Chris Cwej

Chris Cwej



Chris Cwej

Main Aliases:

Bruce Jovanka



Place of Origin:



IKrissi, Jasmine Surprise Cwej-Hutchings



First Seen In:

Original Sin

Main Voice Actor:

Travis Oliver
Other Voice Actors:

Simon Kingsley


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Christopher Rodonanté “Chris ” Cwej was a 30th century Adjudicator who travelled with the Seventh Doctor, Roz Forrester and Bernice Summerfield accompanied Chris and The Doctor for some time, but they both left The Doctor before Chris. After leaving The Doctor, Chris became an agent of the Great Houses.
Chris’ surname should have technically been pronounced”Shvey”, but he pronounced it “Kwedge” rather than keep correcting people. (Original Sin)


Chris was born in 2954 to Mr and Mrs Cwej, who lived in the lower levels of the Overcity. They had a long association with the Adjudicators. Adjudicators were the police force of 30th century Earth, at that time divided into the Overcity and the Undercity. Chris was tall, blonde and muscular. When his adjudicator partner, Roz Forrester, and he first met the Seventh Doctor and Bernice, he had had a”body bepple” (bodily alteration) which made him look like a giant animated teddy bear. Original Sin)

Chris graduated in 2975, along with twenty-five other students. (Lungbarrow)


He and Roz were investigating a murder case in Undercity in the year 2975 when they met The Doctor and Bernice. He admired Roz as a legendary adjudicator. In the investigation, he thought that their superior Rashid was being paid off to stop their work. He went to find Benny and The Doctor, thinking that they were committing the murders. They later helped The Doctor defeat his old enemy Tobias Vaughn. Original Sin)


Chris and Roz travelled with The Doctor for many adventures. In this eventful period, Chris fathered two daughters: Jasmine Surprise Cwej-Hutchings with Ishtar Hutchings, (Happy Endings) and iKrissi with Dep of the People. (The Also People)

Chris spent a month living under the alias “Bruce Jovanka” on a cold human colony ruled by the Scientifica while The Doctor and Roz infiltrated the planet’s criminal underground. At the Imperial Hotel, Chris encountered Nyssa and Tegan Jovanka. Working with Nyssa, Chris discovered a load of fusion bombs on the Skybase orbitting the planet. Chris and Nyssa met up with The Fifth Doctor and travelled to the crash site of the Machine. After the Fifth and Seventh Doctors worked together to defeat The Ferutu, Chris left the planet with the Seventh Doctor and Roz. (Cold Fusion, Cold Fusion)

He went with The Doctor to the Quadrant in London in 1987 for a narcotics investigation. When he looked at Gabriel Tyler, he saw a reflection of himself. The Doctor told him to get some cocaine for the investigation, and went on the local pub scene to find it with David Daniels. When the N-Form was activated, The Doctor told Chris to get close to it and stop it with one of his gadgets. (Damaged Goods)

After Roz’s death in battle, Chris continued to travel with The Doctor for a short time. (Bad Therapy)

The Doctor and Chris travelled to The Doctor’s home planet of Gallifrey, where The Doctor faced members of his House and many dark secrets were revealed. After this, Chris decided to travel alone using a time ring given to him by Romana II. (Lungbarrow)


At some point after leaving The Doctor, Chris was frozen in cryogenic suspension by the Knights of Jeneve, and placed on a planet in the Ardethe System. His memories were affected by the cryogenic process, but he was able to recall most of them in time. (Deadfall)


Chris, at some point following his awakening, went on to become an agent for the Time Lords some time around 2595. His biochemistry was altered by the Time Lords, giving him the ability to travel in time. The Time Lords also altered Chris’ memories of his time with the Seventh Doctor. Those memories were changed to make him think he had been abducted from Earth by the “evil renegade”, and to think that it was The Doctor who had killed Roz Forrester. Chris worked for the Time Lords in securing the universe in a bottle and opening a gateway for the Time Lords to invade and destroy a bottle universe version of 1970 Earth. During this time, he also negotiated an alliance with the Daleks on Skaro. (Dead Romance)

Whilst in the bottle universe, Chris was exposed to lethal amounts of radiation, and regenerated. His new body was shorter than his original, quite stocky, with dark hair and a mellow voice. (Dead Romance, Tears of the Oracle)

The Time Lords cloned Cwej multiple times, creating the Cwejen. (The Book of the War, The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel) The original Cwej was present at a mysterious incident in the Hollywood Bowl during the filming of Michael Brookhaven’s Mujun: The Ghost Kingdom. (The Book of the War)

After an encounter with the Ferutu, he was reverted down his personal timeline to age thirteen and regained his original body. (Twilight of the Gods) Chris was present at the birth of Benny’s son, Peter, looking”decidedly older than Benny last saw him.” (The Glass Prison)


The book which depicts Chris’s sexual encounter with a gay man, Damaged Goods, was written by future executive producer of the series, Russell T Davies, whose works often include gay themes. Much like Jack Harkness, an LGBT companion introduced to the series in Steven Moffat’s The Empty Child, Cwej opines that sexuality is not an issue where he comes from.
Although comic strip companion Izzy Sinclair is often cited as the first LGBT companion, in truth Cwej’s same sex encounter comes before Izzy’s. That said, Damaged Goods and Izzy’s debut were published in the same month: October 1996. Cwej’s encounter is also only subtly implied, whereas Izzy is unmistakably shown to be passionately kissing a woman. Jason Kane is also introduced the same year, and casually introduces himself as someone who has slept with 9 women, 5 men, and various humanoid aliens. (Death and Diplomacy)
The covers for the Big Finish Productions audio adaptions Damaged Goods, Original Sin, and Cold Fusion all use voice actor Travis Oliver to represent Cwej on their covers. While it could be said that Oliver resembles Cwej in many aspects, his dark hair in no way matches with descriptions of Cwej’s blonde hair in the books.

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