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Tenth Doctor Who doll

This is the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) from the television series Doctor Who. He's the third crocheted doll is what is becoming accidentally a series. I made him for all the Ten fans out there. If you move your mouse over pic, there are captions

This little guy is inspired by chibi!Ten illustrations by whooligan  .

Rose!! Where are you? Mr. Adorable
Doctor Who on the forest moon Endor

Geroff. I was here first.

"What are YOU doing here?" "What are YOU doing here?"

Cross-posted at crafty_tardis   , whooligan     and weloveamigurumi       

10th Doctor Who amigurumi doll
by Snuffykin, October 2007

This is an intermediate-experienced crochet project. The doll is ~ 9 in/23 cm tall. If you'd like to make an overcoat for the Doctor, the pattern is here.

For more detail photos see:

worsted weight yarn
linen (shoe color)
brown (suit color)
pale blue (shirt color)
cream (skin color)
dark brown (hair & necktie color)
small amounts of thin yarn or floss: brown (eyes & brows), light pink (mouth)
optional: 2 strand floss or thread for pinstripes
yarn needle
long embroidery needle
crochet hook F


If you'd like to make an overcoat for the Doctor, the pattern is here.

weighting material like poly-pellets for torso
**If you are making Rose also, get a small strong magnet and piece of metal that sticks to it. Place inside hand of each doll, and you can make them appear to hold hands! >:-D

Suggested details you may want to add: little eyeglasses (wire or fuzzy "pipe cleaner"), pinstripes (backstitch with embroidery floss) and “buttons” on jacket, screwdriver (wood peg), glossy beads for eyes.

I used so many different stash yarns and the parts are so small it's near impossible to determine gauge. You may have to adapt to what looks best to you.

magic adjustable ring
seaming (whipstitch is ok)
basic embroidery stitches (head)
changing yarn colors within a round

For magic ring tutorial

For hair tutorial

For foundation crochet tutorial (optional for necktie)

Official photos from the series (reference for making the hairstyle):


Pattern Notes
If you find errors, I'd appreciate you letting me know so I can fix them. Please do not sell this pattern or derivatives of it.

Pattern is divided into 3 sections: Body, Jacket, and Head. Make the Body first, then you can adjust the Coat size as needed. Magic adjustable ring on all parts worked in rounds, except on sleeves. The pattern using American crochet terms. For you folks in the UK or Australia, the instructions are different.

In order to retain the slim shape of the Doctor, the coat sleeves are the actual arms instead of separate arms and sleeves. The torso is the shirt color, and a separate brown coat “vest” is sewn over it.

Body is 4 parts: torso, 2 legs, 2 arms
Coat is 1 piece: coat “vest”
Head is 4 parts: head, ears, hair cap, hair tuft & overstitching.

Work in rounds. With brown yarn:
1. Sc 6.
2. (2 sc into next st) x 6. 12 sts.
3. (Sc into next st, 2 sc next st) x 6. 18 sts.
4. (Sc into each of next 2 sts, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 24 sts.
5. (Sc into each of next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 30 sts.
6 - 8. Sc around.
9. (Sc into each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog) x 6. 24 sts.
With pale blue yarn (shirt color):
10 - 16. Sc around.
Begin to stuff torso before opening gets small. Add weighting material to bottom of torso, if desired.
17. (Sc into each of the next 2 sts, sc2tog) x 6. 18 sts.
18. (Sc into each of the next st, sc2tog) x 6. 12 sts.

Work in rounds. Arm has sleeve shaping. With cream yarn (skin color):
1. Sc 4.
2. (2 sc into next st) x 4. 8 sc.
3-4. Sc around. Stuff hand and put in small magnet/metal piece, if desired.
5. (Sc2tog) x 4. 4 sc.
With brown (suit color):
6. (2 sc in next st) x 4. 8 sts.
7. (Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) x 2. 10 sts.
8. In back loops, sc around.
9-16. Sc around.
17. Turn, ch 1, sc in each of next 8 sts.
18. Turn, sk 1, sc in each of next 6 sts.
19. Turn, sk 1, sc in each of next 4 sts.
20. Turn, sk 1, sc in each of next 2 sts.
Leave a few inches of yarn tail for sewing up later.

