The people who meet and help the Doctor in Doctor Who, but never quite become companions.
Classic Series Debut
The Policeman (First Doctor)
An ordinary police officer who patrols the area of London surrounding Totter's Lane. Notable for being the very first character seen onscreen in Doctor Who.
- Adaptation Expansion: The Target novelisation gives him more characterisation (which isn't saying much), and in that version he actually notices the TARDIS disappearing, but dismisses it as a figment of his imagination.
- Bit Character: He's a random police officer who originally appeared onscreen for all of six seconds to inspect the Totter's Yard sign but he just so happens to be the character who introduces the Doctor Who universe. And yet for this one role, he's been portrayed by at least three actors.
- It Will Never Catch On: In the 1981 novelisation, upon seeing the TARDIS he muses about police boxes being phased out in favour of walkie-talkie radios for all officers, which he doesn't believe will catch on.
- Mythology Gag: A modern police officer passes by Coal Hill School at the beginning of the 50th anniversary special, exactly replicating the opening shot from the very first episode.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Yep. Just 'The Policeman'. Insert gratuitous Time Lord fan theories here.
- Small Role, Big Impact: As noted above, while he's a Bit Character, he's also the very first one in the Doctor Who universe.
Elizabeth I (First, War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
- Action Girl: She kills the Zygon impersonating her and takes its place.Elizabeth: I am accustomed to taking precautions.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She has a rather big crush on the Doctor, to the point of accepting his (fake) marriage proposal, but the Doctor doesn't seem to reciprocate.
- Arch-Enemy: Played for Laughs. During the later years of her life she considers the Doctor to be her sworn enemy. Doesn't pay to jilt the Queen of England.
- Assassin Outclassin': The Zygon leader tries to kill her so it can replace her. Doesn't work out so well for it.Elizabeth: I may have the body of a weak and frail woman, but, at the time, so did the Zygon!
- Bavarian Fire Drill: Pretends to be the shape-changing Zygon commander after killing him. The Zygons are so arrogant, they never considered that she could be the real Queen.
- Brick Joke: A rather impressive one; it took six years for us to understand fully why Elizabeth wanted the Doctor killed at the end of "The Shakespeare Code".
- The Cameo: A older Elizabeth appears on the Space-Time Visualiser in the First Doctor story "The Chase". She's talking to William Shakespeare.
- Have We Met Yet?: The Tenth Doctor, during his travels with Martha, meets an older Elizabeth who is furious with him and demands his execution. It isn't before Ten begins travelling alone (shortly before the events of "The End of Time") that he finds out why: he married her (it's complicated) and he wasn't a particularly great husband.
- Heroes Want Redheads: The Dream Lord mocked the Doctor about his marriage to Elizabeth:Dream Lord: Loves a redhead, our naughty Doctor. Did he ever tell you about Queen Elizabeth I? Well, she thought she was the first...
- Historical Domain Character: Naturally.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Queen Elizabeth I was rather ruthless (and extremely racist). This side of her nature is alluded to in "The Day of the Doctor", but otherwise uncommented on.
- In-Series Nickname: Her two historical nicknames are used, "Good Queen Bess" and "The Virgin Queen". One of those may no longer be accurate thanks to the Doctor.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Joanna Page's natural Welsh accent can be a little bit jarring.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Played by Angela Pleasence in her later years ("The Shakespeare Code"), and Joanna Page as a young woman ("The Day of the Doctor").
- Woman Scorned: She's pissed when she finally meets the Doctor again. Never leave the Queen of England at the altar.
Bret Vyon (First Doctor)
The earliest character in the series who you may or may not call a companion, depending on your definition. A SSS agent who has been searching for the missing (actually dead) Marc Cory. He helps the Doctor for the first few episodes after discovering that Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen is a traitor. Notable because Nicholas Courtney went on to play the much-beloved Brigadier in the same series.
- Anti-Hero: Rather grizzled and Trigger Happy, and working for a fascistic organization clearly modeled on the Nazi SS. In any other story, he'd likely be the Doctor's enemy.
- Killed Off for Real: By his own sister, Sara Kingdom, early on in his debut story "The Daleks' Master Plan". Sara went on to travel with the Doctor for the remainder of the story.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: He could cut through steel with that.
- Perma-Stubble: Goes nicely with his chin and his general space hero aesthetic.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Killed by his own sister, Sara Kingdom, when Mavic Chen fools her into thinking her brother is a traitor.
Edward Travers (Second Doctor)
Professor Travers is an anthropologist and explorer who the Doctor first met in Tibet and who he helped to defeat the Great Intelligence and its robotic Yeti there. A much-older Travers, along with his daughter Anne, then helped the Doctor defeat the Intelligence a second time in the London Underground. He was the first Recurring Character to appear in more than one adventure who was neither a Companion, Villain, or Monster. This was pretty rare in the Classic Series (about the only other examples are Alpha Centauri, the White Guardian, and Sabalom Glitz below), but became quite common in the Revival Series (most of the examples on this page from Jackie Tyler on down).
- Bold Explorer: Travers was hiking in Tibet when the Doctor first met him.
- Grumpy Old Man: Or at least he was the second time the Doctor met him. That meeting cheered him up quite a lot, though.
- Older Than They Look: Averted in "The Web of Fear" thanks to some excellent make-up work.
- The Slow Path: From his point of view, his encounters with the TARDIS crew are 30 years apart. For them, it's just a few weeks.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The production team had wanted Travers and Anne to reappear in "The Invasion", but Jack Watling was unavailable. Travers and Anne were replaced by their house sitters, Professor Watkins and his niece Isobel.
Olive Hawthorne (Third Doctor)
A white witch who guards Devil's End, the town that was attacked by the Daemons of Azal. Despite appearing in only one Doctor Who serial, the character of Olive continues to appear in various direct-to-video spin-off films set in Devil's End.
- Action Girl: She saves Benton's life from Azal by carrying him away and knocks out a Morris dancer with her crystal ball.
- The Lost Lenore: She once fell in love with a real vampire named Victor, who sacrificed himself to protect her. She keeps his ashes in a silver urn.
- No-Sell: She's totally unaffected by the Master's hypnotic gaze.
- White Magic: The chosen guardian of Devil's End.
Alpha Centauri (Third and Twelfth Doctors)
Alpha Centauri is a hermaphroditic hexapod with six arms and a single huge eye from the star system it (not he or she) shares its name with. The Third Doctor became friends with it on the planet Peladon, where it was its planet's representative in the debates over whether or not Peladon should join the galactic federation. He later met it again on Peladon when it was serving as the federation's ambassador. It briefly returned in the Twelfth Doctor's era, arranging the evacuation of the last Ice Warriors from Mars. Alpha Centauri is a timid, gentle creature that nonetheless proved a loyal friend to the Doctor.
- The Cameo: Has one in "Empress of Mars", a full 43 years after its last appearance.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- As befits the Shakespearean setting of the Peladon stories, Alpha Centauri is named after the country (in this case, star system) it represents, rather than having a name of its own.
- The rude implications of its appearance are oft commented on by reviewers.
- Easily Forgiven: Of the four pieces of performed works set on Peladon, Alpha Centauri was working against the Doctor and King/Queen in two of the stories. However, it is always shown in the following story as a trusted addition of the court of Peladon, mostly since it doesn't seem to hold any true menace.
- Hermaphrodite: Like the rest of its species.
- Homeworld Evacuation: Offers to organise a fleet to take the last of the Ice Warriors off Mars.
- It Is Dehumanising: Averted. Alpha Centauri's preferred pronoun is "it".
- Long-Lived: If Ysanne Churchman is voicing the same Alpha Centaurian in Empress Of Mars, then it must be at least 2,004 years old.
- Lovable Coward: Being a bureaucrat, it's not exactly used to action.
- Named After Their Planet: Named after the star its home planet orbits.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: But a well-meaning and sweet-natured one.
- Starfish Aliens: Averts the familiar bipedal alien trope.
- Strongly Worded Letter: It threatens to make their displeasure known by sending an official communication to the Galatic Federation. This is during the middle of an armed uprising against the government.
Aggedor (Third Doctor)
A large, furry, boar-like creature native to planet Peladon, the Peladonians worship Aggedor as a patron deity and symbol of the royal family.
Professor Clifford Jones (Third Doctor)
- Absent-Minded Professor
- Actual Pacifist
- Badass Bookworm
- Call-Back: When Jo meets Clifford, she inadvertently ruins his experiment. Just like how she met the Doctor.
- Doppelgänger Dating: Clifford is basically the Doctor, only younger and less asexual. His Meet Cute with Jo (she wanders into his lab and gets yelled at for ruining an experiment) is even a reprise of her first meeting with the Doctor.
- Expy: Basically one for the Doctor (knowledgable, idealistic, pacifistic and often snarky, rude and condescending).
- Not That Kind of Doctor
- Poor Communication Kills: If only Professor Jones used an easier word than serendipity, Jo would have understood him and known that the fungus was the cure for the maggots' bite.
Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot (Fourth Doctor)
A pair of Ensemble Darkhorses from fan-favourite serial "The Talons of Weng-Chiang". These two Victorian gentleman became firm friends during their adventure with the Doctor. They eventually proved popular enough to receive a spin-off series of audios, Jago & Litefoot. More tropes about them can be found on this page.
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Jago loves doing this, to Running Gag levels. He even writes in alliteration.
- Adorkable: Both of them. Jago isn't nearly as brave as he pretends, and Litefoot acts very awkwardly around Leela.
- Hero-Worshipper: Jago, towards the Doctor. He constantly praises the Doctor's cleverness and resourcefulness.
- Lovable Coward: Jago. He even admits to it.
- Quintessential British Gentleman: Litefoot. Jago merely thinks he is.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Jago acts like a brave, clever detective hero but he can't walk the talk.
- Straight Man: Litefoot acts as this when confronted by Jago's ego, Leela's lack of social etiquette and the Doctor's general weirdness.
- They Fight Crime!: In their spin-off series.
- Those Two Guys: A staple of Robert Holmes' Doctor Who scripts. These two guys in particular proved to be the most popular.
- The Watson: Interestingly enough, for Jago and Litefoot's TV serial "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", this role is NOT played by the companion Leela. As the AV Club noted, Jago and Litefoot fulfill the story's role of Watson Jago behaves like the traditional film depiction of Watson - pompous, boisterous, good-hearted but easily puzzled - while Litefoot is literature's Watson, a quiet, brave and observant gentleman doctor.
Professor Marius (Fourth Doctor)
The eccentric inventor who created K9, he lives with his faithful robot dog in the Bi-Al Foundation hospital, on an asteroid floating near Titan. He offers his tin pet to the Doctor after meeting him in "The Invisible Enemy".
- Absent-Minded Professor
- Herr Doktor
- Pig Latin: Professor Marius gives K-9 the order to "kanayli" the infected.
- Science Hero
- Small Role, Big Impact: While he has a fairly large appearance in his one story, the fact that he created K9 gives him an importance all out of proportion to his time on screen.
The White Guardian (Fourth and Fifth Doctors)
The Whoniverse's closest equivalent to God, representing Order and being a counterpart to the Black Guardian (who's in charge of Chaos). Not necessarily on the Doctor's side, but quite happy to use him as a pawn and friendly towards him under the right circumstances. Wears a bird on his head for reasons beyond all mortal comprehension.
- Big Good: He serves as the Good Counterpart to the Black Guardian.
- The GM Is a Cheating Bastard: Whatever game he's playing with the Cosmos, it's on his terms.
- God of Order: As the White Guardian he's a Cosmic Entity that represents order, unlike the Black Guardian. He's enigmatic, but otherwise benevolent.
- Good Is Not Soft: When the Doctor asks what will happen to him should he not volunteer for the quest for the Key to Time, the White Guardian replies: Nothing at all. Ever.
