History Characters / DoctorWhoClassicSeriesCompanions

21st Oct '17 5:51:15 PM ClintEastwood
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* PluckyGirl: In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" she ''stows away aboard a Dalek time machine'' and when confronted by armed Saxon villagers, tells them to hurry up and make up their minds whether she and Steven are spies or not.

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* PluckyGirl: PluckyGirl:
** She was orphaned by a space accident, and we meet her after she's been stranded on an isolated desert planet awaiting a rescue mission while being psychologically terrorised by a repugnant monster with unclear motivations who turns out to be a man she thought was her friend in disguise - she'd still been making the best of it, by befriending the local wildlife. After the Doctor takes her on she will have occasional scenes where she will remind the others of what she's lost and that the Doctor is now her only family, but is mostly resolute and cheerful, happy to take the lead in a crisis (like in "The Space Museum"), and with a big scoop of NightmareFetishist and FluffyTamer to boot.
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In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" she ''stows away aboard a Dalek time machine'' and when confronted by armed Saxon villagers, tells them to hurry up and make up their minds whether she and Steven are spies or not.
17th Oct '17 3:01:08 AM FordPrefect
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* AbortedArc: Had the show not been placed on hiatus, the Doctor would have enrolled Ace in ''the Time Lord Academy'' so she could undergo training to become a Time Lord. The planned episode dealing with this plan, "Thin Ice," was eventually recorded by ''Creator/BigFinish'' in audio format, and Ace eventually gets into Time Lord Academy in the Big Finish ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' series under Romana's presidency. A version of this also happens in the BBC webcast audio play ''Death Comes To Time''.

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* AbortedArc: Had the show not been placed on hiatus, the Doctor would have enrolled Ace in ''the Time Lord Academy'' so she could undergo training to become a Time Lord. The planned episode dealing with this plan, "Thin Ice," was eventually recorded by ''Creator/BigFinish'' in audio format, and Ace eventually gets into Time Lord the Academy in the Big Finish ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' series under Romana's presidency. A version of this also happens in the BBC webcast audio play ''Death Comes To Time''.
15th Oct '17 1:29:07 PM Imjustme
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* JumpedAtTheCall: When the Time Lords ask for her help in fighting a very particular war.



* OutlivingTheOffspring: Used to have offspring but conflict with the daleks on Earth resulted in that not being the case anymore.

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* OutlivingTheOffspring: OutlivingOnesOffspring: Used to have offspring but conflict with the daleks on Earth resulted in that not being the case anymore.



* YouCantGoHomeAgain: As the Doctor says they are exiles from their own people. The EU even clarifies that Susan herself doesn't known why this is.

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* YouCantGoHomeAgain: As the Doctor says says, they are exiles from their own people. The EU even clarifies that Susan herself doesn't known why this is. It takes the Time War for her to go back.
15th Oct '17 1:23:57 PM Imjustme
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* TheWoobie: From having to flee her home planet for reasons her own grandfather refuses to tell her, to then being left behind by him on Earth...and things only get worse for her from there on.
15th Oct '17 1:17:00 PM Imjustme
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** Possibly subverted if the reason the Doctor thought he was the LastOfHisKind is because Susan was on Gallifrey at the end of the Time War. If that's the case, now that it's been [[TheReveal revealed]] that the Doctor managed to save Gallifrey in a frozen moment in time rather than destroying it it's possible that Susan's still alive.

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** Possibly subverted if the only reason the Doctor thought he was the LastOfHisKind is because Susan was on Gallifrey at the end of the Time War.War, with her having been confirmed now to have been there in a recent Big Finish release. If that's the case, now that it's been [[TheReveal revealed]] that the Doctor managed to save Gallifrey in a frozen moment in time rather than destroying it it's possible that Susan's still alive.



* ButNowIMustGo: Big Finish shows her deciding it's time to leave Earth in order to assist her people in the Time War.



* NightmareFetishist: When she isn't scared enough to feel in danger, she certainly is this, with her voicing a love of the dark and her excitement at fighting a caveman and the prospect of using burning skulls to chase more off.

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* NightmareFetishist: When she isn't scared enough to feel in danger, she certainly is this, with her voicing a love of the dark and her excitement at fighting a caveman and the prospect of using burning skulls to chase more off. Her reaction to finding a sacrificial knife is also to pretend to use it on herself.



* OutlivingTheOffspring: Used to have offspring but conflict with the daleks on Earth resulted in that not being the case anymore.



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Big Finish shows that the Time Lords always knew exactly where she really was, and thus when the Time War rolled around they could send the call.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: While the Doctor believing himself to be the LastOfHisKind suggests he may have believed her to have been on Gallifry and involved, exactly what she was up to during in the Time War is currently unknown.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: While the Doctor believing himself to be the LastOfHisKind suggests he may have believed her to have been on Gallifry and involved, exactly what she was up to during in the Time War other is currently unknown.unknown. She's been confirmed to having been a participant but that is all.
27th Sep '17 11:25:31 AM Jake18
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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Liz was an intelligent, astute and ambitious scientist, Jo was young, ditzy, somewhat uneducated scientifically and scream-prone. This was done because it was felt [[Creator/TerranceDicks by some]] that Liz was too like [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist the]] [[DeadpanSnarker Doctor]] and the assistant's job was [[BoundAndGagged get captured and scream a 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.

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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Liz was an intelligent, astute and ambitious scientist, Jo was young, ditzy, somewhat uneducated scientifically and scream-prone. This was done because it was felt [[Creator/TerranceDicks by some]] that Liz was too like [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist the]] [[DeadpanSnarker Doctor]] and the assistant's job was [[BoundAndGagged [[DamselInDistress get captured and scream a 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.
21st Sep '17 2:59:20 PM WalexCampledom
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!!Romana (Fourth Doctor)
->''"You were the noblest Romana of them all."''
-->-- '''Fourth Doctor'''

A Time Lord, or more properly a Time Lady, like the Doctor, and therefore has multiple regenerations. (Two were seen onscreen, dubbed Romana I and Romana II by fans; the ExpandedUniverse added several possible thirds.) Sent to assist the Doctor against his will in [[GottaCatchEmAll the search for]] the [[CosmicKeystone Key To Time]]. She was initially what one would call "book-smart": extremely well-educated (her academic record trounced the Doctor's), but quite young and with little practical experience.

