The Doctor

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Name: The Doctor (alias John Smith) (Theta Sigma while in the Academy)
Occupation: Timelord
Title/Rank: Former President of Gallifrey
Location: The Tardis
Status:
Relationships: Susan/Arkytior (granddaughter), Jenny (clone-daughter), half-human Doctor (regeneration half-clone half-Donna), friendships etc. with various companions, close relationship with The TARDIS
Fandom: Doctor Who
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The Doctor is a Timelord from planet Gallifrey. He travels through time and space in his vessel, the TARDIS, frequently with one or more companions.

Like all Timelords, he is very long-lived and has the power to regenerate himself into a different incarnation (with a different exterior and personality) when mortally injured.

The Doctor usually carries his "Sonic Screwdriver" with him, an item capable of doing many, many things that like the TARDIS has become iconic of the series (and beyond). In canon it is frequently used as a lockpick or some kind of fix-it device. (In fanfiction it has naturally repeatedly been used as a sex-toy.)

Although not human, The Doctor repeatedly shows that he cares about humanity and Earth, and likes saving Earth. Because of his immense power and actions he's taken of the course of his 900+ years of life, some of his incarnations show a certain type of emotional remoteness, others, angst.

Relationships

In canon, The Doctor is shown to have several genetically related relatives during various incarnations, including his granddaughter Susan (First Doctor era), his clone-daughter Jenny (Tenth Doctor era), his half-human semi-clone (Tenth Doctor era), and several Gallifreyan relatives (various eras).

He forms friendships with his traveling companions (and with some humans and aliens he encounters but does not travel with), although he is not good at saying goodbye and sometimes abandons his companions and friendships in ways that seem cruel to them. (Leading to fix-it fics.)

Many classic fans have typically considered The Doctor to be asexual -- though some have always shipped the Doctor with certain companions or other characters. For example, pairing The Doctor/The Master in various incarnations has been popular since the 1980s due to the great enemyslash potential.

The New Who reboot of the series in 2005 started including more shippy vibes in canon, and brought an influx of new, pairing-focused fans into the fandom, who started writing a lot of het and slash fic pairing him with the new era companions.

Some fans also pair him with the TARDIS herself, especially in the wake of the season six episode The Doctor's Wife -- written by Neil Gaiman of Sandman fame -- which personifies the TARDIS temporarily in human form.

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First Doctor

William Hartnell played the first Doctor from 1963 to 1966.

Canon

Curmudgeonly doctor.

Fandom

Notable First Doctor Era Fanworks

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Second Doctor

Patrick Troughton played the second Doctor from 1966 to 1969.

Canon

Has a bowtie and a recorder.

Fandom

Usually paired with Jamie McCrimmon.

Notable Second Doctor Era Fanworks

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Third Doctor

Jon Pertwee played the third Doctor from 1970 to 1974.

Canon

Introduced Sarah Jane Smith as a companion. Was stuck on Earth for his entire run. Also introduced The Master.

Fandom

Notable Third Doctor Era Fanworks

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Fourth Doctor

Tom Baker played the fourth Doctor from 1974 to 1981. The Fourth Doctor was the incarnation with The Scarf (which led to much fannish knitting). He probably inspired the quote "You never forget your first Doctor."[citation needed]

Canon

Loved jelly bellies. The Scarf.

Fandom

Sometimes paired with Romana.

Notable Fourth Doctor Era Fanworks

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Fifth Doctor

Peter Davison played the fifth Doctor from 1981 to 1984.

Canon

Cricket-player's outfit. Fond of wearing a celery stalk as a bouttonière.

Fandom

Often paired with any of his companions (Usually Nyssa of Traken, Turlough, Peri or Tegan.

Notable Fifth Doctor Era Fanworks

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Sixth Doctor

Colin Baker played the sixth Doctor from 1984 to 1986.

Canon

Terrible fashion sense. The Gallifreyan Buccaneer.

Fandom

Notable Sixth Doctor Era Fanworks

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Seventh Doctor

Sylvester McCoy played the seventh Doctor from 1987 to 1989.

Canon

Carried an umbrella with a question-mark handle.

Fandom

Notable Seventh Doctor Era Fanworks

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Eighth Doctor

Paul McGann played the eighth doctor Doctor in a TV movie, aired in May of 1996. After that, Big Finish and various novels took the job of shaping his character.

Canon

  • Movie
  • Audiobooks
  • Novels

Fandom

The fandom thinks that Paul McGann never ages.

Notable Eighth Doctor Era Fanworks

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Ninth Doctor

Christopher Eccleston played the ninth Doctor in 2005. His companions were Rose Tyler and more briefly Jack Harkness and Mickey Smith.

Canon

The angsty Doctor[1]. Black leather jacket.

Fandom

In shippy fanworks, Nine is usually paired with Rose Tyler or Jack Harkness.

Notable Ninth Doctor Era Fanworks

Tenth Doctor

David Tennant played the tenth Doctor from 2005 to 2010. In chronological order, his companions were Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble.

