Melanie is scintillating, fascinating and irritating She has a mane of red hair, fierce blue eyes and freckles. She is twenty-one years old and a computer programmer from Pease Pottage, Sussex.
In 19861 when the Master attempted a massive computer fraud involving all the banking houses in the world. Melanie joined forces with the Doctor. helping to defeat the Master's dastardly plan, and has now been with him for some three months (in Earth time).
Melanie is one of those annoying young ladies who is a 'feminist' at all times. except at moments of great stress. when she relies heavily on playing the hard-done-by, down-trodden, crocodile-teared female.
She is heavily into aerobics and health food. She considers the Doctor overweight and in need of regular Jane Fonda-type movement lessons, although the Doctor insists he gets quite enough exercise dashing around the Galaxy, defeating evil. She often attempts to force health-giving vitamin-enriched food on the Doctor (muesli, raw carrots etc.), which may provide useful comic relief.
Despite her feminist attitudes, she appears to attempt to stabilize the Doctors hitherto. in her opinion, unhealthy and irrational way of life.
She has a strong sense of humor and is often heard singing in the TARDIS. much to the annoyance of the Doctor.
Although the Doctor is ferociously fond of Melanie, who prefers to be known as Mel (well, she would. wouldn't she?). he resists all attempts to stabilize his existence.
Melanie is the first Earth-UK companion for twelve years. We shall soon see why.
Mel screams well and runs down corridors with elan. (Despite being a computer programmer. Melanie cannot operate the TARDIS. On the odd occasion that she tries, disaster ensues.)
BBC Character Outline. John Nathan-Turner. July 1985.