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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Sam was widely considered irritating during her run. But since Fitz is so broken up about it when she's killed off-screen, you can't help but feel a little sad...
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Halfway through Vampire Science the Doctor and a vampire break into a hairdresser's so she can give him a haircut (with wash and conditioner). This is never mentioned again.
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  • Bizarro Episode: The Blue Angel is by far the weirdest novel. You've got a Star Trek Parody Episode, a hallucinating human-Doctor Alternate Universe, and... some ladies of a certain age going shopping? The plotlines are more or less independent of each othernote  and it all gets rather metafictional. The Adventuress of Henrietta Street is stylistically unusual, but the plot is only slightly more surreal than any other.
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  • Designated Monkey: Fitz in the Lance Parkin stories, at least.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Fitz may well be more popular than the Doctor himself in this line.
  • Fanon: It's practically accepted as fact amongst the fans that the Ninth Doctor's coat is Fitz's old leather jacket.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The series' Dalek books are almost universally reviled by fans for upending Dalek/Skaro canon.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The Doctor and Fitz. Not only do many fans notice and expand upon their relationship, many of the authors put in frankly ridiculous amounts of subtext into the books, especially post-Earth Arc.
  • Faux Symbolism: Fitz is the begonia, right?
  • Foe Yay: The Doctor mostly just thinks it's hilarious that Sabbath literally "stole his heart", but there is quite a lot of legitimate sexual tension. Camera Obscura really lays it on thick between the Doctor and Sabbath (flirting, kissing, generally getting all up close and personal), and in Sometime Never, Sabbath actually admits he's "more than a little fond of" the Doctor. (Aww.) Well, with the Master gone, the Doctor clearly needs a recurring Friendly Enemy to have sexual tension with, right? More on the Doctor Who Foe Yay page. It seems like Lloyd Rose likes this trope, since in City of the Dead, one of the villains is a Mad Artist who makes a bit of a fuss over the Doctor's attractiveness, and another one who... well.
    '[...]You're my key. Or my bait. Probably both. But in either case -' he traced a forefinger along the Doctor's long upper lip - 'you're all mine.'
    The Doctor twisted away but Dupre tightened his grip, holding him still. 'You can't get free,' he said softly. 'I've made very sure of that.' He slid his hand down to the Doctor's chest.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Gallifrey Chronicles include a line about "Dec [being] fine, but there was no sign of Ant". In 2018, the dua went through a separation period when Ant went to rehab following a charge of drunk driving.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In The Adventures Of Henrietta Street, Fitz' comments about the TARDIS being "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" are this after "The Big Bang".
    • By the end of the series, Gallifrey is destroyed and all the Time Lords have retreated into the matrix. In a 2013 issue of Doctor Who Magazine, it was revealed that the secret backstory to Scream of the Shalka, by coincidence, also involved those same plot points.
  • Ho Yay: Tons.
    • The Doctor was "more than friends" with Alan Turing and mentions having been in love with William Shakespeare.
    • The Doctor has a sometimes-tempestuous, sometimes-adorable relationship in The Year of Intelligent Tigers with composer Karl Sadeghi. Karl spends most of the book being very obliquely in love with him, waxing poetic about the Doctor constantlynote  note 
    • Fitz and the Doctor act Like an Old Married Couple, and Fitz admits to the fact he loves the Doctor and might like to have sex with him. Given the Doctor occasionally flirts with Fitznote , there's some interest there. He also did some very morally dubious things to get his version of Fitz back when he'd been lost. See the DW HoYay page for much more.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Some pretty awful things happen to Compassion. For example, she turns into a TARDIS, and just to make it worse, the Time Lords try to capture her for "breeding purposes". Whenever Fitz or the Doctor tries to show her any sympathy, she doesn't take it well.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: In the fandom, The Taint is almost universally panned as a sub-par book that's only saving grace is introducing the reader to Fitz Kreiner. It's often advised to new fans to just skim until you see his name, then read those bits.
  • Narm: Escape Velocity provides a certain sense of bathos in a character's death scene:
    What a view! he thought, and then died as the flames from the engines reached the bus which then exploded.
  • Older Than They Think
  • The Scrappy: Samantha Jones, whose Holier Than Thou and overly politically correct and 'right-on' character was so disliked that her replacement, Compassion, may have been deliberately written as the exact opposite - i.e. rude, snobby, opinionated, and selfish - either to avoid this, or to make people say "now that I think about it, Sam wasn't that bad."
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: It's generally recommended to skip the first book entirely, mainly because it's pure Continuity Porn with an Excuse Plot.
  • Stoic Woobie: The Doctor's life is basically terrible, in case previous entries in his trope list haven't already made this clear. He's rarely seen crying about it. Very rarely. Possibly only in Halflife, in which it was quite obviously helped along by the fact he was still somewhat under the influence of swapping minds with Fitz, who's significantly more emotive, and it was appropriately manly Tears of Remorse, at any rate.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Anji Kapoor.
  • Villain Decay: Sabbath. He's still a compelling, likable character despite all the more-powerful villains mocking him for being gullible, the Doctor just generally mocking him and trying to be friends with him, the bit where he takes his Morality Pet to the zoo, the fact all his Mooks are apes who wear uniformsnote , his apparent inability to pick a pseudonym that doesn't have to do with holidays or days of the week, etc. It's just that he reaches a point of being no more menacing than any other character.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Talking poodles, alien tigers who long to learn to play music, the entirety of The Blue Angel— the EDAs bring the crack.
  • The Woobie:
    • The Doctor.
    • Fitz Kreiner. He was peer pressured into smoking to prove he's not some kind of rule-abiding Nazi (he's now addicted to nicotine), and worried about "getting his head kicked in" when he was three. There's a poem about it. It's almost like every EDA he's in is required to add another reason (or five) to why Fitz should be a horrible, cynical, broken person. The fact he's not is absolutely astonishing.


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