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Doctor was a title used by physicians and the holders of certain advanced university degrees. According to River Song, the word came from the renegade Time Lord known as the Doctor, (TV: A Good Man Goes to War) The Doctor himself seemed to concur with this claim; the Fourth Doctor told Harry Sullivan "You may be a doctor. But I am the Doctor. The definite article, you might say." (TV: Robot) The Twelfth Doctor likewise clarified to Grant Gordon that he was the Doctor and that he "started it", claiming himself to be "The one. The main one, the original.", he went on to say that all other doctors were "based on [him]" and "now everyone who wants to sound clever calls themselves doctor." (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)

While the term originally and typically meant "healer" or "wise man", some cultures by the 52nd century used the word to mean "great warrior" due to their fear of the Doctor. It was implied that the word's true origin had been forgotten. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War) While Dr Solow mentioned in 2084 that her training as a doctor meant that murder did not come easy to her, (TV: Warriors of the Deep) by the 45th century, to behave like a doctor was to kill people. (AUDIO: Plague of the Daleks)

The Doctor as a medical doctor Edit

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When asked by Polly Wright if his name implied he was a medical doctor, the Second Doctor claimed he graduated in Medicine in 1888 in Glasgow. (TV: The Moonbase) On other occasions, his first (TV: "The Forest of Fear", "Mighty Kublai Khan"), fourth (TV: The Ark in Space), and fifth incarnations claimed not to be a doctor of medicine. (AUDIO: Red Dawn)

In several circumstances, the Doctor let others think his title was to be intended as a physician. The Master mentioned the Doctor's title as being "the man who makes people better". (TV: The Sound of Drums)

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  • When asked if he was a medical doctor and not just someone with a doctorate in cheesemaking, he replied that he was both. (TV: The God Complex)

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