HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO TURLOUGH ,MARK STRICKSON

BROUGHT IN IN THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON AS A COMPANION TO THE DOCTOR, TURLOUGH WAS A COMPANION WITH A DIFFERENCE. HE WAS AN AGENT OF THE BLACK GUARDIAN, AN EXILED ALIEN TRAPPED IN A SCHOOL WHERE THE BRIGADIER WAS TEACHING WHO DESPERATELY WANTED TO ESCAPE. THE BLACK GUARDIAN MADE HIM TRY TO KILL THE DOCTOR AS HE WAS ACCEPTED ON BOARD THE TARDIS. DEVIOUS, SHARP AND READY TO SELL HIS GRANNY AT THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY, TURLOUGH WAS DISTRUSTED BY TEGAN AS EVEN SHE FELL FOUL OF HIS MASTER MANIPULATION. HOWEVER BEING WITH THE DOCTOR BROUGHT OUT THE BEST IN HIM AS HE GAVE UP ENLIGHTENMENT TO DEFEAT TE BLACK GUARDIAN AND STAY WITH THE DOCTOR.

HE BATTLED THE MASTER, SEA DEVILS, SILURIANS, TRACTATORS AND DALEKS AS WELL AS MEETING ALL FIVE DOCTORS IN HIS TIME. MARK BROUGHT A SPARKLE TO TURLOUGH THAT WAS NEVER USED PROPERLY AS TURLOUGH USUALLY ENDED UP A PRISONER OR UNCONSCIOUS. IN FRONTIOS DETAILS OF HIS BACKGROUND EMERGED AS RACIAL MEMORIES FROM HIS HOME GAVE THE DOCTOR CLUES AS TO THE TRACTATORS.

FINALLY IN PLANET OF FIRE, WE DISCOVERED HIS ORIGINS IN A STORY THAT SAW HIM AND KAMELION WRITTEN OUT OF THE SHOW. WE MET HIS BROTHER AND DISCOVERED HE WAS A POLITICAL PRISONER IN EXILE. BUT TIMES HAD CHANGED AND HE WAS WELCOMED HOME, A CHANCE HE COULDN’T REFUSE.

TURLOUGH WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO THE SERIES AND HAS CONTINUED IN THE BIG FINISH PLAYS AND COMPANION CHRONICLES AND NOW HE AND THE ORIGINAL TARDIS TEAM ARE EMBARKING ON THEIR SECOND SET OF ADVENTURES FOR THE SERIES. HE HAS APPEARED IN BBC AND MISSING ADVENTURES NOVELS AND IS ONLY 1 OF 2 COMPANIONS TO HAVE HIS OWN NOVEL, TURLOUGH AND THE EARTHLINK DILEMMA.

MARK WENT ON TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL WILDLIFE PRODUCER BUT THE FACT HE WILLINGLY RETURNED TO PLAY TURLOUGH JUST SHOWS HOW MUCH THE CHARACTER MEANS TO HIM AND WE ARE GLAD TO SEE IT.

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