Anji Kapoor


Anji Kapoor

Doctorwhocharacter

Anji Kapoor, modelled on Amita Dhiri
name=Anji
series=Doctor Who
affiliation=Eighth Doctor
race=Human
planet=Earth
era=2001
start= Escape Velocity
finish= Timeless The Gallifrey Chronicles (cameo)
portrayed=None

Anji Kapoor, or simply Anji, is a fictional character in the Eighth Doctor Adventures, a novel series based upon the British science fiction television series, "Doctor Who". The Eighth Doctor first met her in the novel "Escape Velocity" by Colin Brake, and she went on to become one of his companions. She is the first significant Asian character in "Doctor Who". The canonicity of the novels with respect to the television series, like other "Doctor Who" spin-offs, is open to interpretation.

Character biography

Anji was born in 1973 and was 28 years old when she first met the Eighth Doctor and Fitz Kreiner in 2001. She is a third-generation British-Asian and worked as a futures trader. She spent a year studying in Boston and loved being a stockbroker, viewing it like playing a game of chess. Anji thrived on making money, but also understood that possessions only gave one so much happiness.

Not counting herself among hardcore feminists, she favoured the sciences over religion, preferring rational explanations and not adhering to her parents' beliefs in the Hindu gods. The series is contradictory as to whether her parents are Indian or Pakistani. As a result, she rarely went to temple and never wore a sari. She considered her inner self as Asian, although she regarded George as her patron saint. The Doctor reminded Anji of her father, whom she was close with when she was growing up but who had grown distant from her in later years.

She speaks some French, does not like boats, is calm in a crisis and took rape defence classes in University. Although she had travelled through Europe and the United States, she felt the experience too much like home and longed to go somewhere truly new — a wish that was fulfilled when she began to travel with the Doctor.

Her boyfriend, science fiction fan Dave, dies at the end of "Escape Velocity" and how Anji comes to terms with his memory is a recurring theme in the character's development, notably in the novel "Hope" in which Anji causes a clone of Dave to be born.

Anji left the TARDIS in "Timeless" by Stephen Cole, becoming the legal guardian of Chloe, a young, time-sensitive girl. Anji returned to her old profession and used some of the knowledge of future trends to make a tidy profit for herself in the futures markets. When she next appeared in "The Gallifrey Chronicles" by Lance Parkin, Anji was engaged to a man named Greg. It was also revealed that she had kept in touch with the Doctor's latest companion, Trix, who continued to feed Anji stock tips. In exchange, Anji placed a share of the money aside in an account for Trix.

In an article in "Doctor Who Magazine" #294 (with accompanying illustration), Eighth Doctor Adventures editor Justin Richards mentioned that people had asked if Anji was based on Milly, a similar character from the television series "This Life", portrayed by Amita Dhiri. Richards noted that although any similarities were unintended, companions were archetypal "to a degree".

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