- Nice Guy: Played with. On the one hand, the White Guardian is always pleasant and courteous when dealing with mortals, and the Doctor discerns that the Black Guardian is masquerading as him when he shows a lack of concern about human life. On the other hand, he does give the Doctor an Implied Death Threat when the Doctor asks what happens if he doesn't volunteer, so...
- Omniscient Morality License: Everything he does is in some way to combat the Black Guardian and protect the universe, but that doesn't mean it's always convenient for the Doctor.
- Order Versus Chaos/Yin-Yang Clash: He's in charge of Order in an endless, cosmic chess match against the Black Guardian.
- Powers That Be: If there is anyone or anything more powerful than him, we've yet to see it. For that matter, the Doctor is respectful enough to call him "sir" more respectful than he is to pretty much anyone, up to and including the Lord President of the Time Lords!
- Quest Giver: He's the one who tells the Doctor to go look for the Key to Time, and who sends him Romana as an assistant.
- Southern Gentleman: He sometimes likes to dress up as one, and has the mannerisms to match.
Richard Mace (Fifth Doctor)
A former actor forced to become a highwayman after the plague stopped his trade, he encounters the Fifth Doctor, helps him defeat the Terileptils, and inadvertedly starts the Great Fire of London.
- Canon Immigrant: Sort of Eric Saward had written the basically identical character of Richard Mace in three BBC radio dramas, but that Richard Mace was a Victorian actor-manager. (The obvious Fanon is that he's an Identical Grandson, naturally.)
- Gentleman Thief: Describes himself as "a gentleman of the road."
- The Highwayman
- Large Ham: Well, he is an actor...
Sabalom Glitz (Sixth and Seventh Doctors)
A recurring character referred to by Selby as "an intergalactic car salesman", Glitz is a con man who crossed paths with the Doctor on three occasions. The first two times were deep in the tale of "Trial of a Time Lord", where he attempted to kill the Doctor and teamed up with the Master, respectively. Glitz did have a grudging respect for the Doctor, though. His third appearance was also the final showing of companion Mel, as she stayed behind with him. For some reason.
- Anti-Villain: Though the Doctor doesn't punish him, Glitz does, or at least tries to do some evil things, like sell his crew into undead slavery.
- Con Man: Glitz and his partner Dibber are another example of Robert Holmes' criminal double-acts, much like Garron and Unstoffe and Vorg and Shirna.
- Delusions of Eloquence
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Word of God has it that Glitz and Ace were sleeping together and that he took her virginity possibly not entirely consensually. Although it's hinted at in "Dragonfire" (why would he know where a teenaged girl lives?), it's not stated outright. The original plan was for Ace and Glitz to leave Ice World at the end of the episode, and Ray (from "Delta and the Bannermen") would have been Seven's companion. When that didn't pan out, Ace became an Ascended Extra and Mel stayed with Glitz instead.
- Greed: Gaining any sort of profit is his main motivation in life.
- Honest John's Dealership: In space!
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's just so much of a Lovable Rogue that it's not hard to feel sorry for him - until you remember that he may have forced himself on Ace, tried to sell his crew into undead slavery, etc.
- Lovable Rogue: Extremely personable, extremely cold-hearted.
- No-Sell: He's immune to the Master's hypnotic charms. It helps that the Master was using a fancy piece of jewelry to mesmerize him: Glitz was more concerned with how much the item was worth!
- Same Character, but Different: His third appearance was originally written for a whole other character. It was decided to bring back Glitz instead, without changes to the script.
- Unwitting Pawn: His first two appearances fall under "performing the whims of the Master or Valeyard", even if he doesn't know about it.
- Villains Blend in Better: He's convinced that with a few explosives and a machine gun, he'll easily impress the backwards locals on Ravalox that he's the guy who should be in charge and thus be able to dismantle a valuable technological gizmo they believe to be a sacred totem. Unfortunately, he didn't count on their queen being more savvy than her primitive lifestyles would suggest, or the fact that many other con-artists have had the same idea as he did and approached her giving multiple reasons why they should be allowed to dismantle the totem as well.
Chang Lee (Seventh and Eighth Doctors)
A young San Francisco gang member who watches the Doctor get shot, gets poor "John Smith" to the hospital out of sheer kindness, and proceeds to make some very poor life decisions that leave him as the Master's companion. Eventually realises his mistake and joins up with the Doctor to fix everything.
- Back from the Dead: The TARDIS revives him after he has his neck snapped.
- Black Eyes of Evil: When possessed by the Master.
- The Comically Serious: An absolute expert at the deadpan double-take. Once the Master starts drezzzzing for the occasion and randomly kissing Chang Lee's forehead, Chang's only response is the most perfectly stoic "oh god why am I here" expression.
- Easily Forgiven: The Doctor figures that Chang's suffered enough punishment being kicked around by the Master, so he lets him off easy.
- Greed: The Master tempts Chang Lee with promises of wealth.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Works for the Master, but only due to manipulation. He comes in his senses in the end.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He's not evil, he's just incredibly greedy.
- Ominous Message from the Future: The Doctor gives him a cryptic warning to stay out of San Francisco next Christmas, implying something bad might happen to either the city, or possibly just him, if he doesn't.
Revival Series Debut
Jacqueline Angela Suzette Prentiss "Jackie" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Rose's mum. When Doctor Who was revived in 2005, the show began to focus a bit on the companions' families for the first time ever. Jackie still stands out over most family members and got plenty of Character Development.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Jackie's final kiss with Pete at the end of "Father's Day".
- Blatant Lies: "There was never anyone else." Uh-huh.
- Deadpan Snarker: In her final appearance.Jackie: I was pregnant, do you remember? Had a baby boy.
Metacrisis Doctor: Oh, brilliant. What did you call him?
Metacrisis Doctor: Really?
Jackie: No, you plum. He's called Tony.
- Dumb Blonde: She is not exactly the smartest person, but her heart is in the right place... most of the time.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She flirts with the Ninth Doctor upon laying eyes on him and, like her daughter, she's very taken with the Tenth Doctor's new look.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Nine couldn't stand her for one second. Relations with Ten started off rocky, but he warmed to Jackie by the end.
- Gold Digger: Played for laughs when she finds out the alternate Pete is rich.Jackie: I don't care about that... how rich?
Jackie: I don't care about that... how very?
- Happily Married: Long ago Jackie was (more or less) blissfully wed to her universe's native Peter Tyler, who was unfortunately struck down dead in a head-on car collision shortly after they had Rose, but as compensation, Jackie found another version of Peter still alive in a parallel universe whose version of her had been killed, so the multiverse balanced itself out by allowing for them to be married and Rose to have a stepdad... er, well, more like a copy of her paternal dad. Jackie also conceived and had another child through this version of Peter.
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Tries to seduce the Ninth Doctor the very first time they meet. He just ignores her.
- Mama Bear: She smacks the Ninth Doctor when she thinks he's taking advantage of Rose, and in "Journey's End", she blasts Daleks. By "Love & Monsters", she extends this protectiveness to the Doctor, claiming that she loves both Rose and the Doctor and would protect them with her life as she calls Elton out for trying to use her to get to them.
- Motor Mouth: Can sport a terrific one if she wants to, especially when first meeting the Tenth Doctor.
- Mrs. Robinson: To Elton in "Love & Monsters". (Which must have hurt, since Camille Coduri is actually only a year older than Marc Warren, who played Elton.)
- Pair the Spares: Specifically, pair the corresponding widowed parallel universe counterparts.
- Plucky Comic Relief: While she has her serious moments alot of her scenes are played for laughs for example when the TARDIS activated she calmly threatened to kill the Doctor if the TARDIS landed on another planet.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Word of God said she worked as a hairdresser, but this was never mentioned onscreen.
- Really Gets Around: Who the heck is Rodrigo? Or Howard? Apparently, the former owns a tow truck.
- Rich Bitch: Parallel universe version is a cold hearted snob.
- Took a Level in Badass: After a two year absence, Jackie teleports into "Journey's End", blasting away at a Dalek and saving Sarah Jane's life (along with Mickey, who'd already taken a level).
The Face of Boe (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
A giant head encased in a glass dome, the Face of Boe is a legendary, long-lived figure from the far future whose exact origins are a mystery to all. He debuted as little more than a background extra amongst a sea of bizarre alien characters introduced to show off the 2005 series' increased budget in "The End of the World". However, he quickly grew in prominence, reappearing time and again throughout the Ninth and Tenth Doctors' lives.
- Ascended Extra: He first appeared as one of many bizarre alien creatures invited to witness the destruction of Earth in "The End of the World". His unique and eye-catching (and probably expensive) design helped to ensure him much larger roles in later stories.
- Ambiguous Situation: We will probably never know whether or not he actually is Captain Jack. If that is his earlier self, then it's unclear how he went to being a giant head in a jar. Either way, there's a lot unknown about Boe.
- Breakout Character: The Face of Boe is one of the most beloved supporting characters in the post-2005 series.
- Cephalothorax: He's a giant, disembodied head with cracked, aged skin and bulbous, tentacle-like growths around the back of his skull. If he truly is Jack from the far future, it may count as an example of Body Horror.
- Cool Old Guy: An incredibly wise, kind and very very old sage. The Doctor respects him unconditionally.
- Foil: With the benefit of hindsight, he amusingly acts as one to Lady Cassandra, who debuted in the same episode as him. She gloated about being the last pure human and disregarded later evolutionary branches as mongrels yet the guy who would outlive her as the real last pure human was in the same room as her all along. Whereas Cassandra is vain, cruel and short-sighted, the Face of Boe is nothing but wise and benevolent.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices the last of his life force to save the people trapped under New New York, imparting a final word of comfort/warning to the Doctor before he draws his last breath.
- Last of His Kind: The other Boekind died off long ago, leaving him the oldest living organism in the Isop Galaxy. He may actually be the very last full-blooded human.
- Mr. Seahorse: His cameo in a newsreel in "The Long Game" reveals that he somehow became pregnant with "Baby Boemina". They may spawn from those tentacle things on his head.
- Not So Different: He relates to the Doctor for also being the Last of His Kind. Considering what he then reveals to the Doctor, he may have been trying to make another point altogether.
- Odd Friendship: With Novice Hame, who at first harvested humans for experimentation, and later became his nurse. He "shrouded her in his smoke" to protect her from the Bliss virus.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Evidently, his Baby Boemina offspring did not last nearly as long as him as he is later said to be the Last of His Kind.
- Really 700 Years Old: While there's little doubt about it considering his wizened appearance, the Face of Boe has lived for thousands of years, making him possibly older than the Doctor when they first meet. If he is actually Jack Harkness, that makes him well over five billion years old when he finally pops his clogs.
- Riddle for the Ages: Whether or not he actually is the fate of Captain Jack Harkness, left to age for millions of years until his Complete Immortality finally wears down. The truth will always be left ambiguous for the sake of the joke.
- Starfish Aliens: Not as strange as some Doctor Who creatures, but still pretty weird.
- Telepathy: He primarily communicates with his mind. When his lips eventually move to form real vocalised speech, it's a big deal.
- Unknown Rival: Inverted, an unknown friend in the case of the Doctor. Although the Doctor is certainly aware of the legend and fond of him, he is puzzled by the Face of Boe considering him an old friend as they barely interacted. A certain half-reveal from later in the series may explain why...
- The Voiceless: In his first appearance, he doesn't say anything at all.
- Wham Line: Just before he dies, he delivers one to the Doctor with his prophesied "final secret", the implications of which would prove to rock the Doctor's world:Face of Boe: You are not alone.
Jack Harkness: Used to be a poster boy, when I was a kid, living in the Boeshane Peninsula. Tiny little place. I was the first one ever to be signed up for the Time Agency. "The Face of Boe", they called me.
- His possible past self might just trump him in this regard, and even more off-handedly...
Harriet Jones, MP, Flydale North / Prime Ministernote (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
MP for a small constituency from the 21st century, and later Prime Minister during the Sycorax invasion before being ruthlessly deposed again by the Tenth Doctor. She later appeared at the end of Series 4, along with everyone else.
