|Place of origin:||Earth|
|First seen in:||Storm Warning|
|Main actor:||India Fisher|
Charlotte Elspeth Pollard — known to her friends as Charley — was a female human companion of the Eighth Doctor. Later, she came to travel with the Sixth Doctor. Her existence was always legally problematic for the Doctor.
When he met her in his eighth incarnation, he saved her from what should have been her natural death, although it was what the Tenth Doctor would later call a "fixed point in time". (AUDIO: Storm Warning; COMIC: Fugitive) This act of compassion was a violation of the Laws of Time. It destabilised the Web of Time and forced the Time Lords to send him into exile in the Divergent Universe. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
Later, when she accidentally met the Sixth Doctor, her very presence with him again threatened to break Time Lord law by exposing him to foreknowledge about his own future. (AUDIO: Blue Forgotten Planet)
Before the Doctor Edit
She had two sisters, Margaret and Cecelia. The three sisters grew up in a manor house in Hampshire, looked after by servants. (AUDIO: The Chimes of Midnight, Zagreus) A grandmother named Saviltride gave her a copy of Alice in Wonderland for Christmas 1919. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
Meeting the Doctor Edit
Making an appointment to meet a young man, Alex Grayle, in Singapore on New Year's Eve 1930, Charley stowed away on the British airship R101, having disguised herself as a male crew member named Simon Murchford. On 5 October 1930, she met the Doctor and they uncovered the secret mission that the airship was on. She was rescued from the fated crash of the R101 by the Doctor and taken on board his TARDIS as his newest companion. (AUDIO: Storm Warning, Seasons of Fear)
Initial voyages with the Doctor Edit
Following their adventures aboard the R101, Charley and the Doctor encountered the Cybermen in 2503 (AUDIO: Sword of Orion), visited Venice in 2294 (AUDIO: The Stones of Venice) and faced the demon Marchosias in Malebolgia in 2003. (AUDIO: Minuet in Hell).
During his adventures with the Doctor, she was trapped by the Celestial Toymaker, not remembering who she was and forced to play games, with the spirit of the Doctor stuck inside a ventriloquist puppet, only able to talk with her voice. She finally defeated the Toymaker and fled in the TARDIS with the Doctor inside. (AUDIO: Solitaire).
By that time, Charley's existence was causing problems to the Web of Time, culminating in a confrontation with the Time Lords. Events caused Doctor and Charley to leave the known universe and enter the Divergent Universe (AUDIO: Zagreus).
In the divergent universe Edit
Charley and the Doctor's initial landing in the Divergent Universe was within a strictly designed experiment designed to study evolution. As such, Charley and the Doctor merged to create an evolved life form, and their sound evolved to the point of achieving sentience. (AUDIO: Scherzo)
Not long after landing in the Divergent Universe, Charley and the Doctor met C'rizz when they entered the Eutermes Zone on Bortresoye. (AUDIO: The Creed of the Kromon). Charley was transformed into a giant hybrid insect and later saved by the Doctor and reversed to her normal self.
While being in the divergent universe, the three of them visited the Light City, a dictatoriship place where their memories where preserved and used as an experiment. Here Charley believes she is married to C'rizz, and questions are forbidden. (AUDIO: The Natural History of Fear).
The Kro’ka sent them to a tropical jungle, where she betrays the Doctor to military forces because she doesn't trust him very much in this universe. She becames very upset with the Doctor, her mind being influenced by a living organism in the form of a cave system. (AUDIO: The Twilight Kingdom).
Following their visit to different experimental zones of the Divergent Universe, they arrived to the Multihaven, a city run as a religious forum with innumerable faiths having set up churches, temples and retreats. C'rizz was still grieving over the loss of L'da and in a moment of madness, he mistakes Charley for L'da and tried to strangle her. The Doctor arrived just in time to save Charley by overpowering C’rizz with his Venusian aikido. (AUDIO: Faith Stealer).
Trapped on a dying world, Charley became fatally injured a her body was totally paralysed. She asked C'rizz to kill her but he didn't want to do it. She later was murdered by the Excelsior, the dictator from the planet in ruins. The planet has been looking after itself, killing everybody and starting the cycle all over again, so finally Charley didn't die and continued travelling with the Doctor and C'rizz to the next zone. (AUDIO: The Last).
Back home again Edit
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Meeting the other Doctor Edit
Following the death of C'rizz (AUDIO: Absolution), Charley asked the Eighth Doctor to take her home. However, after a battle with the Cybermen, she was stranded on a desert island in 500,002. (AUDIO: The Girl Who Never Was) Though she had seen the Doctor (apparently) die, she held out hope that he would regenerate and rescue her. When the TARDIS arrived for her, she found the Doctor, but in an earlier incarnation. (AUDIO: The Condemned) Because of her travels with the future Doctor she knew not to let him find out anything about her past, but he grew suspicious of her mysteriousness.
Eventually, the Doctor demanded to know Charley's secret, but before she could answer him, she was infected with a virus that had slipped through the TARDIS' defences. Charley discovered the virus had come from an entity called Mila, a human guinea pig in experiments by the Daleks to create a virus to transform all lifeforms into Daleks. When the experiments failed, the Daleks attacked her, making her phase into another dimension. She had slipped aboard the TARDIS in the Doctor's first incarnation and remained there since, invisible to everyone. Unbeknownst to the Doctor, Mila had used the virus to transform Charley into herself and vice versa, leaving Charley out of phase with reality and allowing her to take Charley's place at the Doctor's side. (AUDIO: Patient Zero)
Charley was found and cured by the Viyrans, whom she helped for several millennia in their quest to expunge all the viruses which had escaped from the Amethyst station. Finally they crossed paths with the Doctor and Charley/Mila in an alternate timeline created by the Viyrans' attempt to remove a virus from Earth's population. After Mila sacrificed herself to save the Doctor and the Earth, Charley revealed her identity to the Doctor. To make him want to forget his travels with her, she told him that when he met her, he would die (still believing that the Eighth Doctor had not regenerated). She used the Viyrans' memory-altering technology to replace Mila with herself in the Doctor's memories of their travels together. (AUDIO: Blue Forgotten Planet)
Remembering Charley Edit
The Tenth Doctor, put on trial by the Shadow Proclamation, cited the saving of Charley Pollard as an example of his saving the life of someone who had been declared a "fixed point in time" and destined to die. (COMIC: Fugitive)
Behind the scenes Edit
- The reference to Charley in IDW Publishing's Doctor Who Ongoing series marked the first time a character created for the Big Finish Productions audio drama line had been referenced in a comic book.
- Nicholas Briggs has revealed that Big Finish are planning a Doctor-less Charley Pollard spin-off series. 
- Along with Thomas Brewster, Charley is one of only two companions created by Big Finish to be depicted travelling with two incarnations of the Doctor, namely the Eighth Doctor and the Sixth Doctor. The only other Big Finish created companion to have met two Doctors is Evelyn Smythe, who served as a companion of the Sixth Doctor for several years and encountered the Seventh Doctor in AUDIO: Thicker than Water and AUDIO: A Death in the Family.