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Ellie Higson

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Ellie Higson
Ellie Higson
Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
First seen in: The Mahogany Murderers
Appearances: see list
Main actor: Lisa Bowerman
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Ellie Higson was a barmaid at the Red Tavern in London during the 1890s who became a good friend and ally of two of its regulars, Henry Gordon Jago and Professor George Litefoot. (AUDIO: The Mahogany Murderers, Jago and Litefoot)

She had at least two brothers, Johnny Higson and Private Jim Higson. (AUDIO: The Bloodless Soldier, The Night of 1000 Stars)

Jim served in the British Army and was greatly looking forward to his return on leave, only for him to be killed shortly thereafter, while stopping a monster, who had once been his commanding officer, from running loose in London. (AUDIO: The Bloodless Soldier)

She was deeply affected by the death of her younger brother, and this led her to seek the services of the spiritualist Mrs Vanguard. who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead. However, Ellie's trusting nature almost had her trapped in an ethereal state when her body was taken over by temporal refugees from the 49th century, who were using Mrs. Vanguard for their own ends. Together with a similarly trapped Jago, they were able to reclaim their bodies and expel the invaders before the temporal tunnel was collapsed. (AUDIO: The Spirit Trap)

Later on, Ellie became a pawn in a game of revenge between Jago, Professor Litefoot and Gabriel Sanders, a vicious vampire prowling the streets of London, who had crossed swords with the two men and sworn revenge. (AUDIO: Litefoot and Sanders)

He attacked and fed from Ellie, leaving her near death, only to revive later on as a fledging vampire herself. Because of her strong will, and assistance from Professor Litefoot, she was able to resist her growing blood hunger, and satisfy herself with black pudding and morgue-procured blood. (AUDIO: The Necropolis Express)

Professor Litefoot also managed to devise a means that might surpress her vampiric instincts, by replacing her blood via transfusion, and this seemed to allow her natural human physiology to reassert itself, albeit slowly, with her heart beating slowly, and sluggishly pumping blood around her body. She was able to assume a relatively normal lifestyle with the thick smog that covered London allowing her to leave the house during the daylight hours, until Sanders returned to try and recruit his progeny. (AUDIO: The Theatre of Dreams)

Despite feeling him calling to her, she was able to resist for a short time, until she escaped from the house and was drawn to the estate Sanders was recuperating at. There, she was able to save Litefoot from being killed by a member of a family Sanders had been using for centuries in a program of selective breeding to improve in an effort to create a new species for him to hunt, to provide more of a distraction then humans currently did. When Sanders was finally vanquished by the three of them, his death, and the fact she had never killed and drank from a normal innocent human, seemed to finally cure her of her vampirism, and her connection to Sanders himself. (AUDIO: The Ruthven Inheritance)

Ellie cried profusely at Litefoot's funeral. She later told his younger self that it was a beautiful service but that she disapproved of his decision to have the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" played during the service. (AUDIO: The Final Act)

Ellie's vampiric connection to Sanders wasn't completely severed, which allowed her live far beyond her natural life expectancy. By 1968, Ellie had become landlady of the Red Tavern, and owned her own chain of restaurants. It was in that year when she was reunited again with Jago and Litefoot, who had been left in the Red Tavern in 1968 by the Sixth Doctor. (AUDIO: The Age of Revolution, Voyage to the New World)

Ellie saved Jago and Litefoot from Magnus Greel by stepping into Greel's distillation chamber, using her unnaturally long lifespan to overload Greel's time cabinet and kill him and Guinevere Godiva. Ellie's long lifespan was then negated, and Ellie once again began to age like a normal human. (AUDIO: The Final Act)


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