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The Eighth Doctor

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The Doctor didn’t even slow down. One part of his brain started madly calculating velocities and trajectories. Another part started advising him strongly against this course of action. Another part was sticking its arms out and making aeroplane noises.

The Doctor leapt from the pier. There was a moment, almost a silent moment, when he was sailing free through the air, unconnected to anything.

Then he was vaulting easily over the railing of the ship, landing smoothly on his toes on the other side. The tourists on board the boat burst into a round of applause. The Doctor broke into a smile, and gave a little bow, letting them take photos.
Unnatural History

The one, the not-so-only. The Doctor received a lot of Character Development throughout the EDAs, making him a much more complicated person than he was in the TVM.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Even more than usual for the Doctor.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: He was very attractive to begin with, yet is sometimes described to sound younger, taller, and thinner than he was in the TVM.
  • Ambiguously Gay: In normal canon, he's pretty much overtly bisexual and occasionally effeminate. In the Obverse segments of The Blue Angel, he likes cooking and old movie soundtracks and his Ambiguously Jewish Mother seems to take a particular interest in his love life.
  • Bi the Way: Quite overtly so; he has implied romantic relationships with both men and women, and at least one character noticed.

 Sam: ...The way he looks at certain people. Women and men. But he never acts on anything. [1]

 "Rescuers turn up. Weapons jam. Your companions, who, if you will forgive me, don't strike me as more than usually competent, save the day. Buildings explode immediately after you find the way out. Cities fall just as the TARDIS dematerialises[...] Electrical currents short-circuit. Evil masterminds make foolish errors. [2] If you fall out of a window, there’s something to catch you. If you’re drowning, a spar floats by. You find your way unsinged out of burning houses[...] In short, in your presence, the odds collapse."

  • Bunny Ears Lawyer: This is the Doctor we're talking about. He's a bit crazy, but he gets the job done.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: "So that's what he keeps us around for, [Sam] thought, blowing out a long cloud of smoke. He can't think in a straight line without us."
  • Combat Pragmatist: He once stuck his fingers up an opponent's nose.
  • Creepy Good: Sometimes. Anji occasionally has an Uncanny Valley reaction to him, particularly in Camera Obscura when he faints and she notices that his "muscular-skeletal frame" is unnaturally flexible. Also, his emotional responses are often a little bit off -- he's sometimes not upset by things that upset everybody else, and even when he is upset he tends not to show it. And there's the Stealth Hi Bye thing he often does, and he didn't have a shadow for a while... he even kept a couple of pet bats in the TARDIS at the beginning of the series, one of which almost scares the crap out of someone in Vampire Science.
  • The Dandy: Subverted: he dresses like Oscar Wilde on his way to a wedding and is often actually described as dandyish, but seems not to actually take much of an interest in his physical appearance: his hair is usually wild and messy, he doesn't give a damn for the effects going through hell and high water would have on all that fancy velvet and silk he wears, and he has to take others' word for it that he's good-looking, because he doesn't personally notice or care [3] apart from having a vague sense that maybe he should be able to charm people into doing things for him.
  • Darker and Edgier
  • Deadpan Snarker: Every now and then.
  • Ditzy Genius: He understands time travel just fine, but time zones are beyond him. He commits major displays of absentmindedness on what must be an almost daily basis.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: He's apparently particularly good-looking when he plays the violin.

 The Doctor was standing with his eyes closed, absolutely absorbed in his playing. He looked every inch the devil's fiddler, thought Karl [4] — his slender body carelessly slouching, long fingers flashing, aristocratic face taut with concentration, long copper-gold hair flying. His audience's appreciation was more than musical.

 ‘Do you want some food? You haven’t eaten in days.’

‘That’s right,’ he said wonderingly, as if she’d made a point that hadn’t occurred to him. ‘You know, I bet that’s one reason I feel so bad.’

 "Someone," Compassion said, "has been watching too much Saturday-morning TV."

