Charlotte Elspeth "Charley" Pollard was a companion of the Eighth and Sixth Doctors.

After her death aboard the R101 was averted by the Eighth Doctor, Charley became a danger to the Web of Time and created a rift into the universe of anti-time. Her status as a temporal anomaly was later rectified and she and the Doctor travelled the Divergent Universe, where they met C'rizz, who later died in their universe. Charley and the Doctor were ultimately separated in a confrontation with the Cybermen, with Charley believing that the Doctor was dead and the Doctor incapable of remembering their last few hours together.

Charley was subsequently rescued by the Sixth Doctor, with whom she travelled for a time (keeping her past with his future self secret from him) before replacing his memories of her with Mila. She served the Viyrans for a time before escaping by travelling through the Ever-and-Ever Prolixity.


Early life[]

Charlotte Elspeth Pollard, known to her family as "Lottie", (AUDIO: The Next Life) was born on 15 April, 1912 (AUDIO: Neverland) to Lord Richard (AUDIO: Memory Lane) and Lady Louisa Pollard. (AUDIO: Zagreus) She had an older sister, Peggy, and a younger sister, Sissy. (AUDIO: A Blind Eye)

Charley was raised as a Catholic (AUDIO: The Next Life) in a manor house, looked after by servants. (AUDIO: The Chimes of Midnight, Zagreus) She sneaked some of the gypsies who camped on their property, and whom Lady Louisa was worried about, into the house to stay in the attic. (AUDIO: Memory Lane)

As a child, Charley and her sisters were taken to an artist once a year by one of their grandmothers to have their portraits painted. (AUDIO: The Twilight Kingdom) Whilst still at school, Charley went on a day trip with her class to a portrait museum. She did not enjoy the experience nor appreciate the art, most of which were portraits of stern old men. (AUDIO: Hall of the Ten Thousand)

Charley's paternal grandmother, Ermentrude, gave Charley a copy of Alice in Wonderland for Christmas in 1919. (AUDIO: Zagreus) She had died by 1936. (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard) Charley went on holiday to Ostend, Belgium with her family, during which she read Treasure Island. (AUDIO: The Girl Who Never Was, The Fall of the House of Pollard) Her childhood hero was the Victorian explorer Pieter Mon Marchè, whom she had inadvertently created. (AUDIO: The Man Who Wasn't There) She read lots of Jane Austen. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)

On her sixteenth birthday, Charley was given a brooch by her mother which had been passed down her family. She planned to pass it down to her own daughter some day. (AUDIO: Scherzo)

Meeting the Doctor[]

In 1930, Charley met Alex Grayle who sparked her sense of adventure. The two decided to meet in Singapore on New Year's Eve. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear) To this end, she got crewmember of the R101 Simon Murchford drunk and stole his uniform, disguising herself and putting on an accent to take his place on the airship. (AUDIO: Storm Warning, The Next Life) The only person who knew of this plan was the Pollards' cook, Edith Thompson. (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard)

On 5 October, Charley was aboard the R101 when she was found out. Whilst fleeing, she met the Eighth Doctor and they uncovered the secret mission that the airship was on. She was rescued from the fated crash of the R101 in Beauvais, France by the Doctor and taken on board his TARDIS as his newest companion. They also brought a vortisaur that Charley named Ramsay. (AUDIO: Storm Warning) Unbeknownst to her for some time, she was supposed to have died. (AUDIO: Storm Warning, Neverland, etc.)

Charley and the Doctor found the TARDIS, (AUDIO: Storm Warning) where she was given a bedroom which she often left in an untidy state. (AUDIO: Absolution)

Travels with the Eighth Doctor[]

Early adventures[]

Hoping to find out what was wrong with the sick Ramsay, Charley and the Doctor went to Garazone Central in 2503 and found themselves in space aboard the Vanguard after the TARDIS was mistakenly taken aboard. Charley was disgusted by the humans' plan to ally themselves with the Cybermen in order to wipe out the Orion androids and was saved by Deeva Jansen's sacrifice when a Cyberman crushed the life support pack in Charley's spacesuit. She and the Doctor used their jetpacks to return to the TARDIS, where they checked on Ramsay and discussed the nature of the androids. (AUDIO: Sword of Orion)

