Characters: Gallifrey

Characters appearing in the Gallifrey audio series by Big Finish.

Please keep in mind that, although Big Finish is officially part of the Whoniverse, it encompasses many different timelines/continuities and includes adaptations of existing works from the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. Due to Big Finish's sheer size and complexity, it also plays by the rules of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe: the TV series can at times contradict or overwrite the timelines described here, or adapt them for the televised continuity.

For character tropes concerning the alternate Doctor seen in series 4, see here. For tropes about Coordinator Vansell, see here. For tropes relating to Braxiatel in the Bernice Summerfield series, see here. For general TV series tropes about Leela, Romana and K9, see here.

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Protagonists

     Romana 
Voiced by: Mary Tamm, Lalla Ward, Juliet Landau

The second regeneration of Romanadvoratrelundar became Gallifrey's President after returning from E-Space, replacing acting President Flavia. After having spent the first twenty years of her rule stuck in a Dalek prison, she resumed her office with a renewed desire to modernise Gallifrey and reform its xenophobic policies. To this end, she opens up the Academy to alien races — which earns her plenty of resistance from the right-wing end of the political spectrum. To make matters more complicated, her first regeneration is present inside the Matrix with her own share of secrets, and her third shows up from the future.

  • Atheism: Just like her actress, Romana refuses to believe in any kind of deity, and spends a lot of time lecturing others on the topic — especially Leela.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Fits future Romana (aka. Lady Trey) to a T. She many want to hug everyone, but best make sure there isn't a knife present, metaphorically speaking).
  • The Chains of Commanding
  • The Determinator: She may not be as devoius or nasty as many of her rivals, yet still manages to get most of her reforms put through.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Well, Pandora does. And her past version as well, just to make things more complicated.
    • Romana II is also untrusting of Lady Trey (aka. the future Romana).
  • I Hate Past Me: Comes in a rather odd fashion, given her past incarnation is possessed by the will of Pandora, but it's there.
  • Measuring the Marigolds: Has a habit of this, to Leela's extreme annoyance.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Leela's Red.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A couple of well-deserved instances, Madame Imperiatrix.

     Leela 
Voiced by: Louise Jameson

Leela of the Sevateem married Andred, and spent twenty-five years happily living with him in the Citadel — though never accepted as part of Time Lord society. When all that changes, she becomes the Presidential bodyguard and close friend to President Romana. She pops into the Jago & Litefoot audio series as well, acting on behalf of the Time Lords.

  • Action Girl: Doubly emphasized considering the company she's keeping.
  • The Ageless: The Time Lord bio-fields on Gallifrey are enough to keep her from aging, but her years on Gallifrey — twenty-five at the start of the series — would quickly catch up with her if she were to leave the planet for good. In the Big Finish releases "The Catalyst", "Empathy Games" and "The Time Vampire" (all in the Companion Chronicles range), this eventually happens, after Gallifrey is lost in the Time War.
  • Battle Butler: To Romana.
  • Book Dumb: Both this and her common sense are especially obvious compared to everyone around her.
  • Fish out of Water: A major source of distress. Finds her footing somewhat during the civil war.
  • Fur Bikini: On being sent out on an assignment, Leela complains that she doesn't want to have to wear stupid clothes again. Romana assures her that she can stay dressed as she is. The next scene begins with her reading the mission briefing and trying to read aloud the words "exotic dancer".
  • Noble Savage
  • Blue Oni Red Oni: Red to Romana's Blue.

     K9, Mark I and Mark II 
Voiced by: John Leeson

Given to Romana and Leela by the Doctor, the two Robot Dog units are in close contact with each other and work as a team.

     Irving Braxiatel 
I like to be independent on the right side.

Voiced by: Miles Richardson

Cardinal Irving Braxiatel is an art collector and smarmy politician, with significantly less regard for the Laws of Time than most others around him. He appeared in pretty much every corner of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe before moving effortlessly into the Gallifrey canon. Strongly hinted to be the Doctor's older brother in various stories.

