[CrypticBackgroundReference never really comes up]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Sometimes explored in relation to the Doctor, actually, and [[spoiler:it's a thing with Fitz after ''Interference'', particularly in ''Earth World''.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: ''The Gallifrey Chronicles'' opens up a number of plot threads which never get resolved [[spoiler:(especially Trix's criminal record and whoever Fitz is talking about in that song)]], and {{lampshade}}s the fact it's not going to bother telling you a damn thing about how Anji is doing with Chloe.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Fitz, in ''The Banquo Legacy'', tried doing a German accent, which could easily be mistaken for Scottish. It lasts for one hilarious line before [[OohMeAccentsSlipping slipping]]:
-->‘Ach,’ said Kreiner, ‘always ye haff mishaps. Again and again. Time after time.’
* WhatWouldXDo: A chapter in ''The Gallifrey Chronicles'', in which Trix finds herself facing an alien invasion on her own, is titled "WWDWD?"
* WhereIWasBornAndRazed: [[spoiler: Let's just say the TV revival wasn't the first to pull the Doctor blowing up Gallifrey trick.]]
* WildCard: Sabbath tends to do a lot of becoming mortal enemies with everyone he allies himself with and shifting his goals because of it.
* WildChild: 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.
* WildSamoan: 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.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: A Grace Holloway {{expy}}, some thinly-veiled Daleks...
* YouAreFat: The Doctor knows that if you want to upset a human, just tell them their weight variance is above the norm. Actually, Sabbath tends to be unfazed.
* YouCannotKillAnIdea: A group of Time Lords (the Celestis) take this concept literally, and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence convert themselves into ideas]] for this very reason. Unfortunately for them, a later book reveals that the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} also contains creatures which ''can'' kill -- and eat -- ideas.
* YourSizeMayVary:
** The Doctor is often described as tall, but on occasion, such as in ''Seeing I'' when Sam's friends say they [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller 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.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: The Doctor gets accused of watching too much TV in ''The Taking of Planet Five''.
-->‘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 ‘[[Franchise/{{Transformers}} robots in disguise]]’. The Doctor grinned, disarmingly. ‘My third childhood is showing.’