When The Doctor first meet with River Song, she pretended he could open the TARDIS by snapping his fingers :

[...] But not "my" Doctor. Now my Doctor, I've seen whole armies turn and run away. And he'd just swagger off, back to his TARDIS. And open the doors with a snap of his fingers. The Doctor. In the TARDIS. Next stop: Everywhere.

-Professor River Song, Doctor Who, series 4 episode 9 Forest of the Dead

He successfully did it shortly after that and he also did it in the first episode of series 5 The Eleventh Hour. But I don't remember him doing so recently. Did I miss something or he just forgot he could do it?

  • In The Day of the Doctor, Clara closes the TARDIS door from the inside by clicking her fingers, near the start of the episode. Commencing furious speculation in three, two, one... Dec 22, 2013 at 20:42
  • I remember he did it in "Day of the Moon" when it was invisible, standing in his cell.
    – j_kubik
    Feb 18, 2014 at 16:21

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In the 2008 episode "Forest of the Dead", River Song (a character whose timeline intersects with the Doctor in reverse order) says to the Doctor that she knows he would be able to open the TARDIS doors with a snap of his fingers. Although the Doctor dismisses this as impossible, at the conclusion of the episode, he opens and closes the doors by doing just that, eschewing the need for a key.

The Eleventh Doctor also does this at the end of "The Eleventh Hour", when revealing the newly regenerated TARDIS interior to Amy Pond; he then does it again in "Day of the Moon". In the 2011 episode, "The Doctor's Wife", he tries to open it by snapping his fingers, but the door is locked by the mysterious entity, House. This ability seems to be unique to the Doctor, though, as he said Time Lords cannot do that.

From Wikipedia on TARDIS

  • It's not unique to the Doctor. Clara did the same at the beginning of " The Day of The Doctor". Aaaaand I just saw the date of this answer...nevermind...(or update it, whatever)
    – tilley31
    Sep 19, 2016 at 17:07

He opened the TARDIS with a snap of his fingers in early Season 6, as well - either The Impossible Astronaut or the second part.


Three years later, it's still a thing. He does it at the end of Hell Bent (final episode of season 9)

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