Name: Vastra Fandom: Doctor Who Age: Unknown, but dates back to prehistoric Earth Point in Canon: 7x06 - The Snowmen Alignment: Heaven Powers (If any): Being Silurian, Vastra has a few racial abilities/traits. One is an extremely long tongue, she once used it to knock a human out when she was standing clear on the other side of the room from him. Silurians also have venom that is poisonous to humans when it is ejected, though Vastra does not exercise this trait unless she is fighting one. Also being a Silurian, Vastra's lifespan is far longer than that of a human. Silurians can live anywhere from 200 to 300 years when they are not in stasis and are living day to day.
Personality: Vastra is rather straight-forward. She puts high value on truth and honesty. Vastra will always tell the truth, and expects the same from those around her. Because of this, she can be extremely blunt. She never has any tact when it comes to filtering between what she thinks and what she says. As a result, she can be quite abrasive if one is not used to hearing the harsh truth. She will also never sugar-coat anything. If someone dies, she will state as much bluntly without thought to any who may take the news poorly. Going along with this, she is extremely direct and is not afraid to confront others when she feels they acting in a way that they shouldn't.
While she may be on the right path now, she wasn't always that way. Upon being woken up from her stasis and finding her sisters had been killed while humans were digging the London Underground, she was filled with rage and sought vengeance. While most Silurians possess extreme prejudice against homo sapiens, Vastra is far more accepting of them. Though of course, every once in a while a pointed comment about them being mammals may slip out, but she holds no ill will towards them any longer. Well, not for the most part. There may be times when humans get on her nerves, but she is far more tolerant than she used to be.
Intelligent and fierce, Vastra is a skilled warrior. She uses her skills and intelligence to help Scotland Yard take care of criminals that are on the loose. She does enjoy this and takes pride in her job as it has given her a focus. Despite most of her recent life has been spent in Victorian England, Vastra is familiar with advanced technology. She has traveled through time and space with the Doctor and even if she was not familiar with a certain technology, it would not take her long to learn how to use it.
Brief History: Details of her early life are not known, but she was born sometime during the prehistoric era after apes had evolved into humans. The Silurians, an advanced and subterranean race, eventually put themselves into stasis, having come into trouble with the early humans and not wanting to ravage the planet in war for dominance. Vastra and her sisters remained in their stasis undisturbed until the construction of the London Underground woke her from her stasis. When she woke, she found her sisters were all dead, and she vowed revenge upon the humans that had, unknowingly and accidentally, caused their deaths. Vastra did kill and eat a few of the workers, but the Doctor intervened and convinced her that anger was not the path she should follow. So she managed to get ahold of herself, and began to assimilate herself into the fringes of human society.
A pivotal point in her life came when Vastra met Jenny Flint. Well, technically Jenny was being molested by the Tongs, and Vastra saved her. At which point Vastra hired Jenny as her maid, giving her a place to live and safety. Through Jenny, she came to better understand humanity to some greater degree. Her natural loathing of the race had shifted thanks to both the Doctor's influence and Jenny's. Vastra found herself having a begrudging respect for humans. Though even with that, she did still enjoy devouring them and drinking their blood as if it were wine. As time passed, she eventually became a consultant with Scotland Yard and was able to solve cases they couldn't, which earned her the title of the Great Detective. Such was her influence that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a series of stories based on her exploits, with a couple very pointed changes. Though she possibly loathed the fact in the stories she was depicted not only a man, but as a human, but she understood because one couldn't broadcast that she wasn't human herself. As time passed, Vastra found herself growing fond of Jenny, and their relationship grew romantic. Never had Vastra thought she'd love a human, but Jenny had proven her wrong.
Then came a day when the Doctor began collecting on some of his debts. Vastra had returned home one night in 1888 after she'd found, and eaten, Jack the Ripper, effectively solving that series of cases for Scotland Yard. Jenny greeted her, then directed her to the drawing room where Vastra found the TARDIS waiting for her. She told Jenny to pack, that an old debt was about to be paid. She also made a point to tell Jenny to bring the swords, that they would be needed. Vastra also raised many of her fellow Silurian warriors to help aid the Doctor when he went to Demon's Run in order to rescue Amy Pond and her newborn daughter. After getting Madame Korvarian's army to retreat, Vastra was in the control room with Dorium where they both realized that Amy's daughter, Melody, had Time Lord DNA. Vastra knew about the Time Lords because the Doctor had once told her about them. During this, the Headless Monks were sneaking through Demon's Run and slaying the gathered Army the Doctor had collected. Eventually, it was realized this was a trap. Vastra, Jenny, Strax, a Sontaran, Rory, Lorna and the Doctor made their stand while Amy hid with Melody. Vastra ordered everyone still alive to protect Melody. Fighting side-by-side, Vastra and Jenny held their own against the Headless Monks, who were vicious fighters when they became violent. Vastra came out of the fight unscathed. Kovarian, however, had truly won as she'd escaped with the real baby Melody. At which point River Song finally made her appearance at Demon's Run and explained who she was, which answered why she hadn't been able to come there because she would've crossed her own time stream. The Doctor charged River with getting all the survivors home. Despite the fact Strax had died during the battle, an unnamed friend of the Doctor revived him, and he became Vastra and Jenny's butler.
Vastra settled back into her life in Victorian London, and at some point, it is unclear precisely when, Vastra and Jenny were married. The Doctor, however, stopped helping, stopped caring about what happened to Earth after he lost Amy and Rory. He hung around London in 1892, and Vastra was more than aware of his presence and not wanting to help people. Then came the snow. Vastra and Jenny cornered Dr. Simeon in a street one night where Vastra questioned him on the snow, saying it had a slightly telepathic field around it. She deduced that it listened and could learn, and she hoped that it was listening to the right people. A girl named Clara had a chance run-in with the Doctor, and ended up following him, eventually finding where his TARDIS was hidden. After finding out another piece of the puzzle and both needing and wanting help, Clara returned to the park where the TARDIS had been hidden and she tried to get back to it. Jenny found her there and brought her back to the home she shared with Vastra. It was there that Vastra gave Clara the One Word Test where Vastra would ask Clara a series of question and Clara could only answer using one word because truth is singular and lies are words, words, words. After Clara passed the first part of the test with flying colors, Vastra explained that the Doctor used to be a good man, even a hero, but that he'd suffered losses that had hurt him and he now chose isolation to prevent pain's return. So she then gave Clara the final part of the test, telling her to tell the Doctor why she needed help and what was wrong and why he should even help, but to do it in one word. After the answer, Vastra called the Doctor, relating to him that Clara had been there and she'd given her the One Word Test. The Doctor hadn't been optimistic, but then Vastra told him Clara's answer: Pond. That did the trick.
The Doctor began investigating and when he found his way to a pond where a governess had died the previous year, Vastra, Jenny and Strax followed him, though kept their distance and watched. During their vigilance, Dr. Simeon arrived at the house as he was in league with the snow, or better known as the Great Intelligence, and he was to collect what came out of the pond that night. Once several snowmen formed in the garden, Vastra knew it was time to move. Her and Jenny rang the bell at the front door while Strax took a back door entrance to the house. After Jenny put up a barricade, keeping the Ice Woman at bay, they all went into a room to take stock of the situation and plan how to defeat this problem that now faced them, which was that if the snow got a hold of the Ice Woman, it would learn to make more ice people, and it would be the end of humanity. After the Doctor and Clara went to deal with keeping the snow from getting a hold of the Ice Woman, Vastra and the others remained inside, waiting. At least until they heard something hit the ground. It was Clara. The scanner Vastra held said there were no life signs detected, indicating that Clara was dead. Strax used his technology to bring Clara back to life. The Doctor, however, was still inside his TARDIS, analyzing shards of the Ice Woman who had fallen with Clara. Vastra told him he should be with Clara, and asked what the use was in blaming himself. After Clara agreed to travel with him if he saved the world, he and Vastra got in the TARDIS at which point she wondered why he was saving the world again. He made the statement of that after everything he'd given the universe, he was owed this one thing. Upon which she simply said that he'd better save the world.
The Doctor had attempted to break the connection between Simeon and the Intelligence. However, he had underestimated the connection, so once Simeon's memory had been erased, the Intelligence took over his body. The snow began to fall faster and harder, the snowmen began to grow. And then suddenly, all the snow turned to water, effectively killing Simeon. The Doctor knew the snow only mirrored, so there was an emotion that was so strong it was drowning out everything else. A whole family crying on Christmas drowned out the snow, having turned the snow into tears. The Doctor and Vastra were returning to the house where Clara lay dying when the scenery around Vastra changed drastically.
Played By: Neve McIntosh
Third Person: One moment Vastra had been on the TARDIS as the Doctor was returning to where Clara was. The next she was not on the TARDIS, or even in England. While the shift in scenery wasn't something that phased her, the fact that she'd seemingly been snatched out of the TARDIS and planted somewhere was jarring. Vastra turned around, trying to get her bearings.
"If this is some sort of test, Doctor, I highly doubt now is the time to make me undergo it!" Because clearly this was the Doctor's fault. She doubted the TARDIS itself would just dump her somewhere without warning, she'd been a passenger in the machine before and had no issues with the time machine. The lizard woman was more than confused on what had happened. She was more than aware she wasn't in Victorian times, she'd traveled through time before so that wasn't difficult for her to grasp. However, she was certainly not prepared for what she was currently facing.
She was dressed in a black Victorian style dress, and she was covered from neck to toe. Only her head was exposed, giving away that she wasn't human. To make her perhaps both more intimidating and more strange-looking, she had a katana strapped across her back. Turning around again, Vastra was trying to see if the Doctor had been dumped there along with her, but there was no sign of him. She was alone, at least for the time being. And she needed a way to get back to where she should be.
First Person (Comm post style.): This turn of events was highly uncalled for, Doctor. I have done nothing to warrant such a thing. If this is a test, it is in most foul humour.