"There was a time when it always seemed to be Saturday when I was on Earth, and the children's programmes were excellent, if my memory doesn't cheat." He made folding motions with his hand and muttered something that sounded to Fitz like "robots in disguise". The Doctor grinned, disarmingly.

    • As well as comic books:

 The Doctor had sat on the high-backed chair with his feet on the console, idly flipping through Marvel Comics. It turned out he was a big X-Men fan.

    • And, of all things, model trains:

 (Anji has just found a box of model train things) Though she had hurriedly, if somewhat guiltily, hidden this even further back in the cupboard, she suspected it was only a matter of time until the morning arrived when she couldn't cross the console room without having to step over miniature tracks and leap tiny buildings.

 He placed his foot on the Doctor's injured [5] leg. The Doctor gasped. "How long until this heals? A few days? A few hours? Twenty minutes?[...]"

"Well, you're right of course," said the Doctor tightly. "And since it heals so quickly, why not do this?" Teeth clenched, he began to wrench his leg free. There was a nasty, tearing, butcher's-shop sound.

  • Gorgeous Period Dress
  • Idiot Hero: This merits a mention although it's not strictly true. Some fans have referred to him as "the congenital idiot", or "the congenial idiot". [6] He gives the impression of having less Obfuscating Stupidity and more genuine, guileless foolishness than most Doctors, but he is regularly shown to actually have brains he just doesn't always use.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: He seems to consider life clothing-optional, although recognizes that the preference is for clothing. Good thing he's attractive.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Usually blue (sometimes described as Icy Blue Eyes), but sometimes Gray Eyes or green. Depending on the Writer and his own mercurial personality, a lot of the associated characteristics of each eye color apply.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Suggested that it might be justified by the fact that when he starts to get his memory back, he still finds it useful to pick and choose the things he lets people find out he remembers.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: His mental health is somewhat variable. He's usually sort of a high-functioning Cloudcuckoolander, but he has moments of being certifiably insane. The Slow Empire plays this for fairly dark humor and mentions that after developing Trauma-Induced Amnesia, he occasionally couldn't distinguish between TV and reality, and so had attacks of being able to be Driven to Suicide by the utter depressingness of Eastenders [7], and due to watching Superman he got some odd ideas about disguises and "the relative position of the trousers and underpants". He also seems to think that someone who was having a nosebleed four days ago may still need a handkerchief. He even had what may have been a momentary Axe Crazy blackout in City of the Dead. In The Blue Angel he has an alternate self who apparently suffers from schizophrenia, completely averting Funny Schizophrenia; it's reasonably understated and not Played for Laughs at all. [8]
    • The Mad Hatter: In Eater of Wasps, Anji asks him rhetorically if he's insane. He replies that he "must be". However, he seems to go back and forth on this.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Bony fingers, all the better to stab you with. He doesn't even blink at Bridal Carrying grown men such as Fitz.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Even worse than other Doctors.
  • No Social Skills: He clearly has them; he's often very polite and charming, and often uses social engineering to achieve his goals. It's just that there are certain gaps in his social skills and times when he just doesn't feel the need to use them. Almost every conversation he has has some element of weirdness in it, he's occasionally Sarcasm Blind, and he sometimes hurts people's feelings by mistake or has inappropriate reactions to things that shock everyone else. Most people are shocked if they find a dead body, even if it's no one they know; he's just pleased to have a mystery to solve.
  • Playful Hacker: Particularly in Seeing I. Apparently he's even better with computers than you might expect, and uses his skills to distract a Mega Corp while he uses its information to search for Sam. Aside from making it appear that employees are being laid off at an astonishing rate, he also assigns one of the executives to read one of his friend Benny's books, and orders a bunch of sandwiches for a non-existent seminar. One of the employees suggests it might be a "weird prank", and another says, "It’s like a huge kid has broken into IXNet."
  • Political Stereotype: It's occasionally suggested his political beliefs are a bit out there in some ways, although they're never firmly defined and rarely taken seriously. He gets offended at being called a "plutocrat" and claims to be "probably the least plutocratic person you are likely to meet" at one point, is accused of being a "libertarian" at another, and the beginning of Revolution Man vaguely implies some Marxist leanings.
  • Rail Enthusiast: He doesn't seem to be all that interested in actual trains, but he owns a model train set, and he's quite pleased to get the opportunity to drive a tractor and a double-decker bus.
  • Real Men Get Basically Pulverized In Several Nasty Ways
  • Real Men Wear Pink: It's hardly even a "real men" thing at times; Anji apparently thinks of him as effectively almost a girl.
  • Super Strength: A fairly low-key case. It's clear that he's stronger than he looks and can do things most humans can't, but just how strong is never really explored, and he very rarely uses it.
  • Team Chef: Very much so. While Fitz is also said to be a competent cook, it seems the Doctor's an accomplished chef. In Camera Obscura, he stress-bakes a Lady Baltimore cake, although he just worries more because of its "very complicated icing"; in The Year of Intelligent Tigers, he makes a massive picnic for his friends and is said to hold several dinner parties in his flat; his Alternate Universe counterpart in The Blue Angel also makes a large meal for his visitors and frets over ruining the potatoes. Mind you, this doesn't include small moments when he happens to just carry food with him (apples, bits of candy, etc.) to give his companions on a moment's notice.
    • Through His Stomach: That said, the Doctor only seems to cook for his Nakama and people he cares about. In Timeless, he makes Anji a very nice omelette but immediately after won't do the same for the current One-Shot Character, claiming to be bored with cooking.
  • Telepathy: He sometimes responds to things his companions are only thinking, or seems to. It doesn't seem to have any more practical applications than making everyone a little unsettled.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Which he never quite gets over.
  • Unskilled but Strong: Actually, this is pretty much how he fights. Maybe because he doesn't like to fight, he doesn't even seem to really know how. However, he's really quite disproportionately tough. In To the Slaughter, he lifts a woman in an office chair over his head. In Frontier Worlds, he kicks someone in the head and stubs his toe quite badly.

