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Eleventh Doctor

First appearance: "The End of Time" (2010)
Debut: "The Eleventh Hour" (2010)
Regeneration story: "The Time of the Doctor" (2013)

Played by: Matt Smith (2010–2013, 2014)
Voiced by: Matt Smith (2010–2011, 2012); Jacob Dudman (2020)

"The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don't always spoil the good things or make them unimportant."

The thirteenth and final incarnation in the Doctor's first regeneration cycle.note 

The outlandish hipster who stepped out of a fairy tale, able to solve all sorts of problems with a wave of his Magic Wand. He was particularly drawn to mystery-solving as well as a Friend to All Children who loved joining in on their fun. Had a distinct air of an old professor in a young man's body, trying in vain to blend in with his younger, more sociable companions. Frequently tripping over his own tangled thoughts, words, and limbs, Eleven was definitely very alien.

A large chunk of his life was governed by uncovering various mysteries, several of which centered around a cult known as the Silence. He spent a long time trying to keep the universe intact, being thrust deep into a conspiracy to put an end to him, and having many encounters with River Song, learning the story behind her existence.

He was also incredibly burdened by loss and took it with profound mourning, followed by seclusion and bitterness, to the point he retired from heroics and traveling after losing longtime friends Amy Pond and Rory Williams. It was only through confronting the worst moment of his life once again, the Last Great Time War, that allowed him to truly move forward and be the Doctor, fighting his greatest enemies on a final battlefield for almost a millennium. Having ran out of regenerations, the Doctor was surprised to receive a new regeneration cycle and escaped a final death by the Daleks. After being reset to his younger form and bidding one final farewell to this body, he regenerated into an older man with sharp eyebrows and a sharper wit.

He is often considered the most childlike Doctor, hopping and skipping all over the place regardless of the seriousness of the situation. Like his predecessor, however, scratch the surface and you would find a secretive old man who was very liable to snap into Tranquil Fury mode if you hurt him, willing to resort to violence and manipulation if necessary.

To date, Matt Smith is the youngest actor to be cast as the Doctor, as he was only twenty-six when cast, he was three years younger than the previous record-holder, Peter Davison, who played the Fifth Doctor.

