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Anya Kingdom was a member of the Space Security Service who posed as a police officer called "Ann Kelso" from 1970s Earth, and a companion of the Fourth and Tenth Doctors.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Anya was the daughter of Lena Kingdom, granddaughter of Merrick Kingdom, and the niece of Sara Kingdom (former companion of the First Doctor), David Kingdom and Bret Vyon. As a child she was inspired by the heroic image of her aunt and uncle to join the Space Security Service. (AUDIO: The House of Kingdom)

Her mother died during a Dalek attack on the planet where they lived. The SSS council, on which Merrick served, knew of the attack but decided not to act, in spite of Merrick urging them for doing so. Anya resented her grandfather for her mother’s death, and refused to talk to him for years. (AUDIO: The House of Kingdom)

Meeting the Doctor[edit | edit source]

Ann shortly after meeting the Fourth Doctor. (AUDIO: The Sinestran Kill)

Like everybody else on Earth, Anya had implanted on her neck a psychic chip, making her only see what Zaal, head of SSS, wanted to see. (AUDIO: The Perfect Prisoners)

Anya volunteered for an experiment on time travel taking place at the SSS. (AUDIO: The House of Kingdom). Probably due to this, she was chosen to be sent on Earth, in the 20th century, to keep an eye on Tony, a witness protected by the SSS, when he called for help against the Sinestrans. (AUDIO: The Sinestran Kill). Her real mission was to wait for them to find him, and then use their connections to track down and kill the Syndicate's members. She was given a fake identity, "Ann Kelso", false memories, and a new job as a policewoman. (AUDIO: The Perfect Prisoners)

It was during this mission that she encountered the Fourth Doctor, after Jimmy Lynch's gang, controlled by the Sinestrans, attacked Tony's café. She hid Tony in her flat and helped the Doctor to defeat the Sinestrans. She then asked to join him on his travels and he accepted. (AUDIO: The Sinestran Kill) She subconciously wanted to use the TARDIS to complete her mission to track down the Syndicate. (AUDIO: The Perfect Prisoners)

Travels in the TARDIS[edit | edit source]

Ann and the Fourth Doctor encounter the Drashigs. (AUDIO: Planet of the Drashigs)

She was present when the Doctor activated K9 Mark II, and was introduced to him as his new mistress. The Doctor attempted to introduce Ann to the wider universe with a pleasant holiday, but ended up landing on Drashig World during a system malfunction that allowed all the Drashigs to escape their enclosures (AUDIO: Planet of the Drashigs).

Attempting to visit a friend in the Victorian era, the Doctor and Ann found themselves tracking a sentient computer virus from the distant future that was attempting to ensure its own creation by manipulating Ada Lovelace, posing as the ghost of her father Lord Byron (AUDIO: The Enchantress of Numbers).

Finally tracking a lead on the Sinestrans' sponsors, the Doctor and Ann arrived on Kembel, still devastated by the Time Destructor, apart from a garden set up by a group of sponsors as a means of relaxation for significant figures. Together with the Doctor and K9, she found out the real purpose of the place, that of creating monstruos hybrid beings to use as potential weapons. (AUDIO: The False Guardian) While the Doctor and K9 deactivated the project, she tracked down the director of the facility, Zephon, to his ship, killed him (temporarily reverting to her 'Anya Kingdom' identity in the process) and took from his computer the information she needed to find the other members of the Syndicate. (AUDIO: Time's Assassin)

Her particular status made her immune to the mist on Fever Island, avoiding to be transformed into another character of Jason Vane's fantasy. (AUDIO: Fever Island)

"Death" of Ann Kelso[edit | edit source]

One by one, the Doctor and Anya tracked down the various members of the Syndicate; while the Doctor foiled their plans, Anya killed them, and covered up their murders as accidents. Ann's true identity was eventually revealed when she murdered one of them, Trantis, right in front of the Doctor. The Doctor determined that Zaal, the head of the SSS and Anya's superior, was really Earth's representative in the Syndicate, and had sent Anya to use the Doctor to eliminate his associates so that he could take power himself. The Doctor also gathered that Anya was being brainwashed, and after some effort, the Doctor was able to convince her too. He then helped her break her conditioning in time to trick Zaal into a confession, while K9 converted the signs of every psychic projector so that everyone could be released from Zaal's control.

