Fandom

Doctor Who Answers

Ask a question in the box below, or search using the box above.

As you enter your question, our massive, TARDIS-sized computers will search out other similar questions. So be sure to check the list that pops up before asking your question. Once you've decided that your question has not been asked before, push the not-so-threatening blue button to your right.

If you want to ask questions needing speculation or people's opinions, please do it in our Watercooler forum, not here. The main Q&A space is for questions with definitive factual answers. Thanks!

To avoid spoilers in the main Q&A section, please do to not post information about stories that have not been released in the UK, or ask for information about stories that have not yet aired there.

How did the Doctor get his TARDIS?

19,217pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

The Doctor stole his TARDIS on Gallifrey. He's confirmed this multiple times, such as in "The Big Bang" (although he often says it was "borrowed" rather than "stolen" because he always planned to give it back one day).

In "the Doctor's Wife", the TARDIS (as Idris) says she "stole" the Doctor because he "was the only one mad enough" (and, unlike him, she has no truck with the "borrowed" euphemism — she openly says she'd no intention of ever giving him back).

We also know that he deliberately chose a Type 40 that was ready to be decommissioned rather than a newer model, for some reason beyond it being easier. He never directly tells us why on TV, but in the novel Lungbarrow he says the later models were 'soulless', and Idris's lines in "the Doctor's Wife" imply that she's the one who made him think that.

The novel The Gallifrey Chronicles tells us that even the bit about it being scheduled to be destroyed may be a bit of a lie—Marnal had been asked by the Time Lords to return his TARDIS to get a new one, but the Doctor stole it before he could.

The First Doctor implied a few times that he'd built his TARDIS, which is probably yet another lie.

The episode "The Name of the Doctor" revealed additional information: the Doctor originally intended to steal another TARDIS, only to have an incarnation of Clara Oswald recommend the Type 40 he's stayed with for 700 years (this does not contradict "the Doctor's Wife" as the TARDIS would still have to have let him in and might have influenced Clara).

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.