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  • Abandoned Catchphrase: The Eleventh Doctor's "Geronimo!" is a downplayed case; he certainly mentions it most in his first season, but after said season it's one of his least recurring quirks. It does get a few nods later on, including "The Day of The Doctor."
  • Absent-Minded Professor: This Doctor tends to be very flighty at times. Most notably in "The Lodger", when he has to pretend to be a normal human while being a bit distracted by having to save the universe. His rather out of date clothes also evoke this.
  • Accidental Marriage: The Marilyn Monroe incident.
  • Accidental Pervert: Best shown by his reaction to finding a woman in the changing room, while he was looking for Cybermats.
    The Doctor: Sorry madam... try that dress in red!
  • Accidental Proposal: Accidentally asks River to marry him on two separate occasions.
  • Actually A Doom Bot: Turns out the Doctor wasn't shot in "The Impossible Astronaut" but the Teselacta disguised as him.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Very fond of kissing his companions' foreheads, much like Three used to do with Jo. Also sometimes very fond of kissing them square on the mouth when he's really excited, much like Eight used to do — regardless of their gender. Or sexuality. Or marital status.
  • Allergic to Routine:
    • Linear time doesn't agree with him, and he actively hates having to wait for things in chronological order, or having to bother remembering the natural order of centuries when talking to humans. In "The Power of Three", we see that just sitting still on a planet for a few days annoys him more than anything, leading him to manically rush off, paint Amy and Rory's fence, kick-up a football five million times (or so he claims) and cut the grass... in about an hour. When he sees Amy’s life in the dullest village known to man he wonders what they do to stave off the self-harm.
    • And while waiting for Van Gogh to finish a painting, he can barely wait a moment before pacing around and ranting about the Sistine Chapel to keep himself occupied.
      The Doctor: Is this how time normally passes? Reaaaally slowly, in the right order?
  • Alternate Landmark History: Apparently he's the inspiration for the Easter Island statues.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Eleven is the first Doctor to actively snog a male companion on the show. Steven Moffat has even explicitly stated that the Doctor doesn't care about words like "gay" or "straight", and has some trouble grasping what they mean. A great throwaway example of this shows up in "Let's Kill Hitler" when he tells Mels that he danced with everyone at Rory and Amy's wedding, not seeming to understand why the men were "a bit shy."
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's left unclear to what extent he remembers Rory after the latter is erased by the cracks in time.
  • Animal Motifs: Steven Moffat compared the revival Doctors up to that point as cats, saying that if Christopher Eccleston was a tiger and David Tennant was a Tigger, this Doctor is like a housecat that looks at you like he meant to do that after falling off a piece of furniture.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He apparently acquires a wooden leg on Trenzalore.
  • Arch-Enemy: The Silence and the Great Intelligence, both of whom play key roles in the overarching plot that surrounds the Eleventh Doctor's era.
  • Armour-Piercing Question: When pressed, Eleven claims he never bothered to count how many children supposedly died at his hands during the Time War. Ten neatly reveals this to be a lie ("2.47 billion") and, when Eleven still insists he doesn't remember, can only look on with horror and revulsion.
    Ten: 400 years? Is that all it takes?!
    Eleven: [coldly] I moved on.
    Ten: [voice cracks] WHERE? Where could you be now, that you forget something like that?!
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: A variant. The Doctor visits his own grave on the fields of Trenzalore.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: He's on about the same level as Eight, and gets pulled off-topic very often.
    The Doctor: Ooh, now, what's this? Now, I love this, a big flashy lighty thing! That's what brought me here. Big flashy lighty things have got me written all over them. Not actually. Give me time. And a crayon.
  • Attention Whore: The one time nobody's paying attention to him, he gets annoyed.
    The Doctor: I'm being extremely clever up here and there's no one to stand around looking impressed. What's the point in having you all?
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel:
    • His first outfit, which he stole from the Royal Leadworth Hospital, consisted of a plain brown tweed jacket with elbow patches, a chequered dress shirt, a scarlet bow tie, braces, rolled up navy-blue trousers and dark tan loafers. This gave him a very bookish air.
    • His second outfit had a very steampunk look - an eggplant purple cashmere frock coat that reached mid-thigh with a corduroy collar, wearing it with a burgundy bow tie and braces, black jeans and a new pair of brown leather boots.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The Doctor's Sherlock Scan in "The Eleventh Hour", "A Christmas Carol" and "Let's Kill Hitler".
  • Baby Language: The Doctor speaks everything, and that includes Baby.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With River when fighting a crowd of Silent.
  • Badass Army: Can assemble an impressive one.
  • Badass Boast: Eleven seems quite fond of these.
    • In "The Eleventh Hour":
    • In "The Time of Angels":
      The Doctor: There's one thing you never put in a trap if you're smart. If you value your continued existence, if you have any plans about seeing tomorrow there's one thing you never ever put in a trap: Me.
    • In "The Pandorica Opens":
      Doctor: Look at me! No plan, no backup, no weapons worth a damn. Oh, and something else I don't have. Anything. To. Lose! So, if you're sitting up there in your silly little spaceship with all your silly little guns, and you've got any plans on taking the Pandorica, tonight, just remember who's standing in your way. Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, AAAAAND THEN... do the smart thing. Let somebody else try first.
    • In "The Doctor's Wife".
      House: Fear me. I've killed hundreds of Time Lords!
      The Doctor: Fear me. I've killed all of them.
    • In the same episode:
      The Doctor: You gave me hope and then took it away. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. God knows what it will do to me. Basically... RUN!
    • In "A Good Man Goes to War":
      The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
    • In "The Wedding of River Song":
      The Doctor: Imagine you were dying and a long way from home and in terrible pain. And just when you think it couldn't get any worse, you look up and see the face of the devil himself... Hello, Dalek.
    • In "The Rings of Akhaten":
      The Doctor: I walked away from the Last Great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and I watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time. No space. Just me! I've walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a MAD... MAN. I've watched universes freeze and creations burn. I have seen things you wouldn't believe. I have lost things you'll never understand! And I know things. Secrets that must never be told. Knowledge that must never be spoken. Knowledge that will make parasite gods BLAZE! SO COME OOOOON THEN! TAKE IT! TAKE IT ALL, BABY! HAVE IT! YOU HAVE IT ALL!
    • In "The Day of the Doctor":
      War Doctor: There's still a billion billion Daleks up there attacking.
      11th Doctor: Yeah, yeah, there is...
      10th Doctor: ...but there's something those billion billion Daleks don't know...
      11th Doctor: ...'cause if they did, they'd probably send for reinforcements!
      Clara: What? What don't they know??
      11th Doctor: Heh! This time, there's three of us.
    • His response to Tasha Lem, who reveals a breakaway sect of the Papal Mainframe once sent a hitman (River) to kill him. Eleven scoffs, "Totally married her."
    • Just as he starts his regeneration in "The Time of the Doctor", he delivers the boast to silence all the others.
      Dalek Cruiser: You are dying, Doctor.
      The Doctor: Yes, I'm dying. You've been trying to kill me for centuries, and here I am, dying of old age. If you want something done, do it yourself.
      Dalek Cruiser: You will die, and the Time Lords will never return.
      The Doctor: You still can't work up the courage to shoot me, can you? You're still worried I've got something up my sleeve! Well, you knock yourselves out, boys. I've got nothing this time.
      (Crack opens in the sky and golden regeneration energy flies into the Doctor's mouth.)
      Dalek Cruiser: You will die now, Doctor. This is the end of you. The rules of regeneration are known. You have expended all your lives.
      The Doctor: Sorry? What did you say? Did you mention the rules? Now, listen... bit of advice. Tell me the truth, if you think you know it. Lay down the law, if you're feeling brave. But, Daleks, Never. Ever! TELL ME THE RULES!
      Dalek Cruiser: Emergency! Emergency! The Doctor is regenerating! The Doctor is regenerating!
      The Doctor: Oh look at this, regeneration number 13! We're breaking some serious science here boys! I'll tell ya what! It's gonna be a whopper!!
      Dalek Cruiser: Exterminate! Exterminate the Doctor!
      The Doctor: You think you can stop me now Daleks?! IF YOU WANT MY LIFE, COME. AND. GET IT! (starts regenerating, destroying all the Daleks) Haha! LOVE FROM GALLIFREY, BOYS!
  • Badass Bookworm: Reading is one of his favourite hobbies, and he dislikes being disturbed while doing so. While he preferred to settle problems through negotiation rather than violence, he was willing to resort to violence when he deemed it necessary.
  • Badass Family: By the end of "The Wedding of River Song", he's married to River, and Amy and Rory are his in laws.
  • Badass Fingersnap: By this point, he only needs to snap his fingers to open the doors of the TARDIS. (He could presumably use this to summon it too, as seen in some of the DW comics.)
  • Badass Longcoat: Starts wearing an awesome, suitably long, green coat as of "Let's Kill Hitler". He then starts wearing a purple one as a permanent part of his new outfit in Series 7.
  • Battle Couple: With River.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows two during the premiere and finale of series six after being locked up for months. He shaves soon after being released.
  • Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Rory's Betty for Amy's affections.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eleven's an eccentric, fun-loving and kind-hearted individual, but he's also someone you really don't want to upset.
    • "Victory of the Daleks": The Doctor goes after a Dalek with a Wrench after being driven over the edge by the Daleks' False Friend gambit.
    • "Flesh and Stone": The Doctor erases every Weeping Angel on the planet from existence.
    • "Day of the Moon": As punishment for kidnapping Amy, screwing with humanity's development over centuries and all the people who died because of their actions over Series 5, the Doctor arranges the Silence's genocide.
    • "The Doctor's Wife": The Doctor's reaction to learning that House has lured hundreds of Time Lords to their death, consumed their TARDISes and used Time Lord corpses to repair his People Puppets; but the final clincher is making the Doctor think there were other survivors from the Time War. He lets the TARDIS finish House off by devouring him, smiling as he dies screaming.
    • "A Good Man Goes to War": The Doctor blows up an entire legion of Cyberships just to get Amy's location. He then forces the Colonel leading the forces who took Amy to tell his troops to "run away", just to humiliate the man.
      The Doctor: Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
    • "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship": As punishment for massacring all the Silurians aboard the ark, the Doctor leaves Solomon to die on an out of control ship right before it gets hit by a couple of nukes.
      The Doctor: Did the Silurians beg you to stop? Look Solomon. The missiles. See them shine, see how valuable they are? And they're all yours. Enjoy your bounty.
