History Characters / DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions

21st Jul '17 5:20:43 AM moloch
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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Liz was an intelligent, astute and ambitious scientist, Jo was young, ditzy, uneducated and scream-pone, though she could be brave and resourceful. This was done because it was felt Liz was too strong a Doctor substitute.

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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Liz was an intelligent, astute and ambitious scientist, Jo was young, ditzy, somewhat uneducated scientifically and scream-pone, though she could be brave and resourceful. scream-prone. This was done because it was felt [[Creator/TerranceDicks by some]] that Liz was too strong like [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist the]] [[DeadpanSnarker Doctor]] and the assistant's job was [[BoundAndGagged get captured and scream a Doctor substitute. lot]]. The fact that [[Creator/RobertHolmes others]] immediately established her as also brave, resourceful [[EscapeArtist and specifically good at escaping capture]], along with Katy Manning's winning portrayal and warm relationship with Pertwee, nicely averted a potential ReplacementScrappy situation.
20th Jul '17 9:14:52 AM avon
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* BreakTheHaughty: Her second time hosting the Mara in her head doesn't leave her asleep through the ordeal, and she experiences it as a horrific AndIMustScream situation. She ends up with a disturbingly realistic trauma, crying and shaking while all the Doctor can do is hold her.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Her second time hosting the Mara in her head doesn't leave her asleep through the ordeal, and she experiences it as a horrific AndIMustScream situation. She ends up with a disturbingly realistic trauma, crying and shaking while all the Doctor can do is hold her. The violence and death (of "a lot of good people" in Tegan's words) that is integral to the Doctor's travels eventually became too much for her, hence her departure. Later expanded universe stories that follow up on her post-Doctor life suggest that she suffered from a form of PTSD.
20th Jul '17 8:53:55 AM avon
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** Whether or not Susan should be described as a Time Lord herself (as in a member of the Time Lord Race) or a Gallifreyan is up to debate. Onscreen, it has been arguably suggested that not all Gallifreyans are necessarily Time Lords and that Time Lords are an elite society which one must join and be indoctrinated into (including the Time Lord Academy). This means that Susan may or may not have the ability to regenerate.

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** Whether or not Susan should be described as a Time Lord herself (as in a member of the Time Lord Race) or a Gallifreyan is up to debate. Onscreen, it has been arguably suggested that not all Gallifreyans are necessarily Time Lords and that Time Lords are an elite society which one must join and be indoctrinated into (including the Time Lord Academy). Being that Susan was depicted as a teenager, there is little evidence that she had already done this. Her demonstrated superior knowledge of science had been explicitly mentioned to be normal for children of her planet, so that wasn't an indication of Time Lord education. This means that Susan may or may not have the ability to regenerate.
17th Jul '17 10:50:50 AM avon
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** Whether or not Susan should be described as a Time Lord herself (as in a member of the Time Lord Race) or a Gallifreyan is up to debate. Onscreen, it has been arguably suggested that not all Gallifreyans are necessarily Time Lords and that Time Lords are an elite society which one must join and be indoctrinated into (including the Time Lord Academy). This means that Susan may or may not have the ability to regenerate.



* InsistentTerminology: Whether or not Susan should be described as a Time Lord herself (as in a member of the Time Lord Race) or a Gallifreyan is up to debate. Onscreen, it has been arguably suggested that not all Gallifreyans are necessarily Time Lords and that Time Lords are an elite society which one must join and be indoctrinated into (including the Time Lord Academy). This means that Susan may or may not have the ability to regenerate.
17th Jul '17 10:48:23 AM avon
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* InsistentTerminology: Whether or not Susan should be described as a Time Lord herself (as in a member of the Time Lord Race) or a Gallifreyan is up to debate. Onscreen, it has been arguably suggested that not all Gallifreyans are necessarily Time Lords and that Time Lords are an elite society which one must join and be indoctrinated into (including the Time Lord Academy). This means that Susan may or may not have the ability to regenerate.
15th Jul '17 2:04:41 PM ClintEastwood
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* {{Adorkable}}: Certainly has her moments of this.



