A jelly baby (The Face of Evil)
Tom Baker's Doctor loved jelly babies and offered them to everyone from companions to enemies. In The Face of Evil, he used one to fool a tribe called the Sevateem, insisting they drop their weapons or he'd kill someone with a deadly jelly baby! Maybe they were allergic to gelatine? It’s a possibility!
Ginger beer (The Unicorn and the Wasp)
Having stumbled into a murder mystery alongside author Agatha Christie, our good Doctor was poisoned with cyanide. After revealing that Time Lords could survive this if they took an antidote of "ginger beer, protein, salt and a shock", the Doctor was cured by ginger beer, walnuts, anchovies - and a kiss from Donna.
A DVD special feature (Blink)
This one’s certainly a case of thinking outside the box! Separated from the TARDIS and stuck in time, the Doctor and Martha Jones needed to find a way to communicate with a girl named Sally Sparrow… the one person who could help. So they made a video of themselves, and then added it to the special features of every DVD release that Sally owned. Well that’s one way to catch someone’s attention!
Never mind the sonic screwdriver
The sonic screwdriver isn’t the only tool that’s saved our Doctor. Over the years he’s had all sorts of unusual things saving his bacon, including ginger beer and a cricket ball! But even so, we still think the sonic screwdriver may be the best tool ever… It’d certainly make our home DIY a lot easier!
Harry Potter (The Shakespeare Code)
This one gave us super-fan goose bumps. When witches tried to wipe out humanity by sneaking spells into one of Shakespeare's plays, the Doctor and Martha stopped them with some improvised dialogue. "Expelliarmus!" shouted Martha, borrowing a spell from Harry Potter. "Good old JK," grinned the Doctor, referring of course to Potter author JK Rowling.
A satsuma (The Christmas Invasion)
Satsumas aren’t just good for fighting colds. They’re also perfect for stopping alien fleets! After fighting the Sycorax, the newly-regenerated Doctor found a satsuma in the pocket of his borrowed pyjamas and promptly lobbed it at a control button. Part of the ship disappeared, taking the Sycorax leader with it. But we can’t help wondering what kind of person would keep a satsuma in their pyjamas…
An Olympic torch (Fear Her)
As the 2012 Olympics opened, people started disappearing into a young girl’s drawings. An immature alien, the Isolus, was to blame. Rose found the Isolus pod but it needed heat to get started again. So Rose did what anyone would do - she commandeered the Olympic torch!
A recorder (The Three Doctors)
Patrick Troughton's Doctor was a legend on the recorder. This was partly an amusing affectation, but it had its uses too. In The Three Doctors, a renegade Time Lord, Omega, created another universe inside a black hole. The recorder destroyed this after helpfully falling into the TARDIS' force field generator.
A water pistol (The Fires of Pompeii)
As Mount Vesuvius was about to erupt, the Doctor had to contend with an evil priestess who was largely made out of ash. No problem! He simply pulled a plastic water pistol from his jacket pocket and blasted her with it.
A cricket ball (Four to Doomsday)
Would aliens play cricket? We think they might… Either way, when Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, was left floating helplessly through space courtesy of lumpy green aliens called the Urbankans, a cricket ball came to his aid. By bouncing it against the Urbankans' ship, he managed to propel himself back to the TARDIS. Howzat?
A Betamax tape (The Idiot's Lantern)
The Doctor and Rose Tyler discovered an alien called the Wire, which hid inside people's TV sets and stole their faces. "I just invented the home video 30 years early," the Doctor announced after trapping the Wire on a videotape. Then he realised he'd actually invented Betamax, the short-lived and much-derided rival to VHS. All this time and we never knew!
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