- Always Introduces Themselves: Because she was originally the MP of an obscure constituency, she developed a habit of always greeting strangers with a flash of her ID card and "Harriet Jones, MP Flydale North". Even though it became redundant after she became Prime Minister, she kept up the habit.
- Back for the Dead: In the Series 4 finale, "The Stolen Earth", she makes one more appearance before "EXTERMINATE!"
- Career-Building Blunder: Stumbles into Downing Street to promote her new health regulation ideas ... during the middle of an alien invasion. Being too stubborn to back off, despite everyone repeatedly telling her to, she manages to accidentally spot the aliens while trying to plant her files in the emergency program suitcase. This leads to her meeting the Doctor and becoming the lone reliable witness of the alien battle. The Doctor encourages her to become the invasion's media darling, knowing that it would lead to her eventually becoming Prime Minister of the UK as a result.
- Catch Phrase: Always introduces herself with her full name and title, even after she rises from political obscurity to Prime Minister (and back again).
- Defiant to the End: Transmits the signal to bring the Doctor back to Earth and then faces the Daleks, who traced the transmission, without fear.
- Face Death with Dignity:
- Heroic Sacrifice: Activating the subwave network to guide the Tenth Doctor to Earth, at the cost of alerting the Daleks to her location.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Her justification for ordering Torchwood to shoot down the Sycorax ship as it retreated.
- Iron Lady: She is invested in humanity's future and will take any action she deems necessary to ensure their future.
- Jerkass Has a Point: She justifies her actions against the Sycorax and while the Doctor hated what she did, she isn't wrong. If the Doctor didn't wake up then a quarter of the human population would have been killed and then the next alien race will massacre the rest of humanity. The number of aliens that have invaded Earth or have tried to destroy it is uncountable, the Doctor can't always stop them all.
- Never Found the Body: We never actually saw her die, as the feed gets cut off before the Daleks exterminate her. Which turns out to be significant, because according to Rusty in the poetry collection Now We Are Six Hundred, published a whole nine years after her last episode, she didn't actually die!Russell: [when asked if her survival was "canon"] Absolutely. Shes my character, thats my episode, I say thats true.
- Not So Different: To the Doctor, oddly enough. His solution to deal with the Sycorax was to scare them into submission, telling them to tell every other race that Earth is defended (by him). Her solution was to blast them out of the sky, sending a message to anyone watching that when the Doctor's not around, they can defend themselves just fine. (It turns out they can't, at least not as well as the Doctor, but it's the thought that counts.)
- Phrase Catcher: After her rise from political obscurity, her catchphrase is always responded to with a tetchy or affectionate or confused (depending on the respondent) "Yes, I/we know who you are". Even from Daleks.
- Screw Destiny: Becomes the victim of the Doctor's decision to significantly alter her history after her first year as Prime Minister. The result is that instead of the Golden Age that Harriet was supposed to preside over as mentioned by the Ninth Doctor, two ruthless villains first the Master, then Brian Green become PM, with the consequences resonating all the way into Torchwood: Children of Earth.
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Doctor tells her aide "don't you think she looks tired?" He refuses to tell that to Harriet, who faces a no confidence vote. She loses specifically because she's tired - from not sleeping and fretting over what the Doctor himself said. Her worry fulfilled the prophecy.
- Small Role, Big Impact: It's thanks to her that the the Doctor was able to find Earth when the Daleks stole it for their Reality Bomb.
- Underestimating Badassery: She doesn't think the Doctor can take down her government with just six words. Whoops.
- Worthy Opponent: Recall that the Daleks once boasted that only one of their number could exterminate an entire army of the Cybermen. To take down Harriet on her own, the Daleks send three, and yes, they know who she is.
Trinity Wells (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
A recurring peripheral figure throughout the Revived series, Trinity Wells is a newscaster for the fictional network AMNN and is frequently seen reporting on alien invasions and bizarre phenomena in episodes set on modern day Earth. She also appears in the spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
- Kent Brockman News: The main source of expository, alien-related news in the Whoniverse.
- Newscaster Cameo: Not her since she's fictional, but she's usually shown in montages alongside real BBC News presenters.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Her permanently dry tone of voice in many news broadcasts while narrating increasingly ludicrous events carry this effect.
- Oh, Crap!: While usually unflappable even during the deadliest incursions, even she is subtly freaked out by the United Nations' decision to release all of the nuclear missile codes to the British government, at the time unknowingly ran by Slitheen, for use against a hoaxed alien fleet in "World War Three".
- Recurring Extra: Appears across four-and-a-half series of Doctor Who, as well as Torchwood and SJA, yet she never once interacts with the Doctor or any of the main cast. That's got to be some kind of record.
- Trinity is also the only character—unless we count the TARDIS' cameo in Torchwood, in which we only hear her engines—to appear in all three series.
Peter Alan "Pete" Tyler (Ninth and Tenth Doctors)
Rose's dad. The version native to "our" universe died in a car accident in 1987 when Rose was just a baby. Though very clever, he was also an idealistic dreamer whose schemes never amounted to anything much; after his death, Jackie would describe him to Rose as an ideal husband and father.
- And This Is for...: "JACKIE TYLER! THIS IS FOR HER!!!"
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: As the parallel universe shows, had he actually lived longer, he would've eventually succeeded in his endeavors and become very rich.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: See Jackie Tyler above.
- Badass Normal: Alternate Pete fights Cybermen. Prime Pete is also badass, considering he went to his own death by car accident.
- Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. While Pete was nowhere near the ideal husband and father Jackie made him out to be, he still turns out to be a bright, basically decent bloke, who manages to save the entire timeline, even at the cost of a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Seems to have been enforced by Jackie, given how Rose has the Broken Pedestal reaction above.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Our Pete saves the world, maybe the universe, and nobody will ever know. Except for the one person who matters most, his little girl.
- Hidden Depths: After Pete's many flaws are revealed, he is soon shown to actually being a smart individual able to put together who Rose and the Doctor are and an overall decent man who is willing to do the right thing.
- Meaningful Name: The Pete's World version of him feeds information to the Preachers using the codename "Gemini". Gemini is a constellation depicting two twin bothers, Castor and Pollux. Castor died protecting his brother, and Pollux opted to ask his father Zeus to give half his immortality to his mortal brother. Pete's World Pete has a parallel counterpart who died protecting someone.
- Overprotective Dad: Implied when Rose meets him in the past.
- Pair the Spares: Again, see Jackie Tyler above.
- Parents as People: Reconstructed. After being built up as the perfect human by Jackie throughout her childhood, Rose travels back in time to learn her father was a flawed, but ultimately still good man.
- Parents Know Their Children: A recurring theme is that no matter the circumstance, be it visiting him in the past barely a year after her birth or in a Parallel Universe where she was never even born, Pete will always feel a strong trusting connection toward Rose. He figures out who she is in the past just before sacrificing himself to save the timeline.Pete: Who am I, love?
Rose: [crying] You're my daddy.
- Reverse Mole: For Jake and the Preachers, feeding them information from Cybus Industries.
- That Thing Is Not My Child!: Alternate Pete's relationship with Rose is initially somewhat frosty, due to the fact that he's recently become a widower and Rose treating him as though he's her father, despite her not existing in that universe. However, once he overcomes this discomfort, he quickly accepts her as the daughter he never had.
- They Called Me Mad!: Given time, Pete's inventions would have netted him a fortune, as his alternate self proves.
- You Can't Fight Fate: Prime Pete has to die; there is no way around it.
Bad Wolf (Ninth Doctor)
After being sent back home in the TARDIS by an all-but-defeated Doctor stuck in a battle he has no hope of winning, Rose Tyler, with the help of Mickey and her mum, desperately tries to break open the TARDIS console in order to find a way to get back to the Doctor. However, in doing so, she becomes possessed by the essence of the Time Vortex itself.
- Above Good and Evil: In its brief screentime, the Bad Wolf entity (through Rose) declares herself to be utterly beyond all mortal concepts in response to the Doctor's claim that she cannot control life or death.Bad Wolf: But I can. The Sun and the Moon. The day and night.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Bad Wolf is the bigger fish to the Daleks. She outright belittles the Dalek Emperor as "tiny" and a "false god" before demonstrating her complete superiority by destroying them all.
- Arc Words: Provides its own name, Bad Wolf, as the show's most famous example of this trope throughout Series 1. The phrase 'Bad Wolf' even continues to appear, albeit more scantily, throughout Russell T Davies' tenure as lead writer.
- Deus ex Machina: Quite literally a god out of the machine. The Bad Wolf entity possesses Rose after Mickey's truck breaks open the TARDIS console, allows her to become a Physical God and arrives at the Game Station just in time to save the Doctor from the Daleks.
- Offhand Backhand: Nonchalantly deflects a Dalek's death ray, which had previously been shown to kill anything it hits.
- One-Hit Kill: Offers the Daleks a taste of their own medicine by annihilating them at a subatomic level one at a time.
- Outside-Context Problem: She is definitely one for the Daleks, who could not possibly have anticipated her arrival. The Dalek Emperor even claims that she is not part of "his design" when the Doctor questions how the Bad Wolf meme could be connected to him.
- Power Incontinence: Rose's fragile human body can only contain Bad Wolf's enormous power for a few minutes before it starts tearing her apart. She makes sure to use it to the fullest extent while she has the time.
- Physical God: Bad Wolf is by far one of the most powerful, destructive entities in the Doctor Who universe, capable of effortlessly resurrecting the dead and atomising an entire Dalek fleet. It's a good stroke that she's on the Doctor's side.
- Stable Time Loop: A rather convoluted one. The Bad Wolf scatters its name throughout the universe to points in the Ninth Doctor and Rose's timestream specifically as a message to lead herself to the Game Station and come into existence. Although whether the entity always intended to call itself 'Bad Wolf', or was merely inspired by the Bad Wolf Corporation (which is where the Doctor starts to take serious notice of the words' omnipresence) is up to interpretation.
- Story-Breaker Power: Prior to Bad Wolf's arrival, Earth is in the process of being carpet-bombed into unrecognisability, the entire population of the Game Station is dead, and the Doctor is forced to make a Sadistic Choice that risks killing every living thing in the solar system. Then the TARDIS lands, and Bad Wolf uses her godlike powers to erase the threat of the Daleks within seconds of stepping foot on the satellite. Understandably, she does not stick around for long.
Jake Simmonds (Tenth Doctor)
A freedom-fighting anarchist from the parallel universe visited by the Doctor, Rose and Mickey in which the Cybermen first arose on Earth. He was the boyfriend of his universe's version of Mickey, known there as 'Ricky'. After the Doctor and Rose left, Mickey stayed with Jake and continued the good fight against the remaining Cyberman factories by forming the Preachers.
- Ambiguously Gay: In a deleted scene from "Age of Steel," he tells Mickey that the latter's counterpart was his boyfriend.
- '80s Hair: His hair rivals the Doctor's for sticky-uppiness, as Wilf would put it.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and the Preachers make a dynamic entrance into the main universe by saving the Doctor from the Cyber-Leader.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Upgrades from regular rifles, which don't work against Cybermen, to a large energy beam gun by the time we see him again in "Doomsday".
- La Résistance: Alongside the alternate Pete Tyler and Mickey Smith, he's one of the leaders of the Preachers. Before he began all-out war against the Cybermen, he was an underground resistance fighter against Lumic's nefarious schemes.
- Oop North: Has a strong Northern accent.
- Replacement Goldfish: After Ricky is killed by the Cybermen, Jake initially resents Mickey as an inferior, cowardly substitute. However, after Mickey proves his worth in the battle against Lumic, Jake warms up to him and they decide to stay together, although Mickey's Incompatible Orientation means that they (probably) had to remain Platonic Life-Partners.
- Stating the Simple Solution: All the staircases in Canary Wharf can be a pain.Jake: We could always take the lift.