* Adorkable: Certainly has her moments of this.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Her respons to cavemen kidnapping her grandfather was to jump on the back of one and start attacking it. Granted, she didn't succeed in defeating him but right there it was established she will resort to violence if pushed too far.

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* Adorkable: Certainly has her moments of this.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Her respons response to cavemen kidnapping her grandfather was to jump on the back of one and start attacking it. Granted, she didn't succeed in defeating him but right there it was established she will resort to violence if pushed too far.



* BoundAndGagged: In "The Keys of Marinus", in Episode 6.

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* BoundAndGagged: In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus The Keys of Marinus", Marinus]]", in Episode 6.



* BusCrash: The Doctor stated he was the LastOfHisKind as early as "The End of the World". In the later episodes "The Empty Child", "Fear Her" and "The Doctor's Daughter", the Doctor reminisces about having had children once, and confirms that he considers every last Time Lord dead.

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* BusCrash: The Doctor stated he was the LastOfHisKind as early as "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of the World". Time]]". In the later episodes "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild The Empty Child", "Fear Her" Child]]", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E11FearHer Fear Her]]" and "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter", Daughter]]", the Doctor reminisces about having had children once, and confirms that he considers every last Time Lord dead.



* TheCameo: She's ''very'' briefly seen, from the back, in a flashback in "The Name of the Doctor". Her photo also appears on the Doctor's desk in ''The Pilot''.
* CategoryTraitor: Has become this by leaving Gallifry and breaking the non-interference clause with her Grandfather. The EU indicates the Doctor fearing repercussions for this played a role in him leaving her behind on a "safe" Earth.
* CheerfulChild: She has a tendency to act younger than her apparent age, probably because she is ''extremely'' young by Time Lord standards, and can't resist a giggle even at the most inappropriate times. For example, she laughs at the way one of her Dalek captors says her name in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]

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* TheCameo: She's ''very'' briefly seen, from the back, in a flashback in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E13TheNameOfTheDoctor The Name of the Doctor". Doctor]]". Her photo also appears on the Doctor's desk in ''The Pilot''.
"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot The Pilot]]".
* CategoryTraitor: Has become this by leaving Gallifry Gallifrey and breaking the non-interference clause with her Grandfather. The EU indicates the Doctor fearing repercussions for this played a role in him leaving her behind on a "safe" Earth.
* CheerfulChild: She has a tendency to act younger than her apparent age, probably because she is ''extremely'' young by Time Lord standards, and can't resist a giggle even at the most inappropriate times. For example, she laughs at the way one of her Dalek captors says her name in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]Daleks]]".
* CloudCuckoolander: Her odder moments of behaviour, or when her behaviour changes (as noted bellow), could be explained as this.



* CloudCuckooLander: Her odder moments of behaviour, or when her behaviour changes (as noted bellow), could be explained as this.



