History Characters / DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions

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* TheWatson: One of the things that made her work so well as a companion- being a NobleSavage who had never had the opportunity to receive any kind of education beyond survival skills, she was ignorant of many things which required the Doctor to explain them to her, but she was still allowed to be very intelligent in her own right.
26th May '16 7:47:26 AM lexii
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* HoldingHands: The Doctor and his Jo always held hands while running... because actress Creator/KatyManning was so short-sighted that during the filming of their first adventure together, she ran straight into a tree.

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* HoldingHands: The Doctor and his Jo always held hands while running... because actress Creator/KatyManning was so short-sighted that during the filming of their first adventure together, she ran straight into a tree.
28th Apr '16 7:00:14 AM JamesAustin
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28th Apr '16 6:32:28 AM JamesAustin
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her very first shot is of her in a bikini, after which she immediately proceeds to almost drown.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her very first second shot is of her in a bikini, after which she immediately proceeds to almost drown.



* MaleGaze: Her introduction. The camera pans up over her body in a bikini. Perhaps the most blatant {{Fanservice}} ''Doctor Who'' has ever had.

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* MaleGaze: Her introduction.second scene. The camera pans up over her body in a bikini. Perhaps the most blatant {{Fanservice}} ''Doctor Who'' has ever had.
28th Apr '16 6:26:10 AM JamesAustin
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The series' only regular American companion ([[FakeAmerican supposedly]]), Peri was a botany student who stumbled into the TARDIS while she was on holiday. Got a bit of a shock during her third televised adventure, when her kind gentlemanly Doctor suddenly regenerated into a peremptory JerkAss and tried to murder her in the middle of his regeneration trauma. Developed a lot of attention from fans due to her tendency to wear [[FormFittingWardrobe tight clothes]].

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The series' only regular American companion ([[FakeAmerican supposedly]]), Peri was a botany student who stumbled into the TARDIS while she was on holiday. Got a bit of a shock during her third televised adventure, when her kind gentlemanly Doctor suddenly regenerated into a peremptory JerkAss {{jerkass}} and tried to murder her in the middle of his regeneration trauma. Developed a lot of attention from fans due to her tendency to wear [[FormFittingWardrobe tight clothes]].



* AbusiveParents: She has a nightmare about her step-father in her first appearance: fans were left to draw their own (generally unpleasant) conclusions.
** In the ExpandedUniverse, she was molested as a child. BreakTheCutie indeed.

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* AbusiveParents: She has a nightmare about her step-father in her first appearance: fans were left to draw their own (generally unpleasant) conclusions.
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conclusions. In the ExpandedUniverse, she was molested as a child. BreakTheCutie indeed.



* BoundAndGagged: In "Mindwarp," in Episode 4.
* BreakTheCutie: The ExpandedUniverse seems to delight in doing this to poor Peri. One tale winds up killing off her entire family. And not just that, but it was an utter afterthought in a story's epilogue where Peri had ''already'' lost some people who were like family to her.
** Another example deals with the alternate possibilities coming from her final appearances. The ExpandedUniverse gave her quite a few different fates in varying (mutually incompatible) stories. The Creator/BigFinish episode "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoCCS5E7PeriAndThePisconParadox Peri and the Piscon Paradox]]" dives headfirst into this idea, and follows a Peri who's in her late 40s, living on Earth, and completely oblivious to the existence of a Sixth Doctor. It turns out that the Celestial Intervention Agency decided to toy with her after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp the Trial]] and made ''copies'' of her, just to find one fate for her that would give her a decent ending. ''This'' Peri wound up marrying her high school sweetheart... and was abused repeatedly by her "perfect husband", to the point where she's rendered incapable of having children. She slowly gets used to the idea of having a messed-up life, only to have it interrupted by a run-in with her old self as well as the Fifth ''and'' Sixth Doctors. MoodWhiplash at its best.
* {{UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish}}: Uses this frequently for an American. Nicola Bryant did point this out to the writers, but they were worried Americanisms would confuse British viewers.
* {{Chickification}}: In her first story, "Planet of Fire," she is one of the very few characters who ever {{No Sell}}ed the Master's hypnotic powers with no previous experience of them or mental training. And she gives a snarky line in response. Unfortunately, it looks as if the writers looked at her characterisation in "The Caves of Androzani," in which she is painfully dying for most of the story, and thought that was the way she should be all the time, as the serial itself proved to be highly acclaimed, owing much of its success to her distress.
** Arguably more a case of NeverLiveItDown; After that episode, she proceeds to hold two renegade Time Lords at gunpoint, get the Doctor out of various traps and gets a cool moment in "Attack of the Cybermen" where she and the Doctor move in unison to take out some armed guards.

