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1!The Paternoster Gang (Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)²[[quoteright:350:]] ²²A trio of misfits in Victorian London who assist the Doctor in his Eleventh and Twelfth incarnations. Since their introduction in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]], they have become very popular, with many fans demanding a spin-off, and Big Finish naturally obliged — following [[EarlyBirdCameo Early Bird Cameos]] from Strax and Vastra in ''AudioPlay/JagoAndLitefoot'' and ''The Churchill Years'' respectively, the gang's first appearance together came in the form of a PoorlyDisguisedPilot as part of "The Eighth of March", a special release to mark International Women's Day. The first series of their spin-off proper will be released in June 2019.²----²!!In General:²²* ArtifactCollectionAgency: At the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]], Strax talks of "another one for the vault", implying this trope.²* {{Expy}}: Apparently, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle based [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes and Watson]] off of Vastra and Jenny.²* FamilyOfChoice: Vastra, Jenny and Strax's dynamic is that of a family, with Vastra and Jenny being the parents and Strax the child. This is especially evident in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]], where Vastra scolds Strax for acting overexcited and asks he he's been eating too much sherbet. Strax acts like a misbehaving child being told off by his mother.²* TheGayNineties: Post-Demon's Run, all their appearances on screen [[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse and off]] have been restricted to this decade.²* LovelyAngels: Jenny and Vastra. Even better, they're an OfficialCouple.²-->'''Vastra:''' Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife.²* PutOnABus: They haven't been seen or heard from since Twelve's premiere episode save for Strax, who had a one-time adventure with Jago and Litefoot in a Creator/BigFinish drama.²* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Vastra and Jenny love to go back and forth at each other, with Strax as the straight man. ²* TheyFightCrime: Vastra ''eats'' Jack the Ripper, and is shown to have captured another SerialKiller in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]]. However, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]] states that they're also in the business of [[OccultDetective investigating the bizarre and unusual]].²* TrueCompanions: To each other, as well as to the Doctor. The Doctor undertakes great personal risk in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]] to save Vastra, Jenny and Strax, saying that they were there for him after he lost Amy and Rory. In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], they also look after the Doctor after his traumatic regeneration.²* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: Jenny and Vastra are the two girls, and Strax is the guy ([[OneGenderRace which is kind of a given for a Sontaran]]).²* WeirdnessCensor: Many seem to assume that Vastra and Strax suffer from some kind of skin malady and physical deformities, but because of Victorian social etiquette, are simply too polite to say anything! Then again, they ''do'' live in [[CityOfWeirdos Victorian London]].²²----²!!Madame Vastra²[[quoteright:125:]]²->'''Played by:''' [[Creator/NeveMcIntosh Neve McIntosh]] (2011–2014)²²-->''"Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time, and this is my wife."''²²Vastra is a Silurian warrior living in Victorian London as a detective with her human maidservant, lover, and eventual wife, Jenny. They were recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run. After that, Strax came to live with them as their butler, and the Doctor spends quite a lot of time with them. Vastra apparently knows the Doctor very well from offscreen encounters.²----²* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2012'' contains 4 pages worth of Victorian newspaper articles and letters from Vastra hinting at how she first met the Doctor and Jenny, as well as some adventures Vastra and Jenny have had independent of each other. Apparently, she was even part of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang Henry Gordon Jago's]] theatre shows for a bit. ²* CluelessDetective: In regards to the Great Intelligence, despite the Doctor's explanation to the point she thinks the Great Intelligence possessed Dr. Simeon instead of being his subconscious mind. (Though the Doctor was being vague about how the snow was a parasite and neglected to mention that the alien snow naturally had no mind and how the Great Intelligence was Simeon's subconsciousness).