* DependingOnTheWriter: Susan had originally been intended as a CreepyGood ActionGirl with PsychicPowers but was [[{{Retool}} Retooled]] into a "normal girl" after the unaired pilot. The result of this is that her character fluctuates wildly between scripts: in "An Unearthly Child" she is a nice girl who wishes she was normal but shows a little NightmareFetishist behaviour ("I like walking through the dark. It's mysterious.") and physically attacks a massive, armed caveman to save her friends; in "The Daleks" she is a KiddieKid who displays exaggerated fear about walking through the dark and the few times she's allowed to speak it's to make stupid suggestions ("First we all lie down and pretend to be dead..."); in "The Edge of Destruction" she drifts around in a long dress, babbles about creatures inside her and threatens to shred Ian with a pair of surgical scissors; in "Marco Polo" she is a TotallyRadical sixties teen who thinks everything is "gear"; in "The Keys of Marinus" she is a DistressedDamsel; in "The Aztecs" she has nothing to do; in "The Sensorites" she has a fight with her grandfather and saves the day with her telepathic powers; and then in "The Reign of Terror" she refuses to attempt to escape from a prison when she and Barbara are due to be guillotined because she's scared of the rats, and then develops a fever for plot convenience.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: Susan had She was originally been intended as a CreepyGood ActionGirl with PsychicPowers but was [[{{Retool}} Retooled]] into a "normal girl" after the unaired pilot. The result of this is that her character fluctuates wildly between scripts: in "An Unearthly Child" she is a nice girl who wishes she was normal but shows a little NightmareFetishist behaviour ("I like walking through the dark. It's mysterious.") and physically attacks a massive, armed caveman to save her friends; in "The Daleks" she is a KiddieKid who displays exaggerated fear about walking through the dark and the few times she's allowed to speak it's to make stupid suggestions ("First we all lie down and pretend to be dead..."); in "The Edge of Destruction" she drifts around in a long dress, babbles about creatures inside her and threatens to shred Ian with a pair of surgical scissors; in "Marco Polo" she is a TotallyRadical sixties teen who thinks everything is "gear"; in "The Keys of Marinus" she is a DistressedDamsel; in "The Aztecs" she has nothing to do; in "The Sensorites" she has a fight with her grandfather and saves the day with her telepathic powers; and then in "The Reign of Terror" she refuses to attempt to escape from a prison when she and Barbara are due to be guillotined because she's scared of the rats, and then develops a fever for plot convenience.



* PstandardPsychicPstance: In "The Sensorites."

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* PstandardPsychicPstance: In "The Sensorites.""[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites The Sensorites]]".



* HilariousInHindsight: Her touching and picking up a flower in "The Daleks" becomes much more rebellious with the revelation of Gallifrey's dirt aversion.



* UndyingLoyalty: Mostly to her grandfather, but she will also refuse to leave other allies in trouble and consequently have to be physically dragged off so that she does.



* UndyingLoyalty: Mostly to her grandfather, but she will also refuse to leave other allies in trouble and consequently have to be physically dragged off so that she does.



* TheAgeless: In "Death of the Doctor" on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane, after doing research to find other old companions of the Doctor, says that Ian and Barbara, now married and professors at Cambridge, are said not to have aged since the 1960s.

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* TheAgeless: In "Death "[[Recap/TheSarahJaneAdventuresS4E5E6DeathOfTheDoctor Death of the Doctor" Doctor]]" on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Sarah Jane, after doing research to find other old companions of the Doctor, says that Ian and Barbara, now married and professors at Cambridge, are said not to have aged since the 1960s.



* BoundAndGagged: In "The Crusade", in Episode 1.

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* BoundAndGagged: In "The Crusade", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade The Crusade]]", in Episode 1.



* DamselInDistress: She alternately played this trope straight and subverted it. The most memorable straight example would be in "An Unearthly Child", where she spends most of the last two episodes screaming and crying. She seems to have gotten it out of her system by the next serial, where she's perfectly happy to go on a commando raid into the Dalek city. Her most memorable subversion is probably "The Crusade", where she does get kidnapped, but rescues herself and is on her way back to rescue everyone else by the time Ian shows up to save her.



* GodGuise: In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]", she gets mistaken for the Aztec deity Yetaxa and tries to use her position to change the Aztec Empire.



* MistakenForGods: In "The Aztecs".



* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Usually played straight, but the trope came back to bite her in "The Rescue", when she mistook Vicki's pet for a monster and shot it right in front of the girl.

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Usually played straight, but the trope came back to bite her in "The Rescue", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E3TheRescue The Rescue]]", when she mistook Vicki's pet for a monster and shot it right in front of the girl.



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: He has a very dry, sardonic sense of humour. Being a schoolteacher, his snark was distinctively SternTeacher humour.



* {{Adorkable}}: A strong contender for the most adorable companion ever. Her sheer joy at adventuring through history is endearing.



