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|Main aliases:||Lilith, Brenda Soobie, Bianca|
|Species:||Time Lord, Clockworks, Human|
|Affiliated with:||MIAOW, UNIT|
|Place of origin:||The Obverse|
|First seen in:||Old Flames|
|Other appearances:||see list|
|Main voice actor:||Katy Manning|
|Other voice actors:|
Iris spent portions of her life under the aliases Brenda Soobie (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englishmen) and Bianca. (AUDIO: The Wormery) She used the username Route22. (PROSE: Buyer's Remorse) She was known to the Forge under the codename Jezebel (PROSE: Project: Wildthyme) and to the Poodles as the evil one in the wonderbra and sensible shoes. (PROSE: Wildthyme Beyond!)
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
When she lived in the Clockworks mountains, Lilith went to the base of the mountains with her friend Alison and found a deserted fishing village. When Liltih stood with Alison at the village's pier, she saw dozens of small sharp-toothed white fish and was startled. She fell into the water and quickly grabbed a beam and pulled herself out. While this was going on, Alison laughed at Lilith's misfortune. After this incident, Lilith never trusted Alison again. (PROSE: First Meetings)
Lilith 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. (PROSE: Wildthyme Beyond!)
Other origins Edit
Early adventures in the multiverse Edit
Edith Sitwell Iris Edit
On one occasion, Iris was brought to a desolate wilderness with a tower in it by PAND-R. There she encountered four of her other selves and fought the Voodi, the Gaar, the Bummies, and the Chumbloids before defeating PAND-R in the tower. During the adventure, Iris cackled they were lucky only the "rubbish monsters" had been pooper scoopered to the wilderness. (PROSE: From Wildthyme with Love)
Iris came to August 1984 to track down some alien creatures, but they realised they were being followed and made her bus the size of a toy. She mostly escaped the bus before she could be squished, but found her foot stuck in it. A boy named Andrew wandered by and used a screwdriver he had in his pocket to mess with the bus's miniature controls and disconnect the etheric solenoids. The bus quickly grew back to normal size and Iris invited Andrew into the bus to have lemonade and seed cake. The creatures had already left during the time Iris's foot was stuck, so she also left after saying farewell to Andrew. (PROSE: Dog Days of Summer)
Shirley Bassey Iris Edit
She took to the life of a singer and began calling herself Brenda Soobie. Under this alias, she performed in places such as Las Vegas and Vega and released "a ton" of records. (PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron)
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 travelled to Scotland in 1447 and helped a burly warlord get out of a well he had fallen into. She beat the warlord in a caber tossing contest and posed for an oil painting called "Posing with unknown Scottish warlord". (PROSE: Iris at the V&A)
Beryl Reid Iris Edit
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)
Jenny Winterleaf Edit
When Iris parked her bus in a side street in Sunderland in 1991, a traffic warden named Jenny Winterleaf wandered onto the bus thinking it was a normal bus. Iris left before Jenny could get off and the two were stuck together for several years of adventures. (PROSE: The Dreadful Flap)
The first place that Iris took Jenny to was ancient Mexico, where Iris stole a ceremonial bracelet. This enraged the locals and Montezuma swore that he would have his revenge on Iris. (PROSE: Iris Wildthyme y Señor Cientocinco contra Los Monstruos del Fiesta)
After four years of travels, Iris landed in 1996 England. This was the first time Iris had landed on Earth somewhere near Jenny's native since she began travelling with Jenny. Jenny took this chance to stop travelling with Iris. (PROSE: The Dreadful Flap)
Many years after meeting her other selves in the Death Zone and sometime after her travels with Jenny, Iris parked her bus in London somewhere between Piccadilly and Old Compton Street in early November 2000. Tom came into her bus wanting to go to Putney Common.
Tom left Iris when they got into an argument during an adventure in the 1990s. Tom refused to continue travelling with Iris and left her. He went on to write a series of books based on his adventures with Iris. (AUDIO: Wildthyme at Large)
Final adventure Edit
Jane Fonda Iris Edit
Early adventures Edit
Working for UNIT Edit
In 1996, the Remote sold a dangerous alien weapon at COPEX. Iris asked UNISYC to tell her what was going on, but they refused. After the Eighth Doctor dealt with the situation, Iris was interviewed by Sarah Jane Smith for the documentary Voodoo Economics. (PROSE: Interference - Book Two)
Fifth Iris Edit
Iris' fifth incarnation had an easy going personality. She dyed her hair red and wore clothing similar to a rock star from the 1970s.
On one occasion, Iris had to explode something in space. Due to the fact that sound couldn't travel in the vacuum of space, Iris closed one of her eyes, but kept the other open to make sure the explosion happened. The explosion caused a dispersal of pigment in Iris' open eye and it changed colour from brown to blue. (PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron)
Sixth Iris Edit
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)
Tom & Panda Edit
Iris found herself being pursued by a powerful being from the higher dimensions who wanted her knowledge of the multiverse. For several months, she hid from the being in a variety of realities. Eventually, she put her memories into a mind crystal from Marlion to protect them from the being. She then landed in Sherwood Forest and met up with Robin Hood and his merry men, who took Iris to the 2000s.
Iris learned that her old companion Tom had written a book series based on his adventures with her and attended one of Tom's book signings. After the signing, Iris had dinner with Tom and gave him the crystal with her memories. Before the meal ended, Robin Hood's merry men came to the restaurant and took Iris back to their time. The Sheriff of Nottingham had kidnapped Maid Marian and Fiar Tuck and wanted Robin Hood to give him Iris in exchange for them. Iris was taken to the sheriff's castle where she discovered that the higher being was responsible for the kidnapping. The being learned that Iris didn't have the knowledge he wanted with her, so he took control of Iris and made her pilot her bus directly to Tom.