Samantha "Sam" Jones

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The Eighth Doctor's first companion in the EDAs. She's 16 years old at the beginning of her run and comes from 1990s England — a cheerful, goody-goody blonde girl who hates drugs! (Except she isn't — she was supposed to be a dark-haired drug addict, but got altered into the "perfect companion" by the TARDIS/the Doctor's subconscious. After reality starts falling apart, she's replaced by this original self...who ends up sacrificing herself to bring this version back to save the Doctor.)

  • Audience Surrogate: In a let's-try-to-appeal-to-young-girls kind of way. It more or less worked.
  • Bi the Way
  • Bus Crash
  • Granola Girl
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • Plucky Girl
  • Soapbox Sadie: She's a vegetarian, supports Amnesty International, etc.
  • Spiritual Successor: It's easy enough to see her a spiritual successor to Ace, as well as a sort of prototype for the new series companions.
  • Token Wholesome: Not that the Doctor isn't rather wholesome himself, considering the fact he really only swears once in the whole series, is often impeccably polite [9], and usually seems to be more or less a Chaste Hero, but Sam approaches being wholesome like it's a job; Fitz even feels required to sub in for her when she's not around to do it. She's introduced as a sixteen-year-old, so she's not really allowed to get involved in any sordidness at first, but she's basically wholesome in every sense of the word; she doesn't even drink soda. In Unnatural History, we're introduced to an alternate universe version of her who does hard drugs, and it's really quite shocking. And kind of refreshing, honestly.
  • Unrequited Love: With the Doctor, predictably enough.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist

Fitzgerald "Fitz" Kreiner

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"This is Fitz," he said. "This is Fitz Kreiner's life encapsulated in an instant."

The Eighth Doctor's second companion and the one who stuck with him the longest, originally introduced in The Taint. Fitz was born in 1936 to a German father and an English mother in London. His entire life was a bit of a Trauma Conga Line, but he maintained a cheerful, laid-back attitude despite it. He met the Doctor in 1963, when he was 27. He's an easy-going but intensely loyal guitarist whose personal timeline got a bit confusing. He's possibly the longest-running companion in Doctor Who history and was in a BFA in Summer 2009. He's Trope-tastic.