The Jones family (Tenth Doctor)
Martha's family. Her cousin, Adeola, was revealed in Martha's debut episode to have been working in Canary Wharf, aka Torchwood Tower. In "Army of Ghosts", she was partially cyberconverted and began opening the way to void to let the Cybermen and Daleks through. She was killed by the Tenth Doctor, who noted that she had technically already been dead for some time.
Martha's sister, mother and brother were introduced to the Doctor in "The Lazarus Experiment", and gained the attention of the Master in the process.
- Almost Kiss: Tish and Professor Lazarus, right before he turns into a giant scorpion.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When the Master reveals himself and rounds up most of Martha's family to hold hostage, Leo manages to duck out and evade capture, though it's not clear if he survived the Year That Never Was.
- Genre Blind: Francine's tendency towards this leads to her manipulation by the Master's minions.
- Girl Friday: Tish becomes one to Lazarus and, later, to the Master.
- Hollywood Midlife Crisis: Clive spends most Season 3 going through one of these complete with a flash new sportscar and a much younger girlfriend. By the end, he seems to be over it.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Francine distrusts the Doctor due to a bad first encounter so much she's willing to assist the Master's Obviously Evil minions.
- Mama Bear: Francine, oh so much. It's her concern for Martha that allows the Master's minions to manipulate her.
- Only Known By Her Nickname: Tish's full name is Leticia, but it's seldom heard on screen.
- Out-of-Character Alert: Francine and Clive pretend that they're considering getting back together, to lure Martha back to Earth. It makes her realise something's very wrong. Clive's participation in this, however, was not voluntary.
- Papa Wolf: Clive risks being arrested to warn Martha about the Master's trap.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: After being enslaved by the Master for a year, the whole family (except Leo) develops one due to being on the Valiant ("the eye of the storm") when time reverts.
- Shipper on Deck: After Leo meets the Doctor in "The Lazarus Experiment", he can tell Martha loves him right away and doesn't seem to mind.Francine: She turned her back on us, went in there with that thing. For him.
Leo: He must be some guy.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the end of the Year That Never Was, the family has effectively developed La Résistance within the Master's household.
- Trauma Conga Line: The entire family gets severely traumatised by the Master.
- Martha later confirms in season 4 that her family is still coping with the trauma, but doing well.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Adeola and her cousin Martha are both played by Freema Agyeman, resulting in them looking like twins.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Adeola, working for Torchwood London, becomes a Cyberman puppet. The Tenth Doctor performs a Mercy Kill on her as soon as he realises what happened.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Clive warns Martha about the trap, the Master has his men arrest the entire family, Francine included (a ludicrously Genre Blind Francine can be heard indignantly proclaiming she was trying to help them).
Astrid Peth (Tenth Doctor)
A one-shot companion to the Tenth Doctor featured heavily in the 2007 Christmas Special episode, "Voyage of the Damned". Notable for being played by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue and for explicitly being the Doctor's temporary love interest. A waitress from the planet Sto, she meets the Doctor aboard the space-faring replica of the Titanic and fights to survive after the ship is sabotaged by the machinations of her own employer, Max Capricorn.
- Action Girl: She bats away the Heavenly Hosts' razor halos with broken pieces of girder and weaponises Bannakaffalatta's power source to short-circuit several more across the ship.
- Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: After her death, the Doctor miraculously saves a ghostly fragment of her conscience using the ship's teleport pod. He lets the remains of her spirit drift through a window into space, allowing her to travel forever.
- Beauty = Goodness: Many characters note her beauty (it's hard not to when she's played by Kylie Minogue) and she's an extremely sweet, wide-eyed person who instantly forms a connection with the Doctor.
- Big Damn Kiss: Gives the Doctor one.
- Blunt "Yes": This gem.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Driving a forklift, she rams Max Capricorn's life support machine off a ledge into the Titanic's nuclear core engine. However, the Host cut her forklift's brake line, so she falls with him.
- Eating the Eye Candy: She isn't entirely subtle about her desire to smash the Doctor till the sun rises.
- Human Aliens: She's actually an alien from the planet Sto but she looks totally human, like most of the Titanic's passengers.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She's gorgeous, energetic and extremely excitable about the prospect of travelling to new planets and seeing new skies. A dream companion for the Doctor in both the usual and romantic senses, essentially. Alas, it wasn't to be.
- Meaningful Name: Her forename is derived from "aster", the Latin word for "star", and her surname is Welsh for "thing". Astrid is a dreamy girl who longs for a life among the distant stars, eventually becoming a "star-thing" herself. Considering that her actress is a famous pop star, it works as a double pun.
- Her name is also an anagram of "TARDIS", although this seems to be a coincidence. Russell T Davies has gone on record that he only chose the name because it sounded exotic and futuristic.
- Meet Cute: The Doctor helps her pick up some spilt party treats that were knocked out of her hand by Rickston Slade.
- Nice Girl: She's unfailingly kind and empathetic towards all of the other survivors (except Rickston Slade), particularly Bannakaffalatta whom she playfully flirts with in spite of his unusual appearance and comforts while he dies.
- Odd Friendship: She forms a close bond with Bannakaffalatta after learning of his secret cyborg modifications. The fact that he's also a red-skinned conker person doesn't bother her in the slightest either.
- One Head Taller: She's very petite compared to the Doctor's lankiness, needing to stand on a box in order to meet him at eye level for a parting mistletoe kiss.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Mr. Capricorn! I resign!"
- Red Herring: She was heavily advertised as if she was going to be the Doctor's next full-time companion for Series 4.
- Senseless Sacrifice: She probably could have jumped off the forklift before it fell...
- Sexy Stewardess: Has the classic image of one. Even the Doctor isn't immune.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She remains optimistic even in terrible circumstances and dreams of travelling the stars.
Jenny (Tenth Doctor)
The Doctor's daughter, created in the episode of the same name by means of a cloning machine that took the Doctor's DNA and remixed it into a bubbly blonde Super Soldier.
- Action Girl: She's got all the Time Lord reflexes, above-human physical abilities, and instinctive timing, combined with programmed military skills.
- Adorkable: Like her dad, being excitable to near Keet levels (again, like her dad).
- Badass Adorable: Short, pretty, blonde and excitable Super Soldier and Martial Pacifist who can front flip through several dozen moving laser arrays.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Seduces one of her fellow guards to rob him of his keys to get her, the Doctor, and Donna out of jail (leading to Donna's hilarious remark, "I'd like to see you try that.") Bill outright stating in the comics that she's gorgeous (to the disturbance of the Twelfth Doctor).
- Heroic Sacrifice: She takes a bullet for her dad, though it's averted by the Source healing her - if it hadn't, it would have been a Senseless Sacrifice, because the Doctor could just regenerate.
- In the Blood: She ends up being a Martial Pacifist who runs off with a space-ship, and, in the comics and Big Finish audios, becomes a time-traveller via a long lost Time Lord bowship.
- Like Parent, Like Child: Again, running off with a space-ship to travel the universe, being a Martial Pacifist? Yup, sounds familiar.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's blonde, pretty, and wearing a tight t-shirt and leather trousers.
- Nice Girl: For a young woman programmed for war, she's surprisingly bubbly and sweet.
- Not Quite Dead: Thanks to the Source, she survives Taking the Bullet.
- Not So Different: She tries to convince the Doctor of this regarding their soldier instincts. It's indicated that she's not entirely wrong, and the Doctor's main reservations regarding her include the way in which she reminds him of that side of himself. On the flip-side, she realises that she's actually a Martial Pacifist, just like her dad.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: The Doctor's, which makes sense, considering that Time Lords and Ladies can regenerate across sexes, and the Doctor's latest incarnation is a blonde woman.
- Put on a Bus: She vanishes from the series until she pops up again the Titan Comics multi-Doctor miniseries, The Lost Dimension, by which time she's found a disused Time Lord bowship and is travelling in time.
- Really Was Born Yesterday: She's "born" at the start of the episode, appearing as a young woman in her early twenties.
- She-Fu: Performs some truly spectacular flips and jumps through the moving laser array.
- Show Some Leg: Pulls this on one of the guards to get the keys to get her, the Doctor, and Donna out of jail.
- Super Soldier: She's programmed and engineered as one, and has all the relevant skills and knowledge, but discovers that she has a choice about whether or not to kill, and opts for the latter.
- Taking the Bullet: Survives doing this for her dad.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: She really wants to impress her dad, who is understandably chilly towards her to begin with: she was created by force, and she's a walking, talking reminder of what happened to his own family during the Time War (which he still believes he ended by killing everyone), and more pertinently, his own time as the War Doctor. He warms up to her pretty quickly, though, as their similarities become more obvious, and her apparent death has him within a hair of executing General Cobb in cold blood.
- Wrench Wench: Works as one in the comics to get fuel to travel.
Sylvia Noble (Tenth Doctor)
Donna's mum and Wilf's daughter. A caring, but emotionally abusive, woman who gets caught up in the Doctor's life completely against her will.
- Abusive Parents: Sylvia is emotionally abusive towards Donna (and towards Wilf, as well) in a tear-jerkingly realistic way. When the Doctor realises how severe it gets, he calls her out on it quite hard.
- Commander Contrarian: Often how her jerkassery shows itself, immediately snapping down other people's suggestions or comments. Like when Wilf mentions he voted for Harriet Jones, former Prime Minister, she just turns to him and claims he didn't.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Losing her husband Geoff, who died suddenly from sickness shortly before the start of Series 4note . It made Sylvia incredibly bitter and acidic to her family.
- Jerkass Realization: It takes a long time, but she eventually confesses that Donna isn't just "the most important woman in all of creation" she's also the most important thing in her life. The Doctor's simple response is that maybe she should let Donna know that sometimes.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Mama Bear: She does care about Donna, but it takes her a long time to show it.
- My Beloved Smother: She's extremely controlling. Wilf usually just ignores her, but Donna has a lot more trouble coping.
- Pet the Dog: During "Turn Left", she gives a genuinely happy "Merry Christmas". Then London is destroyed.
- Weirdness Censor: She witnesses Donna vanish in a bright light, and just assumes it was some kind of trick.
- You Have Failed Me: Towards Donna, constantly and relentlessly. In the "Turn Left" timeline, she just coldly admits she's always seen Donna as a disappointment. When the Doctor realises this, he calls her out on it, and after her Jerkass Realization, he bluntly tells her to let Donna know that [she loves her] more often.
Ood Sigma (Tenth Doctor)
An Ood who, as the personal servant of Klineman Halpen, hereditary CEO of Ood Operations, secretly fed him Ood graft, turning him into a member of the species he had sold as slaves. During these events he met the Doctor, and later served as a messenger of the Ood to him.
- Best Served Cold: Whereas the red-eyed Ood lashed out openly against their oppressors, Ood Sigma remained in control of himself and slowly poisoned Mr. Halpen until he transformed into an Ood. The Doctor surmised it best that Sigma's strength is his patience.
- The Comically Serious: Doesn't seem impressed that the Doctor can lock the TARDIS like a car.
- Expy: His role in guiding the Tenth Doctor through his regeneration is similar to the Watcher, the harbinger of the Fourth Doctor's oncoming regeneration.
- Older Than They Look: He shows no visible signs of ageing 100 years later.
- Psychic Powers: He can perform an Astral Projection across space and time.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's seemingly completely subservient to Mr. Halpen in his first appearance, but ends up being The Mole for the Ood Brain. Later on, he has a cameo in "The Waters of Mars" and a few very brief appearances in "The End of Time", but he kicks off the plot and helps the Doctor regenerate.
The Shadow Architect (Tenth and Twelfth Doctors)
The head of the Shadow Proclamation, the Space Police organization that enforces the treaty it's named after.
- '70s Hair: When we see her again in "The Magician's Apprentice", her fairly normal hairstyle has evolved into a massive platinum-blonde afro.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In "The Stolen Earth", she insists that Time Lords are the stuff of legend and cannot possibly exist, while talking to one. The Doctor is in too much of a hurry to persuade her otherwise. It's possible that she's overcome this by her second appearance.
