HEROES OF DOCTOR BARBARA WRIGHT JACQUELINE HILL

BARBARA CAME ABOARD THE TARDIS WHEN SHE BECAME CONCERNED ABOUT HER PUPIL SUSAN, THE DOCTOR’S GRANDDAUGHTER. AS A HISTORY TEACHER, HER FLIGHTS WERE A UNIQUE CHANCE FOR HER TO DISCOVER HISTORY FOR HERSELF BUT IT’S HORRORS HAD A PROFOUND EFFECT ON HER. SHE TRIED TO STOP THE AZTEC TRADITION OF HUMAN SACRIFICES WHEN SHE WAS MISTAKEN FOR A GOD , IGNORING THE DOCTOR’S WARNING AND IN THE END REALIZED THINGS COULD NOT BE CHANGED. SHE WAS THE FIRST COMPANION TO MEET THE DALEKS.

HER NO NONSENSE APPROACH TO THE DOCTOR MELLOWED HIM AND HE BECAME VERY FOND OF HIS NEW FRIENDS, THEIR DEPARTURE AFFECTING HIM MORE THAN HE EVER REALIZED. SHE WAS A SUBSTITUTE MOTHER TO SUSAN AND THE MORAL COMPASS OF THE TARDIS CREW.

JACQUELINE IS ONLY ONE OF TWO COMPANIONS TO RETURN TO THE SERIES IN A DIFFERENT ROLE AFTER HER DEPARTURE, JEAN MARSH BEING THE OTHER IN BATTLEFIELD, IN TOM BAKER’S FINAL SEASON IN MEGLOS.

SHE IS STILL FONDLY REMEMBERED BY HER FELLOW ACTORS AND HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN DOCTOR WHO FAN’S HEARTS. HAVING PASSED FROM CANCER SOME YEARS AGO. AND THAT MAKES HER IMMORTAL.

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