After she met the Ninth Doctor, he told her that she was "sweet" and she asked him if she could join him on his travels. The Doctor agreed and, along with Jack Harkness, they set out to save Rose Tyler from her "death" while playing The Weakest Link. Lynda was horrified when Rose was seemingly disintegrated. After escaping capture, Jack used a supposed disintegration beam on Lynda to show the Doctor that it was in fact a transmat and Rose was alive. (TV: Bad Wolf)
In the battle against the massive Dalek invasion, she acted as a coordinator by using the sensors to track Dalek movement. This ended when the Daleks located her. She reported to the Doctor, and he assured her that that side of the station was reinforced against meteors. The Daleks began to cut through the door with a torch as Lynda watched but before they cut through, more Daleks rose outside the observation window. Upon noticing Lynda, the luminosity dischargers on one of the Daleks' heads flashed in tune to the word "exterminate", its voice unable to be heard in space. The Dalek shot the glass, exposing Lynda to the vacuum of space, killing her. The Doctor heard her scream over the communication. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Lynda was a very bright, bubbly and cheerful person. She became fast friends with the Doctor, who agreed to let her accompany him when she requested to do so. She was very concerned about what the audience thought of her, asking the Doctor if viewers of Big Brother on Earth liked her. He absentmindedly said that people thought that she was sweet.
She showed loyalty to and great trust in the Doctor, despite only having known him for a few hours. She stuck by his side assisting him even when she was told to get to safety. She had faith that he would keep her safe and fulfil his promise to take her on the TARDIS with him. (TV: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways)
Behind the scenes
- In the short story LINDA United, released as part of the official Doctor Who: Lockdown! event in November 2020, an alternative counterpart of Lynda was introduced. This version had been granted immortality by the Bad Wolf entity, instead of Captain Jack Harkness, and set up her own alien investigation team. Opposed by a powerful Demigod in her own universe Linda used the Dimension cannon to escape into N-Space, and the character later returned in the charity publication Twice Upon A Time Scope's The Jack Who Stole Christmas where she defeated a version of the Boehemoth that faced off against Captain Jack and the Tenth Doctor.