- Big Good: As head of the Shadow Proclamation, she tries to be this.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a surprising appearance in "The Magician's Apprentice", seven years after she was last seen, getting visited by Colony Sarff.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She has a very Gothic appearance and commands the Shadow Proclamation, but her organisation is the official first line of defence against those who would threaten the universe.
- The Ghost: The name of the Shadow Proclamation was evoked many times in the revived series before its leader was ever seen.
- Lawful Good: Head of the Shadow Proclamation.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Shadow Architect, leader of the Shadow Proclamation. Not exactly the kind of names you would associate with an ostensibly heroic Space Police organisation, but it makes sense considering the kind of scum they have to deal with. The Doctor even says it in an ominous tone of voice.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. The Architect and her kind appear to be humanoid albinos, as all of them are shown to have red eyes, pale skin and light hair. However, they are ultimately a force for good.
- Space Police: She's in charge of these guys, called the Shadow Proclamation in the Whoniverse.
- War Is Glorious: She seems eerily enthusiastic about the prospect of the Doctor leading the Shadow Proclamation into battle against the Daleks.
Jackson Lake (Tenth Doctor)
A Victorian mathematics professor who came to think he was the Doctor after an encounter with Cybermen led to him forgetting who he was and getting information on the Doctor downloaded into his head.
- Badass Bandolier: Wears one made of the Cybermen infostamps while destroying them left and right.
- Badass Bookworm: Built his own TARDIS a hot air balloon or Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style out of household items, and is a maths teacher.
- Badass Normal: Common in Doctor Who, but Jackson Lake takes it to a new level by trying to become the Doctor himself, and doing a good job of it despite lacking a proper TARDIS, sonic screwdriver and Time Lord biology.
- Foreshadowing: Jackson Lake's wardrobe and, at times, haircut, resembles the Eleventh Doctor's.
- Forgot the Call: Inverted Jackson Lake believes he's the Doctor, but is actually human.
- Fun with Acronyms: It's "Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style" thank you!
- Heroic BSoD: Lake is prone to them. In fact, it's the reason the Doctor's memories took over so well he was mid-BSOD due to the death of his wife and kidnapping of his son at the hands of the Cybermen.
- Large Ham: Just as much as the actual Doctor—which is saying something.
- The Nth Doctor: Jackson Lake seems to be number 11 but just got blasted with the Doctor's personality and thought he'd regenerated.
- Papa Wolf: Nothing will stop him from taking care of his son.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Jackson Lake's attitude towards Rosita, due to Deliberate Values Dissonance, is to tell her to stay with his TARDIS and let him deal with the monsters alone.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Jackson Lake spends most of the special thinking he's the Doctor, and Ten seems to think he is a future Doctor. Then it turns out he's just a human whose mind has accidentally been tampered with.
Lady Christina de Souza (Tenth Doctor)
A noblewoman who entered a life of crime out of boredom, she met the Doctor when they both wound up on a bus that went through a wormhole from London to the planet San Helios.
- Blue Blood: A noblewoman with the title to go with it.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: Introduced breaking into a museum and stealing an ancient artefact. She briefly claims to need the money, but quickly admits she just does it for fun.
- Crazy-Prepared: There's a lot of handy items in her backpack, including such useful implements as: sunglasses, a foldaway shovel, an axe, a winch and cables... oh, and the ancient goblet she stole from the museum.
- Karma Houdini: Is about to be taken away by the police when the Doctor remotely unlocks her handcuffs, allowing her to escape in the flying bus parked nearby.
- "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop: Introduced doing one of these as part of a heist. Does it again later in the episode to retrieve a MacGuffin.
- Not So Different: The Doctor initially disapproves of her admission that she steals for fun, but then admits that he took the TARDIS for similar reasons.
- Spy Catsuit: Averted Trope. Her outfit certainly resembles one, and has been mistaken for such even on this wiki, but is actually a jacket, shirt and trousers. The fact that the ensemble is all one colour might explain the confusion.
Captain Adelaide Brooke (Tenth Doctor)
The captain of Bowie Base One, she met the doctor when an alien virus called the Flood planned to infect the humans so it could reach the Earth.
- Badass Normal
- Bold Explorer: She's the leader of the first human colony on Mars. This inspires her granddaughter to travel into space.
- Break the Haughty: She gives the Doctor a pretty harsh speech after he tries to break a fixed point in time by saving her and two other members of her crew.
- The Captain
- The Conscience: Acts like this to the Doctor, especially in the last scene, where she calls him out for breaking his principles. She still admires him, as long as he keeps his ethics and doesn't go down the path of A God Am I.
- Cool Old Lady
- Friendly Enemy: Acts mildly antagonistic with the Doctor, but this is purely down to her not entirely trusting his approach and ideas.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the original timeline, Adelaide detonates Bowie Base One to prevent the Flood from infecting the Earth. In the altered timeline, she kills herself in order to keep history on track.
- Kirk Summation: Gives a very effective one of these to the Doctor after he changes events that could alter the history of the human race.Adelaide: This is wrong, Doctor! I don't care who you are! The Time Lord Victorious is wrong!
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents were most likely killed in the Dalek Invasion of 2009.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She prevented the Doctor from leaving immediately, which is part of what causes the events of the episode.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Adelaide calls the Doctor out throughout the episode, most prominently at the end.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 during the Second World War, Winston Churchill is introduced in the cliffhanger of "The Beast Below" as an old friend of the Doctor's who calls for his aid in identifying a possible threat lurking in his own cabinet. McNeice continued to portray Churchill in three other episodes of Series 5 and 6, and his fictionalised adventures with the Doctor were expanded upon in Big Finish's audio series "The Churchill Years", which features McNeice in the starring role.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: An alternate version of Churchill from the paradoxical "time crash" timeline appears in "The Wedding of River Song". Not only is he the Holy Roman Emperor, he's friends with the Silurians and a consort of Cleopatra.
- Big Fun: Winston is a large man with a dry sense of humour and a love of drink and cigars, though he is generally portrayed as a little less irascible than he could often be in real life. However, he is certainly no less of a stubborn bullshead, at least in his initial appearance.
- Blasphemous Boast: Winston claims that he would sooner ally with the Devil himself than submit to Hitler's Nazi regime, and indeed, he does the next best thing by trusting the "Ironsides".
- Breakout Character: At least partially due to McNeice's love for the role, Churchill has become one of the more prolific real life historical figures in the expanded universe, with an entire audio play spin-off range starring him that has so far gone on for two seasons. McNeice lobbied to make a reappearance in the Series 10 episode "Empress of Mars", but writer Mark Gatiss couldn't find a way to fit him into the script.
- Dramatic Irony: The Doctor is understandably very tight-lipped about the course of history when around Churchill, who must not be allowed to know that the Allies will win the war so as to preserve the correct timestream. However, the more pressing example is the fact that we, the audience, know that the Ironsides are undercover Daleks, but Churchill does not realise the threat they pose.
- Fair Weather Friend: Played for Laughs. He and the Doctor are thick as thieves but Churchill is rather desperate to get his hands on the TARDIS keys as he believes that the travelling machine can be a devastating game-changer against the Axis Powers. He has tried to pickpocket the keys so often that it's become something of a running joke between them that neither party takes personally. However, the Doctor knows full well that Churchill wouldn't hesitate to steal the TARDIS and potentially ruin the timestream if the opportunity were to present itself.
- Large Ham: Not exactly a subtle politician.
Vincent van Gogh (Eleventh Doctor)
The iconic but troubled Dutch painter. Intrigued by an ominous figure in one of his paintings, the Doctor and Amy visit him to investigate, becoming close friends with him in the process.
- The Alcoholic: He has a reputation among the local townsfolk as a drunken madman. His alcoholism worsens his mental state.
- Allegorical Character: Not Vincent, but the Krafayis that stalks him is a clear allegory for his depression, as it's an invisible monster that only he can see.
- In Spite of a Nail: All too realistically, the Doctor and Amy's visits and taking him to the future to show him how his paintings would be lauded by millions does not change the course of history and Vincent still ends up taking his own life after they leave. Depression is the one monster that even the Doctor can't beat.
- Loners Are Freaks: van Gogh is considered as such by the local communities who ostracise him. He lives alone in a small farmhouse cottage when the Doctor and Amy visit him, and they provide him with some much needed company to help him through difficult times. In real life, Vincent always had his loving brother Theo in his life, but he is never mentioned outside of a companion short story in a 2010 annual.
- Mad Artist: Defied. Vincent van Gogh is believed by art historians to have suffered from manic depression, which is shown in realistically grisly detail in his debut Doctor Who episode. However, he's far from crazy, and his illness is portrayed respectfully.
- Ominous Message from the Future: In "The Pandorica Opens", he foresees the explosion of the TARDIS. While in a frantic fit of melancholy, he paints a picture of it which is eventually discovered by Winston Churchill.
- Sleepy Depressive: When Vincent sleeps in all day, crying into his pillow, the Doctor comforts him but his tactless attempts to motivate him out of bed only provoke Vincent into lashing out against him.
- Tears of Joy: He's moved to tears when the Doctor takes him to 2010 to see an exhibit of his own paintings at the Musee d'Orsay.
- You Can See Me?: Thanks to his unique mind, only he can see the Krafayis, an alien beast which is Invisible to Normals.
Dorium Maldovar (Eleventh Doctor)
Owner and operator of the Maldovarium, a commercial/black market outpost in the 52nd century, Dorium made a brief cameo in "The Pandorica Opens" before being recruited by the Doctor to fight in the Battle of Demon's Run in "A Good Man Goes to War" to repay the Doctor's debt. He came back, post-mortem (sorta), in "The Wedding of River Song".
- Big Fun: A big blue chap who serves as comic relief in his handful of appearances.
- Chekhov's Gunman: His first episode was a very brief cameo with nothing to indicate we'd ever see him again. In his second episode, he had a major role to play before he was beheaded. Later, it turns out his head still lives.
- Crazy-Prepared: He had a media chip implanted in his skull that allows him to wirelessly surf the internet. After he was beheaded by the Headless Monks, he claims that he's not bothered at his present state since the media chip keeps him entertained, and because the wi-fi down in the catacombs is frankly excellent!
- Deadpan Snarker: Gets in several digs at the Headless Monks and the Doctor.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Downplayed, but he makes it clear that he finds their efforts to imprison a child to be excessive.
- Fat Bastard: Subverted. Cunning, cowardly, corrupt and corpulent he may be, but he's definitely on the Doctor's side.
- Friend in the Black Market: Gave River her Vortex Manipulator in "The Pandorica Opens". Fresh off the wrist of a handsome Time Agent.note
- Genre Blind: After he points out that the Headless Monks are chanting their "Attack Prayer", and after Rory points out that Dorium had just sold them out to the Doctor, Dorium wanders over to attempt peace negotiations. It doesn't work.
- Then again, it is later revealed that the Monks only beheaded him, rather than kill him, and he is later enjoying himself surfing the wi-fi while his head sits in a quite nice-looking box (compare to the pit of still-living skulls nearby). So maybe he was onto something.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Averted. He makes it very clear that he only aided the army at Demon's Run because they threatened to kill him. He warned them against taking action because they didn't scare him half as much as the Doctor does.
- Losing Your Head: It was cut off by the Headless Monks.
- Lovable Coward:
- Freely admits this on Demon's Run and it's this deeply-ingrained sense of self-preservation that lets him know the Doctor's victory was too easy.
- The quote where Dorium is absolutely terrified out of his mind? That wasn't his reaction to being confronted by a horde of hostile enemies... that was his reaction to the Doctor showing up to recruit him!
- Major Injury Underreaction: When re-encountered as a living head in a box, he briefly trolls the Doctor by pretending not to be aware of how bad his injuries were. He then admits not to being that bothered with his new state, since the media chip in his head and the excellent wi-fi in the catacombs lets him stay entertained.
- Oracular Head: After he is beheaded, his head is preserved in a box.
