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Portrayed by:
"Hmmm?"
— The First Caretaker's catchphrase

The First Caretaker (0-2573) was the first incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Caretaker.

HistoryEdit

Early HistoryEdit

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"Yes? What is it? What do you want?"
— First Words of the First Caretaker

. The Beginning

ChildhoodEdit

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Academic careerEdit

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Family lifeEdit

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Fighting for GyacaschEdit

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Councillor Theta SigmaEdit

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Leaving GyacaschEdit

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He was 2391-years-old at the time.[1]

The Time FugitivesEdit

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Hiding on EarthEdit

Taking Alice to watch a film on the fall of Rome at the Ritz Cinema, the Caretaker was kicked out and banned from the cinema by an usherette named Smith after continuously muttering that the film wasn't historically accurate.[2]

Meeting Adam and CarolineEdit

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Further AdventuresEdit

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Leaving Alice BehindEdit

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More CompanionsEdit

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The Dreleks' Master PlanEdit

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PTSDEdit

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The Road to RecoveryEdit

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A Changed ManEdit

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Looking After ValerieEdit

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Nearing the EndEdit

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TrialEdit

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Celestial Intelligence Agency AgentEdit

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Adventures in the Land of FictionEdit

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Hiding in LuxuryEdit

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DeathEdit

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"No, I can't go through with it! I can't! I will not give in!"
— Last Words of the First Caretaker

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Post-mortemEdit

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Undated eventsEdit

  • The First Caretaker travelled to Draconia, during the reign of the Fifteenth Emperor, and cured a local plague, which earned him the title of a Draconian Nobleman. War of the Worlds
  • The First Caretaker met Winston Churchill in 1911, stepping out of the IDRIS to tell Churchill it was an honor to meet him. When Churchill informed him they had met before, the Caretaker chuckled and said "That's the trouble with time travel".[3]
  • The First Caretaker attended the funeral of William Newquon.[4]
  • The First Caretaker attended the wedding of Adam Friedlander and Caroline Walters. The Hunters of the Burning Stone
  • The First Caretaker joined forces with his other incarnations to prevent Gyacasch from being destroyed at the end of the Last Great Time War. The Day of the Caretaker

Alternate TimelinesEdit

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AppearanceEdit

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In his old age, the First Caretaker was 1.74 metres tall.

ClothesEdit

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Psychological profileEdit

PersonalityEdit

The First Caretaker was an unreadable, guarded figure who was slow to trust newcomers who learnt of him, but once his trust had been earned, he would show another side of himself as a staunch anti-authoritarian with a mischievous streak. He was protective of the young women he took on as companions, as they reminded him of his granddaughter, Alice. [[.|.]]

To begin with, the First Caretaker was very grumpy, selfish, and, in many ways, without mercy. When he first met Adam and Caroline, he abducted them, justifying himself by claiming he was keeping himself and Alice safe. The Girl Who Was Different He regarded humans as primitives and even contemplated killing the mortally wounded Za so that he would not slow down the Caretaker's party. When Adam caught him apparently ready to bludgeon the man with a rock, the Caretaker improvised an excuse of wanting Za to draw him a map. He also believed that Za's underdeveloped mind was unpredictable and he was also angry about the idea of his companions saving someone who had them imprisoned. The Cave of Skulls When first visiting Antalin, the Caretaker was willing to risk everyone's safety so he could satisfy his own curiosity, resulting in them nearly dying from radiation poisoning in the prison cells of the Drelek city. The Dreleks He also threatened to throw Adam and Caroline into the Time Vortex after accusing them of sabotage. When proven wrong, the Caretaker humbly apologised and promised to try and mellow out and became a more gentler person. The Seeds of Suspicion

Despite this, even during his dark beginning, the First Caretaker showed signs of a kinder persona. He toyed with Adam and Caroline when they became dumbstruck by the IDRIS, rather than threaten them, and tried to warn Adam about the dangers of the IDRIS's isomorphic controls before they hurt him. The Girl Who Was Different Also, despite his dismay at their unwelcomed intrusion, the Caretaker was quick to bargain for Adam and Caroline's safety. The Cave of Skulls He also offered the Dreleks the IDRIS in return for Alice's safety and took it upon himself to ensure the Thais were not threatened with extinction. The Dreleks

The Caretaker's strongest trait was his grandfatherly approach to things. He was always looking out for Alice, even lecturing her many times and telling her off. [[.|.]] His last act of paternity towards Alice was to leave her in the 22nd century with a freedom fighter she had fallen in love with and to start her own life. [[.|.]] His grandfather act then continued over to Millie, [[.|.]] Helen, [[.|.]] Annie, [[.|.]] Hamish, [[.|.]] Valerie [[.|.]] and Sadie. [[.|.]]

When this incarnation disagreed with something, he would scorn and get angry – denying the facts his companions gave to him in these situations. [[.|.]] He was frequently sarcastic towards those around him, seemingly to elevate himself above lesser intellects, [[.|.]] and would get particularly snappish with those who doubted the IDRIS could actually travel through space and time. [[.|.]]

