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The Heroes

    The (Tenth) Doctor 
  • The Insomniac: Whenever the Doctor's sleeping habits are brought up, it's because he's not sleeping. He consistently blames it on several centuries of collecting personal demons.
  • The Kirk: To Holmes's Spock when he's not in that role himself.
  • Non-Linear Character: Is this towards Holmes and Watson, since he knows basically how the rest of their lives are supposed to play out.
  • Papa Wolf: Moriarty notes this trait and throws it back in the Doctor's face:
    "And now you wish me to pay the price... because I touched your companions."
  • Really 700 Years Old: In "Smith and Holmes", he tells Holmes that he's probably more in the vicinity of 1200 years than 900, confessing that he's "been" 900 for a while now.
  • Shipper on Deck: Quite blatantly, of Watson/Sally and Holmes/Beth.
  • Stepford Smiler: Much to the exasperation of his Companions, who would much rather that he simply deal with his pain rather than pretend that it doesn't exist.
  • Team Dad: Quite often, he comes off less The Leader and more this. Moriarty calls the Companions as the Doctor's children, his "Children of Time" — yes, from thence, we get the title. Holmes acknowledges that it is indeed true.
  • Tranquil Fury: Gets this at times, but it's more like "Barely Restrained Fury".
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    Sherlock Holmes 
  • Adorkable: Sherlock Holmes in love can be terribly cute, much to Beth's surprise and delight.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Type 2 for Beth and Watson to be spared. What makes it so scary is that this is Sherlock Bloody Holmes begging.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Forms a large part of the dynamics between him and Beth once their relationship takes on romantic undertones, both before and after his captivity.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Holmes's rationalization for deeds ranging from handcuffing Beth to a cab door to his Deal with the Devil. Really, his rationalization for a lot, in general, rather like the Doctor...
  • Knight In Sour Armor: Certainly gives off vibes of this in the second half of Season 1 (at least before he jumps off the slippery slope — and afterwards, as he travels with Beth).
  • Love Redeems: It's Beth's unwavering determination, fueled by love, that helped him heal from self-inflicted and Moriarty-inflicted damage. It's important, however, to note that it's his love for Beth and his love for Watson that helped to resolve the issue of Frozen Time — the other side of the coin was Watson's love.
  • Oblivious to Love: By the time he finally starts to figure out Beth's feelings for him... he still will only believe that it's simple infatuation, and it's right before everything goes to hell.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Beth once asks Sherlock about Irene Norton, and he tells her that he truly only ever respected The Woman. Beth is the first and only woman he has ever been interested in.
  • The Spock: Quite often this to the Doctor's Kirk, but switches when the Doctor gets less sympathetic.

    John H. Watson, M.D. 
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Sans the armor... sans the knighthood... but still. It's pretty apparent throughout the series, especially in "Watson and Sparrow".
  • Morality Chain: Moriarty tells Watson he is this to Holmes, because Holmes is quickly spiraling into darkness without his Watson.

    Beth Lestrade 
  • Break the Cutie: Dear heavens. Having been handcuffed, insulted, and threatened with physical harm by Holmes, she still comes back to rescue him, only to find that he's done a Face–Heel Turn. And this is after all the crap she's been through thanks to living in a terrifyingly dangerous world... not to mention surviving a sexual assault from Moran. It only gets worse with the end of "Every Good Fairytale," the middle chapters of "Together Or Not At All," and into season 2...
  • Bound and Gagged: We'll just say that Beth has more instances of being restrained than any other character (including our Distressed Dude of a protagonist) and leave it at that.
  • Broken Bird: After the showdown at Torchwood: she's just survived two intimate assaults — one an invasion of her entire mind and the other a second sexual assault — and she wants nothing more than to end her pain.
  • Brutal Honesty: Calls Holmes out on his actions and attitudes.
  • Canon Immigrant: In-universe. From a spin-off to spending time with the canonical Holmes and in the Canon, no less.
  • Character Tics: Bites her lip an awful lot. Plus, any kind of serious compliment will make her blush, as she's unused to being praised. (And Holmes can really make her blush in general...)
  • Devoted to You: When Beth explains her love for Holmes, she consistently claims that she can't remember not loving him. Justified in that she was raised to be an obsessive Sherlockian by her dad (and encouraged by her older brother).
  • Distaff Counterpart: To both Holmes and Watson, depending on which of her relationships is being analyzed. She is very appropriately the Holmes to Sally's Watson; but when it comes to her relationship with Holmes, she's rather like a younger, American, female Watson.
  • Distressed Damsel: Despite her Action Girl status, she's only seventeen and all her training has been unprofessional (though coming from professionals) and unsystematic. So, no, a seventeen-year-old girl, no matter how tall and athletic, isn't going to beat men like a powerfully-built tiger hunter and soldier.
    • Carries on into the next season, but at least she rather shares the trait with her husband.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    I was referring to your involvement in that incident on the playing fields, when you defended one of the smaller freshmen rather handily with your fists. That courage and compassion are two of the many things which make you the woman whom I have grown to love, without even realising I was doing so.
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  • The Hero's Journey: Over the course of her first six episodes. (The start of season 2 indicates that her journey is actually far from over.)
  • I Am Not Pretty/Just a Kid: The former is more implied than stated outright, but the latter is word for word in one conversation with Holmes. Having been bullied a lot at school and growing up with several brothers, she really has low self-esteem which eventually causes Sherlock pain. All that she's ever willing to concede is that she's smart, and that simply because of her grades.
  • Iconic Item/Chekhov's Gun: Beth's locket that she never takes off. Moran steals it and sends it to Moriarty as proof to Holmes that Beth had been Killed Off for Real.
  • In Harm's Way: Constantly. Which bothers Sherlock greatly in Season 2, especially once he realizes that Moriarty is after her as much as he is after Sherlock... perhaps even more so.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: A good kid with big blue eyes... and the other characters can almost always read her by paying attention to her eyes. Later counts for What Beautiful Eyes! with Holmes.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Beth puts up with a lot from Holmes, some of it down right wrong. She puts up with it, anyway, because she knows something's wrong and, by her own admission, she wants to give him "a little sunshine".
  • Walking Spoiler: Used to both comedic and angsty effect.
  • Well Done My Dear: Is initially this towards Holmes.
  • When She Smiles: Sherlock tells Beth she has no idea what her smile does to him.
  • Wife Husbandry: Let's see: the hero she's had a crush on all her life ends up being her fencing instructor, and then thanks to separate timelines, when they marry, the age-gap between them loses two years. Still two decades between the two, but she is an adult for all intents and purposes when she says her vows.
  • Worthy Opponent: Actually considered to be this by Moriarty, of all people, who acknowledges her quick thinking, courage, tenacity, and powers of persuasion.

