Romanadvoratrelundar (or Romana for short) was a Time Lady who was forced to be the Fourth Doctor’s assistant in the search for the Key to Time during her first incarnation.
Romana was born in the House of Heartshaven, a sub-branch of the House of Lungbarrow on Gallifrey. (AUDIO: Panacea) When she was sixty years old, Romana used to swim in Lake Abydos, home of the singing fish. She gathered zinchaw thorns from the molten rushes at the water’s edge with her friends Taris and Rorvan, an orphaned brother and sister. (AUDIO: Neverland) Romana was given an air car for her seventieth birthday. (TV: The Pirate Planet)
Romana attended the Time Lord Academy when Braxiatel was a tutor there. She hated it. Her classmates were jealous of her effortless academic superiority, nicknaming her “the Ice Maiden”. While there, she was contacted by the spirit of Pandora, who told her she had manipulated Romana’s genetic make-up through the centuries with the Imperiatrix Imprimatur to create the perfect vessel for her to rule Gallifrey again.
Romana told Braxiatel, who hypnotized her to forget not only Pandora, but also him. She recalled only having heard of him through his art collection before her return to Gallifrey from her travels. (AUDIO: Lies)
Though a young and relatively inexperienced Time Lady, Romana was extremely bright and capable. She had taken a triple first at the Academy. The Doctor had scraped through with the minimal passing score of 51% on his second attempt, information Romana cited to put her achievement in perspective. (TV: The Ribos Operation)
Romana was an exceptionally clever (on par with the Doctor) and slightly bossy person. She shared many of the Doctor’s traits. She was haughtier and more “by the book” and was occasionally annoyed by the Doctor’s eccentricities. However, she was naive about things outside her experience and occasionally made unwise clothing choices.
Like the Doctor, Romana preferred to think her way out of situations, but was not opposed to force when necessary. She shot a guard to protect others, an act that momentarily saddened her. (TV: The Pirate Planet)
The Doctor threatened to call her “Fred” if she didn’t let him call her “just Romana”. She chose “Fred”, but the Doctor proceeded to call her “Romana.” (TV: The Ribos Operation)
She considered Earth to be “harmless, if a bit primitive.” On a visit to London in 1929, she commented that, having only recently discovered the theory of relativity, humans were only one step above banging each other on the head with rocks. (AUDIO: The Auntie Matter)
After the Doctor was believed to have been killed in the Proxima System, Romana told Mr Dorrick that she and the Doctor initially had an adversarial relationship but that they had gradually become good friends without even noticing it. (AUDIO: The Final Phase)
This incarnation of Romana was perhaps his most fashion conscious companion to date. She had access to a large variety of clothing in theTARDIS wardrobe and changed her clothing frequently. (TV: The Ribos Operation, et al.) While on Tara, Romana took special care in choosing her clothes. She eventually came across a specific dress for Tara, or at least in that style. (TV:The Androids of Tara) Romana I was considered particularly good-looking — enough for the Doctor to take notice. (TV: The Pirate Planet) In 1899, Jago described Romana as “an exquisite exemplification of elegance” and “a superior example of the feminine gender.” (AUDIO: The Justice of Jalxar) In 1929, both Tommy Creighton and Reggie Bassett found her extremely attractive. (AUDIO: The Stealers from Saiph, The Auntie Matter) Reggie asked her to marry him but she declined. (AUDIO: The Auntie Matter)