In S06E11, Rita and Amy run into a room with a sad and rather creepy-looking clown:

Sad Clown

Both Rita and Amy had stated it was neither of their worst fears. Was it Rory's? Since his was never revealed and he never entered that room; or, was it an unknown individual's that was never "cleaned-up"?

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    It's your worst fear, I never saw a creepy looking clown, I saw something else.
    – DavRob60
    Apr 15, 2013 at 20:13
  • At any rate I feel they could have made the clown look more like the clown from Steven King's IT. Would have been more fun that way. Apr 17, 2013 at 11:35
  • Just a random aside - the Seventh Doctor's companion, Ace, had a fear of clowns which the doctor completely understands: imdb.com/title/tt0811888 Sep 16, 2014 at 4:12

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It was never revealed, as listed on the Prison ship (The God Complex) tardis.wikia article :

An unknown individual who was afraid of clowns.

However, the clown could be the worst fear of anyone who never encountered him and that has no declared fear, this exclude Rory and The Doctor.

As for The Doctor :

Unknown fear, other than it being an event that set off the Cloister Bells and involving a familiar figure.

And for Rory's :

Rory was unique in that he had no overwhelming fear or fundamental faith; he was a victim of proximity to Amy and the Doctor, and as a result, the "hotel" kept showing him emergency exit doors which only he could see.

The wikia article list a Silurian, a Judoon, a Tritovore and a Hoix has having unknown fears, but it could also be an entirely unknown character. and there was also someone who was afraid of a PE teacher.

Note than the eleventh Doctor once said that he found fear of clowns understandable (Coulrophobia tardis.wikia article refer to episode Night Terrors).

  • Note that THe Doctor did encounter his worst fear in another room, though we never saw its contents. The assumption in the episode was one room per person, so the clown is probably not his.
    – KutuluMike
    Apr 16, 2013 at 11:54
  • @MichaelEdenfield yeah, I updated that.
    – DavRob60
    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:01
  • Maybe it's foreshadowing and the PE teacher is the 12th Doctor's worst fear.
    – FreeMan
    Aug 6, 2021 at 15:19

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