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« on: June 03, 2012, 06:50:23 pm »


Perpugilliam Brown, known simply as Peri, was an American college student turned companion of the Doctor during his fifth and sixth incarnations.

Peri studied botany and also had an interest in archaeology, fueled by her parents' own passion for the subject. Circa 1984, she encountered the Doctor and Turlough on Lanzarote. The shape-shifting android Kamelion, controlled by the Master at the time, assumed the form of Peri's step-father, Professor Howard Foster, and later that of the Master himself, before seizing control of the TARDIS to take her to the planet Sarn to meet the real Master. After the destruction of Kamelion and the defeat of the Master, Turlough decided to return to his homeworld, Trion, and Peri joined the Doctor on his travels.

After contracting spectrox toxaemia,and then getting accidentally involved in local politics on the twin planets of Androzani Major and Minor, Peri first got abducted by Sharaz Jek, and, upon her escape, began to die from the disease. The Doctor saved her but, not having enough bat's milk (which acted as an antidote) to save himself, regenerated into a very different new and unstable persona. At the peak of his madness, the Doctor attempted to throttle Peri to death - Peri is the only companion known to have suffered a physical assault at the hands of the Doctor. Still, he managed to regain his wits enough that Peri accepted the change enough to continue to travel with him together. Perhaps due to the assault, Peri continued to appear ill at ease with the Doctor from time to time although their relationship became more comfortable as time went on.

In the year 2379, on the planet Thoros Beta, home of the despotic capitalists known as the Mentors, Peri was separated from the Doctor. She met the warrior king Yrcanos from the primitive planet Krontep, who took a liking to her. Kiv, a Mentor, had Peri abducted and taken to his laboratory. The Doctor and the TARDIS were removed from Thoros Beta thanks to the telepathic summons to the Space Station Zenobia, the High Council of Time Lords, so that he could not interfere. As the Doctor watched from Zenobia, Kiv transplanted his consciousness into Peri's body, whereupon Yrcanos burst in and destroyed her body as a form of mercy-killing. Despite the Doctor's horror at learning this, the destruction of Peri's mind and her death had never actually happened. After the defeat of the Valeyard, The Inquisitor revealed that Peri and Yrcanos fell in love and she decided to spend the rest of her life with him.
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2012, 01:46:14 am »

I liked Peri a lot in this. She was still new and enquisitive and I think she worked really well with Peter Davison. She is best known and remembered for her work with Six but I like her with Five a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2012, 12:57:10 pm »

I agree with above. I like Peri with Five. I thought they worked well together. Though her and Six in the audios are really good. And of course she is the companion in both the best and worst ever stories (according to the DWM poll). That's quite an achievement.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2012, 05:30:04 pm »

This may just be my favourite perfomance of Peri's. She was written and acted really well and given plenty to do so she didn't just feel like the damsel throughout
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2012, 08:21:15 pm »

I think Peri's biggest problem is that after this story she was given far less to do and they began to make her more whiny. I think she was a good companion but she peaked with this story.
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2012, 11:38:09 am »

I think the dynamic between Peri and Five is brilliant. They should have gotten rid of Tegan long before and brought Peri in earlier.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2012, 12:29:27 pm »

When I first saw Peri in later stories, I found her rather annoying, but this one shows how good a character she could be when she was well written and well directed.
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2012, 04:57:17 pm »

She was never quite written as well as this on TV again and that's a huge shame because the potential was there and finally realised in many of the audios, but on the screen she was never quite as good as she was in this story. Great companion but like so many before and after her she was relegated to whiny screamer in favour of other less interesting guest characters.
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2012, 09:42:14 pm »

I agree with everyone else. Peri was great in this story but for me she was written worse and worse with every story.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2012, 06:52:48 pm »

I think the dynamic between Peri and Five is brilliant. They should have gotten rid of Tegan long before and brought Peri in earlier.


Exactly this! I've never come across Peri before, and when I first heard her I thought "Help it's going to be another Tegan" but actually she really really grew on me through the story and I actually really really like her! Definitely agree with TC, they should have got rid of Tegan earlier and added Peri. She seems like a fairly relatable character in this episode Smiley I shall see what she's like in the others Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2012, 10:48:09 pm »

Peri is great in this. Peri isn't really great in many other stories.
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