- Secret Keeper: He enthusiastically promises to keep the Doctor's secrets after learning that the Doctor didn't really die by Lake Silencio.
- Title Drop: Turns the show's occasional Running Gag into Arc Words. "Doctor who?"
- Too Dumb to Live: Walking towards the Headless Monks while they're chanting their attack song was probably not the best idea. He also calls out Kovarian for being this, correctly predicting the Doctor's Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
Agent Canton Everett Delaware III (Eleventh Doctor)
An FBI agent who aids the Doctor and company in their adventure to defeat the Silence in 1969, becoming a temporary companion and a respected friend to them. Decades later, he appears at Lake Silencio on the day that the Doctor is seemingly murdered by an astronaut.
- Born in the Wrong Century: When he confides with Richard Nixon, the President is reluctantly accepting of Delaware's desire to marry a black individual thanks to the Civil Rights movement, but draws the line at said individual being male.
- Deadpan Snarker: The heading quote is what he says after shooting a Silent.
- FBI Agent: A highly competent agent of the Bureau.
- Manly Gay: He's ultimately kicked out of the FBI for wanting to marry a black man.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: While impressed by the TARDIS and many of the strange happenings that go on around the Doctor as many people are, he's remarkably quick to accept and adapt to what's presented to him.
The Teselecta (Eleventh Doctor)
The Teselecta was a Justice Department Vehicle, staffed by a crew who had been miniaturised by a compression field. It could travel through time, and was used to locate people who were deemed to have committed crimes but had escaped punishment. After finding them near the end of their respective timelines (so as to avoid changing history), the crew would administer their own punishment usually in the form of some non-lethal painful torture, so that afterwards they could die in the manners recorded by history.
- Back for the Finale: Their second appearance is in the finale of Series 6.
- Chekhov's Gunman: They provide the means for the Doctor to avoid his Fixed Point in Time death at Lake Silencio.
- Foil: To the Doctor. Whereas the Doctor is a gallant traveller who generally does not go looking for trouble, the Teselecta crew are self-righteous crusaders who travel to the end of infamous historical figures' timestreams to "give them hell" just before they die. Whereas the Doctor actually solves problems and helps people, these guys are only concerned with punishing and actively endanger the timestream through their actions, as shown when they accidentally arrive at the wrong date. Whereas the TARDIS is a wonderful machine that's Bigger on the Inside, everything in the Teselecta is Smaller on the Inside and full of killer security drones. In many ways, their existence is a Take That! to protagonists in time travel stories overly concerned with righting history, an archetype that the Doctor does not conform to.
- A God Am I: The Doctor accuses them of having a God complex.The Doctor: "Give them Hell?" I'd say, who do you think you are? But I already know the answer!
- Have a Nice Death: The Antibodies would like you to remain calm while your life is extracted. You will experience a slight tingling sensation and then death.
- Hero with an F in Good: Their justice consists of "giving hell" to horrible people at the end of their lives, which the Doctor labels a god complex. They also seem to be rather inept, considering they went to all the trouble of breaking into Hitler's office, and only realised they were years too early moments before taking action. There's also the time they made Rasputin green.
- However, they do seem themselves as being the good guys, and go out of their way to assist the Doctor in the finale.
- Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: The crew of the Teselecta operates on this rule. They target war criminals throughout history, particularly those who were outright Karma Houdinis or committed suicide (like Hitler) before they could be brought to justice. They replace the original with a duplicate near the end of their timeline, and "give [the originals] hell". In Hitler's case they mistakenly did this too early, and would've left him alone (for the time being) had the TARDIS not appeared when it did.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Amy saves River from the Teselecta by shorting out all the devices that make the Antibodies leave them alone, forcing them to teleport away when they can't shut the Antibodies down quickly enough.
- Karma Houdini:
- The crew of the Teselecta aims to prevent this, by travelling to the end of said person's timeline and killing them painfully.
- They become Karma Houdinis themselves, in that they are forced to teleport away before the Doctor has time to do to them what he usually does to people who try to justify torture.
- Loony Fan: Heavily implied to be one to the Doctor. It's indicated in "The Wedding of River Song" that they are somewhat aware of this. The Captain even acknowledges that, no matter what the Doctor may feel about their actions, they at least try to follow his example and act as champions of law and order throughout time.
- Misaimed Fandom (In-Universe): It's strongly suggested that it was the Doctor who inspired the Department of Justice to travel through time punishing villains.
- Mobile-Suit Human: The Teselecta is actually a shape-changing robot piloted by humans miniaturized via technology.
- Shout-Out: A robot that appears human (and can mimic appearances) from the future traveling back in time to assassinate persons from the past.
- Shrink Ray: How the people piloting it go in it. Also how they dispose of the people they're copying.
- Time Police: The "Department of Justice" organisation behind the Teselecta operates in the time stream, punishing war criminals that escape justice in their lifetime.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: The Doctor is not happy that he inspired the Teselecta's crew on their murderous mission through time.
Madge Arwell (Eleventh Doctor)
An ordinary housewife, she first met the Doctor at Christmastime 1938 after he'd fallen from orbit and was stuck in a spacesuit, helping him find the TARDIS. Three years later, the Doctor came to help her and her children have a nice Christmas after her husband's death during WWII.
- Blitz Evacuees: Madge and her kids are fleeing the war, which is why they go to stay at a country house.
- Chekhov's Skill: Madge is able to drive the robotic walker to the lighthouse because the control panel resembles that of a plane, which Reg taught her to fly once.
- Good Is Not Soft: A kind and loving wife and mother-who pulls a gun on three soldiers standing in her way.
- Her Heart Will Go On: Madge puts on a brave face when she receives news of her husband's death at sea.
- Mama Bear: See Good Is Not Soft.
- Took a Level in Badass: Even before Madge takes over the Humongous Mecha to save her children, she pulls a gun on her three interrogators. "Crying's so useful, isn't it?"
- Women Drivers: Madge bumps into lots of things while driving the Doctor to the phone box. She doesn't fare much better when she hijacks a Humongous Mecha; the Doctor calls it a total write off. She does pretty well at traversing the Time Vortex, but accidentally goes further into the past then she needed to before landing in the right era.
Brian Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
Rory's retired dad, who's dragged along with the Ponds by accident and gets along splendidly with the Doctor from the moment they meet.
- Allergic to Routine:
- Averted, he went four days in the TARDIS apparently staring at a blank black cube and then went on a year of scheduled cube watching simply because the Doctor told him to!
- Rory claims that the furthest his dad ever ventures is to the post office. However, after meeting the Doctor and seeing that The World Is Just Awesome, Brian gets inspired to begin globe-trotting. Even then he sends regular postcards.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When piloting a Silurian ship with his son.
- Celebrity Paradox: Harry Potter has been brought up several times in the franchise, with the Tenth Doctor specifically stated to be a fan of both books and films. Brian is played by Ron Weasleys father.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He packs a trowel in case he needs it to repair a lightbulb and honestly didn't appear to notice until the Doctor pointed it out that he'd spent over four days in the TARDIS simply watching a black cube!
- Cool Old Guy: He's not old per se, but nonetheless, the Doctor considers Rory's dad to be utterly awesome and even offers him a spot on the TARDIS if he wants to come along.
- Crazy-Prepared: He has a trowel with him, despite coming over to change a lightbulb. Rory does the same thing with medical supplies.Rory: It's all about the pockets in our family.
- The Determinator: In "The Power of Three", he spent an entire year watching the cubes, day and night, even when everyone else had given up, simply because the Doctor told him to!
- Like Father, Like Son: He's an Unfazed Everyman and Deadpan Snarker and occasionally gives the Doctor a much needed What the Hell, Hero? speech. He's Rory's dad. Yeah, that definitely sounds right.
- The Maiden Name Debate: The Doctor insists on calling him "Brian Pond".
- Refusal of the Call: The Doctor invites him to become a companion, but Brian tells him he'd rather just stay home and experience regular modern-day Earth instead.
- Unfazed Everyman: A time machine materializes around him and drags him off to the future to explore a spaceship that has dinosaurs and robots, and he doesn't care. He's about a bathrobe short of being Arthur Dent proper.
- Walking the Earth: Rory mentions that the only time he goes anywhere is to the Post Office. However, after meeting the Doctor and seeing the Earth from orbit, he gained a love of travel and frequently sent postcards from across the globe informing his son and daughter-in-law that:Brian's Postcard: I Am Here!
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Averted. "P.S." reveals that Rory wrote a letter to his father, explaining that he and Amy had become stuck in the past and are, sadly, most likely long-dead by the present. Rory reassures Brian that despite this, they are happy, have had a good life and miss him. Finally, Rory hoped that his father would accept the American man who handed him the letter, as he's Brian's adopted grandson. He does.
- The World Is Just Awesome: While he turns down the offer of companionship, he does ask the Doctor for one favour, which is to watch the Earth from orbit, while he sits and eats his lunch. This inspires him to begin globe-trotting.
Angie and Artie Maitland (Eleventh Doctor)
Two children that modern-day Clara looks after they were family friends, and when their mother passed away, Clara felt a strong need to take care of them. They find out their nanny is a time traveller and blackmail her into letting them onto the TARDIS.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Angie.Angie: [to a Cyberman] Put me down! I hate you!
- Continuity Nod: Artie is a fan of Amy's novels.
- Hidden Depths: Angie is smarter and more perceptive than she lets on. She easily figures out that Porridge is really the human emperor.
- Jerkass: Angie. She insults the TARDIS, she whines that the future sucks because she can't use her phone, she leaves her brother in an unknown creepy place so she can rat out her host to the police etc.
- Little Miss Snarker: Angie.
- Non-Action Snarker: Angie.
- Shipper on Deck: Angie insists on addressing the Doctor as "Clara's boyfriend".
- Smart People Play Chess: Artie is in his school chess club.
- Tagalong Kids: In "Nightmare in Silver".
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see or hear about them again post-"The Name of the Doctor".
- You're Not My Father: Angie says "You're not my mother" to Clara.
Porridge (Eleventh Doctor)
A man with dwarfism working for Impresario Webley and also stranded on Hedgewick's World, doing things like operating the chess-playing Cyberman shell. He's also a bit more than he seems...
- All Love Is Unrequited: It's not focused on much, but he really does fall in love with Clara. He even proposes to marry her, but she gently rejects him. He takes it very well, all things considered.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: He activates the Desolator, a planet-imploding weapon, to destroy the reactivated Cybermen on Hedgewick's World of Wonders.
- Expecting Someone Taller: No one except Angie suspects Porridge's identity prior to The Reveal, thanks to the wax statue of him in Webley's museum depicting him as being of normal height.
- God-Emperor: He's the venerated ruler of the known universe, or at least the human parts of it.
- King Incognito: He turns out to be the missing Emperor.
- Lonely at the Top: Part of why he rejected his title for so long was because his lofty position cut him off from any genuine human connection, which he was allowed to feel when he was disguised as a lowly theme park operator.
- Overly Long Name: Emperor Ludens Nimrod Kendrick Cord Longstaff XLI, Defender of Humanity and Imperator of the Known Universe. Or Porridge for short.
- Reluctant Ruler: So reluctant that he up and disappeared for an unknown period of time before having to reveal his identity to stop the Cybermen on Hedgewick's World.
The Moment (War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
The Ultimate of Ultimate weapons. An ancient weapon of Gallifrey that was so sophisticated, it developed its own sentience and a conscience. Appears before the War Doctor, in the form of Bad Wolf (who, in turn, looked like future companion Rose Tyler), and offers him another option to end the Time War.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: A rare benevolent version: its sapience came with a respect for life, and thus she tries desperately to dissuade her potential users from activating her.
- All for Nothing: Zigzagged. Technically speaking, her efforts to stop herself from being used actually fail. It's only because of Clara Oswald that the Doctor chooses to Take a Third Option, at which point the Doctor puts together some of the clues that the Moment had been giving him. So it wasn't all for nothing, but the fact that this was so is due to someone else's additional action. Then again, it's entirely thanks to the Moment that Clara was there in the first place.
