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My first was a grandfather,
My second said when to run,
My third was then a scarecrow,
My fourth was there for longest,
My fifth was a father-in-law,
My sixth was like my fourth,
My seventh changed a bit,
My eighth came only once,
My ninth was once obscure,
My tenth was no landlord,
My eleventh was married,
And my twelfth is an idiot.

Who or what am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ The use of 12 as well as the title "when" makes me think of something to do with a clock or hours. $\endgroup$ – MisterEman22 May 21 '15 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ @MisterEman22 This comment is quite ironic given the imagery in the title sequence for series 8... $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 21 '15 at 23:57
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You are:

The Doctor

Explanation:

There are currently 12 actors who have played the Doctor, and this also fits the title of "when am I?" referring to the Doctor being a Time Lord. Time Lords also have 2 hearts which would make sense with "Two-beat".

My first was a grandfather,

The First Doctor, William Hartnell, was known as "grandfather" by Lady Larn.

My second said when to run,

The Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, was well known for the phrase "When I say run, run!"

My third was then a scarecrow,

The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, played Worzel Gummidge (a scarecrow) in the 1979-1981 series Worzel Gummidge.

My fourth was there for longest,

The Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, was the Doctor for the longest (around 7 years).

My fifth was a father-in-law,

The Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, had a daughter, Georgia Moffett, who married David Tennant, making him the father-in-law of the tenth Doctor

My sixth was like my fourth,

The Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, shares the same last name with the fourth Doctor

My seventh changed a bit,

The Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, started as a comical character, but later developed a darker nature.

My eighth came only once,

The Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann, only appeared as the Doctor once

My ninth was once obscure,

The Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, also played the role of Jude in the 1996 film of the same name, based on the novel Jude the Obscure

My tenth was no landlord,

The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, was "no landlord", he was a Tennant (ba dum tsss)

My eleventh was married,

The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, marries River during the episode The Wedding of River Song

And my twelfth is an idiot.

The Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. This is referring to the quote, "You know who I am? I... am... an idiot! With a box and a screwdriver."

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done! I thought this one wouldn't last long... The clue for Seven is a bit weak, I'm afraid. The exact answer I intended was "the Doctor" (hence the missing noun is incarnation: "my first [incarnation]" etc.) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 22 '15 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ Out of interest, what was the giveaway? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 22 '15 at 0:01
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor it was actually just dumb luck. I was looking at your profile because of the recent repaying bounties you made (looking at some PSE history while there are no questions I can answer xD), and I happened to see the Matt Smith quote. It's labeled as (The Eleventh Doctor) and after I read that I immediately related it back to this question. Before now I had enough previous experience of Doctor Who to know that there are multiple Doctors, so I just googled it all up and the pieces started to fall into place $\endgroup$ – MisterEman22 May 22 '15 at 0:08
  • $\begingroup$ And my twelfth is an idiot (with a box and a screwdriver) :-D $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 22 '15 at 0:12
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    $\begingroup$ @Wouter Well, if I'd said "my eight-and-a-halfth or something", the answer would have been even more obvious! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 23 '15 at 0:05

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