Charley fell asleep in the TARDIS whilst reading a book and awoke to find herself aboard an airship at the heart of the Time Vortex. She spoke to the other travellers and learnt how they came to be aboard, realising that each had been removed from their timelines for the protection of the Web of Time. Upon awakening back in the TARDIS, the Doctor told her that he had put them there. (PROSE: Repercussions)

At Charley's request, the Doctor took her on a search to find her childhood hero, Pieter Mon Marchè. They were unable to find him and eventually learnt that he was a falsified product of time. (AUDIO: The Man Who Wasn't There)

Several weeks after first joining the Doctor, Charley convinced him to visit the family of a man who saved both of their lives at the cost of his own. She had, by this point, fallen in love with the Doctor. (AUDIO: Letting Go)

Charley asked the Doctor to take her on holiday in order to get out of the "gothic nightmare of a ship" and was taken to 2294 Venice, where she was taken by Pietro and forced to pose as Duke Orsino's wife, Estella with the aim of marrying him. After Duke Orsino and the real Estella killed themselves, Charley, having learnt that it did not do to live life through objects, suggested that she and the Doctor clear out the TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Stones of Venice)

After the Doctor set the coordinates to take Charley to meet Grace Holloway, he suggested that they release Ramsay, something that Charley did not wish to do but was forced to after the Vortisaur attacked her. Temporal feedback damaged the TARDIS console and caused the travellers to lose their memories, after which they landed in Malebolgia and the amnesiac Charley was made to serve at the Hellfire Club, from which she was later rescued by Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart. Brigham Elisha Dashwood III shot her with his Trans-D so that a demon could inhabit her body, but the psionovores rejected her as she was "already dead", a statement that she did not understand. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell)

Charley and the Doctor left Malebolgia and arrived on a colony ship which they believed to be 16th century Kent. Charley was annoyed with the Doctor for trying to find a mystery and, upon learning that they were on a ship, she asked that they stay there to relax. Whilst on the ship, she realised her feelings for the Doctor. (PROSE: A Good Life)

Charley and the Doctor helped native tribes in Africa, after which they landed in Melbourne. Having seen what The Darvias Saga could do, Charley joined the Movement for Real Literature and almost shot and killed Nathaniel Clamp before deciding to save him by shooting Bruce Gillespie in the shoulder instead. (PROSE: Best Seller)

On a spaceship approaching Venus, Charley was appalled to meet about twenty people dying from a genetic plague who intended to crash their ship into the planet and end their lives. However, the Doctor quietly led her back into the TARDIS after she began trying to change their minds. (PROSE: Venus)

Charley went to a disco on 24 December, 1987. (PROSE: Be Good for Goodness's Sake)

The Doctor and Charley went to 2064 Prague for Christmas and were imprisoned and interrogated by Colonel Rijzki due to their lack of papers. Charley initially believed that Colonel Rijzki was a power-hungry monster but admitted that he had a point in not lowering the shield around the city on the word of a stranger. She and the Doctor took him and Ilona Hingis into the TARDIS and showed them that the world outside of the shield was safe. (PROSE: War in a Time of Peace)

Charley was imprisoned in Nigeria and released when Calabria sent the Nigerian authorities money. (PROSE: You Had Me at Verify User Name and Password)

Landing on Earth on Christmas Day after receiving a distress call, Charley and the Doctor encountered Angels who believed that Zoe Elliot was their daughter. The Doctor told them that the stars had moved since they lost their daughter and the two travellers went with them to where their real daughter was. (PROSE: They Fell)

Charley and the Doctor broke into the Brigadier's house and held a Christmas party there for him, cooking a Christmas meal and inviting Emily Chaudhry and former members of UNIT. (PROSE: Faithful Friends: Part Three)

Charley and the Doctor thwarted Dennis Krellig's plans to conquer the world, resulting in him having to move back in with his parents and get a job at a biscuit factory. (PROSE: Second Chances)

Time's unravelling[]

