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Iris Wildthyme

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Iris Wildthyme
Iris at Large
Main aliases: Lilith, Brenda Soobie, Bianca
Species: Time Lord, Clockworks, Human
Place of origin: The Obverse
First seen in: Old Flames
Other appearances: see list
Main voice actor: Katy Manning
Other voice actors:
Iris Wildthyme was a self-styled "transtemporal adventuress" who travelled the multiverse in a double decker bus, often with friends, most notably her best pal Panda.

Biography Edit

Iris had multiple equally true pasts, with details that contradicted each other to varying degrees. (PROSE: Wandering Stars)

Her birthday was 16 August. (PROSE: Our Tune)

As a Time Lady Edit

Iris grew up on Gallifrey in the House of Aunts (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress). The Doctor was unable to find any record of her on the planet, because she had erased herself from the records. (AUDIO: The Wormery) Her bus was a TARDIS. (PROSE: Old Flames)

As a member of the Clockworks Edit

Iris was a member of the Clockworks aristocracy in the Obverse. As a young girl, she was called Lilith. She investigated the forest at the heart of Saga City, where she met a Eliot, a tree containing a map of the multiverse. She went through Eliot and found herself outside Saga City, near Wherewithal House. The House's Aunts took her in, hoping that her family would find her and reward them. A boy named Dick discovered Panda and the bus, which had both already traveled with her in her future, out in the desert. Panda helped her get the bus going again and they escaped through the Ringpull to the outside universe, where she first began her travels.

Other origins Edit

The Eighth Doctor suggested Iris may have been a Faction Paradox creation. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion)

Iris was a lesbian novelist from late 20th century Earth. (PROSE: Hospitality)

Iris was a Greek goddess, possibly the mother of Eros. (PROSE: Wandering Stars)

Adventures in the multiverse Edit

Iris met the Doctor in his first incarnation shortly after he ran away from Gallifrey. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

Iris once proposed to the Doctor in Venice, when she appeared to be a woman in her sixties, with long white hair that reached to the ground. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress) The Doctor, in his third incarnation, had recently left Jo behind. He suggested they team up to defeat a common foe; Iris misinterpreted this as seduction. (AUDIO: The Wormery)

On one occasion, she spent Christmas with the Fifth Doctor, Adric, Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka. Iris adored the Fifth Doctor but also worried about him being so serious lately, stating that he didn't seem as fun as he used to be. Iris was fond of Adric and was devastated to hear of his untimely death. However, she was not fond of Tegan, describing her as "that shrill Australian woman." (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns)

She was likewise not fond of the Doctor's seventh incarnation. She once described him to the Eighth Doctor as "a portentous little feller, swaggering around, thinking he's got all the world's darkest secrets under his hat." Furthermore, she thought that he was "a pretentious old thing" who "got on [her] nerves" as he regarded himself as the Guardian of Forever and Time's Champion. She held the Master in a similarly low regard, referring to him as "that pitiful, deluded phallocentric dope." (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

She was in London in March 1868 when the Doctor and Nyssa were stranded there due to Thomas Brewster accidentally sending the TARDIS on a solo flight. The Doctor decided against requesting Iris' assistance in retrieving it. (AUDIO: The Boy That Time Forgot)

She once shared breakfast with US President Abraham Lincoln on the White House lawn in the 1860s after saving the United States from Martian invaders for the third time. She told George Strangeways that they had "such a laugh." She also met Napoléon Bonaparte on the Russian front in 1812 and claimed that, in spite of what the history books said, he was "anything but small." (AUDIO: The Panda Invasion)

She claimed to have been present for the Great Fire of London in September 1666. (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns)

Iris was part of the Sisterhood of Karn for a couple of years and was one of those present crying 'Death!' when the Fourth Doctor paid Karn a visit. (PROSE: Verdigris)

Under the alias Brenda Soobie, Iris visited 1960s Las Vegas where she met the Eighth Doctor, along with his companions Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor. It was also here where she met Noël Coward for the first time. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)

Iris, with her companion Tom, visited Earth and aided the Third Doctor in defeating Verdigris. (PROSE: Verdigris) In the same incarnation, Iris also met the Eighth Doctor and Samantha Jones. Iris ate a Kaled mutant during this period, which proved harmful and forced her to regenerate. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

Iris' next incarnation met the Eighth Doctor in Paris, 1934 and also in the Obverse. (PROSE: Femme Fatale, PROSE: The Blue Angel)

Iris encountered the Fourth Doctor in 1764. She was trying to obtain a house in every century and had brought Edwin Turner to marry Bella Huntingdon, thereby gaining the Huntingdon estate. In fact, the Huntingdons were of an alien species and Lady Huntingdon wanted Iris' TARDIS so she could return to her home world. When Iris refused, Lady Huntingdon raced to the TARDIS and attacked Iris when she got there. The Doctor was able to trap Lady Huntingdon in a message pod. With her plan failed, Iris simply left 1764, leaving Turner trapped in the past. (PROSE: Old Flames)


