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Charismatic, suave and adventurous, the Fifteenth Doctor was full of energy and unafraid to show his emotions, being one of the Doctor's most empathic incarnations, having an unrelenting need to fix the problems he found as he explored time and space.

Benefiting from the rehab his preceding incarnation had undertaken, the Fifteenth Doctor was freed from the emotional baggage and deteriorating mental state of his predecessors, and journeyed the universe with reinvigorated optimism following a fabled bi-generation that saw him help the Fourteenth Doctor defeat the Toymaker, though not without the threat of the Toymaker's legions "coming". Soon after the bi-generation, the Doctor became acquainted with Ruby Sunday, and together they defeated the Goblins that were abducting and eating children, before she joined him on his further adventures. After many adventures togethers, they encountered the Doctor's old nemesis Sutekh. Upon undoing the God of Death's annihilation of life throughout the universe, the Doctor separated from Ruby so she could spend time with her mother and father.

Biography

A day to come

When the Thirteenth Doctor encountered Time, Time restored the Doctor from being scattered across three bodies at once, declaring that she would be "reunified", but then questioned "how long" the Doctor would remain "unified." (TV: The Vanquishers [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 13 (BBC One and BBC America, 2021).)

After they teamed up in a game against the Toymaker, the Fourteenth Doctor was told by his fifteenth incarnation that he would only find peace after settling down to heal from his traumas, quipping that they were "doing rehab out of order" by having the Fourteenth Doctor see how well adjusted his next incarnation was. The Fifteenth Doctor was also recognised by Donna Noble as being older than the fourteenth incarnation due to being from the future. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

Post-bi-generation

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The Fifteenth Doctor is born in a bi-generation. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

Atop the helipad attached to UNIT HQ in the City of London in late 2023, the Toymaker shot the Fourteenth Doctor with UNIT's Galvanic beam, due to his desire to play their next game with "the next Doctor", initiating a regeneration. However, as Donna Noble and Melanie Bush rushed to his side, the Doctor felt that he wasn't regenerating as he typically would and asked them to pull on his arms, causing the Fifteenth Doctor to split out of the Fourteenth Doctor in a bi-generation, a process previously believed to be a myth. Despite coming into being while the Fourteenth Doctor still existed, the Fifteenth Doctor was still older than his preceding incarnation, with Donna commenting it was "because [he] came after him", and the Fifteenth Doctor also had knowledge of events yet to come for the Fourteenth Doctor.

After the Fifteenth Doctor cracked his new neck, and flirted with Mel, the Toymaker interrupted him, wanting to continue forcing the Doctors to bi-generate, but the two Doctors instead challenged him to a game of catch, and the Toymaker relented to accept the challenge. The game was then played, with the Fifteenth Doctor ultimately playing the winning throw after the Toymaker failed to catch the ball. As his prize, the Fourteenth Doctor chose to banish the Toymaker from existence, but he warned the Doctors that his legions were still "coming". The Fifteenth Doctor and Donna consoled the Fourteenth Doctor over the deaths caused by the Toymaker, with the Fifteenth Doctor giving his predecessor a reassuring hug, before walking back into the UNIT HQ. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

A fresh start

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The Doctor sets out to explore the universe. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

As he was given a tour of their TARDIS, the Fifteenth Doctor told the Fourteenth Doctor that he needed a break, with Donna agreeing that he was "running on fumes." As he convinced his fourteenth incarnation to settle down by listing their traumas, the Fourteenth Doctor confided that he couldn't leave the TARDIS behind while living on Earth. However, the Fifteenth Doctor realized that for a brief moment, the lingering powers of the Toymaker's domain were still in their reality. He used it to bring back a future TARDIS with a mallet. The Fifteenth Doctor entered the future TARDIS, with the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna following him in to say goodbye after he tried sneaking off. Giving them a fond farewell, the Fifteenth Doctor then left to travel the universe. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

Deciding that the attire of his previous incarnation "wo[uld]n't do" anymore, the Doctor chose his new clothing in the TARDIS, selecting sturdy boots and a new hat. (POEM: Contents [+]James Goss, Now We Are Six Hundred (Harper Design, 2017). Page 16.) The Doctor then thought on how a new chapter in his life was beginning, as he had friends to make and adventures to go on, with new threats and enemies to face with "no idea what [they'd] let themselves in for." (PROSE: "Heroes of Time" [+]Part of Whotopia: The Ultimate Guide to the Whoniverse, Simon Guerrier, Una McCormack and Jonathan Morris, BBC Books (2023).)

