Voiced by Gerald Flood
Tenure 15 March 1983 & 2 March 1984 & 16 March 1984
First appearance The Kings Demons (regular)
Last appearance Planet of Fire (regular)
Last appearance The Caves of Androzani (guest)
Number of series 1
Appearances 2 stories
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Kamelion was a shape-changing android. Used by the Master to impersonate King John, he later travelled as a companion to the Doctor. (The King’s Demons) This continued until his destruction after he had again fallen under the influence of the Master. (Planet of Fire)
However, this was not the end for him. He gained and lost a new host body, (The Ultimate Treasure) had a child with the TARDIS (The Reproductive Cycle) and used his mental link with the Doctor to allow the Master to trap the Doctor within a dreamscape. (Circular Time)
Kamelion was the creation of the Gelsandorans. (The Ultimate Treasure) He was the tool of an invader of the planet Xeriphas. When the Master was trapped on that planet (Time-Flight), he discovered Kamelion and used him in his next encounter with the Fifth Doctor. Although Kamelion was sentient to a degree, he was extremely weak-willed and open to manipulation by any strong personality. (The King’s Demons)
TRAVELS WITH THE FIFTH DOCTOR
Kamelion preferred to remain in the TARDIS for fear of being taken over by a stronger personality and used against the Doctor. (The Crystal Bucephalus) However, he helped rescue the Doctor and Turlough during a trip to the Moon with a Victorian lunar expedition in 1878. Initially confined to the TARDIS by a force field preserving an atmosphere on a lunar park, Kamelion later left the park and rescued the Doctor as he was dying of asphyxiation on the surface. Later, he helped the Doctor and Turlough salvage weapons to use against the ruthless Vrall. (Imperial Moon)
Kamelion fell under the Master’s remote influence in Lanazote and assumed the shape of Peri‘s loathed stepfather, Howard Foster, after picking up on her thoughts. When the Master gained complete control over him, Kamelion assumed his shape. The Master used Kamelion to reverse an accident with his Tissue Compression Eleminator that shrunk him and his lab. The Doctor and Peri tried to help return Kamelion to his own control and his robotic form. When the Master was restored to his normal size, Kamelion was in agony over his possession and persuaded the Doctor to kill him. (Planet of Fire)
A little of Kamelion’s personality survived as a result of his interfacing with the TARDIS. When the ship arrived on Gelsandor, the natives gave him a new body, only for him to sacrifice himself to save the Fifth Doctor and Peri. (The Ultimate Treasure)
As the Fifth Doctor lay dying from spectrox toxaemia, enough of Kamelion’s mental link to him existed to allow the Master to use Kamelion to trap the Doctor in a dreamscape within his own mind, slowly destroying his will to regenerate. Thanks to the encouragement of Nyssa, also mentally linked with him, the Doctor was able to see through the illusion. Freed from the Master’s control once again, the psychically linked aspect of Kamelion in the Doctor’s mind was able to join Nyssa and the Doctor’s other companions from across space and time to free him from the trap so he could regenerate. (Winter)
Later, Kamelion and the TARDIS had a child together, which was raised by the Sixth Doctor and Peri Brown. It developed into a double of Peri and took her place on Earth while the real Peri travelled with the Doctor. (The Reproductive Cycle)
- Kamelion assumed the shapes of John of England, Tegan Jovanka (The King’s Demons), Arrestis, Lassiter (The Crystal Bucephalus), Albert (Imperial Moon), Howard Foster, the Fifth Doctor, the Master (Planet of Fire) and Red (The Ultimate Treasure).
- While dying from the effects of spectrox toxaemia, the Fifth Doctor hallucinated about many individuals including Kamelion, urging him to live. (The Caves of Androzani)
- Kamelion will be returning voiced by John Culshaw for Big Finish in 2019.
BEHIND THE SCENES
- According to the featurette Kamelion – Metal Man, included on the DVD release of The King’s Demons, the robot used for Kamelion was not custom-made for the series, but was a device discovered by producer John Nathan-Turner when he was searching for a possible successor to K9. According to the featurette, script editor Eric Saward and Peter Davison were extremely sceptical that the robot would work as an ongoing companion due to its frequent malfunctions.
- Kamelion’s mouth was designed to move in sync with the pre-recorded dialogue by Gerald Flood.
- Kamelion only appeared twice in the series; further appearances were impractical due to the special effects required. A scene involving Kamelion was filmed for Part One of The Awakening, but was edited out before transmission due to the episode over-running. As a result, there are no references to Kamelion in any episodes between The King’s Demons and Planet of Fire, not even in The Five Doctors, which occurs immediately after the events of Kamelion’s debut.
- According to Peter Davison in the Metal Man featurette, any sign of regret shown by him/the Doctor during Kamelion’s ‘death’ scene was pure acting. He was in reality gleeful to be done with the troublesome prop.
- A box set containing The King’s Demons and Planet of Fire was released under the title Kamelion Tales.