- Armour-Piercing Question: When she asks the Doctor how many children were on Gallifrey when he was planning on blowing it up.
- Call-Forward: Picked Bad Wolf's face to try and invoke a Call-Back, but got the past and future mixed up. Similarly, the Moment asking the Doctor about the children on Gallifrey harkens to "The Beast Below", where Amy draws a comparison between the Star Whale and the Doctor because neither could turn their backs on frightened children.
- The Chessmaster: Sets up a plan across three of the Doctor's lives and hundreds of years of Earth history to give the Doctor a third option for ending the Time War.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Even for a sentient weapon of mass destruction she's a little bit... off.The Moment: No more! No more! (etc.)
- Deadpan Snarker:
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.The Moment: Stuck between a girl and a box... story of your life, eh Doctor?
- After the War Doctor agrees that he's "the one to end it all."The Moment: If I ever develop an ego, you've got the job.
- For a sentient superweapon, she's very, very snarky.
- Didn't See That Coming: The sudden arrival of the Eleventh Doctor's fez legitimately catches her by surprise.
- Double Entendre: After preventing the War Doctor from touching the Moment by burning his hands:War Doctor: The interface is hot!
The Moment: Well I do my best.
- Empathic Weapon: A weapon of mass destruction (she could destroy galaxies) with a conscience.
- Exposition Fairy: Sort of a non-videogame example, as a talking interface who can do exposition.
- Final Solution: The Time Lords exhausted all of the forbidden weapons in their vault. Except this one: the genocide inducer.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: She takes the form of Bad Wolf, but this fails to have the intended effect because the War Doctor hadn't met Rose Tyler yet, as she has trouble differentiating past and future.
- Guile Hero: Will use every manipulative trick in the book to stop from being used as a weapon, and destroying who-knows-how-many people (including taking the form of a close friend, or trying to, anyway).
- Humanoid Abomination: This Eldritch Abomination happened to take a human form because it felt this particular user would relate better to that than something else.
- Interface with a Familiar Face: The Moment chose a form that was significant to the Doctor. Except it got a bit mixed up and instead chose one that will be significant to him, because of course the Bad Wolf is from the Ninth Doctor's time, who came after the War Doctor.
- Internal Homage: Feels like one to previous anniversary story "Zagreus", where the TARDIS uses the forms of various companions and Doctors for recreations, and itself mainly uses the form of The Brigadier.
- Mechanical Abomination: It's one of the more understated Eldritch Abominations of the series and yet probably the most powerful of them. Never mind that it's a piece of mechanics complex enough to develop a consciousness, or that the Time Lord Council refers to it as The Galaxy Eater; throughout its only appearance it repeatedly and calmly punches holes in the Time Lock around the Time War. As a reminder, this is the same barrier that's strong enough to (mostly) seamlessly contain the full might of the Daleks, Time Lords, and every other Eldritch Abomination they brought with them.
- In the novelization, the Doctor mentions that she was "locked up." She condescendingly laughs and asks if he really thinks anyone could lock her up if she didn't want to be. The Doctor concedes the point.
- Nice Girl: Weirdly enough this is half the problem with trying to use her; how do you use a weapon that doesn't want to kill?
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Only the War Doctor can see and hear her, but the Moment's big red button that can destroy Gallifrey is very real, indeed.
- Reality Warper: She can open time tunnels, pass through time locks, teleport and destroy galaxies with ease.
- Stealth Mentor: To the War Doctor, to give him the chance to Take a Third Option, while being snarky and indirect.
- Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Much like Idris, she has a little trouble grasping which is past and future.
- Visual Pun: The Big Red Button to activate the weapon takes the form of a rose petal.
Tasha Lem (Eleventh Doctor)
The Mother Superious of the Papal Mainframe.
- And I Must Scream: The Doctor says that Tasha would die before revealing information. The Daleks inform him she did die. Several times. And she indicates she died screaming for the Doctor.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Maybe "like" is a better term here, but despite their somewhat adversarial relationship, Tasha Lem still takes time to... keep the Doctor supplied with marshmallows.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: The Doctor and Tasha Lem are hinted to have been involved at some point in their pasts, and those feelings haven't exactly vanished.
- Expy: Tasha Lem, for River Song. Apart from being Mother Superious and being converted into a Dalek puppet, pretty much every line of her dialogue could easily have been spoken by River. She can even fly the TARDIS. This has led to some speculation regarding who Tasha Lem is, or whether she was a straight-out replacement character for River, maybe due to Alex Kingston being unavailable; Steven Moffat is on record as saying he wanted River to appear alongside Amy and Rory during the regeneration, at least, but Kingston was not available.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tasha remarks on the Doctor's latest body being "tight". Once again, we see him clothed, but as indicated earlier in the episode, that isn't always the case, so was Tasha actually seeing him naked, then?
- Hand Blast: Once Tasha is turned into a Dalek puppet, she has a gunstick in her hand and fries three Daleks with it.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Tasha starts out as (presumably) a human and an ally of the Doctor, then gets converted into a Dalek agent, but is swiftly converted back to the side of right by the Doctor, at which point the door appears to stop revolving with Tasha a Face again, even though she's technically now a Dalek Puppet.
- Meaningful Name: (Na)Tasha is a Russian name traditionally given to girls born on or near Christmas Day. It is an appropriate name for a character appearing in a Christmas Episode set largely in a town named "Christmas".
- New Old Flame: Tasha Lem has had intimate relations with the Doctor in the past.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tasha Lem's conversion of the Papal Mainframe into the Order of the Silence basically gave rise to all the problems the Eleventh Doctor was facing for most of Series 5-6. Although considering its results (i.e. the Kovarian faction engineering the very cracks through which Gallifrey was able to contact the Doctor and grant him his new regeneration cycle, and the existence of River Song), it was Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! as well.
- Noodle Incident: She and the Doctor have been in a relationship before, and she knows how to fly the TARDIS.
- Put on a Bus: Tasha vanishes from the narrative after returning Clara to be with the soon-to-die aged Doctor. She is not seen, nor referenced again, even after the Daleks are destroyed.
- Rasputinian Death: Implied to have suffered a lengthy death after the initial defeat by the Daleks.
- Really 700 Years Old: According to the Doctor, Tasha Lem is "against" aging.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Tasha Lem has some odd similarities with previous Doctor Who recurring character River Song: 1) Was/is in a relationship with the Doctor. 2) One of the few people who knows how to fly the TARDIS other than the Doctor. 3) Mentioned to have had sociopathic tendencies for her entire life. It's lampshaded by the fact that River is mentioned by name and the Doctor compares Tasha to her.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Tasha Lem is too strong-willed to be converted into a Dalek, just like Oswin Oswald.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Tasha Lem is trying to stop the Time Lords from returning because she believes it would begin another Time War. When the Daleks show up, they confirm that she is completely right.
Courtney Woods (Twelfth Doctor)
A "disruptive" schoolgirl at Coal Hill School, who quickly sees through the Doctor's masquerade as caretaker and gets invited aboard the TARDIS.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Gets upset because the Doctor told her she wasn't "special", after she threw up on her first TARDIS trip. As a result, he drags her into a lethal future crisis in which she ends up partly responsible for the lives and moral status of everyone on Earth.
- Birds of a Feather: The Doctor is a always a bit of a rascal at heart the Twelfth in particular and this leads him to take a liking to someone as merrily mischievous and curious as Courtney fairly quick.
- Crazy-Prepared: After her first time in the TARDIS, she brings travel sickness medication to stop herself being spacesick, and disinfectant in case the medication doesn't work.
- Future Badass: According to the Doctor, she will be President of the United States someday, which is odd considering she's British. This means that she was a) born in the US and immigrated to Britain, b) has an American citizen for a parentnote , or c) that the law requiring US Presidents to be born in the US will be repealed. (Or d) the Doctor was pulling Clara's leg about that.)
- The Gadfly: The essence of who she is as a student delinquent happens to be a knack for really bothering people.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Her motivation for stepping back on the TARDIS is to be special.
- Improvised Weapon: When one of the creatures that overran the moonbase attacks her, she does some quick thinking and defeats it with a simple disinfectant spray.
- Informed Attribute: She's described as an outright delinquent, but is never seen doing anything worse than mouthing off.
- Jumped at the Call: Second New Who recurring character to basically force herself onto the TARDIS, and the first to do so on her first discovery of it.
- Naughty Is Good: Her proud self-definition as a "disruptive influence" causes the Twelfth Doctor to view her as a potential companion. He has an affinity with her because he was always quite the troublemaker himself.
- Opt Out: Implied. After the rather upsetting events of "Kill the Moon", Courtney is never seen aboard the TARDIS again.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Just one more student at Coal Hill school who jumps into the TARDIS.
- Our Presidents Are Different: As above, the Doctor claims that she somehow becomes President of the USA (unless he was lying).
- Shipper on Deck: She is implied to have graffitied the school with revelations about Clara's and Danny's relationship.
- Shout-Out: She cheekily paraphrases Neil Armstrong's famous quote with some placeholder "thingy thing" Buffy Speak, as she didn't think of anything meaningful to say before becoming the first schoolgirl on the Moon.
Rigsy (Twelfth Doctor)
A young graffiti artist from Bristol. He ends up becoming Clara's companion when she is faced with dealing with the Boneless by herself. He then calls for her and the Doctor's help when another matter arises: An encounter he can't remember leaves him accused of murder and sentenced to death, and he has just hours before he must "face the raven"...
- All There in the Manual: The script for "Face the Raven" gives his full name as Christopher Riggins.
- Chekhov's Skill: His artist skills turn out to be just what is needed to stop the Boneless. (Creating a convincing fake door causes them to try pulling it back into the 3D world. Instead, their energy restores the TARDIS and frees the trapped Doctor.)
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull one in "Flatline" by holding a dead man switch but Clara has none of it; she just uses a scrunchie for the same purpose.
- In-Series Nickname: The Doctor calls him "Local Knowledge" and "Pudding Brain".
- Survivor Guilt: Deleted material from "Face the Raven" confirms he ends up with this. In trying to save his life, the Doctor is captured and sent away to parts unknown and Clara is dead as a result of what turned out to be a wholly Senseless Sacrifice. To make matters worse, said deleted material reveals he, by default, is tasked with informing Clara's friends, family, and associates of her death and making sure her body is properly handled back in the outside world. The Stinger of the episode shows him turning the now-abandoned TARDIS into a memorial to her via graffiti. And a deleted scene shows him breaking down in Manly Tears when he gets back home and greets his girlfriend. (One can only hope that post-"Hell Bent" either the Doctor or Clara lets him know that things didn't end up as bad as they might have been.)
- Your Days Are Numbered: In "Face the Raven" and Clara might have to take his place if there's any hope of saving him.
Santa Claus (Twelfth Doctor)
The bringer of gifts at Christmas! He comes into the Twelfth Doctor's life to help him and Clara (who have parted ways via mutual, well-meant lies) in The Stinger of the Series 8 finale. From here, he helps the characters fight against the dream crabs in the following Christmas Episode. An earlier Christmas special established that the Doctor has met someone claiming to be Santa before.
- All Just a Dream: His appearance in "Last Christmas" is due to the characters being stuck in a dream crab-induced dream. Santa represents their collective subconscious trying to help them escape the dream crabs' mental traps. This would explain the Doctor's surprise at the Nick Frost incarnation of Santa, because he's met the "real" Santa ("Or as I've always know him, Jeff"). However, the last scene implies that he might be real after all.
- Big Fun: Fat, cuddly, and full of festive cheer. Being played by Nick Frost helps.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's one of the few people who can snark on the Doctor's level.
- Fun Personified: Though a snarky, cynical version, he's still as jovial as he can get away with.