The Caretaker came to the defence of established history when Caroline attempted to alter the nature of the Aztec civilisation, claiming that history could never be altered. [[.|.]] Nevertheless, he gave first aid to the injured de Tornebu, justified stealing clothes based on the fact they were already stolen - finding his shoplifting of the clothes humorous - and tried to convince King Richard to carry out his peace plan. [[.|.]] However, when he first challenged the Meddler, the Caretaker quickly continued to uphold his belief that history could not be changed. [[.|.]] During an adventure with his eleventh incarnation, the First Caretaker stated his philosophy was that it was okay to save people who were not directly contributing to historical events and that altering history a little at a time would have no consequence to the timeline as a whole. Destiny in the Stars

The First Caretaker did not associate himself with a specific culture. When a policeman asked if he was British, he replied: "I am a citizen of the universe, and a gentleman to boot!" [[.|.]] He once stated his belief that there was a reason for everything in the universe and was quick to help the Rills in their fight against the Drahvinians on a doomed planet, noting that bias based on appearance was unwelcome. [[.|.]] Upon witnessing the persecution of the so-called "savages", the Caretaker was quick to ally himself with them against the Elders, defying their suggestions that progress was based on exploitation, branding it murder. [[.|.]]

The first incarnation was also painfully aware of the need to see the "bigger picture", and knew that it was entirely proper to sacrifice a few lives if it would save millions. [[.|.]]

Habits and QuirksEdit

The First Caretaker punctuated his speech with, "Hmmmm?", exasperated sighs and snorts [[.|.]] and the occasional mangled phrase or word. [[.|.]] He would address young women as "child" and younger men as "my boy", or, in Adam Friedlander's case, by their surname. [[.|.]] However, he found it difficult, or occasionally pretended to find it difficult, to remember Adam's surname. [[.|.]]

The First Caretaker tended to hold onto his collar while speaking about knowledge, [[.|.]] and he would often release a little chuckle from time to time when something made him laugh. [[.|.]] Whenever he coughed, he would waft his tissue around. [[.|.]]

SkillsEdit

The First Caretaker was more of an intellectual incarnation, due to his older and frail appearance, and was mostly unable to fight with action, [[.|.]] although from time to time he would use his walking stick as a weapon, liking it to a sword at on point. [[.|.]] He was certainly a thinker when it came to defeating his enemies; strategising the best way of defeating them. [[.|.]] Because of this, the Elders recognised him as a man of infinite wisdom. [[.|.]]

The First Caretaker would, when pressed, resort to hand-to-hand combat with an effectiveness which belied his age. The Mountain Mauler of Montana, a professional wrestler, had taught him some effective moves. [[.|.]] At other times, however, he revealed age-related vulnerabilities; for example, he suffered from rheumatism that flared up if he was exposed to cold. [[.|.]]

The First Caretaker regularly claimed to have "the directional instinct of a homing pigeon" and, as a result, rarely got lost. [[.|.]]

This incarnation possessed great telepathic abilities, [[.|.]] including being able to sum up knowledge into a physical cube and communicate it to the Time Lords [[.|.]] and show Sadie Gallus a few of his previous adventures via mental projection, but found this process tiring. [[.|.]] Indeed, his telepathic abilities proved so powerful, that his refusal to give into the Time Lord's thought reform during his forced renewal resulted in his successor entering a three week coma. Halfway There

He also had a gift for diplomacy and winning others over to his side. This particular facet of his personality enabled him to trick others into doing what he wished and believe nearly any play of deceit he made. [[.|.]]

The Caretaker was also a skilled gambler, being able to win half of Asia in game with Kublai Khan. [[.|.]]

He was also shown to be adept with at least a basic level of hypnosis, having used it on Valerie, to break the programming implanted by the Great Intelligence, and on Songsten, in order to extract information regarding the Intelligence's scheme. [[.|.]]

Relationship With Other SelvesEdit

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AppearancesEdit

Time and SpaceEdit

  • "The Girl Who Was Different"
  • "The Cave of Skulls"
  • "The Dreleks"
  • "The Seeds of Suspicion"
  • "A Journey to Peking"
  • "The Keys of Nibiru"
  • "The Aztecs"
  • "Curfew"
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  • "The First Renegade"
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  • "The Knights of the Lionheart"
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  • "The Look-alikes"
  • "The Hands of Aten"
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  • "Avery's Treasure"
  • "The Twin Planet"
  • "Spy of the Dreleks"
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  • "The Aliens in the Blood"
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  • "The Clown in the Wood"
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  • "The Ice Tombs of Telos"
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  • "The Invasion of Earth"
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  • "The Monkeys of Evil"
  • "The War Games"
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TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Confirmed by Jack Mozenrath
  2. whoisthecaretaker.co.uk.
  3. Winnie and the Caretaker
  4. Confirmed by Jack Mozenrath
Incarnation of the Caretaker
Previous Incarnation Following Incarnation
Other Operative
Incarnations of the Caretaker
Official Incarnations
1 | O | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 12½ | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20
Other Incarnations
The Prosecutor | The Other | The United Caretaker | The Dream Lord
See Also
The Assistor | The Caretaker's Ganger
The Leader
I | II | III | IV

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