According to several accounts, the Doctor remembered having a mother, although her identity varied between accounts.
The Eighth Doctor remembered that his mother was a human (TV: Doctor Who, et al.) named Penelope Gate. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors, The Gallifrey Chronicles) At other times, the Doctor remembered that she was a Time Lord (COMIC: The Comfort of the Good) or that rather than having parents on Gallifrey at all, the Doctor had been born from the loom of the House of Lungbarrow (PROSE: Cold Fusion, Lungbarrow) or arrived as the Timeless Child. (TV: The Timeless Children)
If the Doctor's mother did exist, the Thirteenth Doctor believed her and the rest of her family to be dead. (TV: The Woman Who Fell to Earth) Furthermore, the story of the Timeless Child implied that if the Doctor did have a mother in their youth, they were likely adopted. (TV: The Timeless Children)
- Main article: Penelope Gate
Penelope Gate was an inventor from Victorian era England. She invented a time machine and traveled to 1996, where she was joined by Joel Mintz; later, the Seventh Doctor and Chris Cwej met her in 16th century Japan. (PROSE: The Room With No Doors)
The Doctor said that his mother used to sing the Zagreus nursery rhyme to him. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear) When the Doctor was just a "small child", the Doctor's mother sat by the side of his bed and told him the story of Grandfather Paradox. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
The Doctor often remembered her long, red hair across his incarnations, (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor, The Infinity Doctors, The Gallifrey Chronicles) and the Eighth Doctor often alluded to being half-human "on his mother's side". (TV: Doctor Who, PROSE: Alien Bodies, Grimm Reality, Unnatural History, The Shadows of Avalon)
The First Doctor once had a hallucination of his mother stroking his hair and asking him to tell her about his adventures. He thought to himself that she was as beautiful as ever. (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor)
The sentient quantum field of the planet Albert told the Eighth Doctor that there was a reality where he knew his mother's voice. (PROSE: Grimm Reality) In an alternate timeline, the Doctor could remember that his mother's name was Penelope. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors)
The First Doctor remembered his mother having red hair. (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor) The Eighth Doctor also remembered that his mother had long red hair, and a cut-glass voice; (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles) according to him, she resembled the third incarnation of Romana. (PROSE: The Ancestor Cell) At some point in life the Doctor's mother had grey hair. (COMIC: The Comfort of the Good)
Behind the scenes
The Woman (The End of Time)
The Woman (Hell Bent)
Steven Moffat, the showrunner during the ninth series, has said that he has "no idea" who the woman in Hell Bent is supposed to be, and leaves it to fans to decide whether they want her to be the Doctor's mother or the woman from The End of Time.
- March 2009 email printed in The Writer's Tale - The Final Chapter, pages 622-623