In Doctor Who series 8 episode 6 The Caretaker, Clara has a friend named Adrian. When the Doctor looks at him, he looks like he recognizes him. Later, there are these conversations

DOCTOR: Go and canoodle with your boyfriend. Come on. I wasn't born yesterday. Far from it.

CLARA: You did recognise him.

DOCTOR: Possibly reminded me of a certain dashing young time traveller.

CLARA: Oh, of course you recognised him. I. Sorry. Stupid. I, I underestimated you.


DOCTOR: What about the handsome one, the one with the bow tie?

CLARA: Who? Adrian? No, no, no. He's just a friend and not my type.


DANNY: So, there's an alien, that used to look like Adrian. Then he turned into a Scottish caretaker.

Does Adrian look like a past incarnation of the Doctor?

Which doctor does Adrian resemble ?

  • but when the doctor said Possibly reminded me of a certain dashing young time traveller. why dint clara realized he was talking about 11th matt smith Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 3:30
  • Because they had just met Orson Pink, Danny's descendant in Listen. Clara thought he was talking about him. I'll add it to the answer.
    – tilley31
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 3:32
  • what would she have said if she did realize it was the 11th Matt smith Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 3:40

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I think it's self explanatory. Adrian looks like the Doctor's previous incarnation, the one played by Matt Smith. He even wears a bow tie, and probably thinks they're cool!!

The Doctor felt flattered when he thought Clara was dating someone who looked like his past self.

Eleventh Doctor (picture taken from Wikipedia)

This is the Eleventh Doctor

Adrian Davis (Picture taken from tardis.wikia.com)

This is Adrian Davis, according to Tardis.wikia.com

The reason Clara didn't make the connection, was because they had just met Orson Pink, Danny's descendant, in the episode Listen. She thought he meant him, not his past self.


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