Meeting Ruby

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The Doctor and Ruby on the Goblin ship. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

On 22 December 2023, the Doctor found himself watching a band perform a gig at a pub in London, but their performance was stopped when the keyboardist, Ruby Sunday, had her keyboard unplugged by a Goblin. The next day, the Doctor was enjoying himself at a nightclub when he bumped into Ruby again, and realised she was being victimised by the Goblins after saving her drink from being spilled, and later interfered in the Goblins' attempt to drop an inflatable snowman on her taxi ride, after which he told the responding policeman that his girlfriend was bound to accept his marriage proposal.

On Christmas Eve, the Doctor caught up to Ruby while she was trying to save Lulubelle from being taken to the Goblin ship, and joined her in rescuing Lulubelle from being fed to the Goblin King whilst participating in the Goblins' song and escaped back to the Sundays' home using his intelligent gloves, where he met Ruby's adopted grandmother, Cherry, and then her adopted mother, Carla. While listening to Carla gush over Ruby to cheer her up after being told that Davina McCall was unable the find her biological family, the Doctor opened up to them about being a foundling himself, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) having felt emboldened by the Sundays' openness to be open himself, (PROSE: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, adapted from The Church on Ruby Road (Russell T Davies), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2024). Chapter Fifteen; Page 110.) accidently invoking a set of a coincidences and allowing the Goblins to crack the timeline by stealing Ruby as a baby. The Doctor then went back in time to the day she was abandoned at the church on Ruby Road in 2004 to stop the Goblins from stealing her by using his intelligent gloves to force the Goblin ship into the church spire, killing the Goblin King and causing the ship to disappear, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) as though the Goblins had been erased from existence or pulled back into another world. (PROSE: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, adapted from The Church on Ruby Road (Russell T Davies), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2024). Chapter Eighteen; Page 137.) After being photographed, (PROSE: Rose [+]Russell T Davies, adapted from Rose (Russell T Davies), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018).) the Doctor returned to 2023 to make sure Ruby had been restored and, after a brief side-track to save Davina from a falling Christmas tree, waited for Ruby to joined him in the TARDIS. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He then updated his diary to include his first two adventures. (PROSE: First Day of the Doctor [+]Paul Lang, Doctor Who The Official Annual 2024 (Penguin Group, 2023). Page 31.)

Travelling with Ruby

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The Care Force arrests the Doctor and Ruby. (COMIC: Mancopolis (part one) [+]Alan Barnes, DWM Comics (Panini Magazines, 2024).)

Immediately upon being joined by Ruby, the Doctor brought her to the Jurassic Period to demonstrate the time travel capabilities of the TARDIS. While there Ruby accidentally stepped on a butterfly, causing her timeline to change, becoming a reptilian humanoid named Rubathon Blue. The Doctor promptly revives the butterfly, restoring her timeline, and shortly after he remembers to turn on the "butterfly compensation switch" of the TARDIS.

Next the Doctor offers to take her to the future, with Ruby suggesting a year from random numbers off the top of her head, resulting in 21506. The TARDIS materializes on a space station baby farm orbiting Pacifico Del Rio, finding it in disrepair, abandoned, and with one level infested by a Bogeyman. They discover intelligent babies and the station's former accountant, Jocelyn Sancerre, have taken over the station operations, though the latter disguises herself as an AI called Nan-E. Throughout this adventure the Doctor ponders the connection between Ruby and babies and discovers snowflakes physically manifest if her past is dwelt on.

Ultimately the Doctor is able to restore the station's functionality enough to take it to the fifth planet in the system Mondo Caroon. He's also able to save the Bogeyman from death, with him and Ruby revealing to Jocelyn that it was never a threat and simply a result of the computer system's literal interpretation of factors required for healthy baby rearing. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Arriving atop the Jason Orange Plaza in Mancopolis 2424, the Doctor and Ruby dodged being run over by a tram, only to be arrested by the Care Force for being "tram raiders". A weather orb, noticing they weren't smiling, began raining on them. After stopping the orb, the mayor of the city, Mary Mulberry, communicated to them via the windows of a tower which also functioned as screens, believing them to be auditors sent by the Galactic Central Exchange; she ordered Zhi, one of the Care Force, to bring them to her, and, on the journey to the Mancopolis City Hall, she explained to them how Mayor Mulberry saved the city and its population after the 2399 Event.

Entering the Mayor's office, the Mayor vocalised her belief that they had been a deliberate distraction to enable the Exchange to sneak an assault ship into the city, which she promptly had destroyed. She offered a negotiation, but, after realising they weren't non-humans since they weren't going shift into another form, she threatened to dismember one of them. As they tried to escape through a lift, she had the duo teleported to a dark space filled with "massive people-eating silkworms". (COMIC: Mancopolis [+]Alan Barnes, DWM Comics (Panini Magazines, 2024).)

