Joy Doctors are tall, mustached men in trench coats with a flower in one of their pockets, and have a dark hat with a green band on their heads. In addition to this, they have yellow boots and spectacles as well as black gloves. Some have been seen wearing gas masks. Some Doctors can be seen wearing red, blue, yellow, green or pink hats as well.
There's an unreleased type of Doctor who appears in the launch trailer. This type of Joy Doctor is seen using a plague gas mask.
Joy Doctors are able to detect if someone is off their Joy, and will then attempt to force-feed them Joy. Sometimes they will simply try to kill them instead. However, if the player uses Mojo or takes Sunshine, the Doctors won't be able to notice the player. The doctors seen to wield a mechanical saw that deplets roughly one-third of the player's health per hit and can easily kill an unsuspecting player. If hostile toward the player in a highly-populated area it is the best to run as the whole street will be onto you before long.
Events of We Happy Few Edit
Act One Edit
A Joy Doctor is seen at the very beginning of the game force-feeding Joy to one of Arthur's coworkers. They can later be seen very rarely in Hamlyn Village and surrounding Wellie districts. Near the end of Act One, they are encountered far more frequently by Arthur in the Parade District, having created a quarantine in the district (primarily in the broadcasting tower to keep people with papers from leaving the city) and have sealed off their hospital from the public.
Arthur discovers upon breaking into the hospital to lift the quarantine off of that the Doctors have been experimenting on Plague Wastrels, attempting to cure the Plague as well as test their new Joy product, Coconut, which is supposed to be an alternative to Verloc's permanent solution. It is clear from notes that they have become increasingly insubordinate and disgruntled towards Verloc, and are running their own operations with little influence from him. Arthur then lifts the quarantine. As Arthur makes his way out of the facility, two Doctors jump him and inject him with a syringe, knocking him out.
When Arthur comes to in a testing room, it is revealed that they injected him with Coconut while he was out, and subject him to disturbing imagery, which he shouldn't be able to see. He instead sees twisted hallucinations of his brother and it is clear that the test batch isn't working. They then try to release Arthur to his holding cell, but are unable to as the button controlling the door is broken. The Doctors play around with the power before killing themselves in an explosion and affecting the whole power grid in the hospital, allowing Arthur to escape. Arthur eventually uses his frammistat to release all of the patients, who begin to fight each other and the remaining Doctors. Arthur then escapes the facility, and sets out to escape the city.
Act Two Edit
A Joy Doctor breaks into Sally's house while she is escaping from General Byng, and when she reaches her home, becomes aware of his presence, and tries to get him out of her house. He refuses, as Verloc has authority over him, and not Byng or the Bobbies. He tells Sally that there have been reports from neighbors of what sounds like a Downer in her home. The Doctor then hears Gwen, and upon realizing that there is a baby in the house, Sally tries to inject him with her knockout drug. He resists at first and attacks her, but she eventually injects it into him. Sally then decides to leave Wellington Wells with Gwen.
- In the Alpha version, after Arthur gives the blending suit to Johnny Bolton in the Johnny Bolton, Special Agent! quest, Johnny tells him to use it to enter the secret laboratory to stop Doctor Verloc and his evil plans.
- The hats that the Joy Doctors are wearing appear to be a form of German traditional hats (Trachtenhüte) even sporting a "Gamsbart," a tuft of chamois hair which is commonly worn as a traditional hat decoration in Bavaria and Austria.
- Joy Doctor surnames are named after famous poets.