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Also known as: Romana I
Race: Gallifreyan (Time Lord)
Home Planet: Gallifrey
Home Era: Rassilon Era
Appearances: Full List of Appearances
Actor: Mary Tamm

Romana I is the name given to the first (known) incarnation of the Time Lady Romana.





The White Guardian originally assigned Romana to assist the Doctor during the quest for the Key to Time, having appeared to her as the Lord President of Gallifrey. Though she was much younger than the Doctor, she considered him an academic inferior. (DW: The Ribos Operation) However as they searched for the various pieces of the Key to Time she came to respect the Doctor for his greater experience and knowledge versus her stolid academic credentials.

Following the completion of the Key to Time mission, Romana chose not to immediately return to Gallifrey and she and the Doctor shared a few more adventures (BFA: The Stealers from Saiph, et al). Then, for reasons that remain unclear, she regenerated. The appearance of her new incarnation was based upon the appearance of Princess Astra of Atrios, who had been the sixth and final segment of the Key. (DW: The Armageddon Factor)

Romana's apparent ability to not only choose her regenerated appearance, but also choose several additional body options before settling on that of Astra, has no correspondent in the chronicle, and as such is unexplained.

The first Romana's form would later be used as the body for the Pandora entity, allowing it to take control of part of Gallifrey and begin a civil war. (BFG: Imperiatrix)


Though a young and relatively inexperienced Time Lady, she was nevertheless extremely bright and capable, having obtained a triple first at the Academy. (The Doctor scraped through with a minimal passing score on his second attempt.) (DW: The Ribos Operation)

Romana was an exceptionally clever (even on-par with the Doctor), and slightly bossy person. She possessed many personality points of the Doctor. In her first incarnation, she was more haughty and "by the book" and was occasionally annoyed by the Doctor's eccentricities. However, she could also exhibit naivete about things outside her scope of understanding, and occasionally made unwise choices of clothing when travelling with the Doctor.

Like the Doctor, Romana preferred to think her way out of situations, but was not opposed to using force when necessary, at one point being forced to shoot a guard to protect others, an act that momentarily saddened her (DW: The Pirate Planet).


Romana tells the Doctor that she is 140 (although her second incarnation would revise this number downwards to 125). (DW: The Ribos Operation)

Behind the scenes

  • It is only assumed that this is Romana's first incarnation, as there is nothing in any televised episode to indicate this to be the case.
The incarnations of Romana
Romana IRomana IIRomana III
Companions of the Fourth Doctor
Sarah Jane Smith  • Harry Sullivan  • Leela  • K-9 Mark I  • K-9 Mark II  • Romana (first incarnation)  • Romana (second incarnation)  • Adric  • Tegan Jovanka  • Nyssa
Other media
Sharon Davies  • Mike Yates

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