!!Tropes common to both incarnations:

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: How the Doctor feels about her. At one point, she even builds her own sonic screwdriver (which he tries to swipe!)
* CharacterDevelopment: Her first incarnation was cold, detached and focused purely on the mission. Once she regenerated, Romana loosened up considerably and became much more fond of the Doctor.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Leela was an uneduated, but resource and intuitive savage, Romana was the Doctor's superior in intelligence but with less life experience.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both of them were prone to this. The first Romana's snark was rather icy, whereas the second preferred good natured ribbing.
* DistaffCounterpart: To the Doctor. A wandering Gallifreyan who dresses oddly, has adventures and (eventually) carries a sonic screwdriver.
* TheFashionista: Loved trying on new outfits, sometimes a few different ones in a single episode. Mary Tamm designed her own outfit in "The Androids of Tara" and Lalla Ward came up with her own ideas.
* HotScientist: Smarter than the Doctor, albeit less experienced.
* OnlyOneName: As with most Time Lords and Ladies. However, unlike many traveling Time Lords, she never adopts an alias, she just shortens her real name.
* OverlyLongName:
--> '''Romana:''' My name is Romanadvoratrelundar.\\
'''The Doctor:''' ...I'm so sorry about that. Is there anything we can do?
* ProperLady: A Time Lady to be exact.
* WomenAreWiser: Much more rational and level-headed than the Doctor.
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!!Romana I
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana1_3433.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E1TheRibosOperation The Ribos Operation]]" (1978)
->'''Final Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor The Armageddon Factor]]" (1979)
->'''Regeneration Story:'''[[note]]Regenerated offscreen at the start of the serial.[[/note]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Destiny of the Daleks]]" (1979)

->'''Played by:''' Mary Tamm (197879)


->'''Romana I:''' You have absolutely no sense of responsibility whatsoever!\\
'''The Doctor:''' What?\\
'''Romana I:''' You're capricious, arrogant, self-opinionated, irrational, and you don't even know where we're going!\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''Exactly!''

A tall, leggy, dark-haired woman; the initial concept of her was a "Creator/GraceKelly" sort of character. Had a penchant for armchair psychology. According to the Big Finish Audios, she regenerated when forces beyond her control were drawn out by the Key to Time and started to weaken her body, but she passed the reasons off as a whim.

* ActionGirl: Occurs unexpectedly in "The Pirate Planet" when she gets into a laser gun fight and wins.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Romana's fashion statement got the better of her when she made a really bad choice of shoes in "The Stones of Blood" and wore ''high heels'' in a terrain filled with ''rocks''. Naturally, she switched to bare feet before the end of the first episode to alleviate the pain and then put on some pragmatic boots.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She relaxes ''a lot'' over the course of her tenure.
* DroppedABridgeOnHer: Without actually getting rid of the character. Since she's the same race as the Doctor, she could regenerate and stay on as a character. However, the regeneration comes with no explanation and is a lot like a standard PutOnABus. She doesn't even get a death scene -- Romana just happily walks into the console room with a new face and announces that she's regenerating, in a completely new way that was ''never seen again'', and the Doctor is absolutely baffled. The ExpandedUniverse offered several possible explanations, which of course all contradict each other.
* {{Foil}}: The Doctor is very experienced in adventuring but barely managed to graduate from the Time Lord academy; Romana is new to the wider universe but is very accomplished academically.
* IdenticalStranger: Princess Strella of the planet Tara.
* LoveRedeems: The Black Guardian's minion the Shadow develops a bit of a crush on Romana.
* NaiveNewcomer
* PimpedOutCape: Made of [[FluffyFashionFeathers white feathers]] -- a gift from the Doctor on their first trip together.
* RichBitch: Quite posh and stuck-up, especially compared to Tom Baker's Doctor.
* ShipTease: One Christmas BonusMaterial short had the Doctor and Romana I very obviously kissing [[KissingDiscretionShot just out of view]], following by a ''rather'' suggestive look from Creator/TomBaker.
* SkilledButNaive: Maybe even more intelligent than the Doctor, but lacks any experience. When she first sees a monster, it terrifies the life out of her. She gets better though.
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!!Romana II
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana2_8868.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Destiny of the Daleks]]" (1979)
->'''Departure Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate Warriors' Gate]]" (1981)

->'''Played by:''' Lalla Ward (197981, 1983, 1993)
->Also appeared with the Eighth Doctor in the [=BBCi=] webcast version of "Shada" (2001)


->'''The Doctor:''' Psst, you are wonderful.\\
'''Romana II:''' Suppose I am. I've never really thought about it.

Shorter, with strawberry blonde hair. Still snarky, but a lot more bubbly and ConstantlyCurious. And if anything, her style flair got even more creative.