Ruby asked to see the Beatles record their first album at Abbey Road studios. Upon arriving in 1963, they discovered something was wrong with music as the Beatles, Cilla Black, and other musicians were producing bad music. The Doctor realized this extended to a wider change in history, such as a Soviet Union offensive against Finland. Investigating, he had Ruby play one of her band's songs on a rooftop, attracting Maestro, the entity of music that was causing the drastic changes to history. He used a trick to stop all sound, helping them escape. He worried about Maestro's power, realizing they were a child of the Toymaker. To prove this to Ruby, he took her to 2024, showing a devastated world after a nuclear war caused by the lack of music. He theorized they could banish Maestro using the lost chord. During a music battle, the Doctor found most of the notes but hit a wrong note at the end. Paul McCartney and John Lennon helped find the final note, rescuing the Doctor from being trapped in a Timpani drum. With music restored, the Doctor and Ruby sang and danced with those at the studio before leaving. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Landing on Kastarion 3 to show Ruby a new planet's sky, the Doctor heard a scream and ran out of the TARDIS to investigate. In his haste, he stepped on a landmine but didn't fully set off the trigger, needing to confirm the Doctor was alive. He balanced his weight enough to stop the countdown temporarily. When Ruby arrived, he asked her to find something heavy to help balance and trick the mine's algorithm. She brought what she thought was an urn, but he realized it was a smelted body. They discovered it belonged to John Francis Vater when his AI hologram appeared. They learned Vater was killed by the Villengard Ambulance's algorithm as a mercy killing due to his temporary blindness reducing his operational efficiency. When Vater's daughter, Splice Alison Vater, arrived, the Doctor tried to prevent her from getting too close, spiking his adrenaline and accelerating the countdown. An ambulance sensed conflict but couldn't treat the Doctor due to his alien biology. Ruby tried to distract the machine but was shot by Canterbury James Olliphant. The Doctor, distraught, realized the conflict was perpetuated by Villengard's profit motive. He asked the Vater AI to infiltrate the ambulance computers, surrendering the systems, stopping the war, and deactivating the landmine. It worked, and he and Ruby safely left the planet as the conflict finally ended. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

A time later, the Doctor took Ruby to South Wales. He asked if she had been there before, to which she replied she had been there three time. He started to tell Ruby that he loved the Welsh but started to warn her about Roger ap Gwilliam, before realising it was a spoiler as she had not lived through 2046 yet. Ruby stopped him from talking to point out an old woman in the distance, but the Doctor did not see her. He moved to walk on but Ruby called out to him to not go further. Looking down, the Doctor saw he had nearly walked into a fairy circle. Ruby went to read the attached notes, but the Doctor told her not to, out of respect. They pressed onwards, the Doctor asking Ruby when was the third time she had visited Wales, but Ruby struggled to remember. (TV: 73 Yards [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Doctor and Ruby traveled to Finetime in the distant future. While there, the Doctor learned the residents were being eaten alive by mantraps designed by the system's AI to kill them all in alphabetical order. With Ruby's help, the Doctor was able to alert the residents within and help them escape, notably Lindy Pepper-Bean and Ricky September. However, upon Lindy and several others escaping, they refused the Doctor's offer to take them to a safer planet in his TARDIS because of his skin colour. Devastated, the Doctor shouted in frustration, breaking down as the group sailed off into the wilderness. (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Adventuring to 1813, the Doctor and Ruby joined a ball at a manor in Bath, England and took part in the dance. However, the Doctor sensed alien presence, soon learning that the time-travelling bounty hunter Rogue was trying to kill the Chuldur impersonating the guests in the manor. Teaming up, the Doctor convinced Rogue to imprison them instead with his triform, the pair forming a romantic connection. However, when Ruby was accidentally caught in the trap, Rogue took her place, banishing himself and the Chuldur to a random dimension, devastating the Doctor. However, the Doctor still possessed Rogue's ring that he had gifted to him after the event, putting it on as he and Ruby departed in the TARDIS. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

After encountering more versions of a woman distinctively identical across their adventures, the Doctor took Ruby to UNIT headquarters to see if they could help identify her. Kate and her team revealed they had been monitoring Susan Triad. Speculating she could be his granddaughter Susan Foreman hidden through regeneration, the Doctor delayed meeting her and instead ordered Kate to let him use their secret time window technology so Ruby could try to learn the identity of her mother by projecting the memory of Ruby's abandonment captured a VHS tape. However, during the attempt, Ruby's mother somehow managed to avoid the pair and an entity was revealed to be hidden in the TARDIS. Giving in, the Doctor let Melanie Bush take him to meet Susan at her studio. While there, the entity in the TARDIS revealed itself as Sutekh and that Susan was under its control. Panicked, the Doctor could only stand in shock as the entity reached out to him. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

