|Doctor Who character|
|Brigadier Winifred Bambera|
|Home era||20th century|
|Portrayed by||Angela Bruce|
Brigadier Winifred Bambera, played by Angela Bruce, appeared in the Seventh Doctor serial Battlefield (1989) as UNIT's commanding officer. She worked alongside the Seventh Doctor, Ace (whom the Doctor had initially passed off as UNIT's former Scientific Advisor, Liz Shaw, with Liz's old security pass), and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (pulled out of retirement for the duration of the crisis), in defeating the extra-dimensional forces of Morgaine and Mordred in Carbury. She was in command during the mid-1990s and was tasked with transporting a nuclear missile across Britain. Bambera is shown able to fight with weapons and in hand-to-hand combat. She took a no-nonsense, by-the-book approach to command that warranted the respect of those under her. Major Husak and Sergeant Zbrigniev reported directly to her. She uses the word "shame" as an expletive.
Bambera appears several times in the Virgin New Adventures novels, notably in Head Games and The Dying Days. It is revealed that she marries Ancelyn, the Arthurian knight from Battlefield, and that the couple have twins. She is mentioned as having served as a Colonel under Brigadier Crichton in the noveliastion of Downtime. Her later life is seen in the Prelude to Transit (where she holds the rank of General) and the short story Excalibur of Mars in the Bernice Summerfield anthology Present Danger.
In the IDW comic The Forgotten, the Ninth Doctor used the name "Brigadier Bambera" as an alias when visiting World War I.
She reunited with the Seventh Doctor and Ace in the Big Finish Productions Lost Stories audio Animal.