An incarnation of the Doctor, identified as such by the Judoon and the Thirteenth Doctor's sonic screwdriver, had a history of working for Gallifrey, in a role one did not "apply for", which she sought, though failed, to abandon. At one point, the Doctor hid out on Earth using a Chameleon Arch, taking on a human identity as "Ruth Clayton".

She had her TARDIS buried near the lighthouse where she stored her true identity, and trusted Lee Clayton to protect her, under cover as Ruth's husband. Lee was also tasked with reminding her to "Follow the light and break the glass" when the time was right, as this would lead Ruth to return to the lighthouse, which she was made to recall from childhood, and finally restore her Time Lord memories. (TV: Fugitive of the Judoon)


Working for the Time Lords

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As Ruth Clayton

When questioned by the Thirteenth Doctor, Ruth explained that she was brought up by her parents who lived in a disused lighthouse. Although she adored them, she moved away from the quiet location, rationalising it as an act of rebellion agaisnt her parents. She moved to Gloucester in December 1999. Although her parents were buried at the lighthouse, which they bequethed to Ruth, she never returned to her former home before travelling there with the Doctor.

Ruth lived in Gloucester with her "husband", Lee. She worked there as a self-employed tour guide, and was a regular customer at a coffee shop where she knew the barrisa, Allan. Allan tried to convince Ruth that Lee was not good enough for her, even keeping a dossier which recorded his suspicions of him.

The Judoon were able to track the couple due to Lee's sentimentality in keeping an old service medal. Lee distracted the Judoon, allowing Ruth to escape with the Doctor, but was sent her a cryptic message, and was ultimately by Gat. Ruth and the Doctor then travelled to the lighthouse where she broke the Chameleon Arch and reactivated her Time Lord personality. (TV: Fugitive of the Judoon)

Behind the scenes

This incarnation of the Doctor is the first within the DWU to be played by a non-white actor, Jo Martin. Some stories have previously shown the Doctor briefly taking over the bodies of non-white humans, and so getting played by those who were cast for those characters, and others have already indicated that non-white incarnations do in fact exist somewhere along the Doctor's timeline.

Daniel Anthony played the Eleventh Doctor in The Sarah Jane Adventures story Death of the Doctor while he occupied the body of Clyde Langer, and Damian Lynch played the Third Doctor in the audio story Ghost in the Machine while he was using the body of Benjamin Chikoto to communicate.

More concretely, Russell T Davies' Rose novelisation shows that Clive Finch has collected photographs of, among other known incarnations, a tall, black female Doctor who wields a flaming sword.

In 1986, Lenny Henry also portrayed a parodic incarnation of the Doctor in a comedy sketch as part of his BBC series The Lenny Henry Show.

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