Venusian aikido (sometimes called Venusian karate) was an unarmed combat style used frequently by the Third Doctor to defend himself and others.
According to some accounts, and the Thirteenth Doctor, it was developed by the Venusian nuns (TV: The Ghost Monument) 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)
Notable uses Edit
The Doctor Edit
The Second Doctor learned the arts of Venusian Aikido whilst on Venus with Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield. (AUDIO: Voyage to Venus) The Eighth Doctor would remember being taught by "a many-armed glowing-eyed being in a misty cavern". (PROSE: Endgame)
In an attempt to trick Curatrix Zennox and stop her from completing her plan to bring back the Cybermen, the Sixth Doctor claimed that he used Venusian Karate to overpower Jamie McCrimmon. She thought he was making that up. (AUDIO: Last of the Cybermen)
The Eighth Doctor used Venusian Aikido against Grandfather Paradox, who countered his every move. Grandfather then boasted he was the only one-armed being who ever mastered it. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
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)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Barry Letts was opposed to the idea of an aggressive Doctor. Therefore, Terrance Dicks suggested aikido as it has no attacking moves. (DOC: Can You Hear the Earth Scream?)
- In the comic story Terrorformer, which is set after Robot of Sherwood, the Twelfth Doctor states that he has just remembered knowing Venusian karate, suggesting that Venusian karate and Venusian aikido may be different disciplines.