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By Tariq Kyle (@TRQhz) at 12:00 pm, October 23, 2012

Our tenth round of BattleShips begins with Doctor Who! Which ship will make it off to the fandom vs. fandom showdown?

Hypable has decided to take on the monumental task of hosting a fandom shipping tournament, where we pit ship against ship and fandom against fandom to see which relationship will emerge the victor. In our qualifying round we asked you to pick your top 10 favorite fandoms, and we decided that the race was so close we actually made it the top 16.

Round 1: Damon and Elena from Vampire Diaries
Round 2: Matthew and Mary from Downton Abbey
Round 3: Nick and Jess from New Girl
Round 4: Stiles and Derek from Teen Wolf
Round 5: Leonard and Penny from The Big Bang Theory
Round 6: Merlin and Arthur from Merlin
Round 7: Castle and Kate from Castle
Round 8: Bones and Booth from Bones
Round 9: Aang and Katara from Avatar

And now Doctor Who gets its turn in our preliminary rounds to see which ship will represent each fandom in the final showdown.

And your ‘Doctor Who’ OTP is: Rose & the 10th Doctor

Shipping Recap

Let’s get you a little lesson on Doctor Who ships. Who’s canon and who’s fanon (fandom created)?

What we consider canon

Nine/Rose, Ten/Rose, Jack/Ten, Rose/Jack, Rory/Amy, Rose/Mickey, Martha/Mickey, Jack/Alonso, Martha/Jack, Donna/Jack, River/Eleven, River/Ten, Doctor/Madame de Pompadour, Idris/Eleven, Jackie Tyler/Pete Tyler, Amy/Eleven

As per our opinion, a canon relationship is one where the two characters have actually been involved in some sort of emotional or physical relations on the show. Flirting, kissing, sleeping together, that’s all something that would make a pair a canon ship. At least, that’s how we see it on Hypable. We’ve seen the characters above do everything from a small kiss to steamy sex scenes.

What we consider fanon

Donna/Ten,, Martha/Ten, Rory/Eleven, Craig/Eleven, Jack/Eleven, Jack/River, Sally Sparrow/Ten

A fanon ship is something that the fans would love to see on the show, but hasn’t actually happened (yet). Inside this realm of ships are also all the ships that have been hinted to in the show, but nothing has actually occurred.

There are also the ships that are inspired by two characters just interacting and having great chemistry. While these aren’t romantic relationships on the show, they’ve definitely turned out their fair share of romance fics and images on the Internet.

Vote for your OTP!

Only one ship will move on and represent Doctor Who in the final rounds of BattleShips. So which will you pick? Are you going to vote for something that has happened on the show because you can’t wait to see more, or will you vote for a fanon couple and try to show the producers that they need to give it more attention?

Pick your couple and tell us in the comments what you chose!

Confused about what shipping is?

If you’ve missed out first article, take a look at our first BattleShips post to figure out what all this shipping nonsense means. And if you still don’t understand, sound off in the comments below and we’ll help you out!

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I was stuck between Rose/Ten and Amy/Eleven.

    • http://www.hypable.com/author/lauracristiano/ LauraBC

      I went for Rose/Ten. It’s pretty much my otp for the show, and I’m all about Jack/Ianto for Torchwood

      • Kristen Kranz

        I also went for Rose/Ten. While I really liked Amy/Eleven, it just never felt right to ship them together since Rory was so awesome and perfect for Amy… #fangirldilemma

        Plus, that scene from Satan’s Pit and basically the entirety of Doomsday still get me every time…

        • LilyLuna

          That’s exactly how I feel. A part of me likes Amy/Eleven a lot, but I’d never want it to happen because of Rory. Everytime he feels like Amy prefers the Doctor it breaks my heart a little, even if there is a part of my subconcious that *wants* her to prefer the Doctor.