    • "A Town Called Mercy": Tries to force Kahler-Jex at gunpoint to walk to his death. What's really disturbing about this is that Kahler-Jex is more of an Anti-Villain than anything else. He just reminds the Doctor too much of everything the Doctor hates about himself. It takes Amy with a gun to stop him.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He can be quite the goofball, but at the end of the day he's still the same One-Man Army that's saved the universe an endless number of times. He is also much more casual about killing off villains than 9 or 10 were.
  • Big Damn Kiss: After over 700 years of deep mutual love, he finally gets to kiss the TARDIS. Who promptly bites him on the ear.
    • He shares some very Big Damn Kisses with River Song as well. And he snogs Rory Williams out of sheer joy at one point. With Amy Pond having forced him into a kiss early on, he's now made out with the whole family — River and all three of her parents.
    • Clara wasted no time in getting in on the action. The Doctor didn't quite agree with the idea.
    • He dips and kisses Jenny Flint after she saves his life. Lesbian, married Jenny Flint. It earns him a hard slap to the face.
  • Big Entrance: With some frequency, notably through a chimney in "The Christmas Carol":
    The Doctor: Ah. Yes. Blimey. Sorry. Christmas Eve on a rooftop, saw a chimney, my whole brain just went: "What the hell!"
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Does this a lot. To villains, to his companions, even to inanimate objects.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: The Eleventh Doctor's taste for fish sticks dipped in custard. The first time he tried them post-regeneration trauma was playing havoc with his taste buds, but he's also seen enjoying them in later episodes, such as "The Power of Three".
  • Book Ends: Not to this incarnation, but to his whole life. As he ages in "The Time of the Doctor," he starts to look less like Eleven and more like Hartnell's original incarnation. When he finally regenerates, he's regenerated into an eccentric older man with no idea how to pilot the very TARDIS he's owned as long as the viewers have known him.
    • For a proper bookend, towards the end of his introductory episode, he puts on a bowtie and at literally, the final seconds of his life, he undoes it and let it drop to the floor.
    • For another, his first meal in this incarnation was fish fingers and custard. It's also his last.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase:
  • Brutal Honesty:
  • Buffy Speak: "Big flashy lighty thing", "blue boringers", "uppy-downy stuff in a big blue box", among others. The War Doctor mocks him for it extensively and — correctly — surmises it's Eleven's way of trying to forget how harsh everything around him can be.
  • The Cameo: In "Deep Breath".
  • The Casanova: More flirty than his previous incarnations, he was fond of kissing his companions' foreheads, dancing with strangers, and kissing people square on the mouth, regardless of their gender, sexuality or marital status. He also used cheek-kissing as a form of greeting, albeit without any physical contact.
  • Character Catchphrase: Eleven loves catchphrases, and has a lot of fun inventing new ones.
    • "Blimey."
    • "Geronimo!".
    • "Bowties are cool". Morphs into: "It's an X. I wear an X now. Xs are cool." Or just: Xs are cool. The one exception to this is in "The Bells of Saint John". "Monks are not cool!"
    • The occasional utterance of "It's a thing...", usually referring to one of his many Indy Ploys.
    • "It's an X. Love an X."
    • "Come along Pond(s)!" and variations such as "Come along, Bitey!" — to a Cybermat.
    • Much like Ten's Preemptive Apology, Eleven's "Trust me" crops up now and again.
    • "Imagine X... but don't, because it's nothing like that."
    • "Rubbish."
    • A preemptive "Shut up!"
    • "That's new!"
    • "Yowza!"
    • (when answering the phone) "Hello, the TARDIS!"
  • Character Development: After his Ponds are gone, Eleven becomes much more careful and protective of people around him, and starts acting much older. He's still a complete Manchild in Series 7, but one who extensively prepares, calculates and calls for backup when needed.
  • Character Shilling: As part of his Shipper on Deck duties, he often reminds Amy how great Rory is.
  • Character Tics:
    • Spinning a whole 270 degrees right in order to simply turn left note .
    • Dashing a few steps beyond someone (often a few steps up a flight of stairs) when he approaches them.
    • Walking or standing with his arms straight down.
    • Generally flailing, doing entirely unrelated stuff with his hands while he's kissing someone.
    • Holding up both his index fingers when he explains things (often while spinning).
    • Slouching smugly in a chair when he's talking to a villain.
    • Crossing his hearts.
    • Shifting his jaw when he's upset.
    • Scratching his face when he's utterly perplexed.
    War Doctor: Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?
    Eleven: [gesturing emphatically] Yes! No...
    • Drawing things in the air to arrive at epiphanies.
    • Wringing his hands when nervous or when musing things over. He seems to do it more in Series 7B to reflect him acting more his age.
    • Being VERY awkward when being kissed.
    • Fiddling with his bowtie before embarking on a course of action and/or after arguing with someone.
    • Repeating words over and over when flustered, often changing their tone each time "Yes yes yes of course yes of course!" etc.
    • Eleven also tends to snap his fingers before pointing at someone or something.
  • Check and Mate: Loves making these speeches.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: To the point where he nearly has a meltdown in "Closing Time" since he desperately wants to leave and not investigate the strange things that are happening.
    The Doctor: Not noticing, just going! Not noticing, just going! Not noticing, just going!
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Frequently referred to as a "mad man", even by himself.
  • Clueless Chick-Magnet: A Chick Magnet in a completely different way than Ten: half of the time he appears to be completely oblivious to people hitting on him.
  • Comforting Comforter: After having rescued her from an attack by the episode's antagonists, he gently tucks an exhausted and sleeping Clara into bed and leaves her a plate of jammy dodgers in "The Bells of Saint John".
  • Companion Cube: In "The Time of the Doctor", he adopts a severed Cyberman head (without any organic bits) as a companion, which he dubs "Handles". It ends up keeping him company for the first few centuries of the Siege of Trenzalore, before eventually "dying" of mechanical failure.
  • Constantly Curious: Openly describing himself as "obsessive-compulsive", he was known to let his curiosity over enigmas get the better of him, often putting himself and others in harm's way for answers. His insistence on solving mysteries also led him to take on Amy and Clara as companions.
  • Consummate Liar: "Rule one: the Doctor lies." He doesn't lie about lying but everything is a yes.
  • Contrasting Replacement Character:
    • Is a dorky, hyperactive, alien oddball, as opposed to Ten, who beyond being more traditionally cool, was more in tune with "human" tastes and attitudes. But overall, it is actually downplayed quite a bit, as Eleven and Ten share quite a few quirks and personality traits and even pretty much have the same sense of humour. It is even to a degree that when they meet each other in "The Day of the Doctor", they quickly subvert the usual I Hate Past Me/Other Me Annoys Me dynamic the different Doctors usually play into when they team up. Eleven and Ten might occasionally take a few cheap shots at each other, but they get along swimmingly most of the time, to the point where they are even moving in sync and finishing each other's' sentences at times.
    • When compared to the professional, gentleman scientist that the Third Doctor was, Eleven is downright ridiculous yet clearly more conniving when push comes to shove. It should also be noted that Three began his era being exiled on Earth by the Time Lords, Eleven ended his era purposely exiling himself on Trenzalore for the sake of the Time Lords.
      • Also to note their settings as well: Three was for the most of his life grounded to 1970s/1980s Earth, with an occasional outer-Earth mission due to the Time Lords and an accidental parallel universe trip on his own accord. While on Earth, Three openly worked with UNIT, establishing himself as their scientific advisor against all sorts of outer-space menaces, especially with plots involving The Master. It wasn't until near the end of his life when Three regained full knowledge of the workings of the TARDIS as a reward from the Time Lords during the events of "The Three Doctors". Eleven on the other hand could rarely sit still and spent most of his life traveling about, being less involved with his companions' contemporarily Earth affairs and more involved exploring humanity's far future or distant past (in relation to the 2010s anyways). Or being involved with reality-defying time paradoxes. It wasn't until the end of his life where he spent the end living on Trenzalore while intentionally separating himself from his TARDIS to protect the residents of the Town of Christmas as well as the remaining Time Lords sealed away within their time bubble as depicted in "Day of the Doctor" and "Time of the Doctor". Also, as noted above, Eleven got along great with his immediate predecessor Ten. In comparison, Three loathed Two.
      • Speaking of companions, Three's companions were obviously more earthbound, contemporary to the 1970s/1980s and profesional: Cambridge University Professor Elizabeth Shaw, escapologist Jo Grant, journalist Sarah Jane Smith, as well as the obvious UNIT staff members Brigadier Gordon Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart, Captain Michael Yates, and Sergeant John Benton. Eleven's companions were also earthbound yet extremely non-professional and extremely reality-defying in comparison to UNIT: the time-crack exposed Amelia Pond, chronically dying and death-defying and once turned into an Auton who lived through 2000 years in an alternate universe Rory Williams, Professor of Archeology and human-Time Lady River Song, and the Impossible Time-Splintered Girl Clara Oswald. What's more interesting to note is that during the Battle of Demons Run, Eleven was able to rack up assistance to form a makeshift army from individuals across time and space. Notable in that said makeshift army involved a Silurian and a Sontaran. Both the Silurians and the Sontarans were introduced as villains or anti-villains during Three's life, but Madame Vastra and Strax have proven themselves to openly ally the Doctor regardless of the Doctor's incarnation.
  • Contrived Coincidence: A meta example. Matt Smith is listed as Matt Smith (XI) on the IMDb. note 
  • Cool Old Guy:
    • Despite how young he looks, he's about a thousand years old. Doesn't stop him from being insanely hyper and completely nuts.
      The Doctor: Don't let the cool gear fool you, I am getting on a bit.
    • Matt Smith has said he tends to play the Eleventh Doctor as thinking he's a lot cooler than he actually is.
  • Covert Pervert: Paired with a grand helping of guilt, seen as early as "Amy's Choice" (as pointed out by the Dream Lord), in "The Angels Take Manhattan" ("Yowza!" indeed) and "Nightmare in Silver" (where he has some moral issues with how much he's been accidentally noticing Clara's skirts). Eleven generally loves "a bad girl", and delights in flirting with River.
  • Creepy Good: Eleven can get tremendously frightening, and is prone to very violent outbursts when he's angry.
  • Cuddle Bug: Loves kissing his companions on their foreheads and giving them random hugs. Defaults to a Security Cling and backrubs when he has to deliver bad news. Is also the first Doctor since Eight to snog companions for absolutely no reason (although in Rory's case, that wasn't actually in the script — Matt Smith just has No Sense of Personal Space).
  • Cultured Badass: Loves playing the piano and generally being part of classical culture.
  • The Dandy: Sticks to a Limited Wardrobe when he's still with his Ponds, but goes full-on dandy after they leave. His Series 7 outfits are inspired by Victorian, Edwardian and Teddy Boy fashion, with plenty of waistcoats, top hats, bowler hats, watch chains and gorgeous coats.
  • Darker and Edgier: Becomes this after the Ponds die. Afterwards, he becomes more cold and distant, while still retaining the childish nature we all know and love.
  • Dating Catwoman: Gets Happily Married to a self-professed psychopath raised to assassinate him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Happy chap, but quite capable of dropping the snark when the situation calls for it.