  • Action Survivor: He starts out this way -- he didn't even really want to go with the Doctor that much, but he didn't really have any other choice. But eventually he embraced the whole adventurer thing. He still has almost all the additional traits mentioned under the trope, though: stubbly, non-actiony, uncommonly decent, etc.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He ruffles the Doctor's hair at the end of Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and does the same thing to Anji in The Book of the Still, making her angry. It seems like he might be more comfortable showing affection this way than by hugging, since he tends not to initiate hugs.
  • Audience Surrogate: He's sort of a bookish geek with some kind of crush on the Doctor, and he thinks he's cool and sometimes is.
  • Backstory: Fitz's backstory is elaborated on often throughout the series. Let's just take this from his birth to his introduction into the storyline:
  • Big Eater
  • Bi the Way: Implied from his very first scene onwards. Mentioned in The Blue Angel, when he admits via internal monologue that he wants to "get laid by" the Doctor, and flat-out admits to loving him in The Book of the Still. The Doctor merrily snogs him, is quite willing to discuss the matter and isn't exactly averse to all the Ho Yay.
    • His relationship with George Williamson has quite a bit of Ho Yay as well.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: German and French sometimes.
  • Broken Hero: If you were to simplify Fitz's character into a single trope, it would be this one. His history is fraught with more terrible and heart-breaking events than most companions you could name. And yet, he maintains a snarky but fun-loving attitude. [10]
  • Butt Monkey
  • Camp Bisexual: More than a bit. French accents, Greta Garbo impressions, male renditions of "(I Wanna Be) Bobbie's Girl", swordfighting in a wedding gown, "Ohmigod", "Oh. My. God", his terrible dated jokes when pretending to be Frank Sinatra, most of his acting in The Banquo Legacy, leather trousers, a purple velvet suit, a metallic gold suit...
  • Casual Kink: In Mad Dogs and Englishmen. It's a little ambiguous whether he really has an unusual kink or he's just being flippant.

 ‘Fitz,’ Anji hissed. ‘Are you telling me you really don’t mind trotting around starkers in a collar and lead?’

He grinned. ‘Are you kidding?’

 Fitz became much more animated as the Doctor read from the guide. He circled the Doctor and Anji, eyeing the natives with a wicked twist to his mouth that showed far too many teeth.

'A planet where the party never stops. I was born to land here.'

 Shame about his nose - it was a bit too long, but at least it matched the rest of him.