The Doctor tried to get Charley to the Singapore Hilton per her request, but they instead landed in 1938 New York City where they came across the corpse of Jack Halliday. After being kidnapped several times, she was reunited with the Doctor and played a role in the rebroadcast of The War of the Worlds, later watching Streath and Noriam's ship depart on the TARDIS scanner. The Doctor found that Orson Welles did not know who William Shakespeare was, (AUDIO: Invaders from Mars) something that Charley later learnt was, in part, due to her survival. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)

The TARDIS, apparently avoiding Singapore, took Charley and the Doctor to Edward Grove where she learnt that she was supposed to have died in the R101, her paradoxical survival resulting in Edith Thompson's uncertain fate. She was told to kill herself, but she instead chose to live and helped convince Edith to do the same, putting an end to the time loop within the house. Charley, however, continued to remember dying in the flames of the R101. (AUDIO: The Chimes of Midnight)

Charley and the Doctor landed in 1982 Ferrara after detecting an interspatial disturbance which they found was caused by Vengorr and Thon. Posing as a Time Lord and calling herself Charleyostiantayshius, Charley sowed discord between the two Threllips and sending them through their portal to Mordalius Prime. (AUDIO: Living Legend)

Charley and the Doctor in an alternate timeline created by the Master. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)

In an alternative timeline created by the Master, Charley met the Fourth Doctor and Leela and learnt about regeneration. When the timeline was wiped, the Doctor suddenly felt the need to visit Bob Dovie at 59A Barnsfield Crescent on 23 November 1963, where he and Charley were surprised to learn that the irate Bob had already been visited by all of the Doctor's past incarnations. (AUDIO: The Light at the End)

After six attempts, the TARDIS arrived at the Singapore Hilton and Charley was finally reunited with Alex Grayle. She and the Doctor travelled to 305, 1055 and 1806, each time meeting Sebastian Grayle and stopping him from unleashing the Nimons upon the world, after which the two travellers returned to Singapore to celebrate New Year's Eve. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)

Like many of his previous companions, Charley went with the Doctor to distract Ann whilst he attempted to kill her baby. (PROSE: Categorical Imperative)

Charley and the Doctor went to Armstrong's Colony after detecting technology which should not have been there. Charley was taken captive by Baron Denton de Kay Leigh and saved by the Seventh Doctor. (PROSE: The Heroine, the Hero and the Megalomaniac)

After falling into an alien gallery based on Prague, Charley was saved from hypothermia by Yan Periko and awoke with amnesia. Yan gave her the name "Libuse", which she used for several months before the Doctor projected himself into the gallery and convinced Charley that she would die if she were not released. Her status as a temporal anomaly resulted in disruptions to the gallery. (PROSE: Lady of the Snows)

The Doctor took Charley to the Cimmerian System where ROSM identified her as a threat (AUDIO: Embrace the Darkness) due to the anti-time around her (AUDIO: Neverland) and attempted to kill her, leading her to flee to an escape pod which took her down to Cimmeria IV. She began to lose her sight due to the Cimmerians, but she was reunited with the Doctor and recovered, helping the Throxilians and learning of the connection between the Cimmerians and the Solarians. (AUDIO: Embrace the Darkness)

When the TARDIS was taken to the Celestial Toyroom, the Toymaker forced a once again amnesiac Charley to play his games whilst the Doctor was turned into a puppet. She eventually realised that the Toymaker was actually the one playing the Toyroom's game and was able to defeat him and escape in the TARDIS with the Doctor. (AUDIO: Solitaire)

A message from the Eleventh Doctor led Charley and the Doctor to 1935 London. They were accused of murder and fled to Scotland with Hilary Hammond, whom they later identified as the murderer as well as a German spy. (AUDIO: Enemy Aliens)

Charley visited an art gallery with the Doctor to see the Ten Thousand. (AUDIO: Hall of the Ten Thousand)

At an art exhibition, Charley encountered Dwayne Pherber, who attempted to feed on her. She was saved by the Doctor and Highgate before she and the Doctor were taken by Vakrass. She helped the Doctor's his fifth, sixth and eighth incarnations, as well as Vislor Turlough and Constance Clarke, defeat Gostak. (AUDIO: The End of the Beginning)