  • Determinator: The Siege of Trenzalore. Multiple enemy fleets parked in orbit vs a small village and the Doctor, becoming a siege that lasts for centuries. Despite being in his supposedly final incarnation and having a way out once the TARDIS returns three hundred years into the battle, he still does not run.
  • Dissimile: Used so often it's a catchphrase.
    The Doctor: It's fine, we're entering conceptual space. Imagine a banana, or anything curved. Well, actually, don't, because it's not curved or like a banana. Forget the banana.
  • Distressed Dude: By the end of "The Pandorica Opens" Eleven is shoved inside the Pandorica by the enemy alliance and bolted inside.
  • Ditzy Genius: He's a Hollywood Hacking Gadgeteer Genius with Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! disorder.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Eleven looking for food at young Amelia's house and hating everything is very reminiscent of Tigger's introduction story in Winnie the Pooh.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: His last act prior to regenerating is to very loudly tell the Daleks currently destroying his town to Bring It.
    The Doctor: You think you can stop me now, Daleks? If you want my life... COME! AAAAND! GET IIIIIIIT!
  • The Dreaded: As River Song states, the Eleventh Doctor is able to make armies turn and run at the sound of his name. In Series 6 this reputation comes back to kick him in the ass, causing him to work on defying it in Series 7 by slowly erasing himself from every database in the universe.
  • Dying as Yourself: Although he lives long enough to die of old age, the regeneration energy coursing through him briefly resets his appearance during his final moments.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: In "The Time of the Doctor", he uses his regeneration energy to take out the Daleks. Let's face it. Eleven wouldn't have gone out any other way.
  • Dysfunctional Family:
    • Series 6 has that awkward moment when you get shot by your wife in front of your wife who then tries to shoot your wife. While your best friend is off to the side, pregnant with your wife. That's all the same wife, by the way. Oh, and he's kissed all three of his wife's parents, one of whom is his other wife.
    • Amy Pond is his mother-in-law twice over. First because he married her daughter, River Song. Second, because Amy married Henry VIII, the father of another of his wives, Elizabeth I.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite having gone through more personal tragedy than most other incarnations, not to mention his continued trauma from the Time War and over a millennium's worth of self loathing, Eleven has possibly the happiest ending of any incarnation, having saved his Companion and the town he had been defending for centuries, made peace with some of his most bitter enemies, and in his last moments witnessed that not only had he truly saved his people but that, though later events would suggest otherwise, the Time Lords were finally showing him gratitude for all he had done by changing history to save him, granting him a brand new regeneration cycle and aiding him in defeating the Daleks once again. The last thing he is sees is his first companion, Amy Pond, calling him "Raggedy Man".
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: After being granted a new regeneration cycle by the Time Lords in "The Time of the Doctor", his regeneration proves to be so violent that he's able to use it as a weapon to destroy the Dalek fleet in orbit of Trenzalore.
  • Enemy Without: When his dark side manifests itself as a separate person, it's quite dark indeed.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he first manifests, he's delighted he still has legs and is annoyed he's still not ginger. He also temporarily forgets that his predecessor's regeneration damaged the TARDIS and sent it hurtling towards Earth (and also that the console room is on fire). Rather than panicking, he's delighted and holds on for dear life while screaming "GERONIMO!"
  • Exiled to the Couch: Ended up spending a month living with otters while sulking after an argument with River. ("The Caretaker")
  • Expert in Underwater Basket Weaving: When asked whether he has an actual doctorate, he claims to have a legitimate one... in cheese-making.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In contrast to his predecessor, Eleven goes into his regeneration completely prepared for it, having already spent long enough in this body to grow old. He's content to deliver one last speech before taking off his signature bowtie and going out with one last, sad smile at Clara.
  • Failed a Spot Check: With some frequency. A notable one after Rory very unexpectedly comes back from being erased from the universe:
    The Doctor: Hush, Rory. Thinking. Why leave a Cyberman on guard unless it's a Cyberthing in the box but why would they lock up one of their own? Okay, no, not a Cyberthing. But what? What? Oh! Missing something obvious, Rory. Something big. Something right slap in front of me. I can feel it.
    Rory: Yeah. I think you probably are.
    The Doctor: I'll get it in a minute.
  • Faking the Dead: In the Series 6 finale.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Can dish them out just as well as Ten, though not as frequently. Just ask the Weeping Angels or Colonel Run Away.
  • Final Speech: He's clearly a different man from before he set foot on Trenzalore, and delivers a haunting Roy Batty speech at the end (which could also be read as Matt Smith letting the fans know not to worry about him, that he will always treasure his time as the Doctor)— though not without one final, wild hand gesticulation for old-times' sake.
    The Doctor: It all just disappears, doesn't it? Everything you are. Like breath on a mirror... We all change when you think about it. We're all different people, all through our lives. And that's OK; that's good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day, I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.
  • Flanderization: Though he was always something of a Manchild throughout his run, it is heavily emphasized in his last season. He is first portrayed as more of an immature Deadpan Snarker in Series 5, with moments of childlike glee and being good with kids, but can still crack a joke and will still maintain a competent, if not quirky, presence. Eleven becomes goofier in Series 6, but his darker, sterner side as well as his fatal faults (arrogance, vindictiveness, deceitfulness) are explored in depth this season. By Series 7, he will often cover his eyes or groan when Amy and Rory kiss,note  is genuinely confused by innuendos, randomly kisses his friends, and acts more like one of the children he encounters than he would have before. Amy even makes jokes about getting him a babysitter by Series 7.
  • Foreseeing My Death: By Series 7, he has a pretty good idea how, when and where his life will one day permanently end, due to not having any regenerations left. When he learns he's finally going there, he starts crying. As if that wasn't traumatising enough yet, he's then forced to become intimately acquainted with his own corpse. By saving Gallifrey in "The Day of the Doctor", however, he enables the Time Lords to change history and grant him a new regeneration cycle in "The Time of the Doctor".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Amy is sanguine, River is choleric, the Doctor is melancholic and Rory is phlegmatic. When he has Canton with him, Canton is the leukine.
  • Friend to All Children: Maybe because he's such a kid himself, but Eleven is definitely this. Also, he speaks Baby. It's implied that he's fond of children primarily out of recompense of killing all 2.47 billion children on Gallifrey at the end of the Time War... or so he used to believe.
    • Best seen in "The Time of the Doctor", where the children of Christmas simply adore him as both their friend and protector. Even in his last days, Eleven can still be found carving them wooden toys.
  • Fun Personified: Really tries to be this, although much of it is a Stepford Smiler facade. Is especially fun and nice and happy towards Amy after Rory's first death, to the point where she gets suspicious of it.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Every time he runs into a future version of himself, it's absolutely terrifying for him. Seeing himself on his way to take River to the Singing Towers was bad enough; having to watch himself burned to a living husk with his hand fused to his face in "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS" completely horrified him.
    • Inverted when he is overjoyed to meet The Curator and discover that he's still kicking around after Trenzalore.
    • In "Deep Breath", the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor indirectly converse over Clara's phone. Eleven is, shall we say, nonplussed to discover that he's gone gray again. He actually groans.
  • The Gadfly: Matt Smith saw "The Tomb of the Cybermen" and asked for a similar costume as the Second Doctor, the first incarnation to wear a bowtie. Eleven takes quite a bit of inspiration from Two in general: dotty old man, weird and hyperkinetic body language, willing to chat happily with everyone and everything including babies and animals, takes great pleasure in being very annoying.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: He still possessed his predecessor's mechanical skills, being able to build a replacement TARDIS out of the remains of deceased TARDISes. He was also able to make a device that allowed him to swap his biology with another individual, allowing him to transport himself to Earth without the TARDIS, although this also caused Clyde Langer to be sent to another planet in the Doctor's place. He showed extensive knowledge of computers and coding, and proved to be a skilled hacker. He also knew how to work a vortex manipulator.
  • Geek Physiques: For all his jokes about how skinny Ten is, he's not much beefier himself.
  • Gibbering Genius: In a slightly different way than Ten. Whereas Ten loves to talk about the inner mechanisms of things and bounce ideas off of his companions, Eleven's preferred method is to let his mouth run completely wild with questions and tangents until he arrives at an answer, while his companions shut. up.
  • Gilded Cage: Trenzalore becomes this in "Time of the Doctor." He can't awaken the Time Lords from their slumber without setting off another Time War. And he can't abandon Christmas without the town being destroyed. Nothing's stopping him from leaving, and he makes glib proclamations about beaming out any day now — which of course will never happen.
  • Going Native: In the town of Christmas — the very long, Orbis-style version of the trope.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Even more lovable than he looks—until you get him angry. Then you run. Just run.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Like Nine before him. The last thing he does in life is stretch his hand towards a weeping Clara and utter a gentle "Hey..." with a comforting smile on his face.
    The Doctor: We all change, when you think about it. We're all different people, all through our lives. And that's okay.
    • Zig-Zagged - He spent a very long time believing that he couldn't regenerate anymore after this body was spent. He made peace with that, but ultimately gets more regenerations after all. When his time finally comes, he's both completely heartbroken and absolutely overjoyed.
  • Guile Hero: This Doctor can be very manipulative should he choose to be, able to lure his enemies into their downfall or play mind games.
  • Happily Married: To River Song, provided he's already done the whole wedding bit — and even sometimes before that. Also, to the TARDIS, in a way.
  • Help Yourself in the Future: His phone call to Clara, during Twelve's regeneration trauma, helping her come to terms with losing him, while at the same time helping her understand that she hasn't lost him, he's still right there in front of her, at least as frightened as she is and needing her friendship more than ever.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Mentions his love for gingers a few times, but, like Ten, mostly just wants to be one.
  • Heroic BSoD: Does not take the deaths of his two best friends well. Even though he knows they had a long and happy life together, this does little to lessen the blow and he effectively quits saving the universe for a long time afterwards.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • He drives the Pandorica back to the source of the explosion in order to reset the universe back to the way it was, thus wiping himself from existence. Of course, he's brought back.