  • Cloning Blues: Complicated. See Loss of Identity and Replacement Goldfish below.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As he's skinny and clumsy, it's very pragmatic for him to go for the eyes when he gets into a fight.
  • Cowardly Lion: It's surprising just how much time he spends shivering. Also, he once had to rescue the Doctor from the living personification of Future Me Scares Me, not to mention his own scary and almost Axe Crazy future self and a bunch of other scary and menacing types, and expressed relief that the sprinklers had gone off and no one would notice that, well... But he's still constantly risking life and limb for others or a good cause, even though he thinks he's a coward.
  • Daydream Surprise: Who's this private eye all of a sudden? Fitzwilliam Fort? Do we know him? Oh, yes, we do!
  • Death Is Cheap: He's "died" at least twice (three or more if you count Father Kreiner). Once, he only survived because the Doctor, Anji, and the TARDIS loved him very, very much and believed in him. He did the Tinkerbell Jesus routine first, without the Narm.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Double Subverted: his mother dies in his first book. However, she became psychotic after his father died, so she couldn't raise him, and once he was of age he had to take care of her. However, they were still apparently very close and he still misses her years later. The advice she gave him when he was younger is part of what made him such a good person.
  • Designated Monkey: In the Lance Parkin stories, at least.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Almost every time he's behind the wheel of a car, he hits something with it. It's usually intentional, but sometimes it's not. Is there really any call to "crunch" the gearstick?
  • Erudite Stoner: The personality without the pot. You can't make him angry without a serious effort, his thought processes are often not exactly normal, he eats like it's going out of style, and as the series goes on he becomes a bit of a Big Brother Mentor to Anji and then Trix, and the Doctor too in a way, not to mention all the One Shot Characters he tends to take under his wing. Also, he's been calm and philosophical about the end of the world. Suddenly becoming a tangled-up noodle person merely inspired in him dismay about how long it'd take to untangle himself. He once had a couple shots of liquor and fell fast asleep while right under Sabbath's nose — Sabbath being the guy who once ripped out the Doctor's heart bare-handed (well, glove-handed, but is that any less scary?). Sure, Fitz can be scared easily, but he's just as likely to be extremely calm about terrifying things.
  • Five-Finger Discount: He knows how to pick pockets, although it's never revealed why. The rather boring explanation is that the Doctor taught him, but it'd be more interesting if he was a street urchin at some point in his childhood. He also carries a lockpick (possibly stolen) because he got tired of picking locks without one.
  • Friendless Background: In Frontier Worlds, he mentions having only had one friend during primary school. By the time he's introduced, he doesn't actually seem to have any real friends. It's certainly not that he isn't likable -- even before all the Character Development kicks in he's quite charming -- it's just the half-German thing. It's quite possible that almost two decades after the war ended, plenty of people wouldn't have had a problem with it, but he was sufficiently embittered by a childhood of being physically attacked for his heritage that he was afraid to let anyone get too close.
  • Geek Physiques: He's quite tall and almost comically scrawny, and a bit of a Lord of the Rings Fan Boy. He also seems to know from Star Trek, makes a reference to H.P. Lovecraft, and generally really likes to read. The Doctor probably out-geeks him, though, but doesn't really fit the trope, because he's slender but not awkwardly so.
  • Genre Savvy
  • Girl of the Week: He has a girlfriend in about half of the novels. It basically never lasts.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: He's from the 1960s and halfway fits the "sexy", "cool", and "tough" criteria.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: With one big carrot on the front.
  • Gray Eyes: Although his eyes are described as his most attractive feature on a couple of occasions, none of the symbolism...er, suits him.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Okay, it's just a jacket, and apparently a rather scruffy one, but still cool. He also gets a kick out of wearing leather trousers, even playing with a band just for the excuse to wear them.
  • Heterosexual Life Partners: With the Doctor, except for the fact neither one is heterosexual.
  • Hidden Depths: Anji assumes he's only interested in things he can "drink, inhale, play, dance to or ", but she's only pointing this out because he suddenly seemed to have developed an interest in science while in Victorian Britain. He's also generally a bit of a Bookworm, and enjoys reading Sartre.
  • The Klutz
  • Loss of Identity: Long story. Basically, an alternate version of himself is turned into his usual self, and he's not sure whether he's still the same person or what that even means, anyway. The original became a member of Faction Paradox as well.
  • Man Child: Well, sort of. He likes doing very childish things, but is actually fairly emotionally mature, probably less gullible than most people, and can be responsible when necessary. He's still childish enough that others (especially Anji) often comment on it, and he's referred to as a "boy" when he's in his thirties.