* {{Bifauxnen}}: She dressed in men's clothing a lot.
* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: Wears a very St. Trinian's style uniform in the "City of Death" serial. Lalla Ward, judging by interviews and the production notes, came up with the idea and had no concept it was a fetish.
* {{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.
* ExpandedUniverse: Her Creator/BigFinish audio spinoff with Leela, appropriately called ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' (which has its own tropes page), spans eleven years (2004-2015). Creator/BigFinish is also one of the various franchises to provide a third regeneration of Romana.
* GenderedOutfit: Wore a pink version of the Doctor's outfit at one point.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Well, hearts, technically, but she definitely fulfills this trope.
* IChooseToStay: After three serials of trying to get out of E-Space, she decides to stay at the end of "Warriors' Gate" to help free a race of [[KingOfBeasts enslaved time-traveling lion people]] from slavery.
* LadyOfAdventure: More keen on adventuring than her first incarnation.
* NervesOfSteel: An adventurous Time Lady like her picked them up really quickly after jousting against the Daleks.
* TheNthDoctor
* PlotHole: Her regeneration scene, written by Creator/DouglasAdams, is one of the series' most infamous ones. Basically, Romana shows up in Princess Astra's body and clothes and announces that she's regenerating for no reason whatsoever. When the Doctor scolds her for copying someone else's body, she merrily cycles through a series of different bodies until settling on the Astra look permanently. This type of regeneration contradicted just about everything in the series, was never explained in any way on TV, and was never heard from again. The Creator/BigFinish ''Audioplay/{{Gallifrey}}'' series, dives into the question headfirst and offers a very good explanation. Other bits of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse have also taken a stab at it: the short story "The Lying Old Witch in the Wardrobe", for example, suggests the TARDIS forced her to in a fit of jealousy (after impersonating Romana during the events of "Destiny of the Daleks").
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Creator/BigFinish audios see her becoming the Lady President of Gallifrey -- which was eventually confirmed as canon in "The Day of the Doctor", although only in tiny print in the background of a scene.
* 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.
* TookALevelInIdealism: Much more outgoing than her predecessor, she very much took after the Doctor.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whether she survived the Time War or not is unknown, in every medium - even [[BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] haven't reached that point in her life yet.
* WholesomeCrossDresser: Romana seems to like wearing men's clothing.
* YouLookFamiliar: The actress was a guest star as Princess Astra of Atrios in the story immediately preceding her debut. This was referenced in-universe as Romana choosing that form to regenerate into.

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!!Romana (Fourth Doctor)
->''"You were the noblest Romana of them all."''
-->-- '''Fourth Doctor'''

A Time Lord, or more properly a Time Lady, like the Doctor, and therefore has multiple regenerations. (Two were seen onscreen, dubbed Romana I and Romana II by fans; the ExpandedUniverse added several possible thirds.) Sent to assist the Doctor against his will in [[GottaCatchEmAll the search for]] the [[CosmicKeystone Key To Time]]. She was initially what one would call "book-smart": extremely well-educated (her academic record trounced the Doctor's), but quite young and with little practical experience.

!!Tropes common to both incarnations:

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: How the Doctor feels about her. At one point, she even builds
-->[[Characters/DoctorWhoRomana Has her own sonic screwdriver (which he tries to swipe!)
* CharacterDevelopment: Her first incarnation was cold, detached and focused purely on the mission. Once she regenerated, Romana loosened up considerably and became much more fond of the Doctor.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Leela was an uneduated, but resource and intuitive savage, Romana was the Doctor's superior in intelligence but with less life experience.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both of them were prone to this. The first Romana's snark was rather icy, whereas the second preferred good natured ribbing.
* DistaffCounterpart: To the Doctor. A wandering Gallifreyan who dresses oddly, has adventures and (eventually) carries a sonic screwdriver.
* TheFashionista: Loved trying on new outfits, sometimes a few different ones in a single episode. Mary Tamm designed her own outfit in "The Androids of Tara" and Lalla Ward came up with her own ideas.
* HotScientist: Smarter than the Doctor, albeit less experienced.
* OnlyOneName: As with most Time Lords and Ladies. However, unlike many traveling Time Lords, she never adopts an alias, she just shortens her real name.
* OverlyLongName:
--> '''Romana:''' My name is Romanadvoratrelundar.\\
'''The Doctor:''' ...I'm so sorry about that. Is there anything we can do?
* ProperLady: A Time Lady to be exact.
* WomenAreWiser: Much more rational and level-headed than the Doctor.
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!!Romana I
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana1_3433.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E1TheRibosOperation The Ribos Operation]]" (1978)
->'''Final Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor The Armageddon Factor]]" (1979)
->'''Regeneration Story:'''[[note]]Regenerated offscreen at the start of the serial.[[/note]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Destiny of the Daleks]]" (1979)

->'''Played by:''' Mary Tamm (197879)


->'''Romana I:''' You have absolutely no sense of responsibility whatsoever!\\
'''The Doctor:''' What?\\
'''Romana I:''' You're capricious, arrogant, self-opinionated, irrational, and you don't even know where we're going!\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''Exactly!''

A tall, leggy, dark-haired woman; the initial concept of her was a "Creator/GraceKelly" sort of character. Had a penchant for armchair psychology. According to the Big Finish Audios, she regenerated when forces beyond her control were drawn out by the Key to Time and started to weaken her body, but she passed the reasons off as a whim.

* ActionGirl: Occurs unexpectedly in "The Pirate Planet" when she gets into a laser gun fight and wins.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Romana's fashion statement got the better of her when she made a really bad choice of shoes in "The Stones of Blood" and wore ''high heels'' in a terrain filled with ''rocks''. Naturally, she switched to bare feet before the end of the first episode to alleviate the pain and then put on some pragmatic boots.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She relaxes ''a lot'' over the course of her tenure.
* DroppedABridgeOnHer: Without actually getting rid of the character. Since she's the same race as the Doctor, she could regenerate and stay on as a character. However, the regeneration comes with no explanation and is a lot like a standard PutOnABus. She doesn't even get a death scene -- Romana just happily walks into the console room with a new face and announces that she's regenerating, in a completely new way that was ''never seen again'', and the Doctor is absolutely baffled. The ExpandedUniverse offered several possible explanations, which of course all contradict each other.
* {{Foil}}: The Doctor is very experienced in adventuring but barely managed to graduate from the Time Lord academy; Romana is new to the wider universe but is very accomplished academically.
* IdenticalStranger: Princess Strella of the planet Tara.
* LoveRedeems: The Black Guardian's minion the Shadow develops a bit of a crush on Romana.
* NaiveNewcomer
* PimpedOutCape: Made of [[FluffyFashionFeathers white feathers]] -- a gift from the Doctor on their first trip together.
* RichBitch: Quite posh and stuck-up, especially compared to Tom Baker's Doctor.
* ShipTease: One Christmas BonusMaterial short had the Doctor and Romana I very obviously kissing [[KissingDiscretionShot just out of view]], following by a ''rather'' suggestive look from Creator/TomBaker.
* SkilledButNaive: Maybe even more intelligent than the Doctor, but lacks any experience. When she first sees a monster, it terrifies the life out of her. She gets better though.
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!!Romana II
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/romana2_8868.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks Destiny of the Daleks]]" (1979)
->'''Departure Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate Warriors' Gate]]" (1981)

->'''Played by:''' Lalla Ward (197981, 1983, 1993)
->Also appeared with the Eighth Doctor in the [=BBCi=] webcast version of "Shada" (2001)


->'''The Doctor:''' Psst, you are wonderful.\\
'''Romana II:''' Suppose I am. I've never really thought about it.

