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Romana by oboe-wan Romana by oboe-wan
As soon as I heard about Mary Tamm passing away last week, I wanted to draw a Romana piece. This was the soonest I got a chance to work on something to honor my favorite Time Lady.

I adore Romana. She's my favorite Classic Who companion. The Key to Time arc was one of the first things I watched after running out of New Who, so though Romana II is adorable in her own right, Romana I is my Romana. I love her intelligence, her elegance, her witty word play with the Doctor, and her rather unique ability to put him in his place.

(Flower meanings vary pretty widely depending on who you ask, but the delphinium was meant to be for timelessness, and the dahlias for elegance.)

acrylics on watercolor paper

- - I kind of had memory fail on what the tracer for the Key to Time actually looked like. Oops. Should have looked it up. Too late now!
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Starry-EyedAndStormy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! I haven't watched any Classic Who yet, but when I do, I want to start with the episodes that she's in. She's kind of like the first version of River Song (from what I gather) in her intellect and her ability to put the Doctor back in his place at times.
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Captain-Chaotica Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww. I know, Romana is totally one of my favourite Companions too, and I've always liked the first version a bit more than the second. This picture is lovely--I love all the details, and the elegant flowyness of it. :)

...Notorious
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! Romana is too fabulous. I have to curb the gushing, cause it could get out of hand. :)
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She is so delightful. Great picture.
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is, she is. Thanks very much, glad you liked it!
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whatthefoucault Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Aww, beautiful! Romana is so wonderful and the Key To Time season is one of my favourite things about Four's run. *insert all the feelings here*
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! *also has all the feelings*

I love the whole Key to Time arc. I think Stones of Blood is probably my favorite, but it is hard to pick.
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derekmetaltron Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This is lovely artwork! You've captured Mary very well there. I've been upset to hear of her passing since Romana is one of my favourite female companions together with Sarah Jane and Nyssa. Whilst I've had more of an affinity with Lalla's Romana I did see Mary's stories for the first time just a couple of months ago and they were brilliant. I think you've described her wonderfully too. Romana was the perfect counterpart for Four, just as Sarah had been previously.
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!

Romana II is also wonderful - Lalla is adorable, and I enjoy her slightly more whimsical personality and sense of humor. But I think it kind of goes the same way with the Romanas as it does with the Doctors, that you always have a certain affinity with the incarnation that you met first?
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derekmetaltron Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
You're welcome!

I totally agree with you, because Destiny of the Daleks was my first full Romana story and I was hopelessly smitten with her as a kid after that (Just as I was with Sarah and Nyssa really). And whilst I do love all the Doctors I do have an afinity with Five because he was the first official Doctor I watched, though ironically it was 'The Five Doctors' so I knew most of them straight off. And before that my first actual Doctor had been Peter Cushing in the first Dalek movie! Confusing I know.

I think with Romana II that the Doctor's own personality had rubbed off onto her, though she still retained her own assertive and polite nature. Incidently I can't believe myself sometimes that I still haven't gotten round to seeing City of Death, that's supposed to be one of the greats.
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE City of Death! It was such a fun reversal for me, being really used to New Who and the set up of the Doctor showing an earth native around some strange new planet, to get to see him showing someone from his own planet the sights of Paris. I know what you mean though - sometimes I hold off on watching something I know I'll enjoy, to sort of save it for a special occasion maybe?

I think many of us have convoluted histories with Doctor Who! I saw the movie with Eight sometime in the 90's, but I forgot that I'd seen it until rewatching it a few months ago. So Eight and Ten kind of share "first Doctor" status for me. I've only watched one Five story so far, but I have a good impression of him. As for the Peter Cushing Who... I find the whole concept so bizarre and fascinating! I'll definitely have to check out one of those movies sometime.
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derekmetaltron Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
It's a nice thing, leaving some of the better stories for a special time. Maybe I might do that with a Doctor a piece for the 50th Anniversary so I have a set of awesome to watch round then. It was certainly nice to finally watch the Key to Time after so long hearing about it, and the same with Sarah Jane's (and the Sontarans) first story 'The Time Warrior', which was a little upsetting because this was just after she passed away. And I actually did the same with 'Battlefield' with Nicholas Courtney.

Nice to hear you're another 90's child because that was when I first saw Classic Who, thanks both to my dad who'd been an avid Hartnell and Troughton viewer and a friend who owned a huge VHS collection of old stories, and naturally being a kid I went for the Dalek and Cybermen stuff first! My cousin who is nine years younger than me calls Nine 'her' Doctor because she was the perfect age for Who in 2005.

