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Jennifer "Jenny" Flint (née Scarrity) was the human maid and wife of Madame Vastra. Operating from London in the late 19th century, the two performed a variety of investigations alongside their butler Strax, forming the so-called Paternoster Gang. They were also friends and allies of the Doctor, who had saved Jenny's life during her and Vastra's first meeting.

Biography[]

Early life[]

Jennifer "Jenny" Scarrity (AUDIO: Family Matters; PROSE: A Perfect Christmas) was born to Albert and Miriam Scarrity and had two siblings: Dorothy and Barty. (AUDIO: Family Matters) She had family in Millwall (AUDIO: The Cars That Ate London!) and knew little of her lineage, assuming that her ancestors were mudlarks. (AUDIO: Rulers of Earth)

Jenny was a young girl when she first heard stories about Spring-heeled Jack (AUDIO: Spring-Heeled Jack) and once spent a halfpenny to see a mermaid at the fayre and was disappointed to find that it was a dried-up monkey tied together with a seal's tail. (AUDIO: A Photograph to Remember)

Ostracised by her family due to her "preferences in companionship" (WC: The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later) and having a strong disapproval for her parents' freakshow, Jenny ran away from home and changed her surname to "Flint", so chosen because she believed that she had to be "hard like flint" to survive on her own. (AUDIO: Family Matters)

Jenny spent much of her childhood in a match factory (PROSE: Assassin on the Railroads) after running away from her family. (AUDIO: Family Matters)

Relationship with Vastra[]

Jenny met Vastra and was employed as her maid, (TV: The Name of the Doctor) helping Jenny out when nobody else would. (AUDIO: A Photograph to Remember) One account said that the Doctor saved Jenny's life when she and Vastra first met; (TV: The Name of the Doctor) another said that Vastra saved Jenny from the Tongs. (PROSE: Madame Vastra) The two fell in love, Vastra having previously not been fond of human society. (WC: Vastra Investigates: A Christmas Prequel)

Living in London, Jenny and Vastra solved crimes and protected the British Empire, doing a lot of running and wearing "spectacular dresses" whilst doing so. (WC: The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later) In 1881, Jenny helped the Doctor defeat the Kraals, who had been plotting to replace Prince Bertie with an android duplicate. At the time, Vastra was in Egypt. Jenny and Vastra also battled a pair of CyberNeomorphs in Japan. (PROSE: Madame Vastra)

According to one account, Jenny and Vastra married on Christmas 1882. However, this account had Strax present for their two-year anniversary, placing the year of their wedding no earlier than 1886. (PROSE: The Red-Eyed League)

In 1886, Jenny and Vastra became aware of the corpse of a Silurian scholar and sailed on the Mary Anning in search of others, meeting the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler when the TARDIS materialised on the ship. The ship was attacked by a Myrka and the surviving crew washed up on an island where Jenny looked after the unconscious Vastra. The Doctor later returned them to 13 Paternoster Row and asked them to look after Rose for a time. (COMIC: The Lost Dimension)

Joined by Strax[]

Jenny at Demons Run. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

In 1888, after Vastra told Jenny that she had eaten Jack the Ripper, the couple joined the Eleventh Doctor in the Battle of Demons Run and survived the attack of the Headless Monks. Afterwards, Jenny comforted Amy Pond on the kidnapping of her daughter and told her that it was not the Doctor's fault. The Doctor told River Song to take her and everybody else back to their own times. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

Jenny and Vastra were still on Demons Run two days later, waiting for Strax to fully recover from his wound. They invited him to join them in London 1888 and, whilst he initially refused, he accepted their offer at the last minute. The three of them left as Demons Run was evacuated (WC: The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later) and, following their return to their own time, Vastra and Jenny were added to the Papal Mainframe's "most wanted" list. (PROSE: Madame Vastra)

On Jenny and Vastra's two-year wedding anniversary, the couple and Strax met and defeated Kisimos, who had tried to lure Vastra away from her wife and friend. (PROSE: The Red-Eyed League)

Jenny helped investigate the strange soil on Silas Ruckford's boots and found that Lady Cornelia Basildon-Stone had had the roof of the Crystal Palace temporarily removed. She sneaked into the palace with Strax, having been assisted by Tommy Corrigan, and there killed Ajeeth to save her Sontaran friend. Following the destruction of the genetic splicer, Lady Basildon-Stone, as well as the eggs of her human-wasp hybrids, died. (COMIC: The Crystal Throne)

