HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO PERI NICOLA BRYANT

PERI BROWN WAS DEVISED AS A WAY TO ATTRACT OVERSEAS INVESTORS IN THE SHOW AND WAS THE FIRST FOREIGN COMPANION TO HAVE TRAVELLED IN THE TARDIS. IT WAS IN FACT A LOGICAL MOVE AS TO BECOME A COMPANION ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS LIVE IN ENGLAND, BE SENT BY THE TIME LORDS OR BE A ROBOT DOG. SO LOGICALLY IT MADE SENSE FOR COMPANIONS TO COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. ALTHOUGH NICOLA BROWN WAS IN FACT FROM ENGLAND IN REAL LIFE, SHE DID A CONVINCING AMERICAN ACCENT.

SHE IS ALSO ONE OF THE FEW COMPANIONS TO BRIDGE TWO DOCTORS, IN THIS CASE NUMBERS 5 AND 6 AND THE CONTRAST COULDN’T HAVE BEN MORE OBVIOUS. THE GENTLE 5TH DOCTOR SACRIFICED HIMSELF TO SAVE HER FROM SPECTROX TOXEMIA WHILE THE 6TH DOCTOR TRIED TO STRANGLE HER.

AGAIN BAD WRITING HURT BOTH THE 6TH DOCTOR AND PERI AS THEY BECAME ALMOST NASTY TOWARDS EACH OTHER, SOMETHING THAT WAS CHANGED FOR THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD SEASON. THE DOCTOR ADORED PERI EVEN IF HE DIDN’T ALWAYS SHOW IT AND TO BE FAIR, THERE WERE SOME GREAT STORIES HERE. THEIR TEAMING UP WITH THE 2ND DOCTOR AND JAMIE BROUGHT A NEW FRESH DYNAMIC AND IT WAS CONTINUED INTO BOTH COMIC STRIPS AND BIG FINISH AUDIOS.

HER APPARENT DEATH IN MINDWARP STILL REMAINS ONE OF THE BEST EXITS FOR A COMPANION AND A WELL REMEMBERED MOMENT IN THE SHOW’S HISTORY. ALTHOUGH IT WAS PROVED A SHAM TO CONDEMN THE DOCTOR, IT NEVER FELT RIGHT TO ME THE DOCTOR WOULD JUST LEAVE HER TO MARRY YRCANOS AND COLIN WROTE THE FIRST COMCI STRIP EVER DONE BY A DOCTOR AND WENT SOMEWAY TO RESOLVE THIS. IT WAS FURTHER EXPLORED IN THE NOVEL HEAD GAMES AND PERI HAS FEATURED IN SEVERAL BOOKS OVER THE YEARS. RECENTLY THE STORY WAS RESOLVED IN A RECENT COMPANION CHRONICLE WHERE 2 DOCTORS AND 2 PERIS MEET IN THE PSCION PARADOX.

PERI WAS EYE CANDY FOR THE DADS AS SEEN IN THE INFAMOUS CAMERA SHOT THAT HELD HER CHEST FOR LONGER THAN IT SHOULD BUT SHE IS AN ENDURING PART OF THE SHOW AMID ITS MOST TURBULENT PERIODS. HAVING MET NICOLA SHE IS AS LOVELY, ENTHUSIASTIC AND ENDEARING AS ALL THOSE YEARS AGO. LONG LIVE PERI.

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