Iris landed in the office of Satan & Satan, a publishing company and secret offshoot of MIAOW, where Tom and his sentient toy panda had been trying to convince Mida Slike to cancel the Iris Wildhtyme book series. The higher being mind controlled everyone in the office and tried to make Tom give him the mind crystal, but Panda wasn't affected because he didn't have a brain and took the crystal from Tom. Under instruction from Iris, Panda shattered the crystal and Iris' memories were seemingly lost forever. With this, the higher being left. Iris offered the chance to travel with her again to Tom and he accepted. Tom's toy panda Panda also wanted to travel with Iris so she took him with her as well. (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)
Shortly afterwards, the trio attended the unveiling of the Hendecahedron, an eleven-sided power source created as part of a collaboration between Allis and Ballis and Zelopan. Due to the temporal residue on Iris and her companions, the Hendecahedron became unstable. Iris shut down the Hendecahedron, but during the process was hit by a bolt which pinched her timeline. She split into two Irises: one that aged backwards and regressed through Iris' past selves and one that aged forwards and turned into several possible future incarnations. During this confusion, Zelopan tried to steal Iris' bus by impersonating the sixth Iris. The two Irises stopped Zelopan from tricking Tom and Panda and unpinched their timeline by holding hands. (PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron)
Iris, Tom, and Panda visited Xanadu and encountered Kubla Khan, who gave Iris a hookah. (PROSE: Iris Wildthyme y Señor Cientocinco contra Los Monstruos del Fiesta)
The trio decided to go to relax by going to an acupuncturist in Lowestoft, but their acupuncturist turned out to be the Acupuncturist, an evil retired Clockworks who was going by an alias that was an anagram of his name. Iris used a lighter and some fireworks she had in her handbag to defeat the Acupuncturist.
Iris discovered an old freighter spaceship that was going to crash onto prehistoric Earth and kill all of the dinosaurs. Tom almost died on the spaceship, but after seventeen attempts Iris was able to get him off of it before it crashed. She eventually prevented it from crashing into Earth, although she accidentally left Panda on the ship and came back for him two weeks after she left. (PROSE: Future Legend)
Tom left to be with a man with whom he had fallen in love during one of the trio's adventures on Earth circa 2008, leaving Iris and Panda travelling without him. (AUDIO: The Sound of Fear, The Dreadful Flap)
Adventures with Panda Edit
Iris and Panda 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 Lift was trying to wipe the minds of humanity. (AUDIO: A Lift in Time)
Iris and Panda attended a book launch party at Shaftsbury Avenue in 2010. Afterwards, they relaxed in the omnibus with Elspeth May. George Mann drew a picture of them while this was going on. (PROSE: Iris at the V&A)
Jo Jones Edit
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)
Returning to Turner Edit
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)
Other Irises Edit
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)
Undated events Edit
On one occasion, Iris 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 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)
Iris dealt with Cephalopods in Venice with the help of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and one of the Doctor's early incarnations. Iris also encountered Lethbridge-Stewart when they fought the Terrible Zodin on Mars. (PROSE: Verdigris)
Iris was 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)
Iris's incarnations Edit
- The Edith Sitwell Iris - Iris' first incarnation. (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion, The Golden Hendecahedron)
- The Shirley Bassey Iris - Iris' second (PROSE: Bafflement and Devotion, The Golden Hendecahedron) or third incarnation. (PROSE: The Blue Angel)
- The Beryl Reid Iris - Iris' third (PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron) or fifth incarnation. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)
- The Jane Fonda Iris - Iris's fourth (PROSE: The Golden Hendecahedron, Wandering Stars et al) or sixth incarnation. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress, The Blue Angel)
- The Fifth Iris - This incarnation is not mentioned in any media and can only be distinguished because it is explicitly stated that the Barbarella Iris is her fourth incarnation and that the Katy Manning Iris is the sixth.
- Iris' sixth incarnation. She left a handbag, which later became a mythical treasure, on the planet of Artaris and became a nun for a while before encountering the Fifth Doctor. (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns) She encountered the Doctor again in his sixth incarnation at Bianca's Bar. (AUDIO: The Wormery) Since then, she has been travelling the universe with her friend, Panda. By the time of this incarnation, she was at least 900 years old. (AUDIO: The Two Irises)
- Other incarnation(s?) - At least one of Iris's incarnations were part of a group consisting of seven of Iris' incarnations sent to the Death Zone in a plot by Morbius to gain Rassilon's gift of immortality. (AUDIO: Excelis Dawns, PROSE: The Scarlet Empress) One of Iris' future incarnations starred in a successful television series as well as several films. Panda only appeared in the pilot episode of the series before he was replaced by a kangaroo named Hoppy. (AUDIO: The Iris Wildthyme Appreciation Society)
- 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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- Captain Edwin Turner, who left Iris after only one trip to marry Bella Huntingdon. (PROSE: Old Flames) However, he later rejoined her in further adventures (AUDIO: Kronos Vad's History of Earth Vol. 36,379)
- Timmy, whom Iris referred as her "glamorous assistant." (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)
- Iris mentioned Gary as another of her previous companions. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)
- Jeremy, who helped her defeat the 22nd century Dalek invasion of Earth. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)
- Iris refers to one of her former companions as "an obtuse shape-shifter who loved nothing better than to spend much of his time as a lippy and garrulous penguin." She is most likely[source needed] referring to Frobisher, a Whifferdill who travelled with the Doctor during his sixth and seventh incarnations. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)
- Flossie and Fritter joined Iris following the adventure with the Doctor and Noël Coward. (PROSE: Mad Dogs and Englismen)
Jenny Winterleaf Edit
Tom 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)
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
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.