See alsoEdit


17th Doctor Bill Cosby and his catchphrase.


The Doctor's ongoing use of "Timey-Wimey" to explain any discrepancies in the narrative have caught flak both from fans and from characters in the show, including himself. It's seen as dismissive, unhelpful, and easily mocked.

Quotes and MediaEdit

True Detective - M-brane Theory

True Detective - M-brane Theory

Basically ditto.

Santa Claus: You are deep inside this dream, all right, and it is a shared mental state, so it is drawing power from the multi-consciousness gestalt which has now formed telepathically and--
The Doctor: No. No, No, no, no. Line in the sand. Santa Claus does not do the scientific explanation.
Santa Claus: All right. As the Doctor might say, "Och, it's all a bit dreamy-weamy."
~ The Doctor will never live it down.
"No, no, the sonic would take centuries. Oh, we might as well get started. Help to pass the timey-wimey. Do you have to talk like children? What is it that makes you so ashamed of being a grown up?" ~ The Doctor considers not regenerating, just to prevent himself from becoming the Doctor.
The Doctor: It's a timey-wimey thing.
The Doctor: Timey what? Timey-wimey?
The Doctor: I've no idea where he picks that stuff up.
~ The Doctor is ashamed to hear the Doctor speaking like that, having not yet become the Doctor who will teach the Doctor the catchphrase, while the Doctor shamefully covers up his involvement in the situation. Chronologically, this is the last time he's spoken it (so far).
"Okay, landing a plane in a timey-wimey blizzard. I could push through, but if I'm out by a nanosecond, the engines will phase and I'll shatter the planet." ~ The Doctor plans to land the TARDIS using coordinates he'll get after he retroactively creates a causal link with events in the relative past by traveling even further back and influencing the creation of a vase he's recently read in an old book existed at one point.
"Happy crying. Humany wumany." ~ The moment it became clear the Doctor deserved to die.
"Oh, it's a timey-wimey distress beacon." ~ Pyramids are magic
Amy: Spacey-wacey, isn't it?
The Doctor: Well, actually, it's because the Time Lords discovered that if you take an eleventh dimensional matrix and fold it into a mechanical-- Yes, it's spacey-wacey. ~ Amy enables the Doctor's bad verbal habits.
"Wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey. You know what the crack is?" ~ The Doctor begins as he intends to go on.
The Doctor: You remembered.
The Doctor: Because you will remember.
The Doctor: You remembered being me watching you doing that. You already knew what to do because I saw you do it.
The Doctor: Wibbly-wobbly--
Both: --Timey-wimey!
~ The Doctor teaches his younger self the catchphrase, which is itself an example.
"People assume that Time is a strict progression from cause to effect but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint... it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly... timey-wimey... stuff." ~ The Doctor, flushing his credibility down the toilet.

Fictional PhysicsEdit

Timey Wimey Ball

A detailed diagram.

A Wibbly-Wobbly ball of Timey-Wimey stuff is formed when the past and the future collide. Lines of causality spray back and forth like a Jackson Pollock painting. To those trapped inside the Timey-Wimey ball, things seem to happen without reason or have no lasting effects. Characters may appear from nowhere and have non-existent backstories, or season finales may air without any buildup. It is, in effect, the ethos of modern Doctor Who.


Romana and the big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff

Romana Who and the Big Ball of Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff

Timey-Wimey is a magic word that patches up any problems that may arise when a writer trying to write a time travel narrative is rubbing up against a deadline. It automatically excuses any implausibilities, unclear causalities, and seeming paradoxes. When introduced, it was immediately picked up by the internet crazies and was one of the formative statements of the Tumblr generation.