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"By the powers!"
— The Sixteenth Caretaker's catchphrase
"Are you listening to me?"
— The Sixteenth Caretaker's second catchphrase

The Sixteenth Caretaker (-) represented the sixteenth incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Caretaker, though he was the eighteenth body in the lineup, and the fifth use of the renewal cycle given to him by the Time Lords.

HistoryEdit

ForeshadowingEdit

When the original thirteen Caretakers joined forces to prevent Gyacasch from being destroyed at the end of the Last Great Time War, Castellan Androgar informed General Dlavort that an additional eighth Caretakers had arrived also. The Day of the Caretaker

Post-RenewalEdit

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"We were being chased by a giant dinosaur, but I think I managed to give it the slip."
— First Words of the Sixteenth Caretaker

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Christmas VacationsEdit

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DeathEdit

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"Human history."
— Last Words of the Sixteenth Caretaker

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Post-mortemEdit

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Undated eventsEdit

  • The Sixteenth 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 Caretaker was 1.75 metres tall.[1]

ClothesEdit

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Psychological profileEdit

PersonalityEdit

The Sixteenth Caretaker was far brasher, and a little more judgemental. He still possessed the same warm personality, but he had far more forthright. By far a much more darker personality, he constantly saw a darkness and menace whereever he went, whether it be in the past, present or future.

Behind his brasher nature, however, the Caretaker was geeky, goofy and childish, loving fun and adventure and a solid mystery. He was known to be quite philosophical; very few people, however, lacked the understanding or patience to comprehend his philosophies.

He delighted in keeping both friends and foes alike off guard with oddball humour and curious pranks, often playing the fool to lull his opponents into underestimating him. He also had an extreme thirst for adventure, and, because of this, he tended to avoid taking the easy way out of situations, and was, for the most part, oblivious to other people's attractiveness, believing that telling Lady Blakeney that she was "probably beautiful" was a compliment.

The Sixteenth Caretaker was, above all else, an attention-seeker, with all of his escapades needing an audience. Eccentric and outgoing, he was able to draw people to him, leading to fast friendships. This childish mentality of his allowed him to get to the root of a problem, and allowed him to figure out the most simple way of solving it.

More than anything else, the Sixteenth Caretaker was motivated by his belief in the power of the human spirit. He also had a deep capacity for love, frequently reminding others that love was the more than an emotion, believing in the good in everyone and insisted on giving second chances. He also had a strong moral code, being appalled by the actions of the Captain, and refused to listen to Professor Klause's attempts to justify drug-running in order to fund his scientific work, simply telling him to go away.

The Sixteenth Caretaker displayed an almost unnatural lack of fear in the face of danger, rushing into situations that most people would often runaway from. He also had no sense of caution and would literally laugh in the face of danger and walk into potentially harmful situations with a massive grin. Paradoxically, he was irrationally fearful of ghosts and dead bodies.

Though not a deliberately cruel man, the sixteenth incarnation was too far-sighted, making choices that he believed to be for the benefit of creation, even if it deeply hurt those around him. He could also be arrogant, as he thought of himself as having "higher brainpower" and being "cleverer than most men." He also displayed a certain level of joy when it came to winding up his companions on occasion, often addressing them by poorly chosen nicknames.

The Sixteenth Caretaker showed even less restraint than his predecessor, and would get frank and physical with his enemies. However, he had a conflicted sense of morality and struggled with his inner darkness. While he sometimes voiced preconceptions about human nature, he often questioned his own judgment afterward. Indeed, behind his confident exterior was a man who was extremely self-reflective, to the point where he questioned whether he was still a good man. He was well aware of the fact that he often found himself in situations that forced him to make terrible decisions, and believed he was overbearing, manipulative and consciously aware of his own intelligence. Eventually, he came to the conclusion that he was neither a good or bad man, but rather just a "passing idiot, helping out and learning". The Death Experience

Although generally peace-loving and kind-hearted, as were most of his incarnations, the Sixteenth Caretaker could also react with sudden violence when necessary. He was also not against taking a life in extreme circumstances, but would scold others for unnecessary bloodshed. Though he was much less inclined to use physical violence than his predecessor, 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.

