HEROES OF DOCTOR WHO TEGAN JANET FIELDING

AN ASUTRALIAN AIR HOSTESS THAT WANTED NOTHING MORE BUT TO GO HOME WHEN SHE FIRST MET THE DOCTOR, TEGAN QUICKLY ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS A LADY NOT TO BE TRIFLED WITH. SHE FOUND THE DOCTOR’S WORLD TOO MUCH TO HANDLE AS SHE COULDN’T DEAL WITH THE MURDER OF HER AUNT VANESSA BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO BUST AVOIDING THE BIG BANG, FACING GIANT FROGS, THE MARA INVADING HER MIND AND BEING A SLAVE OF THE TERILEPTILS AND TEACHING THE OTHERS THE CHARLESTON. BUT BY EARTHSHOCK SHE WAS HAPPY TO STAY. SHE WAS TO BE A MATCH FOR THE DOCTOR BUT HAD COMPLETE FAITH IN HIM EVEN IF SHE GAVE HIM A HARD TIME. HER INSTINCTS WERE USUALLY RIGHT WHETHER IT BE ABOUT  TURLOUGH BEING UNTRUSTWORTHY OR THE  ETERNALS PLANS FOR HUMANITY, SHE WAS AT THE CENTRE OF THE ACTION. AND IT IDN’T MATTER WHAT FACE THE DOCTOR HAD, SHE SPOKE HER MIND AND TREATED HIM THE SAME WHEN SHE TEAMED UP WITH THE FIRST DOCTOR IN THE FIVE DOCTORS. AUTHORITY DIDN’T SCARE HER AND SHE WAS THE FIRST TO COME TO SOMEONE’S AID WHEN IN TROUBLE, TEGAN WAS THE LYNCHPIN OF THE 5TH DOCTOR, TO THE POINT HER DEPARTURE IN RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS DEVASTATED HIM.

BUT AS ALWAYS HER JOURNEY DIDN’T END THERE. AS WELL AS NOVELS AND COMIC STRIPS, JANET, FIERCELY CRITICAL OF THE SHOW’S PORTRAYAL OF WOMEN, VOWED NEVER TO RETURN TO THE ROLE BUT GARY RUSSELL MANAGED TO BREAK HER DOWN TO DO AN AUDIO FOR BIG FINISH WITH PETER DAVISON. HERE TEGAN AND THE DOCTOR FACE THE CYBERMEN BUT TEGAN WAS DYING WITH A BRAIN TUMOUR AND REFUSED THE DOCTOR’S HELP. AS SHE SAID, SHE HAD LIVED MORE IN HER TIME WITH HIM THAN MOST PEOPLE HAVE IN THEIR OWN LIFE TIMES. BUT SHE WAS ALSO MENTIONED AS FIGHTING FOR ABORIGINAL RIGHTS IN AUSTRALIA IN SARAH JANE ADVENTURE THE DEATH OF THE DOCTOR.

AND OF COURSE, ONCE THE CRACK APPEARS THE FLOODGATES WILL OPEN AND JANET HAS REJOINED HER OLD TEAM FOR A SECOND SERIES OF STORIES FOR BIG FINISH, THE SECOND OF WHICH IS DUE FOR RELEASE VERY SOON.

ALTHOUGH SHE TRIED TO CLOBBER ME WITH A JUG OF WATER AT PANOPTICON ONCE, I STILL HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR HER IN MY HEART.

BRAVE HEART, TEGAN.

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