²* CovertPervert: She tries to invite Clara to remove her clothes.²* CrazyPrepared: She sent Clara a letter containing a candle that would release a sedative when burned. Knowing that Clara wouldn't light it, she also coated the letter itself with the sedative.²%%* CulturedBadass: ²* DeadpanSnarker: Vastra can get quite deadpan at times.²-->'''Strax:''' I'm not an expert on alien species ...but you're both woman ones aren't you?\²'''Vastra:''' It has been noted.²* DoesNotLikeMen: Assumes Clara is upset at the Doctor's change only because she wanted pretty Creator/MattSmith, and clarifies that humans are "apes", men are just monkeys.²* FantasticRacism: Vastra isn't exactly fond of "apes", which causes the occasional argument with her wife, and she really doesn't like the standards of Victorian London.²* GreatDetective: The inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle. ²* HappilyMarried: To Jenny.²* HellBentForLeather: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]] reveals she has a leather outfit similar to Jenny's.²* HeroOfAnotherStory: Most of her adventures are off-screen; the Paternoster gang even has its own comics run in ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine''.²* HughMann: Really [[PaperThinDisguise isn't]] trying. She takes off her veil quite often, and explains her background to anyone who asks. The fact that she has to disguise herself at all annoys her greatly.²* InterspeciesRomance: Silurian (pre-historic humanoid dinosaur) and human.²* KatanasAreJustBetter: Vastra uses a katana in battle.²* LadyOfAdventure: She's got lots of adventures of her own under her belt, to the point of being the original inspiration for Literature/SherlockHolmes.²* LadyOfWar: A dignified, very intelligent LipstickLesbian [[TheReptilians Silurian]] onna-bugeisha who ate UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.²* LipstickLesbian: Likes to conform to Victorian standards of female dress in non-violent situations.²* LivingRelic: She comes from the era the Silurians were Earth's dominant species, about 65 million years ago, and is the only Silurian known to be awake in the Victorian period.²* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: She and Jenny are [[HappilyMarried married]] [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting]] [[SerialKillerKiller serial-killer-hunting]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] [[InterspeciesRomance interspecies]] [[LesYay lesbians]]. Vastra herself is a Victorian, Silurian, katana-wielding, human-eating, crimefighter.²** One of the show writers commented that he would have liked to make Vastra an actress as well so that she would be a [[RhymesOnADime Silurian Victorian Lesbian Thespian]].²* NobleBigot: Vastra, who frequently criticizes "apes" and has eaten them (off-screen), despite being married to one. Jenny just rolls with it.²* OfficialCouple: With Jenny, to whom she is married.²* PaperThinDisguise: For the audience at least, her veil is very transparent.²* PerceptionFilter: Her veil has one.²* RetiredMonster: Vastra was hunting workmen on the London Underground when the Doctor first met her.²* SonOfAnApe: Calls humans "apes" a lot. She also uses "monkey" as a male-specific insult.²* ToServeMan: Vastra ate UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and was preying on workmen in the London Underground before the Doctor made her stop, as mentioned above. We don't know if she routinely does this anymore, or if Jenny [[ImAHumanitarian joins in at all]].²* {{Troll}}: Asks Jenny to pose in her underwear (as near as naked as makes no difference for Victorians) under the pretences of painting a portrait. Once Jenny cottons on that this isn't true, Vastra asks her to keep posing.²* WaistcoatOfStyle: Wears a green one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]] when she goes to Demon's Run.²²----²!!Jenny Flint²[[quoteright:150:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/CatrinStewart (2011–2014)²²Madame Vastra's wife and NinjaMaid, who was cast out by her family for her preferences and subsequently took up a life of detective work, lock-picking and katana-wielding.²----²* ActionGirl: With a katana.²* BadassAdorable: She can be very cute, when she's not going around slicing people up. ²* BadassGay: Very badass, and very clearly lesbian. ²* BattleButler: She poses as Vastra's maid, although both are aware that Victorian society is only accepting the cover story out of politeness.