September 2, 1978: Romana joins the Doctor

Romana (I), portrayed by Mary Tamm (1950-2012)

Romanadvoratrelundar (or Romana for short) was a Time Lady who was forced to be the Fourth Doctor‘s assistant in the search for the Key to Time during her first incarnation. During the course of their search for the Key, the two became friends.

The White Guardian assigned Romana to assist the Fourth Doctor in the quest for the Key to Time, appearing to her as the Lord President of Gallifrey. Though she was much younger than the Doctor, she considered him an academic inferior. The Doctor was initially unwilling to take Romana along and somewhat hostile to her.

After the completion of the Key to Time mission, Romana chose not to return immediately to Gallifrey; she and the Doctor shared a few more adventures. She thought that she should finish her thesis on the Doctor and continued to observe him.

The character was played by Mary Tamm (1950-2012) during Season 16. At the beginning of Season 17, Romana had regenerated, being played by Lalla Ward (1951-).


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