"Fear Makes Companions Of Us All" - Listen - Doctor Who - BBC

"Fear Makes Companions Of Us All" - Listen - Doctor Who - BBC

"Fear makes companions of us all." (TV: Listen)

You may wish to consult Fear (disambiguation) for other, similarly-named pages.

Fear was an emotion.

The Twelfth Doctor saw fear as a superpower. (TV: Listen, WC: Fear Is a Superpower) He told Bill Potts and Nardole that "Fear keeps you fast. Fast is good." (TV: Oxygen) Due to the effects of adrenaline, (TV: Oxygen) "your heart is beating so hard, I can feel it through your hands. There's so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain, it's like rocket fuel. Right now, you could run faster and you could fight harder, you could jump higher than ever in your life. And you are so alert, it's like you can slow down time." (TV: Listen) Such a feeling would result in faster breathing, as well, though that could lead to a faster death, in places where oxygen was in short supply. (TV: Oxygen)

The Eighth Doctor felt he had grown stronger by facing his fears, and not denying them. (AUDIO: Phobos) As Clara Oswald expressed to a young First Doctor, "fear can make you faster and cleverer and stronger. [...] If you're very wise and very strong, fear doesn't have to make you cruel or cowardly. Fear can make you strong." She concluded that fear was like a companion, a constant companion, bringing people together. In fact, "Fear makes companions of us all." (TV: Listen)

The Third Doctor believed that fear was the root of all progress. By his thinking, new challenges, particularly when life-threatening, would often lead to solutions being developed to solve those problems, in fear of the consequences. (AUDIO: The Rise of the New Humans)

The Seventh Doctor regarded fear as a self-preservation mechanism. (AUDIO: Harvest of the Sycorax) The Twelfth Doctor sometimes purposely scared his companions, in order to "max up" their adrenaline, and therefore their capability at solving and surviving a new situation. (TV: Oxygen)

Carol Richmond believed that fear was a weakness that could keep one from taking action. She maintained that fear could make one violent, as well. (TV: "Strangers in Space") The First Doctor explained that fear loosened one's mind, and made one more vulnerable to mind control. (TV: "The Unwilling Warriors")

The Thirteenth Doctor believed that keeping one's friends out of harm's way while taking on a threat alone was "giving in to fear". She maintained that it was easier to be brave together, and wiser to share the burden. (COMIC: A New Beginning)

One of the Eighth Doctor's greatest fears was the fear of what he himself might end up being responsible for. (AUDIO: Phobos)

According to Miss Quill, the "first fear" was a fear that "everyone" went back to and could not face. The Lorr Ballon claimed that this was just cowardice. Quill claimed that a soldier without fear was inefficient, and was one that won battles, but lost wars. (TV: The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did)

Some beings could feed on fear, like the entity on Phobos, (AUDIO: Phobos) the Fearmonger, (AUDIO: The Fearmonger) and Qetesh. (TV: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith)

The Keller Machine fed off the fears of its victims. They included Arthur Linwood, who was afraid of rats; Kettering, who was afraid of drowning; the Third Doctor, who was afraid of fire; Alcott, who was afraid of dragons; and the Master, who was afraid of the Doctor. (TV: The Mind of Evil)

Permians hunted by inducing a state of fear in the minds of their prey. (AUDIO: The Land of the Dead)

The First Doctor noted fear as an example of emotions to the Cyberman leader Krail, along with hate, pride and love. He questioned, "Have you no emotions, sir?" (TV: The Tenth Planet, Twice Upon a Time)

When facing Eknodine, the Eleventh Doctor remarked to Rory Williams that they were bent on killing them as fear turned them into savages. (TV: Amy's Choice)

Confronting the Daleks, the Ninth Doctor voiced his belief that, despite their purging of emotions, one little spark of fear remained in their DNA. He goaded to them that that spark of fear "burn[ed]" when they faced him. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)

Addressing humankind shortly before the Battle of Canary Wharf, Cyber-Leader One assured the people of Earth that they need not fear as the emotion would be removed upon their conversion into Cybermen. This still didn't assure them. (TV: Doomsday)

George psychically deposited all his fears in his doll's house, which manifested as peg dolls. (TV: Night Terrors)

On the Minotaur's prison ship were pictures of those who had fed it and what their fear was. They included Novice Prin, who was afraid of sabrewolves; Lady Silver Tear, who was afraid of Daleks; Royston Luke Gold, who was afraid of Plymouth; Tim Heath, who was afraid of having his picture taken and Tim Nelson, who was afraid of balloons. (TV: The God Complex)

The Eleventh Doctor thought that anyone who wasn't scared of a Weeping Angel was a moron. (TV: The Time of Angels)

The Sixth Doctor listed vertigo with agoraphobia and xenophobia as fears which, when mixed together, would form "naked fear". (PROSE: The Ultimate Evil)

The fear of robots was called robophobia. (TV: The Robots of Death)

As the result of her travels with the Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith found that her top three fears now included going blind and getting bitten by a snake, both due to incidents in which she found she could no longer trust her senses. She told the Fourth Doctor that the aliens they encountered, like the Daleks, Sontarans and Eight Legs, did not phase her in quite the same way. Sarah's greatest fear, however, was one day being without the Doctor, as no other life could compare to what she had with him and the TARDIS. (PROSE: Sarah Jane and the Temple of Eyes)

The fear of spiders was called arachnophobia. This was a common fear among many beings, with several incarnations of the Doctor also displaying this fear. (TV: Planet of the Spiders, PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks, GAME: Blood of the Cybermen, COMIC: Outrun)

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