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Player name: jazzy
Contact: AIM: bathrobeWerewolf | Plurk: Vorpalkind
Characters currently in-game: nah

CHARACTER
Character Name: The (War) Doctor
Character Age: old??
Canon: Doctor Who, mostly audios
Canon Point: pre all that undoing the fall of gallifrey stuff
History: here you go

Personality: This iteration of the Doctor is, I guess you'd say, deservedly curmudgeonly. Moreso than any other. The Time War has been going on for a very long time, and this regeneration was specifically rigged to be a part of it, and that sucks. Patience is a finite commodity that varies with regeneration, and whatever he started life with, this one has had plenty of time to use up his entire store of it on Time Lord wartime bureaucracy and backbiting. Sidenote here, Time Lords are just, awful. Holy shit. Can't stress that enough. Being conscripted into their war with the single other worst species in the history of history? Nah. Like I said, his attitude of surliness and sometimes bitterness and sometimes actual despair is entirely well earned. It's all just tragic loss, equally tragic wins, jumping through Time Lord hoops, having increasingly horrible weapons placed in his hands. Never an easy choice, never a clear win. He isn't the Doctor anymore, because what he has to be just doesn't jive with that identity. He still has the internal frameworks of the Doctor, of course, and if he sees a chance to help someone, Doctorishly, that kind of pulling a victory from the jaws of absolute fuckshittery, he'll take it. But given how things just are these days, that's likely to wind up just as tragic if not moreso than if he'd done nothing at all. And each time that happens it just proves his point, that he can't be the Doctor any more. This is a whole new reality from his previous life of flitting around getting into shit and avoiding responsibility wherever possible. This isn't the I-don't-like-guns Doctor.

So the bullshit just keeps coming, and he's getting more and more angry and tired. Eventually, this will drive him to the double genocide for which he is essentially stricken from the record by his next incarnations, though of course if you've been following along it turns out that didn't actually happen, bc this show is worse than Homestuck for that shit. He's not to that point yet, however the foundations are laid, in the form of chronic rebellion against the less tenable Time Lord directives, i.e. destroying valuable, if horrifying, weapons and making choices he is aware he is unlikely to survive. He's got enough self-loathing and guilt stockpiled to last until the heat death of the universe, like economy size cans of green beans in a prepper's fallout shelter. SHIT IS BLEAK, Y'ALL is what i'm trying to convey. War and conscience make for uneasy bedfellows.

But bleakness aside, he's not really that much different. He's clever and aware of it, his sarcasm makes Nine look like a sleeping kitten, he lies, he uses "Earth expressions" in the presence of stodgy Time Lords with all the rebellious glee of a teenager pronouncing a netspeak acronym. Probably not the most useful skill in this setting, but that's what the cleverness is for, he'll find an authority figure to annoy somewhere, surely. And a hard-luck case or several to befriend, with only slightly more prickliness and unapproachability than usual. He's not /terrible/. I'm not conveying that very well. But it's an important point. He warms up to people, given time and breathing room from unrelenting horror and despair. His native tendencies towards meddlesome curiosity and picking the saddest and most doomed people to throw his lot in with will keep him from being withdrawn.

About the whole name thing: He's burnt out on the issue, and mostly wants to distance himself from his former identity wrt Time Lords, which makes him very waspish about being addressed as the Doctor. In other situations, he just avoids giving a name at all, or if really put on the spot may dredge up 'John Smith.' Obviously I can't avoid naming him in prose, so he's just going to have to still be called the Doctor, there. It's a very petulant and contrary way to live, but that's what's in the bag.

Inventory: Sonic screwdriver, psychic paper, handwritten heirloom recipe for shepherd's pie (i just want to know if anyone read this far). I know these are macguffins, but i am very good at not abusing macguffins.

Abilities: Standard Time Lord stuff, with the standard Time Lord disclaimer that I always make, which is that the really weird apocryphal nonsense is getting ignored. He has lungs, if he can extrude radiation from his feet he politely won't, the Doctor Who extended universe is an untamed wild west of biological bullshit that I promise to only summon if I really have to, like a Limit Break. What I consider standard includes touch telepathy and 'time sensitivity' whatever that even is, being a quick healer and not susceptible to much in the way of disease, can stand up to some weird metaphysical things (just pick a pseudoscientific adjective and stick bomb or device or the like after it, detonate it, he'll be fine, but you could still just shoot him. please don't.) But if you /are/ gonna shoot him, do it right. Time Lords have the ability to regenerate, which i want to avoid in a setting where garden variety resurrection is a possibility. I mean good luck either way honestly. Less specifically Time Lordy: smart, this iteration is particularly strategic (in a real-time way, not a Seven way), good marksman, very good at turning tables, practical to a fault. And I mean, he can't be the War Doctor for nothin'. he fights well and by whatever means necessary. Like many if not all incarnations of the Doctor, he is good at impromptu engineering and gadgetry; he'll fix your shit if it's broke, and maybe use it to fend off an invading alien army.

Flaws: OH BOY. This incarnation of the Doctor is...strategically flawed, having had his regeneration kinda hacked to make him an ideal warrior in the Time War, so different from what the Doctor traditionally is that he refuses to keep the name. He's not evil, he's not chaotic, he's not really bloodthirsty, but he's someone literally made to do the dirty work, and that has a psychological toll (and requires a particular psychological configuration). More explicitly, he's wracked with guilt and self-loathing, which, coin toss if that's deserved, really. At this point he is angry, exhausted, and not a little bitter, laying the groundwork for a double genocide in his future. The present isn't any better, full of horrible wartime decisions and losses and tragic, costly wins. This isn't the Doctor who saves people and gets to run away, and when he tries to be that, reality punishes him harshly. It's just, you know, like when you beat a game and then you play the New Game + version and suddenly the cute enemies have one-hit kill attacks, but like, emotionally. He's also just really surly and not that cooperative, but those aren't flaws unless you make them be, say, by interacting with him. Standard Doctorial flaws are also still in play: he's a lying liar who lies, he meddles in anything and everything, and strategy or not he can be very reckless.