Due to interference in the timeline, Charley, (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks) like Orson Welles, (AUDIO: Invaders from Mars) had no knowledge of William Shakespeare, an impossibility which resulted in the Doctor discovering a Dalek plot. She was held hostage by the Daleks and fell through their portal to 1572 with Viola Learman and the Master Clock, which became damaged when she was attacked by a Dalek, and was to be exterminated after the clock was repaired. The Daleks were defeated and Charley saved, although the Doctor realised that she was a source of chronon energy and that time was unravelling around her. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)

Charley and the Doctor tried to get Shakespeare home but instead landed in Asia Minor after the fall of Troy. They met Vicki Pallister and Troilus and, to keep Shakespeare from remembering his time with them, the Doctor had Charley ensure that he got drunk on wine. (AUDIO: Apocrypha Bipedium)

After dropping Shakespeare off in Warwickshire, Charley and the Doctor were interrogated by Mike Yates after being found on an RAF base in the 1970s. (AUDIO: Foreshadowing)

Antiverse and anti-time[]

The TARDIS was chased by seven Battle TARDISes and, realising that they were after her, Charley used the fast return switch to ensure their capture and learnt that she had become a living portal for anti-time. In the hopes of an alternative resolution to her death, she allowed herself to be used by the Time Lords to travel into the Antiverse but ultimately resigned herself to death, not regretting a moment of time that she had spent with the Doctor. She was saved when the breach caused by her became part of established history and she returned to the TARDIS, finding the Doctor infected with anti-time and calling himself Zagreus. (AUDIO: Neverland)

After hiding from the violent Doctor, the TARDIS, in the form of the Brigadier, showed Charley projections of the history of the Divergence's attempts to break into N-Space to make up its mind as to whether or not it would help the Matrix Rassilon; it did, throwing Charley from its doors. She obeyed the Doctor's command for her to kill him with the anti-time sword after realising that he did not love her back, but he survived and, after casting Rassilon into the Divergent Universe, he shouted at Charley to leave him as he followed in order to save the universe from anti-time.

Charley stormed out of the TARDIS but was told by Romana that the Doctor had driven her out for her own good, having asked that she find Charley a place in the timeline. Learning of a backdoor from Leela, Charley sneaked into the TARDIS to make sure that the Doctor did not make the journey alone. (AUDIO: Zagreus)

The Divergent Universe[]

After hiding in the TARDIS, Charley revealed herself to the Doctor, who was unhappy that she had betrayed him by coming with him into the Divergent Universe. Exiting the TARDIS, they found themselves within a strictly-designed experiment to study evolution and inadvertently helped the sound creature evolve before refusing to allow themselves to die for it. They merged into a single life-form for a time, (AUDIO: Scherzo) creating Daqar Keep, (AUDIO: The Next Life) and the sound creature faded away whilst they were able to break free. (AUDIO: Scherzo)

Charley and the Doctor entered the Interzone and were allowed by the Kro'ka into the Eutermesan Zone, where they saved C'rizz and joined him in his mission to save L'da in the Alpha Sphere. Charley was captured by the Kromon and taken to become a Kromon Queen to replace L'da after C'rizz euthanised her, causing her to begin a transformation into an insect and to lose her sense of self. She was saved by the Doctor and C'rizz and restored to normal with the help of the Oroog, after which she, the Doctor and C'rizz left via the Interzone. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon)

The travellers arrived in Light City during Jubilee Day and were separated when the riots started, Charley almost getting crushed. She, the Doctor and C'rizz gave the Censor copies of their memories to be used for the evolution of Light City's society. (AUDIO: The Natural History of Fear)

The Kro'ka next sent Charley, the Doctor and C'rizz into the Setarus zone which they explored for two days, searching for the TARDIS, before becoming affected by a creature. Charley became confused by how angry she was with the Doctor, going so far as to betray him out of a lack of trust, and was concerned about how violent C'rizz seemed to become. She later learnt from the Doctor that the creature had been deceiving and manipulating their emotions. (AUDIO: The Twilight Kingdom)