    • Knew the first time he went to Trenzalore could mean "the fall of the Eleventh", but went anyway to save his friends.
    • The second time he goes to Trenzalore, he chooses to remain for untold centuries on the planet, spending the rest of that incarnation - indeed his supposed last - protecting the people from harm and not dooming the Time Lords to eternity trapped in another universe. When Clara suggests that he could just leave, he refuses to do so, making it clear that he'd rather die first, something he very nearly does from extreme old age!
  • Heroic Willpower: When the heavily-upgraded Cybermen attempt to use The Virus to turn the Doctor into their new Cyber-Planner, he's not only able to resist the transformation long enough to trap the Cyberman personality into a temporary stalemate while he figures out his next move, but demonstrates the ability to lock off specific parts of his memory to prevent "Mr Clever" gaining access to Time Lord secrets.
  • Hidden Depths: He often acts particularly young, cheerful and even childlike. But in episodes like "The Beast Below", "Amy's Choice", "The Big Bang", "The Doctor's Wife", "A Good Man Goes to War" and "The Rings of Akhaten", as well as many more, we see that beneath this exterior he is very old and full of guilt, loneliness and grief.
  • The Hilarity of Hats: Eleven rarely passes up an opportunity to add a hat to his outfit, often to the dismay of his companions who think the hat looks ridiculous.
    • Fezzes are cool.
      • He becomes obsessed with fezzes starting in "The Big Bang."
        River: What in the name of sanity have you got on your head?!
        The Doctor: It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool.
        [Amy throws the hat and River shoots it]
      • The fez returns a few more times. Apparently whenever Amy and River aren't around to take it off him, one of his first priorities is to obtain a fez. He demanded one from the Secret Service. He steals one from U.N.I.T.
        Clara: One day, you could just walk past a fez.
        The Doctor: Hah! Never going to happen!
      • Two regenerations and at least one thousand years later, "Kerblam!" opens with the Thirteenth Doctor taking delivery of a fez that Eleven ordered but didn't hang around long enough to receive.
    • Top hats are cool.
    • Tricorner hats are cool. He manages to acquire a pirate tricorner briefly, in "The Curse of the Black Spot".
    • Stetsons are cool. He wears a Stetson in Series 6 which River also shoots off his head. It Was a Gift from Craig.
    • Bowlers are cool. Series 7 sees him acquiring a bowler hat simply by being in the vicinity of Dame Diana Rigg.
  • Hipster: He is regarded as the hipster Doctor, often picking out ridiculous fashion choices and declaring them to be cool.
    The Doctor: invokedBowties are cool!
    Dream Lord: The bowtie, the cockamamie hair, the clothes designed by a first-year fashion student. If you had any more tawdry quirks you could open up a tawdry quirk shop.
  • I Am Your Opponent: When a Dalek feigns ignorance of him, he furiously attacks it with a spanner!
    The Doctor: YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY! And I am YOURS!
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Eleven considers himself responsible for the deaths of his best friends, the Ponds, and it hangs over the remainder of his run, even giving him a Heroic BSoD and bringing him closer than any incarnation of the Doctor has ever come to complete retirement. Losing Amy and Rory utterly breaks him. Unlike when the Tenth Doctor lost Rose, losing Amy and Rory is a truly irrevocable loss. It affects the Doctor so badly that in the comics, even their thirteenth incarnation is still distraught about it, years later.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: A rare case where the hypotenuse to be is concerned with the happiness of both cathetus, since he really does like Rory despite their frequent squabbling.
  • I Will Fight Some More Forever: This Doctor proved time and again that he won't run from the Daleks under any circumstances, even when totally unarmed and utterly outnumbered. Even when reduced to a wispy old man in a bell tower, waving his cane in defiance.
  • Iconic Item: Quite obviously bowties, but also has a liking for fezzes and Stetsons. His fez obsession was bad enough to warrant Amy to snatch one off his head and let River use it for target practice.
    • Anticipating his regeneration into Twelve, he showily removes his bowtie. (This causes poor Clara to completely lose it.) Perhaps as a result of this, the 12th Doctor is going for a tieless, scarf-less garb most of the time.
  • Indy Ploy: His absolute favourite way to solve stuff. At least among the revival Doctors, he's by far the most likely to admit he has no idea what's going on and that half the things he says are basically thinking out loud.
    • While helping a mother pilot a tree-starship:
      Lily: What's happening?
      The Doctor: No idea. Do what I do: hold tight, and pretend it's a plan!
    • Also:
      Amy: There's a plan?
      The Doctor: Don't know, haven't finished talking yet!
    • At the very end, he's now resigned to this as his only way out.
      The Doctor: It's okay, Barnable, don't worry. I... [taps nose] have got a plan. Off you pop.
      ["Barnable" leaves.]
      The Doctor: I haven't got a plan, but people love it when I say that.
      Clara: Doctor, what're you gonna do?
      The Doctor: I don't know. Talk very fast, hope something good happens, take the credit. Seemingly how it works. Not this time, though. This is it.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Has stripped off on a few occasions, but remains oblivious as to why others act so awkward or shield their eyes.
  • Keet: Bounces, hops, skips, flails, stumbles a lot and sometimes runs like a girl. This is also owing to Matt Smith's physicality as an actor.
    War Doctor: Are you capable of speaking without flapping your hands about?
    Eleventh Doctor: [exaggerated shrug] Yes! [claps emphatically] ..No.
  • The Klutz: Eleven is breathtakingly clumsy. Some of it may be intentional to entertain or ease the tension with people around him, but that doesn't explain the times when he's alone...
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
    The Doctor: [feeling his face after regenerating] Ears? Yes. Eyes: two. Nose... eh, I've had worse. Chin... blimey!
  • Large Ham: He is found of big, dramatic speeches and incapable of speaking without flapping his hands about.
  • Leitmotif:
    • He has a very prominent one called "I Am The Doctor", which describes Eleven's determined, adventurous spirit and has been stated by composer Murray Gold to be the most well known out of all the Doctor's Leitmotifs. It has had dozens of variations since its introduction, the most notable one being "The Majestic Tale (Of a Mad Man in a Box)", which was used when Eleven and his friends saved mankind from the Silence and again when all the Doctors saved Gallifrey.
    • Eleven has a secondary theme entitled "The Mad Man With A Box" / "The Sad Man With A Box", a whimsical and fanciful leitmotif that's used in his more quiet and introspective moments, like when he's conversing with River or the TARDIS, or saying goodbye to Amy (twice), or when he's preparing to regenerate.
    • The signature theme of "The Rings Of Akhaten", best displayed in the climatic pieces "The Long Song" and "Infinite Potential", is brought back in Eleven's regeneration episode, "The Time Of The Doctor", as his bittersweet swansong.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: With River Song. Because they are. Especially frustrating for him because Everyone Can See It, Amy asks him right away if River is supposed to be his secret space wife, and River completely refuses to tell him what they'll be to each other in the future because of "spoilers!"
    The Doctor: Hi, honey, I'm home!
    River: And what sort of time do you call this?!
    • Also with the TARDIS, especially but not exclusively when she briefly inhabits a humanoid body.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Tweed jacket with a dickie bow tie, braces, rolled up black trousers and black boots. He tends to swap his bow-tie and braces for either a red or blue herringbone set. After alternating two differently-coloured but otherwise identical designer herringbone shirts for his first season, he switched to an assortment of white shirts with different patterns for his second.
    • In series seven, he switched to a much more elaborate Victorian-style three-piece suit and overcoat (reminiscent of the First Doctor's garb) during and after his self-imposed alone time. Although he still wore a bow tie.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Like Ten, he did a lot to avoid his fixed point death at Lake Silencio, and didn't like talking about his grave on Trenzalore. Even after spending eight hundred years guarding the town of Christmas, he was depressed that he was Out of Continues. He's beaming with glee when he gets a new regeneration cycle.
  • Love Triangle: Unwittingly gets stuck in one with Amy and Rory. With the memories of the whole debacle with Rose and Mickey still fresh in his mind, the Doctor tries to explain that he's 907, she's human, and Rory would really just like to marry her now. Provided that she's not actively trying to kiss him again, he's actually quite amused by it and tries to get Rory to see it all as a nice joke.
  • Manchild: Eleven plays the age card less than previous Doctors did during an argument, and seems to even forget his decrepitude at times. He enthusiastically declares that he still makes Christmas lists. The War Doctor isn't amused: a senile git of a man, Eleven has retreated from his grim past into a world of childlike frivolity. This changes once he saves Gallifrey in "Day of the Doctor": He pointedly chooses to stay behind and age into an old man on Trenzalore, as if unconsciously deciding to 'grow up.'
    The Doctor: [holds up psychic paper] I think you'll find I'm universally recognized as a mature and responsible adult.
    Kazran: It's just a bunch of wavy lines.
    The Doctor: It's shorted out. Finally, a lie too big.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He was often deceptive and manipulative: lying, habitually putting elaborate plans in place and executing them, even if his plans emotionally hurt his loved ones.
  • Manly Tears: Eleven is more prone to silently crying than any other incarnation, always completely Played for Drama. He sometimes cries without even noticing — at the end of "The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe" when he's reunited with his human family, and in "The Rings Of Akhaten" when he gives a magnificent Badass Boast while allowing an Eldritch Abomination to Mind Rape him. Both "Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS" and "The Name Of The Doctor" have him breaking down in tears when he has to explain rather horrifying things to Clara.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Not much better than his immediate predecessor, as Amy points out in the DVD-only "Meanwhile In The TARDIS Part 2".
    Amy: Oh, come on. You turn up in the middle of the night, get me out of bed in my nightie — which you then don't let me change out of for ages — and then take me for a spin in your time machine. No, no, you're right. No mixed signals there. That is just a signal. Like a great big Bat Signal in the sky. Get your coat, love, the Doctor is in!
  • The Matchmaker:
    • Between his efforts to ensure that Amy and Rory's relationship remains on track and his obvious efforts and glee when Craig and Sophie finally hook up, Eleven seems to like playing matchmaker.
    • He does it again in "A Christmas Carol" and gives the guy First Kiss advice.
  • Messy Hair: He had wild hair in his first Season, but it was gelled to immobility from "A Christmas Carol" onwards because it was causing the hair continuity people a headache.
  • Metaphorgotten: At least he notices when he's not making very much sense.