Although Zaal's control over her was broken, the Doctor declined Anya's request to continue travelling with him, as he had genuinely liked Ann Kelso and found it hard to look at Anya as anything more than the reason Ann wasn't there any more. Despite her regret, Anya accepted his decision and decided to focus on the new task of rebuilding civilisation after Zaal's illusions had been removed. (AUDIO: The Perfect Prisoners)

Partnership with Mark Seven[edit | edit source]

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Anya joined the Anti-Dalek Force of SSS. When the agent android Mark Seven came back from a mission showing signs of a possible manipulation, Anya was secretly sent to observe him on Exxilon. She followed him when he went to explore a nearby discharge of energy, and they watched together from afar as the Doctor and Leela were taken prisoners by her colleagues. Anya used her position to get the TARDIS on board the spaceship leaving Exxilon, then orchestrated the events so that the Doctor could take a look at Mark and discover how the Daleks manipulated his mind. All that time, she managed to avoid being seen by the Doctor, in order not to cause damages to the timeline. When the Daleks attacked, Anya was severely injured, but Mark saved her life fighting against the Daleks’ programming. (AUDIO: The Dalek Protocol)

Reunited with the Doctor[edit | edit source]

Anya took part of an expedition to the planet Mira, where SSS agents were supposed to investigate about a spaceship crash. Her real mission was to find Mark, who was keeping an eye on George Sheldrake’s new invention, the time tunnel, soon to be launched. She stumbled upon the Tenth Doctor, transported into this time with no TARDIS; with his help, she retrieved Mark and managed to escape the Visians. Back on Earth, Anya, the Doctor and Mark started investigating on Sheldrake, and they found out that he used a Gallifreyan time capacitor to build his machine. She and Mark went to inform their superiors and ask for a warrant, but they came back when the Doctor was hit by a mysterious assassin, and saw him regenerate. (AUDIO: Buying Time)

That was actually a ruse from the Nun, who pretended to be a new incarnation of the Doctor and had Anya use her security clearances to lead her to Sheldrake’s machine. The more Anya went nearer to it, the more she experienced time shifts, where she saw and heard the Doctor forgiving her and asking her to trust him. Once the Nun recovered her time capacitor, she abandoned Anya to die as the time tunnel collapsed, and still pretending to be the Doctor, she told her he never forgave her. Anya, however, was able to understand that the Doctor had been communicating with her trough the time shifts, and went back into the tunnel’s control centre, just in time to help the real Doctor avoid the Vortex to collapse. Afterwards she and Mark accompanied the Doctor to the time machine once used for the witness protection program and then said goodbye to him as he prepared to leave for his own time, with him confirming he did forgive her for what had happened to Ann Kelso. As he was about to depart a Dalek attacked them via the machine’s time bubble and destroyed the machine, stranding the Doctor in her time. (AUDIO: The Wrong Woman)

Sending the Doctor home[edit | edit source]

Anya and Mark set off with the Doctor to track down a missing scientist, Arborek, who had invented the time machine used for witness protection. They stopped at a spaceport and were caught in a pirate attack, fleeing in an escape pod. The pod was retrieved and brought to Neptune where Anya was reunited with her grandfather. Though she was still angry with him, the Doctor persuaded her to give him a chance. When the trio found out that Merrick and Abigail Crane had been experimenting on Varga plants to make weapons out of their venom, which the “pirates” had actually been demonstrating in the attack they’d been caught in, Merrick defended her granddaughter’s life against Abigail. Abigail forced them all into a flier and dumped the Doctor and Mark in the path of Mechonoids clearing the landscape, sparing Anya as Merrick had asked. As they left, Anya and Abigail fought resulting in the flier crashing and Merrick accidentally being shot with a Varga venom gun. He managed to keep control of its urge to kill long enough for Anya to save herself, thus partially redeeming himself in her eyes. Anya was rescued from the crash site by Mechonoids that the Doctor had reprogrammed.

She, the Doctor and Mark departed Neptune in a spaceship however Mark fell under an outside influence and cut off the oxygen to render Anya and the Doctor unconscious. (AUDIO: The House of Kingdom)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The character of Ann Kelso was written specifically for Jane Slavin due to her extensive work on the Fourth Doctor Adventures and her close friendship with Tom Baker.[1]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

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