As the reign of the Twelfth Doctor comes to an end we will be examining his episodes, our Twelve for Twelfth Series begins with the first “full” appearance of the Twelfth Doctor (The Day of the Doctor notwithstanding)
- Apparently, during his rather quick regeneration, The Doctor not only lost control of the TARDIS but he seems to have forgotten Clara.
Referring to her as “thingy” or “the not-me one” and “the asking-questions one”. Declaring finally that names are “not my area,” and “a lottery.” Despite Clara repeatedly supplying her name, he doesn’t want to assume.Finally confusing her with Strax, due to the fact that, “you’re very similar heights. Maybe you should wear labels!”
2. The Twelfth Doctor seems to really appreciate beauty in all forms.
Openly flirting with the dinosaur that had swallowed The TARDIS and therefore joined them on their journey to Victorian London.As he runs across the rooftops trying to get the dinosaur’s attention he refers to her as “Oi! Big sexy woman! Oi!” even though the locals called his beloved TARDIS an egg, at least The Doctor appreciates her.
3. This regeneration doesn’t get bedrooms
Or understand why there is “a whole room for not being awake in?” Even though he keeps passing out. he insisting that is of course due to the beds.
4. The Twelfth Doctor can smell chalk, wherever it may be hiding.
Waking up from one of his fugues, he sniffs out a stray piece of chalk and then proceeds to do sums and figures all over the floor. Must be the teacher in him.
5. He’s delighted with his new accent.
“It’s good I’m Scottish. I’m Scottish. I am… Scottish. I can complain about things, I can really complain about things now!” he chortles as he runs his voice from the lowest register to a more normal speaking tone.
6. But not too sure about his face and where’s it from.
The Twelfth Doctor has clearly seen this face before. In a dingy alleyway hee asks the Barney, the vagrant, “why did I choose this face?”
7. The Twelfth Doctor has more prominent and expressive eyebrows.
Pointing to his own face, he declares, “look at the eyebrows! These are attack eyebrows. You could take bottle tops off with these!” Later going on to say, “they’re cross! They’re crosser than the rest of my face. They’re independently cross! They probably want to cede from the rest of my face and set up their own independent state of eyebrows!”
8 The Twelfth Doctor doesn’t like liver. Including his own.
In the restaurant, encountering Half-Face Man (in the guise of a waiter), after finding out that Clara hadn’t placed the ad that brought him there, he asks to see the children’s menu. Turning down the offered liver before realizing that liver wasn’t on the menu, he and Clara were when Half-Face Man goes on to list, “Spleen, brain stem, eyes, lungs and skin.”
9. He is still the hero.
When Clara is surrounded, alone, and it looks like she may be meeting her end, he arrives just in time to save the day. As Clara faces the Half-Face Man, and he demands to know where the “other one” went, she replies, “I don’t know, but I know where he would be, where he will always be. If The Doctor is still The Doctor, he will at my back.” And of course, he is.
10. He still does not condone murder.
In the final show down between Half-Face Man and The Doctor, when it’s clear one of them would not be getting out of there in one piece, in response to Half-Face Man’s assertion that “self-destruction is against my basic programming,” he replied, “murder is against mine!” But then he goes on to say, “You realize, of course, one of us is lying about our basic programming?” finishing with, “and I think we both know who that is.” Considering the following scene of Half-Face Man impaled on a spire, it’s clear that the Twelfth Doctor is a man of contradictions.
11 His feelings for Clara needed clarifying.
Telling her that, “I’ve lived for over two thousand years, and not all of them were good. I’ve made many mistakes, and it’s about time that I did something about that. Clara, I’m not your boyfriend.”
12. He still needs Clara to see him as the Doctor but hugging is not allowed.
Nearly pleading with her to accept him, and understand that he is still The Doctor, no matter what face he is wearing, “you can’t see me, can you? You look at me, and you can’t see me. Have you any idea what that’s like? Adding, “I’m right here, standing in front of you. Please, just, just see me.” But he doesn’t like hugging. Clara tells him he doesn’t get a vote.
There you have it. These are 12 things we learned about the Twelfth Doctor from Deep Breath. Next time we will cover the 12 things we’ve learned from Into The Dalek.