Jenny enters the Dream Doorway. (PROSE: The Dangerous Dilemma of the Dream Doorway)

Around the time of Jenny and Vastra's third wedding anniversary, the Paternoster Gang went up against the Sacristans. (PROSE: A Perfect Christmas)

The Paternoster Gang solved a number of cases together, including that of an alien prankster, (PROSE: The Confounding Case of the Planetary Prankster) Lord Falstaff, (PROSE: The Pernicious Plots of the Big Game Hunter) Professor Samuel Lumber and his Dream Doorway, (PROSE: The Dangerous Dilemma of the Dream Doorway) the Wright Factory, (PROSE: The Fear Factory) psychics whom Jenny named the "Danger Thinkers" (PROSE: The Insidious Ideas of the Danger Thinkers) and the Blight of the Weirdling Woods. (PROSE: The Curious Case of the Weirdling Woods)

Assisting the Eleventh Doctor[]

Madame Vastra and Jenny arrive to help. (TV: The Snowmen)

Whilst disapproving of the Eleventh Doctor's isolation in 1892, the Paternoster Gang assisted him in it and kept in contact with him, requesting his help on 26 November but being turned down. (AUDIO: Regeneration Impossible) Nonetheless, Jenny tried to pique his interest by telling about Erasmus Pink's drunken plan to split the Earth and a man on Praed Street who apparently had an invisible wife, attempts which were unsuccessful. (TV: The Great Detective)

Jenny, Vastra and Strax saved Harry, paying Mr Ransit in order to keep him in their custody, and thwarted an alien who possessed the corpse of Able Hecklington and planned to blot out the Sun. Jenny offered Harry the chance to work as a kitchen boy under her friend Mary in Lincoln. (PROSE: Devil in the Smoke)

The Paternoster Gang stopped a man behind a crime which involved identical twins, undetectable poison and an ancient Egyptian curse. After Inspector Gregson took the man away, Jenny remained hopeful of the Doctor getting in contact with them, believing that he could only sulk in the TARDIS for so long. She also noticed that it was snowing despite the absence of clouds (WC: Vastra Investigates) and they soon became aware that the snow had a low-level telepathic field. Jenny and Vastra began investigating Walter Simeon and his Great Intelligence Institute.

Jenny saw Clara Oswin Oswald calling for the Doctor and took her to Paternoster Row to be given Vastra's one word test. She trapped the Ice Governess behind a force field and helped guard Latimer and his children, later being the first to see Clara's body when she fell from the clouds. She attended Clara's funeral and was confused when the Doctor ran off, saying that he was going to find her. (TV: The Snowmen)

Jenny rescues the Eleventh Doctor from his imprisonment. (TV: The Crimson Horror)

In 1893, Jenny infiltrated Sweetville to find the Doctor, Vastra having seen him in a dead man's optogram. She was able to free him from captivity and help him cure himself of the red leech poison, later meeting and being confused by Clara Oswald, about whom the Doctor would give Jenny no answers. The three of them were saved from Winifred Gillyflower by Vastra and Strax, after which Jenny and Vastra prevented the poison from being placed inside of Mrs Gillyflower's rocket, thwarting her and Mr Sweet. (TV: The Crimson Horror)

Later that year, the Paternoster Gang entered a dream-induced conference call with Clara and River Song to discuss Clarence DeMarco's coordinates to the Doctor's tomb, during which Jenny was murdered by the Whisper Men. Her body was taken to Trenzalore and she was revived by Strax, only to vanish when the Great Intelligence entered the Doctor's time stream to kill him. However, Clara's actions restored her to the timeline. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)

Further investigations[]

In 1893, Jenny, Vastra and Strax caught Volta stealing from Monte Carlo Casino and followed him through a time portal to 1544. The trio were able to capture him and return home. (PROSE: The Tudor Engagement)

Jenny, Vastra and Strax seeing the gremlins. (PROSE: The Curious Case of the Miniature Menaces)