Iris meets the Fifth Doctor. (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns)

In her sixth incarnation, Iris had an adventure with the Doctor's fifth incarnation on Artaris. (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns) Iris travelled to Artaris again in the 27th century, where she met Bernice Summerfield. (AUDIO: The Plague Herds of Excelis) After this adventure, Iris dropped the drunken Bernice on the space liner the Empress to take her home, telling her to act like she owned the place. (AUDIO: The Dance of the Dead) She decided to take a drink in Bianca's Bar where she met the Sixth Doctor and faced Bianca, her own evil future self, who attempted to steal her remaining regenerations. (AUDIO: The Wormery)

On a visit to Earth, Iris encountered her old companion Tom and his friend Panda. (AUDIO: Wildthyme at Large) Although Iris had travelled with Panda before, they didn't recognize each other because of something to do with timelines. (PROSE: Wandering Stars) Tom and Panda rejoined Iris on her travels. During one of her early adventures with Tom and Panda, many of Iris's memories were lost. (AUDIO: Wildthyme at Large) Her memories started to appear in Panda. She said that she learned medicine from Lister. Iris thought she was becoming the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. (AUDIO: The Devil in Ms. Wildthyme)

Tom left to be with a man with whom he had fallen in love during one of the trio's adventures, leaving Iris and Panda travelling without him. She then travelled to Radio Yesterday and met her husband Sam Gold. (AUDIO: The Sound of Fear) The pair continued travelling together for a long time though the two often fell out. (PROSE: Couch Potatoes, PROSE: Future Legend) She was rather found of using logic bombs in her investigations. She could fix vehicles better than her bus. She was exiled by the Clockworks to 1972. She travelled to wonderland. (AUDIO: The Land of Wonder)

During their travels, the two encountered George W. Bush, (PROSE: Chicken Fried Banana Republic) Marlene Dietrich, (PROSE: The Scarlet Shadow) Professor Challenger (PROSE: The Found World) and Sherlock Holmes. (PROSE: The Shape of Things) She met Hilary Wildthyme after Panda opened his hipflask. She went into rehab and created Hilary as a decoy. (AUDIO: The Two Irises)

Iris dropped her gin and tonic into the vortex and caused a rip. After Iris lost Panda when he jumped into a rift to save the multiverse, (AUDIO: The Panda Invasion) she spent many years searching for him and eventually turned to Santa Claus for help. Iris and Santa found that Santa's ex-wife, Mary Christmas had kidnapped Panda. Iris used Clockworks technology to regress Mary's mind to a time when she and Santa were happy together. She then left with Panda for new adventures. (AUDIO: The Claws of Santa)

For an extended period, Iris and Panda were pursed by a Monstron time destroyer piloted by an unknown enemy. (AUDIO: The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society) Iris installed a randomiser in the bus to evade the craft, but its pursuit continued until the pilot - a bitter future version of Iris - caught up with them in the town of Midwinter Leys in Warwickshire and attacked them. (AUDIO: Iris Rides Out, AUDIO: Midwinter Murders) The future Iris captured Panda and her younger self and sent them to a Pleasure Prison, where the pair were immersed in separate virtual realities designed to provide their greatest desires. Iris and Panda were able to escape the program after remembering how much each needed the other. (AUDIO: Whatever Happened to Iris Wildthyme?)

After this, Iris met Ted Taylor, an up-and-coming professional darts player who fulfilled his prophesied destiny by becoming a quantum superbeing and waging war on the Bovians, a cow-like alien race. (AUDIO: Iris at the Oche)

A jingle got in her head and she passed it on to Panda. Iris then decided to go an find the source the single and tracked it to Jupiter. It turned out the the Lift was trying to wipe the minds of humanity. (AUDIO: A Lift in Time)

After dropping Panda off somewhere to complete a mission for her, Iris met Jo Jones while on Earth in 2010 and took her to meet the Third Doctor in the 1970s. After this, Jo and Iris began to travel together. (AUDIO: Find and Replace) On one occasion, Iris and Jo arrived in Los Angeles, 1930s. While there, they encountered the Eighth Doctor, and together defeated a movie star who was turning her husbands into monstrous characters using an elixir left behind by Iris on a previous misadventure. (AUDIO: The Elixir of Doom)

