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Aliens of London
Trinity Wells was an American newsreader. During the mid to late 2000s, she reported several high-profile alien encounters and other incidents for an American news network known as “AMNN”.
the Eleventh Doctor once mentioned never having met Wells in person, but knew that whenever he saw her on the news it was a sure sign there was trouble. (The Forgotten Army) Wells herself felt overwhelmed by the news she reported. She observed that, over a period of a few years, the world seemed to come to an end every week. (Driving Miss Wells)
Based on her Zodiac sign, Leo, she was born in July or August. (Secrets of the Stars)
Trinity Wells made her first appearances on television reading the local weather on station WKLCB. She would later claim that its audience consisted of twelve farmers and a goat, with the latter being the only sane viewer. (Driving Miss Wells)
WORKING FOR AMNN
On 6 March, 2006, Wells, from New York, reported on the crisis in London following the destruction of Big Ben at the hands of an alien spacecraft as it crashed into the River Thames. She announced that the military was on the lookout for more spaceships while all flights in North American air space had been grounded until further notice, the President of the united States was to address the nation live from the White House while the Secretary General asked that people watched the skies. (Aliens of London)
Later, at midnight in New York time, Wells announced that the united Nations had gathered as England had seemingly provided them with”absolute proof ” of the existence of “massive weapons of destruction”. With the Security Council planning to make a resolution in a matter of minutes, Wells announced that humanity’s first interplanetary war would begin once the united Nations released the codes granting the united Kingdom access to nuclear weapons. Wells continued to report as the Council made its vote before finally announcing that the Council had agreed to release the codes. (World War Three)
On 25 December, Wells reported on the image of the Sycorax which had been transmitted by Guinevere One, announcing that the human race had been shown absolute proof that alien life existed. She later noted that, despite claims of an alien hoax, it had been reported that NATO forces were on red alert. (The Christmas Invasion)
In 2007, Wells reported on the appearance of ghosts, (Driving Miss Wells) which lasted for about two months until the Battle of Canary Wharf. (Army of Ghosts/Doomsday)
In spring (Forever Autumn) of 2008, Wells reported that President Arthur Winters was furious at the “unilateral action” taken by Great Britain after British Prime Minister Harold Saxon announced first contact with the Toclafane, a supposed alien race. The following day, at three am in the morning on the eastern seaboard, Wells announced that President Winters, who appeared to greet the Toclafane aboard the aircraft carrier Valiant, had been chosen to lead the world into a new age. (The Sound of Drums) Soon after, Wells reported on the attempted Toclafane invasion, announcing the death of the President and the subsequent disappearance of Harold Saxon, who was himself presumed dead. (Driving Miss Wells)
Later that year, Wells gave a breaking news report, announcing a massive loss of power on the west coast of North America resulting in Los Angeles going dark. Soon after, she reported that the power loss was spreading westwards. Announcing that China was now without power, she noted that it may be only a matter of time before the effect spread to her location. Indeed, as soon as she spoke, the lights went out in the studio where she was reporting. (Revenge of the Slitheen)
In 2009, Wells reported on the caesofine gas emitting from ATMOS-equipped cars. Noting that the gas appeared to be toxic, Wells gave a repeated warning to “anyone and everyone” to stay away from all cars. Soon after, Wells reported that, with the freeways blocked by ATMOS cars, populations of major cities were now walking across open country to escape the fumes. She noted that the calamity was being likened to a Biblical plague, with some calling it the End of Days. (The Poison Sky) Wells later announced that the sky had been set on fire, (Driving Miss Wells) which eliminated the gas. (The Poison Sky)
Later that year, Wells reported on the appearance of twenty six planets in the sky. Just prior to the attack by the New Dalek Empire, she announced that the united Nations had issued an edict, asking the citizens of the world not to panic while noting that they had been no explanation for the appearance new planets as yet. (The Stolen Earth) It later became apparent that the Earth had been stolen. (Driving Miss Wells)
While announcing a confirmation of the story stating that the President was walking out of the White House, apparently holding hands with the wife of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Wells was briefly taken over when Martin Trueman (possessed by the Ancient Lights) invoked Leo into his circle. (Secrets of the Stars)
In September, (Children of Earth: Day One) Wells reported on the possession of Earth’s children, beginning with the spoken message”we are coming”. She stated the Senate’s observation that people were now living in fear of their children, of what they would say next and of who or what was speaking through them. She noted that they had been given no answers, no hope and no assurance that that the children would come first. (Children of Earth: Day Three) Following the arrival of the 456, Wells reported that all eyes were now turning toward the united Kingdom as the world asked what the British government was hiding. (Children of Earth: Day Four)
On 25 December, Wells was covering a Christmas Day speech given from Washington by President Barack Obama, who promised an instant and radical financial solution to the worldwide depression. She announced”Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity.” Soon after, however, Wells noted that something was wrong and it seemed to be affecting the President. This was a prelude to the emergence of The Master Race, along with Obama and the rest of the human race, Wells was temporarily transformed into a duplicate of The Master during the speech. Among the places AMN was playing was the residence of Joshua Naismith, where the Tenth Doctor was informed by “Wells”, with the facetious qualifer of “breaking news”, that The Master was everyone on Earth. Along with rest of The Master Race as well as The Master himself, “Wells” proceeded to laugh maniacally. The next day, Rassilon used his gauntlet to reverse the transformation, restoring Wells and the rest of humanity back to normal. (The End of Time)
In 2010, Wells reported on the Vykoid’s attempted takeover of New York City. (The Forgotten Army) She later reported on the New York City Halloween riot caused by the Cerebravores, (Revolutions of Terror) and the appearance of new buildings all over New York City. (Spiral Staircase)
In 2009 of Donna’s World, Wells reported on the March of the Adipose in the united States. She noted that America is in crisis, with over sixty million people reported dead, having dissolved into fat. She went on to report that the “fat ” was walking through the streets, having come to life, before being raised into the air and taking flight towards spaceships which had appeared over every major city in the US. (Turn Left)
BEHIND THE SCENES
Trinity Wells was not named on-screen until Turn Left. Before that, there had been much speculation over her name. It was later revealed by Russell T Davies that she was offically unnamed until series 2, when he finally decided to name the recurring character Trinity Wells.
The words”Mal Loup” (aka Bad Wolf) appeared captioning one of her news reports, but seem to be a manifestation of the Bad Wolf meme, as explored in Turn Left, in which the word appears everywhere in many forms.
Trinity Wells is one of only two characters, as well as the only named character, to have appeared in Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The other one is the French newsreader, played by Anthony Debaeck. (Jo Jones also applies, if one is to include audio dramas.)
Apart from the Tenth Doctor, she is the only other character to have appeared in all four series of Doctor Who under Russell T Davies, from 2005 to 2010.
Russell T Davies revealed in Doctor Who Confidential that he had originally planned for The Doctor to meet Trinity Wells in The End of Time, but the scene was cut. In Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale, a full script for the scene can be read (in which Trinity reports on the destruction of Broadfell Prison and gives The Doctor information on Joshua Naismith). The reason for the scene being cut, as given in the book, is that Davies considered it to be “indulgent, and also shit.”