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Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17
Also known as: Michael Jackson (by Rose Tyler)
Brian Edward Cobbs(real name)
Race: Human
Home Planet: Earth
Home Era: The Year 5 billion/5.5/Apple/26
Appearances: DW: The End of the World
DW:New Earth
Actor: Zoë Wanamaker

The ninth incarnation of the Doctor encountered the Lady Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17 (pronounced "dot delta seventeen"), or simply Lady Cassandra, during the events of the destruction of Earth. They, along with the rich and powerful of the universe, were on Platform One, a space station orbiting Earth five billion years in the future, set up to witness the final destruction of the planet by the expansion of the Sun. (DW: The End of the World)




Early Life

According to her, Cassandra's parents were the last to be buried "in its soil". She had been born a male on Earth, and lived on the edge of the "Los Angeles Crevasse". At some point, he was biologically altered into a female through advanced genetic engineering. She says that her father was a Texan and her mother was from the Arctic Desert. Married several times, her life had been extended through a series of 708 plastic surgery operations, until she was nothing but a piece of skin stretched onto a frame, with eyes and a mouth, connected to a brain in a jar below. The skin had to be constantly moisturised to keep it from drying out. As the rest of the human race had long since left Earth and had interbred with other species, Cassandra considered herself the last "pure" human, and the others as mongrels. Rose Tyler characterized her as a "bitchy trampoline" and referred to her as "Michael Jackson". (DW: The End of the World)

Platform One

Cassandra used metal spider robots to sabotage Platform One's computer systems and the android Adherents of the Repeated Meme to direct attention away from herself. Her original intent was to create the appearance of a hostage situation and collect the ransom and insurance money to fund further surgical procedures. When that was exposed by the Doctor, she teleported off the station, leaving the others to die — eliminating both the evidence and allowing a hostile takeover of the guests' financial holdings.

However the Doctor reset Platform One's systems, saving the station, and also reversed the teleportation feed, bringing Cassandra back. In the heat, and without her assistants to moisturise her, Cassandra's skin stretched and exploded, apparently killing her, although her brain was not destroyed. How Chip saved her brain is in question. (DW: The End of the World)

On New Earth

Twenty-three years later, Cassandra was living on New Earth. Her brain had indeed survived, and her eyes had been retrieved and she was "repaired" with extra skin taken from the back of her previous body. She was in hiding in the basement of the hospital run by the Sisters of Plenitude, and tended to by a devoted forced-growth clone named Chip.

When she discovered that Rose and the Tenth Doctor were on New Earth, she used a psychograft to transfer her consciousness over Rose's own, leaving her original brain to die. This was in part to gain revenge on Rose and in part to discover what the Sisters were hiding. Her impersonation of Rose was marred by her Sloane accent, poor imitation of rhyming slang, and anachronistic technical knowledge. In the end, however, it was her lack of compassion that gave her away. Her first instinct upon learning of the Sisters' "plague farm" was to attempt to blackmail them; when this failed, she helped the Doctor put an end to it, albeit largely out of self-preservation.

In the end, Cassandra transferred her consciousness into Chip, who allowed her in willingly. However, Chip's clone body began to fail, and Cassandra accepted that it was time for her to die. Before she did so, the Doctor took her back in time to see herself when she was beautiful and still had a body. In Chip's body, she told her past self that she was beautiful, and collapsed, apparently dying at last in the younger Cassandra's arms. This was the "Last time someone called her beautiful". (DW: New Earth)

Behind the Scenes

Cassandra told Rose that she used to play on the earth when she was "a little boy," making her the first apparently LGBT character on a televised Doctor Who story, beating Jack Harkness by a couple of episodes. However, her subsequent appearance in New Earth makes no reference to this and her younger self, seen at the end of the episode, is depicted as being female. This may have been a joke as in a man saying, "I haven't laughed that hard since I was a little girl." However, in DW: New Earth (TV story) she seems unfamiliar with the Doctor's male physiology after performing a psychograft into him, implying that she did not change from a man to a woman, since she seems to have no experience with a male body and instead seems to have an obscene fascination with it.

This is possibly due to a Time Lord's physiology being different to human males
It was confirmed by Euros Lyn that she was once a little boy, and the footage seen in "New Earth" would therefore depict her after the transition she underwent.
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Platform One Visitors
Face of Boe  • Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Moxx of Balhoon  • The Brothers Hop Pyleen  • Adherents of the Repeated Meme  • Jabe  • Lute  • Coffa  • Surgeons  • Mr and Mrs Pacoo  • Ambassadors from the City State of Binding Light  • Cal MacNannovich  • Scholars of the University of Rago Rago 56 Rago  • Ninth Doctor  • Rose Tyler
Aliens and Enemies of Series 1
Rose: Nestene Consciousness  • Autons  • Mickey Auton The End of the World: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Forest of Cheem  • Adherents of the Repeated Meme  • Metal spiders  • Surgeons  • Crespallion  • Face of Boe  • Moxx of Balhoon  • Ambassadors from the City State of Binding Light  • Mr and Mrs Pacoo  • Hop Pyleen  • Cal MacNannovich  • Scholars of the University of Rago Rago 56 Rago The Unquiet Dead: Gelth  • Peace  • Redpath  • Gabriel Sneed Aliens of London/World War Three: Slitheen family  • Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Space Pig Dalek: Dalek  • Henry van Statten The Long Game: Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe  • The Editor  • Automated Corpses Father's Day: Reapers The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances: Empty Child plague  • Nanogenes Boom Town: Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways: Daleks  • Dalek Emperor  • Guard Daleks  • Anne Droid  • Trine-E  • Zu-Zana  • Davinadroid  • Rodrick
Aliens and Enemies of Series 2
The Christmas Invasion: Sycorax  • Fadros Pallujikaa  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Attack of the Graske: Graske  • Changelings  • Slitheen family  • Zygon
New Earth: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Chip  • Sisters of Plenitude  • Face of Boe  • New Humans  • Casp  • Jatt Tooth and Claw: Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform  • Brethren  • Angelo School Reunion: Krillitanes  • Lassar  • Wagner  • Jackson The Girl in the Fireplace: Clockwork Droids Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel: Cybermen  • John Lumic/Cyber-Controller  • Crane The Idiot's Lantern: The Wire  • Magpie The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit: The Beast  • Ood  • Tobias Zed  • Seven Gamma Seven Love & Monsters: Abzorbaloff  • Hoix  • Autons Fear Her: Isolus  • Mr Webber  • Scribble Monster Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Adeola Oshodi  • Gareth Evans  • Matt Crane  • Flying Stingrays

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