Shorter, with strawberry blonde hair. Still snarky, but a lot more bubbly and ConstantlyCurious. And if anything, her style flair got even more creative.

* {{Bifauxnen}}: She dressed in men's clothing a lot.
* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: Wears a very St. Trinian's style uniform in the "City of Death" serial. Lalla Ward, judging by interviews and the production notes, came up with the idea and had no concept it was a fetish.
* {{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.
* ExpandedUniverse: Her Creator/BigFinish audio spinoff with Leela, appropriately called ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' (which has its own tropes page), spans eleven years (2004-2015). Creator/BigFinish is also one of the various franchises to provide a third regeneration of Romana.
* GenderedOutfit: Wore a pink version of the Doctor's outfit at one point.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Well, hearts, technically, but she definitely fulfills this trope.
* IChooseToStay: After three serials of trying to get out of E-Space, she decides to stay at the end of "Warriors' Gate" to help free a race of [[KingOfBeasts enslaved time-traveling lion people]] from slavery.
* LadyOfAdventure: More keen on adventuring than her first incarnation.
* NervesOfSteel: An adventurous Time Lady like her picked them up really quickly after jousting against the Daleks.
* TheNthDoctor
* PlotHole: Her regeneration scene, written by Creator/DouglasAdams, is one of the series' most infamous ones. Basically, Romana shows up in Princess Astra's body and clothes and announces that she's regenerating for no reason whatsoever. When the Doctor scolds her for copying someone else's body, she merrily cycles through a series of different bodies until settling on the Astra look permanently. This type of regeneration contradicted just about everything in the series, was never explained in any way on TV, and was never heard from again. The Creator/BigFinish ''Audioplay/{{Gallifrey}}'' series, dives into the question headfirst and offers a very good explanation. Other bits of the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse have also taken a stab at it: the short story "The Lying Old Witch in the Wardrobe", for example, suggests the TARDIS forced her to in a fit of jealousy (after impersonating Romana during the events of "Destiny of the Daleks").
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Creator/BigFinish audios see her becoming the Lady President of Gallifrey -- which was eventually confirmed as canon in "The Day of the Doctor", although only in tiny print in the background of a scene.
* 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.
* TookALevelInIdealism: Much more outgoing than her predecessor, she very much took after the Doctor.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whether she survived the Time War or not is unknown, in every medium - even [[BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] haven't reached that point in her life yet.
* WholesomeCrossDresser: Romana seems to like wearing men's clothing.
* YouLookFamiliar: The actress was a guest star as Princess Astra of Atrios in the story immediately preceding her debut. This was referenced in-universe as Romana choosing that form to regenerate into.
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21st Sep '17 1:50:39 PM WalexCampledom
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!![=K9=] (Fourth and Tenth Doctors)
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/k-dw9_1451.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy]]" (1977)
->'''Departure Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate Warriors' Gate]]" (1981)

->'''Voiced by:''' John Leeson (197779, 198081, 1983, 1990, 1993, 2006-2008); David Brierley (197980); Roy Skelton (1979)
->Also appeared in ''Series/K9AndCompany'' (1981), ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' (20072010), and as the main character of ''Series/{{K9}}'' (20092010)
->[[labelnote:Spelling]]Both "K9" and "K-9" have seen use in licensed media, but John Leeson has always been credited as "K9" or "Voice of K9".[[/labelnote]]

-->''"I am not a dog. I dislike the terms "heel", "sit", and "boy"."''

The first robot-buddy of the franchise, hailing from the 51st century. Several versions existed. Shared a [[Series/K9AndCompany spinoff]] with Sarah Jane Smith and is a recurring character on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', being a regular for series 3. Also got his own Australian-made {{spinoff}}, ''Series/{{K9}}''.

K-9 Mark I, the original built by Professor Marius, was a highly advanced robot built to resemble a dog. Known for his laser nose, propensity to speak in LiteralMinded terms, and his constant uttering of "Affirmative", or "Negative", which stuck with his descendants. He had a short run and remained with Leela on Gallifrey. This was because his prop's maintenance ''sucked''. Prone to break even if it hit a simple bump on the floor, he was quickly replaced by Mark II. Mark I was later brought back in his own series but due to design copyrights, he got destroyed in a fight with the Jixen and regenerated through a special repair unit into a brand new appearance with LaserGuidedAmnesia to sever all explicit ties with the ''Doctor Who'' franchise.

K-9 Mark II was the replacement for Mark I, who would now only stun, not kill things. Affectionately referring to the Doctor as "Master", Mark II was conceived because K-9 was popular with the kids, but the prop needed a redesign after breaking down all the time. He stayed with Romana II when she stopped travelling in the TARDIS. At one point, John Leeson quit signing on to voice the character and David Brierley was brought on as his interim voice actor. He tried to imitate Leeson's portrayal, but still had a noticeably different inflection, so the voice change was HandWaved as K-9 contracting robot laryngitis, so it pained him to speak and he had a hoarser voice when he did. This let writers coast by with K-9 having as few lines as necessary to somewhat mask Brierley's portrayal until Leeson finally agreed to resume his duty as K-9's definitive voice actor.

K-9 Mark III was the model who got given to Sarah Jane Smith as a gift from the Doctor, in the OneEpisodeWonder ''K-9 and Company''. He turned up in a few comic stories and "The Five Doctors", and that was it (unless you count the non-canon "Search Out Space" and "Dimensions in Time"). He didn't appear again until 2006 in a few audio stories leading up to Sarah Jane Smith's return to the series proper, where he got badly damaged, fell into disrepair, and rusted in Sarah Jane's attic because she didn't know how to fix a robot dog with futuristic technology, nor could she reveal said technology to anyone before its time. Mark III's functionality was somewhat restored by the Tenth Doctor, long enough for him to give his life by defeating the Krillitanes.