Iris returned for Captain Turner, whom she had left trapped in the past, and traveled with him on many new adventures. She took him to 2015 where she wanted to buy him some derivatives of Jane Austen's work. Here she discovered a book by Kronos Vad which disn't exist. She went back in time to stop Sherlock Holmes from being killed in an explosion. (AUDIO: Kronos Vad's History of Earth Vol. 36,379) She had a crush on Brian Bonamy and often went into the 1980s to see him. She met him again in Margate in 2015, where she found out he was under contract by the Scorchies. (AUDIO: Comeback of the Scorchies) She then too him to Pink Gables, her house on the Moon.(AUDIO: Dark Side). When she visited Fergusons she found Cassie Burdock who told her future. (AUDIO: Oracle of the Supermarket) She didn't think that Chloe Fothergill died by accident so proceeded to investigate he death. She was a good at picking locks.(AUDIO: Murder at the Abbey) He took Turner to a the Giza. (AUDIO: The Slots of Giza) She took Turner to her favourite place in the universe the Garden in the Clouds.(AUDIO: High Spirits) She battled Nora. After meeting a werewolf she placed Turner back with Chloe Fothergill. (An Extraterrestrial Werewolf in Belgium)

After she parted ways with Turner again, she went searching for Panda, not able to find her most faithful companion. She met a human version of Panda named Arthur Bayer. (AUDIO: Looking for a Friend)

The first seven incarnations of Iris faced Morbius in the Death Zone, facing aliens such as the Quarks and the Zarbi. (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns, PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

Appearance Edit

Iris had a tattoo of a "bumblebee riding a bike." (AUDIO: Iris Rides Out)

Iris's incarnations Edit

In the real world, this incarnation is unofficially known as the Katy Manning incarnation as this incarnation is portrayed by the actress in audio dramas for Big Finish Productions, and is depicted with Manning's likeness on book and audio covers.

Others Edit

  • The Dan Hogarth Iris - Iris' fake seventh and male incarnation. He wasn't actually an incarnation of Iris Wildthyme, merely a projection generated by Iris Wildthyme's TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Two Irises)
  • Bianca - Bianca acted as Iris' equivalent of the Valeyard. Working with a group of psychic worms, Bianca rebuilt her TARDIS as a nightclub at a dimensional nexus. From there she endeavoured to bring ultimate harmony to the universe, and to steal the remaining regenerations from Iris. The plans failed when her club was destroyed, and she faded out of existence. (AUDIO: The Wormery)

Iris's TARDIS Edit

Main article: Celestial Omnibus

Iris Wildthyme's TARDIS was usually known as the "Celestial Omnibus" or simply "the Bus," resembled a red London double-decker bus, specifically the Number 22 to Putney Common. Lacking the standard dimensional transcendence exhibited by other TARDISes, it was smaller inside than out. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

Iris's companions Edit

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Jenny Winterleaf Edit

Traffic warden, (a confirmed lesbian), used to get diarrhoea whenever they went through the vortex. (PROSE: Verdigris)

Martha Edit

A poodle from Dog World. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen)

Tom Edit

Tom (who was gay) and his talking panda travelled with Iris for some time, before he returned to Earth, Iris came looking for Tom once more. While on Earth, Tom wrote mildy successful books about his travels with Iris, although most people regarded the books as fiction. (AUDIO: Wildthyme at Large)

Panda Edit

He looked like a stuffed panda, liked more than a drop of alcohol (any really) and was a freelance journalist in 1972. He would often get self conscious at any mention of him being stuffed or looking like a toy panda. He continued to travel with Iris even after Tom departed. (AUDIO: The Land of Wonder)

Jo Jones Edit

Iris befriended the Doctor's former companion Jo Jones (née Grant) in 2010. Jo joined Iris on her travels, happy to once again be a time traveller. (AUDIO: Find and Replace, The Elixir of Doom)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • Iris Wildthyme can be described as a meta-fictional character, able to comment on the world she is in, and on the Doctor's own adventures from a point of view removed from the normal narrative structures. Iris first appeared in novels by Paul Magrs outside of the Doctor Who universe, making her a crossover character. The "old woman" Iris Wildthyme appears like actor Beryl Reid (who has guest-starred on Doctor Who). On audio, Katy Manning supplies the voice for the character; her image is usually also used to depict the character, as on the cover of Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus.
  • Many of the experiences Iris claims as hers are very similar to the Doctor's own. In some cases she vividly remembers the First Doctor's first trip to Skaro as being part of her own past rather than his. Among the explanations she has offered for this are the possibility that she is an alternate universe's equivalent of the Doctor or that she is a creation of Faction Paradox. In truth, Iris has a metafictional awareness of the fact that she is a parody of the Doctor, and is consequently madly in love with him. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion) In the short story First Meetings, (PROSE: Iris: Abroad) it is claimed that someone named El Jefe, who closely resembles the Doctor, stole Iris' diaries and passed the enclosed adventures off as his own, rather than vice-versa.
  • Along with Bernice Summerfield, Wildthyme is one of the more prolific Doctor Who universe characters never to appear on screen (although Bernice did appear in the animated webcast Dead and Buried and live-action webcast Transmission from Mars).
  • To date, Katy Manning and Maria McErlane are the only actors to portray Iris officially. None of Iris's other incarnations have as yet been portrayed in audio form.

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