As Sutekh's disciples unleashed the dust of death, the Doctor and Mel fled back to UNIT headquarters to reunite with Ruby. Using the time window, they summoned a remembered TARDIS. Sutekh appeared but the Doctor swore he would stop his actions, the trio fleeing in the TARDIS with the time window's monitor. They then watched in Earth's orbit as Sutekh's dust of death massacred the universe's population. Realising his travels through time and space had enabled Sutekh's victory, the Doctor broke down in despair. Some time later, the Doctor met a kind woman on a deserted planet, gaining a metal spoon from her before she turned to dust. Back at the memory TARDIS, the Doctor used the spoon to boost the power of the time window so Ruby's questions about her mother were answered. He realised Sutekh needed to know who Ruby's mother was too. Learning they could visit 2046 to find her DNA records, the group did so. However, just as they managed to access the records, Sutekh consumed Mel into one of his disciples, taking the Doctor and Ruby hostage. Teleported back to UNIT, Sutekh subdued the Doctor and ordered Ruby show him the DNA results, but she instead wrapped intelligent rope around him which she and the Doctor then used to restrain him and, using a whistle, regain control of the TARDIS. The Doctor then transported Sutekh across all of time and space to undo his dust of death and then banished him into the time vortex to die. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Solo adventures

After defeating Sutekh, the Doctor and Ruby went their separate ways so that Ruby could enjoy life with her family, including her newly found birth mother whom UNIT had located. However, the Doctor promised his friend that he would see her again someday. As the two parted, she told him that she loved him. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Fifteenth Doctor arrived outside the Time Bubble containing Nora Wicker's home on 16 December 2033. The Eleventh Doctor had secured his help after deciding to free Nora following the forty-six years she spent inadvertently trapped inside, each day looping over and over, as the Eleventh Doctor miscalculated the size of the bubble when he erected it to contain the seed of the World Tree that had landed in her garden on 19 August 1987.

After exiting his TARDIS, the Fifteenth Doctor waved to Nora and the Eleventh Doctor, then readied himself to use his sonic screwdriver at the same time as the Eleventh Doctor to produce a precise frequency to create a crack in the bubble. However, at the last possible moment, Nora confided to the Eleventh Doctor that she wanted to remain in the bubble to look after the tree, distracting the Eleventh Doctor and causing the sync to fail. The Fifteenth Doctor lowered his screwdriver and returned to the TARDIS, planning to return the next day, but ultimately did not to respect Nora's wishes. (AUDIO: The World Tree [+]Nick Slawicz, Short Trips (Big Finish Productions, 2022).)

Other realities

The Daft Dimension

In the Daft Dimension, the "new Doctor", as mentioned by one fan, was among the exciting new developments of Doctor Who. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 579 [+]Lew Stringer, The Daft Dimension (Panini Comics, 2022).) This Doctor and his companion were on the front cover of an issue of Doctor Who Magazine. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 600 [+]Lew Stringer, The Daft Dimension (Panini Comics, 2024).)

Ruby's World

In an alternate timeline, the Doctor went to Wales in 2024 with Ruby Sunday. He told her about Roger ap Gwilliam and his actions in 2046. However, he then stepped on and broke a fairy circle by accident. Worried, he bent down and apologised. However, as Ruby read the notes attached to it, the Doctor was banished from existence and his TARDIS subsequently sealed itself off. Ruby then lived out the rest of her life with the Doctor banished, eventually aborting the timeline when sent back from 2089 to just before the Doctor stepped on the circle. (TV: 73 Yards [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Psychological profile

Personality

Enjoying the feeling of being himself, the Fifteenth Doctor was charismatic and flirtatious, (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023)., The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) wearing his emotions openly and unafraid to react with visceral distraught in the face of tragedy. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) This even extended to him physically striking out at objects to show his frustration. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He sought to comfort those he knew were in distress, even offering himself as a shoulder to cry on for his fourteenth incarnation. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) However, in a moment of self-reflection, he hesitated to invite Ruby Sunday aboard the TARDIS, thinking he was "the bad luck". (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He also believed that he was a man who "moved on" and must always keep moving and being positive, even when faced with tragedy. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He believed that moving on meant he did his best to avoid seeing people, like his granddaughter Susan, again for fear of bringing harm to them. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He displayed an optimistic and adventurous outlook towards the future, (PROSE: "Heroes of Time" [+]Part of Whotopia: The Ultimate Guide to the Whoniverse, Simon Guerrier, Una McCormack and Jonathan Morris, BBC Books (2023).) having been freed from the emotional baggage of his past, following the Fourteenth Doctor's rehab on Earth, allowing him to be accepting of his losses, while fondly remembering his past loved ones. He was overjoyed meeting his predecessor and had an excellent relationship with him. He was sympathetic about the Fourteenth Doctor's struggles and urged him to retire. Before the Doctors departed, they hugged each other and saluted at one another with affection.