  • The Chessmaster: Oh, yes. A benevolent example, as most of his machinations here are directed to the benefit of the heroes. Not that he seems to be bothered whether they know, approve, or are aware of it at the time.
  • Evil Chancellor: Checks every item on the list... except for actually being evil. (He's far from "good", though.)
  • Guile Hero
  • Help Yourself In The Future: He's in regular contact with his past and future selves, and occasionally asks them to perform machinations he's not capable of in his present state.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Of the non-fatal, simply having a malevolent entity stuck in your head that will destroy you if you think about it variety. Of course, all part of the Grand Plan.
  • Ice Queen: His nickname in the Academy was "the Icicle".
  • Large Ham: Oh dear God...
  • My Future Self and Me: He regularly spends time with his other incarnations, which is highly illegal on Gallifrey.
  • Professional Killer: In "Disassembled", it's revealed that during Pandad VII's reign, he got a Burn Edict (presumably just for being that much of a git), and the Lord Burner was sent to assassinate him. Brax got the man to do some Evil Gloating, made use of the moment to kill the Lord Burner, and was promptly made Lord Burner himself by Pandad VII as punishment for being the first Time Lord in history crafty enough to escape a Burn Edict. Then, as a test, Brax was ordered to assassinate two innocents ... an old man (well, old in that incarnation) and his granddaughter, harmless people, just family. Someone warned them in advance so they could steal a TARDIS and escape the planet, and then someone made sure that Pandad VII had a very nasty accident that very same day. (It was definitely an accident — confirmed by an impartial inquiry. Brax should know, as he made sure he was personally in charge of the inquiry.)
  • Put on a Bus:"Whatever you or anyone else may think, I am leaving Gallifrey of my own choosing."
  • Rank Up: He manages to become Chancellor, just by announcing that he's now Chancellor and afterwards convincing Romana — with quite a lot of guile and some machinations from Darkel — that this would be a great idea.
  • Renaissance Man: Art historian, politician, semi-malevolent Machiavelli. And the list goes on.
  • Smug Snake: Oh yes.

     Narvin 
You canít let her stab me, K9, itís not legal!

Voiced by: SeŠn Carlsen

Coordinator Narvinectralonum is the head of the Celestial Intervention Agency, following in Vansell's footsteps. He's dour, mistrusting and doesn't especially like anyone else on Gallifrey, but takes great pride in his work and tries to remain politically neutral. Also appears in the Big Finish "Dark Eyes" range, where he encounters the Eighth Doctor.

  • Butt Monkey: Loyal to his work and willing to go to great lengths to keep Gallifrey safe. Disliked by basically everyone.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Possibly the only way to cope, as he spends most of his time being ordered around by his superiors to do things he politically objects to or finds completely stupid.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He very slowly comes to a mutual understanding with Leela. Starts turning into Ship Tease from series 3 onwards. (The fact that SeŠn Carlsen really ships it, and had a snog with Louise Jameson at a convention, certainly helps.)
  • Good Is Not Nice: Consistently insults Leela (along with the other "sophisticated" locals). Overlaps with Character Development: He starts out conservative, but gradually learns to appreciate the liberal end of the political spectrum. Contrast his season 4 attitude to his dismission of temporal refugees as in his introduction.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's one of the most intelligent Time Lords on Gallifrey.
  • Married to the Job: He doesn't care for a private life beyond his duties to his planet.
  • Mind Rape: Both by Pandora and, in "Dark Eyes 3", by the Eminence.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He's the one responsible for sending The Fourth Doctor to Skaro, inadvertently contributing to the start of the Time War.
  • Rank Up: Once the Time War starts raging, he retroactively assigns himself the title of Coordinator In Extremis.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Gary Russell has unambiguously stated that Narvin is the main character, that Gallifrey is his story, and that everything that happens essentially revolves around him.

     Andred 
Voiced by: Andy Coleman

Andredaselus is Leela's husband, a Time Lord and member of the Chancellery Guard. The two met on Gallifrey after the Sontaran invasion. He's missing and presumed dead at the beginning of the series, but the truth is a little more complicated.

Antagonists

     Darkel 
Voiced by: Lynda Bellingham

Inquisitor Prime Darkelatraquistahastrad first appeared in the Trial of the Sixth Doctor in the TV series, and later became one of Romana's main political opponents. Perhaps a little too far on the conservative end of the political spectrum.

     Pandora 
Voiced by: Brenda Longman

The first female Lord President of Gallifrey, who styled herself Imperiatrix: dictator. Now living on in the Matrix. The embodiment of all ambition and evil, past, present and future.

  • Ambition Is Evil: To the discomfort of Brax and Darkel.
  • Retcon: To explain Romana's regeneration in the main series.

     Mephistopheles Arkadian 
Voiced by: Hugo Myatt

Transtemporal crook and interdimensional Arms Dealer.

     Free Time 

A terrorist group, who aim to make time travel available to all races and abolish the quarantine planet set up for unauthorised time travelling asylum seekers. Perhaps a little too far on the progressive end of the political spectrum.