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Bad Wolf (entity)

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Bad Wolf
Bad wolf entity
Main aliases: Rose Tyler
Species: Human
Appearance: The Parting of the Ways
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After looking into the Heart of the TARDIS, the Time Vortex itself filled Rose Tyler, who then temporarily became the Bad Wolf entity.


Rose Tyler as the Bad Wolf

Newly empowered, she piloted the TARDIS back to the Ninth Doctor. A nimbus of light surrounded her and shone through her eyes. Rose's natural London accent vanished. She also possessed the destructive and creative powers of a goddess, enabling her to destroy an entire Dalek fleet and have an enormous influence over time and space.

While possessed of these gifts, the entity set out to spread the Bad Wolf meme through many worlds and times. In this way, the Ninth Doctor and Rose's past selves would eventually follow the clues that would enable them to defeat the Daleks, creating an ontological paradox in the process. The Bad Wolf destroyed the Dalek fleet and all the Daleks on Satellite Five, including the Dalek Emperor. She also altered reality to bring back Jack Harkness from death. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)

Jack would later discover he could apparently no longer die by any means, and it would take him nearly a century and a half of subjective time before he finally learned that she was responsible. (TV: Utopia) As the instigator of Jack's immortality, Bad Wolf was therefore indirectly responsible for the event known as Miracle Day on Earth. (TV: The New World, et al)

Rose was unable to hold the power permanently without burning up, and the Doctor restored Rose's human self by absorbing the Vortex energy into his own body, a process that would prove destructive to his cellular structure and so prompt the Doctor's next regeneration. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) Rose subsequently lost most of her memory of her time as the Bad Wolf, saying that the knowledge had been locked like it was "forbidden", and that trying to repeat it could cause the universe to blow up. (TV: The Christmas Invasion)


The Bad Wolf entity was incredibly powerful and could destroy an entire Dalek fleet by dividing all the atoms of the ships and the Daleks themselves. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) It also had the ability to resurrect already dead beings and make them immortal. (TV: The Parting of the Ways, Utopia) It could also form a force field to defend itself from Dalek weapons and spread the words "Bad Wolf" to various points in time and space so that Rose and the Doctor would encounter the words which eventually led Rose to becoming the Bad Wolf in the first place. The Bad Wolf stated "I create myself", which was a paradox. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)

Later references

Rose heart tardis

Rose stares into the Time Vortex. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)

The Moment Is coming

"Bad Wolf girl". (TV: The Day of the Doctor)

  • When the consciousness of the Moment took form, it selected the form of Rose Tyler as the Bad Wolf entity. When the War Doctor commented that he could kiss her for giving him a way out of the dual-genocide he was prepared to commit, she remarked, "that's definitely gonna happen." The Tenth Doctor was visibly surprised to hear his past self mention the Bad Wolf, as she is only visible and audible to the War Doctor. Due to the timelines rearranging themselves, the War Doctor (and his immediate successor) retained no memory of Bad Wolf. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)

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