You should definitely check more of Five out - I'd rec The Visitation, Kinda, Black Orchid, Earthshock, Mawdryn Undead, The Five Doctors, Warriors of the Deep, Resurrection of the Daleks and Caves of Androzani of the ones I've seen as good choices for Five.

The Dalek movies aren't bad! I actually burst into tears at the wee age of 4 when I saw a Dalek get hurt because I couldn't understand they were the bad guys! But they're decent adaptions of the first two Dalek stories, even if they do take some liberties. Wee Kid Susan is surprisingly adorable and Cushing has enough of Hartnell in his character but also his own take which is surprisingly interesting. Plus Brenard Cribbins (Wilf) is in the second film as a police officer and he's as awesome as ever.
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uneflaneuse Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredibly elegant and delicate. I love the hint of Art Nouveau and the flowers. And I wish I had her hair.

I also agree with you on Romana being my favourite Classic Who companion, closely followed by Sarah-Jane. The banter she and the Doctor had going on on a constant basis was delightful and the lady had style, wits and guts.

Lovely tribute, very fitting :)
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks much, love. :)

I do love Sarah Jane too, she's spunky and smart and so darn adorable. But Romana... I don't know, she really struck a chord with me... I loved how her story arc was so much about seeing this brilliant but somewhat naieve young (...well, relatively young. Nearly 150!) woman gain whole new perspectives and ways of thinking. And I love her habit of complimenting and insulting the Doctor in the same breath.
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doughboycafe Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Wow, she's just so lovely, elegant, goddess-like. I love the pose and how gentle and curvy and statuesque you made her look, as well as the gorgeous flower framing. Plus this lady has the most epic hair!

It's a really nice tribute, dear.
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks lovely. :) She is even more gorgeous than I have managed to draw her. Girlcrush, for real.
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Joe-Roberts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a beautiful tribute, and you have her in the white dress. She was My Romana too. RIP :(
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.

She's so stunning in the white dress! What a first impression. Though, now that I think of it, she was always pretty stunning...
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Silhouette01 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never actually seen any of Romana - only ever pictures. Alas, my access to classic Who is woefully restricted. :(

I love the Mucha feel of this, with the flowers, the way the flowers and the words frame the figure and the beautiful 'font' you wrote the name in. The flowing robes and the pose add a great deal of elegance as well, and I really love that hand. As in REALLY. It's so very elegant and the way you've paid attention to how the bones in the wrist go is wonderful!! :heart: Also loving her hair - very "Christine Daaé" :lol:
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! You give such beautiful comments! <3 Oh, you are right about the hair! Romana does have gorgeous hair, but I did make it a little bigger for the sake of some art nouveau swirlies.

Every couple months I decide I want to try to be Mucha. It never really works, but it's awfully fun.

I wish I could give you some Romana episodes to watch! Classic Who is SO frustratingly difficult to find sometimes! Here, the dvds are available but so stinking expensive. I was lucky to be able to rent the whole Key to Time arc, but there's still so much I want to see and haven't been able to find. Romana is a really fun character, and she relates to the Doctor rather like he's an eccentric professor and she's his brilliant protege. Four gets hilariously petulant when she shows him up, which is not at all uncommon. And despite Classic Who not doing romance, if you ask me, there are undertones.
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Silhouette01 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen Genesis of the Daleks, that's it with my Four collection. Then I've got the very first arc with One and the cavemen, and something to do with Two and Cybermen. I've been promised City of Death and Talons of Weng Chiang from a friend who has recently managed to get her hands on them. I have no idea what these are about, but they sound promising. :lol:

You mention Key to Time and I feel a little weird because I feel as if I should know it, but I've just searched through all my stuff and I don't have it -- but my brains tells me there's a strange crystalline thingy made of different parts that need to be searched for and some sort of double-cross where the good guy turned out to be the bad guy. Probably another episode, it's been a long time since I saw any classic who. Still... weird...
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
City of Death is an excellent episode, even though it has the other Romana. I think you will enjoy it. There's definitely a tendency for Classic Who stories to be way less dramatic/frightening than their titles imply... City of Death is a pretty fun museum caper.

You pretty much described the overall Key to Time storyline, so maybe you have seen parts of it?
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Silhouette01 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I must have. I searched through all my episodes and couldn't find it -- and I know I wouldn't have deleted it! This is most frustrating. All I can think of is that I saw it at my friend's house. I must ask her.

Yes, I have noticed Classic Who has ridiculously dramatic titles. And then what happens is the Doctor beats a polystyrene clam monster with a paper mache rock. =D And that, right there, is why I love classic Who so damn much, because for all its special effects flaws it was truly magical. :heart:
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