          And absolutely. I don’t even think I realized just how much I liked Rose/Ten until some of those more intense, emotional scenes. Not to mention the last bit of The End Of Time Part I, cue the fangirl sobbing.

  • Lucas Mass


    • Camille

      Agreed. RTD just tried to shove his pairing down our throats, but all I got out of it was a severely depressed an who latched onto a girl like a drug because she happen to be in the right place at the right time. (If it had been Martha, he would’ve “fallen in love” with Martha instead.) What happened between Rose and The Doctor wasn’t love…it was just awful.

    • isenhobbitz

      Finally! People who share my frustration! I honestly never understood this ship….

  • jghike

    There’s two River/Eleven, can we combine those votes? Don’t want my OPT to get jipped. :P

    • LilyLuna

      Am I the only one who really can’t buy into River/Eleven? It comes off so forced to me, I’ve try to believe it, but I really don’t.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605784922 Kristen Wilhoit

        I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt this way!

      • jghike

        It would seem that I’m a minority when it comes to those two. I don’t think it seems forced though. Look at their flirting in Day of the Moon and the Angels Take Manhattan. It seems genuine to me. I just love them together. :)

      • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

        I cant stand River as a character, let alone as the wife of the Doctor!

      • Emmybm15

        Oh thank someone! I thought I was the only one! I am sorry but for me I can not stand them together! No offence at all to the Eleven/River shippers!

    • LitMer8

      Combine please!!!

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Combined. :P

      • jghike

        Thanks! It’s not like they have a chance of winning though, lol.

  • Jen

    Rose/Nine. They’re the cutest :)

    • http://twitter.com/Tan_Sebas Sebastián Rojas Ch

      he died for her!

  • LilyLuna

    My vote definitely goes to Rose/Ten. Doomsday killed me. All the feels. :’( They’re absolutely my OTP for the show, as much as I love Rory/Amy.

  • LitMer8

    Um…..I got on this page and it says that I voted (which I haven’t) and then it says I voted for the Doctor and Rose (NO WAY!)
    So if there is anyway to make my vote count I want it for River and the Doctor!!!! I normally wouldnt be so annoyed but this one I know will be close and I want my vote to count!

    • Litmer8

      Just kidding..its fixed! woo! sorry!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alysia.dugan Alysia Dugan

    So…the two River/Elevens will have their votes combined, right?

  • Katie

    Oh gosh. Please don’t let Rose/Ten win. Their story ain’t got nothing on Amy and Rory.

  • http://twitter.com/Scribbler01 Brittanie Ouellette

    why is everything nine/someone or ten/someone or eleven/someone but then there is Doctor/Madame De Pompadour?? Why does she get the Doctor while others get specific regenerations?

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Just a typo! Fixing it now.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    OMG that was a tough decision. It was between Rose/10, Amy/Rory and 11/River but in the end it had to go to 10/Rose.

  • Dlmarvin05

    Ten/Rose and Rory/Amy are neck in neck! Can’t wait to see who gets this one!

  • Eva

    I can’t vote because Ten/Master is missing. :(

    • Grace

      OMG IT IS MISSING :( That really stinks, they’re my favorite slash Doctor Who pairing…

    • MYSELF


  • AnnaTveit

    Looks like it’s gonna be a really close race. It will be interesting to see who wins, because this one isn’t as obvious as many of the other rounds.

  • Kavitha

    Rose/Ten is beautiful and jewoirjwoir.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Tenny and Rose!!

  • Grace

    I feel like there can never be a fanon pairing for Jack because Jack flirts with everyone/everything

    • Mark

      Yeah…i definitely don’t remember anything out of the ordinary for Jack when he was with Donna

    • Amy G

      Jack/Ianto, and yes it counts because Ianto appeared in Doctor Who.

      • Deeve

        NOTHING tops Janto. NOTHING.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646371872 Elizabeth Lee Hammons

        I voted for Rose/Ten, but I wouldn’t have if Jack/Ianto were included.