* DependingOnTheWriter: He started with a fairly consistent personality but devolved into a cypher due to necessity - at the time, the production was very shaky (new producers, a new technical team, tensions throughout the crew, and a lead actor who was struggling with mental health problems and couldn't remember his lines) and so the writers had to adapt scripts intended for recently departed characters for Steven, and adapt them to de-emphasise the role of the Doctor as there had been talk of completely removing his character and ReTooling the show around Steven. As a result his character ended up filling whatever niche it needed to - funny, serious, an ActionHero, an AllLovingHero, a romantic lead, a quirky Doctor Expy, and so on. The TARDIS Eruditorum has pointed out that it's possible Steven's chameleonic personality is underappreciated in terms of keeping the show together - it kept stories ticking along well enough that regenerating the Doctor - and thus ensuring the show would continue for decades - became possible.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: He started with a fairly consistent personality but devolved into a cypher due to necessity - at the time, the production was very shaky (new producers, a new technical team, tensions throughout the crew, and a lead actor who was struggling with mental health problems and couldn't remember his lines) and so the writers had to adapt scripts intended for recently departed characters for Steven, and adapt them to de-emphasise the role of the Doctor as there had been talk of completely removing his character and ReTooling the show around Steven. As a result his character ended up filling whatever niche it needed to - funny, serious, an ActionHero, an AllLovingHero, a romantic lead, a quirky Doctor Expy, {{Expy}}, and so on. The TARDIS Eruditorum has pointed out that it's possible Steven's chameleonic personality is underappreciated in terms of keeping the show together - it kept stories ticking along well enough that regenerating the Doctor - and thus ensuring the show would continue for decades - became possible.



* {{Adorkable}}: Smart and adorable.



* FutureSpandex: Her uniform in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E7TheWheelInSpace The Wheel in Space]]", and her [[IconicOutfit sparkly catsuit]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheInvasion The Invasion]]".

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* FutureSpandex: Her uniform in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E7TheWheelInSpace The Wheel in Space]]", and her [[IconicOutfit sparkly catsuit]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E2TheMindRobber The Mind Robber]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheInvasion "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]".



* BoundAndGagged: In "Day of the Daleks", in Episode 2.

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* BoundAndGagged: In "Day "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E1DayOfTheDaleks Day of the Daleks", Daleks]]", in Episode 2.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: She enjoys a mild flirtation with Mike Yates and in "The Curse of Peladon", she's all ready to go out on a date with him, until the Doctor whisks her away.

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: She enjoys a mild flirtation with Mike Yates and in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon The Curse of Peladon", Peladon]]", she's all ready to go out on a date with him, until the Doctor whisks her away.



* FriendlySniper: Though it doesn't come up much because (like most companions to the Doctor) she doesn't usually even touch a weapon, in "Pyramids of Mars" it is established that she is a crack shot with a rifle.

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* FriendlySniper: Though it doesn't come up much because (like most companions to the Doctor) she doesn't usually even touch a weapon, in "Pyramids "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars Pyramids of Mars" Mars]]" it is established that she is a crack shot with a rifle.



* ProperLady

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* ProperLadyProperLady: A Time Lady to be exact.



* TookALevelInIdealism: Much more outgoing than her predecessor, she very much took after the Doctor.



* TookALevelInIdealism: Much more outgoing than her predecessor, she very much took after the Doctor.



* InsufferableGenius

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* InsufferableGeniusInsufferableGenius: He very much wanted to be one of these, but his sheer incompetence at pretty much anything outside of mathematics pretty much scuttled the character. As such, he frequently came across as being more "Insufferable" than "Genius".



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: There's a reason she's called "the mouth on legs".
-->'''Tegan''': Is that supposed to be Heathrow?
-->'''Adric''': It is.
-->'''Tegan''': Well, they've certainly let the grass grow since I was last there.
-->'''Adric''': Well, actually, they haven't built the airport yet. We're about three hundred years early.
-->'''Tegan''': That's great! Perhaps I can go out, file a claim on the land. When they get round to inventing the aircraft, I'll make a fortune.



