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Played by Gerald Flood
Years active 1983 - 1984
Travelled with Fifth Doctor
First story The King's Demons
Last story Planet of Fire
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Turlough Peri and her Massive Tits
Kamelion recording his black metal album.
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Kamelion was a shape-changing android who didn't work very well. He was voiced by Gerald Flood and shows up in two Fifth Doctor stories, The King's Demons and Planet of Fire.


Kamelion probably sounded like a good idea at the time, but wasn't. Worse than that, he was cursed.

The reason why the Kamelion robot was used fully only in two serials was that it was very difficult for the Doctor Who production team to control. It malfunctioned frequently, and things were only made worse when its inventor, Mike Power, died in a boating accident without leaving behind the knowledge of the complex codes that controlled it.

A third appearance by the character in the serial The Awakening, designed to bridge the gap between its appearances and to remind viewers of its existence and the fact that it had been 'hiding' all this time somewhere in the TARDIS, was cut for timing reasons and was never broadcast.

Onscreen departure

He falls under the influence of the Mattress in both his stories until the Doctor finally destroys him at the end of Planet of Fire. Also spoilers.


There was no such problem off TV, so one of the novels had him survive so they could use him again. He proved so popular that he made cameo appearances in three more novels and one audio and died again. Maybe it's not entirely his fault, as anyone who wants a past-Doctor story with Five wants Nyssa or Peri, not Tegan and Turlough. Even his audio is a Peri story with Nyssa returning inside his brain.

But there is that Short Trips story where he fucks the TARDIS. She gives birth to a human who looks like Peri, but can grow up as fast as she wants like Melody Pond, so she grows to boobs age in a few days and then stops there. They drop her off to take Peri's place on Earth, and nobody notices any difference because there's only two things anyone ever notices about Peri. Why wasn't that on TV?

Cursed ?

Some dudes back in the 1990s remarked that the Kamelion character seems to be Death's Champion IRL, as a mysterious curse is killing everybody related to him :

  • The robot creator died in a boating accident.
  • Both of the human actors who impersonated him died.
  • Both of his two TV stories' writers died from cancer.
  • Both of these episodes' novelizations writers also died from cancer.
  • Even Robert Holmes, who only gave him a cameo in The Caves of Androzani, could'nt escape the curse and died.
  • To top it off, the same dudes who discovered the curse said that Craig Hinton, author of The Crystal Bucephalus in which Kamelion stars, "should start worrying". Guess what ? He died.

And now Uncle Nick is bringing him back as a main character. Stay tuned...