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* BoundAndGagged: In "Mindwarp," "Mindwarp", in Episode 4.
* BreakTheCutie: The ExpandedUniverse seems to delight in doing this to poor Peri. One tale winds up killing off her entire family. And not just that, but it was an utter afterthought in a story's epilogue where Peri had ''already'' lost some people who were like family to her.
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her. Another example deals with the alternate possibilities coming from her final appearances. The ExpandedUniverse gave her quite a few different fates in varying (mutually incompatible) stories. The Creator/BigFinish episode "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoCCS5E7PeriAndThePisconParadox Peri and the Piscon Paradox]]" dives headfirst into this idea, and follows a Peri who's in her late 40s, living on Earth, and completely oblivious to the existence of a Sixth Doctor. It turns out that the Celestial Intervention Agency decided to toy with her after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp the Trial]] and made ''copies'' of her, just to find one fate for her that would give her a decent ending. ''This'' Peri wound up marrying her high school sweetheart... and was abused repeatedly by her "perfect husband", to the point where she's rendered incapable of having children. She slowly gets used to the idea of having a messed-up life, only to have it interrupted by a run-in with her old self as well as the Fifth ''and'' Sixth Doctors. MoodWhiplash at its best.
* {{UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish}}: Uses this frequently for an American. Nicola Bryant did point this out to the writers, but they were worried Americanisms would confuse British viewers.
* {{Chickification}}:
{{Chickification}}:
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In her first story, "Planet of Fire," Fire", she is one of the very few characters who ever {{No Sell}}ed [[NoSell No Sold]] the Master's hypnotic powers with no previous experience of them or mental training. And she gives a snarky line in response. Unfortunately, it looks as if the writers looked at her characterisation in "The Caves of Androzani," Androzani", in which she is painfully dying for most of the story, and thought that was the way she should be all the time, as the serial itself proved to be highly acclaimed, owing much of its success to her distress.
** Arguably more a case of NeverLiveItDown; After after that episode, she proceeds to hold two renegade Time Lords at gunpoint, get the Doctor out of various traps and gets a cool moment in "Attack of the Cybermen" where she and the Doctor move in unison to take out some armed guards.



* DomesticAbuse: The infamous scene in The Twin Dilemma where a freshly regenerated Sixth Doctor throttles poor Peri is reminiscent of this. She also has a disturbing dream about her stepfather in "Planet of Fire." The Expanded Universe ran with it and both Peri's stepfather and future husband were abusive towards her. The audio adventure "Peri and the Piscon Paradox" explores this:

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* DomesticAbuse: The infamous scene in The "The Twin Dilemma Dilemma" where a freshly regenerated Sixth Doctor throttles poor Peri is reminiscent of this. She also has a disturbing dream about her stepfather in "Planet of Fire." Fire". The Expanded Universe ran with it and both Peri's stepfather and future husband were abusive towards her. The audio adventure "Peri and the Piscon Paradox" explores this:



* MaleGaze: Her introduction. The camera pans up over her body in a bikini. Perhaps the most blatant {{Fanservice}} Doctor Who has ever had.