K-9 Mark IV was given to Sarah Jane by the Tenth Doctor as a replacement for Mark III, along with a sonic lipstick inside his casing. Mark IV was better associated as Sarah Jane's K-9 than the Doctor's, and this loyal robot called her "Mistress". He sported a more computerized-sounding voice and did not have as many locomotion woes because he could hover up stairs. He served as Sarah Jane's loyal pet and had an ongoing rivalry with Mr. Smith, the Xylok supercomputer. However, licensing issues left him [[CommutingOnABus trying to close a black hole after a Switzerland experiment went awry]] for the first three seasons of the ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''. Then, he had a more active role in the plot, until the Australian ''K-9'' series came out and the licensing disputes resurfaced, causing him to go to college with Luke Smith and return to light roles in the show.

* BadassAdorable: Especially in the revival series.
* BreakoutCharacter: Like Sarah Jane he got his own television series, even if it only lasted one season.
* [[TheCatCameBack The Dog Came Back]]: The first K-9 (Mark I) was left with Leela on Gallifrey, the second K-9 (Mark II) was left with Romana II, a third and fourth K-9 (Mark III and IV) were given to Sarah Jane Smith...
* TheCameo: The original K-9 hosted the 40th anniversary celebrations for the series while it was in its so-called wilderness years, voiced by John Leeson.
** The newly-introduced Mark IV, also played by Leeson, appeared on ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' in 2007 for a promotion of Series 2, but he was mostly a JokeCharacter who was voted off immediately, even voting ''himself'' off (though due to the rules of the game, he had to vote for someone other than himself, but this didn't stop him from voicing his intent). The reason was that the prop operators feared K-9's dreaded habit of breaking down at the most inconvenient times would happen during the game, so they made sure he would be voted off in the first round (the game's selection of DW cast itself admittedly agreed to rig their votes so that only members of the regular cast at the time were guaranteed to stay on till the final round and guest cast got the boot--but this didn't stop top-billed actors from being voted off).
** Also cameoed on ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' as the perfect gift for ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan Vince, an AuthorAvatar in this respect of ''Who'' fan and future New-Who re-creator and showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies.
* CanineCompanion: The Doctor ''insisted'' on treating him like an actual dog.
* CatchPhrase: "Affirmative." "Negative." "Master/Mistress?"
* CuteMachines: He is very adorable.
* DeadpanSnarker: He got into many a snarking match with Four.
* DoAnythingRobot: Laser beam, hacking computers, defensive protocols, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers beating the Doctor]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E4TheAndroidsOfTara at Chess]], being a DeusExMachina...
* [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms Family Friendly Firearm]]: K-9's ever-convenient laser beam has a kill option, but is always set on [[StunGuns stun]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: Particularly if viewed specifically as The Doctor's sidekick.
* InsufferableGenius: He's a futuristic alien super computer, so he's just as smart as the Doctor. And he's ''well'' aware of it.
--> '''The Doctor:''' We all make mistakes sometimes, don't we, K9?
--> '''K9:''' Negative.
* KidAppealCharacter: K-9 was a ''huge'' hit with children.
* LiteralMinded:
-->'''Romana:''' Uh, K-9, what is tennis?
-->'''K9:''' Real, lawn or table, mistress?
-->'''Romana:''' Never mind. Forget it.
-->'''K9:''' Forget. Erase memory banks concerning tennis. [whirring sound] Memory erased.
* MadeOfIron: Subverted, K9 gets damaged often despite his claims of not being made of tin.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as a beeping RobotBuddy for The Doctor in the original series.
* TheNthDoctor: Largely subverted in that each K-9 unit is essentially the exact same thing as the previous model (except the version in the ''K-9'' spinoff, which looks drastically different).
* OnlySaneMan: K9 seems to cater to this.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: His laser weapon helps him take care of opponents often twice his size.
* PunnyName: Get it? K-9? Because it looks like a dog! K-9! As in '''CA-NINE'''.
* RobotBuddy: To the Doctor, Romana, Leela and Sarah Jane.
* RobotDog: A medical robot, originally.
* TheSpock
* SmartPeoplePlayChess
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Used a few times.
* {{Zeerust}}: Lampshaded in "School Reunion".
-->'''Rose:''' It looks so... disco.
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' ''Oi! In the year 5000 this was cutting-edge!''

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!![=K9=] (Fourth and Tenth Doctors)
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/k-dw9_1451.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy]]" (1977)
->'''Departure Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate Warriors' Gate]]" (1981)

->'''Voiced by:''' John Leeson (197779, 198081, 1983, 1990, 1993, 2006-2008); David Brierley (197980); Roy Skelton (1979)
->Also appeared in ''Series/K9AndCompany'' (1981), ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' (20072010), and as the main character of ''Series/{{K9}}'' (20092010)
->[[labelnote:Spelling]]Both "K9" and "K-9" have seen use in licensed media, but John Leeson has always been credited as "K9" or "Voice of K9".[[/labelnote]]

-->''"I am not a dog. I dislike the terms "heel", "sit", and "boy"."''

The first robot-buddy of the franchise, hailing from the 51st century. Several versions existed. Shared a [[Series/K9AndCompany spinoff]] with Sarah Jane Smith and is a recurring character on ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', being a regular for series 3. Also got
-->[[Characters/DoctorWhoK9 Has his own Australian-made {{spinoff}}, ''Series/{{K9}}''.

K-9 Mark I, the original built by Professor Marius, was a highly advanced robot built to resemble a dog. Known for his laser nose, propensity to speak in LiteralMinded terms, and his constant uttering of "Affirmative", or "Negative", which stuck with his descendants. He had a short run and remained with Leela on Gallifrey. This was because his prop's maintenance ''sucked''. Prone to break even if it hit a simple bump on the floor, he was quickly replaced by Mark II. Mark I was later brought back in his own series but due to design copyrights, he got destroyed in a fight with the Jixen and regenerated through a special repair unit into a brand new appearance with LaserGuidedAmnesia to sever all explicit ties with the ''Doctor Who'' franchise.