The Fifteenth Doctor did not seem to suffer from embarrassment, striding confidently around without trousers after bi-generating, (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) and ecstatically dancing to his own rhythm in a nightclub. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) This even stretched to his encounters with Rogue, openly flirting with him and revelling in the chance to commit "scandalous" actions in the Regency era together, despite the people of the time detesting them dancing together. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He liked to learn new things, particularly new ways of looking at the universe. One thing he noted was assessing new ways his foes used more fantastical methods, such as the Goblin's use of coincidence, the language of rope (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and also loved learning about new locations. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He had a macabre sense of humour when infiltrating the Goblin ship despite the open risk of the Goblins eating him. He was likewise so enthralled by the sight of the Goblin band he overlooked that Lulubelle was about to be eaten by the Goblin King. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

He disliked blind faith, though admitted to needing it sometimes. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

This Doctor was strongly against the killing of individuals, preferring to imprison or capture his foes. However, if they harmed those close to him, like Ruby Sunday, he would express joy in making them suffer. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) While the Doctor chose to kill Sutekh, he did it with anguish and accused the god of making him a monster by forcing the Doctor to take such an action. However, seeing himself as the protector of life itself, the Doctor felt like he had no other choice in the matter. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Fifteenth Doctor took pride in his status as a time traveller, taking offence when Ruby called the Goblin's time travellers. He corrected her that their time-surfing capabilities were a mere "bimble" in comparison to "cool" time travellers like himself. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He even openly laughed at UNIT's attempts to create a time window as "rough" compared to his form of time travel with the TARDIS. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

While his immediate predecessors would dwell on lives lost in a crisis, the Fifteenth Doctor knew he "[couldn't] save everyone" and instead chose to move on. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) He also chose not to dwell on his tragedies, lightly telling Ruby Sunday he has no family left, and then quickly resuming the task at hand. However, he reflected sombrely on the abandonment and adoption of the Timeless Child when seeing Carla Sunday shower Ruby with affection. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He also appeared to still suffer some trauma over his and his predecessor's encounter with the Toymaker, as the entity's child Maestro had the Fifteenth Doctor struggling to hold on to hope of stopping them, putting the victory over the Toymaker down to chance and the bi-generation, neither of which were repeatable. However, he was able to regain his nerve and nearly complete the chord of banishment, though he made a mistake, necessitating John Lennon and Paul McCartney's intervention a few moments later. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) When Ruby Sunday told him that he didn't always have to be like this, urging him to take some time after the loss of Rogue, he told her he had to be because it was what he was like, ever moving onwards and upwards to new horizons. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He could get caught up in his excitement to the point that he risked sabotaging his own efforts, (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) and also fail to notice when he was in danger until it was in front of him. (COMIC: Mancopolis [+]Alan Barnes, DWM Comics (Panini Magazines, 2024).) This also stretched to his deduction skills, with him wrongly believing Susan Twist could have been his granddaughter in disguise, only to learn she was really a disciple of Sutekh's. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

While he moved to protect bystanders from harm, he was not above criticising their choices or begrudging the circumstances he found himself in. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also would outright grow enraged when people rejected his help, even when coming from racist individuals like Lindy Pepper-Bean and the residents from Finetime. His desire to save them even remained when they directed their prejudicial views directly at him, showing immense compassion despite their ridicule. (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Even though he was dismissive of the policeman that questioned him regarding an accident with an inflatable snowman, the Doctor stopped during his exit to reassure the man that his girlfriend would accept his marriage proposal, because his decision to buy an engagement ring before the sales was proof of character, and happily wished him a "Merry Christmas" before he left. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

The Fifteenth Doctor called his previous incarnations who worked with Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart as "a great enigma" for never mentioning Susan Foreman to the Brigadier. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He agreed with his predecessor that being separated from his TARDIS would "hurt", and also apologised to his ship after he struck it with a mallet to divide it. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) He would behave amiably with people in general, (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) making an effort to greet everyone in a room when meeting them and even compliment their appearances, such as admiring Christofer Ibrahim's physique. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He showed great admiration for his companions and friends, being affectionate with them, hugging and even lifting them in excitement when seeing them again, such as with Ruby Sunday, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).), Rose Noble, and Melanie Bush. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Doctor was open about his sexuality, particularly his attraction towards men, making flirtatious comments about Ricky September, (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and flirting with and kissing Rogue. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He thought that children were "the most precious gift[s] of all", and made it his mission to protect them, breaking down in tears if he realised that a child had come to harm. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He was also very protective of them, reassuring the space babies he and Ruby encountered that they were safe and also caring for them for a time. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also showed great admiration and care for Splice Alison Vater (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and was impressed with Morris Gibbons' achievements at only thirteen years old. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Fifteenth Doctor describing the process of regeneration to Ruby Sunday compared it to a disguise. He said that despite changing the appearance, a Time Lord remains the same person. The Doctor also mentioned that regeneration can save one from death or provide with opportunity to hide away with a new face. He seemed happy with his current face, saying to Ruby he had no plans to regenerate soon. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Habits and quirks

