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Umbrellas offered hand-held shelter against the rain or snow. They were particularly associated with rainy climates on Earth, such as was found in the United Kingdom. The Doctor had several umbrellas over the course of their various incarnations, and, accordingly, flipped-flopped on whether they kept an umbrella stand in the console room of the TARDIS.
Use by the Doctor
The Second Doctor carried an umbrella on the Gond planet because of the "twin suns. It's probably hot." Then he used it as defence against vaporisation — which resulted in the umbrella being ruined. (TV: The Krotons)
The Sixth Doctor was known to occasionally carry a bright, multi-coloured umbrella. He brought it with him on a relaxing lakeside fishing trip. (TV: The Two Doctors) He also used it at least once as protection, while about to be stoned. (TV: The Mysterious Planet) He last had it with him when he crash-landed on Lakertya and regenerated. (TV: Time and the Rani)
The Seventh Doctor initially carried his previous incarnation's multi-coloured umbrella, at one point clumsily brandishing it as a weapon against the First Rani. He left it behind upon choosing his new outfit. (TV: Time and the Rani) Neglecting to retrieve it from the Rani's TARDIS after the events on Lakertya, he later realised that he had lost possession of it. Fortunately, the TARDIS wardrobe provided him with a suitable replacement. (PROSE: The Useful Pile)
After his regeneration stabilised, the Doctor generally continued to carried an umbrella as part of his day-to-day outfit, whether the occasion called for it or not. He initially carried a black umbrella with a whangee handle. (TV: Time and the Rani, Paradise Towers) This umbrella was damaged during the Doctor's visit to the Warehouse and he acquired a new one there. (AUDIO: The Warehouse, A Life of Crime) It had an elaborate handle in the shape of a large red question mark. (TV: Delta and the Bannermen)
The question-mark umbrella handle was known to split in half and unfold into a seat, allowing the Doctor to plant the umbrella into the ground and use it as a makeshift stool. (COMIC: Planet of the Dead, PROSE: Storm Harvest)
The Eighth Doctor gave this umbrella to Bernice Summerfield after their first adventure together, saying that she would need it due to the rain at St Oscar's University on Dellah. (PROSE: The Dying Days)
The Doctor found in the TARDIS a yellow umbrella with a question mark handle which contained a concealed sword blade. He claimed it had never been drawn, but was unsure if it was actually his. (PROSE: The Slow Empire)
Use by the Master
The Master carried a black umbrella to 22 November, 1963 when he interfered in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was holding it up, heedless of the the day being sunny, when he told investigator James Stevens he had to choose between endangering the fabric of history, or fulfilling the correct path of destiny by killing John F. Kennedy himself. In his account, Stevens noted the gesture had been "bizarre". (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
Missy owned and made use of a black umbrella (TV: World Enough and Time) that was actually a sonic umbrella equivalent to the Twelfth Doctor's sonic screwdriver and Missy's previous incarnation's laser screwdriver. She was carrying the black umbrella when she was stabbed in the back by her past self, and seemingly permanently killed, on the colony ship. (TV: The Doctor Falls) The Spy Master later encountered by the Thirteenth Doctor had "gone classic" and was once more using a Tissue Compression Eliminator. (TV: Spyfall)
Use among humans
Behind the scenes
- In the webcast Scream of the Shalka, an alternative Ninth Doctor kept a plain black umbrella in an umbrella stand, which the Master had a habit of leaving in the TARDIS's zeppelin hangar.
- The Sixth Doctor's multi-coloured umbrella was an unplanned extra, which was hastily provided on the day of Colin Baker's first photocall as the Doctor in order to protect the costume from rain. Merchandisers who used these photographs for reference subsequently included the umbrella with the costume.