I don't see a problem with starting a thread on Lalla Ward, it's good to get people's thoughts on her characterisation of Romana. Although I prefer Mary Tamm's Romana (gorgeous and was really good at deadpan humour and sparked really well off Tom Baker, more so actually than Lalla Ward who married Tom!), Lalla's Romana was very good and suited Tom's Doctor very well, although I must admit finding her a little wooden at times. She had some fantastic outfits (favourite being the girly version of Tom's costume in Destiny of the Daleks), and was good at the sci fi techno jargon, and she had a aristocratic alien quality that made you believe she really was from another planet. I think she improved as her time went on, but seemed like the sensible one in season 17 when Tom was being over-the-top and more like his equal in season 18 when he turned serious.