  • Messy Hair: His hair is described as "unkempt", "fluffy", "squiggly", "straggly", etc. Between his laziness and the fact he's the kind of musician for whom just-got-laid hair is de rigeur, it's to be expected.
  • Meta Guy
  • Metaphorgotten: "Pleased with his metaphor, Fitz tried to extend it."
  • Nice Guy: The only way you can really make him lose his temper is by being cruel or insulting his friends. He had a good relationship with his mum while she was alive and still remembers the advice she used to give him. Sure, he drinks and smokes and swears, and there's that time he was seeing three girls at once, and he thinks of himself as a selfish coward, but he actually seems to develop almost a reflex to stick his neck out for others, especially those who can't fend for themselves. And he's generally more sympathetic and tactful than the Doctor, despite occasional forays into the land of total immature unhelpfulness.
  • Nobody Poops: For some reason, he's the only character in the series who's ever mentioned to occasionally have to take a leak, which kind of creates the impression he has the world's smallest bladder. It seems to mostly come up in situations where it makes the reader sympathize with him even more, ie., he's in a stressful situation which is made worse by there being no loos for miles, or all that beer he had earlier is messing up his attempt to keep a vigil at the injured Doctor's bedside.
  • Non-Action Snarker: He once fell down what seemed to be a Pit Trap and clapped sarcastically when the Doctor fell in after him while trying to rescue him.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Pet the Dog: Not only does he like children, he seems to care a lot about animals, and not just the cute, cuddly ones: robot canaries that bite him, evil monkeys with guns, worms, etc.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Fitz is in about fifty books. In the eighth, he apparently dies (he's actually brainwashed by a cult and becomes Father Kreiner, but we'll ignore that bit for now) and the Doctor implants his memories into a clone of a clone of a clone (etc.) of the original Fitz. It's this duplicate who remains the Doctor's companion for the rest of the EDAs.
  • Sad Clown
  • Sarcastic Devotee: Less so as his relationship with the Doctor improves, although it never quite lets up, as he has at least a modicum of common sense and the Doctor basically doesn't.
  • Serial Romeo: He generally falls head over heels with each new love interest, but he'd almost always still rather keep traveling with the Doctor, and if he starts getting any ideas about settling down catastrophe generally strikes, so it never lasts long.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Apparently, the fact Fitz is very much this trope is a bit of a bad influence on the Doctor. On the other hand, his good upbringing comes out in the fact that he seems to distinctly prefer minced oaths, and would rather use "shag" as a swear word than drop the f-bomb.
  • Smoking Is Cool: No, it's not; Fitz is cool in his own way, and he smokes, but he makes smoking look kind of dorky. In Demontage there's a very awkward scene where he realizes too late that he's not allowed to smoke, gets very apologetic, and ends up putting out his cigarette on his hand. Ouch. He's constantly annoyed and frustrated by how hard it is to smoke after the late 20th century. And in pretty much every other book he's shown to be less physically capable than most other characters because of his smoking, and his friends don't hesitate to give him a hard time about it. So, don't smoke, because it's not allowed in the future, you'll end up wheezing and red-faced all the time, and also all your friends will constantly nag you to quit.
  • Trauma Conga Line
  • Trenchcoat Brigade: But, really, not half as edgy as most. Still, he's got something in common with John Constantine that most examples don't have.
  • Unfazed Everyman: When he finally meets the Doctor, his mother really snaps, tries to strangle him, and is finally killed by the Doctor. He's also wanted by the police due to a misunderstanding, leading him to join the TARDIS crew. Instead of having a Heroic BSOD about his new status as an orphan and wanted man, he's pretty sanguine about the whole thing. Then again, he's canonically a fountain of denial.
  • Unfortunate Names: Yes, his name really Fitz him. Sure, he's Never Heard That One Before. His last name is still a nuisance, but less of an entertaining one — in recently-post-WWII England, having a German surname is apparently enough to make him worry about getting his head kicked in, so he goes by Fitz Fortune when first introduced. It's mentioned that, since "Fritz" is such a stereotypical German name that it's used to refer to all Germans, the other kids used to call him "Fitz the Fritz". This also leads to newbies who see the German surname, get confused, and call him "Fritz".
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Since he's an Artificial Human, he can impress computers with his brain, generate anagrams, play guitar and do crossword puzzles better than he used to, and maybe some other things not even worth mentioning. Apparently, his thoughts have a "deeper structural underpinning" which computers really dig, or something. Considering the fact he's the closest thing you can get to being an Erudite Stoner without ever being implied to be on any illegal substances, this is kind of funny.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: When he was a child, he was stung all over by wasps and is thus scared of basically all bugs. Subverted in that he pretty much keeps his composure in Eater of Wasps which, as you may guess, is about evil wasps.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: If you bully women in front of him, he's likely to hurt his fist on your face.