²* BattleCouple: With Vastra.²* BeautyMark: On her cheek.²* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]] shows some cracks in her relationship with Vastra, as while she loves her she's not always happy about being the submissive one.²* DisneyDeath: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]], she "dies" just long enough to freak out Vastra (and the fans) before Strax restarts her heart.²* FantasticallyIndifferent: [[InterspeciesRomance The obvious aside]], she seems to have an almost distressingly blasé attitude towards her wife's... [[ToServeMan unique palate]]. Granted, her meals usually consist of criminals, but still...²* {{Gayngst}}: Jenny was ostracized by her family over "preferences in companionship". She's rolled with it.²* HappilyMarried: To Vastra.²* HellBentForLeather: Jenny's black-leather SpyCatsuit, which she has been seen to wear under more usual clothing.²* HeroOfAnotherStory: Vastra being the "real life" Sherlock, Jenny is the inspiration for John Watson.²* InsistentTerminology: Addresses her wife simply as "Madame", and only occasionally as "Vastra". ²* InterspeciesRomance: With Vastra.²* KatanasAreJustBetter: Wields one expertly.²* LadyOfAdventure: Detective.²* LipstickLesbian: Likes to conform to Victorian standards of female dress in non-violent situations, but wears more sensible combat gear underneath.²* MasterOfUnlocking: Seems to be very skilled at lockpicking in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]]. The Doctor even compliments her lockpicking skills.²* NiceGirl: Her friendly and kind demeanour set her apart from the aloof Vastra and psychotic Strax.²* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: She and Vastra are [[HappilyMarried married]] [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting]] [[SerialKillerKiller serial-killer-hunting]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana-wielding]] [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] [[InterspeciesRomance interspecies]] [[LesYay lesbians]].²* OfficialCouple: With Vastra.²* OneSteveLimit: Jenny is not the same character as the Doctor's daughter.²* RunningGag: Has to repeatedly remind her wife that they are in fact married each time she openly flirts with another woman. Usually always in an aghast and exasperated manner by stating, "Married!" hinting that this is a reoccurring issue. This happens almost every episode with them and sometimes more than once especially when Clara Oswald is around.²* SheCleansUpNicely: Jenny usually wears either her SpyCatsuit or clothes suitable to a Victorian-era maid and pins her hair up. But in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E1DeepBreath "Deep Breath"]], she has a scene where she's only wearing her underclothes ''and'' has her hair down; the difference this makes to her appearance is quite surprising.²%% How does she fit the trope?²%%%* SilkHidingSteel: ²%%%%% How does she fit the trope?²* SpyCatsuit: Sometimes wears one in combat situations.²* TokenHuman: She's the only human in the trio, working with a Silurian and a Sontaran.²* WaistcoatOfStyle: Wears a blue one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]] when she goes to Demon's Run.²* TheWatson: The ''original'' Watson who allegedly inspired Sir Conan Doyle's stories, but does not actually fit the trope because she doesn't need her wife to explain things to her. ²²----²!!Strax²[[quoteright:295:]]²->'''Played by:''' Dan Starkey (2011–2014)²²-->''"Do not attempt to escape or you will be obliterated. May I take your coat?"''²²Strax was, at one time, a Commander in the Sontaran army, but was demoted to the status of nurse. At some point he encountered the Doctor and the two began an OddFriendship, leading Strax to participate in the Battle of Demon's Run, where he was killed (or, perhaps, simply fainted). The Doctor managed to get Strax brought BackFromTheDead (although he CameBackWrong a bit), and he began living with Vastra and Jenny in Victorian London.²²Showed up in ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', where he got to team up with Jago and Litefoot... [[HilarityEnsues because he got hit on the head and thought they were Vastra and Jenny]].²----²* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: His appearance at Monster's Day Out [[AliensInCardiff was in Cahrrdeef]].