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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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