The Fifteenth Doctor spoke with a unique Scottish-Rwandan accent, which meant that, unlike his predecessors, his accent did not originate solely from the British Isles. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

The Fifteenth Doctor littered his vocabulary with flamboyant expressions, such as referring to people as "love", "honey" (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023)., The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and "babes." (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also used "Hell" as an intensive and noteworthy example. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023)., The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

He had a tendency to vocalise his actions, such as saying, "jump", when he leapt into a hug with his fourteenth incarnation (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) and when he leap onto the rope ladder of the Goblin ship. He also whispered, "curtsey", to himself as he bowed to the Goblin King, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and used onomatopoeic words to describe feelings or situations on occasion. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He would quip, "If you don't mind", when he wanted to be left alone to continue his activities, (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023)., The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and give an exaggerated, "Excuse me", when feeling indignant. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Being very emotionally open, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) the Fifteenth Doctor made a habit of crying, whether from anger, (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) fear, (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) or sadness, (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) especially when worrying that Ruby Sunday had died under his care. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) When in extreme emotional distress, the Doctor would also scream out in utter anguish. (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Doctor was also a lover of music, dancing when ever the opportunity arose itself, willingly dancing in nightclubs, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) partaking in group dances, (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and even in the presence of dangerous foes. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He would even dance in private as a way to flirt with others. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also liked singing, instigating renditions with others (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and would also sing to himself. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Doctor made a habit of commanding the space he was present in. For instance, when speaking to groups of people, he would actively move around the room to alternate who he was speaking to. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023)., Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He would also speak with his arms and hands as well, making a habit of gesturing, (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) especially when explaining complex ideas, such as bigeneration (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) time windows, (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and elemental forces. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Skills

The Fifteenth Doctor displayed leadership qualities through his decisive action, charismatic presence and quick thinking. For instance, he quickly took charge upon emerging from his bi-generation from the Fourteenth Doctor, (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) and effectively commanded Kate's team at UNIT headquarters while accessing the time window. Kate even admitted that one should not question his authority but wisely accept it. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also secured the leading role over Rogue during their adventure together in 1813, leading him in his plan to expose the Chuldur. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) His charisma would also lead to complete strangers following his lead, such as his prompting of all the staff at Abbey Road Studios to engage in a rendition of "Twist at the End". (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) Although, he struggled with individuals who held prejudicial attitudes towards him because of his skin colour, only convincing some residents of Finetime to escape the mantraps and was unable to persuade any of them to travel with him to safety. (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).

The Fifteenth Doctor had the athleticism to leap over chimneys while running over rooftops at the same pace as the Goblin ship while conversing with Ruby, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and also had the reflexes to help the Fourteenth Doctor best the Toymaker in a game of catch, even making the winning throw. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) He was quick enough to go from a dance floor to standing next to Ruby without her noticing, and catch a falling drink as he did so. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He could also balance himself on one foot for an extended period of time and could also control his blood pressure and heart rate through concentration. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

He also possessed the technical knowledge to create the intelligent gloves (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and the psychic earrings. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He could also wield intelligent rope that he created based on the goblins model he analysed. He also claimed he had designed the entire security systems of Roger ap Gwilliam's government. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Showing a love for music, (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) the Fifteenth Doctor was an accomplished performer, able to sing and dance to distract the goblins (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and dancing alongside both Ruby Sunday and Rogue at a ball during the Regency era. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He was also capable of playing the piano and leading a rendition of "Twist at the End" alongside Ruby, the Beatles and Cilla Black. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He could also sing The Skye Boat Song as a way to calm himself. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He was also a capable actor, able to create a convincing dramatic scene with Rogue to trick the Chuldur into wanting to become them (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) and tricked Sutekh into believing he had not figured out how to defeat him. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Doctor was a skilled pilot over the TARDIS, landing with precise accuracy in time on numerous occasions, whether going to save Ruby from the goblins in 2004 (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) or to visit the Beatles in 1963. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) This skill also applied to his spacial piloting, able to guide the TARDIS to land perfectly at UNIT HQ without needing to dematerialise. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) Using a regular whistle taken from the Memory TARDIS, the Doctor was able to retake control of his TARDIS from Sutekh and the Harbinger and give the time machine several commands simply through whistle blows. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Doctor could also learn "the language of rope" to deduce how to manoeuvre through the goblin's ship. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He could also quickly transform the writing on Baby Station Beta to reveal to Ruby the TARDIS' translation circuits were, but was still able to read the writing when it stopped translating. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Fifteenth Doctor displayed sharp deductive and reasoning skills, being able to interpret a reading from his sonic screwdriver which detected a 2 carat diamond ring in the pocket of a policeman and deduce that he intended to propose to his girlfriend. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He was also able to deduce the type of landmine he was stood on when visiting Kastarion 3 and how to safely remove himself from it and the exact weight of John Francis Vater's smelted remains just by watching Ruby toss it in her hand. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also quickly noticed the anagram of S Triad spelt TARDIS. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) After realising that Mel was too cold, the Doctor instantly deduced that Sutekh was controlling her and quickly came up with a plan with Ruby to use it to their advantage. (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

