Cats and the Doctor

This week a “paws for thought”…

“The Tardis is like a cat! A bit slow to trust, but you’ll get there in the end!” (Doctor to Clara in “Hide”)

In “Fear Her” the Doctor claims not to be a cat person. So our hero may not approve, but let’s scratch the surface anyway and take a closer look at cats in Doctor Who.

The miniaturised Tardis crew encounters what seems to be a giant cat in “Planet of Giants”

Not strictly cat-related, but do we need an excuse to show Zoe in a catsuit?

One of the coolest cats in the show’s history. The Sixth Doctor’s brooch.

In “Survival” we meet the Cat People. The story features animatronic cats and a feline version of the Master!

The evil Cat-Nuns from “New Earth”

“Look what the cat’s dragged in!” exclaims Rose, after the Doctor comes back from some heavy partying in “The Girl in the Fireplace”

The Doctor meets Thomas Branigan and his family of kittens in “Gridlock”.

More recently in Series 8 tale “In the Forest of the Night” we meet quite a big cat, a tiger no less. It is a reference to William Blake’s poem “The Tyger” which starts, “Tyger, Tyger, burning bright. In the forests of the night;”

The feline fun doesn’t end there…

In “The Eleventh Hour” the Doctor throws away a plate of bread and butter which hits a cat. 

The Tardis materialises and scares off a cat in “Vincent and the Doctor”. 

The Eleventh Doctor talks to a cat in “The Lodger” to find out what is going on in Craig’s house. 

The Ninth Doctor peers through a catflap in “Rose” and complains to a cat about his companions who are always wandering off in “The Empty Child”. 

The Brigadier is in irritable mood in “The Mind of Evil” and chastises Captain Yates, “When you have quite finished grinning like a Cheshire Cat!”. 

The Fifth Doctor finds a cat whilst looking for a Kaled mutant in “Resurrection of the Daleks”. 

Finally in “The Mark of the Rani” we discover that the evil Rani once created an enormous mouse which ate the Lord President of Gallifrey’s cat!
And if you want to discover more about cats in Doctor Who, just don’t forget what they say about cats and curiosity!!!


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