Franchise: Iris Wildthyme
"Iris is an enigma... She's an enigma wrapped in a mystery. With a shapeless, tasteless hat clamped to her head. She's an enigma wrapped in a mystery, with a shapeless, tasteless hat clamped to her head and she's puffing on a gold-tipped black Sobranie."
The Widget Series
adventures of Iris Wildthyme, transtemporal adventuress, occasinally take place in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
and occasionally in different continuities altogether. Iris is an old — very old — Rebellious Spirit
with a love for booze, music and sex. She's had a slew of different bodies and dashes in and out of universes as a merry, if somewhat ditzy, Fourth Wall Observer
Iris originated in a series of non-genre novels by Paul Magrs, who imported the character of Iris Wildthyme into the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
novels wholesale when he started writing those as well. After appearing all over the Eighth Doctor Adventures
series, Iris was subsequently transported into the Big Finish Doctor Who
audios and eventually given her own audio spinoff. Big Finish
deliberately chooses to ignore the massive Continuity Snarl
that would be caused by her appearances in the novels and
the audios as though they were all the same timeline — which Iris comments on
. Her unexplained appearances in all of the above are simply considered part of her charm.
The many stories gladly makes use of Easy Amnesia
, Multiple-Choice Past
, Broad Strokes
and just plain Blatant Lies
in regards to their internal continuity. The series in general thrives on Rule of Funny
and, where it touches on Doctor Who
continuities, provides a much Lighter and Softer
atmosphere than most of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
franchise — albeit with plenty of violence, booze and innuendo.
Has a character sheet
Recaps of her audio adventures can be found on the Big Finish recaps page
; recaps of her written adventures with the Eighth Doctor can be found on the Eighth Doctor Adventures
- The Alleged Car: Iris' TARDIS, disguised as the no. 22 bus to Putney Common, is smaller on the inside.
- Broad Strokes: Reeeaaally broad.
- Cast Full of Gay: Two of Iris' companions, Tom and Jenny, are gay. Iris' very first appearance had her as a lesbian, although she definitely also likes men in later regenerations.
- Christmas Episode: "The Claws Of Santa". (He's her ex.)
- Continuity Snarl: All over.
- Intercontinuity Crossover: Iris is always the same character, even when appearing in different canons. She also teams up with Carnacki the Ghost-Finder on one occasion.
- Lighter and Softer: Some of the most carefree and sweet stories in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.
- Multiple-Choice Past: Constantly invoked.
- Noodle Incident: One of the main sources of comedy in the franchise.
- The Nth Doctor: Iris has had a number of different bodies and personalities over the years.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Big Finish gave Iris a talking stuffed panda companion. This was never explained in any way.
- Rule of Funny: Always in full effect.
- Running Gag: While the Doctor faces Daleks, Cybermen and cosmic horrors, Iris keeps running into the Zarbi.
- You Look Familiar: In Big Finish, Iris is played by Katy Manning, who also played companion Jo in Doctor Who. Hilarity Ensues in the Big Finish audio episode "Find And Replace", when the two characters team up.