|Place of origin:||Earth|
|Appearances:||TV: Remembrance of the Daleks|
AUDIO: Artificial Intelligence
AUDIO: The Pelage Project
AUDIO: State of Emergency
|Main actor:||Pamela Salem|
Professor Rachel Jensen was the scientific advisor for Group Captain Ian Gilmore of the Intrusion Countermeasures Group during the Shoreditch Incident in the relevant area of London in November 1963. Allison Williams served as her assistant. She replaced Gilmore as the head of Counter-Measures in 1964.
During World War II, she had worked with computer pioneer Alan Turing's team of codebreakers, the Cambridge group and then worked in the British Rocket Group with "Bernard". (PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy)
- Jensen's presence in the group implies that she graduated from the University of Cambridge.
As she was Jewish, Rachel never accepted the presence of Professor Heinrich Schumann in the BRG, given that he was a former Nazi who had worked on Adolf Hitler's advanced weapons research programmes and was rumoured to have used human test subjects as part of his experiments. The British government never charged him with war crimes as they sought to make use of his scientific acumen. (AUDIO: Threshold)
Another of her colleagues at Cambridge was Professor Jeffrey Broderick, whom Allison believed still had feelings for her as late as 1964. Rachel claimed that the idea of a relationship with him made her "skin crawl." (AUDIO: Artificial Intelligence)
Rachel was none too happy about being required to join Counter-Measures, not appreciating Gilmore's having requisitioned her against her will via the Peacetime Emergency Powers Act or his military attitude. When the Seventh Doctor appeared unexpectedly and took charge during the 1963 Shoreditch Incident, his superior knowledge left Jensen and Allison as little more than an observers and commentators. She did, however, examine the ruined body of an Imperial Dalek. She made a half-joking threat about retiring to raise begonias after the Shoreditch Incident (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) and briefly did this (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy), but within a matter of months she resumed her research into artificial intelligence at Cambridge. She kept in touch with Alison but otherwise was a workaholic. (AUDIO: Threshold) She once said if she was a genius like Kenneth Temple, she'd never take any time off work. (AUDIO: The Pelage Project)
Thanks to Alison, she was hired by Counter-Measures once again as a consultant and played a key role in stopping the invasion of an alien, energy-based intelligence that Shumann had brought to Earth. After seeing how Counter-Measures barely understood such threats and was not properly funded or equipped,, Rachel accepted the offer of Sir Toby Kinsella to join the organisation permanently - on the condition that she was supplied with the facilities to continue her research on site and that she would replace Gilmore as its leader. However, she assured him that she would defer to his judgement in all matters of security. (AUDIO: Threshold) While Gilmore was initially bitter that Rachel had replaced him, he eventually came to respect her not only as a scientist but as his superior officer as well. (AUDIO: Artificial Intelligence)
Her Ministry of Defence contract stated that all of her past, present and future research is the intellectual property of the British government. This allowed Professor Broderick to make use of her theories in creating the artificially intelligent Sentient Engine Generator 2 computer (Sen-Gen). Much to Rachel's annoyance, Broderick also programmed Sen-Gen with her voice. After Sen-Gen had tapped into her mind and amplified her subconscious fears, she left a dictation machine into Sir Toby's office in Whitehall which featured a recording of herself tearing up her MoD contract and telling him that she thought that he was scheming and manipulative. She sent a copy of the tape to The Times. However, the Royal Mail train was intercepted by the MoD and the package was recovered. Sir Toby told Rachel that, had the package been delivered, contingency plans were in place and that the MoD would have claimed that the recording had been faked. (AUDIO: Artificial Intelligence)
Soon after the 1964 general election, Jensen had corrected Shumann's notes and was able to build a working teleporter. Her notes were used by General Peters to stage an alien invasion as part of a coup - Jensen swiftly realised that a coup was being orchestrated and, with Gilmore, was able to prevent it. (She also ensured that the aliens brought from the teleporter would home in on Peters, killing him.) (AUDIO: State of Emergency)
She was eventually appointed chief scientific advisor to the Cabinet. She served in that position until 1981, at which time she was succeeded by her former student Anne Travers. (PROSE: Millennial Rites)
Behind the scenes Edit
- The first mention of The Electrical Dreamer, and an excerpt from it, and of the ICMG occurred in Ben Aaronovitch's novelisation of his Remembrance of the Daleks.
- In the Behind the Scenes feature on Counter-Measures Series 1, it was stated that Jensen was made leader in order to make the series more science-focused to distinguish between Counter-Measures, Big Finish's earlier UNIT series, and Torchwood.