During a short war on the planet Messaline between humans and Hath, both sides used progenation machines to instantly create mentally programmed adults from the DNA of single individuals. When the Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, and Martha Jones arrived on Messaline, Jenny was made from a skin sample taken from the Doctor without his permission. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter)
With the Doctor
The then nameless Jenny pushed a button which triggered an explosion. The tunnel collapsed, cutting the group off from the Hath and Martha. Shortly after, Jenny was named by the Doctor's companion Donna Noble from his description of her as a "generated anomaly." Jenny's commander, Cobb, imprisoned the Doctor, Donna, and Jenny. Donna proved to the Doctor that Jenny was indeed his daughter by listening to Jenny's heartbeat. Like the Doctor, she had two hearts. However, the Doctor insisted that she was nothing more than an "echo" and that a "real" Time Lord was "so much more."
Jenny helped the others escape by kissing Cline and stealing his pistol. The Doctor found his daughter very capable, though she was inclined towards violence. He later convinced her not to kill Cobb. As the three of them made their way towards the Source, which Cobb and the Hath both sought, Jenny spoke with the Doctor about the possibility of travelling with him, and he told her that he would never leave her. The Doctor told the respective parties to end the war, whereupon General Cobb aimed his gun and shot at him. Jenny jumped in the way of the bullet. She was shot through one of her hearts, and died, but did not regenerate.
Despite not experiencing regeneration Jenny somehow came back to life. With her father having left the planet and believing her to be dead, she stole a shuttlecraft and left Messaline. When asked where she was going, she restated Donna's earlier description of the Doctor's life. "Oh, I've got the whole universe: planets to save, civilisations to rescue, creatures to defeat — and an awful lot of running to do." She then set off to explore the universe. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter)
Piloting a starship, Jenny accidentally crashed with Garundel's ship. Garundel took her to a spaceport he knew to fix the damages, intending to con her of her money. Escaping from Garundel, Jenny stole a ship. Onboard the ship was a man named Noah, who commanded the ship to take her away from the spaceport. A bounty hunter known as COLT-5000 arrived, halting her plans of escape. Jenny created a device called the time-hopper, using it to travel through time on a single trip with Noah. (AUDIO: Stolen Goods)
Jenny and Noah arrived in a prison guarded by the Ood. Their only prisoner was Valderon. Valderon tried to escape by attacking Jenny's mind. Jenny believed she had escaped by activating her vortex manipulator once again but instead brought herself and Valderon to Earth. The Ood followed them and began enslaving the mind of nearby humans. After the Ood found Valderon Jenny reunited with Noah and the duo departed Earth. (AUDIO: Prisoner of the Ood)
Fighting the Void
Jenny tracked her father through multiple incarnations. but he didn't stay in one place long enough for her to make contact with him. Although she found the Doctor in his eleventh incarnation on Trenzalore, she was unable to contact him because of Tasha Lem's barriers around the planet.
Travelling around in a Bowship, Jenny tracked the progress of a white hole to the planet Sultath, where she encountered Jack Harkness and Tara Mishra. She failed to save them as they were sucked into the anomaly. She flew her Bowship into the white hole but became trapped. She was saved by the Fifth Doctor in his TARDIS, who in doing so, was sucked in himself. Jenny then travelled to St Luke's University, to meet the Twelfth Doctor and tell him what had happened. They were then attacked by UNIT personnel, including Kate Stewart and Osgood, who had been possessed by the white energy. The four of them, immune to the energy due to being time travellers and having been exposed to artron energy, managed to enter the TARDIS. However it had merged with the version occupied by the Tenth Doctor, Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu, but they quickly escaped the TARDIS and saw a white hole threatening to destroy the universe. They were saved by infected students by the Ninth Doctor, whose TARDIS had also merged with its previous and future selves, and while searching for the Tenth Doctor's console room Jenny ran into the Eighth Doctor and Josie Day, who worked with the other Doctors so that their TARDIS could escape the white void. After all the incarnations of the Doctor saved the universe, she departed with the Tenth and Ninth Doctors, the latter saying they will take her home due to her Bowship having been destroyed. (COMIC: The Lost Dimension)
Davros tried to manipulate and hurt the Doctor when he moved the Earth to the Medusa Cascade by asking the Doctor how many people had died in his name. Jenny was one of the people the Doctor thought of, as he was unaware of her revival. (TV: Journey's End)
Jenny showed a lot of the brilliance, lust for life, and the determination of her father. Though programming had made her military-minded and goal-oriented, she was too much like her father for this to dictate her actions. While at first, she showed violent intentions towards others, she soon adopted the Doctor's values and principles, though she still retained her miltary mind. She even inherited his selflessness as shown when she took a gunshot from Cobb to save her dad.