    Sally Sparrow 
  • Break the Cutie: From about mid-"Watson and Sparrow" on to the epilogue, the story is rather a Trauma Conga Line for poor Sally, who loses a best friend and two potential lovers in less than twenty-four hours, and then must wait indefinitely (from her POV) for one of said love interests to return to her.
  • Foil: To Beth in several ways, being a few years older and more mature, while sharing similar traits like Born in the Wrong Century, Plucky Girl, etc. Also, though Beth is a Sixth Ranger accepted by Holmes and Watson, Sally is a Sixth Ranger accepted only by Watson. Sally somewhat acts the part of the Holmes in "Watson and Sparrow" while investigating the Weeping Angels with Watson; Beth consistently acts the Watson (not The Watson, but the intelligent Sidekick the real Watson truly is) to Holmes when they're on a case/adventure together. Not to mention, Sally has a sweet if fast-paced courtship with Watson before marriage, having to wait only a year to be reunited with him; while Beth faces a long, painful road towards being accepted as an adult, let alone a Love Interest, by Holmes, and has to wait two years before reunion early on in the relationship (whereas Sally only had one year to wait, which itself was more painful than Beth's first wait...).
  • Team Mom: To the Baker Street Irregulars.

    The TARDIS 
  • Adorkable: Especially in her interactions with Holmes.
  • The Big Girl: 'Cos, let's face it, she's the transportation, literally.
  • Light Is Good: Her physical heart.
  • Mama Bear: Just try to hurt her thief or harm her passengers in any way, really. Go on. Try it.
  • Non-Linear Character: Invoked by the Doctor when trying to explain the TARDIS's plane of existence and perception of Time to Holmes.
  • Shipper on Deck: Appears to ship both Watson/Sally and Holmes/Beth, going to great lengths for the four of them (despite her one-time attraction to Holmes).
  • Team Mom: Has strong shades of this towards the Companions.
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    The Watson compudroid 

The Villains

    Professor James Moriarty 
  • Back from the Dead: Although technically, he never actually died...
  • Badass Bookworm: He's rather more willing to get his hands dirty now than he was previously.
  • Came Back Wrong: Time-sensitive and aging in reverse...
  • Character Development: He's undergone this in the two-decade (for him) interim since Reichenbach, and it certainly has not been for the better. And he gets worse still.
  • Evil Virtues: Holy crap, yes. It's worth noting that Moriarty has a lot of virtues he believes in, while dark!Holmes seems to believe in nothing at all.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's ever so pleasant and polite while mind raping you, corrupting you, and ripping your heart to itty-bitty shreds.
    • Though there are times when you think that he just might mean what he says when he makes a comment within a fifty-mile radius of being positive.
  • The Ghost: Becomes this in Season 2, there being just enough difference between him and his clone.
  • Hidden Villain: He's there from 1870 to 1895, watching Sherlock Holmes grow into the detective he's meant to be, waiting, biding his time 'til Holmes crosses paths with the Doctor...
  • It's All About Me
  • Karmic Death: Beth shoots him. Beth. The girl who had to go through Hell, live in it, and die in it as a result of his manipulations... and then was mind raped by him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things were already getting very dark. But this man shows up, and everything goes to hell.
  • Lean and Mean
  • Manipulative Bastard: Basically, the moment he opens his mouth, run, because this man can twist your heart up, puncture it multiple times, shatter it into a million tiny pieces, and then grind those pieces into dust. And then he'll make you want to do what he wants.
    • Consummate Liar: As Watson puts it, he tells the truth with just a little bit of falsehood.