Laura "Compassion" Tobin

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Introduced in Interference. A former member of a people known as the Remote, who were essentially a big exercise in playing with Aliens Steal Cable. She was originally born on Earth in the 26th Century, but then things got weird.

Anji Kapoor

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What I learned in Outer Space by Anji Kapoor — impressive pause — They have bigger cows.
Vanishing Point

A twentysomething-ish futures trader who joins the Eighth Doctor in the 21st Century. To date, the only companion of Asian descent. Her first book is Escape Velocity.

  • Badass Bookworm
  • Bollywood Nerd: She's a bit of a geek about economics; she's been known to watch documentaries on the subject.
  • Brown Eyes: Unsurprisingly. However, she's perhaps the most sensible and normal character in the main cast.
  • Children Raise You: In a strange way. Suddenly this Creepy Child is thrown at her! Geez! She doesn't even really want it!
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Like Brother and Sister: With the Doctor. Her relationship with him is so chaste that she can acknowledge he's attractive without actually being at all attracted to him. She doesn't mind changing her shirt in front of him, because "he seemed to count in her head as another girl", so they're almost just like sisters. The Doctor seems more inclined to discuss his feelings with her than with Fitz, even though he and Fitz are practically married.
  • The Napoleon: At least in the opinion of tall, laid-back Fitz.

 It must be a bummer to be short. Maybe that was why Anji shouted so much.

Sabbath

A recurring villain starting from The Adventuress of Henrietta Street. He was born in the 18th Century, and wants to clean up the space-time continuum, which tends to make him a bad guy as it's doing just fine the way it is.

  • Above Good and Evil
  • Always a Bigger Fish: He manages to save the Doctor at one point in an unintentional and rather unconventional way.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Occasionally, and combined with Sophisticated As Hell to fairly odd effect. He picks up the phrase "been there, done that" from Anji, but his speech patterns are almost always quite formal, and he sometimes uses idioms which are very obviously Older Than Radio.
  • Anti-Villain: A little more intentionally nasty than most, though.
  • Author Avatar: There are certain similarities between him and Lawrence Miles, the author who came up with him, in terms of appearance and personality. Not that Miles is an amoral destroyer of universes... but they are both clever, introverted, and cynical.
  • Badass Normal: He is somehow capable of ripping a heart out of his chest, then doing nothing about the big hole in his chest before he makes a dramatic exit while carrying a fully-grown woman. Also, he can throw off the effects of a Tranquilizer Dart through sheer willpower. And he once threatened to break someone's hand just by squeezing it very hard. He didn't go through with it, but there's no reason to believe he couldn't have done so if he'd wanted to.
  • Bald of Evil: Well, okay, more like Extremely Close-Cropped Hair Of Evil.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Most of the people he allies himself with tend to turn on him first, although one must consider who's the common denominator in all these situations.
  • Day of the Week Name: Interesting in that he chose it because a major event in his life occured on a Saturday; he's quite interested in Jewish mysticism.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Very deadpan.
  • Driven to Suicide
  • Enemy Mine: He works together with the Doctor about as often as they work against each other.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Heavily lampshaded when Fitz, Trix, and Anji make a short film about the plot developments so far. Trix, playing Sabbath, declares:

 "Working as I am for unspecified higher powers, the nature of my misguided plans remains frustratingly obscure, ha ha!"

 His face was pale and fleshy, but not at all unattractive as he entered early middle age. In his youth he was, allegedly, a master of seduction...

  • Kick the Dog: He wastes basically no time doing this. He starts out The Adventuress of Henrietta Street giving the impression he's going to be hardly antagonistic enough to count as a Friendly Enemy. And then he rips out the Doctor's heart. Also, since he considers himself Above Good and Evil, he doesn't hesitate to kill if doing so has sufficient utility. In The Last Resort, Fitz has to talk him out of stabbing a nursing mother who wanted to kill him for seemingly having killed her husband but probably wouldn't have been able to anyway.[12] And in The Domino Effect, an alternate version of him even goes ahead and shoots a particularly innocent and woobieish barrier person. Who went to his own alma mater, too! It's really quite satisfying when it has the direct result of getting him shredded by an extradimensional Creepy Child.
  • Large Ham: In sort of a quiet, mysterious way, anyway.

