In my mind there is one question that we should be focussing on ahead of the appearance of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor (please don’t let them change the numbering we all use, wrong though it might be). I don’t mean will Clara stay, is River Song still his wife, will Clara get a chum (the chap from Day of the Doctor?) or even why will the Doctor have a Scottish accent. No. The only question is:
How will the Doctor take his tea?
The vital role of tea
Any Doctor Who fan should be clear of the vital role tea has to play in Doctor Who – something picked up in the AudioVisuals range as well (Nick Briggs’s Doctor has a teapot lapel pin). If you need more insight try the TARDIS wikia entry.
Tea and previous Doctors
This is a sample of tea based moments in the last of past incarnations:
- Third Doctor – tea was so important the UNIT tea-lady had access to the Doctor’s laboratory. He took tea with milk and four sugars
- Fifth Doctor – took tea with two sugars
- Sixth Doctor – took tea with six sugars
- Seventh Doctor – liked Lapsang Souchong as well as Earl Grey (and Arcturan)
- Eighth Doctor – ‘Never turn down tea if it’s offered’
- Ninth Doctor – took tea with two sugars
- Tenth Doctor – fumes from tea helped him through his regeneration (Christmas Invasion)
- Eleventh Doctor – used tea to save Craig Owens in The Lodger
I think we are overdue a decent mug of builder’s tea but with no sugar. That’s my guess – any other opinions? Let me know!