    Colonel Sebastian Moran 
  • Dirty Old Man: Basically, whenever he so much as looks at the young woman defying him and his boss, it's with an apparently insatiable desire for her body (as well as for her screams).
    • It's implied that he's a serial rapist.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. It's more that he expects certain standards from the heroes, even if he doesn't adhere to them himself.
  • Faux Affably Evil: His treatment of Beth. The feigned affability is absolutely terrifying.
  • Hero Killer: He assassinates Mycroft and would have killed Beth when he was supposed to, as well, had he not taken the time to mess with her.
    • And he still ends up killing her, although accidentally.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Played with.
  • Smug Snake: He has some traits of being a Magnificent Bastard... but his record of success in the finale screws over what chance he might have had of reaching magnificence.

    the Plasmavore 
  • The Atoner: Her character carries shades of this in "Every Good Fairytale".
  • Broad Strokes: The Doctor describes plasmavores as internal shapeshifters in "Smith and Jones". Oh, but where's the fun in that?
  • Cursed with Awesome: She can take any sort of female human form she chooses... but she needs to feed on blood in order to do so, in order to even live.
  • No Name Given: She is known only as Mademoiselle and Madame. The one surname she uses in the entire season is obviously fake.
  • Seven Deadly Sins
    • Envy: A subtle theme for her, but she once envied the human capacity for companionship whereas she and the rest of her race have to live apart from each other lest they attract attention and endanger themselves.
    • Gluttony: Her addiction to, ironically, alcoholics.
    • Greed: All her power and possessions only serve to make her crave more.
    • Lust: Like a classic vampire, she quite enjoys mixing sex with her meals. Even worse, a perfume courtesy of Torchwood allows her to toy with abruptly-hormone-addled men.
    • Pride: Tries to seduce the Great Detective just to be able to say that she did.
    • Sloth: Being exposed to compassion gets her to think, but she doesn't bother to follow her own musings through to conclusion, a.k.a. Heel–Face Turn.
    • Wrath: Also like a classic vampire, her rage lies beneath a thin veneer of calm, and she is truly animalistic in her wrath.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Subverted. After her failure in EGF, Moriarty gives her one last chance to redeem herself, making her part of his plans to corrupt Beth.
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    The Moriarty clone 
  • Affably Evil: He'd much prefer getting along with the Holmeses.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Plays into this trope far more than his predecessor — not having to face a strange and unnatural death as he did before, he really is The Unfettered to focus his energies on whatever he wants.
  • The Chessmaster: Plays both sides of the fence like nobody's business.
  • Cloning Gambit: Not only is he the product of one, but he also tells Beth that he can do this again and again, as many times as necessary until he has accomplished his goals. However, the intended Badass Boast fails in an epic way when Beth can only express horror for him, and "something nearer to pity" than she's ever felt for him before.
  • Consummate Liar: Part and parcel of the "playing both sides of the fence" bit.
  • Smoking Is Cool: It's actually very much illegal by this point in time, and Sherlock is surprised that Moriarty indulges in such a dangerous habit. Moriarty smokes normal cigarettes but rather like a Film Noir character, possibly on purpose.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Blatantly this towards Beth, which unsettles her and angers Sherlock.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Is still doing this with the Holmeses, although rather less maliciously than before. See Affably Evil above.

    Martin Fenwick 
  • Ax-Crazy: Whereas the cartoon never explored it in-depth, the narrative specifically describes him as being insane.

Supporting Cast

    Kit Bennett aka Kathy Watson 

    Nikola Tesla 

    George Westinghouse 
  • Team Dad: For the girls and the Irregulars — so much so that he walks Beth down the aisle at her official wedding.

    Jeremy Brett 

    Mrs. Hudson 

    Mycroft Holmes 
  • Sherlock Scan: Sherlock and Watson are automatically in trouble as soon as they come home from adventures with the Doctor, because Mycroft can do the Sherlock Scan better than his brother can! And he can scarcely understand what he's seeing...
    • He has the same problem in Frozen Time, unable to make any sense of who Beth is, except for her love for Sherlock.

    The Irregulars 

    Chief Inspector Grayson 
  • Sour Supporter: Puts up with the Holmeses only because they get good results.

    Michael Lestrade 
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Particularly noteworthy is his height, being a couple of inches taller than his 6'+ son-in-law.
  • Team Dad: For the Holmeses & Co. Eventually.


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