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Venusian aikido

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Venusian karate

The Third Doctor defends himself. (TV: Inferno)

Venusian aikido (sometimes called Venusian karate) was an unarmed combat style used frequently by the Third Doctor to defend himself and others.

According to one account, it was created by the Venusians on Venus, which meant it worked best with five arms and five legs. (PROSE: First Frontier) Another account stated that the Doctor himself invented it. (PROSE: Interference - Book One)

It could be used to immobilise an opponent by using pressure points (TV: The Mind of Evil, Inferno) and perform joint locks, throws and kicks. (TV: The Claws of Axos) It tended to use the attacker's own movements against them. (PROSE: Freedom) These were effective against many different humanoid species, but were useless against non-human duplicates and seemed to have no effect on Ogrons or Sontarans. (TV: The Claws of Axos, Day of the Daleks, The Time Warrior)

The Second Doctor learned the arts of Venusian aikido whilst on Venus with Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield. (AUDIO: Voyage to Venus)

The Third Doctor used it to disable Professor Stahlman. He claimed that, if the move was held for a period, it would paralyse the target permanently. (TV: Inferno)

The Third Doctor tried to use Venusian aikido against Primords. When this didn't work he moved on to Martian karate, but this had no effect either. (PROSE: Inferno)

The Eighth Doctor, despite his amnesia, remembered a Venusian aikido lesson and used it against Mo. (PROSE: The Eight Doctors)

The Eighth Doctor used Venusian aikido against C'rizz to stop him from strangling Charley, although the Doctor later admitted that he was out of practice. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)

Furthermore, the Twelfth Doctor drew upon his predecessor's practice of Venusian aikido when confronted by the Sheriff of Nottingham's robot knights. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

The Twelfth Doctor used Venusian aikido on Abesse after she repeatedly attacked him in the Prison canteen. He stated that he didn't use it on ladies as a general rule, but that Abesse wasn't a lady. (PROSE: The Blood Cell)

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