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Characters appearing in Iris Wildthyme stories, occasionally — but not always — taking place in Doctor Who Expanded Universe continuities, but never in the main Whoniverse continuity. For references to Doctor Who, see also the Doctor Who characters pages.

Recaps of Iris's 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 page.


Pleas note that due to the nature of the character, the tropes described here are continuously warped and overwritten throughout Iris's adventures, even more so than is common in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.

Iris Wildthyme
Voiced by: Katy Manning, Maria McErlane

Supposedly another renegade Time Lord, although she's more of a constantly changing canon wildcard: a Fourth-Wall Observer who dashes in and out of plotlines with little regard for the laws of time and space. Her TARDIS looks like a red double-decker London bus, and she has a habit of claiming that many of the Doctor's escapades were really hers. She originated in a series of wildly unrelated novels and immigrated into the Doctor Who novels a few years later. In Big Finish, she played a key role in the four-part Excelis trilogy, met up with Six in the main range, had adventures with Bernice Summerfield (as well as with Jo Grant), and eventually got her own proper Big Finish spinoff series.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: She quite fancies the Doctor. All Doctors. The feeling isn't mutual, although when she's Armed with Canon she can warp it any way she likes.
    • Three manages to weaponise this — at one point, when he needs to influence the future while stuck at UNIT, he takes her out to dinner just to manipulate her into doing all the work for him.
    • Amusingly, Six is a bit taken aback when she says she doesn't actually fancy this version of him as much. Though by the end of "The Wormery" he's grown on her.
  • Accidental Proposal: After Jo left Three, he asked Iris to come travel with him for a while. She interpreted it as a marriage proposal. He promptly retracted the offer.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Towards Six in "The Wormery". The scene even manages to be on the sweet side of Yandere.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Gets in a good proper snog with Eight in the illustration to "Iris Explains", an omake story by Lance Parkin.
  • Bootstrapped Theme: Iris's theme tune from her solo series started life as her and Bianca's song from "The Wormery".
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: With much glee.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Bordering on insanity. Five outright calls her dangerous and delusional. (She's quite flattered.)
  • Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Her first three regenerations looked strikingly like Edith Sitwell, Shirley Bassey and Beryl Reid, respectively. (Three celebrities who also happened to look quite a bit like Distaff Counterpart versions of William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee.) Her sixth incarnation looks rather a lot like Jane Fonda.
  • Consummate Liar: There's very little indication that anything she says is true. Six actually went and checked the record on Gallifrey to see if she's even a Time Lady to begin with. There's no mention of her anywhere.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To the Doctor.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Especially in omake material.
  • Fun Personified: Even when her life comes crashing down around her.
  • Future Me Scares Me: In "The Wormery".
  • Hand Wave: She manages to escape the destruction of Gallifrey and the Time Lords. Somehow.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: All day, every day.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Apart from coming from a series of novels outside of the Whoniverse altogether, Big Finish deliberately chooses to ignore the massive Continuity Snarl that would be caused by her appearances in the novels, the comics and the audios as though they were all the same timeline. (Episodes starring other companions with similar problems, like Frobisher and Benny, tend to be marked "Side Step" by Big Finish for this reason. Which Iris comments on.) Her unexplained appearances in all of the above are simply considered part of her charm.
    • At one point Iris became a member of the Sisterhood of Karn, and one of her stories outright stated that in the Fourth Doctor Episode "The Brain of Morbius", she was one of the members who was chanting "Death".
  • Lipstick Lesbian: The character started out as this. She definitely isn't gay in later incarnations.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She thinks she's one to the Doctor. He has no idea what she's talking about.
  • Mysterious Past: May be a Faction Paradox creation. May be from beyond the Fourth Wall. May be an aspect of the Doctor in some way. May just be mental.
  • New Old Flame: She often claims to be the Doctor's, and he hasn't managed to deny it.
  • Odd Friendship: With the Doctor. As much as they bicker and complain at each other, he still enjoys spending time with her occasionally. Five even once took Tegan, Nyssa and Adric to celebrate Christmas in her bus.
  • Remember the New Guy?
  • Rule of Funny: Don't try to make too much sense of how canonical she is or isn't. The Doctor stopped bothering long ago.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Iris loves to smoke.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She and Four got along quite well, both being merry Cloudcuckoolanders. Five would prefer not to remember any of it, and Iris laments about how standoffish and sober Five tends to be. (Five explains that the whole "losing Adric" thing is one reason he's not as adventure-happy anymore.)
  • You Look And Sound Familiar — She's voiced in audios by Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant in the TV series, albeit 35 years of age and heavy smoking later. (Though it should be noted that she herself is nothing like Jo though. And they don't sound that similar either, thanks to Iris' raspy "years of gin and fags, chuck!" voice). Hilarity Ensues in the Big Finish audio episode "Find And Replace", when the two characters team up and nobody notices they look the same.

The Bus

Iris's TARDIS — a beaten-down, cluttered double-decker no. 22 to Putney Common. She's smaller on the inside.

  • The Alleged Car: Even moreso than the Doctor's TARDIS.
  • Future Me Scares Me: In "The Wormery", she gets cannibalised into a bar. Which is also a nexus point in a massive attempt at transdimensional engineering.
  • Perception Filter: Applies it to herself and her travellers wherever they go; Iris and her companions usually can't be detected by sensors.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Her chameleon circuit isn't on anyone's list of priorities to fix, considering all the other things that are wrong with her.
  • Starfish Aliens: As are all TARDISes.


Voiced by: Ortis Deley

In early November 2000, Tom was kidnapped by Iris when he thought he was catching the bus to Putney Common. He continued to travel with Iris before settling down on earth as an author, but was dragged back onto the bus ten years later.

Jenny Winterleaf

A butch, snarky traffic warden who joined Tom and Iris on their transtemporal adventures.


Voiced by: David Benson

A talking stuffed panda. Dislikes being called a bear or being reminded that he's stuffed; likes pretty girls, alcohol and a good book.

  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Has a habit of — unintentionally — sounding a bit like the Doctor, saying things like "oh my giddy aunt!".
  • The Bus Came Back: A Paul Magrs story for a charity collection revealed Panda was originally... Steven's bear Hi-Fi! He somehow achieved sentience and left the TARDIS circa "The War Games".
  • Catchphrase: His multiple threats to give people "a punch up the hooter!"
  • Covert Pervert: Likes pretending to be a cutesy bear and crawling into girls' laps.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He got better.
  • Non-Action Snarker: He does jump into action on occasion, but being only 10 inches tall, there's nothing much he can do.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: In-universe example. One of Iris's future incarnations starred in a successful television series as well as several films. Panda only appeared in the pilot episode of the series before he was replaced by a kangaroo named Hoppy.
  • What Happened to the Mouse??: Is in the end of series 4, but doesn't appear in the next box set nor are the circumstances behind his departure addressed.
    • Iris believes she finds him in "Looking for a Friend". It's someone who looks, sounds and behaves similarly to Panda, but it's left up to the listener to decide if it's really he.


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