Thursday, October 30, 2014

Character Profile - Tegan Jovanka: Fact File

Fact File

NameTegan Jovanka
Place of OriginEarth
20th Century
Associated DoctorsFourth Doctor
Fifth Doctor
RelationshipsAndrew Verney (Grandfather)
Vanessa (Aunt)
Colin Frazer (Cousin)
First AppearanceLogopolis
Portrayed ByJanet Fielding


(NC) denotes a Non-Companion appearance

Four to Doomsday
The Visitation
Black Orchid
Arc of Infinity
Mawdryn Undead
The King's Demons
The Five Doctors
Warriors of the Deep
The Awakening
Resurrection of the Daleks

Cameo Appearances

The Caves of Androzani

Tegan Jovanka


Tegan met the Doctor travelling to the first day at her new job as a air hostess. After battling the Master, the Doctor regenerated, causing Tegan to be swept aboard the TARDIS while helping the Doctor recover. Once they made it out of the topsy-turvy Castrovalva, Tegan demanded to be returned to Heathrow Airport. However, things didn't go to plan...
Tegan explores the TARDIS
Failed attempts of trying to reach Heathrow included a trip to Deva Loka, where Tegan was possessed by the Mara, followed by medieval England, a 1920s Murder mystery and an encounter with one of the Doctor's greatest foes: they Cybermen. This adventure saw the death of fellow companion Adric.

Tegan was finally returned to Heathrow, where after solving the mystery of a missing jet, she stayed to start her job. However, she was fired from her job, causing her to travel to Amsterdam to visit her cousin, who had gone missing. She was soon dragged back into the Doctor's life, battling Omega, and rejoining Nyssa and the Doctor in the TARDIS.

Tegan under the influence of the Mara
Tegan was almost immediately brought face-to-face with the Mara again on the planet Manussa, then a trip back to Earth caused her to meet Turlough, whom she immediately distrusted. This was for good reason, as it was soon revealed he was plotting with the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor.

Tegan, Turlough and the Doctor faced the Master once more before a trip to Gallifrey reunited the Doctor with his previous incarnations, where they teamed up to end Borusa's evil plans. A trip to a sea base brought Tegan face-to-face with Earth's previous inhabitants, the Silurians and the Sea Devils.

Tegan departs after the battle with Daleks
Encounters with the Malus and the Tractators came before Tegan's first meeting of the Daleks. When humans became involved in the civil war between the Renegade and Imperial Daleks, Tegan was horrified by all the death and destruction, ending her travels with the Doctor.


Tegan certainly knew how to use her mouth, often bickering with her fellow travellers, especially Adric, standing up for her beliefs and what she thought was right. Tegan recognised this by referring to herself as a "mouth on legs" in Earthshock.

Despite the bickering, Tegan still cared deeply about her fellow travellers, distraught when the Doctor couldn't save Adric's life in Earthshock and upset when Nyssa chose to remain on Terminus to care for the people with Lazar's disease.

Tegan is wary of Turlough at first
Tegan was shown to have a good sense of character too, often spotting danger before any other travellers. Also, she instantly showed mistrust within Turlough, which was proved correct as he was in league with the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor.

Tegan was also similar to the Doctor in the sense that she wasn't a big fan of violence. This was the reason she left the TARDIS in Resurrection of the Daleks, although, just like the Doctor, Tegan resorted to violence on occasion.

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