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Haresh Chandra

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Haresh Chandra
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Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
Appearances: see list
Main actor: Ace Bhatti
Haresh Chandra was the husband of Gita Chandra and the father of Rani Chandra.

Biography Edit

As a child, Haresh loved school. He first met his future wife, Gita, in a museum; she was taking refuge from the rain. When they married they honeymooned in Brussels, which Haresh enjoyed but Gita did not. (TV: The Empty Planet, The Curse of Clyde Langer, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith)

Haresh became the head teacher of Park Vale School. When Clyde Langer and Luke Smith first met him he was angry at their class' behaviour. Rani pretended not to know him; she did not want her friends to know her father was the head teacher. Later, when Clyde saw a clown, Haresh did not believe him and thought he was telling lies. The next day he was puzzled when students walked out of school with balloons. He put it down to a prank organised by Clyde. At first upset that his daughter had taken part in the "prank", he was pleased to discover she was with Luke and Clyde "studying at the library". He then offered to make them all tea. (TV: The Day of the Clown)

Like Sarah Jane Smith, he was a Taurus, and was one of the few not hypnotised by Martin Trueman. (TV: Secrets of the Stars)

He fell victim to the Berserker pendant twice: once when it was used by his daughter Rani, and again by Paul Langer after he had stolen it from Sarah Jane's attic. When Rani used it on him, he obeyed random, meaningless commands: hopping on one foot, believing the pendant was a hamster and doing an impression of a lion, but she soon stopped and had him forget when it began to scare her. When Paul used it on him, he started by jogging on the spot, then was told to do push-ups. It was this command that almost caused him to die of exhaustion; no matter what happened around him, he refused to stop. (TV: The Mark of the Berserker)

He was pushed into putting plants in the Genetec building by Gita. When they put the plants in the reception, they were arrested by security and locked in a room. Haresh picked the lock. While looking for a way out, they were stopped by a troop of Judoon, to whom Haresh tried to talk. As they were trying to escape the building they narrowly avoided bumping into the Judoon, who had just captured Androvax. On their return to Bannerman Road, Haresh and Gita told Sarah Jane and the others of their encounter, although Haresh doubted anyone would believe them. (TV: Prisoner of the Judoon)

Haresh attended Sarah Jane's wedding to Peter Dalton, voicing his doubts about the hasty union. He was proven right, when Peter "disappeared" before the ceremony. (TV: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith) He agreed to look after Luke while Sarah Jane was investigating a "haunted house". He taught Luke how to play chess and ended up beaten six times. (TV: The Eternity Trap) He began to like Clyde when he won an art contest which let the school see the Mona Lisa, but was shocked when the painting disappeared. (TV: Mona Lisa's Revenge)

In September 2009, Haresh recommended Luke take his A Levels a year early and apply to the University of Oxford. Luke took Haresh's advice, and was accepted to Oxford the next year. (TV: The Nightmare Man)

Gita dragged him to BURPSS, where she told how they had seen two different alien species. When they got home, Gita saw Androvax in Sarah Jane's driveway and sent Haresh over to check. He did not find Androvax, as Sarah Jane, Clyde and Rani interrupted him. Later, he went to play badminton. (TV: The Vault of Secrets)

When UNIT arrived at Sarah Jane's house to announce the Eleventh Doctor's death, Haresh asked if everything was all right. Rani later hugged him and told him never to go away. He believed that Sarah Jane was grieving and denying the Doctor's death. He told Clyde that he'd know about static electricity if he paid attention in class. (TV: Death of the Doctor)

One day, Haresh had not seen Rani all day, so visited her in her room. Rani, tryng to read Great Expectations, asked him to leave so she could concentrate. The next day, along with most people, Haresh had disappeared. (TV: The Empty Planet)

Haresh was with Gita when Luke caused Mr White's hologram meteor to be seen by everyone on Earth which defeated Ruby White. (TV: Goodbye, Sarah Jane Smith)

In 2011, Haresh later enrolled Sky in Park Vale. (TV: Sky, The Curse of Clyde Langer) He was, like his daughter, one of the many to be affected by Hetocumtek's curse but returned to normal after the curse had been lifted. (TV:The Curse of Clyde Langer)

Personality Edit

Although Haresh was, when in his job as a headteacher, a very strict man, at home he was a loving, caring husband and father to Gita and Rani. He often showed fatherly concern for his daughter, especially when she began to befriend Clyde, whom Haresh at first disliked as he was a troublemaker in school. However, over time Haresh grew to tolerate, and even possibly like, Clyde. Haresh often had to compensate for his wife's constant chatter and tendency to panic and/or go over the top (like when she tried to plant flowers in the Genetics building), and was a good cook.[source needed]

Haresh liked Luke Smith because he was a well-behaved, high achieving student. He was happy when Rani befriended Luke, and was the one who recommended to Luke that he take his A-Levels a year early. When students began disappearing, Haresh showed genuine concern for all of his students, and was delighted when he discovered that Clyde had a talent for drawing.[source needed]

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