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* MaleGaze: Her introduction. The camera pans up over her body in a bikini. Perhaps the most blatant {{Fanservice}} Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' has ever had.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: A lot. Nicola Bryant auditioned for Peri by secretly impersonating an American accent because she wanted to be on the show, when the producers were scouting out someone who had a real American accent. She's actually got a native British accent and it slips through many times because it's her natural dialect.
** Very pronounced in the Big Finish audio dramas. Oddly, Nicola Bryant doesn't seem to have any problem slipping back into the accent she used on the television show for certain stories, but in others she tends to speak with something much closer to her natural British accent. In general, when she appears alongside Colin Baker's sixth Doctor, she speaks with an American accent, but, strangely enough, her (chronologically earlier) appearances alongside Peter Davison's fifth Doctor feature a British accent. Which means that at some point Peri switched from an American to a British accent, and then back again. Could be FridgeBrilliance, in that Peri's accent generally got more convincing the longer Bryant was on the show, and so in her Five audios Bryant my deliberately affect a less convincing accent.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: A lot. OohMeAccentsSlipping:
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Nicola Bryant auditioned for Peri by secretly impersonating an American accent because she wanted to be on the show, when the producers were scouting out someone who had a real American accent. She's actually got a native British accent and it slips through many times because it's her natural dialect.
** Very pronounced in the Big Finish ''Big Finish'' audio dramas. Oddly, Nicola Bryant doesn't seem to have any problem slipping back into the accent she used on the television show for certain stories, but in others she tends to speak with something much closer to her natural British accent. In general, when she appears alongside Colin Baker's sixth Doctor, she speaks with an American accent, but, strangely enough, her (chronologically earlier) appearances alongside Peter Davison's fifth Doctor feature a British accent. Which means that at some point Peri switched from an American to a British accent, and then back again. Could be FridgeBrilliance, in that Peri's accent generally got more convincing the longer Bryant was on the show, and so in her Five audios Bryant my deliberately affect a less convincing accent.



* [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow Shouldn't Peri Be Back In School Right Now?]]: Depending on what her fate really is. See the alternate possibilities above.

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* [[ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow Shouldn't Peri Be Back In School Right Now?]]: ShouldntWeBeInSchoolRightNow: Depending on what her fate really is.is, as Peri is said to be a college student majoring in botany when she met the Doctor while on a holiday. See the alternate possibilities above.



--> '''The Doctor''': (affectionately) "Argue, mainly."

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--> '''The Doctor''': Doctor:''' (affectionately) "Argue, mainly."
28th Apr '16 5:53:30 AM JamesAustin
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* StayInTheKitchen: Polly gets told to "Go make some coffee" a lot when she asks how she can help. Worse, when they leave the TARDIS crew Ben gets told to find his ship and become an admiral, while Polly should take care of Ben.
** Though in the ExpandedUniverse short stories from Creator/BigFinish, it's a few years before she and Ben get together, and she forges out her own career in Public Relations, becoming a little like [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Edina Monsoon]].
** And later in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane says that they now run an orphanage in India.
** Polly was introduced as a scientist's personal secretary, which in 1966 meant that making coffee was more or less her real-life job. It's also arguably justified in a few cases, such as when she's on a late 21st century moon base where all the regular personnel are explicitly described as being highly-qualified scientists. Making coffee and assisting in the sickbay is actually the most helpful thing she can do.

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* StayInTheKitchen: Polly gets told to "Go make some coffee" a lot when she asks how she can help. Worse, when they leave the TARDIS crew Ben gets told to find his ship and become an admiral, while Polly should take care of Ben.
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Ben. Though in the ExpandedUniverse short stories from Creator/BigFinish, it's a few years before she and Ben get together, and she forges out her own career in Public Relations, becoming a little like [[Series/AbsolutelyFabulous Edina Monsoon]].
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Monsoon]], and later in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane says that they now run an orphanage in India.
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India. Polly was introduced as a scientist's personal secretary, which in 1966 meant that making coffee was more or less her real-life job. It's also arguably justified in a few cases, such as when she's on a late 21st century moon base where all the regular personnel are explicitly described as being highly-qualified scientists. Making coffee and assisting in the sickbay is actually the most helpful thing she can do.



* AdaptationalSexuality / BiTheWay: In ''P.R.O.B.E.'' (a Doctor Who spin-off series of fan videos from the Nineties, written by {{Creator/Mark Gatiss}}) Liz is either gay or bisexual as she eventually enters into a relationship with Patricia Haggard (played by Louise Jameson).

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* AdaptationalSexuality / BiTheWay: AdaptationalSexuality[=/=]BiTheWay: In ''P.R.O.B.E.'' (a Doctor Who ''Doctor Who'' spin-off series of fan videos from the Nineties, nineties, written by {{Creator/Mark Gatiss}}) Creator/MarkGatiss), Liz is either gay lesbian or bisexual bisexual, as she eventually enters into a relationship with Patricia Haggard (played by Louise Jameson).



* PutOnABus: Left for Cambridge offscreen in "Terror of the Autons", apparently dissatisified with her job of "passing the Doctor test tubes". Returned to UNIT and was stuck in the moonbase as of the ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Death of the Doctor". Barry Letts apparently didn't like the character, but she was already under contract, which he didn't renew.