  • Melody

    Can we combine Rose/Ten and Rose/Nine? Honestly, they ARE the same person and pretty much everyone who loves one likes the other…and some people, like me, ship Doctor/Rose and don’t even distinguish.

    • http://twitter.com/bsbrock Janeth Gutierrez

      I was gonna say the same thing. I ship Doctor/Rose, it doesn’t matter if it’s Nine, Ten, Ten2, or Eleven.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1250940497 Harper Stevenson

        YES that would be EXCELLENT.

    • Amanda

      No, because I hate Rose/Ten(and Ten in general) and I would like for them to be two distinct pairings.

      • David

        How does ANYONE hate 10? Ten was brilliant!

        • http://twitter.com/chelsina_mina Chelsea プラマー

          I don’t see how anyone can like DW and “hate” any of the Doctors, but I like Nine much more than Ten, and totally get why people wouldn’t have Ten as a favorite.


        I don’t trust people who dislike Ten….

  • lorena

    Rory/Amy everyone! They embodied true love; they fight and make up, and have a real relationship. I cry when I watch the two of them together.
    I’m sorry, Rose/Ten was a bit too weird for me. he’s 900, she’s 19…yep, nothing wrong with that.

    • Katie


    • Angela

      Although I do love Rory/Amy and I agree with “They embodied true love; they fight and make up, and have a real relationship,” if we’re talking about the age difference, technically Rory is 2031.

  • BlueBronze

    Of all the Battleships, this is going to have the most competition, I think. Everyone else’s is so obvious, but I’m torn between Nine/Rose, Ten/Rose, and Rory/Amy.

    • Grace

      I’m pretty sure Avatar already took the most competition (at least for one fandom) with Zutara v. Kataang yesterday though…they were like 1-20 votes apart the entire night xD

  • Bee

    Badwolf and the Oncoming Storm! Errr, I’ll just go with Rose and Ten :D

  • Nitzan

    How is Donna/Jack canon? Or is it because basically Everyone/Jack is canon?

    • Carilyn

      I think they flirted in Journey’s End. Flirting is counted as canon here.

      • *Believes in Nargles*

        Yeah Donna flirted with Jack, which counts. Although I don’t think Jack flirted back, which may be a first for him. Xp

        • http://www.facebook.com/alysia.dugan Alysia Dugan

          Well, he did have Ianto to go home to. Also, Daleks aren’t good for his mental health.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    Rose/Ten for me! <3

    • rsprague

      Me too. All of those. I was debating and then I saw someone wrote the words Bad Wolf and I started tearing up. Rose/Ten for sure.

      • http://twitter.com/bobsbluebox semonte

        Roseeeee :c

  • Anna

    Making me choose between Nine/Rose and Ten/Rose is probably the cruelest thing I can think of.

  • Anna

    Making me choose between Nine/Rose and Ten/Rose is probably the cruelest thing I can think of.

  • JohnMandrake


  • fghjkl

    River and Eleven sitting in a box K-I-S-S-I-N-G

  • Laudys

    The Doctor kisses a lot of people. Just sayin’….

  • Sofia

    can we have a Jack/Everything that moves ship?

    • PotterGleek

      Or Eleven/TARDIS. Xp

      • http://twitter.com/tylizard T. Yavorski

        I think that is what Idris/Eleven is supposed to be as, technically, only Idris’ body ever met the Doc.

        • http://twitter.com/erraticmusings Catherine

          They mean TARDIS/Eleven.

          • http://twitter.com/bobsbluebox semonte

            I’ve always shipped TARDIS/Doctor since I started watching Doctor Who :3 I don’t know why, but they’ve always been my OTP.

  • Samma

    OMG Eleven/Craig is here! Not my OTP, but I love them still and I’m glad they’ve got some credit!

  • Angela

    I love both Rory/Amy and Ten/Rose (voted for Ten/Rose in the end though) so I’m happy whichever ship wins.