  • The Midlands: Matt Smith uses his regular voice to play the Doctor.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Averted. Eleven spent his past incarnation remembering and regretting the deaths of more than 2 billion innocent Gallifreyan children in the Time War to remind himself why he was protecting others. The "four knocks" prophecy changed him and he resisted regeneration. Then when he regenerated from Ten, he was faced with permanent death twice, first through an assassination attempt and then a future where he died in battle because he couldn't regenerate anymore. He also lost his companions to the Weeping Angels, and it broke him to the point he retired to Victorian London. After 200, maybe 300 years as this incarnation, thinking about death tore away at him, and he blanked out the memory until its impact was gone.
  • Moment Killer: "The Lodger". Almost all of it.
  • Money to Throw Away: The Doctor very hastily attempting to pay rent.
    The Doctor: That's probably a lot. It looks like a lot doesn't it? I can never tell.
  • Motor Mouth: Constantly asks himself questions and tries to analyse situations by rapid-fire deduction, then stumbles over his own thoughts and keeps himself talking with more questions until he reaches an answer, which in turn leads to more questions.
  • My Greatest Failure: He does not remember the Time War (or himself during that period) fondly. In fact, he refuses to remember his War incarnation and the deeds he committed during it at all.
  • Naked First Impression: The first time he meets Craig's friend Sophie, he's wearing nothing but a towel. The first time he meets Clara's family, he's only wearing holographic clothes, (which they can't see).
  • Naked People Are Funny: He has no nudity taboo, and really doesn't care that other people do.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Invoked by River Song in "A Good Man Goes To War", when she tells him his name became known as "Mighty Warrior" to the Gamma Forest.
    River: The man who can turn an army around at the mention of his name.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his occasional arrogance, deceptiveness and terrifying fury if truly angered, the Eleventh Doctor is a friendly, upbeat, quirky and caring Cloud Cuckoo Lander who loves a good joke, has a tender nature around children and tends to have an optimistic outlook on life.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • He inadvertently helped restore the Daleks to power. Victory indeed.
    • At the end of "A Good Man Goes to War", River implies that his whole career is this because he raises more enemies against himself and his loved ones with every new display of fearsomeness. This theme continues in "Asylum of the Daleks".
    • Again in "The Girl Who Waited" where he doesn't bother to check that there's a plague on the planet they land, and his attempts to save Amy just end up with creating a second, older and bitter Amy. Rory calls him out on this. Hard.
    • In "The God Complex," he urges his companions and the other people trapped in the titular location to rely on their faith to fight off the effects of a monster that feeds on fear. Only too late does he realise that the creature wants to devour faith, not fear, and that his advice has doomed Amy to die. The only way to fix his mistake is to shatter Amy's belief in him.
  • The Nicknamer: Particularly towards his prior incarnations. Ten, ever the adult, responded by bestowing upon him the name "Chinny."
    Eleventh Doctor: Yes! Brilliant! I demand to be incarcerated in the Tower of London along with my co-conspirators Sandshoes and Grandad.
    War Doctor: Grandad?
    Tenth Doctor: They're not sandshoes!
    War Doctor: Yes they are.
    • He also introduces Amy, Rory and River Song as "The Legs, The Nose, and Mrs Robinson".
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Maybe not to the extent of Ten, but his first reaction upon being surrounded by pale creepy girls with fangs who cast no reflections is one of utter glee. Also, "Dinosaurs! On a spaceship!"
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Particularly when it comes to Craig. When surrounded by a legion of very scary Cybermen, the Doctor's first instinct is to distract Craig... by wrapping himself around him and trying to kiss him. It doesn't work. He also mercilessly teases Rory — pinching his cheeks, slapping his face and invokedrandomly kissing him on the mouth when he's excited. (Rory is not amused.) He does, however, realise that he needs to ask for Rory's permission whenever he wants to give Amy a Security Cling hug.
  • No Social Skills: This incarnation is pretty clueless about human social customs, although he tends to wisen up easily when the situation is grave.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: How he first appeared to Amy when she was a child. Lampshaded at Amy and Rory's wedding:
    "Hello everyone! I'm Amy's imaginary friend. But I came anyway."
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Tied directly into his Cloud Cuckoo Lander status.
    The Doctor: Sorry. Checking all the water in this area. [leans in close] There's an escaped fish [taps nose].
  • Older Than They Look: Certainly goes without saying for a Doctor, but explicitly special note goes to Eleven. Not only did he look younger than Five, he's much older at that point in his life. On top of that, it's pretty clear that he spent more time in this regeneration than any of the others (except perhaps the War Doctor), lasting anywhere between three and ten centuries depending on whether or not he lied about his age at certain points.
  • One-Man Army:
    • Mentioned as early as "The Time of Angels":
      Father Octavian: You promised me an army, Doctor Song.
      River: I promised you the equivalent of an army. This is the Doctor.
    • In "The Time of the Doctor", for the most part, the Siege of Trenzalore has the Doctor acting as this for centuries.
  • One of the Kids: He's amazing with children, and really loves playing with them. "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" had him remodelling an entire house into a playground paradise just to give two kids a happy Christmas. Other episodes show him hanging out in toy shops and goofing around with hand puppets just for the sheer heck of it. And he spends his time at Amy's and Rory's house playing Wii sports. He gets along extremely well with babies, too.
    • Best exemplified in "A Christmas Carol" when the psychic paper fails to say that the Doctor is "universally recognised as a mature and responsible adult" because that lie is just too big.
    • This is painfully justified by one terrible truth: Eleven can't stand the sound of children crying. And for one reason above all others. He was traumatized by the apparent deaths of 2.47 billion children on Gallifrey when he ended the Time War. Ten, being the hero type, used it to bolster his resolve to protect the universe. Come 200 years later, Eleven was tired of being the hero and despised talk of death, facing his own mortality and losing Amy and Rory. He grieved so badly he decided to erase the statistic from his head just so it wouldn't haunt him. Luckily, he ended up saving all those children instead.
      • And in the end, he spent centuries more defending the village of Christmas so that generations of children could live on, becoming their guardian who loved every one of them. And they loved him back. 300 years into his stay, he had acquired hundreds of crayon drawings (one which explicitly said "I LOVE YOU") and a puppet show in his honour.
  • Out of Continues: He's the final incarnation of the Doctor's original regeneration cycle. This is because the Tenth Doctor dipped into his own reserve when he created the meta-crisis Doctor, and with the emergence of the hitherto-unknown War Doctor, that makes thirteen lives. Then the Time Lords give him a new regeneration cycle in his final regular appearance.
  • Ping Pong Naïveté: His sexuality is all over the place in particular. When Amy and Rory kiss in front of him, he acts grossed out, like a child, and when River kisses him through the bars of her prison he flails his arms around and looks intensely confused. But there's also Something Else Also Rises jokes in "Pond Life" and "The Crimson Horror", he non-consensually snogs both Tasha Lem and Jenny (when Jenny slaps him for it, he just laughs and says that her slap felt good; and when Tasha protests, he flirts and it's clear she secretly liked it), and then there's the parts in "The Time of the Doctor" where in the same scene he has forgotten that nudity is socially inappropriate, and slaps Clara on the bum in front of her parents as part of their Undercover as Lovers scheme.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With the exception of River Songnote , this trope applies to his companions in general.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: He puts the 10th to shame on this one. Eleven is the first Doctor since The First Doctor (and the War Doctor if you choose to include him) to actually succumb due to advanced age. Out of Universe, this also serves to make it convenient and plausible for Matt Smith to reprise his role at any time in his life without concern over his change in appearance due to aging; something that prohibits most earlier actors from doing so outside of audio.
  • Phone Call from the Dead: Not long before his demise on Trenzalore, he telephones Clara in the near future to express his fear over regenerating and begs her, essentially, not to abandon him in his time of need. Twelve recollects making that call, and when Eleven hears his voice, he moans at becoming an older man again.
    The Doctor: Goodbye, Clara. invokedMiss ya.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Not so much as Ten, but still references Earth pop culture a lot. He's also totally willing to throw himself into new things, gleefully enjoying things like Wii tennis, remote-control helicopters and rap music.
  • Power Dynamics Kink: He has a relationship of this kind with River Song. She openly revels in her superiority to him in many aspects, including being better at piloting the TARDIS or knowing things from the future that he doesn't (when he asks her about those, she playfully answers: "Spoilers") - and he enjoys all of this. In two of the episodes, she handcuffs him to prevent him from ruining her plans, and when he asks about her reasons for doing so, she again replies "Spoilers". Also there was that time she tried to kill him...
  • Protectorate: Willing to defend his closest friends (especially Clara) and beings in need with great determination.
  • Reality Warper: Uses his ability to influence the past (and subsequently the present) very freely, particularly in "The Big Bang" and in "A Christmas Carol". Gets called out on it in the latter episode.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • Gives one to the Daleks in "Victory Of The Daleks", which doubles as a Badass Boast. However it's revealed that was what they wanted:
      The Doctor: You are everything I despise. The worst thing in all creation. I've defeated you. Time and time again, I've defeated you. I sent you back into the Void. I saved the whole of reality from you. I am the Doctor, and you are the Daleks!
    • Before another one in "Asylum of the Daleks":
      The Doctor: I thought you'd run out of ways to make me sick. But hello again. You think hatred is beautiful?
  • Rogues Gallery: Prisoner Zero, Atraxi, the New Dalek Paradigm, Weeping Angels, Saturnyns, the Dream Lord, Silurians, Autons, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silents, House, Madame Kovarian, the Dalek Prime Minister, Solomon the trader, the Great Intelligence, Ice Warriors, and Zygons.
  • Running Gag: He so desperately wants a fez, as he mentions and wears one in "A Christmas Carol", and he demands one from the Secret Service in "The Impossible Astronaut". Even when he survives the second Big Bang and begins his rewind in "The Big Bang", one of his first thoughts is his desire to buy a new fez. Hats in general are a running theme.
    Clara: Someday, you could just walk past a fez.
    The Doctor: Ha! Never going to happen!
    • Also, when he gets a new hat, something will cause him to lose it. The first time he gets a fez, it gets destroyed. The second time he gets a fez, he throws it into a time portal. The first time he gets a stetson, River shoots it off his head. When he gets a tricorder hat, he is worried that the pirates surrounding him would shoot it off his head.
  • Sad Clown: A major reason for why he's so cheery and wacky at face value is his effort to forget or suppress the constant reminders of his Dark and Troubled Past. When the Eleventh gets sad, or worse yet, angry, you really start doubting whether he's just the manchild that he pretends to be, and not a man on the run from his grief and feelings of guilt. When he loses the Ponds, he goes into such a major depression that the happiest expression you can get out of him is a melancholic, shy smile. He eventually recovers some of his old jokey habits when he gets better, but he's definitely a somewhat changed man by then...
