losing his sarah jane

Doctor Who: Ten [ENFP]

OFFICIAL TYPING by Charity / the Mod

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): The Doctor’s first approach to any new experience is excitement at its greater potential. He rarely takes objects for what they seem to be, but instead looks past them to their conceptual worth. He’s very quick to form accurate suspicions and discern others’ motives, and can even predict events in the short term (he realizes people are breathing in stone dust, which is converting them into a new kind of creature; he warns a woman  that she is no longer necessary, a second before her employers kill her as “the only witness”; he swiftly figures out the robots are waiting for Madam Pompadour to get “the right age” to harvest her organs, etc). He’ll often assert a statement and contradict it a moment later, indicating his ability to think in different directions at once (“No, it’s safe… well, maybe not safe… yeah, I think I’ll do a scan, in case there’s something dangerous out there…”).

Introverted Feeling (Fi): He can be oblivious to other people’s feelings, when absorbed in his own – so much so that his companions often have to tell him he’s being rude to get him to stop (usually he’s so excited about an idea, he doesn’t quit theorizing it in time to avoid making it an insult). His preoccupation with losing Rose makes him clueless about Martha’s gigantic crush on him. It’s a relief for him to partner up with Donna, because she doesn’t demand he open up emotionally. When asked about his former partners, the Doctor admits they’re “gone… but fine,” without expanding on his feelings about it. He broods. Intensely. He also tends to see the world in strong ethical terms, defined by right and wrong; right is whatever he decides, and he can be merciless and without pity in punishing anyone who violates his stance on humane behavior.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): The Doctor can shut down and go into a Ne/Te loop, whenever he has to make a tough decision; Donna berates him for intending to let everyone in Pompeii die, because the Doctor argues “it’s a fixed point in time” – it must happen. He chooses to accept his role as the catalyst for making it happen, because “it’s Pompeii or the planet… that’s all I needed to know.” The Doctor doesn’t like it when others violate the “code of the universe” (disobey galactic rules) and often reacts with harsh punishment (imprisoning aliens in mirrors, destroying the spider’s children, etc). Donna says, upon their first meeting, that he “need[s] a companion, to hold [him] back sometimes.” Sometimes, if he lacks the tools to fix a problem, he thinks they’re doomed.

Introverted Sensing (Si): Ten is running away from his past. He prefers not to think about, or dwell in it, too much, as it brings out his sadness over losing former companions, including Rose. When reunited with Sarah Jane Smith, the Doctor happily revisits their former connection, and even builds her a new K9 as a parting gift, making sure to give it all the memories of the previous model.

Note: When I started the blog a few years ago, he was one of my first typings, and I ran with the popular consensus that the Doctor is “an NTP.” I was intellectually lazy in forming my argument. Sometimes people argue he’s ENFP because he’s “so emotional,” but I don’t like that approach. It’s stereotyping. It’s his ethics, not how emotional he is (anyone can have feelings) that make him ENFP. He rarely makes purely emotional decisions; he has a strong Te, and loops into it a lot.