Wolsey was a large tomcat with tabby markings. He was a capable hunter and utterly disdainful of human beings. He originally belonged to Joan Redfern who at first knew the Seventh Doctor only as the human John Smith. She gave Wolsey to the Seventh Doctor to "guard" him. (PROSE: Human Nature)
Wolsey was temporarily transformed into a "person" when a Perfecton missile hit the Winton on which he and Bernice were travelling. In the Perfecton-generated reality, Wolsey appeared as a seven-foot-tall, fully-clothed, talking, bipedal cat with a large cavalier hat. In this form, Wolsey displayed passions for singing, dancing and rude jokes. He addressed Benny as "servant-woman," confirming her suspicions about human-cat relations. (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!, AUDIO: Oh No It Isn't!)
Though Wolsey was neutered, he nevertheless managed to sire several litters of kittens during his time at the Braxiatel Collection. Wolsey died in January 2606, at a very advanced age, and was buried on KS-159, in the gardens of the Braxiatel Collection. (PROSE: Something Changed)
Behind the scenes
- In Wolsey's single "speaking" role, the audio adaptation of Oh No It Isn't! in which he is temporarily transformed into a humanoid, he was voiced by Nicholas Courtney. He also "spoke" briefly in the short story Dead Mice, although this took place in an alternate timeline and was likely Braxiatel's hallucination. Jason talked to Wolsey in Head Games, although this was only in his imagination.
- Wolsey was featured on the cover of The Cat Who Walked Through Time II, a 2003 charity publication for The United Coalition for Animals.