- I Have Many Names: Santa Claus. Father Christmas. Jeff.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: For Doctor Who's standard of "mundane" anyway. Santa Claus is probably just a "gestalt dream construct" created by the subconscious minds of the dream crab victims, but the final shot of the episode implies he actually could be real in some way. Santa himself points out that, even if he isn't real, that doesn't stop him from inspiring generosity and bringing hope to others.
- Noodle Incident: The Eleventh Doctor, Santa "Jeff" Claus and Albert Einstein were all hanging out in Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge in 1952, for some reason.
- Primary-Color Champion: Nick Frost's Santa has a more traditionally heroic vibe about him and of course is all red and white, a sharp contrast against the Doctor's blue TARDIS and black clothes.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: The Doctor and Santa have this dynamic, especially since Santa tends to take the Doctor's usual role away from him.The Doctor: No, no, no, Santa does not do the explanations!
- There's a bit of real life subtext to the Doctor and Santa's testosterone-fuelled competitiveness: the Doctor has become something of a Folk Hero and, thanks to the annual Christmas specials since the 2005 revival, has become popularly associated with the holiday. It's only natural that Santa gets a bit defensive about "his" holiday when the two finally clash onscreen.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Tangerines. They're his "signature gift", and Santa gets very annoyed when he's told no one actually likes them. But he still leaves one on Clara's windowsill after she and the Doctor run away together.
- Unexpected Character: Although he was offhandedly mentioned by the Eleventh Doctor in "A Christmas Carol", there were zero hints he would actually appear, and the Doctor seems surprised to see him just as much as the audience is!
Grant Gordon/The Ghost (Twelfth Doctor)
A New Yorker who first met the Doctor at the age of 8, where, due to a misunderstanding, he swallowed a reality-warping Power Crystal and was granted superpowers like those of his favourite comic-book superheroes. Twenty years later, he met the Doctor again as he was investigating a mysterious alien threat.
- Adorkable: Quite a lot; just one example is his "three-way" conversation between Grant, the Ghost, and Lucy. He was just as much when he was 8.
- Alliterative Name: In true superhero fashion, Grant Gordon.
- Ascended Fanboy: Was a fan of superheroes, and then became one. About as straight an example as you can get.
- Blatant Lies: The Doctor makes him promise never to use his superpowers. Yeah, right...
- Bridal Carry: Does this to Lucy who's not complaining.
- Bruce Wayne Held Hostage: Grant gets held hostage by the Harmony Shoal, who are attempting to draw out the Ghost.
- Clark Kenting: Naturally, his Love Interest doesn't see through it.
- Deadpan Snarker: When informed that the window he broke through is able to withstand incredible force, his response is:The Ghost: I'm sorry. Would you like me to call a glazier?
- Declaration of Protection: "No one touches that baby!"
- Distracted by the Sexy: Lucy's, when she puts on the little red dress for their "interview."
- Emotional Bruiser: He's a very sweet and Adorkable fellow, even in costume, though he does have his deadpan moments.
- Expy: In-universe, the Hazandra made him into one of Superman. Also a Superman Substitute.
- Finger Snap Lighter: Does this to light a candle.
- Friend to All Children: Almost as much as the Doctor.
- Flying Brick: He's got Flight, Super Speed, Super Strength, and Super Toughness.
- Genre Savvy: Naturally, since he read so many comic books as a kid.
- Loophole Abuse: He lampshades the loopholes of typical superhero moral codes after sending one of the Shoal flying with a palm strike, saying that while he doesn't kill, causing "light-to-moderate injury" is fine in his book.
- Mundane Utility: Lights a candle with a snap of his fingers, and uses his Super Speed to check up on Lucy, and when he's out patrolling when he's also baby-sitting, respond to anything on the baby monitor - as he points out, he can get across the city faster than most people can get from one room to another.
- Mistaken for Gay: As Lucy points out, he flies around in black leather with a giant letter "G" on his chest.
- Nice Guy: Grant is a genuinely sweet man and Friend to All Children. No wonder the Doctor likes him so much.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: A well-established superhero already by the time he meets the Doctor again.
- Power Incontinence/Power Perversion Potential: Having X-ray vision in high school was... interesting. Though he doesn't seem to be especially happy about it at first (probably because he can't pick and choose), complaining that he's in "Hell. Naked hell."
- Reality Warper: A low-level one, thanks to the Hazandra. Precisely how powerful is unclear, but it turns him into a powerful Flying Brick, and it may or may not have created Lucy, his Lois Lane Expy Love Interest.
- Retired Badass: Declares his intention to hang up the cape... but keeps the suit, just in case. A later comic adventure reveals that this didn't last very long.
- Serious Business: The Doctor chides him on leaving a baby alone, although Grant had a baby monitor on his belt and can return at Super Speed.
- Shrouded in Myth: Lucy's heard of him, but doesn't think he's real.
- Superhero Sobriquets: The Ghost.
- Superheroes Wear Capes: Probably an invoked case.
- Super Senses: X-ray vision and super-hearing.
- Super Strength: Enough to hold up a spaceship with one hand.
- Real Men Wear Pink: A superhero who also works as a nanny.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Readily states as The Ghost that he lives by this code.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from a sick kid to a powerful Flying Brick/low level Reality Warper.
- Two First Names: According to promotional materials, his last name is "Gordon", though this is never mentioned on-screen. This is also very common in DC Comicsnote .
Heather / The Pilot (Twelfth Doctor)
A student at St. Luke's University, Heather is marked by her unusual deformity, a star-shaped defect on her left iris, her shyness and isolation leads her to a remote corner of the facility where she discovers an unusual, non-drying puddle that reflects images without flipping them.
As her fascination with the puddle grows, so does the puddle's fascination with her...
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The alien puddle turns her into a Pilot, a being able to almost instantly travel far through time and space at will, leave others with her tears to locate them later and turn other beings into a Pilot like her.
- The Bus Came Back: She returns in "The Doctor Falls" to rescue Bill and the Doctor from the Mondasian Colony Ship.
- Eye Motifs: Her left eye possesses a star-shaped defect located in the iris.
- Fusion Dance: The puddle ends up being a alien entity made out of fuel left behind by a spaceship that landed on Earth long ago, it requires a willing organic component to reactivate and leave for the stars once more, luckily Heather's wishes of "getting away" seem to meet that criteria.
- Internal Homage: Named Heather after Heather Hartnell, wife of William Hartnell (known as "Bill" to his family).
- Preserve Your Gays: Initially, it appeared that fusing with the alien puddle had killed her and stripped her of most of her humanity, her promise to always be by Bill the last vestige of her former self, still driving her. However, when she finally returns, it seems as if the hybrid organism has stabilised quite a bit, and still retains all of Heather's humanity, memories, drives, and passions.
- Put on a Bus: She disappears after the events of Series 10's "The Pilot".
- Reality Warper: To a degree, she points out that she can rearrange atoms like it's nothing and so could make Bill human again and send her back to Earth whenever the latter wants.
- Swiss Army Tears: It turns out when she left Bill in "The Pilot", she left her tears with Bill, explaining how cyber-converted!Bill could still cry and helping her locate Bill when she and the Doctor needed her help the most.
Captain Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart (First and Twelfth Doctors)
A British captain from the First World War that finds himself in Antarctica in the 1980s all of a sudden... then walks in on two men arguing about how they're the same man.
- All-Loving Hero: Mildly sexist he may be, in line with the time he comes from, but he offers without hesitation to trade his life for a black woman he's never even met, and tells the German soldier facing him (though of course the man doesn't understand him) that he doesn't want to shoot him.
- All There in the Manual: Steven Moffat intended the Captain to be the Brigadier's grandfather. According to Henry Lincoln and the Haisman estate (who own the character and publish the spin-off Lethbridge-Stewart series), the Captain was the Brig's great-uncle, and his brother Alastair is the Brigadier's namesake grandfather. A compromise was agreed upon to solve the conflict, in the form of a free story which establishes, or at least strongly (and deliberately) implies, that the Captain is, in fact, both the Brigadier's great-uncle and his biological grandfather.
- A Family Affair: To make it work, the compromise suggests he was having an affair with his sister-in-law.
- Badass Family: Ancestor of Alistair and Kate Stewart.
- Badass Mustache: It's obviously genetic.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: His sexism is according to the values of his time and society though if anything, he's probably less sexist to Bill than a member of the WWI British officer class would be expected to be, and shows no signs of the expected racism.
- Fish out of Water: He's a World War I officer stranded in the Antarctic, caught in the middle of two strange doctors claiming to be the same person, a box bigger on the inside and some seemingly malevolent glass people.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: And who can blame him, after everything he's been through?
- In the Blood: An Officer and a Gentleman with a Badass Mustache covering a Stiff Upper Lip, as well as having Nerves of Steel and a not-so-Hidden Heart of Gold? Very much like his grandson and, indeed, his great-granddaughter.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Much like the Brigadier.
- Overly Long Name: Like his descendent, the Captain prefers going by his full name, including his rank and middle name.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Tries his best to stay calm in the face of trouble, and even offers freely to go to his death if it will help save the others.
Grace O'Brien (Thirteenth Doctor)
A nurse who resides in Sheffield, she's Graham's wife and Ryan's grandmother, and along with them gets unexpectedly involved in the Doctor's life.
- Animal Motif: Frogs, in "It Takes You Away". Grace has a liking towards frogs and treasures a frog necklace that Graham gave her. In the ending, the Solitract takes the form of a talking frog with Grace's voice.
- Cool Old Lady: Seriously, you can't get any cooler than fighting aliens.
- Florence Nightingale Effect: She was Graham's chemo nurse when they met.
- Good Parents: Dotes on her grandson and tries to teach him how to ride a bike in spite of his disability.
- Happily Married: Graham is her second husband, but she dotes on him constantly in public.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Died falling off a crane trying to stop an alien monster from bringing it down, saving the lives of Yaz and her grandson Ryan.
- Jumped at the Call: She really jumps at the chance to help the Doctor and fight aliens. But she dies before the Doctor can invite her to join the TARDIS.
- One Steve Limit: Noticeably shares the first name of Eight's only TV companion.
- The Paragon: Grace was recognised for her kindness and altruism. When she died, Graham frequently talks about her and often references her moral compass when making a decision. In "It Takes You Away", Graham rejects the false Grace when she immediately loses concern for Ryan's safety. Noting that Grace would never say something like that and would lead the charge for Ryan's safety.
- Parental Substitute: Has been one for Ryan since his mum passed away, and his dad is a deadbeat.
- Posthumous Character: Even though she dies in "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", Ryan and Graham bring her up frequently afterwards, mentioning both their loss, and how Grace would have reacted to the situations they find themselves in.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Definitely more energetic than her husband, and more willing to go into danger despite his grumpy and sardonic objections.
- Spiritual Successor: Embraces and seems to love the danger of running with the Doctor, and eventually dies because of her choice to help others, just like Clara.
- Thrill Seeker: She adapts to the danger of being caught in the Doctor's life a little too well.Grace: Is it wrong to be enjoying this?
The Khan family (Thirteenth Doctor)
The family of Yasmin "Yaz" Khan, they are unaware of who the Doctor really is or why Yaz has been away on "secondments" so often recently.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Hakim, to the exasperation of his wife and daughters.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: In both "Arachnids in the UK" and "Spyfall", Hakim actually manages to be correct about something weird happening having a connection to a conspiracy of some kind: illegal garbage dumping in the former, and the family's mysterious paralysis during the enactment of Daniel Barton's plan in the latter.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Sonya is first mentioned in the context of her apparently attempting to get Yaz to move out so she can have her bedroom.
- Lethal Chef: Hakim apparently makes terrible pakora.
- Locked Out of the Loop: By "Spyfall", Yaz has been travelling with the Doctor and covering it up by claiming she's going on various secondments for over a year. All of them have met the Doctor at least once, but have no idea what's really going on.
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Apparently, Sonya has a crush on Ryan, but Yaz refuses to encourage it.
- Phoneaholic Teenager: Sonya is never seen without her smartphone.