²* AffablyEvil: Not evil ''per se'', but he frequently remarks to people that he hopes to one day kill them for the glory of the Sontaran Empire. Note that this is a compliment from a Sontaran's perspective.²* AmbiguousDisorder: Given that no other Sontaran acts like Strax, one does start to wonder. This gets much more pronounced after he "died" in his first appearance, which changed his personality quite a bit.²* AttackAttackAttack: Strax's first, second, and third choice for any situation.²* AxeCrazy: His first instinct for any approach is to attack, kill, or destroy.²-->'''Jenny:''' It's beautiful.\²'''Strax:''' Shall I destroy it?\²'''Vastra:''' Shut up, Strax.²* BackFromTheDead: We see Vastra and Jenny fixing him up in the "Two Days Later" minisode, where it's stated that he actually ''fainted'' instead.²* BadassAdorable: Whenever he is excited to go into battle, he becomes this.²* BadBoss: Has a tendency to "execute" horses for failure, especially when he's hungry.²* BarBrawl: His idea of a fun weekend off is getting into one of these with a ViolentGlaswegian.²* BattleButler: Now serves this role to Vastra and Jenny. He's got the battle down, and he's trying hard on the butler part.²* BizarreAlienSexes: Hailing from a [[OneGenderRace monosex clone-race]], "two genders is a bit further than he can count". He defaults to male pronouns to comic effect, even when he's making an effort.²-->'''Strax:''' I'm not an expert on alien species, but you're both... woman-ones, aren't you? \²'''Vastra:''' It has been noted.\²'''Strax:''' Don't you need a man-one?\²'''Vastra[=/=]Jenny:''' No.²** In his report on the different incarnations of the Doctor, he is convinced that the Eighth Doctor is a woman because of his long hair.²* BloodKnight: He is a Sontaran, after all. He was excited to be recruited for the Battle of Demons Run.²* CameBackWrong: Regardless of whether one thinks he died at Demon's Run, or accepts the minisode explanation that he merely fainted, his personality changes rather drastically from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E7AGoodManGoesToWar "A Good Man Goes to War"]] upon his return in [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]].²-->'''The Doctor:''' He gave his life for a friend of mine once, and another friend brought him back. But some of his brain cells didn't make the return trip!²* CharacterDevelopment: At first, he longed to destroy Earth and hated his punishment, but he seems to have gotten used to it (and even enjoys some bits of Earth). ²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}:²** He declared war on ''the Moon'', having determined that it had been over them far too long and had gained a tactical advantage. When informed that the Moon was uninhabited, he merely insisted that that just meant that now is the best time to strike because "They'll never see it coming!"²** He executed three horses in a week, because he believed they failed their missions. And he was implied to have ''[[BigEater eaten]]'' them, too. (He gets prevented from executing a fourth.)²* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Turns out he was right about something [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E7KillTheMoon living on the Moon]].²* CombatMedic: A Sontaran ''Nurse''.²* TheComicallySerious: Strax says pretty much everything in the most serious fashion a Sontaran can manage.²* DeathSeeker: He finds the glorious Sontaran death is a bit less pleasant than he expected. After being fixed up, he initially insists that he's most sincerely dead and they should leave him.²* DisneyDeath: He "died" at the Battle of Demon's Run.²* TheDitz: The Doctor suggested that he CameBackWrong, though part of his apparent ditziness may be because he's a Sontaran trying to fit in Victorian London.²* FateWorseThanDeath: For a Sontaran, being forced to ''save'' lives is one of the greatest shames imaginable.²* {{Foil}}: To Rory, who is a nurse-turned-warrior, while Strax is a warrior-turned-nurse. Also as Vastra and Jenny's butler.²* FriendToAllChildren:²** His appearance at Monster's Day Out taking questions from a group of little children.²** In the show proper, he gets along with kids just fine, and seems quite upset that Rory won't let him nurse Melody. ²* GeniusDitz: Still retains his medical and combat knowledge after he CameBackWrong.²* HeroicComedicSociopath: He is, like all Sontarans, extremely quick to violence, but he means well enough and his antics are PlayedForLaughs.²* HumiliationConga: For a once-mighty warrior general, being demoted to Nurse and having to help the weak and sickly is the worst humiliation imaginable.²* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: He's probably one of the most likeable guys who will ever threaten to melt you with acid. ²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sontarans can be violent and brutish, but this one's the Doctor's friend. Plus he offered to breast-feed Amy and Rory's baby. He can produce ''magnificent'' quantities of lactic fluid!²* LargeHam: To a certain extent.²-->"I have gene-spliced myself for all nursing duties. I can produce MAGNIFICENT quantities of lactic fluid!"\²"PREPARE TO DIE IN AGONY FOR THE GLORY OF THE SONTARAN EMPIRE!" ²* LiteralMinded: As Clara finds out, Strax has issues with metaphor and euphemism. And surprisingly good aim with a newspaper. This one isn't unique to Strax, however, as other Sontarans have shown confusion over human slang before.²* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: He prefaces the cinema version of [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]], warning viewers that texting or unauthorized filming will be punished ''severely'' but popcorn is a-okay.²-->'''Strax:''' Remember — popcorn can feel pain! ''[crunch]'' Ah, those tiny screams!²* MisterSeahorse: He's not technically got a gender, but mentions undergoing gene-splicing to allow him to produce breast milk.²* MoodWhiplash: He provides this gem from [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen "The Snowmen"]]:²-->'''Strax:''' Do not attempt to escape, or you will be obliterated! ''[politely]'' May I take your coat?²* NoodleImplements: Some of the weapons Strax will inevitably suggest using at the nearest opportunity sound [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill ridiculously overpowered]] or just flat-out insane.²* NoodleIncident: Whatever caused him to be demoted to nurse to restore the honour of his clone batch. Some ExpandedUniverse material suggests the Tenth Doctor may have been involved, as Strax ''really'' doesn't like him.²* NoTalkingOrPhonesWarning: Provides one for the cinema version of [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]].²* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor "The Name of the Doctor"]], when the Great Intelligence attempts to rewrite the Doctor's entire timestream and remove his positive influence on the universe, Strax is briefly transformed into a psychopathic Sontaran warrior (more so than usual) and even attempts to murder Madame Vastra because as a Silurian, she was "racially impure".²* PsychopathicManchild: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]], Vastra scolds him for getting overexcited. Strax goes into a sulk and storms outside to play with his grenades.²* PsychoSidekick: The only reason why he isn't trying to conquer Earth is because he sees Vastra, Jenny and the Doctor as his superiors and works towards their objectives.²* RunningGag: Several. His inability to distinguish between genders, his fondness for violence, his poor grasp of human behaviour, and his habit of suggesting attacks with multiple ludicrous weapons. With these weapons, acid seems to be a favourite option of his, given how often he suggests using it.²* StoutStrength: Can throw a newspaper hard enough to knock someone over on a second floor. Justified given that he's a Sontaran.²* SweetTooth: He apparently gets into Jenny's Sherbert Fancies from time to time.²* ThrowDownTheBomblet: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E11TheCrimsonHorror "The Crimson Horror"]], he grumbles that Madame Vastra ''never'' lets him use his grenades.²* TokenEvilTeammate: He is a Sontaran after all, albeit one reduced to the status of IneffectualSympatheticVillain. His suggested solutions to problems are usually horrifically violent and can't help but include death threats in his daily discourse. He also apparently murders a horse every couple of days for "failing its mission". ²* ViolentGlaswegian: He isn't one, but Strax seems to feel more of a kinship with them than any other humans. Whenever he has a day off, he travels to Glasgow for the express purpose of getting in bar fights.²* WorthyOpponent:²** He considers the Doctor a worthy enemy of the Sontarans, though he prefers some incarnations over others. [[HotBlooded Six]] is his personal favourite, Three gets singled out for his super-spy heroics, and he despises Ten for humiliating his clone batch.²** When he's not fighting his favourite ViolentGlaswegian to the death in an epic bar brawl, he's on quite friendly terms with him. ²²----


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