K-9 Mark II was the replacement for Mark I, who would now only stun, not kill things. Affectionately referring to the Doctor as "Master", Mark II was conceived because K-9 was popular with the kids, but the prop needed a redesign after breaking down all the time. He stayed with Romana II when she stopped travelling in the TARDIS. At one point, John Leeson quit signing on to voice the character and David Brierley was brought on as his interim voice actor. He tried to imitate Leeson's portrayal, but still had a noticeably different inflection, so the voice change was HandWaved as K-9 contracting robot laryngitis, so it pained him to speak and he had a hoarser voice when he did. This let writers coast by with K-9 having as few lines as necessary to somewhat mask Brierley's portrayal until Leeson finally agreed to resume his duty as K-9's definitive voice actor.

K-9 Mark III was the model who got given to Sarah Jane Smith as a gift from the Doctor, in the OneEpisodeWonder ''K-9 and Company''. He turned up in a few comic stories and "The Five Doctors", and that was it (unless you count the non-canon "Search Out Space" and "Dimensions in Time"). He didn't appear again until 2006 in a few audio stories leading up to Sarah Jane Smith's return to the series proper, where he got badly damaged, fell into disrepair, and rusted in Sarah Jane's attic because she didn't know how to fix a robot dog with futuristic technology, nor could she reveal said technology to anyone before its time. Mark III's functionality was somewhat restored by the Tenth Doctor, long enough for him to give his life by defeating the Krillitanes.

K-9 Mark IV was given to Sarah Jane by the Tenth Doctor as a replacement for Mark III, along with a sonic lipstick inside his casing. Mark IV was better associated as Sarah Jane's K-9 than the Doctor's, and this loyal robot called her "Mistress". He sported a more computerized-sounding voice and did not have as many locomotion woes because he could hover up stairs. He served as Sarah Jane's loyal pet and had an ongoing rivalry with Mr. Smith, the Xylok supercomputer. However, licensing issues left him [[CommutingOnABus trying to close a black hole after a Switzerland experiment went awry]] for the first three seasons of the ''The Sarah Jane Adventures''. Then, he had a more active role in the plot, until the Australian ''K-9'' series came out and the licensing disputes resurfaced, causing him to go to college with Luke Smith and return to light roles in the show.

* BadassAdorable: Especially in the revival series.
* BreakoutCharacter: Like Sarah Jane he got his own television series, even if it only lasted one season.
* [[TheCatCameBack The Dog Came Back]]: The first K-9 (Mark I) was left with Leela on Gallifrey, the second K-9 (Mark II) was left with Romana II, a third and fourth K-9 (Mark III and IV) were given to Sarah Jane Smith...
* TheCameo: The original K-9 hosted the 40th anniversary celebrations for the series while it was in its so-called wilderness years, voiced by John Leeson.
** The newly-introduced Mark IV, also played by Leeson, appeared on ''Series/TheWeakestLink'' in 2007 for a promotion of Series 2, but he was mostly a JokeCharacter who was voted off immediately, even voting ''himself'' off (though due to the rules of the game, he had to vote for someone other than himself, but this didn't stop him from voicing his intent). The reason was that the prop operators feared K-9's dreaded habit of breaking down at the most inconvenient times would happen during the game, so they made sure he would be voted off in the first round (the game's selection of DW cast itself admittedly agreed to rig their votes so that only members of the regular cast at the time were guaranteed to stay on till the final round and guest cast got the boot--but this didn't stop top-billed actors from being voted off).
** Also cameoed on ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' as the perfect gift for ''Series/DoctorWho'' fan Vince, an AuthorAvatar in this respect of ''Who'' fan and future New-Who re-creator and showrunner Creator/RussellTDavies.
* CanineCompanion: The Doctor ''insisted'' on treating him like an actual dog.
* CatchPhrase: "Affirmative." "Negative." "Master/Mistress?"
* CuteMachines: He is very adorable.
* DeadpanSnarker: He got into many a snarking match with Four.
* DoAnythingRobot: Laser beam, hacking computers, defensive protocols, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunMakers beating the Doctor]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E4TheAndroidsOfTara at Chess]], being a DeusExMachina...
* [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms Family Friendly Firearm]]: K-9's ever-convenient laser beam has a kill option, but is always set on [[StunGuns stun]].
* HypercompetentSidekick: Particularly if viewed specifically as The Doctor's sidekick.
* InsufferableGenius: He's a futuristic alien super computer, so he's just as smart as the Doctor. And he's ''well'' aware of it.
--> '''The Doctor:''' We all make mistakes sometimes, don't we, K9?
--> '''K9:''' Negative.
* KidAppealCharacter: K-9 was a ''huge'' hit with children.
* LiteralMinded:
-->'''Romana:''' Uh, K-9, what is tennis?
-->'''K9:''' Real, lawn or table, mistress?
-->'''Romana:''' Never mind. Forget it.
-->'''K9:''' Forget. Erase memory banks concerning tennis. [whirring sound] Memory erased.
* MadeOfIron: Subverted, K9 gets damaged often despite his claims of not being made of tin.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as a beeping RobotBuddy for The Doctor in the original series.
* TheNthDoctor: Largely subverted in that each K-9 unit is essentially the exact same thing as the previous model (except the version in the ''K-9'' spinoff, which looks drastically different).
* OnlySaneMan: K9 seems to cater to this.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: His laser weapon helps him take care of opponents often twice his size.
* PunnyName: Get it? K-9? Because it looks like a dog! K-9! As in '''CA-NINE'''.
* RobotBuddy: To the Doctor, Romana, Leela and Sarah Jane.
* RobotDog: A medical robot, originally.
* TheSpock
* SmartPeoplePlayChess
* ThinkNothingOfIt: Used a few times.
* {{Zeerust}}: Lampshaded in "School Reunion".
-->'''Rose:''' It looks so... disco.
-->'''Tenth Doctor:''' ''Oi! In the year 5000 this was cutting-edge!''
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!!Leela of the Sevateem (Fourth Doctor)
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leela_2288.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]" (1977)
->'''Departure Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time]]" (1978)

->'''Played by:''' Louise Jameson (197778, 1993)

-->''"Don't worry, Doctor. I found the answer: knife them in the neck!"''

