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Leela was a warrior of the Sevateem tribe, descended from a technologically advanced humans who had been unable to extricate themselves from a planet they were surveying. Indeed, "Sevateem" is merely a linguistic corruption of "Survey Team", the part of the ship's crew from which Leela directly descends. The other inhabitants of the planet were called The Tesh, who are descended from the ship's technical crew. Over the generations, the Sevateem devolved into savages, as they were cut off from the ship itself.
Following a solo adventure on the planet, the Doctor healed the rift between the two factions—one he had inadvertently caused—and prepared to leave. Leela rushed into the TARDIS without him, and they became traveling companions against the Doctor's (and, apparently, actor Tom Baker's) will.
The relationship between the Doctor and Leela is frequently compared to that between Professor Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Pygmalion).
Leela was the last of only five televised companions to appear in a weekly comic strip prior to the advent of Marvel's Doctor Who Magazine license. She came into the TV Comic narrative much as she had done on television. That is, she first appeared after the Doctor was seen to be traveling without Sarah Jane. At first, her stories were really quite evocative of her televised era. Her rendering was a reasonable likeness to actor Louise Jameson, the Doctor was using the Secondary Control Room, she smacked around a lot of people (Including the Doctor!), and her dialogue had her talking about death an awful lot. But in her final two stories, she inexplicably lost her iconic leather skin skirt and was inexplicably dressed in modern clothes. In "The Devil's Mouth", she was even seen riding around with the Fourth Doctor in Bessie, a yellow roadster more associated with the Third Doctor.
First Appearance: TV Comic (1951) #1334
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Doctor Who Yearbook (1992)
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time (2013)
Doctor Who: The Forgotten (2008)
Futurama Comics (2000)
#7 The Comic Relief Comic (1991)
- 'New Year's Rockin' Evil'#25
- 'Robot Robin Hood'
The Dr Who Annual (1965)
TV Comic (1951)
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