Problem with The Doctor’s Wife:
Imagine the First Doctor calling the TARDIS “sexy”.
Doesn’t fit, does it?
The first Doctor didn’t actually KNOW The TARDIS, though. He didn’t know at all how to fly her, and up until The Edge of Destruction he had no idea that she was anything more than a machine.
You don’t have pet names for people (or sentient machines) you don’t know.
And different Doctors would have different pet names for her, probably.
That’s what I think. I’m sure each of the Doctors called her something else. The Eleventh Doctor, as we saw in The Eleventh Hour, took a delighted look at her and said “you sexy thing”.
I’m sure each of the Doctors — even the first, the one who normally called her “the Machine” — had a private pet name that he called her, when there was nobody there…
“Time Lord emergency messaging system. In an emergency we wrap up our thoughts in psychic containers and send them through time and space.”
—The Doctor, episode 6.4, “The Doctor’s Wife”
This is the best line in almost any TV series ever but you really only understand the enormity and profundity of it if you are familiar with the whole show’s mythology and it’s just so beautiful and I was in the bath and I cried.
Hello. I’m Neil Gaiman, I’m a multi-award-winning author of lots and lots and lots of different things, lots of awards. So when I heard that I won the SFX Screenwriting Award for Excellence for my Doctor Who episode The Doctor’s Wife, my reaction was just…
Actually, what I was really just trying to say, was, Thank You. So much.