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PLAYER
Player name: jazzy
Contact: AIM: bathrobeWerewolf | Plurk: Vorpalkind
Characters currently in-game: nah

CHARACTER
Character Name: The (War) Doctor
Character Age: old??
Canon: Doctor Who, mostly audios
Canon Point: pre all that undoing the fall of gallifrey stuff
History: here you go

Personality: This iteration of the Doctor is, I guess you'd say, deservedly curmudgeonly. Moreso than any other. The Time War has been going on for a very long time, and this regeneration was specifically rigged to be a part of it, and that sucks. Patience is a finite commodity that varies with regeneration, and whatever he started life with, this one has had plenty of time to use up his entire store of it on Time Lord wartime bureaucracy and backbiting. Sidenote here, Time Lords are just, awful. Holy shit. Can't stress that enough. Being conscripted into their war with the single other worst species in the history of history? Nah. Like I said, his attitude of surliness and sometimes bitterness and sometimes actual despair is entirely well earned. It's all just tragic loss, equally tragic wins, jumping through Time Lord hoops, having increasingly horrible weapons placed in his hands. Never an easy choice, never a clear win. He isn't the Doctor anymore, because what he has to be just doesn't jive with that identity. He still has the internal frameworks of the Doctor, of course, and if he sees a chance to help someone, Doctorishly, that kind of pulling a victory from the jaws of absolute fuckshittery, he'll take it. But given how things just are these days, that's likely to wind up just as tragic if not moreso than if he'd done nothing at all. And each time that happens it just proves his point, that he can't be the Doctor any more. This is a whole new reality from his previous life of flitting around getting into shit and avoiding responsibility wherever possible. This isn't the I-don't-like-guns Doctor.

So the bullshit just keeps coming, and he's getting more and more angry and tired. Eventually, this will drive him to the double genocide for which he is essentially stricken from the record by his next incarnations, though of course if you've been following along it turns out that didn't actually happen, bc this show is worse than Homestuck for that shit. He's not to that point yet, however the foundations are laid, in the form of chronic rebellion against the less tenable Time Lord directives, i.e. destroying valuable, if horrifying, weapons and making choices he is aware he is unlikely to survive. He's got enough self-loathing and guilt stockpiled to last until the heat death of the universe, like economy size cans of green beans in a prepper's fallout shelter. SHIT IS BLEAK, Y'ALL is what i'm trying to convey. War and conscience make for uneasy bedfellows.

But bleakness aside, he's not really that much different. He's clever and aware of it, his sarcasm makes Nine look like a sleeping kitten, he lies, he uses "Earth expressions" in the presence of stodgy Time Lords with all the rebellious glee of a teenager pronouncing a netspeak acronym. Probably not the most useful skill in this setting, but that's what the cleverness is for, he'll find an authority figure to annoy somewhere, surely. And a hard-luck case or several to befriend, with only slightly more prickliness and unapproachability than usual. He's not /terrible/. I'm not conveying that very well. But it's an important point. He warms up to people, given time and breathing room from unrelenting horror and despair.

About the whole name thing: He's burnt out on the issue, and mostly wants to distance himself from his former identity wrt Time Lords, which makes him very waspish about being addressed as the Doctor. In other situations, he just avoids giving a name at all, or if really put on the spot may dredge up 'John Smith.' Obviously I can't avoid naming him in prose, so he's just going to have to still be called the Doctor, there. It's a very petulant and contrary way to live, but that's what's in the bag.

Inventory: Sonic screwdriver, psychic paper, handwritten heirloom recipe for shepherd's pie (i just want to know if anyone read this far). I know these are macguffins, but i am very good at not abusing macguffins.

Abilities: Standard Time Lord stuff, with the standard Time Lord disclaimer that I always make, which is that the really weird apocryphal nonsense is getting ignored. He has lungs, if he can extrude radiation from his feet he politely won't, the Doctor Who extended universe is an untamed wild west of biological bullshit that I promise to only summon if I really have to, like a Limit Break. What I consider standard includes touch telepathy and 'time sensitivity' whatever that even is, being a quick healer and not susceptible to much in the way of disease, can stand up to some weird metaphysical things (just pick a pseudoscientific adjective and stick bomb or device or the like after it, detonate it, he'll be fine, but you could still just shoot him. please don't.) Less specifically Time Lordy: smart, this iteration is particularly strategic (in a real-time way, not a Seven way), good marksman, very good at turning tables, practical to a fault. And I mean, he can't be the War Doctor for nothin'. he fights well and by whatever means necessary.

Flaws: OH BOY. This incarnation of the Doctor is...strategically flawed, having had his regeneration kinda hacked to make him an ideal warrior in the Time War, so different from what the Doctor traditionally is that he refuses to keep the name. He's not evil, he's not chaotic, he's not really bloodthirsty, but he's someone literally made to do the dirty work, and that has a psychological toll (and requires a particular psychological configuration). At this point he is angry, exhausted, and not a little bitter, laying the groundwork for a double genocide in his future. The present isn't any better, full of horrible wartime decisions and losses and tragic, costly wins. This isn't the Doctor who saves people and gets to run away, and when he tries to be that, reality punishes him harshly. It's just, you know, like when you beat a game and then you play the New Game + version and suddenly the cute enemies have one-hit kill attacks, but like, emotionally. He's also just really surly and not that cooperative, but those aren't flaws unless you make them be.

SAMPLES
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