Real Name: Bahlia
Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-5555, circa 8162 AD) human
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Death's Head, the Doctor, Keepsake, Thea, vulture
Enemies: Colt and his band (Erin/Duke, Hank, Lorne, unidentified member, other unidentified member), Ryosians
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles Resettlement,
Earth-5555, 82nd century AD;
formerly Planet of Ryos
First Appearance: (Unidentified) Doctor Who Magazine#140 (September, 1988);
(Identified) Death's Head I#5 (April, 1989)
Powers/Abilities: Bahlia had no known superhuman powers, and she seemed somewhat dim-witted. However, her empty-headedness soon started to annoy even Keepsake. She was supposedly trained to be a medic and was known for her sympathy.
Height: 5'7" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
(Doctor Who Magazine#140 (fb) - BTS) - Bahlia crash-landed on the planet Ryos under unrevealed circumstances. She managed to send a distress call. Her SOS was picked up by two different travelers, the Doctor (a dimension hopping adventurer from Gallifrey) and Keepsake, a salvage merchant. The Doctor was the first to arrive and tried to rescue Bahlia, but was unable to stop her from falling in the hands of the Ryosians.
(Doctor Who Magazine#140) - When the Doctor and Keepsake crossed paths, the Doctor wanted his help in rescuing Bahlia. Keepsake, afraid to be handed over to the authorities as soon as the Doctor would see he was only interested in salvaging whatever he could find in Bahlia's ship, begrudgingly decided to help out. Keepsake and the Doctor flew to the huts of the Ryos natives where their target was being held and succeeded in saving her. Feeling Keepsake was the true hero, Bahlia kissed him passionately even as the Doctor decided to leave, boarding his TARDIS and vanishing.
(Death's Head I#5 - BTS) - Keepsake and Bahlia became romantically involved, although Keepsake was still married to his wife, Thea. Planning to see his old associate Colt who had just been released from prison, Keepsake was accompanied by Bahlia as they traveled to the Los Angeles Resettlement on Earth to meet with Colt. Keepsake hoped he'd be able to get Colt's help in locating the gold bullion they'd once located in a downed vessel at the bottom of the ocean.
(Death's Head I#5) - While heading to the Spaceport Central in the Los Angeles Resettlement, Bahlia noticed that the ship was going rather fast, which happened to be correct because the auto pilot was malfunctioning, causing it to crash in the desert outside the city.
With Bahlia supporting Keepsake while walking, the two made their way through the desert towards the city, reaching Huggy's bar where they met with Colt. Hoping to get Keepsake's part of the map, Colt had ordered his band of thugs to stand by and seize the couple should the opportunity and the need arise. Just as Keepsake showed his half of the map, Colt pulled a blaster on him, demanding Keepsake's map piece, even as his men
emerged and took Bahlia hostage.
Colt, Bahlia, and Lorne, one of Colt's thugs, went off to sea in his boat; pooling their resources and map pieces, they uncovered the treasure, though their joy was short lived when the freelance peacekeeping agent Death's Head and Thea arrived in another boat. Bahlia used this temporary distraction to bludgeon Colt's henchman with a hook. Before Colt could act, Death's Head heaved his heavy robotic form on to Colt's fragile vessel, rupturing it in the process. Now trying to fix the boat in a panic, Colt didn't notice as Bahlia attached a grappling hook from Keepsake airplane to the treasure, mounting it and flying off.
As the flying vehicle left Colt behind, Keepsake offered Death's Head half of the gold to push Thea into the water. Death's Head did, leaving both Colt and Thea in a broken boat cursing each other. When Keepsake later landed his aircraft he was surprised to learn that Death's Head took all of the gold as he'd taken the half Keepsake promised him and the other half of the gold as Thea had already promised him. Afraid to argue with an infamous killer mechanoid, he decided not to argue or prevent Death's Head from leaving. Bahlia tried to comfort Keepsake, telling him he still had her.
Comments: Created by Simon Furman & John Higgins.
In the pages of Doctor Who Magazine#140 Bahlia was only called "a medic." She received her full name in the pages of Death's Head.
The Dr. Who
story was reprinted and colorized in Incomplete Death's Head#3-4 series...I have that series,
but have searched multiple times, and it is misplaced somewhere in my 33,000 or
so comics. If anyone can supply these, I know a guy (hint, MarvellousLuke) who
can clean them up and maximize their quality before we add them to this profile.
Profile by MarvellousLuke
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images: (without ads)
Death's Head I#5, p9, pan1 (main image)
Doctor Who Magazine#140, p30. pan4,5 (kissing Keepsake)
Death's Head I#5, p19, pan2 (off to Keepsake with the gold)
Doctor Who Magazine#140 (September, 1988) - Simon Furman (writer), John Higgins (pencils & inks), Richard Starkings (editor)
Death's Head I#5 (April, 1989) - Simon Furman (writer), John Higgins (pencils & inks), Richard Starkings (editor)
Last updated: 06/27/14
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