Charley found the treatment of religion at the Multihaven to be superficial and began feeling depressed due to Miraculite. C'rizz was affected by the 23rd Church of Lucidity and tried to kill Charley before she was saved by the Doctor; she was understanding of how much he had gone through since L'da's transformation and did not hold him responsible for his actions. When she and the Doctor found what seemed to be the TARDIS, Charley was hopeful that it was the real thing but was proven wrong. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer)

In a nuclear winter on the surface of Bortresoye, Charley and C'rizz were saved from a collapsed building by Landscar and taken to Excelsior's bunker for treatment, but Charley was found to be paralysed from the waist down and was later smothered by Excelsior after realising that she was not as delusional as she pretended to be. The Doctor's suicide resulted in the cycle restarting, restoring Charley. (AUDIO: The Last)

When the Doctor was split into three different people, Charley named the innocent one "Tigger" and the grumpy one, whom she teamed up with, "Eeyore". She initially disliked the Eeyore Doctor, but came to realise that his irritability came from a concern for her safety. The three Doctors located the TARDIS in the centre of a labyrinth, after which they merged back into one and Charley, the Doctor and C'rizz set off to explore the Divergent Universe. (AUDIO: Caerdroia)

The trio travelled for some time before they came near Rassilon's Foundry and entered dreamscapes. Charley was visited by Rassilon, who attempted to shake her trust in the Doctor both in her dreams and by showing her the Doctor travelling with Perfection, making her feel easily replaceable. She was also came to terms with how hardened she had become to death and the effect that her actions had had on Simon Murchford.

Charley stopped being friends with C'rizz because of his untrustworthiness, and, when the Doctor demanded that they make up before he would pilot them out of the Divergent Universe, she admitted that she was jealous of anybody who got close to the Time Lord. The three then departed, with Rassilon and the Kro'ka stuck in the evolutionary experiment and Daqar Keep and Zagreus left awaiting the end of the universe. (AUDIO: The Next Life)

Back home again[]

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The TARDIS materialised in a Dalek base (AUDIO: The Next Life) and Charley and C'rizz were quickly imprisoned on Davros's orders. Gemma Griffin helped them both escape and Charley soon met Samson Griffin, learning that he and Gemma had travelled with the Doctor before she had met him. She assured the Doctor that he was not to blame for the Griffins nor the Daleks' invasion of Earth and, after the Daleks' departure, they had fun in Blackpool whilst C'rizz remained in the TARDIS. (AUDIO: Terror Firma)

Having returned to her universe, Charley was grateful to be back on more familiar territory, despite some initial tension between her and C'rizz due to his past as an assassin. As time progressed, however, the two became good friends, Charley recognising that morality could be more complicated than her initial perceptions after such experiences as an encounter with serial killer Eunis Flood, who was about to be killed as part of an experiment to research the nature of evil. Charley concluded that Flood didn't deserve such treatment no matter what he'd done in the past or would do in the future. (AUDIO: Scaredy Cat)

Charley visits 1851. (AUDIO: Other Lives)

Charley also experienced an interesting historical encounter when she met the Duke of Wellington during a trip to the Great Exhibition of 1851, Charley forced to pose as a French ambassador after the original ambassadors were briefly trapped in the TARDIS. While talking with the Duke, Charley assured him that he personally would be remembered as a great hero even if Britain itself still had problems in the future. (AUDIO: Other Lives)

In the end, however, C'rizz was killed when the TARDIS was trapped on a planet resembling Hell and was forced to serve as a spiritual storage facility for the souls of the entire planet (a purpose that the Doctor speculated C'rizz had been intended to serve for the Foundation), only for C'rizz to burn himself out when he acted to restore the planet to normal. His last words being to describe Charley as his sister before he died. (AUDIO: Absolution)

A change of Doctor[]

Angry at the Doctor's apparent lack of concern for the loss, Charley ordered the Doctor to take her to Singapore once and for all. However, although Charley changed her mind after she arrived in Singapore, a subsequent confrontation with the Cybermen during their latest attempt to harness time travel resulted in the Doctor and Charley being separated as the Cybermen' ship collapsed. After a battle with the Cybermen, she was stranded on a desert island in 500,002, believing that the Doctor had been killed by the Cybermen, while the Doctor returned to Singapore in 2008 after the TARDIS' HADS activated when the ship they were on disintegrated; his recent memories so scrambled by the attempted conversion that he was unable to precisely recall what had happened to Charley. (AUDIO: The Girl Who Never Was)