  • http://twitter.com/netholor Kristin

    I’m only just thinking about how hard this is going to be later on! Most bracket style competitions I’ve voted for there was probably only one or two things I was rooting for but I love almost every show in this competition. How would I choose between Rose/Ten and Delena?! or between Caskett and Klaine?! waaaaaah whadamigonnadoooooo

  • Olivia

    Rose/Tenth Doctor. Rose/Ninth Doctor. OTPs.

  • Mimi


  • B


  • ilikeyourcardigan

    I realize that it’s more Torchwood-centric, but man, I would kill to see Ianto/Jack.

  • Chris

    What about Jack and Jack?

  • amy

    ngl, i will be surprised if a ship other than ten/rose wins

  • Matt Smith


  • alice




    • coffee boy chronicles

      Isn’t Idris/Doctor Doctor/TARDIS, though?

  • ilikeyourcardigan

    Voting for Rose/Ten, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/torchwoodgirl11 Katy Futrell

    No, Jack and Ianto will always be my OTP of all OTPs. You cannot ship Jack with anything else. :(

  • ok


  • True

    But I just can’t chooose! I ship all the ships, also Starship UK/Titanic should be a legit vote.

  • lulzeeluce

    Jack/everything that moves

  • http://www.facebook.com/torchwoodgirl11 Katy Futrell

    Now there must be a Torchwood OTP showdown

    • lulzeeluce


  • lulzeeluce

    Jack/Ianto…OTP forever….

  • ravenclaw1991

    Amy and Rory!

  • http://twitter.com/acjub CK

    Rose/Doctor, doesnt matter which one.
    And Jack/anything that moves!

    • emmybm15

      Same! just same!

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    The Doctor who tumblr just posted about this. Cue the flood of votes. :)

  • Camille

    Uhm, Amy/Eleven was no more “canon” than Martha/Ten. Both Martha/Ten and Amy/Eleven kissed and Martha had a much bigger one sided crush on Ten than Amy had on Eleven (she had a childhood crush on him and wanted a one night stand, while Martha actually wanted a long term romance), but Ten and Eleven rejected both of them. So why is Amy/Eleven allgedly “canon” while Martha/Ten is “fanon”?

    • Camille

      And you’ve got Jack/Ten as “canon” too. Once again, Jack basically told Martha on screen that he was in her boat: having feelings for The Doctor, even though The Doctor didn’t have any for me. So why is Martha/Ten the only one labeled as “fanon”? Seems like there’s a bias here.

      • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

        There’s no bias, just rushed categorizing. :P The canon/fanon categories are just to help explain someone new to shipping why we’d would pair a couple they might not of heard of before and isn’t on the show.

    • colierox1217

      I don’t know. I kind of feel like much more happened between Amy and Eleven than between Ten and Martha. Ten’s feelings for Martha were completely platonic. I think in a way there was a bit more romantic feeling for Amy because of the whole “Amy’s Choice” episode and how the Dream Lord tried to make Amy choose between Eleven and Rory. Essentially, the Dream Lord is Eleven, so whether Eleven wants to admit it or not, he felt something in some way for her. Maybe he didn’t even recognize it himself because of how much pain he is in about everything, but it’s still there. … Or at least that was how I interpreted the episode. At some points I felt as though Amy had “settled” for Rory after she gave up hope of the Doctor ever coming back. When he did come back, I thought that there could have been some possibility that Amy would have left Rory for him. That’s just me, though.

  • Ama


  • http://www.facebook.com/ellie.walsh.96 Ellie Walsh

    I vote Idris/Eleven all the way! That was and always will be one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes.

  • Dani

    it’s hard to pick between eleven/amy and eleven/idris. They’re both my OTPs. :/

  • powerof10

    Rose and Ten.

  • rosely

    rose and ten

  • Dianne

    Rose/Ten :(

  • Kaylie

    Rose/Ten all the way

  • Conundrum

    Rose/Ten. However I’m disappointed that Master/Doctor wasn’t on there.

