- "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry."
- — The Tenth Caretaker's catchphrase
- — The Tenth Caretaker's other catchphrase
- "Oh, yes!"
- — The Tenth Caretaker's third catchphrase
The Tenth Caretaker (8532-8549) represented the tenth incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Caretaker, though he was the eleventh body in the lineup.
- "Hello, I c—mmm. Clean teeth. That's weird. So, where was I? Oh, that's right. Barcelona!"
- — First Words of the Tenth Caretaker
The Platform-1 MysteryEdit
New Adventures with MollyEdit
The Battle of Canary WharfEdit
Grieving for MollyEdit
The New CompanionEdit
The Return of the ManagerEdit
Adventures with CarterEdit
Reunions and FarewellsEdit
The Lonely GodEdit
The Darksmiths' LegacyEdit
The End is NearEdit
Meddling with TimeEdit
One Last CompanionEdit
Forwards and BackEdit
Delaying His FateEdit
Astrobus's Final SolutionEdit
Pawn of the TricksterEdit
- "I've been dead before."
- — Last Words of the Tenth Caretaker
- The Tenth Caretaker and Molly Riddle visited a rocky, barren planet watching some Alien stingrays fly past.
- During their travels, the Tenth Caretaker and Carter Wright watched the courtship of the Zygolt, battled intelligent dogs in a flying house, watched the Beatles perform in 1963, prevented time from being meddled with in the 17th century and joined forces with a survey team to escape a living swamp.
- The Tenth Caretaker was searching for Brolon grenades in 1895. During his search, he came across his old friend, Winston Churchill.
- The Tenth Caretaker attended the funeral of William Newquon.
- The Tenth Caretaker attended the wedding of Adam Friedlander and Caroline Walters.
The Tenth Caretaker was 1.85 metres tall.
The Tenth Caretaker was very cheerful, charismatic, hyperactive and enthusiastic, often at inappropriate times. Eleventh Caretaker also accused the Tenth Caretaker of having vanity issues, an opinion that his other incarnations also expressed.He occasionally got into trouble because of an apparent sense of superiority over those less "clever" than he was. He regularly used his name as a threat, which only rarely worked, despite his apparent expectations. The
The Tenth Caretaker's human side made him a more loving and fun character to be around, being very much a good friend to all his companions and welcomed anyone with open arms. He became almost like a family man, especially with the Riddle family.He tended to keep a massive smile on his face and simply enjoyed his journeys through time and space. While previous incarnations intentionally flouted social conventions, the tenth incarnation was genuinely shocked when he realised that he was being rude or uncouth.
The tenth incarnation retained and even exceeded his predecessor's capacity for righteous anger, particularly when his friends was threatened or at risk.When driven by anger or justice, he would act without hesitation to strike down those who opposed him. He had a very forgiving nature, consistently extending an offer to help even his most dangerous enemies before putting a stop to their evil deeds. However, when his patience reached its limit or they were duplicitous, his enemies got no second chance.
While he seemed to have resolved much of the survivor's guilt felt previously, the Tenth Caretaker had begun to feel his age. Beneath his youthful veneer and outward playfulness was a very old man who had seen many terrible things and felt a deep loneliness.He felt profound regret for the deaths he'd seen, with the Moment referring to him as "the man who regrets". His keen sense of loss led him to empathise with those who had also suffered.
The Tenth Caretaker's main personality flaws were his sense of arrogance and pride, to the point that he deposed Prime Minister Harriet Jones, thus negating the "Golden Age" she was destined to achieve.He was also something of a hypocrite, claiming he would not allow Strackman Lux's pride to cost lives, while refusing to sign Lux's contract, and being offended when Malcolm Taylor hung up on him, despite him doing the same to Malcolm moments before. He also explained to Molly and Harriet that he was the same man as his predecessor, but informed Stan that his successor would not be the same man as him.
The Tenth Caretaker had a very hard time accepting defeat or failure.Having seen so much destruction and death, he felt driven to prevent it wherever possible.
