Vastra is a Victorian Silurian, one of a race of reptilian humanoids buried in caverns in the earth.

She is first seen in the television series in 'A Good Man Goes to War', wherein the Doctor calls upon her in his time of need.

When did the doctor first meet her? Does/did she owe him, if so what for?

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    So far that is my all fav ep of DW.
    – shachna
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 22:33
  • Wasn't it said that she first met the Doctor in a subway tunnel while trying to avenge her sister's death ?
    – user13639
    Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 0:36

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As far as I know, we have never seen or heard any more of her story on screen besides the small amount of exposition we get in that episode. She was awoken due to construction in the London Underground, the Doctor stopped her from rampaging through London, and she became a detective-like character working with Scotland yard and "ate" Jack the Ripper.

The companion book The Brilliant Book 2012 has more information about her exploits, depending on how strict your interpretation of Doctor Who canon is. Even those stories, though, don't tell us much about her first meeting with the Doctor.

OOU: There was apparently interest in making a spin-off with her and her human companion, which is why they were given such a seemingly-involved back story on their first appearance, but it probably won't happen any time soon.

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    A spin off would be epic.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 23:02
  • @Pureferret that appears to be the general consensus among fans, but Moffet has flat out said he doesn't have time for it yet. :(
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 23:05
  • All I need is block of wood and a sledgehammer...
    – AncientSwordRage
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 23:07
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    Would love to see that spin-off. As well as the HG Wells (Warehouse 13) spin-off which is also supposedly somewhere in the making.
    – shachna
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 23:09
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    I'd watch "The Madam Vastra and Jenny Show" like CRAZY.
    – Dan Ray
    Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 12:20

All the wiki says on her is stuff you'll discover if you watch the episode.

She woke up when some miners accidentally killed bunch of her sisters. She was angry and killed a bunch of them before the Doctor stopped her.

Which is the same thing she repeats to the Doctor in the scene where the Doctor get angry. (and renames Colonel Manton, Colonel Runaway.)


The following quote can be found on the TARDIS Wikia, does it not answer your question?

Vastra was one of many people who owed the Doctor a debt; she had awoken during the construction of part of the London Underground and sought to take revenge on the innocent tunnel workers responsible for the accidental deaths of her "sisters". After Vastra had slaughtered at least five commuters, the Doctor convinced her not to give in to her rage. He also told her of his species, the Time Lords, sharing many secrets about them, including the Untempered Schism, the time vortex and their ability to regenerate. At the the Doctor's insistence, she ceased her attacks on the tunnel workers and instead integrated herself into humanity's Victorian culture, eventually gaining the title of 'Madame' and taking up residence at Paternoster Row.

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