  • DreamofPhoenix

    Ten/Rose all of the way, baby.

  • katie

    rose and the doctor (nine AND ten)

  • river/eleven


  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.krudop Michelle Krudop


  • Flinty

    Whispers Rory/Eleven and flies into the sun.
    But ahhh Rose/Ten yes good

  • Annabeth

    No sorry, I will ship Ten/Rose in my grave.

  • Name


  • Amanda

    Can’t choose between Nine/Rose, Eleven/Amy or Rory/Amy…

  • doctors panicmoon

    I can’t believe I missed the voting for this!!! Ugh! but I would have loved to have seen Ten/River.

  • raichu


  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    What about Jack/ Everyone :)

  • rachie_angel97

    definately amy/rory, the angels take manhatten killed my feels

  • Wilma

    Rose/Ten, to infinity and beyond! <3

  • Nina Vincent

    Rory/Eleven are canon. they kissed.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      Twice. On the mouth. (I kinda ship it)

    • Luna

      I’d ship them over Eleven/River anyday. ;)

  • Hannah

    Nine/Rose – And I agree that Nine/Rose and Ten/Rose should remain separate. Some people do distinguish and if other people don’t, can’t they just pick one and be perfectly happy no matter which Doctor/Rose pairing gets picked if that’s what happens?

  • Dani

    Did you even see the third season?!?! Martha and Ten are totally cannon, much more than others. They did kiss, they technically slept in the same bed, and Martha pretty much confessed her love for him about every other episode. They also flirted, although not as heavily as other characters. My vote is totally for Martha and Ten!!! Why doesn’t anybody give Martha the credit she deserves?

    • Elphaba Thropp

      I personally don’t like Martha, but I think I would have liked her had the situation been different. I wish that she hadn’t been in love with the Doctor, or at least had her crush be a little while after Rose, because I wanted to kill her at that point. :D

      • Luna

        Exactly. I’d have liked her *so* much more if she’d come later on. I grew to really like her character eventually, but when you’re still mourning over “Doomsday” and she’s head over heals for the Doctor, complaining at the slightest mention of Rose, you just hate her a little bit even though it’s not really at all her fault. The Doctor *was* leading her on, even if not intentionally. She did eventually figure it out and she was a wonderfully, strong character to leave when she did, with her self-respect intact. And when we see her again in Journey’s end and she’s genuinely happy that the Doctor found Rose again, you can really appreciate her development as a character. She’s not the clueless, jealous, mary sue that she came off as, but the circumstances made her seem so.

        • Elphaba Thropp

          I did like her a lot more in The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, probably because she wasn’t so clingy so I could actually see her character! ;)

    • SH

      I loved Martha. I wish the doctor had loved her a little more. After all she traveled the earth to save him and spread the word to save the world! Martha rocked!

    • http://cucito.tumblr.com/ Pandoval48

      Yeah the problem is that they put Martha too soon after Rose. When all of the Doctor x Rose shippers saw any Martha x Doctor we immediately didn’t like her. I didn’t, at least. Poor Martha. She’s actually really cool, she just came too soon after Rose.

  • SH

    Aww Ten snogged Madam de Pompadour! and made sure the king of France knew he was lord of time!

  • rose tyler

    i ship rose/doctor the most (nine and ten)

  • Sabrina

    Is the voting closed? if not, how do I vote? D:

    • SnatcherGirl

      Yeah, I JUST opened the page, and it’s not letting me D: D: D: D:

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      It is. I’m sorry!

  • Teranel

    Wouldn’t Ten/Martha count as canon?

    Somehow, I keep missing voting for the fandoms that I’m actually part of… :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000635137736 Elissa Parsons

    Ten/ Rose definitely

  • Sarah Jane

    Rose/Ten all the way.



