I'm curious why the First Doctor wears a ring on his little finger (left hand) and not on his ring finger like he's wearing the other one (on his right hand). I'm not even sure why he wears two rings as well.

This might be one of the most unimportant details but I'm never quite sure about these kind of things - it wouldn't be the first time this series surprises me with these kinds of hidden details being some part of a hidden plot or background.

  • Apparently it had a few random but useful abilities, back in an era when there was no sonic screwdriver yet. Other than that, I'm not sure if there is a reason.
    – Ixrec
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:27
  • i actually never thought about only one of the rings having a functionality...
    – Minzkraut
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:30
  • Because pinky rings are for pimps. Also, pinky or signet rings are common in older british traditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinky_ring
    – cde
    Jan 5, 2016 at 21:38
  • Sonic Ring maybe?
    – user939
    Jan 6, 2016 at 0:46
  • @Ixrec: I'd add that as an answer. That seems to cover the question pretty well. Feb 11, 2016 at 20:29

1 Answer 1


The ring on his right hand has various special powers; it functioned something like a sonic screwdriver, only before the sonic screwdriver entered the show. From Wikia:

The Doctor wore the ring on the middle finger of his right hand in his first incarnation, but soon discarded it after his regeneration into his second incarnation, as it did not fit him any longer.

The ring had several special abilities. It could supply power to the TARDIS's main doors and control a Zarbi. [1] If given the correct spectrum of light, it could unjam a TARDIS's locking mechanism. [2] The ring seemed to be able to facilitate hypnotism and protect the Doctor from electrical shocks. [3]

And in non-TV canon:

On the Ethereal homeworld, the Doctor used the ring to open an electronic lock. [4] When the Doctor received lessons in the 'magic' of Avalon from Kilvenny Odoyle, the ring served as his 'wand' through which he focused his spells. [5]

The ring on his left hand, however, doesn't seem to have any significance. As far as I can tell, it was never mentioned on the show or any special attention drawn to it.
As an interesting side note, the Twelfth and current Doctor is wearing a new ring on the third finger of his left hand, which may also have some significance, given that it was specially commissioned for him and came with the following note:

This timeless gold ring contains green amber collected by the Doctor on the planet Raxacoricofallapatorius. It reminds him of all the wars he has won but also all the lives he has taken. This thought lurks on his conscience to this day. To Peter, Best wishes being the New Doctor Who from Idris


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .