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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.

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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.
experience. As such, she is the one companion who could serve as the Doctor's co-pilot with the TARDIS.


* DroppedABridgeOnHer: Without actually getting rid of the character. Since she is part of 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 has regenerating, in a completely new way that was ''never seen again'', The Doctor is absolutely baffled. The ExpandedUniverse offered several possible explanations, which of course all contradict each other.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHer: Without actually getting rid of the character. Since she is part of 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 has she's regenerating, in a completely new way that was ''never seen again'', The Doctor is absolutely baffled. The ExpandedUniverse offered several possible explanations, which of course all contradict each other.


* BreakTheCutie: Gets thoroughly broken while she is imprisoned by the Daleks, though she recovers marvellously.

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* BreakTheCutie: Gets thoroughly broken while she is imprisoned by the Daleks, though she Daleks. She recovers marvellously. marvelously, but she carries the emotional scars with her for a long time.
* ColdBloodedTorture: In "Gallifrey: Extermination" she performs this on a Dalek, causing it to actually ask her to ''have pity'', before it eventually dies. Romana holds the Daleks responsible for the [[TookALevelInCynicism level in cynicism]] she took after being their captive for two decades and takes a cold delight in exacting her revenge.



* GoodIsNotSoft: Plots to [[spoiler: kill Rassilon]] in the Gallifrey: Time War series. She comes close to succeeding too, seemingly she's the one responsible for [[spoiler: him regenerating into Timothy Dalton]].

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* GoodIsNotSoft: Plots to [[spoiler: kill Rassilon]] in the Gallifrey: Time War series. She comes close to succeeding too, succeeding, too; seemingly she's the one responsible for [[spoiler: him regenerating into Timothy Dalton]].



* TheSlowPath: She spends [[spoiler:twenty years]] as a slave for the Daleks.

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* TheSlowPath: She spends [[spoiler:twenty years]] twenty years as a slave for the Daleks.



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* RavenHairIvorySkin: As is anybody played by Juliet Landau.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: She is willing to break all the known laws of time to travel back into Gallifrey's history and help her past self prevent her own apocalyptic future from coming to pass.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Trey comes from many centuries in Romana's future, but Leela points out that this new body actually looks quite a bit younger than her current one. Romana is quite miffed by this.


->'''Played by:''' Lalla Ward (197981, 1983, 1993, 2001)

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->'''Played by:''' Lalla Ward Creator/LallaWard (197981, 1983, 1993, 2001)


* ProperLady: A Time Lady to be exact.


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* EnglishRose: Sci-fi version. Played by Lalla Ward who has the right look (a pretty pale-skinned blonde), she was refined, composed, soft-spoken, but also brilliant and strong-willed. She comes from Gallifrey, which is kinda Englandesque.


* 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.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The audio adventures 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.


* 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.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Whether she survived the Time War or not is unknown, in every medium - even [[BigFinishDoctorWho [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish]] haven't reached that point in her life yet.

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* GoodIsNotSoft: Plots to [[spoiler: kill Rassilon]] in the Gallifrey: Time War series. She comes close to succeeding too, seemingly she's the one responsible for [[spoiler: him regenerating into Timothy Dalton]].

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* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: Romana's full name is only used in the first part of the first episode she ever appeared in, and she switches to using the abbreviation halfway into that. In the novelizations, the fact that her full name is Romanadvoratrelundar might get mentioned a couple times in the early chapters, but she will still only be referred to by the shortened version in conversation.

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* ContraltoOfDanger: Both of them had reasonably deep voices.


!Romanadvoratrelundar

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!Romanadvoratrelundar!Romanadvoratrelundar (Fourth Doctor)


* BreakTheCutie: Gets thoroughly broken while she's imprisoned by the Daleks, though she recovers marvellously.
* FanFic: Spends her spare time as Lady President writing a rather transparent Doctor FanFic, about a man named "Sigma".

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* BreakTheCutie: Gets thoroughly broken while she's she is imprisoned by the Daleks, though she recovers marvellously.
* FanFic: Spends her spare time as Lady President by writing a rather transparent Doctor FanFic, about a man named "Sigma".


* NervesOfSteel: An adventurous Time Lady like she picked them up really quickly after jousting against the Daleks.

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* NervesOfSteel: An adventurous Time Lady like Lady, she picked them up really quickly likely acquired such nerves after jousting against the Daleks.



* 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").

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* 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 she has regenerated, 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").


* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: Wears a very [[Film/StTrinians 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.

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* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: Wears a very [[Film/StTrinians 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 that it was a fetish.


* 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.

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* CatholicSchoolgirlsRule: Wears a very [[Film/StTrinians St. Trinian's 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.

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