Portrayed by:
"Shhh, listen."
— The Twentieth Caretaker's catchphrase

The Twentieth Caretaker (-) represented the twentieth incarnation of the Time Lord known as the Caretaker, though he was the twenty-second body in the lineup, and the ninth use of the renewal cycle given to him by the Time Lords.



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



"Can someone please tell me where I am?"
— First Words of the Twentieth Caretaker

. The Voice in the Night



Falling from GraceEdit


Calm Before the StormEdit


The Battles of TrenzaloreEdit


Towards the end of the Battles of Trenzalore

Fighting in the Trenzalore War for 1111 years.[1]



"It's the end. But the moment has been prepared for."
— Last Words of the Twentieth Caretaker

. The End



Undated eventsEdit

  • The Twentieth 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





The Twentieth Caretaker was 1.7 metres tall after his renewal, and was 1.75 metres tall at the time of his death.[2]



Psychological profileEdit


The Twentieth Caretaker usually maintained a stern, serious, and distanced personality, but displayed a kind heart, willing to risk his life for the sake of a little girl he did not know shortly after his renewal. He could also be extremely intimidating, easily frightening opponents with just his glare. Beneath his grim and intimidating exterior, however, he was quite the opposite: a passionate, warm, righteous and emphatic individual.


The Caretaker gives a menacing stare.

The Twentieth Caretaker was an emotional incarnation of great sorrow and anger, who would break down when faced with pain, suffering, or death. He hid his sorrow with a façade of manic energy, blunt arrogance and enthusiastic confidence, but would drop the masquerade when deeply displeased. He was an unreadable 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.

The Twentieth Caretaker was an incarnation that believed that the ends justified the means, willing to let people die for cruel actions they had taken, mistakes they had made, or dangerous experiments that they had been involved in, if he believed that it was the only way to protect others.

Unlike his other incarnations, the Twentieth Caretaker endorsed the use of weapons, allowing others to bring guns aboard the IDRIS, and wielding a blaster gun during the Trenzalore Wars, though he berated Karlax for pointing a gun at him when he showed no hostilities, and had a reluctance to have weapons aboard the IDRIS, owing to the fact she didn't like them.

Despite his sternness, the Twentieth Caretaker, like his predecessors, preferred to settle problems through negotiation rather than violence. Unlike his previous incarnation, however, he could be ruthless at times, exhibiting an arrogance that, combined with his ruthlessness, turned to righteous anger. Under the influence of that anger, he would act without hesitation to strike down those who committed horrific acts. He also showed great sympathy for those who had suffered terribly at the hands of others.

Displaying a confident recklessness, the Caretaker did not suffer fools gladly, and was prone to criticize those whom he felt were naïve or primitive compared to his intellect, frequently getting sarcastic towards those around him to elevate himself above lesser intellects. However, he also had a more emotional and caring side, determined to not to let people die if there was a chance of saving them.

Despite his harden exterior, the Caretaker got along well with children, giving them enthusiastic pep talks about fear being a superpower, and compared the IDRIS' dimensions to the sugar in a coke bottle when it confused them. If he believed he had offended them, he would give them small poppies as an apology.

When facing a personal problem, or when seeing a situation as too dangerous for his companions, the Caretaker would demand they return to the IDRIS, or would leave them in the safest place possible. At times, he would trick them into doing so, or have someone else return them to safety for him.

Despite all of the above, the Twentieth Caretaker didn't think of himself as a good man, seeming more susceptible to changes in personality; he grew more vicious, unforgiving, and developed a short temper when he didn't have company to restrain his dark side.

Full of self-doubt and self-loathing, the Caretaker was prone to bouts of anger and rage, roaring in grief for Quinn, and reacting mercilessly to Karlax's murder of her, picking him up by the throat and throwing him over a cliff to his own death.

More aloof than other incarnations, the Caretaker failed to consider any discomfort the IDRIS translation circuit would cause, was willing to feed dead human bodies to the Agrekor, and treated people with disrespect if they got on his bad side. He was often deceptive and manipulative: lying, habitually putting elaborate plans in place and executing them, even if the plans emotionally hurt his loved ones.

Slowing turning senile in his aging, the Caretaker would have trouble determining the meaning of questions directed at him, forgetting the details of his plans, taking a while to register information, and forgetting people he had met. However, he would regain his youthful vigour whenever he felt there was danger.

Habits and QuirksEdit

The Twentieth Caretaker enjoyed knitting, especially when he was upset, and also found solace in making pop-up books.

Before attempting something risky, the Caretaker would stroke his question mark brooche. He also made a habit of uttering "damn it", usually when things did not meet his satisfaction, and would often stand with his arms folded behind his back.

More prone to silently crying than his other incarnations, the Caretaker would sometimes cry without even noticing, or have an emotional breakdown in moments of horror and sadness.

The Twentieth Caretaker relied heavily upon his sonic screwdriver, pushing it to limits not seen in previous incarnations, and even chiding the Seventeenth Caretaker for his independence from the devise.


The twentieth incarnation was an intelligent Caretaker, with an excellent memory when it came to his exploits; towards the end of his life, he remembered the details of every day he had ever lived, dating back to his first incarnation.

The Caretaker was highly deductive, able to understand a situation based on small details that others would overlooked, judge character quickly, and identify his location by studying his surroundings. He was also an impressive marksman, able to shoot a small target from a distance, and keep his aim despite a battle taking place around him.

The Caretaker was exceptionally resilient and durable, capable of taking a direct shot from a low powered Technoman blaster and have to strength to wrestle free of another Technoman's grip.

Like all his other incarnations, the Twentieth Caretaker was extremely intelligent, being able to quickly figure out solutions to problems even when they were concocted by an equally intelligent opponents. He also possessed a heightened sense of smell, which could be used to track down people or tell which time period he was in just by smelling the air. He also demonstrated the ability to determine the properties of an object by taste.

The Caretaker was also skilled at card tricks, knew how to handle explosives, could slow down his perception of time with concentration, and be a capable swordsman when the situation called for it.

Relationship With Other SelvesEdit



Time and SpaceEdit

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  1. Confirmed via toy bio.
  2. Confirmed via toy bio.

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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