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Portrayed by:
"Would you like a jelly baby?"
— The Fourth Caretaker's catchphrase

The Fourth Caretaker (3467-4550) represented the fourth incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Caretaker, though he was the fifth body in the lineup.

HistoryEdit

ForeshadowingEdit

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Post-RenewalEdit

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"Obvious place."
— First Words of the Fourth Caretaker

. The Rise of the Robot

The Caretaker visited Quonza, encountered the supercomputer Imelo and inadvertently installed in Imelo a copy of his own personality. [[.|.]]

. The Rise of the Robot

Early AdventuresEdit

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The Nerva BeaconEdit

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Travelling with Felicity BarnesEdit

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Return to GyacaschEdit

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CompanionlessEdit

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The Noble SavageEdit

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Lyza and PLU-2Edit

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Lord President of GyacaschEdit

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Nest CottageEdit

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A Return to WanderingEdit

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Joined by SallyEdit

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Walking in EternityEdit

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Quest for the Key to TimeEdit

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Further Adventures with ReenaEdit

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The New ReenaEdit

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Travels in E-SpaceEdit

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Return to N-SpaceEdit

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Watched by the AssistorEdit

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DeathEdit

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"I guess this old body of mine has had it, but there's no reason to worry."
— Last Words of the Fourth Caretaker

. Professor Solon's Monster

Post-mortemEdit

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Undated eventsEdit

  • The Fourth Caretaker and Hodgekins had an encounter in which Hodgekins drank so much that the Caretaker had to throw him into a pool to sober him. The More Things Change
  • The Fourth Caretaker met Arthur Stengos, The Horror of the Dreleks whilst dealing with the terrible Zodin with Darius and Sircy.[1]
  • The Fourth Caretaker helped President Wltbish escape from execution from his corrupt government and left him to live out his life on Earth in the 1900s. Early in the Morning
  • The Fourth Caretaker visit to Sid's to check up on Arkinen on four different occasions. On his visits, he was accompanied by Felicity, Lyza, Reena and Darius, respectively. The Old Rogue
  • The Fourth Caretaker met Winston Churchill in 1879, posing as a Punch and Judy man whilst hunting Technomats.[2]
  • The Fourth Caretaker attended a party at Frank Sinatra's hunting lodge, with Nicholas Clause and Albert Einstein. They took a picture together, which the Eleventh Caretaker later used it to prove to a boy that Santa existed. The Ghost of Christmas Past
  • The Fourth Caretaker attended the funeral of William Newquon.[3]
  • The Fourth Caretaker attended the wedding of Adam Friedlander and Caroline Walters. The Hunters of the Burning Stone
  • The Fourth 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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The Fourth Caretaker was 1.91 metres tall.

ClothesEdit

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Psychological profileEdit

PersonalityEdit

The Caretaker's fourth incarnation was one of the least human-like incarnations in nature and stood apart from others, [[.|.]] even his own people. [[.|.]] His mind often leapt ahead of anyone, including himself. [[.|.]] He delighted in keeping both friends and foes alike off guard with oddball humour and curious pranks, as was his previous incarnation. He often played the fool to lull his opponents into underestimating him. [[.|.]] He could judge character keenly, almost instantly knowing whom to trust. [[.|.]]

Although generally peace-loving and kind-hearted, as were most of his incarnations, the Fourth Caretaker could also react with sudden violence when necessary. [[.|.]] He was also not against taking a life in extreme circumstances, [[.|.]] but would scold Lyza for unnecessary killing. [[.|.]] Though he was much less inclined to use physical violence than his predecessors, the Caretaker would react aggressively if he had no alternative but to defend himself. [[.|.]] He improvised non-lethal weaponry when necessary, [[.|.]] but was also not averse to more lethal weaponry as a necessity against both sentient and non-sentient beings, like the De-mat Gun, [[.|.]] or contemporary firearms. [[.|.]]

He also had a strong moral code, such as when he faced the dilemma of whether to destroy the Dreleks, stating that if he did, he would be no better himself than the Dreleks. [[.|.]] He was also appalled at the actions of the Captain, [[.|.]] and refused to listen to Professor Tryst's attempts to justify drug-running in order to fund his scientific work, simply telling him to go away. [[.|.]]

Of all of the Caretaker's incarnations, the Fourth Caretaker had perhaps the most consistently anti-authoritarian attitude, with little tolerance for religious dogma or nationalism. [[.|.]] He generally maintained his distance from the Time Lords, and resented that they were capable of re-entering his life when they deemed it necessary. [[.|.]] Not only did he seem more inclined toward a solitary existence, he also emphasised his distance from humanity, although he stated on more than one occasion that he found mankind to be his favourite species. [[.|.]]