  • Secret Test of Character: When humans around him seem to be confused or losing hope, he sometimes employs Reverse Psychology and openly dismisses them as useless or unimportant. But his real intention is to encourage them to "prove him wrong".
  • Security Cling:
    • The Eleventh Doctor and Amy have a variation. Because Amy's story is one traumatic Break the Cutie moment after another, the Doctor develops a habit of clinging tightly to her and rubbing her back while delivering each new piece of bad news. Asking permission from Rory every time, of course.
    • He's very affectionate and comforting to Clara, even in moments where she probably isn't as afraid as he thinks she is. A minor reversal of the trope occurs between him and her in "The Day of the Doctor". After their bond has strengthened between "The Name of the Doctor" and "The Day of the Doctor", Clara has grown to become the Doctor's confidant, to the point that when a Time Lord painting of Gallifrey's destruction is revealed, all of his sorrow, fear, and regret about his actions resurfaces, resulting in his slowly grabbing Clara's hand for support. The slight motion is enough to notify Clara that the Doctor isn't doing so well.
  • Sherlock Scan: Eleven does this occasionally, most notably in "The Beast Below" and "A Christmas Carol". Not surprising, considering the executive producer is Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat. Later parodied in "The Snowmen", when he pretends to be Sherlock Holmes.
  • Ship Tease: With River and Clara; he wound up marrying one and falling for the other. Also somewhat less consistently (and more egregiously) with Amy, despite her having been married to Rory for much of her run on the show.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • For Amy and Rory. At times he seems more invested in their relationship than Amy is herself.
    • He also spends most of "The Lodger" trying to get Craig and Sophie together.
  • Shirtless Scene:
  • Shower Scene: To add to the Shirtless Scene above, Eleven gets a shower scene, complete with shower singing and three minutes in nothing but a towel in "The Lodger". The Third Doctor had a similar gratuitous Shower Scene (with just a bit more nudity, in fact) in his first episode.
  • Skewed Priorities: Best shown in "Asylum of the Daleks", where he's clearly more worried about Amy and Rory's marital problems than the fact he happens to be slap-dab in the middle of the Parliament of the Daleks and is surrounded by an Army of The Ages. He explains that he thinks best when he's multitasking.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Acquires Amy's reading glasses mid-way through Series 7, a few hundred years into this incarnation. One of the very few Doctors to actually need them — the First Doctor had similar glasses, but preferred to use a monocle at times (which Eleven is also seen using).
  • Socially Awkward Hero: More scatterbrained than most previous incarnations (though still not quite as much as Four), and quite socially awkward as a result. Occasionally on purpose, because he really doesn't want to deal with Amy all the time.
  • Spectacular Spinning: Loves stuff that spins. Has a habit of spinning around a little when he goes from one topic to the next. Tends to turn a full 270 degrees to simply go left. As of late 2012, the top of his TARDIS console spins constantly.
  • Squee: Makes actual squee noises when River Song finally reveals who she is. Then takes another long look at her and makes a few more.
  • Stay in the Kitchen:
    • The Eleventh Doctor seems particularly protective of Amy and is frequently given to ordering her to stay in the TARDIS. Naturally, she rarely listens.
    • Does this even more so with Clara; he's seen her die twice now, even besides the fact that he lost Amy and Rory. However, Clara is slightly more willing to obey his commands to stay where she is, much to his shock.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • It became more and more obvious ever since "Amy's Choice", and got focused on especially in Series 6. He was approaching the date of his death, and knew it. Matt Smith's thoughts on him make it even more clear:
      Matt Smith: That’s what interests me about the Doctor because, actually, look at the blood on the man’s hands. 900 years, countless very selfish choices, and he's literally blown planets up. His own race, you know, that’s all on his hands. Which is why I think he has to make silly jokes and wear a fez. Because if he didn’t, he'd hang himself.
    • Lampshaded in the 50th Anniversary Special. As the three Doctors bicker with each other in the Tower of London, Eleven chuckles that the jail sounds exactly like the inside of his own head.
  • Stupid Sexy Friend: Has a bit of a problem with this late in his life when it comes to Clara. Though his mild crush on her is subverted by the fact that the attraction is more circumstance and personality-related than looks-related. His following incarnation off-handedly admits that it was a mistake on his part and that he'll definitely stick to a Better as Friends relationship when it comes to the two of them. It was later revealed to be Blatant Lies and a knee-jerk reaction to Clara's reaction to his regeneration; the truth was he fell in love with her when he first met her and she fell for him on Trenzalore. Needless to say, it took quite a while for them to admit their feelings and finally be together.
  • Sucks at Dancing: This Doctor should never be let near a dance floor. The ending of "The Big Bang" is solid proof of this lack of dance skills.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Eleven becomes intensely protective of his humans after a few centuries, and as a result, is much quicker than any previous Doctor in calling UNIT for help and happily working together with them.
  • Talkative Loon: You thought Ten was bad!
  • Tangled Family Tree: From late Series 6 onwards. Amy and Rory are together and have a daughter, Melody, who was named after their childhood best friend, Melody. Amy, however, fancies the Doctor and forces him into a kiss early on. Melody turns out to be River Song, who eventually marries the Doctor and is also Amy's and Rory's best friend Melody, accidentally named after herself. On top of that, Melody's second mother is the TARDIS, who considers herself married to the Doctor and has a rather romantic (as well as biologically symbiotic) relationship with him. Things get more complicated when Amy accidentally marries Henry VIII in a throwaway gag — because the Doctor, rather briefly, married Queen Elizabeth I, who happens to be Henry VIII's daughter, making her simultaneously his biological mother-in-law and his step-mother-in-law. And in the middle of all that, the Doctor starts fancying Rory a bit and snogs him for no reason.
  • Team Dad: He even refers to Amy and Rory as "the kids", never mind that they eventually become his parents-in-law.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: As a lodger, he proves to be a handful. Justified in that he's very busy saving the universe, and can only do so out of that specific house.
  • Torture Porn: "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" had him burned alive, with his hand fused to his face, stumbling around mad with pain. That timeline got reset, but the very next episode, "The Crimson Horror", upped the ante by having him shackled up as a "monster" and almost completely paralysed, for weeks.
  • Trademark Favourite Food:
    • He seems to have a fondness for jammy dodgers, used memorably in "Victory of the Daleks". Mentioned again in "The Impossible Astronaut" when he asks the Secret Service for some, and in "Night Terrors" when he asks if there's any whilst making tea. He leaves a whole plate of them for Clara in "The Bells of Saint John". Matt Smith admitted that jammy dodgers actually are his favourite food.
    • There's also fish fingers and custard. Amy uses it as a sort of Trust Password in "The Impossible Astronaut", and the TARDIS voice interface uses it to rally him in "Let's Kill Hitler".
    • During "The Time of the Doctor", after being "reset" by his new regeneration cycle, the Eleventh Doctor is shown to have whipped up some fish fingers and custard, before he got around to changing his face into that of the Twelfth Doctor. It wound up being his last meal.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Amy and Rory.
  • Tragic Dream: He discovers that Gallifrey is still out there somewhere and is inspired to search for it... but this incarnation of the Doctor never gets home. He ends up in close proximity - literally feet away - to it for centuries, but he can't let it out or he'll start the Time War again.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Amy Pond's reading glasses, the only thing of hers left behind when she deliberately lets a Weeping Angel whisk her to past New York to be with Rory.
  • Tranquil Fury: The more tranquil, the more furious. It's a good reminder that even though he's much more upbeat and excitable than most previous incarnations, he's still the Time Lord that toppled empires and fended off countless alien invasions. Indeed, when he drops his hyperactive upbeat demeanour, he quickly becomes terrifying.
The Doctor: "You gave me hope, and then you took it away, that's enough to make anyone dangerous, God knows what it will do to me."
  • Trickster Mentor: Likes to dole out Secret Tests of Character.
  • Troll: Often played in combination with his Trickster Mentor tendencies, where he precedes to annoy his enemies while defeating them. He also likes to do this with his companions and allies, usually through teasing nicknames.
  • Tsundere: Sweet version towards River in "The Time of Angels" and especially near the end of "Flesh and Stone". Probably justified as when he's angriest is when he's worried about Amy.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Has this trope perfected at times. Is very calm about running into himself on occasion.
  • Viking Funeral: His last testament instructs Rory and Amy to perform one. A Time Lord's remains are way too valuable to leave unattended on a hapless planet. Subverted when the Doctor is revealed to still be alive, and protected from the fire.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Rory, where half of their interaction revolves around trying to out-snark the other.
    • He also ends up in this relationship with Ten and the War Doctor in the 50th anniversary special.
  • Vocal Evolution: While his pitch doesn't change too significantly, Eleven's speech patterns begin to sound distinctly more venerable and mature in Series 7B, at times making him sound similar to his earliest incarnations. This reflects his Character Development after the mid-season time skip, but also creates a strange effect of what appears to be a young man talking more like a senior citizen, which in fairness fits this incarnation pretty well.
  • Waistcoat of Style: In Series 7, he wore a grey moleskin waistcoat, complete with a fob watch, but later replaced it with a six-buttoned black velvet waistcoat, before switching it with a light check pattern black moleskin waistcoat.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gets this from Ten when he admits he forgot how many children there were on Gallifrey when he took out the Time Lords. Clara also calls him out on his wilful glossing over of the events of the Time War and his fatalism about not being able to change anything about it, despite how often he opens up to her about his traumas in private. She then gives him a mild, but determined Dare to Be Badass speech. Eleventh caves in, takes the Tenth's and Clara's words at heart and decides that saving Gallifrey might still be worth a shot, despite how narrowly possible it appears.
  • Wizard Classic: Played with in that he doesn't use magic or wear any wizardy attire (for the most part). However he does carry a technical "magic wand" and definitely takes part in wizardly habits, as well as being incredibly old and experienced. In keeping in tune with his era's theme of a dark fairy tale, Eleven acts like a modernized version of this trope, which is Lampshaded by River.
    River Song: I hate good wizards in fairy tales; they always turn out to be him.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Eleven keeps his darker emotions very carefully restrained... most of the time. Just as his warnings have increased in multitude, so has his wrath. And this wrath hits its threshold when he faces his final battle.