 Anji: [...] a posturing ham like Sabbath. If he pulls that sinister, mysterious act on me again –

 "What the wraiths were warning you about," Anji chipped in when it became apparent Sabbath still wasn’t speaking. The Doctor waved a hand in front of Sabbath’s eyes as if to break a trance.

 ‘You think of yourself as Time’s Champion, Doctor. You believe everyone should subscribe to your cosy, libertarian values. [...] The universe would be a nice, safe place if only everyone followed your proper, civilised code of conduct. [...] You couldn’t be more wrong. Everything you believe is a lie. You’re an anachronism, a leftover from a previous reality – I see that now[...] You don’t hold the solution to anything any more – you’re part of the problem. The sooner you step aside, the better for all concerned. A new history is coming!’

  • The Unfettered: Yeah, we've kind of gone over this already. He's pretty clearly against taking pointless immoral actions, but morality isn't going to stop him achieving his goals. His morality contrasts with his conduct; he's much more straitlaced than the Doctor, who likes bothering him with immature humor.
  • Unwitting Pawn
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Wild Card:

 Anji: So, Sabbath will be up to another of his dopy schemes, desperate to ally himself with the next nasty to come slinking out of the vortex with a bunch of hollow promises. [13]

Faction Paradox

Essentially a cult of Time Lords devoted to causing temporal paradoxes through voodoo. Following the events of their final encounter with the Eighth Doctor, they now exist in a separate timeline. They also fought Sutekh.

Beatrice "Trix" MacMillan

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A rather mysterious young woman who comes from sometime after the 21st Century and used to work for the villain. (It doesn't stop her making fun of him, though.) Talented at disguising herself and had a rather entertaining habit of appearing in disguise before she was officially introduced. Her first book is Time Zero.

Notes

  1. (He does eventually, but not yet, and it's pretty much never clearly stated.)
  2. (Since Sabbath's quite adept at catching the Idiot Ball despite his supposedly impressive intellect and is usually the Doctor's enemy, this is either Self-Deprecation or a surprising lack of self-awareness.)
  3. (compare "You're a very beautiful woman...probably.")
  4. (with whom the Doctor ends up having a heavily-implied romantic relationship)
  5. (broken and, considering the fact he's not up and walking on it, probably quite badly so)
  6. ("congenial", although making more sense, is less common)
  7. (suggesting, incidentally, that the boredom of Walking the Earth alone turned him into a bit of a Daytime Drama Queen)
  8. (Also, his POV in The Blue Angel is occasionally written in a subtly strange way — for example, he tends to bring something up which doesn't make a lot of sense without further explanation and then drift away from the topic, which is a symptom of schizophrenia.)
  9. (his version of a Dirty Harry impression in Seeing I {as described here} is actually so wholesome and polite it makes you want to introduce him to your grandmother)
  10. (It may be significant that the first thing Fitz is ever shown doing is pretending to be someone else. It's very obviously a coping mechanism. Possibly, his cheerful happy demeanor is a bit Becoming the Mask, in that he seems so undamaged by his past because he's spent so long pretending not to be.)
  11. But definitely not doing that other thing.
  12. Although generally when he does gratuitously vicious things like that, it's implied that it's part of some Batman Gambit that tends to almost but not quite pay off by the end. For example, he probably hadn't actually killed the woman's husband, but he wanted Fitz to think he had, and coming across as Ax Crazy would play into that.
  13. (Does This Remind You of Anything?? You suspect that Anji wants to explain to him that no one buys the evil cow when they can get the evil milk for free. They're just going to break your heart again! Villainous dating advice from Anji Kapoor...)
  14. (He probably finds it unusual that in this list, he gets to top for once!)
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