In order to restore the proper timeline after Ruby accidentally stepped on a butterfly, the Doctor blew on it, using his regeneration energy to revive the butterfly. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Appearance

Fifteenth Doctor TCoRR wry smile

The Doctor smiles at Mrs. Flood. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).)

Standing at 5'10, (TV: 73 Yards [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) the Fifteenth Doctor had dark skin, (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) with a "nice" new face which fitted well into place, his hair being short and his nose being "just right". His legs were firm and his eyes were bright (POEM: Contents [+]James Goss, Now We Are Six Hundred (Harper Design, 2017). Page 16.) and brown in colour. A thin black moustache rested on top his upper lip, and he had a faint scar around his right eye. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).)

Melanie Bush described the Fifteenth Doctor as looking "beautiful", (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) and Susan Triad called him a "handsome man". (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) Cherry Sunday likewise found him attractive, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) as did Rogue (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) A kind woman also said he had a "nice face". (TV: Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Clothing

Main attires

The Fifteenth Doctor primarily wore a burnt orange double-breasted leather trenchcoat, complete with pockets and belted cuffs, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) but he also owned a black leather jacket. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Empire of Death [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) However, he would sometimes dispense with leather and instead don a plaid print coat with pleated checked jacquard trousers and an orange jumper. Under his trenchcoat, the Doctor wore a series of zip-up polo-cardigans, with styles including one striped with shades of blue and orange vertically, a green one with horizontal stipes, (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) and a yellow one with a simple orange stripe going down the middle. (COMIC: Mancopolis [+]Alan Barnes, DWM Comics (Panini Magazines, 2024).)

He also wore blue trousers, with long black socks under a pair of colourful trainers on his feet.

He consistently wore five rings, with two on his left hand's thumb and index finger and three on his right hand's thumb and index and middle fingers, as well as two silver necklaces. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He also wore Rogue's ring on his pinkie after acquiring it in 1813. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He occasionally worse necklaces as well around his neck. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Other costumes

Upon emerging from the bi-generation, the Fifteenth Doctor retained the Fourteenth Doctor's dress shirt, tie, pants, socks and shoes. (TV: The Giggle [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023).) However, believing them to be "off-the-peg", he soon chose an outfit of his own after pondered on wearing a frilly shirt and a scarf. He settled on wearing sturdy boots, that he believed would be handy on the Moon, and a "nice" new hat (POEM: Contents [+]James Goss, Now We Are Six Hundred (Harper Design, 2017). Page 16.) in the form of a bolero. (PROSE: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson, adapted from The Church on Ruby Road (Russell T Davies), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2024). Chapter Three; Page 15.)

The Fifteenth Doctor made a habit out of wearing a variety of clothing, from era-accurate outfits when traveling to the past. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) to outfits of a variety of colours, from bright and vibrant (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., 73 Yards [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) to dark and reserved. (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) While out at a nightclub, the Doctor wore his black leather jacket over a yellow tank top and also wore a blue tartan kilt, knee-high green socks and Grenson Fred boots. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He later wore the black leather jacket again but over a white tank top instead. (TV: The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

The Fifteenth Doctor's outfits varied widely depending on the terrain, time period or area he visited on his travels. Regardless, he consistently wore shirts, typically white in colour, (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) or sometimes multi-coloured. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also wore hats too, from a yellow beanie, (TV: 73 Yards [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) to a stetson. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023).) He would alternate with an orange sweater on occasion too. (TV: Dot and Bubble [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He also wore many jackets, typically a black one (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) but wore maroon as well. (TV: Space Babies [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He regularly stored his sonic screwdriver in the top rip pocket of these jackets. (TV: The Church on Ruby Road [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2023 (BBC One and Disney+, 2023)., Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He wore boots with pants, (TV: Boom [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024)., 73 Yards [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) but also when wearing jeans. (The Legend of Ruby Sunday [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).) He even wore white pants and a vest on one occasion when visiting 1813. (TV: Rogue [+]Kate Herron and Briony Redman, Doctor Who series 14 (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Whilst in 1963, he wore a blue pinstriped double breasted suit, with a gray tie and white shirt, and wore a pair of black Cuban heeled boots. On this occasion he sported a wig in the style of a mini-afro with side burns. (TV: The Devil's Chord [+]Doctor Who (BBC One and Disney+, 2024).)

