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Glasses — sometimes called spectacles or specs — were a set of glass lenses fitted into frames that allowed for fixed, enhanced or altered sight.

The Doctor wore glasses at various points in their life — sometimes for good cause, and sometimes because, in the words of the Tenth Doctor, they made him "look a bit clever". Other people wore glasses for a variety of reasons.


Gagan Rassmussen wears transparent glasses in the 38th century. (TV: Sleep No More)

Rudimentary glasses existed as far back as 1539, and though King Henry VIII very much required them to see, as he was practically blind, he was too vain to wear them. Even with such a device, he still could not see, as he had cataracts, which the Third Doctor healed for him. (PROSE: Hiccup in Time)

Ursula Blake wore glasses which were, along with her face, embedded into the Abzorbaloff's chest after he absorbed her. They survived the Abzorbaloff's absorption into the Earth, and were still seen on Ursula's face which had been preserved into a pavement slab by the Tenth Doctor. (TV: Love & Monsters)

The Doctor[]

Medical need[]

Only a couple of the Doctor's incarnations — the first and eleventh — actually used glasses correctively. The First Doctor sometimes wore a pair of wire-rimmed spectacles, but it wasn't known until after he regenerated that he actually required them to correct myopia.[additional sources needed]

Real glasses. (TV: The War Machines)

The newly regenerated Second Doctor briefly donned these on Vulcan to examine the murdered Examiner's badge before realising he could see perfectly well and didn't need reading glasses anymore. (PROSE: The Power of the Daleks)

While drained by a Glubby Glub, the Ninth Doctor found himself straining to read a display on the TARDIS console and suggested that he may be in need of glasses. (AUDIO: Retail Therapy)

Much later, the Eleventh Doctor claimed that Amy's glasses improved his reading, (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan) though they additionally served as a memento of her. (TV: The Snowmen)

Extreme long-distance vision[]

The First Doctor carried a pair of opera glasses in his pocket. He used them for his first glimpses of the Dalek City on Skaro. (TV: The Daleks) The Ninth Doctor also used a pair of foldable opera glasses for spying purposes. (TV: The Empty Child)

Cosmetic use[]

Fake glasses. (TV: Tooth and Claw)

The Fifth Doctor typically wore a pair of glasses in times of great stress, especially following his regeneration. (TV: Castrovalva) The Tenth Doctor wore a pair of tortoise-shell rimmed square glasses, usually when he was concentrating on a particular object or subject, indicating either extreme interest or "action mode". (TV: Tooth and Claw, etc.) The older incarnation claimed that both these and the Fifth Doctor's half-moon glasses — dubbing them "brainy specs" — were not at all medically necessary but worn just because they made the two Doctors "look a bit clever". (TV: Time Crash)

The Twelfth Doctor replaced his sonic screwdriver for a pair of sonic sunglasses. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice, etc.) Later on in his life, these glasses served a more functional use, to cover up his blindness and allow for rudimentary scans of those around him. (TV: Oxygen, Extremis, The Pyramid at the End of the World)

Exceptional cases[]

Useful. (TV: Doomsday)

The Seventh Doctor seemed to use a pair of glasses to enhance his hypnotic ability. (TV: Silver Nemesis)

The Tenth Doctor used a pair of 3D glasses when observing the effects of the Void on people and objects. (TV: Doomsday) He also wore a pair of sunglasses which were just his normal glasses tinted by his sonic screwdriver while on San Helios (TV: Planet of the Dead) and upon landing in the Ood Sphere. (TV: The End of Time)

Old. (COMIC: The Fractures)

The Eleventh Doctor wore a pair of thermal imaging 'sunglasses' to detect Silurians in the dark. (TV: The Hungry Earth)

The Twelfth Doctor once used a pair of 3D glasses to look out for Void stuff. (COMIC: The Fractures)

Other people[]

As disguise[]

Sinister. (TV: The Dæmons)

The Master often used a pair of glasses as part of a disguise, such as his disguise as "Reverend Mr Magister" whilst in Devil's End. (TV: The Dæmons)

Rory Williams once wore glasses at NASA headquarters prior to the launch of Apollo 11 in order to give the appearance of being a United States government official. (TV: Day of the Moon)

Superman wore glasses when disguised (WC: Supergirl Meets E.T.) as "Clark Kent". (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)

For mind control[]

Another type of eyewear was used by War Lords von Weich and Smythe to implant suggestions into the minds of their human subordinates, ensuring total obedience and an escape from awkward situations such as a human discovering a SIDRAT (von Weich wore a monocle, while Smythe used a pair of glasses). Whilst many of the Resistance retained their will against the devices, Private Moor succumbed to its brainwashing, becoming convinced that von Weich was his commanding officer. Moor, however, finally broke free of his mental state and killed von Weich. (TV: The War Games)

Liz wearing her glasses. (HOMEVID: The Zero Imperative)

Other uses[]

Rory also once wore a special pair of glasses which allowed the Eleventh Doctor to see everything Rory saw through a screen in the Doctor's TARDIS, (TV: The Girl Who Waited) in a manner similar to the Eye-5 contact lenses used by Torchwood. (TV: Reset) Liz Shaw wore glasses when reading in her later years. (HOMEVID: The Zero Imperative) Toshiko Sato wore glasses when at her computer. (TV: Everything Changes, etc.) Owen Harper also wore a pair once. (TV: Adam)