A human NobleSavage, descendant of an ill-fated colonization expedition and genetically altered into a perfect warrior. Primarily remembered for her FanService leotard and trying to kill anything that looked hostile -- however, though she was (initially) quite ignorant, she was definitely ''not'' stupid and made up for her lack of knowledge with her own insights, kindness and SimplemindedWisdom.

* ActionGirl: Her first instinct when faced with trouble was to hurt things until trouble went away again.
* AntiHero: Unlike [[TechnicalPacifist the Doctor]], Leela [[CombatPragmatist doesn't have any qualms]] about hurting or killing others. The Doctor caves in during their third story together and just lets her kill whatever's attacking them.
* BadassBoast: She has some of the most memorable in the series.
-->'''Leela''': Before I die I'll see this rathole ankle deep in blood. That is a promised thing.
* BloodKnight: A rare example of a blood knight who's both female and one of the good guys.
-->'''Leela''': Enjoy your death, Rutan! As I enjoyed killing you!
* BoundAndGagged: In "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", in Episode 6.
* CargoCult: The Sevateem turn out to be the descendants of a crashed Survey Team, and ended up worshiping their own broken technology after a few generations of mucking about in tents.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Sarah-Jane was a clued-in but physically delicate MuggleBestFriend, Leela was an intelligent but undereducated NubileSavage who the Doctor tended to pick on as an inferior and who specialised in intuition and violence.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Her father dies in their very first scene, taking the tribe's trial instead of her after she's convicted for heresy.
* DependingOnTheWriter: When first introduced, she was relatively uncivilised but in fact highly intelligent (she is shown as abandoning all superstition when the Doctor explains science to her). In "The Robots of Death", she immediately understands what's going on with Poul, but lacks the cultural context to articulate it to any characters other than the Doctor. In "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", she caught on the nature of the villain almost as quickly as the Doctor. Bob Baker and Dave Martin, on the other hand, saw her as just uneducated and stupid and struggled to use her - in "The Invisible Enemy" she's described as 'all instinct and emotion', and in "Underworld" by the same writers she gets hit by Stun Guns and spends most of the story acting stoned as comic relief. Compare to "The Sun Makers", in which she is also comic relief for most of the story, but able to understand fairly sophisticated economic situations.
* DetectEvil: Has the ability to sense evil.
* ExpandedUniverse: Though Leela gets name-dropped by the Doctor in a couple of TV episodes (and in an "I wonder how Leela's doing" context), she doesn't return for real until [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho the audio play]] "Zagreus", where she teams up with Time Lady President Romana. The two then went on to star in [[AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}} their own spin-off]] which ran from 2004-2013. Creator/BigFinish also sees her starring in several seasons of the ''Jago & Litefoot'' series.
* FurBikini: More precisely, a leather leotard and knee-high boots. Actress Louise Jameson once showed off a letter she received from a young girl viewer asking if Leela would "please wear more clothes". In a scene filmed for the Series 5 DVD release, Amy Pond comes close to uttering the trope name when she asks if Leela (seen in a photograph) is wearing a "leather bikini".
* GenreRefugee: She's a character from an Edwardian JungleOpera novel, to go with her GothicLiterature-themed Doctor. She's from a CargoCult worshipping AncientAstronauts (albeit with a twist), uses all of the NobleSavage and NubileSavage tropes and her name is a play on 'Leila', the stereotypical name of foreign FemmeFatale characters of TwoFistedTales of this era. She also takes influence from the PygmalionPlot, to the point where she was originally conceived as a Victorian Cockney flower girl.
* HotBlooded
* IChooseToStay: She remains on Gallifrey and marries a Time Lord named Andred after the events of "The Invasion of Time".
* InterspeciesRomance[=/=]MayflyDecemberRomance: Andred is Gallifreyan, and thus HumanOutsideAlienInside and LongLived.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Simply walked into the TARDIS and pushed buttons until she was a companion, despite the Doctor's protests.
* KnifeNut
* 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. 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.
* NobleSavage: Very proud and headstrong.
* NubileSavage: Didn't wear a lot of clothing most of the time.
* OnlyOneName: As with the rest of her tribe.
* ParentService: Conceived as such.
* PsychoSidekick: She kills or inflicts potentially-lethal violence on quite a number of mooks, and the Doctor's protests often seem only token.
* PygmalionPlot: The original idea ([[NoHuggingNoKissing without the "falling in love with her" bit]]). Leela defies the trope by learning just enough about technology and manners to get by, but intentionally staying very true to her savage origins. On more than one occasion, she ends up convincing others that her way of life is just more ''fun''.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Much like the Fourth Doctor, she has zero desire to become the president of anything after she's accidentally elected, and -- with a quick ScrewThisImOuttaHere -- runs off in the TARDIS instead.
* ScreamingWoman: Defied. The times she's screamed in terror can be counted on one ''finger'', specifically when her leg is getting eaten by a monstrously-sized rat in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]". She tends to plot how to kill/defeat the baddies every other time.
* SimpleMindedWisdom: Upon encountering some ThreeLawsCompliant robots, she snarkily posits that the second law must be "men can not harm robots" -- since they obviously can't be stabbed.
* TheStrategist: She's extremely adept at planning war tactics (though many of them in the end come down to "stab things really 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.
* {{Transhuman}}: Her tribe was the result of an ill-fated eugenics experiment involving two groups of humans. Her group had its courage and strength boosted; the other group got enhanced reasoning skills and telepathy.
* 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her knife.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Her fate in the Time War was unknown for a long time. In Big Finish episodes "The Catalyst", "Empathy Games" and "The Time Vampire", her decades spent on Gallifrey without aging start to catch up with her after Gallifrey is gone, and she lives out her final days reminiscing before dying in an alien prison.