"But it’s not all doom, gloom, and approaching storm around Ten’s TARDIS. Far from it. Sure, he’s a little emo –- people just keep dying around him/leaving him! It’s enough to give a Time Lord a complex! – but regardless, Ten is clearly having one hell of a riotous good time. Whether it’s facing down volcanic aliens with a water pistol, smelling the applegrass of New Earth, opening the TARDIS with a fingersnap, or matching words with Will Shakespeare, this Doctor is appreciating every second." (Tenth Doctor Idol Reflection essay)[2]

Canon

The manic Doctor. Also, according to some, "Emo kid."[3] Skinny, wild hair, often wears a close-cut brown suit (or a blue one), and almost always Converse-type sneakers.

Saw the introduction of River Song in the widely admired episodes Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead.

Fandom

The most popular pairing by far is Doctor/Rose.

Notable Tenth Doctor Era Fanworks

Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith played the Eleventh Doctor from January 2010 to December 2013. He had three companions, first Amy Pond and Rory Williams, then Clara Oswin Oswald. River Song played a major role, but for the most part did not travel with the Doctor.

Canon

(The even more manic Doctor?) Bow tie. Likes eating fish fingers dipped in custard.

Fandom

Often nicknamed "Eleventy" or "Hipster Doctor."

Finally, after saving the world in a dead man's clothes, he presented himself, properly, as the Eleventh Doctor, in all his slightly hipster, flopsy haired, long limbed, silly, young, old goofiness. // And you know what? // I LOVED HIM.[4]

Popular ships for the Eleventh Doctor include all his companions in various permutations, though Doctor/River is by far the most popular on the AO3.[5] A Teaspoon and an Open Mind has only character categories and nothing to mark pairings, so gen and het fanfic featuring the Doctor and Amy appear to be the most popular.[6] Fanfiction.net did not add a pairing feature until 2013, so pairing numbers are very low and not necessarily representative; Doctor-and-River stories barely beat out Doctor-and-Amy stories for first place, but as a pairing, Doctor/Clara wins.[7]

Notable Eleventh Doctor Era Fanworks

Twelfth Doctor

Peter Capaldi plays the current doctor, starting as a cameo in the episode "The Day of the Doctor" on the 14th of November 2013. His main companion is Clara Oswald, who was hesitant to continue to travel with him when he first regenerated.

Canon

Attack eyebrows.

Fandom

Generally accepted as the "angry doctor" or the "rebel time lord". Most commonly paired with Clara Oswald and River Song, though River has not appeared on screen with the twelfth Doctor. Known for the "sneezing regeneration" in which the Eleventh Doctor very quickly snapped into the Twelfth Doctor.

Other Versions of The Doctor

  • Rowan Atkinson doctor and Hugh Grant doctor and Joanna Lumley doctor from "Curse of the Fatal Death" short charity special parody.
  • Shalka Doctor voiced by Richard E. Grant


References

  1. "Despite his huge, infectious grin, and often manic energy, Nine was someone scarred and ravaged from what had been done to him in the Time War… and what he'd been forced to do – destroying not only the Daleks, but also his own people, the Time Lords. Darkness, despair and self-loathing were never very far beneath the surface of his smile… and even as we watched him beguiled by Rose, often times Nine seemed to hate himself far more than it was possible for him to love anyone." From his reach is global, his tower secure; his cause is noble, his power is pure... essay by kalichan at Idol Reflection, 11 Aug 2009. (Accessed 30 Jan 2012)
  2. his reach is global, his tower secure; his cause is noble, his power is pure... essay on the Tenth Doctor by kalichan at Idol Reflection, 11 Aug 2009. (Accessed 30 Jan 2012)
  3. See "The Doctor Meets Ceiling Cat" commentfic/coda at the end of the Dreamwidth version of Trying to Communicate by Sam Starbuck (Accessed 29 Jan 2012)
  4. Things I'm Obsessed With: Doctor Who (Still), accessed January 30, 2012
  5. As of November 29, AO3 has 1945 works for Eleventh Doctor/River Song, compared to 297 for Eleventh Doctor/Amy Pond, 166 for Eleventh Doctor/Clara Oswin Oswald, 139 for Eleventh Doctor/Amy Pond/Rory Williams, and 119 for Eleventh Doctor/Rory Williams.
  6. As of 29 November 2013, there are an estimated 1065 Doctor and Amy stories, 810 Doctor and River stories, 765 Doctor and Rory stories, and only 120 Doctor and Clara stories.
  7. As of 29 November, there were 3.2K Doctor and River stories and 84 Doctor/River, 3.1K Doctor and Amy stories and 11 Doctor/Amy, 1.6K Doctor and Clara stories and 125 Doctor/Clara, 907 Doctor and Rory stories and 0 Doctor/Rory.
  8. Laura's Vids, accessed January 30, 2012
  9. Your Life (extempore) on YouTube, accessed January 30, 2012
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