Work in rounds. Rounds 1-7 are shoe shaping, 8-21 are trousers.
With linen yarn:
1. Sc 5.
2. 2 sc in first st, hdc in next st, 3 dc in next st, hdc in next st, 2 sc in last st. 9 st.
3. 2 sc in first st, sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st. 12 st.
4. 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 3 st, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc in last st. 12 st.
5. Sc in first st, sc2tog, sc in each of the next 6 sts, sc2tog, sc in last st. 10 sts.
6. Sc in each of the next 8 sts, sc2tog. 9 sts.
7. Sc2tog, sc in each of the next 7 sts. 8 sts. Stuff shoe.
With brown yarn:
8. Through front loops only, (sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) x 4. 12 sts.
9. Through back loops only, sc around. 12 sts
10. Sc in the next 4 sts, sc2tog, sc in the next 4 sts, sc2tog. 10 sts.
11-21. Sc around. 10 sts. 11 rounds total.
Leave a few inches of yarn tail for sewing up later.

Stuff arms and legs. Set arms aside for attaching to jacket later.
Pinching the open end flat, sew leg slightly toward the front at the bottom of torso. This position makes it easier to make the doll sit. Repeat for other leg.
Hide yarn tails.

Use brown yarn for all sections. Leave a few inches of yarn tails for sewing up later. Making a slip stitch at the end of decrease rows makes the slant look smoother. Make sure when you turn you are NOT making the first sc into the sl st of the previous row. "Left front" and "right front" are from the jacket wearer's POV.

Begin base section
Chain 33.
1. (WS) Skip 1 ch, sc 32. Turn. 32 sts.
2-10. Ch 1, sc 32. Turn. 32 sts.
11. Sk 1, sc 30, sl st. Turn. 30 sts.
12. Ch 1, sc 30. Turn.

Begin left front section
13. (WS) Ch 1, sc 8. Turn.
14. Ch 1, sc 7, make slip st into next st. Turn.
15. Ch 1, sc 6, sl st.Turn.
16. Ch 1, sc 5, sl st. Turn.
17. Ch 1, sc 4, sl st. Turn.
18. Ch 1, sc 3, sl st. Turn.
19. Ch 1, sc 2, sl st.. Turn.
20. Ch 1, sc 1.
Cut yarn and pull tail through loop on hook.

Begin middle upper back section
(WS) Return to 13th row in left front section. Find the 8th sc made. Skip 1 st to left, join new yarn in next st.
13. Ch 1, sc 12, sl st. Turn.
14. Ch 1, sc 11, sl st. Turn.
15. Ch 1, sc 10, sl st. Turn
16. Ch 1, sc 9, sl st. Turn.
17. Ch 1, sc 8, sl st. Turn.
18. Ch 1, sc 8.
Cut yarn and pull tail through loop on hook.

Begin right front section
(WS) Return to 13th row in middle upper back section. Find 12 sc made. Skip 1 st to left, join new yarn in next st.
13. Ch 1, sc 8. Turn.
14. Ch 1. sc 7, sl st. Turn.
15. Ch 1, sc 6, sl st. Turn.
16. Ch 1, sc 5, sl st. Turn.
17. Ch 1, sc 4, sl st. Turn.
18. Ch 1, sc 3, sl st. Turn.
19. Ch 1, sc 2, sl st. Turn.
20. Ch 1, sc 1.
Cut yarn and pull tail through loop on hook.

Sew right arm between right front and back. Repeat for left front.
Sew side seam of right front and back. Repeat for left front. ETA: 3/11/09
Flip front edges over to create “lapels.” Sew in place.
Join yarn at top of a lapel. RS facing, sc around shoulder, in front loops of the back section, opposite shoulder, and join to top of opposite lapel.
Optionally, do a row of sc around shoulders and back.
Weave in yarn tails.

Work in rounds using cream yarn. This is an egg shaped head, beginning at the narrower end. The narrow end is the “neck.” Doing it this way does make it more tricky to do the embroidery on the face later, but it makes the head look nicer -- the decreases at the top are ugly and completely covered by the hair cap.