Though he initially stated that murder was against his moral code, the Caretaker showed a willingness to kill the Half-Face Man if he had to, though with some reluctance, first offering him a drink of alcohol and trying to persuade the clockwork droid to self-destruct of his own free will before engaging in combat. He also stated that, despite how much he hated him, he had no intention of killing Dekker, but was willing to kill the Manager to spare Alicia from doing it.

The Sixteenth Caretaker was very loyal to his friends, and would lose his temper quickly if they were harmed in any way. On the other hand, he was generally forgiving of those who had wronged him or those he cared about. Additionally, he believed that all people should be loyal to their friends, and if he saw anyone betraying their own comrades, he would stand up for the victims.

Habits and QuirksEdit

The Sixteenth Caretaker made a habit of assigning nicknames to others, giving them names based on their appearance, by an accessory they carried or by their profession, and would insist on addressing them as their nickname.

He would play the piccolo in times of stress, informing Lady Diana Forbes-Blakeney that he "always played the piccolo when [he was] nervous", feeling that it "relieved [the] tension".

He did not "do domestic", as he put it, and rarely spoke of his past to others. He often made dry jokes to those around him to diffuse tension, but usually ended up failing. Loving games and jollifications, he collected comics.

The Sixteenth Caretaker often remarked that exotic technology was "incredible" or "marvelous" and was genuinely enthralled by such discoveries, sometimes to the extent that he placed himself, his companions and bystanders in danger. Like his previous incarnations, he would insist he was "always all right", even when all evidence pointed to the contrary.

The sixteenth incarnation was also a foodie, having a fondness for many types of food and drink; he particularly favored meat, and expressed a fondness for alcoholic beverages. He often talked about favourite foods and recipes, and wasn't afraid to try something new, such as Indian Monkey Brains.

Being of a superior observation, the Caretaker would work out the important questions in his head, and wait for others to come to the same conclusion, becoming increasingly annoyed with each wrong question they proposed.

SkillsEdit

Strong and durable, the Sixteenth Caretaker was able to support his own weight single-handedly, wrestle the Half-Faced Man into a corner, fell out of a high tree branch and shake off the fall quickly, and dove off a bridge into the Thames to swim across the river without being hampered.

The sixteenth incarnation retained his predecessor's proficient swordsmanship skills, and could also wrestle various opponents into submission, being an excellent runner, gymnast, and boxer, and was also skilled at video games, explosives, and playing the piccolo.

Like his ninth and eleventh incarnations, the Sixteenth Caretaker could converse with other species, such as dinosaurs, dogs, and butterflies.

The Caretaker had a strong business sense, and was a talented and charismatic public speaker, able to draw positive reactions from crowds. He was also highly perceptive and emotionally intelligent; his knowledge of people's true personalities going beyond being a good judge of character.

While other incarnations had to make physical contact to use telepathy, the Sixteenth Caretaker possessed the power to project his mind over long distances. Combined with his overcomplicated train of thought, the Caretaker was able to immunise himself from telepaths.

Like his previous incarnations, the Sixteenth Caretaker possessed a heightened sense of smell, which could be used to tell which time period he was in just by smelling the air, and also demonstrated the ability to determine the properties of an object by taste.

The Sixteenth Caretaker was also incredibly resilient and showed an immense resistance to physical pain; after his defeat of the Starman resulted in him breaking a majority of the bones in his body, the Caretaker, though dazed, remained unconcerned about his pain, although his injuries sustained too much damage for his body to handle, and triggered his renewal. The Starman Cometh

Relationship With Other SelvesEdit

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Time and SpaceEdit

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TriviaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Confirmed via toy bio.
Incarnation of the Caretaker
Previous Incarnation Following Incarnation
Fifteenth Caretaker Seventeenth 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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