* LineOfSightName: How the character was named. Nathan-Turner was either going to choose Tegan, for an Australian friend's niece, or Jovanka, after the wife of Yugoslavian president UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito. Script-editor Christopher H. Bidmead read Tegan as the first name and Jovanka as the last name. The rest, as they say, is history.

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* LineOfSightName: How the character was named. Nathan-Turner Creator/JohnNathanTurner was either going to choose Tegan, for an Australian friend's niece, or Jovanka, after the wife of Yugoslavian president UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito. Script-editor Christopher H. Bidmead read Tegan as the first name and Jovanka as the last name. The rest, as they say, is history.
13th Jul '17 2:08:34 PM MasterFuzzy
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: How the Doctor feels about her. At one point, she even builds her own sonic screwdriver (which he tries to swipe!)



* {{Cosplay}}: Many of her outfits have a distinct "fancy dress" flavour: the school uniform in "City of Death", the pink version of the Doctor's costume in "Destiny of the Daleks", the fox-hunting gear in "The Horns of Nimon". Described in one DVD extra as the only woman who could pull off wearing a fruit salad on her head.

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* {{Cosplay}}: Many of her outfits have a distinct "fancy dress" flavour: the school uniform in "City of Death", the pink version of the Doctor's costume in "Destiny of the Daleks", the fox-hunting gear in "The Horns of Nimon". Described (pretty accurately) in one DVD extra as the only woman who could pull off wearing a fruit salad on her head.



* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold

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* HairOfGoldHeartOfGoldHairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Well, hearts, technically, but she definitely fulfills this trope.



* ShipTease: Big time. The Doctor often gently teases her but is clearly very, very fond of her. The Australian commercials for Prime Computer made it more explicit with the Doctor ''proposing'' to Romana -- and she says "Yes!" before he even finishes.

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* ShipTease: Big time. The Doctor often gently teases her but is clearly very, very fond of her. The Australian commercials for Prime Computer made it more explicit with the Doctor ''proposing'' to Romana -- and she says "Yes!" before he even finishes. It doesn't hurt that there was also some ShipTease between Lalla Ward and Tom Baker. They even got married briefly.
10th Jul '17 3:52:20 AM moloch
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* [[YouLookFamiliar You Sound Familiar]]: Katy Manning also plays companion Franchise/IrisWildthyme, who has her own spinoff in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.

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* [[YouLookFamiliar You Sound Familiar]]: Katy Manning also plays companion transtemporal adventuress Franchise/IrisWildthyme, who has her own spinoff in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse. (Though technically they don't actually sound all that similar, with Manning voicing Iris in a husky, "[[OopNorth centuries of gin and fags, chuck!]]" voice.)
9th Jul '17 3:37:32 PM cartoonfan945
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* ThrownOutTheAirlock

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* ThrownOutTheAirlockThrownOutTheAirlock: Her demise.



* IChooseToStay: Both he and Polly decided to go back to their own time in "The Faceless Ones".



* IChooseToStay: Both she and Ben decided to go back to their own time in "The Faceless Ones".



* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: The concept for Ace was basically 'the exact opposite of Mel'. Mel was a girly, garishly-dressed do-gooder who nagged the Doctor into improving his health, wheras Ace was a punky tomboy who lived on a council estate and blew things up with homemade explosives.

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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: ContrastingSequelMainCharacter:
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The concept for Ace was basically 'the exact opposite of Mel'. Mel was a girly, garishly-dressed do-gooder who nagged the Doctor into improving his health, wheras Ace was a punky tomboy who lived on a council estate and blew things up with homemade explosives.explosives.
** Unlike most of the previous females companions, she acts more like a daughter/granddaughter figure, similar to the likes of Susan and Victoria.
19th Jun '17 7:16:39 AM Imjustme
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* DancingWithMyself: Demonstrated to do so in an "Unearthly Child" albeit...somewhat oddly.


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* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: Has this opinion of Earth and seems to have it of her home planet too when reminiscing in The Sensorites.
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