In February 1894, the Paternoster Gang were invited to the Royal Observatory by William Christie to investigate mysterious scratches on the telescope. Using a magnifying glass, Jenny saw that the room was full of gremlins whom she negotiated with under Vastra's guidance, arranging to have them moved to the bottom of the River Thames to eat rubbish at their leisure. (PROSE: The Curious Case of the Miniature Menaces)

That spring, the Paternoster Gang went to the Isle of Skye to look into the disappearance of fifteen fishing boats and reports of Blue Men. The trio found that human thieves had been disguising themselves as the Blue Men to scare their victims and Jenny turned them in to the authorities. (PROSE: The Singular Case of the Blue Men of the Minch)

In June 1894, Jenny was visited by her old friend Faye Garrideb, who was looking for the Paternoster Gang's help in saving Stanley Garrideb's Palace of Wonder. The trio attempted to do so, but the palace was ultimately destroyed by the Prince of Calamiño as he departed in his spacecraft. (PROSE: The Phantom of the Music Hall)

In September 1894, the Prime Minister asked the Paternoster Gang to protect Professor Thaddeus Maine's time machine. After Jenny, Vastra and Strax thwarted several attempts to steal the machine and kill Professor Maine, he departed in it in order to keep it from misuse. (PROSE: The Singular Case of the Time Machine)

Jenny fighting the fighting drone. (PROSE: The Spectre of Paternoster Row)

On 15 November 1894, Strax's fighting drone took on Jenny's form and fought with her. Before it could kill Jenny, its batteries ran out. (PROSE: The Spectre of Paternoster Row)

On 12 December 1894, Jenny accompanied Vastra and Strax to London Zoo, where they encountered a fog laced with temporal radiation that devolved living things into their ancestors. When Vastra was affected by the fog, Jenny prevented her from acting on savage instincts by reminding her of their love. (PROSE: The Evolution Episode)

Oscar Wilde invited the Paternoster Gang to the opening performance of The Importance of Being Earnest at St James's Theatre on 14 February 1895. Being human, Jenny was affected by Rose Leclerq's powers until Strax knocked Leclerq out with her handbag prop. (PROSE: The Importance of Being Strax)

In December 1895, Jenny and Vastra freed Mr Cosmo from the Djinn's dimension in which Missy had trapped him. (AUDIO: Brimstone and Terror)

Lord Cecil hired the Paternoster Gang to protect him from assassination during a meeting in Geneva. Jenny and Vastra chased the porter after Lord Cecil was given poisoned wine and fought him, discovering that he was a Troxil Gamemaster. Jenny defeated him using a cryo-mine, after which Vastra activated his teleport bracelet to send him away. (PROSE: Assassin on the Railroads)

Jenny, Vastra and Strax investigated the disappearances of four children from an orphanage in the autumn of 1897. They discovered the Esturians' spacecraft in the Thames and trapped them. (PROSE: The Terror of the Thames)

Jenny, Vastra and Strax thwarted the attempted Cromek invasion of London, which involved a spacecraft which was disguised as a house. (PROSE: The Pneuman League)

Meeting the new Doctor[]

Inside a spacecraft crash-landing into London in 1898, Jenny and Vastra guided it towards water whilst Strax sent a message to Sontar regarding the Doctor's ability to regenerate. The trio parachuted off the ship as it headed towards water and Vastra mentioned that a dinosaur had been spotted in the Thames. (TV: Prequel to Deep Breath)

Looking into the appearance of a Tyrannosaurus rex, Jenny, Vastra and Strax were reunited with Clara and met the Twelfth Doctor, whom they cared for and sent the Paternoster Irregulars when he ran away. Jenny and Vastra discovered that the dinosaur had been reduced to ash by spontaneous combustion and fought Clockwork Droids in Mancini's Family Restaurant after Clara sent a distress call. Before they could be killed by the droids, the Half-Face Man was destroyed and the droids became inert. (TV: Deep Breath)

Later investigations[]

Jenny had her place taken by a a Graske, sending her to limbo. Vastra eventually realised that she had been replaced when "Jenny" offered to make tea without being asked. (PROSE: The Pest of Paternoster Row)

One December, Jenny helped to investigate reports of a poltergeist that was breaking plates in an old house. The haunting turned out to be a false alarm when the house was discovered to be built atop an old Bakerloo Line that caused the house to shake every time a train came through.