The tenth incarnation engaged in romantic situations far more frequently than his predecessors. Molly Riddle, Madame de Pompadour, Anya Loughton, Joan Redfern, George Harper, Astrid Peth, Daphne Downs and Elizabeth I.Others tried to engage him romantically, including
This incarnation refused to take up a weapon against an enemy. While previous incarnations had, the tenth incarnation would not, repeatedly refusing even when offered one by TASK while attacking the Brolons. Stanford Black's pistol to save himself and humanity from the Manager, the Caretaker changed his mind when he heard that the Time Lords were returning.Dekker noted his refusal to take up a gun, but pointed out that he "turned those around him into weapons." After initially refusing several times to take up
The Tenth Caretaker always attempted to solve a situation without violence, Carmen Montague insisted the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Caretakers find a different way to end the Time War, this incarnation embraced the chance to do so when a plan was formed and worked with all of his other twenty incarnations to save his planet and people. He was upset when he realised he wouldn't be able to remember what he did, but was still happy with the outcome.which strained his working relationship with UNIT, with him being against their military methods. When
Much like his fourth incarnation, the Tenth Caretaker had a great respect for humanity, as well as a great desire to protect it, often noting their importance,describing human beings as both brilliant and stupid in the same sentence while arguing the necessity of emotions with Colin Ball. He even hugged Zachary Cross Flane, the captain of the Walker Expedition, due to the human crew daring to explore a planet orbiting a black hole merely "because it was there". When Stan said that humanity must look like insects to a Time Lord, the Caretaker responded that he thought they looked like giants. He particularly had a great respect for Stan, thinking of him as a kindred spirit, as he was also aged and experienced, yet energetic and unwilling to commit violence against others. The Caretaker also stated that he felt it an honour to know Stan.
After being forced to wipe Carter's memories of her travels with him, the Caretaker was driven into a deep state of depression,and exiled himself away from the idea of picking up any more companions, though he made a few exceptions. After he was given a prophecy of his demise by a human psychic, the Caretaker spiraled further into an emotional breakdown that caused him to snap and try to alter a Fixed point in Time by saving Adelaide Brooke, Yuri Kerenski and Mia Bennett from the destruction of Bowie Base One. Upon his success, he declared himself as the "Time Lord Victorious" and believed that, as the last Time Lord, he had the right to control the Laws of Time. Following Brooke's suicide, the Caretaker realised he had gone too far and entered another state of depression upon knowing his renewal was fast approaching.
Despite being terrified of his predicted death, going on all sorts of adventures to delay his fate, the Caretaker chose to sacrifice himself, first to save his friend, Stan Black,and then to save the universe from the Trickster's corruptions to the timeline.
Habits and QuirksEdit
The Tenth Caretaker was an aficionado of twentieth century culture and made frequent references to movies, shows, and songs from that era.He was fond of rock-and-roll, trying to take Molly to see concerts by both Ian Dury and Elvis Presley.
The tenth incarnation often remarked that exotic technology or life was "beautiful" or "brilliant"and was genuinely enthralled by such discoveries, sometimes to the extent that he placed himself, his companions and bystanders in danger. Like his seventh incarnation, he would insist he was "always all right", even when all evidence pointed to the contrary.
When this incarnation was faced with an occurrence that dumbfounded him, he would repeatedly say, "What?", looking increasingly astonished with each repetition.While attempting to explain something he would often interrupt himself with a "Well..." and further elaborate what it was he was talking about. Another favoured exclamation of his was, "Oh, yes!", which he would say in moments of gleeful realization, when angered or disturbed greatly, or simply as a response to something.
The Caretaker was fond of the French word, "Allons-y!",which he picked up during his time with Madame de Pompadour in France, describing it as a word of consolation to the soul in times of need. An apologetic incarnation, the Caretaker also made use of the phrase, "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry", mainly talking to those he pitied, or knew were about to die and whom he could not save.
Until they left his life, the Tenth Caretaker continued his previous incarnation's habit of mildly mocking both Sammy and Judy, though generally in a more playful fashion.He also enjoyed teasing his companions, usually in less playful manner than his previous selves, and was not above mocking them behind their back. The Tenth Caretaker also prodded at George after they reunited, resuming his habit of telling George to "stop it" whenever he said hello to someone, which was his tell-tale way of flirting with them. George later told the Caretaker he had become "cheeky" with his new incarnation.
The tenth incarnation was a bit of a foodie, having a fondness for many types of food and drink, with his companions being dumbfounded and bemused by his eating habits.Like his predecessor, he had a fondness for bananas, and also expressed a fondness for tea. He also liked edible ball bearings, stating that they were a "masterpiece". He often talked about favourite foods and recipes, and wasn't afraid to try something new, such as seaweed truffles.