1. Sc 6.
2. (2 sc in next st) x 6. 12 st.
3. Sc around.
4. (Sc into next st, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 18 sts.
5. Sc around.
6. (Sc into each of next 2 sts, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 24 sts.
7. (Sc into each of next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 30 sts.
8-14. Sc around.
Start decreasing rounds, and stuff before head opening gets too small.
15. (Sc into each of next 3 sts, sc2tog) x 6. 24 sts.
16. (Sc into each of next 2 sts, sc2tog) x 6. 18 sts.
17. (Sc into next st, sc2tog) x 6. 12 sts.
At this point, you may want to jump ahead to the Finishing and embroider the face.

In adjustable loop, sc 3. Sew ears on sides of head.

You'll be making a hair cap first and then stitching hair strands over it.
Work in rounds using dark brown yarn.
1. Sc 6.
2. (2 sc into next st) x 6. 12 sc.
3. (Sc into next st, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 18 sts.
4. (Sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into next st) x 6. 24 sts.
5. (Sc into each of the next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st) x 6.
6-8. Sc around.
Work in rows.
9. The next 3 rows make up hair that fits over the ears. Sc 22, turn.
10-11. Ch 1, sc 22, turn.
12. Remaining rows make up hair on back of head. Ch 1, sl st in each of first 3 sts, sc 16, turn.
13-18. Ch 1, sc 16.

Position hair cap, pulling side parts above ears and middle part above forehead.
Make sure ears are on either side of head first. Does it fit? If not, change the row counts to adjust.

Read through hair instructions before starting.
1. Cut a yard of hair color yarn and thread yarn needle.
2. Beginning with just the area about the forehead, use satin stitch over Cap surface, creating hair lines. See tutorial referred to at beginning of this pattern. Stop after you’ve done this area.
3. Cut another yard long piece of hair color yarn and thread yarn needle.
4. Bring needle up and down across cap forehead area (see photo as guide), creating loops on the top surface and pulling tight the loops under the cap. It is ok if your top loops are big - they will be trimmed later.
5. Secure the loop stitches underneath the cap by whipstitching them.
6. Cut each top loop so that it looks like 2 strands of hair. Trim hair tuft.

Position the hair cap, pulling side parts above ears and middle part above forehead. Whipstitch cap to head. Contiinue to use satin stitch to cover the cap surface, starting at the bottom and working upward. Stitch sideburns.

If you haven’t done so already, make a face! Using brown floss, stitch eyes. Using light pink floss, stitch mouth. Using brown floss, stitch eyebrows. This is a bit tricky, since you have to run the floss through the center hold at the bottom of the Head.

Use cream or pale blue yarn to sew head to Torso. Try to use the stitches on the inside neck of the torso, so that it looks the the head is emerging from the shirt.

Hide yarn tails.

With dark brown yarn, make necktie.
Using foundation crochet, sc 10, hdc, dc.
Alternately, ch 13. Sk 1 ch, sc 9, hdc, dc.

Sew wider end of necktie to neck of torso. Hide yarn tails.

SHIRT COLLAR ETA 3/10/09: After adding the necktie, you can then crochet around the outside neck edge of the shirt in the shirt color yarn to create a "collar". Sl st will do or you can get fancy and do sts of varying heights to get more triangular shapes on either side of the collar. I.e., dc, hdc, sc, sl sts around the back of the neck, sc, hdc, dc -- as you like.

Sew arms (shoulder ends) to torso, jacket wrong side to torso right side. This is to prevent the arm stuffing from coming out.

Overlap the fronts of jacket, left front overlapping right front and sew backstitch to close. free stats


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Oct. 16th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
YAY!!!!!! OMG!!! He is soooo adorable!!!!!

I love him! I hope that I get some time soon to make both him and Rose and hope my son doesn't "steal" them too lol
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Aww, he's awesome, but the magic ring site is 404! I'm not familiar with it, so I don't know what I'm googling for; is there another site anyone knows of?
Oct. 16th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh dear. Looks like Crochetme has done a re-design of their site and lost the page!

Here's another tutorial:

Oct. 18th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Too perfect!
So cute! I especially love the hair -- you really nail the details!

-- Sarah
Oct. 18th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: Too perfect!
Hi Sarah! Thank you!

