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Polly was sophisticated, and had an upper-class accent, implying that she was from a good background. Her accent later would lead to her being nicknamed "Duchess" by Ben. However, she worked for Brett before meeting as his secretary. She was unhappy that WOTAN's typing was faster, and more accurate, than hers. Polly was a typical 1960s London 20-something, and enjoyed her time out of work. She met Ben Jackson at the Inferno nightclub, where she was chatting him up, and together they joined the Doctor. Her relationship with Ben was close from the start. She and Ben found a TARDIS key dropped by the Doctor, and fitted it into its lock. They ended up inside the ship. (DW: The War Machines)
The Doctor first took them to 17th century Cornwall, where they encountered smugglers. (DW: The Smugglers) In 1986 at the South Pole, she helped fight off an invasion by Cybermen from Mondas. At the conclusion of these events, the exhausted Doctor collapsed and when through his first regeneration. (DW: The Tenth Planet) On the planet Vulcan, she adjusted to the Doctor's having changed into a new and younger persona. On Vulcan, she met the Doctor's archenemy, the Daleks. While Ben remained more doubtful than an impersonator had not simply replaced the Doctor, she remained more open to the possibility that he had changed form. (DW: The Power of the Daleks)
Polly was confident, and not afraid to use her feminine wiles. She used her femininity, and attractiveness, to enlist the help of Redcoat Algernon Ffinch while the travellers were in the Scottish Highlands. Polly also encouraged Kirsty McLaren, and the other Scots girls, to use their femininity to lure Algernon into a pit, where they then took his money, identity disc and a lock of his hair. She struck up a relationship with Finch, and teased him whenever they met. Calling him 'Algy', she realised that he had developed an admiration for her. (DW: The Highlanders)
Despite her beauty, and her femininity, Polly was more than just a pretty face. When the travellers arrived on the the Moonbase in 2070 and had to face the Cybermen, Polly soon realised that the plastic parts of the Cybermen could be attacked using a mixture of solvents. She instantly thought of the way that nail polish is dissolved by nail varnish remover, and concocted mixture including acetone, benzene, ether and epoxy propane to make a substance (called "Cocktail Polly" by Ben) which was shot at the Cybermen using adapted fire extinguishers. (DW: The Moonbase)
Although Polly enjoyed her adventures, she couldn't hide her desire to stay at home when she got the chance. After an adventure with the alien Chameleons in 1966, they discovered that the TARDIS had come back to London just prior to the date that they had departed. With Ben, Polly left the TARDIS, and returned to her life having never appeared to be missing. (DW: The Faceless Ones)
In 1999 the Doctor helped Ben meet Polly once more. They both admitted their love for each other. (ST: That Time I Nearly Destroyed the World Whilst Looking for a Dress)
Teasing banter was a typical way for Polly to treat those she was close to. She hid her affection for others, particularly from Ben, behind this façade. The teasing and banter with Ben was part of an ongoing development of their relationship. She was chatting him up when she met him, and she was still chatting him up when they left the TARDIS together. When her friends are in trouble, Polly was completely serious - particularly if Ben was one of those in trouble. In those circumstances Polly would drop the banter and flippancy, and work towards practical solutions.
She was also often called "Poll" by Ben which was adapted to "Paul" when she was pretending to be a boy in 17th century Cornwall. (DW: The Smugglers) He also described Polly as "our little dolly-rocker duchess" (DW: The Smugglers) or simply "the duchess".
Like Vicki before her, Polly's surname was never said in any televised episode, but came to be Wright based upon the 1995 novel by Gary Russell, Invasion of the Cat-People. Prior to this, the name was the subject of speculation, with some reference works giving her the erroneous last name Lopez based on some dialogue in The Faceless Ones, in which a false version of Polly was recreated by the chameleons, and became an eerie character "from Zurich," calling herself either Michelle Lopez or Michelle Leuppi (the novelisation lists "Michelle Leuppi, from Zurich"). Some sources have suggested that the name Wright was used in the original text that Anneke Wills and others read while auditioning for the part of Polly, but this is unconfirmed. This name is somewhat problematic, being similar to earlier Hartnell companion Barbara Wright. In her 2007 autobiography Self-Portrait, Anneke Wills states that Polly has no surname and is simply "Polly." However, in a 1993 Myth Makers interview with Nick Briggs, Anneke confides that Polly's name is Polly Breckingham-Smith, something she says she hasn't told anyone before. This is likely to be a name Anneke Wills came up with herself at some point, perhaps while working on the show, but more likely some time later.
|Companions of the First Doctor|
Susan Foreman • Ian Chesterton • Barbara Wright • Vicki • Steven Taylor • Katarina • Sara Kingdom • Dodo Chaplet • Ben Jackson • Polly Wright
John and Gillian • George, Helen, Alan and Ida Mortimer
|Companions of the Second Doctor|
Ben Jackson • Polly Wright • Jamie McCrimmon • Victoria Waterfield • Zoe Heriot
John and Gillian • Serena
|Polly Wright (1967)|
|Born:||20 October 1941|
|Affiliation:||Doctor John Smith
Unified Intelligence Task Force
|Stationed:||UNIT Headquarters, UK|
Polly Wright was a Human female who served as personal assistant to the Eleventh Doctor during the late 1960s and early 1970s, during his years serving as scientific advisor to the Unified Intelligence Task Force. (Star Trek: Daedalus - Reversed Polarities)
Before meeting the Doctor in 1966, Polly worked as a secretary for Professor Samuel Brett, a top-level computer programmer who was working on developing WOTAN, one of the first artificial intelligences that was designed to run a global computer network. Working from the newly completed Post Office Tower in London, Polly was responsible for dealing with all of Brett's correspondences and arranging top-level meetings.
When it was later discovered that WOTAN had become self-aware and was constructing a series of "war machines" to allow him to control Earth, The Doctor and the fledgling UNIT became involved. With Polly's help, the Doctor was finally able to capture a damaged "war machine" and used it to destroy WOTAN. Due to Brett's demise in the final confrontation, Polly now found herself unemployed. After developing (or redeveloping) a fondness for Polly's skills and abilities, the Doctor offered her a position as his personal assistant, which she readily accepted.
Polly continued to work with the Doctor until 1972, when she left to remain behind in Portsmouth with Ben Jackson, an able seamen, who had assisted both the Doctor and Polly in the "war machine" business, and who Polly had fallen in love with. ("Beneath the Surface")
In the Doctor's original reality, Polly met the Doctor in almost identical circumstances which occurred in this reality, albeit with the First Doctor. At the conclusion of their adventure with WOTAN, Polly and Ben Jackson forced their way into the Doctor's TARDIS, and traveled with him for some time, witnessing his regeneration into the Second Doctor, as well as encountering the Daleks and the Cybermen. Once the TARDIS had landed on contemporary Earth again, on the very day they left, both Polly and Ben agreed to part company with the Doctor. (Doctor Who: The War Machines, The Power of the Daleks, The Moonbase, The Faceless Ones)
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