When the TARDIS arrived in response to her distress signal, Charley found the Doctor, but in an earlier incarnation. (AUDIO: The Condemned) Because of her travels with the future Doctor she knew not to let him find out anything about her past, but he grew suspicious of her mysteriousness. (AUDIO: The Doomwood Curse)

Travels with the Sixth Doctor[]

Having decided to take a bath, Charley took a book to read from the TARDIS library, which the Doctor had loaned from a library. Going to the Library they discovered the Grel destroying a set of books. She destroyed the machine but in the process the book was destroyed. They went back in time to collect another one to replace it, however when they landed the surrounding seemed familiar to her. She started to believe that she had come from this era and was going to marry John. Shortly afterwards she met Dick Turpin and believed herself to be his accomplice Gypsy Charlotte. She rode with him to York where the Doctor caught up to her and managed to get her to come to her senses. She then helped the Doctor defeat the Grel who were manifesting through Dick Turpin. (AUDIO: The Doomwood Curse)

On a planetoid in the Antares System, Charley and the Doctor encountered the Daleks. Charley told the Doctor about her secret and his death before learning that he was actually a replicant. (AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks)

After landing on an unnamed planet which looked like a manor house with servant cottages, Charley and the Doctor were chased by werewolves. She devised a plan to get the werewolves to follow her and not the Doctor but fell into a pit trap. The police werewolves captured her and took her to Dr Paignton. Paignton wanted extra human urges, thinking she was a werewolf. Charley thought that this would make her a lettuce. The Valeyard stopped this process, and threatened to tell the Doctor that she travelled with his eighth incarnation. The Valeyard also explained to her the history of the colonists. He tried to convince her to change the Web of Time. (AUDIO: The Red House)

Eventually, the Doctor demanded to know Charley's secret, but before she could answer him, she was infected with a virus that had slipped through the TARDIS' defences. Charley discovered the virus had come from an entity called Mila, a human guinea pig in experiments by the Daleks to create a virus to transform all lifeforms into Daleks. When the experiments failed, the Daleks attacked her, making her phase into another dimension. She had slipped aboard the TARDIS in the Doctor's first incarnation and remained there since, invisible to everyone. Unbeknownst to the Doctor, Mila had used the virus to transform Charley into herself and vice versa, leaving Charley out of phase with reality and allowing her to take Charley's place at the Doctor's side. (AUDIO: Patient Zero)

Charley was found and cured by the Viyrans, whom she helped for several millennia in their quest to expunge all the viruses which had escaped from the Amethyst station. Finally they crossed paths with the Doctor and Charley/Mila in an alternate timeline created by the Viyrans' attempt to remove a virus from Earth's population. After Mila sacrificed herself to save the Doctor and the Earth, Charley revealed her identity to the Doctor. To make him want to forget his travels with her, she told him that when he met her, he would die (still believing that the Eighth Doctor had not regenerated). She used the Viyrans' memory-altering technology to replace herself with Mila in the Doctor's memories of their travels together. (AUDIO: Blue Forgotten Planet)

Further adventures[]

For years, Charley travelled with the Viyrans, helping them find and destroy various Amethyst viruses. Eventually, she decided to escape their custody, and ended up travelling through a space-time anomaly known as the Ever-and-Ever Prolixity. (AUDIO: The Lamentation Cipher)

She eventually found herself in a Scottish forest infected with another of the viruses, and was found by the Viyrans again. (AUDIO: The Shadow at the Edge of the World) She again decided to leave through the Prolixity, and was briefly reunited with her parents in 1936. However, she was found and taken prisoner by the Viyrans, while her parents' memory of her ever existing was erased. (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard)

When she was returned to the Viyran ship, she found out that she was infected with a virus that would return the Viyrans to factory settings. (AUDIO: The Viyran Solution)

Travelling through the Ever-and-Ever Prolixity with Robert Buchan and a Rogue Viyran, Charley and her friends ended up in Embankment tube station in the early 21st century. (AUDIO: Embankment Station)