Behind the scenes

The Fourteenth Doctor?

The BBC announcement revealing Ncuti Gatwa's casting as the Doctor was worded ambiguously, with Gatwa's Doctor only described as "the new Doctor", without explicitly stating him to be the Fourteenth Doctor, or even the successor to Jodie Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor.[1][2] Nevertheless, numerous news outlets presumed that Gatwa's incarnation would be the Fourteenth Doctor and incorrectly reported as such.[3][4][5][6]

However, Whittaker's final episode, The Power of the Doctor [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who Centenary Special 2022 (BBC One, 2022)., depicted the Thirteenth Doctor regenerating into a new incarnation once again portrayed by Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant. After Power of the Doctor's broadcast, Russell T Davies confirmed that Tennant's new incarnation was the Fourteenth Doctor, and that Gatwa's would follow as the Fifteenth.[7]

Strangely, Gatwa was again incorrectly identified as the Fourteenth Doctor by the Channel 5 documentary Doctor Who: 60 Years of Secrets and Scandals which aired on 25 November 2023, shortly following the premiere of The Star Beast [+]Russell T Davies, adapted from Doctor Who and the Star Beast (Pat Mills and John Wagner), Doctor Who 2023 specials (BBC One, 2023)., the first full episode of Tennant's run as the Fourteenth Doctor.

The first black Doctor?

With the casting of Rwandan-Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa, the Fifteenth Doctor became the first "main" ordinal incarnation of the Doctor in the programme's history to be played by a black man.[3][8] However, other black Doctors have previously appeared in the Doctor Who universe;

A queer incarnation?

Gatwa has the distinction of being the first openly queer actor to portray a mainline ordinal incarnation of the Doctor,[9] though queer actor Mark Gatiss previously portrayed a non-ordinal Doctor in the parody skit The Web of Caves [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW., while queer actor Geoffrey Bayldon portrayed an alternate universe Doctor in the Doctor Who Unbound audio series.

Though it remains to be seen if the Fifteenth Doctor himself is queer, co-star Neil Patrick Harris has described Gatwa as "the first gay Doctor".[10] The question of which incarnation constitutes the "first gay Doctor" is a matter of debate; the friendship between the Thirteenth Doctor and Yasmin Khan became romantically tinged towards the end of the Chris Chibnall era, though the pair never explicitly expressed their attraction to one another, while the Eighth Doctor was implied to be non-heterosexual in the Eighth Doctor Adventures series of novels, as was the Fourteenth Doctor just one episode prior to Gatwa's debut, who was surprised to discover that he found Isaac Newton "hot". Furthermore, many stories released in the 1990s and beyond reiterate that the Time Lords' concept of gender differs to that of humanity.

Appearances prior to his first full television story

Someone tell me what the hell is going on here

The Fifteenth Doctor's first on-screen appearance.

Continuing the trend set by the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Doctors, the Fifteenth Doctor appeared multiple times in expanded media before his television debut.

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Merchandise

Other matters

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The Whoniverse ident.

Footnotes

Notes

References

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  2. The future is here! Ncuti Gatwa is the Doctor. @bbc on twitter.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Doctor Who: Ncuti Gatwa to replace Jodie Whittaker, BBC announces on theguardian.com via the Wayback Machine
  4. Ncuti Gatwa: who is new Doctor Who from Scotland on glasgowworld.com
  5. Ncuti Gatwa's Edinburgh links as former high school praises new Doctor Who role on edinburghlive.co.uk
  6. Doctor... WHO? From homeless actor to the Fourteenth Time Lord, learn all about Ncuti Gatwa... on uk.style.yahoo.com
  7. David Tennant is the Doctor! on doctorwho.tv via the Wayback Machine
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sir Lenny Henry praises Russell T Davies for casting Ncuti Gatwa in Doctor Who on theindependent.co.uk via the Wayback Machine
  9. ELLE Style Awards: Ncuti Gatwa Is The Modern Pioneer on elle.com
  10. Neil Patrick Harris on His First On-Camera Gay Sex Scene in 'Uncoupled', Fake Penises and Joining 'Doctor Who' on variety.com
  11. The Doctor 🤝 A nice big hat @bbcdoctorwho on twitter.com
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  13. @ellingtonelms on twitter.com
  14. @russelltdavies63 on Instagram
  15. Ncuti Gatwa reveals he has a say in his "exciting" Doctor Who outfit on radiotimes.com via the Wayback Machine
  16. Capitol 60s Mod Stripe Zip Polo on madcapengland.com
  17. Men's Sneaker 51 on grenson.com
  18. The largest collection of original and digital Doctor Who art ever shown in one location. on westonmuseum.org
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