OMG you don't know what I went through trying to figure out how to do that little tuft.
Nov. 18th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Gah, he's so cute! *envies*

Darn me for being only a beginning-level knitter. I'm going to save this pattern and get my friend to teach me how to crochet. XD;
Nov. 18th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you likey! I think crochet is easier than knitting, but I do both. I have some online crochet sites bookmarked here: http://del.icio.us/snuffykin/good4beginners

Good luck! :D
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Yay! I was so happy to see there was a crochet section on who_knits and then to find this! I'm not the best crocheter yet, but now I have a goal! Must make Ten doll to cuddle!!

Edited at 2007-11-21 03:40 am (UTC)
Nov. 22nd, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Funny icon! (points) Thank you for your sweet comment! He is very cuddly. Please drop me a line when you make him. I'd love to see how he turned out. And look out for plushie doll case TARDIS in January!
(no subject) - paxieamor - Nov. 22nd, 2007 02:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Okay, I have a question. What doesn "sc2tog" mean? Do I skip a stitch? BTW, up until that? This has been one of the easiest instruction sheets I've ever used!

EDIT: Nevermind, I googled it =D;;

Edited at 2007-11-23 12:22 am (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry to bother you again, but I'm having a problem with the jacket. I'm at the left back section and I'm not one hundred percent clear on what to do next. This is going so well, that I don't want to mess it up. Do you have any pictures of how to start the left back? Sorry to be such a bother ._.;
(no subject) - snuffykin - Nov. 24th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
FAN-TASTIC! Those are absolutely wonderful!
Dec. 30th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Oh, his hair!
I found your pattern for Nine when I was first learning how to crochet and have been putting it off until I get better. Now that I can have a matching set I don't think the 'I don't know how to do this crazy crochet thing' excuse is going to hold up any longer.
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting and I hope you pick up crochet! I'm planning to make an Idiot's Lantern eppie Rose for 10, and maybe even a crocheted Vespa. I have the perfect shade of pink picked out for her pink skirt. Oh, I have a few more details to add to 10 too: his eyebrows need to be thicker, and he definitely needs those little Chuck Converse circles for he shoes (glued on felt).
(no subject) - goblinqueenie - Dec. 31st, 2007 09:35 am (UTC) - Expand
Baby Chucks - snuffykin - Jan. 11th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Baby Chucks - goblinqueenie - Jan. 11th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 23rd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I found this via Ravelry and instantly fell in love! I've been meaning to try amigurumi for ages now -- seems appropriate to start with the Doctor! Thanks for the pattern! Would you mind terribly if I also adapt it to make Martha and Jack dolls?
Jan. 23rd, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
Martha and Jack
Hi Perian! Thanks for asking, I appreciate it. You have my permission to adapt. I would love to see your dolls. If you post a photo of your finished dolls, would you mind doing reciprocal links? I would post a link to your dolls and you to mine? Also, I have thought about how to do variants, since people have commented about it. I'll post on my blog about it shortly!
Feb. 12th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
That's so cute!
Feb. 12th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
(no subject) - doctor_banana - Feb. 12th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 18th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Your Doctor Who Doll
I made your Doctor Doll, thanks for the pattern.
You can view my project here.
I have left a reference to you in my blog post.
Mar. 19th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Your Doctor Who Doll
Whoa! I never dreamed he'd be a real "doctor". Thank you so much for sharing your project photo. I really enjoy it seeing what has been done with the pattern. You rock, cat! :D
Jul. 25th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
He is DONE!
Thanks so much for feeding my obsession with this wonderful pattern. I just finished him and think he turned out pretty good. You can see pictures by going here... http://blitheremarks.blogspot.com/2008/07/doctor-who.html
Jul. 27th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: He is DONE!
My, how handsome you've made him! I like the distinctive little details - the longer red Chucks with laces and circles, the sleeves, the so-clever grin shape & placement. He is happy to see you. :D

The beard is so cute! I've never seen the Doctor with a beard, but I've seen DT with one. Thanks for letting me know about your creation. :)

Sep. 8th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
He's AWESOME! *adds him to Ravelry queue to try out!*
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! I hope you have fun with it. Feel free to PM if you've got questions -- the coat can be a bit tricky without a chart (which I keep meaning to put in there.
(no subject) - caitirin - Sep. 9th, 2008 12:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Wow!!! Your design is amazing!!! I love the Doctor, and I'm trying to learn how to do amigurumis....