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!!Leela of the Sevateem (Fourth Doctor)
[[quoteright:150:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/leela_2288.png]]
->'''Debut:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E4TheFaceOfEvil The Face of Evil]]" (1977)
->'''Departure Story:''' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime The Invasion of Time]]" (1978)

->'''Played by:''' Louise Jameson (197778, 1993)

-->''"Don't worry, Doctor. I found the answer: knife them in the neck!"''

A human NobleSavage, descendant of an ill-fated colonization expedition and genetically altered into a perfect warrior. Primarily remembered for her FanService leotard and trying to kill anything that looked hostile -- however, though she was (initially) quite ignorant, she was definitely ''not'' stupid and made up for her lack of knowledge with
-->[[Characters/DoctorWhoLeela Has her own insights, kindness and SimplemindedWisdom.

* ActionGirl: Her first instinct when faced with trouble was to hurt things until trouble went away again.
* AntiHero: Unlike [[TechnicalPacifist the Doctor]], Leela [[CombatPragmatist doesn't have any qualms]] about hurting or killing others. The Doctor caves in during their third story together and just lets her kill whatever's attacking them.
* BadassBoast: She has some of the most memorable in the series.
-->'''Leela''': Before I die I'll see this rathole ankle deep in blood. That is a promised thing.
* BloodKnight: A rare example of a blood knight who's both female and one of the good guys.
-->'''Leela''': Enjoy your death, Rutan! As I enjoyed killing you!
* BoundAndGagged: In "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", in Episode 6.
* CargoCult: The Sevateem turn out to be the descendants of a crashed Survey Team, and ended up worshiping their own broken technology after a few generations of mucking about in tents.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Sarah-Jane was a clued-in but physically delicate MuggleBestFriend, Leela was an intelligent but undereducated NubileSavage who the Doctor tended to pick on as an inferior and who specialised in intuition and violence.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Her father dies in their very first scene, taking the tribe's trial instead of her after she's convicted for heresy.
* DependingOnTheWriter: When first introduced, she was relatively uncivilised but in fact highly intelligent (she is shown as abandoning all superstition when the Doctor explains science to her). In "The Robots of Death", she immediately understands what's going on with Poul, but lacks the cultural context to articulate it to any characters other than the Doctor. In "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", she caught on the nature of the villain almost as quickly as the Doctor. Bob Baker and Dave Martin, on the other hand, saw her as just uneducated and stupid and struggled to use her - in "The Invisible Enemy" she's described as 'all instinct and emotion', and in "Underworld" by the same writers she gets hit by Stun Guns and spends most of the story acting stoned as comic relief. Compare to "The Sun Makers", in which she is also comic relief for most of the story, but able to understand fairly sophisticated economic situations.
* DetectEvil: Has the ability to sense evil.
* ExpandedUniverse: Though Leela gets name-dropped by the Doctor in a couple of TV episodes (and in an "I wonder how Leela's doing" context), she doesn't return for real until [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho the audio play]] "Zagreus", where she teams up with Time Lady President Romana. The two then went on to star in [[AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}} their own spin-off]] which ran from 2004-2013. Creator/BigFinish also sees her starring in several seasons of the ''Jago & Litefoot'' series.
* FurBikini: More precisely, a leather leotard and knee-high boots. Actress Louise Jameson once showed off a letter she received from a young girl viewer asking if Leela would "please wear more clothes". In a scene filmed for the Series 5 DVD release, Amy Pond comes close to uttering the trope name when she asks if Leela (seen in a photograph) is wearing a "leather bikini".
* GenreRefugee: She's a character from an Edwardian JungleOpera novel, to go with her GothicLiterature-themed Doctor. She's from a CargoCult worshipping AncientAstronauts (albeit with a twist), uses all of the NobleSavage and NubileSavage tropes and her name is a play on 'Leila', the stereotypical name of foreign FemmeFatale characters of TwoFistedTales of this era. She also takes influence from the PygmalionPlot, to the point where she was originally conceived as a Victorian Cockney flower girl.
* HotBlooded
* IChooseToStay: She remains on Gallifrey and marries a Time Lord named Andred after the events of "The Invasion of Time".
* InterspeciesRomance[=/=]MayflyDecemberRomance: Andred is Gallifreyan, and thus HumanOutsideAlienInside and LongLived.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Simply walked into the TARDIS and pushed buttons until she was a companion, despite the Doctor's protests.
* KnifeNut
* 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. 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.
* NobleSavage: Very proud and headstrong.
* NubileSavage: Didn't wear a lot of clothing most of the time.
* OnlyOneName: As with the rest of her tribe.
* ParentService: Conceived as such.
* PsychoSidekick: She kills or inflicts potentially-lethal violence on quite a number of mooks, and the Doctor's protests often seem only token.
* PygmalionPlot: The original idea ([[NoHuggingNoKissing without the "falling in love with her" bit]]). Leela defies the trope by learning just enough about technology and manners to get by, but intentionally staying very true to her savage origins. On more than one occasion, she ends up convincing others that her way of life is just more ''fun''.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Much like the Fourth Doctor, she has zero desire to become the president of anything after she's accidentally elected, and -- with a quick ScrewThisImOuttaHere -- runs off in the TARDIS instead.
* ScreamingWoman: Defied. The times she's screamed in terror can be counted on one ''finger'', specifically when her leg is getting eaten by a monstrously-sized rat in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]". She tends to plot how to kill/defeat the baddies every other time.
* SimpleMindedWisdom: Upon encountering some ThreeLawsCompliant robots, she snarkily posits that the second law must be "men can not harm robots" -- since they obviously can't be stabbed.
* TheStrategist: She's extremely adept at planning war tactics (though many of them in the end come down to "stab things really 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.
* {{Transhuman}}: Her tribe was the result of an ill-fated eugenics experiment involving two groups of humans. Her group had its courage and strength boosted; the other group got enhanced reasoning skills and telepathy.
* 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.
* WeaponOfChoice: Her knife.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Her fate in the Time War was unknown for a long time. In Big Finish episodes "The Catalyst", "Empathy Games" and "The Time Vampire", her decades spent on Gallifrey without aging start to catch up with her after Gallifrey is gone, and she lives out her final days reminiscing before dying in an alien prison.
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