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Madeleine Dawnay
Aliases: Doctor Dawnay
Professor Madeleine Dawnay
Continuity: A for Andromeda
Notability: Supporting character
Type: Scientist
Gender: Female
Race: Human
Location: Thorness, Scotland
Status: Alive
First: "The Miracle"
Actor: Mary Morris
Gabriella Giacobbe
Jane Asher

Professor Madeleine Dawnay was a supporting character originally featured in the short-lived 1961 British sci-fi program A for Andromeda where she was played by actress Mary Morris. Dawnay appeared 4 of the 7 episodes of the original series as well as all six episodes of the 1962 sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough. The character was re-imagined in 1972 for the Italian adapation of the series called A come Andromeda. In the 2006 television movie A for Andromeda, the role of Madeleine Dawnay was played by actress Jane Asher.

Biography Edit

Madeleine Dawnay was a biophysicist assigned to a top secret project at Thorness, Scotland by the British Ministry of Defence. The scientists at Thorness, which included Professor Ernest Reinhart and Doctor John Fleming, developed a highly advanced supercomputer based upon designs that originated from deep within the Andromeda Galaxy. The computer outlined the design for the creation of living cell tissue and Dawnay experimented with the designs, successfully synthesising a primitive protoplasmic life form. Due to the single eye that the life form developed, it came to be known amongst the staff as "Cyclops". [1]

Madeleine's research assistant, a young woman named Christine, suffered a fatal electrical shock when she came into contact with two of the computer's terminals. The computer then demanded the synthetic creation of living embryonic cells. Doctor Dawney obeyed the supercomputer's demands and began cultivating live human embryos. The embryo grew at an alarming rate and assumed the physical likeness of Christine. This veritable clone was dubbed Andromeda and interfaced directly with the computer. [2]

As time passed, Dawnay began to have doubts about the motivation behind the computer as well as Andromeda. She began to understand that the computer intended on subjugating humanity. At the behest of Doctor Fleming, who had already expressed grave concern about the project, She agreed to assist him by entering a program into the computer to convince it that Andromeda was dead. However, Andromeda discovered the program and reversed it. The computer reacted to the tampering by corrupting the enzyme formula, making Dawnay and her assistants gravely ill. [3] Fortunately, Doctor Fleming was able to determine the correct formula to counteract the effects of the enzyme and save his colleague's life. [4]

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Appearances Edit

A for Andromeda Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x3 The Miracle October 17th, 1961
1x4 The Monster October 24th, 1961
1x5 The Murderer October 31st, 1961
1x6 The Face of the Tiger November 7th, 1961
1x7 The Last Mystery November 14th, 1961
nn A for Andromeda (2006) March 27th, 2006

The Andromeda Breakthrough Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 Cold Front June 28th, 1962
1x2 Gale Warning July 5th, 1962
1x3 Azaran Forecast July 12th, 1962
1x4 Storm Centres July 19th, 1962
1x5 Hurricane July 26th, 1962
1x6 The Roman Peace August 2nd, 1962

A come Andromeda Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 Episode One January 18th, 1972
1x2 Episode Two January 18th, 1972
1x3 Episode Three January 18th, 1972
1x4 Episode Four January 25th, 1972
1x5 Episode Five February 1st, 1972

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