The Tenth Caretaker had a stated fondness for "little shops", the gift stores usually found in hospitals and other public places, though he retained a great dislike for hospitals.
This incarnation relied heavily upon his sonic screwdriver,pushing it to limits not seen in previous incarnations and even chiding his fifth incarnation for going "hands free". He also continued to heavily use the psychic paper, The Tenth Caretaker also revived the occasional use of a stethoscope in mostly non-medical situations, such as the diagnosis of electronic or mechanical faults. He used a hammer many times during this incarnation, often to help pilot the IDRIS.
The Tenth Caretaker often did math calculations in his head very quickly. This included making an estimate, waiting for those around him to respond, then giving a very exact answer.
Although the Tenth Caretaker disliked violence, he was skilled with a swordand also an extremely good shot with a gun, being able to shoot a very small target, like a White Point Star, from a distance.
The Caretaker was also incredibly resilient and showed an amazing resistance to physical pain, enduring the burning pain of having a living star possessing him, in addition to surviving attempts to freeze the star out of him. Eighth Manager and was able to absorb 500 rads of nuclear energy and survive as well, although it was the final straw for his body and triggered renewal, he also refused to allow the pain of his renewal to overwhelm him until he was back in the IDRIS after visiting his companions.He also took a powerful blast of electricity from the
Given his height and build, it was not surprising the Tenth Caretaker was extremely nimble and quick on his feet, and loved running.
Like all his other incarnations, the Tenth Caretaker was exceptionally intelligent,being able to figure out solutions to problems even when they were created by a person who had an equal amount of intelligence. He also possessed a heightened sense of smell, which could be used to tell which time period they were in just by smelling the air. He also demonstrated the ability to determine the properties of an object by taste.
This incarnation was skilled at mechanics and built PLU-2 MKIV, ensuring that it possessed all the memories it had as PLU-2 MKIII. He was also able to lock the coordinates of the IDRIS with his sonic screwdriver so that it would return to 21st century Earth from time to time. He was also a skilled pilot, on a few occasions able to take control and navigate a spacecraft through and out of danger.
This incarnation also followed the trend of his immediate predecessor in displaying increasing skill for using the IDRIS, even using it in the form of a standard spaceship rather than simply dematerialising it on several occasions. Daphne Downs that he would one day be able to command the IDRIS door to open with a snap of his fingers, he found that he did possess such abilities, after initially believing it to be nonsense.When told by
The Tenth Caretaker was also a skilled telepath, Carter Wright's memories and to hide his true name from anyone who could read minds. Like his previous selves, he had the ability to carry a large and diverse number of objects in his pockets, claiming that they were bigger on the inside.being able to wipe
The Caretaker was able to channel radiation through a body part into his own clothing, although the radiated body part was described by him as being "itchy." Stanford Black was too much for him and he was forced to renew.However, he could only do this with a small amount of radiation and the radiation he absorbed to save
Relationship With Other SelvesEdit
Time and SpaceEdit
- "The Christmas Invasion"
- "St. Plenitude Hospital"
- "The Night of the Wolf"
- "School Reunion"
- "Reinette and the Lonely Angel"
- "A Body of Steel"
- "Special Effects"
- "The Stuff of Legends"
- "I Love the Caretaker"
- "The Dead Lands"
- "The Death of Molly Riddle"
- "The Bride"
- "A Hospital on the Moon"
- "Love's Labour's Won"
- "Evolution of the Dreleks"
- "Search for the Dream"
- "Secret Identity"
- "Behind You"
- "The Sound of Drums"
- "Time Clash"
- "From the Light of the Asteroid"
- "Partners in Time"
- "Friends of the Lugy"
- "The Museum of Secrets"
- "Operation: Blue Sky"
- "A Game of Chess"
- "Unsolved Mysteries"
- "Quiet in the Library"
- "Turning Right"
- "Supremacy of the Dreleks"
- "A Man Called the Caretaker"
- "Speaker of the Dead"
- "One Drop"
- "The Children of Time"
|Incarnation of the Caretaker|
| Incarnations of the Caretaker
|1 | O | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 12½ | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20|
|The Prosecutor | The Other | The United Caretaker | The Dream Lord|
|The Assistor | The Caretaker's Ganger|
|I | II | III | IV|