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Voiced by: Jacob Dudman (2018, 2020-2024)

In cooperation with licence holders AudioGo, Big Finish made Eleven the central character of the Destiny of the Doctor arc.

In 2017, Big Finish announced they will be bringing the Eleventh Doctor into their Doctor Chronicles audio series in August 2018, with Doctor impressionist, Jake Dudman, playing the role while also narrating.

  • The Cameo: Messages recorded by Eleven appear briefly in each Destiny of the Doctor audio.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: He lists his top 5 enemies as Ice Warriors, Ood... Mandrels... Bandrils... and Chumbleys.
  • Help Yourself In The Past: He sent messages back to his past selves in Destiny of the Doctor, and would later help convince the Fifth Doctor to return to his friends in "Thin Time".
  • I Was Quite a Fashion Victim: Towards Three... but averted with Six, since he still loves his old technicolor coat.
  • Plot Coupon: During the Destiny of the Doctor audios, he asks each past Doctor to prevent the central item of the episode from being destroyed or ensure that a particular individual survives the crisis, allowing him to gather everything together to stop the main threat.
  • Rogues Gallery: The Calendar Man, and the Lux.
  • Unexpected Character: Shows up in the Fifth Doctor Main Range audio "Thin Time".

Alternative Title(s): Eleventh Doctor