  • emmybm15

    I am so happy I could cry no scratch that i am crying because 6 of my OTPs ships won their fandom round I will just sit in the corner now and cry because now I have to find out who I want to vote for T___T
    BTW they are Ten/Rose, Bones/Booth, Caskett, Merthur, Leonard/Penny, Jess/Nick (aka Ness)

  • Stinekey


  • Chicken

    I can’t believe Rose/Ten got more votes than Rose/Nine. I’ll favor Rose/Nine to the end of time. I can’t remember if I even voted for this poll, or I probably would have voted Amy/Rory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Romero/565902218 Jordan Romero

    Why can’t I vote? I only see the results…

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Voting has ended!

  • rouse

    Rory and amy!

  • http://twitter.com/MagicNeverEnds6 Jessica S.

    WHY MUST I CHOOSE BETWEEN TEN/ROSE AND NINE/ROSE? (I prefer Doctor/Rose.) If I had to pick one, I suppose Nine/Rose. It’ll never win, especially over Ten/Rose, but.

  • http://twitter.com/chelsina_mina Chelsea プラマー

    Why is Master/Doctor(Ten) not an option? It is more canon than some of those ships.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    Rose/ten! I actually really love that pairing.

  • LotusCalm

    Ten/Rose… I really wish more had happened when she came back.

  • Mitchel Clow

    Jack/Eleven. Vote for ALL the gay ships!

  • Craic

    Rory/Amy 4eva

  • Sara Kate


  • http://twitter.com/VSteffarud Veronica Steffarud


  • Jonathan

    since when has there been a steamy sex scene in Doctor Who???
    and I love how Jack is virtually paired up with everyone

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      Ahaha we’ve just forgotten to edit that out of the default script for this. Sorry!

  • Marina

    But where is Ten/Master? Oh Lord. That’s really a shame. Doctor/Master is so totally canon. Every Doctor and every Master – hey-hey, this ship is old enough, and still sailing! Love and sexual tension between Tenth Doctor and the Master were so obvious.
    Well, now I can only choose Donna/Ten or Rory/Eleven. It’s fanon, but who cares?

  • RussellTurner

    This is a tough one. I voted for Rose/Ten BUT i LOVE Donna and Ten.

  • Lucas Mass

    For god sake, Rose/Ten was the dumbest and most forced “relationship” in Doctor Who history, no doubt about it. Rose Tyler herself is the worst companion in Doctor Who history so it’s not like i’m gonna be interested in seeing how Doctor Who does in this contest when we send those 2…

    • Luna

      I think they’ll do quite well considering they’ve over 800 votes at the moment. ;)

  • Chelsea

    What about Astrid/Ten! The maid who wanted to see the stars from the Titanic episode!!!!

  • K.possible

    Technically rory and doctor have kissed. Doesn’t that make them canon by your rules??

    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      It wasn’t a romantic kiss.

  • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

    I love how the picture for post is ’10/Rose’ vs ‘Amy and Rory’ because that is really what it turned out to be

  • Moonshoes Potter

    Rose and Ten. OTP

  • RudeAndABitGinger

    Ten/Rose, because she made him better, and I love them for all the epic feels.

  • Rain

    Does a kiss mean your definably ‘happening’? Cause… uh…. Uh oh.

    Also, Nine/Ten/Rose by the way.

  • Lampy


  • cassidy

    what happened to eleven/rose?

  • Mimi

    BUt wait, wasn’t Martha in love with the Doctor and didn’t they kiss even though it meant nothing…? Because I don’t ship it, but if it’s one-sided canon isn’t it still canon?

  • EmilyO

    Amy married Rory, that would have been crap as a ship, eleven and Amy… If that ship had gone into finals, I’d move to gallifray.

  • otplover

    Doctor/rose I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP, I WONT PUT MY HANDS UP AND SURRENDER! seriously, they are my otp and are just perf together and will live each other eternally, screw river and Amy I say

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