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* PutOnABus: Left for Cambridge offscreen in "Terror of the Autons", apparently dissatisified with her job of "passing the Doctor test tubes". Returned to UNIT and was stuck in the moonbase as of the ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Death of the Doctor". Barry Letts apparently didn't like the character, but she was already under contract, which he didn't renew. She's said to have returned to UNIT and was stuck in the moonbase as of the ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' story "Death of the Doctor".



* NervesOfSteel: Her "fight or flight" response has no "flight" setting. She screams exactly once (not counting war cries), and that was when a [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant mutant rat]] started chewing on her leg.
** LouiseJameson is on record saying she crossed out every instance of "Leela screams" in her scripts ''except'' for the aforementioned giant rat gnawing on her leg.

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* NervesOfSteel: Her "fight or flight" response has no "flight" setting. She screams exactly once (not counting war cries), and that was when a [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant mutant rat]] started chewing on her leg.
** LouiseJameson
leg. Louise Jameson is on record saying she crossed out every instance of "Leela screams" in her scripts ''except'' for the aforementioned giant rat gnawing on her leg.



->You were the noblest Romana of them all.
-->'''Fourth Doctor'''

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->You ->''"You were the noblest Romana of them all.
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--> '''Romana:''' My name is Romanadvoratrelundar.
--> '''The Doctor:''' ...I'm so sorry about that. Is there anything we can do?

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--> '''Romana:''' My name is Romanadvoratrelundar. \n--> \\
'''The Doctor:''' ...I'm so sorry about that. Is there anything we can do?



** It would've been so much easier, in hindsight, to simply hire a man in a suit...



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* ScreamingWoman: The actress was hired for her scream which could "tear the paint off walls".
** For "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids Terror of the Vervoids]]," JohnNathanTurner asked her to do a CliffHanger scream on an "F" note, just so her scream would segue seamlessly into the ending credits. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC6cFsPG7dE She did]].

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* ScreamingWoman: The actress was hired for her scream which could "tear the paint off walls".
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walls". For "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids Terror of the Vervoids]]," JohnNathanTurner Vervoids]]", Creator/JohnNathanTurner asked her to do a CliffHanger {{cliffhanger}} scream on an "F" note, just so her scream would segue seamlessly into the ending credits. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC6cFsPG7dE She did]].
19th Mar '16 12:42:48 PM WeaselPants757
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** Polly was introduced as a scientist's personal secretary, which in 1966 meant that making coffee was more or less her real-life job. It's also arguably justified in a few cases, such as when she's on a late 21st century moon base where all the regular personnel are explicitly described as being highly-qualified scientists. Making coffee and assisting in the sickbay is actually the most helpful thing she can do.
15th Mar '16 5:29:57 PM WeaselPants757
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* TheStrategist: She's extremely adept at planning war tactics (though many of them in the end come down to "stab things really hard"). The episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" has her striking out on her own without the Doctor for a while, during which she manages to navigate Victorian London on her own and find exactly the allies she needs.

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* TheStrategist: She's extremely adept at planning war tactics (though many of them in the end come down to "stab things really hard").hard", although in her defense it isn't as if the Doctor travels with a company of archers or an artillery battery). The episode "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" has her striking out on her own without the Doctor for a while, during which she manages to navigate Victorian London on her own and find exactly the allies she needs.
15th Mar '16 5:27:40 PM WeaselPants757
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** LouiseJameson is on record saying she crossed out every instance of "Leela screams" in her scripts ''except'' for the aforementioned giant rat gnawing on her leg.
9th Mar '16 12:24:47 PM PurpleDalek
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* AdaptionalSexuality / BiTheWay: In ''P.R.O.B.E.'' (a Doctor Who spin-off series of fan videos from the Nineties, written by {{Creator/Mark Gatiss}}) Liz is either gay or bisexual as she eventually enters into a relationship with Patricia Haggard (played by Louise Jameson).

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* AdaptionalSexuality AdaptationalSexuality / BiTheWay: In ''P.R.O.B.E.'' (a Doctor Who spin-off series of fan videos from the Nineties, written by {{Creator/Mark Gatiss}}) Liz is either gay or bisexual as she eventually enters into a relationship with Patricia Haggard (played by Louise Jameson).
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