Constance Clarke was a leading WREN of the Women's Royal Naval Service during World War II, working at Bletchley Park in 1944, who travelled with the Doctor in his sixth incarnation. She preferred to be addressed as "Mrs Clarke".
Early life Edit
Constance was born in 1909. (AUDIO: The Middle) She grew up in Nyasaland, later known as Malawi, (AUDIO: Criss-Cross) where her father owned land and employed locals as servants. (AUDIO: The Behemoth) Although her family told her not to leave the land through the fence, she frequently did so to explore (AUDIO: Planet of the Rani) and quite often came across mantises. (AUDIO: Quicksilver) They received no trouble from the native inhabitants. (AUDIO: Criss-Cross)
She had a great-uncle named Jasper, who lived alone in an expansive manor house and spent his time talking to his dog and taking potshots at rabbits. The Doctor reminded Constance of him. (AUDIO: Shield of the Jötunn)
Constance returned to London after her father died of tuberculosis whilst she was a girl, which she later described as a difficult time for the family. She completed her schooling and attended Somerville College at the University of Oxford, where she received a first in modern languages. At a young age she married sub lieutenant Henry Clarke of the Naval Intelligence Division. They were unable to have children. (AUDIO: Criss-Cross, Quicksilver) They married in uniform and with wilting daffodils due to it being wartime. (AUDIO: The Behemoth)
Henry was posted to special duties in November 1943. (AUDIO: Criss-Cross) Just before he left, she discovered letters indicating that he had been having an affair for some time, but she elected not to broach the topic with him.
Meeting the Doctor Edit
In 1944, she met the Sixth Doctor when she chastised him for overworking Sylvia Wimpole. When Major Harris came to investigate information on the Doctor, she asked him about her husband and if he was still alive. She accompanied the Doctor to Cambridge and asked Robbie Flint about her husband as well. She forced the Doctor to take her with him on his travels, wanting to be taken back to her duties once she decided to finish travelling as she was not a deserter. (AUDIO: Criss-Cross)
Solo travels with the Doctor Edit
Constance went through the Doctor's email in-box and found several emails for the Rani's parole hearing. She visited Teccaurora Penitentiary when the Rani kidnapped her. Raj Kahnu asked her why she travelled with the Doctor and then tried to have her placed in one of his suits of armour. (AUDIO: Planet of the Rani)
The TARDIS landed in 2029 Arizona, where Constance learnt about and was appalled at global warming, having expected future generations to take good care of the Earth after World War II. She was also surprised at the future, not finding it as bright and happy as she expected. She assisted the Doctor in defeating the Talessh. (AUDIO: Shield of the Jötunn)
On one travel with the Doctor, she visited the Parallel Sect where she rescued Tim Hope from being run over by a train. She suggested that they should get back to the train station when she saw the remnants of the driver's cabin. The Doctor left her in the train when he went with Keith Potter to look after the passengers. After Alice Lloyd started acting strangely, Constance left with Tim to find the Doctor. Arriving at the station, she informed the Doctor that the passengers were killing each other like it was an epidemic. The Master threatened her with his Tissue Compression Eliminator. She was delighted when the Doctor defeated the Master's plans. She had Tim's coat on which contained a Relative Dimensional Stabiliser. (AUDIO: The End of the Line)
Constance met the Daleks on Strellin and stabbed a Kaled mutant with a screwdriver. She was a prisoner of the Brotherhood of the Black Petal and was dressed in a cloak for the sake of modesty. (AUDIO: Order of the Daleks)
A Brudvahkian yak spat on Constance during their travels, which the Doctor could not help but giggle at. On Teymah, Constance agreed to help Lyam Yce's expedition with translating the language of the Teymahrians using her cryptographic skills. (AUDIO: Absolute Power)
Travelling with the Sixth Doctor and Flip Edit
After asking to be returned to 1944, Constance read a telegraph telling her that Henry was lost in action. In Vienna, Constance found that Henry had married Ana Cook, who was pregnant with his child. She expressed her anger with him and, after defeating the Zerith, left with the Doctor and his former companion Flip Ramon. To their respective irritation, they called one another "Connie" and "Philippa". (AUDIO: Quicksilver)
On her thirty-fifth birthday, the TARDIS landed on Formicia, where Constance was separated from the Doctor and Flip and sent to the Middle, which reminded her of Bletchley. From the office, she managed to save Flip from a drone and send a message to the Doctor. (AUDIO: The Middle)
Constance and Flip both decided that they wanted to return home to their times. They landed in Abbey Marston, where she died. The Doctor burnt her body with the Static inside whilst her mind survived in a duplicate. In the duplicate, Constance left with the Doctor and Flip after the Static was defeated. (AUDIO: Static)
Given that she was married, when the Doctor introduced her to others as "Constance," she was quick to correct the Doctor to a more formal "Mrs Clarke." (AUDIO: The End of the Line) However, she allowed Lyam Yce, Florrie Solomon and Ammar Elkady to address her by her first name. (AUDIO: Absolute Power) She initially disliked it when Flip Jackson called her "Connie" but she eventually came to tolerate it. (AUDIO: Quicksilver)
Although Constance did not enjoy making a fuss about her birthday, she was not afraid of growing old and was looking forward to retiring, learning a new language and writing her memoirs. (AUDIO: The Middle)
Behind the scenes Edit
Constance first appeared in The End of the Line as an existing companion of the Sixth Doctor. Due to the release date of The Sixth Doctor: The Last Adventure being changed from September 2015 to August 2015, The End of the Line was released before the character's introductory story.