She was delighted at the prospects of travelling in the TARDIS with her father. After her revival, she seemed very excited about travelling the universe. (TV: The Doctor's Daughter) She later expressed the desire to visit everywhere in the universe. (AUDIO: Stolen Goods)
Being biologically Gallifreyan, Jenny had two hearts, as well as reflexes, precision timing, and acrobatic ability far beyond that of an average human. At first, the Tenth Doctor flatly denied that she should be considered a Time Lord because she lacked the shared culture, code, and knowledge. However, as he later admitted to Donna, "when I look at [Jenny] now, I can see them. The hole they left, all the pain that filled it. Just don't know if I can face that every day." (TV: The Doctor's Daughter) Jenny was able to sense temporal events before they happened, and knew instinctively how to pilot the Doctor's TARDIS. (AUDIO: Relative Time)
Behind the scenes
Jenny's actress, Georgia Moffett, was notably actually the daughter of one of the Doctors, specifically Peter Davison (real name Peter Moffett). It has since been noted in many stories that clones and copies of the Doctor tend to emerge featuring the appearances of his previous incarnations. (AUDIO: The Hexford Invasion/Survivors in Space, COMIC: Breakfast at Tyranny's) This would explain why Jenny more closely resembles the Fifth Doctor rather than the Tenth.
Prior to November 2013, Jenny was considered a "companion presumptive". It is clear, once the Doctor accepted her as his daughter, that she would travel with him and Donna. Her "death" ended these plans. In the Prisoners of Time comic miniseries released five years after The Doctor's Daughter, all of the Doctor's companions were kidnapped by Adam Mitchell. Jenny was revealed among those kidnapped, marking her inclusion as a companion. In the 2017 comic, The Lost Dimension, Jenny joined Bill Potts and Nardole as a companion of the Twelfth Doctor.
The reference book The Time Traveller's Almanac, which is not accepted as a valid source for in-universe articles on this wiki, suggests that Jenny's revival was not due to regeneration but rather the Source, as suggested by visual cues in the episode.
Although The Sun, a UK tabloid newspaper, speculated that Georgia Moffett would appear as Jenny in one of the 2009 specials, she did not make an appearance.
Steven Moffat is credited with suggesting that Jenny be brought back to life at the end of the episode. This led to rumours that Georgia Moffett was in the running to return as a companion for the Eleventh Doctor. Ultimately, Karen Gillan was cast in this role as Amy Pond.
No further television appearances of the character have been announced. Moffett did return to the franchise in other roles, providing the voice of an unrelated character named Cassie Rice in the animated serial Dreamland, and continuing to do voice work for Big Finish Productions in 2010.
- In August 2013, Steven Moffat said "the door is open" for Jenny to return to the series. Moffett told Doctor Who Magazine in 2015 that she was desperate to return and would be happy to play even a character with a single line, but that it was not likely, as her character had only ever been conceived as a one-off. Additionally, Russell T Davies jokingly told Steven Moffat that Jenny crashed into a moon. Her solo series, Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter, begins with her crashing into a moon but surviving.
The Prisoners of Time comic was Jenny's first appearance, not including the archival footage, since her appearance in The Doctor's Daughter. Despite being seen with the captured in The Choice, she was for some reason absent after the companions were released in the following issue, Endgame.
In 2018, she returned for her own Big Finish audio series: Jenny: The Doctor's Daughter.
- In the Tenth Doctor's flashbacks during Journey's End, Jenny's "death" is emphasised by being the only one that has its original sound clip attached: the sound of the shot that "killed" her.
- According to the reference book The Doctor: His Lives and Times, which is not accepted as a valid source for in-universe articles on this wiki, after leaving Messaline Jenny met a man in a cantina who told her about how messages used to be placed in bottles and thrown into the sea. Jenny then wrote a letter to her father, explaining that she wasn't dead and while she didn't know how to find him, she was having fun and hoped to make him proud. She placed her letter in the bottle and hoped that one day her father would find it.
- ↑ 'Doctor Who's Steven Moffat acknowledges regeneration limit. Radio Times. Radio Times (21 August 2013). Retrieved on 21 August 2013.
- ↑ http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2015-11-14/steven-moffat-finally-reveals-the-fate-of-the-doctors-daughter---sort-of