The following January, Jenny attended the Carnival of Curiosities in search of Marlowe Hapworth's killer, where she once again met the Twelfth Doctor and Clara and helped defeat Orestes Milton and his Carnival of Curiosities. (PROSE: Silhouette) At some point, Jenny taught Clara how to pick locks. (PROSE: The Crawling Terror)

When Jenny's cat, Mittens, was stuck up a tree, Strax went back in time with his Time Shark to prevent the tree ever growing. The tree disappeared and Mittens fell into Jenny's arms. She later asked Strax to get her a pineapple from the greengrocer. (COMIC: The Adventures of Strax & the Time Shark)

Legacy[]

As one of the people she had met during her travels with the Doctor, Jenny was included in a series of notes written by Clara when she was planning to confess to Danny Pink via phone call about her adventures with the Doctor. (TV: Dark Water)

Shortly before regenerating, the Twelfth Doctor dreamt of Jenny along with some of his other companions. (TV: The Doctor Falls)

Personality[]

Jenny had a romantic relationship with Vastra, despite the fact that she was a different species. She seemed proud to be married to the Silurian, noting that Dr Simeon had never been married. (WC: Vastra Investigates, TV: The Snowmen) This commitment to her marriage was further shown when the Doctor kissed her after she rescued him from Ada Gillyflower's cell. Although he only intended to show his gleeful gratitude, Jenny promptly slapped him in annoyance. (TV: The Crimson Horror) Jenny showed jealousy when Vastra showed interest in others. She was also quite sarcastic at times. For example, she replied, "Thank you," to Vastra's comment that mammals all looked alike. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War) Her sarcastic nature was also shown when she said, "At your service," to Simeon. (TV: The Snowmen) When Vastra explained to Clara about the public image she and Jenny had to maintain, Jenny wondered aloud why she still acted as a maid in the house. (TV: Deep Breath)

Even though she lived with a "lizard woman" and a "potato dwarf", Jenny was something of a realist as she still believed Clara to be dead during the events of the Crimson Horror and was deeply confused when the Doctor stated otherwise, despite the fact that the Doctor had told her before that there was another version of her somewhere in the universe. However, she seemed satisfied when she saw the truth for herself and didn't believe the new Clara to be an imposter. She was subsequently impressed by Clara's deduction of where Winifred Gillyflower was keeping her rocket and the two eventually became friends. (TV: The Crimson Horror, Deep Breath)

Jenny proved very courageous and kind, risking life and limb for those in need. She, along with Vastra and Strax, joined the Doctor's rescue mission and also comforted Amy about the loss of her child. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War) She comforted Clara to help her cope with the Doctor's new persona and helped her during her time in the Victorian era. (TV: Deep Breath) She risked her own life to stop Vastra from becoming a savage primitive and reminded her of their bond. (PROSE: The Evolution Episode)

Appearance[]

Whilst Strax said that Jenny was "weak and stringy", Vastra believed that she was one of the "fittest and most beautiful" (TV: The Crimson Horror) and told her that she lit up the room. (TV: Deep Breath) Jenny warned Strax not to mention any physical resemblance between herself and her mother. (AUDIO: Family Matters)

Abilities[]

Jenny takes a guard hostage. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)

Jenny was quite capable in combat — she survived the Battle of Demons Run without any injury. She displayed excellent skills with a sword during the battle, and was capable of using a blaster against Headless Monks. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War) She also used unarmed martial arts when confronted in Sweetville, and was, as the Doctor put it, "everyone's favourite lock-picking Victorian chambermaid". (TV: The Crimson Horror)

She was also of "considerably" above average intelligence. (AUDIO: The Cars That Ate London!)

Behind the scenes[]

Spin-off?[]

Since their first appearance, Vastra and Jenny became popular characters in fandom, with fans wishing for a spin-off series to be made based on their adventures. Steven Moffat addressed this, saying that he considered making a spin-off when he created the two characters, but wouldn't have the time, though he said he would like to revisit them.[1] Since their debut, Vastra, Jenny and Strax have returned for four additional episodes and three minisodes. Although no television spinoff materialised, they did receive their own short story series in the Doctor Who Adventures magazine called The Paternoster Gang Investigates and later The Paternoster Gang from Big Finish Productions.

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