The people who meet and help the Doctor in Doctor Who, but never quite become companions.
Classic Series Debut
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.
- 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.
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.
- Hermaphrodite: Like the rest of its species.
- It Is Dehumanising: Averted. Alpha Centauri's preferred pronoun is "it".
- Lovable Coward: Being a bureaucrat, it's not exactly used to action.
- 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 as the traditional film depiction of Watson being a pompous, boisterous, easily puzzled sleaze while Litefoot behaves as literature's Watson being a quiet, calm, observant gentleman.
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".
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: However odd and alien his sensibilities, 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.
- 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.
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.
- Aww, 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).
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.
- Catchphrase: 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 because if the Doctor didn't wake up then a quarter of the human population would of been killed and then the next alien race will massacre the rest of humanity. The amount 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Aww, 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.
- 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.
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 is going through one of these complete with a flash new sportscar and a much younger girlfriend.
- 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.
- 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 twnis.
- 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).
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.
- HeelFace Turn: 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.
- 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.
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.
- The Comically Serious: Doesn't seem impressed that the Doctor can lock the TARDIS like a car.
- Older Than They Look: He shows no visible signs of aging 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.
- 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.
- The Bus Came Back: Makes a surprising appearance in "The Magician's Apprentice", 7 years after she was last seen, getting visited by Colony Sarff.
- Heroic Albino: Even when she and the Doctor butt heads, she remains unambiguously on the side of good.
- Lawful Good: Head of the Shadow Proclamation.
- Space Police: She's in charge of these guys, called the Shadow Proclamation in the Whoniverse.
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.
- 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.
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".
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- King Incognito: He turns out to be the missing Emperor.
- 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 replies that he's "the hero" come to save them 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.
- Eldritch Abomination: It's one of the more understated ones and yet probably the most powerful in the series. 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.
- Empathic Weapon: A weapon of mass destruction (she could destroy galaxies) with a conscience.
- 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.
- 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.
- Aww, 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.
- 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 it's 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.
- 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 he 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 the fact 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Mundane Utility: Lights a candle with a snap of his fingers, and uses his Super Speed to check up on Lucy.
- Genre Savvy: Naturally, since he read so many comic books as a kid.
- 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.
- The Southpaw: He stops a spaceship with his right hand... because he's using his dominant hand to hold onto the baby monitor.
- 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 kid with superpowers.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- 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?