The Eighth Doctor saluted Charley, along with his other companions, just prior to regenerating. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)

The Tenth Doctor, put on trial by the Shadow Proclamation, cited the saving of Charley Pollard as an example of his saving the life of someone who had been declared a "fixed point in time" and destined to die. (COMIC: Fugitive)

Whilst travelling through the Time Vortex, Cindy Wu saw Charley alongside other companions of the Doctor. (COMIC: The Good Companion)

The Twelfth Doctor saw Charley, among other companions, when Bernice Summerfield was hit by temporal energy in the Pyramid Eternia. (PROSE: Big Bang Generation)


Charley. (AUDIO: The Chimes of Midnight)

Charley had blonde hair (AUDIO: The Next Life, The Viyran Solution) and was considered attractive. (AUDIO: The Stones of Venice, Minuet in Hell) C'rizz said that he would not describe her as plump. Rufus Dimplesqueeze described her as being "tiny and feminine". (AUDIO: Other Lives)


Charley was a dreamer. (AUDIO: Zagreus) Despite her upper-class upbringing, Charley was very sympathetic to the underdog (AUDIO: The Stones of Venice) and longed for excitement, rebelling against her background and running away in order to find adventure. (AUDIO: Storm Warning) She was resourceful, brave and was pleased to find that women could be in charge in the future, (AUDIO: Sword of Orion) being a supporter of female emancipation. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell) She was not a fan of socialism (AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks) nor knew very much about art. (AUDIO: Hall of the Ten Thousand)

Charley believed that people lived only one life and intended to make hers count. She believed that she lived a full life during which she had become desensitised to death, remembering faces but not names. (AUDIO: The Next Life) She never got involved in fox hunting because she could not stand the killing of innocent creatures, but she did love the jackets and horses. (AUDIO: The Next Life) She was somewhat sensitive about her weight (AUDIO: Other Lives) and hated being ignored. (AUDIO: Neverland)

When she was hurting, Charley would pretend to be cheerful. She hated seeing the Doctor vulnerable and would tell him that she loved him and that he should not feel bad, which could irritate him. (AUDIO: Terror Firma) She originally believed that the Doctor needed her, but later realised that it was her who needed him. (AUDIO: The Next Life) She said that the Doctor did not need her, but rather needed all of his companions. (AUDIO: Companion Piece) She considered the Doctor and C'rizz to be her family. (AUDIO: Something Inside)

Charley lost her lust for life whilst in Viyran custody, feeling little more than a glorified pet. After her escape, (AUDIO: The Lamentation Cipher) fear made her feel more alive than she had in years. (AUDIO: The Fall of the House of Pollard) She was upset that she never got to have a child. (AUDIO: The Viyran Solution)

Unlike the rest of her family, Charley spoke with and showed kindness to the Pollards' cook Edith Thompson, although she did not consider her a close friend. (AUDIO: The Chimes of Midnight) She was disgusted by the thought of different species interbreeding, (AUDIO: Sword of Orion) hated insects (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon) and considered all war to be a crime. (AUDIO: The Last)

When Charley pretended to be a Time Lord by the name of Charleyostiantayshius, the Doctor believed that she made a more convincing Time Lord than he did. (AUDIO: Living Legend) She also managed to pass herself off as a boy on the R101 (AUDIO: Storm Warning) and fit in extraordinarily well in the upper classes of 1572. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks) However, her skill at accents was variable, tending to wander. (AUDIO: Storm Warning)

Behind the scenes[]

A DWM illustration of Charley in Caerdroia.

Charley as she appeared in Doctor Who: Legacy.

  • In December 2014 Charley was added as a playable character to Doctor Who: Legacy and was the only character who originated from Big Finish to appear in the game. Her appearance was illustrated by Paul Hanley based on India Fisher's likeness.
  • Along with Thomas Brewster, Evelyn Smythe and Liv Chenka, Charley is one of only four companions created by Big Finish to be depicted travelling with or meeting two incarnations of the Doctor.
  • In an early character concept Charley was to have been a travel agent from the 1950s.[1]

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