Thanks for the pattern.

Great job!!

Oct. 25th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Hi Pattysol! Thank you very much. I look forward to seeing your Doctor. :D
Oct. 30th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
*__* very cute! might have to give it a go.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Hi there! Thank you. He's an excellent companion. ;)
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
I got here via paxieamor's post on who_knits with her Donna doll--these are absolutely adorable. My next project, for sure, just as soon as the semester ends and I have time to make stuff. :P

Thanks for being so generous with writing up the patterns and providing links to all the tutorials! I can't wait to have a set of my own!
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
Hi there! I hope you have fun with them. :D Have you seen the Flickr.com group, Doctor Who Chibis? There's a whole lot of variations that paxieamor has made there. Also on Flickr is the Travelling Time Lord Swap, which chronicles adventures of Tenth Doctor Doll traveling around the world.

You're very welcome, and thanks for the nice note! :D
(no subject) - hence_the_name - Nov. 12th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - hence_the_name - Apr. 21st, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 12th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
to CathyinPEI
Hi CathyinPEI, I got your message! I have to leave it screened though cos of the spoiler. I didn't know and maybe someone else doesn't either. But I hope that you will soon be enjoying your own huggable Doctor to cuddle. :) Cheers!
Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
So fun! I wanna try it soon. Never thought of knit doll. LOL!
Jan. 7th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
Re: Cool!
Thanks! Actually, this version is crocheted but I have seen some knit ones out there too.
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Just thought I'd let you know I've done yet another of your awesome dolls...this time a Six!

Flickr link.

The back of the coat was killer, but somehow I managed!
Jan. 29th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
FANTASTIC. Even better than the real thing... hehe !! (I mean the costume.)

Edited at 2009-01-29 04:34 pm (UTC)
Feb. 19th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your patterns! I just finished my blue suited 10 and he's so darn pretty. He goes well with my crocheted Dalek, now I just need a TARDIS.

Also I'm thinking about adapting your patterns to make the six Friends characters, I hope you don't mind.
Feb. 19th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
I've seen a very nice lunch sack TARDIS (official product) that is just the right scale for these dolls. It makes a perfect doll case and will keep them dry! No sound effects though.

I appreciate your letting me know about the adapting. I am fine with it as long as it is just for your own jolly fan fun. I only ask, please do not sell the dolls or the patterns as this will cause trouble for me, removal of the patterns, and sad children.

Do you have any photos of your creations? If you do take pics, would you mind pm'ing me on LJ when you have some photos up? Thanks! :)
May. 2nd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links! I'm totally going to find someone taleneted enough to crochet this for me!
May. 3rd, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Hi taps1223! You're welcome. Have you checked out weloveamigurumi? Lots of fans of anime and dolls over there. You don't even have to crochet! :)
Aug. 12th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
thanks you a million times for your dr who doll pattern, you have made me a very happy bunny:)i have an 11 year old daughter who absolutely ADORES david tennant...so you can guess what i'm going to make for her for christmas...hahaha!!!;D
Aug. 12th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Yay! Won't she be surprised to find a tiny Ten in her stocking? Perhaps with a bow on his head.
Oct. 4th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
My first Doctor
Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. I finished number 10 and love him to bits. He is here in my Doctor Who Crochet Set. I hope to make others too.

Oct. 5th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: My first Doctor
Hi haikugirloz! Got your message this morning and your pics brought a smile to my face. ^-^ Yays for skinny wee legs in trainers!
Jan. 10th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
I taught myself to crochet yesterday just so I could make this doll...I have two arms and 3/4 of a torso...I can't wait to be finished so I have a doll to cuddle...then I'll have to make a Rose and Donna...
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
Hi! I'm so pleased you learned just for the Doctor, and impressed you already are making in just one day! They are really cuddly. ^-^
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Making it bigger
So, after making the torso and arms, I have decided to make it bigger. I will be posting my pattern notes to do it on my journal...and giving you full credit for the beginnings!!!
Jan. 11th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Re: Making it bigger
Hi again! Ya, it was designed to be pocket!Doctor like the illustrations so I never thought to make it bigger.

who_knits is the Livejournal comm for Who knitters and crocheters, btw. :)
Re: Making it bigger - dontcallmedora7 - Feb. 6th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
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