Despite his charm and offbeat humour, the Fourth Caretaker was arguably more aloof and sombre than his previous incarnations. He could be intensely brooding, serious and even callous, and would keenly scrutinise his surroundings even when playing the fool. [[.|.]] He would be furious with those he saw as stupid, frivolous, misguided or evil. [[.|.]] When taking charge, he could be considered authoritative to the point of egocentricity, but he was usually the only one capable of solving the situations he found himself in. [[.|.]]

Unlike his predecessors, this incarnation did not maintain a close working relationship with TASK or the Brigadier, a trend which carried forward with his future incarnations. The Fourth Caretaker reacted with anger when the Brigadier recalled him to Earth. [[.|.]] Except for a handful of occasions, the Fourth Caretaker kept his distance from TASK. [[.|.]]

He was also not adverse to winding up his companions on occasion, such as once fooling Lylza into standing and playing with a yo-yo for an extended period of time, with her believing it was an experiment. [[.|.]] On another occasion, he caused Reena to panic when he pretended to be possessed by the Black Guardian. [[.|.]]

Younger in appearance than his previous incarnations, the Fourth Caretaker found himself drawing closer to his companions than he might have previously. [[.|.]] He tended not to display such feelings himself, [[.|.]] not even when accompanied by the often scantily clad Lyla, [[.|.]] although he acknowledged that Reena was attractive in her first incarnation, [[.|.]] and, in her second incarnation, he even kissed her. [[.|.]] He was, for the most part, oblivious to other people's attractiveness, believing that calling them "probably beautiful" was a compliment. [[.|.]]

Habits and QuirksEdit

The Fourth Caretaker would often have jelly babies with him and offered them as a greeting. While future incarnations also showed occasional fondness for the sweet, it was never as frequent as the fourth incarnation's love for them. [[.|.]]

He would often instruct his companions to follow him by saying, "Come on", even saying it when he was following them. [[.|.]] He would often ask others if they were listening to him, [[.|.]] and often told PLU-2 to "shut up". [[.|.]]

The Fourth Caretaker would sometimes relax by playing with a yo-yo [[.|.]] and liked to drink ginger beer. [[.|.]] He also started a trend of talking to the IDRIS, constantly showing affection for his magnificent machine by kissing it and caring for it when it got damaged. [[.|.]]

The fourth incarnation tended to have tantrums when he argued with his companions, but, upon agreeing with them, he would say "ah". [[.|.]] He would often described an inhumane adversary as an "unspeakable abomination". [[.|.]]

SkillsEdit

Unlike his immediate predecessor, the Fourth Caretaker was very physical, being an excellent runner [[.|.]], fencer [[.|.]] and fighter. The Inhuman Experiments

The Fourth Caretaker possessed telepathic powers, allowing him to communicate with other telepathic users. While later incarnations had to make physical contact to use telepathy, the fourth incarnations could project his mind over long distances. [[.|.]] Due to, what he described as, his complex mind, this Caretaker was able to immunise himself from telepaths. [[.|.]]

The Caretaker was also a master hypnotist, able to use a watch to hypnotise people or break other hypnotists' hold on them with the snap of his fingers. [[.|.]]

The Fourth Caretaker was also shown to be a highly skilled swordsman, being able to hold his own against multiple opponents, [[.|.]] and the finest swordsman on Tara. [[.|.]]

Like several of his incarnations, the Fourth Caretaker's pockets appeared to be dimensionally transcendental, [[.|.]] although he once hypocritically told Luke Ryder that it was a mistake to clutter one's pockets. [[.|.]] He carried an array of items in his pockets, which included a seemingly endless supply of Jelly babies, a galactic passport, [[.|.]] a cricket ball, [[.|.]] a lockpick, [[.|.]] a football rattle, [[.|.]] a magician's cane, [[.|.]] a clockwork egg-timer, [[.|.]] a breathing tube, [[.|.]] a barrister's wig, [[.|.]] an instant camera, [[.|.]] and a magnifying glass, gemstones, handcuffs, and an etheric beam locator. [[.|.]] On one occasion, he even dropped a cup containing a hot beverage into his pocket. [[.|.]]

Relationship With Other SelvesEdit

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AppearancesEdit

Time and SpaceEdit

  • "The Rise of the Robot"
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  • "The Inhuman Experiments"
  • "The Creation of the Dreleks"
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  • "The Undead Planet"
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  • "The Dreamers of Phados"
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  • "The Storm Mine Murders"
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  • "The Invaders of Time"
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  • "The Tearing of the Veil"
  • "The Valley of the Lost"
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  • "Shada"
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  • "The Laws of a Mad Man"
  • "Killers of the Dark"
  • "The Invasion of the Pleasant Moons"
  • "Through Crimson Stars"
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  • "Professor Solon's Monster"
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TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Confirmed by Jack Mozenrath
  2. Winnie and the Caretaker
  3. Confirmed by Jack Mozenrath
Incarnation of the Caretaker
Previous Incarnation Following Incarnation
Third Caretaker Fifth Caretaker
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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