The melancholic ninth incarnation (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka) of a Time Lord known as the Doctor met a barmaid Alison Cheney in the small Lancashire town of Lannet. Together, they fought to save the world, and defeated the silicon-based Shalka. Afterwards, Alison left with the Doctor in the TARDIS. (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka)
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Psychological profile Edit
The Ninth Doctor was serious, and often angry, but wasn't averse to the odd bit of fun while having the bearing of an aristocrat. He was reluctant to listen to the mysterious force that ordered him around time and space. Unlike previous incarnations, the Ninth Doctor was reluctant to take Alison Cheney on as a companion due to the untimely passing of his previous companion.
He tried to remain detached from others due to a past tragedy, but he was unable to stop himself coming to care for Alison, stopping the Shalka from torturing her and giving them access to his TARDIS. He felt despair towards death due to the nature of his past tragedy, even believing he himself should die to atone for his inability to save someone linked to his misfortune.
The Doctor was quick to befriend Mathilda Pierce, even kissing her hand as a greeting, and was morally outraged when the Shalka killed her, even more so when he thought no one cared that "a lovely old lady [had] just died".
The Ninth Doctor marvelled at the discoveries he made in his exploits. While he made vocal his reluctance to kill, he was also aware that he was responsible for "exterminat[ing] thousands". He identified himself as a "homeless person".
He had a dislike towards the military, denouncing them as either "arresting [him], making strong sweet tea, or killing [his] friends." He got particularly angry with Major Kennet for involving himself in the retrieval of his TARDIS, especially when he offered the Doctor a gun, but apologised for his behaviour towards Kennet when he reclaimed his TARDIS. He later admitted his hypocrisy in denouncing the military despite having "so many friends" in it.
He was friends with Andy Warhol, who wanted to paint a picture of him and his eight previous incarnations, (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka) and kept a signed manuscript copy of Hamlet in his TARDIS. (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka)
He kept an android version of the Master in his TARDIS, who was unable to leave the TARDIS. He was willing to turn the Master off and back on again without hesitation, (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka) and was unable to grasp how that might horrify Alison, as it not only showed what he will do to achieve his goals if he believes it necessary, but also raised the possibility that he might do something similar to her if he believed it necessary. (NOTVALID: The Feast of the Stone)
Habits and quirks Edit
When things did no go his way or he realised a mistake he had made, the Ninth Doctor would utter, "blast". He displayed a fondness for singing and had a repertoire of showtunes.
The Ninth Doctor drank alcohol, and carried an inhaler, which he called his "huffer". (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka) He was aware that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages more frequently since he "changed". (NOTVALID: The Feast of the Stone)
He also carried a mobile phone, taken from a charging cradle hidden behind the telephone panel in the TARDIS' police box shell. Shaped like the TARDIS, the phone was in fact part of the TARDIS itself. (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka)
The Ninth Doctor held a commanding tone, able to gain the authority over a military platoon with a simple command.
He could judge character quickly, able to see the bravery in Alison. He was also a talented lock-picker.
The Doctor could determine his location by the "smell of the air", even knowing the year he was in, (NOTVALID: Scream of the Shalka) and a brief history of his new surrounds. (NOTVALID: The Feast of the Stone)
Behind the scenes Edit
- In his intended backstory, the Ninth Doctor had been a lover to his companion, the daughter of the Lord President, and he had retired to Gallifrey. After some time, an unknown alien race invaded Gallifrey and killed all the Time Lords. All except the Doctor's companion promptly retreated to the Matrix. The Doctor and the Master "sent the aliens packing", destroying the Master's final form in the process, causing the Doctor to construct an android body confined to his TARDIS. The Time Lords use their power to "send the Doctor off to solve the most dangerous problems in the universe". (DWM 464)
- There is a similarity between the Shalka Doctor and the incarnation of the Doctor seen in PROSE: The Cabinet of Light. However such a similarity is entirely coincidental, as author Daniel O'Mahony worked on The Cabinet of Light with no information that a new incarnation of the Doctor would be introduced just months after the publication of his novella.
- In PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles, there is a passing reference to the Doctor having "three ninth incarnations", which was intended to refer to the Ninth Doctor played by Christopher Eccleston in the BBC Wales Doctor Who series, the Ninth Doctor played by Rowan Atkinson in The Curse of Fatal Death and the Ninth Doctor played by Richard E Grant in the Scream of the Shalka webcast.
- Although the specific mention of "ears" as the new Doctor is feeling his face suggests Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor, Doctor Who and the Time War does not positively identify the Doctor into whom the Eighth Doctor turns. Echoing The Tomorrow Windows's comment that the Doctor would somehow have "three ninth incarnations", Russell T Davies answered affirmatively to a comment by a fan on the Instagram release of Doctor Who and the Time War suggesting that "the Ninth Doctor here could also be interpreted as the Shalka Doctor or the Rowan Atkinson Doctor for the hat trick of alternative Ninth Doctors." This followed Davies' earlier comments that clarified Doctor Who and the Time War's position in relation to The Night of the Doctor as a "glimpse of parallel events" and his broader statement upon its release that "all Doctors exist [and] all stories are true".